Worcester Sun, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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Q&A: Mike Angelini, Worcester’s power broker, gets down to business | On the fifth anniversary of his paper that dramatically refocused Worcester’s economic development efforts, the chairman of the law firm Bowditch & Dewey, Hanover Insurance Group’s board of directors and Massport discusses the impact of his paper, the city’s current economic development efforts, the role of public and higher education in moving the city forward, the city’s dual tax rate, Worcester Regional Airport, commuter rail, and more.

Mike Angelini

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Mike Angelini


Sina-cism: On protests, Michael Oppong and old-fashioned New England skepticism |  “Even if those refusing to stand for the national anthem cannot fully articulate the reasons for their protests, their dissent is in keeping with a long and venerable American tradition of reflexively questioning authority. Sometimes we protest because it feels like the right thing to do. Such contrariness — as was seen Sept. 9 at Foley Stadium when Doherty football player Michael Oppong knelt during the anthem; he’s been joined by teammates before the last two games — has often offered important correctives to a restless nation.”

The Sun’s thoughts on Oppong, Binienda and standing tall [from Sept. 14]

Edward M. Augustus Jr.

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Edward M. Augustus Jr.

Editorial: Overeager on Augustus |  A City Council almost unanimously enamored of City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. is perhaps nervous he’s thinking of leaving. Or maybe councilors seek to convey praise, or do some political posturing. In any case, a committee is beginning the process of renewing his three-year contract a bit early. It’s quite clear the offer will be made. We urge the council to negotiate a reasonable contract and get on with more pressing matters.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 96]: ‘Mad’ about Worcester water restrictions |  The reservoirs are receding — not exactly “The British are coming!” but stick with us — so much so the city’s buying water from Quabbin Reservoir for $1.7 million, and officials ratcheted up the Drought Emergency scale to Stage 3. Arid weather has scalded much of the state for months, and the media has beaten the drum on dryness for weeks. Oh, and the whole, “It never rains anymore” thing. So, everybody’s on the same page when it comes to conserving water, right? Hitch brings in a special guest for a joint investigation.

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Universal Wind Power could end up in the city after all -- at Worcester Regional Airport.

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Worcester Regional Airport

Randell: Rumor has it, Rectrix just the start as Worcester Airport prepares for take-off |  On the heels of news that Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services will move its maintenance operations to Worcester’s new $5 million Aerodome — and bring along its fleet of private jets, and most importantly new jobs — here are some of the other things we are hearing: Airport advocate and local businessman Bill Randell has the inside scoop on Worcester Regional Airport gaining altitude fast.

On Beacon Hill: Retribution allegations put heat on Baker administration |  The retaliation claim involves a staffer who reportedly said she faced harassment and was told she would be transferred to a different office after her fiance, a Democrat, launched a Senate campaign against GOP incumbent Sen. Donald Humason Jr. of Westfield. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and his legal office were made aware of initial allegations in June, and an internal investigation began about two weeks ago after more detailed allegations surfaced in August.

Officer Jared MacDonald, right, of the Bourne Police Department received the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Honor on Thursday, the highest award that can be given to a police officer in Massachusetts.

Also on the agenda in On Beacon Hill:

  • Democrat leaders mulling options amid ‘troubling pattern’
  • Video: Polito joins governor to honor Bay State police for valor, bravery
  • Baker considers ‘status quo’ as charter school expansion hangs in balance
  • Warren-backed sheriff lays out bid for top state Dem post

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Brooklyn, Giselle's oldest daughter and Learning Hub inspiration, enjoyed her class.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Brooklyn, Giselle’s oldest daughter and Learning Hub inspiration, enjoyed her class.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 28]: The great debate |  “Many argue for better quality — to me, pushing out bad material, products or services into the market is uncalled for — while others support the notion that quantity — or market share — is the biggest component of success. Promotion, promotion, promotion! Putting your business out for the world to see is said to be the most effective way of launching a successful venture. I am a firm believer in that true success is one of equal balance: maintaining quality while producing the desired quantity. So, we’ll get there.” Giselle grapples with how best to grow her business.


Inbox [Sept. 25]: GWCF grants $60K to Worcester agencies fighting hunger, Quinsig nets $489K for employment training lab, state AG holds court downtown, city seeks award nominations |  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.

P-51C Mustang

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P-51C Mustang

Worcester Weekly: Burncoat’s Mega Reunion + 6 more things to do, Sept. 25-Oct. 1 |  You know what reunions really need more of? People whose names you have no chance of remembering. So, the Burncoat folks thought, Let’s invite a whole decade worth of graduates! They really need to make those name tags bigger to give us forgetful sorts a fighting chance on the approach before the awkward handshake. I mean, I know 60’s the new 40, but give a guy a break. Plus, signs of the Apocalpyse on Green Street, football, historic planes and more.

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