Worcester Sun, Sept. 11-17: In this issue

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Voting in Worcester is about to get easier -- but will it translate to more votes?

Voting in Worcester is about to get easier — but will it translate to more votes?

Worcester a leader in early voting prep as option may draw one-quarter of electorate |  In a sense, the early voting effort is a loose one. Massachusetts communities are free to participate or not. Even the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections, does not know how many communities are participating. “It’s up to the towns,” said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William F. Galvin. “The way the law was written gives them a lot of leeway.” Worcester took that leeway and ran with it. Richard Nangle reports.


Phil Adarkwah, left, and Paul Yiadom are following in the cleats of their brothers Alfred and Isaac, respectively, on the Highlanders football team -- and maybe onto the next level, where the older brothers play for UMass and BC.

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Phil Adarkwah, left, and Paul Yiadom are following in the cleats of their brothers Alfred and Isaac, respectively, on the Highlanders football team — and maybe onto the next level, where the older brothers play for UMass and BC.

Yiadom and Adarkwah: Big brothers in the big time, legacy lives on at Doherty |  Isaac Yiadom and Alfred Adarkwah became high school football legends one December afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the same venue where they faced off against each other yesterday, as Boston College defeated UMass. But, back in Worcester, it is their brothers’ turns to suit up for the Highlanders, and each younger sibling is doing his best to tune out the noise and carve his own path. Joe Parello has the story.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 92]: Did Juan Gomez and CENTRO get their just deserts? |  The state released a somewhat curious audit last week that seemed to revolve around wasteful administrative practices at MassHealth — but which also took a particular interest in longstanding Worcester social service agency CENTRO, run by local pot-stirrer Juan Gomez. “$300,000 in double billings” was the headline, but the state found a litany of other borderline spending by the organization and ordered more than $57,000 in repayments. In a brief statement, the organization deflected criticism. But we needed more, so Hitch went ahead and put some words in Gomez’s mouth.


Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Foreclosure myths WAFT through Worcester |  “But why should mortgage holders help those able to help themselves? Isn’t self-reliance a good thing? And didn’t the left cry foul when the financial industry spent years offering too much credit to Americans, thus triggering the Great Recession?” Clearly, Chris Sinacola will NOT be attending a foreclosure blockade anytime soon.


World Trade Center towers billow smoke after terrorists flew two airplanes into the New York City landmark Sept. 11, 2001.

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World Trade Center towers billow smoke after terrorists flew two airplanes into the New York City landmark Sept. 11, 2001.

Editorial: Fragility, memory — and strength: Reflection on a terror anniversary |  Sept. 11, 2001, showed Americans how quickly things can change. But the strength and basic goodness of our country remains. We continue to build on those elements in our everyday lives.


Drought Management Task Force members -- co-chair and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' assistant director of water policy, Vandana Rao, left; Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton, center; and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg -- met Thursday and received an update on drought conditions from various state and federal agencies.

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Drought Management Task Force members, including Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton, center, of Shrewsbury.

On Beacon Hill: Officials tighten Worcester, area water restrictions as drought envelops state |  Massachusetts has been under its own official drought declaration since July 1 and the arid conditions have been blamed for contributing to wild fires, an outbreak of gypsy moths, higher rates of ant infestation, smaller-than-usual apples, loss of crops, and an elevated population of mosquitoes able to carry West Nile virus. News and video on that. Plus, a body found along MBTA tracks delays Worcester train, and more.


Presidential Election 2016

Gary Johnson

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Gary Johnson

Weld defends Libertarian running mate Gary Johnson on Aleppo gaffe |  Vice presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, in Boston to speak to an Emerson College political communications class last week, found himself before an audience with roughly equal numbers of media and students on hand, both eager to ask what he thought about Johnson’s morning-show slip-up. As usual, good ol’ Bill had a little more to say, too.


Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Sun Serial
A Mother’s Journey [Part 27]: The Book of Hub |  “When creating programs to enrich educational experiences, local libraries are a step above the rest. They have always been key players in cultivating livable and environmentally friendly cities and towns through their impressive interaction with other local organizations. Libraries will not stand in the way of progress. Instead, they will create innovative and impactful programs.” Sounds like someone we know … Giselle Rivera-Flores and The Learning Hub have found a match.


Sept. 11-YHAC

Inbox [Sept. 11]: Youth health panel seeks members, Community Unity event set for Thursday at East Middle, Worcester Police appoint LGBTQ liaison, registration open for free culinary arts certificate program |  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.


Worcester State's new Wellness Center

Courtesy Worcester State University

Worcester State’s new Wellness Center

Worcester Weekly: Worcester State’s new gym + 5 more things to do, Sept. 11-17 |  Fifty-two-point-six [insert Dr. Evil voice] MILLION dollars! More than 100,000 square feet of athletic complex! If that feels a little too big for Worcester State, well, then you haven’t been down Chandler Street in a while (probably stuck behind a construction crew on Flagg, or Shrewsbury … or, really, any Worcester street right now. But we digress). So, there’ll be a ribbon-cutting … and lots of talking this week. Why not round it out with a little high-quality football action on Salisbury Street? You can make it!

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