5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 12

 by Patrick SargentAugust 12, 2022

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 - Friday, August 12 - there's a celebration today at the Worcester Public Library for the Worcester Green Corps Youth Workers, WPI is reopening a 200-seat cafeteria this month, there's another celebration today for the ninth graduating class of the Worcester Youth Leadership Institute, Elder Services of Worcester Area is receiving $1 for each Give Back Where it Counts reusable bag sold at Shaw's in Shrewsbury and Dunkin's pumpkin line-up launches Aug. 17.

Celebration Today for the Worcester Green Corps Youth Workers

On Friday morning, the Worcester Green Corps and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 25 Worcester youth who participated in the Worcester Green Corps summer program.

The Youth Workers worked to clean up city parks and street, plant garden, and visited local companies and organizations, including Casella and the Regional Environmental Council, and also participated in Career Pathways sessions where they heard from community leaders like the Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks, Greater Worcester Land Trust, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

The celebration of the Youth Workers will be at 10 AM at the Worcester Public Library.

Tim Murray, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Tim Garvin, president and CEO from United Way of Central MA, DPW Commissioner Jay Fink and others will speak at the ceremony.

Green Corps program coordinator Miranda Hotham will give an overview of the work from this summer.

WPI Reopening a 200-seat Cafeteria this Month at South Village Student Center

For the first time in over two years, the basement cafeteria at WPI's South Village Student Center on West Street will reopen.

The school was granted a common victualer license by the Worcester License Commission on Thursday.

The cafeteria can seat up 200 students. It was completely renovated two years ago. The cafeteria will reopen on Aug. 20.

Celebration at City Hall Today for Worcester Youth Leadership Institute Participants

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, MassHire Workforce Board, the United Way of Central MA, United Families for Change, Worcester Community Action Council, and the City of Worcester’s Youth Opportunities office will celebrate the ninth graduating class of the Worcester Youth Leadership Institute on Friday.

The celebration will be held from 1 PM to 2 PM in the Levi Lincoln Hall on the third floor of City Hall.

The youth participants are all a part of the Worcester Youthworks employment program, where they have worked Monday thru Thursday at City Hall or at area nonprofits. Topics included leadership focus areas, including entrepreneurism, economic development, public health, non-profit organizations, and city government.

Shaw's Reusable Bag Fundraiser for Elder Services of Worcester Area

Shaw's Supermarket is holding a fundraiser for the Elder Services of Worcester Area through the month of August.

For each purchase of a $3 Give Back Where it Counts reusable bag at the Shaw's store in White City in Shrewsbury this month, $1 will be donated to ESWA

ESWA is a private, not-for-profit agency which assists elders over the age of 60 and younger disabled individuals from 15 communities in the Greater Worcester area.

Ask for the bags in the photo below:

Dunkin' Launching Pumpkin Season on Aug. 17

Dunkin' is bringing back pumpkin before the end of the summer. Officially launching on August 17, Dunkin’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, pumpkin bakery line-up, and Maple Sugar Bacon are all returning, as well as two brand-new items: the Blood Orange Dunkin’ Refresher and Nutty Pumpkin Coffee.

Starting Aug. 17 to Sept. 13, customers can enjoy a $3 Medium Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew or Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte.


Lead image: WPI South Village Student Center on West Street in Worcester/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

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