5 Things You Need To Know Today in Worcester – October 15, 2019

by | Oct 15, 2019 | News, Headlines

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, Oct. 15 — Savepoint Tavern is opening up next week, singer-songwriter Cara Brindisi just released a brand new song, a Worcester property management company won a big award, a WPI researcher is coming up with an out-of-this-world bulletproof vest and Insomnia Cookies isn’t charging for delivery. 

Totally Tubular: Video Game Bar Savepoint Tavern Announces Grand Opening 

They had originally set their sights on opening this past July, but we all know how plans like that go. No matter. Savepoint Tavern is ready and announced a grand opening date of Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

Jumping like Donkey Kong onto a hot trend in nightlife, Savepoint Tavern is an “arcade bar,” which is part bar, part restaurant and part entertainment lounge. The new tavern opens at 57 Highland St., the former home of Grille 57. 

As we reported in May, owner Brian Huff said his new bar gives customers the opportunity to play old, classic games that you can’t buy or find anymore — plus play brand new games that you haven’t bought yet.

“As a gamer, I always want to try out a game before I have to commit to buying it. So having a spot where I can go and play games that I do like and go to a place where I can have fun and socialize with like-minded people sounds great to me,” Huff said in an interview with ThisWeekinWorcester.com [TWIW].


Cara Brindisi’s New Single Dropped, and You Should Download It 

Local singer-songwriter Cara Brindisi just announced that her new single, “Sunflowers in September,” is now available on Spotify and iTunes



“I’m releasing a few singles in the next few weeks, ‘Sunflowers’ bring the first,” said Brindisi, who said she’s going back to the studio to record in early 2020. “I wrote ‘Sunflowers’ last year while on a month-long road trip. It’s about leaving, figuring things out.” 

Download the single here on Spotify and iTunes here.

Worcester Property Management/Construction Company Nabs Prestigious President’s Award 

NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs received the NAI Global President’s Award for Secondary Market in recognition of its leadership, teamwork and performance at the Annual NAI Global Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The award recognizes NAI offices and professionals that have demonstrated a true commitment to excellence in local market leadership and who positively promote the brand, engage with fellow professionals and support the local community.

NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs is a leading, full-service commercial real estate brokerage, property management and construction company based in Worcester, MA.  

The company is a member of NAI Global that boasts more than 400 affiliated offices and 7,000 local market professionals strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.


WPI Engineer Working on Research That Will Lead to New Bulletproof Vest 

And what do you do at YOUR job? An aerospace engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute  is conducting wave motion research to one day create a bulletproof vest that not only will sense the speed, angle of approach, and size of an incoming bullet, but the material inside the vest will instantly change properties to provide greater shock protection at the exact point of impact. These materials could be used in protective gear, and to create protective covers for buildings, satellites, and underwater missile silos. The pioneering work is being funded by a five-year, $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.

Nikhil Karanjgaokar, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, is using his expertise in wave motion and interruption to explore the mechanical and physical properties of granular materials that can alter their shapes or change their original properties to absorb and redirect the force of an incoming bullet or object. Karanjgaokar hopes to develop shock protection technology that can protect people and objects from being pierced or affected by the shock from projectiles. The technology could be used in personal protective equipment, such as vests and helmets, that can be worn by the military, police, and other professionals, like athletes and construction workers. The technology also could be used as a protective covering for buildings or even to protect NASA’s International Space Station, satellites, and spacecraft from being damaged by space junk and meteorites.


Insomnia Cookies Offering Free Delivery Promotion All Week 

Warm, soft and cures a craving. For the rest of the week, Insomnia Cookies in Worcester is offering fee delivery on orders $20 or more from 9 AM to 5 PM. You’ve got to plug in the code “likeaboss” and you can order here.


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