May 10, 2017

Worcester Sun, May 10: Jay Pelletz continues to disappoint customers, legal marijuana delays + fighting for $15

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Mutual Builders' former headquarters at 660 Park Ave.

Contractor license suspended, Jay Pelletz still leaving customers in lurch |  As the principal of Mutual Builders — the Worcester-based company his father, Mel Pelletz, started in 1975 — Jay Pelletz accumulated a string of jilted customers who have waited months and years for returned deposits and work to be finished. Many still wait — including a gaggle of Southbridge neighbors fed up with Pelletz’s (and the town’s) inaction and now considering legal action.

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Grace Dahrouj is pretty much always behind the counter at George’s Bakery, where she’s become the face of the business to its many loyal customers.

Legal marijuana regulations remain in flux six months after voters approved law |  In January, Gov. Baker said any changes to the regulatory framework for legal cannabis should be made by April to ensure the delayed deadlines can be met. Since then, the Legislature has formed a committee and held numerous public hearings, but still there’s no regulatory structure in place. Meantime, the administration is withholding $300K committed to establishing the regulations.

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Gino enjoys a winning hand while playing a card game with his mom.

Long-sought schooling change adds up to results for Gino |  After years of frustrating delays and grappling with Worcester Public Schools, a deaf Worcester teen is at last in a special-education setting that has him thriving. The Sun checks in with Gino Berthiaume, his mother, educators and others who have seen the transformation that can come from an Individualized Education Program in action.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 161]: Worcester’s dirty little secret |  There’s always lots going in Worcester. Union Station and the commuter rail, new restaurants, PCBs, sanctuary city status and City Hall open mic nights. While we all revel in the Railers’ future hockey glory and fret over the fates of beloved landmarks like Mount Carmel and Notre Dame churches, there’s one Little Headline That Could earnestly steaming toward an unsightly conclusion. Hitch had to roll up his sleeves for this one.

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Will a $15 per hour minimum wage keep the dollars — and jobs — flowing?

Editorial: Is $15 worth the fight? |  Councilor at-large Khrystian King’s proposed City Council resolution supporting a $15 minimum wage has again ignited the debate over how much workers should be paid. The most common objection to raising the minimum wage is that it costs jobs. Nine times since 1988 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has raised the minimum wage more than the federal government. Did it really cost jobs? We looked.

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Inbox [May 10]: News and notes from Assumption, Clark, WalletHub, Community Harvest Project and BJ’s |  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.

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