Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.
Three more diamond rings donated to Salvation Army in area
The Salvation Army Worcester Corps has received three anonymous diamond ring donations over the last two weeks.
The special donations come as the Worcester-area corps seeks to raise $50,000 to hit its annual Red Kettle fundraising goal.
Salvation Army staff discovered a diamond ring at the bottom of a Red Kettle taken from Walmart, 137 West Boylston St., West Boylston. The ring was donated anonymously last Tuesday.
Two other rings were donated anonymously on successive days earlier this month at Stop & Shop, 290 Turnpike Road, Westborough.
“These wonderful acts of kindness continue to bring joy to the entire community at a time of year when so many people need help,” said Capt. Daniel Brunelle of the Salvation Army Worcester Citadel Corps. “We’re hopeful these important acts of generosity will inspire others to donate.”
The jewelry donations follow a November jewelry donation in Northbridge, when a woman approached a bell ringer at the Walmart at 100 Valley Parkway, Whitinsville, and asked if the Red Kettle could be opened. The bell ringer said he wasn’t able to open the kettle, so the woman dropped four rings into the kettle one at a time. Those four rings were valued between $200 and $900 each.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards $1.4 million to 129 nonprofits
Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced the 129 awardees of its 2016 Community Grants, which total $1,453,500.
Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Areas of interest this year included arts and culture, civic engagement, the environment, early childhood development, youth development, economic security, and healthy communities.
“Our Community Grants program is the largest we have, providing funds annually for the general betterment of the entire community,” GWCF President Ann T. Lisi said. “This year, we have reached a significant milestone with more than $1.4 million in grants to 129 nonprofits. We’re honored to be a part of a strong network of thoughtful and strategic donors committed to making an impact in our communities.”
UMass Medical School Ph.D. candidate receives leadership prize
Aimee Kroll-Desrosiers, M.S., a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical and Population Health Research, and a biostatistician in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize by Women’s Health Issues, the journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health.
Kroll-Desrosiers was recognized for having the best manuscript of 2016 in Women’s Health Issues for her paper “Receipt of Prescription Opioids in a National Sample of Pregnant Veterans Receiving Veterans Health Administration Care.” She is being mentored by Kristin Michelle Mattocks, Ph.D., M.P.H, associate professor of quantitative health sciences, and an author on the paper.
“The editorial board congratulates Aimee Kroll-Desrosiers and her colleagues for conducting a methodologically strong study that addresses the important public health topic of opioid prescribing,” said Chloe Bird, the journal’s editor-in-chief.
The paper, published in the March/April 2016 edition of the journal, examined the characteristics of women veterans who filled opioid prescriptions while pregnant. The researchers identified 2,331 women who had a Veterans Health Administration-paid delivery from 2001 to 2010. They found that 10 percent of the women filled a prescription for an opioid at least once during pregnancy. They were more likely to have done so if they had a psychiatric diagnosis or were diagnosed with back problems, headaches, migraines, sprains and strains, or other nontraumatic joint disorders during their pregnancies.
The authors called for “successful coordination of mental, physical and maternal medical care” for women veterans, and noted that clinicians “can play a crucial role in determining the needs of patients on a case-by-case basis and to identify alternative sources of pain management when possible.”
Worcester Cultural Coalition receives $1.1M grant to develop performance and arts space
The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) announced a $1.1 million grant from the Boston-based Barr Foundation to support the fit-out and operation of the WOOteria, a new collaborative art space and 300-seat performance venue located in downtown Worcester.
Located at 20 Franklin St., home of Worcester Sun and previous home of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, WOOteria will include a multipurpose exhibition gallery and space for creative collaboration, in addition to a 300-seat performance space for theater, concerts, lectures and convenings.
“Great cities support great art,” noted Erin Williams, cultural development officer for the city of Worcester. “The WCC supports the city’s efforts to activate the downtown and engage people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of music, dance, theater and public art. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.”
The WOOteria is in development by the Cultural Coalition in partnership with Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC) /New Garden Park and The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Over the past two years the WCC and WBDC have operated the Worcester PopUP in a storefront of 20 Franklin St. “The WOOteria will be a great complement to our innovative property development,” said WBDC CEO Craig Blais. “It is another anchor for the revitalization of the downtown and the Theatre District.”
“The Hanover Theatre has just completed the buildout of our new Performing Arts Conservatory. Having this new theatre space in the WOOteria creates more opportunities for our students to perform, and contributes to the vitality of the district,” noted Troy Siebels, president of The Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts.