January 31, 2018

Inbox [Jan. 31]: News and notes from Sen. Chandler, Worcester Chamber, Temescal Wellness, ArtsWorcester

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Acting Senate President Harriette L. Chandler

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Chandler keynote speaker at Chamber’s March breakfast

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that acting Senate President Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, will serve as keynote speaker at the March 8 Breakfast Club event inside Holy Cross’s Hogan Center. The event runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and is sponsored by Fidelity Bank.

Chandler served as one of Worcester’s state representatives from 1995-2001 before winning an election as the first woman from the city to become a Massachusetts state senator. She represents Worcester’s First District, was Senate majority leader and longtime Worcester School Committee member. In the state Legislature, Chandler has served as the co-chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus and the Legislature’s Oral Health Caucus, co-chair of the Regional Transit Authority Legislative Caucus, co-chair of the Central Massachusetts Caucus, co-chair of the Brain Injury Commission, and co-chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators.

She is also actively involved outside of the State House, having served as co-chair of the Reforming States Group Steering Committee, as vice president of the 2015-2016 Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She has also served as state director of Women in Government, and cooperator of the YWCA, Worcester Art Museum, and Greater Worcester Foundation. She is a member of Worcester Women’s History Project, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Worcester Democratic City Committee, and the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.

Recent state legislation that Chandler has proposed or co-sponsored includes language to provide tax relief to seniors while creating affordable housing as well as promoting sustainable development. She has also advocated for safe application and removal of body art; involvement of youth in civic engagement; providing health education in schools; establishing a commission on regional school district foundation budgets; stabilizing the commonwealth’s nursing facilities; improving the licensure of skilled nursing facilities; protecting dogs at boarding kennels and daycare facilities; women’s health and economic equity; and establishing criteria for MassHealth hardship waivers among many others.

Timothy P. Murray, former lieutenant governor and current CEO and president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently called Chandler “a pioneer” whose work ethic, energy and passion are unmatched even by her younger colleagues.

“The Chamber is excited to have the Senate President as the keynote at our March Breakfast Club,” he said. “Her leadership and wide range of political experience is essential to the quality of life in the Commonwealth and Central Massachusetts.”

Chandler earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1959, her Ph.D. from Clark University in 1973, and her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in 1983. She also earned her honorary doctorate in Public Administration from Worcester State College in 1988. Her professional experience includes working as a management consultant.

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Worcester Public Library

Medical marijuana equal opportunity career fairs at library Feb. 6

Temescal Wellness of Massachusetts is proud to announce a medical marijuana equal opportunity career fair will be held Feb. 6 at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square.

The fair, planned for 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Saxe Room, creates an opportunity for prospective employees to submit their resumes and speak directly with hiring managers.

Candidates are invited to join the Temescal Wellness team and its institutional partner, the Minority Cannabis Business Association, to learn about cannabis industry employment, and the unique opportunities in Massachusetts for people of color, women, veterans, disabled people, ex-offenders of marijuana laws and other diverse groups to participate in the Commonwealth’s young cannabis industry.

Among the job opportunities are junior production associate, production associate, production supervisor (processing) and production supervisor (cultivation).

The guest speaker will be Jason Ortiz, policy director of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

RSVP to each event is requested for admission; candidates may email a resume, cover letter and which event they are attending to RSVP@temescalwellness.com. Attendees are also encouraged to submit applications to open positions listed on www.temescalwellness.com/jobs under the Massachusetts heading, prior to the job fair to facilitate early review.

Drug policies have disproportionately affected minority communities. Yet as these policies change, minorities are disproportionately excluded from the new industries forming. Ted Rebholz, founder of Temescal Wellness, said, “We see differences as an asset. In order build a truly successful organization, its leaders have to recognize the innovation and creativity that come from diverse perspectives. Building a workforce that reflects the various backgrounds, opinions, experiences, and cultures of the community we serve is a key element of our mission.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued Temescal three preliminary licenses to grow and process in Worcester, and dispense medical marijuana in Hudson, Framingham and Pittsfield. Upon final licensing, the company will serve qualifying patients with a variety of high-quality medical medicines and education.

The company is currently seeking candidates for positions in the Worcester production facility and MetroWest retail dispensaries (Hudson and Framingham), scheduled to open in early spring 2018, and is hiring for all program areas: cultivation, extraction, infusion, general processing, transport, security, and retail.

ArtsWorcester set to open 14th Annual College Show

ArtsWorcester announces the student artists whose works were selected for the 14th Annual College Show, opening Friday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. From 253 submissions, independent curator Mary Tinti selected 65 works in traditional and new media, including sculpture, video, print, painting, and photography.

“This year’s competition was particularly tough, between the increase in submissions and the terrific quality of the works overall,” says ArtsWorcester Executive Director Juliet Feibel. “There’s so much talent emerging from our colleges, and it’s wonderful to see it all at once at one city institution.”

The selected artists for this year’s exhibit, which runs through March 2, are:

Anna Maria College: Rebecca Foti, Matthew Mitera, Suzanne Pekar, Cole Walling; Assumption College: Caroline Bercier, Julie Chlapowski, Christian Copeley, Dana Mendes, Julia Minichello, Jaclyn Shenian, Hope Sutton, Michael Tortora; Becker College: Gage Domhoff, Jacob Houghton, Julianne Stone; Clark University: Ellen Arellana, Kassidy Benzing-Plourde, Francisco Borges-Rivera, Shannon Briden, Rachel Gray, Kaylyn Landahl, Grant Madigan-Kolstad, Chaimaa Medhat, Sam Mescon, Isabel Miranda, Helen Perham, Teide Riley-McNary, Mal Sklar, Miranda Smerling, Emily Velasquez, Amy Wong, Kristi Xhelili;

College of the Holy Cross: Matthew Brown, Erin Cunningham, Isabel Dawson, Murphy Grady, Ryan Hatfield, Joseph Metrano, Ann Mondi, Mae-Chu O’Connell, Megan Viera, Katie-Li Walker, Demetrius Wilson, Mengqi Wu; New England School of Acupuncture/MCPHS: Craig Graceffo; Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Amanda Ezeobiejesi; Worcester State University: Trang Duong, Angeline Gallant, Samuel Harnois, Matthew McNickles, Fadwa Mekkaoui, Hannah Muggeo, Erin Reid, Johanna Riddle, Jared Rooney, Herman Servatius, Maura Sheehan, Hayley Sutherland.

Awards, which come with cash prizes, will be announced at the opening reception. Refreshments that evening will be provided by deadhorse hill, and music from the WPI Jazz Group. The reception and gallery hours are free to the public, and free parking is available during gallery openings in the paved lots belonging to the Freemasons, at the corner of Ionic and Beacon streets.

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