August 2, 2017

Worcester Sun, Aug. 2: ACLU PO’d at Baker for SJC-ICE pushback, Moore moves up, MassDiGI plugs in + more

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Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Great Hall was packed April 5 with hundreds of immigrants and advocates who pushed for passage of the Safe Communities Act (S 1305 / H 3269), which would prevent use of state resources to enforce federal immigration law. The bills have 75 House co-sponsors and 17 co-sponsors in the Senate.

Baker response to SJC’s ICE detainer ruling decried by ACLU, immigrant group |  As foreshadowed last week, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Tuesday that would allow state and local police to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for individuals already in state custody on criminal charges or for sentences related to past violent crimes.

Related editorial: On immigration, GOP becomes party of big government

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State Sen. Mike Moore

Moore appointed Senate chair of joint Public Safety and Homeland Security panel |  “Sen. Moore brings years of professional knowledge and experience in public safety to his new role,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said. “Throughout his time with the Environmental Police and in public service, Sen. Moore has demonstrated tireless commitment to important safety and security issues facing the Commonwealth.”

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Main IDEA paints a new picture of opportunity in Main South |  Eve James was so impressed by the impact the summer arts program has had on her children that she became a volunteer herself. “I feel as though my family has become part of their family.” She said the “excellent teachers” make Main IDEA — currently in the midst of its seventh summer program — what it is. With the help of Eve and her son Isiah, a dedicated group of volunteers continues to buck the odds and make their vision flourish.

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

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National Minority Supplier Development Council

Joset Wright-Lacy

Tips from the Pros: Top six myths about MBEs |  Myths have a negative impact on MBE [minority business enterprise] success because legends can reinforce or encourage bad decisions by aspiring entrepreneurs and MBEs — decisions that can be critical and sometimes fatal to the establishment or growth of the businesses. Joset Wright-Lacy, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, explains.

Inbox [Aug. 2]: News and notes from East Side CDC, Worcester Wares, WPI, Holy Cross, MassDiGI, Ninety Nine and YOU Inc. |  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.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 185]: Holden Little League and the (David) Price of fame |  With summer at its apex baseball season, from the big leagues to the Futures League to Little League, is at a fever pitch. And while the Sox battle it out with the Yankees, and the Bravehearts vie for a playoff spot, a gaggle of 11- to 13-year-old all-stars from Holden recently brought home the town’s first state title — and now have a chance at the national stage. What kind of motivation could a certified (or is it certifiable?) ace like David Price offer such a team on the rise? Hitch was wondering the same thing.

Editorial: Investments big and small |  Large-scale developments in downtown Worcester affirm the value we place in the city in which we live, work and play. But out of the limelight and without fanfare, development is happening throughout the city. We salute the developments that otherwise go unnoticed and lament the ones that got away.

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Courtesy Claudia Grenga

John Dotson and Claudia Grenga — together again.

Serendipity and the Silver Ball — how a chance encounter fostered an enduring connection |  “If it weren’t for John Dotson being in the right place at the right time to help a wayward teenage girl, Claudia Grenga’s future may have looked much different. But then, Dotson seems to have a knack for showing up in pivotal moments.” The pair of former foster children share their remarkable story.

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