Worcester most underrated place in Mass.
In its ranking of the most underrated place in each state, the website Thrillist has chosen Worcester as the most underrated place in Massachusetts.
The site noted: “From the Berkshires to the Cape, Newburyport to Northampton, the Bay State has no shortage of amazing places to visit. But are any of them really considered underrated anymore? Hell, even Lowell’s had its day in the sun (until “The Fighter,” of course, undid several years of effective public relations). But the Woo… no, Worcester is the spot you’re gonna be talking about.
“In fact, we already did right here. For all the Central Mass flak it takes, the city is cheap, full of colleges, and continues to attract artists and chefs and people doing cool things. In addition to a solid art museum and multiple theaters/performance venues, there’s also the abandoned Bancroft Tower castle, the Worcester Bravehearts (minor-league baseball), and the surprisingly fun (if you have kids) EcoTarium!”
It says strolling around the Canal District is a must-do. “Hit the shops, farmers market, and historical sites. Maybe kayak on the canal. Who knows, but when you’re done, make haste to Wormtown Brewery and Armsby Abbey. Trust us.”
Rachel’s Table seeks shoppers for foodraiser event
Do you like to shop? Are you looking for a way to help feed hungry families in the Worcester area? Rachel’s Table, a food rescue organization, is sponsoring a new type of “Foodraiser” event 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 7, at the Big Y Supermarket on Mayfield Street in Worcester.
Volunteer shoppers, either individuals or teams, sign up to shop for Rachel’s Table that morning. Shoppers can spend as much money as they want.
The date is coordinated with Big Y’s monthly specials week. Prizes will be awarded for the person or team that saves the most money by taking advantage of the special deals for that week, as well as for the person or team that saves the highest percentage of money based on what they spend.
Regular shoppers will be encouraged to help out that day by buying food items to donate to Rachel’s Table. All the food that’s collected will be donated to the Friendly House
Neighborhood Center to be distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, and community shelters.
Shoppers can sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6V6322S or call Rachel’s Table at 508-769-7699.
Assumption assistant provost named ACE fellow
The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that J. Bart Morrison, Ph.D., assistant provost for Academic Innovation and Strategy at Assumption College, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year.
Morrison is spending this spring as a visiting scholar at the University of Insubria in Italy, where he will present a three-part lecture series on strategic organizational leadership from a U.S. perspective.
He will also deliver a similar seminar series, titled “Strategic Management and International Marketing from a U.S. Perspective,” which has been designed expressly for leaders of members of Unindustria Como in Como, Italy. According to Morrison, the primary objective is to expand participants’ ability to think and act strategically in analyzing industry and competitive situations facing one’s company in order to formulate and implement a strategic marketing plan focused on international expansion. The seminar will integrate concepts and practices in management, marketing, human resources, organizational behavior, production, finance and accounting.
“I am honored and pleased to represent Assumption College as an ACE Fellow,” Morrison said, adding that he was especially appreciative of his nomination, which came from Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “This unique opportunity allows me to learn from leaders of other institutions, and ultimately apply new insight, perspectives, knowledge and skill upon return to the Assumption campus.”
Worcester schools receive American Heart Association award
The American Heart Association has given its Heart of Gold Award to the Worcester Public Schools. The award is given to Community Leaders who are active in the community as advocates and have made exceptional contributions through service and/or commitment to the Heart Association’s mission to create a culture of health in the community at large.
This team of John Monfredo, Debra McGovern and Carol Manning, along with the entire Health Education, Nursing and Physical Education department, were instrumental in getting the prestigious award. Because of their work, a WPS policy was passed requiring WPS students to receive hands-only CPR/AED training as part of their required curriculum.
Members of this team made the CPR/AED policy a priority by working with the American Heart Association to gather additional community support (e.g., fellow school committee members, Worcester Health Dept., hospitals, etc.). Some team members also led the way to gather the necessary resources to purchase CPR/AED training kits/mannequins, raising more than enough money through grants and community donations to cover the cost of the program.
MassDiGI chooses SIP17 participants
The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute at Becker College has selected 25 interns for its Summer Innovation Program.
MassDiGI received applications from 242 undergraduate and graduate students representing 50 colleges and universities from around the world – making it its most competitive year yet.
This year’s SIP participants include a Fulbright Scholar and represent 14 institutions including Becker, Berklee College of Music, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Ireland), MIT, Mount Holyoke College, Northeastern University, Pratt Institute, RPI, RISD, RIT, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Wellesley College and WPI.
SIP17 begins on May 16 and concludes Aug. 13. Over the summer, with guidance from professional staff and industry mentors, SIP17 teams will be responsible for all the work necessary to successfully launch their games.
WCAC announces fuel assistance application deadline extended
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. has announced that the deadline to apply for fuel assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended until May 12. The program can provide benefits to households for heating expenses incurred between Nov. 1 and April 30.
Eligibility is based on total household income. An individual making under $34,000 is eligible while a family of four could be making as much as $65,000 and be eligible. The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance by paying fuel vendors directly for income-eligible households including individuals, families, single or multi-family homes, owners or renters, and can be heating with sources including, but not limited to, oil, gas or electric heat.