January 29, 2017

Inbox [Jan. 29]: Regis taps Holy Cross for new president, Free Tax Service is back, Genesis Club crowdfunds for clients, Moore brings Millbury champs to State House, home run derby in extra innings for Bravehearts

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Millbury girls soccer

Courtesy Sen. Michael Moore's office

The state champion Millbury girls soccer team visits the State House.

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.

Regis names HC history professor Rev. Thomas W. Worcester president

Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, will become the 11th president of Toronto’s Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto T), and one of North America’s Roman Catholic ecclesiastical faculties.

He will begin his five-year term on Aug. 1, prior to the 2017-18 academic year.

Worcester joined the history department at Holy Cross in 1994 as a tenure-track faculty member, achieved tenure in 2000, and promotion to full professor in 2010. His expertise includes the Reformation, religion and society in 17th-century France, the history of the Jesuits, and the history of the papacy.

Rev. Joseph Schner, S.J., interim president at Regis, said, “Professor Worcester brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the leadership of the Regis community’s programs, teaching, and research.”

“I have been at Holy Cross for almost a quarter century, and there are many things I will miss,” said Worcester. “The Society of Jesus is now calling me to assume a major role in the education of Jesuits and others preparing for priesthood, or for lay ministry, and/or for teaching and scholarly work in the various theological disciplines. I am excited and energized by what awaits me as president of Regis College in Toronto, an amazingly diverse, world-class city.”

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

Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition kicks off 13th tax season

In conjunction with the nationwide Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition kicked off its 13th year of providing free tax preparation services for local low-income households at a program held at Assumption College. The program utilizes IRS-trained volunteers to prepare tax returns for households earning less than $54,000.“The Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition provides a great service to help our low-income workers and families take advantage of this opportunity, strengthening Worcester neighborhoods and giving our residents the possibility to live above the poverty line,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “We look forward to another year of collaboration to further improve the lives of our residents through these programs.”

For tax year 2015, WFTSC served nearly 2,000 households generating more than $3.4 million dollars in returns, with an average federal refund of $1,849.

Read the entire story from Worcester Community Action Council

Genesis Club launches first crowdfunding campaign

Genesis Club recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to support 10 Genesis members in their recovery from mental illness. This campaign is designed to support those members who are not funded through our state or federal contacts.

Check out our Sun Shine feature:
Worcester’s Genesis Club goes the distance for mental health

The campaign will feature a weekly video and a story of recovery that takes place daily at the Genesis Club in Worcester. The campaign will run through March 31.

Read the entire story and watch the video on Genesis Club’s Generosity.com page

Sen. Moore welcomes Millbury state champs to State House

In recognition of the team’s second straight year as Division 3 state champions, Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, welcomed members of the Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School girls’ soccer team to the State House.

Courtesy Sen. Micheal O. Moore's office

State Sen. Mike Moore

After touring the building, the team was introduced to members of the Senate by Sen. Moore and received a standing ovation from the legislative body. The group was accompanied by high school Principal Tara Bennett, Athletic Director Patrick Mara, head coach Steve Khoury and coach Mike Tarka.

“These girls are making the hometown proud,” Moore said. “Their hard work and skill have certainly paid off and it’s exciting to share some Woolie Pride here at the State House.  We’re hoping to make this an annual tradition.”

The team clinched its second state title with a 1-0 victory over Medway High School last November, the same squad Millbury beat in the 2015 championship game. In addition to being recognized by the state Senate, the team also received a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives courtesy of Rep. Paul K. Frost, R-Auburn.

Bravehearts league adopts home run derby for extra innings

The 2017 season for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is set to be an historic one, as Commissioner Chris Hall announced that the league will be the first in the country to adopt a home-run derby format to decide extra-inning games. The new rule will take effect in regular season games that are tied after the 10th inning.

“We wanted to make sure that we could come up with a way to protect our pitchers,” said Hall.

“Each year, our teams struggle to find pitching that can last the whole summer due to the number of innings that each pitcher would have to throw. The ‘Derby’ will help alleviate the number of innings our pitchers will have to throw while reducing the pressure placed on our coaches in using pitchers on short rest.”

The change comes after a season in which the Futures League saw an historic level of extra-inning games. In 2016, there were 26 extra-inning games, of which 14 were longer than 10 innings. That number included a marathon 21-inning game between the North Shore Navigators and the Bristol Blues.

Read the entire story on the Worcester Bravehearts website

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