Even More Advice (508 #330)

posted by Mike on May 4th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Mike True, Paul Ropp, Konnie Lukes, who’s pulled nomination papers, HOLDEN MAN, housing, apps, transit, housing, church, weed, surveillance, and the tenth annual New England VegFest.

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Worcester School Committee 2019 Election Issues (508 #329 w/Tracy Novick)

posted by Mike on May 1st, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we ask, “What do you want Worcester School Committee candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes?” Our guest is Tracy Novick, legendary former School Committee member and 2019 candidate.

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Michael True, 1933-2019, RIP

posted by Mike on May 1st, 2019

Michael True, Worcester activist, writer, and educator, has died. His intelligence, diligence, generosity, and kindness will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

His funeral and burial will be in Minnesota. We are told will be a celebration of his life in Worcester June 1 at Mechanics Hall, but no details yet.

Official obituary, Minneapolis Star Tribune

True, Michael Daniel: Lover of life, born in Oklahoma City, OK 11/8/1933 died at 85, on 4/28/2019 in St. Paul, MN. Michael was a prolific writer of books, essays and letters. He was a teacher and activist, loved good conversation, friends, food and music. He grew up in Lawton, OK with his 2 brothers and “Mother and Daddy” whom he cherished. He was a Sooner at Oklahoma University, received his MA in English at the University of Minnesota. Michael met his wife, Mary Pat Delaney, in St. Paul. They married in 1958 at St. Luke’s Parish. Mike went to Duke University for his Ph. D. He spent the majority of his life in his beloved city of Worcester, MA where he taught English, and later Peace Studies at Assumption College (1965-2000).

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Michael True, activist, poet, educator, mourned

Michael True believed in peace, the power of art and poetry, and the worth of his adopted hometown, the city of Worcester.

“But he didn’t just talk about ideas,” said his son, John True. “He implemented them. He was an activist.”

Mr. True, also a renowned author, poet and historian who taught at Assumption College and in classrooms around the world, passed away last week in Minneapolis at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Mary Pat, six children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mr. True was a central figure in Worcester’s nonviolence community, taking part in protests big and small, for causes well-known and unsung. Those who knew him remembered a man committed to what he believed in, willing to risk health and reputation, and who, despite his illustrious resume, never looked down on anyone.

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Freak the Man Freely (508 #328)

posted by Mike on April 25th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the late Bishop Rueger, transit plans, more Worcester apartments, Airbnb economics, volunteer opportunities, plastic bag bans, hard drugs, and the Didache.

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Earth Day (508 #327 w/Grace Sliwoski)

posted by Mike on April 7th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Grace Sliwoski of the REC about Earth Day cleanups, the Midtown Mall, extremely-low-income renter households, rat park, and the holy mountain.

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508 #326 (w/#325)

posted by Mike on April 3rd, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the Worcester School Committee, the Midtown Mall, transit, infrastructure, and the Four Unrelated People. The audio version includes episode #325, recorded March 8, 2019.

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How’s Donna Doing?

posted by Mike on March 21st, 2019

She’s indefatigable, that’s how Donna’s doing.

Long-time Mustard Seed soup kitchen director Donna Domiziano is back at her post-Mustard Seed apartment off Vernon Street in Worcester. She’s in a wheelchair, mostly healed up after a fall, now doing lots of physical therapy in hopes of being able to get into and out of the chair by herself. At that point, she’ll have an easier time riding in cars, and will get back to visiting soup kitchens and homeless shelters, helping out and cheering up the many down-and-out Worcesterites she befriended during her 30 years living and working at the Seed.

She’s drawing parallels between her current situation and other unexpected setbacks in her life, times when she refused to give up, instead praying for God’s grace and knowing that, sooner or later, she’d see a new way forward. Totally inspiring, this lady, you should pay her a visit.

Affordable Housing in Worcester (508 #324 w/Eleanor Gilmore)

posted by Mike on March 2nd, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Worcester urbanist Eleanor Gilmore about problems and solutions around affordable housing and gentrification in Worcester.

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Much-Maligned (508 #323)

posted by Mike on February 23rd, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we discuss getting off campus, recycling, the Research Bureau [PDF], electricity aggregation, economic development as municipal procurement, clergy abuse, the cost of living, and Universal Basic Income.

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This week’s notes on the Catholic clergy abuse crisis

posted by Mike on February 17th, 2019

Here’s a summary I wrote for this week’s radio show that I thought I’d post here.

This week we are seeing a historic meeting on clergy sex abuse, including some Worcester participants; expanded rights for victims of abuse; financial difficulties in the Diocese of Worcester; and even some relevant anecdotes from my own life as a faithful Catholic.
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