Businesses Included In This Newsletter (Changes Frequently)
Business & Retail: Apple Tree Arts, B2B Smart Source, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce,Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy, Clear Vision Alliance, Concierge Physical Therapy, Connectivity Point, DColorex, G9 Financial, Gaudette Insurance Agency, Hear Joy Audiology, Heidi's Hearing, Holiday Inn Express, Koopman Lumber Company, Little Man Originals, Mill House Wine & Spirits, Millbury Credit Union, Orange Salon, Precious Ones Child Care, Quality Transitions, The Yankee Express, UniBank, WCRN,
Whitin Community Center
Food & Farms: Galliford's Restaurant & Tavern, Pleasant Valley Country Club, Project New Hope, The Green Plate,
Additional FREE Support: links to several FREE webinars can be found here:
If you know of any students or any families who are not able to cover the costs of lessons or programs, please let us know. We are creating a scholarship fund for these students that will be launched in this week's silent auction. You can email confidential recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donna Blanchard, Executive Director, Apple Tree Arts
Apple Tree Arts’ (ATA) in Grafton is launching a 2-week online auction on Friday, April 10.
“Curtains Up, Act 2: Bid for Community Voices”, is an opportunity for communities to support Apple Tree Arts’, area businesses, and individuals/families in need.
Restaurants, grocery stores, florists and bookstores open for pick-up and delivery have donated gift certificates. There will also be a "buy it now" button for businesses, individuals and families to donate money toward meals delivered to elderly folks or families who have been laid off or are facing financial hardship. When those donations come in, they will be directed to restaurants participating in the auction who will prepare/deliver donated meals.
A scholarship "buy it now button" will be an additional option, giving ATA an opportunity to ensure that students do not miss lessons or programs due to financial challenges. These funds will also enable us to offer online opportunities to families referred to us by schools and social service organizations.
Apple Tree Arts’ provides high-quality educational music and theatre arts programs to communities in central MA and northern RI.
The Apple Tree Arts’ family thanks you in advance for your support. Donations will be allocated to program, scholarship and operational needs. While asking for funds to keep us going, we recognize the importance of supporting our communities and small businesses.
Do you have a supply chain strategy to keep your company safe in the coming months?
Let us eliminate the stress in your life to search for these key items. We’re recommending every company to review their cleaning product needs and develop a 3-month strategy. Then in 2 months review this strategy and create another 3-month plan. Inventory on most cleaning products has been drained from the supply channel. Building inventory is happening and some items will not be seen for 2-3 months. We can help you create a strategy to supply your critical cleaning product needs including Hand Sanitizer, Nitrile Gloves, Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue and more.
Please help by donating to support this 3D printing project being lead by several Technical High Schools throughout the Northeast. The need for medical shields to protect our front line heroes are in high demand. In order to meet the demand, funds are needed to purchase supplies. The team has been flooded by support across Massachusetts and New York to print face shields and demand is increasing. All donations are appreciated. Stay safe everyone!
The four 3D printers at the Blackstone Valley Education Hub, or the Ed Hub, in Whitinsville are “running day and night,” said Jeannie Hebert, president and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Ed Hub’s efforts, spearheaded by Hebert and Mark Lyons of Advanced Educational Technologies Labs have resulted in the production and distribution of about 500 face shields to area hospitals and health care facilities, which are very much in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) while combating the coronavirus pandemic.
“I talked to a doctor and showed her the design,” Lyons said. “She thanked me for saving her life. That’s how important these things are.”
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW DATE FOR GOLF TOURNAMENT
*THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ON A TUESDAY THIS YEAR, PLEASE NOTE NEW TEE & LUNCH TIMES*
Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services
BVPTS has shifted over to Telehealth to continue to treat patients safely in the comfort of their own homes. By using a secure video chat they are able to check in and see how a patient is feeling and moving, and correct or progress any exercises as needed. Now may be the time to start getting that painful body part looked at, while most people have more free time. Try a risk-free visit today!
Working in these challenging times with day-to-day uncertainty can cause stress and anxiety. As formally trained business and executive coaches, we are offering 10 hours per week at no charge to the business community. Whether it is for personal dilemmas, business situations, strategizing, planning, etc., we are here for you as a sounding board, thinking partner, and whatever else you need. Each session will be for one hour and are on a first-come, first serve basis. To schedule your complimentary, confidential session, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com or Call 413-283-7091. You are not alone! We are all in this Together!
Lynn WhitneyTurner 413.283.7091
Concierge Physical Therapy
Connect by Tele-health "E-Visit" or by phone. Get the care you deserve in the safety of your own home. Contact CPT to set up an appointment today!
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a stay at home advisory and ordered all non-essential businesses to close throughout the state. Connectivity Point (Leicester, Massachusetts) and their telephony division is considered essential and continues to operate in the state.
Connectivity Point Telephony Engineers and Technicians can assist with what solution is the best for you. In most cases, this work can be done remotely to prevent any direct in-person contact. In hopes of assisting our business partners and customers in this unusually difficult time, Connectivity Point will invoice on the half-hour instead of the typical 1-hour minimum Please call Connectivity Point at 508-797-6612 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which of the following solutions is best for you.
1. Telephone company call forwarding to a cell phone
2. Set up a full- time automated attendant.
3. Minimal staff
4. Forward extensions to cell phones
5. Forward to voicemail and/or voice mail to email
6. Smart phone apps
7. Remote IP phones
Connectivity Point Design and Installation
803 Main Street
Leicester, MA 01524
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As you have probably heard, the IRS and the Treasury Department have extended the tax filing deadline to July 15th due to COVID-19.
?You can find the official IRS notice regarding the extension here.
A couple key highlights to be aware of:
· They have moved the deadline to file and pay. If you owe, you don’t need to pay until July 15th . There will be no penalties or interest during this 3-month time frame.
· If you have a refund coming, file now.
· IRA’s and SEP IRA’s – You also have the ability to fund an IRA, Roth IRA or SEP IRA until July 15th for 2019.
· State filing deadline - MA has extended their Filing Deadline. Many of you live in other states. Make sure to check with your tax preparer to see if your state’s deadline has been extended.
· The IRS will not automatically delay automatic payments that taxpayers already set up for April 15. But taxpayers can take steps to cancel them. Filers who authorized electronic funds withdrawals by the IRS can call 888-353-4537, although they must do so before 11:59 p.m. ET two business days before their scheduled withdrawals.
· Taxpayers who use IRS Direct Pay or the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) can also cancel payments, but they must do so two days before the payment date. And filers who scheduled automatic credit or debit card payments should contact their card companies.
Gaudette is running their offices with skeleton crews ( closed to the public , accept for drop offs ) and 85% of their employees are working from home . While getting things done may take a little more time they are able to service client’s needs It is a great time for an insurance review, and it is a great time to Shop Local !
Gaudette Insurance Agency, Inc.
Locations in in Grafton, Whitinsville and Southboro
The Hear Joy Audiology office is closed until May 4, per the governor's order. Dr. Rancourt can be reached by calling the office at 774-293-1515 and email email@example.com. She will be offering phone, email, video call and telehealth support. Some hearing aid models can be programmed remotely via telehealth and your smart phone. Supplies can be mailed. In the event of a broken hearing aid that cannot be fixed via video call, she can arrange a drop-off/pick up repair. Hearing aid manufacturers are still open and repairing devices. Updates will be on the practice's Facebook page along with tips related to hearing loss during this time. Please contact us if we can be of assistance or if you have any questions
"Out of concern for our patients and staff, we are suspending in-office services as of 3/24/2020. We will still be available by phone and can assist by appointment only for emergencies and supplies. Please contact 508-796-5899 and we will be happy to help. "
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS AND ENJOY A FREE LUNCH!
Will be offering a free lunch for friends and family on 5/8/2020 at 12:00 at Post Office Pub in North Grafton. There will be a presenter from a hearing aid company, along with myself, talking about hearing health care. Please call the number below to reserve your spot!
Due to the recent orders given by Governor Charlie Baker, we are only allowed to lodge essential businesses. These would be construction workers, hospital workers, nurses, doctors, truckers. There may be other industries that would be essential, but for the most part if there is a leisure traveler, meaning one who is wanting to stay at the hotel like a vacation or a night away, we will not be able to accept that reservation at this time. We will update you as time goes on.
Thoughts and prayers to everyone on the front lines and for everyone that has been affected by this virus. We will make it through together and if there is anything that we can do to help, please contact me. Stay safe.
In response to recent developments, Koopman Lumber is changing store hours for most locations as follows:
STORES OPEN: 7 AM - NOON for essential items
CURBSIDE PICKUP: 7 AM - 3 PM for anything
During the crisis, we’re doing our best to protect both our customers and team members by limiting contact and practicing social distancing. We are asking our customers to limit their in-store visits whenever possible, and we’ve introduced some new services to help you do that.
Our online store has over 10,000 of our most common in-store items with current
availability. You can check your store for what is on hand--even after hours! Place your order online, and we’ll quickly pick it and notify you when it’s ready (during normal hours).
2. Need some help?
For the rest of our stock, or if you need help selecting the right items, give us a call! Our team members will help you finalize the right list and take your order over the phone. We can send you a secure payment link via email, and you can apply your payment directly to your order in seconds.
3. Utilize Curbside Pickup!
If your order is full paid, it qualifies for contactless curbside pickup. Pull into the marked lanes near the door, and call the number posted to let us know you’ve arrived. We’ll bring your order out to your vehicle, help load it up and you can be on your way.
4. What about Contractors?
Contractors should continue to directly contact their salesman and support teams. We are continuing to deliver. We’ve made extra precautions to assure contactless deliveries.
5. Garden centers are open
Our garden centers are outdoors, and we are spreading everything out to allow lots of space. We are striving to maintain a good supply of vegetable plants to help you get your garden growing.
6. Rentals are still available
Our Uxbridge and No. Grafton rental locations are ready to help you get the equipment you need. We carefully sanitize all equipment between each rental.
7. Anything else?
Got questions? Need help with an order? Send us a list for a quote or for an order? Go to KoopmanLumber.com/locations and you’ll find a link to contact us by email at your favorite Koopman store. We’ll answer your question, or prepare your order, and send a reply. You can even pay for your order through a secure email link.
Koopman Lumber Company
665 Church Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Multiple Locations: Whitinsville, Uxbridge, North Grafton, Sharon, Hudson, Milford Paint, Andover, Distribution Center
"Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we will be closed until Tuesday May 5.
All appointments before then are cancelled and we urge you to book online to ensure that you have an appointment during what will be a busy time. We are sending out this message to contact as many people as possible while individual calls will take some time.
For the duration we strongly caution you not to color your own hair. The chance of it all going horribly wrong is high. We will be posting in social posts and on our website where you can purchase Oribe and R&Co products and use our salon link and code to have products delivered to your house. Both of these manufacturers make a lovely temporary root touch-up spray that washes out and will not alter your natural color.
We hope you are safe and just like you, we want to be back at the salon and get your hair done as soon as possible.
Starting April 1st through December 31, there are several federally mandated acts that impact business with less than 500 employees. Are you compliant? Do you have questions?
Over the prior week’s, we have become aware of the following:
-Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act (effective April 1-December 31)
-Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (effective April 1 – December 31)
-Telework / Telecommuting
-Unemployment / Lay offs
-Reservists / National Guard being called up
-Health Insurance / Medicare and the impact
These are just a few of the many challenges facing businesses these days to manage.
Quality Transitions, your local Human Resource Business Partner, are more than happy to lend a helping hand in any of these areas or Human Resources in general.
In fact, starting Monday April 6th we will be offering Free HR Virtual Coaching sessions thru Zoom meetings for the month of April, details below. You can use the coaching session to ask clarifying questions, get advice, or ask quick questions on any topic related to Human Resources. We also have connections to a variety of professionals that specifically deal in specialized areas of Employment Law, Medicare, Health Insurance, etc. As we unite as a community, this is our way to help our neighbors weather the storm.
Maintaining open lines of communication is critical during these challenging times. Touching base with employees who are working remotely via daily / weekly communication (Zoom, Skype, etc.) will keep employees engaged and informed.
Zoom Log in Information:
Topic: Quality Transitions HR Virtual Coaching-Open to MA Businesses
To help you communicate your cancellations, changing hours, closures, takeout options/deliveries, etc. during the next few weeks, send your logo, contact information—and 50-word maximum to News@theYankeeXpress.com.
Our website home page (theYankeeXpress.com) will direct residents to your update. It will appear on our website through April 24, unless you specify different dates in your submission.
To serve customers and assist their financial needs, UniBank will remain open. Transactions are limited to ATM and DRIVE-UP TELLER SERVICE. Customers needing further assistance or access to a safe deposit box should contact their local branch. This will be in effect until further notice.
Effective Saturday, April 4, we will be updating drive-up teller hours at all* branches. Drive-Up Teller hours will be as follows:
Monday - Wednesday: 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm
Our Sutton South, Whitinsville Plaza and Shrewsbury branch locations are limited to ATM access. If you would like to visit a nearby branch for drive-up teller access, here are some close-by locations:
Call in orders with curbside pick up! Deliveries can be arranged as well
Build a Bowl, Bunless Burgers, Frozen Heat & Eat meals, and Smoothies available!
We are offering phone orders for take out with curbside pickup during this time. During this time we will also be offering deliveries for those not leaving their homes. Call in your order and we will arrange a time to deliver. Now is a great time to stock up on your freezer items, so check out our Heat & Eat part of the menu. Please follow us on FB or sign up for our weekly specials to also get updates on our hours of operation for the next few weeks as things may change.
Simply call in your order and we will run it out to you. As always we can’t begin to express how thankful we are for your support and love. We’re looking forward to a cafe full of happy smiling friends as soon as possible! Until then, be well.