5 things you need to know today in Worcester

In today’s 5 things you need to know daily article, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important things and stories that residents of Worcester and central Massachusetts should watch closely.

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

In today’s edition – Monday October 25 – the next series of Youth Vax Giveaway winners will be announced today, get your ballots in the mail before it’s too late, celebrate the season Halloween at Annie’s Book Stop this week, Worcester Senior Center to host the Ribbon Cut for the new outdoor fitness area this week and Table Talk Pies’ “Jack” apple pies are on sale until while stocks last.

City of Worcester to announce latest winner of Youth Vax Giveaway competition

The City of Worcester and the Department of Health and Human Services will announce a new round of winners in the Worcester Youth Vax Giveaway competition today – Monday, October 25 – at 3:45 p.m. at Town Hall in the Levi Lincoln Room on the third floor.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., HHS Commissioner Dr Matilde Castiel and others will present the winners with prizes that include smart TVs, an iPad Air and an SE bike.

This event will also include the launch of the “Worcester #PostVaxLife Youth Vaccine Ambassador” video campaign.

To participate in the Youth Vax Giveaway, participants must be fully immunized, reside in Worcester and be between 12 and 24 years of age.

For a list of official rules and to participate, visit www.worcesterma.gov/worcesters-youth-vax-giveaway.

Secretary Galvin urges voters to send in their ballots soon

Commonwealth Secretary William F. Galvin urges voters who have not returned their ballots for local elections to return them by Tuesday October 26th.

The U.S. Postal Service generally recommends sending a ballot at least a week before election day to ensure a timely arrival. With recent slowdowns in mail delivery times, Galvin is concerned that voters who return their ballots after Tuesday will see their votes counted.

“If you’re going to send out your ballot, do it within the next few days,” Galvin said. “If you haven’t returned your ballot by Tuesday, I strongly encourage you to use a municipal ballot box rather than the postal service.”

Ballots can be hand delivered to a city or town provided ballot box or to the voter’s local election office. Ballots may also be cast at early polling locations during early voting hours.

Voters who still have not returned their ballot on polling day will also be able to vote in person at their polling station, if they choose not to use their mail-in ballot,

Ribbon cut Thursday for new outdoor fitness area at Worcester Senior Center

The City of Worcester will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 28 for the new outdoor fitness park from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Worcester Senior Center.

The event will also recognize contributions to the construction of a new fitness center, as well as an update on several completed and ongoing renovations at the Senior Center.

The new fitness center, currently under construction, is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield and MassWorks. The FitLot is sponsored by AARP Massachusetts and organized by FitLot.

Author Joseph Fink to Participate in “The Halloween Moon” Reading at Annie’s Book Stop Event

Annie’s Book Stop will be hosting a virtual event on Thursday, October 28 at 3 p.m. with author Joseph Fink to celebrate the Halloween season.

Fink will be reading his new mid-level adventure, “The Halloween Moon”.

Guests will be able to meet Fink virtually and Annie’s book stop provide signed copies of the books to local guests.

Here is a synopsis of “The Halloween Moon”: Going from middle school to high school can be scary, but trying to figure it all out while fleeing an old evil on a never-ending night is terrifying. Esther Gold must overcome these challenges on a magical Halloween night. Quick chills and chills, plus a captivating cast of characters to relate to are woven together to tell a heartfelt story about growth, friendship, and true love for Halloween.

Table Talk Pies ‘Jack’ Apple Pies on Sale

Celebrate the Halloween season with a special Jack-o-Lantern Apple Pie from Table Talk Pies.

The pies are just $ 2 each and are available while supplies last. Pies can be purchased at the Table Talk Pies Store at 153 Green Street. The store is open Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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