Worcester Sun, Oct. 9-15: In this issue

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Local Business Spotlight: Shrewsbury Street orders up The Usual |  With a little help from Niche Hospitality, a husband-and-wife duo plan to put down roots in the heart of Restaurant Row with what they consider a fresh concept largely missing from Worcester’s already eclectic and wide-ranging food scene. What could be missing from the city’s seemingly endless bounty of culinary choices, and how will The Usual fill that void? Only one way to find out.


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Worcestory Lesson: Hopping on the brewing bandwagon (the first time) |  “As transportation and technology improved, beer became more refined and commercial variants readily available. Signature ales, IPAs, porters and lager were imported by Geo. F. Hewett in the 1870s. Companies such as M.A. Worcester sold commercially available hops, yeast and malt from their warehouse near Mechanic and Summer streets. It was not, however, until the Bowler brothers arrived in 1883 that the city’s first big brewery was born.” As brewing in the city experiences a renaissance, Worcester history expert David DuBois reflects on the first beer boom.


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Editorial: Time for turnaround on PCBs in Worcester schools |  Hazardous chemicals lurk in caulking and lighting fixtures at some city schools. And for the Worcester School Committee the writing is on the wall. It should heed calls to drop its appeal in the city’s long legal fight with the local teachers union, and get to work fighting the real enemy: PCBs.


Bravo Company Mfg. modified AR-15

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Bravo Company Mfg. modified AR-15

Sina-cism: When government misfires |  “No one is free to violate the Constitution, due process and the rights of their fellow citizens. Yet that is exactly what Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey did on July 20, when she issued an interpretation of the state’s 1998 ‘assault weapons’ ban. I add the quotes because, while any weapon in the wrong hands can be deadly, there is no such thing as an assault weapon.” Chris Sinacola dives right — all the way to the right! — into the testy waters of America’s gun-rights debate.


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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 100]: Bill Weld has big shoes to fill |  Wow! Sun Spots hits the century mark today. Who knew we’d still be here providing Worcester readers with the best journalism, perspective and insight in the region?! William F. Weld, former governor and current Libertarian VP candidate, is a pretty smart guy, but even he couldn’t have predicted the juggernaut Worcester Sun has become. Weld’s been busy after all, attacking the unpredictable nuisance of Trump and watching Clinton tightrope the truth, all while trying to elbow into the center ring of this circus. Hitch reflects on Weld’s Worcester campaign stop.


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Karen Duffy: Tech student goes back to the future to find career |  “After graduating from Worcester Tech in 2010, Jason England continued to work at the credit union while attending Nichols College full time. Despite attending college full time, his responsibilities and work hours increased. England’s promotion to head teller came even before he completed his bachelor’s degree at Nichols.” Karen Duffy, president and CEO of Worcester Credit Union, tells the tale.


Drought conditions as of Oct. 1

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Drought conditions as of Oct. 1

On Beacon Hill: Shrewsbury’s Beaton ratchets up drought vigilance |  Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton elevated the western region of the state from a drought advisory to a drought watch, and elevated the Connecticut River Valley from a drought watch to a drought warning. “We all must administer best water conservation practices to avoid additional stress on our drinking water sources and other water dependent habitats.” Also, an ACLU report highlights a schism in marijuana arrests that is exponentially more prevalent in Worcester County.


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An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

Inbox [Oct. 9]: Worcester Academy inks Canal District rink deal, Tour de France winner visits, help for grandparents raising grandkids, Clark lecture explores refugee crisis and Middle East policy |  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.


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Evian, left, and Brooklyn are enjoying their new learning environment.

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Evian, left, and Brooklyn are enjoying their new learning environment.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 29]: The girls are alright |  “Homeschooling is a lot of work, and it has taken up a large portion of my mornings, but when I see Brook succeeding and taking pride in her work, I do not regret pulling her away from the public school system. She is in a better place. As I write this, she sits at her desk laughing over a story her online teacher recommended. A genuine moment of enjoyment with school work.” Now all Giselle has to do is the find the time for everything else in her busy day. Find out how she does it — and how Brooklyn and Evian are really doing in their new school setting.


It's his day (Christopher Columbus) ... and Worcester has big plans.

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It’s his day (Christopher Columbus) … and Worcester has big plans.

Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade + 5 more mid-October things to do |  First things first: The most Italian name in the history of Italian names — besides maybe Cristoforo Colombo — Msgr. Rocco Piccolomini, stands out on the roster of prominent city Sunday gravy aficionados who’ve been chosen as honorary grand marshals through the years. While the good monsignor is no longer with us, his legacy and that of thousands of Italian brothers and sisters lives on through this annual celebration. Also, art, history, sports, charity and more this week. Get out there!

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