In this issue, May 1-7

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rucker_hedshotRucker’s Worcester investment continues with charity fund |  Railers HC owner Cliff Rucker, who not only brought minor league hockey back to the city but bought a Commercial Street bar and became a partner in a Canal District rink facility, sees the charitable foundation he’s started as an important component of the ECHL team’s plan to win as a business. Patrick Sargent reports.

Melinda Taylor, longtime manager, and Cassie Ramsey, the new chef, hope to keep the regulars coming back to the new Grill on the Hill.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Melinda Taylor, longtime manager, and Cassie Ramsey, the new chef, hope to keep the regulars coming back to the new Grill on the Hill.

Local Business Spotlight: Grill on the Hill drives for green |  “It’s like family up here to me. There’s great potential in this place.” When Melinda Taylor and her husband Jim, both industry veterans, had a chance to take over Grill on the Hill, where business had declined since its late 2011 open, they jumped. Now Green Hill Golf Course’s bar and restaurant has reopened under new management, with a new chef and more changes coming — but you can still order up a Guinness burger, a beer and a sunset.

Sina-cism: In Dudley, Muslims need not apply |  “You may believe that the people of Dudley are actually well informed about Muslims, and truly understand that the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester is composed of proud, hardworking and loyal Americans, many of whom – like the settlers of Dudley – came to this country for greater freedom and opportunity. But I don’t.” Chris Sinacola has waited long enough to weigh in on this.

Editorial: Minimum wage, local hiring debate right time but wrong place  | The debate over changes to the city of Worcester’s tax increment finance [TIF] policy is about more than whether a $15 an hour minimum wage should be a requirement or a goal. Local hiring policies, including quotas on women, people of color and low-income residents, are also being discussed. We believe the arguments for these goals are valid, just not within a municipal TIF policy. We explain why.

SunSpotMay1_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vo. 54]: Is Worcester developing a complex? |  Self-improvement in general is an enviable goal, and something it’d be hard to argue that we all couldn’t focus on a little more. There comes a point, though, where you find so many flaws and theorize an endless conga line of solutions that you can twist yourself into a pretzel of indecision and poor judgment. Hitch wonders if the city’s myriad attempts to pretty itself up have taken a wrong turn somewhere.

CityFB pageInbox [May 1]: REC Farmers Gala coming soon, panel picks WCUW mural artists, LVGW names Jennings interim director, Recreation Worcester posts jobs |  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.


The Learning Hub is ready to grow, but how will it reach its lofty goals?

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

The Learning Hub is ready to grow, but how will it reach its lofty goals?

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 18 — The new direction |  “In recent weeks, The Hub has gained more attention than usual. Our flyers are being distributed, we received some coverage from a local business writer, were among the winners of StartUp Worcester and even received a few donations … but the pace doesn’t seem nearly as fast as it should be. Keeping up with the momentum is tough in Worcester.” Find out how Giselle Rivera-Flores plans to tackle her latest obstacle.

Worcester Weekly: VegFest + 5 more things to do, May 1-7 |  Live cooking demos, free food, activities for the kids, raffle prizes — that’d turn just about anyone into a vegetarian for a day. Now, about this Fest word … That’s just the start of the week. There’s a stellar scholastic showdown on the baseball diamond. Fred Eppinger and bunch of do-gooders take over Mechanics Hall. Cinco de Mayo gets busy. And ways to help your neighbors. Check it all out.

New in Free to Read

Worcester’s second mayor, Henry Chapin (first one bombed).

Courtesy Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester’s second mayor, Henry Chapin (first one bombed).

Worcestory Lesson: A ‘diabolical outrage’ in 1850
Nearly forgotten in Worcester’s history, a pair of insidious events nights apart drew in the politics of two of the 19th century’s most fiercely debated issues, temperance and slavery, and foreshadowed the violence that would one day accompany the national prohibition of alcohol. Local history blogger David DuBois has the story.

Clearly Coworking, 474 Grove St.

Courtesy Rob DelMastro

Clearly Coworking, 474 Grove St.

Local Business Spotlight: Clearly Coworking
By definition, a coworking space is a shared work environment utilized by separate organizations and individuals. Clarkie Rob DelMastro hopes to make his new Grove Street facility something more than that as he strives to develop a community of small businesses. Patrick Sargent has more.

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