5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - April 14

 by TWIW StaffApril 14, 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 – Wednesday, April 14 -  the RMV extends grace period for inspection stickers until May 31, QCC police officer recruit course registration is opening, Uber launches rider verification features, a virtual Worcester Chamber Music Society concert is coming up on April 25 and a Indian Lake Watershed Association virtual event on how nutrients and harmful algal blooms affect the health of the fish in our waterways.


RMV Extends Grace Period for Expire Inspection Stickers

The nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services vendor Applus Technologies has caused the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles [RMV] to extend the grace period for some inspection stickers through May 31, 2021.

The grace period applies in the following circumstances.

  • Motor vehicles with expired inspection stickers from March 2021 (“3” sticker on windshield) and April 2021 (“4” sticker on windshield) are extended until May 31, 2021, to obtain an inspection.
  • Newly purchased vehicles registered on or after Tuesday, March 23, 2021, should be granted until April 30, 2021, to obtain an inspection. Newly purchased vehicles must typically be inspected within seven (7) days of registration.
  • Customers who recently had an inspection rejection and are in the 60-day free retest window will be afforded one extra day for each day Applus’s system remains unavailable but should plan to facilitate their inspection as soon as possible once the system is restored and stations are online.

Applus has indicated that their systems will be operating by Saturday, April 17th in Massachusetts and the Registry will continue working with the vendor to meet this goal.


QCC Police Officer Recruit Course Registration

Quinsigamond Community College Police Academy is offering a Full-Time Recruit Officer Course [ROC]. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to be hired as a Full-Time Police Officer in Massachusetts within city, town, college, university and hospital departments.

The ROC course runs over nine months Monday through Thursday between 4:30 PM and 10:30 PM and at least every other Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM. The course also requires three 40 hour weeks during the day, Monday through Friday.

Those interested may register here for one of the informational sessions below:

  • Saturday, April 17 at 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 24 at 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 PM


Uber Launches Rider Verification Features

On Tuesday, April 13, Uber launched a new rider verification feature that puts safeguards in place to validate the identity of riders who use anonymous payment sources.

This feature requires riders who try to set-up a new account with a prepaid card, gift cards or Venmo to upload a valid ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. The ID then undergoes a series of validity checks.


Worcester Chamber Music Society Concert on April 25

The Worcester Chamber Music Society [WCMS] upcoming “Horizons” concert, recorded from the stage of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, premiers on April 25 at 4pm.

The performance includes a virtual reception with the musicians after the concert. The performance will be available on-demand from April 26 through June 30.

The program includes Samuel Barber’s setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach, for which baritone Aaron Engebreth joins the ensemble. Also featured is Hilary Tann’s evocative Llef, for flute and cello.

The performance concludes with Beethoven’s Archduke piano trio, op. 97, in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday.

For more information, call 508.926.8624.


Indian Lake Watershed Association Virtual Event

The Indian Lake Watershed Association, Inc. [ILWA] announces a virtual event on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM in which participants will learn how nutrients and harmful algal blooms affect the health of the fish in our waterways.

This event is free and open to the public with registration at wooanglerseries.com.

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