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ccupy Worcester has hit the rails, quite literally – and the group is not alone. Frustrated and angry over possible fare hikes and service cuts to MBTA commuter-train services, the impact of which could be felt here with the proposed axing of weekend runs, the group headed east last weekend for a rally with Occupy Boston “It’s pretty simple,” Occupy Worcester Drug busts, a hit and run, and a WPD member Jonathan Noble says of the officer finds someone breaking into a group’s decision to stand in protest with marked cruiser. Sometimes you have to its big-city counterpart. “Worcester has a take the stupid in with the bad. -2 large work population that requires trains to get to their jobs.” The Feds decide that When it comes to the possibility of Shrewsbury’s U.S. Postal Service losing weekend service, in addition to processing and distribution center plans that would stop service at 10 p.m. and increase fares, “the average citizens is one of many USPS facilities to don’t think it’s an acceptable option,” says get the axe due to budget cuts. Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Jim McGovern Noble. “Worcester,” he continues, “is going to immediately oppose the move, meaning this could be the first time the be hurt pretty bad by this.” While the turnout wasn’t quite what two have agreed on something. -2 Noble had hoped for (about four or five occupiers made the trip, and the Boston

Worcester Business Journal reports that Worcester credit-card owners shed their debt last year, with card carriers dropping 17 percent. According to consumer credit agency Equifax it was the 12th largest decrease in the country. +2

After charges are brought against former Pat’s Service Center employees, AAA and the State Police drop them as service providers. 0 The City Council tackles the issue of city clerks performing marriages on city time and legally pocketing the fees. Finally, the biggest little issue will go away. +1 Union Hill Elementary School receives a 5,000 book donation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for its new student library. Better than money. +3 This week: +1 Last week: +1 Year to date: +6

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contingent wasn’t much larger), size has never really mattered for Occupy Worcester. “It doesn’t take a lot of us to be loud,” says Noble, confident that a message had been delivered in addition to that sent by thousands of others opposed to plans the MBTA has introduced as a way to hack away at an anticipated fiscal 2013 in excess of $180 million. More than 4,000 people have attended 20 public meetings, according to T spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Of them, he says, more than 1,000 have vocalized their concerns. “The T,” says Pesaturo, “is pleased to see the passion people are bringing to these meetings. It’s clear people care deeply about an affordable and reliable transportation system. We share their desire to continue the services they want. We’re pleased with the discussion that is taking place.” There are 10 more public meetings scheduled until March 12, Pesaturo says. A final decision on how to make up the budget shortfall won’t come until the board of directors’ monthly meeting in April. A decision is due by April 15.

While a fare hike isn’t ideal, service cuts would be even more unpalatable, Mayor Joseph Petty warns. “Gas,” he says, “is going to be around $5 a gallon here in Worcester by July. People are going to be looking for other means of transportation. We’ve got to make sure the transportation system works. My biggest issue is the service cuts.” Under the harshest rate-hike proposal, fares would remain in line with others around the country, if a little on the high end. The current fares for a one-way T ride range from $1.70 to $2. They would increase to between $2.40 and $3. By comparison, the same service in New York costs $2.33-$2.50. A second proposal would increase a one-way fare to $2.25-$3. “We haven’t run up fares in at least five years,” says Petty, who notes the T remains committed to its promise to run more trains on the Worcester commuterrail line. “You’d rather see no service cuts.”

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n February 17, Congress put a temporary end to a divisive fight over extending unemployment benefits that left Massachusetts unemployed workers with at least a 57week extension on their unemployment benefits. Problem is, say local organizers, no one consulted with the unemployed before taking the vote. “What’s going on with unemployment, it’s a very deep and broad problem and it’s receiving very little attention,” says Chris Horton, whose work with the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team has kept him involved in the plight of the

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un- and underemployed. “There was a lot of pressure behind the scenes, but the media coverage made it look like an afterthought.” “It was the kind of vote we were afraid of,” says Grace Ross, another WAFT member and author of the book Main Street $marts, a study of the most recent economic and foreclosure crisis. For Ross and Horton, the spin hurt the hardest. As the economy shows signs of recovery, including claims of a national 8.3 percent unemployment rate, they say there’s less focus on joblessness because the statistics sound comparatively rosy. Unfortunately, that 8.3 percent misses tens of thousands of unemployed who don’t fit the federal government’s definition. For example, unemployment figures don’t count those who have given up on looking for work, anyone taking even one college course, anyone who’s looking for a job but never had one. Horton says the real unemployment number should be closer to 20 percent, calling it “depression level” and estimating that as much as 40 percent of that 8.3 figure is part of the long-term unemployed. “Monthly unemployment statistics show drops even though the number of new jobs created is less than the number of new job seekers,” he points out,

wondering how the fed’s math adds up. To combat the national problem, Horton, Ross and others have begun organizing an Unemployed Council, a throwback to the 1930s where scores of the jobless banded together to enact social change, and contributed enough pressure to help win the political battle that led to formation of today’s unemployment benefits. (Horton’s father was an Unemployed Council organizer in New York City.) The Worcester Unemployment Action Group’s first meeting took place on February 18 at Sacred Heart Church, a day after Congress passed the unemployment benefit extension plan that would end all benefit extensions by December 1 and dipped into federal employee-pension plans to off-set some of the cost. Thirty to 35 people came to the event after hearing about it through localactivism email lists, flyers at a food pantry and the unemployment office. “We really need to sit down and talk about what we can do, how we can influence policy,” says Corrine Rhodes, an employed member of the criminal justice reform advocacy group EPOCA, who attended the meeting. Horton says the Worcester Unemployment Action Group’s goal would eventually involve lobbying state and city

government to release more money for jobs or relief. “We know there’s money there not being spent,” he says, pointing to infrastructure projects or, after this year’s unseasonable dry winter, unspent snow clearing funds. He’d also like to see some kind of resurgence of a Civilian Conservation Corps. – the Depression-era public works plan that put many to work boosting the country’s infrastructure and parks. “It’s not that we lack for jobs; we lack the money to pay for jobs,” says Ross. “There’s plenty of work to do.” The group still has to settle on how often they’ll meet, but they warn that the unemployment crisis won’t alleviate anytime soon, and they’re especially geared up for another tough fight in December, when the current agreement expires. As they sort out the details, including at a meeting this Saturday, Rhodes says there’s one specific need: participation from the un-, under- and employed. “We’re interested in hearing peoples’ stories,” she says. That’s always the first step. Next meeting is March 17 at a location TBD. Contact them at unemploymenthelp22@gmail.com.

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Occupy Worcester participant Liane Speroni, who took the train into Boston for the rally, thinks the MBTA should be looking at more than just a temporary fix. “I think the hikes and cuts are really extreme,” she says. “There’s got to be some other way that doesn’t require coming back every year. It’s pretty extreme.” Depending on which solutions the MBTA chooses, the state may have to step up to the plate, something Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged recently when he suggested $40 million in unused snow and ice removal funds be forked over to the T.

Noble, for one, doesn’t see why the state shouldn’t pitch in. “The government can bail out banks,” he says. “Why can’t they bail out public transportation?” One thing appears certain, according to Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stephen Brewer, D-Barre. “What is not likely is a gasoline tax,” he says in news that is sure to elate motorists. Brewer can relate to the consternation felt by the Occupy movement. “My daughter just got out of college with $30,000 of debt,” he says with a sigh. “[Occupiers] see the erosion of the American Dream.”

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Where’s Mitt’s money? Gov. Romney could rely on Worcester for campaign cash. Presidential candidate Romney? Not so much

Jeremy Shulkin

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entral Massachusetts has always had a soft spot for Republicans Paul Cellucci and Bill Weld, and between 2002 and 2006, former governor-turnedGOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign finance records show he too could claim membership in the Popular Moderate Massachusetts Republicans club. Between March 2002 and October 2006, while he ran for and held the state’s governorship, Romney raked in more than 700 itemized donations worth $103,000 from Worcester residents. While that was only about 1 percent of his total donations from that time period (he accumulated $10.6 million from people other than himself), Worcester ranked high as a city where he found significant support, behind Boston (1,783 itemized donations), his Massachusetts’ hometown of Belmont (934 itemized donations) and Wellesley/Wellesley Hills (862 itemized donations). Romney also had Worcester’s suburbs writing checks for him. Shrewsbury had a strong Romney enclave with 305 donations totaling $55,500; and 137 donations from Holden, 77 donations from Auburn, 65 from West Boylston and 23 from Paxton all added to his war chest in that five year period. (There were no donations from Leicester.) That good will, however, hasn’t extended to his bids for the presidency, with former donors from the area holding back their checks. During his failed presidential run from January 2007 to February 2008, Romney only received 40 donations worth $15,200 from Worcesterites. Shrewsbury dropped to 16 donors for $10,550, Holden and Leicester dwindled to four donors, Auburn dropped to three and West Boylston down to one. This current cycle, despite a perceived front-runner status through most of the 2012 campaign, Romney has fared even worse in scoring cash from the Worcester area. Between April 2011 and January 2012, only 18 itemized donations have

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come from Worcester and one from West Boylston. He’s yet to see any from Auburn, Holden and Paxton. Shrewsbury has provided more donors this year than in 2007/2008 with 25, but for less money ($6,813) than his last go-around. And in a year that super PACs – giant pools of campaign cash with little in the way of monetary restrictions – have reigned, no one from the Worcester area has donated to Restore America, the one putting out ads in his favor. Political analysts and consultants have a number of theories as to why this might be the case. Peter Ubertaccio, director of the Joseph Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College and a blogger at

MassPoliticsProfs.com, calls the trend “interesting” but adds, “One of the big issues could very well be nothing to do with what people feel about Romney.” With national aspirations, which were clear by the end of his governorship, Romney started to look at where the money was. (It’s evident from his campaign records that he found it in New York, Utah and California. Emails to the Romney campaign went unanswered.) “His campaign has not really focused on this area since he left the governor’s office,” Ubertaccio says. “The numbers would indicate to me that if they have, they haven’t worked very hard.” “His strategy really is with the bundlers,” says Matt Barron of Western Massachusetts political consulting firm MLB Research Associates. “In a national campaign he’s really set his sights on people like [New York Jets owner] Woody Johnson … people with the gold-plated Rolodexes.” Romney’s also not getting help from the MassGOP - not yet anyway. Their bylaws prohibit raising funds for candidates during the primary, though individual committee members can independently

solicit money on their own. Bill McCarthy, a Worcester state GOP committee member, says that no one in the area is really doing that for any of the presidential candidates, as they’re focusing fundraising on downballot races. Romney’s numbers point to trends that have dogged his presidential campaigns: changes in his political stances and a weak base of support. Spencer Kimball, president of Springfield firm Kimball Political Consulting noted that his January financial reports were low and his campaign has been buoyed by “five or six people in his super PAC.” Others wonder if the tenor of Romney’s presidential campaigns have soured Massachusetts’ voters. “There’s somewhat of a residual bad taste from the way he beat up on the state in his first run [for president],” says Barron, while “morphing into the right-wing ideologue that he is today.” Ubertaccio agrees that Romney’s recent campaigns have changed from his 2002 bid for governor, saying “he ran as a bit of a different candidate.” Kimball, who spent two months of this election cycle as a consultant to the Newt Gingrich campaign, still firmly believes that the lack of money won’t threaten Romney’s chances of winning the state’s primary on March 6, as he’s well ahead in the polls. Still, there’s reason why Romney shouldn’t rest on what’s considered his home turf, especially because this election cycle the Massachusetts primary offers proportional delegation, where Republicans can divvy up the state’s 12 delegates based on what percent of the votes the candidates receive, rather than winner-take-all. It’s this wrinkle that has Kimball predicting other campaigns will try and make some inroads with negative advertisements in the week leading up to Super Tuesday, even if they’ve ceded the state to Romney. Ubertaccio offers other scenarios as to why Romney hasn’t pulled in as much Worcester-area cash as he used to. For one, the economy hasn’t been the same as it was between 2002 and 2008 (though Barron disputes this as a factor) but the Stonehill professor also wonders if local donors have instead shifted their money over to U.S. Senator Scott Brown, who’s in the middle of a tight race with Democratic

challenger Elizabeth Warren. Of course, this could all just be part of a recurring trend for the state. “When people come here they don’t come for electoral votes, they come to raise money,” says Barron. “[But] it’s not really been the case for Republicans.” And as he points out, with Romney’s other “home states” like Michigan, Utah and California, Worcester’s cash probably doesn’t demand much attention.

WHO’S PULLING IN WORCESTER’S CASH? Despite Romney’s lack of cash from Worcester and the surrounding towns, he’s still performing better than his Republican peers when it comes to campaign donations for president, but the real fundraiser from the area is U.S. Senator Scott Brown: Mitt Romney: $12,268 From Shrewsbury, West Boylston and Worcester Michelle Bachmann: $0 Herman Cain: $105 From Shrewsbury Newt Gingrich: $1,600 From Shrewsbury and Worcester Jon Huntsman: $1,300 From Holden and Worcester Ron Paul: $5,219.73 From Shrewsbury and Worcester Rick Perry: $0 $75 refunded to Shrewsbury Charles “Buddy” Roemer: $155 From Worcester Barack Obama: $28,651 From Auburn, Holden, Leicester, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Worcester Scott Brown: $105,527* From Holden, Leicester, Paxton, West Boylston, Shrewsbury, Worcester Elizabeth Warren: $12,032** From Holden, Shrewsbury, Worcester *From January 2011 to December 2011 **From October 2011 to December 2011

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THE DOCTOR IS OUT: After a little over a year in office Worcester’s Public Health Commissioner Dale Magee has submitted his resignation effective at the end of the month. “I had a very good year,” says Magee, who adds that he had to make a choice between continuing his work with the city full-time or giving up his Shrewsbury practice. Between 2011 and 2012 Magee says he and his office worked on data gathering and reporting efficiency between government and hospitals, especially regarding causes of death and death records. His office also supported the WooFood movement which paired with local restaurants to put smaller portions and healthier meals on their menus, and took on childhood obesity, asthma, tobacco use and substance abuse. “The gist of it is we were moving the scope of public health into chronic disease, shifting the focus,” he says about his tenure. … Magee did have other designs planned for the future of the Health and Human Services office, but he declined to elaborate, simply saying they “were not the status quo.”

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CROWDED FIELDS: Sure it’s still a young political season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue looking at the names of folks pulling papers to run for local office this fall. In the state delegation, Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) remains the only incumbent to draw a potential challenger so far (Auburn Selectman Steve Simonian) but the race for the vacant D-15 state representative seat continues to grow with local civil rights crusader Gordon Davis signing out signature papers from the City Clerk’s office. (Davis did not return a phone call before press time.) The race for the 2nd Congressional district, which will encompass Worcester when the new districts kick in, has also drawn significant interest. Along with incumbent Democrat Jim McGovern two Republicans, one Democrat and a familiar unenrolled candidate have all taken out forms with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Southborough lawyer and Northborough resident Richard Eustis is giving a run “serious consideration.” Patrick Barron is looking at his second unenrolled bid for the seat after running against McGovern and Republican Marty Lamb in 2010. William Feegbeh, a Liberian immigrant who’s previously run for municipal office in Boston and for state senate against Steven Tolman in 2010, has taken out papers for the Democratic nomination. THE MARRIAGE REFS: After years of public and private infighting about the ability of City Hall clerks to perform marriages during the work day and pocket the fees for themselves (yes, the state ruled this is a legal practice) the city council voted last night to offer a $10,000 raise to Clerk David Rushford and a $3,500 raise to Assistant Clerk Susan Ledoux in exchange that all future marriage fees go directly into the city coffers. The manner in which the vote came up particularly irked Konnie Lukes who walked out scolding her co-councilors as they moved to vote without any discussion on the matter. “This vote is shameful. You ought to take this vote back. You cut off debate on the council and you didn’t give any notice last time,” referring to the matter coming up under suspension two weeks ago as she temporarily left the chamber. Municipal Operations subcommittee chairman and at-large city councilor Mike Germain said no further discussion was needed. “It’s been vetted out over years, numerous reports dating back to 2006,” he said after the meeting. “Some people won’t be satisfied until there’s a public flogging.” After the vote passed Phil Palmieri wondered if there were benchmarks set so the clerks wouldn’t siphon off marriages that would’ve been performed at City Hall and do them on their own time, an idea that met rebuttal from Mayor Joe Petty, who called Rushford “a professional” and Rick Rushton, who said that would be grounds for termination if that happened. After the meeting Palmieri said that the clerk’s office had stopped issuing passports because of time constraints, something they could now extend to marriages. “It’s not hostile, you put a benchmark in. Why is that a problem?” Rushford commented the following morning, saying “I look forward to the Municipal Operations committee establishing a fee for civil marriages so this venture will be successful like every other venture we’ve implemented here at the clerks office.” In any case, Palmieri and Lukes asked for reports regarding the clerk’s office and marriages, so this issue won’t go away as quietly as some hoped. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WORCESTER: Leap Day birthdays are rare enough in the general population, but they’re even rarer for municipalities. Worcester began its 128th year as a city on February 29, something the mayor’s office celebrated with cake and an open house Wednesday afternoon.

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If it came down to voting for either Tim Murray or Jesus Christ for Governor, I’d vote for Tim Murray,” Binienda says..... Wow! I bet Jesus Christ is not too happy with John Binienda today.

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Can Worcester still attract middle and upper income families? Gary Rosen

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orcester is #1. According to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, we have more registered Level 2 and 3 sex offenders (566) living here than in Boston (554) or Springfield (522). And it appears that we have plenty of crime too. The early afternoon murder in front of city hall, the brawl at the Greendale YMCA between the Kilby Street and Providence Street posses, and the sexual assault of a Clark University coed are indicative of an upswing in violent crime and gang activity. Toss in panhandlers at most major intersections and, Worcester, we have a problem. It’s no wonder that many residents, business owners and college students are starting to question whether Worcester is still an attractive, affordable and safe city. Our elected and appointed officials, always looking through rose-colored glasses, assure us that it is. For them to suggest otherwise would be an admission of their own shortcomings and failures. But it really was refreshing to hear the new District 3 councilor, George Russell, say during a recent council discussion on the state of public safety that he felt no safer now than he did in Worcester several years ago. While that unusual bit of candor seemed to be well received by the public, it sure shocked Russell’s colleagues, the city manager and police chief. Now Russell owns a real estate agency so he often is reminded by his clients of how important public safety and public education are to this community. It’s hard to sell houses to people if they are afraid to live here, or if they are reluctant to send their kids to our public schools. And that’s a problem because we need young couples to buy homes and raise their children here. Without residents with spendable income who can afford to pay the bills, we will be unable to retain longtime businesses and attract new ones. And the tax

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burden will continue to fall on our homeowners. Worcester is not only the heart of the Commonwealth, but it is also a city with a big heart. We have always welcomed the world’s huddled masses. Rightfully the city provides an array of services, entitlements and low-income housing opportunities to so many people in need. And with 13 percent of our housing stock categorized as affordable, we exceed the 10 percent mandated by state law. However, it’s an economic reality that our entertainment venues, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses depend on middle- and upper-income individuals and families—those who live in the city and those who come here to visit. So it’s good to see elected and appointed officials considering steps to keep the city attractive, affordable and safe. While Worcester has a competent and efficient police force, it is severely understaffed. That puts the chief, police officials and officers under additional stress. But that’s still no excuse for all the internal bickering, the instances of police misconduct, the lack of transparency and the hostile attitude toward the local media. Kudos to the city manager and council for looking to add a 15-member police recruit class. And the council and school committee are lobbying the state for funding to repair, rehabilitate and replace several of our older school buildings. When you’re competing with towns like Holden, Shrewsbury, Grafton, Northborough and Sutton for residents and students, substandard school facilities put us at a distinct disadvantage. So additional police, better schools, exciting development projects like CitySquare and CSX, and street and sidewalk improvements all contribute to keeping Worcester healthy, vibrant and appealing. Hopefully when Front Street soon is opened up to Washington Square, middle- and upper-income families won’t see that as a route to drive out of Worcester and never look back.

Submitted online by NAILED TO THE C RO SS Fascinating article. I think there’s a perception in Worcester that the city is the running gag of Massachusetts, when the reality is that we’re actually being watched with a keen interest. Of course, I’d still rather live in a city than a curiosity, but that’s just me. As for Murray, his reputation is going to be decided by two things: In the state in general, it’ll be how he follows up his PR debacle of the crash and the probe into his fundraising connection. In Worcester, it’ll be determined after someone’s had a chance to actually assess the fate of the CSX deal, which, at the moment, is finally starting to be prodded the way it should’ve been when the deal was actually made. If it turns out we were swindled, Murray will be a big reason for that. We don’t need to be the next Newark. Submitted online by TFW Worcester has no political clout because Worcester has no business clout. Businesses are packing up and leaving the city as crime and a lack of technological innovation are discouraging investors and growth. Submitted on our facebook page by A N T H ON Y D SALERNO

Food Truck Festival comes to Worcester Hopefully City Council members take note at this and get their collective heads out of the sand. Food trucks are at the forefront of the modern culinary scene and if Worcester has any chance of ever becoming a hip/modern urban area it needs to embrace them. Submitted online by J ASO N MAC IEROWSKI

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Hiring: Clean Jobs C risis has struck Massachusetts and the United States. With the national unemployment rate at 8.3%, simply keeping one’s job is a struggle, let alone finding a new one. Even worse, we have almost certainly passed the peak in oil production, and oil prices are about to increase drastically. Two major crises are at hand, namely, a rising unemployment rate, and a rapidly decreasing fossil fuels production rate. What does this mean for you and me? This means it is time for action. There is an opportunity for tens of thousands of Americans to go to work and alleviate our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels at the same time. It rests in the hands of Senator Scott

Brown. He holds the keystone vote for the renewable energy production tax credit for wind power. Persuade Senator Brown to support the tax credits for wind energy farms, and 54,000 jobs will open up for your friends and family members in the next four years. Write letters to Senator Brown, inform your peers, and spread awareness of this issue everywhere. The future for a happier, healthier America is imminent. Make it happen.

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n a time of nationwide economic restructuring, one of the most promising new industries, wind energy, is in danger. This production tax credit is set to expire at the end of the year, and the industry, largely based in Massachusetts, is already bracing for huge cuts. The wind industry has the potential to provide permanent state-side jobs that actively rebuild our energy infrastructure, promote carbon free renewable energy, and support independence from foreign energy suppliers. The wind energy production tax credit (HR3307) is crucial to the productivity of the industry. In the same way gas companies get business tax breaks to keep consumer costs down, so does wind energy. In years when the tax credit is not in effect, wind production drops 73-93%.

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WORCESTER Yes. There are certain places I used to go when I was really young, and if they make the cuts it would hurt people from here to go down to Boston and enjoy their weekend.

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ADA’S PROGRAM needed diversion GIVES YOUNG, FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS A SECOND CHANCE Barbara Taormina

Every once and awhile, someone in Worcester between the ages of 17 and 20, will wander out into the street sipping the last can in a six-pack of Keystone.

And every once and awhile, that person will be arrested and charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. A lot of times there’s something more to those arrests, maybe a little screaming, some dancing, possibly a few

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Nathan Drake moves. But most of these arrests involve high-school seniors and college students who have never been in trouble before and whose most heinous crime is being a little dumb and a little rude. District Attorney Joe Early doesn’t think these cases belong in Worcester district court – which is already stretched thin with more significant crimes and criminals. So Early launched the Adult Diversion Program to give nonviolent, first-time offenders who are younger than 22, a one-time shot to side-step the judicial system. Young adult offenders who have been arrested for disturbing the peace, keeping a disorderly house, being a minor in procession of alcohol, being a minor transporting alcohol and shoplifting can opt to have their arraignments postponed for 90 days and instead, sign on with the Adult Diversion Program. If they complete eight hours of community service, pay $100 for court costs and complete an online alcohol-education course, the charge against them will be dropped—not dismissed or continued

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without a finding; it will be completely wiped out, swept so deep under the rug no one will ever know it happened. Early says the Adult Diversion Program is a break, but a fair break, for students who risk disciplinary actions at their schools and possible loss of a scholarship or financial aid because of a criminal record. And in an ultra-tight job market, any history of an arrest, even for a minor offense, can be a deal breaker. “It’s the type of thing that can come back and hurt you,” says Early, who adds that the more than 1,050 young offenders who have been through the program don’t belong in court. The Adult Diversion Program is a wake-up call that

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holds young adults responsible for their past without compromising their future. Early says the program has a two-fold effect. “When kids come to court on these charges, the case is usually continued without a finding for six months,” he says, adding if nothing else comes up, the case is usually dismissed. “That wasn’t good enough for me,” says Early, explaining that, in contrast, the Adult Diversion Program has people out doing community service within days of the offense. “They make the connection, there’s accountability,” he says. “They step up.”

FIELD WORK The second part of the program’s one-two punch is the work that’s

accomplished. The eight hours of community service that each participant puts in have gone toward clearing, grading and reseeding school athletic fields and sprucing up school yards with walkways, paths and benches – just to name a few of the community projects, which they’ve assisted. At Doherty High School, Adult Diversion Program crews dug rocks and weeds out of the football field, spread loam and graded and seeded the field. They also removed sod from the softball field and spread 16 tons of fieldstone on to the softball field. At the South High School football field, those in the program pulled out shrubs and brush on the adjacent hill and filled low lying areas with 16 tons of gravel, and then covered that with 16 tons of loam. They also dug stones out of the football field and the supplemental playing fields. The fields at Clark Street, Forest Grove and Elm Park community schools also received major makeover courtesy of the Adult Diversion Program. “The reason we got motivated with the fields is because kids who were playing on them were actually getting hurt,” says Supervisor David Whitney who oversees the program’s crew work. “Joe Early said, ‘this is crazy’ and he found a way to get the money to refurbish the fields. Then it snowballed.” Whitney says the DA’s office then contacted the Worcester Tree Initiative, a nonprofit organization launched by Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray to try and offset the damage caused by the Asian Longhorned Beetle. “They planted all these things for classrooms,” says Whitney. “Then the Parks Department stepped right up to the plate. The interdepartmental cooperation was incredible. The DA’s office is really able to bring this all together.” Well, kind of. The 1,000 plus young offenders in the Adult Diversion Program did a lot of the bringing and taking. “They dug out tons and tons of loam,” says Whitney. “The kids work hard.” Early also acknowledged that the Adult Diversion Program isn’t a free pass. “Those eight hours are hard hours,” he says. “But it allows these kids to give something back to the community.” And the community seems genuinely grateful. “The custodial crews are happy with us,” says Whitney. “We do the things they can’t get to.” And school administrators also appreciate the work the diversion program does on school grounds. “They did an awesome job here,” says South High principal Maureen Binienda. “They made a big difference in our football field. We never would have been able to do it.” Binienda likes the underlying concept of the program, and she thinks young adults who participate in it not


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BAD MONEY MADE GOOD Whitney explains that one of the paramount aspects of the Adult Diversion Program is that it doesn’t spend taxpayer dollars. Money used to run the program is generated by fees and money seized during arrests. With so many positive stories and accomplishments piling up over the past three years, there has been some thought of expanding the program to other cities in Worcester County. Fitchburg, with its large student population, seems

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like a potential candidate. “Joe has his ďŹ nger on the pulse of all of this,â€? says Whitney. “He would like to expand the Diversion program, but the ability to run it depends on how much money you can conďŹ scate.â€? Funding a program with seized drug and crime money can be complicated. Criminals aren’t necessarily consistent, and that, in turn, makes planning tough. “It’s a question of resources,â€? says Early who added that staff salaries are covered by the budget for the DA’s ofďŹ ce. “There was some initial resistance to the program because people were worried about whether there would be enough money to maintain it.â€? Even Whitney has been running into a problem he didn’t think he’d ever have to deal with. The Adult Diversion Program labor pool is drying up. Worcester’s 17 to 21 year old set hasn’t been committing many nonviolent minor offenses lately. Shoplifting is down and nobody seems to be getting drunk and insulting the Worcester police as of late. “The program is in its infancy, and it’s hard to grow it and get projects done when you don’t know who you have to work with,â€? says Whitney.

ON THE RECORD “I get the daily arrest reports from the Worcester Police and look to see if there’s anyone who ďŹ ts the program,â€? says Tom Engdahl, who coordinates the Adult Diversion Program through the Worcester DA’s ofďŹ ce. Engdahl doesn’t take anyone who has been arrested for drunken driving, and young adults changed with a crime that may require restitution are also ineligible. “Diversion was huge for a while, but we seem to have hit a lull,â€? he says. But both Engdalh and Whitney seem conďŹ dent that Diversions will pick up as soon as the weather shifts. Spring and fall are really their best seasons. “It’s a model program,â€? says Whitney who added that Worcester picked up the idea from Plymouth County’s Diversion Program. “Most of these cases are stupid ďŹ rsttime mistakes. Most of these kids are college kids who want to know if they are

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only earn redemption; they also pick up some legitimate skills and learn how to work cooperatively. “It’s a win-win program,â€? she says. Irene Logan, the principal at Vernon Hill School, also appreciates what Whitney and his workers have done at her school. “(Whitney) has been great,â€? she says. “They’ve all been great.â€? And like Binienda, Logan thinks allowing young adult offenders the chance to work off their criminal charges makes sense. “They seem very young,â€? she says. “Usually they’ve made a foolish mistake. I think it’s a nice way for them to give back.â€? Early believes the physical appearance of schools affects how young people feel about their community. When schools, ďŹ elds and parks are well kept, young people are less likely to lash out with destructive or criminal behavior. Early says that makes the improvements that the Adult Diversion Program is making to schools a deterrent to future crime. “It’s a win-win,â€? he says. Or maybe that’s a win-win-win. So far, the program has built walkways from the school to the playground and removed brush and debris from the grounds at Vernon Hill. The Worcester

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going to have a criminal record and if it will keep them from getting a job.” And Whitney and Engdalh are there to reply: yeah, it could. “Once someone is arraigned, an offense is recorded and that’s a permanent record,” says Engdalh. The Massachusetts Judicial System has no erasers or white out. It doesn’t matter if you are found not guilty or the case is dismissed; or if you were misidentified, and falsely charged or just in the wrong

place at the wrong time. You will still have a criminal record that will show you were involved in something and potential employers, landlords, lenders, and spouses can access that information. No matter how minor the charge, it can still tip decisions against you. But the diversion program pulls people out of the system before they are arraigned so there is no criminal record. “These kids don’t belong in court,” continued on page 16

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CORI REFORM AND DIVERSION A few months from now, the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information or CORI reforms will go into effect. Employers requesting a CORI report on a job applicant will only receive information about felony convictions that occurred during the past 10 years, misdemeanor convictions that occurred within the past five years and pending cases. Cases that were dismissed, continued without a finding, and any notguilty verdicts will no longer be part of an individual’s criminal record. CORI reports will also no longer include any information about sealed records. But there are thousands of exceptions. Any law enforcement agency, school, health-care office, or senior citizen center, anyone who requests a CORI report to protect a vulnerable population, or anyone with a valid security concern can get any and all criminal information about anyone. And in addition to CORI reports, there are slews of online background check companies that will troll for information from all sorts of sources including police logs and newspapers that report arrests. There isn’t a lot of quality control with Internet background check companies. There doesn’t seem to be much fact checking or correcting bad information. They just sell whatever they collect to anyone with a credit card. And even CORI reports are loaded with mistakes. In fact CORI reports have so many mistakes that the law protects the criminal records board against any liability for incorrect information included on a CORI report that might have cost someone a job, a loan or anything. And employers who toss out a job application because of bad information on a CORI report can’t be blamed for that either. Despite some of the chronic problems with CORI, most people consider the reformed system a significant improvement over the old laws. The Worcester City Council actually took a few minutes to celebrate when the reforms were passed. But for the past three years, the Adult Diversion Program has been the best protection for first-time offenders against the inherent problems with CORI. The program was launched to spare young adult offenders from a system that treated all crimes and all offenders as equals. But if the new law offers some protection, some people who have been arrested for minor offenses might not see the Diversion Program as the best option. Students who feel they have been arrested and charged unfairly may be more inclined to fight a charge in court rather than burying it with eight hours of community service. In the past, Early has supported some parts of CORI reform. He has favored changes in the system that allow people to correct inaccurate information on CORI reports. He also has said it should be easier for people with a common name who were incorrectly saddled with someone else’s criminal record to correct the problem. Nobody argues with that. There are probably very few elected officials who have come out in favor of CORI inaccuracy. But Early has also tried to find a balance between the rights of employers and the public to be informed and to protect themselves with the rights of convicted felons who have served their time and are trying to rebuild their lives. Early has suggested that instead of limiting information in a CORI report, employers can pick up a tax break if they hire an ex-offender with a history of violence and theft. Economic incentives might convince employers to create jobs that offset the opportunities over criminal records. State Sen. Harriet Chandler who sponsored the CORI reform legislation that is part of a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system, has repeatedly made the case that allowing ex-offenders who have served their sentences the chance to rebuild their lives is one of the most practical ways to reduce crime in Worcester. “We can in fact be both tough on crime and smart on crime, and this CORI reform accomplishes that goal,” wrote Chandler in a recent editorial in the Worcester Business Journal. Chandler’s arguments for CORI reform echoes the case that Early makes for the Adult Diversion Program. A criminal-records system that defines people and limits their chance to succeed doesn’t offer residents any protection. It just makes all of Worcester more dangerous, no matter what part of the city you live in.


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says Early who adds that any criminal record can be a disadvantage in landing a competitive job. “Let’s face it, parents send their kids to school to get a degree, not a criminal record.” Engdahl says a criminal record can cause problems for students even before they graduate and begin looking for work. “Some of these people are athletes, and they could be suspended from different programs,” he says. Several local lawyers who list the “defense of college students” as one of their legal specialties also suggest that parents and students do not understand the severe repercussions that can follow an arrest for underage drinking, opencontainer violations, theft or disorderly conduct. Some of those lawyers promise they’ll work with the DA’s office to keep a criminal-record spotless by getting the offender into an alcohol education program and having them do community service. While they do not mention the Adult Diversion Program specifically, they seem to suggest that if you hire them, they can get you in. But Whitney and Engdahl are hurting for workers for the program, and they will be happy to get anyone who fits the guidelines in for free. “With Diversion, someone is really

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given a second chance,” says Engdahl. “In this economy, it’s been very helpful.” Engdahl says that parents have come rushing into his office after hearing about the Adult Diversion Program. “They are so grateful and they express repeatedly that they are so relieved that their son or daughter can participate,” he says. According to Engdahl, the kids in the program are also grateful and highly motivated. “They welcome the opportunity to have an arrest not appear as a criminal record that will last a lifetime,” he says. “There’s not a bit of coercing that is used to get anyone into the Diversion Program.” Whitney says that young adults not only appreciate the option the Diversion Program offers, they value the experience. “They get their eight hours of community service and they walk away with a sense of accomplishment,” he says. “And they get to see another side of the city.” Early says the Diversion Program also keeps the court system from being overloaded with cases involving minor crimes. And at the same time, it fulfills the law enforcement’s need to impose some type of sanction on the offender. “But even more than that, it was just the right thing to do,” he says. “And I’ve found that if you do the right thing, it comes back to you.”

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Passing on the Power Taylor Nunez

Anyone can become an artist. Though you may doubt this simple truth, Elaine Griffith will prove you wrong. Griffith, creator of the Art is 4 Every 1 artistic method, continually affirms the artist in everyone while teaching those in nursing homes, chroniccare facilities, senior centers, assisted-living communities and memory-impaired units. Showcasing these surprising artists’ work, the fruit of Griffith’s method will be revealed in the Passing the Power: A Show of Unexpected Artists exhibit taking place during the month of March at the Sprinkler Factory Art Gallery in Worcester. A graduate of the School of the Worcester Art Museum (and recipient of the Washburn Award for Excellence), Griffith created the Art is 4 Every 1 method 25 years ago when she found herself itching to get back to work with school-age children. After being asked to teach lessons to the residents at her family’s nursing homes (Holden Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center and Oakdale Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center), Griffith needed to find a process that would work for all kinds of learners. “This method is a process of breaking down the painting process into very small steps and many layers,” explains Griffith. Because the technique focuses on one step at a time, the method works well with students of all kinds. Memory-impaired students can focus on the single step at hand, easing their way into the artistic process. For those physically impaired, they can move at their own pace doing small bits at a time. “I have had people who cannot move the brush in more than a one-fourth-inch arc of motion, and we

keep moving the canvas so they can reach and complete each step.” Over the years, Griffith has trained artists to be certified instructors of the Art is 4 Every 1 method; Nancy McBride is one of them. McBride has had many occupations – school teacher, radio host,

is just one of the students whose life was enhanced from this method. The Oakham native, though always admiring nature and art, previously lacked the technical skills to paint before learning the Art is 4 Every 1 method. Today, Carpenter finds she is able to express her soul in ways that

people who never leave their room will eagerly ask, ‘When is the day to paint?’” When someone is able to create something meaningful, such as a work of art, Griffith finds that their self-esteem receives a huge boost. Even those who have become dependent on others for necessities in the STEVEN KING

Elaine Griffith teaches her Art is 4 Every1 method to local seniors

lecturer, story teller and higher-education public-affairs professional at Assumption College (to name a few). Despite a vast and exciting background in numerous careers, it is teaching and witnessing students finding their own individual paths that McBride truly enjoys. “I can give them an experience that will enrich their lives and open them up to all sorts of possibilities they never realized existed within themselves,” she shares. Ellen Carpenter, a student of Griffith’s,

words cannot through her art. “Elaine’s method is a meaningful vehicle to empower others with the ability to create and share art – certainly a life-enriching tool,” says Carpenter. Like Carpenter, Griffith also finds art to be a universal language that can be made and expressed by all people – regardless of age or disabilities. “In all of my healthcare facilities, staff have remarked at how positive an effect it has on the students. In nursing homes and chronic-care facilities,

latter part of their life can find a breath of life doing something of value. To witness the works by these incredible artists, be sure to see the Passing on the Power exhibit opening Saturday, March 3, from 2-8 p.m. at the Sprinkler Factory on Harlow Street. Open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1-4 p.m. until March 30. To look into learning the Art is 4 Every 1 method and giving your hand at art, visit artis4every1.com for weekend workshop information.

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Anything but Lonesome

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Keri Anderson put Worcester “on the map” for me. When I first heard her sing, I looked around and thought, “Did anyone just HEAR this woman?” Her deep, mesmerizing voice merges passion with conviction, almost faith. Turns out, Anderson is a woman of faith. Raised on gospel and blues, I imagine she’s not a quiet worshipper. She’s shouting and writhing and moving in rhythm and her eyes are closed as she lets the emotion surge through her. In her own words, “I feel

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connected to my God when I sing the blues and gospel music.” Blues and gospel are at the core of The Big Lonesome. You’ll also hear strong folk, jazz, soul and even western swing influences in the music. Anderson formed the band in February 2011, in collaboration with Rocky Kramm, after their previous band, Whalebone Farmhouse, dissolved. Anderson recently teamed up with fellow wailer Craig Rawding to form the soul/funk band Sugar and the Cane Breakers, a band focused on singing funky soul tunes from the Stax label of the ’60s and ’70s. Although she is now active in both bands, The Big Lonesome offers her an opportunity to charge her creativity and

write her own music, and that appeals to her. The bands’ talented mix of musicians includes Rocky Kramm, guitar and vocals; Brooks Milgate and Paul Buono, keyboards; Paul Chase, upright bass; and Jeff Armstrong and Pete Premo on drums and percussion. Anderson affectionately refers to longtime collaborator Kramm as her “musical mentor” and “guitar genius,” a significant force behind the rising success of this band. His original guitar riffs perfectly complement Anderson’s vocal whips and curves. On their first CD, “Live at Nick’s,” the The Big Lonesome perform a wonderful mix of originals along with their own spin on some covers (“Devil Got My Woman,” “Black Rat Swing”). Kramm, Chase, Buono and Armstrong, along with Craig Rawding on harmonica, accompany Anderson on the CD, finely complementing her voice. Although most of the original songs featured on the CD are tinged with sadness, the range and diversity of Anderson’s stories are impressive. What started out as a “raunchy blues

song” about Anderson’s drag-queen roommate, “Josephine” turned into a folk country song, compliments of Kramm. “Rocky likes to change stuff, and I let him on this one. I ended up changing the lyrics for it, but it still means the same to me. I laugh because a lot of people think I am singing from a man’s point of view about a woman, but I am really singing from a woman’s point of view about a drag queen,” explains Anderson. “Nothing Moves” is a melancholy song where you can actually hear Anderson’s sadness, heightened by the haunting guitar melody. This song has special meaning for Anderson, leading her to “break the cycle of a bad relationship and get strong again.” “Hemingway” is another beautiful ballad, jazz-influenced and a favorite of Anderson’s because collaborating with Kramm on this tune was “magic,” says Anderson. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this talented band with Keri Anderson at The Big Lonesome CD Release Party at Nick’s on March 3. Learn more about the band when you check them out on Facebook.

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Youth science writer Loree Griffin Burns

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Let’s give the readers a little glimpse into who you are. I came to Worcester 25 years ago to attend WPI. After graduation, I entered a graduate program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where I studied biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics and eventually earned a Ph.D. My original plan was to stay in the academic world, researching fascinating topics, running ELLEN HARASIMOWICZ my own lab, and training the world’s future scientists. Along the way, though, I married and started a family. I took some time off when the babies were born, and it was then that I began to consider a career that drew on my passion for science and the natural world, but that better fit my new family life. Writing is something I’d been doing since middle school as a hobby, but never with any idea of making a living at it. During these years when I’d left bench work to raise kids, I decided to give it a go. These days I’m a wife, mother to three school-aged kids, and a writer. It’s a great combination. Busy, but great.

How long have you been writing? And have you always wanted to be a writer? I was a voracious

reader as a kid, and I began writing my own stories in middle school. These were mostly Nancy Drew knock-offs starring a kid named Julie Sword (who, for the record, looked and acted a lot like me). In college and graduate school I kept writing, mostly (mediocre) short stories and (really terrible) poetry. For some reason, though, I never considered writing something I could do professionally. Even when I was very young; I still don’t know why that is, but I suspect it had something to do with having never met a writer in person. In 2004, I came across an article in the Worcester Telegram about a strange oceanographic prediction: scientists expected that toys from a 1991 shipping accident in the Pacific Ocean would begin to wash ashore here in New England that summer. I found this astonishing. (Plastic toys can float in the ocean for 14 years? What route did they take from the Pacific to the Atlantic? How did scientists know they would arrive this summer?

Was someone tracking them? Who? And, for the love of Pete, why?) It was while looking for answers to these questions that the idea for my first book, Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) was born. In hindsight, writing about science and nature for young readers is the perfect career for me. It draws on my passions in ways that keep me engaged and satisfied. It’s shocking to me now that it took me so long to think of it.

Where can we find your books? They are available through all major online and brick and mortar bookstores. Locally, Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough keeps them in stock. (Thank you, Tatnuck!)

Can you tell us a little about what you’re working on next? Ellen [Harasimowicz, a collaborating photographer] and I just returned from Costa Rica, where we collected images and information for a book about butterfly farming. The farm we visited there raises thousands and thousands of caterpillars each month. When the caterpillars pupate, they are carefully packaged and shipped to live butterfly exhibits all over the world. It’s a fascinating story, and one we’re excited to share in book form. We are also working on a new title in the Scientists in the Field series, for which I’ve written twice already. “Beetle Busters” is due out in 2014 and is about Asian longhorned beetles and the men and women studying it here in Worcester county.

For those aspiring authors out there, what has been the best advice or words of encouragement you’ve received? The children’s publishing world is filled with exceedingly generous authors, illustrators and editors, and I’ve been blessed with an abundance of good advice over these past seven years. The bit that I pass along the most, though, is simple: READ. Read the sorts of books you want to write. Read them for pleasure. Study them for insight. Share them with friends in order to see how they respond to them. Identify what works and what doesn’t. Wonder about the author’s choices. Read broadly and deeply and constantly. There is an education to be had by reading other people’s writing. And it’s free! Learn more about the author at loreeburns. com or find her on Facebook.

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Sex Marks The Spot Project X Grade: C – David Wildman

Wow. Okay. So I just finished watching “Project X,” which is like a high school version of “The Hangover” without any of the mystery, and I kind of feel the way Rick Santorum did after viewing JFK’s speech about the Catholic Church – I want to throw up a little. But for vastly different reasons. “Project X” borrows from the “Blair Witch” pseudo-genre of amateur fake documentary. It takes a by now well-worn plot that is so simple and hackneyed it bends the brain: our protagonist is having a birthday party at his house while his parents are away and his friend, a motormouth “GirlsGone-Wild” wannabe impresario plans the biggest party the school has ever seen to insure that they all get laid. And then things get completely out of control. So it’s basically a handheld camera horny teenager flick. “Superbad” without need of style or acting chops. You’ve of course seen jillions of variations on this same “plot.” There’s Costa (Oliver Cooper) the fast-talking self-aggrandizing friend able to appear the angel to parents who sets everyone on the road to ruin, Thomas (Thomas Mann) the reticent protagonist who comes of age and discovers his confidence, and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) the bizarre near-social retard that turns into a sex machine. There is no motivation for anything that happens with these kids other than attaining “pussy” and letting loose the galloping id. Everyone’s an unabashed stereotype, the guys are there to try to get laid; the girls are there to take off their tops, dive into the pool, do body shots and act slutty and unhinged. In five years time they’ll all be married and raising raucous children, and the husbands will go off and have their own “Hangover”-type adventures, but for now nothing that happens has any consequences. Everyone in this rich California suburb speaks ghetto dialog like its Compton WORCESTERMAG.COM

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circa 1987 as a matter of course, and the music of choice is aggressive sexually explicit rap. The whole thing is like watching a You Tube video. Okay, so this is what all the kids are into these days. Fair enough. I suppose it’s preferable to the teen comedy “Juno,” the way every teenager spoke in clever aphorisms a la Hawkeye from “MASH,” like they were expecting a laugh track. But this film is my becareful-what-youwish-for scenario. All dialog is functional, and the only thing anyone talks about is getting laid, or beer or drugs, which comes off as perhaps more realistic, but hideously artless. Where a film like “Superbad” proved complex and emotionally engaging amid all the hilarity, the film’s formula is simply turn up the volume. Pure bombast cures all. Subtlety is for wimps. Don’t challenge peer pressure – embrace it. If everyone thinks you are cool, and the camera sees you as cool, then you are cool. These are the values that matter. The party these guys create eventually, of course, gets way out of hand. Meanwhile, the whole thing is captured by our supposed documentary maker. There are times when you have to cry foul. The cops arrive and our party animals are able to get all the beers off the front lawn and everyone quietly into the backyard, as the camera peeks through trees. Or when the TV news arrives before the police reinforcements, all so that we can view what happens from the helicopter footage, and so on. When it’s over you won’t know anything more about these characters that you did at the beginning, which makes it a fail as a film, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy level and crazy momentum of the whole thing, which is all that first-time director Nima Nourizadeh and company are going for in the first place, so I suppose on their own terms they’ve succeeded, although that’s not saying much.


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In my two years living in Worcester, I’ve had good intentions of dining at Flying Rhino, especially after seeing its food booth at the stART on the Street Festivals and driving past patio diners sunning and sipping Hefeweizen in the summer. Now that Flying Rhino is one of a few Worcester restaurants participating and certified in the WooFood revolution, it was time to get on the Flying Rhino bandwagon, or carpet, so to speak. On a recent Tuesday night, feeling particularly lackadaisical about the prospect of preparing dinner, I asked Patrick to meet the kids and me after work. Sitting at the “beautifully painted table” (an observation from my five-year-

old), the food menu had me vacillating between many dishes, including the chicken lettuce wraps, Waldorf duck, and ancient grain salad with chicken (from topping choices of chicken, falafel, sausage, Portobello mushroom, lobster salad, shrimp, or scallops) to name a few. We narrowed appetizers to small orders of fried pickles ($5), spinach and artichoke dip ($7), and Buffalo chicken wontons ($7). As she placed our alarmingly large apps, our server said, “Believe it or not, these are the small orders.” Expecting pickle spears, I was surprised by the mountain of pickle chips; lightly cornmeal dusted and fried. The kids and I loved the crisp, unique finger food and homemade dip. The freshly baked wheat Naan triangles accompanying the spinach and artichoke dip are warm, soft, chewy, and simple comfort food. The dip is good, however, disappointingly, served cold. Paired with his pint of seasonal beer, the Buffalo chicken wontons induced a beerappetizer nirvana for Patrick. The small order of five large, lightly fried, crispy wontons is stuffed with diced chicken breast, melted cheese, and spicy sauce; he had four of the five. After struggling with indecision over

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which entrée to choose, I saw two words—buttery croissant—and the chicken gobbler sandwich ($9) piqued my interest. The mound of chicken salad with crunchy Granny Smith apples, celery slices, dried cranberries, and an ideal proportion of curry-to-mayo dressing all placed in said croissant is sublime. The cup of black beans as a side, versus fries or broccoli slaw, is warm, faintly spicy and so delicious; I nearly reached the bottom of the bowl. The buttery croissant bested my intentions of a meal based on the WooFood’s premise: healthier versions of most popular dishes. Those with stronger willpower can find WooFood movement dishes clearly labeled on the menu with the green leaf logo, including various salads, a falafel wrap, chicken lettuce wraps, sashimi tuna, Voodoo swordfish, and Asian stir fry. As for Patrick, who equally grappled with indecision, “bacon” and “blue cheese butter” sold him on the applewoodsmoked bacon-wrapped filet ($28) that

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EVO Diningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new 2012 menu, created in celebration of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-year anniversary, is out! EVO (â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Dining Evolvedâ&#x20AC;?) Dining is a family owned and operated restaurant known for its healthy dishes. Its new menu will feature the return of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phat Burger,â&#x20AC;? reportedly Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Original Stuffed Burger, among new additions such as Chicken Fig Marsala, Lobster Mac-and-Cheese, and EVO Hanger Steak. Stop at 243 Chandler St., Worcester, to enjoy some of their new specialties. 508-459-4240. Price range: $5-$30. Go to JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill on Thursday nights for the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new special. Starting at 4 p.m., JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers prime rib for only $8.99, including your choice of salad and the vegetable of the day. But be sure to get there early, because supplies run out fast! Other specials include Wednesday $6.99 lunch specials: meatball sub, roast-beef melt and crispy chicken wrap. Located on the 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420.

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Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre

Fiddlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Green Irish Pub 19 Temple Street â&#x20AC;˘ Worcester â&#x20AC;˘ 508-792-3700 â&#x20AC;˘ www.ďŹ ddlersgreen.com

New Pub Manager, New Chef, and a Whole New Menu ... and Great Prices! Come in and check us out! Now serving lunch Thursday, Friday and Saturday

EN ENTERTAINMENT IN THE HALL:    FRIDAY Lt. Governor Tim Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party  6 to 8 P.M.

  IN THE PUB: FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Jug Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Punch Band        Karaoke with Outrageous Greg Blue Grass Jam Session   4 to 8 P.M.

DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T FORGET Saturday, March 3rd â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Annual AOH / LAOH Irish Festival at St. Georges Church, 30 Anna St., Worcester  Noon to 11 P.M. Irish music, dance, food, drink & fun!!  Join Us!!

COMING SOON! March 9th: The Merry Ploughboys March 23rd: Belsher & Wood (Tickets: 508-799-7775)

Hall available for Private Functions & Weddings 508-795-0400 WORCESTERMAG.COM

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>Thursday 1

The Uptown Attaboys 8-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. Call 508-926-8877. War of the Worlds photography exhibit by Kelly Burgess opens today and runs through Saturday, March 31. Meet the artist on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 p.m. Free at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232.

89 Green St. 508-363-1888, facebook.com/ AuntieTrainwreck. Manitoba (prev The Silence), Sawmill, Cedros, and Callback Holly! are at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 148 Grove St. 508-7539543.

>Friday 2

Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro with Cosmic Slim and Intergalactic Cowboys bring folk & alternative grooves with super harmonies to Sahara Cafe & Restaurant. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

Take a break with your girlfriends and give the Potter’s Wheel a spin together at Pottery Plus: Girls Night Out! In a fun, relaxed atmosphere, you’ll learn to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots such as bowls and mugs. You’ll practice on the wheel, under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate and fire your successful “first works.” Your evening at the Craft Center will end with a cup of coffee and sweets, before you brush off the mud and head out on the town. $45, plus $10 materials fee; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-7538183, worcestercraftcenter.org.

>Saturday 3

Nasty Promotions Presents Pop Core Mix Up, a mix of pop, punk and hardcore featuring Morning Comes Early, Get a Grip, Arrows Over Athens and more. $10, all ages; 6p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900.

During the Lucky Dog Music Hall’s 13th anniversary weekend you won’t want to miss Auntie Trainwreck, Mongrel, The Shop and more! $7; 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, Whiskerite is Worcester’s premier beard-growing challenge and celebration! A bunch of Beardos have been growing since the middle of December and Sturday, March 3 is judgment day. Judging will take place in the following categories: fullness, length, texture; creativity, originality, and impressiveness (creativity not limited to your facial topiary); Road Kill Grill— judged on patchiness, inconsistency, and color; the ZZ Tops—this is the best-of-show judged on hirsute handsomeness. Fans of the Beardos can vote for their favorite with dollars; the Beardo with the most dollars wins! Plus the Shaving Auction: auction off the rights to your beard. High bidder buys the right to shave your beard in the pattern of his or her choosing. You must keep said pattern for the rest of the night! There will be no cover to get in the door but people are encouraged to bring some extra cash for the fundraising events. All funds raised will benefit the Worcester County Food Bank. Hotel Vernon, Worcester 1 Millbury St., Worcester, 508-363-3507. Find out more about Whiskerite when you search for them on facebook.

Worcester Mag has teamed up with Perfect Game, Bud Light and Hurt Reynolds Clothing Co. to bring our wing loving readers the First Ever Worcester Mag Wing Eating Competition on Thursday, March 8 at Perfect Game, 64 Water Street from 6-9p.m. Come watch some of Worcester’s gastronomical wonders compete for the title of WoMag’s Wing Man – or sign up yourself for a $15 fee. Learn more when you search for the event on facebook or check out our website at worcestermag.com.

The Annual St. Patrick’s Irish Festival will feature music and dancing, corned beef from Buggy Whip, imported Irish and American goods, beer and wine, face painting, hot dogs, soda, games, 50/50 raffle, bottle raffle and more! Continuous Irish music all day long, plus DJ Brendan Doherty, Colonial Pipe band and McInerney Dancers. $5, free for children younger than 13 with an adult; noon-11 p.m. Brennan Brothers Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna Street, Worcester. Worcester Rotary Club celebrates its 100 year anniversary of serving the local and global community with a special celebration featuring the great Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan. Come kick off St. Patrick’s Day with a voice that will amaze you. Known for singing before Yankees games and Ronald Reagan’s funeral, this incredible event is

not to be missed $39 and $49; 7-10 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888, mechanicshall.org. During the Julien Hudson Closing Party: La Fete Nouvelle Orleans come be transported back in time to the festive and mysterious atmosphere of 19th-century New Orleans. Stroll down WAM’s Bourbon Street with live Cajun and Zydeco music by The Boogaloo Swamis, tarot and psychic-card readings, and regional delicacies with a cash bar featuring New Orleans-inspired libations. Enjoy your last chance to view the ground-breaking exhibition, In Search of Julien Hudson, with docent-led tours throughout the evening. Creative attire encouraged. $45, $30 for members; 8-11 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. The Massachusetts Camellia Society, one of the oldest societies in the USA, will present its 183rd Annual Camellia Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden today and Sunday. See hundreds of gorgeous flowers at the peak of its display and on the Camellia trees themselves as part of Tower Hill’s own collection in the Limonaia, and also in bowls of floating blossoms from private collections. $12 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Children younger than 6 are free; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111, towerhillbg.org.

>Sunday 4

The Fiddlers’ Green Blue Grass Jam Session is an all-acoustic jam featuring the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, upright bass, and vocals. No cover (Worcester students earn WOO Points); 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700, grassjam.org.

>Tuesday 6

ILLUSTRATION BY DEREK RING

Worcester Local First Networking Event with special guest City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, speaking about the city’s Triennial Revaluation. To RSVP, contact Worcester Local First at 774-314-9495 or email worcesterlocalfirst@yahoo.com. Worcester Local First is a nonprofit network of local, independent businesses; its mission is to strengthen our local economy and enhance the vibrancy of our community by connecting consumers

and local independent businesses. Free; 5:30-7:30 p.m. O’Connors Restaurant & Bar, 1160 West Boylston St.

>Wednesday 7

From damsels in distress to mighty dragons, join Higgins Armory Museum for tales of adventure, ranging from well-known fairy tales to modern picture books in the setting of the armory’s medieval Great Hall during the CastleKids StoryHour. Includes museum admission, program with craft related to the story, and a snack. $12 Adult w/one Child ($8 for museum members); 1-2 p.m. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave. 508-8536015. Professionals of Color is a free networking event for business professionals, entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and students of color. Promote your business; promote yourself. Free; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-963-0775. Women in Print with Three Authors marks the 9th annual program of the Worcester Women’s History Project, where authors will speak about their works followed by a questions-and-answers session. Three local authors are on this year’s panel: Thea Aschkenase, Holocaust survivor speaking about her memoirs; Kristen P. Williams, political science professor at Clark University; and Kristin B. Waters, philosophy professor at Worcester State University and resident scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. Free; 5:307:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square. 508-767-1852, wwhp.org. ARIBAND perform at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant. Free; 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

>Thursday 8 WCUW observes International Women’s Day 2012 with a dedicated live broadcast on WCUW 91.3 FM. Live radio programs and in-studio performances, from 6 a.m. until midnight. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012 or find them on Facebook. When you attend Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Café Concert, your ticket will include a delicious prix fixe dinner, or you can choose the concert-ticket-only option. Following your meal, join WCMS for a concert in their enclosed, heated courtyard. Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m.; concert, 8-9 p.m., features Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner, violin; Peter Sulski, viola and Ariana Falk on cello performing music of Mozart, Haydn and Martinu. $40 for dinner and concert (price does not include meal tax), $15 for concert only, free valet parking; 6:30-9 p.m. The People’s Kitchen, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9090. MARCH 1, 2012 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. BILL McCARTHY - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! MySpace.com/BadClownProductions Free. 7-10 p.m. Route 56 Roadside Bar & Grill, 24 Leicester St., North Oxford. 508-987-8669. Open Mic Night with Ed Sheridan. 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. David Massengill Concert. $15. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388. Irish Music Session. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! No Charge. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or westboroughsession.com. Bruce Jacques. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978464-2300 or wachusett.com. KARAOKE with Mike Rossi. Free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Nordwest German Staatskapelle, Eugene Tzigane, Conductor, with Amit Peled, Cello. Pre-concert Talk at 7PM. $46, $43, students $20 advance/$15 at door. 8-10:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, The Great Hall, 321 Main St. 508754-3231 or musicworcester.org. The Uptown Attaboys. 8-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Dana Lewis Live!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s. NO COVER. Come on out! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The, 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508-839-5931 or myspace.com/ danalewismusic. FLOCK OF A-HOLES, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with guests WHY WOLVES and EAST IS EAST. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or flockofassholes.com. All Request Thirsty Thursday With CJ/DJ. No cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, The Downstairs, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-868-7382 or soundzlikefun.com. Cara Brindisi. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Metal Thursday! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Jay Graham Live!. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. SEAN FULLERTON: Acoustic Blues, Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar & Harmonica! Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun! 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508459-9035 or seanfullertonmusic.net.

4600. Auntie Trainwreck. Auntie Trainwreck rocks the Lucky Dog on their 13th Anniversary weekend! 21+ $7. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or https:// facebook.com/ events/303930119667537. New Orleans Music Night with Henri Smith & the Workingman’s Band. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. The Dublin City Ramblers. $32 advance; $36 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com. Trebek. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Live Music in the Pub - Jug ‘O Punch. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-7923700 or myspace.com/thejugopunch. DJ. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester classic. Full bar reasonably priced. Ice cold beer. Friendly service. Keno.Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJ HappyDaze Spinnin All the Hottest Dance Mixes. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, Upstairs, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. FRIDAY FRENZY with Blurry Nights & DJ SOUP - DJ B-LO. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. 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. Manitoba (prev The Silence), Sawmill, Cedros, and Callback Holly!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Mindrift. No cover charge! facebook.com. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Groove Devils. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883. BILL McCARTHY. Free. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Cigarmasters of Worcester, 1 Exchange St. Karaoke @ Scoreboards Sports Bar!. NO COVER. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Scoreboards Sports Bar, 137 Lancaster St., Leominster. 978-534-1313 or facebook.com. Karaoke with Making Memories. No Cover. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, Main Level, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro with Cosmic Slim and Intergalactic Cowboys. folk & alternative grooves with super harmonies 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. The Flock. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900.

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Pop Core Mix Up. Nasty Promotions Presents: POP CORE MIX UP.. a mix of pop, punk & hardcore! Featuring.. Morning Comes Early, Get a Grip, Arrows Over Athens & MORE!! $10 - All Ages. 6-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Hip Swayers Duo. 1-2 p.m. Acoustic Java, 932 A Main St. 508-756-9446. Dana Lewis LIVE! NO COVER. Check it out! Free!. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208 or myspace.com/danalewismusic. Metal Fest Series Round 1 @ The Palladium (upstairs). Junt / Mercy Told Sepsiss / Stay True / Lore For The Sake Of Us All Tickets $10. 6-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Boulder Cafe, 880 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0008. John DeSorbo. Free. 7-9 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658. Bret Talbert: Live & Acoustified! No cover. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-

Suzanne Cabot Trio. Suzanne Cabot- jazz vocals Pamela Hines- piano Dave Landoni- bass 7:30-10 a.m. FISH, 29 South Bolton St., Marlborough. 978-460-3474. Brian & AJ. No cover. 3-5 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Worcester Chamber Music Society: Bernard Hoffer’s Ma Goose. $19 adults / $15 seniors / children Free. 3-5 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. 413-477-6746 or centerateaglehill.org. MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE @ The Palladium. Tickets $25 adv., $30 door. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines. $10 / $12 at the door; available also via BrownPaperTickets.com. 7:30-10 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-753-1012 or wcuw.org. BILL McCARTHY - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic & Not-So-Acoustic Rock! Free. 8-11 p.m. The Mill at 185 West Boylston Street, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston.

Katrin. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. Sean Ryan. No Cover!. 8-11 p.m. Stake’s Sports Pub, 1281 Pleasant St. 508-755-2925. Toni Lynn Washington with the Workingman’s Band. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, Village Forge Tavern, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Sonic Titan, We Were Astronauts, The Flu, The Electronicals. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com. Auntie Trainwreck. No cover, 21+ 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838 or facebook.com. Dead Jams, The Smile Makers. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. DJ HappyDaze Playin the Hottest Dance Mixes. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Days End Tavern, UPSTAIRS, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006 or happydazedj.com. Fuel of War, Widow Sunday, Burns From Within, Give Zombies the Vote, and No Room to Breathe! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Keri Anderson & The Big Lonesome CD Release Party. The Cd was recorded live September 2011 with The Big Lonesome @ Nick’s and is now ready to heard!!. Keri will be playing unique versions of old blues and jazz tunes as well as performing originals with special guests. Be sure to call to reserve a table! 508-753-4030. No cover. Tips appreciated. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. No Alibi. No Alibi is back at JJ’s! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. SPINSUITE SATURDAYS - Top 40. DJ SOUP - DJ NICK - DJ B-LO. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. The Great Escape - “Journey Tribute”. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Probable Cause. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Jubilee Gardens. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or jubileegardens.com. Ton of Blues. No Cover. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, Main Level, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006.

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Earth and Spirit Singers (weekly rehearsal). For information and to register interest, visit: JimScottMusic.com, call: 508-755-0995, or email: Jim@JimScottMusic.com $7 per rehearsal, or $50 for the Spring session. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. 508-755-0995 or JimScottMusic.com. Fenway Jazz Jam. The host trio is led by guitarist and Boston resident David Ehle with a bassist and drummer plus special guest musicians. No Cover. 7-11 p.m. Tiki hideaway Lounge, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston St (behind Fenway Park), Boston. 617-572-3692. Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Book your half-hour set in advance at: myspace.com/openmicworld. Email Bill McCarthy to reserve space! Email Bill McC at: openmcc@verizon.net. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Lou Borelli Octet Plays First Tuesday Jazz. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508752-6213. “Totally Tuesdazed!” 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. bigjonshort.com. No cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey.com T.J. Peavey. A veteran, accomplished and eclectic singer, songwriter and guitarist. Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Terry Brennan / LIVE. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or terrybmusic.com.

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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 Millbury St. 508-615-7311. Girls Night Out.Free APPS,POOL, AND GAMECARDS!! Free. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. “A Night of Barnburning Blues” Acoustic Blues Open Mic, Every Wednesday, hosted by Sean Fullerton. If you or someone you know sings and plays the Blues, please contact Sean Fullerton at seanfullertonmusic@gmail.com for information and set times. Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun!. 7-10 p.m. South Side Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. 508-479-2309 or seanfullertonmusic.net. Open Mic Night! Sign-ups begin at 8 and acts begin at 830. We’ll keep the music going as long as there’s acts to play, so come down and check us out! 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Leitrim’s Pub, Back Bar, 265 Park Ave. 508-798-2447 or LeitrimsWorcester.com. Sean Ryan & Company. Open Jam! Free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Open MicBook your half-hour set in advance at: myspace. com/openmicworld. Email Bill McC at: openmcc@verizon.net. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. Acoustic Open Mic Nights with Chris Reddy & Scott Babineau. 8:30 p.m.-noon Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. FREE Jeff Thomas Solo Show at The Chicken Bone. Jeff Thomas is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar & drums) and a recording artist. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight The Chicken Bone, 358 Waverly St., Framingham. 508-879-1138 or facebook.com. WOO-TOWN Wednesday. Live entertainment every Wednesday night. Check luckydogmusic.com for complete lineup. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or luckydogmusic.com.

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Clark’s Cafe and Art On Rotation Gallery, Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Admission:Free for galler. 310 High St., Clinton. 978-549-5822 or 978-365-7772 or aorgallery.com. College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints 1985 -2008, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays,

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Pro/Am. Worcester Fri and Sat March 2nd & 3rd Larry Myles Graig through April 13; Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature, Pre-Civil War New Orleans, Through March 11; Wall at WAM: Murphy and Brian Jones. Great Food and Fun Make Reservations Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Charline von Heyl, Through Dec. 31; Julien Hudson Closing Party: Early at 800-401-2221. $20 per person except special events. through March 21. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. La Fete Nouvelle Orleans, Saturday; Zip Tour: Grace Hartigan & 9-10:30 p.m. Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 Joan Mitchell, Saturday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed or holycross.edu/departments/cantor/website. Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 800-401-2221 or visit dickdoherty.com. Frank’s Comedy Safari - Saturdays. Call 1-800-71-laugh for Danforth Museum of Art, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. reservations or buy tickets at the door. $20 a ticket. 8-9:30 p.m. closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, Admission:Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors,Free for Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 508-79910 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. youth 17 and under.Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 9999 or visit frankscomedysafari@yahoo.com. 508-620-0050 or danforthmuseum.org. 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or worcesterart.org. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s. DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Worcester Center for Crafts, Hours: closed Sunday, Saturdays. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! This - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 65 Water St. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, location is also 18+ Go to our website for more information. $15 508-831-1106 or dzian.net. closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or (All Woo card holders and active duty military is 2 for 1). EcoTarium, Budding Scientists: Solutions, Mixtures & worcestercraftcenter.org. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call Suspensions, Thursday; Playing Together: Games, Through Sept. 508-792-0900 or visit wisecrackscomedyclub.com. 9; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, The Midtown Men - Thursday, March 1. Midtown through Dec. 19. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed e as le Men is a special concert tour reuniting the four stars from re Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. rd co tycoon re the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Christian Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Spencer take their own unique sound and chemistry to Children under 2 & EcoTarium members Free. the road, Midtown Men celebrate the music that defined Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, the 1960s in this electrifying and heartfelt new concert. Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other $29-$49;10% Discounts available for members, groups special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929of 15 or more, corporate partners, kids, and students. 2700 or ecotarium.org. n ea c o 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Higgins Armory Museum, WOO Card good at st o h g Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31; CastleKids ) a (m great lakes thehanovertheatre.org. StoryHour, Wednesday. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pilgrim Soul Productions - Tuesdays With closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. save ends Morrie Tuesdays With Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher Admission: General Admission: $12 for Adults, $9 a pro re nat and Mitch Albom (Based on the book by Mitch for Seniors (age 60+), $7 for Children (age 4-16), Albom) Directed by Matthew J. Carr Featuring Derek Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508Broszeit and Michael Legge March 2, 3, 9, 10 @ 853-6015 or higgins.org. · s 8PM; March 11 @ 2PM Complimentary pre-show Museum of Russian Icons, Maps: Pathways ’ ma ph wine-and-cheese reception on opening night, to Russia, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, er rc l t a ces March 2. Reservations: 508-296-0797 or email Saturdays, through May 26. Hours: closed Sunday 9:0 h 9 r or 0pm to pilgrimsoulproductions@gmail.com . Tickets Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to w also available at the door. Presented by special 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. $15 Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, 21 + ($12/ticket for Groups of 10 or More). 8-10 p.m. student and children fre. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598Alternatives Whitin Mill Complex: GB and Lexi Singh 5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org. 17((' Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 $5$ *8 (56 1,&. <2862,/<285. 086,&7+$7·//0$.( Call 508-296-0797. charged by age. Children under 3 fre. 1 Old Sturbridge Open Auditions for Euripides’ The Trojan Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 Women - Wednesday, March 7. Performance itself or osv.org. re? he r ste Po e your Gig will be on May 12, 2012. Play is adapted and directed by Post Road Art Center, Call to Artists: It’s in the Bag! Would you like to se e st 2 weeks in advanc Bill Sigalis. Those cast will have the opportunity to work 2012, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Then send it - at lea rmag.com. with experienced guest performers in one of the world’s Saturdays, through March 1. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to to editor@worceste great dramas. Tryouts will consist of readings from the 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. script guided by the Director. All are encouraged to audition. 508-485-2580 or postroadartcenter.com. 8-10 p.m. Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Tonna Room, Prints and Potter Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 Worcester Historical Museum, Love & Lace: The 102 Russell St. Call 508-791-7326. a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 Valentines of Esther Howland, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 20; The Cakemaker’s Portrait, a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. or printsandpotter.com. 25 - March 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 >Mondays 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or Dirty Gerund Poetry Show! Downstairs Every 508-753-8278 or worcesterhistory.org. worcesterhistory.org. Monday Night at 8pm. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s SAORI WorcesterFreestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Worcester Public Library, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or saoriworcester. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday dirtygerund.com. com. Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or worcpublib.org. The Sprinkler Factory, Passing on the Power: A Show of WPI: George C. Gordon Library, Our Art -- Creative Art of >Sundays Unexpected Artists, Sundays, Mondays, Saturdays, March 3 the WPI Community, Through March 9. 100 Institute Road. wpi. The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry March 30; Sharing the Method - A Rewarding Art Career, Sunday. edu. series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, by a featured poet and/or a poetry slam. For more info please closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. sprinklerfactory.com. visit our website poetsasylum.org/. 7-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508through Dec. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 753-1012. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth,Free to Members & Children under . 11 French Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays. Hosted by a variety of local >Thursday 1 Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or towerhillbg.org. comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Words, Worlds and the In-Between. 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CAMPERS/TRAILERS 2008 Fleetwood Niagara Pop-up camp, exc cond, 2 kings, flush toilet, shower, 3way fridge, stove, micro. Pop out din area to bed. 508-395-1558 $12,500. Motor Home. 1997 Fourwinds 5000 Good cond, low miles, kept inside winters. Sleeps 6, AC, awning, recent brakes. Asking $13,500.00. 508-989-4558

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES SECTION 00 02 00 WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY MODERNIZATION/NEW DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for the Parking Area Repair Project – John J Curran Property until 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the office of the Worcester Housing Authority, Modernization/New Development Office, 81 Tacoma Str, Worcester, MA 01605 at which time & place all bids will be publicly opened & read aloud. The project includes the removal and replacement of portions of the existing sidewalk, repaving of a parking lot and adjusting existing catch basins at the Belmont Street Property. Estimated construction cost is $98,000. All bids must conform with provisions of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 30, Section 39M and Chapter 149, Section 44A to 44L inclusive and the Instruction to Bidders. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pickup at Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 (Telephone 508-635-3304) between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM beginning March 1, 2012. Copies of the contract documents prepared by the Lenard Engineering, Inc may be obtained on March 1, 2012, after 10 am at the above address by depositing $50 in the form of a company check, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority, for each set obtained. The amount of the deposit will be refunded to each person who returns the plans, specifications and other documents in good condition within ten (10) days after bid opening. Bidders requesting Contract documents be mailed to them shall include a separate check in the amount of $40.00 for each set payable to the Worcester Housing Authority to cover mailing and handling costs. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: F.W. Dodge, MHC/Joseph Merritt & Co., 17 Everberg Rd, Unit C, Woburn, MA 01801 (781-430-2008) Reed Construction Data, 30 Technology Pkwy South, Ste 500, Norcross, GA 30092 (203-426-0450) Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid guaranty in the form of a bid bond, issued by a responsible surety company licensed to do business in Massachusetts, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority as follows: a. By bidders for General Contract in the amount of 5% of the bid price. Attention is called to the following: D Provisions for Equal Employment Opportunity. E Provisions for payment of not less than the minimum wages set forth in the Specifications. F Provisions of Chapter 14, Acts of 1966, Imposing a Temporary Sales Tax, Section 1, Subsection 6 (d) and (k) exempting the Authority from the operation of such a chapter. G Requirement to furnish and pay for a Performance Bond and Labor and Materials Bond as set forth in the Specifications. H Insurance Certificate indicating coverage for public liability, property damage and workers compensation, in accordance with the Contract Requirements, must be filed by the successful bidder upon signing of the Contract. Each General Bid shall be accompanied by:   Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to the bid.   Form of General Bid.   General Contractor Statement.   Form HUD-5369A Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders.   Previous Participation Certification (HUD-2530).   Bid Bond A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at the Project site, John J Curran Property, 201 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604 at 11:00 AM on Wednesday March 14, 2012 at which time bidders will be invited to visit the project site(s) with the Engineer and a Worcester Housing Authority Representative. Failure to attend or visit the premises shall be no defense in failure to perform contract terms. The Worcester Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waiver any informalities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so. No bid of a General Bidder shall be withdrawn, after opening thereof, prior to thirty (30) days, Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays excluded, of the award of the general contract, without the consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. Worcester Housing Authority Arthur T. Sisko, Chairperson 03/01/2012 & 03/08/2012

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts County of Worcester The Superior Court Civil Docket # WOCV2012-00283 RE: Bauman v Winsor Management Inc et al ORDER OF NOTICE BY PUBLICATION TO: Winsor Management Inc., RESIDENCE UNKNOWN, GREETING: WHEREAS a civil action has been begun against you in our Superior Court by Susan Bauman wherein it is seeking to recover damages from an injury that was incurred on the property located at 50 Front Street Worcester, Massachusetts. We COMMAND YOU if you intend to make any defense, that on 04/23/2012 or within such further time as the law allows you do cause your written pleading to be filed in the office of the Clerk of Court at Worcester in the County of Worcester, in said Commonwealth, and further that you defend against said suit according to law if you intend any defense, and that you do and receive what the Court shall order and adjudge therein. Hereof fail not, at your peril, or otherwise said suit may be adjudged and orders entered in your absence. It appearing to this Court that no personal service of the Complaint has been made on the defendant a deputy sheriff having made a return on the summons that after diligent search he can find no one upon whom he can lawfully make service, a copy of which is hereto attached and made part of this notice, it is ORDERED that notice of this suit be given to them by publishing in Worcester Magazine, a newspaper published in said Worcester, Massachusetts, once a week for three successive weeks, the last publication to be at least 20days before said return day. Dated at Worcester this 23rd day of February, 2012 John S. McCann, Justice Dennis P. McManus, Esq., Clerk of Courts 03/01/2012, 03/08/2012 & 03/15/2012 Public Notice of Hazardous Waste Transporter License Application Pursuant to Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulation 310 CMB 30,000 March 1, 2012 Public Notice is hereby given of the application by Ranger Inc., 27 Southwick Road, Sutton, for a license to transport hazardous waste in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shall review written comments and then determine whether to grant or deny authorization for this activity pursuant to Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulation 310 CMR 30,000. When the Department either grants or denies the license, and you are aggrieved of this action, you may request an adjudicatory hearing. A request for a hearing must be made in writing and postmarked within twenty-one days of the date of the decision. Persons seeking information should contact Asha Shah at the Boston DEP office, Business Compliance Division at 617-292-5576. This application is available for review at the following two locations: 1. Sutton Board of Health, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, 01590 508-865-8724 2. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Business Compliance Division, One Winter Street, 9th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02108: Contact Steve White at 617-574-6888 to schedule an appointment to review an application. The Department shall consider all written comments regarding this application submitted to it’s Boston office (attention: Asha Shah) during the public comment period which ends forty-five (45) days after the publication date of this notice. Written comments should be sent to: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Business Compliance Division, One Winter Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 (attention: Asha Shah).

Legal Ad The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2011 at 7:50 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from Mark Chase for work to restore the wetland resource area at 252 West Main Street. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn, Chairman

MILLBURY PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on the following proposed amendments to the Millbury Zoning Bylaws: *Article 1, Section 12.41 Applicability by modifying the size and type of uses subject to Site Plan Review; *Article 4, Section 46 Accessory Dwelling Units by making it possible for the Planning Board to issue a special permit for an accessory dwelling unit on a legal, pre-existing, nonconforming lot, clarifying the purpose and intent of the Bylaw, modifying the maximize size of an accessory dwelling unit, and clarifying certain design standards; *Article 4, Special Regulations by adding Section 51. Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installation, which specifies application, design, siting maintenance, and removal requirements; Or take any action thereon. The complete text of proposed amendments is available for public viewing in the Planning Office at the Municipal Office Building during regular office hours. Anyone wishing to be heard on these articles should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 02/23/2012 & 03/01/2012


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court Docket No. WO09P0748GD CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION TO EXPAND THE POWERS OF A GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON/PROTECTED PERSON In the Interests of: Olive Walker RESPONDENT Incapacitated Person/Protected Person Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Saint Francis Home of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter requesting that the court Expand the powers of Guardian. The petition asks the court to determine that the powers of the Guardian and/or Conservator should be expanded, modified, or limited since the time of the appointment. The original petition is on file with the court. You have the right to object to this proceeding If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 03/13/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 16, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/01/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Division Docket No. 06P2824GT1 Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the Estate of Jeanette Pitchette late of Worcester in Worcester County, a person under guardianship (now deceased). You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the first thru Fifth and Final account(s) of Jewish Family Services of Worcester, Inc as Guardian (the fiduciary) of the property of said Jeanette Pitchette (now deceased) have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the twentieth day of March, 2012 the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire the object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion my order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. Witness, Denise L Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this twenty-second day of February, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/01/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO12P0424PM CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B §5-304 & §5-405 In the matter of: Michael H Morrone RESPONDENT (Person to be Protected/Minor) Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Belinda Morrone of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Michael H Morrone is in need of a Conservator or other protective order and requesting that Belinda Morrone of Worcester, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Conservator to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is disabled, that a protective order or appointment of a Conservator is necessary, and that the proposed conservator is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 03/13/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The abovenamed person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 14, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/01/2012

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO12P0423GD CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B §5-304 In the matter of: Michael H Morrone RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Belinda R Morrone of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Michael H Morrone is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Belinda R Morrone of Worcester, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 03/13/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The abovenamed person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 14, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/01/2012 Legal Ad The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from Harris Point Realty Trust for work to repair a retaining wall at 227 West Main Street. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L.Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn, Chairman

TOWN OF MILLBURY PUBLIC ASCERTAINMENT HEARING The Millbury Public Access/Cable TV Advisory Committee will conduct a public ascertainment hearing on Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 127 Elm Street, Millbury. The purpose of this hearing will be to review the performance of Charter Communications during its current license term and to hear testimony on future cable-related needs and interests of the Millbury community. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and offer testimony on cablerelated matters. For more information please call the Town Manager’s Office at 508-865-4710. 03/01/2012 & 03/08/2012

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Michelle Graveline

Michelle Graveline, of Westborough, has many jobs—she is a working mother of three children, a music professor at Assumption College for 28 years, and currently president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. What sets Graveline apart, however, is her role as the renowned director of Worcester’s Salisbury Singers. Salisbury Singers, Inc. consists of a mixed chorus of more than 80 singers from around Worcester. Graveline took a few minutes out of her schedule to give us more insight into the organization and her life. What is the history of the Salisbury Singers? The Salisbury Singers were started 38 years ago by Malama Robbins Collinsworth, who was a voice and choral teacher at Anna Maria College.

You have been with the Salisbury Singers for 13 seasons. How did you originally get involved with the group? The previous director of the group had resigned in late spring because she was moving out of the area, and several of the singers who were familiar with my work proposed me as an interim conductor, since there wasn’t time to do a full search. After being with them for a few months, I was asked to become music director on a permanent basis.

What activities do you do on the side? Musically, I also perform as a harpsichordist and organist. Nonmusically, I also enjoy reading, gardening, antiquing, and getting together with friends.

What aspirations do you have as the director of the Salisbury Singers regarding their involvement in Worcester’s community? We have a commitment to participating in the community, and each year we look for ways we can contribute. This year, we participated in Voices of Hope: Mass. Remembers, the 9/11 commemoration at Institute Park. We have also performed holiday concerts at the Worcester Art Museum, sung the national anthem at Tornadoes and Sharks games, and one year at the State Democratic Convention when it was held in Worcester. We’ve also performed at First Night, and with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the Thayer Orchestra. We enjoy collaborating with other local music ensembles.

How close are the members of the Salisbury Singers? How often is rehearsal? The singers come from all over Worcester County, from places like Worcester proper, Webster,

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What is your favorite song that you have directed in singing? It’s pretty difficult to pick just one, but some memorable concerts were Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Requiem.

You are also a music professor at Assumption College. Do you use your experiences with the Salisbury Singers to teach your students? I have sometimes included my students in a Salisbury Singers’ concert so they get the experience of singing with more adult

singers. I find that I learn from both groups and will sometimes find that a technique that works with one will work with the other, especially with regard to singing and vocal technique.

How do the Salisbury Singers choose their members? We hold auditions at the beginning of each concert season. Prospective singers usually contact me and I listen to them sing, as well as invite them to visit a rehearsal to see if it is something they would enjoy.

What are your hopes for the future of this group? We hope to continue to bring great music and great performances of live music to the Central Massachusetts area. Learn more about the Salisbury Singers at salisburysingers.org.

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WE’VE INCREASED OUR INTERNET SPEEDS AGAIN. CHAR RTE E R INT TE RNE ET ® EXPR RESS

NOW WIT TH SPEE EDS UP TO

15 MBPS FOR R /M MO FO R 12 M OS S. WH E N B U N D LED**

We just made Charter Internet Express faster again. Now with download speeds up to 15 Mbps, you can download 50 photos in under a minute and 8 of your favorite songs in 20 seconds. No wonder PC Magazine ranked us the #1 Internet Service Provider in the Nation.

Call 1-888-GET-CHARTER or visit charter.com/power. ©2012 Charter Communications. Limited-time offer, valid to qualified residential customers only who have not subscribed to applicable service within the previous 30 days & have no outstanding obligation to Charter. *Purchase of additional services required; price rolls to $29.99/mo in months 13-24; standard rates apply after 24 months. Available Internet speeds may vary by address; small percent of customers will receive lower than advertised speeds. Taxes, fees, surcharges, equipment, install extra. Service is subject to all applicable service terms & conditions, which are subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. PC Magazine Report 9/11.

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MARCH 1, 2012


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