5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 25

 by TWIW StaffOctober 25, 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 25 - the next round of winners in the Youth Vax Giveaway will be announced today, get your mail-in ballots in before its too late, celebrate the Halloween season at Annie's Book Stop this week, Worcester Senior Center to host ribbon-cutting for new outdoor fitness area this week and Table Talk Pies' Apple "Jack" pies are for sale while supplies last.

City of Worcester to Announce Latest Winner of Youth Vax Giveaway

The City of Worcester and the Department of Health and Human Services will announce a new round of winners in Worcester’s Youth Vax Giveaway today -- Monday, Oct. 25 -- at 3:45 p.m., at City Hall in the Levi Lincoln room on the third floor.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., HHS Commissioner Dr. Matilde Castiel and others will present winners with prizes that include Smart TVs, an iPad Air and SE Bicycle.

This event will also feature the launch of the “Worcester #PostVaxLife Youth Vaccine Ambassador” video campaign.

To enter the Youth Vax Giveaway, entrants must be fully vaccinated, a resident of Worcester, and between the ages of 12-24.

For a list of official rules and to enter, visit www.worcesterma.gov/worcesters-youth-vax-giveaway.

Secretary Galvin Urges Voters to Mail Their Ballots in Soon

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin is urging voters who have not mailed back their local election ballots to return them before Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The U.S. Postal Service typically recommends mailing a ballot at least one week before Election Day to ensure timely arrival. With recent slowdowns in mail delivery times, Galvin is concerned that voters who mail their ballots back after Tuesday may not see their votes counted.

“If you’re going to be mailing your ballot, do it within the next few days,” Galvin said. “If you haven’t mailed your ballot back by Tuesday, I strongly encourage you to use a city ballot drop box instead of the postal service.”

Ballots can be hand-delivered to a ballot drop box provided by the city or town or to the voter’s local election office. Ballots can also be dropped off at early voting locations during early voting hours.

Voters who still haven’t returned their ballot by Election Day will also have the option of voting in person at their polling place, if they choose not to use their mail-in ballot,

Ribbon Cutting Thursday for New Outdoor Fitness Area at Worcester Senior Center

The City of Worcester will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 28, for the new Outdoor Fitness Park  from 11 AM to 12 PM at the Worcester Senior Center.

The event will also recognize contributions toward the construction of a new Fitness Center, as well as an update on several completed and ongoing renovations at the Senior Center.

The new Fitness Center, currently under construction, is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield and MassWorks. The FitLot is sponsored by AARP of Massachusetts and organized by FitLot.

Author Joseph Fink to Participate in Reading of  'The Halloween Moon' at Annie's Book Stop Event

Annie's Book Stop will host a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 3 PM with author Joseph Fink to celebrate the Halloween season.

Fink will read his new middle-grade adventure, "The Halloween Moon."

Guests will be able to meet with Fink virtually and Annie’s Book Stop will be providing signed copies of the books for local guests to pick up.

Here's a synopsis of "The Halloween Moon": Transitioning from middle school into high school can be scary, but trying to figure it all out while running away from an ancient evil during an endless night is terrifying.  Esther Gold has to overcome these challenges on one magical Halloween night. Fast paced thrills and chills, along with a captivating band of relatable characters are woven together to tell a heartfelt story about growing up, friendship, and a true love for Halloween.

Table Talk Pies' Apple 'Jack' Pies on Sale

Celebrate the Halloween season with a special Jack-o-lantern-faced apple pie from Table Talk Pies.

The pies are just $2 each and are available while supplies last. Pies can be purchased at the Table Talk Pies Store at 153 Green Street. The store is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

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