You bet your purdy neck, Worcester loves its Bushel N Peck

It’s an old-fashioned sensibility that keeps the popular deli standing strong: putting the customer first. Which also makes it a perfect addition to our Survivor Series menu, highlighting Worcester small businesses standing the test of time.

No more pencils, no more books? Pen in a Box supplies needy schools

David Byun noticed that he and his fellow students at Holy Name were too quick to throw away usable school supplies — pens, notebooks and other items less fortunate kids would be happy to have. So he started an organization a couple of years ago, and it’s grown way beyond Worcester.

Worcester Sun, April 19: Mariano on Petty’s PCBs response, Valentino’s vies for heart of Shrewsbury Street + more

It’s a jam-packed Wednesday, April 19, Worcester Sun. Get in there!

Mariano: Democrats and Republicans can help residents of public housing by requiring work

In increasing numbers, our poorest families are becoming less educated, less employed, and more reliant on government services and support. A system of assistance that was designed as a temporary helping hand has become a permanent way of life.

Worcester Sun, April 16-22: Mariano on A Better Life, Sunday conversation with Cliff Rucker, Mount Carmel crystal ball + much more

Worcester Sun is the proud media partner of Jane Week in Worcester — find out what that even means, and peruse a calendar of events. Plus lots of other good stuff, too, in your April 16-22 Worcester Sun.

Martian returns home: Native-born astronaut spent 185 days on Red Planet

Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.

Worcester Sun, April 12: Step up for Worcester by stepping out + Hitch, Top 5 stories and more

State targets spending priorities and considers bill to keep pensions from teachers convicted on child porn charges. A free look into Worcester’s future. Inbox is full of news on Music Worcester, Clark, the YWCA. All that and more in your Wednesday, April 12, Worcester Sun.

Mariano: Have we learned anything from the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel?

“I do not know if things would have been different if the bishop were a part of the public discussion. But given the stakes involved and the fact that so many of the people he leads were heartsick over the church’s closing, he should have tried.”

Evan Corrigan: Diary of a visit to Worcester … England, that is

“I got to see their Worcester’s downtown, which is completely geared toward foot traffic. In this we could learn a thing or two from our sister city. Later my host went back home to drop off her granddaughter, and she met up with us at an old church building that was tastefully converted into a restaurant.” A 20-year-old Burncoat grad crosses the pond to reinvigorate a twinning spirit between the two Worcesters.

Worcester Sun, April 9-15: Mariano on Mount Carmel, a visit to the other Worcester, scholastic lacrosse + much more

Augustine Kanjia returns with his incredible tale of survival. Sinacola on schooling vs. education. Hitch on the Midtown Mall. Our thoughts on more support for police officers. Plus all your weekly favorites, in your April 9-15 Worcester Sun.