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  • Vote November 8th
    Vote Election 2022
    Election November 8, 2022

    Gardner MA Magazine Election Center

    Gardner Magazine has a special page dedicated to the upcoming November 8, 2022 election. Visit our Election Center 2022 page for lists and links for all you want and need to know. CLICK HERE.

  • Pumpkin Patch
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    Huge Pumpkins in Gardner MA
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    Pumpkins of Erica and Jason Bosse

    Gardner MA Erica and Jason Bosse Straight from the Pumpkin Patch

    They moved to Gardner less than 4 years ago, but their pumpkins are becoming topics of conversation Erica says, “Weights of the pumpkins are 142lbs, 72.2, 72.2, 83, 59.9, 52, the type is Atlantic F1 Giant Pumpkins, seeds from Johnny Seeds. These can get over 1000lbs if you feed them and pump lots of water to them. We also cut off small baby ones to focus the growth on the large ones. Those went to our friends farm for their pigs, so no waste (Ruschioni Homestead). They have the Homestead Market on rt140 Winchendon. We trade veggies with them all the time.”

    We had squash vine borers and I did some ‘surgery’ a few times to pull the worms out of the vines, we also use BT spray a few times which is an OMRI rated spray and kills them (same stuff we use on brasicas).

    Erica also states that they get their fertilizer from Emerald City in Westminster where owner Mike “helps us out all the time.” She says they only use organic methods with omri rated fertilizers.

  • October Events
    Greater Gardner Event Listings
    October Events including Trick or Treat Greater Gardner MA

    October 2022 Greater Gardner Event Listings

    Gardner MA Fall Yard Sale is This Saturday, October 1, 2022. As of 9/24/22, there were over 3 dozen homes already participating. Latest map, CLICK HERE.

    Gardner Magazine has a dedicated page for October 2022 Events including the Gardner Yard Sale on October 1, 2022, various events during the month, and Halloween Trick or Treat times for the area as we get the info from the various communities.

    October 2022 Listings Page, CLICK HERE. Send any info of your October event to News@GardnerMagazine.com and we will be glad to add it. No event is too small. All are important to us.

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  • Successful Festival
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    Chair Luge Contestant

    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival – Oktoberfest Success in Photos

    Hundreds upon hundreds of people attended the September 24, 2022 event in Gardner Massachusetts. Complete Gallery of over 110 photos, CLICK HERE.

    The Chair Luge

    Gardner Ale House Owner Rick Walton stated that the Chair Luge crowd was the largest ever in its history. There were over a dozen contestants racing their various versions of a Chair Luge. First place: Gene’s Green Mean Machine Second Place: The Knievels Third Place: Gardner Ten Pins

    The entire day’s Festival/Oktoberfest event ran from 10am to about 9pm.

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    Successful Festival

    The Oktoberfest

    The Oktoberfest taking place at the Gardner Ale House included the Moonlighter challenge in which the contestant is challenged with a device and attempts to maneuver the beer to be able to get at least a sip, thus claiming a free beer. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE

    The Beer Tent and various other vendors are seen in the Complete Gallery.

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    Pops Sweet-Harts Ice Cream Truck & Cotton Candy

    The Food

    The Food Trucks were busy including the Ice Cream Lady at Pops Sweet-Harts, Tata’s Fonda, and Simmy’s Polish Express. People seemed to enjoy the food. And of course, lots more food was to be had at the German Beer Garden at Gardner Ale House.

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    Simmy’s Polish Express
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    Tata’s Fonda

    Hundreds and hundreds enjoyed the food in Downtown Gardner MA.

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    Dot Line Curve Creations

    Merchants will now be getting ready for Gardner’s 100th Christmas Season as a City – Make It a Downtown Christmas coming soon….

    The Shopping

    One of the popular businesses frequented by Fabulous Fall Festival goers was Dot Line Curve Creations on Parker Street, a relatively new Gardner MA business. Other popular spots were the Velvet Goose and John’s Sport Shop. More photos in the Complete Gallery, CLICK HERE.

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    The Velvet Goose
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    John’s Sport Shop

    The Music Entertainment Ranged from a Bavarian Orchestra at the Oktoberfest to a One Man Singing Ensemble of Favorites on Main Street

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    Ryan Hood Playing on Main Street Gardner MA
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    Hofbrahaus Bavarians German Folk Band

    Hundreds turned out to hear the music in Gardner on September 24, 2022.

    An unfortunate incident did occur. Around 1pm, a vehicle accident occurred due to a medical issue. In our photo gallery, you’ll see the quick response from Gardner, Fire, Police, and Ambulance personnel. The driver was taken to Heywood Hospital. Driver is not shown in photos, just the vehicle and Public Safety Response. It has been reported that the driver is deceased. Our condolences to the family.

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  • Mayor’s Update 9-23-22
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    Mayor’s Update 9-23-22

    Watch the Mayor’s Update on the City of Gardner’s YouTube page or on our Mayor’s Update page, CLICK HERE. Or, listen right here, playable on any device.

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson 9-23-22
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    Mariachi Band at City Hall
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    A Celebratory Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson Addresses the Chair City

    The Mayor was full of thanks, congratulations, and reflection on a successful couple of years. However, he began by thanking those who came out to the Hispanic Heritage Event this past week and said he looks “forward to seeing how we can continue to grow that event year after year.”

    Mayor Nicholson congratulated the organizations which have had ribbon cuttings. He mentioned the ground breaking ceremony for the new Surgical Pavilion at Heywood Hospital and the dedication of Yavorsky Way.

    Nicholson reminded everyone about the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Downtown Gardner, and thanked those involved in the event’s organization. See other article, CLICK HERE. New this year will be a segment called New Kids on the Block to recognize all the new businesses which have opened up and the Mayor went through a big list of the new businesses and of the buildings which have been purchased for renovation.

    The Mayor also mentioned the Recovery Event taking place Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5pm in Perry Auditorium at Gardner City Hall featuring guest speaker Brandon Novak and told of the Domestic Violence Vigil taking place October 3rd at 6pm on the front steps of City Hall.

    Mayor Nicholson spoke of the pulverizing of Kendall Street and Warwick Street and the continuing paving work in the Douglas and Robillard Street area.

    Listen to the update on any device by clicking Play.

    Nicholson Update 9-23-22

    Interested in coming to Gardner? Contact the helpful folks at Economic Development. CLICK HERE.

  • Happy Birthday Mayor
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    Happy Birthday

    Amidst a City Bustling Anew with Activity, Gardner Magazine releases an original poem in honor of Mayor Michael Nicholson’s 28th Birthday. CLICK HERE

  • Win… Win..

    Gardner Magazine Releases Downtown Gardner Win Win Song and Narrative to celebrate the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest. Play on any device.

    Downtown Gardner MA Win Win Win
  • Downtown
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    Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival
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    Gardner MA “Oktoberfest” Celebration

    Saturday, October 24, 2022 is it! The Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest in Downtown Gardner MA.

    Combined Event Flyer/Brochure pdf CLICK HERE

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    Parker Street Downtown Gardner MA
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    Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest

    It is slated to be one of the biggest and most fun events of the year! Dozens of businesses and organizations are participating. It’s an opportunity to shop Downtown Shops and Restaurants, peruse the wares of various Street Vendors, enjoy the cuisine of Food Trucks, contribute pasta to the Gardner CAC’s Macaroni Mile, view creatures from Reptiles Shows of New England, partake in Sidewalk Art, Crafts, and Super Heroes, attend a paint party, rock painting, and crafts, take a chance on the Lions Club Raffle, use the Selfie Station on Central Street, View a Pottery Making Demonstration, meet Rocky the Police K-9, enjoy the German Beer Garden at the Gardner Ale House, listen to the GHS/GMS Band and Chorus, enjoy DJ Ryan Hood, participate in the Chair Luge, and hear LIVE MUSIC on stage. An event like this only comes up every once in a while. Don’t miss it.

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event: Complete Event Schedule/Brochure, CLICK HERE

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    Happy Trails Parker Street Downtown Gardner MA

    All the Happy Trails lead to Downtown Gardner MA this Saturday September 24, 2022

    The merchants of Downtown Gardner are ready to welcome you this Saturday, September 24th for the Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest. Happy Trails has been in Downtown for decades, and visibly has great looking merchandise.

    Dozens of shops with friendly store owners are waiting to greet you on Saturday. Don’t miss this great event for everyone in your family!

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event: Complete Event Schedule/Brochure, CLICK HERE

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    Downtown Flower Pots

    The friendly folks from Valley Florist and Greenhouses were in Downtown Gardner putting out these fabulous flower pots for the Fabulous Fall Festival. Their smiles are contagious aren’t they?

    Schedule of Events Saturday, September 24, 2022Festival/Oktoberfest

    Highlights of Events at specific times include: 10:30 am – New Kids on the Block! hosted by Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson with a chance to meet the newest Downtown Business owners and Property owners, 10:45 am – GHS Cheer! and SAS All Stars Cheer! 11:00 am until 9:00 pm – German Beer Garden at the Ale House 11:00 am GHS Band Concert 11:20 am GMS Chorus Concert 12 noon to 2pm Ryan Hood plays all your favorites from the 1950’s to today. 11:30 am -Tapping of the Oktoberfest Keg 1:00pm – Men & Women’s Stein holding Competition 2:00 pm Gardner Chair Luge – on Parker Street in front of Gardner Ale House. 3:30 pm – Live Music on the Stage begins3:30pm – Headliner Gino Matteo, 5:15pm – Matt Swanton Band, 6:30pm New Pond Fondle. And it all wraps up by 9:00pm.

    Food Trucks expected include Pops Sweet-Harts, Tata’s Fonda, and Simmy’s Polish Express.

    Event Schedule provides details on all participants and the times of every single event. Printable Info: Combined Event Flyer pdf, CLICK HERE

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    Looking Great – Downtown Gardner MA – September 2022

    Fresh Paving & Sidewalks – Easy Shopping and Dining – Exciting Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest Saturday Sept. 24, 2022. … Don’t Miss It! Click on any photo for larger view.

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    Tanguay Jewelers on Connors Street, Downtown Gardner
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    Gardner Outlet Furniture Downtown Gardner
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    Parker Street Towards Central Street, Downtown Gardner
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    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library Downtown Gardner MA
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    Main and Pleasant Streets, Downtown Gardner MA
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    Pops Sweet-Harts Ice Cream Truck to be at Festival/Oktoberfest
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    Tata’s Fonda Food Truck will be at the Festival
    Simmys Polish Express
    Simmy’s Polish Express will be at the Festival

    Decanted Wine Truck was granted a special one day Liquor license at a special meeting of the Gardner License Commission on 9-22-22.

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    Decanted Wine Truck will be at the Festival offering Signature Cocktails

    Don’t Miss the Gardner MA Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest – All Events: Combined Event Flyer pdf, CLICK HERE

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson made a statement about the combined event including traffic considerations: Click Play.

    The Mayor has another reason to celebrate on 9-24-22. It’s his 28th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Mayor Nicholson. We wish you many more!

    Mayor Nicholson Regarding Fabulous Fall Festival and Oktoberfest.
  • Heywood Construction
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    Heywood Hospital Gardner MA 9-16-22

    Heywood Construction Making Progress in Gardner MA

    Sometime in the next year or so, Heywood Hospital will have a new Surgical Wing. During the past months, employees, patients, and visitors to the Hospital would hear announcements about upcoming blasting which was to be done. Operating Rooms would receive special warnings 30 seconds before a blast to avoid costly mistakes in ongoing surgeries or procedures. Now, the next phase has begun and we have a complete Photo Gallery, CLICK HERE.

    UPDATE: 9-22-22 – Heywood Hospital has held the ground breaking for the Surgical Pavilion and dedicated a new access road. We obtained these photos from a Social Media post of Mayor Nicholson. Click on any photo for larger view.

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    Heywood Ground Breaking
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    Yavorsky Way dedicated in honor of late Director of Facilities Frank Yavorosky
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    Heywood Ground Breaking
  • City Council 9-19-22
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    Informal City Council Meeting September 19, 2022
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    City Council Regular Meeting 9-19-22

    Gardner MA City Council Meets Twice on September 19, 2022

    Informal Meeting of 9/19/22 – The City Council met to hear a presentation on the Gardner Fire Department Audit. Scope of the audio included 4 major items: Emergency Medical System Review, Overview of Facility Needs, Civil Service Pros and Cons, and Current Staffing Model. Mayor Nicholson introduced presenter Chief John Parow of the consulting firm which did the audit over the last 6 months. Following the presentation, Councilor Walsh complimented the thoroughness of the report. Agenda,, CLICK HERE. Watch the meeting on YouTube, on our City Council page, or listen on any device by clicking Play.

    Informal City Council Meeting 9-19-22

    Regular Meeting of 9/19/22 – The Gardner MA City Council met in its regular meeting on September 19, 2022.

    The City Council reviewed and approved various appointments, approved payments for two bills received for an expense for last year, took up the appointments of two firefighters who were sworn in, and Council President Kazinskas reminded the Council that the Charter item will be taken up in an October informal meeting. Agenda, CLICK HERE.

    Councilor New Business and Comments

    In new business. Councilor Heath invited the Greater Gardner Community to the Fabulous Fall Festival this Saturday. He reminded everyone that the Chair Luge was back. Also, that the Gardner Price Chopper’s 10th anniversary was this Sunday. Councilor Mack commented on the amount of donations that we’ve had the last couple of months. “It’s great that they’ve been so in the fore front of our agenda lately.” Councilor Walsh commented on the plan to buy a new ambulance with ARPA funds and that those funds are not subject to appropriation by the City Council. He stated that City Council should know where the funds are being spent. Gardner has received just under $6.2 million. Curious to know how money has been spent. Mayor Nicholson stated that the City has about another $1 million in unobligated ARPA funds. And the City just received a perfect audit for the second year in a row. Hear the new business right here. Just click Play.

    City Council Regular Meeting 9-19-22
    City Council 9-19-22 New Business
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    Councilor Dana Heath Invited all to the Fabulous Fall Festival
  • Community Center?
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    Council on Aging September 12, 2022
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    Gardner Community Center (under consideration)

    News of possible Gardner MA Community Center shared at Council on Aging Meeting

    At the Gardner Council on Aging Meeting of 9-12-22, Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson and State Representative Zlotnik spoke about the possibility of Waterford Street School becoming a Community Center for Gardner Residents as well as a place to relocate a much roomier Senior Center.

    View the entire meeting on YouTube, CLICK HERE, or listen on any device by clicking Play.

    Council on Aging September 12, 2022
  • Hispanic Heritage
    National Hispanic Heritage Month
    Hispanic Heritage Month

    What did the Mariachi Band sound like? Well here’s a short sample.

    Mariachi Band At City Hall

    Many Gardner Residents Had Supper at City Hall on Tuesday September 20, 2022

    The City of Gardner celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 5:30pm on the front steps of City Hall on Pleasant Street. In addition to exciting Hispanic Food Trucks, there was live Mariachi music. Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson posted the day after the event, “Great time last night for the City’s second annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! Great to see people enjoying the music. Thank you to Holy Family Academy MA for providing by coffee from Brilla Coffee Roasters and to Stephen DiNatale – Mayor of Fitchburg for joining as well! Also thank you to the Gardner High School Senior Nelli Esquedero for writing a poem for the event as well!”

    National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th nationwide. The Library of Congress hosts a website with more information. CLICK HERE. (This article was updated after the event)

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  • Mayor’s Update 9-16-22
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    Mayor’s Update 9-16-22

    Watch the Mayor’s Updates on the City of Gardner’s YouTube page or on our Mayor’s Update page, CLICK HERE. Or, listen on any device. CLICK Play.

    Mayor’s Update September 16, 2022

    Mayor Nicholson reminded the public that the Gardner City Council will meet on Monday, September 19th. Informal Meeting 6:30pm re the Gardner Fire Department Audit. Agenda and Packet CLICK HERE. Regular Meeting at 7:30pm. Agenda and Packet, CLICK HERE.

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    Rear of City Hall Gardner MA

    Enthusiastic Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson speaks from Gardner Elementary School library.

    In a lengthy, but fast-moving, exciting, informative, and interesting update, Mayor Nicholson spoke first about the Gardner Elementary School. He spoke about initial pickup issues. The Mayor also explained the safety protocols in place to protect students stating, “It’s a very safe school. A very effective 21st Century environment.”

    The Mayor thanked Tender Heart Veterinary Care and Dr. Wood for offering to provide free checkups for K9 Rocky of the Gardner PD.

    Nicholson explained that due in part to watering restrictions being eliminated, flower boxes are being deployed in Downtown and South Gardner. Sponsorships through mid-November are $75.

    The Mayor spoke of various milestones, dates, and events including: SK Pierce Mansion had their ribbon cutting after 12 years of renovations and is now open to public tours. Monday, 9-19 is adult care day. Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting is 9-21. On September 23rd, Prevention month will be celebrated at Gardner City Hall. The Fabulous Fall Festival and Octoberfest is Saturday, September 24th with the Chair Luge back this year as well.

    2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 will be a celebration at City Hall with live Mariachi music this year.

    Mayor’s Update 9-16-22
  • Road Safety
    Road Safety Grant Awards
    Road Safety Grand Awards

    Greater Gardner MA Communities to Receive Municipal Road Safety Grant Awards

    State Senator Anne Gobi announced on 9-15-22 that just over $300,000 is being awarded to Police Departments across the Worcester and Hampshire District who completed a highly competitive application process which included plans to improve traffic safety training, upgrade equipment and increase enforcement efforts.

    The Senator stated, “The data shows that drivers continue operating at high rates of speed, distracted and impair driving puts lives needlessly at risk. ….I look forward to my towns and cities being able to take action to keep our communities safe.”

    Area communities receiving funding include Barre, Gardner, Oakham, Princeton, Rutland, and Westminster.

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  • Cronin Book
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    Just Policing – Edward F. Cronin

    Former Gardner MA Police Chief Edward Cronin Writes “Just Policing; My Journey to Police Reform.”

    The self-published book is dedicated “For Sue, My love and partner.” and acknowledges a number of individuals. Cronin states, “Writing this book has been a very long process that began several years ago. It wasn’t until I met and talked with my co-author Dayna Kendall, that this book finally came to life. “ Cronin met often with Kendall at various coffee shops.

    The forward to the book was written in March of 2022 by Dr. Sayra Pinto, the Chief Practitioner of Moon Jaguar Strategies, who writes in part, “I think you should read this book because I had goosebumps the entire time that I read it….story of a man who taught me, over four years, the difference between the police in Honduras and what the police can be in the United States….This book tells the story of what America can be: A land where laws, votes, relationships, and visions count….a teaching tool in the creation of the America that will belong to all of us.”

    The kindle version with a short preview of the book is available on Amazon. CLICK HERE

    There is also a website for the book: CLICK HERE

    Revealing is who Cronin thanks. Chair of the Criminal Justice Program, Dr. Eve. Buzawa at Umass. For inspiring his critical thinking. Friends including Renee Berrian from Project Harmony in Waitsfield, Vermont. Former Fitchburg Police Department supervisor, Captain Joseph Carbone for quietly mentoring, encouraging, and guiding Cronin. Attorney Ed Ryan for critical assistance in becoming a a police officer and for supporting and assuring Cronin’s appointment as Fitchburg Police Chief. To Systems thinking expert Carol Sharicz who he credits to helping reduce crime in Fitchburg. To Board Chair of Moon Jaguar Strategies and Chief Restorative Practitioner Syra Pinto for helping him understand the consequences of systemic racism and applying corrective methods. His daughter Jessica for her birth, love, presence, enjoyment, helping to sustain him and inspire him to lead a life of growth and support of others. To his stepchildren Aaron and Cicely. And to his wife Susan, who has been at his side for 37 years.

    Chapters in the book include: 1. Epiphany: A Christmas Nightmare 2. Growing Up: Sorting Through Bedlam 3. Learning Policing: The Real Story 4. Umass Lowell: Putting in the Extra Effort 5. Learning the Job: Trying to Organize Chaos 6. Oxford: What I Thought I Knew 7. Russia: Shock and Awe 8. Gardner Police: Careful What You Ask For 9. Project Harmony: Taking it to the International Community 10. Return to Fitchburg; Executing the Plan 11. Bag Job: Or Who Stole My Cheese! 12. Sayra and Systems: Finally, There was hope! 13. Searching for Answers: Unexpected Results 14. In the Shadows: Negotiating the Pain 15. A Virus Takes Leave: Back to the International Arena 16. My Stay at the Lodge: More Success for Fitchburg 17. Moldovan Life and Politics: Proving Myself Again! 18. The Plan and the Mission: From Corruption to Success! 19. Just Police Reforms: History Tells Us So!

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  • SK Pierce Mansion
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    SK Pierce Mansion 4 West Broadway Gardner MA

    Complete Property Record Card, CLICK HERE Architectural Digest has a listing of the most beautiful haunted places in the world, CLICK HERE

    Reportedly Haunted 150 Year-old SK Pierce Mansion Renovated and Open for Tours

    Built in 1875, the SK Pierce Mansion was purchased on July 22, 2015 by Robert J. and Allison M. Conti of Manalapan, New Jersey for the purpose of eventually opening it as a Bed and Breakfast while also offering Historical/Haunted tours. While many original features of the property were intact, it has taken 7 years of renovation to restore the place.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 15, 2022, and now the SK Pierce Mansion is now open for tours which cost $25. According to Robert Conti, “The Pierce Mansion is considered the most haunted house in Massachusetts and the 9th most haunted house in America.” The Mansion employs caretaker Marion Luoma, Curator Ken Watson, resident psychic Memie Watson, and a recently hired staff of 11 tour guides. Bookings can be made through the website, CLICK HERE.

  • Genuine Gardner Today
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    It was a time to celebrate what is genuinely Gardner on the beautiful day of September 15, 2022

    This is our regular feature, “Genuine Gardner.” What is special about the Chair City.

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    U.S. Flag of Respect at 42-52 Parker Street, Gardner

    Patriotism is Genuine Gardner

    Work continued at 42-52 Parker Street, but only the eagle eye would spot the United States flag on the building.

    Undoubtedly, the owner put it there out of a sense of respect, not knowing it would be noticed. But it was. And it is this sense of goodness which is Genuine Gardner. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

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    Gardner Elementary School 9-15-22

    Education is Genuine Gardner

    The pristine and majestic new Gardner Elementary School stood as a testament to Gardner’s bright future. This hall of learning welcomed students on September 15, 2022 and is Genuine Gardner.

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    Monument Park 9-15-22

    Monument Park

    Monument Park was utilized over the summer for concerts enjoyed by many. In fact, it was a summer with no Saturday rain outs. On this day, Monument Park was a source of information from the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center.

    Supporting our veterans is also Genuine Gardner.

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    The Chair sign Downtown Gardner MA

    Embracing Gardner’s Heritage

    The Chair was hardly noticed by most who passed it by. But this Chair in the sign at Parker Street and West Lynde Street serves to illustrate the wonderful heritage of furniture making which has graced Gardner MA over the course of time.

    This heritage is Genuine Gardner.

    View our article on Gardner’s Big Chair, CLICK HERE

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    Levi-Heywood Memorial Library

    Learning and Knowledge is Genuine Gardner

    Serving those who thirst for knowledge was the Levi-Heywood Memorial Library, also proudly displaying the Star Spangled Banner.

    This wonderful repository of culture and learning is Genuine Gardner.

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    Transit Man

    The new Maki Park will be using a terraced approach due to the slope of the terrain. It is expected to be a beautiful addition to Downtown Gardner.

    The Start of Maki Park

    The Transit Man and his fellow Surveyor became part of the cycle of Gardner MA History on September 15, 2022 as they marked off part of the future Maki Park on Parker Street. It will be another way for Gardner to be a great place to Live, Work, Play, and Visit.

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    Surveying Future Maki Park
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    The Happy Ducks of Crystal Lake

    Nature is Genuine Gardner

    While everyone in Gardner did their thing, the creatures of Crystal Lake enjoyed a beautiful day quacking about.

    Yes, even the ducks of Crystal Lake are Genuine Gardner.

    More Crystal Lake photos, CLICK HERE

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    Paramount Cafe

    Paramount Cafe 46 Main Street, Gardner MA

    Launched in the 30s about a decade after Gardner became a City, the Paramount Cafe is Genuine Gardner.

    With a 4.5 and 55 reviews on Google, customers generally love the place. Some comments, “Been going to this place for over 40 years…”, “…great grill cook and friendly server, this is your place.”, “Small Town diner with hearty meals at reasonable prices.”, “…good old fashioned breakfast and lunches”, “Real old school diner good food great prices”, “We go here almost once a week”, “First cafe in town to open up shop each morning, 5AM”, “Great classic diner food”, “The best place for breakfast and lunch”. The building housing Paramount Cafe is part of the 46-54 Main Street parcel and has been owned by Local 154 UFWA AFL CIO since 1977.

    The Chair City of Gardner, Massachusetts is Genuinely Special. Visit our Gardner is a Great Place page, CLICK HERE. Our Share the Chair page, CLICK HERE.

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  • GFC 9-15-22
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    Gardner MA Finance Committee September 15, 2022

    Watch the meeting on YouTube or listen to it right here on any device. CLICK PLAY.

    Finance Committee 9-15-22

    Gardner MA Finance Committee Goes Over a Wide Range of Topics

    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson appeared before the Finance Committee regarding various funding requests. He also detailed that Tender Heart Veterinary Care is donating regular office visits for K-9 Rocky and discounting any future procedures by 30%, and went over his request to handle Senior Center finances in such a way that funds are available as unanticipated expenses come up.

    The Mayor explained the Flower Pots in Downtown and South Gardner are featuring flowers from Valley Florists. Sponsorships are $75 for remainder of this year.

    Inquisitive Counselors asked the Mayor to change his hat to that of Chairman of the School Committee for an update on the New Elementary School. Mayor Nicholson indicated that the inside was 98% done, explaining that hot lunches are now available. However, the outside construction will take an additional 8 months to a year and they are working on getting one playground operational. Student dropoff and pickup is getting better after a chaotic first day.

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  • Drought Outlook
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    Seasonal Drought Outlook Greater Gardner MA

    NOAA Releases Seasonal Drought Outlook including Greater Gardner MA.

    Gardner Massachusetts is currently in Severe Drought (D2), after having recently improved from a D3. Drought conditions are expected to remain but improve over the next 3 months.

    Droughts come and go as you can see from the graph of the last 100 years. The graph links to an HD version of the graphic.

    Drought Conditions 1922 to 2022
    Greater Gardner Drought 1922 to 2022 – source Drought.gov CLICK IMAGE for HD view.
  • 40 under 40 Award
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    Gardner MA Mayor Nicholson Accepts Award

    At the age of 27, Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson was recognized by the Worcester Business Journal as one of this year’s 40 under 40. Photo shown is the Mayor accepting the award at a recent banquet.

    Natalia Oliver, Chief of staff for the City of Fitchburg, was also part of the group. To view the publication’s article on all of this year’s 40 under 40, CLICK HERE.

    To view our previous article on this, CLICK HERE

  • Art of Confusion
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    Conservation Commission 9-12-22

    Gardner MA Conservation Commission Perfects Art of Confusion at “Something” of 9-12-22

    It is presented as a meeting of the Conservation Commission, but it is more like a conversation. Watch it on YouTube. Or listen to it right here. Just click play.

    Conservation Commission September 12, 2022

    Rarely is a meeting of individuals a recipe for confusion. Gardner Magazine has no idea what the purpose of this gathering was. Was it to have a meeting, a discussion, complain about something, or were they putting on a play? It’s hard to tell. So we present the recording here for you to listen to, and we also had a transcription done of the entire conversation. View Transcript. CLICK HERE.

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  • City Council 9-19-22
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    Gardner City Council at last meeting

    Gardner MA City Council to Address Fire Department Audit in Informal Session

    The Gardner MA City Council will have two meetings on Monday September 19, 2022. The first will be an informal meeting at 6:30pm to go over the Fire Department Audit. Complete Packet and Agenda, CLICK HERE. The second meeting at 7:30pm will be the regular meeting. Complete Packet and Agenda, CLICK HERE.

  • Gardner – People are Back
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    Population Density per square mile
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    Gardner Centennial as a City 1923 – 2023

    Gardner MA Population Highest in History: 21,499, but still more open space than elsewhere.

    Annual Growth rate now .5%: 100 years ago, Gardner’s population was about 17,000, rising to over 19,000 by 1930. Population was up and down over the years, rising to over 20,000 by 1940 and back to just under 18,000 by 1980. By 1990, the number of people in Gardner was back over 20,000 again, 50 years after it first had that distinction. Over the next 20 years, numbers rose gradually, with a consistent annual growth rate of .5% since 2011. It is estimated that Gardner added just over 100 residents per year in the last decade. With a land area of 22.1 square miles, Gardner’s population density is 974 per square mile. In contrast, Fitchburg has 1519 per square mile, Leominster 1540 per square mile, Worcester 5,664 per square mile, Springfield 4,910 per square mile and Boston 14,217 per square mile. Gardner has more open space and more breathing room than any nearby City.

    Labor Force: Over 90 percent of Gardner residents were born in the U.S. and more than ¾ were born in Massachusetts. Just under 3% of Gardner residents are not U.S. citizens. Just under 60 percent participate in the Labor Force with an Unemployment rate of about 5 percent – highest among youths 16-19, young adults 20-24, and those 60-64.

    Veterans: Gardner has 1,266 veterans: Vietnam -448, Second Gulf War-211, First Gulf War-188, Korea-149, and World War II-70

    Languages: 86% of Gardner residents speak only English, while 14% speak other languages. Spanish is spoken by just under 7% of the population.

    Data source: World Population Review

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  • Women – Gardner PD
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    Officers Dorval, Morgan, and Laderoute

    Gardner PD Celebrated Women in Law Enforcement Day on September 12, 2022

    From Gardner PD, “The GPD is honored to have Officer Dorval, Officer Morgan and Officer Laderoute as members of this department. Thank you for your continued service and top notch professionalism. This picture was taken on September 3rd when all three women had worked their first shift together!”

    Nationally and in Massachusetts, approximately 1 in 8 police officers are women. More on the history of Women in Law Enforcement in the United States from wikipedia. CLICK HERE.

  • Go Forward Gardner
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    Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson September 12, 2022

    Listen to this interview and discover the greatness of the Chair City and why Gardner is drawing so much interest from prospective residents, businesses, and industry. Read the entire interview and article, CLICK HERE. Or, Listen on any device.

    Interview: Michael Nicholson – Go Forward with Gardner

    Go Forward with Gardner MA – An Interview with Mayor Michael Nicholson

    In an interview with Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson conducted by Publisher Werner Poegel on Monday September 12, 2022, the Mayor spoke candidly about how Gardner is meeting the challenges in its present and why the Chair City has become so attractive to individuals wishing to relocate, businesses interested in a place for success, and industries desiring a good place to make things. While in the process of evolving from its past, Gardner has inadvertently drawn a huge amount of attention and has even become a model to some for how a small City should operate. Our interview is with one of the City of Gardner’s greatest cheerleaders, Mayor Michael Nicholson. Entire interview and article text, CLICK HERE.

    We asked the Mayor about apartments, jobs, family safety, open spaces and parks, culture including music and the arts, highway access, public transportation, restaurants, roads and bridges, infrastructure, schools, libraries, wellness/exercise, and even raising a family. We spoke about the increasing draw Gardner is having to bring in business and industry. And we spoke about Gardner’s future. Read the entire interview and article, CLICK HERE. Or, Listen on any device. Just click Play.

    Go Forward with Gardner – Michael Nicholson 9-12-22

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  • Award-Winning Ramen Spot Opens at Dedham's Legacy Place
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    [This story first appeared on Boston Restaurant Talk.] Last spring, it was reported that an award-winning group of ramen spots would be opening its second outlet in the Greater Boston area. Now we have learned that the place is up and running. According to a press release, Menya Jiro is now open in Dedham, moving into a space at Legacy Place across the parking lot from Gap and next to Urban Outfitters. The new location of the Japan-based group of restaurants joins another in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, and in addition to ramen and other options, the new outlet also features yakitori-style skewered meats, seafood, and veggies that are grilled over hot coals. Menya Jiro, which also has locations in New York City and is looking at opening another outlet in Boston’s Seaport District, has been mentioned by Thrillist as being one of “The Best Ramen Restaurants in America.” The address for Menya Jiro in Dedham is 756 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA, 02026. The website for the Boston-area locations of Menya Jiro can be found at https://menyajiro-boston.com/ [Earlier Article]Menya Jiro to Open at Legacy Place in Dedham by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)[A related post from our sister site (Boston’s Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]NOTE: Leslie Hurwitz, who is the father of Marc (the founder of this site) is currently dealing with health issues and needs your help. Please donate if you can at https://gofund.me/76d8ba28, thanks!

  • Mass. AG Slaps Cleaning Company With Over $65,000 in Labor Violations Citations
    by Matt Fortin on September 26, 2022 at 11:31 am

    A cleaning company is facing over $65,000 in citations for allegedly violating state labor laws, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced in a news release Monday. MP Star Professionals, which operates as Cleaning Pros, and its owner Christian Perez, were issued the citations for several alleged violations, including failure to pay wages, failure to furnish payroll records, failure to permit employees to earn and use sick time, failure to pay overtime, forcing workers to pay for their own supplies and for wrongly classifying employees as independent contractors, according to the release from AG Maura Healey’s office. The AG’s Fair Labor Division began its investigation into the company after getting complaints from workers, the agency said. The company is based in New York, but is frequently contracted to clean Boston area properties. The company allegedly failed to produce records in response to multiple payroll demands from the Fair Labor Division, according to the news release. The AG’s office had to instead resort to using self-reported records from workers during an “extensive audit”, which determined the company “failed to pay wages to employees, failed to reimburse workers for the cost of cleaning supplies, failed to pay overtime for all hours worked beyond 40 in a week, prevented workers from accessing earned sick time and in some instances, retaliated against workers for calling in sick by not assigning them work”, according to the news release. Prosecutors also allege that MP Star misclassified workers as independent contractors. In a related case, Florida-based company CorpHousing Group has been cited $15,000 for allegedly failing to provide records to the AG’s office. CorpHousing frequently contracted with MP Star to have properties it manages in the Boston area cleaned. The AG’s office claims that MP Star targeted Spanish-speaking women “due to language and cultural barriers that can make it more difficult for these employees to assert their rights”. The AG’s office says wage violations come up frequently in the cleaning industry. More Massachusetts News north andover Sep 25 Woman, 21, Killed in Head-on Crash in North Andover Massachusetts 17 hours ago Motorcyclist Killed in Boylston Crash

  • School Bus, Dump Truck Crash on Cape Cod, Sending Drivers to Hospital
    by Asher Klein on September 26, 2022 at 11:28 am

    A school bus driver was seriously injured when the vehicle crashed with a small dump truck on Cape Cod Monday morning, police said. No students were on board the bus in the crash on River Road in Barnstable, local police said. Its driver is expected to survive, and the driver of the dump truck had minor injuries. The front end of the school bus was crushed in the collision, according to footage from the scene. The bus and truck, a Ford F-550, crashed about 7:20 a.m. near Rosa Lane in Marston Mills, police said. The school bus driver was taken to South Shore Hospital; the dump truck driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone would be charged in the crash. Barnstable police said state and regional police were helping to investigate.

  • Candy Corn Sold in Mass., Conn. Recalled Over Allergy Risk
    by Asher Klein on September 26, 2022 at 10:57 am

    As Halloween season kicks into gear, some packages of candy corn have been recalled from stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The candy from Arcade Snacks, of Auburn, Massachusetts, may have egg that wasn’t noted on the packaging, which would present a risk to people with egg allergies, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration recall notice issued Friday. No one has reported getting sick from the candy corn. The 15-ounce packages that have been recalled were sold at the following stores in Massachusetts: FoodiesJohnson Roadside Farm Market in SwanseaDonelan’s SupermarketsFieldstone Farm Market in MarionWindfall Market in Falmouth They were also sold at Highland Park Market in Glastonbury, Connecticut, according to the recall notice. The recalled packages have a UPC code of #0 18586 00114 4 and the best-by date March 8, 2023. Anyone with a recalled package can return it for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call Arcade Snacks at 508-832-6300 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More candy news Hershey Co Jul 29 Hershey Warns It Won't Be Able to Fully Meet Demand for Halloween Candy skittles Jul 17 Lawsuit Against Skittles Claims the Candy Is ‘Unfit for Human Consumption' Business Jul 16 These Pandemic Snacking and Drinking Habits Are Here to Stay, Candy and Booze Companies Say

  • Man Charged With Punching Woman in the Face, Stealing 7-Year-Old's PlayStation
    by Marc Fortier on September 26, 2022 at 10:49 am

    A Revere man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly broke into a Boston woman’s home, punched her in the face and stole money and a PlayStation video game console that belonged to her 7-year-old son. Andrew Pucci, 29, is charged with assault and battery, home invasion and malicious destruction of property over $1,200. Prosecutors said that around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Boston police responded to a report of a domestic incident on Hanover Street. When they got there, the victim reportedly told officers that Pucci kicked in her front door, entered her apartment and punched her in the face, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said. The woman told police she then fled to the bathroom with her 7-year-old son and locked the door, but Pucci kicked in the bathroom door, kicked two plastic bins being used to barricade the door into her, and then fled when another person arrived at the scene. The woman said Pucci stole money from her wallet, her apartment keys and her son’s PlayStation. The district attorney’s office said the victim refused medical treatment. Pucci was arrested later that night when Massachusetts General Hospital security notified police that he had checked into the hospital’s emergency department. He was arraigned Friday and ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing this week. More Boston stories 8 hours ago Wu Seeks to Overhaul Boston's Zoning Board of Appeal Roxbury 4 hours ago Man Who Allegedly Shot at Boston Police Officer Expected in Court

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