News from our members

Clinton High School Students attend CU4 Reality Fair

Nearly 200 students attended the Clinton High School CU4 Reality Financial Fair sponsored by Leominster Credit Union on March 30, 2017.  The Financial Education Fair prepares students for the many financial decisions they will need to make once out of school. Students prepare for the event through a yearlong curriculum that introduces them to skills on responsible money management, creating a budget and making wise decisions regarding credit.  The CU4 Reality Financial Fair is a three-hour exercise where students select a career with realistic salaries and then start on a “financial education” journey visiting booths attended by local businesses, volunteers and LCU employees to gain a real life understanding of living expenses.

Students visited booths where everyday life experiences and spending situations were presented. Volunteers including auto dealers, realtors, lenders, utility providers, retailers and others who helped them understand the actual expenses and how to develop a spending plan. This event brings awareness and a focus on “needs versus wants.”  Students learned that they may need to change expectations.  Instead of buying a car, they may need to take public transportation; or they may need share living expenses with a roommate in order to make ends meet.

This year, in addition to Clinton High School attendees, students from Lincoln-Sudbury and Concord-Carlisle Regional High Schools as well as Clinton Middle School participated in the event.

Students from Nichols College served as ‘credit counselors’ and reviewed each student’s plan.  They showed them where they were over budget and recommended adjusting their choices by eliminating some of the ‘wants’ in order to have enough for the necessities.

John O’Brien, President and CEO of Leominster Credit Union commented, “It is very rewarding to be a part of this event at Clinton High School.  This Financial Fair presents real life experiences, creates awareness of financial circumstances and assists the students in preparing for their future.  We’d like to thank Ellen Welch, Business Technology teacher for all her hard work, as well as those who took time out of their busy schedules to support this event including Leanne Martin Fay, of Economic Empowerment Program Director for Financial Education from the State Treasurer’s Office, Principal Jim Hastings and Superintendent of Schools Terrance Ingano.”

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 $600 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester, Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations. 24-hour online banking services are available at www.leominstercu.com and by telephone at 800-649-4646.

Leominster Credit Union Helps Eligible Homebuyers with Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

Leominster Credit Union announces that for the fourth year in a row, they will be providing up to $110,000in assistance to first-time homebuyers and displaced homemakers through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Equity Builder Program. Eligible homebuyers can receive up to $11,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance. This program is on a first come, first serve basis.

To qualify, buyers are subject to credit approval and must meet the Equity Builder Program qualifications criteria, which include income limits. According to Julie Bergstrand, Real Estate Underwriting Manager, “The maximum income limit for a family of four in Worcester is $68,000.00, which is less restrictive than many would expect.”

“For many first time buyers, this assistance can mean the difference of fulfilling their dream of

homeownership,” said Bergstrand.

Income limits vary from county to county. For more information and eligibility guidelines, call and speak with a mortgage specialist at 800-649-4646. The funds will be distributed until the grant is depleted.

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 $600 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester, Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations. 24-hour online banking services are available at www.leominstercu.com and by telephone at 800-649-4646.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Shaker Hills

Mother’s Day Brunch

Seating from 9:30am – 1:00pm

 Bountiful Buffet of:

 Freshly Baked Muffins, Danish, Scones & Coffee Breads

Sliced Fresh Fruit with Assorted Berries

 Scrambled Eggs, Country Sausage,

Applewood Smoked Bacon, Home Fried Potatoes

Thick cut French Toasted with Powdered Sugar &

Warm Maple Syrup

Omelet Station

Cranberry Walnut Farro Salad

Cucumber Salad with Mint & Feta

Steamship Round Carving Station

Carved Leg of Lamb with Pan Au Jus

Grilled Chicken with Tomato Basil Relish

Cilantro Chili Lime Salmon Topped with Crispy Shallots

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Assorted Cakes & Pies

 

Adults $26

                  Children (12 & under) $16           

 

Reservations Required: (978) 772-3330 ext. 309

 

146 Shaker Road Harvard, MA 01451

www.shakerhills.com

Celebrate EARTH DAY with Gallery Sitka! “Earth’s Magic”

Celebrate EARTH DAY with us!
“Earth’s Magic”

Beth Barry

Saturday, April 22
2-4 PM
(Work on display until May 27)

454 Main St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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As part of the celebration, join us for
STONEWORK PLAY:
Use your senses to explore the unique weight, form, and texture of a variety of stones. Be inspired by their natural qualities and stretch your imagination to create forms, pictures, and stories that are as one-of-a-kind as you and your stones! Stonework Play is an internationally acclaimed program developed and led by Dr. Diana Suskind, former Professor of Education at Fitchburg State University.

As part of the celebration, also join us in welcoming Jeweler
Melissa James of James Spinelli Jewelry!

John Hansen will be on Piano.
Lawrence Libby will be on-hand for photo ops!
(Prints of the show may be purchased directly from him.)

PAID HUMAN SERVICES INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE!

LUK is offering paid internships for young adults interested in entering the Human Services fields beginning in the summer with the availability of maintaining part time employment during the school year. Internships are available whether or not you are enrolling in a college program.
Interns who successfully complete all hours of the program will receive a scholarship!
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Send your cover letter and resumé to:
LUK, Inc. Attn: Human Resources
545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
P: 800-579-0000 F: 978-829-2210
HR@LUK.org www.LUK.org
Application Deadline: Friday, June 9th, 2017
Interviews will be held in the end of May & in June!
Program is funded in part by Department of Developmental Services
PAID HUMAN SERVICES
INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE!
If you or someone you know is a young adult (18+), LUK wants to give you a jump start
towards entering the Human
Services field!
Here’s what’s required:
 An interest in working with individuals with developmental delays
 Desire to impact the community with positive change
 Interest in continuous learning and resume building
 Availability of at least 20 hours/week, from June 19th—August 25th
 Reliable transportation (primary internship programming located in Fitchburg, MA)

OPEN HOUSE JOB FAIR

OPEN HOUSE
JOB FAIR
Full-Time, Part-Time, Per Diem and Internship Positions Available

Wednesday, May 10th
1-3 pm Job Fair
3-4 pm Interviews
For more information, please email HR@LUK.org or call 800-579-0000
For full listing of open positions, please visit
www.LUK.org/Employment
LUK is a great place to work! If you are interested in human
services, helping your community, and working with a great
team, join us for our open house. Opportunities are available
at all offices in Fitchburg, Worcester, Webster, and Lowell.
LUK, Inc.
545 Westminster St.
Fitchburg, MA

Casino Night at the Fay Club

A Fay Club Fundraiser
Friday, April 21, 2017
6:30 pm – 12 am
at the elegant
FAY CLUB
658 Main Street | Fitchburg, MA
$35 per person:
Includes hot & cold appetizers
Silent Auction to include vacation homes, wines, Fay Club Membership & lots more!
Business Casual to Semi Formal Dress | 7 Blackjack Tables and Roulette
RSVP to reservations@thefayclub.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Space is limited so please RSVP.
As a bridge to our community we will be donating some proceeds to benefit the Fitchburg Elementary School Reading Program. We are kindly asking for guests to bring in new children’s books for grades PreK 4-Grades 4. We will be donating 20% of live auction proceeds to the South Street Elementary School.
We are not handicapped accessible at this time, our apologies.

Our Campaign has Launched! Let’s get this movie funded!

Our Campaign has Launched! Let’s get this movie funded!

Campaign Details

 

1. Check out our campaign page today!

 

2. We are raising $25,000, the total cost of production, in just 45 days. This is an 80% or nothing campaign: if we do not raise at least 80% of our goal, the film does not get made.

 

3. We are looking for 600 supporters, with contributions starting at $5.

 

4. CONTRIBUTE DURING WEEK ONE: Jump on board today and show your support! Campaigns that get off to a quick start have a higher rate of success.

Match Donors!

You can help us to motivate others to give!

 

If you would like to be a match donor, just send us an email and pledge any amount over $100! We will use your pledge to match all contributions for one day (up to pledged amount), inspiring others to give. Your contribution of $100 could be turned into $200, doubling the amount you pledge.

 

Contact us at cecilyblinkstop@gmail.com to become a match donor.

 

Executive Producer

One of the most important roles on our team!

 

As an Executive Producer, you are a key member of the filmmaking team. By contributing at least 10% of the total budget for the film ($2,500), you will receive IMDb (Internet Movie Database) credit, many incredible invites and perks (see campaign page), and, when the feature film is made, your contribution to the short will count as an equity investment in the feature. If you would like more information about becoming an executive producer, please contact Jennifer Potts at cecilyblinkstop@gmail.com.

Commitment to New England:

We are committed to hiring 80% of our cast and crew from the New England region. Paid film jobs in the New England region are hard to come by. We are working hard to provide employment to local filmmakers.

 

Commitment to Women:

We are committed to building a cast and crew with at least 50% women. Women represent 50% of the students graduating from film school and, therefore, our set will reflect and honor that statistic.

 

About Jennifer Potts:

Jennifer Potts is an independent Massachusetts-based filmmaker who proves that life does not need to slow down when you reach the middle. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts, she spent years directing and producing theatre. At the age of 41, she returned to school to study Film and Video Production at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the past five years, Jennifer has written and directed three short films. Her last short film, Charlie & Poppy, screened at 16 film festivals around the world and won three best of category awards. Jennifer wrote The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop during her first semester in graduate school and is shooting this short as a proof of concept for the feature film. The feature film script won the Grand Prize of the New England Spotlight section of the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition.

Synopsis

Set in 1974 rural New England, this live-action family drama is about Cecily, a 7-year old girl who, following the death of her baby sister, lives in a world with no music, no color, no laughter, no love. That is, until a magical imaginary friend shows up and joins Cecily on the quest to save her family from the grief that is destroying them.

You are receiving this email because you either signed up to receive our news or you have a special relationship with one or more of the people who make up our filmmaking team. We need your support to help us get the word out about this exciting project.

Wachusett Mountain Wraps Up 2016-17 Season On a High Note!

Thanks to a colder-than-average March and early April, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area officially wrapped up its 2016-17 winter season on April 9, extending its season nearly 2 weeks longer than average.

 The biggest story of the 2016-17 season was the impact of Wachusett’s expanded snowmaking system. Thanks to last summer’s $2 million snowmaking improvements (which doubled the mountain’s pumping capacity from 4,000 to 8,000 gallons per minute), snowmakers made more snow in less hours than ever before.  Season-long snowmaking operations yielded an 11% increase in machine-made snow produced (from the previous high), covering trails in up to 5 feet of base.  This was achieved in only 570 hours, nearly a 20% decrease (from the previous high).

“We made more snow more energy efficiently than ever before in our history,” said Wachusett President Jeff Crowley.

In fact, thanks to cold temperatures in early March and its newly expanded snowmaking system, Wachusett also made snow later in the season than ever before.  That, combined with a well-timed mid-March snowstorm, allowed for some of the best snow conditions of the season right through into early April.   In fact, there is still so much snow on the mountain, Wachusett will be holding its annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration (on Saturday, May 6th  – Sexto De Mayo!) with a slopestyle competition for snowboarders and freeride skiers and a deck party with live music and outdoor barbecue.

This season by the numbers:

  • Opening Day:  Friday, November 25;  Number of Trails Open: 4;   Average Base Depths: 10-12 inches
  • Closing Day:  Sunday, April 9; Number of Trails Open:  24; Average Base Depths:  10-48 inches
  • Number of Days in Operation:  123
  • Snowfall Total:  108 inches
  • Biggest One-Day Snowfall: 16 inches on Feb. 9 and Mar. 14
  • Lowest Temperature This Season:  -2 on Dec. 16 and Jan. 9
  • Highest Temperature This Season: 67 on Feb. 24

“As evident by the 69 degree swing in temperatures during the season, the winter was somewhat of a roller coaster ride,” said General Manager David Crowley.  “March was colder than average, however, allowing us to finish on a positive note.  In fact, we’re already seeing interest on 2017-18 season sales!”  (A special 1-week preview sale of next year’s Wachusett Mountain season passes will run from April 24th to May 1st.  Check www.wachusett.com for details.)

2017 New England Resilient Communities Summit

2017 New England Resilient Communities Summit

You’re invited to the 2017 New England Resilient Communities Summit for New England Municipal, Investor & Real Estate Development Leaders. This Summit will be in a round-table format to discuss “Pathways to Community Resilience”.

Resilience 

A community’s capacity to provide viable continued use in the built environment through extended service life, adaptive re-use, and the ability to resist, absorb and recover from hazards.

The Build with Strength Coalition partners with communities to assist their municipal, RE development & investor leaders create pathways for deciding how and where to invest resources to mitigate risk and build resilience in ways that allow them to explain and

communicate those investment, design & construction decisions.

AGENDA

9:00 am –  Networking & Light Breakfast

9:30 am –  Introductions & Opening Remarks by Special Guests

Gerry-Lynn Darcy, VP Real Estate, Lupoli Companies

Beyond Brick & Mortar

 

Paul Angelone, Director, Advisory Services

ULI – Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.

More information about ULI’s Advisory Services program can be found here: http://uli.org/advisoryservices 

10:00 am – Discuss three (3) key strategies to community resilience

  1. Strengthen the built environment
  2. Empower advocacy
  3. Launch integrated dialogue

10:30 am – Overview of the ULI & NRMCA Technical Assistance Programs for Municipals

11:15 am – Closing Remarks & Networking

 

NO FEE TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT

PARKING – With respect to Fidelity Bank’s Customers please do not park in the first 2 rows.

REGISTER