5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – September 23, 2019

by | Sep 23, 2019 | Headlines, News

City of Worcester Hosting Two Ribbon Cuttings, Groundbreaking this Week

It’s a busy week for Worcester’s elected officials as there are two ribbon cuttings and a groundbreaking ceremony in the city this week. They are as follows:

Hadwen Park ribbon cutting ceremony – Tuesday, Sept. 24 – 4:30 PM

From City of Worcester: Hadwen Park underwent a $780,000 renovation project (Phase I of II) funded by a City Council tax levy appropriation as well as a state grant of $300,000 from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (Land and Water Conservation Fund). The project includes a new and expanded accessible playground, a new basketball court, new accessible pathways, an improved parking lot, a new picnic area with a wetland observation viewing platform and new benches, trash receptacles and bike rack.

O’Connell Field/Worcester Fire Memorial Walkway groundbreaking ceremony – Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 4:30 PM

From City of Worcester: This $4.4 milllion project consists of the installation of a new synthetic competition turf lined for football, lacrosse and field hockey, sports lighting, player benches, bleachers, portable restrooms, scoreboard, an ADA accessible lighted entry plaza and walkway, lighted elevated boardwalk, security cameras, park benches, trees plantings and a new park sign. The project also includes the installation of an ADA accessible Firefighters Memorial Walkway including the relocation of the existing Firefighters monument.

Hope Cemetery ribbon cutting ceremony – Thursday, Sept. 26 – 4:30 PM

From City of Worcester: A $1.1 million Capital Improvement Project at Hope Cemetery was made possible through a City Council tax levy appropriation. Area 1 and Area 5 were developed to provide an increased number of graves, new lawns, numbered grave markers, paved access roads, drainage, water service, tree and shrub plantings, and fence installation.


Worcester Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications for 2020

Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its 2020 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15, 2019. 
WAC will give preference to community projects in the following categories:
  • Children’s Programs
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Art
WAC will accept grant applications from the following: individuals, non-profit organizations, associations that can establish a non-profit objective, schools, libraries and other public agencies. WAC will be offering two types of competitive grants in 2020: Project Grants and Fellowship Grants.
To download a copy of the 2020 guidelines and the applications please click here. To use the new online Application please visit: https://www.mass-culture.org/Worcester.

Preservation Worcester Hosting a Livable City Candidates Forum Tonight

Tonight — Monday, Sept. 23 — the Worcester Urban Planning Partnership is sponsoring a Livable City Candidates Forum at 6:30 PM at Preservation Worcester’s Park View Room at 230 Park Avenue.

The forum will be moderated by former Mayor and City Councilor John Anderson and will focus on planning and design concepts that promote vitality, economic development, citizen participation, and healthy, sustainable neighborhoods in our city.

All 13 At-Large City Council Candidates have been invited to participate and have been provided a series of questions that were submitted by hosting coalition organizations. 


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The 1st Annual Taste of West Boylston St. is Tonight 

The 1st Annual Taste of West Boylston St. — “Eat, Drink, Give… A Taste of West Boylston Street & Neighbors —  is being held tonight at the Manor Banquet Facility on West Boylston St. in West Boylston.

The event will benefit Worcester’s The Friendly House and will feature tastings from local restaurants and vendors. The event runs from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 

This family friendly event will have food & drinks, raffles, live entertainment & more. 


QCC to Host 34th HACE Youth Awards

On Tuesday, October 9, Quinsigamond Community College [QCC] will host the 34th Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence [H.A.C.E] Youth Awards.

The event will take place at the school’s Welcome Center from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

This year’s awards will honor 36 senior high school students from public and private high schools throughout Worcester and Southbridge.

“These students are making indelible and lasting contributions to our communities. They are raising awareness of our Hispanic culture and impacting our communities in positive and powerful ways,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “We are proud to be honoring such inspiring young men and women.”  

Since its inception, the H.A.C.E. Committee has recognized over 720 students with financial awards totaling $180,250.  The money raised through sponsorships and donations is distributed directly to students. 

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