Leominster, MA

Fitchburg vaccine clinic honors the memory of Leominster’s Jeffrey Stephens

FITCHBURG — Second Chance Animal Services was at the Fitchburg Fire Department headquarters Saturday, Oct. 1, offering a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic including free distemper vaccinations to help Fitchburg pet owners care for their pets. The clinic was organized by Be PAWsitive Therapy Pets and Friends of...
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Worcester cannabis shop approved in 2019 finally plans to open under new name

A Worcester retail cannabis establishment which was previously approved in 2019 is finally planning to open next year, but under a new name. Cannabis of Worcester LLC is the new operator of the dispensary planned for 62 Millbrook St., the former home of DeBoise Auto Body. The establishment was approved by the city’s License Commission Thursday morning, the final approval needed at the local level; it will now go to the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.

New Hampshire Fugitive Wanted For Bank Robbery Snagged In Ayer

A man wanted for a bank robbery in New Hampshire who was arrested in Massachusetts will now be charged as a fugitive, authorities said. Garrett Ojala, formerly Caza Manor, was wanted for probation stemming from a bank robbery in New Hampshire, Ayer Police said on Facebook. Investigators determined that Ojala...

Firefighter injured battling fire in Lunenburg

LUNENBURG, MASS. (WHDH) - A firefighter from the Ayer Fire Department was injured while battling a fire on Highland Street in Lunenburg early Wednesday morning, said Lunenburg Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan. Sullivan said crews received a call for a garage fire at 135 Highland Street at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. The...
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Moose, one other animal, killed in highway crashes, Mass. State Police say

On Tuesday morning, troopers responded to reports that a moose was struck by a tractor trailer on the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound in Westfield. A moose and an unidentified animal were killed in separate crashes on highways in Westfield and Leominster Tuesday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police. At 4:20 a.m.,...

Upcoming events at the Leominster Public Library

Children aged 3-7 and their families are invited to join us on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. for “Investigating the Autumn Harvest.” We will read the stories “Hello, Fall!” by Deborah Diesen and “Harvest” by Kris Waldherr, and then participants will explore the inside of an apple, pumpkin, and squash using magnifying glasses, and create a harvest collage. Registration is required and begins Oct. 4. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Leominster Public Library, in conjunction with Project Apples, Leominster's CFCE.

Clark is committed to focus on ‘the people who were here first’

On October 10, for the first time, Clark University will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday. Honoring Native American history and culture, Indigenous Peoples’ Day shares its date with Columbus Day, which was first recognized as a national holiday in 1934. While Monday is still Columbus Day, President Joe Biden last year signed the first federal proclamation recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Ten states officially celebrate it, and a bill to establish it as an official holiday in Massachusetts is working its way through the Legislature.

Police ID 69-Year-Old Woman Killed By Gardner DPS Truck

Authorities have identified the 69-year-old grandmother who was hit and killed by a Department of Public Works truck on Monday morning. Paula MacKenzie, of Gardner, was hit as she walked along Coleman Street at 8:30 a.m., the Worcester District Attorney's Office said. State police are working with Worcester County officials in Gardner to investigate the cause of the crash.

Video: Owl Rescued From Soccer Goal Netting in Massachusetts

Just look at those eyes. I mean, WOW! Mesmerizing for sure. And thank goodness this dazzling owl is okay. We know that wildlife prefers to stay away from us humans, so I can only imagine the anxiety this adorable own must have felt. It's sad to see the owl so vulnerable, stuck in that net with its talons all twisted.

New facility a ‘one stop shop’ for children with autism

WESTFORD — A new treatment facility for children with autism has opened its doors in Westford. Autism Care Partners opened its 23rd center in Westford at 515 Groton Rd., providing a new avenue of treatment for children with autism, as well as their families. “We chose to open the...

$112,500 loan supports equipment purchase for family-owned JC Ferreira Construction

LEOMINSTER — The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently approved a $112,500 loan to JC Ferreira Construction, Inc., toward the purchase of construction equipment. This loan helped retain four jobs in Leominster. JC Ferreira Construction was...

Leominster High School Blue Devil Athlete Spotlight: Ava Mazzaferro

LEOMINSTER — Freshman girls’ soccer player Ava Mazzaferro has hit the ground running early in her high school soccer career, earning a starting spot for coach Katie Gingras’ team. “She has been an anchor to our defensive line and has battled with some of the top athletes...