August 13, 2017

Worcester Sun, Aug. 13-19: Mariano on the battle for District 4, an artist’s ritual, solving the Alzheimer’s puzzle + more

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Lizzie explains that she uses whatever materials she might have available to create her colorful, layered images. “It depends on the morning and how I feel,” she said.

Sun columnist

Mariano: Gaffney vs. Rivera — the battle for District 4

Ray Mariano

Get your lawn chairs out and bring the popcorn. This campaign could be a real barnburner.

More Mariano on Worcester politics:

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 188]: Beetles, barely — and other rare Worcester species

News came earlier this month that the once pervasive Asian longhorned beetle has all but disappeared from the Burncoat-area neighborhoods they once ravaged. Some 35,000 trees in North Worcester, Boylston and West Boylston fell victim before years of vigilance quelled the scourge. That persistence is certainly missing in other corners of the city. For Hitch, there is, indeed, a certain political animal that could use a wake-up call.

Teaching art: An artist’s ritual

Courtesy Lizzie Fortin

Lizzie Fortin’s collage exhibit is on display at the Hadley.

Artist Lizzie Fortin’s pieces evoke an intense sense of curiosity, with the desire to keep investigating closer to see if one can draw conclusions from the energetic and fractured contexts. Her artwork is featured in the three-person exhibit “Collage Variations” now on display at the Hadley Building. The Sun is proud to introduce Laura Marotta as its newest contributor. Check back for more from Laura on art, education, business and the things that matter most to the people of Worcester.

Augustine Kanjia’s incredible journey continues …

Augustine Kanjia

Mark Henderson / Worcester Sun

Augustine Kanjia

A Good Result That Left Me in Tears | “The teachers had to punish me for telling the headmaster what I should have kept secret. I was given 24 lashes with a stick. While in pain, my result was released. It cured me, but I was still in tears as I heard teachers talk about my good result but lack of money to even go for the intake interview. The days went by fast and I still had no money. Omole, our illicitly distilled liquor, was helpful.”

Guest commentary

Courtesy Sen. Moore's office

Sen. Michael O. Moore

Sen. Moore: Solving the Alzheimer’s puzzle |  “Alzheimer’s permeates nearly every community in our country, forcing millions of families to suffer through the pain of having loved ones gradually forget the people and memories they previously cherished. The burden placed on these families can be overwhelming.”

Editorial: On Grove Street, an enduring and worthy cause

Veterans Inc.

Sun Staff

Veterans Inc. expects to begin a capital campaign to renovate its Grove Street headquarters.

Veterans Inc. is a successful, homegrown organization that will soon put out a call to the community for help. A capital campaign is coming for an overdue upgrade of its headquarters. This is a chance for Worcester-area residents to say thank you to ex-military men and women we don’t always remember: the ones who have temporarily lost their way.

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: An integrity commission that has none |  It is obvious — even to the president, I believe — that no electoral integrity commission is necessary. Why then has President Trump insisted upon one? It seems to me a toxic mix of petulance, a taste for divisiveness, and a serious misunderstanding of the responsibilities incumbent upon a president.

On Beacon Hill: Something to talk about | As state legislators wined and dined 6,000 of their colleagues from around the country at places like Fenway Park, the New England Aquarium and more, U.S. Rep Niki Tsongas plugged the void of late summer on Beacon Hill when she announced she would not seek a seventh full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Plus, McGovern, Chandler, health care cost containment, inflation and concerns over over immigrant detainer bill.

Worcester Weekly: Battle of Badges, Party for ALS + more, Aug. 13-19 |  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 [Aug. 13-19] | News and notes from Quinsigamond CC, UMass Medical School, Worcester Economic Club, Center for Living & Working, Elder Services, Kasy Auto Sales and accounting camp

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