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The schedule of Department of Justice hearings on race and Worcester

ALL OF these public hearings are scheduled for:

Mondays ………. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


May 18:

Overview of dialogue process and setting the stage for dialogue

YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square

June 1:

Representative Government

Quinsigamond Community College, 670 W Boylston St.

June 8:

Public Safety

Belmont AME Zion Church, 55 Illinois St.

June 15:

Youth and Education

Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive (tentative)

June 22:

Media and Online Social Networks

JCC – Jewish Community Center, 633 Salisbury St.

June 29:

Economic Development

Friendly House, 36 Wall St.

July 13:

Report back and next steps

Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St.


SPEAK UP! Speak out!!

For more information, contact or call 508-799-1152.

Downtown Worcester unfolding …


Monday, April 27, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern will join representatives from New Garden Park (NGP), the 501(c)3 entity of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), Worcester State University (WSU), and state and local officials to officially open the Innovation Center of Worcester at 20 Franklin St., in downtown Worcester.

What:   U.S. Representative Jim McGovern to Join Local Officials to Celebrate Launch of Innovation Center

When: Monday, April 27

9 am – 10 am

Where: 20 Franklin Street, Worcester

Be there!

Here’s The Boston Globe column on Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce head Tim Murray …

… that we wrote about a week or so ago when we were posting on the Brady Sullivan deal and the former Worcester County Courthouse. … I wanted to add it to the other two Murray fund-raising scandal stories I had posted, but I couldn’t locate it … I have made some sentences bold.

– R. Tirella

Murray’s exit good news for Democrats

By Scot Lehigh

Globe columnist January 18, 2013

In his six years as a statewide office holder, Tim Murray has pulled off an astounding feat. He has become that rare politician who seems too small for the lieutenant governor’s job.

It’s not just that Murray never grew in the job. He actually seemed to shrink there. That reality makes Murray’s announcement that he won’t run for governor good news for the Democratic Party and a victory for common sense.

In his letter to supporters, Murray invoked the usual malarkey that politicians resort to when they decide retreat is their best course: Running would require too much time away from his family.

But everyone knows the real reason Murray is bowing out. After his entanglement with ethically challenged Middlesex County rogue Michael McLaughlin, the lieutenant governor was and is a severely damaged figure.

When the Globe reported that McLaughlin, then the hugely overpaid Chelsea housing authority chief, was raising political funds for Murray, in possible violation of federal law, Murray and his team seemed utterly clueless about how to handle it.

Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, Murray claimed he hadn’t realized that McLaughlin was raising money for him. He further complained that no one had told him about McLauglin’s unsavory reputation. Had that latter assertion been true, the best one could say is that it made Murray look like either a dope or a dupe. But as I’ve previously reported, several credible sources say that Murray had indeed been warned about McLaughlin.

His political team seemed to think that ducking into a gopher hole and leaving the impression that Murray was somehow constrained from discussing the matter because McLaughlin is under investigation was a savvy strategy. Actually, that made Murray seem like someone with something to hide, an elected official unwilling to level with the press or the public.

Inside the administration, meanwhile, there were regular worries about the political allies Murray pushed for government posts, all with an eye to his political future.

A prime example of Murray’s propensity for playing pack-a-hack was his recommendation of McLaughlin’s son Matthew for a $60,000 post on a state board that hears appeals from people who have lost their licenses. That appointment came despite Matthew McLaughlin’s own spotty driving record. After the larger McLaughlin scandal broke, the Patrick administration broomed the younger McLaughlin from that job. Murray also embarrassed the administration by larding up various housing authority boards with his cronies.

Still, despite his many political liabilities, Murray would have occupied a certain political space in a Democratic field: That of a reasonably well-funded insider with a network of party regulars and strong ties to organized labor. In this day and age, those are only middling assets, but they could have made him a factor in the Democratic field.

But even in the unlikely event that he had emerged as the nominee, he would have been easy picking for Republican Charlie Baker, if, as expected, he runs again.

At this early stage, the Democrats lack a particularly persuasive gubernatorial hopeful. But Murray’s announcement at least means they won’t be embarrassed by a thoroughly unpersuasive one.

Volunteer to fight hunger in Worcester!

United Way of Central Massachusetts is excited to take part in National Volunteer week, April 12-18! That’s next week!

We need volunteers for projects that help fight hunger and food insecurity in our community.

Get a team together for a weekday project or bring your friends and family on Saturday!

Have fun and team-build while participating in projects that range from:


Labeling seedlings

Building a food pantry …

Limited spots are available for weekday projects.

For more information:

United Way of Central Massachusetts 484 Main St., Worcester


Tomorrow! Downtown! Lessons Learned from Turnaround Schools!

Please join us for a Community meeting!

Thursday, April 9

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Fuller Conference Center at the
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

25 Foster St., Worcester

In 2010, Massachusetts set its sights on turning around its lowest performing schools.

What practices and leadership led to the accelerated improvement and measurable success in these schools?

What can we apply or bring to scale to improve teaching and learning in all Worcester schools?


Marie Morse, Principal, Union Hill School

Deborah Lantaigne, Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

Kareem Tatum, Assistant Principal, Union Hill School

Len Zalauskas, Education Association of Worcester

Sponsored by the Worcester Education Collaborative

This event is free and open to the public!

Kids! Join the City of Worcester YOUTH COUNCIL!

The Worcester Youth Opportunities Office is accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Youth Council nomination process.

Please contact for more information!

The City of Worcester Youth Council was created in January of 2012 to establish a representative body of young people living in the City of Worcester between the ages of 14 and 19.

The Worcester Youth Council gives young people a direct connection to local government. Youth Councilors take part in civic engagement, leadership development and planning and decision making opportunities.

The Worcester Youth Council will also execute the following assignments:

·         Encouraging youth civic participation

·         Enhancing young people’s roles in their community

·         Making recommendations, presentations and advocating on issues that affect  youth their age

·         Involving youth in community awareness and community service projects

·         Forming and strengthening relationships with community governance

·         Encouraging voter registration for eligible youth

·         Eligible youth representation on city Boards, Commissions, Committees and Councils

·         Worcester City Council shadowing opportunities

·         Public speaking

Farm to you! Register by April 1

Join leaders from across the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional foods into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions for three days of learning, sharing, exploring and connecting.

Register online before April 1 for the Farm to Institution Summit, April 7-9 at UMass Amherst!

CLICK HERE to register!

Scholarships available!

The Farm to School Forum is on April 7

You are welcome to register for one, two or all three days of the conference!

April 8 is the Cross Sector Forum which aims to encourage education, networking and collaboration between organizations, institutions and government agencies within and across state boundaries.

The Farm to College and Farm to Health Care Forums will be held on April 9.

Online registration closes on Wednesday, so act now!

We hope to see you there!

From REC, re: WORCESTER Earth Day cleanups

REC invites you to join us in our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, Saturday, April 18, to commemorate Earth Day.

With your help we can do even more this year to make Worcester a better place to live and work!

We are always looking for new sites to clean up and more volunteers to lend a helping hand. If you know of a Worcester neighborhood/site and would like to spearhead the clean-ups, we encourage you to sign up as a site-coordinator. But if you are looking for ways to just get involved that day, please sign up as a volunteer.



Become an Earth Day Site Coordinator!

Become an Earth Day Volunteer!

The cleanups are truly a community-wide event; last year marked out 25th year of joining together with local businesses, neighbors and friends to clean a record number of city streets, neighborhoods and parks.

We are only able to achieve the amazing results we do by the sponsorship of local businesses, in-kind donations. and the volunteerism of more than 1,000 volunteers. If you would like to give a financial contribution to our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, please sign up as a sponsor.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Hanh at 508-799-9139 or

We look forward to working with everyone this year to make Worcester a cleaner, safer, and healthier city. We couldn’t do it without you!

Tomorrow! Be there! Let city leaders know you want JOBS for Worcesterites!

MAKE SURE BRADY SULLIVAN DOESN’T LEAVE LOCAL WORKERS OUT IN THE COLD if they get the old Worcester courthouse job!

MAKE SURE THEY HIRE SHOPS WITH APPRENTICE PROGRAMS if they are chosen to redevelop the old Worcester courthouse by Lincoln Square!

Local jobs for locals!  Now!     – R. Tirella


Worcester City Hall
Main Street
5 p.m.

Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee:

Rick Rushton(chair), Sarai Rivera & George Russell

Hearing on Courthouse Development

5 pm, Tuesday, March 31

3rd floor,  Worcester City Hall

What do we want the City to do in the Courthouse agreement ?

·         to provide local jobs for local people

·         have an agreement that is verifiable, “better effort” isn’t good enough

·         put a penalty in place if the agreement is broken

Please come and add your voice and your support!

Local Jobs for Local People!