5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 6, 2020

by | Jul 6, 2020 | Headlines, News

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores 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 – Monday, July 6 – the Election Commission is holding a public hearing to relocate six polling locations, Worcester Public School students can get free internet hotspots this week, see where Worcester ranks for first-time home buyers, there’s a free six-week training to become a school bus driver, and the EcoTarium has announced summer hours.


Elections Commission Holding Public Hearing

The Worcester Elections Commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, July 8 to discuss relocating six polling locations.

Here are the six locations and where they will be relocated to:

  • Ward 1- Precinct 2 to the Nelson Place School, 35 Nelson Place
  • Ward 2 – Precinct 3 to the Burncoat High School, 179 Burncoat Street
  • Ward 3 – Precinct 1 to the Burncoat High School, 179 Burncoat Street
  • Ward 5 – Precinct 4 to the Mass Audoban Society, 414 Massasoit Road
  • Ward 7 – Precinct 2 to the Stearns Tavern, 140 Mill Street
  • Ward 10 – Precinct 5 to the YMCA, 766 Main Street

The meeting will be held virtually on the City’s website at 6:30 PM. To participate please call 415-655-0001 and use Access Code: 160-935-9156#.


Worcester Public School Students Can Get Free Internet Hotspots

The Worcester Public Schools system will be handing out free internet hotspots to students this week to help enhance summer learning.

The hotspots can be picked on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9 AM to 12 PM at Elm Park Elementary School or Worcester Technical High School.

Parents or guardians must bring an ID to pick up the hotspots.


Get Free Training to Be a Worcester Bus Driver

Beginning Monday, July 20, MassHire Central Career Center will be holding a free six-week training program for Worcester residents  to become a school bus driver.

The training is Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM.

If you’re interested, contact Theodora at 508-373-7608 or email to [email protected] to apply.


EcoTarium Announces Summer Hours for Public

The state’s reopening plan enters Phase III today, meaning museums across the city can reopen with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place.

The EcoTarium is among the museums reopening today, but will only be open to the public on weekends from now until August 23.

The museum is hosting their Summer Discovery Camp during the week.

On the weekend, the EcoTarium is open 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the gate.



Are You Looking to Buy Your First Home in Worcester? Check Out Where Worcester Ranks for First-Time Home Buyers

With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows but many Americans struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers.

To determine the most favorable housing markets for first-time buyers, WalletHub took the pulse of real estate in 300 cities of varying sizes using 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to real-estate tax rate to property-crime rate.

Scroll the map to see where Worcester ranks:


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]