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

 by TWIW StaffSeptember 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 - Tuesday, September 7 - early voting starts today for preliminary district council races, Worcester adds two more input sessions for American Rescue Plan Act funds, the Worcester Arts Council grant applications are now open, Green Hill pro shop is having a fall clearance sale, and get a free beverage from Dunkin' this fall.

Early Voting for Preliminary Elections Starts Today

Early voting for the city's preliminary election for districts 1 and 5 city council races start Tuesday.

Early voting will be held from 9 AM to 7 PM Tuesday to Friday. Only registered voters in District 1 and District 5 are eligible to participate in the Election . District 1 includes voters in Ward 1 and 2 Precincts 1-5. District 5 includes voters in Ward 7 and 9 Precincts 1-5.

Here's the full schedule:

  • Tuesday - 9/7/21
  • Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden Street
  • Wednesday- 9/8/21
  • Lincoln Village Tenants Association, 116 Country Club Boulevard
  • Thursday - 9/9/21
  • Stearns Tavern, 140 Mill Street
  • Friday - 9/10/21
  • Worcester State University May Street Building, 280 May Street

Here are the candidates for each district council race:

District 1 City Council

  • David V. Shea, Jr. – 464 Burncoat St.
  • Richard Cipro – 103 Christine St.
  • Sean M. Rose – 14 Dubiel Dr.

District 5 City Council

  • Etel Haxhiaj– 4 Englewood Ave.
  • Gregory L. Stratman – 55 Clover St.
  • Stephen Quist – 377 Chandler St. Apt.1
  • Yenni Desroches – 33 Monroe Ave. Apt.1

City Adds Two More ARPA Funding Input Sessions

The City added two additional Community Input Sessions on the use of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

A session in District 5 will be held Monday, Sept. 27 at 6 PM at the headquarters of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 96 at 242 Mill St.

A session in District 2 will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 PM, at Worcester Technical High School.

The first input session was held at Burncoat High in District 1 last month. The District 4 input session will be held Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6 PM at the Boys & Girls Club and in District 3 on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Worcester Senior Center.

For those who are unable to attend a session in person, an online survey is available in multiple languages at www.worcesterma.gov/arpa.

Worcester Arts Council FY22 Grant Application Now Open

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its FY22 funding cycle. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2021.

This year, WAC will receive over $187,000 from the Mass Cultural Council for its grants, representing an increase of 12.5% over last year’s funding allocation.

WAC offers two types of grants: project grants and fellowship grants. Project grants support individuals and organizations from Worcester County in developing projects and programs within the city of Worcester that are innovative, collaborative, provide a public benefit, reach underserved populations, and demonstrate creative excellence. Fellowship grants help Worcester artists of all trades in developing and exploring their work outside the structure of a specific project.

New for FY22, WAC will use direct granting instead of reimbursement-based granting for its project grants. WAC’s FY22 Grant Guidelines and instructions on how to apply can be found at: worcesterma.gov/wac.

Green Hill Golf Course Pro Shop Having Fall Sale

Golfers can receive 10 to 15% off the retail price of brand new 2021 model year clubs and gear at the Green Hill Municipal golf course fall pro shop sale.

All putters and wedges are 15% off and all drivers are 10% off.

The pro shop is stocked with shirts, shorts, hats, and more. The shop and course are located at 1929 Skyline Drive.

Get a Free Beverage Each Week from Dunkin all Fall: Here's How

From now through Sunday, Oct. 3, DD Perks® members can earn a free beverage reward through Dunkin's Free for Fall promotion when they make three purchases in a we at a Dunkin’ location.

You can enroll in DD Perks® on the Dunkin’ App or DunkinDonuts.com. Just download the Dunkin’ App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or join on the Dunkin’ website. DD Perks® members earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’. Once a member accrues 200 points, they receive a free beverage reward for any size, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ restaurants.

The offer is limited to one free beverage reward per member per week. A week is defined as Monday – Sunday.  Purchases must be at least one hour apart to qualify.

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