5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 6

 by TWIW StaffOctober 6, 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, October 6- the MBTA announces a special unlimited use commuter rail ticket for Marathon Monday, the City of Worcester seeks its next Youth Poet Laureate, Ralph's Tavern is hosting a fundraiser for Sterling Animal Shelter, Leicester appoints its first ever full-time fire chief, and Worcester Chamber Music Society hosts the world premiere of an opera by local area composer Matthew Malsky.

MBTA Announces Marathon Pass for Monday

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced a $15 Marathon Pass valid for all-day, unlimited travel on all Commuter Rail lines through all zones on Marathon Monday.

The pass is on sale now on the mTicket app, and at ticket officers at North, South, and Back Bay Stations. The pass is available onboard trains on Monday.

Fall Commuter Rail schedules also go into effect on Monday, October 11. Changes to most train times are between one and five minutes. See the MBTA Commuter Rail schedules for more scheduled times.

MBTA also has its Boston Marathon Guide to help attendees find the best Marathon viewing location on the T. It highlights MBTA stations closest to the Marathon route, changes to T schedules, closed stations and includes helpful information on purchasing fares, parking, and more.

Worcester Seeks its Next Youth Poet Laureate

The Worcester Cultural Development Division issued a call to literary artists between the ages of 13-years-old and 19-years-old with a connection to the community in the City on Monday, October 5.

The City’s started its search for its next Youth Poet Laureate. The objectives of the associated programs are:

  • Enhance the presence and appreciation of poetry and literary arts in Greater Worcester
  • Celebrate the spirit of the people and special qualities of Worcester, the City of Innovation
  • Raise awareness of the power of literature, poetry, and the spoken word
  • Provide a forum for collaborative art forms
  • Engage and support an emerging generation of poets and spoken word artist
  • Provide access to poetry and literary arts to all sectors of the community
  • Encourage the reading and writing of both poetry and the written word

Applications are available at on the Cultural Development Division website. Applicants must submit or have a postmark of no later than November 15.

Applications can be submitted online, emailed to [email protected], or mailed to:

Cultural Development Office
Attn: City of Worcester Poet Laureate Program
455 Main St.,
Room 409
Worcester, MA 01608

A Youth Poets Laureate Application Workshop on Tuesday, October 26, at 4:30 PM, is open to those interested in applying. Current Youth Poet Laureate Amina Mohammed will speak and answer questions about her experiences in the program. Sign up for the Workshop.

Ralph’s Tavern Hosts Fundraiser for Sterling Animal Shelter

Ralph’s Tavern at 117 Shrewsbury Street in Worcester hosts a fundraiser for Sterling Animal Shelter on Wednesday, October 6, from 4:30 PM to 8 PM. Proceeds from the event benefit homeless animals.

The event includes a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, live music and free appetizers outside on the patio behind the Tavern.

Attendees must be 21-years-old or over to attend, but dogs of all ages are welcome if leashed and well behaved.

Sterling Animal Shelter, at 17 Laurelwood Road in Sterling, is a not-for-profit, no kill shelter founded in 1999 that provides humane sheltering and high-quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected dogs.

Leicester Appoints it First Full-Time Fire Chief

The Leicester Board of Selectman appointed Chief Michael Dupuis as its first ever full-time Fire Chief at its meeting on Monday, October 4.

Dupuis was already serving as the town’s Fire Chief. Dupuis agreed to a two-year term as Fire Chief of Leicester, in a stipend-only part-time role, in June.

WCMS Presents a Chamber Opera by Local Composer

The Worcester Chamber Music Society [WCMS] presents the world premiere of “A Dill Pickle”, a chamber opera by local composer Matthew Malsky that tells the story of two former lovers who unexpectedly meet again.

The premier is at the Brickbox Theater at the Jean McDonough Art Center at 20 Franklin Street on Sunday, October 10 at 3:30 PM. The premier is also live streamed and available on-demand from Sunday, October 17 through Sunday, October 24.

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

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