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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 31

By Tom Marino | August 31, 2022
Last Updated: August 31, 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 – Wednesday, August 31 – Worcester Bravehearts attendance up 30% in 2022, vote early for the state primary today at Stearns Tavern, honor International Overdose Awareness Day today at City Hall,  Holy Cross welcomes its largest freshman class in its history and tickets are on sale for the opening of the Worcester Chamber Music Society’s 17th season.

Worcester Bravehearts Attendance up 30% in 2022

The Worcester Bravehearts announced its 2022 attendance was up 30% over 2021.

In the Bravehearts’ ninth season in 2022, the team attracted an average attendance of 1,602, including five sellouts.

The team also had its largest month of online ticket sales this past July. The previous online ticket sales high for the team was set in July 2019.

Early Voting Today at Stearns Tavern

Early voting for the Sept. 6 Massachusetts state primary is underway from now through Friday, Sept. 2.

Here’s a schedule of early voting locations in Worcester:

  • Wednesday – Aug. 31 – 9 AM to 5 PM –  Stearns Tavern, 140 Mill St.
  •  Thursday – Sept. 1 – 9 AM to 7 PM – Worcester Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2 Airport Dr.
  • Friday – Sept. 2 – 9 AM to 5 PM – Central Community Branch YMCA, 766 Main St.

For more information on the early voting locations, use the map below: 

International Overdose Awareness Day Candelight Vigil

Members of the community are invited to join families of those who have died from overdoses, area civic leaders, local organizations, and clergy today at 5:30 PM at City Hall to honor International Overdose Awareness Day.

The vigil, to take place behind City Hall, will include remarks from civic leadership and families, music, and a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of those who have died.

Holy Cross Class of 2026 is the Largest in its History

Since its founding in 1843, the College of the Holy Cross has never welcomed more students than it did this past weekend, as 904 members of the class of 2026 descended onto campus.

The college admitted fewer students this year than in 2021, but 10% more of those admitted elected Holy Cross.

Classes began at Holy Cross on Tuesday.

The new students come from 575 high schools in 14 countries across four continents. They speak 24 languages and 50 hold dual citizenship. Nine live within a mile of campus, about the same number that live over 5,000 miles away. Roughly 25% of the new class consists of newly admitted students of color and international students.

Worcester Chamber Music Society Opens its 17th Season on September 18

Ticket are now on sale for the Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) season opening concert on. Sept. 18 at Mechanics Hall, at 321 Main Street in Worcester. The performance opens at 4 PM.

To launch its 17th season, WCMS presents “Consider the Source,” a concert that blends the old with the new and features pieces inspired by intriguing sources of origin.

For tickets and more information, visit the WCMS website or call (508) 926-8624.

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