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, December 6 - seven Worcester residents are sworn in as Worcester County Correctional Officers, the Worcester Tech Student Council is holding a fundraiser, Mochi Doh is hiring, Nothing Bundt Cakes brings back its Peppermint Chocolate Chip for the holidays and gas prices in Massachusetts drop 10 cents since last week.
Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis administered the Correctional Officers Oath to the 20 graduating recruits of the Sheriff’s Office’s 58th Basic Recruit Training Academy (B.R.T.A) at Anna Maria College on Friday. Seven graduates are Worcester residents.
The Worcester residents are (in the image above, top, left to right) Officer Shaquille Adjei, Officer Camil Dahrouj, Officer Stephen Jandrow (bottom, left to right) Officer Daniel Kwakye, Officer Huy Pham, Officer Cam Savoy, and Officer Cody Sosa.
Two graduates were recognized with awards for performance during academy training. Dahrouj was recognized for his academic excellence with the Francis T. Foley Academic Award. Pham was recognized for displaying outstanding effort, enthusiasm, and excellence with the Paul J. Westberg Class Banner Award.
The Sheriff’s Office Academy is a 12-week paid program that consists of both classroom and hands-on instruction in which recruits are taught how to handle and maintain the care, custody, and control of inmates incarcerated at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction.
The Student Council at Worcester Technical High School is running a fundraiser to help support their club by selling t-shirts for graduates to celebrate being a proud product of Worcester Public Schools.
The t-shirts are $20 and available here.
Mochi Doh, a Japanese Pon de Ring Donuts restaurant at 209 Harding St., is hiring.
Interested candidates must be 18-years-old or older and available Wednesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM. Send a resume to [email protected] to apply.
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Nothing Bundt Cakes, at 98 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury, now has annual Peppermint Chocolate Chip available for the holiday season. It includes chocolate cake packed with chocolate chips and peppermint pieces.
The holiday special item is available in 8-inch and 10-inch Bundt Cakes, Bundtlets, and Bundtinis. Online order is available here.
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AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.
Massachusetts’s average gas price decreased by 10 cents from last week, averaging $3.66 per gallon. That price is 16 cents lower than a month ago ($3.82) and 25 cents higher than on Dec. 5, 2021 ($3.41).
Massachusetts’s average gas price is 26 cents higher than the national average.
The recent steep plunge in domestic gas prices may be affected by the results of Sunday's meeting of OPEC+, a group of 23 oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia. Domestic gasoline prices have dropped 26 cents nationally in the past two weeks. But OPEC+ decided to maintain output cuts of 2 million barrels per day, about 2% of world demand. The purpose of the move is to boost the global price of oil, which has fallen recently on fears of demand weakness, specifically in China. Regardless, the national average pump price for a gallon of gas dropped 14 cents in the past week to $3.40.
“Gas prices are dropping sharply and are only a nickel more per gallon nationally than a year ago,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. "But with oil being the main ingredient in gasoline, OPEC+'s move could slow this decline. However, the gas price will likely soon be lower than it was a year ago."
AAA Northeast’s Dec. 5 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 14 cents lower than last week ($3.54), averaging $3.40 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 14 cents lower than a month ago ($3.79) and 5 cents higher than this day last year ($3.35).