The Royal Twenties at band practice. Photo by The New Worcester Spy staff, Spring 2014.

Q&A: Corey Maynard of The Royal Twenties

by Nick Snelling The New Worcester Spy was able to sit down with Corey Maynard, a vocalist for the up and coming local band, The Royal Twenties. Some of you may already know who Corey is due to the recent success of his former band, Challenges. But for those of you who don’t know the man behind the mic, Corey […]

Terrence Gibson (center) during the final heat during the 2014 National Championship at the University of Nebraska.

Q&A: WSU Athlete Terrence Gibson

by Michael Shattuck Last year, Rockland native Terrence Gibson, 21, became the first male Worcester State athlete to win a national title. He won the 60 meter hurdle, clocking in at 8.10. This year, he went back to nationals and placed second, but ran the race in 7.82. He also runs in the 4×1 relay. Gibson was kind enough to […]

Interview with a Director

Interview with a Director

by Kathryn Perreault “Filmmaking combines my love for storytelling, music, acting, and photography all in one.” -Brittany Severance During the casting calls, Brittany and I had some downtime to talk. Because of this, I am going to take this post in a different direction. As an artist, it is important to discuss and promote your work. I figured I would […]

Some pre-match trash talking between El Pollo Diablo and El Diablo Azul. Photo courtesy of Ethan White.

Peruvian Writing Competition Finds Its Way to Worcester

by Brendan Egan WORCESTER, MA – Neon light glazes the room. My glasses are taped to my ill-fitting mask. Vacant eyes stare from animal heads mounted on the walls of Ralph’s Rock Diner, an offbeat bar tucked into a little back-lot corner on Grove Street. Al Dragón Anojado—a man in a dragon wrestling mask–sits across from me, his stoic figure […]

Alfredo Maldonado, founder of  Opening Heaven's Door Ministries Worcester, MA. Courtesy of Phyllis Cobiski.

Ex-con Alfredo Maldonado is Changing Lives

by Phyllis Cobiski Alfredo Maldonado served a total of 27 years in prison. In 2009, a year after his release from prison, his first faith-based sober house was opened in Worcester, MA under the name of Opening Heaven’s Door Ministries (OHDM). In the five years OHDM has been operating, an additional three sober houses have been opened. Along with spiritual […]

Hookah smoking originated in the Middle East during the reign of the Persian Empire.
Photo Credit: Abtin Pazooki, May 2014.

The Hookah Cloud over Worcester’s Head

by Abtin Pazooki If you’re a college student under 21 in Worcester, you don’t have a lot of choices for bars – not for drinking, anyway. That’s building up buzz for alternatives to drinking and illicit drugs. “Some kids still go for fake IDs. It’s not worth it,” said WSU sophomore Ben Lemieux, 19. “Hookah’s not illegal.” Hookahs, also called […]