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, October 13 - there's a free lacrosse clinic for kids this weekend in Worcester, Glazy Susan introduces its own custom coffee blend, Worcester Public Library brings back Sunday hours, Reliant Medical Group recognized for its use of technology and gas prices rise nine cents this week.
On Saturday, October 16, Bandits Youth Lacrosse hosts a free lacrosse clinic for boys and girls in grades 1 to 8 at Worcester Academy at 14 Marion Ave.
Instructors of the clinic include Worcester Academy coaches and players, Assumption College players, and other local area coaches. The clinic provides sticks to players that need one.
Registration for the event begins at 3:30 PM and the clinic is from 4 PM to 6 PM.
Glazy Susan, the specialty donut shop at 50 Forster Street (at the DCU Center) in Worcester, has announced its own custom house coffee blend.
Glazy Susan worked with Acoustic Java to develop the Glazy Susan Blend, a medium and dark roast Indonesian beans with sweet fruit, cocoa, vanilla, and praline notes.
The blend is now served at Glazy Susan with bags available to take home.
The Worcester Public Library [WPL] announced its seasonal schedule which includes the return of Sunday hours this week.
On Sunday, October 17, the WPL Main Library at 3 Salem Street opens from noon to 4 PM and will open every Sunday through April 24.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced on Tuesday, October 12, that Reliant Medical Group has earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7 (Ambulatory). CHIME conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
The four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute, represented over 36,000 organizations. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.
To learn more about the CHIME program, visit its website.
AAA Northeast reports changes in gas prices across the region on a weekly basis.
Massachusetts’s average gas price increased nine cents this week, after two weeks of flat prices, now averaging $3.19 per gallon. That price is 11 cents higher than a month ago ($3.08), and $1.08higher than October 4, 2020 ($2.11).
Massachusetts’s average gas price is eight cents lower than the national average.
“The key driver for this recent rise in the price of gas is crude oil, which typically accounts for between 50% and 60% of the price at the pump,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs. “And last week’s decision by OPEC and its oil-producing allies to not increase production further also helped boost gas prices by tightening the supply.”
AAA Northeast’s October 12 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be seven cents higher than last week, averaging $3.27 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 10 cents higher than a month ago ($3.17) and $1.09 higher than this day last year ($2.18).
Comparison to neighboring states, according to AAA Northeast: