State news: Marijuana legalization question to face pre-ballot scrutiny from voters | “It involves law enforcement, it involves public health, it involves issues of youth, it involves issues of driving, issues of taxation, a whole range of issues — I think their feeling was it would be very helpful for voters to hear a real thorough assessment of the pros and cons,” said Rep. Jonathan Hecht, D-Watertown, who helped launch the new effort.
Editorial: Making Airbnb work for Worcester | Last month the Worcester City Council heard from residents who complained about a home listed on the online platform Airbnb, which allows homeowners and renters to supplement their income with short-term rentals. We fear over-regulation more than no regulation, but we look at cities who are striking the proper balance.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 75]: Petty and Gaffney, and Greendale — oh my! | The mercury is indeed rising. And for those disciples of the Church of Our Lady of It’s The Humidity That’ll Get Ya, well, forecasts are calling for oppressive mugginess toward the end of the week. So, y’know, hot and humid with a 98 percent chance of complaints. Sounds like New England weather to us. But maybe you’re new to Worcester or have recently suffered Pokemon Go-related memory loss — fear not: Hitch has some quintessential pointers for getting through the Dog Days.
Randell: Close but no cigar? An idea to light a fire under Worcester Airport renaissance | “What if we were to get one of these flights for that other airport owned by Massport: Worcester Regional? Logan is already overcrowded, and it is not like Massport would be giving this flight to an airport it does not own.” Local businessman and ORH advocate Bill Randell poses an intriguing possibility to spur business and awareness on Airport Hill.
Inbox [July 13]: WPS offers medical services course, MLB alumni to host free baseball clinic, city rededicates Civil War Memorial, multi-college humanities course seeks applicants, WCTI Mentorship Night tomorrow | 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.
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Worcestory Lesson: A trip down memorial lane, starring the Aud
“The most awe-inspiring feature of the auditorium is the second floor memorial chamber with the names of those who died in WWI embossed in gold on the stone walls. Large floor to ceiling windows look out between the building columns toward Lincoln Square.” David DuBois explores the history, and looks into the future, of one of Worcester’s true gems.
Rothschild talks about SWIP, WRA and investing in Worcester
“I’ve lived in Worcester all my life. My home is in Worcester, my other real estate is in Worcester, my business [Applied Interactive is] in Worcester,” Steven Rothschild, the founder of Furniture.com and Bulbs.com, told the Sun. “It comes down to this: If we don’t invest in our own city, then how can we expect it to have a bright and potential future for the next generations coming?”