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  • FREEWORCESTER mag {news | arts | dining | nightlifeSept. 20 - 26, 2012 worcestermag.com

    newsALS research making strides

    Page 4

    ying highOn the wings of a hero

    Page 14

    swishA New York State of Mind

    Page 20

    inside stories

    Worcesters BOOMING


    Worcesters BOOMING


  • 2 W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M S E P T E M B E R 2 0 , 2 0 1 2

    C H A N G E T H E W AY T H E W O R L D W O R K S

    Announcing the Inauguration of Barry M. Maloney

    As Eleventh President of Worcester State University

    President Maloneys Inauguration is sponsored by Consigli Construction, Chartwells and Worcester Magazine. The Presidential Lecture Ocean Soul, featuring Brian Skerry, is sponsored by Sovereign BankSantander Universities.

    Academic excellence, a student-centered philosophy and broadening the global experience for students are the top priorities for Worcester State Universitys 11th president Barry M. Maloney, who will be sworn in September 21st. During his tenure at WSU, which began July 1, 2011, WSU has increased its fulltime faculty, student enrollment and fundraising as well as expanded its student engagement, community based learning and student exchange and study abroad opportunities.

    Worcester State University is a nationally recognized public university offering graduate and undergraduate programs taught by a committed, accessible faculty. This year, WSU became the only Massachusetts state university to be named Best in the Northeast, by the Princeton Review for nine consecutive years. To learn more, please visit www.worcester.edu.

  • September 25-30ONE WEEK ONLY!


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    S E P T E M B E R 2 0 , 2 0 1 2 W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M 3

    4 City Desk 4 1,001 Words7 Worcesteria8 Harvey8 People on the Street8 On-line Comments9 Cover Story 13 Night & Day 18 Eat Beat21 Venues/Clubs/Coffeehouses30 Classi eds 38 2 minutes withA B O U T T H E C O V E RPhoto: Steven KingDesign: Kimberly Vasseur

    Kirk A. Davis PresidentGareth Charter Publisher x153

    Brittany Durgin Interim Editor x155Steven King Photographer x278Walter Bird Jr., Vanessa Formato, Brian Goslow, Janice Harvey, Josh Lyford, Taylor Nunez, Gary Rosen, Barbara Taormina, Contributing WritersTammy Grif n-Kumpey Copy Editor

    Don Cloutier Production Manager x380Kimberly Vasseur Art Director/Assistant Production Manager x366Becky Gill x350, Morgan Healey x366, Stephanie Mallard x350, Graphic ArtistsNhung Hong Truong Production Intern

    Jennifer Shone Advertising Sales Manager x147Michelle Terranova x131 Account ExecutivesErin Johnson Classi ed Manager

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    Maybe its the utter lack of retail clothing stores and other basic retail options like furnishings or even groceries. Whatever the cause, it sure seems like theres only one consumer industry booming in Worcester booze.Bars, restaurants, and package stores are everywhere, on every

    corner. And seemingly new ones each month. Does Worcester really have an Irish thirst unlike other cities? Or are we typical of a larger trend? We took a close look at the booze economy in our fair city and found some interesting opinions on what ows after you approach a bar and order a drink.

    Gareth Charter | Publisher



  • { city desk }WOO-TOWN INDE XA weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

    Hunting a deadly diseaseWorcesters Dr. Brown makes strides in the ght against ALS

    4 W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M S E P T E M B E R 2 0 , 2 0 1 2

    September 20 - 26, 2012 Volume 38, Number 3

    RIT to honor American Antiquarian Society with 2012 Isaiah Thomas Award during ceremony Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the WPI Campus Center. +1

    United Way holds its annual Day of Caring in Worcester, drawing more than 1,000 volunteers to several local community service projects. +1

    The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) will receive $4.4 million from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to replace three diesel transit buses with zero-emission, all-electric transit buses. The move is expected to eliminate 53 tons of emissions and reduced gas consumption by more than 23,000 gallons annually. +2

    Alleged voter intimidation tactics at the polls during the Sept. 6 primary election yield calls for investigation and possible criminal prosecution. -4

    First Night Worcester gets a new look with a brand new logo from the marketing rm PENTA. The agency is part of a rebranding effort for the annual New Years Eve celebration. +1

    Clark University, WPI, Assumption College and Worcester State all made the grade in U.S. News & World Reports 2012 edition of Best Colleges. WPI and Clark ranked 65 and 83, respectively on one list, while Assumption and Worcester State ranked 38 and 133 on another.+2

    In its September 2012 Back to School update, the Of ce of Economic Development estimates the combined economic impact of all Worcester-based colleges and university to be more than $2.5 billion. +2.5

    City rebuked for failing to properly oversee the distribution of millions of dollars in grant funds, according to a news report. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) freezes more than $3 million for various programs. -3

    Donna Searles, with the citys Department of Public Works and Parks Customer Service Team, is named Employee of the Month for September. +1

    Total for this week: +3.5

    Ashley Klann

    A recent medical breakthrough could add years to patients lives and may be the fi rst step in solving a string of illnesses including muscular dystrophy and cystic fi brosis; and it all started at the hands of one dedicated team at University of Massachusetts Medical School here in Worcester.

    Robert Brown, a neurologist at UMass, has worked since 1979 to solve a crippling disease affecting about fi ve out of every 100,000 people worldwide Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is also known as Lou Gehrigs disease. The neurological disorder begins in the spinal cord, causing muscles to weaken and become paralyzed. As the disease spreads, moving to the diaphragm, patients become unable to breathe.

    Its pretty dire, says Brown. But he and the research team at UMass have made signifi cant strides recently that could bring longer life to those suffering with ALS, who typically only live a few years after being diagnosed.

    One of the two key genetic breakthroughs the team has helped solve is not how the disease begins but how long it lasts.

    The interesting thing they found is when they knock that gene out, mice with ALS lasted a lot longer, which suggests this controls how rapidly it progresses, Brown explains. Were very excited. We hope we could fi nd pills or drugs that could mimic that.

    The next step could be monumental.

    Brown says it is possible that this gene could work in part with the other signifi cant discovery they made, which hints at how the gene is carried.

    The fun thing is that with this second gene, there is a possibility quite by chance, these two genes may actually work together to see how a motor neuron works to prevent the disease, he says.

    Discovered in July, the other gene

    was found with work done tracing the genes in two families. Brown attributed a large part of the success to one of the team members, John Landers.

    We worked with a large family in Israel and another from the U.S. and it was in those families that this gene was identifi ed, he says, explaining that the gene is important in how nerves grow. This gene was known to be related.

    Brown adds that now that the gene has been isolated, they can use mouse models and run tests to fi gure out how to treat the illness.

    Just how does one go about hunting down a genetically-linked deadly disease? According to Brown, their new method