April 19, 2017

Worcester Sun, April 19: Mariano on Petty’s PCBs response, Valentino’s vies for heart of Shrewsbury Street + more

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Mariano: Mayor Petty responds to PCB concerns with a comprehensive plan

Ray Mariano

The plan presented is not perfect. The suspect materials remain in the building. But with an aggressive program of cleaning, encapsulating and monitoring, the risk is substantially reduced. See the city’s plan and read Ray’s reaction.

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Valentino’s plans an upscale and upbeat vibe … with scratch tickets and Bloody Mary’s too.

Valentino’s has ambitious plans for heart of Shrewsbury Street |  “This street is still growing and there’s nothing that caters to the masses,” said Joe Stake, a co-owner who will manage the restaurant and tend bar. “You have to go to different places if you want different things. The street is very segmented. So we’re trying to offer all of it under one roof.” Patrick Sargent has the lowdown on the long-awaited replacement for Cafe Dolce.

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Jack Donahue and Drew Kozub (background) are among the top lacrosse players in the region, making St. John’s, as usual, one of the teams to beat.

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David Byun, a Holy Name senior, started Pen in a Box, an organization that sends school supplies to needy students around the world.

No more pencils, no more books? Pen in a Box supplies needy schools |  David Byun noticed that he and his fellow students at Holy Name were too quick to throw away usable school supplies — pens, notebooks and other items less fortunate kids would be happy to have. So he started an organization a couple of years ago, and it’s grown way beyond Worcester. Patrick Sargent goes back to school for the full story.

Editorial: Building a community with HOPE |  The upcoming graduation of 25 from the Youth Worker Training Institute is a perfect time to look at the vital role youth workers play in mentoring at-risk youth. Locally, the HOPE Coalition, Clark University and UMass Memorial Health Care are doing their part to positively impact youth whose futures can hang in the balance.

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Editorial footnote: An offer for Notre Dame? | Preservation Worcester announced yesterday that it and the Re-Imagine Notre Dame Committee have found a qualified developer to make an offer for Notre Dame des Canadiens church with plans to renovate and re-purpose the building. But not all the news was hopeful. We again ask all parties involved to work together to keep the iconic Worcester structure standing.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 155]: On Marcotte, Early not a moment too soon |  Bad things happen to good people — it’s one of those inane platitudes to which we all resort when there’s nothing left to be said. When words couldn’t possibly be enough. There comes a time, though, when a statement needs to be made. Worcester District Attorney Joe Early didn’t miss his opportunity recently when his office identified a suspect in Vanessa Marcotte’s death. Hitch got the message, loud and clear.

Inbox [April 19]: News and notes from Thrillist, Rachel’s Table, Assumption, Worcester Public Schools, MassDiGI and WCAC |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. 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.

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