Worcester Sun, Aug. 14-20: In this issue

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Sun Shine: Main Idea paints a new picture of opportunity in Worcester’s Main South |  Eve James was so impressed by the impact the summer arts program has had on her children that she became a volunteer herself. “I feel as though my family has become part of their family.” She said the “excellent teachers” make Main Idea what it is. With the help of Eve and her son Isiah, a dedicated group of volunteers continues to buck the odds and make their vision flourish. Sloane Perron shines a light on this worthy endeavor.

Worcester Sports Complex

Courtesy Worcester Railers

An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

First in the Sun: Rucker says Canal District rink adds Becker as long-term tenant |  Becker College men’s and women’s hockey teams will join the Worcester Railers in committing to leasing space, including permanent locker rooms, at the planned 100,000-square-foot multipurpose hockey arena. “It’s all going to come at once in terms of announcements, but we are very close to, within the next 45 to 60 days, to having the arena nearly fully committed,” Rucker said. [Originally published Friday, Aug. 12.]

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Salt and capitalism, starring BirchTree Bread Co. |  “Naturally, when vendors are invited into the BirchTree forest of wonders, they aren’t just any vendors. They are small, startup businesses such as one sees in places like Brooklyn; Brattleboro, Vermont; and those ‘burbs of Boston where such purveyors of charm can make the rent. Thus, this was no ordinary sodium chloride. It was, to overuse an overused adjective, artisanal salt. It was, to further wear out a second worn-out adjective, curated salt.” Naturally, then, a lesson on capitalism and small government with Prof. Sinacola ensues.

Editorial: Region readier for emergencies with Worcester-Leicester dispatch center |  After construction delays that set it back two years, dispatchers for Worcester and Leicester are at last fielding 911 calls at a new facility. Dispatchers have a better working environment, and the state has its first regional communication and emergency operations center. What matters most, though: Is the public is safer? We believe it is.


Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 84]: Hooked on Charlie Baker’s fiscal discipline |  At the beginning of July, and with the specter of dire tax revenue collections and projections looming, Gov. Charlie Baker lopped off $256 million from legislators’ $39.1 billion fiscal 2017 spending plan. He and House Speaker Robert DeLeo even bickered about the definition of a “balanced budget.” Well, DeLeo and his colleagues had something to say about those vetoes, restoring more than $220 million in spending with last-minute overrides. Now what? Hitch, ironically enough, gets the last word.

Mayor Petty


Mayor Petty

Worcester’s Petty among mayors to rally behind Healey ‘copycat’ gun ban |  Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty was one of 19 mayors from across the state who signed onto a letter voicing support for AG Maura Healey’s effort to curb sales of what she has described as “copycat” assault weapons, a move that has drawn a backlash from gun owners and concerns from many members of the state Legislature.

On Beacon Hill: Spring ahead — to a time when we don’t change Bay State clocks? |  Under the law, a bipartisan commission would spend some of the fall and winter studying the impacts of permanently shifting Bay State clocks onto Eastern Daylight Time. The panel of lawmakers and executive branch officials must consider local and regional economies, education, public health, transportation, energy consumption, commerce and trade. Gov. Baker just hopes they consider some common sense, too.

Sun Serial

Maker Mondays featuring van Gogh, with Giselle, left, Samantha Butera, right, and the gang at Worcester Public Library.

Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Maker Mondays featuring van Gogh, with Giselle, left, Samantha Butera, right, and the gang at Worcester Public Library.

A Mother’s Journey: Part 25 — The full head of steam |  “With each brushstroke, they asked questions and spoke about their own love for painting. Some students stayed past class time to perfect their masterpieces and grab materials to take home. … Our primary purpose is to give children a preview into our amazing world, filled with unexplored territories and unlimited possibilities. And as early as two completed maker classes, we can already see that The Learning Hub is on the right path.” STEAM classes at Worcester Public Library could be just the beginning for Giselle Rivera-Flores and her Hub team.

Inbox [Aug. 14]: Auburn and Leicester plan Top Cop game for Tarentino family, Assumption hosts conference, Worcester combats substance use, Pride Art deadline nears, dating and domestic violence talk tomorrow |  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 info@worcester.ma. 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 Auditorium

John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

Worcester Auditorium

Worcester Weekly: Worcester Aud tours, Canal District fun + 4 more things to do, starting Aug. 14 |   Maybe you noticed, the Canal District’s been in the news a bit lately. Some news, good. Some, not so much. That’s how it goes, I guess, when you’re a supernova, hippest-of-the-hip urban neighborhood on the come. New restaurants and bars and hookah lounges all over Water and Green and Harding streets. But there’s always room for more cool kids, so why not swing by their second-to-last summer music-and-food fest. Get up close and personal with the Aud, maybe even break out in song … or salsa dancing. Finish summer strong with Worcester Weekly.

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