WORCESTER COUNTY

Coverage of Worcester County, Massachusetts.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.
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The Pawtucket Red Sox will start playing in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2021 — and the team is asking fans to help come up with its new name. 

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks to reporters in the lobby of the federal courthouse in Springfield on November 7, 2018.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A pair of members of Congress from Massachusetts are set up well for the next couple years.

From left, Anne Gobi and Steven Hall.
Anne Gobi / Steven Hall / Facebook

There's just one state Senate race involving towns in western Massachusetts on Election Day: the district that includes parts of eastern Hampden and Hampshire Counties.

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern, at left, and Republican challenger Tracy Lovvorn.
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Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester, a Democrat, is facing a challenge on Election Day from Republican Tracy Lovvorn.

Over the past couple of decades, booming cities have forced people to move to smaller cities nearby. Think San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., or New York and Hoboken, N.J. That kind of boom is happening now in Boston. An hour away, New England's second-largest city, Worcester, is booming.

"Properties are hot commercially, properties are hot residentially ... everyone just wants a piece of Worcester right now. It's crazy," said Kate McEvoy, a vice president for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and fifth-generation Worcesterite.

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