5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 14, 2019

 by Patrick SargentMay 14, 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 14, 2019 — the City Council meeting is cancelled this week, the Chamber of Commerce has announced their annual Business awards, street sweeping continues on the West Side, Clark University teachers Worcester middle schoolers the art of film making, and QCC president named to state's economic development council. 

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No City Council Meeting this Week in Worcester

The Worcester City Council will not meet this week. Instead, there will be FY20 budget hearings held from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Check back in next week for TWIW's City Council Preview!


Chamber of Commerce Announces Business Award Winners

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Business Awards and Business After Hours on May 23 at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury from 4 PM to 7:30 PM.

At the event, the Chamber will also make a special Worcester Red Sox announcement. 

The 2019 business award recipients are as follows:

  • Richard B. Kennedy Business of the Year: Polar Beverages
  • Chamber Advocate of the Year: Joe Salois, Atlas Distributing
  • Small Business of the Year: Grunts Move Junk & Moving
  • Joe Cohen Retailer of the Year: Basil n’ Spice
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Sweet Jane’s Designer Consignment
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year: Worcester Fitness
  • Ambassador of the Year: Alexander DeQuattro

In addition, four buildings within the Chamber’s, and its affiliates’, catchment area will be presented Silver Hammer awards.

  • The Cedar Lounge
  • Grove Street Family Properties
  • Lillie Mansion at Lutheran Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center
  • WCAC’s Head Start: 116 School St., Webster

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Spring Street Sweeping to Continue on Worcester's West Side


Gates Lane Students to Premiere Short Film at Clark University

On Thursday, May 16 from 4 PM to 6 PM, Clark University's Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education will host an evening showcase of “Hard Fun” -- a documentary piece profiling the filmmakers’ process --  and the debut of "Basketb511" -- a short film created by sixth grade students from Gates Lane School.

The premier of the Gates Lane film will be followed by a panel discussion.  The event will take place in Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street, Worcester (Clark University campus)


QCC President Named to State Economic Development Team

Quinsigamond Community College President Luis Pedraja has been appointed by the Baker-Polito administration to the new 36-person Economic Development Planning Council.

The council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the year. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

A Council regional engagement session is scheduled to be held at Clark University on Thursday, May 30 at 11 AM. 

Additional details on the regional engagement sessions, including session registration, are available online. For more information on the Economic Development Planning Council, click here. 

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