5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 24, 2019

by | Jun 24, 2019 | Headlines, News

15 WRTA Route Changes Went into Effect on Saturday

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority [WRTA] has made changes to 14 bus routes [one route has two changes].

The route changes went into effect on Saturday, June 22. The changes to the affected routes included multiple inbound and outbound on weekends, new weekend times on some routes, and the addition and subtraction of stops from other routes.

For a full list of changes, click here: Services Changes.


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Worcester Police Gang Unit to Apply for a $500k Youth Crime Prevention Grant

The Worcester Police Department [WPD] will apply for a grant of $500,000 from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

The WPD Gang Unit hopes to that money to implement programs aimed at serving yout at risk of becoming involved with gangs.

The WPD has proposed a Gang Reduction and Youth Diversion Strategy (GRAYDS) that builds upon community partnerships to address known risk factors for youth and gang violence. Through social intervention, organization change, and opportunities provision strategies the efforts will ensure data-driven solutions aimed at reducing and sustaining reductions in community youth violence.

According to Chief Steve Sargent, the WPD will partner with the Worcester Community Action Council to provide case management services, the Worcester Public Schools to coordinate assistance for eligible youth, and Main South Community Development Corporation to implement a police-youth dialogue program.


Worcester Railers Win ECHL Community Service Award

On Friday it was announced that the Worcester Railers have been selected as the winner of the 2018-19 ECHL Community Service Award in recognition of their commitment on being a leader in the greater Worcester community.
“The Worcester Railers HC is a community first organization and we take great pride on being a terrific partner in the Worcester community and beyond,” said Railers president Mike Myers. “It is a full team effort starting with our owners Cliff and Susan Rucker, our front office staff led by Paul Harris, our interns, hockey staff and players, corporate partners and members, the Worcester Railers HC Booster Club, and our mascot TRAX. We are honored to receive the award and look forward to our continued support in the Central Massachusetts community.”
Through the Worcester Railers HC Foundation, the team donated over $300,000 cash last season and partnered with over 400 local community organizations throughout Central Massachusetts. 
For a second consecutive season, the Railers HC Foundation donated $40,000 to local organizations during the holiday season in part of the Railers Season of Giving.


From the016.com: New Bakery and Coffee Shop to Be Part of $1M Project on Grove St.

The following is from our media partners at the016.com:

A building being constructed on the site of a former carwash will house a new bakery, according to documents on file with the City of Worcester.

Domar Realty Group recently began pouring the foundation for a building at 270 Grove St., across the street from the Oak Barrel Tavern. The site was previously Gervais Car Wash, which was demolished earlier this year.

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From the016.com:
The new building across the street from the Oak Barrel Tavern will house “a bakery with storefront and future tenant space,” according to a building permit on file with the city.

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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]