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Worcester Historical Museum happenings!

Worcester Historical Museum
3O Elm St.

The countdown has begun …

The Sky is Not the Limit: 80 Years of David Clark Company closes on Saturday, September 12!

This is your last chance to see unique artifacts before they are returned to the DCCI archives.



Special Senior Day at the museum!

Thursday, September 10

Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion

Free Admission for Seniors 62 and over with ID

Come join in at Special Senior Day when admission for seniors is free, sponsored by Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred.

Explore Worcester Historical Museum and learn all about the Worcester’s past, present, and future.

Tour “The Sky Is Not The Limit” exhibit about Worcester’s own David Clark Company. (The exhibit closes September 12.)  

Bring in your memories of Worcester and have them scanned to become part of WHM’s collection!

Travel back in time with a tour of WHM’s Salisbury Mansion at 40 Highland Street.

For more information, call 508-753-8278.


Murder at the Museum
Date Changed!

Thursday, October 15

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation!!!

Is the murderer at your table?!

Your wife, husband, friend … or YOU?!!!! 

Work together to prove innocence or guilt and find the real killer through an interactive performance, all the while dining on a three course meal.

$50 per person includes show and buffet dinner

Seating is limited.
Please call 508-753-8278 for reservations.

We are sorry but we cannot hold seats without payment.

Save the date!


10th Annual Beggar’s Bowl will be held on Tuesday, October 13!

At the First Baptist Church

Plan on joining us for some delicious, homemade soup, served in a handmade, stoneware bowl that you get to take home!

This fund raiser and arts event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 pm

Be there!

First Baptist Church
111 Park Ave. (corner of Park Avenue and Salisbury Street)

Come enjoy artisan bread and a bowl
of homemade soup, served in a hand-thrown
stoneware bowl which you get to take home!

Donation: $50

For more information, call Worcester Interfaith
(508) 754-5001

Frank Kartheiser
Lead Organizer, Worcester Interfaith
111 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 754 5001

Worcester Public Library – One City, One Library Branches’ Public Hours for 2015-2016 School Year

Worcester Public Library’s One City, One Library Branches’ updated hours for the 2015-2016 school year:

·       The Goddard Branch, located at 14 Richards Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

·       The Roosevelt Branch, located at 1006 Grafton Street, Worcester, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

·       The Tatnuck Magnet Branch, located at 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

·       All One City, One Library Branches will be closed on Sundays. Library hours are subject to change during holiday/vacation periods, please check for changes.
For more information about the Worcester Public Library hours or the One City, One Library branches please visit or call the Main Library at 508-799-1655.

Yay, Worcester Fire Department!

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that the Worcester Fire Department has been awarded $2.7 million in a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.
“Maintaining strong public safety staffing levels for our police and fire departments has been a priority of our city.  This grant will be used to partially fund the new class of thirty firefighters that will be going through the academy soon,” said Mayor Joseph M. Petty.  “These are the men and women who keep us safe and we need each and every one of them.”
The 2.7 million dollars over two years will fund seventeen of the thirty new firefighters whose positions were appropriated in the latest budget.  The new class of firefighters was a stated priority of Mayor Petty and was duly passed by the City Council during budget deliberations in June.
“This fire grant is terrific news for Worcester,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said. “This federal funding recognizes the outstanding work of Mayor Petty, Chief Gardell, and the entire Worcester Fire Department, and I am very glad it will help keep hardworking firefighters on the job protecting our communities.” 
Congressman James McGovern said, “With this grant, the Worcester Fire Department will have the resources they need to be able to hire additional firefighters and continue to protect our families and neighborhoods. I am grateful to FEMA for making this investment in our community and to all of our Worcester firefighters and their families for the sacrifices they make to help keep all of us safe.”
“Worcester firefighters provide their community with world-class protection 24 hours a day, every day. This grant will help us maintain a full complement of firefighters and allow the Worcester Fire Department to uphold those high standards,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I want to thank our federal legislators for their consistent advocacy and FEMA for these vital funds that will help keep Worcester safe.”
The purpose of the grant is to allow cities and towns to preserve the number of firefighters in department ranks, and to accordingly enhance both response time and preparedness.
“This is great for the Worcester Fire Department.  With the recent retirements we’ve seen the new class of firefighters will help us to maintain our current staffing levels for the next two years,” said Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell.
The Worcester Fire Department and Bridgewater Fire Department both received SAFER grants in this round of funding; Bridgewater received 1.6 million dollars.  The grant is awarded by the Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tweet! Tweet! A little birdie told us Allen Fletcher recently bought this chunk of land in Kelley Square …


.. for around a million bucks. You know the piece of land (pictured above) – it sorta juts out into Kelley Square. It’s the piece of no-man’s land on the corner of Water and Green streets. Mostly used for parking these days …

Should be interesting to see how Allen reinvents the property!

Allen works fast!

He’ll probably have workmen (and workwomen, we hope!) at the site by next year, digging and bulldozing away!


Here’s Allen’s chance to shine! Come through for people who aren’t the latte-drinking, beer-guzzling or narcissistic poseurs who seem to have taken over my old (and present) hood! So fake! So phony! Most have a talent for nothing  … except blatant self-promotion! It’s manipulative … not real. Just public relations. No one is anyone’s friend in the true, warts-and-all sense. Such garbage!


Get back to our roots!

Build up the neighborhood by creating a building/complex/NEW world to draw in:

Children/youth. They could use a branch library or an after-school center in your new space!

The families in the area, many without cars or a lot of dough. They could use a community health center in your new building. A YMCA branch, perhaps?

A CVS would be terrific! We need a pharmacy in the hood!

We need a bank branch, too!

A supermarket or TRADER JOE’S open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, with normal working person’s hours and AFFORDABLE stuff and amenable to WIC, SNAP cards and the folks who have them (cuz they are poor) IS DESPERATELY NEEDED here!  Has been for YEARS!

If you put in housing, besides the retail, PLEASE make 30% of it affordable! 

MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD TRULY DIVERSE AND LIVELY, Allen! Make it more than a haven for preppy young or want-to-be-young bar flies.

Create a vibrant day scene, by putting in families and kids and the more mundane stuff that keeps them doing stuff … create a neighborhood that HUMS during the day!!

You’re a good guy who doesn’t want to exclude folks, a guy who doesn’t want to see the neighborhood become a one-trick pony (barsville). That’s BORING! And you pride yourself on reinvention and risk! PERSONAL GROWTH.

Good luck in your new endeavor! and … DO THE RIGHT THINGS!

– Rosalie!

Memorial Day celebrations in Paxton and Northboro


10 AM – 11:15 AM:

Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade starts at the Paxton Public Safety Complex and finishes at the Paxton Town Common

The parade will celebrate Paxton’s 250th birthday!

and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end


12 PM – 1:30 PM:

Memorial Day Parade in Northboro starts at Civil War Monument and will proceed to the World War II/Korean War/Vietnam War Memorial.

The parade will continue to the First World War Monument and conclude at Howard Street Cemetery Veterans Memorial.

Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Harriette Chandler and state representatives Danielle Gregoire and Harold Naughton, Jr. will speak.

2015 Democratic Caucus Information 

From Worcester Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Candy Carlson:

Ward 1 5/30/15
44 Park Ave, Braley &Wellington Insurance 9:00 AM

Ward 2 5/19/15
116 Country Club Blvd Lincoln Village Center 6:30 PM

Ward 3 5/30/15
10 Randolph Road Dodge Park Rest Home 9:30 AM

Ward 4 5/16/15
Salem Square Worcester Public Library Banx Room 1:00 PM

Ward 5 5/16/15
2 Addison Street Addison Apartments 1:00 PM

Ward 6 6/13/15
35 Blackstone River Road, Blackstone Bistro 2:00 PM

Ward 7 5/16/15
2 Circuit Ave Alhambra Nights of Columbus 11:30 AM

Ward 8 5/16/15
335 Chandler Street NU Cafe 12:00 PM

Ward 9 6/2/15
335 Chandler Street NU Cafe 6:30 PM

Ward 10 6/17/15
5 Piedmont Street Worcester Common Ground 6:00 PM

SEVEN HILLS WHEELMEN   Updates! Bike Worcester County!

Sunday, May 9, ride from Long Pond in Rutland has been changed to 9:00

Tuesday night rides have been changed to 6:00 p.m.

calendar listings for May 2015

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Seven Hills Wheelmen
Meet at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Long Pond boat ramp, Routes
122 & 122A, Rutland, Mass., for a 50-mile bicycle ride with the Seven
Hills Wheelmen. Helmets are required. For more information,
call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
Meet at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, May 10, at Dudley District Court, Route 197
and Lyons Road, Dudley, Mass., for a 24-mile bicycle ride with the Seven
Hills Wheelmen. Helmets are required. For more information,
call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen
SUNDAY, May 24, 2015
Meet at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 24, at Houghton Elementary School, 32
Boutelle Rd., Sterling, Mass., for a 33- or 66-mile bicycle ride with
the Seven Hills Wheelmen and Nashoba Valley Pedalers. Helmets are
required. For more information, call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
Meet at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Mount Wachusett Community
College, Devens campus, for a bicycle ride of 33, 45 or 57 miles with
the Seven Hills Wheelmen and Charles River Wheelmen. Helmets are
required. For more information,
call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen
Selected Saturdays and Sundays
Seven Hills Wheelmen has moderately paced bicycle rides, typically 15 to
35 miles, on relatively gentle terrain, on selected Saturdays and
Sundays in the Worcester area. We don’t go looking for hills! Helmets
are required. Starting times and locations are posted each week at RSVP to Dick Goodman at
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Seven Hills Wheelmen

Meet at 6:00 p.m. Mondays  at Barney’s Bicycle, 582 Park Ave.,
Worcester, Mass., for a 15-mile bicycle ride around Holden Reservoir
with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Helmets are required. For more
information, call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen

Meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays at the Old Stone Church, Route 12 and Beaman
Street, West Boylston, Mass., for a 12-mile bicycle ride with the Seven
Hills Wheelmen at an easy pace, suitable for newcomers to group riding.
Helmets are required. Ride time may change to 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. as the
season progresses. For more information, call (508) 831-0301 or visit
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Seven Hills Wheelmen
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bicycle 62, 100 or 125 miles around the Quabbin Resevoir on the King’s
Tour of the Quabbin, presented by Seven Hills Wheelmen in partnership
with MassBike, on Sunday, June 7, 2015. All rides start and finish at
Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A, Rutland, Mass. Entry fees are
$15-$25. Optional MassBike membership is offered at a discount at
registration. Details and registration are at

Worcester news you can use!

Free Trees and Less Stormwater
Community Meeting

Tomorrow! Wednesday, May 6


Quinsigamond Village Community Center

16 Greenwood St.

As part of our campaign to plant 100 trees in Quinsigamond Village and Main South neighborhoods of Worcester, Worcester Tree Initiative and the Blackstone Headwaters Coalition will be holding an informational meeting at the Quinsigamond Village Community center.

During the meeting we will be discussing the important roles that trees have to play in our environment, particularly when it comes to issues of water pollution and flooding.

We also want to know if you want to plant a tree in your yard along your street. We are giving the trees away for free!

The meeting is open to the public but the trees are only available to residents of Quinsigamond Village and Main South.

Whether you want a free tree or just want to learn we hope you will join us. Refreshments will be served.

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers to be Honored at
Relay For Life of Worcester

Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Worcester event on June 19 at Burncoat High School.

The Survivors Lap will start at 6:30 p.m., and anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate.

As the survivors walk, other event participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration.

The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent, and there are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.

The Relay For Life program is a community event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year. The money raised supports groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Worcester event, visit



Congressman Jim McGovern introduced yesterday H.R. 2204, the Safe Communities Act, a bill that would give states and local communities the ability to regulate liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rail transload facilities that are operated by a rail carrier.

“Communities ought to have a say in whether or not a hazardous LPG facility is sited in their backyard,” said Rep. McGovern.  “I am deeply troubled that no other federal, state, or local agency, besides the Surface Transportation Board (STB), has jurisdiction over a project that could potentially threaten the health and safety of hundreds of people, including hundreds of children.”

The filing of the bill comes in response to plans by the Grafton-Upton Railroad to build a 320,000 LPG storage and transloading facility in the Town of Grafton and the subsequent STB decision to pre-empt state and local zoning and environmental protection laws. If allowed to stand, the STB decision would pave the way for the construction of an LPG facility in a residential zone within Grafton’s water supply protection district.

“This issue is not new to Congress,” said Rep. McGovern. “The Safe Communities Act of 2015 is similar to a provision included in a bipartisan 2008 passenger rail bill that addressed health and safety concerns at railroad-owned and operated solid waste transfer facilities.”

The introduction of this bill follows Rep. McGovern’s filing of an amicus curiae brief in support of Grafton that he committed to at a January community meeting held in the town and moderated by State Senator Michael Moore.

On April 8, 2015, the United States District Court for the First Circuit (First Circuit) accepted the amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief submitted by Rep. McGovern in March 2015 refuting the STB’s interpretation of federal law and congressional intent.  The accepted brief is in support of Grafton and its Board of Selectmen’s appeal of the STB’s January decision in favor of the Grafton and Upton Railroad.

Grafton appealed the STB decision to the First Circuit in October.  Grafton hopes to halt construction of the largest propane facility in the Commonwealth because of its close proximity to homes, a K-2 elementary school, a branch of the public library and a little league field.