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4. ETAwiz Screenshot (Matt Reynolds)Local Business Spotlight: ETAwiz, Worcester-developed app is right on time |  “The app is designed [to be] very viral,” said founder Kevin Anderson, noting a component that links the app to a user’s Facebook account for social-media sharing. Employed to fill the “gap in real life social engagement” by allowing app users to post on social media, ETAwiz not only signifies interest in an event, but provides latent attendees a jolt to join in. Alex L. Khan returns to the Sun for an in-depth look under the city’s innovative hood.


The Tatnuck line near Prouty Lane, 1937

Courtesy Worcester Historical Museum

The Tatnuck line near Prouty Lane, 1937

Worcestory Lesson: All aboard! The heydey of Worcester trolley service |  “As home to trolley manufacturer Osgood Bradley and later Pullman Standard, Worcester played an important role in the history of passenger rail travel in the United States. And over the years, trolleys and trains have captured the imagination of millions: one of the most popular attractions at Lowell National Historical Park is the restored trolley that runs between the visitors center and Boarding House Park.” Indeed, hop on and take a fascinating journey with Worcester history expert David DuBois.


Heading for a cookout on the Fourth of July -- keep your eyes ahead and leave the road rage at home.

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Heading for a cookout on the Fourth of July — keep your eyes ahead and leave the road rage at home.

Editorial: Take driving seriously, Worcester |  A troubled woman’s reckless behavior behind the wheel last Wednesday sent two pedestrians to a Worcester hospital. The previous day, highway officials had been in the city launching a safe-driving ad campaign. We applaud the effort to steer summer accident statistics downward, and remind readers to be cautious and courteous. There can always be road hazards ahead — human ones, especially.


July3SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 72]: McGovern, Worcester and retirement |  When you think of Worcester, many positive images abound: Heart of the Commonwealth, home to innovation and a cadre of institutions of higher learning. Rockets. Women’s suffrage. Smiley Faces. But, “Great place to retire?” Not so much. Seems word’s spreading about our lack of retirement cred: A recent report suggested Worcester is the fifth-worst place to retire in the whole country. For Congressman Jim McGovern, in office nearly 20 years, this could be worrisome. Hitch thinks someone else might be even more concerned.


The Supreme Court laid out a very brief, but potentially far-reaching decision last week.

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The Supreme Court laid out a very brief, but potentially far-reaching decision last week.

Sina-cism: The real line on immigration, and how Obama crossed it |  “Undocumented immigrants have no right to legally work here, and no president has the power to simply call such a right into existence. The Supreme Court merely upheld a law. That four members of the Court misinterpreted the law is a measure of how low standards have fallen for becoming a member of that once-august body.” So, Sinacola has some thoughts, from the “right” side of this divisive topic.


New in Sun Commentary …

Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner

Guest commentary: Toward a carbon neutral household |  “I had a charge of 62 miles remaining on the battery and 55 miles to get home. It was late at night and no charge point in sight. … And riding through the tree-lined roads of Central Massachusetts, in the quiet of an electric car, focusing on every inch of curve and bank, uphill and downhill, I had begun to think differently: In a nutshell, I had a limited amount of juice and had to adjust. Mark Wagner, a Worcester State educator, opines on a greener future, with his wife, Hanover Theatre marketing specialist Monica Elefterion.


Gov. Baker

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Gov. Baker

State lawmakers send revised $39.15B budget to Baker [with video] |  Rep. James O’Day, a West Boylston Democrat who is House chairman of the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, noted that cities and towns were “pretty much held harmless” in the slimming down of the budget. “It’s always nice to have what you asked for, right? But some difficult times have approached us.”


On Beacon Hill: SJC blocks Colorio-backed Common Core ballot question |  A citizens-led initiative petition that sought to roll back the 2010 incorporation of the Common Core standards into the state’s curriculum frameworks was improperly certified by Attorney General Maura Healey, the court ruled last week. Worcester School Committee member Donna M. Colorio, leader of End Common Core Massachusetts, had a few words for the decision late Friday. More news on Trump, renewable energy and MBTA cuts.


Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission

Photos courtesy Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission

The new employees of the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commssion are, clockwise from top left, Jayne Armington, Jeffrey Bagg, Todd Fontanella, Andrew Loew, Melissa Santley, Connor Robichaud, and Patrick McCabe.

Inbox [July 3]: Anna Maria nabs campus center grant, planning council expands, Pakachoag seeks summer music students, local malls trumpet certification |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.


Samantha Butera has joined the Hub team.

Courtesy Samantha Butera

Samantha Butera has joined the Hub team.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 22 — The Pleasant Street exit |  “It is hard to imagine that anyone could share that same level of dedication and determination to make this intangible something into a viable product or service with an enormous platform of potential. But every so often the world of networking brings you in contact with someone that not only shares the same vision but also has the skill sets to help launch your startup into the next phase.” More changes ahead for Giselle and The Learning Hub.


Worcester Weekly: We & Mrs. Jones + more summer fun, starting July 5 |  So, there are going to be a lot of summer concerts, folks. It’ll be better for everyone if you just accept that walking lawn chair towers will be gumming up your favorite intersections for a few sunburnt evenings in a neighborhood near you. Maybe you’ll get lucky and the band will be We & Mrs. Jones. Or maybe you hit Park Ave. again and stumble upon comedian Carolyn Plummer at the former Biagio’s. Bravehearts game? Dale LePage headlining a benefit concert? Plenty for everyone.

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