5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 14, 2019

by | Aug 14, 2019 | Headlines, News

WORCESTER – In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com will explore 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 — August 14, 2019 – the WOOtenanny comedy festival is back this fall, T&G columnist Clive McFarlane was unceremoniously shown the door, the Mass. Pirates’ owner Jawad Yatim was named Executive of the Year by LastWordonSports.com, another Ladies Night Out Worcester is planned for November, and Pawsitively 4 Pink is holding a fundraiser at an upcoming PawSox game.


WOOtennany Comedy Festival to Return this Fall with 90 Comedians, 23 Performances

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, WOOtennany Comedy Festival will make its return with 90 comedians and 23 scheduled performances at multiple locations throughout Worcester.

Comedians from Worcester, Boston and 12 other states across the country will be performing throughout the week. 

The week will be headlined by Josh Johnson of the Daily Show [photo above] with three nights [Oct. 3-5] at WooHaHa Comedy Club in downtown Worcester, and Worcester’s own Nick Chambers on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Comedy Attic at Park Grill on Park Ave.

During the course of the week, comedian and WOOtennany organizer Shaun Connolly of Worcester will be recording a comedy album at Coney Island.

There will be shows and podcasts throughout the week at the locations above, as well as Nick’s Bar on Millbury St. and Beatnik’s on Park Ave. 


Telegram & Gazette Lays off Long-time Columnist Clive McFarlane

In a shock to many, the Telegram & Gazette laid off columnist Clive McFarlane after 26 years with the paper.

On Facebook, McFarlane posted the following: 


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Mass. Pirates Owner Named Exec. of the Year

The sports blog – LastWordonSports.com – has handed out their post-season awards for the Arena Football League and has named Massachusetts Pirates owner Jawad Yatim as their Executive of the Year. 

From the story: “Not only did Yatim turn the team around, he was also able to get the Pirates and the NAL on the map. A Tweet from Ian Rapoport was sent out stating that [Dexter] McCluster was signed by the Pirates. Doing things like this will get teams and the league on the map, which would translate to more people attending games. More people going to games would lead to more merchandise being sold and more revenue to the team.”

Read the Full Story Here



Ladies Night Out Worcester Back in November at Sprinkler Factory

The Sprinkler Factory Art Gallery will host the return of Ladies Night Out Worcester with art, music by DJ Stardust, performances by the Queens of Worcester, Stand up comedy by Cindy Gray, Paint your Own Wine Glass, wine and beer, light bites,shopping and all sorts of small Central Mass business owned by women.

The event takes place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 PM to 10 PM. Vendors will offer free samples and demonstrations. For tickets, please click here

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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]