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Worcester OKs last 2 medical marijuana dispensaries

WORCESTER —The city announced Friday that it has blessed the final two of four medical marijuana dispensaries to be located within its limits.By 2019, the four dispensaries are expected to collectively support about 140 jobs, make at least $800,000 in collective annual payments to the city, and provide the neighborhoods in which they sit an annual minimum of $50,000 each, the city noted in a news release.The new approvals come in the form of letters of non-opposition […]

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Worcester I-290 ramps to be closed for utility work

WORCESTER – The state Department of Transportation will be closing the Exit 17 off-ramp at Belmont Street from Interstate 290 overnight Sunday and Monday to allow for utility work by Eversource.The off-ramp will be closed both days from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Exit 16 should be used for a detour, according to Worcester police.On Tuesday, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Belmont Street on-ramp to Interstate 290 will be closed to allow Eversource to tie all utilities […]

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Worcester native, now a police officer, refuses to let chaotic childhood define her

Officer Jamie A. Rooney needed three things when she was a child. Growing up in a chaotic, roach-infested household in Great Brook Valley in Worcester with a mother she says was addicted to drugs and alcohol, she needed time, encouragement and kindness.And she got all three from the police officers who were repeatedly called to the family’s apartment.Determined to do the same for others, she’s dedicated to empowering kids. She recently self-published a memoir and […]

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Worcester imposes “odd/even” restrictions on outdoor water use

WORCESTER – The city Thursday announced it is issuing a Stage 2 drought warning that brings with it mandatory restrictions on water use. Citing significantly lower-than-average capacity at the city’s reservoirs, the Department of Public Works said the restrictions are necessary to assure the city can meet its critical health, safety and economic needs in regards to water. Paul J. Moosey, commissioner of public works and parks, […]

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Paul Rogers: Grin and bear with sad lawn

“My lawn looks sad. It is brown, weedy and bare. Early in the season it was an OK, not a fancy, lawn, now it looks bad. What can I do to get it to green up?”Grasses are cool-temperature plants. They prefer the temperatures of the spring and fall. The weather has been anything but cool for the last month.Grass is considered a wet crop. It not only enjoys moisture but actually demands an inch of water or more a week. Thus, an average 1,000-square-foot lawn would […]

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Black-tie gala in Worcester to honor African youth excellence

WORCESTER – A black-tie gala will be held at Mechanics Hall Saturday to honor young Africans and African-Americans for achievement in art, education, information technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and humanitarianism. The fourth annual African Youth Excellence Awards will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is expected to draw 200 attendees, including local and state officials such as Mayor Joseph M. Petty and state Rep. Daniel M. Donahue. The event is hosted by […]

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New principals named at South High, other Worcester public schools

WORCESTER – Superintendent Maureen Binienda has named her acting replacement at South High Community School, as well as administrative appointments at several other schools and in the central office for the upcoming school year.On Thursday Ms. Binienda said South High Assistant Principal Diane Lynch will lead the school this coming year, and could hold the post for much longer.“If she’d like to stay on after that, I’d offer her the position,” […]

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Worcester man arraigned on murder charge in death of woman found in burning car

WORCESTER – A city man has been charged with murder in the case of a woman whose body was found in a burning car last fall. Donovan E. Goparian, 39, who was previously charged with witness intimidation in the case, pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment in Central District Court on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old […]

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