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 – Thursday, September 10 – Delta Airlines is suspending flights out of Worcester Airport, Stop & Shop is donating five tons of produce to Friendly House, the Worcester Public Library has named it’s Children’s Room, you can smash things and raise money for cancer research, and ArtsWorcester’s annual exhibition starts today.
Delta Airlines to Suspend Operations at Worcester Airport
According to a report from Spectrum News 1, Delta Airlines will suspend operations at the Worcester Regional Airport beginning October 1.
Delta will continue to offer daily flights to its hub in Detroit until the end of this month.
Stop & Shop to Donate 5 Tons of Fresh Produce to Friendly House
In Honor of Hunger Action Day on Thursday, September 10th, Stop & Shop is donating nearly five tons of fresh produce to the Friendly House in Worcester to benefit local families in need.
Stop & Shop associates from Worcester area stores and Friendly House staff will fill 1,000 bags on-site, which will contain a variety of produce.
According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, coronavirus-related economic crises could push the number of food insecure Americans to 54 million by year’s end. In Worcester County, about 68,460 were considered food insecure before the pandemic, but job loss and other economic crises associated with the virus could push the rate of food insecurity in Worcester County to 13.1 percent by the end of 2020.
Worcester Public Library Names Renovated Children’s Room
The Worcester Public Library will name its newly renovated children’s room, the Arthur M. and Martha R. Pappas Children’s Center.
On behalf of the Arthur M. and Martha R. Pappas Foundation, Martha R. Pappas will be receiving the 2020 Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders Award in recognition of her support of the Library’s Children’s Center renovation.
The Dr. Richard E. Greene Founders award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has contributed notably to furthering the mission of the Worcester Public Library Foundation.
The “Writing the Next Chapter” campaign has a goal of raising $4.1 million to support the $12.7 million renovation project. To date, $3.9 million has been raised. Information about the campaign and the renovations can be found here.
Smashit2 Launches Cancer Research Fundraiser
Smashit2 is urging local residents to think pink in October.
Throughout October, Smashit2 presents F%@K Cancer month. Smashit2 will donate $10 from every session at its 49 Canterbury St location to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
During the weekend of Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, there will be a car smash. All the proceeds from that weekend will go to the fight against Cancer.
To learn more about Smashit2, visit their website.
ArtsWorcester’s Annual Members Exhibition Starts September 10
Over 150 artists will be featured in the ArtsWorceter eighth annual “One” exhibition, starting Thursday, September 10, and running until Monday, November 8.
“One” shows the work that each member artist most wishes you to see, regardless of medium or theme.
The exhibition will be on view in the East and West Galleries at the ArtsWorcester galleries at 44 Portland St. and on the organization’s