Worcester News

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WORCESTER - Nearly $1 million in state grants to Central Massachusetts cultural organizations, the latest in a decade's worth of state investment in the region's creative economy, were spotlighted at a reception at the American Antiquarian Society on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican, addressed the gathering marking the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

Anthony Roman, 34, of 40 Belmont St., was arrested Tuesday evening at 585 Lincoln St. by officers who had been on patrol looking for him. Mr. Roman was charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault, two counts of violation of a restraining order and various motor vehicle charges.

An annual report from the Allstate insurance company ranks the Hub dead last in a driver safety survey of 200 US cities. Other cellar dwellers include Worcester, ranked 198th, Springfield, ranked 196th, and Providence, ranked 194th.

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.

Debate over a ban on Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is playing out in a commonwealth with an Indian name, with an Indian on its state flag, with a map full of Indian place names and a history that celebrates Indians and Pilgrims as well as colonists dressed as Indians dumping tea in the harbor. The Legislature's Education Committee this past Tuesday held a hearing on a bill that would prohibit Bay State schools from using Native American mascots.

Paxton News

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

With the burned-out shell of the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals shelter looming at the back of their property, the mostly-new Sweetpea board of directors talked last week about their plans to rebuild and why it's taking so long to do so. Last June, the board had hoped to break ground to replace the shelter, which burned down Nov. 22, 2015, in a devastating late-night fire that killed all but a handful of the 50 animals inside.

Colin T. Kelley, 54, of Richmond, formerly of Paxton, Mass., Augusta, Ga., Jackson, Tenn., and Invercargill, New Zealand, took his own life at home Monday, April 3, 2017. He was born in Framingham, Mass., and lived in various locations before settling in Paxton.

Leicester News

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LEICESTER – After serving the school district for four and a half years, Leicester School Superintendent Judith J. Paolucci will be leaving to become the school superintendent in Smithfield, R.I. Under Ms. Paolucci's leadership, the Leicester School District has seen a return of instructional programs, including world languages at the middle school, as well as new programs, including pre-engineering, at the middle and high schools, a "Response to Intervention" support program for grades K-8, and growth of music programming at all grades, according to a press release from the superintendent's office.

OXFORD - Several businesses were damaged when fire tore through the roof of a Main Street building Friday night. A fire official said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation and the building will likely have to be torn down.

Power was knocked out in the Boyd Street area for about four hours Monday when a car ran off the road and snapped a utility pole, police said. Leicester police posted to social media images of the 2003 Buick that hit the pole and came to rest in the vegetation on the side of Boyd Street around 4 p.m. The driver, Wayne Dufault, 46, of Cherry Valley, and a passenger, a 12-year-old boy, were taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester to be treated for injuries that did not appear life-threatening, said Sgt.

Auburn News

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The Auburn Police Department responded to a call about a dog in a vehicle at the Auburn Plaza shopping center. Police and Animal Control Officer Aimee Contois arrived on the scene and successfully removed the heavily-panting dog from the car in which temperatures had reached 120 degrees, officials said.

The sites of two struggling retailers will become home to the offices of one of the larger physician groups in Massachusetts.

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.

Spencer News

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Spencer Fire Chief Robert Parsons, who lives in East Brookfield, questioned at Monday night's special town meeting the advisability of East Brookfield spending $34,000 for an extrication tool. "It's a lot of money for the town of East Brookfield to spend when every town around here has one," Chief Parsons said.

Selectmen will interview three finalists for town manager at a special meeting Wednesday at Memorial Town Hall. Two of the candidates have ties to Northbridge or nearby Worcester County towns.

A Barre couple plan to open a microbrewery at the former site of Howe Lumber Company on Route 9 at the Spencer line. Matthew Zarif and his wife, Nellie, are former co-owners of the fledgling Stone Cow craft brewery in Barre.