March 26, 2017

Inbox [March 26]: 3rd annual ThinkWoo set, Worcester joins Make Music Day, Moore receives top nature grade, Hanover tops J.D. Power survey

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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.

3rd annual ThinkWoo, Action! Worcester’s community think tank on Tuesday

Action! Worcester will host its third annual ThinkWoo community think tank 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St.

College students, professionals, city officials and members of the community will gather to continue the conversation around challenges affecting the Worcester community.

“ThinkWoo: We can solve that!” will start with an introduction and official unveiling of a new A!W summer program. Attendees will then break into topic-specific focus groups that have been matched with participants’ indicated interests. Participants will discuss topics that were identified through last year’s focus groups, as well as those found in reports produced by the Executive Office of Economic Development, Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Groups will comprise individuals from each of the different affiliations – students, professionals, local business owners and organizations, and city stakeholders. It is hoped the diversity of these groups will ignite innovative solutions to the city’s most prevalent obstacles. Topics this year include: Creating Inclusive Business Opportunities Downtown, Building National & International Partnerships, Defining the Personalities of Worcester’s Neighborhoods, and more.

“Action! Worcester uses a human-centered design method to build our events and programs, and ThinkWoo is the manifestation of that effort,” Action! Worcester executive director Joshua Croke said. “By engaging residents and stakeholders to be a part of the conversation, we are able to develop initiatives alongside these groups, where their input is valued and incorporated.”

This event is free, but registration is required.

More information and registration is available on the ThinkWoo2017 Eventbrite page

Make Music Worcester debuts June 21

The inaugural Make Music Worcester, a mix of free outdoor musical events, will debut on Tuesday, June 21. Make Music Worcester is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to more than 700 cities across 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part, and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip-hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, storefronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.

Want to know more? A Make Music Worcester information session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 5 at Brew on the Grid, 56 Franklin St.

“WAC’s hope is that Make Music Worcester will bring the Worcester community together to enjoy outdoor live music throughout the entire city for one incredible day,” said Worcester Arts Council Chairperson Kelly Momberger.

Highlights of Make Music Worcester will include performances at parks around the city, as well as interactive music jams, music lessons, live drumming and open microphones.

“Make Music Worcester is a great example of the creativity bursting throughout our city,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “We know artistic talent can be found in every neighborhood, just waiting to be discovered. With performances from individual amateurs to world-class ensembles, Make Music Worcester will give all of our residents and visitors a great chance to experience the city’s diverse musical riches.”

Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part.

More information is available on the Make Music Worcester website

Moore receives perfect score for environmental voting record

Mass Audubon recently issued its “2015-2016 Report Card” to inform citizens of legislators’ performances in protecting the nature of Massachusetts. Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, received a perfect score for his votes on over a dozen environmental bills and budget items.

Courtesy Sen. Micheal O. Moore's office

State Sen. Mike Moore

“I’m proud to support legislative initiatives that enhance our environment and protect our natural surroundings,” said Moore, who formerly served as an environmental police officer. “We have some the world’s most precious natural resources here in the Commonwealth, and I view my role as a state legislator as an opportunity to ensure that these resources are protected for present and future generations.”

One of the policy initiatives supported by Moore was an omnibus energy bill to diversify
the state’s energy portfolio. The legislation procures additional clean energy resources to replace aging power plants that are going offline, and to move the state closer to its emissions reduction goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill was ultimately signed into law by the Gov. Charlie Baker in August as Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2016.

This report card marks the 32nd consecutive year that Mass Audubon has reported on the environmental voting records of state legislators.

Hanover tops latest J.D. Power U.S. Property Claims Satisfaction study

The Hanover Insurance Group, catapulted by a 40-point year-over-year improvement in customer satisfaction, tied Amica Mutual for first place in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Property Claims Satisfaction study.

Both insurers posted high scores in the settlement, estimation process and repair process factors. Nationwide (882) ranks third, followed by Encompass (881), Chubb (880) and Auto-Owners Insurance (878).

Overall customer satisfaction among homeowners filing property insurance claims has reached an all-time high, according to the survey. This surge in insurance customer satisfaction corresponds with a 10-year high in catastrophic events, which are typically associated with lower satisfaction scores.

The 2017 Property Claims Satisfaction Study is based on more than 6,645 responses from homeowners insurance customers, and was fielded between January and November 2016.

Check out J.D. Power for more information

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