Worcester Sun: Nov. 23 — Our take on a solid ‘Plan B’ for Black Friday, Hitch talks turkey + Randell on the Skybridge

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Plainridge slots revenue gains win big with commission |  Through September, Plainridge Park slots parlor had collected $117.6 million in revenue, with more than $52 million going to pay state taxes and more than $5 million earmarked for the state’s horse racing fund. Plainridge averaged a “win per unit” of $346, which officials say is a performance unmatched nationally.

Want to skip this scene on Black Friday? Try Small Business Saturday instead.

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Want to skip this scene on Black Friday? Try Small Business Saturday instead.

Editorial: A movement we can all stand behind |  We the people stand in dire need of something that unites us. Fortunately, for many, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, for most, the day after is Black Friday, which has weaponized the act of holiday shopping. In this looming shadow, we shine a light on a movement that can help us regain our sense of community.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 113]: Dial ‘T’ for turkey |  It’s that time again. Migraine-inducing holiday travels. Century-spanning high school football rivalries. The only potatoes left at the grocery store look like they were there last year. And if mom starts now, the cranberry sauce will be done sliding out of the can in time for dessert. Yes, the joys of Thanksgiving and ensuing holiday seasons are upon us. But, for sure, there’s one particular demographic which feels altogether differently about all this — not that they have much say in the matter. What’s a turkey to do? Hitch knows who to call.

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Bill Randell

Bill Randell

Randell: A skybridge over troubled DCU Center coffers |  “What was ‘$3 million to $4 million’ in 2003, had grown to $7 million to $8 million by 2007 and is now estimated to take up a ‘large portion of the $25 million’ that had been budgeted for the last round of DCU Center improvements. Did I mention the $100,000 in recent flood damage, which may end being much more if National Grid makes the city pay for the two blown transformers? At least we make money on the DCU, right?” Bill Randell deposits his two cents into the Sun’s downtown renewal fund.


Inbox [Nov. 23]: WCAC provides 451 coats to kids, Worcester business gains certification, UniBank coordinates holiday giving, Moore announces spring legislative internships |  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. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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What does WAFT do, anyway? An inside look at Worcester’s anti-foreclosure warriors: Part 1 — Gaining traction and attention

WAFT in action ...

Courtesy WAFT / Matthew Griffin

WAFT in action …

“Basically it’s about enforcing the laws that are on the books,” said Grace Ross, the organization’s founder, who was recently honored by New England’s NAACP chapter with a lifetime achievement award for her advocacy work. This is the first in a two-part report chronicling several days in the lives of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team and the people they try to help.

Local Business Spotlight: Crafty, creative and exciting things are coming out of the WorcShop

Work bays at the WorcShop, 243 Stafford St.

Jessica White / courtesy WorcShop

Work bays at the WorcShop, 243 Stafford St.

What would you call a makerspace-style workshop based in Worcester? WorcShop, of course. Complete with offices and heavy tools, the facility on Stafford Street opened about six months ago, and there are already plans to expand. Sean M. Haley rolls up his sleeves for a closer look.

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