In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com 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, April 27 - The Brick Grill in Sterling is raising money for the family of a Sterling Police officer, All Systems Go is hiring in Worcester, the next WooAngler virtual event is May 5, Eversource warns of an increase of scams targeting its customers and gas prices in Massachusetts are up three cents from last week.
The Brick Mexican Grill at 27 Main St. in Sterling is donating 100% of its sales on Wednesday, April 28, to the family of Sterling Detective David Johnson.
Johnson is fighting Leukemia, according to a GoFundMe launched late last year. It reported that Johnson was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments at that time. The fundraiser is still accepting donations.
Johnson, a long-time member of the Sterling Police Department, is married with three children.
The company is hiring for several positions including a food and beverage manager, supervisors, baristas, bartenders, kitchen staff and more.
Applicants can submit through listings on Indeed.
The City of Worcester and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife [MassWildlife] holds “The Biology of Fly Fishing,” a virtual event on Wednesday, May 5, at 6 PM.
The event will teach about about the organisms fish eat, what they say about your waterbody and what fly patterns you can use to imitate them.
Eversource Energy is urges vigilance from consumers in the face of increasing scams.
Scammers are using phony caller IDs that display Eversource and scripts that sound like a legitimate company representative, threatening to disconnect electric or gas service due to an unpaid bill.
Eversource offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to one of these scams:
Eversource representatives never demand instant payment on the phone, require pre-paid debit cards or request customers to meet at a “payment center.”
Never provide personal financial or account information to any unsolicited person on the phone, at the door or online.
Beware that some scammers can manipulate what appears on a caller ID.
Customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice that includes information on how to maintain service.
Customers can verify they are speaking with a genuine Eversource representative by asking for basic information about their account; name on the account, account address, the exact past due balance.
Anyone who believes they are a target of an improper solicitation should contact local law enforcement immediately. Eversource customers are also asked to contact (877) 659-6326 for verification if they receive a call, text, email or if someone shows up at the door.
AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.
Massachusetts’s average gas price is up three cents from last week, averaging $2.77 per gallon. That price is the one cent higher than a month ago ($2.76), and 83 cents higher than April 26, 2020 ($1.94).
Massachusetts’s average gas price is 11 cents lower than the national average.
AAA Northeast’s April 26 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be one cent higher than last week, averaging $2.88 gallon. Today’s national average price is two cents higher than a month ago ($2.86), and $1.11 higher than this day last year ($1.77).
Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast: