508 #102: Good enough for Buckwheat

posted by Mike on February 26th, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester.


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This week, Mike and Brendan begin with a recap of city government’s efforts to bring Google Fiber to Worcester. The Whiskerite charity beard competition raised almost $1000. Check out the video.

We have learned of the origins of the “Right Place, Right Time” song. (Video here, too.) Anyone have a copy of Worcester’s 1972 theme?

CSX wants to expand their Worcester rail yard. We are planning to learn about Worcester’s position on the Opioid Overdose Prevention program.

Worcester’s metalheads are awesome. We may as well link to Juggalo News.

Mike is enthusiastic about the Free Store at the Holden Recycling Center, and Coinstar.

We don’t like Worcester’s proposed pit bull ordinance. Mike recommends a Malcolm Gladwell article on the subject.

Finally, Holmes Wilson had a beautiful wedding in the Midtown Mall.

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6 Comments Leave a comment.

  1. On February 26, 2010 at 12:06 Nicole said:

    More info on that “free” store in Holden:

  2. On February 26, 2010 at 12:13 Mike said:

    Nicole: Thanks! Link added to show notes.

  3. On February 26, 2010 at 14:05 Nicole Langlois said:

    Whiskerite thanks you for the shoutout again!

  4. On February 26, 2010 at 20:11 Vintageshake said:

    What an aggravation. As my boyfriend just said, why don’t we just wear yellow armbands when we walk our dogs.
    The problem with the muzzles, is it creates more unrest and distrust towards these dogs. When people see a pitbull with a muzzle, they automatically assume it is a dangerous dog. Now, I just bought a muzzle for my pitbull because people make him nervous. I bought the muzzle for his protection, not for anyone else’s. We have had experience with other people trying to swat their dogs away from our and our dog giving a warning bark, so for preventative measures against the lack of propriety people have towards alpha dogs, we have bought a soft nylon muzzle for him to wear when we take him to crowded places.

    I grew up with a very well behaved black lab. When I moved out- I bought my Am. Staff (pitbull) mix. Out of the two, The black lab had more of a tendency to snap for no reason (at adults, kids, whoever). My pitbull has only snapped at someone once- and it was when the vet grabbed his newly neutered no-no spot.
    I will be buying another pitbull, and as a new home-owner in the burncoat area, I am aggravated that towns think it is the breed causing issues.

    I applaud the gentleman in the hat for knowing a bit of pitbull history. It is true that pitbulls were the dog of choice before the war. They used to be called “nanny dogs” because you could leave them with your kids and they would protect them without fail. Most of the war hero dogs from ww1 and 2 were pitbulls too (see stubby). Woodrow Wilson, Roosevelt and Helen Keller all owned pitbulls.

  5. On March 1, 2010 at 11:02 Nicole said:

    Thanks so much for defending the metalheads of Worcester, especially the rebuttal.

    As I’ve said before (and will likely say again), I think the Palladium is something that’s really working in downtown. We’ve got all sorts of people spinning around trying to revitalize North Main Street, and we’ve got a business that seems to be doing a great job with little to no governmental intervention just a few blocks away.

    Nicole, who is no great metalhead, but who knows enough to not like Metallica’s Black Album, and who also has an embarrassing weak spot for Dave Mustaine that is rivaled only by a similar weak spot for a certain city councilor who will remain nameless.

  6. On March 2, 2010 at 09:19 Adam Villani, UE said:

    Man, that jingle is horrid. I remember a while back (sometime in the 90s, I think), there was some sort of promo campaign in L.A. where they put banners up on the lightposts, each touting something invented in Southern California (or maybe it was all of California). That at least seemed reasonable, like “Oh yeah, we invented navel oranges. And the space shuttle. And the Cobb salad.”

    Maybe Worcester could do a similar thing touting the stuff made in (or once made in) town.

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