Memorial Day Events in Worcester

The following events will be held to commemorate Memorial Day:

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Water Ceremony
2:00 p.m. at Elm Park
Registration – 1:15 p.m. at the corner of Elm and Highland Streets

Monday, May 25, 2015
125th Memorial Day Observance
Remembrance Ceremony
9:00 a.m. at Hope Cemetery
Participants will meet at 8:45 AM inside the Main Gate for a short procession to the G.A.R. veterans’ section (#45).

Monday, May 25, 2015
Wreath Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. – Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Green Hill Park

It’s a preliminary!

We’ll have a preliminary election this year for at-large Council, at least.

Worcester has only had four preliminary elections for at-large seats under the current charter: in 1993, 1995, 2007, and 2011.  (Note that there’s never been a preliminary for school committee.)

A couple of years ago, I wrote a long, boring post about election results which touched on preliminary elections.  I won’t rehash that here, but I’ll note that, in the past, a preliminary election has not meant an increase in voter turnout.

Does a preliminary election mean that a non-incumbent is more likely to pick up a seat? Let’s see…

In 1993, there were 14 candidates in the preliminary election; 5 incumbents were running.  All 5 won re-election.

In 1995, there were 14 candidates in the preliminary election; 6 were incumbents.  One incumbent, John T. Buell, lost to S. Gary Rosen, a popular school committee member who was running for at-large council.

In 2007, there were 18 candidates in the preliminary, as there will be this year.  Six incumbents were running.  Two, Mike Perotto and Dennis Irish, were replaced by non-incumbents Rick Rushton (then-D5 councilor) and Mike Germain.

In 2011, there were 14 candidates in the preliminary; 6 were incumbents, and all 6 incumbents won re-election.

This year, we’ve got 18 candidates for the preliminary.

If this year proves to be anything like 2007, we could see a significant shakeup of the at-large council members.


Blast from the past

Spotted on Rte. 56 in Leicester:

bradlees1Department store Bradlees declared bankruptcy in 2000, and all stores were closed by March of 2001.

A bit of local trivia which many readers will remember — the smallish Home Depot store on Gold Star Boulevard was originally a Bradlees store.

Those of a certain age may remember some Bradlees television commercials featuring “Mrs. B” and the jingle “At Bradlees, you buy what Mrs. B buys.  And nobody can buy like Mrs. B.”

Evidently some enterprising soul on Rte. 56 bought like Mrs. B and got themselves a trailer or two when the store chain was liquidated.

Data Day 2015 – May 21

If you read this blog, chances are this is right up your alley; from mes amis at CMRPC –

Data Day helps non-profits, civic institutions, and municipalities expand their capacity to use technology and data in innovative ways to advance their goals. Geared for data users at all levels, Central Mass Data Day 2015 will include:

  • Launching the CentralMass DataCommon
  • Hands-on workshops on:
    –  WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment), the
    web-based  open source data visualization software behind the
    CentralMass DataCommon
  • Data visualization and information design best practices
  • Introductions to free and open source software for data analysis including KIDS COUNT
  • And much more!

Full Agenda.

The day will provide an excellent professional development opportunity for organizations looking to get the most from their existing resources and staff. If you are interested in presenting a workshop or poster, or have general questions about the conference, please contact Chris Ryan at or (508) 459-3315


CWW: Touch-A-Truck Sunday at Worcester JCC

via Facebook:

Touch-A-Truck at Worcester JCC

When: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA – Rain or Shine

What: Bring the kids to our Touch-A-Truck event where they can see, touch, climb on and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles, including police, fire safety, military, construction and more.

Who: Invite your neighbors, friends and family! The event is open to the public and will also feature a bouncy house, music, face painting and refreshments.

Cost: Tickets are only $5 per family.