July 16, 2017

Worcester Sun, July 16-22: Mariano builds his all-star team, a conversation with Kate Campanale, Recalde’s Sidewalk Cafe in the spotlight + more

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Courtesy College of the Holy Cross

Legendary City Manager Francis J. McGrath stands with then-Mayor Joe Tinsley as Jeff Mulford signs on to take over for McGrath. Two of these three men are Mariano All-Stars -- find out who didn't make the team.

Sun columnist

Mariano: Worcester’s all-star political lineup

Ray Mariano

“So, looking back over the past 40 years or so, whose numbers should be retired and lifted to the rafters in City Hall. Here are my picks.”

Sunday conversation

Courtesy Rep. Kate Campanale's office

Kate Campanale poses with a group of children during her 2016 trip to the Dominican Republic.

State Rep. Kate Campanale talks Trump, Dixon, guns and making things happen |  “I’m Kate Campanale, and I’m a Republican, and this is what I’ve done, and this is how I’ve represented my district. It’s made it difficult for people to see beyond the ‘R’ when all they’re getting is the national news. And that can be a little troubling for some Republicans, especially in Mass.”

From the archives

Mark Henderson / Worcester Sun

Malika Carter, Worcester chief diversity officer

Q&A with Malika Carter, Worcester’s first chief diversity officer |  In her only extended local media interview during her 18-month tenure, Carter — who resigned last week — talked to the Sun about what prepared her for a city the size of Worcester, the city’s hiring practices, the now-infamous 2015 dialogues on race, an unseemly incident involving a member of the city manager’s cabinet, the role of media, and the difference between threats and free speech.

More Sun interviews:

Local Business Spotlight

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Owner George Recalde with employee Loraine Montoya.

Recalde’s Sidewalk Café is an unexpected slice of home |  With salsa music playing in the background, the sounds of the Spanish language lingering in the air and the open-arms welcome from their employees, Recalde’s Sidewalk Café, open since February, is all about the Spanish culture. It’s an effort embracing and elevating the feeling of eating at abuela’s house.

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Why healthcare reform will happen |  “We will someday have reform. We will have it because Americans are too jealous of their freedom to let a system of good intentions and lofty goals be eroded by a financial structure that triggers runaway costs, soaring premiums and long-term deficits. Intolerable situations eventually end.”

Paris Cinema

Sun Staff / Worcester Sun

The Paris Cinema, 66 Franklin St., is no more — another fallen domino in Worcester’s downtown revitalization. But something else is missing …

Editorial: Take us to the movies, developers |  We’re happy about the return of Movies on the Common in Worcester, and not sorry to see the seedy Paris Cinema meet the wrecking ball at last. But what we would really like is a real movie theater downtown.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 180]: When Dukakis, Bulger and Trump collide |  Former Bay State governor and Democratic nominee for president Michael Dukakis has not been shy in his critiques of the Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald Trump. In a recent Boston Herald column, Dukakis says his wife, Kitty, “sees all the signs” of a serious personality disorder in the president. Billy Bulger, another powerbroker from years past, knows a thing or two about dangerous personalities. So, Hitch thought it wise to bring everyone together to get to the bottom of this.

State House News Service / file

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey and Speaker Robert DeLeo made for a powerful team.

On Beacon Hill: State House leadership thrust into game of thrones |  House Speaker Robert DeLeo now has to choose a new Ways and Means chairman, or chairwoman, knowing that whoever he elevates will instantly be viewed as a contender to become the next speaker. It also appears certain that DeLeo will face pressure from groups like the Black and Latino Caucus, the Women’s Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. This stuff just writes itself! Plus, McGovern, Ryan, Warren, Pence and legal marijuana.

Augustine Kanjia’s incredible journey continues …

Courtesy Augustine Kanjia

Augustine’s grandmother had a heavy influence on his early life.

Part 43: More Hopes, Less Success |  “I had little time to waste for Grannie’s call. She told me in Mende that she had the medicine to make me clever. She showed me the bottle and promised that I would be the best because it is from Bethlehem. I became more excited. She gave me some when we arrived home.”

More Sun Serials:

A Mother’s Journey | What if … Worcester | Worcestory Lesson

Flickr / Quinn Dombrowski

Craft beer taps into the downtown revival with an event at Mercantile Center this week.

Worcester Weekly: Mercantile Center beer festival + more, July 16-22 |  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.

UniBank scholarships

Courtesy UniBank

UniBank donated $46,000 to area students.

Inbox [July 16-22]: News and notes from Davis Art Gallery, UniBank, Worcester Institute for Senior Education, Columbus Day Parade, GWCF and SmartAsset |  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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