For economists, minimum wage is a laboratory specimen that can be poked, prodded, dissected and discussed in endless studies with widely different conclusions and forecasts. In politics, it's a hot-button, third-rail issue that defines candidates as advocates for social justice and the working poor, or champions of entrepreneurs and an unfettered economy. And for roughly 17,700 low-wage Worcester workers who pour the coffee, ring up the sales, flip the burgers, collect the tickets, wash the dishes and park the cars, minimum wage is a lifestyle.
City brings safety to water programs
One of the chief components of this year's Wheels to Water program in Worcester is the swim mentor. Experienced, teenaged swimmers will augment the swimming lessons that are taught at one of the city's beaches, the YMCA, YWCA and Boys & Girls Club. It could not come at a better time or with more of a purpose. Just over two months ago, a family and a neighborhood buried 10-year-old Ndayishimiye David, the too-young victim of a drowning at Bell Pond, one of four city-run beaches.
There may be no one in Worcester who knows the life of a gang banger better than Mike Earielo. The 43-year-old is one of the original members of one of the city's most notorious gangs, Kilby Street. You didn't read about him in Worcester Mag's recent cover story about gang life in Worcester ("Out of the Shadows," June 27), but the story of gangs in Worcester is hardly complete without hearing from Earielo.