5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 4

 by Tom MarinoMay 4, 2022

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, May 4 - Shrewsbury Police increase traffic enforcement, see the WooSox on NESN this week, Massachusetts is the first state designated an age-friendly employer, Cornerstone Bank pledges $34,500 to a Worcester State University STEM program and Table Talk Pies offers teachers a free pie this week.

Increased Traffic Enforcement in Shrewsbury

The Shrewsbury Police Department will launch an increased traffic enforcement this week with a focus on compliance with seatbelt laws. The increase enforcement will run through late May.

The police department is using funding from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research (OGR) to increase traffic patrols. The funding will enable five increased enforcement campaigns this year.

WooSox on NESN this Week

See the Worcester Red Sox from the comfort of home this week with three games on NESN.

The games on NESN are:

  • Wednesday, May 4 at 12:05 PM (NESN)
  • Friday, May 6, at 7:05 PM (NESN+)
  • Sunday, May 8, at 2:05 (NESN+)

Mass. is the First Age-Friendly State Employer

The Age Friendly-Institute designated Massachusetts as a certified age-friendly employer, the first state government in the nation to earn this distinction.

The “age-friendly” designation describes environments that promote access to services and opportunities for people as they age, and that prioritize the inclusion and participation of older adults in all aspects of life.

The Age-Friendly Institute has been certifying leading age-friendly workplaces since 2005 in its effort to support job seekers that are over 50 years old. Employers designated as Certified Age-Friendly Employers meet several criteria:

  • Values employees based on proficiency, qualifications, and contribution
  • Maintains policies, practices, and programs supporting people age 50+
  • Values employee knowledge, maturity, reliability, and productivity
  • Commits to meaningful employment, development opportunities, and competitive pay and benefits for employees 50+

Cornerstone Bank Pledges $34,500 for Worcester State STEM Program

Cornerstone Bank announced its renewed sponsorship of the Worcester State University Bridge to Excellence: Summer STEM Retention Program.

The bank will provide $11,500 per year over the next three years for $34,500 by 2024 to help the program’s incoming science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors. The program seeks to strengthen the school’s retention in these fields and help more students complete their degree.

This is the second three-year sponsorship pledge Cornerstone Bank has made to support this program.

Cornerstone Bank has 12 locations throughout Central Massachusetts, including three in Worcester.

Free Table Talk Pie for Teachers

Table Talk Pies is offering a free 4 inch pie this week.

Teachers can get their free pie at The Pie Store at 153 Green Street in Worcester.

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