A Worcester man and Shrewsbury man pleaded guilty on Thursday, Sept. 21 in federal court in Worcester for their roles in a steroid-distribution ring in Worcester County.

Ryan Baillargeon, 34, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Alan Rich, 32, of Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a tableting machine to manufacture a controlled substance.

Baillargeon and Rich will be sentenced on Dec. 15, 2017.

According to the District of  Massachusetts Attorney General’s office both men were part of a steroid distribution conspiracy which distributed steroids in and around Worcester and Shrewsbury.

The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of two years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $500,000.  The charge of possession of a tableting machine provides for a sentence of no greater than four years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

In 2014, a cooperating witness purchased steroids from Daniel Frederickson, an alleged co-conspirator over the course of many months. The witness observed Baillargeon packaging steroids at Frederickson’s home.

On March 12, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home of Frederickson and Baillargeon, where they uncovered a functioning anabolic steroid conversion laboratory and seized approximately 20,000 doses of steroids in liquid and pill form, as well as approximately 100 grams of raw steroids in powder form, and approximately 10,000 doses of liquid steroids still in production.

On March 13, 2014, law enforcement intercepted a package from China addressed to Baillargeon that contained Nandrolone Decanoate, a controlled substance. The investigation further revealed that Rich allowed Frederickson to store a tableting machine, used to create steroid pills, at Rich’s home in exchange for monetary compensation and a small amount of steroids.

Here’s today’s weather in Worcester and a 36-hour look at what’s to come!

WORCESTER WEATHER





Welcome to ThisWeekinWorcester.com’s Greatest Weekend Ever. Let us plan your weekend for you!

Every Saturday we will bring our readers a list of events and activities that will guarantee your weekend to be fun and will bring you to places in Worcester that you may have never thought to go to or have never heard of before.

Our staff has chosen ten fun things to do this weekend. If you have any other suggestions for the Greatest Weekend, please comment below or email us at [email protected]

Here’s this weekend’s – 9/23 & 9/24 – list! Enjoy!

Saturday 9/23

Urban, Historic Hike of the Blackstone Canal

Guided by Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette at 10 AM outside of the VNA at 120 Thomas St

Clustertruck Food Festival

“The Clustertruck Food Festival and Pulse Magazine are taking over the EcoTarium grounds for an evening of amazing food, drinks, music, and more! The party will be packed with Worcester favorites, including craft beer from Wormtown Brewery and live music by Doctor Robert. You’ll get the opportunity to purchase food from a huge selection of some of New England’s best food trucks and grab a glass of beer or wine.”

Stowe Farm’s Hard Cider Fest

Angry Orchard will be there sampling their hard cider and giving away promotional items. Beer goes hand-in-hand with a pulled-pork sandwich, so be sure to check out our Buckin’ BBQ to see the new menu items we’ve been cooking up.

The Sort of Late Show with Shaun Connolly

Come see Worcester’s premier, and frankly only, LIVE TALK SHOW with your host Shaun Connolly! Featuring fine sidekickery from Doug Guertin and performances from our one man backing band James Keyes! With guests Comedian Josh O’Neill (Cincinnati comic in for the Boston Comedy Festival!), Worcester Railers HC‘s own Tom Matthews and Eric Lindquist,  Thomas Mahoney‘s “Would You Rather?” with Ryan Staples, Bryan O’Donnell and Casey O’Donnell) AND Alan Richardson!!

Sinatra Night at Ballot Box

Back by popular demand, Jim Porcella at the Ballot Box for a Sinatra Tribute. NO COVER.

DJ Blackout at Whiskey on Water

From 10 PM to 2 AM, DJ Blackout plays hit after hit at Whiskey on Water on Water St.

KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain

Two days of fun for the whole family supporting the Life is Good Kids Foundation!

Interactive Activities include Free Samples, Inflatable Games, Moonwalks, Jugglers, Bungee Jump, Magicians, Balloon Artists, Clowns, Face Painting, Pony Rides, and Climbing Wall

Sunday 9/24

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabates

The signature fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. 1000+ people will participate to support the mission of the ADA. Diabetes Expo with Information & Resources. Fun family activities and meet local mascots & celebrities. Register or Additional Information at: www.diabetes.org/stepoutcentralma

BroadMeadow Brook Hike

Self guided, Sensory Trail, and much more. Broadmeadow Brook features a sensory trail for the visually impaired and an ‘all persons’ trail for those with mobility challenges.

Watch the Patriots Game at Your Favorite Local Bar

The New England Patriots (1-1) will take on the Houston Texans (1-1)  at Gillette Stadium at 1 PM. 

WORCESTER –  Late Thursday evening, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the area of Main St and Austin St for a report of a fight.

A second call to the WPD came in, reporting that a male was screaming “I’ve just been stabbed!” When WPD officers arrived, they found a 45-year-old victim lying on his back, covered in blood in front of 507 Main St. The victim had suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso and his arms. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is currently in serious condition.

According to the WPD, witnesses to the scene saw several young males chasing the victim before he was stabbed. The incident is currently under investigation by the Worcester PD Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Unit.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

The TWIW staff has put together their list of the five best live music shows this weekend in Worcester. Be sure to check them out!

Friday, Sept. 22

Who: Fellowship of the King: Elvis Tribute

Where: Bull Mansion – 55 Pearl St, Worcester

When: 7 PM to 11: 30 PM

Who: Real Cool Cats

Where: Vincent’s – 49 Suffolk St, Worcester

When: 9 PM

 

Saturday, Sept. 23

Who: Creamery Station & Airlooms

Where: Electric Haze –  26 Millbury St, Worcester

When: 6 PM to 2 AM

Who: The Ed Melikian Ensemble

Where: El Basha – 256 Park Ave, Worcester

When: 8 PM to 11 PM

 

Sunday, Sept. 24

Who: Sunday Brunch with Big Jon Short

Where: Rye & Thyme – 1 Exchange St, Worcester

When: 11 AM

WORCESTER – According to a recent national economic impact study, the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Greater Worcester generates more than $125 million in annual economic activity.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity study, conducted by Americans for the Arts – the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education –  shows that the arts and culture programs in Greater Worcester support 4,062 full-time equivalent jobs and generate nearly $10 million in local and state government revenues.
“In Worcester, we understand that art works. Worcester is home to world-class art, theatre, and concerts, and they add tremendous value, not only to our culture but to our economy,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “As a city, we must continue to cultivate our creative economy, which is crucial to our continued success as a great place to live, work, study, and play.”
Results from the study show that nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $64.5 million during FY 2015. That money generated more than $46 million in household income for local residents, over $3 million local government revenue and $2.5 million in state government revenue.
“This study demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “A vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive and helps local communities become stronger and healthier places to live. Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”
“The empirical data from this study is eye popping, it proves the arts and culture industry is a major factor in the economic well-being of the Worcester community and its populace,” noted Michael Traynor, Worcester’s Chief Development Officer. “The creative economy is an indispensable component of our economic development agenda.”
In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leveraged $61.2 million in event-related spending by its audiences. In Worcester, these dollars support 1,261 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $4,215,000 in local and state government revenues.
“The study confirms that the arts in its many forms, contributes to the economic vitality of our city and region. Worcester’s growing restaurant and foodie scene is just one example of how the arts and creative economy can come together to create jobs and generate revenue,” noted Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Cities and communities we want to live in are those that have both economic viability, and social capital. Great cities and towns that are exciting , thriving communities embrace arts, culture and creativity. Creativity sparks the economy and build community. “noted Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester.
“The impact of cultural assets and organizations should be measured not just in dollars but in the way the arts elevate our entire city,” said Mayor Joseph M. Petty.  “Beyond just brick and mortar construction and development, a modern eighteen-hour-city needs a vibrant culinary and cultural sector to move forward.”
The City of Worcester will welcome the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and Abibigromma, the national drama company of Ghana, as they perform “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real” on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Worcester Common Oval.
Erin Williams, City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Officer said. “We are delighted to host the National Theatre of Ghana here at City Hall; it’s a great addition to the city’s efforts to build creative collaborations which actively engages the community.”
The production is directed by Festival Curator David Kaplan and comes to Worcester as part of a multi-city U.S. tour, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams Festival and Clark University. The tour in Worcester will include workshops given to Worcester Public School students by the National Theatre of Ghana and will take place at both Clark University and Burncoat High School.
The “Ten Bocks on the Camino Real” production is being hosted by the Worcester Cultural Coalition, Clark University, the City of Worcester and The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.
 A full performance of the production will take place at Clark University at 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 28, in Atwood Hall.
“Clark University is thrilled to work with the City of Worcester, the Worcester Cultural Coalition, Hanover Theatre, and other partners to bring the National Drama Company of Ghana to Worcester,” Jack Foley,  Clark’s Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, said. “Not only will this be an exciting presentation of this Tennessee Williams’ production, but also a great celebration of the Ghanaian community of Worcester.”
“We are delighted to host the National Theatre of Ghana here at city hall, it’s a great addition to the city’s efforts to build creative collaborations which actively engages the community,” Foley said.
The performance starts at 5:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In the event of rain, the performance will take place at the Hanover Theatre Conservatory on Main St.

Earlier this week, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau released “Bureau Brief – Urban Design” – a look at Worcester’s development projects and structural models to incorporate urban design in the city’s development.

The four page brief defines Urban Design, explores Worcester’s streetscape policy and design guidelines, and looks at how other municipalities -Boston, Cambridge and Northampton – approach urban design.

“A defined identity has helped Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street and Canal District to become destinations not only for Worcester residents but for visitors and new businesses. Yet Worcester’s urban design effort is not buttressed
by a regulatory framework and therefore implementation is weak,” the report states, before calling for the implementation of a clear design policy and expectations to encourage developers to design buildings that meet the city’s needs.

For the full report, click here: Bureau Brief – Urban Design.

A new study by AAA reveals that more than one in four Americans are planning on vacationing this year between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

Of the top ten fall destinations worldwide, Boston comes in at number 9.

“We have seen strong demand for travel throughout the course of the year, and Americans are discovering that traveling during the fall season is a best kept secret,” Rick Del Nero, Vice President of Travel for AAA Northeast, said. “Travelers increasingly prioritize immersive travel experiences and autumn offers more opportunities for them to explore a destination’s local culture, thanks to fewer crowds and mild weather.”

According to a survey of 1,011 adults living in the United States, Americans say the top reasons they take vacations in the fall are fewer crowds and children, more favorable weather, and the opportunity to find better value for the cost of their trip.

“Savvy travelers can often find lower prices on everything from airfare and hotels to cruises and vacation packages, as travel companies offer incentives to fill their vacancies during the fall,” continued Mr. Del Nero.

This year’s top fall destinations based on AAA Travel bookings include:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Anaheim, California
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. New York City
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. London, England
  8. Dublin, Ireland
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Cancun, Mexico

 

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Port Authority [Massport] on Wednesday.

Evangelidis, who has been a member of the board since April 2015, is taking over as Chairman in place of Worcester attorney Michael Angelini whose term has ended.

“Massport’s facilities not only move cargo and passengers, they create opportunities for commerce and education throughout the Commonwealth,” Evangelidis said.

He continued, “I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to ensure the safety and security of our customers and employees while maximizing Massport’s unique ability as an economic engine for New England.”

In 2010, Evangelidis was elected Worcester County Sheriff. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant State Prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, Florida as well as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County Massachusetts. Evangelidis served in the Massachusetts State Legislature for eight years, serving on the Committee on Public Safety.

“Sheriff Evangelidis is a dedicated public servant committed to the safety of the Commonwealth’s families and communities and we are pleased to see him assume this important role as Chairman of the Massport Board,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

“As Logan International Airport, Conley Terminal and Massport’s facilities in Worcester and Hanscom see record growth and success as economic engines for Massachusetts and the region, Sheriff Evangelidis’ extensive experience will continue to be a valuable contribution to their safety and security,” Baker added.