5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester- January 18

 by TWIW StaffJanuary 18, 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 - Tuesday, January 18 - community input sessions for Worcester's next superintendent start today, X-Golf Worcester is hiring, there's three free COVID-19 testing clinics this week at Mercantile Center, registration is open for American Red Cross lifeguard courses and Project New Hope is hosting an eight-week wellness program for veterans and their families.

Community Input Sessions for Worcester's Next Superintendent Start Tonight

Several community engagement sessions will be held between now and next week to solicit input from parents, staff and community members to help assist the district in selecting the next Worcester Public Schools superintendent.

The sessions are being held virtually by executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates.

Here's today's schedule of sessions:

ELPAC – Interpreters available - 9:50 AM -10:40 AM

Community Members - Interpreters available - 11:50 AM -12:40 PM

SEPAC – Parent group - Interpreters available 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Three Free COVID-19 Testing Clinics at Mercantile Center this Week

There are three free COVID-19 testing clinics at Mercantile Center in downtown Worcester this week.

Clinics are operated by UMass Memorial Health and will be held Monday to Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Tuesday, Jan 18 -- 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Jan 19 -- 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Thursday, January 20 -- 10 AM to 3 PM 

X-Golf Worcester is Hiring Bartenders, Shift Managers

X-Golf Indoor Golf Simulator is opening in the Trolley Yard shopping plaza on Grove Street in the coming weeks. X-Golf will feature nine state-of-the-art golf simulators which will allow golfers of all talent levels to play any of 100 golf courses from around the world.

X-Golf is currently looking for shift managers and bartenders with at least six months bartending experience and flexible hours to serve drinks and food to indoor golf customers. Employees  will also need to be comfortable demonstrating the golf simulator technology to new customers.

To apply and for more information, click here.

Project New Hope Hosting Wellness Program

Project New Hope on James Street in Worcester is hosting an eight-week 2022 wellness program from veterans, military members, their spouses and caregivers.

The program starts today from 10:30 AM to 11;30 AM.

To enroll, contact Project New Hope at  508-762-9738.

Registration Open for American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes

Whitin Community Center in Whitinsville is hosting online and in-person lifeguard and waterfront courses and recertification courses next month. Registration is open now.

The course provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.
Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300/500 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.
Following the successful completion of the Lifeguarding and Waterfront course, particpants receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/Waterfront First Aid/CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED. Valid for 2 years.
For dates, times and enrollment cost, click here.
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