5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – March 19

 by Tom MarinoMarch 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, March 19 - QCC resumes in-person services in fall 2021, Glazy Susan is hiring, seven businesses are selected for economic incentives in Massachusetts, Massachusetts is ranked the safest state for driving, and the FBI warns on a new email phishing scam.


Quinsigamond Community College Resumes In-Person Services in fall 2021

Quinsigamond Community College is planning to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester. The College says what is safe and permissible will determine the extent of services.

QCC limited in-person services during the last school year, excluding clinical courses and some labs, and focused on remote learning.

Prior to the pandemic, approximately 20% of QCC’s courses were already held online.


Glazy Susan is Hiring

Specialty doughnut company Glazy Susan, located at the DCU Center in Worcester, is hiring. The company seeks an experienced baker for the team and a barista.

Interested applicants can send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

HEY ALL! We’re looking for a few individuals to join our team, including an experienced baker and barista.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]!

Posted by Glazy Susan on Thursday, March 18, 2021


Seven Businesses Selected for Economic Development Incentives in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council [EACC] approved six projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program [EDIP] and one Vacant Storefront Project.

The EACC expects the projects to create 297 net new jobs and retain 25 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $108.6 million in private investment.

Complete Cold Logistics, LLC, of Sturbridge, plans to build an 83,000 square foot cold storage facility to increase capacity of cold storage in Central Massachusetts. The company expects to create 24 new jobs and making an investment of $22 million.

The town of Sturbridge plans to approve a 10-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.7 million.

BrightFarms, a New York based packaged salad brand, plans to build a 12-acre hydroponic greenhouse in Lunenburg where they will grow salad greens and herbs for sale in local supermarkets. The project will be built in two phases each consisting of six acres.

This new location will result in the creation of 60 new jobs and an investment of $27 million. The town of Lunenburg plans to approve an eight-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.6 million.

Dancing Orchid Soapworks, of Marlborough, a handmade soap and bath products company, is outgrowing their 490-square-foot space and customers are having difficulties finding them. They are seeking to expand into a ground level vacant storefront.

They are receiving $5,100 in rental assistance from the city of Marlborough and $5,100 in refundable tax credits from the state.

BC Gourmet USA, Inc., of Gloucester, Watson-Marlow America Manufacturing, Inc., of Devens, Hotel Jess, LLC, of Holyoke and ServedWell New Bedford, LLC, of New Bedford.


Massachusetts Ranked the Safest State for Driving

A new study by Reviews.com ranked Massachusetts as the safest state for driving.

According to data from 2018, drivers in Massachusetts experienced 0.54 fatalities per 100 million vehicles miles. That represents an 80% decline since 1975.

The second safest state to drive was Minnesota with 0.63 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, a 79% decline since 1975.

The most dangerous state to drive, according to the study, was South Carolina with 1.83 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, a 54% decline since 1975. The second most dangerous was Mississippi with 1.63 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, a 57% decline since 1975.


FBI Warns of Phishing Email Scam Related to Traffic Violations

The FBI is warning of a new Spearphishing scheme.

Spearphishing campaigns use tailored emails that contain malicious links that execute malware.

The scheme, called “TrickBot," uses emails which claim to contain information about traffic violations to entice the victim click the link to a compromised website. That website prompts the victim to click on a photo that alleges to be proof of their traffic violation.

Clicking the photo prompts the download of a malicious file that communicates personal information to the culprit or loads ransomware.



UMass Medical School will hold Match Day at at the school’s campus at 333 South St. in Shrewsbury starting at 11 AM.

The Sunrise Movement chapter in Worcester joins a global day of action today at Worcester City Hall starting at 4 PM.

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