5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - Feb. 19, 2021

 by Tom MarinoFebruary 19, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Friday, February 19, 2021 - the Hilton Garden Inn Worcester erects an ice sculpture downtown, Anna Maria College is holding a virtual career speaker series, QCC earns Military Friendly School Designation, the Massachusetts Pirates have their schedule updated and American Family Care provides guidance on conditions brought on by extreme cold.


Hilton Garden Inn's Ice Sculpture Commemorates 'The Heart of the Commonwealth'

The Hilton Garden Inn Worcester has erected a heart-shaped ice sculpture in front of Uno Pizzeria & Grill on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Major Taylor Boulevard to commemorate Worcester as “The Heart of the Commonwealth”.

The four-foot by six-foot sculpture was carved in Springfield and delivered on Thursday, February 18, where assembly and shaping took place at 25 Major Taylor Blvd.

Be sure to go check out the sculpture at night when it's lit up.


Anna Maria College Holds Virtual Career Speaker Series

Anna Maria College will host a Criminal Justice Virtual Career Speaker series that will feature ten sessions from February to May 2021.

These sessions will focus on federal law enforcement, careers in the courts, criminal investigations, justice and policing, forensics, probation and computer and digital crime. Each session starts at 6 PM.

  • February 23: Careers in Probation
  • February 25: Careers in Criminal Investigations
  • March 10 : Undergraduate Criminal Justice Virtual Open House
  • March 16: Social Justice and Policing
  • March 18: Careers in Law Enforcement
  • April 20: Women in Criminal Justice
  • April 22: Careers in Forensics
  • May 18: Careers in Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations
  • May 20: Careers in Corrections

To learn more about the series, its speakers and to register visit the Anna Maria College website.


QCC Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly School Designation

Quinsigamond Community College has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly ® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.

The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at militaryfriendly.com.


Massachusetts Pirates Announce Revised 2021 Schedule

The Massachusetts Pirates, entering their first season in the Indoor Football League [IFL], announced a newly revised schedule for the 2021 season on February 17.

The IFL announced the new schedule that pushed the opening weekend back from March 28 to April 23.

IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon said the decision allows “...for additional time for our country as a whole to make greater strides in our collective efforts against the COVID pandemic.”

The Pirates will now open its season April 24 with a three game road trip and play at home after a week 4 bye.

The Pirates host its first IFL game during week 5 of the season, presumably May 22. The league has not announced the official date and time of the game for broadcast considerations still in planning.

The Pirates play 16 games over the 18 week schedule with bye weeks in weeks four and six.

The team’s scheduled home games are:

  • Week 5 (May 21-23, not yet finalized)
  • Week 7 Saturday, June 5 at 7:05 PM
  • Week 8 Saturday, June 12 at 7:05 PM
  • Week 12 Saturday, July 10th at 7:05 PM
  • Week 13 Sunday, July 18 at 1:05 PM
  • Week 14  Saturday, July 24th 7:05 PM
  • Week 16 Saturday, August 7th 7:05 PM
  • Week 18 Saturday, August 21st at 7:05 PM


Tips to Stay Safe in Frigid Weather

With recent frigid cold in Worcester County, American Family Care is warning of the health risks of exposure-related conditions. Current pandemic restrictions increases potential to spend extra time outdoors when going to a public place.

AFC advises that the key to avoiding exposure related conditions is to dress in several loose layers and cover as much exposed skin as possible.

A thin base that can wick away moisture from the skin; an insulating middle layer such as a sweater, sweatshirt or down jacket; and a weatherproof outer layer that blocks the elements such as wind and water.

When someone has spent extended time exposed to extreme cold, it is important to recognize the signs of hypothermia. Signs can include shivering, confusion and memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness or exhaustion.

Individuals can also sustain frostbite and are frequently unaware because the tissue becomes numb. It is important not to warm the areas with rubbing or external heat. Signs can include skin that is red and painful. More serious signs include white, gray or yellowish skin; numbness; or skin that feels very firm or waxy.

If seeing signs of either condition, it is important to seek medical attention.

American Family Care [AFC] is a non-emergency, urgent care clinic with 200 locations nationwide, including a locally owned branch at 117A Stafford St. in Worcester.

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