Coes Pond Meeting Tonight

via Gary Rosen; I will try to attend and take notes:

The Pond & Water Quality Committee of The Friends of Coes Pond has been meeting regularly. And now, through the efforts of dozens of capable, enthusiastic and visionary people, the rebirth of the Coes Pond Beach & Bathhouse soon will take place.

We are pleased that area residents, business owners, college professors, students and many others are excited about the Coes projects. Because of their work, we expect the beach and it’s long-abandoned bathhouse to be brought back to life within 1.5 years.

And the good news is that the blueprint for our work already lies in the 2005 Master Plan of Public Open Space Properties Surrounding Coes Pond. After 9 years on the shelf, we have decided to dust off that document and present it to the public for comments and input.

We invite and encourage you to attend this public presentation on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, at 6:00 PM at the IBEW Local 96 hall, 242 Mill St., Worcester. Thanks to Coes Pond neighbor, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for its support of this project.

At this event, Assistant DPW Commissioner/Parks, Rob Antonelli will update everyone on the Master Plan for the beach. And several Coes Ponders will let you know what has been happening (PLENTY!) the past few months. Questions will be answered and support enlisted.

Seats of power

At 10:30 this morning, Charlie Baker was meeting with the mayor of West Springfield at town hall.

An hour later, he was at Springfield City Hall to meet with the mayor of that city.

Come 1:15, he was in Worcester, meeting in a building that only reflects the image of our city hall, in a meeting led not by the mayor or the city manager, but by the head of the local chamber of commerce.

Some might find that odd.

But those would be folks who live in cities where the easternmost high school isn’t called “North High” and the westernmost high school named “South High.”

Worcester, as always, is the Uranus of the Commonwealth: off what should be a normal axis.

I suppose we should feel grateful that the mayor and city manager were invited to the meeting.

It’s unclear whether this means that we’ve dispensed with the pretense that either our elected officials or our city manager are running the city, or if Worcester is run by a Borg-like collective.

Which would make Ed Augustus Locutus.


Item 10b on tomorrow’s City Council agenda:

Request City Manager provide interpretation and recommendations to the City Council concerning commercial wall murals and/or signs addressing the following questions: At what point is art considered a sign? Is a sign not a sign just because it is painted directly on a structure? Are there rules in place that address this or do we need to consider a new ordinance? Further, request City Manager include in this discussion the painting of portions of exteriors in bright or fluorescent colors as part of signage’s attraction. (Russell)

Sadly, I think I’ve taken this class before:

PHIL-204: Philosophy of Art, Esther Howland Chamber, Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
Professor Russell (no relation to Bertrand) will lead this seminar on aesthetics, or the philosophy of art.  Seminar will include readings from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hume, as well as the Worcester City Charter, Artworks in Our Parks, and Robert’s Rules.   We will explore many questions, keeping strictly to a three-minute limit per speaker, including but not limited to:

  • Which of the representations present in the Wall O’ Washingtons is the Platonic ideal of our first president?
  • Which city-owned sculpture constitutes the biggest waste of marble?
  • Fisher Boy: calmly waiting for a pole or tragic figure?
  • How does one best free Dolphin Boy?
  • Big flashing signs: distraction to drivers or nuanced performance art?
  • Rogers-Kennedy Memorial: why?
  • Allen Court, Denholm’s, Canal District: compare and contrast to Oilzum

Prerequisites: PHIL-101: Intro to Philosophy and PHIL-102: Intro to Palmieri.

Gone but not forgotten, bottle bill edition

I was perusing the Secretary of State’s guide to the ballot questions, and read with interest the For and Against arguments for Question 2, which would expand the existing Bottle Bill.  (Full disclosure: I fully support this effort.)

Much to my amazement, but not surprise, the individual who wrote the argument against this initiative was none other than former Worcester DPW Commissioner Bob “I Sued the EPA” Moylan.


What you miss when you don’t have a real search

One of the things the citizens of Worcester miss when there’s no search or background check is whether any of the applicants for a position has made a political donation to those who would be hiring him.

(I say “him” because in Worcester “city manager” is a masculine noun.)

For example, let’s say you’ve got someone who is in the running for city manager, and he wrote out a $200 check to Joe Petty and a $200 check to Rick Rushton within a month of being spontaneously appointed to his current position.

That is, perhaps, something that a real search firm would have looked for or asked about, and a real City Council doing its due dilligence would have uncovered, and a Mayor and Councilor with any integrity should have disclosed without prompting.

That’s not to say there’s mutual backscratching going on here, but someone hasn’t done their homework.

You can take a gander for yourself on the OCPF website: Petty’s deposit report for 12/13/2013; Rushton’s deposit report of 11/1/2013