March 15, 2017

Worcester Sun, March 15: The Cosmo going strong, Green Day, Top 5 stories + more

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Cosmopolitan Club endures ever-changing landscape |  While not much has stayed the same on Grafton Hill over the last 80 years or so, there’s always been one surefire place you could go to meet a friend — maybe even your future spouse — have a beer and a laugh, and let all those changes wash away for an hour or two. The Cosmo is always looking for its next generation of regulars and, with St. Paddy’s Day approaching, makes for a perfect fit in our Survivor Series, which showcases Worcester small businesses standing the test of time.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 145]: Green Day, coming soon |  Green Day, a seminal early-90s punk rock band whose mid-career resurgence vaulted the trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, will be playing a sold-out show at the DCU Center (that’s right: “sold-out” and “DCU Center” in the same sentence) appropriately enough on St. Patrick’s Day — which has become a customarily green (-clad) day for just about everyone. That, of course, got Hitch thinking about things like classic TV shows and cashing in.

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Over the years teachers and staff at Burncoat High School — including Ray’s wife, Antonia — have become increasingly concerned by the presence of potentially dangerous PCBs and a proliferation of cancer diagnoses many believe are connected.

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Gail Carberry has left quite the legacy at “Quinsig.”

Retirement looming, QCC’s Carberry reflects on life, legacy and community  “As she prepares to leave the post she’s held officially since her September 2007 inauguration, Gail E. Carberry can reflect on an unprecedented period of advancement for the once much-maligned ‘Quinsig.’ ‘Ten years ago when I came to QCC, a lot was missing.’ And now about the only thing missing is a clear picture of what’s next for one of the city’s most impactful education leaders.” Augustine Kanjia sits down for an enlightening discussion with the outgoing president.


State legislators are keeping legal marijuana atop their agenda.

Legal marijuana advocates fighting changes as Legislature debates, delays law |  “Marijuana Policy Project is a 22-year-old organization focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition. MPP has three separate organizations working on lobbying and ballot initiatives, education, and a political action committee that donates to congressional candidates.” And its Massachusetts arm is ready to spend big money to grapple with the heavy hands on Beacon Hill.

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Inbox [March 15]: Assumption names commencement speaker and honorees, Becker adds to fundraising office, WCAC names 5 to board, UMass Medical among tops in NIH funding, Easter baskets wanted for children in care |  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 news 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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