Worcester Public Library Board Openings

There will be two openings for the Worcester Public Library board for next year.

If you’re interested in applying, the city clerk will need to receive your letter of intent and resume to by Friday, December 5 at noon.

For more information about the process, please read this flyer.

If you have any questions about the process, send Jim an email.

Coes Pond Meeting Tonight

via Gary Rosen; I will try to attend and take notes:

The Pond & Water Quality Committee of The Friends of Coes Pond has been meeting regularly. And now, through the efforts of dozens of capable, enthusiastic and visionary people, the rebirth of the Coes Pond Beach & Bathhouse soon will take place.

We are pleased that area residents, business owners, college professors, students and many others are excited about the Coes projects. Because of their work, we expect the beach and it’s long-abandoned bathhouse to be brought back to life within 1.5 years.

And the good news is that the blueprint for our work already lies in the 2005 Master Plan of Public Open Space Properties Surrounding Coes Pond. After 9 years on the shelf, we have decided to dust off that document and present it to the public for comments and input.

We invite and encourage you to attend this public presentation on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, at 6:00 PM at the IBEW Local 96 hall, 242 Mill St., Worcester. Thanks to Coes Pond neighbor, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for its support of this project.

At this event, Assistant DPW Commissioner/Parks, Rob Antonelli will update everyone on the Master Plan for the beach. And several Coes Ponders will let you know what has been happening (PLENTY!) the past few months. Questions will be answered and support enlisted.

Friends of Worcester Public Library book sale today and tomorrow

Today, November 14, and tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, from 10am-4pm in the Saxe Room at the main branch of Worcester Public Library, the Friends of WPL will hold our Fall book sale.

Friendly reminder —

When you pay (incredibly low) yearly dues to the Friends, or make book donations, or purchase from the Food for Thought Cafe and Bookstore, or buy bags full of books at our book sales, you support the Friends’ many programs, including museum passes and the Give and Take bookcase at Union Station.

So please support the Friends as much as you can.  If you come on Saturday between 2-4pm, I’ll be working the sale.


Seats of power

At 10:30 this morning, Charlie Baker was meeting with the mayor of West Springfield at town hall.

An hour later, he was at Springfield City Hall to meet with the mayor of that city.

Come 1:15, he was in Worcester, meeting in a building that only reflects the image of our city hall, in a meeting led not by the mayor or the city manager, but by the head of the local chamber of commerce.

Some might find that odd.

But those would be folks who live in cities where the easternmost high school isn’t called “North High” and the westernmost high school named “South High.”

Worcester, as always, is the Uranus of the Commonwealth: off what should be a normal axis.

I suppose we should feel grateful that the mayor and city manager were invited to the meeting.

It’s unclear whether this means that we’ve dispensed with the pretense that either our elected officials or our city manager are running the city, or if Worcester is run by a Borg-like collective.

Which would make Ed Augustus Locutus.