Inbox [Dec. 3-9]: News and notes from WCAC, YWCA, Worcester Center for Crafts, Straight Ahead Ministries and Worcester Public Library

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Chick-fil-A Foundation awards $50K grant to Straight Ahead Ministries

Straight Ahead Ministries, a local character-development program for juvenile offenders, has been named the recipient of a $50,000 grant through The Chick-fil-A Foundation’s fourth annual True Inspiration Awards. The awards honor organizations across the country that are working hard to make a lasting difference in the lives of children and youth in their communities.

Straight Ahead Ministries aims to provide ongoing support and resources for juvenile offenders through its faith-based programming. This intensive program includes job-readiness training, educational support and service opportunities. By connecting with youth during their sentence and continuing after their release, Straight Ahead Ministries helps adolescents become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.

Inbox [Nov. 29]: News and notes from You Inc., UniBank, Worcester Public Library, Literacy Volunteers and WCAC

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You Inc. hosts support group for girls approaching adolescence

You Inc. will host a support group for girls ages 9-12 to help improve self-esteem, build healthy relationships, address trauma and successfully navigate their transition into adolescence.

Topics in the group, “Healthy Relationships 1” include understanding healthy development, navigating social media and building relationships that include safe boundaries and positive connections.

Inbox [Nov. 26-Dec. 2]: News and notes from Pernet Family Health, DA Early’s office, Worcester Public Library, WCAC, Worcester Public Schools, Bravehearts

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Pernet donates more than 300 holiday meals

For more than 60 years, Pernet Family Health Services has helped families in need celebrate Thanksgiving through its Holiday Giving Program.

Through donations from the community and local organizations, Pernet puts together baskets so low-income families are able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal they may not otherwise have been able to afford. Last week, through the Holiday Giving Program and generous donations from the community, Pernet delivered turkeys to more than 300 local families.

“This annual Holiday Giving Program helps us all to think about helping others, and make time to celebrate not only what we have, but who we are as a human family,” Pernet Director of Family and Community Development Emily Linhares said.

Inbox [Nov. 22]: News and notes from Petricore, WCAC, HOPE Coalition, Clark, You Inc. and Simon Youth Foundation

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Petricore game nominated for Mobile Game of Year

“Battery Boy,” a video game produced by Petricore, Inc. of Worcester, has been nominated for Mobile Game of the Year at the 2017 Bit Awards, which celebrates the year in video games and the people behind them.

The awards will be presented at an event 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

Inbox [Nov. 19-25]: News and notes from Simon Malls, Webster Five, Paul DePalo, Worcester Free Tax Service, Mass. Symphony and Bravehearts

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Auburn, Solomon Pond malls open at 12:31 a.m. on Black Friday

Auburn Mall and Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough have announced their hours for Black Friday, Nov. 24.

The malls will open at 12:31 a.m. on Black Friday and will close at 9 p.m.

Webster Five hires new SVP, senior lending officer

Webster Five Cents Savings Bank has hired Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer Christopher Watson to lead its Business Banking Division.

Inbox [Nov. 12-18]: News and notes from Worcester Public Library, Bravehearts, Bancroft School, DA, Unitarian Universalist Church, ACE

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Library to hold two information sessions about renovation

The Worcester Public Library will hold two public presentations about the upcoming main branch renovation project.

The public is invited to learn more about the project and how it will affect the library experience.

The Quad [Nov. 8]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, QCC and UMass Medical School

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Anna Maria College hosts sculpture walk with Gloria Hall

Anna Maria College announced that Art in the Park Executive Director Gloria Hall will join the Department of Art and Design for a sculpture walk at noon today.

The tour will start in front of the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center and continue down Sunset Lane. During the walk, Ms. Hall will discuss Art in the Park, the partnership with Anna Maria College and stories and nuances of each sculpture. The walk will conclude at the Art Center Gallery in Miriam Hall with hot apple cider and the current exhibit, “Frank Poor, From the Road.” This event is free and open to the public.

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Inbox [Nov. 8]: News and notes from Worcester Cultural Coalition, Mercantile Center, Bravehearts, Applebee’s, city and YWCA

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Williams to be honored at State House

Erin Williams, cultural development officer for the city of Worcester, was one of five Champion of Artists award winners who will be honored this morning at the State House.

The award of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition will be given at 10 a.m. as part of the 11th annual Artists Under the Dome event.

Williams currently serves on the Central Massachusetts Creative Economy Network, is a founding board member of MASSCreative, and a board member of Discover Central Mass.

Inbox [Nov. 5-11]: News and notes from Worcester Economic Index, Health Foundation, UMass Memorial, Women of Color Coalition and YWCA

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Worcester economy grows steadily

The economy in greater Worcester grew at roughly 1.9 percent during the third quarter of 2017, up slightly from the revised 1.7 percent turned in during the second quarter, according to the latest update of the Worcester Economic Index.

The WEI, a quarterly report by Assumption College Economic Professor Thomas White, is an estimate of local economic activity based on recent employment and unemployment data for the Worcester area.

“Over the past year the region has added about 2,200 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics payroll survey,” White said. ”And Worcester’s September unemployment rate of 3.7 percent is below both the Massachusetts and U.S. rates. These factors contributed to the growth in the Worcester Economic Index.”

Worcester Weekly: Railers, Something’s Brewing + more, Oct. 29-Nov. 6

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Tuesday, Oct. 31 — Worcester Railers vs. Toledo Walleye, 7:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  With 17 days between home games for the fledgling franchise, the city’s hungry-for-hockey fan base has had plenty of time to generate anticipation and excitement for this one. And the DCU Center, we can hope, has had ample time to address the handful of issues that emerged during game one (namely the long concession lines, cash-only vendors and lack of Wi-Fi).

The Railers had a win, loss and overtime loss — not to mention an epic brawl — on their four-game road trip before Saturday’s late game in Utah. Patrick McNally, a left-shot D with AHL experience, leads the team in points (3-2–5). The Walleye were 2-2-1 with 14 goals in five games. Tickets range from $15 to $30.