[Now that things are progressing to a “new normal” and more non-COVID-19 news, events and “need to know” information becomes available, we will continue this feature five days a week.]
In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.
In today’s edition – Wednesday, June 3 – QCC will continue online learning in the fall semester, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will make a donation to the Worcester County Food Bank, the Worcester Public Library will offer curbside pickup when it reopens next week, Becker College is hosting an event for beginner video game producers and the Worcester Railers 2020-21 roster is starting to take shape.
QCC To Continue Remote Instruction in the Fall
Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis Pedraja announced on Tuesday, June, 2 that remote instruction will continue in the Fall 2020 Semester.
Courses that require on-site participation will be delivered on campus with limited capacity.
Pedraja said the decision was difficult to make but would allow for little to no disruption in services should a spike of COVID-19 cases occur.
Girl Scouts Donate 160 Cases of Cookies
Girl Scouts of central and western Massachusetts will donate 160 cases of Girl Scout Cookies, equal to 1,920 packages, to the Worcester County Food Bank.
Girl Scouts sell cookies and accept donations to fund activities for scouts and support community service programs.
Girl Scouts’ Project Care and Share collected 7,200 packages of cookies as part of the project this year. Other recipients are UMASS Memorial Medical Center, USO Pioneer Valley and Webster Dudley Food Share.
Cadette Girl Scout Cecilia Deslaurier-Tate of Milford will represent Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts in handing off the cases to the Worcester County Food Bank on June 5th. She was the top seller in the Project Care and Share Program in central Massachusetts.
Worcester Public Library to Offer Curbside Pickup
The Worcester Public Library [WPL] will begin offering curbside pickup on Monday, June 8, for materials owned by the library.
The program will allow library cardholders to place a hold on library materials and pick up outside the library. Requests for materials can be made at on the library website or by calling one of the two participating locations.
- Main Library, 3 Salem Square (508) 799-1655, Option 3
- Frances Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston Street, (508) 799-1687
Becker College Hosts Event for Future Games Developers
The Becker College International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is hosting Jump Start Game Jam on June 13.
The virtual event aims to give high school students, parents or teachers a chance to create a video game for the first time. There are also mini-talks from game industry professionals.
The virtual event takes place on June 13-14 and is free. Those who wish to participate must pre-register.
Worcester Railers Announce Protected Player List
The Worcester Railers announced on Tuesday, June 2, that it added 6 defensemen, 15 forwards and a goalie to its protected player list for the 2020-21 season.
ECHL rules permit teams to protect as many players as it wishes, retaining their rights, provided they meet certain criteria.
The home opener for the Railers 2020-21 season is October 24.
The players protected include:
- Ivan Chukarov
- Connor Doherty
- Anthony Florentino
- Jack Macnee
- Myles McGurty
- Jack Stander
- Barry Almeida
- James Anderson
- Brent Beaudoin
- Drew Callin
- Brennan Feasey
- Michael Gillespie
- Lincoln Griffin
- Tommy Kelley
- Jake Marchment
- Eddie Matsushima
- Ross Olsson
- Tyler Poulsen
- Jordan Samuels-Thomas
- Kyle Thomas
- Shane Walsh
- Ian Milosz