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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – December 5

By Tom Marino | December 5, 2022
Last Updated: December 5, 2022

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, 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, December 5 – there’s a community listening session tonight at the Worcester Senior Center with City Manager Eric Batista, Green Hill golf course is still open, the Commuter Rail “Ski Train” returns next week, MassDOT is holding  a “Name A Snowplow” contest for elementary school students and the Worcester Public Library is hosting an Adult Winter Reading Challenge.

Community Listening Session Tonight at Worcester Senior Center

A community listening session with newly appointed City Manager Eric Batista is behing held by the Worcester City Council tonight at 5:30 PM at the Worcester Senior Center at 128 Providence St.

For anyone that can’t attend the meeting in-person, it can be accessed virtually here.

Green Hill Golf Course Still Open

With some potentially unseasonably warm days ahead in the forecast, Green Hill Municipal golf course is staying open weather permitting.

With the winter nearly upon us, Green Hill has reduced its rates. For 18 holes with a cart, greens fees are just $38. To walk 18 holes, fees are $24.

For more info, check out their website. To book a tee time, click here.

Commuter Rail ‘Ski Train’ Returns Next Week

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services announced an updated schedule for the Fitchburg Line beginning on Monday, Dec. 12, which includes the addition of the seasonal “ski train,” a specially equipped train that connects passengers to the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

The new schedule can be found online at

The Ski Train operates on weekends starting Dec. 12 and Wednesdays starting in January.

MassDOT Holding ‘Name A Snowplow’ Contest Elementary School Students

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the launch of a new “Name A Snowplow” contest for statewide elementary school students.

The contest seeks to solicit names for 12 MassDOT snowplows that will be in service for the upcoming 2022/2023 winter season. The purpose of the contest is to celebrate the snow and ice season and to help recognize all of the hard work and dedication shown by public works employees and contractors during the winter season.

Applications for the Snowplow Naming Contest are due by 5 PM on Friday, Dec.  23 and can be submitted by using an online portal at this link.  There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted per school. The contest winners are anticipated to be announced on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, and will be invited to participate in a scheduled snowplow unveiling event.

For more information on the contest, visit:

Worcester Public Library Hosting Adult Winter Reading Challenge

The Worcester Public Library is hosting an Adult Winter Reading Challenge with some special prizes.

– Prize 1: Pirates 2023 Season Kickoff Package: In partnership with the Massachusetts Pirates, readers have a chance to win a pair of tickets for any regular 2023 season home game and Pirates swag.

– Prize 2: Cozy Readers Dream Package: Includes a neck reading lamp, page holder, library-themed socks, and WPL swag.

Participants need to sign up for a Beanstck account to track reading, post book reviews and more. Drawings will be held shortly after Feb. 28, 2023. For more info, click here.

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