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Fitchburg’s Luk, Inc. Awarded 9/11 Grant

September 6, 2018 GMT

WORCESTER -- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that Fitchburg’s Luk, Inc. was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 mini-grant program.

Matthew Hill, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Institute, nominated the organization for the award. The funds will be used to support the “Corduroy King” Scholarship which allows children with autism access to LUK’s adaptive adventure-based program.

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.

Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $5.7 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.


Sizer School receives $10G grant

FITCHBURG -- The Sizer School was the recipient of an “unexpected” $10,000 grant from the Hildreth Stewart Charitable Foundation, according to Director of Development and Communications Jill Connell.

The grant funding will be used to ensure all 400 Sizer students receive equal access to academic resources and enrichment opportunities.

The Sizer School Foundation funds student field trips, athletic participation and technology.

“Sizer School is proud of the hard-earned accomplishments of our students, staff, and families,” said Executive Director Courtney Harper in a statement. “This incredible gift from the Hildreth Stewart Fund will help students get the most out of their time at Sizer and position them for success after graduation. We are so grateful for the confidence in our school expressed by this donation.”

Lunenburg launches new website

LUNENBURG -- The town launched a new website Tuesday that is meant to increase citizen engagement.

“We wanted to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to ... see everything that is going on and know about every meeting and the opportunity to volunteer for boards,” IT Director Stephen Malandrinos said, as he showed the Board of Selectmen the site at its Tuesday meeting.

News and announcements and the town calendar are more readily available, he said.

There’s a main menu up top and the design is meant to be responsive to work on a computer, phone, or tablet, he said.

Residents can sign up for email alerts about updates to the website or to receive agendas from various committees, boards, or commissions. There are also links to the Lunenburg’s social media pages.

Town Administrator Heather Lemieux said the town has been in talks about a new site for about a year.

“I’m very pleased with how it came out and the content and the aesthetics as well,” she said.