November 14, 2017

Inbox [Nov. 15]: News and notes from Advisory Committee on Status of Women, Big Y, Pernet Family Health Service, MassDevelopment and WCLOC

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The Grandview Playhouse

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Nominations open for Woman of Consequence Award

The city of Worcester Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its Woman of Consequence and Young Woman of Consequence awards.

The Woman of Consequence Award recognizes a woman who has shown great leadership and tangible results as an agent of change in Worcester.

Criteria include:

  • Exceptional leadership
  • Demonstrated dedication and compassion resulting in positive change
  • Outstanding role model of community engagement
  • Must live, work or volunteer in Worcester
  • Must be present at award ceremony on March 8 at City Hall

The Young Women of Consequence Award will be presented to a Worcester high school junior or senior who has excelled in academics, shown promising leadership skills and has demonstrated a commitment to public service.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 12. Nominators and winners will be notified in writing by Feb. 23.

Nominations for the Woman of Consequence Award can be made here. Nominations for the Young Woman of Consequence Award can be made here.

Same-day grocery delivery available in Worcester through Big Y, Instacart

Instacart, the nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, and Big Y have expanded their same-day grocery delivery service to select stores in the Worcester area. The service allows Big Y customers to complete their grocery shopping online, and have their orders delivered to their doors in as little as an hour.

“We know our customers are busy, and that any found time in their week can make a difference,” said Michael D’Amour, executive vice president for Big Y. “By partnering with an industry leader like Instacart, we’re able to provide our customers with the quality and service they’ve come to expect from Big Y, without leaving their house.”

Big Y customers can now visit https://www.instacart.com/big-y or download the Instacart app to fill their virtual carts with all their favorite items — from produce and meat to everyday essentials — and have them delivered straight to their doorstep. At checkout, customers can add their Silver Savings Club number to receive advertised discounts, then choose a delivery window within one hour, two hours, or up to seven days in advance. Instacart’s shoppers will do the rest.

Instacart delivery starts at just $5.99 on orders of $35 or more. Instacart Express membership is also available, enabling unlimited, free same-day deliveries on orders over $35. After a free trial period, Instacart Express membership is $14.99 a month or $149 a year.

Pernet Family Health Service elects 3 to board

Pernet Family Health Service recently added three new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting.

Jack Woods

Donald Hamman, Pierre Telemaque of Saint Vincent Hospital and Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D., of Clark University and UMass Medical School were elected to three-year terms.

Board Chair Jack Woods, of TJ Woods Insurance, said: “Pernet Family Health Service, here in Worcester, does amazing things in our community. Their mission is to strengthen families in difficult situations – broken families, families struggling economically, families with children with special needs. Their work transforms these families. Their success stories are amazing. I am proud to serve on their Board and help them do this amazing work.”

MassDevelopment bond helps finance Uxbridge day program facility

MassDevelopment has issued a $1,550,000 tax-exempt bond for Venture Community Services, a nonprofit in Worcester County that provides advocacy and support to individuals with disabilities and their families. The organization used bond proceeds to renovate, furnish and equip a day program facility at 670 Douglas St., Uxbridge. The facility will support young adults with developmental disabilities, and staff will use the space to develop autism services for children and families.

“MassDevelopment is a proud supporter of the Commonwealth’s human services nonprofits, which provide high-quality services and programs for individuals and families across Massachusetts,” MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss said. “We are so pleased to issue this financing to help Venture Community Services continue providing the compassionate, individualized care for which it is known.”

Venture Community Services, founded in 1975, provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities through innovative practices that encourage independence, empowerment, and opportunity.

“Support from MassDevelopment has helped Venture to expand our reach and create opportunities for more people in Massachusetts,” said Mike Hyland, Venture Community Services president and CEO. “We are grateful for the long-term relationship we have with MassDevelopment and are looking forward to providing high quality, person-centered services throughout the Blackstone Valley.”

WCLOC to hold auditions for ‘Play on!’

The Worcester County Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its February production of “Play on!” The Rick Abbott play will be directed by Jake Lewis.

Auditions will be Monday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at The Grandview Playhouse
21 Grandview Ave.

Show dates are Feb. 9-11 and 15-18. Typical rehearsals will be 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. Sundays, except Dec. 23 and 25.

More information is available on the WCLOC website

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