January 1, 2017

Worcester Sun, Jan. 1-7, 2017: Mariano picks apart Trump choices, Bravehearts, Randell and Sinacola + much more

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Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

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Ray Mariano

Mariano: Rating Trump’s staff and cabinet selections |  In addition to hiring the best and brightest, Trump also said that he was going to “drain the swamp.” So, with that in mind, here is how I rate some of Trump’s more visible appointments.

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Nikola Tesla

Sina-cism: When Nikola Tesla didn’t come to Worcester |  “In hopes of tracking down evidence of Tesla’s Worcester visit, I scoured microfilm for September 1931. I read about a great many horrific car crashes, some sensational murders, and the Worcester County agricultural fair section. Tesla had appeared on the cover of Time magazine in July 1931, and had long been under consideration for a Nobel Prize, so I was excited to see how Worcester would cover his visit.” But a funny thing happened for Chris Sinacola on the way to history.

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Nick Barry, right, talks with Bravehearts ace Frankie Moscatiello, while Dante Ricciardi listens in. All will be back in 2017.

Bravehearts’ local quartet has spring in their step |  For his part, Jack Riley — one of four Worcester-area players returning to the hometown team’s roster for 2017 — is back after a two-summer hiatus and wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love coming back home for the summer and playing for some of the best fans around. I’ve played in Wisconsin for the Northwoods League, which is one of the most prestigious collegiate leagues, but nothing compares to being home.” Find out who else is back and some of what’s in store this season.

What if … Worcester

Non-Starter Home: ‘Smart’ house tangles data, holds College Hill family hostage |  “ ‘Steve and I had grown up in the 20’s,’ said Mrs. Wingartner, ‘and neither of us had smart homes until our teens. I mean, yeah, we had automated lights, temperature and plant waterers, of course, but nothing fancy.’ But when Rosa’s mother moved in eight years ago, the home’s bi-fo sensors turned from a luxury to a necessity.” 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.

Editorial: Past, present and future, hard work is Worcester’s heartbeat |  Politically, this new year is being greeted with trepidation by many. But locally, there’s lots to like. For the first day of 2017, we take a look at Worcester through the wide lens, and find that some important and timeless factors help make Worcester a place to be proud of and support.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 124]: Mall brawls, a Worcester perspective |  A string of social media-driven donnybrooks involving hundreds of mostly teens and young adults in shopping centers across the country — resulting in dozens of arrests, injuries and damage, and in one case prompting an evacuation — has spurred police and government officials to consider all their options. Some are tossing around the idea of 21-plus chaperones for all teens. Imagine that? Well, Hitch has some thoughts on how all this might play out in the Woo.

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Worcester Regional Airport

Randell: As Logan sets records, Worcester Regional almost ready to soar |  “Record-breaking growth each year with declining customer satisfaction is the perfect storm for Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). Massport CEO Thomas Glynn is also a very smart man and surely realizes this is not a good combination for Logan, despite last week’s pomp and circumstance.” Bill Randell points the way forward for Worcester’s airport.

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Legal marijuana advocates protest at the State House as Gov. Baker signed a law delaying the implementation of retail sales.

On Beacon Hill: Minimum wage, marijuana, and the Legislature gets paid |  Nearly half a million of the lowest-paid workers in Massachusetts will receive their third annual pay increase as the minimum hourly wage reaches $11. Exactly 100 percent of state legislators will see more than $2,000 added to their base salaries. Meanwhile, approximately zero business people will be making any money (legally, that is) from retail marijuana sales anytime soon. And much more this week.

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Giselle, front left, poses with her Leadership Worcester class.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 35]: The resolution revolution |  “[The New Year] how many of us stay optimistic about new plans and life decisions. But realistically, setting up a New Year’s resolution is like setting yourself up for failure. Don’t get me wrong, setting goals and having a vision for your future is great. But if you need the arrival of a new year to motivate you, then forget it.” Giselle Rivera-Flores on getting things done all year-round.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross hockey + more to do to start the New Year |  Check out our picks for the best things to do and coolest places to go, Jan. 1-7, including the talented Crusaders playing a weekend doubleheader, nearby family skiing, Russian fairy tales and Main South basketball stars taking center stage. And “save the date” for a well-timed downtown party.

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John C. Roche

Inbox [Jan. 1, 2017]: NBC splits from Ch. 7 today, Briarwood’s first exhibit of 2017, $5 Dunkin gift cards for January blood donors, WPI seminar celebrates 10 years, Hanover agent honored |  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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