5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 6, 2019

by | Aug 6, 2019 | Headlines, News

Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band Heading to World Championship in Scotland

The Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band finished in second place over the weekend at the North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games in Ontario, Canada.


1. Peel Regional Police Pipe Band 
2. Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band 
3. Toronto Police Pipe Band 
4. Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band 
5. New York Metro Pipe Band 
6. Greater Midwest Pipe Band

The Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band will now go on to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Aug. 16 and 17.

The Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band is one of the oldest pipe bands in the United States. 


Sen. Chandler to be Recognized by Recreation Worcester 

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Senator Harriette L. Chandler will be recognized for her support of the Recreation Worcester program at the Burncoat Street Playground 

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 AM. 

Senator Chandler helped secure $350,000 of funding from the state budget for the Recreation Worcester program in Fiscal Year 2020 and $400,000 in Fiscal Year 2019.

Recreation Worcester is a free, year-round, out-of-school time program for youth run by the City of Worcester. six week summer program focuses on team work, sports, arts and fun learning delivered by local youth workers and community partners. Youth are offered different options of activities to choose from guided by the Recreation Worcester staff team. The program is offered at 10 parks across the city, including Burncoat Street Playground.

Clark University Awarded $12 Million Grant from Dept. of Labor

Clark University has been awarded a $12 million apprenticeship grant from the Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration to provide business technology training nationwide to people struggling with unemployment and underemployment, and to those who seek to master relevant technology skills in an evolving workplace.

Clark is the only academic institution in Massachusetts involved in this effort.

“This grant serves as a platform to change the way America approaches the pathway from education to the workplace,” said David P. Angel, President of Clark University. “We need to bring the earn-and-learn model of apprenticeships into careers in business technologies coast to coast. Together with our eight state coalition of partners in higher education, workforce development and industry, we’re going to redefine career awareness, career readiness, and lifelong learning to improve the competitiveness of our workforce.”

The “Scaling Apprenticeships Through Sector-Based Strategies” grant proposal was written in close partnership with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), of Boston and will be implemented through a consortium of institutions of higher education, technology industry partners, and workforce boards across the nation. A Tech Quest Apprenticeship Expansion Consortium (TQ Consortium) has been developed to promote and implement apprenticeships.


Tim Collins Signs Minor League Deal with Cincinnati Reds

Just a few days after turning down an assignment with the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate and choosing to become a free agent, Tim Collins has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.

Collins has pitched just 8 2/3 innings in the majors this season across a few call-ups, but has a solid 3.12 ERA.

He threw a shutout inning with one strikeout in his debut with Triple-A Dayton.


WalletHub Ranks Massachusetts as Second-Best in Healthcare

On Monday, WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care and ranked Massachusetts as #2 overall.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, D.C. across 43 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. Their data sets ranged from average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.

Health Care in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
  • 23rd – Hospital Beds per Capita
  • 2nd – Physicians per Capita
  • 5th – Dentists per Capita
  • 1st – % of Insured Adults
  • 1st – % of Insured Children
  • 29th – % of At-Risk Adults with No Routine Doctor Visit in Past Two Years
  • 5th – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
  • 26th – % of Medical Residents Retained


To see how MA compares to the rest of the country, scroll the map below:

Source: WalletHub
Lead photo: Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band after the United Kingdom Championships in Ireland on 6.6.18/wkpb.org

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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]