April 9, 2017

Worcester Sun, April 9-15: Mariano on Mount Carmel, a visit to the other Worcester, scholastic lacrosse + much more

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Mount Carmel church

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Mariano: Have we learned anything from the closing of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel?

Ray Mariano

“I do not know if things would have been different if the bishop was a part of the public discussion. But given the stakes involved and the fact that so many of the people he leads were heartsick over the church’s closing, he should have tried.”

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With Mayor Paul Denham

Evan Corrigan: Diary of a visit to Worcester … England, that is |  “I got to see their Worcester’s downtown, which is completely geared toward foot traffic. In this we could learn a thing or two from our sister city. Later my host went back home to drop off her granddaughter, and she met up with us at an old church building that was tastefully converted into a restaurant.” A 20-year-old Burncoat grad crosses the pond to reinvigorate a twinning spirit between the two Worcesters.

Sports

SuiteSports.com / Joe Parello

Jack Donahue and Drew Kozub (background) are among the top lacrosse players in the region, making St. John’s, as usual, one of the teams to beat.

Are you ready for some lacrosse? Read this and you will be |  “While the sport is growing nationwide — from about 250,000 players in 2001 to more than 800,000 in 2015, per US Lacrosse — it is expanding at an exponential rate in Central Massachusetts, where every year there seems to be a new team, new youth program, or a long-suffering squad that breaks through to the tournament.” Sun sports contributor Joe Parello has the skinny on the scholastic players and teams to watch this season.

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Raise your hand if you know the difference between education and schooling. … Sinacola’s pretty sure he’s got it figured out.

Sina-cism: Education: Licensure has nothing to do with it |  “The creation and continued existence of the Department of Education matters because it legitimizes the idea that the federal government has a role to play in education. According to our Constitution, it has none. And that, in turn, conditions Americans to accept the trappings of bureaucracy as they pertain to education, when in reality they pertain only to schooling.” Chris Sinacola opines — and edifies — on that ever-important distinction.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 152]: The continuing saga of the Midtown Mall |  For better or worse, reputations tend to stick. For instance, here at the Sun we’ve been saddled with the growing perception that we provide the city’s best, most thoughtful commentary, engaging storytelling and comprehensive reporting. Such is life. Years of neglect, simmering criminal activity and public ambivalence have painted a decidedly different picture for the once estimable downtown destination. Hitch takes a stroll along Front Street for a closer look.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker

Editorial: Tarentino killing could — and should — mark turning point for state law |  Gov. Baker has revived a bill he proposed in the wake of the shocking killing of an Auburn police officer last year. The Legislature should pass the governor’s measures, which would tighten penalties and provide authorities more recourse when faced with an offender who caused serious bodily harm to a police officer.

Sam Doran (SHNS / file photo)

Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

On Beacon Hill: Taxing routines trump legislative progress |  March brought another round of tax collections that missed benchmarks, and the state now trails revenue projections by $220 million with just three months left in the fiscal year. Senate President Stan Rosenberg suggested a tax system reliant on income gains and taxes on the sales of goods has failed to capture the nature of the new service-based economy. “The bill is finally coming due,” he warned. Also this week, Pat Patriot, Jim McGovern and FDR.

Augustine Kanjia

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Part 36 — Signs of My Struggle Begin |  “My head teacher finally had to talk to my grandmother about my poor attendance. That meeting terminated my going to the farm ever again. I was happy, I became a student for the first time. I was able to eat the daily meal — corn meal and bulgur — which was only given to students who paid their school fees. That was good luck on our part.” As his grandmother fights to make ends meet, good luck is certainly not in abundance for Augustine.

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Sam Quinones will be speaking on his new book and the American opioid epidemic Monday at Worcester Tech.

Worcester Weekly: ArtWalk returns, Russians elect city venue + more, April 9-15 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are six of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

Inbox [April 9]: City recognized for literacy work, Assumption a national leader in job placement, WPI among best values, Holy Cross promotes educators, Research Bureau announces service award winners |  Have news 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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