WPD Officer Bares (Almost) All For ‘Wicked Summer’ Audition
Sunday, October 20, 2013
McGuiness, according to one report, says he posted the video on Vimeo, in 2010, as an audition for Wicked Summer, a Jersey Shore-like reality show that had been filming in the Boston and Cape Cod areas for a series that has yet to land a network. In the video, he identifies himself as an openly gay police officer and a bodybuilder.
“The reason I think I should be on the show is, I’m a great-looking guy,” McGuiness, who says he’s 6’3” and 240 pounds, declares in the video,” “I’ve got a killer body.” He also exposes his phone number.
McGuiness is an “out of the closet cop,” he declares, and is “considering your viewers being MILFs who are going to tune in to see a body like mine - looking at me and wishing their boyfriends or husbands look like me, but they don’t.” So that’ll be a big draw. Also, all of the straight guys, they’re going to be tuning in to see what all of the hubbub is about, about this gay, body-builder cop. And when they look in, they’re going to say, ‘Holy f***, I wish I was that guy.’ Not to mention your other demographic, which is going to be the gay guys. They’re going to tune in, in droves.”
Across the Atlantic, London’s Daily Mail reports that McGuiness “made the tape three years ago while trying out for the Wicked Summer reality series inspired by MTV's Jersey Shore series and set in Boston and Cape Cod. The cop, who describes himself as openly gay, never made it onto the cast since the producer ended up shelving the project.”
Watch The Video (Warning: This is a news video, but does contain some graphic language)
Referring to McGuiness’ video as a “dirty dancing” performance,” Channel 5 reports that it “could knock him off the beat.” WPD officials, according to Channel 5, confirm that they are “aware” of the video and are considering its posting a “personal matter.” Reportedly, Chief Gary Gemme says that while he is investigating, it doesn't appear McGuiness did anything to warrant suspension or termination.
The only issue Gemme has, he reportedly says, is with McGuiness’ display of his WPD badge in the video. The chief adds that McGuiness, who has been on the WPD for 19 years, has an excellent record.
McGuiness, Gemme and WPD spokesman Kerry Hazelhurst have yet to return GoLocalWorcester phone calls for comment.
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Related Slideshow: Worcester’s Remaining Eyesores
The downtown of any vibrant, dynamic city is composed of much more than its buildings. But it is those very structures – and the shape they’re in - that can cause people to be either attracted or repelled. Downtown Worcester has seen much in the way of building construction and restoration in recent years, as noted in the main article. But the buildings shown here are among the key reasons that the downtown of New England’s second-largest city still has a way to go, to be widely regarded as truly revitalized.
Worcester Memorial Aud.
One of the biggest white elephants in downtown is Worcester Memorial Auditorium, which was once called The Aud while it was being managed for the city by Spectacor, the same company that runs the city-owned DCU Center. Built in 1933, as a World War One memorial in the form of a multi-purpose hall, the Auditorium has a 116-foot-wide proscenium and is located at Lincoln Square. Lincoln Square is listed by Preservation Massachusetts as one of the "Most Endangered Historic Resources" in the state because of the three historical buildings in the square that are all empty or underutilized. Currently, the Auditorium is used to house State Trial Court records and a small after-school program.
Former State Courthouse
Another Lincoln Square sad sack is the former State Courthouse, located where Main Street meets the square. Six years ago, the state Superior and District courts were relocated to the new $200-million State Courthouse that had been built a few blocks south, on Main Street. The empty, 180,000-square-foot old courthouse, which occupies two buildings, continues to be in limbo. The building that faces Main Street was listed on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012 because of its architectural and historical significance. It was also included in a detailed study of the North Main Street/Lincoln Square area, commissioned by the City of Worcester in 2006. The state and city governments along with “many local organizations and private citizens are intent on finding an adaptive reuse for the building,” according to Preservation Worcester. “However, a suitable new use or a feasible development plan have yet to be identified for this historically and architecturally significant structure.” The state proposes to sell the former courthouse to the city for $1. The city and state would split net proceeds from the sale or lease of the property. The Mass. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the proposed dollar sale today.
Former Worcester Voke Ed
Now facing demolition, the Worcester Boys Trade School, as it was originally called, had in more recent years housed Worcester Vocational High School. In 2006, the replacement for the Voke Ed School, Worcester Technical High School, opened the doors to its new $90-million, 400,000-square-foot campus atop Belmont Hill. Boys Trade School, opened in 1910, was among the first vocational schools in the nation, training young men to be machinists, and, according to its mission, graduating "well informed citizens and good workmen." It was supervised by an independent Board of Trustees, first headed by Milton Higgins of Norton Company, and reporting annually to the Worcester City Council. (After the Council-Manager form of government was adopted in 1949, the Board of Trustees reported to the City Manager.)
Notre Dame des Canadiens
In 2010, the Diocese of Worcester sold the now-vacant Notre Dame des Canadiens Church to the developer of CitySquare for $875,000. All net proceeds from the sale went to Holy Family Parish of Worcester. As with other Catholic churches that have been sold to non-Catholic groups, all consecrated items, including the altar, statuary, baptismal font, and tabernacle, were removed. Many of those items are now being used in either other Catholic churches or the chapel of Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester. Some items are being kept in storage until an appropriate home is found in another Catholic church. All of the stained-glass windows as well as all saint and other religious figures were removed, with none of them being sold to individuals. As with other consecrated items, they were transferred to and used by Catholic churches. Stained-glass windows that remain in the building include patterned stained glass that does not have religious figures.
Former Paris Cinema
The Capitol Theatre opened in 1926 on Franklin Street as one of downtown Worcester’s movie palaces. In later years it became an adult cinema and the name was changed to Paris Cinema, which was closed down over code violations in 2006. The current owner, The Mayo Group, plans to demolish the building. Mayo Group donated the exterior Paris Cinema sign to Preservation Worcester. In 2012, the sign was sold at auction during Preservation Worcester’s annual salvage event.
Perhaps the most notorious eyesore in downtown Worcester is the Midtown Mall. Long owned by Worcester property owner Dean Marcus,the retail and office building houses an odd collection of businesses and an even odder assortment of customers. The Midtown Mall has bit of retail history on its side, having been created out of the old Woolworths building. For a cinema verite tour of the Midtown Mall, check out this YouTube video. Yes, Marcus has his fair – and even unfair – share of critics. But as he once noted, when Worcester finally gets around to making its downtown attractive to all sorts of people, he’ll be glad to sell his property for the right price.
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