5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - July 15

 by TWIW StaffJuly 15, 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, July 15  - the Worcester Red Sox season is extended ten games, Old Sturbridge Village receives a state tourism grant, win four WooSox tickets this weekend at Peppercorn's, Glazy Susan's July menu released and Massachusetts ranked as the state with the least at-risk youth in the United States.

July 15, 2021

WooSox Season Extended by Ten Games

The Worcester Red Sox announced the team's season will extend through October 3, with 10 additional games added.

The team will host five additional games at Polar Park from September 22 through September 26.

Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball announced “Triple-A Final Stretch” that extends the Triple-A season by two weeks and have added a 5-game series at home and a 5-game series on the road for each team.

The WooSox now end the season on the road at Lehigh Valley.

The “Triple-A Final Stretch” will act as a playoff-type tournament with a champion declared for the team with the best postseason winning percentage during these final two weeks.  Several tiebreaking protocols will be used as needed with the first such tiebreaker based on best regular season winning pct. among those teams tied.

Minor League Baseball will name the 2021 Regular Season Champion based on the best regular season winning percentage through the originally scheduled championship season (which was to conclude on September 19).

Ticket information for fans regarding the five “added” September games at Polar Park will be announced in the coming weeks.

An updated WooSox scheduled is available for download here.

Old Sturbridge Village Receives State Tourism Grant

Governor Baker announced $2 million in awards to 34 recipients as part of the Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grant Program on Wednesday, July 14. The new competitive grant program is administered by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

The DDC grants provide funding for projects that expand, construct, restore, or renovate Massachusetts tourism destinations and attractions, and aid in destination recovery and resiliency.

Old Sturbridge Village [OSV], at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge, is one of the named grant recipients.

OSV is a living museum which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It will use the funds to make improvements to the circa 1832 Center Meetinghouse.

Win 4 Tickets Behind Home Plate at a WooSox Game from Peppercorn's, 90+ Cellars

On Saturday, July 17, the 90+ Cellars Wine Truck will be at Peppercorn's on Park Avenue from 3 PM to 7 PM.

If you buy a glass of wine from the truck, you will be entered to win four tickets right behind home plate to the Worcester Red Sox game on July 27.

Live music will be performed by Mark Manzella.

July 15, 2021


Glazy Susan Blueberry Season Menu

Glazy Susan, Worcester’s first specialty doughnut company, returns from summer vacation to reopen on Thursday, July 15, with its blueberry season July menu.

This month’s menu includes:

  • Blueberry Cheesecake: This doughnut includes house-made blueberry cheesecake filling, crushed graham cracker crust and fresh, local blueberries.
  • S’mores: Herbert’s chocolate glaze, crushed graham cracker and house-made toasted marshmallow meringue.
  • Blueberry Cake: Wild Maine blueberry cake with blueberry glaze
  • Birthday Cake: Vanilla cake, glazy glaze, house-made birthday cake frosting and rainbow sprinkles
  • Blueberry Cobbler: Vegan brioche bullseye, house-made wild main blueberry jam and pie crust crumbs.

Glazy Susan reopens today -- Thursday, July 15 -- and is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM at 50 Foster Street in Worcester.

Massachusetts Ranked the State with the Least At-Risk Youth

A new study, 2021’s States with the Most At-Risk Youth, found young people in Massachusetts are the least-risk in the United States.

The study compared 50 states and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) in 15 key indicators of youth risk. Here is how Massachusetts ranked in some of those areas:

At-Risk Youth in Massachusetts Rankings (1=Most at Risk)

  • 48th – % of Disconnected Youth (population aged 18 to 24 who are not attending school, not working and have no degree beyond a high school diploma.)
  • 48th – % of Overweight & Obese Youth
  • 45th – Youth Poverty Rate
  • 41st – % of Youth Without a High School Diploma
  • 41st – Youth Labor Force Participation Rate
  • 24th – % of Homeless Youth

Here is how other states in and around New England ranked in the study:

Rank State Education &
28 Pennsylvania 27 27
36 Maine 46 24
40 Rhode Island 45 31
42 New York 38 45
43 Vermont 41 43
48 Connecticut 42 48
49 New Hampshire 50 21
50 New Jersey 48 51
51 Massachusetts 51 49

See the summary of the states with the most and least at-risk youth here:

To see the full results of the study or review the methodology used to find the results, visit WalletHub.com.


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