Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 121]: Maura Healey, what a doll!

Our fair Massachusetts Attorney General lady is no wallflower, that’s for sure. Assault weapons, corporate corruption, saving the environment: she continues to have her say on the big topics — and nobody even needs to ask!

She’s a firecracker, that Maura Healey. Imagine if you could package all that ambition into a gift for the holidays?

Ah, but you don’t have to — that’s what Hitch is here for. Check it out.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 120]: Let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow!

You don’t need Ebenezer Scrooge’s tortured soul to take an enlightening peek into Christmas future.

Just take a downtown Worcester stroll, maybe make your way down to the Canal District, where visions of sugarplumbs and pot brownies may soon be dancing in neighbors’ heads. On the bright side, your holiday shopping will for sure — maybe as soon as next winter — be much more interesting.

Meantime, Hitch pounds the pavement for this year’s perfect gift.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 119]: The Ed Augustus Christmas Carol Tour

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas carol? The Grinch, probably. Mall employees, for sure.

But for many, the soundtrack of the season is a delightful way to distract ourselves from the realities of the rest of the year. And sometimes we can’t help but join in. So what could have inspired City Manager Ed Augustus to break out in song recently?

Hitch was lucky enough to open his door and find out.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 118]: Checking it twice with Charlie Baker

One thing even the luckiest, best-behaved children have learned over the years is that you won’t always find everything from your Christmas list underneath that sagging blue Balsam Fir.

So, y’know, having reasonable expectations and handling disappointment are handy lessons — gifts, you could say — to stuff in your back pocket for later in life. And with sagging revenues nipping at his heels and the holidays in full swing, of course Charlie Baker decided it was time for a trip to the mall.

Hitch tagged along.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 117]: A Very Taxing Worcester Holiday

Taxes are kind of our thing here in Massachusetts. Some of us enjoy taxes so much we simply can’t stop talking about them, especially in Worcester, where the annual dual rate tug-of-war produces a litany of positions, opinions, strange ideas and hyperbole.

Come to think of it — must be Hitch’s turn!

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 116]: A Joe Petty fireside chat

Worcester is under siege. Not by violence or economic disparity, necessarily, or even pigeons or college students, but by rhetoric and hyperbole. And now, maybe more than ever, fear is spreading.

Hitch’s greatest hits: Gomez and Healey and Fresolo — oh my!

Our estimable mayor, hizzoner Mr. Petty, has been around long enough to see days like these ebb and flow — but even he’s not sitting idly by this time. He wants Worcester folks to know, he’s there for you, which is admirable.

Also: downtown gentrification? Still on! Here’s Hitch.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 115]: A billion reasons to smile in Worcester?

Sounds great, doesn’t it — like a big win for homeowners, businesses and municipal officials alike: $1 billion of added property value in the city!

But, dig deeper and you’ll see why Mayor Petty and the City Council are skating victory laps around the Common: all that added value could sufficiently prop up the city’s tax levy so lawmakers concerned with re-election won’t have to consider a major hike to the residential tax rate. Excellent timing there, Mr. Augustus!

But that fact alone couldn’t be behind the dramatic rise, right? Either way, Hitch has an idea about what might have caused the fortuitous result.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 114]: The local lowdown on getting high

While a comfortable (if not overwhelming) majority of state residents cast their ballots in favor of legal recreational marijuana use among adults, their intrepid local officials — particularly in well-heeled towns like many that encircle Worcester — have an entirely different idea about how things should go.

What’s going to happen when these two worlds collide beginning next month? Hitch has his theories.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 113]: Dial ‘T’ for turkey

It’s that time again. Century-spanning high school football rivalries. Migraine-inducing holiday travels. The only potatoes left at the grocery store look like they were there last year. And if mom starts now, the cranberry sauce will be done sliding out of the can in time for dessert.

Yes, the joys of Thanksgiving and ensuing holiday seasons are upon us. There is, though, one particular demographic which feels altogether differently about all this — not that they have much say in the matter. What’s a turkey to do? Hitch knows who to call.

Last year’s turkey ‘toon

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 112]: When it rains, it pours … or something

You’ve seen it, too, right — it’s not just us?! We’ve had some precipitation lately, to be sure. Welcome, at that, despite the dreariness and inconvenience, and the fact that it failed to turn itself into snow.

Well, the reservoirs and drought monitors are not impressed. Historically low capacity. Heightened drought classifications.

So, what’s going to turn the tide? And where’s that dripping noise coming from? Those, and more questions discussed with Hitch, your friendly neighborhood water expert.

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