In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Michael Tomaiolo, founder of Atlantic Poke about the business of putting people over profits. (Michael is shown posing with his wife, Julia Tomaiolo, during the restaurant's first-anniversary celebration on August 28.)

The 29-minute all-new episode aired on September 1, 2019 on 90.5 WICN and streamed at

About this interview

“Poké,” in Hawaiian, means to cut or slice. Poké originated in Hawaii, and was made by combining items such as raw ahi tuna, soy sauce, rice, sesame oil, chili pepper, and onion.

Atlantic Poke, located in the Lakeway Commons complex along Route 9 in Shrewsbury, has expanded on these traditional items - and included many great flavors that we have grown to love at sushi and Asian restaurants. The result is a fusion of flavor called “Atlantic Poké.”

Founded by Michael Tomaiolo, of Shrewsbury, Atlantic Poké is a new food concept serving all of the great flavors we have grown to love. From sushi and other exotic foods in a-build- your-own-bowl format - to raw tuna, raw salmon, shrimp and chicken - to sushi rice, edamame, seaweed salad, and spicy mayo sauce - you have the ability to create a custom dining experience from all of Atlantic Poke’s fresh, flavorful ingredients.

Atlantic Poke’s mission is to provide a great customer experience through the consistent delivery of flavorful food with exceptional and friendly customer service in a clean, well-designed, inviting atmosphere. According to Michael Tomaiolo, “Our goal is to create the best possible customer experience letting our customers know they are special to us.

“Integrity is what our company is founded on,” he adds. “It is the guiding factor on how we treat people and the food we serve them. We don't cut corners to make a buck. We believe if we put people over profits, we will always be success

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The Business Beat: Sunday, August 25, 2019

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  • Charlene DiCalogero & Andrew Etheridge - Listen to episode29:01

For 24 years, from September 1995 to September 2019, I hosted 'The Business Beat,' a weekly half-hour radio show, on 90.5 WICN in Worcester. I want to thank all of the hundreds of guests I interviewed over that nearly quarter of a century - and all of the listeners who tuned in each Sunday at 10:00 p.m. (ET).

I am proud to share with you my final three interviews: Charlene DiCalogero and Andrew Etheridge of 350 Central Mass, Michael Tomaiolo of Atlantic Poke, and Allen Fletcher of Worcester Public Market.

In an all-new 'The Business Beat,' Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Allen Fletcher, developer of Worcester Public Market. They talk about the roots of healthy, sustainable urban development.

The 29-minute all-new episode aired on August 25, 2019 on 90.5 WICN and streamed at

About this interview

The vision to establish the Worcester Public Market first evolved in 2014 when its founder and president and a Canal District entrepreneur, Allen Fletcher, purchased a plot of land and began assessing community need for the new market. The once-vacant dirt lot had largely served as a parking lot for Crompton Place, a former manufacturing building once known as the Crompton Loom Works.

The Crompton Place site now boasts a mix of service-based businesses, offices and retail shops that sell locally-made goods. There’s a bay-windowed bakery and coffee shop, gift and home décor shops, a book shop, and an event space.

Allen Fletcher is past president of the Canal District Alliance and local resident, and has had a successful track record for community-development in Worcester. After purchasing the vacant land, he began the planning process in 2015 by convening experts in marketplace development. In 2017, steps were taken to establish the Worcester Public Market as an official 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization with the sole purpose of creating a public market in Worcester.

Allen Fletcher  is also past owner of Worcester Publishing, which published Worcester MagazineWorcester Business Journal, Hartford Business Journal, Mainebiz, and Pulse.

The Business Beat: Sunday, September 15, 2019

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In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Charlene DiCalogero and Andrew Etheridge of the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition. They talk about the business of addressing climate emergency.

The 29-minute all-new episode aired on September 15, 2019 on 90.5 WICN and streamed at

About this interview

The Worcester Climate Strike Coalition, a broad-based partnership of local climate-action groups and concerned citizens, is spearheading Worcester-area efforts to inform, educate, and organize the public and government officials to take action to reverse the climate emergency facing all life on Earth.

Coalition actions, including marches, rallies, teach-ins, films, and more, will take place throughout September, leading up to and beyond the national Youth Strike on September 20 and global Climate Strike on September 27, 2018 at Worcester City Hall.

The goal of these actions is to temporarily suspend business-as-usual, to demand action on climate change.

The Coalition welcomes all individuals and local community organizations wanting to join in working aggressively to address the climate emergency. 

Currently, these organizations are among the Coalition partners: 350 Central Mass, Extinction Rebellion, Climate Action Circle, Democratic Socialists of America, Extinction Rebellion Massachusetts, Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts, Central Mass Green-Rainbow Party, Mothers Out Front, Renewable Energy Worcester, and Sunrise Movement.

Charlene DiCalogero is a member of 350 Central Mass, an all-volunteer organization that advocates for a just and sustainable future. She is an elected Library Trustee in Berlin, MA.

Andrew Etheridge is coordinating the Worcester-area student climate strike on September 20 as a member of the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition. He is a recent graduate of Worcester State University.