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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

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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.

Inbox [Dec. 11]: Bancroft School opens new fieldhouse, Worcester Public Library debuts new STEM program, ex-courthouse back on market, UMass increases downtown presence, Shrewsbury panel awards culture grants

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Bancroft School holds grand opening of new fieldhouse

Bancroft School held a grand opening of its newly renovated athletics fieldhouse located on the east end of the Bancroft campus at 100 Shore Drive, Worcester.

Situated on a hilltop overlooking Indian Lake, the fieldhouse features an indoor track, a turf field, flexible-use meeting and conference spaces, and a wall of windows that provides spectacular lake views.

Bancroft School's new fieldhouse

Courtesy of Bancroft School (Karla Cinquanta photo)

Bancroft School’s new fieldhouse

“All the pieces have fallen into place,” Head of School Trey Cassidy said, “and we’re proud to celebrate the culmination of a vision to create a beautiful, functional, and modern fieldhouse that would allow more consistent year-round training by our teams, and give non-Bancroft athletes and their families from the local community an experience more reflective of Bancroft School’s high standards.”

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.”

Inbox [Dec. 4]: LocalPorch debuts, Anna Maria launches new program, Worcester Public Library trades food for fines, Central Mass. manufacturing training serves 750, donations sparkle for Salvation Army

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Startup LocalPorch launches in Worcester area

LocalPorch, an online community and marketplace for locally handmade merchants and consumers, comes out of stealth mode and launches its first market right here in Worcester.

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Two entrepreneurs — CEO Kim Sullivan and vice president of operations Suzi Capone — and a seasoned e-commerce team have been readying LocalPorch for initial launch in the Worcester area. In addition to providing a platform that allows consumers to buy handmade goods nearby, the company itself is a local success story as a member of the Worcester CleanTech Incubator and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Tech Advisors Network (TAN) program in Worcester.

Check out the Sun’s Local Business Spotlight on LocalPorch

Sarah Mahan, who is an associate director of entrepreneurship at WPI and coordinates the TAN program, said “it is always exciting when a company in our program publicly launches. This is a big win for the Worcester area on many levels.”

Inbox [Nov. 13]: MassDiGI game gurus team up against income inequality, Assumption talks religious freedom, Unity in the Community hosts Thursday event, shred documents at Sutton UniBank

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Becker, MassDiGI collaboration makes game to start national conversation

Becker College and MassDiGI have collaborated with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to build the free, fast-moving and fun social-impact game, “Lotto Boxes,” to address income inequality, what President Barack Obama has called “the defining challenge of our time.”

The mobile game’s development team, which also includes Worcester-based startup Petricore Games, led by Becker alumnus Ryan Canuel, and Becker senior Rejon Taylor-Foster, publicly launched the open beta version of “Lotto Boxes” at the SVCF Innovation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., last month.

“Working on ‘Lotto Boxes’ with Becker, MassDiGI and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation was a great opportunity for us,” said Canuel. “The high level of communication and collaboration that went into the effort was the key to finding the right way to balance the social impact message with gameplay.”

Inbox [Nov. 9]: Worcester State checks in as new Canal District rink tenant, concert series begins today, Cary receives lifetime honor, Dunkin’s awards $30K to vets and first responders, Shrewsbury Street group meets tomorrow

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Worcester State signs on with Canal District rink

Worcester State University has signed a partnership agreement to serve as an anchor tenant at Worcester Sports Center, beginning next fall.

Worcester Sports Center, under construction at the former PresMet site on Harding Street, is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will host the Worcester State men’s hockey team, which will include all home games, practices and a permanent locker room.

Worcester Sports Complex

Courtesy Worcester Railers

An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

“I am excited to announce that Worcester State University will be joining us as an anchor tenant in 2017 with their men’s ice hockey team,” Worcester Sports Center’s managing partner Cliff Rucker said. “Partnering with Worcester State epitomizes our commitment that this is truly a Worcester community resource – built for the residents and student athletes of Worcester.”

Worcester State joins the Becker College men’s and women’s teams [first in the Sun!] and Worcester Academy; as well as youth organizations Worcester Junior Sharks and Junior Crusaders in signing on as initial tenants along with Rucker’s Worcester Railers ECHL minor league hockey team, which is expected to begin league play in October 2017.

Inbox [Nov. 6]: Continued growth expected for Worcester economy, Out to Lunch concert series up for $25K grant, Anna Maria receives $25K for fire extinguisher study, Ascentria to screen refugee movie

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Continued growth expected for Worcester economy

According to the Worcester Economic Index, a quarterly economic analysis compiled by Assumption College Professor of Economics Thomas White, Ph.D., the Worcester economy continued its recent solid performance as WEI grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate during the third quarter of 2016, up slightly from the 3.1 percent pace reported during the second quarter.

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The WEI is estimated using federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data on employment and unemployment for the Worcester metropolitan area, all of which have improved over the past year. According to the BLS Current Population Survey, employment in the Worcester area has risen by about 1.9 percent over the 12-month period ending in September, while the BLS payroll survey provides a similar estimate of 2.1 percent employment growth during the same period. In addition, the Worcester unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September, which is down from the 4.8 percent estimate in September 2015.

Len Gengel

Inbox [Nov. 2]: You Inc. offers substance abuse programs, Gengel to speak at Assumption, Binienda to be honored, Clark screens Vietnam doc, biz group backs Rep. Kane

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You Inc. substance abuse programs begin Saturday

You Inc. is launching a pair of programs for people affected by substance abuse. Both programs meet Saturdays at 81 Plantation St.

Step Up to Stand Back is a 10-week psychotherapy group program for caregivers of substance using youth.

The group will focus on understanding addiction, practicing self-care, connection with community resources, psycho-education, and training in practical interventions for personal, community and family based recovery. The group will meet 10:30-11:30 a.m.

See-Saw is a 10-week group for children ages 7-11 of adult substance users who are in, or currently working toward, recovery.

The group will focus on psycho-education about substance use and offer a safe space to process guardian substance use, prevention for at-risk youth, and supporting youth to develop and practice healthy. The group will meet 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Len Gengel

Courtesy Assumption College

Len Gengel will deliver Assumption College’s annual business ethics lecture.

Be Like Brit co-founder to speak at Assumption’s annual business ethics lecture

Assumption College will welcome Len Gengel, father of Britney Gengel and co-founder of Be Like Brit, to campus for the college’s annual Business Ethics Lecture sponsored by its MBA program.