5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 6

 by TWIW StaffMay 6, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores 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 – Thursday, May 6 - Girls Inc. announces its annual fundraising event, Glazy Susan drops its May menu, Saint-Gobain Abrasives to break ground on a new power plant, the Worcester Chamber Music Society holds a community benefit concert this month, and the Better Business Bureau warns consumers about scams related to CBD oil.

Girls Inc. Annual Girls Celebration Event

Girls Inc. of Worcester recently announced its annual Girls Celebration Event scheduled for May 26 at 4 PM.

Girls Inc. will recognize the organization’s outstanding advocates, community partners, girls who are changing our community, and women-owned businesses in a celebration of achievement and giving back to the region’s girls and the community at large.

The event includes an online auction of donated items including two roundtrip airline tickets and the annual Fund-Her-Need appeal, which includes a special Board Challenge Match.

The board of directors for Girls Inc. Worcester is doubling all first-time gifts or increases of $250 or more, up to $5,000. The funds raised will directly support girls summer programs.

Tickets to the May 26 Girls Celebration Event are $25. Each purchase includes priority access to the Girls Inc. online auction and automatic registration for the May Lunch and Learn panel event on May 21 at 12 PM.

A $50 ticket includes s a special food and wine box from Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace

Tickets are available on the Girls Inc. website.


Glazy Susan Drops its May Menu

Worcester’s first specialty doughnut company, Glazy Susan, released its May menu this week.

This month it has:

  • Glazy Susan: Vanilla and local honey glaze
  • Vietnamese Coffee: Acoustic java coffee glaze, condensed milk drizzle and crush espresso beans

Chocolate PH: Glazy Susan signature filled ring with house made chocolate pastry cream

Pretzel Crunch: Herbert’s chocolate glaze, buttery pretzel crunch topping

The Glazy Susan Cinnamon Roll is available Friday through Sunday and include cnnamon, vanilla glaze and cream cheese frosting.

Glazy Susan also has Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake and Saigon Cinnamon Coffee Cake available.

The vegan item available this month are the Strawberry Lemon. Glazy Susan also carries a vegan Cinnamon Roll available only on Saturday and Sunday.

Glazy Susan is located at door 15 A of the DCU Center in Worcester.


Saint-Gobain Abrasives Power Plant Groundbreaking

Saint-Gobain Abrasives will break ground on a new power plant on Friday, May 7 at its Greendale Campus at 351 Stores St. in Worcester.

The new power plant will replace its existing plant, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide higher energy efficiency for the company.


Music Worcester Community Benefit Concert

Lawrence Brownlee will perform works by Schubert, Strauss, Caccini, Mozart, and Weill in addition to a selection of spirituals during a Music Worcester community benefit concert on May 22 at 7 PM.

Ticket proceeds will split between the Worcester Black History Project, OurStory Edutainment, and the Worcester Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival.

Brownlee’s recital program “Songs of My Youth” highlights major moments and memories of his musical upbringing and rise to operatic stardom. Brownlee will share commentary and anecdotes will throughout the program.

The performance will live stream from the Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC) at 20 Franklin St. in Worcester.

Tickets are $15 and available on the Music Worcester website.


Better Business Bureau Issues Scam Alert on CBD Free Trial

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about free sample offers for CBD oil.

Consumers reported responding to an online advertisement for free samples of CBD oil for just a few dollars in shipping costs. Some reports include that the advertisement included a celebrity.

After processing the order and paying the shipping fees, consumers say they are billed as much as $100 for an ongoing monthly subscription. Cancelling the subscription is not easy.

Consumers report the merchants use numerous excuses to avoid issuing refunds. They claim everything from trouble with the computer system to it being outside the cancellation window. Several victims report that the charges continued even after cancellation.

The BBB offers these tips to avoid this scam:

Research the company online. 

See what other people are saying about the company’s free trials. Complaints from other customers can tip you off to “catches” that might come with the trial. Check the business’s BBB Rating and see if there are any alerts.

Understand what happens after the free trial ends. 

Always read the terms of the offer before signing up. Several victims of the CBD free trial reported never seeing terms and conditions.

If you can’t find or can’t understand terms and conditions, don’t sign up.

Be skeptical of celebrity endorsements. 

Resist being swayed by the use of a well-known name. Scammers often fake celebrity endorsements.

Report losses to credit card companies. 

If you pay with a credit card, you can dispute fraudulent charges. Keep an eye on your monthly statements and notify your credit card company of any suspicious charges.

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