West of 495

By - 6/3/10 - 6:47 pm

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.

By - 5/7/10 - 11:25 am

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 crosswalk.

By - 4/20/10 - 5:14 pm

Daily Worcesteria reports they walked back and forth across Main Street today, holding signs with slogans like "Let us cross. It's the LAW!"

By - 4/17/10 - 11:32 am

Conor Yunits is liveblogging the Republican state convention. So is Red Mass. Group, natch. David Bernstein is twittering up a storm. There's more on Twitter at #magopcon.

By - 3/27/10 - 2:27 pm

Leominster city worker learns her boyfriend, the mayor, dumped her for another city worker via e-mail:

... 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 the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

By - 3/7/10 - 8:50 pm

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 Boston TV stations always send rookie reporters to stand in the snow, marveled at Union Station, then parked near Worcester City Hall and walked around. Even in wintertime, there's a lot of green there, such as the display at Sonja's Wig Salon on Franklin Street and the statues that make up the Civil War monument:

The alley next to the abandoned Paris Cinema:

By - 2/18/10 - 10:29 am

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 connections with access to highways."

By - 1/31/10 - 12:05 am

The sky was clear over Leominster Saturday night, so Jody LaFerriere could shoot the full moon, or wolf moon, the largest of the year.

By - 1/11/10 - 1:17 pm

$41.5 million in emergency funding to fight Asian Longhorned Beetles.

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.

By - 12/20/09 - 12:59 pm

Maija: In AllstonMaija: In Allston

By - 12/10/09 - 8:41 am

Mass. High Tech reports what an Evergreen Solar executive told investors last week.

By - 12/9/09 - 6:30 pm

Jody reports some "serious thunder" west of 495.

By - 12/9/09 - 9:02 am

Yes, Virginia, those living outside of 495 may well be having a home day for the whole family. Quite a lot of schools and the like closed out where it's really snowing.

  1. http://www1.whdh.com/stormforce/index.php
  2. http://wbztv.com/schoolclosings
By - 12/4/09 - 12:55 pm

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 cop. But the court said it could not uphold his conviction on a charge of attempted rape of a child because the legal definition of "attempted" means police would have had to stop him in the moments just before he actually raped a child:

By - 12/3/09 - 8:04 pm

Spatch is tweeting the Worcester warehouse fire, using Worcester Fire Department records.

By - 11/12/09 - 8:57 am

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.

By - 11/3/09 - 4:57 pm

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.

By - 10/19/09 - 9:29 am

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 neutrality, professionalism, and integrity. Because of this, the media policy of the Worcester Police Department must use all relevant media to get the message out to the community and remain transparent as an organization. ...

If you have followed the decline in the standards at the T & G you recognize their new standard operating procedure. This adopted SOP is based on a dysfunctional hat-trick: hyperbole, fiction, and innuendo. ...

By - 10/16/09 - 3:19 am

A state trooper found Carlos Montalvo, 25, and Amanda Montalvo, 24, sitting in their blue Honda sedan in the breakdown lane and stopped to assist.

Come for the Big E, stay for the bank roll.