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Rachel’s Table Foodraiser set for Sunday at Big Y in Worcester

WORCESTER — Many of us aren’t aware of just how pervasive the problem of hunger is in Worcester County.Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves: one out of every five families in this area live below the poverty level; more than 70 percent of the children attending Worcester Public Schools are from economically disadvantaged families; and social service agencies report that the number of clients in need of food increased by 18 percent in 2015.Obviously, […]

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Worcester: CMass Lyme Foundation holds monthly meeting May 13 at Unitarian Universalist Church

WORCESTER — As the Earth wakes up from a long winter’s nap, so too do the critters and creatures that carry ticks and their many infectious diseases.This makes May a critical month for raising awareness in people about Lyme disease and its prevention, implications and treatment.From 1 to 3 p.m. May 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 90 Holden St., the Central Mass. Lyme Foundation will host a monthly meeting, with the mission of helping to educate people […]

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Mary Kennedy has warm memories after 33 years at Notre Dame Academy

WORCESTER — It was 56 years ago when Mary Shea began her freshman year at Notre Dame Academy. This month — and she’s been Mary Kennedy for the last 46 years — she will finally graduate.Known for her quick wit and prankish sense of humor, Mrs. Kennedy, the school’s director of publications, often tells NDA students, “I’ve actually been here since 1961, and I’ve continued to stay because I never completed my term paper. […]

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Upcoming food fair celebrates local Burmese refugees on May 13

WORCESTER — Lesa McWalters is one of the founding members of the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project, www.worcesterrefugees.org. Since 2009, when WRAP was established to help 230 Burmese refugees who had arrived in the city, she has seen the tremendous progress the refugees have made.“Most didn’t speak English, and all of them had come from a rural part of Burma; therefore, they had no knowledge of modern amenities, such as electricity and running water, let […]

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UMass Memorial says area hospitals can meet demand for psychiatric beds

WORCESTER – In a letter responding to questions from the state Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center said it and other area hospitals will be able to meet the demand posed by the closing of 13 inpatient psychiatric beds at the University Campus.“The Medical Center believes that the 14 beds that will remain open at the University Campus will be able to accommodate patients of the service area requiring medical and psychiatric admission,” Andrew S. […]

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Worcester native sheds light on Burns Bridge illumination

SHREWSBURY – For Faith Baum, principal of a New Jersey-based architectural lighting design firm called Illumination Arts, being tasked with the lighting design for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge was something of a homecoming.Ms. Baum, a Doherty Memorial High School graduate who has lit up bridges all around the country, shared a memory.“I lost my saddle shoe in the little boat ride when I was 5 years old at White City Amusement Park,” said Ms. Baum. […]

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Colombian man stopped in Oxford pleads guilty to drug, immigration charges

WORCESTER – A Colombian national illegally living in the country who was caught driving through Oxford with an expired license while transporting nearly 300 grams of cocaine concealed in the backseat of his vehicle pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to drug and immigration charges.The driver’s license had expired more than a decade ago.Leonardo Franco, 45, a Colombian national who lived at 96 Elm St., Apt. 2, Worcester, was charged with possession of […]

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Anti-foreclosure protester arrested during eviction in Worcester

WORCESTER – A woman was arrested Thursday during a protest against the eviction of the owner of a townhouse at 158 Orient St.Lorie Cairns, 58, of 16 Chalmers Road, a member of the Worcester Anti-foreclosure Team, was arrested when she attempted to block efforts by representatives of mortgage lenders at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co., or Freddie Mac, from evicting Marjorie Evans from her home.Ms. Evans said it was the 10th effort over 10 years to evict her. In some […]

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