Business briefs, Dec. 21 edition


Escape Salon now under new ownership

From left to right: Mary, Carey, Melissa and Jocelyn. Photo/Submitted

Westborough – Escape Salon is pleased to announce that they are under new ownership, John and Mary Gaulin, who were the original owners of the salon. John and Mary welcome talented stylists Carey, Melissa and Jocelyn to their family-owned salon that specializes in color, cuts, extensions and retexturizing. To make an appointment with one of the stylists, see their ad in this week's Community Advocate for their direct phone number. Escape Salon is conveniently located at 76 Otis St. in Westborough.




2013 registration opens for Marlborough Youth Baseball, Girls Softball

Marlborough – Registration is now open for the 2013 Marlborough Youth Baseball and Marlborough Girls Softball season! Youth Baseball is for ages 5 – 12 as of April 30, 2013, and Girls Softball is for ages 5 – 15 as of Jan. 1, 2013.? Registration forms can be found at Cost is $100 for the first player, $90 for a second player, and $50 for a third player.? Checks can be made payable to Marlborough Youth Baseball Association (MYBA).? For further information, call 508-624-0499, or visit,, or The deadline for registrations (to be guaranteed a spot) is Feb. 8, 2013, for Girls Softball and Feb. 15, 2013, for Youth Baseball.


Home Instead Senior Care honors CAREGivers


Northborough – Two local offices of Home Instead Senior Care recently honored 42 of their 270 CAREGivers, who have been working at Home Instead for five or more years, with a special Recognition Dinner at Romaine's in Northborough.? As a senior home care agency, Home Instead provides in-home assistance to seniors, or any adult needing extra support, so they can age in place and remain safe and independent in their home. The dinner took place Nov. 14. To find out more about Home Instead, visit




Gaston elected President of NEPPFA

Shrewsbury – John “Harry” Gaston, CPF, was recently elected President of the New England Professional Picture Framers Association. The NEPPFA is the local chapter of an international professional organization (PPFA) that provides all levels of support, education and certification to its members. Gaston will be representing his chapter and attending the PPFA National Conference in Las Vegas this winter.? He is the founder and owner of Gastonart & Frame/ArtmakerZ in Shrewsbury.? Gaston is a PPFA Certified Picture Framer and 27-year veteran in the picture framing industry. Gastonart & Frame is located on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. For more information about Gastonart and Frame or the NEPPFA, visit or







Worcester County Horticultural Society announces appointment of Kathy Abbott

Kathy Abbott. Photo/Submitted

Boylston – The Worcester County Horticultural Society, which owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden, announced the appointment of Kathy Abbott as Executive Director. Abbott is a recognized leader in conservation at the state and national level, having held posts as Interim President and Executive Vice President of The Trustees of Reservations; Director of the Conservation and Recreation Campaign of The Trust for Public Land; Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; and President and CEO of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Tower Hill is located at 11 French Dr. in Boylston, and can be visited at








Avidia Charitable Foundation donates to Advocates, Inc.

Presenting the check, from l to r: David Morticelli, AVP & Marlborough Market Manager of Avidia Bank, and Liliana Mangiafico, Esq., Director of Advocacy, Benefits and Legal Services of Advocates, Inc. Photo/Submitted

Hudson – The Avidia Bank Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,000 to Advocates, Inc. Avidia Bank is a $1 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.










Rocky's Ace Hardware promotes Karen M. Gravelin

Springfield – The President and CEO of Rocky's Ace Hardware, Rocco J. Falcone II, announced that Karen M. Gravelin has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Administration.? Gravelin joined Rocky's Ace Hardware in September 2011 as Director of Human Resources. In her new role, she will be responsible for Information Technology, Organizational Development & Training, in addition to Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits. “We are very pleased to be able to promote from within the organization a talented individual with such a diverse background who is also a longtime member of our local community,” Falcone said. For more information on Rocky's Ace Hardware, visit


Mark's Moving & Storage announces California, Florida trips

Westborough – Mark's Moving & Storage is pleased to announce that they are now making frequent trips from Boston to California and Florida to assist sending your furniture and boxes. When it comes to warm weather, Mark's Moving is your relocation expert. For a free estimate, visit


Avidia Charitable Foundation donates to Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

Hudson – The Avidia Bank Charitable Foundation recently donated $9,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest for after school programs. Avidia Bank is a $1 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.