Category: Community

Pezzella Makes Safety Recommendations for Worcester Schools

Safety equipment upgrades, more police officers recommended for Worcester schools

WORCESTER – The district’s school safety liaison and a special advisory committee advises implementing several recommendations from a recent independent audit of the district’s safety systems, including upgrading school security hardware and adding two police liaison officers. Robert Pezzella also suggests changing the title of his current position from school safety liaison to director of school safety and communication.

Fourth Annual Bullying Prevention & Education Conference

The 4th Annual Bullying Prevention and Education Conference will be held on Thursday March 3rd at North High School

Keynote Speaker 

Kirk Smalley – Stand for the Silent  

Stand for the Silent was organized in 2010 by a group of students from the Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma City Upward Bound Chapter after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. At eleven years old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a student that had been bullying him for more than two years. Kirk was featured in director Lee Hirsch’s feature film, “Bully.”

Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smiley have traveled to over a thousand schools and spoken with more than 1,000,000 kids.


Afternoon Keynote  

Sameer HindujaPhD – Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center  

Dr. Hinduja’s presentation will cover a comprehensive range of topics related to cyberbullying, sexting, and unsafe social networking. Participants will come away with the skills and knowledge to:

* Identify popular online environments among adolescents today.

* Understand youth brain development and how it affects online decisions.

* Teach youth how to use social networking responsibly.

* Identify the best ways to structure formal policy.

* Learn about civil and criminal actions that can be pursued.

* Discover ways organizations can assess the problem and reduce its prevalence.

* Realize when and how to informally and formally monitor electronic communications.

* Learn how other community members can be enlisted to help.

* Understand what teens themselves can do to safeguard their Internet experiences.

* Understand the critical importance of creating and maintaining a positive organizational climate to prevent misbehaviors.

Whiskey Bars Taking Over Worcester

If you have not noticed there will be thre, count them, three Whiskey Bars in Worcester.  All with a different fervor.  Below is a write up on two of them.  Just a few more things happening in the Woo.


Whiskey on Water will truck in the food for Worcester

It has been a few years since the doors to 97 Water St. opened to an operating business. Ever since a frozen sprinkler pipe closed the former Jose Murphy’s in 2013, the building has stood largely silent.

Local Business Spotlight: Whiskey Tango

Another establishment is joining the fray of Worcester’s sudden new obsession with bars whose names start with the word “Whiskey.” A pair of bar owners from the Canal District with a recent track record of success is hoping lightning strikes twice – this time with a college crowd that likes to spend money on Park Avenue – with a third “Whiskey”-themed bar coming to Worcester this winter.


Student suspensions in Worcester decline under new state law

Student suspensions in Worcester decline under new state law

WORCESTER – Student suspensions in the city schools for the previous school year fell substantially under a new student discipline law that took effect prior to last school year. According to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 1,929 Worcester students were disciplined in the 2014-15 school year, down from 2,608 in 2013-14.

WAMS Parent continues to promote arts in venture

What’s New: Worcester studio moves beyond the sip-and-paint experience

WORCESTER – Susan Dunshee, owner of Just Paint Studio, is all about taking creative ideas and bringing them to life. Starting with a hobby of organizing painting parties with family and friends, Ms. Dunshee launched Just Paint in 2011 and turned it into a learning space for classes and events.