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  • 20 May 2020 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    by Yashvardhan Chauhan

    Have you completed the 2020 Census yet? If not, you still have plenty of time as the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline to complete the 2020 Census from the end of July to October 31st in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's now easier than ever to complete, since for the first time you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The more people who complete the census using these methods, the less people will have to go door to door, which is especially important during these times of social distancing. Additionally, the survey only consists of 12 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes in total to complete. Not only that, but unlike in previous years there will no longer be a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, which means that there really is no reason not to fill it out. The census counts everyone citizens and non-citizens alike.

    Although some may still view the census as an unnecessary hassle, it is of far greater importance than many individuals realize as it provides critical data that helps determine where billions of dollars in federal funding go. Perhaps just as importantly, the census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, which mirrors the number of delegates each state has in the Electoral College (which is the group that decides who becomes the president and vice president of the United States). As such, the census is critical in ensuring that each and every state is represented fairly at the national level.

  • 18 May 2020 6:49 PM | Anonymous

    In Loving Memory

    Dr. Dhansukslal Mandalaywayla (Dr. Lal)

    It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you that our beloved father Dr. Dhansukhlal C. Mandalaywala passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020.

    We will greatly miss his generosity, love for his family, especially for his grandchildren and his sense of service to the community. He served humanity by helping those who needed help the most and who would tend to be helped the least such as the mentally challenged, those suffering from opioid addiction and the uninsured.

    He is survived by his son Amol and daughter Anjali and their families.

    The funeral was held in Manchester, NH at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire. Due to the pandemic, it was streamed live.

    The 12/13th day memorial ceremony for our dear friend and ISW Volunteer Dr Lal will be held on May 30th. The 'barmoo' 'termoo' will be held on Sat, May 30th, at 10 am EST. The pooja will be held at home while the pandit will conduct the ceremony/prayers via Zoom. If you wish to attend, please join via Zoom using the following link: https://echo.zoom.us/j/7818883200

    Meeting ID: 781 888 3200

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in honor of Dr. Mandalaywala, who was known as “Dr. Lal,” to continue his long-standing support of community:

    India Society of Worcester’s Free Health Stop at this link Or

    Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) (http://www.ouricc.org ) Or

    The donation can be sent to the India Society of Worcester, PO Box 136, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Please indicate in the memo field “For the FHS in memory of Dr. Lal.”

    It is with heavy heart and sadness that we share this news with you that Dr. Dhansukslal Mandalaywayla (Dr. Lal) passed away on May 18, 2020 at 4:45 AM at the UMass Medical Center due to complications of COVID-19 Infection.

    Carolyn and I had known Dr. Lal for last 15 years when he started volunteering at the Free Health Stop at the India Center. He had been the backbone of our free health care services at the India Center. He was very caring, loving and a dedicated person to his family, his patients, and the profession of medicine. He had always gone above and beyond providing health care to his patients. He was a great teacher and a mentor to our medical students. Besides being a great physician, he was a loving father, grandfather, and a dear friend. He would be dearly missed. May God rest his soul in comfort and peace and give strength to his children, grandchildren, and all of us to cope with his loss. Memorial Services for Dr Lal will be announced later.

    Carolyn and Sahdev Passey

  • 17 May 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    To help community members at home under the state mandated Covid crisis related social distancing, several community members are offering a range of virtual activities to keep you and your family engaged. The activities range from online music and dance classes to wellness, yoga and fitness sessions. For a full list of offerings visit the ISW Website. To add your offering to the listing, please fill out a submission form here We also encourage our members who might need counseling or support during these times to reach out to the Crisis Committee at crisisteam@iswonline.org 

     Offering  Name  Organization  Phone  Website or Email
     Bharatnatyam Kalaimangai Anbalagan  Amudhasri Dance School  508-353-8636  Amudhasri.com
     Hindustani Music  Neelima Chaturvedi    508-523-7745  Neelima@townisp.com
     Bollywood and Kathak classes  Darshana Jani    508-451-3190  djani99@gmail.com
    Indian Folk dance - For current students only  Jasmine Shah    603-930-3783  
    Wellness Group Sessions for folks in Quarantine  Bhavna Srivastava    774-242-2112  Bhavanasrivastava@bhwellnessgroup.com
    Art, Yoga and Exercise classes for kids  Anu Debroy    408-306-1881  
     Yoga for Adults  Alka Yadav-Mehta    774-288-9770  
     Bollywood Fitness  Sunita Kalyani    508-826-2848  
    Kids Art Work' for Digital Wall of Kindness for First Responders
     Malini Mohankumar      malithenerd@gmail.com
    Free Online Bollywood classes
     Ekta Jain Ekta Dance Academy  508-488-7775  
      Indian Classical and Devotional Music
     Bhuvana Ganesh    508-409-9298  
     Vedic Math Summer Classes   Sunita Razdan  Vedic Math School  508-241-4903  vedicmath108@gmail.com
    Free online chair yoga class for senior citizens, Monday at 10 am  Latha Radhakrishnan  Divine Heart Center    https://www.divineheartcenter.com/products/senior-citizen-chair-yoga-online-classes
    Positivity and Relaxation Training (PART) Program  Vikram Dave  Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, MGH  508-904-2506  

    vdave73@gmail.com

    Online Indian dance studio providing professional elite level and beginner dance classes, fitness coaching, and dance certificate programs  Sonali  Kaliyuga Dance Studios  617-383-9395  kaliyugastudios@gmail.com
     Vedic Math Made Easy - learn techniques or sutras to solve math problems in a fast and easy way.  Kirti Kadam  Matcus Technologies  Whatsapp 7715012788

    info@matcus.in www.matcus.in

  • 6 May 2020 5:29 PM | Anonymous

    The ISW community was well represented in the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair which was held virtually this year. Arnav Mishra, son of Neha and Amit Mishra, a sophomore at Shrewsbury High School and a member of the IYG group bagged a First Place Award. Arnav’s award winning project was titled “Helping the Deaf and Blind, One Step At A Time” and used multiple types of sensors to provide sensory feedback of the surroundings to visually handicapped.  Other winners included Gaurav Savant, son of Shrikant and Sapna Savant, who studies at Worcester Academy, and Amrita Thirumalai, daughter of Ajai and Sridevi Thirumalai and a student at the Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science.

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