May 24, 2017

Worcester Sun, May 24: TIFs add up to developing success in Worcester, ISIS attack raises local concerns + more

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Hanover Theatre's new conservatory will be elevating its game thanks to a new grant.

In wake of Manchester ISIS attack, Baker says concert security will be increased [with video] |  Gov. Charlie Baker said state, federal and local law enforcement agencies communicate regularly about potential threats here, and echoed city officials who said additional precautions will be taken ahead of Boston Calling, the Memorial Day weekend music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston.

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Many Massachusetts nursing homes face a looming financial crisis.

Mass. Nursing homes at ‘crisis point,’ industry leaders say |  About two-thirds of nursing home residents have their care paid for by MassHealth, leaving nursing homes dependent on state funds — which are not exactly plentiful these days. Bills in the House and Senate, sponsored by Worcester Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Thomas Golden, would tie insufficient reimbursement rates to facility size, and fund leadership training and scholarship programs for nursing home staff.

Editorial: Economic development by the numbers |  A recent report by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor shows that Worcester’s use of a key economic development incentive is producing positive results.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 165]: The last days of First Night Worcester |  One thing we can all agree on is, there will certainly be some sort of party in Worcester on Dec. 31. While First Night Worcester Inc., the dedicated group of folks who kept the pioneering event going for 35 years, may no longer have the wherewithal to lead the charge, the odds of someone or something not filling the void are quite slim. Which begs many questions: who should be in charge; what should a new event look like; where will all the buttons go? Luckily for Worcester, Hitch is a man with answers.

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Filmmakers hope to whip up fundraising frenzy for Major Taylor biopic ‘Black Cyclone’ |  “It’s a really important story to tell and it lends itself to dramatic treatment on the big screen,” said Lynne Tolman, executive director of the Major Taylor Association. “It’s Jackie Robinson 50 years earlier with some even more harrowing components to the story.”

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