Monthly Archives: August 2009

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Posted by “Jeff”on wormtowntaxi.com

It’s been a long, slow evaporation of manufacturing jobs, here in Worcester. Over the course of many years I’ve seen it happen. Weasel used to have a factory job, and it was a good one, too. Once upon a time, you could just walk in to one of the many manufacturing businesses here in Worcester, fill out an application, and get a decent paying job… just like that. And that job could ultimately pay well enough for you to raise a family, and even buy a house. You didn’t need a college degree, and in so many cases, you didn’t even need a high school diploma. These were the thousands of unskilled labor jobs that took on employees as fast as they could find them to do the work. And it was all OJT (on-the-job training) in just about every case. I was just talking to Weasel about it today. Those days are long gone.

Posted by “Bill Randell” on worcesterma.blogspot.com

What completely confused me about the interview was Dick Kennedy saying “Direct Air has the ability and is willing to grown into other cities??” Simply put they do not. We are going to have to just worry about keeping Direct Air flying into Sanford and Punta Gorda, never mind adding new cities. Maybe if we are lucky we get Myrtle Beach back in March. Sorry, but an airline like Allegiant now that it has turned public and has the capital can expand into other cities. Not Direct Air. Maybe the most telling part of the interview was Ed Warneck saying that “some flights have had 8-12 person per flight and that they have lost a few million dollars.” Direct Air can not lose a few more millions and if we don’t have better loads in the fall, they will be done at ORH.

Posted by “Kari Whitney” on veganparenting.com

Calling all Vegans. Move to Worcester and you will never grow tired of your vegan dining choices. We found an awesome bagel shop called Bagel Time. It’s a small family owned place that is so New England (this is a hard concept for me to explain) and the bagels are amazing. What makes the bagels even better is that they offer (and sell) Toffuti Cream Cheese! One of my favorite foods is cream cheese and bagels so as you can imagine I am at this bagel shop as often as I can persuade my family to go with me. Keller is pretty easy since he loves the chocolate chip bagels. A fantastic restaurant called Buddha Hut had a fundraiser buffet for the local veg group a few days ago and we went. We had eaten at this restaurant when we visited in July and love it. What made it even better is that the buffet was $10 per person but Keller got to eat free. This was good for us but not good for the Buddha. Keller ate like he had eaten salad and veggie burgers for a week. This restaurant is so delicious. 100% vegan chinese food with health in mind.

Posted by “Mike”on thatsthepits.com

I think our elected officials are playing games with us. These head games are going too far. The President, the Speaker of the House, the Congress, and the White House Press Secretary should be ashamed of themselves. Does this President want this Healthcare Bill so bad that he and all of Washington would play games with the American people? Why? We have to find out from a half hearted media just what is going on in Washington. Such as a snitch line! It’s been removed now because of the outrage from the American People. What would have a snitch line given the White House. Well, it would have a probably did give them a list of Americans willing to turn-in their neighbors, or websites, or people just talking about healthcare concerns they have or failed to understand. How can we not fail to understand, we’re not told the truth. Such as, over the weekend we seen news reports about the President dropping or considering dropping the Public Option part of the Healthcare Bill. Now White House Press Secretary Gibbs says that will not be dropped. That would have been a start, but it still wasn’t there yet. You still needed to keep a level playing field when it came to rates versus the private insurance companies. We also wanted those meetings about end of life to be gone and eliminating a board making decisions on our healthcare. Ya it’s our healthcare, not our elected officials. Our elected officials are suppose to listen to us, not go by the good ol boy network.

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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 ocvictor.livejournal.com

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 pinkgranite.blogspot.com

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 pauliespointofview.blogspot.com

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 worcesterin365.blogspot.com

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 crystalstailsmeowww.blogspot.com

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 4rilla.blogspot.com

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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