Worcester Sun, Oct. 19: In this issue

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Charlie Alejandro, museum director at the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center in Grafton.

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Charlie Alejandro, museum director at the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center in Grafton.

Nation’s oldest state police finally has fitting home for its history in Grafton |  “For 40 years, the smallish brick barracks, like the others, was a combined office, jail and dormitory. On one side downstairs was a dispatch desk staffed by a duty officer, with a two-cell steel lockup off a work area for doing paperwork. The lockup looks as solid and grim today as it did in the Depression. … Nowadays, a fascinating hodgepodge of police paraphernalia sprawls in display cases arrayed around the rooms. The window sills do duty as display shelves — here a radar gun from the ’60s, there a wooden shield of the Registry Police.”

You don't have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.


You don’t have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.

Editorial: Don’t be like Charlie Baker! Plan to vote — yes, even for president |  Many voters are highly frustrated with the field of candidates this presidential election. Some, including Gov. Charlie Baker, are saying they will not vote for any of the four choices. That’s their right — but we think it’s wrong.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 103]: Considering Moses Dixon’s current situation |  Domestic violence is no joke. On this we can all agree. Where consensus gets a bit more fuzzy these days would be in the case of Moses Dixon’s alleged 2012 assault of his then-girlfriend Kristal Hansley. Court documents were filed, a restraining order granted. And then, it was all over. The case was tossed, the records sealed by a judge. Then Turtleboy Sports found out, which made it a thing. Well, predictably, the Democratic cavalry rode in: McGovern, Petty, Healey, Keefe — all standing arm-in-arm with Dixon. Which could only mean one thing: Here’s Hitch!

Tips from the Pros

Three keys to setting expectations for your startup business |  “A new employee who expects to work only weekdays is going to be a challenge when a rush order for widgets arrives on a Friday afternoon and the entrepreneur has to ask the employee to work the weekend.” Consider a much more involved hiring process than you have time for in the beginning — it just might save you in the end. Serial entrepreneur and author Randy Steele has more insight you need to know.

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Inbox [Oct. 19]: Betty Price Playground among grant recipients, city hosts landlord summit Saturday, Worcester nets top LGBTQ score, Torathon set for November, Craft center makes final call for youth |  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.

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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.

Wide Woo of Sports: To the point with Worcester Fencing Club — en garde!

Worcester Fencing Club students practice their form.

Joe Parello / For Worcester Sun

Worcester Fencing Club students practice their form.

How’s your swordsmanship? The ancient practice of fencing, which eventually became a sport known mostly in movies and the Olympics, involves agility and strategy, and can be learned and practiced right here in the city. The Worcester Fencing Club, at 243 Stafford St., offers classes and programs for children and adults — and an athletic alternative for the adventurous. Joe Parello is back with a closer look.

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