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: Half-truths and alternative facts about PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty

“And now that everyone knows the truth, the mayor and School Committee still refuse to admit that there is a potentially very serious health risk in these two buildings. They refuse to cooperate with their own teachers and involve the EPA in testing so that everyone knows exactly what they are facing. They hide behind language like there is ‘no conclusive proof.’ “

Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought

“This issue is important to me. Certainly, I feel strongly because my wife is one of the teachers who has had cancer. But Burncoat was my high school and my wife was a student at Doherty. These are our classmates, our friends and our neighbors. These are the students who fill my wife’s classroom.”

Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee!

“In Worcester, we have a mayor who does not lead, a superintendent who minimizes serious health concerns because there are not enough people waving placards in her face, and a School Committee afraid to tell the mayor and superintendent to do their jobs.”

Worcester Sun, March 8: Mariano takes city officials to task on PCBs + OPEB needs attention ASAP

In the unlikely event you need more reasons to check out this edition, we have Hitch on Gary Rosen, Top 5 Stories, a big move for Becker’s Robert Johnson … and a bunch of other good stuff. It’s your Wednesday, March 8, Worcester Sun.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 140]: Taking the temperature at City Hall

The weather outside was only frightful last week if you were a sheet of ice. Or an avid outdoor figure skater.

The Worcester Common Oval waved goodbye to winter a few days early as the mercury soared to record levels for late February. But up those cool marble steps a few yards away, the atmospheric conditions were quite a bit different.

Hitch takes the Sun-on-the-Scene weather van on location for a closer look.

Worcester Sun, Feb. 26-March 4: Mariano gets mayoral, Worcester’s ‘barstool poet,’ journalists vs. Trump + much more

Sinacola and Hitch — with assists from Charlie Baker, Joe Petty, Mike Gaffney and Mother Nature — push all your political buttons. Giselle Rivera-Flores. Inbox. Worcester Weekly. On Beacon Hill. It’s your Feb. 26-March 4 Worcester Sun.

Union Station

Editorial: Attention, passengers

On the commuter rail front, a setback: Officials plan to add stops to the Heart to Hub’s evening run from Boston to Worcester, beginning in May.

And things aren’t looking any better over on the bus front. The WRTA is contemplating fare increases as part of a plan to counteract a deep budget deficit.

Neither move is a giant jolt to the system, and neither came out of nowhere. But they are important disappointments in a city that has been working long and hard to bring its infrastructure up to speed with the future.

Worcester’s public-transportation picture has made enormous progress over the last few years. And any system this complicated will experience problems and changes. But these two glitches are more than just a call to the handyman for tweaks and patch-ups. They’re warnings.

The moves tighten the screws on Worcester commuters and officials to do more to ensure that Worcester’s public-transportation groundwork and goals continue in the right direction.

Inbox [Feb. 19]: Court advocate program for kids nets grant, Clark website design lauded, Petty and Augustus pen letter to MBTA, WPI offers research experience for high schoolers

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

CASA Project lands national grant to serve more Worcester County children

CASA Project, Inc. of Worcester has been awarded a $99,000 Local Growth Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Funds will be used to increase the number of abused or neglected children in Worcester County who have a CASA volunteer helping them find a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.

CASA Project, Inc. is one of 943 CASA and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) programs with 76,756 volunteers across the country. The program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who ensure that children who have been removed from their parents’ care receive appropriate services and have a voice in determining their futures.

Last year in Worcester County, CASA Project we worked with more than 205 volunteers, to serve 579 children; CASA Advocates filed 367 court reports and attended more than 750 court hearings. That number is projected to increase dramatically in 2017.

In 2016, National CASA awarded more than $4.1 million in federal grants to help CASA/GAL programs recruit needed volunteers.

Worcester Sun, Feb. 19-25: Mariano on cleaning up this mess, a Holy Name Sun Shine feature, Bushel N Peck + much more

We’ve got transportation issues — hear about those RTA rate hikes?! — in the crosshairs. Sinacola throws the book at school budget hyperbole. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire on Beacon Hill. Hitch with a very special talent showcase. And a bunch of other good stuff in your Feb. 19-25 Worcester Sun.