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Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade + 5 more mid-October things to do

Sunday, Oct. 9 — 22nd Worcester Columbus Day Parade, noon, Aitchison and Shrewsbury streets to Washington Square  First things first: The most Italian name in the history of Italian names — besides maybe Cristoforo Colombo — Msgr. Rocco Piccolomini, stands out on the roster of prominent city Sunday gravy aficionados who’ve been chosen as honorary grand marshals through the years. Piccolomini, a revered clergyman and educator who died last fall, is joined by luminaries such as John Conte, Ralph Raymond, Karyn Polito and Ray Mariano.

It's his day (Christopher Columbus) ... and Worcester has big plans.

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It’s his day (Christopher Columbus) … and Worcester has big plans.

And this year, it’s school safety chief Rob Pezzella’s turn to lead the procession from one end of Shrewsbury Street to the other, making him the third Pezzella (after A. Thomas and Stephen, doctors both) to be so honored. Be prepared: There will be a quiz somewhere between East Park and VIA.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12 — The Monuments Men of WWII: The Worcester Connection, 4 p.m., Rare Book Room, Goddard Library, Clark University, 950 Main St.  Not everything begins and ends with George Clooney, as it turns out. Maybe the mega-star’s 2014 film, “The Monuments Men,” brought back into mainstream consciousness the heroics of this unlikely military unit, but you wouldn’t be wrong to trace a major hunk of its origin story back to the City of Seven Hills. When priceless artifacts and other items of cultural significance began being pilfered, a pair of Worcester-based art experts found themselves enlisted among the bunch that would retrieve tens of thousands of treasures from across Europe.

Worcester Sun, Oct. 9-15: In this issue

Worcestory Lesson, with an eye on the city’s current brewing renaissance, brings us back to the first beer boom. PCBs in schools must be a top priority — our editorial. Hitch on Weld. Sinacola on Healey. Another chapter in Giselle Rivera-Flores’ inspiring journey. And much more in your Oct. 9-15 Worcester Sun.

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Inbox [Aug. 10]: Union endorses Worcester state rep candidate Dixon, GWCF announces $350k in grants, rain barrel discount ends Saturday, area youth garner Simon scholarships

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Union endorses Dixon in 17th Worcester District

Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in Massachusetts, announce their endorsement of Moses Dixon, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 17th Worcester District.

Aug 10-UnionDixon finished third in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2014. State Rep. Kate D. Campanale, R-Leicester, who defeated Doug Belanger two years ago, is the incumbent seeking re-election. Belanger is also running again.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher for working families in this election, and we need to elect champions who share our commitment to quality jobs, quality care and true economic and racial justice for all,” said Tyrék D. Lee Sr., executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Moses Dixon is a dedicated leader who will stand with us on our issues and will fight with us to build a better future for our families. We are proud to endorse him for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.”

Worcester Weekly: Rock the Fourth + 5 more things to do, June 26-July 2

Sunday, June 26 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Nashua Silver Knights, 5:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  This one is a true clash of the titans. Yup, that’s right: Wonder Woman vs. Princess Elsa — who will be the last one standing?! See, it’s Superhero and Princess Day out at the Bravehearts. Don’t worry, boys, Batman’s going to be there, too. Well, lots of bat-men, actually, ’cause there’s still a ballgame to consider, and a good one at that.


Local Business Spotlight: Jerry’s Famous Soft-Serve

Jerry Bianculli’s two red, white and blue trucks with images of ice cream sundaes, hot dogs and novelties have been roaming Worcester since 1962. Patrick Sargent catches up with the local icon in our Local Business Spotlight “Survivor Series,” highlighting small businesses that just won’t quit.

Worcestory Lesson: Digging the city’s past on East Side trail

“It takes hikers past old rock quarries, through ravines, and along spectacular stone walls. One of the more unique landmarks is the old coal mine shaft, which today emits a post-apocalyptic vibe. Standing there brings a sense of long forgotten significance.” David DuBois treks far and wide for a unique view of the city’s past.

Local Business Spotlight: Jerry’s Famous Soft-Serve

For kids everywhere there’s nothing quite like hearing that inimitable sound of an ice cream truck getting ever-closer to your neighborhood.

For Worcester kids, though, one man has been steering those jingles up and down the seven hills, causing boys and girls to sprint inside for money and back out for a lucky place in the line for the past 54 years.

Jerry Bianculli, THE ice cream man in Worcester

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Jerry Bianculli, THE ice cream man in Worcester

Since 1962, Jerry Bianculli, a Grafton Hill lifer, has been serving frozen treats and novelties out of his ice cream truck, Jerry’s Famous Soft-Serve, in and around Worcester at baseball and softball games, outdoor concerts, fairs and myriad other events.

Bianculli declined to reveal his age, but he said he attended Grafton Hill Junior High and graduated from Commerce High School, which shuttered in 1966.

So what’s the secret?

Worcestory Lesson: Digging the city’s past on East Side trail

Early spring is a great time of year to get outside and hike the trails in and around Worcester. Before leaves block the view, you can see portions of the historical landscape that are normally obscured. Oftentimes hidden in the woods are long abandoned but important vestiges of our cities’ pasts.

Rock ledge of old coal mine

David DuBois / For Worcester Sun

Rock ledge of old coal mine

The East Side trail stretches from Lake Quinsigamond to East Park (Cristoforo Colombo Park) on Shrewsbury Street. The trail is managed by the Greater Worcester Land Trust, with partnerships and conservation restrictions from the city and local landowners.

Work on the trail began in 1997 and finished in 2011. It takes hikers past old rock quarries, through ravines and along spectacular stone walls. One of the more unique landmarks is the old coal mine shaft. Yes, an old coal mine in Worcester.

Also from David DuBois: Worcestory Lesson: A ‘diabolical outrage’ in 1850