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On June 4, the city of Worcester is hosting a celebration in honor of World War II veterans, and dedicating a new WWII memorial on the Worcester Common.
The WWII memorial dedication and celebration will start with a parade from Union Station, 2 Washington St., to the Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. The parade, which will feature the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, veterans groups and more, starts at 11:30 a.m.
An event at the common begins at noon with a speaking program and dedication of the new memorial. A time capsule, which will hold letters from WWII veterans collected over the past year and various other mementos from Worcester’s past, will be buried at the site.
Charter volunteers help repair local homes
On Saturday, May 21, more than 40 Charter Communications volunteers supported the company’s national philanthropic initiative, Charter our Community, a program that seeks to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020.
The volunteers partnered with Rebuilding Together Worcester to provide critical home repairs to two low-income homeowners in the city.
“Rebuilding Together Worcester is excited to partner with Charter our Community for a second year in making critical home repairs to our residents to keep them safe in their homes and neighborhoods,” said Cindy Skowyra, president of Rebuilding Together Worcester.
“At Charter, we know the importance of a safe and healthy home. The Charter our Community program was created to improve the livelihoods of the residents and offer opportunities for our employees to help strengthen the communities in which we live and work,” said Greg Garabedian, area vice president for Charter in New England. “This is our second Charter our Community initiative in Worcester, and our employees are excited to join the talented Rebuilding Together team of skilled contractors and local volunteers to make a long-lasting impact in our community.”
GWCF honors Zequeria at annual meeting
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation presented its 12th annual Renaissance Award to Alex Zequeira, president of the Nativity School of Worcester, during its 41st annual meeting recently at Mechanics Hall.
The Renaissance Award honors the GWCF’s nonprofit leader of the year.
Zequeira, president since 2011, is a 1994 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and has held teaching, coaching and development posts at private high schools in Hartford and Miami. He also served a one-year term as the Nativity School’s first principal in 2003.
The tuition-free, private middle school for boys is increasingly recognized as a model for youth who are financially needy and may otherwise be at real risk of becoming “lost boys.” Zequeira is a sought-after speaker on the topic of education for disenfranchised populations. He chairs the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State College, and is a board member of the United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Worcester Education Collaborative.
Zequeira was recently appointed Headmaster at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury effective July 1, 2016.
Charity plane pull set for June 10 at airport
Worcester Regional Airport and Massport will host a “We all pull together for kids with autism” event on Friday, June 10, at the airport.
The event, which celebrates the airport serving more than 300,000 passengers, includes a charity plane pull in which teams of 25 will pull a JetBlue plane more than 30 feet. Massport is pledging to match donations raised by teams.
Donations will be given to organizations that serve children in the autism spectrum.