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

 by Tom MarinoAugust 23, 2022
Last Updated August 23, 2022 6:44 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, August 23 - QCC is hosting a forum with the candidates for Attorney General, Hanover Theatre opens registration for its fall courses, Chashu Ramen + Izakaya launches a special Wednesday pop-up menu, gas prices drop 11 cents and Dunkin' releases its first at-home seasonal creamer.

QCC to Host Attorney General Candidates Forum on Wednesday

The Worcester County Bar Association and Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) are hosting a candidates’ forum for the Massachusetts Attorney General on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 4:30 PM on QCC’s main campus at 670 West Boylston Street in Worcester in the Hebert Auditorium.

This free forum is open to the public and is the first that will take place with all four Massachusetts Attorney General candidates. The Democratic candidates are former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, and Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Quentin Palfrey. The Republican candidate is Attorney Jay McMahon.

The Massachusetts primary election will occur on September 6, 2022, with the general election on November 8, 2022. Current Attorney General Maura Healey who has held the office since 2015, is running for Governor of Massachusetts.

Hanover Theatre Fall Classes Open for Enrollment

Registration for the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory fall class schedule is now open. The fall scheduled includes over 90 classes for students of all ages.

Classes span subjects across drama, dance, music and technical theatre and design,

To see the classes and register, visit the Hanover Theatre website or call (508) 471-1795 for more information.

Wednesday Pop-Up Menu at Chashu Ramen + Izakaya

Starting this Wednesday, Chashu Ramen + Izakaya, at 38 Franklin St. in Worcester, is hosting a pop-up Udon menu from 12 PM to 8 PM.

The Udon dishes include classic, fish, vegan, classic chicken, and Korean chicken.

Average Gas Price Down 11 Cents in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts’s average gas price is down 11 cents from last week, averaging $4.16 per gallon. That price is 41 cents higher than a month ago ($4.57) and $1.12 higher than on August 22, 2021 ($2.04). Massachusetts’s average gas price is three cents higher than the national average.

“With prices continuing to fall, drivers and end-of summer vacationers are benefiting from gas prices that are almost a dollar lower than at their peak in mid-June,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Government Affairs. “But now we need to keep an eye on the weather as hurricane season ramps up. Major storms can boost prices by disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and impacting large coastal refineries.”

AAA Northeast’s August 22 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be five cents lower than last week ($3.95), averaging $3.90 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 51 cents higher than a month ago ($4.41) and 74 cents higher than this day last year ($3.16).

Dunkin's First At-Home Seasonal Creamer

Dunkin' gets a head start on pumpkin season with its first at-home, seasonal creamer: the Dunkin' Pumpkin Munchkin Creamer.

The 32 oz. creamer is available for a limited-time only at grocery stores with a suggested retail price of $3.99.

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