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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – March 2

By Patrick Sargent | March 2, 2021
Last Updated: March 23, 2021

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, 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, March 2 – you can rent Chris Herren’s film The First Day, the Worcester Red Sox have internship opportunities, a new exhibit at the Sprinkler Factory starts this weekend, gas prices are up again and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau is accepting nominations for its public service awards.


You Can Rent Chris Herren’s Film ‘The First Day’ is a proud community partner for the Herren Project’s Wellness Week with Herren.

Wellness Week runs from now until Saturday, March 6, and each day has special programming with a unified theme. The week celebrates wellness and its importance to prevention and recovery, as well as supporting, inspiring and empowering those affected by substance use disorder.

Herren Project is a national nonprofit organization providing free resources and support for the treatment, recovery and prevention of substance use disorder.

Here’s a List of Events for Tuesday, March 2:

Check out the full calendar events here.


Worcester Red Sox Announce Internship Opportunities

Looking to get your foot in the door in the professional sports world?

The Worcester Red Sox are looking for students interested in interning with the team this season.

Interns will be required to work for 30 to 35 hours per week, including nights, weekends, and holidays. The team is looking to fill roles in community relations, merchandise, ballpark operations and more.

Click here to apply.


Sprinkler Factory’s ‘TRIOS: A Balance of 3’ Starts this Weekend

On Saturday, March 6, ‘TRIOS: A Balances of 3’ will open at the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester.

The exhibit features the work 80 local artists, each presenting three works of art — together representing a single concept through paint, photography, sculpture, video and more.

The exhibit is on view from March 6 to April 17 on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Want to check the exhibit out? Here’s how it works:
– All visitors must reserve a free timed ticket online in advance.
– Limited to 20 guests per 1.5 hour time-slot.
– Face masks required.

Gas Prices in MA Up 8 Cents from Last Week

Massachusetts’ average gas price is up eight cents from last week ($2.56), averaging $2.64 per gallon.

This week’s average price is 25 cents higher than a month ago ($2.39), and 18 cents higher than March 1, 2020 ($2.46). The average gas price is 8 cents lower than the national average.

The latest price jumps are a direct result of February’s winter storm that took 26 U.S. refineries offline and pushed refinery utilization from an average of about 83% down to an atypical low of 68%, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In its latest data, EIA alsoreported demand at 7.2 million barrels per day. Both utilization and demand rates have not been reported this low since last May.

AAA forecasts the national gas price average to hit at least $2.80 in March.

“Barring hurricane season, March may bring the most expensive pump prices of 2021,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Government Affairs. “While the month is roaring in like a lion, by the end of it we could see some relief at the pump as refineries resume normal operations, especially if crude oil prices show signs of stability.”


Worcester Regional Research Bureau Accepting Nomination for Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards

From now until March 26, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau is accepting nominations for the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards.

The awards are open to all employees from city/town governments, public school districts, and regional agencies who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to public service in Worcester County, except department or division heads.
Nominees for the Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards must illustrate:
  • Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities
  • Enthusiastic performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty
  • Cooperative, helpful, and friendly attitude toward the public and fellow employees
  • Community involvement outside the scope of job-related responsibilities

To make a nomination, click here or submit nominations via email at [email protected].

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