5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – May 24, 2019

by | May 24, 2019 | News, Headlines

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 24, 2019 — the editor-in-chief and arts and entertainment editor at Worcester Magazine get laid off, AiVi Nguyen delivers commencement address at Quinsigamond Community College graduation, Feldman Surveyors laser scans Mission Chapel in Worcester, the Kiva Center is hosting a wellness fair on Shrewsbury St., and Doherty High students are helping with the design of Polar Park. 

Gatehouse Makes Major Cuts at WoMag and T&G

On Thursday it was announced that Worcester Magazine editor Walter Bird and arts and entertainment editor Joshua Lyford and six other staff members at the Telegram were laid off.

According to the Worcester Business Journal, the cuts were part of a nationwide roll of cuts that saw hundreds of people lose their jobs. 


Bowditch & Dewey Partner Makes Commencement Address at QCC

Quinsigamond Community College’s keynote speaker Worcester Attorney AiVi Nguyen [pictured above] delivered to the college’s 1,543 graduates at its 2019 Commencement ceremony, held at the DCU Center in Worcester on May 23, 2019.

Ms. Nguyen is a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, a Worcester-based law firm. She became the youngest partner in the firm’s history in 2016 at the age of 31.  

“AiVi has dedicated her life to helping others get access to opportunities to help them break the cycle of poverty.  She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the City of Worcester.  From 2010 until 2016, she was a Trustee of Quinsigamond Community College,” said QCC President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.

Wellness Fair on Shrewsbury St. Next Saturday

The Keva Center is hosting their first annual Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 8 at 209 Shrewsbury St from 10 AM to 1 PM.

The fair will feature yoga and zumba workshops, health and wellness vendors and more. The event is free to all. 


Doherty High Students Helping with Design Ideas at Polar Park

As part of an interdisciplinary project, the 10th Grade Engineering Academy at Doherty High School has been designing aspects of Polar Park stadium.

On Wednesday, June 5, the students will participate in a field trip to City Hall to meet with members of the Worcester Red Sox management team. They will also tour the site of the future stadium area.

That evening, the students will present their projects at the Doherty high cafeteria at 6:30 PM.


Feldman Surveyors Laser Scan Worcester’s Mission Chapel

Feldman Surveyors launched their pro-bono program in Worcester on Wednesday morning by utilizing laser technology to survey the historic Mission Chapel at 205 Summer Street that is slated for adaptive reuse by the Traggorth Companies. 

Feldman will perform this critical work on historically significant architectural treasures in Worcester on 2 sites each year in an effort to record and then archive the data for future use.  As a result of these scans, Feldman will obtain enough data and measurements to record many critical dimensions of these buildings down to ¼” accuracy.  If there is a need for future restoration, there will be data for that architects, contractors, engineers and preservationists will need to begin their project.


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