Worcester Weekly: Bravehearts are back, veggies on the Common + more as May turns to June

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

Nature | Holiday

Monday, May 29 — Memorial Day Free Entry for Military and Veterans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston  Everyone loves a parade, right?! Wrong. Just like clowns, apple pie and HBO, there are always some wayward folks out there who refuse to get with the program. So, if you’re not into watching 80-year-olds trudging to the haphazard beats of high school marching bands — and because of this idiosyncrasy you’ve received no cookout invitations — consider a quick road trip to explore the lush landscapes and serene surroundings of Tower Hill.

All active military and veterans with valid IDs will be admitted for free. Up to five family members with valid military dependent IDs will receive 20 percent off their admission ($12 adults, $8 seniors, $4 kids 6 and up).

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Outdoors

Tuesday, May 30 — Cycling Exhibit and Repair Station unveiling, 11 a.m., Blackstone River Bikeway, 1265 Millbury St.  When complete the Blackstone River Bikeway will span 48 miles and connect cyclists from Worcester to Providence. It will also connect them with nature and history — but you know those folks; they’re just in it for the cool helmets and spandex shorts.

Worcester Sun, May 28-June 3: Mariano gives Trump supporters the stage, not-so-Great Wall, Live Action Escapes expands + more

Sinacola on Manchester. Hitch on Elizabeth Warren. Giselle Rivera-Flores on leadership. The Bravehearts are back. And, still, there’s more inside your May 28-June 3 Worcester Sun.

Worcester Weekly: BattleCry@WPI, Ralph’s Rock Diner + more, May 21-27

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

Art exhibit

Ongoing — “John O’Reilly: A Studio Odyssey,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  Don’t call them collages — no, collages are what little girls make while they’re at summer camp. John O’Reilly, the well-regarded Worcester-based artist, creates “photomontages” of “mysterious, erudite and confounding” construction, according to a New York Times review. Shooting intricately staged scenes with a Polaroid camera, O’Reilly’s work often studies eroticism and violence.

Running through Aug. 13, this exhibit explores the influence of literature subtly noted through most of his art. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

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Robotics

Sunday, May 21 — BattleCry@WPI 18, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  Sundays in spring are for church, early-afternoon dinners and leisurely drives with the top down — at least, they used to be. Now, I guess, they’re for robots. They’re not only after our jobs, they want our weekends too?! Robots are greedy.

Ora Szekely

Inbox [April 26]: News and notes from Clark, UMass Medical, Anna Maria, Worcester Community Action Council, Research Bureau and Bravehearts

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Clark prof’s latest book ‘Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East’

The nature of international conflict has evolved in recent decades. Rather than conflict between state militaries, warfare increasingly takes place within regional conflict systems involving both states and non-state armed groups. Understanding the internal dynamics of these organizations is an important part of understanding the nature of international conflict, according to Ora Szekely, Clark University assistant professor of political science.

Szekely explores these dynamics within the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict in her latest book, “The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships and Resistance.”

Szekely draws from field research conducted in Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Egypt to compare the performances of four key non-state actors of the Arab-Israeli conflict ecosystem: The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hamas, Amal, and Hizbullah. Her research reveals how strategic domestic and foreign policy choices affect certain groups’ ability to “militarily resist and politically recover from confrontations with far more powerful adversaries.”

Worcester Sun, April 26: McGovern’s imperfect storm, Rosen’s taxing mission, Hernandez fallout + more

Top 6 stories. Bushel N Peck hits the Free to Read section — and we don’t stop there. It’s your Wednesday, April 26, Worcester Sun.

Inbox [April 19]: News and notes from Thrillist, Rachel’s Table, Assumption, Worcester Public Schools, MassDiGI and WCAC

Worcester most underrated place in Mass.

In its ranking of the most underrated place in each state, the website Thrillist has chosen Worcester as the most underrated place in Massachusetts.

The site noted: “From the Berkshires to the Cape, Newburyport to Northampton, the Bay State has no shortage of amazing places to visit. But are any of them really considered underrated anymore? Hell, even Lowell’s had its day in the sun (until “The Fighter,” of course, undid several years of effective public relations). But the Woo… no, Worcester is the spot you’re gonna be talking about.

Inbox [April 2]: Worcester a top emerging startup hub, Becker and WSU announce commencement speakers, Abby’s House receives $4M for renovations, Bravehearts bolster roster

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.

Worcester among nation’s top 10 emerging startup hubs

Worcester is among the top 10 U.S. cities emerging as hubs for start-up companies, according to a recent paper from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and TechNet.

Other cities in the top 10 are Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Denver; Salt Lake City; Portland; Dallas; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Philadelphia.

“All across the country, entrepreneurs are founding and building new companies that use technology in innovative ways,” the report reads. “The American startup ecosystem — the envy of the world — has spread outside of the coasts and high-profile tech hubs, such as San Francisco, Boston, and New York City, to other parts of the country. Startup activity is happening everywhere in cities and towns across America.

Billy Breault

Worcester Sun, April 2-8: Mariano introduces Worcester Warriors, teachers union wins PCB ruling, getting ‘Mugged in Worcester’ + more

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Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs |  “He is loud and brash. His hair is long and unruly and he wears a giant mustache that looks like a battering ram . . .

Inbox [March 5]: Becker panel to talk refugees and immigration, Assumption adds addiction counseling certificate, MassDiGI Game Challenge a hit, Bravehearts sign six

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.

Panel discussion on refugees and immigration Monday at Becker

What are the practical implications of the Trump administration’s immigration measures? What impact do foreign-born workers have on the economy at the local, regional and national levels?

Deborah Becker

Courtesy WBUR

WBUR-FM (90.9) senior correspondent Deborah Becker

WBUR-FM (90.9) senior correspondent Deborah Becker will moderate a panel of community leaders who span higher education, international relations, health care and refugee assistance. The event is 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 6, in room 210 of the Weller Academic Center, 61 Sever St. on the Worcester campus of Becker College.

The panelists are scheduled to be Becker College President Robert E. Johnson; David Jordan, president and CEO of Seven Hills Foundation and professor of practice in social innovation at the Yunus Social Business Centre at Becker College; Dr. Olga Valdman, family medicine physician at Family Health Center and assistant professor at UMass Medical School; and Meredith Walsh, executive director and co-founder of the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project.

This event is presented by the Becker College Center for Global Citizenship.

Read the entire story on the Becker College website

Assumption announces grad certificate in addiction counseling

Assumption College has announced that beginning in fall 2017 it will offer a new Certificate in Graduate Studies in Addiction Counseling, which aims to raise the standard for the educational preparation of addiction counselors. The new certificate program is a one-year, six-course curriculum that consists of four content courses and two addiction counseling internships.

Worcester Sun, March 5-11: Mariano’s mayoral musings continue + an update to one of the Sun’s most popular stories … and more

Hitch checks under the hood at the RTA. Sinacola liberally bashes ubiquitous Seattle left-leaners. Our two cents on charting progress at Worcester Public Schools. And that’s not all. Check out your March 5-11 Worcester Sun.