A packed hall with an engaged audience, many thoughtful questions and a spirit of respectful conversation marked the Shrewsbury Selectman Candidates openhouse.
A reschedule because of weather did not deter the attendees or the candidates. It was good to hear the candidates for Board of Selectman Beth Casavant, Moe DePalo, Rashid Shaikh, Melisa Hollenback and Ben Tartaglia present their views on our schools, town budget, water issues, attracting new businesses and the growing diversity in our town.
Many attendees commented later that that they found the discussion to be insightful and that they appreciated the respectful and collaborative tone of the conversation.
The last few months have seen several events that have had a deep impact on our community. This includes the disturbing acts of violence against people of Indian origin in some parts of the country. Many of you have asked - “What should ISW do to respond?”
I am writing to share some of my thoughts on this and to ask for your feedback.
ISW is a non-political organization, however there are some important ways we can help bring our local community together :
Vigil March 10, 2017 ...................... Sanjul Seth
[This article is written by Sanjul Seth who attends 7th grade at Melicam School, Northboro. Sanjul is a member of IYG (India Youth Group), a youth group of the India Society of Worcester. Sanjul attended the Vigil in Boston on March 10, 2017 and has written this article]
As people gathered at the steps of the State House in Boston on March 10, the night was cold. The sky spelled sadness with the dark blue. The cold air bit at people's ears as they stood, waiting. These people had come to mourn the tragic deaths of the Indians that were killed in the past few weeks because people think they don't belong here.
People kept piling in as the day grew older and a diverse mix of people had started to build up. Indians, Muslims, Chinese, Blacks, and Whites had all come to take a stand against the profiling that had occurred. I had talked to a few of the people there.
IIndia Society of Worcester celebrates Pongal........................
ISW with a mission to promote and develop Indian culture by bringing people together through social and cultural activities, celebrated third Pongal vizha (harvest thanksgiving festival) on Feb 26, 2017 with a large gathering of guests from the Indian community. This program was organized by ISW Tamil school with great support from teachers (Geetha, Ahila, Ravi,Raja, Kirthi,Kanthi,Balki,Rinija) along with the help from students and parents. The center stage was beautifully decorated to reflect the Pongal celebration. All the adults and kids with festive attire made the event very authentic and colorful. Over 200 participants, members, guests and invitees from ISW Tamil School, Kalaimagal Tamil School and Gaanavaaridhi School of music attended the grand event with 50 plus kids performing variety of programs reflecting Tamil culture and tradition.
Ashish Cowlagi and Puneet Kohli were elected as the President and Vice President of Indian Society of Worcester for 2017-2019 at the General Body Meeting and elections held on January 22, 2017. In addition, the following were elected to various other positions on the Executive Committee. Congratulations to all!
A hilarious family drama and a delightful comedy on - Saturday May, 13, 2017
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