Is that a smile I see?

Note: I have no opinion on the Sheriff’s Race, except, as you will see, a sartorial one.

Remember how the old Scot Bove ads on the telegram website looked rather…severe? 

I think he was using a picture similar to this:

Except it seemed grumpier.

In the latest ad, he’s ditched the uniform, and put on…a half smile!

 I totally get the difficulty of creating ads for a sheriff’s candidate.  You don’t want to appear too happy, because — hey! — this is a serious job.  Originally, Bove’s team obviously wanted to highlight his law enforcement background, so they used a picture of him in uniform.

I’m not sure why the half-smiling, vaguely passport-style photo works a lot better; perhaps it’s just a more comfortable-looking shot.

Perhaps this also brings Bove a little closer to the pictures that Tom Foley and Lew Evangelidis have on their website.  Those two candidates are wearing suits, not uniforms, though neither of Foley nor Evangelidis is currently in law enforcement.

What about the independent candidate, Keith Nicholas?  I like that his website addresses the other candidates’ stances on issues and his take on them (really, read his take on Evangelidis’ statements about illegal immigrants; unfortunately, you’ll have to scroll for both), and goodness knows I can’t resist statements like “I am not a flamboyant politician that is merely spilling words that people want to hear. I believe in facts, reality and truth.”

But this picture has got to go:

Not the handcuff lapel pin…that definitely works.  But everything else — the severe hairdo, the red shirt with coordinating (?) shiny pink tie — screams “I’m running for Sheriff of Las Vegas circa Mad Men“, not “I’m running for Sheriff of Worcester County in 2010.”

Nicholas is at least as active on Twitter and Facebook than many of the other candidates (Evangelidis on FB gives him a run for his money; Foley on FB; Bove on Twitter and FB) and almost has as many followers on FB as does Bove (which kind of surprises me).  But he still needs to buy a white shirt.

I have to give Evangelidis credit for taking a stereotype and running with it, though.  He’s the only candidate I see who has a picture with a baby:

Now there’s guts!

Classical Music in Worcester This Summer

We went to the Massachusetts Symphony concert at Institute Park on Sunday evening.  My husband found it a bit lowbrow (“Couldn’t they alternate between Beethoven and the Disney tunes a bit more?”) but — unfortunately for him — when you’re married to someone who’s seen every episode of Knots Landing at least twice (that is, yours truly), I think you’ve pretty much hitched yourself to the lowbrow train.

There’s another concert on Saturday night with classical and Broadway music.  The kids and I will be there.  With balloons.

For those of you with more highbrow tastes, there are a couple of concert series of interest.

Worcester Opera Works will hold their Summer Concert Series on Wednesdays starting next week (July 21) at Briarwood Community Center.  Concerts include Broadway (July 21), American Songbook (July 28), Scenes from Opera & Broadway (August 4) and Opera Gala (August 11).  Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 general admission, $5 for students grade 12 and under.

Worcester Chamber Music Society is holding a number of concerts this week and next (the first was last night; the next is tomorrow night).  The concert schedule is here; they’re at 8:00 pm (with a pre-concert talk at 7:40pm), are held in Miriam Hall at Anna Maria College, and the cost is $20/concert.  They will also host two free recitals from students at the festival (Friday, July 16 & Friday, July 23 at 3:00 PM).

In non-musical highbrow news, the Worcester Shakespeare Company will have pay-what-you-can previews on Tuesday, July 20 and Tuesday, August 3 (both at 6pm) at Green Hill Park’s Memorial Grove.  (The shows are Taming of the Shrew and Shrew, Too.)

Visibility

I know Gary Rosen’s in the running to be Worcester’s king of all media, but I think this column on the need for opponents to the incumbent city councilors (which is an eerie echo of Bill Eddy’s plea from a few weeks ago) needed a caveat that Steven Buchalter, whom Rosen calls more “visible” than Kola Akindele, appears regularly as a panelist on Rosen’s Roundtable on WCCA.

As a commenter pointed out, Akindele serves as an associate member of the ZBA.

Perhaps in this city, unpaid public service is less “visible” than having your deep tan make Brendan Melican look like the palest vampire public access has ever seen.

Cemetery, of interest

In case you missed it, there was an AP article in Monday’s T&G about abandoned cemeteries.  If you’re interested in the Lowell cemeteries that were mentioned in that article, you can find an article about them from the Lowell Sun on Proquest.  (As always, follow the instructions at the top of this post for Proquest articles.  You can also use it to read Albert Southwick columns of the past…)

There was also an article [from more than a year ago] in Smithsonian Magazine that discussed two very different funerals.  Those of you who are interested in cemeteries (ok, perhaps that’s just me) might find it a worthwhile read.

And — in case you miss DW’s column — the cemetery was also mentioned in today’s column.

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A friend of mine who occasionally reads this blog took me to ask for promoting boards and commissions while not serving on one myself.  “Of course I do — why do you think I write so much about the cemetery?” I responded.  (I don’t think he noticed because I’m naturally morbid.  So that was a touch embarrassing.)

I know that some of you are not yet tired of my harping on about boards and commissions.  (Those of you who are can stop reading now.)

Tracy and I were discussing B&C a few days ago, and she said that Jo Hart (perennial attendee and commenter at City Council meetings) should apply for the Planning Board.  Which were pretty much exactly my thoughts.

A year or two ago, the city had held a conference to encourage people to apply for boards and commissions, and I don’t think that that effort filled the backlog of empty seats that need to be filled.

So my proposal is…we should have the list of open board and commission seats, along with applications, available at every City Council (and Council Subcommittee) meeting, right where the agendas are, to encourage those people who show up at these meetings to apply.  Because, really, if someone’s dedicated enough to sit through a few hours’ of City Council meeting, she’s probably dedicated enough to serve on a board.

The problem, of course — and I welcome comments that disabuse me of this thought — is that if you’ve taken the mic a few times at a Council meeting with any idea that is slightly outside the mainstream, or you call the CSX expansion a “truck stop“, you start to be perceived as a bit of a kook. 

Let’s take the guy who keeps requesting a leash law for cats.  Sure, it’s easy to peg someone like that as a bit of a loon.  But maybe he’s a bird lover who’s tired of neighborhood cats killing songbirds.  Maybe he’s seen a cat hit by a car. 

It doesn’t really matter. 

The problem is that when we ignore people like him, or tune out people like Jo Hart, we lose the opportunity to be informed and (perhaps) to have our minds changed.  And — equally as possible — we might be missing out on someone with great ideas who can better our city.

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I would like to wish Jeff Barnard the best of luck in his second round of chemo.

I would also like to point out my jealousy that he’s gotten a comment from Mike Germain while I’ve gotten no contact of yet.  Really!

PharmaSphere, Part 351

(To recap for those who aren’t as obsessed as I am, PharmaSphere has gotten mucho money and tax breaks from the city, state, and feds for a business that may or may not happen at the South Worcester Industrial Park.)

I really have no idea what the difference between PharmaSphere and TerraSphere is.  According to this article, “PharmaSphere has said it will license its growing technology from a Canadian company, TerraSphere Systems, LLC — which is actually PharmaSphere’s sister company, sharing offices in Boston, and run by William Gildea, the son of Darlington’s late partner in the lobbying firm Gildea-Darlington Group LLC.”

Anyhow, TerraSphere, the sister company/licensor of technology of PharmaSphere, is being acquired by Converted Organics.  What this may or may not mean for PharmaSphere is anyone’s guess.  (And it might mean nothing.  I just need to justify my GoogleAlerts with an occasional post.)