November 20, 2016

Inbox [Nov. 20]: Incutto nets basketball honor, SPM-SJ add a side of lunch to rivalry game, Mercantile Center announces leases, Becker offers teacher training at Be Like Brit

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Incutto to be inducted into Mass. hoop coaches’ Hall of Fame

Fran Incutto, longtime basketball coach at Worcester Voke, Holy Name and Burncoat High, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 55th annual MBCA Hall of Fame Induction and Coach of the Year Banquet is set for 4 p.m. today [Sunday, Nov. 20] at the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.

In addition, eight Central Mass. coaches will be honored as Coach of the Year. They are Bob Foley (St. John’s), Boys Division 1; Tom O’Neil (Tantasqua Regional), Boys Division 2; Anthony McDonald (Oxford High), Boys Division 3; Paul Howes (Maynard High), Boys Division 4; Jim Oxford (Wachusett Regional), Girls Division 1; Pete Bogren (Notre Dame Academy), Girls Division 2; Rick Hastings (Littleton High), Girls Division 3; and Mike Dube (West Boylston High), Girls Division 4.

Tony Gannon (Clinton High) will be honored for reaching 300 career wins, Gino Manzi (Uxbridge High) for 200 wins. Bill Emrich (Tantasqua Regional High) will be honored as one of two assistant coaches of the year.

The event is sold out.

More information is available on the Mass. Basketball Coaches Association website


St. Peter-Marian, Saint John’s kick off longstanding Thanksgiving game with Captains’ Lunch

This Thanksgiving will mark the 92nd game [89th on Thanksgiving] of the oldest continuous Catholic school football contest in the country: St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School (SPM) versus Saint John’s High School. The Worcester- and Shrewsbury-based teams will square off at Fitton Field at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Both schools are founded on Catholic tradition that encourages spiritual growth, commitment to community and the power of good sportsmanship. In this light, St. Peter-Marian President Christopher J. Cummings and St. John’s Headmaster Alex Zequeira announce the very first captains’ luncheon to take place on Monday [Nov. 21]. Team captains, coaches and school administrators will celebrate this time-honored Central Massachusetts competition.

“In recognition of our longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, we look forward to fostering conversation connected to best practices of athletic captains, and principles of good sportsmanship at this inaugural event,” Cummings said. “While we reflect on past contests, we will also remember the contributions of the distinguished football alumnus who have represented our storied institutions in years past.”

“In the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play that has always been a part of the St. John’s athletic program and in this wonderful tradition and community event with St. Peter-Marian, we are excited to begin this new tradition as part of the oldest Catholic school football rivalry in the nation,” St. John’s Headmaster Alex Zequeira said. “There is a great spirit and connection between our two schools, and this further strengthens that bond and commitment to our like missions to bring Christ to life in young people.”

The Nov. 24 Thanksgiving matchup is open to the public. Tickets are available the day of the game for $8.

Mercantile Center signs three leasing agreements

Franklin Realty Advisors LLC, manager of Mercantile Center in downtown, announced the execution of three significant lease agreements for the property.

UMass Memorial Health Care has expanded its commitment by more than 20 percent; the Worcester District Registry of Deeds has extended its lease for another five years; and Kelleher & Sadowsky, the leading commercial real estate firm in Worcester, will relocate to 120 Front St. in January.

Mercantile Center is a joint venture of Franklin Realty Advisors and Great Point Investors LLC. The project encompasses the redevelopment of two office towers at 100 and 120 Front St.; three commercial/retail opportunities at 90/110 Front St. and 2 Mercantile St.;  and a 1,647-space structured parking garage. The non-parking properties total 636,000 square feet of space, including approximately 200,000 square feet of vacant space for redevelopment for office and retail uses.

“On behalf of my partner Gary Schwandt of Great Point Investors, we are thrilled with the progress we are making in being part of the revitalization of downtown Worcester.  Our efforts to activate Mercantile Center into a vibrant downtown hub are beginning to show some real signs of bustling business activity.  We are pleased that these three firms have elected to be part of this revitalization,” said Chip Norton of Franklin Realty Investments.

Specifically, UMass Medical Center, the largest employer in Worcester, will expand its current lease of 74,599 square feet by an additional 17,688 square feet in 2017.

“It is only right that UMass Memorial is a part of this beautiful new office space in a revitalized and vibrant downtown Worcester,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “Our roots run deep here and our commitment to our patients, the city and its residents runs even deeper. By adding an additional 18,000 square feet of space, we have great flexibility to align our caregivers and resources more strategically.”

The Worcester District Registry of Deeds is located in 100 Front St. and is extending its lease. “The Worcester Registry of Deeds moved to City Square with the hopes that we would be an incentive for the revitalization of downtown Worcester,” said Register of Deeds Anthony Vigliotti. “We are pleased that Franklin Realty is bringing that hope to Worcester and its downtown.”

Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates, the office-leasing agent for Mercantile Center, is moving its headquarters to 120 Front St. in early 2017. The firm will phase into 7,380 square feet over a three-year period. Sheehan’s, the Rhode Island-based office furniture dealer, will take a portion of the K&S space and will outfit the entire space to be a working showroom for its products.

Will Kelleher, a principal of the firm, confirmed the move: “The improvements underway at Mercantile Center will make this property the best office location in the city. We wanted to have our team here in the exciting office environment we have created with Sheehan’s.”

Becker offers teacher training program at Be Like Brit

Becker College recently announced that 11 teachers and caregivers at the Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti, will be taking part in a teacher education program through Becker.

The announcement was made by Rev. Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, executive director of Global Initiatives and a member of the faculty at Becker at the Be Like Brit annual fall gala, held at the DCU Center. In addition, Pallatto-Fontaine was recognized at the event by Len and Cherylann Gengel with the Be Like Brit Star Award for her dedication, training of teachers and leadership of service trips to Be Like Brit.

“Dreams: Educating the Future of Haiti,” is a two-semester six-module education/training program, and students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of module objectives. The program is designed to complement and advance training for staff in leadership positions at the orphanage.

“There is an 88% poverty rate in rural areas in Haiti, like Grand Goâve,” said Len Gengel, who founded Be Like Brit with his family in 2010 and is now considered one of the largest employers in Haiti. “Improving quality of life begins with education, and with Dr. Pallatto-Fontaine’s help, this program will empower us to educate and raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.”

“I am proud to open new opportunities to Be Like Brit staff, who are doing such good work, with this new program from Becker College,” said Pallatto-Fontaine. “This project is also considered a social enterprise under the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College; it focuses on addressing social issues to create positive community change.”

Pallatto-Fontaine’s work at Becker includes oversight of the Yunus Centre, in partnership with David A. Jordan, DHA, MPA, president and CEO of Seven Hills Foundation, who serves as director of the center.

Read the entire story on the Becker College website

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