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or some folks, news can be the backbone of a city. For others, it’s simply background noise. When it came time to review our top news stories of 2010, I couldn’t help but imagine how fantastic it would be to ask a few of the talented illustrators in our city to assist us in creatively showcasing our news feed with an artistic bend. With the help of the übertalented illustrator Andy Fish, who was essential in pulling together some of the most talented artists in our city, this week we are showcasing some of the stories that made the most impact – or the biggest buzz - in Worcester’s 2010 year. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! — Doreen Manning | Editor

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A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

December 23 - 29, 2010 ■ Volume 36, Number 16

Hunger at Home C. Kelleher Harris

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3 year-old Rawlston case creates new animosity between WPD and patrolmen’s union. -1 New census figures confirm the rumors: Massachusetts to lose a congressional seat. Who’s the odd congressperson out? -2 Steve Jones-D’Agostino (a former Womag staffer) to step down as Worcester Local First coordinator. Luckily for them, he’ll still be involved in the steering committee. -1 Local band Dom’s “Livin’ in America” takes #11 slot in Spin Magazine’s best songs of the year list. +1 This week: -6 (Rough week before Christmas) Last week: +1 Year to date: +48

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By Steven King

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Below: A glimpse inside the massive warehouse at The Worcester County Food Bank

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hen many people think of hunger, they immediately think of nations far away, third-world countries where war and pestilence are rife. But in actuality, hunger is a significant problem in this nation. According to Feeding America, Through a Massachusetts Service in the United States Alliance grant, the United Way of Central MA will refurbish the Union Hill a staggering 50.2 million people cafeteria and establish a career day at suffered hunger in Chandler Elementary. ’Tis the season 2009. for giving. +2 According to a recently Providence & Worcester railroad published study fined $10,000 by EPA for delayed by ProjectBread. reporting and lack of timely clean Org, nearly 660,000 up of an oil spill caused by an act of people in the vandalism. Sounds more exciting than Commonwealth that movie “Unstoppable.” -3 are struggling to Saint-Gobain to provide Worcester put food on the table—that’s a 20 YouthBuild and other local groups with funds for building new Energy Star percent increase over 2009, bringing and LEED certified house on Charlton St., later to be sold to a local first-time homebuyer. +1 Massachusetts unemployment rate rises in November from 8.1% to 8.2%, but remains under the 9.8% national average. Budgets are tight for Christmas this year. -2

Right: Worcester County Food Bank Director Jean McMurray

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said McMurray while standing in the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) loading dock. “That amount will be distributed in one day.” McMurray serves as director of the Worcester County Food Bank, located in Shrewsbury. WCFB is a collection and distribution center that provides food goods for 163 agencies in Worcester County. Twenty-six of those agencies are within the city. They come in the form of soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. “The thing about hunger in America is that we can do better,” McMurray asserts. During 2009 there were 48,071 unique visitors to the city’s food-assistance agencies. That number declined slightly in 2010 to 43,473. But the number of duplicate visits jumped. In 2009, there were 188,960 duplicate visits. In 2010, that number soared to almost 200,000. “We have fewer people [but] they need food more often,” McMurray explains, suggesting that this need is linked to the national financial crisis. “It’s taking longer for people to get back on their feet,” she says. “We’ve seen people out of work for a year or more. [So] people have needed help for longer than first expected.” The WCFB was established in 1982 and since has helped more than 1.5 million residents in Worcester County, distributing some 70 million pounds of food. How are they able to maintain the precious supply? “Our funding is diverse,” she says. The WCFB receives federal and state grants. They also receive donations from the business community, and held a 2010 budget of $1.8 million. “There is always very strong support from people like you and me,” McMurray comments, relating that 51 percent of all financial contributions come from private donors. Earlier this year when the state made continued on page 6

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dramatic cuts to local aid, the food bank was spared. “We didn’t get one [fund cut]. I think the administration understood that everybody needs food,” McMurray says. “Our agencies know we are the first call,” McMurray says. One such agency is The Mustard Seed, located at 93 Piedmont Street. An emergency food-assistance provider and soup kitchen, The Mustard Seed originally opened in 1972.

“It’s a basic need, food. It’s very essential,” says director of 25 years Donna Domiziano. “There are no questions asked to come through that door and eat. We don’t care how many people come; if they’re hungry, we feed them.” According to Domiziano, there has been a slight increase in

The Mustard Seed has fought hunger in Worcester since 1972

duplicate visitors over the last year. “Of course you see duplicate families. Families who bring in buckets for food each night,” she reveals. Both Domiziano and McMurray agree that there’s no room for judgment in their line of work. “We’re good stewards of resources, but we can’t start judging people,” McMurray says. “Hunger is a very personal thing.”

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QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: The quote of the night belongs to the ever frank and self-deprecating Councilor-at-Large Mike Germain, who before casting his vote in favor of moving away from the lowest residential rate said, “Just to kind of emphasize how much I don’t want to do this but I think it’s the right thing to do, keep in mind that I’m always the guy who comes in sixth place. This is political suicide for me…I’ve never come in fifth. I always come in sixth. Which means the next year I’m probably coming in seventh.” Candidates for Councilor-at-Large must finish in the top six in elections to secure a seat on the council.

TOW STORY: For the first time in five

years the City sought out bids from private towing companies. The 2005 bids were only supposed to be for the year, but the contracts continued to roll over year after year, much to the chagrin of local towing companies not named Pat’s. In 2005 Pat’s secured the police issued towing jobs for four of the city’s ten zones, paying $91,600 for the privilege. But by 2010 Pat’s had gained one other zone from McFee & Newton. After some pressure this year, the City re-opened the bidding and while only half the zones have been awarded so far (all to Pat’s), the City has made considerable more money. For the four zones Pat’s bid on in 2005, the towing company raised their offer to $159,100 – a $67,500 increase over 2005. The fifth zone Pat’s acquired from McFee & Newton was awarded back to them for the price of $11,500. Another minor victory for the towed citizenry is that all towing companies must now accept credit cards. So the next time you’re towed, at least you can take solace in the fact that the company had to pay a lot more money this year to do it.

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will lose a congressional seat in 2012 because of a slow-growing population, the jockeying is on to see which of the ten Democratic congresspersons in our caucus won’t have a seat after the next election. Early rough numbers show each of the soon-to-be-remaining nine districts will need to incorporate an additional 60,000 to 100,000 more people via redistricting, but there are certain areas that legislators won’t want to see join their district – the clearest example of which would be places that vote heavily Republican. There are two solutions to make this process as painless as possible for the Dems: 1) One US Representative retires after this term and allows the state legislature to carve up his/her district or 2) Mike Capuano, who ran in the Democratic primary to fill the vacated senate seat in 2010, runs for it again versus Scott Brown. (Capuano told the Globe this week that he will “consider it when the time comes.”) If neither of those scenarios occurs, then one 2012 congressional race will feature the unique spectacle of a Democratic primary race between two currently sitting US Reps. Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or email it to jshulkin@worcestermag.com. If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time, then follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.


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City hall’s harsh and unyielding snow job Gary Rosen

I have a question for Worcester City Clerk David Rushford. Is it too late for this former city councilor to retract my vote of three years ago in favor of the ordinance relative to sidewalk snow removal? Back then, the city council was advised by City Manager Mike O'Brien and DPW Commisioner Bob Moylan that too many children, seniors and others were being forced to walk in the street because some home and property owners were shirking their sidewalk-shoveling responsibilities. Since School Committee member John Monfredo isn't the only politician who advocates “for the children,” I joined all of my colleagues in voting to require the owners or occupants of property that abuts a street or state highway to shovel snow from the city's sidewalks along those stretches. Now everyone knows that serving on the city council is not rocket science. However, I would not have voted for this ordinance had I known that Commissioner Moylan would twist, bend and misinterpret the intent of the ordinance. Although a bright, capable and almost irreplaceable city employee, Mr. Moylan also can be a

stubborn bureaucrat. And his decisions are seldom questioned by members of the council, especially district councilors, who rely on the DPW to help placate many of their angry constituents and voters. In any case, several older (but wiser) constituents of District 5 Councilor Bill Eddy refuse to be bullied by him, Commissioner Moylan and other “public servants.” These senior citizens know their property lines, know their rights, and know what the sidewalk-snowremoval ordinance states and intends. The power of elected and appointed officials will not deter these folks from resisting government and political arrogance at its worst. For two winters, the city has required several Meadow Lane residents to shovel a stretch of sidewalk on upper Pleasant St. not far from the road leading to the Worcester Airport. However, their property does not abut that sidewalk. Their property is separated from the sidewalk in question by wooded state land, a ravine, brook and guardrail. The sidewalk is not even accessible to them from their backyards. They’d have quite a hike (or drive) to go down their street, around the corner and up the Pleasant St. hill to

reach this stretch of sidewalk. The state is the owner of the property that abuts the city sidewalk, not the Meadow Lane residents. So, according to our snow-removal ordinance, the state is responsible for clearing that sidewalk within ten hours of the end of a snow storm. Just because the state absolves itself of sidewalk shoveling responsibilities, does not give Worcester city officials the right to use threats, bullying tactics, fines, fees, and liens on homes to force nonabutting homeowners to remove that snow. And all this by a city that endangers residents after every winter storm by failing to shovel many of the sidewalks that abut city owned land. The often unshoveled sidewalk leading to Doherty High School around Newton Square is a good example of how the city shirks its own responsibilities while trying to browbeat residents and taxpayers into shoveling submission. I agree that the aforementioned sidewalk on Pleasant Street needs to be shoveled after winter storms. But it should not be and will not be shoveled by these elderly residents of Meadow Lane. It appears that they will have to share the expense of a lawyer to prove in court that they are right and the city is wrong. I hereby pledge the first $50 donation to the Meadow Lane Defense Fund. We teach school children that bullying is unacceptable. Unfortunately, some adults in positions of power have never learned this lesson. This Rosen Report completes my first year of writing for Worcester Mag. I really have enjoyed providing our readers with my opinions on local government, politics and issues of interest and concern. I appreciate all of your feedback, online comments, praise and criticism. I look forward to continuing to speak my mind and engage my readers in 2011. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Womag’s readers, staff and advertisers.

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Letters

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Quadrivium Ranges High and Low, Far and Wide

I was one of the founding members of this group and I am extremely proud of how far they have come. I’m also a little envious that they get to go to disney. I wish them the best of luck! You guys will do amazing!!! Submitted online by ROS E I am also a founding member of this ensemble and am thrilled to see the legacy being continued. These kids and Mr. Twiss have worked incredibly hard and deserve these incredible opportunities, and it’s great to see the coverage they’re receiving! Submitted online by OL IV IA

Abatement 101

Once upon a time there was a stir in the city of Worcester that the business tax rate would/might be lowered. It takes money to run a city and if the businesses pay less it is certainly going to be made up by the resident tax payers. In the article about the proposed changes the residents were advised that they could get an abatement to help lower their taxes. This editorial is about how that works. In March I bought a house in Worcester. In July I went to the assessor’s office to fill out the paper work for abatement. They stated that the forms were not printed yet and they were not taking any until December 1. On December 1 they said the

forms are still not printed and they are not taking any until January 1. OK so just what is the procedure to get an abatement? First go to worcesterma.gov. in the “search this site box” type “abatement”. Why they need too print the forms differently every year is a mystery. But they do indeed only accept them from Jan 1 to the 31.

What was the most notable event from 2010? AS K E D O N M A I N ST R E E T

Guy Glodis leaving. I was just up at the jail — they feed you like a pigeon. That’s the one thing in Worcester County that I think they should fix.

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Glodis never showed up in Berkshire, Franklin or Hampshire counties either. That sends a powerful message to voters - you don’t count and y’all and your issues are invisible to me. Also, Guy never did any opposition research on Bump and never exposed her record in the Massachusetts House. That is campaign malpractice. Guy made the mistake of being his own campaign manager which meant he had a fool for a client. As for Polito, she never ran on some of the more progressive parts of her record, like her bill to mandate that genetically modified foods sold in Mass. be labeled. Also, the Red Sox “plategate” debacle proved very costly.

Patrick Fortier WORCESTER I would say the oil spill.

Laura Small SHREWSBURY

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Probably the congressional elections, the Democrats losing so many seats.

These are exciting and adventurous paintings, and if the artists are “older” they are anything but old-fashioned. I find their energy and daring beautiful.

Bryan Sisco WORCESTER

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{ coverstory } Top News Stories of 2010 Each year top 10 lists abound. The best of everything is offered up ad nauseam, yet we keep on reading because we simply can’t help ourselves as we look back on the year we’ve just experienced. At Worcester Mag we decided to do something different to run down the list of top news stories of 2010. Adding a little creativity to our news feed, Worcester Mag has asked ten local illustrators to take our list of top news stories and present them to you in comic form. Touching upon everything from City Square to Pit Bulls, our creative community offers up their take on the most talked about stories of 2010.

The illustrators:

Bret Herholz – Art in the Park: Bret M. Herholz (Diary of the Black Widow/Sherlock Holmes) is an illustrator/graphic novelist/art instructor from the Worcester MA area. Author of five books published by Alterna Comics and his illustration work has appeared in galleries around the country and takes part in many art events and shows around Worcester and Boston. Bret teaches youth art for the Worcester Art Museum with classes ranging from comic art, illustration and traditional animation. Visit Bret’s web blog for more information about upcoming shows and projects at: http://herbertzohl. blogspot.com.

Mike Briggs – Tea Party Protest: Mike Briggs is an illustrator that lives in the Worcester area. Mike specializes in humorous illustrations and caricatures. Mike has been working as an illustrator for almost ten years. His work can be seen at mikebriggz.com.

Veronica Fish –Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Expansion: A regular contributor to contemporary galleries across the US, her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and most recently London. In 2008, she curated Pop Euphoria!, the largest compilation of contemporary international illustration in Central Massachusetts, which received much national acclaim. She continues to work in comics, recently releasing her first graphic novel with writer JJ Kahrs; Pirates of Mars [piratesofmars.com] She lives with her husband Andy, and their dog Alley Oop. Andy Fish – Joe O’Brien inaugurated as mayor: Andy Fish makes his living as an artist and writer working with clients from all over the world including Boston, New

York, London, Los Angeles, Berlin and Napal. He’s been hired to write a screenplay for Richard Bazley (The Iron Giant) and Gary Kurtz (Star Wars) and to produce a series of How To Books for a London Publisher—the first of which is in stores world-wide last month. He is currently working on his epic graphic novel series DRACULA; THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, the first volume of which is in stores in late December. Recently returned from a trip to Japan with his lovely wife Veronica, the two are also working on a project to be announced in early 2011. He thought it was a lot of fun working on this issue of WoMag and thanks all of his friends who said yes to participating. More of his work can be found at www.hebsandfish.com.

home town of Worcester. Ladies love him, girls adore him. Even the ones who never saw him like the way that he rhymes at a show. The reason why, man, I don’t know.

Adam Fish – Mercury Spill at Grafton Street Adam Fish grew up in his Dad’s art studio and was an uncredited advisor on THE TRAGIC TALE OF TURKEY BOY. Adam is currently in High School, works part time as an auto mechanic and is currently exploring the world of sculpture and animatronics. He hopes to someday work in Special Effects for the film industry.

Jamie Buckmaster – Arizona: Why can’t Jamie Buckmaster shift under a surprised voltage? Jamie Buckmaster fringes Comics. Will Jamie Buckmaster move Comics? Throughout a rave revolts a grain. Comics offends opposite Jamie Buckmaster. Jamie Buckmaster names the lord above his postcard. How can the hidden virtue offend the cartoon? Jamie Buckmaster locates the grace. Jamie Buckmaster toes the line! Behind the responsible battle washes Comics. Jamie Buckmaster informs the absorbing philosopher above the continual pedantry. Does jamiebuckmaster.com kick rock music? An employee surrounds this competitive caffeine inside this crown. jamiebuckmaster.com peers under rock music. jamiebuckmaster. com stretches above the sister bean. Worcester praises jamie_buckmaster@hotmail.com.

Christopher Whitehead – Becker Video Games Christopher R. Whitehead is a classically trained fine artist. He has studied and exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Christopher’s medium of choice is painting but he has done many works in mixed media, alternative media, illustration, digital art and printmaking. Christopher is currently the Manager of Youth and Family Class Programs at the Worcester Art Museum. He is also a professional photographer and art educator. He is also the executive artist of Infinity Pond Studios and Online Gallery. infinitypond.com. Derek Ring – Drill Bit Derek Ring is a commercial illustrator who designs Halloween masks and props, illustrates games, comics, silkscreens, skateboards, and whatever else seems interesting this week. He has exhibited his work in New York, Boston and and his

Alison Cowell – PETA: Alison Cowell has been writing and drawing comics for over 10 years and finds it’s the perfect outlet for her twisted humor. Her work is published in the comic anthology, Detour. A collection of her recent work, Hot Donut Salad, will be published in 2011. Alison also writes the blog Alison Undercover. She lives in central Mass. 

Aloysius Jones– Pit Bulls: Not much is known about Aloysius Jones. He is a self-taught newcomer on the Worcester Art Scene and those who have met him are lucky enough to do that much. Rock climber, lion tamer, stuntman, rodeo clown, pastry chef, human canon ball, deep sea diver, beekeeper, sword swallower, yoga instructor, ape wrestler and the possible sixth member of the Village People. But that’s just what he does in his spare time. Rumor has it he once punched Gary Trudeau in the nose. With his car. He prefers Heathcliff over Garfield and will arm-wrestle anyone who tells him otherwise.

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New year, new celebrations Ryan Young

The annual First Night Worcester festivities celebrate the upcoming new year of 2011 with plenty of events and activities to enjoy— especially since this year’s schedule has been expanded due to the rare weekend date. With features ranging from musical performances, storytelling, comedy acts, dance troupes and interactive hands-on activities—fun and entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds— the New Year’s event is an opportunity for friends and family to come together as a community.

The celebration is planned and coordinated by First Night Worcester, a nonprofit organization that raises 100 percent of the event’s funding through sponsorships and donations from foundations and private individuals. As one of the oldest, concurrent annual events in the nation, Worcester’s First Night has sustained itself even despite the economy, which has given rise to financial cutbacks that have eliminated many other First Nights. “First Night is an opportunity for local emerging artists to have a stage and for everybody to have different kinds of representation. And it really is a way for the community to come together,” explains Joyce Fressler, First Night Worcester’s executive director, who applauds the event for encouraging the spirit of collaboration, tolerance and acceptance. “It doesn’t matter what your age or what your background is. We all come together through one language and that is the universal language of the arts and enjoyment of the arts.” This year’s focus is upon cozy (read: warm) indoor fun to highlight this year’s theme of “Come Play with Us,” with events and performances happening at the DCU Center, Mechanics Hall, Worcester Art Museum, YWCA,

Mass College of Pharmacy and Trinity Lutheran Church. Bringing the outdoors in over at the DCU Center are sidewalk artist Tracy Lee Stum and local icon Sidewalk Sam, who will be working beside other local artists and residents to create stunning floor murals; children will be invited as well to try their best hand at creating their own sidewalk art. Among other activities at the DCU will be cultural dances, juggling clowns, interactive gaming and performances for the whole family.

At Mechanics Hall, Slamm!! will present “Stomp on Steroids,” plus juggling with the Gizmo Guys and a comedic performance from Peter Gross. At the Worcester Art Museum, you’ll find dancers from Ballet Arts Worcester, a scavenger hunt, folk music and slam poetry. Professional storyteller Len Cabral and N.E. Champ Yo Yo demonstrations will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church; Epworth United Methodist Church will host The Zoo Show and kids’ karaoke; and YWCA will showcase water ballet with Synchromaids. This all just gets the evening started, as the full schedule allows time to travel to and from venues without missing a new year’s beat. Worcester resident Shaun Gillis has been going to First Night for the last three years. “Every year, Worcester’s First Night offers a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages. The energy of partygoers shows the community’s appreciation for the city. Worcester is home, I always have fun, and I can’t wait to celebrate with family and friends in 2011,” says Gillis. Worcester City Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien commented in a recent press release that “First Night Worcester is a remarkable community event that attracts people from throughout our region to come and enjoy the many musical and cultural events that happen throughout the downtown area of Worcester, and that are a part of the First Night celebration.” With so many different events taking place that suit all ages and backgrounds, First Night is an event worth checking out. There will even be a procession on Major Taylor Boulevard, and don’t miss the pyrotechnic fireworks display over the DCU garage. You’ll need a First Night button to gain access to all of the venues, which are being sold at a great number of different locations. Only $10 until December 24. $12 December 25-31 • $15 at the door. Kids ages 7 and under are free. firstnightworcester.org. DECEMBER 23, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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I was introduced to BFB via their cassette demo all those years ago (1995). At the time, Boston was a bit stagnant, and hardcore in general was a bit too PC. I mean, I hated the whole Krishna-bead, silly huge-pants trend that was going on. BFB’s demo instantly became cemented in my car stereo. “Hurt You,� “Paper Gangster,� just the whole demo influentially sounded like Sheer Terror and early Biohazard. It was everything I was looking for in a hardcore band at the time. The no-nonsense vocal bark of Erick “Buddha� Medina and the sarcastic yet intelligent Charlestown Street preacher Rob Lind turned out in the years to come, hardcore’s best vocalist and best songwriter to come from that era in my opinion. Spit My Last Breath (1997) was the first full length album and is the best album to come out of that era. Not just in Boston. Anywhere. I could go on and on about seeing this band at places like the Rat and how those shows were the scariest events I’ve ever witnessed, but nostalgia won’t put the teeth back in my mouth.

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f you had asked me in September which movies I thought would win the Oscar, I wouldn’t have had an answer for you. Now that December has come, I have no problem finding big films that are really worthwhile. That’s because most have been released in the past few months. This has become standard operating procedure in an industry that paces its schedule, if not its very reason for existence, around a big-deal annualawards ceremony. What it means is that the industry is aware that most of what it turns out January through October is awful, and yet they expect you to pay to go see it. It also means that Hollywood is capable of making good films year round, but simply chooses not to, lest some preOscar season gem be forgotten by the voting powers that be. Because of this, I’ve broken down my Best/Worst list to separate Oscar-season flicks from those brave enough to venture out and show their celluloid faces earlier in the year. The rest of it is just random potshots at other hapless films that annoyed me.

TOP PRE-OSCAR FILMS 1. Exit Through the Gift Shop – One of the most mindblowingly original pieces of cinema to hit the screen in a good long time. It’s a fake/real documentary, so well done and dryly hilarious that I still have no idea where the satire ends and the reality sets in. 2. Howl – a fake documentary of a different kind, with James Franco portraying Alan Ginsberg at the height of his fame and controversy over his brilliant poem. 3. Winter’s Bone – Simple poor white rural trash story about a tough young girl looking to ďŹ nd her wayward father. Jennifer Lawrence is superb. 4. Toy Story 3 – A funny, stirring, brilliantly written and vividly realized animated tour de force that was the best of the three—and the ďŹ rst two weren’t bad, either. 5. RED – A throwaway, crazy, violent 60s-style romp about a bunch of retired assassins. Everyone seems to be having a good time in this, especially John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, and it’s a joy to watch them. Bubbling Under: Tiny Furniture – A tiny, smart and funny ďŹ rst-time ďŹ lm by Lena Dunham. She cast herself as an aimless college graduate returned home, with her mother as her mother. It probably cost less to make than you spend on tolls, and it’s great. TOP OSCAR-SEASON OFFERINGS 1. Black Swan – Darren Aronofsky goes all out with a swooping uid direction style that makes all the unfolding action feel like a dance in motion. Natalie Portman at the center of it all goes from disciplined to all-out nutso at the drop of a ballet slipper. Extra points for the way she learned to dance Swan Lake

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The sign says “Buddy’s Restaurant and Pizzeria,” but most locals know it as Buddy’s Spa. It’s a tiny diner/take-out stop attached to a barber’s shop that’s been on Stafford Street for as long as time. Having heard so many, “When I was a kid…” references to the place, I had to try. It wasn’t a bad experience by any means, but I didn’t get my socks knocked off. When I arrived, there were only two

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other people besides the server/cook, so I just sat at the breakfast bar. It didn’t take long for me to get my coffee, which was a pretty average cup. I think the server was covering, because he seemed a bit withdrawn or shy, but not rude. The menus were pretty standard and small. One was all of your basic breakfast options: eggs, meats, pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, home fries and such. Lunches included burgers and hot dogs, as well as the pizzeria menu, which had your basic grinders and pizza styles. I didn’t see any signs or notes for signature items or specials of the day. The prices were also about average for your local, independent diner or pizzeria, so definitely affordable and with generous portion sizes. While there, I ordered a basic breakfast (served all day, and it was 1 p.m.) of two over-medium eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. The eggs were cooked right to order, and the bacon was neither too wobbly nor too crisp, so right as it should be. Toast was only available in white bread, which was a little disappointing, but not bad. The best part of the plate was the home fries, which were nicely seasoned and

breaded to create a delicious flavor and good texture. Since I hadn’t a review pal for this, I didn’t feel it was fair to make a judgment on just a plate of breakfast and coffee, so I ordered a large, roast-beef sub to go. While the breakfast was good, but average, the grinder was definitely in the upper rankings of local pizzerias. The meat tasted fresh and beefy, there were plenty of fresh vegetables that were still crispy and didn’t sog-up the roll despite my wait until dinner to eat it. The tomatoes had flavor, the lettuce a nice crunch, and the pickles and hots were plenty, but not overwhelming. While I wouldn’t go out of my way to

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is not just a school for home cooks but also for dorm cooks offering the class Dorm Cooking 101 on Thursday, January 6. Falling right in the middle of most schools’ winter breaks, the class presents basic recipes and techniques that can abe practice for another week or so with parental supervision before heading back to school. Also guaranteed to boost your social life—nothing sparks a friendship like free well-prepared food. Sign up now, spots are limited. Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Road (Route 9 West), Southborough, 508-9046589.

as you can without risking a barbequeslathered spill on the way back to your table during Smokestack Urban BBQ’s all-you-can-eat buffet every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. for $14.95 per person. Instead of having to choose just two sides with your meal, try a little of each: mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans—the list goes on. Or, stop by between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays for $3 buckets of appetizers. These include smoked chipotle wings, honey habanero wings, Cajun popcorn (fried crawfish) and catfish fingers. Smokestack Urban BBQ, 90 Harding St., 508-363-1111.

Pig Pile: Yeah, it’s cold, but Dr. Gonzo doesn’t care, so why should you? You’re in New England, you own a pair of mittens, and what better reason to brave the cold than for a slew of creative Gonzo-enhanced pork concoctions. Hit up the emporium on Sunday, January 9, from 2 p.m. to about 9 p.m. for the year’s first Xtreme Grilling Challenge or sign up to participate yourself by stopping by the shop or via Facebook. Bacon is sure to be in abundance. Dr. Gonzo’s All Natural Mega Spicy Comestible Emporium, 122 Main St., 508-826-5660. BITES TIPSTER: Got a Worcester dining tip for us? Then send along to editor@worcestermag.com today.

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Weagle Family Dining 438 Pleasant St., Worcester 508-792-0770 A really good breakfast/lunch destination, Weagle Family Dining offers usual diner favorites along with their own twists—including a great Make-Your-Own Breakfast Burrito menu. Prices are about average and on par with the quality of food, the staff is friendly, and the location emits a great, comfy vibe to everyone who enters.

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including several types of stew as well as rice dishes, fried yams and fried plantains. Specialty items are offered on weekends, and the food is flavorful, filling, and a great value. A full bar is also on hand with reasonably priced cocktails.

Shiraz Armenian Restaurant, we enjoyed quality home cooking that was present with pride. Plus, our waitress was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the cuisine she served. When one’s cooking is representative of a nation, there’s no room for shortcuts.

West Boylston Seafood Company 321 West Boylston St., West Boylston 508-853-3655 Let’s start with what West Boylston Seafood doesn’t have: intimate atmosphere, cloth napkins, china, silverware, a menu or wine list. Absent the trappings of “fine dining,” there’s still abundant room in the world of hospitality for restaurants willing to keep a razor-sharp focus on convenience, quality and value. This is the niche of the neighborhood eateries — those places we often find ourselves most comfortable in and returning to.

Sonoma Restaurant 206 Worcester Road, Princeton 978-464-5775 sonoma-princeton.com From the Italian piemonte to the fertile valleys of California, there’s a movement afoot to return craft and the uniqueness of location to food and its preparation. Inspired by the winemaker’s ethos, these chefs and growers practice a cuisine de terroir. Although New England has lost much of its agriculture, a few local chefs are guided by these principles. In our recent visit to Sonoma Restaurant, we discovered the spirit in full flower.

Periwinkles & Giorgio’s Italian Pub Restaurant 892 Southbridge St., Auburn 508-832-9705 periwinkles-giorgios.com The cuisine could be termed “elaborate pub.” It draws heavily from traditional American and is bolstered by a scattering of ethnic inspired specials. I departed Periwinkles & Giorgio’s Italian Pub Restaurant pleased with the service and value we received. And I found their cuisine to be a cut above the rest.

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jammin’ eve The jam-band phenomenon Phish is coming to the DCU

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After 20 years together, and a five-year hiatus, Phish, known for its consistently amazing live sets, is back with a new tour and a live album. Included in the ticket price for each date is a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording). Redeemable at LivePhish.com, the downloads will be available often within an hour of the band stepping off stage. (That’s pretty cool!) Tickets on sale at the box office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com. $60. 7:3011:30 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508755-6800.

soulful eve

On Thursday, December 23, experience a night of soul music and holiday cheer at the The Dive Bar Holiday Soul Party! The band, featuring Craig Rawding, Troy Gonyea, Duncan Arsenault, Paul Buono, Dmitry Gorodetsky, Pete Levesque and Jeff Galindo, will be playing music from Otis Redding,

carrier, Sam, stops by to deliver special postcards from far-away places. When Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and friends wish to visit the exciting locations, Sam shares her secret on how they can – it’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 Imagine.” Wednesday, Dec. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 2, at The Hanover Theatre 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Tickets are $12, $20 and $30. Opening night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle/Sunny Seats) are $12. 508831-0800, thehanovertheatre.org.

Follow the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great during the Melkite Greek Catholic Christmas Eve Vespers & Divine Liturgy on Friday, December 24. 5-6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 256 Hamilton St. 508-752-4174, melkite.org.

Solo this holiday season? Spend Christmas Eve with others in your shoes at the Chinese Dinner for Singles Over 39 on

group of people on Christmas Eve over some Chinese food and more. Details at meetup. com/funsingles35. 7-10 p.m. Imperial Buffet, Route 16, Milford.

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Stevie Wonder, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. & the MGs, Jackson 5, The Miracles, Sam & Dave and many more. If you are a fan of Motown Records and STAX Records, this party is for you! Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown NY will be taking over the taps with amazing Belgian-style ales. No cover, 21+, doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. Dive Bar, 34 Green St. thedivebarworcester.com

at 6:30 p.m., take a quick beginner-group swing-dance lesson then experience a total mix of crossover swing jitterbug boogie woogie, East & West coast swing, lindy hop, and rock-n-roll (try saying that ten times fast!) – with or without a partner. $12. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220, dance2swing.com.

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Spend the night before Christmas out of slumber and on the dance floor during the 4th-Annual Christmas Eve Party @ Fusion. DJ Nick & Ezy the DJ will be spinning hip hop, top 40, and sizzling mash-ups. 21+, proper dress & I.D. a must. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100, fusionworcester. com

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Discover the secrets and surprises of winter in the garden during Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Winter Wonders Walk on Monday, December 27. Celebrate the glow of the winter holidays at Tower Hill with this free walk through the gardens. $10 adults; $7 seniors, $5 youth; free to members and children under 6. From 11 a.m.-noon. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111, visit towerhill.org.

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Hear That Whistle Blow: America’s Fabled Railroad Years in Story and Song on Tuesday, December 28, with storytellers Katie Green and Bob Reiser. Celebrate heroes, heroines, scoundrels and the everyday folk who worked and traveled on America’s railroads. These stories about America’s railroads will encourage adults to tell stories of their own railroad experiences. They will motivate young people to learn more about the role that railroads played in our country’s development. Princeton’s Katie Green is a nationalaward-winning storyteller. Bob Reiser tells stories throughout the United States and has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tenn. Grab your coat and hat and join us. 2-3 p.m. Beaman Memorial Public Library, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 978-464-5146.

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>Friday 24 Christmas Eve with Anthony Lee & Friends. 6-10 p.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-9397373. 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. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJ T-Rich. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or speakersnightclub.net. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Xmas Eve! Andy Cummings! 9pm!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 4th Annual Christmas Eve Party @ Fusion. Dj Nick & Ezy The Dj Spinning Hip Hop, Top 40, Mash-Ups 21+ Proper Dress & I.D. A Must More Info, Event Photos, Guest List & More at FusionWorcester.com 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

>Saturday 25 Merry Christmas!, Open at 7pm!. No Cover. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. DJs. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Your Mom - Jam Band. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Christmas Night Dance party with DJ’s. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. John Nickerson. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Mocha Java featuring Buddy Cage!. Buddy Cage has played pedal steel guitar with many bands and recording artists, including Anne Murray, Bob Dylan, David Bromberg, and the Zen Tricksters. He is best known as a longtime member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage. The New Riders were a psychedelic influenced country rock band that had been founded by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, along with John Dawson and David Nelson. The New Riders and the Dead would perform concerts together, with Garcia playing pedal steel for the New Riders, then playing electric guitar and singing with the Dead. Near the end of 1971, Garcia left the New Riders, enabling them to headline their own concert tours. Buddy Cage was invited to join the band as Garcia’s replacement. In 2005, Cage and Nelson re-formed the New

Riders of the Purple Sage. The band continues to perform concerts throughout the United States. Cage is also still working as a session musician with other artists. Beatnik’s 433 Park Ave. Worcester, MA 01610 December 25, 2010 9PM $10, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. DJ HYDRO & DJ SAVAS spin your favorite Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 pm and Dance Club opens at 10:30pm. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

>Sunday 26 Joe Bourgeois Mountain Folk Fest. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Vincent’s presents: 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 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Dana Lewis Live!. Dana Lewis Live! Playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s to the 80’s. Great Italian Food, Full Bar, Lottery, Outdoor Patio. No Cover Charge. BE There! 7-10 p.m. Cafe’ Sorrento, 143 Central St., Milford. 508-478-7818 or myspace.com/ danalewismusic. Four Year Strong @ The Palladium. with Fireworks, Trapped Under Ice, No Trigger Tickets $16 adv., $18 door. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696 Open Mic presented by JB Sound. 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.

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>Monday 27 Drifting’ Sam Politz at 7pm; Karaoke 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Phish. Phish announced five New Year’s week shows that begin with two shows at the DCU Center on December 27 & 28. Included in the ticket price for each date is a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording). Redeemable at LivePhish.com, the downloads will be available often within an hour of the band stepping off stage. Phish will also be giving buyers free MP3 show downloads of each stop on its fall 2010 tour which comes to a close on Halloween. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at the Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com . $60. 7:30-11:30 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800 or ticketmaster.com .

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from rounds and chants to classical, jazz, world folk music from many cultures as well as contemporary popular music that celebrates ideals of community, diversity, ecology and peace. $7 per rehearsal, or $57 for the series. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, downstairs, 90 Main St. 508-755-0995 or jimscottmusic.com . “Totally Tuesdays” Spinnin Rad Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-7539543. 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. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey. com/2009/08/jon-short. 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. Open Mic. New Open Mic at the English Social Club in Worcester. All styles, genres and skill levels welcome. Spots are filling fast so email soon for a good time. Located right between Holy Cross and Clark. Free. 8:30 p.m.-noon English Social Club, 29 Camp St. 508-754-3900 or myspace.com/ briandolanmusic. A Tribute Night to Black Flag, Decendants, Minutemen, Ramones, and a special secret Tribute! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-7539543.

James Keyes!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Post Phish Party with The Hornitz & TGAAG. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Bass Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays. Every Tuesday Bass Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or fusionworcester.com.

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>Monday 2 The Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety 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, Visual Artists, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis & Alex Charalambides. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra! Check the dirtygerund.com website for a link! Coming Soon! Feature TBA. $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com.

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The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t loud, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone ďŹ gure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are you doing?â&#x20AC;? I asked without fear, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come in this moment, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!â&#x20AC;? For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. To the window that danced with a warm ďŹ reâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light Then he sighed and he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its really all right, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out here by choice. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here every night.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Pearl on a day in December,â&#x20AC;? Then he sighed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Christmas â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gram always remembers.â&#x20AC;? My dad stood his watch in the jungles of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Nam â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;, And now it is my turn and so, here I am. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American ďŹ&#x201A;ag. I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this ďŹ&#x201A;ag will not fall.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So go back inside,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be all right.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there something I can do, at the least, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give you money,â&#x20AC;? I asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, For being away from your wife and your son.â&#x20AC;? Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To ďŹ ght for our rights back at home while w eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.â&#x20AC;? ŠCopyright Dec. 7, 2000 by Michael Marks

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL Docket No WO08P1309EP1 In the Estate of: Raymond G Gemme Late of Millbury, MA 01527 Date of Death: 02/21/2008 To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be a copy of the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and Anita A Gemme of Millbury, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 01/04/2011 In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: December 9, 2010 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY PUBLIC NOTICE Request for Proposals for Architectural Design Services MA12-15 Webster Square East Towers, 1050 Main Street, Worcester, MA KITCHEN RENOVATION PROJECT The Worcester Housing Authority is requesting applications from Architects/Engineers registered in Massachusetts to prepare plans & specifications and construction supervision for the modernization of the kitchens and miscellaneous improvements at the Webster Square East Towers, 1050 Main Street, Worcester, MA. The construction budget is $2,100,000. The fee for designer services will be negotiated with the top ranked firm(s). The successful Architect/Engineer will be required to possess Professional Liability Insurance and Workmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compensation Insurance Policies with adequate thresholds. Copies of the Application Packet including the complete RFP, may be obtained at the Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester MA or by contacting Tina Rivera at (508) 635-3302 on Dec 22, 2010 after 10:00 a.m. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on December 29, 2010 at 10:30 am in the community room at 1050 Main Street, Worcester, MA Interested candidates must submit three (3) copies of the form of proposal on or before 2:00 P.M. January 12, 2011, to the Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester MA 01605, and Attention: Fred Paris, Director of Modernization & Construction.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Worcester, ss Superior Court Department of the Trial Court Civil Action No. 10-2654B To: William Kozlowski and Maryann Kozlowski of Millbury, 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: Marjem Mortgage Corporation as its principal place of business, Natick Massachusetts, claiming to be the holder of a mortgage covering property situated at 118 Elm Street, Shalimar Terrace Condominium, Unit #2, Millbury Worcester County, Massachusetts, given by William Kozlowski and Maryann Kozlowski to Marjem Mortgage Corporation dated October 24, 2007, recorded in Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 41971, Page 1, 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 twenty-sixth day of January 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 fifteenth day of December, 2010 Dennis P. McManus, Clerk 12/23/10

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Ed Murphy After Ed Murphy retired from an oil business job in Washington, DC he moved up to Central Massachusetts to be closer to his kids. Instead of lounging away his golden years he got involved with the Dismas House, a local non-profit organization that rehabilitates exconvicts through the routines of stable living quarters, being sober and heading to work everyday. How’d you get involved with Dismas Family Farm?... I wanted to do something other than play golf and tennis and whatnot, I wanted to contribute to society, as they say. I looked around and found Dismas House, which seemed to have a unique and very important role to play in the rehabilitation of exprisoners. Unfortunately in the state of Massachusetts there’s virtually nothing available for ex-convicts. So they’re put out on the street with $60 and the clothes they came in (to prison) with and left at a bus stop. And it’s said ‘go pick up your life.’ You leave somebody like that with very little skills, a CORI and a substance abuse problem at a bus stop, What’s he going to do?

Are there common themes among the backgrounds of Dismas Family Farm workers?... It’s hard to generalize about the backgrounds of these guys, except a huge number have just had terrible backgrounds. They’ve been abused

as children, they’ve been deserted – literally kicked out of the house, parents are drug addicts or alcoholics, so they’ve had the worst possible upbringing. What we’re looking for is for somebody that says “I need to change my life around.” A lot of the people you run across say, ‘Life has really dealt me a bunch of bad hands. This is very unfair ... I was born into a cruel, abusive, poor household and that’s the reason why I have all these problems.’ People like that are not going to be able to change their life. The ones (who are) are looking for it, the ones that say ‘Yeah, all that’s true. I’m going to take responsibility for myself, I need to change my life around.’

Talk a little bit about the farm… Last December we purchased this farm from SMOC (Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council). It’s out in Oakham, which is not that far from Worcester, but in many ways is a

world away. It’s just a dramatic difference. I said, “Why are you buying the farm?” And (Dave McMahon, Dismas’ executive director) said, “What happens to rich people when they confront alcohol or drug problems? They go to a beautiful place like the Betty Ford Clinic, out in the country. Why can’t we try and provide something like that for poor people?” It’s a beautiful environment. We are working the farm as a farm. We raise chickens for the eggs. We have sheep, llamas, we grow vegetables, flowers and they’re sold at farmers markets, but that’s pretty much a six-month activity.

So what did you do next?... We started to look into doing things that we could do on an ongoing basis. We had been given some very nice woodworking equipment. We also had a woodworker as a volunteer who showed the guys how to use it. We started off making fairly simple stuff: birdhouses and bat houses and progressed to making more difficult things. The most important thing is to try and give the guys some valuable work experience.

What’s the goal of that?... To get used to getting up in the morning,

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