July 16, 2017

Inbox [July 16-22]: News and notes from Davis Art Gallery, UniBank, Worcester Institute for Senior Education, Columbus Day Parade, GWCF and SmartAsset

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UniBank scholarships

Courtesy UniBank

Back row, from left: Jesse Asare (North High), Austin Odell (Hopkinton), Kweku Sam Colecraft (Abby Kelly Foster ), Harmit Raval (Milford), and Cameron LeBlanc (Burncoat0. Center row, from left: Lauren Bek (Whitinsville Christian), Audrey George (Douglas), Cali Bloem (Northbridge), Angela Vergilis (Blackstone Valley), Sam S. Pepper, Jr., UniBank President and CEO; Savannah Russell (Sutton), Danirose Billings (Hopedale), Ina Perez (Doherty), and Julia Markowski (Grafton). Front row, from left: Neve Neve Palmieri (Uxbridge) and Leana Radzik (Mass. Academy of Math and Science).

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Davis Art Gallery seeking submissions for next exhibit

The Davis Art Gallery is seeking abstract artwork for our next juried exhibit: Nonobjective NOW. Various 2D and 3D media will be selected for the exhibit, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, fiber arts and more.

The gallery will select approximately 35 to 45 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery, 44 Portland St., from Sept. 22 to Jan. 5. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

Entry deadline is Aug. 21.

Download the application guidelines and entry form to submit your work

UniBank awards $46K in scholarships

UniBank awarded a total of $46,000 in scholarships to 23 graduates from high schools in Worcester, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Milford, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge and Whitinsville.

UniBank offers annual scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the towns served by UniBank branches in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest. Each school selected a winner using UniBank’s qualifying criteria: character, involvement in school or community activities, financial need and academic achievement.

Scholarship winners and their parents were honored at a recent breakfast reception at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton hosted by UniBank President and CEO Sam S. Pepper Jr.

WISE to celebrate 25th anniversary

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College marks its 25th year beginning this month with a series of special programs and events throughout the year to celebrate lifelong learning for older adults in Central Massachusetts. The scheduled series of events includes:

  • Kick-off brunch for members and their guests in October
  • Special lectures open to the public in November and April 2018
  • An Anniversary Celebration for members and their guests in May 2018
  • A sampler of WISE courses at an open house in June 2018

WISE offers more than 70 courses each year, covering topics in literature, science, music, history, art, law, technology, cinema and more. Its partnerships with organizations such as Mass Audubon, the Worcester Art Museum, Tower Hill and the Worcester Historical Museum enable WISE members to engage in the local community while enhancing their knowledge and keeping their brains active.

“The presence of WISE on the Assumption campus and a lifetime of accumulated wisdom of its members provide students with additional sources of knowledge and inspiration,” Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo said. “WISE is also a reminder to all in the Assumption community that learning is a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery.”

During its quarter-century of service, WISE has provided courses, travel opportunities, and special events to several hundred people each year. Registration for the fall and winter sessions of WISE courses begins July 19. The course catalog will be available at the WISE website www.assumption.edu/wise at the end of June.

More information is available on the Worcester Institute for Senior Education website

Columbus Day parade grand marshal, date announced

Organizers of Worcester’s Columbus Day parade have announced that Mauro DePasquale will be this year’s grand marshal.

The parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, on Shrewsbury Street.

DePasquale is executive director of Worcester Community Cable Access. He is also president of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Preservation Society, and a member of the musical trio Jazzed up.

The Grand Marshal “Outstanding Italian” banquet in DePasquale’s honor is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Manor in West Boylston. Tickets are on sale now.

More information is available on the Worcester Columbus Day Parade website

GWCF Community Grant Program open for applications

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program is now accepting applications.

Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. They are made possible by donors who have set up endowment funds with us for this purpose. The typical grant range is $5,000 to $25,000.

Application deadline is Sept. 15.

More information, including application details, are available on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

Worcester County 2nd most affordable in state for those on Social Security

In its third annual study, the financial website SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security.

Worcester ranked as the second-most affordable county in Massachusetts.

The annual cost of living of $20,008 makes it the third-most affordable county in the commonwealth. The annual Social Security benefits of $17,333 ranked sixth.

Hampshire County was ranked as most affordable for those on Social Security.

Read the entire story and see the rankings on the SmartAsset website

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