5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 20, 2019

by | May 20, 2019 | Headlines, News

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 20, 2019 — the full list of candidates for Worcester’s city council and school committee elections is set, the City is searching for artists and designers for two projects, Commerce Bank wins Corporate Business of the Year Award, Jane McAuliffe to make commencement address at Holy Cross and 44 cadets graduate from QCC Police Academy. 

A Packed List of City Council and School Committee Candidates

Consider this your reference guide for the more than 30 candidates running in the Worcester’s City Council and School Committee elections this fall. 

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City Searching for Artist and Designers for Two Projects

The City of Worcester is searching for artists and designers for the creation of benches and bicycle racks for the Main Street Reimagined project and the creation of art panels for the first phase of the Worcester Wayfinding project.

The themes of creativity, innovation and revolution will be the focal point of artistic storytelling along Main Street. The City is now accepting proposals. 

For more information, click here.

For the full Request for Proposal, click here

Commerce Bank Wins Corporate Business of the Year Award

Last week, Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank, was honored with the 2019 Corporate Business of the Year award at the Annual Meeting of the Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Corporate Business of the Year award is presented to a Chamber member who shares the talent and commitment of their employees, offers financial support to the Chamber’s programs and initiatives, and is a significant contributor to the Chamber and the communities they serve. 

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition at this year’s Annual Meeting,” said Chris Kostiw, Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader, “We are committed to serving the communities within our footprint and are honored to receive this award.”


QCC Cadets Make History

Quinsigamond Community College become the first community college in the state to run a reserve police academy and graduated 44 cadets from its inaugural program earlier this month. 

“This is an historic moment for the college and for communities across the state that will benefit from these graduates,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “At QCC, we stay abreast of the needs of our communities and work to tailor programs that are aligned with those needs.”

Graduates of the college’s police academy will now have the opportunity to be hired by municipal police on a part-time/intermittent capacity and will have the same police powers as full-time officers. Already some of the graduating cadets have secured positions in different departments across the Commonwealth. 


Jane McAuliffe to Make Holy Cross Commencement Speech this Week

World-renowned scholar of Islam, american educator and senior advisor to the librarian of Congress, Jane McAuliffe, will make the commencement address at Holy Cross’ graduation on Friday in front of 700 graduates. 

The commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 24 at 10:30 AM at the DCU Center in Worcester. 


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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]