5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 15

 by Patrick SargentAugust 15, 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 - Monday, August 15 - Worcester Public Schools Transportation Department is hosting an Open House this week, youth can get 50% off an MBTA pass, there's an overdose awareness vigil planned in Worcester, the EcoTarium is hosting a vaccine clinic this month and today starts a week of "syllabus-style" savings at McDonald's.

Worcester Public Schools Transportation Dept. Open House on Wednesday

The Worcester Public Schools Transportation Department is hosting an Open House on Aug. 17 from 12 PM to 7 PM at the Transportation Facility at 115 Northeast Cutoff.

Open House attendees will get to tour the new facility and buses and catch a presentation on the new bus technology, including the myStop® mobile app, illuminated school bus signs and stop arm signs, a collision mitigation system, cameras and more.

WPS will provide refreshments and answer any questions about the buses, facility, and employment opportunities.

 

Worcester Youth Can get 50% off an MBTA Pass

Worcester residents between the ages of 12 and 25 can get up to 50% off an MBTA youth pass if they meet certain criteria.

The MBTA Youth Pass program offers reduced fares to young adults with low income. Youth Passes for the 2022 program year are valid through Oct. 31, 2022. You can apply online here.

To be eligible for a youth pass, you have to live in a participating city or town (Worcester is a participating city), between the ages of 18 and 25 and enrolled in a Youth Pass partner program such as MassHealth, SNAP, Year Up, public housing, etc.; or between the ages of 12 and 17 and are unable to get a Student CharlieCard through your middle or high school.

Youth Pass CharlieCards can be loaded with:

  • Cash value for roughly 50% reduced one-way fares
  • $10 7-Day LinkPasses
  • $30 monthly LinkPasses

Your card can also be used to purchase reduced monthly passes for Commuter Rail, Ferry, and Express Bus.

Vigil Planned in Worcester for International Overdose Awareness Day

The city of Worcester is hosting a vigil in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 at 5:30 PM at City Hall.

City residents are invited to join the families of those who have died from overdoses, area civic leaders, local organizations, and clergy who continue to be committed to addressing the tragic impact of overdoses on our community.

The vigil will include remarks from civic leadership and families, music, and a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of those who have died.

Following the vigil, attendees are invited to Winslow Peace Park (374 Pleasant St.) for a brief ceremony at the City Overdose Memorial.

The event is sponsored by the City of Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney, and Worcester Interfaith.

For more information, please email [email protected]

EcoTarium Hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic this Month

The EcoTarium will be hosting a free back to school COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

As part of a special promotion, everyone who gets vaccinated at the clinic will receive gift cards or other incentives, while supplies last.

The EcoTarium is located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester.

Anyone ages 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccination, and anyone ages 5 and older can get a booster.  Appointments are not needed.  Vaccination is free and no ID or health insurance is required.

Monday Marks Start of Syllabus Week Savings at McDonald's

Starting Aug. 15, McDonald's is giving customers a full week of syllabus-themed food deals exclusively in the McDonald’s App.

The deals include:

  • Monday (8/15): $1.01 McChicken
  • Tuesday (8/16): $2.01 Chicken* or Sausage McGriddle + Large Coffee
  • Wednesday (8/17): $3.01: 10 McNuggets®
  • Thursday (8/18): $4.01 Big Mac + Medium Fries
  • Perfect Attendance Bonus: If you redeem each of the four Syllabus Week offers, you can get a 2X MyMcDonald's Rewards bonus points accelerator on a single order between August 22-31.

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