5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 4, 2019

by | Jun 4, 2019 | Headlines, News


Worcester Water Quality Report Now Available

Good news: Your drinking water is safe in Worcester. The city’s drinking water meets all federal and state requirements set forth by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Here’s what else you will find in the report: 1.) Where Your Water Comes From, 2.) Water Quality Test Results, 3.) How Your Water Is Treated, 4.)Cross Connection and Conservation Tips.

Check out the report here.


Grafton Hill’s Dairy Queen Getting Closer to Opening

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported last month, Worcester’s Grafton St. Dairy Queen is hoping to open on June 24.

On Thursday, DQ will go in front of the Worcester License Commission to request a common victualer license — a clear sign that they’re nearly ready to serve burgers and ice cream.




Massachusetts’ Economy Ranked Third-Best in U.S.

The data experts at WalletHub have released their annual ranking of the best state economies in America. Massachusetts’ economy was ranked third.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, D.C. across 28 key indicators of economic performance and strength with data set ranges from GDP growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

To see how MA compares to the rest of the country, see the map below. To read the full report, click here.

Source: WalletHub
Shrewsbury St. Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting Announced

The June meeting of the Shrewsbury St. Neighborhood Association will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at The KIVA Center, 209 Shrewsbury St., right across from East Park,  beginning at 7:00 PM.

The Police Dept., Code Dept., other city departments, and elected officials will be present to answer any concerns area residents may have. Updates will be given on any items brought up at previous meetings, including economic development projects in the area.

Free parking in lot behind Mac’s Diner.

The meeting is open to the public and all area residents are encouraged to attend and raise any issues that need to be addressed by our city and state governments. Refreshments will be served and the room where the meeting is held is air conditioned.


QCC One of Four Community Colleges that Signed Nursing Agreement with Fitchburg State University

Quinsigamond Community College was one of four community colleges to sign a nursing agreement with Fitchburg State University, the school announced on Monday.

The agreements between Bristol Community College, Middlesex Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College and QCC will guarantee students’ seamless admission to Fitchburg State University’s baccalaureate nursing programs.

The collaborations will help the state meet the Massachusetts Action Coalition goal of having 66 percent of the state’s nurses hold a B.S. in Nursing degree by 2020, and 80 percent by 2025.

“These agreements will help students achieve their academic and professional goals while supporting the state’s public health objectives,” said Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus. “Our public higher education institutions will continue to look for productive collaborations.”

“This agreement will allow our nursing students to easily and seamlessly matriculate to a four-year nursing degree program at Fitchburg State,” said Quinsigamond Community College President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja. “At QCC, we are constantly working to facilitate ways for our students to fulfill their all of their educational goals, through articulation agreements with both private and public four-year institutions.”

The project is expected to produce at least 18 additional students a year with the bachelor’s degree.


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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. For two years prior to launching TWIW in 2017, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.