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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Dec. 19, 2019

By TWIW Staff | December 19, 2019
Last Updated: July 1, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, 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, Dec. 19 — the new Doherty high will be built on its current location, an auto shop in Worcester wants to help someone with repairs for the holidays, Saint V’s will send you home after hip surgery, an Assumption professor is in the Wall Street Journal and the BBB gave out scholarship money to veterans in the Worcester area. 

Doherty High to Be Built at Current Location

The more things change, the more they stay the same — and same goes for Doherty High which will undergo a major reconstruction on the land of its current location.

The Doherty High School Building Committee voted on Wednesday night to build a new school on the grounds of the current one.

The committee chose the current site over two other proposed locations: Foley Stadium and Chandler Magnet School. 

The new Doherty high is expected to open in 2024. 


Auto Shop in Worcester Offering Repairs to Someone in Need this Holiday Season

Know someone whose engine just crapped out and can’t come up with the dough to fix it? 

“The holidays are upon us and while it’s a time of joy and celebration for many of us- for some in our community the holidays can be extra stressful,” wrote Premier Auto Repair on its Facebook page. “We want to make this Christmas a little bit easier for someone who could use a helping hand. Do you know someone whose vehicle needs repairs?”

Premier Auto Repair is donating up to $500 in automotive repairs to someone in need this holiday season.

If you know of someone, simply send Premier a message explaining their story and what makes them special and deserving of this. As a show of appreciation, whomever nominates the person chosen will receive a complimentary oil change. All nominations must be entered by Dec. 23. 

Nominations can be sent through a private message on Facebook or by emailing [email protected] with the subject heading: “nomination.” 

Premier is naming the winning individual on Christmas morning.


Getting a Leg Up: St. V’s is the Only Hospital In Worcester Offering Outpatient Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

Patients who qualify for it are now heading home from knee and hip replacement surgery on the very same day they undergo the surgery. You can’t do that everywhere, and St. Vincent Hospital is the only hospital in Worcester that offers this outpatient option. 

This new advanced recovery program is enhancing patients’ lives by allowing them to return to their homes the evening of surgery, where they can heal in their own environment. After surgery, these patients begin physical therapy at home, but are fast tracked into outpatient physical therapy one week after surgery as opposed to the traditional path, which is three weeks after surgery.

Over the last 3 years, Saint Vincent Hospital has averaged 1,000 joint replacement surgeries each year.

“It was getting harder and more painful at my grandchildren’s sporting events. Now, I can walk across many fields and hop from one place to another,” said patient Sheila Supernor. “I had my surgery at 9:15 in the morning and I was walking by 2 p.m. in the afternoon. I noticed a positive result from being encouraged to walk right away.”

Assumption Provost Pens Opinion Piece About U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Post

It’s not the first time his columns have been published in the Washington Post. But he’s done it again. 

Assumption College Provost Greg Weiner, Ph.D., and director of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center for Scholarship and Statesmanship at the College, authored an opinion editorial piece on the power of the United States Supreme Court: “The Supreme Court majority should resist the temptation to expand the Second Amendment” in the Dec. 11 edition of The Washington Post. 

Provost Weiner has published a number of columns in The Washington Post and The New York Times. Go here to explore those. 


BBB Gives Scholarships to Several Veterans at Massachusetts Colleges 

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England Consumer Education Foundation has awarded $4,000 in textbook scholarships to eight veterans and military service members attending area colleges. 

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Mark Blease of Worcester – Quinsigamond Community College
  • Nicole Leeper of Gardner – Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Sean Mangan of Springfield – Springfield College
  • Alba Irizarry of Worcester – Becker College
  • Malia Edwards of Westfield – Westfield State University
  • Matthew Collier of Westfield – Westfield State University
  • Monica Lindsay of Ware – Springfield College
  • Tyler Kozik of Westfield – Westfield State University

To be eligible for the $500 textbook scholarship, students were asked to test their financial literacy with a savvy consumer quiz and subscribe to BBB of Central New England’s consumer newsletter. They also needed to attend a college or university located in the BBB of Central New England service area of Central and Western Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut.

“These scholarships help veteran and military service members with an immediate need, covering a portion of their college costs,” said Nancy B. Cahalen, president and CEO of BBB of Central New England. “But more importantly, the application process has encouraged all applicants to develop the lifelong skills of financial literacy and scam prevention. “We want to do our part to prevent service members and veterans from being targets for fraud.”

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