Worcester Windows painting

Inbox [Dec. 21]: New Worcester Windows exhibits on display, Holy Cross ranks with top-value colleges, Anna Maria students plan volunteer work, Naughton named to anti-nuclear weapons panel

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. 

Worcester Windows Winter Exhibits on display

The Worcester Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce two Worcester Windows Winter exhibits are on display. “Worcester City Hall and Common” is located at the Community Gallery in the basement level of City Hall, 455 Main St. “Let There be Light” is located at Bay State Savings Bank, 28 Franklin St. Both are free and open to the public.

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program that uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown area. In addition, Worcester Windows provides display opportunities for local emerging and established artists.

Inbox [Dec. 18]: UMass Medical gets $3.1M for heart study, WorcShop shares in $242K in state grants, WPI researchers make cancer breakthrough, Health Connector deadline looms

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

UMass Medical School awarded $3.1M to monitor, improve heart attack care in Worcester

UMass Medical School has been awarded a four-year, $3.1 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for Community Surveillance of Coronary Heart Disease. The new grant, previously known as the Worcester Heart Attack Study, continues four decades of monitoring local heart attack patients to improve treatment and outcomes under the direction of Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., founder and principal investigator.

“We’re going to study contemporary trends in the magnitude of heart disease in the greater Worcester community. We’re going to monitor changing and current trends in the in-hospital and long-term outcomes of patients hospitalized with heart attacks, also called acute myocardial infarctions. And we’re going to look at changes taking place in patient management,” said Goldberg, professor of quantitative health sciences.

UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School

“What we want to learn is, will these trajectories continue: Will [the] incidence of heart attacks continue to decrease? Will patients’ prognosis continue to improve? And how much more effectively can patients be managed?”

Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since the mid-1980s, the community-based study provides 40 years of data about the number of heart attacks among residents of the greater Worcester community and outcomes of their medical care during and after hospitalization. It also provides insights on how patients who experience heart attacks are treated by physicians in the community.

“We’re going to have a 40-year picture of heart disease, which is unique. What we’ve learned since 1975 is that even though Worcester heart attack patients have become older and sicker, often having multiple diseases, the incidence of heart attacks is declining, and patients’ [prognoses] both in-hospital and post-discharge is getting better,” said Goldberg. “We think this is because patients are being much more aggressively managed with evidence-based care.”

Read the entire story on the UMass Medical School website


State announces inaugural round of Collaborative Workspace Program Awards

At an event last Thursday at The WorcShop in Worcester, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded over $950,000 in grant funding to 23 organizations across Massachusetts to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the commonwealth’s cities and towns.

Inbox [Dec. 14]: Worcester Fire Chief Gardell to retire, Clark adds business analytics degree, WPD to hold Civilian Police Academy, Moore seeks display suggestions

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Worcester Fire Chief Gardell announces retirement

Worcester Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell will retire from the department at the end of January, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced in a statement.

Gardell was appointed fire chief in the summer of 2015. At the time, he informed Augustus he planned to stay 12 to 18 months.

The city will follow the state Civil Service process in selecting a new fire chief. Internal candidates for the position have already taken a written exam and gone through an assessment center evaluation. The Civil Service Commission has the results of those evaluations, and is expected to provide the city with a list of candidates this month.

Mariano: Young patriots, raise your voices

“To those who find student protests un-American, I would remind you that this is precisely what freedom looks like. It is highly likely that the freedoms that you cherish were won, at least in part, by patriotic young Americans who dreamed of making their country better.”

Sina-cism: DACA is no way to reform immigration

The current debate over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — called into existence by a whim of President Obama in 2012 — illustrates the confusion many Americans have regarding civics.

Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

DACA permits illegal immigrants, including many who were brought to the United States as children, to remain here, provided they pay an application fee, have completed high school, are not convicted of felonies or serious misdemeanors, and meet several other requirements.

Many of those who qualify happen to be college students. And since president-elect Donald Trump has expressed opposition to DACA, there is a growing chorus of support for the program being heard on college campuses.

Related Sina-cism: The real line on immigration, and how Obama crossed it

More than 500 college presidents nationwide — including the presidents of Clark University, WPI and the College of the Holy Cross — have signed a letter to leaders in Washington, D.C., declaring in part:

“Since the advent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student leaders, working across campus and in the community … To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded. We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity …”

Moe Bergman: Ignoring nonprofit discussions and tax classification

Why would state-owned land depreciate to less than one-third its value over the last five years — shouldn’t it have been going up in value during this period of state-boosted economic development and college expansion?” One city councilor points a finger at what taxpayers should really be concerned about.

Editorial: CANDO spirit in Worcester

It’s Dec. 11. We’re in the thick of things now!

From giving thanks to giving presents, folks are in the middle of a month-long season that does the heart good.

Charitable giving goes into high gear over the holidays, too. Whether we drop coins in a red Salvation Army kettle or write a check to a pet cause before the tax year ends, it feels good to be kind.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center must be feeling like a million bucks. Their Winter Ball at Mechanics Hall Dec. 2 outdid itself this year, passing the $1 million mark in a night of dancing, dining and donating.

LEEP Center staff

Inbox [Dec. 7]: Becker adds to financial leadership team, Clark’s LEEP wins national honor, Worcester State study eyes Latino men opportunity gap, UniBank announces Invest Worcester

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Becker hires new executive director, leadership giving

Jane Grant of Worcester has been hired as the executive director of leadership giving, Becker College announced.

“Jane brings with her an extensive knowledge of both the Worcester community and advancement services,” said Colleen Bielitz ,Ph.D., vice president of institutional advancement and chief business development officer at Becker. “Her energy and expertise are vital to building our advancement team to meet the needs of our growing institution.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 116]: A Joe Petty fireside chat

Worcester is under siege. Not by violence or economic disparity, necessarily, or even pigeons or college students, but by rhetoric and hyperbole. And now, maybe more than ever, fear is spreading.

Hitch’s greatest hits: Gomez and Healey and Fresolo — oh my!

Our estimable mayor, hizzoner Mr. Petty, has been around long enough to see days like these ebb and flow — but even he’s not sitting idly by this time. He wants Worcester folks to know, he’s there for you, which is admirable.

Also: downtown gentrification? Still on! Here’s Hitch.

Worcester Weekly: Rachel Platten at Mechanics Hall + more to do, Dec. 4-10

Monday, Dec. 5 — XLO’s Almost Acoustic Christmas, 7:30 p.m. (doors), Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Hold up, there, chief — did anyone ask Mayor Petty about this? We’re trying to get everyone calmed down amid all the post-election tension, and WXLO’s gonna bring in some rich girl from Newton whose most popular song is about fighting? That doesn’t seem like a great holiday message. Of course, then the tragically unhip middle-aged white guy reads a few lyrics — and the song’s actually rather uplifting (except for the whole, being Hillary Clinton’s campaign theme song thing … ouch!).

Watch and listen: Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”

Anyway, with the opus approaching 240 million YouTube views, clearly Platten is ascending to the rarified air usually reserved for juggernauts like the Worcester Sun. And Donald Trump. Which all makes her a solid headliner for our fair hometown rock station’s annual holiday shindig. She’s joined by opening acts you’ve never heard of, who will play a lot more than her. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50 and strikingly plentiful.

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Wednesday, Dec. 7 — “Branded: How Italian Immigrants Became Enemies During WWII,” lecture, 6:30-8 p.m., Gene J. DeFeudis Italian American Cultural Center, 28 Mulberry St.  Obviously, the folks over at Mount Carmel forgot about the part in “The Godfather” — you’d think they’d mostly have it memorized — where Michael Corleone was a war hero. And then a whole bunch of senators really want to talk to him about the olive oil business, how he liked his trip to Vegas, all that good stuff. They don’t sound like enemies to me.