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Obituaries, July 29, 2016

John F. Agnelli, 94 of Gardner

Wildredo Alers-Rosa, 83, of Southbridge

Claudette T. (Boivin) Andersen, 81, of Worcester

Jon Roger Anderson, 79, of Athol

Monique M. Belanger, 43, of Taunton and Southbridge

Joseph J. “Joe” Beshai, 29, of West Boylston

George Bollus, 92, of Worcester

Brenda A. Boucher Puputti, 58

David B. Borci, 63, of Worcester

Darren A. Conrad, 39, of Worcester

Paul H. Couture, Jr., 69 of Shrewsbury

Joseph W. Daly, 99, of Holden and Worcester

Mary (Kavookjian) Danielian, 93, of West Boylston and Shrewsbury

Virginia B. (Brandt) Decataldi, 89, of Southbridge

Philip T. Duggan, 80, of Clinton

Matthew R. Dykstra, 101, of Whitinsville

Lois (Johnson) Earhart, 97, of Southborough

Scott Edwards, 58

Stanley B. Fife, 79, of Rutland

Nathan M. Grace, 81, of Worcester

Edward J. “Gabby” Hartnett, 84, of Leicester

Lisa Ann Haynes, 52, of Leicester

Barbara Ann (Ward) Hjulstrom, 85, of Princeton and Blacksburg, Va. Daniel F. Holohan, 89, of Worcester

John F. “Sonny” Jankowski, 87, of Worcester

Peter J. “PJ” Joncas, 49, of Auburn and Grafton

Joseph Knapik, Jr., 89, of Uxbridge

Edward T. Kosakoski, 83, of Webster

Norman P. LaPerle of Sun City West, Ariz., and Worcester

Mark C. Lawrence, 51, of Winchendon

Gertrude C. (Coulombre) Leger, 95, of Leominster

Malcolm R. Malcomson, 84, of Hubbardston

George A. “Matte” Materas Jr., 78, of Branford, Conn., and Southbridge

Helen T. McCabe, 92, of Shrewsbury

Willis L. McKinney, 81, of North Grosvenordale, Conn. Mathew R. Milani, 18, of Southbridge

Raymond P. Nadeau, 79, of Southbridge

Ruth M. (Norrman) Pajala, 76, of Oxford

Rosendo Castillo Ramos, 86, of Worcester

Beverly E. (Raymond) Rich,  96, of Templeton

Susan S. (Quigley) Rivernider, 71, of Webster

William H. Roberts, 61, of Worcester

Dempsey Scanlan, 69, of Gardner

Harold C. “Hank” Sherwood Jr., 92, of Petersham

Harold G. Tessier, 88, of Uxbridge

Ruth Ann (Shonyo) Trask, 86, of Northborough

Sister Catherine Marie Walsh, R.S.M., of Worcester

Ernest J. Wesolowski, 88, of Auburn

Kenneth R. Wheeler 83, of Spencer

Sharon A. (Doray) Wood, 57, of Worcester

Edward J. Worth, 65, of Southbridge Continue Reading

Obituaries, July 28, 2016

John F. Agnelli, 94 of Gardner

Wildredo Alers-Rosa, 83, of Southbridge

Claudette T. (Boivin) Andersen, 81, of Worcester

Jon Roger Anderson, 79, of Athol

Monique M. Belanger, 43, of Taunton and Southbridge

Joseph J. “Joe” Beshai, 29, of West Boylston

Brenda A. Boucher Puputti, 58

David B. Borci, 63, of Worcester

Darren A. Conrad, 39, of Worcester

Paul H. Couture, Jr., 69 of Shrewsbury

Anastacio Cruz-Rivera, 73, of Worcester

Joseph W. Daly, 99, of Holden and Worcester

Mary (Kavookjian) Danielian, 93, of West Boylston and Shrewsbury

Virginia B. (Brandt) Decataldi, 89, of Southbridge

Ermalene T. (LeBlanc) DePratti, 84, of Athol

Christina (Padilla) Diaz, 80, of Worcester

John A. Dudley, 73, of Holden

Philip T. Duggan, 80, of Clinton

Matthew R. Dykstra, 101, of Whitinsville

Lois (Johnson) Earhart, 97, of Southborough

Scott Edwards, 58

Stanley B. Fife, 79, of Rutland

James E. Fleming, 96, of Worcester

Roland P. Flot, 91, of Southborough

Edward J. “Gabby” Hartnett, 84, of Leicester

Lisa Ann Haynes, 52, of Leicester

Barbara Ann (Ward) Hjulstrom, 85, of Princeton and Blacksburg, Va. Daniel F. Holohan, 89, of Worcester

John F. “Sonny” Jankowski, 87, of Worcester

Peter J. “PJ” Joncas, 49, of Auburn and Grafton

Karl J. Juntunen, 70, of Leominster

Joseph Knapik, Jr., 89, of Uxbridge

Edward T. Kosakoski, 83, of Webster

Norman P. LaPerle of Sun City West, Ariz., and Worcester

Jean O. (Larson) Lareau, 78, of  West Boylston

Gertrude C. (Coulombre) Leger, 95, of Leominster

Malcolm R. Malcomson, 84, of Hubbardston

Roland J. Marcoux, 91, of Leominster

Helen T. McCabe, 92, of Shrewsbury

Willis L. McKinney, 81, of North Grosvenordale, Conn. Mathew R. Milani, 18, of Southbridge

Raymond P. Nadeau, 79, of Southbridge

Ruthe M. (Williams) Olson, 96, of Shrewsbury

Ruth M. (Norrman) Pajala, 76, of Oxford

Patricia A. (Bednarek) Pontbriand 82, of Spencer

Rosendo Castillo Ramos, 86, of Worcester

Susan S. (Quigley) Rivernider, 71, of Webster

William H. Roberts, 61, of Worcester

Minerva Rosario, 67, of Worcester

Dempsey Scanlan, 69, of Gardner

Harold C. “Hank” Sherwood Jr., 92, of Petersham

Harold G. Tessier, 88, of Uxbridge

Ruth Ann (Shonyo) Trask, 86, of Northborough

Ada M. Tremblay, 82

Sister Catherine Marie Walsh, R.S.M., of Worcester

Ernest J. Wesolowski, 88, of Auburn

Kenneth R. Wheeler 83, of Spencer Continue Reading

Marijuana is used by patients to treat several maladies, including pain associated with end-stage cancer.

Editorial: Selling the idea of marijuana in Worcester and beyond

The city recently announced letters of nonopposition to two more companies hoping to open registered marijuana dispensaries in Worcester. This brings the total to four, the maximum number the city has agreed to under the favorable terms it negotiated. This sets the stage for November’s state ballot question that seeks to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. Continue Reading

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 79]: The roots of Maura Healey’s demise?

When the Massachusetts attorney general woke up July 20, she probably thought to herself, “Well, Maura, this is going to be a great day. Good old, liberal Bay Staters will totally rally behind this new gun safety initiative. No problem!”

Then a funny thing happened on the way to Happily Ever After:

While knuckling down on the sale of “copycat” assault-style weapons seems like a no-brainer to many, others contend Healey grossly overstepped her bounds, usurped legislative authority, and/or badly misinterpreted the law. So, the day coulda gone better!

You’re going to want to see where Hitch falls on this. Continue Reading

On- and off-ramps to the Mass Pike will start looking very different this fall, and some in Worcester Springfield areas will become free.

Worcester Sun, July 27: In this issue

Four medical marijuana dispensaries are poised to keep Worcester knee-deep in leafy greens if state voters get behind a November ballot question. We dissect the situation. Worcester drivers, get set for free rides on the Pike. Hitch on Maura Healey. Sneakerama, in it for the long run, and a Main South mission — new in our Free to Reads. This is your Wednesday, July 27, Worcester Sun. Continue Reading

Obituaries, July 27, 2016

Wildredo Alers-Rosa, 83, of Southbridge

Claudette T. (Boivin) Andersen, 81, of Worcester

Jon Roger Anderson, 79, of Athol

Monique M. Belanger, 43, of Taunton and Southbridge

James D. Bonofilio, 64, of Worcester

Brenda A. Boucher Puputti, 58

David B. Borci, 63, of Worcester

Yolanda L. (Conti) Capoccia, 94, of Leominster, Watertown and Weston

Paul H. Couture, Jr., 69 of Shrewsbury

Anastacio Cruz-Rivera, 73, of Worcester

Paul E. Daigneault, 76, of Auburn

Lee A. Daniels, 37, of North Grosvenordale, Conn. Ermalene T. (LeBlanc) DePratti, 84, of Athol

Christina (Padilla) Diaz, 80, of Worcester

John A. Dudley, 73, of Holden

Philip T. Duggan, 80, of Clinton

Lois (Johnson) Earhart, 97, of Southborough

Scott Edwards, 58

James E. Fleming, 96, of Worcester

Roland P. Flot, 91, of Southborough

Audrey (Fayard) Fulginiti, 57, of Worcester

Stephen D. Harris, 84, of Charlton

Lisa Ann Haynes, 52, of Leicester

Daniel F. Holohan, 89, of Worcester

Peter J. “PJ” Joncas, 49, of Auburn and Grafton

Karl J. Juntunen, 70, of Leominster

Richard W. Knight, 72, of Holden

Edward T. Kosakoski, 83, of Webster

Malcolm R. Malcomson, 84, of Hubbardston

Roland J. Marcoux, 91, of Leominster

Helen T. McCabe, 92, of Shrewsbury

Mathew R. Milani, 18, of Southbridge

Rita M. Moulin, 89

Ruthe M. (Williams) Olson, 96, of Shrewsbury

Patricia A. (Bednarek) Pontbriand 82, of Spencer

Jeanne L. (DeLongchamp) Provencher, 90, of Spencer

Susan S. (Quigley) Rivernider, 71, of Webster

William H. Roberts, 61, of Worcester

Minerva Rosario, 67, of Worcester

Albanto “Albert” Scola, 89

Paul A. Swearingen, 60, of Worcester

Ada M. Tremblay, 82

Carl J. Vasseur, 69, of Westminster

Sister Catherine Marie Walsh, R.S.M., of Worcester

Ernest J. Wesolowski, 88, of Auburn

Kenneth R. Wheeler 83, of Spencer

Doris A. “Dodie” Willis, 83, of Pomfret, Conn. Jeannie M.“Mimsie” (Santos) Wilson, 57, of Leicester Continue Reading

Obituaries, July 26, 2016

Wildredo Alers-Rosa, 83, of Southbridge

Claudette T. (Boivin) Andersen, 81, of Worcester

Jon Roger Anderson, 79, of Athol

Alice G. (Vail) Birkbeck, 90, of Worcester

Matthew L. Bisceglia, 65

James D. Bonofilio, 64, of Worcester

Brenda A. Boucher Puputti, 58

David B. Borci, 63, of Worcester

Yolanda L. (Conti) Capoccia, 94, of Leominster, Watertown and Weston

Paul E. Daigneault, 76, of Auburn

Lee A. Daniels, 37, of North Grosvenordale, Conn. Ermalene T. (LeBlanc) DePratti, 84, of Athol

John A. Dudley, 73, of Holden

Cecilia Duling, 94, of West Fitchburg

Lois (Johnson) Earhart, 97, of Southborough

Sister Margaret Roberta Elliot, 88, of Worcester

Phyllis E. (Fyffe) Francis, 75, of Shrewsbury

Audrey (Fayard) Fulginiti, 57, of Worcester

Stephen D. Harris, 84, of Charlton

Peter J. “PJ” Joncas, 49, of Auburn and Grafton

Karl J. Juntunen, 70, of Leominster

Nicholas Kanaracus, 68, of Worcester

Richard W. Knight, 72, of Holden

Helen T. McCabe, 92, of Shrewsbury

Jean F. Merzigian, 84

Rita M. Moulin, 89

Ruthe M. (Williams) Olson, 96, of Shrewsbury

Patricia A. (Bednarek) Pontbriand 82, of Spencer

Jeanne L. (DeLongchamp) Provencher, 90, of Spencer

Susan S. (Quigley) Rivernider, 71, of Webster

Charles L Schofield Sr., 77, of Leominster

Albanto “Albert” Scola, 89

Paul A. Swearingen, 60, of Worcester

Germaine (LeBeau) Touchette, 80, of Putnam

Ada M. Tremblay, 82

Carl J. Vasseur, 69, of Westminster

Kenneth R. Wheeler 83, of Spencer

Stanley W. Whynott, 86, of Grafton

Doris A. “Dodie” Willis, 83, of Pomfret, Conn. Jeannie M.“Mimsie” (Santos) Wilson, 57, of Leicester Continue Reading

Obituaries, July 25, 2016

Jon Roger Anderson, 79, of Athol

Alice G. (Vail) Birkbeck, 90, of Worcester

Matthew L. Bisceglia, 65

Sophie Agnes (Minior) Bokoski, 89, of Northbridge

James D. Bonofilio, 64, of Worcester

Brenda A. Boucher Puputti, 58

Ruth E. (Demars) Butcher, 96, of Leominster

Yolanda L. (Conti) Capoccia, 94, of Leominster, Watertown and Weston

Maureen A. (Moriarty) Connolly LaRose, 74, of Worcester, Venice, Fla., and Kennebunk, Maine

Paul E. Daigneault, 76, of Auburn

Lee A. Daniels, 37, of North Grosvenordale, Conn. Mary A. (Marzilli) DiPasquale, 95, of Worcester

John A. Dudley, 73, of Holden

Cecilia Duling, 94, of West Fitchburg

Sister Margaret Roberta Elliot, 88, of Worcester

Phyllis E. (Fyffe) Francis, 75, of Shrewsbury

Stephen D. Harris, 84, of Charlton

Janetta (Poghosian) Hoogasian, 73, of Worcester

Alice B. Jarvenpaa, 84, of Westminster

Nicholas Kanaracus, 68, of Worcester

Charles J. Keratsis, 86, of Holden

Richard W. Knight, 72, of Holden

Debra Lajoie, 45, of Putnam

George E. Levesque, 86, of Winchendon

Helen T. McCabe, 92, of Shrewsbury

Jean F. Merzigian, 84

Rita M. Moulin, 89

Mary P. (Deary) Paul, 53, of Dudley

Jeanne L. (DeLongchamp) Provencher, 90, of Spencer

Susan S. (Quigley) Rivernider, 71, of Webster

Charles L Schofield Sr., 77, of Leominster

Albanto “Albert” Scola, 89

Richard J. Shulten,  84, of Dennis port and Worcester

Paul A. Swearingen, 60, of Worcester

Germaine (LeBeau) Touchette, 80, of Putnam

Ada M. Tremblay, 82

Carl J. Vasseur, 69, of Westminster

May B. (Olney) White, 108, of Oxford

Stanley W. Whynott, 86, of Grafton Continue Reading