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Here’s what the Worcester Sun has for you in its Sept. 20-26 edition:

The city is building its surveillance power by adding a network of private cameras to its expansive public safety system.

Courtesy Worcester Police Department

The city is building its surveillance power by adding a network of private cameras to its expansive public safety system.

Cover story: Smile! You’re on someone’s camera |  The city of Worcester, through a Police Department initiative, is rapidly developing a network of surveillance across the community that includes more than 2,000 public and private cameras. Broad surveillance is nothing new, especially in larger cities like Worcester with significant public safety challenges, but the specter of Big Brother — and the Bill of Rights — loom larger than ever. We zoom in on who’s watching you, how much and why, with Sun contributor Richard Nangle.

Editorial: Privacy, safety and quality of life |  The Worcester Police Department Camera Collaborative has enlisted more than 1,000 private cameras that the police can use to catch criminals. Are residents giving government too much of a view into our lives? Is this program a useful tool or one more step to constant government surveillance? We examine this program, its good points and bad.


Giselle works the phone, trying to find solutions to her and her daughter's problems.

Jaime Flores Photography

Giselle works the phone, trying to find solutions to her and her daughter’s problems.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 1 — The Brooklyn trip |  “I started to feel as if I failed my daughter. The help was there but I was unable to provide it due to financial constraints. It was another sleepless night for me as I paced my home, searching … How can a parent provide a better education for their children in the city of Worcester with limited options for additional help and resources?” Today, we start out, destination unclear, with Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she embarks on an ambitious quest to not only provide for her daughter but offer answers for families like hers.


Pat Roughan, founder of Starcap Games

Local Business Spotlight: Starcap Games |  Recent WPI graduate Pat Roughan used the educational and social aspects of his time in college to create Starcap Games. With a digital educational game geared for middle schoolers and a tabletop card game (with a naughty word in the title) geared for the college crowd, Roughan’s new company is increasing its chances for success.


Sun Shine: All Saints goes marching all over Worcester |  With a plethora of outreach and community programs, highlighted by its feeding ministry that provides hot meals and fellowship to veterans and others, the Irving Street episcopal church is a bastion for like-minded volunteers bent on giving back. We visited with some of these inspirational folks on their monthly mission to Veterans Inc.

The Davis family, including Kimberly in front, help serve dinner to displaced veterans at Veterans Inc.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

The Davis family, including Kimberly in front, help serve dinner to displaced veterans at Veterans Inc.


Sun Commentary — In Their Own Words: Back to school, part 2 |  Sun correspondent Ashleigh LaRose is back with another series of interviews with Worcester Public Schools students. With a few weeks under their belts, students from South, Doherty and East Middle reflect on bullying, how their teachers handle certain situations, the lack of technology in schools, the positives of a diverse student body, and much more.


Robot with controller

Courtesy of Neuron Robotics

A robot with a Neuron DyIO controller

Local Crowdfund: Everybody gets a robot! |  Neuron Robotics is redefining the process for designing, building and controlling robots. With its free, easy-to-use software, anyone ages 8-80 can design and customize a robot, and with a click of a mouse have the design manufactured on a 3D printer. It recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture its wireless controller, which is the last step to making the building and controlling of robots truly a DIY project.

Technocopia, the makerspace home to Neuron, also is crowdfunding its move from Prescott Street to the Printers Building on Portland Street. Their crowdfunding campaign seeks to combine Technocopia with the Worcester Think Tank and IA Design to create a one-of-a-kind home for technology, education, design and fabrication.


Worcester Weekly: Sept. 20-26 |  Start your week off right: Enjoy the bustling vibrance of stART on the Street as it brings art, culture, music and food to the Elm Park area. Get your civic duty on at Mechanics Hall, or polish off your best smiley-face jokes to impress your fancy-pants friends at the annual Harvey Ball. Plus lots of stuff in between— we’ll keep you knee deep in activities that are good and good for you!

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