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County ARC makes case for funding

'Do not use us for a photo opportunity'

Louis Denno, 28, a client of the Center of Hope, proudly stands with his “Uncle” State Rep. Paul Kujawski, D-Webster, at the Worcester ARC annual breakfast Thursday. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
June 06, 2010
WORCESTER — More than once Thursday morning, the demand was made, "Do not use us for a photo opportunity. Do not use us for re-election."

And don't let us down if you do.

At the Southern Worcester County ARC legislative Breakfast, concerns among the constituents ran a common course, but the means of maintaining level funding and achieving an increase were varied — at least according to the three out of four gubernatorial candidates present at Holy Cross' Hogan Campus Center.

Besides incumbent democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green-Rainbow party and state Treasurer Tim Cahill, running as an independent, addressed the crowd, which included Southbridge Town Manager Christopher Clark, Town Councilor Denise Clemence and former state Rep. Mark Carron, who now works with the Center of Hope in Southbridge.

The agenda for the morning included Republican candidate Charlie Baker as well, though he did not make an appearance.

A frequented topic of the day was the state's sales tax, and whether or not to keep it at 6.25 percent, or lower it back down to 5 percent.

Among the crowd were a handful of award winners and citation recipients for their work as self advocates, parent advocates, care givers and even a recently naturalized American citizen.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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