5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - May 21, 2019

 by Patrick SargentMay 21, 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 21, 2019 — Worcester residents can expect a 3% increase in water and sewer taxes for FY20, Leadership Worcester graduates 4th Cohort, DCU Center hosts Saint Vincent Hospital's Opioid Symposium today, a Trivia Tournament with Red Sox tickets on the line, and get on the bus with Radio Worcester to Pawtucket for the Worcester Red Sox preview night.

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Water and Sewer Rates to Go Up in Worcester

The City is recommending an increase of the annual combined bill for the average single family home in Worcester by $18.35 or 3% based on Worcester's average of 62 CCFs. According to a communication from City Manager Edward M. Augustus, the recommendation is significantly less than the average combined rate increase of 45% of over the past ten years.

"It should be noted that due to reduced water usage in recent years, the average water/sewer bills for single family homes have only increased 4% despite 114% rate increase since FY16.," Augustus said in his communication.

DCU Center Hosting Saint V's Opioid Symposium Today 

A day-long event is taking place at the DCU Center today for a symposium to hear and discuss substance use disorder, ideas on how to end the criminalization of addiction and discuss community solutions.

This event is presented by the Saint Vincent Hospital Opioid Task Force and the Saint Vincent Hospital Nursing Education Council.

The event is 7 AM to 5 PM.

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Leadership Worcester Graduates 4th Cohort

Twenty-nine local professionals who either live, work, or both, in Worcester were graduated from the Leadership Worcester program Thursday evening at a celebration held to mark the occasion at the EcoTarium.

The fourth cohort to graduate after the program was resurrected in 2015.

Lawyers, teachers, engineers, nonprofit administrators, and artists were among the 29 individuals to
take part in this most recent cohort.

They are:
- Danielle Babineau, Redemption Rock Brewery Co.
- Andrew C. Bartholomew, Bowditch & Dewey LLP
- Kathryn Behan, UMass Memorial Health Care
- Heather Borelli, Seven Hills Foundation
- Jacquelyn Burmeister, City of Worcester
- Darryl Caffee, Webster Five
- Emrah Cakir, Fallon Health
- Jeffrey Cammuso, Shawmut Design & Construction
- Kerry E. Castorano, EcoTarium
- Michael Dang, The Hanover Insurance Group Inc.
- Julie Davenport, Cutler Associates Inc.
- Kimberly Driscoll, Nativity School of Worcester
- John Genkos, City of Worcester
- Jared E. Gentilucci, Nitsch Engineering
- Patrick Goguen, Worcester Earn a Bike
- Prashant Hinge, EXL Insurance
- Jennifer Madson, Girls Inc. of Worcester
- Joy Murrieta, Main IDEA
- Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Community Legal Aid
- Clara O’Rourke, Worcester Education Collaborative
- Sonia Paulino, Worcester Public Schools
- Courtney Pelley, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
- Sarah E. Potrikus, Worcester State University
- Shon Rainford, Worcester Regional Food Hub
- Judi Rock, You, Inc.
- Alexandra Salcedo, Worcester County Food Bank
- Birgit Straehle, Sprinkler Factory and the Worcester Art Museum
- Frankli Zdruli, Barkan Management

Win Trivia to Win Red Sox Tickets at Antonio's

Antonio's Pizza is giving you and your friends a chance to win four free tickets to the Boston Red Sox.

The restaurant -- located at 268 Chandler St. -- is hosting a trivia tournament Tuesday night [tonight] from 8:30 PM to 11 PM.

The winning team will qualify to compete in our head-to-head showdown on May 28th for the tickets to an August 10 game at Fenway.

Hank Stoltz and Radio Worcester Planning Bus Trip to Pawtucket for Worcester Red Sox Preview Night

Speaking of Red Sox...

Radio Worcester and Worcester radio personality Hank Stoltz is hosting a bus trip to Worcester Red Sox Preview Night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

All that attend the trip will get to meet with Dennis "Oil Can" Body and dive into an all-you-can-eat buffet. There will be a special presentation on Polar Park and fireworks after the game.

The Silver Fox Motor Coach will leave Worcester Common at 3. $60 includes bus and event. Email [email protected] for more information and to reserve your spot [as of 7:30 AM the bus was roughly half-full].

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