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

 by Tom MarinoSeptember 23, 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, September 23 - the Worcester Police Department and Fire Department play their first charity game at Polar Park, a Clark University professor released a novel, the Massachusetts Pirates host a screening of a documentary about its championship season, get tickets to the REC Annual Farm Party and today is the last day for mobile retailers to apply for grants for SNAP equipment.

Police Department vs. Fire Department Baseball Game

The Worcester Police Department plays the Worcester Fire Department in its inaugural charity baseball game on Monday, Sept. 26 at Polar Park.

Proceeds will benefit the Manny 267 Foundation.

Tickets are available here.

Clark Professor's Novel out October 11

A novel by Clark University professor of history and program director of African Studies Ousmane Power-Greene is due for released on Oct. 11.

"The Confessions of Matthew Strong," is a work of historical fiction about race and redemption, mainly set in Alabama. The suspenseful tale unfolds as Allegra (Allie) Douglass, a philosophy professor at a top-tier New York university, learns about a spate of disappearances of young Black women and receives a series of haunting letters before being kidnapped herself by white supremacist Matthew Strong.

Power-Green says he hopes the novel will leave readers with a sense that people are still fighting for racial justice despite efforts by some to halt its progress.

Other Press is publishing the work, which is available for pre-order here.

Mass. Pirates Documentary Screening

The Massachusetts Pirates have announced two screenings of "Now or Never II," a documentary of its 2021 championship season.

Two screenings will take place at Fuel America at 100 Grove Street in Worcester on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 PM and 6 PM, outside in the courtyard. Attendees are welcome to bring their own seating.

Attendees are asked to RSVP here.

REC Annual Farm Party

The Regional Environmental Council holds its annual farm party on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM at the REC YouthGrow Farm at 42 Lagrange St. in Worcester.

The event features a menu inspired by and incorporating YouthGROW produce will be provided by Peppercorn's Grille & Tavern. The menu will have vegan options. Beverages will be provided by Polar Beverages and Redemption Rock.

Live music by Dan Burke. Kid Zone activities will include pumpkin painting, games, face painting, and a special scavenger hunt tour of the farm.

Proceeds from this event directly support the REC's Community and Mobile Farmers Markets, UGROW's 65+ community and school gardens, and the YouthGROW employment and leadership development program for Worcester teens and will fuel our mission to bring people together to create a just food system and to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities in Worcester and beyond.

Register and get tickets here.

Today is the Deadline to Apply for SNAP Equipment Grants

Today is the last day for Farmers' markets and direct-marketing farms to apply for equipment to accept SNAP benefits at mobile locations.

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