Monthly Archives: November 2010

Worcester Energy Barnraisers Fundraiser

via Sustainable Worcester

The Worcester Energy Barnraisers are holding a Pasta Dinner and Tool Fundraiser!

Friday, December 3rd
6 PM – 9 PM
The Woo Church, 911 Main Street

The Energy Barnraisers have been working in the Worcester community on collaborative home energy efficiency projects for just over a year!  We’ve had several successful barnraising events in the community, but we need tools and repair materials to sustain our mission of promoting economic and social justice through grassroots community action! Please join us at this fun event!

There will be:

FOOD: a home-cooked pasta dinner…yum!
MUSIC: local music acts!
RAFFLES: with great prizes like ballroom dancing lessons, a massage at Amethyst Point, a home weatherization kit, and more!

Fundraiser admission is ONE TOOL from our wish list or a suggested donation of $5-20. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing materials for future barnraisings! All tool donations are accepted! Find more info at

All are welcome! 

To RSVP, or for more information about the event or our organization, please visit our website at or contact Heather MacKenzie 978.729.2149

(Image: Tools, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Natasha Wheatland’s photostream.)

“Next Big Thing” at the Palladium, Dec 4

Curious to hear Worcester’s up-and-coming punk/metal/rock bands? They’ll be emerging from the city’s basements this Saturday, December 4, to play an 11-hour, $15 festival at the Palladium called Next Big Thing.


I was alerted to this show by some young friends-of-the-blog whose screamo band “Friends of Foes” is on the lineup. This is one of those concerts where the bands are supposed to sell tickets to their friends, so if you need one you can buy one from these young men: Matt Costa, Jonathan Gateley, Joe Hart, Gabe Cane, Aiden Duffy (, or Asa Needle.

The Snow Ghost and I look forward to seeing you there.

Jeff Barnard, 1948-2010

Our dear friend Jeff Barnard passed away Sunday.

Update: “There will be a gathering of family and friends at The Grafton Inn, 25 Central Square, Grafton, MA on Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM- all are welcome to attend.”

Update: Obituary (pasted below)

As you might expect, online tributes have poured out for the Dean of Worcester Bloggers.

Continue reading Jeff Barnard, 1948-2010

Joe and Shirl Scholarship Auction

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who is quite possibly the most famous Worcesterite to ever write a series of books featuring a heroic cafeteria worker, established a scholarship in his grandparents’ names so that children in “unique familial situations” can attend classes at the Worcester Art Museum.

Jarrett is holding an auction next week (beginning Cyber Monday) to benefit the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund.  You can find more details about the items for auction on his blog, and the auction will go live at this site on Monday.


Edwin Rodriguez Day story

There was a detailed story on Tuesday’s Edwin Rodriguez Day celebration on

“I’m going to continue to work hard to be the best that I can be, and be a positive role model for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club and in our community” said Rodriguez to a pack[ed] house who all came to see the former amateur standout and current rising star in the super middleweight division. Rodriguez, who attempted to deflect the attention from himself was obviously not comfortable being celebrated, however he handled himself with the type of class that you’d expect from someone who has lived beyond his years. Giving deference to his wife Stephanie and crediting her for helping through what has been the most difficult year of his professional life Rodriguez accepted the accolades from the crowd with humility.

(Image:  Edwin Rodriguez Patrick Thompson 2, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from firebrandal’s photostream.)

CSX project under environmental review

If you’ve been following the CSX project, you may be interested in the Environmental Notification Form submitted by the company to the Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs. Under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, projects have to submit a notification form, at which point the EOEEA decides if the project needs an Environmental Impact Report, which would further describe the environmental impact of the project and steps the company plans to take to mitigate it.

The ENF is fairly straightforward reading, and the EOEEA is taking public comment on it until December 13. Be sure to cite the project number, which is 14673.

A few things of interest from the ENF:

  • CSX foresees this change adding only 100 vehicle trips per day to/from this site.
  • They anticipate taking away 108 parking spaces, and generating 7500 gallons less wastewater.
  • Page 4 describes the changes in buildings and the addition of an overpass.
  • Page 5 cites the work they’ve done on emissions (small editorial comment: I’d think this would be the biggest item of concern.)

(Image: CSX 9301, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Ryan Ramsay’s photostream.)

Holy Cross Students speak

Today’s Crusader has a long article about the reaction of the Holy Cross administration and students to the city manager’s public criticism of rowdy parties in general and Father McFarland in particular.

Of interest:

[Paul] Irish [Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards] urged students to put themselves in the College’s neighbors’ perspective. “It’s an ongoing responsibility that the college has, students have, and neighbors have to try to work together to improve the relationship,” he said. “Increasingly, Student Government has been very engaged, as has the president’s office,” he added. “It’s important to let people know it’s ongoing and despite set backs we’re committed to work on this and be good neighbors. And we’re open to new ideas and strategies that can help us.”

Senior Meghan Doherty expressed her frustration with the judgments made by city officials. “I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. [Father McFarland]’s done so many great things for the College,” she said. “He really tries to get to know students. I see him walking around campus on the weekends during the day. He’s getting a lot of blame for this and he doesn’t deserve it.”

There’s also an opinion piece here called “Father McFarland is not the problem.”

(Image: Holy Cross Campus, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Michael Femia’s photostream.)