5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 12, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 12, 2019

City of Worcester to Host Free City Field Day on Friday, August 23 

On Friday, August 23 from 4 PM to 8 PM on the Worcester Common, the City of Worcester will host City Field Day — a free event featuring free attractions and entertainment for the whole family including:

  • Food Trucks
  • Bungee Trampoline
  • Zipline
  • Super Slide
  • Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course
  • WooRides
  • Face painting
  • Balloon artist

All attractions are free. Food trucks will have goods available for purchase. Attractions open at 4 PM.


Movies on the Common Returns to Downtown Worcester Next Week

Bring your chairs and blankets to the Worcester Common on Thursday, Aug. 22 for a showing of How to Train Your Dragon 3

Seating begins at 6:30 PM and the movie starts at dusk.


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Clark University Named Among Princeton Review’s Best 385 Colleges

Clark University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles and recommends Clark in the 2020 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 385 Colleges.”

Only about 13 percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular publications.

The company chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from its surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.


QCC is 1 of 11 Colleges to Earn Top Honor for Gateway College Program

Quinsigamond Community College’s Gateway to College program has received a Program Excellence Award, Gateway to College’s highest national honor.

Only 11 colleges nationwide received this award in 2019.  This is the second time QCC’s Gateway program earned this prestigious award and is one of only five programs in the nation to earn the award twice since the program’s inception four years ago.

These awards are given out by Achieving the Dream, which leads a network of 277 community colleges committed to helping their students achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

Four benchmarks are used to measure how well the Gateway programs are supporting students in completing high school and achieving postsecondary success: first term success, one-year persistence, two-year persistence, and graduation (within three years).

“This award recognizes the success of our students and our Gateway to College team for their hard work and performance, by exceeding all four benchmarks. This award is a great reminder to all who help and support our students through their dedication and everyday commitment to ensure student success,” said QCC’s Director of Gateway to College Marci Skillings.


The First Human Case of EEE Virus Since 2013 Confirmed in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Saturday, Aug. 10 that laboratory testing confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection, in a male over 60 from southern Plymouth County.

This is the first human case of EEE in Massachusetts since 2013. The risk level in nine communities has been raised to critical as a result. The nine communities now at critical risk are Carver, Lakeville, Marion, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham in Plymouth County and Acushnet, Freetown, and New Bedford in Bristol County.

“Today’s news is evidence of the significant risk from EEE and we are asking residents to take this risk very seriously,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We will continue to monitor this situation and the impacted communities.”

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE occurs sporadically in Massachusetts with the most recent outbreak years occurring from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. There were 22 human cases of EEE infection during those two outbreak periods with 14 cases occurring among residents of Bristol and Plymouth Counties.

EEE virus has been found in 227 mosquito samples this year, many of them from species of mosquitoes capable of spreading the virus to people.

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