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

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

Worcester PD Holding Promotion Ceremony on Friday

The Worcester Police Department will hold a promotion ceremony at 4:30 PM on Friday, Sept. 13 at City Hall in the Levi Lincoln Chamber.

Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., Mayor Joseph M. Petty, and Councilor Kate Toomey, Chair of Public Safety will preside over the ceremony.

During the ceremony, the officers will take their oaths before family members and colleagues.

Sergeant being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant:

Sgt. Matthew Early

Police officers being promoted to the rank of Sergeant:

Officer Justin Bennes

Officer Adam Bullock


Here are the Official Results of Tuesday’s Preliminary Election

Less than nine percent of the city’s registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s preliminary election. More than 8,700 ballots were cast across the city’s 50 precincts.

Mayor Joseph Petty was the leading vote-getter for the At-Large City Council preliminary with just over 5,000 votes — followed by incumbents Kate Toomey, Gary Rosen, Khyrstian King and Moe Bergman. Former District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou finished in sixth. 

Incumbent Jack Foley led the way in the school committee race with 4,001 votes — followed by incumbents John Monfredo and Brian O’Connell. Former school committee member Tracy O’Connell Novick edged out incumbent Molly McCullough for the fourth place spot and they were followed by challenger Laura Clancey and incumbent Dianna Biancheria. 

Of the 15 At-Large candidates and 13 school committee candidates, only the top 12 in each race advanced to the general election in November.

See the full results here. 


Becker College Vet Tech Exam Pass Rate Sees Increase

On Tuesday, Becker College announced an increase in the school’s Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) pass rate.

According to the official annual report from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for the time period July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, the Becker pass rate for first-time candidates was 83.7%.

This score is well above the national pass rate for all first-time candidates of 74.8%, and also represents an increase in Becker’s pass rate from the previous time period, which was 71.05%.   

The VTNE focuses on nine skill areas including animal care and nursing, emergency medicine and critical care, pain management and analgesia, dentistry, and pharmacology. 

“Becker College prides itself in making our graduates career-ready, and the VTNE is an important step in the credentialing process for our veterinary technology students,” said Tara Novak, Director of Veterinary Technology programs at Becker.  “The fact that our program’s pass rate far exceeds the national average is a testament to the quality of the program and the dedication of the faculty and staff, and also reflects the preparedness of our students to join the work force as soon as they graduate.”


General Admission is Half-Off at EcoTarium this Month

For the month of September, general admission at the EcoTarium is half-off.

The EcoTarium is a science and nature museum located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester. 

For a calendar of September events at the EcoTarium, click here.

Planetarium tickets and train rides are not included in the half-price promotion. 





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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.