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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 17

By Tom Marino | May 17, 2022
Last Updated: May 17, 2022

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, May 17 – Massachusetts will seek to be the home of a new federal government agency, a new cocktail lounge opens this week on Millbury Street, stART on the Street 2022 applications are now open, Seven Hills Golf holds a raffle to benefit Project New Hope, and Worcester ranks as a top 100 city to start a career.

Massachusetts To Compete For New Federal “High Risk-High Reward” Biomedical Research Agency

Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means Chair Richard E. Neal, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, and MassBio CEO Joe Boncore have launched an effort that includes top leaders from Massachusetts higher education, industry and government to rally support for locating the newly-funded federal Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) in Massachusetts.

ARPA-H was created by the Biden Administration to accelerate research aimed at preventing and curing diseases ranging from infectious disease, chronic disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. The March 2022 omnibus passed by Congress and signed into law by the President invested $1 billion to launch ARPA-H. The President’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal includes an additional $6.5 billion in funding for ARPA-H for the next three years. 

The agency is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is designed to be more agile than the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ARPA-H does not yet have an agency headquarters.

With several states expected to pursue the headquarters for ARPA-H, Baker, Neal, Meehan, and Boncore stressed the importance of rapidly building the strongest possible case for Massachusetts, grounded by the concentration of world-class research universities, hospitals, companies, and a bi-partisan commitment in government to build the life sciences ecosystem.

Steel and Wire Cocktail Lounge Opens on Millbury Street

Steel and Wire, a new cocktail bar with live music and a patio, at 124 Millbury Street in Worcester, will open at 4 PM on Friday, May 20. The bar will serve modern craft cocktails along with mixed drinks, beer, and wine.

The location previously served as the home of Nick’s Bar and Restaurant and has been a bar for over a century.

Steel and Wire is owned by Frank Inangelo and his wife, Mara.

stART on the Street 2022 Applications Open

The stART on the street fall festival, scheduled for Sunday, September 18 on Park Ave in Worcester between Highland Steet in Pleasant Street, has opened applications for the 2022 event.

Artist applications are the first to close, on May 22..

Applications for bands, children’s activities, food vendors, street performers and the youth market are also now open here.

Seven Hills Golf Raffle for Project New Hope

Seven Hills Golf is holding a raffle with five prizes for the winner to benefit Project New Hope, a resource hub that finds and delivers the wellness resources needed by veterans, service members, their families.

The winner will receive:

  • Free Foursome at BLISSFUL MEADOWS GOLF COURSE *weekday golf only
  • 4 Free Tickets to the Worcester WooSox
  • 2 Free Simulator Hours at Tee Up Taproom & a Hat
  • A Dozen Free VICE Golf Balls
  • A Seven Hills Golf Hat

The raffles runs through May 26 with winners announced at the Seven Hills Golf Putterball Tournament.

Send a DM to Seven Hills Golf on Instagram to enter.


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Worcester one of the Top 100 Cities to Start a Career

A new study found that Worcester is the 93rd best city in the U.S. to start a career.

The study compared over 180 cities across the country using 27 key metrics to find the best and worst cities to start a career.

The metrics were part of two broad categories. Worcester was 89th in professional opportunities and 96th in quality of life.

Other cities in the region had the following overall ranking in the study:

  • Portland, ME – 9
  • Boston – 17
  • Providence, RI – 40
  • South Burlington, VT – 49
  • Burlington, VT – 56
  • Manchester, NH – 52
  • Nashua, NH – 87
  • Lewiston, ME – 106
  • New Haven, CT – 113
  • Warwick, RI – 128
  • Bridgeport, CT – 161

The top 5 cities to start a career, according to the study, are:

  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Seattle, WA

The cities ranked lowest in the study, from 178 to 182, are:

  • Detroit, MI
  • Santa Clarita, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Shreveport, LA
  • North Las Vegas, NV


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