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Unwary tenants move into apartments rented out by squatter
July 11, 2011 – 10:29 am | 4 Comments
Unwary tenants move into apartments rented out by squatter

When Louis Valentin moved into a new apartment at 31 Grand Street last year, it seemed as if the new home was the answer to his troubles. Little did he know it was just the beginning.

Organic farming takes root with youth in Main South
July 1, 2011 – 3:29 pm | Comments Off
Organic farming takes root with youth in Main South

While at first glace, the area doesn’t seem conducive to raising a yard full of fresh vegetables, the Regional Environmental Council’s YouthGROW program has turned an empty lot into a budding oasis for both plants and youth.

Time is money: Worcester Time Trade builds service exchange network
June 17, 2011 – 11:31 pm | Comments Off
Time is money: Worcester Time Trade builds service exchange network

They say time is money and for those participating in a small but growing time trade movement, time is also something you can trade.

Can a city that outlaws dogs in parks build a dog park?
June 13, 2011 – 11:40 am | 4 Comments
Can a city that outlaws dogs in parks build a dog park?

Dog registrations in the city are dropping year over year, dogs are technically outlawed in parks and resident T. Jablanski would like to see the city open dog parks.

The last of the downtown used bookstores fades from the scene
May 29, 2011 – 2:16 am | 6 Comments
The last of the downtown used bookstores fades from the scene

The Ben Franklin Bookstore on Salem Street was part dime novel emporium and part treasure trove of history and art. The last of its kind it went up in smoke Friday night killing two cats and ending a legacy.

Dodge Park gutted in beetle battle
May 23, 2011 – 11:58 am | One Comment
Dodge Park gutted in beetle battle

In the war against the Asian Longhorned Beetle, Dodge Park has fallen. The once thickly-forested park nestled off Randolph Street is being clear cut. In large sections where dense forest once stood, little but bare dirt and sawdust remains. But was it all necessary? The USDA says yes.

Making chickens legal in Worcester
May 16, 2011 – 12:01 pm | Comments Off
Making chickens legal in Worcester

With proper registration, you can own a pit bull in the city of Worcester. You cannot, however, own a chicken. That may soon change. A small group of chicken enthusiasts are working on a proposal that would allow residents to own and raise chickens within the city – with a few restrictions.

The grave couldn’t hide James Earl Johnson’s secret
May 12, 2011 – 2:18 am | 2 Comments
The grave couldn’t hide James Earl Johnson’s secret

James Earl Johnson might have thought he took the secret of what he did to his grave. Last fall, authorities dug him up and identified him the man who strangled and killed a Worcester woman 19 years ago.

Using data to solve Worcester’s health problems
May 9, 2011 – 10:51 am | Comments Off
Using data to solve Worcester’s health problems

Worcester’s commissioner of Public Health believes making sense of numbers can save lives. And with one in three people in the city dying prematurely, there are a lot of lives to save.

Worcester pharmacists find themselves on front lines of tobacco battle
April 20, 2011 – 8:42 pm | 3 Comments
Worcester pharmacists find themselves on front lines of tobacco battle

As the Worcester City Council prepares to take a major step toward attempts to curtail an alarming tobacco problem in the city, local pharmacists say they’re being unfairly targeted.

Southgate – The South Worcester dream takes a step forward
April 8, 2011 – 1:15 am | Comments Off
Southgate – The South Worcester dream takes a step forward

Southgate Place is a small piece of a more than 15-year-long initiative to breathe life and commerce back into the once-vibrant South Worcester Industrial Park. But can good planning and high hopes overcome the housing project stigma?