Survival training: One woman’s story of perseverance

A terrible car accident in 2010 was life-altering for a Leicester woman who refused to allow her fate to keep her from pursuing something better. Rehabilitation led to an epiphany, which led to a career change — and that turned out to be Jen Burtt’s saving grace. She lost her friend that harrowing night, but through it all she finally found herself.

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On-site, on-demand tech support startup Loyal Techs launches in Worcester

Loyal Techs, an on-demand support service, has launched, aiming to revolutionize the way consumers receive on-site and remote technical support.

With the click of a button, Worcester residents can book affordable and expert tech support for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. It’s a simple, inexpensive and convenient option for troubleshooting and fixing tech issues without booking a pushed-out appointment with a hefty price tag.

“Our only focus is our awesome customers and the services we provide,” says Anthony Inguaggiato, CEO of Loyal Techs. “Our goal is to provide the best tech support anyone has ever experienced. We want to be the only tech support option you think of for on-demand high-quality support.”

Anchors away: Worcester’s ABA basketball team has new name, home court

In hopes of solidifying a permanent home in Worcester, the city’s lone professional basketball team is making major changes to its branding by paying homage to an infamous winter storm and partnering with a celebrated nonprofit for a true home court advantage.

Known as the New England Anchors during its tenuous first year (2016-17) in the revamped ABA basketball league, the team will re-introduce itself next season as the Worcester 78’s — a tribute to the Blizzard of ’78 — in an attempt to make a nostalgic connection across the region while also better defining, team officials believe, its market for supporters and fans.

“It didn’t make a lot of sense to have a New England-based brand without any real ties to Worcester where we play,” owner and president Tom Marino said in a recent interview. “With this change, we are sending the message that we are here and we aren’t planning on going anywhere.”

Failed cigar tax leaves statewide Mosaic-linked health initiative without funding

BOSTON — A multi-year, multimillion-dollar experiment to lower asthma rates, reduce smoking, and steel elders against the risk of falls appears to be drawing to a close in Massachusetts.

Seeded with a one-time assessment of roughly $60 million from the insurance industry and some healthcare providers, the state Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund has supported nine programs from Barnstable to the Berkshires, including several initiatives in Worcester, since 2014 that aim to reduce the most prevalent and preventable health conditions, address health disparities and increase healthy behaviors.

More than 200 jobs will be lost as funding runs out by December, according to Maddie Ribble, director of public policy and campaign strategy for the Massachusetts Public Health Association.

The temporary funding for the nearly four-year-old program is ending at a time when tax revenues have rolled in slower than previously expected, forcing state government to tighten spending on programs around the state.

Last week’s most popular, July 2-8

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles July 2-8

Mariano: Choose your words carefully; obscene, crude language is bad enough without making it worse. She’s always been a hustler: The Soofi family story
Access Denied: Mounting opposition buries pipeline plans
Editorial: A week’s worth of fireworks in Worcester
New mandatory minimum sentence would target tricks of drug trafficking trade
Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 179]: Speaking of that $40.2B state budget …

While many Bay Staters were packing their hybrid SUVs for a trip to the Cape or StoryLand, or someplace farther away or more exotic, lawmakers on Beacon Hill were packing 10 pounds of you-know-what into a five-pound bag.

Filed early Friday, the state’s first $40B spending plan was held back by confoundingly lagging revenues but nudged forward by House and Senate leaders eager to have the chore of their shoulders.

Concerned, Hitch isn’t optimistic about getting a word in edgewise.