School system’s program for older immigrants deserves chance

The Worcester Public Schools’ New Citizens Center program is still getting its bearings after just one year. And — as not-quite-adult newcomers to the U.S. — its students are struggling to get theirs. Criticism is important, but so is patience. The key is excellence, whatever the setting.

Talking education with Jennifer Davis Carey

“Public schools mean that they are our schools, so we have to support them and take responsibility. We can’t, as a community, say, ‘Do your work and call us later.’ It has to be a meaningful partnership.”

Touches of Spag’s at Whole Foods a classy move

A little Spag’s revival is in store at the new Whole Foods on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, at least in the decor. If the management can recreate some of the culture that took root in that spot, too, that would be a 10-gallon-hat type of tribute.

For Worcester’s three-deckers, it’s an old story

In his recent inaugural address, Mayor Joseph M. Petty said, “As a city, we need to have a conversation about housing.” If the age of Worcester’s three-deckers is any indication, the mayor is absolutely right to make this a priority.

Law & Order: Man stabbed in Pleasant Street neighbor dispute

Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)

Three-year City Council terms merit consideration

A new year is a good time to take a fresh look at old ways of doing things. A proposal to lengthen the term in office for future councilors from two years to three makes sense, so far. With further answers and exploration, in a few years Worcester could have a new election calendar.