July 23, 2017

Worcester Sun, July 23-29: Mariano on police relations, Fairway Beef in the spotlight, a future without libraries (or books) + much more

Print More

Flickr / Joe Campbell

Worcester Police are initiating a pilot program to divert some drug buyers into treatment rather than sending them straight to jail.

Worcester Warriors

Mariano: A badge of honor

Ray Mariano

“To be sure, even a single incident of police misconduct is unacceptable. But a comparatively small number of unprofessional actions should not overshadow the tens of thousands of police actions that have helped keep our community safe.”

Local Business Spotlight | Survivor Series

Art Simas / For Worcester Sun

A familiar sight with his signature straw hat: Fairway Beef owner George Sigel.

Meat and greet: Fairway Beef’s Sigel, customers share unbreakable bond |  If one visits the establishment and concludes, “They certainly don’t make ‘em like that anymore,” that’s the best compliment anyone can offer, according to George Sigel, one of the four sons of Manny Sigel, who opened the store in 1946. Now 82, George is the front man. With the straw hat and big smile, you can’t miss him if you tried.

What if … Worcester

Sun illustration / Wikimedia Commons / Terageorge

What if … public libraries were no longer needed?

The Final Chapter for Worcester Public Libraries: 193-year old institution being razed |  “What we’re seeing is a growing, and I’d say worrisome, trend to re-privatize knowledge and access to knowledge,” said Kip Candell, professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross during an interview at, ironically, the Dinand Library. Wondering what the future could hold for city libraries and the books that line their walls? 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.

From the archives | Last bells for Notre Dame des Canadiens Church

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.” What might the future hold for one of the city’s most beloved church buildings? Author BJ Hill tackled the subject in one of the Sun’s most-read stories of April.

Sun Staff

Notre Dame des Canadiens church

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury — cross at your own risk.

Editorial: Safer, saner streets in Worcester |  The trouble with the idea floated by the City Council to reduce the “citywide” speed limit to 25 miles per hour that it is unlikely, on its own, to truly make Worcester’s streets safer.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 182]: Pedestrian safety at a crossroads |  Much attention was paid last week to the safety — or lack thereof — of the city’s bustling byways, boulevards and thoroughfares. One city councilor, possibly driving for pole position in what could be a contentious election this fall, suggested a reduced speed limit, while an independent study showed Worcester to have the most dangerous intersections in the Bay State. Hitch, of course, always draws his own conclusions.

Sun columnist

Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Marijuana Policy Committee was co-chaired by Rep. Mark Cusack and Sen. Patricia Jehlen.

Sina-cism: Lawmakers can’t resist stirring the pot |  “Sorry, but laws should apply equally to all. Tailoring siting processes to how individual communities voted is absurd. The potential for uneven and unfair implementation of the law is high, as is the likelihood of lawsuits. But the biggest concern is the proper level of taxation.”

Sam Doran / State House News Service

State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez emerged from a Democratic caucus on Monday afternoon as chairperson of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

On Beacon Hill: Signed, sealed and delivered |  A budget, a pot bill and a shuffle of House leadership. Teary goodbyes, promotions and demotions. Take a deep breath, it’s finally the weekend. Speaker Robert DeLeo opened the floodgates early last week with his House shakeup, and Gov. Charlie Baker came storming through with $320 million in budget vetoes. Plus, McGovern, Healey, Chang-Diaz and “The Case of the Missing $431 Million.”

Sun Serial

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Wayland Free Public Library

A Mother’s Journey: The inner-city detour |  “Founding The Learning Hub was an attempt to break through the barriers of financial disadvantages and shine a light on a group of students in inner cities that otherwise lack key supportive academic services. But, we’ve found out the terms STEAM and STEM have become stigmatized within low-income neighborhoods.” Giselle Rivera-Flores on moving her business forward in the face of confounding facts.

More Sun Serials: A refugee’s incredible tale | What if … Worcester | Worcestory Lesson


Get your vegetables — and lots of other stuff — here!

Worcester Weekly: Helping refugees, Canal District veggies + more, July 23-29 |  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.

Webster Five

Courtesy Webster Five

From left, Sam Bitar, Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation & VP Business Systems Manager, Webster Five; Liz Hamilton, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester; and Don Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five.

Inbox [July 23-29]: News and notes from Ascentria, Veterans Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, South Bay Community Services and Signature Chefs Auction |  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.

One thought on “Worcester Sun, July 23-29: Mariano on police relations, Fairway Beef in the spotlight, a future without libraries (or books) + much more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *