April 30, 2017

Worcester Sun, April 30-May 6: Mariano on O’Reilly and fatherly advice, George’s Bakery in the spotlight, parents vs. coaches + much more

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Then-Mayor Mariano with daughter, Gina Marie, right.

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Mariano: Local fathers offer advice for raising strong, independent daughters

Ray Mariano

“So, when I heard about Bill O’Reilly and his creepshow, I tried to imagine how I would feel if he had done something like that to my daughter. … I asked other local fathers, who have raised strong, independent daughters to offer some advice from their own experience.”

Courtesy Tom Ash Little League

Overzealous parents chased out a championship-winning coach in Braintree. So, where does that leave the kids?

When it’s parents vs. coaches, kids can’t win |  “[A high-profile Boston-area] basketball coach recently stepped down after eight winning seasons — and two Division 1 state championships — because of what one parent described as ‘parent revolt.’ Of course, many parents, local coaches say, still manage to keep things in perspective. But the evolution of these important relationships continues. ‘I’ve had it pretty good. I haven’t had lunacy like that,’ Leicester football coach Tim Griffiths said. ‘It’s a lot tougher out there for new coaches’.”

Local Business Spotlight | Survivor series

Fay Bcharah / For Worcester Sun

George’s Bakery, 308 Grafton St.

For George’s Bakery, bread is where the heart is |  “Lucian Sbat came to Worcester from Aleppo, Syria, 18 years ago. He heard about George’s Bakery shortly after his arrival in Worcester, but could never believe his friends when they’d try to convince him the bread tasted authentic.” And now he stops by the Grafton Hill mainstay three times a week — much like generations of city folks who’ve made George’s Bakery a true survivor. The Sun is proud to introduce its newest contributor, Fay Bcharah, to tell the tale.

Sun Serial

Giselle Rivera-Flores

A Mother’s Journey [Part 43]: The road less traveled |  “Children tend to live simply. No over-complications. Our dreams are bigger, our passions are pure and our ideas are innovative. But something happens between childhood and adulthood that changes our view on what we consider possible.”

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FDR spoke out against fear at a time when Americans needed to hear exactly what he had to say.

Sina-cism: That serpent, fear, stalks America |  “By almost any measure, Americans today are living longer, better lives than ever. Our domestic challenges — shifting climate, urbanization, inequality, to name a few — can be addressed through dialogue, cooperation and thoughtful governance. Yet fear abounds.”

Editorial: Reaching troubled youth through art |  The Worcester Art Museum and Worcester County Juvenile Court system have crafted a creative collaboration that has helped troubled youth for five years. Arts Alternative gives young people a chance to express themselves in a positive way, build self-esteem, and perhaps even see their future from a whole new perspective.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 158]: Spending (a little) time on Beacon Hill |  When we elect our state legislators, we expect certain things from them. We expect them to represent our interests and those of our neighbors and fellow community members with integrity, urgency and forethought. And when it comes to spending our hard-earned tax dollars, maybe even a little discretion and transparency. Well, last week, urgency was certainly on display. Hitch, though, is beginning to wonder where all the other qualities went.

Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey.

On Beacon Hill: House lawmakers vote for expediency in budget process |  “For the first time in the state’s history, a branch of the Legislature approved an annual budget north of $40 billion in spending, and with near unanimity to boot. The fact that it took just two days to accomplish such a feat only makes it more remarkable.” Plus, McGovern, Warren, Polito and the Silver Tsunami.

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WooLax standout C.J. Gallagher

Worcester Weekly: ArtsWorcester Biennial, WooLax + more, April 30-May 6 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

Inbox [April 30]: News and notes from McGovern, Holy Cross, Venture Forum, Auburn Rotary, Anna Maria and city of Worcester |  Have news 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.

Jane Week in Worcester |  Jane Week gives Worcester residents and visitors a chance to connect with each other, explore Worcester by foot and participate in interesting discussions on how we can enhance the design and function of our city. Check out the calendar of events scheduled for May 2-7.

From last Sunday’s Worcester Sun

Mandell: Five great ideas to nurture the Worcester Renaissance |  “Each of us living or working in the city has an important voice in shaping Worcester’s future development. Jane Week (May 1-7) is designed to prompt deep discussions and debates on our urban design and to give people a chance to think about the variables that make Worcester come alive.” First consider these five ideas intended to get the ball rolling. Worcester Sun is a proud partner of Jane Week in the Woo.

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