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The thinning blue line Police union files unfair labor practice over alleged “retribution” Jeremy Shulkin

First murder of 2011 takes place on Clapp Street, little more than two weeks into the new year. -5 Worcester hit hard by two snowstorms in one week. That winter nostalgia wears off pretty quickly. -1

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hree years after an altercation between injured and off-duty Worcester police officer David Rawlston and three teens on his STEVEN KING

After a season where they looked unstoppable, the Patriots lose to the Jets in the divisional playoff round. A loss hurts, but this one has a special kind of agony that only the Jets can provide. -2 Episcopal City Mission, a Boston faith-based ministry, provides $8,000 in grant money to Worcester’s EPOCA, a nonprofit working to help ex-prisoners rejoin society. +2 Worcester’s Edwin Rodriguez wins another boxing match, bringing his impressive record to 18-0, but here’s hoping that his shoulder injury isn’t much of a setback. +2 WPD identifies a trend of home invasions with the culprits pretending to be police officers. No, they’re not male strippers carrying boom boxes. -3 The new Zodiac sign causes worldwide mass panic. Then everyone did the right thing by just choosing to ignore it. If only we were all so sensible all of the time. +1 Martin Luther King, Jr. The man and the holiday – celebrated all over the city. At a time where politics are so divisive, remembering MLK would be wise. +3 Northeast Organic Farming Association hosts DCU Center workshop to make Northeasterners involved in where their food comes from. Next step: allowing chickens in the city. +1 This week: -2 Last week: -5 Year to date: +2

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Tatnuck lawn, fallout continues to dust the Worcester Police Department. In a letter dated December 24, 2010, and posted on the New England Police Benevolent Association Local 911 Web site, local president Stephen Gunnerson, a 13-year police veteran, wrote that the WPD has stripped him of his ability to perform his union responsibilities fulltime – calling it “retaliation” over the NEPBA’s support of Rawlston. “This is an unnecessary and unprecedented attack for representing a member on a case that this Local has won at every level,” wrote Gunnerson. “The City’s response was to retaliate against the entire patrolmen’s union by making the job of Union President extremely difficult. It appears that the message to the union is that we have the right to speak, but we use it at our own risk.” That initial posting was updated on January 12, 2011, adding that the NEPBA’s executive board unanimously voted to file an unfair labor practice. The NEPBA claims that a timeline

has been established showing WPD responses to union moves. On November 3, 2010, the WPD ordered that he report to the police station for duty before leaving for union work, a stipulation that hadn’t been enforced for previous Local 911 presidents or for the first 349 days of Gunnerson’s term. Gunnerson claims that was the same day that he filed a Freedom of Information Act requesting the amount of money the city had spent so far fighting the reinstatement of officer Rawlston. “Is it a coincidence that November 3 was also the very day I received the public records request information on the Rawlston case from the city?” asked Gunnerson. “I have met with the chief and deputies on almost every Tuesday this year; prior to November 3, not once were any issues raised regarding my reporting for duty, or my full-time job as union president.” The other time frame in question came a month later, within days of a scathing December 13, 2010, press release from NEPBA executive director Jerry Flynn criticizing the WPD and city’s handling of the Rawlston saga. Gunnerson says he received a letter from chief of police Gary Gemme the next day, explaining that from now on he would need written permission from a deputy chief to attend to union business. “Do you believe for one second, as the city has suggested, that it is merely a coincidence that this change occurred two days after the press release?” Gunnerson asked his union. “Is it a coincidence that this change occurred only one day after a meeting in which

the chief, upset by the press release, told me that ‘all bets are off?’ Of course it isn’t a coincidence - it is retribution for the union exercising its right to speak out in support of its members.” “They didn’t have any problem with me being a full-time union president until the Rawlston case came out,” Gunnerson tells Worcester Mag. Because of the pending legal battle, the city did not comment directly on the unfair labor suit. Also, the WPD did not return answers to a list of questions asked to public information officer Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst and Flynn could not be reached for comment. While Gunnerson claims these actions clearly show retaliation, the city can fall back on the legal language from the previous contract between the WPD and the NEPBA to bolster its case. “While on duty, the primary and overriding obligation of the Union President or his/her designee is the performance of his official police functions and that such functions take precedence over Union activities,” it says in the collective bargaining agreement. City officials are wondering why so much push-back is coming from asking a police officer to not perform private union business on city time and money. Gunnerson’s tax payer funded salary as a full-time police officer is supplemented with a $10,000 stipend as the local’s president. According to city data, his 2010 wages were $97,616.85, which includes $16,790 for detail work. In a December 19 article in the Telegram, which first reported on the rising tensions between the NEPBA and WPD, Gemme was quoted as saying, “In an environment where we’re down 52 police officers and all we’re doing is asking to honor the collective bargaining agreement and come to work … is that too much to ask?” But Gunnerson and the NEPBA contend that the language in the contract is “archaic,” and while he

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Opening the gates to economic development City looks toward state legislature for gateway initiatives Jeremy Shulkin

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ast year Worcester and 23 other Massachusetts municipalities – all former centers of manufacturing and industry with populations stretching between 35,000 and 250,000 — pinned their hopes on a piece of legislation bouncing through the statehouse that promised to diversify their workforces and offer incentives to attract economic development. Dubbed the Gateway Cities bill after a report by Mass Inc. and the Brookings Institution that identified 11 municipalities (expanded to 24 in the House) that have suffered high poverty rates and a decline in jobs since the local economy moved away from heavy industry, the legislation aimed to create tax credits designed to bring new business into cities that offered cheaper costs and more affordable housing than Boston. Tax credits, such as one that provided financial incentive for renovating historic buildings, were targeted for companies to take advantage of the architecture that places like Worcester, Pittsfield, Springfield and other cities of similar size and history had to offer. The bill didn’t pass, but some of the ideas proposed found ways into other legislation, like the August economicdevelopment bill that required $50 million go toward the Growth District Initiative. According to a press release from Governor Deval Patrick’s office, this “allows for infrastructure

investments in areas identified as poised for significant new growth consistent with the Commonwealth’s sustainable development principles.” His office adds that most of $49.2 million previously awarded through these grants have gone toward Gateway Cities. Other Gateway Cities items that passed included extending tax credits for companies that clean and develop brownfields, and another for companies that create at least 25 new manufacturing jobs or retain 50. Another piece of the Gateway Cities legislation – a seven-year extension of tax credits for rehabilitating historic buildings – found itself wrapped into the FY 2011 state budget. But as the legislature returns to work this month and cities facing another year of red budget numbers, gateway cities are again looking for help from the state’s House and Senate. Word is that another Gateway Cities bill will come up for deliberation. “From a city and economic development standpoint, we’d like to see it passed,” says district 1 Worcester City Councilor Joff Smith, the latest in a line of city councilors to bring up the legislation on the council floor. “We want to have more tools available to help us.” Specifically, what Smith and others on the council would like to see are more resources for rewarding companies that chose to invest in Worcester beyond industry. One major component is more breaks for developers who

build market rate housing. They’d also like to see more local control over how to incentivize growth, something which ironically went out the window with the passing of some of the Gateway legislation pieces. “It takes power away from Worcester and gives it to the state,” says Ben Forman, a research director at Mass Inc. According to him, it’s the state that offers the tax credits, some of which reach up to a 40 percent break for companies that meet their criteria. Those credits are also transferable to other businesses. Forman understands why cities would want more control over these incentives. Pointing out the 40 percent tax credit, he says he can see why Worcester “would like to have a tool that’s that powerful.” He also notes some of the shortcomings of what’s already passed. One example is that many incentives are only for manufacturing or companies. For a city like Worcester that’s trying to diversify its workforce it would be hard for biotech, video game design or other non-industrial companies to get Gateway Cities tax breaks. “We will definitely be looking at ways

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to spur job growth or bring companies to Massachusetts,” says state senator Michael Moore (D-Worcester), who says he’ll push to bring Gateway Cities incentives back for deliberation (but he adds that only House members can submit bills dealing with economic development). As for Worcester’s city council, they see the potential impact of giving the city more control over how these gateway cities incentives are dolled out. More businesses in Worcester means an expanded tax base. “If we can expand the tax base we won’t have to pit homeowners versus businesses every year,” says Smith. He adds that only offering TIFs (tax incremental financing) to businesses isn’t enough. “My contention is we need more local control to get projects done and more incentives for builders and developers.”

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understands that people will ask why he is getting paid full time to do union matters, he points out that this is how it’s been done since 1992, when thenchief Edward Gardella allowed for a full-time union position. “It does exactly what it’s designed to do,” Gunnerson says of those questions. “It starts that anti-union rhetoric.” He also argues that “falling back” on 18-year-old contract language has some risks. In that same contract there’s a reference to a long-gone motor pool on Lamartine Street and nowhere does it say that written permission is needed from a superior to perform union duties. “The chief of police or the chief of any other organization absolutely has the authority to know where his employees are all of the time. That shouldn’t be in question,” says Gardella, who was chief between 1991 and 2000. But in 1992 Gardella allowed Don

Cummings, as president of the local International Brotherhood of Police Officials union, to operate as a full-time union president. “It seemed to work out very well,” he says, noting that there was a mutual trust between the chief’s office and the union head. “There’s as much work as union president as you want there to be. It can be very busy and hectic at times.” What’s drawn much of Gunnerson’s ire have been comments made about his job attendance in the Telegram. In that same December 19 article, Gemme was quoted as saying, “I had a situation where the union president wasn’t coming to work, wasn’t reporting for his assignment, no one would know where he is… it kind of became a joke. He’d call in, he still never came in.” Gunnerson says that’s not the case, and adds he has the journal entries that prove he came to police headquarters as requested since November 5, and

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before that initial change in procedure, Gunnerson’s assignments were always written as “union” – and even then concerns were never raised about his work attendance. Recently, Gunnerson has been assigned to the cell room. “If what he’s saying is true, (why is it that) nobody’s been disciplined? No reports have been filed?” asks Gunnerson. “I have to read in the

newspaper that the chief of police said I wasn’t doing what I was told.” “I don’t appreciate being called a liar, of being accused of disobeying orders or insubordination.” The terms of the NEPBA’s unfairlabor-practice filing will ask that the union president’s job return to preNovember 5 conditions.

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Recent articles in the Telegram regarding travel expenses, officer David Rawlston’s litigation and last week’s expose on an altercation between Al Gemme and former Lt. Jane McGrath have finally brought city officials to a tipping point. A rumor has spread that a sit-down between City Manager Michael O’Brien and T&G higher ups occurred recently, during which a conversation was held over coverage that has portrayed the city or WPD chief Gary Gemme in an unfavorable light, and a request was made to put on hold any upcoming articles in the same vein. Sometimes these rumors are just rumors, but when this meeting is confirmed by sources within the paper and the police department, not to mention an after-citycouncil-meeting reference toward the paper getting its “wrist slapped,” then you can bet it’s a pretty solid tip. According to Katy Donahue, director of consumer marketing for the Telegram and Gazette, “It is not uncommon for the publisher and the editor to meet with a variety of civic leaders. It is not our practice to comment on these meetings.”

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According to a report from City Manager O’Brien to the city council, the city has awarded Dover, N.H., consulting firm RKG Associates a bid to design an “independent citywide housing-market study to evaluate existing housing stock, residential sales data, rental data, affordability rates, overall housing demand and supply, and project future housing needs” based on income, development projects in the works and transportation. This firm should be familiar to many in the city, as this is the same group that did similar work for Worcester in 2002. Why does that matter? Over the past year a debate has unfolded within city government regarding the future of Worcester housing, especially now that 14 percent of Worcester’s housing units are “affordable,” which is above the state-mandated 10 percent mark. In that 2002 study, RKG wrote that using CDCs for developing low-income housing should be “reconsidered,” and “more emphasis should be placed on attracting a higher class of people, who in turn would improve the commercial vitality of the city, and allow the city to leverage more private investment.” If anyone thinks that’s a settled issue, then keep watching upcoming city council meetings.

HUMAN RIGHTS: With the news that Frances Manocchio, the city’s director of human rights and disabilities and American Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator will leave her positions on January 21 for a job at Worcester State University, there’s been some concern over whether or not the position will be filled. In a response to the city council, City Manager O’Brien wrote that public-health director Derek Brindisi will add interim ADA coordinator to his role, while Dawn Clark will “serve as the frontline staff person for the disabilities office.” Christina Andreoli has been tabbed to oversee many of the new changes, and phone lines will be transferred from the Office of Human Rights and Disabilities to the City Manager’s office.

THE BATTLE FOR DISTRICT 1: A number of names have been floating around for potential council runs this November, but no district is attracting as much attention as District 1, an area currently represented by Joff Smith. We’ve already reported that realtor Tony Economou has sent out a campaign kick-off e-mail, but rumor has it two STEVEN KING more people have been spreading the word of their potential candidacy. One hasn’t confirmed yet with Worcester Mag, but the other, perpetual retiree advocate Virginia Ryan, wrote to us in mid-December that “I am seriously considering running for district one councilor. I think the reasons are obvious,” as she referenced “skyrocketing health-care costs.”  %6%$‡0%$‡02/

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his is a municipal election year in Worcester. And although almost 80 percent of registered voters will shirk their responsibility by avoiding the polls this fall, the rest of us look forward to electing six at-large city councilors (including a mayor) and five district councilors. Political junkies like me love to speculate about which incumbent councilors are vulnerable and which challengers have a chance of being elected. Keep in mind that Worcester voters always say that they want change on the council, but they seldom vote for change. However, 2012 actually could be a year of significant political change at City Hall. At least a few of the present city councilors are seen as arrogant, lazy and ineffective policy makers who provide little representation for the bloated $29,000 salary the taxpayers so generously pay them. The incumbents can expect serious opposition from several capable, popular and well-financed individuals. The preliminary election is less than eight months away, so it’s not too early for the challengers to get their names, faces and issues in front of the voters. Time lost in the winter costs new candidates votes in the fall. And this year it will be easy for the council challengers to put together appealing political platforms; but they must be careful about what they promise. Back in 2010, mayoral candidate Joe O’Brien pledged that he’d vote for the lowest residential tax rate. However, once elected, O’Brien disappointed and angered many of his supporters, homeowners and voters by disavowing his campaign promise. This election year there are many local issues of importance to the voters. For instance, in the late spring, the council will tackle the City Manager’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The council’s perusal of the budget is generally superficial. Deliberative sessions are too short and probing questions seldom are asked. Heck, a few of the councilors don’t even read most of the budget document. Every council challenger should attend those budget hearings and, in front of the TV cameras, address the voters by lacing into the incumbents for failing to make serious cuts that will make living and doing business in Worcester more affordable. A challenger who is willing to speak up, ask the right questions and demand accountability from our elected and appointed officials quickly will become a champion of the voters. Then there is the dual-tax-rate issue, which continues to be punishing to home and business owners alike. As a member of the previous two city councils, I voted for the lowest residential tax rate. However, I do support the recent move by six of 11 councilors who, in an effort to retain and attract more small businesses and to have homeowners eventually pay a smaller percentage

of the revenue pie, voted for a slight increase in the residential rate to provide a small amount of relief and incentive to businesses. However, the yearly property-tax increase allowed by Prop 2 ½, the additional $2 million that the council decided to raise for improved streets and sidewalks, the unexplainable increase in valuation of many homes and the aforementioned tax break given to businesses, combined to give many homeowners (and voters) huge increases in their property taxes. My annual tax bill increased $800. What effect that tax vote will have on the mayoral and council races remains to be seen. It appears that, as the only district councilor who did not vote for the lowest residential rate, Bill Eddy could be in serious trouble at the polls. I have already heard the names of two pro-lowestresidential-tax-rate candidates who are salivating over their chances in Eddy’s District 5. Other issues that are going to make the council elections hotly contested include the high number of lawsuits and legal actions against police officers, the scathing relationship between Chief Gary Gemme and the union, and whether the expected orders of the U.S. Environmental continued on page 10

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he Board of Directors at the Center for Nonviolent Solutions joins with all who are mourning the dead and wounded from the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, January 8. We hope this senseless act of a deeply disturbed young man will help us all as Americans to develop a stronger sense of civility, solidarity and mutual respect in our political and social lives. We extend our deepest sorrow and sympathy to the victims of this shooting, and we pray also for the soul of the troubled, young shooter. May we have the courage to reckon with the meaning of this terrible crime, and may we have the grace of understanding, restitution, forgiveness and reconciliation. In our work for peace, we have seen how each act of violence hurts not only the immediate victims but tears at the fabric of communities, stealing trust as well as lives. Our hearts go out to the people of Tucson. We believe there is a connection between the killings in Arizona and the culture of violence that we as Americans have actively cultivated or passively tolerated. Our reliance on war as a means for resolving conflict,

our celebration of violence in our entertainment are but some examples of this culture which is producing a destructive despair among the young. The Arizona tragedy is a wakeup call to all of us concerning the dangers of overheated political rhetoric, and the use of fear, hatred, resentment and demonization in the quest for votes. It also highlights the short-sightedness of our gun laws which allow even mentally ill people to buy semi-automatic weapons without any restraints. Let us remember that the chief target of this shooting was a courageous critic of her state officials whose punitive laws and antiimmigrant scapegoating have only resulted in misunderstanding and divisiveness in our borderlands. These laws have brought us no closer to creating humane workable policies that respect the rights and needs of those living on either side of the border. This is one of many examples that show how our nation’s political conversation is counterproductive to developing solutions that address our society’s fundamental needs. What would help us move forward? The Center urges our elected

officials, spiritual leaders and community leaders to commit now to act with civility and common purpose to heal our society. Real healing goes beyond civil words and tamped-down rhetoric and looks to the root causes of violence in our society- the insecurities and violence of poverty, the injustices of racism, and a media that presents violence as entertainment. A political culture devoted to honestly and reasonably addressing those conditions would be a healthier one for all of us. Here at the Center, we recognize that the violence that erupted in Tucson also tears at the heart of our community. We recommit ourselves to building a culture of peace in the city of Worcester, a culture that emphasizes tolerance, a deep respect for the dignity and human rights of all, addresses the violence of injustice and poverty, and is dedicated to resolving all conflicts through nonviolent means.

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think that the politicians would have their hands in their own pockets instead of ours. Since that’s not the case, Worcester residents need to make a belated New Year’s

resolution to vote for at least a few new candidates in the fall. After all, the council seats are not the incumbents’ seats, they are our seats.

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It wasn’t a good summer for Worcester handyman George Rizkalla. First, his beloved 18-year-old nephew died, followed by an equally loved uncle two weeks later. Then, on July 27, he received a letter stating that the owner of the mortgage on the East Mountain Street home that he had lived in since 2003 was foreclosing on his property. It came as a shock to Rizkalla, who had been under the impression that the financing for the home was being redone as part of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to help homeowners having trouble keeping up with their mortgage payments due to the economic downturn. His business had been down, “a tremendous amount,” but he had intended to remain in his home and fulfill his financial obligations. Rizkalla says he had inquired about the HAMP program in May with his financier and thought he had made adjustments that would qualify him for refinancing — including having his daughter and her fiancé move in with him to reach the required income level; then tragedy struck. “I wasn’t paying too much attention; in two weeks, we had had two deaths in the family,” Rizkalla explained at a Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team (WAFT) meeting earlier this month. “I was under the impression I could modify my loan. Then I got a letter saying they would foreclose.” Rizkalla is one of thousands of Massachusetts residents who are threatened with or who have already lost their homes through foreclosure. While some homeowners simply haven’t been able to meet their mortgage obligations, others have applied for the HAMP program with the belief that they qualified for the modification to their mortgage. Who held that mortgage can sometimes be puzzling. For many with mortgage payments, it has become increasingly difficult for them to learn exactly who holds their mortgage, which according to the American Bar Association could have two and possibly more handling agents during its lifetime. For those who’ve found themselves on the losing end of a foreclosure, or find themselves faced with foreclosure, there’s been a growing ambiguity over mortgage ownership, or when legal ownership of that mortgage was transferred and properly registered.

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{ coverstory } That inkling received some credence on January 7 when a ruling by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court (U.S. Bank National Association v. Ibanez and a consolidated case) invalidated two foreclosure sales due to the plaintiffs being unable to prove they were the legal holders of the mortgages at the time of foreclosure. The decision fueled the belief of anti-foreclosure activists that many of the foreclosures that have taken place in the state in recent years should be questioned and former homeowner’s claims to their former property reopened.

Radio 1030’s newscast the following morning. The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team meets every two weeks at the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center. The Wednesday night gatherings are open to anyone dealing with a foreclosure issue. Its all-volunteer membership is a mix of activists, lawyers, interested citizens, residents facing or going through the foreclosure process, and tenants facing the loss of their apartments due to foreclosure. The agenda for its early January meeting included STEVEN KING

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The ruling has given hope to families living in foreclosed homes and those forced out of them. That includes Rizkalla, who since the January 7 ruling has been juggling his duties as the owner of Skip’s Appliance Repair and attending a series of meetings to not only stave off eviction from his home, but to see if there might have been some inappropriate actions taken during the foreclosure process that could result in his regaining the mortgage to his home. Rizkalla’s situation, as well as that of Christeen Friend, who had owned a home on Hamilton Street until it was foreclosed on last fall, was brought to the public’s attention on December 23 during two separate “All I Want for Christmas is My House Back” rallies held by the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team. The actions drew attention from Boston television newscasters and WBZ

ongoing and new situations; a report on a recent meeting with housing judges, contacts with the city’s mayor and city solicitor; its Clark University intern program; and the need to find a person to serve as its go-between with the Worcester Code Department. The meeting opened with participants reading from a list of “10 Things Tenants and Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Should Know and Do” from a WAFT informational brochure. Rizkalla is in attendance, as is Marty Grogoza, another Worcester homeowner facing foreclosure. A WAFT rally on October 19 outside his Huntington Avenue home helped delay the auction of his property. In the meantime, according to WAFT’s Grace Ross, he’s found someone to buy the property but hasn’t been able to come to terms with the mortgage holder, who still intends to auction the property.

Residents who live in property that’s been foreclosed on are also in attendance; two of them are looking for advice on how to stay in their home of the past few years, as well as how to go about making a bid for the Belmont Street neighborhood property when it goes back on the market. The heartbeat of WAFT is former Massachusetts gubernatorial and Worcester City Council candidate Ross; though you can’t, and she wouldn’t, underestimate the importance of those who take up her call to join her in supporting those neighbors facing hardships. You rarely see Ross just chatting socially — unless your idea of social talk is keeping people in their homes or in their jobs. Her mind always seems to be spinning, searching for solutions or scheduling meetings in an already overbooked schedule that also includes consumer advocacy, support for union workers and promoting her recently published book, Main Street $marts — and guiding the larger Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending. She’s an enthusiastic advocate for neighbors supporting neighbors; indeed, some of those at the early January WAFT meeting were pulled in off the street to help out. “We’ve had some good accomplishments where people have come in with their paperwork and other folks got involved and backed them,” Ross shares. “We’ve had successes at various stages of the foreclosure process. We’ve kept former tenants in their homes post-foreclosure a few times. It’s about people knowing their rights. And having people stand up for them seems to make a difference.” Indeed, Rizkalla first learned of the organization while meeting with Ronal Madnick, director of the Worcester Country Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (and a WAFT participant). Madnick suggested he attend its next meeting to explain his plight. The next morning, several WAFT members turned out in support of Rizkalla at a Worcester Housing Court hearing. On weekends, WAFT volunteers go door-to-door offering assistance to those facing foreclosure and come together at homes being auctioned with the hope that their presence will hold off possible buyers and give the current (or recent) mortgage homeowner a chance to get a new agreement or buyer at a price that allows them to get back most, if not all, of their investment. Along with the human element of wanting to lend a hand to those facing foreclosure problems, WAFT believes their work benefits all of Worcester, helping to keep people in houses and buildings that would otherwise sit unoccupied and unattended, inviting illegal occupants and eventually bringing down the value of the rest of the neighborhood. The City of Worcester took precautionary action against this kind of potential downhill spiral by enacting an ordinance in 2009 requiring the maintenance of vacant and foreclosed properties “to promote the

ROSS BRINGS 2011 AGENDA TO ASSIST TROUBLED HOMEOWNERS TO THE STATE HOUSE Grace Ross’ anti-foreclosure efforts do not stop in Worcester. She’s also coordinator of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL), which announced its four-point 2011 legislative agenda as part of a “Foreclosure Rights Lobby Day” at the State House in Boston on Tuesday. Mandatory Mediation with Judicial Oversight is intended to be a cost-effective way for homeowners to elect to join an authorized representative of the lender in a third-party supervised meeting to explore mutually satisfactory alternatives to foreclosure. Should

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agreement not occur, the case would proceed to court for judgment. Preventing Unnecessary Vacancies in Foreclosed Homes has the goal of preventing homes from being left vacant and open to invasion by thieves and the elements increasing homelessness and blighting neighborhoods; and the serious damage that vacant homes can do to surrounding property values. If the foreclosed homeowner has the means to be a responsible tenant, they would pay a fair-market rent post-foreclosure to the foreclosing lender. Clarification of Ownership in Evictions addresses the

question of clear ownership of property in foreclosure cases, which, a MAAPL press release for the legislative campaign stated, has up to now been essentially an honor system where few homeowners have had the means to file a separate action. Judicial Foreclosure would give all owner-occupants of one to four family homes the right to have a judicial review before foreclosure proceedings commenced. For more information on the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending, visit maapl.info or call 508-630-1686.


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the trash piling up, the snow wasn’t being shoveled and the doors had been opened,” Haller says. “It was a sign we were in for trouble.” O’Brien responded with the formation of the S.A.V.E. (Stabilize-Assist-Value-Enforce) Neighborhood Stabilization Action Plan, which addressed “persistent problem properties” in response to neighborhood group complaints about properties the city couldn’t get their owners to address. Having this program in place put the city in a better position to deal with the foreclosure onslaught when it arose in 2008. The Department of Public Works customer-service line (508-929-1300), initially meant for the reporting of potholes on city roads, has become a place to report all problems that residents want to bring to the city’s attention. Whether it’s to report prostitute activity, barking dogs or an abandoned house, Haller says it directs those concerns to the proper city department for action. Haller credits O’Brien with having pulled records on city properties from its various departments — including the city manager’s office and the police, fire and code inspector departments — into a single location while allowing each of those departments to remain autonomous while being aware of various elements of a property that might not come under their oversight. The group database is utilized to create a point system that keeps track of potential problem properties; if a certain point level is reached, a message signals that it has become a problem property that needs to be addressed by the city’s Property Review Team. “We currently have more than 500 vacant buildings in the city,” Haller notes. “The bulk [is] in foreclosure.” She points out that the city and Attorney General Martha

Coakley partnered to set up an office in Worcester addressing putting receivership of vacant properties into the hands of property-management companies chosen to oversee the properties, in name only, until permanent ownership is resumed. The NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Worcester, whose main goal was initially to assist first-time homeowners, has shifted some of its focus to helping people stay in their homes. When Haller gets calls from constituents telling her they’re facing foreclosure and asking for her advice, she finds many times, they were late in recognizing the severity of the situation. “People wait too long to take action,” she explains. “As human beings, we delay facing that we’re in a bind.” As soon as you know you’ve got a housing-related problem, she advises taking the time to find the correct people to give you good advice on the actions you should take to correct them. The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team, which joined the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending at the State House on Tuesday in announcing its legislative agenda for 2011 (see sidebar), can offer such advice and head home-owners in a bind in the right direction. Ross credited the city’s legislative delegation — including Sens. Vincent Pedone and Harriette Chandler for leading the sponsorship and Reps. James O’Day and John Fresolo for the home-rule petition that led to the passing of legislation this past summer that was intended to stabilize neighborhoods through the protection of tenants in foreclosed properties. “If you’re a tenant in a foreclosed property, and you’re paying your rent, you can’t be evicted,” Ross says. “We should be proud of that.” Rizkalla has gone in front of a Worcester Housing Court judge on three occasions; each time, he says, a

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the August foreclosure date; as of this writing, Rizkalla says that has not occurred. “The last time, the judge said I’ve been hearing that a lot ‌ about paperwork getting lost,â€? says Rizkalla, who was due back in Worcester Housing Court today (January 20). “It’s difficult,â€? Rizkalla laments of the challenge of going back and fourth between meetings with lawyers and judges, in both Worcester and Boston, while continuing to make a living as a handyman. (Indeed, one of the times he was contacted for this article, Rizkalla was in the process of repairing a customer’s kitchen sink.) “I’m running my business from my garage; my van broke down, and I can’t afford to fix it. I’ve got medical issues, but I don’t have health insurance. And you don’t eat right with all the stress that [is] caused by thinking someone’s going come throw me out of my home. “I don’t want anything for free,â€? Rizkalla says. “All I wanted was a modification of the mortgage through the government program and a roof over my head like everyone else does.â€?

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Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team’s list of 10 things tenants and homeowners facing foreclosure should know and do: 1. The eviction process begins with a letter called a Notice to Quit. You can only be evicted after you’ve had your day in court. 2. You might be able to continue living in a foreclosed property, if you’ve been a good tenant and don’t want to move. 3. It is illegal for your landlord, new or old, to change your locks, remove your possessions, shut off your utilities, or threaten to do any of the above, unless a judge evicts you. 4. Save all letters, receipts, leases and paperwork related to your tenancy, mortgage, foreclosure or eviction, even if you don’t have time to look at them right away. These will help you in court. 5. Report code violations to the housing inspector 6. If you are offered cash for your keys, it’s not always the best option. 7. Never sign anything that you don’t understand fully, or aren’t totally comfortable with. 8. Never pay rent to someone if you are unsure that he or she is the real owner, old or new. Only a title or deed is positive proof of ownership. 9. If you are unsure of to whom to pay rent, save your rent money, preferably in a dedicated bank account or in ESCROW, until you know whom to pay. 10. Go to housing court, even if you don’t have a lawyer or are unsure of what they do. Judges are often sympathetic to tenant needs such as moving costs and time to move. The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, 301 Pleasant St. in Worcester. Call 508-754-7793 for more details.


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When I first saw Bovachevo, it was a three-piece instrumental band. It was like listening to Black Flag’s “Process of Weeding Out” album, only much harder and faster. I got the chance to see them again around 2007, this time with Eric Yankus Franko (mildmannered local bartender) playing guitar and screaming, along with Liam Sullivan, Greg Olson, and Mike Finch. It was like watching a whole different band, with the same intense guitar riffs and heavy drums as before, but now with a wild banshee of a voice barking through the P.A. speakers. Screaming his guts out, veins bulging from his neck, and red in the face, Franko spat the lyrics into the microphone in a spastic, full-hearted manner. The audience couldn’t help but feed off the energy. Everyone was dancing around, slamming into each other, jumping off the walls, people falling on the ground getting stepped on and kicked about in the madness. It was real. Since then, I have seen the band play countless times and each time they are killing it with the same epic energy, severe exuberance, and crucial buildups and

breakdowns. Yet as aggressive as their music may be, the message of their songs is actually positive and full of humor. Subject matters range from Greek Mythology and history, to movies. Bovachevo does not take itself too seriously – which is a good thing. Bovachevo has two albums to its credit; the first is a self-titled instrumental as a three piece. The second, with Franko on guitar and vocals, is titled Ancient Skeleton. With song titles like “Revenge of the Minotaur,”

“Mountain Lion Victim,” and “Goat God,” you get the point. My favorite is “It’s Not for Sale Francis,” a song in reference to the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. When asked what he enjoys most about playing, Franko stated, “I love the attitude and feel of it. I love screaming, but I’m not angry about it, so it’s awesome — not negative — very positive screaming. When people are into it, they start flailing around. We love to watch drunks flailing around.” It’s hard to categorize Bovachevo into one genre of music. With a very unique sound, Bovachevo often combines gigs with bands of diverse musical influences; and by checking them out, you will get to see a range of different styles of music in the same show. You can catch Bovachevo for free on January 22 at the Hen House in Allston with the Rowdy Ones, Scouter, Heavy Breath, and DeafBabe. Closer to home they are playing at Ralphs Bar on February 5 with PanzerBastard, Unearthly Tramp, and Doomriders. Check ‘em out at bovachevo. bandcamp.com.

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It started out as nothing more than playing music together, sharing what they had in common—a love of “oldschool honky-tonk music.” They enjoyed this for two years running while “sippin’ bourbon, tellin’ lies, and gossiping,” according to BetsyDawn (BeeDee) Williams, one of the founding members of Girl Howdy. In January 2003, when a friend encouraged the four women to come out and play at a now-defunct coffee shop in Northampton called Brewed Awakening, they realized they could still have

fun while sharing their sound with others. Williams and her friends decided to form a band called The Honky-tonk Girls, but soon replaced its name with the lessgeneric Girl Howdy. Derived from “Boy Howdy,” an expression widely used in North Carolina, where Williams is from, it is used to add emphasis to a statement— like “And how!” or “Yes, indeed!” And that emphasis is exactly what they were going for. Over the years, as the band rotated through a number of fiddle-players, it eventually decided to move on without one, ending up with just the core group: Paula Bradley on piano, Betsy-Dawn (BeeDee) Williams on flat-top guitar, and Rose Sinclair on steel guitar. Soon after, they were joined by Brian Rost on upright bass and then added Billy Nadeau on drums to form the five-piece band that they are today. Each band member is a

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played at the “Honky-Tonk Hullabaloo” in Northampton and at the “Honky-Tonk Ho-down,” in White River Junction, Vt., where they collaborated with dance instructors to provide country and honkytonk enthusiasts with dance lessons and dancing to live bands. Williams laughed when asked how their band is different from others like them. “I can count on one hand how many [honky-tonk bands] there are in New England,” says Williams, adding that the band is a “core trio of women, all playing lead instruments” and playing honky-tonk music. And that’s different. They want to “bring the twang-angle,” to this area, says Williams, while pointing out that people in this area are just not used to this type of music, which dominated the south in the 1950s. Last year, Girl Howdy released their most recent EP, their first studio CD, showcasing two original songs, including the title song, Honky-tonk Hair. The inspiration for the song came from a three-day gig that they did at the Grey Fox Blue Grass Festival in Oak Hill, N.Y. On one of those days, a gang of enthusiastic preteen girls showed up at the band’s dance tent decked out with beehive hairdos created by wrapping their long hair around empty water bottles that they placed on their heads, “piled up high in a cone shape.” The girls came right up front “with that hair-do goin’ on, havin’ a good time. And that’s what it’s all about,” says Williams. To hear this honky-tonk combo, come to Vincent’s, 49 Suffolk St., on Saturday, January 22. To learn more about the band, check them out on Facebook.


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This month, the skinny corridor connecting City Hall’s underground parking lot to its inside central offices has been transformed from a white, skeletal passageway into a pace-slowing gallery of photographs through a new exhibit from fine-art photographer Trisha Barry. Framed prints, rich in color and alive with stories, furnish the walls. Barry’s Nichols & Stone photo essay chronicles the death of the once operating manufacturing company in Gardner. As for her newest exhibit, Barry says “It’s a great opportunity to show the work and have people see the story.� Barry graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in Fibers, but as she evolved into mixedmedia pieces, she began incorporating photographs into her works. Through creating visual stories for her viewers with her lens, it was then that Barry realized that the camera was her true artistic calling. The current exhibit in City Hall’s basement by Barry is the third show in the relatively new space, with two other local photographers preceding it. Mike Nyman’s photographs were the first to

brighten up the white walls in July last year. The installation by ARTSWorcester rotated in September with photos of Worcester taken at night by Ryan Cooley. City Manager Michael O’Brien is credited for designating the corridor as space to be used in showcasing local artists’ work, after it underwent renovations last June. It is now Worcester Windows’ 18th gallery location on Main Street. Worcester Windows, a community gallery program, uses storefronts and areas that would otherwise be empty, to bring artwork to the public forefront. Started nine years ago, the list of gallery locations has continued to grow, with City Hall being the most recent. Heading and coordinating the Worcester Windows program, Worcester State University will take over for ARTSWorcester, curating future shows in the City Hall gallery. The center for local government is not a common location for an art gallery. However, even in the basement of City Hall “we sell work right off the wall,� says cultural-development officer Erin Williams. She says photography will be the primary form of artwork seen in the space. The City Hall gallery space can be visited on the lower level during the building’s operating hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on the current exhibit’s artist can be found at trishabarryphotography.com.

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An underground music scene thrives on small, intimate venues with genuine artists bringing a fresh look at a dwindling genre or subgenre of music. The Celtic music scene in Worcester bubbles under the surface of the mainstream, simmering

with excitement and numerous bands looking to break through the monotony that is the American music scene. The Grey Hound (An Cu Liath) Pub in Kelly Square is a home for anyone seeking a genuine Irish experience. On January 22 at 8:30 p.m., the quaint pub with oak tables and intimate lighting will host the first Worm and Shamrock Music Festival. “I think the [Celtic music] scene in the last three or

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four years regerminated itself, and it’s really getting a good strong foot in,” says Paul Curley, owner of the Grey Hound Pub. “Things are going to take off. It’s kind of like the metal scene, which has thrived for 20 or 30 years now, but this is a good alternative for fans of Celtic – young and old – to experience.” The chances for fans of Celtic music to experience local musicians exploring the Irish songbook has grown, as the festival hopes to showcase with the three-band

bill; Songs for Ceilidh, The Stone Clovers and the Tom Lanigan Band. After reading an article in Worcester Magazine about the growing local music scene in Worcester that seemingly overlooked the thriving Celtic music community in the city, Tom Lubelczyk of The Stone Clovers decided to launch a Web site of his own that could help bring more attention to the music that his band and many others play each week throughout the pubs and clubs of Worcester. “It came from the idea that there are a lot of great bands - not all based in the city of Worcester, but do

come to play quite regularly, and also bands from Ireland themselves,” says Lubelczyk. Something Lubelczyk has noticed in the Celtic music scene is the misunderstanding of the genre as a whole. “Celtic music, depending on who you talk to, is not the favored term by a lot of artists, but it is used in the industry,” says Lubelczyk. “It’s kind of like punk rock. There are so many different types of punk rock under ‘punk,’ but people just generally call something ‘punk’.” With all of the STEVEN KING different subgenres in Celtic music, it’s important for artists to embrace them and make them their own. That’s something Tom Lanigan will try to do when he plays the Worm and Shamrock Music Festival. Dublin born, Lanigan moved to the United States at the age of 16 and hasn’t looked back since; playing songs from the Irish songbook across New England. “That’s what I love about Irish music: you can really explore any kind of emotion or any kind of event. There are so many songs that can cater to different feels and experiences,” says Lanigan. “One night you can have one big great singa-long time, and the next, you can have a real nice quiet experience with the audience, a little more intimate.” Curley hopes his intimate bar setting PAUL CURLEY and the perfect mix of Celtic music will bring alive the emerging scene – a scene that has blossomed since he opened the Grey Hound five years ago. “It definitely has more of a visible identity,” says Curley. “In years past, people would just say, ‘It’s March, I must be Irish.’ I really think it’s becoming more of a 12-month attitude, and I fully subscribe to it.” The First Worm and Shamrock Music Festival will take place on January 22. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the cover fee is $5.


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The way our culture fetishizes the supposedly true-to-life, it seems plots taking place at any point in history – and that includes a period from the Dawn of Man until ten minutes ago – need to be accompanied by the proud statement: “Based On a True Story.” It’s almost redundant at this point, and we will likely look back at these times and snicker at the terse silliness of it all – like when we see a TV show from the late ’60s that bears the phrase: “In color.” We should be accentuating the rare exception now, as in: “Based on an original idea.” All of which is to say that it comes as no surprise that The King’s Speech is ostensibly based on a true story, and yet I didn’t believe a word of it. But unlike for instance The Social Network which I didn’t believe a word of despite its neon gimmick of being based on events so goddamned true that we’re all still living through them, I liked The King’s Speech anyway. In fact the film would have been just as entertaining and moving to me if they had made the whole thing up, and so I find myself thinking it would have been all the more impressive if they did. The story is appealingly simple: a king (Colin Firth) has a stuttering problem keeping him from being an effective monarch and so he hires speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who uses unconventional methods to cure him. For me, part of what is interesting about the story is the unusual historical backdrop: the mid 1920s through the

late 1930s and the cusp of WWII. It was a time when radio was just coming to prominence and technology in general was having a powerful effect on age old British traditions (“We have become entertainers,” the King’s father, played by Michael Gambon, tells him). By then the monarchy was well on its way to becoming the figurehead position it is now, and yet those Brits loved their aristocracy, as it was their most potent link to the mollifying security of the past. As The Duke of York who eventually becomes King George VI, Firth’s performance is understated and yet carries a wide dynamic range, from dour sarcastic self-effacing asides to exuberant rants as Lionel prods him to heights of profanity to conquer his speech impediment. Rush is interesting also as a proud, level-headed family man who insists that he and “Bertie” as he calls his royal patient must be on the same level in order to treat him. A century earlier the therapist, no matter how charming, would have ended up beheaded for such insolence, but this is the modern world. And yet there is still a kind of sad but firm regality to Firth’s performance that keeps a necessary tension between the two men until eventually and inevitably they become friends. The other component adding to the charisma of the production is Helena Bonham Carter as the Duchess who becomes Queen Elizabeth. She’s a strong, independent woman, another sign of the times, and proves ingenious at prodding her reticent husband to take the speech lessons. In one of the most moving scenes the two are meeting with Logue at his house when the man’s wife unexpectedly shows up and is shocked to find the Queen of England sitting in her dining room. Carter immediately comes to her rescue, with kind and knowing grace, explaining: “It’s Your Majesty first and then Ma’am after that.” Again, none of this may have happened as it is portrayed. These people in reality were likely nowhere near this warm and cuddly. But the important thing is that they are all believable and likeable as real people, even if nothing like their historical counterparts, and the result is an enjoyable warm and witty film.


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Guiseppe’s Grille 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northboro 508-393-4405 guiseppesgrille.com For many, Guiseppe’s Grille may be an old favorite. The salads are big enough for two, from the creative — like insalata gorgonzola — to the traditional antipasto Guiseppe. The menu is otherwise populated with pasta classics and specialties, Mediterranean-inspired entrees, gourmet thin-crust pizzas and calzones. Top it off with selections from the dessert tray, or Guiseppe’s own fried dough, with your choice of sweet topping.

Kaizen Sushi Bar & Grill 479 Main Street, Route 20, Sturbridge 508-347-1088 Kaizen479.com A good option for a special date or occasion where you don’t mind breaking out the credit card, Kaizen offers high quality sushi and sashimi at a price that is average for high-end foods. The ingredients are as fresh as possible, beautifully presented, and pleasing to the palate in flavor, balance and texture. In addition to sushi and sashimi offerings, there also a number of cooked dinner entrées of chicken, beef and seafood, as well as many noodle meals. Most of the cooked options are also prepared healthfully, grilled or steamed, and there are plenty of options for people following a vegetarian, vegan or low-carb diet. The service is also very good, with a waitstaff and cooking staff that pays close attention to patron needs.

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The Whistling Swan 502 Main St., Sturbridge 508-347-2321 The Whistling Swan does it right, from the Lobster Filet Mignon to the grilled duck breast, inside a historical Sturbridge building. The 16 choices include such classics as sole francaise ($21), rack of lamb ($31), and veal Oscar ($29) — our reviewer was partial to the Lobster Filet Mignon and grilled duck breast. Top-notch service and atmosphere complement the delicious food. It’s gourmet fare on the first floor; pub-style offerings upstairs at the Ugly Duckling. Armsby Abbey 144 Main St., Worcester 508-795-1012 If you want to start with a beer, you can’t go wrong, since Armsby Abbey offers 130 bottled varieties. The restaurant does it right, from the hefty portions to the welcoming throw pillows (in case you want to take a snooze between courses). A relaxing vibe all around, wonderful food, and, of course, the beer and wine, are sure to make Armsby Abbey a Main Street mainstay. Oh, and save room for the Mayan brownie.

Major League Roast Beef & Wings 503 Washington St. (Rt. 20), Auburn 508-832-4300 A good place for take-out, especially for casual parties, tail-gating, or game nights, Major League Roast Beef & Wings is not a restaurant made for dining in, though there is seating available among local team jerseys and framed classic sports moments. The roast beef is mild to bland; specialty sandwiches with sauces or other condiments are better options. The wings are meaty and delicious with the restaurant’s sauces, so make sure you get a platter to try a few flavors. The Suicide Buffalo definitely comes closer to living up to its name than in most restaurants, so be warned. Meat is also the main item, so it’s not a place for vegetarians or vegans. Value is pretty good, and gets better the more you order – so it’s definitely worth it for feeding a party.

Viet Thao 68 Stafford St., Worcester 508-752-8426 A delightful Vietnamese restaurant with fresh food and complex flavors is sure to please most patrons. While there is next to nothing on the menu targeting vegetarian/vegan diners, the options are delicious and healthy with most food steamed or grilled and an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Everything from appetizers to

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food, hop down to Oxford for this quintessential experience. Health nuts may be a bit uncomfortable with the excessive caloric comfort food, but with fruit-covered pancakes and wafďŹ&#x201A;es, one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a meat-eater to appreciate something on the menu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though, of course, meat-eaters will be pleased. Good service and generous portions only add to the charm.

Amici Trattoria 582 Main St., Shrewsbury 508-842-7800 amicitrattoria.com Amici Trattoria offers an intimate Italian dining experience in the heart of Shrewsbury â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous. The combination of classic Italian ingredients with tender chicken and seafood provides for a memorable evening. Top it off with homemade tiramasu, if you have room. Put this one on your list of dining â&#x20AC;&#x153;doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;?

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Udupi 378 Maple Avenue, Fair Lawn Plaza, Shrewsbury 508-459-5099 Hidden right off of Route 9 in Shrewsbury, this vegetarian haven offers an extensive menu that can satisfy just about anyone. The Indian food is solidly good, but the value is even better. Try one of the specials that sample several menu offerings, and even split it with a friend (the platters are good size). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a visit if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the area, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re vegetarian and looking for something different, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a little travel out of the way, too. Even the most devout carnivores will ďŹ nd something to their liking.

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Do you own a chunk of beautiful land that you hope will always remain intact for future generations? On Saturday, January 22, from 1-3 p.m. stop by the Barre Senior Center (557 South Barre Rd.), for a free Future of Your Land workshop on estate planning and conservation options to learn how. Advice will be offered by an estate-planning attorney and landconservation specialists, and stories will be shared by landowners who have already gone through the conservation process. In addition, a unique upcoming opportunity to conserve forested landscapes will be discussed. RSVP at conservationist_americorps@mountgrace. org or at 978-248-2055x23.

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JOMPATHON 2011 is the Joy of Music

Program’s 20th-annual fundraiser for the school’s financial-aid and outreach program, and will be held on Saturday, January 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 250 students gather family and friends to sponsor their performances. Musicians of all ages and levels will play their favorite classical, jazz, folk and contemporary pieces in an inspiring daylong celebration of music. This is a wonderful and uplifting celebration of music, community and youth education. Drop in anytime during the day to enjoy solo and accompanied piano, voice, guitar, strings, brass and woodwind performances. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated, but not required. 1 Gorham St., Worcester. jomp.org.

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What happens when you mix the music of ABBA with a Broadway performance? You get Mamma Mia! The ultimate feelgood show is a smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, S.O.S, Super Trouper, Take A Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. January 2123 and tickets run from $39-$69. 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, thehanovertheatre.org.

winter wonderland Celebrate the spectacular winter beauty of Wachusett Meadow during its Winter Open House on Saturday, January 22.

Sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (or guided hikes if snow has not accumulated), activities for kids, a bonfire for toasting marshmallows, and more await you in this natural winter wonderland. All ages. Snow date: January 23, 1-4 pm. Sponsored by Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary. For more information and to register, call 978.464.2712 : $15 Mass Audubon member families, $21 nonmember families, $4 M, $6 NM. 1-4 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 978-464-2712.

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For some, dinner is never simple. That’s why Elm Street Congregational Church of Southbridge offers its residents a free Simple Supper on Saturday, January 22. As part of the church’s mission to the greater Southbridge community, the suppers are free, and all members of the community are welcomed from 4:30 – 6 p.m. This month’s free supper will be potato soup with breads, dessert and beverages. Donations accepted. Elm Street Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 61 Elm St., Southbridge. 508-764-8058, mysite.verizon.net/ESCC_ Office.

poetic dinner At the Robert Burns Supper:

Celebrating the Life of the Immortal Poet at Mechanics Hall on Saturday, January 22, you’ll experience a night full of tributes to Scotland’s national bard, featuring pipes and drums of the Worcester Kiltie Band with special guests Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums and master of ceremonies Jeremy Bell. Cocktails at 4:30 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $49, $25, $18, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888.

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On Saturday, January 22, stop by the DCU Center for Ice Cats Night: A Tribute to Worcester Hockey! as the Worcester Sharks face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In addition, catch a Hudson vs. Marlboro high-school hockey doubleheader. Bonus of the night is a Scratch bobble-head giveaway. Family Fun Pack available: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas for only $69. 7-11 p.m. DCU CenterArena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800, sharksahl.com

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Join Habitat for Humanity’s MetroWest/Greater Worcester chapter on Wednesday, January 26, for its benefit Five-Course

Spanish Wine Dinner. In collaboration with Niche Hospitality Group, join Habitat for a signature event complete with Spanishinspired tapas creations by well-known Chef Steve Champagne, paired with complimentary wines by Mike Covino. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Come raise your glass to Niche Hospitality and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/ Greater Worcester for their partnership and commitment to providing opportunities to help deserving families afford simple, decent homes. Space is limited, so RSVP today at 508-799-9259 or rsvp@ nichehospitality.com. $75 per person. 7-10 p.m. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, 82 Winter St. 508-7999259, habitatmwgw.org

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On Wednesday, January 26, at 8 p.m. Stand Up For Kids Worcester enthusiastically presents a charity concert at Ralph’s Diner. The night’s exciting line up features Karaoke Crime, Mack the Knife, The Hip Swayers and the Hotel Year and the comedian Shaun Connelly. Stand Up For Kids is a nonprofit organization providing

advocacy and support to homeless kids. All proceeds from this event will be used for helping homeless kids in the Worcester area. $7. 8 p.m. Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543, Standupforkids. Org/Worcester.

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If you can walk, you can snowshoe! During Snowshoeing For Families on Saturday January 22 Mass Audubon will teach you how to use snowshoes and practice in their field before heading out onto the trails. They will teach you how to look for signs of wildlife as you and your family enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary in winter (dress appropriate for winter kids!). Hot chocolate and coffee will be available. Price includes snowshoe rental. For ages 5+. $7 Mass Audubon Adult M, $9 Adult NM, $4 Child M $5 Child NM. Family rate: $22 Member, $28 NM. 10 a.m.-noon Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-7536087, massaudubon.org

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Intermediate to advanced musicians are invited to audition for membership in the Worcester Youth Orchestra for the Spring 2011 season during the Worcester Youth Orchestra Auditions on Sundays through January 30. Openings currently available for strings and winds. The Orchestras offer an extraordinary opportunity for young musicians from throughout Central Massachusetts to discover the world of symphonic music and play in some of the finest venues around Massachusetts. $25 non-refundable application fee required prior to audition. 1:30-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, Education Wing, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 978390-4941, worcesteryouthorchestras.org.

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During Yoga Play Days Workshop with Flowforms Yoga Staff you’ll discover an open, playful yoga practice for children from 0 - 3 years and their caregivers of all ages. Stop by on Friday, January 21 for a 60 Minutes fun time. Pay what you can. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Flowforms Yoga Center, 195 Lake Ave. 508-752-4700 or flowformsyoga.com.

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DJ Roberta. DJ Roberta plays the music YOU want to hear. Dance to your favorite rock, classic rock, top 40 and country hits! 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Third Thursdays LIVE: Music: Superchief Trio, Tour: Charline von Heyl. Enjoy music, tastings and art during Third Thursdays LIVE. In January, listen to blues/swing with Superchief Trio and a docent-led tour of the WALL at WAM created by Charline von Heyl. Parents, want a night out without the kids? Register your child for Creative Babysitting from 6-8pm for children 5+ during Third Thursday LIVE programming! Kids will have a great time in our studios with trained instructors while you take a break and enjoy some grown-up time. Cost is $10 per child and pre-registration is necessary. Parents/caregivers must stay on the premises. FREE for Members; $14 nonmembers. 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, The Museum Cafe, 55 Salisbury St. 508799-4406. Open mic night w/ ed sherdian. 7-10 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores. Experimental future folk with elements of real dirt and sweat and a touch of mania. Free. 7-8 p.m. Rochambeau Library, Providence Community Library, 708 Hope St., Providence. 401-272-3780. Boomer Ballads with P.E. James. Come and sing along with acoustic rock songs you know from the 50s, 60s, and 70s!! Free. 7-10 p.m. Eller’s Restaurant, 190 Main St., Cherry Valley. 508-892-3925 or MySpace.com/Singerpejames. Irish Music Session. The public is welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listener’s welcome. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-onthe-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or westboroughsession.com. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! FREE. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Two Hour Mic Check with Ryan Staples. 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Flock Of A-Holes W/ Mc Whateva & Pako $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Gentlemen’s Outfit. No cover. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Metal Thursday CXV: Legion, Amadis [VT], Myopia, Dorian Gray. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Pulse Unplugged Benefit for Andy Kingsley featuring Chris Reddy, Franco O’Malley, Matt Piaseczny,

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Fern & Rita, Chris Coombs, Charlie Dee & Sean Fullerton. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Ton of Blues open mic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Tyra Penn and her Army of Snakes!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 21 Gilmour’s Breakfast Premier Pink Floyd Tribute. Gilmour Breakfast, New England’s top Pink Floyd band perform an amazing set of Floyd favorites featuring a breath taking light show provided by Johnny Light Boy. The evening is opened by Violin River, Dead tribute act. The show will feature Dark Side Of The Moon, tracks from The Wall, Animals and deeper tracks for the more avid Floyd fan..gilmoursbreakfast.com Fusion 5 Sports Bar & Night Club, 105 Washington St., Foxboro. 508-543-0599. X-Cess Fridays. DJ Patrick Allen BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or blu-nightclub.com. Further Still (Formerly Banned Loot). Our hearts are all in tune with the Lord, and we praise Him and His message in our music. 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508864-5658 or millchurch.org. Jazzed Up Trio At Lucianos Union Station.Every Friday, 7-10PM No Cover, dine, swing, dance, mingle, enjoy ! Great American Songbook classics featuring Joe D’Angelo on bass and vocals, John Murzycki on Drums, Mauro DePasquale, on Piano and vocals. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508755-6408. Bret Talbert - Live & Acoustified. A spirited solo performance of classic and modern favorites with a few originals sprinkled in, trusty acoustic guitar in-hand. Free!. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-340-6051. Henri Smith with the Workingman’s Jazz Band. New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith presents all the flavors of the Crescent City including swing, funk, brass band-second line, R&B, hard bop, Latin, Blues, and Calypso. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. 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. 8 p.m.-midnight Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or terrybmusic.com. Chris Fitz. No cover. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Sasquatch & The Sickabilly’s w/ The Genre Whores, The Egos & Guy Bergeron. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/

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>Saturday 22 JAZZED UP trio Great American Songbook Alive and Well. No Cover, dine, swing, dance, mingle, enjoy ! Great American Songbook classics featuring Joe D’Angelo on bass and vocals, John Murzycki on Drums, Mauro DePasquale, on Piano


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and vocals. 1790 House Rt 9, Westboro, MA, 206 Boston Turnpike Route 9, Westborough. 508-366-1707. Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band Burns Supper. Robert Burns supper celebrating the life of the immortal poet featuring pipes and drums of the Worcester kiltie band wkpb.com With Special Guests Worcester Fire Brigade Master of Ceremonies Sir Jeremy Bell Tickets.mechanicshall.org/tickets/calendar.html. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or wkpb.com. JOMPATHON 2011, a Marathon Student Recital. Over 260 students - beginners to advanced - will perform throughout the day in this non-stop 12-hour marathon student recital. Free admission - free-will donations to the financial aid program happily accepted. This is a great opportunity to get a feeling for the enthusiasm of students and faculty at Joy of Music, Worcester’s Community Music School. Free Admission. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Joy of Music Program, Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Music For Winter Show @ The Palladium (upstairs). Conforza, Obsidian Tongue, Excrecor, Sanity Solace, Blood Red Skies. $10 adv., $12 door. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Guy Davis in Concert. Free Admission, Reservations required. 7-10 p.m. Harvard Public Library, Volunteers Hall, 4 Pond Road, Harvard. 978-456-4114 or harvardpubliclibrary.org. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. MySpace.com/BadClownProductions. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600. Draw the Line: Aerosmith Tribute band. $3 after 9:30pm. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. J. Geils with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. $30 advance; $35 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets. bullrunrestaurant.com. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincoln st. Tom Yates Group - Trippin Through The 60’s. Tom Yates - guitar & vocals, Rick Maida - bass, Mike Avery - drums. Trippin’ Through the 60’S with classic songs of the Woodstock Generation - surf-rock, folk-rock, psych-rock, country-rock, blues-rock. free. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Babe Pino Band. classic blues w/ HiFi Ward, Scott Marshall, George Dellomo, and Mr Pino himself! 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Dancing Pig Restaurant, 48 W Wrentham Road, Cumberland. 401-658-5151. Brian and the Captain. No cover. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Jokerz Wylde W/ Cougar Bait, Lesser Known Contender, & Breathing The Void. Mullethead had to postpone their show for this night until Feb 18th &7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic.com. Linda Dagnello/Pamela Hines Quintet. free. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil Ric Porter is a local legend already. He has nothing to prove. As a founding member of the legendary Zonkaraz, Ric has a pedigree that is hard to beat. Even though Zonkaraz still occasionally comes back for another encore show, Ric recently decided that at this point in his life, he has more to say musically. And so Sons of the Soil was born. 8:30-11:59 p.m. Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grille, 377 Stetson Road, Barre. 978-355-2224. 1 Oughta 9. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. The Chris Piquette Band & John Brandoli Opener @ Black Moon Belchertown. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Black Moon Music Lounge, State St., Belchertown. 413-271-0609 or FindNEWentertainment.com. After Affect. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Auntie Trainwreck. We’ll be playing all your favorite Classic Rock, Blues, New Country and Alt Rock favorites all night long, and

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>Monday 24 Drftin’ Sam Politz at 7pm; Karaoke 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. The German State Philharmonic Orchestra, with Philippe Entremont, Conductor & Pianist, with Sebastian Knauer, Pianist. From Mannheim and Ludwigshafen in Germany, The German State Philharmonic is the musical voice of the Rheinland region. Touring the U.S. for the first time this year, the orchestra’s performance will feature Philippe Entremont, world-renowned piano soloist and conductor, and Germany’s acclaimed pianist Sebastian Knauer, together performing Mozart’s Concerto for 2 Pianos. Philippe Entremont has directed the greatest symphony orchestras of the world and, as a pianist, is one of the most recorded artists of all time. Free pre-concert talk at 7PM. $46, $43, students $20/at door $15. 8-10:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-754-3231 or musicworcester.org.

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GIG POSTER OF THE WEEK Oh Look! A free place to run your next band/gig/event flyer! Don’t let this sweet spot get away - send your high resolution file to doreen@worcestermagazine.com at least 10 days before your show. as always at the Kasbar, there’s NO COVER! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385. Backseat Lover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Chris Brunelle. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Dave Harrington & Matt Babineau. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. DJ Wicked D from The Perfect Mix. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. dubble d & the kauas junkies. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Novelty Act!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. The Stone Clovers, The Granitemen and Songs for Ceilidh. A Celtic Music fest in the middle of Winter is scheduled for this night, with three of Worcesters top Celtic-influenced performers. Do not miss this special event ! 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grey Hound Pub (An Cu Liath), 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100. The TickleBomb Orchestra, Ellis Ashbrook, Hard No.9, and The Mad Cowboy! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Trantrum Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or blu-nightclub.com. Under Pressure. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Wild Mountain Strategy with Bakers Union. 9 p.m.1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Ed McCaron. Sing along to all of your favorites with Ed McCaron on piano! 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Roberta & The Issues. Worcester based cover band playing your favorite classic rock/top 40/and funky hits. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fitzpatrick’s Pub, 1145 Park Ave., Cranston, RI. 401-943-8368. Girl Howdy. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Sunday 23 Only At Night, Mirrors, Swimming In Seaweed, Sense of Composure. $8. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508304-8133. Traditional Irish Seisiun. 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Bobby Gadoury Trio 5pm, then Andy Cummings 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. Lori Diamond’s voice is lush and alluring, and her lyrics dare to visit some of the most secluded tide pools of the human heart. It’s a combination that continues to make listening to her music a profound journey -- one that Lori hopes will forge a real bond between herself and her audience. Fred Abatelli has played in many different venues performing original compositions, rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, R&B as well as played on numerous recording sessions. Locally, Fred is a founding member of the band “Too Many Drivers”, a long time member of the popular 10 piece R&B/Motown cover band “Biggs Band” and “The DB Wilfred Band”. Presently, he is the dedicated ‘wingman’ of Lori Diamond. 5-8 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-365-2043 or soundsofwachusett.com/calendar.html. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. bigjonshort.com 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Live Piano Night Monthly. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MB Lounge, 40 Grafton St. 508-799-4521. Miars, Shoney Lamar & The Equal Rights, and Ashlands Attic!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running REGGAE night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s

Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!. MySpace.com/OpenMicWorld 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Northboro Area Community Chorus. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. nacc/ net. “Totally Tuesdays” Spinnin Rad Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. 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. bigjonshort.com no cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey.com. Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau & John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or terrybmusic.com. Bass Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays. Every Tuesday Bass Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or fusionworcester.com.

>Wednesday 26 Open Mic Night at Beatnik’s with Bill McCarthy. Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or MySpace. com/OpenMicWorld. Sam James. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. FLASH - 16+ Electro-Dance Party!. Umbrella Gallery & Free Idea Clothing bring you FLASH 16+ Electro-Pop/Hip-Hop Dance Parties every Wednesday night from 8:30-12:00! $7. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Umbrella Gallery, 639 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-7079684 or find them on facebook.

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by Frances Kornbluth and Erik Sandberg-Diment, Dec. 3 - Jan. 21. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org Booklovers’ Gourmet, Any THING Goes! Photo Exhibit by Bette LaHair, Through Jan. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or er3.com/book EcoTarium, Be the Bear (with Kenda update) through Jan. 30; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, through Dec. 31. 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 ecotarium.org. Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or higgins.org Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Beauty In Excess on Display, Through Aug. 31. Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or massaudubon.org. Museum of Russian Icons, Treasures from Moscow: Icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum, Oct. 23 - July 25. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org Old Sturbridge Village, Dinner in a Country Village, Saturdays, through March 26; Native American Winter Traditions, Saturday - Sunday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3

free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or osv.org Westboro Gallery, “Transformations”-Westboro Gallery Opening by Shari Fox, Through Feb. 7. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or westborogallery.com Worcester Art Museum, Edouard Manet’s The Dead Toreador, Sept. 25 - March 31; Goya and the Bullfight, Dec. 18 - April 17; Place as Idea, Oct. 9 - Feb. 13; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, Sept. 12 - May 22. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or worcesterart.org WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15. 100 Institute Road. wpi.edu.

poetry >Friday 21 Worcester Youth & Clark “UNIFIED” Poetry Slam #5. 7pm Sign-up & Brief Spoken Word Poetry Showcase 7:30pm - WORCESTER YOUTH POETRY SLAM #5 - next to last opportunity for local area teens (aged 13-19) to compete for a chance to earn points for the 2011 Worcester Youth Team Finals in March. Poets must sign up at 7pm, perform 2 original poems of their own creation. They have 3 and a half minutes to do so. No props, musical accompaniment or costumes. 5 judges will award scores. Highest three cumulative scores, earn points towards being invited to the finals event. 8:30pm: guest Write Bloody Publishing Author, Boston Poetry Slam Veteran and Pushcart Prize Nominated Poet Brian S. Ellis. 9pm - Clark University Poetry Slam: 2 Rounds. Same rules apply, except for 3 minute time limit. Open to Clark University Students and Employees. * Clark Students who also fall under the age of 19 can participate in both poetry slams, but cannot repeat poems throughout the evening. Hosted by Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Director Alex Charalambides.. $5 Suggested Donation. 7-10 p.m. Clark University: Higgins University Center, The Grind Performance Space, 950 Main St. worcesteryouthslam.com.

>Saturday 22 Barnes & Noble Poetry Reading. Poet and Editor, Jenith Charpentier, former assistant editor and now editor of the Ballard Street Poetry Journal, writes whenever and wherever she can. A participant in Shakti Women’s Writing Pact and The Writer’s Workshop with Jim Beschta at Worcester Art Museum, Charpentier also took second place in the 2007 Worcester Magazine Poetry Contest. Open mic precedes the feature and the evening is hosted by Carle Johnson. free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/Worcester, In the stacks, 541 D Lincoln St. 508-479-7574 or wcpa.homestead.com.

>Sunday 23 The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or poetry slam. This week we welcome Mesa, AZ slammer Brit Shostak to our stage. Brit is in a constant battle for balance. She spends most days trying to read as much as she writes, be as creative as the things that inspire her, and love as much as she is loved. She is a life-long four-eyes, who sings in the shower, and enjoys riding her bike to an almost unhealthy degree. A self-confessed bibliophile, who collects dead bugs, with a keen sense of deja-vu. She is a dandelion seed looking for a place to plant herself. A member of the 2009 and 2010 Mesa National Slam Poetry Team and the 2009 Mesa Individual World Poetry Slam representative. poetsasylum.org. 7-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012.

>Monday 24 The Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show. Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Visual Artists, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis & Alex Charalambides. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra! Check the dirtygerund.com website for a link! $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com.

sports >Thursday 20 WSU Ice Hockey vs. Framingham State. FREE. 5:307:30 p.m. Daniel S. Horgan Memorial Skating Rink, 400 Oxford St. North, Auburn. 508-929-8730.

>Saturday 22 WSU Ice Hockey vs. UMass Dartmouth. FREE. 4:306:30 p.m. Daniel S. Horgan Memorial Skating Rink, 400 Oxford St. North, Auburn. 508-929-8730. Worcester Sharks vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers!. Ice Cats Night - A Tribute to Worcester Hockey! Scratch Bobblehead Giveaway! Hudson Vs. Marlboro H.S. Hockey Doubleheader Family Fun Pack available - 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, one low price - $69! 7-11 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800.

>Sunday 23 Worcester Sharks vs. Portland Pirates!. Sharks on-ice Wedding! $5 Kids Sundays presented by Papa Gino’s when you purchase at least one adult ticket! FREE Large pizza with each purchase. 3-7 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800.

>Tuesday 25 WSU Women’s Basketball vs. Salem State. livestats. prestosports.com… FREE. 6-8 p.m. Worcester State University, Gymnasium, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8730. WSU Men’s Basketball vs. Salem State. livestats. prestosports.com. FREE. 8-10 p.m. Worcester State University, Gymnasium, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8730.

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Gardner. Call 978-632-2403 or visit theatre.mwcc.edu. Comedy at Firefly’s BBQ w/ Dave Russo - Saturday, January 22. Dave Russo (recipient of the Boston Comedy Festival’s “Best New Comic” award, host of NESN’s Dirty Water TV, “The Wicked Funny Comedy Tour”), Mark Scalia and Chris Dimitrakopoulos. Showtime 9 p.m. show. Tickets $15. For reservations, call (508) 357-8883. $15. 9-11 p.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. Call 508-357-8883. Comedy Night hosted by Jeff Landry - Wednesday, January 26. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. Call 508-7529439.

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>Friday 21 Yoga Play Days Workshop with Flowforms Yoga Staff. An open, playful yoga practice for children 0 - 3 years of age and their caregivers of all ages (moms, dads & grandparents everyone is welcome!) 60 Minutes. Yoga Play Days are open to the community on a “pay what you can” basis, and accept payment by donation as well as by Flowforms Yoga class pass.. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Flowforms Yoga Center, 195 Lake Ave. 508-752-4700 or flowformsyoga.com.

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>Sunday 23 Witness a Live Vocal Audition Workshop. Witness a Live Vocal Audition with students from the Voice Studio of Jane Shivick, soprano. Watch how auditioners and judges interact with one another and what the expectations are for Broadway & classical singers of the 21st century. Olga Rogach will be the official accompanist. $10 per person. 2-4 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Briarwood Circle. janeshivick.com. Wachusett: Boston’s Quest for Water in Central Mass.. Eamon McCarthy Earls, author of Wachusett: How Boston’s 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life, will provide a slide show and informal lecture explaining the origins of the Wachusett Reservoir project in the Worcester County towns of Clinton, Sterling, Boylston, and West Boylston; the technical details of the dam, reservoir, and aqueduct construction, the impact on local communities, the reservoir’s connection to Worcester, and stories about the workers who endured difficult and dangerous conditions to complete the project. Free.. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655.

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foundation in the basics. $50pp. 5-6 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com. Musicality in your Latin Dances. In this 8 week progressive class we will explore the different qualities in Latin music and how they can help you improve your dancing. $75pp. 8-9 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or psmdance.com.

>Friday 21 LATIN Dance Lounge. Dance to Latin, Swing & Hustle music. All-levels EC SWING Lesson. $15pp. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com. WC Swing Classes (Int). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance. Brought to Hollywood by Dean Collins, a famous movie dancer and choreographer, this dance soon became popular in California nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s. $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.

>Saturday 22 single’s dance. If you are single and looking for a great way to meet others who love to dance, then this is the place to be. Complimentary coffee and pastry from 8 - 10. Ample free parking. Casual dressy attire. (leave the jeans at home) Sounds by Rich is our new dj. He is fabulous. This is just a great night for single people to go out and dance up a storm while meeting other single people. $10. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Scandinavian Athletic Club (SAC PARK), 438 Lake St., Shrewsbury. 508-798-5755.

>Sunday 23 Dance2Swing Mr Nicks Dirty Tricks Band Swingin Sunday’s. 6:30pm Beginner Friendly Group Swing Dance Lesson 7:30pm MR Nicks and the Dirty Tricks & DJ AlanHep2theJive http://dance2swing.com Coming Feb.13th Eight To The Bar Valentines Day Pizza Dance Party $12. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or dance2swing.com.

Chi Kung Class. Chi Kung is a vast system of Tai Chi like moves that are excellent for physical, emotional and mental health. Sometimes referred to as Taoist yoga, this ancient, time tested system’s benefits are now being scientifically proven. Some benefits include improved balance and flexibility, greater sense of calm, lowered blood pressure, positive effects on arthritis and diabetes, aids in healing injuries, and even slowing the aging process.. Contact Steve or Shirley Chalmers at (508) 885-0308 or s1chalmers@aol.com $32 for four weeks. 5:30-6:30 a.m. Chalmers, 117 Main St., Spencer. 508-885-0308. Worcester Life Drawing Workshops. The Worcester Life Drawing Group has moved its workshops from Worcester State College to the studios of the Worcester Art Museum School starting January 24, 2011. 10 workshops for $80. Drop-ins for $9. ea.. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA. 508-783-4333.

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Casting and Wax Working. The casting process offers vast possibilities for creating three-dimensional works in metal that would otherwise be difficult to fabricate. This class will focus on the practical methods of casting metals, from design to finishing. $389 Studio Fee: $25. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or worcestercraftcenter.org.

dance >Thursday 20 Jr. Youth Latin Classes (Beg). Youth Classes focus on the upbeat Latin & Swing dances. Classes cover step patterns, partnering, posture, dancing on beat and developing a solid

Salsa/Hustle Classes (Int-Adv). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during each 4 beats. The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa dancing is always sassy, sexy, and fun! Also, leave the Hustle. $50pp. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com. Master Class: Smooth Technique. Join other singles and couples as you explore a variety of patterns in the Smooth Style dances. Emphasis will be on technique and partnering connection. $50pp. 8-9 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com. WC Swing Classes (Int-Adv). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance.. $50pp. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com .


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TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from: Gerald Decaire, Trustee, 63 Uxbridge Rd., Sutton, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: minimum lot frontage for the purpose of dividing property at Map 46, Lots 22 & 25 Lincoln Ave. Extension, Millbury, MA and constructing house on Lot 1. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 1/13 & 1/20/2011

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Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provision of M.G.L. c.255, sec. 39A that on February 12, 2011 at 10:00 am, the following vehicles will be sold at private sale to satisfy our garage keeper lien thereon for towing and storage charges and expenses of sale and notices. Vehicle 1986 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO VIN# 1G1GZ37GXGR174293 Vehicle 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VIN# 1Z37J3S430528 Vehicle 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VIN# 1Z37J3S412202 To be sold at Belsito Towing, 245 SW Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604 1/20, 1/27, 2/3/11

TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 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 and Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on February 3, 2011 at 7:30pm on the petition of Bertha Eaton. The petitioner requests two (2) special permits in accordance with III(A)(4)(E) (1) and (G)(2) of the zoning bylaws in order to do business as a wholesale / retail candy manufacturer and wholesale/retail Bakery. Additionally the petitioner requests a site plan review to include the potential use of professional office space for physical/ massage therapy. The property that is the subject of this petition is known as 140 Worcester Providence Turnpike on Assessors Map #10, Parcel # 84. The property is located in the B-2 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 these petitions should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk 1/20 & 1/27/2011

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All Bids should be delivered to: Worcester Housing Authority, Facilities Management and Planning, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01606, ATTN: Fred Paris and received no later than the date & time specified above. General bids and sub-bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at www.biddocsonline. com (may be viewed online and hard copy requested). There is a plan deposit of $ 50 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to the Awarding Authority. Deposits must be a certified or cashier’s check, or money order. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders and for one set for sub-bidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Additional sets may be purchased for $ 50 Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 40 per set for UPS Ground (or $ 65 per set for UPS Overnight), payable to BidDocs ONLINE, Inc., to cover mail handling costs. Remove or Revise the Following Paragraph When Appropriate General bidders must agree to contract with minority and women-owned businesses as certified by the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA). The amount of participation which shall be reserved for such enterprises shall not be less than seventeen (17%) percent of the final contract price, including accepted alternates, of which at least twelve (12%) percent shall be for minority business enterprises and five (5%) percent shall be reserved for women-owned business enterprises. A pre-bid conference will be held on site between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. on January 26, 2011. The Contract Documents may be seen in person or by electronic media at: Project Dog 18 Graf Road Suite #8 Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 499-9014

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Jeanette Mesite Frem

JEANETTE MESITE FREM IS THE CO FOUNDER AND OWNER OF MOTHERS & COMPANY (MOCO) IN WEST BOYLSTON. KNOWN AROUND THE OFFICE AS THE EXECUTIVE MOMMA, SHE IS ALSO A CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, WHICH IS HOW THE IDEA TO CREATE A MATERNITY AND PARENTING EDUCATIONAL CENTER WAS BORN.

Why was Mothers and Company ďŹ rst established? As a mother, childbirth

educator, birth doula and breastfeeding counselor, I hear repeatedly from parents and parents-to-be that they wished there was a place to go to get fitted for nursing bras, get breastfeeding support or a place to meet other new parents. Many were also in search of natural childbirth classes and support around that. Several of my colleagues and I were talking about this one day and decided that we should make it happen!

things! Mothers & Company is a maternity and parenting place. Our classes, services and shop address the full circle of maternity and parenting in a way that encourages the natural process, informed decision-making and

community-building. We offer many free and low-fee classes and groups as well as registration based classes. We also have a comfortable and welcoming shop that offers a wide variety of all products like breastpumps, nursing bras, cloth diapers, baby carriers, toys and much more.

Did we hear that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re branching out into offering services elsewhere in Central Massachusetts? That rumor is true! We are thrilled to announce the big news that we will be offering a number of support groups and classes outside of our center! Satellite offerings will be available in Worcester, Northborough, Princeton and Sturbridge. Stay tuned for detailsâ&#x20AC;Ś

What sort of support network do you offer families in our area? With about

How have you seen parenting styles evolve since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been open? I have

40 support groups or free events per month, we offer support for everyone who is involved in the parenting process. We have specific groups for new moms, breastfeeding support, working moms, single moms, dads, GLBT families and are always adding more.

to say that I have seen a big shift. Things that were once considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;crunchy,â&#x20AC;? like cloth diapering and babywearing, have become much more mainstream. Parents are realizing more now that wearing their baby is simply more comfortable and that cloth diapering saves them thousands of dollars. We have seen a big increase in attendance at our free cloth diapering workshops. And moms, dads and even grandparents come to MoCo for child carriers that work with their lifestyle.

What sort of classes are you getting ready to begin this January? We

Is MoCo a store? A school? A community center for moms? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of those

what they all have in commonâ&#x20AC;ŚOne of our newer offerings, Floor Play: Developing Babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skills, has also been popularâ&#x20AC;ŚWe also offer a similar class for special needs children (up to 18 months or so) designed to assist the parents in learning how to foster their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development in the areas of cognition, movement, language and sensory awareness.

are excited to announce YogaKids, a class filled with child-friendly yoga poses, cooperative games and breathing exercises that build body awareness, coordination, flexibility, and confidence. We are also welcoming back some of our most sought-after workshops like Positive Discipline and Adventures in Toileting.

What has been your most popular class to date? Our New Moms Group, the very first group we offered when we started in early 2007, has always been popular. New moms from all walks of life can come together and talk about

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