July 9, 2017

Worcester Sun, July 9-15: Mariano on District 1 council race, Foley’s at 50, Johnson makes big-league pitch on Cape + much more

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Photos courtesy of the candidates

District 1 City Council candidates, from left: William S. Coleman III, Edward L. Moynihan, Sean M. Rose and Gerardo Schiano.

Sun columnist

Mariano: Which City Council candidate has the advantage in District 1?

Ray Mariano

“The candidates to fill the seat currently held by Tony Economou are a solid group. Here is an initial look at strengths and weaknesses.”

Local Business Spotlight

Art Simas / For Worcester Sun

Patti J. Foley has Foley & Son Fish and Chips going strong in their 50th year.

The daughter also rises: 50 years of family at Foley & Son Fish and Chips |  “Basically everything is the same as it was in 1967. The fryolators, counter and back room are still in the same location. Of course, we’ve had some upgrades over the years but the layout is exactly the same as the original,” Patti Foley said. “I’m very fortunate and blessed that we keep going. I have a lot of regular customers. So without them, I’d never be here.”

More from our Survivor Series:

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Jerry Bianculli, THE ice cream man in Worcester

Jerry’s Famous Soft-Serve keeps Worcester cool


Courtesy Bourne Braves

Nick Johnson, now featuring a 93-mile per hour fastball, is a key member of the Bourne Braves pitching staff.

For Nick Johnson, his summer on Cape Cod is all business |  Aiming for the Major Leagues someday, Worcester native Nick Johnson is steadily upping his game. The URI student is pitching for the Bourne Braves this summer, working hard toward his goal, and also mourning the death last winter of his mother, city restaurateur Angela Demake.

Related: Rich Gedman still pitching in for Red Sox at Pawtucket

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 178]: In Worcester, everybody’s doing the PawSox dance |  Is it just a dream? Could it be real?! It seems that whenever the prospect of wooing the Red Sox’ top minor-league affiliate to the city resurfaces, business leaders, residents and municipal officials become moths to the proverbial flame. The T&G even gave the speculation-driven story blanket coverage last week with several pieces devoted to the topic. We don’t think they’ll mind if Hitch cuts in.

Carol McDonald / For Worcester Sun

Reasonable folks expect a little wear and tear, but city parks shouldn’t be in such disrepair as to invite serious injuries.

Editorial: Ensuring safe play should be priority for Worcester leaders |  In what kind of city does the whole hoop structure fall down while a kid is shooting baskets solo? Shockingly, that happened recently in Worcester. The public park — Holland Rink Playground on Lincoln Street — is old and all but forgotten. But it’s open, and a 16-year-old basketball player could have been badly hurt.

Sun columnist

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Sina-cism: Lobbying stinks — don’t make it worse |  “Just how subtly slippery a slope we face is illustrated by a June 29 report in the Boston Globe detailing how Democratic legislative leaders in Massachusetts are trying to raise $2.2 million to pay for a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, to be held Aug. 5-9 in Boston.”

Sam Doran / State House News Service

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said, “I’m confident they’ll be comfortable,” when asked if state lawmakers had enough time to review the final version of the fiscal 2018 budget.

On Beacon Hill: The $40 billion buzzkill |  The smoke had no sooner cleared from the fireworks over the Charles River than lawmakers returned to work midweek to find that tensions simmering behind the two major issues before the Legislature were ready to bubble over. A $40.2 billion budget deal would eventually emerge, but not before a few punches were thrown. Plus, McGovern, Healey, Markey and trust funds.

Sun Serial

Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle poses with other entrepreneur-speakers at a recent chamber of commerce event. From left, Dawn Dearborn, Oriola Koci and Amy Whitney.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 48]: The look of leadership |  “At times, I feel that despite our progress as Latinas, as women, as African Americans, we will never be more than just a stereotype in the business world – always taking orders and never giving them. … Diversity in the workplace, especially in entrepreneurship, is crucial. In fact, in my eyes, it is the tipping point for innovation.”

Chelsea Creekmore / Destination Worcester

Canal District Wagon Tours begin at 5:30 every Thursday night in July and August.

Worcester Weekly: Canal District Wagon Tours, Bravehearts + more, July 9-15 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

David Niles / For Worcester Sun

Cliff Rucker and the Railers have big plans for the city — including airing all their games on 98.9 FM.

Inbox [July 9-15]: News and notes from Railers HC, U.S. Navy, WPI, Assumption, Clark and African Community Education |  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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