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Red ink

How deep does conservative influence reach into our children’s textbooks? Sam Bonacci

Massachusetts adds 15,800 jobs in May, including 7,000 in the private sector, t is said that history is written by the according to the latest figures from the victorious. In Texas, the victorious Executive Office of Labor and Workforce are nine Republican members of the Development. WoMag does its part by Texas Board of Education who recently hiring a news reporter. +2 altered a history curriculum for the entire state with a slew of conservative amendments. Worcester Polytechnic Institute The resulting conservative-influenced gets a visit from decorated U.S. history books could end up in school Army helicopter pilot U.S. Veterans districts throughout the country due Affairs Assistant Secretary L. Tammy to Texas’ influence on the national Duckworth for a briefing on WPI’s textbook market. research in developing artificial limbs. But here in Worcester the question is Yet another example of Worcester’s how much the curriculum already has contemporary medical innovation. +2 been influenced by similar processes and how well it is being defended by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray accompanies our own educational frameworks. Duckworth on her visit, further proving his dedication to Wootown even from the capitol. Big ups, Tim. +1

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Casino opponents argue that a taxpayer-funded report on the economic benefits of legalizing casinos leaves out an examination of the social costs of gambling. Surrounding states hope lawmakers listen so they can keep collecting revenue from Massachusetts residents. -2 Shootings in Worcester are again on the rise. Let’s not make this 2004 all over again. -2 Local dads enjoy a day of celebration. Hopefully many got a break from manning the grill in the heat. +1 The Celtics fall short in their quest for the NBA Championship. Is the run of the Big 3 officially over? -1 Massport and the City officially transfer ownership of Worcester Regional Airport, including $15 million back to Worcester to cover past capital and operating costs. It really happened! +3 The Montvale tennis court debate gets served up to a judge. Let’s hope common sense prevails. -1 This week: +3 Last week: +3 Year to date: +23

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orcester School Committee Member Tracy Novick has been aware of this issue for years, and says although suddenly it has become a topic of national discussion, it is hardly new. Texas’ influence on textbooks has been a factor going back decades. “It’s just finally hitting the national press,” said Novick. “The changes that they have been making have been increasingly more extreme.” Novick’s concern is that this has been, is currently and may continue to be an issue as long as Texas holds a sway over the textbook market. “The Texas Board of Education is not anyone we’ve voted for or anyone who have any relation to the local school board, but unwittingly, because of the influence they have on the textbook market, they have an influence,” said Novick. This is not a matter of looking forward to see the influence of this vote, but looking down at the textbooks in front of our children and evaluating what is already there. With experience teaching history, Novick says this is something most history teachers already do, but this needs to be a wakeup call to parents and other administrators to look at how history is being delivered to students. “By leaving out pieces or giving kids a particular impression of things

I think we are misleading them and not fulfilling our responsibility as educators,” said Novick. Her own assignment to herself this summer is to review the textbooks currently in use and evaluate them with an eye toward how things are being presented. “I think we probably don’t have a handle on how much it has influenced,” said Novick of Texas’ textbook publishing industry. One teacher who did not want to be identified said that the books already in use in the district are “pretty Texas friendly.” Worcester public schools are currently using a history book, America: Pathways to the Present, that is used throughout Worcester in 10th grade history classes and in Texas in the form of a “Texas Edition.” The teacher cited examples such as how the book only talks of the gains under Republican administrations for women’s rights. “I just think textbooks are a problem in general because it’s a narrative, not the narrative,” said the teacher, who incorporates textbook analysis in the beginning of their history course.

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olleen Kelly, social studies curriculum liaison for Worcester Public Schools, said the influence of Texas will fall short once it hits the Massachusetts state frameworks for education, largely due to Worcester Public Schools following a framework provided by the state. The process is carried out with input from professionals as well as community members and academics. “It’s important to have the perspective of all the kids in mind when we write curriculum,” said Kelly. Textbooks are selected based on what fits best with the curriculum, and there may be additional resources that are used in addition to the textbooks, which are also put through an evaluation process and always being balanced against the state framework, said Kelly. There are test runs within the district and ultimately the textbooks are put before the school committee for approval, just as the curriculum.

“If you’re purchasing the textbook that most closely aligns with the Massachusetts frameworks standards, if it’s not even close there is going to be a conversation about which state standards this is most close to,” she said.

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ut the periodic review of history curriculum itself is necessary, said College of the Holy Cross Associate Professor Edward T. O’Donnell, as scholarly views and information change over the years. A 1960s history textbook would seem incomplete and ill-informed compared to a modern text. However, the Texas review has politicized a process that should be about solid history, he says. “A lot of the stuff is foolish,” said O’Donnell. “The idea you are going to ding Thomas Jefferson because he is a secularist … that’s absurd. That’s bad history. It’s politicized.” O’Donnell is co-author, along with two others, of a history textbook titled Visions of America: A history of the United States, published by the large textbook publisher Pearson. It is designed for colleges and currently in use in universities in Texas. Although it is a college text, eventually these books make it down to use in advanced placement high school courses, said O’Donnell. If he and the other authors were asked to make changes to their book to be in line with the new vote in Texas, he said they would likely decline. “I think we would pretty much put our foot down and say no,” said O’Donnell. The influence of Texas politics on history textbooks may actually diminish because of this “absurd” vote, he said. There are a few major publishers that go after the big “six pound” textbooks for Texas. O’Donnell said this would be the perfect opportunity for some of the other publishers to distinguish and distance themselves from the Texas vote. “I would go on an advertising blitz saying everything you heard in Texas is not in our book,” said O’Donnell. It is likely that even the publishers who go for the textbook endorsement


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BUDGET MESS: That $600 million that’s up in the air from the federal government is wreaking havoc on the state government’s ability to pass a budget for next year. Since the law requires a balanced budget by July 1, it’s safe to say the state legislature is now in “winning time,” and looking at a myriad of somewhat unconventional options. One possibility would be to write up two budgets, one with the fed’s $600 million and one without, and then pass whichever makes sense at the last minute. Another option would be going by a 1/12 budget – essentially budgeting month by month until a fiscal year budget can be created. One lawmaker we spoke with, however, said that option was very unlikely and was optimistic that a budget could be passed without any unconventional measures.

THE KISS OF DEATH: It used to be that everyone wanted a kiss from a politician, but locally political events have seemed like the kiss of death for restaurants. The first business day after throwing a huge party for Martha Coakley, State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, City Park Grill closed its windows for the last time. A few days after hosting a fundraiser by current state representative and candidate for state treasurer Karyn Polito on June 10, Shrewsbury’s Vinny T’s went out of business. REPORT CARD TIME: City Manager O’Brien received his yearly evaluation on Tuesday night from the city councilors, and for the most part came away with stellar reviews. Councilors were asked to rate him in a number of areas (finance, economic development, management efficiency and public services) and provide a score between 1 and 5 overall. Every councilor scored him between a 4.5 (Konnie Lukes) and a 5 (Barbara Haller). Lukes, notably, gave him a lower score from last year (down from a 5) because of O’Brien’s move to dip $2 million into the tax levy. Joff Smith also counted that against the Manager. But in a year that saw major developments with CitySquare, CSX and the airport transfer, the meeting sounded more like a celebration of the City Manager rather than an evaluation, and it also gave councilors a chance to hit some of their talking points. Lukes managed to squeeze in a small speech against the CSX expansion while Mike Germain gave his most vocal support of CDC-led housing developments.

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Bad Times for Worcester’s Naysayers Gary Rosen

American writer and public speaking guru Dale Carnegie said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain … and most fools do.” Worcester certainly has its share of fools. They are our constant naysayers. And they are not hard to miss. Just read the online comments at our daily newspaper's Web site. The naysayers have all the answers and can be savage in their attacks on everything happening in this city. No amount of effort and success will ever satisfy them. These Debbie Downers delight in pointing out the shortcomings of our city. They grumble and finger-point over the city’s past mistakes and failures. Their relentless complaining and criticism is often unwarranted and depressing. They do not share our vision and optimism. To them, the city’s glass will always be half empty. Please don’t accuse me of seeing Worcester through rose(n) colored glasses and wanting to stifle dissent and debate. Just the opposite. I acknowledge that several bad decisions, big and small, from building the Galleria mall and implementing a dual tax rate to banishing hot dog vendors from downtown, have been made over the years by well-intentioned but shortsighted city officials. As a City Councilor, I too was skeptical at times and never shy about butting heads with the City Manager or my council colleagues. And I recognize that the public’s constructive criticism of elected and appointed officials makes Worcester a better place to live, work, own a home or run a business. However, in these times of economic despair across the country, Worcester is undergoing a revitalization that must have our naysayers reeling. Thankfully, the joint efforts and policies of local and state political, business and community leaders are changing the minds of some of our more reasonable naysayers. While the Boston Celtics have their Big 3 of Pierce, Garnett and Allen, Worcester’s Big 3 are CSX, Hanover’s City Square and Massport. These and all of the other economic development projects and strategies that are underway will bring jobs, trains, planes, new residents and businesses to our city. But the new Worcester is so much more than the Big 3. It’s more than WPI’s Gateway Park, the Biotechnology Park, Union Station, the Canal District, the South Worcester Industrial Park, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Tuckerman Hall, Shrewsbury Street, the Farmers Market, a transformed Institute Park, new swimming pools, WCRN 830-AM radio and the Friday concerts on the Common. The new Worcester is excitement, optimism and spirit. From Main South to Lincoln Square, Vernon Hill to Airport Hill, Worcester is catching the attention of developers, entrepreneurs, students and potential residents. They see a city coming alive, coming together and shedding its longtime inferiority complex. Stand aside naysayers and make room for Worcester’s cheerleaders. It’s our time! ❏

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Letter Poetic response I’m as frustrated as everyone else by petulant Planning Board members (“Planning Board Bullies,” letter in the issue of June 17) and haughty Quincy-ites who haven’t seen the barren urban renewal fields of Springfield or headlines about quarry pool deaths lately … which still happen without any headlines. But after having lived for a time and worked/volunteered here a whole lot longer, I really don’t think we should give a darn about what other people should say.

To Wit: In Worcester, Mass, “Wormtown” by fame, Outsiders’ views don’t light our flame… So, perfect we’re not, But give us a shot We’ll do what we want – it’s our game! JON ATHAN C ASWELL Douglas

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The race for state representative in the 13th Worcester District, which includes much of Worcester’s west side and all of Paxton, is heating up. Six Democrats, one Republican and two unenrolled candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Robert Spellane after serving 10 years in office. Some political analysts see it as a weak field and are widely divided on which candidate should be considered the early favorite in the Democratic primary. In any case, to win our hearts and votes, the candidates are holding fundraisers, printing campaign literature, mobilizing volunteers, doing standouts, canvassing door to door and preparing for an upcoming blitz of lawn signs. The interest in this D-13 race has spurred the formation of a new non-partisan group, the Worcester Voter Education Coalition. I am

among several individuals and organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester CEO (Coalition for Educated Options), WCRN radio, The Landmark and Worcester Mag, that hope to educate the D-13 electorate about the candidates and the issues. Our cooperative and coordinated efforts should result in a record number of people voting in both the D-13 primary (Sept. 14) and the general (Nov. 2) elections. The Worcester Voter Education Coalition will hold two political debates featuring the six Democratic candidates in large, modern and comfortable venues. The first will be Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Anna Maria College, Paxton, while the second will be Thursday, Sept. 9 at Assumption College, Worcester. Candidates will meet and greet the voters at 6 p.m. and the informative and lively debates will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Both cheerleaders and naysayers are encouraged to attend.


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Posted by “Jeff” on WORMTOWNTAXI.COM: And the biggest something to crow about, of course, will be the day that the wrecking ball takes its first swing on the old dead mall. That day should be a celebration, a day long downtown party, complete with jugglers and clowns, street vendors and bands playing, and most definitely a day when we can drink beer on the quad, with the streets shut down on all four sides of the common, fire truck klaxon horns blaring, marching bands and baton twirlers, and at least one vendor selling cotton candy... Posted by “Jess” on JESSBURDAY.COM: One reassures me, “I would’ve kissed you on the first date, in fact, my tongue would’ve been down your throat after the first drink.” Nice. I ask fall-on-my-face guy if we can wait to have sex. He says, “Sure, but you have control too.” I ask my bar manager what I should do. He says, “Wear pants.” “It’s going to be ninety degrees!” “Wear pants.”

Posted by “Paul” on LIFEWITHCOMICBOOKS. BLOGSPOT.COM: As it turned out, I ended up winning the “Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award” that year and I wasn’t present to accept the award. I missed out on one of the highlights of my business career. A few weeks later, after I received the beautiful statue and the award certification, I contacted the local newspaper in Worcester expecting they would like to run a story about this award but they just didn’t seem interested. I was surprised. The story could have been an interesting localsuccess-story. We had been a positive and dedicated local business that had now been recognized internationally for its achievements. This award was our industry’s equivalent to “The Academy Award” but the city editor just wasn’t convinced that this was “newsworthy.”

Posted by “Nicole” on NICOLECOMMAWOO. WORDPRESS.COM: I would like to remind the people of Worcester once again that those who serve on boards and commissions don’t just get their names magically plucked from the air. They applied to be on those boards. And there are numerous boards and commissions that have vacancies that need to be filled, including the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, and the Citizen Advisory Council, which is the group that performs the initial vote on who should serve on a board. You can find out how long someone has been serving on a board by going to the profile directory, selecting the board of your choice, and then clicking on the View Members link. I believe — though I am more than willing to be corrected — that someone can serve one term and be re-appointed for a second term, and that the expectation (though not always the practice) is that two consecutive terms are the limit. I would highly recommend that those who feel any sort of passion towards or investment in the city to apply before the next hearing on June 30. Really, you have nothing to lose.

Posted by “ocvictor” on OCVICTOR. LIVEJOURNAL.COM: Everybody’s raving about Dan Gillmor’s essay, “Let’s Subsidize Broadband, Not Journalists,” but I’m calling bullshit, because it’s

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a complete straw-man argument. No credible journalist or news organization has even suggested government bailouts for journalists. A few politicians looking to score cheap political points, and a few gadflies who’ve never set foot in a newsroom, and that’s about it. Any credible journalist has bristled at the very idea ... it would far too compromise journalists. We need our independence to function efficiently. Every time I’ve seen that idea raised in a real journalist’s presence, whether they’re liberal or conservative, they’ve been vehemently against.

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Well if they’re in jail they deserve to pay $5 a day, I’m OK with that.

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Yes, we didn’t break the law, why should we pay for them.

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I agree with that, they should have to pay something, they’re in jail. They should have to pay for their services instead of getting them for free.

Michael Nugent STURBRIDGE I think I do, I’m not sure why but I think that it’s a part of the sort of pay-back process and it could be implemented quite easy.

Sheldon Brown WORCESTER It’s easy to say yes but no, paying $5 a day doesn’t promote the very essence of the justice system.

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Time is Money THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY OVER PAY-TO-STAY FEES Jeremy Shulkin

For two years, from 2002 to 2004, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson charged inmates at the Bristol County House of Corrections $5 for every day of their stay in prison. He imposed additional fees for medical care ($5 per doctor visit, $3 for medical prescriptions), haircuts and beard trims ($5 for each) and GED tests ($12.50), all under his “Inmate Financial Responsibility Program.”

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continued from page 11 According to various interviews with media outlets since 2002 (Hodgson did not return a phone call from Worcester Mag), Hodgson contends that this program tackled three problem areas: raising revenue for battered state and sheriff offices, partially relieved taxpayers from paying for criminals and taught inmates how to be responsible with their money. During the two years Hodgson implemented the program, the Bristol County Sheriff’s office raised about $750,000 from its inmates, but questions arose over the legality of the program, especially after accusations that pre-trial detainees paid the fees as well. Arguments also arose over who really footed the bill, with detractors saying the program punished the families of those incarcerated. The program was halted in 2004 when a class action lawsuit filed by prisoners of the jail reached a superior court judge, who ruled that a fee system could only be imposed by the state legislature. Hodgson appealed the ruling until it was eventually taken up—and upheld—in January of 2010 by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. But what is normally an ending is still really only the beginning. After the court’s ruling essentially framed inmate fees as “legal as long as the state legislature says it is,” Hodgson got to work pushing for legislation to move through the House and Senate. Elizabeth Poirier, a Republican state representative from Attleboro—whose district overlaps the Bristol County House of Corrections—submitted a bill in February calling for a $5 per day inmate fee, along with additional costs for health

care and prescriptions at rates similar to what Hodgson charged between 2002 and 2004. County sheriffs have the choice of whether or not to charge their inmates— the amendment doesn’t make this a mandatory law. The bill specifically says that emergency care will be exempt from the fees, and inmates who can’t pay won’t be denied access to medical treatment. But unpaid fees would be tracked and any debt the inmate incurs from their time in

prison would carryover after their release. If the prisoner remains out of jail after two years, the outstanding balance would be waived. Holden State Representative Lewis Evangelidis (R), also a candidate for Worcester County sheriff, has cosponsored Poirier’s bill, which was passed through the House with bipartisan support as an amendment to the FY 2011 budget. Similarly, a somewhat looser bill regarding inmate fees, co-sponsored by Senator

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Michael Moore (D-Millbury) passed its senate vote, also as a budget amendment. As the two bills look to be reconciled and re-voted on by each side of the legislature, some kind of future “pay to stay” fee for prisoners looks very likely. ***

The reasons for instituting the fees echo Hodgson’s same three points from 2002: budgets are slashed, taxpayers don’t want to feel like they’re paying “rent” for criminals and it helps inmates learn financial responsibility. “We’re cutting resources. The state doesn’t have the resources to fund the sheriff’s offices,” says Michael Moore, adding that the revenue from prisoners’ canteen accounts would go back into the prisons, funding programs that have been proven to reduce the recidivism rate. Moore points out that the senate’s bill only charges inmates in work release programs up to 10 percent of their earnings, as opposed to the House’s version, which would charge a flat rate


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to all county jail inmates. There’s a high rate of inmates with substance abuse and mental health issues, which is why the bill Moore co-sponsored calls for 25 percent of the money collected from these fees go toward substance abuse and mental health programs. Moore would also like to see the fees extended to those sentenced to house arrest. “The sheriff’s office has house arrest programs. They’re working everyday, going to the programs the sheriff’s office is providing,” Moore reasons. These stipulations would remove any fear of charging pre-trial inmates. The Senate’s bill also stipulates that no one can be denied medical coverage if they can’t pay, and like the House version, an inmate’s debt is held against them after their release, then is waived if they stay out of jail for two years. In the Senate’s version the Department of Corrections prisons are included in assessing fees, while they are exempt from the language in the House’s bill. The DOC would not comment on pending legislation. Evangelidis, clearly, also supports the bill’s passage. “The rational behind it is it costs $100 day to incarcerate someone,” he says. This would take some steps to mitigate that cost and show the inmates how to be responsible, he explains. He also points out that 41 states have “some form of inmate fees” and the money collected by Sheriff Hodgson was “not an insignificant amount.” He also points out the safeguards in the House version: no shut outs from medical care; the legislation doesn’t mandate these fees; and if a sheriff chooses to implement them then the Executive Office of Public Safety has to sign off on them. Both Moore and Evangelidis are hopeful and optimistic that a reconciled bill will pass along with the budget by the end of the month. Even then, though, the amendment would still have to survive Governor Deval Patrick’s scrutiny, but he’s been tightlipped about whether or not he would support the measure. “The Governor has taken the position that any proposal charging inmates fees would need to be part of a comprehensive plan focused on successful re-entry into society and reducing recidivism,” wrote a spokeswoman from the DOC’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. His Republican rival, Charlie Baker, has been more forthcoming on where he stands on the issue. Under his “Baker’s Dozen” (13 proposed reforms that would save the state money), the gubernatorial candidate has written on his Web site: “It seems reasonable and logical to charge these inmates a nominal daily room and board fee to help off-set the costs of incarcerating them.” ***

Jim Pingeon, a lawyer with Prisoners’ Legal Services (formerly Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services), successfully argued against Sheriff Hodgson. His reward? He’s currently in the process of tracking down who paid what amount of the $750,000 that Sheriff Hodgson collected between 2002 and 2004 and returning that money to them. Even with that giant task, Pingeon keeps a close eye on the current amendment working through the budgetary committee. “It’s unclear what could happen,” he says regarding the amendment’s future. “It’s pretty up in the air.” Because the House and Senate bills are different, questions remain over how the bill will be reconciled. Pingeon wonders whether or not the final version will charge pre-trial detainees, and if the money would come from prisoners’ families rather than the prisoners

themselves. When asked if charging inmate fees is constitutional, Pingeon says that it “depends how it’s written.” “It’s certainly not constitutional to charge those fees to people who haven’t been convicted.” But the constitutionality of the law isn’t even the main concern. “PLS has other arguments against it too,” he says. “We were able to strike down policy without getting into constitutional law.” Pingeon instead looks at the inequity of the would-be law. “In no case was the money the prisoner’s money. It was always the family’s money,” he says. “The notion that anybody learned responsibility from this is absurd.” According to Pingeon, the prisoners who could afford to pay the $5 per day fee (or, in most cases who had family depositing money into their “canteen” accounts from where the fee was withdrawn) were targeted and prayed upon by inmates who didn’t have money, leading to fights and money transferring schemes. Besides, he offers, Massachusetts already has a “fairly uncontroversial”

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continued from page 13 inmate fee law—chapter 127, sec. 86f, which says you can take 15 percent of a prisoner’s wages if they have a job in the community. As for the daily inmate fees imposed by Sheriff Hodgson? “It was an effort in scoring political points,” he says. The idea that the fees would punish the inmates’ families more than the inmates themselves appears to be the rallying point for opposition to the amendment. “The burden will fall on the families,” says Benito Vega, an ex-prisoner and vice president of Ex Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA). “That’s $35 per week, on top of the money they already send” for items like clothing, food and toiletries, not to mention receiving collect calls from the prison as well. “I just know that $5 fee isn’t for the inmates, it’s hurting the families,” he repeats. Vega echoes Pingeon’s point about the work release law, saying that he was charged a certain percentage of what he made while doing pre-release work. He estimates he paid back to the jail between $50 and $60 a week. Cheryl (who asked that we not use her last name) spent March 2003 through

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State Senator Michael Moore June 2004 at the Bristol County House of Corrections and returned again on a parole violation from September 2004 to January 2005, overlapping with the time period Sheriff Hodgson charged the $5 room and $5 medical fees. She contends that the medical fees were especially harmful because they prevented some prisoners from seeking help or treatment (no one was denied medical care if they couldn’t pay, but it was added to their debt afterward). “His logic was there were too many people putting in sick slips just so they could take a walk to the infirmary so maybe they could bump into their

significant other,” she says, but adds, “There were some times I needed to go to the doctor, but I knew I would be charged.” She also bristles when the “responsibility” factor comes up. “How is calling up mommy or daddy or your boyfriend for money for shampoo or snacks or batteries—how is that making the inmate responsible?” She says her fiancé provided her with her canteen money. She counters that a better way to teach responsibility would have been to let the prisoners work mopping floors, cleaning the bathrooms or working in the kitchen.

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Like Pingeon, she says that there were often fights between those who could afford to pay and those who couldn’t and scams that would take advantage of those with money. At Bristol County House of Corrections it got bad enough where the prisoners who had money in their canteens were separated from those who didn’t, with each group moved to a separate wing. Pingeon argues that this only caused more animosity and fighting. “Just being in there is punishment enough,” she says. “Doing the time, that’s your debt to society.” ***

Even if the reconciled amendment passes through another round of House and Senate votes and gets approved by the Governor, that doesn’t necessarily mean inmate fees will come to the Worcester County Jail.

Current Sheriff Guy Glodis’ term will end sometime early next year regardless of how his bid for state auditor turns out, so chances are he’s not going to enact any major reforms before leaving.

In the past, however, Glodis has supported some form of inmate monetary contribution, even submitting legislation in 2002 while a state representative, which would have assessed inmates from $1 to $10 each day in prison, depending on how often they’d been incarcerated, according to a press release on the Worcester County Sheriff’s homepage. “Part of an inmate’s rehabilitation should not only be paying their debt to society, but their financial debt to society,” he argues. But he’s for a sliding scale. “Everybody makes mistakes,” he says, which is why, in his opinion, fees should increase for every return trip to jail. Glodis pins the cost of one inmate’s incarceration anywhere between $30,00 to $45,000 a year. That’s enough of a strain on a budget, and only gets worse when return offenders show up the idea that a roof over their head and three meals a day mean “jail is no big deal.” He also notes an uptick in the winter of indigents. With those added prisoners, the dollar figures pile on. He also believes that indigent inmates can pay off fees as well, but through working and chores around the jail. “It sends the right message in times of deficits and rising incarceration costs,”

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he suggests. “It’s just symbolically a good idea.” Each of the four candidates vying to replace Glodis, save Evangelidis, seems cautious about inmate fees as well. Independent candidate Keith Nicholas, who did not return an inquiry e-mail from Worcester Mag, previously mentioned to the Telegram and Gazette that he believes money to house inmates shouldn’t fall solely on taxpayers, but questions remain about prisoners who don’t have the money to pay. Scot Bove, a Democratic candidate (who also didn’t reply to an inquiry e-mail), in that same article, sounded more decisive on the matter and agreed with Hodgson’s idea that prisoners would abuse the medical system just to get out of their cells. Charging a co-pay for doctors visits would cut down on “frivolous complaints,” as he was quoted. Tom Foley, Bove’s challenger in the Democratic primary, also mentioned to the Telegram and Gazette that based on his years in the sheriff’s office and state police force, many who went to jail suffered from substance abuse and had no money to pay fees. As for Evangelidis, he sees the measure as a “tool [he’d] like to have as sheriff,” and wasn’t shy in telling the Telegram

that he’d implement it. Although in his conversation with Worcester Mag he added that it’s something he’d make sure works before carrying out long-term. While it’s still up in the air as to whether or not the House and Senate amendments can be reconciled, voted on favorably again in both sections of the legislature and supported by the Governor, the populist headline is one that many voters would agree with. And if it becomes a law, the argument that only the legislature could enforce inmate fees, which struck down Hodgson’s case back in 2004 and was upheld this past January, would no longer apply, creating one less argument Pingeon and his supporters would have to fight with.

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Second Chance Crooner Dale Lepage makes sweet music with the Bobby Gadoury Trio Doreen Manning

When Dale Lepage spins the tale of how he became Worcester’s latest crooner, with a monthly gig at Nick’s Restaurant & Bar now in his datebook, it almost seems like the script for a vintage black and white film.

Scene one opens to a young boy on the shore, crooning French songs with his grandfather, fishing rod in hand. Although young boy dislikes the art of fishing, it’s his vocal time with his grandfather that he comes to love. Scene two cuts to a young teen, still crooning, now a star of school plays in his hometown of Templeton and weekly gigs on a Gardner radio station. Upon graduation, young man decides to move to the big city – in this instance Worcester – to pursue a musical career.

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Scene three fades to young man working at a Worcester eatery that frequently hosts entertainers from throughout New England. While singing in the kitchen (sort S T E VE N K I NG of like singing in the shower), visiting pianist Jack Swan overhears the back room melody, peeks behind the kitchen door and yells, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey man, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you get out here and give us a couple of songs?â&#x20AC;? And so a star was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that moment it snowballed into a career. [Swan] hooked me up with pianist who was looking for someone to replace a singer and a very good agent. I learned about 50 songs in about two months â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was grueling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and we were off playing the circuit from Maine, the Cape, Boston and R.I.,â&#x20AC;? recalls Lepage. At the height of his career, gaining notoriety and a name for himself â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including a nomination for Entertainer of the Year from now defunct Boston publication Esplanade magazine, Lepage was suddenly struck with a career stalling case of stage fright. When his anxiety turned to panic, Lepage took a leave of absence from the limelight, determined to make a future comeback. Fast forward 15 years and Lepage is ready to make that comeback on the cozy stage at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a favorite hangout for

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singers who embrace the great American songbook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something that Lepage easily handles with favorites from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and others.

On stage with Bobby Gadoury and Thomas Spears, whom Lepage calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;two of the best musicians I have ever worked with,â&#x20AC;? stage fright in his back pocket and a melody on his lips, Lepage is ready to take his career to the next level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels like I am truly in the moment when we are on stage. The three of us have a great and fun chemistry,â&#x20AC;? says Lepage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is nice to be able to do what you feel you do best and have others enjoy it too.â&#x20AC;? Lepage, who is also a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book

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author and illustrator, hooked up with Gadoury while on a search for a pianist to accompany him during a creative lecture at Assumption College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was going to talk about my art and my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book series Strange Gifts, but I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try and sing again,â&#x20AC;? Lepage says. Having been impressed with Spears and Gadoury after seeing them one night at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Lepage asked Gadoury to accompany him during his Assumption lecture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He agreed and came over my house later that day all dressed up in a suit and tie and I was in my sneakers and board shorts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he still out dresses my to this day,â&#x20AC;? says Lepage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a very calming influence and I instantly felt comfortable.â&#x20AC;? Later, Gadoury scored Lepage an audition with Nicole, co-owner of Nicks, and landed a monthly gig with Bobby Gadoury Trio throughout 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We packed the house for five Sunday in a row. It was such a rush!â&#x20AC;? says Lepage. Having just left the studio with Gadoury and Spears for a future Bobby Gadoury Trio release, Lepage looks forward to picking up right where he left off 15 years ago, with success just around the corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just wait until you hear the arrangement of my funny valentine Bobby Gadoury came up with for me â&#x20AC;Ś he and Thomas were brilliant,â&#x20AC;? says Lepage. Yes, you guessed it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now telling you to not take my words for granted. Catch the Bobby Gadoury Trio with the second chance crooner Dale Lepage at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 p.m. June 27. Success stories are hard to come by these days, so catch this one before you hear me say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told you so.â&#x20AC;? For more information go to myspace. com/NicksWorcester or look up Dale on Facebook. â??

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Stand up, man up, clan up Doreen Manning

The search is on for the Next 9 Generals in Wu-Tang, and the spotlight hits the city as this national competition shines on Worcester July 3.

Let’s make it clear, this competition is not to replace the original Wu-Tang, as Justis from Wu Tang Management tells us. “This is not a new Wu-Tang Clan. This is the Next 9 Generals in Wu-Tang that’s going to represent us in a way that will be reaching a new, younger audience,” he explains. “The original generals could never be replaced. They are etched in stone … like the founding fathers of America on Mount Rushmore. You can never replace them, you can only add on.” So what is the Wu-Tang Competition? According to Worcester’s own Jimmy Kang, newly minted Vice President of WuTang Management, the scene will be much like American Idol, with competitions held across America from Los Angeles to Miami, all looking for the Next 9. With judges such as Steve Rifkind (CEO Loud Records), Steph Lova (radio/TV personality), John “Mook” Gibbons (CEO & Founder of Wu-Tang Management) and U-God (Wu-Tang General), the competition will be stiff and the judging harsh. “Every artist will be given two beats (“Wu-Tang Clan Isn’t Nothing To F$$k With” and “Protect Your Neck”) then the artist has a choice of his or her record,” explains Kang. Each event will be filmed for posterity – and a potential pilot for a future major network reality show.

The search for the Next 9 Generals The winners of the Worcester competition will then head to New York City for another round of finals in the school of 36 chambers. Justis explains just

group,” he says. In the end, the nine new generals will score a group record deal and management contract, with solo albums to follow.

what the school of 36 chambers entails: “The criteria of the 36 chambers is appearance, attitude, swagger, skills, flow, leadership ability, [and ability] to work with a

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a lot of artists. So I advise all the aspiring artists to take advantage of this with a homefield advantage,” Kang says.

“We are not looking for seasoned artist, that have a taste of industry,” explains Justis. “We are looking for young, hungry and talented students that are willing to go to school (36 chambers ) and study the ways of Wu-Tang.” When asked “Why Worcester?,” hometown Kang shares the belief of his city and the talent within. “I want to show everyone Worcester,” he says. “[It’s] the hub of New England, as I would call it. We are in the middle of all the seven major cities of New England. There are so many talented artists here it is unbelievable that we have not united like down South to blow up yet.” Hoping to bring the real message of hip hop to Worcester, not the negative hype you see on TV, Kang says he aims to teach a younger generation about positivity, self-knowledge and street knowledge. “I want to utilize my position and teach the youth about the entertainment game … Young kids need to learn about management, production, engineering, promotions, marketing, publicity, distribution channels, networking, copyright, etc.,” Kang says. “Having WuTang Management come to Worcester all the time will bring shine to the city and for local artists to network and get out of the box.” Well Worcester, do you have what it takes to be part of the Next 9? Sharpen your sword and clan up at the new Club U, 371 Park Ave. noon-7 p.m. July 3. Learn more at wucompetition.com and wutangforever.net. ❏

unleash art. What’s more creative than a kid with an idea and a paintbrush? Youth 2-week sessions start July 12 and weeklong sessions in August. Adult classes include institutes and workshops in June, July & August. For details and registration, visit worcesterart.org or call 508.793.4333. All Youth classes visit the Museum galleries. 50 centuries of art, all in Worcester.

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Today I’m breaking bread with a brother who is a vet out here in Wormtown and is finally getting his due respect, my brother, the legendary T.O.D. (Touch of Death) is in Da Kitchen and we aint making cupcakes B! Brother Menelik: What is Da’ Kitchen? T.O.D: Da’ Kitchen is the name of my studio, it’s where all the media for HulkHateTimeTravel.com goes through and it’s the in-house studio for H2T2 Productionz. I am currently an artist, live performer, producer (yes I make beats), engineer, promoter, radio host (91.3FM/ wcuw.org), I capture & document local artists performing, I also do music videos and talent procurement as well as artist development. In the near future I will be learning how to DJ. I don’t necessarily want to be your next favorite DJ but I do love music and how it affects the soul, so my aim is to be able to control all aspects and truly manipulate all forms of media.

Brother Menelik: How do you feel the home

studio has affected hip hop in the last few years? T.O.D: The fact that you can have a studio in the same room where you sleep and pump out quality music is amazing. However, I think the advancements in technology that have helped the home studio have also hurt the business of selling hip hop music. You got to

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understand something, between the Internet leaking every major artist’s album weeks ahead of their official release date and a million unsigned artists releasing free material, people just don’t want to pay for music anymore. The home studio has given hip hop back to the people but when the industry that makes the big dollars from marketing our music loses money, they will bring a new form of music for the public to adore.

Brother Menelik: What projects are you currently working on? T.O.D: Hot Dogs & Coke (Coney Island Shit) being released by H2T2 Productionz, Prophecy’s (H2T2 recording artist) Creative Cancer, Young Reapa’s High Flyers mixtape and Da’ Kitchen EP. I’m currently working on the video for “Streets” featuring Prophecy & myself as well as locations for the next video “Cocaine (Sell Drugs)” featuring A.V. All the projects are completely recorded so trust when I say It will be one hell of a year. Brother Menelik: You have been in the local hip hop scene for a while now; you are a vet with the stripes on the arm B! What

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Dom

Dom is a Worcester electronica trio fronted by the biggest freeloader alive. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, frontman Dom calls Worcester a “utopia” because artists like himself can get their equipment subsidized by the local government. If this is true (I’ve never heard of such legislation), that taxpayer money is probably meant for artists who contribute something of aesthetic value to society, not some shmuck with an overglorified Casio who writes songs about taking ecstasy to cope with a crazy girlfriend (“Jesus”) and about a pet cat (“Bochicha”). And money isn’t the only thing Dom steals. The multi-layered synths and subdued, reverb-heavy vocals on “Living in America” sound like they were ripped off from London electro-rockers The Big Pink. It’s a good thing these tracks are free for download; Dom has already taken enough of our money. Judge for yourself if Dom is the real thing or full of it at myspace.com/imfur. ❏

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advice would you give to those coming up? T.O.D: Write and keep writing. Practice a

lot and work on all aspects of emceeing, flow and delivery. The problem that I have with a lot of local artists is that they pick one flow and run with it, or they can’t bring life to their words. Sometimes you hear a collection of material they have released and they sound exactly the same on every track or they lack confidence in

their words. How can you claim to be the best when you don’t sound like or look like (in a video) that you believe what you’re saying. With that being said I would say be open and learn how to take constructive criticism, identify your faults and work on them.

Brother Menelik: Anything you want to get off your chest B, any shouts? T.O.D: First I want to shout out all my brothers locked down, all the listeners that stay tuned in to Selective Hearing on 91.3FM every Friday 10:30 p.m.-midnight, my family at Zaza Ink for all the support, Red Dollaz Net, T.R.U. Crew, Social Light Sounds, Big Kas, Cyrus da Great, Urban Fire Radio, Black Ownaz, Grindhouse & the big 3, Deep Blue Studio’s, Dead End, Ziggy Productions, Dirtnap Entertainment, Family First Entertainment, New Era Entertainment, Noir Photography, Ben Allotey, Bad News, Beaver Brook Crooks, my family for the support, my girl for helping me with the ideas and most importantly my Blidock CHANDLLLLLLEEERRRR! Also you can contact me at T_lgcy@yahoo.com, facebook me: Toca Legacy or just check out Dakitchen101.com. As always check hulkhatetimetravel. com for the latest in pop/culture, local music, and everything else under the sun. @gmail.com. ❏


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If you’d like to see your art in this, our billboard for independent artists, then email a high resolution file to doreen@worcestermagazine.com.

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To truly enjoy a Nicole Holofcener movie you must accept the premise that misery is the natural state of existence. In her films going back to her first indie hit Walking and Talking (1996), the writer-director paints entire galleries of characters who are dissatisfied, world weary and obtrusively selfaware. In small doses, they can seem brilliantly real; stretched over a full-length running time, they are agonizingly irritating.

“bitter” and “cynical” stamped into her DNA. (Asked how she likes the sandwich she’s eating, she says it’s bad. Asked if she’d like a different sandwich, she insists that any other sandwich would certainly be just as bad.) Her two granddaughters are Rebecca (Rebecca Hall), who is kind but socially awkward, and Mary (Amanda Peet), who is caustic and blunt. These two families sort of bang up against each other over a birthday party for Andra, and then keep reconnecting. Some are more enthralled with these relationships than others — Abby and Alex share a fascination with Mary; Kate and Rebecca are close in temperament. Andra just doesn’t seem to give a damn one way or another. Holofcener puts clever words into her characters’ mouths, but her New York is not far removed from Woody Allen’s, where everyone is just a notch too precious. When bratty Abby throws a tantrum because her parents won’t buy her $200 jeans, you want somebody to pepper-spray the kid rather than, you know, buy her the jeans later on. Or is that just me?

With Please Give, Holofcener is now in full mid-life crisis mode, exemplified by Kate (played by Holofcener’s longtime muse, Catherine Keener), who owns a Manhattan secondhand furniture store with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt). Kate feels adrift: her marriage is comfortable but Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt predictable, their teenage daughter Abby (Sarah Steele) There’s some good stuff here. Kate and is rebelling and Kate feels guilty that Rebecca in particular possess a certain she and Alex purchase most of their measure of dignity that is unfortunately inventory from the grieving families of elderly people who have just passed away non-transferrable to other family members. Oliver Platt’s Alex veers toward and then re-sell it at a substantial markregular-guy caricature, but you’ve got to up. She tries to fill the void by trolling appreciate the way he doesn’t overthink for volunteer opportunities, though the used-furniture business. Why, Kate nothing seems to be suitable to fix her wants to know, does it not bother him sense of inadequacy. that they buy up the estates of dead In fact, no one in Kate’s orbit is very people? It just doesn’t, he acknowledges happy. Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), with a shrug. It … just … doesn’t. ❏ the 91-year-old woman next door, has


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Familiar locale can’t save senseless plot Knight and Day ★★ David Wildman

As a reviewer, usually I leave the theater with some sense of what to say, even if it’s something as simple as: “gee, that was bad,” or “wow, that was good.” In the case of this latest Tom Cruise monstrosity I find myself at a loss for words, my brain completely shut down and left abandoned. The title that best would have captured

the spirit of this trainwreck of Hollywood super egos would have been: “What Just Happened?” The convoluted script wants Cruise’s character to be a one-dimensional invincible badass action figure and Cameron Diaz’s innocent ingénue to sometimes possess mind-blowing kinetic secret agent skills she never knew she had, and other times to be a slack-jawed idiot.

Going over the plot isn’t going to help. Cruise, as Roy, is a charming gentleman who ends up on the same flight as sexy Diaz (June). I give their characters names, but let’s not kid ourselves; you will only see these people as the highprofile actors they are up on that screen. On the plane, they make some googly eyes at each other. She makes a terrible speech and then goes into the bathroom to freshen up. While she’s primping for Mr. Right Now, he’s engaged in an inflight gun battle, where all of the other passengers have pistols with silencers. He manages to kill every one of them, including the pilots. How they all got

on the plane packing heat is never addressed, as is the utter stupidity of firing guns on airplanes. Diaz comes out of the bathroom, oblivious to the carnage all around her and proceeds to make out with the bad boy, before she finally notices all the corpses. Cool as ice Cruise lands the plane, tricks Diaz into drugging herself, and she wakes up in Boston, her home town, not that we should welcome any of these moronic cartoon characters into our fair city. Like I said, the plot isn’t going to help. After numerous other high speed chases and explosions, death and destruction on the Zakim bridge, kidnapping at gunpoint and so on, Diaz suddenly decides, for no discernible reason, to run off with this psychotic terrorist. Apparently there’s some perpetual energy device everyone is killing each other for, and Cruise has it. Diaz turns into a blithe bimbo, playing with guns as SWAT teams surround them. They are captured, but then, with zero explanation, they are suddenly safe and on Cruise’s remote island hideaway, which somehow manages to have cellphone service. Dumbass Diaz, having not yet figured out that everyone in the world is trying to kill them, takes a phone call. Minutes later fighter planes are swooping down and bombing the island. Cruise has an escape helicopter, but Diaz refuses to get in, so he knocks her out by putting his hand on her shoulder and doing something that looks like the Vulcan Death Grip. It actually gets worse from there, as Diaz, unfazed by the dead bodies they are leaving in their wake, continues to make boneheaded moves, but eventually transforms into a spy with an idiot grin, displaying a previously unhinted-at confidence and competence as she pulls out all stops to try to save her “man.” The ultimate point of the film seems to be that attractive people can do whatever they want to. I could complain about James Mangold’s clumsy direction, the phone-it-in acting, the logic-free mess of a script by neophyte Patrick O’Neill and the fact that it is nearly impossible to give a damn whether anyone lives or dies. But it wouldn’t matter, because much of it was filmed in your backyard, so you’re going to see Knight and Day anyway, if only for the glimpses of familiar scenery. Just don’t expect it to make a lick of sense, because that would be asking far too much. JUNE 24, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Finding good Mexican food in New England is a challenge. Finding Mexican Mexican food – as opposed to TexMex – is an unexpected treat. Tacos Acapulco is the real deal, serving a wide range of Mexican dishes at prices you can’t beat. Tacos Acapulco is a small place, just eight tables in a brightly lit space in a small strip mall. Murals depict aspects of Mexican culture and lore, and the jovial proprietor is happy to explain their stories. The menu is extensive, with plenty of a la carte items and full meals. Both Mexican and American beers are on offer – Tecate ($3.50) is a clean and crisp choice. Our proprietor prides himself on his margarita ($5), a generous if slightly sweet version

NG in what was meant to with lime and lemon flavors, ST EV EN KI be ($3). A thick corn served on the rocks. tortilla, fried until The tortilla chips and salsa shatteringly crisp but provide a clue that good things not at all greasy, is are in store. The chips are warm stuffed with your and freshly fried; the salsa is choice of meat plus lovely, not very spicy but with a lettuce, tomato and bright, fresh flavor and just the crema, a Mexican right touch of cilantro. sour cream that’s Tacos have been done a light and subtle. disservice by many establishments The chorizo version across America. Here, though, is lightly spicy, a you can find real street tacos for fabulous blend $2, with a choice of carne asada, of flavors and al pastor, pollo, chorizo and more. textures. These little bundles of love consist Pupusas are a Salvadoran simply of seasoned meat piled on dish, but for $2 we won’t say no. The two fresh, soft corn tortillas, topped with corn tortilla – thicker than a conventional chopped onion and cilantro and served tortilla but thinner than the gordita – with a wedge of lime. The carnitas (slowhas been filled with beans, queso con cooked pork) is meltingly flavorful; the loroco (herbed cheese) and a touch of lengua (beef tongue) is rich and tender. carnitas. It’s crisp and delectable, nicely Tamales ($2) are also on offer – complemented by the traditional side of generously sized and stuffed with carnitas cabbage. or chicken. The cornmeal is sweet and Enchiladas ($10.50) are served however moist, and a zippy salsa verde is the you like them – the proprietor suggests perfect accompaniment. a mole sauce, and we choose carnitas, If you’ve ever had a gordita at Taco Bell, hasten to Tacos Acapulco for a lesson chorizo and barbacoa fillings. They’re

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Hop Vine Café 12 Crane St., Southbridge 508-764-1100 12crane.com The heart of any home, or mixed-use complex, is where the good food is, and the Hop Vine Café provides such a heart at 12 Crane in the Flat Iron district of Southbridge. This gastropub offers an upscale ‘Celtic-inspired’ menu, often pairing dishes with suggested wines, in a relaxed setting. Savory appetizers are an interesting combination of the familiar pub chips and onion rings, and such unusual delicacies as miniature bridies and graavlox. Entrees from fish & chips, meat pies, steak, lamb, and Cornish game hen are in the $17-$28 range. Leave room for dessert. Parkway Diner 148 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-9968 Diner fans can now enjoy the Parkway’s renowned home-style fare for dinner. Thursday through Saturday nights, the Evangelistas are serving up an inexpensive array of Italian fare and classic American comfort foods. Be sure to try the pasta fagiola! Credit cards accepted. Full liquor bar. Daily for breakfast and lunch. Dinner Thursday through Saturday until 10 p.m. Yoong Tong 278 Main Street / Rte. 20, Northboro 508-393-7714 yoongtong.com The bevy of tantalizing ingredients on the Yoong Tong Thai and sushi menus challenges the diner to pack as many as possible into one order. Appetizers offer tofu, shrimp or barbecued beef, even sweet corn and carrots, cucumber or chili sauces. Try yum salad, with meat, vegetables, and mint, or larb, seasoned with spicy lime sauce, rice powder and coriander. Specialties, pan-fried dishes, curries, seafood, noodles and vegetarian dishes promise even more. Dine in

rich and satisfying, the flavors melding together inside the fresh corn tortillas. Sides of Mexican rice and refried beans are solid – the rice nicely speckled with peas, corn and carrots, and the beans a smooth, classic version, just a bit salty. Chilaquiles ($10) are a traditional way to use leftover tortillas. Here, the tortillas have been tossed in a deeply flavored red chile sauce and topped with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, and grilled chicken and drizzled with crema. The chicken is dry, but the chile-soaked tortillas are addictive. Somehow, we sample two flans ($2 each) – one a rich flan de queso and the other subtly flavored with vanilla. The proprietor confesses they’re not homemade, but the deep caramel sauce and smooth custards combine wonderfully. Service is accommodating and friendly, if occasionally forgetful. We don’t mind. A copious dinner for three comes to $35 before drinks and tip, and at lunchtime you can fill the table with great stuff (such as fat $4 burritos) for even less. Head to Shrewsbury, amigos. You won’t be sorry.

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Carmella’s Italian Kitchen 55 South Maple St., West Brookfield 508-867-5475 carmellasitaliankitchen.com Carmella’s has been in business 20 years and stems from the family that once ran Worcester’s Italian Kitchen. The legacy carries on in their Italian specialties and award-winning homemade bread. With the exception of a few items, like jalapeno poppers, Buffalo wings, and burgers, Carmella’s menu is pure, classic Italian: scampis, marinara, cacciatore, parmesana, Alfredo, marsala, and pesto, with veal, meatballs, sausage, steaks, pork chops, shrimp, haddock, and calamari, to name a few, plus a slew of weekly and daily specials, like sirloin tips, prime rib, chicken picatta, seafood fra diavolo, and stuffed eggplant, and soups. Moderate prices. Off-street parking. Full liquor license. Credit cards accepted.

The Steakloft 369 West Main Street, Northboro 508-393-8134 Bring a hearty appetite to this old-style tavern, hidden beneath a West Main Street, Northboro plaza. For an “all-American” menu, it is something of a melting pot, with chicken hazelnut Francaise; haddock Parmenaise; and the Australian Delight, with chicken or sirloin, stuffed with scallops, crabmeat, homemade stuffing and topped with mushroom sauce. Beef is commander-in-chief, poultry and seafood are priced reasonably, and there are a variety of burgers and sandwiches.

Firefly’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que and Beyond 350 East Main St. (Rte. 20), Marlboro 508-357-8883 fireflysbbq.com Firefly’s owner Steve Uliss spent nine years perfecting his rib recipe, in his quest to bring authentic southern barbecue and cuisine to New England. He has three jam-packed restaurants (in Framingham and Quincy) and a long list of awards to validate his labors. Barbecue


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Square One Sports Bar & Grille: Square One Sports Bar & Grille has joined the recent surge of sports bars in Worcester with its opening last week. The pub, located on Green Street in the former The Jewel Box space, offers something different with both a sports bar on one side and a club-like atmosphere in the other with karaoke, live music and a DJ. The menu features pubstyle food with specials like stuffed burgers with bacon or jalapenos and also a big selection of appetizers and sandwiches. Square One Sports Bar & Grille, 139 Green St., Worcester, 508-752-3471. Arturo’s Fusion Sunday: Arturo’s Ristorante

is throwing a summer spectacular on June 27, with an afternoon of American, Italian, Korean and Japanese fine cuisine from Arturo’s Ristorante and Sapporo BBQ & Sushi Restaurant. Enjoy your nosh while being serenaded by Jubilee Gardens, a folk, jazz, Latin and rock 10-piece band. All proceeds from the event will

{ recommended } devotees will be in oink, cackle and moo heaven, with your choice of six signature sauces. Whether you’re a ribs purist, or you go for some of the more creative entrees, salads, or piled-high sandwiches — and don’t forget the sides — get ready for your table to be weighed down with platters of sheer gastronomic joy. Firefly’s has plenty of options for appetites of all sizes. 85 Main 85 Main St., Putnam, Conn. 860-928-1660 85main.com/ They call it American fusion; the 85 Main menus (dinner, bar food, wine) take you all over the world and the U.S. Start with Asian (sashimi), Italian (bruschetta) or tapas appetizers, and move on to Moroccan chicken tangine, a Maryland crab cake, or a North Carolina-style pulled-pork wrap. 85 Main offers a respectable vegetarian experience. That is even the name of a dish that serves up seasonal vegetables, seared greens, grain blends and grilled bread. Other veggie add-ons include tempeh and a variety of grilled greens. While so many of us are staying closer to home, an outing to 85 Main can make you feel like you’ve been on vacation. Piccolo’s 157 Shrewsbury St., Worcerster Piccolo’s offers Italian dressed up for the big city, with traditional fare that has made Shrewsbury Street famous in the area, like seafood, beef, chicken, pork, veal and pasta - all spruced up with new ingredients or a novel spin. Enjoy an extensive, varied wine list, quaint setting, and friendly service, while you dine on big, delicious portions. Be sure to try the outstanding garlic bread with gorgonzola fonduta. Street parking. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor bar. Serving dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; lounge open late. Fins and Tales 858 Main St., Southbridge 508-764-3340 fins-and-tales.com Lovers of vintage American architecture and modern American cuisine alike will be rewarded by a visit to Fins and Tales, housed in

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Smokestack Urban Barbecue: Satisfy your craving for all things barbecued and Southern at the recently opened Smokestack Urban Barbecue. Richard Romaine, one of the owners of Smokestack, has brought his Southern flair from Louisiana and serves it up in dishes like baby back ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and shrimp po’ boy tacos. For the less meat-inclined, there are vegetarian options like vegetarian chili, veggie burgers and salads. Wash it down with one of their 12 beers on tap and top it off with beignets or bread pudding with whisky sauce. Smokestack Urban Barbecue, 65 Temple St., Worcester, 508-363-1111. Flats: Organic Neapolitan Pizzeria: Pizza,

makeover at Flats: Organic Neapolitan Pizzeria, located on Clark University’s campus. Recently opened by chef and restaurateur Paul Booras, the unique pizza place believes in a SLO mentality: Sustainable, Local and Organic, but get here fast for one of its gigantic, thincrust slices of your favorite comfort food. Choose from a wide selection of classic flats, like the “Hot & Sweet” with homemade sausage, ricotta, roasted garlic and hot and mild pickled peppers, or create your own delicious concoction. Flats, 75 Maywood St., Worcester, 508752-1701.

Vinny T’s Sold Again: Vinny T’s on Route 9 in Shrewsbury has changed hands once again. The restaurant is currently closed, and will be replaced this fall with a Buca di Beppo, according to reports. Buca di Beppo currently has 83 locations nationwide, according to its Web site, and has an Italian family-style menu similar to Vinny T’s. Hopefully this one will stick!

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the renovated 1878 Delahanty building, which excels in both. The building, like the menu, blends old and new, traditional and contemporary. Recipes for popular American fare, like beef, chicken and seafood come alive in creative American bistro recipes. Full liquor license. Moderate prices. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Chef Sun 30 Lyman St., Westboro 508-366-88997 chefsun.com Chef Sun blends new and traditional recipes for those looking for Thai and Chinese under the same roof. The menu ranges from light to spicy for eaters of various palates and preferences. The Pad Thai is reliably good, the chili duck a great harmony of meat and vegetables. For openers, try the excellent scallion pie, and for a sweet ending, go with the green-tea ice cream.

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best ingredients and delivered in generous portions for the same price as competing steakhouses. Furthermore, the staff is excellent, the restaurant is beautiful and offers a spectacular view. While not the venue for vegetarians, there are options for non-meat or seafood eaters in the pasta section and among the salads. For those who love meat and seafood, however, it’s a must visit. Mrs. Mack’s Bakery & Restaurant 1393 Grafton St., Worcester 508-753-0610 mrsmacksbakery.com If you’re looking for a Slice of Sweet Home on a budget, stop into Mrs. Mack’s Bakery & Restaurant. It’s only open for breakfast (served continued on page 26

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The Citizen 1 Exchange Place, Worcester 508-459-9090 thecitizenwinebar.com A unique dining experience, The Citizen offers a very limited menu – mostly variations on a grilled cheese theme, along with some novel accompaniments – that are delicious. A wide selection of cheeses, chocolates, and wines by the glass, and a chic bar scene, also make this a perfect pre- or post-dinner stop. Romaldo’s Restaurant 455 Main St., Sturbridge 508-347-9965 romaldos.com Located in the Hearthstone Inn, Romaldo’s has a sign out front bearing a little lobster icon. Many miles from the ocean, they understand that visitors to Massachusetts expect fresh seafood — and here, they get it. Romaldo’s offers Italian specialties and some very excellent seafood dishes. Don’t miss the lobster sliders. The Lodge 148 Gore Road, Webster 508-949-0000 restaurantlodge.com If you love steakhouses and steakhouse fare, you must try The Lodge. The only drawback is that you’ll have a hard time going back to any chain steakhouse again. Everything is homemade with the

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all day) and lunch, but it’s a comfortable and clean place to get local, homemade favorites for less than $10 for an entire, filling meal. The staff is friendly, the food is nourishing and solidly good, and you’ve got plenty of coffee and tea options. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of the amazing baked goods. O’Connor’s Restaurant and Bar 1160 West Boylston St., Worcester 508-853-0789 oconnorsrestaurant.com O’Connor’s is an authentic Irish pub offering a variety of Irish specialties along with traditional American pub fare. The place is a sprawling, yet still homey, collection of rooms bedecked with paraphernalia that bestows instant Irish heritage on all diners, regardless of their ancestry. You can’t go wrong starting with the butternut squash bisque or classic clam chowder, and moving on from there (try the chicken with boxty). It’s a great spot for celebrating special events or just celebrating the end of the work week.

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Point Breeze Restaurant 114 Point Breeze St.,Webster 508-943-0404 pointbreezeonwebsterlake.com A family-friendly restaurant with a spectacular view and generous portions, Point Breeze Restaurant offers solidly good seafood that will satisfy a wide range of diners. The food is simple and there are selections for land-loving diners as well. It’s a safe bet for any occasion, including those that require beautiful ballrooms or meeting rooms, where the ambiance gives the feel of something a little special for anyone.

Pho 2000 1394 Main St., Worcester 508-754-1755 pho2000boston.com While the emphasis is on Vietnam, Pho 2000 offers a touch of Thai on their overabundant menu. There are plenty of choices for fans of goi (salads), pho (noodle soups), and bun (rice vermicelli), yet you’ll also find Thai appetizers, soups, curries, noodle dishes, and stir-fries. Dessert list was short, as was the beer/wine choices, but the food was fresh, plentiful for sharing yet just a tad on the sweet side – and the price offer a good value for the amount of food offered.

Salem Cross Inn 260 West Main St. (Route 9), West Brookfield 508-867-2345 salemcrossinn.com The Salem Cross Inn marries rich, well-prepared ingredients with the heritage of old New England. Steak, chicken, veggies and dessert, all delectable — with plenty of butter, cream and sugar (we’re not sure the word “light” is in the vocabulary here). The Inn is located on Route 9 in West Brookfield, and it’s a place where charm meets food served fresh.

Lucky’s Café 102 1/2 Grove St. 508-756-5014 Lucky’s is that secret, cozy getaway that can work as your own special treat for lunch or a weekend dinner and night out — without requiring a special budget. Lunches offer fresh, original, and healthy options for anyone on the go, and Friday or Saturday dinners with entertainment supply the perfect night out. While the menu is only two sides of one page, there is certain to be something for anyone who appreciates good food.

Anokye Krom 687 Millbury St. 508-753-8471 A beautiful and intriguing restaurant that specifically caters to African heritage and African ex-pats, Anokye Krom offers authentic, fresh food at a reasonable price as well as evening dances on the weekends and resources for networking. The wait staff organization is confusing to non-regulars, but the meals are an experience for all your senses.

Veggie Corner 56 Hamilton St., Worcester 508-831-1322 Veggie Corner gives Worcester a quality vegan experience with an assortment of delicious meat-alternative menu items. On a recent visit our reviewers sampled the vegan “beef” and “chicken” and found them flavorful and substantive, even for regular meat eaters. The restaurant’s Vietnamese-inspired dishes show that eating healthy does not mean compromising taste.

Haiku Sushi, bar and Grill 258 Park Ave. 508-459+3033 haiuksushi.com Haiku Sushi Restaurant, Bar and Grill on Park Avenue offers an array of tasty sushi options, inspired by Chef Kenzo. Set in a laidback atmosphere, the convergence of a modern bar and grill with the simple, yet well-designed combination of Japanese flavors gives sushi another dynamic home in Worcester. If you’re not into sushi, the restaurant’s “grill” portion has plenty of delicious choices. Fiddler’s Green 19 Temple St., Worcester 508-795-0400 fiddlersgreenworcester.com A cute little pub nestled in the Hibernian Cultural Centre, Fiddler’s Green is open to anyone as it promotes the celebration of Irish Catholic culture. Live music and shows happen at the pub on Fridays and during the week. The pub menu is limited, but there are options for vegetarians, and the food is fresh and high quality. Even better, you can eat and drink your fill and still feel good about the bill.

Zimmy’s Kitchen 865 Main St. (Rt. 9), Leicester 508-892-3200 Zimmy’s offers a wide variety of good food at a great price. Patrons can eat on location or one of the classic pizza-place booths, or they can even check out the catering services. With several options for vegetarian or even vegan, as well as Italian, Greek and Albanian dishes, it’s important to remember to save room for dessert - including some of the most generous slices of baklava. Go ahead and get a giant cookie, too. Neither your taste buds nor wallet will mind. My Brothers’ Place 144 Gore Road, Webster 508-949-2433 My Brothers’ Place is a cozy family-style restaurant that serves up classic lunch and dinner entrees like hamburgers (including veggie), chicken, steaks, BBQ, pasta, sandwiches, kids’ menu, salads, and soups. Prices are very affordable; quantity and quality are satisfying. Good spot for a weekend lunch. Take-out and catering are available.

Admiral T.J. O’Brien’s 407 Main St., Sturbridge 508-347-2838 This casual dining venue offers a menu of seafood, pasta, poultry and steak. The food is solidly good with several specialty offerings, especially the Admiral’s Fries, that make you want to return for more. Some nights offer live entertainment, and the prices are just right for a night of fun that won’t break you. La Bussola 1 Princeton St., Jefferson 508-829-1914 Located in the Holden village of Jefferson, La Bussola serves up generous portions of classic Italian-American fare at reasonable prices. Choose between the cozy tavern or the more formal dining room. Pasta dishes are featured prominently, and there are numerous seafood, chicken, veal, beef, and salad choices, too. Sweet Basil Jane’s Corner Grille 806 Pleasant St. 508-754-8884 cornergrille.com An adorable indie-bistro style café for pizza, deli items and baked goods, Sweet Basil Jane’s Corner Grille offers original, unusual and fresh-made flavors, alongside more familiar offerings that stand out with superior quality. Although more of a take-out venue, there are a few tables, and if you stay, the service is excellent. The price is on par for the quality offered, so you will pay a little more than your regular pizza or lunch take away, but the price is worth it. Coral Seafood 225 Shrewsbury St. 508-755-8331 coralseafood.com Coral Seafood serves up a wide array of fresh, simply prepared seafood. The setting is stylish, with creative lighting and tasteful fish motifs, but the atmosphere is informal and family-friendly. With daily specials complementing grilled, fried, baked, and sautéed options, there’s something for every seafood lover. Given the high quality, the cost is very reasonable, and there’s a nicelypriced wine list as well. Thai Place 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road/371 Main Street, Sturbridge 508-347-2999 thaiplacerestaurant.net Great for eating in or take-out, the Thai Place is offers a delicious menu for a variety of diners: vegetarian, carnivore, or vegan. The price range is average for Thai food, meaning it’s a little more expensive than Chinese, but less expensive than your average sitdown family restaurant. The elegant but cozy décor, lightly scented with roses, also creates a good date atmosphere.

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Beginning June 29 and running through August 19, if you are a girl age 11-14 or know one, then you better sign up for the You Go Girl! Summer Program. Meet and work with other girls and female mentors to discuss things such as positive female relationship skills; self-esteem and body image; peer pressure and bullying; stress reduction; and learning new skills. Enjoy fun crafts and activities such as scrap-booking, tye-dying, field trips, yoga/pilates class, cooking and community service projects. Contact erika.puccioSYFS@gmail.com for registration information. $75. 10 a.m.noon First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury. 508-845-6932 or syfs.cfsites.org.

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Cyberchase: The Chase Is On! opens at the EcoTarium on Wednesday, June 30. Help cyber heroes Inez, Jackie and Matt as they fight off dastardly villain Hacker with the

magic of math. In this exhibit, children enter Cyberspace through a special portal to explore favorite cybersites, including the Control Central, the Grim Wreaker and Poddleville. They help the CyberSquad protect the virtual universe from the villainous Hacker while exploring math

concepts such as place value, algebra, geometry, fractions and probability. Based on the Emmy award-winning PBS KIDS GO! math mystery cartoon. Free with museum admission. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. 503-929-2700 or ecotarium. org.

inite Caribbean lilt are sure to keep those feet moving! $18, $15 for EcoTarium and WICN members and Commerce Bank debit cardholders. Free for children 12 and under. $80 per four-person advanced reserved table. 6:30-8:30 p.m. EcoTarium, Sundial Plaza, 222 Harrington Way. 508929-2703 or ecotarium.org.

retro craft stand down Even if you didn’t live through the 1970s, knowing how to macramé is a useful craft. Come to an entertaining Retro Crafting at The Rabbit Hole on Thursday, June 24. “Macramé is fun and relaxing and easy to learn,” explains artist/instructor Sally Cragin. “We’ll provide all the materials you need to make a plant hanger and, if you like, a cool knotted belt.” $10 or bring a friend and it’s $16 for two. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Rabbit Hole (bookstore and more), 805 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0040, therabbitholeusa.com.

Caribbean sunset How about a little Mardi Gras in June? Experience traditional Southern Louisiana

Stand down for vets at the Fifth Annual

Central Massachusetts Stand Down on Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Veterans can obtain food, clothing, personal care items, haircuts, massages, acupuncture, counseling, legal services plus services and advice related to employment and training, housing and healthcare. Recovery and AA meetings will be held both days. Activities and entertainment on Friday include performances by jazz singer Cassandra McKinley, folk/blues guitarist Glenn Pettit, VIBE (the Veterans Inc. Blues Experience) and the Worcester WAIT Team – a dance/ vocal troupe of teenage and young adult volunteers who teach AIDS prevention. Saturday highlights include the Veterans Inc. Food Bank; a cooking demonstration by Pepper’s Catering; T OM D UBROC K . performances by Latin band Bolero featuring Cha Cha Conner, original rock band Side Effects, VIBE and Glenn Pettit; and a guitar workshop led by Pettit. Free for veterans and their families. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Independence Hall, 59 South St., Shrewsbury. 508-791-3273.

pride

The charm of Southbridge is its inclusiveness, and this community-wide event recognizes the contributions of the GLBT and straight communities working together during Pride in

Southbridge with Arjuna Greist on Thursday, June 24. Arjuna

Creole roots music without leaving New England through the accordion-driven dance music of Zydeco masters during

Jazz at Sunset Concert Series featuring Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas on Friday, June 25. Fast and furious musical beats with percussion, electric guitars, R&B influences and a def-

Greist will perform her original music and poetry, and The Artful Friends Raffle will be held immediately afterward. Her music has a folky tone but a punk sensibility, blending progressive politics with witty observations on life. Combining spoken word poetry with songs both poignant and droll, her energetic performances leave her audiences inspired,

moved and uplifted. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Reading Room, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426.

wonder & weirdness

Local performers Dezrah the Strange, Tony Sherman, Eric Dittelman and Jason Kallio have joined forces with Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari to create a unique night of magical entertainment for the 21-plus crowd to create DisIllusioned: Not your kid’s magic show on Friday, June 25. Join them downstairs at the 5th Amendment for an evening of wonder and weirdness! $12. 9-10:30 p.m. 5th Amendment, 90 Commercial St. 508-284-5210 or search for them on Facebook.

rhythm of peace

Experience jazz for peace with internationally known jazz artist Rick DellaRatta as he performs a benefit concert for The Friendship Network for Children entitled

Jazz for Peace Concert to Benefit Autism on Saturday, June 26. The Friendship Network, located in Northborough, serves children with autism, and some of the children will also perform at the event. $35. 5:30-7 p.m. Joy of Music Program, 1 Gorham St. 508-393-0030 or jazzforpeace.org.

tea and moonlight

Puck, Titania, Oberon, Queen Mab, Morgan Le Fay are among the sprites, brownies, elementals and spirits who will come out to play at A Midsummer Night’s Tea on Friday, June 25. At this magical time of year Dancing Gypsy offers a tea party with all the trimmings, such as lovely exotic teas served in a real cup & saucer (hot or iced, weather depending); sweets to delight the palate; fortunes told by tarot cards, tea leaves and other divinatory methods; plus enchanting entertainments by local bellydance artists. Wear your best Victorian, Renaissance, Fantasy or Steampunk finery if you like, or wear a big fancy hat (the wee folk like those) or simply come as you are. $5 donation; readings $1/min. 7-11 p.m. Dancing Gypsy, 117 Main St., Spencer. 508-885-3639 or thedancinggypsy.com.

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Check, check, checking in with the local music scene On Thursday June 24, take a ride over to the Harvest Café in Hudson for a night of acoustic folk and blues with Bill and Eli Perras (pictured). The Florida natives’ original take on Americana music will keep you thinking with their heartfelt lyrics against social injustices, corporate greed and daily follies in everyday life. Performances are held in the dining room with full bar. 8-10 p.m. Reservations accepted. The gang’s all here on Friday June 25 when Little Red and the Riders featuring Ann McTigue play another stop on the Little Red World Tour at WCUW’s The Front Room at 910 Main. “It's our favorite community radio station, they did a beautiful job renovating their Front Room, and the room has a great sound and dance space, and an early start – featuring Jim Heffernan on piano, Jeff Giacomelli on sax and Dan Hunt on guitar – should be a swinging night,” says Gail Hunt. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, head on over to Park Avenue for The Swaggerin Growlers, who specialize in riot folk – a “musical juggernaut” of intense ska and punk blended with rootsy folk. Experience it all at Beatnik’s. On Saturday June 26 Rick DellaRatta presents a Jazz for Peace Concert at The Joy of Music to benefit The Friendship Network for Children, an organization that serves children with autism. “Outstanding organizations in need are given an empowerment grant by the Jazz for Peace Organization,” DellaRatta says. “The foundation began with a poem that was written on September 11. It was a poem about helping those who are helping others.” Expect a night of diverse jazz, including performances by children from The Friendship Network. Tickets are $35.

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The Unusual Suspects. Through Saturday July 31: This is a show of unusual paintings of people by Sid Solomon free. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Papa Gino’s, Tatnuck Square, 645 Chandler St. 508-8528860 or webs.net/solomonpaintings. ARTSWorcester, Hangin’ on the Wall, through June 25. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org Booklovers’ Gourmet, “Romancing Life”, Photography by Bette LaHair, Through June 30. 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. Danforth Museum of Art, 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. DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Saturday. 65 Water St. 508-831-1106 or www. dzian.net. EcoTarium, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.org. Fruitlands Museum, Flights of Discovery Exhibition, Through Nov. 15; For the Birds: Art from the Mass Audubon Collection, Through Nov. 15; Sculptor Joseph Wheelwright’s Tree Figures Exhibition, Through Nov. 15; Nature Journaling: Birds & Their Habitat with Claire Walker Leslie, Saturday; noa@Fruitlands 2010 Artisan Series, Sundays, Saturdays, through June 26; Concord Band Silver Anniversary Concert, Wednesday. 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or fruitlands.org. Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20, 2011; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or higgins.org. Museum of Russian Icons, Grand Discovery: Icons Acquired from Private European Collections, Through July 30; Russian Sacred Art Trip: An Educational Tour, Through June 27. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org. Old Sturbridge Village, Red Sox Kid Nation Day, Sunday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-3473362 or osv.org Prints and Potter Gallery, American Craft Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or www.printsandpotter.com.

Saori Worcester Free-Style Weaving Gallery and Studio for Everyone, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 131 Highland St. 508757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or www.saoriworcester.com. The Sprinkler Factory, Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. www. sprinklerfactory.com. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, 2010 Birthday Party, Sunday (Aug. 15). 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 www.topfunaviation.com. Worcester Art Museum, Minimalism: Logic and Structure in the Graphic Arts, through July 11; The Museum Cafe is Open, through Aug. 28; Wall at WAM: “Actions Speak,” THINK AGAIN (David John Attyah and S.A. Bachman), Oct. 30 - Oct. 17; WAM Faculty Art Exhibition, through June 25; What Matters, Dec. 19 - Aug. 22; Adult Institute Works-in-Progress Exhibition, June 29 - July 23. 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 Historical Museum, Exhibit: Elementary Worcester, Through Aug. 7. 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. 508-7538278 or worcesterhistory.org. Worcester Public Library, Drawn to Nature, through June 30. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or worcpublib.org. WPI: George C. Gordon Library, 120 Years of Fine Printing : the Story of Woodbury and Company, Through Sept. 24. 100 Institute Road. wpi.edu.

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Adult Lunch Jam Session. Jack’s Guitar Garage will run an hour and a half Jam session/Lunch. For a small fee, locals can spend their lunch break jamming with other musicians, having lunch, and working on skills. $5. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jack’s Guitar Garage, 243 West Main St., Northborough. 508-393-7200. Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Chris Reddy -Acoustic Loops from Hell. 6-9 p.m. Peppercorns Grille & Bar, 455 Park Ave. 508-752-7711. Mister Vic performs for families at Great Brook Farms. LIVE for families every Thursday night at Great Brook Farms! Singing, Dancing, and lots of Family fun! greatbrookfarms. com. $8. 6-7:30 p.m. Great Brook Farms Cafe, 356 Main St., Bolton. 978-779-6680 or greatbrookfarms.com. Mike and the Invisos. 7-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Thursday Night Music Series. 7-10 p.m. Devens Grill, 4 Ryan’s Way, Devens. 978-862-0060. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge. 508-347-0174. College Night - Redcarpetworcester.com. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. Come hear the original, inspired, acoustic folk & blues of Bill and Eli Perras. No cover, pass the hat for the performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Live Jazz & Blues. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Open mic Blues Jam. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. The Eisman Hunter Band. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Flock Of A-holes, w/ BJ Snowden. Chase Haven,

Matt Fuller 1st. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Open Mic Jam. Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508764-6900. “Audio Wasabi”-theme: M.Jackson. Brian Chaffee hosts the popular weekly “Audio Wasabi”, featuring a different musical theme every week, with a cavalcade of stars joining in the fun! Ladies Night from 8-10pm! This Week’s special Guest: Heidi Johannsen free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or myspace.com/audiowasabi. 18+ College Thursdays. College Dance Party Weekly Theme Parties with Prizes and Giveaways! DJ Nick & DJ U-KNO Blazin the BEST! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 Applebee’s Karaoke. Join Magic Mike Entertainment DJ’s for Karaoke Night every Thursday Night!! FREE. 9 p.m.-midnight Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 632 Park Ave. 508-3633032. Brian Richard Performs at Loft 266. Back by popular demand - the talented Brian Richard will be playing at Loft 266 on June 24. Come jam with Brian starting at 9pm and listen to your favorite covers. 9 p.m.-midnight Loft 266 Bar & Lounge, 266 Park Ave. 508-796-5177. Dan Burke!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Elder and Stone Tita. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Retro Night 18+ “Songs and Video of the 70s & 80s”. 18+ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. Sean Fullerton Live Acoustic. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Chicken Bone, 358 Waverly St., Framingham. 508-879-1138 or seanfullertonmusic.net. The Dive Bar Thursdays. Duncan Arsenault hosts this weekly music series at The Dive Bar, featuring musicians from all genres. Free. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dive Bar, 34 Green St. thedivebarworcester. com. Thursday Night is 18+ Night @ LC’s Lounge W/ Cavan & Guest D.J.’s Every Week. Under 21 $5 21+ FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. LC’s Lounge Live Music / Karaoke, 287 Main St. 508-926-8844. Jay Graham Live!. Free. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. Evolution Club dance with House Remix. Every Thursday Night, DJ Andy P and DJ Kid Optimus spin your favorite songs. Always a full house! Free (subject to change). 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Shane Hall and The TickleBomb Trio. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 25 Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, Every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Cap’t & Brian. 5-10 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Dan Kirouac. Lidios.com dankirouac.freeservers.com free. 6-10 p.m. Lidio’s Restaurant & Lounge, 1045 Central St., Leominster. 978-534-6600. Otep & more. Otep, Iwrestledabearonce, Stray From the Path, Bury Tomorrow $20 adv/$22 day. 6 p.m.-midnight Palladium, The, Upstairs, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Ironstein. Classic Rock Covers!!! 21+ $3, Under 21 $5. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. mark robie. 7-9 p.m. Jumpin’ Juice & Java, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800. Outdoor Concert with Black & White 7-11 p.m. Oxhead Tavern 366 Main St., Sturbridge. If 20% more chance of rain, and will play indoors at the VIP Lounge in the Host hotel, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM. Bill McCarthy. MySpace.com/BadClownProductions Free.


Upload your listings at our newly redesigned website worcestermag.com. Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-8531350. Jan Wilson and The Hold. From Hope House Ministries in Maine, the Willsons will be ministering of God’s love and comfort. Free. A love offering will be taken. 7:30-11 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or chapelatthemill.org. Little Red & The Riders reunion. Ann Souza ( aka Little Red) up from Texas, joins with her band as Little Red & The Riders. With Jeff Giacomelli on sax, Jim Heffernan on piano, Dan Hunt on guitar, Gail Hunt on bass. Part of the proceeds help support Community Radio WCUW. Great Front Room for hearing & dancing to music~ come out for an early & fun night!!! 7:30-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012. Fourth Friday’s with Jean Mancini Gough and Friends - Jazz Vocalist. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Go Gadget Go with Chyldz Play. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Red Onion Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Jon Bowser. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Manolo Mairena. Manolo Mairena and his band will present a performance that will get you on your feet and dancing. The concert will include. One of the premier salsa singers in the country leads a killer band in a blend of Son Montuno, Bolero, old school, hard core salsa with strong influence of Afro-Cuban contemporary music. Come to dance, or come to listen... this band will swing you hard! $15 ($12 Members; $14 Students/Seniors). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-4052787 NORML Function. Pretty sure it’s that NORML you’re thinking of. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Other Place Pub Live Piano Bar. 8-11:30 p.m. The Other Place Pub and Restaurant, 71 Shrewsbury St., Boylston. 508-8696003. Radio Edit. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Sean Fullerton Live Acoustic. 8-11 p.m. South Side Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. 978-632-1057 or seanfullertonmusic.net. Sound in Stone. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. Tony Yodice - Acoustic Fridays. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Gorilla Radio (local Rage Against The Machine band), Mafia Bonghit!, the debut of The Screaming Barfys and The Susan Constant. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic.com. Grin Whistle. Grin Whistle performs free. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or gardnerale.com. A night of Rock w/ The Fleshtones!! The Pathetics, The Time Beings, and JJ and the Cuban. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Carol O’Shaughnessy & Tom Lamark!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Boulder Cafe, 880 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0008. Dirty Deeds. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Doubletake. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Hard Drive Classic Rock Maximized Rhythm And Blues. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. City Lights Bar & Restaurant, 395 Grafton St. 508-459-7879. Jediah with Zach Lockwood and the Roseliners. Beloved local rockers in a full band show plus Boston rockers ZLR! 21+ $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Cannery, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. DJ Bobby B. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough.

508-480-8222 or speakersnightclub.net. Live Music Friday Nights @ Bocado. Free. 9-11 p.m. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, 82 Winter St. 508-797-1011 or pueblonuevoband.com. Live Music in the Pub: Mulligan’s Fancy. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or mulligansfancy.com. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Phantasia Fridays with DJ Tony-T. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sean Ryan. 9 p.m.-noon Barbers Crossing (North), 175 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8438. Susan Angeleto. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. Weekly Live Acoustic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. wonder box. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566.

New Bay Colony--We Got Porked Now You Get Pork!. We’ve been upgraded! We moved up Rt. 140 to The Rose Garden. Now you can spend a whole day in Unbelievable Upton. Blackstone Valley Regional Tech hosts the “Rose Car Show” http:// rosecarshow.org/index.html from Noon to 3pm, then you slide over to the Rose Garden at 4pm for a Pig Roast and New Bay Colony. No, we are playing not roasting. We are playing outside so maybe we will be roasting. 4-8 p.m. Rose Garden Restaurant and Pub, 16 Milford St., Upton. 508-529-7776. Valodya & Yulia Borey of Belarus in Concert. Valodya(‘Vladimir’) Borey, Flutist and Yulia Borey, Pianist have played with the Belorussian Musical Philharmonic. Come and enjoy an evening of inspirational music, and rejoice in all that G-d is doing in Belarus. FREE!. 6:30-8 p.m. Congregation Melech Yisrael, 231 Main St., Cherry Valley. 508-892-0183. Blaze/Amb. $20 adv. / $22 day. 7 p.m.-midnight The Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Dan Kirouac with Dorette Weld. dankirouac.freeservers. com kingphillip.com free. 7-11 p.m. Twohey’s Tavern at King Phillip

The 11th Annual Molly’s Ride for Child Safety & Family Fun Day throttles in on Sunday, June 27. In 2000, shortly after Molly disappeared a group of local police officers organized the first “Ride for Molly.” That first event, which was held in Molly’s hometown of Warren, illustrated the potential for an annual benefit. Today, the ride keeps Molly (and all of our missing children) in our thoughts. It is the hope that this event will provide some comfort for grieving families, in the fact that hundreds of people each year show that they still care. Molly’s Ride for Child Safety remains one of the largest non-stop police escorted charity motorcycle rides in New England. 100% of the proceeds from this event support the funding necessary to provide child identification kits as well as safety and educational programs for families, schools, community groups and Law Enforcement Ride Registration: 8a.m.-noon. Kickstands up at Noon. Donation: $20.00 per bike. Family Fun Day runs from 10a.m.–2p.m. and admission is Free. Located at Center at Hobbs Brook, 100 Charlton Rd. (Rt. 20) -Sturbridge. The Tony Sarno Band. $10. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-791-2583. Feature DJs every Weekend!. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Boiler Room, 70 Winter St. Ric Porter. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Swaggerin Growlers. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

>Saturday 26 Milford Called, We Answered - The Blue Dog Sports Bar & New Bay Colony. $5. 9-1 a.m. PiNZ Entertainment / Blue Dog Sports Bar & Grille, 110 So Main St., Milford. 508-4736611. Westford Roots Rhythm & Blues Festival. Main Stage: James Montgomery Blues Band, The Love Dogs, Undaunted: Professor Harp, Marty Nestor Band. Stage 2: Lydia Warren, Little John & Greg Carvel, Coretta Sellars Gates open at noon, rain date: 06/27. $35 day-of. noon-9 p.m. American legion Concert Field, 114 Dunstable Road, Westford. 978-692-7400 or westfordbluesfest.ticketleap.com.

Restaurant, 35 State Road, Athol. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar. MySpace.com/ BadClownProductions 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600. Dana Lewis. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091 “Joshua Pineo Birthday Bash!!!” featuring: Roadhorse, Scarecrow Hill, Truman Highway, Fuel of War, Affliction. $5 for ages 21+, $8 for ages 18-20. 8 p.m.1:30 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 978-833-0021. Andy Cummings. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Karaoke and Dance W/ D.J. Tobey.B. 8 p.m.-midnight Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-4228484. My Silent Bravery. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Pongo’s Groove. $10. 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or amazingthings.org/ frontpage2.asp?DC_ID=1440. One Step Further with Greg Brown & Blood and

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>Sunday 27 Acoustic Brunch with Ken Seller. No cover, pass the hat for the performer. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Dirty Taffy. 2-6 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, JUNE 24, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Sterling. 978-422-8484. Arturo’s Fusion Sunday. A spectacular summer afternoon of fine cuisine, music, cash bar and raffle. JUBILEE GARDENS, a Worcester-based 10-piece band, will complete the setting with music that blends elements of folk, jazz, Latin, rock and pop. All proceeds will benefit the PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH FUND at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. $35 advance, $45 door. 3-7 p.m. Arturo’s Ristorante, 54 E Main St., Westborough. 508-754-7429 or firstgiving.com. Hickory Strings Concert. Hickory Strings blends musical influences from around the world into a unique brand of modern American chamber music. Their unique sound includes elements of classical, jazz, African, klezmer, bluegrass, Celtic, folk, pop, and funk. hickorystringsmusic.com. $10; $8 for students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.. 3-4:30 p.m. Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Upper River St., Brookfield. 508-347-2225. Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band. Free. 3:30-5 p.m. River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak St., Uxbridge. 508-278-7604 or bvccband.org. Dan Kirouac with Dorette Weld. townsendvfw.org dankirouac.freeservers.com free. 4-7 p.m. Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6538 Townsend, 491 Main St., West Townsend. 978-597-5644. notfarG House Concerts Presents Bill & Eli Perras. Performers of Original, Inspired, Acoustic Folk & Blues from DeLand, FL The many inspired lyrics given to and interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill’s bluesy finger-style guitar playing create a very uniquely modern take on true Americana music in its purest form. Receiving much recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they humbly remain true to their personal values. They speak out with strong heartfelt lyrics accompanied by soulful genuine pentatonic rhythms against social injustices, corporate greed, and daily follies in everyday life. Join us for a potluck dinner (bring an entrée, salad, desert and adult beverage of your choice, coffee and tea are provided) at 6:30. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Suggested minimum donation $10, all proceeds to the artists. Reservations required - notlobreservations|at|gmail|dot|com 6:30-9:30 p.m. A private residence in Grafton, North Grafton. sites. google.com/site/notlobmusic. Last Regret at Tammany Hall. Last Regret is a hard rock band from the Greater Boston area. Check us out! $8 if you buy from Last Regret or $10 at the door. 4-11:30 p.m. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-753-7001 or lastregret.com Traditional Irish Seisiun. 4-8 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Blues Jam with featured guests weekly FREE. 5-9 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508853-1350. Dale Lepage w/ The Bobby Gadoury Trio at 5pm! Please call for reservations.. No Cover. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. NEGB. 6-11 p.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. Streetlight Manifesto. Supervillians / The Wonder Years / Dan Potthast $16 adv. / $18 day. 6:30 p.m.-midnight Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Dana Lewis Live! Playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s to the 80’s. Great Italian Food, Full Bar, Lottery, Outdoor Patio. No Cover Charge. BE There! 7-10 p.m. Cafe’ Sorrento, 143 Central St., Milford. 508-478-7818 or myspace.com/danalewismusic. Leather & Lace Night with DJ Bohman. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Sam James. 7:30-11 p.m. Emerald Isle, 49 Millbury St. 508792-3830. Music Under the Moose with Danielle Every Sunday. Live Music Downstairs Under the Moose every Sunday! 8 p.m.midnight Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-7539543. Josh Briggs Live. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995 or facebook.com/ fiveonfriday.

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3333 or fireflysbbq.com. Free Wednesday night Concert series with Yo Soybean / Unearthed, Animal Circles, Tucker Jameson and The Fly. Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic.com. Open Mic Night The Raven Music Hall. Open Mic Night 258 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609 Hosted By John Franklin Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Online 978-868-6340 or theravenrox.com. Open Mic with Joe Auger. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Everyman Bistro, 311 Iron Horse Way, Providence. 401-751-3630 or everymanri.com/music.htm. Clayton Willoughby!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Starving Artist Open Mic- Hosted by Josh Briggs and Tony Yodice. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. 508-792-0900. Vincent’s presents Lisa Marie & All Shook Up every Wednesday. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Wasted Wednesdays with DJ Soup. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

Live Band Karaoke every Sunday night with “Same As Never”. Same As Never is looking for a lead singer. Come down and audition for them LIVE on our stage! You could be the next rock star! FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Polynesian Night with Frank & Eric. Frank and Eric will help you start your week off the right way all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in the sounds of days past. 9 p.m.1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. 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. DJ Nick and Weekly Guest DJ’s spin the HOTTTEST Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-7562100.

>Monday 28 Driftin’ Sam Politz 7pm-9pm, Karaoke 9pm-Close!. No Cover. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Open Mic Monday Nights at Chuck’s - w/ Bill McCarthy Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Chuck’s Steakhouse, 10 Prospect St., Auburn. 508-832-2553 or MYSPACE.COM/ OPENMICWORLD. Reprobate Blues Band on “Blue Monday”. Reprobate Blues Band performs on “Blue Monday” Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or gardnerale.com. Dan Kirouac live - acoustic rock. boardwalkcafe.net dankirouac.freeservers.com free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Boardwalk Inn, downstairs, 139 Ocean Blvd, Hampton. 603-929-7400. MC Mondays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

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Twelve Essential Species - Trees Large and Small. We’ll measure some large specimen trees and find all the most common and dominant of our forest residents including oak, maple, hickory, ash and a few surprises including the interesting and unusual bitternut hickory. For more information and to register, call 978.464.2712. $6 Mass Audubon Members, $8 Non-members. 7-9 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712.

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Wendell Crockett “Big Band Sounds”. Wendell Crockett is a favorite among audiences who appreciate big band music played on the keyboard with talent and enthusiasm! no cost. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-826-09007 or briarwoodretirement.com Open Mic Night w/ Bill McCarthy. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Post Road Chorus. Post Road Chorus, a group of women, singing a cappella harmony, holds ongoing weekly rehearsals. All interested singers over 18 years old are welcome. 7:15-9:15 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Birches Auditorium, Briarwood Circle. 508-852-1327. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy Free!. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350 or MySpace.com/OpenMicWorld. “Totally Tuesdays” Rad tunes in the Diner played every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. bigjonshort.com no cover. 8-10 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey.com. Open Mic with Shane Hall. Open Mic hosted by Shane Hall. Never ceases to be interesting! 1 food or drink item purchase. 8-10 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. 508-479-8311. Vincent’s presents Scott Ricciuti and Michael Thibodeau every Tuesday night. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Open Mic. New Open Mic at the English Social Club in Worcester. All styles, genres and skill levels welcome. Free. 8:30 p.m.-noon English Social Club, 29 Camp St. 508-754-3900 or myspace.com/briandolanmusic. James Keyes!. No Cover. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Open Jam Sessions. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Canal Sports Pub, 177179 Millbury St. 508-304-7327. Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a true community band consisting of approximately fifty talented musicians from the Blackstone Valley and beyond. Featuring a variety of music including popular songs, jazz, rock, music from the movies, concert pieces and marches. This is music your whole family will enjoy. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Hopedale Town Park, 33 Dutcher St. Hopedale, MA, Hopedale. bvccband.org. Open Mic w/ Ned Lucas. This is for songwriters, cover performers, soloists, bands or whatever. 7-11 p.m. Hotel Vernon The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-3633507 or myspace.com/hotelvernonshiproom. Strange Noize Tour 2010. Kutt Calhoun / John Ritcher / Big B / Slaine $18 adv. / $20 day. 7 p.m.-midnight Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Concord Band Summer Concerts. 65-piece, symphonic wind ensemble on the grounds of the Fruitlands Museum. The Concord Band will begin playing at 7:15 PM, with gates opening at 6:00 PM for those who wish to picnic. Parking fee ($10/car, free for Fruitlands members) supports both the Concord Band and Fruitlands Museum. June 30: Concord Band’s Silver Anniversary at Fruitlands (free parking for this concert). 7:15-8:30 p.m. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-897-9969. Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. No Cover, Pass the hat for the host. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy Free. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or MySpace.com/ OpenMicWorld. Open Mic Night w/ Ned Lucas. Songwriters, cover artists, bands, duos, musical performance artists welcome. Free. 8-10:30 p.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507 or myspace.com/hotelvernonshiproom. Open Mike Night. No Cover Charge. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Framingham, 235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. 508-820-

Poutwater Pond. Poutwater Pond Nature Preserve is one of the best examples of a relatively undisturbed New England sphagnumheath bog, illustrating ecological succession from open water in a glacial depression to upland forest. In this beautiful area we can expect to see not just a great view but insect-eating plants! Meet at Broad Meadow Brook and ride in the sanctuary van. 6+. $9 Mass Audubon Adult Members, $11 Adult Non-members, $6 Child Members, $8 Child Non-members.. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087. Twelve Essential Species - Trees Large and Small - Field Trip. We’ll measure some large specimen trees and find all the most common and dominant of our forest residents including oak, maple, hickory, ash and a few surprises including the interesting and unusual bitternut hickory. For more information and to register, call 978.464.2712. $9 Mass Audubon Members, $13 Non-members. 1-4 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712.

>Sunday 27 Snakes Alive!. Snakes are adaptable animals that are largely harmless in Massachusetts and deserve our appreciation and advocacy. Meet a few snakes, learn snake ecology and how to identify local species, and explore their habitats on the sanctuary. This program is open to adults or families with children of any age. $6 Adult Member, $8 Non-member, $3 Child Members, $4 Child Non-members. 1-3 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712.

>Tuesday 29 Tuesday Volunteer Days at Wachusett Meadow. Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of property, maintenance, and ecological management projects such as gardening, buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, and animal care. Independent, seasonal projects are also available. Projects are primarily outside, but inside projects are sometimes needed. Ability to work without supervision required. 16+. Come once or every week, and become part of our growing group of volunteers.


Upload your listings at our newly redesigned website worcestermag.com. Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. Free. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712.

poetry >Thursday 24 The After 9 Poetry Series. every Thursday open mic poetry then either a featured poet or a slam...no cover but there is a hat pass to help pay the feature...21+ 0. 8:30-10 p.m. Hotel Vernon The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-3633507 or After9poetry.wordpress.com. The Little “a” Poetry Series. The Little “a” Poetry Series occurs every Thursday night around 7:30 at the Q (362 Chandler St, Worcester) and is hosted by Cowboy Matt Hopewell. We have an open mic followed by a featured poet. To book a feature, e-mail Matt at themadcowboy@gmail.com.1 food or drink item purchase, donation to go to featured poet. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Weekly Workshop. Free Slam Poetry & Spoken Word Performance Workshop for teens every Thursday. Informal writing and performance poetry group for those wishing to learn about the art form and possibly participate in a youth poetry slam. Open to teens and educators. Teens must be members of the Worcester Youth Center. Free to join. Free. 5-7 p.m. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St. 508-791-4702 or worcesteryouthslam.com.

>Saturday 26 Barnes & Noble Poetry Reading. Please join Host Carle A. Johnson, Jr. for this monthly poetry venue every fourth Saturday of the month (except December). Tonight we welcome award winning poet and teacher, John Hodgen, who will be reading from his forthcoming fourth collection of poetry from the University of Pittsburg Press. Open mic precedes feature so bring a poem or two to share. Group usually lingers after the reading in the cafe for coffee and dessert (optional). free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/Worcester, 541 D Lincoln St. 508-853-6994 or wcpa.homestead.com.

>Sunday 27 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 a poetry slam. This week we welcome Jon Wolf to our stage. Jonathan Wolf is a poet and hacker who has been involved as both a coach and a competitor for several Worcester slam teams. A fixture in the local performance poetry community, he is currently working on a book of poems involving birds, mathematics, and the Bible. On good days, he’s a hopeless romantic. He currently resides in Worcester with his cat and several computers. He’s got craft, precision, passion and the looks to boot! poetsasylum.org. No cover; donations accepted.. 6-9 p.m. Jumpin’ Juice & Java, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800.

>Monday 28 The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Poets On Tour, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Alex Charalambides and Nick Davis. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra! The show also streams online most Monday’s! Check the dirtygerund.com website for a link! Donations Accepted. 9-11 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com.

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Orlando’s Comedy Jam - Thursdays, Thursday, April 1 - Friday, December 31. A Showcase of New England’s best comics, hosted by Orlando Baxter. 5 BUCKS. 8-9:30 p.m. Fifth Amendment, Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari, 90 Commercial St. Call 508-812-0093. CSI New England Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

$52. 6:30-9 p.m. Salem Cross Inn, 260 W. Main St., West Brookfield. Call 508-867-2345 or visit salemcrossinn.com. Funny Guy Productions Presents Comedy Night @ LC’s Lounge (Parking in rear of Building) - Friday, June 25. Two Comedians T.B.A. two hour show you don’t want to miss $10 COVER. 8-10 p.m. LC’s Lounge Live Music / Karaoke, 287 Main St. Call 508-926-8844. “Summer and August” A Cape Cod Murder Mystery by K Spirito - Saturday, June 26. A murder in Chatham is the last thing Doctor Curt Shirlington expects when he agrees to fill in as temporary medical examiner. And then drugs stolen from the Rehab Center? Kidnapped twins thriving in plain view? Family skeletons? A homeless person shacking up with ghosts in the cellar of Yellow Umbrella Books? Balderdash! Free. 1-4 p.m. Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. Call 508-9496232. The Wedding Song - Murder Mystery Theater Saturday, June 26. Murder mystery dinner theater performed by the Theater Guild of North Brookfield. Enjoy this hilarious wedding ceremony where you are the guests and the mystery of who killed the groom needs to be solved with your help! A spaghetti dinner and dessert will be served. $12 per person. 6-9 p.m. American Legion, Main St (behind the subway building), North Brookfield. Call 508-331-9031. Wedding Song(dinner theater/murder mystery) Saturday, June 26. Ticket price includes the play, dinner, spaghetti, salad, roll, meatballs and dessert. Please email or call for more info. This is a mystery/comedy dinner theater. Tix will not be sold at the door. 12/person. 6:30-9 p.m. American Legion, Main st (behind the subway building), North Brookfield. Call 508-331-9031. Central Stage Summer Auditions - Saturday, June 26 Sunday, June 27. Open auditions for the summer production of Antigone, as well as auditions for a mixed a cappella group. noon-4 p.m. Central Stage Arts, 23 Freeland St. Call 401-374-7404 or visit centralstagearts.org.

dance >Friday 25 Open Dance Practice Session. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio Hosts A Open Dance Practice Session every 2nd & 4th Friday! Lower level, Maironis Park, Shrewsbury, MA. Practice steps, choreography and floor craft. Large dance floor, practice music, coffee service & light refreshments. Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Hustle music. Jeans ok. 7- 10pm, $10pp Admission. $10pp. 7-10 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.

>Saturday 26 Cha Cha Classes (Int). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. With its two slow steps followed by three quick ones (rock step, cha-cha-cha), this sensual, energetic dance is extraordinarily popular with old and young alike. The tempo is slow and staccato, making it easy for dancers to inject their own personality into the patterns. 1-2 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.

>Sunday 27 Swingin Sundays The Love Dogs Dance2Swing. Leominster Elks (Swingin Sunday’s ) 6pm Doors Open 6:30pm Beginner Friendly Group Swing Dance Lesson 7:30pm Live Bands Singles and Couples Welcome Admission $12 June 27th The Love Dogs Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or dance2swing.com.

>Wednesday 30 Salsa Classes (Beg). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during

each 4 beats. The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa dancing is always sassy, sexy, and fun! $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com

fairs/ festivals >Friday 25 African Day Conference. In the line of celebrating African countries 50th Independence, 2 conference days ( 06/25 and 06/26/2010)will feature speakers from college institutions, students, philanthropists, humanitarians and businessmen. The event will discuss various topic related to peace and justice, economic development and growth, Faith and religion in Africa, democracy in Africa. 1:30-5 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m., 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe room, banx room, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655.

>Saturday 26 Finnish Kaleidoscope 2010. This Midsummer, the Finnish Heritage Society Sovittaja (FHSS) is once again to play host to the Finnish Kaleidoscope, a free event established in 2009 to bring the local community together in Finnish cultural celebration. The Finnish Kaleidoscope is intended for all ages as it showcases the many facets of Finnishness, Finland and Finnish presence in the United States, both modern and traditional, through arts, sports, food, exhibits, lectures, demos, vendors and more! Event held rain or shine. Free Admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sovittaja Park (Finn Park), Finn Park Road, Rutland. 508-842-8468 or sovittaja.org. Princeton Garden Tour And Tasting. Come wander through 7 of Princeton’s most beautiful gardens while sampling food from fine local restaurants. Ticket information on web site. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. heartsforheat.org

fundraiser >Thursday 24 Artful Friends Raffle. The Artful Friends Raffle offers 42 prizes: art, paintings, photos, sculpture, fabric art, pottery and gift certificates from local restautants and stores. The $5 raffle cards have 26 tickets to enter in the raffle. Sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library, this raffle is a major fundraiser to provide library programs for adults and children, the library museum passes, receptions and speakers.The drawing is open to the lublic. Refreshments will be available. free. 7:30-8 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426.

family >Sunday 27 Wild About Deer Day. Help us celebrate our 35 acre walk through Deer Forest. Visit with the zookeepers and educational staff who work with these amazing animals while roaming amongst Fallow Deer! $18.75 Adult General Admission, $12.75 Child General Admission, $12.75 Senior General Admission OR $24 pp Combo Ticket for General Admission with Mechanical Rides!. Southwick’s Zoo, 2 Southwick St., Mendon. 800-258-9182.

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>Friday 25 Resume Writing & Interview Skills. An interactive workshop offering info on new techniques in your job search effort. Learn about first impressions; How to conduct yourself before, during and after the interview process; Structuring your resume; Job searching tips and resources. Instructed by Kathy M Barron, Founder and President of Accurate Resource Group, Inc. accurateresourcegroup.com. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Central Massachusetts, 2nd Floor, 50 Elm St. 508-363-2300. Sessions with Dorothea. Chakra Balancing & other intuitive modalities. Dorothea is a Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner. She will be available to share her insight & energy work. Dorothea is available by appointment. $55. 1-5 p.m. Taproot Bookstore, 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or TaprootBookstore.com.

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Introduction to Mindfulness based Stress Management. Mindfulness is a relaxation technique that focuses on present moment awareness to calm and heal the mind. Understand how stress negatively impacts one’s health, overall wellbeing and quality of life. Learn how to effectively cope with stressful thoughts, conditions and situations by using “mindfulness.” Call 508-987-3310 or register online at www.generations-gifts.com and click on Workshops $45. 10-11:30 a.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310. Success Aerobics: A Prosperous Mindset Creates a Successful Massage Business with Cary Bayer. This class is for Massage Therapists or Massage Therapy students only. A certificate for 3 CEs will be given after completion of this class. $50 if registered by 6/19/10. noon-3 p.m. Amethyst Point Holistic Center, 232 Chandler St. 508-753-3975 or amethystpoint.com. How Marketing Can Help Your Massage Business Thrive with Cary Bayer. This class is for Massage Therapists or Massage Therapy students only. A certificate for 3 CEs will be given after completion of this class. $50 if registered by 6/19/10. 4-7 p.m. Amethyst Point Holistic Center, 232 Chandler St. 508753-3975 or amethystpoint.com.

>Saturday 26 Creativity Workshop in Crete, Greece. $1400. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Travel Destination 831-915-5209 or creativityworkshop. com/crete.html.

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Reiki 1 Certification with Sherry Mitchell, Reiki Master. $150. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Amethyst Point Holistic Center, 232 Chandler St. 508-753-3975 or amethystpoint.com. Musikgarten Childhood Music Teaching Training. Apple Tree Arts is hosting several Musikgarten Teacher Training workshops in late June. The workshops will be taught in Grafton by highly trained Musikgarten teachers. The programs are ideal for individuals who want to become music educators and preschool teachers or day care providers who want to enhance their current music education programs. Call (508)-839-4286 or visit www. appletreearts.org Call Musikgarten for prices of seminars. 800-2166864. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evangelical Congregational Church, 30 Grafton Common, Grafton. 800-216-6864 or musikgarten.org.

Legal Information Session for the LGBT Community. Overview of Legal Issues in Planning for Disability, Financing Health Care as We Age, Planning for Death Sponsored by: The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program of Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and Worcester LGBT Elder Network Presenters: Attorney Kathleen E. O’Connor, O’Connor & Rivard Attorneys PC. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square. 508-756-1545 or seniorconnection.org/ JUNE 24, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Volunteer Appreciation Day celebrates Habitat’s 25th anniversary and the building of its 30th house Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/ Greater Worcester (HFH-MWGW) will continue to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Year by dedicating a three-bedroom, 1,200- square-foothome built for a local low-income family on Sunday, July 18 at 3 p.m. The home, located at 41 MacArthur Dr. in Millbury, is the 30th house built by the affiliate since its founding in 1985. According to Harriett Lebow, Executive Director of the Habitat affiliate, “The Millbury house represents Habitat’s commitment to bringing decent, affordable housing to families in need. It emphasizes our real reason for being these past 25 years.” The public is invited to attend the

afternoon celebration, meet Habitat volunteers and tour the home which will be occupied later in the summer by Jennifer Lavalley and her children. On hand to welcome attendees and participate in the program will be Hank Rauch, President of the Habitat Board of Directors and Deb Kuczka, Habitat’s Local Project Committee Chair. Laurie Conners and Brian Stowell from the Town of Millbury will highlight the history of the Project and recognize the contributions of volunteers and major donors. The owner of the house, Jennifer Lavalley, will speak. A blessing will be delivered by Reverend Vicki Hammel of The First Congregational Church of Millbury, as well as a member of the Habitat Board of Directors. The

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Pending home sales down for first time in a year WALTHAM – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) reported today that the number of single-family homes put under agreement in May were down 3 percent over the same time last year, while condominiums were down 6 percent. May is the first month since July 2009 that the number of both single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement has decreased compared to the year before. “The decrease in pending sales in May is a direct result of buyers making a final push to get homes put under agreement prior to the April 30 tax credit deadline,” said 2010 MAR President Kevin Sears, broker/co-owner of Sears Real Estate in Springfield. “While we would have liked to have seen increases in pending sales in May, low interest rates and more affordable prices continue to be the foundation for a stable market.” The number of single-family homes put under agreement in May was down 3 percent compared to the same time last year (4,802 homes in 2009 to 4,663 homes in 2010).

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Along for the ride First-time home buying: a rollercoaster of emotions BY BECKY GILL

Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be a rollercoaster of emotions. The journey begins slowly as there is some skepticism and wondering if a home is actually affordable. After looking at real estate postings or venturing through numerous neighborhoods, the thought of owning a home gains momentum and excitement. Careful consideration and an accepted offer on a house takes the process around a sharp turn to the mortgage lenders. Obtaining a mortgage can be a lengthy process, depending on a buyer’s credit, cash on hand, type of loan desired, and the condition of the property at hand. During that time, emotions can run high and then dip quickly depending on the lender’s reports. A rejection can flip your hopes upside-down, and an acceptance can send your plans soaring. The realtor you choose to assist with the home buying process is crucial to the overall experience. The realtor is on the ride with you, so it’s important

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A beautiful three-bed, three-bath federal colonial is waiting. It is anticipating the arrival of a homeowner looking to walk through the two-story, seven-room home with a great screened-in backyard and claim what Mark Peris, a REALTOR with Andrew Abu Realty calls “smashing.” The house, built in 2001, is located at 16 Lt. Williams Haynes Dr. in Millbury – on a cul-de-sac that offers some privacy, yet will keep future homeowners just a few minutes from major roadways, including Route 146, Route 20, 290, 190, and the Mass Pike. A spacious family room offers plenty of area to work with on the first floor. With large cathedral ceilings above, wall-to-wall carpeting below, and a brick fireplace somewhere in between, the layout lends itself to warmth as well as an excellent space for hosting guests. The kitchen has a mix of stone and ceramic tiling, maple cabinets, and several appliances on hand including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and

range. The kitchen is joined on the first floor by a stylish dining room, living room, and laundry area. Sleeping in this colonial is done in style as well. A master bedroom comes complete with a full bath, walk-in closet, wall-to-wall carpeting, ceiling fan, and plenty of room to place desired furniture. Two other bedrooms – one slightly bigger than the other – continue the total carpeting theme and are fully insulated – as all other rooms are – for those New England winter nights. The house also offers a fully finished basement with interior, exterior, and garage access. The basement has room designated for an exercise room and play area. The garage can easily fit two cars, while the reminder of the driveway can offer another six. The grounds contain a large storage shed and a finished walkout deck with screen doors. In addition to the various routes easily accessed from 16 Lt. Williams Haynes Dr. in Millbury, the area also offers plenty of things to do, such as shopping/ dining in downtown Millbury and the Shoppes at

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You Spoke ... We Listened! JONESIN’ Across 1 Run ___ of (violate) 6 Turns in the fridge 10 “I love,” in Latin 13 She came between Hillary and Michelle 14 Napkin fold 16 Turn down 17 Cereal for people with good fortune during a fictional “Simpsons” month? 19 Pilot’s heading: abbr. 20 Roasting for a long time? 21 Cereal that’s really healthy, but takes forever to pass? 23 Nonclerical 25 Env. attachment 26 Likely (to) 29 One of the Osmonds 32 Drug bust 35 Cereal that’s shockingly good? 38 He’s always got a court date 39 Little bits 40 Award won by Taylor Swift in 2009 41 “Scenes from ___” (1991 Bette Midler film) 42 Pasta topping 43 Cereal eaten mainly by important students? 45 “That’s delicious” 46 Book in the Septimus Heap series 47 Michigan’s ___ Canals 48 Waikiki island 50 PBS “Mystery” host Diana 53 With 62-across, cereal that sounds like a bad accident between fighting ermines? 57 Show showers 61 Honorific poem 62 See 53-across 64 ___ carte 65 Therefore 66 “___ tell you something...” 67 Prefix meaning “wood” 68 Political cartoonist Ted 69 Feeds the hogs Down 1 “It’s ___ ever wanted!”

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2 Half-human, half-goat creature 3 Pained expression 4 “Family Matters” annoyer 5 Girl in an Eric Clapton song 6 Tachometer stat 7 Minnesota’s St. ___ College 8 Actress Garr 9 Northern California newspaper, slangily 10 Yosemite photographer 11 Paste for Japanese soups 12 Farm beasts 15 “Back ___” (2005 song by Mike Jones) 18 Some cigs 22 “Keep on Truckin’” cartoonist 24 Like some tunes 26 Cause fought by the Gray Panthers 27 Tournament type 28 Record-setting actress at the 1974 Oscars 30 Gossipy bit 31 More pointless 33 Cold home heated by a qulliq 34 AC ___ (auto parts manufacturer) 36 Classic game with power pellets

37 End of many languages 38 He preceded and followed Conan 44 Historic name in supercomputers 46 Fort where the Civil War started 49 Heavenly ___ (ice cream flavor) 51 Word on some doors at school 52 “Oliver Twist” food 53 Cajole 54 How some sit about 55 Charlie Chaplin wife O’Neill 56 Table salt, to chemists 58 Prefix meaning “within” 59 Patrol in the provinces, for short 60 “___ the Sheriff” (1980s Suzanne Somers sitcom) 63 ___ Aviv, Israel Last week's solution

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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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HOLDEN 138 Meadow Wood Dr. Sat. & Sun. June 26 & 27. 9am-3pm. Rain or Shine. Let's Make A Deal! All kinds of stuff! Cleaning out after 42 years! Worcester Tatnuck, 89 Tory Fort Lane, Sat & Sun June 26 & 27, 9 am-3 pm. Estate & moving sale. Furniture, women’s clothes (lg & sm sizes), linens, housewares, etc. No toys or children’s items.

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PAINTING Johnson & Johnson Painting Interior/Exterior. Wallpapering, Carpentry. Fully Insured. Free estimates. Don 508865-1575 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 PAINTING/REPAIRS BFB PAINTING We offer interior and exterior painting and staining, powerwashing masonry, gutter cleaning. We will meet or beat the competitors’ price. Ins & ref. CALL 508-667-4554 OR 508-797-9397 or email: sbrogna1958@aol.com PET CARE Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services In-home pet care, vaca coverage and daily dog walks. Allyson 774-293-1590. Fully ins. Great ref. PLUMBING SCHULTZ PLUMBING 10% Off for new customers. Lic’d & Ins’d. #26981 D. Scott Schultz Jr. 508-735-3567 www.schultzplumbing.com

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Advertising Works! “Brunelle and Son’s Landscaping has been advertising in the Central Mass Classifieds of Worcester Mag for many years, and more recently in all of Holden Landmark Corp publications. We continue to advertise weekly because of the increase in business that this advertising brings! The sales staff is friendly and mindful of our needs and changes of the season, and they are very easy to work with. Need Landscaping services? Call Brunelle and Sons at 508-775-1088. Need to promote your business? Call June at 508-755-1199 to advertise in the Central Mass Classifieds. Thank you.”

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RUBBISH REMOVAL ATS Trash Removal 10 yard Dump Trailers. Call for pricing. Discounts available. 774-364-1150 R.S. ENTERPRISES Roll-off Dumpsters and Clean-Outs. Junk car and scrap metal removal. Free Estimates. Weekend Specials. 508-829-0551. TOTAL DISPOSAL Dumpster Specials 10yd. $230, 15yd $300. Home Cleanouts, Landscape Clean-ups, Demo Rubbish, Appliances. Give us a call and we’ll talk trash. 508-864-7755 SECURITY SERVICES

SEWER CONNECTIONS Sewer Connections Book now & SAVE! Highfields Development Corp. Experienced, fast, neat & tidy. Professional service. Senior citizen discounts. Call Ken at 508-769-6722.

EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ALL CASH VENDING! Do you earn $800 in a day? Your own Local Vending Route. 25 Machines and Candy for $9,995. 1-800-920-8301*

Security Guard Patrol Services Licensed by the MA State Police Bonded. Vacant buildings, auto lots, malls, etc. Private and Commercial 508-527-5196

ALL CASH VENDING! Incredible Income Opportunity! Candy, Gumball, Snack, Soda... Minimum $4K-$10K Investment Required. Excellent Quality Machines. We Can Save You $$$$. 800-962-9189” \\

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HELP WANTED LOCAL Long Term Care Options Counselors Regional Consortium of Aging and Disability organizations seek full-time professionals to assist individuals in need of long term care services to make informed choices. Knowledge of community resources and local service systems for elders and persons with disabilities a must. Excellent communication skills, basic computer skills, and reliable transportation required. Bachelor’s degree in a human services area or 2 years experience in a related field preferred. One full time employee to be housed at each organization: Center for Living and Working, Elder Services of Worcester Area, Montachusett Home Care, and Tri-Valley Inc. Submit resume with preferred site by June 30, 2010 to Stacy McGann, Elder Services of Worcester Area, 411 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602 or smcgann@eswa.org AA/EOE

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2 Living Room Lounge Chairs on rollers, gold velvet fabric. Good cond $275. 508832-3931

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OFFICE CHAIR, LEATHER, black, large w/ foot rest $100 508-363-2351 Leave message. POOL LADDER FITS 48â&#x20AC;? TO 54â&#x20AC;? pools. Excellent condition $50. 978-534-3923.

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Kitchen Set Table 4 chairs. Maple. Exc. cond. $50 Call 508-754-2101 Leather jacket Ladies 3/4 length $35. 508754-6093.

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TOWN OF MILLBURY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Millbury Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, on the application of Campanelli Development II, LLC, property located at 10 Latti Farm Road, Millbury, MA, for Modification of the Site Plan Review Special Permit under Article 1, Section 12.4 of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw, and for a Post-Construction Stormwater Management Permit under Section 16-3 of the Millbury General Bylaws, to accommodate a distribution facility for Bimbo Bakeries. Plan is available to view in the Planning Office. Anyone wishing to be heard on this application should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman

Town of Millbury Public Hearing The Millbury Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July13, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. in the Conference Room, Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA to act upon the application of a Alter of Premises for Belfont House, 11 South Main Street, Millbury, MA; and at 7:30 p.m. a Change of Manager for the Charles F. Minney Post VFW 3329, 16 South Main Street, Millbury, MA Board of Selectmen TOWN OF MILLBURY The Board of Selectmen in the TOWN OF MILLBURY will hold a Public Hearing on, July 13, 2010, 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act upon the Pole Petition of Verizon New England and Massachusetts Electric Company to relocate a pole and all attached fixtures, wires, cables on Davis Road: On the westerly sideline, approximately 80 feet south of existing Pole No. 22 place new midspan Pole No. 20 1/2 .

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TOWN OF SUTTON PLANNING BOARD & DEPARTMENT Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section IV.C. of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw Site Plan Review, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Sandra Roy, 583 Boston Road, Sutton, MA. The applicant seeks to modify the Site Plan approval granted by the Planning Board for Hair Inc., a two story building for a hair salon and complimentary personal care businesses at 107 Boston Road. The modification seeks to extend the permit for an additional year. The hearing will be held at the Sutton Town Hall, third floor, on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 7:40 P.M. A copy of the application and plan can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Tomm Connors, Acting Chairman

TOWN OF SUTTON PLANNING BOARD & DEPARTMENT Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section VI.H.Retreat Lots of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of the Town of Sutton, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA to create a retreat lot with 6.08 acres and 52’ +/of frontage from property located at 150 Town Farm Road currently owned by Whittier Farms Inc. The hearing will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 7:15 P.M. A copy of the plan and application can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Tomm Connors, Acting Chairman

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL Docket No WO10P1846EA In the Estate of: George William Army Late of: Millbury, MA 01527 Date of Death: 04/21/2010 To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Cynthia K. Army of Millbury, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 07/13/2010. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: June 17, 2010 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate

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WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY Request For Responses Window Shade Products The Worcester Housing Authority (‘WHA’) requests competitive sealed responses from qualified Bidders to provide Window Shade Products. All items purchased from this RFR will be purchased outright. Contract pricing is based on the manufacturer’s lowest, most current, net delivered prices. All prices will be net FOB for all destinations within the City of Worcester. The WHA anticipates entering into one or more contracts as a result of this RFR. The window shade products to be purchased under contract comprise the WHA’s annual needs for ordinary window shade products. The WHA anticipates based upon prior year’s usage, that the total expenditure for any and all contracts awarded under this RFR will be approximately $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 annually. The contract period for these items is one year. RFR packages may be obtained, or further information provided, by contacting the WHA Purchasing Department at 508-635-3203. All sealed proposals must be received by 11 A.M. on July 22, 2010. All proposals should be mailed or delivered to: Worcester Housing Authority Purchasing Department Attn: Brian Bigelow 69 Tacoma Street Worcester, MA 01605 The WHA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, wholly or in part, to waive informalities or irregularities in the proposals and make awards deemed to be in the best interest of the WHA and the public. Award of a contract(s) is subject to approval by the WHA Executive Director. Ad Date: June 24, 2010

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(508) 749-3166 ext. 430 Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provision of M.G.L c.255, sec. 39A that on JUNE 25, 2010 the following vehicles will be sold at private sale to satisfy our garage keeper lien thereon for towing and storage charges and expenses of sale and notices. Vehicle 2001 FORD F350 vin1FTSF31F21EA93166; owner KEVIN McGRATH 194 CENTRAL ST BOYLSTON, MA 01505 Vehicle 2001 BMW 325CI vinWBABS33431JY54234; owner JOHN COLLINS 41 TIVERTIN PKWY WORCESTER, MA 01602

To be sold at Central Auto Works 78 Canterbury St Worcester, MA Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provision of M.G.L c.255, sec. 39A that on JULY 9, 2010 the following vehicles will be sold at private sale to satisfy our garage keeper lien thereon for towing and storage charges and expenses of sale and notices. Vehicle 1999 DODGE DURANGO vin 1B4HS28Y0XF624517; owner SHONIQUE NICHOLS 270 KING ST SPRINGFIELD, MA 01109 Vehicle 2001 FORD F150 vin 1FTRW08L8AKB7538; owner KEVIN NORTON 17 BEACONSFIELD RD WORCESTER, MA 01602 Vehicle 1999 HONDA ACCORD vin JHMCG562XC042251; owner NANCY MAINE 200 VERNON ST WORCESTER, MA 01607 Vehicle 2007 CHEV AVALANCHE vin 3GNFK12357G239719; owner ROBERT KNISKERN JR 9A WELLINGTON ROAD OXFORD, MA 01540 To be sold at Central Auto Works 78 Canterbury St Worcester, MA

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY MODERNIZATION/NEW DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS Belmont Tower Circuit Breakers Replacement The Worcester Housing Authority will receive sealed bids from DCAM Certified Electrical Contractors for MA 12-12, 40 Belmont Street, Worcester MA 01605 Circuit Breakers Replacement Project until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday July 15, 2010 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. Estimated construction cost is $ 150,000. All bids must conform with provisions of General Law (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 149, Section 44A to 44L inclusive and the Instruction to Bidders. Filed sub-bids will be taken for the following portions of the work: N/A Copies of the contract documents prepared by Worcester Housing Authority may be obtained Friday June 18, 2010 after 10:00 a.m. at the above address by depositing $25.00 in the form of a company check, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority, for each set of documents so 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 contact documents to be mailed to them should include a separate check in the amount of $15.00 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, 24 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA 02173 Reed Construction Data, 30 Technology Parkway South, Norcross, GA 30092 ProjectDog, 18 Graf Road Unit #8 Plan Room, Newburyport, MA 01950 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. Each General Bid shall be accompanied by: (1) Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to the bid (2) DCAM Certificate of Eligibility (3) DCAM Update Statement CQ 3 (4) Form HUD-5369A Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders (5) Previous Participation Certificate HUD Form 2530 Attention is called to the following: a. Provisions of Equal Employment Opportunity; b. Provisions for payment of not less than the minimum wages as 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 a 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. A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 40 Belmont Street, Community Room at which time bidders will be invited to visit the project site(s) with the 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, after the approval by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the award of the general contract, without the consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. No bid of a SubBidder shall be withdrawn, excluded, after award of the contract to the General Contractor without the consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. Worcester Housing Authority Roland G. Carlson, Chairman

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