What I Learned from Blogs This Week

Administrative Stuff

I’ll be putting up a few items on the Virtual Assignment Desk for next week.

If you don’t have a blog but want to report on something, let me know and I’ll post it here.  Also, please feel free to send in nominations for “What I Learned from Blogs This Week.”  I tend to collect news-ish items during the week, but please let me know if I’ve missed anything of note.

What I Learned This Week

Worcester Cares for Haiti.  And haters.

Brian Nelson had a Nick Manzello tribute.

Gabe is back, and has the best quote of the week: “Sometimes the best things happening in Worcester are happening on the other side of the planet.”

Can you bear one more post about Scott Brown?  It’s really good!

The Sheriff’s Race has begun.

More about affordable housing.

Liveblog of City Council Meeting (plus additional commentary)

There were lots of event announcements this week: WPS Parent/Guardian Roundtable tomorrow, Alternative Craft Fair on February 6, Worcester Historical Museum Clothing Swap on February 13, George Street Bike Challenge on July 25, Worcester Cultural Commission Events Calendar.

Jeff discussed trash, Crowne Plaza and the dual tax rate.  Also, Belmont Street Community School & the Grim Reaper.

Karl on declining poverty and commutes.

Tracy mentioned three ways to contribute to Belmont Street School: write out a check or find out specifically what a teacher needs, eat at Piccadilly Pub on Sunday and mention “Dining for Dollars”, and next week’s fundraiser for the school.  She also blogged about the Finance and Operations Standing Committee (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Yet another Worcester T-shirt for those Worcester lovers.

Narragansett beer ads, Jordan Levy remixed with one of my favorite songs (what’s next, Ray Mariano backed up by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark or Konnie Lukes with Aaliyah?), Binienda’s running again, flagrant veganism.

The Week in Tirella

OK — can we discuss the Spella for a few paragraphs?  Her post about the Worcester Cares for Haiti event was pretty standard fare, though it didn’t include any claims that Allen Fletcher can cause natural disasters.

I had hesitated writing a post about her Fran Anthes rant, because I am acquainted with one of F.A.’s children and was having a tough time being impartial.  (See this for what may be her version of a retraction.)  As I said regarding her sending messages to Joe O’Brien through Barbara Haller, it seems that Rose has as tough a time picking up the telephone and dialing a number as she does using spell check. 

Instead of calling someone for comment, the InCity Times prints a non-story based on someone’s complaint.  The resolution to the issue came not through Rose Tirella, but from good people who do the real work of making Worcester a better place.  Rose Tirella does not apologize for not doing any research and does not apologize for talking trash about someone who does more for this community in one day than Tirella has done in her whole life.  She seems to excuse her misrepresentations by saying that she willingly chooses to go to FHC.

Rose, you’ve got more of a platform than the rest of us, and you’re obviously passionate about the city.  People who work to make the lives of the less fortunate a little better are, by and large, not the enemy.  I hope you print a fuller retraction in your print edition.