Business Digest for 12/5/13

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Milford's WMRC named 'Station of the Year'

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association has presented WMRC-First Class Radio with its "Station of the Year" award for the second year in a row. The award is presented annually by the association to "the most outstanding radio station" in the state, and is open to more than 180 radio stations. The award is given to the station that exemplifies overall excellence in all phases of operation. The judges cited WMRC's "extraordinary growth of audience... and exceptional service to its listeners, community officials and local organizations." The Milford station won the award three times in the 1990s.

Blackstone Chamber to offer Social Media Boot Camp

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) offer the Social Media Boot Camp, taught by Michelle Fontaine, on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CWE, 50 Elm St., Worcester. The cost is $195 and includes lunch, lessons and recordings. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, call 508-363-2300.

Long Cadillac sponsors Toys for Tots drive

Long Cadillac is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Those interested can help fill a Cadillac Escalade with new unwrapped toys for the holiday season. Long Cadillac is accepting donations through Dec. 18. Toys can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at 218 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 east), Southborough. For more information, visit

Newton's Biltmore plans holiday fundraiser

The Biltmore Bar & Grille hosts the 2nd Annual John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1205 Chestnut St., Newton Upper Falls. For only $20 per person, guests can try their hand at raffles and prizes, while indulging with signature bar bites and an open bar. All proceeds go directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Newton. Tickets can be purchased by emailing, calling 617-527-2550 or in person at The Biltmore Bar & Grille.

Hobbyland opens in Stow plaza

Stow has a new hobby store. Hobbyland recently opened at 92 Great Road (Rte. 117 across from the Stow Shopping Plaza). Merchandise includes model trains, cars, ships and aircraft, radio-controlled vehicles, robots, science projects, slot cars, 3D puzzles, rockets, kites, model-building tools and landscape materials for model layouts. For more information, visit

CrossFit-Franklin supports the Armed Forces

CrossFit-Franklin is offering free memberships to area residents who are enlisting in the Armed Forces. The memberships run from the time they join CrossFit-Franklin to when they begin their service. For more information, visit

MutualOne to help train dog for a disabled veteran

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,400 to VFW Post 929 in Framingham to cover the cost of training a young puppy as a future assistance dog for a veteran with disabilities. The pup will undergo two years of specialized obedience and skills training by inmates at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) in Framingham. The foundation is a continuation of the Framingham Co-operative Bank Charitable Foundation following the 2012 merger of Framingham Co-operative Bank and Natick Federal Savings Bank.

Financial planning firm established in Newton

Certified Financial Planner Practitioners Rick Fingerman of Lynnfield and Lyman Jackson of Natick recently announced the merger of their practices to form Financial Planning Solutions (FPS) LLC, a fee-based financial planning firm in Newton. Fingerman and Jackson each bring 25 years of financial planning and investment knowledge to the company. FPS is an independent registered investment adviser that helps its clients with retirement planning, minimizing taxes, protecting assets and navigating divorce. For more information, call 617-630-4978.