September 3, 2017

Worcester Sun, Sept. 3-9: Mariano takes on Trump apologists, Pioneers and Guardians gird for gridiron success, Lukes wary of PawSox play + much more

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Mariano: Responding to Trump supporter comments

Ray Mariano

“I enjoy a good political discussion. Since I did not respond to all of the (reader) comments that I would have liked to (in my recent column ‘Trump must go’), here are some of the things I would have said had I responded.”

Sun Football Forecast | Part 3

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The Pioneers defense huddles at a recent practice — trying to figure out some way to stop Steve Bucciaglia and the potent SJ offense.

St. John’s depth has Pioneers dreaming big in 2017 |  While most of the region is bemoaning the losses of generational talents, like Grafton’s Ifeatu Melifonwu, West Boylston’s Cole McCubrey and Leominster’s Noah Gray, the Pioneers are thrilled to welcome back nearly all of their big names from a season ago, starting with highly regarded athlete Hunter Gorgas.

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Justin McKay, who marshaled a dramatic turnaround at Algonquin Regional, is in his first year as football coach at St. Peter-Marian.

Coach Justin McKay brings tireless work ethic to St. Peter-Marian football |  “It was intense,” senior captain Matt Dumphy said of the team’s first day. “It was a lot more this year, but we’re ready for it. In the past, we would maybe do four hours on the first day. This year was six or seven, but we’re learning a lot.”

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Tyler Catalina, Davon Jones, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Kevin Mensah and Obi Melifonwu are among the Worcester-area gridiron stars to watch on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Local football stars to watch on Saturdays and Sundays |  So, if you want to keep track of the Worcester County boys now playing at football’s highest levels, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a handy list of, and outlook for, every CMass native playing in the NFL and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
  • Worcester’s Yiadom primed for big senior season at BC |  The Doherty legend’s name has come up a lot more in talks about the best players in the formidable Atlantic Coast Conference. But to senior DB Isaac Yiadom, that’s all just noise. “I don’t really listen to any of that, I just have to keep doing what I always do.”
  • Wachusett’s Tyler Catalina’s journey to an NFL roster spot |  “I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me,” Catalina said in mid-August. Those coaches, it seems, have seen something from the 325-pounder, who has earned a backup role on the Washington Redskins offensive line.

City of Worcester

Konnie Lukes

Up Next: Lukes wants to pump brakes on PawSox |  The one-time mayor and longtime voice of dissent (and often reason) has filed an item on the agenda of the Tuesday, Sept. 5, City Council meeting that brings into question the board’s position on the matter. Or at least, how the council reached its conclusion. “I don’t know where this council is coming from,” Lukes told the Sun late last week.

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Giselle’s daughter Brooklyn learned quite a bit this summer — just like her mom.

A Mother’s Journey: The gauntlet of transitions |  “As we approach our second year of homeschooling our daughters Brooklyn and Evian, we are accompanied by many transitions: new grade levels, new expectations, new schedules and new changes. Transition is the shadow that never leaves. Unless you have given up on the path of life you’ve chosen – and we have no intention of doing that.”

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Hurricane Harvey has devastated Southeast Texas and the surrounding areas.

Editorial: Caring community hits back at Hurricane Harvey |  From severe storm damage to cautions about charity scams, a hurricane hundreds of miles away has dominated headlines for days. But it’s hard to know how best to help out. The city and two service agencies have teamed up for an answer: a disaster-relief fundraiser this Friday afternoon and evening on the Worcester Common.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 194]: Driving at trouble on Yawkey Way |  There’s a lot going on at Fenway Park these days. The youthful Red Sox are in the thick of a pennant chase. Billy Joel recently piano-manned center field for a bravura performance. An Irish hurling exhibition and college football series are also on the horizon. But it’s Fenway’s past — seen through the prism of a present societal furor — that’s on the mind of Sox owner John Henry, Worcester’s favorite newspaper baron. And from where Hitch is sitting, the multi-millionaire with the two-cent personality, should probably stick to the boardroom.

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Photos courtesy Chris Sinacola

The Amalfi coast — it just ain’t what it used to be.

Sina-cism: An Italian coast steeped in history |  “We moderns too often view history in a linear way, assuming that, over time, things will improve and progress. Or, at the least, that the past is gone forever. In Southern Italy, history is better viewed cyclically. Life clings to the rocks here, as it always has.”

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Massachusetts State House

On Beacon Hill: Rain, rain go away — time for legislators to make some hay |  With one eye on Houston, the runup to the long Labor Day weekend meant it was time for lawmakers, the governor, the attorney general and the treasurer to finish their summer homework assignments before the first class bells have all been rung. Also, Warren, DeVos, Chandler and East Middle.

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Worcester Pride, Sept. 6-10

Worcester Weekly: Worcester Pride, SPM football + more, Sept. 3-9 |  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 [Sept. 3-9]: News and notes from Railers, WCAC, Research Bureau, Gilman Scholars and WPI |  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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