5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - September 9

 by Tom MarinoSeptember 9, 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 9 - public safety officials are hosting a presentation on keeping kids safe online, the Worcester Railers kick off the second season of the VIP Rivalry Cup, Broadway legend Chita Rivera to meet with Worcester students, the Worcester Historical Museum is celebrating the new biography on Jack "The Shot" Foley and Wendy's brings back the Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger.

Keeping Kids Safe Online Presentation

The Lunenburg Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office and Homeland Security will be giving a presentation on keeping kids safe and secure online on Sept. 20 at 6:30 PM.

This is a live event and is for all adults who wish to learn how to keep kids safe and secure online. Content is inappropriate for children.

Register for the presentation here. The password for the event is PCS1.

Railers Kick Off Second Season of VIP Rivalry Cup

The Worcester Railers host a pre-season game at the Worcester Ice Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, to kick off the second season of the VIP Rivalry Cup with their series with the Maine Mariners.

Doors open at 5 PM for season ticket holders and 6 PM for general admission. There is a $5 suggested donation that will go to the Junior Railers.

The Railers and Mariners face off 11 times in the upcoming season. The teams met 14 times last season, with Worcester winning eight games and claiming the cup.

Broadway Legend to Meet with Students

Broadway in Worcester will offer a free educational Q&A session for Worcester area high school and college students with Broadway legend Chita Rivera on Sept. 23 at 4 PM.

The Q&A session will be in advance of Broadway in Worcester’s season 2 opener: “An Evening with Chita Rivera and Seth Rudetsky” at 8 PM.

Both events will be held at the Jean McDonough Arts Center’s BrickBox Theatre. Tickets are on sale here.

Learn more about Broadway in Worcester here.

The Golden Age of Central Mass Basketball at Worcester Historical Museum

The Worcester Historical Museum  is hosting a celebration and official book release for a new biography on college basketball icon Jack "The Shot" Foley.

The event will take place on Sept. 22 at 11 AM at WHM at 30 Elm St.

Worcester's own Mark “Pathfinder” Epstein is the author of the biography on Foley, a three-time All-America selection for the Holy Cross Crusaders. The book is now available on Amazon. To purchase the book, click here.

Foley was the first player in school history to score 2,000 career points and his jersey number 32 was retired by Holy Cross in 2011.

Epstein also shares stories of the late Bill Russell and Togo Palazzi, both basketball legends who have recently passed away.

"Jack 'The Shot' Foley - A Legend for All Time" is Epstein's second book. In 2019, he released his memoir, "They Call Me Pathfinder: Education-Basketball-Equality."

Guest speakers at the WHM event include host and former Worcester mayor Tim Cooney, coach George Blaney, Jeff Twiss, Nancy Mayer Bates, coach Bobby Foley, Frank Foley and others.

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger Returns

Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger returns to the Wendy's Made to Crave lineup alongside the Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger, Big Bacon Classic Cheeseburger, Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich, and Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club.

The Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger is  the only pretzel bun available in fast food, and has a quarter pound of fresh, never frozen beef topped with Muenster cheese, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, topped with smoky honey mustard, warm beer cheese sauce, crispy fried onions, and pickles on a pretzel bun.

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