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, November 23 - Commissioner of Health and Human Services Dr. Mattie Castiel delivers a Thanksgiving holiday message, Worcester Housing Authority announces its holiday meal program schedule, pre-sale starts for 2022 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals tickets with special code, Auburn swears in the newest addition to its fire department and gas prices in Massachusetts rise one cent.
Worcester Commissioner of Health and Human Services Dr. Matilde "Mattie" Castiel delivered a Thanksgiving holiday message and information about the COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots on Monday, November 22.
An important message from Dr. Mattie Castiel.
The COVID-19 booster restores protection to 95% in as little as 48 hours. Get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose @umassmemorial @MercantileCtr TUE 11/23 10AM-3PM or @Worcester_PL WED 11/24 11AM-7PM. Visit https://t.co/Ka7qKmkKjI for more. pic.twitter.com/wxK0RQBRa4
— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) November 22, 2021
The Worcester Housing Authority announces its annual Holiday Meal program.
Pre-packaged holiday meals will be delivered to community rooms on the scheduled below. Individuals unable to leave their home can call resident services at (508) 635-3306 for delivery.
The WHA is proud to present their annual Holiday Meal program✨☃️Please join us in your community room for a pre-packaged holiday meal. Unable to leave your home? Call Resident Services at 508-635-3306 and one will be delivered 🛍️#WHA #worcesterhousing #worcesterma #holiday pic.twitter.com/n8QBodbmVP
— The Worcester Housing Authority (@WHAuthority) November 22, 2021
The College of the Holy Cross hosts the 2022 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals on Friday, March 25 and Sunday, March 27 at the DCU Center.
Those who wish to purchase tickets can use the code "DEAL" for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity through December 3.
Get tickets here.
The Town of Auburn held a swearing in for the newest addition to its team of first responders on Friday, November 19.
Molly Kachanis, the town’s newest Firefighter/ Paramedic, joins Group 3 of the Auburn Fire Department on November 27.
Congratulations to Molly Kachanis, who was sworn in yesterday by @TownofAuburn Asst. Town Clerk Sarah Strozina as our newest Firefighter/Paramedic. Her first day on the job @auburnmassfire is November 27th, assigned to Group 3.#newhire #AuburnMA #auburnfirerescue pic.twitter.com/bmQwx6mFW9
— Auburn Fire Rescue (@auburnmassfire) November 19, 2021
AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.
Massachusetts’s average gas price increased one cent for the second week in a row, now averaging $3.42 per gallon. That price is eight cents higher than a month ago ($3.34), and $1.35 higher than November 22, 2020 ($2.07).
Massachusetts’s average gas price is two cents higher than the national average.
“The price of crude oil accounts for about 50%–60% of what consumers pay at the pump, so a lower oil price could eventually translate into better gasoline prices for drivers,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Northeast.
AAA Northeast’s November 22 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be one cent lower than last week, averaging $3.40 a gallon. Today’s national average price is three cents higher than a month ago ($3.37) and $1.29 higher than this day last year ($2.11).
Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast: