Local Business Spotlight: 3cross Brewing Co. takes beer for a ride | Dave Howland, an avid cyclist since his high school days at Worcester Academy, began working in his basement on his home brew for about six years before he turned his passion into a business venture. And now it’s a Cambridge Street establishment. Art Simas taps into what’s keeping this craft brewery on a roll.
TIF-boosted progress percolating on long-dormant South Worcester land | An aggressive tax relief plan enticed an innovative city-based company to keep 30 jobs in South Worcester with a pledge to add several more while expanding its footprint and adding to the city’s tax base. And it just might be the catalyst of a renaissance for a neighborhood that could desperately use one. Patrick Sargent reports.
Sina-cism: Worcester students captives of caution and cowardice | The School Committee, which failed to stage a meaningful search and then doubled down on mediocrity by opposing public charter schools; the union, by protecting incompetent, ineffective teachers while discouraging and underpaying younger, talented ones; uninvolved parents; and an administration lacking energy, courage and imagination are all complicit in keeping world-class education out of reach for the city’s public school students, says Chris Sinacola.
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Worcestory Lesson: Royal Pioneer and the city’s place in motorcycle history | A combination of practical features and technical breakthroughs makes the rare Pioneer motorcycle produced more than a century ago in Worcester one of the most significant designs in motorcycling history. Worcester history expert David DuBois tells the fascinating tale.
Editorial: Hanover Theatre a glittering success | The gleaming theater is an example of vision and excellence that does Worcester proud and, as exemplified by a major expansion underway, is still reimagining itself. Indeed it was an urban-renewal risk that has paid off, so the theater’s eighth birthday is a good time to consider its leading role in our city.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 40]: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right | A state senate panel urged voters to exercise caution this past week when considering the potential legalization of marijuana via the November ballot. Ah, yes, about that November ballot — lots of heavy decisions this year, what with dumpster fires smoldering on both sides of the aisle. Some folks might even feel a bit stuck in the middle. Well, Hitch has your path to enlightenment.
Inbox: Worcester CleanTech Incubator opening, Worcester Windows spring exhibit, WCUW mural project, new Music Worcester scholarships, and Worcester Public Library debuts “Lilly” | Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. In that light, Inbox makes its Sunday debut and offers readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.
Worcester Weekly: 46th annual charity dinner + 4 more things to do, March 13-19 | You’ll notice — well, you definitely will now anyway — that we did not include the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in our list of the best things to do this coming week. Why? Because you’re from Worcester, and you know when the parade is (and that it’s a great thing to do) which means you’re already headed down there. So enjoy — and then check out what else there is to do this week.
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Local Crowdfund: SPM grad plots a course for helping kids in need
[Editor’s note: This was originally published on Jan. 17. As of early Saturday, March 12, 92 percent of the $8,000 goal has been pledged.] “After the [2013 Boston Marathon] bombing I said, ‘I’m doing this when I get home.’ It’s been a goal for a while. Everything that the marathon does and is, all the wonderful things, it makes you want to do it.” Kait Maloney has spent much of her life helping people, so strapping on the running shoes and rising to a 26-mile challenge were a natural fit.
Hidden Gem — Survivor Series: Central Mass Scuba
It may not be your first thought when considering a few hours strolling along Shrewsbury Street, but this modest dive shop has stood its ground amid the myriad restaurants and constant churn of new businesses to keep its doors open for two decades. Alas, there’s news on the pool in the basement at 304 Shrewsbury St. You might want to sit down. Patrick Sargent has the story.