5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Dec. 2, 2019

by | Dec 2, 2019 | Headlines, News

Ravens “Jan” and “Poe” Join EcoTarium Exhibit

The EcoTarium has two new members for their Wild Cat Station — two young female ravens, “Jan” and “Poe” are now part of the new exhibit featuring two mountain lions and native bird species. 

According to the EcoTarium, the ravens are very intelligent and social. So much so, the pair was deemed “imprinted,” meaning they were too comfortable with human caretakers and didn’t possess the food-hunting skills necessary to be released into their natural habitat. 

Janet and Gordon Lankton made a generous capital campaign gift to the Wild Cat Station and were given the the opportunity of naming the ravens. One raven is named “Jan,” to compliment Janet’s beloved pseudonym “the old crow” and the other female has been named “Poe.”

The ravens are talkative and vocal: they coo, grumble, growl, chirp, and scream. They are highly destructive with an active curiosity to investigate everything. Their diet consists of different rodents, fish, various produce and prepared meats. In the wild, their lifespan is 10-15 years, under human care they have been known to live up to 20 years.

For EcoTarium hours and exhibit information, please click here


Worcester Police to Hold Promotion Ceremony on Thursday

The Worcester Police Department will hold a promotion ceremony at 4:30 PM on Thursday, Dec. 5 at City Hall in the Levi Lincoln Chamber. 

The WPD will be promoting Sgt. Donna Brissette to the rank of Lieutenant and Officer Al Burnes to rank of Sergeant. 

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Councilor Kate Toomey, Chair of Public Safety and Chief Steven M. Sargent will preside over the ceremony. During the ceremony, the officers will take their oaths before family members and colleagues.

Wormtown Brewery has Cyber Monday Deal with Mystery

For Cyber Monday, Wormtown Brewery has a deal that’s bound to intrigue.

When you buy something from their online store, you will get a mystery box along with your purchase.

See video for details:


Smoothie and Juice Bar Opening in Worcester’s Canal District

Here comes another addition to the city’s Canal District.

Big League Nutrition has set an opening date for December 7.

The store will be located at 278 Millbury St and will offer wellness evaluations and will be serving up teas, juices and smoothies.


Worcester Shares its Thoughts on the “WooSox” Logo

The Worcester Red Sox went around Worcester this week to see how residents feel about the new “WooSox” logo.

Check out their responses here:




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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]