5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 2, 2019

by | Aug 2, 2019 | Headlines, News

Worcester PD Warns Public of Scam Targeting Elderly

The Worcester Police Dept. is advising the public of a scam targeting senior citizens. The victims are told their grandchild is in trouble with the law and needs cash for bail.

According to the WPD, on  July 30, 2019 an elderly man received a call from a male impersonating his grandson, telling him he had been arrested in New York and needed money for bail.

The male then stated that his attorney will be in touch with the victim to secure his release. Minutes later, another male called the victim posing as an attorney representing the grandchild. The victim was told to withdraw thousands of dollars in cash. After the phone calls, the victim contacted his daughter and learned that his grandchild was safe.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding these scams can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

For more information and tips to avoid these scams please click here.


Becker Hosting MassDiGI Open House

The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) will host its annual Summer Innovation Program Open House on Thursday, August 8, at Becker College. Open House visitors will have a chance to play the games being made by MassDiGI SIP interns before they are launched later this year. The event is free and open to all. 

  • WHAT: MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program Open House
  • WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 1-3 PM
  • WHERE: The Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship – 80 William St. (Entrance is on Roxbury Street), Becker College, Worcester, MA
  •  WHO: This summer’s MassDiGI interns come from 17 different colleges and universities including Becker College, Berklee College of Music, Brown University, Cornell University, Emerson College, Lesley University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Ireland), Maine College of Art, MIT, Mt. Holyoke College, Northeastern University, RPI, RISD, RIT, School of Visual Arts, Wellesley College and WPI.

Evershine Dental Opens in Downtown Worcester

On Wednesday, Evershine Dental Group announced the grand opening of a new dental office in downtown Worcester at 100 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Evershine Dental Group offers a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures including; crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, and preventative services including cleanings, x-rays, and fluoride treatments.

The office offers both an on-staff endodontist for root canals and a periodontist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.


QCC and Assumption Offer Transfer Program for Environmental Science Students

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) and Assumption College have forged a new transfer agreement that will offer graduates of QCC’s Liberal Arts Environmental Science associate degree program a seamless way to transfer as juniors to Assumption’s Environmental Science bachelor degree program.

QCC already has two transfer agreements with Assumption in Business Administration, as well as an agreement in Computer Science and one Human Services.

“Our long-established relationship with Assumption College is something that has given many of our students a clear and financially-feasible pathway to further their education,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.


Chamber of Commerce Hosting Third Breakfast Club of 2019

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold their third Breakfast Club event of the year at the AC Marriott Hotel at 125 Front St. in downtown Worcester. 

The breakfast will take place from 7 AM to 9 AM. Troy Siebels, president and CEO of The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, will act as chief greeter that morning and Lisa Olson, Ph.D., vice president of immunology research at AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, will give a keynote address.

During the breakfast, the Chamber will salute six members celebrating key anniversaries, new leadership, and contributions to the region. 

Admission to the event is $40 for Chamber members, $60 for non-Chamber members, and $375 for a table of ten. A hearty breakfast and coffee will be served. 

For additional information or to register online please visit www.worcesterchamber.org, or contact Lili Zannotti at [email protected] or 508-753-2924, ext. 224. 


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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. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]