Inbox: Inaugural Progressive Worcester meeting March 23, REC Earth Day prep, Mariano on HuffPo, Clark University ranks highly, new Spectrum Store open

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Inaugural Progressive Worcester meeting March 23

Progressive Worcester, formed Feb. 24, by local business, labor and community leaders, will hold its inaugural meeting March 23.

Progressive Worcester was formed in response to the growth of a conservative movement in Worcester and the subsequent increase in racial tensions. It is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, a statewide, diverse grassroots organization mobilizing around progressive issues. P.W. will organize around local progressive issues and help elect progressive candidates for local office.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Carpenters Union Hall, 29 Endicott St. Contact Dante Comparetto,, to RSVP.

Regional Environment Council seeks site coordinators

The REC needs site coordinators for the 27th Annual Earth Day Cleanups, Saturday, April 9. The event is organized by REC in partnership with the Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks.

For more information or questions regarding Earth Day please contact REC at or 508-799-9139. You can sign up here.

WHA Executive Director Mariano: Democrats and Republicans Don’t Really Care About the Homeless and Residents of Public Housing

Raymond V. Marino, executive director of the Worcester Housing Authority, recently published an article for the Huffington Post titled: Democrats and Republicans Don’t Really Care About the Homeless and Residents of Public Housing.

Mariano wrote: “[A]lthough I am a Democrat, I have found the traditional Democratic approach to the issue of public assistance to be a burden on the very people it purports to help. While Democrats have always been willing to help those in need, they have seldom been willing to ask anything in return for that assistance.

He also took Republicans to task. “Typically, Republican lawmakers have expressed the opinion that certain government programs should be eliminated and that individuals receiving public assistance should ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps.’ This approach may appeal to citizens who are tired of a system of unending public assistance, but it is unrealistic and would likely lead to greater harm.”

Read the full article here.

Clark University ranked a top Peace Corps volunteer-producing school

Clark University was recently ranked 23rd on the Peace Corps’ 2016 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Clark is ranked on the list of small colleges and universities, with eight alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

“Clark students come to campus with an interest in making the world a better place, and spend their time on a campus full of faculty engaged with contemporary issues like climate change and global development,” says Ed Carr, director of the International Development, Community and Environment Department at Clark. “It is of no surprise that they would be among the most engaged with these global challenges after graduation.”

Links: Clark University site, rankings

inbox_charter picCharter Communications opens Spectrum Store

Charter Communications recently opened its new Spectrum Store at South Plaza, 867 Grafton St. City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. was among those in attendance. Also on hand for the ribbon-cutting were (in photo above, from left) Greg Garabedian, Charter area VP New England; Cartwright Stephens, Charter senior director regional Stores; Pattie Eliason, Charter VP stores; Enid Coleman, Charter store manager; and Tom Cohan, Charter director of government relations New England.

The store, where customers can check out Charter’s new Spectrum streaming video app and 60 megabyte Internet speeds in addition to conducting standard business such as equipment pickup and dropoff, is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

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