5 things you need to know today in Worcester

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need To Know feature, 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 – Friday May 6 – Paxton Center School hosts its first annual 5k run in support of Tyler’s teammates, Worcester Bravehearts celebrates the town’s 300th anniversary with three home games, Mothers Out Front Worcester is bringing back its “Be a Gas Leak Detective” walks, the next Worcester Downtown Business Improvement District meeting on Friday May 13, and tips for dealing with allergy season in Worcester.

Paxton Center School’s First Annual 5k Run

The Paxton Center School is hosting its first annual 5k run in support of Tyler’s teammates on Sunday, May 22.

Tyler’s Teammates was founded in memory of Tyler Trudell, a 13-year-old Paxton resident who died suddenly in May 2021.

Find more information or register here.

Worcester Bravehearts celebrate Worcester’s 300th with three at home

The Worcester Bravehearts are celebrating Worcester’s 300th anniversary with three home games over the Tercentenary weekend.

  • Friday, June 10: Friday evening fireworks
  • Saturday, June 11: Back to the tornadoes
  • Sunday June 12: Tercentenary Family Outing

Be a gas leak detective

Mothers Out Front Worcester is bringing back its “Be a Gas Leak Detective” rides on Sunday, May 15 to the Betty Price Playground at 74 Eastern Avenue in Worcester.

These walks are coordinated with a research team supervised by Dr. Sara Wylie at Northeastern University’s Social Sciences Environmental Health Research Institute and coordinated by Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff, PhD student at the Graduate School of Geography (GSG) from Clark University.

Learn more here.

Worcester Downtown Business Improvement District Meeting

The next Worcester Downtown Business Improvement District meeting will be Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. The meeting is being held virtually.

Learn more and register for the meeting here.

Tips for allergy season

Tree pollen remains a burden for many local residents. Physicians and service providers American Family Care (AFC) in Worcester offers its expertise to relieve the allergicas well as information on the differences between allergy and symptoms of COVID-19.

American Family Care has an office in 117 Stafford Street in Worcester and offers walk-in options to meet your immediate healthcare needs, including emergency care, lab tests and vaccinations.

When it comes to controlling allergy symptoms, AFC Regional Medical Director Dr. Vincent Meoli recommends being proactive with treatment. “There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help provide relief for allergy sufferers,” he said. “Work with a healthcare provider to find what’s best for you.”

Dr. Meoli notes that there are also other steps people can take to minimize symptoms, such as keeping doors and windows closed, vacuuming frequently, changing clothes after spending time outdoors. and showering at night to remove pollen before going to bed.

“Check your local pollen count and if possible avoid being outside when the count is highest,” he said. “We’ve all gotten pretty used to wearing masks, so consider buying pollen masks if you have to be outside. COVID masks also provide a level of protection, except for your eyes, as the pollen particles are more bigger than the COVID virus. Just be sure to use disposable masks and dispose of them after each use, or wash cloth masks daily to remove the pollen they pick up.

Dr Meoli added: “Taking steps to keep your home clean also goes a long way to minimizing symptoms. Change your air conditioner filters and consider an air purifier, especially for your bedroom, if allergies are an issue.

Unfortunately, some of the symptoms of seasonal allergies — headaches, fatigue, runny nose and sore throat — are similar to symptoms of COVID-19, leaving people confused about when to seek testing and care.

“There are similarities between seasonal allergies and COVID-19, but there are also key differences,” Dr. Meoli said. “Itchy, watery eyes and sneezing are strong indications of seasonal allergies and are not usually associated with COVID. In contrast, a fever or sudden loss of taste or smell is more indicative of COVID. If in doubt, it is always best to consult a doctor and get tested.

Staff at AFC Worcester provide convenient walk-in care seven days a week for patients of all ages, including emergency care, physical exams, stitches for cuts and lacerations, on-site x-rays, rapid diagnostic tests and antigen tests for COVID -19 with results available within 15 minutes.

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