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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – Nov. 24, 2020

By Tom Marino | November 24, 2020
Last Updated: March 23, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Tuesday, November 24 – the Zero Fare WRTA Coalition will hold a virtual forum, CENTRO will give away 600 turkey baskets to Worcester and Fitchburg families, Friends of Wetherell Park/Duffy Field will hold an event to show thanks for volunteers, gas prices drop again in Massachusetts and Dunkin’ and Homesick bring back Dunkin’ inspired candles.

Zero Fare WRTA Coalition Forum

The Zero Fare WRTA Coalition is holding a virtual discussion on how to fund a zero fare Worcester Regional Transit Authority [WRTA] and Improve Transportation City-and State-wide.

Taking part in the discussion will be:

  • State Senator Harriette Chandler, First Worcester
  • State Representative David LeBoeuf, Seventeenth Worcester
  • Mayor Daniel Rivera, City of Lawrence
  • Councilor Michelle Wu, City of Boston
  • Tom Quinn, Worcester Regional Research Bureau

The meeting will be Monday, November 30, 2020, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

The forum will be held on Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live.


CENTRO to Give Away 600 Turkey baskets

CENTRO has been hosting its Turkey Basket drive for over 20 years and this year will increase the number given away from 350-400 to some 600.

The turkey baskets will be distributed Worcester & Fitchburg Families on Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

The baskets include turkey, cranberries, different types of squash, carrots, onions, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and more.

Donors for the even this year include the Worcester County Food Bank, Fallon Health, La Mega 106.1 FM, Eden Rafferty Law Offices, Price Rite Marketplace, and Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital.


Friends of Wetherell Park/Duffy Field Event on November 27

On Friday, November 27 from 10 AM to 1 PM, the Friends of Wetherell Park/Duffy Field will hold a post-Thanksgiving event to give thanks for the park and the volunteers who routinely care for its upkeep.

The event will be held in front of Yeshiva Academy at 22 Newton Ave

Donations of refreshments have been provided by Big Y Supermarket and Table Talk Pies.


Gas Prices This Week

AAA Northeast, the popular not-for-profit auto club, reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.

Massachusetts’s average gas price decreased one cent from last week ($2.07), averaging $2.06 per gallon. That price is the four cents lower than a month ago ($2.10), and 53 cents cheaper than November 23, 2019 ($2.59).

Massachusetts’s average gas price is five cents lower than the national average.

AAA Northeast’s November 23 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be two cents lower than last week, averaging $2.10 a gallon. Today’s national average price is six cents lower than a month ago ($2.16), and 49 cents cheaper than this day last year ($2.59).

Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast:

Region Current Price One Week Ago One Month Ago One Year Ago
Massachusetts $2.06 $2.07 $2.10 $2.56
Rhode Island $2.08 $2.08 $2.11 $2.51
Connecticut $2.12 $2.13 $2.17 $2.66

Dunkin and Homesick Bringing Back Candle Fragrances

The Dunkin’ partnership with home fragrance and lifestyle brand Homesick is returning.

The two brands announced on Monday, November 23, that limited-edition candles, inspired by some of Dunkin’ most popular menu items are coming back.

This year, customers can add a personalized message, like their name, a holiday message, or even a favorite Dunkin’ order to the jar of any candle to make it an extra special gift.

The returning fragrances are:

  • Original Blend – Dunkin’s signature blend coffee that has been keeping America running for 70 years. The combination of Original Blend Coffee and cream delivers a sweet scent to be enjoyed by all.
  • Old Fashioned – Indulge in the coziness of freshly baked Old Fashioned Donuts with the sweet but subtle scent of traditional warm spices that wrap you in nostalgia.

The limited-edition collection is available now at for $34 MSRP. For another $15, fans can print a personalized message on the candle’s jar for a custom gift as unique as fans’ go-to Dunkin’ order. Each candle is hand-poured in the U.S. with a soy wax blend and offers a generous burn time of 60 to 80 hours.

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