October 4, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 4]: News and notes from National Grid, Holy Name and WPI, Sen. Chandler, Research Bureau, AdCare, Anna Maria, UniBank

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Courtesy of Sen. Harriette Chandler/Kevin Connor

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Energy storage product to debut at Holy Name tomorrow

Tomorrow, National Grid and Vionx Energy will introduce a premier energy storage project developed in partnership with Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School and WPI.

The project will demonstrate a multi-hour, battery-based energy storage system that will capture and store for later use the power generated by the 600 kW wind turbine located at Holy Name.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will join Bishop Robert J. McManus, Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson, state and local elected officials and representatives of National Grid, Vionx, WPI and Holy Name during a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Holy Name, 144 Granite St.

The Vionx battery system will help National Grid test battery storage impacts to the grid and lead to improvements for future renewable system integration. The system will also provide a learning opportunity for Holy Name’s S.T.E.M. program students and supports the state’s energy storage goals.

Chandler teams up to promote healthy teeth among city youth

As part of a back-to-school effort to promote healthy teeth among Worcester youth, state Sen. Harriette L. Chandler teamed up with elected leaders, Worcester Public Schools and Kool Smiles to deliver more than 2,000 free toothbrushes to children at seven Worcester elementary schools.

The toothbrush donations included stops to Vernon Hill School, Elm Park Community, Goddard School of Science, Grafton Street, Canterbury Street Computer-Based Magnet, Lincoln Street, and Clark Street elementary schools, where area leaders talked with students about the importance of preventive dental care.

School visits were conducted by Chandler; state Sen. Michael Moore; Reps. James O’Day, Kate Campanale, John Mahoney, Mary Keefe and Dan Donahue; Superintendent Maureen Binienda; City Manager Edward Augustus Jr.; and dental staff from Kool Smiles. Toothbrushes were donated by Kool Smiles, the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, and the Family Health Center of Worcester.

“The importance of early access to dental care and prevention education cannot be overstated,” Chandler said. “Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease among children and can affect everything from a child’s ability to eat, speak and concentrate in school to his or her employment prospects later in life. I’m grateful for providers like Kool Smiles who are making a positive difference in our local communities by expanding access to quality, affordable dental care and education throughout the state.”

Research Bureau announces winner of Cowan Municipal Leadership Award

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau will present Daniel J. Morgado, former town manager of Shrewsbury, with the Fairman C. Cowan Municipal Leadership Award at its 32nd Annual Meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the DCU Center.

The Cowan Award is presented to a person of remarkable merit, one who leads with purpose and passion, and has made significant contributions to his or her community. A dedicated public servant, and renowned for his insight, determination and community spirit, Morgado has been a model of civic leadership for more than four decades. While his time in Shrewsbury is legendary, his contributions to communities across Massachusetts are legion. An enthusiastic educator to colleagues and students alike, his passion for excellence in local government will continue across generations.

Registration for the annual meeting begins 4 p.m.; the meeting, 4:30 p.m., with a wine  and hors d’oeuvres reception to follow. Attendees will also hear from featured speaker, James A. Peyser, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Tickets are available $48.

AdCare honors two for excellence

AdCare recently honored two of its employees for excellence.

Shannon Korich

Courtesy of AdCare

Nurse practitioner Shannon Korich, with Jeffrey Hillis, President of AdCare, is the recipient of the AdCare Excellence in Patient Care Award.

Nurse practitioner Shannon Korich is the 2017 recipient of AdCare’s Eunice Roddy Award for Excellence in Patient Care. Patricia (Trish) Delgado was honored with an Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Korich, who joined AdCare Hospital in November 2014, “is a team player who can be counted on to do her job and do it well,” said Patrice M. Muchowski, vice president of Clinical Services.

“A valued member of the Quality Treatment Committee and the Medical Executive Committee, Shannon consistently looks for ways to be more efficient and build strong work relationships,” commented Dr. Mohammad Alhabbal.

Patricia Delgado

Courtesy of AdCare

Patricia Delgado of Outpatient Services Worcester is the recipient of the AdCare Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Delgado, secretary at AdCare Outpatient Services Worcester since January 2011, “promotes a climate of excellence in customer service throughout our organization,” said David Hillis Jr., vice president of Outpatient Operations. “Trisha exudes compassion and greets all of our customers with a smile and a sincere desire to assist them in improving their lives,” he added

Anna Maria Art Faculty exhibit runs until Oct. 11

The Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College is hosting the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition until Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The work spans categories of paintings, photography, calligraphy and sculpture representing recent efforts by the department’s faculty of fine artists. The exhibition proposes to engage students and visitors by serving as a meeting ground, offering a forum for discourse and contemplation about Contemporary Art.

Professor Alice Lambert initiated the Art Faculty Exhibition in the late 1990s to showcase the talents of the art faculty accomplishments. The exhibit is open to the public, faculty, staff and students. Exhibitors include: Maureen Caouette, Joseph DiGregorio, Dyan Gulovsen, Alice Lambert, Timmary Leary, Darrell Matsumoto, Joseph Ray, Sumiyo Toribe, Jason Travers, David Wackell and Michael Yefko.

UniBank to host free small business seminar

UniBank, together with VDM Consulting LLC, will host a free seminar, “Should You Mix Business with Pleasure?” 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the bank’s North Grafton branch, 89 Worcester St.

“Should You Mix Business with Pleasure?” is a free seminar for small businesses. Presented by Leona van der Meer of VDM Consulting, the seminar presentation will feature discussions and tips to help small businesses avoid costly mistakes that can come from commingling business and personal finances.

Seating is limited. Registration is requested. To register, contact Anjali Paranjape at UniBank by telephone at 508-839-4980 or by email at anjali.paranjape@unibank.com.

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