Worcester Sun, July 31-Aug. 6: In this issue

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Kevin Bradley, with his daughter Aidan, finishes the Falmouth Road Race last year as part of Team Genesis.

Kevin Bradley, with his daughter Aidan, finishes the Falmouth Road Race last year as part of Team Genesis.

Sun Shine: Worcester’s Genesis Club goes the distance for mental health |  “Members were doing well psychologically, but physically couldn’t work more than two hours,” said Kevin Bradley, club director. “We asked, ‘Is there something we can do to help?’” What started as a fitness program at Assumption College blossomed into Team Genesis, which will mark its 10-year anniversary of running the Falmouth Road Race Aug. 21. What started with but 14 runners has become a 42-person brigade, raising money and awareness for a segment of the population often left behind.


Sun Commentary

With Haitian children, including Faga, second from right

Courtesy Danielle Cutillo

With Haitian children, including Faga, second from right

My return to Haiti with Be Like Brit |  Sun contributor Danielle Cutillo, 23, a Holy Name grad and lifelong Worcester resident, is back from Haiti, where she volunteered at an orphanage built in honor of Britney Gengel of Rutland, killed in a 2010 earthquake. The story of Danielle’s trip involves hugs, hopes, a newly built house, and deep feelings of luck and love. It was a success. [with photo gallery]


Malika Carter, Worcester chief diversity officer

Mark Henderson / Worcester Sun

Malika Carter, Worcester chief diversity officer

Sina-cism: Diversity is no guarantee of good government for Worcester |  “While it is critical that government guarantee equality of opportunity, it is equally critical that government not try to guarantee equality of results. On that point, I am concerned. … To claim, as the city’s new diversity chief Malika Carter does in a recent Sun interview, that institutions ‘were built for power, to keep the power in and keep the powerless out,’ is neither true nor helpful.” For Chris Sinacola, this is but the tip of the iceberg of concern.

Bernie Sanders knows how to hold a rally, but will his sincerity trump Hillary's lack thereof?

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Bernie Sanders

Sinacola on the presidential election:

Liberterian VP candidate Weld deserves more respect, ink

Sanders wrong but very sincere at Worcester rally

Sun debut! I come not to bury Trump


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 80]: Canal District, a true Worcester barometer |  Conditions certainly have changed in the Canal District through the years. Institutions have come and gone. Heck, there used to be, y’know, a canal there. What was once a Jewish enclave became a desolate den of lost opportunity before visions of restoring part of the historic waterway led to a boom in entertainment and retail establishments. And now, more changes. A hockey rink is coming soon. Medical marijuana, around the corner. For Hitch, only one thing would make his enthusiasm dry up.


Cafe Reyes has a strong curb appeal game, but it's what's inside that truly sets the place apart.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For the Worcester Sun

Cafe Reyes is among Worcester’s distinct and growing restaurant scene.

Editorial: Showoffs in the kitchen, Worcester style |  Worcester’s full of great places to eat, ranging from the dive down the street to classy spots to take a hot date or discerning grandparent. And the choices keep widening. As Worcester’s two-week, twice-yearly Restaurant Week gets ready for another go-around tomorrow, we reflect on the city’s food scene.


George McGovern, circa 1972

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George McGovern, circa 1972

On Beacon Hill: Jim McGovern, Bernie Sanders and bumper-sticker vandalism in 1972; and Worcester’s Keefe backs marijuana initiative |  “George McGovern to me was the gold standard. He continues to be the gold standard who I measure all other presidential candidates by. And quite frankly no one ever quite has lived up to him — my first political experience,” the Worcester Democrat said in Philadelphia last week. “And I suspect that a lot of my friends who worked for Bernie Sanders feel the same way about Bernie Sanders.” … State Rep. Mary Keefe joins a wave of lawmakers to get behind legalizing marijuana, and much more.


2016 Presidential Election

Former Govs. William Weld and Mitt Romney (here at late former Gov. Paul Cellucci's State House memorial service in June 2013) have a mutual respect.

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Former Govs. William Weld and Mitt Romney (here at late former Gov. Paul Cellucci’s State House memorial service in June 2013) have a mutual respect.

Dukakis compares Trump to McCarthy; and Weld says Romney mulling Libertarian endorsement |  “People say to me, ‘Have you ever seen anything like Trump?’ ” former Gov. Michael Dukakis told state delegates at a breakfast late last week at the Democratic National Convention. “Let me tell you about Joe McCarthy, who was riding high in the 1950s.” … Mitt Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in June, “If Bill Weld were at the top of the ticket it would be very easy for me to vote for Bill Weld for president.” Let’s see what everyone’s saying now.


Brooklyn, 9, and Evian, 5, right, spend lots of time exploring.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Brooklyn, 9, and Evian, 5, right, spend lots of time exploring.

Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 24 — The starting line, finally |  “What surrounded my life as I grew up in New York are the same elements that surround me as an adult here in Worcester. I pass these experiences on to my daughters, hoping that their eyes widen with interest and their minds expand with ideas. … That is my ultimate goal at The Learning Hub. We want to help families and students develop their passions and find their talents through their exposure to life beyond the four walls of school.” Giselle and The Learning Hub prepare for, and reflect on, another big step.


Robert Scherer

Courtesy Worcester Community Action Council

Worcester Community Action Council has named Robert Scherer director of finance.

Inbox [July 31]: Worcester Restaurant week starts, WCAC names finance director, WPI taps hall-of-fame athletes, women’s conference seeks 2017 speakers |  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.


Get your vegetables here!

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Get your vegetables here!

Worcester Weekly: Ashley Jordan performs + 5 more things to do, July 31-Aug. 6 |  This Wednesday you could always elbow your way into Lietrim’s and chill with Sully and Dino and darkness for a few hours. But then you’d miss Ashley Jordan, a local country-pop singer who’ll be lighting up Loft 266 across the street. Sorry, but we’ve got some chores on the list this week, too, before some neighborhood bonding, a new art exhibit, chicken barbecue and more.

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