Inbox [Sept. 18]: Foundation fetes top Worcester Public Schools alumni, Holy Cross adds 52-acre West Boylston retreat, Central Mass. towns granted greener future, state OKs downtown reboot

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Worcester Education Development Foundation announces 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools

A banquet honoring the Worcester Educational Development Foundation 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Hogan Campus Center at the College of the Holy Cross.

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Committee Chairman Tom Murray said: “Once again we have a class of distinguished alumni who represent a spectrum of careers but share the common history of having been educated in the Worcester Public Schools. Their success is an acknowledgement of the education that has been, and continues to be, provided by the dedicated teachers in the district.”

The honorees are: John Anderson (North High School), Erica Ayisi (Burncoat High School), Amy Lynn Chase (Worcester Vocational), Edward “Ted” Coghlin [posthumously] (Classical High), Robert Goddard [posthumously] (South High), James Leary (Burncoat), Gail Randall (North), Daniel Sedgwick (Burncoat), Eric Sedgwick (Burncoat), and Marcy Supovitz (Burncoat).

Read the entire story on the Worcester Public Schools website


Holy Cross opens Joyce Center in West Boylston

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross, and numerous members of the Holy Cross community held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently to celebrate the upcoming opening of the new Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston.

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Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., cuts ribbon, signaling the official opening of the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston.

“The Joyce Center is an important statement about who we are,” Father Boroughs said at the ceremony. “As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, this striking facility embodies our commitment to becoming contemplatives in action, engaging in prayerful discernment, and developing an openness to God’s transformative and healing love for us. So formed, we can engage the needs of our world with greater compassion and justice. I am pleased that this is the first capital project of our campaign to be completed as it is so central to our institutional mission.”

With the Joyce Center, the College hopes to expand retreat opportunities for students while also providing new opportunities for faculty, staff and alumni. While the College has an existing, robust retreat program – including overnight and weekend retreats, and a five day silent adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – new programming offered at the Joyce Center will build on this foundation, and continue to offer time for mindfulness and reflection for those of all faith backgrounds and traditions.

“Our approach to the educational experience is based on the Jesuit vision of developing the entire individual — body, mind and soul,” said Marybeth Kearns-Barrett ’84, director of the chaplains’ office. “I think we are all profoundly aware of the effect of the technological changes of the last several decades. The Joyce Center will be a sacred place for renewal — both individually and as a community.”

Read the entire story on the College of the Holy Cross website


Seven Central Mass. towns receive Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants

The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) is pleased to announce that the towns of Barre, Dudley, Hardwick, Leicester, Millville, Oxford and Upton have collectively received $37,500 in funding through the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) Program.

Barre, Dudley, Hardwick, Millville and Upton, will each receive $5,000 for Green Communities Grant Activities, while Leicester and Oxford will receive $5,000 and $7,500 respectively for Green Communities Designation.

Open to all 351 cities and towns, the META Grant Program provides funding for expert consultants and contractors, including regional planning agencies such as CMPRC, to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects.  Under this round of grant funding, CMRPC will assist municipalities with Green Communities Designation as well as activities including annual report preparation, and preparation of grant competitive applications, which could result in up to $250,000 in grants per community.

Read the entire story on the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission website


Worcester Urban Revitalization Plan receives state approval

The city of Worcester’s Urban Revitalization Plan has been approved by the state Department of Housing & Community Development, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced.

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“This plan sets an ambitious roadmap for the future of downtown Worcester, ramping up an already growing sense of momentum and vitality in our city’s core,” Augustus said. “The state’s approval validates our vision for a safe and vibrant downtown with strong economic and cultural assets.”

The overall objective of the plan is to create an environment that has a strong identity and sense of place within Worcester. A strong downtown will significantly benefit the city and the region by offering business opportunities, jobs, and a healthy local economy, the city said.

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester website

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