Inbox [Aug. 14]: Auburn and Leicester plan Top Cop Game for Tarentino family, Assumption hosts conference, Worcester combats substance use, Pride Art deadline nears, dating and domestic violence talk tomorrow

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Top Cop Game to benefit slain officer Tarentino’s family

The Leicester and Auburn high school football teams will play in what organizers are calling the inaugural “Top Cop Game” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Auburn High School.

All of the proceeds of the game will go to the family of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., who was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 22.

Before joining the Auburn Police Department, Tarentino, 42, was a police officer in Leicester, where he lived with his wife and three children.

All personnel working the night of the game – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, school administrators, ticket takers and concession stand staff – are volunteering their services in his honor.

The game, which will be broadcast in Central Massachusetts on Charter TV-3, is believed to be the only game being played on Sept. 8 and the first game to be played in the state, thus it will serve as the kickoff to the Massachusetts high school football season.

While the game is being played at Auburn High, Leicester High will be the “home” team the night of the game.

Tickets for the game are $5 and are available at Auburn High School, Erica Sullivan Realty (889 Southbridge St., Auburn) and Mike’s Donut Shoppe (1181 Main St., Leicester).

In addition, T-shirts commemorating Tarentino and the game may be purchased for $15 at the above locations.

For more information about the game please contact Tom Lauder, Top Cop Game committee chairman, at 508-688-7666 or at

Assumption to host conference to advance White House initiative for increased access to college

In today’s economy, having a high school diploma isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why Assumption College will host the first “New England Reach Higher” conference, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Hagan Hall, Hagan Campus Center, 500 Salisbury St.

The conference will bring together administrators, school counselors, college admission and financial aid officials from across New England to discuss ways to help students achieve the dream of a college education.

In support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, which strives to ensure all students understand what they need to complete education beyond high school, this regional Reach Higher convening will gather state teams made up of K-12 school counselors and administrators, higher education leaders, school counselor educators and admission professionals, college access partners, state agency leaders and business and workforce development partners to explore intersections between education and post-secondary opportunities and recommend best practices for helping more students graduate from high school and continue their education.

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

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Worcester ‘bands together’ to fight substance use

Over the past several years, a city press release says, August and September have been the worst months for opioid-related overdoses. In 2014, there was a significant increase in the number of opioid related deaths during the end of the summer.

“Battling the opioid epidemic is a top priority for the city, and it’s a battle we intend to win,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “From responding to overdoses, public education about addiction and recovery, From prevention to treatment to recovery, the City and our community partners are going all-in to fight this epidemic.”

As part of that ongoing effort, the city will hold events leading up to National Recovery Month in September.

  • Overdose Recognition and Response Training The Worcester Police Department will offer free training for the public on how to recognize and intervene during an opioid overdose using nasal Narcan. This training event will take place at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 23 at the Worcester Public Library.
  • Overdose Awareness Day with a Candlelight Vigil The Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, along with our community partners will honor International Overdose Awareness Day, with a candlelight vigil and an addiction and recovery awareness campaign at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on the Worcester Common.

Deadline for submissions to Pride Art exhibit extended to Saturday

Saturday, Aug. 20, is the deadline for submissions to the Pride Art reception to be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Electric Haze.

All styles of art will be accepted and any theme work relating to pride. Up to five entries are allowed and there is no cost for entry.

The exhibit will continue until Sept. 30. Images can be emailed to

Read the entire story on the Johnart Media Facebook page


Dating violence and domestic violence panel discussion tomorrow

Speakers from Pathways for Change and the Worcester branch of the YWCA will take part in a panel discussion on dating violence and domestic violence at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the Westborough Public Library.

Among the topics: What are dating and domestic violence?; What are the signs to look for?; How to help someone dealing with a situation of domestic violence; and resources for support.

— Cindy Henderson

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