5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 11, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 11, 2019

Worcester to Break Ground on Polar Park Today

City, State and Federal officials along with executives from the Worcester Red Sox, Gilbane-Hunt, DAIQ, Skanska and Canal District, Green Island and other community leaders will host a ceremonial groundbreaking of Polar Park on Thursday, July 11 at 3:30 PM.

WHAT: Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Polar Park

WHERE: Plymouth Street and Washington Street

WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11 


State Lawmakers to Hear Testimony Today on Legislation on Conditions at Worcester Recovery Center

Massachusetts lawmakers will hear testimony today, Thursday, July 11 on legislation that will focus on the dangerous conditions expereienced by patients and staff at mental health facilities across the state, including Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.

What: Legislative hearing on An Act Relative to Creating Intensive Stabilization and Treatment Units within the Department of Mental Health (S. 1163/H. 1719), sponsored by Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton and Rep. Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset.

When: Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Room A-1, State House, Boston MA

A WCVB Channel 5 investigation of the Worcester Recovery Center revealed patient overdoses, physical and sexual assaults, and hundreds of injuries to staff. As of May 2019, there had been at least 381 assaults reported at the facility, according to MNA records. State records obtained by WCVB showed 96 assaults with injuries requiring medical attention over the past three years.

Out to Lunch Music Festival Returns to Worcester Common

The Out to Lunch Music Festival Returns to the Worcester Common today after a one-week break from the July 4th holiday.

Today’s festival and farmers market will feature music by The Alchemystics from 11 AM to 2 PM. 


Shrewsbury St. Walk & Rock Kicks off First of 3 Nights Tonight

The annual Shrewsbury St. Walk & Rock kicks off tonight on Restaurant Row in Worcester.

The event is the first of three Thursday nights featuring live music and great food, courtesy of local bands and your favorite Shrewsbury Street restaurants.


Free Horse Drawn Wagon Tours Tonight in Worcester’s Canal District

Free horse drawn carriages tour through Worcester’s Canal District happen tonight from 6 PM to 8 PM. 

The carriage tour will feature history of the city and the significant figures in its past. Each ride lasts about 45 minutes. To sign up, visit the carriage tour tent at the corner of Crompton Park, next to the handball courts. 

Participants must sign up for a spot at the tent in advance. 

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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. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.