5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester - July 7

 by TWIW StaffJuly 7, 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 – Wednesday, July 7  - Holden Police warn of stolen mail leading to check fraud at town's Post Office, Anna Maria College announces its Second Annual Summer Music Institute, WPI Football announces its 2021 schedule, Worcester Chamber Music Society rolls out its Summer Festival lineup and AAA reports a one cent increase in gas prices in Massachusetts this week.

Holden Police Warn of Stolen Mail from Post Office

The Holden Police Department says it received several reports of fraud involving checks within the past month.

In each case, a resident mailed the check at one of the Holden Post offices using the mailbox outside the building.

The police department says the checks were “fished,” and then “washed” to change the beneficiary of the check and the amount.

Holden Police urge anyone who mailed payments via either Holden Post Office, using outdoor mailboxes, to monitor their accounts and report any fraudulent charges Holden Police Department.

Anna Maria College's 2nd Annual Summer Music Institute

Anna Maria College announced its Second Annual Summer Music Institute will take place from Monday, August 9, to Friday, August 13.

The Summer Music Institute is an in-person experience with a structured week of instruction for high school music students including rising 9th graders and high school band directors. This year’s program will feature Guest Conductor Brian Balmages, an award-winning composer and music educator.

Students will have the opportunity to continue their musical learning from world-class musicians, teachers, and leaders. Classes will include performing in Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Groups, Masterclasses, Virtual Masterclasses, and Daily Breathing Gym taught by Anna Maria College music faculty and musicians from around the world.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 16. For more information and to register visit the Anna Maria College website.

WPI Football Announces 2021 Schedule

Worcester Polytechnic University [WPI] announced its football schedule for the 2021 season on Tuesday, July 6.

Date Opponent Time
Friday, September 3 Worcester State University 7:00
Friday, September 10 at Endicott College 7:00
Saturday, September 18 #Rensselaer 2:30
Saturday, September 25 at Montclair State University 2:00
Saturday, October 2 *at US Merchant Marine Academy 1:00
Saturday, October 9 *Catholic University Noon
Saturday, October 23 *Springfield College Noon
Saturday, October 30 *at Norwich University Noon
Saturday, November 6 *US Coast Guard Academy Noon
Saturday, November 13 *at MIT 1:00

Home Games in Bold

Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Festival

The Worcester Chamber Music Society [WCMS] brings its first in-person concerts of the 2020-2021 season to the stage for three performances.

July 10: Viola Power – Mark Berger and Peter Sulski, joined by Randall Hodgkinson, Ariana Falk, and guest artist Mark Mummert, perform music written for one or two violas.

July 15: Of Purple Mountains’ Majesty – Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory, Peter Sulski, Ariana Falk, David Russell, and Randall Hodgkinson play music by American composers.

July 17: Dissidents and Dissonance – Krista Buckland Reisner, Rohan Gregory, Peter Sulski, Ariana Falk, and David Russell take the stage for the third and final concert, featuring music by Mozart, Bach, Martinu, Sanford, and Bartok. Mark Mummert is guest artist.

All three events are at Jeppson Hall, Trinity Lutheran Church at 73 Lancaster Street in Worcester.

Tickets Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students, free for EBT/WIC cardholders and youth 17 and under.

Visit the WCMS website for tickets now.

Gas Prices Up One Cent This Week in MA

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

Massachusetts’s average gas price up one cent from last week, averaging $3.00 per gallon. That price is the seven cents higher than a month ago ($2.93), and 90 cents higher than June 28, 2020 ($2.10).

“Higher crude oil prices and robust demand for gasoline—reinforced by record road travel during the July Fourth weekend—are pushing pump prices higher,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Government Affairs. “We had hoped that global crude production increases would bring some relief at the pump this month, but weekend OPEC negotiations fell through with no agreement reached, and now crude prices are poised to surge to a seven-year high.”

Massachusetts’s average gas price is 13 cents lower than the national average.

AAA Northeast’s June 28 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be three cents higher than last week, averaging $3.13 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 8 cents higher than a month ago ($3.05), and 95 cents 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 $3.00 $2.99 $2.93 $2.10
Rhode Island $3.01 $3.00 $2.96 $2.10
Connecticut $3.13 $3.11 $3.08 $2.16


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