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or those of our community born into silence, the lack of noise isn’t anything to miss – having never been there in the first place. Here in the Worcester area, there are many who are fully active in our society and do so without hearing a thing, and most of us may not even be aware of their lack of hearing. As we learn from C. Kelleher Harris’ cover story A silent partnership, those who are Deaf do not consider themselves disabled. Fully functioning, with a host of services at their disposal from worship services to university classes, being Deaf only means one thing – you can’t hear. Taking a glimpse into this fragment of our community may offer you a new perspective on what it means to be Deaf. Bottom line, it all comes down to respect. —Doreen Manning | Editor

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Creative finances Report offers new idea for doling out local aid Jeremy Shulkin

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Force comprised of “leaders from the business sector, nonprofit community, unions, municipal government, state government, and academia,” outlined how local-aid cuts impact cities. The report’s summary stated: “The cuts to local aid, in combination with a lack of other local revenue sources, have resulted in municipalities’ increased dependence on property taxes. Ultimately, these long-term trends mean that we have fewer employees filling potholes, picking up trash, or plowing snow – basic quality-of-life services that all citizens expect their communities to provide.” A December 2010 report released by economists at the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston backs up the 2005 study; and senior economist Bo Zhao says there’s a way to reformulate the distribution of local aid to benefit municipalities that need it most. “The same percent is cut, but it

means different things to different communities,” notes Zhao, explaining that an “even” distribution of money doesn’t necessarily translate to a fair distribution. For example, cities like Worcester, Springfield and Lawrence more heavily rely on state aid than places like Wellesley or Hingham because of factors ranging from the cost of educating public-school students to property-tax values. Zhao and co-writer David Coyne argue that the process of distributing unrestricted local aid needs to change – something that hasn’t been done for 20 years. The report calls for a new way to measure a municipality’s need for assistance. Called the “municipal gap,” it aggregates the “uncontrollable social and economic characteristics” of an area by looking at jobs per capita, the unemployment rate, the population at or below the poverty level, and the

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n January 21, Governor Deval Patrick announced in an address to the Massachusetts Municipal Association that his fiscal year 2012 budget proposed a local-aid cut of $65 million, earmarking only $834 million of unrestricted money for the state’s 351 cities and towns. This downward trend in municipal funding represents a 31 percent cut in local aid, when compared to 2008, when the state gave out $1.31 billion. Even with his proposed $140-million school-aid increase, the local-aid reduction impedes a city’s flexibility to use state-doled money as a stop gap in underfunded departments or to boost services. For a city like Worcester, which has already lost $14.7 million to localaid cuts in FY 2009 to FY 2010, further cuts in will have a devastating effect. A 2005 report, “Communities at Risk,” by the Municipal Finance Task

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Hanover hosts Jerry Newby memorial service for the former actor who made Worcester his postBroadway home. The show must go on, we suppose. +1 Governor Patrick proposes costsaving health care measures for strapped municipalities. Now it’s up to the legislature. +1 Fallon Community Health Plan donates $170,000 statewide, which included eight hunger relief charities and organizations in Worcester. +1

City says 95 percent of 2012 revenue already allocated for health-care costs

Drug, gun, home invasion Jeremy Shulkin charges. Maybe we need another cold spell to keep everyone inside for ising health-care costs and the a bit. -3 statute under the new federal Goddard School of Science and Technology reprimanded by the state, loses 2010 MCAS scores. The next worry? That not enough information will come out about what happened. -3 More at Meadow Lane: residents have found a lawyer and the city council tries to find an exemption to the law requires them to shovel disputed sidewalks. +2 This week: -4 Last week: -2 Year to date: -2

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health-care bill that allows 26 year olds coverage under their parents’ plans have combined to take up 95 percent of the city’s anticipated increased revenue for fiscal year 2012. In a letter sent to the city council, City Manager Michael O’Brien announced that city-employee healthcare costs will rise 13 percent for the next year, or the equivalent of $9.5 million. He also projects that the number will take up 25 percent of the city’s 2020 budget. “I must be candid that employee health-care costs will continue to create enormous challenges for both the city and Worcester Public Schools as we move into the next budget cycle and for the foreseeable future,” he wrote. “Deep staffing cuts are looming for FY12 and we must focus on our greatest

cost centers – wages and benefits – to further prevent these losses.” But at a time where health insurance rates aren’t decreasing, retirees are living longer and baby boomers are retiring, stemming the tide proves difficult, which is why a number of municipal leaders have looked to join the state’s insurance coverage, called the Group Insurance Commission (GIC). The GIC, a quasi-independent state agency, covers employees of the commonwealth and gives the state government some authority in changing insurance policy deductibles and premium payments — tweaks that can add up to significant cost savings. “This option would give the city the ability to make business decisions in line with current economic conditions,” wrote O’Brien, adding “for example, the state made a mid-year plan design change in FY10 in reaction to its budget crisis by adding a deductible to its conventional plans.” O’Brien estimates that if the

city was to make that same change, $4 million allocated to health-care plans could move toward other services. Under the GIC or similar unit, O’Brien’s administration would be able to set health-insurance co-pay or deductible rates yearly. Currently however, all city employees and retirees have either Blue Cross or Fallon as health care providers, which the city has no control over. While the city has saved more than $100 million between fiscal years 2006 to 2010, according to an O’Brien memo from last February, through bargaining with some municipal unions to contribute 25 percent of their health care to moving city retirees into a federal Medicare program (Section 18). Only the police officials (IBPO) and the teachers unions (EAW) have not agreed to the 75/25 contribution rate. But some wonder if those moves are translating into employee savings.

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population density. The municipal gap is different than a budget gap, which is caused by controllable factors, such as spending. “It does not reward wasteful spending or punish efficient management,” reads a line from the brief. “A higher gap means a higher need for state aid,” says Zhao. The city’s payment-in-lieu-of-taxes crowd would agree with at least some of the report’s measurements. Cities like Worcester, Cambridge and Boston could argue their need for higher

“The current unrestricted aid is not close to municipal gap,” says Zhao. “Two cities with similar gaps receive very different amounts of unrestricted state aid. A discrepancy that cannot be explained.” The report shows that one community with a $1,200 municipal gap per capita received $150 per capita for state aid in FY 2011 – the same amount as another community that only had a $300 per head municipal gap. Zhang calls this “a reasonable, economically sound, justifiable distribution of municipal aid,” but the

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levels of state aid because they have higher numbers of colleges, nonprofits and hospitals – all of which take up resources without paying taxes. Cities with high poverty rates could make a claim for more state aid because more municipal services are required to care for impoverished populations, Zhao offers. Same for cities with a large number of commuters – an influx of people during the day costs municipalities money, but commuters don’t contribute because their property taxes go elsewhere. Smaller towns can claim a need for more aid too, as they often have large municipal gaps due to lower taxable property values and income, resulting in lower municipal capacity, the brief says. By calculating each municipal gap for all 351 communities, the writers found that what a locality needed wasn’t matched by their aid numbers. In fact, often the opposite was true.

state legislature poses a huge obstacle in changing how the money is doled – after all, why would a representative from a municipality with a small gap vote in favor of reducing the amount of money his constituents receive? Nevertheless, Zhang believes the largest municipalities and neediest rural communities are cash strapped enough to push through the legislation, and offers a way to increase aid without cutting into local-aid levels other cities or towns already receive. By using new funds allocated to the municipalaid pool, Zhang and Coyne write, “current aid would be held harmless…no community would lose aid.” While this theory has been kicked around for at least half a decade, the state might just be financially strapped enough to put a new model in place. Worcester will be watching closely, as the city could recoup millions of dollars.


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IBPO Local 504 president Donald Cummings says many of these costsaving measures could just be costshuffling, giving employees higher contribution rates and making them pay more out-of-pocket. He says the city’s move to place city retirees on federal Medicare via section 18 did just that. “What should be looked at is what the doctors and hospitals are already charging,” says Cummings. “The employee needs that information.” Negotiations started again last month, but union contribution rates are key. In order to join the GIC, a municipality had to have at least 70 percent of its union members paying 25 percent of their health coverage – a number that won’t happen in Worcester without the EAW on board. Nothing is certain yet. The bill will still have to pass votes in an overwhelmingly democratic and union-backed statehouse, and because Worcester has already enacted section 18 – another component of the bill – officials here are in wait-and-see mode. The issue came up at Tuesday night’s

city council meeting. District 3 councilor Paul Clancy noted that in 2000 8 percent of the budget went towards employee health care costs, but a decade later and with smaller workforce, the cost has doubled. “In the years that are coming it’s not going to be 25 percent,” he explained. “There’s going to be discussion at some point on this council floor within the next five years that that percentage should be higher.” Clancy brought up that 25 percent of the budget by 2020 could go toward paying employee insurance. “We just simply cannot sustain it.” At-Large councilor Mike Germain warned about relying too much on the GIC. “It may be something that’s a quick fix today but it may be a problem four and five and six years down the road.” Germain said the GIC may not offer what local insurers would offer. “What people aren’t talking about with the GIC are the actual benefits. Not how much you’re paying for the benefits, but what are you paying for? What are you getting? And that’s where the GIC is different from what we offer our employees.”

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{ citydesk } Books don’t close on Goddard School School-committee members motion for further investigation Jeremy Shulkin

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ess than a week after the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invalidated the Goddard School of Science and Technology 2010 MCAS scores because of “inappropriate coaching,” three school-committee members want to make sure that just because the state’s punishment wasn’t harsh, that doesn’t mean the incident should be swept under the rug. In a press release sent out by Dianna Biancheria, Brian O’Connell and Tracy O’Connell Novick on Monday, January 24, the group wrote that they “request that a prompt, comprehensive, aggressive, impartial and meticulous investigation take place as to the circumstances at the school which led to the invalidation of the 2010 MCAS results.” In other words, they disagree with the idea that no further inquiry is needed.

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The state already ruled that the district will be in charge of administering the 2011 MCAS at Goddard next year and all WPS principals and central-office administrators will have to go through a state MCAS Administration Security Procedures Training Session. Privately there has been concern that because the state’s investigation, which Boone aided, is done, that means there will be nothing further done on the district level. O’Connell says it’s too early to tell what the district’s plan is yet. “It’s still early, of course,” he says, “I think (Boone) is still taking in information.” Boone’s office did not return a Worcester Mag phone call. But O’Connell adds that an impartial investigation would be in the best interest of the school, not only so the district knows what went wrong but also to clarify the guidelines. “I hope we can isolate the source

That sentiment is echoed in the press of where the problem took place,” he release: “We believe that a thorough suggests. “In the end it will be very investigation will isolate the source of protective of the school.” the irregularity, thus reinforcing the “A school like Goddard – like so many schools – relies on public caliber and quality of the many staff members and school leaders who were support,” he says, noting that it’s important to also reveal the “integrity in not involved…This will, in effect, make public and visible whatever underlying [its] operations.” issues need to be addressed.” Novick’s response questioned the reasoning for throwing out every test, The motion will be up for vote at the Thursday, February 3, schooland would like to see the investigation committee meeting. O’Connell says he’s clear those who followed the rules. “optimistic” that a fourth vote necessary “I think that tossing the grades of from another committee member to spur every single MCAS at Goddard means we’ve accepted that every teacher didn’t the investigation will come forward. follow the rules,” she wrote on her blog. “I don’t.” She continued, D A M N E D LI E S and STATISTICS “Contrary to looking for ‘heads to roll,’ I’m hoping that we stop tarring an entire school based on the actions of some, and then fix the problem at its source.” persons with hearing loss are under 18. — Deaf Action Center, Texas

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MOVIN’ ON UP:

Committee assignments for the new legislative session were handed out, and Worcester’s two state senators are rising. Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) who will serve on the Committee on Steering and Policy, is the vicechair of Public Health and has been named Assistant Majority Whip. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) has been appointed to Post Audit and Oversight, Ways and Means, the vice-chair of Public Safety and the chairman of Higher Education. Here’s how you can tell Moore’s moving up the ranks: aside from his appointment as chairman, he made all the subcommittees that he requested. Both Worcester senators are in powerful positions with strong influence over policy. With Chandler on Steering and Policy and Moore on Ways and Means, both will act as gatekeepers for new legislation. As assistant whip, Chandler will be in charge of working with the senate leadership team on keeping the senate informed on upcoming debates and working on keeping the Democrats unified. As chair of Higher Education, Moore was quick to find a Worcester hook – pointing out that Gateway Park and the Becker video games incubator are ways he can combine education with local job growth.

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RADIO RADIO: Worcester’s National Public Radio affiliate WICN (90.5) has lost general manager Audrey Hall following a board of directors meeting on January 20. Hall had been GM at the station for nearly two years. Rumor has it, this was not an amicable departure – there’s been no announcement, and Hall’s name has been scrubbed from the station’s Web site. Board president Tom Lucci has reportedly stepped in to fill the position. Hall should be familiar with these kinds of politics: she’s a Framingham Town Meeting member and head of its Ways and Means subcommittee. As of press time, no one involved could be reached. That’s not the only shake up in the area – it appears that WTAG’s Sherman Whitman is no longer reading the news for the station, and there were plenty of condolences on his Facebook page.

FAREWELL, JULIE:

Tuesday night’s council meeting was the last for departing Assistant City Manager Julie Jacobson, who will be leaving to take the town manager position in Auburn. As City Manager Michael O’Brien and the city councilors praised her 21-year career in Worcester, District 2 Councilor Phil Palmieri joked about how Worcester has rubbed off on her business savvy. After saying he was “thrilled” for her new opportunity, he joked about her bargaining skills. “Obviously she knows how to negotiate. It didn’t take just one day for them to resolve her contract,” he quipped. “It certainly had Worcester all over (it), in how the contract was negotiated.”

BIG FISH: Worcester Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, who’s following up his stellar 20092010 season with another excellent year for the local hockey team, has been called up to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, the team’s professional affiliate. While hockey fans know Stalock from his work on the ice, other locals may know him better for wearing the W6 tribute helmet in multiple games between November and December of 2009 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Cold Storage Fire. The helmet was later signed by Stalock and auctioned off online, raising money for the Worcester Fire Scholarship Program and Shriners Hospitals burn units.

AWKWARD DATE: Senators and U.S. Representatives decided to switch up the seating arrangement for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, electing to sit Democrats and Republicans amongst each other. The Boston Globe tracked down a few politicians of note to see who they’d neighbor. Senator Scott Brown sat with Delaware Democratic Sen. Thomas Carper while Springfield congressman Richard Neal and Tennessee Republican Jim Duncan were buddies for the night. Local representative Jim McGovern had no offical date, but sat near Peter King (R-New York). Before finding him, McGovern told the Globe on Tuesday that he sought out Missouri’s Jo Ann Emerson, but she couldn’t make the speech because of an injury. “As of right now, I don’t yet have a date to the prom … I’m available, though. I feel like I’m back in high school,” he told the paper. BAD PRESS, AGAIN: In last week’s Worcesteria column we erroneously referred to Worcester Police Lieutenant Jane McGrath as “former Lieutenant.” We were quickly reminded that that she’s still on the police force and plans to be there for a long time. Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or e-mail it to jshulkin@worcestermag.com. If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time, follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.

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he Internet provides us with so many wonderful ways to express ourselves – too bad the computer doesn’t have a “THINK IT OVER BEFORE YOU HIT SEND” key. It’s human nature to form opinions, and the more sensational the tidbit, the more likely we are to jump to conclusions. Unfortunately the speed with which we can respond to news items makes us more likely to set tongues clucking and fingers flying in the wrong direction. I refer to the recent flap regarding the Goddard School, where teachers have been accused of “coaching” children through the MCAS test. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) tossed out the elementary school’s scores when evidence of improper testing procedures was determined. “Cheating is cheating is cheating. Superintendent Boone should resign if she can’t understand this, and the Goddard school should be shut down.” This is one of the comments posted on Telegram. com following the daily paper’s coverage of the DESE decision. The reader, named “Questioning,” had hot fingers on the keyboard, letting it fly with an “Off

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with their heads!” approach to the situation. I’ve got a little bit of advice for the writer: Hey, Questioning! Slow down! Questioning doesn’t know exactly what happened. Neither do I, but I can imagine one or two scenarios where the appearance of “coaching” might occur; I’ve been around longer than that blasted test has been with us, and I’ve never seen a teacher cheat — not as an instructional assistant, and not as a licensed teacher. Does Questioning know anything about special education? If not, perhaps he or she should bone up on just what an Individual Education Plan can cover. I’ve proctored kids with specific accommodations. I have to assume that the DESE has investigated if SPED students were involved in this mess, but I don’t think many people understand the range of adaptations available for children with special needs. Over the years, I’ve had to read and scribe for students whose plans called for such measures. There are few things as frustrating – even heart-breaking – as reading and scribing. Imagine sitting with a child who is struggling mightily to make himself understood, a child who knows that MCAS testing is very serious stuff. It is

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your job to read clearly the directions, the passage and the questions, without explaining or defining any words that might stymie a student. There are few moments in my career when I’ve felt more helpless than when a child said: “Miss! I don’t know what that word means,” and my reply was: “I can’t help you with it. Do your best.” It goes against the grain of any educator to deny a student the help they need, but there’s no wiggle room here. Scribing involves writing the answers exactly as a child dictates them, without correcting spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. The scriber must keep a check on his or her reactions to the answer, both verbal and physical. In an instance like this, a frown might be seen as “coaching.” Think it’s easy? Try not to react when a child gives an answer that is completely and utterly wrong; it’s a feat worthy of an Oscar, trust me. If I were to quit teaching tomorrow, I would forever carry with me the memories of two children who broke my heart with their earnest efforts against the odds. The first instance involved a boy named Shane, whose IEP (Individualised Education Program) called for both reading and scribing. An Alabama transplant whose life had been one instance of upheaval and turmoil after another, Shane was a rumored gang member; he missed a day of testing due to a bullet grazing his ankle two days earlier. When we sat down to read, he listened as intently as any child I’ve ever read to, giving me every bit of his attention despite his discomfort. The passage I had to read? It was from “Jane Eyre,” and the characters were at the cotillion. The cotillion. The deck was stacked against him from the beginning, but he forged ahead. As for me, it took every ounce of self-control I had not to bang my head against the desk. And then there was Jose. Jose needed to be read to only, but his writing skills were poor. A combination of learning disabilities and spotty attendance due to incarceration for petty crimes didn’t sharpen those skills, despite tutoring. I watched as he carefully printed out the answers to questions that flew over his head. When he was done, he proudly handed me his pencil. I patted him on the back, bundled up his answer sheet and booklet and headed to the ladies’ room, where I cried like a baby for five or 10 minutes. Then I rinsed off my face, stepped back out into the corridor and brought Jose the orange juice I’d promised. I would never condone cheating, nor do I advocate for “coaching.” But to Questioning, I say: look before you leap. To quote Atticus Finch: “You never really understand a person…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Janice Harvey can be reached at editor@worcestermag.com


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Have we become weather wimps?

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system (like Medicare) and the MA legislature should study it as well. These skyrocketing health care costs affect everyone but seniors, for obvious reasons, more than other age groups. Preliminary census figures recently released show an increase in the number of poor people in the US. People over 65 showed the largest increase due to the rising cost of medical care and out-of-pocket expenses. I am not an expert but do know that giving municipal managers the ability to change health plan designs will not solve the problem. The Worcester City Council was elected to represent all the people of Worcester. This body should be sending clear signals to our state representatives to identify all the causes of MA exorbitant health costs and fix them. Governor Deval Patrick did a worthy job of capping the state insurers last year to no more than a 10% increase. This is a start but all contributing factors must be addressed by the state legislature to ensure that these increases, especially in the senior sector, do not continue.

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s a retired Worcester schoolteacher I have experienced a 539% increase in the cost of my health insurance in the last ten years. The cost of health insurance in MA has skyrocketed for everyone in MA. Indeed, our health care costs are 25% higher than any other state or country for that matter, according to AARP of MA. According to the Boston Globe, “the failure of the state’s insurers to hold down reimbursements to doctors and hospitals is the chief reason behind the skyrocketing increases in health costs.” The “silent handshake” between Blue Cross and Partners Healthcare in 2000, uncovered by the spotlight team of the Boston Globe, revealed that some physicians and hospitals are being paid twice or three times as much money as others for essentially the same patient care. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s report pointed to the market clout of the best-paid providers as a main driver of the state’s escalating health costs. The MA state legislature must address this problem along with other contributing factors to MA high health costs. Something is drastically wrong when Medicare pays 93 cents out of every health insurance dollar whereas health insurers pay approximately 80 cents of every dollar. The state of Vermont is now studying a single payer

Sandy Wade WHITINSVILLE

I hope not. If you live in New England you shouldn’t be, because this is expected, you know.

Vinh Ly WORCESTER

Absolutely not, we are just green wimps. It’s going to be cold today, cold tomorrow, then it will be 90 degrees come July and August, so this is New England and there are no wimps in New England.

Joe Erickson WORCESTER

Absolutely, absolutely. Look at my beard, it used to be black an hour ago. No I think we have, I think there is too much communication about the weather. It should be just basic communication.

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A silent partnership THE CULTURE OF WORCESTER’S DEAF COMMUNITY C. Kelleher Harris

Carl and Angela Calandra are like most parents. They care for their 8-yearold son, Dylan, and are concerned about his future. They do their best to nurture Dylan’s spiritual and emotional growth.

“Since he started school, there have been challenges,” Angela says. “Sometimes it’s tough,” Carl adds. “But he’s a normal, silly boy. It’s tough to get him to express himself. So I ask him [leading] questions. I don’t force him to understand, I lead him to understand.” Parents everywhere mirror the Calandra’s concerns and methods, the only difference is that when the Calandras

though most hearing people do not know ASL, most Deaf and hard of hearing are capable of going about their daily lives without trouble. “I have paper I write on, or I use my hands and [eventually] they get it,” Carl explains. Both Carl and Angela are employed at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. Angela uses her BlackBerry to communicate with business owners, customer-service representatives and service employees. Growing up as the only Deaf member of her family, Angela credits her mother with teaching her to take care of herself in a mostly hearing world. “When I was 17, my mother drove me to the dentist. I got out and she said, ‘Bye’,” Angela relates. “I said, ‘No, I want you to come with me!’ But she wanted me to be independent. Looking back, I thank

Professors John Pirone, Judy Freedman Fask, Director of Deaf Studies Program and Dr. Ying Li of the College of the Holy Cross “Well I don’t really consider myself disabled,” says Joan Phillip who works at the Center for Living and Working in Worcester. Phillip is Deaf and works with the Deaf and hard of hearing community to provide services from skills training to housing assistance. Regardless of how they view themselves, the Deaf and hard-of-hearing face the same tasks and challenges of everyday living as anyone else. Even • JANUARY 27, 2011

talk, discipline and worship with their son, nobody says a word. Carl, Angela and Dylan are all Deaf. They communicate by using American Sign Language (ASL). The Calandras are just three of the more than 546,000 Deaf and hard-ofhearing residents of the Commonwealth, and ASL is just one of more than 200 signed languages utilized across the globe.

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Despite a common thread of hearing loss and a shared language, the Deaf experience varies greatly from individual to individual. “Most Deaf and hard of hearing don’t view themselves as disabled,” says Paul Tracy, co-owner of Partners Interpreting. “They view themselves as able-bodied people.” Tracy and his partner Jenn Maloney offer interpreting services for the Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf/ blind at Worcester hospitals, businesses and schools. “[Interpreting] ensures effective communication,” Tracy says. “When you go to a hospital or school or as an employee, you should have effective communication. Does that mean that somebody has to stand next to you 24/7? No.”

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my mom. Now I know how to take care of things.” Spearheading many of the services offered to the Deaf and hard of hearing in Worcester is the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). According to Paulette Song, deputy communications director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts, the MCDHH offers a range of services including

case management, interpreter referrals, education and advocacy training, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS). Located on Main Street in Worcester, the MCDHH Central Massachusetts Office has been providing services for more than 23 years to Worcester’s Deaf community. But it has not been without its challenges. “Because the Deaf and hard of hearing are a minority population, there are accompanying challenges to finding enough qualified personnel to provide services for this population,” Song says. “An even greater challenge is educating the network of businesses and agencies that do provide service delivery about the necessity for culturally competent services.” Understanding the Deaf culture and community is particularly difficult for many hearing people. “There are a lot of people that are still ignorant,” Phillip asserts. “We are really the same. It’s really about learning to understand. Society in general needs to open their minds more and see the variety of people that are there. We are considered a melting pot. Hearing people should be willing to work with Deaf people and not help them per se. Instead of trying to help or have pity on them, you should change the mentality to working with the person.” “Many hearing people already have an idea in their head of what Deaf (or hard of hearing) people are like. They know what Deaf people look like, sound like, and how they function,” says the Web site Inside Deaf Culture. Yet many misconceptions about deafness exist. Some hearing people believe that the Deaf and hard of hearing are less intelligent or less educated than the hearing. “The assumption is that just because someone cannot hear, their understanding of the world around them is somehow lessened. This is not the case. Anyone, hearing or Deaf, can have cognitive disabilities. Just as you wouldn’t assume a cognitive disability for the hearing, don’t assume it for the Deaf,” says Inside Deaf Culture. “Deaf people are part of the overall community, just like you and me,” says Judy F. Fask, Director of Deaf Studies at Holy Cross, which began offering ASL classes in 1994. “We learn how to work together; celebrating, appreciating and respecting differences amongst each other.” Fask admits there are often two views on being Deaf in our community. There


are those “individuals who value the difference and accept deafness as a ‘difference’ and others who see it as a ‘loss’, something to be fixed,” Fask says, adding, “Culturally Deaf individuals do not feel anything is ‘broken’ therefore nothing needs to be ‘fixed.’ The bottom line is people have different ways of living their lives, and being different is not wrong.” Carl explains his own experience as a third generation Deaf person, “The challenge [of being Deaf] in a hearing world is that my family felt they were looked down upon. It is a challenge to convince the hearing that we can do something. Hearing people think the Deaf are limited, but that’s not true.” Other misconceptions include assuming that all Deaf speak a signed language, thinking that a hearing aid can “heal” a Deaf or hard of hearing individual or that all Deaf and hard of hearing can read lips. Others believe that Deaf or hard of hearing individuals cannot drive. This is untrue in the United States. While some other countries prohibit driving by Deaf or hard of hearing individuals, most countries allow it. Some Deaf and hard of hearing drivers utilize special devices to alert them to sirens, or use expanded rearview mirrors. Some believe that the Deaf community is simply a group of people connected by a disability and common language. This too is a misconception. The National Association for the Deaf (NAD), an organization dedicated to legal and community values for the Deaf and hard of hearing, explains the Deaf culture and community on its Web site, citing authors Carol Padden and Tom Humphries in their book Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (1988): “‘This knowledge of Deaf people is not simply a camaraderie with others who have a similar physical condition, but is, like many other cultures in the traditional sense of the term, historically created and actively transmitted across generations.’ The authors also add that Deaf [and hard of hearing] people ‘have found ways to define and express themselves through their rituals, tales, performances, and everyday social encounters. The richness of their sign language affords them the possibilities of insight, invention, and irony.’ The relationship Deaf people have with their sign language is a strong one, and ‘the mistaken belief that ASL is a set of simple gestures with no internal structure has led to the tragic misconception that the relationship of Deaf people to their sign language is a casual one that can be easily severed and replaced.’” “We value the acquisition, usage, and preservation of American Sign Language. We value the right of Deaf and hard of hearing Americans to share similar beliefs, sense of belonging, and experiences as a signing community,” the NAD Web site explains.

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experience have shifted. “Before, hearing children were relied upon a lot,” Tracy says. Both Tracy and Mahoney of Partners Interpreting are children of Deaf/blind parents. Such individuals are commonly referred to as

name was Jehovah and it touched my heart,” says Angela. “I’ve learned so much about the bible, and I trust in its promises.” Carl shares that much of his youth was spent at English services, with a single

Lloyd Mundt leads a group in song during the Worcester ASL Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses who use ASL often explain in detail what is going on in their personal life, withholding such detail is sometimes deemed inconsiderate. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may also be more blunt, frank or direct than hearing individuals. The conception of time is also different for many Deaf people. They may be early for large events, or stay for elongated amounts of time at social events. This facilitates more time to engage in conversation and association. For decades, the Deaf and hard of hearing have formed closely united groups and clubs. “This is where they got together to find out what’s going on and what’s news or what’s right and wrong,” Tracy explains. “[Deaf clubs] were a very, very integral part of the Deaf community.” Fask observes that the Deaf make up their own part of the Worcester community. “It’s a linguistic and cultural minority group,” says Fask, “Deaf people need a visual environment, therefore they use ASL, a visual language. Deaf people share similar language, experiences, celebrations, beliefs history and values that defines culture.” For the Calandras, much of their interaction with other Deaf comes through their local congregation. The Worcester ASL Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses serves a vast area in Worcester County, and holds its two weekly meetings in Auburn. Worship is an integral part of the Calandras life. “When I was 13, I learned that God’s

interpreter for him and his family. This method was difficult. “We tried in the English congregation, but it was difficult,” explains Carl. “But in [the ASL congregation] it was very clear. I really understand how to serve Jehovah. I understand the Truth more clearly.” The ASL Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is one of only a few religious organizations that offer services entirely in ASL. Equipped with state-of-theart computers, cameras and flat screen televisions, the congregation is able to have an involved and interactive worship. Discourses, bible study complete with comments from members, prayer and even signing are available during the ASL services at the Kingdom Hall. The Calandras along with many Deaf friends also enjoy recreational outings. “We go bowling, go on trips and play baseball,” Carl says. While many Deaf and hard of hearing do enjoy a close knit community with other Deaf and hard of hearing persons, another stereotype is that they only associate with each other. Most Deaf and hard of hearing individuals have friends or family that are hearing, and are able to enjoy satisfying and fulfilling relationships with them. Advancement in technology has also improved communication among the Deaf and hard of hearing across the world. With the use of e-mail, social networks, video phones and text messaging, many Deaf are able to communicate with both Deaf and hearing individuals. For many in the last two decades the face of Deaf culture and the Deaf

CODAs, children of Deaf adults. Tracy relates that for CODAs the responsibility to communicate for their parents comes early. “It’s challenging,” Tracy says. “Do I feel different? No, because it’s all I know. Like anybody who has a parent with a disability, you grow up faster. With CODAs there is a shared experience because they are native to ASL.” Tracy, who communicated in ASL before he spoke English, says that in years past CODAs would communicate for their parents in stores, at the doctors, dentist and restaurants. “It makes an impact on young kids,” Tracy reveals. “What makes sign language so unique is that it’s visual, so growing up [communicating with a Deaf adult] you aren’t hiding anything. You can’t hide it. It’s unique from that perspective.” Tracy asserts, though, that those who communicate via ASL have a special advantage. “You appreciate things differently, because it’s so visual. You have to look at the world differently,” he says. “You are privileged.” But now with expanding services for the Deaf, and the advent of communication technology, fewer CODAs are relied on as heavily. Up until the early-20th century, many Deaf and hard of hearing were shunned by society. Such individuals were frequently isolated and alienated from the hearing. History testifies that some Deaf or hard of hearing were even institutionalized because of their differences. Advancement and

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advocacy have helped to change ignorant and archaic misconceptions about Deafness and its causes. Still, many in the Deaf community and services contend that improvements are needed. Phillip, who has worked in Deaf services for over 25 years, notes that accessibility services are deficient. “If you need an interpreter you have to schedule it, and then wait two weeks for an appointment. That’s a big barrier with a lot of Deaf people. You have to wait. Those services should be available right away. We really need interpreters.” According to Song, the MCDHH has faced challenges to providing such services because of economic hardships. “In the face of unprecedented fiscal challenges, we’ve had to make some very difficult budget decisions. As a result of such challenges, we have ended the emergency after-hours interpreterreferral service in hospitals, and access to substance-abuse support services has been limited,” she explains. Fask says budget cuts are a disservice to the deaf community as well as the hearing, as it creates a divide in communication. “The MCDHH has endured a cut of 15 percent since the Fiscal Year 2008. As a result of the cut,

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Deaf people and hearing people struggle to get communication access for every interaction where you have two parties who use a different language,” says Fask. “A lack of communication access results in more risks and less opportunity.” Still Song says that the MCDHH is doing the best it can, considering the means available. “We are currently serving the Deaf and hard of hearing in Worcester with optimal resources available. We continue to examine ways that the

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Patrick Mulcahy communicates to the ASL Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Commission may be able to reinforce existing resources with more staff, including Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI), and case managers,” she adds. According to Phillip, the Center for Living and Working is still able to offer excellent services and support for the Worcester Deaf and hard of hearing, both practical and emotional. “We have a variety of services,” says Phillip, who is quick to point out that because ASL is the first language of many Deaf individuals, English is a second language. “We teach the Deaf to become more independent. We give them more training on how to fill out housing applications, budgeting money and learning to read.” “We work with people who are struggling and frustrated,” Phillip continues. “We have a Deaf parent’s group where we discuss a variety of issues. And we offer skills training.” Between advents in technology, education and services, both Deaf and hearing can be expected to communicate more and more effectively. Still Deaf, “with a capital D,” and hard of hearing culture will always be another shade in the spectrum of diversity, variety and difference in Worcester, viewed as most not as a handicap but a lifestyle.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RESOURCES, SERVICES AND DEAF CULTURE CONTACT The Massachusetts Commission of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) Central Massachusetts Regional Office 2 Foster St., Second Floor, Worcester, MA 01608 413-788-6427 Voice /TTY 866-948-4360 Video Phone 508-860-4000 Fax – Send Fax with Cover Sheet – Attn: MCDHH mass.gov Center for Living and Work (CLW) 484 Main St., Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608 Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 508-798-0350 Voice 508-755-1003 TTY Video Phone 508-762-1164 FAX 508-797-4015 centerlw.org Partners Interpreting Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 508-455-1477 partnersinterpreting.com Jehovah’s Witness American Sign Language Worcester Congregation 78 Bancroft St., Auburn, MA 508-832-6711 Meeting times: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.; Monday, 7 p.m. Websites Inside Deaf Culture: InsideDeafCulture.com National Association for the Deaf: nad.org


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Flora in Winter kicks the snow off your soul Doreen Manning

For those of you sick of the sights of Old Man Winter, two major institutions have teamed up for the ninth consecutive year to bring you what your senses desperately need the weekend of January 27-30; and it’s aptly named Flora in Winter.

Happening this weekend concurrently at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (11 French Drive, Boylston, towerhill. org) and the Worcester Art Museum (55 Salisbury St., Worcester, worcesterart.org), this four-day event will bring the art of floral arrangement to new heights.

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Founded by The Worcester County Horticultural Society, Tower Hill Botanic Garden offers visitors a mix of nature, museum and education, with GARDEN BOTANIC 132 acres of gardens, WER HILL TO F O Y COURTES orchards, meadows and trails that foster an abundance of native wildlife. A natural place to both experience winter in New England along its many trails and escape the chill through its greenhouses filled with abundant life. What better place to highlight the art of plant life than at Tower Hill’s portion of Flora in Winter, which hosts the theme “Moments in Time” this year. Thirty-one local floral designers will be interpreting the theme through floral arrangements of all sizes and shapes, featuring fresh flowers, plants and natural items. Michael Arnum, marketing and public relations director at Tower Hill, says the designers come from all over Massachusetts, and range from professional florists to garden-club members and hobbyists. Arnum explains the draw for both designers and attendees is the power of nature harnessed within the living museum’s walls and gardens. Arnum says to expect “hundreds of flowers in stunning,

innovative arrangements that one wouldn’t see anywhere designers. The designers then pick a work from the selection that speaks to or inspires them – all on a firstelse, in the incomparable setting of a world-class come, first-served basis – then the planning begins. museum and garden, spanning 5,000 years of art, and Each designer is giving the opportunity to create an surrounded by a garden that is designed to be seen at all arrangement that somehow times of year.” M represents their chosen Volunteer chairperson Hazel Schroder explains that EU S U M TER ART piece of work – either in this year’s theme will be translated in floral E WORCES TH F O Y S COURTE mood, color or a reflection displays that will range from a fleeting of shapes and form. To rainbow to Cleopatra on the Nile. the delight of visitors, “Designers have free reign to interpret the designers create the theme in their own way. It always stunningly beautiful amazes me how many ways the theme arrangements that mirror can be interpreted,” Schroder admits. “All the art work in often are marking time in some way.” unexpected ways. According to Arnum, the Tower Hill With such an organic portion of Flora in Winter offers an medium, designers have introduction to people of all ages and limited time to create backgrounds to the exciting, creative world their displays – which of horticulture, “the art and science only adds to the awe of growing plants for food and/ that is inspired by or pleasure—and to remind people these designs. The that even in this dormant season of day of the opening, winter, the garden is a vibrant place arrangers arrive of discovery.” at 7 a.m. to begin Aside from the works of flora assembling the art, Tower Hill produces a series of displays. All work guided tours, candlelight concerts, must be completed lectures and more to complement by 10 a.m. for a the journey of art throughout the quick clean up, weekend. then the doors swing open for visitors at 11 a.m. that day. The portion of Flora in Winter Sarah Ribeiro, also a co-chair and in her third year held at the Worcester Art Museum also as a designer, has the lucky job of interpreting Manet’s creates grand and imaginative floral The Dead Toreador – the Museum’s most recent visiting arrangements as individual works of work on loan from The National Gallery. Ribeiro has the art, but instead of interpreting a theme, distinct honor of creating Flora in Winter’s first dried 23 floral designers and 18 professional arrangement, due to the strict limitations The National florists will interpret works from the Gallery has on this priceless piece of art that included a collection, as well as adorn the public no water/moisture rule. Ribeiro says this demonstrates spaces throughout the Museum. the exciting challenges associated with museum events Worcester Art Museum also has like Flora in Winter. a blooming schedule of events to “It’s about showing the priceless collection and accompany Flora in Winter, from protecting it at the same time,” she explains. concerts, artist demonstrations, family Bottom line, having your senses wooed by the art of craft activities and docent-led tours. flowers, invoking a sense of life in the middle of a snowWAM’s Flora committee–a group of volunteers and drowned city, is only part of what Flora in Winter is. WAM staff-carefully select works of art to highlight As Ribeiro eloquently explains, “Flora in Winter is throughout the museum, only one per gallery, and a one of a kind experience that everyone can enjoy. invite a local Worcester Garden Club member, local The freshness of the beautiful flowers, the colors, the florist or other chosen floral designer in to create an textures, the smells, and most of all the happiness that is accompanying piece. everywhere. This event makes you feel good and smile. Co-chair Kim Cutler, who has been a participating designer for six years and on the Flora Committee for the It’s a first class event, well run, lots of things going on, and it’s right here in Worcester.” past five, says the process begins with a CD of images Worcester is in bloom. of the chosen work that is sent to participating floral

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Diane Gaw

In its seventh month, the Indie Art Market held by Beatnik’s is going strong, with up to a dozen artists a month with the next installment set for Tuesday night, February 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the bar’s location on Park Avenue. Bar patrons, local artists and their clients all have good things to say about this (naturally) offbeat idea.

It started in August last year, when Beatnik’s owner Niki Brouillette decided there should be a showcase for area artists in her establishment. Not just paintings with prices hung on the walls, but actual artists to interact with, selling creations from jewelry to books to ukuleles. The music in the background is simple, unlike Beatnik’s open mic nights, with an occasional tune by Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt, who sells his “lunchboxaleles” there.

Brouillette opened Beatnik’s in 2009 with the intention of creating a place for live music accompanied by good food served in a relaxed, funky atmosphere. In the summer of 2010, she decided to expand that to include the local art community. The talent is here; the artists are creative and enthusiastic. Where better to showcase their work than in a bar that feels like a coffee house? Julie Theriault, who sells “T-shirt necklaces” that function as scarves, as well as vintage button hairpins, moved to Worcester from Montreal. She soon found Beatnik’s was one of her favorite spots in town, with its “Be You” theme and creative ambience. When Brouillette began talking about the idea for Indie Art nights, Theriault quickly became caught up in the notion. The enthusiasm built: it was a project that would help everyone involved. Bret Herholz, an illustrator and graphic novelist has been one of the Indie Art Market regulars since October. He’s had really successful nights and really slow ones, but he finds it valuable for

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their wares, though networking with other she’s one of their local artists. His sketches best customers. are fairly inexpensive, but “Tuesdays,” she he says it gives “people says, “are slow who normally can’t buy nights. Why not art the opportunity to bring in people own something original.” so that everybody While he does sell online, benefits?” he’s now gotten to the In turn, the point where he’s “actually artists invite creating new art specifically their friends and for these shows.” patrons, and meet Want to meet an artist newcomers and whose work might be on a Beatnik’s regulars. coaster, a canvas, or wood. The artists Kira Beaudoin has been at frequently enjoy Beatnik’s since September’s and compliment Market. Now, she says, the Beatnik’s menu owner of a local gift shop Bret Herholz at a recent and the bar’s local is interested in selling some Indie Art Market on-tap brews, of Beaudoin’s work in their saying that this store. Her art sells in the night of easy friendship with financial under $50 range, and she sees new faces benefits fits the bill for them. every month. Sound like a good bet for an unusual Niki Brouillette’s love of art has led her evening out? Absolutely—creative genius. to open Beatnik’s to those who create. Learn more at beatniksbeyou.com. She doesn’t charge the artists to display

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Upon entering the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, located within the confines of the College of the Holy Cross, one is immediately flanked by two fantastically detailed fabrics, a sampling of the 65 objects on display that depict the incredibly rich and varied work of 20th-century artisans from Africa.

On loan from the Center for Cross Cultural Communication in Washington, D.C., these works have been culled from the vast collection of Warren Robbins, a Worcester native who founded the National Museum of African Art, an institution absorbed by the Smithsonian in 1979. From linens and sculpture to beadwork, jewelry and many ceremonial masks, this show represents a smattering of the more than 9,000 items in Mr. Robbins’ extensive collection. Roger Hankins, the Director of the Cantor Art Gallery, was compelled to bring this fabulous collection to Holy Cross after witnessing the show in New Hampshire. “I was absolutely fascinated to see these works and, intrigued, decided to bring it here,” he shares. “I thought it would make a nice complement to the Indonesian textiles we have on display in the adjacent gallery.”

Hankins stresses that the idea was to bring a better understanding of African art to the Worcester area, as well as to illuminate the inspiration and goals of Mr. Robbins. This eclectic gathering of objects from a wide swath of African countries allows the viewer to experience the intricate craftsmanship and creative spirit of these talented artists. As you cross the threshold of the gallery, one of the textiles on display covers the entire wall. This immense expanse of fabric is actually a robe, segments of material sewn together and hand-stamped with dyes, forming an intricate and varied pattern. From this wall, one’s gaze is immediately transfixed upon the central platform, where various masks stare back, a visual feast that beckons one to explore further. Hankins describes the idea of these masks in such prominence as “…a chance for the public to view the masks as though they were being worn by the people who created them.” Masks, headdresses and a chair grace this stage, all examples of the peoples who inhabit different regions of Africa. The masks, all carved from a single piece of wood, are vividly displayed on partitions, allowing the viewer to witness these exquisite works from many angles. The crocodile headdress, created by the Nuna People of Burkina Faso, is compelling by its presence upon the wall; its stark features shadowed giving the illusion of mystery and intrigue. The initiation mask, or kplekple, is equally

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Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College fascinating as it sits low atop a pedestal of the Holy Cross. The exhibition will for children to gaze at its constant stare. be on view from Jan. 27 - Mar. 31. An The exhibit’s layout displays the work opening reception will take place on from the many regions of Africa in a Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 5-6:30 p.m. at counter-clockwise fashion, from the Cote the gallery. The hours for the Cantor Art d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, to South Africa Gallery are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 and Madagascar and comes full circle, p.m., Saturdays 2 - 5 p.m. (The gallery ending with astounding pieces from Mali, will be closed on Saturday, March 5, and such as the ceremonial elephant headdress Saturday, March 12.) Located in O’Kane and the ceremonial drinking horn from Hall, 1st Floor, College of the Holy Cross, the grasslands of Cameroon. 1 College St., Worcester. Admission to the Startling in its appearance, a gallery, reception and lecture is free. tremendous ceremonial mask from Ghana For more info, call 508-793-3356 or stands sentinel as you make your way offices.holycross.edu/cantorartgallery. deeper into the gallery. Well over seven feet high, this huge mask STEVEN KING was actually worn during a ceremony. One must have been awestruck to witness such an overwhelmingly powerful and moving structure. Rounding the corner, a haunting visage stares back, a ceremonial mask from the Dan People of the Cote d’Ivoire. This example exemplifies the manliness and strength of the initiate. Too fantastic to describe fully, this show allows the patron a chance to explore many objects that contribute to the rich cultural and spiritual diversity of this enchanting continent. “Art of Africa: Objects from the Warren Robbins Collection” at the Iris and B.

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Let me take you through a bit of my process here. I went into The Mechanic without thinking about the early 70’s flick of the same name that it’s based on, which is probably a good thing because the target audience of Jason Statham’s latest action outing will likely not even be aware of the Charles Bronson original. While watching the remake, something seemed both irkingly familiar and somewhat lacking. One trip to IMDB (The Internet Movie Database) jogged my memory of the Bronson version and the problem became clear: the 70’s Mechanic was a hard R action flick that was very much a product of its time, whereas this update is very much a piece of product. To those who say the history of an idea doesn’t matter, I would point out that the film this is based on was the beginning of Bronson’s tough guy antihero run that produced a bunch of Death Wish films. Along with Clint Eastwood’s iconic Dirty Harry persona, both were a direct result of late-60’s fare like Easy Rider where the notion of the troubled young existentialist loner as protagonist had bubbled up from the counter culture to become the theme of all things mainstream. However what was once a logical, organic progression has since – through constant repetition on TV shows and movies – become a tired trope. We’ve seen this so many times before: the hitman as a cultured esthete, the kid apprentice as anarchic force representing the new generation that doesn’t follow the same rules. It made for decent thrills when Bronson was the aging assassin on the verge of retirement, a kind of hip establishment figure, and Jan-Michael Vincent was the dangerous force he lets into his life to try to pass on the lore of his trade. In the early ’70s there

really was a generation gap, and the film reflected older folks fears about an under-thirty subculture that was seen as amoral and disturbingly unpredictable. But remove the signifiers of the time and what you get is a rootless action romp devoid of any greater meaning. It

also doesn’t help that Statham, as hired killer Arthur Bishop is in the prime of his career, and doesn’t seem all that much older than his assassination intern Steve McKenna (Ben Foster, good in The Messenger). So without that dynamic, The Mechanic becomes a kind of murderous buddy flick, where the tension is all derived from the mentor holding the secret that he was the one hired to kill his younger partner’s father. All that said The Mechanic is still a reasonably enjoyable piece of cinema in its own right. Basically a vehicle for the continuing onscreen tough-dude career of Statham, it blows up good. Considering the source, the usually hack director Simon West, the violence is visceral, with less than the standard allotment of silly slow mo or mind-numbing shaky cam takes. He also manages to keep a brisk pacing and to frame the few moments of humor effectively. Foster as the kid plays the walking question mark well, weaving the unseen motivations for his brutish risky behavior into a blank, somewhat frightening persona. Thankfully Statham doesn’t try to manufacture an American accent this time around. True, he has been overexposed on the big screen as of late, but as far as flesh and blood action figures go the man can actually turn in a good performance when called upon, not that it’s really called upon very much here. Finally, there is the presence of Donald Sutherland as the wheelchair-bound best friend that Bishop has to kill early on, and although he doesn’t last long, my personal maxim still holds true that any film with Sutherland in it is, at least on some level worth watching.


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Ever been lost in Southbridge? I have – dozens of times. For some reason, my directions get hazy, roadway names get jumbled, and the lady on the GPS seems to toss her hands up in disgust. GPS lady: You are … lost. Luckily, there are a good number of places to watch a show, grab a drink, or find a meal when shouting at the roadmap. Lola and I recently found ourselves unsuccessfully navigating the streets of Southbridge and wound up at Thai Orchid. The detour turned out to uncover one of the best Thai establishments in all of Central Mass in an under-the-radar sort of setup on a recent weekday evening. We walked into the modest-sized eatery

that offered a charming amount of Thai décor. Red-and-gold patterned elephants adorned the tables in the quaint streetside restaurant. Nice, clean, attempts at class and coziness, what else can you ask for? Right off the bat, the appetizer course was hit and miss. An order of the Thai beef had jerky-like consistency with a betterthan-it-looks flavor of seasoned beef, but ended up a little small and rough for a starter. An order of the soft-shell crab tempura, however, made up for the first wave of eats, with the seafood and veggies arriving perfectly battered. Almost stealing the show entirely was the Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee, sweetened with coconut milk and a perfect combo for dousing the heat of any spicy dishes. Lola’s entrée choice was the “Beef Supper” – a tangy, sultry blend of tender beef cuts and a garden’s worth of fresh,

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Boynton Restaurant and Spirits 117 Highland St., Worcester 508-756-8458 boyntonrestaurant.com It’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood at this Highland Street classic. Despite modernizing, The Boynton still serves up home-style favorites - steaks, burgers, chicken, pasta, a decent selection of shellfish, plus comfort foods - in a friendly, bustling atmosphere. Lots of plasma TVs in the bar offer drinking or dining with ample views of the Sox or Patriots.

Brew City Grill and Brew House 104 Shrewsbury St. 508-752-3862 brew-city.com Brew City offers more than Worcester’s best beer selection. The menu covers all the brew-pub bases: steaks, ribs, fajitas, chicken, homestyle favorites like meatloaf, pasta and seafood - with many recipes based on beers from Brew City’s world-class selection. In other cases, such as on the specials, beer pairings are offered. The atmosphere is an engaging faux-urban décor of industrial street lamps, brick and tin, wavy lines and ramps, and brushed steel skylines; and sports memorabilia that lines the walls throughout the dining room and adjacent bar. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking in rear.

Bocado Tapas Wine Bar 86 Winter St. 508-797-1011 bocadotapasbar.com Bocado’s is Worcester’s first, and best, tapas restaurant, a five-star tour through Spain’s appetizer-crazed cuisine. The food is varied, creative, fresh and refreshing; the all-Spanish wine list smart and equally creative; the service professional and attentive; the atmosphere is urbane and, yes, sexy. It’s trendy, but substantial. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Full liquor bar. Moderate pricing.

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“the good people of Wooville� to keep warm this weekend by heading down to Dr. Gonzo’s Uncommon Condiments to pick up some essential ingredients. Ingredients for what, you ask? Only the tastiest, easiest snack food ever, that’s what! Grab a jar of “Professional Grade� Habaneromash and mix a teaspoon of it with a block of melted Monterey jack or sharp cheddar to create a bowl of crowdpleasing, sinus-clearing dip in under three minutes. Of course, you could use almost any of Gonzo’s products in this recipe to delicious effect. You could buy online at www.drgonzos.com but would you really want to miss your appointment with the doctor? Dr. Gonzo’s Uncommon Condiments, Inc., 122 Main St., Worcester.

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With so much local theater going on under the radar, you should really check out the M.W. Repertory Theatre Co. at WPI production of American Buffalo before it’s too late. On stage from Jan. 27-29, this play is written by David Mamet and features a Chicago junk shop where three smalltime crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable Buffalo nickel. Only $5, pick up by e-mailing tickets@wpi.edu. 8-10 p.m. WPI: Little Theatre, 100 Institute Road. Visit wpi.edu.

its version of the revels of long ago at the Boar’s Head Festival 2011: The Vampyre’s Tale on Friday, January 28-29. Ticket price includes show, appetizers and desserts (beer and wine available at additional charge): in advance, $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults; $10 at door. 7-9:30 p.m. Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale St., Hopedale. 508-473-1684 or milfordpac.org for the 411.

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Visit the Goddard House & Art Gallery on Friday, January 28 for the first U.S. showing of Seniors: Center Stage, an art video created by New York artist Oliver Herring for the Aichi Triennale, an invitational international exhibition that took place in Nagoya, Japan, last fall – a portion of which was filmed at Goddard House in Worcester. The premiere event includes continuous video viewing throughout the evening, refreshments and conversation with Oliver Herring and other artists. In his video and performance collaborations with ordinary people, Herring draws out their untapped and idiosyncratic creativity, using art as a tool to empower people. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Goddard House & Art Gallery, 1199 Main St. 508753-4890.

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If you’re like us and you’ve become obsessed with your iPhone’s Hipstamatic imagery, take that obsession to the next level during the Holga Camera Workshop on Saturday, January 29 over at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Join them for this unique workshop on one of the fastest growing, retro-style, nondigital, blackand-white photographic process out there. Holga is an easy-to-use, medium format, plastic camera with a plastic lens. While considered to be a toy by some and junk by others, the camera is capable of producing interesting, off-beat and beautiful photographic art. Come to class with a Holga camera, one roll of 120 size black-and-white film (tmax or plus-x), and one roll of 120 size color film (Fuji Velvia 100 ASA). Supplies are available at L.B. Wheaton. $79. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Join Mass Audubon for a fun day playing Animal Tracks Detective. Drop in any time on Saturday, January 29, from 10-3 p.m. and discover first-hand what it’s like to be an animal detective. Learn how to tell the difference between a fox track and a deer track. Take a guided hike and look for signs of animals in the mud or snow. Enjoy making a plaster animal track, play a tracking game, sketch or color a picture, or hear a story about tracking. Be prepared to go outside. Tickets for Mass Audubon members are $3 child, $4 adult; nonmembers $4 child, $6 adult. Family max: $14 for members/$20 for nonmembers. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-7536087.

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The Worcester Sharks head off against the Providence Bruins on Saturday, January 29, plus some high school ice time with an Auburn vs. Wachusett High School hockey doubleheader. The Family Fun Pack features four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for one low price of $69! 7-11 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800.

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mounting medical bills. Her family and friends have organized Karaoke Allies For Aly on Saturday, January 29 to raise money for her bills as well as for lymphoma research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center. $20 will get you a light buffet, karaoke plus auction, raffles, musicians and much more. E-mail allies4aly@gmail.com. 4-9 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700.

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The 2nd Annual Ball For Cancer will be raising funds for UMASS Memorial Cancer Research through a rematch of the 1994 District E Championship game as the ’93’94 Holy Name Alumni Basketball Team take on the ’93-’94 North High Alumni Basketball Team on Saturday, January 29. $5 for adults and $2 for students and kids. 7-10 p.m. Holy Name Central Catholic Jr/ Sr High School, 144 Granite St. 508-8470791, e-mail rodneylarteyotoo@ymail.com or find them on facebook.

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During the Choral Evensong (WPI Men’s Glee Club) on Sunday, January 30, all are welcome to experience this offer to God in song. The music is sung by a choir, and you are invited to listen and meditate on the praises, prayers and petitions, which the choir offers on our behalf. Atmospheric and deeply personal, Evensong appeals to people of many faiths and has been adopted as an American tradition in many parishes and cathedrals of the Episcopal Church. The timeless and simple liturgy readily embraces musical expressions from many centuries. Free. 5-5:45 p.m. All Saints Church, 10 Irving St. 508-7523766.

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One of the best parts of living in Worcester is our diverse and decidedly kick-ass local music scene, and this weekend is a perfect one to experience everything the Woo’s got to offer. On Thursday January 27 head over to Beatnik’s if acoustic covers of 80s hits are your thing and give The Cosby Sweaters a listen. “We get rolling nice and early at 6p.m. that night,” Guitarist Scott “Smack” Szymczak says of the show. “That’ll cut down the time between your getting out of work and cracking your first beer. The vibe there is great too. Lots of booze to be had and best of all, pants are optional.” There was also that one time vocalist and guitarist Ed “Quiknutz” Barnett went on a drunken rant about Ani DeFranco, which Smack calls “pretty funny, almost as colorful as one of Dr. Huxtable’s prime sweaters.” Enough said, don’t miss it. If Black Metal is more your thing, hitch a ride to Ralph’s for Sarcomancy, Lazar House, Obsidian Tongue, and Bellows. Don’t worry, they’ll be there all night. Top off the night with a smooth finish by heading to Nick’s, where Jennifer Antkowiak and “other special ladies” will be performing a mix of vocal jazz and torch songs. On Friday January 28 Fiddler’s Green Pub & Restaurant will be the place to be for Celtic music lovers as they feature Boys of the Town, a trio that specializes in everything from traditional Irish jigs to original songs. Auntie Trainwreck will be blowing down the house at Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant with an energetic mix of Blues, Alt Rock, New Country, and Classic Rock. Nick’s is featuring Goli a two-lady band giving a fresh twist to Chamber and World music. Check them out if you’re a fan of fun, jazzy vocals, cello, and the occasional melodica. The Atomic Trousers are a new band on the scene, and they’ll be getting psychedelic at The Raven with all your favorites from the 60s—think Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, and The Beatles. And make sure you don’t miss the incomparable indie rockers the Wandas at Ralph’s, along with 28 Degrees Taurus, Ten Foot Polecats and Cassavettes! Saturday January 29 will be another great night for local tunes, so kick off it off by visiting Jon Lacouture at Brook’s Pub. While his repertoire is made up mostly of Classic Rock favorites, he’s been known to throw in some Snoop Dogg for good measure. Make the drive to Leominster to see the rockin’ ladies of Sin City at Classic’s Pub and I promise you won’t be disappointed. They perform everything from The Cars to The Cranberries, so there’s something for just about everyone to groove to. Another show you definitely won’t want to miss is going down at the Lucky Dog Music Hall. Fear Nuttin Band’s style is a surprisingly perfect fusion of metal, hip hop and Jamaican dancehall, and will knock your socks off. Seriously, you’ve never heard anything like these guys before. Plus, several of them have some pretty sweet facial hair. Joining them will be Crumb and Family Business 508. So what do you think you’re doing? All that work you have for Monday? It can wait. Get out there and get listening!

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DJ Roberta. Dance to your favorite rock, classic rock, top 40 and country hits! 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Cosby Sweaters. 6-9 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. open mic night w/ ed sherdian. 7-10 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. No Charge. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or westboroughsession.com. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy openmcc@verizon. Net. free!. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. John Burrows Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter. Special guest star Danbo Landry singer and percussionist of The Cocabanana Band joins John Burrows an award winning singer/ songwriter. Rock, Folk, Country and Caribbean Rock. free. 8-11 p.m. Picadilly Pub, 480 Shrewsbury St. 508-479-2260. 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. Dan Cormier. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. 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. Sarcomancy, Lazar House, Obsidian Tongue, and Bellows!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

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Ton of Blues open mic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 28 Atomic Trousers. $5. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-3048133. X-Cess Fridays. DJ Patrick Allen BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or blu-nightclub.com. Adema @ The Palladium (upstairs). Hell Within / Waking Nelson / Synthetic Mindset Tickets $15. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Anbody Killa / Blaze Ya Dead Homie @ The Palladium. with Axe Murder Boyz Tickets $20 adv., $22 door. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Byo Blues. Free. 7 p.m.-midnight Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Jazzed Up Trio. 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. No Cover. 7-10 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Open Mic Night. Whether you sing, dance, do drama, write poetry or whatever.... your Christ Centered participation is welcome! Always a fun and interesting evening! 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or millchurch.org . Dan Kirouac solo/acoustic. dankirouac.freeservers.com free. 8-11 p.m. Knights of Columbus Council 2087, 1017 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale. 860-923-2967. Live in the Pub: Boys of the Town. After exploring various

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musical genres independently, these three friends teamed up to share a common love: Celtic-based music. With John Ebersold on guitar and vocals, Hunter Foote on fiddle and Tim Loftus on flute, whistle and bodhrán, the Boys of the Town deliver top-shelf entertainment from high energy, toe-tapping jigs and reels to heartfelt ballads. No cover. 8 p.m.-midnight Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Tom Yates Group - Music Of The Woodstock. Tom Yates - guitar & vocals, Rick Maida - bass, Rick Forzese - drums. Rockin’ country, surf-rock, folk-rock, blues and 60’s classics. free. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Brian Richard. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Shotgun Blues (the Guns-N-Roses tribute), Hard #9, 59 Ship, & The Bakers Union (ex-Chillum). $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Bistro Boys Classic Rock from Cream, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & More! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cindy’s Sports Bar, 1618 North Main St., Palmer. 413-271-0609 or FindNEWentertainment.com. Auntie Trainwreck. Party with your favorite Auntie! As always, we’ll be playing great music all night long for your dancing pleasure, including Classic Rock, Blues, New Country, Alt Rock and maybe some songs you haven’t heard from us before! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-752-7544. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Dunnys Tavern, 291 East Main St., East Brookfield, MA, East Brookfield. Dj Chubb Rocks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. DJ Pete the Polock. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJ T Rich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Goli. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Heelan Powers, Worker Parasite, The Sedative, and Another Soldier Down. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. I Love Fridays At Fusion with DJ B-Lo. The best sound and lights in Central Mass with DJ B-LO spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. Neon Alley. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Sam James. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. Sin City. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Spit Shine. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Groove Devils. Innovative R&B, Traditional Blues, West Coast and More. 9 p.m.-midnight Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. the Wandas, 28 Degrees Taurus, Ten Foot Polecats, and Cassavettes!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Koliba with La Babilla. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 Babe Pino Band. classic blues by Worcester’s premier blues band w/ HiFi Ward, Scott Marshall, George Dellomo, and Mr Pino himself! donations. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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selections for friends and students. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, The Great Hall, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 508-791-8159. Scream It Like You Mean It Show @ The Palladium (upstairs). In Armistice / Twisted Legacy / Atlas / A Tempting Fate Tickets $10 adv., $12 door. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Beatles For Sale: The Tribute. Fundraiser. Dinner at 7 PM, open to the public and all ages. $15 each or 2 tickets for $25 to reserve: Call Laurie - (978) 345-9598 More info: beatlesforsale.net $15 per person, two for $25. 7-11 p.m. Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. 978-345-9598. PCL benefit show at AS220 - 9 libraries, 9 acts, 9 bucks!!!. As a community-based library, PCL reaches out to people of all ages, interests and even musical tastes. Support PCL while listening and/or dancing to folk, country, blues, African, jazz, klezmer, rock, punk, and more! Featuring Chris Monti Bill Munroe, Paul Williams, Allysen Callery, Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores, Denver Boot Neon Bitches, Olneyville Sound System. Just 9 bucks!. 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. AS220, 115 Empire St., Providence. 401-4672700, ext. 2. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincon st. Rory Block. Opener: Big Jon Short. $16 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com. Toni Lynn Washington with the Workingman’s Band. Toni Lynn Washington - vocals Mike DiBari - guitar Rick Maida - bass Greg Roberts - drums no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, Village Forge Tavern, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. Free. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3087. Fear Nuttin Band, Crumb, Family Business, 508 and more! $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/fearnuttinband. Mike J Fritz Band. Pianist/harmonicat Fritz plays blues and jazz w/ HiFi Ward & Fritz Band 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Lake Lashaway Inn & Restaurant, 308 E Main St., East Brookfield. 508-867-2150.

Sean Fullerton. No cover. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. “The Rapture” Cabaret with Cha-Cha & Dr. Nat. First was the Age of Aquarius. Then Y2K. Now, the Mayan Calendar and the year 2012. No, we don’t know when the world is going to end... but it’s always best to be prepared, and in that spirit, Cha-Cha & Dr. Nat Cabaret proudly presents The Rapture cabaret. FREE - tips appreciated. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-751-1619. The Chris Piquette Band. Originals & Covers: The Police, Hendrix, John Mayer, Floyd and More! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cindy’s Sports Bar, 1618 North Main St., Palmer. 413-271-0609 or FindNEWentertainment.com. Wildcat O’Halloran Band: Pumping Up Blues. Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Allman Brothers & More! Featuring “Lightening Boy” & The Harp Girls Band 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Pump House, 340 Main St., Southbridge. 413-271-0609 or FindNEWentertainment.com. 7 Minute Stagger - Prospect Hill & Schism. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978939-7373. Alan Goodrich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. DJ Wicked D from The Perfect Mix. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. DPR (Danny Pease and the Regulators) with Satellite Rockers. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Flock Of Assholes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band. $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Go Gadget Go. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Guy live. Guy Bergeron. Acoustic performance, yes..easy listening, hell no! Classic rock, blues and hillbilly music. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Cicero’s Cafe, 17 Suffolk St. 508-767-9728. Kenny Crisis. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Ned Lucas Band. No Cover. 9 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508756-2100.

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Silverbacks. Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Sin City. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. the invaders band. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Trantrum Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Blu Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or blu-nightclub.com. Tree Hugger. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/ Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Overdrive (A.K.A. Gold Rush). rock and classic rock. $5 cover / VIP Pass = FREE Admission. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Sit Down Baby Band. $5. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-591-2583.

harvestcafeonline.com. No Cover, Pass the hat for the host. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978567-0948. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy. MySpace.com/ OpenMicWorld Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877 or MySpace.com/OpenMicWorld. Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincon st. 508-612-8128. 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.

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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 College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins, Jan. 27 - March 31; Opening Reception for Art of Africa, Wednesday. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or holycross.edu EcoTarium, Be the Bear (with Kenda update), Sundays, Saturdays, through Jan. 30; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.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, Saturdays, 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 978-5985005 or museumofrussianicons.org Old Sturbridge Village, Dinner in a Country Village, Saturdays, through March 26; Fire and Ice Weekend, Saturday - Sunday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-3473362 or osv.org. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: The Great Hall, Flora in Winter: Candlelight Concert, Friday. 11 French Drive, Boylston. towerhillbg.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; Flora in Winter 2011, Thursday - Sunday; 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. 508799-4406 or worcesterart.org WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15. 100 Institute Road. wpi.edu.

Josh Briggs. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. 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. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. bigjonshort.com 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. DR.Gonzo’s Road Kill Orchestra Every Other Sunday Residency!. FREE!!!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/theRoadKillOrchestra. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running REGGAE night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sabrina Sundays at Envy. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 241 Southbridge St.

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>Tuesday 1 Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy openmcc@verizon.net 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. First Tuesday Jazz at Nick’s with Lou Borelli Octet. Lou Borelli Octet plays mostly original arrangements from the Dave Pell Octet, one of the bands credited with the creation of the West Coast Jazz scene in the 1950s. Jazz is art for your ears. No Cover. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-752-6213. Northboro Area Community Chorus. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. nacc/ net. “Totally Tuesdays” Spinning 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 2 Herra Terra, Dirty Dishes, Grass Is Green, Dallas Higgins. Free. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira.

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Coventry Estates home has plenty of space for the family BY CAITLYN KELLEHER EDITOR@THECOMMUNITYJOURNAL.COM

A perfect home in a great neighborhood that is ready for its next owner is on the market in Holden. Real estate broker Stanley Paine hopes that the right family is just waiting to knock on the door. “The house is in meticulous condition, with designer accessories,” Paine said. “It’s a great family home; a great home for entertaining.” The house is located at 20 Lexington Circle and is listed at $775,000. The singlefamily home is located in Coventry Estates

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and is a custom built brick-end colonial, built by Sundin in 1988 with a major addition in 1994. The home is located on over 25,000 square feet of professionally landscaped grounds. “It’s a great home to raise a family in,” he said. Overall, the home has nine-rooms, creating more than 4,600 square feet of living space with an additional five rooms in the lower level that include a wonderful multi-media room. “It’s a whole other home [in the basement],” he said. “The downstairs is all Continued on next page

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Antique 4 br home impeccable renovation. ,8 FP’s,5 gas soapstone stoves inserts.New Roof, Great space for home business or possible B&B. Aberman Assoc. Inc, Gail Lent 978537-4971 x15 www.gaillent.com

Clinton $209,900

Meticulously updated 5 room, 2 large bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath “Radcliffe” townhome in Ridgefield Condos. Updated gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appliances, ceramic tile. Updated baths w/ceramic flrs & solid surface vanities.New windows and extra attic insulation. Two large bedrooms and full bath up with second floor laundry. Living room features wall to wall carpeting, bow window, and fireplace. One car attached garage. Inground pool, tennis courts, and walking/jogging trails. Aberman Assoc Inc Anna Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x 25 www. annamarykraemer.com

978 537 4971 0 FOR THE OPERATOR We open ALL our houses to you EVERY Sunday from 11-3pm. (Except Presidents Day Weekend) Just CALL FIRST and let us know which one you are interested in. All listings are viewable on www.paulasavard.com.

Southbridge $239,000

Spacious center entry Cape with large living room, formal dining, eat-in kitchen, first floor family room and excercise room with sliders to deck to above ground pool and hot tub. Three spacious bedrooms with 2 full baths up. Master bedroom has bath with hot tub. First floor laundry. Exterior stone wall enhances entry with KOI Pond and water fall. One car garage plus detatched unit for car storage. Very private wooded dead-end street. Owners are relocating and looking for a quick sale. Aberman Assoc Inc Anna Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x 25 www.annamarykraemer.com

Leominster $234,900

Tri level home in Leominster’s West side features bright sunny living room with brick fireplace banked on each side with custom built shelving perfect to display family photos or a treasured collection. Kitchen with island separates dining area leading into a cozy sun room perfect for relaxing after a long day. Up a few steps to the next level leads to three bedrooms and full bath or down a few steps to finished area for a small office, laundry area and garage. Basement off laundry area. Aberman Assoc Inc. Sandra DeRienzo 978-537-4971 x 42

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Templeton $249,900

One level contemporary with spacious design a flow.. several rooms have deck access.. master suite ceiling to floor windows.. recent ssteel energy efficient appliances. carpet, ceramic flooring less that 6 years old. Aberman Assoc Inc Paula Savard 978-5374971 x 14 www.paulasavard.com

Bellingham $269,700

3 br Split Here it is; the impeccably maintained home that you have been looking for! Bright and open with wood burning fireplace in the living room and a slider from eat in kitchen to expansive back yard deck! Features: central air, attached garage, security system, open concept living space, 10 X 21 deck, maintenance free vinyl siding, recent roof, windows, air conditioning, low heating expenses at just 400 gallons of oil used in 12 month period! Seller has selected new location and is ready to GO. Aberman Assoc Inc John Vaillancourt 978-537-4971 x 23 www.johnvaillancourt.com

Lunenburg $347,700

Templeton $224,900

3 br 2.5 bath colo. What a great place to call HOME! Set 110 feet off the road for privacy, yet still convenient to the highway, this young 3 bedroom Colonial has been well cared for. Tastefully decorated with all neutral colors~a cozy woodstove to supplement the heat~eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar/island~open foyer with oversized palladium window to bring in lots of sunshine....sliders off kitchen lead to a deck over looking a large, flat backyard with trees in the distance.... A real beauty!! Aberman Associates Inc Tracy Sladen 978-537-4971 x17

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Palmer $239,900

In town mini farm with 2000 s.f barn , paddock. 2 detached 2 car garages, spacious 1930 colonial updated and functional ready to move in. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths. Aberman Assoc Inc. Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14 www.paulasavard.com

Westminster $239,900

Not your typical 3 br 2 bath Cape. Looks like a English cottage. Situated on picturesque landscaped corner lot offering lots of privacy. First floor addition includes fam. room, full bath with first floor laundry and spacious mud room. First floor bedroom. Formal dining room with built in’s. Two car attached and one car under. Spacious deck over looks in ground pool. Aberman Assoc Inc Gail Lent 978-537-4971 x 15 www.gaillent.com

Young colonial within walking distance to Hickory Hills Lake yet nestled in the center of nearly five beautiful acres. 500 ft driveway puts you out of the hub bub of the water front cottages but the home is just a short walk to association beach! Deck off the kitchen offers wonderful view of the wooded property without another home to be seen! Vacation year round in this colonial complete with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car attached garage, private yard and great lake access! Aberman Assoc Inc. John Vaillancourt 978-537-4971 x 23 www.johnvaillancourt.com

Sterling $399,900

Young 4 bedroom colonial quiet country cul de sac within a mile of Sterling centre back to front lr, formal dr, dream kitchen with separarate dining area spacious enclosed 3 seasons room with abutting pet paddock. Professionally landscaped. Shed. Patio. Professional landscaping with irrigation syste. Aberman Assoc Inc Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x 14 www.paulasavard.com

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Spotlight Continued from previous page finished. It’s a great area for watching TV.� Paine said there is also significant space downstairs for a home office. The home also features dual staircases The ground floor features a Great Room with a built-in fireplace as well as a living room and a family room, each which features a fireplace as well. The ground floor also has a dining room and kitchen/breakfast area. The kitchen has granite counters and cherry cabinets, as well as a butler’s pantry. The four bedrooms including a master’s suite are on the second floor. The building is secured by an alarm system and has five zones of oil heat. There is also a twocar attached garage. The grounds feature mature plantings, perennial gardens and a brick courtyard with lighted fountain. There is a 10-zone sprinkler system that cares for the exterior grounds. Paine suggests those who are interested in the property take a virtual tour of the property at the website, www.paineauctioneers.com, and then those interested can contact him for a showing by calling 1-877-731-4455.

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Study: Massachusetts residents just wanted a home First-time buyers rule 2010 market

A new study on Massachusetts home buyers and sellers by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) found that the top motivating factor cited by home buyers for the purchase of a home in 2010 was the “desire to own a home� and not some of the other wellknown benefits. The study also reported that 55 percent of all homes purchased in the Bay State in 2010 were made by first-time home buyers (compared to 50 percent nationally). “As a REALTORŽ who has been in the business for many years, the finding that ‘The desire to own a home’ is the number one reason why someone becomes a home owner doesn’t really surprise me,� said 2011 MAR President Laurie Cadigan. “While the other benefits of owning a home for both the home owner and the community at large are important, at its core, home ownership is a personal choice.� When first-time and repeat home buyers

were asked “what was the primary reason they purchased a home in 2010,� 36 percent responded it was the “desire to own a home�. The other top reasons included the “desire for a larger home� (8 percent); a “change in family situation� (8 percent); the “desire for a home in a better location� (8 percent); and the “home buyer tax credit� (7 percent). The median income of buyers (reported from 2009 data) was down to $82,100 compared to $94,800 in 2008 and higher than the $72,200 national median income. Fifty-five percent of home buyers were married couples, 19 percent single females, 12 percent single males, and 13 percent unmarried couples. Thirteen percent of home buyers reported they were born outside of the United States compared to 10 percent nationally. The median age of the first-time home buyer was 32, up from 30 in 2009. Fifty-four percent of first-time home buyers were between 25 and 34 years old, while 28 percent were 35-44

years. Only eight percent were 18-24 year years. First-time home buyers in Massachusetts had a median income of $75,900 compared to $59,900 among first-time home buyers nationally. The median age of the home seller was 46 years (up from 44 in 2009) and they had a median income of $108,900 (the US median was $90,000). The typical seller owned their home for nine years. Thirty-seven percent of home sellers reported the main reason for deciding to sell was either a change in family situation (e.g., marriage, birth of child, divorce) or their home was too small. Only three percent reported selling their house because they could not afford the mortgage and other expenses of owning a home. This is down from six percent the year before. When it came to selling, 40 percent of home sellers did not reduce their asking price before the home was sold.

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Valentine’s Homebuilding for Singles and Couples Valentine’s Day Build is limited to the first 40 participants for each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must register in advance at: gwhtf.volunteerhub.com or by calling Chrisy Jones at 508-799-9259. This Habitat project consists of two three-bedroom units, each approximately 1150 square feet. The units are two stories, with bedrooms on the second floor. The structure is designed, detailed, and will be landscaped, in a manner compatible with neighboring homes. The two families who will occupy the duplex have been selected by Habitat by lottery. Both families will contribute 400-500 sweat equity hours to build their houses and will work with the Valentine’s Day Build participants on both days. “The mission of the Valentine’s Day Build program is to work together to build simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income families in need of a safe place to live. When people put their hearts into it, we believe they will feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in giving back to the community,” according to HFH-MW/GW Executive Director, Harriett Lebow. “Plus, they’ll have a lot of fun,” she

Worcester Realtor named Central VP of MAR election as a regional vice president. A member of the MAR Board of Directors, Stead has served three straight terms on the Government Affairs Committee. On the local level, Stead is currently the Secretary of the Worcester Regional Association of Realtors (WRAR). He is also the Co-chair for Government affairs and a member of the Association’s Professional Standards committee. In 2010, Stead was named WRAR Realtor of the Year. A Realtor since 1991, Stead has earned his Accredited Buyer Representative designation (ABR) and his Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC).

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added. “We also welcome businesses to contribute to the Valentine’s Day Build event,” Chrisy Jones, HFHMW/GW Development Director, added. “Habitat has sponsorships available at different levels ($250$500) for businesses to partner with us to make Valentine’s Day Build a successful community fundraiser. I invite any businesses interested in becoming a sponsor.” For more info about HFH-MW/GW, go to habitatmwgw.org. Habitat has an open-door policy, welcoming all volunteers and supporters, regardless of religious affiliation, race, nationality or other background. For more information about HFH-MWGW, visit habitatmwgw.org or contact the Habitat office at 508-799-9259 or office@habitatmwgw.org.

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Words of wisdom to survive the rest of the winter whether a snowboarder or not? Put a flannel on, drink your coffee black, and embrace all that is New England.

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