In this issue, April 27

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Hanover Theatre

Mark A. Henderson / Worcester Sun

The Hanover Theatre’s restoration of 551 Main St. in on track for a June 2 ribbon cutting, but the downtown landmark is looking for a restaurant to occupy the first floor.

Sonoma restaurant was in, now out, as part of Hanover Theatre expansion |  Plans for the first-floor restaurant at 551 Main St. are in limbo, according to Troy Siebels, president and CEO of Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, after Sonoma Restaurant of Princeton decided to walk away from the project because it was too expansive of an endeavor. Patrick Sargent reports.

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Dan Wally ditched a steak for the gig of a lifetime, spinning records for Prince

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Dan Wally ditched a steak for the gig of a lifetime, spinning records for Prince

That time Burncoat grad Dan Wally DJ’d an LA date for Prince |  “A giant spread of appetizers is covering the bar and getting sweaty. Spring rolls, cheese, orange juice. An hour goes by. Then another hour. A no-show. I’m kind of bummed out but also very relieved. I don’t know how I’m going to react if he walks in that door.” In his own words, and with some help from Patrick Sargent, Dan Wally tells the story of what happened before and after that long wait, and the incredible night he spun records for Prince.

April27SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 53]: Worcester’s Boardwalk empire |  Business development is essential to the growth and future financial security of any thriving urban center. That’s basic. Tax Increment Financing deals are meant to coax investment from the pockets of tight-fisted outsiders while feeding the local economy. But now, everybody has an opinion about how many workers of what color from which town should be paid wages no less than $15 an hour. Whew! What kind of game are we playing here, anyway? Hitch rolls the dice to find out.

Harriet Tubman in 1895

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Harriet Tubman in 1895

Editorial: From Tubman to Frances Perkins (someday), we get our money’s worth |  The nation’s currency is taking a step forward with the announcement that Harriet Tubman will be featured on a future version of the $20 bill. The news reminds us that we all touch history every time we take out a bill, and that we all take part — whoever we are — in shaping our country’s destiny.

StEP Donation

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Ascentria nabs a crucial donation.

Inbox [April 27]: Pathways to screen Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’ tonight, Spectrum Health picks CEO, Ascentria accepts lab donation, Worcester Public Library springs a sale |  Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer 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 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.

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