The average cost of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is up seven cents across Massachusetts this week and stands at $2.67 per gallon — the highest price since the summer of 2015.

“Demand is at record levels for this time of year – more drivers are hitting the roads as warmer weather starts to spread across the country,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “If this trend of high demand and declining supply continues, drivers are likely to see pump prices continue to climb as the country settles into spring.”

According to AAA, the Massachusetts price is nine cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.76. In 2017 at this time, the average price in the statewas 35 cents lower at $2.32.  

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 46 cents, from a low of $2.53 to a high of $2.99.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.67 ($2.53-$2.99)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.93 ($2.67-$3.39)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.11 ($2.85-$3.49)                         Premium Unleaded                

$3.01 ($2.89-$3.19)                         Diesel                    

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up three cents this week, and at their highest point in six months, according to AAA Northeast.

“Prices at the pump have hit their highest point in the last six months, and will likely continue to climb—based on higher crude oil prices, geo-political tensions driving anxiety regarding oil supplies, and the seasonal switchover to the summer gasoline blend, which typically adds a few pennies to pump prices,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

Self-serve, regular unleaded is averaging $2.60 per gallon in Massachusetts — eleven cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.71.

A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 32 cents lower at $2.28.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 37 cents, from a low of $2.42 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.60 ($2.42-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.82 ($2.68-$3.13)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.01 ($2.78-$3.29)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.99 ($2.89-$3.14)                         Diesel    

Gas prices are up again this week in Massachusetts. Self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is averaging $2.57 per gallon, three cents more than last week.

“In spite of a drop in crude oil prices last week, generally higher crude oil prices, coupled with the seasonal switch to the summer gasoline blends – which are more expensive for refiners to produce – are combining to boost the cost of fuel at the pump,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

Although gas prices are up, the Massachusetts price is still nine cents below the national average of $2.66 per gallon.

A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 33 cents lower at $2.24.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 37 cents, from a low of $2.42 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.57 ($2.42-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.79 ($2.63-$2.99)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.97 ($2.77-$3.25)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.97 ($2.89-$3.09)                         Diesel     

The price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is up four cents this week across Massachusetts.

According to AAA Northeast, gas prices are averaging at $2.54 per gallon — 12 cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.66. Last year at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 35 cents lower at $2.19.

“Gas prices are going up across the country as the market continues to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for summer storage,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Today, only 38 percent of U.S.  stations are selling gasoline for $2.50 or less and that percentage will likely dwindle in the coming weeks.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 38 cents, from a low of $2.41 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.54 ($2.41-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.81 ($2.59-$2.99)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.00 ($2.78-$3.25)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.95 ($2.86-$3.09)                         Diesel    

Gas prices across Massachusetts have gone up two cents this week, with self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.50 per gallon.

The state’s gas price is still 11 cents below the national average of $2.61 per gallon. Last year at this time, the average price was 33 cents lower at $2.17.

“With the arrival of spring, gas prices both locally and nationwide immediately became more expensive,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Right now, we are seeing the market starting to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for the more expensive summer blend.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.50 ($2.39-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.76 ($2.52-$2.99)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.93 ($2.70-$3.25)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.96 ($2.79-$3.09)                         Diesel      

Gas prices in Massachusetts have dropped two cents this week to an average of $2.48 per gallon for self-serve regular unleaded.

The current average price is seven cents below the national average of $2.55 per gallon.

“While gasoline prices nationally are trending upward, Massachusetts is bucking that trend with prices at the pump down two cents,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “It’s possible that last week’s nor’easter played a role in decreasing demand and prices for gasoline in the state as many regular commuters stayed off the roads in the wake of the storm.”

A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 32 cents lower at $2.16.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 44 cents, from a low of $2.35 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.48 ($2.35-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.76 ($2.55-$2.99)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.93 ($2.68-$3.25)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.92 ($2.61-$3.04)                         Diesel                                     

 

Thrillist.com has released its list of the “Most Underrated City in all 50 States,” and has named Worcester the unsung hero of Massachusetts.

The online lifestyle magazine mentions the frequently used “Worcester Renaissance” and the city’s burgeoning food, music and brewery scenes.

Here’s what Thrillist.com author Adam Lapetina had to say about the Heart of the Commonwealth:

It’s probably easier than most for a city nicknamed “Wormtown” to qualify as underrated. But in an area full of quaint towns each trying to out-quaint each other, Worcester is a breath of… well, if not fresh air, certainly heady air. Massachusetts’s second-largest city has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately, as it refocuses on urban green spaces (it has one of the nation’s first-ever public parks!), its thriving music scene, and bringing in top beer and food talent. The city’s got a ton of excellent bars, breweries, and gastropubs (as well as some of the dimmest and most fascinating dives in New England). The food scene isn’t far behind, with new places like BirchTree Bread Company popping up all the time. Don’t overlook the classics here — George’s Coney Island and Regatta Deli are still the top lunch destinations in the city, and nobody in Worcester will let you forget it (or that sandwiches are called “grinders” — under penalty of stink-eye).

A recent survey of gas prices in Massachusetts show that the price of self-serve, regular unleaded is down six cents this week.

According to AAA Northeast, the self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is averaging $2.50 per gallon — three cents below the national average. At this time in 2017, the average price was 32 cents lower at $2.18.

“Prices were dropping daily last week and the downturn looks to be as a result of quicker refinery maintenance turnarounds and a build in U.S. crude oil inventories and production,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 50 cents, from a low of $2.29 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.50 ($2.29-$2.79)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.72 ($2.59-$2.99)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.92 ($2.79-$3.25)                         Premium Unleaded                

$2.95 ($2.69-$3.06)                         Diesel      

WORCESTER – On Tuesday, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced that the Worcester Police Department will receive a Shannon Community Safety Initiative award in the amount of $490,000.00 to help reduce youth crime and gang violence.

“Reducing youth crime and gang violence are some of our strongest priority areas as we continue working to make Worcester one of the safest cities in New England,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus. “We extend our thanks to the Baker-Polito administration for their shared commitment in making all of our communities safer, especially for the next generation.”

The grant will help serve the WPD’s priorities outlined in the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative — a program that launched in 2015 to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for social intervention, opportunities provision and suppression.

“We are grateful to the Baker- Polito Administration for their continuing support,” said Chief Steven M. Sargent. “This funding gives our officers the opportunity to collaborate with our community partners and work to reduce gang and youth violence. Our strategies have been successful in providing positive opportunities for our youth and improving the relationships that our next generation has with law enforcement.”

Worcester is one of 27 cities in Massachusetts to receive a grant through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative.

According to the WPD, the funds allocated will be used to support the Worcester Police Department Youth Violence Prevention Programs:

GANG AWARENESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION (Summer GANG) camp fosters teamwork and healthy competition and establishes positive role models for 300 at-risk kids aged 10 through 13.

The POLICE/CLERGY PARTNERSHIP pairs one WPD officer with each of eight parish centers. The program makes neighborhoods safer by having officers and clergy visible and approachable to kids affected by crime and violence, and aids in youth development through positive relationships and access to resources.

POLICE ATHLETIC AND ACTIVITIES LEAGUE (PAAL) started in 2002 with basketball and boxing was added in 2015. In 2018, we are proposing the addition of a rugby program. PAAL has proved to be a great asset for referrals to other Shannon programs and in finding hard-to-reach youth.

FINAL NOTICE reduces violence among high-risk returning offenders. WPD and the County Sheriff work together to identify soon-to-be-released inmates who have been arrested for serious crimes and who have been identified as gang-affiliated.

POLICE MUSIC PROGRAM: ARTS AND MUSIC POLICE PARTNERSHIP (AMPP): The Arts and Music Police Partnership is a new program this year designed to facilitate collaboration with the Worcester Police and members from the local arts community in Worcester. The goal is to develop relationships with youth who are not interested in sports, and will also give youth a chance to develop their creative skills in a positive way.

PROJECT NIGHT LIGHT II team the Gang Unit and Juvenile Probation to strengthen probation as a violence-suppression and prevention tool. PNL II pairs WPD and probation officers for home visits after a juvenile offender’s curfew.

A network of organizations partner with the Worcester Police Department to enact the Shannon strategy, including: Worcester Police Gang Unit, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Juvenile Probation, Worcester District Court Probation, Clark University, Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, The Worcester Youth Center, Worcester Community Action Council and Worcester House of Corrections.

Gas prices in Massachusetts went up three cents this week with self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.53 per gallon.

According to AAA Northeast, the Massachusetts price is eight cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.61. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 34 cents lower at $2.19.

“Every motorist in the country is paying more at the pump than they did a year ago,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Strong demand coupled with steadily rising oil prices means filling up will continue to cost consumers more this month.”

On the week, U.S. consumer gasoline demand hit 9 million barrels per day. In 2017, demand did not reach this mark until early March, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 34 cents, from a low of $2.45 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                                                  Grade
  • $2.53 ($2.45-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded
  • $2.75 ($2.58-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded
  • $2.94 ($2.68-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded
  • $2.99 ($2.89-$3.14)                            Diesel