February 5, 2017

Worcester Sun, Feb. 5-11: Mariano (and you) on sanctuary cities, Hitch and Petty, a super dose of sports + much more

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Protests and rallies, including one in Worcester, continue to spring up across the country in response to President Trump's immigration policies.

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Mariano: VOTE: Should Worcester be a sanctuary city?

Ray Mariano

The purpose of this column is to give readers an opportunity to vote on the subject and to express their personal feelings.

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Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Sanctuary city debate a dangerous distraction |  “Gaffney’s concern about Worcester losing revenue was as misplaced as Petty’s would-be heroic stand against a rising tide of American neo-fascism. As for the sanctuary city idea, there is some history there, beginning with the Old Testament.”

So, to recap, that’s Gaffney, Petty, fascism and the Bible all in one finely crafted Sinacola stew. How can you not read this?

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Mayor Petty

Editorial: Super debacle on sanctuary question |  The political fumbles were painful last week — and that’s not even including anything that happened in Washington. We needed to look no farther than Worcester City Hall to see leaders dropping the ball. Residents expect better from rivals City Councilor Michael Gaffney and Mayor Joe Petty.

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Cahill and Croke at the Bluefin offices, 20 Franklin St.

Local Business Spotlight: Bluefin Technology connects with customers, Worcester |  A downtown startup is putting its expertise through its paces, right down to the family dog. Indeed, its most recent product is receiving wide acclaim, having latched on with judges and won Best in Innovation in Wearable Technologies at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Art Simas hooks up with the IoT innovators for a closer look.

Sports

Courtesy Ifeatu Melifonwu, Twitter

Iffy Melifonwu and Cole McCubrey were imposing presences on the high school gridiron. And now they’re both headed to the next level.

Melifonwu and McCubrey: Two football futures kick off with no-nonsense announcements |  Star, hardworking local athletes Ifeatu Melifonwu of Grafton and West Boylston’s Cole McCubrey know where they’re going — to Syracuse University and UMass-Amherst. The high hopes of their fans and teammates will follow them there. But first Sun sports writer Joe Parello checks in on how they got here and what direction their college careers are headed.

Sports

ABA basketball hopes to drop Anchors in Worcester |  The New England Anchors are a first-year ABA basketball team with strong prospects on the court, and significant connections to the city off of it. But whether the team will make it to next year, and make its home here, are — much like the opening tip-off — matters decidedly up in the air. Patrick Sargent talks to team officials, players and the league’s head honcho to get the real score on what’s next.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 134]: Joe Petty, on an island |  Quite a week for hizzoner. Didn’t take long for the shine to wear off from his jam-packed, and almost universally celebrated, City Hall rally against Trump immigration policy. He’s got your back, good ol’ Joe told the T&G and hundreds of ralliers last week. But behind your back? Well, if we’re to believe our own ears rather than frantic and confusing press conferences, it’s possible the mayor might have different feelings entirely. Let’s go to the tape, with an assist from Hitch.

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo

On Beacon Hill: Trump and DeLeo, political soulmates — who knew? |  Trump crossed the line for many Massachusetts residents and elected leaders when he signed an executive order halting refugee resettlement and restricting immigrant travel. Under the Dome, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg used the cover of the Trump chaos and the Super Bowl LI to finalize an $18 million package of pay raises for themselves and others. Plus more reaction on pay raises, immigration policy — with video — and the rest of the week on Beacon Hill.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia will return. In the meantime look out for other Worcester Sun serials, like next Sunday’s A Mother’s Journey with Giselle Rivera-Flores and BJ Hill’s What if … Worcester. And stay tuned for the imminent reintroduction of David DuBois’ Worcestory Lesson.

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Why, you ask, is there a 1987 Buick Skyhawk on my screen? You’ll have to scroll through Worcester Weekly to find out.

Worcester Weekly: City Council, Assumption basketball + more, Feb. 5-11 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you might just learn something, too. Here are six of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — the next few days.

Inbox [Feb. 5]: Worcester economy strongest in years, Anna Maria adds emergency response certificate, YWCA partners with health providers to help stricken couples, WPI men’s basketball shoots to beat cancer |  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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