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New slide_JEPGThe Worcesternomics of urban revitalization |  A bold and emphatic plan 14 months in the making could change the landscape of downtown for generations. Grand not only in size ($104 million) but in scope (118 acres), the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan can spur private development for the next 20 years using eminent domain to transform needed properties and parcels. We look at the plan, to be made public on Tuesday, and look for clues as to what properties are being targeted for reinvestment.


Bell Pond is a popular fishing and swimming destination along Belmont Street.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Bell Pond is a popular fishing and swimming destination along Belmont Street.

Bent on cleaning up city fishing holes, duo rings bell for volunteers |  A popular swimming destination as well, Bell Pond is one of three city bodies of water stocked with trout for fishing. It’s also lately well stocked with trash. “It’s pretty bad,” said Anthony Romeo, co-host of online fishing show GetBentTV. “There’s trash in the water, on the shore and on the beach — all over the place.” Find out about the men behind the initiative, and how you can help.


A B-29 Superfortress flies over the destruction of Hiroshima

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A B-29 Superfortress flies over the destruction of Hiroshima

Sina-cism: Hiroshima and history |  The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long, tense Cold War were far from the finest chapters in history, but the alternatives may have been worse: an invasion of Japan may have cost at least 1 million lives. And for all the warfare and bloodshed since 1945, there is a strong case that the nuclear balance among major powers has prevented a third world war. A nuclear-free world? Not so fast, says Chris Sinacola.


Where Cross, East Central and Shamrock streets meet Shrewsbury -- soon Worcester drivers could see the return of little-league "panhandlers" there.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Time to tag days to yield to better ideas.

Editorial: Putting the brakes on Worcester’s ‘tag days’ |  While the city weighs reviving an ordinance governing youth fundraisers along busy streets — even if for all the right reasons — we urge the teams to decide for themselves that there are safer ways to raise the money they need.


April17SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 50]: Pileup at the corner of Charity and Rhetoric |  Worcester’s a city that makes the little guy earn it. The big guys at the Worcester Club, they seem to get along just fine. But from the well-heeled to the worn-out souls, we all have our challenges and our times of need. And our opinions. Which makes the prospect of streetside fundraising by struggling youth sports leagues a quintessentially Worcester topic. Cue some quintessential Hitch as Sun Spots turns the big 5-0.


Josh Venditti, left, and Mark Senior Jr., principals behind JAM Event DJs

Courtesy Mark Senior Jr.

Josh Venditti, left, and Mark Senior Jr., principals behind JAM Event DJs

Local Business Spotlight: JAM Event DJs puts own spin on party circuit |  With nearly 30 years of collective industry experience, a pair of enterprising disc jockeys felt an itch they had to scratch. It was time to mix their talents and build their own business, one that would allow them to further their careers. Patrick Sargent reports on how the Worcester Tech and Burncoat grads plan to turn the tables on the city’s DJ game.


giselle_newSun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 17 — The road to empowerment |  It was a good week for Giselle Rivera-Flores, including a moment that made her feel something that “could not be best described even if I had all the time in the world to write about it.” And that was just Tuesday. The annual, powerful and inspiring Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference followed on Thursday. Things are Starting to look Up for The Learning Hub.


gallery_logo_webInbox [April 17]: Duck Day at Assumption, online help for small businesses, new Briarwood exhibit, WPI ranks as worthy investment |  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 Weekly: Assumption baseball + 4 more things to do, April 17-23 |  After checking out the roster for the Assumption Boys of Summer, we’re starting to wonder if there’s a super-secret, high-speed underground rail system connecting the Salisbury Street campus with the baseball diamond at St. John’s in Shrewsbury. Whatever it is, the home cooking is working out nicely. Lots of vacation week fun for the family, too. Check it all out!


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Jully Khattar, despite many obstacles, rarely appears anything other than positive and happy.

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Jully Khattar, despite many obstacles, rarely appears anything other than positive and happy.

Sun Shine: A daughter of Vernon Hill, St. Vincent
“It’s been really hard for us knowing that she has to suffer the way she does. But God only gives you enough that you can handle, and God surely knows that she can handle this.” Born in a hospital named for a saint best known for his compassion and charity, it seems Jully Khattar had little choice but to persevere and become a selfless beacon of hope.

Local Business Spotlight: Quinn’s Irish Pub, coming to Greendale
“We’ve got a lot of great bars around here and a few of them don’t have food. Quinn’s will be a good place for some of those guys and gals to come up the hill and have a bite to eat and then head back to their regular spots.” — Tim Quinn, co-owner. Patrick Sargent has more on the area’s newest bar, which will also pay tribute to Tim’s late brother Ryan.

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