Monthly Archives: August 2009

Globe/Telegram suitors to two?

The Boston Globe reported last week that two of the three would-be purchasers of the New England Media Group – including the Telegram and Gazette - have been invited to tour operations sometime in early September.

The two groups are California-based investment firm Platinum Equity, and a group led by Stephen Taylor, whose family sold the Globe to the NYT Co. in 1993.  Both groups submitted reported bids of around $35 million (plus an assumption of $59 million in pension liabilities), which would cover the two newspapers, and their respective websites and printing facilities.

The third group to submit a bid, apparently out of the running now, was advertising mogul Jack Connors and venture capitalist Stephen Pagliuca.

The ongoing process could mean that Globe staffers are safe for now, reports the Boston Herald today.

The same is likely true for the Telegram, which has gone through several rounds of major staff cuts over the past few years, and has never been in as precarious a financial situation as the Globe. The fact that NYT Co. executives have cleaned up their properties enough to make them attractive to suitors – and the fact that suitors are seriously interested – means that further cuts will most likely wait until a sale takes place.

But that doesn’t mean changes aren’t coming to the dailys.  In a financial filing earlier this month, the NYT Co. revealed it will almost certainly start charging for online content in the near future; such charges are a given at the Globe, though they remain an unknown at the Telegram.

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Rosen, on the ball

If we didn’t know better, we’d think City Councilor Gary Rosen had already left the City Council, despite the fact he has over four months left to serve.

In an email to us this morning about last night’s Central Massachusetts Labor Council Endorsement meeting, Rosen refers to himself as WCRN’s “political reporter and commentator,” promises the station will be the “#1 media outlet for in-depth Worcester Election ’09 coverage”(we beg to respectfully differ), and gives a blow-by-blow of last night’s meeting.

It’s all good stuff—but it portends that Rosen is making a real effort to become the newest political analyst on the (small) local scene.

Who said ‘there are no second acts?’

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Tim Murray gears up for 2010

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray is starting to roll out his 2010 campaign.  And at least in the first stages, it looks like he’ll be very new media-centric.

Over the past few weeks, he’s launched a TimMurray2010 Twitter account, YouTube channel, and Flickr account, each in the nascent stages of content.

Murray campaign spokesman Michael Cohen says the accounts are for Murray’s reelection bid for Lieutenant Governor.

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Who you gonna call? Beetle busters!

We just noticed this new slick site from the USDA attempting to get people to report the Asian longhorned beetle (We thought it was all capitalized; who knew?).

Slick animation—AND they twitter/facebook/flickr?  This is an early winner for our coveted “Government site that doesn’t suck” award.

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Blog Log Digital: Welcome back edition

Posted by “ocvictor” on

Rest in peace Les Paul … half of everything I’ve ever loved in music can be traced back to you.

Posted by “Pink Granite” on

Can the Boston Red Sox rebound from this lousy position of being 7.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East? In a similar vein: can anyone keep up with this season’s ever changing Red Sox roster?

Posted by “paulie’s point of view” on

Got a chance today to bike around WooTown and enjoy the exercise and a few of the local happenings….also ran into every Pol on the hunt for a vote today at the local happenings and it was nice to get to chat about my own city concerns as well as hear about some of their own concerns and ideas for WooTown!

Posted by “extrachris_p” on

Has anyone been listening to 104.1 WBCN this weekend? This is the way radio should be played. They are celebrating thier 41 years on the radio with a 4 day farwell bringing back some of the past great DJ’s and some of the best music I’ve heard on here since the days when they ruled the airwaves. It’s a shame how big corporations (CBS) are ruining radio with their pre-arranged song list formats. If they played music the way they are doing this weekend maybe they would still be around.

Posted by “Ms. Crystal” on

Things that tick me off….People claiming a city they do not live in… If you are from Worcester or Framingham you are not from Boston, start paying Boston rents and then you can claim the city. The same thing in Stamford or Greenwich CT- You are not from New York. You are not a Bostonian if you live in Worcester or anywhere in the surrounding 35 miles. Emails that are spam that start with Re:Crystal A. or Crystal A.????? The General public that does not do their own research about the Health Care Reform bill and yet takes every bit of information propagandist throw at them.

Posted by “4rilla” on

So yesterday morning Crystal and I took part in the Sachs Diamond Dash here in Worcester. The dash turned out to be a highly competitive scavenger hunt/puzzle solving game on the streets of Worcester with all clues and answers sent and received via text message. We arrived at Institute Park at 9am to see a crowd much larger than I anticipated, but when the grand prize is a $15,000 diamond ring why would I expect a light turnout. The sun was shining brightly and we were working up a sweat just waiting in the registration line. I did get a kick out of some folks who were casually puffing on cigarettes while waiting to register, nothing like a few more smokes before competing in a race with a $15K grand prize! Before long Konnie Lukes was announced to issue a proclamation and kick off the event. When her name was called I let out a nice, loud gutteral BOOOOO for all to hear. Very satisfying if I do say so myself. From there the first text message was sent to everyones cellphones simultaneously, what a cacophony of sound, 400+ cellphones all going off at the same time with the first clue. Basically the first clue sent via text would lead you to a location in Worcester, you would text back the location and the system would confirm you are correct. They would then send you a second text which would involve answering a question about that location to confirm you were actually there….All in all a fun event, it was great to see hundreds of people in purple t-shirts riding bikes all over downtown Worcester on a beautiful Saturday morning. I am sure we made some folks scratch their heads. And hopefully a few folks from the suburbs who came out in search of diamonds got to see that Worcester isn’t that scary after all.


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Restaurateurs reflect on Restaurant Week

In this week’s Worcester Mag, reporter Tim O’Keefe explores the restaurateurs’ reactions to Restaurant Week.

“The $20 menu affects the profit per guest, but if it draws more guests than that is what we were aiming for,” says David Lemenager, manager at 86 Winter. “We definitely saw an increase of people coming in.”

That sentiment rang true in a lot of managers’ and owners’ minds, as the overall success of Worcester Restaurant Week was not measured in profit, but in the sheer volume of new customers that came in.

“We absolutely saw an increase in people coming to the restaurant,” says Lindsay Franklin, manager at Block 5 Bistro. “Let’s say on a typical busy Wednesday night, we see about 50 people come in. During Restaurant Week we were seeing 75 to 80 people.”

But it wasn’t an unqualified success. Although Block 5 saw a large increase in the number of customers, they were a little surprised by the eventual turnout in terms of profit.

“I don’t think it evened out as much as we though it would,” says Franklin. “20 dollars is a great deal but I think the main reason for doing this is to get people to come out to our restaurant, and gain more exposure.”

“We saw a little bit of an increase in people coming to our restaurant, but not too much,” says Igantius Chang, owner of Nancy Chang Restaurant. “I think people are looking to use this deal at more expensive restaurants, where as we are moderately priced to begin with.”

Although Chang admits that there wasn’t a huge difference for his restaurant, he does think that this special event is a great opportunity for people to experience the great food that Worcester has to offer.

“Each day we probably averaged about 10 extra people that we usually have, he says. “We didn’t see much of an increase in profit, but I think that this is a good thing to do, for us and for the city of Worcester.”

For more on this story, check out this week’s Worcester Mag.

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Former Becker student accuses ex-coach of sexual harrassment

When Becker College suddenly fired equestrian coach Ed Paro last year, it came as a shock to many.

Now, former Becker student Beth Bloomer has filed suit against Paro, accusing him of sexually assaulting her while she was enrolled between October and December of 2007.

News of Bloomer’s suit, which also accused Becker of negligence, was broken on

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The Rosen Effect

What does Gary Rosen’s departure from the mayoral race mean for the remaining three candidates?

Supporters of each immediately went into spin mode last week, trying to demonstrate why it helped their favored horse. The problem is, no one knows exactly where a “typical” Rosen supporter will fall, or how many he really would have had for mayor.

Last election, despite being the top vote getter, he finished way out of the running in mayoral voting. Some feel his outside-the-insiders political persona will leave more voters to Konnie Lukes; she seemed to have the most crossover with Rosen voters in the last mayoral campaign. Others say the 20% who voted for Rosen rather than Lukes last time will split between Joe O’Brien and Kate Toomey; others claim that the majority of those will go to Toomey.

The politicians themselves brushed off any hint of direct impact.

“There are people who are big into number crunching and analyzing. In the end people will vote on who they feel will do the best job. It will be whoever resonates with voters and who they are comfortable with,” said Toomey.

Echoed Lukes, “It’s too early to tell right now. It’s always one of those ongoing issues that will eventually play itself out.”

And O’Brien: ““I don’t want to even speculate on that. I think there is plenty of time to speculate how this race will turn out in the months to come.”

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