5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - July 31, 2019

 by Patrick SargentJuly 31, 2019

Worcester Chamber of Commerce Hosting 'Delta to Detroit' Party

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a reception at the Worcester Art Museum on Thursday evening, Aug.1, to celebrate the inaugural flights of Delta Airlines to Detroit from the Worcester Regional Airport.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be in attendance at the event which starts at 5:30 PM with a speaking program followed by an hour of networking until 7 PM.


Planned Parenthood Endorses Worcester Candidates

On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood announced their endorsements for municipal campaigns across the state, including in Worcester.

Planned Parenthood endorsed School Committee member Molly McCullough and school committee challengers Chantel Bethea, Tracy Novick, Cara Berg Powers and John Trobaugh.

Additionally, Planned Parenthood endorsed current At-Large City Council members Mayor Joe Petty, Moe Bergman, and Khrystian King, as well as challenger Etel Haxhiaj.

The organization also endorsed District councilors Sean Rose and George Russell, who are both running unopposed. 

Shrewsbury St. Bar Changing its Name

The Dark Rose Saloon -- formerly The Medusa’s Saloon -- is rebranding and hosting a party on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5 PM to 8 PM in conjunction with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

According to owners Monte Snellenberger and Penny Marston, the name change was made to relieve any confusion with other businesses in the region. The Relaunch Party will include complimentary food, a cash bar, and live music. 

The Dark Rose Saloon is located at 274 Shrewsbury Street in Worcester.


Mass DPH Confirms First Positive Case of EEE Virus in Two Mosquitoes

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The presence of EEE was confirmed by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory today in two mosquito samples that were collected July 15 in the communities of Easton and New Bedford in Bristol County. No human or animal cases of EEE have been detected so far this year.  There is no elevated risk level or risk level change associated with this finding. 

“It has been several years since we have had significant EEE activity in Massachusetts,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “This is a relatively normal time of year for the first evidence of EEE; continued mosquito surveillance over the next several weeks will help us understand how active this season will be.”

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The last human case of EEE in Massachusetts occurred in 2013. At the end of the 2018 season, EEE infection was confirmed in a turkey and a horse from Worcester County.


Early Music Academy Boston to Perform at Assumption College

The Early Music Academy Boston will perform at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College in Worcester on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 PM. 

The performance -- titled Marian Music and the Song of Songs -- features directors Janet Coxwell and David Woodcock with guest conductor Andrew Carwood.

The performance is free and open to the public. See flyer below for more details. 

July 31, 2019 5 Things



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