5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 22, 2019

by | Aug 22, 2019 | Headlines, News

K9 Mattis Named WPD’s K9 of the Month

After just one year on the job, Worcester PD K9 Mattis has earned K9 of the Month honors.

Mattis is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois. He is trained and certified in Patrol and Explosive/Gun Detection. His talents came in handy last week when he and his fellow officers were deployed to the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts at 640 Park Ave after a shooting incident had occurred. 

According to the WPD, police arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with the shooting. Once the suspect was placed in custody K9 Mattis performed an article search. While conducting the search K9 Mattis alerted his handler — Officer Shawn Tivnan — to some thick brush at a nearby fence.

Police recovered a black revolver in the brush. The suspect was charged with charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Unlawful Carry of a Firearm and Use of Firearm in Commission of a Felony.


From the016.com: Downtown eatery closed, will reopen under new name

The following story is from our media partners at the016.com:

Stix Noodle Bar, 72 Franklin St., has closed for good. After renovation, the eatery will open, presumably, with Mexican fare.

A sign on the window and on the Stix website (https://www.stixnoodlebar.com/) reads:

“Closed for Renovation


El Torero Street Food opening soon”

In addition, the Google listing for Stix reads, “Permanently closed.”

Read full story here

Opioid Deaths Down 11 Percent in MA in First 6 Months of 2019

Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell nearly 11 percent in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018, according to preliminary data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

There were 938 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first six months of 2019. There were 1,050 deaths between January and June of 2018, the latest quarterly report shows.

Although opioid related deaths are down, the presence of fentanyl has risen to an all-time high. In the first quarter of 2019, fentanyl was present in 92 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths where there was a toxicology screen. I– compared to 89 percent in 2018. 

“Despite the battle we continue to fight against fentanyl’s presence in Massachusetts, the overall decrease in the first half of this year marks continued progress in decreasing opioid-related overdose deaths,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We were pleased to work with our colleagues in the Legislature to invest more than $246 million this year in prevention, treatment, recovery and education solutions to the opioid epidemic and remain committed to working with all levels of law enforcement on removing fentanyl from Massachusetts communities.”


Worcester Library Hours Have Changed

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 24, the Worcester Public Library hours at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, and Tatnuck Magnet Branches, as well as the Children’s Room at the Main Library, will change for the 2019-2020 school year. The four branches will also be closed on Friday, Aug. 23. 

New Branch Hours

  • The Burncoat Branch, located at 526 Burncoat Street, Worcester, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM and on Saturday from 2:30 PM  to 5:30 PM.
  • The Goddard Branch, located at 14 Richards Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6:30 PM, and on Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM
  • The Roosevelt Branch, located at 1006 Grafton Street, Worcester, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3 PM to 6:30 PM and on Saturday from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
  • The Tatnuck Magnet Branch, located at 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6:30 PM, and on Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM.
  • These branches will be closed on Sundays.




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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. For two years prior to launching TWIW in 2017, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.