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Inbox [Jan. 29]: Regis taps Holy Cross for new president, Free Tax Service is back, Genesis Club crowdfunds for clients, Moore brings Millbury champs to State House, home run derby in extra innings for Bravehearts

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

Regis names HC history professor Rev. Thomas W. Worcester president

Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, will become the 11th president of Toronto’s Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto T), and one of North America’s Roman Catholic ecclesiastical faculties.

He will begin his five-year term on Aug. 1, prior to the 2017-18 academic year.

Worcester joined the history department at Holy Cross in 1994 as a tenure-track faculty member, achieved tenure in 2000, and promotion to full professor in 2010. His expertise includes the Reformation, religion and society in 17th-century France, the history of the Jesuits, and the history of the papacy.

Rev. Joseph Schner, S.J., interim president at Regis, said, “Professor Worcester brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the leadership of the Regis community’s programs, teaching, and research.”

“I have been at Holy Cross for almost a quarter century, and there are many things I will miss,” said Worcester. “The Society of Jesus is now calling me to assume a major role in the education of Jesuits and others preparing for priesthood, or for lay ministry, and/or for teaching and scholarly work in the various theological disciplines. I am excited and energized by what awaits me as president of Regis College in Toronto, an amazingly diverse, world-class city.”

Read the entire story on the College of the Holy Cross website

Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition kicks off 13th tax season

In conjunction with the nationwide Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition kicked off its 13th year of providing free tax preparation services for local low-income households at a program held at Assumption College. The program utilizes IRS-trained volunteers to prepare tax returns for households earning less than $54,000.

Kevin Mensah looks to end whirlwind year with scholarship

To say the last year has been draining for Kevin Mensah would be an understatement.

The star running back and Worcester native transferred from Holy Name Central Catholic High School on Granite Street to Shepherd Hill Regional in Dudley in the offseason, to much fanfare and, of course, much controversy.

Holy Name initially refused to sign a transfer waiver that would grant Mensah eligibility at his new school, and even after Holy Name decided to sign the waiver, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association seemed to do everything it could to keep Kevin sidelined.

Mensah was forced to sit out the first two games of his team’s eight-game regular season. He was then granted two temporary injunctions in state court. The MIAA appealed both of those injunctions, and the threat of Mensah once again being sidelined loomed over the senior every week as he prepared for the Rams’ next opponent.

Mensah was finally able to exhale on Oct. 28, just hours before his team was set to play Fitchburg, when a state appeals court denied the MIAA’s latest appeal of his injunction, clearing the way for him to finish the season.

That is the story most high school football fans around Central Mass. know, but many may not realize that Mensah’s departure from Holy Name and subsequent transfer to Shepherd Hill were both the results of a prep school recruitment gone awry.

Bravehearts’ local quartet has spring in their step

In Worcester, where our red-stitched roots run as deep as any American city, it’s never too early to talk a little baseball.

Sure, snow’s been falling and the temperatures are dropping, but the Worcester Bravehearts already have their sights set squarely on another round of spring and summer nights at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.

“Most people think it’s too early to talk about baseball, but some of our players get to work in late January or early February,” said Dave Peterson, general manager of the Bravehearts, who will begin their fourth season in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League on June 2. “So, talking about baseball [now] is exactly what we should be doing.”

The team recently announced 11 players from last season’s roster — which produced a regular-season best 37-18 record — are expected to return for 2017. That list includes six players from Massachusetts, five 2016 Futures League all-stars and four players from the Worcester area.

Dante Ricciardi of West Boylston, back for his third season with the Bravehearts, headlines the local quartet, along with fellow Worcester Academy alum Nick Barry of Grafton, former Holy Name star Joe Caico and Jack Riley of St. Peter-Marian and West Boylston.

Tym Dore: Railers brought me to Worcester, city keeps me wanting more

“I had grown up in the Pioneer Valley and was familiar with the hardships that cities like Lowell, Springfield and Worcester faced. After being away from Massachusetts the past few years, my wife and I came to Worcester to meet with the Railers, and we were hooked.” Find out more about what drew a young, small-town family to become certified fans of the Woo.

Worcester Weekly: Festival of Lights, tough call at Clark + more to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

A Clarkie conundrum

Wednesday, Nov. 30 — Clark women’s basketball vs. Mount Holyoke, 7 p.m., Kneller Athletic Center, Clark University, 950 Main St.  This is not your average Wednesday evening at Clark University, thank you very much. There’s a lot to think about here: Do we support our fellow students, female athletes at that; or do we fill our liberally hued craniums with more stories of oppression at a lecture about housing evictions? All this and we’re still dealing with Trump. What is a Clarkie to do?

Well, Cougar fans, or anyone else who enjoys the competitive spirit of collegiate athletics, would do well to wend their way through campus and find a seat at the Kneller center to watch junior star Sam O’Gara and teammates take on the Panthers.

On Beacon Hill: Pike work takes back seat to Thanksgiving — an update

From State House News Service

ON THE AGENDA

  • State plans suspension of Pike conversion work ahead of Thanksgiving
  • Concerns won’t stop legal homegrown marijuana starting Dec. 15
  • Video: Baker on rolling out legal recreational pot use next month
  • Healey rips Baker for stance on ‘white supremacist’ Bannon, Trump cabinet pick
  • 100K more working than last year as state jobless rate falls again
  • DraftKings, FanDuel combine digital fantasy sports forces, retain Boston HQ

TOP OF THE HILL

Road crews expected to clear Pike by 5 a.m. Wednesday, ahead of Thanksgiving rush

BOSTON — There’s good news for drivers worried that Massachusetts Turnpike road work might add to the congestion on Thanksgiving eve.

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Michael P. Norton / State House News Service

You won’t be seeing these anymore …

After originally saying construction crews would remain on the turnpike until noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Baker administration now says the crews will cease work by 5 a.m., ensuring that droves of travelers flowing in, out and within Massachusetts won’t also have to compete with road workers.

A Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman told reporters early Thursday that road reconstruction work impacting traffic would continue until noon next Wednesday. Later that day, though, an update from the office said the road work would be suspended effective at 5 a.m. Wednesday, resuming on Monday, Nov. 28.

Worcester Weekly: A trip to the Galleria, WPI basketball + more to do, Nov. 20-26

Tuesday, Nov. 22 — “Mall Series: Worcester Galleria” by Stephen DiRado, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockwell Gallery, Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St.  Not one, but two — count ‘em, two! — hosiery stores. [Is hosiery even a word anymore?! I’m guessing more kids could name the capital of South Dakota* than tell you what hosiery is.] C.B. Perkins Tobacco, out behind the Joahh-dan Maaaahhhsh. Windsor Button Shop. One of the nation’s first Chess Kings, even! All of these dusty old stores could’ve been your oyster had you decided to check out when it opened on July 29, 1971.

Maybe he wasn’t there on that first day, but talented photographer Stephen DiRado has had his eye on the city for decades and was definitely around the Galleria in the mid-’80s, right along with, like, all the hairspray, fingerless mesh gloves and indoor smoking Worcester had to offer. Oh, and Windsor Button Shop! Check out the Clark University professor’s nostalgic exhibit through Dec. 24. Admission is $5; free for members and students.

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*it’s Pierre, and yes — fine! — we had to look it up (to make sure, that’s all)


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Thursday, Nov. 24 — Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner, noon, Cathedral of St. Paul, 38 High St.  If you’re reading this, chances are excellent that you have someplace to go for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably even at least a single loved one to spend it with. Odds are even better, then — based on the Sun’s proprietary transitive property of illegitimate ratios — that you’re among the lucky ones who could spare a few moments or even withstand altering your traditional plans to help the fine folks at Catholic Charities provide holiday meals to those less fortunate.

Inbox [Nov. 20]: Incutto nets basketball honor, SPM-SJ add a side of lunch to rivalry game, Mercantile Center announces leases, Becker offers teacher training at Be Like Brit

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Incutto to be inducted into Mass. hoop coaches’ Hall of Fame

Fran Incutto, longtime basketball coach at Worcester Voke, Holy Name and Burncoat High, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 55th annual MBCA Hall of Fame Induction and Coach of the Year Banquet is set for 4 p.m. today [Sunday, Nov. 20] at the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross basketball + 5 more things to do, Nov. 13-20

Road trip!

Sunday, Nov. 13 — Passing Shadows: The Love and Fate of a Generation, 2-5 p.m., Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton  For those of you still feeling the sting of election defeat, maybe put down the torches and pitchforks, and make a pilgrimage to a place that will definitely help you forget all your troubles: Clinton. The sleepy former mill town, known mostly these days for the picturesque Wachusett Dam, would actually make a decent hiding spot for Hillary (too obvious!) — if it weren’t for this pesky Museum of Russian Icons constantly drawing more and more attention.

Open since 2006, the museum was founded by business leader Gordon B. Lankton, a WPI trustee. His private collection has grown to more than 1,000 icons and artifacts. It is the largest of its kind in North America, according to the museum, and among the most substantial in the world. And now this poetry and music event, which also features newly crowned Mrs. Massachusetts Anna Svetchnikov, will bring even more culture-seekers to town and benefit the upcoming Matryoshka Festival. Tickets are $40, $25 for students with ID.

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"Dracula" is coming to downtown Worcester.

By Rejean Brandt / Courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Music Worcester

“Dracula” is coming to downtown Worcester.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Music Worcester presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s “Dracula,” 7:30-10 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  We could make a sucking the blood out of downtown joke right here, but you deserve better than that. And, frankly, they’ve all been done. So onto the fertile ground of Canadians and pirouettes, eh!? Or, we could just skip all the funny jokes and get down to the “Dracula” business at hand: “With opulent sets and costumes, [Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s] dark fantasy is faithful to Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, brimming with passion and fearful suspense.”

Inbox [Nov. 9]: Worcester State checks in as new Canal District rink tenant, concert series begins today, Cary receives lifetime honor, Dunkin’s awards $30K to vets and first responders, Shrewsbury Street group meets tomorrow

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Worcester State signs on with Canal District rink

Worcester State University has signed a partnership agreement to serve as an anchor tenant at Worcester Sports Center, beginning next fall.

Worcester Sports Center, under construction at the former PresMet site on Harding Street, is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will host the Worcester State men’s hockey team, which will include all home games, practices and a permanent locker room.

Worcester Sports Complex

Courtesy Worcester Railers

An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

“I am excited to announce that Worcester State University will be joining us as an anchor tenant in 2017 with their men’s ice hockey team,” Worcester Sports Center’s managing partner Cliff Rucker said. “Partnering with Worcester State epitomizes our commitment that this is truly a Worcester community resource – built for the residents and student athletes of Worcester.”

Worcester State joins the Becker College men’s and women’s teams [first in the Sun!] and Worcester Academy; as well as youth organizations Worcester Junior Sharks and Junior Crusaders in signing on as initial tenants along with Rucker’s Worcester Railers ECHL minor league hockey team, which is expected to begin league play in October 2017.