5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - September 2

 by TWIW StaffSeptember 2, 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, September 2 - statewide marijuana sales by licensed retailers surpassed $2 billion, free walk-up COVID-19 testing at Mercantile Center, sign-up for the Thrive Support and Advocacy Annual Road Race, its Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Worcester Public Library, and Glazy Susan releases its September menu.

Cannabis Control Commission Announces $2 Billion in Marijuana Sales

The Cannabis Control Commission announced on Tuesday, August 31, that 165 marijuana retailers and three delivery businesses operating statewide reached $2,009,007,478 in gross sales since the first two adult-use stores opened on November 20, 2018.

The Commission also said that licensees surpassed $1 billion in sales less than one year ago, on November 3, 2000.

In 2019, licensees totaled $444.9 million in calendar year 2019 and $702 million in 2020.

At the start of business on Wednesday, September 1, licensees have generated $844 million since January 1, 2021.

Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at Mercantile Center

UMass Memorial Health Care continues offering free testing with no appointment required at the Mercantile Center at 201 Commercial Street in Worcester, located at the intersection of Commercial Street and Mechanic Street.

Vaccinations are also offered at the clinics.

The next clinic is on Thursday, September 2, from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The next clinic at the Mercantile Center is Thursday, September 9, also from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Thrive Support and Advocacy 37th Annual Road Race

Thrive Support & Advocacy hosts its 37th annual Forrest Memorial Road Race, starting and finishing at the Wayside Athletic Club in Marlborough, on Sunday, September 26 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Thrive is a nonprofit empowering youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in MetroWest and Greater Worcester.

The event features a 5k run or walk, a 1.7 mile walk or wheel and a post-race barbecue with music and awards. It is Thrive’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting recreational experiences and sports teams taking part in the Special Olympics.

Pre-registration is $25 and includes a race t-shirt while same-day registration is $30. The top male and female runners and walkers and the top age-group finishers receive prizes.

The annual race is in memory of longtime Marlborough community leader Jim Forrest.

For more information to sponsor, donate or register, visit the Thrive Support & Advocacy website.

Worcester Public Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month

The Worcester Public Library [WPL] joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month throughout September.

Sign-up for a new library card in September at Worcester Public Library and get entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Crompton Collective.

Refer a friend to sign up for a card. If they sign-up, let WPL know and you’ll get entered into a separate drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Crompton Collective.

To apply for a library card, you can:

Replacement library cards are also free during the month of September.

Find Worcester Public Library locations and hours here.

Glazy Susan Releases September Menu

Glazy Susan, the specialty doughnut shop located at the DCU Center at 50 Foster Street, released its September menu on Wednesday, September 1. Along with its Glazy Susan -- vanilla with local honey glaze -- autumn items are the theme of its newest menu.

  • Vietnamese Coffee: Acoustic Java coffee glaze, condensed milk drizzle and crushed espresso beans
  • Boston Creme: Glazy Susann signature filled ring with house-made vanilla pastry filling and chocolate glaze from Hebert’s Candy Mansion in Shrewsbury
  • Brown Butter Almond: brown butter glaze, crushed honey roasted almond crust
  • Apple Fritter: Local apples and cider glaze from Carlson Orchards in Harvard (available Friday through Sunday only)

The Glazy Susan September Cake menu includes:

  • Apple Cider Cake: Local apple cider cake, cinnamon sugar
  • Maple French Toast Cake: French toast cake, local maple glaze from Pure BS Maple Shack in Auburn, cinnamon cream cheese frosting

The Vegan menu menu for September includes vegan versions of the Glazy Susan and Apple Fritter as well as Vegan Pear, which has a sliced pear glaze. The vegan Apple Fritter is available only on Saturday and Sunday.

Glazy Susan is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

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