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Here’s what the Worcester Sun has for you in its Oct. 18-24 edition.

Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby's House. Well, that's her day job; we don't have room to list everything else here.

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Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby’s House. Well, that’s her day job; we don’t have room to list everything else here.

Q&A with Parlee Jones, Abby’s House shelter advocate |  Parlee Jones accounts for much of the slightly unexpected calm found at Abby’s House. Because, she’s on it. Visitors and colleagues take turns hanging from her door frame. There’s always someone who needs help in her office. And few, if any, leave disappointed. The women of Abby’s House are far from the only set benefiting from Jones’ devotion to public service. Find out more about one of the city’s true driving forces.

From left, Ernie Floyd of Pride Productions, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Ike McBride of the Boys & Girls Club, and Charles Luster of the Worcester Youth Center at the Unity in the Community Increase the Peace event in September.

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From left, Ernie Floyd of Pride Productions, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Ike McBride of the Boys & Girls Club, and Charles Luster of the Worcester Youth Center at the Unity in the Community Increase the Peace event in September.

Sun Shine: A united front in youth outreach | Dozens of organizations in Worcester have programs for Worcester’s youth. A new initiative brings together participants in these programs to showcase the good work being done and reinforces positives messages. The first Unity in the Community event sought to Increase the Peace after a violent summer. A second Unity in the Community event on Friday gives youth an opportunity to be involved in the local civics process. We highlight Unity in the Community and hear plans for future events.

Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol. 2 |  One thing we can all agree on regarding the city’s Virginia-bound schools superintendent: she elicited strong feelings. The local media, especially, has provided a willing antagonist. Hitch has some thoughts on this.

Marco Rodrigues

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Worcester Public Schools interim superintendent Marco Rodrigues

Editorial: A problem in the interim |  When the School Committee narrowly followed Mayor Joseph M. Petty’s recommendation of Marco Rodrigues as the interim superintendent of schools to replace the departing Melinda J. Boone, it opted for continuity over change. While the choice minimized disruption, it did little to address the concerns of those who feel the Worcester Public Schools are heading in the wrong direction. We look at the decision and what it means for the next superintendent.

Hidden Gem: Talyta’s Café |  “Her mother’s dream of opening a restaurant appeared it would remain just that, a dream. After eight years of going to school and working in the hospitality industry, though, Jakeline Estrada and her family began a journey to make that dream a reality.” Now, they’re about to celebrate the downtown eatery’s one-year anniversary.

Jakeline Estrada and Talyta Contreras

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Jakeline Estrada, left, and her mother, Talyta Contreras, owners of Talyta’s Cafe.

Worcester Weekly |  As one of the city’s grandest institutions celebrates a particularly grand weekend of events, we look back at the incredible achievements of patriot, publishing pioneer and point guard Isaiah Thomas. From Seven Hills Foundation taking over Institute Park, to Jack-o’-lanterns lighting up the EcoTarium, and with a little culture, politics and awareness sprinkled in between, this trusts to be quite the week.

Bears on Board Inc. collects cuddly toys for first responders to give to children in crisis.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Bears on Board Inc. collects cuddly toys for first responders to give to children in crisis.

Local Crowdfund: Bear with them |  To attract more donations, Mid-State Insurance’s Bears on Board has set up a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo. Read why such a small thing — a teddy bear — could make such a big difference. And how you can help.


Feel FREE to browse |  Maybe you’re not quite ready to go steady with the Sun. It’s just not the right time in your life. You’re married to your job. Sundays are weird. … We get it. But we think we can be more than just friends — if you’d only give us a chance! Let us prove we’re worthy of your company: check out this three-piece sampler of unlocked (free-to-read) Sun goodness:

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