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

By Patrick Sargent | August 5, 2019
Last Updated: February 2, 2021

Survey Released for Public Input on Fare-Free Riding on WRTA

Earlier this year, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau [WRRB] released a report recommended that the WRTA bus system consider changing to a fare free system for riders. This would mean that anyone can ride the bus for free (fixed routes and paratransit services) and the WRTA would get the money they normally collect from riders, which pays for 14% of their expenses, from another source.

Read the report here

A committee is meeting to look at the feasibility and desirability of advocating for such a change, but is asking the public for their input. 

To take a survey and offer your opinion on fare-free riding, click here


Compass Tavern Donating $1 to WARL for Every Specialty Cocktail Purchased

The Compass Tavern at 90 Harding St. in Worcester is donating $1 for every specialty cocktail purchased from now until Sept. 30, 2019 to the Worcester Animal Rescue League [WARL].

The bar and restaurant will donate up to $10k to the local nonprofit.


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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Hosting Event at Railers Tavern

On Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 PM to 8 PM, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be hosting a “CFF Cares” event at the Railers Tavern in Worcester. 

CF Cares is a casual gathering created to help individuals caring for people with cystic fibrosis find support within other members of the community.

It is intended for conversation, building relationships, and encouraging families, friends, and caregivers along the CF journey.

RSVP by Sept. 15 to Cynthia Macgowan at [email protected] or 508.655.6000.  Dinner will be provided.


Tim Collins Elects Free Agency

Worcester’s own Tim Collins has turned down the opportunity to accept an assignment with the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Collins, 29, appeared in nine games with the Cubs this season allowing three runs on nine hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. 

Collins, a left-handed specialist has held left-handed batters to a .237 batting average this season. He should be signing soon with another MLB team. 


NESN’s Tom Caron Hosting Trivia Night at Redemption Rock

NESN Anchor Tom “TC” Caron will be hosting a Trivia Night at Redemption Rock Brewing Co. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 PM – 9 PM.

Tickets for trivia night are $10 per person or $50 per team.

Following the hour-long trivia night, Caron will stick around for a 30-minute Q&A. Trivia prizes include Redemption Rock gift cards, and autographed items from Caron. 


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Lead photo: city buses/Robert Linger on Flickr

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