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Feelin’ stronger every day! District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller has been at her job since 2002 – and she’s still lovin’ it!

By Rosalie Tirella

One day District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller got a call from a constituent. The person lived in Main South and was annoyed as hell. There was a cleaning company across the street power washing/vacuuming the wall-to-wall carpeting in the apartment building across the street. Trouble was the power vacuum’s big hose was being run up the side of the building – not taken inside to do the job – so all the vacuuming (and crap being sucked up) was whooshing and brrr-brr-ing in the middle of the neighborhood – for everybody to hear.

Haller went to check it out. God! What a racket! The truck and its machine were loud. Haller could see why the neighbors were so upset. Then she made the classic Barbara Haller move – she went up to the truck, poked her head inside its window and yanked the plug out. The noise stopped; the machine stopped. The neighborhood was peaceful again. “I didn’t know I was going to do that until I got there,” Haller says.

The guys running the machinery ran out to see what was going one – and got miffed at hands-on Haller. Haller called Building and Code on her mobile phone – and after some negotiating, the City of Worcester made the company install mufflers on its giant vacuum cleaner. Thank you, Building and Code. Thank you, Barbara Haller.

One autumn day Haller sees a guy – obviously drunk – sprawled out on a Piedmont neighborhood street. He is scrawny, unshaved and sporting an unhealthy complexion. Haller, a dumpling shaped 60 year old, parks her little SUV by the curb and jumps out. She walks up to the guy, looks down on him. The guy – even in his drunken stupor – recognizes Haller. With a sigh he acknowledges this apparition. In an exasperated tone of voice he says, “I’m fine, Barbara Haller. I’m fine.” He waves her away. Haller is uncomfortable with this. But the guy tells her he can stay on the curb if he wants. He is annoyed. “Barbara Haller,” he says again and then falls back on the sidewalk again.

Seems everyone in District 4 knows their city councilor. Continue reading Feelin’ stronger every day! District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller has been at her job since 2002 – and she’s still lovin’ it!

District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller – Queen of Castle Park!

By Peggy Middaugh
Resident, Castle Park Neighborhood

Basketball pickup games; kids on swings; soccer tournaments; families picnicking; mothers with strollers ; handball games. All of these are familiar scenes these days in Castle Park, a little known gem located in the heart of Main South. One block off Main Street, it is a peaceful four acre oasis of green, open space and recreational space enjoyed by local residents.

But it hasn’t always been like this. In the early 1990s, Castle Park was an overgrown, trash strewn, abandoned lot. It was well known for illegal drug activities, and needles and drug paraphernalia were everywhere.

But Barbara Haller had a vision. What a crime, she thought, to have such an historical treasure go to waste – and especially in a neighborhood bereft of green open spaces. She was determined to bring it back to reflect its former glory, Continue reading District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller – Queen of Castle Park!

The WPD sticks it to Haller; The police union and Joe O’Brien: a match made in hell

By Rosalie Tirella

I got my hands on some police union minutes – juicy stuff, when it comes to pols and which political candidates the police unions are backing.  The minutes of a recent meeting of IBPO Local 504 have the cops deciding to hell with District 4 City Counilor Barabara Haller who has worked with them to make Main South and the rest of the inner-city safer – to hell with her and onwards and upwards for Grace Ross, Haller’s opponent. becaise Ross will fund the Quinn Bill and more. The minutes (which are several pages long) state: “Grace Ross is running in District 4. She is totally pro-labor … .” Barbara Haller, according to the police union minutes, “filed an order requesting that the City Manager provide the [City] Council report explaining the steps necessary for the City Council to revise its 1987 vote [editor’s note, more like 2006!] relative to the Quinn Bill. President Cummings said that this means only one thing – that Barbara Haller has taken a posititon in direct opposition to our best interests. We need to work in the upcoming election to see that she is defeated.” Continue reading The WPD sticks it to Haller; The police union and Joe O’Brien: a match made in hell