November 12, 2017

Worcester Sun, Nov. 12-18: Mariano on tone-deaf leadership, Money Stop up for bid, a taste of deadhorse hill, Gaffney’s gone + more

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National Democratic leaders, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, have some work to do, Ray says.

Sun columnist

Mariano: Democratic leaders are tone-deaf

Ray Mariano

“For the past decade, the Democratic Party has been losing voters who used to be the bedrock of their support; blue-collar workers, even union members. … Democrats need an agenda and a message that shows the American people what they stand for – who they are willing to fight for. Democrats must offer a vision of hope.”

Money Stop

Sun Staff

MassDevelopment bought the Money Stop building downtown in June. Now it’s looking for a permanent owner.

MassDevelopment opens bidding process on Money Stop building |  MassDevelopment, which bought the building at Main and Chatham streets in June, issued a request for proposals and qualifications last week. The RFPQ is supplemented by a number of supporting documents that open a window into the conditions developers may face in taking over many of the aging, sometimes neglected buildings that make up the majority of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s downtown renewal plan.

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You won’t find a typical sundae at deadhorse hill — but then, that’s not what they’re all about.

So hungry you could eat a Horse Feast? Try deadhorse hill |  At deadhorse hill, the trendy, well-regarded downtown eatery, Chef Jared Forman’s tasting menu is one of breathtaking explorations into the American palate. Coupling a unique approach to seasonal items with a regular rotation of inspiring presentations, the tasting menu we recently sampled provided all sorts of surprises. Giselle Rivera-Flores finds out what all the fuss is about on North Main Street.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 214]: Celebrating Mike Gaffney’s departure |  What a long, strange trip it’s been! Quibble with the means to his ends all you want, but the most polarizing politician in recent Worcester history sure knew how to stir up support and keep his name in the headlines before his bizarre decision to exit stage left. He abruptly abandoned a platform — and ardent group of backers — that two years earlier made him a legitimate challenger to Mayor Petty. Voters, clearly, have had enough of his antics. Hitch thinks he’ll still be missed, though.

More Hitch on Gaffney:

Courtesy Sen. Moore's office

Sen. Michael O. Moore

Editorial: Sen. Moore offers timely bill on campus sexual assault |  Legislation progressing on Beacon Hill would provide clarity and guidance on the issue of sexual violence at Massachusetts colleges. Meanwhile, the federal government is beginning a revamp of Obama administration rules that could be a step backward in providing students a safe and supportive campus atmosphere.

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Yet s’mores liberal hypocrisy on display |  “Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame came to Worcester on Nov. 4 to sweeten the effort by ‘People Govern, Not Money’ to gather signatures to put a question on the 2018 state election ballot that seeks to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. I’ll never eat his ice cream again.”

Sam Doran / State House News Service

Sen. Karen Spilka had harsh words for the Baker administration’s healthcare reform stance earlier this year. And she’s still none too happy.

On Beacon Hill: Eleventh month, eleventh hour |  Whatever the ultimate reason (human nature, justification for a full-time Legislature, and a lack of absolute deadlines are suspected), the House and Senate again headed into the final few days of formals for the year having put off for November what they could have accomplished in February, May or September. Plus, Warren, Franken, McGovern, Galvin and altered police reports.

Jon Endow / Courtesy WPI Athletics

Senior Ama Biney of Grafton Hill is one of the top athletes in WPI history.

Worcester Weekly: Worcester City Tournament, Social Upheaval + more, Nov. 12-18 |  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.

College notebook

Clark Grad School of Management

Courtesy of Clark University

Clark University’s Graduate School of Management was named a ‘Best’ B-School by Princeton Review.

The Quad [Nov. 12-18]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, Assumption and Anna Maria |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to 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.

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Worcester Public Library.

Inbox [Nov. 12-18]: News and notes from Worcester Public Library, Bravehearts, Bancroft School, DA, Unitarian Universalist Church, ACE |  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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