August 27, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 27-Sept. 1]: News and notes from Webster Five, St. Peter-Marian, WCTI, Shrewsbury Cultural Coalition, MassDevelopment and state

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Courtesy of Webster Five

From left, Donald Doyle, President/CEO, Webster Five; Sam Bitar, Executive Director of the Webster Five Foundation & VP Business Systems Manager, Webster Five; Dominick Marcigliano, Executive Director, Worcester Community Housing Resources; and Craig Nardi, VP Director of Retail Lending, Webster Five & WCHR Board Member/Loan Committee Member.

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Webster Five Foundation donates $11K to WCHR

The Webster Five Foundation announced that, as part of the Web of Caring to Make a
Difference program, it has donated $11,000 to Worcester Community Housing Resources. The one-time grant is given in honor of Webster Five’s retired president and WCHR board member Richard Leahy.

Webster Five’s donation will go toward the continuation of high-quality housing
development, abandoned housing renovation, property management and home repair throughout Worcester County.

WCHR has helped stabilize neighborhoods, increase property values, expand the availability of affordable housing options, and improve the quality of life and economic viability of the people and communities it serves.

Webster Five President and Chief Executive Officer Donald F. Doyle said, “The work conducted by Worcester Community Housing Resources plays an important role in what makes this community great. Webster Five is proud to contribute to this organization.”

WCHR Executive Director Dominick Marcigliano said, “We are thankful for Webster Five’s generosity and their commitment to supporting our community.”

[Editor’s note: Worcester Sun president Mark Henderson’s wife, Jini, is an administrator for Worcester Community Housing Resources.]

Staples Foundation awards $3,500 to SPM for study center

St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School has been awarded $3,500 by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples. The donation will serve as a starting point for a new study center at the school.

Courtesy of St. Peter Marian

St. Peter Marian President Christopher J. Cummings along with Staples Assistant Controller and SPM Parent Lisa Prior-Stokes in the 21st Century Study Center being constructed at the school.

St. Peter-Marian President Christopher J. Cummings said, “Our old library had become outdated and the space wasn’t being used to its potential,” and the grant “presented a fabulous opportunity to create a 21st century Study Center to bring together new technology and learning tools in a bright, creative setting to add value to the academic experience for students.”

The 21st Century Study Center will include new 3D printers, an assortment of e-books, e-readers and areas for individual and collaborative study sessions.

Worcester CleanTech Incubator elects Genovesi as board chairman

The Worcester CleanTech Incubator has elected Larry Genovesi chairman of the board.


Genovesi has been fully immersed in the entrepreneurial world for more than 35 years as a CEO and CTO. In addition to the chairman’s position, Genovesi continues to serve as CTO and VP of Embue, a technology company he cofounded. His insights as a serial entrepreneur will prove invaluable to drive new products to market.

Read the entire story on the Worcester CleanTech Incubator website

Shrewsbury Cultural Council seeks grant proposals

The Shrewsbury Cultural Council has set a Monday, Oct. 16, deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for funds supporting a range of cultural activities, including exhibits, festivals, children’s field trips, workshops, lectures, short-term artist residencies and performances. Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, applications should be submitted online at by clicking on the “Applicants” link.

The Shrewsbury Cultural Council receives funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which allots a specific percentage annually to local Cultural Councils through funding generated by state Lottery Commission revenues. The Shrewsbury Cultural Council is part of a grassroots network of 329 such councils that serve every city and town in the state.

Shrewsbury Cultural Council members for 2017-18 are Sandra McManus (Chairperson), Martha Deering (Secretary), Karen Dumas, Elizabeth Leitko, Myran Parker-Brass, Helen V. Porter, William Sigalis and Sandra A. Weed.

Check out more details on its Facebook page

Clinton group launches crowdfunding campaign for community garden

MassDevelopment and Clinton’s Growing Places Garden Project announced a campaign through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Commonwealth Places initiative.

The campaign will help fund the final phase of the Maybarton Community Garden project, which launched in 2015 when Clinton residents transformed an empty lot in the downtown into a beautiful community garden. The funds will expand the garden with public art, signage to educate visitors, space for community events and fitness classes, a compost system, storage and seating.

“This public garden will provide Clinton residents with a vibrant space in which to enjoy their natural environment and engage with their fellow community members,” said MassDevelopment Vice President of Real Estate Services Amanda Maher. “MassDevelopment is pleased to help the Maybarton Community Garden expand with new seating, storage and programming through this Commonwealth Places campaign.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $5,000 by midnight Oct. 7, it will win a matching grant with funds from the MassDevelopment Commonwealth Places program.

Read the entire story on Patronicity

Leicester receives $800K in CDBG funds; other area towns benefit

Leicester is among 13 Central Mass. towns that recently received Community Development Block Grants from the Baker-Polito administration.

The 13 grants, which total nearly $6.9 million, were among 39 grants worth $30.5 million that were awarded by the administration.

Leicester will receive $799,535 for housing rehabilitation assistance to five units and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to Town Hall.

Other Central Mass. recipients:

  • Athol will receive $706,748 for infrastructure improvements to Winter, Wilder and Summer streets.
  • Bellingham and Hopedale will receive $756,917 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 19 units.
  • Brookfield will receive $363,699 for two design projects (infrastructure and senior center) and two planning projects (ADA and environmental remediation).
  • Clinton will receive $486,715 for housing rehabilitation assistance to five units and for a Sign and Façade program.
  • Gardner will receive $775,000 for public facilities improvements, including targeted demolition, park rehabilitation and parking improvements, design for street improvements and to support homebuyer education, job training and domestic violence services.
  • North Brookfield will receive $799,808 for infrastructure improvements to North Common Street.
  • Shirley will receive $795,953 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 18 units and to support a fuel assistance program.
  • Southbridge will receive $775,000 for Central Street parking improvements and code enforcement.
  • Spencer will receive $788,890 to provide infrastructure improvements to Chestnut Street and support for a food pantry.
  • Warren will receive $675,320 for Quaboag Street infrastructure improvements and domestic violence prevention services.
  • Webster will receive $825,000 for Dresser Street infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation assistance for three units and support for Head Start.
  • Winchendon will receive $557,335 for Chestnut Street improvements, housing rehabilitation assistance to two units and for a fuel assistance program.

Read the entire story and see the complete list of recipients on the Commonwealth of Mass. website

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