Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 156]: The Next Greatest Show on Earth

Dating back to its first visits to the city in the late 1800s, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus would parade elephants and other performing animals around the streets of Worcester.

Recently flagging attendance and escalating feuds with animal rights groups conspired to bring down the curtain for good on the once revered circus. Ringling Bros.’s last Worcester show was April 16.

But don’t be sad: Hitch knows just where you can find similar high-wire, fire-breathing entertainment — and it’s smack in the middle of downtown.

Worcester Sun, April 23-29: Mariano and Sinacola double up on Trump, Melifonwu takes aim at NFL dream + much more

Local blogger and urban planning expert Joyce Mandell’s five-point plan to invigorate Worcester’s Renaissance. Worcester Police on the run for city kids. And a whole lot more in your April 23-29 Worcester Sun.

Last week’s most popular, March 26-April 1

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles March 26-April 1

Mariano: Half-truths and alternative facts about PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty [March 26]
Editorial: New hope for Notre Dame church? [March 29]
Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty [March 31]
Youth baseball official frustrated by city’s tag days stance [March 26]
Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought [March 19]
Sina-cism: On guns, what professors ‘know’ just ain’t so [March 26]

Billy Breault

Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs

“He is loud and brash. His hair is long and unruly, and he wears a giant mustache that looks like a battering ram. … When he gets angry, and that is often, he looks like someone you want to avoid. Detractors call him a loudmouth, a bully and much worse.” In the first of a new series, Ray Mariano profiles Billy Breault, the Marshal of Main South.

Last week’s most popular, March 19-25

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles March 19-25

Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought [March 19]
Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee! [March 8]
Filmmakers hope to whip up fundraising frenzy for Major Taylor biopic ‘Black Cyclone’ [March 22]
Editorial: Crime stats show Worcester becoming safer in long run [March 22]
Requiem for Dissent: McGovern-ing in the era of Trump [March 19]

Youth baseball official frustrated by city’s tag days stance

With funding for youth sports leagues becoming increasingly difficult to come by in some corners of the city, Nick D’Andrea, secretary/treasurer for East Side Babe Ruth, remains disappointed in the city’s apparent disinterest in regulating the practice of “tag days,” which used to generate thousands of dollars per season for his and similar organizations.

“They keep kicking that can down the road,” said D’Andrea, who brought the issue before City Council last April with support from first-term Councilor-at-large Khrystian King.

Sun archives: King brings tag days debate back before council

City spokesman John Hill said safety and legal concerns prevent the city from condoning or supporting so-called tag days, when local organizations, such as youth sports teams, would apply for permits from the city and stand at intersections to solicit donations from motorists. For example, many remember the firefighters’ Boot Drive for Multiple Sclerosis.

“At the council’s request last April, the city manager asked the law department to investigate the idea of reinstating the Tag Day ordinance, which has been repealed upon implementation of the city’s panhandling ordinances in 2013,” Hill wrote in an email statement to the Sun.

“The law department recommended not implementing a new Tag Day ordinance for two reasons: first, because of the risks to persons and property arising out of Tag Day events; and, second, because it would place the city in the untenable legal position of requiring a permit for an activity which constitutionally requires no permit.”

Last week’s most popular, March 12-18

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles March 12-18

Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee! [March 8]
On the road to big things, with singer Dezi Garcia [March 12]
Cosmopolitan Club endures ever-changing landscape [March 15]
Mariano: Erratic Tweeter-in-Chief hurts his own agenda [Vote and tell us what you think.] [March 12]
Sina-cism: Warren prescribes a liberal dose of ‘No’ [March 12]

 

Last week’s most popular, March 5-11

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles March 5-11

Ray Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee! [March 8]
Ray Mariano: If I ran for mayor – Part 2 [March 5]
Long-sought schooling change delivers results for Gino [March 5]
Follow-up: 7 things to know about PCBs and Worcester schools [Oct. 16]
Worcester schools flunking PCBs test, union says [Oct. 2]

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 143]: Splitting hairs, with Gary Rosen

As a longtime public servant, Gary Rosen has certainly been around the block — usually checking for potholes or a wooden bucket of perennials slightly askew at an intersection somewhere in “Beautiful” — not to mention mostly well-heeled — District 5.

The former School Committee member plans to ditch his local City Council post for a bid at one of six at-large seats, in which he feels he can make more of an impact. This is a development Hitch couldn’t simply brush off.

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Worcester Sun, March 8: Mariano takes city officials to task on PCBs + OPEB needs attention ASAP

In the unlikely event you need more reasons to check out this edition, we have Hitch on Gary Rosen, Top 5 Stories, a big move for Becker’s Robert Johnson … and a bunch of other good stuff. It’s your Wednesday, March 8, Worcester Sun.