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Airbnb kicks off advocacy campaign ahead of potential legislative morass

“I suspect that’s going to be the ‘Uber’ issue of next session,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said earlier this month, likening Airbnb to the challenge lawmakers had in tackling the ride-hailing industry. The Senate this year approved a proposal to apply the state’s lodging tax to short-term rentals through online websites such as Airbnb but the measure was stripped from an economic development bill that lawmakers rushed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk in late July. Continue Reading

DCU Center

Randell: More reasons to put city DCU Center ownership on ice

“Built in 1982, the DCU Center has had the city of Worcester in the civic center/convention business going on 35 years. But as our excess tax levy capacity disappears — aka Municipal Fiscal Armageddon — when do we make the decision that we can no longer afford to subsidize this non-core business?” Businessman Bill Randell digs into the dollars and sense of owning the DCU Center. Continue Reading


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 105]: Three questions — an Election Day primer

There’s so much to talk about once the last few leaves begin losing their grasp and the time draws near to submit your ballot.

Some years are bigger — bigly-er?! — than others, and Nov. 8, 2016, sure has all the likely characteristics of a tremendously huge day in American history. We’ll either have our first female president, or we’ll be super psyched that the pollsters were right about legal marijuana passing in Massachusetts.

With so much at stake, critical questions remain. You know Hitch has answers. Continue Reading


Inbox [Oct. 26]: $15K for Straight Ahead Ministries, Girls Inc. celebrates, Assumption plans trauma workshop for kids, Briarwood exhibit shows WWI posters, Worcester State hosts financial summit for vets

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

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

Worcester County obituaries, Oct. 26, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Therese (Broadbent) Baca, 88, of Leominster — Obituary

M. Thelma (Piette) Belleville, 96, of Webster — Obituary

Sandra D. (Tyree) Bergstrom, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Robert Blute, Sr., 95, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Thomas V. “Tom” Bushey, Jr., 81, of Worcester — Obituary

Sean P. Cavanaugh, 49, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Jacquelin Auger Cetto, 87, of Athol — Obituary

Michael A. Chizy, 85, of Sutton — Obituary

Marilyn “Pete” M. (Smith) Connery, 91, of Leicester — Obituary

Roger W. Cook Sr., 91 — Obituary

Arthur J. Copper, 86, of Oxford — Obituary

Roger Davis, 77, of Sutton — Obituary

Helen (Boratyn) DeLuca, 93, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Robert A. Derosier, 64, of Northborough and Holden — Obituary

Warren E. Devault, Sr., 92, of Worcester and Marlborough — Obituary

Elaine M. (Bailey) Escobar, 62, of Southbridge — Obituary

Matthew Ellowitz, 29, of Hubbardston — Obituary

Juliette Y. (Bilodeau) Faron, 92, of Millbury and Melbourne, Fla. — Obituary

Ronald P. Flynn, Jr., 52, of Hubbardston and Worcester — Obituary

Louise Ann (Albin) Gadbois, 80, of Uxbridge — Obituary

James Russell Gage, 83, of Townsend — Obituary

Rita A. (LeBlanc) Goyette, 96, of Worcester — Obituary

Catherine T. (Hackett) Hammond, 87, of Worcester — Obituary

Francis A. Hebert, 76, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Shirley L. (Brunzell) Johnson, 87, of Worcester — Obituary

Grace Kazarian, 94, of Whitinsville — Obituary

David Michael Keefe, 80, of Worcester — Obituary

Robert F. “Bob” Lewinski, 76, of Milford — Obituary

Earl F. MacKenzie, 78, of Worcester — Obituary

Margaret F. (Forstner) Malkin, 84, of Natick and Grafton — Obituary

John F. Mansfield, 65, of Worcester — Obituary

Phillip I. McBain, 67, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Florence R. Niles, 73, of Worcester — Obituary

Robert E. Novak, 78, of Jefferson — Obituary

Esther (Santa Maria) Nozzolillo, 89, of Worcester — Obituary

Albert G. Orne, Sr., 87, of Spencer — Obituary

Judith A. (Mayo) Orne, 75, of Spencer — Obituary

Helen B. (Bodurian) Ostlund, 93, of Holden — Obituary

Krista E. Patton, M.D., 68 — Obituary

Rita M. (Ferrante) Przygoda, 89, of Milford — Obituary

Carol Leona (Morris) Reardon, 90, of Auburn and Dudley — Obituary

Angel M. Rivera, Jr., 38, of Clinton — Obituary

Edward P. Roche, 92, of Worcester — Obituary

Howard A. Safstrom, 81, of Worcester — Obituary

Anthony G. Sakaloglou, 27, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Worcester — Obituary

Mary L. Simonelli, 89, of Webster and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Ethel M. (St. Martin) Skehan, 81, of Leominster — Obituary

Fannie (Kravitz) Smalley, 99, of Worcester — Obituary

Mattheu Stoja, 93, of Worcester — Obituary

Doris (Pederzani) Taylor, 100, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Lica A. (Covey) Theriault, 51, of Templeton — Obituary

Marie Antoinette (Hamel) Tivnan, 83, of Auburn — Obituary

Ryan C. Toth, 42, of North Falmouth and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Joseph T. Whitmore, 92, of Ledgewood, N.J., and Holden — Obituary

Linda Y. (Nadeau) Wiinikainen, 69, of Gardner — Obituary Continue Reading


Worcester Sun, Oct. 26: In this issue

We know what you’re thinking: the Sun guys are busy having traffic-stopping parties and signing up super-popular former mayors to become current city thought leaders — they can’t possibly have time to put together a quality Wednesday edition! Oh, no?! Bill Randell on the DCU Center and Fiscal Armageddon; reports on Airbnb and Question 4; a Canal District shoutout; two new top clicks in Free to Read … and there’s more. So, yeah, we think we’ve got you covered in your Wednesday, Oct. 26, Worcester Sun. Continue Reading