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Worcester readies for presidential motorcade

WORCESTER — Cliff Wilson looked out his storefront window on Pleasant Street and wondered if he’ll be able to receive deliveries Wednesday — the day President Barack Obama and his motorcade are expected to pass by.

“I want to put a sign out there: Free frame for U.S. presidents today only,” said Mr. Wilson, owner of Framed in Tatnuck Square. “He’s the only one who might be a customer that day.”

With Air Force One slated to arrive Wednesday, preparations for the 44th president were in high gear in Worcester Monday, with VIP’s confirming their presence, rehearsal times locked down, and flight restrictions imposed.

Mr. Wilson and other business owners on Pleasant Street are being notified about parking restrictions being implemented ahead of Mr. Obama’s afternoon arrival at Worcester Regional Airport.

Mr. Obama will be whisked to the DCU Center — likely via Pleasant Street — where he will deliver Worcester Technical High School’s graduation speech.

The ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

Mr. Obama’s time in the city will likely be brief. After delivering his commencement speech and greeting graduates, he is schedule to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event in the Boston area before returning to Worcester for the flight back to Washington, D.C.

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