NEWS: The city has spent 80% of it’s snow removal budget already. And when they do plow? Well, national car enthusiast blog Jalopnik has something to say about it. And again.
NOT NEWS: Who needs an ice skating rink at the Common when, as blogger 4rilla shows us, you have nice condo parking lots?
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Daily Worcesteria will return in the middle of next week. Don’t wait up for us on New Year’s, OK? We won’t be home.
You wouldn’t think there’s much Rutland, VT could learn from Worcester when it comes to selling water. But a Rutland Herald article from Monday (followed up by an article in the Boston Globe), detailing how Rutland officials want to find a company to bottle and sell water from their reservoir, points right to the Wo as a main inspiration.
“For those who find the idea hard to swallow, look no farther than Worcester, Mass., an old industrial city and second-largest city in the Commonwealth. Worcester is home to Polar Beverages, which uses municipal water in that community for some of its beverages,” the Herald article reads.
This is incredible—if you’re in town Saturday night, you NEED to check out THE ELECTRIC BATON at the Hotel Vernon. Check the WCTR-3 video here:
According to the T&G,
“The state Ethics Commission has ruled that Louis DiNatale of Lancaster, a public affairs official at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, violated conflict of interest laws when he conducted political polls for the school while doing the same as a paid consultant to a political campaign.”
Read it here.
Less than a week after Scola Special Prosecutor Joseph Gaughan withdrew from the case for health reasons, courthouse watchers are quietly questioning exactly what’s included in his $10,850 of billed labor and expenses. At face value, it isn’t much. The issue is that if Gaughan charged $50/hour – an exceptionally conservative estimate – his total hours over the two years since he took the case would come to about 217, or an average of 2 hours a week. Subtract his expenses, and his actual time spent on the case drops. It’s hardly a lot of time to be spent on an extensive investigation; to be fair, some observers say conservative billing and efficient investigations could be one rationale. Additionally, Worcester District Attorney spokesman Tim Connolly says that there is still one bill from Gaughan that hasn’t been submitted to his office.
Having leftover campaign donations is equivalent to a celebrity on Jeopardy getting the show’s money to donate in his/her name. No one exemplifies that phenomonom more than former-DA John Conte.
Conte still has well over $200,000 left in his campaign account, and has essentially used it as a funding source for charities or causes that he likes, or other random expenditures. His most recent filing, $2214.21 in expenses, includes:
- A total of $717.02 for “Christmas cards” to The Gallery Collection
- Another $225 for postage
- $122.19 to Verizon and AT&T for telephone charges
- $700 to OurLady of Mt. Carmel
- $250 to O’Briens Children Fund
- $100 to Friendly House.
A hell of a lot better than having to spend your own money on Christmas cards.
Andrea and Kaz have posted their trailer for the Worcester Love DVD, and for the Season Two preview. Great stuff.
A few key things to watch/attend in the week ahead:
Today, you should be tuning in to 580 WTAG from 4-5pm to listen to Scott Zoback, Andy Lacombe, and Jordan Levy talk about the “year-that-was” in Worcester. It’ll be almost as thrilling as Tuesday‘s last City Council meeting of this term. Michael Perotto and Dennis Irish will say their goodbyes, with platitudes-a-plenty. On Thursday, Jason James comes home to Gilrein’s, and The Dive Bar throws a rockin’ Christmas party, with more good music and beer than anywhere else in town. We’ve said it before, but Alec’s selection this week is ridiculous. And Friday will either be your company’s holiday party, or a quick exit from work, followed by every college kid home from school hitting up Lietrem’s/their favorite bar for old time’s sake.
Now you know.