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.

Clark Grad School of Management

The Quad [Nov. 12-18]: Four things to know from Clark, Becker, Assumption and Anna Maria

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Clark Graduate School of Management named a ‘best’ b-school by Princeton Review

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in its 2018 annual business school rankings online.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP/publisher, “We recommend The Graduate School of Management as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 on-campus MBA program schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey.”

Worcester Weekly: Municipal Election, ‘A Christmas Story’ + more, Nov. 5-11

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

Sunday, Nov. 5 — Worcester Railers vs. Reading Royals, 3:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  The Railers may not pack the DCU Center every night, but it appears the team’s decision makers loaded the roster with talent.

Patrick McNally is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 5 goals, after scoring again in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Royals. (He scored four goals in two AHL seasons with the San Jose Barracuda after a standout career at Harvard.) McNally’s plus-11 rating was tops in the league after Friday’s games, and the T&G’s Bill Ballou, who’s seen a few hockey games in his long career, says McNally looks like one of the best players in the ECHL.

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.

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Inbox [Oct. 29-Nov. 4]: News and notes from Idea Lab, Technocopia, MassDiGI, YWCA, Congregation Beth Israel, Pagano Media and Center for Living & Working

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Worcester innovation spaces earn $225K in state grants

The Worcester Idea Lab, Technocopia and Mass. Digital Games Institute were among 20 recipients of Collaborative Workspace Program grants awarded by the state.

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $1,257,592 to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in cities and towns. The second round of these awards will build physical infrastructure to support new entrepreneurial ventures while spurring innovation and job creation.

The Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St., was awarded $104,275. The grant will enhance the Idea Lab’s space and improve member access with additional classroom space that will increase activity.

The Quad [Oct. 25]: Four things to know from Worcester State, Quinsig, Holy Cross and Assumption

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WSU to screen of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Worcester State University will host a screening of “In Inconvenient Sequel” at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Eager Auditorium.

The screening will follow a webcast Q&A with former Vice President Al Gore.

It is free and open to the public.

QCC to educate companies on available funds for employee training

Worcester Weekly: Mayoral debate, Fall Fest on the Common + more, Oct. 22-28

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

Sunday, Oct. 22 — Great Pumpkin Nights, 6-9 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way  Want to feel old? (“No,” says everybody ever — but let’s play along.) The classic autumn TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” debuted 51 years ago this week, Oct. 27, 1966. Forget lollipops and Halloween candy, Linus is bringing Activia to the pumpkin patch these days.

A better way to feel young again would be the EcoTarium’s 14th annual Halloween-themed fundraiser. More than 3,000 professionally carved jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin displays light up the museum grounds (well, not all the way; bring a flashlight!). “Friendly” costumes encouraged. Trick-or-treating, entertainment and more fun.

Inbox [Oct. 22-28]: News and notes from WCTI, Latino Education Institute, Mass. Symphony, Veterans Inc., Comparetto committee and library

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[Editor’s note: This roundup contains a political endorsement notice from a campaign group. The Worcester Sun sharing these publicly available statements in no way constitutes an endorsement on our part of the corresponding organization’s or individual’s choices or opinions.]

WCTI to host rocket pitch on Tuesday

Local hardware startups will pitch their unique problems and products to a panel of manufacturing and supply chain experts, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Worcester CleanTech Incubator, 44 Portland St.

Hosted by WCTI in partnership with Adam Rodrigues of the Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative, the event will include such startups as Kinetic Batteries, which is developing an innovative solution to make more efficient the battery manufacturing process, and ShakeWhey, which is developing a touch-screen vending machine designed to mix protein shakes.

Seating is limited.

Joe's Albums

Joe’s Albums helps lead resurgence of vinyl and retail on Main Street

“Between size and proximity, I wanted to get more ‘central’ and larger. I had looked in the Canal District … then looked down here and saw all of the development going on and thought that was very intriguing. We’re still a few more years away from what’s going to happen, but I think Worcester is truly coming back this time.” Art Simas reports on the place where vinyl records and retail are making a comeback.

Worcester Weekly: Clark zombies, WPI football + more, Oct. 15-21

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

Monday, Oct. 16 — Hops & Harmony at the Hall, 6 p.m. [doors open at 5:30], Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Sometimes all it takes is a little liquid courage to let your inner Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga out of the shower and into the eardrums of — gasp! — real, live other people. Disclaimer: the Worcester Sun and its affiliates do not recommend consuming alcohol in the shower (unless you’re in a 1980s baseball movie).

Still in its infancy, the Hops & Harmony series is intended to be “a fun night of live music with audience participation. Enjoy time with friends, meet new ones, and learn popular music in three parts for fun and YouTube stardom. This get-out-of-the-house experience is a great way to unwind and let loose after a long day.” Tickets are $5.