5 Things You Need To Know Today in Worcester – October 29, 2019

by | Oct 29, 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. 29 — groundbreaking at Kelley Square is taking place on Thursday, veteran journalists discuss the future of print journalism, kids who really need some music are getting some musical instruments donated to them, the Chamber Music Society has a new show and Indian’s Lake’s water level is going to get a lot lower for a while. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kelley Square Project is Thursday

The Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation [MassDOT] is hosting the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Kelley Square project this week.

The event will take place on Thursday at the Worcester Public Market. The groundbreaking will be held indoors to allow the event to be rain or shine. 

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver and other local officials will be on hand. 


New Gear Donated to Worcester Musicians and Artists in “Come Together: A Worldwide AMPP Celebration”

HRA Studios & Foundation is donating new gear to AMPP Worcester [Arts and Music Police Partnership] musicians and artists, followed by a once in a lifetime collaboration between Worcester and the rest of the world, on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Denholm Building in Worcester. 

The event also includes some big announcements, special appearances by Worcester’s leaders and fun ways to donate to the cause courtesy of Rocco’s Doughnut Company,Worcester Wares,E.L. Music,Axe to Grind Barbershop & Supply Co.,Scallywag Barbers,Patrice Peris Voice Studios,That’s Entertainment,CC Lowell,Johneric Keyz LavergnePopUp at JMACYou,inc,Simjang and Deadhorse Hill.

The HRA Foundation is a nonprofit established in 2005 to provide music and arts outreach to under-served population, including those with terminal illness, severe complex trauma or special needs. AMPP Worcester is a partnership with members of the Worcester Police, local musicians, and artists, forming relationships and helping local youth.

Veteran Writers Discuss Future of Print Journalism 

As we click quickly for our news, it’s up for a lot of debate and folks are skeptical: what is the future of print journalism? 

The New England First Amendment Coalition is hosting a discussion led by speakers Dianne Williamson and Dan Kennedy on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7-8:30 PM at the Leominster Public Library. Williamson 

Williamson worked at the Telegram and Gazette for 35 years, writing a column three days a week for 25 years. Before she became a columnist, Williamson worked as a general assignment and crime reporter. Williamson left the Telegram and Gazette in 2018.

Kennedy is a journalism professor at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator for WGBHNews.org and other publications. He is also a regular panelist on Beat the Press, an award-winning weekly media roundtable on WGBH-TV.

The event is free.


Worcester Chamber Music Society Brings “A Little Night Music” to Assumption 

Join the WCMS for a nocturnal program that examines the dark hours from a variety of angles on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 PM at the Curtis Performing Hall at Assumption College. 

Arthur Foote’s dreamy “A Night Piece” and Franz Schubert’s elegant “Notturno” highlight its amiable sides. Meanwhile, Luigi Boccherini’s Night Music of Madrid evokes a city that never sleeps and Arnold Schoenberg’s lush Verklärte Nacht probes the depths of the human psyche. The performance features a half-hour, pre-concert talk by violinist Rohan Gregory. Tickets are $36 for general admission and $10 for students. 


The Annual Drawdown of Indian Lake 

The city’s DPW commences its annual drawdown of Indian Lake on Nov. 1 this year. That’s when the water level is reduced several inches per day over the the next few weeks with a maximum reduction of five feet. The lake is then maintained at this level throughout the winter to help manage non-native invasive aquatic plants. The water will be brought back up to its normal level by no later than April 1, 2020. Winter drawdowns have proven to be an effective way to control the growth of aquatic weeds along the shoreline and in shallow parts of city’s lakes and ponds. 

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