5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - June 21

 by TWIW StaffJune 21, 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, June 21 - access to Newton Hill is limited during the construction of the new Doherty High, summer tours of Polar Park start today, City Manager Edward Augustus will present his annual self-assessment on Tuesday, the Better Business Bureau has tips to avoid scams on Prime Day, and the next Angler Event series is scheduled for July 19.


Public Access to Newton Hill Limited During Doherty High Construction

With the school year over, work on the new Doherty Memorial High School will intensify, according to the City of Worcester.

During construction, the upper parking lot at Doherty will not be available to the public. Anyone wishing to access the disc golf course and walking trails is advised to park along the Newton Hill side of Pleasant Street.

For more information about the Doherty High construction project, a virtual tour of the proposed side and to check out drone footage of construction progress, visit www.dmhsbuildingproject.com.


Summer Tours of Polar Park Start Today

Starting today -- Monday, June 21 -- the Worcester Red Sox will introduce hourly “Summer Tours" from 10 a.m. until the last tour starts at 5 p.m.

Tours are available seven days a week. On weekends when the team is home, the last Saturday tour begins two hours before gametime, and no tours are scheduled before Sunday games.  Tours beyond these hours can be arranged by emailing [email protected].

The tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and under. Toddlers two years and under are free.

Fans can purchase tour tickets on line at woosox.com or in person at the Polar Park Ticket Office at 100 Madison Street, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Fans can also visit the new WooSox Shop at the Worcester Public Market, Wednesday through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and fans can also call the WooSox for information at (508) 500-1000.


City Manager to Present Annual Self-Assessment on Tuesday

City Manager Edward M. Augustus will present his 2021 self-assessment and evaluation to the City Council at Tuesday's meeting.

The evaluation is look back on what the City accomplished under Augustus' direction. Among the many bullet points include Polar Park, the COVID-19 pandemic response and budgetary inclusions.

To read Augustus' evaluation in its entirety, click here.


Worcester's Angler Event Series on Wild Trout Fisheries Scheduled for July 19

The latest Angler Event Series program, “Worcester Area Wild Trout Fisheries," is scheduled for Monday, July 19.

The online event hosted by MassWildlife and the City of Worcester, participants will learn what defines coldwater fish resources, where are they located in Worcester, and how water quality impacts fishing opportunities in the region.

To sign-up, click here.

Tips to Avoid Scams on Prime Day from the BBB

Amazon Prime Day starts today -- June 21 -- and ends Tuesday. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released some tips to help shoppers avoid being scammed while shopping.

Scams to look out for:

Phishing scams that appear to come from a popular retailer. Phishing scams increase during busy shopping times, such as Prime Day or Black Friday.

Beware of false advertising and phony websites. When searching online or browsing social media, watch out for ads that point to scam websites. If a company claims to be selling the hottest item of the year at a super low price, it’s probably a con.

Tips to avoid online shopping scams this Prime Day:

  • Beware of fake lookalike websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
  • Professional photos do not mean it’s a real offer. Scammers often steal photos off other websites, so don’t believe what you see.
  • Make sure the website is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar. Never enter payment or personal information into a website with only “http.” It is NOT secure.
  • Be careful purchasing sought-after products. If something is sold out everywhere, don’t be tempted by a seemingly great deal. Scammers often trick shoppers by offering the most popular products at low prices. Here’s one example involving game consoles.
  • Pay with a credit card. It’s always best to make online purchases with your credit card. If any shady charges turn up later, you will be able to contest them through your credit card company. Be very wary of any retailer that asks you to pay by digital wallet apps, prepaid money cards, or other non-traditional payment methods.
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