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Have you seen Tyler? Missing 16 year old last seen in Worcester


Tyler Gaudet has been missing since Saturday April 23 and was last seen in Worcester.

Tyler is approximately 5’4, weighs 135 lbs. blue eyes and is 16 years old.

It is believed he may have headed to following locations: Ayer, Leominster, Springfield, or may even still be somewhere in Worcester.

Any information regarding his whereabouts should consist of notifying the police immediately at 508-799-8651.


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Three suspects arrested in double homicide on 4.10.11 (Updated)

The Worcester Police Department has arrested three suspects allegedly responsible for the shooting death of two males, ages 20 and 21, at 3:16am, Sunday morning April 10, 2011. The shooting occurred in the area of 23 Crown St., and was reportedly instigated over a drug deal gone wrong. This brings the total of homicides in the city up to five.

The Worcester Police Detective Bureau located and arrested Michael Wood, 21 years old of 913 Main Street, Worcester; Bobby Tran, 19 years old of 913 Main Street, Worcester and Marcus Hayes, 24 years old of 31 Benes Lane, Northbridge. All three men were charged with Possession of a Stun Gun, 2 counts of Murder, 3 counts of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, without an FID Card, Carrying a Loaded Rifle/Shotgun on a Public Way, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building, Conspiracy, and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance laws.

The men are set to be arraigned on Monday, April 11 at the Worcester County District Courthouse. The victim’s names are being withheld, and the investigation is ongoing.

Update: The T&G continues to flesh out the story as the day goes on. Reports from the arraignment include the names of the victims, extra court officers and some grisly details from the murder scene:

At the parking lot, the three defendants were already armed with a stun gun and rifle. Records did not state which defendant carried what weapon. After allegedly stunning the victims, another one of the trio shot the two men in the torso, police said in a statement of facts.


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NORWAY MAPLE: the Beetle’s friend

Submitted by Ginny Kingsbury

The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been in the USA for about 25 years. Norway Maples have been in Worcester more than twice as long.  After natural events had destroyed many of the trees in Worcester, the city fathers decided to replace the missing trees with Norway Maples. They were considered ideal city trees, they could withstand road salt and sand, they were free of any known disease or pests, they grew rapidly into big beautiful trees spreading full leafed branches for lining the streets and in the fall their arching canopies turned into gorgeous colors and accented other trees. Worcester already had many other species of trees growing throughout the city, such as paper or white birch and gray or silver birch. The Norway Maple lived up to its reputation of fast growing and eventually again, we had many tree lined streets This was typical of New England. Some locations had towering American Elm, Chestnut, Beech and other species.

It was a common practice to have both sides of the streets or avenues lined with trees of the same species in New England and in many Southern states.

Unfortunately, Elm trees started dying from Dutch Elm disease The same thing happened with the Chestnut trees but the Maples were still standing as beautiful as ever. At about that time, people were beginning to realize planting all the same trees or monoculture, in the same area, was not a good idea.

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It’s time again for Worcester Mag’s annual Poetry Contest

The Worcester Mag Annual Poetry Contest 2011 is underway!
With two categories (youth & adult) and a spread in our issue dedicated to the winners, this is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate the excellent work of our local word artists during National Poetry Month.

First, second and third place winners will be showcased in the April 7th Issue of Worcester Mag.

Winners will be invited to read their winning entries during a Worcester Mag sponsored live showcase event at the WCUW 91.3 FM’s Front Room on April 22.


• Submissions must be made electronically, sent via email as a Word attachment or pasted in an email. Send submissions to Please put POETRY CONTEST in the subject headline. No paper submissions will be accepted.

• Be sure to mark which category you are applying for: Adult (18+) or Youth (-18).

• Entries due by March 25.

• Word Count: no more than 500 words.

2011 Judges:
Alex Charalambides, 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Recipient
Heather MacPherson of Ballard Street Poetry Journal
John Hodgen, English professor at Assumption College and published poet


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The battle isn’t over: Worcester vs. the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Ginny Kingsbury, Worcester resident and self proclaimed “Advocate for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program” has been working hard at spreading the news of the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Worcester, and sent us this informative essay that we wanted to share…

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Winter Parking Ban is still in effect, folks!

Just a friendly reminder that the city’s Winter Parking Ban is still in effect – so watch where you park or that $55 ticket will be slapped on your windshield.

Here are the deets:

There is NO Parking on either side of main streets, bus routes and streets in the downtown area. Parking is allowed only on the odd numbered side of all other streets unless otherwise posted.

Have questions? Call the DPW & P customer service center at 508-929-1300 or visit

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The Goddard School located in Auburn Announces $10K Scholarship

The Goddard School® located in Auburn is calling out to all Goddard School alumni. The organization has just announced that it will be accepting applications for its annual $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship.

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