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Mutual Builders' 660 Park Ave. office is for sale or lease by Mel Pelletz.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Mutual Builders’ 660 Park Ave. office is for sale or lease by Mel Pelletz.

Jay Pelletz and Mutual Builders appear finished as father washes hands of mounting woes |  “I have nothing do with Mutual Builders, nor do I want anything to do with it,” Mel Pelletz said from Florida late last week. “I worked hard and I built myself up a good business. Jay took it over and and I understand that he’s not doing such a great job with it.” Patrick Sargent has the latest details on the once-thriving, now-crumbling home contractor.


U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Jim McGovern revels in Cuban presidential visit |  Having carried the torch for normalized relations since his first visit in 1979 the congressman’s trips to the embattled island nation over the years have seen him meeting with former President Fidel Castro and rescuing reams of documents from Ernest Hemingway’s house. He never thought he’d be accompanied by a sitting U.S. commander-in-chief. Richard Nangle mines his well-earned perspective in an exclusive Sun interview.


Kenneth Adusei is a standout student at South High -- and for that he credits him mom.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Kenneth Adusei is a standout student at South High — and for that he credits him mom.

For South High scholar Kenneth Adusei, mother knows best |  With a simple idea, a mother helped her child overcome his school struggles to an astonishing degree. She put him on a daily regimen of reading. Now the South High Community School senior is an aspiring scientist accepted by top universities and tapped to speak at a statewide celebration of high school achievement.


Sina-cism: Clarkie, artist, human – a tribute to Charles Movalli |  “All writers and artists should occasionally view the world through other prisms than their own. I focus on words, but am blessed to live amid visual artists who can call into being works of startling beauty.” Chris Sinacola looks back on a day that introduced him to such an artist.


Editorial: New team in town |  The city has been enjoying a little hockey mystery, and it will be solved today. We don’t need a detective for this, just need to be at the DCU Center about 2 o’clock, when the name of our new hockey team will be revealed. We take a stab at some suitable names and silly ones, but know that whatever they’re called, Worcester will take the team to heart.


April3SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 46]: Petty and Gaffney, together at last |  Councilor at-large and self-proclaimed man of the people Michael T. Gaffney sure knows how to keep one foot in the spotlight. On this count, his rival, Joseph M. Petty, mayor and pundit-proclaimed man of the machine, is also no slouch. Amid the roiling din of bluster and bickering, though, it seems to Hitch the two city leaders may have finally found something they can agree on.


Julianna Croteau, left, Ann Marie Croteau, owner of Rosemont Early Learning Center, and Chantel Croteau

Courtesy Julianna Croteau

Julianna Croteau, left, Ann Marie Croteau, owner of Rosemont Early Learning Center, and Chantel Croteau

Local Crowdfund: Rosemont Early Learning Center |  “We strive to create a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment that fosters positive self-esteem building, confidence, and allows children to take risks in their learning.” With decades of experience and a little help from the family, Ann Marie Croteau hopes to bring another education alternative to the city.


Archer logoInbox [April 3]: Overnight 290 closures, UMass has $169M worth of plans, Hampton Inn and ad firm come to city |  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: Comedy Pet Theater + 5 more things to do, April 3-9 |  Sort of an eclectic week for activities in the city. A little artsy, a little intellectual-y, a little sporty, there are as usual myriad ways to productively and/or enjoyably spend your Woo time. But seriously, a juggling clown and his troupe of rescue dogs and cats will be at the Hanover — so you kind of have to to take your kids to that. Check out the rest.


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It was a Burncoat teacher, appropriately enough, who inspired Kevin Cox to pursue his artistic talents, such as acting.

Dennis Daubney / Courtesy Kevin Cox

It was a Burncoat teacher, appropriately enough, who inspired Kevin Cox to pursue his artistic talents, such as acting.

Art is life for multitalented Burncoat teacher and Lifetime movie star
“I’m just a guy who can do my job and [have] some fun on the side,” says Kevin G. Cox, a physics teacher at his alma mater Burncoat High by day, and a nationally televised thespian by night — or whenever he can fit it in. His Lifetime channel breakthrough is merely the tip of the iceberg, though, in a thoroughly Worcester story. Alex L. Khan profiles this man of many talents (including matchmaking).

Raffi V. Aroian, UMass Medical School research leader

Courtesy H.A. Eskandarian

Raffi V. Aroian, UMass Medical School research leader

Local Crowdfund: UMass professor collaborates on the science of caring
In conjunction with UMass Medical School Professor Raffi V. Aroian, researcher and teacher Haig Alexander Eskandarian is parlaying his passion for biology and concern for his homeland into an ambitious (and growing) initiative to bring modern research and equipment to Armenian students who otherwise would have no access.

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