5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - August 3

 by Tom MarinoAugust 3, 2022
Last Updated August 3, 2022 6:55 AM

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.

Worcester Fire Department Open House

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.

WCAC Job Fair on August 10

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.

Worcester Research Bureau Releases Data on Community Preservation Act

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.

Funds raised from the Act itself are intended for the:
  • acquisition, creation, and preservation of open space
  • acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic resources
  • acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of land for recreational use
  • acquisition, creation, preservation, and support of community housing, defined as low and moderate income housing
  • rehabilitation or restoration of open space and community housing acquired or created by these funds (M.G.L ch.44B § 5b2)

See the dashboard and the CPA calculator on the WRRB website.

WooSox Booster Club Sleepover at Polar Park on Saturday

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.

  •  3rd Base Reserved Seat
  • $12 of ballpark credit for food or merchandise
  • $5 donation to the WooSox Foundation
  • Pre-Game Activities & On-Field Pregame Parade
  • Honorary Polar Park Patch
  • Post-game catch on the field
  • Outfield camping under the stars (optional)
  • Breakfast in the morning (optional)

Worcester Arts Council Funding Priorities Survey

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.


Lead image: Worcester Red Sox game at Polar Park/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

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