5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Tuesday, February 25

by | Feb 25, 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 — Tuesday, Feb. 25 — a popular Italian restaurant is hiring for their future location, a “Women and Wine” event is being held at Worcester winery, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business and government forum, the Southbridge PD is getting involved in a substance abuse program for local families and the Worcester Public Schools are holding a public meeting tonight on drugs and the impact it has on school children.


La Cucina Italiana is Hiring for New Location on Grafton St.

La Cucina Italiana is gearing up for its move to the former Mrs. Mack’s bakery location on Grafton St. While the restaurant prepares for the transition, they’re looking to fill a bunch of positions for their new spot.

The popular Italian restaurant on Grafton Hill is looking to hire experienced sauté cooks, servers and a dishwasher. If you’re interested in a position, head on down to 294 Hamilton St. apply.


Worcester Public Schools Hosting Drug Use Awareness Event

Worcester Public Schools are hosting “A Call to Respond” tonight at Forest Grove middle school. The event will be presented by WPS School Safety Director Rob Pezzella and will focus on how drug use impacts school children and the surrounding community.

The event starts at 5 PM. Refreshments will be provided.



Worcester Chamber to Host Forum on ‘Congestion in the Commonwealth’

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on Thursday that will focus on the August 2019 MassDOT “Congestion in the Commonwealth” report.

The forum will be moderated by Bowditch & Dewey Managing Partner Bob Cox and the panel will feature:

  • Carolyn Dykema, State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District 
  • Hannah Kane, State Representative for the 11th Worcester District 
  • Steve Poftak, General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • David Scorey, General Manager & CEO, Keolis Commuter Services

MassDOT’s report said that traffic in the state is at its worst because of how well the economy is doing. However, the report also found that the heavy traffic reduces access to jobs and impedes travel outside of regular commuting hours as well.

The forum runs from 12 PM to 1:30 PM at the Marlborough Country Club.

Southbridge PD Participating in Substance Abuse Disorder Program

On Monday, the Southbridge Police Department announced it will be participating in the Worcester County Critical Incident Management System [CIMS] program. The program is funded by District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. and focuses on the damage inflicted on society and family members of individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder.

CIMS requires that the department designates at least one member as a “database designee” that will input and report alll overdoses in our community into the CIMS database. The person who overdosed will then be designated as a person in need of treatment due to a substance abuse disorder.

One officer will also be designated as an “outreach officer” who will follow up with the person who overdosed and for the purpose of assisting that person in accessing the appropriate treatment.

Southbridge PD will work with Harrington Memorial Hospital in collaboration with assisting of any individuals who have a substance abuse disorder.


‘Women and Wine’ Event to Highlight Female Makers

In honor of Women’s History Month and in celebration of International Women’s Day, Crafts & Drafts will be holding a “Women and Wine” event at Sail to Trail WineWorks in Worcester on Sunday, March 8.

“Women and Wine” will showcase an all female makers cast of six local artisans offering wares ranging from candles, jewelry, aromatherapy, etc., wine and chocolate pairings, a photo station and more.

The event runs from 12 PM to 3 PM.


Lead photo credit: La Cucina Italiana/Facebook

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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]