5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 23

 by TWIW StaffAugust 23, 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, August 23 - there's a community input session tonight on Worcester's use of American Rescue Plan Act funding, MassDOT has opened the application period for its Signs and Lines program, there's a listening session on police body cameras tonight, the Worcester Field Hockey fall program is back and grab POW! WOW! Worcester gear at Worcester Wares while supplies last.

Community Input Session Tonight on City's Use of ARPA Funding

The City of Worcester is hosting a Community Input Session on the use of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on Monday night in the cafeteria at Burncoat High School.*

ARPA allocated Worcester $110 million in funding to Worcester. The Department of Treasury has already transferred $55 million to the City according to a report presented to the City Council during its meeting on August 10.

A survey will be available online at www.worcesterma.gov from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 for those who are unable to attend a meeting in person.

Other input meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 PM, Boys & Girls Club, 65 Boys & Girls Club Way
  • Thursday, Sept. 16, 6 PM, Senior Center, 128 Providence St.

*The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at Quinsigamond Community College.

MassDOT Launches 2021-2022 Signs and Lines Program

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation [MassDOT] through its Safe Routes to School [SRTS]Program, launched its 2021-2022 Signs and Lines Program.

The program provides design services and up to $6,000 in construction funding for up to five municipalities for low-cost infrastructure projects around statewide public elementary and middle schools. Eligible low-cost projects include signage and pavement markings to improve safety and accessibility along key walking and biking routes to a school.

The application period is now open and all applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, September 17. The Signs and Lines Program Guidance Document and Application are available on the SRTS website in the “Engineering” Section at Safe Routes To School – Engineering | Mass.gov.

The projects are intended to be completed within the current school year and no later than June 30, 2022.

Human Rights Commission to Host First of 5 Listening Sessions Tonight on Police Body Cameras

The City of Worcester's Human Rights Commission is conducting five listening sessions starting today -- Monday, August 23 -- to discuss the future of the Worcester Police Department's body camera program and its impact on the city.

The first session is tonight from 6 PM to 8 PM at IBEW Local 96 at 242 Mill Street.

To join on Zoom, click here.

To call in, dial (929) 205-6099 and use ID# 972 4885 3615.


Worcester Field Hockey Fall Program Returns for Fall

The Worcester Field Hockey fall program is back starting Sunday, Sept. 12. The program runs every Sunday until Oct. 17.

The program is open for youth in grades Pre-K to 8:

  • PRE K-3 10 AM to 11 AM
  • 4th-8th 11 AM to 12 PM

To register, click here. If you have any questions, email: [email protected]


Grab POW! WOW! Worcester Gear at Worcester Wares

In its fifth year, POW! WOW! Worcester was once again a rousing success and you can celebrate the event and its artists with POW! WOW! Worcester gear at Worcester Wares.

The merchandise is available at Worcester Wares' Worcester Public Market location for a limited time only.


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