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There’s a quote in this week’s cover story where a local labor leader points out that “unions have become a dirty word.” It’s not a biased statement, as clearly unions have become the targets of budget hawks and fiscal conservatives. “Waste,” but personified. In Worcester though, it’s not so simple to make the case that unions will bring the city’s already shaky financial situation to its knees. As of right now, most municipal employees don’t currently have a contract with the city. This long gap between contracts could end up causing more of a problem than whatever benefits the city awards them when an agreement is finalized. The past few negotiating sessions have won some concessions from public sector labor, but signals are clear that not all unions want to play nice right now. Even if the city is able to secure four favorable contracts with four unions after negotiations, in this economy the sheer numbers of public sector employees receiving even the smallest retroactive pay, or wage or benefits increases could cut deep into the already strained budget. Our story looks at what effect – if any – the lack of current contracts could have upon our city, and what safeguards are in place if it takes another two years to reach agreements. This is not a pro or anti-union story, but simply cause and effect: it seems the longer these groups continue to clash, the more future costs go up, potentially dragging the private sector taxpayer into the mess.

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Blackstone bike path one pedal closer to completion Kevin Koczwara

The Massachusetts race for governor is revealing more twists and turns than an episode of Days of Our Lives. It was comical, until we remembered it doesn’t reflect well on our top politicians. -2

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n October 1, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray appropriated $15 million of funding for bridge design and repair work needed on 11 bridges in the Blackstone and Millville sections of the proposed 48-mile bike trail from Worcester to Providence, R.I. “This is a combination of federal Drunk driver from Worcester hits transportation money as well as some State Police Col. Marian McGovern’s state transportation money that requires us to fix some structurally deficient unmarked car. Like the governor’s bridges. So, this is some bridge work race, it was comical until we that needs to happen anyway,” says remembered it was real life, and this Murray. th was the driver’s 5 drunk driving Another $2.5 million, for a total of offense. -2 $17.5 million, will go into the building of the bike path in the area near the Bancroft School goes solar. It’s easy Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park and the Rhode Island border. to teach being green. +1 “I think the ultimate vision is to have linkage from the Rhode IslandCitySquare II Development Corp. Massachusetts border all the way up to buys Notre Dame church. Next step, Worcester and potentially down into Providence, says Murray of the plan for get the Higgins Armory to move in the 48-mile trail connecting Worcester there? +1 with Providence, R.I. “The trail would support the East Coast Greenway—the UMass Memorial system to cut 2,900-mile trail running from Maine unfilled jobs and lay off over 100 to Florida—but we want to do our part workers, many in Worcester. The local with Rhode Island.” The East Coast Greenway was a bikeeconomy takes another hit. -2 path plan proposed in 1991 to connect the Canadian border town of Calais, Follow that with the National Maine, to Key West, Fla., with safe Envelope plant closing, which has traffic-free routes for bike riders on another 160 employees in Worcester. public land. The planned pathway from Worcester -2 to Providence would connect two paths already in use. The two-and-aNo Cost of Living Adjustments half miles of completed paths from provided for social security. Maybe it’s Worcester to Millbury will join with the time grandkids start sending birthday 10 miles of pathway already finished in checks to their grandparents. -1 Rhode Island. The Worcester-Millbury path gets plenty of use by residents. Brad Street and sidewalk work about to begin. Please, please, please make Desrosiers has lived in Worcester since 2004 and he uses the trail almost every it look nice. +1 day to get out of the city. He was out walking the path last Thursday. Deion Branch back with the “I love this trail,” says Desrosiers. Patriots. Let’s hope he didn’t bring his “What we have here is nice; perfect for walking. I’d love to be able to ride game from Seattle with him. +1 my bike from here to Rhode Island and back.” This week: -5 “I think it’d be great,” agrees Cheryl Last week: +7 Were, who has lived her whole life in Year to date: +49 Worcester and walks her dog on the trail. “I’m down here almost every day walking him, as long as the weather’s

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good. Put it to good use, you know.” Murray has walked the path between Worcester and Millbury and believes the success of the trail there demonstrates just how successful a 48-mile trail could be in the Blackstone Valley. “When you have them [bike trails], people use them. We see that with the segment already in Millbury and Worcester and other parts of the

country and Massachusetts,” says Murray. “This has potential to be so much more because the Blackstone Valley is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the state. It’s right along the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park,” he reveals, asserting that these historical connections will make the proposed trail an extremely popular travel and tourism destination. “This is another way for people to exercise and get out, and this will be kind of the pinnacle of what a rail trail and green space can be,” Murray explains. Phase one of construction is expected to begin in the spring 2012, while other phases of the pathway are still under design and development.

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he legalization of marijuana is a highly controversial issue that sparks passionate arguments whenever it is raised. Thanks to the efforts of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (Mass Cann) and its fellow activists, the drug debate will once again be brought to the forefront in Massachusetts.

Mass Cann, which is the state’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML), teamed up with several college chapters of NORML and the Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts (DPFMA) to petition for the placement of Public Policy Questions (PPQs) on the upcoming November election ballot in multiple districts across the state – including many Worcester districts. The question to voters is twofold: should the

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WHERE THE SIDEWALK BEGINS: District councilors know that nuts and bolts stuff like fixing potholes and evening sidewalks are vote getters, and they’re already chomping at the bit to score as much money as the can for these projects. Tuesday night’s council meeting offered a preview of what’s to come as Councilor Paul Clancy foreshadowed that Department of Public Works and Parks commissioner Robert Moylan will soon send out a memo regarding how streets will be chosen. With $20 million allocated for this initiative (your increased property taxes at work), expect the five district councilors to jump all over each other, with those at-large councilors trying to find a way to get their demands in there too.

FREIGHT WAIT: CSX’s build out on Franklin Street isn’t anywhere near construction for a variety of reasons. The freight company still has to settle with four properties off Putnam Lane, plus deal with the state’s Department of Utilities to initiate eminent domain takings. The next hurdle? The city wants CSX to sign a memorandum of understanding to use only local, union work, which one councilor told us might cause some issues later on. That September 2012 deadline to move operations to Worcester doesn’t seem so far away anymore. district 13 state representative faced off on WCRN with Peter Blute serving as moderator. In a rapid-fire, hour-long debate where candidates had only a minute to formulate their ideas and arguments, Republican Paul Franco, playing up his outsider-as-Republican image, talked about standing up to the Speaker of the House. Independent Ronal Madnick managed to suck up the lion’s share of airtime, sparring with both Franco and Democratic candidate John Mahoney over his record as the only true candidate who can go to Beacon Hill without party baggage.

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When first taking on this column almost a year ago, certain ground-rules were self-imposed. One was to never refer to the writer by name or with a first person singular pronoun. Another was to not bring up rumors circulating around the next local election within nine months of voting day. So it’s with regret that we at Worcesteria break that second rule. Rumor has it that former mayor and current city councilor Konnie Lukes is preparing for another shot at the mayor’s chair. The whispers have been around for sometime, and at a city council meeting a couple weeks ago as she sparred with current mayor Joe O’Brien, one city councilor leaned over to another saying “and the mayoral debates begin.” Lukes herself agrees with Worcesteria that it’s too early to talk about this, and gave us a “no comment.”

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BALLOT QUESTION MENTIONS: During the debate, each candidate managed to weigh in on the three ballot questions this November. No surprise, Franco supports rolling back the sales tax to three percent, while Mahoney said he’ll vote no on question three, but added he’d like to see it reduced back down to five percent, where it was for over 30 years. Madnick also will vote no, saying that much of a cut would affect teacher and police jobs. On the repeal of the affordable housing law, both Madnick and Mahoney said they’d vote to keep the law in place (although Mahoney said there are little changes he’d like to see) and noted that since Worcester is already above the 10 percent affordable housing threshold, it helps that surrounding communities are forced to contribute. Franco took the opposite side, saying he’d vote to repeal 40B because it infringes on Paxton’s local control of housing developments.

ONE MORE FROM THE DEBATE: Mahoney’s notable moment came when he announced he’d be voting to keep the 6.25 percent tax on alcohol. In an interview later, he said “it would be disingenuous” to have differing votes on questions 1 and 3, adding that the money raised from taxing alcohol will raise an estimated $100 million for recovery services…One wonders if this was a surprise to some people. Mahoney is a local bar owner, and has received campaign donations from Horizon Beverage’s president and Atlas Distributing’s manager – two companies that have combined to contribute nearly $150,000 towards repealing the alcohol tax. Like your political gossip and local news in 140 characters or less? Then follow Jeremy Shulkin on Twitter. Find him under the easy to remember handle @JeremyShulkin.


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ames Madison, the fourth president and one of the founding fathers of our nation said, “The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.” In Worcester, our present council-manager form of government, last modified by the voters in the 1980s, evidently is the least imperfect Worcester has an 11-member city council (six at-large and five district councilors), which acts as the city’s legislative body. Although Worcester has a popularly elected mayor, Joe O'Brien has no more authority than any other city councilor. Our weak mayor is merely the ceremonial head of the city and chair of the city council and school committee. The person who handles the traditional day-today chief executive functions is the city manager. Not directly elected by the people, but hired and fired by the city council alone, our city manager is beholden to the councilors for his job. He needs to keep his 11 bosses happy for they generally control the city’s purse strings and finances. But sharing power with a group of self-absorbed politicians often hinders the ability of the manager to lead Worcester out of its economic and developmental doldrums. In many other cities, the chief executive is a popularly elected strong mayor, who often does not need the support of his city council to get projects rolling. The strong mayors in Boston and Providence have the authority and power to move their cities forward without all the delay and inefficiency of Worcester’s Plan E form of government. For years, Upton Bell, a commentator on downtown Worcester radio station WCRN AM 830, has echoed the sentiments of many home and business owners, taxpayers and voters. Bell and others are sure that a popularly elected strong mayor would make Worcester a more vibrant,

affordable and business-friendly city. Advocates of the strong mayor/weak city council government model believe that Worcester would benefit from a chief executive with more clout, influence and power than that of our present city manager. The council would still have to set the dual tax rates and approve the budget, but it would take a back seat to the true leader chosen by the voters. Although some individuals, city retirees, unions and community groups would disagree, Worcester is fortunate to have a bright, talented and tireless city manager in Mike O'Brien. Without his prudent judgment and foresight during the past six years, Worcester might be well on its way to going broke. The city council recognizes the value of this man and has given Mike O’Brien a three-year contract extension, so he will remain as the city’s chief executive through March 2015. That’s convenient for the council too, as surely, Mike O’Brien will continue to make them look good and improve their electability during a period of antiincumbent rage. And to date the City Council has effectively silenced the strong-mayor advocates. Yet the question remains: what if we change the charter and give the voters a chance to elect a strong mayor? Perhaps popular City Manager Mike O’Brien would run and be elected the strong mayor. Then he’d have the actual authority, influence and power to initiate and move projects forward without having to maneuver through petty political land mines. Although the city council’s role would be diminished, they still could interfere in the affairs of Arizona, ban hotdog vendors from downtown, stifle local businesses with punishing sign ordinances and pass pit-bull regulations. And switching to this new, least imperfect form of government would give us even more reason to lobby the councilors to roll back their salaries (and future inflated pensions) to before the 84 percent pay raise level. How tempting is that?

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slants rants& Letters Make a scene I would like to comment on the article [Play On, Oct. 7, 2010]. Firstlygood topic, well done. The article was good, but being formerly involved in this scene for what was just over 15 years, let me comment on what the musicians who play the clubs experienced in the 2000s, at least what I’ve seen. I can recall in the late 90s, seeing a friend’s band and watching them get a substantial payday for playing a packed Lucky Dog. That was then, do I know all the stats? No ... just what we’ve heard. But I want to mention what has sucked the motivation out of me and mine, and really killed our scene. Ok, so... book a show, no club in particular... but local. Now, the club gets anywhere from 2-10$ a drink. Should those funds be applied to the club duties, like the door and soundboard? But, the band who arranges or tops the gig, has to pay the sound guy. Then the club has a door guy, more like friend or fan of the club, who does the door and ID checks. The bands have to split the draw with him. Now let’s pile all our shit on the floor for 5-6 hours cuz we have to be there at 7p.m. and we play at 12:30a.m., umm ok. Alright “who are you again?” the door guy says, he knows we’re paying him, but who are you, he says? Then you play to a sound guy that’s a friggen unorganized mess, but YOU still gotta pay him. Nice set, (I guess) ... now hurry up and get the f**k out, the other band has gotta set up, c’mon move! If we gotta pay the sound guy, we should bring our own. Not one drink for any band members, and no guests. I do not even want to get into the “pay to play” scenario, or the “benefits” for people dead for 7 or 8 years, How do you expect a band to want to be a part of all that BS? If you want bands to bring people and advertise the show, what’s our motivation? To be sure that the dope checkin IDs gets our draw? Oh yeah gas and equipment is free for us right? Aren’t those folks at the bar there for the show, not the door man? Is every band expected to be a charity performer? Do you really think nowadays I wanna got to a “rock club” to do karaoke, or play f**ken Guitar Hero, or to see old movies, or covers til I’m blue in the face? This is why all of my crowd/generation no longer hits these Worcester clubs, and why the bands are disappearing. The music business will eat you alive, we should all be working together to not get consumed, rather than lose it all out of nonsense. You want a scene, then make it worth everyone’s time, not just the club owners. Smarten up. JOH N POLLI Killingly, CT

Trash day for CSX Once you find the pigs who are illegally throwing their trash all over the city, not only fine them, but make them spend their weekends cleaning up the trash sites. Submitted online by J R Simple “broken windows theory” stuff: if it looks like a dump, some people will think it’s okay to use it as a dump. The city and CSX should get together with interested citizens (it’s an active railroad; safety first) and clean it up, then take steps to keep it from happening again. Railroad trespassing is dangerous and illegal, and some of the people who trespass commit other offenses. Arrest the taggers and litterers, make them pay for their messes, and maybe it won’t look like a trash pit anymore. Submitted online by THE WATC HMAN OCTOBER 14, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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squarely inside this dilemma. Concerning immigration, it lacks heart to conclude that the harm and wrong people committed by unlawfully coming to the U.S. to work and support their families is so bad that they all should be deported and/ or forced to leave, no matter how long they have successfully lived, worked, married or had children here in the U.S. (many if not most of the people we applaud today at their naturalization ceremonies for their righteousness of becoming U.S. citizens were previously illegal before finding a way to become legal permenant residents). The idea that we should not build better border fences and controls and ensure that no one can be employed in the U.S. without proper work papers lacks brains. Randy Feldman Worcester

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Gallup poll that suggested that 57% of “Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.” The poll suggest that this is actually little change over the past few years, but otherwise, I can’t say I find it very surprising. Indeed, as someone who allegedly works in the media (that is to say, I allegedly work), I’m surprised the number’s as conservative as it is, because frankly, I don’t actually know what is and is not technically “media” anymore, and I’m a little suspicious of anyone who would trust such widely diverse news sources as NPR, the New York Times, Fox News, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Glenn Beck, the Washington Post, a few gazillion blogs and a handful of slam poets screaming about injustice in dimly lit bars. I think, somewhere in the intersection of all these things, the news and the punditry, the political ideologies and the honest-to-goodness news reporting (it still exists. I’ve seen it), is something that probably reflects the fragmented existence of the everyday American. “Media,” in all its haziness, is a bit of a funhouse mirror, but funhouse mirrors reflect all sorts of things, and not all the reflections are distorted. Perhaps it’s best, as the old conventional wisdom goes, to consult a variety of news sources, and make one’s own opinions. Posted by “Chris” on WORCESTERIN365. them finally have to work for the people in chains and accepted our info sheet. Some of us have attended the circus in instead of spend our money to further BLOGSPOT.COM As predicted. Here come the scare tactics. Don’t be afraid. Don’t let these bums take your money and spend it on their own agendas, non of which have any benefits for the working people of this state. We will not have anarchy if it passes. Its about time that the city and state government was held accountable for their wasteful spending. Keep some of that money you have remaining in your wallet by voting YES on question 3. Let

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the past and now that we are becoming aware of the harsh reality, we are choosing to not only skip the circus for other cruelty-free events, but spread the word in the hope that animals will no longer be forced to endure lifelong suffering.

Over 35 people attended the Worcester protest, holding eye-opening signs at DCU Center entrances before both circus showings and passing out literature that noted the many instances of Posted by “@DavidLeBouf” on TWITTER. animal cruelty by Ringling. Some circus COM: I despise over-eager freshmen. attendees passed by and tried not to Remind me of sixth graders who inhaled look, but many were extremely curious too much helium so there is none left and affected by the images of elephants for the balloons #angrybustweet IN TRUE BLOG FASHION, THE SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION OF THESE SE LECTIONS ARE TO THE INDIVIDUAL POSTER’S TASTES.

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They keep people working, keep them in a job. I would think that’s alright.

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Depends what the issues are.

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I don’t really care for unions, they do an excellent job of making it difficult for businesses to stay in business. That wasn’t always true, unions served a great purpose early-on, and unfortunately today they’ve become the bully.

Salvatore Tabone MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. They’re bad because I never been in one before.

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{ coverstory } Even in the modern era, after these cities diversified their work forces, Worcester’s unions remain. Former mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray had a grandfather who organized for steelworkers, and his parents were active members of the Educational Association of Worcester (EAW). Currently, five of the 11 Worcester city councilors, including the mayor, trumpet their union connections and support. But take an even closer look at union and city relations, and you’ll discover a looming issue: four of the seven publicsector unions have been working under expired contracts, some dating back to July 1, 2009. All four of these unions are some of the city’s largest: both local police unions, the International Brotherhood of Police Officials (IBPO) and the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA); the Educational Association of Worcester (EAW), boasting a membership of 2,800 teachers, aides and bus drivers; and National Association of Government Employees local 495 (NAGE), which represents 500 city laborers. It’s an unexpected – and high – number of expired labor contracts for a city that has never completely shed its industrial past. And as city officials try to weather a rocky financial situation that will worsen, negotiating four contracts that collectively represent nearly 4,000 city employees could end up breaking Worcester’s bank.

is left to the city administration and labor lawyers. However, particularly around budget time, councilors can stand up and advocate for more police, more firefighters, or alternative

Like politicians, unions make noise, bluster, posture and have a constituency to represent.

BAD PRESS, WANING INFLUENCE The mainstream perception of the power of unions is this: the more unionbacked representatives that we have in the city, the more unions would benefit. But that’s not always the case. Unions and city councilors cannot negotiate over contract issues—that job

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“It’s quite common for “Nationally, collective bargaining contracts to continue beyond their there has been expiration,� says City Manager O’Brien. a very strong move “There is specific language in these against unions,� contracts to allow for this to occur.� says David O’Brien, a former hisSome labor leaders are quick to give the tory professor at the city manager the benefit College of the Holy Cross of the doubt, understanding that and father of union-backed he oversees a $500 million city budget Worcester mayor and has to negotiate with a number of unions. Others aren’t so Joseph O’Brien. forgiving.

Almost four thousand public employees working without contracts raises some eyebrows, with mixed views about whether or not this is just typical cityunion relations, and what it means for taxpayers and employees.

“For good or for bad, the city has always had a history of not negotiating new contracts when they expire,� says Anderson.

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Gunnerson says he has not been contacted by the city to start negotiating a new contract. “In past practice, I’d expect to hear from them in a year and a half,� he says. “In some cities and states unionized public employees continue to work after their contract with the government jurisdiction has expired – though doing so for more than two years or so would be

quite unusual (but not unheard of),� says David Lewin, professor of management, human resources and organizational behavior at UCLA. A couple of the four public unions without contracts are approaching their two-year mark – a time period that has some repercussions. Joseph Bartulis, chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at Fletcher, Tilton and Whipple, says that chapter 44, section 68, of the Massachusetts General Laws impart that the city can only give retroactive pay raises for the previous fiscal year. If a union is out of a contract for longer than one fiscal year, those additional raises are lost. The teachers’ contract expired June 30, 2009, as did those of the International Brotherhood of Police Officials (IBPO) and National Association of Government Employees (NAGE). NEPBA’s elapsed on June 30, 2010, but their previous contract took two and half years to negotiate, and expired six months later. Those unions with contracts that expired in 2009 have until July 1, 2011 to reach a new agreement, or they risk losing a year of retroactive pay raises. City administration wants to see every union member contributing 25 percent to the cost of their health-care coverage (all but the IBPO and EAW do this) and wants


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to see more unions accept 0 percent wage increases. On the other side, the teachers want an 8.5 percent pay raise over the next three years to make up for the loss in benefit money and to cover individual assistants. NAGE won’t entertain contract negotiations until their 12 unfair-laborpractice lawsuits against the city are settled. Health-insurance costs, more than wages, have been the most frequent case of strikes in the past 10 years, says Robert Ross, professor of sociology at Clark University. Thomas Daly, regional vice president for NEPBA local 911 says contract years during a down economy are good for negotiating language items and nonmonetary benefits. Its sector will look at tightening up language regarding injured-off-duty benefits and allowing patrolmen to add more of their sick days to a collective “sick bank.” “You look for stuff like that to get approved in times like these,” says Daly.

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anti-strike clauses in the Massachusetts General Laws and the bad economy. “The bottom line is our contract has expired but we still work under it,” says Donald Cummings, president of the local IBPO and national NAGE executive board member. “Conditions (of the previous contract) continue on until a successive agreement is reached.” In the Massachusetts General Laws, anti-strike provisions for public-safety workers make it illegal for police and firefighters to stop working when contract negotiations reach stalemates. Instead, failed negotiations between the city and these unions end up in the hands of an arbitrator, who comes up with a new contract. (Teachers and other unions can still strike because they’re not publicsafety workers. The bus drivers were ordered back to work by a judge after a one day “sick-out” in September because they’re governed by the Railway Labor Act, which has its own specific anti-strike laws.) “Strikes are generally more common when the economy is in the upswing,” says Ross. He notes, though, that the 1930s were an exception.


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Gary Rosen, a Worcester Mag columnist, former school committee and city council member and teachers union head in West Boylston, agrees, noting that even though the Amalgamated Transit Workers uniformly rejected their latest contract offer, the down economy averted a full-on strike. “Negotiations will get them more than a strike,” he says. There could be some harsh effects down the road though, ones that the public may have to deal with. In many circumstances, new contracts make up for back raises that were lost during years where workers didn’t have an agreement with the city. If a threeyear deal is struck, any pay raises date back to that lost year. If four union contracts are settled in one year, and all are a year old, the city may have to pay out a huge chunk of cash upfront: two years of raises to the employees of four unions.

“Financially, it has been a detriment to this local to ratify the past two contracts,” he says. “That might surprise some people.” “It’s not ideal to have these contracts expire without another one in place,” says Anderson. With 80 percent of the city budget allocated for city employees and their benefits, the city needs these contracts settled “if they want to get a little bit better handle on what costs will be in years ahead.” “Would I prefer to settle prior to the expiration? Of course. It would be in lockstep with our long range fiscal planning – crystal clarity as year to year costs – and it would provide our employees with clarity and comfort as to their current and prospective wages and benefits,” offers City Manager O’Brien. Those costs could take away from amenities that citizens are used to having, or may need to be made up by increasing revenue. “Because governments, generally speaking, do not go out of business… and because their unions don’t either, the parties will often negotiate past the

Healthinsurance costs, more than wages, have been the most frequent case of strikes in the past 10 years, says Robert Ross, professor of sociology at Clark University.

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A notable exception to this has been the police patrolmans’ union (NEPBA). Gunnerson says their previous two contracts haven’t provided his members retro pay.

THE WEAK BUFFALO In years like this, where so many unions want new contracts, there’s a sort of “let the other guy go first” mentality. The terms “weak buffalo” has been used to describe the first one to engage in negotiations. This year, it’s the teachers. It’s widely known that new EAW president Leonard Zalaskus was elected last spring because he was perceived as being blunter, more outspoken and fiestier in negotiations than his predecessor. “All other unions are watching what’s happening with the teachers,” says Rosen.

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“These are going to be tough, tough negotiations.” “They’re the ones most actively out there now,” says Daly. It’s like an all-star free agent in sports: that first contract of the year sets the tone for the others. On September 20, the school committee, which is headed by Mayor O’Brien, sent a sharp rebuke to the EAW’s demands. In a statement, the committee blamed stalled talks on the union’s refusal to have teachers hired before July 1, 2006 pay 25 percent of their health insurance; and when they refused to budge on the teachers’ demanded 8.5 percent pay raise over three years. (The City Manager does not negotiate teacher contracts.) Zalaskus, living up the expectations of his electorate, hit back, saying of the contract talks, “We’re the ones trying to close it up… we’ve made all the movement and they’ve made none.” In past years, there hasn’t been as much of a stalemate. In 2004 the NEPBA upped their health insurance contributions up from 17 to 20 percent, and again raised it to 25 percent with their 2009 contract. Gunnerson calls it the “impetus” for a number of municipal unions to follow in the local NEPBA’s footsteps.

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Because public-safety labor can’t strike, if mediation fails between police, fire and the city an arbitrator from the Joint Labor Management Committee is sent in. Arbitrators are able to circumvent Massachusetts General Laws and provide raises beyond one fiscal year, but their findings are subject to council funding. If an arbitrator’s decision isn’t supported by pro- or antiunion councilors, the council can reject the finding. The nonmonetary agreements stick, but the arbitrator goes back and hammers out new financial arrangements. For teachers, the process is a little different. After mediation fails, the Joint Labor Management Committee brings in their fact finders, who conduct hearings and make a public recommendation regarding a new contract. “The theory behind fact finding is that the parties would then feel political pressure from their constituencies to settle voluntarily,” e-mails David McLaughlin, a professor of economics at Boston College. But he’s not certain that it works as intended. “My suspicion is that often this process has not generated the kind of constituency pressure to force the parties to settle that was assumed would be generated by the theoreticians who devised the fact-finding process.”

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And, it’s all politics anyway. Like politicians, unions make noise, bluster, posture and have a constituency to represent. “The arbitrator is forced to function like a legislator engaging in political log-rolling. Inevitably he will tend to be pushed toward splitting the difference between the two parties’ final positions in a way that seems politically acceptable,” writes McLaughlin. “These are often after-the-fact rationalizations of what is fundamentally a political decision guided by political acceptability.” That fact that the city administration, council and a number of unions will have to agree to that “political decision” in the coming months is adding pressure to an already stressful time for politicians, union leaders and workers. Many of these negotiations will reach arbitration, and if that continues for too long and the city finds itself unable to afford multiple pay raises, it could be the taxpayers complaining about what benefits they’re losing. In that case mediation is easy; it’s called voting, and both politicians and union leaders will have to answer to their constituents.

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This is the seventh year of Worcester’s Rock and Shock, which showcases some of the biggest names in music, film, books and comics. The convention was created and co-founded by Kevin Barbare, co-host of the Hillman Morning Show on WAAF, because he had noticed a lack of horror-themed conventions in New England. He paired with Gina Migliozzi, general manager of Mass Concerts and also a major horror fan, and they evaluated other concerts and conventions to discover how they could create the ideal horror event.

Last year’s Rock and Shock drew almost 5,000 people over the weekend; this year, with headliners Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper at the DCU Center on Oct. 16, should exceed that.

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media convention, Rock and Shock plays upon the theatricality of the horror genre. “It’s a natural combination between all the heavy metal bands that play and all the horror music and movies,” says Migliozzi. The best metal concerts, of course, have a strong stage show. Gwar, a convention regular, is best known and appreciated for its showmanship and spewing effects. Both Zombie and Cooper, who are including this convention on their

Above: Co-founders Gina Migliozzi and Keven Barbare. Left: Gwar and Rock and Shock are a match made in heaven.

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screenings from feature length to short films, as well Q & A panels with the actors, directors, special-effect designers and writers who create the genre. “I think a lot of people are fascinated to meet the people who play the people who scared them to see what they’re really like,” says Barbare. “[They wonder], ‘Is

this person really weird like they are in the movie?’ And then they come and find out how nice everyone is and have a personal experience that is important to them.”

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Even in genre-based media conventions, horror is often sidelined. Yet it’s one of


most people carry a little darkness inside, horror conventions create a safe space to celebrate this oft’ suppressed desire. Those who embrace the movement wholeheartedly find themselves among kin while shyer fans discover the surprising truth about those scary, metal-studded, blackclad folks. “People in the horror community might be a little odd looking and always dressed in black,” says Migliozzi, “but everyone is really sweet, and we all have a good time.” This sense of community is what entices more big-ticket guests and larger crowds. “We have that kind of show that guests want to come back to and bands want to come back to.”

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When Barbare and Migliozzi were putting together Rock and Shock, Worcester presented itself as an ideal spot. “[Worcester] had the perfect convention center, hotel and venue all within walking distance of each other,” says Barbare.

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While Rock and Shock does bring guests and patrons from all over the United States and beyond, a lot of locals have vendor booths. For example, New England Horror Writers will feature more than 20 writers and creators at its booth, including Stoker-nominated authors Dan Keohane and L.L. Soares, and award-winning writers Michael Arruda, Jack Haringa and Kurt Newton. “I love Halloween, so it’s always fun checking out the various vendors.” says May. “You can’t beat meeting some of your favorite genre movies stars, either. But, for me it’s the one guaranteed event in the region, where I will be able to spend a lot of time with likeminded writers.” Worcester’s new Airsoft Center, the Citadel, is the largest in New England and will be attending Rock and Shock for the first time. While the owners are promoting their new complex, upcoming zombie and Halloween events, and player packages, the two have been attending Rock and Shock for years, explains owner, Matt Pearson, noting the Rock and Shock horror demographic includes fans of Airsoft, a game similar to paintball, but played with softer BB ammunition. Cloud City Tattoo, located on Highland Street, includes many local artists. While they have a vendor booth and are already booked with tattoo appointments, the artists are looking forward to the entire convention experience for the second year in a row. “We’re going to see what’s new in special effects and the film festival,” says Seth Campbell. “We want to meet celebrities. We all just have fun.” Barbare and Migliozzi hopes Rock and Shock will continue to grow and attract more studios, stars, and perhaps even gaming companies, so that they can bring more treats to the ever-growing number attendees. After all, they’re fans who wanted to bring this dream - or, more accurately, beloved nightmare - to life.

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the most popular media genres and loved by a wide demographic. T.J. May, author, director of the New England Horror Writers events committee, and member of the Horror Writers Association, explains the draw, “I think people get off on horror much in the same way they do roller coasters. Each affords us the experience of our greatest fears and the exhilaration of getting past them without putting oneself in actual danger. It’s cathartic.” While the genre’s popularity suggests

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The black metal soundtrack to Halloween Dominic DiBenedetto

Halloween is upon us, Worcester, and it’s become a tradition in my house to attend Rock and Shock as part of the Samhain celebration. I won’t get too deep into it though. I’m sure you already know about the Rob Zombie/Alice Cooper show and all the guests at the convention. I mean you’ve all got computers, so why bore you. Well – maybe not the juggalos attending the Twiztid show. I’m convinced they all live out of dumpsters at every mall outlet across the country. (I will never understand this

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My introduction to Norwegian Black Metal came in the mid-90s on Halloween via dubbed cassettes from a metalhead friend. The three albums were Mayhem’s De

genre of music or their fascination with those silly weird pants they wear.) Usually on Halloween night I like to put on the most evil music that I can and pass out candy to kids. Most parents skip my house. The music of the night consists of the Misfits and Samhain, but mainly my other obsession besides hardcore/punk. The only genre of music that will never really gain any mainstream acceptance due to its volatile look at organized religion, obsessive nods to Satanism, burning churches, accusations of fascism, and everfamous murder trials. Ah yes, I speak of Norwegian Black Metal. The only music to truly set a country in complete and utter panic. The perfect soundtrack for

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Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Emperor’s Wrath of the Tyrants, and Burzum/Aske. On my walk home from school, I popped the tape in and was slammed in the face by Emperor. I stopped and started the tape a bunch. It was just so raw, fast and evil for my brain to wrap around. I seriously thought at that moment they lived in caves and worshipped Satan with sacrifices. I mean, I’d heard Venom, but this was truly much harsher and intense. So next up was Burzum/Aske, as I walked to meet friends for a party. Burzum freaked me out more. I mean Vargs voice sounded like a witch skidding down a bed of Satan’s razors and the music was much different than Emperor. Slower and simpler, but just as disturbing. It really grabbed me and sent me into a trance as I walked taking it in. Once I finally met up with friends late (due to the black metal trance walking) and went to the party, I put the other cassette labeled Mayhem into the boom box. Now I had always heard of Mayhem, but never actually heard them. This was seriously one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard since that night. Absolutely crazy weird vocals, darkest riffs, and no-bullshit drum attack. My hardcore friends made me turn it off, and I had to listen to the rest of it on the walk home! To this day, I pull these three albums out on Halloween and tell myself “When it’s cold, and when it’s dark, the freezing moon can obsess you.” Savor the black metal this Halloween my friends.


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Found New work from Jonnie Coutu and Hundred Acre Design The Futon Company 29 Highland St., Worcester 508-831-7170 Reception: Thursday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. What happens when an artist/photographer and architect/designer meld minds? For Jonnie Coutu and Emily Sanders, Hundred Acre Design was born. The two artists came together to build a dining table made from an assemblage of lost and discarded items such as a slab of pine, an old farmhouse door and the legs of a 1950s drafting table. Their relationship flourished as they continued to work together, giving new life to lost-and-found objects that they fashioned into furniture, frames and other funky-but-useful items. On display at The Futon Company – Worcester’s most unlikely but ideal gallery – through scare day on October 31, the show Found features ten 20-by-30-inch digital images, printed on canvas, with frames created from reclaimed wood with antiqued metal angles found on Cape Cod this past summer. Coutu took the images, and Hundred Acre Design combined forces to create the unique 24-by-34-inch frames. Each piece is thoughtfully designed and handcrafted in an old brick-mill building turned studio in Worcester. According to Coutu, the images are a small collection gathered from his work from 2003 to present – all focused upon found items. “A majority are from roaming the streets of Worcester, some from Washington State, California, New Hampshire and other points on my adventures,” he explains. “The images tie together the idea of finding the materials we are using for the frames and furniture we are building as hundred acre. Like the materials, the images are found. The only way to turn them into what you see here is to get out of the house and discover them.” Poised as an exhibit of Coutu’s images, this is also a chance for the public to learn more about Hundred Acre Design and the one of a kind items they can create. “We build almost exclusively with recycled materials found in attics, yard sales, thrift shops and antique stores,” says Coutu. An artist reception is set for October 14 from 6-8 p.m., with drinks, desserts, music and food available. For more info check out hundredacredesign.com, jonniecoutu.com or futonco.net — Doreen Manning

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The Sahara has undergone an artistic transformation with the help of local musician and artist Luis Fraire. This former member of the local electronic band The Pandas and currently one half of the ambient experimental electronica duo named ii nub, 34-year-old Fraire has taken over the walls at this local Middle Eastern restaurant. After the success of several exhibits at the Sahara that Fraire organized over the past year, the restaurant and this local artist have combined forces for a permanent exhibit to adorn the walls. “What started it all, was some very odd family portraits that were on display a few years ago and everyone at the bar was given the creeps by staring babies and smiling faces, so I decided something has to change,” quips Fraire. Fraire has brought in 16 of his 2 x 2 contemporary paintings, which highlight a simple single line design with oil pen on colorful acrylic on wood panels. Very contemporary in design, the minimal lines outline people and shapes as if a shadowbox has captured a moment in time. The backgrounds offer contrasting thick strokes that bring the contours to the forefront with a cheeky boldness. Inspiration for each panel was taken from a collection of images Fraire has collected over the years. “The photos are actually slide film that I project on a painted surface and trace the outline with a paint pen” he explains. “I choose images and colors that would fit one way or another in The Sahara itself with its bold earth tones and exotic music and food.” The paintings will be on exhibit until 2011, with no set end date in sight. “The paintings are for sale, $100 each,” says Fraire “and each month I replace the paintings sold.”

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When you’re in the mood to get jazzed up in the city, there aren’t too many places to go where the atmosphere feels just right. That said, one step into Luciano’s Cotton Club Restaurant at Union Station and the room simply begs for the great American songbook to be played during dinner. Jazzed Up, a trio comprised at the core of Joe D’Angelo on guitar, Johnny “Dollar” Murzycki on the drums and Mauro DePasquale on piano and primary vocals, have obliged every jazz lover in town by setting up shop at Luciano’s on most Friday

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on the romantic side of the genre,” DePasquale admits. No virgins to the local music scene, the DePasquale had been discussing live veteran members of Jazzed Up have been music at Luciano’s with owner Robert collaborating together on and off since “Gus” Giordano since this past summer, the 1970s within various session, pop, and after a few trial runs decided the fit top-40 and jazz groups, often rotating was right for a Friday night series. “We instruments to keep things fresh. fashioned the live music program to really “We [also] have [an additional] roster fit the feel and the quality of the room, of players that while making the style and include some era of the music accessible to of the best younger audiences as well as jazz musicians older,” explains DePasquale. People are there ... to and music Borrowing pages from the in American songbook every hear music that is rare teachers the city,” says week, Jazzed Up gravitates and rarely played well.” DePasquale. toward what DePasquale calls Rotating “cooler jazz styles” crooned — Maruro DePasquale players include by artists such as Chet Baker, visiting Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, saxophone Louis Armstrong, Duke players Ellington, George Gershwin, Tommy Herbert, Jim Allard and Jim Mercer, and some Bossa Nova treasures Russo; drummer Bill MacGilvary; as well. “I’d say the music spans from the John Russo on trumpet; guitarist Peter late 1930s up through the 60s - however

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DePasquale; bassist Vic Helenic and a wide swath of who’s who in Worcester’s music scene. Is it odd to play music while folks are noshing it up? “It’s better than playing in a pick-up joint, that’s for sure!” jokes DePasquale. “People are there to commune over a great meal, but they are also there to hear music that is rare and rarely played well.” For DePasquale and his mates, performing live jazz challenges the group in ways that stretch their musical muscles. “It is a showcase for musicianship as well as an income for veteran players. It’s very difficult to perform locally as a professional. The shame of that leaves people with mediocre alternatives for music entertainment,” he shares. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Get Jazzed Up next Friday night. Luciano’s Cotton Club Restaurant, 2 Washington Sq., Worcester, 508-7556408, maxwellsilvermansbanquet.com/ lucianos


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A cautionary tale of greed gone haywire The scariest thing about listening to two hours’ worth of how uberlobbyist Jack Abramoff slimed his way through the corridors of power in Washington is that I can barely muster the outrage any more. Abramoff worked to kill legislation that would protect sweat-shop workers in U.S.-controlled Saipan, fleeced a Native American tribe into paying him tens of millions in useless “consulting” fees to open a casino, and even wore a black fedora to his indictment on a host of charges. In our jaded worldview of how D.C. “works,” the fedora may have been the worst crime of all. Abramoff is serving four years in federal prison, and as Casino Jack and the United States of Money makes clear, his was a sentence most deserved. No, Abramoff did not invent the culture of corruption in the nation’s capital, but he shined it to a high gloss and etched his name at the base. Some would argue that the only thing separating him from many other lobbyists and assorted influence peddlers is that he got caught. On second thought, that’s the scariest thing about Casino Jack. At its heart, this is a cautionary tale of greed gone haywire, with the behavior of the major players tolling the bell for what would occur a few years later with the collapse of some of Wall Street’s biggest firms. One can easily view the film as director Alex Gibney’s companion piece to his 2005 documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room with the executive boardrooms of the Houston energy company replaced by congressional offices, and the amoral players in the tawdry drama barely able to keep a straight face. Gibney goes for broke here, offering a comprehensive psychological portrait of Abramoff, who fancied himself the star in his own action thriller (Abramoff actually produced an action picture, the immortal Dolph Lundgren vehicle Red

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devoid of government regulation. Ah, but the hypocrisy was a bitch. While espousing the Judeo-Christian values of the religious right, Abramoff and team ran their lobbying operation like La Cosa Nostra, cutting (illegal) deals, seducing politicians, laundering money. In one priceless scene, Gibney interviews the “CEO” of one of Abramoff’s dummy corporations, a surfer dude living in a rented bungalow who knew something wasn’t quite right when six-figure checks started cropping up in his mailbox. Gibney tosses in some effective, if obvious, flourishes, including scenes from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington that depict James Stewart as the last unsullied politician on the planet. Too bad he’s fictional. A full-blown movie version of Casino Jack, with Kevin Spacey starring as Abramoff, is set to be released soon. Hard to say if it will be any better than this doc, but you gotta believe Spacey will look great in that black hat. Casino Jack and the United States of Money will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 1 and 3:20 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University as part of the Cinema 320 film series.

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If you’ve built your career on being a badass on film it’s hard to be taken seriously when you’re plagued with such things as dentures and hair transplants and age spots. To avoid being cast in grandparent roles, the solution is not to try to obscure your age but make fun of it. So in the 60’s we got Dean Martin as drunken geriatric secret agent Matt Helm and David Niven in Casino Royale playing an elderly James Bond, in the 70’s Leslie Nielsen came up with a second act to his career by mercilessly parodying the tough guy roles he was famous for years before, and so on. Now in that same spirit we have RED, an action comedy about overthe-hill assassins. Red is completely up front about its intentions; the title is an acronym meaning Retired and Extremely Dangerous. Bruce Willis, youngest of the codgers at 55 is the main protagonist Frank Moses, a lonely ex-CIA black ops specialist who is introduced in a scene where he is tearing up his retirement checks in an attempt to keep dialogue going on the phone with Sarah, (Mary Louise-Parker) a younger girl from the pension office. The running joke is that he is far tougher and cleverer than any one of the young whippersnappers out to kill him. When the baddies shoot his house literally to pieces he escapes, looks up Sarah and then politely kidnaps her, for her own good. Of course she thinks he’s crazy at first, but she’s an easy candidate for Stockholm Syndrome and soon is a willing accomplice. The plot is far from unique, something about a list of assassination targets,

of which Frank is one, uncovered by a now-dead New York Times reporter. So he heads off with Sarah in tow to try to solve the mystery and save himself from the bad guys, and of course eventually get it on with the girl. It’s all merely an excuse to bring colorful aging Hollywood stars together for thrilling scenes of violence and mayhem. The first of Frank’s former team of government killers they look up is Marvin (John Malkovich), a paranoid gun freak who was once a victim of a military acid experiment that went on for eleven years, and at this point he has more than a few screws loose. Malkovich has such a naturally crazy vibe that he can underplay the role and still come off effectively bonkers. Morgan Freeman is the “old man” (in his early 70’s) another former member of their elite hit squad. Finally they reunite with Victoria (Helen Mirren) an automatic weapons-loving sexagenarian, and she has some of the best scenes, like where she brings Sarah along into her snipers nest for some girl talk. They all get together for the big climax, a thrilling Oceans 11-type caper. Also appearing is Richard Dreyfuss as a sleazy arms dealer and Ernest Borgnine (firmly in the “I thought he was dead” category) in a cameo as a CIA records clerk. Weaved in with all this is the young CIA killer Cooper (Karl Urban, “Bones” from Star Trek), a family man who calls his wife to discuss the kids just before he offs somebody, and Cynthia Wilkes (Rebecca Pidgeon) as his even more ruthless boss. Director Robert Schwentke should be commended for keeping the right balance of dark humor and visual spectacle throughout; he lets the pros play but doesn’t let anyone go too far over the top and makes sure everything moves along at an appealingly brisk pace. It doesn’t really matter that most of what happens is ridiculously implausible, that logic and believability get shot to pieces with everything else. This film is mindless, cathartic and funny as hell. You should have as much fun watching it as they obviously had making it.


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Fantasy and reality collide in John Guare’s play, The House of Blue Leaves as Worcester County Light Opera Company brings to life this cast of unlikely characters as they come together in the broad, sometimes absurd, circumstances of unfulfilled lives. $18. Only two more shows this week on October 15 at 8 p.m. and October 17 at 2 p.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. 508-8533147, wcloc.org.

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Celebrate two Worcester originals at The Harvey Ball 2010 on Friday, October 15. Named after the originator of the famous “Smiley Face,” the Harvey Ball is Worcester Historical Museum’s way of recognizing corporate and philanthropic commitments to Worcester. This year’s winners, the Crowley Family, are guests of honor. $75; VIP reception $150. 6-11 p.m. Worcester Regional Airport, 375 Airport Drive. Call 888-3599672 or visit worcesterhistory.org.

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Resident spirits, primarily native wildlife, come out to greet visitors as you are guided through the woods on the trails lit by luminaria. Encounter old favorites and new characters on your walk as you learn about some of the creatures of New England and their many fascinating habits. The program and activities will be held indoors in case of rain. $8 per person (member or nonmember, adult or child). Small groups leave about every 10 to 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m.; sorry, but we cannot reserve times. 6:308:30 p.m. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-7536087, massaudubon.org.

Join Mass Bay RRE for a special all-day rail outing on the Providence & Worcester Railroad and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor during the

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts P&W Fall Circle Tour on Saturday, October 16. The

At sundown on both October 15 and 16, Broad Meadow Brook will transform into a magical, slightly haunted forest during their Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook.

fourth-annual P&W Fall Circle Tour will follow a unique route that includes the Blackstone River Valley, the scenic seascapes of the Connecticut shoreline, the Thames River and the mill towns of eastern Connecticut. First, travel down the P&W’s main line from Worcester through Millbury and Woonsocket to Providence, R.I., where you’ll join Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor for the westbound run to Groton, Conn., passing through some of the most scenic coastal portions of this route. There, the

train will turn north onto the P&W’s Norwich Branch, skirting the eastern shore of the Thames River to Norwich, Conn. Pass through the Connecticut mill towns of Plainfield and Putnam before returning to Worcester, with photo stops along the way. $79 adults/$39 children. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Providence & Worcester Railroad, 75 Hammond St. 978-470-2066 or visit massbayrre.org/CircleTour.htm.

from Russia with love

The trustees of the Princeton Library present Moscow On The Common, an evening of classical selections of sacred and operatic music with Russian countertenor Andrey Nemzer to benefit the library Stained Glass Restoration Project on Saturday, October 16. $25 per ticket. 7-10 p.m. First Congregational Church of Princeton, United Church of Christ, 14 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2837.

harvest fun

Experience fall fun on the Sturbridge Town Common at the Annual Harvest Festival during the weekend of October 16-17. The festival celebrates its 21st year in 2010 with crafters, homemade baked goods, harvest displays, activities for kids, live music, and a whole lot more. Rain or shine, free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sturbridge Town Common, Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2761.

apple mountain

Over on Wachusett Mountain you can get a taste of fall at AppleFest, during the weekends of October 16 & 17 and 23 & 24. The 27th-annual AppleFest includes more than 60 craft exhibitors each weekend,

a farmers’ market, and special familyfun side shows both weekends with traditional New England flair. Weekend One follows an Octoberfest theme and Weekend Two follows a Celticfest theme. Kids entertainment includes magicians, jugglers, clowns, pony rides, and moon bounces. Plus peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or visit wachusett.com.

brain melt Learn how the technologies that we use to think with - to gather, store, share and analyze information - influence the way that we think during the lecture:

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains on Monday, October 18. Come hear how some feel the price we’re paying for the many benefits of the Net is an erosion in the depth of our intellectual lives and even our culture. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Clark University: Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall, 950 Main St. clarku.edu.

pink town

Crave26 hosts Paint the Town Pink at Plaza Azteca on Wednesday, October 20. Come and enjoy a girls’ night out at Worcester’s newest authentic Mexican Restaurant. DL Fitness Studios, Skinny Water, Air Brush Make Up, and Arbonne are just a few vendors that will be showcasing their services. In addition you can sip $5 martinis and margaritas. Chow down on an authentic all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet. This is an excellent opportunity to network and hang out with your closest girlfriends. Take home a swag bag filled with discounts and freebies from local area businesses. Pre-event $16/Day of $20. 6-1 p.m. Plaza Azteca, 539 Lincoln St. 774287-5609 or paintthetownpinkworc.com.

Final na Bouts of the Season in one Dynamic Weekend Central Mass Roller Derby (CMRD) Tickets online at www.CentralMassRollerDerby.com Saturday, October 16 Double Header

Sunday, October 17 Home Game

Fitchburg State University, Landry Arena, Fitchburg Petticoat Punishers vs NH’s Queen City Cherry Bombs PLUS Mass Maelstrom vs NY’s Quadfathers

Roll On America, Lancaster CMRD’s Brawling Broads vs NH’s Granite State Roller Derby

Doors 5:30, $8/kids $4

Doors 6:30, $12/kids $8

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Fiddle on over to Ralph’s on Thursday, October 14 and join The Great Whiskey Rebellion for some Irish tunes with a rocking folksy twist and a whole lot of foot stomping. Fresh off a CD release party at Clark University, their alma mater, the gang has new material under their belt and the same Celtic swagger as always. Maldeego will be joining them with their socially and environmentally conscious jams such as “The World is You.” Careful, they might put a dent in your apathy. Southbound Outlaws round out the bill with some blues, potentially from their debut album, “Whiskey Talkin’”. A whiskey time is sure to be had by all. Flock of Assholes is at it again at The Lucky Dog proving that the 80’s will never say die. This time, they share the stage with grungesters Bakers Union (formerly Chillum), hard rock heavy hitters Neon Alley and onewoman indie powerhouse Lizzy Pitch. Slave To The Metal 2 Night Music Festival takes over Ralph’s on Friday, October 15 with Host Mistress Julia from FUSE TV! Featuring 10 bands tonight and on Saturday, with admission good for both nights. If that’s not enough tough love metal, then why don’t you stop over at The Raven and check out This Beast and Crypter? For a change of pace, at Tammany Hall, Erik Glockler & Luke Patchen Montgomery of Strangefolk have teamed up with Maine’s best kept secrets, Stevie Jones and Ginger Cote on their new project, Dirigo. They have a rock-solid fan base, one that is rooted within the Strangefolk Community and even extends beyond that to a new fan base that they have been establishing thru their most recent gigs with their Alt-Country Jam aesthetic. Their catalogue features a lot of Patchen & Glock’s original music, Stevie Jones originals, and Folk covers. Brothers McCann will be opening. Take it back another decade with 1964, a Beatles tribute band making an appearance at The Hanover on Saturday, October 16. Rolling Stone magazine calls them the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth,” and we think the folks over at Rolling Stone know their stuff. The band is complete with haircuts and matching suits and refuses to play all of that 1967 Sgt. Pepper nonsense. Dusty Cobb stopped by our offices earlier this week to promote his upcoming gig at The Hotel Vernon with the Millbury Street Band. “We’ve got really good music. Folk rock with soul in it,” the great Dusty tells me. “We’re a great band, the show is free, and dollar drafts. Everyone has a great time in the ship room and we are awesome. Even more awesome in my own mind,” admits the Cobb man. Beatnik’s is offering a trip halfway around the world rather than back in time with Koliba, an energetic afro-pop group whose vocalist hails from Guinea and teaches at Berklee. West African tradition and contemporary America collide for danceable beats with global appeal. For a taste of Worcester’s own, try Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse at Nick’s. The sometimes modern, sometimes psychedelic pair of brothers have been playing together since 2000 and have since accumulated countless originals and covers of everything from the Beastie Boys to Pink Floyd.

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HUMANARTS: Chamber Music in the Chapel. Assumption College’s 2010-2011 HUMANARTS series presents a Corelli/Vivaldi Concerti under the direction of Peter Sulski. FREE. Midnight-1:30 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7508 or assumption.edu. Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, Every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Jane Fallon -BR Soundstage. 7-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. Irish Music Session.No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-3444932 or westboroughsession.com. Open Mic Night W/ Bill MCarthy. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Audio Wasabi - Hosted by Brian Chaffee. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. College Night - Redcarpetworcester.com. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. Pregame Thursdays. 8 p.m.-noon Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Rob Benton. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Flock Of Assholes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with The Bakers Union (Ex-Chillum!), Neon Alley, Lizzy Pitch. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Lisa Marie and All Shook Up!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 18+ College Thursdays. The Canal District’s biggest 18+ College Dance Party Weekly Theme Parties with Prizes and

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Giveaways! DJ Nick & DJ U-Kno Blazin the best! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or find them on facebook. Bret Talbert Live Acoustic Rock!. Classic and modern music that makes you move. 9 p.m.-midnight Perfect Game, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Great Whiskey Rebellion, Melodeego, and Southbound Outlaws. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Thayer & Balyk. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 15 ii nub (ambient experimental electronica) and The Dragon Fly Lounge (bohemian funk). no cover. 10-2 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. WAAF 107.3 presents Rock And Shock Weekend with Suffocation / Suicide Silence / MyChildren MyBride @ The Palladium. The Faceless / Dawn Of Ashes / Through The Eyes Of The Dead / Decrepit Birth / Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza Molotov Solution / Conducting From The Grave / Stick To Your Guns / As Blood Runs Black / Attila/ For The Fallen Dreams / Close Your Eye Tickets $30 adv., $35 door for Friday - includes admission to horror convention at DCU Convention Center -$69 for a 3-day pass -$127 Rock And Shock Total Experience VIP gets you access to all 3 concerts at The Palladium, all 3 days of convention. 3-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696 or rockandshock.com. Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, Every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

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Bill McCarthy. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. JAZZED UP Fridays at Union Station. Mauro DePasquale, Joe D’Angelo, John Dollar Murzycki and guest artist. Playing American Songbook gems in a great location. 7-10:30 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Li’l Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations. An all star line up featuring Andre Thierry ,Gerard Delofose, Bobby Broussard & Javis Terrel. $18. 7-11 p.m. The German Club, 78 Carter Ave, Pawtucket. 401-965-0849 or salsrbclub.com. Slave To The Metal 2 Night Music Festival with Host Mistress Juliya from FUSE TV! 10 Bands each Night. Admission good for both nights Friday 15th and Sat 16th!! Be there!!!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. An Evening with Rockapella. Rockapella are the progenitors of a new flavor of contemporary pop music; one that has spread virally across the United States, Asia and Europe. Rockapella’s widespread appeal has built legions of fans throughout the USA and across the globe. Since 2003, Rockapella has been criscrossing the country with their annual “A Rockapella Holiday” tour, spreading the joy of the holiday season through their music. $25-$35. 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or thehanovertheatre.org. Spare Parts. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Makem & Spain Brothers. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. The Work o’ The Weavers w/ Peg Espinola Opening. ‘If I Had A Hammer,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘The Sloop John B,’ ‘Goodnight, Irene,’ ‘This Land Is Your Land. Songs such as these have become part of our collective consciousness. But few recall that these songs were written or first popularized by The Weavers. $20 (Stu/Sem $19, Mem $17). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. amazingthings.org.

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All Girl Aerosmith tribute band “Aerochix”, Six To Midnight, The Angels Share And Say You Swear!. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or facebook.com/aerochix. Jesse Garcia Live. blues & rock with acoustic & harp..also with Brendon Cunningham & Courtney Webber-Lavoie Free. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. This Beast & Crypter. $5. 8:30 p.m.-midnight The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. A Night of Jazz with The Benny Sharoni Quartet!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Almost Heroes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Ben Frechette. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Confounded Bridge (Led Zeppelin Tribute). Confounded Bridge (Led Zeppelin Tribute) returns for another fantastic show. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Dirigo feat members of Strangefolk with Brothers McCann. $7 @ the door. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-753-7001 or facebook.com/dirigo. DJ Pete the Polock. Yeh, he’s still here playing whatever he wants. The girls flash him for requests, sit on his lap, and listen to his same old jokes but still love him. He only plays to get out of the house away from his queen. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Drunken Uncles. 9-11 p.m. Allgos Sweets and Drinks, 58 Shrewsbury St. 508-304-7129. Fran Dagostino Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Friday Night Frenzy w/DJ Reckless. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Hip Hop Night. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or speakersnightclub.net. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Phantasia Fridays with DJ Tony-T. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sam James. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. Scott Marshall. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. Sean Ryan. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Barbers Crossing (North), 175 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8438. the invaders. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Velocity. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. What The Funk, Arnold’s Carnival and Electric Barrel House. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. XCess Fridays with DJ Patrick Allen. 18+ 9 p.m.-2 a.m. BLÜ Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or find them on facebook. The Pinball Millionaires. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Tokyo Tramps. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

>Saturday 16 Whalebone Farmhouse delivers, soulful folk and blues, finger pickin and harmonies that could bring you to tears. 10-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. WAAF 107.3 presents Rock And Shock Weekend

with Gwar / Nevermore / The Casualties / Black Veil Brides @ The Palladium. with William Control / Motionless In White / Warbringer / Blackguard / Hatesphere / Infernaeon / Mobile Death Cam Tickets $30 adv., $35 door for Saturday - includes admission to horror convention at DCU Convention Center. With purchase of either price ticket to Rob Zombie / Alice Cooper concert at DCU Center through Ticketmaster you get FREE ACCESS. 2 p.m.-midnight Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-7979696 or rockandshock.com. Facing East Coffee House. Featuring the Music of Shawn Dennison. Free. 7-9 p.m. St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church, 16 Romanian Ave, Southbridge. 508-765-5276 or stmichaelorth.org. Jesse Fontaine with Guitarist Joe D’Angleo. Award winning Jazz Act, Jesse Fontaine, performs Music from the Great American Song Book and Beyond. jessefontaine.net Free. 7-10 p.m. 1790 Restaurant & Tavern, 206 Turnpike Road, Westborough. 508-366-1707 or jessefontaine.net. Slave To The Metal 2 Night Music Festival with Host Mistress Juliya from FUSE TV. 10 Bands each Night. Admission good for both nights Friday 15th and Sat 16th. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. WCUW Presents: Bring Back Pluto. Bring Back Pluto Opening: The Dick Hummel Group. These guys can really lay down the funk. WCUW 91.3 FM: Community Radio for Central Massachusetts. $10, $8. 7-10:30 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM Worcester’s Community Radio Station, The Front Room, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012 or wcuw.org. A Concert with Jane Shivick, soprano & Olga Rogach, pianist. Works by Duparc, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Sondheim, and others will be performed by two of New England’s popular classical artists during Opening Night of the Rimscha Concert Series! Free. 7:30-9 p.m. St. Joachim Chapel, 16 Church St., Fiskdale. 508-347-9353 or rimschaconcerts.org. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar. MySpace.com/ BadClownProductions 7:30-10:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Dirty Deeds (AC/DC Tribute). AC/DC Tribute live at Speakers Night Club! $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Acoustic Saturdays. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Beatles For Sale - The Tribute. beatlesforsale.net $5 cover. 8-11 p.m. Johnny Mac’s Sports Bar & Grille, 455 Pleasant St. Dana Lewis. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. DJs. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Duke Robillard. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. Gilmours Breakfast. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincon st. Under the Covers. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. Sunlea, Powder Monkey, Sky Blue Mind And In Spades. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or myspace.com/luckydogmusichall. The “Original” Live Music Night. no cover charge. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Polish American Citizens Club (PACC), 37 Harris St., Webster. 508-943-9716. 1 ought 9 & Schism. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Auntie Trainwreck. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385. Babe Pino Band. $10. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-791-2583. Caves on Mars. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Latino Night. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Little Black Dress Affair with Boston’s Best DJ E Devious & Rawkstar. Boston’s voted best club DJ in 1008 and

2009 and nominated again this year for Boston’s best club DJ for 2010. Video and sound DJ E Devious and Rawkstar Entertainment. Varies. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Venue Night Club, 336 Main St. 508757-8368. Ned Lucas Band. No Cover. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dreamers Bar & Grille, 815 Worcester Road, Barre. 978-355-9095. ric porter. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Sean Fullerton. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro - Top 40. Providence’s DJ HYDRO spins your favorite Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Spin Suite Saturdays with DJ Soup. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. The Bobby Gadoury Trio featuring Dale Lepage 7pm!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Usual Suspects. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Valvatross. Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Velocity. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Crossfire. No Cover. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. The ISSUES (formerly known as MOOD DISORDER). 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1625 or facebook.com/theissues. Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse. 5. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Galway Bay Irish Pub, 186 Stafford St. 508-753-8909. Don’t Let Go (Jerry Garcia Tribute). 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

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Blue Mondays - Live Blues. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. 18+ College Night. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

>Tuesday 19 Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike! Five Year Anniversary Bash!. OPENMCC@VERIZON.NET 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. “Totally Tuesdays” Rad tunes in the Diner played every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. bigjonshort.com no cover. 8-10 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey.com. Open Mic with Shane Hall. Open Mic hosted by Shane Hall. Never ceases to be interesting! 1 food or drink item purchase. 8-10 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. 508-479-8311. Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau & John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or terrybmusic.com. Tony Gahan. 9-11:30 p.m. Grey Hound Pub (An Cu Liath), 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100 or thegreyhoundworcester.com. James Keyes at 9pm!. No Cover!. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Prince Edward Island Fiddler Roy Johnstone & Singer/Songwriter Steve Sharratt. (Roy’s Website) (Steve’s website) $15 (Children under 12 free when accompanied by adult). 2-4 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Traditional Irish Seisiun. Free (Worcester College Students Earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Bobby Gadoury Trio 5pm, then Andy Cummings 9pm till Close!. No Cover. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. WAAF 107.3 presents Rock And Shock Weekend with Twiztid @ The Palladium. ABK / Crimson Bile / Kryptik / Rick Whispers / Duece Bug / ill e. gal horror movie star lineup at: rockandshock.com Tickets $27.50 adv., $30 door for Sunday - includes admission to horror convention at DCU Convention Center - $69 for a 3-day pass. 5-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696 or rockandshock.com. Open Mic Night w/Joe. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Josh Briggs Live. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995 or facebook.com/ fiveonfriday. Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. DJ Nick and Weekly Guest DJ’s spin the HOTTTEST Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-7562100.

Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or MySpace.com/ OpenMicWorld Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. Open Mike Night. No Cover Charge. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Framingham, 235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. 508-8203333 or fireflysbbq.com. Sam James. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Open Mic Night The Raven Music Hall. Open Mic Night 258 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609 Hosted By John Franklin Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Online 978-868-6340 or theravenrox.com. Andy Cummings!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Free Wednesday night Concert series with Ricky Duran Band, Spingroup and more. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or luckydogmusic.com. Starving Artist Open Mic- Hosted by Josh Briggs and Tony Yodice. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. 508-792-0900. Way Back Wednesdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Square One Sports Bar & Grille, 139 Green St. 508-752-3471 or squareonesportsbar. com. Wasted Wednesdays with DJ Soup. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

>Monday 18 Driftin’ Sam Politz 7pm; Karaoke 9pm!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-7534030.

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ARTSWorcester, Festive Opening for “Fire and Ice 2010” ARTSWorcester’s Annual Members Exhibition and Sale, Saturday. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org EcoTarium, Cyberchase: The Chase is On!, Through Oct. 24; SkyWatch: Five Moons over Worcester, Thursday; Educator Open House, Friday. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.org Fitchburg Art Museum, Second National Monotype/ Monoprint juried exhibition, Through Jan. 2, 2011; Teen Studio (For ages 13-17), Thursdays, through Nov. 4; Enchanted Island of Art (For ages 6-8), Fridays, through Nov. 5; Friday Fun Drawing Plus Studio (For ages 9-12), Fridays, through Nov. 5; Pee Wee Picasso (For ages 2--5 with adult), Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or fitchburgartmuseum.org. Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant St. 508-770-1270 or framedintatnuck.com Fruitlands Museum, Flights of Discovery Exhibition, Through Nov. 15; For the Birds: Art from the Mass Audubon Collection, Through Nov. 15; Sculptor Joseph Wheelwright’s Tree Figures Exhibition, Through Oct. 19; Harvest Weekends at Fruitlands, Sundays, Saturdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 7. 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or fruitlands.org Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20, 2011; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31, 2011. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or higgins.org Museum of Russian Icons, Glitz and Glitter: Oklads from the Museum of Russian Icons collection, through Oct. 16. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org Old Sturbridge Village, Harvest Days, Saturday - Sunday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-3473362 or osv.org Post Road Art Center, Abstract Show 2010, through Oct. 30. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or postroadartcenter.com Prints and Potter Gallery, American Craft Gallery, through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or printsandpotter.com The Sprinkler Factory, Open Show - Call to Artist, Through Nov. 6. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. sprinklerfactory.com Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, UFOs, Sunday. Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978-297-4337 or topfunaviation.com Worcester Art Museum, Portrait Photographs through Nov.

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28; Wall at WAM: “Actions Speak,” THINK AGAIN (David John Attyah and S.A. Bachman), Oct. 30 - Oct. 17; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, through May 22; Tour of the Month: The Art of Edouard Manet, Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-7994406 or worcesterart.org WPI: George C. Gordon Library, Videographs by Joseph Farbrook, Through Oct. 15. 100 Institute Road. wpi.edu.

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The Little “a” Poetry Series. The Little “a” Poetry Series occurs every Thursday night around 7:30 at the Q (362 Chandler St, Worcester) and is hosted by Cowboy Matt Hopewell. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. Street Beat Poetry Thursday. Please join Host Anne Marie Lucci for this poetry venue every second Thursday of the month. Tonight we welcome back longtime friend, awardwinning poet and artist, Joan Erickson of West Brookfield. Erickson has placed twice in the WCPA Poetry Contest and has exhibited her paintings in one person and group shows. Open mic precedes the featured poet and we always break for homemade baked goods and coffee... on the house. Free. 7-9 p.m. Vasa Hall, First Floor Performance Space, 1 Ekman St. 508-479-7574 or wcpa.homestead.com.

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>Sunday 17 The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or a poetry slam. This week we welcome Alice Shindelar to our stage, a fresh voice from the Twin Cities (MN) spoken word community, who is already turning many heads with her bold wordplay, strong subject matter and deceptively coy delivery. http://poetsasylum.org/ . Please put some money in the bucket to support the feature.. 6-9 p.m. Nu-Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800.

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>Monday 18 The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Poets On Tour, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Alex Charalambides and Nick Davis. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra! Check the dirtygerund.com website for a link! 9-11 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com.

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Battle Of The Dick Jones hosted by Ryan Staples. Thursday October 14: A night of comedy where your very own hands will determine the winner of what is being dubbed the “battle of the dick jokes”. By way of applause-o-meter, a performer will be crowned the evening’s champion and awarded fabulous* prizes. Dick jokes are not required to be victorious, but they are certainly encouraged. Hosted by Ryan Staples and featuring: Matt D, Nick Chambers, John Baglio, Matt Aromando, Steve Hynes 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays, Saturday, July 24 - Sunday, November 11. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and sympathetic crowd. Well known as the breeding grounds for local talent it has produced many known and not to be known comedians.7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516.

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at least 10 days before your show. The Sexiest Show in Town - Mondays, Monday, July 26 Tuesday, May 24. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Buy a pitcher, get a Free pizza! Every 2nd and 4th Monday! FREE. 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty Thursdays through December 20. Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy club - we are currently in Wong Dynasty every Thursday night starting September 16, 2010. You’ll see comics that have been on Comedy Central, HBO and all the late night shows. We are expanding to several other venues in central Massachusetts. $10. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508-829-2188 or visit wisecrackscomedyclub.com. Dick’s Beantown Comedy Escape at Biagio’s Grille Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape at Biagio’s Grille 257 Park Ave Worcester. A Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Clubs Showtimes: Fri 9pm -Sat 8pm and 10:15pm Reservations Recommended at 800-401-2221. Sat Oct 16th Mike Donovan Martin Montana and Tim Messenger. Oct 23rd John David Robbie Printz and Karl Zahn. $20 per person except Special Events. 8-9:30 p.m. Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-4012221 or visit dickdoherty.com . Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Saturdays through December 26. Wisecracks is Worcester’s newest and hottest comedy club - we are currently in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night. $10. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit wisecrackscomedyclub.com. “Kimberly Akimbo” by David Lindsay-Abaire - through October 24. Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright David LindsayAbaire’s offbeat comedy about a teenager with an aging disease causing her body to grow old faster than it should. As if that’s not

enough, Kimberly is forced to contend with a neurotic mother, a rarely sober father, her own looming mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love. This provocative and deadly funny comedy gives a whole new meaning to ‘coming of age story’ and is, in the end, a loving study of how time wounds everyone. $27. 3-5 p.m., 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market St., Warren. Call 401-247-4200 or visit 2ndstorytheatre.com. “The House of Blue Leaves” through October 17. Tickets on line at wcloc.org or Call 508-753-4383 Tickets $18. 2-4 p.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. Call 508-853-3147. Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari Comedy Club Saturdays, Saturday, October 2 - Saturday, November 27. 8-9:45 p.m. Irish Times Main St. Worcester, 433 Main St. Worcester Mass. Call 774-452-1131. Prescription for Murder - Thursday, October 14 Saturday, October 16. Buy Tickets Now! via Brown Paper Ticket service. $15 for Regular Admission, $12 for Students/Seniors. 8-10:30 p.m. Calliope Productions Inc, 150 Main St., Boylston. Call 508-869-6887 or visit calliopeproductions.org. “The Cemetery Club”, a comedy by Ivan Menchell Barre Players 2010 / 2011 season opens with “The Cemetery Club”, a heartwarming comedy by Ivan Menchell. Performance dates are October 15, 16, 17. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For reservations call: 978355-2096 - or - 800-733-2096. Tickets are: $14 General, $12 Seniors (65+), $10 Students (with ID), $7 Children age 12 or under). Master Card & Visa are accepted. General $14, Seniors $12 (65+), Students $10 (with ID), Children 12 & under $7. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. Call 978-355-2096 or visit barreplayers.homestead.com. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Halligan’s - Friday, October 15. $12. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit wisecrackscomedyclub.com. “A LITTLE LIKE PARADISE” - Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16. Pilgrim Soul Productions at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre is pleased to announce its fall production of the 2010 season. Written by Niall Williams Directed by Matthew J. Carr and first produced on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, March 1995, the play depicts with hope and humor the regeneration of a small Western Irish town unknown to the European community and ignored by Dublin. Wonderfully engaging characters weave a tale of life and love, death and rebirth, and ultimately redemption. Individual tickets are $15. Group discounts are available for groups of 25 or more.. 7-10 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. Call 508-752-0224. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” - Saturday, October 16. Entertaining for all ages. Save $1 by purchasing advance tickets online or by phone. Refreshments available during intermission. Photography exhibit on display throughout the first floor. $12 adults; $10 students/seniors. 7-8:30 p.m. Hudson Town Hall, Auditorium, 78 Main St., Hudson. Call 978-562-1646. Prescription for Murder - Sundays, Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 24. Buy Tickets Now! via Brown Paper Ticket service. $15 for Regular Admission, $12 for Students/Seniors. 2-4:30 p.m. Calliope Productions Inc, 150 Main St., Boylston. Call 508-869-6887 or visit calliopeproductions.org. auditions for Gateway Players Theatre Christmas Showcase - Tuesday, October 19. Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is looking for men and women, 18+ , for a Christmas Showcase, slated for December. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30pm. The Showcase will consist of holiday scenes, stories and songs. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates are December 3-5. For more information, leave a message on the Gateway machine (508-764-4531). Bill Guy is directing this show, with Barbara Day as producer. The Gateway Arts Barn is located on the grounds of the historic Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities (The Arts Center). free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Gateway Players Theatre Arts Barn, 111 Main St., Southbridge. Call 508-764-4531.


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than 100 items numbered – a good thing, since the names are mostly in Vietnamese. Cha gio ($3.95) are fried spring rolls; the two small, crisp rolls are served with a pleasantly sweet and salty dipping sauce. It’s hard to tell what they’re filled with, but they provide the satisfying crunch of something deep-fried, and avoid an oily aftertaste. Goi cuon ($5.95) are a lighter and fresher alternative: “summer rolls” in steamed rice-paper wrappers. We ask for a vegetarian version, which comes stuffed with tofu, rice vermicelli and a hint of herbs. They’d benefit from more mint and basil, but are a clean-tasting vehicle for the zingy peanut sauce, enhanced at the table by a splash of Sriracha. Bun (rice vermicelli) dishes are a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Bun ga xao xa ($5.95) features chicken sautéed with lemongrass over a bed of chopped lettuce and cool vermicelli. The lemongrass flavor is bright and fresh, making for a very satisfying and enjoyable dish, if a bit undersized. Muc xao chua (sweet and sour squid, $9.40) is a less successful choice. Cylinders of slightly fishy-tasting sautéed squid have been combined with large

chunks of zucchini, tomato, onion, and pineapple in the same cloyingly sweet red sauce you’d find in an Americanized Chinese restaurant. Mi hoac pho xao heo ($7.70) are pan-fried noodles topped with sautéed pork and vegetables – mostly celery and onions. This dish, too, has a ChineseAmerican presentation and taste. Com chien tom (shrimp fried rice, $6.80), with no discernable ingredients other than rice, small shrimp and tiny peas, is lighter but less distinct in flavor than Chineseinfluenced versions. Overall, the flavors at Dalat are subtle, almost muted, even though we’ve told our server that we’d

like things on the spicy side. A wide range of boba, or “bubble tea” drinks ($3) are on offer – fruit-flavored smoothies with a collection of dark balls of tapioca at the bottom. The drinks, with flavors such as mango, passion fruit, avocado and coconut, are served with a wide straw to accommodate the tapioca blobs – it’s fun to watch them work their way up. The fruit flavors are faint, but the drinks are a cool and refreshing way to accompany or end a meal. Service is not Dalat’s strong suit – the servers are genial and competent, but rarely available. It’s the type of place where you’ll need to flag someone down if you want to order something, get some water, or pay your bill. Dalat has no alcohol license, but cheerfully accommodates BYOB diners. The prices at Dalat are reasonable. Be aware, though, that most dishes are not enough to serve as a meal in themselves; they are meant to be part of a shared meal. You can expect to leave Dalat with a full feeling for less than $15 per person, including tip.

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Considering cost, picky palates and the sounds of over-tired and hungry children, taking the family out to dinner is no easy feat. Here we’ve tried to highlight a few local spots that understand the hardship and offer affordable entrees to please kids and grown-ups alike.

are often the favorites. “Believe it or not,” says Card, “in the 18 years that I’ve worked here, I never thought I would see it, but we did add [boxed] mac and cheese, and I’d say the kids love it. And also the cheeseburger, I think kids always love the little burger.” More mature tastes are also satisfied. “We have something for everyone on the menu,” she says, “whether you want to splurge and have a filet mignon, or have a bacon cheeseburger or a nice hazelnut chicken salad.” The kids menu lists fictitious items such as sheep’s feet and onion stew, and pig’s head and cabbage, which are sure to elicit some horrified giggles from the little ones. For kids with sheep’s feet allergies, gluten allergies or just about any other kind of allergy, EVO on Chandler Street has you covered. “Our chef is highly qualified in allergy sensitivity and is always willing to modify our menu items for those who have allergic reactions to certain ingredients,” says EVO co-owner Celeste Maykel. “Our kids’ menu offers the same modification options. We feel that offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, as well as standard comfort meat menu items, provides the Worcester community with a variety of foods to choose from when they come here.” Picky eaters of all ages will be thrilled to find a build-your-own pizza option with four choices of sauce, eight choices of cheese and toppings ranging from pepperoni to jalapenos. Always health conscious, EVO offers all bread items in wheat versions in addition to white. Alternatives to French fries include brown rice, sugar snap peas, broccoli florets, whipped potatoes or Armenian rice pilaf.

“What’s nice about O’Connor’s (on West Boylston Street) is there are lots of little nooks and crannies, so we can kind of take a little family and put them off to the side, so they’re not feeling like they’re sitting in the middle of the room and uncomfortable that if the kids make a little peep that someone’s going to be upset,” says assistant restaurant manager Cindy Card. She says many waitresses have kids and make suggestions to the executive chef, which eventually end up on the kids’ menu. The consensus is that simple things

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And if you want to convince your kids (or your spouse) that tofu is yummy, this is the place to do it. Over on Highland Street, The Boynton boasts a “stepped up” kids’ menu that manager Shelley John says has been a work in progress over the years. Kids who can’t even pronounce “alfredo” will surely enjoy this new form of mac and cheese, while older kids can dive right into some baby back ribs with sweet potato fries: extra napkins required. Then there’s homemade pizza, of course, which John says even the kids can tell is made fresh every day. A take-home cup and mini ice cream sundae accompany each kid’s meal. Accessibility is also not an issue. “We’ve got the high chairs and booster chairs,” says John, explaining that most of its seating is all on one level and can accommodate those who come in with strollers—and the kids can stay in the strollers if they want. For the ones pushing those strollers, comfort food as well as Italian, American and Asian cuisines are among the many choices offered at the Boynton. For a quick and simple outing try Wild Willy’s Burgers on West Boylston Street for a quality meal and an atmosphere certainly tame enough for the family. “We haven’t got a full alcohol license for one thing, so people know that we’re not a late-night place. We don’t have any television screens and that sort of thing,” says Bob Stein, who owns the restaurant with his wife. “And I think our menu is sort of what families like to eat, you know, burgers, fries, milkshakes, ice cream and that sort of stuff.” While fried-food fare might not be an appropriate choice for every night of

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the week, Wild Willy’s is a prime spot for celebration where the dirt-streaked uniforms of the winning T-ball team are as proper attire as any. “Our tables are moveable, so when groups come in we can move tables together,” says Stein. “A lot of times people come in and celebrate a birthday or some other sort of gathering.” Bill Isildakli, owner of Broadway Catering and Ice Cream on Water Street, also looks forward to these celebrations. “We love children; we have a few of our own,” he says. “The restaurant has a quiet, family-dinner-table type of atmosphere.” If you can pull the kids away from the cartoons, the Broadway is perfect for those big weekend breakfasts complete with Mickey Mouse pancakes. “Kids like French toast, the pancakes, hot chocolate, and then junior omelets we make for children,” says Isildakli. “And of course, ice cream, we do homemade ice cream.” Pancakes and a shake make a pretty reward for anyone who has been good over the week, child or adult.

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Sure, much of the joy of greater Worcester’s dining scene is in discovering the neighborhood gems, ethnic outposts, and other holes-in-the-wall that add diversity and character to our search for daily bread. But can our fair city do equal justice to special occasions, when we want to impress, to be pampered, to have a memorable evening? We certainly think so! Here are our suggestions for places to put on the dog.

Harrington Farm: Located in a peaceful mountainside setting in Princeton, Harrington Farm offers inventive modern cuisine served in the romantic and intimate dining spaces of their 18thentury farmhouse. If the weather permits, have a cocktail on the porch before or after dinner. Harrington Farm 178 Westminster Road, Princeton 978.464.5600 harringtonfarm.com

Bocado: Looking for something more hip and urban? Bocado’s tapas menu, designed for sharing, provides a lot of choices and guarantees a topic for conversation when the chemistry isn’t working out so well. Low-level lighting creates a romantic mood. The servers are great at making recommendations if

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you’re stumped, and the Spanish wines complement the food nicely. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar 85 Winter Street, Worcester 508.797.1011 bocadotapasbar.com

Baba Sushi: Baba serves up some of the best and most creative sushi you’ll find anywhere. The salads and starters will dazzle, and the sushi, sashimi and rolls are top-notch – impeccably fresh and artfully presented. If you really want to impress, and you’re sure your date is not a picky eater, ask Chef Wilson Wang to create a menu for you. A heated porch allows outdoor-like dining, even in winter. Baba Sushi 309 Park Avenue, Worcester 508.752.8822 babasushi.com

Armsby Abbey - Don’t let the unassuming store front sway you from entering this cozy, amber wood and brick pub. With hundreds of American hand crafted beers, a stellar wine list and food crafted with care from local sources, this restaurant and pub offers some of the best to eat and drink right on the Main drag. From the exquisite cheese plates, to the delectable pulled pork sandwiches, to

the ultimate bean burger, you’ll impress your date with your high end taste in a low key environment – hip without being pretentious. Armsby Abbey 144 Main Street Worcester 508.795.1012 armsbyabbey.com

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Ceres: Sophisticated and stylish, Ceres will make a very positive impression on your guests. The food is delicious, the seasonal menu varied and flexible, the wine list interesting and sensibly priced. The elegantly appointed room is just right for conversation over dinner, and there are outdoor options when the weather allows. Ceres Bistro Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation Street, Worcester 508.754.2000 ceresbistro.com

Tribeca: Often overlooked amidst the busy Shrewsbury Street scene, Tribeca’s upstairs restaurant offers a very nice range of contemporary cuisine in a space that’s elegant and quiet—sometimes very quiet. The menu has a lot to offer, as does the

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Sole is a great choice for visitors “from away” who want to sample fresh seafood. If you want to get business done, ask for a booth since the dining areas can get noisy. The bar area is a popular place for drinks and appetizers. The Sole Proprietor 118 Highland Street, Worcester 508.798.3474 thesole.com

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111 Chophouse: Sometimes you just want a sizzling hunk of high-quality meat, and the Chophouse is there for you with its contemporary steakhouse menu and exceptional wine list. This is a great choice for those who love to splurge, both financially and cholesterol-wise. You may want to ask for a table upstairs, away from

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the frenetic din of the popular bar area. One Eleven Chop House 111 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester 508.799.4111 111chophouse.com

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Sonoma: Sonoma may be located in a strip mall, but it’s special once you’re inside, with creative contemporary cuisine, fine wines, pleasant ambiance and proper service. Offering some of the best and most interesting food in Worcester County, Sonoma never disappoints.

Sonoma 206 Worcester Road, Princeton 978.464.5600 sonoma-princeton.com

The Castle: What could be more special than the old-school charm and classic cuisine of The Castle? The gracious Nicas family has been running this place for 60 years; they know how to treat their guests and can help steer you through the killer wine list.

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Vegan Dishes Put Worcester on the Map

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In recent years Worcester has grown into a hot spot for the vegan food. This year PETA named Worcester among the top-10 vegan-friendly midsized cities in America. At the end of 2009, Worcester even had more vegetarian restaurants than Boston.

The Vegetarian Resource Group found that only 3 percent of the general U.S. population is vegetarian or vegan, but 18 percent of U.S. college students are vegan. With 13 colleges, it’s no surprise that our city has a burgeoning vegan movement. At the end of last April, more than 2,000 Worcesterites came out to the first-annual Worcester VegFest, a daylong vegan festival at Worcester State College.

Why vegan?

Vegans avoid meat, dairy and eggs, opting for plant-based foods instead. For some, eating vegan is a way to improve their health. For others, veganism is an ethical objection to the routine cruelty involved in raising animals for food. With our society’s growing ecological

consciousness, many have chosen a vegan diet because it dramatically reduces our carbon footprint — in 2006 a United Nations commission published a study stating that livestock is the principal cause of humanmade global climate change. Bill Clinton recently appeared on Wolf Blitzer’s show to discuss why he made the switch to a vegan diet. For Clinton it was a matter of health. “I did all this research, and I saw that 82 percent of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plantbased: no meat, no dairy of any kind... 82 percent of people who have done that have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up; the calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.” Whatever your reason for choosing

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Betcha Didn’t Know that it’s National Pizza Month. P & D Pizza invites you in for new pizza specialties as part of the celebration.

What Girls Like: Chocolate with their wine, and wine with their chocolate, of course. Thursdays at The Citizen, ladies receive a free chocolate to enjoy with their glass of wine or cocktail. Leave the boy problems behind and take a girls’ night out, or bring the guy with you, but make him buy his own dessert. The Citizen, 1 Exchange Place, 508-459-9090.

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They’ve already got some tempting ones on the menu with Spinach Supreme (spinach, olives, feta and tomatoes) for the vegetarians and the Inferno (pepperoni, sausage, hot capicola, hot pepper rings and jalapenos) for the carnivores who double as spicy-food lovers. Another bonus: free Wi-Fi. P & D Pizza, 440 Main St., Oxford, 508-987-5798.

Long Time No See: The Blue Belle Diner, a lunch cart from 1948 that has been toted all over Massachusetts, will finally open its doors to the public again after more than a decade of sitting idle. Dinky’s in Shrewsbury bought the cart to create Dinky’s Blue Belle Diner, a new (yet quite old) and improved version of the current diner favorite. Renovations are still in

a cooking school for home cooks that up until now was hosted in an actual home, is having a grand opening for their new location in Brickyard Plaza in Southborough this Saturday and Sunday. Festivities include all of the good stuff: cooking demonstrations, door prizes, giveaways and, best of all, free samples. They offer kids classes, too, so bring them along to see if they’d like to get a head start on cooking for themselves. It’s never too early. The Culinary Underground, 21 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, 508-9046589.

BITES TIPSTER: If you’ve got a Worcester dining scene tip for us, we want to know! New restaurant or café here in the city? Have you discovered a new place to eat out that you just have to share? New chef behind the stove? Then send along to editor@worcestermag.com today.

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Street. For $7 you’ll get a falafel sandwich, steak fries crusted with Middle Eastern spices, and a soda. • A cornerstone of the vegan scene, the second-Saturday-of-the-month buffet at Loving Hut on Chandler is a deal for $10. (Next one: October 9. • Flats on Maywood Street is a new pizzeria with a stellar Neapolitan vegan cheese pizza ($14), which you get in classy 100 percent post-consumer recycled pizza box. The white sauce is also dairy-free. Flats could certainly win over Worcester’s entire vegan community by adding mock meats to their menu • A relatively new addition to the city, Belmont Veg serves up home-style Jamaican vegan food and features a rotating menu with new items each day. Choose one of the three sizes (small, $9.91; medium, $10.09; large, $12.22) and order a “whatever” to sample a mix of everything they have that day. • If you’re out at the Dive Bar on Water Street, step outside to Chris’s Hot Dog Cart for a vegan completo: a veggie dog topped with sliced avocado, onions and peppers • Like to do your own cooking, but want to try some interesting new ingredients? Mekong Market on Main Street has a substantial selection of specialty mock meats. They have everything from veg pork to vegan shrimp.

Much of the credit for the ample vegan choices at local restaurants is due to Worcester’s numerous student groups. Every month, college veg groups are holding vegan potlucks or movie nights. Clark University’s Student Association of Vegetarian and Vegan Youth has its annual vegan Thanksgiving dinner coming up soon. It’s free and open to the public. WPI’s Veg Polytech is planning a trip to The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival on the weekend of October 30 and 31 in Roxbury. Worcester has award-winning vegan food. Get out there and try it!

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Funky Murphy’s 305 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-753-2995 While lacking in atmosphere, the restaurant at Funky Murphy’s has a lot to offer. Whether you’re grabbing some appetizers while watching sports on the big-screen TVs, or wishing to enjoy neo-diner fare, you’re in luck. The soups and salads are fresh and homemade, and the entrées are generous and delicious. Romantics may wish to skip this stop, but those in search of a moderately priced dining experience may want to give it a try. Kitchen open 7 days; breakfast Sundays.

The Border Grille and Bar 246 Mill St., Leominster 978-840-0194 The Border Grille and Bar brings the ever-popular culinary specialties of the Southwest to the north — north of Worcester, that is, in Leominster. Loyalists to local establishments will enjoy the funky eclecticism of The Border; fans of barbecue and Tex-Mex will like the wide range of available chicken, beef, seafood and Mexican specialties. The 22 tequilas and a page of fun drinks add to the festive atmosphere.

86 Winter 65 Water St., Worcester 508-459-5400 The restaurant 86 Winter serves up inventive, bistro-style comfort food in a warm, intimate and exciting setting. Reasonably priced fare includes artful versions of old standbys, as well as a few dressier dishes. Professional service and wonderful food round out this superb Worcester dining experience.

Lidio’s Restaurant and Lounge 1045 Central St., Leominster 978-534-6600 Bridging old and new, Lidio’s offers diners some old standards (pasta, chicken, beef) as well as creative diet-conscious (an extensive lowcarb menu) and nouveau entrees (including vegetarian dishes), all at very reasonable prices. The service and food preparations are quite dependable.

The Wexford House 503 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-757-8982 What are the secrets of The Wexford’s longevity? For close to 20 years, Chef Alan Erickson has continued to dish out some of the legendary fare he cooked at the El Morocco, undoubtedly attracting former patrons of the old El. The menu at The Wexford offers kibbe and stuffed grape leaves alongside traditional Italian “Shrewsbury Street Favorites.” In addition, The Wexford’s menu features predictable fare at very reasonable prices, “Shrewsbury Street Favorites” and a few signature twists.

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

The Publick House On the Common, Rte. 131, Sturbridge 508-347-3313 or 1-800-PUBLICK publickhouse.com Visit The Publick House for Sturbridge’s world-famous colonial experience, and their “traditional favorites with a modern twist.” A gorgeous, period inn and excellent food make it a perfect spot for a special dinner after a day’s visit to this Central Massachusetts destination. Chioda’s Trattoria 631 Franklin St., Worcester 508-459-6039 A short drive up Franklin Street from downtown Worcester, or down from Brown Square at Plantation Street, at Chioda’s Trattoria you’ll find all the Italian dishes you’ve come to love in a warm and intimate environment. Lots of pasta, seafood and chicken, as well as a few veal dishes and steaks. Chioda’s should be right at home in this Italian restaurant-happy city.

Wonder Bar Restaurant 121 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-752-9909 Worcester’s Wonder Bar has been serving it up — pizza, beer and Italian specialties, that is — for more than 75 years, right on Shrewsbury Street. A hometown gem on the order of Coney Island Lunch, Wonder Bar is a laid-back, locally flavored parlor where you can feed your family good food for about the price of Chinese take-out. Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant 145 E. Central St., Worcester 508-757-1070 pampas-restaurant.com Open seven days, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pampas Churrascaria

Restaurant adds a fresh kick-in-the-pants to the usual Central Mass. suspects. Come with your best hearty carnivore appetite and prepare yourself for this casual, out-of-the-ordinary dining experience. Grab a plate, choose cuts of beef, pork, chicken an lamb from slowroasted skewers in an enormous iron rotisserie, help yourself to numerous (but not too many — you don’t want your hots to get cold!) sides and salads and then pit-stop at the counter to have your plate weighed. Pampas charges by the pound.

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

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

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

Trumbull Bar & Grill 117 Main St., Spencer 508-885-6901 In a market crowded with pub-style clones and chains, Trumbull Bar & Grill is refreshing. Clean, friendly, and skilled at producing hearty home-cooked meals, Trumbull’s will make you glad you came. All the pub standards are available as well at rock-bottom prices (like fresh

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Anh Thu 439 Park Ave., Worcester 508-752-1330 Anh Thu is yet another option for fans of fresh and healthy Vietnamese cuisine. Serving up lots of noodles, as well as beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and tofu, as well as a few stir-fry dishes for Chinese food fans, Anh Thu is cheap — but good — food, in a no-frills atmosphere. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. BYOB. The Red Lantern 235 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-795-0500 theredlantern.com The Red Lantern offers the staples that have made Polynesian restaurants an integral part of the American scene for so long. Also offered are enticing, less-common dishes sure to revive the appetite of area diners. Fresh, varied dishes make The Red Lantern truly “Polynesian”; and served in their clean, open facility downtown, Worcester will find it convenient and pleasing. Open seven days to midnight; Monday through Saturday lunch buffet; Sunday dinner buffet, 5-8. The Webster House Restaurant 1 Webster St., Worcester 508-757-7208 websterhouseweb.com Patrons are treated like family at The Webster House. The bountiful

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El Basha 2 Connector Road, Westboro 508-366-2455 elbasharestaurant.com Lovers of El Basha’s two Worcester locations, especially those from Metro West, will be pleased with their new Westboro location. Though not as arabesquely elegant as Park Avenue, the Westboro branch offers the same delicious fare in a clean facility. Middle Eastern specialties are the calling card: shawarma, kebabs, salads, gape leaves, beef, chicken, quail, lamb and seafood. BYOB. Osaka Japanese Restaurant White City Plaza 20 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury 508-753-1144 Fresh, fun and a great value. For an entertaining and tasty meal, try communal dining at the teppanyaki tables. Combinations like calamari and teriyaki chicken, or the Osaka special (filet mignon, lobster and shrimp) more than double the number of choices cooked before you on this Japanese grill. Sushi is also plentiful, including intriguing sushi rolls. The cool exotic drinks are served tall and the sake is served hot. Fresco’s 95 Uxbridge Road, Mendon 508-473-2369 Fresco’s is a great treat: delicious food, impeccably prepared in a colorful, friendly setting at reasonable prices. Watch for the sign with whimsical script on the rural stretch of Route 16. Fresco’s menu is a fun collection of chicken, seafood and beef dishes, frequently

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House For Sale By Owner Beautifully restored Victorian on large, private, corner lot, packed with perennial beds in desirable neighborhood 3 Bed, 1 Bath, gleaming hardwoods, new custom cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances. All new bath / washer dryer hook ups. Inground pool / new liner and fencing. This is a must see, just turn the key and enjoy! Only minutes from 146, Pike and 20 - a commuters dream! For more info call 508-410-2013

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1997 Ford 250 3/4 ton, 4WD, 85k mi, rear electric lift gate lifts 1250 lbs, new tires, runs good, $6000.00 978343-6546.

2007 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 2.0T Exc. Cond. 38K miles. Blue exterior, black leather interior. Sunroof, sat. radio. $12,950.00 or B/O 508829-4087

Truck for sale 1989 Chevrolet 2500 (3/4 ton) 4WD, 116K, good winter tires, clean, used as camper with one repairable rust spot. $3,500 call 978-9441326 or 978-464-2978.

93 Honda Accord New rebuilt 3k engine, clutch, tires, batt, new glass, full power. Must Sell! $2500 978-8740546 or cell 978-6026841.

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(978) 537-4971 • 1-(800) 924-8666 Clinton $215,900

Meticulously updated 5 room, 2 large bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath “Radcliffe” townhome in Ridgefield Condos. Updated gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appliances, ceramic tile. Updated baths w/ceramic flrs & solid surface vanities.New windows and extra attic insulation. Two large bedrooms and full bath up with second floor laundry. Living room features wall to wall carpeting, bow window, and fireplace. One car attached garage. Inground pool, tennis courts, and walking/jogging trails. Aberman Assoc Inc Anna Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x 25 www.annamarykraemer.com

Townsend $199,700

4 br 2 bath Classic new england colonial on over an acre of beautiful land. Storage barn/workshop stands near the house, kennel with electric power and partially fenced yard sits behind the home. There’s a miniature of the home in the center of circular driveway which is covered by trees and planted with lilacs and hosta. Large updated eat-in kitchen with solid surface counter tops and bay window overlooking private flat back yard. Full bath on first & second floor allows for flexible use of the bedrooms.  Aberman Assoc Inc 978-537-4971 x 23  www.johnvaillancourt.com

Sterling $369,500

3 br 2 bath cont. cape.  And the sun shines in... this is a solar house , 6 skylights, 4 sets of French doors, abutting conservation and farmland. Contemporary design offers master bedroom on either level. 4th bedroom is currently used as a craft room with interior balcony looking into cozy familyroom below, and exterior balcony off French doors. Hardwoods, brick and stone floors, open stairway , 3rd story loft, cathedral ceilings ..House is wired for generator.   Aberman Assoc Inc Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14 www.paulasavard.com

Lancaster $219,900 

3 br 1 bath ranch.  Spacious farmhouse style single story home. Originally used as a carraige house before being converted. Open concept living room and dining room. Attached barn has option for future expansion of the house or lots of additional space for the craftsperson/ hobbiest. Well located for the commuter. Quick access to Rt. 2 or Rt. 495.  Aberman Assoc Inc  Gail Lent 978-537-7971 x15  www.gaillent.com

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AUTOS 1971 Buick Skylark 4dr, 350 2bbl, 52K orig miles, new alternator & battery, dual exhaust, mags, solid body, tan, green int, no carpets, decent tires. RUNS GREAT! $1700 OR BO 508-615-6853. 1976 Chrysler Cordoba 39k orig. miles. $4995.00 B/O Call Phil 617-680-0127

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Templeton $249,900

Palmer $239,900

In town mini farm with 2000 s.f barn , paddock. 2 detached 2 car garages, spacious 1930 colonial updated and functional ready to move in. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths.  Aberman Assoc Inc.  Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14 www. paulasavard.com

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Tara Sullivan

Westminster $295,900

Custom Contp. Split. Very privately set on 3.91 acres with frtg. On Newton Pond.Cathedral ceilings, frml DR, HW Flrs, 3 br’s, 3 baths and fully finished lower level with walk out.  2 car Att. Gar. Pristine views of pond and surrounding woodland. Aberman Assoc Inc Gail Lent 978537-4971 x15 www.gaillent.com

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3 br 2.5 bath colo.  What a great place to call HOME! Set 110 feet off the road for privacy, yet still convenient to the highway, this young 3 bedroom Colonial has been well cared for. Tastefully decorated with all neutral colors~a cozy woodstove to supplement the heat~eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar/island~open foyer with oversized palladium window to bring in lots of sunshine....sliders off kitchen lead to a deck over looking a large, flat backyard with trees in the distance.... A real beauty!! Aberman Associates Inc Tracy Sladen 978-537-4971 x17

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Spacious center entry Cape with large living room, formal dining, eat-in kitchen, first floor family room and excercise room with sliders to deck to above ground pool and hot tub. Three spacious bedrooms with 2 full baths up. Master bedroom has bath with hot tub. First floor laundry. Exterior stone wall enhances entry with KOI Pond and water fall. One car garage plus detatched unit for car storage. Very private wooded dead-end street. Owners are relocating and looking for a quick sale.  Aberman Assoc Inc Anna  Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x 25 www.annamarykraemer.com

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Lancaster $169,900

3 br 1 bath cape.  This antique Cape is over 200 yrs old but under $200,000! You would never guess its age walking thru with all the amenities updated and a newer bath and kitchen. Close to Rt 190 or Rt 2, nice private backyard. New septic installed in 2004, windows and roof in 2008. This well maintained home comes with a bonus 2 car garage with a work area to one side.TITLE 5 IN HAND!  Aberman Assoc Inc Team Calvano 978-537-4971 x  64 www. teamcalvano.com

Fitchburg $$199,900

Duplex situated on over 1/2 acre. Convenient to Rte 2, but away from traffic noise. Vinyl sided, replacement windows, roof shingles installed 2008. separate 200amp elec CB, heating & HW. Unit #1-right side, unit #2-left side. Single family living or investment w/possibility for condex conversion. Was owner occupied for 30 yrs until 1 yr ago. Do not miss this fantastic opportunity, listed under assessed value.  Aberman Assoc Inc.  Sandra DeRienzo 978-5374971 x 42

Leominster $69,900

3 room 1 bath ranch.  Cute starter, lot is great for expansion or tear down and reconstruct… Aberman Assoc. Inc. Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x 14 www.paulasavard.com

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Town Of Sutton Invitation For Bids 2010 The Town of Sutton seeks sealed bids from qualified persons and/or vendors for the sale of the following surplus vehicles and equipment: • 32” Color Panasonic Television • Panasonic 4-Head VHS VCR • 15” Computer Monitor • Over Head Projector • Hp deskjet printer #6940 • Office Desk • 1977 American Lafrance Pumper Fire Truck • 1999 4-door Ford Explorer • Three (3) Poulan Chain Saws 14”, 16” & 20” • Water/Trash Teel Pump w/ 3 HP Briggs • Two (2) 4cm Homelite Trash Pumps w/12” Briggs • 18 HP Wisconsin 18hp/2 Cylinder Motor • 2002 Gem Electric Car Model #E825 VIN#5ASAG27422FO25398 • 11 –Foot Wausau one way Snow Plow • 1988 Ford L8000 Dump Truck w/CAT 3208 Plow Frame W/Air Ram • Transfer Switch Generac GTS system 230Volt 200Amp • Generac Generator 45 KNA Single Phase 120/240 Volt 375/187 AMP • 2000 Ford Crown Vic Sedan VIN#2FAFP71WXYX212411 • In addition to the items listed above, the town will be auctioning off additional items at www.propertyroom.com. You can find the list of Sutton property being sold on Propertyroom.com by visiting www. sutton.ma.us. All of the above are in various states of condition. Bidders are encouraged to view the item(s) prior to bidding. All equipment shall be sold “as-is”. Any bidder interested in viewing any of the above items may do so by contacting the Sutton Town Administrator at (508)865-8720. Sealed bids must be submitted by October 28th, 2010 at 11:00am to James Smith, Town Administrator, Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton MA 01590 Items must be removed from Town property within seven (7) days of notice of bid award.

DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING Docket No. WO10D3051DR Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Mildred Akinyi Owino vs. Mark Joseph Mendonca Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411 You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Mildred Akinyi Owino 456 Rollstone St. Fitchburg, MA 01420 your answer, if any, on or before 12/21/2010. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 28, 2010 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate Court

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WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority (“WHA”) is requesting sealed bids from qualified Bidders to provide for the purchase of two standard paint products over a two-year period in the following estimated quantities: 3000 gallons of WHA Standard Interior Latex Eggshell, Marble White Wall Paint, and 1500 gallons of WHA Standard Vinyl Latex Flat White Ceiling Paint. The WHA has estimated the two-year potential total cost for these items to be approximately $40,000 TO $45,000. Bids must include complete MSDS product information sheets as requested in the IFB package. IFB packages may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Department Office at 508635-3203. All sealed bids must be received by 11:00 AM on October 29, 2010. At this time all bids will be opened and read aloud. Envelopes containing bids must be plainly marked as “Bid Proposal” with the date and time of bid opening clearly indicated on the outside of the envelope. All bids should be mailed or delivered to: Worcester Housing Authority Purchasing Department Attn: Brian Bigelow 69 Tacoma Street Worcester MA 01605 Bidders are invited to visit the WHA to discuss the materials contract requirements with a representative of the WHA. Failure to do so will be no defense in the failure to perform the contract terms. All bids must conform with the provisions of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 30B inclusive and the Instructions to Bidders. Each bid shall be accompanied by: (1)Form HUD 5369C Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders (2)Certificate of Corporate Clerk (3)Non Collusive Affidavit (4)Certificate of Tax Compliance (5)Bidder Information Sheet (6)Statement of Bidder Qualifications Attention is called to the following: Provisions of Chapter 14, Acts of 1966, imposing a Temporary Sales tax, Section Subsection 6 (d) and (k) exempting the Authority from the operation of such a chapter. Bidders should plan to establish a goal of 20% of the total bid price for the procurement of services/supplies from SOMWBA Certified Minority Business Enterprises. The contract documents may be seen, but not removed at: SOMWBA, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3740, Boston MA 02116 The Worcester Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any and all bids, if it is determined to be in the public interest to do so. Award of a contract is subject to approval by the WHA Executive Director. For further information, please call the WHA Purchasing Department at 508-635-3203, or TDD 508-798-4530. For the Worcester Housing Authority Brian Bigelow Chief Procurement Officer

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given by Boulevard Towing of 550 Franklin Street Worcester, MA, pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following vehicles on or after October 29, 2010 by private sale to satisfy their garage keeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale: 1. 2006 Honda Accord VIN# 1HGCM66576A030866 2. 2006 Dodge Dakota PU VIN# 1D7HW48NX6S638543 3. 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt VIN# 1G1AK55F277154504 4. 1999 Acura 32TL VIN# 19UUA5656XA022511 Signed, Pat Assad, owner Boulevard Towing 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/10

PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF MILLBURY PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT MARTHA COAKLEY, STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, HAS RETURNED WITH APPROVAL DATED SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE AMENDMENTS TO THE TOWN OF MILLBURYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GENERAL BYLAWS AND ZONING BYLAWS ADOPTED UNDER WARRANT ARTICLE #16, 18, 33 AND #34 (GENERAL) AND #19 THROUGH #27 (ZONING) ACCEPTED AT THE MAY 4, 2010 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. A TOWN BULLETIN WITH THE BYLAW AMENDMENTS IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE TOWN CLERKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OFFICE, 127 ELM STREET AND WILL BE POSTED IN PUBLIC PLACES IN TOWN. OFFICE HOURS ARE 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. MONDAY THRU FRIDAY. TUESDAYS THE OFFICE REMAINS OPEN UNTIL 7:00 P.M.. QUESTIONS, CALL 508-865-9110, MILLBURY TOWN CLERK

TOWN OF MILLBURY The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from Denise Marlborough for work to construct an addition to existing house at 28 Wilson Road. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME Docket No. WO10C0326CA Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Worcester Probate And Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 831-2200 In the matter of:

Annette Gitau Antonio Of Worcester, MA To all persons interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Annette G Antonio requesting that Annette Gitau Antonio be allowed to change her name as follows: Hannah Gitau IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O?CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 11/02/2010 WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 8, 2010 Stephen. Abraham Register of Probate Court

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TOWN OF MILLBURY MILLBURY DPW Brush Chipping Program The Millbury DPW will offer brush chipping to Millbury residents at the Highway Garage at 137 Providence Street from 8 am to 12 noon on the following Saturdays: October 23 October 30 No stumps or branches over 3 inches in diameter are accepted. THE BRUSH CHIPPING SERVICE WILL BE OFFERED RAIN OR SHINE

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TOWN OF MILLBURY The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from John McGarry/ Millbury Department of Public Works for work to repair and improve existing dam and dike on Brierly Pond. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Worcester, ss Superior Court Department of the Trial Court Civil Action No. 10-2138D To: Stephen Gonier of Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts Robert Morse of Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts AND TO ALL PERSONS ENTITLED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE SOLDIERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AND SAILORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Sailorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 sixteenth 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, t his fifth day of October 2010. Dennis P. McManus, Clerk

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is regarded as one of the best basketball players in the history of the sport. After 20 seasons and six world championships with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, he holds the NBA record for most career points (well over 6,000 ahead of Michael Jordan) and was the creator of the almostunblockable and iconic skyhook shot. The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts is hosting a free lecture by Abdul-Jabbar on Sunday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at the Hanover Theatre.

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My father was a police officer after the war, and one of the guys that he got to be good friends with was in the unit. His name was Leonard Smith. I’ve known Mr. Smith since I was a boy. I found out back in 1992 that he was in this unit and that they had not received any recognition. So I went about my own humble efforts to write an accurate portrayal of what they did and hopefully give them some longdenied recognition.

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