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 – Wednesday, October 21 – unemployment recovery in Massachusetts is the fourth worst in the U.S., the RMV extends dedicated hours for seniors, the Worcester Ice Center is no longer allowing spectators, there's a virtual college fair this week and the ADL launches an online Election incident reporting tool.
According to a recent study by WalletHub.com, Massachusetts employment recovery was 4th worst in the U.S. in September.
In September 2020, there were 359,368 unemployed. In Sept. 2019, there were 101,529 unemployed, a 254% difference from 2020. This is the second worst in the U.S.
In January 2020, there were 128,339 unemployed, a 180% difference from Sept. 2020 -- the third worst in the U.S.
The study found the worst overall recovery in the U.S. is in Hawaii, followed by Nevada and California .
Nebraska was ranked the place where jobs are bouncing back the most, followed by South Dakota and Missouri.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that it is extending designated Wednesday appointment hours for customers 75 years of age or older through November and December.
At 17 locations across Massachusetts, including Worcester and Leominster, RMV customers age 75 and over have exclusive access to service centers during specific hours. Those hours vary by location.
Senior hours are by appointment only,. Appointment booking can be done through the following ways:
The Worcester Ice Center announced on Tuesday, October 20, that spectators are no longer allowed inside ice rinks for any hockey games or practices and locker rooms will be closed.
The statement described the actions as “… a proactive move to ensure the safety of your children and in an effort to sustain hockey in Massachusetts.”
The only exceptions is that one parent can attend for mite level players and below and for Learn to Skate/ Learn to Play sessions.
Games are available to watch live on LiveBarn.com.
See the Worcester Ice Center website for more information.
In Pursuit of Equity Accountability and Success (PEAS): Latinx Students in MA Schools , in collaboration with American Student Assistance (ASA), are hosting a virtual college fair for Latinx Students on Thursday, October 22 at 5 PM.
Caregivers and youth are invited to join this virtual college fair which will begin with a brief College 101 introductory session which highlights important dates, suggestions for finding the “right fit”, and other useful information.
Following our College 101 Workshop youth will be able to meet with college admissions representatives and caregivers will be invited to a virtual “cafécito” to talk about issues, concerns, and questions.
Sign up to attend the College 101 workshop,
The the Anti-Defamation League [ADL] has established a new online incident reporting tool that will enable voters to flag any potential hate crimes or disruptions involving extremists.
In addition to an online reporting form, where the public will be able to report possible hate crimes or extremism-related incidents quickly and confidentially, ADL has established a text short code to provide convenient access to the reporting form. Anyone can text “hatehelp” to 51555 to receive a link and additional information on how to report extremist activity or other manifestations of hate.
“There is no question that extremists are active in New England and continue exploiting the current political tensions surrounding the election,” said Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director. “ADL is operating with a heightened vigilance and committing our expertise to ensure everyone has the right to vote without fear or intimidation.”
For voting issues that are not extremist related, ADL will direct voters to contact the national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.