5 things you need to know today in Worcester

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In today’s daily 5 Things You Need To Know column, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important things and stories Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should watch closely.

These five things can cover a whole range of topics and issues that we believe are relevant to understanding what is happening in the city and the towns and villages surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Wednesday, October 5 – the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office kicks off its annual winter coat drive, Worcester announces a film about the commons for Hispanic Heritage Month, Massachusetts is l One of five states selected to host a regional pathogen center, buy a bouquet at Stop & Shop to support Meals on Wheels and AAA has tips for booking your trip for the Thanksgiving season.

Collection of sheriff’s coats starts Thursday

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Winter Coat Drive Launch on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pepe’s Italian Restaurant at 178 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester.

The event is a fundraiser to support the collection of approximately 4,000 new coats to be distributed between October 12-25.

Drop-off points for winter coats will be at the Gun Parlor at 170 Prescott St. in Worcester and the Sheriff’s Office at 240 Main St. in Worcester.

Films about the Commons for Hispanic Heritage Month

The public is invited to a free screening of Disney PIXAR’s ‘Coco’ on Worcester Common on Friday 14th October.

The film will start at 6:30 p.m. Moviegoers are advised to arrive closer to 6 p.m. to find seats. Participants are encouraged to bring their own seat or use the seats available on the Common. Participants should dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy the movie comfortably. The audio for “Coco” is in English. Spanish subtitling will be available.

The selection of “Coco” was made in collaboration with Casita Cultura Latina.

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, co-founder of Casita Cultura Latina, said: “‘Coco’ offers more than just entertainment – the film puts into context the importance of Día de los Muertos for the Latino community/a/e/ x, in a way it’s accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

CDC selects DPH to lead regional pathogen center

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) as one of five national recipients to establish a Center of Excellence in Pathogen Genomics to foster and improve the innovation and technical capacity to better prevent and respond to infectious diseases. epidemics.

Selection comes with $25 million over five years to establish DPH as a regional center for the development of state public health laboratory genomics capabilities and the epidemiological application of genomics to public health . DPH will partner with the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard as lead academic partners, as well as Boston University, Yale University, Fathom Information Design, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Theiagen Genomics.

The state health departments of Georgia, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington have also been selected by the CDC to establish regional centers.

Buy a bouquet to fight against hunger

During the month of October, buy a “Bloomin’ 4 Good” bouquet at the Stop % Shop on West Boylston Street in Worcester and $1 will be donated to the Meals on Wheels program at Worcester Area Senior Services.

See details below.

AAA provides advice on booking Thanksgiving trips

According to AAA, now is when most people buy their Thanksgiving flights. AAA says if you’re willing to wait a few more weeks, you might find cheaper prices if you’re flexible on preferred times and connecting flights.

According to recent AAA reservation data, most travelers book a month or two before Thanksgiving and still get an average ticket price. However, those who book closer to the holidays – less than a month before – get the best deals. The exception is to wait until Thanksgiving week itself to buy, when average ticket prices go up.

When looking at which days to travel during Thanksgiving week, Tuesday seems to overtake Wednesday as the busiest, while Sunday is the most expensive. Monday flights tend to be cheaper, but if you want to save the most money — and avoid the travel rush — book a flight on Thanksgiving Day.

Image courtesy of AAA

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