Local Business Spotlight: Whiskey Tango | Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Two experienced businessmen are preparing to open a bar on Park Avenue aimed at the college crowd. One of three establishments coming to Worcester this winter with whiskey on the brain — or the marquee, at least — this one is a little bit the same, a little bit different.
Up Next: Augustus, Gemme have gun violence in their crosshairs | Officials are naturally pleased that a drop in gun violence occurred the last three months of 2015, but they have not forgotten Worcester’s unusually violent summer. Keeping streets and neighborhoods safe is remains a priority for 2016. Up Next is intended to be a regular to occasional series highlighting stories and subjects we believe will be making news in the coming week.
Sun Shine: ‘Why Me’ family gives back | The Capaldis are among many who have benefited from the caring and comforts of home offered by Why Me in Worcester and its Sherry’s House, a temporary residence for families affected by childhood cancer. The annual Bella’s Ball, in honor of their daughter, will raise money to help others facing the harrowing ordeal.
Editorial: Meet a Muslim Day sets high standard for community | While we expect government to take an active role in fostering a sense of community, it cannot do it alone. It needs committed private citizens and groups to follow. In the current climate of fear and hatred, the Worcester Islamic Center is to be commended for taking the issue head-on and striving to create a better community.
Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol. 22 | During his inaugural address last week, third-term Mayor Joe Petty said — among, many, many other things — “Our words matter and words are powerful things.” Well, someone else once said, “pictures are worth a thousand words.” Let’s see what happens when these two golden nuggets of wisdom collide with a little help from Hitch.
Local Crowdfund: Stone Soup focused on developing picture-perfect facility | Its biggest obstacle? “Safe and efficient plumbing” in the basement space for running water to conduct print washing, proper disposal of printing chemicals, and eye washing stations to complete a fully functional darkroom. The Photography Project is running out of options for funding for such a costly expense. Find out how you can help.
Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 10 — The next breath | Just when I began to embrace the wings of Hope, I am dropped like a bad habit on a Sunday morning. At a pivotal point in opening The Learning Hub, the facts are clear. I must move forward with what has been provided to me. In the face of mounting setbacks, Giselle Rivera-Flores keeps perspective (shares some, too) and powers through.
Follow along with Giselle’s inspiring journey from the beginning:
Part 1 — The Brooklyn trip
Part 2 — The Playbook
Part 3 — The space race
Part 4 — The unsettling score
Part 5 — The point of no return
Part 6 — The poetry of motion
Part 7 — The keys to success
Part 8 — The stumbling block
Part 9 — The Learning Hubby
Worcester Weekly: Six things to do, Jan. 10-16 | Why 6? Why not?! Anyway, if you’re a sports fan, the winter season is heating up on campuses across the city. If you’re a business person, or maybe an aspiring entrepreneur, the temperature’s just right for some high-quality networking. A light flurry of history and culture, and your week’s complete. Don’t miss out!
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Local Business Spotlight: Lock 50 aims to raise level of Canal District cuisine
With more than 15 years of cooking experience, most recently at Shrewsbury Street’s Volturno, Tim Russo — Worcester’s Best Chef 2015 — has honed his skills. Now, he and business partner Tom Studer are charting a new course for themselves and the Water Street culinary scene with their coming-soon contemporary American restaurant.
Green Street has a Hangover … and a Spot … coming on
The main artery between Kelley Square and downtown is nothing if not ever-evolving. (Unless you serve Dive Shots, then you’ll never close.) No surprise then that some industry veterans are planning a pair of new drinking, eating and entertainment establishments for a winter debut. Patrick Sargent has the 411.