August 16, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 16] News and notes from Primetals, Bravehearts, Youth Council, WCLOC, Mass. Academy of Math & Science, and You Inc.

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Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

Courtesy of Worcester Bravehearts/Bob Bernier photo

The Worcester Bravehearts finished seventh nationally among 153 summer collegiate franchises in attendance.

Primetals receives $228K state training grant

Recipient of one of the largest training grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Primetals Technologies will implement training for both new and existing employees at its Worcester facilities.

Training will include problem-solving skills, continuous improvement, lean certification, tooling and time and task management and will continue through the end of 2019. The grant, worth nearly $228,000, was one of 111 awarded, totaling $7.9 million. Grants are matched by award recipients.

Production employees will attend interactive online classes for specific competencies, engaging with video, audio and relevant images that include CNC simulators mirroring existing equipment at its manufacturing facilities at 40 Crescent St., Worcester.

Planned together with Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, a recognized leader in lean training, instruction will be provided to employees in production, management and supporting functions. In addition, the company will host a two-day workshop on excellence with the Shingo Institute as part of the Northeast Lean Conference Sept. 21-22.

Bravehearts seventh nationally in attendance

The Worcester Bravehearts have once again been recognized by Ballpark Digest among the top ten nationally based on average and total attendance. The Bravehearts drew 65,957 fans in 28 openings this summer, an average of 2,356 fans per game.

In its 2017 Summer Collegiate Attendance by Average rankings published Monday, Ballpark Digest ranks Worcester’s average attendance seventh among 153 summer collegiate franchises who report ticket sales nightly. Worcester’s total attendance of 65,957 ranked eighth in the nation. The Bravehearts are ranked first among New England teams.

The Bravehearts’ attendance numbers represent a six percent increase compared to 2016. The numbers do not include two playoff games that totaled 4,732 tickets sold in the second week of August.

Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

Courtesy of Worcester Bravehearts/Bob Bernier photo

The Worcester Bravehearts finished seventh nationally among 153 summer collegiate franchises in attendance.

“This is the culmination of a process that began in October 2016 and really took flight in the first week of January this year,” General Manager Dave Peterson said. “With guidance from some of the best people in the sports industry, our organization invested in additional front office staff members and trained them in the middle of winter. We attracted more schools, religious centers, and youth sports organizations for fun field trips to the ballpark this summer. Combined with the incredible support from our amazing season ticket holders and individual buyers, the people of Worcester County really made this an exceptional year to be a Braveheart.”

Since joining the league in 2014, the Bravehearts, who have made the league championship series in each of their four years, have increased their average attendance each season.

Team owner John Creedon, Jr. said: “As important as the quality of baseball is for the Bravehearts organization, we also focus immensely on the fan experience and filling the stadium.  We are very proud to have experienced year-over-year growth since our inception.  None of this is possible without the fabulous families of Central Massachusetts and our outstanding supporters embracing the Worcester Bravehearts as their hometown team. Every single day we strive to make the Bravehearts organization the team that the community of Worcester deserves.”

Read the entire story on the Worcester Bravehearts website

Nominations open for City Manager’s Youth Council

The Division of Youth Opportunities is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Worcester City Manager’s Youth Council.

The City of Worcester Youth Council was created in January 2012 to establish a representative body of young people living in Worcester. The Youth Council gives young people a direct connection to local government and Youth Councilors take part in civic and community engagement, leadership development, and planning and decision making opportunities.

Interested youth between the ages of 13 and 19 can complete a nomination form and return it via mail or e-mail by Friday, Aug. 18.

For more information please call (508) 799-1328 or e-mail youth@worcesterma.gov​.

WCLOC to hold auditions for Dec. production of  “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”

The Worcester County Light Opera Company will hold audition for its December production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.”

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Aug. 28 at Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

The Grandview Playhouse

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and possibly some improvisation. For those interested in singing roles, please bring sheet music for the song you wish to audition with or plan to sing a Christmas Carol of your choice.

Performance dates are Dec. 1-10, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Read the entire story on the Worcester County Light Opera Company website

Mass. Academy of Math & Science named best in state

The Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science earned three No. 1 rankings in the state by the website Niche, which ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts nationally based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents

Mass. Academy was named Best College Prep Public High Schools in Massachusetts, Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts, and Best Public High School Teachers in Massachusetts.

It ranked 11th out of 157 schools for STEM, and 104th of 387 public high schools for diversity.

See the entire rankings on the Niche website

You Inc. beginning support group for children of adult substance users

You Inc. is convening a 10-week support group for children ages 7-11 of adult substance users who are in or working toward recovery.

The program, See-Saw, will focus on psycho-education about substance use, a safe space to process guardian substance use and prevention for at-risk youth.

The group will meet 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 26 at 81 Plantation St. Members will be accepted through the duration of the group.

To make a referral call, contact Central Referral at (855) 4YOUINC.

For more information, contact Kristen Birch at (508) 849-5600, Ext. 408.

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