5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - November 23

 by Tom MarinoNovember 23, 2021
Last Updated November 23, 2021 6:25 AM

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.

Holiday Message from Health Commissioner Dr. Mattie Castiel

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.

Worcester Housing Authority Holiday Meal Program

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.

Get Presale Tickets for 2022 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals

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.

Auburn’s Newest Firefighter Sworn In

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.

Gas Prices Rise One Cent in Worcester

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:

Region Current
One Week
One Month
One Year
Massachusetts $3.42 $3.41 $3.34 $2.07
Rhode Island $3.42 $3.41 $3.35 $2.07
Connecticut $3.55 $3.54 $3.49 $2.12


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