5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – September 16, 2019

by | Sep 16, 2019 | Headlines, News

5th Annual Chili and Chowder Fest this Weekend

Pulse Magazine’s 5th Annual Chili and Chowder Fest is this Saturday, Sept. 21 at Compass Tavern on Harding St.

The festival will take place from 1 PM to 5 PM. Tickets are $15. Kids ages 5 to 12 are $5, and children 5 and under are admitted free.

This year’s participating restaurants include:

  • Mill Street BBQ
  • Center Tree Bar and Grill
  • The Dogfather
  • Compass Tavern
  • Flying Rhino
  • Pepe’s Italian Restaurant
  • College of the Holy Cross

Purchase of an admission sticker entitles you to try chili and chowder samples from all participating restaurants, and cast your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award. There will also be games, vendors, and live music by Stubby Philips and the Flatheads. 

Beverages and adult beverages will be available for purchase. 


Reliant Foundation and QCC Team Up for ‘Physiology of Addiction’ Event

Worcester-based non-profit Reliant Foundation is sponsoring the free speaking event “Physiology of Addiction” at Quinsigamond Community College  [QCC] today — Monday, Sept. 16.

The event features board-certified family physician and addiction medicine physician, Dr. Ruth Potee,  as the keynote speaker.

Potee is currently the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the director of addiction services for Behavioral Health Network, and the medical director for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District

September is “National Recovery Month” and the theme of the 2019 Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We are Stronger

The event details:

  • What: “Physiology of Addiction” presentation by Dr. Ruth Potee
  • When: Monday, September 16, 2019; 3:30 pm registration and reception; 4:00 pm lecture, followed by a reception
  • Where: QCC’s Hebert Auditorium, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • Cost: this event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required due to limited seating; visit https://reliantfoundation.org/ for more information

Clark Appoints Ward as Director of Mosakowski Institute

On Friday, Clark University announced the appointment of Nadia L. Ward, M.Ed, Ph.D., director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

Dr. Ward assumed her role on July 1. She comes to Clark from the Yale University School of Medicine, where she was an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Ward to Clark University and look forward to her leadership of the Mosakowski Institute,” President David Angel said.

The purpose of the Mosakowski Institute is to address social concerns and improving outcomes for adolescents and young men in the areas of behavioral and mental health.


Annie’s Book Stop Hosting Fantasy Author D.J. Butler

Dave [D.J.] Butler, author of the folk magic/alternate history titles Witchy Eye and Witchy Winter, will be at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM for a book signing celebrating his newest title, Witchy Kingdom.

Butler is also the author of the middle grade fantasy series The Extraordinary Adventures of Clockwork Charlie.


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Ballot Lottery for City Council and School Committee Next Week

On Wednesday, Sept 25, the City of Worcester will hold a ballot order lottery for the city’s municipal election on Nov. 5.

The lottery will include the ballot order for the 13 At-Large City Council candidates, two District 5 Council candidates and 13 School Committee candidates, as well as any candidates vying for mayor.

The lottery will take place at 6:30 PM. See full candidates list here


Lead photo credit: City Foodsters on Visualhunt / CC BY

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