5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – March 30

 by TWIW StaffMarch 30, 2021

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, March 30 - Quinsigamond Community College offers assistance to Becker College students, Ninety-Nine Restaurant & Pub plans 1,000 new hires in New England and upstate New York by May 3, Massachusetts paid $1.8 million to veterans in 2020, Worcester Red Sox Booster Club members can get a personalized plaque displayed at Polar Park and gas prices remained the same as last week in Massachusetts.


QCC Offers Assistance to Becker Students

Quinsigamond Community College responded to the news of the closing of Becker College on Monday, March 29, by enabling a simple transfer of credits for students to continue their education.

QCC and Becker College reached a transfer agreement and memorandum of understanding on the same day Trustees at Becker announced the College will close.

QCC will enable and assist students to transition from comparable Becker programs into the following QCC programs:

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration Transfer
  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Birth – Eight Years Old
  • Associate Degree Nurse Education
  • Associate Degree Nurse Education – Evening

In addition to the programs listed in the MOU, many of Becker’s programs can easily transfer to QCC.


Ninety-Nine Restaurant & Pub Hiring Across New England

Ninety-Nine Restaurant & Pub  has announced a plan to hire over 1,000 individuals across all restaurants in New England and upstate New York by May 3.

Ninety-Nine is seeking qualified and professional candidates that are passionate about the culinary world, enjoy a fast-paced environment and demonstrate exceptional service skill.

Positions vary and include part-time and full-time roles.

To see what jobs are open in your location, visit the Ninety-Nine website.


MA Awards over $1.8 Million to Veterans in 2020

Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Deborah Goldberg’s Veterans Bonus Division announce that in 2020 they processed nearly 4,000 bonuses and awarded $1,850,451 in benefits to Veterans across Massachusetts.

The Division also oversaw creation of a new COVID-19 Bonus for Massachusetts National Guard members. That program paid out $838,000 to over 1,500 service members beginning in November.

The Veterans’ Bonus Division distributes bonuses for eligible active duty, discharged, and deceased Massachusetts veterans who served during various conflicts. The State Treasurer’s Office has administered the state bonus program since the World War I bonus in 1919 was awarded to Massachusetts individuals who served in the armed forces during that period. To learn more about the Veterans’ Bonus Division, visit VetsBonusMA.com.


Get a Personalized Plaque at Polar Park

Members on one of the paid tiers of the Worcester Red Sox Booster Club can personalize their own baseball plaque to be displayed at Polar Park for years to come.

Sign up or upgrade your free account at WorcesterBoosterClub.com or with the Polar Park App.

Paid members who wish to have their plaque displayed for the 2021 season should send an email to [email protected] no later than April 1 at 8 PM.


No Increase in Gas Prices Since Last Week in MA

AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.

Massachusetts’s average gas price is the same as last week at $2.76 per gallon. That price is the 12 cents higher than a month ago ($2.64), and 65 cents higher than March 29, 2020 ($2.11).

Massachusetts’s average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national average.

AAA Northeast’s March  29 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 2 cents lower than last week, averaging $2.88 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 15 cents higher than a month ago ($2.71), and 84 cents cheaper than this day last year ($2.02).

Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast:

Region Current Price One Week Ago One Month Ago One Year Ago
Massachusetts $2.76 $2.76 $2.64 $2.11
Rhode Island $2.78 $2.79 $2.63 $2.12
Connecticut $2.89 $2.90 $2.74 $2.17
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