Monthly Archives: April 2010

I accept your tweet

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Universal Hub reports that Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, Steve Grossman, has agreed to a debate with the GOP’s challenger, Shrewsbury State Rep. Karyn Polito (11th Worcester district), but he did so over Twitter.

Oddly, it doesn’t look like Polito solicited the debate over Twitter. None of her tweets mention it.

*I think the entire debate should be a back-and-forth dialogue of 140 character notes. It would take days, but every point would be succinct.

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A source-free and context-less quote

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Again, this one didn’t make it into this week’s issue:

Trains are as American as apple pie.

And that’s it.

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Crowne Plaza sale won’t stop Summer Nationals

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Good news: The buoy of the North Main St. economy will continue to bob (no pun intended) as Summer Nationals owner Bob Moscoffian says the sale of the Crowne Plaza won’t stop this year’s show. From the website:

With the breaking news today that the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be closing in June show owner Bob Moscoffian announced that the 20th annual show will go on as planned! “The show has endured many obstacles in the past and always comes out on top!” The Crowne Plaza Hotel has been the “show headquarters” for many years but there are many other beautiful hotels in the downtown area and a list of local hotels that are available for show patrons will be added later today. As soon as any additional news becomes available it will be posted here and also on the Summer Nationals Community Forum.

The website also provides a list of other hotels in Worcester where fans can stay.

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Blog Log Digital 4/29/2010

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Posted by “Brent S. Abrahamson” on futureperfectprogressive.blogspot.com

First let me say that I do not gamble, nor do I use marijuana. If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tried to make any money from me for either activity, they’d be out of luck. Nevertheless, there is talk of a new revenue source for the state — casino gambling. Does this really make sense? Clearly the time has come to legalize marijuana. This has been part of the underground culture for decades. A great deal of money is spent by those who use marijuana, and that money goes to illicit providers that the state spends enormous amounts to catch, prosecute, and often imprison. It is an unwinnable war, and one that can no longer be justified.

Posted by “Dee Wells” on worcesterismajor.blogspot.com

I can’t and certainly don’t consider myself a pizza connoisseur, but when I taste great pizza I know it! Earlier this week, my Alma mater, Bryant College, now Bryant University Bryant University (goes to show you how long it’s been since I graduated), held a alumni social at the Armsby Abbey, which just so happens to be owned by another Bryant alumna, Sherri Sadowski. I had a good time meeting some fellow alums, sharing stories from “back in the day” and some old stories that will live in infamy (I will invoke my 5th Amendment rights).

So as the Bryant social came to a close, I decided to hang out for a bit longer and have some drinks and kick-it with my new found friend, Chris, who’s a California transplant who knows a thing or two about sneakers (Hmmmm….a cat who speaks my language). 

I wanted something to eat and had a craving for some pizza, to which Chris recommends the Thai Pizza that sounded great on the menu but to taste it…..there aren’t enough words to describe it! You have to taste it for yourself and tell me it’s not the BEST pizza you’ve ever had!

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CORRECTION

There was an unfortunate error in this week’s cover story. Jose Rivera, who was killed in Main South on April 6, was 22-years-old, not 12. We apologize for the mistake.

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Mass. College of Pharmacy to buy Crowne Plaza

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

The Telegram‘s article has been fleshed out from this morning, and more details are clear about Mass. College of Pharmacy’s purchase of the failed hotel. The purchase went for $16.8 million, and comes with around $2 million in improvements/additions to the building, and the school’s president, Charles Monahan, says the school has agreed to pay the building’s full tax assessment ($420,800) for the first year, followed by 20% of that in following years.

It looks like students will move in there this summer. The real winner in all of this? There will be hundreds of college students living and studying right across the street from the Armsby Abbey.

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City Council dead blog: 4/27/10

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

UPDATE:

Sorry for being unable to live blog last night (or turn on Cover it Live), but the wireless connectivity in City Hall wasn’t working, and the ethernet cable didn’t do any good either.

Some budget notes:

Nick K. summed up the budget discussions pretty well this morning, capturing that the City Manager’s proposed budget looks to make up some of the $12 million from the tax levy not being collected ($2 mil of it), and it sounds like the one-time money from the sale of the airport will be spent all in one chunk to help with the high cost of street and sidewalk repairs–the use of that money had been a point of contention the last month or so among city councilors.

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