August 23, 2017

Inbox [Aug. 23]: News and notes from Women’s Initiative, Gallery at Briarwood, Healthy Greater Worcester coalition, Worcester State, Sen. Moore, Primetals, Simon Malls

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Primetals and Exxon Mobil

Courtesy of Primetals Technologies

The teams from Primetals Technologies and Exxon Mobil gather in Worcester after signing their pact.

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Women’s Initiative announces Green, Wesby award winners

The Women’s Initiative has announced the 2017 recipients of the Lois B. Green Leadership Award and the Meredith D. Wesby Young Leader Award.

Each year the Women’s Initiative honors local women who embody leadership and values of co-founders Lois Green and Meredith Wesby and whose deep commitment and dedication make a difference in our community.

Patsy Lewis

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Patsy Lewis is the 2017 winner of the Lois B. Green Leadership Award.

Patsy Lewis, a founding member of the Women’s Initiative in 2003, will receive the Green award. Lewis, “is a dynamic and outstanding leader with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service, lends her compassion, friendship and moral guidance to so many looking to better our community, bringing sound judgment and compassion for those most in need.”

Lula Bethancourt, a rising senior at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, is the Wesby award winner. She has been involved with Girls Inc. of Worcester since she was in seventh grade and now works as a junior staff member and lifeguard there.


Lula Bethancourt

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Lula Bethancourt is the 2017 winner of the Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award.

Bethancourt was a participant of Dear World, a Women’s Initiative-sponsored program. Through the program, she has been challenged to take on more responsibility with choreography, running the sound equipment and helping with the sets. She was also responsible for leading a book club with the girls.

The honorees will be recognized at the 15th annual Stepping Up for Girls event Sept. 27 at Mechanics Hall.

Briarwood to exhibit antique puzzles

The Briarwood Community will feature an exhibition of hand-cut wood jigsaw puzzles dating back nearly 200 years from the private collection of Briarwood resident Bob Armstrong. The exhibit is titled “The Wonderful World of Wood Puzzles: An Exhibition of Hand Cut Wood Jigsaw Puzzles.”

jigsaw puzzle

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One of the hand-cut wood jigsaw puzzles that will be on display at the Gallery at Briarwood.

The puzzles will be on display Sunday, Sept. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 2 at The Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Light refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by Peter Clemente.

The exhibit is divided into six groups of puzzles: pre-1900, 1909 era, 1930-40s, Pastime, Par and modern era. Approximately 60 puzzles will be on display, all restored by Armstrong.

Nominations open for Health Equity Award

The Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester is seeking individuals and organizations in greater Worcester who are working toward the goal of health equity – ensuring that all members of our community should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background.

The nominee must:

  • Be a participant in the 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan
  • Exemplify excellence in work toward the goal of health equity
  • Integrate the three core principles in all efforts: Invest first in the community; empower, listen to, and respect community voice; and eliminate gaps between services

The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Winners will be announced at the Coalition’s Annual Meeting in October.

More information is available on the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester website

Princeton Review recognizes Worcester State

Worcester State University was recently recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best 229 colleges in the Northeast region of the United States for 2018. The university is one of only three public universities in Massachusetts to make the well-regarded list, joining UMass Amherst and UMass Boston.

The full list is available on The Princeton Review’s web site, which states that the regional lists consist of colleges “that [they] consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.” The designation marks the 14th year in a row that Worcester State has earned this honor.

Worcester State University also was recognized recently by Money Magazine as one of the 2017-18 best colleges in the country, and by as having one of the top 10 nursing as well as economics programs in Massachusetts.

Moore Announces 79th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, announced that the 79th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this fall Oct. 24-25 at the Massachusetts State House.

CLS is a citizen seminar that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, this two-day seminar features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth.  Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, and the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate.

All residents of the Second Worcester District are invited to contact Moore’s office at 617-722-1485 or at no later than Friday, Sept. 1, to be nominated.

Primetals signs global deal with ExxonMobil

Primetals Technologies and ExxonMobil have signed a global lubricants agreement to provide lubricants and enhanced technical services exclusively to Primetals Technologies customers.

The offer includes three new product families engineered specifically for the unique performance requirements of Primetals Technologies high speed long rolling and flat rolling systems.

Primetals Technologies has preferentially endorsed all three product families for use in its equipment. The offer also includes an enhanced new equipment warranty.

“To meet their demanding productivity goals, operators want suppliers who can deliver end-to- end support to optimize mill reliability and performance,” said Gabriel Royo, vice president and head of Metallurgical Services at Primetals Technologies USA LLC. “As a leading lubricants supplier for the metals industry, ExxonMobil is the ideal partner to help us deliver a complete solution – providing world-class products and technical support for our advanced equipment designs – so our customers can focus on achieving their business goals.”

Courtesy of Simon Youth Foundation

From left, Victoria Watkins, Marketing Administrator at Auburn Mall; Meghan Bowen of Spencer; and Justin Feldhouse, Area Mall Manager at Auburn Mall.

Spencer, Marlborough students earn Simon Youth Foundation scholarships

Auburn Mall recently presented Meghan Bowen of Spencer with a Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship for exceptional work throughout her high school careers. Sakura Gandolfo of Marlborough was honored by Solomon Pond Mall.

Sakura Gandolfo of Marlborough

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Sakura Gandolfo of Marlborough

Bowen attended David Prouty High School and will attend Boston College in the fall, where she will study Communications. Gandolfo attended Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School and will go to Northeastern University, where she will study Pharmacy.

Each of them was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

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