5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 8, 2019

by | Jul 8, 2019 | Headlines, News

Coes Reservoir to Have Invasive Water Chestnuts Removed

The Worcester DPW has contracted  a lake management company to use a mechanical harvester in Coes Reservoir starting on Monday, July 8, 2019, in order to address the invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans).

Over the course of the week, the harvester will be working to remove the aquatic weeds from the northern part of the Reservoir. 

Mechanical harvesting is a safe and effective method for the control of water chestnut without the use of aquatic herbicides. 


Worcester Railers re-sign Defenseman Kyle McKenzie

The Worcester Railers announced on Friday that the club has re-signed defenseman Kyle McKenzie to an ECHL contract for the 2019-20 season.
McKenzie, 26, returns for his third professional season after making his debut with the Railers in the 2017-18 season. McKenzie only appeared in 18 games last season posting two assists due to a season ending injury. He has appeared in 89 games for the Railers and has recorded three goals and nine assists for 12 points.

Redemption Rock Brewing Hosting Bob Ross Paint Party

On Tuesday, July 16, Redemption Rock Brewing Co. will host a Bob Ross Paint Party from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Participants will follow along with Bob Ross art instruction guide on a projection screen and will feature neon color paint n canvas.

All supplies are provided, including a protective smock. Tickets are $25.  Redemption Rock will have have beer, coffee, tea, and seltzer available for purchase and encourages participants to bring their own snacks.


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United Way to Host Night at PawSox Game at McCoy Stadium

The United Way of Central Mass. is hosting a fundraising night at the PawSox on Saturday, July 13.

Each ticket sold goes to United Way’s Campaign for a Great Summer.

First pitch is at 6:15 PM. Click these links for more details and tickets.


Massachusetts Ranked #36 in Best & Worst States to Start a Business

In their latest report — the Best & Worst States to Start a Business — the data experts at WalletHub have ranked Massachusetts 36th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts low ranking as a place to start a business, according to WalletHub, is due to its high labor costs, high business costs, and the number of job openings compared to the number of people in the labor force.

There is a silver lining, however. Massachusetts is ranked #1 for the most-educated population, and — for those that like to work as little as possible — the Bay State is in the top five states for the shortest average work week.

To see how MA compares to the rest of the country, scroll the map below:


Source: WalletHub

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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]