Worcester’s Power Players, a more definitive list

If we are going to honor the developers, we also have to acknowledge the role of those who create the crucial infrastructure of a vital built environment – the artists, the preservationists, the tree huggers and the tree planters. … They too are the “power players.”

Inbox [Feb. 3-10]: News and notes from Worcester Historical Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Fallon Health, CABI + more

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Free February admission at Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum has announced that, thanks to a donation from J.J. Bafaro Mechanical Contractors, it will have an entire month of free admission and programs this month — and invites everyone to come and show their love of Worcester history.

There will be chances for learning about our community and its rich history through lectures on World War I; Worcester’s First Assistive Technology: Thurber’s 1843 Patent Printer; and Communities of Color in celebration of African American History Month. There will be valentine workshops at city public library branches, as well as the museum’s 40th annual Valentine Contest. For school vacation week, the museum will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Alden Family Gallery with crafts, scavenger hunts and fun.

At the end of the month the museum will celebrate Worcester’s 170th birthday with an announcement about a new partnership with WPI, champagne and Queen’s Cups cupcakes.

Chamber to host Career and Internship Fair at WSU Feb. 26

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Live. Work. Play. Stay! Career, Internship and Live Local Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Wellness Center at Worcester State University.

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

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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.

Inbox [Jan. 28-Feb. 3]: News and notes from Worcester Fire Department, St. Peter-Marian, the Research Bureau + more

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Worcester Fire Department turns to O2X Human Performance program

The Worcester Fire Department received grants totaling $60,000 to pay for 02X Human Performance Training. The Leary Firefighters Foundation contributed $20,000 and AT&T, $40,000.

As a result, 60 members of the WFD participated in the O2X training Jan. 16-19.

The O2X Human Performance program is a training curriculum designed to tackle the health risks firefighters face, in order to reduce department costs and injury rates. A veteran-owned small business, O2X is based in Quincy and consists of U.S./U.K.Special Operations veterans, professional and Olympic athletes, and over 50 experts who teach the latest research in health, wellness and performance.

The Quad [Dec. 30-Jan. 6]: Four things to know from UMass Medical School, Becker, Holy Cross

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Two UMMS residents to study effect of mindfulness during hospital rounds

The American Council of Graduate Medical Education has awarded a Back to Bedside grant to UMass Medical School alumni and internal medicine/pediatrics residents Emily Chen, M.D., and Emily Levoy, M.D.

The Back to Bedside program supports resident- and fellow-led projects that affect the way they engage with patients and their learning environment in powerful and meaningful ways. Drs. Chen and Levoy will use the one-year, $2,000 grant to implement their “Mindful Rounding: A Back to Bedside Initiative.” The grant is renewable for up to two years.

“The majority of residents enter the medical field because we enjoy interacting with and helping patients, but many of us have found that we devote too much time to administrative tasks and documentation,” Levoy said. “The Back to Bedside grant was a great opportunity to think critically about how we could create an intervention to improve the quantity and quality of the interactions we have with patients and families on a busy inpatient pediatrics ward.”

Inbox [Dec. 20]: News and notes from Veterans Inc., Worcester Building Pathways and Wormtown Brewery

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Veterans Inc. adds Giving Tree Project to programs providing holiday aid

Veterans Inc. kicked off its annual Appeal Drive recently though a mailing and social media campaign. Along with the end-of-year campaign, the organization has added a Giving Tree Project to help provide presents for the children of veterans in need this holiday season.

Although Veterans Inc. receives some government funding for its programs, there remains a gap in what is needed to sufficiently meet the high volume of requests for help each year. “We have seen a significant increase in the number of veterans who are reaching out for our services,” said Veterans Inc. President and CEO Vincent J. Perrone, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired). “The success of our Annual Appeal is crucial so we can continue to maintain the highest level of supportive  services to the men and women who honorably served our country.”

Among the programs the organization offers to veterans in need are temporary housing, employment and training, food services, health and wellness, post-9/11 support and a female veteran housing facility. Some of the veterans using Veteran Inc. services are homeless or are near homelessness.

Up Next: City poised to set tax rates

While the city is flush with free cash and increasingly quick to trumpet its enviable financial situation, Worcester residents and businesses are likely to be digging in the couch cushions for a little “free cash” of their own once the City Council determines the dual tax rates at Tuesday’s meeting.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. used $250,000 from free cash to reduce the city’s tax levy to about $293.5 million, some $11 million more than last year but nearly $14 million below what the city could ask from its taxpayers.

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Edward M. Augustus Jr.

But still, with the spike in property values across the city, especially residential properties, even staying at last year’s rates of $19.22 per $1,000 of assessed value for residential and $32.93 for commercial, industrial and personal property, the average bills would rise $179 and $83, respectively.

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Worcester Weekly: Clark zombies, WPI football + more, Oct. 15-21

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Monday, Oct. 16 — Hops & Harmony at the Hall, 6 p.m. [doors open at 5:30], Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Sometimes all it takes is a little liquid courage to let your inner Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga out of the shower and into the eardrums of — gasp! — real, live other people. Disclaimer: the Worcester Sun and its affiliates do not recommend consuming alcohol in the shower (unless you’re in a 1980s baseball movie).

Still in its infancy, the Hops & Harmony series is intended to be “a fun night of live music with audience participation. Enjoy time with friends, meet new ones, and learn popular music in three parts for fun and YouTube stardom. This get-out-of-the-house experience is a great way to unwind and let loose after a long day.” Tickets are $5.