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Inbox [Aug. 20-26] News and notes from Assumption, city of Worcester, Greater Worcester Our Revolution, Quinsigamond CC, and You Inc.

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Worcester’s economy grows in 2nd quarter

Following a slow start to the year, the Worcester Economic Index, a quarterly economic analysis compiled by Assumption College Professor of Economics Thomas White, Ph.D., has shown that the greater Worcester economy grew at a modest clip during the second quarter of 2017. Since March, the WEI is up 1.1 percent on an annualized basis.

The WEI is estimated using Bureau of Labor Statistics data on employment and unemployment in the Worcester metropolitan area. The unemployment rate slightly increased to 4.6 percent in June while household employment has gone up by 6,400. The BLS payroll survey also showed an increase of 4,200 jobs since June 2016.

“The data shows a labor market that is steady but without much growth, which is the reason the WEI grew at a modest 1.1 percent rate during the second quarter,” White said.

Joe's Albums

Worcester Sun, Aug. 20: Mariano on Trump, Joe’s Albums, Little Free Libraries, dark tourism + more

Sun columnist

Mariano: We have no choice: Trump must go! | “Donald Trump has lost the moral authority to lead our nation. His words and actions have weakened our country, given safe haven to hate and bigotry and diminished our nation in the eyes of the world.”

More Ray on Trump:

Donald Trump is breaking my heart — the five stages of Trump
What happens if Trump gets impeached
Rating Trump’s staff and cabinet selections

Local Business Spotlight

Joe’s Albums helps lead resurgence of vinyl & 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. … I think Worcester is truly coming back this time.” Art Simas reports on the place where vinyl records and retail are making a comeback.

Inbox [Aug. 13-19] | News and notes from Quinsigamond CC, UMass Medical School, Worcester Economic Club, Center for Living & Working, Elder Services, Kasy Auto Sales and accounting camp

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Quinsigamond CC adds CSET lab in Southbridge

Quinsigamond Community College’s Southbridge campus recently added a Computer Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) lab. This lab will exclusively be dedicated to the college’s growing CSET program, which is being launched in Southbridge this fall.

“We are continuing to offer more opportunities for QCC students to attain their CSET career objectives. Bringing more CSET course offerings to the Southbridge campus is something that we have been working hard to make a reality,” said QCC Dean of Business, Engineering and Technology Kathy Rentsch.

QCC has met the need for developing more skilled technical workers by developing a comprehensive CSET program that offers four CSET associate degrees and nine certificate programs.

Worcester Sun, Aug. 13-19: Mariano on the battle for District 4, an artist’s ritual, solving the Alzheimer’s puzzle + more

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Mariano: Gaffney vs. Rivera — the battle for District 4

Get your lawn chairs out and bring the popcorn. This campaign could be a real barnburner. More Mariano on Worcester politics:

Breaking down candidates in District 1 | District 5
Why no one wants to run for public office

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 188]: Beetles, barely — and other rare Worcester species

News came earlier this month that the once pervasive Asian longhorned beetle has all but disappeared from the Burncoat-area neighborhoods they once ravaged.

Inbox [July 26]: News and notes from city of Worcester, UMass Medical School, Worcester Police and Fire, Family Health Center and WCAC

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West Nile found in mosquitoes in Worcester

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Worcester, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told city officials on Tuesday. No humans have tested positive for the virus.

DPH found positive mosquito samples in the northeastern and southeastern quadrants of the city. During the summer months, DPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

West Nile is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While West Nile can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

Worcester Weekly: Boxing at the DCU Center, Riverdance + more for early June

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

Professional sports

Wednesday, June 7 — Worcester Bravehearts Baseball in Education Day, 10:30 a.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  Where was Baseball in Education Day when we were kids? Back then, we just called it Skipping School Day. Anyway, if you’re a fan of daytime baseball and gaggles of city students field-tripping away their final days before summer vacation, then this is the game for you.

Inbox [May 31]: News and notes from Worcester State, Anna Maria, UMass Medical School, Planned Parenthood, city of Worcester

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Doherty teacher, WSU alum, honored at State House

Renah M. Razzaq, a mathematics teacher at Doherty Memorial High School, represented Worcester State University at the State University Educator Alumni Recognition Award Ceremony yesterday at the State House in Boston.

Renah Razzaq

Courtesy of Worcester State University

Worcester State University Education professor Sue Foo, left, and associate dean of Education Raynold Lewis, right, with Doherty High teacher and WSU alum Renah Razzaq.

Educators representing the nine campuses across the State Universities of Massachusetts were recognized for teaching excellence. Among the educators honored were school principals, teacher mentors and team leaders, a developer of professional development programs, and a teacher helping inner-city students gain exposure to the arts.

Razzaq is in her 15th year as a teacher at Doherty. She has served as department head for the last six years.

Mariano: A champion for women and girls

“If she stands on her toes, she is probably 4 feet, 10 inches tall – maybe. For most of her life, she struggled to weigh in at 100 pounds. But when it comes to helping women and girls who are struggling, there is no one bigger or stronger.”

29 Who Shine

Inbox [May 7]: News and notes from Holy Cross, Dept. of Higher Education, Holy Name, St. Peter-Marian, Music Worcester, Worcester Public Schools

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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.

Inbox [May 3]: News and notes from Worcester Fire, City Design Project, Worcester State, Holy Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, You Inc.

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Liberty Mutual honors Worcester Fire lieutenant

Liberty Mutual Insurance has named Worcester Fire Department Lt. Anne Marie Pickett the winner of the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service and Public Education.

Anne Marie Pickett

Worcester Fire Department Lt. Anne Marie Pickett

Liberty Mutual will present a grant of $10,000 to the Worcester Fire Department. The department plans to use the grant money to buy more materials to enhance its educational workshops and possibly a transit van to ease the firefighters’ transportation between various assignments.

Pickett, a 17-year-veteran, leads the department’s Community Risk Reduction and Public Education Division.

The “Lincoln Village fire-stop program” is one of the examples of Pickett’s groundbreaking work. Through analysis of fire reporting data, she identified a community fire problem and created a program to address it.

The analysis showed that a housing complex, consisting of 1,700 units and nearly 4,000 citizens, had a significant cooking fire problem. On average, one or two families a month were displaced with about $20,000 in damages per occurrence in the complex.