Tips, Tricks & Reminders
Please Wear Your Mask Over Your Mouth & Nose

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and to ensure your safety and for ours, we please ask that all members and guests wear a face covering or mask at all times in the Whitin Community Center.

Your mask or face covering MUST cover your nose and mouth. If a mask is being worn improperly, staff will politely remind you to wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. Thank you for your understanding.

If you, a family member or guest do not have a mask or face covering, it’s not a problem, we have masks available at the Members Services Desk for you! Just ask.

TRICK! Wear glasses over your mask
or face covering to prevent fogging!

"My husband and I always tell our friends what a great job the [Whitin] Community Center has done with all the COVID-19 restrictions in place, and how hard you all worked to ensure that we are safe." - Nancy R., WCC Member

Supersaas & Arrival Time

We are so excited to be expanding our Supersaas online reservation system at WCC! You will use Supersaas to make your reservation(s) for your favorite daily exercise options including; Aqua & Floor Aerobics classes, the Fitness Room, Lap Swim & Adult Exercise Swim times, Open Recreational Swimming & Basketball, Racquetball & Pickleball, Spin & more! Reservations can be made 48 hours in advance of the class and are reserved for Members only.

If you have not already set up an account with Supersaas, please follow the instructions by clicking the red button labeled "Supersaas Information".

Please remember to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity. Due to Massachusetts State Regulations we are unable to have members and guests waiting inside or outside for a program to prevent congregating.
Supersaas Information
Supersaas Login

TIP! We now have two tablets in the Lobby for reserving your space for classes and activities in Supersaas, and Daily Pre-Screening.

Waiting For Your Class Or Activity

Massachusetts State Regulations prohibits customers from waiting in groups inside or outside a business to prevent congregating.

We ask that members and guests arrive at the WCC NO MORE than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity to prevent congregating.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your class or activity, staff will politely ask you to please wait in your car. Thank you for your understanding.

Fast Lane!
  • Do you always register through Supersaas for your class online?
  • Have you completed your one time COVID-19 Waiver?
  • Do you complete your daily Pre-Screening online before you come in?
  • Do you have your WCC Membership Card to scan in?

If you answered YES to all 4 of these questions you qualify for our Fast Lane!

Simply walk into the WCC using the Main Entrance, follow the purple and white "FAST LANE" signs & floor arrows to the far side of the Member Services Desk. Then scan your WCC Member Card, receive your color coded wrist band from a Member Services Representative for your activity or class, and you're off!

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

REMINDER! Please be sure to scan your membership card in upon arrival, and out when leaving the WCC.

"I came to the [Whitin] Community Center for Lap Swim last week and I am so impressed with how well you are running the facility in the face of a pandemic. It felt very clean and safe!" - Nora S., WCC Member

Practice Social Distancing

For practicing social distancing throughout the WCC, please remember to keep a safe distance, at least 6ft between you and another member or guest.

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

In the fitness room and in classes, please make sure there is 14ft between you and the next member or guest.

COVID-19 Waiver

All Members, guests and customers must complete this form prior to coming to the WCC. You will only be required to complete this from once.

NOTICE: THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. Read this document carefully and in entirety. By signing this agreement, you give up your right to bring a court action to recover compensation or obtain any other remedy for any personal injury or property damage however caused arising out of your participation in George Marston Whitin Memorial Community Association, Inc. (“WCC”) Activities and Programs, now or at any time in the future.

COVID-19 Waiver

"I am super impressed with how "normal" things are looking even with all the new regulations." - BVCP Parent

Daily Prescreening Tool

Daily Prescreening Tool

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and based on Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Public Health, and CDC guidance, the Whitin Community Center is requiring everyone coming to WCC to complete a DAILY SCREENING BEFORE arrival.

To complete the DAILY SCREENING either use this link, or the QR Code using a Personal Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. (Access to the questionnaire does require an internet connection or wireless access).

Thank you for helping us control the spread of COVID-19, helping to keep you and everyone safer.
For more information, please visit our website 
under COVID-19 Guidance & Reopening.

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Holy Cross Alumni Education
Upcoming Online Opportunities

Stay connected to Holy Cross - and each other - through these upcoming
web-based offerings for alumni, parents and friends.

Office of Alumni Relations
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
(508) 793-2418
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The Good Trouble Series:
Race and Racism on Mount St. James

Prof. Thomas Doughton will lead a timely conversation about the history of race at Holy Cross, involving alumni speakers who will share their experiences from seminal moments in the College's history. All are welcome!

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Election 2020:
What Do the Experts Say?

Join us for a balanced, interactive conversation about the upcoming election with former congressman Tim Bishop '72 and political consultant Peter Flaherty '87, alumni leaders from both sides of the aisle.

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On Leadership:
A Holy Cross Conversation

Take part in a discussion with alumni leaders about how their time at HC influences the way they lead today - for and with others. Sponsored by the Holy Cross Leadership Council of New York.

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Legends, Myths & Tall Tales of

Who doesn't like a good ghost story? Take part in this NEW virtual campus tour that will highlight some little known (spooky!) facts and legends of Mount St. James.

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Election 2020:
The Holy Cross Student Perspective

 Hear firsthand from current HC students involved in 2020 political campaigns. What are their takeaways? What are their thoughts on the current political landscape - and hopes for the future?

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Questions?  Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at either or 508-793-2418

Office of Alumni Relations
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Worcester, MA 01610-2395
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Celebrating The Power of Our Diversity During Latinx Heritage Month!

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm– 7:00 pm
Join Amplify Latinx in celebrating the culmination of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15) with a festive gathering honoring our 2020 Amplifiers. As part of the event registration, we will also give attendees the chance to select five Latinx-led non-profit Community Partners to receive a grant in recognition of their response to the most […]RSVP  Event Link


Screenings at Entry Points

To help keep our patients and employees healthy by reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19, we are screening all patients and visitors coming into our medical offices. Everyone entering will be asked if they have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

At the entrances of our facilities, patients and visitors will be asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. If you come with your own mask, we will ask you to wear the one we provide unless you’re wearing a clean, uncontaminated surgical mask. If you are wearing gloves, we will ask you to remove them for the duration of your visit, and then sanitize your hands.

In a world of COVID-19, getting your flu shot is more important than ever before.

With such dramatic changes in ours routines, agoraphobia could develop or become worse.

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NOW OPEN until 10PM on October 2.

Click HERE to view/bid on a beautiful, original artwork by local artists and beautiful gift baskets, and more.

Sampling of items
  • Gorgeous original art from our favorite artists - ArtReach, Scott Boilard (POW! WOW! Worcester), Sally Bowditch, Timothy Doyle, Heather Guertin, Don Hartmann, Casey Hickey (stART on the Street), Clifton Hunt, Carrie Nixon, John Pagano, Pam Stolz, andMark Waitkus
  • Signed Vaillancourt Folk Art Smile ornament (#20) by HARVEY BALL, creator of the world-famous icon we celebrate...and a true Worcester legend
  • Vaillancourt Folk Art ornament and chalkware pieces
  • Homemade Ice Cream from Jim Welu along with a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies
  • A WooSox early season 1st pitch package AND a second package includes a visit from their Smiley Ball mascot
  • Restaurant and Caterer Gift Certificates, a basket from The Market Pantry at TheWorcester Public Market, 2021 Patriot tickets, 1/2 carat Diamond ready to be set, a Webber Kettle Charcoal Grill from Percy's TV & Appliances, Fairway Beef gift certificate,TIDEPOOL Bookshop, and more!!!
Winners will be posted on the Worcester Historical Museum's FACEBOOK page on Saturday and our WEBSITE on Monday.


ZOOM information will be emailed to
ERED guests this THURSDAY. 

Please keep spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues, and customers to join in the fun with people from all over the world.



Have you already enjoyed a SMILE Cocktail at one or more of these fine restaurants?

PLAN your exciting evening now! 

  • ZOOM into The Ball with small groups of family, friends, colleagues, or neighbors...from home or from one of the restaurants below.
  • Look for a special drink and/or a menu item at participating restaurants.
  • For home parties, do take-out or order a catered dinner/hors d'oeuvres package from Struck Catering
  • Be sure to take photos/videos and send them to so we can share the fun after The Ball in the eNewsletter and on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Make your restaurant/catering reservations NOW by contacting each DIRECTLY.
Struck Catering130 Hamilton Street, (508) 755-5953

Basil n' Spice 299 Shrewsbury Street  (774) 317-9986 

Bocado Tapas Wine Bar 82 Winter Street (508) 797-1011

The Fix Burger Bar  108 Grove Street  (774) 823-3327

Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole 278 Shrewsbury Street (508) 757-1450

Mezcal Tequila Cantina 30 Major Taylor Blvd (508) 926-8308

The Mill 185
185 West Boylston Street West Boylston, MA (774) 261-8585

Lock 50 50 Water Street (508) 379-3400

O'Connor's Restaurant & Bar 1160 West Boylston Street (508) 853-0789

One Eleven Chop House 111 Shrewsbury Street (508) 799-4111

Piccolos  157 Shrewsbury Street  (508) 754-1057

The Sole Proprietor 118 Highland Street (508) 798-3474

Via Italian Table 89 Shrewsbury Street  (508) 754-4842

THANK YOU to THE HARVEY BALL's program sponsors (as of today) who are enthusiastically supporting FREE participation for ALL.

20/20/20 SPONSOR: J.J. Bafaro Inc.

SMILE SPONSORS: Bay State Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank, Fallon Health, Pagano Media, Worcester Business Journal, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

FACEMASK/PARTY PACK/SPREAD THE LOVE SPONSORS: Abbvie Bioresearch Center, Charles Ball and Margaret McEvoy-Ball, Fidelity Bank, FLEXcon Company, Inc., Martha P. Grace, Guild of St. Agnes, The Guru Tax & Financial Services, Middlesex Savings Bank, Re/Max Vision, Risk Strategies Company, Rollstone Bank & Trust, Sadick Public Adjusters, Inc., Small Business Insurance, Table Talk Pies/Harry Kokkinis, UniBank for Business, Worcester Academy

CONTRIBUTORS: AC Hotels, ArtReach, Basil n' Spice, Scott Boilard/POW WOW, Mark Borenstein, Sally Bowditch, Country Bank, Maureen Ryan Doyle, Timothy Doyle, Fairway Beef, Ann Flynn, George's Coney Island, Guertin Graphics, Don Hartmann, Cliff Hunt, Lock 50, Ed Madaus, The Mill, Niche Hospitality Group (Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, The Fix Burger Bar, Mezcal Tequila Cantina), Carrie Nixon, O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar, John Pagano, Robert and Mary Paulsen, Percy's TV & Appliances, Piccolo's, Neal Rosenblum, Start Sadick, Shea Management, Mark Shelton, Spectrum News 1, The Sprinkler Factory, Pam Stolz, Michael Stone Photography, Struck Catering, Table Talk Pies, TIDEPOOL Bookshop, Vaillancourt Folk Art, Wachusett Country Club, Mark Waitkus, William D. Wallace, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank, James Welu, Worcester Business Development Corporation, Worcester Credit Union, The Worcester Public Market, Worcester Red Sox, Worcester Restaurant Group (111 Chophouse, Sole Proprietor, Via Italian Table), Worcester Wares, Wormtown Brewery/Be Hoppy

Click HERE to show YOUR support.
You may also donate via your mobile phone by texting HARVEY to 56512

Worcester Historical Museum is proud to honor the memory of and legacy of Harvey Ball and his world-famous creation, Smiley Face. The “Harvey” is presented annually to an individual, organization, or group of individuals whose commitments have made a difference in the city of Worcester…and helped people throughout the community smile.



“The Big 3” (for keeping our city safe—City Manager Edward Augustus, Medical Director Michael Hirsh MD, Mayor Joseph Petty), Melanie Bonsu, State Senator Harriette L. Chandler, Ricky Duran, Judge Martha Grace, Judi Kirk, Satya Mitra,Ph.D., AiVi Nguyen, Esq., Alisan Porter, POW! WOW! Worcester, St. John’s Food Pantry, stART on the Street, Imrana Soofi, Nellie Toney, Dolly Vazquez, Vision for Worcester (Paul Demoga, Esq., Edward Madaus), DeJongh 'Dee' Wells, James Welu, WooFood Favorites (George’s Coney Island, Table Talk Pies), Worcester Women’s Oral History Project

We hope you are enjoying their profiles in the weekly WHM eNewsletter.

Due to ever changing coronavirus information, some Harvey Ball information may be subject to change without notice. We are doing our best in navigating the latest technology and may be able to offer additional viewing stay tuned to your weekly eNewsletter.

Thank you.

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Nonprofit to Honor the Achievements of Local Women in Virtual Celebration 

Worcester, MA – YWCA Central Massachusetts is set to host their 26th annual Tribute to Women celebration on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be hosted virtually.

“Since its inception in 1994, the YW’s Tribute to Women has honored the strength, courage, and spirit of women and their extraordinary achievements through the Katherine F. Erskine Awards,” stated YWCA Executive Director, Linda Cavaioli. She continued, “With more than 115 women welcomed into this esteemed sisterhood, the Erskine Awards showcase the power and promise women leaders have in our communities.”

The 2020 class of Katharine F. Erskine Award recipients have reached exemplary levels of achievement in their professions. They have opened doors for young women and people of color and have broken down barriers for future generations of female leaders. They have created positive change and inspired others to follow suit.

Now entering its 135th year of service to the community, the YWCA remains steadfast in its mission to eliminate racism and empower women and committed to being a leader in racial and gender equity in the city.

Arts & Culture: Joy Murrieta, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Main IDEA Youth & Arts
Joy Murrieta is the Executive Director for Main IDEA, a nonprofit youth and arts 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering youth by providing accessible arts programs to under-resourced communities. Through her role, Joy works to provide accessibility to quality arts programs for children in the Main South community, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Last year, 81% of participants were youth of color and 61% female identifying. Joy is dedicated to cultivating relationships with local woman entrepreneurs, recognizing that such partnerships serve to not only encourage the growth of small businesses—but also to inspire and empower future female leaders throughout Worcester’s schools, non-profits, businesses, and communities.

Joy co-founded Main IDEA in 2011, alongside several local artists and Main South community members, as a volunteer project in response to the need for more accessible arts programs for the neighborhood youth. Under her leadership, the organization has since developed into a 501(c)(3) organization, providing FREE arts programming to youth in Worcester (specifically in the Main South neighborhood) for the past nine years.

Business & Law: Chantel Bethea, President  & CEO, Women In Action
Chantel Bethea is the founder of Women in Action, Inc., an organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of women, and serves as the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Chantel champions social justice and works with all sectors of society with the expressed goal of eliminating racism and empowering women. She raises awareness of the intersections of race, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability status in everything she does, and advocates equally for those not at the table. Helping girls and women achieve their goals is Chantel’s life work. She is a member of the Worcester Head Start Policy Council, the Board of Directors of RCAP Solutions, the Investing in Girls Alliance Steering Committee, and the Racial Justice & Gender Equity Task Force of the YWCA Central Massachusetts. Chantel also serves as president of the Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women, and is a member of the Worcester Women’s History Project and the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors. Chantel has received numerous awards and accolades.  Most recently she received the Black Excellence on the Hill Award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. In addition, she was named an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, a Hometown Hero by Worcester Magazine, and was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award by the Worcester Business Journal.

Community, Social Services & Government: Cindy Purcell, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Cindy Purcell has more than 30 years of experience working in field of Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living. She is a strong advocate for her community, tirelessly fighting to help those most in need, and works to inspire the community she serves – no matter their gender or race – to help them realize their true potential. Currently, Cindy works for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in the Worcester Office providing vocational counseling to individuals with disabilities. Cindy makes numerous public appearances annually to educate the public on disability awareness. She has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and Amazing Families television programs.  She is a member of the District Attorney Joseph Early’s Opioid Task Force and the Freedom Forward Re-entry Program with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. Cindy is a strong voice in the community regarding issues involving the rights of the disabled. She donates her time to several community boards and organizations including the Center for Living and Working, Worcester Community Connections Council of You Inc. (Advisory Board & Worcester Economic Mobility Task Force), State PCA Council, Rutland Democratic Committee, Rutland ADA Coordinator, YWCA Personnel Committee, and the Freedom Forward Re-entry Program with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. She also speaks publicly at local colleges including Assumption College and UMass Medical School to educate students on disability issues.

Education: Jennifer Safford, Director of Operations & Outreach Collaborative for Youth and Community Justice, Clark University
Jennifer Safford is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Operations and Outreach for the Collaborative for Youth and Community Justice at Clark University. Jennifer has carved out space to talk about racial justice, unconscious bias, and structural racism at the Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (WYVPI). Jennifer places a spotlight on important issues, educates allies to advance racial justice and equity, and advocates for additional trainings. As a result, she has contributed to the WYVPI adopting a structural violence lens that centers equity—in terms of race, gender, economic status, etc.—in its analyses and measures of success. She is also a member of the Planning and Governance teams of the Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Jennifer Safford is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, and Adjunct Faculty in the Health Sciences Department at Worcester State University. As a professional trainer and consultant, Safford has been working with non-profit organizations, schools, and youth-serving agencies across the state since 2001. Safford has also been a member of the Board of Trustees for Seven Hills Charter Public School and a member of the Board of Directors for Worcester PIF, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the development of young boys and girls through the game of basketball.

Health, Science & Technology: Linda Maykel, DDS
Dr. Linda Maykel received her D.D.S. from Northwestern University/Chicago and owns a general dentistry office in downtown Worcester featuring an all-female staff. Driven by her passion for social justice, Linda is a member of the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation Board and serves as a volunteer with the goal of strengthen policies and practices to support student equity and the elimination racism within the campus community. Through her dental practice, Linda has advanced women in her field via employment and advocacy, and as an active member of the American Association of Women Dentists. She also provides young women who are interested in the dental field with internship opportunities. During the first three years of private practice, she served as a clinical instructor in Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. As an active participant of the community, she is a member of numerous organizations: including the Worcester District Dental Society, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Heart Association, and the YWCA Central Massachusetts. Currently, she serves on the YWCA’s LIVE Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Previously, Linda served as President of the YWCA’s Board of Directors and was a board member for many years.
For more information about the Tribute to Women or this year’s recipients, please contact the Development Office at (508) 767-2505 ext. 3009 or

YWCA Central Massachusetts is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community. YWCA Central Massachusetts is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to: and
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Narcan event 2020
(August 12, 2020, Worcester, MA) –AdCare will host a free, virtual training Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 PM on how to administer the overdose reversing drug Narcan® and potentially save a life.  Keith Barnaby, CADC, harm reduction specialist with AIDS Project Worcester, will lead the Narcan training and live chat Q&A. Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: or dial in using your phone:+1 (408) 650-3123.  Access Code: 497-317-469.
The U.S. Surgeon General urges family, friends, and individuals at risk for an opioid overdose to keep Narcan on hand.  AdCare’s Narcan training August 25 at 4:00 PM is being held in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31, 2020), an opportunity to remember those lost to overdose and underscore the message that overdose death is preventable and more must be done to save lives.
Experience matters. For nearly 45 years, AdCare has provided life-changing alcohol and drug treatment at our hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, outpatient programs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and our residential treatment program in North Kingstown, RI. For more information about AdCare programs, call 1-800-ALCOHOL (252-6465) or visit


“The Big 3” (for keeping our city safe—City Manager Edward Augustus,
Medical Director Michael Hirsh MD, Mayor Joseph Petty

Melanie Bonsu, State Senator Harriette L. Chandler, Ricky Duran,
Judge Martha Grace, Judi Kirk, Satya Mitra, Ph.D., AiVi Nguyen Esq., Alisan Porter,
POW! WOW! Worcester, St. John’s Food Pantry, stART on the Street,
Imrana Soofi, Nellie Toney, Dolly Vazquez,
Vision for Worcester (Paul Demoga, Esq., Edward Madaus) Dee Wells, James Welu,
WooFood Favorites (George’s Coney Island, Table Talk Pies),
Worcester Women’s Oral History Project


Worcester Historical Museum is proud to honor the memory of and legacy of Harvey Ball and his world-famous creation, Smiley Face. The “Harvey” is presented annually to an individual, organization, or group of individuals whose commitments have made a difference in the city of Worcester…and helped people throughout the community smile.

This year’s Harvey Ball will feature a week-long online silent auction by very talented artists, a facemask challenge, pre-packaged dinners for purchase to enjoy the night of The Ball, and even an online merchandising shoppe to purchase Smiley party favors.

Program details, along with ticket and sponsor information, will be available shortly.

Start planning your exciting evening now! Maybe support a local restaurant with a party of 10 and zoom into The Ball together, have a party of 10 for a backyard dinner, or enjoy the entertainment in your support the Museum and it's collection of history - from yesterday to today and tomorrow.

Don't forget to brighten someone's day by sending them a electronic smile HERE and
view fun photos of past Balls HERE.

Covid Radio: Local Stations strategizing

Full Article Here

By Craig S. Semon 
Telegram & Gazette Staff 
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Updated at 8:33 AM

Commercial radio stations WXLO, The Pike and Nash Icon are not the only local stations strategizing how to be socially distant while staying socially relevant.

Ernest “Ernie” C. Floyd is the executive producer of Unity Radio – WUTY 97.9 FM and host of his own evening listening program, “Smooth Grooves.”

“Initially, it affected us because we had a routine where people were coming in on a regular basis and we were rotating the hosts, rotating the guests, and we were just getting our rhythm, as far as getting exposure in the community,” Floyd said. “All of a sudden COVID comes in. It shut everything down for a good number of weeks.”

Only on the air for three years, Unity Radio started playing repeat programs, as they tried to figure out its next move.
“The coronavirus forced us to get technical and when we got technical we got into the Zoom like everybody else, Floyd said. “When we realized what Zoom could do, person to person, at home, then we said well how can we transfer that into radio? So, we started doing Zoom interviews on the radio.”
Now, Unity Radio is doing some interviews in its Waldo Street studio.

“We continue to wipe microphones and computer desk tops and the desks and people come in with masks and we separate them,” Floyd said. “We feel as though we’re getting our rhythm back and we’re starting to get good underwriters. We’re starting to get recommended for grants now. And people are reaching out to us to support the station.”

Slowly but surely, Unity Radio’s 15 radio personalities and disc jockeys started coming back around three weeks ago. Only a few are still broadcasting from home, Floyd said.

“When COVID hit, and we had that three to six week layoff. Then, we started being creative and innovative with Zoom and then we learned TeamViewer,” Floyd said. “We learned how to edit and then we learned how to come up with a format to insert the shows on MP3 from remotely or our producer would come in by himself and just lay the schedule out. Now, we’re able to do a live show with our guest sitting six feet apart. And, then, we have people call in Zoom and we’re able to pop them up on the screen. We’re able to talk to them. So it’s pretty cool.”



Worcester Historical Museum Triva Time


The Covid-19 Chronicles


Worcester Historical Museum is hosting: PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & Style

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote through the changing roles of women and fashion.

BraveHearts Summer Camp

BraveHearts Summer Camp Starting Soon!
August 10th-14th

As part of our commitment to the community, the Whitin Community Center is pleased to offer the following Red Cross certified courses this Winter, for ages 15 and older. Pre-registration is required.
First Aid, CPR & AED for Adult & Child
Tuesday, February 25

$70 Members
$85 Guests

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One on One: Dennis Gorman, attorney at Fletcher Tilton, guitarist for In-Xpensive Winos

WORCESTER — By day, Dennis Gorman works as an attorney at Fletcher Tilton PC, assisting clients in areas that include estate, trust, tax, charitable organizations and corporate practice.
At night, he can be found jamming on his guitar as a member of In-Xpensive Winos, a band that plays classic rock tunes by the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jeff Beck and Foghat (to name a few) in clubs and at events, largely in Central Massachusetts and surrounding communities. In-Xpensive Winos will perform a fundraiser Friday at Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St., to benefit the nonprofit jazz radio station WICN 90.5-FM.
After graduating from St. Peter’s High School in Worcester, Gorman received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Nichols College, a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University and his J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University. In 998 he joined Fletcher Tilton, Worcester’s oldest law firm.
Why did you go into law and was it something you always wanted to do?
I’m a CPA as well as a lawyer. When I was working in public accounting, one of my friends was going to law school and I got the idea to go into the field from him. Clients, when they were in dire straits, would call their lawyers before their accountants. It looked more interesting and challenging than what I was doing, so I decided to bite the bullet and go to school at night. I probably did 90 hours weekly for five or six years between getting my CPA and law degree.
What are your specialty areas and why did you focus on them?
Because I’m a CPA and had my master’s in taxes, I was able to get back to advising businesses and doing estate planning, estate and trust work. ... It was just a natural fit for my background.
When did your interest in music begin?
I was 7 or 8 when the Beatles came out in 1964. I’ve always loved music. My generation grew up with all the British bands. I took lessons in the early and mid-’60s for a while but then dropped it and always regretted that. About eight years ago, my son bought me a guitar for Christmas and so I immediately started taking lessons ... and went from there.
Then I formed a band, almost right from the beginning, because the only way you are going to get good at playing is if you get up in front of people. The band has evolved over time.
Tell us about the band and the music you play.
The band is called the In-Xpensive Winos. Keith Richards is my favorite musician and the Rolling Stones is my favorite band. One of Keith’s side projects was called X-Pensive Winos, so I used a variation of that name. We play classic rock from 1965 to the 1980s.
Janis Joplin, Credence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top ... a lot of mainstream stuff. Largely we play in Worcester and surrounding towns. We played in Greenwich Village in New York City at the Bitter End. ... That was a blast. It’s the oldest club and we played there a month and a half after Lady Gaga went back to perform. It’s where she started out.
We just did a big show at the new Beer Garden Pavilion in Worcester, a really cool place.
What skills do you need to do both jobs? Are there similarities?
I’m kind of a front person in the band, although I have two lead vocalists. I sing a little bit but I tend to be the person on the microphone working the crowd.
I’m an outgoing person. In my profession, I think most successful lawyers are outgoing and at ease with people and able to communicate with them. I’ve been able to help develop a good following for the band ... being engaging and schmoozing.
Is there a standout experience from a concert you can share?
There was an instance when I was singing a song early on in my career and I completely forgot the words. I got brain fry so I just sang anything.
After the show, I asked people in the audience whether they picked up on that and they said, “Geez, no, we didn’t.” My guess is that musicians do that a lot and just have to wing it.