Stearns Tavern

Editorial: In praise of a community that came to the rescue

It’s right there at 140 Mill St., on the corner of Mill and Coes. It’s large by comparison, but does not look out of place.

It’s surrounded by fence and retains visible scars from its most recent ordeal.

In a few years time, when the Stearns Tavern is the centerpiece of a city park, we suspect and fear the details of how the historic building was saved from destruction may become just a footnote. This would be a shame.

While the continued development of downtown Worcester has garnered much well-deserved recognition this year, we believe the effort to save Stearns Tavern merits more attention, truly showcasing community at its best.

Worcester Weekly: Jingle 5K, Craftershock! + more to do, Dec. 11-18

Sunday, Dec. 11 — Craftershock! 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave.  This city has many things that make it distinct, unique even. Indeed we have a rich and proud history bursting at the seams with difference-makers of all shapes and sizes — from Goddard’s rockets to Ball’s smiley faces, from Abbey’s activism to Abbie’s activism. Now, for sure, roller derby couldn’t possibly provide the impact of, say, feverish abolitionism or advocacy of women’s rights, but Worcester Roller Derby is both a fascinating sporting endeavor and a home-away-from-home that provides an often important community for its members.

Check out our free feature story on WoRD’s social (and physical) impact

Liz Couture, aka T-Flex

Joe Parello / For Worcester Sun

Liz Couture, aka T-Flex


Clearly these are no one-dimensional ladies. And for the sixth year, WoRD is putting on its “alternative craft fair,” featuring more than 70 vendors (and free admission). Homemade jewelry, vintage goods, art and photography, gifts and more. You’re going to be out shopping anyway — plus why risk making these women angry?!

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Wednesday, Dec. 14 — City Services Q&A, 3-4 p.m., 2nd Floor, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  You’d think the city might want to make clear that they will not be taking questions about snow removal or taxes. This is, though, a pretty nifty service to have at your disposal — at least you can see all those rising tax dollars at work!

Inbox [Nov. 30]: Worcester trumpets top bond rating, Petty renews statewide gun buyback push, literacy group announces new leadership, Brain Injury Association elects board president

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Worcester gets highest-ever bond rating from Fitch

Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced the city of Worcester has received its highest-ever municipal bond rating from Fitch Ratings, a global independent credit rating agency.

The agency upgraded the city’s municipal bond rating to AA, up from AA-.

Edward M. Augustus Jr.

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Edward M. Augustus Jr.

Worcester is rated annually by three independent rating agencies. In addition to the Fitch Ratings AA (stable) rating, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard and Poor’s Rating Service have reaffirmed the city’s strong ratings of Aa3 (stable) and AA- (stable), respectively.

“The entire community should take great pride in the city’s improved credit rating,” Augustus said. “It is a statement that the city has strong management, demonstrated positive financial performance over time, and continued economic development growth. It required us to execute a coordinated long-range plan, making difficult decisions in order to deliver consistent, steady progress to expand our tax base, grow our reserves, and address our long-term liabilities.”

Inbox [Nov. 20]: Incutto nets basketball honor, SPM-SJ add a side of lunch to rivalry game, Mercantile Center announces leases, Becker offers teacher training at Be Like Brit

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Incutto to be inducted into Mass. hoop coaches’ Hall of Fame

Fran Incutto, longtime basketball coach at Worcester Voke, Holy Name and Burncoat High, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 55th annual MBCA Hall of Fame Induction and Coach of the Year Banquet is set for 4 p.m. today [Sunday, Nov. 20] at the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.

Sina-cism: Questioning history and our heroes

Listening to Professor Muhammad Yunus share his vision of a world without poverty before a full house at Mechanics Hall last week one could not help but be moved.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Yunus was confident and fully at ease before a friendly audience – an audience dominated by Becker College students and otherwise composed of academics, politicians, professionals and others who seized the chance to hear a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

With each tale of heartbreaking poverty, each sketch of hope reborn and each story of obstacles overcome, it became clear how determined and good a man Yunus is.

It is easy to scoff at the assertion that each of us possesses the power to change the world. It is harder to do so after hearing Yunus explain how the Grameen Bank he founded in 1983 has succeeded in providing credit and opportunity to millions of the poorest people on earth.

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Sun Staff / The Worcester Sun

Professor Muhammad Yunus poses for a group selfie with students at Becker College last week. Yunus is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Yet there is more to the story.

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