Monthly Archives: April 2011

Local “Problem Pregnancy” vandalized

Local conservative blogger Datech Guy notes that Problem Pregnancy was recently vandalized. (His photo below.)

The last politically-motivated vandalism I recall was of the Park Ave military recruiting station in 2009, when it was happening repeatedly. (My photo below.)


Considering how much graffiti there is in Worcester, I assume this sort of thing happens all the time, and only gets press when an organization decides to make it a story.

Recycling, of interest

Yesterday, RadioBoston devoted half an hour to Boston’s low recycling rate (that is, 13% to Worcester’s 43%).  Worcester’s pay-as-you throw method was discussed in some depth.  Boston is also thinking about implementing single-stream (what we know as zero-sort) recycling.

We often forget about it, especially when we get a roll of extra-thin yellow bags, but recycling is one area where Worcester excels, and continues to be forward-thinking.

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

Photo Post roundup

I’ve come across a few Worcester-related photos and posts you might enjoy…

There was a great, take-you-into-every-nook-and-cranny post about Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace on Trail to Train.

You can look at this post if you missed the Art of Africa exhibit at Holy Cross. 

Jackie at staying focused 365 loves WoMag on Tap.

Dave Lawler has had great pictures of City Hall, the Boulevard Diner, and Worcester Common.

And Sarah is the newest Worcester photoblogger.

Millbrook Street sinkhole featured on sinkhole website

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the internet had to offer…there’s a sinkhole website.

(You’re welcome.)

Lecture with Clark U’s Richard Ford Tonight

Clark University’s Richard Ford will be giving a talk called “Listening to the People: Development as If People Mattered,” tonight, April 12, from 7-8 PM, at Worcester Academy’s Ross Auditorium, Warner Theater; via Worcester Academy Open Gates.

Richard Ford, Ph.D. Research Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University,  has 40 years field experience in rural African land use and management. His writings focus on community institutions, integration of traditional practices into contemporary decision-making and policy, poverty alleviation, conflict mediation, and community-based planning. He has worked in 25 African countries (especially Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland, Ghana, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Senegal, Mali, The Gambia, Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, and Rwanda) on these themes. More recently, he has conducted field research and training in India, The Philippines, Romania, Iraq, Bangladesh, and the South Pacific. In 1988, working jointly with colleagues from Clark and Kenya’s National Environment Secretariat, he adapted the Rapid Rural Appraisal to be responsive to community priorities and needs. This was the beginning of PRA. Since that time, PRA has spread to many thousands of agencies in Africa and elsewhere.

Highlights from the Holy Cross Police Blotter

You know you’ve been waiting for it.

Sunday, April 3 – Lehy Hall: Student was sleep walking. Officer escorted to friend’s room. Peace was restored.

Saturday, April 2 – Dinand Library: Student reported a beaver sighting between Dinand Library and Science Complex.

Friday, April 1 – Hogan Campus Center: Suspicious Incident reported involving a short man in his mid 40s, with a beard, jacket, shoulder bag. He was in the bookstore and left towards Crossroads.

Also of interest — more on-campus weekend night activities.