5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Oct. 16, 2020

by | Oct 16, 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 – Friday, October 16 – the Wonder Bar opens an express location today, the Governor’s revised budget won’t increase taxes, Hilton Garden Inn installs a COVID killing air filtration system, Great Clips is opening a new location in Worcester and the Railers are hosting a sidewalk sale.


Wonder Bar Pizza is Opening an Express Location Today

Shrewsbury St.’s famous Wonder Bar Pizza is opening a second, express location on Friday.

The new location will be in Shrewsbury at 6 Hartford Turnpike [Rt. 20 — right over the Worcester/Shrewsbury line].

Wonder Bar Pizza, Subs & More promises its classic Wonder Bar items — pizza, subs and more — as well as some new items.

They will be open today from 10 AM to 4 PM. For takeout, call 508-719-8522.


Governor’s Revised Budget Won’t Increase Taxes

Governor Baker submitted revised budget recommendations for fiscal year 2021 on Wednesday, October 14.

The budget’s total spending is $45.5 billion, an increase of of 3.8%.

The budget calls for up to $1.35 billion from the Stabilization Fund, which would be reduced should tax collections or new federal revenue exceed the Administration’s current conservative assumptions. This proposal would leave the fund with a balance of approximately $2.21 billion.

The budget does not for any new taxes.


Hilton Garden Inn Installs COVID Killing Air Filtration System

The Hilton Garden Inn, the largest hotel in downtown Worcester, completed the installation of a bipolar ionization system technology into its HVAC airflow distribution systems.

The AtmosAir system is currently used by the US Army, Navy, Marines and SpaceX. A recent study shows the system to neutralize Coronavirus air particulates by 99.92%.

The World Health Organization has acknowledged the possibility that Covid-19 might spread in the air. Paul Picknelly, owner of the Hilton Garden Inn, sourced the best solutions to providing a safe and healthy environment for all hotel guests and employees.

The Hilton Garden Inn, at 35 Major Taylor Blvd., has 200 guestrooms, 4,500 square feet of meeting and event space, 2 restaurants, fitness center and an indoor pool.


Great Clips Grand Opening in Worcester

The new Great Clips Salon in Worcester, located at 11 Tobias Boland Way, next to Walmart.

Debby and Jim Coyle own the salon, which is one of 4,500 Great Clips branded salons in the U.S. and Canada.

The grand opening takes place on Thursday, November 5, at 10 AM.

The following week, on Veterans Day — Wednesday, November 11 — haircuts are free for veterans.


Worcester Ice Center to host Sports Sidewalk Sale

The Worcester Railers will host a Worcester Sports Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, October 24 from 12 PM to -3 PM outside the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in the Canal District.

The Railers will join the Worcester Bravehearts, Massachusetts Pirates, Worcester Red Sox, and Worcester Wares outside the Rail Shop.

Each merchandise vendor will provide a special offer as part of the Sidewalk Sale

Learn More.


Lead image courtesy: Wonder Bar Pizza, Subs and More/Facebook

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Tom is the VP of Business Operations for TWIW as well as a journalist. He was a history student at Worcester State University and has many years experience technical recruiting, marketing and a long time entrepreneur.