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Sun Shine – worcester.ma https://worcester.ma The Worcester Sun, local news worth supporting Wed, 22 May 2019 17:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Meet Worcester’s clinical trial pioneers https://worcester.ma/2017/06/meet-worcesters-clinical-trial-pioneers/ https://worcester.ma/2017/06/meet-worcesters-clinical-trial-pioneers/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:42:38 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=136805 “If we can relieve pain differently, and get people away from opioids by understanding how other pain pathways can be impeded, that would make a huge difference in people’s lives.”]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/06/meet-worcesters-clinical-trial-pioneers/feed/ 0 No child’s play: Simon Says Give Worcester chapter packs a serious charitable punch https://worcester.ma/2017/06/no-childs-play-simon-says-give-worcester-chapter-packs-a-serious-charitable-punch/ https://worcester.ma/2017/06/no-childs-play-simon-says-give-worcester-chapter-packs-a-serious-charitable-punch/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:21:03 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=133074 After starting the Worcester chapter of the Minnesota-based nonprofit earlier this year, one Forest Grove middle-schooler has donated more than 168 backpacks filled with school supplies and celebrated two birthdays since April.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/06/no-childs-play-simon-says-give-worcester-chapter-packs-a-serious-charitable-punch/feed/ 0 Children’s Smile Coalition turning poverty upside down, one kid at a time https://worcester.ma/2017/06/childrens-smile-coalition-turning-poverty-upside-down-one-kid-at-a-time/ https://worcester.ma/2017/06/childrens-smile-coalition-turning-poverty-upside-down-one-kid-at-a-time/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:25:37 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=130096 Mary Ellen Wessell saw opportunity in a simple question, teamed up with a few trusted board members and created Santa’s Big League, CSC’s first initiative, to give gifts and bring cheer to teenage children who fell through the cracks. Children’s Smile Coalition has only grown from there -- and more is on the way.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/06/childrens-smile-coalition-turning-poverty-upside-down-one-kid-at-a-time/feed/ 0 Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs https://worcester.ma/2017/04/mariano-the-man-nobody-wants-but-every-neighborhood-needs-billy-breault/ https://worcester.ma/2017/04/mariano-the-man-nobody-wants-but-every-neighborhood-needs-billy-breault/#comments Sun, 02 Apr 2017 04:52:16 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=100974 “He is loud and brash. His hair is long and unruly, and he wears a giant mustache that looks like a battering ram. ... When he gets angry, and that is often, he looks like someone you want to avoid. Detractors call him a loudmouth, a bully and much worse.” In the first of a new series, Ray Mariano profiles Billy Breault, the Marshal of Main South.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/04/mariano-the-man-nobody-wants-but-every-neighborhood-needs-billy-breault/feed/ 6 No more pencils, no more books? Pen in a Box supplies needy schools https://worcester.ma/2017/02/no-more-pencils-no-more-books-pen-in-a-box-from-holy-name-supplies-needy-schools/ https://worcester.ma/2017/02/no-more-pencils-no-more-books-pen-in-a-box-from-holy-name-supplies-needy-schools/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:23:32 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=83002 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.]]> https://worcester.ma/2017/02/no-more-pencils-no-more-books-pen-in-a-box-from-holy-name-supplies-needy-schools/feed/ 0 Editorial: Scout’s honor: ‘I know in my heart who I am’ https://worcester.ma/2017/02/editorial-worcester-eagle-scouts-honor-i-know-in-my-heart-who-i-am/ https://worcester.ma/2017/02/editorial-worcester-eagle-scouts-honor-i-know-in-my-heart-who-i-am/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:54:53 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=80301 https://worcester.ma/2017/02/editorial-worcester-eagle-scouts-honor-i-know-in-my-heart-who-i-am/feed/ 0 A hearty helping of dignity with every visit to St. John’s Food for the Poor https://worcester.ma/2016/12/in-worcester-a-hearty-helping-of-dignity-with-every-visit-to-st-johns-food-for-the-poor/ https://worcester.ma/2016/12/in-worcester-a-hearty-helping-of-dignity-with-every-visit-to-st-johns-food-for-the-poor/#respond Sun, 25 Dec 2016 05:12:08 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=60224 The growing program on Temple Street has been filling a need for 12 years, and it does so with a care and respect for every person it serves that sets it apart. Sloane M. Perron talks with director Billy Riley and some of his regulars.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/12/in-worcester-a-hearty-helping-of-dignity-with-every-visit-to-st-johns-food-for-the-poor/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Main Idea paints a new picture of opportunity in Worcester’s Main South https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-main-idea-paints-new-picture-of-opportunity-in-worcesters-main-south/ https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-main-idea-paints-new-picture-of-opportunity-in-worcesters-main-south/#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:11:29 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=27401 Eve James was so impressed by the impact the summer arts program has had on her children that she became a volunteer herself. “I feel as though my family has become part of their family.” She said the “excellent teachers” make Main Idea what it is. With the help of Eve and her son Isiah, a dedicated group of volunteers continues to buck the odds and make their vision flourish. Sloane Perron shines a light on this worthy endeavor.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-main-idea-paints-new-picture-of-opportunity-in-worcesters-main-south/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: At Broad Meadow Brook volunteers are a natural fit https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-at-broad-meadow-brook-volunteers-a-natural-fit/ https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-at-broad-meadow-brook-volunteers-a-natural-fit/#respond Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:13:36 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=26443 “We want to be engaged with the community,” says Martha Gach, the conservation coordinator. “We recognize that there is no way the paid staff can do everything that we need to do here, and we also recognize that people want to be involved.” Alex Khan straightens his tie and digs in for an in-depth look at where Worcester and nature and good people collide.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/08/sun-shine-at-broad-meadow-brook-volunteers-a-natural-fit/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Worcester’s Genesis Club goes the distance for mental health https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-worcesters-genesis-club-goes-distance-for-mental-health/ https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-worcesters-genesis-club-goes-distance-for-mental-health/#respond Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:24:20 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=25636 “Members were doing well psychologically, but physically couldn’t work more than two hours,” said Kevin Bradley, club director. “We asked, ‘Is there something we can do to help?’” What started as a fitness program at Assumption College blossomed into Team Genesis, which will mark its 10-year anniversary of running the Falmouth Road Race Aug. 21. What started with but 14 runners has become a 42-person brigade, raising money and awareness for a segment of the population often left behind.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-worcesters-genesis-club-goes-distance-for-mental-health/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: YouthWorks building skills, pride in young people https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-youthworks-building-skills-pride-in-young-people/ https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-youthworks-building-skills-pride-in-young-people/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:05:20 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=24692 For teens and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, YouthWorks -- a mostly state-funded collaboration backed locally by Worcester Community Action Council and partners -- provides more than something for them to do over the summer. It’s a stepping stone to the future. “What Worcester is doing is terrific,” said Anne Berrigan, a program administrator. “YouthWorks is one of the best kept secrets in your town.” Not for long! Alex L. Khan takes an in-depth look at what’s working for these Worcester youths.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/07/sun-shine-youthworks-building-skills-pride-in-young-people/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Brattle Street, last stop on the way to freedom for Worcester LGBT asylum seekers https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-brattle-street-last-stop-on-the-way-to-freedom-for-worcester-lgbt-asylum-seekers/ https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-brattle-street-last-stop-on-the-way-to-freedom-for-worcester-lgbt-asylum-seekers/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:52:33 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=21638  “Jeffry was fired from his job as a teacher, he could not go shopping and had to hide in his home. His family threw him out of the house at 17 years old, but even at home Jeffry was not allowed to eat dinner unless he brought his own utensils and plate. He was not even allowed to worship at his church.” From Jamaica, where homophobia runs rampant, Jeffry made his way to Worcester, where he found not just acceptance but caring assistance. New Sun contributor Sloane M. Perron tells the story.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-brattle-street-last-stop-on-the-way-to-freedom-for-worcester-lgbt-asylum-seekers/feed/ 0 Rainbow Readers offers new chapter for Worcester LGBT community https://worcester.ma/2016/06/rainbow-readers-offers-new-chapter-for-worcester-lgbt-community/ https://worcester.ma/2016/06/rainbow-readers-offers-new-chapter-for-worcester-lgbt-community/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:09:25 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=21325 “Back in November, I was frustrated because I knew of book clubs nearby, but none that interested me. So I decided I might as well start my own.” Sarah Slocum said she discovered the closest LGBT book club was in an Arlington library some 50 miles away. Now, though, folks like Sarah only have to make their way to James Street. New Sun contributor Danielle Cutillo takes a closer look at one of the city’s newest LGBT resources.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/06/rainbow-readers-offers-new-chapter-for-worcester-lgbt-community/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: ACE makes the grade for Worcester refugee students https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-ace-makes-the-grade-for-worcester-refugee-students/ https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-ace-makes-the-grade-for-worcester-refugee-students/#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:28:12 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=20917 “As a refugee myself I had challenges; due to culture it was hard for me. Even coming with a college degree it was difficult,” said Kaska Yawo, executive director of African Community Education. Augustine Kanjia takes a closer look at how far ACE and its students have come in a decade.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-ace-makes-the-grade-for-worcester-refugee-students/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Walking Together, on a mission in Worcester’s Main South https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-walking-together-on-a-mission-in-worcesters-main-south/ https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-walking-together-on-a-mission-in-worcesters-main-south/#respond Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:15:21 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=20385 A storefront, some folding chairs and a caring heart are the foundation of an Episcopal ministry at 799 Main. As she walks, listens, helps, and even provides quarters at a local laundry, Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward is making a gentle difference in many lives. Her work is part of the church’s recent efforts to reach out to people in new places and new ways.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/06/sun-shine-walking-together-on-a-mission-in-worcesters-main-south/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Arrays of light — Clark student’s solar project to aid ‘our heroes’ https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-arrays-of-light-clark-students-solar-project-to-aid-our-heroes/ https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-arrays-of-light-clark-students-solar-project-to-aid-our-heroes/#respond Sun, 15 May 2016 10:26:12 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=18061 While helping the environment by providing renewable energy through the sun, an enterprising Clark student’s project also seeks to benefit individuals, such as police officers, military veterans, teachers and firefighters, whose everyday work helps others. Indeed the 19-year-old has already learned a valuable lesson: “If you really want to accomplish something, you have to find the time.” We suggest you find the time to check out this profile from Bronislaus B. Kush.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-arrays-of-light-clark-students-solar-project-to-aid-our-heroes/feed/ 0 Sun Sampler: A healthy portion of our freshest good stuff https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-sampler-healthy-portion-of-freshest-good-stuff/ https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-sampler-healthy-portion-of-freshest-good-stuff/#respond Sun, 08 May 2016 10:22:14 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=17530 With in-depth reporting, intricate storytelling and thoughtful perspectives we have striven to create a menu that accentuates the best of Worcester and its surrounding communities. Something you didn’t know yesterday that makes you think about tomorrow. The places you’ll want to go. Real folks with incredible stories, who we think you’d want to meet.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-sampler-healthy-portion-of-freshest-good-stuff/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Windows into city’s past at Denholms https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-windows-into-citys-past-at-denholms/ https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-windows-into-citys-past-at-denholms/#comments Sun, 08 May 2016 10:18:43 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=17528 “I started working on the windows because I saw the condition of the building. I wanted to lend my hand any way I could. At the same time, I wanted to honor my grandmother by doing this work.” Christopher Sawyer has been brightening the landmark’s facade for several years. Learn more about his motivation and plans for the future with Patrick Sargent.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/05/sun-shine-windows-into-citys-past-at-denholms/feed/ 1 Sun Shine: Church’s intervention divine for dozens of area students https://worcester.ma/2016/03/sun-shine-churchs-intervention-divine-for-area-students/ https://worcester.ma/2016/03/sun-shine-churchs-intervention-divine-for-area-students/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:49:10 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=14260 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,” said the pre-med student. “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.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/03/sun-shine-churchs-intervention-divine-for-area-students/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: A daughter of Vernon Hill, St. Vincent https://worcester.ma/2016/02/sun-shine-a-daughter-of-vernon-hill-st-vincent/ https://worcester.ma/2016/02/sun-shine-a-daughter-of-vernon-hill-st-vincent/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:39:46 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=12203 Born in a hospital named for a saint best known for his compassion and charity, it seems Jully Khattar had little choice but to persevere and become a selfless beacon of hope.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/02/sun-shine-a-daughter-of-vernon-hill-st-vincent/feed/ 1 Sun Shine: Charlene’s cause https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-charlenes-cause/ https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-charlenes-cause/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:27:21 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=8281 A local woman’s lifelong love for animals still inspires an organization that helps people facing cancer.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-charlenes-cause/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Outreach program strikes inspiring chord in Main South https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-neighborhood-strings/ https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-neighborhood-strings/#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:13:26 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=7965 Chamber music used to be for the West Side folks. But thanks to the Worcester Chamber Music Society, youngsters in Main South have the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation of the musical classics.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-neighborhood-strings/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: ‘Why Me’ family gives back https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-why-me-family-gives-back/ https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-why-me-family-gives-back/#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:18:16 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=7462 The Capaldis are among many who have benefited from the caring and comforts of home offered by Why Me in Worcester and its Sherry’s House, a temporary residence for families affected by childhood cancer.]]> https://worcester.ma/2016/01/sun-shine-why-me-family-gives-back/feed/ 0 Best of the Sun … so far https://worcester.ma/2015/12/best-of-the-sun-so-far/ https://worcester.ma/2015/12/best-of-the-sun-so-far/#respond Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:55:29 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=6776 However much time you’ve spent along for the ride -- our membership does indeed continue to grow! -- we sincerely thank you, and hope you enjoy this review of our top journalism and storytelling.]]> https://worcester.ma/2015/12/best-of-the-sun-so-far/feed/ 0 Sun Shine: Project New Hope unrelenting in support of veterans in need https://worcester.ma/2015/12/sun-shine-project-new-hope/ https://worcester.ma/2015/12/sun-shine-project-new-hope/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:48:09 +0000 https://worcester.ma/?p=6610 Find out more about the all-volunteer, nonprofit where donating hundreds of gift bags to area veterans living in rehabilitation facilities is merely the tip of the iceberg.]]> https://worcester.ma/2015/12/sun-shine-project-new-hope/feed/ 0