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5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester – December 14

By Tom Marino | December 14, 2021
Last Updated: December 14, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, 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 – Tuesday, December 14 – first responders in West Boylston receive TEAM Award, seniors can get 20% off food costs at Ocean State Job Lot, the seventh edition of the Worcester Almanac is released, December basketball mini-camp for grades K through 6 at JCC and Table Talk Pies has a holiday special with the purchase of a gift card.

First Responders in West Boylston Receive TEAM Award

Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early, Jr. honored five West Boylston first responders who resuscitated a man in cardiac arrest in March.

West Boylston Fire Dept. Lieutenant Colby Fiske, Deputy Bob O’Connell, Firefighter Bill Nicholson, Firefighter Eric Larson, along with West Boylston Police Sgt. Anthony Papandrea, were presented with the District Attorney’s Team Excellence and Merit [TEAM] Award, which recognizes outstanding service by those in public safety.

On the morning of March 12, first responders were dispatched to the home of 41-year-old Alex Jones. Upon arrival they found Jones unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. Preforming life-saving CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support care, they were able to resuscitate Jones at the scene. He was able to make a full recovery.

Early created the TEAM Award in 2019 to recognize public safety employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Contact the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 755-8601 to nominate someone for this award.

Food Discount for Seniors at Ocean State Job Lot

Ocean State Job Lot host an hour for seniors each Monday from 8 AM to 9 AM, for a limited time. During the one hour weekly time period, all customers aged 62 or older are eligible to receive 20% off their food.

A limited product selection, including beer and wine, are not included. Id with proof of age required. Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, military/ veteran ID, Medicare ID and government-issued ID.

Ocean State Job Lot locations in Worcester County include:

  • 180 Milk Street, Westboro
  • 161 Providence Rd, Whitinsville
  • 20 Water Tower Place, Leominster
  • 46 Pearson Boulevard, Gardner
  • 503 East Main Street, Southbridge

Seventh Edition of Worcester Almanac Released

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau released its seventh edition of the Worcester Almanac – a compendium on information on all things Greater Worcester.

The 122-page document includes a variety of information on government, demographics, economy, health, education and more.

To Worcester Almanac is available for download here.

December Vacation Basketball Mini-Camp for K-6

The JCC hosts a 3-day basketball mini-camp at 633 Salisbury Street in Worcester during December vacation for students in grades K through six.

The camp is 9 AM to 4 PM on the following days:

  • Thursday, December 23
  • Monday, December 27
  • Tuesday, December 28

For more information or to enroll, visit the JCC website.

Table Talk Pies Holiday Gift Special

Table Talk Pies is offering a free 8” pie with the purchase of a $20 gift certificate at the Pie Store for the holidays.

The Pie Store, at 153 Green Street in Worcester, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM.

Image above from left to right: Fire Chief Thomas Wlesh, Lt. Colby Fiske, Deputy Bob O’Connell, Alex Jones, Sgt. Anthony Papandrea, Police Chief Dennis Minnich and District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

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