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, Jan. 24 — St. V’s earned another mark of distinction (hint: you’re gonna want to get your knee surgery there), you can vote on whether the WooSox have the best new look, there’s a great lecture on how to give lectures coming up, AAA is holding a video contest for high schoolers, and the Irish American Police Officers Association is accepting nominations.
Think the WooSox Have the Best New Look in Minor League Ball?
MILB (Minor League Baseball) has a lot of new teams, and new looks, hitting the diamond this year. To build some spirit and anticipation, MILB launched a contest asking fans to pick their favorite new look, based on logos. The new WooSox, which most of us are pretty stoked about coming to Worcester, is up against some swell names and logos such as the Sea Unicorns, Missoula Paddleheads and the Annapolis Cannonballers.
We’re going to vote for the WooSox over here, but must admit we’re pretty impressed with Fort Myers Mighty Mussels name and logo.
St. V’s Earns Blue Distinction Center and Designation, and That’s a Big Deal
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recently named Saint Vincent Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are “nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.”
Facilities that are designated with this distinction demonstrate expertise in the area of total knee and hip replacement. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other facilities.
Don’t Let ‘Em Snore: Make that Lecture Count
Paul Julian, of the Central Toastmasters Club, present a presentation about presentations. He’s going to talk about “Master Your Public Presentation” at a meeting of The Communicators Club from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Bancroft School Field House, 100 Shore Drive, Worcester.
An award-winning Toastmasters member, Julian details his communications journey while providing strategies for improving public-speaking skills and engaging audiences.
The fee is $20 for TCC members, $30 for nonmembers. A light lunch, including vegetarian options, will be included. Have lunch, spend some time networking and learn how to overcome the fear of public speaking. You’ve got to register.
High School Video Contest by AAA to Combat Marijuana-Impaired Driving
Do you know a creative high school student who loves to create videos? First, you should make sure they’re capturing all the special moments of your life for you. But also, AAA Northeast invites high school students living in its coverage territory to participate in the 2020 Traffic Safety Video Contest and create a :30 second Public Service Announcement (PSA)-style video to educate motorists of any age on the risks of marijuana-impaired driving. The grand prize winner will be awarded $5,000. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Go here for the contest rules. Videos need to be in by April 13 of this year.
“The contest’s goal is to reinforce to young and upcoming drivers that that consuming marijuana in any form, including vaping THC, will impact and impair driving ability. Research demonstrates that driving high more than doubles crash risk,” said the announcement.
Irish American Police Officers Association Accepting Nominations for the Annual Awards Ceremony
The Irish American Police Officers Association (IAPOA) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards Ceremony, which will be held later this year.
Nominations from active IAPOA members are due by Friday, March 6, and have to include supporting documents such as police reports, department commendations or news articles.
The categories that nominations can be submitted for are: valor; life saving; investigations; meritorious service; community service; and humanitarian acts
Nominations can be submitted here.
The 21st annual awards dinner happens Saturday, May 2, at the Malden Irish American Club.
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Freiber Betancourth, a 30-year-old Worcester man, was sentenced in federal court today to 12 months and one day in prison today for drug trafficking charges.