5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 4

 by TWIW StaffOctober 4, 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, October 4 - it's Domestic Violence Awareness Month at YWCA, a McDonald's in Worcester is hosting a vaccine clinic today, voting is open for the Redemption Rock Brewing Co. 2022 Taproom Dogs calendar, the city's Division of Youth Opportunities is looking for youth media members, and the Worcester Railers raised more than $33,000 to benefit former Junior Railer Jake Thibeault.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month at YWCA

Throughout the month of October, YWCA Central Massachusetts is hosting several  in-person and virtual events centered around educating the community, supporting survivors, and honoring those lost to domestic violence.

“In the wake of this pandemic, as we see both the rate and intensity of domestic violence-related incidents increase, we are reaffirmed in how our services are essential in our community,” YWCA Executive Director, Deborah Hall, said. “DVAM allows us to shine a light on this growing issue, take stock in the needs of those we serve, and continue to do the work.”

The schedule of events are as follows:

  • Ribbons of Hope: October 1 – 31, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Empty Place at the Table: October 4- November 1, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Gardner Candlelight Vigil: October 4, Gardner City Hall
  • Worcester Candlelight Vigil: October 5, Worcester City Hall
  • Art as Healing: October 14, Creative Hub Worcester
  • Week Without Violence: October 18-23, Virtual
  • Leominster Silent Walk: October 19, Leominster Police Department
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga: October 22, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Daybreak Breakfast: October 25, YWCA Salem Square Facility
  • Bystander Intervention Workshop: October 27, Zoom

For an in-depth description of each event, registration information, and to learn more about ways to support YWCA’s Domestic Violence Services, please visit ywcacm.org/dvam.


McDonald's in Worcester Hosting Vaccine Clinic Today

Anyone area resident that wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine can do so at McDonald's on Shrewsbury Street today -- Monday, Oct. 4 -- from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Everyone that receives the vaccine at the clinic will receive a free crispy chicken sandwich. Residents can choose between the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The McDonald's is located at 465 Shrewsbury St.


Voting is Open for Redemption Rock Brewing Co.'s 2022 Taproom Calendar

Online voting for Redemption Rock Brewing Co.'s 2022 Taproom Calendar is now open.

The brewery received 175 submissions. Of those, only 12 are selected for the calendar. Voters must select 12 dogs when voting. To keep things fair, the voting site automatically randomizes the order of the dogs.

Voting is open now through October 30. When the calendars go on sale, a portion of the proceeds go to NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

To vote, click here.

City of Worcester's Division of Youth Opportunities is Looking for Media Team Members

The city of Worcester's Division of Youth Opportunities is looking for high school students who want to tell their stories and be part of the Youth Media Team.

Applicants must be in high school, be available to work 10 to 12 hours per week and have an interest in digital media and storytelling.

For more details, check out the flyer below:


Worcester Railers Raise More than $35,000 for Former Junior Railer Jake Thibeault

Worcester Railers Hockey Club raised $33,005 during the Brady vs. Patriots Ticket Raffle to benefit former Junior Railer Jake Thibeault.
Nearly 1,000 people purchased tickets for a grand total of 10,301 tickets purchased. All proceeds will benefit Thibeault, a local high school hockey player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury earlier this month.
“We would like to thank the hockey community for their outpouring of support in such a quick period of time,” Worcester Railers COO, Michael Myers, said. “Everyone is encouraged to attend our exhibition game on Oct. 16 to raise even more money for Jake and his family.”
Dan Notaro of Clinton was selected as the winner of the raffle which was chosen at random on Friday afternoon via the Railers social media channels. Notaro received four tickets on the 50-yard line , five rows up from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline for Sunday night's game.
The Railers will also host an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center with free admission. People are encouraged to make a $10 donation that will benefit Jake.
If you would like to make a donation to Jake, please visit the GoFundMe page.
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