December 5, 2017

Worcester Sun, Dec. 6: Chandler steps in for Rosenberg, Hitch on Hefner, Good as Gold + more

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Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, acting Senate president

Worcester’s Chandler elected acting Senate president amid harassment probe |  The election of Chandler, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg’s top lieutenant, and the adoption of an order green-lighting the Senate Ethics Committee investigation marked the culmination of a marathon day of closed-door talks between Democrats and Republicans in the wake of allegations against Rosenberg’s husband.

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Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has stepped down to facilitate the Hefner investigation.

Ethics panel begins inquiry in Rosenberg-Hefner matter |  The six-member committee, including four Democrats and two Republicans, was empowered by the full Senate on Monday night to begin the investigation into Rosenberg, who stepped down as Senate president for the duration of the investigation with the hopes of returning to his post when it’s complete.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 221]: A grab bag of misdeeds at State House |  It has been a tumultuous few days on Beacon Hill, where sexual harassment allegations against the Senate president’s husband have pushed the already slow-moving legislative agenda onto the back burner. Leaders promise a quick-but-thorough, open and fair investigation. Of course, we’ve heard similar assurances on issues such as healthcare cost containment and criminal justice reform. Well, Hitch has seen a thing or two, and he’s keeping his eye on the ball.

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Dan, left, Mike and Jay Goldman pose in the Good as Gold facility on Green Street, in front of their new state-of-the-art roasting rig.

Good as Gold Coffee has an air of staying power |  Cream, sugar … computer? Worcester’s Good as Gold Coffee has a high-tech new take on making coffee precisely the way customers like and expect it. The company’s new Airis brand and heated air-driven process is all about replicating the roast — and keeping one of the city’s longstanding success stories steaming toward the future.

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Consider helping Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester.

Giving the gift of language |  “All their adult lives they have attempted to live without the verbal survival skills the rest of us take for granted. Finally admitting their need for help, these native-born Americans, as well as our core adult student population of immigrants, come to us for help. What you as a Literacy Volunteer can offer will change their lives immeasurably.”

Worcester Sun contracts for Worcester-themed crossword puzzles |  Frank Virzi, a retired chemistry and biology teacher who lives in Holden, has contributed puzzles to some of the largest newspapers in the United States and is the author of 13 puzzle books. His puzzles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and several other publications.

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House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez pumps his fists after high-fiving Gov. Charlie Baker at the ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday.

Sanchez riding high at education reform bill signing |  Gov. Charlie Baker invited lawmakers, including House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, and Education Secretary James Peyser into his office for a ceremonial signing of a law granting school districts more flexibility in educating students who are not fluent in English.

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