Category Archives: sports&fitness

FindingBalance: Disconnecting

Jennifer Russo

Ah – December. People seem a little more cheerful at this time of year, despite the changing weather. Stores are alight, and everything seems to twinkle and sparkle. More people volunteer and make donations to charities, and people start shopping for gifts to make those they cherish smile.

New Around the Woo: ofo

Rachel Shuster

Bike sharing has come to Worcester. Ofo is a station-free bicycle-sharing platform that is taking over the world, one pedal stroke at a time. The China-based company dropped off 200 bikes on the Common in September.

The Massachusetts Pirates Become the Newest Pro Team in Worcester

Are you a football fanatic looking for a team to root for who is closer to home? If so, I have good news for you.

The Massachusetts Pirates, a National Arena League Football Team, announced they will be the next pro team to enter Worcester’s sports scene. The team will play its home games at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Orr and Sanderson Drop the First Puck for Worcester Railers on Veterans Day

The Worcester Railers Hockey Club will celebrate Veterans Day during its Nov. 11 match up against the Manchester Monarchs with Veterans Day Appreciation Night. Boston Bruins Legends Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson will drop the ceremonial first puck. All veterans and current military members with a proper ID may purchase up to four tickets for just $11 each at the DCU Center Box Office. Throughout the game The Railers will honor active military members and veterans.

Tickets start at $15; doors open at 6 p.m. and the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at, or at the DCU Center Box Office.

Finding Balance: Scents of Smell

I think everyone has had that moment when they are just out and about in their normal routine somewhere and suddenly they catch a scent that instantly transports their brain to another time and place. Our sense of smell, which is the most sensitive of all our senses, can trigger memories we may not even realize we still had living in the deepest parts of our brain. For instance, the smell of a certain perfume reminds me of my great-grandmother. The smell of crayons reminds me of when I was a kid. The smell of fresh laundry takes me back to when I worked somewhere that I had to get to by passing a laundromat. You get the picture.