Worcester Art Museum Free Today (and in August!)

Today, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation, admission to the following cultural institutions is free:

WORCESTER ART MUSEUM

TANGLEWOOD in Lenox
THE MOUNT: EDITH WHARTON’S HOME in Lenox
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM in Stockbridge
MIT MUSEUM, Cambridge
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, Salem
THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, Salem
WAM will also be free of charge in August courtesy of the Kirby Foundation.
Happy Free Fun Friday, everyone!

Give me* your tired, your poor

*and by “me”, I mean “someone else”

The huddled masses/wretched refuse will once again be paid attention to at tomorrow night’s Council meeting.

In item 10f, Councilor Russell asks whether the Council can ban folks from going through other people’s recycling bins for returnables.  In item 11c, Councilors Rosen and Gaffney ask about the extent of drug use in the main library, as well as whether the sharps disposal boxes on the first floor of the library have been working.

I would like someone to ask why we continue to try to find new ways to criminalize being poor, and when we can start considering drug addiction a community problem and not a library problem.

Kudos to the City Manager for putting a sharps container in the main library bathrooms.  We need more, and we need to stop pretending that this is a downtown issue, or that all who use opiates are poor, homeless, or regular library patrons.  There are people in your neighborhood, in all neighborhoods, even in Holden, who are using IV drugs on a regular basis.

Focusing on the library to the exclusion of the larger issue is short-sighted and dangerous.  (Not that that’s what’s happening here, but Council discussions can quickly degenerate into oneupsmanship of whose constituent saw more illicit activity in which bathroom.)

And, for goodness sake, if we spent as much time trying to get quality jobs in Worcester as we did for blaming folks for being poor and trying to pick up a few extra bucks, no one would have to head out early on a trash day for returnables.

GWLT National Trails Day Celebration TOMORROW!

via GWLT:

There will be 6 hikes earlier in the day along the MidState Trail that runs from Rhode Island to New Hampshire through Worcester County (gwlt.org/midstate)

Followed by a Celebration at Sibley Farm at 2pm (131 Greenville Street, Spencer).
Congressman James P. McGovern will be coming to show his support for the MidState Trail.
There will be Live Music, Free BBQ, Trail Information, opportunity for hikes, and a guided yoga session.

Something for everyone!

Come learn more about the 92 mile interstate trail next door!

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