5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 28

 by TWIW StaffOctober 28, 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 - Thursday, October 28 - the Worcester Education Collaborative created a blog style Q&A with School Committee candidates, Worcester Community Action Council launches the heating help awareness campaign at City Hall today, Coats for Kids seeks volunteers to help bag items for distribution to schools, the Epilepsy Foundation of New England is doing curbside pickups in the Worcester area in November, and a new study finds Massachusetts the seventh safest state to live in the United States.

Worcester Education Collaborative Q&A with School Committee Candidates

The Worcester Education Collaborative has produced a blog-style question and answer with the candidates for Worcester School Committee.

Learn more about the candidates, in their own words, on seven key issues related to Worcester Public Schools.

Worcester’s municipal elections take place on November 2.

Heating Help Awareness Campaign Launch at City Hall

The Worcester Community Action Council [WCAC] and the Massachusetts Association for Community Action [MASSCAP] host a launch of the statewide heating help awareness campaign at Worcester City Hall’s 3rd floor Levi Lincoln Room on Thursday, October 28, at 9:45 AM.

The campaign aims to ensure vulnerable Massachusetts families are able to keep safe, warm and healthy this winter.

The campaign will include television and digital advertising across the state as well as billboards and local outreach. A new video explaining the program details, eligibility and benefits will be launched at the kickoff.

A speaking program, in-person at the launch event, will also broadcast on Facebook.

Scheduled to appearances include:

  • Congressman Jim McGovern
  • Senator Harriette L. Chandler
  • Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
  • MASSCAP Executive Director Joseph Diamond
  • WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell
  • Citizens for Citizens Executive Director Elizabeth Berube
  • WCAC Director of Energy Mary Knittle
  • Cathy DiPilato, WCAC Client

Coats for Kids Seeks Volunteers

The Coats for Kids Program is looking for volunteers to bag items for distribution. The program provides new winter outerwear, hats and gloves to children in need in the Worcester Public Schools.

For more information, visit the Coats for Kids website.

October 28, 2021 coats for kids

Donate to the Epilepsy Foundation  with Curbside Pickup

The Epilepsy Foundation of New England is scheduling curbside donation pickups in Worcester in November. Acceptable items include clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, handbags, household items, and more.

Learn more about acceptable items by the Epilepsy Foundation of New England or schedule an appointment.

Massachusetts Ranked the 7th Safest State to Live

A new study by Wallethub.com ranked all 50 states by safety to live in and found Massachusetts is the seventh safest state to live in the United States.

The factors contributing to the ranking of Massachusetts include:

  • 1st – Share of Uninsured Population
  • 1st – Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
  • 4th – Job Security
  • 4th – Fatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Full-Time Workers
  • 4th – Percentage of Residents Age 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated
  • 5th – Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita
  • 6th – Loss Amounts from Climate Disasters per Capita
  • 6th – Sex Offenders per Capita
  • 12th – Bullying Incidence Rate
  • 21st – Assaults per Capita
  • 26th – Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita

Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all finished in the top 10.

To see the full study and its methodology, visit Wallethub.com.

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