5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - July 28

 by TWIW StaffJuly 28, 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 – Wednesday, July 28 - get vaccinated and receive a $25 gift certificate, the inaugural WooSox Foundation Golf Tournament signups are open, be part of capturing the history of the pandemic, Pakachoag Golf Course is hiring and the Worcester County Sheriff warns of an emerging phone scam.

Get Vaccinated and a $25 Gift Certificate

Get vaccinated on Wednesday, July 28, at the Worcester Public Library between 11 AM and 7 PM or at Crompton Park Swimming Pool Friday, July 30, between 2 PM and 6 PM and receive a $25 gift card to Price Chopper or Stop and Shop.

Other opportunities to get vaccinated are also coming up.

Polar Park will host vaccination clinics during “Los Wepas” games on:

  • Sunday, August 1, at 1:05 PM
  • Friday, August 13, at 6:35 PM
  • Saturday, Aug. 14, at 4:05 PM
  • Wednesday, August 18 at 6:35 PM

The Worcester Food Truck Throwdown and Craft Fair, on Saturday, July 31, at Beaver Brook Park will also host a vaccination clinic from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The Piedmont Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, July 31, at 93 Piedmont Street will also host a vaccination clinic from 1 PM to 3 PM.

First WooSox Foundation Golf Tournament

The inaugural WooSox Foundation Golf Classic, on Monday, August 30, at the Haven Country Club in Boylston, is not open to registration for Worcester Red Sox Booster Club members.

Registration opens for the general public in the near future.

The tournament format is Texas Scramble, when each player plays the best ball from the tee shot and plays their ball the rest of the hole.

Registration includes greens and cart fees (18 holes) as well as lunch and dinner. Guests also receive a complimentary WooSox gift bag upon arrival.

Proceeds fund the WooSox Foundation, which operates such programs as our WooSox Scholars, and supports charities throughout Central Massachusetts.

Registration is $300 per golfer. Register here.

Be Part of Capturing the History of the Pandemic

Worcester Historical Museum presents “Our History Now - Stories from Worcester’s Pandemic Year" on Wednesday, July 28, at 7 PM.

The event is presented in partnership with WPI, and is virtual and free.

Join to learn why it is important to participate to preserve these stories.

What is the one thing that you want to share in this digital time capsule for future generations? Here’s your chance to be heard by your museum, by your community, and by the future!

The event includes Dr. Mattie Castiel, Commissioner of Health and Human Services; young residents from the Worcester Youth Center; Tim Garvin from the United Way and Worcester Together; local documentary photographer Matt Wright; and archive coordinator Allison Steeves, WPI ’21.

Learn more and reserve your place in the event by visiting the project website.

Job Openings at Pakachoag Golf Course

The town of Auburn and Pakachoag Golf Course is hiring weekend cashiers and a golf cart attendant.

Those interested should contact [email protected] or call (508) 755-3291. Applications are available on AuburnGuide.com.

Worcester County Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis warns residents about a recent phone scam in which the caller identifies themselves as a Deputy Sheriff / Sergeant and informs the intended victim they must report to the Sheriff Department for a DNA or Blood Test and demands a fee.

Scam artists fraudulently use the Sheriff’s Office name and/ or a phony telephone number. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office encourages people to be aware of calls like this and to never give personal or financial information over the phone to anyone whom you didn’t call yourself.

“Residents need to beware of any unsolicited calls that ask for cash, money card payments, their personal or credit card information,” said the Sheriff. “These callers can sound convincing, will be aggressive and try to intimidate you, even threaten you with jail time. We encourage anyone who gets a suspicious call to just hang up or call authorities first before giving out any type of personal information or money.”

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation have the following advice for residents of the Commonwealth:

Spot the Scam

  • Is there an unnaturally long pause after you have picked up the phone
  • Is a record voice telling you to press a number to “opt out”
  • The caller indicates that you’ve been specially selected for an offer or have won a prize or the lottery
  • The caller is using high pressure tactics, ie: You have to make up your mind right away or the offer expires
  • The caller is demanding payment for a late bill, missed jury duty, etc., and threatening jail time if payment via gift card is not sent.

Stop the Scam

  • Do not give out your credit card information to someone calling over the phone
  • Sign up for the state “Do Not Call” registry as well as the national one to limit telemarketers from reaching you
  • Do not give in to the pressure to make a decision immediately
  • Monitor incoming calls. Do not pick up unknown numbers or random calls. If a call is important, the caller will leave a message
  • If you do pick up and learn it is a scam call, do not engage. Just hang-up.

More information can be found here.

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