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Obituaries, Aug. 29, 2016

Dorothy A. Beccia, 89, of Whitinsville

Rita M. (Albert) Bianchi, 89, of Clinton

Martha A. (Sleuman) Bowles, 94, of Worcester

Irene (Kane) Buchanan, 94, of Fitchburg and Gardner

Hannah Helena Burns, 21, of Northbridge

Phyllis Evelyn (Haidukiewicz) Casey, 85, of Gardner

L. Roland Choiniere, 90, of Webster

Kaliopi T. (Gero) Demma, 96, of Worcester

Margaret M. Dillon, 52, of Douglas

Richard “Rick” D. Doucimo, 56, of Charlton

Raymond G. Dunphe, 73, of Oxford

Sylvia A. (Koski) Erickson, 102, of Templeton

Richard D. Finney, 77, of Brookfield

Judith A. (McCourt) Girouard, 83, of Shrewsbury

Tammy L. (Mathena) Goguen, 57, of Winchendon

Matthew Lee Grucan, 55, of Shirley

Glen W. Heath, 75, of Grosvenordale

Henry R. Heffernan, 69, of Spencer

Jeffrey A. Johnston, 39, of Worcester

Dr. Philip A. Klausmeyer, 53, of Holden

Jonathan Lamarine, 65, of Holland

Garnold L. ‘Jack’ Lamb, 78, of Lunenburg

John R. “Jack” Lowther, 70, of Whitinsville

Anthony “Tony” Magro, 91, of Worcester

Albert E. Mason II, 66, of Southbridge

William Joseph McShane Sr., 92

Robert William Mehegan, 64, of Westminster

Robert J. “Bob” Miller, 95, of Putnam, Conn. Michael Anthony Morin, 38, of Westminster

Richard F. Odlum, Jr., 78, of Worcester

Robert F. Para, Sr., 90, of Southbridge

Demitrios Partsalis, 92, of Dudley

Betty H. Pletschke, 94, of Clinton

Evelyn M. (Watson) Rabine, 97, of Wauconda, Ill., and Shrewsbury

Daniel F. Rawlston, Sr., 73, of Worcester

James E. Ringquist Jr., 69, of Ashburnham

Lydia M. Rios, 77, of Worcester

Robert Roche, 75, of Worcester

Marilyn Joyce (Joseph) Rosen, 80, of Holden and Worcester

Walter Sawicki, 98, of Gardner

Barbara A. Sparks, 65, of Worcester

Geraldine E. (Miller) Tarasiak, 65, of Millbury

Rose A. (Capurso) Ventura, 86, of Worcester

Ann (Lanava) Walsh, 83, of Worcester Continue Reading

Petricore CEO Ryan Canuel works with lead artist Christina Andriano at the team's Franklin Street headquarters.

Local Business Spotlight: Ryan Canuel and Petricore love it when a plan comes together

In the same month as Petricore’s first anniversary, Canuel, a 2015 Becker graduate, was named the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year. “Ryan has spent the last few years making all the right moves,” MassDiGI executive director Tim Loew said. “We’re proud of him and how his team’s grown.” Canuel and Petricore, indeed, are a Worcester success story. Read all about it. Continue Reading

Kevin Mensah talks with Shepherd Hill coach Chris Lindstrom.

Kevin Mensah trades Holy Name for Shepherd Hill in quest to join area’s bumper crop of top football recruits

Mensah, a star running back for Holy Name who rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season, decided earlier this month to transfer to Shepherd Hill Regional in Dudley for his senior season, he said, for a better shot at that top-level scholarship. Of course, a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash won’t hurt either. Joe Parello has a look at Mensah and the other top college football prospects in Central Massachusetts. Continue Reading

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Editorial: Back to the books in Worcester

So long, summer, and hello school. Tomorrow’s first-day jitters and hopes will soon settle into assignments and routines. But excitement, curiosity and support are tools for learning all year. Is there room in those backpacks and pencil pouches to tuck away the feeling of the first day? Continue Reading


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 88]: The resurrection of John Fresolo

Throngs of 16th Worcester District voters are clamoring for a return to politics by John P. Fresolo. Just ask John P. Fresolo.

The former state representative — and former Democrat — who resigned amid a sealed ethics probe in 2013 launched an unorthodox, last-minute bid for the seat now occupied by Daniel M. Donahue involving affiliating with the little-known United Independent Party — which incidentally wants nothing to do with Fresolo.

But all those supporters can’t be wrong, can they? Hitch wonders what kind of crowd it really is. Continue Reading

Travis Kalanick, Uber founder

Sina-cism: Disruption can give economy an Uber Lyft

“It is clear that what drivers and riders are doing with Uber, Lyft or other such services, and what hosts and guests are doing with Airbnb, is commercial in nature. Thus, government has a right, even a duty, to regulate and/or tax that activity in some fashion. But how it does so matters greatly.” It’s in this rush to regulate where Sinacola finds his focus sharpened. Continue Reading


On Beacon Hill: Public hearing on new Pike toll rates set for Sept. 6 at Union Station

For drivers with EZPassMA transponders, MassDOT estimates 49 percent will see an increase. More than 10 percent will see an increase of 50 cents or more. And drivers who have no form of transponder would pay significantly more, racking up 30-cent fees at each of the 14 gantries between the New York line and Logan Airport. The Union Station forum is the first of seven planned across the state. Continue Reading

A Mother’s Journey [Part 26]: The kernels of wisdom

“Improving the lives of children should be the collective mission of any community. With age comes wisdom and experience — and a responsibility to share those things in a positive way. Handing children the tools of success is not enough. We must show them the way and encourage them, nurture their interests by allowing them to explore at early ages. We can not dismiss their interests, passions or ideas based on past failures.” Giselle and The Learning Hub are, indeed, finding their way. Continue Reading


Inbox [Aug. 28]: Schools’ Pezzella named Columbus Day grand marshal, Assumption rehab program accredited, DCF seeks baby item donations, MassDevelopment joins national manufacturing network

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Continue Reading

Tesla Model X

Worcester Weekly: Bull Mansion opens + 5 more things to do as August turns to September

The much-anticipated reinvigoration of this revered downtown building is complete, and the doors are ready to open. Well, who knows if they’re really “ready” to open, but they’re opening. And to be honest, it could only be one door for all we know. What we do know is people are looking forward to a fresh start for 55 Pearl St. Then there’s Boy George and fencing and burlesque tattoo models. Shaping up to be a colorful week, indeed. Continue Reading