June 18, 2017

Worcester Sun, June 18-24: Mariano on Melican-advisory council flap, Simon Says Give, Mensah to UConn + much more

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Simon Eber, center, poses with fellow leaders Mandi Simon, left, and Nolan Fleming.

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Mariano: Thought police take over the Citizen Advisory Council

Ray Mariano

“I thought that the actions of some of the members of the CAC were wrong. It was fairly clear that at least one member was pushing a political agenda — which had nothing to do with a candidate’s ability to serve on the ZBA.” Ray digs into the case of Margaret Melican, Turtleboy Sports, City Hall and a group of volunteers gone rogue.

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Simon Says Give, which is run locally by 14-year-old Simon Eber, donated backpacks full of back-to-school supplies to students at Woodland Academy and Columbus Park.

No child’s play: Simon Says Give Worcester chapter packs a serious charitable punch |  After starting the Worcester chapter of the Minnesota-based nonprofit earlier this year, one Forest Grove middle-schooler has donated more than 168 backpacks filled with school supplies and celebrated two birthdays since April. Some 120 of those backpacks were delivered to Woodland Street Academy and Columbus Park last Thursday and presented to the graduating sixth-grade classes.

What if … Worcester

Worcester scofflaws find thrills — and trouble — with invisible cloaks |  “The crime is just one of many that have occurred nationwide since a Chinese-American venture, Shìlì, began to market invisibility cloaks to consumers last year as part of the Harry Potter 50th Anniversary Commemoration.” Wondering what the future could hold for wearable technology? 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.

The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia continues …

Augustine Kanjia

Part 41: Major Problems Won’t Dissuade Me |  “Our lives were busy at this stage. I was on the school soccer team and in drama society. But my time out of school was the most important. I was on one of four soccer teams owned by one Mr. John. Whatever we did at school, my heart focused on what I would be doing after school. It was the most exciting thing above all. Well, our league had started just three days ago.”

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Courtesy Kevin Mensah, Twitter

Kevin Mensah is on his way to UConn.

Football star Kevin Mensah runs for the border, chooses UConn |  Kevin Mensah, the former Holy Name football and track star whose transfer to Shepherd Hill last fall caused a stir and put his gridiron goals in jeopardy, announced on Twitter that he has committed to play Division I football at the University of Connecticut.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 172]: Warren, McGovern and Markey — oh my! |  Republicans and Democrats have been taking aim at each other since long before Donald Trump commandeered the Oval Office. Of course, once President Business took over, liberals have sharpened their sights — and rhetoric. Following the midweek shooting of GOP lawmakers and staff practicing for a congressional baseball game, though, the war of words among chief Trump antagonizers — and the bronzer-in-chief himself — appropriately took a knee. Still, Hitch was a bit surprised.

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City Hall

Editorial: Leadership fails test over candidate’s Turtleboy tie |  We don’t want government sticking its neck out where it doesn’t belong. But a local lawyer’s lyrical commenting on and other ties to the Turtleboy Sports blog may have knocked her out of the running for a spot on the Zoning Board of Appeals. This is wrong, and Councilor Konnie Lukes was right to want to look into it.

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Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Freud, Worcester and ‘The White Hotel’ |  “It is impossible to overstate Freud’s importance to the understanding of human consciousness, including his pioneering work in developing talk therapy for the treatment of various mental disorders. At the same time, there is now widespread recognition that he was wrong on many points.” What is indisputable, though, is the critical role Worcester played in Freud’s rise to prominence. Chris Sinacola explores.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Marijuana Policy Committee co-chaired by Rep. Mark Cusack and Sen. Patricia Jehlen was under fire last week following a heavily panned rollout of new regulations.

On Beacon Hill: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire |  Despite the fact that lawmakers have been plotting revisions of the November ballot law legalizing marijuana since delaying its implementation last December, the odds of having it rolled and twisted and on the governor’s desk by June 30 seem long. Plus, Baker in D.C., McGovern, Chandler, Healey, Polito and making millionaires pay.

Worcester Weekly: Make Music Day, psychic readings + more, June 18-24 |  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.

Inbox [June 18-24]: News and notes from Worcester State, UMass, Gallery at Briarwood, Worcester Public Schools, city of Worcester |  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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