What does WAFT do, anyway? An inside look at Worcester’s anti-foreclosure warriors: Part 2 — The team rallies around an Oak Street family | Neither Donna Berrios nor her husband have been inside their home since the eviction notice was issued five days before. Their son, A.J., not similarly barred by the sometimes ambiguous foreclosure laws, carries out a large textbook, and places it on the hood of the car. “I’m just glad that he got my bible out,” said Berrios, a cross hanging from her neck. She is smoking — something to ease the stress.
Meanwhile WAFT protesters assembled for support as group leader Grace Ross angles to keep Berrios in her Oak Street house. This is the second in a two-part report chronicling several days in the lives of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team and the people they try to help. From last Wednesday’s Sun: Part 1 — Gaining traction and attention
Transgender ‘bathroom bill’ in effect, AG Healey anticipates smooth sailing | “We went through this a few years ago when there were protections for transgender people put in place in the law when it came to things like looking for an apartment or looking for a job or going to school,” the attorney general said. “We saw after that that once implemented there were no incidents, there were no problems or difficulties with implementation. I expect the same thing to happen here.”
Video: Gov. Baker on ‘bathroom bill’ implementation, DCR scandal resignation
Editorial: Making the best of a bad ranking | A recent ranking of the largest 150 U.S. cities placed Worcester dead last for people living with disabilities. Is the city truly the worst place in America to live with a disability? Perhaps not. WPI professor Roger Gottlieb says the ranking should still be a wakeup call for every community to assess its treatment of those with disabilities.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 99]: Have a joke and a smile | The year was 1963 and Harvey Ball was sad. Well, Harvey wasn’t sad, really — until he realized how much more than $45 he could’ve made from his enduring design — it was a bunch of insurance company workers who needed cheering up. Go figure! Next thing you know, Ball’s iconic Smiley Face was on morale-boosting buttons and by the early 1970s was being ordered by the tens of thousands. Then came honors and promotions, a cameo in “Forrest Gump” even — yup, Harvey Ball’s Smile was everywhere. Now, it has its own day: Oct. 7. Hitch has a smile for every occasion.
Inbox [Oct. 5]: Zephyr Workshop kicks off push to launch new game, Anna Maria lauds fire program, city seeks poll workers for early voting, Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’ gets Clark twist | 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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And it starts, as so many good stories do, in a buddy’s basement. “It was a natural transition. I picked [home brewing] up quickly,” said award-winning Flying Dreams founder Dave Richardson, adding his background in sciences played a huge role in the early success. “The first time was awesome. The second time was even better. By the fifth time, I wanted to start a brewery.” Sean Haley taps into the creativity and passion that make Richardson and his brew house one of a kind.
What if … Worcester: Dateline 2076 — City hosts Olympic games as new format spreads benefits, burdens around the globe
What if … Worcester is Worcester Sun’s newest series. BJ Hill is a talented, Worcester-based creative writer and journalist with an eye toward the future. In What if … Worcester, he combines all of those things into one fascinating, imaginative and often reality-based package that opens a window into the coming decades and centuries in and around the City of Seven Hills. Please enjoy a free look at the inaugural installment of the series.
The new initiative is made possible through recent developments in automation and sub-orbital flight, which have deeply slashed travel time and cost. ‘Transportation breakthroughs, host city expenses, and crowd security made us rethink why everyone has to be gathered in one place,” said Olympics 2076 Committee Chairman Peter Theroux. “That was 20th-century thinking. Now traveling from Worcester to Johannesburg is as easy, and almost as cheap as, taking a short car ride.’ ”