How to waste $500,000 in classic Worcester style…

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney On December 13, 2018, Discover Central MA posted an article about “a number of small businesses” on Main Street claiming downtown shouldn’t look like a highway. There were five businesses mentioned. None [...]

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Sex Education and Infanticide: Planned Parenthood and Worcester’s elected leaders

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney   Last cycle the following City Councilors and School Committee member received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood: Joe Petty (Chairs City Council and School Committee) Morris “Moe” Bergman (City Council) Khrystian King [...]

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Representative James O’Day and why reporters should ask why

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney One thousand, eight hundred, and ninety-three words. That’s how much ink the Telegram & Gazette devoted on January 5, 2019 to Representative James O’Day’s (indefinitely postponed) bill to impose a tax on [...]

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Hanover Insurance’s future in Worcester and why reporters should ask why

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney On January 1, 2019, the Telegram & Gazette published an “article” pertaining to the sale of Hanover Insurance’s interests in Chaucer Holdings Ltd. The “article” was clearly a press release with some [...]

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New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 3

By | December 29th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By the Gaffneys Continuing this series of articles about planning your New Year’s Eve party, we have additional food and drink ideas. For food: Mini Grilled Reubens This next recipe is a fun take on [...]

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New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 2

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By the Gaffneys Continuing this series of articles about planning your New Year’s Eve party, we have additional food and drink ideas. Not that getting the tradition Chinese food take out isn’t a great option, [...]

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New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 1

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By The Gaffneys   Whether your New Year’s Eve celebration is small or large, appetizer foods are a great choice. They can be relatively easy to make and don’t require a lot of prep time, [...]

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Worcester’s food scene falls on hard times

By | December 17th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney Since my last article about the busting Worcester restaurant scene, additional closures (but certainly not all) now include: Red Lantern British Beer Company Chameleon Tatnuck Grille Papa Ginos (x3) Kummerspeck The Citizen [...]

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MassFiscal attempts to take the fight to end the Union Loophole to the Supreme Court

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney   According to a press release from MassFiscal, they have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to end the “union loophole”: “For those of you who don’t know, the union loophole [...]

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Connecting the dots on Augustus… Err, Polar Park

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney   Having read multiple articles about the goings on regarding the City’s ballpark project, I thought I’d clear up a few things and make a few connections between the multiple entities being [...]

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Worcester taxes, no new tale to tell…

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney (Song lyrics by Love & Rockets – “No new tale to tell”)   “You cannot go against nature, because when you do, go against nature, it’s a part of nature too” It [...]

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney The buzz was about town that Worcester was on the move. I was 23 years old and buying my first home. I chose Worcester. All the talk about how the downtown was [...]

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An unelected, unaccountable board passes a fiscally irresponsible feel-good ban

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney   An unelected, unaccountable board has decided that you are no longer free to purchase products sold legally. Your elected officials had voted against the ban, but in Worcester, your vote means [...]

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Winners and Losers of the GOP Convention

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

Winners and losers of the GOP Convention By Michael Gaffney   Here is my take on the 2018 Massachusetts GOP Convention. Remember a "win" or "loss" at the convention means nothing (unless you didn't get [...]

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What is really going on in Worcester

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

There has been a media blitz about the announcement by American Airlines that they will be offering a flight from Worcester to Philadelphia with a return flight the next day. However, Flyorh (which is “Fly [...]

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New Year’s Resolutions and why you should make them!

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

New Year’s Resolutions and why you should make them! By Michael Gaffney   Your hairdresser, friends, and everyone on social media will be mocking New Year’s resolutions in the next few days. My advice, smile [...]

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THE GOP TAX REFORM BILL AND LOCAL TAXES, IGNORE THE IGNORANT

By | December 20th, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

THE GOP TAX REFORM BILL AND LOCAL TAXES, IGNORE THE IGNORANT By Michael Gaffney   This is just a quick and not needlessly overdetailed analysis of the local effect of tax reform using Worcester and [...]

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