Inbox [Sept. 7]: WPI Tech Girls registration open, YWCA adds abuse support group, WPL Foundation to honor Holy Cross, Worcester-based fund manager forms alliance

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WPI opens registration for Tech Girls program

Tech Girls is a program for middle schools girls who are interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and want to explore a variety of content with a wealth of positive female role models. This programs holds sessions on Wednesdays, one or two times a month throughout the 2016-17 school year. During each session, WPI students, faculty and staff facilitate a wide variety of hands-on activities that promote creativity, problem solving and teamwork.

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Is your student interested in science? Does she love math? Does she want to build a skyscraper or participate in a lab dissection? If she answers yes to any of these questions, or has a general interest in the STEM fields, then Tech Girls is an excellent after-school program for her!

Check out the program details below.

The program for girls in grades 6-8 runs 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 5-April 12. The cost is $150, and financial assistance is available.

For additional information or to register, go to the WPI website


YWCA to start intimate partner violence support group in October

Daybreak is starting a domestic violence support group in October

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The group tentatively will run 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5 at the YWCA, 1 Salem Square.

The nine-week support group offers education on intimate partner violence as well as a safe place to heal, make sense of the abuse, increase self-esteem, plan for safety, and develop life skills for moving toward a violence-free life. Topics will include safety, healing from abuse, healthy relationships and setting boundaries.

For more information or to register, call 508-755-9030


Holy Cross earns Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders Award from WPL Foundation

The Worcester Public Library Foundation will honor the College of the Holy Cross with the Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders Award during its annual meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Hanover Insurance Group, 440 Lincoln St.

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The event will begin at 5:30 with a brief business meeting, including the President’s Report, the Financial Report and approval of budget, the Nominating Report, including the approval of new board members, the Report on the State of the Foundation, the Report on the State of the Library, and comments by Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.

Holy Cross is being honored for its continuous support of “Libby,” the Library Express Bookmobile, and its invaluable importance to the community. In 2012, Holy Cross agreed to fund the operations of “Libby” for five years and just this year, they renewed their commitment for another three years. “Libby” has books, audiobooks, and DVD’s for preschoolers through senior citizens. “Libby” is a Wi-Fi hotspot with tablets and a touchscreen computer for library patrons to use onboard. In 2015, Libby visited 56 different sites within a regular four-week schedule, including about half of the elementary schools in Worcester. In addition to its regular schedule, “Libby” attended a number of special events throughout the city.

The program will conclude with a presentation by guest speaker Susan Ceccacci, author and Education Director at Preservation Worcester, on her book, “Living at the City’s Green Edge: Bancroft Heights.” The book outlines the history of the area’s development during Worcester’s industrial success at the turn of the 20th Century and recounts stories of the interesting people who have lived there over the past one hundred years.


Worcester-based asset management firm forms alliance

Balanced Growth Advisors, a Worcester-based asset management firm that uses convertible securities to balance income, growth and risk for investors, and Hillside Advisors of Valhalla, N.Y., a research and consulting firm specializing in convertible securities that serves institutional clients, announced a strategic alliance.

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Balanced Growth will gain access to Hillside’s unparalleled convertible security research, which will enable portfolio managers to make the most informed decisions possible for clients. Likewise, Hillside clients will be able to take advantage of Balanced Growth’s decades of successful asset management experience.

The combined years of experience Balanced Growth and Hillside have in researching and managing investments in convertible securities will provide their clients with a depth of experience that few firms anywhere can match, according to Balanced Growth Managing Partner David Grenier and Hillside Managing Principal Bill Feingold.

“Bill has been known for years within the convertible world as an expert advocate for an underfollowed and underappreciated asset class,” Grenier said. “Investors within the high-net-worth and small institutional markets we serve will benefit from the research, analytical and communication skills his experienced and accomplished team has to offer.”

In addition to its team of experienced analysts, Hillside will provide Balanced Growth with other resources, including its proprietary HOCS™ (Hillside Overall Convertible Score) rating methodology, which will help Balanced Growth serve its growing client base.

The alliance will help both firms expand their client base, initially in the northeastern United States, then into California, where Feingold grew up and has extensive relationships.

“David and his partner, Paul Bucci, are widely respected, highly disciplined portfolio managers and know the investment business inside and out,” Feingold said. “Hillside and Balanced Growth have similar views of the convertible market, but we also bring distinctive approaches that are highly complementary to our joint efforts.”

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