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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – March 9

By Tom Marino | March 8, 2020
Last Updated: February 2, 2021

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 – Monday, March 9 – Second Chance Animal Services is expanding to Southbridge and a partnership with a vocational school, Worcester Common Ground gets a boost to its 126 Chandler St. project with a new grant,  the CEO of Geisel Software is Massachusetts 2020 Small Business Person of the Year, the next household hazardous waste day is in April and Worcester Union will celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing Worcester women who have made important contributions to the city in its second annual women’s showcase.


March 8, 2020 5 Things
Dr. Kristen Cormier of Second Chance

Second Changes Announces Southbridge Animal Hospital

Second Chance Animal Services announces that it will open a new hospital in Southbridge in 2021. This will be its fifth facility in Massachusetts.

The lower level of the new hospital will be home to the Bay Path Veterinary Education Center and have classroom space and a learning lab. The Center is a partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School and will enable students to gain real world experience in the field.

There will also be a full-service animal hospital on the second floor.

Second Chance, a non-profit, has an adoption center in East Brookfield, and hospitals in North Brookfield, Worcester and Springfield.


March 8, 2020 5 Things
Worcester Common Ground’s Project at 126 Chandler St.

Worcester Common Ground Receives Grant from TD Bank’s Charitable Foundation

Worcester Common Ground, the Piedmont area’s affordable housing and economic development, has been awarded a grant of $125,000 TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank.

WCG was awarded the grand through TD’s Housing for Everyone grant competition.

The funds will be used to create affordable housing at WCG’s 126 Chandler St. project and expand residents’ access to urban agriculture.


March 8, 2020 5 Things

Geisel Software CEO to be Honored in Washington for Small Business Week

The US Small Business Administration has selected Brian Geisel from Geisel Software in Worcester as the Massachusetts 2020 Small Business Person of the Year.

Geisel, along with those selected from other states will be honored and receive their award on May 3-4 in Washington DC.

Geisel Software is located in the Worcester Business Center on Millbrook St. They develop a range of software for Internet of Things Devices.


Next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day Announced

The Worcester Department of Public Works has announced Worcester residents can dispose of household hazardous waste will be Saturday, April 25.

An appointment is required and items are to be brought to 1065 Millbury St.

Items including car-related materials brake fluid and antifreeze. Household materials like furniture polish and swimming pool chemicals, lawn and garden insecticides and fungicides and oil based paint materials will be accepted.

You can review the items that are acceptable. Items not being accepted and make your appointment on the city website.


Worcester Union Celebrates the 2nd Annual Inspirational Women of Worcester

Ten outstanding women will be recognized for their contributions to Worcester through their work and volunteerism at Worcester Union’s 2nd annual showcase of the women of Worcester.

The women being recognized span contributions to the city’s history, arts, community advocacy, education, community advocacy, health and wellness, health sciences and philanthropy.

The ceremony is on Friday, March 27 at Notre Dame Academy, 425 Salisbury St., at 6:30 PM. Award presentations begins at 7 PM.

Those individuals being recognized include Gladys Rodriguez, Tina LaCroix, Rosemary Ford, Jessica Walsh, Stacey Forrest, Darcy Schwartz, Dr. Wendy Bergman, Elizabeth Wambui, Jacquelyn Burmeister, Donna Brissette, Iris Delgado, Christina Andreoli, Deborah Packard and Laura Marotta. Paige Hubacz of Doherty Memorial High School will be awarded the student award.

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