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Monday, June 25, 2012

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Living the almost-DREAM

It's almost as if we knew this was going happen. Worcester Mag's cover story last week ["Visa for sale," June 14, 2012] looked at recent schemes that illegal immigrants have used in the Worcester area over the past few years to gain entry into the United States and stay here – everything from marriage fraud to using H-2B temporary worker visas to help connections establish roots in the US and stay beyond their allocated time.

Straight-Up Café opens doors

As everyone—from the residents of the Main South neighborhood to employees of the Department of Youth Services from all over Massachusetts—piled into 798 Main St. on the morning June 14, delicious muffins and the special house blend of coffee were kept fully stocked as Scott Larson, president of Straight Ahead Ministries, greeted everyone with a smile and a handshake. Formerly the Island Bakery, 798 is the new site of the Straight-Up Café and Community Center, an initiative of Straight Ahead Ministries.

REO passes council

After The Utility Contractors Association of New England (UCANE) won its lawsuit against the City of Fall River in February 2012 rescinding the city's Responsible Employer Ordinance (REO), Worcester City Manager Michael O'Brien suspended Worcester's own REO. Worcester's REO went into effect in1994, but O'Brien decided to be proactive and rescind it after Fall River's loss of its ordinance and $150,000 in legal fees. Since then, the city council has been presented with a new REO, which has local contractors angered because they believe it would limit competition for city projectors.

Fare game

Despite a sort of peace agreement brokered two years ago by the City of Worcester and between local cab and livery companies, some on the city council believe a moratorium on the number of livery licenses is needed.