5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Oct. 13, 2020

by | Oct 13, 2020 | Headlines, News


Early Voting Locations and Times Announced for Worcester

With the November 3 election just weeks away, the City of Worcester has released the days, times and locations for early voting in the city.

Last week, the City mailed out 30,000 mail-in ballots that can be returned via USPS or at drop boxes at City Hall and at each of the city’s 10 fire stations.

From Saturday, October 17 to Friday, October 31, polling locations will be open each day. Click on the images below for more information.


Worcester Public Schools Hosting SOFA Fundraiser

The Worcester Public Schools “Save Our Fine Arts” fundraiser is this Thursday, October 15 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Wicked Wing Co. on West Boylston St.

A portion of all sales will go towards the school district’s fine arts programs.

Wicked Wing Co. specializes in bone-in and boneless wings and offers sides, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and quesadillas.


City to Host Groundbreaking at Mulcahy Field on Tuesday

The City of Worcester will host a ceremonial groundbreaking today — Tuesday, Oct. 13 — at Mulcahy Field on Dorchester St. at 3 PM.

The groundbreaking will celebrate the start of work on renovations that will include a new baseball diamond, playground area, basketball court and more.


Free COVID-19 Testing this Week in Worcester

The City of Worcester is hosting free COVID-19 walk-up testing on three days this week as part of the state’s Stop  the Spread campaign. The event is also sponsored by the UMass Memorial Healthcare  COVID-19 Equity Task Force, including Worcester Interfaith.  

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1 PM to 5 PM — Great Brook  Valley, 19 Tacoma St. [CANCELLED]
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2 PM to 6 PM — City Hall, 455 Main St.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 12 PM to 4 PM — Community Healthlink, 72 Jaques Ave.

No appointments are necessary, and a free mask and hand sanitizer will be provided with tests. All attendees are reminded to wear a mask or face covering and to maintain social distancing

Flu shots are also available with insurance.  


Report Says Worcester Among Slowest-Growing Mid-Size Cities in U.S.

The data experts at WalletHub have released their 2020 report on Fastest-Growing Cities in the United States.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over a period of seven years, WalletHub compared 515 U.S. cities across 17 key metrics with data set ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease.

WalletHub also ranked cities by size. According to the rankings, Worcester is #194 of 256 mid-sized cities for economic growth. 

Among all 515 cities, Worcester ranks #366. To see how Worcester compares to the rest of New England and other cities across the U.S., scroll the map below.

Fastest-Growing Cities in AmericaSlowest-Growing Cities in America
1. Fort Myers, FL506. Lawton, OK
2. Bend, OR507. Metairie, LA
3. Meridian, ID508. Parma, OH
4. Milpitas, CA509. Jackson, MS
5. Enterprise, NV510. Albany, GA
6. Frisco, TX511. Decatur, IL
7. Town ‘n’ Country, FL512. Shreveport, LA
8. Round Rock, TX513. Anchorage, AK
9. Mount Pleasant, SC514. Peoria, IL
10. Nampa, ID515. Erie, PA


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]