Monthly Archives: September 2011

D1 and D5 candidates on WCRN tomorrow

When I received a forwarded email about “Saturday on THE RAVE”, I was expecting club drugs and young people with too much makeup on.  While the idea of certain candidates at an actual rave would likely spice up an otherwise quiet campaign season, candidates discussing issues (without the distractions of blacklight) is the next best thing. 

If you can, call in, take notes, and listen to the debates that affect your district.  Details below…

The District 1 & 5 City Council candidates will face off and discuss the issues this SATURDAY, October 1 on WCRN 830 AM’s the RAVE (Rosen And Vecchio Experience).

Here’s the schedule:

2:30 – 3:30 PM     Bill Eddy & James Kalogeropoulos (District 5)
4:00 – 5:00 PM     Tony Economou & Virginia Ryan (District 1)

The call in number is: 508-438-0965.

(Image: Rave, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed image from tuxthepenguin84’s photostream.)

Ballot petition time

While it may be the height of local election season for 2011, you may have been stopped by signature collectors outside of stores for initiatives for the statewide ballot in 2012. Curious about what they’re collecting for? Here’s the list:

112242: PET A: Medical Use of Marijuana (LAW)

112243: PET B: Promoting Excellence in Public Schools (LAW)

112244: PET C: Limiting Amount Water and Sewer Rates May Be Raised (LAW)

112245: PET D: Repeal Mandate Providing Access to Quality Health Care (LAW)

112246: PET E: Do Not Call List to Regulate Certain Charitable Solicitations (LAW)

112257: PET F: Provision of Health Insurance (CON AMEND) (note—it’s in for the 2014 election since it’s a constitutional amendment)

112255: PET G: Death with Dignity (LAW)

112247: PET H: Updating the Bottle Bill (LAW)

112256: PET I: Create a Citizens’ 9/11 Investigation Commission (LAW)

112248: PET L: Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles (LAW)

112249: PET O: Limited Beer & Wine Licenses for Grocery Stores and Supermarkets (LAW)

112250: PET P: Insurance Underwriting & Rating of Motor Vehicle Insurance (LAW)

112251: PET Q: Whale Safe Fishing Act (LAW)

112252: PET R: Presentation of Identification to Vote (LAW)

112253: PET S: An Act Relative to M.G.L. c. 209A (LAW)

112254: PET T: Right to Cancel an Auto Sale (LAW)

If you’re interested in figuring out what these are about (often the collectors are paid workers and are unable to answer questions), you can read the petitions (and keep up to date on them) here.

h/t to Joshua Meduna, Assistant Director of Elections for the City of Worcester

Candidate Forums & Profiles

There are going to be two (very livebloggable) candidate forums coming up.

There will be a School Committee Forum next Wednesday, October 5th, from 6pm-8pm at the YWCA.

There will also be a City Council At-Large Forum on Wednesday, October 12th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Mt. Carmel.

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In case you’d like more information about candidates in the meantime, WCCA produced three episodes of candidate profiles.

WCCA Candidate Profiles Episode 1:

WCCA Candidate Profiles Episode 2:

WCCA Candidate Profiles Episode 3:

On this day in 1867…

… a Worcester newspaper announced that “in accordance with the desire of a number of citizens,” a freedmens’ office would be established to make it easy for white employers to hire African Americans, newly arrived from the South. As a result of contact with soldiers and teachers from Worcester County, escaping and later emancipated slaves gravitated to central Massachusetts. The city’s black population doubled in the 1860s, and the Civil War-era migration continued into the late nineteenth century. With help from the northerners who had befriended them, the local African American community, and the area’s abolitionists, the refugees began to build families and institutions. The cultural traditions these southern migrants brought with them made Worcester’s small black community a vibrant one.
However, the initial promise and optimism of those times would not fully be realized.  Read the whole post at MassMoments.

From the lions to the lake!

On Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30, you can be there for the grand opening of the East Side Trail, running “from the lions to the lake!”
As of Wednesday, you will be able to start at East Park (the lions) and hike to Lake Quinsigamond (the lake), crossing only two streets, but also going through:

  • meadows, granite quarries, and forest.
  • different types of Northern hardwood forest.
  • steep slopes,and gentle grades.

The trail walks along a City bathing beach, passes to the foot of Worcester’s historic old Coal Mine shafts (long since closed), and a spur to the Massachusetts Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.
For directions go to:
For more information call: 508-795-3838

Worcester Bike Path Survey

A group of WPI students are doing a project to develop a plan to build a commuter bike path through Worcester.

They have developed a survey, and they want to distribute it to as many people who live, study, or work in Worcester as possible.

If you or anyone you know is interested in completing this survey, you can find it here.

(Image: Bicycle Boulevard 1, a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licensed image from Payton Chung’s photostream.)

Poets’ Corner

Inspired by Councilor Petty’s John Donne reference during his announcement of his run for mayor, the scribes of wrcstr are pleased to suggest councilor/poet match-ups for the rest of the Worcester City Council.

For Councilor Lukes, we respectfully suggest T.S. Eliot:

Here is no water but only rock
Rock and no water and the sandy road
The road winding above among the mountains
Which are mountains of rock without water
If there were water we should stop and drink
Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think

For Mayor O’Brien, Samuel Taylor Coleridge is appropriately visionary (‘though we hasten to add that this is due to enthusiasm and lack of sleep in the Mayor’s case):

And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war !
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.

For Councilor Toomey, ee cummings gives an appropriate mix of hope and pathos:

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little lame baloonman
whistles far and wee

and eddyandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s

For Councilor Germain, Jack Kerouac:

I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

For Councilor Rushton, William S. Burroughs:

Power Is Often Quiet Very
Power Is Very Quiet Often
Power Is Very Often Quiet
Power Is Quiet Often Very
Power Is Quiet Very Often
Power Often Very Quiet Is
Power Often Very Is Quiet

For Councilor Smith, Lord Byron (‘though it must be said that he is taking this better than Byron):

My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
Are mine alone!

For Councilor Palmieri, Allen Ginsberg gives the appropriate measure of energy and challenging narrative line:

What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open
their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?
Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the stairways!Boys sobbing in armies! Old men weeping in the parks!

For Councilor Clancy,  the thunderous tones of John Milton:

Here all ye Angels, progeny of light,
Thrones, princedoms, dominations, virtues, powers,
Hear my decree, which unrevok’d shall stand…

For Councilor Haller, Robert (Robbie) Burns:

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’ tippenny, we fear nae evil;
Wi’ usquabae, we’ll face the devil!

For Councilor Eddy, William Carlos Williams:

The tree lay down
on the garage roof
and stretched, You
have your heaven,
it said, go to it.

Literary disputation welcome in the comments.