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Here’s what the Worcester Sun has for you in its Oct. 11-17 edition:

Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol. 1 |  That is not a misprint. After many sleepless nights of Hurlbrink incompetently scribbling terrifying, mud-wrestling versions of Joe Petty and Mike Gaffney, we decided it was time to call in a pro. That he took the call was humbling. That he had a few ideas was utterly unsurprising. We are fortunate to be able to share with you the unique perspective of nationally syndicated and award-winning cartoonist David Hitch (whom you may remember from some other publication in town). See it here.

Cafe Reyes is at 421 Shrewsbury St., former home to Dante's Restaurant

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For the Worcester Sun

Cafe Reyes is at 421 Shrewsbury St., former home to Dante’s Restaurant

Sun Shine: Café Reyes serves up an evolution in recovery |  “Festive music and heavenly aromas permeate Café Reyes, which has drawn uniformly high ratings for its freshly made fare. Less apparent are the life, work and social skills being served up daily to the once-hardened men who clean, cook and wait tables. Rey Ortiz, a waiter, and cook-turned-chef Louis Torres have been there from the start. They’ve progressed from introductions to the rudimentary skills of holding a job to mentoring confidently the more recent trainees.” There’s much more to this story, and we’re proud to have asked local media veteran T.J. Gaudet to tell it in his debut as a Sun contributor, here.

The Cafe Reyes Cuban sandwich, with slow-smoked pork and ham, and a side of sweet plantain chips

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

The Cafe Reyes Cuban sandwich, with slow-smoked pork and ham, and a side of sweet plantain chips

Hidden Gem: Café Reyes |  There is a lot that goes into this mostly unassuming joint toward the far end of Shrewsbury Street. What is coming out more and more, are rave reviews for the eatery’s breakfast and lunch sandwiches, inviting assortment of ethnic coffees and other menu offerings. We considered it merely due diligence to check out the place. You’re welcome. Read it here.

Sun Shine: In the shadow of temptation, faith takes a stand | “This is clearly not a home where there is a roaring fireplace to warm its occupants on a chilly New England fall night, and there are no expectations that the smell of freshly baked cookies will drift out of the utilitarian kitchen.” No, what happens in this Beacon Street house goes much deeper than thawed toes and filled bellies. It’s about saving souls. Bronislaus B. Kush is back to explore the New Challenge rehabilitation program, here.

Abraham Alvarado

Mark Henderson / Worcester Sun

Abraham Alvarado

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 3 — The space race |  “I must have said I had to pass at least a half-dozen times. The search was starting to weigh me down and chip away at my optimistic outlook.” The road to finding the perfect location for the launch of her tutoring service for low-income families was fraught with detours, but Giselle Rivera-Flores just might have run into a Pleasant surprise in the third installment of her quest, here.

Melinda J. Boone

Worcester Public Schools

Melinda J. Boone

Editorial: A history test for Melinda Boone |  With Melinda Boone scheduled to step down as superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools at the end of November, we look at how history will remember her tenure, here.

Local Crowdfund: To protect and conserve |  In the foyer of East Middle stand four murals painted in 1948 and 1949 highlighting one of the city’s most significant historical figures, Jonas Rice, Quinsigamond settler and preeminent Worcester forefather, and the depiction of Grafton Hill’s early days. One can imagine the shape they are in in 2015. A pair of Holy Cross seniors, and their growing team, are on a mission to preserve one of the city’s more indelible connections to art culture. Read it here.

Sarah Valente, left, and Nicole Landry are Holy Cross seniors leading the Magafan Mural Project at Worcester East Middle School.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Sarah Valente, left, and Nicole Landry are Holy Cross seniors leading the Magafan Mural Project at Worcester East Middle School.

Worcester Weekly |  We’re sure you’re reading this while on your way to the city’s annual Columbus Day parade, but check out our weekly calendar for a bonus history lesson! You may be surprised to learn there’s another City Council debate this week amid a busy few days for important activities downtown. And maybe you’ll even find the time to warm up with a true cinematic classic at the Hanover. Read it here.

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