April 16, 2017

Worcester Sun, April 16-22: Mariano on A Better Life, Sunday conversation with Cliff Rucker, Mount Carmel crystal ball + much more

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Cliff Rucker and the Railers have big plans for the city -- including airing all their games on 98.9 FM.

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Mariano: Democrats and Republicans can help residents of public housing by requiring work

Ray Mariano

In increasing numbers, our poorest families are becoming less educated, less employed and more reliant on government services and support. A system of assistance that was designed as a temporary helping hand has become a permanent way of life.

Sunday conversation

David Niles / For Worcester Sun

Cliff Rucker

Cliff Rucker: On the Railers, reinvigorating downtown and defining success |  “I’m not trying to play a semantics game,” Rucker told the Sun recently, “the Railers need to be sustainable financially to continue to support the community. But if they were not successful financially, I don’t consider that a failure because the big, important stuff in life is what I think about.” In a wide-ranging interview Cliff Rucker tells us what exactly he’s been thinking about these days.

What if … Worcester

Gardens and gargoyles: Dilapidated churches grow into urban farms |  “These farmers, they’re doing a good thing for the neighborhood. This may sound weird, but even though I don’t go to Mass [at Our Lady of Mount Carmel] anymore, I take a little pride when I walk by.” Wondering what the future could hold for one of the city’s most beloved church buildings? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so-distant tomorrow.

Sun Serial

Giselle Rivera-Flores

A Mother’s Journey [Part 42]: The accidental perspective |  Life is precious – no doubt about it – but there is nothing that validates your existence more than a near-death experience. To see the fragility of life firsthand, is more than an eye-opener — at times, it is a life-awakener. Find out what happened to prompt Giselle’s reflection on what’s really important in life.

Sun columnist

U.S. Air Force

While roads and cars are increasingly safer, distracted driving appears to be causing a spike in accidents.

Sina-cism: Fear what’s just around the corner |  “Distracted driving may account for 5,000 deaths a year. If AAA is right, that would explain the entire increase in deaths that NHTSA and NSC has noted over the last two years, and then some. In other words, if it weren’t for those amazing phones we all love so much, the number of traffic fatalities in the United States would probably be at a record low now and headed still lower.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 154]: Hopping down the bunny trail |  Your job is the worst, right? Everybody thinks that at some point, but let’s face it: some occupations are harder than others. Coal miners. Nuclear submarine engineers. Sean Spicer. Be glad your thankless 9-to-5 keeps you out of those depths. But the Easter Bunny — how cool would it be to have that gig?! Funny you ask, because Hitch was wondering the same thing.

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UMass Medical School

Editorial: An improved outlook for psychiatric services in Worcester |  A proposed 120-bed hospital in the city’s Burncoat section will help fill an important need for mental health patients. The for-profit venture involving UMass Memorial Health Care and a New York City-based company would also bring jobs and tax revenue. This is a dose of very good news for a city where many have been dismayed by a plan to eliminate 13 psychiatric beds at its top teaching hospital.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano and Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad on Thursday discussed the efforts of the House’s new working group to respond to actions taken by President Donald Trump. Rep. Antonio Cabral (right) looked on.

On Beacon Hill: In Baker the House trusts? |  The $40.3 billion House budget plan released last week by Rep. Brian Dempsey and his Ways and Means Committee essentially punted the issue of an employer assessment to help pay for MassHealth back to the Republican administration. Plus, state Dems move to wall off Trump; Polito, McGovern, Moore … and more.

Worcester Weekly: WPI softball, WSU baseball, ‘Music Man’ + more, April 16-22 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

Jane Week in Worcester

Jane Week gives Worcester residents and visitors a chance to connect with each other, explore Worcester by foot and participate in interesting discussions on how we can enhance the design and function of our city. Check out the calendar of events scheduled for May 2-7.

Courtesy Clark University

John Aylward, associate professor of music composition and theory at Clark University

Inbox [April 16]: News and notes from WPI, Main IDEA, LIFT, YWCA, Clark and St. Peter-Marian |  Have news 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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