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Students headed to national DECA competition as future leaders STEVEN KING

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ha-Asia Taylor works for a credit union. Marta Wasiewicz works at Wendy’s. Nothing in common? Hardly. The two young women, Taylor a 16-year-old and Wasiewicz a year older at 17, both handle cash as part of their jobs. And both attend Worcester Technical High School, where they are among 60 students in the finance/ marketing shop and part of DECA, a sixdecades-plus-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school and college students around the world for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The two teens also happen to be two-thirds of a championship team heading to Atlanta, Ga. on May 3 to take part and compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference. They will join 16-year-old Esmely Munoz as members of a team working in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project. Sixteen-year-old Kyle Geller is also headed for Georgia to compete as a professional seller. Another team consisting of students Tavia Rosario and Nicolas Perez will take part in entrepreneurship promotion. All are headed south on the strength of super showings at the state DECCA competition held earlier this month in Boston. In January, they won the district DECA title in their division. They went to the nationals last year, but not as competitors. continued on page 6

Worcester Technical High School DECA students Kyle Geller, Marta Wasiewicz, Sha-Asia Taylor and Esmely Munoz will be going to the National DECA competition held in Atlanta.

A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

It does not approach the $15-an-hour proposal floated by some, but House Speaker Bob DeLeo’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour is still not being greeted with enthusiasm by some businesses and critics. However, his plan does include a hike of the minimum wage for tipped employees. 0

Historian Ray Raphael discusses Worcester’s 1774 Revolution and his book, “The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord” at a free gathering on Elm Street. +1

Becker College earns its fifth consecutive ranking on The Princeton Review’s list of best undergraduate schools to study video game design for 2014. +5

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WOO-TOWN INDE X The Worcester Division of Public Health/Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance awarded $28,400 to support its work to become nationally accredited. +2

Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley backs a gay Sutton couple’s lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Worcester. +2

Reality or not, the perception exists among some in Worcester that they are not being listened to in the search for a permanent city manager. -3

Norton/ Saint-Gobain welcomes Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, who competed in the single luge race on steel blades designed by the company in Worcester. +3

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s the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care system continues to pour over every aspect of its operations, making staff and program cuts as it restructures itself financially, just about everything is up for review and potentially at risk for the budget guillotine. And while nothing may be considered sacred, a changing focus on the way health care is delivered may shield some programs from the ax. The way South Worcester Neighborhood Center (SWNC) Executive Director Ron

Sources familiar with the Care Mobile say, while changes could be made to how it operates, it is unlikely that it would be abandoned altogether. The RMCM at UMass was the first of its kind in the country in 2000. According to Monica Lowell, vice president of community relations for UMass Memorial, there are now more than 30 around the country. The hospital received a new Mobile a couple years ago. Staffed by a cross-trained team of four, including a nurse practitioner and dental care provider, it rolls into underserved communities, often times those with a large number of immigrants or less fortunate.

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Connor, who manages the RMCM and serves as nurse practitioner. Connor and her team head out into the community three days a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Care Mobile typically sets up a location that offers convenient access; most often, it will be near or on a bus route. It is free and it encompasses more than just physical health services, such as dental care and flu shots. Staff members also determine whether patients have access to food, whether they know where to access domestic services, and even offer advice on where to find employment. “The [Care Mobile], because it’s known by community agencies, people hear about us and know they will not be charged for our services,� Connor says. “That concern, how much will it cost, is removed.� The RMCM is funded through UMass and Ronald McDonald House Charities. When possible, the program does third-party billing. It does not operate in a vacuum, coordinating continued on page 7

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Charette sees it, the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile deserves a stay of execution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not being given the priority it deserves,â&#x20AC;? Charette says, admitting he has no inside knowledge that the mobile is in danger of being cut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at it in terms of money, what does it bring in? This is not a revenue generator for UMass Memorial, which is fine. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just concerned that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling off assets and cutting jobs. I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to put the Care Mobile on the chopping block.â&#x20AC;? A UMass spokesperson would not specifically address the fate of the Care Mobile, but says all services and programs are being scrutinized. The hospital has eliminated or not filled 300 positions since last October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point,â&#x20AC;? Rob Brogna says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at all expenses and finding ways to work most efficiently.â&#x20AC;?

In 2013, the RMCM served 3,010 people. In its school-based program, which services 16 schools throughout the city, dental services were provided 1,451 children; of them, 1,057 received dental sealants. In reports to hospital leadership, Lowell has noted that, in 2013, without the Care Mobile, close to 500 people would not have received some form of medical or dental care; at least 74 would have used the ER for care typically provided by a primary care physician; 525 patients did not have insurance when they used the Care Mobile; and at least 271 were unable to make an appointment with a doctor or dentist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like the mother ship,â&#x20AC;? Lowell says of the RMCM, which according to one estimate costs between $200,000-$300,000 a year to operate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing very important work and unique work that nobody else is doing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sweeping, puling in people who cannot get access to care.â&#x20AC;? She will not get an argument from Sara

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so great when they won first place,â&#x20AC;? says Finance and Marketing Department head John Foisy of the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; state championship triumph. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The looks on their faces. [The judges] called out fourth place, then third place. When they got to second place the girls were looking around with these looks on their faces.â&#x20AC;? They were on a stage inside the Boston Marriott Hotel at Copley Place with seven other teams in their division. When the judges started announcing their names, it took a moment for reality to set in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Taylor,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, OK, there are lots of Taylors. Then they said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wasiewiczâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Munozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, my God. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s us!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Taylor recalls of the special moment. Geller did not get a first-place trophy, but what really matters is that the top four finishers in each of about 40 categories and divisions advances to compete in the international championship. Another student, Abdallah Issa, had already won for a stock market game in a separate, online

competition. The state competition was also special for Foisy, who was given a 20-year award for his participation in DECA. Foisy is joined by Lauren Hayes, who is a Finance/ Marketing shop instructor at Worcester Tech. DECA formerly stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America. The letters remain, but it is now referred to as Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs. The organization, founded in 1946, caters to high school and college students. The High School Division includes 190,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division, which used to be called Delta Epsilon Chi, includes more than 15,000 members among 200 colleges and universities. In Massachusetts, 80 schools take part, according to Foisy. Worcester Tech competes in the Central Mass District (one of six districts in the state) with about 12 other schools, including West Boylston, Algonquin, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical, Wachusett, Blackstone Valley Tech, Grafton, Nipmuc, Northbridge, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Quabbin and Bartlett. Forty Worcester Tech students took part in the state competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a lot of Top 10s,â&#x20AC;? Foisy says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We

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made a lot of impact on the state.â&#x20AC;? For their championship-winning project, Taylor, Wasiewicz and Munoz put together a program teaching financial independence and related skills. They taught it to seniors at Worcester Tech as well as to participants in the GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). The three young women also brought their program to the Worcester Housing Authority to teach economic selfsufficiency. The team members each had their own part to play, and each learned something along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My part was to teach budgeting of money,â&#x20AC;? Wasiewicz says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People really need to learn how to budget money and what to spend it on. I work at Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Every paycheck I get, ever since starting this project, I put money away. Especially going to college, I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be paying off loans.â&#x20AC;? Munoz taught the difference between banks and credit unions: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The major difference,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is people are customers at a bank and they are members of a credit union.â&#x20AC;? Taylor works for the Worcester Credit Union, a main supporter of the Worcester Tech DECA program. She taught people how to use a bank account and write a check. Gellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task was to sell a computer tablet to school administrators. He had to make a presentation to a judge. For his project he used a Microsoft Surface after looking up other schools in the country that had successfully implemented it into their

districts. Geller scored 90 out of 100 for his presentation at the state competition. Taylor, Wasiewicz and Munoz scored 39 of 40 with theirs. Unlike Geller, they also had to present a written report, on which they scored 53 out of 60. The best part of DECA, says Foisy, is that it allows students to do more than turn the pages of a book and absorb classroom lessons. With competition, they must put what they have learned into practice. In addition to honing skills such as finance and marketing, they also learn how to deliver presentations and interact with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting them out of the classroom and giving them that hands-on experience,â&#x20AC;? Foisy says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get them out there and experience role-playing in that professional atmosphere.â&#x20AC;? That experience, and the skills they learn, come with having to do things on their own. Yes, they have instructors, but the students know they create their own outcomes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The advisers are working at the event, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hand-holding,â&#x20AC;? Munoz says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not there to tell us where to go.â&#x20AC;? Geller says DECA has taken him out of his comfort zone and made him more of a leader. That, says Taylor, is what it is all about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is teaching us what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to be leaders.â&#x20AC;? Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at wbird@worcestermagazine.com. 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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BUSTED GASSED: Two men fought inside a gas station Sunday, March 16 – a melee that ended up with one of them allegedly shooting the other. According to police, two men were fighting inside the Gulf Gas Station at 185 Main St. around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived several people were standing outside the business and appeared to be scared. The crowd told police a man had just been shot inside the store and that the shooter was still inside. Securing the perimeter and looking inside, police saw a man lying on the floor and observed the store clerks inside. They also saw a woman grabbing the suspect and preventing him from leaving the store. Several display

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with other providers such as the Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative, Quinsigamond Community College, the Family Health Center of Worcester Inc. and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. According to Lowell, MCPHS University is coming on this year as a new partner. Charette, whose agency works with a clientele that serves as part of the RMCM patient base, sees the results up close and personal. STEVEN KING

Care Mobile community relations employee Nardy Vega with Care mobile coordinator and nurse practitioner Sara Connor in the vehicles exam room.

cases in the store were knocked over and food was scattered on the floor. The woman saw police and yelled that the suspect had just shot her friend. Officers rushed inside and apprehended the man, identified as 23-year-old Andrew Callender, 8 Merton Rd. He was handcuffed before police tended to the 40-year-old victim. He was shot once in his leg. The injury was considered non-life threatening. The victim was taken to the hospital and later released. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim was in the store when he encountered Callender. The two men started fighting. During the fight, Callender allegedly shot the victim with a gun that had been reported stolen out of North Carolina in April 2004. Callender was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault to murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, willful and malicious destruction of property, carrying a firearm without a license and carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

“For me, they assess the whole person,” he says. “What else do you need? What else is bother you? The staff act as a resource and reference point for a lot of folks.” Former UMass Memorial President and CEO John O’Brien is another big fan of the RMCH, and says the impact made by the Care Mobile goes well beyond finances. “I think the return on investment is enormous,” says O’Brien, now with the Mosakowski Institute for Professional Enterprise at Clark University. “I have not heard anything negative relative to its future.” In fact, says O’Brien, the RMCM and other outreach programs are the face of a new kind of medicinal practice – one that extends far outside hospital walls and the emergency room. Such services, he says, are already helping to lower the number of in-patient admissions at hospitals. UMass did not immediately provide a figure, but a spokesperson says the number has been on the decline. “I think programs like the [Care Mobile] and similar programs that bring health care to the community are one of the key components of the future health care system,” O’Brien says. “[The Care Mobile] is instrumental in providing access to care, particularly to low-income, non-English speaking communities. It is a bridge to health care.” Still, O’Brien knows well the financial challenges facing many hospitals, particularly academic health centers such as UMass. “There are unique challenges to today’s academic health centers,” he says. “There are cutbacks being made. But UMass also plays an important role in so many aspects, such as providing jobs to young people and in community services. I think everything comes under scrutiny for all academic health centers, not just UMass Memorial.” “Having said that, as care starts moving into the community and out of the hospital, programs like the [Care Mobile] … I think they’re going to play a very important part as we try to battle the rising cost of health care across the country.”

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In case you missed it – and judging by the poor public turnout, you probably did – the fifth and final city manager listening session was held this week, Wednesday night, March 19, to be exact. It was held, fittingly in City Councilor Phil Palmieri’s District 2. Palmieri, of course, chairs the Municipal Operations Committee that is overseeing the process. It was too late to include a report on last night’s session in this week’s edition, but one has to assume Palmieri would have an easier go of it on his own turf. During the fourth session, which was held in City Councilor Gary Rosen’s District 5, the process – and Palmieri – came under fire from some speakers, one of whom accused Palmieri of talking when he should be listening. What made the night even more interesting was District 2 Councilor George Russell saying, after the meeting ended, that agree or disagree with them, the committee should listen to the people who spoke because they were telling members what their perception was of the process. Of course, with the listening sessions done and over with, that ticking sound you hear is the timer winding down – or is it the slamming sound of a window being shut – on City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. Many people believe he will be named the permanent city manager, regardless of public input, but he has not yet said he wants the job. Now that the listening sessions are over, and with the Council getting ready to open the Request For Proposals (RFP) for a city manager search firm, it is quickly becoming Now or Never Time for the city manager.

NO PARCCING? The poop may be about to hit the fan over the controversial testing component of the state’s new Common Core educational standards. Hundreds of students throughout Worcester – and thousands across the state – are slated to take a pilot version of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test within the next couple weeks. Both Common Core and PARRC have sparked protests among some parents, teachers and others for various reasons. Some, like Len Zalauskas of the Education Association of Worcester (EAW) teachers’ union, do not want kids to be double-tested, like some will this year with both MCAS and PARRC (the latter will not count officially). Others believe the federal government is setting educational curriculum and taking control away from local school boards. Former School Committee member Donna Colorio is among that set. PETTY CONCERN: Back to the poop hitting the fan. Mayor Joe Petty, who chairs the School Committee, has a bull’s eye on his back for some folks over his call for a reconsideration of several motions from a the last committee meeting. The panel meets again Thursday night, March 20 and Petty has an item on the agenda calling for reconsideration of votes that were taken at that last meeting. Among them was a vote to send a letter to the state modeled after another city’s as well as requesting that parents be allowed to opt their kids out of the test. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has rendered a legal opinion that opting out is not an option. Although Petty was part of two unanimous voice votes, he changed his mind and has called for a reconsideration, saying, “I just think it sends the wrong message to the state.” The backlash against him went national, with New York University’s Diane Ravitch dedicating an entire blog to the mayor’s move. It also hit Twitter, where someone created the hash tag #sayno2joe.

GOOD KNIGHTS! Just three months after the famed Higgins Armory closed, sending its storied collection of medieval arms and armor to the Worcester Art Museum, the collection will be revealed to the public at its new location for the first time Friday, March 28. No doubt, it will be strange seeing the swords, male and other historic goodies someplace other than in the Great Hall and the now-closed steel-framed building. The fact that it will once again be available for future generations, however, is a good thing. There are roughly 2,000 pieces to the collection, now called “Knights!” “Integrating the Higgins collection allows us to build on our creative programming and community engagement, and is an incredible opportunity to develop a new approach to presenting these beautiful works of art,” WAM Director Matthias Waschek says.

CINCO CESAREO: Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo will be with the school through June 2020 after signing a five-year extension recently. Cesareo became

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{ worcesteria } Got ideas? Assumption’s 16th president in 2007. “I am grateful to and honored that the Board of Trustees has invited me to continue to lead Assumption College and that it recognizes the collective work of the dedicated administration, faculty and staff,” Cesareo says. “Leading the College for the past seven years has been a privilege as we, as a campus community, tirelessly work to provide our students excellent academic, service and engaging co-curricular opportunities. Assumption will continue to thrive as an institution that is grounded in the liberal arts and enlivened by the affirmation of faith and reason.”

DIRECT(OR) RESULT: Word from Kevin Ksen of the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network is that plans are being finalized as we speak on hiring a new executive director. The former director, Mary Keefe, is now state Rep for the 15th Worcester District. According to Ksen, the Network went through a planning process after her departure, but a new director is apparently expected soon. GOOD NIGHT TO LATE NIGHT: All but two councilors thought it was a good to extend drinking hours in Worcester to 3 a.m. - and one of the two was the person behind the move. At-Large Councilor Konnie Lukes, saying her idea was inspired by a similar move in Boston, suggests keeping bars open an hour later in the Woo will help keep college students here after they graduate. Her colleagues do not agree, as the resulting 9-2 votes to file three related motions (only two votes were taken; one was on two motions) indicate. At-Large Councilor Mike Gaffney sided with Lukes, but the other nine councilors, including Mayor Joe Petty, shelved her idea.

TRUCKING IN THE FOOD: There has been steady movement toward easing up the restrictions on food trucks in Worcester and it continued this week, with councilors advancing to city administration a suggestion to dedicate part of City Common to food trucks all seven days, instead of just a few as it currently stands. District 5 Councilor Gary Rosen brought the motion forward, giving a FILE PHOTO nod to At-Large Councilor Rick Rushton, who has been on a oneman crusade to get the Council to change its stance on food trucks. The current ordinance places strict rules on where food trucks can operate, making it almost impossible for them to set up in the city by severely limiting their operation where it concerns brick and mortar restaurants. Rushton has been pushing to relax the restrictions and says movement in that regard will be coming soon. “I remember the discussions we had about this a number of years ago,” District 2 Councilor Phil Palmieri says. “Over the course of time, I think the common-sense approach Councilor Rushton has taken, it certainly makes sense to be able to move forward on this.” GOOD LUK: If you are unfamiliar with the Compass Project, you should try to make it a

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Janice Harvey

Dale LePage can tell you just how much leg room there is in a Chevy Chevette because he lived in one for three weeks back in 1979, after arriving in Worcester from Templeton. Nowadays, between regular gigs and his Charter television show, “WooTube Entertainment TV,” the local crooner has become nearly as familiar to Worcester audiences as the Coney Island hot dog sign, but for the singer, it wasn’t always roses and moonlight. “I parked it on Old English Road and lived in it until I found work,” said LePage. “I was 20. What did I know? When you’re

young it doesn’t occur to you that you can’t take chances.” During the Sunday jazz brunch at Shrewsbury Street’s Sweet, LePage explained that whenever he is faced with a challenge or a tough decision, he lets it leave his hands. “I put it out there in the universe,” he said simply. For LePage, whatever the dilemma, it usually returns as a positive. Chance and serendipity are the staples of LePage’s quirky life story. After snagging a job as a waiter at the former Isaiah’s on Main Street, LePage was in the right place at the right time when the restaurant’s singer called in sick at the last minute. LePage auditioned and was hired, but with one hitch: he had to learn three 45-minute sets in one month. He did. So began his singing career, taking him from Maine to Florida and back again. But a strange thing happened along the way: the gregarious showman suddenly and inexplicably became frozen with stage fright. His panic attacks became so severe that he

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could no longer bring himself to step a foot in front of an audience, and not only for a day or two - LePage stayed away from the stage for the next 25 years. “What snapped me out of it? Five years ago, my friend, the kindest dearest man in the world, died in his sleep at age 30, and it jarred me like a bolt of lightening,” LePage recalled. “I said, ‘life really is too short’ and I climbed back on stage.” Things really do seem to fall into place

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for the singer. When looking for just the right pianist to accompany him, he put it “out there in the universe” by advertising for someone who could meet his needs. LePage was rewarded immediately with an email the next day that seemed almost too good to be true; James Dower’s inquiry was the only item gracing his inbox. The Boston-bred musician has played with Sting, Ne-Yo, Elvis Costello, Wynona Judd, The Edge, Gloria Gaynor, The Temptations and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Credentials like these are hard to come by, and the two found that they work wonderfully well together. On Saturday, March 29, the awardwinning LePage will once again “put it out there in the universe” at Nick’s on Millbury Street, with two shows featuring the music of legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach. He’ll be performing with Dower and percussionist Peter Premo, whose own talents have taken him from Memphis to the UK, Germany, Spain and Wales. The songs are “vocal aerobics” according to LePage, but he welcomes the challenge. It’s new material for the singer, and he understands that Bacharach fans hold old favorites dear, so he’ll be on his toes to please the patrons, working those “vocal aerobics.” When he’s not belting out standards, LePage can be found at 126 Post Salon where he works as a stylist. (“Music doesn’t pay the bills!”) Married now to his long-time partner realtor Jeff Burk, LePage’s smooth style has found a welcoming audience in the city where he once called a green Chevy Chevette “home.” He’s still awed by the good fortune, friends and family with which he’s been blessed, he said. “Worcester has always been a home for blues, rock and country. For me to be a crooner here? Come on!” Clearly, anything’s possible when you let go and “put it out there.”


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MWCC PRESENTS FREE JAZZ CONCERT Led by trumpeter, composer and educator Jerry Sabatini, the Indian Hill Big Band will present a free jazz concert on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at Mount Wachusett Community College. MWCC audio engineering students will record sound and later mix the raw recordings, which will be synchronized with multi-camera recordings by video/film students. Photography students will take photos at the event, which will be used by graphic design students to create a DVD package design. A concert DVD will be produced, as well as a cable television program. Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner. mwcc.edu.

BLUEGRASS DOUBLE BILL AT FSU Grammy-winning band Steep Canyon Rangers (pictured at right) performs at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. as part of the arts and culture CenterStage series. Steep Canyon Rangers won a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2013 for their compilation â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody Knows You,â&#x20AC;? and have made numerous TV appearances with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin. Della Mae, a Boston-based, all-female alternative-bluegrass group, will open for Steep Canyon Rangers. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $7 for students, and may be purchased at the Weston box office Thursday and Friday, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. or by calling 978-665-3347.

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Walter Bird Jr. ne died in a wooded section of Worcester on February 20, 2013. He was not buried until more than two months later on May 2. Another died December 31, 2012 in Springfield, but also was not buried until May, nearly five months after his death. On January 31, 2013 another man died at his home in Springfield. More than four months would pass before he was buried. The final resting place for all three is a space at St. John’s Cemetery in Worcester. They are joined by many others like them, deceased who were not buried until weeks – in some cases several months – after they died. There were no fancy funerals, no tear-filled church services, no moving eulogies from loving relatives. Their bodies were placed in a simple box, lowered into the ground and removed forever from this earthly place. They are the unclaimed, their families either not found or, when contacted, not wanting to shoulder the hefty financial burden of burying them – it can cost at least $3,000 for even the most basic burial. In other instances, the reasons run much deeper and are much more personal. Regardless of how and why, dozens of bodies in Massachusetts are turned over by the Chief Medical Examiner (CME) to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) each year. It is that office’s responsibility to find a funeral home to bury the deceased. In the case of an indigent burial, the DTA reimburses up to $1,100. There is also a cap on what can be spent on a funeral to qualify for the reimbursement. It is a headache many funeral directors would rather do without, especially in Worcester, where a good number of the state’s indigent end up being buried.

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to Elders, Disabled and Children. In 2013, the number was 3,186, which represented a marked decrease from 2012, when the total was 4,365. Just how much the numbers will continue to decline, if at all, is uncertain. With an economy still in recovery mode, many families simply decide they cannot be saddled with the cost of a funeral, the least inexpensive of which can cost as much as $3,000. Then there are the cases where a next of kin cannot be found, or when they waive any claim to the body. Whatever the instance, funeral directors in Massachusetts and elsewhere often end up with the burden of making sure a body is put to rest. In almost every case, the funeral home takes a bath financially. The cemetery that takes the body also absorbs a financial loss. While many states, including Massachusetts, offer reimbursement for indigent burials, it is a pittance compared to the actual costs associated with retrieving, preparing and burying a body. To make matters worse, current laws prohibit funeral directors from taking the most cost-effective route, cremation, even if a body must lie in wait for months. Massachusetts requires a family member to sign off on cremation. The amount of reimbursement and the inability to cremate a body after making all reasonable attempts to contact a family member, Stefan says, form one giant handcuff that ties the hands of funeral directors. Add to that the sometimes impossible chore of actually obtaining contact information for next of kin, and funeral homes are often completely in the dark – and left with almost nowhere to turn. “The situation is getting worse,” Stefan says of unclaimed bodies and indigent burials. “Nobdy gives a crap.” He cites the death of man in western Mass last year. Police there called him and the body had been in the house for 12 hours. “They couldn’t find anybody to take it,” Stefan says. “They call the medical examiner and that office says, ‘Call the guy in Worcester. If he can’t help you, we don’t know what you’re going to do.’ There’s absolutely no policy in this state to cover this. Where the hell do I go?”

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tefan and other funeral directors turn to local cemeteries, which are required by law to make available a certain number of lots for indigent burials. There is, however, a rub. While a cemetery must perform those

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garment,” casket, metal plate engraved with the name of the deceased, a hearse and a member of the clergy to officiate at the burial. There is another wrinkle in Massachusetts. In order to qualify for DTA reimbursement, no more than $3,500 can be spent on the burial – and the state counts a family’s assets against that cap. A few years ago, the cap

Massachusetts is one of 14 states (plus the Distric of Columbia) that is responsible for the disposition of unclaimed bodies. Bob Ackerman says of accepting out-of-area indigents. He admits it is a losing proposition money-wise. “Are we taking a bath? Big time, oh sure. But it’s a relatively small amount of the burials we do, maybe 5 percent.” Considering, however, that he buries about 1,000 bodies a year, that equates to roughly 50 indigent burials annually. For those, he receives $700, which is not even enough to cover the cost of opening a grave (the typical fee is much higher, but cemeteries usually give a discount to funeral homes for indigent lots). Ackerman says a single grave with a flat marker costs $400. The vault is another $300 and vault installation is $375. Opening costs $975. The math, he acknowledges, does not add up. “Peter’s in the same boat as us,” Ackerman says. “I guess I look at it as something we should do. Anyone who’s on that same ride, you know they’re not capitalizing on it. They are losing money, but they are doing it as a service.”

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hen Stefan submits an invoice for reimbursement to the DTA for an indigent burial it always adds up to $1,100. That is how much a funeral director will receive, no matter how much the actual services cost. He admits that what he puts on the invoice are “just numbers.” Massachusetts has not raised the amount of reimbursement for an indigent burial since 1983. It ranks among the lowest rates in the country. Massachusetts is one of fewer than 20 states that assume the task of covering at least a portion of the costs. While the state’s $1,100 is not among the highest, it is much higher than the $450 maximum paid from the Indigent Burial Fund in Oregon. Much closer to home, Connecticut pays up to $1,800. Illinois pays as much as $1,655, while West Virginia pays up to $1,250, as does Alaska. Making matters worse, while it offers among the lowest reimbursement rates, Massachusetts has some of the most stringent requirements of what a funeral director must provide for servicing an unclaimed body, including embalming, “suitable burial

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pie,” O’Connor says, “and the funeral director is left subsidizing the burial.” The burden is only worsened by a stipulation from the state that other sources be counted against the amount to be reimbursed. “So your Uncle Freddy’s in the nursing home,” Stefan explains. “Say he has $2,000 stashed away somewhere. Now you say, ‘Bee, we get that $2,000 and add the $1,100. At least it gives something. Oh, no, the $2,000 is subtracted from the $1,100, which means you get zero. It’s counted as an asset. Any

assets of the deceased are to be applied to the $1,100.” Stefan says there should be an exemption of up to $2,000, allowing the $1,100 to still be used toward burial. The financial beating funeral homes and cemeteries take to bury the unclaimed and indigent is only part of the hassle. The search for relatives to at least obtain permission to cremate the body or, in the best case scenario, to get them to take the body, is an often continued on page15

was $1,500. In its fiscal 2011 budget, the state eliminated that cap and the result was a sharp increase in how much the DTA was shelling out for reimbursements. Without a cap, someone could spend $20,000 on a funeral and still collect the $1,100 reimbursement. In the fiscal 2013 budget the cap was changed to $3,500. While it is $2,000 more than the previous cap, it is still far less than what would cover funeral services. “Say your Uncle Freddy dies,” Stefan says. “You don’t have too much money, but you want to have a burial. All you’re allowed to spend is $3,500 [if you want to receive a reimbursement]. That includes for the cemetery. So say you have to give $1,650 to the cemetery that leaves you with $1,900 for a funeral. You can’t do anything for that, unless you have him cremated. Then you might be able to do it. But even the cost of cremations are going up.” “The whole world thinks MassHealth takes care of everything,” Stefan continues. “They don’t take care of anything. When you haven’t raised the $1,100 since 1983 what does it take care of? Zero.” If the state is not going to increase how much it reimburses for indigent burials, Stefan believes it should at least raise the cap. “If it was $4,400, now it’s possible,” he says. “Any funeral in the city is between $6,000 to $7,000. plus the cost for the cemetery.”

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t is, according to Funeral Director Fran O’Connor of O’Connor Brothers Funeral Home, ultimately the funeral director who is left holding the bag. “[The state reimbursement] really doesn’t cover the costs,” he says. “Cemeteries make an adjustment for [what they charge for] an indigent burial, but we’re still talking better than half the $1,100.” O’Connor says the state was paying about $300 back in the ‘70s toward indigent burials. “I think, dollar for dollar, $1,100 is equivalent to $300 back then,” he says, acknowledging that the new spending cap of $3,500 is “better than it was.” “Everybody’s getting their full share of the

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hristian Paroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of the many unclaimed bodies Stefan has picked up. He died Dec. 24 in Holyoke. He still has not been interred. It was not until sometime in late January or early February that his mother, Anita Davis, even knew where her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body was. Even when she

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learned its whereabouts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like most others outside of Boston he ended up with Stefan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she did not claim him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was born schizophrenic,â&#x20AC;? Davis, who resides in McCook, Neb., says of Paro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was originally diagnosed as having pervasive developmental delay.â&#x20AC;? At the time, Davis was living in Massachusetts. The state, she says, removed Paro from her home and placed him in foster care. After bouncing from foster home to foster home, he ultimately went into independent living, she says, and had his own apartment. A case worker for ServiceNet in

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Northampton helped ensure that Paro would make it to his doctor visits. Still, he was in and out of hospitals, at least once a year, according to Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was hospitalized right before his death,â&#x20AC;? she says, adding he would sometimes stop taking his medicine. Davis says a State Trooper called her on Dec. 24 after her son died. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He asked me if I could come here and I said no,â&#x20AC;? she recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told him I have a sister who is 85 in Chicopee, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sickly. He said they would take care of it.â&#x20AC;? Two days later, on Dec. 26, someone from ServiceNet called her, Davis says. She was

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initially ID’d Paro’s body when he died, agreed to do so again to allow the body to be released. Davis signed a form agreeing she would not be making burial arrangements. By January, she says she had not heard from anyone about the status of her son’s body. When she called the medical examiner’s office, she says she was turned over to the DTA. Around the last week of January, she says she called someone at the medical examiner’s office in Holyoke and was told a funeral home had been assigned. “She told me it was Grand Putnam in Worcester,” says Davis, adding she soon discovered there was no such funeral home. “I finally found Graham Putnam & Mahoney. I was confused because [Cahill] had told me it would be a funeral home where Christian had lived.” Davis admits she did not make all the phone calls in expedient fashion, but in February she called Graham Putnam & Mahoney. Stefan answered the phone. “I asked him if he had been assigned or had anything to do with Christian Paro,” Davis says. “He said he hadn’t been given any information about his family.” The following Saturday, she says she received a phone call from an employee at Graham Putnam & Mahoney and was asked to answer questions related to Paro. Since then, the funeral home sent Davis a release form allowing it to cremate her son. She says she expected to send it back as soon as possible. Asked why she waited in between phone calls to the various parties involved, Davis says she needed time to digest her son’s death. She says there was also a breakdown in communication. “[Stefan] didn’t have a phone number or information on me,” she says. “I had given all my information to the State Trooper.” As for why she decided against claiming her son’s body, Davis says, “Well, one reason is you don’t expect your son to die, so you’re not saving up for that. Second, look up McCook, Nebraska. There isn’t anything north or south of me. How am I going to get the

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body to me? I still can’t fathom how much money it would cost to get his body back. And I had offered numerous times for him to come here. He didn’t want to. If he didn’t want to come here when he was alive, why would he want to be here when he’s dead?”

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he reasons for claiming and not claiming a body notwithstanding, the scenario Davis found herself in as far as having to track down her dead son is common enough that at least one state has taken drastic measures. In Cook County, Ill. medical examiner Stephen Cina took the unusual step of creating a “virtual cemetery,” an online site that features pictures of actual corpses in hopes that a love one will stumble upon it and recognize a deceased. “He’s used the website, redesigned the website,” says Cook County public information officer Frank Shuftan. “In cases when bodies are unclaimed, the deceased person whose identity is known but not claimed by a next of kin, the medical examiner posts the date of death, the age, the name so they’re out there for people.” Davis did not have to click through images of dead bodies - “The ME’s office has not and is not considering posting photographs of decedents on their website,” according to spokesperson Terrel Harris. “The [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner], like many other ME offices, does utilize the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System website when appropriate. This system allows OCME staff to input information about unclaimed decedents and it can be searched by the public law enforcement and other ME offices.”

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avis was lucky enough to determine her dead son’s whereabouts by traditional means. And soon Paro will join others in St. John’s Cemetery, where Stefan catches a break on the cost of burials. “We’ll get $1,100 and out of that, we still

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“Why should the cemeteries or the churches have to subsidize the state? They have to get off their ass and do something,” says Peter Stefan, referring to the minimal payment received for indigent burials. have to get a body out of Boston or out of Holyoke, get the body here, do something, bury the body,” Stefan says. “We still have to give the cemetery $700 out of the $1,100. That’s not bad. The normal charge is what, $2,200? Why should the cemeteries or the churches have to subsidize the state? They have to get off their ass and do something.” “We need a bill that we can cremate the body under any circumstances. A person’s been dead a month, month and a half, guess what? Something has to be done. At least this gives us the authority to do something to disposition these bodies.” State Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-1st Worcester District, sees merit to the ideas of both an increase in the reimbursement amount for indigent burials and allowing funeral directors to perform cremations without family consent. “There are two issues here,” she says. “One is a public health issue. The other is kind of the respect and dignity to the deceased. Things need to be balanced. Clearly, there is

a public health issue. You can’t keep a body forever and ever. And you can’t place that toll on funeral directors.” Chandler raises an issue others discussing the issues have not – religious beliefs as they relate to cremation. “You have to respect the values of the deceased,” she says. “There are religions that don’t believe in cremation … but at some point, given a funeral home director has had time to try and find the next of kin, you’ve got to be able to take care of the body.” To that end, she says, “There comes a point when the [reimbursement] the funeral director gets from the state should be commensurate with the job.” Given the source of the concern (Chandler often refers to Stefan as her hero) the senator is listening – and like Stefan she thinks it is time for the state to step up to the plate. “If Peter is saying it’s a problem,” Chandler says, “I believe it is a problem and we have to do something about it.”


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Worcester’s winning combo: Tacos and karaoke Joshua Lyford

Olé Taqueria at 118 Water St. has been crafting some of the best tacos in Central Mass. since opening in 2011, but they have also been making waves as the go-to spot for good times with one of the best karaoke nights in town. Mexican food and amateur singing may not seem like the most likely of combinations, but you would be hard pressed to see someone at the taqueria’s week- STEVEN KING ly event without some fine Mexican fare and a smile on their face. John and Laury Haskell are the owners and operators of Olé Taqueria. Laury is originally from Central Massachusetts and John hails from California, where the couple met and married. The pair were boxing promoters in Las Vegas before deciding to move the family to Massachusetts. Before opening Olé, the Haskells opened Casa Mariachi restaurants in Westminster, Col. and Putnam, Conn. They eventually sold the stores and opened Olé. Their daughter, Heather, has been a part of the business for years and continues to bartend at Olé. The restaurant is a family business, through and through. “Everybody involved here is family,” says John Haskell matter-of-factly. Olé Taqueria’s menu has gone through several revisions since opening, before they settled on what you will find today. The family has also made the decision to obtain a liquor license, which they received back in September. That is when they opened the Iguana Cantina, a fullystocked bar that serves $5 house margaritas. “We didn’t want to get involved with the alcohol here originally,” says John Haskell. “We wanted to have a little take-out place. We thought with the crowd of people on the street it would work, but it didn’t quite do that. We got really, really busy, three nights a week. This is a bar street. Since we made that decision, everything has changed.” The bar and restaurant combo yields a fun and inviting atmosphere with an eclectic crowd. In addition to a tempting and affordable menu, Olé has a pool table, which is free on Sundays. At 9 p.m. every Thursday, the restaurant becomes an all-out taco and karaoke venue. Thursdays have become the restaurant’s flagship night, attracting a crowd from all over Worcester, guests dancing and singing together. Hosted by Anita Amin of DEO Productions and DJ Jon Strader, the Thursday night extravaganza has grown to epic proportions. “It’s just fun,” says John Haskell. “Everybody is just really having a good time. Everyone laughs and dances. I absolutely love Thursday nights here.”

“We have a good mix of people,” adds Laury Haskell. “Everyone is welcome and everyone is accepted here.” With such a diverse group, you never know what you are going to hear – or who you are going to see – but you are sure to have a good time. With drink deals, pool, karaoke, dancing and Mexican food, the only thing you have to worry about is which to try first. I suggest the potato tacos, which have become the stuff of legend. The potato taco was developed by Heather Haskell, a vegetarian looking for a tasty alternative to standard taco meat. The family tried a few different styles of potato tacos, before discovering the winning combo:

deep-fried potatoes, fresh veggies and some house sauce. “Within three days of opening, they were by far our number one selling item,” John Haskell says. “Heather came up with it, she was the one who said, this is it. This is the one.” So, be sure to check out Olé Taqueria for yourself and grab a potato taco or a house margarita, and make sure you have your singing voice ready to go and that you listen to Heather’s advice: “Just come and eat some tacos.” Olé Taqueria is open Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. and Thursday-Saturday, from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Jake “Choda boy” Jacevicius belts out “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls at Olé.

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“Knights!” Exhibition Breathes New Life into Higgins Armory Collection Doreen Manning

On December 31, 2013, the Higgins Armory closed its doors, signaling the end of an 83-year reign of arms and armor in Worcester. That is until this spring, as a portion of this historic collection— much of which has been either reconditioned or simply reenvisioned—will go on display in the groundbreaking Worcester Art Museum exhibit “Knights!” opening Friday, March 28. In one of the most anticipated exhibits in the Museum’s recent history, “Knights!” unveils Higgins’ varied assemblage as it is woven into WAM’s vast collection through an innovative new exhibit. The pieces included in “Knights!” are largely from Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and split into five separate sections— Courtly Pursuits, The Dance of Love and War, Knights of the Round Table, Triumphal Arch, and Good + Evil. Each illustrates in detail the historical context in which these works were made and used. “We’re just thrilled that this integration means that this impressive collection can remain right here in Worcester,” exclaims Katrina Stacy, assistant curator of Education. “‘Knights!’ will display key pieces from the Higgins Armory that have recently been conserved, looking better than they have in quite some time.” In each section, items from the Higgins collection will be paired, accompanied, or simply interacted with the existing art within a gallery, offering fresh insight into both collections and inviting new interpretations from viewers.

a Roman marble sculpture from the 1st-2nd century, alongside a Greek breastplate of “muscled” cuirass (torso armor) from about 300 BCE. The 13 helmets in the “Knights of the Round Table” section represent a variety of historical periods, places and cultures. Here viewers can explore the range of distinctive aspects of courtly history as told through headgear of the era. The “Triumphal Arch” segment of “Knights!” examines items that could represent symbols of either war’s success or futility. “Good + Evil” highlights swords meant for ritual use and often admired for their beautiful craftsmanship—yet harbor the potential for violence. Highlights include the 1700-35 German Sword of Justice, and a bird-headed ceremonial knife, called a Musele.

Opening Weekend In the majestic tradition of a Renaissance era faire, Worcester Art Museum has taken on the challenge of welcoming the John Woodman Higgins Collection to the Museum in sensational way, complete with fire performers, mummers, live music, drink of the knights, such as mead wine, dinner for a soldier with a hefty

Honor & Chivalry In the first section of the exhibit, “In Courtly Pursuits,” viewers enter the romanticized world of the court. Sophisticated suits of armor from the 14th- and 15th-centuries will be on display. In “The Dance of Love and War” section, the often-idealized relationship between knights and their maidens are explored through such items as Venus,

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turkey leg, an armorer’s display of swords and chain mail, games, costumed interpreters, a stilt-walker and, of course, informative tours. With three days of wild activities, there promises to be something for every jester, learned scholar, or member of the royalty who attends this historic event. Besides the stellar entertainment throughout the Museum during opening weekend, Stacy says she’s most eager to see the reaction of visitors to the Hiatt Wing. “The exhibition itself has many new things that people haven’t seen at WAM, such as 12 interactive iPad stations, a familyfriendly reading and activity space and the incorporation of our new mascot, Helmutt the Dog” (revamped by Worcester’s own Veronica Fish). Don’t miss”Knights!” opening party on Friday, March 28, from 8-11 p.m. (members-only reception will be held in advance, from 7-8 p.m.) Admission to the event is $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $10 for students. On Saturday, March 29, the Renaissance Faire will be held 10 a.m.5 p.m. A Community Day will be held Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday events are free with Museum admission. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508799-4406, worcesterart.org.

Local musician Jon Short is the melodic ringmaster for the Knights! Music Festival during opening weekend, curating a fine collection of musical entertainment that includes Corey Harris, Leo “Bud” Welch, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Paul Geremia, Vapors of Morphine, The Cannibal Ramblers, Ten Foot Polecats, Erin Harpe, Big Jon Short, Danielle Miraglia, Brendan Hogan, Marylou Ferrante, Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt, Zack Slik, Matt Robert and Grade “A” Fancy, among others. “The Knights! Music Festival is designed to accompany and celebrate the opening party on Friday, Renaissance Faire on Saturday and Community Day on Sunday,” says Short. “It’s safe to say that the acts we booked for this festival are some of my heroes and favorites on the regional, national and international music scene. I’m a big fan of all the artists on the bill and I’m proud to be a part of this lineup.” The weekend will also include performances by Short’s students from Worcester Public Schools, Blues in Schools, Ukulele Club and Guitars in the Classroom programs.

“KNIGHTS!” MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE FRIDAY, March 28, 2014: Opening Party 7 - 7:30: Renaissance Court - Big Jon Short 7:30 - 8:30: Renaissance Court - Vapors of Morphine 9 - 10:30: Renaissance Court - Corey Harris

SATURDAY, March 29, 2014: Renaissance Faire 11:30 - 12:30: Renaissance Court - Grade “A” Fancy 12:00 - 12:45: American Gallery - Big Jon Short 12:30 - 1:30: [remastered] - Matt Robert 1 - 1:45: American Gallery - Ten Foot Polecats 1:30 - 3: Renaissance Court - Danielle Miraglia 2 - 3: [remastered] - Brendan Hogan 2 - 2:45: American Gallery - Cannibal Ramblers 3 - 4:30: American Gallery - Leo “Bud” Welch 3:30 - 4:30: Renaissance Court - Rich “AD” Leufstedt

SUNDAY, March 30, 2014: Country Blues Summit 11:30 - 12:30: Renaissance Court - Big Jon Short and Zack Slik 12 - 1:30: [remastered] - Marylou Ferrante 1 - 2:30: Renaissance Court - Erin Harpe 2 - 3: [remastered] - Paul Geremia 3 - 4:30: Renaissance Court - Paul Rishell and Annie Raines


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Cabinet of Wonders

Laurence Levey

The Tsars—to say nothing of many of their successors— often got away with murder. The tables decidedly turned, however, when the last of them, Nicholas II, was executed, along with his family, though their legacy and the aura surrounding it live on. “The Tsars’ Cabinet,” an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, and Nicholas Nicholson’s opening night talk, “Jewels of the Romanovs,” provide rare opportunities to glimpse this era and learn more about the lives and lifestyle of this ultimately ill-fated clan. Nicholson, an expert on Russian art and Faberge, ran the Russia department at Christie’s and was curator of the “Jewels of the Romanovs” exhibition on its first United States tour. He has a longstanding involvement with Russia, including familial ties, and recalls that even in childhood he was always interested in Russian fine art. He now runs the Nicholson Art Advisory, working with collectors of Russian art, and also serves as a liaison to the west for the Friends of the Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, an organization dedicated to restoring the home of Nicholas II. Nicholson’s talk will concern the Russian imperial crown jewels and Russian imperial culture, with a particular focus on what happened to the jewels after the Russian revolution of 1917. A “sense of mystery” surrounds the fate of these jewels, says Nicholson. Though “pieces have been lost, a lot are showing up now.” There will be photographs, but alas no jewels, to go with Nicholson’s talk. “The Tsars’ Cabinet,” on the other hand, is all about viewing over 200 extravagant art objects from the period of the Romanovs, the Tsarist, centralized hegemony, which ruled Russia for over 300 years, before giving way ungracefully to the non-Tsarist, centralized hegemony, which succeeded it. The exhibit was organized by the College of William and Mary from its own collection; this is its only New England appearance.

The exhibit “reflects the opulence and taste of the court of the Romanovs,” says Kent Russell, the museum’s curator. Russell, an art historian, has been at the Museum of Russian Icons for six years, having previously run the Higgins Armory for 11. His specialty is arms and armor and he did academic research on Mark Rothko, an American painter of Russian descent. “Icons are ancient, sacred, devotional objects belonging to the Orthodox Christian tradition,” he says. Their narrative, storytelling themes “enable the viewer to enter a state of prayer.” Though the connection between artifacts of the Romanovs and religious icons may seem tenuous at first, Russell points out that “being Orthodox and church-going was an integral part of the Russian royal family.” Since they were seen as a “fusion of sacred and vernacular powers, a throwback to the European period of divine monarchy,” it was very important for them to show piety. “The history is part of the romance” of the Romanovs, says Russell. From the 1920s through the 1960s, wealthy people purchased items belonging to imperial Russia. Aristocrats and distantly related members of the imperial family carried pieces out of Russia and the Soviets sold “tons of things,” needing currency to finance the rapid industrialization and collectivization of their economy. It was “a bygone era, violently overthrown,” says Russell. “The level of greed is fascinating.” Yet the beauty of the pieces is undeniable. All display what Russell terms, “le goût russe,” a French expression referring to the “gaudy opulence” of the Russian sensibility. “The pieces are drop-dead gorgeous,” says Nicholson, who calls this exhibit a “great opportunity to see a wonderful collection of works of decorative art.” Nicholson, who though familiar with the Museum, has never visited before, says, “I’m really looking forward to it.” “The mission of the Museum is to open up understanding of Russian culture to American audiences,” says Russell. “The Tsars’ Cabinet” provides a window onto both the wealth and tragedy of that culture. “The Tsars’ Cabinet” opens Thursday, March 27 with an opening night lecture, “Jewels of the Romanovs” at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. Tickets to the event are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. The exhibition will be on display through May 24, 3014. For more information, call the museum at 978-598-5000 or visit museumofrussianicons.org.

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A Collaboration of Musical Talent Britney Smith

Worcester’s Second Annual Symphonic Project

On Saturday, March 22, the second annual Worcester Symphonic Project will be held at the historical Mechanics Hall. Led by Artistic Director Peter Sulski and conductors Jorge Soto and Eric Culver, the event is a “collaboration of Worcester’s colleges, universities and the local music community,” according to Music Worcester, the group presenting the event. This year’s Worcester Symphonic Project will include the work of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major K. 385 (“Haffner”), and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major (“London”). Following the concert, the afternoon will also include a jazz ensemble and band performance. Artistic Director Peter Sulski currently teaches the viola, violin and chamber music

at Assumption College, College of the Holy Cross, Clark University and Anna Maria College. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Al Kamandjati Baroque Festival and International Summer Festivals, is the Cultural Envoy to the US Consulate in Jerusalem, is a member of the QX string quartet and was appointed Principal Violist of the Camerata New England. In the past, Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and founded the Chapel Royal Concerts in 1993, for which he served as Artistic Director. He has been a part of both the London South Bank as well as Carnegie Hall. Coming back to Worcester between 2002 and 2003, Sulski recognized the need of his students for a bigger ensemble opportunity. Eight years in the making, Sulski finally took it upon himself to gather musicians with the help of local colleges and the community. This year elementary students, amateur adult musicians, professional musicians and college students from Assumption College, Clark University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the College of the Holy Cross

will be represented. “It’s an all-age event. It gives them the opportunity to play in one of the country’s best concert halls,” says Sulski. Jorge Soto will serve as the conductor of the Symphonic Project. Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Soto studied music at the LatinAmerican Academy. In the past, Soto has worked with Symphony Pro-Musica, Clark University’s Chamber Orchestra, Assumption College’s Chamber Orchestra, “El Sistema” USA, Wheaton College’s Orchestra and the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra. Soto, who has been a friend of Sulski’s for many years and says his job, as a conductor of the Symphonic Project, “is to unite all of the energy into one.” A lot of preparation goes into putting this large-scale event together. Soto and Culver have helped to prepare the orchestra. Sulski has trained the students and the repertoire separately so that they are prepared for the larger rehearsals that take place at the College of the Holy Cross. The Project will have six rehearsals before the event, according to Sulski. Michelle and Jeffrey Howard’s daughter,

Angelina, is one of the younger members of the Symphonic Project and has been playing the violin for about six years. “Most people can go their whole lives never playing at Mechanics Hall. Angelina is going to be 12 . . . this is a great experience for her,” says Michelle Howard. The Symphonic Project does not only bring local musicians together, but unites the community as a whole. “It is fun to see people from all over, different ages, working together. It’s an amazing experience,” says Soto. “It’s heartening enough for me to know that so many people support the project and want to be a part of it. It’s a pretty incredible thing and it’s all about building the community in Worcester,” says Sulski. The Worcester Symphonic Project will be held Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. in Worcester. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for college students and $5 for those 18 and younger, and are available at the Music Worcester website at www.musicworcester.org.

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Art’s double Dutch Jim Keogh

“Tim’s Vermeer” is one of those palate-cleansing movies that needs to enter your life once in a while. There are no booms, no bangs; nobody is waving his arms in front of the camera pleading for attention or losing 60 pounds to enhance his Oscar chances. It is great fun nonetheless. This understated little documentary follows one man’s quest to substantiate his theory of how a hallowed work of art was created 350 years ago by duplicating that very same painting in his own hand. Here’s the catch: that man, Tim Jenison, is not a painter. He is an inventor and tech geek who believes that one of the masters, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer — perhaps best known for “Girl With a Pearl Earring” — likely captured scenes in such photorealistic detail because he used optics like lenses, mirrors and a camera obscura, a device that projects an image onto a flat surface. With the assistance of a camera obscura, Vermeer could painstakingly compose images through a process that — and this will sound crude, but bear with me — might be described today as glorified paintby-numbers. The mere suggestion, of course, is heresy in some circles, and Jenison takes pains to insist he’s no myth buster (British artist David Hockney and professor Philip Steadman, who meet with Jenison in the film, have already plowed that ground with Vermeer). Indeed, he is awed not only by Vermeer’s artistic brilliance but by his technical facility. If Vermeer was employing tools that allowed him to recreate the way light fills a room in a way that can’t be fully recorded by the human eye, then he was, in a manner of speaking, making the “photographs” of his day — objective rather than subjective art. To say that Jenison is obsessed may not do justice to the word. He researched Vermeer and his painting “The Music Lesson” for years, even finagling a private viewing of the masterpiece in Buckingham Palace. Then, incredibly, Jenison built and furnished an exact replica of the room depicted in Vermeer’s painting “The Music Lesson” in a San Antonio warehouse. He ground and mixed the pigments as Vermeer would have, and then, using a mirroring technique that would have been available to the artist, recreated the famous tableau of a teacher instructing a student in the playing of an early version of the spinet known as a virginal.

Did he ever. The level of detail Jenison managed to duplicate is utterly astounding, and the fact that he accomplished the task without losing his mind is equally impressive (replicating the spidery patterns on the virginal would seem enough to drive most people

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Steep Canyon Rangers mad). The actual painting took 130 days, and Jenison, who has the even-keeled composure of an engineer, never betrayed the emotional toll of this monumental challenge — until completion. On the 130th day, Jenison wept. I don’t hesitate to reveal that Tim Jenison produced a miraculous copy of the Vermeer because the film is more concerned with the years-long process than it is with the outcome. (Would the movie even exist if he wasn’t successful?) The film is produced by the magic-comedy team of Penn & Teller — Penn narrates, Teller directs — a duo who found fame by explaining how their tricks are done. Here, they pose intriguing questions about what constitutes great art. Is it the ability of the painter to create a freehand image only? Was Vermeer “cheating” if he used a camera obscura? Is Tim Jenison an artist because he can precisely reproduce a Vermeer, or is he merely a forger? The answer seems to exist somewhere in the mushy middle. Our capacity for rational thought drives us to appreciate and create subjective beauty and to pursue objective truth; these things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Johannes Vermeer was a genius. So is Tim Jenison.

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11:10, 2, 4:35

Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:50, 3:35, Fri-Wed: 4:25 Worcester North Thurs: 12:55, 3:35, Fri-Wed: 12:40, 3:35, 6:35

GANG OF GHOSTS (NR) Westborough Fri-Wed: 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:05 GOD’S NOT DEAD (PG) Blackstone Fri-Wed: 1:05, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45

12 YEARS A SLAVE (R) Holy Cross Wed: 3, 8 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:40, 3:40, 7:05, 10 Westborough Thurs: 1:25, 4:25, Fri-Wed: 3:30,

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (NR) Clark Thurs, Sat: 7:30, Sun: 1, 3:20

6:50, 9:45

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG) Blackstone Thurs: 11:55, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30,

Worcester North Thurs-Wed: 12:10, 3:25, 6:40, (9:50 Fri-Wed only) Adv. Tix on Sale NOAH Adv. Tix on Sale CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER MUPPETS MOST WANTED [CC,DV] (PG) Fri. - Sun.(1130 1200 1250 210 310 350) 500 710 750 955 1025 Mon. - Thu.(1250 120 350) 430 650 730 930 1025 DIVERGENT [CC,DV] (PG-13) No Passes Fri. - Sun.(1210 1240 110 300 330) 410 630 700 730 800 920 950 1010 Mon. - Thu.(1220 100 330) 420 700 750 1000 TYLER PERRY'S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB [CC,DV] (PG-13) Fri. - Thu.(1245) 405 720 1020 NEED FOR SPEED IN REALD 3D [CC,DV] (PG-13) No Passes Fri. - Sun.(1205 320) 650 1000 Mon. - Thu.(1225 335) 645 955 NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13) Fri. - Sun.(100 PM) 420 PM 740 PM Mon. - Thu.(105 PM) 425 PM 740 PM MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN 3D [CC,DV] (PG) No Passes Fri. - Sun.(1220 PM) Mon. - Thu.(1220 320) 655 935 MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN [CC,DV] (PG) Fri. - Sun.(1140 205) 435 655 1000 Mon. - Thu.(110) 435 735 1005 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE IN REALD 3D [CC,DV] (R) No Passes Fri. - Sun.640 PM 935 PM Mon. - Tue.(1235 325) 640 925 Wed. - Thu.(1235 PM 325 PM) 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE [CC,DV] (R) Fri. - Sun.(1235 355) 715 1030 Mon. - Thu.(115) 400 715 1010 NON-STOP [CC,DV] (PG-13) Fri. - Thu.(1255) 415 725 1015 SON OF GOD [CC,DV] (PG-13) Fri. - Thu.(1230 345) 705 945 LEGO [CC,DV] (PG) Fri. - Sun.(1145 215) 450 735 1005 Mon. - Thu.(1240 340) 710 940 FROZEN [CC,DV] (PG) Fri. - Sun.425 PM Mon. - Wed.(1255 355) 705 950 Thu.(1255 PM 355 PM) ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO (NR) Wed.700 PM SABOTAGE [CC,DV] - THURSDAY (R) Thu.800 PM NOAH [CC,DC] THURSDAY (PG-13) No Passes Thu.700 PM 1000 PM

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DIVERGENT [CC,DV] (PG-13) No Passes Fri. - Sun.(1230 340) 700 1010 Mon.(130 PM) 440 PM 800 PM Tue. - Wed.(100 130) 410 440 720 800 GANG OF GHOSTS (NR) Tue. - Wed.(120) 415 710 1005 SABOTAGE [CC,DV] - THURSDAY (R) Thu.800 PM MUPPETS MOST WANTED [CC,DV] (PG) Tue. - Wed.(105 350) 700 945 NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13) Tue. - Wed.(115 PM) 710 PM NEED FOR SPEED IN REALD 3D [CC,DV] (PG-13) No Passes Tue. - Wed.415 PM 1015 PM MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN 3D [CC,DV] (PG) No Passes Tue. - Wed.(155) 425 725 955 MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN [CC,DV] (PG) Tue. - Wed.(125) 400 650 930 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE IN REALD 3D [CC,DV] (R) No Passes Tue. - Wed.435 PM 1010 PM

3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 9:50 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (R) Blackstone Thurs: 12, 1:25, 2:25, 3:50, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45, Fri-Wed: 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15

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

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (R) Blackstone Thurs: 11:30, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 7:45, 9:15, 10:15, Fri-Wed: 9:55, 12:25 a.m.

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

AMERICAN HUSTLE (R) Elm Fri, Sat: 7, 9:30, Sun, Tues, Wed: 7:30 Westborough Thurs: 9:35 p.m. Worcester North Thurs: 12:15, 3:20, 6:25, FriWed: 3:20, 6:25, 9:30

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE [CC,DV] (R) Tue. - Wed.(145 PM) 735 PM NON-STOP [CC,DV] (PG-13) Tue. - Wed.(140) 430 705 940 SON OF GOD [CC,DV] (PG-13) Tue. - Wed.(100) 405 710 1010 LEGO [CC,DV] (PG) Tue. - Wed.(135) 405 655 925 12 YEARS A SLAVE [CC,DV] (R) Tue. - Wed.(110) 420 730 1020

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DIVERGENT (PG-13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 8, Fri-Wed: 11:15, 11:45, 2:30, 3, 6:05, 6:30, 9:15, 9:45

Blackstone Thurs: 8:30, 9, Fri-Wed: 12:!5,

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

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 3D (PG) Blackstone Thurs: 12:25, 3, 5:20 Cinemagic Thurs: 12, 2:30 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, FriWed: 12:20 p.m. Westborough Thurs: 1:40, 4:40, 7:20, Fri-Wed: 1:25, 4:05 Worcester North Thurs: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, FriWed: 1:50, 4:15

MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG) Blackstone Thurs: 7, 9:30, Fri-Wed: 11, 11:30, 1:40, 2:10, 4:20, 4:50, 6:55, 7:25, 9:40, 10:10, 11:55 Cinemagic Fri-Wed: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Solomon Pond Thurs: 7:10, 10, Fri-Wed: 11:30, 12, 12:50, 2:10, 3:10, 3:50, 5, 7:10, 7:50, 9:55, 10:30 Westborough Thurs: 7, 9:45, Fri-Wed: 12:40, 1:10, 4, 7:15, 10 Worcester North Thurs: 7, 8:30, Fri-Wed: 1:10, 1:40, 4:10, 4:40, 6:55, 7:25, 9:40, 10:20

NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Fri-Wed: 7:05, 10,

12:45, 3:30, 4, 7, 7:30, 10:15, 10:45, 11:55

12:05 a.m.

Cinemagic Thurs: 8, Fri-Wed: 12:15, 3:15, 6:45,

Blackstone Thurs: 1:15, 4:10, 4:15, 7:35, 10:30,

9:45

Fri-Wed: 1:30, 4:40, 7:35, 10:30

Solomon Pond Thurs: 8, 10, Fri-Wed: 12:10,

Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 2, 4:40, 10 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1, 4, 7:20, 10:10, Fri-Wed:

12:40, 1:10, 3, 3:30, 4:10, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9:20, 9:50, 10:10 Westborough Thurs: 8, 10, Fri-Wed: 12:30, 1, 3:40, 4:10, 4:30, 6:45, 7, 7:30, 8, 10:10 Worcester North Thurs: 8, 8:30, Fri-Wed: 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 10, 10:30

1, 4:20, 7:50 Westborough Thurs: 1, 4, 6:40, Fri-Wed: 12:50, 7:15 Worcester North Thurs: 1:10, 4:15, 7:15, FriWed: 12:35, 3:45, 7:10, 10:05


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NON-STOP (PG-13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 1:45, 4:25 Blackstone Thurs: 11:45, 2:15, 4:55, 7:55, 10:25, Fri-Wed: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20, 11:45 Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:25, 4:15, 7:40, 10:20, Fri-Wed: 12:55, 4:15, 7:25, 10:15 Westborough Thurs: 1:55, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10, FriWed: 1:05, 3:55, 7:20, 10:10 Worcester North Thurs: 1:20, 4:05, Fri-Wed: 1:25, 4:20, 7, 10:30

PHILOMENA (PG-13) Worcester North ThursWed: 1:30, 3:55, 7:35, (9:55 Fri-Wed only)

POMPEII (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 10:25 p.m.

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

THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 10:30 p.m. Cinemagic Thurs: 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 10, Fri-Wed: 11:30, 9:40 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:20, 4:25 Westborough Thurs: 1:15, 4:15 Worcester North Thurs: 12:50, 3:50, Fri-Wed: 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20

THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 10:15, FriWed: 12:45, 4:05, 7:20, 10:25

THE WIND RISES (KAZETACHINU) (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:45, 3:50

10:20, Fri-Wed: 9:25, 12:10 a.m.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Worcester North Thurs:

ROYAL BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (NR) Blackstone Thurs: 7 Solomon Pond Thurs: 7

12:35, 4:20, 8

Wed: 7

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG-13) Holy Cross: 7 TIM VERMEER (PG-13) Worcester North Thurs: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:40

SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS (G) Westborough Thurs: 1:20, 4:45, 7:55

SON OF GOD (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:30, 3:30, Fri-Wed: 1, 6:45 Cinemagic Thurs: 12, 3, 6:45, 9:40, Fri-Wed:

TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12, 4:10, 7:30, 10:10, Fri-Wed: 4:05, 9:45, 12:20 a.m. Worcester North Thurs: 1, 4:10, 7:10, Fri-Wed: 12:20, 10:10

2:30, 6:45

Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:35, 3:45, 6:55, 10, FriWed: 12:30, 3:45, 7:05, 9:45 Westborough Thurs: 1:50, 4:55, 8, Fri-Wed: 1:15 p.m.

All Close to Home!

Worcester North Thurs: 12:25, 3:40, 6:55, Fri-

RIDE ALONG (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 7:50,

SAVING MR. BANKS (PG-13) Strand Fri-Sun, Tues,

Great Food . . . Great Entertainment . . .

Looking for your favorite theater and don’t see it listed? Email editor@worcestermag. com and we’ll do our best to include it in the coming weeks.

Blackstone Valley Cinema de Lux 70 Worcester/Providence Turnpike, Millbury 800-315-4000 Cinema 320 at Clark University, Jefferson Academic Center 950 Main St.; Cinemagic, 100 Charlton Rd., Sturbridge 508-347-3609 Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm St., Millbury 508-865-2850 Holy Cross Seelos Theater, 1 College St. 508-793-2455 Regal Solomon Pond Stadium 591 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough 508-229-8871 Regal Westborough Stadium 231 Turnpike Rd., Westborough 508-366-6257 Showcase Worcester North, 135 Brooks St. 508-852-2944 The Strand Theatre, 58 High St., Clinton 978-365-5500 Worcester Public Library (WPL) Saxe Room, 3 Salem Sq.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON SATURDAYS

3/22 - Blue Honey 3/29 - The Issues Band 4/5 - Mindrift

4/12 - The Change 4/19 - Auntie Train Wreck 4/26 - Guru’s of Blues

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Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux 70 Worcester/Providence Turnpike, Millbury, MA 01527 www.showcasecinemas.com Showtimes for 3/21- 3/27. Subject to change. 300: Rise of an Empire (R) 1 hr 42 min 11:55am 2:20pm 4:45pm 7:15pm 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (R) REAL D 3D; 1 hr 42 min 9:55pm 12:25am Divergent (PG-13) 2 hr 23 min 12:15pm 12:45pm 3:30pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 10:15pm 10:45pm 11:55pm Divergent (PG-13) Reserved Seating;XPLUS; 2 hr 23 min 11:45am 3:00pm 6:30pm 9:45pm Divergent (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL;Reserved Seating; 2 hr 23 min 11:15am 2:30pm 6:05pm 9:15pm Frozen (PG) 1 hr 48 min 11:10am 2:00pm 4:35pm Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) 1 hr 30 min 11:40am 12:10pm 2:05pm 2:35pm 4:30pm 5:00pm 6:50pm 7:20pm 9:50pm Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 1 hr 52 min 11:00am 11:30am 1:40pm 2:10pm 4:20pm 4:50pm 6:55pm 7:25pm 9:40pm 10:10pm 11:55pm Need for Speed (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL;Reserved Seating; 2 hr 10 min 7:05pm 10:00pm Need for Speed (PG-13) CC/DVS; 2 hr 10 min 1:30pm 4:40pm 7:35pm 10:30pm Need for Speed (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL; 2 hr 10 min 12:05am Non-Stop (PG-13) 1 hr 50 min 12:05pm 2:40pm 5:10pm 7:40pm 10:20pm 11:45pm Ride Along (PG-13) 1 hr 40 min 9:25pm 12:10am Son of God (PG-13) 2 hr 18 min 1:00pm 6:45pm The Lego Movie (PG) 1 hr 40 min 11:05am 1:45pm 4:10pm 6:35pm 9:10pm Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (PG-13) 1 hr 51 min 4:05pm 9:45pm 12:20am

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FOOD ★★★★★ AMBIENCE ★★★★1/2 SERVICE ★★★★★ VALUE ★★★★1/2 502 Main St, Fiskdale • 508 347-2321 • avellinorestaurant.com

Italian accents Michael Brazell

Occupying the first floor of the historic white colonial building at 502 Main St. in Sturbridge is Avellino, a modern ItalianAmerican restaurant that fuses traditional Italian flavors with modern American accents. One-third of Sturbridge’s Table 3 Restaurant Group, Avellino shares its space with The Duck, the more casual restaurant and bar residing in the loft, and welcomes guests into a cozy and comfortable dining space, with its open kitchen being visible from nearly every seat in the house. Dining on a Saturday night, Lillian and I made reservations on OpenTable early in the

afternoon. We drove the 25 or so minutes from Worcester to Sturbridge and had no trouble finding the restaurant, as it sits on Route 20, and has plenty of parking in the rear. The main door is in the back and diners are first greeted by a large, though mostly unoccupied, bar and the hosts station is up towards the front of the restaurant. We were sat in a cozy corner table for two immediately, as a number of larger groups were winding down their meals around us. Given that we were dining later in the evening (after 8 p.m.), service was excellent and quick, our server greeted us within moments, had brought two glasses of wine, and we had already started in on an appetizer. A large basket of warm, doughy bread started our meals, and was followed up quickly with the meatball appetizer – an order of large house meatballs, delivered in a piping-hot crock-like dish, swimming in a chunky Italian red sauce, and topped with a quarter-inch thick layer of mozzarella cheese. The steaming-hot, perfectly-seasoned meatballs coupled with our fresh bread was just what we needed to get us through another cold winter evening.

Seconds after polishing off our apps, our server took our order. Given that I selfishly dominated the meatball appetizer, Lillian went for a traditional Italian meal – Avellino’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. The homemade spaghetti pasta was thick and full of flavor, made just right to serve as the perfect conduit for the terrific meat sauce. Expectedly, four large meatballs accompanied the dish. The dish was beautifully presented and at just $13, it provided more than two meals throughout the rest of the weekend. While I also loved the meatballs, I moved onto another hearty dish – a special short rib ravioli served in a tomato cream sauce that was truly terrific. Large, almost gamey medallions of beef short rib were smothered in delicious spinach greens, served along with half-cut wild mushrooms that delightfully soaked up all of

the juices and flavors in the sauce and meat. Rounding out the dish were a half-dozen or so one-square-inch house-made spinach and ricotta raviolis. Like Lillian’s meal, the sheer size of the dish made for a perfect lunch the following day. We finished our meal with a decadent slice of chocolate cake, that is nearly worth the drive in itself. Service at Avellino was excellent; our server, Daniel, was attentive but never overbearing, and the proximity of the open kitchen to our table meant that he was never far away in case we did need something. Despite the ever-changing seasonal menu, Avellino still manages to have a large selection that should cater to all palettes. While prices are slightly higher than other Italian restaurants, the quality of the food, size of the dishes and freshness of the ingredients should make that a given. Most entrees fall between $15 and $25, though there are a handful of dishes below and above that mark as well. Wait times can approach 60 minutes on busy nights, so be sure to book a table early in the day. With the warm, inviting interior, terrific service and superbly-prepared meals, Avellino in Sturbridge is an Italian meal that Worcesterarea diners should drive west to experience.

THE RESTAURANT SHOW Each week your host Ginny talks to restaurateurs from some of the top local eateries to spotlight what they do — their stories, their menus, and what makes the local restaurant scene so great.

This week’s feature:

APPLE SPICE CAFÉ & JUICE BAR TUNE IN: Saturday 10am - 11am and Sunday Noon - 1pm

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DINNER PARTY FUNDRAISER Friends of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester will host a fundraiser dinner party to benefit the organization for Worcester youth on Monday, April 7 at Ritual on Main Street. Tickets are $75 per person for the buffet dinner. Questions? Contact Brian by calling 774-633-0214 or brian@wcmp.org. Ritual, 281 Main St., Worcester.

NOODLES AND MORE Noodles & Company, a national chain with 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. noodles.com.

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

Try Our Grab & Go Lunch Options!

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 takeout. Peppercorn’s, 455 Park Ave., Worcester. epeppercorns.com.

MORE TAPS! Speaking of Peppercorn’s, the restaurant has announced it will be adding draft lines to its bar. 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. epeppercorns.com.

232 Chandler Street . Worcester 508.753.1896 www.lefoods.com

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Bean Counter Bakery

Bottoms up coffee lovers!

Elle Durkin

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ean Counter Bakery, with its new look accentuated in dark browns and muted greens, offers a nice balance of chic metropolitan and comfort. The bakery counter shimmers with bright, beckoning delicacies ranging from juicy fruit tarts to thick chocolate cheesecake, and includes the only consistently available vegan cupcakes (and cookies) in the city. Whenever I walk in, I feel like I am coming in from a rainy day outside, because the atmosphere within is always more welcoming, with customers seeming to gather about the counter as if around a fire. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tis the season of the latte. While the harsh cold weather of winter might lend itself well to the enjoyment of hot drinks, for me lattes are a more social experience. Unlike the hot chocolates and mulled ciders had by the hearth, lattes typically involve going out, maybe meeting a friend; the perfect activity for those late-winter and early-spring days when the thermostat finally jumps and your boots are coated in water rather than snow. Those days when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not rushing home before the early winter dusk settles, or worrying over the iciness of the roads, you might instead meet with a friend or a book in a cozy, yet bustling cafĂŠ like Bean Counter.

113 Highland St., Worcester 508-754-3125 beancounterbakery.com FOOD â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; AMBIENCE â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; SERVICE â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; VALUE â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2

Our soy lattes were served in pretty, oversized mugs, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with their minty baby blue shade. The small was large, and the large was magnificent. They were a little pricey, $3.80 for the small and $4.40 for a large, but what really shocked and bothered me was the huge markup ($.55) for choosing soy over cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milk. Being this my first latte review, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to examine how this holds up amongst other local cafes. Upon first sip the thick creaminess of the foam felt like a soft cookie, then melted away in my mouth. It was ideal. And the thickness did not whither as I continued to drink, rather it stayed intact as I drank on, never washing away into liquid nor crusting into some sour taste. I was able to essentially poke little mouth-sized holes into the creamy foam cloud atop my latte, and still it lingered there, no matter how much I deteriorated it. The espresso itself was mild, with a nutty, creamy taste. It was not overly aromatic, but I found it to be the perfect accompaniment for the cookie I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist. If looking for darker fare, Bean Counter does offer a variety of different blends, but I found the standard espresso to provide for the perfect expression of a latte, allowing the sweet softness of the drink ring true. The drink was thick as well, which I had originally been concerned about; because of the thickness of the foamy top I thought the rest might taste watery. But this was not the case, and the consistency of the drink stayed reliably thick until very near the bottom where it thinned out a bit. By this point, though, I was really ready for a thinner, more thirstquenching sip. Overall, I would rate this latte as amazing. With the exception of the price-gouging for soy milk, the experience was a joy, from the service to the variety of treats for assorted dietary needs, to the generally pleasant feeling of sitting with a friend over a warm latte on a nearly spring day, nestled into a cafĂŠ on Highland Street.

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music >Thursday 20 Boys of the Town Concert. The event is sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural Council and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. John Ebersold provides vocals and guitar, Tim Loftus plays flute, tin whistle and bodhran and Hunter Foote plays fiddle. Boys of the Town have a large following in this area and all are welcome! Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Reading Room, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Dueling Pianos hosted by Sunny Lake. Sunny Lake hosts Dueling Pianos starting Thursday February 27 at the Center Bar and Grill. 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. Crystal Bowersox. Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singersongwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. “I believe if you stand for something, stand your ground; stand it strong and stand it proud.” It is this fortitude and courageous spirit that resonated with millions night after night when the 2010 American Idol runner up took the stage. There is a sincerity and authenticity about her that just can’t be manufactured. The same can be said about her musical prowess, which has all the markings of a creative force to reckon with who is in it for the long haul. Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. $35/$85. 8-10 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or mechanicshall.org. 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. Zack Slick. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. HOT LETTER and FUNK FOR NOW, PHASES & Luke Jarret. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508363-1888 or facebook.com/HotLetter. College Night Featuring DJ Danny Fly. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Industry Bar Room, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Metal Thursday CCXXXVI. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. The Lovely Ladies of Sirens of Song! $5 Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Russo Brothers Jazz Quintet. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035.

>Friday 21 Dana Lewis Live! Dana Lewis Live! Every Friday evening. Great comfort food, Home made desserts, Full Bar, LOTTERY & W-I-D-E Screens. Playing in the bar. The Greatest Hits from the 50’s to the 80’s. 5:30-8 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Thank Friday it’s Nat 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. then The NicO-Tines at 9 p.m.! No Cover. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 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 nucafe.com/events. Bill Mallia. He captures the travel/beach spirit and marries it to fully inspired Christian music. Free. 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St Millbury MA, Millbury. 508-865-1517 or millchurch.org. JAZZED UP Trio Live. No Cover. 7-10 p.m. Oxford Casual Dining, 2 Millbury Blvd, Oxford. 508-987-1567. *LIVE MUSIC* Usual Suspects and Bill McCarthy. $5. 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Poor Howard Stith Blues. 12-string guitar has the solid,

propulsive groove of a steady-moving freight train. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Brian & Captain. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Joe Macey. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. 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. Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. A huge show with THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED, Anaria, Burns From Within and The Silent Order. $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/events/1411376112442196. Just Cuz. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. The McCrites. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. The Scotty Dunbar Band, The Erotics, Demons Alley, The Low Babies. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Heavy Horses. A powerhouse band made up of amazing local area musicians, playing the hits that made FM radio great! This is one not to miss, so mark your calendars! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Mayhem. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Flock of Assholes. Relive your favorite hits from the 80’s with Worcester’s amazing 80’s tribute, The Flock of Assholes! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Tom Yates & The Workingman’s Band. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-midnight. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. Max Courtney. Contemporary and Traditional Irish music. 9:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 139 Water St. 508-754-6100. Take Two. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. 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. No cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597. Mystic River Band. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. The Midnight Judges. Classic Rock 10 p.m.-1 a.m. South Gardner Hotel, 8 E. Broadway, Gardner. 978-630-1322. DJ Music Master Matty D. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

>Saturday 22 Music+Film: A Live Listening, Viewing and Discussion Series Exploring Jazz. For two weeks in March and April, we will have “Music+Film,” a listening, viewing and discussion series exploring jazz. This series is full of live performances, discussions, and movies celebrating jazz music. The Cotton Club Enjoy a screening of the fictional classic that depicts the famous Harlem nightclub during the Jazz Age. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room - Main Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1684. 5th Annual Band Benefit for Special Olympics. Performing will be “Girls on Girls”, “Blood Brothers”, “On the 5”, “Touched”, “The Chittlin Brothers” and “Backlash” featuring Andy Rivers. $10. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793. Dana Lewis LIVE! Free! 7-10 p.m. Nancy’s Quaker Tavern, 466 Quaker Hgwy (Route146a), Uxbridge. 508-779-0901. Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers “Patsy Cline Revue” 2 Shows! First at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m! $10 Cover.

7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-7534030. *LIVE MUSIC* Mass Octane and Ricky Duran. $5. 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. BILL McCARTHY. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405. Cafe’ con Dios. Donation. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, Main Auditorium, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-579-6722. Dazzling Divas Unite, An all English Evening. Karen Driscoll, Soprano Juliana Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano Sima Kustanovich, Piano Come be dazzled by duets and divas as they journey through English and American repertoire. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Jazz with Suzanne Cabot with Pamela Hines. Come enjoy a great night of music from the American Songbook with jazz vocalist Suzanne Cabot, pianist Pamela Hines and bassist David Hines. Excellent wines and fresh seafood specials! 7:30-10 p.m. FISH, 29 South Bolton St., Marlborough. 508-460-3474 or eatatfish.com. One for the road. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. The Lester Rawson Band. The Lester Rawson Band live at the Center Bar and Grill, join us for dinner, drinks and a great night out. No cover charge. 7:30-11 p.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-4380597. Funk No More. 8-11 p.m. B-Man’s 140 Tavern, 348 Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling. 978-422-9763. Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Now & Then. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Samantha Fish. $18 advance; $22 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917-674-6181 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com. Sean Ryan. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Terry Kitchen and Becky & The Hitmen. no cover. 8-10:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948 or harvestcafeonline.com. 80’s Hair Metal Godz RETURN! it’s MULLETHEAD with guests 3 Parts Dead and more. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/mullet. head.92. Sean Fullerton. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. 9Teen. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508853-1350. Preacher Roe/The Rationales/Sidewalk Driver/The Easy Reasons. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Shakedown Street. Come dance and shake your bones with the Central Mass premiere Grateful Dead cover band! $5. 9 p.m.-midnight. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. The Rationales, Preacher Roe, Sidewalk Driver, and Easy Reasons! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Tony Soul Project @ Hot Shotz. We are bringing in the full 6 piece for this one: Iggy Mohawk, Blue Shoe, The Bus Driver, Mississippi Bobby, The Halloween Sax Goblin & Little Italy’s own Tony Bracciole No Covver. The Tip Bucket may make a few rounds to help with tuition at the Arthur Murray Dance Academy for Matt. 9-1 p.m. Hot Shotz, , Leominster. tonysoulproject.com. Valvatross! Come dance and party with New England’s hottest original R&B, Funk, Blues, Soul plus Good ol’ Rock n’ Roll horn band! 9 p.m.12:30 a.m. Chooch’s Food & Spirits, 31 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield. 508-867-2494. April’s Fools. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100.

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Auntie Trainwreck. NO COVER, 21+! 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006 or facebook.com/ events/667630256590415. Andy Cummings Swingabilly Lounge. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Center Bar Saturday Nights. DJ E-Class and Mike DJ Kartier take turns bringing the beats to make you move every Saturday Night! No cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597. Dj Reckless. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. DJ Music Master Matty D. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

>Sunday 23 Assumption College HumanArts Event: Boston Cello Quartet. The program will consist of various original compositions and virtuosic arrangements for cello quartet. Some of the composers that will be featured in our program include Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Chabrier and John Williams. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St. assumption.edu/humanarts. Rockhouse. 4-8 p.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774243-1100. ROCKHOUSE! at Rivalrys! Early gig, great for fun classic rock tunes in the afternoon on a Sunday and Free! Stop by and have fun with us and the great staff at Rivalry’s! Free! 4-8 p.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. Big Jon Short - solo acoustic country blues. Free. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. The Hangover Hour Spoken Word Salon 5pm, then Andy Cummings 8:30pm! 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Jim’s Blues Jam at Greendales. Each week has a first rate feature performer, followed by an open mike segment. Host Jim Perry keeps things rolling. No cover. 6-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Tony Soul Feature @ Greendale. 6-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350 or tonysoulproject.com. Music: A Gala Night with David Garrett. When DAVID GARETT, a world-class violinist, wanted a title for his new album, he came straight to the point and called it “Music.” A former child prodigy of the classical world who signed to Deutsche Grammophon when he was only 13, he now provokes Garrett-mania among hordes of international fans with his spectacular fusions of rock and pop with symphonic or baroque traditions. Full price tickets are $39.50 and $44.50, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for groups of 15 or more. 7-9 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or thehanovertheatre.org. Open Mic Sundays At Snow’s Restaurant. To check the schedules and open slots visit: Bill McCarthy’s Open Mic World on Facebook Bill McCarthy (originator of the “Half-Hour Sets!”) is Your Host at another great Open Mic Night! Email Bill McCarthy to reserve it! at: OPENMCC@VERIZON.NET. Free! 7-10:30 p.m. Snow’s Restaurant & Pub, 321 West Boylston St. Special SUNDAY show with Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Sweet Addiction and more. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com/TSAband. Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J. No cover charge. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597.

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>Tuesday 25 Music + Film: A Live Listening, Viewing and Discussion Series Exploring Jazz. For two weeks in March and April, we will have “Music+Film,” a listening, viewing and discussion series exploring jazz. This series is full of live performances, discussions, and movies celebrating jazz music. Tonight’s movie: Bird. 6 p.m Biopic highlighting the troubled life and career of jazz legend, Charlie “Bird” Parker. 3 p.m. 6-9 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room - Main Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655. Two Left at Park Grill and Spirits. Come on down for some rock/pop/blues/folk music by electro-acoustic trio Two Left. Enjoy a great meal and tasty drinks while you’re there! Free. 7-10 p.m. Park Grill and Spirits, 257 Park Ave. facebook.com/pages/TwoLeft/276558542494116. Tuesday Open Mic Night @ Greendale’s Pub! To check the schedules and open slots visit: Bill McCarthy’s Open Mic World on Facebook. Email Bill McCarthy to reserve it! at: OPENMCC@VERIZON. NET. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508853-1350. OPEN Mic Tuesday. Poetry, Acoustic / SingerSongwriters, etc. The last Tuesday of the month. Climb up on that stage! Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508363-1888 or theluckydogmusichall.com. The Denise Cascione Project! No Cover. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s

Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. C.U.Next Tuesday! Tunes in the Diner with DJ Poke Smot and Special Guests every Tuesday Night! No cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. 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. 774-696-4845.

>Wednesday 26 Brown Bag Concert: Metro West Thump. Metro West Thump is a 5-piece contemporary jazz group based in the Greater Boston. The band is known for its original material, which blends many musical styles creating fresh and innovative music that appeals to a wide audience. Brown Bag Concerts are broadcast on WICN 90.5 FM and on the web at wicn.org. Bring your lunch or buy one there while they last! Free Admission. noon-1 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-7525608 or mechanicshall.org/tickets/brownbag.html. 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 to reserve it! at: OPENMCC@ VERIZON.NET. Free! 7:30-10:30 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment 8 p.m.-midnight Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Steve Gags “A Soulful Sound”. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 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 starting at 8 p.m.! 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 tba. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or theluckydogmusichall.com. Brett Brumby. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035.

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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 er3. com/book. 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 holycross.edu/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 danforthmuseum.org. 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 ecotarium.org. Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302 or harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/museum.html. 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 fitchburgartmuseum.org. 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 fitchburghistory. fsc.edu. Fitchburg State University: Hammond Hall, Lisa Kessler: Seeing Pink, Mondays, through March 28. 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. fitchburgstate.edu. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-4563924 or fruitlands.org. Funky Stuff, 11am-7pm Tues-Sat. Bringing the funk to Worcester through Fine Art, Jewelry, Clothing, Furniture, Antiques, and 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 978-598-5000x12 or galleryofafricanart.org. 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 massaudubon.org. 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 978-598-5000x17 or museumofrussianicons.org. Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 Free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or osv.org. 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. 508-485-2580 or postroadartcenter.com. Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

4 Sixteen Inch Rims for 1998 Dodge Ram. $150.00 or best offer. 508-853-1617 Antique Glencog Stove Burns wood & coal. Good condition. Asking $500.00 508-930-1896

Seeking families throughout Central Massachusetts who are interested in improving a child’s life.

Antique wooden high chair. Changes into table and chair. $75.00 508-756-5084

Call to inquire about our upcoming foster parent training. $500 BONUS

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www.devereuxma.org HELP WANTED LOCAL Newspaper Home Delivery PCF, Inc. is seeking Delivery Service Providers (DSPs) for newspaper home delivery routes. DSPs are independently contracted. Most routes are 7 days, 2-3 hours daily, starting around 3AM. $350-$500/bi -weekly. Routes in: Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Shrewsbury, Worcester, and surrounding areas. No $$ collections. Must be 18+. Be sure to ask about our 2014 Winter DSP Recognition Program offering cash and other prizes. Call 1-800-515-8000

MERCHANDISE 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 1 Bed & Queen Size Mattress, Box spring. Very good, like new. $325.00 or B/O 774-329-1086

Ariens ST 524 Snowblower Good condition. $300.00 For appointment call 508-829-5161 Beautiful crystal blue gown with shawl size 7. Worn once. Paid $600.00 asking $50.00 cash only. 508-829-9240 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 GE Profile top loader washing machine $100.00 in great condition Call Ann Marie (508) 7137034

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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 sales@centralmassclass.com

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REAL ESTATE

Gas Living Room Heater (Williams) M#3501512 Asking $250.00 508-752-6401

APARTMENT FOR RENT

HP Desk Jet Printer Visioneer One-Touch Scanner. Exc. cond. Both for $30.00. 508-248-5769 New Crock Pot Rival 4 1/2 quart slow cooker Beige with design. $15.00 508-754-1827 Noritake Fine China Blue Hill w/ silver trim. Service for 12/91 pcs. $350.00 or B/O 508-835-3045 Snowblower Toro Heavy Duty 2 stage 8 hp. 24inches wide chains runs great needs nothing $325 dei. 508-829-6009 Vintage Brass Fireplace Set Brass frame, mesh screen, andirons, tool set. $150.00 B.O. 508-791-0531

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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

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Worcester Spacious 2BR Townhouse garage/deck $1,195.00 508-852-6001

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STERLING-1BD & Large storage bldg. Easy access to 190 & 2. No smoking. $850/m 1st/last/sec. 978-422-6140

HOUSE FOR SALE $149 New in plastic, Can deliver, Call Luke 774-823-6692

Holden 340 Bailey Rd $259,900 3bd/2bth 1416 sqft 1.33 acre lot w/privacy. For sale by owner 978-549-4791

EDUCATION MISCELLANEOUS 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. 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. 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.

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752 Main St Holden MA 17’ x 14’ with 8’ x 10’ 2nd room Asking $750 per month Heat & Lights included Call Pat at 508-829-0044

LAND FOR SALE OPEN HOUSE Holden 65 Acres/35 Acres Buildable 1500 ft road frontage R-40 Zone 508-829-9585 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 Rutland 66 Acres Rte 68 Horses Allowed Surrounded by 400 Acres of Conservation Land $169,900 508-829-9585

Call the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS at 508-832-6600 or visit our website at www.wrar.org

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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: wkdubovick@comcast.net

$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

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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 thehillsatpaxtonvillage@gmail.com or visit us at thehillsatpaxtonvillage.com.

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AUTOMOTIVE AUTO/MOTORCYCLE 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.

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Great condition RV 2006 National Tradewinds 40D Garage kept, 4 slides, used lightly. $38,000 disodexe@yahoo.com 617-714-9446

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

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

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

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1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Sedan. 79k miles. Grey exterior and interior. $6500.00 or B/O 774-242-2370 badday1123@gmail.com 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6 cylinder gas. Very good cond. Runs exc. $3500.00 195k miles. Located in Sutton, MA 774-287-0777 1996 Jeep Cherokee 4WD, blk, auto-start, keyless entry, fold-down seats, rims, spare. KBV $4000, asking $2500. 774-234-0214

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Albert N. Cecchini CPA, EA 67 Millbrook St., Suite 216 Worcester, MA 01606 508-797-0077 • Year-round tax, accounting & consulting service. • Computerized State & Federal taxes, electronic filing. • Business & Individual returns. Day/evening by appointment

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2000 Mercury Sable Wagon. 131K miles. Exc. cond. inside & out. Asking $2,200.00 Call Kathy 978-728-4702 2001 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, Rare car, loaded, mint condition. $7,995 508-875-7400

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

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.

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Utility Trailer. Made from a 1970 Chevy short bed pickup body. $225.00 Call Larry 508-886-6082 Rutland MA.

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

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

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

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Wheelchair Lift for Handicap Van Excellent condition. Can demonstrate. $1600.00 or B/O 978-840-2662

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CLASS IT UP! Living the Classifieds’ Lifestyle! I love sugar. There, I said it. I admit. I love all kinds of refined processed sugar! Candy, cake, bread, soda, etc., I love it all! High end, low end, I don’t care. I’ve even bought those little things of frosting and have eaten it right from the container. I have known this for a long time that I might have an “issue” and I am trying to be better about it. Lately, I have given up the bad kind of sugar during the week. It’s going pretty well and even though I have allowed myself to have it on the weekend, I haven’t gone too crazy. The cravings during the week aren’t so bad anymore, so I think I’m getting cured. I don’t want to be completely cured though, because a little sugar is not a bad thing. Well, at least in my opinion. Or is that the sugar talking? One of the reasons that I love parties is because of the desserts! A party isn’t a party without some great desserts, like some yummy cupcakes or a whole beautiful cake. What do you need for your party? I think that the basics are: lots of seating, utensils, plates and cake! Please do check out our Events Planning Directory for your party planning needs, along with all of the other services that you could ever need in the rest of this section. Let’s start making plans for the spring! Parties, clean ups and much more! Maybe by the summer I will have conquered my sugar “issue.” Well, maybe just a little. Always grateful…

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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 Reed Construction Data Document Processing Center 30 Technology Parkway, South Suite 500 Norcross, GA 30092-2921 Phone 203-426-0450

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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

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www.centralmassclass.com LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES 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

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TOWN OF MILLBURY CENTRAL CEMETERY Notice is hereby given to all citizens with interests in Central Cemetery in the Town of Millbury. All seasonal decorations and any unauthorized items must be removed by Sunday March 30, 2014 in order to facilitate the spring cleanup of the cemetery. Any and all items in violation of the Cemetery Rules and Regulations remaining in place after this date will be removed and disposed of by the Town Of Millbury. Millbury Department of Public Works 3/20, 3/27/2014 MS

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TOWN OF SUTTON Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section VI.H of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Allissa Lavoie, 64 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton, MA. The applicant seeks to amend a previously granted special permit for a 5.56 acre retreat lot with 150’ frontage at 62 Putnam Hill Road to conform to a subsequently recorded plan showing said retreat lot with 5.4 acres and 147’ of frontage. The hearing on this application will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:15 P.M. A copy of the plan and applications can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Jon Anderson, Chairman 3/20, 3/27/2014 MS

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO14C0090CA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME In the matter of : Debra Ann Rosenlund Of Millbury, MA To all persons interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Debra A Rosenlund requesting that: Debra Ann Rosenlund be allowed to change his/her/ their name as follows: Debra Ann Poland IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 04/08/2014 WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: March 10, 2014 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 03/20/14 MS

Town of Sutton Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section of IV.C., Site Plan Review and Section VI.O, Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Sutton Solar, LLC. The applicant proposes to construct a 2.6-Megawatt rated ground mounted Solar Electric Generating Facility on approximately 13.2 +/- acres located at 25 Oakhurst Road. The hearing on this application will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:50 P.M. A copy of the plan and applications can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Jon Anderson, Chairman 3/20, 3/27/2014 MS

Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section VI.H of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Marjorie Duff, 153 Manchaug Road, Sutton, MA on land currently owned by Estate of Edgar D. Leonard. The applicant seeks a permit to create two retreat lots located at 34 Lackey Road, Sutton, MA.  One is a 16.41 acre retreat lot with 51’ +/- of road frontage and the other is a 15.02 acre retreat lot with 200.72’ +/of road frontage.    The hearing on this application will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:05 P.M. A copy of the plan and applications can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Jon Anderson, Chairman 3/20, 3/27/2014 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 ZONING BOARD TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall on April 3, 2014 at 7:40pm on the petition of Anthony Deyoe. The petitioner requests a variance from III(B)(3) Table II of the zoning bylaws for sideline setback relief in order to construct an attached garage. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 174 Armsby Rd., Sutton MA on Assessors Map #18, Parcel #51. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Jeffrey Fenuccio Board of Appeals Clerk 3/20, 3/27/2014 MS

TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall on April 3, 2014 at 7:35pm on the petition of Timothy and Carol Morse. The petitioners request variances from Section III(B)(2) and III(B)(3) table II for lot width and lot frontage in order to construct a Single Family Home. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 213 Burbank Rd., Sutton MA on Assessors Map #4, Parcel #7. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Jeffrey Fenuccio Board of Appeals Clerk 3/20, 3/27/2014MS

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Katherine Abbott

STEVEN KING

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Katherine Abbott, executive director at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, has come full circle. She grew up outside of Boston, attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, where she earned an associates degree in Arbor Culture and thus started her career with plants. Continuing her education, she earned an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture and Original Planning from UMASS Amherst and landed a job with the Mass. Department of Environmental Management as a planner for state parks. She later earned a master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, worked her way up and out of state government and into executive roles with nonprofits, many of which focused on environmental conservation. This experience lead her back to working with plants, as the executive director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Worcester Magazine caught up with Abbott this week to learn a little about how New England weather and certain gardening techniques can affect backyard flower and vegetable gardens.

This was a tough winter, even by New England standards. How did the trees, plants and shrubs fair? They have faired OK. We’re beginning to see winter burn on some of the azaleas and rhododendrons. The plants want to take up water but the ground’s still frozen and they can’t do it. You’ll start to see leaves browning and delayed blooms on things like daffodils, crocus and the early bloomers; they are one, two or three weeks behind right now. Along roadsides where you’ve had heavy salt and sand, they have to deal with that as well. With the snow just finally melting we’re just starting to see the damage that the mice and the voles have been doing all this winter on the crowns, roots and bark. What we won’t see until we start to see things leafing out is damage from frost that’s been done to the flower buds and leaves.

With added water from all the snow this year, does that help or can it be too much? It’s never too much. The snowmelt is an important contributor to getting things started as the ground thaws. It’s very purposeful.

What should be the first order of business when working in the yard? To check for damage, look and see what has happened

over the winter, whether it’s ice damage to your trees or vole or mice damage at the other end. Getting things raked up to better see what needs doing. Starting plants on the windowsill.

How early can you start a vegetable garden around here? As soon as the ground thaws, you want to turn it over and plant the early crops. Peas usually go in in late March. Asparagus stays in all the time and you usually can start picking it in late May but you should see it coming up in April.

Which is better to start with: seedlings or seeds? Most of us don’t have the capacity to start a whole lot of seeds, we just don’t have the room in our houses and we don’t have cold frames to get them hearty. It’s so much easier to buy things that have already been started. It’s accessible to get seedlings from nurseries at places like Home Depot. You can find a pretty wide array of things that have been started by professionals. The success rates with those starts – if you prepare the soil, and feed them, water them and if animals don’t eat them – are pretty high.

What’s the best fertilizer for a backyard garden? Are there non-traditional fertilizers people can make at home? We are mostly

organic here at Tower Hill, we rely heavily on compost, we make our own. You want to test your soil, you can get a soil test kit and do it yourself or you can send it off to the UMASS Extension Service and for $9 they will test it for you and give you a really detailed analysis that tells you exactly how much phosphorus and potassium you may need. It doesn’t take much time anymore. Then I would recommend a good organic fertilizer or compost.

I’ve heard that if you have a slug problem you can put little cups of beer around your garden to kill them. What other cool gardening tricks have you heard of? Other than beer for slugs and snails, that’s the one I use. We don’t use that here at Tower Hill but we don’t have much of a slug problem. We do everything by hand we get enough interns in the summer that we can actually go through and remove potato beetles or slugs or whatever. I’m not that good at home; at home I’m using cups of beer because I don’t have any interns.

What are some of the spring programs happening at Tower Hill? Starting in April we now have dog memberships. We encourage dog walking two mornings and one afternoon a week. We’re doing a whole day called “Trails and Tails” so you can bring your dogs and walk on a trail that we created last year. There’s water on it, doggy bags and places to put your doggy bags. We’re doing more regular youth programing, also preschool storytelling on Wednesdays. We have adult yoga time Wednesday evenings. We’re doing a meditation program on Saturdays. We’re getting more and more feedback from people. When they come up here they see it as a sanctuary, as a really beautiful, peaceful place. We’re focused this year on health and wellness, connecting people to plants, so we’re doing some cooking classes, we’re doing some art classes. You will see more programs and new programs. -Steven King, Writer and Photographer MARCH 20, 2014 • WORCESTERMAGAZINE.COM

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