The Mecca of Metal
On a Sunday in April, I drive into downtown Worcester, a day bright but dreary and a light mist falling. The streets are barren. A few cars move leisurely along Main Street, as does an occasional pedestrian, or a small group of them, walking past the plate glass windows and locked doors of dormant businesses.
New Pavilion offers education for Worcester's youth
On Saturday, April 28, the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester celebrated the opening of a new pavilion with an opening ceremony. Mayor Joseph M. Petty, who gave a speech at the ceremony, members of the Mass Audubon community, and the Worcester community were among those in attendance for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
As the story of David Russo, a 14-year-old teen arrested near his home last summer after a neighbor thought he was burglar exiting his own garage, made headlines this spring, it raised questions about racial profiling in one of Worcester's most affluent neighborhoods. But the Worcester City Council has begun grappling with a more nuanced issue to come out of Russo's arrest: how much power do private and college campus security forces have when it comes to off-campus incidents?
When all is said and done, April 2012 could be seen as the definitive month in the mayoral tenure of Joe Petty, who made education issues a priority during his campaign.