Grafton – The Davidson Institute of Talent Development has announced the 2016 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees is 17-year-old Katherine Hudek of Grafton. Hudek won a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for her project, “Quacee: A New Quantum Programming Language for Specifying Quantum Computations.” She is one of only 20 students from across the country to receive this honor.
“I am extremely grateful to be recognized and selected as a 2016 Davidson Fellow for my project in the field of quantum computing,” said Hudek.
Hudek created a programming language specifically designed to utilize the effects of quantum mechanics for quantum computers. She calls her language “Quacee” (Quantum Computing Elucidation Extension). Quantum computing is an emerging field. New types of hardware and methods of computation are being developed that use the effects of quantum mechanics, providing a need for a general means of specifying and controlling quantum computers and their computations. Hudek designed Quacee to support a quantum circuit model and then tested Quacee by using it to calculate known quantum algorithms.
In addition to her love of science, Hudek is also a writer and artist, having written two plays and a musical, as well as releasing a full-length album, “Early Dawn.” She has her own YouTube channel, “KatieScienceAndArts,” where she posts videos discussing her many projects at length, and sharing her love for the arts and sciences.
Hudek has received a number of awards and honors, including taking first place in the Southern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, the National Golden Keys Piano Composition and Performance in Vienna, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She was also a semifinalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, and holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She plans to pursue a doctorate after high school.
“We are thrilled to recognize the 2016 Davidson Fellows not only for their incredible projects, but also for the journey they forged to reach this point,” said Bob Davidson, founder of the Davidson Institute. “Every year I am amazed by the depth of the fellows’ accomplishments. Through encouragement and recognition, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development anticipates that gifted students like these will be among the pioneers who will solve the world’s most vexing problems.”
The 2016 Davidson Fellows will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger, who have completed significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature and music. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship has provided more than $6.7 million in scholarship funds to 286 students since its inception in 2001. It is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev., that supports profoundly gifted youth.]]>
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Marlborough – Marlborough Police and Fire Dispatcher Larry Bastien, a familiar voice in times of emergency, has retired after serving the city since 1979. He interacted with police, fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, handling all 911 calls as well as routine calls for the Police and Fire departments.
Looking back on the past 37 years, he said: “The job was always challenging. It was a matter of life and death every day. You basically lead, guide, and direct the calls that are coming in. We fight for the lives and property of the people of the city. I have been on duty for thousands of incidents. The mission has been always to get the job done. I am proud of that legacy and proud to have been part of the history of the city of Marlborough.”
Police Chief Mark F. Leonard praised Bastien.
“For the past 37 years Larry has been the constant, recognizable ‘voice’ for the public safety departments of the city,” he said. “His calm demeanor always came across in his radio transmissions, and that has helped officers, firefighters and EMS personnel in the field as they dealt with crisis situations on a regular basis. His dedication and commitment to those he worked with and the citizens of Marlborough will be greatly missed.”
Bastien plans on a brief period of relaxation and is considering engaging in the public safety sector as a consultant. Before joining the Police Department he created and ran a nationally recognized beer company and won medals at the Great American Beer Fest. He is also considering “getting back into the beer business.”
“We are all going to miss Larry,” said Carrie Lizotte, administrative assistant to Chief Leonard, who helped organize a retirement party in his honor. “He is great and helped so many people. He’s the best.”]]>
The menu for the festival includes the popular slow-cooked lamb shank dinners, gyros, pork souvlaki (chunks of pork tenderloin in Gyro bread with toppings and home-made yogurt, cucumber, garlic sauce), chicken or lamb shish kebab dinners, pastitsio (Greek-style baked macaroni), spinach pita, Greek-style green beans, stuffed grape leaves, Greek salad and Greek-style meatballs in a tomato sauce. Many authentic Greek pastries will also be served, along with loukoumathes (fried dough balls dipped in honey sprinkled with cinnamon sugar). Soft drinks, Greek and American beers and wines will also be offered.
Musical entertainment will be provided by a DJ and two Greek bands Saturday and Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Greek dance performances will be featured each day by area dance troupes in beautiful authentic costumes. For the children, there will be two bounce houses, face painting, children’s activities, hot dogs and soft drinks. There is also a silent auction and a marketplace.
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Grafton – For many people, summer days bring back cherished memories of weeks spent at camp. They remember the campfires, swimming, crafts and friendships. But for some local kids, those memories will be a little different. While they will still include new friendships and crafts, they’ll also include gardening, cooking and having fun while learning about good nutrition.
This summer, those kids will also have a chance to enjoy time spent with folks who survived many years without smartphones or the Internet. Because of a grant from Tufts, Community Harvest Project’s 2016 Summer on the Farm campers will have the opportunity to do some off-line social networking with Grafton senior citizens at a special August luncheon.
Community Harvest Project, a nonprofit farm that grows and harvests produce for area food banks and hunger relief organizations, has been offering its Summer on the Farm camp – which focuses on agriculture, health, nutrition, food and the environment – since 2013. The kids hike Grafton Land Trust trails, plant herbs and vegetables, cook new recipes, create arts and crafts, conduct food science experiments and compete in compost relay races and farm Olympics. Alicia Cianciola, CHP’s program manager, said that growing and harvesting ingredients and learning and cooking new recipes “gets them excited about eating food that is also good for them.”
After recently expanding the program to include older children going into the eighth grade and after learning that many local seniors don’t have regular access to healthy food, Cianciola said CHP applied for the Service Fund grant from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts.
“At Community Harvest Project, we were looking for a way to provide more meaningful experiences for the youth in our summer camp – opportunities that would get the students interacting with a new population and really thinking outside of themselves and outside of the farm,” explained Cianciola. “Because the Grafton Senior Center is so close and is so interested in connecting seniors with healthy food, we felt that this could be a natural fit.”
Besides giving the kids a venue to practice their new culinary skills, Cianciola hopes both the students and the seniors will reap a rich harvest from the luncheon.
“We believe this luncheon is an opportunity to build community by bringing together two groups that do not frequently interact with each other to share a meal,” said Cianciola. “Of course, for seniors, this is an opportunity to learn more about our farm, an opportunity to learn more about nutritious recipes, and to socialize over lunch with some new friends. Across generations, our relationship with food has changed a lot. Our hope is that both the seniors and students can learn a little something from each other over lunch.”
Barbara Connelly, director of the Grafton Senior Center, is equally enthusiastic about the luncheon, which could inspire some cherished camp memories.
“The seniors are very excited about the senior luncheon at Community Harvest Project,” shared Connelly. “In fact, the minute the event was advertised, seniors started signing up for it. It’s been a pleasure working with the staff from Community Harvest Project, and I am looking forward to more collaborations in the future. It truly is a win-win for students and seniors.”
For more information about Community Harvest Project, visit www.community-harvest.org.]]>
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Joshua was born Aug. 3, 1991 in Worcester. He graduated from Grafton Memorial Senior High School. He studied HVAC/R from Porter and Chester Institute in Westborough.
Joshua had a passion for ski diving with his father. He loved to go on trips, go to dinner, and stay at home watching movies with his mom. He will be forever remembered for his infectious smile and hugs for everyone. He had a love for animals especially for his dogs, Pepa, Jake, Lucy, and Louie. He was his happiest when spending time with family and friends.
Joshua worked in professional window cleaning with Cliffhangers Inc. Window Cleaning, Boston, and landscaping with Be Green Landscaping, Grafton.
Joshua leaves his parents, Paul Dryden of Douglas and Paula (Richard) Dryden of Worcester. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Paul Richard of Northborough and Alyce (Galligan) Richard of Worcester, and his paternal grandparents, Maureen (Carney) and Willis E. Dryden Jr. of Shrewsbury. He leaves a loving large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.
All are welcome to gather with Josh’s family and friends for visiting hours Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1-5 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. Funeral services and burial at Fairview Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Dog Orphans, Inc., 90 Webster St., Douglas, MA 01516 or to any animal shelter of your choice in Joshua’s name to celebrate his love for animals.
To share a memory of Josh or leave a message of sympathy with his family, visit www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.]]>
Northborough – If you have noticed more kids outside this summer walking in groups or riding bikes, it may be due to the Pokémon GO craze. They may be still holding an electronic device, but many parents are thrilled their kids are outside being social with friends and meeting other people.
Pokémon GO is a popular multiplayer, GPS-dependent game application used with a mobile device. Players search real world areas in order to find and capture Pokémon monsters, which are based on the popular video game and collectible cards.
Northborough’s Trinity Church Pastor Valeria Schmidt quickly realized that the church’s 23 Main St. location is a Pokémon Gym site. This means that Pokémon teams can battle virtually at this site.
She wants parents and kids to know that the location is a safe and welcoming place to hang out and meet other kids playing the game.
Although there are no official greeters for players of the game, Schmidt often goes outside to say hello to the kids and welcome them.
“There are picnic tables, it is shaded and has Wi-Fi,” Schmidt said. “There’s a poster on the picnic table with Wi-Fi info.”
Although the game is still electronic, kids are being social, having fun, and moving their bodies. Game players are, of course, encouraged to take safety precautions and be aware of their surroundings especially as older kids are meeting friends to go Pokémon hunting on their own.
Schmidt said, “It’s important for kids to have a sense of independence.”
“What I like about Pokémon GO is that players go with the flow,” she said. “It’s important for the brain to have time to be creative. The game lets you decide where to go next.”
As kids head back to school and their lives get busier with the fall routine, Schmidt’s advice is to not stress out too much.
She referred to a recent study from Finland where students are excelling in school partly because they do not have homework and have more free time to decide what they want to do and more time for kids to be kids.
“Keep some of the unstructured time to go outside and ride bikes,” she said. “The brain and body need a time of rest. Make that time every week.”
Trinity Church will also be holding its annual Back to School Carnival on Sunday, Sept. 11. Worship with a back to school blessing will be held at 10 a.m. and followed by the carnival (with a bounce house and dunk tank) and cookout. The event is open to all.
More information on Trinity Church can be found at www.trinitynorthborough.org and its Facebook page.
David was inducted into the Army in April 1943. He served with the 3rd Infantry Division during the Anzio Invasion and served as a heavy machine gunner throughout the European Theater of War. He was honorably discharged from the Army in October 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts with an oak leaf cluster.
He joined the Knight Fuel Company in Hudson and remained there for many years until retiring at 67 years young.
His first wife Barbara passed away Feb. 5, 1954. David was remarried to Harriet Dacey on May 2, 1959 until she passed away in 1993.
David was a member of the United States Army Society of the Third Infantry Division. He was a Master Mason for 60 years at the Brethren Lodge AF&AM located in Marlborough. In his spare time, David enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing. He worked at the Berlin Fishing Derby for many years.
He is survived by his son, Donald of New Britian, Conn. and his daughter Jennifer Gallagher and her husband Brian of Southborough. In addition to his children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Edward Holder and his wife Susan, John Paul Gallagher and his wife Melynda and his granddaughter Christina Gallagher. David is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
David Holder was a good man happily living the small-town life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Family and friends may attend calling hours Friday, Aug. 26, from 4-7 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. A private graveside service will be held in South Cemetery in Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.]]>
Westborough – Public Health Director Steven Baccari and Irene Congdon, recycling coordinator from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP), gave a presentation detailing a proposed program called SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) to the Westborough Board of Selectmen at its Aug. 23 meeting. A committee was convened over a year ago to study the issue of low recycling rates in Westborough.
The presentation covered the trash/recycling issue, an overview of SMART, grants that are available, and current versus proposed budget. Westborough has one of the highest trash rates in central Massachusetts. The town generates over 2,100 pounds per household per year. The average is 1,300 pounds per household. Only about 14 percent of what is in the trash is actual trash. Electronics, hazardous waste, metal, paper and plastic makes up the rest and could be recycled.
Material management goals are to provide a town-wide uniform curbside trash and recycling program, reduce trash, provide convenience for all residents and a more equitable fee based on amount of trash disposed. SMART operates like a utility with unit-based pricing that promotes recycling and is widely used throughout the commonwealth. How much you use is how much you pay. Currently there is no real recycling incentive at the transfer station. According to presenters, SMART is effective, equitable, environmentally friendly and economical.
The current solid waste system is a combination of drop off at a transfer station and curbside through a contract with Tidy Town at 5,276 tons. With the proposed plan there would be weekly curbside trash collection in approved bags which will cost $1 or $2. Current recycling is every other week with Tidy Town or drop off. Under the new plan recycling would be every other week curbside at a combined savings of approximately $244,000.
The Sustainable Material Recycling Program (SMRP) from the state offers one-time grants and yearly grants to help communities reach their goals of trash reduction and recycling increase. This program is funded by renewable energy tax credits.
Board of Selectmen Chair Ian Johnson and Selectman Denny Drewry thanked Baccari and Congdon for their presentation. More study and a public hearing will be the next steps in advancing this initiative.]]>