Actual Conversation from my car

(Yes, there’s a lack of serious posting today, but I promise you all that something more deep/informative will be coming soon…)

So, yesterday, we were driving to church and my husband noticed the signs (everywhere) for a huge sale at Sargent’s Country Barn.  (Because it’s reorganizing or closing or something.  I have no idea; I’m still a bit blinded by the bright orange.)

Husband: “I’ve never been there before.”
Nicole: “Well, it’s not really your scene.”
Husband:  “What’s it like?”
Nicole:  “Well, there’s kind of faux-antique or real-antique furniture and it’s out of our price range.”  [Note: our bed was bought for $29 via eBay — we picked it up — and is currently held together with screws and some old wood.  A couple of weekends ago, in what I wish would have been a recreation of my favorite scene from The Quiet Man, it broke not once but twice.  And yet the children still look at me funny when I tell them that they are really not allowed to bounce on the bed.]
Husband:  “Oh.”
Nicole:  “I think I went there a long time ago with my mom.  It’s her kind of store.”
Husband: “So why is it called ‘Country'”?
Nicole:  “I think it’s ‘country’ as defined by the people who subscribe to Country Living. Not my kind of country.”
Husband, without missing a beat: “Which would be trailers and cars on blocks in front of the house.”  [This from a man who likes to keep a parts car in the driveway.]
Nicole:  “Well, I was going to say Western shirts and cowboy hats, but close enough.”

(This whole conversation is brought to you by Justified, which is one of those shows Yankees who wear shirts with snaps love to watch.  My older son saw an ad for the show and asked me what it was about.  “Um, blowing up cars and kissing girls, as far as I can tell.”)

Release of funds to Pharmasphere

via MyPublicNotices

On or about April 2, 2010 the City of Worcester will submit a request to the U. S. Dept of HUD Boston Regional Office for the release of: Section 108 Loan funds to provide a $2.5 million Section 108 Loan to PharmaSphere, LLC for the construction of a 50,000 square foot bio-processing facility at 49 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA.

The project will use the following estimated sources of funds:
$2,500,000 Section 108 Loan
$6,700,000 equity
$4,700,000 New Markets Tax Credits Program
$2,325,000 Massachusetts Development Finance Agency bond
$100,000 micro-loan
Total project cost = $16,325,000.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to DNHD at the above address. All comments received by April 1, 2010 will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of requests for release of funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Worcester certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; (b) the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to U.S. Department of HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development, Thomas P. O’Neil Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street-5th Floor, Boston, MA 02222. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Michael V. O’Brien City Manager, Worcester March 17, 2010

Articles you may not have seen

Charlie Pierce wrote an article about his family’s former business, Macey Sign, in the Boston Globe Magazine this week

It was a good article, but I thought the blurb declaring that “Charles P. Pierce rediscovers the Worcester company his grandfather started with 100 years ago, finding both a city and a family business altered by the ages” was a bit dramatic for an article that was a few pages long.  One might imagine that any city and any business might change over the course of a few generations.  There were also plenty of (missed) opportunities to discuss the way the city itself has changed — Commercial Street, where the business was once based, is now home to restaurants, the DCU Center, and a mall that may or may not be knocked down in the next decade; the Loews Poli Palace Theater became my favorite spot for $2 movies before it closed and was turned into the Hanover Theatre.  But the pictures accompanying the article are pretty great.

Also, the farm where we get our milk was profiled in the Daily Leicester.  (No abuse from the vegan readership, please.)