Susan Spencer, Telegram & Gazette

Susan Spencer

Telegram & Gazette

Whitinsville, MA, United States

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Past articles by Susan:

Soupman visits Worcester: Grieving dad turns pain of son's death into helping homeless

WORCESTER — People pass by Sally’s Place at the Salvation Army, a drop-in day center at 640 Main St., all the time without giving it a second glance. On Friday, Travis' Bus, a brightly painted red bus, parked outside the shelter, stocked with coats, warm clothes, boots and toiletries to be distributed out the back door to the homeless, was getting plenty of attention. That’s part of the mission… → Read More

Magic Dragon name doesn't fly with cannabis commissioners

WORCESTER — What’s in a name? If it’s a marijuana business, Cannabis Control commissioners warned that it had better not sound too medical or appealing to children. Commissioners approved 34 new provisional licenses for marijuana businesses at their Thursday meeting at Union Station, including 15 licenses among nine businesses in Worcester County. One local license applicant, Magic Dragon LLC at… → Read More

Douglas police dog, Finn, to be on 'Good Morning America'

DOUGLAS - Douglas Police Department's new dog, Finn, is only four months old but he's already becoming a TV star. The English chocolate Labrador retriever → Read More

Residential care at a crossroads

WORCESTER — Christopher House of Worcester is in relatively good shape for a nursing home. Residents — some who have lived there → Read More

First girls in Scouts BSA create new path, regional troops

NORTHBRIDGE — Emma Yargeau, a Northbridge Middle School fifth-grader, took a big step in her father’s footsteps last Saturday as she → Read More

Northbridge fire station proposal designed to avoid pitfalls of larger projects

NORTHBRIDGE - Town officials made the case again Monday night for a proposed $19 million fire station on the site of the former Goulet playground in Riverdale, to replace the 97-year-old building at 193 Main St., Whitinsville, and an unstaffed 1950s-era substation in Rockdale. Town Manager Adam Gaudette, with Fire Chief David White, project consultants and Building, Planning and Construction… → Read More

Women of Riverdale Mills build the future of manufacturing

NORTHBRIDGE — The legacy of Rosie the Riveter lives on at Riverdale Mills Corp. in the form of 4-foot-10-inch, but hard-as-nails, Pricilla Jacques. Jacques, who turns 62 in March, has been working on the floor of the wire mesh manufacturer for nearly 36 years. As lead shear operator, she oversees seven men who cut wire off of 100-foot rolls. “The physical work: It keeps me in good shape,”… → Read More

UMass Memorial COVID-19 task force builds on lessons of previous epidemics

WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health Care has its planning process in place to respond to disease caused by the novel coronavirus 2019, known as COVID-19, → Read More

9 Central Mass. schools get Skills Capital Grants for career education

Nine Central Massachusetts high schools received grants to support career and technical education, state education, workforce and economic development → Read More

Weld brings presidential run to Worcester

WORCESTER — Former governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld was in town Tuesday, taking his message of bringing integrity and sound policies to Washington and basically, as he described it, “planting a flag” in opposition to the destructive actions he said President Donald Trump has wrought. In a meeting with the Telegram & Gazette at Mercantile Center, wearing the work boots in… → Read More

Clark professor Stephen DiRado captures images of father's decline from Alzheimer’s

WORCESTER — Stephen DiRado, Clark University professor of practice in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, had been photographing his family for years. What began as a labor of love has grown to much more. Documenting his father’s 20-year decline into Alzheimer’s disease, the subject of his new book, “With Dad,” published by Davis Publications Inc. in Worcester, has become an avenue to… → Read More

Businesswoman, transgender daughter share story with Worcester chamber group

WORCESTER — Human resources professional Irene Brank said that when her youngest child, Sam, was little, Sam always wanted to have painted nails and wear jewelry. Considering themselves open-minded, Brank and her husband went along, but offered green or black nail polish and necklaces adorned with spiders and such things they thought were appropriately boyish. Sam was a complicated child, said… → Read More

Concerns raised about gov's proposed limits on access to vital documents

In the basement of Worcester City Hall, behind a heavy locked door embellished with the name of the Mosler Safe Co., Hamilton, Ohio, lies a multiroom trove of records chronicling the births, marriages, deaths, businesses and local government actions of Worcester’s citizens dating to 1686. City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux said she’s probably touched every vital record in that vault over her 37-year… → Read More

Opioid overdose deaths rise in Worcester, stabilize statewide

Opioid-related overdose deaths statewide stabilized over the last year and fell by an estimated 5% from their peak in 2016, but deaths in the city of Worcester and Worcester County bucked the trend with increases from 2017 to 2018, according to the latest state Department of Public Health quarterly report, released Wednesday. Statewide, there were 2,023 confirmed and estimated overdose deaths in… → Read More

Proposed new Northbridge fire station would cost $19 million

NORTHBRIDGE — A proposed new fire station would cost an estimated roughly $19 million, Town Manager Adam Gaudette told selectmen Monday. → Read More

Is that nasty 'cold' coronavirus or the flu?

WORCESTER - The question is popping up all over social media: How do I know if I have the coronavirus or the flu? Runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, → Read More

JLo-Shakira halftime show controversy overlooks culture, strength

Two days after the Super Bowl LIV halftime show that shook the Western Hemisphere, or at least the glittery designer-clad hips of Latina pop stars Shakira → Read More

Pot is a top treatment for veterans' pain, PTSD; but cost is barrier

Military veterans are using marijuana to treat chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, among other ailments, according to → Read More

State health officials prepare for coronavirus threat

State health officials announced Friday measures being taken to prepare for the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus, a respiratory virus that has → Read More

Harrington HealthCare enters acquisition talks with UMass

SOUTHBRIDGE — Harrington HealthCare System board members voted Tuesday to begin steps to pursue an acquisition agreement with UMass Memorial Health Care, according to a news release from a Harrington HealthCare spokesman. If accepted, Harrington would become a member hospital within UMass Memorial Health Care, joining UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton, UMass Memorial Marlborough Hospital and… → Read More