November 20, 2016

Worcester Sun, Nov. 20-26: Ray Mariano on faith rewarded + firefighting in 2049

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Monsignor Scollen and Father Madden

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Monsignor Frank Scollen, left, and Rev. John Madden

Mariano: Remember the good they do |  “There are so many other church leaders who, like Monsignor Frank Scollen, truly do God’s work. Father John Madden of St. John’s Church on Temple Street is another selfless leader whose hard work and dedicated service makes our community better, stronger.”

Ray Mariano

Ray Mariano

Ray Mariano tells how men like Madden and Scollen have helped restore his faith as controversies of all sizes continue to chip away at the church’s foundation.

Alexander Hamilton

Wikimedia Commons / Portrait by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton

Sina-cism: Hamilton’s message for those Worcester protesters |  “Even if [the National Popular Vote Compact] survived a constitutional challenge, it is a terrible idea, for it would eviscerate a cornerstone of federalism, casting aside a system that for more than 200 years has forced would-be presidents to appeal to many parts of the country, not simply run up big vote totals in their strongholds.” Chris Sinacola votes “No” on this particular uprising.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

The right stuff: A year of Sina-cism in the Sun |  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 drew the Wednesday straw, so here’s a comprehensive Sina-cism retrospective that will have you subconsciously leaning to the right by lunchtime.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 112]: When it rains, it pours |  You’ve seen it, too, right — it’s not just us?! We’ve had some precipitation lately, to be sure. Welcome, at that, despite the dreariness and inconvenience, and the fact that it failed to turn itself into snow. Well, the reservoirs and drought monitors are not impressed. Historically low capacity. Heightened drought classifications. So, what’s going to turn the tide? And where’s that dripping sound coming from? Those, and more questions discussed with Hitch, your friendly neighborhood water expert.

Editorial: Timely reassurance for Worcester’s undocumented immigrants |  Since Worcester is not one of the “sanctuary cities,” it needn’t worry about President-elect Trump’s pledge to cut federal funding. And last week, the city said it would not change its policy to have the police focus on public safety and cast aside immigration issues. We agree with that and it’s a sigh of relief for many in the city, at least in the short term. Meanwhile, national immigration reforms should be carefully crafted to keep the United States welcoming and strong.

What if … Worcester


Dateline 2049 — Worcester HQ keeps firefighters safe across the country | “The collective concentration smoulders like embers. Structural engineer Akash Bora sits at his console, intensely watching two blue dots crawl like ants on his on-screen blueprints of a four-level condo building in Sacramento. ‘Parkman, Gutierrez,’ he says, keeping his voice calm. ‘Don’t open that door 15 feet ahead of you … you’re going to be walking into a wall of flame.’ ” Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.


On Beacon Hill: Pike work takes back seat to Thanksgiving — an update |  Ongoing construction is “all the more reason for people to plan well in advance,” according to AAA Northeast spokeswoman Mary Maguire, whose organization estimated this week that close to 950,000 people from Massachusetts are expected to drive to Thanksgiving destinations, up 5.1 percent over 2015. … Also this week, legal homegrown pot is coming, ready or not; and Healey, Baker and Bannon — all in one story (plus, bonus Elizabeth Warren video!).

Sun Serial


A Mother’s Journey [Part 32]: The network effect |  “As they stood up to address the room and give insight about who they are, how they made it to this point, it was clear to me that none felt fully prepared for this stage in their life. They didn’t know their skills and planning would lead them to being a hit on Instagram or selling as many products as they do. They simply followed their gut feeling and pursued an idea.” Giselle Rivera-Flores (net)works to affirm her true entrepreneurial identity.

Sophomore Ama Biney of Grafton Hill averaged a team-best 11.1 points per game this season.

Jon Endow / Courtesy WPI Athletics

Sophomore Ama Biney of Grafton Hill averaged a team-best 11.1 points per game this season.

Worcester Weekly: A trip to the Galleria, WPI basketball + more to do, Nov. 20-26 |  C.B. Perkins Tobacco, out behind the Joahh-dan Maaaahhhsh. Windsor Button Shop. One of the nation’s first Chess Kings, even! All of these dusty old stores could’ve been your oyster had you decided to check out Worcester Center Galleria when it opened July 29, 1971. Photographer Stephen DiRado had his eye on the Galleria in the mid-80’s, right along with, like, all the hairspray, fingerless mesh gloves and indoor smoking Worcester had to offer. … Find where you can check out his exhibit, and more to do this week.

Inbox [Nov. 20]: Incutto nets basketball honor, SPM-SJ add lunch to rivalry game, Mercantile Center announces leases, Becker offers teacher training at Be Like Brit |  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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