Make a bold hair statement

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Spring and summer boasted a lot of statement jewelry to go with all those cute warm-weather dresses, but this fall and winter, your hair is what makes the statement. It’s all about being noticed, breaking the boundaries of the same-old and trying something daring, with a throwback to earlier eras here and there.

Find your perfect dog through adoption

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Although October was National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, there are still plenty of shelter dogs in need of good homes. Jenna Fernandes, CEO of CareBooker.com, the “open table” of family and pet care services, knows how important dogs are in the family. As a parent to her two dogs ~ a Min Pin named Scooby and Great Dane named Casper ~ Fernandes offers five tips for adopting the right dog for any family (or even adding a second one!):

It’s time for college hockey

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College hockey season is here, and Worcester has no shortage of loyal fans. Although the area is home to many exceptional, lifelong hockey players, the starting point for each college team is incredibly varied. While some teams hope to work hard and fight their way to the top of the standings this winter, others must battle to maintain the successes of last season.

So we caught up with local college hockey coaches before the start of the season to hear their plans for 2014-15.

GWO: Opera for the next generation

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Think opera is boring? How about opera sung in English, in a bar or based on How I Met Your Mother? It seems like a lot more of a good time now, doesn’t it? The Greater Worcester Opera group has spent the better part of 11 years doing just that: making opera more enjoyable for a broader audience.

Dining Review: The Banner Bar & Grille

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The Banner offers a neighborhood feel and hearty comfort food

Years ago, when the Canal District was just taking off, the Banner Bar and Grille was one of its charter members. Up to this time, the area had felt like a post-industrial frontier but has since grown to achieve true “district” status. Now, the Canal District includes dining hotspots but tips more toward sports bar and watering holes; it’s the perfect area for pub crawls.