October 29, 2017

Worcester Sun, Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Mariano breaks down the municipal election, Sinacola too, Railers’ Lannon tailors a comeback + more

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Mariano: Some thoughts about the upcoming election

Ray Mariano

“With more than 80 percent of those citizens of voting age expected to stay home, what you do on Election Day says as much about our democracy and our community as anything the candidates might say or do.”

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Sinacola opines on Worcester’s lackluster ballot.

Sina-cism: Montaigne is not on this inconsequential Worcester ballot |  “It will make next to no difference who wins. If Dante Comparetto joins the School Committee, or Benjamin Straight grabs an at-large City Council seat, they’ll discover how quickly bureaucracy, long meetings, and gadfly constituents can drain life from a human soul.”

Worcester Railers / Rich LeBlanc

Ryan Lannon, who grew up in Grafton, now laces up his skates for the Railers — after four years out of pro hockey.

Railers’ Lannon hopes to have extended comeback up his sleeves |  Ryan Lannon said his parents are used to him telling them he’s going to do something a little, well, unexpected. Like, for example, when he said last month he wanted to come out of retirement four years after his last game as a professional hockey player to join up with the expansion Worcester Railers. “Their first instinct was I was going to coach. When I told them it was as a player, they kind of laughed and smiled. It’s not the first crazy thing I’ve told my parents.”

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Cutting the ribbon on QCC’s new Southbridge CSET lab.

The Quad [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: Four things to know from Assumption, Clark, Becker and QCC |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to send a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and point Sun members your way.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 210]: Quite a fright for WRTA and its riders |  It’s not easy being in the bus business these days. Everybody wants faster, cleaner, quieter — but nobody wants to pay for it. In Worcester, it seems, riders have been spooked. The trick RTA administrators pulled earlier this year, hiking fares while trimming stops, has treated the organization’s coffers about how one might expect. Hitch digs deep into his bag of goodies for this one.


The MIAA has the wrong “titleist” on the books thanks to an ill-written rule.

Editorial: MIAA at fault in girl-golfer flap |  Everyone knows who really won a high school golf tournament in Uxbridge last week. But bizarrely, because of her gender and an arcane rule, Emily Nash of Lunenburg didn’t take home the trophy. Instead, the second-place finisher took the prize. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rule is wrong and unfair. But everything was right about the perspective and presence-of-mind both athletes showed.

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo

On Beacon Hill: The Justice League |  The idea of criminal justice reform has been held out for years by Beacon Hill legislators as a worthy and necessary goal. But it has been a difficult puzzle to assemble — until the Senate pressed a key piece into place Friday. Alas, House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a different justice matter on his plate. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Healey, Baker and economic growth.

Worcester Weekly: Railers, Something’s Brewing + more, Oct. 29-Nov. 6 |  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.

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Inbox [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: News and notes from Idea Lab, Technocopia, MassDiGI, YWCA, Congregation Beth Israel, Pagano Media and Center for Living & Working |  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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