West of 495
I've recently come across a great example of small-town journalism and wanted to post to a wider audience. The "Westminster Vine" is an online newsletter managed by Jennifer Shenk with numerous local contributors. My favorite section of the Vine is a column aka blog called "Musings of a Retired Country Gentleman." With frequent references to Seinfeld and... Read more
It appears that he can walk on water, but he can't cross the street safely in Pittsfield.
Lord Jesus Christ was hit in a crosswalk. He's a 50-year-old man from Belchertown and that is his real name. It's a miracle he wasn't hurt badly. He has already forgiven the driver. The police however cited her for failure to yield for a pedestrian in a... Read more
Daily Worcesteria reports they walked back and forth across Main Street today, holding signs with slogans like "Let us cross. It's the LAW!"
... The mayor's defense of his actions followed months of rumors that his ex-girlfriend, Stacia L. Venturi - upon discovering his relationship with Lisa L. Vallee, the economic coordinator - slapped Mr. Mazzarella on City Hall steps on Jan. 19, the day of the special election to replace... Read more
Some people spent today at Castle Island, or on the Common or just going for a walk. We drove to Worcester. It's just how we roll, plus, the kidlet had never been to the Big W. So we wondered why Lake Quinsigamond isn't a river, pondered the part of Rte. 9 where... Read more
Well, at least when it comes to rail transportation. The T&G reports today that as CSX winds down operations in its Beacon Park yard in Allston, it's planning to shift its operations to the west. And according to Transportation Secretary Jeff Mullan, the new set-up promises to "make Worcester the freight rail hub for all six New England states with east-west and north-south rail... Read more
The money will go to increased tree surveys to find potentially infected trees and to tear them down and grind them up in an attempt to stop the bug from spreading beyond the Worcester area.... Read more
Mass. High Tech reports what an Evergreen Solar executive told investors last week.
The Supreme Judicial Court today reversed an attempted-rape conviction for a man who agreed to pay an undercover Worcester cop $200 for sex with her supposed foster child, because police arrested him before he could get near the girl.
The court upheld Kerry van Bell's conviction on a charge of soliciting sex for a fee, because he agreed to hand over the money to the... Read more
Spatch is tweeting the Worcester warehouse fire, using Worcester Fire Department records.
After falling far behind other areas during the boom years, Boston has been making up lost ground during the Great Recession. That, at least, according to a new study from the Milken Institute that ranks metropolitan areas by their success at creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth, with a heavy emphasis on technology.
The study compared performance from 2003-08 to gains and... Read more
The man, identified in his suit only as John Doe, claims that in 2006, a "Cops" camera crew accompanying some Worcester officers illegally broke into his house and filmed the cops arresting him as he lay in his bed, naked and cowering in fear.
The man charges both Worcester police and the Fox crew violated his civil rights. He says he was asleep one... Read more
The Worcester PD really, really didn't like a story in the Worcester Telegram about possibly bogus master's degrees held by members of the local constabulary. Daily Worcesteria reprints a police statement, which not only says the department will give first dibs on news to local TV and radio stations but adds:
... Unfortunately, the dark, dirty, and poorly lit newsroom is affecting their... Read more
Interesting that new details are coming out, like the fact that a third of their workforce are temporary. I wonder how many of them are "independent contractors"...
The Globe also completely fails to mention that after securing money from the state... Read more