5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 7

 by TWIW StaffOctober 7, 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 7 - join Project Bread and Regional Environmental Council members at Beaver Brook Farmers Market on Friday,  the Worcester Railers announce a partnership with Radio Worcester, tickets are on sale for "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" at Hanover Theatre in December, Rockland Trust Bank opens a new location in Worcester and Dunkin' releases two new Halloween costumes.

Project Bread and REC Attend Beaver Brook Farmers Market on Friday

Project Bread and the Regional Environmental Council [REC], will raise awareness for An Act Relative to an Agricultural Health Incentives Program [HIP] at Worcester’s Beaver Brook Farmers Market on Friday, October 8, from 9 AM to 10 AM.

Project Bread is a leading anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts.

HIP, a program established in 2017, provides monthly incentives to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) households to shop at local farmers markets, like Beaver Brooker Farmers Market, farm stands, CSAs and mobile markets. Families receive reimbursement to their EBT account $40 to $80 monthly, based on family size, for qualifying purchases.

The program is a boost for regional farmers and increases capacity to provide fresh produce locally while increasing the healthy food intake of nearly 100,000 families across Massachusetts that participated in the program.

Worcester Railers Announce Partnership with Radio Worcester

The Worcester Railers announced a partnership with Radio Worcester for guests from the team to appear on “Talk of the Commonwealth with Hank Stolz” every Thursday at 8:35 AM.

“Talk of the Commonwealth” airs on WCRN 830 AM and radioworcester.com.

Radio Worcester is also available at ThisWeekinWorcester.com by clicking the Radio Worcester logo at the top of your screen.

The Worcester Railers home opener is October 23 when the team hosts the Maine Mariners.

Rudolph Comes to the Hanover Theatre for the Holidays

The most famous reindeer of all comes to Worcester in December.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” comes to the The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, at 2 Southbridge Street, on December 6.

The musical toured for more than six years and produced over 600 performances.

Tickets are on sale now at the Hanover Theatre website or by calling the box office at (877) 571-SHOW (7469).

Rockland Bank Opens its Seventh Worcester County Location

Rockland Trust Bank announced on Wednesday, October 6, that it opened its seventh location in Worcester County, the third in the City of Worcester, at 633 Park Avenue.

The location features ATMs with Live Teller service, foreign currency and exchange, a dedicated business banking officer, a mortgage loan officer and an investment management financial consultant. The branch manager, Brandon Le, is a Worcester resident.

Rockland recently provided two $5,000 grants Worcester Children’s Chorus and Legendary Legacies.

The branch is open:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Its video teller hours are:

  • Monday through Friday: 7 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

Dunkin’ Releases Two New Costumes at Spirit Halloween

Dunkin’ added two new Halloween costumes available at Spirit Halloween, the Adult Dunkin’ Cold Brew Costume and Child MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats Box Costume.

Last year, Dunkin’ debuted its first costumes, the Adult Dunkin’ Hot Coffee and Adult Strawberry Frosted Donut costume.

The Adult Dunkin’ Cold Brew Costume is a three-dimensional plush iced coffee cup costume filled with inspiration of Dunkin’s fan-favorite Cold Brew, proudly featuring Dunkin’s signature branded iced coffee cup design and orange straw.

The Child MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treat Box Costume features Dunkin’s signature MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treat Box, bursting with donut hole treats, and is complete with a Dunkin’ hat.

The costumes sell for $39.99. Last year both options sold out in 24 hours.

There are two Spirit Halloween stores in Worcester County:

  • 460 Southbridge Street in Auburn
  • 9114 Shops Way in Northborough (Near Dress Barn and TJ Maxx)


Lead image: Pictured Left to Right: Gurinder Gill, Relationship Banker; Beatrice Anku, Relationship Banker; Brandon Le, Branch Manager; Adriana Coello, Relationship Banker; John Taschioglou, Relationship Banker/courtesy: Rockland Trust Bank

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