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Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 5, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Peter S. Babaian, 67, of Jefferson — Obituary

Shawn Edward Bacener, 35, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Bradford C. Beatty, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Germaine E. Barton, 90, of Gardner — Obituary

Harry R. Bjorkman, Jr., 78, of Auburn — Obituary

Doris (Durand) Boutin, 89, of Grosvenordale, Conn. — Obituary

Lynn (Hoxie) Brothers, 57, of Holden, Athol and Worcester — Obituary

Edward Earl Burdett, 69, of Worcester — Obituary

Tammy L. Clark, 33, of Dayville, Conn. — Obituary

Beatrice B. Comen, 95, of Worcester — Obituary

David F. Craft Jr., 68, of Northborough — Obituary

Gary R. Crandall, 63, of Worcester — Obituary

Mary I. (Field) Delaney, 85, of Winchendon — Obituary

Margaret G. (Gallagher) Garabedian, 92, of Spencer — Obituary

Francis A. George, 85, of Worcester — Obituary

James W. Goldsby, 80, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Lorraine A. (Friske) Gorgoglione, 87, of Leominster — Obituary

William B. Granoff, 89, of Worcester — Obituary

Bruce A. Grant, 65, of Southbridge — Obituary

Jane Marie (Mitchell) Grenache, 63, of Leominster — Obituary

Frances E. (Cichanowicz) Hackenson, 90, of Mendon — Obituary

Mary Fletcher (Foss) Hoctor, 96, of Westborough — Obituary

John A. Hughes, 67, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Michael J. Jette, 41, of Spencer — Obituary

Dorothy “Dot” Johnson, 68, of Barre — Obituary

Robert A. Johnson, 85, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Phillip Jolin, 68, of Fiskdale — Obituary

Norma C. (Storey) Karsberg, 95, of Holden — Obituary

Beverly A. (Currier) Klewiec, 84, of  Whitinsville — Obituary

Joanne K. (Tagman) Kupstas, 87, of Warren — Obituary

Eugene LaBonte, Sr., 94, of Putnam, Conn.

Massachusetts State House

Sina-cism: Do ballot questions matter much?

“Since the initiative process was created in 1918, voters have considered 179 ballot questions. Some years offered none, while there were nine questions three times. But how many were truly landmark initiatives, marking a real shift in the direction of public policy?” Well, it wouldn’t be much fun if we told you out here.

Worcester City Hall

Randell: Worcester, we have a spending problem

There is nothing to cut in the city of Worcester? How about divesting in nonessential businesses that cost us millions of dollars per year.” Oh, and businessman and former PILOT task force member Bill Randell has a few other ideas, too.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 116]: A Joe Petty fireside chat

Worcester is under siege. Not by violence or economic disparity, necessarily, or even pigeons or college students, but by rhetoric and hyperbole. And now, maybe more than ever, fear is spreading.

Hitch’s greatest hits: Gomez and Healey and Fresolo — oh my!

Our estimable mayor, hizzoner Mr. Petty, has been around long enough to see days like these ebb and flow — but even he’s not sitting idly by this time. He wants Worcester folks to know, he’s there for you, which is admirable.

Also: downtown gentrification? Still on! Here’s Hitch.

Mitt Romney

Editorial: Rooting for Romney and Brown

Two men with Massachusetts on their résumés are up for important Cabinet posts. The possible selections of Mitt Romney for Secretary of State and Scott Brown for Secretary of Veterans Affairs would, of course, lift the state’s political profile in the coming administration. More important, the two would bring backgrounds and temperament helpful for President-elect Donald Trump’s inner circle.

State Sen. Mike Moore is part of an influential panel that met recently with the U.S. Attorney General.

On Beacon Hill: Mr. Moore, state senator, goes to Washington

“It’s a very impressive group that’s been assembled to actually look at the full range of information-sharing that’s necessary in the law enforcement community and it’s not strictly geared towards police, FBI,” Millbury-based state Sen. Michael Moore said. Moore isn’t the only Bay State Democrat finding a position of influence in post-Trump politics.