It has arrived! The Best of Worcester 2012 – the biggest issue of the year! We put the categories out on the runway and you, our readers, took flight with an array of choices. So many great Worcester establishments, organizations and events – but only ONE can rise to the top (well, there's one runner up as well). Check out who made the flight list and revel in the fact that we have so much to celebrate in the city.
Even before the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced late last week that it would end tree inoculation as a way of fighting the spread of the Asian Longhorned Beetle in favor of more surveying, removal of infested trees and regulatory activities, residents in Worcester's deeply impacted and deforested Greendale and Burncoat areas already saw the decision looming.
It's an easy punching bag, Worcester Regional Airport (code: ORH). Even when Direct Air was up and running; before it canceled promised plans to fly to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, before the company abruptly canceled service stranding passengers across the country and leaving customers wondering if purchased tickets for upcoming flights were still valid, before a U.S. Bankruptcy judge forced the company to liquefy its assets so it could pay creditors rather than have it try and stagger back to life as a company with a damaged brand name and dubious finances, questions remained as to the cost-effectiveness of ORH, and debate raged about the best way to use it.
A state senator, a doctor and a tattoo artist walk into the state house…
For many getting their first tattoo, it might come as a shock that in Massachusetts the legal tattoo industry is little older than a decade. Between 1962 and 2000, Massachusetts was one of a handful of states that banned tattooing after hepatitis outbreaks and unsanitary tattoo businesses sparked public-health concerns.