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Engineering firm wins award

STURBRIDGE - Tighe & Bond, an engineering company based in Westfield, has one a Gold Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts for its work on recently completed upgrades to the town of Sturbridge's wastewater treatment facility.

The annual competition "recognizes recent engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity and client satisfaction," according to a press release.

Sturbridge's wastewater treatment plant is the first in the nation to use a full-scale combined BioMag/CoMag wastewater system, according to the release.

The implementation of the two new treatment processes have increased wastewater treatment efficiency, improved water quality, as well as reduced costs and overall environmental impact.

Unlike typical wastewater treatment processes, BioMag uses magnetite - a relatively inexpensive and readily available iron ore - that mixes with sewage microorganisms to improve processing and doubles the pace and capacity of wastewater treatment. The system also uses magnets to recycle and reuse the magnetite for wastewater treatment. The processes enabled Tighe & Bond to almost double the plant capacity without adding new tanks or substantially increasing the facility's footprint. At the same time, the technology improves nutrient removal and decreases phosphorous levels for improved water quality and reduced algae growth.

Warehouse purchased

WORCESTER - An office and warehouse building at 70-80 Fremont St. has been purchased by Craig Wardle of Pro Lawn Supply for $400,000.

Pro Lawn Supply, a wholesale supplier of landscape products, purchased the property from United Bank to expand its product services to include mulch and stone an loam, according to a press release.

Representatives from Glickman Kovago & Co. in Worcester represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction.

Boat repair store to open

SHREWSBURY - Full Throttle Marine and More, a boat and watercraft repair service, will host a grand opening today at its store on Route 20.

Brett Marcimo, the owner, will host the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is at 152 Hartford Turnpike, on Flint Pond.

Full Throttle Marine and More offers watercraft repairs, including motor diagnostics, electrical troubleshooting, accessories installation, fiberglass and gel-coat work, winterization, spring startups, shrink wrapping and storage, bottom washing, and detailing.

Greenhouse to open

LEOMINSTER - The King's Greenhouse, at 511 Lancaster St., will hold a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22., which is Earth Day.

The King's Greenhouse is an organic indoor and outdoor gardening supply store that specializes in organic lawn fertilization. Free product samples, refreshments and food will available all day.

Developers sought for Devens

DEVENS - MassDevelopment has issued a request for qualifications for residential development in the Grant Road neighborhood of Devens, a roughly 70-acre portion of the 4,400-acre former military base.

Housing - including single-family homes, duplexes, town houses and multifamily buildings - is allowed under the area's existing zoning, according to a MassDevelopment press release. The agency is seeking a developer or developers to build and market up to 120 residential units. MassDevelopment will sell the sites to the designated developers.

Devens bylaws allow maximum residential development of 282 units, of which 140 have been renovated or built. Over the past two years, developers have built and sold nearly all of the 20 zero-net-energy homes in Devens, part of a pilot project to provide examples of innovative, sustainable housing that is reasonably priced and practical. Demand for housing in the area is expected to grow with 3,200 employees and counting working in Devens.

Responses to the request for qualifications are due May 24. For more information, contact Edmund Starzec, MassDevelopment director of land entitlements, at estarzec@massdevelopment.com.

Vendors sought for sidewalk sale

The Webster Dudley Business Alliance is seeking vendors for its third annual Sidewalk Sale Event in downtown Webster.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.

Local businesses, crafters, artists, nonprofits, food vendors, entertainers and others are wanted. The cost is $10 per 6-by-8-foot space, which are free for WDBA members.

Vendors must supply their own tables and set up displays. To reserve a space, email contact@thewdba.org for a form. Sign up by June 1 to be included in a list of vendors, as well as in all publicity materials.
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