Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade, Railers opener + more, Oct. 8-14

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

Sunday, Oct. 8 — Worcester Columbus Day Parade, 12:30 p.m., Shrewsbury Street [starts at Aitchison Street, ends at Washington Square]  In fourteen-hundred ninety-two, Columbus rolled up in the Woo. Then he heard about the dual tax rate and made a beeline for the Bahamas! That’s how it goes, right?! While the famous explorer’s legacy becomes ever-more embroiled in controversy, Columbus Day lives on as a day to celebrate Italian-American heritage.

Seven Hills

Inbox [Oct. 8-14]: News and notes from Seven Hills and Children’s Friend, UniBank, Assumption, city and UMass Medical, Becker, QCC, Anna Maria

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Children’s Friend affiliates with Seven Hills Foundation

Worcester-based Children’s Friend recently became an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation. Children’s Friend provides high-level professional mental health services, adoption and related services, grief support, and early education and care for approximately 1,000 infants, toddlers and preschool children throughout Central Mass.

“Children’s Friend will continue to serve the Central Mass. community as it has for decades; offering care and comfort to children, adolescents and families,” said Dr. David Jordan, President of Seven Hills Foundation. “Children’s Friend has for many years served as the beacon for children’s programs and services. The partnership we now share together will only further that.”

Seven Hills Foundation offers program sites at 170 locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island and employs nearly 3,800. It offers a continuum of support and services to 28,000 children, adults and seniors with disabilities and other life challenges through its 12 affiliate organizations.

Inbox [Oct. 4]: News and notes from National Grid, Holy Name and WPI, Sen. Chandler, Research Bureau, AdCare, Anna Maria, UniBank

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Energy storage product to debut at Holy Name tomorrow

Tomorrow, National Grid and Vionx Energy will introduce a premier energy storage project developed in partnership with Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School and WPI.

The project will demonstrate a multi-hour, battery-based energy storage system that will capture and store for later use the power generated by the 600 kW wind turbine located at Holy Name.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will join Bishop Robert J. McManus, Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson, state and local elected officials and representatives of National Grid, Vionx, WPI and Holy Name during a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Holy Name, 144 Granite St.

Worcester Weekly: AbilityFest, Holy Cross football + more, Oct. 1-7

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

Sunday, Oct. 1 — AbilityFest 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Institute Park, Salisbury Street, between Park and Humboldt Avenues  For more than six decades, the Seven Hills Foundation has helped people from all walks of life “See, Believe and Achieve,” no matter their myriad challenges. And for the third year running, they will highlight that message with a 5K road race and the Murphy Mile Walk (registration is closed).

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Institute Park is set to host the third annual Seven Hills Foundation AbilityFest.

What you’ll be going for are the family-fun activities, exhibitors, vendors and live music from Worcester’s own My Silent Bravery — and to support the tremendous work of Seven Hills and the remarkable achievements of the folks they support. Free and open to the public.

Bancroft Tower

Inbox [Oct. 1-7]: News and notes from Park Spirit, city of Worcester, You Inc., Becker, Clark, Greyhound, UniBank and St. Peter-Marian

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Bancroft Tower open Sundays in October

Bancroft Tower at Salisbury Park will be open to the public today and every Sunday in October. The event is sponsored by Park Spirit.

The inside of the tower, normally closed to the public, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park Spirit members are eligible for early access at 9 a.m.

Within the tower, historical displays created by students from Bancroft School will highlight the landmark’s past and pay tribute to the tower’s namesake, George Bancroft. Individuals will be guided to the turret to take in one of the best views of Worcester and enjoy the fall foliage.

Volunteers will also be on site to supervise the visit, while surveying visitors’ thoughts on Bancroft Tower, Salisbury Park and what kind of programming they would like to see there.

From left, Sharon Davenport, Stephen DeVincent, Andrew Klein and Dennis Vanasse

Inbox [Sept. 27]: News and notes from Worcester State, MCPHS and Worcester Public Schools, Women Out in Worcester, Literacy Volunteers, Anna Maria

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Michael Sam to kick off Worcester State Diversity Lecture Series

Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football star who became the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, will kick off Worcester State University’s Diversity Lecture Series this morning.

Sam’s presentation, “From Hitchcock High to the NFL: I am Michael Sam,” will take place 11:30 a.m. today at May Street Banquet Hall, 486 Chandler St.

Michael Sam

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Michael Sam will kick off the Worcester State University Diversity Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Sam has become an inspirational icon for inclusion and a spokesperson for the LGBTQ community, and received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY’s. Sam offers the story of how he kept his sexuality a secret as a small-town Texas football star, then leveraged his personal strength to come out publicly, and the lessons he’s learned.

Worcester Weekly: Oktoberfest, Worcester State football + more, Sept. 24-30

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

Tuesday, Sept. 26 — Architectural Scavenger Hunt, 5-7:30 p.m., Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way  There are so many new buildings going up in Worcester, it can be easy to forget about the treasure trove of historic, intriguing and captivating old buildings that continue to lend character, culture and rising heating bills to every hilly neighborhood and winding one-way street in the city.

Pastor Judith Hanlon

Inbox [Sept. 24-30]: News and notes from Worcester State, Becker, city, WPI, LGBT Asylum Task Force

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Worcester State raises nearly $17M in Change Lives campaign

Worcester State University announced it has raised $16.9 million through the recently completed Change Lives Campaign, exceeding its $15 million goal.

WSU President Barry Maloney thanked donors for their support of scholarships, academic programs and transformational capital projects during a Gala of Gratitude celebration last night [Saturday, Sept. 23] in the school’s recently opened Wellness Center.

More than 7,000 donors contributed to the success of this five-year campaign, which is the third and largest in the Worcester State Foundation’s history.

Inbox [Sept. 20]: News and notes from Worcester Public Schools, WPI, Antiquarian Society, You Inc., MassDOT and New England Beauty Expo

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Patriots, SNHU help upgrade technology at two schools

The New England Patriots Foundation and Southern New Hampshire University joined students at Elm Park Community School and Goddard School of Science & Technology to unveil state-of-the-art technology labs.

The schools each received a $25,000 grant from the Patriots Foundation and SNHU earlier this year to help improve technology resources for schools in need.

The tech labs will include new Chromebooks, charging carts, a Smart TV and a Chromecast. In addition, the Foundation and SNHU have completely renovated the labs, purchased new furniture, and added Patriots-themed décor and wall decals.

Registration open for WPI Tech Girls program

Editorial: Oohs and aahs for ofo

Oof, those seven hills!

Other than that, ofo’s arrival in Worcester signals a city coasting smoothly forward.

On Thursday, the Beijing-based company launched its bike-sharing program in a ceremony at City Hall, capping months of preparing and research helped by local leaders and scholars. The stars of the cheerful kickoff were dozens of bright-yellow ofo bikes, ready to get going under the guidance of anyone over the age of 18 with a smartphone, a dollar and an hour.

A little ofo 101 is in order. Don’t be fooled: These substantial, simply styled bicycles may look old-fashioned, but they’re as high-tech as they come.