Local Business Spotlight: Dianna’s Neighborhood Bistro blends community, fine cuisine | Diane George’s cooking experience began when she was 14 and started working at Central Kitchen, a bakery on Main Street. Diane says she found her niche early on. “I always loved cooking. It was something I wanted to do.” After decades of honing their culinary skills, Diane and her husband, Richard, were finally able to channel their passion for food into a business of their own. Sloane M. Perron checks out the new eatery at the corner of June and Chandler.
The Score with Ken Powers: Remembering Pat Oroszko | “People that we went to college with that I haven’t even talked to in years came and told me how sad they were to hear about Pat, about what an amazing guy he was, about what an impact he made in their life,” Courtney Oroszko said late last week, the day after her late husband would’ve turned 35. “I remember saying to someone, ‘I kind of fell in love with him all over again after those two days.’” Ken Powers is back from hiatus with a powerful story of love, friendship and perseverance.
Also from KP: Check out dozens of area scholastic standout athletes in his all-star listings.
Sina-cism: Wiesel’s wise words fall on a deaf world | “I swear to you,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel said to a St. John’s High School crowd in 2005, “I was convinced at the end of the twentieth century that the twenty-first century would be better. Here we are five years into it, and we have a new scourge, a new danger, which brings with it a new weapon – suicide terror.” Here we now are 16 years into that new century, and that terror has only grown. Chris Sinacola mines the wisdom of the recently passed Holocaust-survivor for hope in a world where it’s increasingly harder to find.
Being like Brit: Reflections on finding hope in Haiti | Sun contributor Danielle Cutillo is travelling to Haiti this week on a volunteer mission for the Be Like Brit organization, which operates an orphanage for more than 60 children in memory of Britney Gengel, a missionary who died in a devastating 2010 earthquake there. Here, Danielle 23, a Holy Name graduate and lifelong Worcester resident, reflects on her first trip last year while preparing for her second journey, which began yesterday. Once she’s back, Danielle will tell us about her most recent experience with another column, more photos and video. Be sure to check back next week.
Editorial: Cue the artists — Worcester teams with Futurecity | Creating successful city spaces isn’t all about pouring money and concrete. A bit of magic should be sprinkled in, too. A London-based urban design organization called Futurecity will work with Worcester artists and leaders over the next year, to see what ideas they can come up with for the downtown Theatre District.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 76]: Rude awakening for Worcester history board | So, it turns out the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has had just about enough of the city Historical Commission’s attitude. It got so out of hand that a stern letter to City Hall was in order. “Rude, discourteous, unprofessional,” the T&G reported of the letter’s assertions. Who knows where this will end up — the Supreme Court’s probably got time now that Tom Brady put a pin in his Deflategate appeal. Meantime, Hitch thinks we should be wary of this developing feud.
On Beacon Hill: Administration, Legislature set to grapple over $256M in vetoes [with video] | House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the budget would “still be balanced” even if lawmakers restored all the spending cut by the governor. “I’m not saying we will,” he said late last week. “We could.”Gov. Charlie Baker, though, has other ideas: “I’m not feeling quite as confident, I guess at this point in time, as maybe some folks in the Legislature are, about our ability to be absolutely sure about how much revenue is going to be available.” This could get interesting.
Inbox [July 17]: Anna Maria taps criminal justice program head, Greater Worcester Land Trust gifts city open space, Holy Cross makes top-college list, area veterans coalition lauded | 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.
A Mother’s Journey: Part 23 — The stemming of the tide [with video] | “Bootstrapping a business is a viable way to source an idea, but when that idea turns into a business bigger than you had initially imagined, bootstrapping can only go so far.” While her business model evolves, so must Giselle Rivera-Flores as she navigates the icy waters of startup funding. Grant writing is next, but first a conversation with Tim Murray, chamber of commerce chief.
Worcester Weekly: Shrewsbury Street Walk & Rock + 5 more things to do, starting July 18 | Coming up is the second of three consecutive Wednesdays that restaurants and bars along the bustling entertainment corridor — from Basil n’ Spice to Flying Rhino to Ralph’s Tavern, and many more — will be presenting free live music to entice customers. Then there’s moths and comedians and s’mores, beer gardens and vegetable ones too. Lots to do, and no video games telling you where to do it! Check it out.