This Week In
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 00:10
Flywheel Sports will come to Boston’s Prudential center on Oct. 8, providing avid stationary cyclists with a new opportunity to stay in shape with a favorite workout. Flywheel Sports has redefined the nature of a spin class, with participants simulating sprints and incorporating weights into the workout, all while Flywheel’s state-of-the-art Torqboard technology allows people to keep track of their progress and compare to the progress of other cyclists, which members can view on their own online “Performance Page.” “We’re thrilled to open our first Flywheel Sports studio in Boston,” CEO Jeff Galluzzo said in a release from his Manhattan-based company. “Our location in the Prudential Center makes us a fitness destination for commuters, students, Back Bay residents and even tourists and conventioneers visiting the Hub.”
In the mayoral preliminary election on Sept. 24, the victors, City Councilor John R. Connolly and state representative Martin J. Walsh, had some of their poorest showings in the precincts in which there are heavier minority populations. According to the Economic Justice Research Hub, in precincts where black voters account for the majority, both Walsh and Connolly managed to pull in only 9 percent of the vote. Both candidates have spent much of their time since the preliminary trying to improve their standings in those precincts. “Between the two of them, we’re going to have to see which can have the best message to the minority communities on what type of mayor they’ll be and can pull together that bloc,” said James P. McGee, who managed Charlotte Golar Richie’s campaign, according to The Boston Globe.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davy joined officials yesterday to announce that the Innovation District is soon to be more readily connected to the rest of Boston by improving public transit and alleviated traffic congestion. MBTA Innovation District bus lines are slated to be improved by next fall, and signs with updated traffic information will be put in place by the end of this November. A $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will fund ferries to connect South and East Boston by the beginning of next year. This announcement of transportation improvements comes alongside the city’s already ambitious developmental goals in places such as Seaport Square. Menino said, according to BostInno, that efforts to connect the Innovation District with “the rest of Boston will make it even more attractive and accessible to companies, their employees, residents, and visitors.”
The Bruins celebrated the start of their 90th season at Faneuil Hall yesterday. The celebration was sponsored by JetBlue, the team’s new sponsor. Bruins president Cam Neely presented JetBlue Airways with a Bruins jersey, and Bruins radio announcer Dave Goucher served as the master of ceremonies. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took the stage at Faneuil Hall to answer questions from Goucher. “This [2013-14] team is the best one I’ve been a part of, this season,” Chara said, according to BostInno. The Bruins will start their 90th season with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at the TD Garden. The team will again begin its drive to bring the Stanley Cup to Boston for the seventh time, after losing it to the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the Stanley Cup series at the end of last season.
One does not have to live here long to realize how much New Englanders love the fall season. Some autumnal activities are coming up in the Boston area throughout October. There is still one more week of Oktoberfest to go. Harp, a Boston bar, will feature a “Harptober” menu for the remainder of October, which includes options that are priced at 1993 levels—those that were present when Harp first opened. The Harpoon Brewery will be celebrating this Friday and Saturday with beer and live German music.
Other fall events in the area include the Boston Book Festival, which is the weekend of Oct. 17 in Copley Square, and the 49th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta that starts on Oct. 19 on the Charles River—both of which are sure signs that the fall season is actually here.