5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Sept. 17, 2020

by | Sep 17, 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 – Thursday, September 17 – COVID-19 testing at college and universities will now be added to the state’s weekly report, Massachusetts awards more than $64 million in COVID-19 relief, Governor Charlie Baker has nominated two judges, Family Health Center has launched an online auction and Dunkin’ is now available on DoorDash.

College and University COVID-19 Testing Added to Weekly Report

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center announced on Wednesday that college and university testing data is now added to the COVID-19 weekly public health report.

Starting in mid-August, higher education institutions across the state implemented regular testing programs for their students, faculty and staff, the results of which have been included in the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.

DPH will continue to report these results in the Daily Dashboard, in addition to providing specific information on college and university testing in the Weekly Public Health report.

Massachusetts Awarded Over $64 Million in HUD Grants for COVID-19 Relief

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $64 million in federal grants to support cities and towns across Massachusetts as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards to cities and towns in Worcester County include:

  • Fitchburg – $435,362
  • Leominster – $482,977
  • Worcester – $1,963,247


Baker Appoints Judges to Appeals & Juvenile Court

Governor Charlie Baker nominated two judges to Massachusetts courts on Wednesday, September 16.

Baker appointed Marguerite Grant as an Associate Justice to the state Appeals Court. The Appeals Court is a court of general appellate jurisdiction, where justices review decisions that the trial judges from the several Departments of the Trial Court have already made in a wide variety of cases.

Baker appointed Joanna Rodriguez as Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court. The Juvenile Court Department is a statewide court with jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters including delinquencies, care and protections, youthful offender cases and children requiring assistance.

Grant and Rodriguez have a combined 50 years of experience practicing law.

Dunkin’ Available For Delivery

Dunkin’ is now available for delivery with DoorDash at 3,500 restaurants nationwide.

DoorDash is offering Dunkin’ customers a free 25-count of MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats and a $0 delivery fee on orders of $10 or more from now until September 21.


Art in the City Auction is Now Live

Family Health Center of Worcester his hosting “Art in the City” — a 12-day online auction featuring artwork from dozens of local artists to raise money for low-income and uninsured patients at Family Health Center of Worcester, Family Health Center – Southbridge, the Lois B. Green Breast Health Center and Worcester Health Care for the Homeless.

To make a contribution to fund a health service for a patient in need, click here.

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