5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - Feb. 22, 2021

 by Patrick SargentFebruary 22, 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 – Monday, February 22, 2021 - there's a public presentation on new ShotSpotter technology proposed for the Worcester Police Dept. tonight, there's free COVID-19 testing this week, Wormtown Brewery has released a new beer, the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester is hosting a virtual career fair for kids and Doh! Girl is having another pop-up this weekend.


ShotSpotter Connect Presentation is Tonight

Since 2014, the Worcester Police Department [WPD] has used a gunfire detection system from ShotSpotter across more than eight miles of city streets.

Now, the WPD is proposing they upgrade their technology to ShotSpotter Connect. The program uses data-driven technology to staff officers in areas of the city where crime is likely to occur.

A public presentation on ShotSpotter Connect from the ShotSpotter team will be held Monday night at 6:30 PM. A Q&A session will follow.

Click here to join the meeting.


Free COVID-19 Testing this Week in Worcester

The UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Equity Task Force and the City of Worcester are offering free, walk-up COVID-19 testing this week.

The testing will take place indoors at Mercantile Center at 201 Commercial St. on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 11 AM to 3 PM

No appointments are necessary.


Wormtown Brewery Releases 'Tart of the Commonwealth' Strawberry Sour

On Friday, Feb. 19, Wormtown Brewery released its first installment of their Tart of the Commonwealth series, Strawberry Sour.

Strawberry Sour is available as a taproom exclusive at their Worcester and Patriot Place locations curbside to-go.

Check out the details on the Strawberry Sour below:


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Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, United Way Hosting Virtual Career Fair for Kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester is hosting a Virtual Career Fair for kids on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The virtual fair is sponsored by United Way of Central Massachusetts and is being held from 3 PM to 3:45 PM.

The event will have a panel of professionals in the fields of Sports, Government, Finance, Healthcare & Marketing and is perfect for kids ages 8 and up.

To RSVP, send an email to [email protected].


Doh! Girl Hosting Pop-Up this Weekend with Smith's Country Cheese and Alicia's Homemade

Doh! Girl will be hosting another bagel pop-up at the Worcester Regional Food Hub this Saturday, February 27.

Doh! Girl will be collaborating with Smith's Country Cheese and Alicia's Homemade to create a Cheese Bagel Box with a half dozen Doh! Girl bagels with cheddar cheese from Smith's and an 8oz tub of cream cheese with dill onion herb seasoning from Alicia's Homemade.

The pop-up is pre-orders only and orders can be placed here (until supplies last). Orders are available for pick-up from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

Lead image courtesy: EDITED-Wormtown Brewery/Facebook

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