Monthly Archives: September 2010

Globe paywall will be on brand-new website

The Boston Globe, now found on, will be creating a new, subscription-only site sometime in 2011.

The existing site will share some content with the new site, but some will be exclusive.

Something about this approach really appeals to me. Why retrofit a site with a paywall when you can start from scratch?

I’m not a big Globe reader, but I’m keeping an eye on this story to see if it reveals anything about the success of the paywall at Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette, owned, as is the Globe, by the New York Times.

Worcester: We don’t need no stinkin’ fluoride

(Credit for the above title to Brendan)

There was an interesting article in the Globe about communities who don’t have their public water supply fluoridated.  There’s a ring around Boston that extends to as far west as Shrewsbury, full of pro-fluoridation towns and cities.  Once you hit Worcester, there are only a handful of towns past us that have fluoridated water.  (See this excellent map for a visual.)

I doubt the fluoridation situation will change in my lifetime, but if you or anyone you know needs dental care, and don’t have dental insurance (or an uncle who’s a dentist), Quinsigamond Community College runs a dental clinic during the academic year at pretty reasonable rates.

(Image: 41 teeth, 6 stacks, and 1 eye, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Brave Heart’s photostream)

Worcester Quote of the Week

“My 99-year-old aunt read about it in the paper and cleaned out all her medicine cabinets,” said Judy Hayden of Worcester, who brought mostly blood-pressure medications. “Thank God they’re doing this, because it seems like the whole city is on pills.”

via “Drop-Offs Aid Effort to Clear Medicine Cabinets” in the New York Times, September 25

(Image: Pills, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from GenBug’s photostream.)

Finding Your Zone

Now that Worcester colleges are back in session, I once again get to feed my WPI FML obsession.

But I also get a newer, more positive obsession: Clark Diaries (feed), which is a group of blogs written by Clark students, who are passionate about stART, Worcester night life, lending libraries, and — yes — downtown!

If you read nothing else, though, you should read Sarah Suprenant’s post Worcester: because Boston is too easy.  Here’s a sample:

I admit it: I originally didn’t want to go to Clark because I was totally turned off by the atmosphere of Worcester. Wista. The Dirty Woo. Wormtown. War Town. Worchester (if you’re not from around here). Whatever you call it, it’s no Boston; I wanted to live in a big, bustling city with cafes and fancy shoppes and galleries. I wanted Newbury Street and Fenway Park and the Esplanade and the theater district. All I saw of Worcester was a dirty, run down city with lots of convenience stores and fast-food chains.

I didn’t look close enough.

Confession time. I love it here now.

Confession time: I’m totally calling this town “The Dirty Woo” from now on!

(Image: blue sky!, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from w’s photostream)

Smithsonian Museum Day on Saturday

 On Saturday, September 25, the Smithsonian partners with museums across the country to offer a free museum day.

Here’s how it works:
Fill out this form, print out the ticket, and bring it to a participating museum for free admission (for two people).

Participating Worcester-area museums are:
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Historical Museum
Willard House & Clock Museum in Grafton
Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston
Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton

(Image: Smithsonian Castle, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Victoria Pickering’s photostream)