5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - December 6

 by TWIW StaffDecember 6, 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, December 6 - there are three days of free COVID-19 testing this week, Worcester Emergency Management is creating a Community Emergency Response Team, the inaugural exercises for City Council and School Committee members are scheduled for January 3, the Worcester Animal Rescue League needs paper towel rolls and ECHL history will be made this week during a Worcester Railers game.

Three Days of Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines this Week in Worcester

There are three days this week for residents to receive free COVID-19 tests and vaccinations in Worcester.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, tests and vaccines will be available at 201 Commercial Street in downtown Worcester from 11 AM to 4 PM. Vaccines are available for anyone ages 5 and older.

The testing and vaccinations are provided by the UMass Memorial Health COVID-19 Task Force and the City of Worcester. No appointment is required.


Worcester Emergency Management Creating CERT Program

The Worcester Division of Emergency Management is creating a Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] and is hosting two information sessions this month.

The CERT program will help educate citizens about disaster preparedness and will ask volunteers to assist during times of crisis. Volunteers will be trained by public safety personnel.

The first information session is this Saturday, December 11 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Worcester Emergency Communications Center at 2 Coppage Road.

The second information session is scheduled for December 16 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.


Inaugural Exercises for City Council, School Committee Scheduled for Jan. 3

The Inaugural Exercises of the Worcester City Council and School Committee will take place Monday, January 3 at Mechanics Hall.

The event starts at 5:30 PM and is free and open the public.


WARL Needs Paper Towels for Shelter Pets

The Worcester Animal Rescue League [WARL] is running low on paper towels and is asking the community to donate if they can.

If anyone can donate a roll or two, paper towels can be dropped off at the WARL shelter at 139 Holden Street in Worcester or sent directly to the shelter via Amazon, Target, Walmart and other retailers.

Laura Schmidlein to make ECHL History as First Female On-Ice Official at Railers Game this Week

ECHL history will be made on Saturday, December 11 when the Worcester Railers host the Maine Mariners at the DCU Center in Worcester.

For the first time in the ECHL's 34-year history. a woman will be a part of the officiating crew, as Laura Schmidlein will serve as one of the linespeople in the game.

Schmidlein’s life had a four-year collegiate hockey career at Amherst College. Following her graduation in 2019, officiating became a way for her to stay involved in the sport she loves. Despite having no prior experience as an official, working the lines has been a seamless transition to her post-playing career.

During the 2021-22 season, Schmidlein is working college and women’s professional games in the Premier Hockey Federation, in addition to the games she will work in the ECHL.

Puck drops at 7:05 PM on Saturday. To purchase tickets and witness history, click here.

Lead image: Laura Schmidlein/Courtesy of Worcester Railers HC
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