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?

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.

Top Spots: Hitch’s Greatest Hits — Gomez, Healey and Fresolo, oh my!

It’s been about a year since we brought the band back together, convincing award-winning observers Chris Sinacola and David Hitch to dust off their considerable skills and join the Sun family. To celebrate the milestone, join us in taking a look back at some of the best stuff they’ve delivered to our lucky members. Here’s Hitch. Click on the links below for introductions and full-size versions. In lieu of shopping … Greendale Mall, 1987-2016


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 110]: A vote of confidence for Worcester

It was those famed political observers Keith Richards and Sir Michael Phillip Jagger who once said, “You can’t always get what you want.”

This was, of course, in response to the 1968 U.S. presidential election, in which Richard Nixon narrowly defeated Hubert H. Humphrey (in the popular vote), and up to which today’s America should hold a mirror to observe just how lucky we are.

What with all the progress made between then and last Tuesday, you just might find you’ll get what you need with Hitch, who sees high times ahead at the ballot box.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 109]: Election reflection

It’s been a long few months for all sorts of people: campaign volunteers, political pundits, fact checkers, Manhattan spray tanners. But most especially, it’s been an interminable election season for all those conscientious voters out there.

Lots on your plates!

So now, maybe, it’s time for a deep breath. Take a minute to lean back, stare at the sky and try to make sense of all the nonsense, possibly even learn a thing or two for next time. One thing’s for sure, Hitch can help with that.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 108]: Political animals, a Sunday morning revue

You know all about the donkeys and elephants roaming from the Redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, leaving ignominious signs of their herd’s migration patterns on front lawns across the country. These highly domesticated, if not entirely sophisticated, animals we are very familiar with, indeed, these days.

Hitch has an eye on some other species that could leave Worcester thinking about opening a zoo.

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