5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - October 5

 by TWIW StaffOctober 5, 2021

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, October 5 - watch the Red Sox face the Yankees at Polar Park for free, Massachusetts State Police join Northborough Police in a Pink Patch Project event, Saint John's High School receives $1 million for its Makerspace for Engineering and Robotics, the EcoTarium announces new operating hours starting on Wednesday, and gas prices in Massachusetts remain flat for the second straight week.

Free Admission at Polar Park to Watch Red Sox vs. Yankees Wild Card Game

Polar Park opens the DCU Club on Tuesday, October 5, at 7 PM, with no admission charge, for the wild card game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The first pitch of the game is scheduled just after 8 PM.

Attendees can watch the game on one of several televisions in the DCU Club or sit outside the club and watch the game on the Park’s video screen.

Typical ballpark fare and beverage items will be available for sale.

State Police Join Northborough Police in Pink Patch Project

The Massachusetts State Police announced they will join the Northborough Police and Fire Departments for a Pink Patch Project Event on Friday, October 15.

State Police says the event is to honor all those that have fought cancer, remember those lost and support those who work to defeat the disease.

The event, co-resented with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is at Beyond Nutrition at 269 West Main Street in Northborough from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Saint John’s Receives $1 Million for Engineering and Robotics

Saint Johns High School at 378 Main Street in Shrewsbury received a $1,000,000 gift from the estate of 1950 alumnus Thomas Kelley. The High School will create an endowed fund with the gift to support the operation of the school’s Makerspace for Engineering and Robotics.

The funds will also help provide professional development for faculty and staff to maximize the use of the space for students.

A ceremony on Tuesday, October 5, at 10:30 AM at the Ryken Center at Saint John’s, will name the Makerspace in Kelley’s honor.

The Makerspace opened in fall 2017.

New Opening Hours at the EcoTarium

The EcoTarium begins new operating hours on Wednesday, October 5, opening from 10 AM to 5 PM from Wednesday through Saturday.

The only space listed as closed at the EcoTarium is the Alden Digital Planetarium.

Tickets purchased in advance are highly recommended as capacity is limited. All visitors ages 2 and over are required to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.

Gas Prices Stay Flat this Week in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts’s average gas price is the same as last week, for the second week in a row, averaging $3.10 per gallon. That price is two cents higher than a month ago ($3.08), and one dollar higher than October 4, 2020 ($2.10).

Massachusetts’s average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national average.

“Global economic uncertainty and supply chain concerns caused by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic could be playing a role in keeping crude oil prices elevated,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public Affairs. “But there may be some relief on the horizon due to the news that OPEC and its allies might ramp up production increases faster than previously agreed.”

AAA Northeast’s October 4  survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be two cents lower than last week, averaging $3.18 a gallon. Today’s national average price is two cents higher than a month ago ($3.18) and $1.02 higher than this day last year ($2.18).

Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast:

Region Current Price One Week Ago One Month Ago One Year Ago
Massachusetts $3.10 $3.10 $3.08 $2.10
Rhode Island $3.08 $3.07 $3.07 $2.13
Connecticut $3.21 $3.20 $3.18 $2.17



Lead image courtesy: Massachusetts State Police/Facebook (EDITED)

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