5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – August 23, 2019

by | Aug 23, 2019 | Headlines, News

Gas Could Drop 25 Cents a Gallon this Fall in Massachusetts

According to AAA Northeast, Massachusetts drivers could see a savings of 25 cents a gallon this fall compared with this summer’s prices.

AAA points to heaper crude oil, the expected decline in gasoline demand after Labor Day, and the transition to winter-blend gasoline as the push to prices lower at the pump.

“The cheapest gas prices of the year could be coming to a retail pump near you in the Northeast in the months ahead,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.  “Cheap crude oil and the post-summer demand slump are among the factors that will contribute to this major shift in savings.”


City to Hold Ribbon Cutting for $2M Upgrade of South Worcester Playground

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the City of Worcester will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for renovations made to the South Worcester Playground at 380 Cambridge St. at 4:30 PM.

The $2 million renovation project included:

  • A new, expanded playground with poured in place safety surfacing
  • A new, centralized parking lot
  • Parking lot lighting
  • Parking lot gates
  • Improved access to the community building via a new ramp
  • A new community garden area
  • Accessible walkways

Renovations also include the installing of a new roof, a new gutter system and other needed accessibility improvements.

In FY2018 the City received a $400,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program to support the improvements of this facility.

The five-acre South Worcester Playground, also known as Harry Sherry Field, became a City park in 1986.

Annie’s Book Stop to Host Hank Phillipi Ryan for Book Signing

On Saturday, Sept. 7,  from 3-5 PM Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester is hosting Hank Phillippi Ryan, mystery author and journalist at their store at 65 James Street for the signing of her new book, The Murder List: A Novel of Suspense. 

The description of the book reads: “Law student Rachel North is the ultimate reliable narrator–she will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing. She’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar. And her internship with the powerful District Attorney’s office is her ticket to a successful future. Problem is–she’s wrong. “


Esports Company Proving Groundz to Hold 3 Events in Worcester this Fall

The Proving Groundz, a progressive esports company focused on the development of the next generation of esports professional, has announced three esports series for this Fall.

SMASH n SLICE Fall Series – every Tuesday evening at 7 PM beginning on Oct. 1 and ending on Nov. 19 at Domino’s Pizza at 1413 Grafton St. Entrance: $10 for players and $5 for fans.

MK11- Kombat Zone – every Wednesday evening at 7 PM beginning Oct. 2 at Domino’s Pizza — a weekly Mortal Kombat 11 tournament. This new fighting tournament will be based on the EVO double elimination format with random draw and played on the PS platform. Entrance: $10 for players and $5 for fans.

FIFA Fall Coach Series – a four night series starting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and for the three consecutive Wednesdays following, hosted by The Savepoint Tavern and The Proving Groundz at 57 Highland St. 

Entry fees are $10 and cash prizes will be awarded each week with a grand prize to the FIFA Fall Series winner.


QCC Offering Last Saturday to Enroll in Fall Classes

Quinsigamond Community College [QCC] is offering its last “Super Saturday” registration event before the fall semester begins. Students who have been unable to register during the week have another chance to register for classes on Saturday, August 24, from 9 AM – 1 PM.

The registration event will be held at QCC Welcome Center, located on the college’s main campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester. Fall classes at QCC begin on September 4.  For more information, visit www.qcc.edu/saturday.


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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. For two years prior to launching TWIW in 2017, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.