5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 26, 2019

by | Jun 26, 2019 | Headlines, News

40 Recruits to Graduate on Friday from Police Academy

The Worcester Police Department will hold a graduation ceremony for the newest Police Academy class on Friday, June 28 at 10 AM at Worcester Technical High School.

The class is made up of 26 Worcester police recruits and 14 recruits from outside agencies including Millbury, Barre, Paxton, UMASS, Shirley, Foxborough, and Hopkinton

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Police Chief Steven M. Sargent will preside over the ceremony. 

The classes were taught by Worcester Police Academy staff instructors, experienced Worcester police officers from various units in the department and guest instructors-including law enforcement officials and civilians from outside agencies.


Worcester Chamber Music Society Ready for First Concert of Summer

Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) will host the first of two Summer Concerts on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 8 PM at Razzo Hall | Traina Center for the Arts at Clark University. 

Vienna to New York, is a cello tour-de-force with Popper’s Requiem for Three Cellos, and Judith Weir’s Unlocked for solo cello, and the Brahms Piano Quartet with guest pianist Yelena Beriyeva.

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:00 PM 

Where: Razzo Hall | Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University  – 92 Downing Street, Worcester

Who: Rohan Gregory, violin; Peter Sulski, viola; Ariana Falk; cello; David Russell, With guests Jacob MacKay, cello and Yelena Beriyeva piano.

‘Wormtown Graveside Cinema’ to Host Movies on Saturday Nights at Rural Cemetery

Worcester’s Death Cafe host Kat Kimball, Haunted Worcester, and Cinemageddon have teamed up to create Wormtown Graveside Cinema for free movies at Rural Cemetery and Crematory on Grove St.

On select Saturday’s this summer and fall, join the team behind for a different movie watching experience — beginning with the viewing of Harold and Maude on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs, snacks [but clean up after yourself!], and — if inclined — dress up as your favorite character.

For more information, check out the Wormtown Graveside Cinema Facebook page.


Green Worcester Launching Environmental Sustainability Phone Survey

Beginning today — Wednesday, June 26 — Worcester residents will receive phone calls to participate in a survey about environmental issues and to share their opinions on environmental sustainability in the city.

Residents 18 years of age or older will be selected at random and contacted by live interviewers calling both landline and mobile telephone numbers. The survey is expected to take 10 minutes to complete.

The goal is to have 600 residents complete the survey for statistically significant results.

The poll will inform work on the City’s Green Worcester Strategic Plan, launched this spring, with a goal of developing a comprehensive and holistic plan to bring sustainability values and actions to all aspects of city life, including social and economic development. The plan development is led by the Green Worcester Working Group, with assistance from the consultant team led by Larissa Brown + Associates. The City aims to complete the plan in time for the 50th celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2020.


Massachusetts Named #3 Best State for Teen Drivers

The data experts at WalletHub have released their latest report — 2019 Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers — and Massachusetts cracked the Top 3 overall, finishing behind only Maryland and New York.

WalletHub analyzed the teen-driving environment in each of the 50 states using a collection of 23 key metrics. Our data set ranges from number of teen driver fatalities to average cost of car repairs to presence of impaired-driving laws.

The Bay State was also ranked as the third-safest state for teen drivers.  To see how MA compared to the rest of the country, please scroll the map below:


Source: WalletHub

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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]