August 30, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 30]: News and notes from Jeremiah’s Inn, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, Our Revolution, Communicators Club, NAMI Central Mass.

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Jeremiah’s Inn to sponsor inaugural Chopped!Worcester

Jeremiah’s Inn will host its inaugural Chopped!Worcester fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the White Room at Crompton Collective, 138 Green St.

Using ingredients from the food pantry at Jeremiah’s Inn, four local chefs will go head to head, creating an appetizer and an entrée. Their food will be evaluated by a three-judge panel. After both rounds are complete, a winner will be declared.

Chef contestants are Mike Arristia (Hangover Pub), Matt Mahoney (Kummerspeck), Chris O’Harra (Flying Rhino) and Jay Powell (Twisted Fork). Their dishes will be judged by Jim Eber, Alina Eisenhauer and a third judge to be announced. Dale LePage will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $27 and include food provided by local restaurants and caterers, and the opportunity to bid on auction items. There will also be a cash bar featuring special nonalcoholic drinks.

Proceeds will benefit Jeremiah’s Inn, a food pantry that provides more than 11,000 people with 60-75 pounds of food per visit. The Inn also runs a residential treatment program for men suffering from substance abuse disorders.

More information is available on the Jeremiah’s Inn website or Facebook page

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund endorses council, School Committee candidates

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) endorsed a slate of candidates who champion sexual and reproductive health policies that empower residents to stay healthy and help build strong, thriving communities.

PPAF endorsed Mayor Joseph Petty, Councilors at-large Moe Bergman and Khrystian King; District 2 Councilor Candy Carlson and District 3 Councilor George Russell for re-election. PPAF also endorsed candidates Sean Rose to represent District 1, and Doug Arbetter to represent District 5.

Dante Comparetto received PPAF’s endorsement for School Committee.

“Now more than ever, the people of Worcester are counting on local leaders to prioritize public health and education initiatives that tackle the issues our communities face, including unintended teen pregnancy, high STD rates, and sexual assault,” Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president of PPAF, said. “These candidates will do what it takes to ensure everyone in Worcester has the resources and support they need to overcome barriers to care, make healthy decisions, and improve their lives.”

To earn the endorsement of PPAF, candidates for City Council must promote policies that make health care more accessible and defend reproductive rights; candidates for School Committee must champion age-appropriate, medically accurate comprehensive sex education. Each of the candidates endorsed by PPAF has made clear they are committed to these issues and understands that access to health care and comprehensive sex education build the foundation for holistic local policies that address the interrelated issues of health disparities, student achievement, economic security, and public safety.

“We are at a pivotal time in our country that demands we have local and vocal champions who are committed to implementing proactive policies that expand access to health care and help women and families lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” Childs-Roshak said. “PPAF is proud to endorse a slate of strong allies who will work with community partners to protect the health, wellbeing, and basic rights of everyone.”

Worcester will hold preliminary elections for Districts 1 and 5 on Sept. 12. The general election will be held on Nov. 7.

Our Revolution Massachusetts endorses Comparetto for School Committee

Our Revolution, a progressive political organization dedicated to revitalizing American democracy and empowering the next generation of leaders, announced its endorsement of Dante Comparetto for School Committee.

“Our Revolution is proud to endorse such a committed parent and community leader who has spent his life bringing people together to solve problems,” said Paul DePalo of Our Revolution Massachusetts.

“I am proud and honored to be endorsed by Our Revolution. I am committed to working with them to run a successful campaign,” Comparetto said.

Read the entire story on the Greater Worcester Our Revolution Facebook page

Communicators Club elects officers, offers early bird membership rates until Friday

The Communicators Club has elected officers for the 2017-18 year. They are Blair Gately, president; Nicole Capuano, vice president; Lorie Martiska, secretary; and Jay Brenner, treasurer.

The club kicks off its program year with a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, 139 Green St. The topic for the luncheon is “Internet Marketing: Secrets of the pros, from website traffic to lead generation.”

The early bird yearly membership rate of $60 is in effect until Sept 1. Regular membership is $70.

More information is available on the Communicators Club website

NAMI to offer course to parents of children with emotional or behavioral issues

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Mass. is offering a free course designed to give parents of a child or adolescent with emotional or behavioral issues the tools to help make the best decisions possible for the care of the child.

The course, NAMI Basics, will take place 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays for six weeks beginning Sept. 20. The course will be held at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, 68 Dudley-Oxford Road, Dudley.

Prior registration is required. Contact Robin at 774-239-3263 or Nancy 508-641-2951.

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