5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – March 31

 by TWIW StaffMarch 31, 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 – Wednesday, March 31 - Table Talk Pies is hiring in Worcester, Assumption University offers transition for Becker College students, RMV announces the end of the period to qualify for a free REAL ID, Glazy Susan releases their April menu and the Better Business Bureau warns of a scam involving dog adoptions.


Assumption University Offers Transition for Becker Students

Assumption University has announced an agreement with Becker College to offer its students the opportunity for an uninterrupted continuation of their degree programs.

Assumption is the third higher-education institution to create a plan to transition students after Becker announced it would close after the current academic year. Both Clark University and Quinsigamond Community College have created similar programs for Becker students.

Assumption will provide a seamless transition for eligible Becker students majoring in six areas: computer science, graphic design, management, nursing, pre-physical therapy, and psychology.

The agreement enables students who meet Assumption’s criteria, enrolled in a Becker College baccalaureate program in spring 2021 or accepted for fall 2021 admission to a baccalaureate program at Becker College are eligible to partake in the transfer opportunity or apply to the University.

For more information, visit the Assumption University website.


RMV to End Free REAL ID Qualification Period

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles [RMV] will end the period to qualify for a free REAL ID on Friday, April 30.

Customers may still qualify prior to April 30th by renewing their Standard Massachusetts driver’s license or ID card online at Mass.Gov/RMV.

The qualification period began on June 12, 2020.

Customers who already qualified by renewing online since June 12 can book in-person upgrade appointments online for their no cost REAL ID starting Thursday, April 1. Those who qualify will have ample time to take advantage of their free upgrade.

Individuals will not need a federally compliant REAL ID for boarding domestic flights or entering certain federal buildings prior to October 1, 2021. A valid U.S. Passport is already a federally complaint REAL ID document.

The fee for renewing a non-commercial standard or REAL ID license is $50, while the fee for upgrading to a standard or REAL ID card is $25.


Need a Job? Table Talk Pies is Hiring

Worcester’s family-owned fresh baked pie manufacturer, Table Talk Pies, is hiring.

Table Talk currently has open positions for Machine Operator, Divider Operator, Filling and Dough Makers and Sanitation staff. These positions start at $14 per hour.

The company also has openings for a first shift Maintenance Department Supervisor and a Bilingual HR Generalist.

To apply, visit the Table Talk Pies website.


Glazy Susan's April Menu Includes Cannoli, Baklava Donuts

Worcester specialty donut shop Glazy Susan has released its April menu with new specialty items.

The Glazy Susan leads the way in April with vanilla and local honey glaze. Also featured in April, Cannoli, which is a filled ring with house made cannoli cream, mini chocolate chips and crushed cannoli shell.

Baklava is also on the April menu -- featuring a spiced glaze, walnuts, crushed filo pastry and a honey drizzle. The cinnamon roll is available Friday through Sunday.

Rounding out the April menu is carrot cake and lemon poppyseed cake donuts, as well as vegan cinnamon rolls and a vegan lavender earl grey donut.

Glazy Susan is located at the corner of Commercial St. and Foster St., inside the DCU Center. It is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM.


BBB Warns on Dog Adoption Scams

During the COVID-19 pandemic dog adoption so quickly that some shelters emptied. Dogs finding new homes is wonderful, but the situation created an opening for scammers to capitalize.

Dog adoption related scams often originate by scammers impersonating animal shelters or individuals who want to find a new home for an animal.

Scammers may not charge for the dog but ask for a refundable deposit to “hold” the pup, request payment to ship the pet to your home or ask for fees for emergency vet visits.

Here are three tips from the Better Business Bureau that you can follow to avoid pet adoption scams:

  • Never buy or adopt a pet without seeing it in person. This is the best way to ensure you aren’t caught in a con.
  • Do an internet search of the pet’s image. If you do find a puppy online, upload the pet’s photo to a reverse image search. If you find multiple pet adoption sites using the same picture, it’s probably a scam.
  • Use money transfer with friends: Protect yourself from scams by only using money transfer apps for their intended purpose -- sending money to people you personally know.


Image courtesy: Glazy Susan/Facebook

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