Tym Dore: Railers brought me to Worcester, city keeps me wanting more

“I had grown up in the Pioneer Valley and was familiar with the hardships that cities like Lowell, Springfield and Worcester faced. After being away from Massachusetts the past few years, my wife and I came to Worcester to meet with the Railers, and we were hooked.” Find out more about what drew a young, small-town family to become certified fans of the Woo.

Inbox [Nov. 9]: Worcester State checks in as new Canal District rink tenant, concert series begins today, Cary receives lifetime honor, Dunkin’s awards $30K to vets and first responders, Shrewsbury Street group meets tomorrow

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Worcester State signs on with Canal District rink

Worcester State University has signed a partnership agreement to serve as an anchor tenant at Worcester Sports Center, beginning next fall.

Worcester Sports Center, under construction at the former PresMet site on Harding Street, is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will host the Worcester State men’s hockey team, which will include all home games, practices and a permanent locker room.

Worcester Sports Complex

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An artist’s rendering of the planned Canal District dual hockey rink complex.

“I am excited to announce that Worcester State University will be joining us as an anchor tenant in 2017 with their men’s ice hockey team,” Worcester Sports Center’s managing partner Cliff Rucker said. “Partnering with Worcester State epitomizes our commitment that this is truly a Worcester community resource – built for the residents and student athletes of Worcester.”

Worcester State joins the Becker College men’s and women’s teams [first in the Sun!] and Worcester Academy; as well as youth organizations Worcester Junior Sharks and Junior Crusaders in signing on as initial tenants along with Rucker’s Worcester Railers ECHL minor league hockey team, which is expected to begin league play in October 2017.

Worcester Weekly: Election Day, Assumption football + more to do, Nov. 6-12

Sunday, Nov. 6 — Harvest Home: More than a Fun Fall Festival!, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton  OK, don’t panic: The Patriots will be back next weekend. But what do we do until then? How are we supposed to cope with a Gronk-less Sunday? Community Harvest Project — which says it donated more than 1.2 million servings of fruit and vegetables to hunger-relief agencies in 2015 — has you covered.

Community Harvest Project

Start with a 5K (or leisurely mile walk) along the adjacent Grafton Land Trust trails, or pace yourself with “plenty to do for the entire family including live music, great food and beer, a bake sale, kid’s crafts, a raffle, hay wagon rides, pony rides, apple cannons, and a pumpkin trebuchet competition!” All kids’ activities are free after entry. Admission is $10 at the gate; kids under 5 are free; cap of $30 per family (all race participants gain free entry to the festival).

Inbox [Oct. 30]: MassDiGI and Pacheco honored, ‘Ice Storm’ author at Clark, Delta Dental pledges $20K to mobile effort, Bravehearts named top organization, WCLOC holds auditions

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MassDiGI, Pacheco earn EforAll Summit Awards

Kyla Pacheco of Action! Worcester and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute at Becker College will be honored on Thursday at the Entrepreneurs for All Summit.

Pacheco has been named top entrepreneur, and MassDiGI won the group’s innovation award.

Kyla Pacheco speaks at a Worcester IdeaLab event.

Kyla Pacheco speaks at a Worcester IdeaLab event.

In the two years since Action! Worcester was founded, Pacheco has been a champion in the growth of the city of Worcester and has helped empower people and organizations to continue working together to revitalize the city. As an economic development-focused nonprofit with two foundational pillars — Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Development — the organization has its hand in many areas of development in the city.

Nick Wright and Richard Stavros

Pulling for rowing on Lake Quinsigamond

Worcester’s little-known rowing community is widening its reach, welcoming more high school students and giving middle schoolers a chance to get involved. Maria Reidy, who is also a high school crew team member, has the details, and offers a glimpse into why rowing — at any age — is worthwhile.

The Wide Woo of Sports: To the point with Worcester Fencing Club — en garde!

How’s your swordsmanship? The ancient practice of fencing, which eventually became a sport known mostly in movies and the Olympics, involves agility and strategy, and can be learned and practiced right here in the city. The Worcester Fencing Club, at 243 Stafford St., offers classes and programs for children and adults — and an athletic alternative for the adventurous. Joe Parello is back with a closer look.

Worcester’s Davon Jones rushes in to fill Eagles’ void

Boston College’s football team isn’t off to the start it anticipated, but a familiar bird to Worcester gridiron fans has given the Eagles reason to be hopeful about the future.

Redshirt freshman Davon Jones, of Worcester and who played his high school football at St. John’s in Shrewsbury, is emerging as the team’s most physical — and maybe best — running back.

It wasn’t that long ago that Jones was nearly an afterthought at The Heights.

Davon Jones has dived right into his new role as on of BC's top running backs.

Courtesy Boston College Athletics

Davon Jones has dived right into his new role as one of BC’s top running backs.

Jones came to Boston College as a mostly unheralded two-star recruit [with some FCS-level interest], brought in to add toughness to the Eagles’ secondary as a safety. Plans quickly changed, thanks to a little coach’s intuition, as Jones was moved to running back during the spring of 2016, after a redshirt season spent at defensive back.

Inbox [Oct. 16]: Worcester Airport lands $7.7M grant, new program aims to help homeless young adults, Main South athletic field debuts, Clark researcher nets more funding for economic-environmental research

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Worcester Airport receives $7.7 million to help increase capacity

U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern announced a $7,749,620 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Worcester Regional Airport. The new federal funding will support additional taxiway construction and will help Massport to continue its work to grow the Worcester airport and increase its capacity to serve Central Massachusetts travelers.

Worcester Regional Airport

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Worcester Regional Airport

“Keeping our region’s economy growing starts with strong investments in infrastructure. Worcester Regional Airport is key to making Central Massachusetts a destination for businesses and this grant will help us continue our work to bring new jobs to the region,” said McGovern, a Worcester Democrat.

Worcester Weekly: Tornado of Terror + more things to do, Oct. 16-22

("First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School," about 1888, gelatin silver print, Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2003)

Courtesy Worcester Art Museum

(“First Patriotic Election in the Beach Street Industrial School,” about 1888, gelatin silver print, Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2003)

Sunday, Oct. 16 — “Picket Fence to Picket Line, Visions of American Citizenship,” ongoing, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  Just in case you’re not already swelling with patriotic pride, inspired by the splendor of American Democracy and statesmanship in full display on the global stage — WAM’s got your back. Among the city’s polling places since 2014, the museum is clearly all-in on election season. “The exhibition, which just opened Oct. 15, gives each visitor a unique opportunity to consider how our identities as citizens develop within and in response to different spaces.” Free for museum members, the exhibit is set to run through Feb. 5. Admission information, hours and more here.

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Monday, Oct. 17 — New England Patriot Matthew Slater meet-and-greet, 6:30-8 p.m., Peppercorn’s Grille and Tavern, 455 Park Ave.  Speaking of great American patriots, Matthew Slater … was available! We kid because we love. Avid sports fans, of course, know of Mr. Slater’s many impressive exploits: longtime team captain, All-Pro special teams performer, Super Bowl champion. Also, great smile on that guy!

Worcester Sun, Oct. 16-22: In this issue

More coverage on PCBs in Worcester schools, including 7 things you should know + Hitch draws his own conclusions. Augustine Kanjia’s journey hits a must-read moment. Joe Parello profiles Worcester’s Davon Jones, who’s making a name for himself in big-time college football. What if … Worcester is back. Sinacola tokes up (not really!). All that and much more in your Oct. 16-22 Worcester Sun.