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aseball in Worcester is like ice cream to apple pie – the two just go together. Kids from just about every neighborhood, every corner of the city play on sandlots and in organized leagues. From t-ball to college, there is opportunity aplenty for kids who just want to play ball. For a while, there was something else. The Worcester Tornadoes gave fans and players alike another option. Two years ago, they folded and last year, for the first time since 2005 there was no summer baseball played at the foot of College Hill. That is about to change. An exciting new league, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, has welcomed a new Worcester team, the Bravehearts, into the fold. There is local ownership and several local players, including some from Holy Cross and Worcester. Time – and fans – will tell whether the league survives, but the new team appears to be off to a good start, with a successful Fan Fest and many seasoned baseball minds behind it. Can a new brand of baseball, one whose players are almost entirely on the upswing and perhaps destined for the Major Leagues, capture the fancy of local sports fans? First things first: A look at the Worcester Bravehearts and how one family brought summer ball back to Worcester.

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Carnival, schools seen as common threads for recent Worcester violence STEVEN KING

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olice believe the recent spate of violence that has hit the city has roots in the recent carnival at Greendale Mall, where police made several arrests after a fight broke out. In the days since, four people were shot in two separate incidents, while in another case a house was shot at and a pipe bomb left on an SUV outside the same building. There is another common factor: the city’s schools. Of eight teens arrested at the carnival, seven of the suspects attend Worcester Public Schools, according to school safety liaison Rob Pezzella. At least three of those teens were being watched as either active gang members or engaging in “gang behavior,” Pezzella says. Police are investigating the possibility that the recent violent episodes are tied into gang disputes. Pezzella says there are 85 public school students involved in some sort of gang activity in the city. About 50 of them have been confirmed by police as being gang members. With approximately 24,000 students attending public schools in Worcester, the number of those involved in gang activity or active gang members represents a mere fraction. That does not make it any less disconcerting, according to Pezzella. “It’s a small number, but they make a lot of noise and they have friends they hang out with in the community,” he says. “There are a lot of issues and we have to pay attention to them.”


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Clark University’s Anthony Ebbington, director of the Graduate School of Geography and Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. +1

It is nice to see Worcester residents putting their trash and recyclables out by the curb, but not when rubbish is loosely tied, allowing it to spill all over the streets and sidewalks. -2

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Several recent violent episodes put Worcester residents on edge. -5

The College of the Holy Cross hosts Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. More than 400 people were expected to participate. +3

Rain invades the region, but cannot dampen the spirit of those who take part in various events around Worcester. +2

Two Leicester men hit with 126 counts of vandalism in connection to several incidents in Worcester late last year. -4


A Meals Tax Holiday submitted as a budget amendment, could be a boon to restaurants in and around Worcester. It would take place July 27-31. +2

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t first glance, the meticulously-crafted 1916 World War I Ford Model T Ford 255 ambulance might have seemed out of place sitting inside a warehouse off Gardner Street, where new and used manufacturing equipment is assembled. Then again, it just may have been the perfect place. After all, North Franklin, Connecticut’s George King has built something new based on something old – a detailed and working replica of the ambulances driven by American volunteers in France before our country had joined the war. And in Nathan Smith, who along with Mike Ortolano owns the Absolute Group of Companies based in Worcester, King found a kindred spirit who shares his passion for Model T trucks; he actually rebuilt the engine in Smith’s 1923 Model T. The two


met after Smith read about King’s effort to build a WWI ambulance in The Vintage Ford magazine. “It was kind of cool,” Smith says. “I was in my car, dialed 411 and was talking with George. I was so impressed by it.” The ambulance was in Smith’s warehouse Monday, April 28, where it was loaded into a shipping container on the back of a truck. It was to be shipped to New Jersey before heading overseas to be put on display. The ambulance was a product of three years of research, according to King, who says he visited France in 2009 to see the only remaining ambulance of its kind. He was able to obtain 116 sheets of drawings. The truck took two and a half years to build, and as King explains it, represents the 1,200 Model T Ford ambulances driven by Americans during continued on page 8

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World War I, before the US became involved. According to King, 77 percent of the volunteer drivers with the ambulances were either college students or recent graduates, mainly from Ivy League schools. Using the trucks, volunteers evacuated 500,000 wounded. “We had 100,000 Americans living in France when the war broke out,” King says, adding that France volunteered an old school to be renovated into a field hospital. In fact, “ambulance” originates from the French “hopital ambulant,” or walking hospital. According to the National Museum of the US Air Force, Allied Forces used thousands of Model T cars and trucks because they were inexpensive and easy to repair. The

King. The ambulance is expected to arrive in Southampton, England on May 27. King says he will go there on June 8. A friend, he says, is loaning him a trailer to haul the ambulance around. It will not be the first time the 255 has been on display. In fact, given its recent history, this tour might even be a step down. King’s Model T was one of just 63 vehicles chosen to take part in President Barack Obama’s inauguration parade Jan. 21, 2013. King says it was the only antique vehicle in the parade. As he tells it, King sent a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama after she had made volunteerism a focus of speeches she gave in 2010. His letter was in support of her effort. Two weeks before the inauguration, King


George King, owner of a 1916 Ford Model T Ambulance, talks cars with Nathan Smith, co-owner of Absolute Group of Companies, at 92 Gardner St. where the vehicle will be loaded into a shipping container to begin its journey to England. lightweight ambulances were useful on the muddy and shell-torn roads in combat areas. By Nov. 1, 1918, 4,362 Model T ambulances had been shipped overseas. During World War I, the Allies used thousands of Model T cars and trucks because of their low cost and ease of repair. The ambulance version’s lightweight made it well-suited for use on the muddy and shelltorn roads in forward combat areas. If stuck in a hole, a group of soldiers could lift one without much difficulty. By Nov. 1, 1918, 4,362 Model T ambulances had been shipped overseas. Among the volunteer drivers were Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney. The ambulance built by King will be shipped to England from New Jersey for a photo shoot. From England, it will make the trek to France, where it will be brought to 24 regions over 3,000 miles, according to

says he sent another letter to the First Lady telling her he had been selected to take part in the parade and would wave to her as the procession made its way by the Obamas. “As I approached the reviewing stand I saw President Obama look over toward my vehicle and then say something to Michelle,” King says. “She looked in my direction and waved. I took a picture of her waving at me.” The trip to England and France is but one more mention on a brief, but impressive resume for the ambulance. Smith is quick to point out where this particular journey is starting. “It starts right here in Worcester, Massachusetts,” he says.

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{ citydesk } He referenced a recent incident off Pleasant Street, when a teenager shot at a group of students who had just left school at the old Fanning Trade Building. “The boy was 16 years old and tried to shoot four kids,” Pezzella says. “You can’t deny that. You have to acknowledge it and say to the students we’re not tolerating it.” There is another message to be delivered. “Worcester Public Schools are safe and every student that comes in our doors can be guaranteed a safe learning environment,” Pezzella says. “I’m just saying we have to play hard ball with some of the other kids and let them know they need to leave their community issues at the door when they are in our buildings.” As for the Fiesta Shows Carnival, Police Chief Gary Gemme says investigators are aware of a possible connection between incidents there and the recent shootings in the city. Recent shootings include one on West Boylston Drive and two men shot on Suffield Street. Sandwiched in between them was a pipe bomb left on a vehicle outside 43 Barclay St. on Friday, April 25. That incident unfolded around 10 a.m. Several hours earlier, police had responded to the same address, where bullets had been fired at the house. Gemme did not say whether he believes that incident is related to the mall carnival.

Emergency personnel, including a member of the State Police Bomb Squad, respond to a call for a pipe bomb place on a vehicle on Barclay Street in Worcester on Friday, April 25. “I can’t get into anything specific, it’s all under investigation, but in the general sense we’ve had this nexus to the carnival that we’re concerned about,” the chief says.

“Again, I’m not going to get involved in talking about specific cases, but what’s one of the things causing the spike, one of the things we’re looking at is the number of

incidents that recently occurred and the carnival.” Police were alerted to the gunshots on Barclay Street by the new ShotSpotter

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{ citydesk } system, which can detect the sound of gunfire and pinpoint exactly where the shots were fired. No one called police about the shots in that instance. Gemme says he is not advocating for the carnival to no longer be held in the city, but says it presents police with challenges. He also says he is not blaming the recent shootings entirely on the carnival. “I can tell you this,” he says. “A lot of the gun violence is either related to drugs, gangs, the culture of violence and what we would think are very minor reasons. Personal beefs that go back years and years, they looked at somebody the wrong way. They want to establish their manhood. And what you see at a carnival, it doesn’t take much for that tension to escalate.” Police have had problems with carnivals in the past, Gemme says, recalling the carnival that used to be held behind Notre Dame Church. “What happens is, if you get into a beef, get into a car, walking away from the carnival, you know, what we’ve seen are fights, shootings and other incidents that have a nexus to the carnival,” he says. “I’m not saying the carnival is the cause for all the violence in the city, but a number of incidents are related to what’s going on at the carnival.

It’s a concern for the police department and it should be a concern for the community.” Despite the recent increase in gun violence, Gemme, just as Pezzella labels the schools safe, says the overall state of crime in Worcester is not bad. “I think when you look at, across the board, what’s going on in the city, with most crime categories trending down, including violent crime, the only issue with violent crime is the issue with guns,” Gemme says. “Our officers are seeing more guns out on the street and we are taking more guns off the street than we ever have. Guns are a serious problem. For the longest time, our strategy has been to focus on those individuals identified as involved in gun violence, put a lot of pressure on them and be very restrictive in terms of our licensing policy. We don’t want guns in the hands of individuals that are unsuitable. And then just have strategies of working collaboratively with other agencies to address the issue of gun violence.” Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch Walter with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!

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POND-ERING CHANGE: The city has made great strides with its parks and open space. Now the Friends of Coes Pond want to feel some of the love. On Friday, May 2 at 4 p.m. the group will host a walk/meeting with District 5 City Councilor Gary Rosen, City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. and Mayor Joe Petty, along with Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Rob Antonelli. The group essentially wants two things: an improved Mill Street Beach and a new playground/park at the old Coes Knife Factory property. Among those leading the charge is Sue Swanson, who is joined by her husband, Ed, and Walk/ Bike Worcester advocate Jerry Powers. They have been pushing the city to continue its efforts to spruce up their neighborhood. At the beach, they want it returned to “its former glory,” according to an email sent to various city and neighborhood leaders. The group is also asking for a universallyaccessible playground that offers passive and active recreation for “persons of all ages and all ability levels.” Antonelli, pointing out that more money is necessary to continue with improvements around Coes Pond, says the city has already invested more than $4 million in the area. It includes the renovation of the spillway/dam near the former Coes Knife parcel, the installation of a bridge crossing the spillway, the installation of a paved walkway adjacent the Worcester Housing Authority Lakeside Apartments allowing access from the bridge to Columbus Park, the purchase of the Reed Field property from the Knights of Columbus, the acceptance of a gift from the Greater Worcester Land Trust of the Fenton parcel at the end of Circuit Ave North and the development of a new rectangular field, parking lot and playground on the old KofC property. In addition, Antonelli cites the development of a new parking area at Coes Knife to release the site from the EPA/DEP contaminated list and the completion of a full master plan for land owned by the city around the pond. “DPW & Parks continues to invest in our parks and public facilities,” Antonelli says, “but with 60 parks in our system and limited resources, it is difficult to get everything done.”

NOT STANDING PAT-RICK: Finally doing what most of Massachusetts thought he should have long ago, Gov. Deval Patrick has accepted the resignation of DCF Commissioner Olga Roche. He had previously refused to accept her resignation. Still, even as he was peppered this week with questions by the press about the deaths of two children in April under DCF supervision, Patrick took aim at Grafton Police for failing to abide by the law notifying the DCF by fax – and not verbally, as they are required to do first – of a possible child abuse and neglect case in Grafton. The fax was not acted on immediately by the DCF and the child in question, a 4-week-old infant, ended up dying. Police Chief Normand Crepeau has since acknowledged the officer who handled the case should have phoned the DCF of his concerns. While Roche has resigned, there have been some calls for the Governor to follow her out the door – which is highly unlikely to happen.

NOT QUITE ALL IN: District 2 City Councilor Phil Palmieri says he has raised a “significant amount of money” as the result of a recent fundraiser at Sweet at 72 Shrewsbury St. However, even though he is widely believed to be positioning himself for a run against 15th Worcester state Rep. Mary Keefe, Palmieri did not use his event to make a public announcement. Instead, he appears to be moving one step closer to making it official. Sweet, which is located in the same building as Worcester Magazine, certainly appeared jam-packed with a variety of current and ex-political types. School Committee member Dianna Biancheria was seen heading in, and city Democratic Party chair Candy Carlson was also on hand, as were former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and several other political, business and community heavyweights. Palmieri specifically offers his praise to Biancheria and Carlson for their respective efforts in the city.

AVELLONE IS NOT ALONE: Following in the footsteps of their Mayor, four city councilors have endorsed Democrat Joe Avellone for Governor. Joining them is School Committee member John Monfredo. Mayor Joe Petty endorsed Avellone,

{ worcesteria } whose wife is from Worcester, in February. Offering their stamps of approval were councilors Moe Bergman, Tony Economou, Sarai Rivera and Kate Toomey. Avellone is a former selectman and lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserves. “I am truly honored to have [the endorsements],” Avellone says. “Worcester is a special place for me and my family and a main focus of my campaign. These leaders are what makes Worcester a great city. Because of their guidance, Worcester is coming out of this recession stronger than ever, and I am so glad to have them on my side.”

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THE NEW BLACK: It’s a safe bet that Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling will not be among those taking in the free advanced screening of “The New Black” at Clark University on Tuesday, May 13. The film details how the African-American community is dealing with LGBT issues, the same-sex marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. Sterling, of course, revealed himself for the neanderthal he is when, in comments to his girlfriend that were recorded and later made public, he questioned why she was hanging around with black people after seeing images of her with Magic Johnson. While Sterling seems to be stuck in a land that time forgot, N-CITE and ITVS Community Cinema are getting set for a movie that highlights the stories of activists, families and clergy on both sides of the debate over a divisive issue. “For over three years I followed how this issue was being debated and understood in the African-American community,” Director Yoruba Richen says. “I came to realize that the issue of gay rights in the black community is in many ways a fight over the African-American family, which has been a contested space since the time of slavery. The screening starts at 7 p.m. at Clark University in Jefferson 218. A panel discussion will be held, featuring Marie Boone of Mosaic Cultural Complex, Linford Cunningham of AIDS Project Worcester and Corey Yarbrough of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition.

HAVING A BALL! The season doesn’t start until Saturday, May 3, but Bill Guenette couldn’t be any more thrilled with how things are already going with South Worcester Baseball. In its second year, the league has more than doubled its registration over last year. So far, 290 kids have signed up to play in the free league. In its first season, the league registered 130 players. This year, it has expanded to include kids ages 4-12. There are 20 teams and 28 sponsors, according to Guenette, and the effort goes beyond getting kids to play ball. He says the league is also asking all parents whose kids are playing to register to vote, “because there is a low turnout in South Worcester.” Players will get to enjoy a renovated storage and snack shack, which was fixed with help from Working for Worcester and Worcester Technical High School. If you want to get in on the fun, go to the Opening Day Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. It starts at the Salvation Army on Cambridge Street. You can also support the league by taking part in Bowling for Baseball on Sunday, May 4 at AMF Auburn Lanes in Auburn, from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $20 for the whole family, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. On Sunday, May 18 at 4 p.m. there will be a spaghetti dinner, with another 50/50 raffle as well as Boston Red Sox items.

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COMICALLY SPEAKING: There will be a distinct Worcester flair to the celebration of Free Comic Book Day at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham Saturday, May 3. Andy Fish will be there. A graphic novel artist and writer, he is a faculty member of the Worcester Art Museum (WAM). He is known for his work on “Dracula.” Veronica Fish, also a member of the faculty at WAM, will be there as well. She is the artist of “Pirates of Mars” and designed the character Helmutt. More than 4.6 million comic books will be given away by participating stores during Free Comic Book Day. UNITED THEY STAND: United Way President and CEO Tim Garvin is getting jazzed for the United Way of Central Massachusetts Annual Community Celebration Thursday, May 8 at Mechanics Hall. “We have much to celebrate,” Garvin says. “Community efforts and community results that make Central Massachusetts a great and thriving place; community and community results that lead to improved lives.” Among the results, he says, are an increase in the access to books and, “we hope,” improving literacy through the One City, One Library effort; the completion of 1,868 income tax returns by the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition and more than $1.1 million returned to local citizens; and the completion of 25 projects by Working For Worcester in its second year. Can’t get enough Worcesteria? Visit us online at for Daily Worcesteria. Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch Walter with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!

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“DSS, much maligned for its mistakes, can resemble a small child itself – battling a vicious onslaught of drugs and violence, ignorance and alcohol. Facing off against such powerful enemies as these, the Department of Social Services might be seen at times as a scrappy little kid armed only with a trashcan lid, a wooden sword and a paper hat. But it’s not the scrappy battler that makes the papers…working within a system whose unspoken credo could be “We Meant Well,” the best intentions are often obscured by what goes wrong.”


wrote those words 20 years ago, in January of 1994; they were part of my first cover story for Worcester Magazine. Rereading that passage, it occurs to me that the only changes I would make today would involve switching DSS to DCF, for the Department of Children and Families. Other than that? Not much else has changed. In the wake of the discovery of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver’s body, stuffed into a discarded suitcase and tossed out on I-190 like a busted washing machine, DCF is getting blisters from the spotlight glare. Adding to the acid reflux that must be plaguing every caseworker and state official, two infants have died under questionable circumstances in the week since Jeremiah was found. Newborns in Grafton and Fitchburg join the list of children showered with toys and stuffed animals in memoriam rather than as first birthday gifts, and all eyes are on the beleaguered department whose job it is to prevent such tragedies. Everybody has something to say about crimes against kids, and DCF has one helluva target on its back. So what has changed in the 20 years since I wrote that story? The stats were sobering then: 42,000 kids were under the agency’s watchful eye, 22,000 families were involved with case workers and 10,400 kids were in foster care. The most recent figures I could find (2013) aren’t so different: today, 26,000 families are tangled up in DCF, while roughly 7,200 kids are in foster care state-wide. The numbers haven’t changed much; the minor shift reflects the department’s commitment to keeping families intact.

In 1994, I interviewed a world-weary DSS supervisor named Joe Collins. Joe had that rumpled “Columbo” look, like a guy who had little time for nonsense and even less time for some greenhorn reporter. He let the spokesperson assigned to deal with me dish out the malarkey. And I got plenty of it from Linda Carlisle, a self-described “trained bureaucrat” and former deputy commissioner of New York City’s child welfare agency. She was intent on getting out the “good news” we never hear about, especially since she was in NYC for the sensational Lisa Steinberg story and had it up to here with the blame game. Collins was more blunt: “We can’t deal in subtlety. We need solid evidence to move,” he sighed. At the time, Collins was explaining how the impatience of mandated reporters like teachers, while understandable, doesn’t help situations. The courtroom, he said was no place for “gut feelings and intuition.” “This is going to sound callous,” he said, “but don’t report a hard slap. Show me a handprint.” Therein lies the big misconception. The public thinks DCF can charge into a home like the FBI rounding up the mob. They can’t. Could they do a better job of keeping track of the Jeremiah Olivers out there – the kids at risk from conception? Probably, if the state gave DCF the money to do it. I know a few things that definitely haven’t changed: case workers are still burning out from impossibly huge caseloads. Drugs and alcohol, along with unemployment, still fan the flames of domestic violence and neglect. Babies are still born addicted to the drugs their mothers ingest, snort and shoot, while toddlers still disappear and reappear as remains. 20 years ago, Joe Collins told me that the negative publicity stings. “It hurts when an individual gets singled out for someone else’s crimes against a child,” he said. And it’s human nature to want to hang the blame somewhere, anywhere, when a child is injured or killed, but with upwards of 20 caseloads each, social workers are drowning in their duties. That’s not to say that there wasn’t plenty of blame to go around in the case of little Jeremiah, but the lynch mob mentality we tend to slip into isn’t the answer. I do know that despite the bad rap, the department endures, just as they did 20 years ago, and tired case workers like Joe Collins continue to “ring the doorbells, climb the stairs and pound the pavement.”

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What it’s really about About my song, “Out of Worcester”: When one stops being skeptical or helpful in one’s desire to make things better, that is when we should all worry. My father in law was on the Worcester City Council for 25ish years, was the mayor for at least one term, my dad ran all the electronic technical aspects of the Worcester Airport for the FAA, my family and I have loved Worcester for years. I do not want people to get the wrong idea; a critique is not a divorce, it is meant to be constructive criticism, creative commentary meant to re-direct. I used to come to Worcester and on the corners as I drove down some streets, I would think I saw old loved ones; it was just imaginary pedestrians, but there was kindness washing around in there, deep affection. Worcester, a long time ago, was different than it is today. I think Worcester is doing great. I am for people first, not money, not power, not position, not color, not religion, not buildings, not sexual dominance, not ethnicity, not anything – just people. People are so delicate. They need all the support we other people can give them. And I most definitely endorse the dreamers of a community, the builders, not the destroyers, the people who want to keep the children healthy and the governments honest, representative, the businesses healthy. People need to be nurtured, comforted. Roger Salloom, singer-songwriter Worcester Out of Worcester by Roger Salloom copyright 1973 Have you ever seen streets so bumpy? I’m just a young man and feel so funny. Lord, I gotta get out of here. It’s the same corners and the same old stores Same old buildings and they’re building more. Help me, get out of here. I gotta get out of Worcester, I gotta get out of Worcester I gotta get out of Worcester, and move on down the road. Well, it’s not too big and it’s not too small. Not too much of anything at all. Lord, what a vicious mood I’m in tonight. I gotta get out of Worcester, I gotta get out of Worcester I gotta get out of Worcester, Makes me feel so free. Well, I’m not sure just what it could be. It might be Worcester and it might, it just might be me! (But I don’t think so!) Frisco’s got hills and we all give thanks. Boston’s got schools and Worcester’s got banks. I’ll move to Boston, Northampton, Cherry Valley for the summer, Anyplace is better, ‘cause this place is a bummer. Every time I go to Worcester. I get sick. Suicide in Worcester is redundant. They ought to tear the whole thing down and put up a big roller rink.....

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As I See It: Federal Bills Will Threaten Safety of Massachusetts Residents, Environment


n the face of daunting challenges, Massachusetts has never hesitated to take the lead and pass laws intended to protect its citizens. From improvements in highway and traffic safety to recently proposed domestic violence legislation, the Commonwealth has always emphasized the security of its residents. This practice has continued as states begin to address issues stemming from the use of dangerous toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, I have grave concerns about two pieces of federal legislation currently being debated in Congress; the Chemicals in Commerce Act filed in the House, and SB.1009 Chemical Safety Improvement Act in the Senate. Both of these bills would significantly hinder the ability of Massachusetts to protect its residents and the environment from toxic chemicals. The current federal law governing the manufacturing, transportation, storage and use of toxic chemicals is the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Enacted in 1976, and lacking a significant revision since, the TSCA tasks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with overseeing and enforcing chemical safety from production to implementation. Due to ineffective language and the lack of adequate updates, the TSCA fails to offer the agency the sufficient tools or authority to be successful. In order to regulate a chemical, the EPA must prove a compound poses an “unreasonable risk” to public health or the environment. The standards for this burden of proof are exceedingly high, and the agency has almost no authority to require manufacturers to provide safety information, conduct further tests, or adhere to a reasonable time frame. Over 700 new chemicals are created each year, and many are released by the EPA, simply because of the difficulty in proving “unreasonable risk.” This regulatory failure presents serious risks to the health and safety of all Americans, as

potentially dangerous chemicals are approved without adequate safety testing or public oversight. The TSCA represents a grossly inadequate chemical policy. In response, states legislatures including Massachusetts have passed a wide range of laws to supplement federal regulations and provide the best possible protection for their citizens. While I am heartened by our progress, my concern for chemical safety is elevated by the two bills being considered at the federal level, which threaten the ability of every state to pass and implement chemical regulations. First, the proposed legislation would likely preempt many current state laws, rendering them useless. Additionally, both bills could prevent states from regulating chemicals in the future. Between the volume of new chemicals and the lax federal standards, handcuffing state legislatures could be particularly devastating. If this language were to pass, all state legislators and agencies would be effectively prohibited from making determinations about the basic safety of the public and the environment. As evidenced by a recent chemical spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 people without access to clean water, and a chemical explosion in West Texas that killed 12 firefighters and two others, the dangers of chemical incidents are growing. But these problems aren’t confined to faraway states lacking Massachusetts’ dedication to safety and the environment. Just four months ago around 100 gallons of a highly flammable and possibly carcinogenic chemical called styrene was spilled at the Grafton-Upton Rail Yard in Upton. Thanks to the quick response of local and state first responders and chemical safety experts the damage was quickly contained, with only a few complaints of chemical odors or irritated

eyes and skin. We owe our safety to the skill and expertise of those municipal and state workers and officials who were entrusted with the cleanup, despite the fact that the rail yard is operated under a claim federal control/preemption. The chemical responsible for the contamination in West Virginia is known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, and is used to “clean” coal, but because of the TSCA limitations almost nothing is known about the long-term safety implications of the compound. This ignorance would be continued and intensified by the two laws being debated at the federal level. Public health and environmental risks are significantly increased by the creation and widespread use of toxic chemicals. Sufficient testing before production is imperative because of the inescapabilty of these chemicals in everyday life; they’re used in the manufacturing of food and beverage containers, electronics and basic fabrics. Preemption of state law could include a number of Massachusetts statutes, including those that require proper chemical labeling, ban mercury, and outlaw the use of hazardous material in “any toy or article intended for use by children.” As demonstrated by the recent incident in Upton, toxic chemical incidents continue to represent a threat to Massachusetts citizens, even with the enhanced state safety measures. Beyond the danger of incidents to ordinary residents, the laws have the potential to further endanger public safety employees and first responders who will be forced to work without essential information or expertise. To strip Massachusetts residents of protections enacted by their elected officials would be a serious breach of state sovereignty and would leave everyone more susceptible to increased harm from toxic chemicals.

It is essential to recognize that without proper regulation, proliferation of these chemicals will result in higher risks to our public health and the environment. The Commonwealth cannot be satisfied with ineffective federal regulations, and cannot afford for Congress to jeopardize future safety regulations through the passage of these laws. The next incident may not involve styrene or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol; it may be worse, and without the ability to regulate chemical safety Massachusetts would not be able to safeguard our citizens or our environment. It is essential that this bill is defeated, and I urge you to contact your federal representatives and ask them to lobby their colleagues to vote no on this issue. -Senator Michael O. Moore

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NEW PERSPECTIVES AT HOLY CROSS A new exhibition, “As Far As The Eye Can See,” will be presented at the College of the Holy Cross in partnership with Seven Hills Family Services from May 3-August 14, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 3, from 1-4 p.m in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Resource Gallery. The exhibition showcases creative talents of artists with disabilities. Also currently on display are works by Holy Cross graduating seniors who have participated in the senior concentration seminar. Much of the artwork displayed as part of the exhibition, “Alter-Ego,” grapples with conceptual issues, while making use of art processes including painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Both “As Far As The Eye Can See” and “Alter-Ego” exhibitions will be on display at Holy Cross, O’Kane Hall, Iris and B. Cantor Foundation Resource Gallery, 1 College St., Worcester.

GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO CLARK GEOGRAPHER Anthony Beggington, director of the Graduate School of Geography and Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University, was recently awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The award is granted in support of Bebbington’s forthcoming book, “Natural resource extraction in Latin America: transforming the human-environment, challenging social science.” Bebbington’s research addresses the political ecology of rural change, focusing on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflicts, social movements and indigenous organizations and livelihoods. Beggington is one of only two geography and environmental scientists among the 178 artists, scientists and scholars selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 19th annual competition for fellowships, which are awarded based on achievement and exceptional promise.

QCC PRESIDENT WINNER OF KATHARINE F. ERSKINE AWARD Every year the YWCA of Central Massachusetts honors local women who work to empower other women and girls and eliminate racism. Dr. Gail Carberry, president of Quinsigamond Community College, has been awarded with the Erskine Award in the category of Education. “Through her position she has encouraged the growth of adult basic education programs, and helped secure funding for the implementation of the Federal TRIO program, which provides grants to help low income individuals, first generation college students, and persons with disabilities,” states the YWCA. “Gail has worked to help residents of the greater Worcester community achieve their dreams.” Carberry joins four other women recipients of the award this year, including Parlee Jones, Arts & Culture; Aleta Fazzone, Business & Law; Noreen Johnson Smith, Health, Science & Technology; and Hazel Berry, Social Service & Government.

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Local colleges push for more students to study abroad Jacleen Charbonneau

College learning, for years now, has not been limited to its campus location; students have the opportunity to travel practically anywhere in the world to learn their academics. Until recently, study abroad has often been spoken of sparingly due to limited enrollment. However, colleges in Central Massachusetts are making it their mission to encourage more students to experience a different place and culture while continuing their education.

“Worcester State has made an institutional commitment to quadruple our numbers of semester-long study abroad participation by 2018,” says Katey Palumbo, director of International Programs at Worcester State University. In 2011, the University’s community gained its 11th president, Barry M. Maloney, who emphasized the importance of studying abroad in his inaugural address. “His vision is to broaden the worldview and academic experience of our undergraduate students to best prepare them for postgraduate work and/or further academic study in the 21st century,” shares Palumbo. Other local colleges, like Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Clark University and Fitchburg State University (FSU) share similar goals for their studying abroad programs. For example, FSU, which will be sending 60 students to study abroad this year, aims to increase its number. “Generation Study Abroad [is] a grant through the Institute of International

Education (IIE). We have signed a pledge with them to double the number of students we send abroad for the next five years,” says Papa Sarr, director of International Education at FSU. “We just want to increase offerings.” FSU previously had three study abroad programs, but with faculty sharing sentiments of the importance of studying abroad, the college will soon offer six study abroad programs. For Clark University, however, it isn’t so much about the numbers than it is about giving each individual student who chooses to study abroad an individualized, enriching experience – although their numbers are incredibly high to begin with, with 169 students just this school year studying abroad, accounting for 35 percent of its junior class. “As a globally-focused institution, Clark University encourages students to be more aware of the options and benefits of studying abroad. The Study Abroad office at Clark

works with students in exploring how the option will support their academic and career goals. Sometimes it is a fabulous option for a student, and other times it is not,” says Adriane van Gils, director of Study Abroad/ Study Away Programs at Clark University. For tech schools, however, studying abroad is usually uncommon with a majority of majors being in science and engineering. But for WPI, this is far from the truth since students are able to enroll in off-campus programs at any of WPI’s 39 program centers, which are located both overseas and in the United States. The Institution’s student interest in these programs is so high that the school doesn’t necessarily have to encourage students to apply. “At WPI, over 40 percent of our students study abroad,” says Rick Vaz, WPI’s dean of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies. “It’s become part of the student culture, that they want to look into these opportunities, so we are expanding the soonest we can.”



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{ education } For students who do choose to study abroad, the benefits are nearly limitless. Not only does it enhance a resume, but studies show that students who study internationally become well-rounded and thrive in their personal lives, as well. WPI, in particular, had surveyed alumni from the class of 1974 through the class of 2011, and what they found was a profound difference in the quality of both career and personal life in the students who had studied at a program center, particularly one located overseas. Vaz believes strongly in the benefits of an international study experience. “Whether a job is for a US-based company or an international company, almost every business now is internationalized in some way.” WSU has also noticed a pattern of success for those who take advantage of the studying abroad programs that are offered. Student grade point averages, as well as graduation and retention rates, are higher overall compared to students who didn’t enroll in the programs. “Study abroad alums return as engaged members of the campus community and offer a thoughtful perspective in and out of the classroom,” says Palumbo. A number of students that return from Clark’s study abroad program feel more confident and independent than before their departure. Constance Whitehead Hanks,

associate director of Study Abroad/Study Away Programs explains that “students who study abroad enhance their critical thinking and relationship-building skills, and learn to navigate communication and cultural obstacles. These skills are increasingly desired by employers and graduate/professional schools.” Sarr of FSU also sees professional benefit, in addition to personal benefit, of students learning overseas. “Companies are looking for those … who are cross-culturally competent, that have some global competency. If you speak a language or you know about more than one culture, you definitely are very marketable.” How students learn about their desired locations is an important part in the decision to study abroad. The experience can be especially intimidating in countries unfamiliar to the student if the school doesn’t provide enough detailed and realistic information. To prepare students, Clark, FSU, WPI and WSU hold study abroad fairs, commonly in the fall, to inform students about particular locations and what to expect. Additionally, some of these schools offer informational sessions to further address the specifics of the program. WSU also contacts students directly. “An institution’s study abroad programming continues to climb higher on the list of student and parent expectations

when choosing an undergraduate institution. We are very proactive in reaching out to students even before they apply – at open houses, in marketing, etcetera – to inform them of these opportunities,” says Palumbo. For students who want to break away from the traditional airport travel, however, Becker College is hoping to reach more students with its Semester at Sea (SAS) program. “Semester at Sea is one of the two educational abroad companies with whom we partner,” says Daniel Chapman, Sophomore Year Experience coordinator at Becker College. “Partner companies provide logistical support for students before, during and after their abroad experience.” This authentically-nautical experience includes a voyage with a full curriculum, which is based on the UVA (University of Virginia) system, which sponsors the SAS program. To get started, an itinerary is planned based on what location of the world the student chooses to sail. When in session, Chapman describes the experience as a “floating classroom” that involves almost all aspects of a college campus, minus the land. “[It] has a regular class schedule, professors, administrative deans and residence life staff, all whom are on the ship,” says Chapman. With Becker’s goal to prepare graduates for a global society, Chapman feels the

SAS program does just that. And to keep students informed about this unique program, other than offering informational sessions, Chapman runs the Becker College Study Abroad Facebook page. The page was designed to encourage students by posting photos of past trips, videos of previous attendees’ experiences, as well as tips on money saving, since scholarships are not specifically offered for SAS. “Our first year Honor Society members are eligible for multiple study abroad scholarships,” says Chapman. “Many students are also using crowd-funding sites to raise money for their trips and offering to give back via volunteer hours or support donors in other ways when they return from their trips.” Voyage travel can reach up to 10 countries and range in length anywhere from summerlong to more than a semester. Classes are diverse, while some are relevant to the location being travelled to. “We are doing more outreach to students for study abroad in general … the mission of Becker College is to deliver to each student a transformational learning experience,” says Chapman, stating a mission that Becker, along with other Central Massachusetts colleges, have certainly accomplished and strive to continue.

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{ education } Local Worcester colleges welcome notable speakers to 2014 commencement ceremonies “Each year more men and women are delivering pointed, memorable, and profoundly inspirational messages, keyed to the graduates and grounded in the wider reality of positive change — speeches happily and necessarily relevant, in fact and in promise, to all humanity.” -Tony Balis of Humanity.Org. Britney Smith It’s that time of year again. With May right around the corner, local colleges and seniors are preparing for graduation. An exciting time of year, this moment in a graduate’s life is made even more memorable by the commencement speech given by a keynote speaker. This year, the chosen commencement speakers for area colleges are sure to make an impression on those heading off on other ventures.

Fitchburg State University will hold its 118th commencement for the Undergraduate Spring Ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. The event will take place on the main quadrangle of the campus. Alumnus Christopher Maloney has been named the Commencement speaker. Graduate of Fitchburg State University in 1989, Maloney is now the Chief US Probation Officer for the District of Massachusetts. Maloney will also receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

Worcester State University will also hold its Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 17. The event will take place at the DCU Center in Worcester, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. John L. Sullivan, M.D. will deliver the Commencement speech. Dr. Sullivan is a groundbreaking HIV researcher, having conducted some of the earliest research on the virus, which has since led to medication that allows patients to live with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Sullivan will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University.

Becker College will hold its 226th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at The Hanover Theatre. Len Gengel, a graduate of Becker in 1984, will deliver the Commencement

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Anna Maria College will hold its 64th Commencement on Saturday, May 17 at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Yvette E. Bellerose will deliver the Commencement speech. Bellerose is the SSA Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. She graduated from Anna Maria College as an undergraduate and received her master’s from Duquesne University. Bellerose joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1961 and served as one of the youngest congregational leaders of the Sisters. The College of the Holy Cross will hold its 168th Commencement Exercise on Friday, May, 23. The event will take place on Fitton Field at 10:30 am. Jon Favreau has been named the Commencement speaker. Favreau is a graduate of the Holy Cross Class of 2003 where he delivered the Valedictory Address. He has served as the former director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama and as co-founder of Fenway Strategies. Favreau will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

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This summer, the College of the Holy Cross will join together with Arts Indonesia - Gamelan Dharma Swara, a nonprofit organization that provides music and dance performances and education for the Balinese Gamelan Orchestra, to hold the Summer Institute in Balinese Performance. This rare, week-long residential program will offer education of the Balinese culture, that of Indonesia’s Bali Island, through unique dance and music workshops conveniently-located on Holy Cross’ campus.

“Balinese performance is both dynamic and subtle; ‘Gamelan’ is a virtuosic ensemble tradition that uses intricate layering of melodies and rhythms and sharp contrasts in dynamics and affect. Sometimes the music is soft and sweet, sometimes loud and strong,”says Bethany Collier, president of Gamelan Dharma Swara, offering a taste of Balinese sounds. For those who are interested in exploring Balinese tradition, or those who are already studying it, the Summer Institute will offer hands-on classes with top instructors, including successful Balinese artists. Members of the Music and Theater Department at Holy Cross, which also offers Balinese music and dance courses as part of its yearly curriculum, will also be involved. “Balinese music and dance are very communal in nature and expressive in nature,” says I Made Bandem, professor of Balinese dance and music at Holy Cross, who teaches about 50 students in this art. Bandem has his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and is known in various countries around the world for his Balinese passion and

performances. “It would be good to introduce this to the Western World, particularly Holy Cross College in this case.” Gamelan may not sound familiar to some, but it is a vital part of Bali’s culture; its ensemble is made up of a variety of unique metallophones, from gongs, to bamboo flutes and drums. The gamelan is also versatile, appearing at events like religious rituals, competitions and universities. “Playing in a gamelan requires an intense togetherness … in the sense that each musician’s part has to interlock precisely with another different part, and sometimes at a blazing speed,” says Collier. Additionally, dance styles of Bali are assigned to gender, including male dance, female dance, or bebancian dance, which is a comfortable balance between the two. However, both male and female may dance any or all of the three styles. Additionally, dance performances always aim to share something with those who observe. continued onnext page

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“Balinese dance ‌ can convey a particular character or kind of character, it can be purely devotional, and so on,â€? says Collier, also mentioning that “music and dance are intimately connected. Many musical pieces are performed only with dance ‌ and traditional dance is never performed without music.â€? The Summer Institute will incorporate and focus on these traditional methods of dance and instrumentals as its attendees, each day throughout the week-long program, will choose two workshops that will teach quickly and intensively. All classes will take place on Holy Cross’ campus. “Everything will be included in the teaching of Balinese gamelan,â€? says Bandem. “[Ideally], it’s study about the culture ‌ of Bali.â€? To break it down, the Institute will aim to educate participants in two ways. One, as mentioned, includes hands-on learning with instructors. According to Collier, “the second kind of educational impact comes from the seminars and intellectual exchange those seminars will foster.â€? Gamelan Dharma Swara was granted an award in the Art Works category by The National Endowment for the Arts. The grant

recognizes the nonprofit for engaging, teaching and involving the community in the excellence of art, which was specifically given to support the Summer Institute of Balinese Performance program. The group decided to bring the program to Central Massachusetts after its 2010 tour in Bali, where group members worked intensively with Bali instructors and hoped to offer the same experience locally. “We’re really excited about collaborating with Holy Cross for this event,� says Collier. And, she says, “we hope that hosting this event on the College’s campus brings even more attention to their already strong programs.� The program will run from July 27 to August 2. Registration for the Summer Institute for Balinese Performance is open. Room and board, located on campus, will be offered for an additional $200 charge on top of commuter rates ($690 early/$790 regular registration). A final performance showcase will conclude the program at the week’s end. For more information and to register, visit summerinstitute/.

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president for the Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity and the Homebuilders of Massachusetts. Most recently, Gengel cofounded Be Like Brit, a foundation in which both he and his wife dedicated themselves to building the orphanage to honor the last wish of their daughter, Britney, who died in the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Be Like Brit’s mission is to raise the next generation of Haiti’s leaders.

Assumption College will hold its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17.. The event will take place on the H.L. Rocheleau Field at 10 a.m. on campus. Frances X. Hogan has been chosen to be the Commencement speaker. Hogan is a humanitarian and an attorney. Attorney Hogan has engaged with the city of Boston to help improve its neighborhoods by making sure large construction projects provide jobs for low-income applicants. Hogan is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and is cofounder and former president of Women Affirming Life. She also holds a seat on the board of Massachusetts Catholic Conference. Hogan will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters.

Clark University welcomes Panera Bread Company Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO Ron Shaich to speak at its 110th Commencement on May 18. Shaich, while an undergraduate at Clark in 1974, founded a student-run general store in the student center. Continuing his entrepreneurial pursuits, Shaich later developed restaurant chains Au Bon Pain and Panera Bread. The ceremony will be held on the Jefferson Academic Center Green at noon. Shaich will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Commencement. The most-likely talked about speaker of all the local 2014 commencement events? President Barack Obama, who will deliver

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{ coverstory } It is an early evening on a late summer’s night in 2012. The weather is near-perfect for baseball as 14-year-old Chris Motta sits in the last row of a section of seats along the third base line. He is watching a game at Hanover Insurance Park at the foot of College Hill on Fitton Field at the College of the Holy Cross. The team on the fi eld is the Worcester Tornadoes, and Motta is one of no more than about 200 fans taking in the team’s last home game of the season. He had volunteered for the Tornadoes that year and is watching them from the stands. It turned out to be the last game the Tornadoes would ever play in Worcester. Fast-forward to an early-April’s day this year. Once more, the weather is nothing less than perfect for a game of baseball, although there is none being played. The setting, once again, is Hanover Insurance Park. The stadium is open and some folks, more than a few with children tugging at their hands or shirttails, are lining up at a ticket window at the main entrance to the park. Chris Motta, now 16, is not there, but his grandfather, Ron Motta, is. Hundreds of other people – young, old and in between – are too. Most are wearing smiles and the atmosphere seems as bright as the spring sun. In fewer than two months baseball other than youth, high school or college will be played again in Worcester after a year’s absence. Gone are the Tornadoes; in their place, the Worcester Bravehearts, a college-level team joining the relatively new Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Similar to the fan-friendly and highly-successful Cape Cod League, it is a venue for upand-comers to strut their stuff and, if the Baseball Gods are with them, find

the ultimate home in Major League Baseball. The people at the park that April day were there for a Fan Fest, a way for the Bravehearts to generate some interest and start single-game ticket sales. The first pitch has not been thrown, and while excitement is building, there are questions about the future of baseball here – based largely on the




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recent past – and with the city’s professional hockey team on the brink of shipping out next year, there is some uncertainty over the ability of Worcester to cultivate, grow and maintain a sports franchise. Still, the Bravehearts may be coming along at exactly the right time. Chris Motta certainly thinks so. Just as he was at the last game for the Tornadoes, the now 16-year-old student at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island plans to be at the first-ever game in Worcester for the Bravehearts on June 5. With some luck, he will be there as an employee; just last week Motta applied for a job with concessions. Either way, he will be there. “I love it,” Motta says of the Bravehearts’ upcoming debut season. “I think it’s fantastic to see younger players.” When baseball returns this summer, the familiar sound of bat on ball will follow a year of silence at the ball field, a quaint little place tucked inside the borders of an elevated highway, a steep hill that leads up to the College of the Holy Cross and a football field where the school’s gridiron hopes rise and fall each fall. The Bravehearts will play 28 games there this summer – 56 overall – and hopes are high that the team will succeed where its predecessor could not. It is hard to ignore the continued on page 28

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THE DEATH OF BASEBALL The demise of the Worcester Tornadoes has, of course, been well-chronicled; its misfortunes, legal and otherwise, garnering plenty of attention from the press. League champions in their inaugural season, the Tornadoes were a figurative whirlwind of success right out of the gate. In Rich Gedman, they had a local guy, and former Boston Red Sox catcher, as their manager. They scored another league championship appearance in 2009. And then came the decline: no playoff appearances, slumping ticket



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shirts off their backs before a home game because of unpaid bills. One of the lasting images was of former owner Todd Breighner slumping out of the old team office on Main Street, a lump of clothes on hangers draped over his back as he trudged to his car. Anything and everything relating to the team had been seized. Breighner could not even take a cherished piece of memorabilia signed by Cal Ripken Jr. Professional baseball in Worcester was officially dead and the prospects of a revival were dim, at best. Over the ensuing weeks and months there were whispers and rumors of potential ownership groups launching a new team; semi-pro, professional and other ideas were bandied about. In the end, however, the city continued on page 30

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made the decision to go dark for 2013. We were prepared to have a franchise for 2013. That was what it was. We were ready to go.” He admits to being disappointed and that he “felt there was something missing” with no baseball in the city last year. Former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who joined ex-City Manager Mike O’Brien in trying to land a new baseball team in Worcester, says the curtain was ultimately pulled on baseball in 2013 because the city manager “wanted to sort things out.” “[The city was] approached by different organizations,” says Murray, who is currently the president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It made sense to do some due diligence. If you’re going to bring [baseball] back, you wanted to have someone with the ability to make it a go.” Once the decision was made not to pursue baseball for the year, Creedon says he “kind of put the project on the shelf and focused on other opportunities.” In the spring of last year, however, the idea regained traction. “Folks started thinking about baseball again,” says Creedon. “The chatter started getting louder and the conversation sort of revised itself.” Despite all the different proposals swirling around, Creedon thought “this one made the most sense.” If, he adds, the stakeholders had

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Director Chris Pine could not be more excited. “We’re very much looking forward to the partnership,” says Pine, who started as Assistant Director on Feb. 1. “This is a good community initiative. It makes a lot of sense for the local community to enjoy summer baseball.” As for whether the college had any misgivings about becoming involved with another baseball organization, Pine says, “The fact that the Creedon family was involved gave us some comfort. We felt very good from the beginning.” It was a chance taken by many, but Murray looks at the opportunity as one of “no risk, no reward” and says he has every confidence in Creedon, with whom he has worked professionally. “I don’t think the Futures of Collegiate Baseball was the first thing people thought of” when it came to baseball returning to Worcester, Murray says. “But as John did his homework … people were convinced. Anything he put together was going to have a lot of thought put into it and sweat equity.” continued on page 35

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half either having lived in Worcester County or having attended college there. There will be a maximum of 30 players on the team. Four of the players are from Holy Cross: Quinn Moynihan, Shane Sandoval, Sean Gustin and George Capen. One of the pitchers is studying to be an air traffic controller. Another player is from Maine and will work with the Creedons during the summer when he is not playing on the team. In addition to Trezza, the coaching staff will include pitching coach Justin Edwards, who used to play for the Tornadoes, and assistant coach Kevin Hartigan, Worcester firefighter and New York Mets scout. One player Hartigan might have his eye on is the 20-year-old Moynihan, a Holy Cross freshman who was born and raised in Worcester. Save for a year playing at a prep school in Maine, the Burncoat High School grad has spent just about his entire young life here. After improving his grades and stepping up his game, it was time to head to a fouryear college. For Moynihan, the choice was easy: it was Worcester or bust. “Just being a local guy, when choosing school baseball-wise, I had other opportunities, but I love Worcester,” says Moynihan, who cites speed as his greatest strength, along with good defense and being



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{ coverstory } a solid contact hitter. “I just wanted to stay local. I really love being here.” Getting a chance to play with the Bravehearts was sort of a dream come true for a kid who had spent his teens watching the Tornadoes. His family certainly was pleased to find out he would be playing summer ball at home, and not somewhere far away, like many other Holy Cross baseball players will do once their college season ends. Adding to the local flare will be a player from Assumption College and another who is still playing for St. Peter Marian High School (under league rules, a team can have up to two graduating high school seniors on its roster). That player happens to be Jack Riley, son of Ed Riley, who pitched in the Red Sox system and also managed the Tornadoes. Jack Riley will be attending the University of Connecticut. Other players will

Jeremy Ahearn, Worcester resident Heather Maykel, former Worcester Sharks president and current Worcester State University Athletic Director Michael Mudd and real estate attorney R. Norman Peters. Ricciardi became involved when Hall asked him to help out with the new Worcester team. “I said, ‘Sure, I’d love to see baseball in Worcester,’” Ricciardi says. “I didn’t know the Creedons at all, but I said if they’re interested in doing it the right way, I’d like to help them.” It took just one lunch meeting with Creedon for Ricciardi to be sold. “I could tell he was a great guy,” he says. Ricciardi knows the Tornadoes’ shadow still lingers in these parts, but he does not see it as an albatross around the Creedons’ necks. “They’re two totally different identities,” Ricciardi says. “The Tornadoes mirrored professional-level baseball, but they were not



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affiliated with a team. I think it was a harder sell. You’re not attaching yourself to a future Yankee, Red Sox or Met. I think this is a total separate entity.” The Futures League, he notes, has college kids similar to the Cape Cod League who are largely on the upswing of their careers. Unlike the Cape Cod League, however, the Bravehearts sell tickets (the most expensive ducat is $9). And unlike former Tornadoes owner Todd Breighner, the Creedons own the concessions outright, since it is part of their business. That means they pocket the proceeds. Breighner only earned a fraction of continued on page 38


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Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson, himself also having been affiliated with the Tornadoes, agrees with Ricciardi that what the new team brings to the table is different. But he also is not turning his back completely on what the Tornadoes accomplished. “It went sour,” Peterson acknowledges, “but when things were good, they were great.” The team, he recalls, drew about 2,600 fans a night throughout 2006, was named

organization of the year in 2007 and had a single-game attendance of 3,700 in 2008. “We have to acknowledge the fact they were here,” says Peterson, who was with the team since it started in 2005. The concessions, he says, will be one of the areas that sets the Bravehearts apart. The organization will have four revenue streams: ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, merchandise and concessions. “That’s a huge difference,” Peterson notes. The second striking difference, he adds, is the Bravehearts are locally owned. The Creedons also will not put as big an emphasis on season ticket sales. The Tornadoes tried to sell corporate season tickets at $800 apiece, even though there was no separate corporate seating section. The Bravehearts ownership, Peterson says, will do its best to make the ballpark the place to be. “The overall vision is to make this place the summertime destination in Worcester,” he says, adding that may involve more than just BRITTANY DURGIN

baseball games. Movie nights and concerts could be in the offing. “We’re going to prove there is a reason to come back. We’re here to show the city this is for real.” If that is the ultimate goal, and if the fans are the ultimate judge, the Bravehearts appear to be off to a good start. Fan Fest may not have shown them what the baseball will look like, but it wet the whistle of the people the Creedons and their new team will be counting on to make them a success – people like Joe Livingston, his wife Nicole and their two young boys, 6-year-old Joe Jr. and 1 ½-year-old Mason. “I think it’s good to have baseball back in Worcester,” Joe Livingston says. “We should have more sports teams, being outside Boston. Overall, it’s good for Worcester.”


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This past Friday, April 25 saw the latest in a series of shows booked by Symply Fargone, the recentlylaunched local promotion company that works in partnership with Mechanics Hall. Billed as the Bay State Blues Summit, the night’s lineup featured guitar master Johnny A, Jeff Pitchell’s Texas Flood, Charlie Farren and a special appearance by the amazing John Hammond Jr.

A surprisingly sparse crowd settled into the main theater as Hammond opened the show with a masterful set of raw Delta Blues. The man is a national treasure, preserving a very pure form of music that has been massively influential to many major artists. Using his National Steel guitar and a metal slide, Hammond spit and pounded and panted his way through Robert Johnson’s “Come In My Kitchen.” Next was an original tune, called “You Know That’s Cold,” in which he added a strapped-on harmonica to his rhythmic spasms. He adeptly kept it all together, creating a sound much bigger and more complex than you would expect from one man. Switching to a traditional acoustic guitar, Hammond carried on with more classics from Blind Willie McTell, Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers, the latter who was Muddy Waters’ guitarist. Hammond closed out his set with Son House’s “Preachin’ the Blues” in a stomping, squealing tour de force, leaving the audience breathless. Johnny A and his new band took the stage next, and after the first few songs, he admitted to the audience a touch of jitters, with all new band members and new songs. He need not have worried, as the band was tight as nails from the first note. Drummer Marty Richards, in particular, impressed. With no singer in the band, Johnny A took on the continued on page 43



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difficult task of keeping the audience captive through an entire set of instrumentals. And captive they were, as Johnny blazed across the guitar neck, his fingers forming every possible chord imaginable, while controlling his many guitar effects to perfection. It was a stew of virtuosity that left the crowd in awe. Two songs in particular stood out to me. In The Beatles’ ballad “Yes It Is,” Johnny’s guitar tones were drippingly gorgeous, and playing the song instrumentally really brings out the raw beauty of the melody. “You Don’t Love Me,” the blues standard, was given a highly creative treatment, utilizing a halftime rhythm and some interesting sexy stops, combined with extreme soft/loud dynamics. Of course, Johnny A also did his radio hit “Oh Yeah!” to perfection. With four acts on the bill, Johnny A’s set was definitely overlong, and by the time he was done, it was well past 11 p.m. Charley Farren had the difficult task of performing next. Farren enjoyed early career success with The Enemy and Farrenheit, as well as a stint with the Joe Perry Project. Frankly, having Farren on the bill seemed odd, especially as a solo performer. Granted, his return to the stage after a few decades off is impressive, as his voice is as strong as ever. But a blues man

he is not, and though he captivated the crowd with his friendly banter and winning smile, it felt a bit out of place to me. Well past midnight, Jeff Pitchell and his band, Texas Flood, finally took the stage. With only a handful of seats still filled, Pitchell grabbed his guitar and impressively went full tilt, acting as if the place was packed. Opening with the song “Texas Flood,” he left the stage with his wireless guitar setup and reappeared in the midst of the remaining crowd, doing his best Stevie Ray Vaughan imitation. He continued to keep the crowd involved with call and responses and edge-of-the-stage posing. Sax player Jimmy Biggins (James Taylor, Mohegan Sun AllStars) shone, blasting soulful solos, and later on, Worcester’s own Cliff Goodwin joined the band, engaging in some fun guitar solo exchanges with Jeff. It is my hope that when Symply Fargone Productions books more shows with multiple feature acts, they are careful about the length of the sets, and ultimately the length of the whole show. It was a shame to see more than half of the paying customers gone well before the last note.

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When it comes to nursing care for people in the later stages of life, innovation is not a prominent theme in the public’s perception. Too often our movieinspired imaginations concoct gloomy backlit corridors of green and white when trying to conjure a nursing home image. We think of some final frontier we dread to conquer. But long-term care for the elder community does not have to be like that; in fact, it rarely is. Brenda Woodside, director of Recreational Therapy at The Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, is very clear about “the kind of care that you can get at a facility like [the Jewish Healthcare Center],”

which she says “is exceptional. The people who work in these types of facilities are usually very passionate about it. They do it because they love it.” And Woodside, herself, is certainly amongst these people. Having studied music, Woodside initially started working at Jewish Healthcare Center in a short-term gig, a job she could stand to work for a year to save money before embarking on a 6-month unpaid music internship in Ohio. But when the year was up, she realized she loved her job so much she decided to stay. “I’ve worked at Jewish Healthcare for almost 16 years now,” Woodside says. “I tell people I have the best job in the world.” For Woodside, one of the most fulfilling parts of her work is providing people with the type of high-quality care and respect they deserve. That is why she is so thrilled about the launch of the Namaste Care program at Jewish Healthcare Center, which took place

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the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29. In all her 16 years working at the Jewish Healthcare Center, Woodside says, “This past year has been probably the most exciting for me. I’m really excited about the Namaste program and getting that off the ground. We’ve had a lot of support from management, a lot of excitement from the different staff members.” The Namaste program, originally started by social worker Joyce Simard, is an innovative, holistic approach to end-of-life care and care for people in the later stages of dementia. Simard, who had a real passion for working with children, discovered that she also had a passion for working with an elder population. She was really interested in the hospice program, but since this wasn’t available to nursing home residents at the time, she developed the Namaste program. Woodside explains that it is “basically a program for people who are maybe at the

later stages of life, for people with dementia who might not respond as well to more traditional activities. It’s a way to honor that person, where they are in their stage of life and provide them with quality care so that they can really live right up into those later stages.” The aim of the Namaste program is, as Woodside is sure to note, to meet people where they are, wherever that might be. Focused on individuality and comfort, the program draws its strength from recognizing and honoring the personhood of each resident in turn. The word Namaste is a Hindu word meaning “honor the spirit within,” so the program is about finding out who each person is at their core, and accommodating those individual wants and needs. For Woodside, “One of the key things to doing any kind of group activity programming is to make sure you’re looking at each resident, not as a group of people that have needs but

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Shauna Bernier, recreational therapist at the Jewish Healthcare Center, at the new Namaste Care program. enlightening, it’s clear there is bikes, so we should have about 400 people another important element to the and we have riders coming from all over New story. Touch and communication England,� says Cherkas. “There is a group also have their place within the called the Jewish Motorcyclists Alliance and program, Woodside says. “Touch they have over 2,000 members worldwide, is important because it’s a real and I believe some of the members will be tangible way to communicate with attending.� Cherkas says the Center’s services someone, just to have that presence are offered to all, and similarly, the motorcycle with someone.� The notion of ride welcomes the entire community. “Here at communication is not nearly as the Jewish Healthcare Center, we service over valuable without the reciprocal 2,500 patients per year throughout Worcester touch of caregivers like Woodside. County and over 70 percent of those that we Like the evolution of care, service are not Jewish.� so too are the Center’s benefit So regardless of age, race, or creed, events. On Sunday, May 4 the Woodside encourages the Central Jewish Healthcare Center will Massachusetts community to get involved. hold a motorcycle benefit ride “Whether you’re 7 or 70, or 90, it really with proceeds supporting the installation of comes down to: We all have a story, we all a new elevator in the Center’s facility that have hopes, we all have dreams, we all have caters largely to a population that relies losses and we all have sorrows. Once you on the service. As Pam Cherkas, director realize that and are mindful of that, it just of Development at the Jewish Healthcare really changes how you feel about things.� Center, notes, “It’s a little out there,� but, like To participate in the motorcycle benefit ride, register at 216 West Boylston St. in the Namaste Program, it is a new solution West Boylston at the Checkerboard Limited to an old concern. “It was an opportunity parking lot between 9:30-10:30 a.m. on to reach out to a different population. Our Sunday, May 4. The cost is $30 for a single director of clinical services rides and so does rider, $40 for double, providing participants her husband, and we have a bunch of staff with a scenic two-hour ride through Central people who ride so we decided to go with it,� Massachusetts and the knowledge that funds Cherkas says. are going toward a good cause. “We’re planning on having about 300

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as an individual who might have different needs within the same environment.â€? To achieve this goal of individual appreciation, the tenets of the Namaste Program include a regulated space and attention to the unique personalities of each resident. “The Namaste program is specialized in that it’s a smaller environment. Our Namaste room fits six residents at a time ‌ This room is soundproof so it’s more quiet, spa-like. Just really calm, nice decorations and the lighting is soft; our goal is a very relaxing environment,â€? Woodside explains. In addition, the staff takes their knowledge and observations of residents into account when determining their Namaste treatment. “Massage, reading stories, sharing pictures, different types of foods. Maybe there’s someone who always loved, loved, loved chocolate, well we’re going to have that available for that person. Or maybe they love singing a particular song, so maybe we’ll have that music available,â€? says Woodside. “We do have iPods for our residents, so we’d be providing the iPod for that person to

listen to in the room, in that kind of quieter environment, having music that they love on and sitting in a really beautiful comfortable chair with a nice cozy blanket. Just to meet that person where they are. It really depends on the individual.� Long-term elder care has been evolving dramatically in recent years, says Woodside, noting that as more information becomes available, the same approach the Namaste program takes, of honoring the individual in the last leg of their life’s journey rather than merely diagnosing and keeping alive, has become more popular. And while her description of the program is thorough and

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More than 100 nonprofits will participate in the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s 24-hour giving day, including Abby’s House, ArtsWorcester, Community Harvest Project, the EcoTarium, the Southeast Asian Coalition, WCUW and the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. A full list of participating nonprofits can be found at Those interested in supporting a local non-profit can log on to on May 6 and submit a donation to the organization, or several of their choice. The Greater Worcester Community Foundation will function as a conduit with gifts flowing through the foundation, which will then be presented as checks to individual nonprofits after the national day of giving. More details on Give Local America can be found at and information on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Greater Worcester Gives day can be found at

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For many of us, from the moment we wake up to the time we close our eyes we are plugged-in. Whether it’s checking email or instantly sharing updates via social media, much of our time is spent checking in online and rushing from one thing to the next. Buddhas Over Worcester, a new exhibition opening Saturday, May 3, invites the Central Massachusetts community to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and take a few minutes to reflect upon the meaning and importance of being awake and the beauty right in front of us that we may be too busy to notice.

“Many of us spend our days lost in the rush of everyday life. We feel pressured and overwhelmed with our many responsibilities and ever-growing to-do list,” says David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, a teacher at Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester. “The viewing of [the exhibit Buddhas Over Worcester] in the Temple gardens invites people to slow down and perhaps look more closely at what is already present.” The mission of the project, says Lynn Simmons, “is to invite people to imagine that the Buddha could be something important and meaningful in our lives.” Last year’s inaugural Buddhas Over Worcester exhibition featured 15 participants “from all walks of life,” says Simmons. Works included traditional objects of the Buddha, conceptual approaches to expressing what being awake means, as well as contemporary representations of Buddha. “For all the participants it was an opportunity to express themselves in a different way.” And for the Worcester community, the exhibition provided an alternative to indoor gallery spaces. “I think people were curious to find out what the exhibit was all about and generally excited about the diversity of interpretation and surprises found in the garden at the Boundless Way Temple, as works were literal, conceptual, abstract and representational,” says Simmons of last year’s well-attended opening day celebration. The Boundless Way Zen Temple, established in 2009 by a Zen community that found its start in 1993, is a gathering place for those



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interested in learning about and practicing the way of silent meditation. The Temple hosts meditation sessions, which are free and open to anyone interested in learning and practicing silent meditations. Sessions are MondayFriday at 7 a.m. and Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. “In coming together in silence, we support each other to untangle ourselves from the complex demands of our daily lives and to begin to appreciate the possibility of being present to each moment of our lives,” says Rynick, and adds that by learning to slow down and be present, “we can better re-enter our lives with appreciation and effectiveness.” This year’s Buddhas Over Worcester exhibition will feature 18 works of art in the gardens of the Boundless Way Zen Temple. A brick walkway guides visitors through a 1-acre site dotted with trees, flowers and a gazebo. “Visitors to the exhibit will be met with the unexpected through three-dimensional

representations of the Buddha that express what being awake means to each individual participant,” says Simmons. Buddha, commonly thought of as a being, is rather a principle meaning “awake.” “The exhibit is to encourage both artists and viewers to consider what being ‘awake’ might mean in the context of the challenges and joys of their own lives,” says Rynick, adding that the exhibit also encourages a “contemporary reimagining and reinterpretation of the iconic Buddha figures that are part of the heritage of Buddhism.” Participants, including artists submitting works, part of this year’s event include Paul Angiolillo, Aaron Caruso, Todd Curtis, Adrian Demers, Raymond Demers, Jason DuLac, Kathryn Egnaczak, Ashley Emerson Gilbert, Wayne Gyurdor, Michael Herzog, Christine Johnson, Thomas Kellner, Derrick Mathieu, Carrie Nixon, Deborah Pond, David Rynick, Lynn Simmons and Tessa Demers. All are from

Massachusetts, many with ties to Worcester. “Anyone is invited to come view the works of art, appreciate the gardens, and enjoy a little quiet in the middle of the city,” Rynick says. Buddhas Over Worcester opens with a celebration on Saturday, May 3, from 3-6 p.m. The exhibition will remain open to the public, free of charge, from May 3-July 5. The Temple will also host an Introduction to Zen Meditation event where teachers will present a brief overview of the tradition and practice of Zen meditation on Wednesday, May 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants will be guided in brief periods of meditation and there will be time for questions and discussion. The session will be led by the two resident teachers at the Temple: Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi and David Dae An Rynick, Roshi. “The teaching of Zen is that everyday life is a miracle in itself,” says Rynick. “All we have to do is wake up to what is already here.”

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There are events in Worcester that you do not need to mark on your calendar each year; you come to expect them without question. First Night Worcester rings in the new year, stART on the

cheers from the crowd of a continually sold-out show will fall silent for the first time in more than a decade as the charity will not hold its annual boxing event for the first time since 2003.

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Street brings a festival of art and music to Park Ave. in September and each May the charity organization Give Kids A Fighting Chance holds its fight night at The Palladium supporting the Worcester Boys & Girls Club. But as 2014 rolls on and May approaches, the

bags, speed bags, new treadmills and weight training machines. The Boys & Girls Club of yesterday was a different place, a club in a different condition. In 2001, Worcester Police officers Nate Reando, James Carmody and Stephen Roach began working with the Ionic Avenue Boys & Girls Club to form the Worcester Police Gang Unit Boxing Program. The program, designed to allow youths to train in the art of boxing with officers and Boys & Girls Club trainers in a safe, constructive environment, quickly became popular among club members. continued on page 50

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Chance, federal grants, the efforts of Clark University and the Main South CDC, the club would find itself in a brand new building in 2006. At its new location on Tainter Street, the club had a new place to call home, but the need for funding programs would not diminish. Recognizing the need, Give Kids A Fighting Chance was there every step of the way, raising more than $920,000 since its first charity event in 2003. Considering its success, the decision to forgo the event this year has left many scratching their heads and wondering why? “We have not only hit, but surpassed our goal with the event,” says Salerno. “Every charity has its shelf life, most only lasting a year or two and we have been at it for 11 years. We started with a goal of $5,000 that first year and raised $50,000. It is a lot of hard work by a lot of people each year and the night may go by quickly, but the preparation is hours, days, weeks of work by an all-volunteer group of people. It is JONNIE COUTU a full-time job on top of everyone’s full-time jobs. With some time off we can give everyone a break, work out some regulation issues, retool and come back even stronger. It may take a year, it may take two years, but we will be back.” The boxing community and its fans will be missing out on a night that they have come to enjoy for more than a decade, but the effects from the cancellation of this event Shawn Anderson (left) & Mak Kennedy in the ring.

The officers saw the program grow daily with kids from every neighborhood in Worcester coming to the club to participate, finding a place that they could go, a place that gave them the opportunity to try something they may never have had the chance to otherwise. What they also saw was a gym that was in desperate need of new equipment. Ripped boxing gloves, worn-out heavy bags and a crumbling ring were enough to prompt the first Give Kids A Fighting Chance Boxing Event in May of 2003. The premiere event raised $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club. “It took a U-Haul and a dozen guys to unload all the equipment,” says Tony Salerno, a co-founder of the event and ring announcer. “The kids had smiles from ear to ear. The money not only went to help the boxing program, but helped basketball and swimming, all kinds of programs. The funds were needed and set the precedent for the years to come.”

Each following year people from every walk of life - world-class pro boxers, politicians, bartenders, police officers, nurses, prison guards, students, columnists, firefighters, tattoo artists, people that define Worcester’s generous, hardworking community - would get involved, not only spending countless hours training for the event and finding the courage to lace up the gloves and step in the ring, but selling tickets and raising money to support the Boys & Girls Club as well. With all the support and dedication, the event enjoyed a sold-out crowd at The Palladium year after year. “We had State Police officers fighting Worcester Police officers, the Mayor (Tim Murray) fought a City Councilor (Juan Gomez), firefighters versus EMTs, football players from rival colleges,” says Salerno. “We brought a different spoke from the community each year to create this wheel, keep it moving and keep everyone involved.” With aid from Give Kids A Fighting



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Tony Salerno, Carlos Garcia, Spencer Tatum, Nate Reando, Jim Carmody (in ropes), Miguel Lopez, Joe Riley, Carmelo Oquendo (in ropes), Chris Panarello, Rick Rushton, Gary Morris, Tommy Duffy will ripple across the city this year. Local bars and restaurants, which normally kick off a busy spring season with the event, will not see the crowds they have become accustom to seeing on that first Thursday of every May. But no one will take a hit more than the Worcester Boys & Girls Club. “People think that Give Kids A Fighting Chance only helps the boxing program at the club, [but] the money raised each year helps every program the Worcester Boys & Girls Club has available for members,” says Ike McBride, director of Operations of the Worcester Boys & Girls Club and ringside commentator for the events Channel 3 broadcasts. “The money raised built the boxing gym, it helps bring new equipment into the gym and sends our fighters to events across the country, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. I can put it to you this way: in 1999 we had traveling teams for programs like basketball, swimming and boxing. All JONNIE COUTU

combined they totaled four or five travel dates for the year. Fast forward 10 years to 2009, those programs are traveling all year; we a have an award-winning dance program, a music program that plays in the city. Fast forward again to 2014, that dance program is opening for Patti Labelle; the swim team is traveling to Florida for competitions; we can send entire basketball teams to compete across the country; fighters are coming out of the boxing program to be No. 1 in the country. Every program gets a piece of the pie, and every program will feel the effect of it not being around.” While the charity fight night will not be taking place this year, an important part of the Give Kids A Fighting Chance event will remain. The officers involved will still be volunteering at the club. “Some of these community figures would not have had the exposure to the inner city and its youth if not for the charity, and the kids would not have had the positive role models they see in these police officers,” says McBride. “It is important to the club and the kids that they are around, and even without the fight night the officers will be here for these kids. They will make the time to be here, they always have.” Boxing is a solitary sport. While the fighters come to the ring with a support team of their trainers and the crowd roaring behind them, once they step through the ropes and hear the bell, the defining moment is upon them; they are on their own. The city sadly says goodbye this year to a night on which the community has joined together, for over a decade, to remind us just how important it is – win, lose or draw – that someone is waiting in the corner for these kids at the end of every fight. Those interested in becoming a Club member, donor or volunteer should contact the Worcester Boys & Girls Club, 65 Tainter St., Worcester by calling 508-754-2686 or visiting

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Since 2007, Mezcal Cantina has been Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard bearer for excellent Mexican and Southwest food, and despite being popular, its accessibility had been hampered by the small location that the restaurant formerly occupied on Shrewsbury Street. Restaurant-goers were abuzz when word spread that Niche Hospitality Group would be moving the restaurant to 30 Major Taylor Blvd., the space on the ground floor of one of Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown parking garages, one that had previously only been associated with late night dance clubs.

Thankfully, Mezcalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipe for terrific Mexican cuisine has transferred wonderfully to this new, cavernous (by comparison) space, and the restaurant should continue to be a front-runner for any night out dining in the city. Lillian and I visited on a Monday night, parked in a validated parking spot in the

garage above the restaurant, and stepped into Mezcal directly from the garage. We were greeted by a space much larger than we expected, with tables running as far as the eye could see, and intimate booths lined parallel to the open kitchen and guacamole stations. Toward the rear was a wraparound bar with a handful of TVs and plenty of space for revelers to enjoy one of Mezcalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100-plus different types of tequila. Despite the restaurant being surprisingly full for a Monday night, we were seated in one of the small booths, and immediately put in an order for a pitcher of the house margarita ($17), electric yellow and a tinge sweeter than I remembered, but offset nicely by our salt-rimmed glasses (which we refilled about three times each from the single pitcher). We started our meal off with Mezcalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous guacamole flight ($12), three dishes of different house-made guacamole recipes

unique to Mezcal. Our flight consisted of a creamy traditional house guac, a tropical guac made with papaya, mango and roasted cashews and my favorite, the Thai rooster guac, made with chewy dried pineapples, toasted coconuts, black beans and a redhot Sriracha sauce dousing the dish making for an incredible, spicy, creamy guacamole masterpiece. A plate of crunchy, salted tortilla tips accompanied the appetizer, which were good but we were disappointed that most of the chips were broken into small chip-shards rather than a whole tortilla chip, forcing us to eat much of our guac with forks. Nevertheless, this was the perfect start to our meal. Our entrees arrived just as we finished our guacamole order. Debating between the house special Pulled Pork Tostadas and a house burrito, Lillian settled on the burrito ($12.50). What arrived was a thick, 6- to 7-inch-long pressed flour tortilla packed with fresh vegetables and spicy ground beef â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tomatoes, black beans, sweet corn, roasted peppers and melted jack cheese. Covering the entire burrito was a blanket of thick, deep red and brown mole sauce with contrasting cilantro crema sauce streaking throughout. continued on page 55

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM The EcoTarium will host a gala event, A Night at the Museum, with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and cocktails and entertainment on Saturday, May 17, from 6-10 p.m. This fundraising event will include mystery and surprises

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aris Café is, to say the least, a surprise. Tucked away into the same building that houses The Palladium, this café is a chic little hideaway that most definitely has a touch of Francophilia. The offerings are urbane and classy, ranging from raw juices like the “Ultimate Green Juice” featuring celery, kale, green apple, parsley, lime, lemon and ginger, to a breakfast quesadilla made with provolone cheese. I was really excited when I stumbled upon the café quite out of the blue, but was shocked and dismayed at, you guessed it, the exorbitant surcharge for soy milk in my latte. If you thought $.50 was a lot to pay for choosing non-dairy milk (which I do), or even the $.79 cost incurred last week, hold your breath, because Paris Café charges $1 more for soy milk. That’s right, you are paying the difference, with each individual latte purchased at Paris Café, between an entire gallon of dairy milk and a gallon of soy milk. They must have a lot of soy milk stored up with all of that extra money they are getting, but I’m going to take a wild guess that the money is not actually going toward paying for soy milk at all. But I digress. Once purchased, the latte was actually quite good. Delicious really. The flavor of the espresso was sharp but welcome, as it swirled evenly enough with the soy milk to both mute the rawness of the espresso’s flavor and flatten out the creaminess of the milk. I did not even add sweetener as I was so enjoying the pure taste of the drink. The foam was fluffy and quite high up. It was not perfect, a little too airy and quick to separate and disperse at the first touch. It did, however, leave a pleasant feeling in the mouth, fizzing almost, adding some more life to an already effervescent beverage. At the normal cost of $3.50 for a medium, this latte would have absolutely been worth it. I actually took my drink to go and even 20 minutes later, with only a quarter of my cup still filled, the taste was even and honestly had a lot of character. Even as it chilled, the espresso’s vibrant tone lasted, its full flavor never turning acidic or too raw. That’s why I was so disappointed that my medium latte, at $4.50, was not a reasonable price.

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Raising a glass to wine everywhere

The Godfather of Zin Al Vuona


efore his death, pop icon Michael Jackson was godfather to Nicole Richie. Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is godfather to actress Drew Barrymore. Well, in the wine world Joel Peterson (pictured) of Ravenswood Winery in California is known as RAVENSWOODWINERY.COM the godfather of zinfandel – a title he takes very seriously. In the mid’70s Peterson embarked on his dream of producing not just any wine but a must-try wine. Since that time Ravenswood, under the winemaking direction of Peterson, has forged a reputation for excellence. I recently tasted some of the new releases from Ravenswood and I must tell you they are a testament to Peterson’s skill and dedication. The 2011 Dickerson vineyard zinfandel is intense with black raspberry and mint flavors. Full-bodied, this wine is balanced with good acidity levels and a long clean finish. Another splendid offering is the 2011 Barricia zinfandel. Blended with petite syrah, the flavor profile is reminiscent of black pepper, dark fruits and spice. It is aged for 20 months, which gives it good depth and character. The last wine I tasted was the 2011 Old Hill zinfandel. This wine is somewhat reserved with blackberry, cedar and spice. A bit more rounded, this wine is wellbalanced with soft tannins and a persistent finish. Zinfandel has always been the odd grape out. It usually has to compete with the likes of cabernet, merlot and pinot noir. But those who try zinfandel remain loyal. Ravenswood uses only the finest grapes for their wines. That means Peterson surrounds himself with grape growers who share his passion and commitment. OF THE WEEK These are not wimpy wines. They are bold and flavorful and their intensity will capture your attention. 2010 Lange Twins, You can even cellar them for a while but the wait may Cabernet Lodi, be too much. Food pairings would include most beef and Califonia: Ripe plum, poultry dishes, as well a robust and hearty soup or pasta. blackberry and So if you love big, bold zinfandels, try some of these cherry flavors terrific wines from Ravenswood.


Accompanied by a small dish of brown rice, the dish was delicious and filling, as the seasoned ground beef was balanced by the bouquet of vegetables and cheese that spilled out from the inside. For my entree, I ordered three of Mezcal’s 13 house tacos ($13) – the BBQ duck, fish and ground beef tacos. Served beside a dish of rice, these “street-style” tacos were small, wrapped in a white flour tortilla and served with jack cheese, lettuce and a sliced red radish. Of the three, the chili-seasoned white fish taco was probably the least memorable, but this was more than made up for by the BBQ duck taco, which was packed with succulent duck, a delicious velvety BBQ mole sauce and a unique jicama slaw, made out of a Pachyrhizus erosus, also known as the “Mexican yam” or “Mexican turnip.” Both the house burrito and tacos were delicious and remarkably authentic, which may surprise some diners who are expecting a more Tex-Mex-style cuisine, where burritos, tacos and other dishes are typically slathered in a thick American-style sour cream sauce. While both are delicious in their own ways, Mezcal forgoes this largely American variation on Mexican food, preferring to use a thinner, less pronounced cilantro or basil lime crema sauce that is more common in traditional Mexican cuisine. Prices at Mezcal are generally higher than other Mexican restaurants that we have reviewed in the past, but service is excellent; our server Leah was attentive, knowledgeable and never overbearing, as all of our items were brought out at just the right cadence. Worcester-area diners need not worry if Mezcal’s change in venue has introduced a change in quality or menu, quite the opposite; the new location is huge but articulately designed to still deliver

the intimacy that return customers came to expect from the old location. Above all, the food is excellent and local dinner-goers looking for excellent Mexican cuisine in Worcester need only visit Mezcal.

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The supernatural thriller “The Quiet Ones” professes to be inspired by true events that occurred in the 1970s, which I’m convinced actually means it drew inspiration from “The Exorcist” (1973) and “Carrie” (1976). Here, we have yet another young woman in a white nightdress who is terrorized by demons and can mentally move objects with hostile intent. Science clashes with superstition, innocence is lost, and projectile gunk comes blasting out of the kid’s mouth like she’d just lost a sludge-guzzling contest. Of course, since the entire story unfolds in 1974, it also means the fashion gods are crying out for forgiveness. “The Quiet Ones” does very little differently than hundreds of its predecessors in the genre. When the severely troubled Jane (Olivia Cooke) begins murmuring to a creepy doll, it’s simply a case of the director checking off another box. Then the lights go out (check), doors slam shut (check), and Jane starts speaking in a voice that’s a cross between the Dark Knight and a chronic asthmatic (checkmate). Obviously, Jane requires an exorcism/ intervention, so a research team led by defrocked Oxford University Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) shuts itself away in a remote countryside mansion and sets about saving her by isolating Jane’s “negative energy” (Joseph doesn’t believe in evil spirits even when they’re hurling dishes at his head). Jane was already suicidal, but after enduring Joseph’s interrogation sessions that are part psychotherapy and part séance she takes it a step further by trying to slash her wrists with a bobby pin. The film is quite tedious and cheesy, largely because we’re locked in with a group of uninteresting people. Joseph is laughably ponderous (when a team member confesses to being scared, he growls, “That means you’re alive”). Blond, bubble-headed Krissi

is the standard-issue eye candy, outfitted in an apparently endless supply of hot pants, miniskirts and go-go boots. Her boyfriend, Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne), is too oblivious to realize Krissi and Joseph are conducting some side research on each other. The lone sympathetic figure is Brian (Sam Claflin), whom Joseph hires to film Jane’s treatments. The presence of Sam’s camera allows “The Quiet Ones” director John Pogue to graft some herky-jerky shots into the story (it’s easy to imagine a found-footage version of this film set 40 years in the future). Brian truly cares for Jane and she clearly has the hots for him — or is it Evie who’s the horny one? Evie is the name of the randy spirit that inhabits poor Jane, and since Brian isn’t sure who exactly he’s dealing with in the romance department, he takes the high road. As Bill Murray told the possessed Sigourney Weaver in “Ghostbusters”: It seems a little crowded in there. “The Quiet Ones” is rated PG-13, which means fewer gory shocks, which also means the film needed to be more creative with all those bumps in the night. It is possible to pull off real fright with little blood — I point to another 1970s-set horror film, “The Conjuring,” which was so scary I barely noticed Patrick Wilson’s sideburns. April is typically a cruel month on the movie calendar; a 30-day dumping ground for B-pictures before the summer tsunami of blockbusters. Now and then you can find a gem buried at the Cineplex, but generally you’re looking at a roster of unfunny Cameron Diaz comedies and flat Bourne-wannabe thrillers. “The Quiet Ones” is serviceable enough — and Jared Harris is one of those actors guaranteed to polish even a role undeserving of his talents — but it’s nothing I’d shout about from the rooftops. In a couple of weeks this horrorless movie will silently shuffle out of town.

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CAPTAIN AMERICAN: THE WINTER SOLDER 3D (PG13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 4 Solomon Pond Thurs: 6:40, 9:35 Fri-Wed: 6:40, 9:35

DIVERGENT (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 3:10 Fri-Wed: 7:15, 10:20 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:40, 3:35, 6:50, 9:50 Fri-Wed: 12:40, 3:35, 6:50, 9:50 Worcester North Thurs: 12:10, 3:25, 6:40, 9:40 Fri-Wed: 12:10, 3:25, 6:40, 9:40

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2 STATES (NR) Westborough Thurs: 1:20, 4:40, 7:55, Fri-Wed: 9:15

DRAFT DAY (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:30 p.m. Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:55, 3:40, Fri-Wed:

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A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 (R) Blackstone Thurs: 12:50, 3:05, 5:15, 7:55, 10:10 Cinegmagic Thurs: 11:50, 2:10, 4:15, 7:20, 9:20 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:30, 4:15, 7:45, 10:15

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Bears (G) 1 hr 18 min 12:40 pm 2:50 pm 4:55 pm Brick Mansions (PG-13) 1 hr 30 min 12:35 pm 2:55 pm 5:15 pm 7:50 pm 10:10 pm 12:20 am Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) 2 hr 15 min 12:25 pm 3:40 pm 6:45 pm 7:45 pm 9:55 pm 11:00 pm Divergent (PG-13) 2 hr 20 min 7:15 pm 10:20 pm Heaven Is for Real (PG) CC/DVS; 1 hr 40 min 11:40 am 2:05 pm 4:35 pm 7:00 pm 9:25 pm Oculus (R) CC/DVS; 1 hr 45 min 11:50 pm Rio 2 (G) 1 hr 41 min 11:35 am 12:05 pm 2:10 pm 2:40 pm 4:40 pm 5:10 pm 6:50 pm 9:20 pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL PRESENTED IN SONY 4K DIGITAL; Reserved Seating; 2 hr 22 min 11:30 am 3:00 pm 6:25 pm 9:45 pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) PRESENTED IN SONY 4K DIGITAL; 2 hr 22 min 12:30 pm 4:00 pm 7:30 pm 10:45 pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13) CC/DVS; 2 hr 22 min 1:00 pm 4:30 pm 8:00 pm 11:15 pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D (PG-13) XPLUS - DOLBY ATMOS - REAL D 3D; Reserved Seating; 2 hr 22 min 12:00 pm 3:30 pm 6:55 pm 10:15 pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D (PG-13) REAL D 3D; 2 hr 22 min 1:30 pm 5:00 pm 8:30 pm 11:45 pm The Other Woman (PG-13) 1 hr 49 min 1:20 pm 1:50 pm 4:15 pm 4:45 pm 7:10 pm 7:40 pm 9:50 pm 10:25 pm 12:10 am The Quiet Ones (PG-13) 1 hr 38 min 1:40 pm 10:00 pm 12:15 am Transcendence (PG-13) 2 hr 0 min 4:05 pm 7:05 pm 11:45 pm





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Fri-Wed: 1:30, 4:15, 7:45, 10:15 Westborough Thurs: 1:50, 4, Fri-Wed: 1:50, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Worcester North Thurs: 12:50, 3:15, 5:50, 7:50, 10:15 Fri-Wed: 10:25

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R) Strand Thurs: 7 BEARS (G) Blackstone Thurs: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 6:55 Fri-

GLORIA (NR) Clark Thurs, Sat: 7:30, Sun: 1, 3:10 GOD’S NOT DEAD (PG) Worcester North Thurs: 1:05, 4, 6:50, 9:50 FriWed: 1:05, 4, 6:50, 9:50

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG) Blackstone Thurs: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25 FriWed: 11:40, 2:05, 4:35, 7, 9:25

Wed: 12:40, 2:50, 4:55

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Cinemagic Fri-Wed: 11:50, 2:20, 4:20, 7:15 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:45,

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Fri-Wed: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:45 Westborough Thurs: 1:55, 4:55, 7:15, 9:25, FriWed: 12:55, 4:45, 6:40 Worcester North Thurs: 12:35, 2:40, 4:40, 6:55, 9:10 Fri-Wed: 12:35, 2:40, 4:40, 6:55

Fri-Wed: 12:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:25 Westborough Thurs: 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50, FriWed: 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Worcester North Thurs: 12:20, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20 Fri-Wed: 12:20, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20

BRICK MANSIONS (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50,

KAANCHI Westborough Thurs: 1:10, 4:25, 7:50

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

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:25, 3:30, 6:45, 7:45, 9:45 Fri-Wed: 12:25, 3:40, 6:45, 7:45, 9:55, 11 Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:30, 2:30, 6:45, 9:40 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:45, 3:55, 7:15, 10:15, Fri-Wed: 12:45, 3:55, 7:15, 10:05 Westborough Thurs: 1, 4:00, 6:40, 9:35, FriWed: 12:20, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 Worcester North Thurs: 12:15, 3:45, 6:45, 7:25, 9:55, 10:30 Fri-Wed: 12:15, 3:40, 6:45, 7:25, 9:55, 10:30

KOTHA JANTA Westborough Fri-Wed: 12:10, 3:20, 6:50, 10:05 LE WEEK-END (R) Worcester North Thurs: 12:40, 3:40, 7:10, 10:25 MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13) Elm Thurs: 7:30 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG) Worcester North Thurs: 1:30, 3:50 Fri-Wed: 1:30, 3:50

MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG) Worcester North Thurs: 1:10, 4:10 Fri-Wed: 1:10, 4:10

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THE COUNSELOR (R) Holy Cross Fri, Sat: 7 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R) Cinemagic: Thurs: 11:40, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Solomon Pond Thurs: 1, 4, 7:10, 9:30, Fri-Wed:

OCULUS (R) Blackstone Thurs: 12:40, 9:20 Fri-Wed: 11:50 Cinemagic Thurs: 9:30 Solomon Pond Thurs:4:25, Fri-Wed: 4:25, 10:15 Worcester North Thurs: 7:15, 10:15

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THE LUNCHBOX (DABBA) (PG) Worcester North Fri-Wed: 1:20, 4:25, 7:15, 10:15

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

RIO 2 3D (G) Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 1:45 Solomon Pond Thurs:1:10, 3:45, Fri-Wed: 1:10,

THE OTHER WOMAN (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 11:45, 1:20, 2:20, 4:15, 5:05, 7:05, 9:50 Fri-Wed: 1:20, 1:50, 4:15, 4:45, 7:10, 7:40, 9:50, 10:25, 12:10 Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:20, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Solomon Pond Thurs:12:50, 1:20, 3:50, 4:30, 7, 7:40, 9:50, 10:20, Fri-Wed: 12:50, 1:20, 3:50, 4:30, 7, 7:40, 9:50, 10:20 Westborough Thurs:1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10, FriWed: 12:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Worcester North Thurs: 1:15, 4:15, 6:45 FriWed: 1:15, 4:05, 7:05, 9:45


Westborough Thurs: 4:20 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 7:30, 9:40 Fri-Wed: 1, 4:30, 8, 11:15 Fri-Wed: 12:30, 1:30, 4, 5, 7:30, 8:30, 10:45, 11:45 Blackstone (reserved seating) Fri-Wed: 11:30, 3, 6:25, 9:45 Cinemagic Thurs: 7, Fri-Wed: 12:15, 2:45, 3:15, 6:30, 9:30, 9:45 Solomon Pond Thurs: 7:10, 10:20 Fri-Wed: 12, 3:30, 7, 10:20 Westborough: Thurs: 7, 10:15 Fri-Wed: 12:15, 1:30, 3, 6, 6:45, 9 Worcester North Thurs: 7:30 Fri-Wed: 12:30, 1, 3:45, 4:15, 7, 7:30, 10:05, 10:35

THE QUIET ONES (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 12:05, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Fri-Wed: 1:40, 10, 12:15

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

THE RAID 2 (R) Worcester North Thurs: 6:45, 9:40 TRANSCENDENCE (PG-13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 12:45 p.m. Blackstone Thurs: 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35 FriWed: 4:05, 7:05, 11:45

Cinemagic Thurs: 11:20, 2, 4:40, 9:50, Fri-Wed: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 3D Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 7, 10:10 FriWed: 12, 3:30, 6:55,10:15 Blackstone Thurs: 8 Cinemagic Fri-Wed: 11:45, 6:45 Solomon Pond Thurs: 7, 10:10 Fri-Wed: 11:30, 3, 6:30, 9:50 Westborough Thurs: 7,10:15 Fri-Wed: 12, 1, 2:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7, 10:15 Worcester North Thurs: 7, 8 Fri-Wed: 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45


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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.

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music >Thursday 1 Free Live Acoustic Original Reggae and Jamaican Buffet at One Love Cafe. Both meat and vegetarian entrees. Call 774-272-3969 for reservations. $10 per person Buffett. 5-10 p.m. OneLove Cafe, 800 Main St. 508-753-8663 or events/164007660454055. Coffee & Jam with Howie Newman. Howie Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation while providing a unique entertainment experience. His music choices are up-tempo, amusing and catchy and he keeps it lively with short comedic bits between songs. Free with Suggested “Pass The Hat” donation. 7-8:30 p.m. Coffeelands World Gifts Espresso Cafe, 50 High St., Clinton. 978-360-3291 or Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 7:30 p.m.midnight. Hirosaki Prime, 1121 Grafton St. 508-926-8700. The Kennedys Concert. Byrdsy jangle, boy-girl harmonies,irresistible - Rolling Stone. $15. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388 or Brian Kendall. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. Dub Apocalypse ThursDaze. 21+. Doors at 6 p.m. May 1st with Brooks Thomas. $6. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629. Karaoke with PJ. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Open Mic Night Just plug in and play. 8-11 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Open Mic Night w/ Host Ed Sheridan. Our weekly Open Mic Night is back for the winter/spring! Musicians of all kinds are encouraged to attend and participate. Our ever-capable host Ed Sheridan plays host to this classic event. Advance registration not required. No Cover. 8-11 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Peter Towler. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Tony Soul May Day Party @ Black Sheep. Here’s the lineup: Iggy Mohawk, Mike Kalenderian-guitar & vox, MIT Matt Sambito- bass & vox Sax Goblin - Kevin Aucoin Alfonse Mouson - Al Clark - drums Tony Soul - basket weaving Wait a minute, this just in. 8-11:30 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484 or Audio Wasabi. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Hot Letter, Tamar-Kali (BKLYN) & Wet Dress. (facebook. com/HotLetter) HOT LETTER Serving Rock in the 21st Century. Hot Letter brings an honesty and conviction to their original music. WET DRESS ( Tamar-kali crafts aggressive melodic rock spun around a voice that will shake your foundation and shatter your expectations with its soulful intensity. A Tamar-kali performance is a study in a soul yearning to break Free of its earthly bounds. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/Official.Tamarkali. College Night Featuring DJ Danny Fly. Come and experience Worcester’s HOTTEST College Dance Party! DJ Danny Fly



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and Conductor Jorge Soto, the WYO’s concerts always delight! This spring’s selections include Wagner: March of the Meistersingers; Mussorgsky: The Great Gates of Kiev; and Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat major. The concert is Free and open to the public ($15-$20 suggested donation directly benefitting the Orchestras). Refreshments will follow the concert. Free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. South High Community School, 170 Apricot St. 508-2819976 or >Friday 2 Annual Spring Concert. Our Spring Concert will feature Brett Brumby. playing covers and originals 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 cellist Nathan Guerkink, one of the participants in last year’s p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. young musicians” Concerto Competition, who will play the first Dana Lewis Live! Dana Lewis Live! Every Friday evening. Playing movement from Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto.” The program will in the bar. The Greatest Hits from the 50’S to the 80’s. “The sound also include three very lively pieces, “Bachanale” from Camille track of your youth” 5:30-8 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Saint Saëns’s opera “Sampson and Delilah,” Franz von Suppé’s Webster St. 508-757-7208. “Poet and Peasant Overture” and the 4th movement from Nicholai Music On Main. Performances by Peter Sulski, violin and viola; Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphonic Suit””Scheherazade.” 7:30-9 p.m. Ariana Falk, cello; Neighborhood Strings; and a special performance University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center - University by La Rondalla Folklórica de Worcester led by Jose Castillo. Campus: Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building, 364 Plantation Composer and educator Jose Castillo is an extraordinary bass player St. who has toured with Grammy award winning musicians Ruben Q90.1 Presents Jonathan Thulin. Jonathan Thulin is a Blades, Antonio Sanchez and Keith Harris to name a few. The onenational recording artist that will be on our very stage for one night hour concerts are Free, less formal, and focus on the Main South only! We will also be open May 3rd with True North! $10 per Ticket. community. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Straight Up Cafe, 795 Main St. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, !Cafe con Dios!, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-832-5044. BILL McCARTHY @ ALL-STAR Respect HER Hustle, a new Worcester-based brand aimed at empowering women, PUB. I’ll be playing all your favorite kicks off this weekend with a fundraiser launch party on Friday, May 2 at Perfect Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Game, 64 Water St., from 7-10 p.m. Ticket and raffle proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of and Not-So-Acoustic Rock Hits. Free. Worcester. A short film telling the stories of women and how they hustle will be shown. 8-11:30 p.m. Mohegan Bowl and All Tickets are available for $5 at The following day, Saturday, May 3, a Respect HER Hustle pop-up shop with products for sale will be set up Star Pub Webster, MA, 51 Thompson at Crompton Collective, 138 Green St., Worcester. Road, Webster. 508-949-2695. Brain Richard. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West 508-217-4450 or Boylston. Thank Friday It’s Dr. Nat. Let Dr. Nat start your weekend Brian & Captain. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument with jazz, swing, blues, soul, samba, R&B, Broadway, original Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. songs about Worcester, and other surprises, such as special guest Chris Smither. Great music sounds easy - as inexorable and vocalists and instrumentalists. Dancers welcome! No cover charge, inevitable as the change of seasons or sunrise and sunset. The tips appreciated. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 bluesmen on the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made Millbury St. 508-753-4030 or timeless art with just voice, guitar and a stomping foot. And that is Awesome 80s Prom WXLO 104.5 fm. 21+ Event. Relive the the root of the art of Chris Smither. Open: Fran LaMalva - Hailing best days of your life! Come dressed in your best 80s attire, dance from Groton, MA, Fran’s polished, intricate guitar styles and arresting the night away to your favorite hits from the 80s, sing karaoke, and vocals delight every crowd he performs for. $26 advance; $30 day win some prizes! $25; After April 1: $30. 6-11 p.m. Mechanics Hall, of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Open Mic. Open to musicians, poets, comedians or anyone with Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. a talent! Hosted by Patrick McCarthy. 6:30-9 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chooch’s Food & Spirits, 31 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield. Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or 508-867-2494. Dan Gabel & The Abletones, featuring vcocalist Elise Karaoke. DJ & Dancing 12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Free. 8 p.m.-12:30 Roth. Travel back in time with the exciting sounds of an authentic a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-48018-piece Big Band! The Abletones sport a vintage look, complete 8222. with tuxedos, vintage stands and mutes, and a repertoire of more Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster than 5,000 arrangements from the classic big band sounds of Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Vaughn Monroe and Count Radio Flyer. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Basie. The sound is complimented by multi-talened vocalist Elise Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. Roth, presenting favorites and rarities from the best of the big RockHouse! Come down for great classic rock songs with band vocalists. Free & open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Wesley United RockHouse! Classic rock hits from 50, 60s, 70s and 80s. Fun Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 114 Main St. 508-799-4191 or time for all and all-ages friendly restaurant. Show starts at 8 p.m. Great way to kick off the weekend! Free. 8-11 p.m. Piccadilly Pub Worcester Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert with Restaurant, 480 Shrewsbury St. 508-755-1808. the Masters. Students of the Worcester Youth Orchestras Spring Vibes: Presented by Proper. As spring rolls into will play Haydn, Mussorgsky, and Wagner at this annual spring town PROPER is proud to present SPRING VIBES, an all Drum N concert. Led by Artistic Director/Conductor Jonathan Brennand Bass event. Get ready for for an amazing night filled with exceptional will be spinning your favorite Top 40, Dance, Hip Hop! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Industry Bar Room, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. DJ Cuz’N Kev. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Metal Thursday CCXL (8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW)! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

vibes, smooth music, top notch visuals, & sound! Audio provided by Proper Sound and visuals by Oculus Prime. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629. The incredible PRINCE tribute band LoveSexy with BOOM-BOX, Worcester’s 70’s & 80’s tribute act. ( LoVeSeXy .the New England area’s only tribute to the music of PRINCE! This 6 piece powerhouse group of established musicians performs a wide range of his material from the early years all the hits that made him a worldwide star throughout his career. BOOM-BOX ( events/512961482142387) It’s a band. It’s a show. Take a ride through the defining sounds of two of the most influential, and hilarious, decades in rock music. $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. The Two Timers. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Cosby Sweaters. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. How Bizzare! 90’s Tribute Band! All your Faves! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Side Effect. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. Time Machine. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Jim Perry’s Hothouse at Beatniks. Hot mixture of blues, funk and R&B. Recently added horn section enhances the sound. 9:15 p.m.-1 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Invisible Sun featuring The Music of the Police with Chris Reddy, Scott Babineau, Bran Chaffee & Roger Stebbins. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. DJ One-3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Friday Night Dance Party with DJ Blackout. DJ Blackout bringin’ the energy to get the party poppin’ all night long. No cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508438-0597. DJ Music Master Matty D. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

>Saturday 3 9Teen at Greendales! Brass kicking music. Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, and more. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. “Latin Rhythms” Symphony Pro Musica Concert. Symphony Pro Musica,the critically-acclaimed Central Massachusetts orchestra, closes its 31st season with “Latin Rhythms” featuring music of composers from Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. The concert opens with the “Prelude” to Villa- Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, delicate, tender and haunting music for strings that conveys remarkable depth and power. Anna DeLoi makes her SPM debut as the soloist in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, a challenging, rhythmic, and percussive piece that takes its inspiration in part from the Argentina malambo . Free for students grades 12 and under; advanced adult tickets $18 - $22. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Hudson High School, Auditorium, 69 Brigham St., Hudson. 978-5620939 or Heather McClurg Ralston. Playing acoustic sets 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353. Open Mic with the Old’school Band. Open Mic Jam 1st Saturday of month with The Old’school Band. Free. 8 a.m.-noon 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Ukulele Melee. Do you uke? If so, or want to learn, don’t miss

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the Ukulele Union of Boston’s fourth annual Ukulele Melee. The festival will feature a variety of workshops, including two led by singer-songwriter and featured performer Victoria Vox, a ukulele flea market, sing-alongs, and an open mic. Pop-up jam sessions and performances are encouraged at anytime, anywhere, as long as they don’t interrupt other activities. Workshops include: songwriting and strum along, both led by Vox; songs of the British ukulele and banjolele comedic performer George Formby; hula; the 1920s; right hand strumming techniques; movable chords; singing; and harmonies. Seating is limited in some workshops. An open mic will run from 2:45 to 3:45, followed by Vox’s performance at 3:45. Vox has performed in Australia, Europe and Canada, and across the U.S. Originally from Green Bay, WI and now a resident of Baltimore, MD, she began writing songs at age 10 and earned a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. $10. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner. 978-630-9525. The Afternoon Concert Series #2 The Issues, BoomStick & The McCrites. We have a Sausage Guy and a Magician (PAUL HARTER) too! The ISSUES ( theissuesband) $8. 1-7 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or The Eye of The Stoned Goat 4! 2 day Festival. 2 Days! 20 Bands! 20 Bucks! Line-Up: SIXTY WATT SHAMAN (The Reunion!) 12:20 a.m.-1:15 a.m. ( CORTEZ (Boston, MA) 11:20 p.m.-12 a.m. ( cortezboston) KINGS DESTROY 10:25 p.m.-11:05 p.m. (facebook. com/KingsDestroy) OGRE 9:30 p.m.-10:10 p.m. (facebook. com/Rockogre) LORD FOWL (New Haven, CT) 8:45 p.m.-9:15

p.m. ( BEELZEFUZZ (Church Within Records - Maryland) 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ( SECOND GRAVE (Massachusetts) 7:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (facebook. com/secondgraveband) JOHN WILKES BOOTH (Long Island, NY) 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ( SET (Worcester, MA) 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. ( BIRCH HILL DAM (Fitchsburg, MA) 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ( $20 All weekend. 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or Diane Lewis Psychic Medium - Together, A Medium Event. Share in this extraordinary evening of spirit communication. Join Diane as she bridges the gap and connects to spirit delivering messages from those who have crossed over. Don’t miss this remarkable experience! $39 per person. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. 617-645-6415 or dianelewis. The Kirouac/Gallant Project. On the patio - weather permitting. Dan Kirouac & Mike Gallant are former members of the area band FOURTH GEAR. More information at Free. 6-9 p.m. Val’s Restaurant, On the patio (weather-permitting), 75 Reservoir St., Holden. 508-829-0900. JAZZED UP Trio Live. JAZZED UP Trio live featuring Mauro DePasquale (vocalist pianist ), Phil Madison (bass), Ed Conley (Drums). Easy parking, great food, world class music. If you like Sinatra, Buble’, Bennett, Connick Jr., you will LOVE Jazzed Up! No Cover. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St. 508-

755-8331. Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing & singing the Greatest Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s. “The soundtrack of your youth.” No Cover. 7-10 p.m. Nancy’s Quaker Tavern, 466 Quaker Hgwy (Route146a), Uxbridge. 508-779-0901. Cafe’ con Dios. Donation. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, Main Auditorium, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-579-6722. Joy of Music Piano Quintet Benefit Concert. Aaron Packard and Debby Greenebaum, violin; Regie Pineda, viola; Caroline Reiner-Williams, cello and Wendy Ardizzone, piano performing: Haydn Piano Trio in D Major Hob. XV: 16 Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor K. 478 Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb Major Op. 44 Proceeds will benefit the Recital Hall Expansion Project at Joy of Music. $25 Suggested Donation; $10 students - Everyone welcome regardless of donation. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Joy of Music Program, Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541 or True North. Classic Hard Rock $4 Donation Suggested. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, !Cafe con Dios!, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-832-5044. Dazed till Dawn. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Blueprint New American Bar & Grill, 9 Village Square, Westminster. 978-668-5580. Disc Jam Presents! Lespecial, MUN. awe yeah 2 of our favorite bands on one night in Worcester! Disc Jam pre PARTY doesn’t do this night justice! Come see what mayhem these two bands have in store for us! 21+ $8 cover. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m. $8. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629. Dueling Pianos. What are dueling pianos? It is a massive “to the top of your lungs” sing along with all your friends! Two grand pianos


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are center-stage with a team of outrageously talented pianists that seem to know every song ever written. These shows are request oriented, interactive sing-a-longs wherein two piano players sit across from each other and trade songs. Audience members are pitted one-side-against-the-other. Examples of rivalries include country vs. rock, men against women, etc. There aren’t many boundaries. It’s an all-ages show that is the perfect entertainment anyone who like to have fun; one big sing-along party, swaying to the music and bellowing-out familiar lyrics. $17 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917-674-6181 or Karaoke. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Prime Time Pub, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7727. Kelly and Friends. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Whitney Doucet. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Worcester State University Spring A Capella Concert. Unwind from your week with the Worcester State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Chorus and Alumni Singers. Enjoy this a capella performance as it gives you fresh thoughts of spring, featuring music by Pearsall, Jasperse, Tallis, Carmichael, Dawson and Queen under the direction of Dr. Christie Nigro. ( VPAatWorcesterState). $10 General Public, $7 Students and Seniors.

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8-9 p.m. Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main St. 508-9298824 or Brian Chaffee & Dan Cormier. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. KISS Forever, Slateface, Dysfunctional Advocate. ( Boasting the full stage show and a sound that will make you believe you are at an actual KISS concert. KISS Forever will change everything you think you know about tribute bands. ( Mike Grillo as Eric Carr Rob Smith as Ace Frehley Ara Asadoorian as Paul Stanley John Saner as Gene Simmons. SLATEFACE (facebook. com/Slateface1) Slateface is an original Hard Rock/Metal band out of Milford NH. DYSFUNCTIONAL ADVOCATE ( DysfunctionalAdvocate) 100% original material. $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/events/256518977845134. PE James performs at Stakes Pub! Come and sing along to your favorite acoustic songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s! No Cover! 8:30-11:30 p.m. Stake’s Sports Pub, 1281 Pleasant St. 508-7552925. 9Teen. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. BILL McCARTHY @ TJ O’BRIEN’S. I’ll be playing all your favorite Classic & Contemporary Acoustic and Not-So-Acoustic Rock Hits! Free. 9 p.m.-midnight. Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. In the Pocket. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. Jazz-Pamela Hines/Jerry Sabatini/Dave Clark-Jazz. Jazz standards featuring trumpet with Jerry Sabatini, Pamela Hines on piano and Dave Clark on bass. 9 p.m.-midnight. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030 or Ron Robuccio Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. Auntie Trainwreck. Join Auntie Trainwreck for another return appearance at the Days End Tavern in Oxford on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014! We’ll be playing our own special blend of Classic Rock, Blues, Alt Rock and party favorites that you will want to dance to all night long, plus, you can try to win a copy of our AT Demo CD, Our AT DVD, or pick up an AT T-Shirt for only $10 while supplies last! No Cover, 21+. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006 or events/255102221325184. Dj Reckless. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Saturday Nights with DJ E-Class. DJ E-Class bringing the R & B remixes to get you out on the dance floor all night long! No cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597. DJ Music Master Matty D. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

>Sunday 4 Jazz Brunch. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. The “Bubbleheads”. The Bubbleheads come out of the gate “Rocking” today to raise as much as we can for this special cause! Always special guests! Only your generous contribution to the cause ! 2-6 p.m. Ralph’s Tavern, 113 Shrewsbury St. Blackstone Valley Community Chorus 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert. The BVCC invites you to join them as they



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celebrate 10 years of singing in the Blackstone Valley. The concert program includes the chorus’ favorite songs from a decade of performances including Danny Boy, Shenandoah, Over the Rainbow and Bridge Over Troubled Water. There will also be a raffle with donations from local businesses, artisans, and chorus members. Please join us for an afternoon of music that is sure to please the whole family! Free Admission, Donations Gratefully Accepted. 3-5 p.m. Uxbridge High School Auditorium, 300 Quaker Highway, Uxbridge. Student Recital. This recital showcases students-adult and youth-who have participated in the Fitchburg State Foundation/ Department of Humanities Music Lesson Program. 3-4:30 p.m. Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall (Conlon Music Room), 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or Tony Soul Sunday Jam @ Liz’s Diamond. The weather is great and we are back for our monthly Roadside Rockin Open Jam. Come and sing, play, dance, have a drink, some fine food, Free popcorn whatever. It’s a rock & roll party We provide a full PA, bass rig, drums. Guitarists bring your own amp, No Cover 3-7 p.m. Liz’s DiamondGrill, 1 Menfi Way, Hopedale. 508-478-0690 or Worcester Children’s Chorus Spring Concert. Join the Worcester Children’s Chorus for an afternoon of musical selections from classical to Broadway and Jazz. $10 Adults, $5 Seniors/ Children. 3-4 p.m. WPI: Alden Memorial, 100 Institute Road. 508767-7077. “Latin Rhythms” Symphony Pro Musica Concert. Symphony Pro Musica,the critically-acclaimed Central Massachusetts orchestra, closes its 31st season with “Latin Rhythms” featuring music of composers from Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. The concert opens with the “Prelude” to Villa- Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, delicate, tender and haunting music for strings that conveys remarkable depth and power. Anna DeLoi

com/profile.php?id=607748959308496. 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. OPEN MIC SUNDAYS AT SNOW’S RESTAURANT WITH BILL McCARTHY. 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. 7-10:30 p.m. Snow’s Restaurant & Pub, 321 West Boylston St. Junior Brown. The more than amazing Jamieson “Junior” Brown is an American country demon guitarist & singer. He’s released nine studio albums and has charted on the Billboard Country Singles chart. His signature instrument is the “guit-steel” double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar. Junior quickly became a local success in Austin, Texas, as the house band at

Worcester’s Pro Re Nata plays Club Oasis on Sunday, May 4 with special guest The Royal Twenties, American Verse, Callback Holly and Starlit Occasion. Show begins at 6 p.m. $5 Cover. London Billiards & Club Oasis, 70 James St., Worcester. Find the event on Facebook.

Lucky Dog KARAOKE with your host, Vegas magicman-hypnotist Paul Harter. Once Sunday a month, Paul will also be bringing his Vegas hypnotist show to the Lucky Dog stage! But, tonight is KARAOKE! DOORS at 8 p.m. Free. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J. End the weekend right with DJ Matty J, Karaoke, HD videos and old school jams. Early start at 8 p.m. come down for a little while or party all night! Patio open weather permitting! No cover charge. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597.

>Monday 5 Choral Arts Spring Gala Concert. Harmonic Velocity will perform; Dr. Marjorie Ness, director, with William Ness, accompanist. Jillian Bailey, student conductor, and Theo Demosthenes, assistant student conductor will lead Harmonic Velocity. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Fitchburg State University: Weston Auditorium, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or Open: Worcester. 21 plus. Open: Worcester is an open mic and open decks event at The Electric Haze every Monday night. Open Mic 8-10 p.m. Open Decks 10-1 Sign-up for slots starts at the venue at 8 and is first come first serve. House equipment for DJs: Pioneer DJM900NXS Mixer 2x CDJ 2000s 2x Technics 2000s All music welcome! Collaboration is encouraged! Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629 or electrichaze. Blue Monday - Live Blues. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Bop & Pop Jazz Organization. Classic Hammond Organ Quartet grooves every Monday night at the Dive. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight. Dive Bar, 34 Green St.

>Tuesday 6 makes her SPM debut as the soloist in Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, a challenging, rhythmic, and percussive piece that takes its inspiration in part from the Argentina malambo. Free for students grades 12 and under; advanced adult tickets $18 - $22. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mill Pond School Westborough, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough. 978562-0939 or The Eye of The Stoned Goat 4! 2 day Festival. 3:30 p.m.1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or Aprils Fools. 4-8 p.m. Rivalry’s Sports Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St. 774-243-1100. Joy of Music Piano Quintet Benefit Concert. Wendy Ardizzone, piano with Aaron Packard & Debby Greenebaum, violins, Regie Pineda, viola and Caroline Reiner-Williams, cello in a program of Schumann and more. Suggested Donation: $10; $7 students & seniors - Everyone welcome regardless of donation. 4-5:30 p.m. Joy of Music Program, Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Big Jon Short - solo acoustic country blues. Free. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. “Vinyl Siding” A group gathering for fans of VINYL, DJ’s and Turntables. Bring headphones and vinyl. Free. 6-9 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.

the Continental Club. Although the man plays such neotraditional country styles as honky-tonk, Western swing, etc., few of his performances will finish without some blues and Tex-Mex tunes playing as well as surf-rock instrumentals. $28 advance; $32 day of show. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 917-674-6181 or Funky Jazz Sundays. 21 plus. Doors at 6 p.m. Every first and third sunday free. 8 p.m.-midnight. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629. Karaoke with PJ. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750.

Silent Movie Pianist Richard Hughes. Silent movie pianist Richard Hughes takes us on a “trip into the past” when films flickered in black and white and people listened to the upright pianbo play the exciting “Mood Music.” This month’s feature is Harold Lloyd’s “Hot Water.” Free. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. TUESDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT @ GREENDALE’S PUB with Bill McCarthy LOCAL MUSICIANS SHOWCASE! 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. 508-853-1350 or 610855806788?ref=bookmark&__user=578549000. Open mic & karaoke with Key Performance. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. 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.

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508-753-9543. Hip Hop Tuesdays. Hosted by Ace of Blaze & Elijah Divine (Open) End of the night cypher. DJ Showcase (Rotating Turntablist) Resident Bboys (Top Rock) Rustic Justice Productions. 21+ $5 cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629. Karaoke. Karaoke by First Choice Entertainment, hosted by Curtis. 21+ only. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight. Loft 266 Bar & Lounge, 266 Park Ave. 774-696-4845.

>Wednesday 7 African Drums for All. Drumming is fun! Mike Rinker introduces participants to the djembe and the rhythms of West Africa. All abilities are welcome. Drums provided. Contact Mike by email to register. $15. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Beaman Memorial Public Library, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 508-835-3711. 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 or rk&__user=578549000. First Wednesdays at Vincent’s. Zack Slik plays Old-Time Back-Porch Music on banjo, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica. A foot stomping good time. Free. 8-11:59 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 8 p.m.-midnight. Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Karaoke. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Open Mic Night. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Prime Time Pub, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7727. 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. 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.


ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900 or adcmusic. com/Index.htm. Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-849-3300 or ArtsWorcester, Like It’s 1979, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 17. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Fre. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or Booklovers’ Gourmet, New Work by Karen Reid, Thursday Saturday. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.



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to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or Clark University: University Gallery, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 950 Main St. 508-793-7349 or 508-7937113 or Clark’s Cafe and Art On Rotation Gallery, Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Admission: Free for galler. 310 High St., Clinton. 978-549-5822 or 978-365-7772 or College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Alter-Ego: Senior Concentration Seminar Exhibition, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 23. 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 Dark World Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Animals Without Passports, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 4. 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 Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway,

Donations accepte. 62 High St., Clinton. 978-265-4345 or 978-5985000x12 or Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. highlandartistgroup. com. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or Museum of Russian Icons, Series of One Icon Exhibits, Through June 20; The Tsars’ Cabinet: 200 Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through May 24; Russian Ark: A Film by Alexander Sokurov, Saturday. 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. 978-5985000 or 978-598-5000x17 or Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-696-0909. Post Road Art Center, Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508485-2580 or Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508-754-8760 or Prints and Potter Gallery, American Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or Quinebaug Valley Council for Music On Main, a new community concert series featuring musicians and friends of the the Arts & Humanities, the Worcester Chamber Music Society in non-traditional neighborhood venues, continues Arts Center, Hours: 2-4 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at Straight Up Café at 5:30 p.m. The one-hour event will feature Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, performances by Peter Sulski, violin and viola; Ariana Falk, cello; Neighborhood 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Strings; and La Rondalla Folklorica de Worcester. The concert is free and open to Southbridge. 508-346-3341 or the public. Straight Up Cafe, 795 Main St., Worcester. Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: fre. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, closed 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-345-1157 or Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-753Fitchburg State University: Hammond Hall, VISIONS, 8278 or Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, through June SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow 30. 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to Taproot Bookstore, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, St. 508-770-1270 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or 456-3924 or Funky Stuff, 11am-7pm Tues-Sat. Bringing the funk to Worcester Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Fine Art, Jewelry, Clothing, Furniture, Antiques, and Collectables. We support local art, and we think you should too! 97C Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or tatnuck. com. Webster St., Worcester. 508-755-5463. The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St. 508-397-7139 or 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 The Sprinkler Factory, Reawakening: Color Returning to the a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission:

World - Opening Reception, Sunday. 38 Harlow St. sprinklerfactory. com. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978-297-4337 or Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors & $7 Youth, Free to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Worcester Art Museum, Carina Nebula: Michael Benson, Through June 22; WAM Talk with Lady Tara Morgan from Charmed in New England discussing “Beltane”, Thursday; You are here, Through Aug. 31; Zip Tour: Stained Glass of the Middle Ages, Saturday; Public Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 28; U-student Wednesdays Free admission to WAM educational institutional members, Wednesdays, Oct. 2 - Dec. 31. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, Free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Center for Crafts, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, Alden Family Gallery, Through Dec. 31, 2015; In Their Shirtsleeves, Through Dec. 31, 2015; Stories They Tell, Through Dec. 31, 2015; Worcester Treasures, Through Oct. 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or Worcester Public Library, Hours: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-7991655 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, 100 Institute Road.

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape. Fri & Sat May 2nd & 3rd Mike Koutrobis Dennis Fogg and Kyron Hobdy. Fridays & Saturdays. Showtimes: Friday 9 p.m.-Saturdays 8 p.m. -$20pp. Prices: $20 Fri/Sat pp except Special Events. Drinks and Appetizers available in the show room. Full Dinner Available before Show in Restaurant. $5 off with College ID and Reservations, 2 for 1 Active Military or Veterans and Reservations $4 off with Dinner Receipt and Reservations. Make Reservations Early at 800-401-2221 or online at Sunday Night Cinemageddon! Every Sunday Night in the Diner! - Sundays, Sunday, May 13 - Wednesday, December 31. Facebook: Ralphs Diner Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. Call 508-753-9543 or ralphs.diner. Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari - Saturdays. Free parking. Full menu before or during show. $20 Per Ticket. 8-9:45 p.m. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 774-452-1131 or visit StageTime Comedy Club - Saturdays. StageTime Comedy Club has some of the area’s up and coming comedians every Saturday @ 9 p.m. $10. 9-11 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. Call 508-826-8496 or visit Stage Time Comedy Show - Saturdays. 9:30-10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. Call 508-926-8353. Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s As You Like It - Thursday

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Upload your listings at Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. May 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday May 3 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday May 4 at 2 p.m. (with post-show discussion). Perfect timing for a long-awaited Spring, Actors - Shakespeare Project (ASP) presents what is easily one of Shakespeare’s most engaging comedies As You Like It thru May 18. We are thrilled to conclude our 10th Anniversary season with As You Like It, a delightful exploration of love, exile, and reunion,” says Artistic Director Allyn Burrow. Burrows adds “In celebrating the human spirit with this production we’re very pleased to find ourselves nestled into Medford Square in the shadow of the Fells, Boston’s own Forest of Arden. On one level it is a delightful confection. On a deeper level, it is a journey of discovery, in which the characters gain knowledge of themselves and the world. When Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, they are unable to act on their feelings. Forced to flee for their lives into the Forest of Arden, they find themselves entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. Together they, and a host of other itinerants roam about this utopian society, Free from the enmity at home, seeking romantic fulfillment. The Springstep Building, 98 George P Hassett Drive, Medford., Medford. Call 617-834-6021 or visit Rocky Horror Picture Show - Fridays, Saturdays, Friday, April 25 - Sunday, May 11. $17-$20. Fri. & Sat. 8-10:30 p.m. Sun, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave. Call 508753-4383. 2014-15 Broadway Preview Party - Thursday, May 1. Enjoy this Free event filled with fun, food and festivities while previewing next season’s Broadway tours. Learn more about exclusive incentives for subscribers and dinner/theatre/hotel packages. Plus, you’ll be the first to learn about the new and exciting Red Carpet Reporter

Contest with WCRN AM830, which is your ticket to the hottest shows coming next season. Enjoy food and beverage samples from Caffe Espresso Trattoria, Ceres Bistro, Flying Rhino, Leo’s Ristorante, Pepper’s Fine Catering, Struck Catering, Theatre Cafe, CocoBeni Confections, Julio’s Liquors, and Polar Beverages. Free. 5-7 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877571-7469 or visit Luma: Art in Darkness - Friday, May 2. LUMA plunges the audience into a darkened space where a tapestry of illuminated illusions fills the stage. With high and low technology, the work of shadowed performers utilize brilliant images of color and motion onto the back of the eye, playing upon the persistence of vision that comes with the interplay of shadow & light. The show has been seen in 15 countries and taps into the universal draw that all living things have towards light. Combining rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, physics and experimental methods LUMA is a singular experience that mesmerizes and mystifies, leaving audiences full of wonder, slack jawed and goggle-eyed. Full price tickets are $22 and $32, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 10 or more, corporate partners and WOO Card holders. Kids and students are 50% off. 7-8:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-5717469 or visit A Live Comedy Fundraiser for Vietnam Vets for the Community - Friday, May 2. Vietnam Veterans for the Community Present. A LIVE Comedy Fundraiser to Honor those who Served! Headliner: Jim Colliton (Comedy Central) Featuring: Jody Sloane, Terry Sachs Host: Adam Webster (98.9 WORC, 100FM ‘The Pike’) $20. 8-9:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, Lounge, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit


{ listings} Auditions for 42nd Street - Saturday, May 3 - Sunday, May 4. Auditions for this Broadway classic will be held on Saturday May 3 at 1 p.m. and Sunday the 4th at 6pm If you are an advanced tap dancer and would like to be a part of the tap ensemble only Auditions will take place on Sunday the 4th at 3pm. 1-3 p.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holy Name High School, Auditorium, 144 Granite St. Call 774-239-1438. Hair - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Tuesday, May 6 - Wednesday, May 7. HAIR - a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through the tumultuous 1960s America! This exuberant musical about searching for truth, peace and love in Vietnam War-era America continues to strike a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. The themes and struggles in HAIR seem as vital and relevant today. Hair tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. They struggle to balance their lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. The musical’s profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and nude scene caused much comment and controversy when it arrived on Broadway. Full price tickets are $62, $52, $42 and $32, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 10 or more, corporate partners, kids, students and WOO Card holders. 7:30-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit


>Thursday 1 Crowdfunding For Business Capital. Are you looking for alternative financing for your start up? Come to this informative program on the hottest new way to get capital to start your business: crowdfunding. Walk away from this class understanding: What is crowdfunding and what are the advantages and limitations The difference online crowdsourcing platforms are available Which online platform makes sense for your unique business idea. The fundamental differences between what is fundable and what is not. Contact: Leah Callahan, CWE 508-453-9209 $40/2-hour class. 6-8 p.m. Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, 110 Church St., Whitinsville. 508-234-9090. Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet for Older Adults. Session 1: Introduction to the National Library of Medicine Medline Plus website. Session 2: How to find information on drugs and supplements on MedlinePlus. Session 3: Fight health scams by learning how to recognize and locate reliable health information web sites. Basic computer proficiency is recommended. Please pre-register at under the date on the calendar. Free. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Computer Lab Third Floor, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1701.


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Upload your listings at Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. Create your own glass flower ornament for Dad with a range of colors provided for you. There will be plenty of templates and ideas for designs or you can bring your own. You’ll learn about the basics of cutting and shaping glass for fusing, make 1-2 ornaments which you’ll leave at the end of class for firing, and your finished creations will be ready for you a few days after the class. No experience necessary, all materials included. $50. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or worcestercraftcenter. org. Friday Night Fun: Flameworked Flowers for Mom. Create wonderful glass flowers in the flameshop using a bench torch and borosilicate (Pyrex) colored or clear glass tubing . We will make tulips, calla lilies, or abstract flowers from your ideas. All levels are welcome and will be able to complete projects during this workshop. Finished flowers will anneal overnight and will need to be picked up. Please wear natural fibers, closed toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. The class takes place at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio, 35B New Street, Worcester, MA 01605. $70. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-7538183 or

>Saturday 3 Horizons for Homeless Children Volunteer Training. Did you know that 1 in every 50 children in the U.S will go to sleep without a home this year? Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking fun-loving, dependable people to interact and play with children living in family homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters throughout Central Massachusetts. A commitment of 2 hours a week is required for at least 6 months. Day and evening hours are available. Trainings are held regularly and are listed on our website. Our next training in the Central Region is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 in the Worcester area. For more information about the program, or to register for training, please visit, email us at central@ or contact our office directly at 508-755-2615. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Horizons for Homeless Children, 237 Millbury St. 508-755-2615 or Make Your Own Beer Stein. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing in this fun one night course. In one evening you will learn about the history and process behind creating beautiful blown glass creations at the New Street Glass Studio. After safety and studio etiquette are discussed, students will watch a brief demonstration of this 2,000 year old art before diving in and making their very own Beer Stein from glass gathered out of a 2,100-degree furnace. Students will be guided through the steps from gathering, to blowing the bubble, to shaping a cylinder, and adding a handle. No experience necessary, all materials are included. $80. 6:309:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or Production Class. Please tell us that you learned about this course through Social Web. Also, if you tell someone else about it, please ask them to tell us that they learned about it through Social Web. We are trying to gauge whether Social Web is a good way to promote the course. $50 for both course and membership combined. This includes $35 for the course and $15 for membership. 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Worcester Community Cable Access (WCCA TV - Channel 13), 415 Main St. 508-755-1880 or

>Monday 5 Discovering Nature as a Preschooler - Spring 2014 Monday Session II - Class 4 of 6. This six-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week brings a new focus, but

we’ll always begin indoors with games, activities, or crafts, and then explore the great outdoors on Broad Meadow Brook’s clearly marked trails. This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn about nature and meet other children, in a safe, caring environment. Monday session. For ages 4 to 5. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087. $100 Mass Audubon Child Members, $125 Child Non-members. 9:30 a.m.-noon Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or The Free Advertising of Facebook. 71% of Internet users are on Facebook. Social Media is a key piece of your marketing arsenal. This hands-on workshop will give you a solid understanding of Facebook and how to position yourself and your business. 40. 10 a.m.-noon Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Central Massachusetts, 2nd Floor, 50 Elm St. 508-363-2300 or eventbrite. com/e/social-media-frenzy-tickets-10871883095. Re-shape is a low impact and slow motion boot camp. Come and re-shape your body from head to toe. Watch your body transform while having fun with low impact exercises. You will sculpt your body without getting hurt. This class includes easy and effective exercises to strengthen your core, re-shape your waistline and tone abs, legs, arms, and gluts. Have fun and learn some routines to do at home on your own. Just bring water and a yoga mat. $ 70/ 7 week session or $60 if you sign up with a friend each. 6-7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Hall, 125 Holden St. 508-208-4743. Yoga Power register by May 4. Starts May 5. This class is a flowing blend of powerful and graceful Yoga poses. You will attain the following benefits: Increase your fitness level and flexibility, relieve stress, lowering blood pressure, creating a sense of balance and wellbeing, Challenge yourself and find your fitness potential. This class will allow you to gain a new you; transforming your body, mind and spirit. Because we are meant to live our lives to the fullest! Inspire and motivate yourself to reach new heights. Stretch, release stress and tone your entire body. Please bring a Yoga mat. 7wk session: $70 or sign up with a friend for $60 each. 7:05-8:05 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 125 Holden St. 508-208-4743.

>Tuesday 6 Fat Tuesday Paint Party. All supplies included. No experience required. Tickets on sale act now, online at or at the Canal Restaurant & Bar. $35. 7-9 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St. 508-926-8353.

>Wednesday 7 Yoga By Nature. Instructor: Lynsey Smith For beginner and experienced yogis - practice gentle to moderate flow yoga. Classes will take place outside in good weather. Member: $10, Non-member: $17. 6-7:15 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124 or Qigong Tai Chi. Instructor: Rose Lee In this 6 week series you will begin with Qigong warm ups and then progress into Tai Chi movements; learn proper breathing and meditation techniques. Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves one’s mental and physical health. Tai Chi is a sequence of fluid movements using the principles of qigong movements to reduce stress, relieve arthritis pan, increase endurance and mobility. Member: $60., Non-member: $100. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124 or

lectures >Thursday 1 Fitchburg State presents lecture on Armenian Genocide. A recognized expert on the Armenian Genocide will

discuss that dark chapter in history in a lecture at Fitchburg State University. Taner Akcam, the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephan and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, will make his presentation on the eve of the centennial of World War I. Akcam is an internationally recognized human rights activist and was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to recognize and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. 3:30-5 p.m. Fitchburg State University: Hammond Hall, Room G01, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg.

>Sunday 4 Wild Vietnam - Leeches, Vipers, Bat Boys and Gesneriads. Presenter: Stephen Maciejewski, Liberty Bell Chapter, Gesneriad Society, Philadelphia Maciejewski is co-founder of The Gesneriad Conservation Center of China. He has made many interesting trips exploring for gesneriads around the world. Come and hear about his experiences in Vietnam. Included with admission: $12 adult, $9 senior. 1-2 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124.

>Monday 5 Fighting Words: Rights vs Welfare. Who Really Cares? Speaker: Speaker: Jayne Mackta, President, Global Research Education & Training; Publisher, “The Enrichment Record”; Past President, New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research. Part of the Spring 2014 Animal Matters Seminar Series presented by the Center for Animals and Public Policy with the American Society for Lab Animal Practitioners. In academe, the general community and cyberspace, people are talking about the role and place of animals in society. Sadly, battle lines have been drawn, making it a struggle to engage in a civil discussion about this complex topic without taking sides. A keen observer of human nature and long-time research advocate, our speaker will describe her personal war on words that obfuscate one of the defining issues of our time. Free. noon-1 p.m. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Varis Lecture Hall (entrance on Jumbo’s Path, behind the Large Animal Hospital), 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton. 508-839-5302 or vet. OSV Overseers’ Distinguished Speaker Series: Nathaniel Philbrick. Award-winning historical non-fiction writer, Nathaniel Philbrick will make a special appearance at Old Sturbridge Village as part of the Overseers Distinguished Speaker Series to discuss his latest book, Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution. The book tells the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill - the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. Signed copies of Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution are available by pre-order when you purchase tickets online. $15 per person ($13 for OSV Members). 7-9:30 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800733-1830 or

fairs/ festivals >Friday 2 Worcester Public Schools Arts Festival Opening Day. Concerts and Arts demonstrations offered from 10 AM-2PM. Opening ceremonies and Outstanding Senior in the Arts awards at noon. Try your hand at some art making, watch a show and tour the exhibit. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe and Banks Rooms, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655. SpringFEST. This year’s SpringFest Celebration takes place Friday-Sunday, May 2-4. Join us for this incredible weekend of savings when you shop our Tent Sale! Tent Sale Hours: Fri. 12


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>Saturday 3 Free Comic Book Day 2014! “Free Comic Book Day” at That’s Entertainment to feature comic artists in-store, Free comic books and sketches. Attendees will be able to choose up to five comics that especially catch their interest from an array of options. Even a person who has not picked up a comic book since 1950 can catch up with an old familiar friend or two! The presence of comic book creators in the store adds a special element for fans. Creators are scheduled to be in the store from noon to 5 p.m. (though the Free comics will be available from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.) Free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. That’s Entertainment, 244 Park Ave. 508-755-4207 or thatse. com. May Day Festival 2014. A day of family fun in celebration of Spring! Live music and dancing with Riverbend & Friends, Arts & Crafts Faire, May Pole Dancing, May Queen Pageant, Traditional Food by Metro Bistro, Beer & Wine Garden featuring Kretchmann Brewery (Webster) & Rapscallion Brewery (Sturbridge), Textile Exhibition by Shelia Rae Lutz, Free puppet show “Search for the Unicorn” by Rosalita’s Puppet Theater, roving fiddlers and much more! Free. Noon-6 p.m. Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Arts Center, 111 Main St., Southbridge. 774-262-2994 or qvcah. org/may-day-festival-2014. Greendale Physical Therapy Open House. This brand new space is newly constructed specifically for the needs of Greendale Physical Therapy, resulting in a more comfortable experience with more room for clients to perform exercises. This special event is a way for Greendale Physical Therapy to say Thank You to clients, friends, the community and health care partners in their support during this transition. The special event will feature fun games and prizes, refreshments, tours of the clinic, and an opportunity for the community to meet the Greendale Physical Therapy team. Special guest Hank Stolz, television personality and radio personality of WCRN will be broadcasting live from the event from 2-3 p.m. and children will have the opportunity to snap a picture with Worcester Sharks mascot Finz, who will also be in attendance! Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greendale Physical Therapy, 120 Gold Star Boulevard. 508459-5000 or Two Nations Powwow. This is the 17th annual Two Nations Powwow. A powwow is a Native American style cultural festival. At our event you’ll be able to experience everything from native music, drumming, dancing, regalia, tipi’s, storytelling, arts & crafts vendors, food, cultural activities and teachings, and much, much more. We invite everyone to come out and help us celebrate our heritage and share in experiencing native culture and community. You’ll have a great time enjoying nature while getting a little taste of how things use to be; as well as how we live in our traditions now. This is a family friendly event that is open to the public. Entry into the Powwow is Free, but there is a $5 fee to park at the sportsman’s club. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Auburn Sportsmam’s Club, 50 Elm St., Auburn. 508-791-3770.

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Painting Unlimited Services, Inc. Skilled, Reliable, Reasonable. Meticulous prep & workmanship. Int.& Ext. Painting/Staining. Power-washing. Gutters. Rotted Trim Replacement. Free Estimates. Fully Insured. HIC #163882 Call: 508-340-8707

Wachusett Wildlife Services Professional Problem Animal Control Licensed to Control An Extensive List of Problem Animals: Raccoon, Beaver, Squirrels, Skunk, etc. Lic/Ins. 774-364-4621

Snyder Pools In-ground Pools. Above-ground Pools. Spas/Hot Tubs. Renovations. Retail Store. Service. 50 Narrows Rd. Westminster, MA 978-8742333

Lee Skoglund Services 10, 15, 20-yard container service. Yard & building materials. Office equipment & materials. Attics, cellars & estates cleaned, guaranteed by your closing date! Free estimates. Lee Skoglund 508-757-4209


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Century Pools, Inc. Liner Replacements, Inground Pool Installations & Service. Concrete Decks, Openings, Closings. Family owned & operated since 1975. Westminster / Sterling 978-758-1783 or 978-422-6991 J.C. Pools Call NOW to schedule your installation! Service, Chemicals & Supplies. In-ground & Above ground. 508-882-3913 978-355-6465

Mark R. O’Donnell, Inc. Roofing Experts Licensed & Insured Residential, Commercial & Industrial Specialize in Shingle, Flat Rubber & Metal Roofs Prices as Low as $2 per Square Foot! Free Estimates 978-534-3307 O’Brien Home Services 24 Years Experience Fully Licensed and Insured. *Shingles *Rubber roofing, New and repairs. Best Prices 508-829-9675

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Carney & Sons Landscape/Construction Holden, MA 508-829-4310 Lawn Installations, Hydroseeding, Loam/Gravel/Mulch, Patios & Walks. Delivery & Spreading. Retaining Walls. Plantings. Sprinkler Systems.

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Fuller RV Sales & Rentals 150 Shrewsbury St., Boylston 1-800-338-2578 Celebrating 30 Years in Business LANDSCAPING & LAWN MAINTENANCE


Better Yards & Gardens Seasonal Clean-ups, Lawn Care, Mulching, Planting, Pruning, Garden and Bed Design & Installation (high yield, low maintenance, sustainable alternativesour specialty.) Quality, Reliable Work. Fully Ins., Free Estimates 508-641-5687

Dave’s Tree & Landscaping Enhancing the view from your home. Call for consultation & free estimate. (508)829-6803.

Burnham Maintenance Spring Clean-ups. Lawn Maintenance. Shrub Pruning. Bark Mulch, Screened Loam & Compost. Patios & Walkways. Fertilization Programs. Deliveries Available. Please call 508-829-3809

Gass Hopper Yard Grooming Complete Commercial & Residential Yard Maintenance. Lic/Ins Since 1996 978-928-1125 Inside-Out Garden Design Mowing, Garden Maintenance, Soil Testing, Ornamental Tree/ Shrub Pruning, Landscape Design/Installation. NOFA Accredited Organic Care. $50.00 Off Spring Cleanup with this ad. 508-335-3702


FOSTER PARENTS WANTED Seeking families throughout Central Massachusetts who are interested in improving a child’s life. Call to inquire about our upcoming foster parent training. $1,000 BONUS

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PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE ANYTIME, 24/7. (Excludes free ads, legals & Service Directory ads) LANDSCAPING & LAWN MAINTENANCE Jack Longone Landscape Contractor Spring Clean up, Weekly lawn care. Quality & Reliable Service. Fully Ins. 508-826-2338 Le’s Professional Landscaping Commercial & residential. Spring & Fall clean ups, complete lawn maintenance, aerating, thatching, sprinkler systems, rock gardens, decks, fences, steps, lighting. FREE estimates. We do it all. All work guaranteed. 508-865-4248 McCauley Lawn Care Cleanups, Maintenance, Mulches, Plantings, Pruning/ Trimming and more! 774-364-7267 Monette Landscaping & Construction, Inc. Specializing in Hardscape Installation. Retaining Walls, Stone, Interlocking Block & Timber Patios and Walkways, Brick & Stone Pavers. Landscape Design. Lawn Maintenance. Serving Central Mass for more than 50 years. 508-885-2579 www.monette


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POSITION AVAILABLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Millbury Housing Authority is seeking a qualified housing professional to be responsible for 210 units of State-aided Public Housing, including 146 conventional elderly/handicapped units, 23 congregate units, 38 family units and three units under the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. Minimum requirements include: at least four years’ experience in public or private housing or a closely related field; knowledge of the principles and practices of housing management, finances and maintenance systems in public or private housing; at least one year’s experience overseeing three or more staff persons; excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of laws regulating State housing programs; experience working with people of various socio-economic backgrounds; the ability to earn certification as a public housing manager from a HUD approved organization or certification as a Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator (MPHA) from a DHCD approved certification program within one year of hire. Excellent computer skills are required. A bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two years of experience. The executive director is the chief administrator of the housing authority with the responsibility of planning, administering, directing, supervising and coordinating all phases of the Authority’s operations including maintenance, accounting, security and tenant relations. Salary range is $46,300 to $52,000 commensurate with experience and qualification. Minimum hours per week - 37 ½ between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Resumes from qualified individuals will be accepted until 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 30, 2014. and should be addressed to Ms. Barbara Blavackas, Chairman, Millbury Housing Authority, 89 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527. Please mark envelope RESUME. Late resumes will not be accepted. The Millbury Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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73 Antique Furniture Armoire c.1930, Drop leaf table, Duncan Fyfe Chest - $2000 or BO 508752-2933

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Cast Iron Claw Foot Tub 5ft by 30 inch by 16 inch deep. $80.00 or BO. 978-464-2347

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Furniture for sale Pair of soft blue loveseats. Excellent condition. Formal - fleur de lis cut into fabric. $350. Lovely cream colored oriental rug with blue trim and soft rose flowers. 8 X 10 - like new condition $650. Hutch, french provincial style. Dark mocha wood. 43 inches wide. $250. Call Amy at 508 751-2952.

Worcester Catalpa Circle Spacious 2 BR Townhouse $1150 508-852-6001

REAL ESTATE APARTMENT FOR RENT Millbury, 2 bedroom $895, newly renovated includes hot water. Off street parking, on site laundry. 1st and second, 508-839-5775 call for bonus!

CONDOMINIUM FOR RENT 2BR condo Holden Ctr 1/2 price rent for May $750! 6 mo lease $1550 incl heat/hw, open floorplan, 1.5ba, w/d in unit, parking, 781-812-7787

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

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

AUTOS 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Sedan. 79k miles. Grey exterior and interior. $6500.00 or B/O 774-242-2370 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6 cylinder gas. Very good cond. Runs exc. $3500.00 195k miles. Located in Sutton, MA 774-287-0777 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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CLASS IT UP! Living the Classifieds’ Lifestyle! I usually try and focus on the positive, but there are those times where I feel the need to dwell a bit in the negative. Disappointments and frustrations can make an appearance and I have to deal with it. I sometimes admire those who can be in denial, but I do know that eventually everyone has to deal with an issue. Daily we hear of tragedies and my heart goes out to those who go through hard times. And sometimes it’s the small things that can add up to make a stressful situation. How do you cope with this stuff? Over the years I have learned to try and take a step back, take a deep breath and look at the big picture. I do have to remind myself of this though, but it does help when I can remember it. Fortunately, there are those in the service industry who can help with all types of issues. And we have many, right here in this section. Do you need a nice massage or help with preparing for a job interview? Rental of a nice RV for a fun getaway or help dealing with an untrained dog? Etc. etc, etc. We are so lucky to have qualified service providers who can help and solve many of our daily issues. What do you need assistance with? Please do call one of our advertisers and please do let them know you saw them here. Always grateful…

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

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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 24 ft Light Weight 2004 Terry Dakota Travel Trailer Sleeps 7, bunk beds & full bed, 16ft awning, A/C, Central heat, microwave & 3 burner stove. Dual powered fridge/freezer. Loads of storage, outdoor shower. 2 batteries, travel septic. Like new. $8,500.00 508-579-6622 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 JUNK CARS We Buy and PICK UP Your junk or wrecked cars or trucks. We Sell New and Used Parts. Airport Auto Parts, Inc. 56 Crawford St. Leominster, MA 01453 978-534-3137 PARTS & ACCESSORIES Wheelchair Lift for Handicap Van Excellent condition. Can demonstrate. $1600.00 or B/O 978-840-2662



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77 LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Roofing Contractors for the Replacement of Canopies at Housing for the Worcester Housing Authority in Worcester, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Nault Architects, Inc.. The Project consists of: Repairs to existing exterior canopies ranging from stripping/reroofing to complete reframing and reconstruction. The work is estimated to cost: Base Bid $46,100.00 Alternate $52,600.00 Total $98,700.00 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 Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 2PM 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 on Wednesday April 30, 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 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 Friday May 9, 2014. Contractors should meet at the Worcester Housing Authority Modernization Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 For an appointment call John Sullivan at 508-635-3313. The Contract Documents may be obtained by electronic media at: Project Dog 978 499-9014 MHC/Joseph Merrit & Co. 781 430-2008 iSQFT 800 364-2059 TOWN OF MILLBURY PLANNING BOARD PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 41, Section 81W of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., in the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, to consider a modification of the definitive plan approval, specifically to extend the construction deadline for completion of the road and associated infrastructure for the two lot optional residential compound subdivision, entitled “Vassar Estates, Definitive Subdivision Plan, Grafton Street, Town of Millbury, Massachusetts, dated January 9, 2008, revised March 10, 2008, prepared by Land Planning, Inc., 214 Worcester Street, Grafton, MA”, and in accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, to consider an extension of time for a Multifamily/Site Plan Special Permit, granted by the Planning Board on October 20, 2008, under Article 1, Section 14.11 (a) and Article 1, Section 14.11 (l) of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw. Anyone wishing to be heard on this application for an extension of time should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 4/24, 5/1/2014MS



WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY MODERNIZATION/NEW DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RE-BID WATERPROOFING, DAMP-PROOFING & CAULKING INVITATION FOR SUB-BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority will receive sealed Waterproofing, Damp-proofing & Caulking sub-bids for GREAT BROOK VALLEY PHASE 1 SITE & LANDSCAPE RENOVATIONS until 10:00 a.m. on May 7, 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 $66,500 Base Bid, #22,500 Add Alternate #1 and $22,750 Add Alternate #2 All bids must conform with provisions of Mass. General Law (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 149, Section 44A to 44L inclusive and the Instruction to Bidders. Copies of the contract documents prepared by BSC Group may be obtained after 9:00 am, Wednesday April 23, 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 Sub-Bidders in the amount of 5% of the sub-bid price. 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 Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM, 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 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 4/24, 5/1/2014WM

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NOTICE OF EXECUTOR/ ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT Docket No. WO13P3207EA Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 To all persons interested in the estate of: In the matter of: Theresa M Dumas Late of: Worcester, MA 01606 You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the First, and Final account(s) of William R Bloom as Executor/trix of said estate has/have been presented to the Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said court at Worcester on or before the 05/13/2014, the return day of the citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty (30) days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. Witness, Hon. Denise L Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 17, 2014 Stephen G Abraham Register of Probate 05/01/2014WM TOWN OF MILLBURY CONSERVATION COMMISION The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from James Simmler and John Hall for demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of a new dwelling at 112 MacArthur Drive. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman 5/1/2014 MS

Public Hearing Worcester Housing Authority The Worcester Housing Authority will be holding a Public Hearing on May 6, 2014 @ 1:30 P.M. at 40 Belmont Street in the Community Room to review and solicit comments on the Authority’s FY 2014 Capital Fund Program. A review of the proposed Modernization activities will be conducted. Interest parties are invited to attend at which time the FY 2014 plan will be distributed. Sincerely; Craig S. Leslie, Deputy Director of Facilities Management/Planning 5/1/2014 WM

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Gilbert Gottfried To some people, Gilbert Gottfried is “that guy with the annoying voice.” To others, he is “Gilbert who?” Until you imitate the Aflac duck or mention the movie “Aladdin.” Then they might say, “Oh, yeah! I’ve heard him.” What they may not know is that Gottfried is probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever talk to. Oh, and that “annoying voice?” He does not really talk like that. He is not exactly soft-spoken, but the 59-year-old Gottfried, who lives in New York, is polite, gracious and selfdeprecating when talking to a reporter. Unlike some celebrities, he does not complain that an interview is running too long. He does not bristle when asked to talk about sensitive issues, like being fired in 2011 as the voice of the Aflac duck because of jokes he made in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. He does not mind talking about his rather forgetful year on “Saturday Night Live.” And if you tell him you’re a big fan, you honestly believe his humility when he says, “Oh, thank you very much.” Gottfried, who brought his voice and comedic talents to Auburn on Saturday night, April 26 for a set at Halligan’s Comedy Club, got started as a comedian when he was 15. A stand-up comic at heart, he became best known for that voice, bringing to brilliantly funny life such unforgettable pop culture icons as Iago, the parrot in “Aladdin,” and, of course, the Aflac duck. Gottfried is gut-busting funny, and very, very off-color. Perhaps you’ve seen “The Aristocrats,” an obscene joke done by several comedians in a 2005 documentary. Worcester Magazine spoke by phone with Gottfried, a conversation during which he touched on being fired, bombing on stage and how, apparently, incest and bestiality are acceptable comic targets, but terrorism is not.

One of the first questions people will ask after this interview is, ‘What does he sound like in real life?’” Tell us about the voice. In real life, I sound like Bing Crosby. I sit with my family around the fireplace and do Christmas specials. I don’t know where my whole delivery came from. Over the years, you wake up one day and say, “I’ve been talking with this style a while.” To me, it’s like asking anyone walking down the street drinking a cup of coffee, why they walk that way while drinking a cup of coffee.

What are you at liberty to talk about as far as losing the role of the Aflac duck? It’s one of those things, it was the kind of joke I’ve been doing for years now. There is one kind of tragic event and you make a joke about it. I made the first 9/11 joke. It’s kind of like the scene in “Casablanca” when (Capt. Renault) walks in and says, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” It felt like a convenient time for them to fire me. They fired me, hired a guy who imitated me and then closed the chapter on a tragedy.

Were you blindsided by it? Yeah, I felt that

I was blindsided. It’s kind of like eating Corn Flakes for breakfast every day and one day all hell breaks loose in your Corn Flakes.

How did you find out you were fired? I found out from the Internet. It wasn’t a call. I looked online and I see all these titles saying I was fired. I said, “Well, the Internet is sometimes right.” They just said, “You’re out.” There was no, “Why don’t you say you’re sorry?” Would you have said sorry? It’s funny. At the time, I had all these agents advising me to put out an apology, so I posted a standard apology. I always felt like it was ridiculous to apologize. Comedians joke about a lot of stuff. George Carlin once did a bit on rape. Is there a topic Gilbert Gottfried will not touch? Not usually. It seems like everything is open for comedy. Tragedy and comedy are cohorts. Wherever tragedy is, comedy is standing right behind her. Carlin once said it’s a comedian’s job to find out what the line is you shouldn’t cross and then cross right over it.

Some folks may not remember that you did a stint for one year on Saturday Night Live. Memorable or unmemorable? It was a weird time to be on. Number one, it was right after the original cast left. Now the cast changes in between commercials breaks. Back then, it would be like if in the middle of the Beatles’ career you said we’re replacing the Beatles with these four other guys. Things got so bad between me and the writers, at one point they wrote a sketch about a funeral and I was a dead body.

There is a YouTube video of you reading a passage from “50 Shades of Grey” and it is hysterical. How did that come about? I was called to do that. It was just to read passages from the book. You see what an awfully-written book it is. No man would go near that and get anything out of it. Women could sit in public and read that whole thing, which is like porn. But if a man was reading an article of “Playboy”? It would be like he was a pervert.

Do comedians find themselves funny? Not that much. Like the worst thing to a comedian is hearing their own bits. The longer I’m a comedian, the harder it is to laugh at other comedians’ stuff.

Is there one comedian you would not change a thing about? Oh, sure. George Carlin would probably be one. Jack Benny.

Before Aflac, you were probably best known for Iago the parrot in “Aladdin.” Is it frustrating when an actor is pegged in a certain role? When I hear people complain, like Sean Connery complained that people wanted to keep him on as James Bond, or a black actor complaining, “They’re only hiring me as a gangster,” or a female actress complaining, “They’re only hiring me to be the sexy girl.” Shut up. Hey, I’ll be the sexy girl. And I’ve got a surprisingly curvaceous body.

When you do voice-overs for a movie, do you meet the other actors? It’s so funny. I’ll hear stories about, “When Gilbert and Robin Williams were alone in the studio (while filming “Aladdin”) they were going crazy.” I didn’t run into him once, never once during “Aladdin.” I mean, I knew him from the comedy clubs. The actors who did Aladdin and Jasmine, I didn’t meet them until the premiere.

real insanity, like with Jonathan Winters. He was insanely funny, but also I think certifiably insane. Cheech Marin once said he saw Jonathan Winters in a supermarket, just walking up and down an aisle muttering to himself. He walked up to him and said, “Jonathan, you probably should buy something.”

What are you doing now? I’m doing a lot of clubs. They call me in still for voice-overs. I did this “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” thing where I did the voice of some villain whose name I can’t pronounce. I’m working on getting a podcast together, even though I don’t really know what a podcast is all about.

Have you ever bombed on stage? Oh, constantly. That’s a weird feeling when you’re up there and there are times when you’re bombing, it’s the difference between a good date and a bad date. On a good date, you feel like five minutes went by and you realize you’ve been talking for five hours. And on a bad date, you think you’ve been there for five hours and only five minutes have gone by.

Does it still happen? Not as much now. I remember the whole “Aristocrats” thing. I did a joke on Sept. 11 just a couple days after it happened. The audience was booing. Some guy yelled, “Too soon!” I thought he meant I hadn’t waited long enough between the joke and the punch line. I felt I was up there for 22 years. Then I go into the “Aristocrats” joke and they’re all laughing. Apparently, joking about a terrorist is not cool, but incest and bestiality are just fine.

Is Robin Williams insane or insanely funny? I guess probably both. There’s usually

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