Boston 2024 Community Meetings

The group organizing the Boston 2024 Olympics bid will be holding 20 community meetings over 20 weeks so that folks around the state can tell them what they should already know: forget the Olympics, fix the T.

I’m really excited by the prospect of high-speed rail from Springfield to Worcester to Boston.  Why don’t we just do that and make all the necessary improvements to the T (and regional transit systems around the state) and call it a day?

The press releases I’ve read say there will be a meeting in Worcester.

It’s unclear when the Worcester meeting will be held; when I find out I’ll post it.

In the meantime, I’ll leave folks to meditate on how hosting rowing events at Lake Quinsigamond would work, considering how well traffic goes when we close one exit on I-190.



Albert Southwick at WPL

Albert Southwick with his granddaughter Naomi Maria Southwick Schwediauer (Leicester, Massachusetts - 2010)

Albert Southwick with his granddaughter Naomi Maria Southwick Schwediauer in 2010.

Author, historian & Telegram columnist Albert Southwick will be returning to Worcester Public Library on Saturday for a book signing event.  He will be signing copies of his latest books in the Banx Room at the library (just to the left as you enter the building) from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; copies of many of his titles will be available for purchase there (cash or check only).

If you’re looking for any of his older titles (Once Told Tales of Worcester County, More Once Told Tale of Worcester County or 150 Years of Worcester), signed copies of those are available for purchase at the Food For Thought Bookstore in the library.

Mr. Southwick last visited WPL for a book signing more than a year ago; since then, there have been several new books published.  Most are collections of his various writings through the years, and there’s a new title, Leicester Recollections, which he just wrote last year.  (Rumor has it that there’s another new book in the works, and it should be available sometime before Mr. Southwick turns 95 this summer.)  If you haven’t been to one of these events lately, there are probably several new Albert Southwick books you need to acquire for your collection.

The quiet dynamo behind Team Southwick and all these new books is Mr. Southwick’s daughter Martha, who lives in Austria.  She’ll be making a rare appearance at Saturday’s event, so fans of the many Southwick books might want to make a special effort to get to the library on Saturday and meet Martha while her father signs books for you.

Albert Southwick is donating the proceeds of any book sales from this event to the Leicester Public Library Renovation Fund, with the intent to build a much needed addition to that library.  As you may know, the beautiful little Leicester Public Library building, designed by Mr. Southwick’s grandfather Stephen C. Earle in the late 1800s, is a bit small and quite difficult to access for many with disabilities.  The proposed addition will create more space and an accessible entrance from the parking lot.

Stop by Worcester Public Library on Saturday, meet Mr. Southwick, and help fund this worthy project by buying a few books and having them personalized by the author.

(Can’t make it to the event on Saturday?  Mr. Southwick’s books are available on, and if you make your purchases through “Amazon Smile“, Amazon will donate a small percentage of however much you spend to the Leicester library’s renovation.  Not just on Mr. Southwick’s books, but any purchases from Amazon!)