Editorial: A protest, a backlash and support — Michael Oppong and Maureen Binienda stand tall | A growing form of protest made its way to Worcester last week when a Doherty High student kneeled during the playing of the national anthem before a football game. When the player announced on social media that he thought he would be suspended, negative reaction and threats were met with shows of support and an object lesson in leadership from Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen F. Binienda.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 93]: What’s the big idea, Dr. Castiel? | Dr. Mattie Castiel — who earned her current job as health guru for the city of Worcester in large part by crafting progressive programs [Hector Reyes House, Cafe Reyes] to get men off the streets, off drugs and on the path to redemption — had another bright idea recently. But it’s September, folks are back from vacation, unraveling their kids’ new, 8-day-a-week activity calendars, and nimbyism is dialed up to 11 across the Seven Hills. So, the good doctor must be off her rocker. Ed Augustus had his say. Now it’s Hitch’s turn.
Poll: Mass. voters lean toward legalizing marijuana, rejecting charter school expansion | The poll released through WBUR shows the highest margin goes to Question 3, where 66 percent of voters surveyed want requirements for animal products grown and sold in Massachusetts prescribing adequate room for egg-laying hens, veal calves and pigs. The divide is closer on Question 4, legalizing marijuana, and Question 2, which would allow for 12 new charter schools annually.
Baby Boomers propel ‘longevity economy’ as assisted living spend soars | By 2025, people older than 65 are expected to make up 18 percent of the state’s population and the number of residents older than 85 is expected to more than double by 2030, according to the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association. Already there are about 15,000 people living in assisted living facilities in Massachusetts and the industry, which contributed $5 billion to the state economy in 2015, is expected to boom as that number rises.
Inbox [Sept. 14]: Worcester sets opportunity fairs, McGovern trumpets $2.4M in rail upgrades, education group to honor WPI’s Leshin, Leadership Conference calls for speakers | Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.
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Diane George’s cooking experience began when she was 14 and started working at Central Kitchen, a bakery on Main Street. Diane says she found her niche early on. “I always loved cooking. It was something I wanted to do.” After decades of honing their culinary skills, Diane and her husband, Richard, were finally able to channel their passion for food into a business of their own. Sloane M. Perron checks out the eatery at the corner of June and Chandler.
The Heart to Hub non-stop commuter rail service has gotten good — but not rave — reviews in its first seven weeks. For 9-to-5 workers, the schedule gets them late to work in Boston and late back home. But while ridership so far might not be up-to-speed with hopes, the service is hailed as a step in the right direction.