Inbox [July 24]: Worcester turns up drought watch, Anna Maria taps VP, Worcester ranks low for first-time homebuyers, more I-290 detours this week

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Worcester declares Stage Two drought warning

In the midst of a prolonged period of below average rainfall, the city of Worcester recently  declared a Stage Two drought warning.

Worcester officials are bracing for further drought conditions.

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Worcester officials are bracing for further drought conditions.

The warning triggers mandatory water restrictions targeted at reducing water waste. The goal of these restrictions is to reduce water usage across the city by 10 percent to 15 percent, which would bring the city’s water system to roughly 25 million gallons of consumption per day, the city said in a statement.

Through the end of June, Worcester’s reservoir system had seen 17.11 inches of rainfall, significantly below the 24-year annual average of 24.58 inches. The reduced rainfall prevented full recovery of the reservoir system following a dry 2015.

Read the entire story on the city of Worcester website


Courtesy Anna Maria College


Anna Maria names Sharon Davenport vice president for advancement

Sharon M. Davenport has been named vice president for advancement at Anna Maria College.  Davenport will draw on decades of experience working in development within the secondary education and higher education sectors to oversee fund development at Anna Maria.

“Vice President Davenport brings a depth of experience that will be essential to Anna Maria’s growth,” Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle said. “She will be a key player in continuing to build and foster relationships with those who share Anna Maria’s mission and wish to help us advance it.”

Read the entire story on the Anna Maria College website

City ranks low for first-time home-buyers

The financial website WalletHub ranks Worcester 180th out of 300 cities for first-time home-buyers.

According to the site, “many consumers’ zeal for home buying hasn’t waned. To determine the attractiveness of first-time home-buyer markets across the [United States], WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 19 key metrics. Our data set ranges from housing affordability to real-estate taxes to property-crime rates.”

Worcester ranked 169th for affordability, 254th in its Real Estate Market category, but 94th in quality of life. Worcester ranked 60th among mid-sized cities.

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More I-290 detours in days ahead

Construction will force two detours this week on Interstate 290.

From 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday and Monday, the Exit 17 Belmont Street off-ramp will be closed for utility work. Exit 16 should be used as the detour.

From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, MassDOT will be closing the Belmont Street on-ramp to I-290 westbound to tie all the utilities in at the ramp.

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