Inbox [July 3]: Anna Maria nabs campus center grant, planning council expands, Pakachoag seeks summer music students, local malls trumpet certification

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Anna Maria College receives grant from Stoddard Charitable Trust

Anna Maria College has received a $125,000 grant from the Worcester-based Stoddard Charitable Trust to support ongoing renovations to the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center.

The Bishop Flanagan Campus Center houses the Anna Maria College bookstore, dining hall, student lounges, and several student activity offices. The building is undergoing several renovations focused on improving aesthetics, comfort and energy savings. The Stoddard Charitable Trust grant will support the replacement of the center’s roof.

“We are so grateful for this generous gift from The Stoddard Charitable Trust in support of our work on the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center,” Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle said. “As a hub for students and staff, the campus center is always bustling with activity and excitement and an important part of campus life at Anna Maria. We are excited to undertake these upgrades.”

Read the entire story on the Anna Maria College website

Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission

Photos courtesy Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission

The new employees of the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commssion are, clockwise from top left, Jayne Armington, Jeffrey Bagg, Todd Fontanella, Andrew Loew, Melissa Santley, Connor Robichaud, and Patrick McCabe.

Regional planning group expanding with seven recent hires

Over the past several months, the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission has expanded its ranks to better serve the region’s 40 communities. From administration to transportation, seven new hires have started contributing to CMRPC.

Complementing CMRPC’s existing resources are Jayne Armington, Jeffrey Bagg, Todd Fontanella, Andrew Loew, Patrick McCabe, Connor Robichaud and Melissa Santley.

Read the entire story in the CMRPC email

Summer program openings remain at Pakachoag Music School

Pakachoag Music School has spots remaining in its Summer Theater Week programs (for children in Grades 1 to 5) and Early Childhood Samplers program (up to age 5).

The school is also now accepting registration for fall private lessons.

Find information on all programs on the Pakachoag Music website

Auburn and Solomon Pond malls ‘StormReady’

Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, announce that, through continued efforts to increase shopper safety in the face of severe weather, the Auburn Mall and Solomon Pond Mall in Northborough have been awarded the designations of being “StormReady®” and ”Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors™” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service.

The designations recognize Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets for their preparedness to handle all types of severe and potentially life-threatening weather situations through communications infrastructures, community outreach and hazardous weather training. Simon is the first Real Estate Investment Trust to achieve this status at all of its locations nationwide.

Read the entire story on the Simon website

— Cindy Henderson

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