Local Business Spotlight: Seed to Stem transplanting to Canal District | The eclectic nature-themed gift shop is pulling up stakes on Shrewsbury Street soon for bigger space — and maybe even more customers! — in Crompton Place. Longtime collaborators, the owners are taking their skills with skulls (they plant things in them), flowers and other eye-catching items from Restaurant Row to the Canal District in August. Patrick Sargent is first in line.
Sina-cism: Enter the trigger-man, guns blazing | “Trigger warnings aren’t simply misguided. They aren’t some necessary evil that help protect a few truly unfortunate and silently suffering souls from revisiting the darkness in their past while the rest of us are supposed to nod understandingly. They are an insult to the intelligence and integrity of both those who create art and those who consume it.” Tell us how you really feel, Chris! [Don’t worry, he does … Listen up, kids.]
Worcestory Lesson: A trip down memorial lane, starring the Aud | “The most awe-inspiring feature of the auditorium is the second floor memorial chamber with the names of those who died in WWI embossed in gold on the stone walls. Large floor to ceiling windows look out between the building columns toward Lincoln Square.” David DuBois explores the history, and looks into the future, of one of Worcester’s true gems.
Editorial: Worcester takes the through-train | For morning commuter rail riders, the MBTA is tightening the ride from Worcester to Boston to 57 minutes, starting tomorrow. The revamped schedule lops precious minutes off other train trips, too. It all adds up to a better, more livable, unstoppable city.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 60]: Commence penny-pinching | Ah, graduation season … Proud parents. Delirious teenagers. Suddenly rudderless young adults. Irresponsible amounts of potato salad. Oh, and just in case all that wasn’t enough, there’s the ever-darkening specter of new and rising education fees from preschool to grad school. Worcester State got in on the act adding at least $115 to their students’ ledgers for use of the soon-to-open $52.6M wellness center. Hitch brings the pomp and the circumstance.
On Beacon Hill: St. V’s doc fined for pot violations, Chandler backs oral health push, McGovern on GOP’s anti-LGBT move, and more | OK, folks, this is week 2 of the Sun’s latest new feature for members (there’s more to come, and soon too!), On Beacon Hill. We hope the name gives it away, but just in case: This will be a multimedia digest of Worcester- and Central Mass.-related government and political news from Boston and beyond. This week starts with a city doctor running afoul of the state licensing board. Along with Chandler and McGovern, too, news (with video) on motorcycle safety and a special Shrewsbury Street anniversary.
Seven Hills Charter having trouble gaining acceptance for College Week | Planners are beginning to panic at the Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester, because its upcoming summer program called College Week is missing the main element: a college to serve as host. Several of the city’s institutions of higher learning have stepped up in the past, but a partner for later this year has proved elusive. Patrick Sargent reports.
Inbox [May 22]: WCUW murals celebrated, South student to study in Jordan, Grafton Scout earns Eagle honor, Clark program nets United Way grant | 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 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.
Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 19 — The social club | “For a small monthly fee, SocialGood accepted an application for fiscal sponsorship from The Learning Hub – allowing us to act as a nonprofit under their umbrella while focusing on our mission and not the bottom line.” Things are moving in a new direction for Giselle Rivera-Flores and her tutoring center. Find out what’s behind her latest momentum boost.
Worcester Weekly: Bob Dylan (kinda) + 5 more things to do, May 22-28 | A long-running benefit will feature the many popular and profound works of one American music’s most revered artists. But, no, Dylan will not be making an appearance in Worcester. Unless, maybe it’s a surprise — which would not be ideal for marketing purposes, but we digress. Baseball talk, hot poetry action, dancing and music, “Star Wars” and more this week. Check it out.
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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.
Local Business Spotlight: The Pint, coming soon to Shrewsbury Street
Just another typical father-son establishment elbowing its way into the Shrewsbury Street scene? Not exactly, but this duo hope their long-awaited collaboration combined with a distinct formula, good timing and a plum location will make The Pint, set to open this month, a worthy competitor on Restaurant Row. Patrick Sargent pulls up a stool for the 411.