5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 4, 2020

by | Jun 4, 2020 | News, Headlines

[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 – Thursday, June 4 – members of the Worcester School Committee would like the Superintendent to address what next school year will look like, Sutton High is having a rolling rally today for the Class of 2020, Worcester saw a nearly 300% increase in unemployment between January and April 2020, a Worcester 7-11 owner is hosting a “Customer Appreciation Day” and here’s how to get free donuts this week from Rocco’s.


Worcester School Committee: What’s Next Year Look Like?

The Worcester School Committee meets tonight — Thursday, June 4 — and they’re looking for some idea as to what next school year will look like.

The committee has asked Superintendent Maureen Binienda to provide an anticipated plan for the return to school this fall and how that plan will be implemented.

The School Committee has asked Binienda to include in her plan what the school year will look with the following:

  • full return
  • hybrid (in school learning and remote learning)
  • full remote
  • any other scenarios the Administration is considering


Rocco’s Doughnuts Company Giving Out Free Donuts this Week

Rocco’s Doughnuts Company — with locations in Millbury and Westborough — is giving out free donuts this Friday and Saturday with every pre-order in honor of National Doughnut Day [Friday, June 5].

The Westborough location is open Friday thru Sunday for curbside pick-up. Millbury will re-open at a later date.

To place a pre-order, click here.


Sutton High Seniors Receiving Diplomas at Rolling Rally Today

The town of Sutton will be out in full force this afternoon — Thursday, June 4 — to cheer on the Class of 2020 with a Rolling Rally.

he Sutton Police Department will be leading 102 graduates and their families on a parade through Sutton. The rally is scheduled to

The rally is scheduled to depart at 3:30 PM.

Seniors will receive their diplomas when they return to the school after the rally. The school still hopes to hold a traditional graduation sometime this summer.


7-11 Owner Giving Out Free Food for “Customer Appreciation Day”

Emar Mohammad, the owner of the 7-11 on Blackstone River Rd. in Worcester, will be giving back to the community today.

From 11 AM to 2 PM today, Mohammad will be handing out free food to customers and anyone who needs it to celebrate “Customer Appreciation Day.”

The 7-11 is located at 2 Blackstone River Rd.


Worcester Sees Nearly 300% Increase in Unemployment Over 4 Months

From January 2020 to April 2020, Worcester saw an increase in unemployment of 299%, according to the latest report from the financial data experts at WalletHub.

The report shows that Worcester had a 16.40% unemployment rate last month and of the 180 largest cities in the U.S., Worcester ranked 56th among cities with the largest increase in unemployment due to COVID-19.

Scroll the map below to see how other cities compared to Worcester:

Source: WalletHub
Photo courtesy: Edited – Rocco’s Doughnut Company/Facebook

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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]