I’ll be putting up a few items on the Virtual Assignment Desk for next week. If you register at the WorcesterActivist site, you can update this as well.
For those of you interested in citizen journalism, you might want to read this article about bloggers requesting press passes in MD and listen to Simon Winchester on BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent (around the 17:30 minute mark) discuss a village newspaper in Western MA. The latter is especially inspirational.
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.
Contests & Other Publicity
The Worcester Cultural Commission is going through a name change (Worcester Arts Council), and is looking for a new logo. They are also starting plans for Art in the Park 2010; if you’re interested in attending weekly meetings, contact them.
Women’s History Month Resources here.
Best of Worcester has been extended a week. Albert Southwick for best columnist!!
As some of you know, the Regional Environmental Council is holding the 21st annual Earth Day Cleanups on May 1st, and for the third year in a row, I’ll be site coordinator for the Swan Avenue/God’s Acre site. Our site is simultaneously one of the worst sites for illegal dumping in the city and (if I do say so myself) one of the most beautiful places in the city. We’ve made significant progress in getting things cleaned up, but this is a huge site and we can always use more volunteers.
So, if you like reading this blog and you have a few spare hours on the morning of Saturday, May 1, please consider helping us. You will feel great cleaning up some woods, and you can hear my husband tell you about the history of the area, including a detailed discussion of Millerite theology. (Or Irish grammar. Really, you decide!)
You can email me if you’d like more information on the cleanup.
What I Learned This Week
Brendan on SeeClickFix; this was later the subject of a WoMag article that was then mentioned on the SeeClickFix blog. He and Scott Zoback also put together a wonderful GoogleMap to show how much we’d like GoogleFiber.
Victor on courting, of the non-romantic variety.
Telegram.comment of the Week
There was an editorial about what must have been a very difficult decision for the School Committee.
Q, of course, spouted off about “hypocrites like o’connell and monfredo”, which prompted this response from Dear Old Dad:
Let’s see if I’m following your’ logic. You are railing against O’connell and Monfredo (who both voted against the pay raise), and have no ire for the 4 that voted in favor of the raise?
But Mr Q sees no problem with that. He rails against 2 of the 3 people on the school commitee that made the right decision. Sometimes I agree with Q. This time I don’t even understand his position. He seems to be all over the map.
Social Media and the City
DPW, your excellent use of Twitter in letting people know about hydrant flushing totally deserves an award.
So, how’s War and Peace coming?
Thanks for asking! At this point, I’m probably up to page 90, but I’m thinking of switiching to the Pevear-Volokhonsky translation, because I’m probably only going to read this book once and I may as well read it in the best translation available. (On a related note, if you’re going to read my second-favorite book, you should read the Nunnally translation. And you really should read it.) So, I think this weekend, I’m going to switch translations and see how they compare.