On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, ThisWeekinWorcester.com launched after a summer-long promotional period and over the past four months the staff has worked diligently to bring its readers breaking news stories, profiles of Worcester residents and leaders, leading election coverage and relevant sports, entertainment and restaurant that impact the Worcester area.

To say the response has been overwhelming would be an understatement. Since early September, our stories have been read nearly 500,000 times and roughly 150,000 people have visited our site (as of 12/28/17).

Below are the 17 most read stories we’ve published in our early existence in the final four months of 2017. We have listed them 17 to 1 and the list is dominated by several breaking news stories — including the introduction of Worcester’s newest arena football team, the Massachusetts Pirates, and the ongoing negotiations between Worcester and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Also, our readers marveled over the series authored by Charles Longeway and his hunt for the reason behind the catacombs below downtown Worcester, warmed up to to a pair of stories by Ken Powers on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and celebrated the introduction of two new restaurants in the city.

Thank you for your continued support and we ask our readers to continue to stick with us in 2018 as we constantly strive to improve and grow. Happy New Year!

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Worcester’s Catacombs a Maze of Mystery

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Charles Longeway and His Search for Worcester’s Forgotten Catacombs

15.

Grip it and Rip it! Smash the Room Wants to Give You a Break from Routine

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Worcester’s Catacombs: A Secret Playground 40 Feet Below the City

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Kummerspeck Review: People Don’t Understand How Good Rabbit Is

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City Council Candidates Want to See Vacant Price Chopper Property Developed

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What Happened to Worcester’s Nightlife? Typical “College Nights” Lacking Crowds

 

 

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Massachusetts Pirates Officially Announced at DCU Center

 

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VIDEO: Worcester Police Officer Saves Man from Falling off Union Station

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A Christmas Miracle Happens in Oxford: Clarksons open their home to Pirates’ RB Niko Murray

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VIDEO: “Bicycle Gang” of Roughly 3 Dozen Kids Swerving in Traffic in Downtown Worcester

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The Pirates are Coming: New Arena Football Team to Play in Worcester Next Year

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City of Worcester Currently in ‘Serious Negotiations’ with PawSox

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Arena Football Returning to Worcester’s DCU Center with Massachusetts Pirates in 2018

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The Vegan Nest Finds Permanent Home in Downtown Worcester

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Coach Mulcahy Steps Up Following Family’s Unimaginable Tragedy

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Woman Found in Trunk of Burned Car in Hope Cemetery was Dancer at Mario’s Showplace in Webster

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