5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 1, 2020

by | Jun 1, 2020 | Headlines, News

[For the first time since March 13, ThisWeekinWorcester.com is returning the daily “5 Things You Need to Know.” Now that things are progressing to a “new normal” and more non-COVID-19 news, events and “need to know” information becomes available, we will continue this feature five days a week.]


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 – Monday, June 1 – Coney Island is selling smiley face bandannas to raise money for a local food bank, the turf has been laid at Lake Quinsigamond State Park, there’s a solidarity protest tonight in Worcester in response to the death of George Floyd, you can get a free donut on Friday at Dunkin’ and the Cookie Lady’s Daughter has started a Cookie Kit Club.


Coney Island Selling Smiley Face Bandannas

The ever-popular George’s Coney Island is open for take-out and they’re offering online and over-the-phone ordering.

As if that’s not enough to make you smile, they’re also selling “Smiley Face” bandannas for $10. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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New Turf Laid Down at Lake Park

Over the weekend, a new turf and track was installed at Lake Quinsigamond State Park.

The Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation [DCR] announced the upgrades back in Sept. 2018 and had originally planned to have the new track and turf ready by the fall of 2019.

The track and field are currently surrounded by fencing and the parking lot remains closed until Governor Charlie Baker lifts the state-wide order. The 1.1 mile walking path around the park and the tennis courts are open. The walking path is one-way.


Protest of Solidarity Tonight in Worcester

A protest will be held tonight at 6 PM in downtown Worcester as residents stand in solidarity with the people of Minneapolis.

The peaceful protest aims to call attention to the injustices that resulted in the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and the many racial injustices being committed against black communities across the United States.

The protest will be held under the supervision of City Councilor At-Large Khrystian King.

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Get a Free Donut this Friday at Dunkin’: Here’s How

National Donut Day is this Friday and Dunkin’ is offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.

Classic donut favorites include Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate, Jelly Filled and more. The offer is good at participating locations while supplies last.

Grubhub is also offering a free half-dozen donuts on Dunkin’ orders of $10 or more on June 6 and June 7.


Kids Bored at Home? Looking for a Sweet Treat? Join the Cookie Kit Club

The Cookie Lady’s Daughter in Millbury has started a Cookie Kit Club — a summer-long DIY cookie kit club — that runs every two weeks.

Each kit comes with six cookies, icing and sprinkles and a photo for inspiration.

Pick-up will take place in Millbury from 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays beginning June 6.

The summer-long club costs $75. To sign-up, click here. 

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]