Monday, January 7, 2013

Worcester Mag Top Stories Jan 7, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Palladium saved in sale; College housing planned for other buildings

The last day of the year saw a flurry of real estate activity, with some property owners worried about the implications of the fiscal cliff. The result was a huge win for the city, with three familiar Main Street buildings sold to new ownership – including an iconic music hall once thought headed for demolition.

House, not Senate, rules for McGovern

Speculation as to who should and will run for U.S. Senate now that President Obama has nominated John Kerry for Secretary of State is off the charts. Two high-profile names have already been scratched off the list, with Edward Kennedy Jr. and actor Ben Affleck both saying they will not join the race in Massachusetts, and Congressman Jim McGovern says you can count him out, too.

Empowering youth through music

Not every neighborhood boasts professional musicians but with Worcester Chamber Music Society's new community-based program Neighborhood Strings, in just a few years this could become a reality for Worcester's Main South community. Neighborhood Strings will be offering free music lessons in violin, viola and cello to children between the ages of 6-12 each week after school in the Main South-area school, Woodland Academy.

School lobs pitch for bowling as high school sport

Getting the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to sanction bowling as a high school sport could prove tougher than nailing a "7-10 split," but advocates are not giving up the fight. Two of the biggest proponents, South High Community School's Jean McNerney and Jamie Burden, say inclusion in the MIAA would open the sport up to more funding and provide an opportunity for less traditional athletes to score a coveted sports scholarship for college.

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