Rosenberg highlights likely 2017 priorities on Beacon Hill | “We still have some huge needs around housing and homelessness, we haven’t done a multi-year commitment to education funding in a long time, we did improve funding on transportation but there’s still a big gap compared to what people want us to deliver, and let’s not forget the opioid heroin crisis,” the Senate president said, admitting that raising taxes would have to be a consideration.
Lynda Cheldelin Fell: The 12 Nights of Christmas | “Twelve nights sneaking around the neighborhood playing ding dong ditch? How fun! I especially loved the idea of helping my kids learn the joys of giving at such an impressionable age. And so that December gave birth to a new family tradition for the Fells. That first year proved a wonderful experience and we continued choosing a different neighbor each year, until tragedy struck our own family.”
Editorial: The least charitable city in the country? | End-of-the-year contributions are critical to the area’s nonprofits, so we were taken aback when a site ranked Worcester the least charitable city among the 150 largest in the country. We looked at Worcester and its surrounding towns to see who donates the most and least. The results will surprise you.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 119]: The Ed Augustus Christmas Carol Tour | Who doesn’t love a good Christmas carol? The Grinch, probably. Mall employees, for sure. But for many, the soundtrack of the season is a delightful way to distract ourselves from the realities of the rest of the year. And sometimes we can’t help but join in. But what could have inspired City Manager Ed Augustus to break out in song recently? Hitch was lucky enough to open his door and find out.
Inbox [Dec. 14]: Worcester Fire Chief Gardell to retire, Clark adds business analytics degree, WPD to hold Civilian Police Academy, Moore seeks display suggestions | 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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Local Business Spotlight: More than a century of sweet sounds at Union Music “I started working [here] when I was 9 years old (1955), which was about the same time that my grandfather gave me a guitar,” said Carl Kamp, owner and president of this three-generation family business. Trusted for instrument purchases, repairs, lessons and expertise, Union Music’s rambling old store on Southbridge Street echos with notes of history as it keeps today’s musicians supplied and inspired. Which makes it an apt entry in our Survivor Series, highlighting Worcester businesses standing the test of time.
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Ukulele players string together a community at Union Music “I couldn’t have the club meet in a bar or a hotel. But I knew that Union Music has a performance space that can hold 50 performers. So I approached Carl and he thought it was a great idea,” said Rich Leufstedt, who considers himself more of a facilitator than leader of the Ukulele Club, which he started with five or six people per month six years ago. That figure has now grown to 20 to 30 per month at Union Music. Art Simas tiptoes through the tulips to tell this timeless tale.