22 Jan

Dreaming of Owning Your Own Home?

Are You Dreaming of Owning Your Own Home? That’s the big question asked in the promotional material for NewVue Communities’ Homebuyer Education class. Madeline Mendoza, Housing Services Manager and the instructor for the classes convinced participants on Wednesday, January 21, that big dreams need planning and it is never too early to start.

Seventeen individuals representing 13 families jump started their new year with a commitment to learn more about buying a home. Attendees traveled from Athol, Fitchburg, Gardner, Littleton, Westminster and Worcester to participate in the first of three evening classes. Madeline engaged the group in a variety of discussions including one’s readiness to buy a home, budget and savings plans, credit and debt management, and the application and approval process for a home purchase loan.

Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s all about the snacks, and in this class the snacks are plentiful. Madeline understands that most participants who arrive for the three-hour class have likely already put in a full day. “In addition to making sure participants benefit from a carefully designed workshop, I want them to be comfortable. I want them to look forward to the next session. We hear a lot of laughter during the class and that makes everyone’s time enjoyable,” said Madeline.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey to purchase a home. The Homeowner Education classes will help you build buyer confidence, develop a workable plan, and hear about the experience of others in the group,” stated Madeline.

This class is being held in the community room of the Watermill Apartments on Water Street in Leominster. Classes are often held at the NewVue training room at 470 Main St. in Fitchburg.

Dreaming of owning your own home? Check out Future Homebuyer Classes at newvuecommunities.org or call 888-978-6261.

9 Jan

Bay Colony supports NewVue Communities Small Business Technical Assistance Program

FITCHBURG—The ideaLab in the Fitchburg State University Theater Block continues to partner with local and regional agencies in support of small business development in the city.

Bay Colony Development Corp. President and CEO Mary Mansfield recently presented a check for $10,000 to NewVue Communities Executive Director Marc Dohan to support NewVue’s Small Business Technical Assistance Program. 

Fitchburg State is redeveloping the Theater Block at 717 Main St., with the ideaLab on the second floor hosting a variety of business development initiatives in partnership with NewVue Communities. Small businesses interested in securing financing and technical assistance are encouraged to contact NewVue at 978-342-9561 or to visit their website at nvcomm.org.

The program focuses mainly on micro-enterprises (businesses with 5 or fewer employees) and very small businesses (businesses with 20 and fewer employees) and in addition to Bay Colony Development Corp. is supported by the City of Fitchburg CDBG Program, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture, City of Gardner CDBG Program, corporate grants and private donations.                           

Bay Colony Development Corp. is a Certified Development Company designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration to market, process, and close SBA 504 loans in the states of Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and certain counties in Connecticut.  The SBA 504 program provides up to 90 percent financing for commercial and mixed-use real estate purchases, new construction, equipment acquisitions, debt refinance and leasehold improvements. 

19 Dec

Stewards Celebrated at Awards Dinner

FITCHBURG:  On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, staff from NewVue Communities along with city officials celebrated the accomplishments of 11 Art Stewards and 10 Public Education Stewards. Stewards in both programs are selected for their interest in serving their community in leadership roles.  The award ceremony and dinner took place in the Hammond Hall at Fitchburg State University.

The Community Organizing department of NewVue Communities, under the direction of Francisco Ramos, trains residents to be leaders and changemakers in their communities.

Both the Art Steward Training and the Public Education Training series are designed to drive social action in the community.  The focus of the training is helping individuals to increase their awareness of, and to build their skills in, civic engagement.

Event speakers included: Mayor Stephen DiNatale; Marc Dohan, Executive Director, and Meredith Geraghty, Program Officer, both from NewVue Communities; Joseph Ferguson, Director for ReImagine North of Main Initiative,and, Joseph Bowen, Community Steward and Fitchburg Cultural Council Chair.  NewVue Communities Board Members and Stewards Quenton Chestang-Pittman and Evelina Paulino spoke about their experience as stewards and encouraged others to move the community forward with their creativity, energy and commitment to making a difference.

“Not only wast he Art Steward Program an opportunity to learn about what other creative people were doing in this area, what they had done successfully, or what they were hoping to do in the future, it was also a chance to connect with kindred spirits.  It was an opportunity to connect with fellow community members who had a common ambition to make Fitchburg a city that not only celebrates the arts but thrives on it,”stated Jessie Olson, Membership and Events Manager at the Fitchburg Art Museum.

Mayor Stephen DiNatale addressed the audience and spoke of the importance of partnerships in the City of Fitchburg, offering examples of past and current projects that have a positive impact on the city.  Mayor DiNatale called on a few members of the audience to speak about what they had learned through the Steward leadership program. Monica McNamara, Fitchburg resident and Art Steward said, “I learned a lot. I’m anxious to make things happen and to have a strong and talented team to join me. I’m excited to make things happen.”

Some Stewards have already moved forward with some concrete projects to impact the local community. Emmanuella Demosthenes, a Health Steward participating in the event, organized an event called Salsa On The Riverfront, which taught salsa classes at the Riverfront Park last summer free-of-charge to promote active living and usage of our parks. With the winter upon us, she will be holding salsa classes at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the month of January 2020, and is planning to go back to the Riverfront Park during the summer of 2020.

Several Public Education Stewards graduating last night have also taken their first steps in impacting the community by organizing a project called Inform Fitchburg, an organization of Fitchburg parents educating parents, and by joining the Parent Advisory Council within the English Acquisition Department within the Fitchburg Public School. A group of Art Stewards also graduating last night wrote and submitted a grant proposal to Mass Development trying to secure funding to open Affordable Art Studios for local artists in the downtown area of Fitchburg. Finally, a group of Stewards have also began a Voter Registration Campaign to promote electoral participation in the city.

Those who are interested in learning more about participating in the Steward Leadership Program at NewVue Communities can contact Francisco Ramos at framos@nvcomm.org.

23 Oct

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Nov. 14-16

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn all about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Gardner, Mass.

When: Nov. 14, 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Gardner Chamber of Commerce, 29 Parker St., Gardner, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

27 Sep

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Oct. 17-19

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Fitchburg, Mass.

When: Oct. 17, 18 and 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: NewVue Communities, 470 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

22 Aug

Grant gives NewVue new life for turning former Leominster school into housing

Reprinted from the Sentinel and Enterprise

By Peter Jasinski


LEOMINSTER — With a new state grant promised, NewVue Communities hopes to be able to move forward soon with its long-planned conversion of the former Carter Junior High School on West Street into affordable-housing units.

“It’s very exciting and we’re very fortunate to get this,” NewVue Executive Director Marc Dohan said. “We’ll be taking a school that’s no longer in use, that a lot of people have memories tied to, and putting it back into use. This is a critical day for us to get this funding.”

Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Tuesday that $72 million in grants had been awarded to projects throughout the state to rehabilitate and preserve nearly 2,000 housing units. The plan to create 39 units of housing in Leominster is among those listed, though no mention was made of how much money NewVue communities was awarded.

Dohan said Wednesday that he hasn’t yet been told the exact amount of money, but he’s confident it’s enough to cover the rest of the costs for the project.

He estimated that between $10 million and $11 million will come from the state.

He said the total cost of the project is about $16 million, and that NewVue has already raised between $5 million and $6 million already.

“We have some that we’re borrowing and some from other grants as well,” Dohan said.

The project has been in development for about five years, and NewVue communities has been waiting more than a year to have enough funding before being able to begin construction.

Plans for the renovation have already been completed and approved by all pertinent city departments.Once completed, the former Carter School will feature 39 affordable family housing units, 16 of which will be designated for households earning less than 30 percent the area median income. The building’s remaining units are expected to house only tenants with annual incomes between $25,000 and $50,000.

Empty since the mid-1990s, the school has experienced significant deterioration of its interior, including fire damage, a breached roof and a collapsed stairwell.

The renovation is expected to take about a year, but Dohan was unable to say when a start date might be scheduled.

“We’re trying to go over everything as quickly as we can, but we don’t have a date at this time,” he said.

Dohan said NewVue will continue to seek additional money as it considers possible upgrades to the current plan.

When reached for comment Wednesday, Ward 5 City Councilor Richard Marchand, who represents the neighborhood in which the housing units are being built, said he’s happy to hear the project is moving forward.

“The Carter building has been a contentious item in this city for decades, and I’m glad to see this proposal come to fruition,” Marchand said. “The concerns of the neighborhood have always been on the table, and I think we’re all pleased with this.”

Marchand added that he hopes rehabilitation of the property will also help alleviate current traffic problems at Hall and West streets, located at the corner of the Carter School property.

21 Aug

First-time Homebuyer Class is Slated for Sept. 19-21

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Fitchburg, Mass.

When: Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: NewVue Communities, 470 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Pre-registration and payment is required.

To learn more:  click here.

19 Jul

First-time homebuyer classes August 22-24 in Leominster

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting a first-time homebuyer class in Leominster, Mass.

When: August 22, 23 and 24, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Watermill Apartments, 142 Water St, Leominster, Mass.
Pre-registration and payment is required.
 To learn more, click here. 
26 Jun

Join Us for National Night Out Aug. 1

Join us for National Night Out – August 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What: National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

When: August 1, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lowe Park, on Elm Street in Fitchburg


  • Music
  • Food
  • Fun
  • Prizes
  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Meet Your Neighbors
  • Resources

If you have questions,

Meredith Geraghty

Director of Community Organizing

978-342-9561 Ext. 120

19 Jun

First-time homebuyer classes July 18-20 in Gardner

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next year, here is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process.

NewVue Communities is hosting first-time homebuyer classes in Gardner, Mass.

When: July 18, 19 and 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, 29 Parker St, Gardner, Mass.
 To learn more, click here.