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A 1978 advertisement for the Boston TV show “Candlepins for Cash” with its host Bob Gamere.

‘Candlepins for Cash’ was a strike for Boston area television viewers

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer BOSTON - When “Candlepins for Cash” made its debut on television station WHDH in 1973, Bay Staters quickly embraced the...
Cambridge chef Joyce Chen was honored in 2014 by the U.S. Postal Service when she was included in the “Celebrity Chefs Forever” stamp series.

Cambridge’s Joyce Chen was America’s queen of Chinese cuisine

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer CAMBRIDGE - Born into a wealthy family in Peking (Beijing) China in 1917, Joyce Chen grew up in a household...
The Lynnfield Pomtastics squad performed at last year’s senior center Christmas show. Photo/Submitted

Senior cheerleading squads delight audiences in three communities and beyond

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - With pom-poms in hand and a brightly colored uniform, these cheerleaders delight the crowd. Their enjoyment is evident...
Steve Kradolfer’s “Four-Handed Illusions” magic and comedy show with performing partner Joel Acevedo has been running for 10 years and consistently selling out at the historic Hampshire House in Boston. Photo/Submitted

Magic man Steve Kradolfer stacks the deck and packs the room

By Matt Robinson, Contributing Writer BOSTON - In this era when reality is often too scary to face, the attraction of illusion and artifice can...
Binnall House is a residential community conveniently located in downtown Gardner. (Photo/Submitted)

Binnall House residential community in Gardner offers multiple amenities

GARDNER - Binnall House is a residential community conveniently located in downtown Gardner, in the central part of the state. It is within walking distance to banks,...
The late blues musician Eddie Kirkland performing at Johnny D’s nightclub in Somerville. Photo/Tom Hazeltine

Somerville nightclub Johnny D’s was a second home to many

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer The late blues musician Eddie Kirkland performing at Johnny D’s nightclub in Somerville.Photo/Tom Hazeltine SOMERVILLE – When they opened in...
Mendon author Michael Tougias has published over 30 books. Photo/Lindsey Potter

Mendon author chronicles tales of survival

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer Mendon author Michael Tougias has published over 30 books.Photo/Lindsey Potter MENDON –  Author Michael Tougias is intrigued by stories of...
The popular 1970s children’s television show “Zoom” was created almost entirely by kids at WBGH’s studios in Boston. Photo/courtesy of WGBH archives

‘Zoom’ TV show was made in Boston by and for kids

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer The popular 1970s children’s television show “Zoom” was created almost entirely by kids at WBGH’s studios in Boston.Photo/courtesy of...
David Long (Photo/Courtesy)

Shrewsbury’s David Long travels the world to capture landscapes

By Evan Walsh, Contributing Writer GRAFTON – Grafton’s Small Stones Festival of the Arts features a collection of local photography, and in 2021, the festival...
The Hilltop Steak House on Route 1 in Saugus was reported to be the highest-grossing and busiest restaurant in the entire country during its heyday. Photo/Elizabeth Thomsen Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 DEED)

Hilltop Steak House once ruled Route 1 in Saugus

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Editor SAUGUS - Once reported to be the highest-grossing and busiest restaurant in the entire country by Restaurants & Institutions magazine,...