5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - June 7

 by TWIW StaffJune 7, 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 7 - Holy Cross will sell beer and wine this fall and winter during football, basketball and hockey games, summer reading starts today at Worcester Public Library, the Worcester Police Credit Union starts a fundraiser for the Familia family, the City is hosting a ribbon cutting at Hadwen Park and the BBB has tips to help parents choose a summer camp,


Holy Cross to Sell Beer and Wine at Fitton Field and Hart Center

Holy Cross Athletics will introduce a pilot program for the sale of beer and wine at Fitton Field and inside the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex for all home football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey games, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

Offerings will include a mix of domestic and craft beer, wine, hard cider, and hard seltzer.

Sales will be available at six locations within Fitton Field and the concession area inside the Hart Center.

For home football games at Fitton Field, beginning with the home opener against Merrimack on Sept. 11, sales will start when gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and conclude with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. Alcohol sales during basketball games inside the Hart Center will conclude after the first media timeout of the second half, and sales at men’s hockey will end following the second intermission.

Fans of legal drinking age with valid ID will be able to purchase one alcoholic beverage per person per transaction in accordance with City of Worcester regulations, with a maximum of three alcoholic beverages per person per game. A wristband system will be implemented to monitor drink limits, and alcohol will be sold exclusively by TIPS-certified bartenders.


Summer Reading Starts Today at Worcester Public Library

Worcester Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading begins today -- Monday, June 7.

The summer reading theme this year is “Tails and Tales” - with free programs being offered through August 14, both in-person and virtually.

Participants are eligible to win prizes for reading and participating in programs. All ages are invited to sign up for summer reading at any library location or online here

Tying into our animal theme this year, you will be able to “Read to Feed” a shelter animal at the Worcester Animal Rescue League! Just sign up for Summer Reading online, and each week that you log reading, the Worcester Public Library Foundation will donate $1 to the shelter, up to $100 a week. 


Worcester Police Credit Union Starts Fundraiser for Familia Family

Following the tragic death of Worcester Police Officer Manny Familia, the Worcester Police Credit Union has launched a fundraising campaign to help the Familia family.

One hundred percent of the proceeds to go to Familia family.

Checks can be mailed to:
The Familia Family Memorial Fund,
c/o Worcester Police Federal Credit Union
805 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Please make checks payable to: The Familia Family Memorial Fund.


Worcester Hosting Ribbon-Cutting at Hadwen Park Boardwalk

The City of Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the first phase of improvements to the Hadwen Park Boardwalk and Trail System on June 9, at 3 PM has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the future.

The first phase included the construction of a fully-accessible boardwalk at Curtis Pond, and it's part of the city's plan for renovating a section of the Tetasset Hills Trail network that encompasses Hadwen Park. This improvement will enhance the trail network and provide more opportunities for physical activity, interaction with nature and water access.

Hadwen Park consists of more than 50 acres and features a baseball diamond, playground, basketball court, trails and other amenities.

*Note; This item was updated to reflect the event being postponed, which was announced on June 7.

BBB: Tips for Parents Searching for Summer Camps

With state restrictions lifted, summer camps will open back up this year and the Better Business Bureau has tips for parents searching for the right summer camp.

  • Check for accreditation. Regardless of pandemic-related issues, the safest way to ensure your child’s safety is to send them to a trustworthy camp. ACA accredited camps must meet the 32 national summer camp standards, and BBB accreditation requires the organization meet eight standards of trust. Search for camps in the ACA and find camps near you in the BBB Directory to check for accreditation.
  • Know required safety standards. Individual states will provide health and safety guidelines for summer camps, following CDC recommendations. These protocols may include measures such as monitoring health of staff and campers, limiting visitor access to campgrounds, adapting meal distribution and providing sanitation products to staff and campers.
  • Use references. Ask if they have a list of references or past campers you can contact. You may also want to consider asking trusted friends or family their recommendations for summer camps. Reviews and complaint histories can also be found on the camp’s business profile at BBB.org.
  • Assess medical resources. Camps should have resources for treating sick and injured campers. Ask about the camp’s medical facilities and how those resources can accommodate potential COVID-19 situations, shguld they arise.
  • Review contracts and fees. As always, you should review contracts before you sign them. Find out the total cost and if a deposit is required. See which activities or services require additional fees. You should also check for details regarding refunds. If that information is not outlined in the contract, ask a camp employee.
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