Worcester Weekly: Jingle 5K, Craftershock! + more to do, Dec. 11-18

Sunday, Dec. 11 — Craftershock! 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave.  This city has many things that make it distinct, unique even. Indeed we have a rich and proud history bursting at the seams with difference-makers of all shapes and sizes — from Goddard’s rockets to Ball’s smiley faces, from Abbey’s activism to Abbie’s activism. Now, for sure, roller derby couldn’t possibly provide the impact of, say, feverish abolitionism or advocacy of women’s rights, but Worcester Roller Derby is both a fascinating sporting endeavor and a home-away-from-home that provides an often important community for its members.

Check out our free feature story on WoRD’s social (and physical) impact

Liz Couture, aka T-Flex

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Liz Couture, aka T-Flex

 

Clearly these are no one-dimensional ladies. And for the sixth year, WoRD is putting on its “alternative craft fair,” featuring more than 70 vendors (and free admission). Homemade jewelry, vintage goods, art and photography, gifts and more. You’re going to be out shopping anyway — plus why risk making these women angry?!

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Wednesday, Dec. 14 — City Services Q&A, 3-4 p.m., 2nd Floor, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  You’d think the city might want to make clear that they will not be taking questions about snow removal or taxes. This is, though, a pretty nifty service to have at your disposal — at least you can see all those rising tax dollars at work!

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.”

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.”

Worcester Weekly: Festival of Lights, tough call at Clark + more to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

A Clarkie conundrum

Wednesday, Nov. 30 — Clark women’s basketball vs. Mount Holyoke, 7 p.m., Kneller Athletic Center, Clark University, 950 Main St.  This is not your average Wednesday evening at Clark University, thank you very much. There’s a lot to think about here: Do we support our fellow students, female athletes at that; or do we fill our liberally hued craniums with more stories of oppression at a lecture about housing evictions? All this and we’re still dealing with Trump. What is a Clarkie to do?

Well, Cougar fans, or anyone else who enjoys the competitive spirit of collegiate athletics, would do well to wend their way through campus and find a seat at the Kneller center to watch junior star Sam O’Gara and teammates take on the Panthers.

Worcester Sports Complex

Inbox [Oct. 9]: Worcester Academy inks Canal District rink deal, Tour de France winner visits, help for grandparents raising grandkids, Clark lecture explores refugee crisis and Middle East policy

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Worcester Academy becomes anchor high school tenant at Canal District rink

Worcester Sports Center, expected to be built and open by August 2017 on Harding Street in Worcester, has signed Worcester Academy as an anchor high school tenant, managing partner Cliff Rucker said.

Worcester Sports Complex

Courtesy Worcester Railers

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

“I am delighted to announce that Worcester Academy will be our first high school anchor tenant with both their boys and girls ice hockey teams,” said Rucker, who also owns Worcester Railers HC, an ECHL team expected to begin play next season. “The Worcester Academy agreement further emphasizes our commitment that this is a community resource built for the student-athletes of Worcester.”

A Mother’s Journey [Part 28]: The great debate

Editor’s note: Since last September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

William Shakespeare might have been a fan of The Learning Hub. Among the many things he’s remembered for writing or saying was this nugget: “to climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.” That is how The Learning Hub intends to grow. Not all at once, but with each step.

While I feel The Hub has an immense level of potential to skyrocket, I continue to promote our brand and work steadily to make it more about quality than quantity. At first, anyway. Like the nature vs. nurture debate, the quality vs. quantity question has been held as a pivotal point in determining the early success of a business.

Many argue for better quality — to me, pushing out bad material, products or services into the market is uncalled for — while others support the notion that quantity — or market share — is the biggest component of success. Promotion, promotion, promotion! Putting your business out for the world to see is said to be the most effective way of launching a successful venture.


Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The Book of Hub, or scroll down to begin from earlier in her inspiring quest.


Worcester Weekly: Burncoat’s Mega Reunion + 6 more things to do, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Sunday, Sept. 25 — Worcester Regional Airport Blood Drive + Wings of Freedom, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Worcester Regional Airport, 375 Airport Drive  Blood drives generally need little introduction, so I’m going to go ahead and trust you with that piece of the puzzle. The cool part is — well, there’s actually a couple; go figure! — a) once you’re in lie-back-and-grab-a-cookie mode, you can enter to win two free roundtrip tickets from JetBlue; and b) you get free admission to the final day of the Wings of Freedom weekend-long event at the airport.

P-51C Mustang

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P-51C Mustang

A-1E Skyraiders

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A-1E Skyraiders

Wings of Freedom is the Collings Foundation’s tour of historic aircraft and will be there from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Among the planes expected to be on display are a F4U-5NL Corsair fighter, A1-E Skyraider strike fighter and P-51C Mustang fighter. Tickets are $12, $10 for children under 12.

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Tuesday, Sept. 27 — Food for Thought: Is Local Better? Panel discussion, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  Ooh! Ooh! I know this one!! Probably, though, it’s not as simple as preferring butter n’ sugar corn from Leicester or the best green beans you’ve ever had from East Brookfield. And for many in the city, even a short trip down Route 9 isn’t local enough.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 27]: The Book of Hub

Editor’s note: Since last September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Giselle Rivera-Flores

It seems the education system struggles to provide students in public schools STEM and STEAM [STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the A is for Art] education. While public schools deal with higher teacher-to-student ratios and a constant budget crisis, The Learning Hub has found a willing partner in local public libraries, which are helping to fill the void of missing after-school programs and in-school study options in many inner cities.

Public libraries have always been valued as an important element in any community. Creating a space filled with unlimited knowledge and resources, these local libraries are shifting what they offer the residents of their communities. Attractions in any city, libraries have the ability to revitalize a community by bringing different groups together, addressing social issues and introducing things like historical artifacts to an audience that may never reach a museum. They also make business and entrepreneurial resources more accessible.

The library is one of the most versatile tools that can be used to enrich any area, especially inner cities.


Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The kernels of wisdom, or scroll down to start from earlier in her inspiring journey