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Friends of Castle Park and the Main South CDC clean up Castle Park while volunteers from the Canal District Alliance, Veterans Inc., Holy Cross Cares and Mass Audubon clean up the banks of the Blackstone’s Middle River. Dirty jobs, but someone has to do ’em. +4 Local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union expects 119 to 533 job losses to come out of U.S. Postal Services’ closing of the Shrewsbury distribution center. They may have to update the old saying: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night [but only budget cuts] stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” -4 Becker College lands Twitter co-creator as commencement speaker. Maybe he can help the city iron out that new social-media policy, and give some tweeting tips to local officials. +1 Autumn Village Skilled Nursing Home distinguishes two caregivers with the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award at the behest of a patient. “This award is one of the most prestigious awards caregivers can receive,” says the facility. +1 Two arrested in investigation into case of missing Worcester 19-year-old Daniel Webster, while a murder trial for Alex Scesny continues over the rape and killing of a Fitchburg woman in 1996. Scesny is also a person of interest in the murders of five Main South prostitutes, though hasn’t been charged for those. -3 ABC television-show pilot for “Gilded Lillies” films on Friday over the weekend at Union Station and Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, while a Tom Hanks film turns Worcester Regional Airport into Burlington International Airport. Thanks, Hollywood tax credits! +5 Bankruptcy records show inner turmoil and bad business practices by Direct Air over the years. Maybe it’s not so bad they sent themselves packing. -3 Shooting on Franklin Street leaves a victim with a self-inflicted bullet wound to the leg, and another tally mark for a year that’s gotten off to a comparatively violent start. -2 Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme, the city council and City Manager Michael O’Brien embroiled in a conflict over confidence and support for the chief, with a challenge for those concerned about his managerial style to come out publicly and say it. Even if the job remains his – which it’s likely to – public confidence in all involved probably won’t remain high. -3 This week: -4 Last week: -6 Year to date: +5

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WPI to shine bright at Solar Decathlon China Brittany Durgin

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group of Worcester college students are designing a house that will be judged for its views to the outside, how foggy the mirror is after a shower and the ease in operating the toilet paper dispenser. Most importantly though, how energy efficiency it is. Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of six universities in the United States and one of 23 international teams that will compete next year in the first Solar Decathlon China. The event is an offspring of Solar Decathlon, started in 2002 and held biannually in the United States, which challenges students around the world to design, build and operate in a year’s time a livable house sustainable on solar energy. This is the first time WPI has entered to compete in a solar decathlon. Team coleader and WPI professor and department head of civil and environmental engineering Tahar El-Korchi says the launch of WPI’s architectural engineering program this coming fall was part of the push to enter. “[A solar decathlon] integrates all aspects of architectural engineering,” he says, adding “our project-based education system is ideal for this.” WPI requires students to problem solve through a “major qualifying project” or an “interactive qualifying project.” This year, students can fulfill this requirement by helping to design and construct the project house. WPI will lead Team BE-MANY that’s made up of university partnerships with Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Ghent University in Belgium. Students in the Architectural Engineering program at WPI will design the majority of aspects of the house including architectural and structural design, as well as the

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mechanical and electrical systems. They will use Building Information Modeling – a digital representation of a building process – to integrate design, construction and handle project management. The design is evolving with a final layout in the works. The current plan for a 1,000-square-foot living area with a 500to 600-foot verandah-style porch will be constructed in Worcester. Competition rules require the house be equipped with modern appliances. “You have to cook for one of the teams... you have to have a TV, a microwave, so it actually is a real functional house,” ElKorchi says. Construction of the house must be modular, which El-Korchi notes is one of the team’s challenges as it will also be judged on aesthetics. Built in sections, the house will have to be disassembled next July for shipment to China, where the house will then be rebuilt for presentation. The goal is for the house to achieve zero net energy consumption. The level of efficiency, including the workings of appliances, will be judged on a point system during the decathlon in China. The 52-page rule book lists target humidity levels and charts summarizing points earned for hot water, refrigerator and freezer temperatures. Among these standards are terms set for entertaining.

Each team must host two dinner parties for neighbors in which they’ll be judged on the quality of the meal served – which must be cooked in the kitchen of the house – ambiance and overall experience had by guests. Teams must also host a movie night for which they’ll be judged by neighbors on the quality and design of the home-theater system, which itself will be monitored and judged by the amount of electrical energy consumed. Students will learn the application of renewable and energy-efficient technologies while being involved in every aspect of the project including design, construction, marketing and communication, which El-Korchi says is a growing interest for students. “As we move in the future, sustainable housing and sustainable cities and sustainable buildings are paramount. This is all part of that whole movement,” he explains. It’s expected that some students will contribute to the project for less than a year – the traditional length of a qualifying project – but El-Korchi says the hope is that a core group of 10 or so students will follow the project from construction through to the presentation in China. In total, El-Korchi foresees roughly 40 people – students and professors from the three universities

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n March 15, three busloads from local advocacy group Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) traveled to the State House to join the 600-person Three Strikes Mass Mobilization rally, a response to controversial amendments aimed at expanding the scope of the Habitual Offenders Law that are currently working through the statehouse. The Habitual Offenders Law is in the same vein as “Three Strikes Laws,” which have been passed in several states around America, including Texas, California, and Connecticut, allowing courts to impose life sentences on people who have been convicted of three or more serious crimes. A legislative conference committee

is trying to reconcile the House’s and Senate’s versions of the bill, which would increase the number of crimes and the circumstances that a criminal could be sentenced to a jail term without the possibility of parole or a mandatory life sentence without parole. Under the Senate’s proposed amendments, an additional 59 out of the Massachusetts General Law’s 688 felonies would be cause for maximum sentences without parole, and 22 of those felonies would mandate life sentences without parole. According to Massachusetts District Attorney of the Cape and Islands Michael O’Keefe, the current law is used very sparingly: only 85 people in 10 years have had the current Habitual Offenders Law imposed on them. The bill approved by the Senate mixes increased supervision and jail time with

more lenient penalties. For example, while senators increased penalties and crime detection by mandating up to two years of post-release supervision and removing barriers for obtaining wiretaps for drug and firearms offenders, they also voted to shrink the school zone from 1,000 feet to 500 and decrease the mandatory maximum sentences for nonviolent, lowlevel drug offenses. Senator Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) agreed that the Senate’s is a “more comprehensive bill than the House’s” and it’s purpose is “not to be tougher on crime, but smarter on crime” as the state moves to find alternative treatment and punishment for nonviolent offenders. The mandatory sentencing, he says, would be reserved for repeat offenders of “felonies that reach the threshold of mayhem.” Advocacy groups have criticized the

proposed changes to the criminal code as overkill. Among these organizations is Worcester’s nonprofit EPOCA. Comprised of 272 members, EPOCA is mainly known for their leadership in the Massachusetts campaign that brought about CORI reforms in order to help those convicted of crimes more easily re-assimilate into society and find employment. Now, they are focusing their efforts on the proposed amendments to the Habitual Offenders Law. “I believe that it could incarcerate a lot more people [for a longer period of time],” says Corinne Rhodes, EPOCA’s director of communications. Despite the senate’s overtures towards limiting the scope of who would be affected by mandatory sentences, there’s fear that the law would still be applied poorly. Plus, there’s no guarantee about what the bill will look

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This understanding allows people like Aldrich, who work during the meeting time, to work with the group and still ill Aldrich opened the Theatre have an input, which has kept people CafĂŠ on Main Street in downtown interested and involved. Worcester in November 2010 Is there a need for a EMILY HORNSBY after seeing a listing for the crime watch or safety restaurant space on Craigslist. alliance in the downtown Business has grown, but life in district, a business area of the downtown district hasn’t the city? Eide says there been easy. Since the cafĂŠ is definitely room for one opened, Alrich’s restaurant more neighborhood group has had two break-ins. Other within the 50-plus already businesses in the area have in the city. experienced similar issues. To “I think there is a need to combat the problems, last year have a crime-watch group the city manager suggested in any neighborhood. I Aldrich and others in the think this is a real attempt downtown neighborhood at self-government,â€? said create a neighborhood watch Eide. “I mean, we need to and alliance group to work manage our expectations with city officials and police as to what any group of officers. citizens can accomplish. The Downtown There are always going to Neighborhood Watch/Public Bill Aldrich, owner of Theatre CafĂŠ on Main Street. be the proper authorities Safety Alliance started ultimately responsible meeting last fall and continues for addressing any crime to meet on the second Tuesday downtown or any problems of the month at 3 p.m. at city downtown, but just to raise the level of Regional Research Bureau, believes that hall. According to its members, the group civic pride and civic involvement is good this time with the backing from the has helped create a positive network of for any neighborhood.â€? businesses in the community, this watch information. That need for civic pride and group will stick around and make an engagement brought in Julie Holstrom, impact. project manager for the Worcester According to Eide, there had been a Business Development Corporation, few aborted attempts of a downtown which now owns the Telegram & Gazette neighborhood group modeled after what building in downtown. Holstrom got are believed to be the successful watches involved in the Downtown Neighborhood in other parts of the city. They fizzled out, Crime Watch/Public Safety Alliance after he suspects, because so few people reside Dr. Lisa M. Giarrusso & Dr. Gregory Livanos the Worcester Business Development downtown. “But this one, as I understand Diplomates, American Board of Orthodontics Corporation bought the building. it, seems to have gained some legs and Practice Limited to Orthodontics According to Holstrom, the interest is seems to be working,â€? he says. “[It] seems and Dentofacial Orthopedics important for businesses in the area and to be healthy and alive.â€? 100 MLK Jr. Blvd. 276 Main Street for attracting new business. She hopes What makes this group different is that Worcester, MA 01608 Spencer, MA 01562 (508) 753-2489 (508) 885-2749 the alliance keeps addressing issues in the so far the group understands each other. The city had tried in the past to create a watch group in the downtown neighborhood, but efforts struggled to gain momentum. Steve Eide, senior research associate at the Worcester

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area—safety and quality-of-life concerns as well as crime—and continues to grow. “I’d like to see the continued involvement of various community members,� says Holstrom. “We have a pretty good base of people attending the meetings, but if it grows, then that means we’re attracting the interest from the community and improving it and building upon it in every aspect, whether it means bringing businesses, improving the quality of life or the perception of safety on the street.� According to Officer George Turpin of the Community Impact Division of the Worcester Police Department, the group has phone numbers and email addresses for direct contact with city police. Turpin attends the group’s meetings to get input so the police can “feed off their concerns� and help them with any problems they have, whether it be graffiti, trash or crime. The Downtown Neighborhood Crime Watch/Public Safety is still young, especially compared to other watch groups and alliances in the city, but it’s a first step for the downtown neighborhood. The alliance has worked with the police and other groups in the city. That’s important to someone like Eide, who sees the downtown as metaphor for where the city is and where it’s heading. “Downtown contributes to the city’s image as a whole and when people come to do business here or go to a meeting at city hall, they judge Worcester by its downtown just like they judge Providence by its downtown or New York by Times Square,� Eide points out. “So, we as a community need to be aware of what’s going on there.� Keven Koczwara may be reached at kkoczwara@worcestermag.com

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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; traveling to China next year for the presentation of the house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take that many people to build, showcase, communicate and do all the aspects that are required for the solar decathlon.â&#x20AC;? After the competition next August, Team BE-MA-NY will have a functioning sustainable house on its hands. Ideally,

to be all over it,â&#x20AC;? El-Korchi says. The competition is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the China National Energy Administration. Teams are given $100,000 from the agencies to assist in what El-Korchi estimates to be a $400,000 project. He says half of the cost will be used for building materials, furnishings and construction. The team is working with WPIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development office STEVEN KING

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like when it goes before the House and Senate again after a compromise comes out of the conference committee looking at it now. EPOCA has used many preventive measures, including two rallies in the fall and spring and several public forums in Lowell, Springfield and Worcester, to raise awareness of the bills. Among reasons to oppose changes to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Strikesâ&#x20AC;? bill include the possible expansion of an already overcrowded prison system and the unnecessary costs to jail a prisoner that could be used for other purposes. According to Prisonersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Legal Services, it is estimated that it will cost between $75 million and $125 million per year once the law has taken effect. Oppositionists

also argue that more incarceration breaks apart families without rehabilitating criminal offenders. Bill proponents argue that the broadened punishments will help deter crime and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be exacted on every case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new reform would be invoked even more rarely and is designed to keep those people who are repeat violent offenders in jail,â&#x20AC;? commented Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is an obvious public safety issue.â&#x20AC;? The legislature has to get an agreeable single bill passed to the Governor for his signature by July 31. Brewer says time is and has been a factor in hammering out the details of bills filed in November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The calendar tells you how difficult itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been.â&#x20AC;? Additional reporting by Jeremy Shulkin

V E R BATI M â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe they owe it to the hard-working men and women of the Police Department and the community. If I am going to remain effective in my role as police chief, the community and the members of the department need clarity as to my standing with the city manager and the City Council.â&#x20AC;? -Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme, as quoted in the Telegram & Gazette, challenging councilors unsatisďŹ ed with his leadership to say so on the council ďŹ&#x201A;oor Steven Van Dessel, visiting professor at WPI with students (left to right) Maria Gomez Lara, Taoning Wang and Christian Lecorps. the team would like to find a buyer to sell the house to. Another option is for one of the three universities to adopt the house as a showcase piece. The construction of the house will be sustainable for the Worcester environment, but even if the house doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end back in the city, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the model will benefit the Worcester community as a replica,â&#x20AC;? says El-Korchi. The city will also come by trained, experienced young adults entering the clean-energy workforce. And with the grandeur of the event, attention is sure to be drawn to the city that leads the project and hosts its construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is going

to reach out to alumni and the Worcester community to fund the remaining cost. The project is underway with planning and beginning stages of design, but team members still have more than a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of work ahead of them. El-Korchi is grateful that WPI has been chosen in an international competition that brings awareness and accelerates the cleanenergy movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful opportunity and challenge, and we look forward to that.â&#x20AC;? Brittany Durgin may be reached at bdurgin@worcestermag.com.

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{ worcesteria } SHOWDOWN IN THE ND 2 DISTRICT?: Word is that 16th Worcester district State Representative John Fresolo spent a few days calling around to gauge support for a potential run for the 2nd Worcester state senate seat currently held by Michael Moore (D-Millbury). When reached on Tuesday, Fresolo said that he was “looking at it” but “I haven’t made a decision yet.” Moore said that his own re-election campaign announcement is coming shortly, but he’s been focused on defeating his Republican challenger, Auburn Selectman Steve Simonian. “Every election there’s rumors about people coming in and out of the race,” Moore said when asked about Fresolo’s impending decision. On Tuesday night, the State House News Service ran with the story quoting 17th Worcester State Rep. John Binienda – a friend of Fresolo’s and constituent of Moore’s – as saying the rumor was true. … The next logical question is: who will run for an empty 16th District seat if Fresolo does take on Moore? According to the city’s elections office, no one has pulled papers yet, but a vacant and so-far unchallenged state rep. seat could be the greatest present that anyone with political aspirations could ever receive.

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15th DISTRICT RACE EXPANDS: Republican Brian O’Malley running for the D-15 representative seat has carved out a bit of niche in his stances, calling himself a “working class Republican” who has no issue with social services like food stamps and the missions of state administrative departments – but rather with Democrats who he says create too much red tape, bureaucracy and high salaries for administrators that render those services ineffective. O’Malley says he’s seen this first hand, after a stint of temporary homelessness a decade ago and taking only $9 of food stamps per month. “The utter hypocrisy drives me crazy,” he says. When asked why he’s running as a Republican rather than an independent, he said he used to do activism for the Republican Party and didn’t want that to come out as an “October surprise” and wants to boost the strength of the state’s GOP.

GOOD NEWS FOR HOMOSEXUAL CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS WHO SUPPORT MARTHA COAKLEY:

Respected polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of its latest Massachusetts-centric probe, focusing on gay marriage (67 percent said it hasn’t had any impact on their lives while 19 percent said it impacted them positively), legalizing medical marijuana (53 percent polled said they support it, 35 percent said they were against) and some early predictions on the 2014 gubernatorial match up. On the Republican side, PPP used 2010 challenger and presumed 2014 candidate Charlie Baker against Democrats Attorney General Martha Coakley, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and Treasurer Steve Grossman. In head-to-heads against her Democratic and Republican rivals, Coakley appears to be the front-runner for governor, besting each of them handily, though Murray and Grossman edge out wins over Baker as well. As far as favorability goes, Coakley’s stands at 49/30, up 26 points from when she lost the senate election to Scott Brown. For comparison, Murray’s sits at 22/31 and Grossman claims 21/15 favorability/unfavorability. Some good news for former Mayor Murray, however: even though 50 percent of Bay State Democrats polled said they were unsure if they saw Murray in a favorable light, even more (61 percent) said the same thing about Grossman. 936 Massachusetts voters were polled between March 16 and March 18.

OH, YOU WERE EXPECTING A COMMENT?: The Worcester City Council – years ago not known for its brevity – may have set a record Tuesday night for its shortest meeting ever, clocking in at less than 35 minutes One topic they effectively skirted around: the drama that unfolded over the weekend about the employment status of Police Chief Gary Gemme, after WTAG talk show host Jordan Levy announced Friday morning that nine city councilors had engaged or were about to engage in talks with City Manager Michael O’Brien about replacing him because – reportedly – there were concerns his social-media conduct was becoming a distraction. While Levy’s show “outed” the councilors, over the weekend Gemme challenged the council to (possibly violate the charter) and comment on his job status on the floor, and Mayor Joe Petty essentially told everyone to shut up – which they did. City Manager Michael O’Brien who, save a supportive email to Gemme, has kept relatively quiet through this, has issued a public statement to Worcester Mag: “I am on record with my full support of the professional police work and efforts of Chief Gemme, his command staff and the men and women of the Worcester Police Department. I have a City to run and look forward to my continued close work with our Mayor and the members of City Council.”


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Inflated assessments are costly to many homeowners Gary Rosen

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uring the hot real estate market of 2002, my wife and I paid $220,000 for our modest home in the June-Chandler streets area of Worcester. We like the house, the neighborhood and the many services that this city has to offer. That’s why we stay. While we’ve discussed moving to Maine, now is the wrong time to sell because it’s a buyer’s real estate market. And our house really needs some upgrades so we probably couldn’t even sell it for the price we paid 10 years ago. However, Worcester assessor, Bill Ford, believes that we could sell our house for its new assessed value of $281,000. Now Ford is a throwback to the days when City Hall personnel acted like they were doing you a favor just by talking to you. But arrogance and sarcasm are not what shocked homeowners need when they question inaccurate and unreasonable property assessments. The assessed value of a home represents the amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller on the open market. So, in this depressed housing market, the $281,000 assessment on my 60-year-old, 1700-square-foot house is more inflated than Bill Ford’s ego. A year ago, after our 2010 assessment of $261,000 climbed to $272,000 for 2011, I filed for an abatement. Mr. Ford’s response was that satellite photos alerted the city to a bedroom that a previous owner had added on to our house 30 years ago. Like many Worcester homeowners of today, evidently he chose not to take out required remodeling and construction permits to avoid paying higher property taxes. While the assessed value of my land has decreased by $27,000, that’s really just a tease. The city immediately took back that relief by raising our house value by almost $36,000. It was even worse

for a neighbor whose building value for no apparent reason was increased by more than $60,000. Last week I attended the District 5 revaluation public meeting. The more than 100 angry homeowners present couldn’t believe that local residential assessments have decreased on average by 3.8 percent. The assessor responded to dozens of questions but failed to provide these homeowners with plausible reasons why their assessments have skyrocketed. Before that meeting started, I sought a decrease in my home’s new assessment by asking Bill Ford to lower its grade (condition) from “Average to Good” to Average. But he said they would have to inspect the interior of my house to do that. So in order to rectify their over-assessment of my property, I’ll have to submit to an entirely different process than the drive-by method used to appraise the property of all other city homeowners. After the City Council sets the new and painful residential tax rate, my annual property taxes on Herbert Road will be around $5,000. If inflated assessments and unreasonable property taxes become the norm in Worcester, middle- and upperincome families won’t see our city as an appealing place to live. What a blow that losing them will be to our schools, businesses and economy. Once again, my wife and I will pay our tax bill and then file for an abatement. We’ll check off “overvaluation” on the form. Unfortunately, we can’t assess our own property. After Bill Ford bought his house on Salisbury Street, its 2010 assessed value plummeted from $897,600 to $687,200 in 2011. And now in 2012, it’s down to $620,000. But that’s what happens when the fox is allowed to guard the hen house.

I was impressed with Worcester Mag’s interesting interview of Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme by Doreen Manning and Jeremy Shulkin. After tough questions which included the number one concern of Chief Gemme, Worcester crime and lack of support from the courts and newspaper. There should never be any major controversy between the local news media and

EOPLE STREET ON T HE

How did this year’s mild winter affect you? ASKE D AT TH E WORCESTE R COM MONS AREA

It affected me in a good way. It was easier to drive, and I didn’t have to worry about car accidents or shoveling.

Linda Kocivelli ALBANIA I like it, because now I can skate outside more.

Cameron Deumaine WORCESTER

I’ve enjoyed it. I don’t have to worry about cleaning out my car, the awful Worcester roads, and now it’s 80 degrees and enjoyable, and I can’t complain.

Sarah Hovagimian CLINTON

Gary Rosen may be reached at editor@worcestermag.com.

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the police department. There isn’t a [topic] in our great country more important than local police, especially today. Our country records show that thousands of police officers have been killed while on duty. Finally, let’s stop this controversy between newspaper and police chief Gary Gemme because the only losers will be Worcester citizens. We have a great city, let’s keep it that way, and thanks to your staff. R AY M ON D J. PE R R ON E Worcester

Well, it’s been good because it’s been easier for me to visit my wife in the hospital, and I like the sunshine.

Pierre St. Laurente PAXTON It’s been good. But, with the quick change from cold to warm weather, it can make you sick. I was sick for four weeks.

Dutch Bouyer BOSTON PHOTOS BY EMILY HORSBY

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Weather matters HOW THE WINTER THAT WASN’T IMPACTED CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS Jeremy Shulkin

Marc Curtis, Jr. expected to be busy this winter, especially after an October storm that dumped inches of snow and the expectations of another whitewashed five months.

“We got off to the best start we’ve had as far as I can remember,” says the owner of Curtis Factory Plus. “But it fizzled faster than I’d ever seen it,” once November, then December all passed with hardly any notable accumulation of snow. “We’re lucky because we’re a fairly diverse and dynamic business,” he says, listing off accessories for trucks and trailers as part of his inventory, “but the bulk of our business is the snow and ice division.” “I don’t think people realize how much it impacts the New England economy.”

SNOW JOB There are few places on Earth where the image of snow, or at the very least a white Christmas, are key to that region’s identity as New England. The October snow storm and one other larger blast at the beginning of March notwithstanding, a number of businesses suffered an identity crisis without the white stuff on the ground this winter – though not all are lamenting it. “Anybody in retail, we had a good winter season,” says Bill Cavanagh, owner of CC Lowell and co-chair of Worcester Local First. “It certainly helps when you don’t lose days,” and he adds that with

February 29, there was an extra nice business day this year too. “For most, it’s good,” says President of the Worcester County Visitors and Convention Bureau Donna McCabe about the early spring that’s felt more like summer. Even as the economy still sputters along and gas prices continue to rise money stays in the local economy. “All of these things will drive traffic and the family market to our area,” she says, noticing spikes in Central Massachusetts attractions and hotels. And portions of the economy got a bit of a jolt too. “It had a slightly positive economic impact on the construction industry,” says Guy Webb, executive director of the Builders Association of Central Massachusetts, which represents contractors and workers building mostly

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residential projects. Webb believes the mild winter allowed builders to do work that couldn’t be done if temperatures were too low to mix concrete or mortar or dig up a foundation. “It’s like concrete,” Webb says of digging into hard ground in the middle of winter. Absent of that, excavation work could start in months that are typically unheard of, like January or February, allowing customers to pull the trigger on projects that might’ve waited until April or May. It’s all about the consumer confidence, Webb notes. Of course for those whose business depends on the conditions of the outdoors, the skip from fall to summer has dramatically altered how they’ve marketed themselves and led a few to adapt to changing weather patterns more quickly. Broad Meadow Brook, a haven for


urban snowshoers and cross country skiers, found itself unable to host much of that this year. Wachusett Mountain also had a winter they probably hope will never happen again. Midway through ski season, Wachusett Mountain seemed to have some fun with the lack of snow, sending out a press release praising their groomers and snow gunners for keeping the mountain trails usable. But as the winter conditions never changed, Tom Meyers, director of marketing for Wachusett Mountain summed up the season by calling it “frustrating.” “We had that October snowfall and we thought ‘Oh boy, here we go again.’” But the warm weather after that not only melted what fell, but also kept them from making new snow, in which the best conditions are when it’s cold and dry. Once the mountain caught up and had snow, customers didn’t come because they didn’t see snow anywhere else. He calls it the “backyard syndrome.” “If you don’t see snow in your backyard you don’t think there’s snow anywhere,” says Meyers. When skiers and snowboarders did come, they’d react with shock at how much snow was on the mountain. “That’s where the frustration comes into play.” Wachusett closed March 18; it’s trails muddy and almost completely snowless.

{ coverstory } The mountain averages about 130 operating days during the winter, this year they only had 97, and those days he credits to “the art of snow management.” “Those guys really were the heroes,” he says of the groomers and snow-makers. “That saved the winter.” Or what there was of it, anyway. Broad Meadow Brook and Tower Hill, however, had some fallback options when they knew no snowshoers would show up. Deb Cary, executive director at Broad Meadow Brook, says visitors didn’t show up for winter activities; however, the hiking trails are open and they’ve seen visitors take advantage of these rare 70 degree temperatures in March. “The weather has forced a lot of things to bloom now that normally wouldn’t be,” says Joann Vieira, director of horticulture at Tower Hill. Like the Audubon, Tower Hill’s snowshoe and cross-country ski activity plummeted but its winter plantings – normally seen from inside the building – could be examined close up. She says it’s been great for both visitors and honey bees. They also saved money on heating the conservatories.

GOOD WEATHER HAS CONSEQUENCES Of course, there are environmental concerns for these places as Mother Nature has thrown the schedule out of whack. “The plants have pushed well beyond where they should be by this time,” Vieira says, worried that one night of a deep freeze could cause incredible damage. At Broad Meadow Brook, employees have concerns about small animal populations. “What I was worried about was the lack of snow cover,” says Conservation Commissioner Martha Gach, explaining that meadow voles and field mice rely on snow cover to hide from predators. “I think we’re going to see fewer of those this spring.” And as there’s been no snow to melt and little rain recently, vernal pools – important ecosystems for frogs and salamanders – could start to dry up, though she’s pleasantly surprised at how

long they’ve been able to hang around so far. “What we’re experiencing right now is the drought,” she says. “If we don’t get more [rain], they’re going to start evaporating with the warm weather.” Not everyone’s suffering. To the detriment of the wild flower population, the deer are doing well – almost too well. And Gach hopes that winter isn’t much of a precursor to what the summer is like. Last year’s almost-weekly hit of snow didn’t seem to steer the summer off course, she says. “The hopeful part of me says it’s going to be a normal summer.” Gach and Vieira both had some concerns about global warming contributing to the unseasonal, uh, seasons but not to the extent you’d expect. Gach says while global warming will be to blame for increasingly warmer winters, she chalks this one up to the cyclical pattern of weather. Last year was extreme, this year over-corrected. Vieira says despite concerns over climate change, “we sure did enjoy it this year.” continued on page 12

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CITY PLANNING For municipalities, snow means money. Whenever a plow pushes snow down the road, officials essentially see a pile of dollar bills being bulldozed out of town.

According to the City of Worcester, 25 inches of snow – more than half from that one snowstorm in October – fell this winter as of February 27 (this does not include the storm in early March). To put that small amount in perspective, the average snowfall is 76.3 inches. The state gives municipalities flexibilities in their budgets for snow, allowing for funds to roll over, and there’s reimbursement money to be had from the feds too (the city is seeking about 75 percent of the money it cost to deal with the October storm from the Federal Emergency Management Agency). Last year, the amount of snow forced Worcester over-budget, which meant funding had to be diverted away from stump removal, crosswalk painting and other small repairs to cover the costs of

snow. Christina Andreoli, communications director for Worcester, says a typical winter can cost between $5 to $7 million— or $70,000 per square inch of snow. This year Worcester budgeted $3.15 million, which ended up being “just enough.” From a public-health perspective, the winter-that-never-happened has led to some out-of-the-ordinary findings, including low cases of influenza and cardiovascular disease. According to the Department of Public Health, flu activity is off to the slowest start since the mid-1980s, says Director Derek Brindisi, and flu season started in February instead of December. Pediatric deaths from flu have tallied four this year, down from 122 in the 2010-2011 season and 282 during 2009-2010. “We like to draw correlations to winter due to people being indoors more often during the winter, they are in close contact more often and this promotes transmission from person to person. Given the mild winter and low activity we may argue the inverse has happened,” Brindisi explains via email. (It also helps that people have had three years to become adjustedto the newest influenza strains.) And as evidence mounts of links between cold weather and cardiovascular

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Don Anderson, director of Workforce Central Career Center, says there’s likely been an uptick in construction and landscaping hiring, but at the same token many of these same workers are hurting after a winter where their plows sat idle in their garages. Anderson also says they don’t break their data into seasonal aspects. While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has slowly dropped statewide over the past winter, Central Massachusetts and Worcester remain higher than the state average. The Worcester metropolitan area had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in December of last year, much lower than 8.5 percent in December 2010. (The state’s most recent unemployment level has held at 6.9 percent.) Taking out the seasonal adjustment however, Central Massachusetts had an unemployment rate of 8 percent.

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Even those who had a great winter and early spring in retail aren’t letting their bottom lines get to their heads. “Everything averages out” once a business is open long enough, says

Cavanagh. And sometimes it can be too nice out. On a recent 77 degree day he says business was slow. “There’s a bit of a backlash if the weather is too good.” It also makes a slow start the next winter harder to face. “It means next year you’re going to say ‘Why am I behind?’” Marc Curtis Jr. worries about getting hit with the double-whammy: slow sales last winter because of a lack of snow means the winter of 2012-2013 could start slow too, since customers look back on the year before to gauge what they need to buy. “That’s what we’re most concerned with: the early season sales for next year,” he says. Curtis calls it “the winter that never came.” Meyers: “Kind of the winter that never started. The gist of it, says Cavanagh is, “weather matters.” Succinct, just like last winter.

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The city of Worcester is home to upwards of 180,000 people. Within this teeming, varied urban cluster, the immigrant population is often unseen – or ignored – and even more often unheard. “Immigrant Perspectives of Life in Worcester,” an exhibit at the Emmanuel D’Alzon Library at Assumption College, locates

about social issues,” says Loustaunau. The cameras would provide a stage, of sorts, for the ESOL students, one that “would allow people who may not have a voice in society to speak up.” Loustaunau’s class, mostly middle-class students with limited knowledge of the immigrant experience, explained the project to the ESOL students, asking them to write something to go along with their pictures. These writings range from very basic sentences or even fragments to more complex paragraphs, reflecting the ESOL students’ various levels of English proficiency.

and Spirituality. Positive aspects mentioned included the availability of health insurance, bilingual schools, the many libraries, ESOL programs and the beauty of the city itself. Among the negatives cited were safety concerns, not enough time with family and the cost of living. Individuals from Brazil, El Salvador, Poland, Romania, Somalia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam contributed works to the exhibit. And what was the reaction of the ESOL students to the idea of an exhibit showcasing their work? Cynthia Vlasaty, the Education and Career Advisor of TRA’s Adult Literacy Program, says the typical reaction was, “Why me? Why would a college be interested in me?” At the exhibit’s opening, ESOL students and their families gathered in celebration and recognition of this collaboration between Loustaunau, his students, TRA and the amateur photographers and essayists themselves. Vlasaty notes that some of the photos in the exhibit are unattributed, artifacts now of people who have moved on or are no longer reachable. She also points out

Photo of Memorial Monument, Downtown Worcester/by Khanh Le “When I was a teenager, I loved to take pictures because things I saw impressed me. In Vietnam, my job was to pose people who were taking their pictures at wedding parties. It was a stunning job that everybody could do. This picture I took is of the Memorial Monument in a park in downtown Worcester. I love the Memorial Monument picture because it is an icon for all people living in the U.S.” -Khanh Le (Vietnam)

and amplifies, in photographic images and text, the multitoned voice of this population. In fall 2010, Esteban Loustaunau, professor and director of Latin American studies at Assumption, and the students of his Contemporary Spanish-American Drama class struck upon an idea for a class project. The class presented disposable cameras to a group of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students at Training Resources of America, Inc. (TRA) in Worcester, with instructions to address the question: “What is life like for you in Worcester?” Among the ideas informing the project were the notions that “the stage is a place for representation and reflection” and “a place where people can speak out

The Assumption students found their experience eyeopening, coming into contact, in many cases for the first time, with such attributes of the immigrant community as its work ethic, desire to learn (and learn English) and desire to contribute. In addition to enhancing the ESOL students’ language skills, Literacy Through Photography (LTP) proved a useful tool for teaching college students about “privilege and how to use their privilege to help others,” says Loustaunau. His students learned “to volunteer, to help and to respect immigrants, by bringing to light the many stories of immigration.” The photographs and writings have been divided into six categories, highlighting areas of interest and concern for the ESOL students: Positive and Negative Aspects of Worcester, Consumerism, Family, Possessions, Labor,

that there are larger stories behind the written essays, the words and photos providing a mere glimpse into the lives of the ESOL students. The exhibit was funded by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures, the Community Service Learning Program and the Art Department at Assumption. TRA has been operating for 37 years in Massachusetts and 17 years in Worcester. Its collaborative effort is representative of a movement in literacy training toward such experiential projects and programs. This project and exhibit have turned the too-often contentious topic of immigration into a source of learning and pride for all involved. These works, these voices matter. Immigrant Perspectives of Life in Worcester. Emmanuel D’Alzon Library at Assumption College now through April 13. assumption.edu. Laurence Levey may be reached at editor@worcestermag.com. MARCH 29, 2012 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Let’s give the readers a little glimpse into who you are. I grew up in Holden, MA and attended Becker College for business and retailing. After college, my husband and I married in 1986 and relocated to Tenants Harbor, Maine. We lived there for two-and-a-half years before moving back to Massachusetts. We now reside in Hubbardston, with our son and daughter. I spent many years in retail management and 14 years in child care. Aside from my family, my two passions are writing and photography. I always have a camera in STEVEN KING

son; when it was done I laid it on the kitchen table one night and went to bed. When my husband came home, he read it and I was very pleasantly surprised when he said, “This is really good; you should try to get this published.” I wrote my second book when my daughter came home from preschool and informed me that a boy was told by the teachers that “the puddles were closed” and he wasn’t allowed to jump in them. I thought it was the cutest phrase and a great title for a book. That is where I started with “Please Don’t Close the Puddles.” It is a rhyming story about a child who just wants to enjoy the simple joy of jumping in the puddles. The collage-style illustrations by Carolyn Dahlstrom Granberg—who also illustrated “Is God in the Mailbox?”— make this book come alive; they are absolutely wonderful.

Do you include any local places in your stories? No, I haven’t; the places are generic in that they could be anywhere.

Where is your book or books available? They are available at Wachusett Artist Emporium, 795 Main St. in Holden, on Lulu.com, or people can contact me at tvarty@charter. net

Can you tell us a little about what you’re working on next? I have

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my hand, especially around the kids. Their spontaneity makes them such wonderful informal subjects and great sources of inspiration for children’s books.

How long have you been writing? And have you always wanted to be a writer? I have always had a love for writing. My favorite high school classes were my creative writing classes. But, the thought of writing and publishing a book was not on my radar until later in life. I began writing my first book “Is God in the Mailbox?” when my son was little and he started asking questions about God. I felt that giving him the generic answer, “He is everywhere,” was confusing for a young child because he would personify Him and not understand how a “person” could be everywhere. So, I started to write thinking that I would put God in places that children see every day and could identify with how and why God would fit there. I didn’t even tell my husband I was attempting to write a book, at the time I thought of it more as just a story for my

another complete children’s manuscript awaiting illustration, and a number of others that are in very early stages but, they are “on the back burner” at the moment while I work on my current project. It is a young adult novel; on the surface it is about a young boy who becomes homeless when his mother is killed, but it is actually about his walk of faith.

For those aspiring authors out there, what has been the best advice or words of encouragement you’ve received? Read. Read. Read. And just keep writing every day whether or not you feel inspired. Sit down and write even if it is totally off subject of your current project; somehow it will bring you around to where you need to be. And for me, it’s a matter of keeping my eyes open to the world around me. There is inspiration everywhere. Are you a published local author or know of one we should profile? Email editor@ worcestermag.com and tell us about it.


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have to look at what our definition of toast is. My father likes his toast burnt, to the point that he has to take a knife and scrape off the black charcoal before applying the peanut butter on the top as if it were wallpaper paste. Apparently he likes the crunch this makes when he bites into it, and he prefers his peanut butter cold. If my father wants to abuse his toaster, then we can’t blame the manufacturer, can we? To me the loud crunch of toast is analogous to the endless cacophonous battle scenes in “Wrath of the Titans.” The cathartic effect of constant pyrotechnics is stimulating. But we still are eating bread that is bereft of all the other qualities that might make the experience palatable. This means things like texture and taste. Translated to film it means abandoning subtleties like believable acting, screenplay, plot, and so on. So this sequel is, like the original “Clash of the Titans,” analogous to a toaster designed to produce only burnt toast. Why the producers of this epic would want to do this baffles me as much as my father’s motivations for

perennially dialing the toaster down to “dark.” But still, this is his choice, and there is nothing wrong with the toaster, which still gets an “A plus” for performing its function. Apparently there are huge amounts of consumers out there enthusiastic about the prospect of a machine that only produces charred bread. Personally I like my bread with some semblance of life left in it, just as I like my films to comprise something more than a collection of silly clichés buttressing endless spectacular eyeopening explosions, gruesomely convincing otherworldly CGI creatures and shaky cam fight scenes. But this is my esthetic preference, and the producers of this film, like the designers of the toaster, can’t be faulted for building their machine to do what it does, if that’s what people want. On a more specific level, this is the story of the days when gods ruled the Earth, but like Tinker Bell they lose their power if one doesn’t believe in them. It’s hard to believe Sam Worthington as anything. Here he plays Perseus, son of Zeus (an understandably embarrassed Liam Neeson), who casually drops by the house one day for a quiet chat about the impending end of the world. Not that I’m a scholar about any of this, but I remember Zeus as an easily angered dictatorial type who routinely boffed his own daughters and granddaughters. In this film he’s bearded and wizened and routinely goes around forgiving those that have wronged him. I think they’ve confused Zeus with Jesus Christ. Hades (an equally embarrassed Ralph Fiennes), has gone bad in the service of Cronos, an underworld creature made out of molten rock that somehow gave birth to all of them. Ares (Edgar Ramirez) has gone bad for some ill-explained reason and traps Zeus in the underworld to sap his powers. Perseus, with hot human babe queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) in tow has to save him. Spoiler alert: he does. Lots of things blow up. The toaster does its fine work and everyone goes home happy, except with headaches from the 3D glasses. The reviewer sighs and tries to remember the taste of bread.


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Countless times I’ve driven past, and felt sorry for, the eyesore strip mall at the intersection of Madison and Southbridge streets. When Shangri-La opened in that mall, colorful plastic banners – akin to those flapping around a used-car dealership – draped across its front doors. I was skeptical. My trepidation was alleviated when Tara and I entered for a weekday lunch and saw a massive and well-decorated restaurant. A hostess greeted us by the fish pond and gave us seating options of an empty bar area with a loud television, a sushi bar, or the main dining room where a few tables were occupied. I flock to where the people go, so we sat amongst the other patrons in the main room. I

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“Generous” does not adequately describe the scale of my Japanese udon beef ($9.95) lunch special. A bowl of miso soup and a bland iceberg salad with sliced cucumber and tomatoes and doused with too much ginger dressing were precursors to my lunch. Aside from the daunting portion size, I enjoyed the thick, perfectly cooked and lightly sauced udon noodles with plenty of tender beef slices, though prudence dictates I might not select it again. My lunch was large, but when Tara’s Kung Pao chicken ($7.50) lunch special was placed in front of her, we laughed. The Kung Pao chicken serving was nearly lost next to sides of two large chicken wings and a mound of pork-fried rice. The sesame chili sauce on the Kung Pao had the right amount of spice – enough to tickle my throat, but not force me to guzzle a glass of water. If you’re a fan of water chestnuts, then you’ll love this dish—it has more water chestnuts and bell peppers than slices of chicken. After the lettuce wrap appetizer

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Mr. Smartass Women Wrestlers slam down at Theater is a live homage to the classic television program Mystery Join us as Christopher Sawyer Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner with Science Theater 3000. A cheesy, public-domain film is projected and Patricia Wolf talk about their bands Planetoid and Sever the Drama. onto the Lucky Dog’s lovely movie screen. Three of Worcester’s book Denholms: the story of 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Worcester’s Premier department most notorious smart-alecs give the film a new soundtrack laced with puns, dirty jokes, sound effects, pop-culture references, and store and the history of this iconic GO KAT GO! presents hi-octane, hot-rod even a few facts thrown in for good measure. So stick around building in Worcester, which is still rockabilly all the way from Illinois featuring and you just might learn something. Every show is unique, every standing on Main Street. Christopher is Skinny Jim and the Number 9 show starts at 9:30 p.m., and it’s always free to get in. 9 p.m.-1 also the artist who has decorated the Blacktops. Two full sets, plus Narragansett a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or visit Denholm windows the last few years. girls will be on hand with free swag and beer facebook.com/mrsmartasstheatre. Free; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Worcester Public specials. It’s all for free baby, starting at 9 Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square. PACO GARCIA OF ZAZA INK/PHOTO BY STEVEN KING p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508The Composer’s Voice features violist and composer Mark 508-799-1655. 752-9439. Berger of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. Refreshments will >Saturday 31 be served; public is invited. $10; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First Baptist Sunny Lake & Bobby Gadoury Dueling Pianos at 9 For Three Works with Charles Ketter tonight, George Church, 111 Park Ave. 508-755-6143. Dellomo will bring together Saxophonist and flautist Jim Allard with Lullwater, Heiress, Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers, p.m. over at Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. GrandEvolution, Hope Anchor and Grey Valley Ghosts seven-string guitarist and singer Charles Ketter, while he keeps the >Thursday 5 can be found on stage at The Raven tonight on 258 Pleasant St. >Monday 2 backline groove goin on. From Monk to MoTown; donation tip jar Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the The UK’s hottest and most successful rock show One Night of 508-304-8133 or find them on Facebook. so bring your pocket change. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Holy Cross, WPI, Worcester State University, Hanover Theatre and Queen, which celebrates the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. is coming to The Hanover Theater. 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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Millbury Music Dept. 7th Annual Jazz Night featuring the Compaq Big Band. Admission is Free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Millbury Memorial High School, Millbury HS auditorium, 12 Martin St., Millbury. 508-865-5841. Open Mic Night with Ed Sheridan. 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Irish Music Session. No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-3444932 or westboroughsession.com. Open Mic Thursdays @ The “New” Biagio’s With Bill Mccarthy. Visit: myspace.com/openmicworld for info and the latest sign-up schedules. Sign-up in advance! Email Bill Mccarthy to Reserve It! Email Bill At: Openmcc@verizon. Free. 7:30-11:30 P.m. Biagio’s Grille, 257 Park Ave. 508-756-7995 Or myspace.com/openmicworld. The Capital Trio. Free and open to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Dana Lewis Live!. No Cover. Come on out! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The, 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508-839-5931 or myspace.com/danalewismusic. DANNY DARK & The Afternoon Delight fills in for the FLOCK tonight. with guests Dave Rivers and Andy Caplan’s “Natural Disaster”. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/

DannyDarkBand. All Request Thirsty Thursday With CJ/DJ. No Cover!!!!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, The Downstairs, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-868-7382 or soundzlikefun.com. Cara Brindisi. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Flash Back Thirsty Thursdays with DJ Double D. Stop on down and enjoy the evening listening to your favorite music from the by gone days...great sounds to heard by all...DJ Double D spins your favorite old time tunes... FLASH BACK Thirsty Thursdays are here at Club Remix in Worcester 9-11:59 p.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or remixworcester.com. Metal Thursday!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. 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 daysendtavern.com. Jay Graham Live!. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. 18+ Red Carpet Thursdays. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Instyle, 41 Pleasant St. 774-444-0216 or facebook.com/ events/251547494929151.

>Friday 30 I Versus Me,Brodie,Set and Setting,Life On Hold,Emerson,Our Names Forever. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or facebook.com/ events/220197104745145. Dana Lewis LIVE! Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208 or myspace.com/ danalewismusic. Paganfest America Part III Turisas / Alestorm / Ex Deo / Arkona / Huntress / Aversed / Wilderun @ The

Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $25 adv., $28 door. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. BYO BLUES. BAND Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Chris Schact. 7-9 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658. SEAN FULLERTON: Acoustic Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar & Harmonica! Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun!!. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600 or seanfullertonmusic.net. Bob Moon. Acoustic singer / songwriter. Originals, veteran local player. Really rocks it out. One of the leaders of great local band Comanchero. No Cover charge. Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Last Friday Jazz Series. RES. 508-799-9999 $6. 8-11 p.m. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. 617-233-4751 or viva-bene.com. Ron Murphy with the Workingman’s Jazz Band. No Cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Why Wolves, JB & The Raw Dawg House Band, Wild Mountain Strategy, The Shop. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/ jbandtherawdawghouseband. Auntie Trainwreck. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385 or facebook.com. DJ. 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. Sakura Tokyo, 640 Park Ave. 508-792-1078.

FRIDAY FRENZY with Blurry Nights & DJ SOUP - DJ B-LO. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. GO KAT GO! Presents hi-octane, hot rod rockabilly all the way from Illinois featuring Skinny Jim And The Number 9 Blacktops! GO KAT GO! Presents their first show here in MA! All the way from Illinois, Skinny Jim And The Number 9 Blacktops for two full sets! Plus Narragansett girls will be on hand with Free swag & beer specials! Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or speakersnightclub.net. Slitstitch. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. The Flock of A**holes. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Original Jelly Roll Soul!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. BILL McCARTHY - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! MySpace.com/BadClownProductions Bill McCarthy and His Guitar Playing your favorites. Free. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. cigarmasters of Worcester, 1 Exchange St. Touch 2 Much. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. 18+ Fridays. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. International Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 774-444-0216 or facebook.com. Funky Fridays with DJ Tony T. 18+ only $10 21+ only $5. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508756-2227 or remixworcester.com. Three Works w/ Charles Ketter. George Dellomo brings together Saxophonist and flautist Jim Allard with 7 string guitarist and singer Charles Ketter, while he keeps the backline groove goin on! Three DOes Work! From Monk to MoTown! donation tip jar. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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Lullwater,Heiress,Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers,GrandEvolution,Hope Anchor,Grey Valley Ghosts. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or facebook. com. KARAOKE. Free. 9-12:30 a.m. Shangri-la chinese restaurant, 60 madison St. 508-798-0888. Together to Help Syria: Malek Jandali, Composer & Pianist. Dinner & Show Tickets can be obtained by calling 781632-4492 or by email at zatassi@yahoo.com; Show Only tickets can be obtained through the Mechanics Hall Box Office $64 Dinner & Show; $35 Show Only, Balcony. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or centerstageticketing.com/sites/ mechanicshall/selecttix_nochart.php?s_id=248&p_id=273. Sinfonia. Clark University’s Sinfonia will present a dynamic program for string orchestra. Peter Sulski, Director Free and open to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Wachusett Music Series Presents: Trina Hamlin. Trina was chosen as one of the “most wanted new artists” at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and has performed to a sold out crowd at the Newport Folk Festival in the company of Ani Di Franco, Dar Williams, and The Indigo Girls. $18 in advance $20 day of show. 7:30-10 p.m. First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster. 978-365-2043 or soundsofwachusett.com. Beatles For Sale the Tribute. $30 (Includes meal). 8-10 p.m. Galleria Banquet Room at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St., Haverhill. 978-521-1472 or thegalleriabanquetroom.com. Peppertown - “Beatles Tribute”. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Sagapool. How to capture and define the Sagapool sound: Nu-Jazz, Jam Band, Acoustic. Joyful and cinematographic music; an idiosyncratic sound that wraps gypsy swing, jazz and klezmer in with touches of ska, Latin and folk rhythms. This is music at an intersection of exuberant creativity and blazing virtuosity


Upload your listings at our redesigned website worcestermag.com. Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. Classic Rock, Blues/Jamband & Funk, 60’s-Up!! $5. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chooch’s Food & Spirits, 31 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield. 508-867-2494 or facebook.com/RiggaGoo. SPINSUITE SATURDAYS - Top 40. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. VALVATROSS. BAND $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Auntie Trainwreck. It’s a rare 18+ event. $5 cover, 18+ $5. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-7930900 or https://facebook.com/events/252094861546359. No Alibi. No Cover. 10 p.m.-1:30 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. Sunlea. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. Tantrum Saturdays with DJ Tony T. 18+ only $10 21+ only $5. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or remixworcester.com.

>Sunday 1 Drag Shows. 18+ $8 21+ $5. midnight-1:30 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. Wachusett Music Series Presents: Peter Yarrow, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli, and Mustard’s Retreat. $35/$45 General Admission $100 VIP with a meet and greet reception. 1-3 p.m. The Hanover Theatre, 978-365-2043 or thehanovertheatre.org. Acoustic Open Mic/WARL Charity Event. Celtic/ Acoustic music and an ongoing charity event for the Worcester Animal Rescue League No Cover. 5-9 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Dan Kirouac & Dorette Weld. dankirouac.Freeservers.com. Free. 5-9 p.m. Owen and Ollie’s Restaurant, 91 Mill St., Dracut. 978-957-4400. The Raven “Battle of the Blues Bands. $5. 5-9 p.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or baevents.com/ battleofthebands. Big Jon Short. bigjonshort.com 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. New CD Release Party “ It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing “. 6:30 p.m. Group Swing Dance

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The Millbury Housing Authority is accepting applications for its elderly/handicapped state-aided housing program. Applicants must be 60 years old or handicapped in accordance with the definitions in applicable state statues. In order to be income eligible you must have an adjusted annual income no higher than the following: 1 person $44,750 2 persons $51,150 When assets are $5,000.00 or less, the actual income from assets is used. When assets are more than $5,000.00, the greater of either the actual income or the imputed income is used. The rate used for imputing income to assets is the passbook rate established by HUD. (Even though our housing is state- aided the federal passbook rate established by HUD is used when we must impute income to assets.) Rent, including utilities, is 30% of the adjusted net monthly household income. We have elderly/handicapped developments in three different locations. All are accessible to bus service. Applications may be picked up at the authority office at 89 Elm Street, Millbury or will be mailed upon request. For additional information or to request an application, please call 508-865-2660 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Equal Housing Opportunity

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Ladies Guild Spring Craft Fair Leominster Senior Center 5 Pond St. Leominster, MA Saturday, March 31 9AM-3PM

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Maine Home Rental This summer rent or own a fine East Booth Bay home w/ views & sunsets over Linekin Bay. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, could sleep 7, FMI fkweds@gmail.com

2011 Chevrolet Malibu Low mileage. Never seen winter. Many options. Factory coverage. Must sell. $17,000.00 OR B/O 508-769-4546

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

HOUSE FOR SALE Holden Ranch 3 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths, newly remodeled. $219,900. Call Ed 978-928-4797

11 Bird St- Worcester Priced to sell, everything must go! 10AM- 4PM Multi- Family INDOOR YARD SALE Saturday, March 31: 169 Boston Rd Sutton. MORE items & REDUCED prices Princeton- 270 Thompson Rd Sat 3/31 8am4pm, Yard/Moving Sale. Furniture, various household items, horse tack, yard/garden items, some antiques. Sterling Indoor Yard Sale. First Church in Sterling (on the Common) Saturday, March 31st 9AM - 1PM Over 25 Tables. Free Admission & Parking. Coffee, Pastries & Light Lunch

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Motor Home. 1997 Fourwinds 5000 Good cond, low miles, kept inside winters. Sleeps 6, AC, awning, recent brakes. Asking $13,500.00. 508-989-4558

Mercury Grand Marquis LS 2003 Silver, leather, 79,800 miles. Exc. cond. In/Out. Nonsmoking, well maintained. Recent tires/ brakes. $5400.00 508-757-4753

AUTO/MOTORCYCLE 2008 Honda Metropolitan Scooter Black and gray. Mint cond. 469 miles. Asking $1650.00. Includes helmet. 207-289-9362 OR 207-4501492. 2008 Suzuki GSX 650/K8. All black with silver and red trim. Less than 850 miles. Cover, new battery, and lock. $5500.00 508-7926080 508-792-6080 AUTO/RV

1996 17ft. Boston Whaler 90HP Mercury w/ new trailer. Reduced to $8,800.00 Call 508-886-6405

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TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on April 5, 2012 at 7:35pm on the petition of Michael Pelopida relative to: A special permit to operate a home business for lawn care services. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 57 Barnett Road, Sutton, MA on Assessors Map #45, Parcel #14. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk Filed in the Town Clerk’s Office 03/22/2012 & 03/29/2012

MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Sandra E Meehan to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated June 6, 2006 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 39125, Page 1 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 01:00 PM on April 18, 2012 at 31D Cold Spring Drive, #14D, Sutton, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: Number 14D (“the Unit”) of Woodburyville Heights Condominiums” (the Condominium”), located in Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, which Condomonium was created pursuant to a Master Deed dated April 8, 1986 (The “Master Deed”) and recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 11798, Page 277. Said Unit No. 140 contains 2,457 square feet and is shown on the floor plans and the site plans filed with the Master Deed to which is affixed a verified statement in the form required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chaper 183 A, Section 9. Said Unit is hereby conveyed with: 1. An undivided 1.36003 percent in the common areas and facilities described of the Condominium, as it may be amended pursuant to the provisions of the Master Deed. 2. The exclusive right to use those common areas and facilities appurtenant to said Unit as set forth in the Master Deed. 3. All other rights, easements, agreements, interest and any provisions contained in the Master Deed, the Declaration of Trust of the Condominium recorded with said Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 754, Plan 97. ( the “Declaration of Trust”) and the Rules and Regulations adopted pursuant thereto (the” Rules and Regulations”) as any ofthe same may be amended from time to time pursuant to the provisions thereof. Said unit conveyed subject to and with the benefit of: 1. The provisions of Chapter 183 A as the same may be amended from time to time; 2. The provisions of the Master Deed (including, without limitation, the title matters set forth in Exhibit A to the Master Deed and the Grantor’s rights to add additional phases to the Condominium as set forth in the Master Deed), the Declaration of Trust and the Rules and Regulations, in each case as the same may be amended from time to time pursuant to the provisions thereof; 3. Real estate taxes assessed against the Unit and the Common Areas and Facilities which are not yet due and payable; 4. Provisions of the existing building and zoning laws; The rights, agreements, restrictions, provisions and interest set forth above, together with any amendments thereto shall constitute covenants running with the land and shall insure to the benefit of and bind, as the case may be, any person having at any time and any interest or estate in the Unit, his agents, employees, licensees, vistors and lessees as thought he same were fully set forth herein. The unit may be used only for residential purposes. For title see deed of Robert 1. Picotte and Amy L. Picotte recorded with the Worcester County Registry of Deeds in Book 39124, Page 397. The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, liens, attorneys fees and costs pursuant to M.G.L.Ch.183A, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-FRE2 Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 03/22/12, 03/29/12 & 04/05/12

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INVITATION TO BID TOWN OF MILLBURY INVITES PROPOSALS FOR ROOF REHABILITATION PROJECT MILLBURY MUNICIPAL HIGHWAY GARAGE MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Town of Millbury will receive bids for the Roof Rehabilitation Project at the Millbury Municipal Highway Garage until 2:00 P.M. on April 12, 2012 at the Office of Public Works, Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527 at which time they will be publicly opened and read. A payment bond and performance bond of not less than the amount of the contract, with satisfactory surety, for faithfully performing the work will be required. A copy of the Contract Documents for the work can be obtained at Office of Public Works, Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527 upon the deposit of $100.00, starting on March 29, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. Said deposit will be refunded if such documents are returned in good condition within five (5) days after the opening of the General Bids. A non-refundable fee of $50.00 paid in advance will be charged per set of Contract Documents should such be mailed. The bid must be filled out and signed as directed therein, sealed in an envelope addressed to Town of Millbury, Office of Public Works, Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527, endorsed with the name and address of the bidder, and clearly marked as follows: Bid: ROOF REHABILITATION PROJECT MILLBURY MUNICIPAL HIGHWAY GARAGE MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS and left with a bid bond or a certified treasurer’s or cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank, for 5 percent of the value of the proposed work in accordance with Chapter 149, Section 44B, payable to Town of Millbury. This check to be the property of Town of Millbury if the Bidder fails to execute the contract and satisfactory bond within ten (10) days after the contract may have been awarded. Attention is called to the fact that State PREVAILING Wage Rates are established for the project as set forth in the contract documents. No less than the minimum wage rates as set fourth in the schedule as contained in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project. Proposal filled out and left, with check, as above directed and no others, will, at the above named hour, be publicly opened and read at the Town of Millbury, Office of Public Works, Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527. The undersigned reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or to accept the proposal they deem best for the Town of Millbury. No “Joint Venture” proposal will be accepted. No proposal may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after the opening of bids. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for April 4, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. at the Millbury Municipal Highway Garage, 137 Providence Street, Millbury, Massachusetts. 03/29/2012 & 04/05/2012

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO12P0706EA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL In the Estate of: Betty Anderson Late of: Millbury, MA 01527 Date of Death: 11/20/2011 to all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Howard J. Potash of Worcester, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 04/03/2012 in addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16 WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: March 8, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/29/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester Docket No. WO11D3528DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING Krystal M Bell vs. Donald J Bell To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Krystal M. Bell P.O. Box 583 Shrewsbury, MA 01545 your answer, if any, on or before 05/01/2012 If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 22, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/29/2012

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO12P0706EA MUPC SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE In the Estate of: Betty A. Anderson Date of Death: 11/20/2011 To all persons who may have an interest in the abovecaptioned estate, the Division of Medical Assistance and, if interested, to the Office of the Attorney General and the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs; Notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in order to inform you of your rights. Under the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Inventory and Accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can Petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to Petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of the appointed Personal Representative. Petitioner requests to be permitted to file a MUPC Bond. 03/29/2012

MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Karen Nolet to Mortgage Master, Inc., dated April 14, 2004 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 33349, Page 377 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 01:00 PM on April 11, 2012 at 43 Miles Street, Millbury, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: The land in Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, bounded and described as follows: A certain tract or parcel of land on west side of Miles Street in the Town of Millbury, County of Worcester, being easterly portion of lot recorded in the Worcester Registry of Deeds, Book 2300, Page 272, and also that property recorded in Book 2773 , Page 208. Lot contains 12,500 square feet and is bounded and described as follows: Beginning at northeast corner of the premises at an iron pipe in an angle ofthe west line of Miles Street; Thence by west line of said Street S. 24 degrees 44’ W. 111.80 feet to an iron pipe; Thence by land of Sharron S. 88 degrees W. 100 feet to an iron pipe; Thence by land of grantors N. 2 degrees W. 100 feet to an iron pipe; Thence N. 88 degrees by land of Silvy for 10 feet and by land of Balmer following same course for 140 feet to point of beginning. For a more detailed description see plan of division of W.F. and E.T. Grout in Millbury drawn by Kenneth Shaw dated March 22, 1949. For title see Deed Recorded herewith in Book 32351 Page 24 The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. GMAC Mortgage, LLC Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 Boston, MA 02196 Phone: (617) 502-4100 3/15/2012, 3/22/2012, & 3/29/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Division Docket No. 89P0352 Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the Estate of Dean V. Mills Jr. late of Worcester in Worcester County, a mentally ill person (now deceased). You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the first thru thirteenth accounts of Richard G. Falbeck and Laurie S. Raphaelson as Trustees (the fiduciary) of the OBRA ‘93 Trust for the benefit of said Deane V. Mills, Jr. have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the tenth day of April, 2012 the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire the object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion my order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. Witness, Denise L Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this sixteenth day of March, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/29/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Division Docket No. 052541GI1 Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the Estate of Elvira Lindberg late of Worcester in Worcester County, a mentally ill person (now deceased). You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the fourth thru sixth and Final account(s) of Jewish Family Services of Worcester, Inc as Guardian (the fiduciary) of the property of said Elvira Lindberg (now deceased) have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the seventeenth day of April, 2012 the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. Witness, Denise L Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this twenty-first day of March, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/29/2012


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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Adriana DeSousa to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated October 14, 2008 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 43438, Page 302 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 02:00 PM on April 18, 2012 at 198 Wheelock Avenue, Millbury, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: A certain parcel of land, Millbury described as Lot 29 on Plan of City Line Farms by Buttrick & Pratt, dated June 1900, and recorded in Book 1644, Page 655, in the Worcester District Registry of Deeds, and containing, according to said plan, 10,890 square feet, more or less, and bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the easterly line of City Line Street, now known as \Vheelock Avenue, at the southwesterly corner of Lot 28 as shown on said plan; THENCE easterly by the southerly line of said Lot 181.5 feet; THENCE southwesterly in a line parallel with said easterly line of City Line Street 60 feet to the northerly line of Lot 30 as shown on said plan; THENCE westerly by said northerly line of Lot 30 181.5 feet to said easterly line of City Line Street; THENCE northerly by said easterly line of City Line Street 60 feet to the place of beginning. Being the same premises conveyed to the herein named mortgagor (s) by deed recorded herewith., Book 43438 - 300 The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. Wells Fargo Bank, NA Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 Boston, MA 02196 Phone: (617) 502-4100 03/22/2012, 03/29/2012 & 04/05/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Division Docket No. 89P0352 Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the Estate of Dean V. Mills Jr. late of Worcester in Worcester County, a mentally ill person (now deceased). You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the first thru fifth and Final account(s) of Richard G. Falbeck and Laurie S. Raphaelson as Guardian (the fiduciary) of the property of said Deane V. Mills, Jr. (now deceased) have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the tenth day of April, 2012 the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire the object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion my order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. Witness, Denise L Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this sixteenth day of March, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/29/2012

Town of Sutton Planning Board & Department Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 87§3 - Public Shade Tree Law, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the applications of Angela & Dan Mercure of 22 Jared Drive and Corey Litchfield of 16 Jared Drive. The applications request relocation of two 3” dbh oaks and one 3” dbh sycamore in front of 22 Jared Drive and replacement and relocation of one 2” dbh oak in front of 16 Jared Drive. The hearing will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:15 P.M. A copy of the plans and applications can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Scott Paul, Chairman March 22 & 29, 2012

MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Douglas B Hanson to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated May 12, 2008 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 42838, Page 147 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 01:00 PM on April 11, 2012 at 20 Stone School Road, Sutton, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: All that certain tract or parcel of land with building situated on the westerly side of Old Stone Road in the Town of Sutton in the County of Worcester, bounded and described as follows; Beginning at the southeasterly corner of the tract to be conveyed at a stake in the west line of Old Stone Road ; which stake is N. 6° 36’ 10” E. 190.00 feet from land of Venincasa ; Thence by lot # 6, N. 83° 23’ 50” W. 224.00 feet to a stake; Thence by land of grantor N. 3° 26’ 10” E. 170.69 feet to a stake; Thence by land of grantor S. 88° 18’ 20” E. 197.96 feet to a curve;Thence southeasterly by a curve to the right (radius = 25.00 feet) for a curve distance of 39.27 feet to Old Stone Road; Thence by Old Stone Road, S. 1° 41’ 40” W. 103.89 feet to a stake; Thence by Old Stone Road, S. 6° 36’ 10” W. 61.11 feet to the point of beginning. Containing 40,000 square feet of land more or less Being the same property conveyed from Douglas B. Hanson and Claire Gordon Hanson to Douglas B. Hanson by deed recorded September 05, 2000 in Book 22970, Page 2 in the registrar’s office of Worcester County. Parcel ID #: 11-26 Block: 26 Lot: 11 The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. GMAC Mortgage, LLC Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 Boston, MA 02196 Phone: (617) 502-4100 03/15/2012, 03/22/2012 & 03/29/2012 Town of Sutton Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:30PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Peter Leovich, III, Worcester, MA. The project consists of replacing the house, well and septic system, and adding a geothermal system, on Map 10, Parcels 109, on 44 Marble Road, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 03/29/2012

The Board of Selectmen in the TOWN OF MILLBURY will hold a Public Hearing on, April 10, 2012, 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act upon the Pole Petition of Verizon New England Inc and MA Electric Co to relocate poles, wires, cables and fixtures, including necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way: West St: On the northwesterly sideline, place new midspan Pole No. 6 ½ approximately 55 feet southwest of existing Pole No. 6. 03/29/2012

The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on an Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation from Robert McNeil/Millbury Department of Public Works, to confirm the delineation of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands and other wetland resource areas at McCracken Road, from its intersection with Main Street (Route 122A) to its intersection with Greenwood Street. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman

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Bubbe

Meet Bubbe, the Internet’s famous grandmother, an 85-year old best known for her heart-warming recipe book “Feed Me Bubbe.” Bubbe, a Worcester county resident, works together with her grandson Avrom Honig as a camera man to create episodes of a cooking show that is aired online at her website feedmebubbe.com. Juggling roles as a wife, mother and grandmother, Bubbe’s position as a chef has also gained many adamant fans. Bubbe recently came to the Worcester Public Library to sign her recipe book, which led us to ask, “What goes on in the life of the Internet’s grandmother?” Why are you called “Bubbe”? When Avrom and I first started we received many emails from viewers stating that I made them feel as though they were speaking to their own grandmother in their grandmother’s kitchen. And since their grandparents passed away, they asked if I would adopt them. So I have decided that I would only be known as Bubbe, which means grandmother, and they can add their own name to Bubbe.

Where and when did you learn to cook? I started when I was about 12 years old when my mother had fractured her hip and was in the hospital for quite a while. My recipes are traditional family recipes; however they are brought up to today’s healthy and nutritional values.

What’s your favorite thing to cook? My Jelly Jammies, which is my signature dish and is always in demand from my family.

Where did you come up with the idea to film your cooking ventures for others to see? Avrom was looking for a job and needed a video resume. He tried to do it on his own; but after struggling, he

spoke to his father who suggested that he should speak with me. We made one episode and it ended up getting seen by more people than we ever intended. From there we started to make more and more episodes, which everyone enjoys.

What do you hope to accomplish through your book, “Feed Me Bubbe,” and your cooking show? I find that many people, especially young people, get discouraged easily when they don’t succeed. I feel I can give them the courage needed; also my recipes are basic recipes and easy to understand and follow. Once you develop your own taste buds and skill, you can add whatever ingredients you like to make it to your own personal taste and cooking, no matter what your culture or background is. I even include many stories, menus, cooking terms for beginners, and even blank pages to record your own favorites, which allows the reader to join in with their very own kitchen.

Why does your show include the Yiddish word of the day? There are many Yiddish words that are used today in

our English speaking language, and I felt it would be a good idea for people to realize their exact meanings. If you look at the world of comedy, you will find words like shlep, shtick, mensch and schmooze.

Do you have a favorite chef who inspires you? At one time on the Food Network, the show called “Sara’s Secrets” with Sara Moulton. Her cooking made sense, especially meals that had to be prepared on a daily basis and for those of us working and preparing meals for

our family. There is nothing wrong with gourmet, but you have to start somewhere.

Any words of advice for people who need help in the kitchen? Just don’t get discouraged easily and try simple recipes first, which is my goal along with healthy everyday food made with supplies that you always have on hand in your kitchen cupboard.

-Lindsey O’Donnell

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