Worcester Sun, Sept. 28: In this issue

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What does WAFT do, anyway? An inside look at Worcester’s anti-foreclosure warriors: Part 1 — Gaining traction and attention |  Together a dedicated group of volunteers is tackling the still-daunting number of foreclosure petitions issued in the state by helping residents stay in their homes while exhausting all the archaic, complicated and red-taped remedies in the foreclosure process. “Basically it’s about enforcing the laws that are on the books,” said Grace Ross, the organization’s founder, who was recently honored by New England’s NAACP chapter with a lifetime achievement award for her advocacy work. This is the first in a two-part report chronicling several days in the lives of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team and the people they try to help.
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Come back next Wednesday, Oct. 5, for Part 2 — The team rallies around an Oak Street family


Gov. Baker told reporters on Monday he would be attending multiple campaign events for state lawmakers Monday night and would watch the presidential debate at a later time. Senate President Rosenberg suggested he drop some of the campaign events, to which Speaker DeLeo added, "Unless you're going out for some Democrats."

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Gov. Baker told reporters on Monday he’ll be a “No” on Question 1.

Wary of casinos’ potential impacts, Baker opposes adding slots with Question 1 |  The governor said he plans to vote against Question 1, a carefully worded addendum to the state’s expanded gaming law that would favor licensing a new gambling facility at Suffolk Downs. “I’ve always thought we should be mindful of the fact that we don’t exactly know what the consequences and the impact of all this is going to be when the dust settles on the Lottery and on a whole bunch of other things. Let’s wait and see what happens before raising the possibility of yet another facility in Massachusetts.”


Moses Dixon, Dan Donahue among Democrat state rep candidates endorsed by LGBT group |  Moses Dixon was among a trio of Beacon Hill hopefuls to get the nod this week in hopes of thwarting GOP challengers, while the MassEquality PAC had already endorsed Rep. Dan Donahue of Worcester, a Democrat who on Nov. 8 faces former Rep. John Fresolo, who is running under the United Independent Party.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 97]: John Fresolo, man of the people |  We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Some people carve pumpkins into intricate Jack-o-lanterns, some of us reach for the black magic marker. Some folks make great party hosts, others break out the Ritz and the Easy Cheese. Some of us have self-awareness, and some of us open Canal District bars in the wake of an ethics probe and resignation from the state Legislature only to launch an ill-fated and universally unwelcomed bid to regain that seat. So, how is Rocky’s doing anyway, Mr. Fresolo? Hitch stops by for a quick press conference.


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Editorial: Good news and bad about poverty in Worcester |  Recent data released by the U.S. Census bureau shows poverty overall is declining in Worcester. The data is not all good, though. A deeper look shows troubling increases among groups of a certain age and level of educational achievement.


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Two paintings in the Make Art Everywhere exhibit hang in the window of Bay State Bank, 28 Franklin St.

Inbox [Sept. 28]: Worcester Windows fall exhibits open, UMass Medical researcher wins $250K grant, Worcester Common Ground wins national challenge, Worcester State opens new center |  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.


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Selfie with the BLB kids -- Mirna and Shilove.

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Selfie with the BLB kids — Mirna and Shilove.

My return to Haiti with Be Like Brit

Sun contributor Danielle Cutillo, 23, a Holy Name grad and lifelong Worcester resident, is back from Haiti, where she volunteered at an orphanage built in honor of Britney Gengel of Rutland, killed in a 2010 earthquake. The story of Danielle’s trip involves hugs, hopes, a newly built house, and deep feelings of luck and love. It was a success [with photo gallery]. Read Danielle’s first part (also FREE): Being like Brit: Reflections on finding hope in Haiti

Haley Fong, left, and Karmen Diep were among the recent Wednesday volunteers.

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Haley Fong, left, and Karmen Diep were among the recent Wednesday volunteers.

Sun Shine: At Broad Meadow Brook volunteers are a natural fit

“Utilizing volunteers is not just a means of maintaining the site for proper use, but also to build the sanctuary into a fixture known by, and incorporated into the lives of, residents of Worcester and surrounding towns. ‘We want to be engaged with the community,’ says Martha Gach, the conservation coordinator. ‘We recognize that there is no way the paid staff can do everything that we need to do here, and we also recognize that people want to be involved’.” Alex Khan straightens his tie and digs in for an in-depth look at where Worcester and nature and good people collide.

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