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 - Wednesday, August 3 - the Worcester Fire Department holds an open house tonight, the Worcester Community Action Council hosts its second annual Job Fair and Talent Showcase, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau releases a report for residents on the Community Preservation Act, the WooSox hold their inaugural Booster Club Sleepover and the Worcester Arts Council community priorities survey closes soon.
The Worcester Fire Department holds an open house today, Aug. 3, from 6 PM to 8 PM.
Individuals who are interested in becoming a firefighter and learning more about the about taking the 2022 firefighter examination are welcome to attend.
— Worcester Fire Dept. (@WorcesterFD) August 1, 2022
The Worcester Community Action Council holds its second annual Job Fair and Talent Showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Polar Park.
Interviews will be held on the spot. There will also be raffles and pries.
Next week! Join us at Polar Park for our 2nd Annual Job Fair & Talent Showcase! Interview on the spot with more than two dozen employers! Open to all! pic.twitter.com/EbynIORakd
— WCAC (@WCACinfo) August 2, 2022
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau has released a report on the Community Preservation Act, a data dashboard, and a CPA calculator.
Voters this November will have the chance to adopt a 1.5% property tax surcharge for the purposes of funding community preservation projects. The Community Preservation Act provides Massachusetts’ municipalities with the ability to authorize a property tax surcharge, via a majority vote by residents, to raise funds for the preservation of open space, historic structures, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.
Funds raised by this local surcharge are earmarked for these preservation purposes, and a portion of them are matched by the state every year from the Community Preservation Act Trust.
See the dashboard and the CPA calculator on the WRRB website.
The Worcester Red Sox hold the inaugural Booster Club Sleepover at Polar Park on Saturday, Aug. 6 to coincide with the team's game with the Durham Bulls.
The event is open to all Worcester Red Sox Booster Club members.
Tents will be set up across the outfield while Booster Club members watch a movie on the big screen. Breakfast will be served in the Shaw's Visitors' Bullpen Terrace from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM on Sunday morning.
The Worcester Arts Council's community priorities survey is now open. The council collects the data to inform its upcoming funding priorities.
The survey takes less than five minutes and closes on Aug. 8.
Why should you take our Funding Priorities Survey? Mixed media & textile artist (and former WAC member!) Yasmin Goris says WAC takes its responsibility to gather input seriously, and will prioritize what the community wants most. ❤️ Take the survey at: https://t.co/Gz5l1m4ZV5. pic.twitter.com/Yl1xaAz9K2
— Worcester Arts Council (@WorcARTS) July 31, 2022
Lead image: Worcester Red Sox game at Polar Park/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com