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Josh Fenton Thinks GoLocalWorcester Is The Only Site That Can Report On Hilarious North High Misspelled Signs

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Yesterday we got a bunch of messages from people about this now infamous sign from in front of North High School:


About half a dozen people sent us their own personal pictures of this sign, which we put into a blog that was published at 1:37 PM on Tuesday, August 25. This is a picture of what our dashboard looks like on the backpage of a blog:

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Notice in the bottom right hand corner it says what time the blog was published at – 1:37. However, we did not share the blog on Facebook until hours later. And because the vast majority of our readers come to the site via social media, it didn’t start appearing in your news feed until the evening.

By then GoLocalWorcester published their story on it. Because we like to stay friendly with local media like that we went into the blog and “linked” the picture of the sign to the GoLocalWorcester article. Not only is this a friendly thing to do, it also a trick that helps the search engine optimization of both websites by doing so.

Well shortly afterwards we were messaged by the owner of GoLocalWorcester and GoLocalProvidence, Josh Fenton, and he was PISSED:

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Wait…..what?? This guy really thinks we need his permission to put up a picture that a bunch of turtle riders sent us? We also saw the photo posted on the You’re Probably From Worcester page as well. It was everywhere. Is this guy fucking serious right now? He really thinks he owns a picture of a misspelled sign? Like, it’s his story and no one else is allowed to report on it? HAHAHHAHAHAHA.

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Hey genius, there was no story. It was just a picture you put up (which we didn’t use anyway), not really much of a story. All the article did was rehash the trials and tribulations of Lisa Dyer with some links. Big deal. You don’t own the Lisa Dyer story.


If a reporter from GoLocalWorcester had actually taken the picture it would be one thing. But they didn’t. We know for a fact that the picture that GoLocalWorcester used was taken by a teacher from North High who wishes to remain anonymous. If he wants to play hardball we can prove that too. Because we got the same picture, but used one of the other pictures. We’ve also got screenshots from people who sent us the picture with time stamps. All were well before GoLocal published their version of the story.

GoLocalWorcester doesn’t own anything just because they wrote a blog about a picture someone sent them. Josh Fenton doesn’t even live in Massachusetts and has no office in Worcester, which is weird considering he runs a site called GoLocalWorcester.


Anyway, we just ignored him because obviously he has no idea what he’s talking about. But that’s when the now infamous Internet lawsuits began:

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LOL. What a poopsmooch. Never heard that one before JOSH. Go ahead though, waste your time in court. There’s nothing I’d love more than to see this one in front of a judge. “Your honor, Turtleboy Sports used a picture that didn’t belong to us and wasn’t taken by us, without our expressed written permission. They actually used a completely different picture which they got from a completely different person, but it’s still illegal because only we are allowed to use pictures of that hilarious sign. We own it. Because we said so. Plus it’s no fair!!”

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LOL. Hey bros – we had the story first. Time stamped and everything. That would make you the thief. We tried doing you a solid because we’re big fans of your writer Pat Sargent. He does great work carrying your ass over there, writing about a city that you’ve probably never even been to. As a matter of fact GoLocalWorcester claims their offices are at Mechanics Hall:

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But yet there is no office for GoLocalWorcester in Mechanics Hall. Nor is their even a sign for it. Basically it’s Josh Fenton sitting in an office in Providence pretending like he owns pictures of a high school in Worcester.

As you know, we used to have a collaboration with GoLocal. Josh reached out to us in the winter and we agreed to contribute two articles a week for his website. He paid us $75 a pop. The blogs took 30 minutes to write. It was easy money.


The relationship worked well for both parties. We got paid and they got pageviews. Here’s the typical traffic that Turtleboy Sports brought their site (page views are in the right hand column in red):

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As you can see, Turtleboy was directly responsible for bringing a few thousand people to the site on a daily basis. However, Josh Fenton was insane to deal with. He’s also a complete weenie and cut off our relationship because we use “foul language.” At the time Turtleboy Sports and GoLocalWorcester’s Alexa rankings were both on the rise. Alexa gives you an estimated rank of your websites traffic in the world. When the relationship began GoLocalWorcester’s and TBS’s rankings were  right around 400,000.

But after the linking began between the two sites the Alexa rankings rose quickly. Both were in the top 300,000 by the time our relationship ended in March. Here’s what they are today:

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You tell me who was gaining more from that relationship. The site whose traffic continues to rise, or the one that plummeted the second Turtleboy left it.

Here’s another thing about Josh Fenton – he lies about his page views. Normally this wouldn’t matter, but the fact is that he markets the space to advertisers, and they pay based on the assumption that they are being seen a certain amount of times. Here’s an interesting tidbit that Worcester Magazine wrote about him in 2013:

Fenton says the operation remains profitable and that, in August, between on-site and the real estate platform, there were over 3.4 million page views. That number, however, can be inflated by setting up content so visitors have to click on each element individually – which adds a view each time, but not a unique hit.

Have you ever noticed that Josh really pushes those Top 20 things to do this weekend slideshows? Yea every time you hit the “next slide” button, he counts that as a page view. Then he adds them all up and sells ad space to businesses at an inflated price. Turtleboy is not a lawyer, but this may or may not be known as “fraud.”


We certainly know that the second we left GoLocalWorcester, their page views magically shrunk. Here’s their last few:

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We are as shocked as you are that only 181 people read Paul Giorgio’s masterpiece about Jimmy Carter’s Amazing Grace. Shocked. Who would ever see that headline and click on it?

We don’t know the exact amount that Josh Fenton charges to advertise on GoLocalWorcester, but we do know that it is SUBSTANTIALLY more than Turtleboy does. Maybe if we lied about our page views we could start making some serious bank. But we don’t wanna swindle the good folks we do business with.


The whole “I’m gonna sue you for plagiarizing” is kind of Josh Fenton’s calling card too. Just ask the Providence Journal, who GoLocalProvidence accused of plagiarizing their work in an article published on GoLocalProvidence. He was mad that they published an article on a Providence bus drivers strike. Because apparently he owns the exclusive rights to report on labor disputes:

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The ProJo’s lawyers had a good laugh about it:

“We emphatically disagree with all the preposterous allegations made in your letter. I have reviewed the GoLocalProv reportage about the threatened strike by the school bus drivers for the city of Providence as well as the Providence Journal’s coverage of the  matter.  Both GoLocalProv and the Providence Journal are reporting on the same situation.”


Since Josh seems to think news can only be broadcast by one outlet, how about we talk about the article GoLocalWorcester published on Mosaic Cultural Complex in early July? Turtleboy Sports is obviously the outlet that broke that story. By Josh Fenton’s logic we are the only one’s allowed to report on it. LOL.

The bottom line is that Pat Sargent is good shit. Really great guy and a better reporter. Josh Fenton isn’t. Pat Sargent deserves better than to write for this nudnik, and down the line we hope to poach him away from that rag.

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31 Comment(s)
  • Laxboy66
    August 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Josh is just butt hurt because he’s only 5’1″ and sucked when he tried playing lacrosse.

  • Bob
    August 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    You say “former GoLocal employee,” but I think you mean “former ‘independent contractor’ that worked 6-days a week at the hours Fenton assigned for no benefits.” Totally not a full-time employee at all.

    • September 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      One of his “independent contractors” got a day off?! Fenton must be softening up in his old age.

      P.S. I went to Harvard.

  • August 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    So, I know someone who used to work for Mr. Fenton and I can confirm he is a grade-A douchebag and asshole.
    I want to punch him in his f**king face.
    He’s an internet tough guy and a genuinely evil person who doesn’t pay his employees and treats them like shit.
    This entire article doesn’t surprise me.
    He used to get off on doing this kind of shit when my friend worked with him (And I saw it happen) and made it a point to berate anyone who dared disagree with him on any topic whatsoever.
    Simply put, Josh Fenton deserves cancer.
    I can’t tell you how much it warmed my heart when I heard his wife filed for divorce. If there’s a God out there, he’s making it so that Mrs. Fenton is regularly getting pig-roasted by meaty black dicks and they’re sending photos to Josh at least twice a week of her face treated like a Jackson Pollock painting. It’s my hope he sees these and spends the rest of the day crying.
    But I wouldn’t worry so much about him. His day is coming … once the IRS catches on to his numerous schemes.
    And Josh, since I know you’re reading this, please do us all a favor and die.
    Have a great day!

  • Kate News Editor
    August 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Well said! As a former GoLocal employee, this hits the nail on the head! Fenton is a bag of douche, and an adult bully! Fight the good fight, and don;t cave to his ridiculous demands!

  • froggy
    August 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    The sign was supposed to say Welcome Black Scolars

  • BobnMic
    August 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The sign says it all about Dyer and Boone.

  • Publius
    August 27, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Does anyone even read golocal blog? if so why?

    • Dude
      August 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I read everyone. Turtle Boy, Go Local, Worcester Mag, and even T & G (though, only the “front page” articles). If it’s free, chances are I will eventually read it. I find Go Local is only good for maybe 1-3 decent articles a week. Most of what they put out is just the same story covered by another outlet, no need to read the same story over. But, I like to read so don’t hold it against me too much.

      • Dude
        August 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

        *correction* I meant that Go Local only has 1-3 good articles a month, not a week.

  • Adam
    August 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Keep riding TB. Keep riding.

  • strata
    August 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Loved the blog! I’m sure Josh is wallowing in regret …… or probably pissed beyond belief because you made him look like a fool n my opinion.

  • fordsnharleys
    August 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I guess Jimmy Polito was all over this too.
    I totally agree with the slide show bullshit. Auto refresh used by TnG probably d oes the same thing. At least I don’t get the banner about Macafee blocking dangerous content on your site. Trying to read the obits on legacy, which people pay for, is laborious with all the stuff that needs to load.
    Thanks for an easy to read to the point news site.

  • squirtleboy
    August 26, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    golocal sucks, long live tbs

  • Nope, no thanks
    August 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Well, I was briefly on board with TBS because I appreciated your efforts to expose all the BS, but, unfortunately, the vast majority of your supporters seem to be complete and total D-bags so I’m out. I guess I’ll just retreat back to my quiet little corner of the globe and mind my own damned business. Good luck, TB. You’re gonna need it.

    • August 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Lol sure thing. Well see ya tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

    • Wabbitt
      August 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Hey. I’m an asshole. Not a douchebag.

      Get it straight.

      Also – these are jokes, not dicks. Don’t take them so hard.

    • squirtleboy
      August 26, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      dont let the door hit ya on the way out

    • WormtownorBust
      August 27, 2015 at 9:12 am

      ^ is the reason why the country is going to shit.

  • Nanny
    August 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Is this an “out yourself” for Mr. Sargent?

    If so, Mrs. Sargent, you write beautifully.


  • Wabbitt
    August 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Guess that means it’s time for TB to sue the T&G, since they’ve been stealing stories from here for months. Make sure to name Sam Allen as a defendant.

  • A fish called Wanda!
    August 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Wow that Fenton clown is a total douchebag! Hey Josh………..FUCK YOU CUNTSTAIN!

  • Davidsl
    August 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    This reminds me I haven’t been jumping over to read GoLocal anymore – no more links! OMG!! Too funny!

  • nick
    August 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Turtleboy u are one hotshit! Is it any wonder why your ratings continue to increase!

  • August 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I hope your response was a link to this article.

  • Pics
    August 26, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    If you want to look at his site, go look through their restaurant lists and see the pics they stole without permission from places like Food Network and others.

  • Handburner
    August 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    That’s some good and justifiable anger, Tortoise. Guy seems like a total dildo. While you’re demolishing other “popular” media In town, lock a target on Giorgio and the pulse if it’s still in business. That guy is a creep.

  • Carlo's Daddy
    August 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    My son is a complete and total ASSHOLE…..even Carlo knows that Josh Fenton deserves a Scumbag Steve Hat!!!!

  • Small Town Internet Lawyer
    August 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I would be more than willing to defend you in federal court

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