5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - September 20

 by Tom MarinoSeptember 20, 2022

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, September 20 - attend a community input session on police reform today, MassHire is hosting a job fair at Polar Park, original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler comes to Rascals in Worcester, Shrewsbury Street Italian Heritage award winners to be announced and the average cost of gas in Massachusetts dropped 12 cents over the last week.

Community Input Session on Police Reform

The CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation is hosting a community-centered dialogue on police reform on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 PM at the auditorium of Worcester Technical High School at 1 Officer Manny Familia Way in Worcester.

The session is part of CNA's independent audit of the Worcester Police Department, which aims to understand disparities and racial inequity in law enforcement policy and practice and produce recommendations for reforms for the Worcester Police Department.

Written comments can also be sent to [email protected]

MassHire Job Fair at Polar Park

MassHire Career Centers in Worcester and Southbridge is hosting a job fair at Polar Park on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Over 80 local employers from a diverse group of industries are participating in the event, including companies in healthcare, manufacturing, transportation/logistics and warehousing, food service, administration, social services, science and technology, and more.

Job seekers can register at the door on the day of the event. Pre-registration is available here.

Original Guns N' Roses Drummer Comes to Worcester

Steven Adler, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the original drummer in the band Guns N' Roses, will perform at Rascal's, at 70 James St. Suite 138, in Worcester, on Friday, Sept. 23.

Adler's band plays a selection of Guns 'N Roses song features lead guitarist Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat, Beautiful Creatures, Engines of Aggression), rhythm guitarist Alistair James and vocalist Ari Kamin.

Tickets are available at the Rascal's website.

Shrewsbury Street Italian Heritage Parade Award Announcements

The Italian Heritage Parade Committee will be announcing the award recipients for the 2022 Shrewsbury Street Italian Heritage Parade celebrations on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 PM at Pepe’s Italian Restaurant at 179 Shrewsbury St.

The event will include the recipients of the titles/ awards of Parade Grand Marshall, Gary Vecchio Award for outstanding public service, Shrewsbury Street Mayors Award, and the Perpetual Award.

The parade returns for the first time since 2019 on Oct. 9 at 12 PM.

Gas Prices Drop 12 Cents this Week in Massachusetts

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

The average gas price in Massachusetts is down 12 cents from last week, averaging $3.68 per gallon. This week's price is 52 cents lower than a month ago ($4.20), and 58 cents higher than Sept. 19, 2021 ($3.10).

Massachusetts’ average gas price is one cent higher than the national average.

All streaks have to end at some point, and the national average for a gallon of gas has fallen $1.34 since its peak in mid-June,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Government Affairs. "Prices continue to fall locally, but there are big factors tugging on global oil prices—war, COVID, economic recession, and hurricane season. All this uncertainty could push oil prices higher, likely resulting in slightly higher pump prices."

AAA Northeast’s September 19 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be four cents lower than last week ($3.71), averaging $3.67 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 24 cents lower than a month ago ($3.91) and 48 cents higher than this day last year ($3.19).

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