5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 26

 by TWIW StaffAugust 26, 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, August 26 - there's a rental and utility assistance resource fair on the Worcester Common today, Quinsigamond Community College hosts an in-person registration event this weekend,  construction of a a solar parking canopy structure at North High School begins, the Massachusetts State Police warn of a phone scam and Cornerstone Bank is named among the most charitable companies in Massachusetts.

Rental and Utility Assistance Resource Fair at Out to Lunch

The City of Worcester Housing Division hosts a Rental and Utility Assistance Resource Fair at Out to Lunch on the Worcester Common at 455 Main Street on Thursday, August 26 between 11 AM and 2 PM.

If you have fallen behind on rent or utility payments or are struggling to catch up on rent, stop at the Worcester Common to learn about or apply for available rental and utility assistance.

Bring a utility bill to receive at least a $25 direct payment.

QCC In-Person Registration Event

Quinsigamond Community College hosts an in-person registration event on Saturday, August 28, at QCC’s Welcome Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

QCC’s fall semester begins September 8 and students can now take courses in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid format.

Students will save time waiting in line at the registration event by scheduling an appointment through the College’s new virtual waiting line service, Easy Queue (EZQ).

To learn more about Super Saturday, visit QCC.edu/saturday.

August 26, 2021 Cornerstone Bank
Image: Courtesy of City of Worcester

Construction of North High Solar Parking Structure Begins

Contractors recently began construction to build a solar parking canopy structure at North High School.

The structure will have a capacity of 718 kW, the second largest on municipal property.

Other upcoming solar projects in the city include the Worcester Senior Center, Nelson Place Elementary School and West Tatnuck Elementary school. All are solar parking canopies.

Massachusetts State Police Warn Residents of Phone Scam

The Massachusetts State Police are advising the public of a scam currently targeting residents in Massachusetts. According to the State Police, calls appear to be coming from Massachusetts State Police phone numbers; however, the caller ID is being “spoofed”, and the call is not legitimate.
Some callers are claiming to be members of the State Police and are leaving messages requesting to return the call.
The State Police will never solicit personal data, donations, or any form of money over the phone. State Police are advising if you do get a call, hang up and do not provide any personal or financial information.

Cornerstone Bank Among Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts

The Boston Business Journal’s 2021 Corporate Citizenship Awards named Cornerstone Bank one of 98 honorees in recognition of the region’s top corporate charitable contributors.

Cornerstone Bank donated $400,000 in 2020 to charitable organizations, earning it the Boston Business Journal recognition.

This year, companies qualified for the distinction by reporting at least $100,000 in contributions to Massachusetts-based charities last year.

“With the hardships many faced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was more important than ever for us to continue to find ways to give back,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “Despite restrictions on gatherings, in-person events and other traditional opportunities for volunteering, we were still able to help better our own backyard, a commitment we will continue to pursue in 2021 and in the future.”


Lead image courtesy: City of Worcester

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