August 9, 2017

Worcester Sun, Aug. 9: Worcester World Cup is back, sales tax holiday is not + WooSox vs. Notre Dame

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Worcester World Cup is where city’s melting pot truly bubbles over |  For Worcester, a hub for immigrants and refugees from all over the world, this volunteer-driven initiative has become a vital component in the city’s ongoing development and its efforts to break down walls between the myriad cultures it has welcomed over the years. “The Worcester World Cup, as the name suggests, was created specially to bring people together. We wanted everyone to come together,” Iraqi immigrant and youth volunteer Adam Maarij said.

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House leader ‘certain’ Mass. sales tax holiday will get another year off |  Revenue Committee Chairman Jay Kaufman confirmed that August will pass without what has been in recent years a semiannual tradition of suspending the sales tax for one weekend. “Sales tax holidays under any circumstances are a mistake, and under these circumstances are a colossal mistake,” Kaufman said.

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Live Action Escapes is a true family business.

For Live Action Escapes, unlocking success is no longer a mystery |  “Coming from a background of redesigning homes, co-owner Michael Paquin had a clear vision of what this business could become. When he opened Live Action Escapes at 1 Exchange St. in the heart of downtown with daughter Amanda last year he knew this was a perfect fit for him as a creative artist.” Find out about the family business’ expansion plans and more with Giselle Rivera-Flores.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 187]: Throwing the book at Worcester trash scofflaws |  For years cynical visitors and disenchanted residents have called our fair city a dump. And for far too long they all had a point, as jaded and/or careless folks turned hillside knolls, little-used parking lots and neglected street corners into their own private rubbish and recycling centers. City officials, though, have had enough. Cameras are on the lookout and illegal dumpers are on notice. Hitch, for one, thinks it’s about time offenders were put in their place.

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Notre Dame des Canadiens church is on its way out. Is a new baseball stadium on its way in; and what does that say about city officials’ priorities.

Editorial: Out with the old, in with the new? |  While a vote by the Planning Board last week brought Worcester one step closer to the demolition of Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, the city appeared intent on moving full speed ahead to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester and build a stadium near Kelley Square. The similarities and differences in these developments tell a lot about the priorities of the city’s leaders.

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