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The second largest city in New England Worcester was named after its predecessor Worcester England. Located forty miles from Boston, Worcester was originally settled by the English in 1673. Esther Howland, an early resident of Worcester, designed the first American valentine cards. Worcester also hosted some filming for the Star Trek Nemesis filming. The city is also home to its own art museum, Hanover Theater of the Performing Arts, and the Rock and Shock a convention for horror as well as a heavy metal concert.

Population: 182596
Local Newspapers: The Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Local Sports Teams: Worcester Sharks (AHL) Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am Baseball)
Local Colleges: Jesuit College of the Holy Cross Clark University

Zip Codes associated with worcester, massachusetts: 01602 01603 01604 01605 01606 01607 01608 01609 01610 01612 01655
Towns/Cities near worcester, massachusetts : Spencer Northborough Edgemere Auburn Millbury Forest Grove Westborough Cherry Valley

Worcester News
Dudley man competent for trial in killing of Southbridge man

WORCESTER - A Dudley man charged in the stabbing death of a Southbridge man he allegedly arranged to meet for sex was found competent to stand trial Friday in Worcester Superior Court. David E. Roman, 51, of 31 Tanyard Road, Dudley, is under indictment on first-degree murder and larceny of property charges in the May 8, 2015, slaying of 59-year-old Joseph A. Stanick in Mr. Stanick's home at 43 Columbus Ave. in Southbridge.

Innovation in spotlight at Game Changers conference in Worcester

The Game Changers business conference, a half-day event focused on innovation, took place Friday at Mechanics Hall. The event, sponsored by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce,  featured investors and developers involved in start-ups and other emerging businesses.

State withdraws felony charge facing Fitchburg mayoral candidate related to shooting

A charge against Fitchburg mayoral candidate Alexander Vera related to a shooting at a strip club in Worcester was withdrawn by prosecutors on Thursday with the possibility it could be refiled. Vera, 25, faced a single felony charge of misleading police during an investigation, which was dropped Thursday during a hearing, because "it is not in the interest of justice to proceed with this charge at this time," according to court documents.

Faculty members vote no confidence in Assumption College president

WORCESTER – A portion of Assumption College's faculty on Wednesday voted they had no confidence in the school's president, Francesco Cesareo, according to a communique from the college. The message, which was reportedly shared with families with students at Assumption, said the vote is not binding and "will not alter the leadership" of the college, and provided statements from both Assumption's Board of Trustees and the Augustinians of the Assumption reiterating their support for Mr. Cesareo, who has served as president of the college since 2007.

Worcester man charged with distribution of fentanyl

Pablo Santana, 27, of 21 Dorchester St., was charged with possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute and a drug violation within 1,000 feet of a school.  Police said members of the vice squad had a search warrant for Mr. Santana's apartment when they set up surveillance Thursday morning. Around noon, they saw Mr. Santana leave the apartment in a green Kia.

More 'compassionate' approach to opioid crisis touted in Worcester

WORCESTER – Jennifer Queally, the state undersecretary for law enforcement, said she wishes a diversion program for drug users had been at her disposal when she was a Worcester prosecutor. Ms. Queally spoke about the Worcester Buyer Diversion Program during Spectrum Health Systems' annual meeting Thursday night at the Beechwood Hotel.

Worcester City Council hopefuls spar in debate

District 5 hopefuls Matthew Wally and Paul Franco sparred the most at a debate Thursday night for the City Council district races. Mr. Franco insisted that homeowners in the city need relief, and said more vulnerable residents won't be able to afford to live here if Mr. Wally's desire to gradually close the gap between the residential and commercial tax rates is realized.

Worcester School Committee backs school funding resolutions

WORCESTER – The School Committee unanimously agreed Thursday night to throw its weight behind several proposed state-level resolutions seeking more financial help for school districts, including a plan to possibly sue the state to secure appropriate funding. All seven resolutions will be debated by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees at the organization's annual meeting next month.

Businesses along Route 20 support Worcester's Amazon bid

Some businesses on properties where the city has proposed to place an Amazon headquarters say they support luring the online retail giant to Worcester, although they would expect help to move. "Even though it may hurt the business in here, I think it is very good for the city.

Worcester woman found guilty of manslaughter in 2015 stabbing

A Worcester woman has been convicted of manslaughter in a fatal stabbing two years ago in University Park on Main Street. A Worcester Superior Court jury of six men and six women deliberated for about 23 hours over four days before finding Erika Mullen guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the Oct. 3, 2015, stabbing death of 33-year-old Carlos Estrada.  Judge Douglas H. Wilkins scheduled sentencing for 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and ordered that Ms.

Worcester reduces parking requirement for apartment project on Clover St.

Plans to turn a vacant former manufacturing property at Clover and James streets into an apartment complex cleared an important hurdle earlier this week, allowing the developer to proceed with the project as proposed. The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously voted to grant a variance that reduces the number of parking spaces required for the project.

Worcester students take part in Read for the Record

Schoolchildren throughout the city took part in Read for the Record on Thursday, a program that featured classroom guests reading the book, "Quackers."   The program, also held in schools throughout the world, is sponsored locally by the United Way of Central Mass, UMass Memorial Healthcare and AbbVie.

Worcester council candidates talk diversity, development

Housing, neighborhood development and diversity in the city government were among a wide range of topics six of the remaining seven at-large City Council candidates took on Wednesday night at a forum sponsored by the Worcester NAACP Unit. While the candidates agreed that much progress has been made in recent years to have the city government better reflect its population, they acknowledged more needs to be done.

Chalifoux Zephir will make best senator

I'm convinced candidate Susan Chalifoux Zephir, if elected, will restore that drive for caring, hard work, dedication, bipartisanship, trust, constituent community meeting, and economic development plans for the Worcester and Middlesex Senate District that once flourished when that seat was held by my late honorable friend Sen. Mary Padula. It's a great honor for me to endorse candidate Chalifoux Zephir to be your next senator to go to Beacon Hill and serve this great district.

Southbridge to plow roads in 2 subdivisions abandoned by builder

SOUTHBRIDGE – Private roads for the Hunter's Ridge and Tall Pines subdivisions will be plowed by the Department of Public Works this winter, after Mutual Builders of Worcester abandoned the projects and left residents to fend for themselves last winter. In the meantime, the town is taking steps to assume ownership of the roads, Town Manager Ronald San Angelo said this week.

'Swerving' brings dangerous bike-riding trend to Worcester streets

After school he gets on his bike and rides - often down the middle of the road, sans helmet - practicing his swerves and - like many other young bikers in the city - frightening motorists trying to avoid hitting the rogue cyclists. He owned up to it when asked if he rides in traffic, though his friends deny that they do.

Voting violation alleged at Westboro special town meeting

WESTBORO – A police report involving alleged voter impropriety at the first session of the special town meeting Monday night has been turned over to the Worcester District Attorney's office. The alleged incident happened during the voting on Article 3, which established property dimensions required under town zoning for lights to be installed at the high school athletic fields.

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