Worcester firefighters answer the call for ALS, and a friend | “There’s been some people on the job that have had relatives with ALS. It touches just about everyone,” firefighter Tom McLaughlin said. “We deal with a lot of that as first responders. We see it firsthand. We’re more than willing to help people out whenever possible.” Little did McLaughlin know how close to home his assistance would hit.
Sina-cism: The bronze statesman speaks | “In an era of opulence and inequality, he led the fight to enact antitrust legislation. He fought for the rights of African-Americans and Native Americans, favored women’s suffrage 34 years before passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, and opposed U.S. military action in the Philippines and Panama.” Chris Sinacola tells us about the man behind the voice.
Editorial: Good Chemistry and the community | What will now almost certainly be the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary cleared a major hurdle last week. As the business moves closer to setting up shop in the Canal District, we praise Worcester officials for negotiating a contract that promises to pay off financially for the neighborhood. More important, though, is the safety of the neighbors. For that to be paramount, the city must remain vigilant going forward.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 42]: A neighborhood gone to pot | While it seems some Canal District NIMBYs were hoping medical marijuana dispensary plans would go up in smoke, the city found it had Good Chemistry with one particular service provider and struck what it hopes will be a precedent-setting deal to bring such a facility to the corner of Harrison Street, in the heart of the area known for its entertainment and dining options. Sprinkle a little Hitch on top, and you can’t beat this buzz.
Up Next: Bergman, Economou aim to maintain integrity of neighborhoods with Dover tweak | In an effort that began a year ago in its present incarnation, the city councilors want to push Worcester toward a home-rule petition similar to one Cambridge enacted in 1981 to address concerns surrounding Harvard University’s once unwieldy expansion efforts. Patrick Sargent reports on the latest local attempt at taking the teeth out of the state’s Dover Amendment.
The unbelievably true story of Augustine Kanjia …
Part 12: Deceived in Hard Times | “I called a few people and asked them to ask Theresa what was going on between us. She did not want to see me, even with our little loving daughter who looks very much like me. Theresa said angrily that her family felt she should not stay with me if we were not married. But I noticed that was not the underlying factor.” Back to work as a reporter in Gambia, it’s at home where one of Augustine’s investigations takes him on his latest unexpected turn.
Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 15 — The exploration within | “As I battle with my own identity through this process, I’ve come to the conclusion that the success of this business depends on the success of me as a person. I am stepping back and reevaluating … I have begun to analyze who I am, my strengths, weaknesses and [what I can do to] ensure The Hub’s success.” As the doubters mount and her tutoring center teeters, Giselle digs in.
Inbox: Ascentria receives refugee health grant; city nets national public health accreditation; QCC corporate breakfast; Mechanics Hall concert series; Polito to address Worcester State University graduates | 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. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Worcester Weekly: WPI softball + 4 more things to do, March 20-26 | Sure, we’ve been getting a little heavy into sports lately. But it’s springtime (although, who’s crazy for leaving the shovel out now?!), and spring is about as good as it gets on the sports calendar: March Madness (good show, Crusaders!), baseball starting up, the Masters around the corner. Anyway, all that and we still found a ton of good (non-athletic) stuff right here in the city. So get out there — y’know after you clear the driveway one last time.
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Local Business Spotlight: Escape Games
Need an escape? Have an hour? A new venture in Worcester challenges groups to think their way out of a room filled with clues and dead ends. Patrick Sargent looks at Escape Games Worcester, something different in the local nightlife scene.
Sun Shine: Charlene’s cause
A local woman’s lifelong love for animals still inspires an organization that helps people facing cancer. Over the past two years, with the proceeds raised from the Fur Ball and other efforts, Paws for the Cause has donated nearly $45,000 to women battling breast cancer and their families. Patrick Sargent reports on Charlene Dumais and the spirit she left behind.