5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - November 14

 by Tom MarinoNovember 14, 2022
Last Updated November 13, 2022 9:35 AM

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, November 14  - there's a third master plan meeting this week for Blithewood Park improvements, Wachusett Brewing Co. is donating trees to veterans and military families, support Elder Services of Worcester Area by purchasing a reusable bag from Shaw's, National Grid and Mass Save are hosting a recycling and energy drive this weekend and the Worcester Public Library announces the winners in the Library Card Design Contest.

Third Master Plan Meeting for Blithewood Park this Week

A third master plan meeting for improvements at Blithewood Park is taking place on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 PM.

The meeting is being held at the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Division Office at 50 Officer Manny Familia Way.

The city has hired Ray Dunetz Landscape Architects to develop the master plan for the park. Area residents will be able to provide feedback that will be used to create a guidebook for future developments at the park.

Wachusett Brewing Co. Donating 50 Trees to Veterans and Military Families

Wachusett Brewing Company is partnering again with Operation Service to donate 50 trees to veterans and military families.

There is only a limited supply of trees, so the first 50 requests will be filled. Donation requests will be notified to pick up their tree on Dec. 4 from 1 PM to 5 PM at the Westminster Brew Yard.

Support Elder Services of Worcester Area with Purchase of Shaw's Reusable Bag

For every $3 Shaw's Give Back Where it Counts Bag sold in November at the Shaw's supermarket in Shrewsbury, Elder Services of Worcester Area's Meals on Wheels program will receive $1.

Elder Services of Worcester area provides services to seniors in the area, including personal care, meal delivery and much more.

The Shaw's is located at 50 Boston Turnpike Rd. in Shrewsbury.

National Grid, Mass Save Hosting Recycling and Energy Drive

National Grid and Mass Save are partnering to host a recycling and energy drive on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Clark University.

The drive is being held at Clark's West Campus lot at the corner of Maywood Street and Park Avenue from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Worcester residents can bring furniture, electronics, textiles and more. Dehumidifiers can be dropped off in exchange for $30 from National Grid.

For more information, call 508-381-0519 or visit gogreenteamjunk.com.

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Worcester Public Library Announces Library Card Design Contest Winners

The Worcester Public Library announced the winners in the annual Library Card Design Contest.

In the youth category (ages 0-11) the winner is Azaliyah Ortiz with her reader with an umbrella design; in the teen category (ages 12-17) the winner is Elisabet Febo for her manga-style reader design; and in the adult category the winner is K-Fai Steele for her cats reading design.

The library card design contest was part of the festivities for September’s National Library Card Sign-up Month. Limited edition library cards featuring these designs will be available in the winter of 2022-23.

WPL received 277 entires for the contest. The entries were narrowed down to three finalists by a committee composed of Acting City Manager Eric Batista; Vanessa Calixto, founder and creative director of El Salón; Kate Sawisch, WPL’s access services coordinator; Myla Salmela, circulation assistant at WPL; and Linnea Sheldon, WPL’s community relations and communications manager. The final designs were then put out to a public vote, with 772 people submitting votes.

The finalists for the youth category were Azaliyah Ortiz, Jameson Cates, and Sophia Homes. The finalists for the teen category were Elisabet Febo, Claudia Kabanov, and Lucia Vidal. The finalists for the adult category were K-Fai Steele, Abigail Hannaford-Ricardi, and Elizabeth Rudt.

See the winning designs below:

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