Monthly Archives: September 2010

Chandler gets a challenger

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

State Senator Harriette Chandler will face a Republican challenger this year for the first time since 2006.

Northborough Democrat-turned-Republican (a trend in local elections this year) William Higgins formally announced his candidacy today, even though his name was on the Republican primary ballot on September 14.

Higgins says he’s implementing a two-term limit on himself, will donate all $80,000 of his salary to local charities and will refuse all donations from registered lobbyists and PACs.

In the past, Higgins has been district campaign coordinator for both Congressman Joseph Early and MA senate majority leader Dan Foley.


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Pension and disability issues continue to nag Foley

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

If anyone expected the post-primary sheriff’s race to focus on jail issues rather than Tom Foley’s pension, recent news shows that it ain’t gonna be the case. In today’s Telegram, the paper explains that emails sent out from a former Lew Evangelidis aide and current City of Worcester assistant solicitor, Andrew Abdella, showed a push for Evangelidis supports to write letters to newspapers highlighting Foley’s pension and disability money.

Evangelidis says he’s never initiated the topic with voters, but it comes up in conversation. (Bove had a similar strategy during his primary campaign against Foley.) Foley’s camp argues that both have brought it up personally.

Even independent candidate Keith Nicholas has gotten in on the action, releasing a statement on Thursday in which he insists on his ability to do physical work (although there’s none required in the sheriff’s job description).

My experiences have included situations involving weapons (guns, knives, chairs, bats, etc.) and exposure to bodily fluids. I have been involved in physical confrontations while trying to gain control of offenders in both cells and small enclosed rooms/areas. Some of these experiences have also included persons with mental illness which correctional officers also deal with…I believe in hands-on leadership and that a leader should be willing to work with you side by side and not act as a desk dictator. Unlike the other candidates, I have recent training and experience using modern defensive tactics and I am always willing to help officers in time of need.

Some pretty pointed comparisons towards Foley and Evangelidis in there, but now might be the time for all candidates to start comparing budget plans and recidivism reduction ideas.

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Barron, Lamb, McGovern “debate” on Fox 25

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Last night Fox 25 held a “casual, informal” discussion with district 3 congressional candidates Patrick Barron, Marty Lamb and incumbent Jim McGovern.

Even before the debate started some controversy stirred up, as Lamb’s campaign didn’t expect independent candidate Barron to be there. In an email sent before the debate from his campaign advisor Holly Robichaud,  she wrote:

At 3:30pm today, FOX25 in Boston left a message for the Lamb campaign that they have changed the agreed rules for the one-on-one debate Congressman McGovern. At the last moment, they have thrown in Patrick Barron, which was not what we agreed to.

“We are extremely disappointed that Congressman McGovern doesn’t have the guts to face us one on one. We had an agreement. I have been campaigning for 23 years, and I have never seen a news outlet change an agreement for a debate just hours before it. Clearly, someone is showing for Congressman McGovern. We want the one-on-one debate that we agreed upon and would have expected better from this news outlet.”

Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought debates (no matter how “informal”) should feature everybody who’s running. Barron’s presence really only helped Lamb’s cause anyway, adding another voice that criticized McGovern’s record. Watch the video here.


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Most anticipated: stART

Posted by Brittany Durgin

Worcester Mag online users overwhelmingly said stART on the Street was the event the most highly anticipated this month. Full results below.

See photos from stART on the Street here.

Which of the following festivals are you most looking forward to in September?

Open Road (Sep 4) 10%
Blackstone canal (Sep 11) 18%
Pet Rock (Sep 12) 13%
stART on the Street (Sep 19) 59%

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Beyond print you’ll find this

Posted by Brittany Durgin

Content you can only find online right now at

A preview you don’t have to read – Hear rockabilly band Koffin Kats before they play Lucky Dog Music Hall tomorrow, Friday, in our WooTown Sounds.

Photos of Voc. School announcement – The city announced Monday that one of the old Vocational School buildings will be torn down as part of a revitalization project. See photos from the event and find out more here.

Is Worcester dog friendly? – Our intern Jen Cantin reports on what it’s like to own a dog in Worcester, according to you, the general public. Find out what owners said and see photos of Worcester dogs in our Young Guns section.

stART captured – Photos from one of the biggest events of the year stART on the Street. Gallery seen here.

Wanted: Superheros – Worcester Mag and Worcester Fitness have teamed up in a search for the most qualified superheroes of Worcester. Are you fit for this position? Apply here!

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David Clark Company meets Red Bull (and does awesome stuff with them)

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

The July issue of Esquire profiles a guy named Felix Baumgartner, who is trying to set the world record for the farthest free fall. He will ride a balloon up 23 miles into the stratosphere and fall from there. (Red Bull is all over this.) It’s so high up, in fact, that he’ll need to wear a spacesuit to do it. The company making that suit: Worcester’s own David Clark Company. From the article:

For example, if the visor of the David Clark Company pressure suit that Felix will be wearing were to unexpectedly pop open, as did the visor of the David Clark Company pressure suit that Nick was wearing, several things would happen in quick succession.

First, the air in his lungs would instantly multiply 120 times over in volume. If Felix reacts to the shock of the explosive decompression by holding his breath, his lungs will rupture like overinflated balloons. If he does let the air escape through his mouth and nose, he will soon experience the novel sensation of the saliva on his tongue beginning to boil. He will be nearly sixty thousand feet above “Armstrong’s Line,” where water’s boiling point drops to 98.6 degrees. Within moments, the water in his subcutaneous tissues will begin vaporizing as well. This, in combination with the expansion of any interior gases — unfarted methane in his guts, for example — will, in a process called ebullism, quickly cause Felix’s own body to inflate, becoming as tumescent as a bodybuilder’s. Useful consciousness, mercifully, will be gone within fifteen seconds, probably sooner, though he might remain alive, swelling, distorting, for five to eight minutes.

The “Nick” referenced above is Nick Piantanida, who attempted a jump from this height in 1966. It did not go well. “I’m not worried about the suit,” Baumgartner says. (In video, linked to above.)

David Clark has most recently been in the news because of their proximity to CSX’s rail yard expansion, but this is much cooler.


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Keeping track of the pit bull (and dangerous dog) ordinance

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

A couple weeks ago we tried to explain what happened the last time the city council voted in favor of enacting a pit bull and dangerous dog ordinance.

A tug of war developed over who would be on a committee to establish the parameters of how to define a dangerous dog (or how to keep a dog away from the “dangerous dog” moniker) ending with Councilor Paul Clancy holding the item because he didn’t want to see an ad-hoc committee be formed of outside “experts” (veterinarians, animal control officers, etc.) rather than done on a council subcommittee.

Last night, Councilor Kate Toomey, whose idea it was to form this committee and frustrated by the politics involved, sent the motion to the City Manager’s office. It’s now in the City Manager’s hands to decide whether or not it’ll go to subcommittee or if an ad-hoc group of experts will be named to bring their recommendations to the council.

So what does that mean for pit bull (and other dangerous dog) owners? You’ve still got awhile to wait.

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