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Worcester News

Local news for Worcester, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

WORCESTER – A half-decade into feeding the city's students during the summer, the district's nutrition department this year has ambitious plans to serve 50,000 meals to local children in the next two months. According to Donna Lombardi, department director, that total would be a roughly 40-percent increase from the 35,000 meals the summer meals program served last year.

WORCESTER - Calling the facts of the case "chilling," a judge sentenced a Worcester man Friday to 7 to 9 years in state prison, with 3 years of probation to follow, for the attempted murder of his 3-year-old nephew. Taj McDonald, 22, of 157 Country Club Blvd., pleaded guilty May 9 in Worcester Superior Court to charges of assault with intent to murder, two counts each of attempted murder and strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon , assault and battery on a child with injury and reckless endangerment of a child.

The Hanover Theatre celebrates Don Phipps' 85th birthday with a special concert, Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m., featuring the White Heat Swing Quartet and David Wickerham on The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. The Mighty Wurlitzer was originally donated to The Hanover Theatre by Phipps, a member of the American Organ Society.

Paxton News

Local news for Paxton, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The Wachusett Regional School Committee announced Monday that cuts in staff, supplies and maintenance will be made as it reconsiders its budget after the original budget proposal failed to pass in two of the five district towns. Superintendent Darryll McCall, in his report to the school committee noting the implications of the budget cuts requested by the towns of Rutland and Paxton, said, "Both of the numbers associated with the requested reductions would be devastating to our students and cause further erosion of the educational foundation we have attempted to bolster." The district is considering a new budget that would keep Paxton's share of the increase under 2.5 percent.

Holden News

Local news for Holden, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Central Massachusetts chess prodigy Sam Sevian recently became the youngest winner of the Continental Championship in Medellin, Colombia. The 16-year-old Holden resident and former Southbridge resident was seeded eighth among 258 players, in what the tournament said was probably the largest and strongest Continental Championship ever.

HOPKINTON - Two children were among four people injured in a head-on collision between a car and an SUV on Wood Street Wednesday evening, authorities said. A Chevrolet Cruze sedan and a Chevy Traverse LTZ SUV collided near 147 Wood St. around 5:09 p.m., according to authorities A woman driving the Cruze and two children inside and the SUV's driver were taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Fire Lt.

Boylston News

Local news for Boylston, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is reminding riders that a new schedule including service cuts begins Saturday, and a fare increase goes into effect the following Saturday, July 1. "We vetted these with the public back in March and April, and did what we had to do," said Jonathan E. Church, WRTA administrator.

LEICESTER – Selectmen approved the existing and soon-to-be leaving town administrator to negotiate a deal with a former local town administrator to become his interim replacement. In a 4-0-1 vote, selectmen Monday night instructed Town Administrator Kevin J. Mizikar to work out a "tentative agreement" with James P. Purcell to serve as the interim town administrator as they search for Mr. Mizikar's replacement.

For homeowners concerned about defoliation of a favorite backyard shade tree, ornamental or apple tree, that has to be good news. Robert Burgess, spokesman for Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, said the horticultural staff has several recommendations for property owners eager to stem the tide of ravenous caterpillars.

Shrewsbury News

Local news for Shrewsbury, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

While the latest disruption capturing public attention may be Amazon's entree into the grocery business, a major transformation is being debated within the Massachusetts Legislature over eye care - who can treat glaucoma as well as minor eye infections. The political maneuvering is pitting optometrists, doctors carrying an O.D. degree obtained after a four-year, post-college study at an institutions like MCPHS University, which has a campus in downtown Worcester; and ophthalmologists, physicians carrying an M.D. obtained after four years of post-college study in medical schools, such as UMass Medical School in Worcester, and who undergo a one-year internship, and then three-to-five years of residency/fellowship in their specialty.

The 2017 Southgate Summer Concerts kick off Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m., with The Wolverine Jazz Band. The schedule includes Dan Gable and the Abletones July 18, SloGrass July 25, Beatles For Sale Aug. 1, The Reminisants Aug. 8, and Tom Nutile Big Band Aug. 15. Admission is free and there is ample parking.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Margaret Wykes; two sons, Paul D. Wykes and his wife Mary of Auburn and Richard J. Wykes and his wife Jennifer of Simpsonville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Tara, Ian, Neil, Gavin, and Andrew; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Wykes.

West Boylston News

Local news for West Boylston, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is reminding riders that a new schedule including service cuts begins Saturday, and a fare increase goes into effect the following Saturday, July 1. "We vetted these with the public back in March and April, and did what we had to do," said Jonathan E. Church, WRTA administrator.