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bout a year ago, as we had just begun working with one another, my curiosity compelled me to ask Alyssa Noonan about the prosthetic limb she wears in place of her right leg. I did not know too much about this young woman and I was just as much a stranger to her. As quickly as I had asked, she had begun to tell the story about the amputation of her leg and her life using a prosthetic. Alyssa’s willingness and enthusiasm turned a casual conversation into a working plan for a story; let people know what it means to grow up as an amputee and bring the obstacles they are faced with to the attention of the public.


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In this week’s cover story you will hear from Alyssa and her family as well as a community of doctors, researchers and developers, organizations and volunteers whose goal it is to ease the struggles of people living with a prosthetic limb. This community is often the only place 4 City Desk for amputees to turn when in need. It was my pleasure to speak with and learn from 8 Worcesteria this group of people whose dedication and vision help facilitate the care needed by the 10 1,001 Words thousands of amputees in Massachusetts.

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March 13 - 19, 2014 ■ Volume 39, Number 28

Protests over Common Core greet US Ed Secretary Duncan’s visit to Worcester STEVEN KING

Walter Bird Jr.

he dozens of students, city officials, educators and others who gathered inside Worcester Technical High School this week to hear from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were not much different from the folks who assembled several hundred yards away in protest of Duncan’s visit in at least one respect: All of them share an undeniable passion for education and hope for the future of the thousands of students in the Worcester Public School system. Where they differ, demonstrably so, is how to get there. While Duncan was in Worcester on Wednesday, March 12 for a town hall-style meeting about education, the shadow of Common Core loomed large. It is there where education advocates have struck dramatically different poses on just how and whether the national education standards under Common Core fit into advancing student and school performance. Supporters see the program, which is in its pilot phase in Massachusetts and a key component of which, the socalled PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing, will be administered to many students throughout Worcester in the next two weeks, as a natural evolution in education – a 21stcentury model whose time has come. Critics say Common Core is actually lowering the already highly-regarded standards in Massachusetts, regarded as among the most stringent across the country. The Worcester


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Worcester Tech. teachers’ union, Education Association of Worcester, recently delivered a vote of no confidence in Common Core. That is the message being shared on signs and in verbal protests by folks like Shannon Dahlstrom of Chelmsford, who was among those who showed up about a half hour before Duncan’s visit and greeted passing

motorists at the corner of Belmont Street and Skyline Drive. “This is bad news,” Dahlstrom says of Common Core. “I want nothing to do with this. It’s just a big company-purchased education. Follow the money, it’s all bad. You look, you follow the money and it’s just big money and big companies. We’re the number


one state in the world. They’re lying [about Common Core being a better standard].” Dahlstrom stood out in the protest, which had been organized by members of the Worcester Tea Party, because she says she is a Democrat. Rob Eno, of the conservative Red Mass Group, says Common Core will do the opposite of raising academic performance. “In Massachusetts it lowers the standard,” he says. “The federal Department of Education is not supposed to set curriculum and they found a backdoor way to set curriculum by tying Race to the Top funding to Common Core.” Race to the Top is a federal education initiative under President Barack Obama. Inside Worcester Tech, a nationallydesignated Blue Ribbon School whose principal, Sheila Harrity, was named National High School Principal of the Year last year, sentiments toward Common Core were largely counter to those who gathered in protest. Duncan, who caught flak nationally when he described some Common Core critics as “white suburban moms who, all of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were …,” apologized for those remarks and stood by Common Core. “It was not my best phrasing and I have apologized for it,” Duncan says. “Again, I just want to make sure we are raising the bar and make sure our young people have the chance to be successful long-term. When we dummy down the bar, when we lie to children,


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A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

State Legislature acts with lightningquick speed to enact a law banning “upskirting” in the wake of a case where a man was let off charges because current laws did not forbid it. +3

The effort put in by legislators regarding “upskirting” reminds us of so many other times where bills and legislation have moved at a snail’s pace. -3

According to published reports, no local buyers appear on the horizon for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, as the paper continues to operate under absentee owner John Henry. -2

UMass Memorial Medical Center one of 32 medical centers internationally to participate in a new learning community regarding joint replacement. It is the only one in Massachusetts. +1

On the flip side, UMass Memorial Health Care receives yet another credit downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, its second in less than three months, according to Worcester Business Journal. -2

Retired Hudson Police Chief Alfred Cabral, now a patient at Worcester Health Center LLC, receives his dog tags from World War II, which were recently found on a beach near Anzio, Italy. +3

Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade entertains the masses, but denies entry to an anti-tax ballot question group, but continuing to allow politicians to march. -2

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We know it’s coming every year, but four weeks early takes its toll as Daylight Saving Time’s spring ahead robs us of an hour’s sleep. -1

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when we say they’re successful when they’re not, we do them a disservice.” Duncan took a shot at No Child Left Behind, the educational act under President George W. Bush, which he called “one of the most insidious things in the history of education.” As for Common Core, while he acknowledges Massachusetts is rated throughout the country as having among the highest educational standards, “What I love about this state … is that despite that fact, there is not a sense of complacency. There’s a hunger and sense of urgency. I give Massachusetts tremendous credit. It has led the nation in terms of higher standards. [Switching to Common Core] is challenging, but it’s the right thing to do.” Among the staunchest advocates is state Secretary of Education Matt Malone. “Folks that are angry about [Common Core], I can’t respond to what their criticisms are,” he says. “I think this is much better than what we had. Our frameworks were great, but this is a 21st-century framework. It’s going to allow us to have much more rigorous student work. We’re going to be able to review and see how students are performing. I’m seeing it every day across the Commonwealth. I’ve been in Worcester schools several times. The practices around things like non-fiction are Common Core practices, so I’ve seen it work.” Malone dismissed criticism that teachers

in Massachusetts were not sufficiently included in the planning and implementation of Common Core, saying it is an ongoing process. “The state is providing opportunities for teachers to get involved,” he says. “There is great collaboration. The best change happens when you start with folks implementing it and get all their feedback, and that’s happening right now. It’s good stuff.” State Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester, calling critics of Common Core misinformed, says the state is being deliberate in its roll-out of the new standards and controversial testing system. “We’re taking two years to try out the new test, the PARCC assessments,” he says. “We’re standing in a district doing a great job with kids, but the fact of the matter is, of their graduates that go to our public universities, over half end up placed in a non-credited course or remedial course, and those students didn’t realize they weren’t ready for the world after high school, so what we’re trying to do is put in place a new set of expectations.” Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch Walter with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!

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GRAB A BEER, NOT A G UN: With a heightened police presence at this year’ s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, carrying a gun around probably was not a good idea. T hat, however, is what 20-year-old Theodore Sullivan, 82 Laurel Wood Rd., Sterling, allegedly did Sunday, March 9. P olice say he threatened another individual with a handgun during the parade. Sullivan was seen walking with a group along Park Ave. When police approached him near Park A ve. and Winfield Street, Sullivan allegedly discarded the gun in a grassy area. He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license and use of a rearm fi during the commission of a felony.A juvenile male and an 18-year-old man, identified by police as Joseph Terven of Worcester were with Sullivan. Both were uncooperative with police and caused a disturbance. T erven, 80 Mulberry St., Apt. 1, was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. The juvenile was also charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. GROW-ING CONCERN: A man and woman were arrested in the alleged shooting of the man inside a home where police say they discovered a marijuana growing operation. The arrests stem from a shooting on W ednesday, Feb. 26 at 10:16 p.m., when police responded to 117 Morningside Rd. and discovered a man who had been shot. During a search of the home police found marijuana plants and evidence of what appeared to be a “grow” operation inside the apartment. After receiving a searc h warrant, police found 4-5 pounds of marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. T he shooting victim, 21-year-old Nick Kontos, who resides in the apartment, was t aken to a hospital with a non-life threatening injury . He was interviewed, but provided little information to detectives. A woman who also lives at the apartment, 21-year-old Angelica Aguiar , was uninjured and also offered little cooperation with detectives, police say. On Friday, March 7 around 11:15 a.m., Aguiar and K ontos were found and arrested. B oth were charged with possession of a Class D substance with the intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to violate drug laws. MARCH 13, 2014 • WORCESTERMAGAZINE.COM


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Numbers tell story: More pedestrians being hit in Worcester Walter Bird Jr. he number of pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents is on the rise in Worcester, a growing concern highlight by two recent accidents that sent pedestrians to the hospital. Of equal concern is a rise in the number of reported hit-and-run accidents. It is a disturbing trend that has police calling on both walkers and drivers to be more attentive to the other. So far this year there have been 30 reported pedestrian accidents, including one reported hit-and-run as of March 1. How that translates over the rest of the year remains to be seen, but the numbers in both categories last year were higher than the year before. There were 334 reported pedestrian accidents in 2013, up from 309 in 2012. Included in those numbers in 2013 were eight reported hit-and-runs, up from ďŹ ve the year before. “Look at the numbers,â€? says Lt. Tim Walsh, specialist in accident reconstruction with the Police Department’s TrafďŹ c Division. “The numbers show there has been an increase. We’re out there doing enforcement, educating people the best we can. Pedestrians have to be cognizant, but it goes both ways, with drivers and pedestrians. I don’t know what the reason is [for the increase].â€? One factor, he acknowledges, is the time of season. This winter has been particularly trying, with several snow storms already having smacked the city. Mounds of snow in some places have resulted from plowing and, despite a requirement that business and property owners clear off the sidewalks in front of their property, that has not always been the case. Still, Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst says cooperation has been better this year than in the past. “We have seen more compliance from other business owners and residents compared to prior years,â€? he says. It had not been immediately determined whether snow or ice played a factor in the two most recent accidents involving pedestrians. On Friday, Feb. 28, 23-year-old Amanda O’Malley was struck by a car on Belmont Street while walking her dog. A 17-year-old driver was slapped with several citations a short while later, including one for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. O’Malley, the daughter of a former Republican candidate for state representative, was seriously injured, but expected to survive.


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Just days later, Monday, March 3, a 72-year-old man was critically injured when he was hit by a car on McKeon Road. Both incidents remain under investigation. It is not a stretch to believe snow has played a part in at least some of the pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents over the winter. In some cases, pedestrians are forced to abandon sidewalks because they are impassable, instead walking in the breakdown lanes along roads. A Worcester Magazine reporter recently walked up Belmont Street from the Shrewsbury Street intersection up to Skyline Drive. In some spots, the sidewalk was either completely blocked by snow or covered in uneven sheets of ice. “Yes, there are people walking in the roads because of the amount of snow,â€? Walsh says. “But also, you have higher snowbanks.â€? Those are a result of the amount of snow that has fallen and the limited space for plows to put it. In the case of sidewalks, even though business and property owners are required to keep them clear, it is sometimes easier said than done. “How much responsibility do you have to have?â€? Walsh asks, rhetorically. “Are you supposed to put salt down, too? The winter time, especially heavy snow fall, does cause a problem for pedestrians and motorists.â€? Although his daughter was a victim of a hit-and-run, Brian O’Malley agrees that pedestrians can sometimes be as much to blame as motorists when it comes to posing a danger on the road. “During that campaign,â€? O’Malley says of his failed run against eventual state Rep. Mary Keefe, “I was taking a left onto Route 290 and I’ll be damned if teachers weren’t walking their students and didn’t wait until the light switched from ‘Don’t Walk.’â€? Pedestrians, in general, he says, “seem to think they can walk in front of cars.â€? O’Malley thinks there is at least one reason for the apparent lack of respect for the rules of the road on the part of motorists and pedestrians. “One thing that seems to be missing in this city is basic trafďŹ c safety,â€? he says. “I don’t think my kids ever were taught that.â€? Years ago, long before budget cuts, many communities offered trafďŹ c safety lessons to young students, teaching the rules of riding a bicycle on roads and using crosswalks when crossing from one side of the street to the

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All Reported Pedestrian Accidents

Reported Hit and Run Pedestrian Accidents*

2012: 309 2013: 334 YTD 2014: 30

2012: 5 2013:8 YTD 2014: 1

*These incidents are also counted in the number of “All Repoted Pedestrian Accidents.” other. Now, says O’Malley, there is often a blatant disregard for the law. “People in Worcester walk in the middle of the street even when there’s no snow on the sidewalk,” he says. “Pedestrians don’t respect drivers, drivers don’t respect pedestrians. It’s all common-sense stuff. You don’t need a police officer to teach it. Teachers should be

able to teach it. By second grade, they should know those things.” What police should do, O’Malley says, is enforce laws for things like ignoring street signals and not using a crosswalk, “even if it’s a nominal fine just to make the point of we’re not allowing that in Worcester, anymore.”

More than anything, says Walsh, pedestrian and motorist alike must be ever vigilant. “You’ve got a city like Worcester with pedestrian traffic,” the lieutenant says. “Be aware of that, pay attention to the roadway. We’re trying to educate people on that. Just use common sense.” Pedestrians, Walsh says, must make sure it is safe to cross the street and always use the crosswalk. “We have a lot of accidents where there was a crosswalk 20 feet away and they don’t use it,” he says. “Obviously, both pedestrians and motorists have a responsibility. If they’re cognizant and making good decisions, it’s important to let them know that.” At-Large City Councilor Moe Bergman, who chairs the Committee on Public Safety, says pedestrian safety and the rise in pedestrian-related motor vehicle accidents is a conversation worth having. “I’m definitely interested in having a conversation to see if there is a trend in the wrong direction and what, if anything, we can do,” Bergman says. “We definitely can have the conversation.” Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch Walter with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!


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He still has not indicated one way or the other whether he wants to stay on as city manager, but Ed Augustus Jr. continues to go about his job. On Tuesday, March 11 he paid a visit to the Grove Street Fire Department, where he addressed a class of 28 recruits, his first time doing so. It was something of which his predecessor, Mike O’Brien was quite fond. And, of course, budget season is beginning, even though things are still up in the air at the Statehouse. That means Augustus, who will also be crafting his first (and last?) city budget is getting a hands-on feel for the challenges that go into trying to make everybody happy – which, of course, he can’t and won’t. But with public safety such a priority in Worcester and with the city woefully under-funding education (as reported weeks ago by Worcester Magazine) to the tune of $2.75 million, Augustus faces the daunting chore of trying to stitch the pieces together and create a level playing field all the way around. “It’s the balancing act you have to do in a position like this,” he says. “there are multiple needs, multiple priorities. How do you please everybody.” You don’t, of course, but you can bet the farm that, just as some councilors long have pushed for the city manager to make public safety a priority, school officials will be watching him like a hawk to see if he will maintain the status quo or bring the city back above its Net School Spending requirements. “There are,” Augustus acknowledges, “a lot of competing interests, but the budget process is just playing itself out. First and foremost, the priority is making sure that core services are taken care of.” A former School Committee member who also served in the Department of Education under Bill Clinton, Augustus is expected to make education a focal point during his tenure, however short or long that may be.

NO LANGUAGE BARRIER: He will not say precisely how many languages he speaks, but Josh Meduna, who since 2007 has been a rock in the Elections Division for City Clerk David Rushford, does say he speaks Russian and a dialect of the Turkish language. He will likely make good use of his multilingual ways when he leaves City Hall at the end of the month to take a job with the State Department. Although his full-time job has had him helping run the show with elections in Worcester, Meduna has had opportunities to observe “a number of elections” overseas, including the last Ukrainian election. He has also studied them in Russia. Given the current turmoil, it would not be surprising if Meduna ends up there again. “I look forward to being a non-political career foreign services specialist,” the 32-year-old new father to an infant son says in his typical, non-partisan speak. “I will be happy to promote US policy around the world. It will be an adventure for the whole family.” Meduna says he will miss election days in Worcester, though. “For me, it’s like game day. That’s the day you get to see it all come together.” A REALY DANNY-BROOK: Democratic state Rep. Dan Donahue, who as you know scored his seat in a special election to replace John Fresolo last year, knows he will likely have at least one battle to retain his seat. Fresolo, of course, has not gone quietly into that good night, and is instead positioning himself to reclaim the seat he held for 15 years. That would set up a Primary showdown with Donahue, who so far has refrained from talking about it; in fact, in public, anyway, he doesn’t even mention Fresolo by name. Well, if he does beat back Fresolo, Donahue could have at least one opponent in the November general election. Martin Cariglia Jr. has taken out papers, and assuming he collects at least 150 signatures, his name would automatically appear on the ballot because he is listed as an independent. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, either Fresolo or Donahue would be running against Cariglia. Add in a Republican candidate – no name has surfaced as yet – and it would make a for a three-way fight to the finish on Election Night. GAME FACES: The Worcester-based Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDIGI) at Becker College announces that the Boston-based independent game development studio, Little Worlds Interactive (LWI), won the overall Grand Prize and Serious Game Prototype category awards in its third annual MassDIGI Game Challenge. The studio’s winning entry was “The Counting Kingdom,” which encourages players ages 7-plus to hone their math skills. It is the first serious or educational game to win the Challenge grand prize. This year’s Challenge featured 45 teams of independent game developers

{ worcesteria } and students throughout the Northeast at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center. For its efforts, LWI pockets $2,250, a legal services package from Greenberg Traurig, customized mentoring and public relations/marketing packages, a slot at MassDIGI’s PAX East demo table, a Wacom tablet from Great Eastern Technology, a Creative Cloud license from Adobe and games from Ubisoft and Dejobaan. There was a local flavor to this year’s Challenge, with a team from Millbury Memorial High School winning the inaugural high school category for its entry, “Wasteland Trials.” Among the runner-ups in the college division was a team of Becker students for “Duo.” College honorable mentions went to teams including Becker and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

TO HEALTH WITH IT: What had become a controversial plan – at least to a couple city councilors – to reorganize the Health Division and award the Board of Health regulatory powers has finally been passed. With an 8-2 vote this week, councilors adopted an order authorizing the filing of special legislation to change the Board of Health from advisory to regulatory. Under the plan, the health department will be reorganized to feature a medical director and CEO, instead of the current set-up of a commissioner and director. The two men in those roles, Dr. Michael Hirsh and Derek Brindisi, are expected to take on the new titles, respectively. First, the Legislature must give its expected approval. There was some discussion about holding the item for a week, with councilors Mike Gafffney and Konnie Lukes saying right up front they would oppose the measure if it went to vote that night. Well, it did, and they voted against it – and it passed. District 2 Councilor Phil Palmieri, whose mother passed away over the weekend, was not at the meeting.



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Cincinnati, Ohio business community are apparently wooing JetBlue Airways to start flying out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. There was, the news outlet reported, a November meeting between JetBlue officials and Procter & Gamble, with another meeting planned with other businesses. That meeting did not take place, but according to The Enquirer, it was the first sign that the area business community was becoming involved to convince the discount airline to start flying out of the airport. You may recall that Worcester businesses, along with city, state and federal officials and community representatives pulled out all the stops to land JetBlue at Worcester Regional Airport. Service started in November. The Enquirer says it is believed that JetBlue and Cincinnati officials have talked about starting service to Boston and New York from Cincinnati, which of course might raise the question of why – or whether – officials here have suggested the same, or at least flights to New York. It would appear to make sense. One of the interesting things about JetBlue potentially setting up shop in Cincinnati is that it would join Allegiant Air. If that names sounds familiar, it is because it is the airline that fled Worcester in 2009 after less than a year. Since then, it has continued to expand and thrive. Allegiant has started flying out of the Cincinnati airport to two cities in Florida and is adding two more destinations in May.

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VETERAN GETS TAGGED: It took seven decades, but Army veteran and retired Hudson Police Chief Alfred Cabral finally received his dog tags from World War II. They were found on a beach near Anzio, Italy, where he had been part of an assault in 1944. US Congressman Jim McGovern delivered the tags to the 88-year-old Cabral, who is a patient at the former Autumn Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, now the Worcester Health Center. RIGHT NOW: If you believe minimum wage should be hiked to $15 per hour, you would have

company on Saturday, March 15. That is when the activist group Worcester 15 Now is planning an informational picket at the Grafton Street McDonald’s. According to organizer Richard Poole, the movement is a combination of labor groups, activists and the working class. You can learn more by visiting the group’s Facebook page. Look for Worcester 15 Now.

PROPS FOR THE CANAL: Kudos to the Canal District, whose entry into the St. Patrick’s

Day Parade, “The Blackstone Belle” has won an award. The Canal Digger Dancers from Kellie Shea’s Central Mass Dance Academy also scored an award. The honors come in the form of the Grand Marshal’s Award and Heritage Award. The awards are only fitting, according to the Canal District’s John Giangregorio, because they come in the same year that “our friends Paul and Helen Foley were honored as the parade’s grand marshals.” Can’t get enough Worcesteria? Visit us online at for Daily Worcesteria. Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch Walter with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester! MARCH 13, 2014 • WORCESTERMAGAZINE.COM


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City Skiers’ Success No Surprise Anthony Rentsch s the dust, or snow rather, settled over the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area the afternoon of February 25, members of the Worcester-St. Peter Marian co-op ski team stamped their names into the record books. They had just won their first MIAA boys’ alpine skiing state championship and their impressive résumé had been added to what will be known for years to come as the most successful athletic year in the history of Worcester Public Schools. The Worcester-SPM alpine skiing state championship came two and a half months after Doherty Memorial High School football team won the inaugural Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship. Strikingly, the Worcester-SPM ski team has only been around for three years. Most of the suburban schools - the usual state championship contenders - have wellestablished programs. In the fall of 2010, Shaun Sutner, one of the team’s coaches, set out to give some talented and dedicated city skiers a chance. “I wanted to start the team because I felt that we had so many good skiers in Worcester who competed at a high level in the United States Ski and Snowboard


Association (USSA) club competition,” he says. “But suburban high schools were getting all the recognition.” He has worked hard with former Worcester Public Schools Athletic Director Colleen O’Brien and current AD Dave Shea to help make his vision a reality. “It took some doing to convince [the Athletic Department] about how serious we were as a team,” he says. Sutner says that, unlike most other high school ski teams, the Worcester-SPM team still depends on volunteers to coach and help run home races and that team members are largely responsible for paying for the expensive ski lift passes and equipment. In the same manner that it was created and currently operates, the team has a distinct grassroots feel. Sam Sutner, a Doherty senior who is a co-captain of this year’s team and Shaun’s son, says that “the team aspect of high school racing is what [made this year] unique and fun.” He adds, “Our team has been skiing together at Wachusett Mountain since we started racing in elementary school. We’ve grown up together.” “We are like a family,” adds Worcester Technical High School freshman Luke Hanlon. For many, the notion that a strong sense

of brotherhood and good team chemistry can affect the outcome an individual sport like ski racing is unintuitive. The Worcester-SPM team is evidence of just the opposite. Sam Sutner, one of the team’s top performers, says that the team was consistently able to overcome adversity this season with an I-got-your-back mentality. “I didn’t ski my best [in the state championship race], for example, but my team picked me up. It took everybody to win,” he says. Brandon Hanlon, a Worcester Tech. senior who is a co-captain and Luke’s brother, says that the sense of brotherhood among the skiers played a pivotal role in their success. “Our attitude was definitely more positive than ever,” says Brandon Hanlon. “Winning a state title is one of the best feelings, especially when you can do it with your friends.” Saying that this team has a very grassroots feel certainly does not intend to imply that the Worcester-SPM skiers were run-of-themill performers. They were anything but ordinary on the slopes. After an undefeated regular season in which they trounced local powerhouses, such as Algonquin, Shrewsbury and Saint John’s, they amassed a whopping 566

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points as a team on Championship Tuesday, easily outscoring second and third place finishers Saint John’s Prep of Danvers (489) and Winchester (487), respectively. The Worcesterites were led by Luke Hanlon (1st in slalom and 3rd in giant slalom), Sam Sutner (4th in slalom and 13th in giant slalom), Brandon Hanlon (5th in slalom) and freshman CJ Gallagher of Doherty (18th in giant slalom). Worcester-SPM also received strong contributions from a slew of Doherty skiers: senior Jack Gallagher, senior Mike O’Malley, senior Chris Kennedy, junior Mason Kirley, and freshman Liam Kirley. Christian Bateman of SPM, only a 7th grader this year, also has a lot of potential. Perhaps the brightest star this season was freshman Luke Hanlon, whose performance was dominant all season long, even on a team chock-full of talented veteran skiers. “Luke is just unreal for a 14 year old,” says Brandon Hanlon, who will race independently for USSA after high school. “He was beating me last year, so [his performance] this year was no shock.” “He is a phenom,” says Sam Sutner, who plans on racing for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alpine Ski Team in college. “He and CJ are the future leaders of this team.” Shaun Sutner admits that he never had any doubts about his team’s ability to succeed during the season. “We knew how strong we were,” he says. “[At the state championships] we fielded the deepest, strongest team out of 50 schools and school districts.” While Worcester-SPM’s talent dictated that they should be a frontrunner in this year’s state championships, their demographic pinned them as an underdog. According to Sam Sutner, the difference-maker was their motivation. “We weren’t just representing ourselves; we were representing our school and our city,” he says. “We fed off the Doherty football team’s energy from winning the state title. We were determined to make something special happen for our city.”


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Brittany Durgin


Clark University will host the lecture “The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology,” given by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher in the Higgins University Center on Thursday, March 13, from 12:15-1:15p.m. Gallagher is an associate professor of Energy & Environmental Policy and director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University. His research focuses on energy and climate policy in both the US and China, specifically on the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, both domestically and internationally. Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester.


Ato Howard, a Biomedical Engineering student at Quinsigamond Community College, has been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s new i-Trek program (I Turn Research into Empowerment and Knowledge). The program provides under-served and under-represented students skills and resources necessary to succeed in STEM undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Being accepted to the i-Trek program, Howard will travel to Florida this June, where he will spend two weeks with MIT Ph.D. candidates as part of a team researching a coral reef-based chemical. Howard will provide progress reports and set immediate goals for the project before the summer launch. Following the research, Howard and teammates will present their project to local high schools with the goal of stimulating more interest in STEM fields among under-represented and under-served groups. Congratulations, Howard!


Quinsigamond Community College, just last week, received a Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MSLC) capital grant “to continue the world we have undertaken to fortify our STEM Programming,” says QCC President Gail Carberry, Ed.D. “Our new QuEST Center (Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology) will be the immediate beneficiary of the funding but our students will reap the ultimate rewards when they graduate and take their places in the Mass. economy as some of the newest and brightest leaders in the STEM field.” The grant was presented by Governor Deval Patrick at an event held at QCC on Thursday, March 6. QCC is one of two colleges in Central Massachusetts receiving a MSLC capital grant this year. Also recognized at Thursday’s event were six area high schools who have been authorized to receive equipment and supply grants from the Center, including Worcester schools Doherty High School and Worcester Technical High School.



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{ coverstory } A young woman with long brown hair and a friendly smile stands behind the front desk at the Boynton Restaurant in Worcester, Mass. There is a sign posted: Please Wait To Be Seated. She offers an inquisitive glance as you approach. “How many people are in your party?” she asks. She marks a laminated sheet displaying table numbers with a dry-erase marker and you are on your way. This young woman is Alyssa Noonan. Working the front desk as a hostess – five shifts a week for the past seven years, taking reservations, seating guests and handing out buzzers that light up when a table is ready – it is clear that she is in her comfort zone. She knows how long the wait will be at a given hour of the night, what tables need to be set and what is happening in the city that might cause a disturbance in table wait times. Alyssa’s calm, collected demeanor while maneuvering through crowds to seat guests, reposition tables, accommodate large parties and collect piles of discarded menus displays the experience of an old pro at the young age of 21. She runs on all cylinders, a step ahead of everyone, taking pride in the details of her job. What is overlooked in the crowd of a busy restaurant is that Alyssa does all of this while wearing a prosthetic limb that takes the place of her right leg. Through 2013, Alyssa has worked at the Boynton Restaurant and Paul Conzo’s Salon, while studying Business Economics at Quinsigamond Community College and Nichols College. Not quite the schedule of your average 21 year old, abiding to her philosophy of taking each challenge in her life head on, with no distractions – you are more likely to find her hitting the books than hitting the clubs. Work, family and school have her occupied most of the

time, but she never misses a chance for an adventurous weekend; sky-diving, horseback riding and bungee-jumping have made their way onto her full calendar, not letting her prosthetic interfere with her busy lifestyle. “I want to try it all,” says Alyssa. “I am the only one that can stop me from doing things, my leg doesn’t stop me from doing anything.” Alyssa’s right leg had stopped growing in the womb as a result of the non-hereditary birth defect, Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), a condition that affects early development of the pelvis, hip bone and/or femur. This birth defect affects one in every 100,000 people. The exact cause of PFFD is not known, however, the medical community theorizes that the introduction of infections or toxins while in the womb or the injury to sensory nerves may cause PFFD. Subsequently, Noonan was born with her right leg underdeveloped. With her diagnosis came a hard question for her parents, Karen and Rick: keep their daughter’s existing leg, knowing that a number of complications could arise as she grew, or have the leg amputated at the knee. The first-time parents’ desire to have their daughter lead an active lifestyle, one that would not hold her back or confine her to a wheelchair, led to the decision to have her leg amputated. She was fitted for her first prosthetic at 18 months old. “My parents say I acted like any other toddler,” says Alyssa. “I was running around at one point and crying at another.” Alyssa’s childhood was upbeat and active despite her having to frequently adjust to new prosthetics. She played with her younger brother and sister and enjoyed basketball, dancing and gymnastics with friends. Her family kept their hearts light and retained their sense of humor through the years. “I have kept my first prosthetic to this day,” says Alyssa. “We fit our scarecrow with it every year as a Halloween decoration.” In 2011 Alyssa graduated from Worcester Technical High School where she played Varsity Softball and was on the Worcester Public Schools Crew Team, her family cheering her on every step of the way. But growing up with a prosthetic limb holds challenges for even the strongest people. A stare or comment from a peer, a sigh while taking an extra moment to go up a flight of stairs or a condescending glance can cut a person deep. “I noticed people staring sometimes, but tried not to let it bother me,” says Alyssa. “I was raised strong and talking to people about it made it easier. People always wanted to know more. It was getting them past, ‘Oh, you have a prosthetic,’ that was the challenge.” continued on page 14



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The realization that a child will have to live with a prosthetic limb can take its toll on any family. Questions materialize more quickly than they can be answered. Will my child be able to walk? Will she have to use a wheelchair? Will this affect the way they view themselves growing up among their peers? These questions can be overwhelming. The continual support from family, a strong community of doctors, counselors and fellow amputees are essential in adapting to the loss of a limb and keeping an individual active throughout their life. Studies show the key to a timely adjustment to a prosthetic, at any age, is getting a person fitted as soon as the proper muscles surrounding the residual limb are ready, as the more time a person spends wearing a prosthetic the easier it will become to use. The biggest obstacle being faced by many in need is how he or she, or in a child’s case, the family, will pay for the prosthetic limb.



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Rick and Karen Noonan turned to Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. for guidance when they were faced with such questions. The hospital, specializing in orthopedic conditions, cleft lip and palate and rheumatology, treats children up until the age of 18, living across New England and New York regardless of a family’s financial situation or ability to pay. They distribute, on average, 250 prosthetic devices each year, free of cost to the patient. They are able to customize care for each child through the large dedicated staff of pediatric orthopedic surgeons and therapists. The hospital not only helped the Noonans understand their daughter’s needs, giving her the opportunity to reach her full potential, but eased their financial strain, allowing them, along with hundreds of other families, to concentrate on getting their daughter ready to enjoy her childhood. Shriners Hospitals for Children’s mission has a straightforward goal: Provide the highest quality of care to children, leave no child behind and doing it all with no regard for families’ financial situation. It seems like a health care dream come true; enter a hospital, receive the best treatment available by qualified, dedicated doctors aided by a state-of-the-art research team, and yet not receive any bill in the mailbox at the end of it all. Shriners Hospitals has aimed to fulfill this dream since its first hospital opened in 1922. The health care system established relies on the generosity of donations, which help maintain the Shriners Hospital for Children Endowment Fund, which substantially supports the hospitals. While recent escalating health care costs have created a hit to the endowment fund

{ coverstory } in the stock market and a drop in donations have forced Shriners Hospitals across the country to start accepting third-party payments from insurance companies and government programs, the organization has never put payment before patient care in its 92-year history. As the Shriners Hospital for Children continued to provide care and support to the Noonans, the family found its own way to help out through the Aluminum Tab Collection and Recycling Project. The project, run by the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, raises money for Shriners Hospital by collecting and recycling aluminum soda can tabs. “[Shriners Hospital] helped me with so much that my family started collecting aluminum can tabs as soon as they found out it would help,” says Alyssa Noonan. “I was 2 years old when they started collecting. We have dropped off barrels full of can tabs.” A soda can tab is pure aluminum, while the can itself is not. The collected pure aluminum is sold to a local scrap yard for the current market value, and the Aluminum Tab Collection and Recycling Project uses the proceeds to purchase medical and service equipment for Shriners Hospitals. In its 25 years, the Aluminum Tab Collection and Recycling Project has collected over 1 billion tabs from individuals and community organizations, helping to fund Shriners Hospital projects, outings and programs and giving families like Alyssa Noonan’s the chance to give back to the organization that has given them so much.

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With each amputee comes the need for a prosthetic limb, and with each prosthetic limb comes the need for an affordable solution. As an adult, Alyssa Noonan is no longer eligible for care at Shriners Hospital and the financial burden for the purchase and upkeep of her prosthetic limb will now fall on her and her family.

The average cost of a prosthetic leg ranges from $5,000 for a basic below-the-knee model, up to $90,000 or more for the most advanced models. Massachusetts is among 20 states that require insurance companies to cover prosthetic limbs, but most plans and companies do not cover 100 percent of the cost. An individual’s health insurance coverage can cap at anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 annually, leaving the individual to cover the difference.

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Left: Christopher Lambert, associate research professor at WPI, says that building a truly advanced prosthetic is not done by a single person, it takes an army of people, ranging from engineers and biologists, to physicists and chemists.

A person that has a limb amputated as a child will need a new prosthetic limb every 6-12 months until adulthood. A person that has a limb amputated as an adult will need an average of 15-20 prosthetic limbs throughout their lifetime. The cost of purchasing and maintaining even the basic prosthetic throughout one’s lifetime is staggering. A person that does not receive and adapt to a prosthetic at all runs the risk of remaining inactive and can ultimately cost themselves and the community even more. “I usually got a new [prosthetic] every 6 months until I was about 14,â€? says Alyssa Noonan. “After that, it was once a year. Now I have my old one at home in case the one I use breaks.â€? The Amputee Coalition reports that 185,000 people have a limb amputated each year in the United States. The highest numbers of amputations are performed on the lower extremities, with vascular disease being the most common cause. Trauma, such as car or industrial accidents, birth defects and tumors are among other causes. The number continues to rise in the United States with its involvement in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conicts around the world. Additionally, the number of amputees continues to grow globally as a result of long forgotten land mines in countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam.


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“You can build an absolutely fantastic prosthetic today,â€? says Christopher Lambert, associate research professor at WPI. “They may include things like carbon ďŹ ber shells, microprocessors, motors and batteries, but recent developments are working on the next generation of implantable neuroprosthetics that attach directly to the bone. Being able to have tissue integrate with a prosthetic or the electronics that control [advanced] prosthetics can be a huge advantage, but you still have to focus on how to make these technologies viably available to everyone.â€? Professor Lambert says that building a truly advanced prosthetic is not done by a single person, it takes an army of people, ranging from engineers and biologists, to physicists and chemists. “It is these collaborations that will advance the study and make a prosthetic that can cost a quarter of a million dollars become available to everyone for much less one day,â€? says Lambert. “I think that being open-minded, innovative and looking at the other applications for technologies will make [advanced prosthetics] available to everyone sooner rather than later.â€? Bill Hanson from Liberating Technologies, Inc., which supplies prosthetic devices for adults and children, says that as developments in prosthetics continue to advance the biggest challenge may be getting a prosthetic concept model from the development stage to the public. “We have been involved in seven research projects and I do have some concern about

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whether or not the newer technologies will ever make it to market. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome,” says Hanson. “The FDA has to classify the device depending on how risky it is, with each classification having its own testing and qualification procedures. If there are wireless applications, the FCC has its regulations and if there are electronics that need to pass emissions testing.” Prosthetic technology and research are advancing rapidly. Although getting these advancements to the general amputee population may still be an uphill battle, the recent media coverage of the Paralympics and the Boston Marathon bombing survivors has brought prosthesis awareness, research and advancements into unprecedented focus. These athletes and survivors are examples of the accomplishments by scientists, researchers and manufacturers in the prosthetics field around the world. The sense of hope they give to an amputee is immeasurable. The latest developments are attainable, yet remain financially out of reach for many. One of the challenges ahead is meeting needs of many with the advancements available to the few. Among the many stands Alyssa Noonan. She is hopeful that in her future, she will

1,600 ALUMINUM CAN TABS = 1 POUND find a way to meet her prosthetic needs. Her grit and will to succeed through the years has shown us all what it means to persevere through the toughest of challenges. Each year, thousands of people join her struggle. While great minds and institutions are creating the innovations that will pave a better road for amputees, support from charity organizations, hospitals and the community is essential to bring those innovations to those in need. Across the country anyone can lend a hand through various volunteer and fundraising opportunities and community events. It is an unmistakable sound. A pure aluminum can tab pierces the top of a soda can. Although Alyssa Noonan has aged out of Shriners Hospital for Children, she still collects her share of soda can tabs, giving back to a community of medical professionals

that have given her so much. “We want to help kids that are in the same situation I was, my entire family saves tabs,” says Alyssa Noonan. “My grandmother saves them, family from out of state save them and mail them to me. I have collected them from friends, restaurants and recycling centers, it is something we have always done.” The average weight of one can tab is .3 grams. It takes roughly 1,600 tabs to equal one pound, yet something so small can create such big opportunities, and every drop in the bucket makes a difference. Since 1989, each tab donated, each pound recycled, has directly contributed to the well being of people like Alyssa and families like the Noonan’s. The need for giving back may never diminish, the volunteers will collect aluminum, the researchers will continue advancements, the doctors will treat patients and the undeniable difference they make will last a lifetime. For information on hosting a can tab drive or volunteering, contact Shriners Hospital for Children at shrinershospitalforchildren. org. For information on helping in one’s community, contact amputee-coaliation. org, or

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On Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., local artists will display a reservoir-wide showcase of their talent for visitors to see. This event, called the The Wachusett Reservoir Art Path (WRAP), will allow passersby to enter the unique imaginations of artists of all kinds, from potters to painters to fashion designers, and even woodworkers. Many of the artists’ work may even ring a bell. “Mark Waitkus, widely considered one of the greatest sports watercolor artists, will be available at Collins Artworks Gallery to sign prints and paintings of iconic Boston sports venues and last season’s World Series Boston Red Sox,” says Lynn Babineau, vice president of the West Boylston Arts Foundation (WBAF), and a watercolor artist herself. This driving tour, which includes no tour guide but unique freedom for individuals to choose where they want to go next, will be held throughout the towns surrounding Wachusett Reservoir. West Boylston, Clinton and Sterling will, for one day, become some of the most spirited towns in Massachusetts. Art galleries will open their doors for those visiting, and artists will become heavily involved through the showing and selling of their art in locations along the reservoir. “There are studios, some in a home setting, some at a separate location. We also include some wonderful specialty stores and boutiques that represent area artists in a wide range of genres,” says Babineau, who has displayed her art during past WRAP events. In addition to the beauty of the art, the main purpose of this event is to bring the community together in awareness of the local talent and the businesses that support it. Additionally, the West Boylston Arts Foundation, as Babileau puts it, “believes that supporting our community artists may inspire others, including student artists, to consider giving a voice to their own creativity.” WBAF was formed after a group of community members actively recognized and responded to the schools’ everdecreasing music and art curriculum. For those interested in attending, a Google map of artist locations is provided on the foundation’s website. “This is driving tour, however many of the locations in the Clinton area are within walking distance of each other,” says Babineau. And for those who want to set up a location of their own, Babineau encourages that it’s never too late to contact her before the event. “We are hoping to continue with this effort,” she says. For more information on the event or to get in contact with Babineau, visit the foundation’s website at And make sure to mark the calendar, because a plethora of local businesses like Sooo Chic Designs, Boston Studio Photography, and Malden Brook Pottery will be awaiting your arrival.



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Chelsey Pan

The American premiere of “Forget-Me-Knot,” a British comedy, opens tonight, Thursday, March 13, at the Calliope Productions theater. The show depicts an amnesiac Robert Zeinfeld, played by Bill Bravo, who is found wandering the streets at 4 in the morning by the police. A detective, played by David Nestelbaum, is tasked with identifying him. Both actors are longtime collaborators of Calliope Productions, having performed with the stage company for several years. The cast is rounded out by two women, Lorraine Hruska and Michele McQuaid, the latter of which is a new performer for Calliope Productions.

The artistic director of this production, Dave Ludt, chose this play while on one of his almost yearly trips to London, during which he peruses theatre bookstores for potential plays to perform at Calliope Productions. He found his curiosity piqued by the amount of unexpected plot twists, as well as its broader philosophical implications. “The play also asks us to question how we know what is true and what is not true, and accomplishes this task by juxtaposing ambiguous truths with ambiguous falsehoods,” says Ludt.

While applying for a performance license to Samuel French in New York, he was informed that this recently-published play was not yet available for production in the United States. Ludt then contacted the author, David Tristram, directly in order to secure the rights to the performance of the play, thus marking the upcoming show at Calliope the first time this British comedy will be performed in America. “Forget-Me-Knot” was written by David Tristram, a 56-year-old British playwright born in Quarry Bank. He has published 28 comedic plays and produced two movies, both of which feature his popular character, Inspector Drake. He is the founder of Flying Ducks, a London-based theater company that, along with marketing and performing his original works, holds conferences and provides audio and visual media production services. Tristram is also the creator of the viral YouTube video, “Doreen’s Story,” a mockumentary depicting a woman from Black Country that lives superfluously off of governmentprovided benefits. Prior to releasing a newly written play, Tristram will direct and showcase his work in a small theater near his home in Bridgnorth. Catch a performance of “Forget-Me-Knot” live at the Calliope theater at 150 Main St. in Boylston, Mass. from March 13-15 and 21-22, at 7:30 p.m. There will be two Sunday shows, on March 16 and 23, held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors aged 62 and older. They can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (508) 8696887. See for more details.

Forget the size contest, St. Patrick’s Day is about community

Brittany Durgin

Worcester’s brother to the north, West Boylston, is known for its casual dining, nature walks adjacent to the Wachusett Reservoir, and the jail. After this weekend, the town of fewer than 8,000 residents will also be known for holding the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade – at least one of them.

As cities and towns from Ireland to California prepare for the annual celebration of Irish heritage, several communities have turned the holiday into a size competition. Recent headlines include “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade Challenged,” and “The Bronx is in a battle of the shortest St. Pat’s parades,” with the New York Daily News reporting a small Irish pub in the Bronx is planning a 47-foot march, to go from one pub door to another, that would steal the title of World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade from Hot Springs, Arkansas, which has held

the honor for more than a decade. The fight for the title is fierce with Steven Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, quoted by the New York Daily News as saying, “We wish them well, but we are not going to relinquish our crown.” He continues, “We take this very seriously. We will march in place if that’s what we have to do.” At West Boylston’s parade, here in small town New England, there will be no Guinness Book of World Records judge. In fact, organizers haven’t even measured the distance of the parade route. For Mike Casey, this year’s West Boylston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not about size. “To me, the whole thing about having the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the community development that it fosters.” Casey had just attended last year’s Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade when, he says, “I kind of looked around and realized that for the 7,000 people – if you count the jail inmates – … a lot of people in [West Boylston] would never have the opportunity to march in the parade.” Years ago, Casey read a story about the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade taking place in Dripsey, a small

village in Ireland. The procession measured 23.4 meters and traveled from the door of one village pub to the next, The Weigh Inn and The Lee valley. “Like in Dripsey,” Casey says, West Boylston’s parade is meant to “create a community-wide project, that people could get together, join together in putting together a parade, and honor one of our own.” The West Boylston parade kicks off Sunday, March 16, at noon at Finders Pub. It is scheduled to travel through the parking lot and draw to a close at neighboring Keepers Pub. Marching in the parade will be Grand Marshal Michael J. Kittredge, Jr., whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the 1820s. Kittredge was born and raised in Clinton, Mass. and lived in areas throughout the Commonwealth before eventually settling in West Boylston. More than 100 others will march in Sunday’s parade, including state Rep. Jim O’Day, the Nhu Thanh Lion Dance Team from the Pho Hien Temple, Jazziaks Irish step dancers, the Major Edwards African drum band, the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes

and Drums band, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and others. The short distance even gives youngsters at a local nursery school the opportunity to join the march. While Arkansas and New York will battle for the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (according to the distance traveled) this weekend, Casey says, “For me, the shortest one will always be Dripsey, because I think they had the best idea for it.” Dig out the green sweaters and stretchypants, the four-leaf clover headbands and sunglasses, and head to West Boylston on Sunday, March 16 for the first West Boylston World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parking will be available at the Wachusett Plaza, across West Boylston Street from Finders and Keepers and spectators may watch from outside Finders and Keepers pubs. The town-wide celebration will continue after the parade at various restaurants and pubs. And just like Dripsey’s St. Patrick’s Day parade from pub to pub, Casey notes, those attending West Boylston’s will “never be far away from the Guinness tap or the men’s room.”



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The citizen uprising that led to the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek played out so exhaustively on television and through social media channels that it would seem impossible to mine a new angle to the confrontation — either narratively or visually.

That’s why “The Square” is something of a wonder. The documentary was filmed from the inside, by some of the most ardent agitators, and the result is a remarkable chronicle of the complexity, the emotion and the messiness involved with staging a revolution. “The Square” introduces us to a collection of rebels who risk life and limb to effect regime change. The group’s firebrand is Ahmed, a young man so passionately opposed to the corruption, injustice, ignorance and poverty infecting his country, that he places himself on the front lines against the government soldiers in the square. Like his cohorts, Ahmed’s burning desire is to fashion a new constitution, and install leadership that doesn’t prey on its citizens through torture and intimidation — the military and secret police are expert practitioners of the gruesome art of submission. Getting rid of Mubarek proved surprisingly easy — the dictator fled when it became clear the occupation would not ease until he was gone, or dead. The real challenge was getting him replaced. So the film not only makes us witness to the victories and traumas that occurred in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, but also to the dissatisfaction with the short-term result — the much-maligned ruling alliance among the military, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarek’s successor, Mohamed Morsi, a pawn of both groups. All that populist sound and fury, and for what? Where’s the follow-through? As one man laments, “[The revolution is] like someone who did really well on an exam and forgot to put their name on the exam.”

It’s fascinating to watch the protests evolve from informal sit-ins to tightly organized rallies and concerts that are reminiscent of Woodstock, a collective howl for social justice against the prevailing power structure. When the tanks roll in, literally crushing people in their path, the festive spirit disappears and a siege mentality descends, with Tahrir Square transforming into the modern-day equivalent of Tiananmen Square. “The Square” boasts a you-are-there urgency that thrusts the viewer into the chaos. It’s easy to be dispassionate about these things from the sidelines, but when the bullets begin to fly, you take sides. One of the most articulate rebels is Khalid Abdalla, a well-known actor (“The Kite Runner”), who risks everything to be a spokesman for the cause. He explains that his family’s history is one of social protest, and he frequently Skypes with his father, who offers advice and caution. (The father’s wariness is not misplaced. One protester notes of Egypt’s dark past: “You were afraid to dream the wrong dream for fear of punishment.”) Perhaps the most intriguing dynamic here is between the secular agitators and the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who went on to obtain control of the Parliament. The two groups presented a united front early on, until, as a number of secularists charge, the Brotherhood “hijacked the revolution” by aligning themselves with the military. Ahmed is especially vocal in denouncing the notion of an Islamic state at the expense of a democratic ideal. The uprising in Tahrir Square is depicted as an electric rush to change this one small piece of the world. The event was tailor-made for hand-held cameras, candor and anger and been captured brilliantly. One can only wonder what kind of film the Ukraine will produce in the coming years. “The Square” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University. The film is part of the Cinema 320 series.

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GRAVITY (PG-13) Holy Cross: Fri, Sat: 7 GULAAB GANG (NR) Westborough Thurs: 1:30, 4:25, 6:55, 9:50 LONE SURVIVOR (R) Worcester North Thurs: 12:15, 3:10, 7:05, Fri-

12 YEARS A SLAVE (R) Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:05 Westborough Thurs: 6:35, 9:35, Fri-Wed: 1, 6:45 Worcester North Thurs: 12:35, 3:50, 6:50, Fri-

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3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 9:10 Cinemagic Thurs: 1:50, 7:15, 9:50 Solomon Pond Thurs: 7:35, 10:15 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (R) Blackstone Thurs: 12:10, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:05,

7:30, 10, Fri-Wed: 12, 1:25, 2:25, 3:50, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45, 12:10 a.m. Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:20, 4:10, 7 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:10, 7:30 Westborough Thurs: 1:20, 7:10, Fri-Wed: 1:35, 4:15, 7:20, 9:55 Worcester North Thurs: 12, 1, 2:25, 3:25, 4:50, 5:50, 7:15, 8:15, Fri-Wed: 1:15, 1:45, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (R) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 11:40, 2:05,

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Wed: 9:40

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10:05, Fri-Wed: 11:55, 2:30, 4:50, 6:40, 7:10, 9:30 Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:30, 2, 4:20, 4:50, 7, 9:20, 9:40 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 9:55 Westborough Thurs: 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 9:45, FriWed: 1:10, 5, 7, 10:30 Worcester North Thurs: 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:50, FriWed: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (PG) Blackstone Fri-Wed: 12:25, 3, 5:25, Fri-Wed: 12:25, 3, 5:20

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5:15, 7:15, 7:45, 10:10, Fri-Wed: 11:40, 12:10, 2:10, 2:40, 4:40, 5:10, 7:20, 9:50 Cinemagic Thurs: 11:30, 4:30, 9:20, Fri-Wed: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1, 3:55, 7:15, 9:45 Westborough Thurs: 1:35, 4:30, 7:25, 9:55, FriWed: 1:20, 4, 7:40, 10:15 Worcester North Thurs: 12:05, 2:20, 5, 7:25, FriWed: 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:50, 9:05

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OUT OF THE FURNACE (R) Holy Cross Wed: 3, 8 PHILOMENA (PG-13) Cinemagic Thurs: 11:40, 4:30 Strand Fri-Sun, Tues, Wed: 7 Worcester North Thurs: 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, Fri-

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POMPEII (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 9:35 Cinemagic Thurs: 4:50, 10 Solomon Pond Thurs: 10:25 p.m. Worcester North Thurs: 6:55 RIDE ALONG (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15, Fri-Wed: 7:50, 10:20, 12:15 a.m.

ROBOCOP (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 1:10, 3:55, 6:50, 9:30, FriWed: 9:10, 11:50

SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS (G) Westborough Thurs: 1:25, 4:35, 7:45, Fri-Wed:

THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:45, 3:45, 6:35, 9:20, FriWed: 9:40 p.m.

Cinemagic Thurs: 11:30, 2:15, 7:20, Fri-Wed:

11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:45, 4 Westborough Thurs: 1:30, 4:20, Fri-Wed: 3:55, 9:40 Worcester North Thurs: 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, FriWed: 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25

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THE SQUARE (NR) Clark Thurs, Sat: 7:30, Sun: 1 THE WIND RISES (KAZETACHINU) (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:55, 3:35 Worcester North Thurs: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Worcester North Thurs-Wed: 12:35, 4:20, 8 TIM VERMEER (PG-13) Worcester North Fri-Wed: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55,

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TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG-13) Blackstone Fri-Wed: 1:05, 7:30, 10:10, 12:25

SON OF GOD (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:30, 3:35, 6:45, 9:50, Fri-

Worcester North Fri-Wed: 1, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

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Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux 70 Worcester/Providence Turnpike, Millbury, MA 01527 Showtimes for 3/14- 3/20. Subject to change. 300: Rise of an Empire (R) 1 hr 42 min 12:00pm 1:25pm 2:25pm 3:50pm 4:50pm 7:15pm 9:45pm 12:10am 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (R) REAL D 3D; 1 hr 42 min 11:30am 1:55pm 4:20pm 6:45pm 7:45pm 9:15pm 10:15pm 11:40pm Frozen (PG) 1 hr 48 min 11:25am 2:00pm 4:30pm 7:00pm Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) 1 hr 30 min 11:55am 2:30pm 4:50pm 6:40pm 7:10pm 9:30pm Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D (PG) REAL D 3D; 1 hr 30 min 12:25pm 3:00pm 5:20pm Need for Speed (PG-13) 2 hr 10 min 1:15pm 4:10pm 4:15pm 7:35pm 10:30pm 11:50pm Need for Speed 3D (PG-13) Reserved Seating;XPLUS - REAL D 3D; 2 hr 10 min 12:45pm 3:45pm 7:05pm 10:00pm Non-Stop (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL;Reserved Seating; 1 hr 50 min 1:45pm 4:25pm 7:25pm 9:55pm Non-Stop (PG-13) 1 hr 50 min 11:45am 2:15pm 4:55pm 7:55pm 10:25pm Non-Stop (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL; 1 hr 50 min 12:20am Ride Along (PG-13) 1 hr 40 min 7:50pm 10:20pm 12:15am RoboCop (PG-13) 1 hr 48 min 9:10pm 11:50pm Son of God (PG-13) 2 hr 18 min 12:30pm 3:30pm 6:35pm 9:35pm The Lego Movie (PG) CC/DVS; 1 hr 40 min 11:40am 2:10pm 4:40pm 7:20pm 9:50pm The Lego Movie (PG) 1 hr 40 min 12:10pm 2:40pm 5:10pm The Monuments Men (PG-13) 1 hr 50 min 9:40pm Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (PG-13) 1 hr 51 min 1:05pm 7:30pm 10:10pm 12:25am






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In the late 1970s, a friend brought me to Chopsticks at Webster Square, and despite protestations that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like â&#x20AC;&#x153;spicy food,â&#x20AC;? ďŹ lled the table with food that changed my mind about what I like. Until recently closing its doors, Chopsticks was a Worcester mainstay, pleasing generations with American-style Chinese food, enjoyable in its own right. I felt some guilt upon learning of the closure, since I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been there in years. Lately, at the advice of Chinese friends, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve instead driven to Framingham for uncompromising Sichuan cuisine at a humble place called

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So when someone said Red Pepper had opened a branch at the old Chopsticks location, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste any time getting there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly the same as Framingham, since the walls arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bright pink and all the servers speak English. But the menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same, and the food is marvelous. Be still, my beating heart. The dining areas are brightly lit and pleasant; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more room inside than the parking lot suggests. As in Framingham, the majority of diners are Chinese, but westerners are greeted cheerfully and made to feel welcome. The proprietors hope to get an alcohol license, but for now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BYOB. An extensive menu includes most of the dishes American diners are familiar with, and then some. More enticing are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weekly Specials,â&#x20AC;? which fortunately donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change weekly, since many are spectacular. Then there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special Specials,â&#x20AC;? listed on a white board in Chinese only, but offered to those curious enough to ask â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whole ďŹ sh, slowcooked pork dishes and more.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd entire categories of Sichuan dishes that may be new to you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pickledpepper dishes, poached dishes, black-curded bean dishes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all marked with one to three chili symbols, indicating levels of heat. Yet, these dishes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just hot; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re complex and fragrant, balancing ďŹ&#x201A;avor, spice and texture. Wontons in spicy sauce are a nice introduction to the food. Silky wrappers encase moist pork ďŹ lling, and are napped with a sauce balancing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;maâ&#x20AC;? of numbing

Sichuan peppercorns with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;laâ&#x20AC;? of dried chilies. Prepare to ďŹ ght over the last wonton. Dan dan noodles are another appealing appetizer. This classic snack features wheat noodles topped with a rich, spicy sauce of minced pork, preserved vegetables, Sichuan peppercorns and chili oil. Red Pepperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version is less soupy and spicy than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd elsewhere, but still packed with ďŹ&#x201A;avor. Cold dishes are important in Sichuan cuisine, and often combine thin slices or shreds of meat with plenty of spice. Sliced beef and tendon in chili sauce delivers plenty of tangy ďŹ&#x201A;avors and a pleasantly chewy texture. Twice-cooked pork with black-curded bean and pepper is a winner. Pork belly is slow-cooked until lean, then sliced thinly and stir-fried with onion, dried and fresh peppers, and fermented black beans. CuminďŹ&#x201A;avored lamb with chili sauce is incredibly tender and ďŹ&#x201A;avorful, balancing the lamb continued on next page

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Kyoto Bar and Grill 535 Lincoln St., Worcester 508-852-5788 FOOD ★★★★ AMBIENCE ★★★★ SERVICE ★★★★★ VALUE ★★★

Kyoto Bar and Grill is a multi-purpose restaurant. Its offerings include large, hibachistyle tables with the grill at center and ample seating for family dining, in addition to a wet bar and sushi bar set apart from the seating for those seeking a quick sushi and Sapporo after work. The two areas feel fairly separated, but you can still hear the excitement of the hibachi’s open flame and food acrobatics from the bar, lending the whole space a celebratory atmosphere.

Kyoto titles its sweet potato tempura roll “Idaho,” further piquing my curiosity as to the use of Midwestern state names for this dish. I am guessing that states like Idaho and Ohio are chosen to designate these rolls because of their association with potato cultivation, but in reality the US’s sweet potatoes are primarily grown in North Carolina, California, Louisiana and Mississippi. At $5 for six rolls, these rolls were an average price, but in general I found the restaurant to be somewhat overpriced. The hibachi environment seemed to bring up the prices of all the offerings, including maki rolls, salads, etc. The rolls themselves were good; the sweet potato was very tasteful and not at all overcrowded by the tempura, which also had its own particular taste resonating through the roll, rather than just being an augmentation. The quality of the rolls was affected, however, by the sticky, bland rice enveloping them. The rice was decidedly soft, rather than hard, which is preferable, but it fell off the rolls as I tried to eat them, and this in turn set the rolls to crumbling altogether. They were, I would say, just slightly too soft, just one step more delicate than sushi’s version of al dente. They were pleasant to bite into though, so I was willing to forego the constitution of the rolls. Kyoto offers the Idaho roll both with and without a cream cheese sauce, and in choosing against the cream cheese I still expected a drizzling of the sweet brown sauce so well-suited to sweet potato tempura rolls. There was no sauce, but the fault was my own in not clarifying that before forfeiting the cream cheese. And the service was excellent; just as prices seem to have increased due to the hibachi setting, so too did the patience of the waitstaff, all of whom were very accommodating and attentive, even when we broke an entire bottle of soy sauce.

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and spice perfectly. Cumin-flavored fish is fried perfectly – crisp and moist – then tossed with plenty of dried chilies, garlic and cumin. Dry-braised hot pot with chicken arrives sizzling in a little wok, vibrantly flavored with Sichuan peppercorns, dried and fresh chilies and garlic. The meat is tender and abundant; each vegetable is distinct and crisp, revealing an expert hand in the kitchen. Poached fish with cabbage in chili sauce swims in a rich, red broth; the fish is fresh, the dish generous and satisfying. Tofu with minced pork in spicy Sichuan sauce, a famous preparation, features tender, light tofu and bits of pork in a soupy bowl full of bright, sharp flavors. Vegetable dishes show similar care. Stirfried pea leaves are bright green and fresh, a nice contrast to spicier fare. Sautéed string beans have been blistered to crunchy perfection. Eggplant with spicy garlic is not

just delicious but also stunning to look at, the bright purple Asian eggplant offset by lurid red and green peppers and chunks of garlic. Service is friendly and accommodating, with servers happy to make suggestions. We overhear nervous diners at another table being gently steered toward milder and more familiar dishes. If you’re sensitive to MSG, you might want to ask them to go lightly with it, since it can be noticeable in some dishes. Appetizers are less than $7, and mains mostly in the $10-$15 range, with some special dishes higher. Dishes are meant to be shared; an appetizer and two mains with rice will make two happy for about $20 each. Daily lunch specials including soup are a bargain at around $7. Red Pepper is the real deal. The duck sauce is homemade, and only served if you actually order duck. There are forks, but you might have to ask. You will find no fortune cookies here. Instead, you will find the gloriously rich and flavorful cuisine of Sichuan province – conveniently located at Webster Square. Oh, happy day.

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NOODLES AND MORE Noodles & Company, a national chain with

RAW FOODS NONCOOKING CLASS Instructors Paula Denoncourt and June House will

locations from New England to California, will open its first Massachusetts location next month in Shrewsbury in the White City Shopping Center. The eatery offers noodles, sandwiches, salads and soups inspired by international cuisines. The Shrewsbury location will be 3,250 square feet and will include indoor seating for 80 diners and outdoor seating for 12 diners. Beer and wine will be offered. Find Noodles & Company next month in White City Shopping Center, 50 Boston Tnpk., Shrewsbury.

demonstrate how a raw food diet is more than carrot sticks and celery on Saturday, March 15, from 2-4 p.m. at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The women will share recipes, including vegetarian sushi, raw tacos, raw lasagna, spaghetti and manicotti, to Mexican chocolate chia pudding and more. The women will also explain how a raw food diet can contribute to weight loss, increased energy, improved mood and resistance to illness. The class will be hands-on and will include recipes and handouts. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Tower Hill

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PEPPERCORNS’ GUEST APPRECIATION NIGHTS Every Monday, from 4 p.m.-close is guest

appreciation night at Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern. A $5 menu offers diners ahi tuna, buffalo tenders, eggplant rollatini, fish tacos, fried calamari, fried pickles, lettuce wraps, risotto balls, stuffed mushrooms, Tuscan calamari and Tuscan chips. Also for just $5, guests can order Estrella Chardonnay or a Swedish Fish martini. Order a pitcher of Wormtown Brewery’s Seven Hills for $10 and a large cheese pizza for $6. Offers not valid for take-out. Peppercorn’s, 455 Park Ave., Worcester.


Speaking of Peppercorn’s, the restaurant has announced it will be expanding its draft lines. Currently, it offers Wormtown Brewery on 12 taps. According to the restaurant, it will soon offer 20 taps, featuring other craft breweries. Peppercorn’s, 455 Park Ave., Worcester.

NUESTRO HUERTO CSA MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE Nuestro Huerto is now accepting CSA memberships for its 2014 season. If you don’t know, a CSA is a system of payment and a philosophy whereby members purchase their share of vegetables at the beginning of the season, providing farmers the capital they need to get started each season, and each week members receive a share of a wide variety

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of vegetables and herbs from the farm. Nuestro Huerto, located on Southgate Street in Worcester, offers full share (enough for four people), half share (enough for two people) and work share (same as full share but paid in “sweat equity” - five hours per week) memberships. Full and half share memberships vary in price and include arugula, beets, broccoli, eggplant, green beans, herbs, melons, onions, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and more. Learn more about Nuestro Huerto’s CSA and how to enroll at

NEW LANDS FARM CSA MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE New Lands Farm, a program of Lutheran Social

Services and a collective of new American farmers who have resettled in Worcester from around the world, is also now accepting CSA memberships for 2014. Members will receive weekly shares of fresh produce from June through October and will be available for pickup at the farm in Sutton on Tuesdays, from 4-7 p.m. or in downtown Worcester at the YMCA Central Branch on Wednesdays, from 4-7 p.m. Shares will include tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans and lettuce. Not-so-familiar vegetables, such as mchicha and African eggplants – each accompanied by a traditional recipe from the farmer’s home – will be included, every so often as well. To sign up for New Lands Farm’s CSA, visit to download a membership form.

BREW WOO Brew Woo, a craft beer festival, returns to

the DCU Center on Saturday, April 19 with two sessions: the first from 1-4 p.m., followed by another from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature breweries with craft beer and local brews, as well as live music and vendors. Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance and include a souvenir glass. The event is strictly 21+. Tickets may be purchased at the DCU Center box office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. dcucenter. com.


New House of India now allows guests to bring their choice of beer or wine with them when dining at the restaurant during its lunch buffet or for dinner. The restaurant is open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. New House of India, 2 Coes Sq., Worcester.


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f you follow this column regularly then you know that I’ve written about the sensual and sexy side of wine. Well I’m at it again and this time the facts are quite riveting. In fact, research from the University of Florence found that women and men who drink one to two glasses of red wine a day have higher sexual desire and fewer inhibitions.

The polyphenols from the grapes may improve the function of a woman’s blood vessels, increasing blood flow to her nether regions, says one study. The down side is that more than two glasses may cause you to feel tired instead of titillating. Does this mean that drinking wine can improve one’s sex life or help with issues of intimacy? I think the jury is still out on that one. But the study does indeed provide for some hope. Let’s be honest: We all look for ways to stay young and vibrant. As opposed to having surgery, a glass of wine each day is far less expensive, and a great deal more fun. You see, wine contains resveratrol, which is an antioxidant. Studies show red wine has benefits for preventing heart disease, as well as slowing down the aging process.

WINE’S BENEFITS: • Drinking red wine in moderation has been found to enhance the libido • By simply drinking 2 glasses of red wine an evening, the arteries relax for the heart. The • Two glasses of red wine a day helps the arteries around the heart relax. Hopefully this means that all of us can have a longer, more satisfying love life. D • Drinking wine promotes a healthy weight loss so you’ll be drinking to a slimmer figure • A glass or two of wine will give your skin a sexy glow • Wine will put a flirty sparkle in your eye • The magical power of wine will cause you to lick your lips in a seductive way • Sharing a bottle of wine with your significant other may help to relax you and therefore reduce inhibitions that prevent you from being open to new ideas

WINE OF THE WEEK 2011 Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel, California



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Worcester Chamber Music Society Open Rehearsal. Come enjoy the sounds of Worcester Chamber Music Society, at an Open Rehearsal. WCMS open rehearsals are a fascinating opportunity to watch artists at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the musicians. This rehearsal is sure to add atmosphere to the exhibition and invite guests to experience [remastered] in a new way. This event is Free with museum admission. ( 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, [remastered] gallery, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. Café Concert 3. Experience chamber music in an informal, fun café setting. Relax with a glass of beer or wine and enjoy the music. Enhance your experience with a delicious buffet dinner before the show at the award winning Nuovo Restaurant. Voted Best Restaurant in 2013 by the Telegram & Gazette and Worcester Magazine! Concert $25, Dinner and Concert. $50. 6:309 p.m. Nuovo Restaurant, 92 Shrewsbury St. 508-217-4450 or Catie Curtis. Catie Curtis is a veteran of the singer/songwriter folk scene, touring throughout the US for 20 years and releasing 13 CDs. Her credits include touring with Lilith Fair, and winning Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (with cowriter Mark Erelli) and recording a duet with Kris Kristofferson. Her songs appear in numerous films and tv shows. She has been called a “folk-rock goddess” by the New Yorker, and has performed at the White House several times. ( $20 advance; $24 day of show. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917-674-6181 or Dueling Pianos hosted by Sunny Lake. Different guest performers every week, join us for dinner, drinks and a great time! No cover charge. 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Center Bar & Grill, 106, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597. Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Hirosaki Prime, 1121 Grafton St. 508-926-8700. Jay Graham. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Mobile Deathcamp (ex-GWAR) with Carnivora, Dumpster Fire, Lore, Infested Prophecy. Tru Entertainment & Promotions presents MOBILE DEATHCAMP, as they return to The Lucky Dog Music Hall. FEATURING: Mobile Deathcamp (facebook. com/mobiledeathcamp) Carnivora ( Dumpster Fire ( LORE ( Infested Prophecy ( app_2405167945) Tickets $8 Door: $10 $8/$10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/events/424639480996400. Open Mic Night Just plug in and play. 8-11 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Thursday Open Mic W/ Ed Sheridan. Free. 8-11 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Joe Reidy. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. College Night Featuring DJ Danny Fly. Come and experience Worcester’s HOTTEST College Dance Party! DJ Danny Fly will be spinning your favorite Top 40, Dance, Hip Hop! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Industry Bar Room, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Karaoke Thursdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Miranda, Jason Got Through. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick



Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Organic Chemistry - Organ Trio! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035.

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Dana Lewis Live! Every Friday evening. Playing in the bar. The Greatest Hits from the 50’S to the 80’s. “The sound track of your youth” 5:30-8 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508757-7208. Thank Friday It’s Dr. Nat. Let Dr. Nat start your weekend with jazz, swing, blues, soul, samba, R&B, Broadway, original songs about Worcester, and other surprises, such as special guest vocalists and instrumentalists. Dancers welcome! Ask about Thank Friday It’s Dr. Nat (TFIDN) menu bargains in the cabaret room! No cover charge, tips appreciated. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030 or Open Mic. Open to musicians, poets, comedians or anyone with a talent! Hosted by Patrick McCarthy. 6:30-9 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or Laurie Pipkins. Laurie is an enthusiastic encourager! She is a Christian singer/songwriter who is sure to lift your spirits. Laurie combines original music with a message and testimony that will surely bring hope and joy to all! Free. 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St Millbury MA, Millbury. 508-865-1517 or LIVE MUSIC - Ton of Blues and Blue Honey. $5. 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. WGBH presents A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan. For the past eight years, St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn Concerts have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians alike to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style. Featuring The Alan Kelly Gang, Carlos Núñez and Caitlín nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Full price tickets are $26, $36 and $46, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 10 or more, corporate partners and WOO Card holders. 7:30-9 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or BILL McCARTHY @ ALL-STAR PUB. I’ll be playing all your favorite Classic & Contemporary Acoustic and Not-So-Acoustic Rock Hits! Catch Bill playing a large variety of classic & contemporary acoustic rock: Beatles, Who, Dead, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, C.C.R., Elvis Presley, Stones, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, and much more! Free. 8-11:30 p.m. Mohegan Bowl and All Star Pub Webster, MA, 51 Thompson Road, Webster. 508-949-2695. Jay Graham. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. JCDC. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 8 p.m.12:30 a.m. Chooch’s Food & Spirits, 31 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield. 508-867-2494. Karaoke. DJ & Dancing 12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Free. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Karla Bonoff. “I Never Really Was a Bad Girl, But You Got Me in Trouble Again” Karla Bonoff has been described as on of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. Billboard Magazine puts it best: “Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.” $36 advance; $40 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917674-6181 or

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Legends of Country Rock. One Day of Peace and Music in Worcester featuring Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Rusty Young of Poco, Craig Fuller of Little Feat and Pure Prairie League. $39. 8-10 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or mechanicshall. org. Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Mike Ladd. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. 80’s party ALL NIGHT LONG with The Flock Of A-Holes! Once a month, on a weekend night, The Flock returns to their roots and puts on a Hell of a show ALL NIGHT LONG at their favorite place! $7. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Damnation, Jake McKelvie & The Countertops, and Vagora! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Ed & Da Ve. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Freak Out Friday w/ TRIBE. Our monthly tradition is back again. Freak Out Friday is a celebration of all things strange & excellent. We boast a great rotation of musicians playing a variety of musical stylings over the course of the evening. As always, there is no charge for this event, and the audience is encouraged to participate. Bring percussion instruments and funny hats/attire. No Cover. 9 p.m.-midnight Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. The Russo Brothers! No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Tribute This! (GnR tribute). The ultimate Guns N’ Roses tribute is back to rock the house at JJ’s! Celebrate St. Patty’s weekend and party like a rock star! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Babe Pino Band. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. Traditional Irish music with Colm O’Brien. Traditional Irish and Rebel songs from Colm O’Brien, a native of Dublin, Ireland. $5. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 139 Water St. 508754-6100. 2 Eyes w/ Biclops. Resident dj’s Big Spoon, Mike Kim, Jaspa & Karl Krazen bring you the finest tech house, jackin house & deep house. This week’s Guest: Biclops. Biclops began attending New

England electronic music events in 2001; DJing professionally in 2012. ( OUR RESIDENTS: Big Spoon ( Mike Kim ( OnlyBeOneMikeKim?fref=ts) Karl Krazen is a man who took a step back from the rest and took the time to discover and learn his true roots; not only is he a disk jockey but a producer at heart. His choice of music is the veritable bloodline of Electronica, Techno. Free. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-7982181 or Acoustic Nation. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. DJ One-3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Friday Night Dance Party with DJ Blackout. DJ Blackout bringin’ the energy to get the party poppin’ all night long. No cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508438-0597. DJ Music Master Matty D. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

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Honors Student Recital - Concert. Some of Pakachoag Music School’s advancing student musicians present selections ranging from Mozart to Rachmaninoff. The Honors Recital is a great illustration of Pakachoag’s larger mission which includes supporting private instruction students in understanding the concept of artistry, not just technical mastery. Free. 2-3 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, The Great Hall, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 508-791-8159 or Concert: Constantine Finehouse. Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale University. Finehouse has performed extensively across the U.S.A., Europe and Russia. His newest album with cellist Sebastian Baverstam features the universally-admired Brahms Sonata No. 1 for piano and cello as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer Tony Schemmer. $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers. Limited seating; advance ticket purchase is recommended. 4-5:30 p.m. Museum of Russian Icons, Auditorium, on the Lower Level, 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 x17 or museumofrussianicons. org/en. Babatunde Thomas Blues. “Sexy Saxman” 7:30-10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Cafe’ con Dios. Donation. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, Main Auditorium, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-579-6722. Symphony Pro Musica Concert. 15-year-old Leland Ko makes his Symphony Pro Musica debut as the cello soloist in Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, a challenging virtuoso masterpiece completed in 1952, towards the end of the composer’s life. Ko is an accomplished cellist, having appeared as soloist in the greater Boston area with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Brockton Symphony, BYSO Repertory Orchestra, and Lowell Symphony. Free for students grades 12 and under; advanced adult tickets $18 - $22. 7:30-9:30 Fruitlands Museum hosts a screening of the film “People of a Feather” on Wednesday, March 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. The award-winning film takes its audience into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. The film explores traditional life juxtaposed with modern challenges as they confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. In addition to the film, bowls of soup by Chef Paul will be offered for $5 and an audience discussion. The screening is free and open to the public. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard.





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p.m. Abby Kelley Foster Charter School, Auditorium, 10 New Bond St. 978-562-0939 or Chris Reddy Irish Loops from Hell. 8 p.m.-noon. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. East Coast Chamber Orchestra. “Sheer exuberance” -The New York Times “These youthful players are helping form classical music’s future. Long may they ECCO.” -The Washington Post In 2001, a group of musicians - colleagues and friends from leading conservatories and music festivals across the country collectively - envisioned the creation of a democratically-run, selfconducted chamber orchestra that would thrive on the pure joy and camaraderie of classical music making. Program Divertimento in B flat k.137 - Mozart Five Micro-Concerts for String Orchestra - Ludwig (commissioned for East Coast Chamber Orchestra) Four on the Floor - Greenstein Motet - Gesualdo Gymnopedie - Satie String Quartet in F major - Ravel Adults $42, students $15, Youth $5. 8-10 p.m. Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St. 508-754-3231 or Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Marty Nestor & the Blackjacks. Marty Nestor’s music has been described in a lot of ways; edgy roots rocker, blues player, folk singer, songwriter. It is a melting pot of many different musical styles. His songwriting conjures up comparisons to The Band, Leon Russell, Tom Petty, Springsteen and Dylan and his writing brings a sense of hope and dark reality that makes listeners want to be involved as he weaves his tales. $12 advance; $14 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Ballroom, 215 Great Road, Shirley.

917-674-6181 or Neon Ally. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. Ronnie’s back for his annual “Birthday Show.” His birthday is March 10 so watch out for this one. Ronnie Earl’s got it. Whatever it is that makes The Blues dig down into your soul and stir it up. Maybe he’s just one of the finest living Blues guitarists on the planet. If you love the Blues and you haven’t been to a Ronnie Earl show, do yourself a favor. The current Broadcasters are: Dave Limina, Hammond B3, Piano, Lorne Entress, Drummer/Producer and Jim Mouradian, Bass. $26 advance; $30 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917-674-6181 or Go Gadget Go. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. Hit the Bus. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Linda Dagnello Jazz Quintet. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Reunion show for LITTLE BIG WHEEL with guests The Fog and The Andrea Gillis Band. (reverbnation. com/littlebigwheel) ( ( $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/pages/Little-Big-Wheel/308331175846090. Call Back Holly, Sonic Titan. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. No Alibi. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Probable Cause St. Patty’s Day Bash. Get ready to party the night away and continue celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend with

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Probable Cause! It’s gonna be a big one, so don’t miss it! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Beach Party w/Tom Revane. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. We & Mrs. Jones. We & Mrs. Jones a new outfit makes their way to the stage for their first full night of music. However this band is chock full of seasoned musicians with Brian Martin on vocals & guitar, new Worcesterite Maddie Jones straight from Texas with her incredible vocal chops, Joe Zupan on drums, Dan Hunt on guitar and Gail Hunt on bass. They perform both old & new R&B, soul, dance music ~ will be a great night, don’t miss their ‘coming out’ party! 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. 2 Eyes w/ Biclops. Resident dj’s Big Spoon, Mike Kim, Jaspa & Karl Krazen bring you the finest tech house, jackin house & deep house. Free. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or events/450030221786878. Center Bar Saturday Nights. DJ E-Class and Mike DJ Kartier take turns bringing the beats to make you

The American Red Cross holds several community blood drives this weekend in Central Mass. Donate blood this Sunday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Greendale YMCA, 75 Shore Dr., Worcester; Monday, March 17 at three locations: the Auburn Elks Lodge, 754 Southbridge St., Auburn, from 1-7 p.m.; the Thomas Prince Elementary School, 170 Sterling Rd., Princeton, from 3:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Publick House, 277 Main St., Sturbridge, from 1-6 p.m. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit

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Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J. No cover charge. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508438-0597.

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St Patrick’s Bash with Chris Reddy. 1-6 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. St Patrick’s Day with Blackstone Cuil. 2-5 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. The Cat and the Moon. 5-9 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Driftin’ Sam Poliz 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., then Karaoke 9 p.m. till Close! No Cover. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. LOFT-Country Music Mondays-Pete Towler. Country Music Mondays! With Pete Towler Live Acoustic music Loft 266 Park ave. No Cover! Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Travel Destination LIVE MUSIC. St Patricks Day Celebration- with The Drunken Uncles. $5. 8-11 p.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Free MOVIE NIGHT with The LEPRECHAUN Marathon. Happy St. Patty’s! An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. Rinse.Repeat. Free, No Cover! 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or Open: Worcester. 21+. Doors open at 6 p.m. Open mic, and open decks Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508799-0629. Bop & Pop Jazz Organization. Classic Hammond Organ Quartet grooves every Monday night at the Dive. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight. Dive Bar, 34 Green St. BopNPopJazzOrganization.

“Silent Sundays” Classic Silent Films of the 1920’s! This Week- “The Mark of Zorro” (Cartoons start at 2 p.m). Then Andy Cummings at 8:30 p.m. $5 Cover. 3-6 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Muic at Trinity: Kyle Bertulli, Organist, in concert. Kyle developed an interest in the organ at a young age and begin piano study at age eight and organ study three years later. Kyle has studied with notable organists Timothy Smith, Patricia Snyder, Debra LeBrun, and Brett Maguire. Free - donation is appreciated. 3-4:30 p.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nave, 73 Lancaster St. 508-753-2989 or Symphony Pro Musica Concert. 15-year-old Leland Ko makes his Symphony Pro Musica debut as the cello soloist in Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, a challenging virtuoso masterpiece completed in 1952, towards the end of the composer’s life. Ko is an accomplished cellist, having appeared as soloist in the greater Boston area with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Brockton Symphony, BYSO Repertory Orchestra, and Lowell Symphony. Free for students grades 12 and under; advanced adult tickets $18 - $22. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mill Pond School Westborough, Auditorium, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough. 978-562-0939 or Head to Wachusett Mountain on Monday, March 17 for the Green Day Celebration, complete with Irish food and beer specials, live music by Stone Clovers Irish Music Session. Here is from 4-6 p.m., a kid’s “Dig for Gold” contest, Sugar on Snow at Bullock Lodge, special online your chance to get a little practice pricing, and kicking off the day will be WAAF’s radio host Greg Hill doing his special the day before St. Patrick’s day or St. Patty’s Day morning show live from the mountain. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., as the Irish say have some good Wachusett. Craic. This is also open to any musicians who would like to join in to our little IRISH jam session. We take anyone who would like to sit >Tuesday 18 in; we also sing good old and new Irish songs and would love you to Two Left at Park Grill and Spirits. Come on down for some sing along with us. This is a part of the Irish culture to get together rock/pop/blues/folk music by electro-acoustic trio Two Left. Enjoy and have fun so come on down. Free. 4-8 p.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub a great meal and tasty drinks while you’re there! Free. 7-10 p.m. & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Park Grill and Spirits, 257 Park Ave. England Piano Trio: JOMP Faculty Recital. Ning Left/276558542494116. Tien, cello; Kristjon Imperio, piano and Aaron Packard, violin. TUESDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT @ GREENDALE’S PUB Suggested Donation: $10, $7 seniors & students - everyone with Bill McCarthy’s LOCAL MUSICIANS SHOWCASE! welcome regardless of donation. 4-5:30 p.m. Joy of Music Program, To check the schedules and open slots visit: Bill McCarthy’s Open Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Mic World on Facebook. Email Bill McCarthy at openmcc@verizon. Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse. 4-9 p.m. B-Man’s 140 Tavern, 348 net to reserve it! Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling. 978-422-9763. Boylston St. 508-853-1350 or Big Jon Short - solo acoustic country blues. Free. 5-8 806788?ref=bookmark&__user=578549000. p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Songwriters’ Forum! No Cover. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Jim’s Blues Jam at Greendales. Each week has a first rate Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. feature performer, followed by an open mike segment. Host Jim C.U.Next Tuesday! Tunes in the Diner with DJ Poke Perry keeps things rolling. No cover. 6-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 Smot and Special Guests every Tuesday Night! No W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. Open Mic Sundays at Snow’s Restaurant With Bill 508-753-9543. Mccarthy. To check the schedules and open slots visit: Bill Karaoke. Karaoke by First Choice Entertainment, hosted by Curtis McCarthy’s Open Mic World on Facebook. Email Bill McCarthy at Note that you must be 21+ years of age. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Loft to reserve it! Free! 7-10:30 p.m. Snow’s 266 Bar & Lounge, 266 Park Ave. 774-696-4845. Restaurant & Pub, 321 West Boylston St. Karaoke Singing Contest - $500 prize. Karaoke contest is

open to solo singers 21 years or older. Two singers selected each week to compete in karaoke contest finals which will begin on April 15 and run for 3 weeks. 18 singers total will compete in finals week 1. Those 18 will be narrowed down to 12 singers for finals week 2. Those 12 will be narrowed down to 6 singers for finals week 3. At the end of week 3 finals, 1 singer will win the Grand Prize of $500. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Loft 266 Bar & Lounge, 266 Park Ave. 774696-4845.

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Brown Bag Concert: Anthony Fung Quartet. The Anthony Fung Quintet consists of five remarkably talented and accomplished Berklee College musicians. Edmar Colón Gierbolini is a 21-year-old tenor saxophonist from Coamo, Puerto Rico. Mao Sone was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Pianist Kyumin Shim is from Seoul Korea. Jonny Chapman is an acoustic bassist from Ontario, Canada. The leader of the group, Anthony Fung, is a drummer from Toronto, Canada. Brown Bag Concerts are broadcast on WICN 90.5FM and on the web at Bring your lunch or buy one there while they last! Free Admission. Noon-1 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-5608 or Faculty Recital. Faculty in the Music Lesson Program present a varied program. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall (Conlon Music Room), 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or cultural-activities/music. WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPEN MIC/LOCAL MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE w/ BILL McCARTHY @ GUISEPPE’S. To check the schedules and open slots visit: Bill McCarthy’s Open Mic World on Facebook. Email Bill McCarthy at to reserve it! Free! 7:30-10:30 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405 or s/209610855806788?ref=bookmark&__user=578549000. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 8 p.m.-midnight. Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Wacky Wednesday Open mic Jam with Mark. Come down and sign up to jam with Mark. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Wednesday: Karaoke night let your inner star out! 8-11 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Karaoke. Come down to Jillian’s of Worcester for Karaoke every Wednesday night! Wednesdays at Jillian’s is also Ladies Night which means all ladies, eat and play for Free. Complementary tortilla chips with salsa, vegetable crudities, and chocolate fountain with fresh fruit! Ladies also play pool for Free and receive a $5 game card for the arcade! Free. 8:30-1:30 p.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Woo Town Wednesdays. Free show with :SATCH: and more. ( Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or eye.ass. AriBand. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Jarred Adams. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. LUCHA LIBRO Returns for Round 4! Downstairs at Ralph! No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.


ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900 or adcmusic. com/Index.htm. Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-849-3300 or


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ArtsWorcester, Nature In Translation: Recent Works by Anne Harris and Laurie McCrohon, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 15; Tenth Annual College Show Opening Reception, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 15. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Fre. 660 Main St. 508-7555142 or Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or Booklovers’ Gourmet, Musings from a Happy Wren, watercolor prints by Linda Dixon, Through March 29. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or Clark University: University Gallery, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 950 Main St. 508-793-7349 or 508-7937113 or 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 College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Global Encounters in Early America, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through April 6. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or departments/cantor/website. Danforth Museum of Art, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050 or Dark World Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Animals Without Passports, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 4; Science + You, Through April 27. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $14 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, $10 college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members Free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special progra. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302 or Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, closed Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-345-1157 or Fitchburg State University: Hammond Hall, Lisa Kessler: Seeing Pink, Mondays, through March 28. 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant St. 508-770-1270 or Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978456-3924 or Funky Stuff, 11am-7pm Tues-Sat. Bringing the funk to Worcester through Fine Art, Jewelry, Clothing, Furniture, Antiques, and



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Collectables. We support local art, and we think you should too! 97C Webster St., Worcester. 508-755-5463. Gallery of African Art, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Donations accepte. 62 High St., Clinton. 978-265-4345 or 978-5985000x12 or Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. highlandartistgroup. com. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or Museum of Russian Icons, Series of One Icon Exhibits, Through June 20. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (59 and over) $5, Students (with ID) & children (3-17) $2, Children under 3 Free, Groups (any age) $. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978598-5000x17 or Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 Free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-696-0909. Post Road Art Center, Opening Reception for the Seasons Show 2014, Thursday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-4852580 or Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508-754-8760 or Prints and Potter Gallery, American Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Arts Center, Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Southbridge. 508-3463341 or Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: Free. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-7538278 or SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or Taproot Bookstore, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or tatnuck. com. The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St. 508-397-7139 or The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m.



A screening of the short film “A Person Known To Me,” an 11-part mystery adventure, set between 1895 and 1905, about the detectives of Chicago’s legendary Mahoney and Porter Investigative Agency, will be presented on Tuesday, March 18, at noon, at the Goddard-Daniels House by the American Antiquarian Society. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so contact Cheryl McRell at to RSVP. Goddard-Daniels House, 190 Salisbury St., Worcester. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978-297-4337 or Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors & $7 Youth, Free to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Westboro Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or Worcester Art Museum, Carina Nebula: Michael Benson, Through June 22; Nude Drawing in the Gallery, Thursdays, March 6 - March 27; Works in Process: from Print to Proof, Through April 15; You are here, Through Aug. 31; Art & Books -Sparkling Splendor/Gold Leaf in Art, Saturday; Zip Tour: Courbet’s “Woman with a Cat”, Saturday; Public Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 28; The Monuments Men:Lecture #2 - A Closer Look, Sunday; Drawing Club, Wednesdays, through March 26; U-student Wednesdays Free admission to WAM educational institutional members, Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - Dec. 31; WAM Talk with Donald Bullens, Professor at Worcester State University discussing “Canvas and Camera: Common Ground in Painting and Photography”, Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, Free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Center for Crafts, ¡Carnaval! Tours, Saturdays, through March 15. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, Alden Family Gallery, Through Dec. 31, 2015; In Their Shirtsleeves, Through Dec. 31, 2015; Stories They Tell, Through Dec. 31, 2015; Worcester Treasures, Through Oct. 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or Worcester Public Library, Hours: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-7991655 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, 100 Institute Road.

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape - Fri & Sat Mar 14th & 15th Peaches Rodrigues Tim McIntire and friends. Fridays & Saturdays. Showtimes: Friday 9 p.m.-Saturdays 8 p.m. -$20pp. Prices: $20 Fri/Sat pp except Special Events. Drinks and Appetizers available in the show room. Full Dinner Available before Show in Restaurant. $5 off with College ID and Reservations, 2 for 1 Active Military or Veterans and Reservations $4 off with Dinner Receipt and Reservations. Make Reservations Early at 800401-2221 or online at

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The Almost Ides of March Double Birthday Street Beat. If its March it must be time for cake and the antics and comedy of Joe Fusco, Jr, the eternal feature for my and his mother’s birthday celebration which falls a day apart. We make it loud and funny and usually I bake my Lucci family favorite, the Chocolate Mocha Cake with candles and the singing and all. Open mic precedes Joe’s feature and we always break for extensive mingling and tonight the cake and coffee on the house. This year I turn 55 and Mrs. Fusco turns 86 so please come out and celebrate with us! Free and open to the public/hat passed to support feature/venue. 7-9 p.m. WCPA Headquarters- Vasa Hall, First Floor Performance Space, 1 Ekman St., Worcester, MA. 508-479-7574 or

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Jazziak’s Dance School. Jessica Bourque of Jazziak’s Dance School in Boylston presents the Jazziak Irish Step Dancers. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle.

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Part-time Custodian/ Maintenance The Town of Sutton (Southern Worcester County/Blackstone Valley, Population 9600) seeks applicants for the Part time position of Custodian/Maintenance person. Manual work in the cleaning and maintenance of town buildings- mainly the Town Hall, Fire Department, Police Department, Library, Marion’s Camp, and all other related work, as required. Works under the general supervision of the Town Administrator. Preferred candidate will possess previous experience as a custodian responsible for a number of buildings with knowledge to operate equipment to strip and wax floors, to conduct snow removal, and other equipment used in the cleaning and maintenance of buildings. Position is Part time 18 hours per week. Pay range starts at $12.91/hr (PW-1) Interested candidates shall send letter of interest and application to James Smith, Town Administrator, Town of Sutton, Sutton, MA 01590, or via email to J.SMITH@TOWN.SUTTON. MA.US. Applications accepted until March 27, 2014. The Town of Sutton is EO/AA Employer.



Facilities/Maintenance F/T Responsible for buildng/ grounds.Small engine repair/ vehicle maintenance a plus. Valid drivers license & able to lift 75 lbs. Send resumes: 978-422-9064









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CEMETERY PLOTS Worcester Memorial Park Paxton. Garden of the Cross. 1-4 Lovely burial plots adjacent to each other. Would provide a lovely resting place for your loved one. $4300.00 each. Cathy 203-315-9291 203 -315-9291 ITEMS UNDER $2,014 2012/13 Camry. Weathertech floor liners front and rear. Black. $80 508-612-8929

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FOSTER PARENTS WANTED Foster Care Information Session Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month • 2pm-4pm (Please Call for Details)

Seeking families throughout Central Massachusetts who are interested in improving a child’s life. Call to inquire about our upcoming foster parent training. $500 BONUS

Paige Smith, Certified Dog Trainer

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Here’s all you need to do! 3 ways to submit... 1. Mail completed form to Central Mass Classifieds, P.O. Box 546, Holden, MA 01520 2. OR FAX the completed form to 508-829-0670 3. OR Email the info with name/address/phone number to

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3 Westboro year books 19641965-1973 3 for $25.00 Please call Paul 978-400-1625

Beautiful crystal blue gown with shawl size 7. Worn once. Paid $600.00 asking $50.00 cash only. 508-829-9240

New Crock Pot Rival 4 1/2 quart slow cooker Beige with design. $15.00 508-754-1827

4 General Radial Tires Like new. 185/65-R15 Less than 1000 on tires. $200.00 978-464-2970 Antique Glencog Stove Burns wood & coal. Good condition. Asking $500.00 508-930-1896 Antique wooden high chair. Changes into table and chair. $75.00 508-756-5084 Ariens ST 524 Snowblower Good condition. $300.00 For appointment call 508-829-5161


Maximum 4 lines (approx. 20 characters per line). We reserve the right to edit if ads come in that are too long. NO phone orders accepted. See ways to submit above. Merchandise Ads Only - NO autos, snowmobiles, RV’s, trailers, boats, ATV’s, etc. We have a special rate for these ads ($20 till it sells). NO business Ads accepted for this section. If we suspect the ads are being sent in by a business, we reserve the right to refuse. Limit 1 ad per name/address/phone number every 2 weeks. Ads will run for 2 weeks. Limit 1 item per ad (group of items OK if one price for all and under $2,014). Price must be listed in ad. NO Cemetery Plots


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Brand new (4 mos) Gateway computer. Black 4GB Exc. cond. Asking $300.00 firm. Call 978-868-2985 Child’s Car Seat Britax Regent deluxe model. Brown color. Holds up to 80lbs. New $3oo asking $150. Call 508-886-2596. Dark Oak Rd. Table Nichols & Stone w/5 cane back chairs. 2 need work. Extra leaf. $500.00 or B.O. 978-534-8214 Mens Swiss Art Sea pearl Watch Brand new $250 Asking $150. 2 extra water resistant straps. 508-886-2596

New Paper Shredder $25.00 508-892-3676 Nordictrack Elite 14.7 Elliptical 1 yr old mint. Paid $1399 move it away yourself for $400. You pickup. 774-239-4966 Karen Oak 3 door Ice Box 18" deep 34" wide 45" tall. $125.00 Ed 978-386-6833 Piano with bench. Exc. cond. $350.00. You move. Have original sales slip. 978-466-7703 Princess China Bridal Wreath pattern. Service for 6 with platter, sugar & creamer. $150.00 508-829-3464

Our Adopt-A-Paws feature runs the second week of each month. With the support of our sponsors, we will feature dogs and cats that are available for adoption at local nonprofit shelters. TO SEE ALL THE ANIMALS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION CHECK OUT THE WEB SITES BELOW: WORCESTER ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE

139 Holden Street • Worcester, MA • 508-853-0030 •

Creative Floors, Inc. Ceramic • Carpet • Vinyl • Marble • Granite Laminate • Pre-finished Hardwood • Wallpaper Sales • Design • Installation

Shamrock Dog Collars

Griffin - Terrier/Mix Male/Neutered 3 years

Barney - Terrier, Am. Pit Bull Male/Neutered 3 years 7 months

Open Tuesday-Saturday | 1653 N. Main St., Holden, MA

Beabull:Bulldog/Beagle Male - Large Young

Jewelry Belleek Sweaters Giftware

Nana’s Stained Glass 441 Marshall Street Leicester MA 01524

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Financing Available • Free Estimates


9 Crescent St., West Boylston 508-835-6677

• Studio

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Phineas - Guinea Pig 3 years Male Domestic Short Hair / Mixed

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Lola - Siamese/Mix Female/Spayed 7 years 9 months

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wouldn’t you like to bring the luck of the Irish to an animal who is in need of a furever home? You will be lucky too when you see how much love you receive in return. We are so lucky and grateful to have businesses each month who sponsor an ad for an adoptable pet and to have readers who respond to the need of these animals! Thank you to all who have adopted/ rescued and to those who are considering it and support it! Every animal deserves to find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, which for them is a loving new family and permanent home. Are you ready to spread some luck?

We are seeking sponsors for future issues. You do not need to be a pet related business to sponsor a pet. The more sponsors we get, the more pets we will feature. If your business would like to sponsor a pet, please contact Central Mass Classifieds by April 7th at noon to be in our next ADOPT-A-PAWS on April 10th. Together we can make a difference!



• M A R C H 13 , 2 0 14 ITEMS UNDER $2,014 Snowblower Toro Heavy duty 2 stage 8 hp. 24 inches wide garaged well maintained needs nothing $325 del 508-829-6009 Sofa, brown/off white. 7’6" x 3’ Good cond, can deliver if local. $50.00 978-355-0185 Vintage Brass Fireplace Set Brass frame, mesh screen, andirons, tool set. $150.00 B.O. 508-791-0531 Wall to Wall Carpet 14’x26’ Green. Exc. cond. Asking $200.00 508-331-8262 Wheelchair Lift for Handicap Van Exc. cond. Can demonstrate. $1600.00 or B/O 978-840 -2662 York 25 LB Dumbbell Weight $25.00 Call 978-534-8632 FOR SALE Cash for Stamp Collections Will evaluate or buy. Stamp questions? Call Ron 413-896-3324 FURNITURE a NEW QUEEN pillow top mattress set

EDUCATION REAL ESTATE TRAINING Salesperson Pre-License Course Starting!

Take the sales course in the Spring and be selling houses this Summer! Our Pre-License classes are taught by practicing REALTORS.


Whether you are just starting a real estate career or are a seasoned professional in need of continuing education, WRAR offers the courses that you need. Call the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS at 508-832-6600 or visit our website at


GRAFTON & MILLBURY 1 & 2BD Apts. starting at $795 & up. Some incl’d heat & hot water. New paint, off st. prkg., onsite laundry. 1st/sec. 508-839-5775 HOLDEN 2BR w/skylight, beams, master suite. No lease. $1100 inc. heat/hot water. Owner/broker: M. Hopkins 508-868-3538 Worcester Spacious 2BR Townhouse garage/deck $1,195.00 508-852-6001 LAND FOR SALE

Carrie the Leprechaun Classifieds Sales Manager

Ask Us About Our Winter Specials!

Our next class starts April 5 and runs through May 5. Classes are held each Saturday from 8:00-noon and Mondays from 5:30-9:30 pm.

APARTMENT FOR RENT $149 New in plastic, Can deliver, Call Luke 774-823-6692



PAXTON 16 ACRE WOODED ESTATE LOT Horses allowed. Surrounded by high end homes. Great perk rate. Ready to build your dream home. Reduced for quick sale $109,900.00 M. Hopkins O/B 508-868-3538

Conveniently located at 260 Grove Street in Paxton, Massachusetts Rents

OPEN HOUSE PAXTON-7 Camelot Dr. Saturday 12pm-2pm. Like new cont. colonial. 3500 sq.ft. plus finished LL. Lge master w/fireplace. Updated granite kitchen and baths. Huge great room w/bar, pool table, hot tub. Heated fenced pool. A lot of home for $429,900.00 O/B M. Hopkins 508-868-3538 VACATION PROPERTY FOR RENT Moody Beach, ME Beautiful ocean views and short walk to Moody Beach. New three bedroom, two bath home on Ocean Ave. $2200/week. For information call 774-292-9184, or e-mail: South Yarmouth Bass River Year Round 3BD, 2BA, Lge family rm plus 20x12 3 season rm. 500ft. to ocean beach. Lge yard. Last house on dead end street. W/D, D/W. Nicely furnished. Avail. weekly: 6/15th-28th, 8/9th-29th. 508-853-3085 or 508-829-7285

$896 One Bedroom $1,071 Two Bedroom

Rent Includes: * Professionally Managed-Elevator Bldg. * Maintenance Free Living * Heat and Hot Water Included * Community Center * Fitness Room * Walking Trails * Patio and Resident Garden

* Spacious 1 & 2 Bedroom Floor Plans * Pet Friendly * Ample Closet Space * Additional Resident Storage * Designer Finishes * Smokefree building

Open House

Saturday, March th 15 11am-1pm & Sunday, Marc h 16 th 12pm-2pm

Maximum income limits, per household size, not to exceed 60% of AMI (gross income) 1 Persons 2 Persons $36,840 $42,120 Minimum income limits apply (please inquire for details) ‘Head of household must be 62 years of age or older. Other household members must be at least 55 years of age.

For Information or an application please contact S-C Management Corp. at 508-799-3990, TTD 711 or email us at or visit us at





2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer Great condition. New transmission. Low miles. 4WD. $4,799.00 Dan 508-641-6839

2002 Kia Sedona 160K miles. Moon roof, AC, power front seat. Runs well. $2,500.00. 978-400-6232

1999 Road King Under 8,000 miles. Too many extras to list. Always stored in room temperature. $15,000.00 978-4645525 or 781-879-8275 cell 2008 Honda Metropolitan Scooter Black and gray. Mint cond. 469 miles. Asking $1650.00. Includes helmet. 207289-9362 OR 207-450-1492. AUTO/RV Great condition RV 2006 National Tradewinds 40D Garage kept, 4 slides, used lightly. $38,000 617-714-9446

AUTOS AUTO/TRUCK 2000 Ford F150 Flareside Pickup Showroom condition inside and out. 100K miles. All power, needs nothing. $8500.00 Call 978-466-6043

1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Sedan. 79k miles. Grey exterior and interior. $6500.00 or B/O 774-242-2370 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6 cylinder gas. Very good cond. Runs exc. $3500.00 195k miles. Located in Sutton, MA 774-287-0777

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1996 Jeep Cherokee 4WD, blk, auto-start, keyless entry, fold-down seats, rims, spare. KBV $4000, asking $2500. 774-234-0214

2004 Chrysler Sebring Convertible White w/tan top. 110K miles. New tires, battery, struts. Runs excellent. $3,950.00 Firm 508-769-3262

1997 Oldsmobile LSS New muffler, brakes & battery. 130 estimated miles. Good cond. $2000.00 firm. Leominster 978-534-1915

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2006 Honda S2000 ext Black int Brand new top 93oct/synth oil only used Florida car adult owner 59k miles $16,500 508-816-0141

2000 Mercury Sable Wagon. 131K miles. Exc. cond. inside & out. Asking $2,200.00 Call Kathy 978-728-4702

CAMPERS/TRAILERS 1998 Dutchman Pop-up Camper Refrigerator, stove, sink. Heater, port o potty, kitchen table. Sleeps 8. $1700.00. 978840-0782 Ask for Kenny.

2001 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, Rare car, loaded, mint condition. $7,995 508-875-7400 2001 Subaru Legacy Blue w/grey interior. 73,500 miles. $5,000 or best offer. 508-865-2756

David L. Johnson EA, ATA

100 Doyle Rd. • Holden

Albert N. Cecchini CPA, EA

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Paula K. Aberman Associates, Inc. Paula Savard

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(978) 537-4971 • 1-(800) 924-8666 Winchendon $124,900 2 br 1 bath cape. Alternative to condo living small easy to heat, detached garage. Interior redone. Paula Savard AbermanAssoc Inc. 978-537-4971 x 14

Leominster $179,900

Tracy Sladen

2086 Main Street, Lancaster

OPEN HOUSE ON DEMAND Our sellers are standing by for short notice showings from 11am -1pm every Sunday WE ARE NOT ON SITE. Please call us at 978 537 4971 x 0.   In most instances, we will call you back in 10 minutes. Properties are listed on

Ashby $189,900

Modern 3 bedroom ranch with updated features. Extra Large Mas Br on first floor was originally 2 room. 3rd bedroom lower level or convert 1st floor back. Lower level workshop, playroom . Aberman Assoc Inc Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x 14

4 br multi level. Needs updating. 3 fireplaces, 4 bathrooms. Great family home with space for everyone’s projects. Paula Savard AbermanAssoc Inc. 978-537-4971 x 14

Clinton $219,000

Sterling $244,900

2 Family, 2 units side by side. Unit 1 has 3 br and 1 full bath. Unit 2 has 2 br and 1 full bath. Aberman Assoc Inc. Mark Gerber 978-537-4971 x 63

3br 1 bath cape. Sterling town beach, residents only is 2 miles, spacious 8 room cape with detached garage.  Aberman Assoc. Inc Paula Savard 978-5374971 x 14

Yasmin Loft

Anna Mary Kraemer CRS

Moises Cosme

Templeton $124,900 2 br 1 1/2 bath townhouse. Estate sale. Spacious open concept first floor. Kitchen, dining area and living room. Large bedrooms with good closet space. Lower level has full walk out. NIce area to finish for future expansion. This is a 55+ unit.  Aberman Assoc. Inc Gail Lent 978-537-4971 x15

Littleton $199,900 Easy highway access.Open concept ranch style starter home with additional living area in lower level. New Septic installed September 2013. Aberman Assoc. Inc Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x 14

Petersham $225,000 Antique farmhouse turned into country contemporary. 1000 s.f inlaw over 2 car attached garage, decks, enclosed porches and breezeways add to farmlike setting. 2 plus acres, circular drive. 1/2 mile from Rt 101 and Rt 32. 1/2 hour from downtown Leominster or Amherst. Floorplan for main house 1 1/2 story 3 bedrooms 2 full baths first floor laundry. Inlaw has 1 bedroom 1 full bath and laundry. Separate side entrance. Aberman Assoc Inc. Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14

Templeton $225,000

Lunenburg $229,900

Sterling $399,900

4 br 2.5 bath colonial. Eat in kitchen with breakfast bar, atrium door to deck area. Formal dining formal living with crown molding, mellow hardwood floors. easy access to Rt 2 at exit 20 2 1/2 ceramic tile bathrooms, laundry on first floor. Aberman Assoc Inc. Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14

3 br 1 bath Cape. Large eat in kitchen with gas fireplace. Spacious living room with working fireplace. Two bedrooms (one up and one on main floor). Additional room upstairs used as a third bedroom and living room currently used as a fourth bedroom. Beautiful level lot, partially wooded. Storage room on back side of two car garage. Room sizes are approximate. Aberman Assoc Inc Yasmin Loft 978-537-4971 x 61

4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 2 car attached garage, walkout basement with two overhead doors for boat or hobby. 1/2 mile from town beach at Lake Waushacum.   Aberman Assoc Inc. Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x14



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24 ft Light Weight 2004 Terry Dakota Travel Trailer Sleeps 7, bunk beds & full bed, 16ft awning, A/C, Central heat, microwave & 3 burner stove. Dual powered fridge/freezer. Loads of storage, outdoor shower. 2 batteries, travel septic. Like new. $8,500.00 508-579-6622

Utility Trailer, Heavy Duty 15" wheels, with removable sides. 6’X 8’. Located in Sutton, MA $650.00 774-287-0777

CAMPERS/TRAILERS Truck Camper 1985 Bought new in 1991. Real Life brand. Bathroom, shower, self contained. 8ft truck bed. $2900.00 B/O 774-287-0777

TOWN OF MILLBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Request for Determination of Applicability from Jonathan Gulliver/MassDOT for road resurfacing work along Route 146. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman 3/13/2014 MS

Utility Trailer. Made from a 1970 Chevy short bed pickup body. $225.00 Call Larry 508-886-6082 Rutland MA. Utility Trailer 5’ X 8’. Floor, sides and gate are 3/4" pt. Removable fold down gate in rear. $1400 invested, asking $800 firm. Can be seen in Holden. 508-791-6444

JUNK CARS We Buy and PICK UP Your junk or wrecked cars or trucks. We Sell New and Used Parts. Airport Auto Parts, Inc. 56 Crawford St. Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-3137

TRAVEL VACATION PACKAGES CARIBBEAN TRAVEL & TOUR CRUISES-GIFTSCELL PHONES ACTIVATION 508-767-0172 "ALL INCLUSIVE TOURS" Meal&Drinks T-Mobile-Simple MobileUltra Mobile-H20 Pay your cell bill & Buy Cell online: 1A-Rice Sq Worcester MA 01604

INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Electrical Contractors for the Great Brook Valley Gardens Electrical Upgrade project for the Worcester Housing Authority in Worcester, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Verne G. Norman Associates, Inc. The Project consists of electrical modernization in one hundred twenty-eight (128) dwelling units. Replacement of dwelling unit load centers, existing branch circuit wiring, lighting fixtures, and wiring devices. The work is estimated to cost $1,100,000.00 This is a Davis Bacon Federal wage rate project. General bidders must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) in the category of Electrical. Each General Bid shall be accompanied by: (1) Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to the bid (2) DCAM Certificate of Eligibility (3) DCAM Update Statement CQ 3 (4) Form HUD-5369A Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders Attention is called to the following: a. Provisions of Equal Employment Opportunity. b. Provisions for payment of not less than the minimum wages as set forth in the Specifications. c. Provisions of Chapter 14, Acts of 1966, Imposing a Temporary Sales Tax, Section 1, Subsection 6 (d) and (k) exempting the Authority from the operation of such a chapter; d. Requirement to furnish and pay for a Performance Bond and a Labor and Materials Bond as set forth in the specifications. e. Insurance certificate indicating coverage for public liability, property damage and workers compensation, in accordance with the contract requirements, must be filed by the successful bidder upon signing of the contract. General Bids will be received until 2:00 P. M. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 and publicly opened, forthwith. All Bids should be sent to: Stanley Miknaitis, Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 and received no later than the date & time specified above. General bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 after 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 and thereafter, Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM. There is a plan deposit of $ 50.00 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to the Awarding Authority. Deposits must be a certified or cashier’s check. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders and for one set for sub-bidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise, the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Additional sets may be purchased for $ 50.00. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 50.00 per set, payable to the Awarding Authority, to cover mail-handling costs. The job site and/or existing building will be available for inspection at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 150 Constitution Avenue at the project site. Following the Pre-Bid conference, any questions received from prospective bidders shall be in writing and shall be sent to WHA up until the following times (unless bid dates are extended): 1. For General Bids and for non-filed sub-bids: NO later than 10:00 AM on Friday March 28, 2014. All bids must conform with provisions of Mass. General Law (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 149, Section 44 to 44L inclusive and the Instructions to Bidders. The Worcester Housing Authority reserves the right to waive any informality in or reject any and all bids or to waive any informality in the bidding. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days, Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays excluded, after approval of the award by the Worcester Housing Authority without written consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: Project Dog 18 Graf Road Suite #8 Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone 978-499-9014

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES www.centralmassclass .com WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY MODERNIZATION/NEW DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for GREAT BROOK VALLEY PHASE 1 SITE & LANDSCAPE RENOVATIONS until 2:00 p.m. on April 17, 2014 at the office of the Worcester Housing Authority, Modernization/New Development Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Estimated construction cost is $910,000 All bids must conform with provisions of Mass. General Law (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 149, Section 44A to 44L inclusive and the Instruction to Bidders. Filed sub-bids will be taken for the following portions of the work: Masonry Work Waterproofing, Damp-Proofing, and Caulking Electrical Work All such filed sub-bids shall be in the possession of the Worcester Housing Authority not later than 2:00 p.m. on April 3, 2014 at which time all bids will be opened and publicly read aloud. Immediately following sub-bid opening the Worcester Housing Authority will mail to General Contractors on record, a list of sub-bidders not rejected by the Worcester Housing Authority, and the General Bidders excluded from using such bids, all in accordance with the provisions of Section 44A to 44L inclusive of Chapter 149 of the Mass. General Laws. Copies of the contract documents prepared by BSC Group may be obtained after 9:00 am, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the above address by depositing $50.00 in the form of a company check, made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority, for each set of documents so obtained. The amount of the deposit will be refunded to each person who returns the plans, specifications and other documents in good condition within ten (10) days after bid opening. Bidders requesting contract documents to be mailed to them should 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. 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. b. By Sub-Bidders in the amount of 5% of the sub-bid price. Each General Bid shall be accompanied by: (1) Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to the bid (2) DCAM Certificate of Eligibility (3) DCAM Update Statement CQ 3 (4) Form HUD-5369A Representations, Certifications and Other Statements of Bidders Each Sub-Bid shall be accompanied by: (1) Non-Collusive Affidavit attached to bid Attention is called to the following: a. Provisions of Equal Employment Opportunity. b. Provisions for payment of not less than the minimum wages as set forth in the Specifications. c. Provisions of Chapter 14, Acts of 1966, Imposing a Temporary Sales Tax, Section 1, Subsection 6 (d) and (k) exempting the Authority from the operation of such a chapter; d. Requirement to furnish and pay for a Performance Bond and a Labor and Materials Bond as set forth in the specifications. e. Insurance certificate indicating coverage for public liability, property damage and workers compensation, in accordance with the contract requirements, must be filed by the successful bidder upon signing of the contract. A pre-bid conference will be held at Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM, at the corner of Tacoma St. and Constitution Ave. at which time bidders will be invited to visit the project site(s) with the Architect and a Worcester Housing Authority representative. Failure to attend or visit the premises shall be no defense in failure to perform contract terms. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: F.W. Dodge, 34 Crosby Drive, suite 201, Bedford, MA, 01730 (860)-474-5387 Reed Construction Data, 30 Tech Pkwy South, Ste 500, Norcross, GA 30092 (203) 426-0450) Project Dog, 18 Graf Road-Unit 8, Newburyport, MA 01950, (978) 499-9014 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. No bid of a Sub-Bidder shall be withdrawn, excluded, after award of the contract to the General Contractor without the consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. The contact Person for the WHA is Stanley Miknaitis, Senior Project Manager, Telephone: (508) 635-3311. Worcester Housing Authority Author T. Sisko, Chairperson 3/13, 3/20 WM WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS March 13, 2014 SEALED BIDS shall be received at the Purchasing Office, 69 Tacoma St., Worceseter, MA 01605 IFBs maybe picked up at the location above or may be downloaded from our webiste:, or call (508) 695-3203, TDD (508) 798-4530. Bidders are responsible for ensuring they have received any/all addenda prior to submitting a bid. Separate awards will be made for each IFB. WHA reserves the right to reject any all responses, in whole or in part, deemed to be in their best interest. Award of all contracts is subject to the approval of the WHA Executive Director or Board of Commissioners. The Operating Agency shall indemnify and hold harmless the WHA and its officers or agents from any and all third party claims arising from activities under these Agreements as set fort in MGL c.258, section 2 as amended. 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TOWN OF SUTTON Public Hearing Notice Sutton Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41, Sections 81T and 81W, M.G.L., the Planning Board will hold a hearing on the application of current owners, Scott Lynch and Jaclyn Cadrin or North Grafton, MA, to rescind the approval of a definitive subdivision plan entitled Fred’s Way by Andrews Survey & Engineering dated October 22, 2009, located off Dudley Road and showing 3 proposed lots. The plan was originally submitted and owned by Clifford Vera & Fred Dusak of Worcester, MA. It was originally approved by the Planning Board on December 7, 2009 and subsequently endorsed on June 7, 2010. The Board will consider rescinding this subdivision as the current owner wishes to utilize the definitive subdivision land as a single building lot. The hearing will take place on the third floor of the Sutton Town Hall on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:15 P.M. Any person interested, or wishing to be heard, should appear at the time and place designated. Jon Anderson, Chairman 3/6, 3/13/2014 MS

TOWN OF SUTTON Public Hearing Bylaw and Charter Review Committee The Bylaw and Charter Review Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Sutton Municipal Center to discuss changes to the Charter and the General Bylaws. Any resident is welcome to attend. A copy of the changes recommended for the Charter or General Bylaws are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. 3/13, 3/20/2014MS

Town of Sutton Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Sutton Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the Towns options under MGL Chapter 61A, Section 14 Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 7:00p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sutton Town Hall regarding Chapter 61A property located on Central Turnpike; Assessors Map 30, Parcels 65, 66 & 67 and Putnam Hill Road, Map 30, Parcel 78. This meeting will be held on the 3rd floor of the Sutton Municipal Center, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton MA 01590. The public is invited to attend this public hearing. 3/13/2014 MS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from General Contractors for the Renovation of Housing for the Worcester Housing Authority in Worcester, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Nault Architects, Inc. The Project consists of: Interior renovation of a single handicapped accessible bathroom within a Group Home, to bring it fully into compliance with current accessibility regulations. The work is estimated to cost $ 45,550 Bids are subject to M.G.L. c.149 §44A-J & to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.l49 §§26 to 27H inclusive. General Bids will be received until 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 and publicly opened, forthwith. All Bids should be sent to: Worcester Housing Authority, Modernization Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 and received no later than the date & time specified above. General bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at Worcester Housing Authority, Modernization Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605, after 9 A.M. March 12, 2014. There is a plan deposit of $ 50.00 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to the Awarding Authority. Deposits must be a certified or cashier’s check. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders and for one set for subbidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Additional sets may be purchased for $ 25.00 Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 25.00 per set, payable to the Awarding Authority, to cover mail handling costs. The job site and/or existing building will be available for inspection at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 309 Hamilton Street in Worcester, MA. For an appointment call John Sullivan at 508-635-3313. The Contract Documents may be obtained by electronic media at: F.W. Dodge, 34 Crosby Drive, suite 201, Bedford, MA, 01730 (860)-474-5387 Reed Construction Data, 30 Tech Pkwy South, Ste 500, Norcross, GA 30092 (203) 426-0450) Project Dog, 18 Graf Road-Unit 8, Newburyport, MA 01950, (978) 499-9014 Worcester Housing Authority March 4, 2013 Arthur T. Sisko, Chairperson 03/13, 03/20 WM TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from: Beverly McClure, 28 Grafton Street, Millbury, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: add an Industrial use, (flower shop), into a pre-existing, non-conforming twostory structure at 28 Grafton Street, Millbury, MA. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 3/13, 3/20/2014 MS

TOWN OF MILLBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Request for Determination of Applicability from George Batchelor/MassDOT for work to apply herbicides to ROW (Right Of Way) along Route 146. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman 3/13/2014 MS

Ben Kaplan


Two minutes with...

Ben Kaplan plays hockey for the Crusaders at the College of Holy Cross, where he is a sophomore and where he planted the seeds of what may very well end up being the “next best thing” in technology. The Burlington, Vermont native, who took a year off after high school to play junior hockey in New Hampshire, is the winner of last year’s Holy Cross Shark Tank competition, where judges were suitably impressed with his original social networking app, WiGO. It may sound like the beginnings of a certain other entrepreneur whose Facebook platform ended up taking the world by storm. Kaplan certainly hopes to expand the idea beyond its current use among students at Holy Cross. The 22-year-old is in the process of applying for a self-designed major through the school’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS), which would put him on course to join the 200 or so students in the past 10 years who have graduated Holy Cross with a self-designed major. Worcester Magazine recently caught up with the engaging and ambitious Kaplan and talked about his new app, his hockey career and more.

How does WiGO work and who is it for? It is for college students. Right now it is exclusive to just Holy Cross. It’s a softlaunch. How it works is students validate their email address and see a list of other students at the school. For example, on Friday afternoon you might see a question like, “Who’s going out tonight?” Say you’re going out. You can have private or group chats with other students who might be doing the same thing.

So you would know where they are going? I

have a new version coming out that has a location feature integrated with Facebook. For example, anyone that likes football within your network, you’ll see groups of friends who are going to a football game.

There are so many social networking websites and apps out there. What makes WiGO unique? Its functionality as a social

planning app. Most big apps focus on what already happened. You post pictures of something that already happened. This allows you to plan to do something. It also uses your college network, instead of your extensive social network. It just shows other users at the school. It also has a shoulder tapping feature, sort of like a nudge of encouragement to go out. And every day on WiGO is new day. It doesn’t collect activity from last week. WiGO targets college students, campus by campus. A lot of social apps have just hoped it

I’ve put my heart and soul into this. I have high hopes. I see this as a prominent social planning app next year. caught on. If only 20 friends are using the app, no one else is going to use it.

How many students are using the app? In just three weeks over half the school was using it. Holy Cross has about 2,800 students, and about 80 percent of them have iPhones. Within the first three weeks, I got 1,000 students using the app, which is incredible.

What kind of feedback have you received? There’s been overwhelming feedback. People want to see where their friends are going. With my new developer we’re working to respond to the feedback. The location feature on the new version is a result of that.

You won the Shark Tank competition. How did that change things for you? It got

the ball rolling. The Holy Cross alumni network has been incredibly helpful. Before the competition I had just these ideas in my head. The competition forced me to present my ideas formally. The judges got me connected with other alumni.

What have you learned about yourself? Budgeting my time. Playing hockey, maintaining strong academic study and starting a business. Going through all these steps showed me you’ve got to balance your time. Two, it taught me that just because it’s not out there now doesn’t mean it can’t be. Three, the alumni community at Holy Cross. I’ve learned they’re so eager to help others. They have been really encouraging.

Your app is about social planning. Do you think students find a lot to do in Worcester? I think there’s strong engagement with the community of Worcester, going to the Blackstone Valley Cinemas or the local bars, or grabbing food somewhere, a lot of people are getting into the city.

You plan to expand this to other colleges, right? Absolutely. I did something

called the lean start-up approach – get something out their quickly. WiGO is just the tip of the iceberg and a way to prove my concept that college students want an app to make their social plans. I want to be in at least three other colleges by

spring, once the new app is finished. I’m hoping to be in 50 colleges by spring of next year. I use a student ambassador program to help spread it. As I expand to other schools, I’ll use a similar student ambassador program.

What is the most attractive feature of the app? You look at Saturday nights, when

there are a lot of college students going out, but what’s really going on during the non-busy nights? Seeing who else is interested in doing something is really interesting. So one, it’s the non-Saturday nights and two, the shoulder-tapping feature.

Where do you see the app in a year? I’ve put my heart and soul into this. I have high hopes. I see this as a prominent social planning app next year. In five years, I see it as the number one social planning app for all areas, not just college. Like for my Dad, seeing who is interested in going golfing. I am not limiting it to college always. OK, so you play hockey. No NHL in your future? I didn’t get drafted, but when

I’m at the rink I put 100-percent effort into practices and games. We are in the playoffs right now. We just beat RIT and are going to the quarterfinals. — Walter Bird Jr., Senior Writer



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