Best of the Sun … so far — the third kind

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We’ve come upon a natural dividing line. Time is awful handy for this sort of thing, and the calendar demands year-in-review material from all sorts of media dolts in all of the lands around the globe.

So, y’know, here we are.

Mashup3You’ve seen the first two installments, last Sunday and Wednesday. And you loved them, of course. (If you somehow missed them, check out the first two chapters here: Part 1 — Cream of the crop/most-viewed; and here: Part 2 — Commentary, insight, perspective.) We figured one more trip to the well was about right.

No wordy preamble this time, though. Right into it, we shall get.

Some of our top reports and business profiles, including a decent helping of breaking and/or exclusive news (at the time, of course), coming right up.

Patrick Sargent is a Grafton Hill native, a Holy Name and Worcester State grad who spent the year prior to joining us in November at GoLocalWorcester. Upon his arrival, we’ve been able to cover a more diverse and higher volume of stories. Notably, our focus on news items particularly related to business development and schools, will continue to sharpen. Our readers and growing membership have clearly responded.

Binienda plans to apply for Worcester schools superintendent In his debut as a Sun contributor, Sargent is the first local reporter to ask popular South High Community School Principal Maureen Binienda if she actually wanted the job.

Canal District rink forecasts on thin ice? The proposed construction of an ice skating arena in Worcester has strong support. There may be significant reasons for blind optimists to open their eyes.

Gino Berthiaume needs help from the Worcester Public School system that his mother says is not being provided.

Courtesy Kelly Rawson

Gino Berthiaume needs help from the Worcester Public School system that his mother says is not being provided.

Worcester schools leaving special needs student behind, mother says Engaging and polite, Gino loves John Cena and the WWE, and looks up to his big brother JB. Beyond that his life is anything but typical, and assistance WPS agreed to provide is still on hold nearly a year later. Why the delay, and what does that mean for the 15-year-old?

Canal District leaders high on dispensary plans at former Widoff’s site Working with the property’s new owner and with a wave of neighborhood support, Mayflower Medicinals Inc. is well positioned to become the city’s first marijuana outlet.

An artist's rendering of the proposed retail space -- and new home of Mayflower Medicinals marijuana dispensary -- at 129 Water St.

Courtesy Baystate Investment Fund LLC

An artist’s rendering of the proposed retail space — and new home of Mayflower Medicinals marijuana dispensary — at 129 Water St.

Worcester schools fumble chance at anti-violence program Despite the disheartening previous school year and summer of youth violence, WPS was not among the 100 percent of accepted eligible applicants. We ask, why?

Boosting local business

This is among our central tenets. We believe local businesses can impact communities in so many ways beyond the obvious, and we will continue to bring you news and stories about them with innovation, urgency and aplomb.

Chef Tim Russo and GM Tom Studer expect a January opening for their new restaurant at 50 Water St., Lock 50.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Chef Tim Russo and GM Tom Studer expect a January opening for their new restaurant at 50 Water St., Lock 50.

Local Business Spotlight: Lock 50 aims to raise level of Canal District cuisine Tim Russo, Worcester’s Best Chef 2015, and business partner Tom Studer are charting a new course for the Water Street culinary scene.

Local Business Spotlight: Allergic to Cubicles This is the place to spend countless hours rummaging through classic sports and fashion gems. Giselle Rivera-Flores channels her inner hipster to properly scrutinize this new Chandler Street store.

Rob Evans, owner of Addie Lee's Soul Food, 596 Main St.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Rob Evans, owner of Addie Lee’s Soul Food, 596 Main St.

Hidden Gem: Addie Lee’s Soul Food Soul food in downtown Worcester? Sure, you just have to know where to look — and luckily the Sun is here for you.

Local Business Spotlight: Shanty hopes to catch on Rose-Ellen Padavano and company know a thing or two about running restaurants in Worcester. Check out the charm behind the third time.

Local Crowdfund: Paging Dr. Gonzo Dr. Gonzo and J. Stuart Esty sure do have a lot in common. Find out what they were up to this past autumn, and how our readers helped.

Local Crowdfund: Everybody gets a robot! Worcester startup Neuron Robotics was fostered in the Technocopia makerspace. Both firms had great ideas that needed a boost.

Cyrille Tiako, 21, says, "this project has taught me more than I ever thought."

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Cyrille Tiako, 21, says, “this project has taught me more than I ever thought.”

Local Crowdfund: Tending seeds of progress While at first glance, the end result will be a modern greenhouse, this pilot project’s mission is much deeper. And worthy of support.

Sunday conversation

Q&A with Parlee Jones, Abby’s House shelter advocate Parlee Jones accounts for much of the slightly unexpected calm found at Abby’s House. Because, she’s on it. Visitors and colleagues take turns hanging from her door frame. There’s always someone who needs help in her office. And few, if any, leave disappointed. The women of Abby’s House are far from the only set benefiting from Jones’ devotion to public service. Find out more about one of the city’s true driving forces.

Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby's House. Well, that's her day job; we don't have room to list everything else here.

Fred Hurlbrink Jr. / Worcester Sun

Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby’s House. Well, that’s her day job; we don’t have room to list everything else here.

Thank you …

Of course we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the growing number of folks who have chosen to put down their hard-earned money and become members of the Worcester Sun community.

As much as that, though, we acknowledge with humility how entirely and absurdly lucky we’ve been to assemble a roster of contributors as talented and dedicated as the group of men and women who have chosen to help us try to make Worcester Sun a reality.

We thank them here, publicly and heartily and with the caveat that such a gesture is far too small to amply reflect our actual appreciation.

Among the first to agree to work with us and accept writing assignments were former Telegram & Gazette stalwarts Bronislaus B. Kush and Lee Hammel. Thousands upon thousands of bylines between them, stacked on decades of institutional Seven Hills knowledge.

They were joined, mostly sooner than later, by fellow T&G alums Bud Barth, Carol McDonald and T.J. Gaudet, all of whom have contributed mightily in the area of copy editing. (Gaudet also penned one of our top profiles, on Cafe Reyes.). Not to mention, top-notch reporter Richard Nangle, who got inside the DCF mess, and versatile writer/editor Art Simas.

Ashleigh LaRose is an aspiring writer and Worcester State student who helped us early. About the same time she showed up, so did Alex L. Khan, also a college student, who provided our readers with two of the most deeply researched stories (and well-done, too) we’ve published to date.

Giselle Rivera-Flores was next to jump on the bandwagon, and she continues to be a crucial and high-energy component in helping us find a semblance of stability and consistency.

Then came the second wave of cavalry. David Hitch decided to bring his nationally syndicated talent to the Sun. And Chris Sinacola brought the wit and wisdom that area readers have come to expect from him. Ken Powers is back to cover local sports, as he should be. And Patrick Sargent, as noted, added local roots and dogged reporting.

Last but certainly not least, we’ve had the good fortune to work with a growing stable of diverse writers of commentary and particular expertise that includes Augustine Kanjia, whose gripping serial continues this week; Alex Mooradian, a young city attorney who’s covered affordable housing and refugees; David DuBois, a history buff and our newest addition; and of course, the inimitable Charles P. Pierce, who wrote our inaugural cover story.

Finally — the really, real finally — we must thank the families that have made working on this project possible. You all know who you are and how lost we’d be without you.


2 thoughts on “Best of the Sun … so far — the third kind

  1. AND .. having David Hitch on your team is a REALLY GOOD thing .. those new cartoonist at the T&G SUK !!

    Wishing you the best in this effort ..
    Have you heard the mess The Globe is in with their circulation / delivery problem ??
    Well, the T&G is better, but not by much !!

    I think the days of print newspapers is in remission .. maybe eNews is the next frontier ??


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