5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 12

 by Tom MarinoMay 12, 2022

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, May 12 - residents are asked to help complete the Worcester Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Survey, there's a meeting tonight on a new city park at the Becker College property on Sever Street, Mechanics Hall is hosting a benefit for Worcester Organ, the Worcester Fire Department is hosting a career day for high school students today and there's a watch party this weekend for the Massachusetts Pirates at Funky Murphy's.

Worcester Complete Streets Prioritization Plan Survey

Worcester is participating in the Massachusetts Complete Streets Funding Program. Completing a Prioritization Plan will make Worcester eligible to apply for $400,000 in funding to implement one or more street projects.

The city is asking for help from residents to identify locations they feel are unsafe and uncomfortable or areas that create problems for kids, older adults, and persons with disabilities.

Take the survey here.

Public Meeting on Becker College Property

The Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks hosts a public meeting on the former Becker College property on Sever Street today -  Thursday, May 12 - at 5 PM.

The meeting is at:

Cornerstone Bank
The Park View Room
Preservation Worcester - 230 Park Ave

'An Afternoon of Italian Opera' to benefit the Worcester Organ at Mechanics Hall

The sounds of some of the most beloved Italian operas will fill Mechanics Hall on Sunday, May 22 during a special performance to benefit the great Worcester Organ.

“An Afternoon of Italian Opera” will feature well-known musical selections, including excerpts from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La traviata, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love), performed by Ukrainian soprano, Olga Lisovskaya, Neapolitan tenor Giovanni Formisano, and Leonardo Ciampa at the piano. The benefit concert, organized by The Friends of the Worcester Organ and held at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, begins at 4pm.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at mechanicshall.org or by calling the Mechanics Hall Box Office at 508-752-5608.

Worcester Fire Department High School Career Day

The Worcester Fire Department will host career day for high school students today - Thursday, May 12. Around 150 high school students will attend this program offered by the WFD’s diversity and inclusion committee.

Students will witness a current recruit class in action performing live firefighting scenarios at the departments burn building and interact with recruits, instructors and firefighters.

Mass Pirates Watch Party at Funky Murphy's

The defending IFL champion Massachusetts Pirates host a watch party at Funky Murphy's, at 305 Shrewsbury Street on Saturday, May 14.

Kickoff is at 9:05 PM.

The Pirates will be in Arizona to have to face the Rattlers for the first time since the championship game last season.


Lead image courtesy: City of Worcester/Facebook (edited)

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