5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 29, 2020

by | Jun 29, 2020 | Headlines, News

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 – Monday, June 29 – designs for the new Doherty High get voted on tonight, City Council will evaluate the City Manager on Tuesday night, MassHire is hosting a Virtual Job Fair, Old Sturbridge Village is opening July 4, and the RMV is selected for several awards.


Design Plans for Doherty High Will Be Voted on Tonight

The Doherty Memorial High School Building Committee will vote tonight to send the  Schematic Design Submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

The Committee will meet at 6:30 PM. There will be a Q&A period. If you would like to participate, see instructions below:

To participate with a Computer or Tablet:
— Esther Howland Chamber: https://cow.webex.com/meet/howland_webex
To participate via phone (audio only):
— Dial-in Conference Phone #: Esther Howland Chamber – 415-655-0001
(Access Code: 735751404)


City Council to Evaluate City Manager on Tuesday Night

The City Council will meet on Tuesday night for the last time until July 21. The Council will meet once in both July and August.

Before summer break, the Council will provide their evaluations of City Manager Ed Augustus. Each councilor evaluates the City Manager on financial management and economic development — on a scale from “Unsatisfactory” to “Exceeds expectations.”

The Council will meet at 6:30 PM at City Hall. You can watch the meeting on Facebook, the City’s website or on channel 192 on Spectrum cable.


MassHire Virtual Job Fair

MassHire Central Career Center in Worcester will host its second Virtual Job Fair on July 16 from noon – 4:30 PM.

The online event provides a secure platform where job seekers and employers can connect virtually. Employers can list their job openings and feature a video about the company and open positions. Job seekers can send contact information and resumes directly to hiring managers, who can respond directly.

Over 40 employers are expected to take part on July 16, up from 34 which took part in the first Virtual Job Fair in June.

Job seekers who wish to participate should have their resume ready to share and join the event here at noon on July 16. Pre-registration is not required.


Old Sturbridge Village Opens July 4

Old Sturbridge Village [OSV] will be open to the public starting July 4 and for existing members starting July 1.

All visitors must use the new OSV online reservation system to plan their arrival. OSV will admit visitors within three 90 minute blocks each day to allow staff to plan and limit admittance queues.

Members must also use the online reservation system, even if their membership comes with free admission.

Visitors with a complimentary admission pass or special discount of any kind should call the Old Sturbridge Village visitor center at 508-347-0213 or email [email protected] to reserve their date and time of entry.

Once in the village, all visitors are welcome to stay until the museum closes at 5 PM.

OSV has adapted some indoor programming for outside viewing to provide a safer environment..  Bullard Tavern Café will be open with a new menu and outdoor dining. The Reeder Family Lodges are taking reservations for the July 4th weekend and beyond.


Mass RMV Recognized for Several Programs

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has been selected to receive awards from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) for its fraud prevention initiatives.

The RMV is being recognized for:

  • Regional & International Award for Security Fraud Prevention and Detection, Motor Vehicle Agency

For developing custom queries to spot and stop suspected fraudulent activity in the online duplicate license transaction process.

  • Regional & International Award for Security Fraud Prevention and Detection, Law Enforcement Individual

Massachusetts State Police Trooper James M. Thompson, for his investigation tracking and identifying online duplicate license fraud over the course of 2019

  • Regional Recognition Award, Community Service

For the Alternate Residency Affidavit Program that  helps individuals without permanent housing get the RMV’s residency requirement to become eligible for a Massachusetts identification card.

  • Category & Division Award, Public Affairs and Consumer Education

For its “Preparing for Massachusetts RMV Road Test” educational videos.

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Tom is the VP of Business Operations for TWIW as well as a journalist. He was a history student at Worcester State University and has many years experience technical recruiting, marketing and a long time entrepreneur.