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

 by TWIW StaffMay 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 - Monday, May 23 - the "Heart to Hub" express train returns to the Worcester commuter rail, two plazas will be dedicated at Polar Park today, there's a public meeting on the Foley Stadium backfield improvement program tonight, JMAC and the Worcester Cultural Coalition announce month-long summer residencies and McDonald's launches a new McFlurry flavor this week.

'Heart to Hub' Returns Today to Worcester Commuter Rail

The one-hour express train, known as the "Heart to Hub," will resumer service between Worcester's Union Station and South Station in Boston today.

The express train has been out of service since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trains will run Monday to Friday leaving Union Station at 6:30 AM and arriving in South Station at 7:35  AM. The express service will leave Boston at 4:55 PM and return to Worcester at 6 PM.

See the schedule here.

City to Dedicate Two Plazas at Polar Park Today

The City of Worcester will host a pair of dedication at Polar Park on Monday.

A dedication event for Rockland Trust Plaza at 45 Green Street at 2:30 PM. The former municipal parking lot has been transformed into an open-air plaza and will serve as the gateway to the northern entrance of Polar Park.

The plaza will include food vendors later this summer and will pay tribute to Gen. Josiah Pickett of the 25th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War and former postmaster of Worcester.

After the Rockland Trust Plaza dedication, officials will head to the DCU Plaza at the entrance  of Polar Park for the dedication of a plaque recognizing the many contributors who helped make the ballpark a reality. 

Public Meeting on Foley Stadium Improvement

The Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks will hold a public meeting today at 6 PM inside the Doherty Memorial High School Cafeteria at 299 Highland Street.

Included in the meeting will be a presentation of the design concept developed to meet the needs, wants and desires of the Worcester Public Schools and a question and answer session.

 

JMAC, Worcester Cultural Coalition Announce Month-Long Summer Residences

The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) and Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC) have announced the Month-long Residency recipients for summer 2022. 

“These remarkable presenters and their creative projects manifest the Worcester Cultural Coaltion’s goal of making the JMAC accessible to local artists and organizations who represent and serve underinvested communities, thanks to the Barr Foundation,” noted Erin Williams, Executive Director of the WCC. 

Over a dozen applications were reviewed and evaluated. The selected residencies are are: 

  • Woo Tap by Michael Skrzek presents WORCESTER ON TAP June 13 - July 10
  • Darren Cole and Missy Whiteman present THE COYOTE WAY X: EXPANDED CINEMA July 18 - August 14
  • Queer the Scene presents CLUB QTS August 22 - September 17

McDonald's to Release the Chocolately Pretzel McFlurry this Week

McDonald’s is releasing its first new McFlurry flavor of the year – the Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry.

The new McFlurry will be available starting May 25 for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide. It's made with vanilla soft serve, mixed with chocolate-covered pretzel bits and topped with a rich caramel swirl.

May 23, 2022

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