5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 1, 2020

by | Jul 1, 2020 | Headlines, News

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 1 – the Board of Election Commission is holding a public hearing tonight, a Canal District restaurant is getting a new outdoor patio area, gas prices are going up ahead of the holiday weekend, the state announced $20 million in rent and mortgage assistance and Massachusetts is ranked among the most independent states in the country.

Worcester’s Board of Election Commission to Host Public Hearing Tonight

The City of Worcester’s Board of Election Commission will host a public hearing to discuss the upcoming primary election on September 1 and the general election on November 3.
The Commission will discuss mail-in voting, early mail-in voting and early in-person voting in regards to each election.
To participate in the public hearing, dial 415-655-0001 and use access code 160-935-9156#. When prompted for an attendee ID#, press “#”.

El Patron Putting in New Outdoor Patio

El Patron Mexican Restaurant on Harding St. in Worcester’s Canal District is putting in a new outdoor patio area facing Harding and Harrison streets.
The restaurant is one of four establishments going before the License Commission on Thursday morning for a temporary outdoor dining permit.

Gasoline Prices Rise Heading into the Holiday Weekend

Gasoline prices heading into the Independence Day have risen three cents per gallon in Massachusetts.

A gallon of regular unleaded in Massachusetts is at $2.06 on average, eleven cents lower than the national average.



Baker Announces $20 Million For Rent and Mortgage Assistance

Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced on Tuesday, June 30, a $20 million, statewide fund to assist low-income households facing rent and mortgage problems.

The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance [ERMA] program will provide funding to those who have suffered financial hardship during the state of emergency declared to fight COVID-19.

$10 million of he funding for the program comes from the federal CARES Act.

Massachusetts the 5th Most Self-Sufficient State in US

The financial experts at WalletHub.com released a study of the most self-sufficient states and found Massachusetts to be near the top at #5.

The study looked at each state and how dependent each is for dependency on financial, government., job-market, international trade and vices.

WalletHub.com used 39 metrics to determine its findings for each state.

Source: WalletHub


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