October 1, 2017

Inbox [Oct. 1-7]: News and notes from Park Spirit, city of Worcester, You Inc., Becker, Clark, Greyhound, UniBank and St. Peter-Marian

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Bancroft Tower

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Bancroft Tower will be open every Sunday in October thanks to Park Spirit.

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Bancroft Tower open Sundays in October

Bancroft Tower at Salisbury Park will be open to the public today and every Sunday in October. The event is sponsored by Park Spirit.

The inside of the tower, normally closed to the public, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park Spirit members are eligible for early access at 9 a.m.

Within the tower, historical displays created by students from Bancroft School will highlight the landmark’s past and pay tribute to the tower’s namesake, George Bancroft. Individuals will be guided to the turret to take in one of the best views of Worcester and enjoy the fall foliage.

Volunteers will also be on site to supervise the visit, while surveying visitors’ thoughts on Bancroft Tower, Salisbury Park and what kind of programming they would like to see there.

Limited parking will be available onsite. Shuttles provided by Bancroft School will be available from the Doherty Memorial High School parking lot.

The event is weather permitting.

Castle Park reopening Tuesday afternoon

The city of Worcester will celebrate the $2 million renovation of Castle Park with a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The renovation project, primarily funded by federal block grant funds, features new accessible walkways and entrance; new multipurpose court for basketball and other sports; a new playground; lighting and landscape improvements; and first-in-the-city fitness equipment.

You Inc. parenting group begins Wednesday

You Inc. will hold a 10-week parenting group, “Love More, Fix Less” beginning Wednesday.

The group, which meets from 11 a.m. to noon at 81 Plantation St., is for parents and caregivers of children under 18. Topics include:

  • Strengthening connections with your child
  • Self-esteem development
  • Communication skill development
  • Discipline techniques
  • Enjoying life with your child

For more information or to register, call 855-4-YOUINC.

Becker student launches first social enterprise for Jamaica

A senior Global Citizenship major at Becker College, Racquel Knight, will launch a social enterprise, One Chair 4 One Child, to benefit citizens of Jamaica. Knight will unveil her organization’s plans and new website at 5 p.m. Thursday at the school’s Center for Global Citizenship, 44 West St.

“My hope is to transform the classroom experience in rural Jamaica,” said Knight. “When I was a student, we would spend 30 minutes or more trying to find a chair. If a chair had three legs, then I would improvise; leaning against the wall and barely sitting on the chair to try to avoid falling.”

After Knight was transferred to another school in another town in Jamaica that had classroom furniture, her learning experience greatly improved.

She began exploring solutions for her experience in her Social Problems class at Becker. Her creative thinking morphed into a social enterprise, One Chair 4 One Child, which offers a solution to a problem by providing a creative, financial and sustainable outcome.

“I have been getting assistance for my social enterprise from staff and faculty at Becker College and gaining a lot of managerial experience through my internship at the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College,” Knight said.

“Racquel is a stellar student who has truly assumed a leadership role in pursuing her passion to improve the educational climate in rural Jamaica,” said Dr. Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, Executive Director for Global Initiatives and the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College.

Knight’s vision is to ensure that every Jamaican child attending school in rural areas has not just a chair, but a comfortable learning environment in which they can excel in the classroom and pursue their passions.

Clark lecture focuses on history of White House spin

Political historian David Greenberg will explain the origins and development of presidential communications — from the Progressive Era to digital media, talk radio, Twitter and more — in a free, public lecture titled, “History of White House Spin: From the Bully Pulpit to the Age of Trump,” beginning at 4:30 Oct. 12, at the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, Clark University.

David Greenberg

Courtesy of Clark University

Political historian David Greenberg will speak at Clark University on Oct. 12.

Greenberg is a professor of history, and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of the prize-winning “Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image” and the “Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency,” which won the George Orwell Award, the Goldsmith Book Prize, and the Ray and Pat Browne Book Prize. Formerly an acting editor of the New Republic, Greenberg has been a regular contributor to such publications as Politico, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The Patron-Cohen Fund of the History and Political Science departments at Clark University sponsors this event.

Greyhound expands Worcester service

Greyhound has expanded its service from Union Station.

In addition to increased non-stop service to Boston, Greyhound added Hartford, Springfield and New York to its list of destinations served from Worcester. For New York, customers can choose between Greyhound’s Express service to the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal or the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.

“Greyhound will continue to deliver everyday low prices on these routes, providing Worcester customers connections to our national network of more than 3,800 destinations. As we continue to expand our service in the Northeast, we hope to offer additional routes to and from Worcester in the near future,”  said Andy Kaplinsky, chief commercial officer of Greyhound.

UniBank to sponsor sign at SPM

UniBank has agreed to donate a state-of-the-art digital display to St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School. The display is scheduled to be installed this fall.

Sam Pepper Jr., UniBank president and chief executive officer, said, “UniBank prides itself on bringing communities together. As such we are pleased to help make this digital sign a reality for St. Peter-Marian.”

St. Peter-Marian President Christopher J. Cummings said: “The electronic messaging center supports Saint Peter Marian’s new approach to marketing and public relations. The advanced messaging technology will enhance our ability to share news about our initiatives, partnerships and school events. Its presence on our front lawn and visibility on Grove Street will ensure dissemination to a broad cross-section of the greater Worcester population.”

The sign will be manufactured and installed by Sunshine Sign Co. in North Grafton, another prominent supporter of the school.

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