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t’s a sort of understated power, but it’s there: Worcester does have some kind of sway in state politics. It’s rarely talked about – maybe even rarely admitted to – but just look at the numbers. The state’s Lt. Governor hails from Worcester, and our state delegation boasts the chair of an influential subcommittee and the state senate Majority Whip. But no one can deny that since last year Worcester’s lost some of its power. Lt. Governor Tim Murray has taken his shots from the Boston media, influential state Representative Vincent Pedone stepped down this month, and the state’s former Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan stepped down last summer in a somewhat ungraceful exit. Worcester political players note that it’s a period of transition for the city, and some important anchors remain. But it’s hard to imagine that the decades of political scrapping and work that led to a few golden years on Beacon Hill for the city haven’t been set back.

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February 23 - 29, 2012 ■ Volume 37, Number 25

National Grid pilot program Walter Bird Jr.


ention of the utility giant National Grid around these parts doesn’t elicit many smiles. What might spring immediately to mind are National Grid installs electric car power outages, wires felled by falling chargers at City Hall, Quinsigamond trees and branches and ungodly delays in response time by work crews. Community College, WPI and the Critics of the company some refer Union Station and Major Taylor to simply as NGrid, aren’t hard to find Boulevard parking garages. Now all among the city’s approximately 78,000 we need are the electric cars. +1 customers. Count former Mayor Jordan Levy Carnival de Canal brings Mardi among them. During a recent airing Gras to the Canal District, though the of his self-titled show on radio station cold weather certainly makes getting WTAG, Levy relayed the good news of an agreement by another energy titan, NStar, beads thrown at you hurt a little to buy 27.5 percent of the power output more than it would in New Orleans. from Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound. This Hopefully it’ll be back next year. +3 area does not have access to NStar. “We just have National Grid,” Levy Alex Stalock makes his return to grouses. “We don’t ever get good news from them. That’s how it seems.” the Worcester Sharks with a fine Grid officials hope they can change performance in a 2-1 win over the public opinion, literally one home at a Springfield Falcons. Welcome back. time, with the launching of its smart-grid


Worcester’s graduation rate still lags behind the state’s, but outperforms other urban districts. Grade: C-. 0 Homicide on Charlton Street, a shooting on Providence Street and charges brought in 2009 and 2011 alleged beatings outside of Pat’s Towing by the company’s owner and some employees. At least a suspect was arrested in the last week’s Chandler Street shooting. -4 T advisory board says it has a plan to save the MBTA money without slashing service and skyrocketing fares. The MBTA says commuterrail service may still be impacted. Worcesterites who commute to Boston and back still have to wait and see. -1 This week: +1 Last week: +5 Year to date: +5



pilot program, a $44-million project that will involve potentially 15,000 residential and business customers over a 30-squaremile area. “This is … a step into the future,” says Cheri Warren, vice president of asset management. The opt-out pilot, funded by user fees assessed to all National Grid customers, will span Webster Square, Tatnuck Square and Airport Hill. The program will make available to participants detailed information on energy use, in addition to tools to help manage it. Among the advantages for the customer will be the ability to view near real-time results of energy consumption as well as the chance to control it by shifting the use of electricity to cheaper time periods. The company will offer equipment to pilot customers, including 15,000 new meters – 5,000 of which will be installed soon, according to National Grid. In addition to outdoor meters, inside features will include a Web component, a homedisplay unit, HVAC technology and more advanced controls.

Three new basic-service rates will be offered: critical peak pricing, a peak-time rebate program and hourly pricing. The Department of Public Utilities, which oversees the state’s energy providers, is in the process of reviewing the plan. National Grid is anticipating a July rollout of the pilot. Grid officials hope to gain a better understanding of customer needs. They also want to improve communication and response times, areas they admit have been lacking. “Communication is a very critical element” to the pilot program, according to Edward White, vice president of customer strategy. “We’re going to reach out to customers in a number of ways to make sure they are informed.” Consumers will be offered a variety of ways to receive information on their energy use, he says. “Our real hope,” says Warren, calling the city its hub, “is to engage customers in a completely different way. If we can understand how Worcester ticks, we can

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One spoke at a time Land transfer brings Blackstone bike path one step closer to connection Jeremy Shulkin


ikers and hikers who have been looking forward to the construction of the 48-mile Blackstone River Bikeway, which would connect Worcester’s Union Station to Providence, R.I., via a path following the Blackstone River, have had a long wait. Originally proposed nearly 10 years ago as a joint project between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, cyclists on this side of the state border have seen work on the project start and stop in fits, jealously looking on as Rhode Island has gotten off to a quicker start in completing its half. On the Massachusetts side, cyclists and hikers only have two sections completed: a stretch just south of Walmart to the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley and another between Northbridge and Uxbridge. For avid cyclists, these stretches end just

minutes after they begin. There’s some hope that the project will be completed soon, though. As Rhode Island plugs away, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, with the help from federal transportation funds has steered money back into the bike path. Plus earlier this month the Worcester City Council completed a land transaction that conducted a land swap behind the Route 146 Walmart and Sam’s Club between the


city, state and property owners, which will now allow the state to begin working on the 7/10 mile connection between

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Youth jobs in jeopardy Kevin Koczwara


hen she was 14 years old, Sarai Rivera earned a job at a daycare center through a citybacked youth summer jobs program. The experience, she says, put her on the path toward her current career as a professor of human services at Worcester State University. But youth job funding advocates have had to fight to maintain these programs in recent years. Last year a youth lobby marched at the statehouse in Boston, and this year, they’re gearing up to do the same, as there’s no guarantee the state legislature will allocate money in next year’s budget to help organizations across the city hire and employ local youngsters like they have in the past. Rivera, now District 4’s city councilor, worries that teens in the city may not get the same kind of chance she had. “Youth employment has been a strong factor in our city for many years. It gives youth multiple things. It provides, number one, employment [so] you have kids in productive activities during the summer months when they’re out of school. Number two, it promotes some financial support,” explains Rivera, noting that the added income benefits families when kids are able to spend their own earnings on things like school clothes. “The other thing is it gives the youth solid work experience – some of these kids have never filled out an application – what it means to hunt for job, and what it means to enter the workforce. A lot of times these summer jobs are an introduction to their future employment.” “Right now there is nothing in the budget. There is nothing in the pot,” says Mary Keefe of the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, an organization that for the past nine years has actively tried to employ local teens with the help of other groups in the city. Rick Miller didn’t have the same experience working a summer job as Rivera did in Worcester; but in the last six years he has worked with local kids at the Newton Hill side of Elm Park. Miller, who works with the grounds crew at Becker College, has worked with more than 30 kids in six years since he and Keefe got in touch and started hiring teens to work at the park. He sees the program as a vital part of keeping the parks in the city in working order and giving the local teenagers responsibility in their communities, which helps keep them out of trouble. “We’ve had over 1,000 man hours put into improving the city park; that couldn’t get done without the summer-

works program,” says Miller. “The other thing you get is inner-city kids investing in their community. That’s been the beauty of this. The kids have taken ownership, in this regard – Newton Hill and Elm Park — and they’re making a difference improving the community.” Last summer some kids smashed glass bottles at the Crompton Park pool in Worcester, forcing the pool to close. Miller believes kids wouldn’t have gone and done that kind of damage if they had a job, a purpose for the summer, and if they worked there. This year, with a tight budget, Miller may not get the work force he needs to maintain Elm Park. Last year he was able to employ seven teenagers because Becker College allowed him to use part of his 40-hour-work-week at the college to supervise the kids, which saved the program from spending on a supervisor job. He hopes to give more kids a chance this year if the funding is there. Working in parks and doing manual labor aren’t the only jobs and programs affected by the lack of funding. Keefe

worries that programs at places like the Boys and Girls Club won’t have the money to hire councilors to run their activities. “Some of these [summer] jobs funded by this program are actually staffing programs like Wheels to Water. The programs for kids that happen at the Boys and Girls Clubs depend on these dollars to have councilors that can run the programs,” says Keefe. “We’re not just talking about teenagers putting money in their pockets; we’re taking about a whole infrastructure here in Worcester that provides opportunities for teens and kids.” Frank Kartheiser of Worcester Interfaith has been looking at ways to help local kids get jobs since it became a priority for the churches in the community, and he hopes with the help of Rivera, local officials, state representatives and senators that the youth jobs will be included in the final budget as a line item. But he isn’t counting on the governor’s budget to be the only continued on page 7

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When that was relayed to National Grid, a spokesperson issued this response: “… we have a long-standing working relationship with the city and are committed to continued investment in our Worcester service area. A few recent examples of that include upgrading our underground power lines and associated electrical equipment in the Franklin Street area, and we have upgrades under way in City Square. Further, we have a robust treetrimming process in place in the city.” Both O’Brien and Palmieri suggest a forum be held between representatives of the city, National Grid and the DPU. That, according to the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which oversees the DPU, is eminently doable. “Absolutely,” replies assistant press secretary for the MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Reginald Zimmerman. “Once [the review is finished], the DPU would be open to a meeting.” In the meantime, the city is proud to be a part of the pilot. “National Grid couldn’t find a better partner than this city and its residents,” assures O’Brien. “We want to be part of the future. We’re excited and we look forward to the pilot program.”

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understand how the commonwealth ticks.” The smart-grid concept did not arise as a result of the recent battery of storms in the area; it was originally proposed in 2009. The problems that stemmed from the ice storms and tornadoes in Massachusetts last year, however, did underscore the need for change. “There certainly is an element of all that that will help,” said Warren. “For example, right now our crews respond to a general area where there is a problem. Smart grid will allow us to respond to a direct location. We hope.” Calling the program “tremendous,” City Manager Michael O’Brien nonetheless sees the need to address ongoing issues, such as a recent brownout in the Plantation area that left many without power for 24 hours. “How are we going to invest to make sure we stay current and provide reliable transmission?” he asks. District 2 City Councilor Philip Palmieri voiced a similar concern. “I’m all for smart grid,” he says, “but what I don’t know is what they’re going to do for the other 63,000 customers. We need some immediate service.” The councilor also expressed frustration about overgrown trees around utility lines.

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Walmart and mcKeon Road. “In order for the state to build this path, it was necessary to gather the right of way to the entire path area,â€? explains Joseph Borbone, the city’s director of engineering. It may seem small – it is small – but the signiďŹ cance is that work has started again. It’s a good sign for people like Karin Valentine-Goins of WalkBike Worcester, a spin-off of the Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council. “It’s a spur, it’s a connector,â€? she says, but “it’s great to see it move forward.â€? While it won’t cover much distance, Valentine-Goings says it’s all about the location: behind a commercial zone. “Part of its value is illustrating to people that you can mix on- and off-road facilities,â€? she says, explaining that people

can now bike from the city, down McKeon Road and pick up items at Walmart, Sam’s Club, and whatever else is slated for the old U.S. Steel and Wire Company parcel off of Route 146. According to a report to city council earlier this month, Department of Public Works commissioner Robert Moylan wrote that the bike-path design is complete and the state is ready to put the project out for bid. “The state is 90 percent complete with those tasks and, when they are ready, a ďŹ nal review will occur,â€? Borbone writes over email. “The city expects that the state will advertise the project this summer; and construction could start in the fall, or the spring of 2013.â€? Then there’s just the matter of ďŹ nishing the rest; but at least the chain is greased and has started moving again.

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source of funds for programs in the city. He hopes local businesses like UMass Memorial Hospital, which donated $493,000 to the program last year, and WPI, which donated $25,000, will continue to work with the local groups to help employ local kids. “Our plan of action is to make sure it is in the line item,â€? says Kartheiser. According to Kartheiser, from the beginning, the program has not relied solely on dollars from the state. Since it is a relationship-based program connecting youth with their community neighbors, the organization has tried to get more private employers involved. “The largest employer of youth is UMass Memorial, [which] already provides a lot of jobs and has a strong commitment. We’re looking for other employers to step up with that same kind of commitment.â€? More and more employees will have to step in if the governor can’t pass his supplemental budget, which would include $2.3 million for youth jobs across the state, and if the well continues to dry up. In a time when job prospects are difďŹ cult for everyone, getting work for teenagers is even more so; local groups hope they can push the right buttons to dispense the money they need to get them working.

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disgruntled Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service Center patrons calling for the city to end its towing contract with the company in light of recent assault charges against former employees (including the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two sons, Patsy Santa-Maria, Jr. and David Santa-Maria) stemming from incidents in 2009 and 2011, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an easy order. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law department says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing written into contracts that explicitly says companies involved in investigations or convicted of crimes automatically lose their bids, unless there was a speciďŹ c relationship between the crime and the service. But with that in mind, it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped the legal department from reviewing the $170,600 towing contract for zones 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a substantial amount of money for a city-vendor contract, and it would actually work in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor, in terms of revenue, to ďŹ nd a new bidder. Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current contract runs until December 31, 2015.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;THIS WASNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T A TOW JOBâ&#x20AC;?: Patsy SantaMaria, Sr., owner of Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service Center says that in the 40 years theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been towing for the city theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had an issue before, and this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t warrant the city severing ties with the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our record with the city is pretty damn good,â&#x20AC;? says the elder Santa-Maria, who adds that he has since dismissed the employees involved in the altercations, including his son (one of his two sons involved didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for the company). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did that immediately because I thought it was the right thing.â&#x20AC;? Santa-Maria also wanted to make it clear that one of the incidents stemmed from a personal transaction over work done on a tractor, and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an issue involving the company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am the sole owner of Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service Center. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything wrong,â&#x20AC;? he says, arguing that this shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead to a termination of the contract. PAPER PULLERS: The Worcester elections

ofďŹ ce has seen a steady trickle of interested parties picking up signature sheets to run for ofďŹ ce, and it appears state Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) may have found himself a challenger: Steve Simonian of Auburn has started gathering signatures for a Republican bid. â&#x20AC;Ś The husband and wife team of Alwin Hopfman and Mary Beth Hopfman have also taken out papers for U.S. Senate and the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin district currently represented by state Senator Stephen Brewer. Reached by phone, Alwin says both of them have pulled papers for other people, in an effort to recruit candidates. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see an unenrolled candidate enter the race between Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren, and one of the ďŹ rst names on his list was Patrick Barron, who ran as an independent candidate for congress in 2010 against Democratic incumbent Jim McGovern and Republican challenger Marty Lamb. According to Alwin, Barron declined. â&#x20AC;Ś And just because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a challenger doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to start campaigning. State Rep. Jim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feature story, reportedly held a large organizational meeting over the weekend, which included 40 people out gathering signatures. State Rep. John Fresolo has also picked up his papers from the clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce.

THE GREEN ECONOMY COMES TO CITY HALL: The Worcester Business Journal

reported last week that National Grid has installed 18 electric-car chargers in Central Massachusetts, with eight of them located in Worcester at the following locations: Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Major Taylor Boulevard parking garage, Union Station parking garage and one at Worcester City Hall. Mayor Joe Pettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page broke the news with a photo of one of the chargers in the city-hall parking lot. Chevy Volt enthusiasts: enjoy.

THE FOOD TRUCK ECONOMY COMES TO WORCESTER: Back in November At-Large City Councilor Rick Rushton mentioned the possibility of having a food-truck festival come to Worcester. His idea seems to have come together, as the Food Trucks Festivals of New England will bring the ďŹ nest meals on wheels to Elm Park on July 14. General admission tickets will cost $30 if purchased before the event, $35 on the day of, and will allow patrons to try a serving from each cart. Though with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 streetvendor ordinance of the year limiting the number of local vendors who could set up cart the other 364 days per year, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to wonder if this is the food truck equivalent of walking scabs past a picket line. For more Worcesteria items check out and follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter. Got a tip? Email it to or call 508-749-3166 x243.



Tossing back one (or two) for a cause Janice Harvey

Above the din of a crowded tavern, Jamie Mateychuk offers the best reason for brewing a beer in honor of fallen firefighter Jon Davies: “He was a drinking-beer-around-the-fire-pit kinda guy.”

The best reason for drinking that beer is simple: proceeds from the sale of “Rescue #1” go to the children of Davies, the brave kid from Grafton Hill who went into a burning three-decker on Arlington Street and never came out. Fellow firefighter Mateychuk was in the building on that windy December morning, on the same floor as Davies, when things went terribly wrong. The horrific collapse of the structure buried the man frequently referred to as a teddy bear, a guy with no pretenses and a big heart. Mateychuk got to thinking about innovative ways to help the family left behind when a visit to the Watch City Brewing Co. of Waltham sparked the genesis of “Rescue #1.” Mateychuk’s brother Aaron is Watch City’s head brewer, and together with assistant brewer Kelly McKnight, the brothers concocted a beer that will surely satisfy Davies’ firefighting pals. “We had to come up with something similar to

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the beers these guys drink, a beer popular with men and women. That meant something along the lines of “Bud Light,” says Jamie. What they settled on was a Kolsch that goes down easily. The next step was selling it. Jamie started visiting local taverns about a month ago, and the idea has been embraced by many bar owners. Alec Lopez, owner of Armsby Abbey and The Dive Bar, has been watching it fly out of the kegs. This past weekend alone, during a 20- minute span, 14 “Rescues” went out, while 124 pints were gone in 48 hours. This brings a smile to Mateychuk’s calendar-boy face, which he is busy stuffing with items from the eclectic Armsby menu as we speak. He pauses between bites of bone-marrow slathered over toast points. “There’s been a real positive outpouring from the community,” he adds, no pun intended. “Fourteen Worcester bars and 12 in the greater Boston area have decided to carry “Rescue #1.” Anyone looking to sample the brew while kicking back for a cause can attend to the official “tapping” of Watch City Rescue #1 on Saturday, March 3. The Dive Bar will host a night devoted to getting area beer lovers acquainted with the new brew. The night has been pulled together by a couple of Davies’ former Holy Name High School classmates, Mary Kate Perry and Tim Dufault. Memorials are often expensive extravaganzas that wind up having little to do with the true spirit of those being remembered — the much-debated and yet-to-materialize Institute Park tribute to the Warehouse Six comes to mind. Given what we know about the man who made the supreme sacrifice last December, lifting a glass of Rescue #1 in his honor while helping those he loved seems to be a gesture he’d embrace — and salute.

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The article on the Compass Project, Rena Grasso’s piece on Elizabeth Warren, and the interview with John Wheaton Trexler, in the February 16 issue, were excellent--thoughtful, informative, and well-written. “Your Turn” extends the reach of the magazine beyond Worcester County, so I’m happy to see that you are carrying that page again. Sincerely, M ICH AEL T RU E Worcester

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EOPLE STREET Will you use the bike path between Worcester and Providence when its completed? AS K E D O N M A I N ST R E E T

Yes. I plan to ride my bike there.

Dieizon Almeida WORCESTER

I don’t really ride bikes, but if I did, I probably would.


No, but I think it’s really cool.

Sara Bloksberg SHREWSBURY

I’ll definitely use it.


Absolutely, I plan on using it with my four children.


Food Truck Festival comes to Worcester

I wish that Worcester would have a consistent message. Either you support food trucks or you don’t (kind of like either you support a clean environment or burn outs). Do you think that this Festival will loosen the city’s restrictions on this industry?

of town food trucks will be benefiting from Worcester’s easing of the restrictions for that one day. Have these food trucks complied with Worcester’s ordinance to provide CORI checks, a State license, a Worcester license, and an inspection by the Worcester Health Dept? I do think it’s great that Worcester is allowing this though. It shows some progressive thinking...I hope. Those of us already in the city would have had to sign up by Jan 31st to participate.

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As a food truck vendor in Worcester, I certainly do hope that this festival loosens the restrictions Worcester places on us. It certainly is a shame that after paying all my dues, and staying out here through rain or shine, and even in the winter, the out

Wow! I’m a die hard fan of the food truck. Wonderful idea. I’m gonna be all over it like chili on a hot dog. Submitted by J O E J O HNSO N on our facebook page FEBRUARY 23, 2012 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


{ coverstory } In 1996, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives found themselves taking sides in an election for speaker described by the Boston Globe as a “nasty battle” and dubbed a “bitter public battle” by the Boston Herald.

Post-vote, when the underdog Tom Finneran wrangled enough support from the state’s GOP delegation to beat the favored House Majority Leader Richard Voke, the divide among House members ran so deeply that members began to turn on each other. After what the Herald called an “11thhour defection,” a Voke supporter named Emanuel Serra, who switched sides to support Finneran, found his peers “hissing at him in a Democratic caucus and booing him on the floor of the House.” This was no rank-and-file member of the party either; Sera served as House Whip, a role given to someone with considerable respect from members of his or her political party. In the House, an individual’s political influence comes from his or her seniority and relationships – and not necessarily in that order. That influence becomes political power when those relationships




earn the person the chairmanship of a powerful committee. Caught in the middle of the speaker fight was Worcester State Representative Vincent Pedone, then just into his second term. Like most of his Democratic colleagues, Pedone picked Voke’s side, only to find himself out of favor when Finneran took over. Naturally, he was buried. Eventually, Finneran found in Pedone an ally who could bring his agenda to Worcester, while Pedone found out the importance of knowing who to vote for in an election for speaker – something he became very good at the rest of his legislative career. That knowledge helped turn Worcester into an understated power in the House. As Pedone’s star rose, he caught up to another long-time Worcester Representative, John Binienda. Both went on to chair influential committees, Binienda with Rules Committee and Pedone with Bills in the Third Reading, essentially meaning any piece of legislation making its way to the House floor for a vote would have to face scrutiny by two Worcesterites, both of whom could finesse bills they liked and slow down – or even stop – ones they didn’t. Binienda loved the whole locomotive/ caboose arrangement, calling himself “Mr. In” and Pedone “Mr. Out.” “We had both ends of the scale covered,” he remembers fondly. By 2009, a third Worcester Representative, Bob Spellane, earned a chairmanship, giving three of the city’s five reps enviable access to the Speaker



Worcester State Representative Vincent Pedone ended his 20-year career in the legislature this past January, to take a job as executive officer of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University System.


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Former State Senator Ed Augustus believes it’s not just individual politicians or politics that will keep Worcester in the minds of those on the other side of Route 128, but geopolitics.

of the House and his leadership team. Add in former mayor Tim Murray as a secondterm lieutenant governor, Senate stalwart Harriette Chandler, Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis and Shrewsbury Rep. Karyn Polito angling for statewide jobs in the upcoming election, not to mention Worcesterites in powerful cabinet positions like secretary of education and secretary of transportation, and observers started to wonder when exactly Worcester

started taking a chunk out of Boston’s political power. “As odd as it may seem … Worcester is becoming a political epicenter of the state,” wrote political watcher David Bernstein in a September 2010 Boston Phoenix article titled “Worcester Rising,” crediting the aforementioned pols, along with Congressman Jim McGovern and then-mayor Joe O’Brien as other fast risers among the state’s political ranks.

“There was a real moment in time when we had people in the right places,” says O’Brien, now an at-large city councilor, with Murray in the statehouse, Pedone in the legislature and McGovern at the federal level. (Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien also had an important role, but he is not an elected official.) That positioning paid dividends in terms of attention and money coming to Worcester, with the sale of the Worcester airport to MassPort, the re-location of CSX to the city in exchange for added train service and the finalization of the CitySquare project, which O’Brien calls “awash in state money.” Outside of that, the state chose Worcester as the site of a new hospital and built a new high school. You could make the argument that more happened in Worcester between 2009 and 2011 than in the previous 50 years.

NOT THE SAME AS IT WAS? Call it a Worcester

renaissance or the golden age of Worcester politics,

but it might’ve ended soon after it began.

Pedone stepped down from his 20-year career in the legislature this past January, to take a job as executive officer of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University System and Spellane chose not to run for re-election in 2010 after a scandal-plagued last two terms in office, pruning Worcester’s chairmanships from three in 2009 to one in 2012. Worcester’s Jeffrey Mullan, the state’s transportation secretary, resigned in 2011 to look for a job in the private sector after facing criticism of his handling of a light fixture that fell from the ceiling of a Big Dig tunnel. Murray has been hammered in the Boston press for his ties to disgraced Chelsea Housing executive Michael McLaughton with reports that the “political grifter” illegally raised campaign cash for Murray, and in return, Murray appointed his son, Matthew, to a $60,000 per year state board job. Former and current local politicians and legislative aides admit that Worcester’s political presence has taken one to the jaw, particularly with the loss of Pedone. No one believes Worcester’s been cast

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back to the pile of Gateway Cities looking for a way into the big boys’ politics club, but they will say something’s been lost. “The city’s in a transition phase,” says Glodis, a former state senator who now keeps a pulse on the statehouse with his Glodis Group lobbying firm. He adds that Worcester still has its “anchor” in Binienda and two respected senators in Chandler and Michael Moore. “It’s a different time, let’s just say that,” offers Peter Blute, Worcester’s former congressman and current Massachusetts GOP deputy. “Now we’re certainly at a

Others fear that could already be the case. Local political observers say Pedone played the important role of pushing a citywide agenda in the legislature, often advocating for the city as a whole, not just his district. “Vince did become a go-to guy for a lot of folks down there,” says former State Senator Ed Augustus. “The loss of Vinny Pedone is a big loss. A real leader for the city of Worcester when an issue came up,” Blute says. And now, the question is who takes over that role? Pedone arguably has the closest relationship among any in the

especially ones that don’t seek out Boston media for their news, probably have little idea how different the narratives around Murray have been in Boston versus the rest of the state.

The Boston Globe, the Herald and talk radio stations like WRKO have hammered the Lt. Governor relentlessly. While news outlets in Central and Western Massachusetts continue to treat his November car accident as the starting

effect is toxic.” The editorial followed that some elected officials “played the game … tolerating it as a price of entry or participating in order to build a network of supporters,” adding “Murray belongs to the latter category.” Mentioning this article to local politicos draws some pauses and sharp inhales. “That was tough,” Blute exhales. Murray’s political career has hit a rough patch, but people in Central Massachusetts – at least his Democratic colleagues think he’ll survive it. David Schaefer, a political science PHOTOS/STEVEN KING

Left: Jim O’Day has represented the Fourteenth Worcester since 2007. Center: “Now we’re certainly at a lower ebb in terms of [power],” offers Peter Blute, Worcester’s former congressman and current Massachusetts GOP deputy. Right: David Schaefer, a political science professor at Holy Cross believes that Murray’s McLaughlin connection “will impact his chances of succeeding Deval Patrick as Governor,” but in the sense that they are “an invitation for rivals to challenge him.”

lower ebb in terms of [power].” “It’s a political loss for the city,” says Binienda on Pedone’s departure. “Rest assured, they’re missing several voices from the table,” when it comes to chairmen meeting with House leadership. “I’m hoping that the impact is negligible.” Binienda says he’s doing what he can to mitigate that impact himself. As it’s currently budget season in the statehouse, Binienda says he’s presented his and a list of Pedone’s funding priorities to the Ways and Means committee hoping that those line items find their way into the House’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget. “I told the Ways and Means committee that it’s very important,” Binienda says. “If we don’t maintain that, we’re going to look like we’re a weaker delegation.”



Worcester delegation with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo – even convincing him to come out for a tour of Becker College’s MassDIGI program in the fall of 2010. Aside from Binienda, the city’s delegation remains young: Jim O’Day is still in his fourth year and John Mahoney has only one term under his belt. John Fresolo has been in the House since 1999, and while he serves on the important Ways and Means committee, he doesn’t have an influential chairmanship position.

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point in coverage, Boston media has stopped using that as a hook for readers, instead focusing on his relationships, fundraising and cell-phone activity. Democratic politicians, Murray included, are used to being hounded by the Herald and belittled by Howie Carr, but the Globe has continued to dog Murray with both articles and editorials. As recently as February 12, the Globe published a lengthy editorial with their strongest condemnation of the Lt. Governor to date. “Murray, in seeking to extricate himself from the McLaughlin mess, is drawing deeply from this well of excuses,” the Globe wrote. “But voters know what’s going on, and so do honest government employees and business people looking to locate firms in Massachusetts. And the

professor at Holy Cross believes that the McLaughlin ties “will impact his chances of succeeding Deval Patrick as Governor,” but in the sense that they are “an invitation for rivals to challenge him.” Others from Worcester say it’s a media construct – that places like the Globe don’t want a “white, Irish, blue-collar worker from Worcester” for a presumed 2014 gubernatorial front-runner. “If it came down to voting for either Tim Murray or Jesus Christ for Governor, I’d vote for Tim Murray,” Binienda says. In keeping with the religious theme, he says the Boston media has been “crucifying him.” “He’s still the guy that helped close the deal with MassPort, still the guy that continued on page 14


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brought everyone to the table for CSX.â&#x20AC;? Others say the attention on Murray hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed the way legislators and administrators work with him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tim still has an enormous amount of clout and power,â&#x20AC;? says one insider. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more concern for Murray than there is being seen with Murray.â&#x20AC;? Others believe that Murray hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost power because politics change quickly, and with the next election in November 2014, savvy politicians know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lifetime away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tim is still the Lt. Governor and is going to be the Lt. Governor for the next three years,â&#x20AC;? says Augustus.

And very few believe that Murray has lost power since the Globe began investigating his relationship with McLaughlin in October. In fact, at a Democratic campaign-kickoff event in Worcester two weeks ago, Murray received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the politicos present. Governor Patrick has ďŹ rmly supported his LG, which has helped keep stability in the legislative-executive relationship; one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to Worcester. As the state government has shifted away from using earmarks to fund projects and groups in legislative districts and turned to budgeted line items (a process the executive branch has more control over), Murray can continue to advocate for Central Massachusetts harder than most others in the administration would.

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For one, Senator Chandler recently saw a promotion to majority whip in the State Senate, essentially making her leadership behind Senate President Therese Murray and the Senate majority leader. The issue, though, is while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a position that commands respect and power, it has little legislative control like chairing Ways and Means or Bills in the Third Reading. But, as a rule, the Senate has more control shaping the budget than the Governor or the House, since they offer their priorities last. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say we still have some folks who are still in leadership, pushing an agenda for the city,â&#x20AC;? says Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day, at least temporarily, can claim that honor. As vice-chair of Pedoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Third Reading committee, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now the acting chair. Speaker of the House DeLeo also hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t made any indication heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pick a replacement soon, though Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day expects that to come eventually. While he says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to keep his top spot, he adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this will be a permanent assignment,â&#x20AC;? likely because someone with more seniority will take it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see Jimmy [Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day] get it, not just for Jimmy but for John Binienda,â&#x20AC;? Binienda says, noting it would give Worcester back control over the front and back ends of bills. With Pedoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for voting for the winning speaker, Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest legislative members, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Day and John Mahoney, have found themselves in the good graces of DeLeo and other important players in the statehouse. While theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re far from senior members, at least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not starting out digging out of a temporary political grave. Augustus believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just

individual politicians or politics that will keep Worcester in the minds of those on the other side of Route 128, but geopolitics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the region, because of the assets and population growth, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to continue to demand attention,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just forcing folks to pay attention, to continue to be relevant.â&#x20AC;? Redistricting has helped. Worcester County will claim four congressional districts in 2012, with current incumbents Jim McGovern (D-Worcester), Richard Neal (D-SpringďŹ eld), Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) and the 4th Congressional District, which will likely come down to candidates Republican Sean Bielat and Democrat Joe Kennedy III. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty good representation at the federal level.â&#x20AC;? Because Binienda understands the 15th Worcester legislative district doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a sitting representative right now (Pedoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff have stayed on), heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ling a bill that would immediately seat the winner of Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election. Even when the House delegation ďŹ lls all ďŹ ve seats, not one of them, save Binienda, will have Pedoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience or rolodex, though. Augustus isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alarmed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ebbs and ďŹ&#x201A;ows [in power]. And individuals, we all come and go.â&#x20AC;? But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope Worcester got everything it couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve out of 2009 and 2010, because it might be another decade before state government is so stacked in Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor again.





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Loud, bold colors and fantastic shapes greet the viewer of Interstellar, the new exhibition of paintings by Carrie Moyer in the Contemporary Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum. Halffamiliar foreground forms give way to silhouette, opening onto equally half-recognizable background figures. Smears of red can look like blood, paintings of ceramic vessels can look like people, people can look like insects or bones. Interpenetrating layers of paint create scenes and images that seem suddenly flash-lit, stroboscopic or like MRIs.

“I’m hoping people have a visceral reaction to the paintings,” says Moyer, a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has shown in New York City galleries and who is on the faculty at Hunter College. All abstract, all done in acrylic, the paintings are each a “point of engagement,” says Susan Stoops, the show’s curator. One’s initial disorientation becomes a bodily awareness. Stoops describes the paintings as “hybrids between abstraction and figuration,” in which “color both defines shapes and breaks them down. They break boundaries between solid and translucent, between flat and illusionistic space.” The idea for the show came about last summer. Stoops wanted to bring Moyer’s work to a larger, different audience. The show is an overview of Moyer’s work since 2006, with two or three works from each of several previous series, “representative of a bigger set of ideas – call it the cosmic,” says Moyer. Her most recent paintings are a cross between painting and glazing, featuring “layers and layers of color that build on complexity through glazing and

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Doreen Manning veiling,” she says. Stoops calls Moyer’s newer work “freer compositionally,” and says it reaches a “different level of hen you think of a quick tour you probably think along the lines complexity.” of someone walking you through the newfangled self-checkout Moyer explores “the connection between the flowing and aisle of your local supermarket – but a quick tour at Worcester liquid, and hard edges, hard forms.” Most of her works start Art Museum (WAM)? That sounds a bit far fetched for such an established with her pouring gesso shapes: “skeletons, clouds, plasma…” organization with a deep collection of art work - yet it’s true. WAM’s Zip Tours then using brushes, rollers and are a quick way to learn extensively about a singular piece of artwork beyond PHOTO SUBMITTED her hands, working on “building a the simple description hanging on the wall. vocabulary of techniques or ways to Scheduled roughly every other week for the past two years, the Zip Tour was put the paint down.” Residencies at inspired by docent David Snell, who would often delve into a specific work with rustic communities like Yaddo and visitors, offering his wealth of knowledge on a particular piece beyond what was the MacDowell Colony and a trip to simply written on the wall. the Southwest have opened Moyer “These shorter talks were perceived as casual and less of a time to using “the natural environment commitment, so something that wouldn’t require the attention of, say, one of as a new palette,” according to our usual weekend public tours which last an hour,” explains Katrina A. Stacy, Stoops. The interior world is found assistant curator of education at WAM. In fact, the previous hour-long tour once in images of the body, the exterior held every Saturday was canceled due to low attendance. “We found that when world in renderings of landscapes. we could promote the topic in advance, people started showing up, and in pretty Moyer says she’s been inspired by good numbers.” Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollack, This week’s Zip Tour on Saturday, Feb. 25, will focus upon an anonymous, pop artists and “a mixture of a lot 14th-century Venetian painting titled “Last Judgment,” and will be led by docent of influences.” She is interested in Ginny Powell-Brasier. color and uses acrylics rather than The 63-year-old retired high-school teacher from Holden has been a docent the more traditional oils, seeking for the past two years and, to date, has 10 Zip Tours under her volunteer sash. to “reach out beyond the gallery,” Taking her role seriously, Powell-Brasier often invests hours of research at the to use material – plastic – that is WAM library or local library brushing up on a specific work of art, and often part of everyday experience. Her seeks help from museum staff such as curators, their assistants and teachers. “I background in graphic design also spend a lot of time alone with the piece itself,” says Powell-Brasier. informs her work. Stoops finds in “Often, I’ll ask museum guards for their insights. They spend more time in the Moyer’s works a response to the art museum’s galleries than anyone else and have a special relationship with the world’s impersonality and “taboos Museum’s collection. against beauty.” These works invite Zip Tours are chosen by the docents, who then sign themselves up for any you “to be seduced by beauty,” given Saturday. Staff has found that given the autonomy to choose their own she says. “These paintings are not tour topic offers a more enlightened and enthusiastic tour. divorced from the world. They “Interestingly, however,” says Stacy, “… it turns out [Ginny] chooses are inclusive; there is room for works that don’t appeal to STEVEN KING everything.” her at first, because in the For Moyer, end, after all of her research, says Stoops, “the she grows to love them. painting is the That is really clear when she way to connect gives a tour.” with the viewer.” She speaks of Moyer’s According to Stacy, sense of connection with people and art the popularity of the Zip forms of the past, a connection explicitly Tours reflects the heart and taken up in Moyer’s series, The Stone Age. soul of WAM’s educational Stone figurines, female forms and fertility philosophy. “It is so very goddesses appear, or are suggested, important for people to learn alternately, as figure or ground. how to slow down, learn Moyer says that she is happy to be to look closely, observe Ginny Powell-Brasier having this show. “The space in the clues the artist has left museum is beautiful,” she says. “To be in us, and appreciate the a place with such a rich history is really object’s aesthetics on deeper level. You can’t do that if you are making knee-jerk wonderful.” It seems fair to say that Moyer is now a part of judgments on a race to see everything in the building,” she explains. that rich history. For Powell-Brasier, the Zip Tours are a great way for visitors to explore the Carrie Moyer: Interstellar at the Worcester Art Museum museum’s collection in a way that he or she can appreciate the beauty and skill February 11 – August 19, 2012; Artist Talk on Thursday, that went into its creation – and in today’s digital age of instant gratification, you April 19, 6 p.m. Conference Room, Higgins Education Wing, might find that this is just the knowledge you have been looking for. 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.




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Seattle Slew! How about Seattle Stew? On Friday, Feb. 24, ’90s rock will PHOTO SUBMITTED be on display when Seattlestyle rockers (via Northampton) Orange Television return to Beatnik’s with Minions of Funk.

“We’re chums with [Beatnik’s] now,” says O-TV bass player and Worcester native, Myles Heffernan. “I like the room a lot. We love the bartenders, and it just seems like an up-andcoming, positive scene.” Orange Television’s brand of heavy rock (Myles emphasizes “hard rock, but not heavy metal”) fits Beatnik’s laid-back, but often heavy rocking vibe to a T, with liberal seasoning of Alice in Chains, Temple of the Dog, and Pearl Jam, along with the obligatory Zeppelin influence that underpins all of these acts. The band’s self-identified genre includes psychedelia, which, in this case means black light, ’70s stoner rock more than day-glo jam band, twirling rock, though the instrumental “Bill Cosby,” from their summer 2011 release “Extended Play,” could find a home on a Phish set list, with its intricate, ironic changes and arrangement. The rest of the album leans heavily on dark and eerie Lane Staley-ish harmonies, tight, in-the-pocket drums and bass, and white rock-funk—pioneered by Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith in the early ’70s—and frequently dodges into shadowy corners of loose, spacey “Seasons



of Wither”-like modes. A couple of tunes even step out into more accessible pop, like “What To Do,” which dons a Coldplay suit with light percussion, Rhodes piano,

delay-soaked and Wes Montgomery octave guitar, and heartwrenching lyrics about aging and regret. The new CD is the culmination of several “iterations” of the band, whose lineup has settled into Nate Martel (guitar and vocals), Howie Jay (guitar, piano

and vocals), Monte Arnstam (drums, percussion and vocals), and Myles (bass). The eclectic but unified CD was recorded last year at a western Massachusetts studio run by a friend of the band and then really brought to fruition in the mixing stage under the direction of Alex Chakour, son of local musician Mitch Chakour. Myles says that the band’s songwriting approach varies by song. “Paper,” he says – citing it as his favorite on the album – was written in about two minutes, after a period of writer’s block. “I had just come back from the bathroom and they were jamming on this cool little thing, and the band got it together,” he says, emphasizing the “band approach” to writing and recording, which seems to infuse their entire musical philosophy. About the direction of the band, Myles says, “We want it to be anything, as long as we’re all into it. We just do it. It’s just fun, it’s freeing. It’s a fun band to be in.” This, Myles says, doesn’t undermine the band’s craft, however. “Professionalism is part of it,” he assures. To Orange TV, though, professionalism isn’t about adapting hackneyed stage

shtick, but rather getting better at presenting their vibe. “We try to make our live show flow very well. We’ll play backup loops between songs.” These “pre-recorded, ambient” loops that they present live and similar sonic ear-candy that appears on the new album help to evoke the band’s taste for trippy textures and provide useful segues, too. This professional attitude has helped the band to evolve quickly from the bass and guitar duet Myles started with Howie as UMass Amherst students in 2008 to the lean, tight and polished act playing throughout New England (and New York) today. It also helps the band to respond to ever-changing club designs, atmospheres and audiences. Myles says that the band likes to suit their material to the particular audience they’re faced with. So, while they may express a strong tendency toward moody, ambient gloom rock, Orange Television also understands a bar crowd’s desire to rock out and to hear familiar songs, and, as such, includes covers of songs by MGMT, Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Aeroplane”), Neil Young (“Down by the River”) and Led Zeppelin (“No Quarter”). (In fact, the band will cover “Houses of the Holy” in its entirety at Northampton’s Iron Horse this spring.) Though, Myles says, the band doesn’t exactly reinvent these covers, they are so close to the vibe of this band anyway that they should blend right in. Come out and support Myles on his homecoming and what should be night of intense and often powerful rock in one of Worcester’s most live-music friendly venues. Orange Television with Minions of Funk at Beatnik’s on Friday, February 24; located at 433 Park Avenue, Worcester. 508-926-8877, Learn more about the band at orangetelevision. tv and check out Minions of Funk on Facebook.




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Hats off to Captain Cat Mathew Stepanski

It was a rainy summer night in 2010. The Red Sox were battling their rivals in New York. I was in a Boston loft, agitated to miss the game but excited the tenant was playing one of my favorite records. I was with a beautiful, long-lost girl, and we were about to witness the world premiere of a little Worcester band called Captain Cat.

It consisted of four guys: Sam Pope, Mike Seed, Lars Paulson and Matt Dinaro. They warned us at first that they didn’t have too many original compositions, and dove into their brief but incredible catalogue of songs about love, rejection and regrets. The night could not have gone better; Captain Cat completely captivated their audience. Their songs were not only insanely catchy, but also as honest as they come. The best part was, they were having fun, an often rarity in popular music today. The set ended with all the band members crashing into each other, falling helplessly over their instruments, and ending in a cartoonish pile of self-conscious talent. Those in attendance were a little confused, but couldn’t stop smiling…these guys were a breath of fresh air. And the Sox won. Talk about a perfect night. Now, here it is, nearly two years later, and Captain Cat has cleaned up its act. They’re still fun and honest, but they’re tighter and more memorable than ever. Paulson and Dinaro have left; Ben Gitkind, Justin Winn and Adam Wallis have entered. They’ve become the unofficial house band at Worcester’s greatest bar, Hotel Vernon, and they always pack the house with all generations. It makes sense, of course, considering they’re equal parts Beatles and Ramones. Their most recent show was, unsurprisingly, perfect. It was catchy – the audience was singing along with songs they had never heard before – and it was dangerous. Pope kicked the mic stand

when he realized his vocals weren’t loud enough. It felt a little like seeing The Who back in the ’60s: melodic and edgy, but always fun. These kids are alright… Late last year, they brought a slew of self-produced untitled CDs to a live show. Two minutes later, they were all gone. The crowd was so thrilled that they literally could not get enough. Their sound borders the line of oldies pop and ’60s garage, but

they occasionally pepper their sets with covers of The Stones, Thin Lizzy, and The Clash. It’s also not out of character for them to find themselves at a townie bar and jump onto stage, pleasing locals with a slew of favorites. They’re quirky fellows, too. They once showed up at a show with plenty of merchandise…but it was all “yard-sale stuff,” including used video games and

hopefully, from the area that we can play with.” Like-minded musicians, if you will. Even Seed admits, “I give my best songs to the band...that’s everything that I am.” He spoke as one of his favorite albums (and mine), “Odyssey and Oracle” by The Zombies played in the background, a perfect example of their influence. Make sure to check them out on their Bandcamp website to see what I mean. PHOTO SUBMITTED

never limits itself to any particular genre. I caught up with Captain Cat after a practice of their most recent material, and asked what their influences were. “We’re trying to channel old-school rock and roll,” guitarist Gitkind tells me. “But through modern, punk sensibilities.” “It boils down to this,” says Seed. “We’re just playing old Buddy Holly songs.” They’re not pure ’50s, though, as

a piece of paper that “might have been signed by Jim Carrey.” This show would later get shut down after four songs by campus police at an obscure college. Strangely enough, Captain Cat considers this to be their “peak.” But then again, it’s hard to tell when they’re kidding. Ultimately, they confess that they’re a big fish in a small pond. “We’re looking for another band, or multiple bands,

Captain Cat is playing Saturday, March 10, at the Vernon. Do yourself a favor and stop by. Bring your significant other... they’ll fall deeper in love with you. Both of you will get caught up in the music, a return to innocence with a hint of onstage peril — pure pop for now people.



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Picking the 2012 Academy Awards David Wildman

It’s always a fool’s errand to try to predict whom Hollywood will choose to honor. That much said, I’ve had a good track record of guessing in the past, but this year all bets are off. Never before have I outright hated so many of the available choices. Here’s a list of decent flicks left off the list for contention: “The Debt,” “Shame,” “Drive,” “The Ides of March,” “Margin Call” and “The Skin I Live In.” Granted these might not all have been Oscar worthy, but I’d take any one of them over “Albert Nobbs,” “The Tree of Life,” “Midnight in Paris” or “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” It baffles me the volume and low quality of the films the Academy has settled on. It’s like trying to choose from the list of GOP presidential contenders. Anyway, fool’s errand, here we go.

Best Picture: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – manipulative tear-jerk dreck exploiting memories 9/11. “The Tree of Life” – like clicking back and forth randomly between a bad nighttime soap opera and a dinosaur documentary on the Discovery Channel. “Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen please stop! “The Help” – The Herman Cain of this year’s contest, inexplicably included due to white guilt or something. “War Horse” – misplaced sentimentality towards Hollywood’s own war horse Steven Spielberg. “The Descendants” – excellent but will take the hit from George Clooney’s overexposure. “Moneyball” – quality stuff but the industry doesn’t care quite enough about the Oakland A’s. “Hugo” – has a chance because of Scorsese’s name being attached. Ultimately though Hollywood won’t be able to resist giving the statue to “The Artist,” a surprisingly great silent film that is a tribute to everything positive

about its legacy. Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” – his vehicle is a strong one but will not carry Dujardin all the way with it. George Clooney, “The Descendants” – a great role but I believe this is the year Clooney will get blanked. Demian Bichir, “A Better Life” – sorry dude, but I don’t think so. Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – Oldman’s film was a bit too sprawling and unfocused. “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt – I think Pitt will nail it with this truly great, charismatic performance. Best Actress: Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – she was phenomenal, but there is a sense that her performance – like the film – was a carbon copy. Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs” – I know this was her baby, but as far as baby’s go, it was stillborn. Viola Davis, “The Help” – give me a break. Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn” – awful performance, awful film. Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady” – head and shoulders above everybody else she should take this one if there is any justice in the world. Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn” – see Michelle Williams above. Nick Nolte, “Warrior” – maybe. Jonah Hill, “Moneyball” – I actually liked him, but no way. Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” – too sentimental. Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – best thing about the film, he’ll win it. Best Supporting Actress: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs” – better than Close, but that’s not saying much. Jessica Chastain, “The Help” – if she was nominated for “The Debt” I’d say thumbs up. Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids” – is this a joke? Octavia Spencer, “The Help” – somebody help me, please! Berenice Bejo, “The Artist” – that scene with the jacket was unforgettable. She’ll get it. Best Director: “The Artist,” Michael Hazanavicius – great job, but I think the Academy will be waiting to see what else he does before he gets an Oscar. “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne – I loved this film, but it wasn’t “Sideways.” Enough said. “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen – ha ha! Good joke. “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese – if he hadn’t won for “The Departed” he’d be a shoe-in. “Tree of Life,” Terrance Malick – he’s done such better work in the past, and I think that’s why he will win.


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Situated beside the historic and scenic Grafton common, the colonial facade of the Grafton Inn has welcomed locals for over 200 years. While patrons visiting the restaurant and bar are ushered to the side door on Upton Street, there is little doubt why this building is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon entering, visitors are first greeted by a long bar that on our particular visit was packed with locals and a singersongwriter entertaining the crowd. On a Thursday night, my co-diners Marcos and Nikolas and I were seated immediately in the dining room, a large area partitioned

into two sections, with ample space for large parties. While the restaurant and bar have been brought to the 21st century, ornate molding, comfortable large wooden tables, and classic paintings of Americana give the space a rustic, colonial feel that is never forced and perfectly fitting. The menu at the Grafton Inn is not especially large, and consists mostly of American comfort food with the occasional appearance of a few Italian dishes, including half-a-dozen thincrust grilled pizzas. Our server took our drink order immediately, but we were all disappointed by sparse choices on the beer menu — for a restaurant that features a sizable bar, one might expect more than the standard list of American extra-light lagers. Nevertheless, we launched into our dinner orders. I began my meal with a cup of clam chowder that arrived barely 30-seconds after placing the order. The chowder was pale white and pasty thick, with large hunks of potato and clams practically falling out of the cup. While the chowder was a welcome respite from the damp February weather, it was not thoroughly hot, and some chunks of potato were Late Nite Kitchen Menu Thurs, Till 11PM


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not as soft as I expected. The cold spots of chowder notwithstanding, our salads arrived shortly after, and though they were not remarkably large, the temperature was just right and the mixed greens were fresh, suggesting that these were prepared to order rather than earlier in the day. Given that we visited the Grafton Inn in the midst of a cold February rain shower, I opted for an American favorite for my entrée — Chicken Pot Pie — while Marcos selected Pasta Alfredo with linguine and Nikola opted for the Louisiana Steak. Our meals arrived quickly, though neither Marcos nor I were particularly impressed with the size of our entrées; at about $12 each, the prices were reasonable. My pot pie came served in a crock, with a tall stack of puff pastry serving as the crust. After letting the pot pie cool, I was pleased to find thick hunks of chicken, peas, carrots and onions simmering in a thick and creamy sauce. Markos’ tasty

Pasta Alfredo was served with two slices of garlic bread and the sauce was savory without being overwhelmingly creamy. The star of our dinner, though, was Nikola’s steak—a large, juicy and perfectly cooked sirloin with black-pepper spices giving each bite a kick. Served with a scoop of mashed potatoes, the steak—described on the menu as “John’s Favorite”—was the largest of all of our entrées, and for less than $20, made for an affordable dinner. The Grafton Inn has served as a restaurant and meeting place for travelers for hundreds of years, and while the colonial charm is certainly authentic, our entrées did not completely convince us that it’s worth the drive out to Grafton for return visits. Still, with fair prices and excellent service, the Grafton Inn should continue to meet guests’ needs for at least another century.

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Tacos and margaritas are the specialties at Tacos Acapulco, where cheap, but delicious, Mexican food is served. Try any variety of huge quesadillas with a mixture of add-ins for only $8.49, as well as delectable dinner plates that include fajitas with mixed shrimp or chicken. And don’t forget to order Tacos Acapulco’s famous margarita to wash it all down! “This is 100 percent Mexican food,” comments manager Ramon Picasso. “My food has the Mexican taste.” Located on 344 Boston Tpk., Shrewsbury. Call 508-425-3593 for questions or to place an order (with free delivery!). Chef Wilson Wang, from Baba Sushi on Park Avenue,


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Get your kids off the computer and into the kitchen after they attend the Teens Cook: French Bistro class at the Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks. Bistros are casual restaurants that offer the best of rustic French cookingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; nothing fancy, but there are some great classics, and we know that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to love the challenges of this menu. Some of the plats du jour: soupe du jour, steak frites (grilled steak and fries!), and Tart Tatin (French apple tart). $45; 1-4 p.m. Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Rd., Southborough. 508904-6589. 1.4 Billion Reasons - The Presentation, a multimedia exhibition developed by The Global Poverty Project, is traveling the globe engaging and inspiring audiences to understand and get involved in the movement to end extreme poverty; 6-8 p.m. Kinnicutt Hall, Kinnicutt Hall/Salisbury 115. globalpovertyproject. com. Worcester State Theatre presents The Weir - today through Saturday, Feb. 25. In a rural Irish pub, the local men tell ghost stories, trying to impress a young woman who has recently moved into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hauntedâ&#x20AC;? house. The tables are turned when she tells a tale of her own. Performances: Feb. 23, 24, 25 @ 8 p.m. and Feb. 26 @ 2 p.m.; $14 general admission, $10 seniors, $7 students. Worcester State University, Administration Building, Fuller Theatre A-262, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8843.


Chaser at the Hotel Vernon and enjoy a night of live music, rafďŹ&#x201A;es, and $1 beer from 8 p.m. until midnight, with music by Cleansing Wave (featuring WoRDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Messy MurderHer) plus Partiac Arrest, The Dungeoneers, Dope Stroke, Ancient Power and Pizza Face. $5 cover, 21+, free nuts and a little spin with DJ Steve. Hotel Vernon, 16 Kelley Square, Worcester.

Shrek-The Musical is based on the OscarÂŽ winning DreamWorks ďŹ lm that started it all, bringing the hilarious story of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite ogre to life on stage. $35, $45, $55 and $65; Feb. 24 @ 8 p.m., Feb. 25 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Feb. 26 @ 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, Rare Breed with The Hollow Glow (Formerly Ra), My New Disaster (playing a Prince show!) and Crescent Hill. The Hollow Glow is: Ben Carroll on vocals and guitar (ex RA), Tom Connors on bass, Travis Barton banging drums $7; 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or ďŹ nd them on Facebook. BĂŞlit is an acoustic quartet that plays covers with guitars, harmonica, ukulele, and djembe. Free; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mahoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 413 Park Ave. 508-277-1073.

Roadkill Orchestra, Sheez Late, Kevin Williams & The Invisible Orphans, and Jacob Haller are playing The Raven, tonight. 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or ďŹ nd them on Facebook. Hey, all you golfers dreaming of springtime tee times, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you check out the 3rd Annual Central New England Golf Expo today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The NE Golf Expo includes not only courses, but manufacturers, retailers, distributors,

Happy Jack is a Who tribute band that is returning to JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tonight at 9 pm. Rock out to all your favorite Who tunes! No cover charge. JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Trina Vargas and The Bobby Gadoury Trio play Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tonight with no cover so you have no excuse; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Pathogenic, The Absence of Sun, The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Still Silent can be found on stage tonight at The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or ďŹ nd them on Facebook.


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The ďŹ rst in a series, Whispers in the Walls: Isaac Davis House looks to take the public behind the closed doors of some of Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic and fascinating homes and discover the lives of people who inhabited them. Step back in time as the Worcester Club exposes how they lived their private lives. A history of the house and the people who lived there will be given as you tour the building. The ďŹ rst home we will open the doors to will be the Isaac Davis house, currently known as the Worcester Club at 1 Oak St. The ďŹ rst tour will begin promptly at 1 p.m. with the second tour beginning promptly at 1:15 p.m. Call 508-753-8278 to reserve your spot. $8; 1-3 p.m. Worcester Club, 1 Oak St. 508-753-8278,



Celebrate winter at Tower Hill during its First Annual Winter Carnival. With or without snow, all kinds of activities will delight children and families of all ages. Programs will include indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, live Alpacas from Great Rock Alpacas of Barre, outdoor winter games, ice-sculpture demonstrations by Rhode Island artist Sean Harrington, guided walks focused on ďŹ nding animal tracks, spotting winter birds, and identifying trees in winter. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafts and a Music Together Family Jingle Jam will round out the day. Popcorn and hot cider or cocoa will also be available. Whatever the conditions, Tower Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orangerie, Limonaia, and Winter Garden are always a delight, in addition to the beautiful woodland trails. Included with admission: $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, children younger than 6 are free; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111,

Packing a Punch w/Robert Oborne at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Restaurant. In honor of Charles Huffam Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 200th birthday, host Robert Oborne will showcase a preparation of Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favorite beverage, the Charles Dickens Punch, a ďŹ&#x201A;aming libation. Tasting is $5 and begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by Cirkestra! at 9:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.


BYOBlues play great American blues at Sahara Cafe & Restaurant from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.


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Underground Sound Records and present Splash Of The Titans, Outland Camp, Weird Die, Young Wize, Dope Men, Wayne Da Payne, MacDaddy Mills, Vocal, Dirty Durdie, Political Animals and Skull Phuck. Tickets $10 adv., $12 door; 6-11 p.m. The Palladium (upstairs), 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Worcester Sharks vs. Providence Bruins with a guest celebrity appearance during this March of Dimes Night and Boy Scout On-Ice Sleep Over. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $2 Friday, which means $2 hot dogs, popcorn or soda. Tickets are $10-$26; 7:30-11:30 p.m. DCU Center-Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-929-0500,

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Harlem Globetrotters at the DCU Center will feature outstanding rookies including Paul “Tiny” Sturgess; the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7’-8”, Jonte “Too Tall” Hall; the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5’-2”; and Fatima “TNT” Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob “Hops” Tucker. $130.75, $50.75, $38.75, $28.75 and $20.75; 2-5 p.m. DCU Center-Arena and Convention Center, Arena, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800.

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the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, 1 College St. 508-793-3356, Alan Rosen, a renowned scholar of Holocaust literature, will give a lecture titled The Words, Too, Will Nourish: Poetry and Resistance, which will question if poetry written during and in the aftermath of the Holocaust is a form of resistance. If so, he asks, how and what does it resist? Rosen will draw on, among others, the poetry of Avraham Sutzkever. Rosen studied under the supervision of renowned Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. He has taught Holocaust literature at colleges and universities in the United States and Israel, including Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. Free; 7:30-9 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Smith Hall, Rehm Library, 1 College St. As an icon offers the devout worshipper tangible evidence of the intangible heavenly world, an early map confirms the reality of a faraway land that lies outside the observer’s sensory experience. In this unique exhibition Maps: Pathways to Russia, trace the West’s discovery of Russia through a carefully selected sequence of original maps and views, printed in Europe during the 15th through 18th centuries. This special selection of 32 maps and artifacts, never before shown to the public, are from the distinguished private collection of Denis Khotimsky. Free with museum admission, now through Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum of Russian Icons, West Gallery, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000,

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During the HUMANARTS series, renowned harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will perform for free today at 12:30 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7592.

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Tzveta Sofronieva reads her poems in German and English during Words, Worlds and the In-Between. Free; 2:303:30 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Stein Hall, 526, 1 College St. The Midtown Men is a special concert tour reuniting the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer take their own unique sound and chemistry to the road, Midtown Men celebrate the music that defined the 1960s in this electrifying and heartfelt new concert. $29-$49, 10 percent discounts available for members, groups of 15 or more, corporate


partners, kids and students; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, The Nordwest German Staatskapelle features Eugene Tzigane, conductor, with Amit Peled, cello. In 2010, Tzigane was appointed principal conductor of the Nordwest Deutsche Staatskapelle; he was only 29 years old and one of the youngest chief conductors in Germany, winning critical acclaim. The orchestra has been performing for over 60 years and has toured the world, appreciated by famous conductors and high-caliber guest artists. Israeli cellist Amit Peled is a musician of profound artistry and with a charismatic stage presence. The evening’s program will include Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No.2/E-minor, and Brahms’ Symphony No.1/C-minor. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. $46, $43, and students $20 advance/$15 at door; 8-10:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, The

Great Hall, 321 Main St. 508-754-3231, The 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place from March 1–3 at the DCU Center. This is a nationwide competition of the top synchronized skating teams from each region: East Coast, Midwest, and the West Coast. Teams qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships by placing in the top of their level during their sectional qualifying competition. The United States will send the top-two senior-level teams from this competition to represent the United States at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Weekend tickets: $52.25 adults, $32.25 for children (2-12 years) and seniors (65+ years); one-day tickets: $23.25 adults, $15.75 for children (2-12 years) and Seniors (65+ years). DCU Center-Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800,

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Apply to perform at the FutureStars Spring Band Showcase. Band openings are available for the FutureStars Spring Showcase. Participants must be 18 years or under. FutureStars is an on-stage event that celebrates the diverse musical interests and abilities of young musicians in our area - all music genres and styles are welcome. Applications are available at either City Music location. Application is free. City Music Leominster, 17 Sack Blvd, Leominster. 978-534-8989 or KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Break Through Music Presents Palladium Series Finals @ The Palladium (Upstairs). Series Grand Prize: $300 Guitar Center Gift Certificate Junt Clever Titles (Have Paranthesis) A Cold Night For Alligators Post-Existence The Irrediscent Tickets $10. 6-11 P.M. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Mark Robie. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508926-8800. Open Mic Night with Ed Sheridan. A great sounding PA and a supportive audience of players and listeners makes this a wonderfully rewarding and informal way to share your music and


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meet new musical friends! 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Wibble - Live & Acoustified. Playing Your Favorite Classic Rock Hits! Some Bluegrass, Little Bit Of Country & A Lot Of Rock N’ Roll! Free :). 7-11 P.M. Black & White Grille & Pizzeria, 206 North Spencer Road, Spencer. 508-885-5018 Or Wibblemusic. Blake Shelton - Well Lit & Amplified Tour 2012. With opening acts, Justin Moore and NBC’s “The Voice” finalist, Dia Frampton. Tickets available at DCU Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone 800-745-3000 or online at $51.75 & 27. 7:30-10 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800 or dcucenter. com. Hugh Masekela. Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of - Masekela wrote a number of international hits and sold several million cds. The single ‘Grazing in the Grass’ topped the Rolling Stones in the US charts, and brought him a Grammy. His hit “Bring Him Back Home” became the anthem for Nelson Mandela’s world tour following his release from prison. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or KARAOKE with Mike Rossi. free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Sean Fullerton: Acoustic Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar & Harmonica! Sean’s live shows are fun, exciting and audience participation is always encouraged. Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun!!. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Suzanne Vega. Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. $40 plus ticket fee. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Dana Lewis Live!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s From the Animals to Zevon “The sound track of your youth” Great Food, Full Bar, Lottery & ME! NO COVER. Come on out! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The, 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508839-5931 or Flock Of A-Holes, The Ultimate 80’S Tribute Band With Guests The Bammies And Unapologetically 80’S Band Dreamer (9:00pmp). The Bammies guitarist Andy River’s BIRTHDAY party show! $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or The Smile Makers, Dusty Cobb, Liberty Jones. 8:3011:30 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Cara Brindisi. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. MTCLIV: Parasitic Extirpation, Composted, Avernus Ortus [NY], Scalpel. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Sirens of Song! A showcase of Worcester’s Best Female Vocalists!. $4 Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Thirsty Thursday ALL Request DJ. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, Main Level, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006 or Bill Mccarthy - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! @ Halfway Cafe. Bill Mccarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! Myspace.Com/Badclownproductions Bill Mccarthy And His Guitar Playing Your Favorites: Beatles, Ccr, Stones, Dead, Petty, Dylan, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Zevon, Who, Pogues, Steely Dan, Squeeze, Springsteen, Van Morrison, Rock,

Blues, Irish, Country, New Wave, And More! There’s Never A Cover Chaaaahhge! --Bill Mccarthy & His Guitar Free!. 9:30 P.M.-12:30 A.M. Halfway Café, 820 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508480-0688. Jay Graham Live!. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. Holy Cross Night. Holy Cross takes over the Hound ! Draft beer specials every week. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100.

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Apply to perform at the FutureStars Spring Band Showcase. Band openings are available for the FutureStars Spring Showcase. Participants must be 18 years or under. FutureStars is an on-stage event that celebrates the diverse musical interests and abilities of young musicians in our area - all music genres and styles are welcome. Applications are available at either City Music location. Application is free. City Music Leominster, 17 Sack Blvd, Leominster. 978-534-8989 or Pathogenic,The Absence Of Sun,The Last Ten Seconds Of Life,Still Silent. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or Dana Lewis LIVE!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits Every Friday. Music of the 50’s to the 80’s from the Animals to Zevon. “The sound track of your youth” Family dining, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & Me! NO COVER. Check it out! FREE!. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208 or Underground Sound Records and Hiphopzombies. com present Splash Of The Titans Outland Camp / Weird Die / Young Wize / Dope Men / Wayne Da Payne / MacDaddy Mills / Vocal / Dirty Durdie / Political Animals / Skull Phuck @ The Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $10 adv., $12 door. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Live music at the 1790 Tavern. live music most friday nights in the tavern, blues, jazz, contemporary, call for more information. free. 6:30-10 p.m. 1790 Restaurant & Tavern, Tavern room, 206 Turnpike Road, Westborough. 508-366-1707. Bill McCarthy. BAND FREE. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Bob Moon. Terrific singer/songwriter/guitar player. All originals, a veteran of Worcester music scene, is also a founder of fan favorite Comanchero. Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Hoodoo Revelator. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978464-2300 or Roomful of Blues. Roomful of Blues, $18 advance; $22 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets. Live Music in the Pub - Mick Carr. Mick Carr’s at it again....In 1991, Mick left home for Boston where he played with the Donegal Cords until 2006. During that time they played on live radio WRKO and appeared on Boston TV’s “Ireland on the Move” and played back up for bands such as Bagatelle and the Dublin City Ramblers. In that time he has developed a dedicated following. Known as a hard working guy who has a great time each and every time he performs and he influences his audience positively. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or RARE BREED w/ THE HOLLOW GLOW (formerly Ra) MY NEW DISASTER (playing a PRINCE show!), CRESCENT HILL. The Hollow Glow is: Ben Carroll - Vocals/ Guitar (ex RA) Tom Connors - Bass Travis Barton - Drums $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or The Invaders!. The Invaders are a fun 60s-70s cover band that will have you dancing all night long. Come down and have a great time with us! Free!. 8:30-12:30 p.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-752-7544.

Upload your listings at our redesigned website Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. Auntie Trainwreck. Baby, it’s cold outside, so to warm yourself up, come out dancing- join your favorite Auntie at Club Kas Bar on Friday, February 24th, 2012! Those of you who know and love the Kas know that the Trainwreck pulls in once a month to bring their own brand of music and mayhem the Kas Bar stage- won’t you join us for Classic Rock, Blues, New Country and Alt Rock to dance to all night long? Join Luke, Lee, Matt and the rest of the Kas Bar Staff as they party with us, and make sure you ask them for one of the Kas Bar’s famous Fishbowls! You can try to win a copy of our Demo Cd or buy an AT T-Shirt for only $10!!! When Auntie and the Kas get together it’s always a crazy good time- be there! No cover, 21+ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-7988385 or DJ. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester classic. Full bar reasonably priced. Ice cold beer. Friendly service. Keno Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJ HappyDaze Spinnin All the Hottest Dance Mixes. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, UPSTAIRS, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Doctor Robert. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. Friday Frenzy With Blurry Nights & Dj Soup - Dj B-Lo. Friday Night Frenzy At Fusion Features The Best Sound And Lights In Central Mass With Dj Soup & Dj B-Lo Spinning Your Favorite Dance, Hip Hop And Top 40 Tracks. Lounge Opens At 9:00 Pm - Dance Club Opens At 10:30 Pm. Coat Room Available With Attendant. 9 P.M.-2 A.M. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Happy Jack (Who Tribute). Happy Jack is back at JJ’s Frday February 24 at 9pm. Rock out to all your favorite Who tunes! No cover charge! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Our Top 40 Ladies Night Dance Party returns to Speakers! Ladies (and Gent’s) come in and dance the night away with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area DJ Norm!!! FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Thurkills Vision, Tester, Wolfbane, and Hope Lies Within!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Trina Vargas and The Bobby Gadoury Trio!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Karaoke @ Scoreboards Sports Bar!. NO COVER. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Scoreboards Sports Bar, 137 Lancaster St., Leominster. 978-534-1313 or Karaoke with Making Memories. No Cover. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, Main Level, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-9871006. The Degenerates. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. BYOBlues. great american blues ~ and they’ll be back the 4th Fridays of the upcoming months! 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. Orange Television, Minions of Funk. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

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Apply to perform at the FutureStars Spring Band Showcase. Band openings are available for the FutureStars Spring Showcase. Participants must be 18 years or under. FutureStars is an on-stage event that celebrates the diverse musical interests and abilities of young musicians in our area - all music genres and styles are welcome. Applications are available at either City Music location. Application is free. City Music Leominster, 17 Sack Blvd, Leominster. 978-534-8989 or A Loss For Words / Transit / Such Gold / State Champs / American Verse / Ghost Thrower @ The

Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $13 adv., $15 door.. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Barnes & Noble 4th Saturday Open Mic. Tonight we welcome Professor of English at Worcester State University, teacher and poet Heather Treseler as the feature. Treseler received her doctorate from Notre Dame. 541 D Lincoln St. 508-853-6994 or Glenn Stewart. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978464-2300 or John Fannon of the band “New England”. John Fannon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and co-producer of the 70s/80s rock band “New England,” brings his multi-instrumental one man show to The Bull Run. John performs New England songs, most notably the worldwide hit “Dont Ever Wanna Lose Ya,” the epic “Explorer Suite,” “Shall I Run Away” and many new songs from his upcoming solo album. Johns unique artistry is showcased weaving a tapestry of rock, pop, blues and classical styles into his long overdue and greatly anticipated solo career. $20 advance; $23 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. Live Music with Bill McCarthy. 8-11 p.m. Stake’s Sports Pub, 1281 Pleasant St. 508-755-2925. The Beatniks!. British Invasion and Pyschedelic 70’s music played early for our aging constituents! $5. 8-11:30 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Worcester County Bluegrass All Stars. Hard-driving bluegrass music featuring some of the area’s best musicians: Walter Crockett, Bob Dick, Ken Taylor, Liz Narbonne and Paul Della Valle. Special appearance by Lisa Della Valle. Great food including the best pizza in Worcester County. Free. 8-11 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Huge Show With Kung Fu Grip, Next To Nothing, Opening Night, This Scarlet Mourning.. Female-fronted, high energy, creative alternative/pop-rock covers- the songs that most bands wouldn’t dare to cover!! $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or DJ HappyDaze Playin the Hottest Dance Mixes. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, UPSTAIRS, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006 or Spinsuite Saturdays - Top 40. Spinsuite Saturdays - Dj Soup - Dj Nick - Dj B-Lo Spin Your Favorite Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge Opens At 9:00 Pm And Dance Club Opens At 10:30Pm. Coat Room With Attendant Available. No Cover Charge. 9 P.M.-2 A.M. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. The Allens!! - “100 Proof Rock”. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. TickleBomb Orchestra, Shoney Lamar and the Equal Rights, Ellis Ashbrook, and The Duende Project!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508753-9543. Wtfunk?! The William Thompson Funk Experiment, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Dubble D & The Khaos Junkies. 9:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900 or khaosjunkies. com. Optical Drive. No Cover. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, Main Level, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Sandstorm ~ organ trio. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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Drag Shows. 18+ $8 21+ $5. midnight-1:30 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. Thick & Thin. Thick & Thin (Jim Bennett, Eric Hart, Dan LaCroix and Mark Lammi) play a mixture of Country Rock, Bluegrass, Irish and Original music. They will be joined by various friends and musicians from the area for a four week run at this classic Worcester County music venue. Free. 3-7 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566.

Winter Concert. WPI Orchestra performs in concert, featuring Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” and Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto,” directly by Douglas Weeks. 3-4:30 p.m. Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St. 508-754-1234. Josh Briggs. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Live Music Sunday. 4-8 p.m. McBride’s Pub, 161 Wayland Ave., Providence. 401-751-3000. Traditional Irish Seisiun. Authentic Irish Seisiun held the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Area regional musicians come from far & wide to “jam” in the age-old Irish version of a pick-up band. Fiddlers, in whistles, flutes, banjos, pipes, singers & more stop in to just enjoy making music. An old world tradition suitable for the entire family. Free (Worcester College Students Earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Acoustic Open Mic/WARL Charity Event. Celtic/Acoustic music and an ongoing charity event for the Worcester Animal Rescue League No Cover. 5-9 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508757-5257. The Raven “Battle of the Blues Bands. The Raven @ 258 Pleasant Street in Worcester, MA is hosting its 1st annual “The Raven” Battle of the Bands begining on February 12, 2012. All lovers of Blues music are encouraged to attend and all are welcome. There will be a $5.00 cover charge to cover the cost of sound, promotion and cash prizes to the bands. $5. 5-9 p.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Classical piano with Bobby Gadoury 6pm, then Andy Cummings 9pm till Close!. No Cover!. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Sunday Funday with LoriAnn.. You never know what’s happening here on Sundays. Great special drinks whipped up by LoriAnn are ALWAYS the standard. FREE. 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic. com. The Sunday Night Hang W/ Ronnie Sugar Bear. FREE.

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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Booty Groove. Booty Groove This luscious class is a combination of yoga warm-ups, booty sculpting dance routines, core strengthening and muscle toning. We blend the grounding aspects of yoga, the booty enhancing benefits of dance and the energy behind it all in this fun, cardio workout that will leave you feeling refreshed, stronger and leaner. Do you like feeling good, looking good and having fun? This class is the best complete workout you can get in one solid hour! $16. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Zest Yoga and Fitness, 65 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-843-9887. Drifin’ Sam Politz 7pm, then Big Game Karaoke! 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Fenway Jazz Jam. The host trio is led by guitarist and Boston resident David Ehle with a bassist and drummer plus special guest musicians. This is an open jazz jam session where all are invited to bring your instrument and your voice or just come enjoy the fun. No Cover. 7-11 p.m. Tiki hideaway Lounge, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston St (behind Fenway Park), Boston. 617-572-3692. Humanarts: Steve Yarborough. Award winning novelist and short story writer Steve Yarbrough, whose works include “The End of California” and “Safe from the Neighbors,” will discuss his craft. Free and open to the public. 7:30-9 p.m. Assumption College: Kennedy Memorial Hall/Public Safety, Alden Trust Auditorium, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7592. “Totally Tuesdazed!” Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum,


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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Humanarts: Harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. Renowned harpsichordist Peter Cienniwa will perform. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7592. Girls Night Out. Free Apps,Pool, And Gamecards!!! Free. 6 P.M.1 A.M. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Matt Robert Solo Acoustic. Matt Robert (Hat on, Drinking wine, Home Skillet) performs old-timey, old, and new covers and originals that draw on blues, jazz, folk, and rock, from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers to The Decemberists, Cake, and Beck. Nu Cafe is a warm, laid-back atmosphere. December shows to benefit the Salvation Army. Donations Suggested. 6-8 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508963-0588. Open Mic Night!. Looking for Worcester’s amazing acoustic acts to come check out the new Leits Back Bar Open Mic night!!!!!! Sign-ups begin at 8 and acts begin at 830. We’ll keep the music going as long as there’s acts to play, so come down and check us out! You wont be dissappointed!!!!!!! 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leitrim’s Pub, Back Bar, 265 Park Ave. 508-798-2447 or Sean Ryan & Company. Open Jam! FREE. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Acoustic Open Mic Nights with Chris Reddy & Scott Babineau. 8:30 p.m.-noon Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Clayton Willoughby!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. WOO Town Wednesdays. FREE show with the JONNY MONSTER BAND and more.TBA. The Jonny Monster Band is a Rock n Blues band from New Paltz, NY. Known for there fast take on the blues and rock and roll, they deliver a gut wrenching style that will stop you in your tracks. Dont miss the Jonny Monster Band. FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or


ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-7646900 or Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-849-3300 or ARTSWorcester, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Fre. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or Booklovers’ Gourmet, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - 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, Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints 1985 -2008, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through April 13; Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 21; Curator’s Talk by Linda S. Howe, Tuesday. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 65 Water St. 508-831-1106 or EcoTarium, It’s Electric! - School Vacation Activities, Through Feb. 24; Playing Together: Games, Through Sept. 9; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 19. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302 or Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, closed Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-345-1157 or Higgins Armory Museum, Vacation Week Fun, Through Feb. 24; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $12 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (age 60+), $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. highlandartistgroup. com. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors Photo Exhibit, Through Feb. 28. 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 The Sprinkler Factory, The Eye is not a Camera, Sundays, Saturdays, through Feb. 26. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Feburary Vacation Week - Make a Mini Terrarium, Thursday; Creative Flower Photography, Saturday; Tower Hill Library Book Group - 2nd Meeting, Saturday; Winter Carnival, Saturday; Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 30; Hypertufa Workshop, Sunday; Aromatherapy Basics, Tuesday. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth, FREE to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Worcester Art Museum, Art Since the Mid-20th Century, Through Dec. 31; Carrie Moyer: Interstellar, Through Aug. 19; Hymn to the Earth: Photographs by Ron Rosenstock, Through March 18; In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, Through March 11; The Ghost of Pere Antoine: Afro-Creole Traditions and the Making of New Orleans Catholicism, Thursday; Wall at WAM: Charline von Heyl, Through Dec. 31; Zip Tour: “The Last Judgement”, Saturday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Historical Museum, Love & Lace: The Valentines of Esther Howland, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays,

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Fridays, Saturdays, through March 20; The Cakemaker’s Portrait, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 25 - March 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or

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23, 24, 25 @ 8:00pm / Feb. 26 @ 2:00pm Students $7.00 / Seniors $10.00 / General Admission $14.00. For information and reservations call 508-929-8843. Students $7 / Seniors $10 / General Admission $14.. 8-10 p.m. Worcester State University, Administration Building, Fuller Theatre A-262, 486 Chandler St. Call 508-929-8843. Shrek-The Musical - Friday, February 24. SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit Deported/A Dream Play - Tuesday, February 28. A chicken kebab dinner will be served before the program featuring Guest Speaker Joyce Van Dyke, author of the play which is about about the Armenian Genocide. It is a true story about the playwright’s Armenian grandmother and her best friend. Fusing the everyday and the surreal and set in Providence, Los Angeles, and a dreamworld of the future beyond 2015, this is a story about the after-life of a Genocide. It is also a story of cultural resilience, and the faith, vitality and humor that make it possible. Memories and dreams interweave in this tale of enduring friendship incorporating music and dance as it celebrates the playwright’s own family history and that of many Armenian families forever changed. Ms.Van Dyke will discuss the upcoming production of the play by the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at The Modern Theater at Suffolk University starting March 8. Reservations are required at 774-261-1808. $10 per person. 6-8 p.m. Armenian Church of Our Saviour, Church Hall, 87 Salisbury St. Call 508-754-9016. The Peking Acrobats - Tuesday, February 28. Since their Western debut in 1986, THE PEKING ACROBATS have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. Accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects that coalesce with the music and aweinspiring feats to create an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival! 2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of THE PEKING ACROBATS touring North America. $34 adult / $29 seniors and students. 7-9 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. Call 413-477-6746 or visit>.

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Worcester County Poetry Association Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. We welcome poets and residents of Worcester County alike to our annual business meeting and to participate in the annual election of our officers, to hear reports on our various projects from the past very busy year of Elizabeth Bishop’s centenary and other popular events. The day will include a pot luck, coffee and of course a feature poetry reading by Poet Charles W. Pratt, Brentwood, NH. He will most likely be reading from his most recent Hobblebush Press collection entitled “From the Box Marked Some Are Missing.” X.J. Kennedy says of this former Philips Exeter teacher, “No one since Frost has so triumphantly drawn poetry out of New England earth, while roaming at will the unbounded world outside.” Pratt lives with his wife and previously owned Apple Annie, a pick your own apples orchard in Brentwood, New Hampshire for many years. This year’s meeting will also feature printed annual reports that you may take home with you for further review. free and open to the public. 2-5 p.m. First Unitarian Church, The Bancroft Room, 90 Main St. 508-479-7574 or

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Lieutenant Commander Todd W. Moores USNR LCDR Moores, a native of Hanover Massachusetts, graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1996. After completing his Surface Warfare training in Newport, RI, he was assigned to Mine Counter Measures Rotation Crew Bravo, home ported in Ingleside, Texas. There he served as the Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer. MCM ROTCREW Bravo conducted deployments on the USS PIONEER (MCM-9) and the USS ARDENT (MCM-12) forward deployed in Bahrain. After completing his initial tour, LCDR Moores joined the Reserve Component where he served as the Executive Officer on the USS INCHION support Unit. Moving to the Northeast in October 1999, LT Moores completed tours with NR Afloat Training Group, serving as a Training Liaison Officer working with U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Ships and with NR Commander U.S. Forces Korea where he served as the Public Affairs Officer and Administrations Officer. There he completed three Training Periods in support of Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration exercises. In 2007, LCDR Moores then took command of NR Cargo Afloat Rig Team 1 Detachment C in support of Military Sea Lift Command and Sea Logistics Command while conducting Replenishments at Sea during major exercises. Returning to support the Republic of Korea in 2010 he took command as the Officer in Charge of Commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea Detachment D. Since February 2011, LCDR Moores has been mobilized to Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Working in the Combined Joint 35 division, he maintains and tracks the Statement of Requirements for all forces and the force capitalization limits for U.S. Forces. In his civilian profession, he is an Operations Supervisor for Atlas Distributing Inc. a beverage distribution company serving central Massachusetts. He is married to the former Amy J Mercier of Auburn, Maine. They reside in Westminster, Massachusetts with their two sons Bryan and Justin. If you see Todd in town please join me in thanking him for his service to our country. Welcome Home Todd! We love you! The Moores family would like to thank our family, friends, neighbors, Town of Westminster, Meeting House School, VFW, Teaching Wonders Child Learning Center, Atlas Distributing Inc., Cathy & Gary McDonald, Steve Goguen of Lawn Etc. and Ken Dumont for their support, generosity and love.

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40 Name 41 They’re given in the “Wheel of Fortune” bonus round 45 “Ellen” actor ___ Gross 46 Czech play where the word “robot” came from 47 It left Broadway on Sept. 10, 2000 49 Has dinner 50 Diamondback stats 51 Host Ken of MTV’s “Remote Control” 52 Russian Àghter jets 55 Like some sugar ©2012 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( Last week's solution

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from: Darin & Chantal Haig, 92 McCracken Rd., Millbury, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: public sewerage and public water at 92 McCracken Rd. (full petition on ďŹ le in Town Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce, Millbury, MA). All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 02/16/2012 & 02/23/2012

A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 At: 7:20 p.m. To act on a petition from: Walter Koza, 82 Carleton Rd., Millbury, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: total square footage at 86 Carleton Rd., Millbury, MA, in order to demolish structure and construct a single-family home. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 02/16/12 & 02/23/2012


TOWN OF SUTTON TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on March 1, 2012 at 7:30pm on the petition of Savoie Modular Homes, Inc. The petitioner requests a Finding from MGL ch.40A §6 that the demolition and reconstruction of a single family dwelling on a preexisting nonconforming lot will not be substantially more detrimental than the existing nonconforming use to the neighborhood. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 6R Torrey Road, Sutton MA on Assessors Map #48, Parcel #â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22 and 23. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal ofďŹ ce hours in the Town Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk Filed in the Town Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce

A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 At: 7:40 p.m. To act on a petition from: George and Kay DeWolfe, 103 Wheelock Ave., Millbury, MA For a sp. permit in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: front yard setback in order to change ďŹ&#x201A;at roof on existing garage to a pitched roof with storage space at 103 Wheelock Ave., Millbury, MA. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 02/16/2012 & 02/23/2012

MILLBURY PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal OfďŹ ce Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on the following proposed amendments to the Millbury Zoning Bylaws: *Article 1, Section 12.41 Applicability by modifying the size and type of uses subject to Site Plan Review; *Article 4, Section 46 Accessory Dwelling Units by making it possible for the Planning Board to issue a special permit for an accessory dwelling unit on a legal, pre-existing, nonconforming lot, clarifying the purpose and intent of the Bylaw, modifying the maximize size of an accessory dwelling unit, and clarifying certain design standards; *Article 4, Special Regulations by adding Section 51. Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installation, which speciďŹ es application, design, siting maintenance, and removal requirements; Or take any action thereon. The complete text of proposed amendments is available for public viewing in the Planning OfďŹ ce at the Municipal OfďŹ ce Building during regular ofďŹ ce hours. Anyone wishing to be heard on these articles should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 02/23/2012 & 03/01/2012

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT 457789 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: Adriana DeSousa and to all persons entitled to the beneďŹ t of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. §501 et seq.: Wells Fargo Bank, NA, claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in 198 Wheelock Avenue, Millbury, given by Adriana DeSousa to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated October 14, 2008, recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 43438, Page 302, and now held by plaintiff by assignment, has/have ďŹ led with this court a complaint for determination of Defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Defendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Servicemembers status. If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the United States of America, then you may be entitled to the beneďŹ ts of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must ďŹ le a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before March 19, 2012 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the beneďŹ ts of said Act. Witness, KARYN F. SCHEIER Chief Justice of this Court on February 3, 2012 Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder 02/23/2012



Keep it Legal COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT 448368 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: Sandra E Meehan and to all persons entitled to the beneďŹ t of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. §501 et seq.: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-FRE2 Asset-Backed Pass-Through CertiďŹ cates, claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in 31D Cold Spring Drive, #14D, Woodburyville Heights Condominiums, Sutton, given by Sandra E Meehan to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated June 6, 2006, recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 39125, Page 1, and now held by plaintiff by assignment, has/have ďŹ led with this court a complaint for determination of Defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Defendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Servicemembers status. If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the United States of America, then you may be entitled to the beneďŹ ts of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must ďŹ le a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before March 19, 2012 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the beneďŹ ts of said Act. Witness, KARYN F. SCHEIER Chief Justice of this Court on January 31, 2012 Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder 02/23/12

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Worcester’s craft-beer lovers already have a full slate of delicious and hoppy options at local bars, but pretty soon patrons are going to have another option – and one with a local connection. Baxter Brewing, a small but growing operation from Lewiston, Maine, is about to expand its cans and kegs into Worcester, where company founder Luke Livingston graduated from Clark in 2007. The company has accumulated buzz quickly, not only because its beer is tasty, but because Livingston was just named by Forbes Magazine as one of the country’s most influential entrepreneurs younger than 30 in the food and beverage industry. We caught up with the brewer over the weekend to talk about his company’s quick rise and local ties. Where are you from and where is Baxter Brewing from? Why’d you pick that location to open a brewery? I moved to

Maine from Washington D.C. when I was 7 years old and except for a few college years in Worcester, I’ve been here ever since. Baxter Brewing Co. is located in a 160-year-old textile mill in the heart of downtown Lewiston, Maine (the state’s second-largest city). I chose to locate the brewery in Lewiston for many reasons – I grew up in the Lewiston-Auburn community and it was important to me to give back to the town I grew up in. I also saw these giant mills sitting vacant in the downtown throughout my childhood and was excited at the possibility of breathing life into them once more. Lewiston is also very centrally located (more than 70 percent of the state’s population is within an hour drive of the city), so it makes logistics easier. Most importantly, we’re the only production brewery in the community, as opposed to the dozen or so breweries in Portland, Maine, so we’re a big fish in a small pond and the community has really rallied around us because of it.

You have a connection to Worcester, and now your beer is coming here. Admit it; you have a soft spot in your heart for Worcester. Of course I do! I’m a 2007

graduate of Clark University (BA with a double-major in communications and culture, and screen studies) and am really excited to have a reason to be visiting the greater Worcester community again. Worcester and Lewiston are very similar New England mill towns so I think I’m drawn to trying to make them both a more vibrant place in any way I can. (In this case, through beer).

Did Clark offer brewing classes, or was it more of an extracurricular thing? More seriously was this something you knew you wanted to pursue during or after college? It was definitely an

extracurricular thing. I did start homebrewing during my junior year at Clark, though. That is until “the man” took my brewing equipment away. But I never expected back then – and even for years after graduation while I was running a beer blog on the side and getting to know the industry – that this is really what I’d end up doing. Through running the blog I learned about the canned craft-beer movement that was gaining momentum across the rest of the country but hadn’t made its way to Northern New England yet and my marketing light bulb went off. I thought, “Man, someone really ought to do that around here.” But that was the end of it until my mother lost her battle with breast cancer in January 2009. That was really an eye-opening, life’s-too-short moment for me, so I left my day job and wrote my business plan in May 2009. Thirteen months later, we were breaking ground on the $1.4 million space that was to become Baxter Brewing.

Baxter Brewing has seemed to take off right from the beginning. Can you talk about what goes into starting a brewery, right down to how you got all the equipment needed to start making your own beer? We definitely have

taken off. In fact, we brewed more than 5,000 barrels of beer in our first year of production – something no other craft brewery in America has ever done and a distinction that earned us the 2011 New Brewery of the Year award from Massachusetts-based BevNET Magazine. Obviously there are a lot of different kinds of breweries—different

sizes, different locations, different styles of beer brewed, etc.—and what goes into starting a brewery depends a whole lot on what that brewery will be doing; but no matter what, it’s not an easy endeavor. We decided from day one on a go-big-or-go-home model, so we installed a 30-barrel brewhouse, two 60-barrel fermenters, two 120-barrel conditioning tanks and a semi-automated canning line, which fills 30 cans per minute (and we doubled our capacity in August 2011 after we weren’t able to keep up with initial demand). Add to that the unique demands of renovating a 160-year-old building; it was NOT an easy task. But the result is a showpiece brewery that we’re very proud to call home.

Talk about your company and product. How long have you been in operation, how many employees, and what kinds of beer do you offer? Baxter Brewing

Company has been shipping beer since January 2011; we currently employ 10 people (including myself) and produce three varieties of beer with a fourth to be released in April – a summer seasonal: Stowaway I.P.A., a hoppy, West Coast-style IPA; Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, a very clean, dry, drinkable, “session” ale; and Amber Road, a more malt-forward, balanced and wicked quaffable amber ale. We are the first brewery in New England to package 100 percent of our beer in metal containers – 12 ounce aluminum cans and stainless-steel kegs. The reason we opted to package in cans is threefold: first, they’re better for the environment, being made of up

to 70 percent postconsumer recycled material; they weigh a lot less (empty or full), which cuts down on fuel consumption during shipment, require less energy to manufacture than glass bottles, and Americans are statistically twice as likely to recycle aluminum as they are glass. Secondly, cans are better for the beer inside them because they are impervious to both UV light and oxygen, the two things that break down the flavor of beer the fastest. And third, cans are portable. They can go where glass cannot – the beach, the boat, the pool, the golf course, the campground – generally places where glass is too dangerous, too cumbersome or simply not allowed.

What’s next for Baxter Brewing? More products? Further expansion? As I

mentioned above, we’re currently working on test batches for our summer seasonal variety, which we’ll release across Northern New England in April of this year, followed by autumn and winter seasonals in August and October, respectively. We’re also expanding distribution into New Hampshire, hopefully in April or May and into Vermont, and possibly the rest of New England in the first quarter of 2013 (which we won’t be able to do without expanding our capacity once more, so we expect that to happen at the end of this year). Beyond that, who knows? It really feels like the sky’s the limit right now and quite frankly, we’re all just enjoying the ride. Cheers!






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