5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Oct. 28, 2020

by | Oct 28, 2020 | News, Headlines

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 – Wednesday, October 28 – register for trick or treating with Worcester Bravehearts’ mascot Jake the Lion, Clark University names its new Chief of Police, Worcester Academy names its 32nd Head of School, Holden schedules the ceremonial groundbreaking for its new DPW building and MassDOT has opened its Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study for public comment.

Jake-or-Treating is On!

A different looking Halloween this year isn’t going to stop the Worcester Bravehearts mascot, Jake.

If you want a chance to go trick-or-treating with Jake Worcester Bravehearts Mascot fill out the online registration form. Three winners will be randomly selected and contacted on Friday, October 30th.

If you aren’t going trick-or-treating, register and you can be one of the few lucky houses with a special candy delivery from Jake while he’s along his travels.

Clark University Appoints a New Chief of Police

Clark University has appointed Sgt. Lauren L. Misale as the University’s chief of police, effective November 2.

Clark President David Fithian said Misale was selected for her stellar record, strong relationships on campus and in the community, and deep commitment to students. She replaces Chief of Police Stephen Goulet who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Misale is a 12-year veteran of the Clark University Police Department (CUPD) and Clark alumnus.

Worcester Academy Names 32nd Head of School

The Worcester Academy Board of Trustees today announced on Tuesday, October 27, that Massachusetts native Kevin Breen will become the Academy’s 32nd Head of School.

Breen has been head at the Marshall School in Duluth, MN, for the past eight years, and former director of enrollment at the Brooks School in North Andover.

Breen will start at the Academy on July 1.

Breen was selected after a nationwide search started after the current Head of School, Ronald Cino, announced earlier this year he would leave his post after the end of the current academic year.

Holden Breaks Ground on New DPW Facility

The Town of Holden’s ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of their new DPW Facility at 18 Industrial Park Drive on Friday, October 30, at Noon.

Construction of the $20 million facility will begin on Monday, November 2.

The Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study Opens for Public Comment

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation [MassDOT] announcing on Tuesday, October 27, that the Mass Central Rail Trail Feasibility Study has been completed.

See the study here, which has been released for 30-day public comment period via the Public Involvement Management Application platform.

The feasibility study covers a 68.5 mile mid-state section of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) between Belchertown and Hudson.

The vision of MCRT is to convert as much of the original 104-mile rail corridor as possible to an east-west, off-road, shared-use path/greenway connecting Northampton to Boston.


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