5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - September 21

 by Tom MarinoSeptember 21, 2022
Last Updated September 21, 2022 6:08 AM

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, September 21 - rates for mattress and box spring disposal to increase in Worcester, the Major Taylor Association updates its curriculum guide, Venture Forum and Center for Women and Enterprise are hosting a panel for aspiring entrepreneurs, Doughnut Homies releases new merchandise and a new study finds Massachusetts is the 14th happiest state in the U.S.

Increase in Fee for Mattress and Box Spring Disposal in Worcester

The Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks (DPW) is in the process of engaging vendors to recycle items collected at the bulk-waste residential drop-off site at 1065 Millbury Street.

DPW Commissioner Jay Fink informed city councilors by memo this week of an increase in the cost to dispose of mattresses and box springs. He recommended the fee for disposing of these two items to $10 each, effective Nov. 1.

The recommendation was sent to the Committee on Public Works. on Tuesday.

Major Taylor Association Curriculum Guide

The Major Taylor Association has updated its curriculum kit, which local educators have developed.

The newest component of the curriculum kit, created by the Nativity School of Worcester, is for use with middle-school students at the Major Taylor Museum in Worcester.

The curriculum kit is available for download here.

Demystifying Entrepreneurship Panel and Networking Event

The Venture Forum and Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) are hosting a panel offering their experience staring businesses, lessons learned, and insight for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The panelists include:

  • Jesse Silverberg, PhD, CEO of Multiscale Systems;
  • Ross Andrews the CEO of Syndicately;
  • Chantel Bethea the Founder of Women in Action Inc.; and
  • Amy Mosher Berry the founder of Visions Internships

The forum is on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at 1 Mercantile Street in Worcester. The event is free to attend with food provided and a cash bar available.

Register here.

Doughnut Homies Merch Released

Doughnut Homies, a specialty doughnut shop inside the Worcester Public Market at 160 Green Street, has released new merch.

The company released both pink and black hoodies with the Doughnut Homies logo.

See the merchandise here.

Massachusetts Ranked the 14th Happiest State

A new study which attempts to determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life found Massachusetts the 14th happiest state in the country.

The study measured every state using 30 individual metrics in a data set that ranges from the depression rate and the share of adults feeling productive to income growth and the unemployment rate. The metrics that contributed to the overall rating of Massachusetts are:

  • 3rd – Suicide Rate
  • 5th – Number of Work Hours
  • 7th – Safety
  • 9th – Income Growth
  • 11th – Separation & Divorce Rate
  • 19th – % of Depressed Adults
  • 19th – Adequate-Sleep Rate
  • 29th – Volunteer Rate
  • 30th – Share of Adults Feeling Active & Productive

The top five happiest states, according to the study, are Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Utah and New Jersey.

At the other end of the spectrum, the states ranked from 46th to 50th are Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

To see the full study and its methodology, visit Wallethub.com.

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