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Friday, July 22, 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for your continued support of WHEAT and our programs.

Thank you to the residents of Clinton, Lancaster and Bolton, as well as the post office carriers in these towns, for donating, picking up and delivering food to WHEAT during the 2016 Letter Carriers’ "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. As a result of your efforts, WHEAT received 4,758.50 pounds of food this year – a 39.46 percent increase over last year. Huge thanks specifically to Paul Chase in Clinton, Patty Higgins in Lancaster and Pat Bensetler in Bolton for spearheading this large initiative through your post offices and on our behalf. Thank you also to the Worcester Juvenile Probation Office for providing volunteers for the day, too. They did a great job.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Twenty two years ago when I came to the Metrowest/495 Corridor from Worcester I immediately became aware of The EMC Corporation in Hopkinton. An up and coming high tech company that was changing the world with its vision of what storage hardware and software could do to help businesses thrive and grow. Those were incredible years of growth and expansion for EMC and the region grew along with them. For years we followed their legendary expansion and watched as they became the darling of the stock market and the high tech industry. It would have been easy for a company with this level of success to stay focused only on business and ignore the communities where their employees lived and worked. But this was not the path they followed.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – For Rosalie Smolinsky, the Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham is a lifeline.

Friday, May 27, 2016

FRAMINGHAM - An unexpected spike in rent is forcing the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe from its downtown spot, according to United Way of Tri-County President Paul Mina.

    Mina said rent is more than doubling at the Cupboard and Cafe’s 10 Pearl St. home come the end of August, making it impossible for the food pantry to stay in its current location. Because Mina said the organization didn’t know it would have to move until about six weeks ago, United Way has started a drive to fund the move that Mina estimated will cost at least $100,000.

Friday, April 15, 2016

FRAMINGHAM — The United Way of Tri-County and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce will host the Women of Impact luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Framingham Country Club, 16 Gates St.

This luncheon honors the winner of the 2016 MetroWest ATHENA Leadership Award. Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market Association, will be the keynote speaker. Cronin is a leader in both corporate and nonprofit communities. She has served on the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Greenway Conservancy, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation, the Alliance for Business Leadership and the Board of the National Center for Time & Learning/Mass 2020. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Boston Public Library, and on the Board of Sail Boston. Cronin received many awards and is included in Boston Magazine’s list of 50 most powerful women.

Monday, April 11, 2016

STERLING - Sterling Selectmen Chairman Robert Cutler will be the first one to say not everyone gets a warm reception when they come before the board.

Wednesday night, Cutler gave Jodi Breidel, North County Regional Director of WHEAT Community Connections a"gold star."

Breidel was there to outline the services WHEAT, which is now a part of the United Way of Tri-County, provides to residents in several local communities, including Sterling.

The annual assessment that the town pays is $3,000, Breidel said, and there are also volunteers from the community who help with programs.

Friday, April 8, 2016

MARLBOROUGH – If you donate $100 to fight breast cancer or feed the hungry, you want the money to go directly to the cause, not to a charity’s overhead, right?

It’s the way people are taught to think about giving: If the $100 is a pie, you don’t want a big slice of it going to administrative costs or advertising. You want the money to pay for medical research, or for groceries and hot meals for those in need.

“This makes sense if you don’t think about it for 30 seconds,” humanitarian activist and popular TED Talk expert Dan Pallotta said Thursday.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA — A Framingham resident is working toward the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America by helping his local food pantry.

The United Way of Tri-County’s (UWTC) Pearl Street Cupboard & Café received a generous donation Dan Hamel, a Keefe Tech Senior, who ran a collection for the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café while working toward achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

FRAMINGHAM – As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Framingham State University launched the first-annual Women Making History Now awards, honoring six women who have made an impact on their communities, the region and the state.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Framingham State University will celebrate six female regional leaders as part of a new honor called “Women Making History Now.” The recognition coincides with the school’s Women’s History Month celebrations.