Happy Mother’s Day — it’s sampler time.
Because when you’re wearing those dress pants you just remembered were an omelet too small last year and you can hear your inseam hissing like a pressure cooker 16 hours in, what you need is more. One of everything!
A celebratory and punitively expensive brunch is all but a waste of pastel ties and extra-strength Tums without a proper sampler platter to scrub that quiche and sausage from your palate.
So, y’know, we’re here for you. This week in Worcester Sun we offer our growing list of members and our increasingly broad and diverse throng of email subscribers a chance to walk off those whipped cream-covered pancakes by taking a leisurely stroll through some of our best and most well-received work over the past weeks and months.
With in-depth reporting, intricate storytelling and thoughtful perspectives — not to mention expert editing and more than four centuries of experience — we have strived to create a menu that accentuates the best of Worcester and its surrounding communities, the people who are making a difference or a name for themselves.
Something you didn’t know yesterday that makes you think about tomorrow. The places you’ll want to go. Real folks with incredible stories, whom you’ll want to meet.
You might imagine, it wasn’t easy to pare down a list of our favorites, so we should probably skip any further suspense and get right into it — before those slacks decide enough is enough. Love you, Mom.
Many of these are among our most-read stories of all-time, but they’ve also been among our favorite to read and deliver to you. Writing and storytelling we’re very proud to share:
Art is life for multitalented Burncoat teacher Kevin Cox [Free to read!]
“Bryan LaHair has hit home runs in Japan and Venezuela. Laced up his cleats in Des Moines, Tacoma, San Antonio and Chicago.
He’s been a Cub and a Cardenale, a Rattler, Rainier and a Rubber Duck.
He made his Major League debut in 2008 for the Seattle Mariners after 5-½ seasons in the minors and was a National League all-star in 2012, when he hit .390 through April and had 14 home runs by the break for the Chicago Cubs. By 2014, he was hitting .234 with 5 home runs for a double-A club in Akron, Ohio.
The former Holy Name star, 33, has indeed lived the full baseball life, and after spending last summer on the sidelines following his April release from Red Sox spring training camp, he seems to again be in full pursuit of the dream.”
Sun Shine: Jully Khattar, a daughter of Vernon Hill, St. Vincent [Free to read!]
That time Burncoat grad Dan Wally DJ’d for Prince [Free to read!]
Local Business Spotlight: Quinn’s Irish Pub, coming to Greendale [Free to read!]
NEWS AND EXCLUSIVE REPORTING
Increasingly, members are reading exclusive and breaking news in the Sun first. Here are a few you might have missed:
On Cliff Rucker and Worcester Railers HC
On Mosaic Cultural Complex and a state wellness grant investigation
OPINION AND COMMENTARY
TOPICS AND CITY ISSUES
THE CLASSICS [some of our older best stuff]
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