5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 1, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 1, 2019

WORCESTER – In our latest daily feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com will explore 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 — May 1, 2019 — the Worcester Regional Environmental Council and Worcester Public Library are teaming up for garden workshops, Lewis Black and Carol Burnett are coming to the Hanover Theatre, the City isn’t initiating talks with Hasbro, Major Taylor Bio author will speak at Worcester’s JCC next week and street sweeping begins today on Lake Ave. 

Worcester REC and Worcester Public Library to Co-Host Garden Workshops

The REC and the Worcester Public Library are joining forces in May to hold garden workshops for the Worcester community. They will be hosting seed bomb workshops, indoor planting workshops as well as a gardening club.

Workshops will be split between Tatnuck, Goddard and Burncoat branches of the library. 

The first class is today from 4 PM to 6 PM. For more info, click here.


Hanover Theatre Announces Two Shows for Late 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, award-winning actress, author and star of the “The Carol Burnett Show,” Carol Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show,” where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. 

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, Grammy-award winning comedian Lewis Black will perform in Worcester as part of his “The Joke’s on US Tour.” 

To Be “Clear”: City Hasn’t Initiated Talks with Hasbro

The City of Worcester issued a statement from City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr. on Tuesday stating the following:

“The City of Worcester is not formally pursuing Hasbro nor has any City employee had any direct contact with a Hasbro representative. The extent of the City’s solicitation was a communication from Assistant Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn to the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, in which he stated that should the commonwealth be engaging Hasbro in dialogue; the City of Worcester would be interested in participating. There have been no further conversations or developments on the matter.”

This statement comes on the heels of the Worcester Business Journal’s story on Tuesday in which they reported that Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor emailed Lt. Governor Karyn Polito stating: “We are very interested in bringing Hasbro to Worcester; both to the Left Field Office building [pictured above] you heard about and their manufacturing operations as well.”

So take what you will from that.


Street Sweeping Begins on Rt. 20 side of Lake Ave Today



Author of Major Taylor Bio to Speak at JCC Next Week

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported back in late March, Washington Post journalist Michael Kranish will be the featured speaker at the Worcester Jewish Community Center’s [JCC] Author Series on Tuesday, May 7 — the same day his new book, The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero, will be released. 

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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. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.