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Worcester’s First Black Elected Official Profiled In Autobiography
BERLIN – Worcester County’s first African American elected official details the struggles he experienced throughout the course of his life in an autobiography released this month.

James Lee Purnell Jr., longtime Berlin resident and former county commissioner, partnered with his niece Kimberly Chase to publish an autobiography that was released Sept. 9. The book is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book editions.

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Berlin To Study Proposed Tattoo Ordinance Modeled After County’s Law
BERLIN – Following opposition from the public to proposed tattoo shop regulations, the Berlin Town Council passed a 120-day moratorium to provide time for a committee to put together a less “draconian” ordinance.

On Monday, as officials were set to consider an emergency ordinance to regulate tattoo shops within the town, they instead voted unanimously to approve a 120-day moratorium on the establishment of such shops. That will give a committee of town staff and volunteers time to develop regulations that will suit modern day needs.

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