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 14 - Congressman McGovern speaks at Holy Cross and by livestream on 9/11 anniversary and Afghanistan, Anna Maria celebrates 75 years with the Paxton community, be part of planning for Central Massachusetts in 2050, gas prices rise one cent in Massachusetts this week and McDonald's celebrates National Cheeseburger Day with a 50 cents special.
The College of the Holy Cross hosts Congressman Jim McGovern today for a discussion on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, the legacy of war in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and how to assist Afghan refugees that may resettle in Boston and Worcester.
The event is at 4:30 PM at the Rehm Library on the Holy Cross campus and available by livestream.
McGovern, a leading critic of U.S. military policy in Afghanistan, coordinated bi-partisan initiatives focused on the human and financial costs of the war, proposed safely withdrawing U.S. forces from the country, and promoted a political solution for Afghanistan and the region.
Holy Cross Political Science Professor Ward Thomas will lead the conversation. The event is sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross.
Anna Maria College will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Saturday, September 18, with a full day of activities for families and residents of Paxton.
The event starts at 11 AM and include food trucks such as Grub Guru-Asian Fusion, Cookie Monstah-Ice Cream Sandwiches, Creperie and AMC Sodexo burgers and hot dogs and Milk Room Brewery Beer Garden and Polar Soda tasting. At 7pm the Kona Ice Truck will be at Saint Anne’s Rotary.
A 1 PM the AMCAT football team hosts Mass Maritime Academy. Halftime includes a cheerleading performance, field goal contest and a kids race with Mac the AMCAT.
Family events throughout the day include drama club face painting, Once Upon a Campus superhero and princess photo-op, balloon animal and hat artists, mini-pumpkin decorating, bounce house, t-shirt toss with cheerleaders and a 75th Anniversary banner signing.
Fireworks take place at 7:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 9:00pm guests can take on the Grit’n Wit Obstacle Course.
The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission [CMRPC] announced the launch of Imagine 2050: A Vision for Central Massachusetts. Imagine 2050 will establish long-range strategies for the 40-community region through working with residents, business owners, governments, and institutional partners.
Imagine 2050 represents the region’s first comprehensive planning effort in over 20 years.
The project aims to identify the resources, problems, possibilities, and needs of the region; these findings will inform a plan to improve the welfare and prosperity of those who live, work, and visit Central Massachusetts.
Imagine 2050 will help local, regional, and state actors make informed public policy and investment decisions. Recommendations will derive from community surveys, listening and visioning sessions, data and trend analysis, and scenario planning.
AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.
Massachusetts’s average gas price is up one cent since last week, averaging $3.09 per gallon. That price is five cents higher than a month ago ($3.04), and 95 cents higher than September 13, 2020 ($2.14).
Massachusetts’s average gas price is eight cents lower than the national average.
“Timing is everything, and while supplies have tightened due to the slow recovery after Hurricane Ida, this is also the point when gas demand starts its seasonal decline,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public Affairs. “While there may be some price fluctuation, we expect most motorists to see stability at the pump.”
AAA Northeast’s September 13 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be one cent lower than last week, averaging $3.18 a gallon. Today’s national average price is cent lower than a month ago and 98 cents higher than this day last year ($2.19).
Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast:
McDonald’s celebrates National Cheeseburger Day with a one-day, in-app special offer.
On Saturday, September 18, order a double-cheeseburger through the McDonald’s app for just 50 cents. First-time in-app purchasers also get 1500 bonus points that will enable future freebies.
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