Wednesday, December 12, 2012
New England drivers still paying well above the national average.
As the Christmas travel season approaches, drivers are on the receiving end of some good news relative to gas prices. According to AAA Southern New England, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas (self-serve) dropped another seven cents this past week, to $3.47. The good news is that price is 14 cents lower than a month ago. The bad news is, New England drivers are still paying roughly 13 cents higher than the national average and a full 20 cents higher than the price of gas in December 2011. According to the gas stations surveyed by AAA, prices ranged from $3.33 to $3.75 for unleaded regular self-serve. In Melrose, some of the lowest prices can be found at Vasco Petroleum ($3.52), Shell Service ($3.54) and Melrose Mobile…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
"Fundamentally, long-term, it's us," one reader said.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Last week, Melrose Patch asked for your opinion on the cause for the recent spike in the cost of gasoline. Readers Josh Chace and Percy both blamed consumers for the $0.16 increase from last month to now in gas prices. "Being so dependant on fossil fuels, driving completely inefficient cars, and wanton disregard for options to take mass transit, carpool, or just using our gas more efficiently allows OPEC and other conglomerates in charge of distribution to charge whatever amount they want and we have no choice but to pay it," Chase wrote in the comments. "Fundamentally, long-term, it's us," Percy added. Other readers, like Ted Hunt, had a different take. "I would like to hold Congressman Markey responsible," Hunt wrote, "because of his…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ask 10 different people and you might get 10 different answers as to why gas prices have spiked sharply in September.
The facts are indisputable. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in Massachusetts is presently $3.88. That's a whopping 16 cents higher than it was just one month ago. The price has actually soared to over $4 a gallon at some Middlesex County self-serve stations. For a list of the gas stations in Tewksbury selling the least expensive fuel, click here for our Commute Page. Ask 10 different people to explain the cause of the off-season spike and you might get 10 different answers. Some have blamed OPEC, while others have blamed big oil companies. A recent rash of severe weather has been seen as a cause by some people, as have the energy polices and proposals of one political party or another. Still other people have blamed…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Gas prices have climbed 22 cents this month across Rhode Island, and 32 cents nationwide. How will this impact holiday travel?
As folks gear up for Labor Day weekend, local gas prices continue to creep up. According to AAA Southern New England, the average price of a gallon of gas in Rhode Island is currently $3.86, up 22 cents from this time last month. That is 7 cents, on average, more expensive than what motorists pay in Massachusetts, but 17 cents less expensive than pumps in Connecticut. The local spike is not as bad as the national average, which has seen an increase of 32 cents per gallon this past month. Prices in the area range between $3.67 a gallon and $3.85, with the cheapest price currently at Stop and Shop at 70 Pulaski Boulevard in Bellingham, Mass., next door. Before heading out for Labor Day fun, get traffic alerts and gas prices for Melrose in …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Check out the Five Things column for Aug. 28.
1. Back to school: Tuesday marks the first day of the 2012-2013 school year for students of Melrose Public Schools. 2. Send us your photos! Do you have some great shots of the kids readying for their first day of school in Melrose? Upload them to our community photo gallery. 3. Get socialized: Check out the Melrose Patch Facebook and Twitter pages for additional content not featured on the website. 4. Get help: Looking for gas prices and traffic updates before leaving Melrose for work? Why not check out our Commute section. 5. Ah, memories: Calling all former (and current) Melrose students: Do you recall your first day of school memories? Let us know by posting a comment here.