Worcester Sun, June 5-11: In this issue

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

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Jay Pelletz was suspended and fined by the state.

State suspends Jay Pelletz’s contractor license six months |  The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation disciplined embattled Mutual Builders Inc. principal Jay Pelletz with a six-month suspension of his contracting license and a $4,250 fine. The penalties followed a complaint hearing on April 4, involving a Dudley man and his attempt to recoup nearly $80,000 paid for work that was never finished. Patrick Sargent has the latest.


Sneakerama, still going nearly 40 years later.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Sneakerama, still going nearly 40 years later.

Survivor Series
Local Business Spotlight: For Worcester’s Sneakerama, it’s a marathon |  On Thursday, June 2, Sneakerama and its owner, Steve Genatossio, celebrated the store’s 38th year in Worcester with a Lake Ave. block party. “I read somewhere that a successful business in America is something that lasts 20 years. Going on 40 years now … we want to stay feasible. That’s all you can do. I’m going to try to keep it going as long as I can.” So far, so good. Patrick Sargent has more on the perfect foot soldier in our “Survivor Series,” highlighting small businesses that just won’t quit.


William F. Weld

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William F. Weld

Sina-cism: Weld merits more respect – and ink |   “He’s genuine, moderate and independent. I like that he studied Latin. I like that he thinks for himself. But mostly, I like that he’s a grown-up. He sees no need to belittle others to mask his own inadequacies. And I like that former Mass. Gov. William F. Weld is now the Libertarian vice presidential nominee.” Maybe not the same sex appeal as Trump Circus or the Bernie-Hillary show, but Sinacola says the media is shirking its duties to not highlight a serious November alternative.


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John Monfredo

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John Monfredo

John Monfredo: Join in and support reading |  The co-founder of Worcester: The City that Reads, also a School Committee member and former city principal, writes about the importance of reading to children and Reading Week, which begins today and includes more than a dozen community partners. Check out the debut of our latest contributor to Sun commentary.


More cell phone access in Worcester schools for students -- is that really a good idea?

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More cell phone access in Worcester schools for students — is that really a good idea?

Editorial: Worcester schools find cellphone middle ground |  Worcester Public Schools’ proposed new policy on cellphones in high school is more lenient, more aligned to real life, and represents a learning opportunity as well. Getting less hung-up on cellphones in schools could ease frustrations for both staff and students, and help keep the focus on education.


June5SunSpot_teaseSun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 64]: On Worcester handouts, Augustus begs to differ |  Panhandling is kind of a big deal in the Heart of the Commonwealth. But the city’s own rules to alleviate the problem were even more aggressive than the dudes at Park and Chandler, so much so that the ordinance was deemed unconstitutional. Now, beggars are proliferating unlike anytime before, and Ed Augustus, for one, has had enough. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Hitch humbly offers some perspective to the city manager.


Surrounded by legislators and advocates who helped craft the bill, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law June 3 the first significant overhaul of the state's public records law in more than 40 years.

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Baker signs a new public records law.

On Beacon Hill: More access — to public records, bathrooms and acceptance |  Shortly after noon last Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the first major overhaul of the state’s public records law in more than 40 years. A couple of days earlier, he said he would support the House version of a bill that would expand protections for transgender people in public accommodations like bathrooms. It was a big week for openness in the commonwealth.


June 5-hiketheheartmapInbox [June 5]: Chamber Music Society trumpets new season, Worcester nets $475K food services grant, Women’s Initiative funds 11 programs; Park Spirit says Hike the Heart |  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.


Brooklyn gets in on the latest paint lab at the Hub.

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Brooklyn gets in on the latest paint lab at the Hub.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 20 — The way forward |  “We are starting to think big. We want to boost the local economy, build a socially impactful program and still spend our Saturdays hosting paint and science labs, and have finally been able to connect with some amazing programs and institutions in the city to accomplish that goal.” After many frustrating months, Giselle and the Learning Hub have found a college partner — and are making even more strides. Find out what’s next.


Touch Tomorrow, June 11, features many interactive programs for curious minds of all ages.

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Touch Tomorrow, June 11, features many interactive programs for curious minds of all ages.

Worcester Weekly: WPI’s Touch Tomorrow + 5 more things to do, June 5-11 |  The brilliant folks at WPI have a day filled with “science, technology and robots.” Oh, and they have a real-live astronaut. An astronaut, guys! This campus-wide event promises to feed the imagination of folks of all ages. So there’s that down there at the end of the week, but maybe get out there for some Grecian culture (and food!), salsa dancing lessons, professional baseball, art and more.


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A steady stream of water drips from the facade of what was once a coal mine shaft

David DuBois / For Worcester Sun

A steady stream of water drips from the facade of what was once a coal mine shaft

Worcestory Lesson: Digging the city’s past on East Side trail
“Work on the trail began in 1997 and finished in 2011. It takes hikers past old rock quarries, through ravines, and along spectacular stone walls. One of the more unique landmarks is the old coal mine shaft, which today emits a post-apocalyptic vibe. Standing there brings a sense of long forgotten significance.” David DuBois treks far and wide for a unique view of the city’s past.

Venditti plans to be the main man behind the discs, while Senior takes control behind the scenes.

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Venditti plans to be the main man behind the discs, while Senior takes control behind the scenes.

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.

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