August 2, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 2]: News and notes from East Side CDC, Worcester Wares, WPI, Holy Cross, MassDiGI, Ninety Nine and YOU Inc.

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Worcester Wares is teaming up with the Sprinkler Factory to help raise money for the kids of Main IDEA, a summer arts education program in its seventh year.

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East Side CDC lands $125K in Brownfields funding

Worcester East Side Community Development Corp. recently received $125,000 in Brownfields Redevelopment funding.

The award was one of nine worth $1.5 million from the Baker-Polito administration.

East Side CDC will use the award for assessment of a site that will become eight units of garden-style, handicap-accessible housing for extremely low-income or potential homeless residents while they continue to receive supportive services from the Department of Mental Health.

Read the entire story on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website

Worcester Wares calling for artists

Worcester Wares is throwing the “Entering Worcester” ARTraiser again during POW! WOW! Worcester 2017 at the Sprinkler Factory.

This year’s silent auction will benefit the Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Department and Main IDEA Youth & Arts.

Worcester Wares is seeking 50 artists to create signs for the silent auction to be held 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St.

More information is available on the Worcester Wares Facebook page

NIH funds WPI project to develop heart muscle patch

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been awarded a $452,000 National Institutes of Health grant to bioengineer a patch to help cardiac muscle beat more strongly and efficiently after a heart attack. Work funded by the three-year grant centers on biopolymer microthreads — about the width of a human hair — that can be braided into cable-like structures that mimic human muscle fibers and other connective tissues.

The project is led by George Pins, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, who has pioneered the development of biopolymer microthreads as a platform technology for a variety of wound-healing and tissue regeneration applications.

“After a heart attack, scarring of the cardiac muscle limits the heart’s ability to pump, a fundamental problem we are trying to address with this effort,” Pins said. “We appreciate the NIH’s support of our work and look forward to an intense three years of research and development.”

Read the entire story on the WPI website

Holy Cross Fund surpasses $10M for first time

The College of the Holy Cross broke fundraising records in almost every category this past fiscal year. For the first time in history, the Holy Cross Fund surpassed $10 million — an achievement made possible by a record number of donors who made gifts.

“For the eleventh consecutive year, alumni gave at a rate of 50 percent or more,” said Vice President for Advancement Tracy W. Barlok (P19). “We are filled with gratitude for the remarkable love our community demonstrates each year, and for its help in providing our students with a uniquely powerful Jesuit liberal arts education.”

A highlight of the record-breaking year unfolded on Valentine’s Day, when the “I Love HC” giving challenge set a record among liberal arts colleges for the number of donors in a 24-hour period.

Continuing the record-setting trend, the Crusader Athletics Fund made history by surpassing $2 million for the first time. That milestone included the generosity of 57 percent of former student-athletes who made gifts — placing Holy Cross first in the Patriot League in this category — as well as 100 percent of scholar athletes in the class of 2017 and 100 percent of head coaches and senior administrators.

Membership in the President’s Council increased this year helping to set a new membership record at 1,628 donors. All gifts from President’s Council members totaled $33.5 million.

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

MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program hosts open house

The Summer Innovation Program of the Mass. Digital Games Institute at Becker College will host an open house 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

The public is invited to play the games being developed by this summer’s interns, 28 students from 15 colleges and universities who have worked on five games.

Games include:

  • Little Grimm — Little Grimm is a mobile arcade and exploration game. Play as Grimm to collect the souls that populate the barren landscape and bring them to the gate of the afterlife!
  • Raise The Bass — Defend your turntable from corrupted sound waves in this Cyberpunk Bullet hell. Use precision and timing to acquire speakers and rise to DJ stardom.
  • Hyper Thunder Run 198x — An over-the-top 3D Endless Runner set in a 1980’s Sci-Fi world. Battle your way through armies of cyborgs while dodging nukes.
  • Leap A Head — A new timing puzzle-platform game for tablets.
  • A special title built in collaboration with Dejobaan Games

Read the entire story and register on the MassDiGI Eventbrite page

Downtown Ninety Nine Grand Re-Opening next week

The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. will celebrate its grand re-opening on Thursday, Aug. 10, after undergoing a revitalization of the restaurant’s décor and amenities.

The restaurant will be closed for renovations Aug. 7-9. As part of the grand re-opening, the Ninety Nine will host a ribbon cutting ceremony, and offer prizes for guests as they enjoy appetizer sampling. In addition to the festivities, $1,000 will be donated to Second Chance Animal Shelter. The restaurant will re-open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

New Cyber Use, Cyber Addiction group for ages 10-18 at YOU Inc.

YOU Inc. is creating psychotherapy groups to address the unique needs of individuals who have been impacted by overuse of the internet, social media, gaming, and other cyber systems.

“Unplug and Connect” will focus on understanding healthy internet use in a digital world, breaking the destructive cycle of the over-engaged cyber culture and managing emotional dysregulation associated with overuse of electronics and social media.

A group for children 14-18 runs 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Aug. 15. The group for children ages 10-13 runs 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 16. Sessions will be held at 81 Plantation St.

For more information contact Kristen Birch at 508-849-5600, ext. 408.

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