Articles by Nick D'Andrea

Pezzella Makes Safety Recommendations for Worcester Schools

Safety equipment upgrades, more police officers recommended for Worcester schools WORCESTER – The district’s school safety liaison and a special advisory committee advises implementing several recommendations from a recent independent audit of the district’s safety systems, including upgrading school security hardware and adding two police liaison officers.Robert Pezzella also suggests…


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Committee Corner: School Budget talks have started in Worcester

John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee   “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”…Ben Franklin That is sound advice from a great leader… Ben Franklin!  Again it’s that time of the year that the community needs to be involved in the school budget and look what we, as a city,…


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Team work makes the dream work at Burncoat Prep

Forming a new ‘family’ at Worcester’s Burncoat Prep WORCESTER – The sign hanging on the wall behind Deborah Catamero’s desk offers a persuasive bit of advice: “Save time, see it my way.””It’s really our way,” the Burncoat Street Preparatory School principal said Friday, laughing off what is meant to be…


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Worcester School Committee reviews the over testing of Kindergartners

Are kindergartners being over-tested? Worcester school board to take a look WORCESTER – The School Committee will look at whether kindergarten students are being made to take too many tests, despite the interim superintendent’s argument that assessments are critical at that age.”I’ll proceed very cautiously before we start interfering” with…


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2016 Oscars Best Films

The annual tradition of watching the Academy Awards Nominations by the baseball (election) widow and me is complete and this year I am going to take a different approach.  Each year I normally try to predict the winner.  Since I truly feel that this year is set up so “The…


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Trophy Kids

If you have followed me for the past few years, I gravely apologize.  You will know that I am sports coach and official.  Being a basketball coach and being a baseball umpire are two things that I truly love to do.  As you can imagine I have come across a…


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Food Truck Revolution

I have always been a fan of food trucks.  Quick and convenient comfort food that a brick and mortar restaurant can’t provide.  Last year I went and saw the movie “Chef”.  After coming out of the theater two things were on my mind. First, I really wanted a Cuban style sandwich…



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East Side Babe Ruth Spring Registration

The East Side Babe Ruth is currently holding online Registration for the upcoming season.  Cost is $125 per player.  You can register by going to their Facebook page and click sign up, or register at www.eastsidebaberuth.com.  The age group is 13-15 and if they played Little League at either Tom Ash,…


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South High Band Needs Our Help

John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee South High School Band “The South High Community School Band will serve as an official representative of the State of Massachusetts in commemoration of the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence”, stated John P. Wiscombe, president of the Music Celebration International, L.L.C.  in a letter…