New Dorrie column♥️…WRTA bus hearing 🕠 from CC Gary Rosen + 🎶!

A late-on-arrival WRTA bus, downtown Worcester. … Gary, BRING BACK THE WRTA FREE SHUTTLE BUS THAT USED TO RUN FROM CITY HALL TO the city’s TRANSPORTATION HUB! WRTA Riders need that connection!! A tough walk to make if you are walking and carrying bags and bundles! Especially in the rain and cold! pic: Rose T.

Be there Feb 24!!!👏👏👏

Here are the details of the Feb. 24 meeting of the (Worc City) Council’s Public Service and Transportation meeting…

Here are the details of the first meeting of this city council term of the council’s Public Service and Transportation Committee.

🚌🚍🚌This meeting will deal only with the quality of the WRTA bus services and the soon-to-be proposed Zero-Fare pilot project.,🚌🚌🚌


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020, 5:30 PM

ESTHER HOWLAND (SOUTH) CHAMBER (3rd floor of Worcester City Hall)

The following items directly from the committee’s Pending List will be discussed by the committee (Gary Rosen, Chair; Councilors Sarai Rivera and Donna Colorio):


1. Petition of Jo😊 Hart request …

2. Communication of Eric Kneeland, Director of Programs & Operations of the 😊Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting, “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA.”
#8a CC June 4, 2019🚌🚌🚌

😊😊3. Order of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request the City Council Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation hold a public hearing(s) to discuss whether the inefficient, under-utilized, taxpayer-subsidized and possibly obsolete WRTA is serving the public transportation needs of Worcester residents.🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌

#10b CC May 28, 2019

👏👏4. Petition of 👏👏👏Jo Hart request City Council work with the City Solicitor and the Department of Transportation to clarify who or what entity is actually responsible for seeing what needs to be done to obtain at minimum a workable level of public transportation for Worcester from the Worcester Regional Transportation Authority (WRTA).

#8g CC November 13, 2018

♥️12. Order of Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Khrystian E. King, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Matthew E. Wally and Mayor Joseph M. Petty – Request Public Service and Transportation Committee hold public hearings throughout the city to consider the recommendations made by the Worcester Municipal Research Report in a report of May 2019. The report deals with the feasibility and desirability of establishing a three-year first of its kind pilot project in Massachusetts in which the WRTA would implement a fare-free system.♥️♥️♥️

♥️♥️♥️As in several other cities and towns across America, it is expected that such a change would significantly increase ridership, reliability and efficiency, among others.

#13b CC January 7, 2020

Please forward this informative email to any individuals or organizations that are interested in all WRTA services and the proposed Zero-Fare pilot project!


Gary Rosen
At-Large Worcester City Councilor
Chair of City Council’s Public Service and Transportation Committee
and Worcester’s Representative on WRTA Advisory Board 🚌🚌🚌


What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

By Dorrie Maynard

Whitney Valentine Card
A Whitney Valentine’s Day card – courtesy of Worcester Historical Museum.

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

I asked a bunch of people because I believe it to be a Hallmark holiday. I feel like there should not be one special day of the year to show love or be loving towards others.  

I am not a fan of chocolate or flowers that have been cut.  I prefer living plants!🌷🌷🌷  

With the price of greeting cards these days, who wants to spend $5 on a card that once opened will probably sit a on shelf for a week and then go in the recycling bin?
Going out to eat isn’t always a good idea: some places get overwhelmed with patrons, and the service and food tends to be just “OK.” I think a perfect gift, if gifts are exchanged, is spending quality time with people or beings  that are special.  My  personal preference of a gift would be a “Spa Day.”   
I think everyday should be like Valentine’s Day!  It doesn’t cost anything to be nice or smile at people EVERY DAY! The way things are in the world today, we could all use some heartfelt happiness from strangers. I try to help the homeless, their pets, and make it a point to smile at people while out and about – most people smile back! 
What I also found is that so many people are so lost in their day to day doings they are too busy to look away from their smart phones or so deep in what they have to get done that they don’t take the time to just “be” a functioning human being with a beating heart!  Yes, we all have one if we are walking on the face of the earth!   

My favorite character from the “Wizard of Oz” movie is the Tin Man. All he wanted was a heart!  My favorite Wizz of Oz quote: “Remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others”.

Another of my all time favorite quotes about the heart is from the Little Prince (by Antoine de saint Exupery): “And now here is a secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 

And … “All grown-ups were once children….but only a few of them remember it.” 

So this Valentine’s Season of ♥️, spread a little love and kindness, or simply just smile at someone who looks like they could use some love!