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    VERC Store Recognized for Community Commitment

    New England retailer continues to receive accolades for hiring practices.

    BOXBORO, Mass. -- A local VERC Enterprises convenience store received an award from the Central Middlesex Area Department of Developmental Services for its commitment to hiring individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

    Alice Piccirillo, manager of the VERC Boxboro Gulf at 1425 Massachusetts Ave. and an employee retained by VERC from Minute Man ARC, accepted the award, held at the Knights of Columbus in Lexington. Several Massachusetts legislators attended the awards ceremony, including Massachusetts State Sen. James Eldridge, who was also lauded for helping those with disabilities.

    "It is an honor to receive this meaningful award from the Central Middlesex Area Department of Developmental Services," said Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises. "We are proud of our commitment to employing community members with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; it is a devotion we plan to continue for many years to come."

    VERC Enterprises is well known for its community service. Last month, the retailer was named the Grand Spirit Award winner in the 2013 Convenience Store News Spirit Awards for Community Outreach.

    In addition, in 2011 VERC Enterprises was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a Best Place to Work in Massachusetts and as a Leader in Diversity and in 2011 and 2012 by the Boston Globe as a Best Place to Work in Massachusetts.

    VERC Enterprises is an independent chain of convenience stores and gas stations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company has more than 230 employees.

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