May 17, 2017

Worcester Sun, May 17: Reflecting on Jane Week in Worcester, Hitch on Steve Palermo + more

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Mandell: Closing the book on Jane Week in Worcester |  “Jane Jacobs offered us a different paradigm of development that is incremental, organic, holistic, small scale, and based on the talents and energy of locals. Some of the best examples of a taste of Jane are right here in the Canal District and in what I saw in full action on a [Jane Week] tour of Main South. Worcester is on the cusp of a true renaissance! Can’t you feel it in the air?” Joyce Mandell reflects on the impact of Jane Week in Worcester.

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Commuter rail performance is on the uptick — but not on the Worcester line.

While Worcester line lags, MBTA’s commuter rail performance ticks up |  “Last week’s on-time performance of 94.1 percent was the best since the week that started in December 2014 and ended in January 2015. The four-week average on-time performance of 92.8 percent was also the best since January 2015, according to Keolis Commuter Service.”

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A cell at Souza-Baranowski maximum security prison in Shirley.

State corrections spending spikes, inmate population wanes — report warns of schism |  “The 18 percent growth rate in spending during the period studied outpaced spending growth for many other parts of the state budget, growing more than 1.5 times faster than the rate of increase for state education aid and twice the rate of growth for general local aid, according to the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth study.”

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Enton Mehillaj and Oriola Koci are the husband-and-wife duo behind Altea’s Eatery and Livia’s Dish, each named for one of their daughters.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 163]: Steve Palermo, called to the real big leagues |  For many, if not most, sports fans of today, the name Steve Palermo rings hollow. But for baseball aficionados and astute local observers, Palermo — born in Worcester, raised in Oxford — was truly someone to admire, having sacrificed his acclaimed Major League umpiring career to help two women being attacked outside a Texas restaurant in 1991, an instinctive action that led to paralysis. Palermo died from complications of cancer this week. Hitch pays tribute to an unlikely sports icon who should never be forgotten.

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Editorial: Absent at the State House |  Declining tax revenue and a bleak outlook for the next fiscal year threatens the quality and quantity of services Mass. residents have come to expect. So why isn’t more being done to deal with the problem?

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Garcia recently released his second album.

On the road to big things, with singer Dezi Garcia |  There’s no disagreement about Dezi Garcia’s talent. And the young singer-songwriter from Worcester has put in the time, working local gigs and making two albums. But getting real notice in his competitive industry takes more than talent and time, although it’s hard to say exactly what. For starters, he aims to put together a summer tour.

Inbox [May 17]: News and notes from Major Taylor Association, WBDC, UMass Medical, Zephyr Workshop and St. Peter-Marian |  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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