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eople are always skeptical of the word “lobbyist,” and for good reason. No one likes the idea that representatives of companies that don’t always have the little guy’s best interests at heart get to walk around the state house and try to influence politicians elected by a populace who is supposed to trust them. So it’s refreshing to hear that some of these little guys have decided to walk into the state house and do the same. Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) has been around for a few years now, but the organization really started to flex its muscles last year and doesn’t plan on relaxing any time soon. Already winners in some significant reforms, the group has two more changes that it’s setting its sights on—reform bills that are close to passing sometime this legislative session. No one would go so far as to call EPOCA lobbyists – for one, they don’t have to register as such with the state – but if you were to broaden a description of the word to include anyone who visits lawmakers and presses them on legislation, it still wouldn’t change my view of what the group does. Nine times out of 10, I’ll throw my support behind the guys and girls who do trust-falls at their biweekly meetings. — Jeremy Shulkin | Senior Writer

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City to hire up to 20 new fire department recruits, even though the positions only guarantee funding until 2013. Michael O’Brien and WFD Chief Gerard Dio say they’ll find the funding to retain them afterwards. +1 Polar Beverages, Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! team up with the Oak Hill CDC and local volunteers to build a playground at Union Hill Elementary School. +2 DESE mislabels 55,000 MCAS scores. Anyone else starting to feel like this test is more trouble than it’s worth? -1 Tito leaves as manager of the Red Sox. Too bad Theo Epstein couldn’t fire JD Drew and Carl Crawford’s batting averages, or John Lackey’s ERA. -1 Woman’s body found in the woods near Smith Lane. According to police reports, they believe the body has been there for weeks. As of press time, foul play had not been ruled out. -4 City and Greater Worcester Land Trust complete the 3.5 mile East Side Trail, a wooded walkway that spans from Green Hill Park to the shore of Lake Quinsigamond. +3 James Street bridge re-opens on time to cries of “thank you, thank you!” by local business owners and commuters. +2 Mayor O’Brien’s office releases the final report from the Commission for Latino Education Excellence, a lengthy and glossy discussion on what families, government, schools, nonprofits and business can do to boost academic achievement. +1 This week: +3 Last week: +4 Year to date: +23 WORCESTERMAG.COM • OCTOBER 6, 2011

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Massachusetts seeks freedom from No Child Left Behind Act Rachel Bryson-Brockmann


s the deadline for the proficiency of all American students test scores by 2014 approaches, President Obama announced that states can seek a waiver from some of the more unrealistic requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, and Massachusetts is poised to do so. The 2002 federal law focused the country’s attention on education like never before, but in the decade since its application, it has been criticized for setting unreachable goals and forcing educators to “teach to the test.” In an upheaval of the law, states that qualify for the waivers would be allowed to design their own schoolaccountability systems. The act’s central feature requires that states administer yearly tests in English and math, and that the amount of students scoring “proficient” should increase each year until all students are passing by 2014. This requirement appears unattainable as the state announced in September that 82 percent of state schools missed the targets set by the state under the federal law.

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“The authors of No Child Left Behind were well-intended, but it is flawed,” says David Perda, chief accountability officer for Worcester Public Schools. “Any time the numbers look like that, it shows that adjustments need to be made.” Perda says news of the waiver is positive because it will end the designation of schools as “in need of improvement” if their adequate-yearlyprogress rate (percentage of students passing the MCAS) does not increase each year. “When students and teachers are working hard but the message is sent that the school is failing, it’s tough,” says Perda. And the failing label

is more than just a stigma: schools can face the threat of state takeovers or shut down. “Failing labels are not helpful,” says Ricci Hall, principal of the University Park Campus School. “It shifts the focus from what’s important.” Hall argues that there are other factors that indicate a school’s success besides MCAS scores, such as graduation rates and college acceptance and attendance rates. “We want kids to be college ready instead of test ready,” says Hall. He added that the waiver will allow schools a greater freedom to decide how to best prepare students for college, and that continued on page 6


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esort-style casinos offer more than just gambling. They bring in entertainment acts ranging from musicians, comedians, traveling Broadway productions, magic shows and circus acts. With the most recent casino bill making its way from the Massachusetts House to the Massachusetts Senate on Beacon Hill, local and nonprofit theaters in Massachusetts have come together to work with the state legislature to protect their institutions from casinos’ traditional policies and entertainment contracts. “We had some concerns on the negative impact the casinos would have on Worcester’s Hanover Theater, possibly even Mechanics Hall and across the state,” says Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore. Sen. Harriette Chandler worked with Moore and the Massachusetts Performing Arts Coalition on the language in the latest casino bill, which they hope will protect local theaters from the threat that resort-style casinos can present. In the amendment, which is included in the Senate version of the bill, any group applying to build a casino must meet with the coalition to discuss a contract agreement that may include but not be limited to, scheduling of events, ticket promotions, marketing and other operations of municipally owned or not-for-profit venues. “We’re the 38th state to do this [allow gambling and resort-style casinos], so we’re looking across the country to learn from experiences elsewhere. Nobody else has taken this kind of time and concern with their cultural packaging as we are doing,” says Chandler. “We want to protect them [local theaters]. We want to make sure they do not fall victim in any way to the casinos’ deeper pockets or greater expertise.” Troy Siebels, executive director at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester believes the biggest protection local theaters like the Hanover Theatre, Springfield’s Symphony Hall and Lowell’s Performing Arts have is the seat restriction written into the bill. Casinos will not be permitted to build entertainment venues with

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seating between 1,000 and 3,500 seats. “The problem is it’s not the competition …it is the fact that a casino books a performer and then that performer is not allowed to play anywhere within 100 miles,” says Siebels. “So, even if an individual in Worcester would never drive to a casino in say New Bedford to see a show, it doesn’t matter because they won’t be able to see it here because we won’t be able to get that performer.” The process of applying to be one of the resort casinos in Massachusetts will include having a discussion with the Massachusetts Performing Arts Coalition regarding terms and conditions of operating an entertainment venue, yet there are no set fines or legal repercussions if the casinos do not abide by the rules established with the coalition and the nonprofit theaters in the state. The hope is that if there is a complaint, the coalition will take it to the Gaming Commission and the independent board will decide the appropriate action. “We are setting up the body of the regulation, and it will be up the Gaming Commission to set up the rules and regulations that will rule all parts of gaming in Massachusetts,” admits Chandler. Siebels and the Massachusetts Performing Arts Coalition hope the agreement will establish a good relationship with casinos if the bill makes its way through the Massachusetts Senate and scores the governor’s signature. “It is to our advantage to come up with something that is not too onerous on them and still preserves us because that stands the best chance of us being respected,” Siebels continues. Chandler hopes the amendment will protect the local theaters, and is proud of the work she and Moore have done to get the language in the bill updated to help keep the local arts from falling victim to casinos’ ability to stand in the way of getting the best performances and performers. “We know for the casinos that entertainment becomes a loss leader for them, where as the theaters, it’s their business,” says Chandler. “We cannot have their loss leaders destroy our theaters.”

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the intense focus on testing has the opposite effect that it’s supposed to. “It actually stifles the students,” he says. When concentration is placed on the math and English test scores, other subjects can get overlooked. President Obama singled out Hall and University Park in a speech on September 23 as an example of a school mislabeled by No Child Left Behind. Though last year, the school scored better than the state average on high school MCAS tests, but it did not make its adequateyearly-progress rate, and was therefore labeled in need of “corrective action.” With a majority of schools in Massachusetts being viewed as unsuccessful, the validity of the act’s requirements has come into question. “By 2014, the whole thing would just become meaningless,” says Brian O’Connell of the Worcester School Committee. “Goals were set too high, and they’re just unrealistic. Now students can achieve at a pace that is realistic for them.” Critics are worried that getting the waiver would decrease the accountability of schools and give way to less rigorous standards, lowering achievement across the board. “Unlike other states, Massachusetts has always had ambitious standards and set very high expectations, so we wouldn’t be losing anything by accepting the waiver,” says O’Connell. Perda says the waiver would not disrupt the day-today activities of Worcester schools. “It won’t change much for us – our work goes on.”



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Before Mayor O’Brien made a proclamation Tuesday night that workers have access to unionization, a number of Alternatives Unlimited workers and SEIU members huddled outside of City Hall supporting a vote, at the end of the month, that would allow their 550 employees to unionize. Dennis Rice, Executive Director at Alternatives said in a prepared statement, “While we support employees [sic] right to choose whether or not they wish to be unionized under the law, we do not believe that having a union at Alternatives is in the best interests of our employees or the people we serve.” The SEIU alleges that the company had hired the consulting expertise of the Wentworth Group, whose website proudly proclaims that they “take an aggressive approach in union prevention” and “prevent future union intervention.” A spokesperson for Alternatives Unlimited said they had no comment on their involvement. A few local pols and candidates made quick speeches, notably mayoral candidate Joe Petty, who’s been seen favorably but hasn’t been overwhelmingly supported by unions in the past.

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Worcester property owners are still seething over the city’s Fiscal Year 2011 assessments on their residential or commercial buildings, with many folks seeing huge increases because of new classifications for dormers or the city making up for previous under-classifications. The move worked out in the City’s favor, with an end of Fiscal Year budget report showing that FY11 raked in $12 million more in property taxes than in FY10…Just like high school math class though, the state has asked the City to check its work. A bid went out two weeks ago for an independent contractor to re-assess 33,000 residential properties that the Department of Revenue will compare to the City’s computer program-based assessments from last year.



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HOUSING AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Worcester Housing Authority Executive Director Ray Mariano was called to testify before the city’s Human Rights Commission to explain in greater detail the plan to raise rents on WHA residents who don’t seek work or educational opportunities. Comments ranged from officers offering full support to questions about implementation and fears that residents would be “criminalized.” Mariano laid out the timeline (it would take years to fully implement) and went in-depth about private partners secured to help WHA residents. Mariano said afterwards, “I thought the questions were good from the commissioners.” He added that they’ve made adjustments to the program along the way because of criticism and feedback they’ve received. All sides definitely agreed on one thing: no wanted to be in the chorus of “those people” who judge residents of housing programs.

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It is what it is Janice Harvey


xcuse me please, while I take a moment to bang my head against the wall. I just finished reading the FBI’s definition of forcible rape, so you’ll have to pardon me for seeing stars. It’s my hope that if I smack my skull hard enough against some concrete, I too will come to believe that Worcester had only 19 rapes on its books in 2010. Imagine that. Springfield logged 129 in the same year. Worcester? 19. Now either Springfield is the violent pervert capital of Massachusetts or Worcester is home to all of the bay state’s enlightened gents. Which is it? Neither, I suspect. These numbers are based on the FBI’s boneheaded definition of forcible rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will,” a definition so vague and exclusionary that it borders on silly – but this is no laughing matter. It’s what’s left out of the wording that tells a bigger story: alcohol, for instance. And drugs. Rapes that involve both are not included in the tally. This means that a woman who has been ravaged while unconscious after her beer’s been spiked hasn’t been “forcibly raped.” Apparently you have to be wide awake and screaming “NO!” at the top of your lungs to be considered a rape victim. Using the FBI’s measuring stick, Worcester went from 124 reported forcible rapes in 2006 to 19 in a mere four years. Wow. We must have some great prevention and education programs going on out there – and loads of funding, too. No? Oh, but you’re not a victim of forcible rape if you’re simply penetrated anally or forced to perform fellatio. (I apologize to my more sensitive readers, but I’m merely stating the facts here.) These acts of violence don’t count

as forcible rape, either. So just how should these acts be categorized–as examples of bad manners, perhaps? Poor people skills? I’d bet my last George Washington that 19 forcible rapes occurred in the dorms of any one of our college campuses in a month’s span, never mind citywide over a year’s time. But because drinking is the preferred pastime of so many students, and booze plays a big part in assaultive behavior, those incidents wouldn’t meet the FBI’s requirements. I have to assume that the FBI is made up solely of clueless old guys who haven’t stepped outside of the bureau since the Titanic’s maiden voyage went askew. No joke here – the definition was dreamed up some 80 years ago, and hasn’t been updated. Now I’m not suggesting that oral sex was invented after the radio, air travel and plastic, but these are different times. Perhaps a review is in order? Back to the Springfield numbers for a moment: if 129 rapes are meeting the definition, how the heck many don’t fit the bill? Remind me not to move to Springfield anytime soon, will ya? Here in the land of peace, love and understanding no such violations are occurring— just the kind that involve a Mojito or knock-out drops, but those don’t count. Watering down the numbers could have serious repercussions regarding the monies required to run hotlines and crisis centers. It sends a message, too, of complacency, and could lead to women dropping their guard in lessthan-safe situations. It’s outrageous to think that such a narrow definition may dictate a woman’s perception of the ultimate violation. Tell a woman who has endured such violence that what was done to her doesn’t fit the description—I suspect she’ll disagree; but she just might try to rationalize and downplay what’s occurred for her own sanity. And that, my friends, would be very wrong.

On-line comments For the Children: Vote at 17? There are privileges that citizen’s of the United States have and voting at the age of 18 is one of them. Encouraging students to get involved and learn about the government and voting process at younger ages and then actually VOTE at age 18 when it is legally allowed is my suggestion. If a 14 year old helps out on a campaign (and I know some who do), should we change the voting age to 14? The nonsense that if you vote at age 17 you will “get in the voting habit” is just crazy. Get involved, get absentee ballots (which my teens did when they moved away) and VOTE at age 18! Submitted online by M E LIS SA If we want to get more civic engagement in young people, it shouldn’t be through experimenting by letting

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n a rainy Tuesday in midSeptember a chartered bus of 50 ex-prisoners and supporters cruises down the MassPike. The bus will drop everyone off at the foot of the state house where these members of the local advocacy group ExPrisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) will walk the halls visiting with specific state legislatures. Two of them will also testify in front of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, as legislators, sheriffs, district attorneys, judges, lobbyists and reporters look on. For most people on the bus, this will be the first time they set foot inside

A member of the lobbying team – the group of 10 or so who will meet with legislators – Marguerite (for privacy reasons, many last names won’t be used), sits across from Bajaña and echoes his thoughts. “I’m nervous, I don’t know what I’m going to say,” she says with a laugh. “I know what I’m going to say, and I still don’t know what I’m going to say,” Bajaña responds. As the bus pulls toward Beacon Street, EPOCA executive director Steve O’Neill gives a crash-course on the day’s schedule and what the subcommittee hearing will be like. When Bajaña mentions EPOCA in his speech, he’ll ask EPOCA members to make their presence in the room known


Executive Director of EPOCA Steve O’Neill the capitol building. (Some remark later that they didn’t know it was open to the public.) It’s a quiet ride, with most conversations limited to seat partners, but excitement still hums up and down the aisle. “I’m so nervous right now,” says Luis Bajaña to his seatmate as he settles in. Bajaña will testify later that day against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders, and is still fine-tuning his speech.

by raising their hands. “We want to present that organized front—that dignified front showing Luis he’s not alone,” continues O’Neill. He also makes something very clear about the judiciary hearing and those leading it, State Senator Cynthia Creen and Representative Eugene O’Flaherty – keep it professional. “They do not like clapping, cheering, any of that stuff.”



ithin the past four years or so EPOCA has become one of the most powerful lobbying voices in the state house by mobilizing members via bus or making alliances with like-minded community groups and nonprofits. “They really point out ways in which the system is counter-intuitive,” says Nancy Scannell, director of policy and planning at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), a Boston-based nonprofit working closely with one of EPOCA’s current initiatives, reforming the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Child In Need of Services (CHINS) system. “They most clearly articulate how badly things go wrong when they go wrong.” Last year EPOCA, along with groups like Neighbor to Neighbor and the Worcester County American Civil Liberties Union, worked with local legislators and won a sweeping reform of Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) laws. Proponents of the bill argued that CORIs often contained dropped charges and were hard to read, making it even more difficult for recently released prisoners to find jobs and assimilate back into society. This year EPOCA has its eye on CHINS and ending some mandatory minimum sentences. One of those missions will be exceedingly easier than the other. O’Neill, who’s led EPOCA for seven years, is quick to branch EPOCA’s success out to other groups like Neighbor to Neighbor, the Boston Workers Alliance, the ACLU, the National Association of Social Workers and the MSPCC, but he has some theories as to why powerful politicians feel they can work with an organization of ex-prisoners without losing political capital. “It does matter that we are an organized voting constituency,” he says, adding that many laws that EPOCA believes unfairly burdens ex-prisoners come from politicians who “didn’t see our members as folks who vote.” Politicians are humans too, he points out, saying that once they meet EPOCA members and see them as people looking to improve their lives “it changes their thinking a little bit. Americans believe in second chances.” O’Neill, who has been with EPOCA for

seven years, balances his passion for his causes with a guarded optimism. (During lobby day when Worcester Representative Vincent Pedone argued that politicians have been “vilified” for discussion of the removal of mandatory minimum sentences, O’Neill doesn’t miss a beat: “We think times have changed.”) A white board in EPOCA’s Pleasant Street office has the phrase “division keeps us powerless” written on it. But EPOCA also comes out in force for its causes. The group counts 2,100 members and associate members statewide, half of whom live in the Worcester area. It’s not a loose network. Members have to attend bi-weekly meetings to keep that status while associate members receive emails and phone calls when the group mobilizes for something. On the bus to Boston, O’Neill estimates that 25 are members and another 20 are associate members. “They weren’t nearly as sophisticated as they are now,” says Worcester State Senator Harriette Chandler, who worked closely with the group for two years on CORI reform. She says the group’s membership has swelled since then too. “One of the reasons I worked so closely with them was because I was impressed by the way they handle themselves,” crediting EPOCA for their tenacity in which they work on projects but also because they have a keen sense of their focus. “They’re very careful about what they take on.”



POCA and the MSPCC wander around the capitol visiting House members who support reforming CHINS: Rep. Michael Moran (D-Boston) has redistricting meetings all day, so they speak with an aide. Rep. William Galvin’s (D-Canton) aide sits down with five members of the lobby team and listens to stories about their experiences with CHINS. Rep. Tom Sannicandoro’s (D-Ashland) office receives a visit as a thank you for co-sponsoring the FACES bill, which calls for a reform of CHINS. Linda Dorcea Forry (D-Dorcester) receives a visit because she worked on CORI reform, and they want to remind her that FACES will soon come up for a vote. There’s another reason for this flurry of visits: Casino legislation has just arrived at the House and FACES advocates are



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worried their bill will get lost in the shuffle. Despite the House’s shift in priorities, EPOCA, MSPCC and other groups interested in reforming the Child in Need of Services (CHINS) system have reason to be optimistic. An Act Regarding Families and Children Engaged in Services, a bill that would turn CHINS into Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES) passed unanimously through the state Senate over the summer and they expect the House vote on it soon. The reforms have met very little resistance or opposition. Even the entity that matches teens with parole officers – has kept relatively quiet. Right before deadline DCF referred Worcester Mag to the Massachusetts Trial Court. After making connections with a spokesperson there, she referred our questions to the Juvenile Court. They did not respond in time for print. CHINS is often relied on by parents of teens who run away from home, skip school or are challenging to raise. “These are kids who haven’t broken a law, they’re just stubborn or rebellious,� O’Neill explains. It’s an important point to note. With CHINS, as it is currently written, the two guaranteed services to help guide teens back on track are a date in front of a judge and a probation officer: two introductions to a teen’s life that CHINS opponents say cements them on the wrong path and desensitizes them to further justice system punishment. Scannell says she hears teens talking to each other about their probation officers when they should be talking about homework or sports. “It alters their mindset.� A number of EPOCA members have significant CHINS experience, either as a parent who put their child in the hands of the state or a former CHINS child. Vicki, an EPOCA member, says that for a time she looked like a CHINS success story. After she was placed in foster care, she made honor roll in high school. Once she turned 18, she had run-ins with the law for marijuana violations, but that fear

Vicki, an EPOCA member, says of CHINS, “It made you immune to the court system at a young age‌It didn’t have that effect that it should’ve.â€?

of going before a judge had long since been drawn out of her. “It made you immune to the court system at a young age‌It didn’t have that effect that it should’ve.â€? And Vicki’s early success should be seen as an outlier. “Students who end up in the court pipeline have a greater risk of dropping out of school,â€? says Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Melinda Boone. Not only that, she says, but it doesn’t “effect behavioral change if there’s a deeper issue.â€? In most cases, the Department of Child and Families never discloses to parents who file a CHINS that they waive any consent if a judge decides to put their kid into foster care. “Parents will put CHINS on kids without understanding they’re giving up their parental rights,â€? says Bryan Nicholson, an EPOCA lobby-team member. “I didn’t know what I was getting into. I didn’t want them to take my son,â€? Liz, another EPOCA lobby team member told Rep. Galvin’s aide. “I wasn’t trying to go to court; it wasn’t like he was that bad where he was breaking the law.â€? More surprisingly, once a parent calls in the Department of Children and Families for CHINS, there’s no pulling out.

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Glen learned that first-hand, after putting a CHINS order on his son. Dan, another EPOCA bus rider, looked into CHINS for his kid, but ended those thoughts when he learned the parents had no control over when the order stopped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want them to be held accountable, not condemned,â&#x20AC;? he offers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of people in the system who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need the system.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always tell parents to be careful what they ask for,â&#x20AC;? says James Ianiri, a Norfolk County attorney who serves on the bar committee studying how the law will change if FACES becomes the new standard. Ianiri says the services supposedly made available to kids include a probation officer, psychological and clinical evaluations and a guardian adlitem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; someone to look after the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best interests of the child.â&#x20AC;? Usually just the probation officer is provided, unless a judge chooses to remove the child from the home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been a big fan of the current statue,â&#x20AC;? Ianiri continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The application is pretty lacking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a club, but what we really need is a scalpel.â&#x20AC;? Recent rulings have allowed parents to seek legal counsel if a judge orders their child taken away from them as a result of a CHINS filing, and Ianiri has started representing those families. Still, he thinks the FACES reform will improve the system with benefits including referral to community-service organizations, like You, Inc., before DCF â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an option described by Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Door #2â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which would remove the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement. Scannell calls it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shift from an exclusive focus on the child to the family unit...the focus for change is not on the child but on the whole family.â&#x20AC;? It sounds like a no-brainer: kids who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breaking the law shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be introduced to the justice system or separated from families (unless absolutely necessary). That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the thought when the law was passed in 1973, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The human service-provider community is aware of the shift thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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happening,” Scannell says. “[FACES] opens up this other door very clearly and to community-based services.”



s successful as CHINS reform looks like it will be, EPOCA has a tougher challenge with ending minimum mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenses. For one, it’s a red-meat topic for legislators and district attorneys, and those who support their existence in the Massachusetts General Laws have a lot of political clout. The judiciary committee hearing goes for hours, with an agenda dealing with abolishing some minimum mandatory sentences, shrinking school zones and having prisoners pay a daily incarceration fee. (Word that the latter agenda item would be up for discussion got to O’Neill on the bus ride there, and he drafts Danielle Thurlow, an EPOCA member, to testify against it. She agrees, but she’s wide-eyed and a little dazed.) The lobby team moves to Rep. Pedone’s office, a supporter of EPOCA’s CORI reform efforts; he sounds like he’ll back the FACES proposal, but he questions the abolition of mandatory minimums. He says non-using residents would want to know that if a drug-dealer on their street gets arrested, they’re guaranteed to be locked up for years. Additionally, he says district attorneys have discretion to change charges on drug offenders if they think they deserve a shorter sentence. Pedone engages with multiple members of the lobby team, but O’Neill and Nicholson do most of the talking. Eventually Nicholson, 26 years old and not even in his second month with the group, goes back and forth with the state rep. While the lobbying team sits with Pedone in his office, pressing him on CHINS reform and abolishing some mandatory minimum sentencing, Angel, an EPOCA member sitting in on the judiciary committee hearing, quietly walks in. He’s asked how the hearing is going. After hearing testimony over inmate fees, he whispers, “We’re getting hammered out there.” Pedone and EPOCA go back and forth over statistics – the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population but

Rep. Pedone’s is a supporter of EPOCA’s CORI reform effort. 25 percent of its reported prisoners; or a nationwide 189 percent increase in those incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, or that on average it costs $47,000 per year to house someone in a state prison verses only $10,000 to put them in a state-run rehab clinic – but Pedone stands firm, offering both what he sees as the practical and political reasons for keeping mandatory minimums. His lines of reasoning echo many state district attorneys. A 2010 White Paper from the Massachusetts District Attorney Association signed off by all 11 DA’s across the state makes their case very clear: “Minimum mandatory sentences provide penalties that are uniform and predictable, and promote truth in sentencing – the offender actually serves the sentence that is pronounced in court, and the public can rest assured that ‘what you see is what you get’ when the judge imposes sentence.” Locally, District Attorney Joe Early, Jr. stakes out more nuanced ground when

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it comes to mandatory sentencing. He’s open to changes in some of the laws, but not for serious drug crimes like traffickers or lifelong dealers who have proven they won’t change their pattern of behavior. He adds that anyone out early should be monitored with drug testing and ankle bracelets. He says in order to smartly target those who should have mandatory sentences imposed on them, the reason or motivation behind their illegal nonviolent activity should be considered. And giving people an incentive to behave well in jail eases pressures on prison guards. “Those are things we have to consider,” he says. Geline Williams, executive director of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, also takes exception to the idea that drug crimes are “nonviolent.” “In the chain of distribution, there are weapons,” she says, and those weapons lead to homicides. But between EPOCA and Pedone, the conversation sticks to prison population and the need for drug rehab. “There are certainly more people in there serving more time than they should,” EPOCA says. When Pedone, who worked at a longterm treatment facility in Lynn, says that the success rate for rehab programs was



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EPOCA members testify at a recent judiciary committee session. “incredibly low,” O’Neill responds with “the thing about recovery is most people need to get four or five bites at it.” The conversation wraps up with Pedone suggesting that a number of bills relating to sentencing are “worthy of a discussion.” On the way back from Boston, EPOCA members got the drift: Pedone would push FACES, but they weren’t optimistic about sentence reform. The lobby teams jam into the

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Bajaña follows. Before asking the committee to look at sentence reform, he has all EPOCA members in the room raise their hands. “Mandatory minimums treat those on the bottom of the drug trade more harshly,” he says. “We are locking people up, warehousing them for years with mandatory minimums and then we put them back on the streets…very possibly still addicted to drugs and dealing with untreated mental health issues…Treatment is needed. Treatment gets to the root of the problem, preventing the revolving door of ex-offenders who commit new crimes.” The group leaves the room after, and at least some of their words had an impact. Thurlow is chased down by a State House News Service reporter asking her more indepth questions about inmate fees. On the ride home O’Neill leads a recap of the day, explaining what each group accomplished and what’s to come: more meetings, more lobbying, more visits to the state house. The mood is optimistic. Bajaña and Thurlow receive pats on the back and congratulations. And with Creen, O’Flarherty and the judiciary committee miles way, a girl shouts from the back of the bus, “Can we clap now?”

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Creating a coterie of contemporary supernal entities was the intent of Aaron White and here, at the Dark World Gallery, he presents this latest body of work in his exhibit The New Mythology, an assemblage of modern-day deities that captures the zeitgeist of our society.

we could, even still, identify with?” queried White. “What if we had a pantheon of deities that reflects the deeper, more complex and truer aspects of ourselves, for better or for worse? That is the idea and the inspiration behind The New Mythology – to create a pantheon of beings that represent features of ourselves and our surroundings that are inherent in all of us.” Nine works in all line the gallery, and each 15-by-20-inch canvas represents a newly conceived supernatural being, their respective names hatched from moments spent musing about certain syllables, whether

Myths and gods once populated the minds of the masses, but with the advance of science and empirical evidence, long-told narratives and allegories were diminished; stories and tales of ancient gods and goddesses, fables and legends once ingrained and thought true, became superfluous and obsolete. The advent of technology displaced and dislodged this realm of supreme beings from today’s consciousness. “[But] what if we had a modern myth of gods and goddesses that

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Avant-garde avatars Aaron White at the Dark World

Paul Grignon


Creating a coterie of contemporary supernal entities was the intent of Aaron White and here, at the Dark World Gallery, he presents this latest body of work in his exhibit The New Mythology, an assemblage of modern-day deities that captures the zeitgeist of our society.

we could, even still, identify with?” queried White. “What if we had a pantheon of deities that reflects the deeper, more complex and truer aspects of ourselves, for better or for worse? That is the idea and the inspiration behind The New Mythology – to create a pantheon of beings that represent features of ourselves and our surroundings that are inherent in all of us.” Nine works in all line the gallery, and each 15-by-20-inch canvas represents a newly conceived supernatural being, their respective names hatched from moments spent musing about certain syllables, whether

Myths and gods once populated the minds of the masses, but with the advance of science and empirical evidence, long-told narratives and allegories were diminished; stories and tales of ancient gods and goddesses, fables and legends once ingrained and thought true, became superfluous and obsolete. The advent of technology displaced and dislodged this realm of supreme beings from today’s consciousness. “[But] what if we had a modern myth of gods and goddesses that

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Listening to classical music doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to mean spending an expensive evening at a posh theater. The Worcester Chamber Music Society is determined to prove just that with its casual, fun and affordable CafĂŠ Series coming up at The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen on October 13. The Worcester Chamber Music Society is already heavily involved in the Worcester community through its many outreach projects. The society regularly presents workshops in Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools and runs a summer classical music training festival for all ages. In addition to its free family concert and shows at local senior centers, the organization is also partnering with Abbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House this year. The CafĂŠ Series is a new addition to the Worcester Chamber Music Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outreach arsenal. According to violinist and creative director Krista Reisner, the series, which will ultimately include three concerts, has been in the works for some time now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to ďŹ nd a new way to present music in a new setting that might feel comfortable if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not interested in going to a more formal type of concert,â&#x20AC;? Reisner says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They actually approached us about doing something here,â&#x20AC;? says The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen and The Citizen owner Michael Covino. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to support the arts, and we like to support things that are going on in the city.â&#x20AC;? Impressed with the idea of a more accessible classical concert aimed at a younger crowd, Covino gladly decided to â&#x20AC;&#x153;join forcesâ&#x20AC;? with the musicians and offer his patio for the show, as well as some amazing dinner and refreshment deals. Audiences will have several ticket options for the 8 p.m. concert; $40 will buy a prix ďŹ xe dinner along with the show (starting at 6:30 p.m.). The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen is known for its comforting, creative menu of â&#x20AC;&#x153;food [that] chefs love to

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The Barre Players are at it again. Starting this weekend, the troupe is kicking off its 2011-2012 season with “The Heidi Chronicles,” a comedy about a woman and her friends struggling to achieve equality and build meaningful relationships with one another. With a fantastic cast and crew, plus local theater veterans helming the project, it’s sure to leave audiences laughing and enlightened. Director Carol Vancil, a longtime Barre Player, played a large part in adding “The Heidi Chronicles” to the Barre Players’ repertoire. She fell in love with the show years ago at a party for a fellow actor and high-school classmate. Actor, director and producer Jim L’Ecuyer and his friends introduced Vancil to the show, and it quickly became a favorite—even a passion. Despite Vancil’s love and the show’s local roots—its playwright, noted feminist author Wendy Wasserstein, is one of Mount Holyoke’s many celebrated alumni—“The Heidi Chronicles” isn’t

exactly well known. But if anything, this is an advantage. “Carol and I both share a passion for producing theater that is new, different, exciting, challenging, thought-provoking and not ‘done-to-death,’” says assistant director Nate Newton. “The fact that ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ has not been seen in Central Massachusetts in quite some time is a very good thing!” Producer Jason Burnett is equally thrilled to be bringing something new to Central Mass. audiences. Though he was unfamiliar at first, Vancil won him over with her enthusiasm. “I honestly must say I did not know the show too well before Carol brought it to my attention, and I could see her passion for it,” Burnett says. “I knew at that moment that I would love to help her out by being her producer.” “The Heidi Chronicles” is a show that still feels timeless more than 20 years later. Though it is set decades in the past, covering the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, it strives to strike up a dialogue about social issues that are still very much a part of American society. “Heidi strives to make it in a man’s world, searching for happiness and fulfillment in this challenging era for women,” Vancil says. “[The play] is a counterpoint of how times were then and how they are now. It is meant to open people’s thoughts and minds. The

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nature,” White elaborates. “The thinking process involved me just zoning out a bit and pondering things that were—for lack of a better word— ‘sacred’ to us all.” In “Khalorrix Malum,” White has given this character the guise of a shape-shifter who inhabits the world of opposites, one that exists between the depths of darkness and the faint hint of approaching dawn. Bedeviled by brilliance and bawdiness, he is the spirit who ignites the muse in all artists, but a spirit who also allows a soul hope and quiet introspection. White presents this creature in a monochromatic setting, a bewitching spectral figure from the netherworld, one who taunts with a gaping fanged smile and glowing sightless sockets. The smile,


all-knowing in its devilish grin, speaks of our own nature of embracing opposites. He stands, garbed in a fringed frock, with pointed elfin ears and deer antlers instead

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Vollun is another example of a shapeshifting entity, a god of forgotten places. His presence is felt in ruined dwellings, crumbling edifices long abandoned in desolate, forlorn environs. With visage grim and eyes depthless with infinite darkness, he shoulders the toil and toll of human labor. Tumbled masses of disintegrated foundations weigh heavily upon his shoulders, as distant winged creatures fly overhead in the wan light of timelessness. Three telephone poles jut from his torso, wires that lead nowhere, a nod to the utter futility of man’s attempt to thwart the relentless juggernaut of nature. His cascading beard morphs into barren branches, gnarled and tangled, a tree of life, death and rebirth. Summing up, White says, “The idea behind this series was to portray each deity devoid of a background, to capture just the subject and nothing more.” But more than mere portraits, White’s revisioned mythology defines us in a rich and compelling new way. The New Mythology at the Dark World Gallery, 179 Grafton St., Worcester. Show runs through October 31. For more information, go to Contact the artist directly at saint-devil. com.

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The three-minute boob job Joslyn Fox

We are all born naked. The rest is just drag. Embrace your inner drag queen. I will let you in on one of my favorite little secrets, something I call “The 3-Minute Boob Job.” Thank glitter for a little optical illusion. To start, wear your best push up bra. Like most things, it’s better if you do this in front of a mirror, so get ready for your close up. Note the shadows cast along your cleavage. Using a medium-sized blush brush, buff your bronzer onto the shadowed skin, creating the shape of a curved ‘V’. Keep the bronzer darkest where your breasts meet and outwards along the top of the breasts. Next, apply a shimmery white-toned powder to the skin, focusing on the areas above the center of each bra cup. Continue to blend the highlighting powder along the décolletage, collar bone and shoulders. This will even out the skin tone, and the light-reflecting shimmer

will mute any skin flaws. This is perfect when going strapless or feeling high glamour. Now, replace the push up bra with one that’s a bit more comfortable and still ultimately enhance your perfectly sexy bust line. Practice makes perfect, so do not fret if you’ve fallen short on the first try. If they notice, that just means that you are not doing your job. So work it, girl! I believe in the power of distraction. It’s incredible what a difference can be made with just a little contour and highlight. The same can be done to perfect and enhance the shape of your eyes and to chisel and refine your face. But I will save those lessons for next time. Enjoy your new chest and be sure to wear it well. Buy yourself something nice with all the money you’ve saved by working with what you’ve already got. And like every good secret, tell all of your friends. Joslyn Fox is the former Miss Gay Worcester 2010-2011 and currently is preparing for a nationwide tour with her drag group, Envy’s Angels.


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These are not idle questions, nor are they meant solely for people of limited means. When Jean Paul Getty III was kidnapped in 1973, his billionaire grandfather declined to pay the $17 million ransom and only reluctantly agreed to cough up $2.9 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a portion of it loaned to Jean Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father at 4 percent interest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after receiving his grandsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s severed ear in the mail. One can imagine subsequent family barbecues were a little strained. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rapt,â&#x20AC;? wealthy Parisian industrialist Stanislas Graff is grabbed by a group of masked men, shoved into a van and kept bound and blindfolded in a dank catacomb. The demand for his return is steep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 50 million euro â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but since Stanislas is rolling in it, the payout should be easy for his wife and his company to pull together. Or maybe not. The police investigation into Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abduction reveals some tawdry truths, including his multiple mistresses and a gambling addiction that has eaten away at his assets. Word of Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dissolute lifestyle leaks to the tabloids, which sets up the complicated prospect of a less-than-sympathetic victim. Even after the kidnappers cut off one of Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fingers as proof that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing around, the officers of his company dicker over the asking price, afraid of compounding the bad press the company is receiving. They also whisper about the possibility of supplanting him as CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raptâ&#x20AC;? works on several levels. As

a police procedural, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-notch, with the aggressive cops and the wily kidnappers playing a chilling game of cat-and-mouse. The police have no reason to believe the abductors are anything but serious with their threats of mailing Stanislas home in pieces if their demands arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met. We never learn any motive for the crime, other than money, which makes the perpetrators that much more frightening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are practiced with their methods and bloodless with their demands. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rantâ&#x20AC;? is even better in the way it renders the trauma exerted on the hostage. Over the course of the film, Yvan Attal, who portrays Stanislas, seems to lose body mass before our very eyes. His eyes hollow out; his skin, robbed of light, turns almost amphibious. The mind games played by his largely anonymous kidnappers (we only briefly see the face of the ringleader) are brilliantly subversive as they alternate between terrifying threats and congenial chitchat. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unwritten NFL rule that once a player is injured, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worthless to the team. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hurt, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not contributing, and if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contribute youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead weight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; forgotten. There are points in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raptâ&#x20AC;? when the white-hot media frenzy surrounding Stanislasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abduction ebbs from cause cĂŠlèbre to yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news as his disappearance stretches into weeks, and you see how quickly the hungry public can be distracted by other prey. His family and coworkers never give up hope, but partly only so they can someday give him a piece of their mind for his transgressions. Any homecoming promises to be a troubled one. This all leads to a sort of existential question about whether a kidnapped man whose safe return is craved by so few was ever really kidnapped in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raptâ&#x20AC;? will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, and at 1 and 3:25 p.m. on Sunday in the Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University. The film is part of the Cinema 320 series.

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The single most amazing thing about “Real Steel” is that some moneyed producer heard an iteration of the following pitch: “imagine “Rocky” meets “Transformers!” and thought it was a good idea. This is a textbook example of something that is not a good idea. A lot of time and money could have been saved if everyone who had looked at this screenplay or heard the elevator pitch said: “No. This is a very bad and silly concept that draws on the worst aspects of a bunch of over baked genre clichés.” The operant word here is “no” as in: “this sucks.” Producers, it has to start with you. Don’t be careless and litter the pop culture environment with toxic waste like this. You can’t count on actors like Hugh Jackman to say no when large amounts of money are waved in their faces. He will read the script, recognize immediately that it is a piece of garbage, and yet sign the contract anyway because for him this is work, bringing home the bacon and all that. Then he will go off on press junkets and talk about what a unique and important idea this was, how the script is brilliant and the director is clever and they all had a blast. But he is an actor, and he will accept these lies as being just part of the performance. Someone like Evangeline Lilly who is an awful actress lucky enough to have a great show like “Lost” that was tailored to her limited thespian talents will not say no, even though her part is embarrassingly underwritten. She will smile and recite the sappy, sophomoric dialog, or cry on cue, aping the characteristics of an actual human, not unlike the fighting robot in this story. Of course, someone like Dakota Goyo, who plays Max, the obnoxiously precocious eleven-year-old son of Jackman’s character is not going to say no, because he will not know any better. If fact, he will see this as the biggest break of his life.

The screenwriters aren’t going to say no, because they are used to turning out dreck. Past projects include “Coach Carter” and “The Notebook.” I’m going to recite the plot now, just so that in the future producers will learn what to stay away from. This is somewhat akin to shoving your dog’s nose into the poo he has just left on the neighbor’s porch. Charlie (Jackman) is an ex-boxer/ lowlife hustler who now just fights by operating robots, because it’s the future, although nothing is different except that they have battling robots. He has a long-suffering ex-girlfriend (Lilly) who helps build them, and continues to hang around with Charlie because she is an idiot masochist. He ends up in a custody battle with his dead ex-wife’s sister over his long neglected son Max (Goyo), and sells his rights for $50,000 so he can buy and destroy yet another robot, because he is a cad. The thing is, he has to spend the summer with the kid. Turns out the kid is great at doing all the robot things Charlie is bad at, and of course a warm character-rehabilitating father/son bond is built as a robot Max finds and restores quickly climbs to the top of the robot boxing world, ultimately building to the big final fight, because that’s how these things always go. Along the way Charlie and son are treated to universal hysterics by just about every other character. The crowds are all mad and bloodthirsty with Mohawks and other Thunderdome-like characteristics, the bad guys are all bugeyed, crazy and ruthless. If you are an aspiring film producer and think that any of the preceding description sounds in any way like a worthwhile or original idea, please do us all a favor and stay as far away from Hollywood as possible. You really don’t want to be part of the problem.










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As a reviewer, it is sometimes tough to find a restaurant that fits the bill of a solid dining review: an exciting and tantalizing menu, smooth atmosphere and amicable wait staff. It’s also challenging when you hear of a restaurant that has been given rave reviews by friends and family, only to experience a sub-par meal there. That’s how this weekend started. I had heard lots of great things about a local restaurant, so I gathered a couple of close friends for dinner, only to be served a meal that didn’t even warrant a doggie bag. Everyone has an off day or night, so I don’t feel comfortable giving a poor

review to a restaurant that everyone typically raves about. Instead, we decided to head out again the next night – right before our imminent deadline. What fit our last-minute dietary and review needs? It’s Monday night – first day back to work after the weekend, a night for football ... and 10¢ tacos! Easy for all of us to get to, and even easier on our wallets. José Murphy’s on Water Street provided all of this to our hungry group of four friends. Around 5:30 p.m. on a dreary Monday, we met up at José Murphys and took a seat to the side of the bar by the large windows overlooking a bustling street. The after-work Canal District crowd and its early dinners had already started settling in, providing a buzz of activity in the restaurant. Quickly greeted by one of the friendly servers, we placed our drink and appetizer order. The spinach and artichoke dip ($9) served warm with crispy pita chips that were dusted with parmesan cheese had a slight kick, which was a great start. Although three of us had tacos on our minds, the fourth member of our party was stuck on the specials. A selection of






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>Thursday 6 Liviu Cupceancu - Reception for the Artist: Renowned sculptor and fine artist Liviu Cupceancu will exhibit his work during the month of October at the Jacob Edwards Library. A reception for the artist will take place tonight. His work utilizes the semiabstract elements of nature in organized, imaginative patterns of shape and color. Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Main Hall, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Celebration of Authors: Anita Diamant, Andre Dubus III and Matthew Pearl read from their works and share their thoughts on the craft of writing. $35 per person; 7-10 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1656, visit

icons during Take it to the Curator at The Museum of Russian Icons. Monetary evaluations will not be given. Ford converted to Orthodoxy in 1974 and has been an avid collector of Russian icons since then. He has taken courses at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also has learned much from the well known icon expert Fr. Panteleimon, the Abbot of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline. Objects will be viewed on a walk-in, firstcome, first-serve basis between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This program takes place on the first Friday of every other month throughout the year. $5 per object; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000, ext. 17;

Hear all about the Juno spacecraft exploring Jupiter’s Icy moons and the new nuclear-powered rover, Curiosity, headed for Mars this fall at SkyWatch: Jupiter and the Waxing Gibbous Moon. Head outside to see Jupiter for yourself, along with the waxing gibbous Moon and lingering views of colorful double stars. NASA ambassadors will even show you how to star hop across the cool autumn night skies from your own backyard. $10, $6 for children; 7-8:30 p.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700,


Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St., Worcester. 508-753-8183,

Flocktoberfest with The Flock. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900.

The U.S. Air Force Trio Winds will perform a free concert of classical, ragtime, and jazz favorites tonight at 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-757-2708,

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A group of Worcester poets will read original works in That’s Entertainment’s “Red Room.” The poems will be taken from their new book “Aim for the Head: An Anthology of I’m not sure who Ben & Melody are, but their Prewedding Zombie Poetry.” The event is free and intended for teens Party is going to rock as their special guests are performers Pistol Whipped, Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers, and adults. Due to the subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Readers for the event include David Macpherson, Jon Short Band and Hey Now Morris Fader! Now that’s Victor Infante, Ryk McIntyre and Megan Thoma. The a pre-nuptial party! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, presentations will be made in a raucous, engaging and modern 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 style. Their anthology will be available for purchase and the poets will be available to sign copies and discuss the work after the performance. Free; 2 p.m. Doo Wop Murder Mystery 244 Park Ave. 508-755-4207, Dinner Theater Afroman, Izzy Dunfore, Conflict Of Interest, Joint Damage, Set In Stone, Saikrid, Lyrical Assassins, Stitchy and Lil’ Ice, Krazy Kids. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. 33rd Apple Country Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Common. This Brookfield fall tradition features the work of 70 local crafters, live music, children’s games, baked goods, raffles and an apple-pie contest. The guild of Masons in North Brookfield will offer concessions throughout the day. A raffle will offer chances to win prizes including the community-stitched quilt, family passes to local museums and attractions, and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Entries for the apple-pie contest will be accepted at Town Hall until 10 a.m. the day of the fair. Brookfield Town Common, River St. and Common St., Brookfield. 508-867-2521, visit

Jackson Browne’s 2011 Solo Acoustic Tour began in February. Playing guitar and piano, he plays songs spanning his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. This is Browne at his best, engaging his audience, his own experiences and the world around him, all in songs that will not lose their resonance any time soon. $38, $48, $58 and $68, depending on seating location; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, Metal Thursday CXLI! with Summoning Hate, Excrecor. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

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Teens learn the fundamentals of traditional glassblowing in this one-night introduction to the art form during Teen Friday Night Fun with Glassblowing: Floppy Bowls. Teens will learn to work together as a team and create their own unique “floppy” bowls with their choice of color. $80; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester

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A Night of Cocktails and Cabaret with Jen Antkowiak and Aimee Kewley 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

Rain or shine you won’t want to miss the Annual AIS Homecoming Powwow. Native American dancing (1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.), Southern & Northern style drums, seminars (10:30 a.m.-noon), vendors, Straight Dance competition, 5 p.m. pot-luck feast. Admission is $9, kids 12 and younger are free; for members, $7 for adults and $3 for teens age 13-17; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Marshall, Andrews Hall, 92 McCormick Road, Spencer. 617-838-8447.

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picks Zip Tour: “Portrait of My Daughters” by Frank Benson led by docent Bruce Plummer. Zip Tours are fast-paced tours that last only 20-30 minutes, and focus on one work of art, subject or artist. These tours take place most Saturdays at noon. Free with museum admission; noon-12:30 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406, The Master Singers of Worcester join forces with the WPI Festival Chorus and the WPI African Percussion Ensemble for Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, all under the direction of John Delorey. The program will feature two additional works, Ubi Caritas, and Sound Over All Waters, by former Paul Winter Consort member, the noted pianist and improviser Paul Halley. $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors, $10 for children under 16 and WPI students with ID; 8-10 p.m. Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain St. Worcester’s debut of Smear Campaign happens tonight at Lucky Dog, along with Burns From Within and The Bakers Union (ex-Chillum). Smear Campaign is a high energy, rock-n-roll party band covering five decades of the greatest songs ever written. Built to fulfill the primal urge to party, Smear Campaign is at the ready to keep you dancing all night long. $7; 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888, The Hornitz, Pulse Prophets, The Flo! are at Beatnik’s tonight from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Shades of Autumn: Arts & Crafts Market celebrates fall on Saturday, October 8 through Monday, October 10. A family celebration of the fall harvest season, with an arts and crafts market. All ages entertainment, apples and children’s crafts will highlight Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Shades of Autumn, an annual celebration of the harvest season. The


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garden will be turned into a virtual farmland complete with farm animals, and beautiful displays of garden produce and an arts and crafts market. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth, free to Boylston residents and children under 6; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111.

savvy woman, supporter in empowering women or if you just like to enjoy a glass of wine in great company, do not miss this wonderful networking opportunity. Free entry, cash bar; 6-8:30 p.m. The Citizen Wine Bar Worcester, 1 Exchange St. 508-363-2300,

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Worcester Columbus Day Parade will march down Shrewsbury St. at 12:30 p.m. 2011 Grand Marshal is Antonio Ricco D’Angelo and the parade theme is “There’s a Song in My Heart.” Enjoy the parade on Shrewsbury Street or Live TV3. 12:30-2 p.m. Shrewsbury St. 508-791-4230,

5th Annual REC Slow Food Gala. Come celebrate the REC’s 40th Anniversary by sharing a special meal of local, sustainably produced food. All proceeds to benefit the REC’s Food Justice Program: UGROW, YouthGROW, Share Our Strengths’ Cooking Matters, and the REC Community Farmers Markets. Schedule: 6 p.m., welcome reception, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction; 7 p.m., dinner and annual awards; 9 p.m., silent-auction winners announced. $100, $85 for REC members, $55 sliding

Join Ecolissa’s Fall 2011 Charity Fashion Show for a wonderful afternoon that includes a fashion show by and raffle to raise money for Dress for Success Worcester. Check out the gorgeous DruMais Salon and enjoy some light appetizers and drinks. Free; 1-3 p.m. Dru-Mais Salon, 31 Springhill Ave., Marlborough. 603-548-6239,

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>Tuesday 11 Free Salsa Class Sign up for a 6-week course that night and save $10! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489.

>Wednesday 12 Doo Wop Murder Mystery Dinner Theater (photo on opposite page courtesy of Bob Arnold) Stageloft Theater actors Melissa Earls, Sean Gardell and Betty Kristan star in this performance sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, a fundraiser for Habitat’s Tri-Community Build in Sturbridge. The actors are donating their talents and the Publick House (Route 131, Sturbridge) is providing the space. Tickets are $50, must be purchased in advance, and include the performance and dinner (a choice of roast turkey, Yankee pot roast or vegetarian, salad and dessert; 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester at 508.799.9259 or go to Join CWE’s highly anticipated, complimentary networking event, Wednesdays, Women & Wine, tonight at 6 p.m. Whether you are a local business leader, community crusader, mother,

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How do we get clothing from animals without hurting them? By giving them haircuts, and then turning their hair and wool into cloth! See it first hand during the Sheep to Shawl, Llama to Pajama 2011 event. Experience hands-on all the steps in this process: carding, spinning, dyeing (nontoxic), knitting, felting, weaving and even rug hooking. See live sheep shearing. Lead llamas around and get to know them. Play educational games and sing songs. Rain or shine. Presented by the City of Worcester, VSA Massachusetts, SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, and Orchid Patch Farm/Andes Alive. Free; noon-4 p.m. Green Hill Park: Farm, 125 Green Hill Parkway. 508-757-4646,

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scale; 6-9:30 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Hogan Campus Center, 1 College St. 508-799-9139, Create a Halloween Trick or Treat Candy Bowl. Bring your favorite friends, snacks and beverage for an evening of fun. Our staff will guide you through step-by-step to create your own trick-or-treat bowl $44, plus $2.75 tax; 6:30-9 p.m. Claytime Studio, 124 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-798-9950. Over at Jak’s Pub don’t miss folksie rock singer/songwriter Kathy Phipps every Thursday through October; 9-11 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257.

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music >Thursday 6 Good Times with Your Friend DJ Steve. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Lawrence Strauss: Songs to Help You Through the Week. Free. Noon-1 p.m. The Registry Restaurant, 264 Park Ave. 508-794-9644. Dale LePage at Mechanics Hall with the Bobby Gadoury Trio. 5:30-9 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508752-0888 or Bernice Lewis Concert. $15. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388. Irish Music Session. No Charge. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-3444932 or Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Tour. Full price tickets are $38, $48, $58 and $68, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 15 or more, kids, and students. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469. Daniel Chauvin. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-7575257. John Oates of “Hall & Oates”. $35 advance; $40 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. Live Jazz. 8-11 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Red Carpet Thursdays - DJ’s. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508-757-0600. Ricky Duran. 8-11 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508755-0879. A Bass Odyssey part IV 21+ free. 21+ free, 18+ $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or find them on Facebook. Flock of Assholes. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Audio Wasabe. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. DJ Brian Spinnin’ & Scratchin’. No cover charge. 9 p.m.1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Jim Devlin. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Metal Thursday. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Jay Graham Live. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. Holy Cross Night. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 7 Dublin Free Press, Bright The Morning, Snow Crow, The Wicked. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Top 40 Dance Night Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. Vinyl-ly Friday Party. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or BBQ & Blues Fridays with Big Jon Short. No cover charge. 7-10 p.m. Smokestack Urban Barbecue, 90 Harding St. Mary-Jo Joyce. Free. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or US Air Force and Trio Winds Free. 90 Main Street. 7-8 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-757-2708 or FirstUMusic. com. Arizona Doug & Scott Marshall. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m.



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Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. David Higgs. Free. 8-9:30 p.m. All Saints Church, 10 Irving St. 508-752-3766 or Friday Night DJ’s. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508-757-0600. Shotgun Blues, Living on a Bad Name and Criminals & Beauty Queens. $7. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Linda Dagnello Trio. $10 table minimum. 8 p.m.-midnight Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Makem & Spain Brothers. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Sean Ryan. 8-11 p.m. Barbers Crossing (North), 175 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8438. Tret Fure. $14 advance; $18 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Ballroom, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Kol Nidre broadcast. Free. 8:15-10:30 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508757-2881. Ben and Melody’s Pre-Wedding Party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. A Night of Cocktails and Cabaret. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Brett Brumby. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Brian Richard. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Brit Wits. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Dave & Matt from New Pond Fondle. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. DC Afterdark Fridays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Downcity Diner, 50 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-331-9217 or DJ Pete the Polock. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Dr Robert. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. Foolish U. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Pumphouse, 340 Main St., Southbridge. 508-765-5473. Friday Frenzy. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-7562100. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. Karaoke with Making Memories. Free. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. The Ten Foot Polecats, Phil Roebuck, Sean Preston. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Flocktoberfest. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. RBK Project. 8. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883 or Live Music in the Pub. 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700

>Saturday 8 Hot Spot Music Night. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. Acoustic Saturdays. 7-11 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Beatles For Sale. Free. 7:30-11 p.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-752-7544 or squirewhites. com. David Mallett Band. $19 adults, $15 seniors and students. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. 413-477-6746 or Brendan Hogan and Peter Parcek. $12 advance; $16 day

of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Ballroom, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Missa Gaia/Earth Mass. $25 general admission; $20 for students and seniors, $10 for children 16 and under, at the door and WPI students with ID 8-10 p.m. Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain St. Saturday’s - Live Music. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Dick Odgren Trio. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. John Valby. $15 advance $20 at door. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews, 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Lord Krantz’s Saturday Slam. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. London Billiards / Club Oasis, 70 James St. 508-799-7665 or find them on Facebook. Smear Campaign. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Campfire Boogie. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Dr Robert. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. Flock of Assholes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club X, 681 Valley St., Providence. Humble Streak. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Pumphouse, 340 Main St., Southbridge. 508-765-5473. Live Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. No Alibi. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Probable Cause. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Spinsuite. No cover charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. The Hornitz, Pulse Prophets, The Flo. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Touched. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gas Light Cafe, 59 Schofield Ave., Dudley. 508-461-9981 or Triple Threat. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Hip Hop Dance Party. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. James Montgomery. 16. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883 or Randy & Dave show. $5. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006.

>Sunday 9 Ton of Blues. 2-8 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Ashley Jordan CD Release Concert. $15. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Passim Folk Music & Cultural Club, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138, Cambridge. 508-752-0009. Big Jon Short. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-7529439. Eight To The Bar. $12. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or Beatles For Sale the Tribute. 8-10 p.m. Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, 380 Social St., Woonsocket. Hot 100 Dance Party. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Bobby Gadoury with Special guest Jeff Sohegian. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030 So You Think You Got Skills. $7. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Sunday Theme Party. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or find them on Facebook. The Human Juke Box Andy Cummings. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

Sexy Back Sunday. $7. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Reggae Fusion. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508756-2100.

>Monday 10 Mind Motion. Free and open to the public. 3-5 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. 413-4776746 or Driftin’ Sam. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

>Tuesday 11 Duo Divertimento w/ Sheila Reid, violinist & Carl Kamp. No Charge. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-852-9007 or Showtime. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Riverfront Studios, 484 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-407-6482. Pete Seeger Songfest. $5 - $10 donation. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. 508-755-0995 or Northboro Area Community Chorus. $10 per year dues. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. 508-393-8943. Pop Team Trivia. 7:30-11 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Totally Tuesdazed. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau and John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. T.J. Peavey. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or American Songbook Singalong. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

>Wednesday 12 Girls Night Out. Free. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Barnburning Blues. 7-10 p.m. South Side Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. 508-479-2309 or Open Mike. 7-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Hippiefest Featuring Dave Mason, Mark Farner Formerly Of Grand Funk Railroad, Rick Derringer, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. $39.50, $45, $100. 8-10 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. Patty Keough. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-7575257. Sam James. 8-11 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508755-0879. Tiki Night with Frank & Eric. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. The 71st Birthday of John Lennon. $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888.


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a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, To Arms! Worcester County Answers the Call, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Nov. 11. 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 WPI: George C. Gordon Library, Prints, Textiles & Photographs : Architectural abstractions across three generations, Through Oct. 14. 100 Institute Road.

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Dance Lounge at Maironis Park. Complimentary Tango lesson! Open to the public, join other singles & couples as they dance at Maironis Park on the lake. Every 1st and 3rd Friday night hosts an all-levels dance lesson, DJ, wine, coffee & water. All are welcome and no partner or experience is required. $15 pp (non-members) $10 Members of ABL Dance Center. $15 pp- includes, lesson, DJ music, wine, food & lounge.. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Ballroom Dance All Level Tango. Learn Tango a smooth dance characterized by a close hold, low center of gravity and an emphasis on contra body movement with other couples and singles, in Worcester’s largest Ballroom Dance Studio! Poise Style and Motion’s professionally trained instructors specialize in American Style Ballroom and Rhythm dance instruction for adults. No partner or experience required! Stay for our dance party from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm for an additional $10.00pp. Light refreshments offered. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7:15-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Ballroom Dance Friday Night Dance Party. It’s party time! Come practice your steps, catch up with old friends, meet new people and have fun dancing with our professionally trained instructors, classmates and new friends in Worcester’s largest Ballroom Dance Studio. No experience or partner required. Join us for an all level lesson from 7:15 pm - 8:00. $15 pp. 8-10 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-7524910 or All-Levels East Coast Swingers “Club” for $40/mo. Come to learn ‘1,2,3s of West Coast Swing’ commonly danced to “contemporary pop” music or “blues” and known for its “dancing in a slot” appearance where the man dances in place while the woman travels back and forth. Cory Vingi couldn’t be more excited about teaching this lesson and you guys will leave with a head overflowing with great swinger’s information! $40 per month. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park , 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or

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Canning Seminar. Expert Jeanne Parker, Certified Food Preservationist Keep your produce fresh all year long. Learn how to can foods. Learn the basics of canning, topics include: Blanching, pickling and venting. Demonstration how to make Apple Butter. Want to learn to can your own jams, jellies, and preserves? Fruits and vegetables? Spaghetti sauce? Klem’s Canning Seminar will be

significance of these two culturally important holidays and the visual arts they inspire. The class will also view a short film on pottery-making in Oaxaca, Mexico. Open to adults and children (8+.) Student Fee: $45 Materials Fee: $5 (Required). 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel. Have fun, while learning how to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots, bowls, and pitchers. You’ll practice on the wheel, under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate and fire your successful “first works”. Finished works will be available for pickup two weeks after the workshop. Limited to

>Tuesday 11 Kitchen Design & Remodeling 101. We will introduce and explain the design+build process and how it can help you make informed decisions so together we can create a kitchen you’ll love! View actual kitchen projects from start to finish and before and after photos of actual projects. See 3D Virtual Designing and how it helps you see changes virtually before you build. Question and answer session - bring photos of your project! Here is your chance to ask questions specific to your project. Presented by: Francis Harvey Remodeling’s COTY award- winning kitchen designer, Theresa O’Brien, AKBD FREE. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Francis Harvey Remodeling, Selections Room, 238 Shrewsbury St., Worcester. 508-799-7778 or Parker Palmer Webcast: “Doing Democracy from the Inside Out”. Join us for a gathering to view and participate in a webcast conversation about “doing democracy from the inside out” with Parker J. Palmer. The webcast will include an array of topics and focused questions to help participants explore their own civic values, share their concerns about our current political climate, and imagine human-scale things they can do to help reweave the civic fabric in their own communities. FREE. 8-9:30 p.m. Worcester State University, Science & Technology Building, 102, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8078.

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>Saturday 8 Ballroom Dance Beginner Foxtrot. Come learn Foxtrot with other couples and singles. One of the most popular social dances, Foxtrot is a fun all purpose dance that can be performed to many different styles of music. No Partner or experience required. $10.00 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 11 a.m.-noon Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Free Group Swing Dance Lesson ( East Coast Swing ). No Cost or Obligation ~ Open To All Levels Six Week Session Beginner Lindy Hop & Partner Charleston Saturdays 1:00pm to 2:30pm Starts Saturday Oct.15th Ends Nov.19th $40.00 for all Six Weeks Walk Ins Welcome $10. All Dance2Swing Events Are Come With Or With-out A Partner. Singles And Couples Always Welcome. Open to all levels visit our web site below for up-dates Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Global Fitness Center, 215 Hamilton St., Leominster. 978-2637220 or Contra Dance Worcester. Beginner’s lessons at 7:30. Julie Vallimont and Cedar Stanistreet playing with Marguerite Durant calling. general $8; family $18; student $6. 8-11 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St. 508-799-4191 or



Street, Worcester, MA 01605. $80 registration fee, materials included during instruction and available for purchase during open studio time. Avoid wearing man made fibers and bring a notebook and a bottle of water you to class. All glass classes take place at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio, 35B New Street, Worcester, MA 01605. To register visit our website www. or call 508-753-8183. Student Fee: $60. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183. Harvest Days at Harvey’s. Enjoy the harvest at Harvey’s with special activities for you and your family. Guess the weight of one of our giant farm-grown pumpkin for a chance to win it. Savor seasonal samples and enter to win a raffle prize from Harvey’s. This is a family favorite time to select the perfect carving pumpkins and everything for your fall interior and exterior displays. Celebrate this beautiful time of year in the perfect New England setting! Don’t forget your camera to capture, “How Tall this Fall?” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Harvey’s Farm and Country Store, 120 South St., Westborough. 508-366-1545 or

GIG POSTER OF THE WEEK Oh Look! A free place to run your next band/gig/event flyer! Don’t let this sweet spot get away - send your high resolution file to at least 10 days before your show. held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Jeanne Parker will teach safe home canning practices. She will answer any canning questions. To register, please contact Liz at LizC@klemsonline. com or call 508-885-2708. Free Admission. 10 a.m.-noon Klem’s, 117 W Main St., Spencer. 508-885-2708, ext. 312 or klemsonline. com. Bones of Clay. In the spirit of the ancient feast of Samhain (or Halloween, as it’s more commonly manifested) and the Day of the Dead, the class will make hand-formed, 18-inch skeletons that will be “smoke”-fired to create the appearance of aged bone. The instructor will lead conversations on the cultural and artistic

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10 students. To register visit our website www.worcestercraftcenter. org or call 508-753-8183. Student Fee: $45 Materials Fee: $10 (Required). 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Beadmaking Workshop for Beginners. Learn the fundamentals of lamp-work glass bead-making in this three hour session for beginners. Registration includes three hours of demonstration, instruction and hands on torch time. No experience necessary, all materials included. Please wear natural fibers and bring a water bottle to class. All glass classes take place at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio, 35B New

Spider Handprint Plate. Children will create their own Spider plate using hand print and bubble painting techniques $25 PLS TAX. 10:30 a.m.-noon Claytime Studio, 124 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-798-9950. Yoga by Nature - Fall Session 1, Class 3. Instructor: Lynsey Smith, Fruition, Auburn MA Come experience the practice of Yoga in the gardens at Tower Hill! Yoga by Nature classes place emphasis on the integration of breath and movement in a gentle to moderate flow. Through this practice of bringing awareness to our bodies, we cultivate clarity of mind and inner peace. Each class will be guided to fit individual student’s needs. Member $13, NonMember $15, Per Class. 6-7:15 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124.





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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Worcester, ss. SUPERIOR COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT CIVIL ACTION No. 11-1917A To Robert P. Maile and Andrea L. Maile, both of Canaan, New Hamshire, County of Grafton; AND TO ALL PERSONS ENTITLED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ CIVIL RELIEF ACT OF 1940 AS AMENDED: UniBank For Savings, a banking institution with a usual place of business in Whitinsville, Worcester County, Massachusetts; claiming to be the holder of a mortgage covering property situated on Lackey Dam Road, being numbered 80 on said Road, in Sutton; given by Robert P. Maile and Andrea L. Maile to UniBank For Savings, dated February 17, 2005 recorded in Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 35736, Page 225, has filed with said court a Complaint for authority to foreclose said mortgage in the manner following: by entry on and possession of the premises therein described and by exercise of the power of sale contained in said mortgage. If you are entitled to the benefits of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 as amended, and you object to such foreclosure you or your attorney should file a written appearance and answer in said court at Worcester in said County on or before the tenth day of November next or you may be forever barred from claiming that such foreclosure is invalid under said Act. Witness, Barbara J. Rouse, Esquire, Administrative Justice of said Court this twenty-ninth day of September 2011 Dennis P. McManus, Clerk 10/6/2011

Keep it Legal Commonwealth of Massachusetts Worcester, ss. SUPERIOR COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT CIVIL ACTION No. 11-1813B To Stephen Gonier of Sutton, Worcester County; and Robert Morse of Sutton, Worcester County Massachusetts AND TO ALL PERSONS ENTITLED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ CIVIL RELIEF ACT OF 1940 AS AMENDED: Eastern Bank claiming to be the holder of a mortgage covering property situated on Farm Town Road, being numbered 115 on said street, in said Sutton, Massachusetts given by Stephen Gonier and Robert Morse to Eastern Bank dated January 3, 2001 recorded in Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 23393, Page 58, has filed with said court a Complaint for authority to foreclose said mortgage in the manner following: by entry on and possession of the premises therein described and by exercise of the power of sale contained in said mortgage. If you are entitled to the benefits of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 as amended, and you object to such foreclosure you or your attorney should file a written appearance and answer in said court at Worcester in said County on or before the seventh day of November next or you may be forever barred from claiming that such foreclosure is invalid under said Act. Witness, Barbara J. Rouse, Esquire, Administrative Justice of said Court this twenty-sixth day of September 2011 Dennis P. McManus, Clerk 10/6/2011



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By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Neil K. McCoy to Navigant Credit Union dated November 15, 2007, recorded with Worcester County Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 42072, Page 330, the undersigned being the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at:9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2011, upon the hereinafter-described premises, known as and numbered 193 Horne Way, Unit 2, Building 31 of the Brierly Pond Condominium, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, all and singularly the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit:Building 31, Unit 2, 193 Horne Way (the “Unit”) of the Brierly Pond Condominium in Millbury, MA, (the “Condominium”) created pursuant to Chapter 183A of the Massachusetts General Laws by Master Deed dated October 21, 2002 and recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in Book 27826, Page 317, as amended of record (the “Master Deed”), together with (a) 0.69879 percentage interest in the common areas and facilities of said Condominium as provided for in said Master Deed, (b) such rights and easements appurtenant to the Unit as may be set forth in any documents governing the operation of the Condominium, including without limitation the Master Deed, Declaration of Trust dated October 21, 2002 and recorded in Book 27826, Page 341, and any administrative rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto (the “Condominium Documents”). For title see Deed dated 11/15/2007, recorded at Book 42072, Page 327. Said premises are sometimes known as and numbered as 193 Horne Way, Unit 2, Building 31 of the Brierly Pond Condominium, Millbury, Massachusetts. The above-described premises shall be subject to all easements, restrictions, municipal or other public taxes, assessments, liens or claims in the nature of liens, outstanding tax titles, building, zoning and other land use laws and all permits and approvals issued pursuant thereto, including, without limitation, orders of conditions, and existing encumbrances of record created prior to said Mortgage, if there be any. Said premises are to be sold subject to the right of redemption of the United States of America, if any there be. TERMS OF SALE: The highest bidder shall be required to make a deposit of $10,000.00 to the holder of said Mortgage, in cash or by certified or bank cashier’s check at the time and place of said sale of said premises. The balance of the purchase price is to be paid to said holder in cash, by certified check or bank cashier’s check, and thereupon the deed shall be delivered, in thirty (30) days from the date of sale at the firm of Cunningham, Machanic, Cetlin, Johnson, Harney & Tenney, LLP, Attorneys for said holder, 220 North Main Street, Natick, Massachusetts. The successful bidder shall be required to sign a Memorandum of Terms of Sale. The description of the premises contained in said Mortgage shall control in the event of an error in publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the time and place of sale. Navigant Credit Union Present Holder of Said Mortgage By its Attorneys, CUNNINGHAM, MACHANIC, CETLIN, JOHNSON, HARNEY & TENNEY, LLP Robert F. Tenney CUNNINGHAM, MACHANIC, CETLIN, JOHNSON, HARNEY & TENNEY, LLP 220 North Main Street Natick, MA 01760 (508) 651-7524 MSRE: #311791 9/29, 10/6, 10/13/2011

WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS October 6, 2011 SEALED BIDS shall be received at the Purchasing Office, 69 Tacoma St., Worceseter, MA 01605 IFBs maybe picked up at the location above or will be mailed/emailed to you . Please email purchasing@worcester-housing. com or call (508) 695-3203, TDD (508) 798-4530. Bidders are responsible for ensuring they have received any/all addenda prior to submitting a bid. Separate awards will be made for each IFB. WHA reserves the right to reject any all responses, in whole or in part, deemed to be in their best interest. Award of all contracts is subject to the approval of the WHA Executive Director or Board of Commissioners. The Operating Agency shall indemnify and hold harmless the WHA and its officers or agents from any and all third party claims arising from activities under these Agreements as set fort in MGL c.258, section 2 as amended. Bid No. 11-36

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What’s the history of Carbonneau’s Shoe Repair? Carbonneau’s Shoe Repair was opened by my grandfather in 1922. My father took over the business showing more interest in growing and modifying it than did his brothers. I have been working in the business since high school and then took over from my father. I now own the business and work with my brother Tom as we took more interest in repair.

How did you learn your trade? We all learned apprentice style and of course innovated and picked up new technology and equipment from trade shows.

Shoe repair sounds like such a vintage profession. Is your trade a dying craft in this disposable age?

The highest quality and most durable shoes are very labor intensive, commanding hundreds of dollars at purchase. These are vintage construction and are the reason the vintage repairman who did not adopt modern machines, adhesives technology and faster production did not survive into the 21st century. There are also not as many vintage-style shoes. As the United States shifts to a more governmentcentric European economy, people will keep their cars, shoes, etc. longer. Shoe-repair equipment all comes from Europe now, where it is much more common.

What other services do you offer? We do a lot of pedorthic work that involves shoe and insole orthotics to accommodate many foot problems such as plantar fasciitis and leg-length dis-

crepancies (one leg longer than other). We also sell extra-volume type shoes for hard to fit feet. We also repair luggage, handbags, leather jackets, motorcycle bags and boots, horse-riding boots and gear, and zippers in jackets and boots.

Have you seen an increase in customers opting to save their shoes rather than buy new ones? Yes, people are coming to us more now in this economy to repair and salvage their favorite shoes, handbags, leather jackets, luggage etc.

As winter approaches, what sort of precautions should we take with our shoes? Winter poses an extra problem of absorbing salts from snow melt. Water repellant, mink oil or silicone should be used.

What tips do you have to prolong the life of our favorite shoes? Just like your laundry, shoes benefit from cleaning and polishing. If leather shoes, jackets and upholstery are neglected, the leather dries out and weakens. It becomes more susceptible to staining.

Biggest mistake folks make with their shoes? A few of the many mistakes people make with the care of their shoes is not taking proper care of the upper part of their shoes by not removing salt stains, not replacing heels and soles when they wear out and storing them in a damp place.

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