January 13, 2018

Inbox [Jan. 13-20]: News and notes from the Girl Scouts, You Inc., UniBank and more

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Courtesy Community Harvest Project

CHP is adding classes in its kids' cooking program.

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Rotary Club’s free ‘Repair Cafe’ set for Jan. 20 in Bolton

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is offering a way for area residents to repair, instead of throw away, household items and clothing.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, bring things in need of fixing — such as mendable clothes, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes and toys — to the cafeteria of the Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to make repairs, or if that isn’t possible, advise participants where to get help with the item.

In addition to repairs, volunteers will also sharpen knives, scissors and garden tools.

The event is free; participants pay only for any parts needed, and should bring replacement parts if they have them. Participants are asked to stay and watch the repairs being made, and even do some of the work if they’d like. To entertain and teach the kids, a supervised take-apart table will also be available.

The Bolton Repair Cafe is sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Rotary with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Cafe Foundation.

Girl Scouts, Women’s Initiative offering “BFF: Be a Friend First” series

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts are inviting 5th-through-8th-grade girls in Worcester to participate in a free, research-based program designed help them learn how to avoid bullying, cliques, peer pressure, stereotyping and gossip. The program focuses on developing healthy relationships, leading through friendship, resolving conflict and cultivating a strong sense of self.

The eight-session program, “BFF: Be a Friend First,” is sponsored by the United Way of Central Massachusetts Women’s Initiative. Students do not need to belong to the Girl Scouts to attend. Sessions will be held Saturdays from Jan. 20 to March 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Greendale People’s Church, 25 Francis St., Worcester. To register, contact Kerry O’Brien at kobrien@gscwm.org or 508-749-3633.

Democratic candidate for District 7 Governor’s Council to host campaign kickoff

Paul DePalo, a lawyer and former public school teacher, will host a fundraising campaign kickoff celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at El Basha Restaurant, 256 Park Ave., Worcester.

DePalo says he will bring a civil, community-based perspective to the Governor’s Council’s work of approving or rejecting the governor’s judicial nominees. “As Governor’s Councilor I will support judges who understand how their decisions intersect with our communities, with a special emphasis on acknowledging and working to correct the school-to-prison pipeline,” he said in a statement.

“The judiciary can help to remedy expensive, ineffective mass incarceration,” DePalo said. “We need judges who understand the dynamics of our revolving-door prisons — reducing recidivism saves money, supports communities, and improves working conditions for our corrections officers.”

Community Harvest Project expands cooking classes for children

Community Harvest Project is expanding its kids’ cooking classes to two age groups: ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12. The classes are held at 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton.

Celery Sous Chefs are one-hour classes geared to the younger age group, and emphasize basic nutrition, reading recipes, measuring, and tasting new things. Celery Sous Chef classes are $20 per participant.

Broccoli Head Chef classes are geared to 9-to-12-year-olds and emphasize specific nutrition topics, following advanced recipes, and adjusting recipes to individual taste. Broccoli Head Chef classes are $40 per participant. All classes are vegetarian, and include hands-on cooking, plus recipes to take home.

The first two classes of the year focus on easy make-ahead breakfasts. “Morning Rocket Fuel” for Celery Sous Chefs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 16. “Morning Rocket Fuel” for Broccoli Head Chefs will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

Visit www.community-harvest.org/education for full class schedules and registration.

You Inc., WHA partner on parenting workshop

Worcester Community Connections Coalition of YOU Inc. and the Worcester Family Partnership, with additional support from the Worcester Housing Authority, will offer a free Parent Leadership Training program.

The eight-week program runs 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s beginning Feb. 7 at Great Brook Valley, 35 Freedom Way, 2nd floor.

Dinner and supervision for children will be provided.

Space is limited. Contact Anne Bureau at 508-796-1411, ext. 418, for more information.

Courtesy BCI

Jessica Stott

Behavioral Concepts appoints Stott director of center-based services

Behavioral Concepts, a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism spectrum disorder throughout Central Massachusetts, has named Jessica Stott director of center-based services in Worcester.

Stott specializes in staff and parent training, consultative services and program development, and has provided applied behavior analysis-based services to children with disabilities for more than 10 years. She returns to the BCI team after three years working for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. Previously, Stott was senior clinical coordinator for five years at BCI, providing clinical services within public education. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Endicott College in Beverly.

Stott, of Hudson, received her B.S. in psychology from Endicott, and a master’s degree in applied behavioral analysis from Simmons College in Boston.

UniBank to hold home-buying seminar in Worcester

UniBank will sponsor free monthly home-buying seminars throughout 2018. Discussion topics include: negotiating a winning offer, finding the right mortgage and prequalifying, down payment options, and the importance of home inspections.

UniBank’s January Home Buying Seminar will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at UniBank’s Worcester branch, 24 Gold Star Blvd. Contact UniBank’s Lemonia Mironidis at 508-756-0807 or lemonia.mironidis@unibank.com to register.

Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. All seminar attendees will receive a $250 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank.

Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition’s annual kickoff Jan. 26

The Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition will hold its annual kickoff event in conjunction with the 12th anniversary of the IRS Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central Massachusetts, 138 Green St.

Speakers include U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., and District 5 Councilor Matthew Wally.

RSVP to Yasmine by Jan. 19 at yasmine.shawwaf@unitedwaycm.org, or 508-757-5631, ext. 223.

Mooradian appointed board chair at Jericho Road Worcester

Jericho Road Worcester, an organization dedicated to supporting Worcester-area nonprofits, has named lawyer Alex Mooradian chairman of its board of directors.

Since 2009, JRW has offered free business assistance to nonprofits through its corps of skilled volunteers. JRW has had recent success collaborating with AppleTree Arts, Clinton Adult Learning Center and Abby’s House, among others, providing services in strategic planning and fundraising.

Mooradian joined the JRW’s board in December 2015.  He is an immigration attorney at Glickman, Sugarman, Kneeland & Gribouski, representing clients in both deportation defense and immigration benefits cases, including extensive work with immigrant juveniles. He is also chairman of the Worcester County Bar Association’s Immigration Section, and serves on the pro bono panel at Ascentria Care Alliance.

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