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2 Massachusetts residents killed in wrong-way crash in Connecticut

WINDSOR, Conn. -- Two people from Massachusetts died Friday after driving the wrong way and crashing into a tractor-trailer in Windsor, Connecticut.The crash took place at around 12:30 a.m. on I-91.The victims have been identified as Dominique Nicole Loiselle of Brighton and the driver was James Bowen of East Longmeadow. Both were 25 years old.State Police say Loiselle and Bowen were heading south in the northbound lanes of I-191 when they hit the tractor-trailer.Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck suffered only minor injuries. 
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Bus goes up in flames next to Worcester building

WORCESTER -- A fire destroyed a bus that was parked next to a building in Worcester on Saturday. Fire crews responded to Madison Place in Worcester around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday to find the bus fully engulfed in flames. The fire extended to some business signs and broke some windows but there was otherwise no damage to the building, the fire department said. No one was on the bus at the time but the building was occupied and needed to be evacuated as a precaution. 
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D'Errico's Market Closes Cambridge Street Location

WORCESTER - D'Errico's Market is closing its Cambridge Street location, the local meat market and deli chain announced on social media on Friday. The location at 127 Cambridge St. opened in August 2020. It was D'Errico's second old-fashioned butcher shop and specialty market location. The original D'Errico's Market on East...

One Day Only: Get $25 Tickets to 4 Shows at Hanover Theatre

WORCESTER - The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester is having a one day sale on Sunday, Sept. 25 for $25 tickets to four upcoming shows. For just 24 hours, Hanover Theatre customers can use the code "25on25" to buy tickets for "Piff the Magic Dragon & Puddles Pity Party: Misery Loves Company Tour," "'ŚLĄSK' TOUR - Around the World in 80 Minutes," "Masters of Illusion" and "Mean Girls."

Charter Bus Catches Fire in Worcester Shopping Center Parking Lot

A charter bus full of people from New York experienced an emergency evacuation when the vehicle caught fire Saturday in Worcester, Massachusetts. Flames and thick black smoke could be seen pouring out of the bus in the parking lot of a Madison Street shopping Center. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames by 1:20 p.m. and they eventually spread.

Massachusetts man sentenced in wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy

BOSTON – A Massachusetts man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin, crack and cocaine trafficking conspiracy. According to the Department of Justice, 43-year-old Kevin Martinez, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 22 months in prison and six years of supervised release. On March 23, 2022, Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Inclusionary zoning right move for Worcester housing, Chamber of Commerce says

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is in support of inclusionary zoning, a requirement for new multifamily developments to build certain numbers of affordable units. The chamber supports the draft ordinance proposed by the city administration, and we believe that it will provide residents with affordable housing and developers with the necessary incentives and options to make it work for their project budgets.

Why are Massachusetts Residents Displaying Blue Porch Lights in September?

Over the past few months, we have been exploring why some Massachusetts residents are displaying colorful porch lights. You may remember in a previous post, I mentioned taking a trip down memory lane in some of the Berkshire County towns that I lived in including Pittsfield, Lee, Cheshire, and North Adams. I also mentioned how I was driving through the northern Berkshires and saw a blue porch light at one resident's home.

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sept. 25

Downtown construction impedes Hopkinton businesses. I’ve been up town recently, doing business with several of our Main Street businesses. Loss of "convenient" on-street parking (Ward’s Barbershop) Loss of "comfortable" on-street parking (Phipps Insurance) Reduced egress at businesses (Shell station, Main Street Service, Star Cleaners and Hamilton Hair Studio)

With Massachusetts gas and electric rates set to spike, there are some ways to lower your bill

BOSTON – With electric and heating costs expecting to spike this fall and winter, there are some tips you can use to lower your bill. According to National Grid of Massachusetts, in total, the monthly bill of a typical residential electric customer using 600 kWh will increase from $179 in the winter 2021-2022 season, to approximately $293 for the winter 2022-2023 season, or a 64 percent increase, driven by higher electric supply prices. National Grid moves from summer to winter rates November 1st of each year, per their regulatory schedule. Winter rates are traditionally higher than summer rates, due to the high demand for natural gas.

Massachusetts real estate transactions for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties September 25, 2022 edition

Beach Mountain LLC, to TCR Properties LLC, Rear Shoemaker Lane, $20,000. Carol Ann Ciccarelli, Thomas Martin Lariviere, Jason Robert Lariviere, John M. Colburn, trustee, Jamie L. Colburn, trustee, and Lariviere 2022 Irrevocable Trust, trustee of, to Megan E. Champagne, 100 Norris St., $261,000. Joanne M. Lennon and Leigh W. Lennon...