May 14, 2017

Worcester Sun, May 14-20: Mariano on church closings, thoughts on Petty and Gaffney, growing up at City Hall + Mother’s Day

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Notre Dame des Canadiens church is on its way out. Is a new baseball stadium on its way in; and what does that say about city officials' priorities.

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Mariano: It is time to start talking about and planning for the closing of more churches

Ray Mariano

“If these current trends continue, we are likely to face many more church closings in the years ahead. As a warning, we should take notice that the nearby Diocese of Hartford just announced the closing of 26 church buildings.”

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Elizabeth Warren can’t stop fighting.

Sina-cism: Fighting what never was to create what never can be |  “Elizabeth Warren’s latest installment in résumé-building is 270 pages of partisanship, which, perhaps, is to be expected from someone who never stops telling us how deeply she cares about every left-wing cause. But she undermines herself and spends so much time demonizing Republicans that when we get to what passes for serious policy discussion, her credibility is shot.”

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Survival training: One woman’s story of perseverance |  A terrible car accident in 2010 was life-altering for a Leicester woman who refused to allow her fate to keep her from pursuing something better. Rehabilitation led to an epiphany, which led to a career change — and that turned out to be Jenn Burtt’s saving grace. She lost her friend that harrowing night, but through it all she finally found herself.

What if … Worcester

Baby in a blink: UMass technology, not available in U.S., eases childbearing |   “Lead scientist Dr. Maria Wong retired from UMass in 2027, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, and, with financial backing from the Danish government, started a biomedical company named WombZoom, LLC.” Wondering what the future could hold for human pregnancy and UMass Medical innovation? 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.

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Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle, with Brooklyn, Evian and her mom.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 44]: The one dedicated to mom |  “The ultimate sacrifice a woman can make is to lose herself in the hopes of saving someone else. While I can’t change the past, I can certainly change the future for my two daughters, Brooklyn and Evian, and repay my mom by succeeding as a game changer — in motherhood as much as in business.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 162]: For Petty and Gaffney, it’s child’s play |  Kids don’t interact they same way they used to. Mostly we peg the lack of discourse and facility with understanding disparate viewpoints on our ever-accelerating attachment to technology. But what it really comes down to is a lack of grownup good examples. If a youngster ever does look up from their phone, what do they see? Bitter hyperbole. Sarcastic nonsense. Egomaniacal posturing. And that’s just in City Council chambers. Hitch, for one, has heard enough.

Editorial: City Council’s dog squabble deserves motherly rebuke |  It would be neither a gaffe nor petty on our part to point out that childish behavior is sometimes displayed at City Hall Tuesday nights. But, councilors calling each other childish — now that’s a new twist. Moms around the world know just what to do in cases like this: beg, plead, bribe, reason, sigh, and wait for the kids to grow up.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

DeLeo and Baker have some talking to do …

On Beacon Hill: Chasing unicorns from Boston to D.C. |  While cable news flickered in the background, Beacon Hill’s top three elected leaders got to commiserating in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office over the state of the state’s financial affairs. There were more questions than answers. Plus, Baker’s capital idea, McGovern, Healey, Trump and Comey. And the House’s pregnant pause.

Worcester Weekly: St. John’s-Wachusett baseball, Joe Early + more, May 14-20 |  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.

Margaret A. Post, Ph.D.

Inbox [May 14]: News and notes from WalletHub, Clark, Sullivan Group, GWCF, Grafton Hill Business Association and University Park Campus School |  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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