June 28, 2017

Worcester Sun, June 28: Pedicab race is on, Altea’s, Wild Willy’s, top stories + more

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Ali Soofi, left. Valentine Beluchukwu and Yaovi Tsomana are three of the partners behind WooRides.

In Worcester, battle for pedicab supremacy is afoot |  It seems the time is now for New England’s second-largest city to put its pedal to the metal. Indeed, while one pedicab entrepreneur had been planning for months to launch, a competitor beat him to the streets. City residents and visitors enjoying the recent Taste of Shrewsbury Street event had the opportunity to take a spin between participating hot spots courtesy of WooRides. Find out how they got there first, and what’s next for the competing firms and the industry in the city.

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Pain Perdu, one of the many alluring brunch options at Altea’s Eatery.

Altea’s Eatery offers brunch lovers an everyday entree to France |  “With wall-length windows beckoning the sun, the unrelenting street traffic and increasing numbers of Park Avenue pedestrians, Altea’s felt like the place to be on a recent Monday morning. Bright, full and in good spirit, the eatery represents a mini-break from the demands of the everyday.”

With fiscal 2018 on horizon, time running out for state budget solution |  The House and Senate whisked through a $5.15 billion interim budget Monday, which Gov. Charlie Baker had filed last week, to prevent a government shutdown and keep programs and services running when the new fiscal year starts.

From the archives | In memoriam

Dr. B. Dale Magee

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Dr. B. Dale Magee, M.D., M.S., recently retired from private practice and the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative

Infant mortality a stubborn foe for city coalition |  Recently the Sun — and we dare say the entire Worcester community — lost a good friend. Lee Hammel died unexpectedly, at 68, on June 18. He was one of our first contributors and a dedicated, dogged reporter in the city for four decades. His passion for and pursuit of the intricate details of a story made him a trusted and valued watchdog for thousands of Worcester readers and observers.

His first report for the Sun appeared in our second edition (Aug. 16, 2015) and explored the city’s persistent and perplexing high infant mortality rate. (His work also inspired another of our most valued contributors to join the Sun team.) The under-the-radar topic, strangely enough, emerged in the public eye at last week’s City Council meeting, two days after Lee passed. In honor of Lee, his work here and his indefatigable career, we share his first Sun cover story with you, free of charge.

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Simon Says Give, which is run locally by 14-year-old Simon Eber, donated backpacks full of back-to-school supplies to students at Woodland Academy and Columbus Park.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 175]: At Wild Willy’s, reservations for Maura Healey |  You can always count on a little extracurricular excitement in and around Worcester’s myriad bars and restaurants. And once summer gets into full swing, tempers tend to flare faster than the mercury rises. So it was that a regional burger chain became a crime scene last weekend after one employee allegedly stabbed another. Where does Maura Healey, the state’s liberally ambitious (or is it ambitiously liberal) attorney general, fit in? Stay cool — Hitch will tell you!

Sonia Chang-Diaz

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Boston Public Schools graduate Kalise Osula, a member of Youth on Board, spoke about a lack of resources at her former school. She was one of several speakers pushing for a bill sponsored by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (left) to update the “foundation budget” school funding formula.

Editorial: Another year shortchanging our students |  The end of the school year is an appropriate time to lament another missed opportunity for state leaders to adequately fund public education. However, nearly a quarter century after transformative education reform, there is hope that things will begin to change.

Inbox [June 28]: News and notes from Worcester Regional Airport, city of Worcester, Anna Maria and Worcester Public Library |  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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