West of 495
Worcester, MA January 27, 2009 -- The Worcester Tornadoes Professional Baseball Team has offered a contract to free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez for two years worth $24,000. The deal would pay the 12-time Major League Baseball All-Star approximately $3,000 during each month of the Can-Am Baseball Season. Unlike Major League Baseball, the Can-Am League operates with a salary... Read more
I've probably been following the whole beetle thing more closely than somebody living nowhere near Worcester should, but I must admit I'm linking to that story mainly because, like pretty much every other account today, the headline uses the phrase "Beetle battle" and I can't stop repeating that: Beetle battle. Beetle battle. Beetle battle.
Mother Nature always reminds us - perhaps in this case with a touch of irony - that the weather is something to always be respected.... Read more
Andy reports from points west - and tries hard to contain his ire at Boston media:
... Driving through Ashby and Ashburnham today was like driving through a post-hurricane scene, only with snow. The tops of 60% of the trees are simply gone along Route 119. I'm a little disappointed that the Boston Globe dedicated only one headline to this crippling storm, despite the... Read more
The Herald's Dave Wedge goes through Deval Patrick's 32-page wish list of infrastructure projects he hopes to have his pal Obama stimulate and finds several "potential pork projects," including:
$6 million to replace 20,000 trees damaged by "beetle infestation."
Nice use of quotation marks there, Dave. Never heard of the Asian Longhorned Beetle and how the feds are trying to prevent it from spreading... Read more
Lance reports his power came back on around 5 p.m. yesterday - after 124 hours.
Deval was scheduled to pop out to Blandford, MA (a "surprise" trip- perhaps to avoid boot-throwing
terrorists residents who have been without power since Thursday night?) to check out the storm damage. Instead, he cancelled his trip. Why? Bad weather: temperatures pushing 50 degrees, 10mph winds, and "slight chance of rain showers" were enough to keep the governor's helicopter away. Ah, such... Read more
From Jennifer Forman Orth's Worcester ice-storm set.
PaulM reports from Lowell:
... At Enterprise Bank's branch on Gorham Street I spoke to a friend who does our snow-plowing; he was told the power would... Read more
Jenn Forman Orth drives on a Worcester road. See if you can spot any beetles.
As if Worcester didn't already have enough problems, now comes word that residents in the beetle quarantine area are not being allowed to remove downed tree limbs:
Residents inside the Asian Longhorned beetle quarantine area have... Read more
Correspondents outside 128 tell tales of crashing trees, flooding, power going out:
In Littleton, Kelly reports:
Woke up at 2am this morning to the sounds of trees breaking and cracking and falling. Woke up this... Read more
A 4 clawed lobster was found off of Newport, RI this past Monday. Lobsterman Patrick Marks released her back in to the wild after getting pictures; I can only hope she procreates.
I know; this was in RI not MA, but one can only hope that this is a sign that there may be more multi-clawed lobsters out there, just waiting to be caught,... Read more
Lance reports on a case involving a Worcester Telegram reporter covering allegations against an online forum system she participates in regularly.
The Boston Business Journal reports the juvenile, known as Dshocker, pleaded guilty today to running a vast "botnet" of "zombie" computers (PCs infected with trojans he controlled) to break into corporate networks and run a campaign of virtual terror against competing hackers. The Register has more details. He'll do 11 months in a federal juvenile detention center.
[float=right][/float]The mother of an 8-year-old boy who shot himself to death at a supervised gun expo in Westfield yesterday says sheâ€™ll remember her son as an angel.
â€śHe was a beloved, beautiful child. He was an angel,â€ť said Suzanne Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., whose third-grade son, Christopher, died Sunday after firing an Uzi submachine gun at the Westfield Sportmanâ€™s Club.
Christopher... Read more
Mr. Pesaturo today reported:
"Marking the beginning of expanded Commuter Rail service on the MBTA's Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray today commuted to work on one of the new train trips from Worcester to Boston. Lt. Governor Murray joined other commuters on the train that departed Worcesterâ€™s Union Station at 6:05 AM.
Effective today, two early morning trips, trains #500 and... Read more
The Worcester Telegram reports State Police had to euthanize a 200-pound wild Russian boar hit by a car on Rte. 2 in Lancaster:
... Mr. Hall said he was surprised because wild boars are not supposed to be found in Massachusetts. ...
Daily Worcesteria reports tonight's episode of Fringe is set entirely in Worcester, down by the canal district.