Bring your own skates. We’ll supply the hot chocolate and warm fire.
Skating Day will take place pending “safe ice” clearance from the City of Worcester.
Crompton Park Ice Skating Rink (at the tennis courts at Crompton Park) — Open daily as weather permits from 10am-5pm. There will be special Friday evenings on January 28 from 5-8pm and February 11 from 5-8pm. Call 508-755-1228 to confirm weather and ice conditions.
Free used skates available if they have a pair that fits you (M-F noon-2pm at Pernet Family Health Service).
Here’s what there is left to do: walk outside with a big Pyrex mixing bowl. Better yet, send your children outside with a big Pyrex mixing bowl. Tell them to go to the cleanest part of the yard — a place where no dog has walked, where no boot has stepped, where no tree has dropped branches — and scoop up snow. The top layer of snow is ideal, and if it has been sleety, so the top layer is a little bit icy, all the better.
Scoop snow into individual bowls. Drizzle with maple syrup.
You have just made maple syrup snowcones, which I assure you are the finest dessert you will find mid-winter in New England.
The city maintains a site regarding snow removal, and it’s worth pointing out that if you are an elderly or disabled homeowner, you may be eligible for free or really cheap snow removal. Here’s a (pdf) list of folks you can contact about snow removal.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Benjamin and Stephen Taylor, former Globe executives and members of the family that owned and ran the Globe for a century, are backing Aaron Kushner’s bid to buy the Globe.
Why should you care? If Dan Kennedy is right, the “significance of the Taylors’ involvement is that there now will be support within influential circles for the Times Co. to return the Globe to local ownership.” And the Telegram would likely be included in the bid to buy the Globe.
Kushner is reported to be making an offer for the Globe (and, presumably, the Telegram and all associated websites) in a few months.
Q. How did you afford to open a store while in college?
A. I was the treasurer of the student body. I said, ‘Let’s raise the revenue to start the store by asking the student body to vote on a tax.’ So then we had the money and the authority to open up a nonprofit convenience store on campus. It was great! I hired a carpenter and I bought the equipment from a department store that went out of business. I don’t dance, I don’t sing; it felt to me like the most artistic pursuit of my life.
The conference is open to all students, boys & girls, grades 7-12.
The conference cost is $45.00 per student. This fee includes all supplies, lunch, and a snack. The deadline for registration is February 11.
The keynote speaker will be Andre Dubus III. [Aside: I met him for about three minutes when he taught at the alma mater and he was wicked nice.] The keynote address, which will begin at 5:00, is free and open to the public, however, space is limited; check out their website for how to reserve a seat.
Jim mentioned that last night’s American Idol featured Worcester resident Michael Perotto (the son of the former city councilor of the same name).
Entertainment Weekly gave the following description of his performance: ‘An adult baby in a colorful plaid shirt refrained from burping long enough to give “Proud Mary” a shot and beg the very reasonable question, “Did you eat paint chips as a child?”‘
This blogger said that he ‘sang “Proud Mary” so bad, Ike came back from the dead to hit Tina again’. Another blogger said ‘Michael Perotto keeps burping, I like him already. They’re being too harsh on him, he wasn’t THAT bad! At least he was hitting 75% of the notes, it just doesn’t sound good. The tone isn’t great.’
This is the only video I can find of his performance…judge for yourself:
On January 16, 2011 at approximately 12:31 PM Worcester Police responded to 17 Clapp Street for a report of a person who appeared deceased. Upon the officers’ arrival they observed the victim, Joseph Scott, 45 years old of the same address, lying on the ground and unresponsive. Paramedics at the scene pronounce Mr. Scott deceased. The victim was discovered to have a puncture wound to his chest; it is unknown at that time what caused the wound.
At one point in the argument, Ms. Sanabria, who is the girlfriend of the victim, grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest. After the stabbing, the victim walked away and went to his room; he was discovered deceased later on in the day.