Firetruck Goes Down Street Sideways Because Worcester City Manager Decided Not To Plow The Roads Today

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We’ve known it was gonna snow for a week, and it hasn’t snowed since February, but apparently that wasn’t enough time for the City of Worcester to get it’s collective shit together today. This afternoon at about 3:30 PM, this Turtleboy was at the Buzz Barbershop getting that post-Christmas fresh cut from Heather the West Side wonder-barber. I hadn’t been out of the house all day and found out the hard way that the official policy for Ed Augustus and crew when it came to this wintry dump, was “fuck it.”

Anyway, Heather the wonder-barber’s beau plows for the city. He was literally waiting by the phone all day for the call that didn’t come until 4:00. Coincidentally this was about 30 minutes after we posted on Facebook about what a disaster the roads were.

I’m sure the Worcester Fire Department appreciated the fact that their very expensive truck was nearly totaled on hilly First Street:


Oh good, Ed Augustus and those who manage the City of Worcester are trying to get firefighters killed and cost the city millions of dollars. Solid leadership up top. Good thing the hacks who run the FF union continue to support this administration, who REFUSES to give them a new contract:

11997515_10206583052269325_728876248_nEvery firefighter we’ve spoken with, and we’ve spoken to a lot, was voting for Gaffney. All of them. But unfortunately, just like the way Lenny Z ignores his teacher’s opinions and endorses Petty/Augustus with their union dues, those who head the FF union do the exact same thing to their members. You want a new contract? You wanna drive the trucks around on roads that are actually plowed? Here’s an idea – quit giving money to the people who are FUCKING YOU OVER!!! That might help.

Here’s the people’s City Councilor, Mike Gaffney’s quote when we asked him what he thought about the roads: “Once again our City Manager has shown that he is a politician, great at handing out taxpayer money without accountability, but horrible with the actual day to day management of the City.”

Boom. Roasted. Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

This is why Gaffney is the people’s City Councilor. He continues to be the voice of the people and isn’t afraid to stand up to this corrupt, useless political machine that bends us over every chance they get. Fast Eddie is really good at playing politics. He spent hundreds of thousands of dollars putting on the “Department of Justice race discussions,” he continues to find creative ways to write checks to Mosaic Culutral Complex so they can organize blockades of our streets, but he can’t find a way to plow our roads.

Hey Eddie, taxpayers don’t give a shit about race discussions. We care about roads, schools, and municipal services, all of which are lacking. Yet we still continue to pay some of the highest property tax rates in the state. What exactly are we getting for that? Because I’m failing to see why I should continue to live in this dump.


Like Gaffney said, the problem here is that a City MANAGER is supposed to know how to MANAGE a city. And in Worcester, it has a tendency to snow. But since Ed Augustus has been a professional politician his entire career, and has no background in business administration, he has absolutely no clue how to run a small city, never mind the second largest city in New England.

The whole purpose of the City Manager system is to have your city run by someone who IS NOT a politician. Someone who doesn’t have to worry about the next election. But instead Joe Petty and the McGovern Crime Family have tapped their boy to this $200,000 job that he is clearly not qualified for. The roads today were a joke today. They were unacceptable and people need to start voicing their displeasure directly to Eddie. Here’s his email –  and here’s his phone number – (508) 799-1175. Let him know that streets like this are not acceptable:

Plantation Street



That second picture is a bunch of sand that a sander dumped in the middle of the road and dropped off. Because…fuck it.

Lincoln Street


King Phillip Road


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Burncoat Street



Grove Street



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Hope Ave


Massasoit Road




James/Stafford Street


White Ave





Vernon Hill


Pleasant Street in Leicester


Not so Pleasant Street in Worcester



Drummond Ave


West Boylston Street



Gold Star Boulevard


Kenberma Road


Fire Hydrant


Foster/Main Street


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Malden Street




Beechmont Street






Salisbury/Forest Street


Main Street/Webster Square


Dellwood Road


“2 Lane” Airport Rd/Goddard Memorial Drive






The real kick in the nuts was when the City of Worcester put this up on their Facebook page:


This is the winter equivalent of “our streets are safe.” It’s just a lie that they tell you because they know you’re not gonna show up and vote them out anyway. They have the financial backing of the McGovern Crime Family so they can shit on your french toast and tell you it’s cinnamon and you have no choice but to eat the whole thing. Everyone on the City Council backs Ed Augustus except for Gaffney and Konnie Lukes. All of them. If your roads sucked today we highly suggest you contact your City Councilor and tell them that if they vote to bring back Fast Eddie at the end of the year, you won’t be voting for them in 2017.

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59 Comment(s)
  • Gronkmonster
    December 31, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    A little inside info that will make you all happy..All drivers got a minimum of 8 hours pay for plowing that storm..Seriously 8 hours pay for what they did..Welcome to WIssttaaaaa

  • D Johnson
    December 31, 2015 at 8:28 am

    The unofficial rule for plowing/sanding roads in The Commonwealth has been; If public schools are on vacation, taxpayers can pound snow!

  • Jake from State Farm
    December 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

    First considerable snow and dumb asses running the city screw it up. Thanks for calling out these fools

  • A true police supporter
    December 31, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Yes the streets were a total mess, and yes the fire truck had a problem!! Why, Why is it that no one is concerned about the police that are on those streets all day and all night travel to get to people who need help?????? They risk their life’s everyday for the people of Worcester because they care!! So let’s NOT forget them so easily

  • December 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Turtleboy Sports,

    This is Daniel with WBZ-TV. Are these your photos on this article? Would it be possible for WBZ to use a few of these for a story tonight on the snow/ice problems in Worcester?

    Please let me know by emailing or calling 617-787-7018.

    Thank you for your time, take care.

    Daniel Pesquera
    WBZ-TV | WSBK-TV |
    Dayside/Overnight Assignment Editor
    o 617-787-7018
    m 617-991-7149

  • Mark Farrell
    December 30, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    We got plowed at 7 pm on Gibbs Street. It was a sheet of ice after with no sand! They finally sanded the hill on Weldon Ave at 9 am Wednesday! Worcester you such at plowing and sanding!

  • Publius
    December 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Once again TB forces City Hall to act.

  • Anna Conda
    December 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    My road still has not been touched, plow or salted/sanded.
    I don’t have sidewalks, but if I did and didn’t clear them, I would take pictures of the road and fight the fine.

  • Purple Passion
    December 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm


  • juror seven
    December 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Any talk about the “snow budget” is laughable . It’s only a number on paper. Always under funded so the empty suits can pump up other items to make it look like they care. By the way, how are the roads in the Metro West area? Where is it, Medway or Millis that is the real home of the City Manager?

  • Simeon
    December 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    We live where there is a lot of snow.
    People should make sure they have decent tread on there tires. And most of all learn how to drive.
    The city is doing just fine.

  • Edilberto Amarat
    December 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Man hamilton st was hurrible i almost crashed right into a young lady and mind you i was going 10 miles an hour still could not stop just lots of snow and ice this is just unacceptable

  • Royal Choun
    December 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I’m glad the firefighters are ok. Yesterday was a mess. Whoever is in charge of planning the plowing and salting of the roads definitely dropped the ball! We knew the weather was coming for at least a week and not much was done for the city roads besides the normal heavy commuting areas. Thanks to my street not being plowed or salted until close to midnight last night, I was involved in a little accident with a neighbor’s vehicle. The same lack of care of clearing the roads cost two families to lose their home last year from a fire, due to firefighters having a hard time making it up my street and finding a hydrant. Politicians will be politicians but they need to be held accountable for their lack of care. WE PAY YOU FUCKS WITH OUR TAX MONEY, TAKE CARE OF YOUR CITIZENS!!

  • Local Jake
    December 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Alright, once again you’ve written heavily biased and bad information regarding the fire department. If the firefighter’s union thought they were being screwed by “hacks” at the top of the union they would have voted them out by now in the annual elections.

    The union considered endorsing Gaffney, but instead he outright stated in a response email that he did not want the support of the firefighters union, so you saying that every single firefighter would be voting for him is a truly ridiculous statement with no sort of factual support.

    As far as the contract goes, the firefighters have been fighting tooth and nail to get something done, and finally after much deliberation the contract is going to arbitration. No city council members are even involved at this point, it’s between the contract negotiation teams and their attorneys.

    And by the way, that truck that almost rolled- it was built in 1994. It is almost as old as some of the members of the department. The union has been fighting to update the aging fleet for some time by endorsing candidates who support an aggressive replacement plan of the trucks, probably not a worthwhile idea to support a candidate who has no interest in that.

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    If anybody did have any unfortunate accidents due to the horrible roads in Worcester, you should attempt to recoup that money via small claims. It is completely unreasonable for them NOT to plow the roads yesterday. Simple as that. Any rational person would have made the request for plows to hit the roads. By not doing so the city showed a blatant disregard for public safety and also displayed gross negligence as it pertains to the Worcester Fire Department. This mayor needs to be ousted, desperately! You have to be an idiot not to have dispatched the plows yesterday. It’s that simple. There are A LOT of people that could do the city manager’s job and to be quite honest, they want the job. Why not allow competent people do that job? Wow! Common sense is not so common – Voltaire 1764.

  • sharon
    December 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    They dont plow the streets but if we don’t shovel the sidewalks out in front of our homes and businesses we get slammed with a fine!

  • Chris From Georgia
    December 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Another reminder of why I’m so glad to have moved out of Worcester!! For those good citizens that are still stuck up there, maybe its time to take a page from the hippie playbook and march on city Hall or better yet the homes of the City Manager and Council members. Start a new movement, TPLM Tax Payers Lives Matter!

  • Skeptical
    December 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Does anyone know if that big clump of sand on Plantation St is still there?

    My boys and I just saw this and are planning on dispersing the sand with our shovels to at least help out up there. If anyone knows, please tell me. It would be a waste to drive out there and have the clump not be there.

  • Pam from Tatnuck
    December 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Yup…Here we go again…What a bunch of jerks that run this city and all the hard working, tax paying residents know it….I am ashamed to be living here…For what we all pay in taxes, this city should be pristine…..And we just couldn’t vote the assholes out…The wonder of it all….

    • Ted
      December 31, 2015 at 6:53 am

      That’s Plan E government Pam. The manager blames the city council, the council blames the manager. Everyone there is fat and happy, the citizens suffer. No one is held accountable.

  • The Life of a Plow Wife
    December 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Kempton at the DPW has a whole lot to do with the decision making! I live the life of a plow wife, it is not the fault of the drivers what so ever! When my husband finally got called out to the Flagg st area the 2 trucks had to make sure they did these big wigs streets then they were sent home! May not been a whole lot of snow but it still needed attention, not attention after dark when everything froze up worse. The city won’t pay for our plow that broke trying to get through the ice!

  • Mary
    December 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    How about some photos of the streets where the city councilors and the city manager lives?

    • Ted
      December 31, 2015 at 6:46 am

      BINGO! Every city DPW employee is instructed to know where they live.

  • Lorna
    December 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I am totally disgusted by this whole thing, the first snow (under an inch) and they can’t get that right. I just sent that asshat an email, thanks for giving it out TB. What a disgrace he is as a city manager, honest to Christ! My parents couldn’t move yesterday, they didn’t get a paper and the plumber couldn’t make it up their hill. What a real piece he is!

  • One PO'd citizen
    December 30, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I just sent an email to the City Manager. Feel free to read below.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning, oh wait, yes I could. Driving from Webster, through Oxford and Auburn, where the streets are completely cleared. You wouldn’t even know it snowed. That is until you get to the Worcester City line on James St/South Ludlow St. It was like night and day. What a shit show. Those other cities have HALF of the Property Tax that Worcester has and they did a great job on the roads, even the side roads. I can’t believe that there were barely any plow trucks out in Worcester yesterday. You should look at how many accidents happened yesterday just because of the road conditions, that could have been avoided if you did your job! Not to mention the Fire Truck that almost rolled over! The people that are trying to save people lives and houses, almost injured because of you! Stop screwing them over!

    Basically, SHAME ON YOU! in the words of the great Bill Belichick “DO YOUR JOB!” Oh sorry, I guess you need to learn how to do it first.

    One PO’d citizen

  • Dave Lind
    December 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Worcester SUCKS. Nuff said

  • Sad to say I live in Worcester
    December 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I hope they didn’t fine anyone with un shoveled sidewalks since they did not plow! We should all send them a fine with a picture of the road outside our driveway.
    I emailed at 6 pm in regards to the disgrace of a plow job and how I couldn’t even turn off the main road to my driveway without sliding across the main road. I received an email back and a message that they would call the supervisor of the area and the truck for that road. They think we are idiots. I knew they didn’t plow all day and it’s not the plow guys fault! I think about 11pm they strolled by. A bit too late and now the nice ice build up at the end of my driveway is my problem.

    • worcester sucks
      December 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I don`t know how they could fine anyone for not shoveling the sidewalks. No one uses them anyway. Even in the summer

    • worcester sucks
      December 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I don`t know how they could fine anyone for not shoveling the sidewalks. No one uses them anyway. Even in the summer

  • Alicia
    December 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

    My mom got tboned because a driver couldn’t stop, slid on ice and hit my mom on her side. Worcester did a terrible job cleaning up the snow. The city should be sued for improper management and leaving hazardous conditions.

    • Kevin
      December 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I agree this city only cares about the money.

  • Um
    December 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Now, don’t take this as an attempt to defend city hall, but:

    I think it was just a poor judgment call. The National Weather Service down-graded the impact of the storm Monday evening saying we (in central MA) were getting about 1 inch and mostly rain after the morning (which would have washed the snow away). Obviously, mother nature changed her mind and we ended up with much colder day-time temps that made more ice on top of what fell overnight. Meteorologists keep saying we are going to have a January/February like last year and they (city hall) are probably paranoid of blowing the snow budget too early. It was definitely a poor judgment call, but like Dave said above, this particular situation was a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of situation.

    • brian
      December 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      The TV news I was watching said it was going to be cold all day.

    • Kayla
      December 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Eh, I kind of agree with you to an extent… Poor judgement call when they only had a prediction to go off of? Sure. Poor judgement call at 7 am when we thought it might get warmer? Yeah, I’ll accept that. Poor judgement call at 1 pm, when you could physically stand outside and realize, “Hey, it’s not getting any warmer, and this rain hitting my face feels solid… like ice”? No, that’s just idiocy.

    • Fillet O Fish
      December 31, 2015 at 7:47 am

      It doesn’t matter what a FORECAST says, it matters what is ACTUALLY OCCURING. Short term weather forecasts are less than 50% accurate. The problem is they DENIED it was icy and slippery even as everyone else realized it was.

    • Theresa
      December 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      yes but don’t you think someone at the DPW could have realized it was getting colder? They must have been outdoors at some point – Well maybe not

  • HairyDave
    December 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Sorry about the double post and bad grammar. I’m new at this

  • HairyDave
    December 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I am a resident of Worcester and this city gets worse everyday. These Democratic policies make it easier for the scum who will never work and crap on the tax payers. My road is a looks Beirut in the summer and Mount Wachusett in the winter. Nice work idiots!

  • HairyDave
    December 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I am a resident of Worcester and this city gets worse everyday. These Democratic policies make it easier for the scum who will never work and crap on the tax payers. My road is a looks Beirut in the summer and Mount Wachusett in the winter. Nice work idiots!

  • Georgia
    December 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Worcester, MA is absolutely ridiculous!!!!Are you serious? Putting lives’ in danger?What is your problem? When I got back home to Worcester at 9 pm, the roads were still a mess in slippery!!Get your shit together Worcester!!

  • Nanny
    December 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Pain in the posterior getting around yesterday. Stuff froze up fast after the rain. Plow came down my street at 9 last night.

  • Regina cunningham
    December 30, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Email to the douchebag sent. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m a nurse and I had to drive in that crap all day.

  • Dave
    December 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

    The city of Worcester does not call out the plows until there is 3 inches of snow. Sucks I know but if you saw plows out when there was only an inch of snow people would be bitching that the city was wasting money /plowing so little snow so it is a catch 22.

    • Amy Marr
      December 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Given the weather report, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t plow the slush to get it off the road surface before it freezes. Every other town around Worcester did this, and what do you know – the roads are great today, while Woo’s are still craptastically dangerous. Way to go, Worcester DPW!

    • Ted
      December 31, 2015 at 5:52 am

      No, if it was 1 inch of powder there would be bitching. This was 1.5 inches of slush which was frozen and mixed with freezing rain so the roads were slippery. The DPW commissioner denied the roads were slippery. A 90 day suspension is in order at a minimum.

      • Salt
        January 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

        Salt trucks were out there that night 12 midnight I watched them go by. Wonder if they only did certain roads or something.

  • Kpizzle
    December 30, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Up on Fox Meadow drive, the first plus truck came by at 5:30 PM!! I don’t know if you’ve ever seen our street, but is basically a 90° angle straight up! Thanks for sucking Worcester.

    • Heather
      December 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Hey neighbor! This is my first winter on Foxmeadow and I was wondering when the heck I would see any treatment of the roads. After all, we ARE on one of the more steep hills in the city. I attempted to head out around 2pm and there was an 18-wheeler stuck, horizontally, on the hill. Lame.

      • GoneWest
        December 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

        Heather you junior smokeshow catfish

  • GoneWest
    December 30, 2015 at 3:23 am

    This blog is starting to go downhill faster than a car on an unplowed Belmont st.

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    December 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I was surprised when I was driving into work tonight at 10pm, and the roads in Sterling were imperfect but passable (since the slush froze up)… I hit Worcester, and it looks like the roads in Sterling did this morning! I would say that it’s unbelievable, but given the level of corruption in city government, it is unfortunately all too believable.

  • Ted
    December 30, 2015 at 1:37 am

    This can’t be true. The DPW commissioner said there were NO accidents, that this was just a “mop up”. Was he lying? He should join the ranks of “Dr. ” Beverly Scott and be canned before the week is out if he was.

    • Ted
      December 30, 2015 at 6:20 am

      Oh and paul moosey also said the streets weren’t even slippery. Simply untrue. By virtue of the build up of slush which was left unplowed, it WAS in fact slippery, then it froze, making itveven more slippery. Now (Wednesday AM) we are adding a glaze of frozen drizzle to this to top off an overall terrible situation. Heckofa job, moosie!

  • savvybear
    December 30, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Yep, total b.s.
    Didn’t hear a single plow up here off Lincoln until 10:30, 11:00pm.
    Fast Eddie and putty keeping their hands stuck inside the McGovern cookie jar.
    Turtleboy for congress 2016.

  • Alm
    December 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    This is bs. I have a job where I absolutely have to work during storms because I’m considered an “essential worker.” And having to drive in this is not safe. I was pissed when I left work at 430 and nothing was done. Almost slid out on Lincoln st because of the large snow piles in the road. What are we paying taxes for??

    • ANAONA
      December 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      “What are we paying taxes for??”

      Oh, oh! I know! I know! We are paying taxes for the likes of Mosaic and diversity training…and, I forecast, taxes will also be going for a “nationwide search” for a new school superintendent, who will probably turn out to be….the current acting superintendent!

    • Fillet O Fish
      December 31, 2015 at 7:35 am

      If you’re an “essential worker” then you obviously don’t work for the city.

    • Ed
      January 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

      I say fire the bastard and set a freekin example.

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