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MAYOR PETTY ON DOJ PROBE

MAYOR PETTY ON DOJ PROBE

Worcester Mayor Joe Petty says the city will work cooperatively with the Justice Department in their probe of the Worcester Police Department. The city will provide all documentation the DOJ asks for. No time line has been given for the investigation. If there are no findings the DOJ has indicated they will come out as quickly as possible to say so. The Mayor also spoke about the 8-3 vote to name Eric Battista the City Manager. Battista has been the Acting City Manager since Former CM Ed Augustus announced his departure.

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Mayor Petty on City Manager Search

Mayor Petty on City Manager Search

Worcester Mayor Joe Petty pushed for and got a vote to stop the search for City Manager. He tells us why. Worcester Mayor Joe Petty tells Talk of the Commonwealth that he really believes in his heart making Eric Battista the permanent City Manager is in the best interest of the the city. He says Battista is “knee deep in everything we’re doing.” When asked about transparency Mayor says the process has been very transparent. Being transparent doesn’t mean that everyone is going to agree. “This is the City Council’s responsibility to hire the City Manager and that is exactly what we did.”

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Paul Fullen & David LeBoeuf Debate

Paul Fullen & David LeBoeuf Debate

The 17th Worcester seat sees challenge from Paul Fullen (R) to incumbent David LeBoeuf. In a Monday night debate at the IBEW hall on Mill St. streamed on www.radioworcester.com the two clashed often on the issues. Including, abortion. Fullen is staunchly pro-life and made clear in the debate that is one of many areas he disagrees with the incumbent. Fullen also went after LeBoeuf on his DUI, saying the Representative should have resigned his seat. LeBoeuf said he is 179 days sober and that he took responsibility for his actions. Issues of homelessness, taxes and public safety were also addressed.

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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidas

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidas

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidas is running for reelection. He talks about what he feels his accomplishments are, including ending political patronage. The challenges his department faces in keeping corrections officers safe. The programs he has implemented to lower the recidivism rate and his response to those who come to the jail with drug and mental illness problems.

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Suggestions For WooSox 2023?

Suggestions For WooSox 2023?

The season is over but your Worcester Red Sox are hard and work thinking of more great ways to enhance the fan experience in 2023.  Dr. Charles Steinberg runs down some of the suggestions fans have sent in.  Do you have a suggestion for WooSox 2023?  Text us at...

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Paul Fullen & David LeBoeuf Debate

Gary Galonek (R) For Governor’s Council

Gary Galonek (R) is running for Governor’s Council and as he makes clear in this interview he has strong differences with the incumbent. Galonek is clear that he is a “Back the Blue” candidate and talks about the important role the Governor’s Council has in Massachusetts.

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Top Red Sox prospect, Durbin Feltman

Top Red Sox prospect, Durbin Feltman

Look who stopped by the Radio Worcester studio! Top Red Sox prospect, pitcher, Durbin Feltman and fan favorite, Ryan Fitzgerald. Hank and Dr. Charles Steinberg speak with Durbin and Fitzy about their journey to major league baseball, living in Worcester and giving back to the community.

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Top Red Sox prospect, Durbin Feltman

Fan Appreciation Week at Polar Park

It’s Fan Appreciation Week at Polar Park. Join the Worcester Red Sox for these great events. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, WooSox players will meet fans in the Sherwood’s Diner on Summit Street from 5–5:45 p.m. The last “Take Two Tuesday” of the season, fans will receive two free photo retrospectives of five finishes, each a walk-off win, in WooSox ’22. Popular Bobbleheads featuring Smiley Ball will be given to the first 5,000 fans attending on Wednesday.

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Top Red Sox prospect, Durbin Feltman

WOO SOX FINAL HOMESTAND

Some news on the Worcester Red Sox Show that listeners are the first to hear. WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg shared with us that the final homestand of the season will see fans get the chance to take selfies with their favorite players and some lucky fans will actually get the shirt off the back of players after the final game of the 2022 season. Listen to get details. Dr. Charles also shared with us the role the Red Sox played in Fight Song by Rachel Platten becoming the anthem of hope it is today. Fans when you go to the Big E be sure and stop by and say hi to the WooSox. Booster Club members earn extra points with this week’s word. BigE.

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WooSox ’23 – What Do You Want to See?

WooSox ’23 – What Do You Want to See?

On the Worcester Red Sox we talk about the end of the season being in sight. A call for what you would like to see next season at the ballpark, for example would you like to see more former players at the diner? Don’t miss a beautiful, original, song by Dr. Charles Steinberg in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Top Red Sox prospect, Durbin Feltman

Wednesday is David Ortiz Bobblehead Night

With Dr. Charles on the West Coast, Bill Wanless brought us up to date on what is happening with the Worcester Red Sox. This Wednesday is David Ortiz bobblehead night. Get to the park early to be sure you get yours. We also heard about some of the great upcoming events like the Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival coming up September 10th and the work it takes to keep the field in shape for the games.

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Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum

Candidate Forum for the Massachusetts State Senate First Worcester District seat (Worcester, Berlin, Boylston, Northborough, West Boylston). Held mere days before the Sept. 6 Primary Election, this forum featured JOE PETTY and ROBYN KENNEDY with a mutual goal to inform voters of their platforms and how they plan to make the Senate District and the City of Worcester a better place to live, work, own a business, go to school and to visit. Thanks to The Willows (Salmon Health and Retirement) for their hospitality.

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The WooSox Foundation

The WooSox Foundation

Worcester Red Sox President Dr. Charles Steinberg talks about the 4 year anniversary of the team signing the letter of intent to come to Worcester. He also talks about the mission of the WooSox Foundation and the importance of the team giving back to the communities. Booster club members – this week’s word is Beatles.

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Rich Rubino On the Midterms

Rich Rubino On the Midterms

Political historian and author Rich Rubino talks about what he sees for the midterms, he’s looking at a gain in the upper twenties for Republicans in the House. He also says that if you took the legal troubles out of the equation he doesn’t think Trump would run again in 2024.

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Dr. Tami Gouveia

Dr. Tami Gouveia

Candidate for Lt. Governor Dr. Tami Gouveia on Talk of the Commonwealth with Hank Stolz (Radio Worcester) [August 17th, 2022].

Learn more and get involved at www.tamigouveia.com

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Roberto Clemente Birthday Celebration

Roberto Clemente Birthday Celebration

Some upcoming dates to remember at Polar Park – August 18th – Roberto Clemente Birthday celebration and September 1st, David Ortiz Bobblehead night. Plus a great story about how Dr. Charles Steinberg became a member of the Coral Reefer Band and played with Jimmy Buffett at Fenway.

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The Attack on Corrections Officer Matthew Tidman

The Attack on Corrections Officer Matthew Tidman

On August 31st, Corrections Officer Matthew Tidman, was brutally attacked. An inmate at MCI-Shirley bludgeoned Tidman with a weight. Miraculously, after being on life support, he has begun the road to recovery. His brother Lucas joins us to talk about how his family is fighting to make sure no other officer suffers what they call a preventable attack.

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Ty Burr’s Watch List

Ty Burr’s Watch List

Ty Burr—former Boston Globe movie critic and creator of the e-newsletter Ty Burr’s Watch List (tyburrswatchlist.substack.com)joins Hank to talk about the state of movies and if people are still going to the cinema. Ty also tells us about his new project, Ty Burr’s Watchlist, and what are the best movies and tv shows out there.

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District Councilor Sarai Rivera on Columbus Statue

District Councilor Sarai Rivera on Columbus Statue

District Councilor Sarai Rivera called into Talk of the Commonwealth to talk about her call to have a community wide discussion on the statue of Christopher Columbus at Washington Square. She wants it removed. By a 5-5 vote with one recusal the City Council voted not to have the discussion. That means the statue will remain, for now. Rivera says many are offended by its presence and it should not be on city property.

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Hank Stolz – “Does City Hall REALLY have a “toxic culture?”

Hank Stolz – “Does City Hall REALLY have a “toxic culture?”

Does the recently completed racial equity audit in Worcester show that the city takes such matters seriously or is just a way to check the box and say, done. People are talking about it and that means Hank and Ben are talking about it. As for the audit itself, probably couldn’t have gone much worse, with the culture at city hall being described as “racially toxic.”

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Marine Captain Ross Reynolds Benefits Update

Marine Captain Ross Reynolds Benefits Update

Marine Captain Ross Reynolds of Leominster died earlier this year during a NATO training exercise. Hundreds turned out to mourn his passing. Reynolds left behind a new bride. A bride who has been denied Reynolds death benefits. Tom Wando, Reynolds father-in-law, updates us on how his daughter is doing, thanks everyone for the ongoing fundraisers to help her and talks about his fight to make sure others don’t go through what his daughter has endured and get the benefits they are due.

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New England Patriots Announcer Bob Socci

New England Patriots Announcer Bob Socci

Photo Credit – Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

A two-fer for sports fans. Bob Socci, radio play-by-play for the New England Patriots for the last ten years, breaks down the coming season for us and what we can expect against the Dolphins as the season opens this Sunday.

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National Grid New England President Steve Woerner

National Grid New England President Steve Woerner

National Grid New England President Steve Woerner spoke with Hank about the possibility of the city of Worcester joining the state’s Fossil Free Pilot Program as well as their own plans to go fossil free in coming years.

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Wendy Wakeman and Undocumented Resident Drivers Licenses

Wendy Wakeman and Undocumented Resident Drivers Licenses

If the residents of MA get the chance to vote on a recent law allowing undocumentated residents the chance to get a license it will be due to the efforts of Wendy Wakeman and others to drive the petition and gather the signatures necessary to put it before the voters. The legislature approved the bill over Governor Charlie Baker’s veto. Although it is very rare for a law to be repealed, Wakeman tells “Talk of the Commonwealth” the fact a hundred thousand signatures were gathered shows that people are uncomfortable with Massachusetts joining 16 other states in giving people here illegally a driver’s license.

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Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum

Candidate Forum for the Massachusetts State Senate First Worcester District seat (Worcester, Berlin, Boylston, Northborough, West Boylston). Held mere days before the Sept. 6 Primary Election, this forum featured JOE PETTY and ROBYN KENNEDY with a mutual goal to inform voters of their platforms and how they plan to make the Senate District and the City of Worcester a better place to live, work, own a business, go to school and to visit. Thanks to The Willows (Salmon Health and Retirement) for their hospitality.

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News Anchor Natalie Jacobson’s Memoir

News Anchor Natalie Jacobson’s Memoir

Beloved former WCVB Ch. 5 News Anchor Natalie Jacobson has written a memoir, a reporter’s journal, of her life. Hank had the opportunity to speak with her about her 40 years on the air. Including being the first female news anchor in Boston, Chet and Dickie, and the 1990 interview with John Silber that probably cost him the Governorship. “Every Life a Story: Natalie Jacobson Reporting.”

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Rich Rubino On the Midterms

Rich Rubino On the Midterms

Political historian and author Rich Rubino talks about what he sees for the midterms, he’s looking at a gain in the upper twenties for Republicans in the House. He also says that if you took the legal troubles out of the equation he doesn’t think Trump would run again in 2024.

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Drought!  Not quite yet in Worcester.

Drought! Not quite yet in Worcester.

We could potentially be in Stage 1 drought at the end of August but Acting City Manager Eric Batista says we are at 79% capacity and right now he just asks that residents think about water use but nothing mandatory.

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Cindy Fitzgibbon Chief Meteorologist at WCVB

Cindy Fitzgibbon Chief Meteorologist at WCVB

Cindy Fitzgibbon is the new chief meteorologist at WCVB in Boston. We had the chance to catch up with Cindy, offer our congratulations and talk about everybody’s favorite subject – the weather.

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Worcester Redevelopment Authority to Buy Denholm Building.

Worcester Redevelopment Authority to Buy Denholm Building.

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority has voted to buy the Denholm building. So what happens next? Immigration attorney Randy Feldman has been in the building since the late 1980’s and he gives some history, a little behind the scenes of how this unique purchase came about, everyone actually owned their office, so everyone had to agree to sell, and what he sees for the future of Denholm’s and downtown.

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Worcester and the Community Preservation Act

Worcester and the Community Preservation Act

This November Worcester voters will be asked to adopt the Community Preservation Act. If adopted, the 1.5% property tax surcharge will be used to fund community preservation projects. The money can go towards preservation of open space, historic structures, affordable housing and outdoor recreation. The Research Bureau has published a report that gives residents the facts on the CPA. Research Bureau Executive Director and CEO Paul Matthews appeared on the Talk of the Commonwealth to talk about the report’s conclusions.

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Jeffery Sossa-Paquette on the upcoming vote on same-sex marriage

Jeffery Sossa-Paquette on the upcoming vote on same-sex marriage

Jeffery Sossa-Paquette, who is a Republican running for Congress and is a gay man, spoke with Talk of the Commonwealth about the upcoming vote on same-sex marriage. He feels they are very close to getting 10 Republican Senators to vote in favor. He also spoke about getting spending under control and balancing the budget.

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District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj – Mill St. Building Collapse

District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj – Mill St. Building Collapse

Occupants of the Mill Street apartments worried about where they will be living after the roof collapse, have a new worry, being called into court by the landlord’s management firm. Even though the city had yet to determine if the apartment building was safe to return to, the renters are being called to court. District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj finds the behaviour outrageous and is doing all she can to see the tenants rights are upheld.

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Massachusetts 8th Most Monkeypox cases in US

Massachusetts 8th Most Monkeypox cases in US

Monkeypox is not going away and MA legislators are calling on the federal government for aggressive action. Right now MA has the 8th most cases in the U.S. Dr. Michael Hirsh talks about monkeypox and the latest, highly transmittable, covid mutation.

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District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj – Mill St. Building Collapse

Mill Street Apt. Residents Not Eligible for $750 Relocation Fee

Photo Credit – MassLive
District 5 City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj is mad as hell about the roof collapse of an apartment building on Mill St. that has left a 100 people without a roof over their head. She has some serious problems with the new landlord and the way the company has been treating tenants even before the roof collapsed. Haxhiaj spoke with Talk of the Commonwealth.

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ACM BATISTA ON DOJ PROBE

Worcester’s Next City Manager

Acting City Manager Eric Batista will become Worcester’s next City Manager. He reacts to the vote by the City Council and lays out his vision for what a City Manager should be. Emphasis on “Manager.”

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ACM BATISTA ON RACIAL EQUALITY AND INCLUSIONARY ZONING

ACM BATISTA ON RACIAL EQUALITY AND INCLUSIONARY ZONING

Worcester City Manager Eric Batista stopped into the Radio Worcester studio to talk about this week’s top stories, the racial equity audit and inclusionary zoning. Batista also serves as the interim Diversity Officer for the city and has been intimately involved with these issues. On the conclusions of the audit Batista says when you see it “it shakes you up a little bit in terms of what you see but people have their lived experiences…We want to honor that and respect that…” Batista says there are themes in that report that need to be addressed and that in the next 3-5 months the plan is put into place and that it does not just “live on the shelf.”

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ACM BATISTA ON DOJ PROBE

Worcester ACM Eric Batista on Deadly Crash

Worcester Acting City Manager Eric Batista has updates on the horrific crash that claimed the life of a 13 year girl and on the Mill St. apartment building roof collapse. The ACM also gives us the information residents, businesses and nonprofits need to access ARPA money.

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Batista- Keep Worcester Affordable Through Inclusionary Zoning

Batista- Keep Worcester Affordable Through Inclusionary Zoning

Acting City Manager Eric Batista brings us an update on the Mill St. apartment situation as the landlord hauls tenants into court. The ACM tells us he backs inclusionary zoning as a way to keep Worcester affordable and says we don’t have drought conditions yet but the city is keeping an eye on things.

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ACM BATISTA ON DOJ PROBE

ACM Eric Batista talks TIF Policy & Enforcement

The SOMA (South of Madison) project has come under scrutiny by the Worcester City Council for lax reporting on and failing to hit hiring goals. Those goals were part of a TIF deal for the developer. Worcester’s Acting City Manager Eric Batista told Talk of the Commonwealth it’s the beginning stages of the development and the city expects to see the numbers rise. A lot of projects that require steel work are happening in the state right now that can also impact the project at this stage when it comes to hiring from the city. More local companies will be involved as the interior work begins. As Batista points out “All these projects have a lot of implications, not only for the developer, but for the community. as a whole.” The development of that area impacts how the ballpark will eventually be paid for. “The idea here is not to lay down the hammer to remove TIF’s from developers. The idea is to work with the developer to ensure they meet those goals.” “If the goal is just to be an enforcer all the time then we are not being a good partner and trying to work with them and ensuring they come back and develop and meet these standards.”

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Worcester City Council Approves Drone for Worcester Police Department

Worcester City Council Approves Drone for Worcester Police Department

Worcester City Council finally approves a drone for the Worcester Police Department. Acting City Manager Eric Battista says the Police Department has met with the ACLU and accepted their suggestions when it comes to the official language in the Drone policy. He says Councilors are concerned about the technology and they want to make sure civil liberties are infringed upon. Battista also says, although the final decision is his, he will follow the recommendation of the City Council and the public and that quarterly reports on the use of the drone will be provided.

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ACM BATISTA ON DOJ PROBE

Acting City Manager Eric Batista – First Week on the Job

Acting City Manager Eric Batista continued the tradition of stopping by the “Talk of the Commonwealth” morning show. Hank has been speaking weekly with the chief executive of the city since City Manager Tom Hoover almost 25 years ago. CM Batista spoke about his first week and his priorities including making sure work on DEI, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion continues. He also brought us up to date on this week’s Tercentennial activities.

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Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus Looks Back on 8.5 Years as CM

Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus Looks Back on 8.5 Years as CM

Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus is sailing off into the sunset after 8 1/2 years at the helm. He stopped by Talk of the Commonwealth with Hank Stolz to talk about the accomplishments and how the work never stops. Joining Augustus in the studio was Eric Batista, who takes the reins as Acting City Manager, starting today, June 1st. Batista is also being considered for the job of City Manager. He spoke about keeping the momentum in the city going. Batista will be joining Hank and Ben every Tuesday morning at 7:35 a.m. on the Radio Worcester Network.

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