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or a small unnamed body of water on the outskirts of Worcester, the pond behind the Vander Salm’s Salisbury Drive property has been a recurring topic in the pages of Worcester Mag, with two previous news stories in 2008 and 2009 preceding this week’s feature article. Worcester’s leaders constantly praise the city for its conservation efforts; praise that’s warranted. Broad Meadow Brook is a gem that rivals even the most rural conservation land. Late last year the city closed on an expansion of Green Hill Park, which created a walking trail leading all the way to the shore of Lake Quinsigamond. As the Asian Longhorned Beetle decimated trees across the city, a coordinated response to re-stock sidewalks with 35,000 new trees is underway. But even with these recent achievements the natural environment within city limits has been passively and surreptitiously eroded, and much of it from developers who have come before the city’s planning board and conservation commission. Acres of urban forest have been cut down for houses placed on precipitous bluffs or crammed in on freshly paved cul de sacs, all the while buildings in the same areas call out for renovation and reuse. So whose job – if anyone’s – is it to stand up and say a project isn’t needed? Is that even legal? Is minimal environmental impact something the city can afford? (Conversely, is limiting economic development in the name of environmental impact something the city can afford?) Our story doesn’t answer all the questions, but it raises them. And as for the Vander Salm’s pond, well, it might just be the ground zero the city needs to address them.

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January 19 - 25, 2012 ■ Volume 37, Number 20

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Ballot question would tie student performance to teacher employment

Jeremy Shulkin “Sexting in Suburbia,” a Worcesterproduced and filmed movie about mong the four referendums likely bullying, airs on the Lifetime Channel over headed to the ballot in November, the weekend. +1 one has already drawn sharp criticism from the state’s education Expansion joint on I-290 bridge in secretary and the head of the Worcester dislodges, damaging several state’s largest teachers union. vehicles and causing a crash between a The proposed law, called “an pick-up truck and a tractor trailer. -1 act promoting excellence in public schools,” would create an The Patriots stomp the Denver evaluation process used to hire, Broncos. Mercifully, at least we’ll get an fire, promote and transfer teachers eight-month break from “Tebow Time.” +2 and principals, putting their effectiveness before seniority. “A school district and its King of lists: MSN Real Estate names teachers’ union, if any, would Worcester among the five best housing decide whether to (1) implement markets for 2012, the Daily Beast a model evaluation system to be ranks Worcester as the Best Health designed by the state Department Care city for 2012 and TransWorld of Elementary and Secondary SNOWboarding chose our city as one of Education using the Board’s its top five adventure spots of last year. standards, or (2) develop another +6 system consistent with those standards,” the petition’s four-page Parks Commission votes to keep the summary explains. Summer Nationals boozeless at Green Initiatives to tie teacher salary or job placement to student Hill Park, citing policy that limits alcohol performance are not new, but service in city parks. +1 they have gained traction. It’s a controversial proposition, as critics Telegram & Gazette goes through say that a poor evaluation system, more restructuring, moving their print such as one tied too closely to operations to the Globe’s Dorchester standardized tests, and countless facility, cutting 64 full- and part-time jobs factors that teachers have no at the Millbury plant. -3 control over (a student’s home life,


Worcester City Council’s economicdevelopment subcommittee gets a walkthrough of CitySquare as construction on the new streets that cut through the site speeds up. +2 “For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest.” The city celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day, just months after the city’s own permitting fees come into question by Occupy Worcester. +2 This week: +10 Last week: -10 Year to date: -6



for example) could create a system that simply penalizes teachers without looking at the broader picture. “Measuring teacher effectiveness is not going to be easy. Until they have a formula that is very precise it will be very subjective,” says Lenny Zalauskas, head of the Education Association of Worcester, the local bargaining unit for public school teachers and other employees. It’s something that Stand for Children

observation. “We made clear it should not simply be driven by MCAS.” In fact, the state has already begun to implement similar evaluation processes in hiring educators, particularly at EMILY HORNSBY Level 4 turnaround schools and the innovation initiative, where a school’s teachers can have a say in who gets hired based on how their personality and teaching style would fit in with the community they’re trying to create. And that’s why Paul Reville, Massachusetts secretary of education, recently called out Stand for Children in the Boston Globe for moving too quickly on this. “Stand for Children was at the table while this new evaluation system was being put together,” says Zalauskas, who believes those involved should first see how it works before broadening the changes. Worcester School Committee member Tracy Novick also questions the move, echoing Reville’s sentiments that they’re still doing this on a trial basis in some local schools. “That actually is good stuff,” she says of the broader evaluation of potential hires, “and we’re going to chuck that out the window?” Not only that, she worries that having new statewide regulations would limit the local powers that the school administration or multiple-choice test,” says the former school committee would have over publicFall River educator. Williams promises school staffing. that this ballot initiative would create “Any time you’re making educational an evaluation system that would include policy through ballot initiative you end portfolios showing student growth up with bad policy,” she cautions. “It’s a (something one year of MCAS scores does not), a look at lesson plans and classroom continued on page 6 executive director Jason Williams had in mind when his organization drafted the petition. “I certainly wouldn’t want my success as a science teacher to be based on a


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difďŹ cult thing to do well.â€? The Massachusetts Teachers Association seems to agree. It’s planning a legal challenge to the initiative, arguing the legality is too complex to succinctly summarize on a ballot. Williams doesn’t take much solace in the fact that some of this is already happening across the state – he’d like to see more consistency in evaluations across the commonwealth, an explicit law that says seniority can only be used in hiring as a tie-breaker between two equal candidates, and this method should spread to all schools as soon as January 1, 2013 or after the current collective bargaining agreement ends. What’s already in effect he considers ďŹ rst steps, but they don’t meet the end goal. “It just didn’t resolve who’s in front of the classroom,â€? he says, wondering why these benchmarks aren’t already being held against currently employed teachers across the state. “We shouldn’t wait until a school gets into a chronic underperforming status.â€?

servant and was not allowed to go to school, to go out or to freely talk to anyone,â€? Lantz says. TrafďŹ cked individuals occur across all genders, education levels and national origins, but according to Lantz, the majority of trafďŹ cking survivors are women. Many of these women are not uent in English or have received little education, factors which aid trafďŹ ckers in isolating their victims. According to statistics provided by the Polaris Project, there were ďŹ ve calls made to the National Human TrafďŹ cking Resource Center Hotline from Worcester between January and September of 2011. In that period, the hotline received 13,530 calls nationwide, 119 of which were

placed from Massachusetts. The U.S. Department of State estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafďŹ cked to the United States each year. On November 21, 2011, Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that established trafďŹ cking offenses in Massachusetts, including sexual slavery and forced labor. This legislation will make it easier to convict trafďŹ ckers, though measures should also be taken to address survivors, who often need extensive rehabilitation to re-enter society successfully. Lutheran Social Services offers help in this arena as well. Of the utmost importance in the ďŹ ght to end human trafďŹ cking is awareness. Many trafďŹ cking survivors are unable to seek help due to fear of physical violence, social isolation, language or education

barriers, and simply not knowing what to do—some are even quite literally locked away. If the general public is aware of the warning signs of trafďŹ cking and who to call with tips, they can play a key role in liberating those in need. On January 11, Lutheran Social Services, along with local ofďŹ cials, organized a rally in front of Worcester’s City Hall to raise awareness of human trafďŹ cking. Mayor Joseph M. Petty attended, declaring the day Anti-Human TrafďŹ cking Day. “This is slavery,â€? Lantz says. “It’s such a despicable crime, and in today’s day and age, is there anyone that shouldn’t care about that?â€? Contact Lutheran Social Services at 877-500-8263 to learn more.


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begun a series of 20 public hearings in its service area to go over proposed fare hikes and service cut-backs, which drew more than 60 people to the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library on Tuesday night, with 45 of them criticizing the MBTA’s plans to eliminate commuter-rail service on weekends and after 10 p.m. on week nights. Sen. Harriette Chandler said the T’s ideas would hinder economic goals and would be “unfair to those who worked so hard” to bring increased service to Worcester. City Councilor Rick Rushton read a letter from Mayor Joe Petty and added that the T’s problems are “Boston-centric,” therefore the cuts should be “spread about the Boston area.” As T officials lamented the sizable debt the agency carries (much of it from the Big Dig), one speaker not so jokingly suggested the MBTA look at bankruptcy. “Airline companies do it all the time,” he added … T officials drove home the point that no aspect of its service is self-sufficient and revenues generated by fares goes toward paying down the interest on its debt, leading some speakers to wonder if changes to the T’s financing system will need to come from Beacon Hill. According to Chandler, that might happen soon. The state legislature’s MBTA caucus, made up of representatives from the transit agency’s service areas, recently met to discuss a “coordinated solution” that addresses the MBTA’s crippling debt. “Our concern is this isn’t a oneyear problem. We shouldn’t be looking at a one-year solution.” She’s hopeful an interim solution can be reached for 2013, buying time for larger funding reforms in the coming years. In short: tolls, taxes and fare hikes will likely be on the table.

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sure was a lonely place on Wednesday as some of the most heavily trafficked sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and BoingBoing spent the day “off-line” and others like Google featured black bars across their home pages in protest of bills in the U.S. House and Senate that critics say will jeopardize free speech online. Worcester has been on the front lines of this fight, and local advocates met with Congressman Jim McGovern last week to press him to vote “no” on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). With public pressure mounting, the two bills that looked sure-fire to pass through Congress now have done something unseen in recent history: they’ve brought back bipartisianship. “While Internet piracy is an issue that should be addressed, HR 3261 (SOPA), as written is unwise, unfair, and against what I believe are fundamental rights for all Americans,” read a statement from McGovern’s office. “I plan on voting against the current legislation, although the GOP is now indicating that they will not bring SOPA to the floor for a vote at all.”



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Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman, who campaigned in 2010 on a theme of better transparency for state government (and followed through with the release of the state’s checkbook online late last year), was asked last week on WGBH whether or not Murray has been “forthcoming enough” about the circumstances surrounding his accident. After giving thanks that Murray escaped seemingly unharmed, and some pressing from the interviewer, Grossman added, “Transparency should be part of something every one of us in government does all the time.” Later, he qualified Murray’s situation, stating, “I’m going to leave it to the Lt. Governor and his legal team to decide what the appropriate approach is and how they should proceed from this point on … but I’ll tell you this, I think the people of this Commonwealth deserve transparency from all of us in state government in everything we do.” It might not have been shoe-banging, but it could be a foreshadowing of the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

COUNT ME OUT: With the District 15 state representative seat open after Vincent Pedone steps down this week, the scrum to replace him will not feature rumored candidate Gladys Rodriguez-Parker, a senior district representative for Congressman McGovern. Rodriguez-Parker said she was asked, but wasn’t interested. But because it’s now a majority-minority district, she said that it’s “an opportunity for someone in the minority community to put their hat out there.” Get more Worcesteria at and follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter. Got a tip? Email it to



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Should teachers’ salaries be based on their students’ test results? AS K E D O N M A I N ST R E E T

No. They should just help you either way.

Katherine Harris WORCESTER

Yes. If the teacher isn’t teaching anything right, then your students aren’t learning or progressing.


No. The scores depend on how good and interested the students are.

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It would make sense. If the students test better, it means they’re doing a better job at teaching.


Yeah, it’s the logical thing to do.

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n the game show, “Man vs. Machine,” you are competing for a prize of $14,000 (the annual pay of a Worcester school-committee member). You add up a very long list of numbers, first with a calculator and then by hand. Unfortunately, the resulting sums are different. So for your final answer, do you choose the calculator’s sum or the one you found by hand? The choice is easy, or is it? While last November’s school-committee election was not a game show, the thousands of ballots cast were counted by two different methods. The first count by older oval-scanning voting machines showed that then-incumbent Mary Mullaney had won the sixth and final seat by two votes. But later, a hand count by older oval-reading humans showed that challenger Donna Colorio had won the same seat by 33 votes. Best two out of three, anyone? I guess my background and training in science leads me to believe that the machine count is more accurate and reliable than the hand count. Isn’t that the main reason machines are used to count the votes in the first place? Even City Clerk David Rushford stated publicly that human error figures prominently in the results of any hand recount. But the law thinks that humans can count better than machines. Although nobody really knows who got more votes, by virtue of winning the hand recount, Donna Colorio was declared the winner. Congratulations to her, and I know that she’ll represent the children in our public schools quite well. And it’s fitting that Mary Mullaney will return to the school committee if present member Dianna Biancheria is elected to fill the state rep. seat vacated by Vincent Pedone. In any case, the tedious, 11-hour, school-committee

recount was a process so flawed and fraught with human error that the results of the election are questionable. The Levi Lincoln chamber was too crowded. The tired, pressured and sometimes cranky counters and tally clerks, with two observers looking over their shoulders, quickly read the ovals and recorded the votes of all 10 candidates. Without a ruler as a straight edge, and using their personal choice of X’s, check marks or lines, the recorders filled in tally sheets where candidate names were too close together and not shaded to distinguish between names. And the paid recount workers were required to count the votes of all 10 candidates as one group. But, while they were fresh, alert and before fatigue set in, the counters, tally clerks and observers first should have counted only the Colorio and Mullaney votes. That was the true purpose of the recount. Once their votes were counted, the vote totals for the other eight candidates could have been determined without as much pressure to be exact. Now I understand how candidates can gain votes in the recount. While voting machines ignore ballots with check marks or with ovals not completely filled in, the election commissioners can judge voter intent and add votes to a candidate’s total. But I have no idea how Mary Mullaney lost 20 votes. The only explanation is that human error took those votes from her and that is unacceptable. It’s ironic that even if the city buys new state-ofthe-art voting machines, a candidate can still ask that the highly accurate machine totals be thrown out and the questionable results of a tedious hand count be substituted. When the hand count confirms the original machine results, everybody has faith in the electoral process. But when the hand count changes the outcome of an election, people can’t be blamed for being critical of the process and skeptical of the results.

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The last decade has not been kind to the unnamed pond in Judith Vander Salm’s backyard, she and her family allege. The unnamed river that fills the acre-wide pond has poured increasing amounts of sediment and eroded hillside in with the water, turning it brown for days after a rainstorm. When that sediment finally settles, algae and other undesirable aquatic plants have found the new soil phosphorous and rich enough to move in and choke out the vibrant natural ecosystem.

federally protected Blackstone River, the Environmental Protection Agency got involved, revealing that Bailin and Associate’s permit for the development never included running storm-water overflow into the water below, and even after obtaining that permit they still “failed to implement and maintain Best Management Practices.” Even with that record, city and state officials haven’t followed up with matching concerns. The EPA fined Bailin $10,000 in 2009, far less than the $157,500 maximum. The Conservation Commission issued no fines, though they could’ve at a cost of $25,000 per violation. In fact, in a 2009 Worcester Mag article, city

100-foot buffer zone of the wetlands that flow into their pond, the Vander Salms fear that the pond’s ecosystem won’t bounce back. “This pond is going to take an additional beating,” he said while giving a tour of the rocky, soggy and treeheavy land between Salisbury Street and Salisbury Hill. Capital Group Properties bought the remaining Salisbury Height’s development from Bailin and Associates at the foreclosure auction in November, despite its awareness of the pending litigation regarding the property. With that in the background, Capital Group submitted plans to develop seven more lots abutting STEVEN KING

The cause, they say, is Salisbury Heights, a luxury condo development for the 55 and older crowd that razed 72 acres of trees above a wetland on the WorcesterHolden town line near the Vander Salm’s property. Jamie Vander Salm, Judith’s son, has been fighting the Conservation Commission for years regarding this. “My guess is that if there were 20 people around this, there would be more public outcry,” he says. The Vander Salms, along with the Jewish Community Center, are the pond’s only abutters.

ALL WET Salisbury Hill’s original plans called

for building 280 condos, but even after clearing out the space between Salisbury Street, Whisper Drive and Barrows Road, just more than 70 have been built despite large areas of now stripped and barren land. Even before the economy stalled out on Bailin and Associates, the original buyer and developer of the land, and the company lost the property to foreclosure, they were already running afoul of local and federal environmental laws.

In 2004, a year and a half or so after Bailin and Associates broke ground, silt-laden run-off would come down the hillside and into the wetlands below, leading to an enforcement order from the Worcester Conservation Commission. In 2007, Bailin was again cited for runoff pumped out of a detention pond. In 2008, after a site visit by a Conservation Commissioner and a city inspector, Bailin received a letter saying their detention ponds, catch basins, and silt fences “require[d] immediate attention.” Later in 2008, noting that this water flowed into the

The unnamed pond, and site of contention, behind Judith Vander Salm’s Salisbury Street home. officials would admit there were valid concerns about the character of the wetland behind Salisbury Hill but that Bailin and Associates was responsive in fixing problems and some of the high volume of water coming down the hill was because of major storms, not faulty waterdischarge. The issue still lingers. In 2011 both the EPA and the Conservation Commission again cited Bailin and Associates for failure to maintain storm water run-off and turbid discharges into the waterway. Both the Vander Salms and the EPA have filed suits against Bailin and Associates, the project’s engineers and these same city officials. And now, with the Conservation Commission allowing Salisbury Height’s new owners, Capital Group Properties, to build seven more houses on Salisbury Street within the

Salisbury Street. Four of those properties will come close to within 30 feet of the wetland, while the remaining three will sit within or just outside of the 100-foot buffer. Capital Group Properties has also enlisted the same engineering firm that Bailin and Associates used for Salisbury Heights. So far, these plans have cruised through the Planning Board and Conservation Commission, despite the city’s wetlands ordinance cautioning “projects undertaken within 100 feet of a wetland resource area have a high likelihood of altering that area, either during construction or from routine operation of the completed project.” At a December Conservation Commission meeting some on the board expressed concerns about run-off into

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Left: Mendon conservation commissioner Peter CofďŹ n. Right: Jamie Vander Salm explains the ecological changes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen to the pond behind his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house.

the wetlands, but the board ultimately voted four to one in favor, attaching to the project a lengthy order of conditions intended to limit the impact that construction will have on the area. Vander Salm, who attended the meeting and spoke for his mother and sister, was incensed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be proactive,â&#x20AC;? he implored the commission, saying theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d likely be back later to answer to enforcement orders like Bailin and Associates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell them they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build there.â&#x20AC;? He also complained that the roles in front of the Conservation Commission had been reversed: he had to explain why Capital Group Properties couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build on a wetland buffer while Capital Group Properties didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to prove why they could. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be wrong to presume that the burden is on the opponent,â&#x20AC;? he chastised. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The burden of proof is on the proponent.â&#x20AC;?

WHO WATCHES THE WETLAND? Vander Salm has spent

hours in front of the Conservation Commission advocating for his backyard and the waterway, and has come away calling them â&#x20AC;&#x153;recklessâ&#x20AC;? and accusing them of working with the developers at the expense of the environment. (This has not endeared him to the commissioners.) A look at the map provided to the city detailing Capital Group Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans for the seven houses, and then an actual visit to the site, causes one to question the want or need to build there. And it brings

up the question central to Vander Salmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument: who but the Conservation Commission should keep developers away from sensitive environmental areas? But the Conservation Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so simple. First of all, each of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s municipal conservation commissions has different bylaws and ordinances. All of them can enforce the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wetland Protection Act differently, so long as their rules are stricter than the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not designed to be interpreted inconsistently,â&#x20AC;? says Linda Orel, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions. At the same time, however, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are instances where a developer could develop an area that a lay person would say was a wetland, but a conservation commission would say wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole thing is to treat everybody in the process fairly,â&#x20AC;? says Peter McKone, a Worcester Conservation Commissioner

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whose term ended last September. He says he remembers approving projects that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;had to hold [his] nose on.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell someone they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build on a property if they own buildable property,â&#x20AC;? he adds. In CGPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor, their plans come close the no-build buffers but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cross into them. Though, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some conďŹ&#x201A;ict over how black and white these laws are. According to Peter CofďŹ n, land-use planner, former private developer and Mendon conservation commissioner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are wrong when they think people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build in wetlands or that wetlands are protected,â&#x20AC;? as loopholes exist. (CofďŹ n is also coordinator of the Blackstone River Coalition and, in this case, a supporter of the Vander Salmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each conservation commission has its own character and it depends on who is appointed.â&#x20AC;? Others want a more idealistic approach.

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“Their role is supposed to be protecting the environment from undue impacts of development,” says Sue Reid, executive director of the Conservation Law Foundation. “In some communities, absolutely no development is allowed in the buffer.” Reid believes conservation commissions are offered this “false choice” between protecting the environment versus economic development, though she’s wary that developers are working their way onto conservation commissions and planning boards across the state. She also says the conservation commissions deserve to be tough on development because corporations are given multiple loopholes to still get their projects done, via the legal system. Coffin doesn’t necessarily hold a developer’s job against them if they serve on a planning board or conservation commission, but believes the boards should be “well balanced and representative of the community [with] people who understand the resources but also how development happens.” “We are a pretty heavily regulated industry,” says Guy Webb, executive director of the Central Massachusetts Builders Association, a membership group that includes contractors, remodelers, developers and suppliers. That regulation,

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A flag demarking a wetland buffer zone at the Salisbury Holdings site. he says, starts with local planning and conservation boards, and even boards of health. “There’s a lot of power on the local level. In other parts of the country it’s different.”

Webb blames the high cost of housing in Massachusetts on the regulations imposed by state and local government on developments, and complains that conservation commissions can engage in “de facto zoning” with simple adjustments

that make environmental regulations stricter. “[Commissioners] set a tone of trying to be helpful,” says Jordan Berg Powers, a member of the Worcester Conservation Commission (and the only dissenter in the vote allowing Capital Group Properties to build on Salisbury Road). “Overwhelmingly, it’s only been this issue and the snow-shoveling issue that there’s been any argument.” (Earlier this year Meadow Lane residents took their opposition to the city’s snowshoveling ordinance to the Conservation Commission, charging that the law forced them to shovel chemicals into the brook behind their homes.) Berg Powers, who admits he initially thought the role provided more for environmental stewardship, says the Conservation Commission’s power has a sole focus. “We’re not the first line of protection for the environment; we’re the first line of defense for wetlands.” For example, a scenario where a developer comes and cuts down acres of trees wouldn’t see any repercussion from the Conservation Commission, unless they could argue that cutting down those trees threatened a wetland. “Developers can go around us,” he adds,

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saying it’s better to work with them first rather than be brushed aside later. “It’s a balancing act,” says the city’s director of planning and regulatory services Joel Fontane, Jr., who says the law was set up for municipalities to be “cognizant of wetlands as an important environmental resource.” He adds that sometimes the Conservation Commission works to purchase land for preservation purposes, and that the mere presence of the board keeps some projects from ever gaining traction.

LIMITS TO THAT POWER Despite the Conservation

Commission’s ability to pass more stringent environmental bylaws, there is one aspect where their hands are tied: they can’t use a developer’s previous environmental failings against them in voting for or against a project.


In this case, not only has Salisbury Heights had enough issues to warrant further scrutiny, Capital Group Properties, who will finish Salisbury Heights and build the seven houses in the wetland buffer on Salisbury Street, comes with plenty of baggage: in the past 15 years Capital Group or its affiliated companies have been cited four times by the Southborough Conservation Commission for wetlands violations. “It sounds like a fair and appropriate practice,” says Orel of not using a developer’s history against future projects. Fontane says while it’s not a set law, there’s case law that supports it. “Because you did or didn’t do something before, doesn’t change your rights to a certain place.” For its part, Capital Group Properties believes all its ducks are in a row for finishing Salisbury Heights and starting the strip of houses on Salisbury Street. In fact, in a letter from Angelo Catanzaro, a lawyer representing Capital Group, to the Conservation Commission, he wrote that Robert Dipietri “took immediate action … to assure current compliance with all environmental directives and orders” after purchasing the land. After initially playing phone tag with

Dipietri, he could not be reached for comment. Patrick Healy, an engineer for the firm Thompson-Liston Associates, Inc., that worked on the plans for the original Salisbury Heights and the current seven parcels planned for Salisbury Street, said he couldn’t comment on his prior project due to pending litigation. However he bluntly stated that future plans are “in compliance with city wetland policy” and did not expect any issues because of the lengthy list of conditions placed on the development by the Conservation Commission. Healy doesn’t have concerns about siltation or wetland damage due to these developments. But not everyone in government believes a consistency has been found. That could also be a sign that not everybody’s on the same page. “There’s a bigger issue here of what appears to be a disconnect between priorities of the council and administration not always translating to these volunteer committees that play an important role in our city’s development,” says District 5 City Councilor Bill Eddy – the host district of the Salisbury Heights development. Eddy says a better balance needs to be reached between these kinds of developments and their impact on the environment – not just the urban forest but their neighbors as well. “If we’re going to grant special permits, we’d better make sure we’ve crossed our T’s and dotted our I’s,” he says, noting that if a developer comes to city asking for a special permit, then it’s in the city’s best interest to add conditions and ask for more stringent

disclosure. At the very least, Vander Salm wants an independent engineer to take a look at the site and offer an opinion – sentiment offered by a conservation commissioner in December, but one not followed up on. He plans to appeal, a process that would go through the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s regional office, then state office and then the court system. He calls this an “uphill battle” but he’s convinced he’s right, and has 10 years’ worth of photos, videos, enforcement orders and first-hand experience he says proves it. “It’s extremely obvious that there will be inevitable damage,” he warned the Conservation Commission in December. “You are perfectly entitled to say no building in this zone.” It’s likely too little too late. Though Capital Group Properties does have to go through another round in front of the Planning Board for Salisbury Heights. Vander Salm is tenacious, eloquent and a lawyer. It’s hard to imagine someone without the legal knowledge, resources and energy devoting so much time to one particular battle. For him, however, that’s the problem: forget could, he wonders, isn’t that what the conservation commission should do? “That’s just unbelievable to me regardless of any wetlands law that you could build something there,” he says, as he walks through the woods.




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Creative Ingenuity Paul Grignon

Cuban Art at Holy Cross Gallery

Distilling 120 incredible works of art to roughly a third its size, The Cantor Foundation Resource Gallery at Holy Cross still manages to produce a remarkable exhibition that highlights the vivid imagination and inventiveness of these artistas from the República de Cuba. The show, Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints,

“This exhibition is a slightly smaller version of the touring exhibit that was shown at several exhibition sites over the last couple of years,” says Roger Hankins, the gallery director at Holy Cross. “The Cuban books in the show are primarily produced at the Ediciones Vigía, a collaborative artisans’ press founded in 1985 in Matanzas, Cuba, and the books are mostly assembled out of humble and often found materials that carry a disarmingly complex visual weight.” Today, the ties between Russia and Cuba are close, but two decades ago artisans had to struggle to make ends meet in order to produce their delicate and acclaimed

La Hilacha (The Shred of Cloth), 2006 Roberto Manzano

1985-2008, curated by Linda S. Howe, associate professor of romance languages at Wake Forest University, features an amazing array of art from talented folk who had to improvise to construct their intriguing and intricate creations.

art. This exhibit highlights their dedication, diligence and drive to maintain their artistic visions despite upheavals within the island nation, through difficult living conditions and various political factions. To that end is Ediciones Vigía devoted to the craftsmanship in publishing limited collections of handmade books, prints and objects, all created by Cuban writers and artists that underscore the perplexities of Cuban life.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, subsidies to Cuba ended, and a simple resource such as paper was very limited. Artists were thus forced to adapt, and used other varied materials such as beads, thread, string, fabric, copier paper, wood, leaves, crayons, and donated items from international visitors to create their exceptionally sophisticated handmade works of art, fabrications that commented on Cuban history and culture. The desire to create, despite such deprivations, is apparent in Nancy Morejón’s “Pierrot y la luna,” or “Pierrot and the Moon,” an intricate and elaborate construction of paper and ink. A richly detailed and patterned book, when opened it reveals a complex and captivating city view, replete with a dizzying assortment of buildings that have been painstakingly rendered. A huge crescent moon peers down at the burgeoning metropolis, and three finely costumed characters complement the entire composition. It is a fascinating visual feast that will astound the viewer with its minutiae of detail, line work and architecture, economically created in such close confines. “La hilacha,” or “The Shred of Cloth,” by Roberto Manzano, is a striking example of the inventive and imaginative spirit that propels these artisans. This small book is constructed out of paper, ink, string, wood, fabric and tar paper, and depicts a figure composed entirely of thread drawn with ink on brown paper. One hand holds a needle and the body is populated with a profusion of stars. Lacking proper and basic art supplies, the carefully designed work showcases the brilliant application of scavenged and recycled materials into a complex and compelling work of art. “I’m really glad we were able to borrow the work from the curator, Linda Howe and the Cuba Project, at Wake Forest University, to show in our Cantor Foundation Resource Gallery. At the same time we are presenting Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature in the Cantor Art Gallery,” says Hankins. “These two shows provide a rare opportunity for the students at Holy Cross and the Worcester community to contemplate some fine art objects that are not very well known in this country, and perhaps come away with some new insight about both books and culture.” Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints, 1985-2008 at The Cantor Foundation Resource Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester. Opening reception for both shows, Jan. 31, 5-6:30 p.m. Both shows open Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit holycross. edu/cantorartgallery.




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A Hands On writer With Rita Sawyer

With the unveiling of our new monthly local author feature Local Pens, Adele Quinn is our ďŹ rst literary guest. Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut release â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands Onâ&#x20AC;? is a short story published with Secret Cravings Publishing Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chef that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep. Jeremy has a touch that can help. Being Drewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employee, can they both get what they want without getting hurt?

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give the readers a little glimpse into who you are. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Worcester native,

though I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be a country girl at heart. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been writing on various subjects since I was a young child. After a short stint in northern Maine, where I received a B.A. in English and history, I came back to the city to pursue my two loves in life; food and writing. I hope to one day own a small cafĂŠ where I can continuously people watch and create delicious confections while writing equally as delicious stories.

You live here in Worcester. Do you include any local places in your stories? Though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always

gathering inspiration from whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around me for now, no, nothing local to Worcester or the surrounding areas show up in my stories. As you can see in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands Onâ&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a general area, no set location is named. As for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming up, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all set in foreign places and other parts of the country. But as I said, inspiration is all around me so I can eventually see some local landmarks showing up in my tales.

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk a little about what got you started writing. How long have you been writing? And have you always wanted to be a writer? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been writing recreationally for a long, long time. I started to see it as a possible career of sorts in my early teens. I would write all sorts of stories, and still do, but one day I stumbled upon an m/m fanďŹ c (stories written by fans of an original work) of a favorite band of mine and was just so intrigued, not to mention that while reading, it became very evident that I could and would do it better. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I decided to write my own with my own characters.

What genre(s) do you write? I write mainly M/M (male with male) contemporary romance.

Where can readers get a copy of your book? Right now â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands On,â&#x20AC;? the only story I currently have published, is available as an e-book through Secret Cravings Publishing. It can also be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So those with Kindles or Nooks can go check it out. Can you tell us a little about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on next? There are so many ideas ďŹ&#x201A;oating around in my head, but right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m focusing on a ďŹ ve-part series about a modern coven of witches. I know that most people think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been overdone. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to throw some twists in and truly make this magical world my own. Though I said above that I write mainly m/m stories, there are also heterosexual couplings for this series. I also have a jewel-thief mystery in the works â&#x20AC;Ś like I said, many ideas!

For those aspiring authors out there, what has been the best advice or words of encouragement youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received? No matter how many rejections you get, just keep trying. If you feel like a writer and like what you write, chances are once you hone your craft there are others out there who are going to like it too.

With the start of the New Year do you have any goals for your writing? Of course. I would

really like to get a jump on my witch series and see what I can do with it. I also have a few plots together for a couple short stories. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that I can get at least three more things out to my readers over the next year. Of course, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to give them more!

Can readers ďŹ nd you on the internet? Yes. I can be found at where people can ďŹ nd me writing (more likely rambling) about things that catch my fancy in everyday life. There are also links to my Facebook and Tumblr, which I think is a great way for readers to get a good look into who I am. DO YOU KNOW A LOCAL ONLINE AUTHOR WE SHOULD CONSIDER




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The International Miss Ana Sol

Doreen Manning


Freedom found through art. That’s how Miss Ana Sol, born Ana Perez in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, discovered her love of art. The youngest of eight children, Perez was adopted by her maternal grandmother, and at the age of 10 found herself in the downtown Piedmont Street area of Worcester. Quickly learning that the streets where no place to roam free, Perez learned a new sense of freedom through her evolving artistic expression. That evolution has led her to The International Lounge on Pleasant Street, in a onewoman, one-night-only exhibit on the evening of January 21.

being on a napkin and me trying to draw it over and over again, until I could get it to look like hers,” she recalls. Perez has shown her work in the area through collaboration with musical acts, but never a solo show of this kind. “My

It all started with a doodle of a rooster that Perez’s mother drew. Perez was only four at the time. “I remember the drawing

first [was] with a Hip Hop trio who went by the name of Project Move,” says Perez. “I’ve done many of these shows over the years, but recently I’ve decided to start taking matters into my own hands and become more business savvy.” Perez has collected an eclectic repertoire of her recent work to create a one-night show featuring 13 works of abstract art. Her medium is acrylic on canvas, along with touches of gold leafing and paint marker. The pieces range from 8-by-11 inches to 40-by-30 inches, and feature

bright colors with loose lines often painted thickly on the canvas for an added dimension. Her homeland culture shows through the interpretation of the bright colors used, but all most certainly with an urban edge to them. “My inspirations come from music, people I meet and my life experiences,” says Perez. “A few of my pieces will represent beauty and joy while others show pain and suffering, in a sense they are all from the heart.” As for the location, Perez admits that although she’d love her own gallery show, without connections it’s almost impossible to do so. “I seem to be someone that everyone knows, but no one knows anything about,” she admits. “I can’t seem to get my foot in the right door, which is why I started meeting with business owners instead.” The International Lounge owner Andre Mikhael enjoyed her artwork enough to offer her an evening to display her work and produce an event – which Perez gladly accepted. “I really like the

atmosphere of The International Lounge, it’s comforting and relaxing and [I knew it] would be beneficial to my show.” A single mother and 10-year veteran of a Worcester insurance agency, Perez works hard to create a life of inspiration and hope for her children. “When I leave this earth, I’d like to leave a mark neither with solitude nor popularization but with gratitude. To let everyone know that when all else fails there is always love and even at your weakest points find the strength within yourselves to inspire others.” The Artwork of Miss Ana Sol will be on display at The International Lounge, 27 Pleasant St., January 21 from 7-11 p.m. Jazz musicians Joe Carcia and Pete Shungu will perform, as well as several spoken-word artists. Complimentary hors d’oeurves will be served, as well as a full bar. Dig up more on Miss Ana Sol by searching for her on Facebook.




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So much potential squandered on the youth Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Grade: C + David Wildman


This is the story of a kid who goes on a quest to find something that he thinks is important and fascinating but that we as an audience know from the beginning will ultimately prove meaningless. The film sent me off on a journey of discovery and futility of my own: an attempt to learn why something so potentially whimsical and engaging involving proven craftsman in their fields should turn out to be so extremely painful to watch.

In order to solve this mystery I sat through the film twice. Both times I found myself often charmed by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s quirky ideas, sometimes delighted by his trademark offbeat characters and inordinately moved by the übersentimental ending. And yet I also felt like a weighty rock had been placed on my chest the whole time, making my enjoyment of these things more than a little problematic, as I do actually like to breathe when watching a film. Not having read this particular book but being quite familiar with Foer’s work, it’s easy for me to discern the author’s voice. It comes through in the form of extended voiceover by the young protagonist Oskar (Thomas Horn). Right off the bat we’re hearing about a mythical sixth borough around Manhattan that his adventurous fun-loving, jewelry storeowning father (Tom Hanks) tells him floated off years ago. We see through flashback how this parent sent him on missions around the city for clues to its existence, but we also get the message how the entire point of the thing is to get Oskar to talk to people, in the hopes of bringing the precociously bright kid out of his antisocial Asperger’s-like internal exile. So far so harmless, it has sort of an urban “Where the Wild Things Are” vibe. And then Sept 11 hits and dad bites it in the towers, sending Oskar, desperate to keep some piece of his father’s existence


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alive in his world, off into heartbreaking obsession to try to find the lock to a key he finds in his dead dad’s closet. It doesn’t matter what lock the key might really fit, it’s all about the journey to find out, and it sends the kid into fanatical detailoverkill as he devises a system of contacting everyone in the Manhattan area that might have a clue to what the key means. He sets out on his quest, shaking a tambourine every moment he’s not safe at home. Okay, that’s annoying. He finds a woman (Viola Davis) whose last name—Black—corresponds to the key and uses a chillingly corny pickup line to try to charm her. That’s just plain discomforting. And the off-putting nature of our protagonist only gets worse from there. He’s extremely loud and way too close. The director Stephen Daldry is an old pro (“The Hours,” “The Reader”), and the film is both visually realized and well put together. And yet he lets Hanks roam through this thing like a sleepwalking dinosaur, overdoing the subtlety (like when he’s supposed to shrug he awkwardly thrusts his shoulders up like Quasimodo humps). Max Von Sydow is usually an arresting presence and yet even he proves somewhat grating without even saying a word as a silent old man who communicates only by writing on cards. The screenplay by Eric Roth can dip into the overly precious at times. But none of these things are what ultimately suffocate us. It’s the kid. The answer was right there all along. I look up his bio: he came to prominence as a huge winner on Jeopardy. That seems about right. His cold, smug, smart-ass nature shines through the role. His acting is not good. You just want to throttle him after 15 minutes. It’s hard to believe that one kid could ruin an entire production, but this film is all about his world, and you won’t find yourself wanting to spend much time there.



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It was a few minutes past seven on a Friday night in Oli’s sparsely decorated waiting area. On weekend evenings, Oli’s takes reservations only for groups of six or more, so our party of four had anticipated a wait. But, after 50-minutes in huddle-formation, sidestepping to make room for steady streams of customers picking up to-go orders and servers yelling “Behind you!” as they carried trays through the crowd, I started to get cranky.

The awkward space in the reception area and the lack of drink service — we were all dying for a glass of wine, or even a Diet Coke — were almost as irritating as

repeatedly witnessing parties of two seated at four-tops. By eight, we were salivating and shaking, both from standing in high heels and from low blood sugar. Fortunately, by the time we were seated, the sweet man serenading dinner guests with his vocals and guitar talent had gone silent. We had been straining to hear each other from the noise level, so the four of us were relieved when we realized he had retired for the evening. Our server corrected my pronunciation of bruschetta ($6.99), which we devoured anyway. The dish comes with eight fanned slices of bread, topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, onions, buffalo mozzarella and is drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction. The bread is toasted expertly to give an adequate crunch, yet is soft enough to not tear the roof of your mouth. I always order arancini when I can find it, and Oli’s has it — on the menu as “risotto balls.” In Oli’s arancini ($7.99), the prosciutto mixed within the rice grains is too scarce and the Asiago cheese is shredded rather than shaved, as described on the menu. Regardless, the four little orange-sized lightly fried risotto balls have a crispy outer layer and a decadently

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moist middle, exactly as they should. With or without marinara sauce, they are an appetizer not to be overlooked. I love dining with friends who have a range of palates. When our main courses arrived, our table was a colorful showcase of poultry, veggies and seafood. Cami ordered the amaretto pollo, one of Oli’s three weekly dinner specials. Pumpkin ravioli is the base, topped with whole chicken breasts, sautéed spinach, red peppers and shiitake mushrooms in a beautiful golden-brown amaretto cream sauce. It is a rich and generous dish for $17.99. Tara ordered the full shrimp scampi ($14.99) with six large sautéed shrimp and diced tomatoes in a classic buttery lemon-garlic sauce over linguine. She was gorging on her shrimp so we didn’t hear much from her, but I gather she enjoyed. Meg started with the half portion mesclun salad - tossed with blue cheese, walnuts, pita croutons and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It looked phenomenal for only $4.50. Her pizza, the small mushroom al fresco ($7.99), loaded with a variety of mushrooms including

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shiitake and button, seasoned with dried oregano, basil, thyme, garlic and oil, could feed two. Because of its abundant fresh veggies, I wished I had ordered Meg’s salad/pizza combo rather than the eggplant parmesan. A heavy dish, the eggplant is thick on breading (described as “lightly breaded” on the menu), but the blend of the soft eggplant, mild mozzarella, sharp parmesan and sweet marinara sauce baked together was almost as good as my mom’s. Like most of Oli’s entrées, the eggplant parmesan came with a choice of angel hair, penne or linguine topped with marinara sauce; essentially two full meals for $13.99. Oli’s food left us satisfied, yet mildly frustrated service-wise. But, for only $33 per person, including wine and tip, we each had another meal fitting for a Saturday lunch. Unless I have a reservation, the next visit to Oli’s will be a night other than Friday or Saturday.

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the signature dishes as specials from EVO’s 1,600 degree revolving stone-hearth oven. EVO gave us a sneak peek into some of the new menu dishes. One of the new Flats is sold! To our horror, the delectable highlighted entrées is the EVO Hanger—a organic pizza maker has sold the business flavorful and juicy, and locked the door on Worcester’s all-natural, grass-fed gourmet-pizza shop earlier this week. Hanger steak that is Rumor has it, the new owner will continue flame-grilled to your on with a similar menu with added items specification. It’s and the addition of delivery; we’ll keep served over yummy you posted. sautéed mushrooms, onions and peppers, For those picky Armsby Abbey was recently featured on and then glazed with eaters, don’t fret NECN’s TV Diner receiving its “very rare” an Asian sweet Thai any longer! Rosalina’s Platinum Plate Award. The video segment chili teriyaki sauce Kitchen now has at raved about the food, the and accompanied a “Design-Abeer and the atmosphere. All things we by whipped potatoes Dish” menu. On knew already! and sugar-snap Wednesday evenings, peas. The second you’ll get whatever Pulse Magazine reported that Mezcal entrée highlighted is signed a deal with the City of Worcester to you crave! You can the Salmon Filet—a choose from dozens relocate to Major Taylor Boulevard across hand-cut filet of of meats and fish, from the DCU Center; however, according salmon grilled sauces, and add-ins to Mezcal Manager Andrew Tuori, this and topped with a to create more than report is unfounded. “We won’t be leaving choice of an Asian 65,000 different food Shrewsbury Street any time soon,” Tuori sweet Thai chili combinations. How says. He adds that they had won the bid teriyaki glazed crust could you resist? on the location, but the city still needs or a fire-roasted Not to mention, to fix citation stuff before anything can Rosalina’s offers happen. Looks like Mezcal is here to stay, A calzone from Shrewsbury Street Bruschetta and aged balsamic reduction. gluten-free options. at least for a while. Bread and Pizza’s WooFood menu. Accompanied by 83 Hamilton St., sautéed sugarWorcester. For more Paging all Worcester food lovers! You snap peas and whipped potatoes. The info, visit or call might have noticed some menu changes last sneak peak highlights the addition 508-926-8887. at a few restaurants. WooFood is an of Lobster Mac ’n’ Cheese. The ridged organization formed by three medical macaroni is tossed in a lobster-infused In celebration of EVO Dining’s third year in students and clinicians from Mass and developed with a primary goal to integrate business, it will be kicking off celebrations cheese sauce with a generous helping with the addition of fresh new menu items of fresh lobster meat (claws, knuckles healthy and delicious food into every and tails) then baked in the stone hearth as well as new wine selections. Fortunate restaurant in Worcester. So far, a few oven with an original crumb topping. diners last week had the chance to sample Worcester restaurants have completed If that isn’t convincing, the new menu items also include starters, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, entrées and desserts! EVO’s new menu will also show the collaboration with WooFood. One of 19 Temple Street • Worcester • 508-792-3700 • their main changes to the menu includes trying to get out WooFood’s advice to eat in moderation. So EVO will be offering half-portion entrées for half the price. The their certification while others are still working toward it. Look for changes from the Flying Rhino, WooDaddy Waffles, Shrewsbury Street Bread and Pizza, WooBerry Frozen Yogurt, Evo Dining, Nancy Chang and Coral Seafood. Let’s hope more restaurants start hopping on board. Learn more at or find them on Facebook.

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new menu will launch on Jan. 31. Dinner reservations recommended. 232 Chandler St, Worcester. For more info, visit or call 508-459-4240. New pub food! Sometime in February, The Clam Box will be opening its second Snows. Snows II Restaurant & Pub will be on West Boylston Street in Worcester. The first Snows is in Ware … more information to come.

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fun. The experience includes a cocktailmixing demo and tasting, a wine-pairing education and tasting, and finally a chef’s cooking demo! Not only will you get to enjoy the cooking demo, but you’ll also feast on a multicourse dinner, take home some recipe cards, and get a certification of completion. Hurry because spots are limited! Wednesday, January 25; $100 per a person, includes tax and gratuity. 1 Exchange Place, Worcester. Call 508-4599090 or R.S.V.P. at Don’t miss Worcester’s Best Chef Competition! Cheer on your favorite local chef. Sunday, Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m.; $40 single/$60 V.I.P. 321 Main Street, Worcester. Start looking forward to the last Monday of each month. Bocado will kick off its signature wine dinner series featuring tapas creations from Chef Steve Champagne and regional Spanish wines presented by Mike Covino. Monday, Jan. 30, 7-10 p.m.; $45. 82 Winter Street, Worcester. Call 508-797-1011 or R.S.V.P. at New manager, new chef, new menu. Check out Fiddler’s Green Community Pub & Function Hall and the new changes. 19 Temple St., Worcester. Visit fiddlersgreenworcester. com or call 508-795-0400. Have a BITES tip for us? Share it at

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Yama Zakura 369 West Main St., Northboro 508-393-4187 Yama Zakura will delight fans of locally produced, high-quality sushi in a creatively charged and casual environment. The friendly staff serves up a wide variety of sashimi, sushi and maki rolls, as well as familiar Polynesian appetizers, soups and salads, meat and vegetable combinations, teriyaki and Thai curry dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Dino’s Ristorante 13 Lord St., Worcester 508-753-9978 Dino’s is still everything that you’ve always enjoyed: reasonably priced Northern Italian classics, served in a quaint, old “Little Italy” style. Though renovations have made it a bit more upscale (and uncovered an ancient treasure!), it’s still home for Worcester’s families and lovers. Fugakyu Café 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-1998 Look for the two red lanterns that hang outside Fugakyu Café. Inside is a well-stocked bar, exclusive sushi bar - about six seats and an extensive menu to satisfy the Japanese cuisine enthusiast as well as the novice. Even the purist should be able to overlook the nouveau selections. There is no shortage of sushi, fried “kitchen” appetizers, soups and entrées from simple katsu, teriyaki and tempura to exotic eel and live lobster sashimi. The price range is as wide as the delectable choices. Spend as little or as much as you like and still leave satisfied. The Red Lantern 235 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-795-0500 The Red Lantern offers the staples that have made Polynesian restaurants an integral part of the American scene for so long. Also offered are enticing, less-common dishes sure to revive the appetite of area diners. Fresh, varied dishes make The Red Lantern truly “Polynesian”; and served in their clean, open facility

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downtown, Worcester will find it convenient and pleasing. Open seven days to midnight; Monday through Saturday lunch buffet; Sunday dinner buffet, 5-8. The Webster House Restaurant 1 Webster St., Worcester 508-757-7208 Patrons are treated like family at The Webster House. The bountiful menu includes beef, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and Greek specialties, with a home-cooked taste straight from your Yia-yia’s kitchen. A number of international and domestic wines are flagged by which meals they complement best. Each month, The Webster House features selections from a different international cuisine. Be sure to leave room for a slice of homemade pie or baklava cheesecake. Val’s Restaurant & Lounge 75 Reservoir Road, Holden 508-829-0900 Val’s Restaurant and Pizza Palace is the perfect stop for families looking for a wide variety of familiar seafood, beef, chicken and pasta entrees, plus pizza and burgers, at budget-friendly prices. The service can’t be beat, and you might be surprised by the recipes and presentation. Porto Bello 156 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-753-9865 For more than a decade, Shrewsbury Street’s Porto Bello has served up classic Italian fare in an uncontrived, paper-napkin style. Evocative of North End Boston, it’s an atmosphere without too much preciousness. Four pages of menu offerings rarely stray from the rule on Italian cuisine. Entrée highlights include various seafood and meats with pesto, mascarpone, scampi and cream sauces; four raviolis (Maine lobster, lemon basil, roasted eggplant, and Porto Bello mushroom); and the classic marinara with sausage and/or meatballs, and lasagna.

El Basha 2 Connector Road, Westboro 508-366-2455 Lovers of El Basha’s two Worcester locations, especially those from Metro West, will be pleased with their new Westboro location. Though not as arabesquely elegant as Park Avenue, the Westboro branch offers the same delicious fare in a clean facility. Middle Eastern specialties are the calling card: shawarma, kebabs, salads, gape leaves, beef, chicken, quail, lamb and seafood. BYOB.

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Arturo’s Ristorante 54 Main St., Westboro 508-366-1881 Arturo’s is everything that made it a hit in Worcester before the move to MetroWest: Colorful Italian food and brick-oven pizza. Lots of wine choices, Mediterranean classics, and seating for about 200. Try the antipasto misto for a sampling of all Arturo’s antipasto offerings.

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church standing at the fork of Greenwood Street and Blackstone River Road and tucked behind Route 146, in the middle of growing Quinsigamond Village. The moderately priced, mostly Mediterranean menu includes some of the best hummus in Worcester, staples like chicken Parmesan and fish & chips and gourmet pizza, with such entertaining names as Texan (steak, mushroom and onion) and the Golden Greek (locanico sausage and peppers). A respectable wine list and homemade desserts top off a tasty dinner out.

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During the Worcester Art Museum’s Third Thursday After Hours series, don’t miss the music of The Linda Dagnello Quartet plus a tour of the In Search of Julien Hudson exhibition. Always great company, cash bar. $14, free for museum members; 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, The Museum Cafe, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406,

Nick’s Bar and Restaurant will host Loves It featuring Jenny Parrot from Shotgun Party tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Pure brutal heavy metal awaits you at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner with 18 Wheels of Justice, Impressions in Flesh, Kali Ma and Mucklers Circle. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

A reading and book signing with Jim Fay is free tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jacob Edwards Library, Reading Room, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426.


Live- Elmo’s Super Heroes Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 22. When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero. Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. Full price tickets are $14, $22, $32, $42 and limited “Sunny Seats” available


Or if you’re looking for something with a bit more depth and breadth of sound, try Metal Thursday: MTCLI at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner with Suicide Dream, Recently Vacated Graves, Dead Languages, and Western Syndrome. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

“The Lyres” return to Ralph’s with The Evil Streaks, Tsunami of Sound, and Classic Ruins. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

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Dave Dick & Michael Addis: Blues, Roots and Americana are two talented, exciting performers who will bring their unique collaboration to The Blueplate Lounge for a memorable night of roots and Americana music. $5; 8 p.m.midnight. 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566.

Mason Tyler Trio can be heard at Verona Grille tonight from 8-11 p.m., 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091.

The Lucky Dog Music Hall will feature Mike Hirsch and The Letters to the Editor with Gunther’s God and White Mullet tonight. $6; 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888,

Bitmap - Electro/House/Top40 RMX will offer a night of Electro, House, and top 40 remixes with Rob Wampum from Club 5 on Hits943 and the Flying Eye with an amazing multimedia light show! $5; 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-3048133 or find them on Facebook.


Catch Andy Cummings at the Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. No cover; 3-5 p.m. 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 978-464-2300, Are owls wise? How do they fly so silently? Can they really turn their heads all the way around? Find out at Owl Prowl, an evening program for families. Play owl games and learn some fun facts. We’ll practice owl calls inside then search the sanctuary for these magnificent creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly (we’ll be outdoors for about an hour. Ages 5 and older. $8 adults, $6 for children; $2 discount for Mass Audubon members; maximum fee per family is $28, $20 for members; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087.

If you looking for something smooth tonight, try Nick’s Bar and Restaurant and discover Crooners!, a spotlight of Worcester’s finest male vocalists. No cover; 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

Wisecracks Comedy Club is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy club, currently in Halligan’s Sports Bar & More on the third Friday of every month. Go to the website to see who will be making you laugh this Thursday. $15; 8:30-10:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793,

quickly enhance your images (cropping, resizing, color balance) as well as preparing your images for web, email, and printing. Bring your camera and your laptop if you have one, for hands-on help. $40, $35 for members; 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111.

Traditional Irish music with the The Tom Lanigan Band from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100, Come experience a nice relaxing evening of Rage Against the Machine, with Worcester’s own Gorilla Radio. Opening up this fine evening with be a smattering of ’90s crap with Grungeasaurus. $5; 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Treat the family this weekend and take them to Sesame Street

for $67. 7-8:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469,

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If you own a digital camera and a computer, but are challenged by the basic activities of transferring, storing and manipulating images, then Digital Workflow for Beginner Photographers is for you. Learn to connect your camera to the computer, transfer picture files, format your digital media card, organize, rotate and name your images, save your files in different formats, and archive your images. The instructors will also cover the basics on how to

Women’s Personal Safety (Basic Self Defense) class starts today and runs through February 11 from 10 a.m. - noon. This message is for you, friend, co-worker, colleague, daughter, sister: We have the right to live our lives without fear of assaultabuse. We need to say stop to rape, assault, abuse and domestic violence! You will learn the basic of fighting back and how to outsmart an attacker. Important aspects of personal safety, awareness to avoid being attacked. Practice skills on a live person in a padded suit. This is a hands-on class. $72 for fitness-plan members, $85 for YWCA members, $103 for nonmembers; ages 12 years and older. YWCA of Central Massachusetts gym, 1 Salem Square. Call 508-791-3181 or visit

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On view today through March 18 at the Fitchburg Art Museum are two new exhibits. First, Treasures from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, featuring Central, East and South Asian Ceramics 1200 BC–16th century AD. Included in the exhibition are animal-form vessels from Iron-Age

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During this month’s Access Hanover Lyceum Series you can enjoy a multimedia tour of Worcester’s movie palaces during the heyday of the palace theater phenomenon of the last century. Explore Worcester›s movie-theatre history, architecture and design - all the fun of a matinee at the movies; conducted by Preservation Worcester docent Marilyn Polito. The Access Hanover Lyceum Series, now in its third year, offers monthly opportunities to gain insight on different facets of The Hanover Theatre and the fascinating world of the performing arts. Join us for nine excellent topics that cover a wide range of interests and tastes. The series aims to enlighten, entertain and expand your knowledge in a relaxed social setting. $10; free for members and their guests; 5:30-7 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, visit

Sustainable Worcester and Worcester Transition, along with Worcester State University’s Communication Dept., welcome you to a meeting on Sustainability and Green Issues in the Blue Lounge of WSU’s Student Center, 486 Chandler Street at 2p.m. This inaugural kick off meeting will serve to promote a major regional sustainable event in the late spring of 2012. Come be a part of the early planning! Also on the docket is a presentation by Sarah Byrnes of the Instutite of Policy Studies on Resilience circles and more and public recognition of two outstanding individuals who have promoted and encouraged green living in the city. For more info call 508-769-5634.

Worcester Local First is a non-profit network of local independent businesses. Tonight’s Worcester Local First Networking Event features special guest speaker Mayor Joseph Petty. Please RSVP by emailing or calling 774314-9495. Their mission is to strengthen the local economy and enhance the vibrancy of our community by connecting consumers and local independent businesses. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St. 774-314-9495.

Within A Lifetime CD release at The Raven will also feature Atlas, Gone Astray, Fermata, Fake Out, A Cold Night For Alligators, Still Silent and I Came I Saw I Conquered. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or find them on Facebook.

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Art’s Diner, 541 West Boylston St. will host a benefit show for the John Davies Children’s Fund from 7 p.m.-2 a.m., featuring Big Jon Short, James Keys, Rick Booth, Willie “T-bone” Smith, Jonathan Lacouture and others. Any size donation will gladly be accepted. Banana Joes will provide food to be prepared by Parky’s BBQ. ZaZa Ink of West Boylston has organized an auction with some hot items, plus donations are welcome for the John Davies Children’s Fund.

The return of Sip-n-Sketch to Nick’s Bar and Restaurant from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., plus Andy Cummings 9 p.m. till close. Sip, create, listen, be inspired. No cover; 2 p.m.-2 a.m., 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Join The Grey Hound Pub for a Burns Supper, a tribute to the Bard of Scotland, Robbie Burns. Scottish food and fare, whisky and music. 3-7 p.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100.

Opening Reception of The Boston Printmakers Show at The Gallery at Worcester State University is tonight. Printmakers frequently hear questions such as “How are prints made?” “Please explain this technique,” or “How many steps does that involve?” This show aims to answer these questions as well as to highlight the rich talent of their membership. Each print is accompanied by a recipe card sharing its inspiration and process. More than 60 prints in all variety of print media will be on display through Feb. 23. The opening reception is free and open to the

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>Thursday 19 Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Linda Dagnello Quartet. 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. Third Thursday After Hours featuring the music of The Linda Dagnello Quartet and a tour of In Search of Julien Hudson. Enjoy art and music during Third Thursday’s AFTER HOURS. This January, listen to the jazz stylings of local favorite The Linda Dagnello Quartet, and a tour through the Julien Hudson exhibition. Always great company, cash bar. Free for Members; $14 nonmembers. 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, The Museum Cafe, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. Open Mic Night with Ed Sheridan. A great sounding PA and a supportive audience of players and listeners makes this a wonderfully rewarding and informal way to share your music and meet new musical friends. 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. 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 ca.m.araderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! No Charge. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-theGreen, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or Bruce Jacques. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Flock of A-Holes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with guests Polluted Remains and more. $5. 8 p.m.2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Karaoke with Mike Rossi. Free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Two Hour Mic Check. 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Wibble - Live & Acoustified. Playing your favorite classic rock hits! Some bluegrass, little bit of country & a lot of rock n’ roll! Free :). 8-11 p.m. Black & White Grille & Pizzeria, 206 North Spencer Road, Spencer. 508-885-5018 or wibblemusic. Dana Lewis Live! Acoustic Classic Rock Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s From the Animals to Zevon “The sound track of your youth” Great Food, Full Bar, Lottery & Me! No Cover. Come on out! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508-839-5931 or All Request Thirsty Thursday with CJ/DJ. Come on down and dance to the hottest music around.No cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. days end Tavern, The Downstairs, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-868-7382 or Cara Brindisi. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Crooners!, A spotlight of Worcester’s finest male vocalists. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Metal Thursday: MTCLI: Suicide Dream, Recently Vacated Graves, Dead Languages, Western Syndrome!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Jay Graham Live. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. Sean Fullerton: Acoustic Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar & Harmonica. Sean Fullerton has been a successful professional musician, singer-songwriter, recording engineer and producer since 1995. Sean’s live shows are fun, exciting and audience participation is always encouraged. Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1

Exchange Place. 508-459-9035 or Holy Cross Night. Holy Cross takes over the Hound. Draft beer specials every week. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100.

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Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Scott Marshall & Arizona Doug. Free admission. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. New Bay Colony - The Northboro JJ’s Not The Sutton JJ’s. Rock and Roll never forgets, but we do. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Dana Lewis LIVE!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits Every Friday. Music of the 50’s to the 80’s from the Animals to Zevon. “The sound track of your youth” Fa.m.ily dining, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & Me! No Cover. Check it out! Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508757-7208 or Live music at the 1790 Tavern. Live music most Friday nights in the tavern, blues, jazz, contemporary, call for more information. Free. 6:30-10 p.m. 1790 Restaurant & Tavern, Tavern room, 206 Turnpike Road, Westborough. 508-366-1707. The Core / Chris Jensen - Duo Band night. The Core - Acoustic duo playing intricately arranged Christ centered music Chris Jensen - Chris is a singer/song writer from Clinton who has played at many of our open mic nights. It is obvious that his life is all about receiving what the Lord puts on his heart and sharing it through his music. Free. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658. The Recliners. Band Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. A Ton of Blues. The Central MA based blues band, A Ton of Blues, recently won the 2011 Boston Blues Challenge. A Ton of Blues will now travel to Memphis to compete in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, which takes place Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2012. This concert will help raise the money to pay all the necessary expenses of traveling and living in Memphis for the 5-day competition. A Ton of Blues is: Mike Kelly, vocals & harmonica; Scott Leblanc, guitars; Al Clark, drums; and Jeff Lorenzen, bass. Look for their new CD coming out after the first of the year, followed by and East Coast tour in the Spring and a European tour in late Summer. $20. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Dave Dick & Michael Addis: Blues, Roots and Americanaa. Two talented, exciting performers bring their unique collaboration to The Blueplate for a memorable night of roots and Americana music. $5. 8 p.m.-midnight Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Mike Hirschand the Letters to the Editor With Gunther’s God and White Mullet. $6. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or New Orleans Jazz Rhythm & Blues with Henri Smith & the Workingman’s Band. No cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978369-2373. The Invaders. The Invaders are a fun rock cover band that will have you dancing all night. Come down and have a great time with us! 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-752-7544. Bitmap - Electro/House/Top40 RMX. A night of Electro, House, and Top 40 Remixes with Rob Wa.m.pum from Club 5 on Hits943 and the Flying Eye with an a.m.azing multimedia light show! $5 Cover. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or DJ. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester classic. Full bar reasonably priced. Ice cold beer. Friendly service. Keno Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516.

Friday Frenzy with Blurry Nights & DJ Soup - DJ B-Lo. Friday Night Frenzy at Fusion features the best sound and lights in Central Mass with DJ Soup & DJ B-Lo spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop And Top 40 Tracks. Lounge Opens At 9:00 p.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. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston St. 352-895-8355. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Our Top 40 Ladies Night Dance Party returns to Speakers. Ladies (and Gent’s) come in and dance the night away with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area DJ Norm! Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Loves It, featuring Jenny Parrot from Shotgun Party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Ned Lucas Band. Free. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Drea.m.ers Bar & Grille, 815 Worcester Road, Barre. 978-355-9095. New Bay Colony. JJ’s welcomes New Bay Colony. Playing all the Classic Rock Hits! Check them out at 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Pure Brutal Heavy Metal w/ 18 Wheels of Justice, Impressions in Flesh, Kali Ma, and Mucklers Circle. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Pajama Jam with Joe’s Equipment. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. The Tom Lanigan Band. Traditional Irish music with the Tom Lanigan Band. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100 or Gorilla Radio. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Gorilla Radio (Rage Against The Machine Tribute). A nice relaxing evening of Rage Against the Machine, with Worcester’s own Gorilla Radio. Opening up this fine evening with be a smattering of 90’s crap with Grungeasaurus! $5.10-

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Chris Reddy - Narragansett Promo. Join us for a performance by the premier rock guitarist in Worcester County, Chris Reddy. Narragansett Brewing Company will be here promoting their line of beers, and giving away prizes. No cover. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. With Daggers Drawn, Dead by Wednesday, Manifest, The Craving, The Circadian Rhythm, Slacker Kingz, Political Animals, Rodan, Heris E, Deadset, Conflict of Interest. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or Dale LePage does the Wong with Bobby Gadoury and Thomas Spears. Dale LePage with Bobby Gadoury and Thomas Spears 7-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, Holden, MA, 176 Reservior Road (Route31), Holden. 508-829-2188 or Pamela Hines Trio. Pa.m.ela Hines-piano Sean Farias-bass Miki Matsuki-drums 12. 7-8:30 p.m. Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, Acton. 978-263-6161. Jesse Fontaine “Trio”. Fontaine and his group of musicians break down generational barriers through the integration of popular standards, jazz, and rock ballads. 7:30-11 p.m. Guiseppe’s Bar & Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405 or Sean Fullerton: Acoustic Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar & Harmonica. Sean Fullerton has been a successful professional musician, singer-songwriter, recording engineer and producer since 1995. Sean’s live shows are fun, exciting and audience participation is always encouraged. Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600 or Chris Stovall Brown. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop

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Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Sean Ryan. No Cover. 8-11 p.m. Stake’s Sports Pub, 1281 Pleasant St. 508-755-2925. The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Conductor, with Guy Braunstein, Violin. Works of Vaughan Williams, Brahms, and Dvorak will be performed. A pre-concert Talk starts at 7 p.m. $46, $43, students $20 advance/$15 at door. 8-10:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, The Great Hall, 321 Main St. 508-754-3231 or Two greats together tonight: Flock of A-Holes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band, and Mullethead, the glamslam kings of 80’s hair metal. You aren’t going to want to miss this night! Two of the best 80’s bands will be performing together under one roof in celebration of the special birthdays of Alley and Chris. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Live Music in the Pub: Terry Brennan. Terry is entertainer with over 25 years experience as a singer, song writer, musician, part time DJ, and comedian. Solo, or as a member of The Brennan Brothers, he’s performed all over New England, as well as Ireland, St. Thomas, Philadelphia, Long Beach California and more. Wherever people want to have a good time, you might just find him!! No Cover (Worcester Students Earn WOO Points). 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or “The Lyres” return to Ralphs with The Evil Streaks, Tsunami of Sound, and Classic Ruins. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Flock of A-Holes. The Flock is back and ready to rock at JJ’s on Saturday, Jan 21st! Playing all your favorite 80’s hits, these guys will have you dancing! 9 p.m.12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Ned Lucas Band. Great food & great people! One of our favorite clubs to play! Free. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. Pan Americana Roots Rock band Gumbo Diablo. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Probable Cause. Join us at JJ’s as we welcome back Probable Cause, one of the area’s best party bands! These guys play a variety of all the hits old and new, and will have you up and dancing all night! Visit 9 p.m.12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Silverbacks. BAND $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Silverbacks at Greendales! All star cast of players, including Cliff Goodwin, Jim Perry, Bill MacGillvray, Mike Lynch, Glenn Ditommasso, and Laurie Kollios. Classic sound and a very sophisticated song list. 9-12:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Spinsuite Saturdays - Top 40. Spinsuite Saturdays - DJ Soup - DJ Nick - DJ B-Lo spin your favorite Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 p.m. and Dance Club opens at 10:30p.m. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508756-2100. Gumbo Diablo - Zydeco, Cumbia, Forro Fusion. Free admission. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Mass Octane. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Sugar and The Cane Breakers - 1/21 at Beatnik’s. Sugar and The Cane Breakers is an 8-piece band fronted by



singers Keri Anderson and Craig Rawding. They have chosen a tasty batch of funk and soul chestnuts to play for you. The songs were plucked from crate-diggin’ archives all over the world. From New Orleans to West Africa to Ja.m.aica to Belize City, they have searched far and wide to bring you the best collection of funky soul and soulful funk that you will ever hear played live in concert! Do not miss this show! $10. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or The Red Riders. After a couple months away, The Red Riders return to their 3rd Saturday at Sahara to jump & swing at their club-house! 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or

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Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Within A Lifetime CD Release w/Atlas, Gone Astray, Fermata, Fake Out, A Cold Night For Alligators, Still Silent, I Came I Saw I Conquered. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or Glenn Stewart. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Live Music Sunday. 4-8 p.m. McBride’s Pub, 161 Wayland Ave., Providence. 401-751-3000. Traditional Irish Seisiun. Authentic Irish Seisiun held the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Area regional musicians come from far & wide to “jam” in the age-old Irish version of a pick-up band. Fiddlers, in whistles, flutes, banjos, pipes, singers & more stop in to just enjoy making music. An old world tradition suitable for the entire family. Free (Worcester College Students Earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Acoustic Open Mic/WARL Charity Event. Celtic/ Acoustic music and an ongoing charity event for the Worcester Animal Rescue League. No Cover. 5-9 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. 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. Jim’s Blues Jam presents ‘Mission of Blues’ w/ Scott Bronnes. 6-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Sunday Funday with LoriAnn. You never know what’s happening here on Sundays. Great special drinks whipped up by LoriAnn are always the standard. Free. 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or The Sunday Night Hang w/ Ronnie Sugar Bear. Free. 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running Reggae night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s spinning the hotttest Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

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Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Driftin’ Sam Politz 7 p.m., then Big Game Karaoke 9:30 p.m. till close. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Bruce Pratt, world-class pianist. No Charge. 2-3 a.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. In the Tradition, Tuesdays, WCUW 91.3FM, and at Join Jeff Boudreau every Tuesday 5-8 p.m. for old-time, pre-bluegrass, bluegrass and contemporary stringband music played “in the tradition” on community radio WCUW, 91.3FM and at wcuw. org. 5-8 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-2284 or Open auditions for the Master Singers of Worcester. The Master Singers of Worcester invite singers to attend open rehearsals for their upcoming production of Arthur Honegger’s Dra.m.atic Psalm ‘King David’ on Tuesday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Singers in all voice parts are welcome, especially basses and tenors. Singers interested in becoming members may audition at the end of the open rehearsal or schedule an appointment by phoning 508-842-1349 or emailing The King David concert is planned for April 1st, 2012 at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, and feature outstanding soloists and orchestra. The Master Singers of Worcester numbers about 50 members drawn from Worcester and surrounding communities. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 P.m. at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury. 7-9:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury. 508-845-7286 or Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike. To check the schedules and open slots visit: OpenMicWorld. Any slot marked as “open” usually is. Email Bill McCarthy to reserve it! Email Bill McC at: openmcc@verizon. net Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508853-1350. The Earth and Spirit Singers (weekly rehearsal). Join the chorus! Be a part of the Earth and Spirit Singers. Lend your voice to our community chorus, celebrating peace, earth and nature. We’ll sing for the beautiful, a.m.azing and fragile environment on our small planet. We’ll also sing songs of working people, of peace, and of spirituality. Led by composer/ guitarist Jim Scott, The Earth and Spirit Singers is a no-audition choral group. The chorus welcomes singers of any age and experience. Learning from music and by ear, the chorus sings many styles of music celebrating ecology, peace and world community. Four Songfest evenings start September 14th. The regular rehearsals start on October 12th. For information and to register interest, visit:, call: 508-755-0995, or email: $7 per rehearsal. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. 508-755-0995 or “Totally Tuesdazed!” Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. 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 Live Music Tuesdays. 8-11 p.m. McBride’s Pub, 161 Wayland Ave., Providence. 401-751-3000. T.J. Peavey. A veteran, accomplished and eclectic singer, songwriter and guitarist. Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Terry Brennan / LIVE. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Live Karoake with Bobby Gadoury American Songbook Sing-a-Long. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Karaoke 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Open Mic/Free show. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508304-8133. Girls Night Out. Free apps, pool, and Game cards! Free. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Matt Robert Solo Acoustic. Matt Robert (Hat on, Drinking wine, Home Skillet) performs old-timey, old, and new covers and originals that draw on blues, jazz, folk, and rock, from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers to The Decemberists, Cake, and Beck. Nu Cafe is a warm, laid-back atmosphere. December shows to benefit the Salvation Army. Donations Suggested. 6-8 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-963-0588. “A Night of Barnburning Blues” Acoustic Blues Open Mic, Every Wednesday, hosted by Sean Fullerton. Welcome to the brand new Acoustic Blues Open Mic. South Side Grill & Margarita Factory and Plaid Couch Music present “A Night Of Barnburning Blues”, hosted by local musician & Blues fanatic Sean Fullerton, 2010 & 2011 Worcester Music Awards ‘Best Blues’ nominee. Every Wednesday night from 7-10 p.m. If you or someone you know sings and plays the Blues, please contact Sean Fullerton at for information and set times. See ya ‘round the clubs! Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun! 7-10 p.m. South Side Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. 508-479-2309 or Open Mic. Acoustic open mic beginning Nov. 2. Sign up at 7:00 p.m., Performers start at 7:30. Feature act starts at 8:45, Drop-in performers start again at 9:30. Nice stage and lighting. Good sound system and room acoustics. Select videos will be posted online at Professional videographer will be on site as well offering nice audio/video packages. 7-11 p.m. Rte 56 Roadside Bar & Grill, 24 Leicester St (Route56), North Oxford. 508-987-8669. Open Mic Night. Looking for Worcester’s amazing acoustic acts to come check out the new Leits Back Bar Open Mic night! Sign-ups begin at 8 and acts begin at 830. We’ll keep the music going as long as there’s acts to play, so come down and check us out! You wont be dissappointed! 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leitrim’s Pub, Back Bar, 265 Park Ave. 508-798-2447 or Rock Of Ages 80’s Karaoke event Tonight. Celebrating the arrival of Rock of Ages at Hanover Theatre Win Big! It’s a Karaoke contest and the winner will receive 2 tix to the opening show of “Rock of Ages”, a CD of the music from the show and 2 VIP tix to the “cast party” after the musical. Free. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Sean Ryan & Company. Open Ja.m.! Free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. 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. Wednesday Night Open Mic at The Hotel Befont with Bill Mccarthy Local Musicians Showcase! Open Mic Night with Bill Mccarthy. Sign-up in Advance by Emailing and Visiting myspace. com/openmicworld Free. 8 p.m.-midnight. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128 or openmicworld. Jon Short!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Karaoke 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Woo-town Wednesday Free show - Live Bands. Live entertainment every Wednesday night. Check for complete lineup. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or

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ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Develop.m.ent Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508764-6900 or ARTSWorcester, My Portrait/Myself. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 2 - Jan. 20. 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 Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $710 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or asawaters. org. Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or Library. Booklovers’ Gourmet, 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 Clark University: Cohen-Lasry House, Power, Prosperity and Hope in Eastern Congo - ongoing exhibit, Through Jan. 22. 11 Hawthorne St. holocaust. Clark University: Schiltkamp Gallery, 92 Downing St. 508-793-7349. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts. 92 Downing St. Clark University: University Gallery, Hours: noon5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 950 Main St. 508-793-7349 or 508-793-7113 or Clark’s Cafe and Art On Rotation Gallery, Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Admission: Free for galler. 310 High St., Clinton. 978-549-5822 or 978-365-7772 or College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or Danforth Museum of Art, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050 or Dark World Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 65 Water St. 508-831-1106 or EcoTarium, Playing Together: Games, Through Sept. 9; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 19. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members Free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302 or museum.html. Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merria.m. Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, closed Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-3451157 or Fitchburg State University: Ha.m.mond Ca.m.pus Center, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg.

Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant St. 508-770-1270 or wwwfra.m.edintatnuck. com. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or Higgins Armory Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $12 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (age 60+), $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 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, Celebrating the Season: Icons of the Nativity, Through Jan. 28. 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 fre. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 fre. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-6960909. Post Road Art Center, Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508754-8760 or Prints and Potter Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 105:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Arts Center, Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Southbridge. 508-346-3341 or Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: fre. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-753-8278 or SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or Taproot Bookstore, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or TaprootBookstore. com. Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St. 508-397-7139 or The Sprinkler Factory, Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978297-4337 or Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Abstract Landscape in Watercolor, Thursday; Digital Workflow for Beginner Photographers, Saturday; Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 30; Yoga by Nature - Winter Session 1, Class 3, Wednesday. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth, Free to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Westboro Gallery, 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 westborogallery. com. Worcester Art Museum, Art Since the Mid-20th Century, Through Dec. 31; Wall at W.A.M.: Charline von Heyl, Through Jan. 31. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, Free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10 a.m.-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or worcesterart. org. Worcester Center for Crafts, Illuminations, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Feb. 18. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, On The Rails, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 20 - Feb. 14; The Cakemaker’s Portrait, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 25 - March 31. 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 Worcester Public Library, Hours: closed Sunday Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, 100 Institute Road.

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Premiere Female Impersonator and Live Vocals with Jackie Collins - Fridays, Friday, November 13 Friday, February 24. Premiere female impersonation shows and live vocals with Jackie Collins, Natalie Gay in the flesh $5 Admission. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Dark Lady, 124 Snow St., Providence. Call 401-831-4297. Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays, Saturday, July 24 Sunday, November 11. 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 simpathetic 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. Frank’s Comedy Safari - Saturdays, Saturday, April 23 Monday, April 23. Show every Sat Night. Call 1-800-71-laugh for reservations or buy tickets at the door. $20 a Ticket. 8-9:30 p.m. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 508799-9999 Or Visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Saturdays, Saturday, January 14 - Saturday, December 29. Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy

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club franchise - this location is in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! During the show, get a pitcher and a large pizza for just $10. You’ll see comics that have been on Comedy Central, HBO and all the late night shows. This location is also 18+ We are expanding to several other venues in central Massachusetts! Go to our website for more information. $15 (All Woo card holders and active duty military is 2 for 1). 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Halligan’s - Friday, January 20. Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy club - we are currently in Halligan’s Sports Bar & More the THIRD Friday of EVERY month. You’ll see comics that have been on Comedy Central, HBO and all the late night shows. We are expanding to several other venues in central Massachusetts! Go to our website for more information. $15. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit Sesame Street Live- Elmo’s Super Heroes - Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 22. Additional Performances: 01/21/2012 (10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.) 01/22/2012 (1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.) Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/ energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats! The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show photo opportunity with two characters from the show. Sunny Seat orders will include a special admittance ticket for entry into the Photo Opportunity. Full price tickets are $14, $22, $32, $42 and limited “Sunny Seats” available for $67. $3 discount available for members, groups of 10 or more, corporate partners and WOO card holders on price levels 3, 4 and 5 only. $14 tickets available for price levels. 7-8:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit

poetry >Mondays

Dirty Gerund Poetry Show! Downstairs Every Monday Night at 8pm!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show. Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, Visual Arts and Ruckus collide to create an innovative, fast paced variety show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Featured Performers, Live Painting, House Band, Snack Time and Bonus Ruckus Challenges make Monday’s Fun and Inspiring! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis and Alex Charalambides. 21 plus. 1/23/12 – NYC Intangible Slam Collective Poet & New Write Bloody Author MEGAN FALLEY on tour! 2/6/12 – WILLIAM JAMES – Pittsburgh “Steel City Slam” Poet on tour! 2/20/12 – NYC Poet CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN on tour! 3/19/12 – Former Bay Area / Current Portland OR Slam Poet STEPHEN MEADS on tour! $2-5 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 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 a poetry slam. For more info please visit our website - Please put some money in the bucket to support the reading and pay the feature. 7-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012.








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CENTRAL MASS CLASSIFIEDS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 1 Wheaties Box 1lb 2 oz 1984 Winning Moment Doug Flutie Hail-Mary Pass $950, Mint condition 978-342-1474 4 AMER. RACING TRUCK RIMS 15X7 PCO 5X4.75 +50MM EX CONDITION $200/ BO 508-380-2373 4 Tier Metal Shelves 2- 36"W x 55"H x 18"D $50 508-829-6877 Coffee and End table set Glass tops with Metal frames $80 or B.O. 508-886-0135 Compact Wireless- G USB Adapter, Connect to your desktop or notebook Asking $25 508-340-0076




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Mahagony Antique Dresser Needs refinishing Asking $100 508-829-5003

Entertainment Center, Bureau (5 draws), metal cabinet, bookcase, Cash & Carry - Best Offer! 978-790-4386

Mirror 22"x30" Brand new beveled edge, hangs both ways $40 (pd $100) 508-754 -1827

Entertainment Center 48"x49"15" Brown oak finish shelves, storage, mint condition $90/ BO 508-791-0531

Must Sell Antique Kitchen Light, 96" round, Glass pears, apples $250 508-8541447

Entertainment Center $1500 neg. 11’6"Wx9’H TV MAX: 60"Wx48"H Gd Cond can send pics 508-983-4677

Nichols & Stone 50" Round Dark table w/ leaf- 5 Cane back chairs, 2 need fixing $500/BO 978-534-8214

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Plane Tkt to Florida or elsewhere from Worc. Round trip $150 978-464-5560

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1999 Wilderness 28’ Single slide 5th wheel travel trailer. Rear kitchen. Queen bed. Sleeps 6. Awning. 1 owner. Exc. cond. Asking $6695.00 508-886-8820

1999 Chevy S-10 Reg cab, long bed, 4x4, 4.3L, V6, New Michelin tires, Auto, C.C., after market speakers & CD player, rear sliding window, 77K, $2,500 508-885-9857

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2003 Acura 3.2 TL Excellent Condition, leather, moonroof, complete care record available, 105K miles, $7,490 508-7999347 and 508-754-6344


2008 Suzuki GSX 650/K8. All black with silver and red trim. Less than 850 miles. Cover, new battery, and lock. $5500.00 508-7926080

1991 Ford F150 4.9 4x4 power window & locks , new clutch, alum wheels, cb radio 121,500 miles . Runs good, need a little T.L.C. $1,500 B/O 508-331 -2664

2005 Ford F150 Orig. 13k. Extended cab. Cloth upholstery. Bed cover. Like new, clean. $14,900.00 508-829-6854

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AUTOS 1993 Honda Accord New rebuilt 3k engine, clutch, tires, batt, new glass, full power. Must Sell! $2500 978-874-0546 or cell 978602-6841.

2006 Nissan Altima Sedan, special edition, low mileage. Silver ext/Black int $14,000 or BO. 508-826 -0197

1995 Cadillac Limousine 52,800 original mileage, In good condition, black w/ silver trim $4,000 or B.O. 508-756-0687

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Request for Proposals are being solicited for the town of Sutton for a long-term telecommunications easement at the cell tower that exists at 194 Stone School Rd with the use commencing in 2024. Specifications may be obtained at the Town Administrator’s Office, Second Floor, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA 01590 starting January 11th, between 8:00am and 4:00pm each business day excluding Fridays when bids may be obtained between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, until scheduled opening of bid. Bids must be in duplicate and enclosed in a sealed envelope addressed to the Town Administrator, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA 01590 no later than 12noon Tuesday February 14th at which time they will be opened. The town of Sutton reserves the right to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bids received, or to reject any and all bids, or to accept proposals deemed to be in the best interest of the town of Sutton. The Town Administrator will award the contract on behalf of the Town of Sutton no later than thirty (30) working days after the date of the bid opening. James Smith Town Administrator 01/19/2012 01/26/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO11P1995EP1 MUPC SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE In the Estate of: William P. McCormick Date of Death: 05/31/2011 to all persons who may have interest in the above-captioned estate, the Division of Medical Assistance and, if interested, to the Office of the Attorney General and the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs; notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in order to inform you of your rights. Under the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Inventory and Accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can Petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to Petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of the appointed Personal Representative. Petitioner requests to be permitted to file a MUPC Bond. 01/19/2012





By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Edward J. Bishop to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated November 17, 2006 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 40184, Page 214, of which mortgage Wells Fargo Bank, NA is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1:00 p.m. on February 7, 2012, on the mortgaged premises located at 3 Alstead Path, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, TO WIT: The land with buildings thereon, situated in the Town of Millbury, County of Worcester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, consisting of Lots 298, 299 and 302 on Plan of Part 2, Dorothy Pond Heights, Millbury, owned by J.W. Wilbur Co., Inc. dated June 27, 1923, Ernest W. Branch, C.E. and recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in plan Book 39, Plan 56, to which a more particular description may be had. Being the same premises conveyed to Mortgagor by Deed recorded with said Registry of Deeds immediately prior hereto in Book 40184, Page 212. For mortgagor’s(s’) title see deed recorded with Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds in Book 40184, Page 212. These premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of all rights, rights of way, restrictions, easements, covenants, liens or claims in the nature of liens, improvements, public assessments, any and all unpaid taxes, tax titles, tax liens, water and sewer liens and any other municipal assessments or liens or existing encumbrances of record which are in force and are applicable, having priority over said mortgage, whether or not reference to such restrictions, easements, improvements, liens or encumbrances is made in the deed. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars by certified or bank check will be required to be paid by the purchaser at the time and place of sale. The balance is to be paid by certified or bank check at Harmon Law Offices, P.C., 150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458, or by mail to P.O. Box 610389, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461-0389, within thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Deed will be provided to purchaser for recording upon receipt in full of the purchase price. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the sale. Wells Fargo Bank, NA Present holder of said mortgage By its Attorneys, HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201109-0390 – BLU 01/12/2012, 01/19/2012, 01/26/2012

Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice

In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A § 5, the Sutton Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider changes to the Town of Sutton Zoning Bylaw. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 7:15 P.M. at the Sutton Town Hall. The following is a summary of the proposed changes; a copy of the proposed changes may be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. 1. To amend the Zoning Bylaw, Section III.A. Table 1 – Use Regulation Table, by allowing large photovoltaic installations (250kW+) in the residential districts (R-1, R-2 and V) if a parcel is 100 acres or larger. 2. To amend the Zoning Bylaw, Section VI.O. – Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic, by adding a new section that states no more than 30% of a parcel can be utilized for an entire installation in the residential districts (R-1, R-2 and V). Scott Paul, Chairman Sutton Planning Board 01/19/2012 and 01/26/2012

TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm on the petition of Mr. John Esler. The petitioner requests a variance from III(B) (3)( Table II) of the town’s zoning bylaws to permit a one (1) ft. front property line setback in order to construct an addition. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 10 Point Way, Sutton MA on Assessors Map #9, Parcel #105. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk 01/19/2012, 01/26/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO08P2321GR1 CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION TO EXPAND THE POWERS OF A GUARDIAN In the Interests of: Nadine Burt of Shrewsbury, MA Respondent Incapacitated Person/Protected Person to the named respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Department of Developmental Service of, in the above captioned matter requesting that the court: Expand the powers of a Guardian. The petition asks the court to make a determination that the powers of the Guardian and/or Conservator should be expanded, modified or limited since the time of the appointment. The original petition is on file with the court. You have the right to object to this proceeding If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 02/21/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: December 30, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/19/2012

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given by Boulevard Towing of 550 Franklin Street Worcester, MA, pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following vehicles on or after January 27, 2012 by private sale to satisfy their garage keeper’s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale: 1. 2003 GMC Sierra PU VIN#1GTHK24UX3E380946 2. 2004 Dodge Stratus VIN# 1B3AL36X74N223468 3. 2003 Volkswagen Passat VIN# WVWPD63B53P258464 4. 1998 Jeep Cherokee VIN# 1J4FJ68S0WL271030 5. 2005 Nissan Murano VIN# JN8AZ08WX5W415760 Signed, Pat Assad, owner Boulevard Towing 1/12, 1/19, 1/26

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT (SEAL) Case No. 441371 To: John DiTullio;Tamra DiTullio and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Household Finance Corporation II claiming to be the holder of a Mortgage covering real property in Sutton, numbered 10 Colonial Road given by John DiTullio and Tamra DiTullio to Household Finance Corporation II, dated March 21, 2008, and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 42601, Page 316 has filed with said court a complaint for authority to foreclose said mortgage in the manner following: by entry and possession and exercise of power of sale. If you are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act as amended and you object to such foreclosure you or your attorney should file a written appearance and answer in said court at Boston on or before Feb 20, 2012 or you may be forever barred from claiming that such foreclosure is invalid under said act. Witness, KARYN F. SCHEIER, Chief Justice of said Court on Jan 9, 2012 Attest: DEBORAH J. PATTERSON RECORDER 201008-1491-GRY 01/19/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO11P1995EP1 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL In the Estate of: William P McCormick Late of: Sutton, MA 01590 Date of Death: 05/31/2011 to all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Ellyn McCormoick of Sutton, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM ON: 02/07/2012 in addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16 WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: January 11, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/19/2012

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Michael A. Romano to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated June 3, 2005 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 36489, Page 1, of which mortgage The Bank of New York Mellon, fka The Bank of New York as Successor in interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank NA as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Inc. Bear Stearns ALT-A Trust 2005-9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-9 is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1:00 p.m. on February 8, 2012, on the mortgaged premises located at 20 Manor Road, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, TO WIT: A certain tract of land with the buildings thereon located in Millsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts and being shown as Lots 179, 180, 181 and 182 on a plan of Dorothy Manor, Millbury, for sale by Bay State Land Company, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1915, Erneset W. Branch, CE and bounded and described as followse: NORTHWESTERLY by Manor Road, one hundred fifty (150) feet; EASTERLY by Lot 179 as shown on said plan, one hundred twenty-nine (129) feet; SOUTHEASTERLY by Lots 179, 171, 172 and 173 as shown on said plan one hundred (100) feet; SOUTHWESTERLY by Lot #18 as shown on said plan, one hundred sixty-five feet of land, more or less CONTAINING according to said plan, 14,492 square feet of land, more or less. Being the same premises conveyed to the Mortgagors by Deed dated May 24, 2005 and recroded prior hereto with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds at Book 36488, Page 388. For mortgagor’s(s’) title see deed recorded with Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds in Book 36488, Page 388. These premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of all rights, rights of way, restrictions, easements, covenants, liens or claims in the nature of liens, improvements, public assessments, any and all unpaid taxes, tax titles, tax liens, water and sewer liens and any other municipal assessments or liens or existing encumbrances of record which are in force and are applicable, having priority over said mortgage, whether or not reference to such restrictions, easements, improvements, liens or encumbrances is made in the deed. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00 ) Dollars by certified or bank check will be required to be paid by the purchaser at the time and place of sale. The balance is to be paid by certified or bank check at Harmon Law Offices, P.C., 150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458, or by mail to P.O. Box 610389, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461-0389, within thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Deed will be provided to purchaser for recording upon receipt in full of the purchase price. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the sale. The Bank of New York Mellon, fka The Bank of New York as Successor in interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank NA as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Inc. Bear Stearns ALT-A Trust 2005-9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-9 Present holder of said mortgage By its Attorneys, HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201106-1145 – YEL 01/12/2012 01/19/2012 & 01/26/2012

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MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by David C. Hoyle to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated January 26, 2007 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 40564, Page 325 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 AM on February 6, 2012 at 81 Elmwood Street, Millbury, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: The land with the buildings thereon, situated in Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts on the southwesterly side of the road leading from the Old Common in Millbury to Millbury Center and bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a drill hole in the southerly line of Elmwood Street, said drillhole being easterly of a stone highway bound #8 measured along the southerly line of Elmwood Street by these five (5) courses S. 79 degs. 33’ E 87.70 feet and N. 80 degs. 31’ E 110.75 feet and S. 85 degs. 07’ E 57.16 feet and S. 89 degs. 07’ E 93.87 feet and N. 87 degs. 26’ E. 13 feet plus or minus; Thence No. 87 degs. 26’ E along the southerly line of Elmwood Street one hundred thirty-six and 44/100 (136.44) feet to a drill hole; Thence S. 80 degs. 44’ E. along the southerly line of said Elmwood Street eighty-three and 90/100 (83.90) feet to an iron pin at a corner; Thence S. 17 degs. 40’ W. by land now or formerly of LeClaire one hundred forty-one and 90/100 (141.90) feet; Thence S. 16 degs. 56’ W. one hundred ninety-five and 77/100 (195.77) feet to a stone bound; Thence S. 10 degs. 03’ E. by land now or formerly of Clara Fortin sixty-one and 12/100 (61.12) feet; Thence S. 19 degs. 33’ E. by land of Fortin one hundred thirty-one and 12/100 (131.12) feet to a stone corner; Thence S. 14 degs. 14’ E. one hundred seventy-two and 93/100 (172.93) feet to a stone corner bound; Thence N. 79 degs. 32’ W. two hundred fifty-eight and 47/100 (258.47) feet to an iron pipe; Thence N. 69 degs. 30’ W. twenty-six and 05/100 (26.05) feet more or less to a point at land now or formerly of Grennon et ux; Thence N. 5 degs. E. six hundred thirty and 70/100 (630.70) feet more or less along land of said Grennon to the point of beginning. Containing 3.09 acres plus or minus, according to said plan. See plan recorded in Plan Book 227, Plan No 41. Being the same premises conveyed to the herein named mortgagor (s) by deed recorded with Worcester District Registry of Deeds herewith. Liber 40564 Page 323 The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 Boston, MA 02196 Phone: (617) 502-4100 01/12/2012 01/19/2012 & 01/26/2012








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Clifford Wilson CLIFFORD WILSON OF WORCESTER’S FRAMED IN TATNUCK IS ONE OUT OF 61 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT CAN SAY THEY ARE A MASTER CERTIFIED PICTURE FRAMER. FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON’S WILL TO AN ANTIQUE KIMONO AND SANDALS, WILSON HAS FRAMED IT ALL IN THE 10 YEARS THAT HE’S BEEN IN BUSINESS. SOON HE WILL BE TRAVELING TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL PICTURE FRAMER’S ASSOCIATION 2012 ANNUAL CONVENTION. BUT FOR NOW, WILSON HAS SHARED THE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE FRAMING BUSINESS AND MUCH MORE. First off, tell us a little about yourself? I live and work in Worcester. As chairman of Worcester Local First, I promote the success of local independent Worcester businesses. I spent 25 years in computer science and management positions. When I decided to start my own business 10 years ago, my experience framing my own art made the picture framing business a natural fit.

We hear that you’re one of the only 61 Master Certified Picture Framer’s in the world...what does this mean? The Professional Picture Framers Association tests framers for two certifications. The first is the Certified Picture Framer® (CPF®), which is a three-hour, proctored, written exam much like the SATs. There are about 3,800 CPFs in the world. The second designation is the Master Certified Picture Framer® (MCPF®), which is a hands-on evaluation of framing craftsmanship. There are currently only 61 MCPFs.

What kind of work went into this? I had to frame four pieces of art: a canvas, a textile, paper, and a 3D object. These four framed pieces were then sent to an evaluation site. At the site, I had to frame a piece of art within 90 minutes in front of an evaluator. After I finished the onsite piece, two Master Evaluators took all five framed pieces apart and critiqued each one against a very demanding scoring system that takes preservation and workmanship techniques into account. I had to score 90 percent on all five of the framed pieces to pass.




What first sparked your interest in framing? I was painting pastel

landscapes as a hobby and got into a gallery in Wellfleet, which required me to frame my work. When I decided to start my own business, it seemed like a natural transition to become a professional picture framer. Of course, I’ve learned a great deal about framing since then.

Tell us a little more about the Professional Picture Framer’s Association (PPFA) 2012 Annual Convention? Each year, the PPFA holds an international convention to enable framing education and hold framing competitions. The convention is attended by framers from all over the world. I’m really looking forward to it this year. It is going to be a very hectic week for me. Not only do I have to attend the board meeting because I am a director, but I am speaking at the Chapter Leaders Conference and teaching three classes.

What’s the most common mistake people make with their framing? Many people

believe that bigger or more ornate “takes away from the picture.” This is often an incorrect assumption. What’s important is to select a mat and frame combination that coordinates with and supports the art. Often wider mats or frames provide “visual breathing room” that actually gives the picture more presence and prominence.

What is your role as the president of the New England chapter of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association? As

president of the New England chapter, I organize two small trade shows for the framing industry each year and bring

in educators for framing seminars and workshops. Our goal is to improve the knowledge and craftsmanship of framing in New England.

Can you tell us about your time as the director on the International Board of the Professional Picture Framer’s Association? As with any Board of

Directors, our job collectively, and my job individually, is to ensure the health and growth of the organization. The PPFA operates to improve the health of the picture framing industry through education, certification and competition.

Are there any common misconceptions about framing? There are a number

of misconceptions! The biggest is probably that it is expensive. Big Box chain framers have coupons at 50 percent-off and more on a regular basis. This gives consumers the idea that custom framing at an independent store will cost twice what it does at these large chains. In reality, when

like to like is compared, independent stores, like Framed In Tatnuck, usually beat the Big Box 50 percent-off sales with everyday prices. Another misconception is that all framers know what they are doing. Framers aren’t required to demonstrate capability before they open a frame shop. As in any industry, materials and techniques are improved on a regular basis and at a rapid pace. Some framers are not adequately trained, or do not keep up with the changes and can do harm that won’t be seen until the art is reframed sometime in the future.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Wow, I’ve been

married for 35 years to a wonderful woman and raised two great kids. Got both kids through college, then started a business from scratch and grew it during down economic times. Who knows, maybe my greatest accomplishment is yet to come.

-Brittany Murphy



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