Learn the fundamentals of 3D Printing at one of our 2-hour sessions including:
Where: Wachusett Business Incubator, 31 Lake Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Each class will be
Class Size: Up to 5 participants for each available session
When: Select from May 2 at 7 PM; May 3 at 4 PM or 7 PM; or May 6 at 10 AM or 1 PM
Instructor: Glenn Eaton
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Fitchburg State University $500,000 to support the development of a performing arts center on Main Street.
The grant, announced Tuesday, April 18, was awarded by the NEH Challenge Grant program, and will catalyze additional fundraising efforts by the university.
The NEH grant will support the construction of a 15,830-square-foot “black box” theater adjacent to the historic theater at 717 Main St. in the heart of downtown Fitchburg. The new space will support university students and the community, serving as an applied humanities learning laboratory for students as well as a mechanism to drive downtown revitalization through expanded arts and cultural experiences.
University President Richard S. Lapidus said the successful application for these competitive grant dollars was a validation of the institutional belief in the importance of the humanities in the future of higher education.
“We are grateful to the NEH for supporting this public-private partnership that will be transformative for our students while enhancing the quality of life in the city and region,” President Lapidus said. “This theater space will create singular learning opportunities for students, provide a state of the art resource for community groups, and drive the continuing revitalization of downtown Fitchburg.”
The 250-seat, black box theater represents the second phase of the project, which began with the university’s purchase of the historic theater in 2016. The building is already home to the university’s game studio for senior students in the game design major, as well as the interdisciplinary ideaLab that supports the development and growth of new and existing businesses in the community. Since its inception, the ideaLab has served 257 small businesses, including 150 low-moderate income owners, 115 women owners, 88 immigrant/ESL owners, and provided grants and loans totaling $3.37 million.
The black box will also include infrastructure that will serve the future renovation of the historic theater itself. When completed, the site will comprise the Fitchburg State University Performing Arts Center. The project complements major development efforts downtown including the restoration of City Hall, the upcoming renovation of the Fitchburg Public Library, and the conversion of the former B.F. Brown School into 60 units of artist live/work space.
Construction of the black box is expected to begin in 2024.
Join Mirick O’Connell’s Labor, Employment Benefits Team for this informative half-day seminar. We will discussing a variety of topics designed to assist HR professionals and business lenders as they attempt to successfully navigate challenging employment issues.
Do you feel like your business is stuck? Frustrated because you’ve tried so many things to grow your business and nothing seems to work?
On April 12th, challenge The Chamber’s “Profit Finder”, Brian Carmody, who says he can find $100,000 in new revenue and profit for your business in under 1 hour!
Only 9 appointment slots are available for business owners that day.
Sign up before your competition does for this potentially life-changing experience.
Boston – Berkshire Bank, a leading, socially responsible community bank with financial centers in New England and New York, is excited to announce it was recently recognized in Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies 2023. The list features the top 700 most trustworthy companies across 23 industries.
The Newsweek list recognized companies for their dedication to building trust with all stakeholders. Results were based on a holistic approach to evaluating trust that considered customer trust, employee trust, and investor trust.
“Trust is the foundation of all banking relationships,” said Berkshire Bank CEO Nitin Mhatre. “This award reflects the passionate commitment of all Berkshire bankers working hard every day to earn the trust of our customers by treating them fairly and with respect, safeguarding and growing their hard-earned assets, being there for them in good times and bad, and prioritizing transparency and integrity at every stakeholder touchpoint. We are proud to be ranked as one of the most trustworthy companies and banks in the country for the second consecutive year.”
America’s Most Trustworthy Companies 2023 were identified in an independent survey based on a vast sample of approximately 25,000 U.S. residents who rated companies they know in terms of on all three touchpoints of trust. A total of 95,000 evaluations were submitted. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.
About Berkshire Bank
Berkshire Bank, founded in 1846, is becoming a high-performing, leading, socially responsible community bank. It empowers the financial potential of its stakeholders by making banking available where, when and how it’s needed through an uncompromising focus on exceptional customer service, digital banking, and positive community impact. Providing a wide range of financial solutions through its consumer banking, commercial banking and wealth management divisions, the bank has approximately $11.7 billion in assets and a community-based footprint of 100 financial centers in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Named one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek and America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes, Berkshire is also listed in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
NewVue Communities is excited to welcome Dolores Thibault-Muñoz in the newly-created position of Deputy Director. Dolores started in the role on March 10th and will be overseeing NewVue’s housing services, community organizing, small business development, and fundraising and communications teams.
NewVue’s Executive Director, Marc Dohan said, “Dolores brings a combination of skills, leadership experience, and an understanding of the region’s economic development needs that will support NewVue’s mission, strengthen our programs and stretch our impact. She offers a breadth and depth of human service experience in a variety of work settings, and we are fortunate to have her join our team.”
Dolores moved to Fitchburg, MA in 2006, where she became the executive director of the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center. She then became interim executive director of Growing Places and House of Peace and Education Inc. Dolores has served on multiple boards of local organizations. She was also the first Latina elected City Councilor in the City of Fitchburg. Dolores graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and graduated with a JD from The Massachusetts School of Law. She most recently was a criminal defense attorney who represented indigent clients for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Massachusetts’ Public Defender Agency in Worcester County. She currently lives in Gardner, MA.
The Office of Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, the Department of Public Works and the Health Department is inviting the community to participate in the City’s Annual 2023 Ward Clean-Up Days scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th.
Fitchburg’s City Ward Clean-Ups need the support of many helping hands from community clubs, civic groups, businesses and schools. Volunteers are need to help with litter pick up in our neighborhoods, along our roadways and in our many parks.
It is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for everyone to work together, take pride in our community and build a more vibrant City.
For more information, or to notify the City of a group that will be supporting the beautification efforts please contact the Mayor’s Office.
Barbara Mahoney, President and CEO of Leominster Credit Union presented Leominster Mayor Dea¬n J. Mazzarella with a check for $5,000 for the Mayor’s Energy Program.
“Leominster Credit Union is pleased to support our neighbors through Mayor Mazzarella’s Energy Program. There are many who are impacted by our current environment and rising costs, and their ability to pay for fuel is no different. Assisting those within the communities we serve is a major focus of LCU, and we continue to live by the credit union motto of People Helping People,” commented Barbara Mahoney, LCU President & CEO.
For more information on the Fuel Assistance Program stop by or contact the Mayor’s Office at 978-534-7500.
About Leominster Credit Union
Founded in 1954, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a full range of deposit, lending and other financial services. Headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, LCU is proud to claim nearly 50,000 members and more than $700 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Clinton, Holden, North Leominster, Sterling and Worcester with ATM services at all branch locations. LCU also provides 24-hour banking via Mobile and Online services. Visit leominstercu.com or call 800-649-4646.
Please be advised that a Live Virtual Public Informational Meeting (PIM) for the referenced project will be hosted on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM at the following MassDOT website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/highway-division/events