5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester — Nov. 12, 2019

by | Nov 12, 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, Nov. 12 —  the Holy Cross men and women’s basketball teams take to the home court this week, Paul DePalo throws his hat in the Governor’s Council race, a “fill the pantry” drive is on for Why Me and Sherry’s House, off-road enthusiast try to improve their trail options and the YWCA Holds “Taking a Hard Look at Education Through a Racial Lens.”

Crusaders Hit the Home Court 

The Holy Cross men’s basketball team opens up their home game season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when they take on Fairfield University Stags. Tip-off’s at 7:05 p.m. in the college’s Hart Center. 

If you can’t catch the game live, the contest between the Crusaders and the Stags is shown live on the Patriot League Network and can be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester. 

The contest between the Crusaders and the Stags will be shown live on the Patriot League Network, and can be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester. The HC men’s team stands at 0-2 so far this season, losing its first two battles to the number 7 Maryland and then New Hampshire. Freshman guard Drew Lowder has led the team by averaging 19.0 points and 3.5 assists per game, while hitting 45.5 percent of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman forward Joe Pridgen is also off to a strong start, putting up 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest. Freshman guard Ryan Wade (12.0 points per game) and sophomore forward Marlon Hargis (10.5 points per game) are also scoring in double figures.

The Crusaders are in their first year under head coach Brett Nelson, and are coming off a 2018-19 season in which they went 16-17 overall and 6-12 in the Patriot League. 

The Holy Cross women’s game, too, takes to the home court, also at 7:05 p.m., the following night against Boston College. 


Paul DePalo Announces Governor’s Council Candidacy

On Monday, Local attorney Paul DePalo announced his candidacy  to represent central Massachusetts on the Governor’s Council, which approves or rejects potential judges.

DePalo ran in 2018, earning 48% of the vote (146,000 votes) against a four term incumbent. The seat is now vacant.

DePalo is a Worcester Planning Board member, father of two, and former public school special education teacher who developed and taught in programming for at-risk teens. 

Fill the Pantry for Why Me and Sherry’s House is On 

This week, Why Me and Sherry’s House kicks off its annual “Fill the Pantry” drive. Located at 1152 Pleasant St., Why Me said its pantry is currently empty and your help is needed to fill it. 

The holidays are approaching fast and what better way to get involved than by helping to local kids with cancer and their families? Why Me, a nonprofit, “creates temporary escapes and special memories for children and their families who face a daily barrage of doctors, nurses, needles, transfusions, treatments and pain.”

Here’s a few ways to help and donate:

  1. Use the charity list through Amazon to order and ship directly to Why Me. 
  2. Purchase items from the wish list and drop off during office hours. 
  3. Organize a food drive in your community or at your workplace. 

This drive is ongoing until the end of November. Call 508-757-7734 with any questions.


State OHV Coordinator Looks for More Open Roads, and Wants Your Help 

Massachusetts has an off-highway vehicle coordinator in Scott Morrill, and he’s working toward increasing the mileage of open areas in which riders can take to the paths. Morrill needs the backing of OHV clubs and enthusiasts in the area to help him in his search and effort. 

Think you can help, or care about the subject? There’s an open meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at Motorsports International, 444 Washington St. (Route 20), Auburn. Go here for more information. 

This open house is followed by two workshops, also to be held at Motorsports International as follow-up session to give you the tools you need to help.


YWCA Central Massachusetts Plans Its Fall Forum 

The Y plans “Taking a Hard Look at Education Through a Racial Lens,” a forum being held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at 1 Salem Square, Worcester. 

The forum explores the racial disparities that are pervasive in the education system, inviting the community to this panel presentation and discussion about the issue of systemic racial bias in the public school system. Guest panelists include: Hilda Ramirez, executive director, Latino Education Institute, Worcester State University and former Worcester School Committee member; Isabel Gonzales, Worcester Education Equity Coalition; Lauren Sampson, civil rights fellow, Lawyers for Civil Rights; Mary Jo Marion, co-chair, Worcester Mayoral Commission on Latino Education & Advancement, assistant vice president for Urban Affairs, Worcester State University; and Nicole Cardamone, Esq., Community Legal Aid. 

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