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Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park.

Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park.

Holy Cross Professor of economics Victor Matheson is an expert in sports economics. He talks about how the city of Worcester has gone about funding Polar Park. Matheson says cities do not make their money back on building ballparks. He readily admits Polar Park is a fantastic ballpark and is wildly popular in these first few seasons. Matheson says the tax increment district around the park is not paying for the park as of now. Matheson argues that much of the economic revitalization around Polar Park was happening already or was likely to happen. So how much is just relocating what economic activity was already happening in the city? Has Polar Park actually super-charged anything? He says Worcester has enough money to pay for the park but asks if building the park was the best use of the money generated from the district around the ballpark. Matheson does admit their are intangibles and that he is a fan of ballparks, ballparks that are privately financed.

Radio Roundtable – January 3 2023

Radio Roundtable – January 3 2023

Fearless Predictions for Worcester 2023. What will the biggest stories of the year be? Plus, how does the announcement that Joe Petty is running for Mayor and the announcement that District Councilors Sean Rose and Sari Rivera are not seeking re-election impact the City Council race? Former City Councilor Matt Wally, Former Worcester Magazine Editor Walter Bird and Political Observer Jenny Pacillo join Hank and Ben to give their opinion.

WORCESTER PODCASTS

Improving Your Health with Fallon Health’s Richard Burke

Nutrition plays a critical role in our health and our health care system. Yet one in eight people in Worcester County doesn’t have enough to eat.

Time now for Improving Your Health with Fallon’s Richard Burke. It’s the last episode of 2022 and we saved an important topic to end the year—food insecurity.

Nutrition plays a critical role in our health and our health care system. Yet one in eight people in Worcester County doesn’t have enough to eat. Fallon Health CEO Richard Burke and special guest Jean McMurray from the Worcester County Food Bank are on the line to take us inside the fight against food insecurity in our region.

WBDC-PODCAST

Saint Gobain and the WBDC

We throw around words like transformative too easily but in this case it is accurate. The deal between Saint Gobain and the WBDC that sees 51 acres, half of the campus being transferred, is truly transformative and historic. Craig Blais, President WBDC, and Patrick Dwyer from Saint Gobain take us through the deal and what it will mean for Worcester and the Greendale neighborhood. As Blais says – you just don’t have tracts of land this size become available.

WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg talks about a new Fan Deck that will see live music and more Adirondack chairs.

WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg talks about a new Fan Deck that will see live music and more Adirondack chairs. The club adding heaters where fans gather for the Spring games. Big news on the food front as new menu items will include lobster rolls, clam chowder and tacos. Tuesdays – “Taco and Tequila Tuesdays” will see fans getting 3 tacos and a margarita for just $12.

Tercentennial Weekend June 10th, 11th and 12th

One of the highlights of Tercentennial Weekend June 10th, 11th and 12th will be the parade Saturday morning. One of the highlights of the parade will be the giant marionettes representing the different ethnic groups in the city. Representatives from the Creative Hub, Guardians of Traditions, The Hector Reyes House and the artist behind the marionettes talk about a collaboration that will not only honor the city but that has bound the participants together.

Tim Power from Discover Central MA speaks with Bri Azier from Bri’s Sweet Treats on her Grand Opening at the Worcester Public Market.

Tim Power from Discover Central MA speaks with Bri Azier from Bri’s Sweet Treats on her Grand Opening at the Worcester Public Market. She’ll be neighbors with Canal District Wines. Representing Canal District Wines and talking about their incredible offerings are Kellee Kosiorek, and Kyla Pacheco, co-founders of Herb Marketing.

Inside Mechanics Hall – Inside the Portraits Project

Big doings at Mechanics Hall for the holidays. The Cara Brindisi “Snow Globe Holiday Tour” arrives on December 21st. Comedian Bob Marley has added a third show as he comes to Mechanics Hall on the 28th and 30th. Mechanics Hall Executive Director Kathleen Gagne brings us up to date on the Portraits Project. The artists for this historic project that will see new portraits added to the Great Hall will be announced in early January.

Joy Guru Humanitarian Services Event

Save the Date! June 3rd at Mechanics Hall will see some of the world's greatest musicians in concert to benefit Joy Guru Humanitarian Services. The Raag Raagini Concert will fill Mechanics Hall with classical Indian music featuring the world's foremost sitar player....

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