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

New in the Sun! | Worcester Warriors
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.

Bravehearts’ local quartet has spring in their step

Jack Riley — one of four Worcester-area players returning to the hometown team’s roster for 2017 — is back after a two-summer hiatus and wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love coming back home for the summer and playing for some of the best fans around.”

Union Station

Worcester Sun, Feb. 8: High-fives for Tom Brady and commuter rail, government transparency + much more

Plus, a new free-to-read feature story. Augustine Kanjia’s American adventure continues. Top-5 stories. And Inbox is loaded. All this and it’s only Wednesday — your Wednesday, Feb. 8, Worcester Sun, that is!

Millbury girls soccer

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.

Jordan Levy

Worcester Sun, Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Mariano on Jordan Levy, Aud thoughts, Carberry’s legacy + much more

Also, it’s all about that raise on Beacon Hill. Sinacola goes to Budapest (returns with more Trump perspective). Hitch goes to the museum (haven’t seen him since). And a Worcester State student leader chronicles the trials and triumph of a journey to D.C. for the historic inaugural in a free-to-read guest commentary. All that and much more in your Jan. 29-Feb. 4 Worcester Sun.

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.