Cutting to the chase: Ronnie Caldwell, barber to the Patriots, plans to open shop in Worcester

From the gridiron of Gillette Stadium to the bright lights of Hollywood, master barber Ronnie Caldwell Jr. is building a who’s who clientele from coast to coast, and that global success has led to local ambition with plans in the works to open a barbershop at the corner of Suffolk and Franklin streets.

Caldwell, born and raised in Worcester, is the personal barber to New England Patriots offseason acquisition wide receiver Brandin Cooks, actor Brandon T. Jackson (known for “Tropic Thunder” and “Percy Jackson”), and Washington Redskins offensive lineman Tyler Catalina, a Wachusett Regional High School graduate.

Caldwell’s glitzy list of customers includes Patriots backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who signed a $65 million contract to join the team in March, as well as social media sensation (and former college football player) Landon Moss, and professional baseball player Chris Colabello, a former Assumption College standout and longtime Worcester Tornado.

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Stephon Gilmore, one of the newest New England Patriots, quickly connected with Caldwell.

So how did Caldwell land such high-profile clientele?

It all started with a little hot tub eavesdropping.

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Augustus, Petty vow to continue battling climate change

Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. reaffirmed Worcester’s commitment to battle climate change locally, continue investing in green technology and maintain the city’s place as a leader in clean energy.

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In the wake of the announcement that the federal government would back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Petty will join more than 80 mayors across the country in signing onto a U.S. Climate Mayors statement, pledging to “adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.”

The full statement can be found here.

“As our federal government retreats from its responsibility as steward of our environment, it is vitally important for state and municipal governments to uphold our commitment to the future of our planet,” Petty said. “If the president doesn’t want to do it, we will.”

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Out to Lunch concert series lineup announced

The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition announced the eighth installment of the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series on the Worcester Common Oval. It runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, from June 22-Aug. 24.

“The Out to Lunch series is a true testament of how vibrant and culturally rich our city is,” City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., said. “From diverse food to various musical genres, young or old, everyone can enjoy their lunch in a welcoming, family-friendly setting on the beautifully maintained Worcester Common.”

“By using the power of the arts and leveraging Worcester’s creative community, Out to Lunch works as a great example of what creative placemaking can do for our city,” said  Cultural Development Officer Erin Williams.

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Holy Cross announces 13 Fulbright scholars

Twelve members of the class of 2017 and one member of the class of 2016 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2017-18 academic year.

Since 2005, Holy Cross students have received 92 Fulbrights, placing the college consistently among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars at the undergraduate level.

This year’s recipients are headed to Spain, the Philippines, Morocco, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Greece, Nepal and South Africa.