Worcester Sun, Sept. 18-24: In this issue

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Local Business Spotlight: That Breeze you feel is the momentum behind Zephyr Workshop |  The Worcester-based startup has harnessed some magical powers — for instance, childhood passion for Japanese anime and business acumen that focuses on the customer — to rise in the gaming world. If real-world (tabletop) playability with fantastical characters appeals, check out “AEGIS” and look for new creations ahead from this team of Becker grads led by Breeze Grigas. Sean Haley has the story.



Pulling for rowing on Lake Quinsigamond |  Worcester’s little-known rowing community is widening its reach, welcoming more high school students and giving middle schoolers a chance to get involved. Maria Reidy, who is also a high school crew team member, has the details, and offers a glimpse into why rowing — at any age — is worthwhile.

Save Our Public Schools website (screenshot)

Save Our Public Schools website (screenshot)

Sina-cism: Save Our Sanity — anti-charter school lies and distortion |  “Never mind that public charter schools are public, and arguably more accountable than district public schools. Charters, after all, must defend their performance every five years in order to have their charter renewed, whereas district public schools that fail to make the grade simply get more funding and sometimes new leaders.” Chris Sinacola does some fact-checking on Question 2 opponents Save Our Public Schools.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 94]: Stuck in the middle, with Ed Augustus |  Worcester has lots to pay for these days. City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and his direct supervisors, the City Council, will do their best to marshal a $614 million budget all the way through fiscal 2017, maybe even plowing some snow and finishing some road work along the way. By and large, for a city full of complainers, there’s relatively little for the reasonable observer to quibble with — as far as dollars and sense go. So, why is it that Augustus finds himself thrown into the middle of a sticky situation? Let’s just say for one judge — and one cranky cartoonist — the city’s, ahem, “fiscal discipline” was a bridge too far. Here’s Hitch.

Worcester has officially gone to the dogs.


Worcester has officially gone to the dogs.

Editorial: Worcester goes can-do on canines |  We are pleased with the city’s decision to lighten up on dogs, and allow them in city parks again if leashed. This sends a signal that Worcester is a desirable place to live, and on its citizens’ side. Many of those citizens, of course, love to have a dog by their side wherever and whenever they can — and whatever the ordinances say, that will never change.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

State House News Service / file

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

On Beacon Hill: Polito warns local officials of legal marijuana impact on state aid |  The lieutenant governor said the administration is wary of costs associated with regulating a new commercial cannabis industry, and suggested the state would have to cut back on the funding it provides to cities and towns if Question 4 is approved. “We’re very concerned about the regulatory costs that would take away funds from needed services, in particular schools and local aid, if that were the case,” said the former Shrewsbury state rep. Also watch video of state ed chief James Peyser getting lit up for his school spending stance. And more.


Energy storage could save Mass. more than $800M, study says |  It could also reduce greenhouse gases by the equivalent of removing 73,000 cars from the road, according to the “State of Charge” report released late last week. “Storage is going to be an integral technology,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton of Shrewsbury said. He called it a potential “game-changer,” a term that others have also used to describe the technology’s promise.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Back to reporting, Augustine must work to keep himself out of danger.

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Back to reporting, Augustine must work to keep himself out of danger.

Part 22: Augustine is Apprehended |  “My camera was seized and I was whisked out of the crowd to the court straight away. There was a deep gutter. We had to cross and they grabbed me roughly, running with me very fast. ‘Is this the man for the pictures?’ one of them asked. He continued to threaten me in a very angry voice. ‘You are lucky, if I were the magistrate of this court, you would never again smell the air outside here’.” Just as he could see the light at the end of the tunnel, Augustine’s journey takes a dangerous turn.

Joyce Center ribbon cutting

Courtesy College of the Holy Cross / Dan Vaillancourt

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., cuts ribbon, signaling the official opening of the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston.

Inbox [Sept. 18]: Foundation fetes top Worcester Public Schools alumni, Holy Cross adds 52-acre West Boylston retreat, Central Mass. towns granted greener future, state OKs downtown reboot |  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.

Senior quarterback Peter Pujals

Mark Seliger / courtesy Holy Cross Athletics

Senior quarterback Peter Pujals

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross Homecoming + 5 more things to do, Sept. 18-25 |  The Crusaders began their season on a three-game road trip that ended last night in Albany, New York. HC enjoyed Maryland, trouncing Morgan State behind senior quarterback Peter Pujals’ 307 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. New Hampshire, not so much. But, win or lose you’re heading to Fitton Field to see the record-setting Pujals and the high-flying HC offense. That, plus a new start for stART on the Street, and much more.

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