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Gino Berthiaume

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Gino Berthiaume

Worcester schools leaving special needs student behind, mother says |  Engaging and polite, Gino is a 15-year-old boy who loves John Cena and the professional wrestling of the WWE and looks up to his big brother JB. Beyond that his life is anything but typical, a devastating virus making all of his 15 years inimitably difficult. His mother agreed with WPS on a course of action — and Individualized Education Program, mandated by the state — that 10 months later has not been taken. Why the delay, and what does that mean for Gino? Patrick Sargent reports.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola is back writing for Worcester readers.

Sina-cism: I come not to bury Trump |  “You may be an angry, blue-collar man without a college degree, but you still need to think seriously about Donald J. Trump’s positions and policies. And, newsflash to the media and the American left: Trump’s supporters have done a lot of thinking. They’re upset at the course of our nation, and believe their candidate can set matters right.” Voters would be foolish to not look past the bluster, opines veteran journalist and political observer Chris Sinacola in his first piece for Worcester Sun.

2015 YCI committee and advisors, back row from left, Trishaal Biswas, Amy Mosher Berry (YCI coordinator), Dennis Asante, Caitlyn Nguyen, Niamh Anderson Toomey, Adrian Kelley, Laura Giordano, Lissett Quispe, Rayaan Yunus, Kelina Smith, Nina Gallagher, Nana Ampofo (YCI Intern), Sarah Riley, Dorean Asuako; front row from left, Ronald Pena, Kwadwo Appiagyei-Obeng, Lillian Cain, Jada Mpawenimana, Mark Coplin, Tyler Monteros.

Courtesy Amy Mosher Berry

2015 YCI committee and advisors, back row from left, Trishaal Biswas, Amy Mosher Berry (YCI coordinator), Dennis Asante, Caitlyn Nguyen, Niamh Anderson Toomey, Adrian Kelley, Laura Giordano, Lissett Quispe, Rayaan Yunus, Kelina Smith, Nina Gallagher, Nana Ampofo (YCI Intern), Sarah Riley, Dorean Asuako; front row from left, Ronald Pena, Kwadwo Appiagyei-Obeng, Lillian Cain, Jada Mpawenimana, Mark Coplin, Tyler Monteros.

Sun Shine: Teen council YCI invests in community’s future |  For the past 16 years members of Youth for Community Improvement have been making a difference by deciding the allocation of much-needed funding to nonprofit organizations throughout Worcester and the surrounding areas. “I honestly think that some of these young people have the best ideas to solve big, complex problems in our community,” said advisor Amy Mosher Berry. Find out more about a remarkable group of young leaders.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 6 — The poetry of motion |  “My days and weeks melt together. Mondays are the same as Saturdays. There is no divide between weekdays and weekends. The days are packed with endless tasks, meetings, phone calls, pickups — oh, did I mention I have two children? I read these entrepreneurial blogs to keep my spirits up when I am feeling overwhelmed … and they all seem to imply the same message: Be amazing at time management!” See how that’s going for budding entrepreneur Giselle Rivera-Flores in the latest chapter of her tale.

Giselle Rivera-Flores and her daughters, Evian, left, and Brooklyn are on the go ... as usual.

Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores and her daughters, Evian, left, and Brooklyn are on the go … as usual.

Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol. 8 |  Maybe you heard: Donald Trump was in town last week. The divisive GOP front-runner and the attention he attracts, from one extreme to the other, is certainly hard to miss. Especially when some folks just can’t get enough. Hitch, as you might expect, has some thoughts.

Editorial: Begging for a solution | On Friday Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., announced the city will not continue to appeal a court opinion that struck down the city’s aggressive panhandling ordinance. We look at the case and say why this loss may actually a win.

Artist Jaclyn Penny sees Worcester through her children’s eyes |  “The bricks of the city, once depicted with a harsh point of view, now seem ever so soft. They blend into the street signs and sidewalks. Flowing with a whimsical beauty, the illustrations of Goodnight Worcester stand alone in the halls of the Hanover Theatre.” Find out more about the Clark and Worcester State graduate, her art, and what inspires her.

Jackie Penny sits beneath one of her paintings with husband Tony, youngest daughter Lydia and twins Sophia and Henry at the reception for her new Hanover Theatre exhibit.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Jackie Penny sits beneath one of her paintings with husband Tony, youngest daughter Lydia and twins Sophia and Henry at the reception for her new Hanover Theatre exhibit.

Local Crowdfund: Main South coach looks to score some gear |  The Main South girls basketball team, made up of students from Claremont Academy and University Park Campus School, has reached the Central Mass. Division 4 tournament the past two seasons. So, a track record they have. What they don’t have are up-to-date warm-up kits and other equipment that most of their opponents take for granted. Coach Al Jenkins thinks his girls, many who are on the honor roll and have other after-school responsibilities, deserve a little support.

Worcester Weekly |  Thanksgiving week is always a circus these days. But this week, there’s actually a circus in town. And if you see a giant nutcracker heading for Theatre Cafe, don’t fret. It’s just that time again. Did we say, it’s that time again? Well, speaking of, how ‘bout some Turkey Day football at Foley, Fitton and Worcester State. Check out these and the rest of the best places to go and things to do this week.


New in our Free to Read section:

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.

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.

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