November 16, 2016

Worcester Sun, Nov. 16: A Worcester walk in the park, Mike Angelini, Trump, Healey and more

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Attorney General Maura Healey

Healey dials up harassment hotline as Trump protests, supporters flare |  The attorney general said that since Election Day there have been reports of harassment and intimidation against racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women, LGBT individuals and immigrants.

Attorney General Maura Healey launched a hotline for Massachusetts residents to call in response to incidents of harassment following the general election.

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Attorney General Maura Healey launched a hotline for Massachusetts residents to call in response to incidents of harassment following the general election.

“It’s undeniable that across this country after what has been a pretty divisive election, there was a lot of emotion in the wake of the results. … That’s real. We see what’s happening out on the streets.”

Eva Millona

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Eva Millona

Eva Millona, prominent Worcester-based immigrant advocate, sees ‘uncertain future’ under Trump |  The president-elect’s campaign trail statements about immigrants and minorities, in addition to his calls for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border, alienated many US residents and voters. “We hope that that was just marketing,” said the executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition.


Editorial: One step closer | The Worcester City Council took a step toward the full transformation of the city’s eighth largest park. With the bids for construction set to be put out this year, the long-awaited redevelopment is within sight.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 111]: Holiday lists, Worcester style |  So much to keep track of nowadays. Thanksgiving seating chart. Holiday shopping schedule. Canadian real estate research. Busy times, indeed. It’s no different at City Hall, where Ed Augustus and Joe Petty and the gang have taxes and skybridges to wrestle with on top of a veritable cornucopia of issues new and old. Hitch has some thoughts on what oughta be at the top of the heap.

Top Spots: Hitch’s Greatest Hits |  It’s been about a year since we brought the band back together, convincing award-winning observers Chris Sinacola and David Hitch to dust off their considerable skills and join the Sun family. To celebrate the milestone, join us in taking a look back at some of the best stuff they’ve delivered to our lucky members. Hitch draws the Wednesday straw, so be sure to check back Sunday for a top-notch Sina-cism retrospective.

Michael Tsotsis and Francesco Cesareo

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Michael Tsotsis, left, and Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo at last month’s President’s Council Dinner.

Inbox [Nov. 16]: Worcester State sets Economy Summit, Assumption receives landmark check, Anna Maria launches accelerated degree, Moore named top legislator, Staples helps associates with college debt |  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 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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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.

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.

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