EcoTarium Family Research Survey

The EcoTarium is looking for responses to a family research survey.  If you’ve been to the EcoTarium recently, I recommend you complete the survey.

They have recently received $18,750 a feasibility and technical assistance grant and launched a $35 million capital campaign last month.

I’d wanted to write a bit more about the last two news items in a more thoughtful way, so expect more on that in a few days.

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The Spelling-Challenged Louella Parsons of Worcester

You know what I love about Rosalie “The Spella” Tirella?  (Besides her absolute lack of fear of libel suits, that is…)

Her ability to spell Paul Giorgio as both Gorgio and Giorgio, and her ability to fix that in the online version, but not before the column makes it to press.

I also love the leaps of logic: Phil Palmieri dines with woman in Newport, so therefore she must be moving in with his mother (!) because now he’s claiming his mom’s address as his own. Because nothing says love nest quite like moving in with your retired boyfriend’s mom.

I guess I don’t really understand how having your (alleged? fictional?) girlfriend take care of your (presumably quite elderly, if you’re 65) mother is “very Italian.”  Or maybe moving in with your mother at age 65 is “very Italian”, even though you’re really just using the address as a vehicle to running for higher office.

Rose does have a point.  It’s only been a few years since Worcester has had an elected official at the state level who claims to live at his mother’s house — viz. former state Senator Ed Augustus — and I think it would be an embarassment to have another.  Palmieri just ran as Representative for the Fourteenth Worcester District not even three years ago, and now he want to run as Rep for the Fifteenth? But there’s no need to print secondhand, anonymous accusations of adultery.

Rose (and/or Cheez Wiz) needs to do a stakeout of Phil Palmieri’s mother’s house to find out who’s really living there.  How often is Phil there?  Does he spend the night?  Do a Phil-watch on the In City Times website.  That way, if Guy Glodis wins the state auditor’s office, and if Pedone wins the Sheriff race, then the people of the Fifteenth Worcester District will be able to determine whether Phil is, in fact, one of them.

Click It

I’m the kind of driver who yields to oncoming traffic.

I use my directional signal.  In parking lots.

I stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Yes, that was me that you passed on Mill Street.  I was going the speed limit in my nondescript Japanese sedan, and when you looked over to see what kind of old lady was going 30 in a 30mph zone, you instead saw a rather serious-looking young chick.

I’m a pretty cautious driver.

One day, about four years ago, I got pulled on June Street, near the White Hen Pantry at the Chandler Street intersection.  I asked the officer why I was being pulled over.  For failure to stop, he said, at Newton Avenue in Newton Square.   I was a bit surprised.  Not stopping there is a bit like taking one’s life in one’s hands, and I tend to prefer life to death.

And then he said, “You know, it could have been a lot worse if you weren’t wearing your seat belt and the baby wasn’t in his car seat.”

Ah.

I found out later that day that the Worcester PD was in the middle of a couple of weeks of Click It or Ticket enforcement.

In a state like Massachusetts, where the seat belt law isn’t primary, federal dollars are still available for Click It or Ticket.  But whereas police officers in other states can pull you over for not wearing a seat belt, Massachusetts police officers are not able to do that — so they have to find other reasons to pull you over.  In order to receive the federal grant money, they HAVE to issue so many tickets.  And they do.  And will.

So drive carefully out there — but that’s still no guarantee you won’t be ticketed.  And — remember — fighting tickets will cost you $25, even if you win.