5 Things You Need To Know Today In Worcester - September 21

 by TWIW StaffSeptember 21, 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, September 21 - the American Heart Association recognizes Saint Vincent Hospital, Coney Island is hiring, Governor Baker announces the first Commission on Clean Heat, there's a Wonder Women of Worcester portrait making event this week and gas prices in Massachusetts rises two cents since last week.

American Heart Association Recognizes Saint Vincent Hospital

Saint Vincent Hospital has  received the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.”

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific research.

Saint Vincent Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

The hospital also received two additional awards from the American Heart Association:

  • The Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award is in recognition for achieving quality measures developed to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment ischemic stroke.
  • The Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award recognizes the Hospital achieved quality measures developed with more than 90 percent of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

George's Coney Island is Looking for Grill, Kitchen Help

Due to a staffing shortage, George's Coney Island was forced to close on Monday.

The landmark restaurant is looking to fill for people to fill multiple positions, including grill help and a dishwasher.

For anyone interested, please contact the Coney Island team at [email protected]


Governor Baker Establishes First Commission on Clean Heat

Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order earlier the same day that establishes the first ever Commission on Clean Heat.

The Commission on Clean Heat will advise the Governor’s office on strategies and policies to achieve deep emissions reductions from the use of heating fuels in the Commonwealth. It will also establish a framework for a long-term decline in emissions from heating fuels, consistent with the findings from the Administration’s 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap.

In March 2021, Governor Baker signed nation-leading climate legislation that commits the Commonwealth to reducing emissions below 1990 levels by 50% by 2030, 75% by 2040, and to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Worcester Pop-Up is Hosting Free Wonder Women of Worcester Portrait Day

On Friday, Sept. 24, from 6 PM to 9 PM, Worcester Pop-Up is hosting a portrait making art event which asks the question: Who's the Wonder Woman in your life?

The event is part of a sneak preview of the work students have been doing, drawing and painting portraits of the Wonder Women in ther lives.

A show will open on Oct. 7 at the Worcester Pop-Up at the JMAC Center showcasing the artwork.


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Gas Prices Rise Two Cents this Week in Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts’s average gas price is up two cent since last week, averaging $3.10 per gallon. That price is five cents higher than a month ago ($3.05), and 93 cents higher than September 20, 2020 ($2.12).

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

“Hurricane Nicholas complicated and slowed the recovery from Ida, but the seasonal drop-off in demand helped mitigate price increases on the week,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public Affairs. “We aren’t in the clear yet, though. We are only at the mid-point for hurricane season, and it has been an active one so far, with 17 named storms already. Motorists can expect price fluctuations into October.”

AAA Northeast’s September 20  survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be two cents higher than last week, averaging $3.19 a gallon. Today’s national average price is two cents higher than a month ago (2.17) and 96 cents higher than this day last year ($2.22).

Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast:

Region Current Price One Week Ago One Month Ago One Year Ago
Massachusetts $3.10 $3.09 $3.05 $2.112
Rhode Island $3.08 $3.07 $3.06 $2.14
Connecticut $3.20 $3.19 $3.17 $2.29


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