Category Archives: GoLocalWorcester

GoLocal Correction: “ballooning”

Correction: In GLW’s article about Governor Patrick, GLW reports that “With the number of Americans on food stamps ballooning from 28.6 million in 2008 to 26.7 million today, [New Hampshire’s Republican

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Senator Kelly] Ayotte maintained that President Obama’s policies have failed to deliver and it is time for a change in the form of Romney.” [emphasis added]

In fact, Ayotte stated that “We now have 47 million people on food stamps.” (This is consistent with USDA numbers, and certainly supports the idea of “ballooning.”)

GLW presumably regrets the error.

[h/t to MASSterlist and Conor Yunits]

Election Commission exhaustive coverage

Yesterday’s Election Commission meeting was one of the more thoroughly covered events Worcester has seen recently. This morning’s Telegram and Gazette report from Nick Kotsopoulos is only the beginning.

T&G reporter Steve Foskett was also at the meeting and livetweeted it. Walter Bird adds a bit of Worcester Magazine coverage here, with an odd take this morning on some of the exchanges. GoLocalWorcester has their coverage here.

Nicole liveblogged most of it, with MainSouthMom picking up where Nicole’s power ran out.

The flowchart created by Assistant Clerk Joshua Meduna, referenced several times during the meeting is available online here. It spells out what happens with inactive or ID-needed voters.

Audio of the entire meeting is here.

In addition, the following requests were made by the Voter Protection Network:

  • Request that the Election Commission and the City of Worcester continue to prioritize the pressing need for greater training of poll workers as well as for police officers who work at polling locations.
  • Request that the Election Commission place 2 large signs in the same languages as the ballots at all polling locations stating; “ALL ELEGIBLE VOTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE TODAY” and a second of the City’s official list of acceptable proof of residency.
  • Request the names of anyone that was removed from polling locations by the Worcester Police Department, or asked to leave by the Worcester City Clerk, be submitted by the City of Worcester to the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Commission and the City Solicitors Office to be reviewed and recommended for potential sanctions.


For those interested, the next meeting of the Voter Protection Network is Wednesday, September 26 at 6:15 pm at the YWCA, 1 Salem Square.  For more information, see here.

GLW correction: “Fun with Your Pet”

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GoLocalWorcester: Days 3-9

In an effort to understand what kind of role the new website GoLocalWorcester is playing in the effort to report “hard news” in Worcester, here’s a rundown of what they posted in the last 6 days.

My RSS reader caught 77 posts from February 17-23. (I don’t see anything for Sunday Feb 19.) 34 of these seem to have something to do with Worcester.

Neither the writing, reporting, or aggregation at GoLocalWorcester stands out. For an online publication, updates are infrequent. The handful of “hard news” articles are superficial. There’s nothing that makes me want to return to this site.

GLW goes after the Firehouse

Well, this is one way to get some clicks:

An old firehouse in Worcester has turned into an overcrowded single-family home, prompting questions about whether state rooming house laws are being violated.

While Opperman wouldn’t say just how many people are currently living at the property located at 126 Eastern Avenue, he did give a GoLocalWorcester reporter a tour of the house, where a chore board in the kitchen has the names of 12 people with designated daily duties in the house.

There was sort of a thread on the “Worcester, Massachusetts” Facebook page about this, but the critical comments are now gone. (At least to me, could be a permissions thing I guess.)

GoLocalWorcester, day two review

Today was the second day for the new local new site GoLocalWorcester. (Or, as I like to call it, Go Local Worcester.)

Later in the day yesterday they posted a little video wrapup of the day’s stories on their homepage. Production is rough—background noise waxes and wanes, and for some clips the audio is only in one channel. It’s a bare-bones player with no embedding or full-screen capabilities.

Their website is still unviewable on mobile devices. I don’t mean hard to use—I mean mobile users get a big green “G”, a line about the current weather, and no news or articles at all.

Today, 16 stories were posted in the morning, and one story later in the day.

Several of the stories have a regional angle but are not really about the city. I count four about Worcester:

So far, there is not a lot on this site I could not find somewhere else. Not much in the way of Worcester aggregation or point-of-view either. I’ll be sure to post something about it next week unless something noteworthy pops up before then.