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t’s incredible what one little quote on an education blog can do. Despite a love for teaching, I generally don’t seek out debates over education reform or follow the twists and turns in educational policy over the years, but when a point is raised by using a Worcester public school as a model – as happened in an Education Week blog entry written by noted researcher Diane Ravitch – well, then I pay attention. In our cover story this week we share the fact that as No Child Left Behind is about to be taken up by a new-look Congress, experts and politicians on both sides agree: the law on the books needs to change. What happened to Worcester’s University Park Campus School is just one reason why. Jeremy Shulkin | Senior Writer

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National Weather Service in Taunton calls 2010 the warmest year on record for Massachusetts with the average temperature rising to 53.8 degrees. But what about the polar bears?! 0 First Night fireworks light up the Worcester sky. Fun to watch, even if they were at 6:30. +1 The Junior League of Worcester’s Coats for Kids committee completed delivery of nearly 1,300 coats in December. +2 Acorn Management bids on the old courthouse. We might as well rename North Main Street “Acornville,” as the company is now renovating the old Voke school and also has interest in the Memorial Auditorium. +2 Fees rise for those who don’t have health insurance but make $32,500 per year. Three things are certain in life: taxes, death, and the medical bills in between. 0 End of the year tax bills come out. Poke another hole in your belt and pull, property owners. -1 Patriots recuperate with a bye week, then bring on the Ravens, Jets or Chiefs. +1 City re-awards bid to develop a housing strategy to RKG Associates, the same group that performed the same duty for Worcester in 2002. Get ready for more housing headlines in the coming months. +1 Department of Public Works and Parks employee Christmas drive donates 332 gifts to Catholic Charities, Pernet Family Services and the Friendly House. +2 Worcester State University women’s basketball team combine math & sports for “Math Madness” with local school children. Pump up the brain power! +1 This week: Starting 2011 off right with +9



January 6 - 12, 2011 ■ Volume 36, Number 18

PharmaSphere takes a hit, Worcester may feel the punch Kevin Koczwara


he South Worcester Industrial Park project hasn’t taken off the way the city of Worcester had hoped it would. Although the city has spent its own money plus federal and state funds to clean the area for development, things haven’t exactly worked out. Biotechnology company PharmaSphere had planned to move into the space and build a 50,000-square-foot facility to house a high-tech greenhouse equipped to grow plants for pharmaceutical and herbal purposes. PharmaSphere, which was awarded 11 acres at 49 Canterbury St. to build the state-of-the-art greenhouse, learned in late December that the state will revoke $360,000 in tax credits

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because the company misled officials about the size of its workforce. Three years after the company unveiled its plan and won the bid to build on the lot of land for $1, they have now been given a January 31 deadline by the city of Worcester to prove it has the $6.5 million in finances needed. PharmaSphere was unable to be reached by press time for comment. “Had the economy not gone south on us, we might be talking about a very different story here,” says Worcester City Council member Barbara Haller. I don’t have any insider information, but I think it is a bit optimistic to think that PharmaSphere is going to be able to come through [with the funding] before the deadline. “I certainly hope they can. But, if I were a betting person, I’d bet

against it.” The South Worcester revitalization has been in the works for more than 15 years now, and Ron Charette, the executive director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, expressed the neighborhood’s disappointment about the extended delays. Yet he still holds out faith that PharmaSphere can come up with the money. If they don’t, Charette has no problem moving on. “There is a great sense of disappointment on behalf of the neighborhood and community that has been so excited and supportive of PharmaSphere right from the beginning,” says Charette, who is hopeful that the project will still go forward.

{ citydesk } According to Charette, at the last meeting between the task force and PharmaSphere CEO David Darlington, all indications were positive that the project was moving forward. “So, we’re all very surprised by the delays taking place. Make no mistake, this community has supported the project from the very

will need to rethink its plan and reopen bidding to find a suitable company if development is ever to begin in the South Worcester Industrial Park. “When I was at the last meeting of the South Worcester Industrial Task Force,” explains Haller, “the desire of the group was if PharmaSphere couldn’t come

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beginning, but there is no tolerance for it not going forward. If it won’t go forward, then let’s call the deal off and find another business to move into the industrial park,” he says. The task force and the city say they will move on without PharmaSphere if need be; if that happens, then the city

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When reached by reporters, a Vatican spokesman said Pope Benedict XVI would be arriving in Worcester next week to “give that statue something to cry about.” — Satirical newspaper The Onion, which recently set a story about a weeping statue of the Virgin Mary in Worcester.

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the bidders.” If the South Worcester Industrial Task Force does begin a search for a new bidder, it will require stronger security within their agreement moving forward. “What we all learned here is that when we get more companies interested, there needs to be more assurances put forward by the city with better and stronger time tables and restrictions,” Charette points out. It’s been three years since PharmaSphere won the bid to build on Canterbury Street, and it may be another three years before the city of Worcester

sees all of its clean-up work pay off in the South Worcester Industrial Park. But that doesn’t worry Haller. She knows these things take time, and sometimes it’s for the better. Haller says she knows the group needs to move forward with plans, or the promised jobs that once kept South Worcester bustling may never arrive. “It’s unfortunate that it sets us back three years, but so be it,” says Haller. “That’s the way life hands it to you sometimes. We’ll just pick up and go forward.”



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{ worcesteria } GLODIS GOES LOBBYING: On Wednesday, January 6 Guy Glodis handed over control of the Worcester County Jail to incoming sheriff Lew Evangelidis, but Glodis will stay in politics as the founder of a lobbying firm. “I’m not going to comment much on it,” he said when reached by phone on Tuesday, adding that the company is still in the “early stages.” The former sheriff and state legislator did mention, however, that the soonto-be company will take on “few, select clients” and focus on public relations, dealing with the media and lobbying…Based on an article that came out in last Sunday’s Telegram & Gazette which reported that long-time Glodis aide and friend Jeff Turco billed $320,000 in legal fees to the Worcester County Jail in 2010, the natural question was whether or not Turco, who has moved with Glodis’ from college to the state senate to the jail, would be jumping into lobbying as well. Glodis says Turco won’t be joining him. “He’s doing a great job in the law world.”…Another speculation for Glodis’ postpolitics career was that he’d foray into television punditry, but he’s already started doing it. Glodis has been seen as a morning host and political analyst for FOX 25.

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the City of Worcester pay back the City $3,707 for breaking the settlement agreement’s confidentiality clause. The court ruled that Boston lawyer Michael Tumposky’s comments to the Telegram regarding the case of his client, Trung Huynh, who claimed he was a victim of police brutality in a June 2006 altercation outside of the now defunct Pleasant St. nightspot Club Red. While the case was settled in February of 2009, Tumposky’s complaints were quoted in a March T&G article. “It’s an important decision,” says City Solicitor David Moore. “Once you agree to take the money that means it’s over.” Moore also wrote to the city council “Settling a case means ending a case and that includes foregoing the right to make allegations against the city and its officers.”… When contacted by phone, Tumposky said he plans to file an appeal.

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about a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the made up St. Alfonsus Catholic Church in Worcester last week, but the name they provided for the Reverend of the church was a little more true to life than the paper expected. The Reverend’s name, Paul Doherty, matches up with a former Shrewsbury and Uxbridge Father who was placed on administrative leave in 2006 after admitting to inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor more than 30 years before. In response to a Worcester Mag inquiry, The Onion said the name choice was a coincidence. “I hadn’t heard of the actual Paul Doherty—I was just trying to come up with something plausibly Irish Catholic-sounding and finally settled on what I used after shuffling around a number of first and last names. Ultimately, it’s just about what feels right,” said Jason Roeder, the author of the piece.

TRAVEL TALK: At Tuesday’s council meeting seven city councilors spoke about ways to change how money is spent on travel, either through removing its budget, aligning the City’s travel policy with the federal government’s, or eliminating out of state travel all together. But everyone who spoke either reiterated that these reforms weren’t focused on a specific person or department, while others blasted fellow councilors and media for making this a political issue. “Is it fair to single out people and comment on it and make it a news story?” Asked Paul Clancy, a sentiment echoed by Barbara Haller, Phil Palmieri and Konnie Lukes. Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or email it to If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time then follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.

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Your New Year’s resolution for 2011 may be to head down the green path of energy efficiency, but did you know you can add home heating to your growing list of green resolutions as well? Here are a few options for home heating that will help you recover from your holiday-shopping binge while keeping at bay the biting cold of winter. Let’s start with that drafty spare bedroom. You know, the one with the door closed during the winter to save heat? Put that room to use and keep it heated for a fraction of the cost it would take to keep it toasty with conventional means by purchasing a halogen heater. Halogen heaters work by producing radiant heat. Radiant heat warms the objects around them, but not the air. The heaters are cool to the touch, and there is no risk of carbon-monoxide poison. The halogen lamps provide the heat without having to use a fuel such as the wood needed to keep a fireplace ablaze. This is great for those with allergies because halogen heaters do not introduce any substances into the air when providing warmth. These heaters provide a safe, clean and cost effective alternative to more traditional heating options. Pick up a heater for about $40 to $50 and put it to good use. Another clean heat option can be found in ceramic

heaters. These heaters work by utilizing electricity to heat up the ceramic parts in the heater. As the ceramic components rise in temperature, the less electricity it needs to maintain that temperature, thus saving you money in the long run. These heaters are great for people who share a bedroom. If one person likes it a little warmer, the ceramic heater will provide that extra heat without making it uncomfortable for others in the room. Basic models start at $20 and cost about 15 cents per hour to operate, depending on local electricity rates. Solar heating is another low-cost heating option. The start-up costs are pricey, but you save money in the long run. Prices range from $30-$80 per square foot for installation. With solar heating, the sun heats a fluid or liquid in the solar-energy collectors and uses the radiant heat absorbed from the sun to transfer heat to an interior storage system from where the heat is distributed. If adequate heat cannot be provided, a back-up system will kick in to provide the proper heat. A typical $5,000 system will pay for itself in three years and cut your waterheating bill by 50 to 100 percent. If you don’t have the funds necessary for solar heating, and you’d like to do some more research before committing to one specific heating option, try starting off with a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can be easily set to control the heat in your home when you’re out and about. By keeping the temperature low while you’re away, you reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your overall heating costs. The Green Wizard may be reached at


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Al Esposito WORCESTER The economy will get better, it’s going to be a slow process but I think we’ll see a turn-around.

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By almost all measures and more than a decade of anecdotal evidence, the University Park Campus School at 12 Freeland St. in the heart of the Main South neighborhood is a successful school. With a body made up entirely by students from the surrounding low-income neighborhood (73 percent of students receive free/reduced lunch and 61 percent speak English as a second language) the school boasted a 97.6 percent graduation rate in 2009 (and 100 percent when adjusted to a fi ve-year graduation).



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In the federal government’s eyes, more important than those numbers are its MCAS results. UPCS’ students continually rank higher than both the state and Worcester Public Schools averages for proficient and advanced scores. In 2010, 100 percent of the school’s 8th and 10th graders took the MCAS exam. Eighty-five percent of the school’s 10th graders scored either advanced or proficient on the English Language Arts section, while 87 percent scored similarly in the math section. In both cases about 10 percentage points higher than the state average. But according to federal government benchmarks, their MCAS scores weren’t good enough this year because 2010’s measures were a tic lower than 2009’s, where 97 percent measured advanced/ proficient in ELA and 95 percent scored similarly in math (versus 81/75 statewide). Simply put, the school didn’t show the state or federal government “adequate yearly progress (AYP).” On December 3, Diane Ravitch, one of the country’s most noted education researchers and authors, visited the school before a speech at Clark University, and used it as a launching point for a blog post on Education Week’s Web site. “When I was in Worcester, Mass., last week, I visited a lovely school – the University Park Campus School. It’s a small public school that collaborates with Clark University,” she wrote. “It gets high marks on the state exams. But this year it was unable to top its previous high marks, so it ‘didn’t make [adequate yearly progress].’ It bears a federal stigma, a mark of failing, which is the first step toward closure. My reaction: This is crazy. Why would the federal government create a system so mad that it labels a good school as failing?” It’s a good question, and more and more, it seems an unintended consequence of some pie-in-the-sky education-reform ideals.

NO SCHOOL LEFT BEHIND “It’s interesting, because on a day-to-day basis we don’t think about that we haven’t made AYP,” says University Park’s principal, Ricci Hall. But at the same time, he admits it can be worrisome because people may not fully understand what it means.

“It is frustrating, and it is a little bit of a distraction,” he says. It’s also indicative of a trend that may start hampering districts: schools hit a sort of test-score wall. Hall calls his class of 2011, the group that scored in the 90s on the 2009 MCAS, an “anomaly.”

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Ever since President George W. Bush enacted No Child Left Behind in 2001 (the bill was largely bi-partisan – it passed with 384 votes in the House and 91 in the Senate, with influence from Senator Ted Kennedy), education experts understood that in calling for 100 percent of students nationwide to reach what Massachusetts would consider “advanced” or “proficient” on an MCAS exam was little more than a feel-good sound-bite from politicians and education departments. “You can understand why the policy makers would put that in place,” says David Perda, the Worcester Public Schools’ chief research and accountability officer, noting that it sounds excellent, but in reality it is an almost impossible task. Indeed, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester calls AYP an “unworkable standard,” pointing out that schools in districts that are making “good progress” still get punished. The ramifications are beginning to reveal themselves, and UPCS is the perfect example of a school that anyone would label successful across the board, but doesn’t meet these lofty expectations. “Increasingly under that criteria, even schools that are improving but not improving fast enough [are labeled],” explains Paul Toner, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, who likens this scenario to a runner who improves his mile time from seven



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{ coverstory } the 100-percentproficient clause because it meant a windfall of cash. The federal government’s Race to the Top grants last year, which Massachusetts applied for, won the state $250 million over four years, further tying the state to the federal benchmark. In response, the state needed a new tangible way to prove to the feds that public schools were improving. Since the MCAS exam is really the only way to measure an entire state’s worth of student progress, it was the best way to show improvement (or lack thereof). In January of 2010, Massachusetts passed an Act Relative to the Achievement Gap, which paved the way for the state to receive the Race to the Top money and other federal grants. “It’s interesting, because on a day-to-day basis we don’t think about that we haven’t The state took the made AYP,” says University Park’s principal, Ricci Hall. federal government’s turnaround model populations that generally don’t perform find ways of keeping and graded schools between five levels – a well on standardized tests. educational autonomy. level I grade meant the school was among the top performers; placement in level But in an age where the however, indicated the school was in federal government is wont V, need of complete overhaul. In Worcester, to hand out money in the 27 of 44 public schools earned a level name of “reform,” a number III tag, while Union Hill Elementary and The tangling of federal of strings have tied what Chandler Elementary received level IV laws coupled with state goes on at the district level status, triggering the federal governmentmandated removal of both principals. If enforcement over local to federal level standards. the district refused to comply, those two Back when No Child Left Behind went control has forced schools would have lost $3 million in the into effect, school districts agreed to individual states to federal government’s RTTT funding. While not all schools that haven’t met AYP are level IVs (UPCS is a good example), level IV schools generally haven’t met AYP. The state’s Department of Elementary If you can’t save your marriage, you can save your divorce. and Secondary Education explains that “Schools and districts that do not make … AYP for two or more consecutive years must follow a required course of action to Mediation allows you to save, time and emotional energy. Protect your rights while preserving your family’s resources. improve school performance.” But even if Other Available Services: UPCS doesn’t make AYP again in 2011, no • Flat Fees • Expedited weekend & night appointments • Limited Issues Mediation one’s really sure what it would mean for CertiÀed by AAML since 1991, Norfzeiger Institute since 1981 the school. Education: St. Bernard High School, Assumption College, University of Paris; Sorbonne, Suffolk University Law School. Languages: English, French & Spanish “Technically, the only thing they Articles: Divorce and The Wheel of the Addiction, Demystifying Divorce. can really do is take away our federal Since 1975 Instructor: ABA family law section, MBA family law section, WBA family law section, Massachusetts Supreme Court study on Addiction and the Court, funding: the fed has no coercive powers Mt. Wachusett Community College, Law Education Institute. James F. Connors beyond that. No Child Left Behind came, Member of: Fitchburg School Committee 2002-2010, Board of Directors; Montachusett Alcohol Council, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, SUPER LAWYER Spectrum Health Services, Fay Club. originally, with extra money, which was 95 Elm Street, Worcester 58 Oliver Street, Fitchburg the carrot to go with the stick, but federal • funding has been so severely cut since 508 -792-3006 978 -345 -2671

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minutes to 6:30, but whose coach wanted it down to 6:15. “Even if you’re moving in the right direction, you receive no credit.” As Congress reconvenes this year with the daunting task of renewing No Child Left Behind, UPCS is just one of a number of Massachusetts schools struggling to meet AYP. According to Perda, 941 of the state’s 1,725 public schools, or 45 percent, failed to meet their 2010 AYP goal. Even wealthier districts that don’t have the significant underfunding found at innercity schools are starting to miss their AYP benchmarks. “We’re going to get more and more of those disconnects between schools we know are succeeding and their status. Having AYP have to come closer and closer to that 100 percent – a number no one ever thought was going to have to be hit — is going to have more and more of the schools up in the 90th percentiles suddenly not making it,” writes Worcester school committee member Tracy Novick via e-mail. What’s unclear is what this will mean for individual states, school districts and schools. Toner, however, points to one unintended consequence: the shutting out of students who might be hindering their AYP progress. A school’s AYP isn’t met by its overall MCAS score, but rather how subgroups like limited English proficiency, special education, low income and racial groupings performed compared to previous years. If a school has less than 25 students in a subgroup, however, that group’s score can’t be reported because of privacy concerns, therefore nullifying its effect on the school’s overall AYP. Toner says he’s heard anecdotal evidence of schools and school districts purposely keeping certain subgroups lower in order to limit their impact on local test scores. For a public-school district like Worcester’s, where special-needs students are bused in from surrounding towns and there are a number of low-income, English-as-second-language students, our city schools have huge subgroup



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then that I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say they have much of a carrot anymore,â&#x20AC;? explains Novick. So where does a school like UPCS fall into all of this? Previously, a school that did not meet their AYP benchmarks had a certain amount of years to improve. With the state already saddled with 35 level IV or â&#x20AC;&#x153;underperformingâ&#x20AC;? schools in need of state or federal turnaround money and programs, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be reluctant to add any more to an already full plate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially a school with a reputation as solid as University Park Campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state has said several times that they have their hands full with the level IV schools theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got, so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an interest, short-term, in naming more of them, and so far, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t federal money for more turnaround grants, either,â&#x20AC;? writes Novick. Chester agrees, pointing out that the state is really only concerned with schools where test scores are down and students are underachieving â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the case at UPCS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a school like UPCS, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anything is going to happen,â&#x20AC;? says Thomas Del Prete, the chair and director of the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education at Clark University, which works closely with UPCS. If anything, he says, the district would ask Clark to add more resources for the school, simply because WPS already has two level IV schools in the district to deal with. But, according to Del Prete, this shows the danger of using MCAS as a standalone entity to judge a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. He takes issue with the testâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purely mathematical assessment, and even worse, that AYP doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take student improvement over the course of their time at the school into account. He points out that even when a subgroup shows dramatic improvement, as a subgroup in UPCS would in a short amount of time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ignored if they still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet AYP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It raises questions about the logic of AYP,â&#x20AC;? says Del Prete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really get to know if these kids became better readers, writers and thinkers.â&#x20AC;? Both Chester and Perda agree that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advantageous for schools like UPCS that the state and district have a more detailed scrutiny of schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the district,â&#x20AC;? says Perda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to have a more comprehensive view.â&#x20AC;? But not everyone is ready to discount the AYP target. Stand for Children, an advocacy organization supported by Harlem Children Zone CEO and president Geoffrey Canada (and major subject in the recent film Waiting for Superman), sees an opportunity to use schools like UPCS as a model for other schools that find themselves on â&#x20AC;&#x153;underperformingâ&#x20AC;? lists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we do know is No Child Left Behind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hate it or love it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is a way to highlight whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on,â&#x20AC;? says Jabian

{ coverstory } Gutierrez, an organizer in Worcester for the group. (This is a statement Hall would agree with, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;in [MCASâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] defense, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a pretty good statewide assessment.â&#x20AC;?) While Gutierrez knows that UPCS is an educational â&#x20AC;&#x153;beaconâ&#x20AC;? and considered one of the best schools in the country, this is the opportunity for the district to look at how to improve a school that is already successful. After all, who better to understand improvement than one that does it every year? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an opportunity to see how a good school is able to become a better school,â&#x20AC;? he says, adding that while the state may not intervene, it may force the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff to â&#x20AC;&#x153;look internallyâ&#x20AC;? and make adjustments.


No Child Left Behind, and whatever happens this year as the 112th congress discusses renewing it, are really just extensions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which went into law in 1965 under President


Lyndon Johnson. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken some twists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(ESEA) was a great piece of legislation,â&#x20AC;? says Del Prete, who points out that the law provided Title I and Title II funding, and channeled money to impoverished districts for school libraries and provided services like extra reading programs. But, according to Del Prete, despite being the most recent extension of ESEA, No Child Left Behind has changed the focus from providing services to creating accountability for schools and teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big shift,â&#x20AC;? he says. And now, no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really sure what to do next. With an influx of conservatives joining congress, the Obama administration probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to put out another round of grant money like it did with the $4 billion Race to the Top. But the issues that Massachusetts is facing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and which UPCS is now the face of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were pointed out by both Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and the Republican chairman of the Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Education and Labor, Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Kline, in a December 11 article in the New York Times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unless we change the law, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll label every school in the country a failure, even though there are lots of phenomenal

schools out there,â&#x20AC;? the article quotes Duncan. The Times quotes Klineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely, the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accountability system will have to change.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s widely regarded as broken,â&#x20AC;? says Novick about No Child Left Behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it remains to be seen if the new Congress can muster the votes and the compromises necessary to get a new version of the law through. Should Congress decide to come up with a new system of evaluating schools, then presumably a lot of this goes by the wayside.â&#x20AC;? Another question is: what happens when Massachusetts adopts the national Common Core standards? The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education says MCAS will still be used as an assessment tool, but Novick says that more tests could come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a new test roll in, as planned, is going to play havoc with everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real wildcard right now that no one has the answers to,â&#x20AC;? says Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do we start from scratch? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had.â&#x20AC;? Chester says he expects Congress to make some changes to how No Child Left Behind measures accountability, but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too concerned about how Common Core

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will fit in. “There will be some adjustment to the MCAS to make sure it reflects Common Core standards,” he says, but “not a radical departure from standards we’re using.” While the feds sort all this out, Hall does see some temporary relief for UPCS’s situation. “With the relative dip last year, this year’s 10th grade may meet (AYP).” University Park Campus School’s methodology has been successful for a decade now, so there’s little worry that the school will be labeled a chronically

LARGER SHARES AT SMALLER SCHOOLS When factoring AYP (adequate yearly progress) the federal government looks at the success of ethnic or socioeconomic subgroups, but at small schools like University Park Campus School, which during the 2009/2010 school year had a highschool enrollment of 146 students, one or two students represent a large share of that percentage. If one or two more students do poorly on the MCAS from one year to the next, that subgroup’s numbers could plummet, even if the other students in the same subgroup score highly. The following shows seven local high schools’ 10th grade MCAS scores in 2009 and 2010 and their 2010 AYP rating. Note that while other schools besides UPCS had a decline in MCAS scores, only UPCS received a 2010 AYP of “declining.”

University Park Campus School 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 97% Math: 94% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 85% Math: 87% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – high/declining Math performance/improvement – moderate/declining

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underperforming school. And between the district and state levels, no one’s worried that UPCS could suffer any long-term tangible effects of not making AYP this year. “A little bit of a black eye when the public reads it,” says Perda, but not much else. But UPCS’s ability to improve from year to year is a temporary solution to a statewide trend. Even though UPCS is equipped to make AYP in 2011, a number of good public schools may not be able to bounce back as quickly, leaving a lot of bruises.

2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 59% Math: 46% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 67% Math: 60% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – high/on target Math performance/improvement – high/above target

Claremont Academy 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 69% Math: 52% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 57% Math: 45% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – Moderate/On target Math performance/improvement – Very low/improved below target

Doherty High School 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 75% Math: 66% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 71% Math: 67% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – High/No change Math performance/improvement – High/No change

North High School 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 59% Math: 52% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 58% Math: 52% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – High/No change Math performance/improvement – Moderate/No change

South High Community School 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 65% Math: 51% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 58% Math: 47% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – High/No change Math performance/improvement – Moderate/No change

Worcester Technical High School 2009 % advanced/proficient MCAS scores ELA: 78% Math: 70% 2010 MCAS scores ELA: 70% Math: 70% 2010 AYP labels ELA performance/improvement – Very High/No change Math performance/improvement – High/No change

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Mélange of the Macabre Paul Grignon

Quite fittingly, the latest exhibit at the Dark World Gallery is untitled, save for the monogram of the artist, Morgan

Freeman. The poster for the show is reminiscent of a gravestone, but with a gruesome twist: depictions of dismembered appendages desecrate the façade. Freeman, a painter as well as a tattooist at the Dark World, displays more than 40 works. None have titles,

leaving the viewer to ponder these canvases and to reach their own conclusion. With nods to Beckmann, Bacon, Bruegel and Bosch scattered throughout, Freeman’s work unconsciously draws from these dark souls in their depiction of the grotesque and man’s fleeting appearance on earth. Overall, though, nature takes center stage as “…it is the only thing that makes me feel

insignificant. Whatever colors or textures I use, nature beat me to it. You have to respect that,” says Freeman, as he explains his approach to his craft. “I love to study nature, especially animals, and collect them. I’m more interested in the process that a carcass goes through, the transformations.” This is most evident in a work that depicts a seething, writhing mass of fauna that has torn asunder some poor

creature, perhaps man himself, as a representation of Eve or Gaia ruminates upon the roiling and wild base instincts of these creatures from hell. A pack of snarling wolves with soulless eyes encircle a flank of bleeding flesh, while serpents swirl with formidable fangs. Atop the heap of flesh and bones sits an apple pierced by arrows, perhaps a hint of man’s folly and thirst for unattainable knowledge, where feeble minds cannot possibly grasp the unfathomable and infinite mysteries of nature herself. A rent appears above Gaia’s visage, Chaos thus revealed, where flux reigns and tortured earthly subjects unerringly meet their corporeal demise. But the raging turmoil and terror is tempered by the appearance of a lone bird and blossoms, a redolent respite in stark contrast to the madness and mayhem, a comment on the constant of both calm and confusion in the cosmos. “I like to do pieces and add random human parts where you’d never think to look; hair, teeth, etc. It reminds me of 1920s carnival art. That’s my ‘out there’ artistic mind at work,” says Freeman, as he further expounded upon his craft. Unconsciously, Beckmann’s “Carnival” and “The Night” speak to him, with their depictions of depravity and despair, haunting glimpses into the nocturnal allure of voyeuristic decadence, where one is repelled but compelled to look. As with the work described above, another piece of Freeman’s brings forth the reminder of our brief spell upon this planet, where death lurks, yet nature’s enthrall resonates. A single flower, bowed in somber reflect, issues life upon the gloom and dreary tombscape, where darkness threatens to mask nature’s bounty. The pall of melancholy exists, but nature’s relentless spirit allows a spark of lightness to envelop the canvas, despite the presence of death. Freeman enjoys the employ of a myriad of mediums but lately watercolors have added a newfound vibrancy. “The ease of transport plus the lushness of the colors allows me complete spontaneity,” he says. Pieces such as a landscape with a castle ruined by time and neglect, or of a king, still crowned and once regal, but visited by the specter of death, peer back at the viewer—a reminder of the impermanence of both man himself and his creations. But despite such doom and despair, Freeman incorporates a wry take on such ephemeral states. Though the macabre permeates his work, the glint of humor is apparent. His work, a mixture of dreadfulness and delight, will give one pause to ponder his or her own fleeting existence. Morgan Freeman at the Dark World Gallery, 179 Grafton Street, Worcester. January 8-January 31. Opening reception: Saturday, January 8, at 7 p.m. 508 459 5798, JANUARY 6, 2011 • WORCESTERMAG.COM



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What exactly is it that turns Catholic-school boys into comedians at a much higher ratio than those who attend public schools? Is it the nuns? The uniforms? The guilt? Larry Norton attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade at St. Louis School in Webster back when the nuns could beat you with a ruler for bad penmanship. “They could tee off, if they wanted to,” says Norton. Although Larry Norton has been touring nationally for years, his career began in 1979 after he heard an ad on Kiss 108 FM for an open mic at the Comedy Connection (then located at the Charles Playhouse). Norton did so well, that very night he was booked for his first paid gig, which happened the following evening. He received $10…and bombed miserably.

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“I didn’t know I could do the same routine I’d done the night before, and I thought I had to do different material,” recalls Norton. That wasn’t his first time on stage, however. As a college student at Bridgewater State, Norton attended a campus performance by comedian Pat Paulsen, best known for his many appearances on “The Smothers Brothers” TV shows. After Norton was egged on by his friends who knew him as the funniest football player on the back of the bus, Norton stormed the stage when Paulsen took a break. He told some jokes and got some laughs. Luckily Paulsen told him afterwards that he was a pretty funny kid, instead of just slugging him for trying to steal stage time. Although most of his repertoire has changed since 1979, one joke from that first set at the Comedy Connection has remained in his act. “I still do a Donald Duck Impression. Donald Duck smoking weed.” continued on page 17

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So I’m never ever gonna get high And I’m never ever gonna get low And I’m never ever gonna get old -David Bowie, Never Gonna Get Old, 2003

Roman and Meff n’ Jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue. Speckled among the musical acts will be burlesque by Mary Widow, BettySioux Taylor, and Bitches of Destiny, and the evening itself will be hosted by Eva Destruction.

Before I even go past the first sentence here, let me make sure you understand the immeasurable difference between a David Bowie cover band and the David Bowie Birthday Tribute Show coming together at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner on Saturday, January 8.

A cover band is a band that performs covers of a well-known band. Often the group will dress and act like its artist of choice, and more than naught, they tend to make fans of the original artist cringe. The David Bowie Birthday Tribute Show is something entirely different. This night is made up of a plethora of talented folks from across New England who are different in so many ways, yet have a common thread between them: their love and admiration of David Bowie. That veneration for the alternative rock god will come forth through music, dance and performances that may sway any on-the-fence Bowie listener to adoration status. What better way to celebrate this rock god’s day of birth 64 years ago than to host a show in his honor? None, says Lady Stardust herself Niki Luparelli, a Worcester-based singer, actress, comedian and all around showwoman, who is the inspiration behind the Tribute Show. The line-up includes Luparelli, Dan Burke and the Gold Diggers, The Daily Pravda, Scott Ricciuti, Andy Cummings, Brian King, Mika Cooper, The Rhode Island Ukulele Armada, Susan Catinski, Keri Anderson, Greg

Luparelli, who gave birth to the Tribute idea, collaborated on the event with her partner in musical crime, Geoffrey Watson Oehling. According to Oehling, he and Luparelli have created a night as diverse as the Thin White Duke himself. “We will have everything from viola players to sax

and I’m assuming the Harley is in the garage. How are you getting to the show this week? LN: I’m taking a bus... just kidding, I ride in the winter too. No, really, my car.

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Norton has appeared on Comedy Central, Live @ Nick’s in Boston, and on the 1980s hit show “Spencer for Hire.” His act combines zany impressions, bits on growing up, life observations, and commercial parodies to create a very wellrounded, funny show. We followed Larry Norton into his garage to ask some very difficult questions.

WM: Many motorcycle riders prefer to ride without a helmet whenever the law allows. Have you ever done a comedy show where you wish you had been wearing a helmet? LN: Catskill, New York. Worst show I can remember. The show started at 10 with an age 70-plus audience. I had to work squeaky clean ... recipe for disaster.

WM: Which gives you more freedom, the stage or the bike? LN: The stage, I can say what I want. The bike; I go wherever I want.

WM: So you were on “Spencer for Hire”...Did you get to punch Robert Urich in the nose? LN: No, but Robert arrested me in the episode. Actually, he was really nice and treated the extras great. WM: Who’s the tougher audience, the Hells Angels or

players to ukulele in our ensemble,” says Oehling. “It’s like an orchestra from a Fellini film, which seems very appropriate to me.” A fast-paced night is planned, with the three burlesque acts interspersed between the musical acts, and all instruments and equipment set upon the stage for a quick transfer between acts. Working out the details of the evening’s events has been quite a task, such as tackling the beautiful rhythms in “Man Who Sold the World,” says Oehling. But as he further explains, “Fortunately the players that we have working with the band for this show are excellent and can handle anything my musically devious mind can ask.” For The Rhode Island’s Ukulele Armada, a selfprofessed “assemblage of gentlemen adventurers,” the Bowie tribute is an event close to their uke hearts. Member Brien Lang says the group is looking forward to paying tribute to Bowie by interpreting his work on an instrument in a way which the Thin White Duke most likely never envisioned hearing. “This will, with any luck, prove the universal appeal of Mr. Bowie’s work and prove to any naysayers, that the ukulele can be cool...or at least cooler than most people think,” says Lang. What Luparelli hopes to prove this night is what she has already known, that the classic sounds of Bowie can travel through time and layers of interpretation yet never feel out of place. “There is a part of Bowie I love most where he is an unstoppable performer, [with] layers and layers of roles,” says Oehling, “and something in that, maybe the relentlessness of it, reminds me of Niki.” Stop by the David Bowie Birthday Tribute Show on Saturday, January 8 at Ralph’s, sponsored by the Jagermeister, and witness a jam-packed night of Bowieesque fun for only $10. Don’t commit Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide Oh! You Pretty Things and get your Blue Jeans over to 148 Grove St., Worcester by 9 p.m.

WM: What are your feelings toward chaps (Not the buttless kind)? LN: They look good in Westerns.

the Sisters of Saint Joseph? LN: The Hell’s Angels, but you can see them coming. The sisters sneak up on you.

WM: There is currently a foot of snow on the ground,

Larry Norton is headlining Wisecracks Comedy Club at Wong Dynasty in Holden on Thursday, January 6, and Jose Murphy’s on Friday, January 8. Both shows are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12. They can be purchased online at wisecrackscomedyclub. com. JANUARY 6, 2011 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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The lights turn up. The band starts to play, the fans yell, and there is a swell of excitement in the room, now filled to capacity. It is 1976 and the band is Zonkaraz, Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary first great jam band. The flame burns strong for this original band, and there are no signs of slowing down.

Nevertheless, after nearly a decade of unrivaled popularity in this town was not enough for Ric Porter â&#x20AC;&#x201C;songwriter, singer-guitarist for the band â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and in 1979, Porter formed The Shades with some Zonkaraz band members. This transitioned the group from a Dylan-acoustic sound to the more electric, new-wave sound of this Boston-based band. The Shades tasted success quickly, opening up for big acts like the B-52s, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads, The Tubes, and Boz Scaggs. One of Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wanna Make Loveâ&#x20AC;? became the most-played local hit single, getting regular airplay on WBCN and

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Porter and the Son of the Soil, what he calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more original band.â&#x20AC;? He takes the center stage with guitar and lead vocals, surrounded by Bill Fisher (bass), Brendan Keenan (acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, accordion, backing vocals), Steve Killoran (drums) and Bob Sarkala (lead guitar, backing vocals). Although some describe the music as Bob Dylan, 50s rockabilly or even country, Porter himself refers to it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northeastern, high-lonesome American roots.â&#x20AC;? Porter elaborates: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (sometimes) sad, real stuff about the state of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;high energy, edgy and honest music that follows the tradition of basic rock and roll.â&#x20AC;? Describing himself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an American, local-boy songwriter,â&#x20AC;? this prolific songwriter has written more than 200 songs in his career including the new song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worcester County,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hole in Your Sole,â&#x20AC;? a Dylan-esque tune about the state of the world, as well as some newer versions of some of the original Zonkaraz tunes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go home again, but I am interested in what I am doing and where I am going. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look back,â&#x20AC;? he says thoughtfully. Join Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil for a two-day 60th-birthday celebration (Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) at The Vernon Hotel on January 7 and 8. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be treated to a glimpse into the rich history of four bands, culminating with this bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Americana Roots music. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed! For more information on the Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil band, find them on Facebook

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Country Strong David Wildman

Next time I think I’ll just submit to two hours of waterboarding. The amount of pain inflicted on my nervous system would be about the same, and at least I wouldn’t have to listen to Gwyneth Paltrow butcher a southern accent, or gaze horrified at Garrett Hedlund’s smirking mug. After seeing the previews I was afraid this first of the post-Oscar bone yard offerings had the potential to be yet another C+W retread of A Star is Born, a hillbilly suckfest of major proportions (or, since the director/writer responsible is Shana Feste, let’s call it a suckfeste).

I was wrong. Country Strong is even worse than that. It’s because the film isn’t content to just sit there passively up on the screen and carry on with its awfulness, it instead insists on actively and aggressively cramming its maudlin hokum and shameless mediocrity directly INTO YOUR FACE! Apparently you are supposed to care about these people and the crappy songs they sing, but it is impossible to do so because there is not one single human being in this film that you don’t want to bash continually over the head with the nearest blunt object. Even though I tend to cringe at Hedlund’s every utterance (with this and Tron: Legacy his career is deservedly on the fast track to oblivion), and laugh when country star/non-actor Tim McGraw attempts a rare show of dramatic intensity, I recognize that filmmaker Feste is the one at fault. She has no one else to blame for a dingbat script that revels in every cliché known to man. And she seems to have exerted no control over the acting performances which range from comatose to histrionic. Paltrow plays Kelly Canter, a country star in rehab for a drinking problem that caused her to fall off a stage in Dallas

Dwhile she was five months pregnant. Hedlund is Beau Hutton, a wannabe country performer who works at the clinic and has been slipping Kelly the old kielbasa. McGraw plays James, her husband/manager that she no longer does the deed with due to the aforementioned child-crushing incident. He pulls her out of the clinic to do a tour, and she insists on having Beau as an opener. James insists on his own opener, countrywestern Barbie doll Chiles (Leighteen Meester). They all go off on tour, Beau is trapped between boinking Kelly and wanting to boink Chiles. Kelly gets drunk and messes up the shows that she’s supposed to be headlining. Along the way Beau and Chiles as the warmup acts sing more lame original songs to audiences that instantly and inexplicably go crazy as if they’ve been waiting to hear and worship this tripe for their entire life. Eventually the two hook up. Oh come on, if you didn’t see that coming then you deserve this film. Then some more stuff happens. Kelly acts irrationally, gets drunk, cries, etc. Then another slew of songs. Then Kelly performs for a kid with leukemia. Then she gets drunk and dances on a pool table. Then there’s the big final concert, inevitably in Dallas. And finally they sing the title song to the film, an exceptionally embarrassing ditty, and you think the whole thing is finally, mercifully over. Then they hit you with yet another crap song, and then an even worse one, until you are screaming out for mercy for someone to bring an end this horror, but the thing just won’t seem to die. The final number, which is actually a reprise of one of those done earlier, has a lyric that pretty much lays bare this film’s dastardly intent: “I’m gonna wear you down.” Indeed. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this one, because it’s probably going to do a number on everyone’s career involved, and you don’t want to be collateral damage. The only thing strong about Country Strong is the stench that emanates from it.

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Bistro Eighty Ates has plans for Webster. The eatery’s mission of “the big-city experience without leaving town” is an attempt to turn heads all along the shores of Lake Chaubunagungamaug (just call it Webster Lake to save yourself the trouble). The goal is to create a culinary experience with a contemporary feel closer to home. So you think you can go big, Webster? Lola and I recently took a weekend trip to the small town for what we hoped to be a taste of the big city. We arrived at the plaza housing the restaurant and were greeted by a somewhat hip and upscale interior decor. Lively solid colors painted on the wall of the dining room, metallic ornamentation, and a cozy and spacious bar area with

additional diner seating gave the downtown eatery mood. Although large framed digital pictures were a bit cheesy, despite this, the atmosphere was surely set toward a swanky mode. We started with an order of the Crock of Manchaug Bisque – a saffronkissed mixture of a smooth sherrycream base made with juicy pieces of lobster, shrimp and scallops. The flavors were fresh and vibrant. I am just not sure why a place looking to be “big city” would name a starter dish after a small lake and/or village in rural Sutton. An order of Jumbo Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Cheese Rangoons was just the thing to snap us out of the cold. Blackened moist chicken pieces were encased with bleu cheese inside giant crunchy wantons. When served with a cool bleu-cheese dipping sauce, I nearly melted into the seat with comfort. Lola’s Black and Blue Bistro Filet was pan-seared and seasoned well with a burst of bleu cheese from the middle of the meat. The filet itself had a nice crispiness to it, yet maintained its juicy profile – with an assist from a light blackberry glaze. The meat was placed atop a rich

gorgonzola couscous. Perhaps a little too much richness combined with the bleu cheese, but not enough to stop the fork from moving from plate to mouth. My Chicken Oscar Roulade was moist, joining the chicken with just the right amount of buttered lobster and asparagus tips cooked into each other. It was lightly breaded and fried to give the dish great texture to accompany the delicious flavor. If there was one complaint, the Hollandaise sauce was a bit weak; it could have used more saffron to complete the dish. Half of the Bistro Eighty Ates dessert menu features homemade desserts, so we decided to split one such dish prepared here in good ole’ Webster. We chose the Apple Crisp Spring Rolls. A duo of deep-

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fried rolls housed sweetened Granny Smith apples rolled into a layer of cinnamon and streusel. The warm interior was a great contrast when paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and topped with thick cream and caramel sauce – a fantastic close to the meal. Portion sizes were quite fair when compared to the price. When including a pair of Sherwood Blueberry beers (one 16 ounce, one 20 ounce), the total posttax price tag came to $73.20. Service was solid. The effort was led by server Aileen, whose service seemed to keep getting better as the night and meal moved forward. Lola and I took a small bag out the door and into the young Webster evening, both satisfied and already planning our next return. Big city, little town, who cares? Bistro Eighty Ates gives an urban appeal, but more importantly, presented us with a dining experience worthy of recommending to friends. Kudos, Webster. You may still be small, but you pack great flavor.

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Fresco’s 95 Uxbridge Road, Mendon 508-473-2369 Fresco’s is a great treat: delicious food, impeccably prepared in a colorful, friendly setting at reasonable prices. Watch for the sign with whimsical script on the rural stretch of Route 16. Fresco’s menu is a fun collection of chicken, seafood and beef dishes, frequently partnered with pasta, as well as intriguing complements like crushed tomatoes, toasted cashews, prosciutto and a variety of mushrooms. Try dishes named for the staff, like tortellini Melinda, Jimmy’s seafood sauté and steak Willis. Toss in appetizers, salads and specialty pizzas, (including light sauce selections), and you’re sure to find something to please (even a kid’s menu).

Nashoba Winery 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Road, Bolton 978-779-5521 Nashoba Winery’s orchards, tour, retail shop, and restaurant make for a perfect New England experience — in any season. The wonderful grounds and quaint atmosphere couple well with niche wines, beers and spirits, and an equally renegade menu. Free-range poultry and beef, as well as wild game, meet delicious seafood, and varied regional vegetables. Pricing is moderate to expensive. Plan to make a day of it.

The Monument Grill 14 Monument Sq., Leominster 978-537-4466 The Monument Grill is a good bet for classy fare in northern Worcester County. Rich wine selection and new and traditional recipes for pasta, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, and veal are served up in a spotless, comfortable room. Moderate to expensive.

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The opening reception for Taiwan Sublime, Four Photography Master’s Vision of the Treasure Island exhibit will take place on Saturday, January 22, at 2 p.m. in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Sq. in Worcester. The

exhibit comprises four series of photographs taken by Taiwanese photographers, who for many years have crisscrossed Taiwan and its smaller sister islands with the aim of creating a record of its natural and human wonders. The opening reception performances include a variety of traditional Chinese folk arts such as Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, Taiwanese drums, Chinese yoyo and folk dance. On display through February 10. 508.799.1655,

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On Thursday, January 6, Lynne McKenney Lydick portrays Abby Kelley Foster during the Abby Kelley Foster 200th Birthday Presentation. “Few Americans can be named...who did so much for the abolition of slavery... She was one of the few whose words startled and aroused the land, who compelled attention, who made the guilty tremble—who forced sleeping consciences to awake, and forbade that they should sleep again until slavery ceased...” $5. 7-9 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700,


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Hundreds of companies, fashion shows and entertainment will be featured at the Worcester Bridal Expo on January 8 and 9 to help you plan the perfect white wedding! $8. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. DCU Center-Arena and Convention Center, Exhibition Hall, 50 Foster St. 508-7556800,

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Join the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill over a cup of tea during Art Tea with Lisa Greene on Wednesday, January 12. During the talk, Greene will share ideas about her work and stories with you. Greene is a floral designer

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Attend the Hope Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 9, and honor Haiti’s Heroes nearly one year after the 2010 earthquake. Proceeds benefit Spirit of Hope, which supports individuals and groups working in Haiti. $10 adult, $5 children, $35 family max. 8-11:30 a.m. Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main St., Holden. 617-244-1800.

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Twice a year, the An Cu Liath Pub hosts the North Medford Club (NMC) for the 4th-Annual Mister Bean Memorial 3.4 Mile Road Race on Sunday, January 9. All finishers will receive a prize, and there will be a pot-luck meal following the race. Bring your favorite dish along with your running shoes and join in all the fun down at the ACL! $3 for NMC members who want prize; FREE for NMC members who don’t want prize; $5 for nonmembers. No preregistration, just show up on race day starting at 12:15 p.m. Note, start of race is .4 miles from bar, so plan accordingly. From 1-6 p.m. Grey Hound Pub (An Cu Liath), 11 Kelley Sq. 508-754-6100,

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National Parks ranger Chuck Arning will deliver the lecture The Underground Railroad: The Tatnuck Connection on Tuesday, January 11 His presentation will focus on the area’s mid-1800s involvement with the secret network of escape routes and safe houses used by black slaves seeking freedom and will highlight Liberty Farm and abolishionists Abby Kelly and Stephen Foster. Coffee and refreshments at 10 a.m.; presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. Free. 1011:30 a.m. First Congregational Church - Worcester, Fellowship Hall, 1070 Pleasant St. 508-752-4635,

In Freestyle Motocross the name of the game is “anything goes” in this adrenaline-filled contest staged in midair. Riders launch their bikes off ramps that propel them toward the rafters, performing mind-bending acrobatic moves as they soar through the arena airspace. Check it out for yourself on Friday, January 7, and Saturday, January 8. Adults: $20.75; Children ages 2-12: $10.75; Gold Circle: $37.75 (adults and children). All ticket prices increase by $2 on the day of the show. 508-755-6800,

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Winter is an excellent time of year to explore the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary with your family, especially during Snowshoeing for Families on Saturday, January 8. If you have never snowshoed before, let them introduce you to this great winter activity. All levels of experience are welcomed. Snowshoes are available for rent for an additional $2/hr. for members and $4/hr. for nonmembers, and free for children. $6, Mass Audubon members; $8, nonmembers, $3, child members; $4, child nonmembers. 1-3 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 978-4642712,

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out of Georgetown, and the natural world, textiles and metal inspire her arrangements. “Floral design is an ephemeral medium for creating artistic expression, meant to be enjoyed all in a fleeting moment,” Greene says. Free, but reservations required. 4-5 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, Kresge Studio Theater, 242 Old Petersham Rd., Hardwick. 413-4776746,

On Wednesday, January 12, Tower Hill Botanical Garden wants you to gather your family together for its winter garden discovery program Trees in Winter. Designed for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or caregivers, begin inside with an activity and story time. Then you’ll step outside (or into the Orangerie in extreme cold) for a short walk to discover what’s new in the garden. Dress for the weather, so you can see the Witch Hazel bloom or the snowdrops poke through the ground. NM pair $8; M pair, $5. 10-11 a.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111.



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The first week of 2011 brings some regulars onto the soundcheck spotlight this issue. For Thursday, January 6 we have the hardest working musician this side of Boston, Bill McCarthy, as he plugs in a mic, offers you a song or two, then hands it over during his Open Mic at Junior’s Pizza Grille. Then we have our favorite 80s cover band with a twist, Flock of Assholes along with MC Whateva and Pako at The Lucky Dog. Moving over to Vincent’s, you can find James Keyes over in the corner just about every week. Currently in the recording studio working on his second solo album “Devil Take the Hindmost” which is due out in March, Keyes tells us, “The songs are all getting a great response from people everywhere, so I’m wicked excited about putting this out soon.” As for his gig at Vincent’s, he says “Thursdays at Vincent’s are getting more and more fun each week. People are singing and stomping along with me and it’s a blast to be able to do that on a regular basis.” Sounds like a night you shouldn’t miss. On Friday, January 7 the Somerville band Louder My Dear are getting ready for their SXSW appearance with a show at Ralph’s. According to bass player Jason Macierowski, the band has a shoegazing sound ala Swervedriver, whom I love, so this should be good. Next up will be Bunny’s A Swine from Northampton, who have been drawing a buzz for their Guided By Voices influenced indie rock. The lineup comes midway with Boston rock veterans the Lights Out who Macierowski explains are “solid, straight ahead indie rock.” The new band Garage Sale Picasso, in which Macierowski also plays guitar in, is up next, and offers a fuzzy power-pop slant. Over in Northborough you’ll find hot rod Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers at Celtic Tavern. Fans of early rock and roll will not want to miss Mr. James. In that same vein, Worcester native Steve Connolly (pictured) returns to his hometown with Spirit of the King and brings Elvis to life on the Mechanics Hall stage. Then there’s The Invaders over at Beatnik’s and Sam James sets up his weekly gig at the Victory Bar tonight. Do me a favor and tell him I sent you, ok? On Saturday, January 8 take my advice and head on out to Clinton for Clutch Grabwell at Breakaway Billiards. Or take a trip to Oxford as The Days End welcomes the Triple Threat Blues Crusade who jam around with the music of Clapton, Stevie Ray, Santana among others. Or if you really want to mix a night of winter fun with local music, check out Boston based alt/indie band Mission Hill over at Wachusett Mountain’s Coppertop Lounge in Princeton. Closer to home, head on back to the city for Hat On Drinking Wine at Beatnik’s. Whether you’re sticking to the streets you know or heading out of town for a the night, there is plenty of local music to keep you stimulated this weekend. ’nuff said.



DJ Roberta. Dance to your favorite rock, classic rock, top 40 and country hits! 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No Charge. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or Meg Hutchinson Concert. “Meg Hutchinson writes like Joni Mitchell used to and Springsteen still does, and she sings like an Americana godsend.” $15. 7:30-10 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388 or Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy. openmicworld. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! FREE. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Flock Of A-Holes W/ MC Wateva, Pako and Brett, The stand up comedian!!. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. DJ Shocka. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Metal Thursday!!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Ton of Blues open mic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

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860-923-2967. Brian Richards. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Gorilla Radio the Rage Against The Machine tribute, Still Aggravated, On The Verge, & Dave Magario. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or find them on facebook. Ashland Attic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. DJ Chubb Rocks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. DJ Pete the Polock. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. DJ T Rich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Garage Sale Picasso, The Lights Out, Louder My Dear, and Bunny’s A Swine!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. I Love Fridays At Fusion with DJ B-Lo. DJ B-LO spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. Lounge opens at 9p.m. - Dance Club opens at 10:30 p.m. Coat Room available with attendant. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Live Music in the Pub - John Riley. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-7923700 or find them on facebook. Mr J Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Ric Porter & The Sons of the Soil An excellent band of local veterans of the music scene. 9-11:59 p.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507 or find them on facebook. Sam James. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. The Invaders. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. Velocity, Truth Ending Cycle, Wasted Noise & Before the Fall. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373.

>Saturday 8 Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Shawn Dennison and Raised in Glory. Shawn and his band are all about worship. With heartfelt originals and favorite worship songs, this will be a night of truly anointed music! 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or Dan Kirouac solo/acoustic. 8-11 p.m. Knights of Columbus Council 2087, 1017 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale.

Union Music presents a Drum Circle with Ed Oluokun. 2-4 p.m. Union Music, Union Music Performance Room, 142 Southbridge St. 508-753-3702 or Jazzed Up Trio Live Tonight. Live jazz while you dine, dance, swing, and mingle. Featuring Joe D’Angelo on Bass and vocals, John Murzycki on Drums, Mauro DePasquale on piano and vocals. Enjoy American Songbook classics. No Cover. 7-10 p.m. 1790 House Rt 9, Westboro, MA, 206 Boston Turnpike Route 9, Westborough. 508-366-1707. Worcester Chamber Music Society - “Songs of Innocence and Experience”. Featuring Maria Ferrante, soprano; Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner and Amy Rawstron, violins; Mark Berger and Peter Sulski, violas; William Ness, piano With guest artist Joshua Gordon, cello $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 College Students, Children under 17 free.7:30-9:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, Gordon Hall, 111 Park Ave. 978-4562730. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincoln st.

Poison: Flesh N Blood (Poison Tribute Band). A live a tribute, $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Bret Talbert: Live & Acoustified!. Former frontman & guitarist of some memorable local bands like Public Works & Hothead, starts off 2011 with a spirited solo performance of classic and modern favorites with a few originals sprinkled in, trusty acoustic guitar in-hand. Free!. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-340-6051. Hat on, Drinking Wine. with special guests Commanchero. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-963-0588 or Mission Hill. No cover. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Roberta & The Issues. Cover band playing your favorite classic rock/top 40/and funky hits by male and female artists such as Guns ‘N Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Pink, Journey, Cheap Trick, Beatles, Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, Taylor Swift and more! No Cover. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Olde Post Office Pub, 1 Ray St., North Grafton. 508-839-6106. Touch 2 Much (The ACDC tribute),The Raw, Deep Six, & Musclecah!. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. 1/8 C2C Band @ Cindy’s Palmer. Free Live Music. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cindy’s Sports Bar, 1618 North Main St., Palmer. 413-2710609. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar BadClownProductions. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Lakeside Bar & Grille, 97 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-425-3543. Brian Kendall & Dave Miller. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Clutch Grabwell. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. David Bowie’s Birthday Tribute Show. Celebrate David Bowie’s 64th Birthday! Total Blam Blam Bowie covers all night long! Bowie themed Burlesque Acts! David Bowie Look Alike Contest with $100 cash prize! Jagermeister merch giveaways! Starring Niki Luparelli, Dan Burke, and the Gold Diggers, The Daily Pravda, Scott Ricciuti, Andy Cummings, Brian King, Mika Cooper, The Rhode Island Ukulele Armada, Susan Catinski, Keri Anderson, Greg Roman, Meff n’ Jojo’s Tiny Instrument Revue. Hosted by Eva Destruction. Burlesque by Mary Widow, BettySioux Taylor, and Bitches of Destiny $10 at door!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 617 842 3999. DJ Wicked D from The Perfect Mix. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. Go Gadget Go. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Hat On Drinking Wine. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. John Hansen & Co.. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Mr J Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Probable Cause. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Ric Porter & The Sons of the Soil 9-11:59 p.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507 or find them on facebook. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. DJ HYDRO & DJ SAVAS spin your favorite Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 pm and Dance Club opens at 10:30pm. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Usual Suspects. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Triple Threat Blues Crusade. Performing music from Santana, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, BB King and more!! With Tim Patterson on drums, Steve Russo on guitar, Steve Topazio on bass, and Joe Martins on sax. $5 cover / VIP Pass = FREE Admission. 9:30-1 p.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford.

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>Sunday 9 Worcester Youth Orchestra Auditions. Intermediate to Advanced musicians are invited to audition for membership in the Worcester Youth Orchestras for the Spring 2011 season. Openings currently available for strings and winds. The Orchestras offer an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians from throughout Central Massachusetts to discover the world of symphonic music and play in some of the finest venues around Massachusetts. $25 non-refundable application fee required prior to audition. 1:30-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, Education Wing, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 978-390-4941 or Worcester Chamber Music Society - “Songs of Innocence and Experience”. Featuring Maria Ferrante, soprano; Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner and Amy Rawstron, violins; Mark Berger and Peter Sulski, violas; William Ness, piano With guest artist Joshua Gordon, cello $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 college students. Children under 17 free admission. 3-5 p.m. Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville. 978-456-2730. Ryan Laperl. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Traditional Irish Seisiun. An old world tradition suitable for the entire family. 4-8 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sabrina Sundays at Envy. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ENVY Nightclub, 241 Southbridge St.

Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or

>Wednesday 12 Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy OpenMicWorld. Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877 or Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincon st. 508-612-8128. Sam James. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Free Wednesday night Concert series w/ Vagora, Machine Gun Moustache, Azwan & The Savages!. Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508363-1888 or



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>Tuesday 11 Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!. OPENMCC@VERIZON.NET 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. “Totally Tuesdays” Spinnin Rad Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

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Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau & John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or Bass Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays. Every Tuesday Bass

ARTSWorcester, ARTSWorcester Presents: “Older Artists, Newer Works” Paintings by Frances Kornbluth and Erik SandbergDiment, through Jan. 21. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or Booklovers’ Gourmet, Any THING Goes! Photo Exhibit by Bette LaHair, Through Jan. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or Dark World Gallery, Morgan Freeman at Dark World Gallery, Saturday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges


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apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508929-2700 or Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Beauty In Excess on Display, Through Aug. 31. Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or Museum of Russian Icons, Treasures from Moscow: Icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum, through July 25. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or Old Sturbridge Village, Dinner in a Country Village, Saturdays, through March 26. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-7331830 or 508-347-3362 or Post Road Art Center, Call to Artists: Food Show 2011, Through Jan. 6. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-4852580 or Westboro Gallery, “Transformations”-Westboro Gallery Opening by Shari Fox, Through Feb. 7. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or Worcester Art Museum, Eduardo Manet’s The Dead Toreador, through March 31; Goya and the Bullfight, Sundays, through April 17; Place as Idea, through Feb. 13; Artist Talk: Abelardo Morell, Sunday; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, Sept. 12 - May 22. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508799-4406 or Worcester Historical Museum, In Focus: 20th-Century Professional Photography, Through Jan. 15. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15. 100 Institute Road.

lectures >Thursday 6 Abby Kelley Foster - 200th Birthday Presentation. Lynne McKenney Lydick portrays Abby Kelley Foster on the 200th Anniversary of her birth. “Few Americans can be named...who did so much for the abolition of slavery... She was one of the few whose words startled and aroused the land- who compelled attention- who made the guilty tremble- who forced sleeping consciences to awake; and forbade that they should sleep again until slavery ceased...” $5 donation suggested (Woo points to Worcester college students). 7-9 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or .

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Worcester Chapter. The winter meeting in January will be held on the 2nd Saturday. The meeting room opens at 9:30am. You are invited to bring along a friend as well as your own morning coffee and doughnuts. or Free. 10 a.m.-noon Auburn Public Library, Merriam Room, 369 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-7790.

>Tuesday 11 Life’s Too Short to Drink Cheap Wine: A Salute to Friendship by Cliff Hakim. How can we as humanists take responsibility for and preserve our great and uncertain world unless we are conscious of and live in friendship with the self and the other? What does friendship mean to you? How does friendship affect you as a humanist and your responsibility to the world? These are some of the questions that Cliff Hakim will ask. Free to public, donations welcome. 7-9 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden St. 774-314-1494 or worcesterhumanists/calendar/15772840.

poetry >Sunday 9 Poetry Reading for Kids 12 and Under. Ashburnham Poet Patricia Frederick will present her own light verse at Kids Poetry Club. Mrs. Frederick, with her husband Michael is the [co-director] of the internationally renowned Frederick Historic Piano Collection in Ashburnham. She has been writing since age three, when she dictated a story to her mother which was later published in Highlights for Children. She is a music director and teacher, and has published a number of poetry collections. Free. 1-2 p.m. Rabbit Hole (bookstore and more), 805 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-3450040 or The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or poetry slam. This week we welcome the Duende Project for a CD Release Party! The Duende Project (formerly “Duende”) is the poetry and music project of Tony Brown, a veteran performance poet, and Steve Lanning-Cafaro, AKA Faro, performing on electric bass and nylon string guitar. They’ve released two CD/chapbook sets, “Jim’s Fall” and “Americanized” on their own Loyal Weasel Productions, and perform in the New England and Eastern Seaboard regions regularly. You can check out their work by visiting ReverbNation. 7-11 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012.

>Monday 10 NOW Women’s Issues Book Group -Poet Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil. The Women’s Issues Book Group this month joins the Elizabeth Bishop centenary celebration and discusses “The More I Owe You” Michael Sledge’s recent, highly praised novel. Sledge centers his book on Elizabeth Bishop’s 17 years in Brazil with her friend and lover, prominent city planner Lota de Macedo Soares. free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/Worcester, 541 D Lincoln St. 508-479-7574 or Worcester Youth Poetry Slam / Free Workshop Series. Open to area teens interested in writing poetry and participating in Youth Poetry Slam Competitions. Weekly informal sessions at Worcester County Poetry Association Offices at 1 Ekman Street. Please RSVP. Free. 6-8 p.m. Vasa Hall, WCPA Office / First Floor, 1 Ekman St. The Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show. Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Visual Artists, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis & Alex Charalambides. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra! Check the website for a link! $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape Fri 9pm and Sat 8pm Every Weekend at Biagio’s Grille Drinks and Appetizers available in the Showroom, Full Dinner Available before Show in Restaurant $5 Off with Proper College ID 2 for 1 Admission for active Military and Veterans $4 Off with Dinner Receipt and Reservations. $20 per person except Special Events. 8 p.m.-noon Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221 or visit Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and sympathetic crowd. Well known as the breeding grounds for local talent it has produced many known and not to be known comedians. Fear not! Your Sense of Pride. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. The Sexiest Show in Town - Mondays. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Buy a pitcher, get a free pizza! Every 2nd and 4th Monday! 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Saturdays. $10. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty Saturdays. $12. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508-829-2188 or visit Rory Raven, Mentalist & Mindbender Wednesday, January 12. The Friends of the Hopedale Library are pleased to host an evening with Rory Raven, Mentalist and Mindbender, Wednesday, January 12th at 7 pm. Neither a psychic nor a magician, Rory Raven’s knowledge of the inner workings of the mind enable him to perform amazing shows and demonstrations by exploring the powers of the mind, both real and imagined. With a few simple props and some brave volunteers, he will offer an evening of mind-reading and spoon-bending. Predictions will come true, thoughts will be revealed, and perhaps even spirits will be summoned! Come brainstorm and test your own powers. This program is geared toward older teens and adults. Please register by Monday, January 10th by calling the library front desk at 508-6342209. FREE. 7-8 p.m. Hopedale Public Library, 50 Hopedale St., Hopedale. Call 508-634-2209.

classes/ workshops >Thursday 6 Adult Classes Open House & Adult Student Exhibition Reception. Join us for this celebration of art at WAM! Learn about our new winter/spring classes, meet our instructors, view student artwork from the fall session, and enjoy light refreshments. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Higgins Education Wing, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406.

>Friday 7 Healing Journey. Travel along with Psychic/Medium Diane Lewis as she transports you and the group to a realm beyond our own. Although journeying with the group, you’ll still maintain your individuality as you travel and connect to messages given to you for your self discovery. The innovative concepts used on this journey and the interactive aspect only enhance the total experience for both the individual and the group. $50. 6-9 p.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310 or dianelewis.

>Saturday 8 Excel for Genealogy. The January meeting will be held on the second SATURDAY (morning) of the month (January 8th)

which is located at 369 Southbridge Street (Rte 12) in Auburn, Massachusetts. The meeting will begin at 10:00am, with the meeting room opening at 9:30am. We’ll open with a short business meeting and then we will here from our speaker, Seema-Jayne Kenney. Putting your data into Excel can be the first step in organizing and analyzing what you have found in your research. Find out how to use some advanced features so Excel does more work than you do! or Free. 10 a.m.-noon Auburn Public Library, Merriam Room, 369 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-7790.

>Monday 10 Tai-Chi for Beginners @ the YWCA pre-register. A form of slow-moving, non impact exercise used to help reduce stress, improve flexibility, boost your immune system, feel great and dramatically improve overall. This class is taught by certified Tai-Chi instructor John Danserau. Monday 9 to 10a.m. or Wednesday 9 to 10a.m. $70.00 7 week session Pre-register @ 508-767-2505 starts 01/10/11 9-10 a.m. YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square. 508-767-2505.

>Tuesday 11 The Underground Railroad: The Tatnuck Connection. National Parks Ranger Chuck Arning will be speaking on the Tatnuck connection to the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s. His presentation will highlight Liberty Farm, Abby Kelly and Stephen Foster - Abolitionists. Coffee and refreshments at 10a.m., presentation begins at 10:30a.m.. Handicapped Accessible. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. First Congregational Church - Worcester, Fellowship Hall, 1070 Pleasant St. 508-752-4635 or Present Like A Pro. Learn how to present like a pro and get great results from your presentations. $20. 6-8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel Boston/Westborough, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough. 508-381-1529 or Discovering Nature as a Preschooler - Winter 2011. This six-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week brings a new focus, but we’l always explore indoors with games, activities, or crafts, and then explore the great outdoors on Broad Meadow Brook’s clearly marked trails. $85 Child Members, $100 Child Non-members.. 9:30 a.m.-noon Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087. Fiber Arts in Knitting. This class provides an opportunity to pursue the craft of knitting. All levels-beginner through experienced - can explore simple or more complex stitches and design techniques. This is a wonderful chance to finish that UFO (unfinished object) that was stashed away when problems arose. Learn to correct mistakes, finish professionally, or just relax and “do your thing with sticks and string”. Materials needed: yarn of your choice and the appropriate size needle for that yarn. $75. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Glassblowing I. Learn the fundamentals of an art form that has remained unchanged for over 2,000 years as you practice gathering, shaping, and blowing molten glass in this introductory course. $450. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or Introduction to Woodturning I - Essential Spindle Techniques. This primary introduction to woodturning equipment, tools and technique is designed for the first timer through novice wood turner focusing on developing solid spindle working skills essential for any turner. Experienced turners will benefit by the closely study of tool presentation and identification of problem habits. Safety, proper equipment and tool use and various methods-of-mounting of material will be covered in depth. Student Fee: $199 Materials Fee: $70. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Wheel I - Introduction To Wheelthrowing. Have you always wanted to learn to use the potter’s wheel to turn stoneware clay into vases, bowls, and mugs? This fun, fast paced class will help you tap into your creativity while learning the basic skills of

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>Wednesday 12 Detoxing Your Body. Learn safe and effective ways to detox your body. Part of our Homeopathic Wellness series ‘A Holistic Approach to Healthy Living’ $12. 9-10 a.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310. A Free Nutritional Workshop Series Eating Great!!. Eating Great A Free Nutritional Workshop Series Avoiding the dangers of modern nutrition can be tough. But taking the guesswork out of what you should be eating can make it easy! Learn the small adjustments in your daily food regimen that will transform the way you look and feel by taking advantage of this nutrition series. Over seven weeks, you will learn how to change the way you and your family eat, regain control of your health Workshops are held Wednesdays, 12 - 1p.m. Pre-registration Required. FREE. noon-1 p.m. YWCA of Central Massachusetts, CAC Library, 1 Salem Square. 508-7672505, ext. 3017. Enameling. Enameling is an ancient process in which vitreous glass (enamel) is fused and bonded onto metal by the application of heat through kiln firing. The Craft Center is one of the few centers teaching this craft today! The types of metals preferred for enameling are copper, steel for large-scale work, and fine gold or silver for precious jewelry. Traditional techniques including cloisonné, champlevé, limoges, bassé taille and grisaille are taught in this course, as well as more contemporary and experimental

techniques suitable for large scale works. $199 Studio Fee: $15. 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508753-8183 or Wheel II - How to Make Better Pots. From throwing to glazing, this class is designed to help you express your vision with clay. Bring your ideas, insights, and desires to whatever piece you’d like to create. $199. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Independent Explorations In Clay. Chart your own course with an independent study class that offers you the opportunity to pursue your own ideas in throwing, handbuilding, sculpting, glazing and decorating, while working at a tempo that reflects your creative style and needs. $389. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or worcestercraftcenter. org.

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>Friday 7 Ballroom & Latin Dance Lounge. Open to the public, singles/couples. Dance to Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Hustle. $15pp. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Salsa Classes (Int). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during each 4 beats. The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa dancing is always sassy, sexy, and fun! 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Ballroom Dancde Beginner Tango. Poise Style and Motion’s professionally trained instructors specialize in American Style Ballroom and Rhythm dance instruction for adults. $10. Light refreshments offered. $50 monthly membership includes

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>Saturday 8 Worcester Contra Dance. Contra is an American folk dance, set to live folk music, in which a caller instructs the dancers through each set of moves. As the song continues, dancers progress along a line of other dancers, regularly swapping partners and enjoying new company while mastering the pattern of the current dance. New England’s answer to square dancing is very easy to learn and very welcoming to newcomers. Dancing starts at 8p.m. and goes until 11p.m., with a half-hour beginners’ lesson beforehand. Music by the Berlin County Orchestra, with Tim Van Egmond calling. $8/person, $6/student, $18/family; children under 12 free. 7:30-11 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St. 508-853-4351 or single’s dance. This is for adults singles who love to dance and mingle with other singles. Our new DJ, Sounds by Rich will keep everyone busy on the dance floor. Casual dressy attire, no jeans. Admission is $10 at the door. Tables for groups of 8 or more may be reserved in advance. $10. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Scandinavian Athletic Club (SAC PARK), 438 Lake St., Shrewsbury. 508-7985755. Youth & Teen Latin and Swing Classes. (Ages 5 thru 16) 6 wks for $50pp, Meets: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, and 12 10am Advanced Teens/Pre-Teens (9-16yrs) 11am Intermediate Juniors (5-8yrs) 12pm Beginner Juniors (5-8yrs) 12pm Beginner Teens/Pre-Teens (9-16yrs) Open House & Dance Social: Free

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Admission on December 18th from 11am - 12:30pm. Includes refreshments, Latin lesson & dance social. Ages 5-16. $50pp. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Open Practice. Come and practice on a large Ballroom dance floor 2 hours every Sat afternoon. $10pp. 1-3 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or . Ballroom Dance Beginner Waltz/Rumba. Learn with other couples and singles every Saturday in January. Waltz has an elegant gracefulness with a romantic and sometimes sad feel. Sometimes called the dance of love, Rumba has a romantic feel and sensual hip action. No Partner or experience required. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 11 a.m.-noon Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Ballroom Dance Intermediate Quickstep. Learn with other couples and singles every Saturday in January. Quickstep is a dynamic, smooth and glamorous dance with lots of movement and rotation. No partner required. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. noon-1 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or

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ITEMS UNDER $2011.00 FREE KITCHEN FAUCET, 4 holes 508-829-5678. JVC DVD player with instructions, remote w/ bat. Exc. cond. New $150, asking $35. 508-829-9240 Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Playroom Package, vhs tapes, 9â&#x20AC;? tv w/vhs player, mini pool table, exc. cond. $75.00 508-829-3005 KITCHEN TABLE 35 1/2â&#x20AC;?X48â&#x20AC;? with 12â&#x20AC;? leaf. Brown tone design. Exc. $35. 508754-1827 KLIPSH LOUDSPEAKERS pair, perfect cond., black ash, asking $300 or B/O 508-886-8803.




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Maytag white dishwasher, Under counter. 6 years old, works great. Needs handle $45. 508-981-1941 Mink Stole Excellent Condition $50.00 508-829-6877 RECLINER blue, good condition $75 508-756-1315 after 4 pm. The Central Mass Classifieds is not liable for typos or inaccuracies on the Items Under $2011 ads, due to the way that the ads are sent in. If you submit an ad, please be sure to print the price and phone number clearly so that errors will not be made. If you do see an error in your phone number or price, please call us at 508-755-1199 X430 and we will give you an extra week. Thank you.

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Keep your driveway/walkway snow-free this winter! Sit back, relax, and let the snow-removal experts do what we do best. Plowing/Sanding/Snow Blowing from a small walkway to a large parking lot...we do it all! Residential & Commercial. We also offer full winter enrollment to our Plow and Snow Removal Services, which means ALL SEASON SERVICES will automatically be there clearing the snow from your property. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to pick up the phone. In cases where you just need help with the bigger blizzards and storms, there is individual snow removal and plowing available. The best thing about our services is our LOW RATE!


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Prayer to St. Jude May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days, by the 9th day your prayer will be answered even if you don’t believe. This novena has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you St. Jude and God. DG


Worcester Apartments Studio, 1 bed & 2 bed apartments Rents Starting at: Studio: $571 1 Bed: $724 2 Bed: $897 Includes heat, hot water, cooking gas, pool, recreation program & parking Minimum Income Guideline

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WOMAN SINGERS Women of Worcester County, is your new year’s resolution to bring more wholesome fun and joy into your life? If you have a singer’s voice, there’s no better way to find that joy than by singing and harmonizing with others. The singers of Post Road Chorus wish to share our craft with you. Come join us on the risers, learn to sing a cappella, and celebrate life with us by making music together. Tuesdays: 7:15- 9:30 PM at Birches Auditorium 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01606 For more information call 508 852-1327 or 508 829-3374


VACATION RENTALS FOR RENT: One week at the largest timeshare in the world. Orange Lake is right next to Disney and has many amenities including golf, tennis, and a water park. Weeks available are in February, March, and April. Cost for a Sunday week is $850 inclusive. Call Carol at 978-371-2442 for more information.*



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Household items & Collectibles Low Prices & Quantity Discounts Jan. 7th, 8th, & 9th. Fri.-Sun. 9am-4pm 38 Spruce St. (Marketplace) Leominster Call Fred for more info


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We are now accepting applications for children born in 2006/2007. Parents of children with disabilities are encouraged to consider our preschool program as an alternative placement for their children. Must meet eligibility requirements. Catherine Kortz 508.865.5037

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Ad Care Hospital

Albert Cecchini, CPA

Worcester, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 1-800-ALCOHOL Established 1975

Worcester, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 508-797-0077 Established 1990

RE/MAX Property Promotions Westminster/Leominster 978-621-3168 â&#x20AC;˘ Established 1991



@LHYZ David L. Johnson Accounting & Tax Service

Brenda Rufiange â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Realtor

Chris Goodnow Auto Sales

Creative Floors, Inc.

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Empire Granite Co.

GoodFellas Construction

Guzik Motors, Inc.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peduzzi Familyâ&#x20AC;? Worcester, MA 508-757-3091 Established 1945

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Haddad Auto Detailing

Herb Chambers Toyota & Hyundai

Jefferson Service Station

Worc. 508-755-5250 â&#x20AC;˘ Westboro 508-366-6260 Established 1978

Auburn, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 508-832-8000 Established 1988

Jefferson, MA 508-829-9451 Established 1951




KMG Fertilization

Leicester Country Club

Marathon Staffing, Inc.

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Leicester, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 508-892-1390 Established 1864

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Miles Funeral Directors

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Northborough, MA 508-393-7077 Established 1995

Proudly Serving the Wachusett Area Established 1896

@LHYZ New England Landscaping & Construction & Spencer Paving â&#x20AC;˘ 508-885-3320 Established 1999

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Noarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil Company

Old Man Oil

Worcester, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 508-791-3228 Established 1931

Serving Central Mass 508-886-8998 â&#x20AC;˘ Established 2010

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RE/MAX Vision Worcester â&#x20AC;˘ 508-595-9900 Established 2009

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Sunnyside Ford

The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden at the VNA

The Guild of St. Agnes

Holden, MA â&#x20AC;˘ 508-829-4333 Established 1923

Worcester â&#x20AC;˘ 508-751-6985 Established 1989

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Tilton & Cook Cooperative

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WARM WEATHER IS YEAR ROUND in Aruba. The water is safe and the dining is fantastic. Rent a condo for a week or more in May or October. Walk out to the beach. Sleeps 8. $3,000. Call Carol at 978-371-2442 or email:*

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1999 Wilderness 28â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Single slide 5th wheel travel trailer. Rear kitchen. Queen bed. Sleeps 6. Awning. 1 owner. Exc. cond. Asking $8500.00 508-886-8820 Patriots Tailgate RV 1989 Coachman 57k orig. miles. Good tires, runs well. Painted logos. Perfect for season ticket holders. $3500.00 508723-6258

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2008 Chevy Tahoe LT 5 drs. 8cyl. Silver ext., gray cloth int. 39k mi. 4wd. Exc. cond. Auto trans, extras. $26,950.00 508-829-9315

WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION FOR BID General Contractor Services Bathroom Renovations MA 12-20 Lakeside Apartments


AUTO/TRUCK 1997 Ford 250 3/4 ton, 4WD, 85k mi, rear electric lift gate lifts 1250 lbs, new tires, runs good, $4900.00 978343-6546. AUTOS 07 Buick Terraza CXL Minivan. Dark blue. 80K. One owner. Every option. Runs & looks great. $13,800 firm. Call Steve 508-8299307 1971 Buick Skylark 4dr, 350 2bbl, 52K orig miles, new alternator & battery, dual exhaust, mags, solid body, tan, green int, no carpets, decent tires. RUNS GREAT! $1700 OR BO 508-6156853. 1976 Chrysler Cordoba 39k orig. miles. $4995.00 B/O Call Phil 617-680-0127 1992 Chevy Caprice Classic Great running & body condition, 86,000 miles. Asking $2150. Call 707-9719299. 1995 Volvo 850 Wagon Great car for a student. Reliable. Sunroof. High mileage. Located in Holden, off Salisbury St. $1800/BO Call Jay 508-245-4162 1999 FORD TAURUS Gold, 148K, 1 owner, engine & body good cond, new rear shocks & struts. Needs power steering pump. Rust on undercarriage. $700. 508-842-8896 Call between 5 - 7 PM. 2000 Acura Integra Red ext., black int. Pwr windows & locks. Recent tuneup, brakes, tires. Sunroof, rear spoiler. Automatic. $4495.00 508868-3538 2003 Cadillac CTS Loaded, Power Everything, Leather, Sun Roof Bose Speakers. 86k mi. Runs great, very well maintained. All records. $8,000 Call 978-422-3424 2004 Chevy SSR Black. 5k miles. Possibly best in USA! $26,000 978-928-1359

The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) invites sealed bids from a DCAM Certified General Contractors and filed sub bidders licensed in Massachusetts to provide Construction Services for the bathroom renovations project at Lakeside Apartments in Worcester Massachusetts. The project consists of selective demolition and renovation of apartment bathrooms, abatement, vinyl tile, sheet vinyl flooring, interior/exterior doors, insulating glass, painting and all associated rough & finish electrical, plumbing and carpentry work within the 202 units in multiple 3 story buildings. The estimated construction cost is $1,030,000.00     Plans and specifications will be available January 5, 2011 from or, at Nashoba Blue, Inc. at 433 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749 (978568-1167). Plan deposit of $50 per set (refundable), $50 for each additional set (non-refundable). Mailing fee is $40 per set (non-refundable). Certified cashiers checks only, payable to BidDocsOnline Inc. A Pre Bid Conference for both filed sub and general bidders will be held at project sit, 28 Lakeside Ave Apt. # 1 Lakeside apts. At 10:00 a.m. on January 12, 2011 Filed sub Bids will be received up to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605. General Bids will be received up to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 9, 2011 at 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605. For additional information contact Tina Rivera at (508) 635-3302.




2004 Toyota Sienna LE minivan, 7 pass, good cond, runs great, 135K orig mi, one owner, auto, A/C, front WD, $7000 or B/O. after 5pm 978422-9901.

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2008 Fleetwood Niagara pop-up camp, exc cond, 2 kings, flush toilet, shower, 3-way fridge, stove, micro. Pop out din area to bed. 508-395-1558 $12,500.

93 Honda Accord New rebuilt 3k engine, clutch, tires, batt, new glass, full power. Must Sell! $2500 978-8740546 or cell 978-6026841. AAAA DONATION Donate your Car, Boat or Real Estate, IRS Tax Deductible. Free Pickup/ Tow Any Model/ Condition. Help Under Privileged Children Outreach Center. 1-800-883-6399.* DONATE YOUR VEHICLE LOVE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. Free Towing & NonRunners Accepted. 800-5492791 Help Us Transform Lives In The Name Of Christ.*

CAMPERS/TRAILERS 2007 Adventurer Truck Camper. Exc. cond. Generator, AC, large bath, slide out, 2 awnings. $19,500 508989-4558 2007 Haulmark enclosed trailer, 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? long X 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;8â&#x20AC;? wide X 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;9â&#x20AC;? high. Interior lights, tie down rings, side door, rear ramp, 15â&#x20AC;? radials w/ spare. Exc. cond. $2500 firm. 508835-6979.

MOTORCYCLES GOLDWING Honda 1989 GL 1500, excellent condition, many extras, only 26,000 miles, $4500. Call 978-5344314.


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Franny Goodrich STEVEN KING

Franny Goodrich was born in Worcester, attended Becker College and has spent twenty years in the fitness industry in all facets, from running a chain of gyms to ten years as a competitive natural bodybuilder. But at heart, Goodrich is nothing but a geek. A science & fitness geek that is. With his vast experience, Goodrich has taken it upon himself to educate those of us fighting with fat in our daily lives. With the publication of two books in 2010, “Diet, Exercise, & Weight-loss Bullshit - Exposed!” and “Kiss the Fat Goodbye - Uncensored!” Goodrich is in your corner to help you loose weight in 2011.

In your opinion, what is the biggest factor holding folks back from loosing weight? Simple. Misinformation.

Why do you call yourself an exercise and weight-loss “frauds and myths” expert? I am a self-proclaimed Science Geek. So much of what people believe about diet and exercise simply does not holdup against the scrutiny of credible science. Furthermore, a billion-dollar fitness industry, whose only motive is profit at consumer’s expense, counts on the public’s ignorance to sell them products and gadgets that are bogus. My crusade against this began as a “for fun” Facebook page. I created “Body Coaches of America” to blog about common misconceptions, myths, and frauds in the field of diet, exercise, and

weight-loss. Sort of the “myth-buster” of diet and exercise. More than 4000 Facebook friends later, it has exploded beyond anything I’d ever imagined.

What inspired you to write the books? The more I blogged, the more I realized the extent of the problem. Along with wealth and happiness, millions of Americans place an extremely high premium on looking good. So much so that they foolishly spend millions of dollars per-year on anything that promises a short cut to their goal. Highly intelligent, well-educated people, suddenly become “idiots,” throwing logic right out the window.

1. Eating isn’t rocket-science: You don’t need a Nutritional-Science degree. Everything you need to know to eat right and lose weight intelligently, you can learn in one day eat less and less often. If you “must” go on one of today’s popular diets, the first thing to remember about any diet is that comes down to taking in fewer calories than you expend, period. Any reasonably healthy diet is a winner. Sticking to it is the key. 2. Anything you buy on TV is probably crap: Skip the infomercial exercise equipment, videos, and supplements. It’s an over-priced and senseless way to get in shape. Learn how to exercise properly and eat real food. 3. A gym membership won’t work: Too many people buy a gym-membership, thinking this alone will change their body. No! Commit to changing your over-all lifestyle (eating and activitylevel). If you go to the gym faithfully and engage in intense physical exercise at least 3-times per-week, you can change your body. On the other hand,

if you throw on some grey-sweats, a pair of sneakers, turn-on your iPod, and then get out in the fresh air and MOVE, you can also change your body. The key is to do “something” to increase your activity-level. It starts and ends with you making a change in how you live. It’s really that simple.

Is it ever too late to get healthy? No. Anybody, at any age, can reap countless rewards by eating smart and exercising intelligently.

What do you think of weight loss New Year’s resolutions? I say, if a New Year’s resolution gets the ball rolling for you, so be it. Making one is the easy part. Sticking to it, is often another story. Instead of “I want to lose 10 pounds,” a better strategy would be, “I am going to change my relationship with food.” Wouldn’t it be nice to “not” have to make another resolution next year, because you stuck to this year’s? Goodrich’s books can be purchased on or through bodycoachesofamerica, or simply email him at

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