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

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 (City Council) Sean Rose (City Council) Candy Carlson (City Council) George Russell (City Council) Dante Comparetto (School Committee) Many will [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Sex Education and Infanticide: Planned Parenthood and Worcester’s elected leaders

Representative James O’Day and why reporters should ask why

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 opioid pain relievers for the purposes of funding “treatment of substance abuse, including opioids, in the commonwealth and establishing programs [...]

By | January 8th, 2019|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Representative James O’Day and why reporters should ask why

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

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 commentary. Disclosure: I hold a minor amount of Hanover stock ($25,000) and my wife was a former employee. Much to [...]

By | January 8th, 2019|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Hanover Insurance’s future in Worcester and why reporters should ask why

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

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 a very popular sandwich that appears to have first gained notoriety when it won a competition in 1956….the Reuben. In [...]

By | December 29th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 3

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

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, but order early and plan on a long wait for cold food.   For food: Buffalo Chicken Dip or Bites [...]

By | December 27th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 2

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

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, which allows you to enjoy time with family and friends. Also, you can make a variety of them to please [...]

By | December 26th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Eve snack and beverage ideas, Part 1

Worcester’s food scene falls on hard times

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 Wine Bar Legacy Bar and Grill 7 Nana Japanese Steakhouse Plaza Azteca Ho Toy Luau Restaurant (Honorable mention) Sir Morgan’s [...]

By | December 17th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Worcester’s food scene falls on hard times

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

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 prohibits businesses from giving money to political candidates, committees, and parties. At the same time, it allows unions—including unions from [...]

By | December 12th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on MassFiscal attempts to take the fight to end the Union Loophole to the Supreme Court

Connecting the dots on Augustus… Err, Polar Park

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 reported on. Let’s start out with the first clarification, it is not the WooSox ballpark (or any other name chosen [...]

By | December 10th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Connecting the dots on Augustus… Err, Polar Park

Worcester taxes, no new tale to tell…

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 is that time of the year again when the additional tax assessments are about to divided up on the residents [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Worcester taxes, no new tale to tell…