Monthly Archives: November 2010

Jeff Barnard, 1948-2010

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Jeff Barnard, one of the city’s most prolific and popular bloggers, passed away yesterday after being diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.

In his introductory blog post on wormtowntaxi.com back in May of 2007, he wrote about how his most recent job as a taxi driver would influence his writing. It became clear that he had a different take on everything from national news stories to local politics and Worcester’s failed attempts to smoothly pour concrete patches over potholes. His penchant for taking cell phone photos from his cab were a hit with regular readers, but his habit of revealing which city officials weren’t shoveling their sidewalks made him well-known to everyone else. He was opinionated and passionate, and he never gave a pass to local media for any half-assed story.

It’s possible that most people who read this site only know Jeff through his blog, but it was only one facet of his life. I met Jeff a few times since starting at Worcester Mag; any word you could use to describe his blog would also be an apt description of him as a person. Many local writers, plugged in newshounds and tech-savvy folk will miss his writing, but there are plenty more Worcesterites who don’t know what a blog is, or who rarely type on a keyboard or click a mouse, that will miss him even more.

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The Holy Cross Community Compact

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Last night at city council City Manager Michael O’Brien and Holy Cross president Father McFarland presented their recently agreed upon Community Pact, a four page document that show a “renewed, shared focus on improving the safety and quality of life for Holy Cross students and residents of the College Hill neighborhood.”

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Exclusively online

Posted by Brittany Durgin

Get your fill of Worcester Mag before having to loosen your belt from turkey tomorrow!

WooDaddy? – Find out about Moynihan’s recent venture WooDaddy Waffles! Who knew coleslaw or hummus could be incorporated into a Sunday morning waffle plate? Read about the chefs, the creations they serve, and see photos of them at work.

Punk Rock Thanksgiving – Find out about RAD Skatepark’s Punk potluck Thanksgiving dinner that included skateboarding, live music by local bands, and vegan treats for all. Read the story and see photos from the event here.

Vegan gets sexy – You may find yourself distracted on Pleasant Street now with a new advertisement that brings being vegan and being sexy together as one. Read about the campaign and catch a glimpse of the wallscape here.

New musicHear 7HillClique’s song “back2reality” along with their music video this week in WooTown Sounds.

Girls video – Local band Golden Girls have released a music video for their song “Total Bummer”. Watch it in Not Fit for Print!

Holiday HandbookFlip through a digital edition of a seasonal Holiday Handbook. You can even e-mail and share through social networking your favorite pages and gift ideas.

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City council live blog — 11/23/10

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Agenda. Cover It Live.

The tax rate debate starts tonight. All the reason you need to tune in via Cover It Live or on TV. (Or just read about it here tomorrow.) See you at 7:00.

*Links are fixed (7:08)

7:08: M.O’Brien and Father McFarland are announcing the details of their plan. “The steps taken have marked improvement over the last three years. The final and most difficult steps remain…Father and I have worked side by side during this entire period.”

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CSX’s Environmental Notification Form now online, ready for public comment

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

CSX’s Environmental Notification Form, which details their proposed freight yard expansion in Worcester, has been submitted to the state’s Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs. The EOEEA will look at their report and decide if what CSX has proposed is cause for a more thorough and lengthy Environmental Impact Study.

Read the report here.

This is an important period, especially for the project’s backers and detractors, as it’s now open for public comment. Read through the ENF and make a public comment following these instructions. The commenting period closes Dec. 13.

H/t to wstr.com/Tracy Novick for the links. They’ve got a nice little write up over there too.

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Another one in for November (2011)

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Following Konnie Lukes’ sort-of-maybe-kind-of-hint last month that she’s interested in running for mayor again, another challenger has come forward, this time aiming for Joff Smith’s district 1 council seat.

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Sanford Airport to forego TSA screeners

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Ah, the pesky TSA. First they say those full body scanners won’t actually create images that are too realistic, then it turns out it’s like Adult Friend Finder on there. Then they say those full body pictures won’t be saved, but  they’re actually saving ’em. Then they say this will only hurt a bit but then it hurts…well, nevermind.

Sick of the mind games, the Sanford Airport will do away with the TSA and hire a private firm instead, and you can fly there directly from Worcester Regional Airport. It’ll only take a year to implement, which means next Thanksgiving/Christmas you can fly down to Florida and avoid half the security hassle.

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