Hidden Gem: Eggroll Lady & Fish Shack

Visiting the Eggroll Lady for lunch or dinner is like dropping by your grandmother’s house — it’s filled with laughter, comfort food and tradition. The sweet (egg roll) lady in the kitchen doesn’t worry about how much money she makes, but instead focuses on the quality of her foods and the love with which she makes them. Giselle Rivera-Flores takes a closer look.

PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive

Indignant at potentially exposing town residents and workers to PCBs through no fault of their own, Princeton officials wanted payback. They decided they would go for it in the form of a lawsuit directed at Old Monsanto, the company that made virtually all of the potential human carcinogen (98 percent, according to the lawsuit). To do so, they hired a heavy hitter in the environmental field: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Richard Nangle reports.

Stearns Tavern

Worcester Sun, Dec. 21: Stearns Tavern effort is a moving lesson, Healey’s a real doll + much more

As scratch ticket sales stagnate, Lottery leaders double down on online sales push
Through the first five months of the fiscal year scratch ticket sales — which account for 70 percent of the Lottery’s total — were down $43.5 million or about 3 percent. “Instant tickets is our biggest revenue driver,” the state Lottery director said. “There simply is not another engine that’s as dependable [or] predictable.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 121]: Maura Healey, what a doll! Our fair Massachusetts Attorney General lady is no wallflower, that’s for sure.

Randell: OPEB contributions leave much to be desired

How do you feel about the city touting $2.1 million in contributions now knowing the liability increased more than $78 million in one year?” Bill Randell doesn’t feel great about it, that’s for sure. Find out why.

Worcester Sun, Dec. 18-24: Mariano on flag burning, Sinacola on Stein, Randell on OPEB, a Sun Serial double feature + more

Worcester’s best commentary starts with Ray Mariano’s poignant perspective on the flag burning debate. Chris Sinacola is so over Jill Stein. And Bill Randell contributes his two cents to the OPEB dilemma. Augustine Kanjia tells of his first days in Worcester after fleeing war-torn West Africa. Giselle Rivera-Flores has some welcome business advice. And much more in your Dec. 18-24 Worcester Sun.

Lynda Cheldelin Fell: The 12 Nights of Christmas

“Twelve nights sneaking around the neighborhood playing ding dong ditch? How fun! I especially loved the idea of helping my kids learn the joys of giving at such an impressionable age. And so that December gave birth to a new family tradition for the Fells. That first year proved a wonderful experience and we continued choosing a different neighbor each year, until tragedy struck our own family.”

Local Business Spotlight: More than a century of sweet sounds at Union Music

“I started working [here] when I was 9 years old (1955), which was about the same time that my grandfather gave me a guitar. … And I still play classical guitar,” said Carl Kamp, owner and president of this three-generation family business. Trusted for instrument purchases, repairs, lessons and expertise, Union Music’s rambling old store on Southbridge Street echos with notes of history as it keeps today’s musicians supplied and inspired. Which makes it an apt entry in our Survivor Series, highlighting Worcester businesses standing the test of time.

Ukulele players string together a community at Union Music

“I couldn’t have the club meet in a bar or a hotel. But I knew that Union Music has a performance space that can hold 50 performers. So I approached Carl and he thought it was a great idea,” said Rich Luefstedt, who considers himself more of a facilitator than leader of the Ukulele Club, which he started with five or six people per month six years ago. That figure has now grown to 20 to 30 per month at Union Music. Art Simas tiptoes through the tulips to tell this timeless tale.