January 1, 2017

Inbox [Jan. 1, 2017]: NBC splits from Ch. 7 today, Briarwood’s first exhibit of 2017, $5 Dunkin gift cards for January blood donors, WPI seminar celebrates 10 years, Hanover agent honored

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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.

NBC programming on new channels as WHDH 7 goes independent

Beginning today, Jan. 1, NBC programming will no longer be shown on WHDH-TV Channel 7.

NBC Boston, using the call letters WBTS, starts broadcasting today. According to the station, “NBC Boston is an NBC Owned Television Station serving the Greater Boston area, Southern New Hampshire and Northeastern Massachusetts providing area viewers comprehensive local news, accurate weather forecasts, as well as ‘NBC Nightly News,’ the ‘TODAY’ show, ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Sunday Night Football’.”

Following the loss of its network affiliate, WHDH-TV plans to increase its news coverage and broadcast more syndicated shows.

Find NBC Boston over the air or on your cable or satellite provider by clicking here.

[Editor’s note: Charter Spectrum lists the new channel(s) as, depending on location, 10, 17, 22 or 23.]

WHDH-TV’s January programming schedule can be found here.

Briarwood Community’s exhibit runs Jan. 8-March 2

The Briarwood Community is pleased to announce the first public art exhibit in a series of six for 2017. Artist Linda Lee Johnson’s exhibit, “Characterizations in Oil” will be on display Sunday, Jan. 8 through Thursday, March 2, at The Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle.

The opening reception will take place 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8. Guests will have an opportunity to meet personally. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Johnson has selected 46 of her realistic oil paintings for the Gallery at Briarwood exhibit. Almost all involve people engaged in activities such as walking or interacting with other people. The settings are in cities, parks, stores, homes and other locations. “I try to make a point of some kind in each one, but I enjoy hearing how other people interpret what they see,” Johnson said of her work.

For more information, go to the Briarwood website

$5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards for donating blood in January

For the 10th year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors. Through the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Massachusetts will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card.

“Donating blood or platelets helps to save lives, and with Dunkin’ Donuts’ support, we can help ensure donations meet our current critical need for blood donations,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

The $5 DD card can be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin’ Donuts – including coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods, among other items. In addition, the DD card features a Red Cross logo, is reloadable and can also be enrolled in the DD Perks® Rewards program.

Area blood drives can be found by clicking here

WPI’s Great Problems Seminar marks 10 years

From improving public health in Africa to using solar energy to heat the swimming pool here on campus, over the last decade the Great Problems Seminar course at WPI has challenged first-year students to work collaboratively to find solutions for global problems.

And along the way, their experiences have helped them select coursework and gain the confidence and skills they’ll need for their capstone projects and to build successful careers.

The program, initiated in 2007, held its fall Poster Presentation Day recently, featuring project work by 60 small teams in seven disciplines, aimed at solving problems of global importance. The two-term course immerses students into university-level research and introduces them to the project-based curriculum at WPI.

This year roughly 60 projects were showcased in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum.

Read the entire story and see the list of winners on the WPI website

Local insurance professional recognized in new industry report

A Worcester-based insurance professional has just been recognized in a list of the industry’s best.

John Roche

John C. Roche

John C. Roche, executive V.P. and president of commercial lines at The Hanover Insurance Group has been included in the Insurance Business America (IBA) Hot 100 list, recognizing some of the major power players who are shaping the future of the insurance industry.

The insurance community was asked to nominate the individuals who have made an impact in the industry in the past year. From an overwhelming number of nominations, IBA narrowed down the list to 100 individuals who have made a real difference in the insurance industry.

Read the entire story on the Insurance Business America website

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