5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - Feb. 10, 2020

 by Patrick SargentFebruary 10, 2020

Inaugural Worcester Book Festival Set for April

The first-ever Worcester Book Festival will take place over two days -- Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 -- and will feature poetry readings, writing workshops and panels with distinguished authors.

Friday night will start the event with a poetry reading hosted by the Worcester County Poetry Association and an interactive kick-off party hosted by the Worcester Arts Council. Saturday features a full schedule of a variety of events for adults, children, and youth.

A full itinerary and schedule will be released later this month.



Worcester's Tim Collins Heading to Spring Training with the Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have invited former Worcester Tech star Tim Collins to Spring Training. 

Before last season, Collins, 30, underwent two Tommy John surgeries after a successful run from 2011 to 2014 with the Kansas City Royals that even included a World Series appearance.

He pitched 8 2/3 innings last year with the Chicago Cubs, giving up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts. 

The Rockies host Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona and play in the MLB's Cactus League. 

Cannabis Commission Launches License Tracker Website

Last week, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) launched a new webpage to help license applicants, cities and towns, and the public identify the status of adult-use cannabis zoning and related policies across the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

Now available at MassCannabisControl.Com/MunicipalTracker, the Commission’s database will enable constituents to quickly search whether a location might have passed planning or zoning that pertains to adult-use cannabis, if a license cap might be in place, or if a full or partial ban may prevent the siting of Marijuana Establishments there.

“By compiling the status of adult-use cannabis across Massachusetts in one central location, the Commission has furthered its commitment to implementing a regulated industry that is transparent and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders,” Commissioner Kay Doyle said. 

All available data has been self-reported by the city or town but not every municipality has responded to the CCC survey. The page will be updated biweekly and expanded as the CCC receives new information from local officials.


Lt. Governor Karyn Polito is in Worcester Today

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be in Worcester on Monday, February 10 from 1 PM to 2 PM to tour The WorcShop

The WorcShop is a makerspace specializing in larger-scale projects and industrial applications.  In 2017, The WorcShop received a $100,000 fit-out grant from the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Workspace Program.

The WorcShop is located at 243 Stafford Street



State's Economic Development and Housing Dept. has Two Meetings in Worcester this Week

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has two meetings this week in Worcester. The first at Holy Cross on Tuesday, and the second at Worcester Tech.

See details here:

Tuesday, February 11

Restaurant Promotion Commission Meeting
10:00 AM
College of Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Hogan Center Suite B/C- 4th Floor, 1 College Street, Worcester
Keiko Matsudo Orrall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, is the Chair of this Commission and will attend.

Wednesday, February 12

Career Technical Initiative Spotlight
7:00 PM
Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, Secretary of Education James Peyser, and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta will visit the adult program at Worcester Technical High School and participate in a roundtable discussion.

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