WPI Ping Pong Final pictures

Living in Worcester: shopping for food

Even in Worcester, you have to eat , you have to cook and you have to shop for food. We have compiled a list of grocery stores.

Grocery Stores

  1. Price rite: cheap fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk.
  2. Price chopper: with price chopper membership card, every 50 dollars in price chopper, you could save 10 cents in Sunoco
  3. Trader Joes: is a quite good and distinctive grocery and snack pastry store. The prices there are a little expensive. Trader Joes is known as a variety of snacks with unique and different tastes are gathered from around the world. They have nuts, cakes, Cheese cakes, tiramisu, chocolates, water chestnut cakes, and pea crisps, raisins, spicy mango, as well as bacon, BBQ, marinated beef, vegetables pies (they are able to serve in 5 mins in microwave), sushi and so on. Most of them have different tastes from the ones you could get from the general grocery stores. It is a good place to experience “exotic snacks” and expand the daily diet.
  4. Stop & Shop
  5. Shaws
  6. Sam’s club: have to shop with their membership card. The card charges $40 a year and could be used by two persons. Usually when applying the membership, you will get $15 cash back. There are fresh fruits. Most of the goods are in the family size. They sell live lobsters.

Seafood stores

  1. Lobsters, crabs and some fish are fresh and in good price. There is a fruit store next to it. Seasonal fruits there are much cheaper than the supermarkets

Address: 1059 Grafton St, Worcester, MA

There is a fish market in Westborough. It is said to be very good. But we don’t know the address yet.

WPI CS graduate ping-pong tournament

The CS graduate council has organised a ping-pong competition among CS graduate students, staff, and faculty starting in the middle of February 2010.

There are a total of 19 enthusiastic players. Based on the skill levels of participants, people are grouped into two categories: beginners and non-beginners. The players have already complete 3 weeks of practice sessions and are  in the last practice round. There will be a final tournament in the end of March 2010.

List of players:

Beginners Non Beginners

Ryan Baker

Matt Bachmann

Carolina Ruiz
Theo Giannakopoulos
Rabin Karki
Hao Loi
Dovan Rai
Gong, Yue

Mike Sao Pedro

Robert W. Lindeman

Emmanuel Agu

Mattew Ward
Ken Breeman
Zhenyu Guo
Paulo Gonçalves de Barros
Abhishek Mukherji
Mingrui Wei
John Leveillee
Jia Wang

Living in Worcester: Apartments

Sheridan, 2 bedrooms/1 living room, heat & water included, $895-$1000
pros: large space, fast maintenance services, good environment
cons: bad soundproof.  Have to pick up the mailing package on your own.
Princeton place, 2 bedrooms/1 living room, heat & water not included, $1200 (the price might be higher than this right now)
pros: large space; the secretary is professional and nice; the gym and the tennis count are quite good.
cons: bad soundproof, high price
Princeton place countyard: 2 bedrooms/ 1 living room, heat & water included, around $995
pros: good price, good apt, nice secretary
cons: bad soundproof, very loud noise especially to those apts that are near Franklin st.

Carver st., 2 bedrooms/1 living room, heat & water not included, $1000
pros: quiet and good environment
cons: old house, so the heating cost is high.

East view: 1 bedroom/1 living room, heat & water included, &800
2 bedrooms/1 living room, heat & water included, around &900
pros: quiet, low price, a small swimming pool, a tennis count
cons: quality and office services
Shrewsbury green, 1 bedroom/1 living room, heat & water included, &925
pros: quiet

other options
Oak apartment: Wooden, 4 floors, relatively low price, but soundproof might not be good.
redwood hills: Wooden,3 floors, 1bedroom/1 living room , heat & water included $831. 2 bedrooms heat & water included $900-1000. Good quality, good environment
Imperial Apartment: next to Route 9. There might be loud noise.
Plantation tower: Very nice environment. on the hill. it’s a concrete building, very good soundproof. The price is acceptable. In an apartment, there is a large living room in the middle, each side there is a bedroom with its own bathroom. but there are not a lot of available apts. one might need to be in the waiting list for a couple of months.
Plantation Ridge: It’s near Plantation tower. It’s a new concrete building with central air conditioning. Some apartments have a fancy balcony. The alarm system is new. But the price is high. 1 bedroom/1living room at least needs $1200, around $1600 for 2 bedrooms/1living room. Occasionally they offer a discount, e.g. 2 month free.
Shrewsbury common, large scale, very good environment, professionally managed, concrete building, swimming pool, tennis counts, but high price.

Living in Worcester: Shopping Malls

Malls

  1. Wrentham village premium outlet

It is one of the biggest outlets, the only one in the new England. It’s worth going and shopping. One could find almost any brands he wants, banana public, 5th street, Gucci, Timberland, gap, etc. They sell clothing the most, and then clocks, jewelries, gifts. There are also kitchen ware store and chocolate stores. Prices there are much lower than the specialty shops. They always have discounts. The biggest discount season is from Thanksgiving to the end of the next Jan. If you plan to do shopping on Thanksgiving, you’d better go earlier, otherwise a traffic jam on the highway might last over 2 hours, as many people from different places go there too. If you look for a lower price, usually you would find the cheaper products after Christmas. Although they are left after the previous round of selection in the Holiday season, most of them are still of good quality.

Address:

Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=10

P.S. There is a food count at the one side of the outlet. You could have a rest and grab a food if you are tired of shopping.

  1. Natick Mall.


It should be the biggest mall near Worcester. It’s a new store, having many brands and types of goods. The differences from the Wrentham outlet is there are additional stores, such as Apple, GameStop… And, there are few stores in the outlet selling makeups. Even in the stores of the same bland in the mall and the outlet, the types of products are different.

Website: http://www.natickcollection.com/html/index7.asp

  1. Solomen Pond Mall.


It is smaller and older than Natick, but still there are many stores in it. The pro is that it only costs 20min on the 290 to get there.

  1. Greendale Mall.


It’s the closest mall to WPI. Most people may have known it well.

Living in Worcester: Food Stores

We have compiled  a list of food stores . Compare and choose.

Grocery Stores

  1. Price rite: cheap fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk.
  2. Price chopper: with price chopper membership card, every 50 dollars in price chopper, you could save 10 cents in Sunoco
  3. Trader Joes: is a quite good and distinctive grocery and snack pastry store. The prices there are a little expensive. Trader Joes is known as a variety of snacks with unique and different tastes are gathered from around the world. They have nuts, cakes, Cheese cakes, tiramisu, chocolates, water chestnut cakes, and pea crisps, raisins, spicy mango, as well as bacon, BBQ, marinated beef, vegetables pies (they are able to serve in 5 mins in microwave), sushi and so on. Most of them have different tastes from the ones you could get from the general grocery stores. It is a good place to experience “exotic snacks” and expand the daily diet.
  4. Stop & Shop
  5. Shaws
  6. Sam’s club: have to shop with their membership card. The card charges $40 a year and could be used by two persons. Usually when applying the membership, you will get $15 cash back. There are fresh fruits. Most of the goods are in the family size. They sell live lobsters.

Seafood stores

  1. Lobsters, crabs and some fish are fresh and in good price. There is a fruit store next to it. Seasonal fruits there are much cheaper than the supermarkets

Address: 1059 Grafton St, Worcester, MA

  1. There is a fish market in Westborough. It is said to be very good. But we don’t know the address yet.

Welcome to CS Grad Cafe

We are starting a forum for WPI CS Graduate students.