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May 19 - 25, 2011 he election season extension in the 6th Worcester district found a way to capture the state’s attention beyond just having a recount. The allegations of voter fraud and controversies over poll watcher techniques and a certain unfortunate billboard kept the narrative in the news: when elections are held people cheat. But do they really? Does voter fraud occur as often as its alleged? Are the laws clear enough? Have they changed with the times? In Worcester last fall voter fraud captured headlines. In this week’s paper we take a look at how those charges affected the 6th Worcester race, and what they mean for this fall’s municipal elections.

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May 19 - 25, 2011 ■ Volume 36, Number 37

iPad initiative Could Bancroft’s iPad program work in public schools? Jeremy Shulkin

Two police unions, fire fighters and DPW clerical workers have all agreed to contracts and health care changes with the city. Just two more to go. +2 It’s not May if there isn’t a forecast for seven days of rain. Get your vitamin D somewhere else. -2 Graduation season, but this one with a little spark because of Gov. Patrick at Becker and WPI’s dueling commencement speakers. +2 Crime roundup: McDonald’s robbery, almost-abduction on Canterbury Street, two buildings hit by motor vehicles and charges brought in a third case of a car smashing into a home. Vice Squad sting catches 11 in Main South, following another large bust last month. -6 At press time Red Sox record hits .500. It took a month and a half, but luckily no one else in the AL East was in a rush to play well either. +1 A group of 30 zombies overrun Elm Park and travel down Highland and Main St. this weekend. Reportedly, no one was bitten. +2 Worcester Mag’s Best Of party raises $200 for the Worcester Animal Rescue League. +1 City loosens regulations on bake sales thanks to the VegWorcester crew. Churches, Parent-Teacher Associations and little kids rejoice. +2 Worcester Police say Summer and Fall Impact initiatives aren’t funded in FY2012 budget. This causes much concern on the Council floor. -3 Clear cutting in Dodge Park goes haywire, causing some to ask which is worse: the ALBs or the USDA’s response? -3 This week: -4 Last week: +2 Year to date: +5

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ancroft Academy’s new iPad initiative, stemming from a successful pilot program this year, is urging students to take learning to the next level. Next year, the school will “strongly recommend” that students in grades 6 through 12 purchase an iPad and bring it to school every day. The following year, it will be required. (Students who the school covers with 80 percent or more of their tuition will receive one from Bancroft.) The program has had an initial start up cost between $90,000 and $100,000. The Bancroft administration and students are excited about the new tool. “This device reflects beautifully the mission we have for the school,” says headmaster Scott Reisinger, who believes daily interaction with their own iPad will keep students on the technological edge while simultaneously teaching them the “moral use” of electronic devices. “One of the things we’re really excited about is the interactive textbooks,” says Elisa Heinricher, the school’s computer-science teacher and coordinator of the iPad initiative, as 9th-grader Caitlyn Richmond dissects a virtual frog on a program that allows for 3-D views of the animal’s vital organs. “This is how students are comfortable learning,” Heinricher says. They also see potential cost benefits. E-books are generally cheaper than printed texts—you can download them, one or more chapters at a time—and for English classes, most classic texts are available for free online.

Teachers can also use a program called Dropbox, which works similar to Google Documents, so students always know what their homework is for the night. No more excuses about writing the assignment down wrong or not knowing what the instructions were.

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Moreover, say teachers and students, the unfettered Web access will boost student work habits and performance. At a school where students arrive at 7:30 a.m. and often don’t get home until 9 or 10 p.m. because of sports,

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removal, to name a few. “It is true, that when we went through with Union Station, there was an understanding that we were going to have to carry it for some time, until it could reach self-sufficiency. It was part of a larger development plan in the area there,” says City Councilor Barbara Haller. Part of that larger development plan included the overhaul of the Washington Square rotary in 2009. The rotary was transformed into a roundabout and the land around it was parceled into space for new businesses— whether restaurants, hotels or offices—in the hopes that the access to public transportation in Union Station would attract buyers. The city also built a

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parking garage in 2008—anticipating that ample parking would be an additional drawn for people to frequent Union Station-area businesses. Despite these redevelopment projects, the timing of the economic downturn in 2008 clouded the city’s initial vision of a thriving and self-sufficient Union Station, admits Haller. City Councilor Kate Toomey agrees that the floundering economy had an impact on the progress of the area, but she also asserts that fact shouldn’t stop city government from investigating ways to get Union Station’s budget out of the red and into the black, or at least close to it. “I would like to see [Union Station] continued on page 7

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n 2000, Union Station received a $32 million renovation with the hopes that the building’s retail, office and restaurant space, as well as the traffic from the commuter rail, Amtrak and bus lines, would realize enough profit to carry the costs associated with the property and give tax payers a break. Yet with a budget of $870,000 – and $420,000 of it covered by taxes –Union Station continues to put a burden on the tax payers of Worcester for Fiscal Year 2012. The city knew that the revitalization of the Union Station area would take time. Worcester’s chief financial officer Tom Zidelis says that when the city

envisioned the renovation, it knew the building probably wouldn’t garner the profits needed to cover 100 percent of its budget, due to the amount of open and unleasable space. But advocates believed that spin-off from the transportation hub would help offset the remaining costs. “To the best of my recollection, the city never envisioned [Union Station] to be fully self-sufficient,” says Zidelis. “But the city also recognized the value of an intermodal transportation facility.” The city’s hope was that eventually revenue raised from businesses in and around the station would grow to offset the building’s operating costs, such as employee wages, cleaning and snow

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homework seems more palatable if all a teen has to do is push a button on an iPad – a platform most kids already know well because of their iPods and iPhones.

informational meetings in the summer and fall. As for teachers, Heinricher says they like the fact that it lays flat on the desk, so students can’t hide if they’re distracted by Facebook or a similarly

Heinricher, but she and Reisinger predict much of the same texts teacher already use come with a digital version. Most educators look for ways to tie computers into a classroom, but

Elisa Heinricher, coordinator of the IPAD initiative with Caitlyn Richmond, a 9th grade Bancroft student.

“I haven’t gotten a book out of my locker since January because I haven’t really needed it,” says Richmond. On sick days, the iPad came in handy because “I couldn’t get to school, but I wanted to keep up with my work.” For students who grasp material right away, they’re allowed to do additional research and jump ahead if a classroom teacher has to linger on a lesson. The tablets also come with recommendations for parents, who can monitor or control their child’s web-surfing, and the school will host

entertaining website. Richmond says people who worry that students will be more distracted with the device see the cause and effect the wrong way. Students have always been prone to distracting themselves. “It’s not the iPad that’s the problem; it’s the people using it,” he says. Those who want to take advantage of the new tools, will. The switch will certainly jar some teachers out of their routines. “Their charge has been to explore the iPad and see how it fits into their learning,” says

this initiative looks like the most farreaching inclusion of a new technology into a school day. Does a school like Bancroft have the advantage to implement something like this, not just because of the money, but because administrators don’t have to worry as much as public school districts about straying from state curriculum or target goals? Worcester School Committee member Brian O’Connell thinks public schools shouldn’t feel hamstrung by their governing structure and miss

an opportunity to experiment with technology. The concept originated in the publicschool sector, he says of one-for-one computer-to-student programs. “That’s the general direction schools would like to go.” Worcester Academy, of which O’Connell is a graduate and board member, has had a one-to-one program since 2002. He also points out that the Henrico Public School District, just outside Richmond, Va., has had success with a one-to-one laptop program for students and staff. “It’s proven its mettle,” says O’Connell. Any hurdles would be financial, though, not curricular; or related to fears of lagging state-assessment scores during an adjustment period, he believes. Still, independent schools like Bancroft have the benefit of having parents purchase the device for their children. Those mandates don’t work in a public-school system. But districts are still looking for ways to make this a feasible reality for all schools. O’Connell says Worcester isn’t looking at a program that would provide all Worcester public-school students with a computer, but he’s open to finding outside grants that could make it possible. Reisinger hopes that Bancroft’s program will help spread the word of technology. “How can we take this and share it with other schools?” he wonders. If they can prove that cutting down on desktop-computer, book and paper costs makes the initiative cost beneficial, then that’ll certainly pique the interest of foundations and school districts.

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become less of a burden on the city. I don’t think it will ever become completely on its own. Any chance we can get business in there and establish itself, the better we all are going forward,” Toomey continues. Going forward, the city will look at Union Station like it does the DCU Center. Both buildings were built in the hopes that it would drive up revenue in the surrounding areas with the new companies and business offsetting the costs in the long run. “There are certain things a municipality does to spur other developments,” explains Haller, pointing to the DCU Center as an example. Although these developments may not always be self-sufficient especially in the short term, she says, if you examine the overall revenue being brought in by a particular area over time, it often demonstrates the value of the municipality’s decision. While she doesn’t think the Union Station project has reached a similar point yet, she does “continue to believe that Union Station was a building that deserved to be preserved and rehabbed.” Yet, perhaps there’s still hope for Union Station. The majority of its space inside is almost fully leased, with Zidelis stating as few one space may be left. Because of this, he believes the station is on the right path and the project is beginning to come to fruition. “I think there are some more pieces that have to be put into the puzzle, but I think we’re almost there,” says Zidelis.

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{ worcesteria } TODAY IN UNCHANGING NEWS: The Worcester Police Department really doesn’t appreciate the subject of an upcoming Telegram & Gazette story which looks at private details. In a press release sent out to media outlets in Worcester and Boston last week, WPD spokesman Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst revealed the newspaper’s records request, justified WPD protocol and wrote, “We respect the right of the media to request this public information but history has shown that the Worcester Telegram and Gazette uses the information to distort the facts and circumstances as they pertain to the Worcester Police Department.” It doesn’t match the “dark, dirty and poorly lit newsroom” turn-of-phrase used in a September 2009 spat when the WPD threatened to shut the paper out of future WPD information, but this could signal a new strategy in how the WPD deals with future records requests from journalists they believe have an anti-police bias.

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LAST–MINUTE MAGIC SOUGHT: The teachers union and School Committee hope for some last-minute bargaining agreements this week, or so suggest signals from City Hall. The Worcester Public Schools was slated to present their Fiscal Year 2012 budget to the council on Tuesday, but it was postponed for the following week to work on some details. But the only details left over from a similar budget presentation in April left just one question: what’s the Educational Association of Worcester going to agree on for a contract? It makes sense that all sides are hoping for a “winning time” agreement so the administration can trot a not-so-bleak budget in front of the council.

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LISTED: District 3: four men enter, one man will leave. In addition to the three signature paper pullers for the council seat currently held by a retiring Paul Clancy, Arthur Ellis joined the fray. In other election news, every time a potential District 2 challenger to Phil Palmieri drops out another one comes in to fill the void. Todd Williams is the latest in a long list this election season testing the waters against the five-term council veteran. Williams flirted with local runs in 2007 and 2010. Michael Monfredo has taken out at-large papers as well…Those wondering about current School Committee member Jack Foley’s plans for next year can wonder no more: he pulled his papers last week too…Of course, you’re only on the ballot if you return your signatures, Barbara Haller and Bill Eddy have joined that smaill club.

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HOPE FOR AMTRAK? Could Worcester finally be a stop on a real, honest-togoodness Amtrak line? As part of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation’s quick scoop up of $795 million rejected high speed rail money from Florida, two major Amtrak corridors will see improvements in on-time percentages, speed and added seating. $20.8 million will go to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority’s Downeaster track, a railroad that runs between Boston’s North Station and Portland, ME. A large component of the CSX-state rail deal has looked at connecting Worcester to Boston via North Station, which would put the heart of the Commonwealth right in line for a straight shot up to Portland. A spokeswoman for Lt. Governor Tim Murray’s office confirmed that “ongoing work” has centered around making the Worcester-North Station connection happen, but the MBTA would have to talk about potential Amtrak connections. The MBTA, consistent with their commuter rail’s reputation, did not get back to Worcester Mag on time for deadline. Got a tip? Reach Jeremy Shulkin at 508-749-3166 x243 or jshulkin@worcestermag. com. Get a daily dose of Worcesteria items at worcestermag.com/blogs/dailyworcesteria. M AY 1 9 , 2 0 1 1 • W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M

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slants rants& Letters and on-line comments Private roads public by force I would like to make a complaint against the City of Worcester and the City Council. They have forced without debate and without the consent of the majority to make public a private road. I live with my fiancee in her home on Pineland Avenue between Hara and Pinecrest Streets and off of Westboro Street. The state of those roads as well as many of the roads in Worcester are terrible and I cannot understand why they want to force us to pave our road. This would be a financial hardship to us because we have 200 feet of frontage on said road and at $150.00 per foot we would owe the City of Worcester $30,000, which we do not have. They say that you can pay over 20 years, but this would cost us $1500.00 per year and if we sold the home there would be a lean from the city on it, which is not fair. It seems to me that the decision to pave the road was already made by our local official and that they were just going through the motions. We had the 2nd hearing on April 13th in which our opinions were disregarded and on April 26th they voted it in without one bit of debate. An argument made by one individual and ourselves, who are against this, are that our road is like a country road and people walk their dogs and children bicycle on this stretch of road. The current condition of the road keeps people from speeding down the road, but people still do, and if it were paved this problem would be made worse. I am told that there are some 100 miles of private road in this city and I warn those of you who live on these roads that they are going to take yours next. I believe the only solution to this problem would be to bring federal or state money in to pave the roads, if this is what the city wants, and since we already pay property taxes we should not be forced to pay for their expansion. C HAR LES KR I S TIAN D E L A NN OY Worcester

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’ve been writing this column for 15 years, and once upon a time, I obsessively filed them for future reference. I clipped the copy because I had a word processor – no computer – and I couldn’t afford floppy disks. I stopped doing this when I discovered that I could deduct the price of a computer when I filed taxes, and laziness contributed to this change, to be honest. Now and then, I open the albums that hold the yellowing issues to monitor myself as a writer. That’s what I was doing when I came across a column that I wrote in 1997. Titled “Remembering Miss Rose,” it’s the story of a well-loved woman who passed away suddenly, while tending to kindergarteners in the Harlow Street schoolyard. Rose Mebane was a gem; a big-hearted Mama Bear who left us too young – 46 is too young to die. Her heart gave out as she was asking children what they wanted Santa to bring for Christmas. I’m a big believer in signs and karma, and I think I was meant to stumble upon the “Miss Rose” column. For days, I’ve been trying to find the right words to describe Ann Marie O’Gara. Like Miss Rose, “Mrs. O,” as the kids call her, is a Worcester Public Schools special-education instructional assistant. Unlike Rose, Ann Marie has not left this world, thankfully, and will not need to be memorialized instead of recognized. She’s been named “Instructional Assistant of the Year,” nominated by her coworkers and principal at Sullivan Middle School, and in true Mrs. O fashion, she was skeptical. “It’s just for my school, right?” she asked. No, Mrs. O. You’ve been chosen from among 526 other IAs who labor in the trenches – I mean classrooms – every day, as you have since 1999. And though their jobs were in very different settings, Miss Rose and Mrs. O were cut from the same cloth, as my mother would say. In 1997, I described Miss Rose as “tender with the kids in need of loving, and firm with the ones who needed direction.” Anyone who knows Mrs. O would surely say the same about her. “The tougher kids couldn’t get away with much around Miss Rose, and she worked well with the ones who might be marked ‘trouble’ otherwise.” Again, I could be describing Mrs. O. It’s Mrs. O who pulls a chair up to the desks of struggling students, reinforcing the lessons

taught that day, but the job description that goes with her position doesn’t come close to the time and effort she pours into her work. IAs are grossly underpaid, and there’s no overtime compensation for them. Neither fact is enough to keep Mrs. O from volunteering her time and assisting with nearly every after-school event held at the middle school. It’s Mrs. O’s voice that kids hear each morning, as she reads the morning announcements. Like Miss Rose, Mrs. O has “plenty of sass in her.” She’s no push-over, despite her ability to connect with the kids who don’t “fit the mold.” Like Miss Rose, Mrs. O knows the fine line between supporting and coddling, and deftly walks that line. She’s all of 100 lbs. soaking wet, but one mustn’t be fooled by the smidgen stature: she’s a spitfire. Mrs. O’s biggest fan lives under the same roof. Local legendary DJ Dave O’Gara has this to say about his wife: “I think part of what makes her successful and popular with both students and faculty is that kids identify with her. I think partly because she is small in stature, thus not intimidating. She’s up on their styles, culture and music, etcetera. And with adults, including parents and teachers, she’s very upfront and honest with them. You always know where she’s coming from.” Mr. and Mrs. O have two grown kids of their own, and over the years their home has often been open to relatives and friends who needed their help along the way. It’s second nature for Mrs. O to offer whatever she can to make the road less bumpy. “To me,” says her husband, “her greatest strength is her ability to deal with the life-skills kids. Having a mom who was handicapped prepared her for this profession in a way that others can’t identify with. She was born to help people.” Unlike Miss Rose, Mrs. O will finally be feted in a manner deserving of her tireless efforts for the children of Worcester. On May 26, Mrs. O will be the recipient of the IA of the Year award presented during a celebration held at Worcester Technical High School. I’ll be there, and I’ll raise a glass to both Mrs. O and Miss Rose. She would’ve adored Mrs. O. Janice Harvey can be reached at editor@worcestermag.com


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I read the WPD statement on the City of Worcester web site. The T&G boys think they all sit at the right hand of God. They do love to distort the facts and circumstances as they pertain to just about everything. I had my problems with a few editors and as a result I no longer pay them for their mackerel wrapper. How come they never mention some of those police overtime jobs are paid for by companies? The Worcester media seems to be full of right wing propagandists. I hear Jeremy puts in his time with the mutual admiration society at WTAG radio with the morning right wing hypocrite. How can he do that without throwing up?

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Assessing the assessors Yeah it should be required. Illegal immigrants shouldn’t vote, not that they would.

If you have any interesting in getting involved, please e-mail Bonnie at worcproperty@gmail.com. Joan and I have been going to some of the crime watch and community meetings around the city to speak about this and we need to create continued interest. We are trying to raise awareness about this and ensure that ALL WORCESTER PROPERTY OWNERS are made aware of this situation. It could be ugly in November. Having just met with Mr. Z and Mr. Ford - it is going to be ugly - the Clark students will be coming in to intern and they will be looking at every property that has the POTENTIAL for an ANR (Approval Not Required) lot on it. It does not mean that you need to be subdivided. For those who did not receive word on their abatement, that means that the Assessor’s Office did not have time or sufficient facts to issue a finding on your abatement. In other words, IT IS DENIED. Skip Mr. Ford and call the Chief Financial Officer of the City, Mr. Zidelis - 508799-1126.

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I would say yeah, there probably is a lot of fraud.

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Accusations of voter fraud — illegally interfering with the process of the election to manipulate voting results — are almost as conventional as the elections themselves. Voter fraud is cited in close election races and landslides. Republicans claim that Democrats do it. Democrats claim Republicans do the same. Voter fraud was a question in Florida in 2000. It was claimed in Philadelphia in 2008, and in November, GOP and Tea Party groups said they saw it in Worcester.

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parent voting on behalf of his or her child who’s away at college. Sometimes it’s more serious, like the actual stuffing of ballots or raising the dead for the purpose of casting votes. “The number of people I don’t know on Election Day blows my mind,” he says, reflecting on his years as a poll worker. He says he also saw his father’s name checked off after he stopped voting, and voter rolls filled with people who no longer lived in the area.

where allegedly Spanish-speaking and mentally handicapped voters had ballots challenged, the Secretary of State’s office has no official findings of fraud occurring. “A lot of charges come up on election day,” says McNiff. “They aren’t followed up or aren’t actually filed.” And whatever caused problems in April seemed to have been clarified. No reports of challenges came back to the Secretary of State’s office during the May election between Democrat Geraldo Alicea and eventual victor Republican Peter Durant.

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Perhaps fraud is just not as rampant as we’re led to believe? “There certainly was voter intimidation in April. A lot of it happened in the morning until poll observers came,” says Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director of Oiste, an organization that encourages Latinos to participate in the electoral STEVEN KING

Daniel Klinghard, a Holy Cross political-science professor, foresees workers/volunteers potentially becoming “overzealous and maybe start intimidating voters,” whether intentionally or inadvertently.

“It certainly made one question what’s happening.” On the official record, however, the amount of time fraud is hinted at doesn’t corralate with how often it is reported. “There are very few cases brought actually charging fraud,” says Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office. “It’s always a big deal if it happens, [but] just saying so doesn’t make it happen.” McNiff says the Secretary of State’s office – dating back years – has little in the way of official documentation of voter fraud. There may have been a case one year where one person voted for a family member, he recalls but details about when and where are foggy. Even in the fiery 6th Worcester state representative primary election in April,

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“Maybe we just kind of needed that wake up call,” Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party, mused about the April primary. Christine Morabito, a Haverhill resident affiliated with Empower Massachusetts who worked as an observer in 2010 and 2011, attributes the smooth election to the group’s presence along with the new rules from the Secretary of State’s office as means of prevention. “It’s also the fact that they know there are poll watchers and that will deter any shenanigans from happening,” she explains. Who are “they?” “People who would otherwise consider voter fraud,” says Morabito.

process as voters and candidates. She said poll observers affiliated with two Tea Party-connected groups were asking Latino voters to show their IDs. The records, or lack thereof, don’t mean much to St. Guillen. “The people who are being intimidated aren’t the people who are going to pick up the phone and call the Secretary of State’s office,” she argues. But in Worcester, GOP poll watchers did follow up. Citing “fraud” at three of Worcester’s 50 precincts, they drafted up a 12-page list of complaints and anecdotes, submitted it to the Worcester Election Commission and asked that it be forwarded to the state’s Elections Division. Alleging electioneering, out-of-state licenses accepted as identification, inaccurate voter lists, “helpers” aiding voters, “interpreters” showing voters

who to vote for, and a food-for-voting exchange, the GOP activists zeroed in on organizing group Neighbor to Neighbor, a contingent made up mostly of African American and Latina women who overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates. The following Worcester Elections Commission meetings turned contentious. Neighbor to Neighbor testified against the claims that its T-shirts and mission made it a “political party,” which therefore shouldn’t be allowed inside polling places. The group also testified against the complaintant’s premise that, because ballots are printed in both English and Spanish, there’s no need for interpreters. Conservatives fumed when Mayor Joseph O’Brien, who’s benefited from Neighbor to Neighbor’s help in the past, testified on behalf of Neighbor to Neighbor. “What this complaint is really all about is that they don’t like the outcome of that [election],” he said. “You have an organization, this group Neighbor to Neighbor, that does something really important for our democracy. It goes out there, into the community, it goes door-to-door to low-income people, to communities of color, people who speak English as a second language, people who normally don’t participate in our electoral process … and they encourage those folks to vote.” O’Brien claimed that these people are harassing Neighbor to Neighbor because they don’t like what it does on behalf of marginalized people. He offers that it’s because they are uncomfortable with the fact that these people, who Neighbor to Neighbor serves, don’t look like them or speak their language; nor have they lived here as long as their families, so they believe that they haven’t earned the right to vote. Desiree Awiszio, a deputy campaign manager for 2010 Republican Congressional nominee Marty Lamb, worked as a poll watcher in Worcester in that November election and followed through the process to bring the attention of voter fraud to the city and state. She was one of many GOP and Tea Party activists who slammed O’Brien for an “unprecedented statement” and “racist remarks.” Thanks to their efforts, she says what Neighbor to Neighbor did on Election Day “is not legal according to rules on the books now.” Neighbor to Neighbor did not return calls asking for comment, but at the time said all of their election day activities were legal. In response, the state and Worcester’s law department wrote amendments to state and local election laws. But both the state and City Hall quickly pointed out that the word “fraud” shouldn’t be used. “The opportunity was taken to clarify the regulations so everybody knows what’s what,” explains McNiff. Worcester Elections Commissioner


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{ coverstory } familiar with that case no voter fraud was charged. The case was continued for six months, then dismissed. The defendants did have to pay court costs. Once a poll worker thought there was, but they were reading the voter roll wrong. He says there might have been one vote officially challenged in a previous election, meaning it was marked with the voter’s information on the back so it could be scrutinized if needed at a later date. But Awiszio calls these semantic differences. “For sure, they all put much focus into ‘clarification’ to dodge the issue,” she wrote over email. She says the laws were “more than [clarified].” One change now has the state saying poll workers can stop and question people who walk in with a voter and ask if they have permission by the voter to help them. Debate also came out of the City Solicitor’s office regarding clothing worn to polling places (with City Solictor David Moore writing “This question cannot be answered in the abstract because I would think the answer would depend on the organization and its pre-election activities”). “They mostly wanted to just talk about it, regurgitate laws which we already knew and listed in our memo that were violated and the violations that actually took place,” Awiszio continues. “Beyond adding more training for poll workers, they didn’t make more than overtures I mentioned above. Being able to have a poll worker stop and question someone walking in with an “assistant” is an overture. We need changes with more teeth.”

Josh Meduna also uses the word “clarify” to explain the tightened up regulations. A December 17, 2010, letter from the state director of the Elections Division Michelle Tassinari ran through the list of complaints by the GOP activists, addressing each of them with what’s stated in the current election laws. Later, amendments were made to procedures around challenging votes. Nowhere in the correspondence between the city and the state was there any kind of ruling on

the legality or illegality of the specific allegations brought. Not counting this past round of voting, Meduna isn’t aware of clear allegations of voter fraud in Worcester since he and City Clerk David Rushford arrived in 2006. But in 2005 Paul Pezzella and Paul Gorgio were both accused of voting in a District 2 council race during the 2004 municipal election, despite claims that Pezzella lived in a condo in Boston and Giorgio had a home in District 1. According to sources

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Even if there was no fraud officially found, the GOP’s complaints out of Worcester have reshaped the state’s Election Day landscape in two ways.

For one, those emergency regulations drafted by the state made Southbridge’s fourth election of this cycle run smoothly; and two, there’s now a premium on finding Republican and Tea Party poll observers and workers. GOP and Tea Party activists flooded the city with poll observers in November anyway. Awiszio organized 200 Lamb campaign volunteers just for Worcester, and in teaming up with the Seven Hills Tea Party, they were able to cover all 50 precincts in the city. Since then, recruitment efforts have increased, and not just for poll watchers and observers, but for city-affiliated poll workers too. “Within the last year, within the last six months, it hit us that we really need to do this,” explains Jim Knowlton, chairman of the Worcester Republican City Committee. Local Democratic and Republican parties can each provide 150 poll workers for the city to use and 50 supervisors. (If there aren’t 300 on Election Day, the city has a supplemental list to fill the empty spots.) Poll workers receive a $120 stipend from the city, while supervisors earn $150. Poll observers volunteer and are not allowed to interact with voters. If they want to challenge a vote, they can only speak to a poll worker. Of course, Democrats and Republicans both want their supporters in charge on Election Day, especially since the unenrolled voters that the city picks as supplemental workers could secretly be of one political affiliation. “We’re pushing hard to do this, to have our own people,” says Knowlton, who estimates they’ve currently found 80 Republican and Tea Party poll workers for Worcester who are ready for November — up from 30 last year – and still looking for more. “If someone is registered as a Republican, that’s good enough for me.”

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Over email Knowlton says that “the driving force to gather poll workers” stems from last November’s election in Worcester. Because of last fall, “We’re getting ready for the [Worcester] municipal election,” says Awiszio. “It’s going to be very important.” Unlike 2010, the city elections for council and school committee are supposedly “nonpartisan.” But pretty much every candidate running identifies as a Democrat anyway, so why do conservatives care? “There are some independent-minded people running,” she says, citing schoolcommittee candidate Donna Colorio, a local Tea Party figure as one example. City Councilor Konnie Lukes has also developed a conservative and Tea Party backing. Other Tea Party groups have also looked at sending poll observers to Worcester this November, despite the insular race. Varley says her group is considering it. “The whole point of this is to use this as a learning thing for our activists on the Tea Party side,” she says. “That’s what we’re encouraging people to do – take their experience as a poll observer and be a poll worker. “What we do have is the poll workers in most towns, most of them are Democrats.” Morabito says Empower Massachusetts will send people to Worcester as well.

org, two left-wing organizing groups, made a big push to recruit workers in 2004 for Ohio, predicted to be a valuable swing state. In 2008, a New Black Panther member accused of voter intimidation outside a polling place in Philadelphia claimed his role was to prevent the voter intimidation he heard about in 2000. “One side gets concerned the other is playing against the rules,” says Klinghard, “the other side gets overzealous.” The established trend is that partisans on both sides have started taking an interest in actually sitting in polling places on Election Day. Klinghard does provide an upside: the people who see the process unfold generally have less skepticism, and the fresh blood for a traditionally boring and tedious job should be welcome news for city officials. “The best way to let them see what’s going on [is to] let them see what’s inside,” he says. “Hopefully it would make them more trusting.” Zazula says he hopes poll watchers don’t get involved just to look for fraud, but “to be witness to a wonderfully run event.” “My idea of the biggest fraud on continued on page 20

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Election Day is not illegal citizens voting – there’s not that many,” he says. Rather, his issues lie with “otherwise engaged people who don’t know who the politicians [or what the issues] are.”

CAN I SEE YOUR ID?

The smooth election in Southbridge in May only solidified Varley’s goal to have more poll workers, and something even stronger in her arsenal.

“I walk away from this process going, ‘Wow, Massachusetts needs show ID to vote legislation,’” Varley says. In Massachusetts a voter ID bill has been filed on Beacon Hill. It was submitted earlier this year, on January 14, by Plymouth Republican Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo and backed by newly elected Republicans Randy Hunt (East Sandwich), Sheila Harrington (Groton) and third-term Democrat Stephen DiNatale (Fitchburg). Chances of it passing, however, seem slim: it hasn’t seen any movement in

the legislature since January 24 when it was referred to the Joint Committee on Election Laws. DeMacedo did not return phone calls made to his legislative office. Zazula first got involved in officially trying to stem voter fraud while running his current Show ID to Vote partner Tom Weaver’s campaign against Jon Golnik for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Lowell Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas in 2010. Zazula says he doesn’t need to see state laws changed, and it’s not a “you don’t show ID you can’t vote” proposal. He points to a law circulating in New Hampshire that would have poll workers take photos of voters without IDs, who could later go to city hall and prove they were who sais they were. “We do understand there are people more than eligible to vote, who don’t have IDs.” “Everybody’s got one,” says Varley of photo identification. In some situations it is legal for a poll worker to request photo ID. According to Massachusetts law, “an election officer may request any voter to present written identification. Such requests shall not discriminate in any way, but shall be entirely random, consistent, or based on reasonable suspicion,” and allowable documents include a drivers license, recent utility bill, or anything else with

the voter’s name and address. Registered voters who are coming off the inactive voter roll (because they haven’t voted for a significant period of time or didn’t return their annual municipal street-listing card) will also be asked for “suitable identification.” In all cases, however, according to both state and federal law, even a voter whose ballot is challenged still gets to vote – and his or her vote is counted. It’s marked for future reference if the election is contested. If a voter isn’t on a voter roll at all but insists they belong, they receive a provisional ballot, which is separated and counted later by city hall if an ID can be presented within a certain amount of days. “There’s not that many that that will apply to,” says Meduna. But he’s also concerned that someone who does fall into these categories where ID is called for will “think it was an ulterior motive.” As for legally having the right to challenge, a poll observer can only tell the worker, clerk or warden that they want to challenge a ballot. They cannot speak to the voter directly or talk on a cell phone. Further tightening the rules, observerchallengers have to have a specific legal reason to challenge, as in they know for a fact that the voter isn’t 18 years old or doesn’t live at the address that he or she claims.

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“It was always our understanding that there had to be a legal reason for a challenge,” says Meduna, but the emergency regulations solidified it. In Massachusetts in order to register to vote, a citizen must have a socialsecurity number. There’s also no same-day registration allowed; all voters have to be registered 20 days before the election, with an exception provided for newly awarded citizenships. The elections in Worcester last November and again in Southbridge this spring demonstrated that these rules needed clarification. But rules are only as good as the people put in place to follow them, and with two election seasons on their way – one which will feature presidential, congressional and senatorial candidates – allegations of fraud or obstruction will materialize, whether warranted or not. There’s a whole new crop of poll workers and observers who will have the responsibility of nipping off suspicious activity right away so no one can impugn the process, but it’ll also be up to them to defend their work postElection Day.

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Local Talent on Display “The people stART brings to downtown are awesome,” Alec Lopez of Armsby Abbey says, noting his preference for the more relaxed atmosphere of spring’s stART. Nothing marks the transition from Armsby Abbey will be hosting an outdoor beer garden, summer to fall for Worcester residents showcasing High & Mighty Brewery’s light, Germanquite like stART on the Street. With style beers, including the very manly sounding Beer of amazing handcrafted goods for sale, the Gods and Purity of Essence. The brewery’s owner, Will Shelton, will be in attendance. delicious food, awesome performances Everyone’s favorite mustard shop, Dr. Gonzo’s and a palpable sense of community, it’s Uncommon Condiments, will also be LOUIE DESPRES joining in the fun. “We will be providing tastings of our award-winning, all-natural line of locally produced condiments with a kick,” Dr. Gonzo says. “Also, our house band, theRoadKill Orchestra, will be performing on the main stage at some point in the festivities.” Most of the day’s tunes will be supplied by musical groups from area schools, and the food court will feature local eats, such as organic pizza and vegan ice cream. Among the more than 140 crafters setting up shop this Sunday are plenty of familiar faces, including stART veteran and silkscreen artist Jim Polisky, who will be new to the spring edition. “I am showing approximately 10 or so newer silkscreen pieces,” Polisky says, “and I think I may grow a mustache.” Unable to wait for September to debut some of his newer pieces, he jumped at the chance to get on board for spring. Polisky not only loves getting feedback on his work, but also the chance to “wander through the show as a customer as well.” You could say that the best part of stART From left: Christina Roberts, Dennis Wilson, Casey Hickey, Nikki Erskine, Tina Zlody, Stacy Lord, is that everyone wins. By snagging yourself Sammie Sorrentino, Sarah Brueck, Erika Sidor (in pink), and finally Paul Sorrentino. some gorgeous one-of-a-kind wares, you’ll be supporting Worcester’s small businesses, the burgeoning little economy that exists all year round, right under our noses. “We were missing a reason to celebrate spring with one of those things we all look forward “Spending on products and services generated locally everyone,” Erskine says of the reason stART introduced to; once a year wasn’t nearly enough. allows small businesses and our immediate community another seasonal event. Last year’s spring festival’s Fortunately, stART isn’t just a September crowd was smaller than that of its summer counterpart, to first survive,” Erskine says, “and by making this purchasing style a conscious decision, to then eventually thing anymore, and on Sunday, May 22, but that didn’t come without its advantages. thrive.” “It’s a little smaller and more low-key,” Amy Chase the second-annual spring stART on the Check out stART on the Street this Sunday, May 22, of Haberdash Mobile Vintage says. “It allows for you to Street will be taking over North Main between noon and 5 p.m. on Main Street between MLK Jr. really interact with your customers and give them all Street with its unique brand of fiercely Boulevard and Belmont Street. Rain date is June 5, and your attention.” Chase, who lives in Worcester but holds any cancelations will be announced at startonthestreet.org. most of her shows in Boston, has saved stART for her local revelry. season opener. Vanessa Formato

StART has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2002 when it involved just 40 artists who got together to unite the creative community in the absence of a true art district. In only nine short years, the event grew exponentially, making it one of Worcester’s biggest annual festivals. Last year, a more than 65,000 people attended stART’s three events— spring, summer and winter— according to marketing and media coordinator Nikki Erskine.

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There’s Som’n Fierce coming to town Phillip Murphy

When Peter and Jeanne Bedrosian began teaching their youngest son Danny basic scales at the young age of four, they were just doing what they had done with both of his siblings who were born before him. Music majors who now run a piano school in Pelham, N.H., the Bedrosians were simply passing on their love of musical arts. They certainly had no idea that Danny would one day be keyboarding in a world-famous group that had survived decades revolutionizing its genre and music in general, alongside one of the architects of Funk – George Clinton.

His training began in classical piano, and Danny Bedrosian spent his early years competing and medaling in classical piano recitals; recitals that often included pianists twice his age. At the age of eight, he took home the gold in a competition that allowed participants of up to 19 years old. But once that academic approach to music provided the tools, it didn’t take long for young Bedrosian to see what he could do with them. Growing up amidst a revolution of rock, hip-hop and the genre mixing that ensued in the ’80s and ’90s, he played keyboard and sang for different Latin, metal, and hiphop groups. It wasn’t until he was about 10, though, that he really found his niche. His father Peter Bedrosian took him to see James Brown play a set at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium that in his own words “blew his mind.” It was this introduction to the world of funk that inspired him to play around with the sound himself. At seventeen, Danny Bedrosian was going to P-Funk shows whenever they came to the Northeast, dropping off his own material and trying to get noticed. In college, he made his way into the studio as a “sessions guy,” working around school at George Clinton’s first southern studio in Monticello, Fla. Upon graduating from the University of

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New Hampshire in 2003, he moved to Tallahassee – the location of Clinton’s new studio – and was officially in the band as the keyboardist. Aside from this, Danny Bedrosian promotes and heads two of his own bands: Secret Army and Som’n Fierce. Lucky for your ears, Som’n Fierce will be performing at The Raven in Worcester on Friday, May 20. The group is made up of other P-Funk members and collaborators, friends, and even family. Danny Bedrosian’s sister, Elise Bedrosian, will be on the keyboard with the group, and is a solo artist in her own rite, as music seems to be in Bedrosian genes. Rico Lewis, P-Funk member and world-class drummer, will be on the drums. He has played with some of the top bands of his era, including Phish and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and is Danny Bedrosian’s self-proclaimed “favorite” drummer. Michael “Clip” Payne is another member of the P-Funk and a worldclass musician himself, and will be working an ASR drum machine. Ken Wilk, friend and New England native out of Lowell, will be on the bass. Finally John Deming, multitalented poet and college professor, will be collaborating as well. Speaking with Danny Bedrosian, he sounded really excited about the show. Maybe it’s about coming back to Worcester, where his mother was from and where his sister Elise Bedrosian graduated college at Holy Cross. Maybe it’s because of the possibilities that the set list will have; they plan to play a bunch of the tracks of his first solo album, also called “Som’n Fierce,” along with a myriad of rare P-funk tracks that are dated and aren’t normally played by the band anymore. George Clinton and P-Funk have been releasing Funk for decades and have literally tens of thousands of songs, so sifting through these and picking some personal favorites will make for an exciting mix of both rare and original music. Regardless, however much fooling around will ensue; it will be the jamming of some of the most talented people in the funk game today. And while Bedrosian enjoys his work, he doesn’t take it lightly. His time at University of New Hampshire wasn’t just spent in music-theory classes. He, noting he’s

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“When was your last honest ache or yearning?” Out of Atlanta, Ga., stoner MacGyver, feline fanatic Daniel Deckebach, artist Josh Feigert, amateur film critic Ian Deaton, and badass motorcycle-riding thief Aimee Savard comprise Transvestite. Transvestite hits you loud and heavy with its recently released self-titled album — eight tracks of fast, energetic and passionate hardcore with influence from bands like Gauze, GISM, Killing Joke and Amebix. The dark, looming, harsh, pissedoff mood of the album leaves shadows long after listening to it. The barking vocals from Savard complement the melodic guitar and bass riffs. Heavy drum beats carry the songs through the varying speeds of guitar melodies and add extra enthusiasm and strength to its sound. Originally from Attleboro, Savard moved to Atlanta in May 2010 and joined the band in January 2011. When asked what she liked most about singing in Transvestite, she replies, “It’s a much needed release for me. It’s something I have needed to do for so long. I finally had to overcome my fear of public speaking, and it feels fucking great. Being a female in the punk scene and growing up in it really shows you how male dominated it can be. It was important for me to be a positive figure in punk music for women. I know I always looked up to women that were involved in music. It’s about instilling the confidence in yourself to stand up and say what you want to say, and that goes beyond gender and feminism.” The song “American Heist” deals with a subject matter that many of us struggle with day to day in this consumer-driven society in which we live, working long hours just to barely make ends meet. “There is this expectation in American culture that people should work nine-to-five their entire life. That’s the only way to support yourself, your family, or whatever else is on your plate,” explains Savard. “I think its shit. Most people do, but they give into it anyways. This song is about finding your footing and pushing against the constant weight of the work day, week, and life.” “If it hadn’t been for music, I would be dead or in prison somewhere in Missouri. I play in the hopes that I can affect other people’s lives the same way,” comments Deaton, who is excited to be touring. “Smaller towns are always more fun; people go crazier. Every once in awhile you get to play these weird redneck bars—that’s always fucking awesome!” The band plans on releasing a new record soon as well as touring Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Australia in the near future. Download this album for free right now at http://transvestite.bandcamp.com/ The band is currently on their first tour and will be playing in Worcester on Wednesday, May 25, at the underground venue Distant Castle at on Forbes Street with Cleansing Wave, Bovachevo, and Cunt-Tree.

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Doctor Who Classics #4 (IDW) These re-presentations of the old British comics aren’t brilliant, but are fun, and this issue highlights Sylvester McCoy’s 7th Doctor. The highlight is “Planet of the Dead,” an almost Marx Brothers-like escapade that features a few old companions — good lord, is that Adric??? Oh, no, Peri! — as well as all seven doctors up to that point. An enjoyably absurd footnote to a television classic. Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur (Candlewick Press) There’s always room for another retelling of the Arthurian legend, particularly a clever one, and Lee’s mixes traditional details with a fairyland back story that surprising adds much to the motivations of the characters and the unfolding of events. The

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Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme (Top Shelf) French cartoonist Debeurme delivers what at first seems like yet another tale of disaffected teens that transforms into a tender story about hurt people trying to heal their wounds with each other. Lucille is a depressed teenager with anorexia; and Arthur, the son of an abusive and drunk fisherman, viciously acts out his pain to other teens. It’s literally the two of them against the world and when they bond, they end up taking flight from reality, only to show how you can run from your demons, but they never give up chase. This is the first of Debeurme’s work to be translated into English, with more to come — it’s a smart and affecting story that shouldn’t be missed. Paying For It by Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly) It takes a lot of guts to pen such a lengthy autobiographical graphic memoir about your history of paying for prostitutes. Chester Brown seems to have more guts than most, given the amount of time he spends showing himself having sex with prostitutes and letting you know what he’s thinking at that moment — sometimes it’s like hearing the thoughts of someone test-driving a car. This makes it all the more surprising that Brown’s peek into that closed world — which results in the examination of himself and his relationship with human emotions — ends up being so mesmerizing. It’s an unlikely candidate for the one graphic novel this year that you just can’t put down, and yet with each hooker and anxiety, the allure just magnifies. Reunion by Pascal Girard (Drawn and Quarterly) Quebecois cartoonist Girard takes the readers along to his high-school reunion and, in the process, suggests that he might be a stumbling, clueless victim of life. But of course, we all are in that situation, and Girard understands that expectations of facing our past collide painfully with the hidden realities our former schoolmates can sniff on you in order to create unmitigated disasters. In Girard’s hands, it’s a hilarious example of human need without rhyme or reason. Why do we do this to ourselves? Even Girard doesn’t truly know, but that doesn’t stop him from sharing his foolish moments with his readership, thus upping the ante of his humiliation. Contact John at mister.j.seven@gmail.com.


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This is the fourth in a series of films originally intended to be a trilogy, based on an idea originally intended to be an amusement park ride. After boasting initially surprisingly complex plots, multitudes of roles covering many shades of hero and villain and, most importantly, the impact of the Johnny Depp’s weirdly charismatic ambiguously drunk/ gay approach to the lead role, the whole concept has been stretched thin to the point that only its most durable elements have survived. I’m not so sure this is a bad thing. For all their swashbuckling silliness, the early versions of this film always had a tendency toward tongue-incheek melodrama, and sense that the story with its constantly shifting arbitrary supernatural plot wrinkles was constantly chasing itself around in a circle. Appropriate I suppose for an amusement park ride, but the ambition to be something more substantial sometimes felt unwieldy and didn’t always translate into pure entertainment bang-for-buck. Depp’s flaunty pirate routine (based apparently on the inebriated swagger of rock star Keith Richards) has always been the comic relief and the one element that is so aggressively and foolhardily out of place that it makes the proceedings interesting to watch. Without him this franchise would have sunk under its own weight after its maiden voyage, despite the presence of solid actors like Geoffrey Rush and the cleavage of Kiera Knightley. But with “On Stranger Tides� the whole thing has been Darwinianlydistilled down to exactly what is needed for the survival of a cinematic concept derived from a Disney ride, and for my money the results are vastly improved. Buckles are swashed practically from

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A comfortable café with star-studded sandwiches Michael Brazell

The ever-changing face of downtown Worcester makes quite a perception problem for city restaurants. The Theatre Café, though, revels in Worcester’s redevelopment, obviously borrowing its name from the Hanover Theatre just a block away on Main Street, and offering a full menu of sandwiches, snacks, and entrées developed around a theatrical motif. The Theatre Café is a small, family owned and operated sandwich shop — that seems to cater to the working Monday to Friday downtown crowd — set across Main St. from the Denholm building. My party of four was seated immediately on

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with celery and a ramekin of blue cheese. The four entrées, salads and soft drinks came to about $50, which marks one of the least expensive dinners out that we have had in quite a while. Service at the Theatre Café was quick and friendly, as our waitress was well within view during the entire visit. A coffee that I ordered earlier in the day wasn’t spectacular, but with the café offering free WiFi, it could easily become a convenient spot for an afternoon coffee break downtown. With downtown Worcester becoming a constantly changing landscape of construction and development, the Theatre Café could quickly become a Worcester favorite – a great place to stop by for a good meal at a fair price before heading next door to catch a show.

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Ceres Bistro Pavilion Opening Party: The Ceres Bistro will host a party in honor of the opening of its new outdoor pavilion on

Thursday, May 19. There will be live music

from Matt Kearney, Christina Perry and Brian Richard as well as an outdoor BBQ, prizes and giveaways—you do not want to miss it! Ceres Bistro at Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St., Worcester. 508-7542000

Build a Hot Dog Bar! Coco’s Tropical Ice may

be known for its outstanding variety of nearly 30 delicious flavors of this frozen treat, but who would have guessed that they have hot dogs too? With toppings including homemade chili, special sauces, mustards, relishes and more, your lunch possibilities are endless. For dessert indulge in some gelato, a

{ recommended} Funky Murphy’s 305 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-753-2995 While lacking in atmosphere, the restaurant at Funky Murphy’s has a lot to offer. Whether you’re grabbing some appetizers while watching sports on the big-screen TVs, or wishing to enjoy neo-diner fare, you’re in luck. The soups and salads are fresh and homemade, and the entrées are generous and delicious. Romantics may wish to skip this stop, but those in search of a moderately priced dining experience may want to give it a try. Kitchen open 7 days; breakfast Sundays. 86 Winter 65 Water St., Worcester 508-459-5400 The restaurant 86 Winter serves up inventive, bistro-style comfort food in a warm, intimate and exciting setting. Reasonably priced fare includes artful versions of old standbys, as well as a few dressier dishes. Professional service and wonderful food round out this superb Worcester dining experience. The Wexford House 503 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-757-8982 What are the secrets of The Wexford’s longevity? For close to 20

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creation including tropical ice and softserve ice cream, in combinations such as “strawberries and cream” (strawberry ice with vanilla soft serve), “root-beer float” (root-beer ice with vanilla soft serve), and more! And if you present this bite at Coco’s you can get $1.00 off any item. Join Coco’s Facebook page for more great specials. Coco’s Tropical Ice, 1 Swanson Rd., Auburn. 321-266-9451.

Still Four Corners Reopening! You know summer has arrived when Still Four Corners

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opens for the summer season. With tons of delicious ice-cream flavors, awardwinning clam chowder, and the best seafood around, you really can’t go wrong with a dinner at Still Four Corners. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Still Four Corners, 224 Barre Paxton Rd., Rutland. 508-866-6666.

years, Chef Alan Erickson has continued to dish out some of the legendary fare he cooked at the El Morocco, undoubtedly attracting former patrons of the old El. The menu at The Wexford offers kibbe and stuffed grape leaves alongside traditional Italian “Shrewsbury Street Favorites.” In addition, The Wexford’s menu features predictable fare at very reasonable prices, “Shrewsbury Street Favorites” and a few signature twists. The Publick House On the Common, Rte. 131, Sturbridge 508-347-3313 or 1-800-PUBLICK publickhouse.com Visit The Publick House for Sturbridge’s world-famous colonial experience, and their “traditional favorites with a modern twist.” A gorgeous, period inn and excellent food make it a perfect spot for a special dinner after a day’s visit to this Central Massachusetts destination. Chioda’s Trattoria 631 Franklin St., Worcester 508-459-6039 A short drive up Franklin Street from downtown Worcester, or down from Brown Square at Plantation Street, at Chioda’s Trattoria you’ll find all the Italian dishes you’ve come to love in a warm and intimate environment. Lots of pasta, seafood and chicken, as well as a few veal dishes and steaks. Chioda’s should be right at home in this Italian restaurant-happy city. continued on page 32

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DINNER SPECIALS Thursday Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage....... $8.99 Friday Pina Colada Salmon ..................... $8.99 Saturday Smoked Apple Pork Dinner .......... $8.99

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60’s SHINDIG  with D. J. Bucky Sheehan  $10 Cover SEX, DRUGS & ROCK N ROLL* *nah, not really....but we’re gonna have a really great time!! Dress for the 60’s..........or not.......just be there!

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The Border Grille and Bar 246 Mill St., Leominster 978-840-0194 The Border Grille and Bar brings the ever-popular culinary specialties of the Southwest to the north — north of Worcester, that is, in Leominster. Loyalists to local establishments will enjoy the funky eclecticism of The Border; fans of barbecue and Tex-Mex will like the wide range of available chicken, beef, seafood and Mexican specialties. The 22 tequilas and a page of fun drinks add to the festive atmosphere. Lidio’s Restaurant and Lounge 1045 Central St., Leominster 978-534-6600 Bridging old and new, Lidio’s offers diners some old standards (pasta, chicken, beef) as well as creative diet-conscious (an extensive lowcarb menu) and nouveau entrees (including vegetarian dishes), all at very reasonable prices. The service and food preparations are quite dependable.

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Tomasso’s Trattoria 154 Turnpike Road, Rte. 9, Southboro 508-481-8484 tomassotrattoria.com Tomasso’s Trattoria is tucked into a corner of The Crossings, a relatively new retail complex on Rte. 9 in Southboro. Inside, the décor could only be described as Tuscan. Chef Tony Bettencourt has come to Tomasso’s with an impressive resume. He earned the Julia Child Award for excellence while at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. If you have not been introduced to a genuine Italian menu, you might be a bit nonplussed. Take your time and do not fear. The Italian meal is an event to be enjoyed and shared. It is not all about tomato sauce, pasta and cheese. The menu is like a palate of colors used to paint a meal. Tomasso’s offers a fine Italian dining experience that will transport you to a villa in the hills of the Veneto.

Wonder Bar Restaurant 121 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-752-9909 Worcester’s Wonder Bar has been serving it up — pizza, beer and Italian specialties, that is — for more than 75 years, right on Shrewsbury Street. A hometown gem on the order of Coney Island Lunch, Wonder Bar is a laid-back, locally flavored parlor where you can feed your family good food for about the price of Chinese takeout.

Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant 145 E. Central St., Worcester 508-757-1070 pampas-restaurant.com Open seven days, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant adds a fresh kick-in-the-pants to the usual Central Mass. suspects. Come with your best hearty carnivore appetite and prepare yourself for this casual, out-of-the-ordinary dining experience. Grab a plate, choose cuts of beef, pork, chicken an lamb from slow-roasted skewers in an enormous iron rotisserie, help yourself to numerous (but not too many — you don’t want your hots to get cold!) sides and salads and then pit-stop at the counter to have your plate weighed. Pampas charges by the pound.

Yama Zakura 369 West Main St., Northboro 508-393-4187 yamazakurafoods.com Yama Zakura will delight fans of locally produced, high-quality sushi in a creatively charged and casual environment. The friendly staff serves up a wide variety of sashimi, sushi and maki rolls, as well as familiar Polynesian appetizers, soups and salads, meat and vegetable combinations, teriyaki and Thai curry dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Slice of Woo: Woosta Pizzeria & Ristorante Kendra Lapin

Woosta Pizzeria & Ristorante 407 Main Street, Worcester, 508-792-0888 woostapizza.com

Food: ***1/2 Atmosphere:***1/2 Service: **** Value: ***1/2

New York via Wootown

Downtown Worcester offers a great slice of New York at Wooster Pizza. Thin crust, big single slices, and generally large portions set this pizzeria a step ahead of most of the competition. My husband and I ordered our usual Greek salad, “namesake” pizza, and something extra. The salad was on par with most of the good Greek salads in the area—mostly Romaine lettuce topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions,

{ recommended} Dino’s Ristorante 13 Lord St., Worcester 508-753-9978 dineatdinos.com Dino’s is still everything that you’ve always enjoyed: reasonably priced Northern Italian classics, served in a quaint, old “Little Italy” style. Though renovations have made it a bit more upscale (and uncovered an ancient treasure!), it’s still home for Worcester’s families and lovers.

olives, feta and a pepperoncini served with a creamy dressing in a container on the side. The tomatoes stood out as notso-flavorful, but the rest of the salad was fresh, crunchy and with a good mix of vegetables and feta. We only needed half of the dressing. The Woosta namesake pizza reminded me of my childhood when pizza was for special occasions and comfort food: thin crust that offers a little salt and body but stands out of the way of the excellent toppings and sauce. There are not a lot of different toppings on this pizza—only mushroom, sausage, pepperoni, onion, and bell pepper—but that was plenty; each item stood out in flavor and texture. While the Woosta Special was good, we really fell in love with the small Chicken Bacon Ranch white pizza’s unique flavor that came together perfectly. In the culinary end, if you’re looking for a great slice—or three—definitely try Woosta Pizza.

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Fugakyu Café 621 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-1998 Look for the two red lanterns that hang outside Fugakyu Café. Inside is a well-stocked bar, exclusive sushi bar - about six seats - and an extensive menu to satisfy the Japanese cuisine enthusiast as well as the novice. Even the purist should be able to overlook the nouveau selections. There is no shortage of sushi, fried “kitchen” appetizers, soups and entrées from simple katsu, teriyaki and tempura to exotic eel and live lobster sashimi. The price range is as wide as the delectable choices. Spend as little or as much as you like and still leave satisfied.

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Join the Seven Hills Wheelmen on Monday, May 23, for their Monday-night bicycle

rides. Bicycle 12-15 miles on paved roads around Holden Reservoir. Riders of all skill levels, on any type of bikes, are welcome. Most riders will be on road bikes or hybrids. Free! 6-8 p.m. Barney’s Bicycle, 165 Chandler St. 508-799-2453, sevenhillswheelmen.org.

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Take a step back in time on Sunday, May 22 when you pull up your ’57 Chevy Bel Air to Ralph’s Diner for the The 4th Annual 100percentKulture Hot Rod & Kustom Show. This free car show features pre ’63 traditional vehicles – bring your own hot rod down and show it off! Over 100 hot rods, kustoms and bikes, plus vendors, merch, food, booze, bands (Rico City Rebels, Six Fingered Saints, Tony Creatin and DJs) plus a few pin up girls to round out your day. Rain date Sunday, May 29. 10am to dusk.

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Come to Liberty Farm, a national historic landmark and home of Worcester’s radical abolitionists Abby Kelley Foster, Stephen Foster and daughter Alla during Meet During this month’s Third Thursdays LIVE, Abby Kelley Foster’s Family at Liberty Farm on you’ll hear music from The Bee’s Knees, Thursday, May 19. Meet PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL FAZIN the Fosters portrayed by the Lydick family, tour their home, hear National Park head ranger Chuck Arning talk about the Underground Railroad, and hear Mum Bett, a female slave, tell how she won her freedom, and celebrate Alla’s 164th birthday, too! Children’s activities: stitching a quilt square, 19th-century children’s toys. Donation $5; children free. 5-8 p.m. Liberty Farm, 116 Mower St. 508-767-1852.

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For one day only, Saturday, May 21, The Art of Tom Stanford will be featured at That’s Entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Mr. Stanford will be showing and selling his paintings, sculptures, block prints, drawings and giclée prints. For more information about Tom Stanford and his work visit tomstanfordart.com That’s Entertainment, 244 Park Ave. 508-7554207 or visit thatse.com.

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Support your hometown roller-derby league at this double-header, including both men’s and women’s derby on Saturday, May 21. Central Mass Roller Derby’s women’s travel team the Petticoat Punishers vs. Maine’s Calamity Janes plus the men’s Mass Maelstrom vs. Bomb Quads. $10 adults; $5 kids (5-10 years). 6:15-10 p.m. Fitchburg University’s Landry Arena, 1000 John Fitch Hwy., Fitchburg

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and hear Wall at WAM artist Charline von Heyl talk about her work on Thursday, May 19. Von Heyl will speak from 6-7 p.m. in the café. For the rest of the evening, listen to American-infused pop with The Bees Knees. Always great company, cash bar. free for members; $14 for nonmembers. 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, The Museum Cafe, 55 Salisbury St. 508-7994406.

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The Worcester Children’s Chorus will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. at the Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain Street, Worcester. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. The chorus is under the direction of Jennifer Kane and Philip Montgomery, and will present a varied program of music for treble singers. The program will also feature an newly commissioned work. 508767-7077.

black starz show off your talent! Support local talent with this fun, family event! Can you sing, dance, rap? Do you play an instrument, perform spoken word? Then come try out for this year’s Black Starz Search. One winner from each preliminary round will win $50 and go on to compete for the title of Worcester’s Black Star 2011 at the African American Festival/Juneteen Celebration on June 25. Winner receives $250 and a trophy. For more info contact Parlee at 508-410-1209. $2 to watch, $10+ to enter. 3-6 p.m. Crescent Cafe, 69 Canterbury St.

and learn the basic principles behind organic agriculture. YouthGROW 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oreanic Farm, 63 Oread St. 508799-9139.

Fundraiser on Saturday, May 21, you’ll have a chance to purchase seedlings that were grown using 100 percent organic seed and soil. The varieties are specifically selected to perform well in Worcester temperature and climate, as proven on the YouthGROW Farms. REC and Community Garden members get a $1 off per seedling discount! Also available is the REC Plant Resource Guide, a handy toolbox of knowledge for use in the home, office or field, to quickly reference specific details,

Come to a community-wide celebration at Congregation Beth Israel for Lag B’Omer on Sunday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m. Get fired up for an afternoon of friendly competition for all ages: basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, relay races, horseshoes, pillow polo, craft activities, board games and cards. At 4:30 p.m. activities begin. 6 p.m. dinner for the young and the restless; 6:30 p.m. dinner features a barbecue and bonfire; $5 per person, $20 maximum per family with music and singing and making s’mores! (Kosher hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers). 4:30-7:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive. 508-756-6204, templesinaiworcester.org.


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music >Thursday 19 Live Jazz and Blues. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. Good Times with Your Friend DJ Steve. Featured in the main bar area every Thursday, DJ Steve, friend to all, spins rock and roll nuggets from the 1950s to an hour ago.. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Peter and Ellen Allard.. Free. 10-11:15 a.m. Worcester Family Ties Network, Play Room, 130 Leeds St. 508 -799 -3136. Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons LIVE!. Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons is an American Rock N’ Roll band. Free. 7-8 p.m. Rochambeau Library, Providence Community Library, 708 Hope St., Providence. 401-467-2700, ext. 2. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or westboroughsession.com. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy . 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Honkey Tonk Thursdays With CJ/DJ 18+ Every Thursday. Come To The Grand Opening Of Honkey Tonk Thursdays At The Dance Ranch And Saloon With Cj/Dj. It’s Not Just For Country Anymore. We Play Everything You Can Dance To Or Line Dance To. From Top Forty, To Country, To Dance, To Whatever It Is You Want To Listen To. 18 + And The Ladies Are Always Free On Thursdays. Guys $5. 8 p.m.-midnight Dance Ranch & Saloon, 70 James St. 508-757-6977. Open Jukebox Night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 36 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood. 781-769-1888. the Flock of Assholes. 80’s party every Thursday! w/ guests: Chatty Maddie And Guy Bergeron. $5 THROWBACK!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/pages/Flock-ofAholes/127019150125. Audio Wasabi hosted by Brian Chaffee. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Daikaiju VS Tsunami of Sound. Daikaiju Phase 2 Wave 3 - New Power Generator Tour. $5. 9 p.m.-noon Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Dana Lewis. Singer/songwriter. The soundtrack of your youth No Cover. 9-11 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Dive Bar Thursdays. Free. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dive Bar, 34 Green St. thedivebarworcester.com. DJ Brian Spinnin’ & Scratchin’ The Hottest Dance Music. No Cover Charge!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Jim Devlin. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Metal Thursday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Club Days End w/ DJ Roberta - Dance off for CASH!. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-9871006 or daysendtavern.com. Lisa Marie and All Shook Up!. No Cover!. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. DJ/Dancing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508757-0600 or overtimetap.com. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 20 Som’n Fierce feat. members of PFUNK, Fungus Amongus, The Hornitz. $10. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or ďŹ nd them on facebook. X-Cess Fridays. DJ Patrick Allen BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub,

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DJ Pete the Polock. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJs & Dance Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Ed & Da Ve with Tee’s Six Piece Trio. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. I LOVE FRIDAYS at FUSION with DJ B-LO. Fridays FUSION features the BEST sound and lights in Central Mass with DJ B-LO spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. Lounge opens at 9:00 pm - Dance Club opens at 10:30 pm. Coat Room available with attendant. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, 541 West Boylston St. Karaoke with Making Memories. Free. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. 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. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. The Drunken Uncles. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Allgos Sweets and Drinks, 58 Shrewsbury St. 508-304-7129. Touched - Classic Rock & 80’s Pop. $0. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. touchedband.com. Babe Pino Band. HiFi Ward, sk marshall, and George Dellomo play the classic blues book withy Mr Pino donations please. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508798-2181. Blue Ribbon Blues Band. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. DJ/Dancing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508757-0600 or overtimetap.com. Karaoke with DJ Marty. Central Mass’ best DJ makes us all sound great No Cover. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257.

>Saturday 21 The Compound Party w/Frozen, Natural Order, Trebek, Pinch. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Concerts First present Exposure Music Festival feat. up and coming local alternative and punk acts @ The Palladium. Tickets $15. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Worcester Jazz Jam. Jazz jam session for professionals and amateurs. Bring your Real Book! Free. 2-5 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800. 60’s Dance Party. Come join us for a “60s Dance Party” with DJ “Bucky Sheehan” 50/50 Raffle Best Tie Dyed Contest Be sure to wear your Tie Dyed Shirts! 7-11 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Show Choir Performance. Apple Tree Arts showcases the talents of its middle and high school student in an evening of singing and dancing. Tickets will be available at the door. The format of the show is similar to the popular “Glee” TV program. The show features the 17-member cast harmonizing and dancing in large and small ensembles and soloists singing pop tunes. appletreearts.org $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for children four and younger. 7-8:30 p.m. Grafton High School, 24 Providence Road, Grafton. 508-839-4286. Bill McCarthy MySpace.com/BadClownProductions. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600. Bob Martin CD Release Party. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. Boston Blues Society presents “Ladies of the Blues”. The Boston Blues Society presents “Ladies of the Blues”, a fabulous cast of eight guest stars backed up by Lydia Warren, Diane Gateley and Susan Goldberg. The Ladies of the Blues are: Toni Lynn Washington, Shirley Lewis, Cheryl Aruda, Diane Blue, Gracie Curran,

GIG POSTER OF THE WEEK Oh Look! A free place to run your next band/gig/event flyer! Don’t let this sweet spot get away - send your high resolution file to doreen@worcestermagazine.com at least 10 days before your show. Lois Greco, Erin Harpe, Carolyn Waters, Lydia Warren. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Ballroom, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. DJ Darin. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 36 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood. 781-769-1888. Open Jukebox Night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 36 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood. 781-769-1888. Scott Babineau. 8 p.m.-noon Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. The 70’s “FM” Classic Rock supergroup “Heavy Horses”. Tom Hurley- vocals, Craig Rawding- vocals, Dawn Sweet- vocals, Ron Mominee- basses, Ed Barnett- drums, John Donovan- guitars, Roger Lavallee- guitars, Mike Warren- keyboards. From Dino’s Bar & Grille To The Darkest Depths Of Mordor. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/heavyhorsesband. The Allens. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Tyrus. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Acoustic Saturdays. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Linda Dagnello and The Pamela Hines Quintet!. No Cover!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Live Entertainment. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Clutch Grabwell Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. DJs & Dance Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club X, 681 Valley St., Providence. myspace.com/girlspotri. Guy Bergeron acoustic show. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Cicero’s Cafe, 17 Suffolk St. 508-767-9728.


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>Sunday 22 The Bonus Army, Powerwolves, Lunglust, Think Straight, Weak Teeth, Battleships, Fixture, Chewed Out, Black Out. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or find them on facebook. Jazz Brunch Sundays. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Scarecrow Hill. 2-8 p.m. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508753-7001. Ton of Blues - Blues Jam. 3-9 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. JOMP Recital: Priscilla Kjorlaug Piano Recital. Suggested Donation: $10; $7 students & seniors. 4-5:30 p.m. Joy of Music Program, Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Traditional Irish Seisiun. 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Mass Recovery Live Music Event. Day 3 of the Mass Recovery Event is Happening at The Rabbit Hole Sunday. 7:30; Lion Cub: Catchy indie-pop with programming, guitars, and a glock! 6:45; Greys, Canada. So good you’ll want to see them again 6:00 - Twin Cyclist, Lowellites 90’s emo 5:15 - Brian Dickens | Local indie singer-songwriter FREE. 5-8 p.m. Rabbit Hole (bookstore and more), 805 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0040 or therabbitholeusa. com. Open Mic with Jesse Garcia. Singing & playing on a

Sunday evening. Everyone gets a 6-7 song set. Sign up by emailing aj239@msn.com or just show up early. Free. 5-9 p.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. bigjonshort.com 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Dale LePage and Jen Antkowiak w/ The Bobby Gadoury Trio! 5:30pm, the Andy Cummings 9pm till Close!. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. The Tom Nutile Big Band / Swing Dance and Performance. 6:30pm Beginner Friendly Group Swing Dance Lesson 7:30p The Tom Nutile Big Band & DJ AlanHep2theJive All Dance2Swing Dances Feature a total mix of Crossover Swing: Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, East & West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, & Rock n Roll and a mixture of Singles and Couples Come with or with-out a partner $12. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or dance2swing.com. Open Jukebox Night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 36 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood. 781-769-1888. Mister Smartass Theater’s “BLOODY PIT OF HORROR” re-deux. and The ROADKILL ORCHESTRA (every other Sunday residency). We had a power outage on Green St. on May 4th, during the Mister Smartass show. They boys want to “make it up” to you and do it again in it’s entirety TONIGHT! Along with the ROADKILL ORCHESTRA, tonight is gonna be a memorable show! Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/ mrsmartasstheatre. Dancing with DJ Cisco. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mirabar, 35 Richmond St., Providence. 401-331-6761 or mirabar.com/calendar.htm. Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Live Piano Night Monthly. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MB Lounge, 40 Grafton St. 508-799-4521. Sunday Theme Party 18+. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running reggae night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

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Open Mic. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Student Guitar Concert. Pakachoag Guitar students elementary through high school ages - perform acoustic and electric selections for family and friends. Free.. 4-4:45 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, Education Wing, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 508-791-8159. Open Mike Wednesday - Hosted by Phil and Trisha Knudsen. Come enjoy the best in local live music. You can come to watch or come to perform and watch. But whatever your choice is come down for dinner and drinks and stay for the music! 7-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Sean Ryan & Co.. Free. 7 p.m.-noon Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy MySpace.com/ OpenMicWorld. Free. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877 or MySpace.com/OpenMicWorld. Acoustic Wednesdays. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Open Jukebox Night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 36 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood. 781-769-1888. Open Mic Night Looking for Worcester’s amazing acoustic acts to come check out the new Leits Back Bar Open Mic night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leitrim’s Pub, Back Bar, 265 Park Ave. 508-798-2447 or LeitrimsWorcester.com. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric! Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. FLASH - 16+ Electro-Dance Party!. Umbrella Gallery & Free Idea Clothing bring you FLASH 16+ Electro-Pop/Hip-Hop Dance Parties every Wednesday night from 8:30-12:00! Check out our Facebook page for more info! $7. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Umbrella Gallery, 639 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-707-9684 or find them on facebook. Wednesday night free concert series w/ Brother Moon, Excrecor and A Record of Hate. Every Wednesday night, The Lucky Dog hosts National, Regional and Local acts on our stage free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic.com. The Smile Makers. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Zak Slik and special guests. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. DJ/Dancing. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508757-0600 or overtimetap.com.

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ARTSWorcester, ARTSWorcester presents “A Visual Diary”, through June 24; ARTSWorcester presents “Rhapsody in Green”, through June 16. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org Asa Waters Mansion, Samuel Adams Beer Dinner, Saturday. Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or asawaters.org. Booklovers’ Gourmet, ”Figures and Phantasms”, artwork by Karen Reid, Through May 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or er3.com/book Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Senior Thesis Art Show, through May 22. 92 Downing St. clarku.edu College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Major: Works from the 2011 Senior Concentration Seminar, through May 27. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or holycross.edu Danforth Museum of Art, Adria Arch: On the Mark, Through June 5. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050 or danforthmuseum.org Dark World Gallery, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Group Show, through June 1. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. darkworldgallery.com. EcoTarium, Arctic Adventure, Through Sept. 4; Turtle Travels, Through June 5; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.org Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31; Star Wars Day, Saturday. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or higgins.org Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Beauty In Excess on Display, Through Aug. 31. Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or massaudubon.org. Museum of Russian Icons, Exploring Sanctity: Paths to Sainthood Unveiled, through Sept. 3; Icons: 1000 Years of Veneration, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through July 30. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or osv.org Post Road Art Center, Call to young Artists: Budding Artist Show 2011, May 20 - May 28. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or postroadartcenter.com Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Arts Center, Art Wall 2011, Through May 24; Define: Illustration, Opening Reception, Friday. Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Southbridge. 508-346-3341 or qvcah.org Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978-297-4337 or topfunaviation.com Worcester Art Museum, Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, Sept. 12 - May 22. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or worcesterart.org Worcester Center for Crafts, Salient Point, through May 23; Decorative Forging for Your Landscape, Saturday; Salient Point: Artists Talk, Monday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or worcestercraftcenter.org Worcester Historical Museum, Custer’s Last Stand, Thursday. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or worcesterhistory.org. Worcester Public Library, American Civil War Exhibit - 150th Anniversary Commemoration, Through June 3. Hours: closed


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outdoors >Sunday 22 Ospreys at Waseeka. $8 for Members, $10 for Nonmembers. 9 a.m.-noon Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, Clinton St., Hopkinton. 978-464-2712. Seven Hills Wheelmen bicycle ride. Meet at 9:45 a.m. for rollout at 10 a.m. sharp on a 38-mile bicycle ride with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Stone Church, Route 12 and Beaman St., West Boylston. 508-831-0301 or sevenhillswheelmen. org. Seven Hills Wheelmen mountain bike ride. Meet at the Mass. Central Rail Trail parking area on Miles Road, Rutland, for an intermediate mountain bike ride with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. It’s about 19 miles, all doubletrack, with about 1,600 feet of climbing. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To Be Determined sevenhillswheelmen.org/rides. htm.

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>Monday 23 Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show. Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, Visual Arts and Ruckus collide to create an innovative, fast paced variety show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Featured Performers, Live Painting, House Band, Snack Time and Bonus Ruckus Challenges make Monday’s Fun and Inspiring! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis and Alex Charalambides. 21 plus. $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com.

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The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or poetry slam. This week we welcome Greg Brisendine to our stage. Greg Brisendine is a writer and performance poet based in Seattle. poetsasylum.org. 7-10 p.m.

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1st & 3rd THURS 8pm- Fri 9pm -Sat 8pm & 10:15pm Reservations Recommended at 800-401-2221 Prices: $20pp except Special Events Drinks and Appetizers available in the show room Full Dinner Available before Show in Restaurant $5off with College ID 2 for 1 Active Military or Veterans $4 off with Dinner Receipt and Reservations Worcester Thursday May 19th Sarah Blodgett Hosting Pro/AM Comedy Open Mic and Friends. Friday May20th Mark Riley Taylor Connelly and Joe Piccirillo. Sat May 21st Mark Riley Taylor Connelly and Joe Piccirillo. $20 per person except Special Events. 8 p.m.-midnight Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221. Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and sympathetic crowd. Well known as the breeding grounds for local talent it has produced many known and not to be known comedians. Fear not! Your Sense of Pride. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. The Sexiest Show in Town - Mondays. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Free. 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy club franchise - this location is in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night. $12 (All Woo card holders and active duty military is 2 for 1). 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit wisecrackscomedyclub.com. Frank’s Comedy Safari Show Every Sat Night. $15 a ticket. 8-9:30 p.m. Irish Times Main St. Worcester, 433 Main St. Worcester Mass. Call 774-452-113

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and groups of 15 or more. Lap seats are available for infants only, children ages 1 and up must have a ticket. 1-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit thehanovertheatre.org. Auditions - Rent Monday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 24. Based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City. Performances of RENT are scheduled for August 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8PM and August 28 at 2PM. For more information on RENT auditions call Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or visit the TAM website at http://theatre.mwcc.mass. edu none. 7-9 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College: Main building, room 182, 444 Green St., Gardner. Call 978-630-9162 or visit theatre.mwcc.edu. auditions for “Bye Bye Birdie”, a musical Monday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 24. Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. announces auditions for “Bye Bye Birdie”. Auditions for this Michael Stewart, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse musical will be held Monday, & Tuesday, May 23 and 24 at 6pm at the Gateway Arts Barn, 111 Main St., Southbridge. Teens through adults are needed for a variety of roles. free. 6-8:30 p.m. Gateway Players Theatre Arts Barn, 111 Main St., Southbridge. Call 508-764-4531. Access Hanover- Women in Theatre - Wednesday, May 25. Enjoy a special talk on Sarah Bernhardt by Suzanne St. Pierre & a tasting of French Wines, cheeses, pastries and cash bar. Suzanne St. Pierre, who was an award-winning producer for 60 Minutes, will deliver a special talk on Sarah Bernhardt, the famous French stage and film actress of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nicknamed “The Divine Sarah” and celebrated as the “most famous actress the world has ever known.” Free for members; $10 for the general public. 5:30-7 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit

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>Saturday 21 Bird Watching at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a national historic landmark and has been a mecca for birds and birdwatchers since it was founded in 1831. May is Mount Auburn’s glory month, with an impressive variety of spring migrants that rest and feed at the cemetery, en route to breeding grounds in the forests of northern New England and Canada. Meet at Broad Meadow Brook at 6:45 am to ride in the van or meet at 8 am at Mount Auburn Cemetery. 508.753.6087. $25 Mass Audubon Adult Members, $32 Adult Non-members. 7 a.m.-noon Mount Auburn Cemetery, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. Yoga Dance/ Shake Your Soul© class. This class is a combination of easy dance movements and yoga, including a warm-up, instructor led dance movements, and time for creative free dance. $15 drop in. 9:30-10:45 a.m. 1835 Old Town Hall, 31 Main St., Sterling. 508-612-7777. Gardening Clinic with Horticulturalist Paul Rogers. A well-known radio talk show host and newspaper columnist, Rogers will cover how the weather affects gardens and gardening, sustaining trees and shrubs, lawn care, container plantings and seeds, and vegetable gardening. 800.581.5363. 10:30 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. Fidelity Bank, 465 Shrewsbury St. fidelitybankonline. com. Readings by Diane Lewis - Tarot & Medium. Tarot Readings - half or one hour appointments available Medium Readings - one hour appointments only Walk in’s welcome! 508-987-3310 generations-gifts@verizon.net or Diane at 617645-6415 reading@dianelewis.us.com 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 617-645-6415 or dianelewis.us.com. “Understanding your own astrological chart”. Learn about your own horoscope in a unique, entertaining and easy-tounderstand workshop. Taught by astrology author Sally Cragin on Saturday, May 21, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Design at 639, 639 Main St., Fitchburg. The fee is $25, and enrollment is limited to 8 students. 978-407-6482.

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goals, reduce stress, and promote harmonious balance between your mind, body and soul. Two hours of guided visioning, massage and healthy eating strategies that will transform your life. Preregistration is required. Enrollment limited to 20. $40 per person. noon-2 p.m. Three Rivers Health and Wellness Building, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston. mental-massage.com.

>Monday 23 ServSafe® Certification Training & Exam. ServSafe® is a one-day course comprising of (1) a training session and (2) a Food Protection Manager Certification Examination. Those who pass the examination receive a nationally-recognized ServSafe® Certification that is valid for five years from the exam date. 219. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College: Training & Education Center, 100 Front St. 508-751-7921.

>Tuesday 24 Pasta Master. If you have never made fresh, from-scratch egg pasta, join us. If you have and you’ve struggled with the pasta and the fillings, join us. Hey, just join us in cranking out some of the best pasta you’ve ever had. $75 per person. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Road, Southborough. 508-904-6589. Resume Your Career Workshop Series. Gary Gekow presents a six-week workshop to help you improve your jobseeking skills. 6-8 p.m. Shrewsbury Public Library, Large Meeting Room, 609 Main St., Shrewsbury. 508-841-8533 or shrewsburyma.gov.

dance >Saturday 21 Free Swing Dance Workshops Dance2Swing. 1-2pm Free No Cost Or Obligation Jitterbug : Expand on what you have learned at our Sunday Night Swing Dance. Must know moves. Sat May 21st 2011 Six Count Lindy ~ 2:00 ~ 3:00pm Beginner Level Six Count Triple Step Lindy Hop One Hour Group Lesson ~ No Cost or Obligation. $15.00 Two Free Classes. 1-4:30 p.m. Global Fitness Center, 215 Hamilton St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or dance2swing.com. Tango Balero Seminar with Bill Morganti. World professional coach, Bill Morganti will teach Tango movement and character and Bolero control, feeling and styling. Food and refreshments offered. $5 discount for student ID/DOCMA & MASSABDA members. single $15 for one, $25 for both - couple $25 for one, $35 for both. 1-2:30 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or psmdance.com.

>Monday 23 Learn to dance Salsa. Learn basic salsa in just 6 weeks! $100 per person. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489.

>Tuesday 24 Learn to dance SALSA. Learn basic salsa in just 6 weeks! Beginner course will take you from step one to partnering with style. Dancing is not only great exercise but its also a great way to get out and meet new people. $100 Per person. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489.

>Wednesday 25 Beginner & Intermediate Country 2-Step Class. Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. All welcome, no experience or partner required. The country music dance called the “Texas Two-Step”, a country-western partner dance, came back in style with the movie Urban Cowboy, in the late 1980s. $50 per person for 6 weeks.. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.


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SAINT JOHN’S HIGH SCHOOL 378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Six single week sessions available June 27th through August 5th Camp Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Extended hours available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. daily. We provide traditional camp activities, skill-oriented athletics, a variety of camp games, crafts and swim lessons.

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CLEARVIEW HOME IMPROVEMENT We do it all! Additions, windows, doors, siding, painting, finish basements. Fully Insured. HIC#286433. Call Paul 508-581-7803

Interior & Exterior Painting Power washing, carpentry, wallpapering, water damage repair. Call Jim Charest Countryside Painting 508-865-4321 508-277-9421

SCHULTZ PLUMBING 10% Off for new customers. Lic’d & Ins’d. #26981 Now accepting all major credit cards. D. Scott Schultz Jr. 508-735-3567 www.schultzplumbing.com

General Repairs Floors: ceramic, hardwood, vinyl. Painting, Roofs, Power Washing, Vinyl Windows, Remodeling baths & kitchens. Handyman Services. ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! J.D. Richardson 508-826-0941, 508-7911594 Lic HIC154720/ CSL104667 MASONRY Sunshine Landscaping Walks, Walls, Patios. Serving Worcester Co. since 1982. sunshinelandscapingco.com Stephen: 508-892-3042

Painting Unlimited Services Skilled, Reliable, Reasonable. Meticulous prep & workmanship. Interior/Exterior Painting/ Staining, Powerwashing. Free Estimates. Fully Insured. HIC #163882 Call Tim: 508-340-8707 PEST CONTROL BRAMAN PEST CONTROL From termites to carpenter ants, bed bugs to rodents, cockroaches to bees, Braman has you covered! Guaranteed or your money back! WORCESTER, MA 508-755-5410/800-287-5410 www.braman.biz

POOLS Specializing in Quality In-ground Pool Construction and Service Customer works with owner from start to finish. MA Lic. 139-826 - Juliano’s Pools 413-348-4562 RUBBISH REMOVAL TOTAL DISPOSAL Spring Specials 10yd. $230, 15yd $300. Home Clean-outs, Landscape Clean-ups, Demo Rubbish, Appliances. Give us a call and we’ll talk trash. 508-864-7755

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Michael’s Mowing & Landscape Spring & Fall Cleanups, Mowing, de-thatch, fertilizing & lawn installations. Mulch, Quality Service. Free Estimates. Call: 774-641-7136

New England Landscaping & Construction Full plantings, hydro-seeding, blocks/ stonewalls, patios, walkways, excavation, septic & more. ne-landscaping.com Warren Monette 866-721-9254 SUNSHINE LANDSCAPING Landscape Management & Enhancements. Serving Worcester Co. since 1982. sunshinelandscapingco.com Stephen: 508-892-3042

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No Time for Yard Work? Call Briggsy & Sons for reasonable rates. 508-459-0365

A&R Landscaping for all your landscaping needs. Spring clean-ups, weekly mowing, aerating, tree & hedge pruning, FREE estimates. Senior Discounts 508-868-9246 Le’s Professional Landscaping Commercial & residential. Spring & Fall clean up, complete lawn maintenance, aerating, thatching, sprinkler systems, rock gardens, decks, fences, steps, lighting. FREE estimates. We do it all. All work guaranteed. 508-865-4248

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Books! Books! Books We have 80,000 lively old books at THE BOOK BEAR. We have books for the scholar, collector and general reader. Located on Route 9 in West Brookfield, halfway between Amherst and Worcester. Open 7 days a week. 10a.m.-6p.m.

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Mood, Menstrual Periods & Menopause Research Study

Improve Your Diet and Possibly Lose Weight Men and women interested in committing to a dietary plan that impacts Diabetes & Heart Disease risk factors are needed for a UMMS research study. To be eligible you must not have diabetes or smoke, and be between the ages of 21 and 70.

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Do you have Bipolar Disorder? Are you a woman between 40 and 60 years old? Are you menstruating or less than 5 years since your last period? We invite you to participate in a UMASS Medical School research study looking at mood, periods and menopause. You will rate your mood and have your hormones checked. Compensation provided. For more information contact Abby at 508-334-7352, or Wendy Marsh at 508-856-5071. Do you have type 2 diabetes, are depressed and want to improve your diabetes management? Seeking sedentary women 21-65 for a study at UMass Medical School to improve their mood and diabetes management. Compensation and group support provided. Call Sue at (508) 856-1718 (Docket#:13269)

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If you have a problem with opiates like heroin, Oxycontin or Percocets, you may be eligible to participate in a 3-month Suboxone research study to test medications for opioid abuse. This study is being conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. We are currently seeking volunteers ages 18 to 25. If you are interested, please call Chelsea or leave a message at (508) 856-4566. All calls are confidential. Docket #13261.

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Above Ground 4’ Pool You take down. Needs work & xtras. $250/ BO. 508-886-2156 Antique Table 2 tier round scalloped edges table for sale. $150. Call Chris 978534-5730 Boxed Sterling Silver Ladies Watch with 2nd hand. Exc. cond. Make great gift $20. after 5pm: 508-829-9240

LOVESEAT Wicker loveseat 55L, cushions need redo. $25. 508231-6312 Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox/ pool w/ domed lid. Like-new condition. $25 508-886-6738 Mother of the Bride Mother of the Bride Gown, pink with shawl. Size 14. $75 Call 508-829-6877 Wilson Pro Staff Set (Graph) Driver-Pitch wedge (exc. 2 iron). $89.00, inc. 5 wood Hybr. 978-534-1501 PETS LOST CAT Female, 4 year old short haired cat. Gray with white belly and white double paws. Answers to the name Bella. She is an indoor cat that escaped outside Saturday night 5/14/11 from her home on Elm Street in Millbury. Please call 508-439-2612 w/ info. MULCH & LOAM MULCH & LOAM Hemlock, Black Bark, NE Blend, Red Cedar, Screened Loam, Pick up or Home Delivery MIKE LYNCH ENTERPRISES 774-535-1470 mikelynchenterprises.com

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INDOOR SALE Attic Treasures indoor sale, ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Irving St, downtown Worcester, Sat. May 21 8am-1pm. Early bird sale and auction Fri. May 20 at 7 pm. $10 admission. Details 508-752-3766 GRAFTON FLEA MARKET Open every Sunday outdoor/ indoor 7am-4pm. Acres of bargains, hundreds of vendors, 42nd season. Rte 140 Grafton/Upton town line. Selling space: 508-839-2217 www.graftonflea.com PRINCETON 315 Mirick Rd. Sat May 21st. 9AM-12PM. Barn Sale. Clothing, holiday items, furniture, table, art work, garden items, patio furniture, lamps, toys, sports items. YARD SALE/CRAFT FAIR sponsored by FASCA Sat. 6/25/11 from 8am-1pm at Auburn Senior Center, 4 Goddard Drive, Auburn. For info on table/ space rentals, call Ann Weston at 508-832-2833. 508-8322833 YARD SALE/HOLDEN 659 Shrewsbury St. Sat. May 21st 8-2 Children’s toys, household items & much more!

MUSICWORCESTER.COM Guitar, Bass, Drums. Private Lessons. Group Workshops. In Home or Studio. Holden Ctr. 508-340-5012

HEALTHCARE SERVICES ADOPTION/PREGNANCY Pregnant? We Can Help in Worcester! Free abortion consultation, free pregnancy test, ultrasound available. 888-310-7217 anytime or www.problempregnancy.org

Home Health Aide If you are a senior or senior couple needing the services of a certified home health aide/certified nursing assistant, I am available to provide parttime help during the am hours till 1 pm. I have all certifications, insurance, & references. If interested please call 508-414-1559. Recruiters please do not reply. INSPIRATIONAL SERVICES

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MASSAGE THERAPY Stress & tension relief at an affordable price. Please call Robert in Auburn, 508-721-9130

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Delta 2HP 15" Planer. Model 22-275. Exc Cond. $300 or B/O 978-464-5253

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INDOOR SALE Attic Treasures indoor sale, ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Irving St, downtown Worcester, Sat. May 21 8am-1pm. Early bird sale and auction Fri. May 20 at 7 pm. $10 admission. Details 508-752-3766

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YARD SALE/HOLDEN 659 Shrewsbury St. Sat. May 21st 8-2 Children’s toys, household items & much more! PRINCETON 315 Mirick Rd. Sat May 21st. 9AM-12PM. Barn Sale. Clothing, holiday items, furniture, table, art work, garden items, patio furniture, lamps, toys, sports items.

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Delicious Fresh Gluten-Free Cookies & Cakes

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Justice of the Peace M A R ION C. BI A N DO

Tables • Chairs • China • Linen

Pre-Nuptial Meetings • Garden Weddings

Church Services

DESTINATION WEDDING

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Studio: $22,840 1 Bed: $28,960 2 Bed: $35,880

Section 8 Vouchers Accepted

WORCESTER LOFT STYLE APARTMENTS

Minimum Household Income $25,000 Maximum Household Income (2 Persons) $29,442 (3 Persons) $32,992 (4 Persons) $36,542

ODD FELLOWS LOFTS 674 Main Street Worcester, MA 01610 Please Call 508-754-5339 For More Info and to Schedule an Appointment Sec. 8 Accepted

Travel • 5-2 Pioneer Lane, Auburn, MA 01501 A SandalsWill destination wedding

To Advertise In Next Month’s Directory Call 508-755-1199 x430

Includes heat, hot water, cooking gas, pool, recreation program & parking

Include Heat/Hot Water, Spiral Staircase, Hardwood Floors, Off Street Parking, Etc.

508. 832. 8507 • 774.2 89.1771

Food Service Equipment … TOOLS, TOO!

Rents Starting at: Studio: $571 1 Bed: $724 2 Bed: $897

2 BED APARTMENTS $775-$870 PER MONTH

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WEDDING CAKES

Studio, 1 bed & 2 bed apartments

161 West Mountain Street Worcester, MA 01606 (508)852-0060

EVENT RENTALS

35 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01605 508-791-2383 • www.ToomeyRents.Com

Worcester Apartments

Stratton Hill Park Apartments

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takes the worry out of planning, giving you more time to enjoy the moment. Best of all, the basic wedding package is included. Get all the details at:

www.smoothsailortravelclub.com or call Winthrop Your Sandals Specialist  at (508) 615-2540

22 Marland Rd., Worcester Large 1st Fl Apt. Borders Quinsigamond College. 2+ Bdrms, Washer\Dryer hookup. Close to Routes 12,70,140,190 & 290. Convenient to downtown, hospitals & shopping Call: 508-523-7999 BURNCOAT/GREENDALE 2 bedroom, appliances & off street parking. $775. 508-852-6001 NEAR UMASS MED 1 BR, semi-furnished, all app, A/C. $750/mo + util. No pets, no smoking. 508-799-5056


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Attend College Online from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Computers, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-4880386 www.CenturaOnline.com\\ AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)8180783\\ Medical Management Careers start here- Get Connected Online. Attend college on your own time. Job Placement Assistance. Computer Available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 800-4823316 www.CenturaOnline.com\\ EMPLOYMENT I MADE $180,000 IN 6 Months In A Down Economy! Let Me Show You How I Did It! www.make180K.com\\ CDL Drivers – Great Pay! Tons of Texas Frac work! Great company! Company paid benefits! Must have bulk pneumatic trailer experience. Call today! Call 888-567-4972\\ Between High School and college? Over 18? Drop that entry level position. Earn what you’re worth!!! Travel w/ Successful Young Business Group. Paid Training. Transportation, Lodging Provided. 1-877-646-5050\\ Bulk Pneumatic owner operators – Tons of Texas based frac sand runs in Texas. Complete rigs only. Excellent investor opportunities with very high ROI’s! Call 888-567-4972\\

FURNITURE: Broyhill Bedroom Set, Solid WoodBrand New, Never Used, English Dovetail Construction, Felt Lined Drawers, Original Cost $6000, Sell $2195. Call Jack 978-207-3082.// LEATHER LIVING ROOM SET in original plastic, never used. Original price $3000, sacrifice $975. Call Bill 617264-0362.* CHERRY BEDROOM SET Solid wood, never used, brand new in factory boxes. English Dovetail. Original cost $4500. Sell for $895. Can deliver. Call Tom 781-560-4409.* LEATHER LIVING ROOM SET in original plastic, never used. Original price $3,000, sacrifice $975. Call Bill 857453-7764// HEALTH

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**2011 POSTAL JOBS!** $14 to $59 hour + Full Federal Benefits. No Experience Required. NOW HIRING! Green Card OK. 1-866-477-4953 ext. 95\\

COLLECTABLES

ACTORS/MOVIE EXTRAS Needed Immediately for upcoming roles $150$300 per day depending on job requirements. No experience, All looks needed. 1-800-951-3584 A-105. For casting times /locations\\

$$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 http://www.easywork-greatpay. com ^

WANTED! Host Families; Exchange students, share cultures NO FEES. Area Representatives: mentor foreign teens, aide in placements, earn extra income. Mary: 1-866-601-1933; www.pieusa. org// AVIATION MAINTENANCE/AVIONICS Graduate in 15 months. FAA approved; financial aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. Call National Aviation Academy Today! 1-800-292-3228 or NAA.edu.*

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POWERWASHING/ PAINTING/ CARPENTRY. Roof washing, Licensed, insured, Guaranteed satisfaction, Free estimates. Credit cards accepted. Licensed-CT-#501225, RI-#26194. 1-800-273-4650, www.earlspowerwashing.com//

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$250K Plus Working from Home Live The American Dream! New Div. 15 yr old company, Direct Sales, (888) 788-5551 www.GBG4WEALTH.com //

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NY’S LARGEST SELECTION Land & Camp Packages New 2 story cabin on River w/5 Acres-$79,995. Farmhouse and Barns w/5 Acres $69,995. New Cabin w/8 Acres-$32,995. Call 800-229-7843. Or Visit www.LandandCamps.com For Camp Pictures.//

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Spring into Kennebunkport, Maine, 2&3 Packages, midweek from $99/ pckg, walk to beach outlets, Shorelands Guest Resort, details WWWSHORELANDS.COM, Please call 1- 8 0 0 - 9 9 B E A C H (2-3 2 24). //

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MISCELLANEOUS AIRLINES ARE HIRING-Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-2020386.// ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Paralegal, *Accounting, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. Call 888216-1791 www.CenturaOnline.com// T-SHIRTS Custom Printed. $5.50 heavyweight. “Gildan” Min. order of 36 pcs. HATS - Embroidered $6.00. Free catalog. 1-800-242-2374. Berg Sportswear. 40.* PANDORA CHARM CLEARANCE SAVE 80% Sterling Silver Charms as low as $1.99. Fits Pandora, Chamilia, Troll. Leading Internet Retailer. Log on to save www. NewDreamz.net* SAWMILLS-Band/Chainsaw-SPRING SALE-Cut lumber any dimension, anytime. MAKE MONEY and SAVE MONEY In stock ready to ship. Starting at $995.00. www.NorwoodSawmills.com/300N 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N// Advertise your product or service nationwide or by region in up to 12 million households in North America’s best suburbs! Place your classified ad in over 750 suburban newspapers just like this one. Call Classified Avenue at 888-486-2466 or go to www.classifiedavenue.net\\ Earn $1000 a week Mailing Brochures from Home. Free Supplies! Guaranteed Income! No experience required. Start Today! www.thehomemailer.com\\ Allstate Auto Insurance. So Many Ways to SAVE. Switch Today & Save Hundreds! You’re in good hands, ALLSTATE. Call for Your FREE Quote. 1-888-8618912\\ MUSIC

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CLARINET/ FLUTE/ VIOLIN/TRUMPET/ Trombone/ Amplifier/ Fender Guitar, $69 each. Cello/Upright Bass/Saxophone/ French Horn/Drums, $185 ea. Tuba/Baritone Horn/Hammond Organ, Others 4 sale.1516-377-7907* PETS/ANIMALS STRAIN FAMILY HORSE FARM 50 horses, we take trade-ins, 3-week exchange guarantee. Supplying horses to the East Coast. www.strainfamilyhorsefarm.com, 860653-3275. Check us out on Facebook.* ROOMMATES ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: http:// www.Roommates.com. ^ TIMESHARES SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE FOR CASH!!! Our Guaranteed Services will Sell/ Rent Your Unused Timeshare for CASH! Over $95 Million Dollars offered

VACATION RENTALS

FOR RENT: One week at the largest timeshare in the world. Orange Lake is right next to Disney and has many amenities including golf, tennis, and a water park. Weeks available are in March and April 2012. $850 inclusive. Call Carol at 978-371-2442 or email: carolaction@ aol.com*

WARM WEATHER IS YEAR ROUND In Aruba. The water is safe, and the dining is fantastic. 2-Bedroom weeks starting May 20 & May 27, $1500. Walk out to the beach. Sleeps 6. Call Carol at 978-371-2442 or email: carolaction@ aol.com*

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A Reader Advisory: The National and Regional Advertising Associations we belong to may purchase classifieds in our publications. We advise that you determine the value of their service or product. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer “employment” but rather supply readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Some advertisers may require investment fees. Under NO circumstances should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. All funds are based in US dollars. 800 numbers may or may not reach Canada. Fees for 900 numbers are listed in the ads. WWWWW

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www.centralmassclass.com

Call June at 508-755-1199 to place your ad ADVERTISE IN THIS DIRECTORY & REACH

30, 000 households each week! Add another Zone and reach 50,000 households! Call June at 508-755-1199 for more information. Deadline: Monday, Noon.

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Automotive Service

CARPET CLEANING, restoration RESTORATION & & FLOORING Carpet Cleaning, flooring

HONDA • ACURA Specialists

SPECIALS $149 3 Rooms Cleaned Up to 400 sq. ft. PROFESSIONAL CLEANING, RESTORATION & FLOOR COVERING SERVICES $229 FULL CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING SPECIALIST 5 Rooms Cleaned Up to 600 ft. Ceramic Tile & Grout Cleaning • Floor Stripping, Sealing & Waxing • Carpet & Fabric Protectors Odor Identification & Control • Dry Cleaning of Delicate Upholstery • Dryer Vent Cleaning 15% OFF Auto & Boat Detailing • Carpet & Hard Surface Sales, Installation & Repair (In Home Shopping) Oriental/Area Rug Residential & Cleaning Commercial 24 HOUR PROBLEM AREA RUGS? 25% OFF Water Damage We Offer In-Plant Cleaning & Repairs Fully Insured Tile & Grout Cleaning/ Restoration of Orientals & Braids, etc. Owner Operated Sealing & Stone Polishing & Dehumidification with Pick-Up and Delivery Since 1988 FREE Featuring state-of-the-art truck mounted steam cleaning or PROMPT In-Home Consultation on PROFESSIONAL dry cleaning equipment & portable equipment for those hard to reach areas. Any Floor Covering Carpet, Vinyl, Area Rugs, SERVICE Worcester . . Auburn . . Laminate, Linoleum Five Star Service www.rjlacroixfivestarservice.com & Hardwoods

Always

HONDA /ACURA

Oil & Filter Change $

9.25

508-987-3392

Scheduled Maintenance • Diagnostics • Exhaust Brakes • Radiators • A/C Service • Struts • Suspensions Transmissions • Engines • Tires • Auto Glass Replacement • Bodywork • Alignments

FOREIGN REPAIR CENTER

723 Main St. (Rt. 12) • N. Oxford, MA

We Sell It! We Service It! We Warranty It! You Enjoy It!

R.J. LaCroix

HHHHH

508 755 6372

508 832 9900

ASK about double blocks (size 3.75" x 1.75") and COMBO pricing into our other zone and reach 50,000 households in 26 towns in Central Mass each week. FREE line ad included with each block purchased.

Cleaning Services We Do Best …

Excavation Services

Sewer connections

WHAT YOU HATE MOST!

Highfields Development Corp.

K&C CLEANING

Jay Jay Magill Magill

Full-House Maid Service • Office Cleaning Seasonal Cleaning • References Available Free Estimates • Fully Bonded & Insured Katia & Carlos Wanzeler P.O. Box 3092, Worcester, MA 01613 774-275-2007 • k_ccleaning@hotmail.com www.kandccleaningservice.com

Experienced, Experienced, fast, fast, neat neat & & tidy tidy professional professional service service Senior Senior citizen citizen and and Group Group discounts discounts Call Call Ken Ken at at

508-839-4098

FLOOR Covering COVERING Floor

FENCE & & Stone STONE Fence

FINANCIAL ADVISOR Financial Advisor

(508) 749-3166 ext. 430

SIZE PER BLOCK 1.75 X 1.75 8 weeks ........... $31.50/week = $252 12 weeks ......... $26.75/week = $321 20 weeks ......... $25.20/week = $504 36 weeks ......... $23.60/week = $850 52 weeks ......... $22/week = $1144 Minimum commitment of 8 weeks.

Flooring

FREE FREE RETIREMENT RETIREMENT FREE RETIREMENT

30 Years in Business

PLAN PLAN REVIEWS. REVIEWS. PLAN REVIEWS. Financial Financial Financial Advisor Advisor Advisor Financial Advisor .

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• FENCE ALL TYPES - Cedar, Vinyl, Chain link, Post and Rail, Ornamental, Pool, Member Member Member SIPC SIPC Member SIPC www.edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com Member Member Member CIPFSIPC CIPF CIPF www.edwardjones.com Member CIPF Temporary Security Rentals … • STONE HARDSCAPES - Stone walls, Walkways, Patios, Pool Decks, Concrete Work, Excavation …

508-835-1644 for free estimate CUT ENERGY BILL IN HALF FINANCING AVAILABLE

For deep savings on your energy bills, look no further than your own backyard. With a ClimateMaster Heating and Cooling System, you get a 30% tax credit and can save more than half on your energy bill. ClimateMaster uses geothermal energy to tap the constant temperature of the Earth, keeping your home comfortable year-round. Best of all, a new system usually pays for itself in about five years and is a cleaner choice for the environment. If you’re ready to uncover extra cash each month, visit climatemaster.com. For more information, contact us today!

We’re your local dealer: REDMOND HVAC Worc., MA • 508-795-7645 • www.redmondhvac.com

Home Improvement

CLEARVIEW HOME IMPROVEMENT

ROOF REPAIR

Call Paul 508-581-7803

Free Estimates Fully Licensed & Insured • HIC# 286433

Siding • Porches & Decks • Finished Cellars

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800-861-5445 or 508-886-2624

508-749-3166 ext. 250

HOME LOANS Home Loans

I mprovement “Over 30 Years Experience”

Save Thousands.

Remodeling & Repairs Kitchens & Baths • Windows & Doors Finished Basements • Decks Roofing

508-829-7361 Licensed

Insured

LANDSCAPE Landscape

LAND & Land & LAWN Lawn

54202 Metlife Home Loans TFN.indd 1

JUNK REMOVAL – ALL SEASON SERVICES Call us to remove your trash! Large or small, we haul it all! There’s absolutely nothing to fear, the lowest prices are here! No hidden charges. We provide A#1 service at the best rate around in junk removal. We will beat any written estimates by competitors. We are the most economical option in junk removal & clean-out services. We are prompt, professional, and efficient. We show up as scheduled & clean up after the job is done. Don’t delay, call us today! Fully licensed & insured, locally owned & operated.

774-312-1973/508-304-9759 • allseasonsrvcs@yahoo.com

W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M • M AY 1 9 , 2 0 1 1

Free Metal Included Call Tom

Dig Here, B rad’s Home

JUNK Removal REMOVAL Junk

• Windows • Doors • Roofs •

• Additions • Kitchens • Baths •

Painting • Handyman Services • Snowplowing

CARPET & LINOLEUM 30 Sq. Yds. $549 Installed with Pad Berber, Plush or Commercial

Home Improvement

GEOTHERMAL/HVAC Geothermal / HVAC

30% TAX CREDIT

Carpet Mills

Michael’s

Mowing & Landscape

See the difference a commercial mower can make in your lawn this summer.

Full mowing, bark mulch, dethatching, fertilizer & lawn installation services offered at very reasonable rates. For a FREE quote, call

774-641-7136

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C&S

• Weekly/Biweekly Lawn Maintenance • Mulching • Lawn Renovation

$5O OFF

Spring Clean-Ups w/Coupon RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Free Estimates • Fully Insured

508.735.9814


Professional Services

LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Landscaping & Construction Yard & Garden Makeovers Garden Design & Installation Patios, Walkways & Walls Garden Coaching

Call June at 508-755-1199 to place your ad ADVERTISE IN THIS DIRECTORY & REACH

Perennial Garden Maintenance Mulching

30, 000 households each week! Add another Zone and reach 50,000 households! Call June at 508-755-1199 for more information. Deadline: Monday, Noon.

LANDSCAPING CONSTRUCTION Landscaping & & Construction

Over 30 Years Experience! Commercial & Residential Full Plantings • Design Hydro-Seeding • Block or Stonewalls Patios • Walkways Septic • Excavation

www.SunshineLandscapingCo.com Call 508-892-3042

Voted Best Landscaper

Warren Monette

508-885-3320 • Toll Free: 866-721-9254 www.ne-landscaping.com Email: warren@ne-landscaping.com

MULCH/LOAM Mulch & Loam

A & R L Spring Cleanups Weekly Mowing • Aerating Tree & Hedge Pruning

www.mikelynchenterprises.com

Countryside Painting RUBBISH Removal REMOVAL Rubbish

ROOFING/SIDING/DECKING Roofing / Siding / Decking

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Water Damage Call Jim Charest 508-865-4321 • 508-277-9421

Free Estimates • Senior Discounts

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PAINTING Painting

COMPLETE REPAIRS & PAINTING

andscaping

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LANDSCAPING Landscaping

Call Roger

860-928-7349 • 860-280-7831 www.manaroundthehousene.com roger@manaroundthehousene.com

PLUMBING

Schultz Plumbing LICENSED & INSURED PLUMBING SERVICES

Please visit our website:

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

MR. LE 508.865.4248 PLUMBING Plumbing

PEST Control CONTROL Pest

Schultz Plumbing 

LICENSED & INSURED PLUMBING SERVICES

 

www.schultzplumbing.com

Satisfaction Guaranteed Or Your Money Back! www.braman.biz

800-338-6757

Please visit our website: Rutland, MA

License # 26981

508.735.3567

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10% OFF FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

STAMPED Concrete CONCRETE Stamped

Hundreds Cheaper!

SPRING SPECIALS

10 yd. - $230 • 15 yd. - $300 Home Clean-outs Landscape Clean-ups Demo Rubbish • Appliances “Give us a call & we’ll talk trash.”

508-864-7755

Licensed • Insured • Experienced

COMPLETE LAWN MAINTENANCE

Seeding • Mowing • Weeding • Fertilizing • Aerating • Thatching Spring & Fall Cleanup • Auto Sprinklers & Drip Systems Sod • New Mulch (Bark, Hemlock & Pine) • Rock Gardens • Steps Retaining Wall • Flagstone • Pavestone • Brick • Decking & Fencing Electrical & Garden Lights

STAMPED CONCRETE

ROOFING SIDING DECKING

Insurance Claims: Fire & Water • Ice Damage

LE’S PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING

FREE ESTIMATES

Stephen Crowe - President (MCLP #1005)

LANDSCAPING Landscaping

508.868.9246

508-726-4862

LANDSCAPE & Landscape & MASONRY Masonry • Grounds Maintenance • Lawn Care and Fertilization Programs • Tree and Shrub Pruning • Walks, Patios and Retaining Walls

GARDEN DESIGN & LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

Driveways • Patios • Floors • Walkways • Split Rock • Random Stone Cobblestone • Ashler Slate • Slate • Antique Brick and Many More! LICENSED • INSURED • EXPERIENCED

roger@manaroundthehousene.com www.manaroundthehousene.com

CALL ROGER 860-928-7349 A DIVISION OF MAN AROUND THE HOUSE

I have been advertising with the Central Mass Classifieds’ Service Directory for quite some time now, and I can’t say anything but great things about it. I have gotten more calls from advertising with them than any other form of advertising I have done, and the quality of the jobs and customers have been amazing. The staff is always extremely helpful, kind and courteous. I have already recommended other businesses to advertise with Central Mass Classifieds, and will continue to do so.

www.schultzplumbing.com Douglas Schultz – owner, Schultz Plumbing Rutland, MA

SEE THE SCHULTZ PLUMBING DISPLAY IN THE PLUMBING SERVICES CATEGORY License # 26981

508.735.3567

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MORTGAGEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by William Kozlowski and Maryann Kozlowski to Marjem Mortgage Corporation, dated October 24, 2007, recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in Book 41971, Page 1, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at public auction, at 10:00 a.m. on the 9th day of June, 2011, upon the mortgaged premises known as Office Unit #2, 118 Elm Street, Millbury, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage. TO WIT: The condominium unit located in Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, being Office Unit #2 (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unitâ&#x20AC;?) in Building 1 in the Shalimar Terrace Condominium (the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Condominiumâ&#x20AC;?) created pursuant to a Master Deed dated October 5, 1987, recorded on October 9, 1987, with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 10860, Page 8, and the First Amendment to said Master Deed dated December 21, 1988 and recorded on December 28, 1988 with said Registry in Book 11840, Page 27, as same may be amended from time to time. The mailing address and Post Office address of said Unit is 118 Elm Street, Millbury, Massachusetts. Said Office Unit 2 contains 896 square feet, more or less, as shown on the first floor, and 1,058 square feet more or less in the basement, as shown on floor plans recorded with said Registry, Plan Book 612, Plan 90 and site plan recorded with said Registry Plan Book 612, Plan 89, filed with the First Amendment to the Master Deed, and on the copy of a portion of said plans attached thereto and made part thereof, to which is affixed a verifi ed statement in the form required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 183A, Section 9. Said Unit is conveyed together with: a) An undivided ten (10.00) percentage interest in the common areas and facilities of said Condominium, all as set forth and described in the Master Deed as amended. b The benefit of, and subject to, all easements, rights, restrictions, agreements and provisions created in said Master Deed and amendments thereto, the Declaration of Trust creating the Shalimar Terrace Condominium Trust and the By Laws contained therein, as the same may be amended of record, the Rules and Regulations from time to time promulgated thereunder and floor plans. c) The non-exclusive right and easement to park at the area to the rear of the condominium building as shown on Plan Book 585, Page 77. Said Unit is subject to and with the benefit of the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 183A as now in force and as from time to time amended. For Mortgagorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; title see deed recorded herewith in Book 41970, Page 398. Said premises will be sold subject to and/or with the benefit of any and all restrictions, easements, improvements, covenants, outstanding tax titles, municipal or other public taxes, assessments, liens or claims in the nature of liens, and existing encumbrances of record created prior to the mortgage, if any there be. TERMS OF SALE: TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) DOLLARS deposit, by certified or cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check -no cash- will be required to be made at the time and place of sale. The balance upon delivery of the deed within thirty (30) days thereafter at the offices of Shocket Law Office LLC. The deposit paid at the time of the sale shall be forfeited if the purchaser does not comply strictly with the terms of the sale. The purchaser will be responsible for all closing costs, state documentary stamps and recording fees. The successful bidder at the sale of the entire premises shall be required to sign a MEMORANDUM OF TERMS OF SALE containing the above terms at the Auction Sale. The description for the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the sale. Marjem Mortgage Corporation Present Holder of said Mortgage By its attorneys, Scott M. Jamieson, Esquire Shocket Law Office LLC 13 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-0160 ext. 4514 (Date: 05/12/2011, 05/19/2011, 05/26/2011)

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WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY MODERNIZATION/NEW DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for the Manhole Repair Project – Lincoln Park Tower Property until 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the office of the Worcester Housing Authority, Modernization/New Development Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The project consists of the removal of existing check valves and concrete, cleaning existing manholes and the installation of a new check valves and manhole components. Estimated construction cost is $25,000. All bids must conform with provisions of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 30, Section 39M and Chapter 149, Section 44A to 44L inclusive and the Instruction to Bidders. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pickup at Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 (Telephone 508-6353304) between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM beginning May 12, 2011. Copies of the contract documents prepared by the Lenard Engineering, Inc may be obtained on May 12, 2011, after 10 am at the above address by depositing $50 in the form of a company check, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority, for each set obtained. The amount of the deposit will be refunded to each person who returns the plans, specifications and other documents in good condition within ten (10) days after bid opening. Bidders requesting Contract documents be mailed to them shall include a separate check in the amount of $40.00 for each set payable to the Worcester Housing Authority to cover mailing and handling costs. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: F.W. Dodge, MHC/Joseph Merritt & Co., 17 Everberg Rd, Unit C, Woburn, MA  01801 (781-430-2008) Reed Construction Data, 30 Technology Pkwy South, Ste 500, Norcross, GA 30092 (203-426-0450) Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid guaranty in the form of a bid bond, issued by a responsible surety company licensed to do business in Massachusetts, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority as follows: a. By bidders for General Contract in the amount of 5% of the bid price. Attention is called to the following: a. Provisions for Equal Employment Opportunity. b. Provisions for payment of not less than the minimum wages set forth in the Specifications. c. Provisions of Chapter 14, Acts of 1966, Imposing a Temporary Sales Tax, Section 1, Subsection 6 (d) and (k) exempting the Authority from the operation of such a chapter. d. Requirement to furnish and pay for a Performance Bond and Labor and Materials Bond as set forth in the Specifications. e. Insurance Certificate indicating coverage for public liability, property damage and workers compensation, in accordance with the Contract Requirements, must be filed by the successful bidder upon signing of the Contract.

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 Daniel Quarelli f/k/a Daniel Q. Lodi to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated February 22, 2008 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 42469, Page 108 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 03:00 PM on May 26, 2011 at 8 Ellenwood Road, Millbury, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: The land in Millbury, in Worcester County, with the buildings thereon situated on the easterly side of Ellenwood Road, comprising lots numbered seventy-six (76) and seventyseven (77) on a plan of Liberty Heights, dated May 1919, recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 38, Plan 44, to which recorded plan reference may be had for a more particular description, said lots having a combined frontage of ninety-six (96) feet on the easterly side of said Ellenwood Road, and containing about 9280 square feet of land. For title see deed at Book 40611, Page 95. 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 5/5/11, 5/12/11, 5/19/11

Each General Bid shall be accompanied by: (1) Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to the bid. (2) Form of General Bid. (3) General Contractor Statement. (4) Form HUD-5369A Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders. (5) Previous Participation Certification (HUD-2530). (6) Bid Bond A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at the Project site, Lincoln Park Tower Property, 11 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604 at 1 PM on Thursday May 26, 2011 at which time bidders will be invited to visit the project site(s) with the Engineer and a Worcester Housing Authority Representative. Failure to attend or visit the premises shall be no defense in failure to perform contract terms. The Worcester Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waiver any informalities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so.No bid of a General Bidder shall be withdrawn, after opening thereof, prior to thirty (30) days, Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays excluded, of the award of the general contract, without the consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. Worcester Housing Authority Roland G. Carlson, Chairperson 5/12, 5/19/2011

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Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. C,225C SEC 39A that beginning on  May 12, 2010 at 10 AM the following vehicle will be sold at private sale to satisfy our garage keeper lien thereon for towing and storage charges and expenses of sale and notice.   Jennifer Bryant 6 Fales St Apt 2 Worcester, MA 01606 2001 Volvo V40 VIN# YV1VW29591F615461   FOLEYS COLLISION CENTER 130 Blackstone River Road Worcester, MA 01607 508-791-6531

Case No.445756 To: Walter M. Grindley Carol A. Grindley and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Sovereign Bank claiming to be the holder of mortgage covering real property in Millbury, numbered 33 Woodland Street given by Walter M. Grindley and Carol A. Grindley to Sovereign Bank, dated November 5, 2004, Recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 35042, Page 182 has filed with said court a complaint for authority to foreclose said mortgage in the manner following: by entry and possession and exercise of power of sale. If you are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and you object to such foreclosure you or your attorney should file a written appearance and answer in said court at Boston on or before the 13th day of June, 2011 or you may be forever barred from claiming that such foreclosure is invalid under said act. Witness, KARYN F. SCHEIER Chief Justice of said Court this 26th day of April, 2011. Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES 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 June 2, 2011 at 7:40pm on the petition of Robert A. Fisher for a special permit for a home business. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 188 Burbank Road, Sutton MA on Assessors Map #4, Parcel #’s 23. 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 5/19 & 5/26/2011

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TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from: Richard Lagerholm, 270 Sunderland Rd., Worc., MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: insufficient frontage on Burbank St., Ass. Map 80, Lot 23 in order to construct a singlefamily home. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 5/12, 5/19/2011

TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 At: 7:20 p.m.To act on a petition from: Krishna Misale, 13 William St., Millbury, MA For a Variance for side property line in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: the construction of a mud room and two-car garage attached to existing house at 13 William St., Millbury, MA. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 5/12, 5/19/2011

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R.A. Salvatore

Best-selling author and Fitchburg State alumnus R.A. Salvatore will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the university’s 115th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21, on the campus quadrangle. The acclaimed fantasy author has sold more than 17 million books and 24 of his 52 novels have been New York Times bestsellers; thus he has become one of the most important figures in modern epic fantasy. Born and raised in Leominster, Salvatore is currently at work writing the next and final installment of the “Neverwinter” trilogy, due out October 2012. We caught up with the busy author before his big speech to learn more about this local celebrity in hiding. As an alumnus of Fitchburg State, what benefits did you find in attending a local college? Staying local allowed me to help out around the house. I’m the youngest of seven and my father was in his 60’s and nearing retirement when I started college. Since my Mom didn’t drive, having that second car and driver around was a good thing. Also, Fitchburg State was very affordable - I could work through the summer full time, part time during the school year, and run debt-free. Given that I really didn’t know what I wanted to do (I started school undeclared), FSC seemed like the best option. And once I got there, I realized that it was going to be a high-quality education at a place that I loved.

When you entered college, were you sure of your future path as a writer, or did that come as your studies progressed? When I entered college, I didn’t even read or write, other than the assignments I needed to do to get the grades. I used to read all the time as a kid, and I used to write my own books, usually featuring Snoopy from the “Peanuts” cartoons, but while I was going through school, I feel like they beat the joy of reading and writing out of me. They kept giving me books like “Ethan Fromme” and “Silas Marner.” Are you kidding me? Maybe you can argue with me now that those are great books, but when I was in junior high school? Not so much. So by the time I got to college, I wasn’t much interested in reading or writing, and started undeclared, but was really on a math/computer science (programming in Fortran, Basic and Cobal!) track. In that freshman year,

my sister Sue gave me a slip-case copy of Tolkien’s works, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” which I read when trapped in my parents’ house during the blizzard of ‘78. And I remembered. I remembered all those journeys I used to take as a kid, through great books like “The Wind in the Willows.” When I got back to school, I declared my major quickly, going to Communications/Media, because all of my electives could then become literature courses. I began thinking about a career as a technical writer, where I could use my math skills. This fiction writing career just sort of found me.

For a writer of 52 novels – I just have to say it – why have you decided to remain in Leominster? This is home. My family is here. My dearest friends are here. Most important of all, here I’m “just Bobby,” as one of my friends continually points out. I learned a long time ago that there had to be a separation between R.A. Salvatore and Bobby Salvatore, for my own sake. This area reminds me of my roots and reminds me of what’s important in life. I don’t know if I’ll stay here forever … but I love it here. It’s home. It’s real.

Does the area you live in ever inspire the worlds you create? I wrote a series for Ace Books many years ago called “The Spearwielder’s Tales.” The first book, “The Woods Out Back,” starts in the woodland between Lancaster Street and Viscoloid Ave in Leominster - this is, literally, the woods out back (I grew up on Florence Street). So, yes. The truth of it is, I get inspiration from everything I see,

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everything I hear. Being a writer is being an observer. You take in all this information, bite it into little pieces and spit it back out in different forms.

Tell me a little about the segue from fantasy novels to working in the online role playing industry? How did that happen? It’s a natural transition, because many video games are based in fantasy settings. To me, the video game is the new medium, and it’s a “cold” medium (in Marshall McLuhan terms), meaning that it’s participatory. if you look at the scale, in McLuhan terms, movies are a “hot” medium, requiring very little participation on the part of the person watching them. Books are a little cooler, because you have to use your imagination more, you have to participate more. To me, a video game is more like a dialogue between the creators and the player; the player is the most important character in the story that’s being written over the course of the game. Think about it. This presents a huge challenge for video game writers. When I write my own books, I give you characters through which you can live vicariously, following them down the road of adventure, but with a video game, your character is the most important, and you’re helping to write the story as you play. … Also, I feel like video games are the wave of the future, without a doubt. Being in the industry now, I can imagine how the early Hollywood directors must have felt, knowing that they were on the front edge of a giant wave ready to change the world.

So in the summer of 2006, when Curt Schilling (yes, the Red Sox pitcher) cold-called me to tell me that I was his favorite author, and to ask me if I would come into a company he was forming and create a fantasy world and a storyline for this huge game he wanted to build, how could I say no?

Do you have advice for young writers today? The advice I always offer to beginning authors is: if you can quit, then quit. I mean that, and not facetiously. If you can quit, then get out. If you can’t quit, then you’re a writer. If you are so cursed, then you will never be happy unless you’re writing. So be honest with yourself up front. Can you quit, or do you have to write those stories? if the former, get out, because this is a merciless business with a thousand people fighting for every publication slot. Remember that feeling when you were in the third grade and wrote something you thought was brilliant, then got it back covered in red marks? Well, that’s the life of an author. I wake up every day with a term paper due. If you are cursed with the writing bug, then the best practical advice I can offer is: read your work back to yourself out loud. Listen to the words, the flow, the pacing. Writing isn’t for the lazy; your work stays with you, goes to bed with you, wakes up with you. If you can’t find the discipline, if you pretend there’s such a thing as “writer’s block,” then rethink your choice. -Doreen Manning M AY 1 9 , 2 0 1 1 • W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M

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