Local Business Spotlight: Maximum capacity: Hard-working Becker student crashes Bravehearts all-star party | The lead developer of the video game Bravehearts Derby never misses a chance to improve his skills. In doing so, the Becker College senior-to-be is showing the drive, personality and perspective of an entrepreneur. The keys? Making the most of the fact that there are 24 hours in a day and that it could be gone tomorrow. Meet Rejon Taylor-Foster, the guy you wish you were at 21.
Bravehearts Derby app a blast for fans, home run for MassDiGI developers | Last summer the Worcester Bravehearts pitched the idea of an app to connect them to their fans base. The students at MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program took over from there, creating an addictive game that is also a marketing vehicle for the city’s baseball team.
Worcester’s Heart to Hub train chugging along, but is it meeting expectations? | The Heart to Hub non-stop commuter rail service has gotten good — but not rave — reviews in its first seven weeks. For 9-to-5 workers, the schedule gets them late to work in Boston and late back home. But while ridership so far might not be up-to-speed with hopes, the service is hailed as a step in the right direction.
Editorial: More powerful than guns: Talk, training, respect | Racial tensions, law enforcement shortcomings and guns, guns, guns — Americans don’t want this, and our system doesn’t deserve it. A week of heartbreak must renew our resolve to respect each other and the police. Worcester should resume the community dialogues begun last summer, and its new police chief should do all he can do make the force the best it can be.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 74]: John Henry, the Snake Oil-Selling Man | Did you know there’s a mill in Millbury — go figure — that makes the stuffing inside Major League baseballs? S&D Spinning Mill, it actually dates back to before the Revolution. No big deal. Anyways … Until a few days ago, Millbury also had a longstanding printing plant. But then Red Sox owner John Henry’s Boston Globe up and decided to close the former T&G facility and move all the jobs to Taunton. A couple extra bucks for the billionaire who sold the T&G to a chain and became The man who lied to Worcester? As far as Hitch is concerned, that’s strike three for Henry.
Sina-cism: See the nanny state? Say something! | “You cannot drive very far on any major highway in this state without seeing an amber signboard reminding you how to live your life. You are admonished to buckle up. ‘Leave a child in a car? Never!’ … You know what I see? I see a state incapable of treating its citizens like adults – a nanny mentality that would be forgivable if there were evidence that all these warnings and admonishments were having the slightest impact. I see none. Chris Sinacola on big government.
On Beacon Hill: Transgender ‘bathroom bill’ earns swift signature from Baker | “No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity,” the governor said in a statement late Friday. “This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth’s transgender community, and includes language to address the public safety concerns expressed by some by requiring the Attorney General to issue regulations to protect against people abusing the law.” Legal marijuana, drought conditions, dirty laundry and more.
The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …
Part 18 — Another New Beginning | “There was a long waiting list, though, for assistance from God. Resettlement prospects for Sierra Leonean refugees had dwindled. Hopes for many a Sierra Leonean had been dashed, but for some they still burned brightly like a new moon or an early morning sun. I was caught in another dilemma from the word go.” While the afterglow of his recent wedding continues to shine, Augustine finds himself again underneath an ominous cloud of uncertainty.
Inbox [July 10]: West Nile in Worcester, Clark wins $620K grant, Baker names college trustees, ACE seeks volunteers | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Weekly: All-star baseball + 5 more things to do, starting July 10 | The Bravehearts have big plans for their first all-star hosting gig: Live, local music. Boston icon Rene Rancourt singing the national anthem. Home run derby. Fifty of the best ballplayers in New England. Tim Collins bobblehead! Postgame fireworks. You’re up Worcester — good luck topping that. Well, unsurprisingly this is a pretty premium week for fun, family and even important events all over the Seven Hills. Disney, Shakespeare, wake-boarding and quad-busting. Something for everyone.