Thursday, August 23, 2012
A grand opening ceremony was held on Thursday for Doctors Express, an urgent care facility that serves as an alternative to the emergency room.
The doors opened at Doctors Express, a medical treatment center that promises to bring care for urgent medical needs at a price cheaper than the emergency room. A grand opening ceremony was held at the Route 9 center on Thursday which local politicians, officials and residents attended. Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony was Bing Yeo, the center's Managing Director. "There has to be a better way to deliver health care," Yeo said. "We want to provide an affordable option." The group said in press release last week that insurance co-pays at Doctors Express are expected to be four to six times lower than those in emergency rooms. Three doctors and a team of medical technicians staff the Route 9 location, which is a member of the Doctors …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Five Crows, on Court Street, represents local artists.
Ten years ago, two female artists went out to try their hand at running a home show together. They had so much fun, and enjoyed their work so much that they banded together with three other friends and opened the Five Crows Gallery and Handcrafted Gifts. Located at 8 Court St. in Natick, the Five Crows is both a gallery and a shop full of shelves displaying the work of many fine local artists. “We have 145 artists in the store,” said co-owner Ginger McEachern. “We celebrated our 10th anniversary this past February with a gallery show that raised money for high school scholarships.” The original five owners, or five crows, all brought something unique to the table, and happily, the three remaining artists are all diverse in their artistry…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe, which has been in business for 30 years, was voted a Natick favorite.
Ah, summer, that blissful time when the birds are singing, days are long and carefree and eating ice cream is second nature. The question is—where in Natick is the best ice cream? Patch asked that question of our readers several months ago, and Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe won hand’s down. “I think people love us because our ice cream is homemade right on site,” said one of the owner’s four children, Jonathan Vitale. “We make all sorts of unique flavors such as peanut butter chip and other yummy delights.” Vitale’s dad opened the shop in 1980 at 114 Park Street right on the town common. “My dad loves being his own boss, making his own hours and being a small, family run business,” Vitale said. “I love that I get free ice cream.” Park …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Natick's Ben Jackson and his daughter, Emma, a cancer survivor, will walk in the Relay for Life this weekend to raise money for others who suffer.
Just a few months before what should have been the happiest day of his life, Ben Jackson and his soon-to-be wife were told that their unborn daughter had a tumor that could very well take her life at birth. Fast forward 11 years, and Emma Jackson is a happy, healthy, fourth-grader with some medical issues, who will be walking the Relay for Life this Saturday and Sunday to raise money so that others don’t have to suffer. Emma was born with a cervical teratoma. Most of these tumors are benign, but Emma’s was not. “Usually these tumors are not malignant,” Jackson said. “But Emma was the second recorded case in history at the time with a malignant yolk sac sarcoma, and the other child did not survive.” For Jackson, who blogs about the first …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Dale Smith has been helping children learn to love reading at the Morse Institute Library for decades.
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- Faith Mayer
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Dale Smith has spent her entire career making children smile. Smith, the Supervisor of the Children’s Department at the Morse Institute Library, has always been a children’s librarian and will always love it. “Prior to coming to [the Morse Institute Library], I worked on a book mobile in upstate New York,” Smith said. “ I came here 30 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.” Smith said she loves everything about being a librarian from running programs, to helping people find whatever it is they may be seeking. “Nowadays, everyone has access to a computer,” Smith said. “But I believe libraries will always exist because we have access to information that you cannot find on the Internet. Libraries purchase and provide data bases that are not…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
John and Sharon Stournaras are nearing their first year anniversary as the owners of Morse Tavern.
For a meal that makes you feel right at home and an atmosphere that takes you back in time, the Morse Tavern is just the place to be. "We cater to families; we provide a fun atmosphere with well-cooked comfort food. We are very proud of the food we serve," said owner John Stournaras. The Stournarases have been the owners of Morse Tavern since April of 2011, but the Tavern itself has a long Natick History. According to Stournaras and the Natick Historical Society the Morse Tavern was originally off Union Street going to South Natick. When that building moved, part of the building was moved to St. Patrick's Rectory and the other half was moved to East Central Street. "We are very thankful to the Natick Historical Society for their …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Jennifer Hance, the Director of the Natick Historical Society, discusses the latest exhibits, openings on the board of directors and how you can use the society to help trace your family history.
Historically speaking, Natick is full of information and the Natick Historical Society has put it all in one place. “We exhibit and collect articles and objects that have to do with Natick,” Director of the Natick Historical Society Jennifer Hance said. The society, which was founded in 1870 and housed in the Bacon Free Library since the library opened, is a place for inspiration and exploration. “We want to inspire people to study Natick history and to learn about the things that are relevant to them.” A wealth of fun facts and needed information, the Natick Historical Society can help you with most anything with a Natick tie. Looking to trace your genealogy? Hance and her team can help. Hoping to find more information about the Praying…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Project Stretch will hold a fundraising auction from March 15 to 30 to raise much needed funds for their continued work.
When Project Stretch, Inc first went into Teacapan, Mexico eight years ago they were astounded to find that the kids drank coca-cola instead of milk, had little or no dental home care and no fluoride. Today, thanks to the work of three local dentists and their all volunteer teams, most of the children of Teacapan have brighter, happier smiles. Project Stretch was founded in 1988 by a small group of dental professionals interested in providing vital dental services to needy children. “We are now in eight areas nationally and internationally,” said Director of Project Stretch Gail Weisberg. “We started as an international organization, but now we are in ten countries and seven states including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.” Project …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
JP Comella and his brother Matt will open their ninth restaurant in Natick center in early April.
For those looking for an excuse to take the kids out for dinner or hoping to try a new restaurant with homemade pasta dishes to please all palettes—your wait is nearly over. Comella’s, the well known family-owned Italian restaurant chain, is expected to open a new location in Natick by early April. “We expect to be up and running in our new location, 45 Main St., by the first half of April,” co-owner JP Comella told Patch. The restaurant will fill the spot of the former Rise N' Shine Cafe, which recently closed. Natick will be the ninth restaurant for Comella’s which began operation with a single store in Wellesley in 1988. “We, my brother Matt and I, are co-owners and will continue to expand into areas that meet our demographics as long …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Veterans Services Officer, Paul Carew, recently shared his thoughts with Patch on how he and other Natick residents can help those returning from war.
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- Faith Mayer
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Paul Carew makes it his business to make sure that every veteran returning from war gets the best services and care possible as long as they walk into his office and ask for help. Carew, the Natick Veterans' Services Officer, and a Natick resident since the age of 6, makes himself available 24/7 to assure that all veterans are given the best chance possible at assimilating back into society. "I am a Vietnam veteran myself," Carew said. "I suffered with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I am trained as a counselor for others with the same problem. The primary need of most of these guys when they get home is their health, and then we move on to employment and other helpful services." Prior to taking his post as the Veterans' Services …