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Historical Commission votes 3-2 against creating historic Mount Carmel district

WORCESTER – The Historical Commission has stopped in its tracks an effort to create a local historic district for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church campus on Mulberry Street.By a 3-2 vote, the commission voted Thursday night not to initiate a study to explore the feasibility of establishing a historic district for the roughly 5-acre area, which includes the 88-year-old church, its rectory, the recreation and cultural center, and the Joe DiMaggio Little League […]

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Worcester school department plots course for cleanup, renovations

WORCESTER – The school department Thursday night revealed its latest plans to rid older schools in the district of suspected hazardous chemicals, including possibly seeking state funding to replace windows at Burncoat High School.In a presentation to the School Committee, Chief Financial and Operations Officer Brian Allen said school officials’ hope is that the state will soon approve full renovation or replacement of both Burncoat and Doherty High School, both of which […]

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WORCESTER – Parking attendant Chanya Sae-Eaw of Belchertown keeps watch over the Bowditch & Dewey parking lot on Exchange Street, in the company of her dog, Pepper, on Thursday. 

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Health Foundation offers grants

WORCESTER – The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts is inviting applications for its Activation Fund.The fund supports one-year projects in Central Massachusetts that demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to community health concerns, move an organization to its next level of capacity and effectiveness or explore emerging health challenges.Activation Fund grants have ranged from $10,000 to $100,000.  The average 2015 grant was around $71,000. The Foundation […]

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Medical examiner: ‘It’s possible’ wife wasn’t pushed out window

WORCESTER – Lawyers for Roger P. Desilets Jr., the Princeton dentist accused of pushing his wife out a window to her death in 2011, elicited responses from the medical examiner Thursday that appeared to buttress their theory of defense.“It’s possible,” said Kimberly Springer, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on 65-year-old Kathleen Desilets, when asked Thursday in Worcester Superior Court whether wounds on the woman’s hands could […]

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Drunken driver gets jail time for I-290 ramp crash

WORCESTER – A Central District Court jury on Thursday found Charles F. Bohigian guilty of driving drunk when his car mowed down a Lunenburg mother who was standing outside her vehicle, which had crashed into a guardrail off Interstate 290 in Shrewsbury in 2014.After 2½ days of testimony, it took the six-person jury less than two hours to decide that Mr. Bohigian was responsible for the serious injuries that Katrina N. McCarty suffered in the early-morning crash on […]

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Worcester Diocese superintendent to retire

WORCESTER – Delma L. Josephson, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Worcester, will retire at the end of the summer, the diocese announced Thursday. Ms. Josephson took over leadership of schools in the diocese in 2009. She put in a diocesan-wide curriculum mapping program and an annual meeting program to support pastors of parochial schools. She installed a curriculum specialist, and led the Catholic Schools Office, which directly oversees three central Catholic […]

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