Below are today’s obituaries from Worcester funeral homes. ThisWeekinWorcester.com publishes obituaries every day.

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Salvatore J. Belsito, 72, of Millbury – Obituary 

David R. Braley, 77, of Ware/Holden – Obituary

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Harold R. Cahill, 62, of Worcester – Obituary

Donald L. Carlson, 93, of Rutland – Obituary

Barry A. Clapp, 66, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

Miguel A. Cotto-Gonzalez, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

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John Norman Daby, 71, of Jefferson – Obituary

Robert J. Duval, 93, of Barre – Obituary

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Theresa A. (Dziemian) Eager, 95, of Worcester – Obituary

Helena “Lee” Kelliher Edwards, M.D., 64, of Princeton – Obituary

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Joseph Fennucio, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

Anne F. (Fitch) Foulkes, 83, of Worcester – Obituary

Barry Freelander, 77, of Auburn – Obituary

Robert J. Fulham, 88, of Worcester – Obituary

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David Michael George, 58, of Worcester – Obituary

Rena T. Gleason, 78, of Worcester – Obituary

Grace B. (Simonds) Griffith, 89, of West Boylston – Obituary

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Lewis J. Hodgerney, Sr., 96, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

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Stanley A. Jarosz , 87, of Jefferson – Obituary

Dorothy A. (Lapensee) Gosselin Jordan, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

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Stephen R. Laplante, 64, of Jefferson – Obituary

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Alfred J. Magnant, 89, of Grafton – Obituary

Helen T. Mahoney, 104, of Worcester – Obituary

Rev. Ernest Mante, 66 – Obituary

Doris M. (Allen) Marmat, 94, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

Donald J. Marrone, 67, of West Boylston – Obituary

George F. Martin, 89, of West Boylston – Obituary

Maureen Mcmenemey, 65, of Rutland – Obituary

Jeremiah Leonard “Lennie” Munns, 95, of Worcester – Obituary

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R. Bruce Person, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

George S. Pond, Jr., 86, of Auburn – Obituary

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John F. “Jay” Queeney, 72, of Sterling – Obituary

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Rietha M. Rassias, 57, of Worcester – Obituary

Doris E. (Madera) Roberts, 53, of Worcester – Obituary

Philip G. Rondeau, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

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Josephine P. (Campanale) Tiscione, 92 of Worcester – Obituary

Gail S. (Youngstrom) Truedson, 60, of Oakham – Obituary

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Joanne “Gentle Breeze” (Fricker) Mercado Walley, 68, of Worcester – Obituary

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Rita Yockel, 85, of Worcester – Obituary

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Nikollaq Zhaka, 77, of Worcester – Obituary

Worcester Railers at Toledo Walleye

When: Friday, November 24 at 7:15pm

Where: Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio

Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM; nashicon989.com

Records:

Railers: 7-6-1-1, 16 points (3-2-1-1 on road) 6th in North Division

Toledo: 11-4-2-0, 24 points (5-0-0-0 at home) 1st in Central Division

Previous meetings:

Oct 31, 2017 Toledo 3 @ Railers 2

Last game:

Railers: Lost to Wheeling 4-3 (SO) on Wednesday

Toledo: Lost to Fort Wayne 5-4 yesterday.

Leading scorers:

Railers:

Patrick McNally: 6 goals, 8 assists; 14 points

Chris Langkow: 3 goals, 10 assists; 13 points

Kellen Jones: 4 goals, 6 assists; 10 points

Barry Almeida: 3 goals, 7 assists; 10 points

Toledo:

Christian Hilbrich: 10 goals, 7 assists; 17 points

Mike Borkowski: 7 goals, 9 assists; 16 points

Tyler Barnes: 4 goals, 10 assists; 14 points

Special Teams

Railers:

Power play: 13.3 % (12.5% on road)

Penalty Kill: 83.9% (87.5% on road)

Toledo:

Power Play: 18.8% (21.7% at home)

Penalty Kill: 90.0% (83.3% at home)

Probable goaltender match-up:

Worcester Eamon McAdam (4-3-1-1, 2.76, .915) vs Toledo Matej Machovsky (1-2-0, 2.11, .918)

Former Worcester players on Toledo:

None

Players to watch:

*Wade Murphy (Railers #12) has two assists vs Toledo on 10/31.

*Chris Langkow (Railers #21) had a goal and an assist Wednesday night at Wheeling

*Eric Bradford (Toledo #19) had two assists last night vs Fort Wayne, giving him 10 on the season.

WORCESTER – With Black Friday just a week away, the financial data experts at Wallethub have put together a list of the best big chain stores to get the most bang for your buck on the annual shopping craze.

Among the stores with best discounts in the Central Massachusetts area, Kohl’s — with locations in Worcester, Millbury, and Northborough — stands above them all offering a 66.3% discount on their Black Friday items.

Behind Kohl’s are two stores found in the Auburn Mall — Sears and Macy’s — offering discounts of 50.1% and 45.6%, respectively on their Black Friday sales.

Classic “go-to” Black Friday destinations like Target, KMart and Wal-Mart are all in the top 10 retailers with the best discounts to offer.

Here’s the full list of retailers with the best discounts in Central Mass on Black Friday:

Kohl’s 66.30%
Sears 50.10%
Macy’s 45.60%
Target 36.20%
Kmart 35.80%
Dick’s Sporting Goods 35.10%
Office Depot and OfficeMax 34.50%
Wal-Mart 34.20%
Dollar General 33.50%
Lowe’s 33.00%
True Value 32.80%
Staples 32.30%
BJ’s 32.10%
Guitar Center 30.00%
Best Buy 30.00%
Big Lots 24.10%
Ace Hardware 21.50%

For the best deals on specific items, visit Wallethub’s latest report: 2017’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving Day, ThisWeekinWorcester.com reached out to dozens of representatives in the Worcester community to ask them what they were thankful for in Worcester.

From being thankful for other community leaders and organizations, to the spirit of entrepreneurship and tight-knit Worcester neighborhoods, the responses to the question — What’re You Thankful for in Worcester? – varied greatly and encompassed a larger sense of the positive things happening in Worcester.

Please read below to find out what your city leaders are thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Senator Chandler

“This year I’m thankful for our communities. Our neighborhoods and our schools, our families and our friends — the individual communities that make up a greater Worcester bring us all together. Even when we’re going through difficult times, it’s the people around us who bring us back up. I’m thankful for those people.” – Senator Harriette Chandler (Worcester-D)

“I’m thankful for the increasing sense of civic pride in the Worcester community. More and more, residents believe in the city and are embracing a shared vision of the future. Worcester is on a steady march toward greater vibrancy and enhanced quality of life.” – Tim McGourthy, Executive Director – Worcester Regional Research Bureau

“I am thankful for City leaders that are accessible. I am thankful for neighborhoods that have long histories, yet brand new families. I am thankful for the young people that are showing leadership & care in so many vibrant ways. I am thankful for our art. I am thankful for our collective heart.” – Susan Mailman, Owner – Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.

“On Thanksgiving and throughout the year, I am thankful for having a smart, capable and caring wife, Maria. She has always been willing to sacrifice time together while I campaign and subsequently serve on the council.  While she would never even consider running for office herself, Maria has always encouraged and supported me because she realizes how important service to my community is to me.  I’d surely be a turkey if I didn’t realize and appreciate how lucky and blessed a man I am.” – Gary Rosen, District 5 City Councilor

Molly McCullough

“I am thankful for the health and happiness of my family .I am thankful to have family that extends beyond the traditional scope and truly embodies the “it takes a village” sentiment. I am thankful for friends and family that have provided me strength, comfort, support and laughter….in good times and in bad. I am thankful for our new home that many memories will be made in and that will provide us with shelter and comfort. I am thankful to be a part of and be able to serve a community that has given so much to me.” – Molly McCullough, Worcester School Committee

“I’m thankful for the parents who volunteer countless hours to run the city’s eleven youth baseball and softball leagues, ensuring that kids learn the values of teamwork while staying physically active. These volunteer coaches do everything for their leagues: cutting the grass, raking the dirt, finding the sponsors (fundraising), ordering the uniforms, training the kids, even driving some of the players to away games. Thank you to people like Jon Todd, Michelle Hashem, Tom Murray, Jeff Sonnenberg, Jamie DiMauro and so many others who donate their time to keep the game of baseball & softball alive in Worcester for future generations.” – Dave Pederson – General Manager of Worcester Bravehearts

Giselle Rivera-Flores

“I am thankful for the community leaders that surround me and share the same passion for making Worcester a great city for all. And of course, I am deeply thankful for the Woopreneur community and their dedication to building a community that embraces innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Happy Thanksgiving to the Woo!” – Giselle Rivera-Flores – Writer [Worcester Sun, MassFoodies] and Entrepreneur [The Learning Hub and IgWorcesterMA]

“In my journey through Recovery from drug addiction for over 32 years , I have personally and professionally been part of miracles ,watching others go from the depths of despair to a life second to none, RECOVERY !!! I am truly grateful!” – Rob Pezzella, Worcester Public Schools Safety Director

“I can honestly say that I am thankful for all the traditional things people mention during the holiday season.  Family, Faith, Friends, and Good Health so I can enjoy all the other things I am grateful for. I am also thankful to live in what I consider one of the safest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Worcester, The Shrewsbury Street Neighborhood. I would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy, and holy holiday season.” – Gary Vecchio, President of Shrewsbury Street Neighborhood Association

Below are today’s obituaries from Worcester funeral homes. ThisWeekinWorcester.com publishes obituaries every day.

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Salvatore J. Belsito, 72, of Millbury – Obituary 

David R. Braley, 77, of Ware/Holden – Obituary

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Harold R. Cahill, 62, of Worcester – Obituary

Donald L. Carlson, 93, of Rutland – Obituary

Barry A. Clapp, 66, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

Miguel A. Cotto-Gonzalez, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

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John Norman Daby, 71, of Jefferson – Obituary

Robert J. Duval, 93, of Barre – Obituary

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Theresa A. (Dziemian) Eager, 95, of Worcester – Obituary

Helena “Lee” Kelliher Edwards, M.D., 64, of Princeton – Obituary

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Joseph Fennucio, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

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David Michael George, 58, of Worcester – Obituary

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Lewis J. Hodgerney, Sr., 96, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

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Dorothy A. (Lapensee) Gosselin Jordan, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

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Stephen R. Laplante, 64, of Jefferson – Obituary

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Rev. Ernest Mante, 66 – Obituary

Doris M. (Allen) Marmat, 94, of Shrewsbury – Obituary

Donald J. Marrone, 67, of West Boylston – Obituary

George F. Martin, 89, of West Boylston – Obituary

Maureen Mcmenemey, 65, of Rutland – Obituary

Jeremiah Leonard “Lennie” Munns, 95, of Worcester – Obituary

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R. Bruce Person, 80, of Worcester – Obituary

George S. Pond, Jr., 86, of Auburn – Obituary

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John F. “Jay” Queeney, 72, of Sterling – Obituary

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Rietha M. Rassias, 57, of Worcester – Obituary

Doris E. (Madera) Roberts, 53, of Worcester – Obituary

Philip G. Rondeau, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

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Josephine P. (Campanale) Tiscione, 92 of Worcester – Obituary

Gail S. (Youngstrom) Truedson, 60, of Oakham – Obituary

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Joanne “Gentle Breeze” (Fricker) Mercado Walley, 68, of Worcester – Obituary

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Rita Yockel, 85, of Worcester – Obituary

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Nikollaq Zhaka, 77, of Worcester – Obituary

Worcester Railers at Wheeling Nailers

When: Wednesday, November 22 at 7:05pm

Where: WesBanco Arena, Wheeling, West Virginia

Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM; nashicon989.com

Records:

Railers: 7-6-1-0, 15 points. (3-2-1 on road) 6th in North Division

Wheeling: 9-3-2-0, 20 points. (4-0-1 at home) 1st in North Division

Previous meetings:

First meeting

Last game:

Railers: Beat Manchester 4-1 on Sunday

Wheeling: Lost to Norfolk 4-1 on Saturday

Leading scorers:

Railers:

Patrick McNally: 6 goals, 7 assists; 13 points

Chris Langkow: 2 goals, 9 assists; 11 points

Kellen Jones: 4 goals, 6 assists; 10 points

Barry Almeida: 3 goals, 7 assists; 10 points

Wheeling:

Cody Wydo: 8 goals, 12 assists; 20 points

Reid Gardiner: 11 goals, 8 assists; 19 points

Garrett Meurs: 9 goals, 8 assists; 17 points

Probable goaltender match-up:

Worcester Eamon McAdam (4-3-1, 2.76, .917) vs Wheeling Sean Maguire (6-2-0, 3.64, .906)

Former Worcester players on Wheeling:

Wheeling assistant coach is Riley Armstrong, a former Worcester Sharks forward and fan favorite

Players to watch:

*Matt Gaudreau (Railers #8) has goals in two straight games.

*Eamon McAdam (Railers #39) made 57 saves on 59 shots last weekend against Manchester.

*Johnny Daniels (Wheeling #15) and Cam Brown (Wheeling #21) are both Massachusetts natives.

The “kids” are home from college. There are five and ten year high school reunions. If you’re 21 to 25, this is the greatest night of the year, but if you’re 31 and older, you may have already said ‘Enough is enough’ when it comes to Thanksgiving Eve. 

Across the city of Worcester, there are a lot of great places to spend the night before the holiday and it’s become tradition to live it up until 2 AM as much as you can and waking up with that inevitable hangover.

However, as you get older, the desire to wait in lines to get in a bar, and then wait in lines inside the bar to get a drink dissipates. And the folks that you’re used to seeing out on Thanksgiving Eve are at home with their families, or have moved away, or have already surrendered to the fact that they can’t “hang” anymore like they used to.

And that’s where ThisWeekinWorcester.com comes in. We’ve put together a list of 10 places in Worcester for those people that want to recognize faces their own age, don’t need the constant drumming of a bass in their ear from a no-name DJ, and actually want to experience something other than watching college students and recent grads get absolutely shattered before midnight.

The following list of places aren’t exactly “low-key,” but are Worcester nightlife staples that offer a respite from the nightclub, college-party style of other bars in the city. Although these places are for any age 21-plus, these are the top 10 places [along with a few honorable mentions] we found that offer some combination of fun, some history, and a setting that best suits people 31 and older.

1.  Vincent’s – 49 Suffolk St. – 

Vincent’s is hosting live blues and soul music from 9 PM to 1 AM. The band features Jon Short, Craig Rawding, Keri Anderson, Jeff Burch, Pete Aleksi and Duncan Arsenault.  Big Eyed Rabbit and their special guests will shake the room with foot stomping electric hill country blues. No Cover. Be sure to get a meatball sandwich!

2. Hotel Vernon – 16 Kelley Sq.

In Hotel Vernon’s historic Ship Room, the Hip Swayers & Three Sonomatics will be performing from 8 PM to 12 AM. Cheap beer, great crowd.

3. White Eagle – 116 Green St.

Classic Rock cover band Drive South will be performing from 8 PM to 12 AM for their Thanksgiving Eve Bash at the historic White Eagle on Green Street.

4. Vintage Grille – 346 Shrewsbury St.

The Vintage Grille will be hosting their own annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash featuring DJ Shaun Michael from 8-12. There are free appetizers, and drink and shot specials all night. Vintage Grille will also be raffling off prizes for those in attendance.

5. Park Grille & Spirits – 257 Park Ave.

Park Grille will host the Drunkin’ Uncles Thanksgiving Eve Party – No Cover Charge. The party starts early at 6 PM and ends early at 9 PM — for those that want to get home and rest up for the holiday! Or head to one of these other great spots!

6. Nick’s – 124 Millbury St.

Starting at 8 PM, Nick’s will host its Pre-Thanksgiving Bash with contemporary Irish band Fergus. Nick’s opens at 4 PM for those that want to get started early and Fergus will be playing all night long!

7. Worcester Marine Corps League – 181 Lake Ave.

Worcester MCL will host popular cover rock band No Alibi on Thanksgiving Eve. The band will play from 9 PM to 12 AM. Get there early because this band draws a crowd!

8. Ralph’s Rock Diner – 148 Grove St.

Warm up those vocal cords! Ralph’s will be moving their usual Wednesday Night Karaoke upstairs for Thanksgiving Eve – The singing starts at 9 PM and ends at 1:15 AM.

9. The Cove Music Hall – 89 Green St.

The Cove will certainly be one of the louder places on Thanksgiving Eve, but will have one of the best crowds in the city with 80s cover band Flock of Assholes going on at 9 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased in advance here.

10, British Beer Company – 225 Shrewsbury St.

The BBC will be hosting the Gobshites – Boston’s favorite Celtic punk band – who have been revving up crowds along the east coast for more than a decade, are known for infusing traditional Irish songs with a fiery punk rock attitude, as well as “Irishing” up some well-known punk jams.

Honorable mentions [Great places with no scheduled entertainment]: The Cosmopolitan (96 Hamilton St) and Moynagh’s Tavern (25 Exchange St).

Hampton Properties, LLC, a Worcester-based development company will pay $100,000 to settle allegations that it allowed workers to do illegal asbestos work in two properties. 

According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, the lawsuit filed against Hampton Properties alleged that the company violated the Massachusetts clean air law and regulations by allowing unlicensed works to remove asbestos-containing boiler parts and pipe insulation from two apartment buildings in Worcester without taking the necessary safety precautions required by law.

“Asbestos can endanger the health of workers and the public if not handled properly,” said Healey. “Our office will work to ensure that all of this company’s properties are safe for all residents and will enforce state laws that are in place to protect workers and the public from the risks posed by asbestos exposure.”

The development company also allegedly removed materials containing asbestos and stored dry, unsealed asbestos in a dumpster behind the buildings.

Hampton Properties has since cleaned up the buildings and safely completed the renovation work under the supervision of the MassDEP. Hampton Properties has also agreed to hire a consultant to do an audit on eight other owned properties to determine if asbsestos-containing materials at those properties are being maintained properly and safely.

“This property owner utilized untrained, unlicensed workers to improperly remove significant quantities of asbestos without following the law,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “In doing so, these workers and the public were unknowingly and unnecessarily exposed to asbestos.”