Each week we ask you, our readers, to share your stories with us. This week we're opening ourselves up through personal profiles to show you that we are willing to be as transparent as we ask you all to be. Give us a read this week and don't say I didn't warn you that this is the return of Worcester's alternative newsweekly that no matter how you feel about it, you'll just have to read it every week.
Depending on where you search on the web, Worcester either has a dog park or it doesn't. Then again, the park in question is actually in Paxton. Either way, Boynton Park is not officially a dog park, but canines and their loving owners have basically "taken over." In a city with about 60 parks under its control, Worcester is conspicuous for its lack of a dedicated dog park. Some see a glaring need for one, especially with 5,567 licensed dogs in Worcester this year. That's an awful lot of fun-seeking tail wagers looking for a place to spread their paws; it's also an awful lot of poop.
These Highlanders anything but losers on gridiron
Football is a game of inches, but sometimes the inches can seem like miles – especially when you dream of playing about 43 miles away on the same field occupied by the New England Patriots in Foxborough. Doherty High School 18-year-olds Noah Robinson, Abdulla Webster and Sam Oppong could see themselves playing on the FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium, the signature lighthouse tower looming over one end of the field. That is what awaited them if they could only win a semifinal match against a team they had already beaten earlier in the season.
Hometown Heroes 2012
They come in all forms, the folks we celebrate once a year as our Hometown Heroes. Some stand out for putting their own lives in danger so that others will be safe. Others dedicate their lives to giving to others. For some, the desire to help others transcends all else. All the heroes we honor this year have at least one thing in common: They don't consider what they do heroic and they aren't seeking the limelight. That's OK. We're more than happy to shine it on them anyway.