The Worcester Railers visited the Reading Royals for a pair of games at the Santander Arena knowing they needed to keep earning point to continue to improve their chances to qualify for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Worcester would go on the power play after Royals newcomer Jack Riley got called for tripping in the opening minute of the period, and at 1:06 Mike Cornell blasted one from the right circle through a screen and past Reading goaltender Branden Komm. Frankie DiChiara and Jake Randolph had the assists on the play.

Later in the period Kyle McKenzie stood up for Cornell after his defensive partner took a late hit and was sent off for roughing, and the Royals capitalized with a power play goal of their own when Chris McCarthy ripped a one-time pass from Nolan Zajac over the glove of Railers netminder Mitch Gillam at 10:58. Former WorSharks and Holy Cross forward Adam Schmidt had the secondary assist.

It was a scoreless second period, and it looked like it was going to be another scoreless frame in the third until 15:31 of the final stanza when Josh Holmstrom skated down the right wing side and threw a lazy shot on net that somehow broke through Komm for the 2-1 Worcester lead.

Just a few moments later Woody Hudson was boarded by Reading defender Frank Hora. Hudson and Cornell made a move to confront Hora, but both seeing referee Jesse Gour’s arm up to call a penalty each skated away. That turned out to be a good thing as at 17:35 Barry Almeida would become the Railers first 20 goal scorer when he banked one in off Komm from behind the net to make it a 3-1 lead. Nick Saracino had the only helper on the play.

Reading would go on to pull Komm for an extra attacker, and Matt Lane would hit the empty net with nine seconds remaining for the 4-1 final. Saracino picked up his second point of the game with the assist. The 43 Worcester shots in the contest set a new franchise mark for a road game.

These same two clubs play again Saturday night.

Scratches for the Railers were Tommy Kelley (21-day IR/upper body), Chris Langkow (lower body), Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body). Will King was the back-up goaltender. After Friday’s game there was some player movement between Worcester and the Sound Tigers, with Bridgeport assigning forward Josh Holmstrom and defenseman Patrick Cullity to Worcester and recalling forwards Yanick Turcotte and Jeff Kubiak. Both Kubiak and Turcotte played for the Sound Tigers in Syracuse Friday night.

Other than mentioning he’s doing well the Railers haven’t issued any updates on Tommy Kelley, and at this point there likely won’t be more. Worcester did add Kelley to the 21-day Injured Reserve List earlier in the week.

Playoff update: With Worcester and Wheeling both winning the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, falls to 13. If that number hits zero, Worcester is officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. If the number ends at one it would go to a tiebreaker between the Nailers and Railers. The tie-breakers is regulation/overtime wins, and Wheeling has the edge over Worcester. Worcester has two games in hand over the Nailers. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 27%.

It should be noted that the Railers are actually closing in on the Reading Royals in the divisional standings, and should Worcester beat Reading in regulation on Saturday there will be a whole different set of numbers involved in the Railers making the Kelly Cup playoffs.

In Reading they play both the American and Canadian national anthems before each game, and in Friday’s contest Railers broadcaster Eric Lindquist sang the Canadian anthem. Lindquist and Royals broadcaster David Fine wagered on the outcome of the February 3rd meeting between the clubs. Worcester won, so Lindquist got to sing the anthem. Had Reading won the game Fine would have appeared in a “Two Things With Tom” with Tom Matthews.

Upon further review…Wednesday’s 1-0 shootout loss by the Railers marked just the third time in Worcester pro hockey history a game went scoreless into the shootout. The IceCats lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Hershey Bears on December 3, 2004, and the WorSharks beat the Manchester Monarchs November 4, 2012. Prior to the 2003-2004 season games in the AHL could end in ties, and the IceCats had three games that ended 0-0. The first was on March 25, 2001 at Saint John Flames, and the last two both happened in the ’03-04 season, January 9 at the Houston Aeros and April 10 against the Providence Bruins.

The three stars of the game were
1) Josh Holmstrom (Railers #11) game winning goal
2) Branden Komm (Reading #1), 39 saves
3) Mitch Gillam (Railers #35), win, 29 saves

The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida.

Even strength lines
Saracino / Syner / Almeida
Randolph / Lane / Hudson
DiChiara / Holmstrom / Gaudreau

Masella / Cornell
Doherty / Hamonic
McKenzie / Cullity

Worcester 1 0 3 – 4
Reading 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Worcester, Cornell 3 (DiChiara, Randolph), 1:02 (PP). 2, Reading, McCarthy 19 (Zajac, Schmidt), 10:58 (PP). Penalties-Riley Rea (tripping), 0:41; McKenzie Wor (roughing), 10:28; Masella Wor (slashing), 16:45.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Riley Rea (hooking), 3:26; Lane Wor (tripping), 8:02; Almeida Wor (tripping), 18:58.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Holmstrom 1 15:31. 4, Worcester, Almeida 20 (Saracino), 17:35 (PP). 5, Worcester, Lane 13 (Saracino), 19:51 (EN). Penalties-Liljegren Rea (tripping), 2:06; Golightly Rea (delay of game), 8:52; Hora Rea (boarding), 16:14.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 11-16-16-43. Reading 13-9-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 2 / 5; Reading 1 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 18-13-0-2 (30 shots-29 saves). Reading, Komm 14-9-3-0 (42 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Jesse Gour (24).
Linesmen-JP Waleski (51), Tyler Loftus (72)

WORCESTER – On Friday, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. named District Chief Andrew White as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Worcester Fire Department.

White, 57, is a 34-year veteran and currently serves in the role of District Chief of Training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fitchburg State College and is a certified member of the Massachusetts Fire Academy.

“Throughout his career, District Chief White has been instrumental in initiating transformative programs to raise professional standards department wide,” Augustus said. “He is a proven, natural leader. I appreciate his continuing dedication to lead the men and women of the Worcester Fire Department and to serve the residents of this community.”

White was responsible for organizing the Special Operations Task Force and designing and implement training and equipment standards. He is the co-founder of the Worcester Firefighters Safety and Survival Seminar and conducted seminars for 10 years following the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. The seminar provided state of the art safety training to firefighters from 39 states.

As a Lieutenant, District Chief White joined the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Team and in 2013 when promoted to Captain he was detailed to the Training Division and led the Candidate Investigations Unit. He served as Drill Master for the Academy in 2014. He was promoted to District Chief of Training in 2015.

WORCESTER – Joseph Kenadek, 52, of Webster was indicted on Friday by a Worcester County Grand Jury for 2nd Degree Murder of his girlfriend, Brenda L. Hatheway, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Hatheway, 43, of 8 Harris St., Apt. 2R, in Webster, the mother of missing 23-year-old Sabrina Hatheway who was last seen in Dec. 2014, was found unresponsive in a street near her home on April 30, 2017. Hatheway died a short time later at Hubbard Regional Hospital.

Kenadek, 52, of the same address, initially had been charged with aggravated assault and battery and domestic assault and battery in Dudley District Court. The investigation showed that Kenadek and Hatheway were involved in a loud argument that spilled over to a porch and eventually to the street.

Dodged our 4th Nor’Easter… 30 Open Houses This Weekend!

The City of Worcester continues to surge toward it’s Spring real estate market. Once the snow is gone, which should be relatively soon given the disappointing showing from Nor’Easter#4 we will be in full-swing. We collectively have some stellar homes on the market for you all to see this Sunday, and I encourage your feedback on this page.

Feel free to comment below, we do have an open comments section, and as always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen

47 Benedict Road, New to Market, $250,000
Sunday, March 25th – 12:00 to 2:o0 PM

Beds: 2
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 car under
Square Feet: 1,648
Lot Size: .21 acres
Listed by: Gary Kelley, RE/Max Executive Realty 

Allen says: “Very charming and comfortable bungalow style home with areas representing both 1920’s and also a mid-century vibe throughout unique living spaces. Beautiful brick home with lots of character in convenient location, despite only 2 bedrooms not to be missed!”

21 Hazelwood Road, New to Market, $349,900
Sunday, March 25th 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 2,131
Lot Size: .22 acres
Listed by: Brian McShea, DCU Realty 

Allen says: “Beautiful Tudor style home with a two car garage, plenty of charm and natural light with big beautiful windows and a great screened porch above the garage. Lots of character and style here!”

7 Crown Street, New to Market! Historic District! $375,000
Sunday, March 25th 2018 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 3,805
Lot Size: .14 acres
Listed by:  HTA Homes Greater Worcester at Keller Williams Greater Worcester 

Allen says: “Mid 19th Century Greek Revival in one of Worcester’s enchanting Historic Districts. Tucked off Pleasant street in a neighborhood enclave of history including a hidden park and cobbled and brick sidewalks and roads, take a step back in time, but without sacrifice at this renovated property.”

108 Richmond Ave,  New to Market, $339,900
Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full
Garage: 2 detached
Square Feet: 2,212 + finished basement
Lot Size: .18 acres
Listed with: Karin Anderson, RE/Max Results Realty 

Allen says: “Richmond Ave sits off Salisbury Street and Pleasant Street, centrally located and within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and beautiful neighborhoods. This large spacious home features a huge finished lower-level and a renovated flowing floor plan with plenty of charm and architectural details. Not to be missed!”

19 South Lenox Street, New to Market, $385,000
Sunday, March 25th 2018 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Beds: 5
Baths: 2 full
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 3,589
Lot Size: .3 acres
Listed with: Joe Abramoff, Real Living Barbera Associates 

Allen Says: “Last Weeks Best Bang for Your Buck Winner! Second week on the market, a brief open house. Great opportunity to see this remodeled gem close to great restaurants like Corner Grille and West Side BBQ, coffee shops and dry-cleaners all walkable, and close to Worcester State University.

Do you have a reason to workout and get healthy?  

This may seem like a silly question, but many people do not have a good enough reason to put their health first.  Maybe they feel healthy enough, and feel good enough each day, so working out is not at the top of their agenda.

I am not saying that you have to do Crossfit everyday or vigorous exercise programs of any kind.  Walking your dog a few days a week, doing some stretches to keep you flexible, or yoga can do the job.  

I am going to share some tips/advice that can help you see the benefits and importance of getting a sweat in, and why it is so important.   

  1. Our bodies were made to move.  From the beginning of time, our ancient ancestors were running around finding food to feed their families while some of them worked all day in the field.  No one was sitting around all day.
  2. When we do not move, we risk a decrease in skeletal muscle mass.  
  3. People who engage in more physical activity are less likely to develop coronary heart disease.
  4. Physical inactivity is linked to high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, and depression.

Do any of these get you scared?  The list goes on and I know people are busy, but nothing is more important than our health.  Without it, we have nothing, so why not try to improve it in any way we can, before it is too late?  

One of my favorite sayings is, “You can take charge of your health now, and spend a little money on a gym membership, a trainer, or finding a program online.  Or, you can pay the health insurance companies/doctors later for medicine that you might have been able to escape from, had you taken care of yourself better.”

I prefer to try to take care of myself as best as I can for as long as I can, don’t you?  

Here are a few ways to add more physical activity to your day if you are not able to get to a gym at the moment:

  1. Park your car as far away from your destination and walk
  2. Take the stairs as many times as you can in a day, walk up and down your own stairs at home a few times a day to get your heart rate up.
  3. Get outside and go for a walk.  If you are sitting at a desk all day for work, make sure you get up every half hour and just move.  Set a timer if you need to as a reminder.

These small actions can make a difference to your health, so find your reason why you should workout and become a healthier version of yourself.  Maybe it is for your children, or you don’t want to feel short of breath walking up a flight a stairs. The only way to get better at anything is to practice.  Start with baby steps and plan ahead. Nothing gets done without a plan.

If you are looking for some great programs, please check out my website.  New ones are beginning soon and I am so excited to help you reach your goals in any way I can.  

Find your reason, and follow through with your plan of action.  I promise you will feel better in a few short weeks. If you have any health questions or concerns, please email me anytime.



Tomb Raider, directed by Roar Uthaug, is an action-adventure film based on the popular video game series of the same name.  Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the main protagonist of both mediums, the film traces the search for Lara’s father on a remote island in the Devil’s Sea, a treacherous place for any sailor who dares attempt to travel there.

The film begins with Lara Croft, a boxing, defiant bicycle delivery girl who is seemingly short on money.  After accepting a challenge to be the “fox” in a bicycle chase game, Lara is apprehended and subsequently bailed out by Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), a business partner of her presumed-dead father.  When it is implied that Lara is the heir to her father Lord Richard Croft’s (Dominic West) fortune, she seems torn between holding out hope that he has survived an exotic adventure and signing the papers to accept her inheritance.  Upon meeting with lawyers, Lara is given a Japanese puzzle that she recognizes as the kind her father used to do with her when she was young. Within the puzzle lies a key revealing the life’s work of her lost father, an avid adventurer and archaeologist.

After reading her father’s work regarding a mysterious Japanese queen who may hold the key to an unknown magical plague that has the ability to wipe out humanity as a whole, she learns that Richard Croft’s mission when he went missing was to make sure this power would not fall into the wrong hands.  This leads Lara to hire a drunken sailor out of Hong Kong named Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) who will lead her to the Devil’s Sea and attempt to find the island where the fabled queen, Himiko, is said to be resting in a tomb.

The film has a lot of action, and Vikander’s Lara is a likeable protagonist and is a strong, legitimate female action hero.  Many times, the movie feels like it is just a run of the mill action-adventure that audiences have seen countless times since the gold standard, Raiders of the Lost Ark, came out in 1980.  The formulaic search for ancient relics and supernatural powers rooted in vague historical references is something that has been played out for a long time.

The supporting characters are not very well-developed and do not leave the audience with any lasting impression of them.  Lord Richard Croft is a prototypical doting father who is separated from his daughter on his mission to meet his goal. Walton Goggins plays Mathias Vogel, who is the deranged leader of the group Trinity, who is also focused on finding Himiko to unleash her power.  He is a less effective version of Belloch from the Indiana Jones franchise. Lu Ren brings some heroism to the movie, but the relationship between himself and Lara seems somewhat forced.

The most interesting part of the film are the visuals.  Lara’s high-flying moves through the obstacles presented on the remote island are exactly what are expected in a franchise based on a video game.  From the initial decision for her to go to find her father until the last scene, the action rarely stops.

In reality, though, for an action movie that is based on an adventure game, it seems to take itself a little too seriously.  Another exotic adventure film released this year, Jumanji, has all of the characteristics of Tomb Raider, but much of it is tongue in cheek and relishes the fun of the adventure.  

Tomb Raider is a movie that would be perfect for the background while getting work done, but is not going to hold up against the classic adventure movies.

WORCESTER – On Thursday, the City of Worcester hired Suja Chacko as the new Chief Diversity Officer.

Chacko will begin her new role on Monday, March 26. She will report directly to the City Manager while also working with Human Resources and other city departments. Her responsiblities will include developing and monitoring recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and retaining strategies to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who work and volunteer for the City.

“The Chief Diversity Officer position is critical to the City’s overarching strategy to create a more diverse and inclusive approach to city government and recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I believe Ms. Chacko has the background and skills necessary to help the City meet those goals.”

The new Chief Diversity Officer will also oversee the development and implementation of the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion Plan and ensuring the City is in compliance with all federal, state and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws.

Chacko has served as the administrative liaision to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and, most recently, has served in the Office of Human Resources leading employee trainings on diversity and inclusion.

Chacko, a Worcester resident, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and an MBA in Management and Social Change from Clark University.

WORCESTER – As part of an undercover operation targeting demand for prostitution in the Main South area of Worcester, the Worcester Police Vice Squad arrested ten men on Thursday evening for paying for sexual conduct.

All ten men will be arraigned in Worcester District Court and are listed

Kpakpo Brown , twenty-three-years-old, of Worcester

Jared Khattab, twenty-seven-years-old, of Leominster

Abadio Ramos, fifty-five-years-old, of Newton

Luis Gutama, twenty-three-years-old, of Worcester

Roland Savageau, eighty-seven-years-old, of Oxford

Bruce Abrahamian, sixty-five-years-old of Watertown

Dominique McClain, twenty-five-years-old, of Worcester

Alfonse Roberts , thirty-years-old, of Worcester

Efrain Pacheco, eighteen-years-old, of Worcester

John Colorio, fifty-three-years-old of North Grafton

They will all be arraigned in Worcester District Court

Worcester Railers at Reading Royals
When: Friday, March 23 at 7pm
Saturday, March 24 at 7pm
Where: Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM;

Railers: 30-25-4-4; 68 points (13-12-2-4 on road), 5th in North Division
Reading: 34-22-8-0; 76 points (20-9-1-0), 3rd in North Division

Previous meetings:
Feb 22, 2018 Railers 3, Reading 6
Feb 7, 2018 Reading 2 @ Railers 3 OT
Jan 10, 2018 Railers 2 @ Reading 4
Jan 7, 2018 Railers 0 @ Reading 3
Jan 6, 2018 Railers 3 @ Reading 2
Jan 3, 2018 Reading 2 @ Railers 1 OT
Dec 28, 2017 Railers 2 @ Reading 6
Dec 20, 2017 Reading 0 @ Railers 1
Nov 5, 2017 Reading 3 @ Railers 1
Nov 4, 2017 Reading 1 @ Railers 2
Nov 3, 2017 Reading 2 @ Railers 4

Last game:
Railers: Lost 1-0 (SO) to Wheeling on Wednesday
Reading: Lost 4-1 to Manchester Wednesday

Leading scorers:
Barry Almeida: 19 goals, 33 assists; 52 points
Chris Langkow: 18 goals, 27 assists; 45 points
Nick Saracino: 10 goals, 19 assists; 29 points

Matt Willows: 29 goals, 38 assists; 67 points
Chris McCarthy: 18 goals, 31 assists; 49 points
Nolan Zajac: 15 goals, 26 assists; 41 points

Special Teams
Power Play 12.8% (9.9% on road)
Penalty Kill 83.2% (85.6% on road)

Power Play 16.6% (21.1% at home)
Penalty Kill 85.9% (83.0% at home)

Probable goaltender match-up:
Railers Mitch Gillam (17-13-0-2, 2.33, .917) vs Reading Branden Komm (14-8-3-0, 2.65, .914)

Former Worcester players on Reading:
*Adam Schmidt (Reading #14) played 14 games for the WorSharks at the end of the 2013-14 season.
*Matt Willows (Reading #90) played 11 games for the WorSharks at the end of the 2014-15 season.
*Patrick Wellar (Reading assistant coach) played the last two games ever for the Worcester IceCats, and is considered to be the final IceCats player.

Players to watch:
*T.J. Syner (Railers #14), Barry Almeida (Railers #19), and Chris Langkow (Railers #21) all played for the Reading Royals at one point in their careers.
*Woody Hudson (Railers #23) is tied for the Railers lead in goals against Reading (4).
*Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) has a four game point steak (g,6a)

On twitter follow Darryl Hunt (@210Sports) for live game updates

WORCESTER – The Dance Place Inc. of Worcester will be putting on a special performance Friday, March 23, at Northbridge Middle School. The performance will begin at 7 PM.

This performance will be one to remember.

The parents of senior Amy Brennan, Jody and Michael Brennan, are running the Boston Marathon for their daughter, Jax Brennan, who 20 years ago, at age 3, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. But, thanks to Dana Farber, is a vivacious 23 year old today,” Alexis Roche, the stage manager and assistant director of Dance Place Inc. said.

The  proceeds from the event will be given to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dance Place Inc., located at 1393 Grafton St., is owned by Carolyn Pluff and has been around for 31 years. Each performance is non-competitive. Dance Place Incorporated teaches and performs many different styles.

“We do all types of different dance: Jazz, Ballet Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Theatrical,” Roche said.

Tomorrow’s performance will also include a performance by Cady Sugrue, a graduating senior and a talented vocalist.

The list of graduating seniors include Kitty Oevermann, Hannah Swanick, Kristin Brawn, Michelle Fraser, Erica Pellegrino, Amy Brennan, Merry Mongeau, Cady Sugrue, and Katie Cournoyer.

To learn more about the performance and Dance Place, Inc. Visit