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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – November 2

By Tom Marino | November 2, 2022
Last Updated: November 2, 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, November 2 – the Worcester Regional Research Bureau hosts a Boosting Broadband webinar, tickets are on sale for Cirque du Soleil at the DCU Center, Worcester Bravehearts launch a new online store,  a new report finds “grandfamilies” experience food insecurity at twice the national average and the Worcester Community Action Council receives a $50,000 donation.

Boosting Broadband Webinar and Municipal Digital Equity Planning

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is hosting a webinar,”Boosting Broadband,”  today at 4 PM.

Attendees will learn about the state’s $50 million Broadband Innovation Fund and new programs on Digital Equity Partnerships and Municipal Digital Equity Planning.

The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required and available here.

Cirque Du Soleil Comes to DCU Center

The arena production Corteo, by Cirque du Soleil comes to the DCU center for five shows from Jan. 12 to Jan 15 for their only Massachusetts performance of the tour.

Get tickets here or at the DCU Center box office.

Worcester Bravehearts Launch New Online Merch Store

The Worcester Bravehearts have launched a new online merch store with a wide range of gear, including team signed items.

Use the promo code “NEW” for 20% off at the new store found here.

Worcester Community Action Council Receives $50,000 Donation

Cornerstone Bank has donated $50,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council to support  its Emergency Fuel Fund. Higher fuel prices led to  the emergency fund has been depleted. In September and October of 2021, WCAC helped over 350 households with payments totaling more than $150,000.

The Worcester Community Action Council is one of 23 community action agencies in Massachusetts with the mission of helping people toward economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy. To help break the cycle of poverty for tens of thousands of people annually, WCAC provides opportunities for energy assistance, early education and care, financial empowerment, positive youth development, and caree

Grandparent-Headed Households Experience Food Insecurity at Twice National Rate

A new report released today by Generations United, the 2.5 million children in the United States growing up in “grandfamilies”
face higher rates of hunger and food insecurity than their peers.

Grandfamilies are families in which children are being raised by relatives – grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or close friends – without their parents in the home.

The rate of food insecurity among all grandparent-headed households with grandchildren is 60 percent higher than that of all households with children (25% vs. 15%). The report also found that the rate of food insecurity for households where grandparents are raising grandchildren – with no parents present where the grandparents are older than 60 – is more than three times higher than the rate of similar households with no children.

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