5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 3, 2019

by | Jul 3, 2019 | Headlines, News

City, Worcester Red Sox to Break Ground on New Polar Park on July 11

According to multiple reports, the City of Worcester and the Worcester Red Sox ownership group will break ground at the future home of Polar Park on July 11 at 3:30 PM.

Construction on the grounds will start shortly thereafter. 

Polar Park is expected to be open in time for the inaugural Worcester Red Sox season in 2021. 


Shrewsbury St. Neighborhood Association to Celebrate 18th Anniversary

The July meeting of the Shrewsbury St. Neighborhood Association will mark the 18th anniversary of the group. 
The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 18 at the KIVA Center at 209 Shrewsbury St. at 7 PM. 
The Worcester Police Dept., Code Dept., City Manager’s Office, other city departments, and elected officials will be present to answer any concerns area residents may have.

Free parking in lot behind Mac’s Diner.

The meeting is open to the public and all area residents are encouraged to attend and raise any issues that need to be addressed by our city and state governments. Refreshments will be served and the room the meeting is held in is air conditioned. 

City of Worcester Announces Completion of Cultural Plan

Earlier this week, the City of Worcester, along Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Cultural Coalition, announced the completion of the City of Worcester Cultural Plan, “Becoming Worcester: The Evolution of a Creative City.”
“The Worcester Cultural Plan is unique in that it is embedded in the City’s Masterplan,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “Arts and culture are catalysts for creative economic development, embedding art into our streetscapes and design, lifting up our rich immigrant experiences and shining a spotlight on all we offer, knowing that great cities embrace arts and culture.”
The Cultural Plan was created with the purpose of municipal cultural planning and service delivery in Worcester. The plan is primarily funded by the Barr Foundation through its Creative Commonwealth Initiative, the Worcester Cultural Coalition, and is a fulfillment of the City’s cultural compact with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which was designed to “promote a shared vision for cities and towns to recognize the power of culture and make communities better places for people to live, work and thrive.”

Annual Millbury Carnival to Have Fireworks Tonight and Tomorrow

Can’t get enough fireworks?

The town of Millbury is currently hosting its annual carnival and tonight — July 3 — and tomorrow — July 4 — the town will have its fireworks displays.

These are also the last two days of the carnival being in town. The carnival opens at 6 PM and stays open until 11 PM.


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Brunch and Broadway at Worcester’s Common Oval on July 27

Altea’s Eatery will be serving up brunch at the Worcester Common Oval in front of Broadway hit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Enjoy a live performance and Q&A with the cast. The event is free and open to the public — brunch can be purchased — and starts at 11 AM.


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