Local Business Spotlight: Salon cuts to the chase, leaves Shrewsbury Street for own digs | “We’re outgrowing the space,” said owner Patty Devlin. “When we opened at GLOW, I was a subtenant of the tanning salon. But it was a good place to start my first business. Now that things have gone really well, we are moving over to Lake Ave. to expand and open more of a day spa than just a hair salon.” Patrick Sargent foils the surprise and irons out the details.
Worcester Lacrosse breaks the mold | “People have been counting me out my whole life. I love hearing what people tell me I can’t do. … I didn’t come from privilege myself, so maybe that’s why I can relate to city kids, but if I’m not telling them to prove people wrong and achieve their dreams, what am I doing?” Like you wouldn’t run through a wall for that guy? That guy is Harry Jones, the coach of the now three-time tournament eligible Worcester high schools boys lacrosse team, and his Warriors are knocking down barriers by the day. Joe Parello, one of the Sun’s newest contributors, offers the inspiring tale.
Sina-cism: A computer science ‘gap’ that doesn’t exist | “Very few men major in gender studies in college. (Relatively few women do either, but far more than men.) No one perceives a gender gap. Why? There is little at stake. Where there is more at stake, we perceive gaps. But are they real?” You probably already know what Sinacola thinks — but you’re definitely going to want to find out why.
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Bill Randell: #IHateTheWait does not fly at Worcester Regional Airport | For years, I have predicted that Worcester Regional Airport will become a major airport rivaling Manchester [New Hampshire] in the not too distant future. The only thing that has been holding back ORH was the instrument landing system, which is being upgraded and is expected to be operational next year. Local businessman Bill Randell makes his Worcester Sun debut.
Editorial: Worcester memorials, caring to remember | The memorial veteran markers around Worcester bear names, stars and descriptions of battles. Otherwise, they’re a mystery to most of us driving by. But a website built by a city police officer brings the stories behind each marker to our fingertips. Click on the one in your neighborhood or any one at random, and meet a piece of the city’s memory.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 62]: Driving toward a solution on Worcester streets | Who knew?! Worcester, turns out, not a great place to drive. Some of us experts have become numb to Kelley Square (Pro tip: from Vernon Street, never stop. Never! And from Millbury Street, just give up.), but many continue to struggle with idiosyncrasies and unwritten rules of the Woo-town roads. Our fair hometown came in 10th recently among the nation’s most dangerous cities for drivers. Hitch, always looking on the bright side, sees a silver lining.
On Beacon Hill: Senate’s $39.5B budget bans plastic bags, eases pot access for vets | While the state Senate added more than $60 million to the proposed fiscal 2017 spending plan, legislators tacked on a slew of amendments to potentially aid military veterans in need of medical marijuana, hold the MBTA accountable on fare hikes and eliminate plastic shopping bags as an option for major retailers. There was plenty more action, too, including some stern words for the GOP from Jim McGovern down in D.C.
Local Crowdfund: Worcester County Light Opera Company | WCLOC is in its 80th year as a nonprofit theater company and claims to be the oldest live theater troupe in Worcester. It seeks $20,000 to perform plumbing upgrades to its Grandview Playhouse, where the women’s bathroom is often a treacherous proposition for guests. Leave it to the creative folks over there to come up with a cheeky solution. Patrick Sargent has more.
Inbox [May 29]: New Canal District rink design debuts, Elder Services taps new boss, Moore and Frost welcome Auburn students, Paine House sets tour schedule | 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: Bravehearts are back + 5 more things to do, May 29-June 4 | With at least seven local kids and $6 tickets, it’ll be tough to resist checking out the two-time defending Futures League champs. So, y’know, don’t fight it! Get over to Fitton Field and find out what all the fuss is about. Memorial Day and other observances stretch across the week, including a WWII-era USO Show and the city dedicating a new monument. All that and more, one click away.
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Bent on cleaning up city fishing holes, duo rings bell for volunteers
A popular swimming destination as well, Bell Pond is one of three city bodies of water stocked with trout for fishing. It’s also lately well stocked with trash. “It’s pretty bad,” said Anthony Romeo, co-host of online fishing show GetBentTV. “There’s trash in the water, on the shore and on the beach — all over the place.” Find out about the men behind the initiative.
Sun Shine: Church’s intervention divine for dozens of area sxtudents
The Worcester Diocese Adopt-A-Student program has helped students like Grace Clark, now an 18-year-old freshman at Assumption College, who graduated from St. Peter-Marian. “I really got a great education,” the pre-med student said. “Frankly, if it weren’t for the program, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Bronislaus B. Kush checks in with Clark, and reports on the origins and future of this initiative.