5 Things You Need To Know Today in Worcester – October 17, 2019

by | Oct 17, 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 — Thursday, Oct. 17 — an animal shelter is in desperate need of supplies [food for kittens, in particular], our city’s library is finally getting a huge [and expensive] renovation, there’s a new business school at Assumption College, two crafty powerhouses are throwing a fair this weekend, and Volturno Pizza has a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest going on. 

Animal Shelter Desperately Needs Kittens Chow (And Other Supplies) 

The Worcester Animal Rescue League is wonderful, and we know they can always appreciate your donations—monetary and not. 

But we happen to know that Second Chance Animal Services in East Brookfield does some really wonderful work, and they have issued a plea, in particular, for kitten chow. Who doesn’t love kittens, and who doesn’t want to help them eat until they find their forever home? 

“We are critically low on kitten chow at the adoption center,” posted the director on the shelter’s Facebook page. “This fall has brought an unusual ‘second” kitten season to Second Chance. Purina Kitten Chow is the main brand we use, but we accept all brands.”

Second Chance also needs gallon and sandwich zip bags, paper towels, kitchen and trash bags, bleach, laundry detergent and used towels and bedding. 

Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Adoption Center, 111 Young Road, East Brookfield or make a donation here and leave the shopping to the shelter’s employees. You can also donate online through our Amazon Wish List here:  http://a.co/5tXPRbh. Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to help even more.


City Gives $8.5 Million to Library for Renovations

City officials announced that a $8.5 million contract has been signed for the renovation of the Worcester Public Library. D.A. Sullivan and Sons, Inc, is going to be leading up this major update, and history would dictate this was a good choice. D.A. Sullivan’s previous projects include the Leicester Public Library, Athol Public Library, South Hadley Public Library, Holyoke Public Library, Westhampton Public Library and the UMass Amherst Morrill IV Neuroscience Lab.

The renovation project will create a new “front door” on Franklin Street, opening the library up to the Worcester Common, and adding more connectivity between citizens living and working in the downtown area. It will also increase the library’s footprint by 8,000 square feet, creating more public space, and allowing for a new and exciting Children’s Room on the third floor.

“We’re excited to begin construction and we look forward to working with D.A. Sullivan & Sons, Inc. who has an impressive resume of library renovations in Massachusetts,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “This project will further ensure that our library continues to be a vital community asset for everyone from young children exploring their world and learning how to read, to immigrants studying to be citizens, to families and students, and all the way to our seniors who still continue to learn everyday on their life journey.”

The main library was last renovated in 2001. 


Assumption College Unveils Grenon School of Business

Assumption is celebrating another historic moment in the history of the college with the unveiling of the institution’s first named school: the Grenon School of Business. The school is named for David Grenon AP ’57, HD ’86 and his wife, Rosalie, who made a generous gift to the college in recognition of Assumption’s emphasis on ethics in the curriculum of the business studies program. The celebration takes place on Friday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. at Tsotsis Family Academic Center (Charlie’s side entrance), Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. 

Following a brief speaking program, those in attendance—faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College—have the opportunity to tour the Grenon School of Business, meet with faculty and students, and attend a reception in the Brian ’83 and Paqui Kelly Atrium.

One of the Biggest Craft Fairs Around Happens This Weekend 

Crafty powerhouses the Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden teamed up to present a juried fair of American craftwork. Hosted at Tower Hill, the show features more than 30 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber artists and more on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the fair is included with admission to Tower Hill. 


There’s a Big Contest Going on at Volturno Pizza

It’s kind of hard to guess the weight of a pumpkin, because you don’t really know how much guts is inside. Are you good at such things? 

Try this out Volturno Pizza on Shrewsbury Street has a huge pumpkin inside the restaurant, and you can have a chance to win a $100 gift card if you guess it right. Second place gets $75 and third place wins a $50 gift card. 

Oh, and the winner gets the pumpkin, too. 

The contest goes until Oct. 31. 

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