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December 5 - 11, 2013 ■ Volume 39, Number 14

Optimism high, opportunity seen as change hits City Hall Walter Bird Jr.


ime will tell whether the winds of change blowing through City Hall at breakneck speed are good for Worcester. Several longtime and widely-respected city officials are handing in their keys and heading for new (greener?) pastures. Among the most notable is one of the more recent names added to that list: City Manager Mike O’Brien. But there are others: Chief Economic Development Officer Tim McGourthy. Public Works and Parks Commissioner Bob Moylan. City Auditor Jim DelSignore. Some have already gone, like City Planner Joel Fontane, whose position remains unfilled. “We are,” says At-Large City Councilor Konnie Lukes, “at a significant crossroads in the city’s history, what’s happening right now.” While it may not qualify as chaos, the sizable loss of key personnel from city government – and the areas where the loss is occurring – could cause some to at least question Worcester’s immediate future. The loss of so much institutional knowledge and the energy brought to the job by the likes of O’Brien could cause unrest among the ranks. At times like this, it can take an eternal optimist to look past the storm to see calm waters. “I think change is good,” says no less an optimist than Mayor Joe Petty. “The garbage will be picked up, the streets will be plowed,

to approve the hiring of former state Sen. Ed Augustus to a short-term contract as city manager. “We’ll keep the progress going,” Petty says. McGourthy agrees – and echoes the mayor’s refrain about change being a good thing. He does not find himself irreplaceable – In February, McGourthy will take over at the Research Bureau – and believes Worcester is well-positioned to build on Ed Augustus the momentum of projects like CitySquare. “I think change is always good for an organization to tackle issues in new ways,” McGourthy says. In this case, that organization is a half-billiondollar-a-year business that has benefited from having the right people in key positions. “A new city manager and chief economic development officer will build upon what we’ve done. I think we’ve laid a strong foundation for growth.” District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou believes that foundation is strong enough to sustain the city through tumultuous times. “I will credit the city manager and his departments heads,” Economou says. “I believe a

the lights will be turned on, and police and fire will respond.” Actually, says Petty, the goal is not just to maintain, but to increase the progress and services provided to New England’s second largest city. For the time being, anyway, he has put his eggs in one basket, having successfully lobbied his council colleagues STEVEN KING


Worcester native Matthew Wade (pictured) announces he will appear with American Idol’s Chris Daughtry at the WXLO Christmas concert. +2

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Total for this week:

A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

A massive 70-car pile-up on Interstate 290 because of icy road conditions, miraculously results in only a couple serious injuries and no deaths over the weekend. +3

good system is in place. I think people like [McGourthy] and [Moylan] have set up a good system under them, which I think will help us get through this relatively unscathed.” Of all the personnel losses, it is McGourthy’s departure that has some people most concerned. “We built up a very good relationship with [McGourthy],” says Craig Blais, president and CEO of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC). That organization has worked particularly close with McGourthy and his Economic Development Office on the planned Theatre District Master Plan. “I don’t see losing any momentum as far as the Theatre District downtown,” Blais says. There are some questions about the future of some of the efforts involving McGourthy. For example, he notes, there is the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA). McGourthy heads up the WRA, an outfit O’Brien has eyed for an increased role in city planning. “Where are we going with all that and the WRA? That’s where I say there is opportunity,” Blais says. “What does it all mean for a reinvigorated WRA? How does that fit in the structure of a new Economic Development Office?” Blais says he would, at some point, like to sit down with the new city manager to discuss what role the WBDC and other organizations, such as the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, will play in keeping

Charities raising money in Massachusetts are keeping just a fraction of what residents generously give, with telemarketers hauling in much of the donations, according to a Worcester Telegram & Gazette report. -3

Red Sox and Boston Globe owner John Henry swings into town and tells the T&G staff what most of us already knew: He’s selling the paper. And then he ducks out of the building to avoid a small media contingent downstairs. Good riddance, Oh Henry. -2

+3 After a one-year hiatus, an Oxford man revives his tradition of turning on his outdoor holiday lights and hosting a visit from Santa Claus on Thanksgiving night. +2

+2 +3 -3 +2 -3 -2 +2 -3 Holiday brings cheer, but violence still strikes, with Oxford man stabbed in Worcester. -3


Pay-as-youthrow a success, according to city officials, and recycling efforts continue to grow. +2


Music Worcester makes an offer you can’t refuse, selling all adult tickets to several shows for $25 apiece. Sorry, sale is over! +2

School Department keeping close watch on city government in transition Walter Bird Jr.


ity Manager Mike O’Brien will no doubt continue to receive high praise, handshakes and congratulatory gestures right up until his last day on the job. The list of accomplishments and celebrations is extensive. A CitySquare project that burst ahead while new construction around much of the rest of the state was stopped dead in its tracks by a flattened economy. A reopened Front Street that, millions upon millions of dollars invested in city parks, a bond rating that has remained strong year in and year out. Lest we forget, O’Brien in September accomplished a first of sorts when, for the first time in years, the city actually went above and beyond what it is required to give its public schools according to the state’s net school spending formula. That last piece of good news is not destined for a long shelf life. While school officials and administrators were glad to see net school spending exceeded by $132,000, they were

also quick to point out that it is a rather dubious distinction. Compared to surrounding school districts – none of which, it should be noted, fall into the so-called “high need, low wealth” category that includes Worcester – the city comes up short in terms of the required percentage of foundation, or minimum, school spending. With the fiscal 2015 budget still to be hammered out, school officials are keeping a watchful eye to see whether the city intends to continue the upward trend, remain level or go in reverse. “We will know when the FY15 budget is proposed,” School Committee member and fiscal watchdog Tracy O’Connell Novick says flatly when asked about the School Department’s relationship with the city. Indeed, if there is an area where O’Brien has been criticized, it has been with school funding. In addition, his relationship with School Superintendent Melinda Boone, while perhaps not exactly icy, has not been known to be redhot, either. That makes school officials among

the most interested parties when it comes to a new city manager taking root in City Hall come Jan. 6 (O’Brien’s last day is listed as Sunday, Jan. 5). What makes the transition all the more interesting, from the school district’s perspective, is that the man replacing O’Brien – at least for the next several months – is a former School Committee member. What’s more, he once served under President Bill Clinton for the US Department of Education. Given Ed Augustus’ ties to education and the city’s not-so-spotless track record when it comes to school spending, could a major shift in priorities be in the offing? It would appear, at the very least, that the school department is gaining a friend, and potentially strong ally, on the third floor of City Hall. “I’m delighted with Ed Augustus,” says School Committee member John Monfredo. “He is a proven leader who has clearly impacted education in the past. He has a real feel of the needs of the city of Worcester.” continued on page 7

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It seems like we’re all now talking on the same page.” - Brian Allen, chief financial officer for Worcester Public Schools, on the apparently improved relationship between City Hall and the school department, particularly on school funding.

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the ball rolling on business development and planning in Worcester. Whether it is losing McGourthy, hiring a new city manager or transitioning from a staple like Moylan in Public Works and Parks (he will be succeeded by Paul Moosey), change, says Councilor-elect Mo Bergman, is inevitable. “It always happens,� he says. “You have procedures in place that ensure the stability of city government. There will be replacements for everybody. There will be challenges to get people caught up to speed, but I don’t necessarily look at it as a negative. Everybody leaves at some point.� Bergman does acknowledge that an awful lot of change is happening all at once within city government. He sees that as another positive, however. “Everybody can get to know each other,

relationships can start off on a clean slate,� he says, adding he does not see a marked drop-off in the momentum that has been gained in several areas of the city. “I don’t think in the long-term it slows down. No matter who gets hired, there will be a natural learning curve.� Proving that Petty does not have exclusive rights to optimism, Bergman says he sees good things ahead for Worcester. “I’m an optimistic person by nature,� Bergman says. “This is a great opportunity for lots of new skill sets to be put to the test.� 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 him with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!

BUSTED JUVENILE DELINQUENT: A 17-yearold girl has been charged with stabbing an 18-year-old girl. The victim survived her injuries. Police say they were called to a hospital emergency room around 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, where a stabbing victim was being treated. The girl has sustained puncture woulds to the shoulder, hip and upper thigh. Investigators learned the victim had been in a ďŹ ght with a 17-year-old girl. She was allegedly stabbed during the ďŹ ght. The suspect was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.



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like it does when it comes to Net School Spending. The problem, however, is that according to school CFO Brian Allen, the city upped its cut from 1 percent to 3 percent about four years ago. The schools receive about $40 million in grants each year, so the city is keeping roughly $1.2 million. The School Committee’s budget, however, only authorizes 1 percent – or $400,000. School officials say they have been informed by the state Department of Elementary of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) that they should be setting the rate kept by the city. “We already asked to reopen negotiations regarding the percentage taken in federal and state grants,” Novick says. School spending remains a STEVEN KING top concern, with Novick saying, “There are questions over whether to continue funding education at the minimal level or recognizing that it’s best to set a different course on that.” Then there is the matter of City Council Subcommittee appointments, or as it relates to the school department, the Education Subcommittee in particular. At-Large Councilor Joe O’Brien was hawk when it came to funding public schools, and was a key part of the joint committees between councilors and school officials. He did not seek re-election this year. Three new councilors will be seated in January, also, and it remains to be seen where they set their fiscal priorities. As for the joint committee meetings, Novick says, “If those City Manager Mike O’Brien will leave his post at continue to be positive, that City Hall on January 5, 2014. Members of bodes well.” Worcester’s School Committee are keeping an What also would bode well eye on who will fill his position. is a trusting and cooperative relationship between the end. So, too, are Chief Economic Development superintendent and city manager. “It is critical,” School Committee member Director Tim McGourthy and City Auditor Jim Jack Foley says. “You have two high-level DelSignore. In some cases, there is a direct professionals running two of the largest cross-over when it comes to city and school operations in Worcester.” personnel. For example, Moylan and his Foley says Mayor Joe Petty has been successor, Paul Moosey, are involved in school building construction projects. DelSignore has keeping school officials “informed” about the process to hire a city manager. While weighed in on school funding. Augustus will be taking over from O’Brien, “We have to watch exactly who the he is expected to be signed to a short-term personalities are,” Monfredo says. “It is contract, with Petty promising a search will incumbent upon the administration and be conducted. Foley says he would like to be School Committee to interact with the new part of that process. personalities, making sure they understand “I would hope [the city would] get the impact on education.” input from the superintendent and School One scenario that remains to be played Committee as far as city manager,” Foley says. out – and an example of where O’Brien and Have a story tip or idea? Call Walter Bird the School Committee have not always seen Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him eye to eye – is the percentage of state and at Be sure federal grants awarded to the school district to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and that the city keeps. The city is allowed to catch him with Paul Westcott every Thursday retain a certain percentage of the grants for morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG administrative purposes, since all money first 580AM for all things Worcester! flows through the treasurer’s office – much While not saying O’Brien has not had the right pulse on education in Worcester, Monfredo does say more needs could have been met. “I think [O’Brien] tried to have a balance,” Monfredo says. “I don’t think balance was actually there. The budget has been the minimum. They had to reach the minimum. Could they have done a better job in certain aspects? I think so.” Like Novick, Monfredo says a sharp eye will be kept on the myriad changes being made within the city administration. In addition to O’Brien’s departure, Public Works and Parks Commissioner Bob Moylan is leaving at year’s

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REAL SEX: That got your attention, didn’t it? Sex was actually on the menu at a panel discussion on HIV and AIDS this week at Quinsigamond Community College. Yours truly had the honor of moderating the discussion, which brought to the table six of the area’s leading advocates and educators on women’s issues, AIDS and the state of awareness when it comes to youths and sexual issues. Taking part were Hilda Ramirez, School Committee memberelect and assistant director of the Latino Education Institute (LEI); Katharine Warner, a student at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC); Erica Ayisi, a freelance journalist with AfroElle Magazine and former Worcester teacher; Chantel Bethea, CEO and president of Women in Action Inc. (WIA); Paul Hernandez of the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center; Andrea Siemaszko, with Family Health Center; and Iris Sierra, a youth educator at Family Health Center. The panel tackled a range of issues, talking frankly with an engaged audience that had their own questions and concerns. Among the topics were the myths surrounding HIV and AIDS and sexual alternatives for safe sex. Discussion also veered into what role the public school system can and should play in educating children about sex and the dangers of having sex “raw dogâ€? style, or unprotected. It was an honest and uninching look at an issue all too often avoided and was held as part of AIDS Awareness Week, one day after World AIDS Awareness Day. The forum was hosted by QCC with AIDS Project Worcester and the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center. POLITICS AS UNUSUAL: Some

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BREAKFAST TALK: Ralph Crowley Jr. will be the featured speaker at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s The Breakfast Club Thursday, Dec. 12. The president and CEO of Polar Beverages and money man (treasurer) for Wachusett Mountain Ski Area will no doubt enlighten and entertain, but what inquiring minds really want to know is whether he will take the plunge and scoop up the Telegram & Gazette, which is now officially on the market. Red Sox owner John “O’” Henry finally graced the T&G newsroom recently only to tell them what they should have already known: He’s selling them. He says if he can’t find the right buyer the staff is “stuck” with him. Right. Crowley has not publicly said whether he would consider making another bid for the local daily (or whether the bad taste in his mouth from his first attempt when The New York Times Co. still owned the T&G has completely dissipated). ENGINEERING A MEMORY: Got a bad memory? Chances are you don’t go to

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Worcester just keeps getting platitudes. The latest comes from no slouch, either. Country music giant Garth Brooks, in an interview with CBS Boston, calls Worcester one of the best places. “Worcester is crazy and it’s fantastic,” Brooks says, although he does not mention the DCU Center. He does reference the Fleet Center, raising the question of whether he was confusing Boston with its Central Mass counterpart. We’ll take compliments like this from Brooks: “Worcester is crazy and it’s fantastic … We played three or four times through the 90s. We played a show on Halloween night once. It may have been the greatest show we’ve ever gotten to do. That’s the place for me, I just love it.” Quick, someone call Sandy Dunn over at the DCU and have her book this guy again!

DID ANYONE TELL MEL? So Worcester’s entry into the amateur Futures League officially has a name: The Bravehearts. The team name was chosen in a contest and landed Charlton baseball fan Kevin Hunt season tickets for life and the opportunity to toss the first pitch at the team’s inaugural home game next year. For submitting the winning name Hunt also gets an authentic team jersey and hat. With all due respect to the other finalists, Bravehearts was by far the best choice. Other contenders were: the Canal Diggers, the Freight Trains, the Mighty Caseys and the True Blues. We would have preferred the Worcester Woosterias, but hey, congratulations to Hunt! Now, will Mel Gibson get an invite to the first game, too? OFFICE SPACE: State Rep.

Dan Donahue will host office hours next week at the following times and locations: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greenwood Gardens Apartments Community Room, 341 Greenwood St.; Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., South Worcester Neighborhood Center, 47 Camp St.; Wednesday, Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m., Addison Apartment Community Room, 2 Addison St.; and Thursday, Dec. 12, 11-1 p.m., Lafayette Place Community Room, 2 Lafayette Place. Can’t get enough Worcesteria? Check out Daily Worcester online at. Have an item for Worcesteria? Call Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 322, or email him at wbird@ Be sure to follow him on Twitter @walterbirdjr and catch him with Paul Westcott every Thursday morning at 8:35 on radio station WTAG 580AM for all things Worcester!













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College of the Holy Cross student Michelle McGahan ’15, co-chair of the Benching for Breast Cancer Fundraiser event at the college, will be benching this year at the sixth annual event in remembrance of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer 10 years ago. McGahan says she hopes other students write names, bring pictures “or anything they have that reminds them of why they participate in this event.” Benching for Breast Cancer takes place Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hart Center’s Varisty Weight Room at Holy Cross. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on the day of the event and online pre-registration can be made at Participation fee is $10 per person and donation pledges should be made based on how much weight can be lifted by each team of four, all dressed in costume. All proceeds will benefit Pink Revolution, a Worcester-based breast cancer alliance with a commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester.


A series of 10-minute plays capping a 24-hour period where students plan, create and write plays will be presented by the Worcester State Theatre and the University’s Ghost Light Players on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 8-10 p.m. in the Fuller Theater at Worcester State University. The event is free and open to the public. WSU, Fuller Theater, second floor, room A-262 in the Shaughnessy Administration Building, 486 Chandler St.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute hosts a screening of the film “My Dinner with Andre” on Monday, Dec. 9, from 7-9 p.m. The film was produced in 1981 by Louis Malle. The screening is part of WPI’s film series. The showing is free and open to the public. WPI, Fuller Laboratories, Perreault Hall Upper, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester.


Mark your calendar! Combined choruses of Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, Worcester State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute will join the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Myron Romanul, to present the 34th annual Holiday Pops Concert at Mechanics Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. This year’s performance will feature an orchestra, dancers, an aerialist and singers in a setting with cabaret tables. Music performed will include classic symphonic and holiday songs by wellknown composers, as well as songs from Broadway musicals, traditional holiday songs and sing-a-longs. Floor table seats are sold out and balcony seats are $37. Tickets may be purchased at the Mechanics Hall box office, by calling 508-752-0888 or at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester.


Ginny Combs of Framingham and Annie Dolan of Jefferson, both Worcester State University students, recently were awarded with Nurse of the Year awards by the March of Dimes. Combs, who studies within the Community and Public Health track of the Nursing Master of Science degree program, received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Maternal/Newborn Nurse Division. Dolan, a student in the Nurse Educator track of the Nursing Master of Science degree program, received the Nurse of the Year Award in the Student Nurse Division. The statewide Nurse of the Year Awards event is held by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Photo: Ginny Combs, second from left, and Annie Dolan, third from left, have received March of Dimes Nurse of the Years awards.



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This week as people gathered for World AIDS Day 2013 awareness events in Worcester, they remembered the millions of lives lost to the disease, especially the 636 family members, neighbors and friends who have died right here in our own city. But throughout the country, many also heard a message of healing.

A diagnoses of HIV or AIDS no longer means a life cut short. People are living for decades with the disease, well into their 60s, and even their 70s and while the graying of HIV/ AIDS has brought new challenges, it has also brought hope. Just before Thanksgiving, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement for World AIDS Day crediting advances in science for turning the corner in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the NIH, “That progress has turned an HIV diagnoses from an almost certain death sentence to what is now for many, a manageable medical condition and nearly normal lifespan.” New antiretroviral drugs have redefined HIV/AIDS. While the medications aren’t a cure, they suppress the virus to the point where it’s undetectable and unable to replicate. People who were once hopelessly ill have recovered and reclaimed their lives, families, relationships and careers. But, the lifesaving drugs have ushered in a new attitude toward HIV/AIDS. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinions on the disease since 1987 when two-thirds of Americans described HIV/AIDS as the country’s “most urgent” health problem. In 2011, only 7 percent of those surveyed put HIV/AIDS at the top of the country’s critical health issues, and only 4 percent said they had heard, read or seen anything about the disease in the past year. It seems the American public has become less vigilant and more complacent toward HIV/AIDS. And over the past several years, while people were focusing on other problems, the HIV battleground has shifted. In 2011, Worcester lost 11 people to AIDS, the smallest

number since the epidemic started in the early 1980s. Although fewer people are dying from AIDS, more people are being infected with the virus. In 2011, the city reported 39 new cases of HIV infection. The African-American community was hit hardest with 21 new cases followed by the Latino community which saw 11 new cases. But those numbers only account for people who have been tested. Most health care workers and advocates say about 20 percent of people who are HIV positive are unaware they’re harboring the virus. In Worcester and elsewhere, AIDS has gained a foothold within different populations, and outreach and prevention is being targeted toward those groups. Several years ago, when Worcester saw a surge of new HIV infections among women in the city’s African-American and Latino communities, the Worcester AIDS Project launched the Women of Multiple Ethnicities Network or W.O.M.E.N’s Health Project. The program provides information on the link between domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, as well as support and counseling for victims. And now, HIV/AIDS prevention groups throughout the country are furiously trying to stop the virus from spreading among young African American males. But in addition to those changes, a quieter and broader shift has been occurring within the larger HIV/AIDS community. At the beginning of 2012, there were 940 people living with AIDS in Worcester. Of that group, 83 percent were over 40 years old, half were over 50 and 120 people, or 13 percent, were in their 60s. A generation of AIDS continued on page 13








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patients is now reaching the age of retirement and senior discounts, a trend that seemed unimaginable 15 years ago. And this group of long term, groundbreaking survivors is facing new and unexpected challenges and hurdles that may ultimately affect all people with HIV/AIDS.

CHANGING WITH AGE Most people predict the

population of people living with AIDS will hit the 50-percentover-50 mark in 2015, but Worcester is already there.

“Fortunately, because of the treatment, there are a whole lot of elders living with HIV and AIDS in Worcester,” says Jesse Pack, director of prevention and screening at AIDS Project Worcester. Science and medicine seem to have been caught off guard by that success, and research is just beginning to unravel the complicated relationship between aging and

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AIDS. Jim Campbell, president of the Bostonbased New England Association on HIV over 50, was one of the first to call for more research on the interaction between HIV/ AIDS and aging. “Once we all realized that the pills were going to work, we knew aging was coming down the pike,” he says. The biggest problem for people living with HIV/AIDS is they age faster and harder than people who are HIV negative. “People who are living with HIV/AIDS present 15 years older than their chronological age,” says Campbell. And many of the conditions and complaints that hit people in their 60s and 70s show up a decade earlier. Pack sees the onset of early aging among the many people who depend on the services offered through AIDS Project Worcester. “A lot of times, people experience brittle bones, dementia and problems like diabetes,” he says. Heart, liver and kidney disease, the loss of muscle tissue and the redistribution of body fat also are common problems. It’s not clear why AIDS patients are aging prematurely. Some researchers are looking at the long-term effects of the virus’ presence in the body, others are examining the effects of the medications used to manage it. Each patient’s personal health history and lifestyle choices are also factors.

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“Honestly, it depends on the person,” says Pack. “The treatments have gotten so much better. Some medications have side effects, but doctors say they wear off, and for a lot of people they do.” Apart from the long-term effect of early aging, drugs used to treat HIV infections and AIDS can cause a wide range of side effects. According to the University of California’s HIV Institute, some of the more common reactions are nausea, headaches, joint and muscle pains, fatigue, rashes, dizziness and insomnia. But some people have more serious reactions such as decreased liver function, upper respiratory infections and an increase in bouts of pneumonia. Joan Anderson, an LGBT Peer Worker at Worcester Elder services, who also worked at AIDS Project Worcester for 10 years, says older HIV/AIDS patients also have higher risk for heart disease and liver damage. “The medications are so toxic the liver isn’t able to break down the chemicals,” she says. Still, Campbell says the medications have come a long way since they were first introduced. “It was very bad at first because no one really knew the dosages,” he recalls. “I used to take 15 pills a day and wonder how all of it was mixing in my stomach.” But today, most people living with



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AIDS or HIV infections can take one pill which suppresses the virus and makes it undetectable. And studies have repeatedly shown when the virus is undetectable, it cannot be passed on to anyone else. The CDC says antiretroviral medications can stop transmission of HIV in 80 percent of people in treatment, but other studies have reported rates as high as 96 percent. For many, the ability of HIV/AIDS medications to marry treatment and prevention has been one of the most practical and promising developments in the history of the disease. “That’s why getting people tested and into treatment is so important,” says Campbell. “If we got everyone to be undetectable, we could end AIDS.”

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“People believe that maturing adults aren’t having sex and that’s insane,” says Anderson. Campbell says that part of the mission of the Association on HIV over 50 is to work with health care providers on how to broach the topic of HIV testing with older patients. Campbell also speaks at seniors centers and

Anderson and others are seeing an increasing number of newly-diagnosed HIV infections among older adults. From 2008 to 2010, Worcester reported 97 new cases of HIV and 18 percent of those cases involved people who were 50 or older. “There’s a lack of education among the maturing population about HIV/ AIDS,” says Anderson who adds that people who were in marriages and long-term relationships during the early years of —Joan Anderson, LGBT Peer Worker at the epidemic may have felt Worcester Elder Services they weren’t at risk, and that AIDS wasn’t their problem. Now, people in that group who have lost encourages everyone to get tested. spouses or been through divorces, are dating Older adults may have lived through the again and they are unaware that HIV is still worst years of the epidemic but that doesn’t a threat. “Prevention and education are the necessarily mean they understand the risks. name of the game,” says Anderson who adds “If you were not a gay man, or part of that that’s not always easy with older people. generation of gay men, then there was not a “They don’t feel comfortable talking about it lot of discussion about safe sex,” says Pack. and they are embarrassed to ask questions,” Campbell agrees that people who were she says. on the sidelines of HIV/AIDS missed the And the problem isn’t just aging adults. message. “What happened during the heyday Some doctors and health care professionals of the epidemic when people were paying don’t talk to older patients about the risks of attention is that a lot of people weren’t HIV because they are uncomfortable with the paying attention,” he says. topic, or because they assume it isn’t an issue. As a Baby Boomer, and a member of

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the generation that rewrote the rules about sex, Campbell isn’t surprised that a greater number of today’s seniors are sexually active. “This is a generation that has grown up with the idea that they will always have sex in their lives,” he says. He does, however, think that older adults who are sexually active help make the case for routine HIV screening for all Americans 15 and older, something many in the HIV/ AIDS field have been advocating for years. Over the past decade, different organizations and panels have reviewed proposals for routine testing, but have always stopped short of requiring doctors to make an HIV test a component of a regular blood test, partly because of the additional costs. But that may soon change. A federal task force on preventative care is now reviewing a proposal to make routine HIV screening a new standard under the Affordable Care Act, and the panel’s decision is expected by the end of the year.

DEPRESSION AND FEAR For a lot of older HIV/

AIDS patients, treatment is a priority. “Once people have been given a pass to salvation, a path to go down, they tend to be religious about drug regimens,” says Campbell. But for older people living with AIDS, the logistics of treatment can be daunting. “With the amount of medical visits and blood work, it becomes almost a job,” says Campbell. “Your life becomes a calendar of doctor’s appointments. The idea that HIV is taken care of with one pill a day is a myth. You lose a good amount of control over your life to the medical establishment.” In addition to the loss of control, depression and bouts of despair are common among older people living with AIDS, particularly gay men who lived through the worst years of the epidemic. Campbell remembers when newspapers were running three pages of obituaries. “It was a horrendous way to die,” he says. “People are just starting to look at post-traumatic stress syndrome in people who lived through the epidemic,” says Campbell. “There’s lots of guilt and lots of sorrow among people who saw so much death and effect it had on the community.” Pack also sees older people who are living with AIDS struggling with the toll the disease took on neighbors and friends. “Men who

were in their 20s and 30s and were coming of age during the height of the epidemic experienced traumatic grief similar to Holocaust victims,” says Pack. Anderson has also seen older AIDS patients who cope with long bouts of depression and grief. “It’s been awful,” she says. “I’ve spoken to gay men who have told me they lost everyone they knew. They are emotionally and spiritually depleted.” Many older people living with AIDS are also keenly aware of the stigma of the disease. The rejection and discrimination many in the HIV/AIDS community experience tends to fuel negative self images, guilt and shame. John Guidrey, a researcher on HIV prevention at the Harvard Kennedy School,

believes the stigma of HIV/AIDS leads people to become isolated from family and friends. And that isolation leaves people vulnerable to depression, grief and substance abuse. For Campbell, stigma has another chilling consequence. “Stigma brings fear,” he says.

TELLING THE STORY Among some older

people living with AIDS, there is a sense that their issues and needs have been overlooked by the medical establishment and HIV/AIDS organizations.

“People believe that maturing adults aren’t having sex and that’s insane”

Many AIDS activists have focused their attention and —Joan Anderson, LGBT Peer Worker at energy on the global AIDS Worcester Elder Services front. According to the NHI, last year, 1.6 million people in countries around the world died of AIDS-related causes, and “It becomes a medical issue. People are less another 2 million people were infected likely to be tested and get treatment when with the virus. On a global level, HIV/ they feel that fear.” AIDS remains a crisis, many groups support international prevention and treatment

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programs. In the United States, HIV/AIDS programs have been working with small subpopulations in the hope of stemming a rising tide of new infections. And even the Gay community, which fought and won so many battles for prevention and treatment during the early days of the epidemic, has been moving away from HIV/AIDS issues and concentrating on same-sex marriage laws. Older people will soon make up the majority of the HIV/AIDS community and they are heading into uncharted territory with the virus. But there haven’t been many headlines about aging and AIDS, people don’t hear much about them. That doesn’t surprise Campbell. “People aren’t crazy about old people stories,” he says. “It’s difficult to get people to listen to the narrative.” Unlike a story about a baby, or a group of teens, the public isn’t often engaged by a story about old people, particularly when it involves old people and sex. “It’s a hard story to sell,” he says. “And it doesn’t have a happy ending.” Still it’s an important story to tell, and it is getting out. There are scores of websites with message boards and forums where people with HIV/

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AIDS share ideas and information. On many of those boards there are threads labeled, “Just got diagnosed,” or “Tested positive” where people new to HIV/AIDS tell their stories and express their fears. And almost always, there are multiple replies from older, longtime AIDS patients offering support and assurances that life might change some, but it’s far from over. AIDS Project Worcester relies on a staff that reflects the community the organization was created to help. The Peer Support

Program is made up of people who are living with HIV/AIDS and they can offer both professional counseling and personal insight to people who need help. One of those peer support counselors, Francine Coleman, has become a familiar voice of people living with HIV/AIDS. Coleman is now retired, but videos of Coleman, done by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette can be found on YouTube and the AIDS Project Worcester website. Coleman, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, has managed to keep full-blown

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AIDS at bay for 27 years. She recalls sharing needles, having unprotected sex and feeling hopeless when she learned she was HIV positive. But Coleman used those experiences to build a long career of reaching out to other Worcester residents living and aging with HIV/AIDS.

“I know, because I am still around and this disease is still around I can still help people who are newly diagnosed,” she says in a video Telegram photographers shot back in 2009. “I know that because I am still alive, there is hope for other people. That’s what stands out most for me. There is hope.”

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The artists took many different paths for this exhibition. Susan Swinand, for example, experimented. In sculpted pieces and paintings, Swinand likes to “play with shapes that evoke meaning” and get the viewer to ask, “What the heck is that?” Swinand taught at Worcester Art Museum (WAM) for over 25 years and currently teaches at the Wellesley College Greenhouses. Working with students, she used simple connect-the-dots games, varying the instructions— for example, using curved, rather than straight lines to connect the dots—to produce different creations. She found that different individuals following identical instructions would each “come up with something unique.” There are “so many levels of engagement,” says Swinand. “The play of reason and the irrational is in humanity… and in good art.” Peter Wise started doing artwork while in the army. Largely selftaught, and influenced by Native American, Spanish and American art, he has been active in the Worcester art scene since the early ‘90s, finding Worcester “grittier and less commercial” than Boston. His work has been exhibited previously at the Sprinkler Factory

Clockwise from top: “Fun Monster,” Luis Fraire “take over - over take,” Lisa Barthelson “Trumpet Call,” Amy Klausmeyer and elsewhere. For Wise, games involve humor and play, but also darker concepts like “psychological games” and “gamesmanship.” He is concerned with “authenticity” and the “commodification of art.” His pieces in this show are assemblages, though he also creates collages and photomontages. “I work all the time,” he

sculptures and an interactive piece with a miked-up panel that turns physical motion into a digital signal, sound into a visual artifact. Making things from scratch, he seeks to address the “contradiction between artificial and natural.” “It seems like a lot of work,” he says, “but for me, it’s like a

toyland.” “Playing indoor games, that’s what artists do,” says Lisa Barthelson, who comes from a family of artists. When her mother died a few years ago, Barthelson experienced “a wake-up call to make art full time.” A painter and printmaker who has exhibited work at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, Art in the Park and elsewhere, she is increasingly drawn to three-dimensional works, the “transformation of unconventional materials into something that is other.” She describes “take over – over take,” from her “family debris series,” as “whimsical but also threatening.” She says her style is “obsessive, time-consuming, but also meditative… that’s my game.” Nicholas Kantarelis, by connecting downed branches from the October 2011 snowstorm with railroad spikes, wooden planks from the roof of a shed and other materials, is “bringing outdoor elements indoors,” says Fraire. “Sculpture is fun,” says Kantarelis, whose abstract paintings use household materials such as sugar, bleach, Windex, coffee and dirt. Kantarelis works at art just about every day, in addition to teaching youth classes as an Education Assistant at WAM. He has shown work previously at the Sprinkler Factory, Art in the Park and elsewhere and hopes to do large-scale public works in the future. “Boredom leads to creativity,” he says. In addition, there are pieces by Scott Boilard, Susan Champeny, Emily Coutu, Jonnie Coutu, Elaine Cowan, Todd Deal, Tim Furman, Elizabeth Hughes, Tim Johnson, Amy Klausmeyer, Randy LeSage, Rainer Reichel, Jodi Salerno and Cory Shepherd. Most are for sale. There will be appetizers and refreshments at the opening reception, the Xmas Art Bazaar (where smaller works by the artists will be available) and the closing reception. Lots of artists, lots of work. Have fun. View the exhibition “Indoor Games” at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester during the opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m.; during the Xmas Art Bazaar on December 15, from 11 a.m.5 p.m.; during normal gallery hours Dec. 14-January 18, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; at the closing reception on January 25, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

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some samples on there from Mahalia Jackson. Whatever he finds that catches his ear he just samples it and makes it happen. On my last stage show I had Kevin Hart [samples] on there.” “I like to add some stuff that’s relevant, that people know,” he says, “to keep their mind into what I’m doing. I feel like if you’re not doing anything extra to keep their attention, you could lose them.” Bruiz says that the tour, which will also make stops in Atlanta, Detroit, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Ontario, Canada and Brazil, will feature “good hip hop, music that you can understand” inspired by the great hip hop groups of the late ‘80s to the early ‘90s, like EPMD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G, and the Wu-Tang Clan.





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Bruiz, who has performed full-time since the age of 15, is presently finishing up his 10th studio album, Stand Up Guy, which he hopes to release in February of 2014 to coincide with the premiere of his new clothing line, Anchor Apparel. And though he’s been at the game for a long time, he hasn’t slowed down at all, including lots of touring. “I haven’t done a show in [my hometown of] Philly in about a year,” he says. “I’m in Detroit a lot, in North Carolina a lot, Atlanta a lot.” As to what Bruiz listens to for inspiration, he says, “Right now I’m listening to Wu-Tang, Jadakiss, and stuff like that. When I’m recording I try not to listen to the radio too much. I don’t want nobody saying that we sound like this person or we sound like that person. All I know about is us right now.” “I do hip hop all day long,” Bruiz says. • 978-665-3347 • Th-F: 12:30-3:30pm

Rap, like most pop art, is a young man’s game, but, having been around a while, it inevitably has its elder statesmen, who carry the torch of former incarnations of the form, much like jazz and blues artists, many of whom become revered as treasures in their later years. (Snoop Dogg is 42 and Chuck D of Public Enemy is 53 and Ice T is 55!)

Buddha Monk of Wu-Tang/Brooklyn Zu. It’s not Bruiz’s first time in the area. “We definitely have a little following up there,” he says. “I was there a couple of months ago for a performance in Boston, but my friend lives in Worcester and we did his birthday party at the Raven last year or the year before. We come up there often just to hang out.” Expect a night of danceable “grown-folk music,” appealing to a little older hip hop audience, without “too much cussing.” Bruiz says that his music isn’t really political or religious, but rather “street wise.” “Political is on one side, religious is on one side and street wise is in the middle,” he says. “I like to stay in the middle, because when you go on one of the other ways it’s too much opinion. With the street wise, if you know it, then you know we’re speaking the truth. And if you don’t know it, then you don’t like it. Political, to me, it’s got too many opinions.” Fans can expect “samples of some really old school stuff,” Bruiz says of his producer of 20 years, Izzy. “I have some samples on there from, of course, Sam Cooke, I have

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“I’m in the studio all day – and there’s a whole bunch of rap in my ear, so when I get in the car I like to listen to Sade, Anita Baker and stuff like that. I listen to a lot of R&B.” “It’s like somebody working at McDonald’s.

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You know, they work there. They don’t want no double cheeseburger when they go home. They want something different.” Come on out to The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. in Worcester on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. for a taste of something a little different.

Delta Generators hit the right chords with “Get On the Horse”

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n their third and newest CD, “Get On the Horse,” The Delta Generators expand their horizons without sacrificing what they do best, which is blues. With their usual airtight sound and well thought out arrangements, this CD cements their reputation as one of the finest bands to ever come out of Central Massachusetts. The Delta Generators formed in 2008, releasing their debut CD, “Devil In the Rhythm,” in November of that year and immediately set about proving that they were for real. Their career has been on an uphill climb ever since, having won numerous awards and shared the stage with many major artists. That first recording is classic blues from beginning to end, leaving no doubt what the band stood for. By the time of their second release in 2010, “Hard River to Row,” the songwriting showed a real growth and sophistication, deepening their vision of a hard rockin’ sound based on the early Delta blues masters. A couple of tracks even hinted at country, and there were also touches of the Stax soul sound. Basically, they just started pushing the envelope. On this new CD, they have pushed considerably further. “Whole Lotta Whiskey,” the opening track, begins with a slide riff from guitarist Charlie O’Neal, which confounds the listener rhythmically, only for a moment. The other band members, bassist Rick O’Neal and drummer Jeff Armstrong, immediately lock in the rhythm of this heavily syncopated tune. Singer extraordinaire Craig Rawding joins in and the romp is on. The title track follows, and there is nothing vague about this straight-ahead rocker, with its irresistible “nah nah nah nah” refrain. Things suddenly start shifting around beginning with track three, “It’s Been Hard,” a mournful, sweet ballad featuring singer Keri Anderson in a guest spot, supplying a gorgeous harmony to Rawding’s heartfelt vocal. “Hot Tickets!” comes next, suddenly thrusting the listener into heavy funk nirvana, with a ferocious whiplash slide guitar riff from O’Neal. Just as suddenly,

the next tune brings out the Led Zeppelin in them. One of the finest cuts on the CD, “Spider Bite” is picture perfect, and will probably be a highlight at live shows. “Night of the Johnstown Flood,” a dark, slow blues features an extremely haunting vocal from Rawding and a beautiful melodic solo from O’Neal. The song also clearly demonstrates Rawding’s lyric writing, which should not go unnoticed. You could call this the end of section one. Section two, where the band really shifts away from their trademark sound, is frankly not quite as strong, but there are some moments of interest. “Against the Cold,” featuring a plucky banjo riff, is a real fine tune, but seems a little out of place. Two more songs continue the trend of “what’s next?” as the band ventures into early ’60s-style pop with “Rose For Rosa Lee,” while “Bulldog Sick of Rain” veers towards a style not unlike Creedence Clearwater Revival. During this stretch of tunes, you can sense that the band wants to play in some other styles that they love. And they do it all very well. Maybe there is a bit of a problem in the song sequence. Too many leaps of faith for the listener, I guess. A prime example of this is the next tune, a deep south, cranky, drunken style dirge in three-quarter time, “Home of the Rustling Chain.” It’s exactly the kind of tune you like hearing them pull off, but after the previous four tunes, it doesn’t seem as strong as it should. The final three tunes start with the CD’s only clunker, “Diablo Rock,” which should have been left on the cutting floor. This leaves the final two songs, both gems. “Blood Sugar Baby,” sung in falsetto by Rawding, is a very cool soul romp, featuring a gorgeous solo from Charlie. The record ends with a slow blues, “The More I Find Out (The Less I Want To Know).” Beautifully played and sang, it is the perfect ending to a mostly great record from a truly great band. Catch the Delta Generators live at The Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. with special guest Big Jon Short. “Get on the Horse” will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds with benefit Abby’s House women’s shelter of Worcester.

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Now in it’s eighth year, stART at the Station has become a familial holiday festival, triumphantly boasting only the best of the handmade craft world and yet each year, the list of vendors becomes more unique and diverse. Temporarily seizing Union Station for the day, the team of organizers and volunteers transform Worcester’s transportation hub with stART magic. True to stART form, this year will include a robust roster of vendors to ensure attendees the opportunity to buy a gift for everyone on their holiday list.

Initially, stART’s handmade gift celebration made its home at the now-departed Bijou

Theater some 10 years ago. Five years ago, the stART team moved the event to today’s location at Union Station to much delight. “We love the station. It’s beautiful, there is parking and plenty of food and bars. The management has been great to work with both the city side and Garo from Maxwell’s who manages the space. The space is as unique as we are,” expresses Tina Zlody, cocreator and co-founder of stART on the Street festivals, including stART at the Station. This year, due to a greater demand from artists/vendors, stART at the Station expands inside the walls of Union Station to encompass the ticketing area and the rear concourse by the garage entrance. However, Zlody and her team are looking for a bigger space in Worcester that would meet stART’s growing needs. “Our wildest dreams for this event is to continue to jury a diverse, creative and interesting show to meet everyone’s needs. We would love to find a larger spot.” Also regarding expansion, stART at the Station’s traditional paid preview will be

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extended 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. For $10, participants can shop before the crowd hits (getting a first look at vendors’ goods) and will receive a stART reusable tote, coffee and a baked good. This year’s vendors vary greatly and all are unique. “I think the public is going to appreciate the variety, whimsy and diversity of what these amazing artists and crafters have to offer,” Zlody said. Included in the array is stART at the Station rookie Kat Meyer. Meyer attended the summer and fall stART on the Street events but this will be her first time at the holiday one. Meyer created her small business, KnitsForNotes when faced with a financial challenge. The Hudson High School junior wanted to attend a vocal-intensive camp at the Boston Conservatory at the recommendation of her voice teacher and while a good opportunity, the camp was going to be expensive. “A little earlier in the year, my mother had taught me how to knit and I really took off with it. I had made a joke to my mother, ‘Why don’t we knit stuff to sell to raise money?’ And it was at that moment we realized we could run a knitting/ crocheting business.” Moving forward, Meyer learned how to knit everything - scarves, socks, hats, hairbows, coffee cozies, all different shapes and varieties. Meyer is hopeful that stART at the Station will provide her with the sales she needs to go to camp, and that the event will inspire others to become apart of it all. “I believe that the stART events help get people more involved in the arts, and everything the arts

can offer them. Because without the arts, our lives would be so much more boring!” Joining Meyer in cozy comforts is Christine Brown and her business, Fawn Over Me. Operating from her newly-purchased home in Worcester, Brown sews baby quilts, onesies, bibs, burp cloths, accessories and stuffed animal rattles from vintage and up-cycled fabric. Learning to sew at a young age from being involved in 4-H, Brown learned early on the importance of using all parts of something. “I used to resent it, but now I recreate items from people’s childhood. For example, the vintage chenille rattles I make evoke a sweet nostalgia. I love it when people say, ‘Hey, I had that!’ when they pick it up,” Brown says. This will be Brown’s second year as a participant at stART at the Station, although previously Brown participated in both the spring and fall stART on the Street festivals. One thing Brown notes about the stART community is a sense of camaraderie. “At stART, everyone supports each other and helps out. You get to know the vendors that are there each year and give advice to the rookies. Worcester is a city that cares about the small business owner/artist.” For artists/crafters in the area, events like stART create a great opportunity to grow in your own community, something stART at the Station vendor Ann-Marie Roche knows well. “For the artists and crafters, it is great to have such a well attended event in our own backyard. The events allow people to meet and support local artists and makers,” Roche explains. Roche owns and operates her small business, LilaLu Bags. A sewer since

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childhood, Roche attended art classes throughout high school and college. A passionate hobby, Roche made bags as gifts for friends and quickly realized the opportunity to start a business making bags, wallets, wristlets, etc. from fabric. Roche particularly enjoys selling her items at the holiday stART at the Station. “I think the holiday event is especially important in providing the opportunity to shop local from local talent.” And the local talent is robust. Arianne Aktarian was born in Worcester, though she ventured to Brooklyn, New York to attend Pratt Institute after graduating. However, the Worcester native returned and quickly began taking up jewelry creation. Working with handmade metal charms and beadwork, Atkarian creates unique designs and personalized pieces, too. “I’d have to say my most popular piece is my state charm necklace. It comes in copper, brass or sterling silver. It is customizable so you can get a heart over your hometown, or your area code stamped on it,” Atkarian says. “I’ve attended several stART events as a visitor and each time I was always so inspired by the artists and crafters I saw there.” After attending this past fall’s stART on the Street event, Atkarian made it her goal to be a vendor at stART at the Station. “I’m excited to be apart

of an event which contributes so much to Worcester’s art scene and local economy.” No newbie to stART events, Eric Meskus of ETurnWoodArt will be attending stART at the Station after participating in several stART events in the past years. Meskus is a master carpenter and has been working with wood for his entire life. “I have built custom homes from start to finish and everything else in between. I have had a wood lathe since high school and occasionally would create something just for the heck of it.” After being diagnosed with cancer, Meskus found himself using the lathe more and more because he found it relaxing and it kept his mind busy. After his wife suggested they do art fairs to see how people responded, Meskus was hooked. Since 2011, Meskus has attended every stART festival - summer, fall and winter, and this year he will once again be selling his wooden wares. “At each stART event, there is such an electricity in the air and it is contagious. It is exciting, fun, great to meet new people and make new friends and contacts. It is also exciting to see the same people come looking for me at the event and have a repeat customer. That means a lot to me.” Marc Roulstone is also a veteran stART participant. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in Illustration, Roulstone sells prints of his work at stART

events. What seems to always impress Roulstone is the high level of organization and effort it takes to pull off the enormous stART festivals. “I think the organizers and volunteers do a tremendous job making these events welcoming to everyone, whether they are there to shop or simply out enjoying the day. I hope people come away from these shows with a greater appreciation of all the local talent and the hard work of the organizers and volunteers.” Behind the scenes, Casey Hickey is a volunteer for stART events. However, at this year’s stART at the Station, Hickey will be trading his volunteer hat for his artist one. The visual art teacher at Seven Hills Charter Public School will be selling original mixed media collages and linoleum block prints as well as reproductions in greeting card form at stART at the Station. “Most of my work is inspired by language - idioms, literature, poetry and puns,” Hickey explains. Hickey hopes shoppers recognize the vast variety to this year’s event. “I hope attendees are blown away by the variety and quality of artwork being made locally, and I hope they understand how valuable their contributions are to the local economy… Buying handmade and local is the gift that keeps on giving!” Do not miss stART at the Station on Sunday, December 8, with the paid preview

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I attended a Broadway show last weekend — the first for me in a long while — and at the conclusion, star Zachary Levi (of TV’s “Chuck”) came on stage and noted that ushers would be standing at the exit doors collecting money for an AIDSrelated charity. The announcement took me by surprise simply because I hadn’t heard any sustained reference to AIDS in some time. Strange, isn’t it, how far the disease has fallen off the topicality map, to be replaced by bitter politics, a struggling economy, and whatever’s hot on Netflix.

And so the sight of an emaciated Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as a crusader who connects AIDS sufferers with lifeextending drugs, thrusts you back to the dark period of the 1980s when the scourge dominated the national conversation. It’s common knowledge that McConaughey dropped 40 pounds to play Ron Woodroof, the real-life Texas electrician who pushed back against a dire diagnosis by selfmedicating with a cocktail of antivirals that, because they’d yet to be approved by the FDA, he was forced to smuggle in from Mexico and other countries. The weight loss is typical Hollywood transformation stuff, where starving yourself for a role means you’re a “serious” actor (and yes, McConaughey is a bone rack). McConaughey’s performance is about more than his wasted body. He is transcendent in the role, like he’d been bred to play this street-smart, conniving, desperate man with cowboy swagger and the smooth rap of a traveling preacher. Woodroof flips the bird to his government and the medical establishment when he sets up the Dallas Buyers Club, a clearinghouse that supplies unapproved drugs to ailing people for whom the FDA’s clinical trials move at a murderously slow pace. Assisting him in his

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) Blackstone Thurs: 11 a.m. Worcester North Thurs: 12:40 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R) Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:10, 4:10, 7:35, 10:20,

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Fri-Wed: 12:30, 3:20, 6:50, 9:50 Westborough Thurs: 12:10, 3:50, 6:35, 10 Worcester North Thurs: 9:45 p.m., Fri-Wed: 9:25

GRAVITY (PG-13) Blackstone Fri-Wed: 12, 2:20, 4:50, 7:45 GRAVITY 3D (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 9:30 p.m. Solomon Pond Thurs: 7:15, 10:15, Fri-Wed:

1:05, 4:05, 6:45, 10:30 Worcester North Thurs: 12:05, 2:20, 4:35, 7:35, 10, Fri-Wed: 12:05, 2:20, 4:35, 6:55, 9:40

HOMEFRONT (R) Blackstone Thurs-Wed: 11:55, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05, (12:25 a.m. Fri-Wed only)

Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:10, 9:45

Solomon Pond Thurs: 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10,

Fri-Wed: 12:55, 4, 7:25, 10:10 Worcester North Thurs: 1:05, 3:50, 7:25, 10:25, Fri-Wed: 1:05, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20

Fri-Wed: 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:05 Worcester North Thurs: 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10, Fri-Wed: 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

DELIVERY MAN (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 11:20, 2, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50,

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (R) Blackstone Thurs: 2:20, 9:40, Fri-Wed: 10:10

Fri-Wed: 1:35, 4:05, 6:50, 9:30, 12:05 a.m. Cinemagic Thurs: 11:30, 2, 4:30, Fri-Wed: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Solomon Pond Thurs-Wed: 1:25, 4:40, 7:45, 10:25 Westborough Thurs: 12:30, 4:20, 7:30, 10:10 Worcester North Thurs: 12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:50, 10:30, Fri-Wed: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 WORCESTERMAGAZINE.COM

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

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1:20, 6:30


2:40, 5:15

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LAST VEGAS (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 11:50, 7:05, Fri-Wed: 11:45, 2:15

Cinemagic Thurs: 4:35, 7:15, Fri-Wed: 11:45, 9:50

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THE FAMILY (R) Elm Fri: 7, 9:30, Sat: 7, Sun: 5:30, Tues, Wed:

Wed: 5, 7:35, 10:10


LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13) Solomon Pond Fri-Wed: 3:45, 9:25

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) Blackstone (reserved seating) Thurs: 12:15, 2:40,

OLDBOY (R) Blackstone Thurs: 12, 2:30, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10, Fri-Wed: 9:25, 12:25 a.m.

OUT OF THE FURNACE (R) Blackstone Fri-Wed: 1, 3:55, 7:05, 9:45, 12:20 a.m.

Cinemagic Fri-Wed: 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10,


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1:05, 4:05, 7:25, 9:45, Fri-Wed: 1:15, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10 Westborough Thurs: 12:35, 3:45, 7:15, 9:40 Worcester North Thurs: 11:50, 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35, Fri-Wed: 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:35

PRISONERS (R) Elm Thurs: 7:30 RAM LEELA (NR) Westborough Thurs: 7:40

RIFFTRAX LIVE: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (NR) Blackstone Thurs: 8 Cinemagic Thurs: 8 Solomon Pond Thurs: 8 THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY (R) Blackstone Thurs: 6:50, 9:35, Fri-Wed: 4:40,

3:40, 6:05, 7, 9:25, 10:25, Fri-Wed: 11:20, 2:30, 6:05, 8, 9:20, 11:25 Blackstone Thurs: 11:15, 12, 12:45, 1:15, 3:10, 4:10, 4:40, 6:30, 8, 9:55, Fri-Wed: 11:50, 12:20, 12:50, 1:10, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:25, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 9:50, 10:15, 10:45 Cinemagic Thurs: 11:20, 11:50, 2:30, 3:15, 6:30, 6:45, 9:40, 9:50, Fri-Wed: 11:20, 2:30, 3:15, 6:30, 6:45, 9:40 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:10, 12:30, 1, 1:20, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:50, 6:30, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:30, 10, Fri-Wed: 12:20, 12:50, 1:20, 3, 3:40, 4:10, 6:30, 7, 7:50, 9:30, 10 Westborough Thurs: 12, 12:20, 12:40, 1, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 6:20, 6:40, 7, 7:50, 9:30, 9:50 Worcester North Thurs: 12, 12:15, 12:30, 3:25, 3:40, 3:55, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 7:30, 10:15, 10:30, FriWed: 12, 12:15, 12:30, 3:25, 3:40, 3:55, 6:45, 7, 7:15, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG-13) Blackstone Thurs: 11:30, 2:25,

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

THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D (PG-13) Cinemagic Thurs-Wed: 2, 10 Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:25 p.m. Westborough Thurs: 4:05

Worcester North Thurs: 9:40

7:40, 10:20, 11:50

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) (NR) Strand Mon: 7

THE BOOK THIEF (PG-13) Solomon Pond Thurs: 12:25, 3:40, 7:10, 10:05,

WHITE FANG (1991) (PG) WPL Sat: 2

Fri-Wed: 12:45, 3:55, 7:10, 9:35 Worcester North Thurs: 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05, Fri-Wed: 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

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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.

Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux 70 Worcester/Providence Turnpike, Millbury, MA 01527 Showtimes for 12/6 - 12/12. Subject to change. Delivery Man (PG-13); 1 hr 45 min 1:35 pm 4:05 pm 6:50 pm 9:30 pm 12:05 am Free Birds (PG); 1 hr 30 min 11:00 am Frozen (PG); 1 hr 25 min 7:50 pm 10:25 pm Frozen (PG) Reserved Seating;XPLUS - DOLBY ATMOS; 1 hr 25 min 12:05 pm 2:40 pm 5:15 pm Frozen (PG) CC/DVS; 1 hr 25 min 11:35 am 2:10 pm 4:45 pm 7:25 pm 9:55 pm 12:15 am Frozen 3D (PG) REAL D 3D; 1 hr 25 min 11:05 am 1:45 pm 4:15 pm 6:55 pm Gravity (PG-13); 1 hr 31 min 12:00 pm 2:20 pm 4:50 pm 7:45 pm Homefront (R) CC/DVS; 1 hr 50 min 11:55 am 2:35 pm 5:05 pm 7:35 pm 10:05 pm 12:25 am Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R); 1 hr 33 min 10:10 pm 12:25 am Last Vegas (PG-13); 1 hr 30 min 11:45 am 2:15 pm Oldboy (R; 2 hr 0 min 9:25 pm 12:25 am Out of the Furnace (R); 1 hr 46 min 1:00 pm 3:55 pm 7:05 pm 9:45 pm 12:20 am The Best Man Holiday (R); 2 hr 2 min 4:40 pm 7:40 pm 10:20 pm 11:50 pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) Reserved Seating;XPLUS - DOLBY ATMOS; 2 hr 26 min 8:00 pm 11:25 pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13); 2 hr 26 min 11:50 am 12:20 pm 12:50 pm 1:10 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:25 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 9:50 pm 10:15 pm 10:45 pm The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) DIRECTOR'S HALL; Reserved Seating; 2 hr 26 min 11:20 am 2:30 pm 6:05 pm 9:20 pm Thor: The Dark World (PG-13); 2 hr 0 min 1:25 pm 4:20 pm 7:10 pm 9:40 pm 12:10 am






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FOOD ★★★1/2 AMBIENCE ★★★ SERVICE ★★★ VALUE ★★★1/2 667 West Boylston St., Worcester • 508-852-0005 •

Worcester’s newest takeout serves Middle Eastern Michael Brazell

Along a strip of West Boylston Street known more for major fast food burger chains than anything else, Golden Pita Grill specializes in terrific Middle Eastern takeout food at great prices. At 667 West Boylston St., at the property long occupied by Dunkin’ Donuts and across from Quinsigamond Community College, Golden Pita Grill opened during the summer of 2013 and primarily focused on Middle Eastern food, but has since diversified its menu to also include fried chicken to mixed results.

Having visited Golden Pita Grill several times over the last few months, I have been

able to try a number of their Middle Eastern items. Lillian and I ate an early dinner at Golden Pita on my last visit, walking into the restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Despite the underwhelming exterior – a neon awning, blown-up photos of Mediterranean food, and the still intact drive-through window from the previous occupants – the interior is warm and welcoming. Diners pass through a glass entryway that should probably be removed (again, a vestige from the old coffee shop) and are greeted by the main counter, with coolers on the opposite walls stacked with pre-made takeout items. On the right side of the restaurant is a pleasantly-decorated seating area, with a small counter with room for about four diners, and two four-top tables. In the center of the restaurant is a grill and cooking station where most of the meals are prepared in front of diners. In the evening, Golden Pita rarely has long waits, though the true rush usually comes around lunch time and early afternoon, as students departing Quinsigamond will stop in for a bite. We were greeted warmly and quickly placed our orders. We started with orders of spanikopita from the takeout area, which came with two pockets of triangular spinach

pies ($3 each), filled with spinach and feta with a slightly tart, lemony tinge. Lillian ordered the popular falafel sandwich ($5.50). Delivered in foil, about four falafel – deep-fried balls of ground and spiced chickpeas – were packed into a wrap of thick Syrian bread, with shredded lettuce, diced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and pickled onions held together with a delightfully tangy tahini dressing. While the falafel wrap is a personal favorite, I chose the beef shawarma sandwich ($7). Sliced off of a spit just behind the counter, this beef shawarma was tender and juicy, served in a doughy wrap with a deliciously lemony tabbouleh. Lillian and I accompanied our meals with a side of Golden Pita’s creamy and excellent hummus, a very smokey

baba ghanoush, and the restaurant’s homemade pita chips, which are very thin, crunchy and heavily salted fried pita crisps, which I’ve yet to find anything similar anywhere else. After many visits, Golden Pita has become a favorite takeout restaurant of mine, but not one without flaws. Meals can sometimes be inconsistent, especially with combo plates, as sides will vary from one visit to another, and the falafel wrap seems to have different vegetables in it at each visit. Further, Golden Pita has expanded to have a full fast foodstyle fried chicken menu and while diversity in a menu can be a good thing, in this case, it only serves to distract from the areas that Golden Pita truly excels at. Despite these minor hiccups, Golden Pita serves excellent Middle Eastern takeout food and is a great option for lunch or dinner in the Worcester area.

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Wine is App-Propos Al Vuona

Heini Zachariassen admits to being obsessed with technology. But it was his love of wine that inspired him to combine the two. The result is Vivino, one of the most popular wine apps in the world. Launched in 2009, Vivino helps both experienced and novice wine lovers navigate the vast and daunting world of wine. As Zachariassen explains, “We are an educational tool designed to assist wine lovers the world over.” When I spoke with Zachariassen, he was looking out the window of the Vivino offices in San Francisco, Calif. He likes the idea of being where the action is both in terms of technology and wine production. Vivino provides instant feedback on almost 2 million wines from all over the world. Some 10,000 new users a day have access to a wine’s origin, flavor profile, reviews and prices. Just send the image of a wine’s label via your smartphone’s camera and within seconds, information relating to that wine is easily downloaded. “This makes shopping for wine so much easier,” says Zachariassen. “If you are interested in a particular wine or vintage the Vivino app is a perfect way to assist you in the buying process.” The good news is that Vivino is free. You can access the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I asked Heini who prefers the Vivino app more, men or women? “According to our latest data, 52 percent [of users] are female and 48 percent are male. Women rely on Vivino to give them up-to-date information, which in turn makes purchasing wine less intimidating.” I asked Zachariassen if he envisions new applications that would complement Vivino. He enthusiastically responded, “How about access to Vivino via smart watches or glasses? We are constantly listening to our users. If demand for more services is warranted then by all means we will address the issue.” Only time will tell. In the meantime, Heini Zachariassen relishes the challenge of keeping technology on the forefront while enjoying a glass of his favorite pinot noir. That seems very App-Propos don’t you think? OF THE WEEK

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It’s Chili!


Warm up with Worcester’s chili offerings this winter

O’Connor’s Restaurant and Bar Sara Jane Nelson

O’Connor’s Restaurant shares a casual but rustic Irish hospitality with its food, beverage and service. It offers an authentic atmosphere with a large menu full of Irish-, European- and American-style options. I tried the Rich Riley’s Beef Chili and Chips for lunch. I was baffled by the portion size and really liked the aesthetic of the presentation. The waitress was also kind enough to warn me that the dish it was served in was very hot. This appetizer featured a “mug” of chili with cheese melted on top, along with chives. On the side was a heaping portion of colorful tortilla chips and sour cream. The chips and sour cream were typical and although the chili itself wasn’t mindblowing, the dish altogether was great. The chili had tons of ground beef in it – which I expected from the name – onions, peppers, chunks of tomato, lentils and two types of beans. For an appetizer portion it was plenty hearty and filling. Although it wasn’t very spicy, the waitress did offer some Tabasco sauce that went well with it. I also enjoyed eating it by piling it on the tortillas with some cheese and sour cream. The “mug” of Rich Riley’s Beef Chili and Chips will only cost you $3.50. This is probably the best value for an appetizer that I’ve ever come across. The larger bowl portions are also available for only $3.99.



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KJ BAARONS SUPPORTS YOUNG PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S EVENT KJ Baarons liquor store and speciality shop recently

relocated to West Bolyston Street in Worcester, blocks away from Elegance by Carbonneau. Katie Crock, KJ Baarons owner, will join with Lynn Carbonneau, owner of Elegance by Carbonneau, on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 at the women’s boutique shop for a Young Professional Women’s Association event to include gifts, discounts and a fashion show. For more information on YPWA and how to become a member, find YPWAWorcester on Facebook.

WARM UP WITH SOUP Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace recently doubled

its soup selection for winter, with rotating seasonal specials like Roasted Turkey & Farro, Split Pea & Ham, and Potato Leek. Soups are available in quart-sized containers to take home. A daily hot soup special is available for lunch, Monday through Friday. Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace, 408 Pleasant St., Worcester.


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WATERS FARM HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Waters Farm Homestead will open its doors to

the public as part of the town of Sutton’s Chain of Lights holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7. Free tours of the home build in 1757 will be given and apple crisp, hot apple cider and coffee will be available for purchase. Waters Farm, 53 Waters Rd., Sutton.

HANDMADE RAVIOLI AT ROSALINA’S Rosalina’s Kitchen on Hamilton Street is creating

unique offerings of ravioli, which the restaurant claims as being the only place in the city making them by hand. Made daily and offered each night during dinner, ravioli on the menu include pumpkin mascarpone, beet ravioli filled with goat cheese and pine nuts and the classic fivecheese. For those more daring, Rosalina’s also offers bacon cheeseburger, turkey dinner and

dessert ravioli, like peanut butter and Nutella fried and finished in a strawberry jam sauce with Fluff. Rosalina’s Kitchen, 83 Hamilton St., Worcester.

BAKERS WANTED Higgins Armory is calling all bakers -

professionals and amateurs - to register for this year’s 4th annual Gingerbread Castle Competition on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is a gathering of local bakers, culinary students and restauranteurs competing to create the best gingerbread castle. Museum visitors and a panel of judges will vote for their favorites while classical guitarist Carl Kamp performs holiday favorites with the Master Sings of Worcester. Bakers must register to participate no later than Dec. 7, but are encouraged to sign-up early for their name to appear on the Facebook and website event page. Visit to register and learn more about the event.

WILSON’S TRANSFORMATION Wilson Wang, owner of Baba Sushi on Park

Breakfast with Santa: Sunday, Dec. 15

Ave., has closed his recent venture, Kozara, next door to Baba. But, Wang has plans for the establishment. According to the Asian chef, he will be opening a Szechuan-style restaurant in the coming weeks.

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CHOPSTICKS CLOSES Chopsticks in Webster Square has closed and

word on the street is that it has been bought and will open under new management with a new menu in the months to come.

MASTER SINGERS WINE TASTING The Master Singers of Worcester will perform

at a wine tasting and silent auction event at Pakachoag UCC Church on Friday, Feb. 7, from 7-9:30 p.m. Savory treats, fancy desserts and a selection of fine wines from around the world will be offered. Checks or cash will be accepted, as well as credit cards subject to a service fee. Pakachoag UCC Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn.

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Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Free Live Acoustic Original Reggae and Jamaican Bassett Admissions Center, 3 Maywood St. Jay Graham. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Sqare, NRBQ. Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and “untamed genius Buffet at One Love Cafe. Both meat and vegetarian entrees. Dana Lewis LIVE! Classic Radio Hits from the 50’ s to the 80’ s Leominster. 978-534-5900. of the keyboards” for NRBQ since the band’s inception over four Call (774)272-3969 for reservations. $10 per person Buffett. 5-10 “The Soundtrack of your Youth.” Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster Open Mic Night w/ Host Ed Sheridan. Our weekly Open decades ago, is one of music’s true originals. Adams reignited p.m. OneLove Cafe, 800 Main St. 508-753-8663 or House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Mic Night is back for the winter/spring! Musicians of all kinds are the legendary Quartet with the addition of Scott Ligon on guitar & events/164007660454055. Thank Friday It’s Dr. Nat. Thank Friday It’ s Dr. Nat (TFIDN) is encouraged to attend and participate. Our ever-capable host Ed vocals, Bobby Lloyd Hicks (Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Worcester Academy Singers: A Holiday “Stroll”. The an unfettered romp through Nat’s musical imagination backed up by Sheridan plays host to this classic event. Advance registration not Forbert, The Skeletons) on drums and Casey McDonough on bass Academy Singers are selected from members of the choral classes his hefty piano chops and hip vocals! Special guests are welcome to & vocals. $26 advance; $30 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run at Worcester Academy. This group generally perform an eclectic mix required. Come share your gift! No Cover. 8-11 p.m. Blue Plate sit in, and often do! No Cover charge = tips appreciated! 5:30-7:30 Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 of vocal music suitable to a small ensemble, from Renaissance to p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, Cabaret Room or Outdoor Patio, 124 or Thursday Open Mic W/ Ed Sheridan. Free ! 8-11 p.m. Blue modern. Included with Regular Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Live Music. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Free to Members & Children under 6. 80’s party every Thursday with The Flock 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Take part in Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll on Sunday, Of A-Holes! with DAY ONE and FUNK FOR RiggaGoo with Bangfield, Klokwize and Visitors Center, 11 French Drive, Boylston. December 8, from noon-5 p.m. in the Lincoln Estate – Elm Park National NOW. You only have 4 more weeks to see the Flock more. RIGGAGOO - Classic Rock, Funk & Blues Diane Kelley’s Holiday Spectacular. Dancing gingerbread Register Neighborhood. Docent-guided tours in horse-drawn wagons will be given and on Thursday nights here at the Lucky Dog. They’ll still Jam-Band From The Brookfields - BANGFIELD men, twirling snowflakes, a kick line of reindeer and hot chocolate carolers will add to the festive spirit of the event. A small gift shop will be set up in one of the be playing here on weekend nights, but we’re hoping Live hip-hop/rock/ for everyone! Debuting at The Hanover Theatre last year, Holiday homes and wreathes decorated by local celebrities, including Congressman Jim McGovern, will be you’ll come check them out while it lasts! (facebook. funk/reggae with an edge fused together in perfect Spectacular is the new holiday tradition sure to have the whole auctioned off. A fundraiser cocktail party will follow the stroll, from 5-7 p.m. at one of the historic com/pages/Flock-of-Aholes/127019150125)The harmony! BANG BANG! $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky family tapping their toes and singing Christmas songs all the way homes to benefit the work of Preservation Worcester. Advance reservations can be made by phone newly re-vamped DAY ONE is 2nd ( Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or home! Performed by students at area dance studios with guest 508-754-8760 or at dayonenation) and FUNK FOR NOW is first. (facebook. artists. $26 and $32, depending on seating location. $3 discount com/events/209209315927873/) $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 Wooing Dorothy. Wooing Dorothy is a 4 piece available for members, groups of 10 or more, kids, students and a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363band playing tunes ranging from classics like “Ain’t WOO Card holders. 6:30-8 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Millbury St. 508-579-5997 or 1888 or Got You” (Yardbirds) and “Come Together”(Beatles) right through to Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or Open Mic. Open to musicians, poets, comedians or anyone with Audio Wasabi. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker modern tunes like “Kryptonite”(3 Doors Down) and “Oh Love”(Green Rose, Thorn and Fiddle and Celtic Chorus: Holiday a talent! Hosted by Patrick McCarthy. 6:30-9 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Day) with lots of fun in between. $5. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Blue Plate Concert. Rose, Thorn & Fiddle and Celtic Chorus is a group of Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or Karaoke Thursdays! Every Thursday Night! Hosted Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. young players and singers ranging in age from eight to eighteen. Dam Chick Singer. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 by DJ Fast Track! Come Rock the Mic Every Thursday Night Chittlen Brothers. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W A lively evening of Jigs and Reels, Tunes, Songs and Carols of the Water St. 508-926-8353. at Karaoke! 18+ No Cover! 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Season performed in a joyful and engaging style. Included with Caves on Mars. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Water St. 508-756-2227. Da Stand Up Guys Tour Presented by Sewey Hole Fam. regular admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Live Band Karaoke with Fingercuff. Live Band Karaoke with Hip Hop Concert Da Stand Up Guys Tour presented by Sewey Hole Free to Members & Children under 6. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tower Hill Chad Clements. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., Fingercuff EVERY Thursday at Angry Ham’s Garage Bar and Grill! Fam. Performing: Six, Boodang, Bruiz of da Outfit, Judah Priest and Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, 11 French West Boylston. Over 250 songs to pick from.sign up and sing with an AWESOME headlining Buddha Monk of Wu-Tang/Brooklyn Zu. Hosted by WNRC Drive, Boylston. FOLK: Christine Lavin and Uncle Bonsai Just One Live Band! 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Angry Ham’s 97.5fm Indie Corna’s Atlantis Price. $10. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, A Crooner Christmas with the Dale LePage Trio. 6:30 Angel. Amazing Things Arts Center welcomes Folk artists Christine Garage Bar and Grill, 2 Beacon St., Framingham. 508-620-8888. 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. p.m. - Museum doors open 7 p.m. - Concert Swing into the holiday Lavin and Uncle Bonsai Just One Angel “Christine Lavin is wildly The Russo Brothers! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’ s Bar and Restaurant, Demons Alley, The McGunks, Mach 22 [PA], and season with the multi-award winning Dale LePage Trio, as Worcester entertaining.” -The New Yorker. Expect fans’ favorites, new holiday 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Damn Shame! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Historical Museum invites you Home for the Holidays with a Crooner songs, and perhaps a surprise guest or two in a concert that College Night Featuring DJ Danny Fly. Come and Grove St. 508-753-9543. Christmas. Enjoy an evening of music and laughter with a mix experience Worcester’s HOTTEST College Dance Party! DJ Danny Fly coincides with the release of their new recording, Just One Angel, Live Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., of holiday favorites, American Songbook classics, and some toe v.2. It’s a sublime and sublimely humorous compilation of original will be spinning your favorite Top 40, Dance, Hip Hop! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Leominster. 978-537-7750. tapping originals. Free with museum admission. holiday songs by Lavin, Bonsai and fellow singer-songwriters NEW! “High Voltage Friday’s” High Energy Hardcore 7-8:30 p.m. Worcester Historical Museum, across the country. $30 general public; students & seniors $28; with DJ Chananagains! Every Friday Night! 18+ $10, Fletcher Auditorium, 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278. Union Music hosts its fourth annual Boston Classical Guitar members $25; children under 12 $15. 8-11:30 p.m. Amazing 21+ $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227. Rebecca Loebe Concert. This Berklee Society Performance Party on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m. The open Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or Windfall Classic Rock. Windfall is a classic rock cover band, graduate is one of the new vanguard of the mic event for classical guitarists will include a mix of performers and listeners. Union originating from Worcester. ( 9 p.m.-1 a.m. JJ’s next generation of new voices and talents in Music Performance Space, 142 Southbridge St., Worcester. Gale County. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508the folk community today. A great voice, great St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. 842-8420. songs and a fresh approach to the stage. Gamelan Gita Sari. Gamelan Gita Sari concerts are eagerly Audio Nation. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove $15. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, awaited and regularly play to standing-room-only crowds of all St. 508-793-0900. Industry Bar Room, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388 or ages. Under the direction of Ni Suasthi Bandem, in her first year as Bill Mccarthy @ Michael’s Cigar Bar. Classic & Karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. Zcalendar2014.html. Visiting Fellow in Balinese Performing Arts, dancers and musicians Contemporary Acoustic and Not-So-Acoustic Rock! Catch Bill 978-537-7750. Winter Concert with Hunter and Michael. Join us for present a rich sampling of pieces. These are always vibrant, varied playing a large variety of classic & contemporary acoustic rock: Metal Thursday! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’ s Chadwick Square Diner, an evening of music with talented musicians Michael Caprera on and immensely entertaining evenings. Admission is Free. 8-9:30 Beatles, Who, Dead, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, C.C.R., 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. piano, and Hunter Foote on violin. This event will focus on music p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Brooks Concert Hall, 1 College St. Elvis Presley, Stones, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, The Cars, Mystic River Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 celebrating the winter holiday season. Light refreshments will be 508-793-3490. Steely Dan, Warren Zevon, and much more! Free. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. provided. There will be a drawing for three graham cracker houses Get Down: DeMarkus Lewis - Bamboo. Nothing but Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Open Mic Night! 9-11 p.m. Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water made by the staff and three opportunities to kids to decorate their upbeat House Vibes to help you dance your way into the weekend. DJ One-3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, St. 508-926-8353. own ornament. Registration is REQUIRED. Copies of CDs recorded 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Thirsty Thursday with DJ Matty J. DJ Matty J helps you get 21+ Doors at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 before 11 p.m. $7 after 11 by Hunter and Michael will be available for purchase. Free. 6:30p.m. Add $5 to cover for unlimited hookah all night 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday Night Dance Party with DJ Blackout. DJ Blackout the weekend started early with old school jams, club remixes, HD 7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Reading Room, 236 Main St., Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629 or bringin’ the energy to get the party poppin’ all night long. No Cover videos and Karaoke. No Cover charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar Southbridge. 508-764-5426. events/392846024177096. charge. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508& Grill, 102 Green St. 508-438-0597. Assumption College Band Christmas Concert. The




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Valvatross - New England’s Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at premier horn band! an evening of original R&B, 9 p.m. $5 Cover Charge at the door. Soul, Funk, & good ol’ Rock n’ roll! $5 cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. London Billiards / Club 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Oasis, 70 James St. 508-799-7655. Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Amanda Cote & Scott Sheehan 4th Annual Boston Classical Guitar Duo. Amanda Cote Project returns to Society Performance Party. We are Legends Sports Bar & Grille, but this looking forward to hosting this open mike for time, as an acoustic duo! 9 p.m.-12:30 classical guitarists again this year. It usually a.m. Legends, Airport Road, Fitchburg. includes a mix of performers and listeners and 978-895-5883. an occasional builder or two. You can also bring Auntie Trainwreck. 21+, No an intrument for sale, or leave for consignment Cover! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wong sale or repair. Free with advance registration Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. recommended and appreciated. 1-5 p.m. Union 508-829-2188 or Music, Union Music Performance Space, 142 events/1386616388233939. The Workingman’s Band, featuring guitarist Tom Yates, performs at Cornerstones Southbridge St. 508-753-3702 or unionmusic. byoBlues. Come down to the Blue Restaurant & Lounge on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Cornerstones Restaurant & Lounge, 616 com/events.htm. Plate Lounge and enjoy Chicago style Central St., Leominster. Southborough Senior Songsters: blues with some R&B. $5 cover charge. “Holiday Harmonies”. The Senior 9 p.m. - Midnight. Blue Plate Lounge, Songsters are honored to be performing at 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Tower Hill with songs for the Holiday Season. Selections include Handel’s Messiah - Worcester Chorus. For over 100 years, KISS Forever- The Premier KISS show! The premier KISS White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Blue Christmas, Santa Baby and the annual Messiah holiday concert has become a local tradition and tribute is back at JJ’s this December! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports other favorites. Included with Regular Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. an integral part of the Music Worcester season. The 100+ voices of Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Free to Members & Children under Live Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., the Worcester Chorus will be joined by distinguished soloists, The 6. 1-1:45 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Leominster. 978-537-7750. Festival Orchestra and high school students through the Festival Visitors Center, Theater, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111. Live Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. RG Scooters Pub, 84 Lakefront St., Singers program, an educational outreach effort of the Chorus for “A Worcester Holiday” with the Worcester Children’s Lunenburg. 978-348-2453. interested local students. Adults $40, students $15, Youth $5. 8-10 Chorus. Join the Worcester Children’s Chorus as the celebrate the MT Presents: Soul Remnants (CD Release), Acaro, p.m. Mechanics Hall, Great Hall, 321 Main St. 508-754-3231 or season with a program of Holiday selections. $10, $5 Students & Coffin Birth, Weregild. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Seniors. 3-4:30 p.m. Assumption College, Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Live Bands. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7077. Real Cool Cats. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Holiday Concert. Please join us as students from the Worcester Place. 508-459-9035. Nancy Beaudette (and friends) Holiday Show. Amazing Music Academy perform a variety of holiday and non-holiday Suzanne Cabot Trio! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, Things Arts Center welcomes Nancy Beaudette’s (and friends) music. Concerts will take place at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. All 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Holiday Show Nancy Beaudette doesn’t just write songs: she paints are welcome, so please join us as we kick off this festive holiday Valvatross. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. them. Listen to Nancy’s music and you may find yourself seeing season! Free. 3-6 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-635-6900 or 508-853-1350. pictures, glimpsing a rich palette of colors in her guitar-playing, and Jubilee Gardens show! 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & noticing that the beautiful honesty of her voice and lyrics points Luanne Crosby: Secular, Silly, Sacred and Solstice - a Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or directly to your own heart. $18 general public; students & seniors Superfluity of Seasonal Songs. Songster and guitarist Ricky Duran. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. $17; members $15; children under 12 $9. 8-11 p.m. Amazing Luanne Crosby performs a repertoire of songs in a wide array of 508-793-0900. Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or styles from musicals to Motown, from blues to folk, from country to “Tantrum Saturdays” Dance Party Every Saturday jazz and from pop to rock - all on her ukulele. Included with Regular Randy Roberts Does Worcester Live! The Randy Roberts Night with DJ Tony T. Watch for the surprise contest each Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Free to week. 18+ only $10, 21+ only $5. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Club Remix, Show is an all live, multi-media tribute to some of the world’s Members & Children under 6. 3-4 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or most loved performers. Randy’s impersonations of Cher and Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, Theater, 11 French Drive, Dj Reckless. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Bette Midler have kept him in the spotlight for the past 20 years. Boylston. Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. $20 show only / $40 buffet dinner and show. 8-11 p.m. Grand Dana Lewis Live! Dana Lewis, Playing the greatest Hits from Hall at Union Station, 34 Washington Square. 508-755-1200 or 438-0597. Supernova Friday. The Supernova has arrived Worcester! Come out every Friday to Worcester’s hottest new nightclub, Bar FX, and be a part of Worcester’s growing EDM scene. Resident DJ’s Frankie Feingold & Goofy Bootz hit you with the hardest house in the city every Friday night. $10 (18+). 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bar FX, 90 Commercial St. 774-823-3555 or Top 40 Dance Party. Free. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Video DJ Jay Senior. No Cover. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. PiNZ Entertainment / Blue Dog Sports Bar & Grille, 110 So Main St., Milford. 508-4736611 or

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concert, starring DAUGHTRY, plus very special guest Artists to be announced. XLO’s Acoustic Xmas has sold out in advance every year, so make sure to purchase your tickets early. $65/$55/$42.50. 7-11 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or mechanicshall. elders, available at the door. Email: for more org. information or advance tickets 3-5 p.m. Our Lady of the Angels Community Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert. The Church, 1222 Main St. Community Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Big Jon Short - solo acoustic country blues. Free. 5-8 Hildy Schilling, takes the stage with a p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. lively concert of favorites. Free. 7:30-9 Dinner Dance With The Workingman’s Duo. The p.m. Fitchburg State University, Kent Workingman’s Duo - Tom Yates - guitar & vocales, Rick Maida Performances of “A Christmas Carol” will be staged by The Stratton Recital Hall (Conlon Music Room), 160 Players at the Fitchburg playhouse at the First Parish Unitarian Church on bass, + DrumBeats to help move your feet - will perform songs Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, 20-21, at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will ranging from easy listening and dance music from vintage rock to be staged on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children Woodstock. Free. 5-9 p.m. Peyton’s RiversEdge, 86 Powdermill Road, Open Mic Tuesdays/Local 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at First Parish Unitarian Maynard. 978-637-2154. Musicians Showcase @ Church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg. The Hangover Hour Spoken Word Salon 5pm; Then Greendale’s Pub with Bill Andy Cummings 8:30 p.m. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Mccarthy. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Blues Jam with special guests weekly 508-853-1350 or Worcester State Students Musical Performance Fall Free. 6-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. “See You Next Tuesday” with DJ Poke Smot! Student Recital. Student’s in Worcester State University’s Open Mic Sundays at Perfect Game With Bill Downstairs! Guest DJ’s and Bands each week! No Cover. Check Visual and Performing Arts program present instrumental and vocal Mccarthy. To check the schedules and open slots visit: for guests each week. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. pieces learned during the fall semester. 7-9 p.m. Worcester State Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. University: Sullivan Auditorium, 486 Chandler St. user=578549000. Free. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill ”Dam Chick Singer” with Denise Cascione, Joe Choral Arts Winter Celebration Concert. The Fitchburg and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. D’Angelo, & Pete Premo. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and State University Choir, Chamber Singers and student-led a cappella Josh Briggs and Friends. “Like” Wista Rocks on Facebook. Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. group Harmonic Velocity will perform; Dr. Marjorie Ness, director, No Cover charge. 9-12:30 p.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 ELECTRIC TUESDAYS are back at The Lucky Dog with William Ness, accompanist. Jillian Bailey, student conductor, Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. (always 21+). Worcester’s longest running DJ & live electronic and Theo Demosthenes, assistant student conductor will lead Karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. night bringing you the biggest names and the deepest bass week Harmonic Velocity. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fitchburg State University: 978-537-7750. after week! WOMP. $10 Free before 11 p.m. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Weston Auditorium, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J. No Cover Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or charge. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Center Bar & Grill, 102 Green St. 508electrictuesdays. Lucky Dog Monday Night Open Mike Jam. 8:30 pm 438-0597. Hip Hop/R&B/Blues/Soul every Tuesday Night. 21 plus 1:30 am The All New OPEN JAM hosted by Mike G. 9 p.m. - ? Bring $3 Ticket (door sales only) Doors at 6 p.m., music at 9 p.m. Different Axe, Stix, Voice. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 >Monday 9 Artists each week. Every Tuesday night hosted by Worcester own Green St. 508-363-1888 or The Back Bay Ringers. Amazing Things Arts Center Hip Hop, Soul Artist, Strat-OG. This weeks feature artist is blues/ Bop & Pop Jazz Organization. Classic Hammond presents: The Back Bay Ringers Back Bay Ringers (BBR) is an rock band, Good Question ( $3. Organ Quartet grooves every Monday night at the Dive. advanced, auditioned community hand-bell ensemble based in 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. 508-799-0629 find us Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Dive Bar, 34 Green St. Boston, Massachusetts. $15 general public; students & seniors on Facebook. BopNPopJazzOrganization. $14; members $12; children under 12 $8. 2-4 p.m. Amazing Karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or >Tuesday 10 978-537-7750. WXLO Acoustic XMAS Starring DAUGHTRY & Very Assumption College Jazz Ensemble Performance. The Special Guests. WXLO presents the 5th annual ACOUSTIC XMAS >Wednesday 11 Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents the Jazz Ensemble Holiday Festival Concert/Worcester Organ Concert Series. An annual holiday event, the final Worcester Organ Concert of 2013 features the Hook Organ, combined choir from area churches, Will Sherwood and Lucia Clemente Falco, organists. Admission is Free. Bring your own lunch or buy one at the Hall while they last. Free Admission. noon-1 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-5608 or Live Music with Matt Robert. The Worcester-based guitarist plays a blend of rootsy originals and interpretations of ancient folk, blues, and jazz, as well as current roots and rock tunes. Incorporating a wide range of guitar styles, including open tunings Each week your host Ginny talks to restaurateurs from and slide, as well as mandolin and harmonica, Matt ties a thread some of the top local eateries to spotlight what they do — between all types of seemingly disparate musical genres all with a their stories, their menus, and what makes sound of his own. ( 6:30-8:30 p.m. the local restaurant scene so great. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or Youth Ensemble of New England: Holiday Orchestral Concert. Included with Regular Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Free to Members & Children under 6. TUNE IN: Saturday 10am - 11am and Sunday Noon - 1pm 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, 11 French Drive, Boylston. Bands and Ensembles Winter Concert. Fitchburg State University Jazz Band and Concert Band present an array of instrumental music - both festive and traditional. Led by Professor Michele Caniato and Michael Lacava. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Fitchburg


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State University: Weston Auditorium, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978665-3347 or Wednesday Night Open Mic/Local Musicians’ Showcase w/ Bill Mccarthy @ Guiseppe’s. Free. 7:3010:30 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405 or =bookmark&__user=578549000. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment. 8 p.m.-midnight Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. 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. 8:30-1:30 p.m. Jillian’s Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Wacky Wednesday Night Jam @JJ’s Sport Bar. Open mic jam session, all are welcome. We offer a drum kit, bass rig and a full PA system for all to use. Guitar players please bring your own amp. Free. 8:30-12:30 p.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Clayton Willoughby’s Travelling Vaudeville show. 9 p.m.2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Hit The Bus. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Michael’s Cigar Bar, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750.


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, Creatures, Real and Imagined, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 7 - Jan. 11. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 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, Pen & Ink Art Display by Karen Sirard, Through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or Clark University: Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St. Clark University: Schiltkamp Gallery, 92 Downing St. 508-793-7349. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, CONstruct/ conSTRUCT: The Organizing Principle, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, through Nov. 29. 92 Downing St. clarku. edu. 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, reThink INK: 25 Years at Mixit Print Studio, Part II, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jan. 31. 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

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Through June 20, 2014. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (59 and over) $5, Students (with ID) & children (3-17) $2, Children under 3 Free, Groups (any age) $. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978598-5000x17 or Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas By Candlelight, Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 6 - Dec. 22. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or

Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-696-0909. Post Road Art Center, Opening Reception: Small Works Show 2013, Thursday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-4852580 or Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508-754-8760 or Prints and Potter Gallery, American Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Arts Center, Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Southbridge. 508-346-

3341 or Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: fre. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-7538278 or SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or Taproot Bookstore, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or TaprootBookstore. com. Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St. 508-3977139 or The Sprinkler Factory, Fire Works 11th Annual Holiday Open Studio, Friday; Indoor Games: Opening Reception, Saturday; Fire Works 11th Annual Holiday Open Studio, Sunday. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. 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, Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 30. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors & $7 Youth, Free to Members & Children under. 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Westboro Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or westborogallery. com. Worcester Art Museum, Holidays at WAM 2013, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 29; WAM Talk: Louise Virgin, Curator of Asian Art at WAM, speaks on “A Screen for the New Year: Pines and Plum Blossoms”, Thursday; Worcester Art Museum Audio Tours, Through Dec. 31; Meditation in the Galleries, Fridays, through Dec. 27; December Zip Tours, Saturdays, Dec. 7 - Dec. 28; Families @ WAM Tour, Saturdays, through April 13; Families @ WAM: Make Art!, Saturdays, through May 4; Works in Process: from Print to Proof, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 7 - April 15; Holidays at WAM 2013-Ballet Arts Worcester Presents The Nutcracker, Sunday; Sunday Sermon: Michelle Putnam, Professor at Simmons College, speaks on “Continual Enlightenment: The Vision of Saint Jerome & Age”, Sunday; U-student Wednesdays FREE admission to COWC students, Wednesdays, through Dec. 31; WAM Talk: Ihab Dabbagh of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester speaks on “Misconceptions about Islam”, Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10


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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, Cups, Cups, Cups!, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Dec. 5 - Dec. 24. 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; Stories They Tell, Through Dec. 31; Worcester in the 1960s, Through Feb. 8, 2014. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or Worcester Public Library, Silk Road Art Guild Exhibit of Art inspired by Literature, Sunday. 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, The Link: Paintings by Edward Oluokun, Through Nov. 19. 100 Institute Road.

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of the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock. This show will be Holiday Spectacular - Thursday, December 5. “The 3rd Annual the Diner. - Sundays, Sunday, May 13 - Wednesday, December a killer. A fund raiser for the award-winning radio reading service Holiday Spectacular” at The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts. 31. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove serving residents of Central Massachusetts who are blind. $25 per The Holiday Spectacular, written and produced by Diane Kelley, St. Call 508-753-9543 or ticket. 7-9 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, owner of Diane Kelley Dance Studios, is about an elf named Snap Mr. Smartass Theatre - Wednesday. Mr. Smartass Theater Sturbridge. Call 508-797-1117 or visit who Santa dispatches to Worcester to make certain there is enough is a live homage to the classic television program Mystery Science Gamelan Gita Sari - Friday, December 6. Gamelan Gita Sari holiday spirit! A great show for kids of all ages, Holiday Spectacular Theater 3000, Featuring Shaun Connolly, Michael Szymczak and concerts are eagerly awaited and regularly play to standing-roomincludes dancing gingerbread men, twirling snowflakes, a kick line Derek Ring. Every show is unique, every show starts at 9:30. Free. only crowds of all ages. Under the direction of Ni 9:30-11:30 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green Suasthi Bandem, in her first year as Visiting Fellow St. Call 508-363-1888 or visit in Balinese Performing Arts, dancers and musicians Barre Players presents a Christmas comedy “Fruitcakes” on Friday and mrsmartasstheatre. Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sunday Dec. 8 and 15, at 2 present a rich sampling of pieces. These are always StageTime Comedy Club - Saturdays p.m. Elements of the play include a a batch of fruitcakes, a Christmas hog, a chicken pox epidemic, vibrant, varied and immensely entertaining evenings. through December 13. Worcester’s Alternative southern spinsters, an estranged old man, Christmas trees and Christmas lights. Tickets are $14 for Admission is Free. 8-9:30 p.m. College of the Holy to Comedy. $10. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, adults, $12 for seniors 65 and old and students, $7 for children and free for those 12 and younger. Cross: Brooks Concert Hall, 1 College St. Call 50897-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit For reservations or more information, call 978-355-2096 or visit 793-3490. New England’s BEST Comedy Showcase! The Sort Of Late Show with Shaun - Friday, December 6. Stand Up for Laughs Comedy Connolly and the Over-Qualified Band Presents New England’s BEST Comedy Showcase Hosted By: Steve of reindeer and hot chocolate for everyone! Join us to see some of Thursdays through December 18. The only show of its kind here in Donovan of 104.5 XLO’s “Jen and Steve in the Morning” and the the Worcester area’s finest local singers, dancers and actors stirring sunny, sunny Worcester. Free. 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. host of NESN’s “The Batter’s Box” Featuring: Sean Sullivan - Winner up some holiday cheer in a fun and energetic performance! For Call 508-926-8877 or visit of the “New England’s Funniest Comic” Contest at Mohegan Sun. more information and to purchase tickets, go to thehanovertheatre. A Christmas Carol - Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December $15-$20. 8-9:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar org, or call 1(877)571-7469. $23-$32. 6:30-8:45 p.m. The 22. A Christmas Carol - This is our traditional heartwarming and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-949-1965 or visit Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit Christmas classic! We bring to life London of the 1800’s with Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all your favorite characters in this Irena’s Vow and Children of the Holocaust - Fridays, Meet Me in St. Louis - Thursday, December 5 - Saturday, heartwarming Christmas celebration. Make it a holiday tradition! Saturdays, Friday, December 6 - Saturday, December 7. This high Granite Theatre, 1 Westerly St., Westerly. Call 401-596-2341 or visit December 7. $18 Regular, $15 Student/Senior. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Calliope Productions Inc, 150 Main St., Boylston. Call 508-869-6887 school production focuses on the theme of courage. Based on a true story, Polish Catholic Irena Gut hides twelve Jews in the cellar of or visit The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays - Fridays, the home of Major Rugemer, her employer during World War II. In Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play - Friday, December Saturdays, Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 15. $17-$20. addition a short original production entitled Children of the Holocaust 6. Audio Journal’s Radio-Active Theatre once again takes the show 8-10 p.m. Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave. Call 508-753will also be presented. $7. 7-9:30 p.m., 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. West on the road. Murder, mayhem and other fun from the twisted mind 4383.

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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. Boylston Middle/High School, Auditorium, 125 Crescent St., West Boylston. Call 508-835-4475, ext. 307. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - Fridays, Saturdays, Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 22. $12 for admission, $6 for children. 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Fitchburg, 923 Main St., Fitchburg. Call 978-3456066. Saturday Nature Play - Saturday, December 7. Join us on the first Saturday of every month for “Saturday Nature Play with the Worcester Children’s Museum.” In December, we will have fun with “Natural Sensory Bins.” This drop-in activity is designed for children ages 2-8. Free with EcoTarium admission ($14 adults, $8 children 2-18, $10 seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium members. 10:30 a.m.-noon EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. Call 508-929-2700. The Nutcracker presented by Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts, Inc. - Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8. The Nutcracker is a magical performance that allows PMD ballet dancers ages 7 and up a beautiful opportunity to perform for family, friends, and schoolchildren. Children/Seniors $12/Adults $15. 2-3:30 p.m. Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1050 Westminster Road, Fitchburg. Call 978-422-6989 or visit Auditions - Pilgrim Soul Productions - Collected Stories - Sunday, December 8 & Monday, December 9. Collected Stories - By Donald Margulies Directed by Matthew J. Carr Production Dates: February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 9, 2014 at the Singh Performance Center Roles (stipend paid): 2 women. The older of the two characters spans ages 55 to 61; the younger 26 to 32. The ages are specified by the playwright; they will serve as a relative guideline in casting the roles. Preparation: Auditions will consist of readings (monologues and dialogues) from the script. Actors are strongly encouraged to read the play before auditions and prepare a short monologue from the script (2 minutes max). Reading copies of the script are available at the Periodicals Desk at the Worcester Public Library in Salem Square. (Visit htm for Library Hours.) Scripts (Broadway Version) are available for purchase from Synopsis: The conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend and finally threatening rival is one of those great topics. It resurfaces in Donald Margulies’s provocative play, which confronts the prominent short-story writer Ruth Steiner with her student turned confidante turned competitor Lisa Morrison. Sun. 2-4, Mon. 7-9 p.m. Alternatives Whitin Mill Complex: GB and Lexi Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Call 508-296-0797. Meet Me in St. Louis - Sundays through December 15. $18 Regular, $15 Student/Senior. 2-4 p.m. Calliope Productions Inc, 150 Main St., Boylston. Call 508-869-6887 or visit calliopeproductions. org/meetme.php. Worcester State Theatre and the Ghost Light Player 24-hour Play Festival - Tuesday, December 10. Worcester State Theatre and the University’s Ghost Light Players present a series of 10 minute plays capping a 24 hour period where students plan, create and write the plays. Admission is Free and open to the public. 8-10 p.m. Fuller Theater, Shaugnessy Building at Worcester State University, 486 Chanlder St. Call 508-929-8843. Auditions - Chicago - Wednesday, December 11 & Thursday, December 12. Large cast needed - ages 18 and up. All should prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and ability. There will also be cold readings from the script for main speaking roles and a movement/dance audition for all. 7-9 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College: Main building, Room 182, 444 Green St., Gardner. Call 978-630-9162 or visit

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“Stakes Is High”: Educating New Century Students. Today’s students are more technologically competent and globally connected than ever. However, those charged with teaching them often fail to fully engage “New Century” students and miss

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Don’t Miss the Bliss! Join The Bliss Healing Arts Grand Re-Opening Celebration. Bliss Healing Arts, an alternative and spiritual healing center, presents a weekend of Free events. Fri - drumming circle 7 p.m. Sat 12/7 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lectures on mind-body medicine; guided meditation for stress reduction; Sacred Path card reading; chakra balancing demonstration. Sun 12/8 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., The psycho-spiritual


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Downs. Look back in time to the extraordinary medical techniques practiced during the 18th and 19th centuries. Always entertaining and enlightening, Dave Downs acquaints his audience with unique, fascinating and extraordinary medical techniques practiced during the 18th and 19th century. His Medical Presentation is a memorable experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main St., Northborough. 508393-6298.

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The Venture Forum - Personalized Medicine. Personalized Medicine (PM) is the approach of customizing healthcare to both practices and treatment tailored to the individual patient. Gene expression array technologies and proteomics have led to the early stage development of novel biomarkers to treat disease including chronic infection and cancer. By identifying genes that are differentially expressed in certain types of cancers, our case presenter has developed profiles characteristic of an individual’s tumor or disease. In addition, novel biomarker assays are being developed to ascertain both drug efficacy and potential side effects to determine whether a patient will benefit from a potential therapeutic treatment. Members: Free; Non-members: $35 (USD); Students: $10 (USD); WPI faculty/staff/employees: Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. WPI: Campus Center, Rubin Campus Center, 100 Institute Road. A Mothers Journey Through Faith, Hope, and Courage. An Incredible and Inspirational Journey of a mother’s dedication to her three children. Determined to survive a tragic event, through Faith, Hope, and Courage. A mother being severely injured, her devoted husband and father of children killed instantly. Watching her son fight for every breath for survival. Her daughter’s, only three and five years old, traumatized, screaming in pain, wondering where their father and brother are. Burying her husband, her son having surgery after surgery, going to court to see the man who changed and conflicted their lives forever. She tries to stay strong, and focused for her children. Not being able to grieve the lost her husband. Making endlessly medical decisions and being with her son in the hospitals for many months. Waiting to see progress from her comatose son, seeing her little girls only on weekends, her girls acting out and missing their mother. Making the wrong choices of doing drugs and drinking and driving intoxicated. Those wrong choices caused her family to have a journey that no one should ever have to endure. 6:30-8 p.m. Charlton Public Library, Dexter room, 40 Main St., Charlton. 508-248-2094.

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Audio Journal, Worcester’s radio reading service for residents who are blind or vision impaired, presents a live radio play, An Evening with Alfred Hitchcock In Three Unfortunate Plays, on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Old Sturbridge Village. The performance is a fundraiser event for Audio Journal. Tickets are $25 each. Light refreshments, a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle will be offered. To reserve tickets online, call 508-797-1117 or email

opportunities to make maximum use of the exciting culture they are creating. Gloria Ladson-Billings, one of America’s leading educational theorists, will address the way youth culture is re-shaping culturally relevant pedagogy to cross racial, cultural, gender, linguistic, and global boundaries. 4-5 p.m. Clark University: Higgins University Center, Tilton Hall, 950 Main St.

approach to weight loss; mind-body practice dealing with cancer or chronic illness; shamanic journeying. All of the weekend events are Free. 7-10 p.m. Bliss Healing Arts, 63 Great Road Route62, Maynard. 508-481-2547. The Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show. The Northborough Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30PM. The evening’s program, “The Marvelous Amusing Quack Medicine Show” presented by Dave

Ecosystem Health Professional: Be One! . Speaker: Dr. Ted Y. Mashima, Associate Executive Director for Academic and Research Affairs, at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Ted Y. Mashima will share some insights on developing the professional competencies you need to be successful in this arena: communication, networking, management, and fundraising. Part of the Center for Animals and Public Policy’s Fall 2013 Animal Matters Seminar Series. Members of the public are invited to this Free seminar. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Varis Lecture Hall, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton. 508-839-7991 or animal_matters.

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Dirty Gerund Poetry Show! No Cover. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or



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Award-Winning Poet to Read in Princeton. Distinguished poet John Hodgen will give a reading of his work. The reading is offered by the Princeton Arts Society in conjunction with its annual Small Works Holiday Show and Sale. All are welcome. Free. 2:30-4 p.m. Princeton Center Building, First Floor (handicapped accessible), 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. 978-464-5977 or princetonartssociety.

class/ workshop >Thursday 5

Budding Scientists: What Makes a Shape Strong? Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium’s Budding Scientists program. Please pick up a ticket for your session at the Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Budding Scientists is designed for families and their children aged 4-6. You bring the curiosity, we’ll provide the smocks: This is active and interactive science, so children may get messy. In December, we will look at what makes a building or bridge strong. We’ll explore basic engineering by testing different materials and shapes to discover which is able to support the most weight. Free with EcoTarium admission ($14 adults, $8 children ages 2-18, $10 seniors 65+ and students with ID. 10:15-10:45 a.m., 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or

>Friday 6

Friday Night Fun with Glassblowing: Floppy Bowls. 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. Students will choose their own colors and will be guided through the steps from gathering, to applying colors, to blowing out the bubble and to spinning it open to create each unique floppy shape. No experience necessary. All materials are included.

A Wreath of Herbal Greens. Instructor: Betsy Williams Decorate your entryway with a fresh green wreath filled with fragrance and legends! The stories and textures of our ancient, traditional holiday greens come to life in this lovely 18” wreath. Begin with a fresh boxwood wreath and enhance it with accents of the needled herbs of Christmas: pine, juniper and rosemary. Finish the wreath with trails of ivy, sprigs of holly, fresh bay leaves,

Fire Works Studio, located within the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester, hosts its 11th annual Holiday Open House event this weekend, from Friday, Dec. 6-8. Artists from Central Mass. and northern Conn. Will welcome guests into the studio and sell their wares. The potters will also be available to discuss their work and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 7; and noon-4 p.m. on Dec. 8. Fire Works Studio at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester.

pinecones and seasonal berries. You will learn the Christmas stories of each of the greens as you work. All materials included. Member: $70, Non-member: $80. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124 or Electrolytic Salt Water Etching. In this workshop students will learn the low-tech method of saltwater etching. Unlike other methods, which use harsh chemicals, saltwater etching is safer and accomplishes the same results. Electro-etching is when the etching bath is electrically charged. During this workshop students will learn how to make their own saltwater etching baths and have the knowledge to create their own setup at home. Preparation of metal, etching solution and various kinds of resists will be discussed during this workshop. $94.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Ornament Making Workshops: Top Hat Snowman & Teddy Bear. Two ornament making workshops are ebing offered. The first workshop will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and you will be making your own top hat snowman. The second workshop will be from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and you will be making a winter teddy bear. The workshops are $30 each and all the supplies are included. Feel Free to join us for just one workshop or come and make a fun filled day

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of it. Please email or call us if you would like to attend one or both workshops. $30. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or Anne_Hunter.html. African Drum Class. Michael Rinker will introduce participants of all ages and abilities to djembe and dunun drums, the shekere, and other percussion instruments as well as traditional call and response songs. African Drums and instruments are provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Mark Baldi at 508-835-6489 or A portion of proceeds will be donated to the West Boylston Arts Foundation ( to support

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school arts & music. $15. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Beaman Memorial Public Library, Stiles Room, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 508-8353711. Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel. Have fun while learning how to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots, bowls, and pitchers. You’ll learn the basics of throwing, practicing on the wheel, decorating, and firing your own successful “first works” - all while under the instructor’s studied guidance. All materials are included. $55. 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508753-8183 or Make Your Own Beer Stein. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing in this fun one night course. 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. Pick up your finished Stein the following Tuesday after 5pm at the Boynton Restaurant and receive a Free Wachusett draft. Register today! Registration link below. $90. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or

>Saturday 7

Zumba(r) with Lauren’s Zumba(r) Network! 9-10 a.m. Lindiana’s School of Dance, 1291 Grafton St. 508-579-8160 or

>Tuesday 10

Build Your Brand w/Social & Get Real Results w/ Google AdWords. If you’re a small businesses owner, Freelancer, blogger or maybe you have web clients of your own - this is for you! There’s TWO problems I hear all of time surrounding online marketing right now; 1. “I don’t know how to use Social media to get results. I’m posting things on facebook or Twitter but I don’t feel like it’s doing anything. How do I really get results from social?” OR 2. “I’ve tried stuff like AdWords but it didn’t work or I just wasted money on ads. Should we be using PPC and how to we get it work for us?” Well the thing is those experiences aren’t ideal, but there ARE actually ways to get ROI from both Social and PPC. We’ve got two expert speakers to teach you how to get more results from each. Free. 7-9 p.m. EvolvingSEO Office, 100 Grove St. 508-9634413 or

>Wednesday 11

December Restorative Yoga Classes. Instructor: Lynsey Smith Relax during this holiday season. Classes include meditation and yoga practice. Member: $13, Non-member: $15. 6-7:15 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-8696111, ext. 124 or

dance >Thursday 5 and Saturday 7

Fitchburg State Dance Club Winter Shows. The Dance Club’s annual Winter Show features selections from many of the club’s classes in a winter theme. For ten years, this perennial favorite of high powered, exciting dance! As always, two performances Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. $5 General Public and Students. 7-9 p.m. Fitchburg State University: Weston Auditorium, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347 or cultural.

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Entertainment featuring THE GREAT WHISKEY REBELLION and Rich “The Amazing Dick” on ukulele, cocktails,Chinese food from Nancy Chang and prizes! Wear the Ugliest Sweater and you could win a Red Ryder BB Gun or a Leg Lamp!

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Blessed Virgin Prayer-never know to fail Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God; Immaculate Virgin,assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity. (Mention your request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. O show me herein You are my Mother Sweet Mother I place this cause in Your hands. Sweet Mother I place this cause in Your hands. Sweet Mother I place this cause in Your hands. 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, 3 Glory Be Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then publish it. It has never been known to fail. Thank you blessed Virgin Mary for listening to me and showing me love. thank you for praying with me and praying for me and my needs. May You and Our Lord Jesus show me favor and grant me what I asked. Amen.

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Needfull Things Antiques & Consignments 58A James St Worc. Ma 01603 Thurs-Sat 11:30 -4:30 Help build a better life for a foster child with Massachusetts MENTOR. As a foster parent you will receive a $350 weekly stipend per child, 24/7 support, & ongoing Skill Development. Call:508-368-2710 to find out more!

2-Snow Tires-Great Shape 205/65R15 95 H. Very low miles $50.00 for both. 508-865-1047

Now Hiring 7-D school van drivers. Village Transportation. 978-422-6808 Apply at: 125 Clinton Rd. Sterling, MA.

6’0" Anderson White Permashield Sliding Glass Door. $350.00. Call Richard 508-886-6897.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Business Partner wanted to assist in developing new customer base in a 1.25 billion dollar health and wellness company. Exceptional commission and bonus program. Extensive training provided. Must be career minded enthusiastic individual. Please call 774-614-1206 to arrange for a personal interview.

**Hairstylists Wanted** Rob Roy Hair Salon is seeking highly motivated stylists. Immediate openings for FT/PT. Benefits, advanced education, hourly plus commission. No clientele necessary. Email; contact Debbie @ 508-7548839 ext. 43

HELP WANTED LOCAL CNC Machinist CNC Machinist with programming skills for Haas VF1 mill. We also have a Haas TL2 lathe but VF1 would be primary job. Company is a product development and prototyping house so most runs are small, less than 25 pcs. Very varied work. Materials would range from SS to plastics. Temp to full time hire position. Other skills such as welding, mechanic, etc would be valued. 978-422-3400

Trailer Technician Full line semi trailer dealership looking for team member to join growing business in Worcester MA. Pay based on experience. We are a family business that offers a competitive compensation package. 802-598-7912

4-Michelin Snow Tires w/ five lug bolt rims. Size 195-55-R15 Used only 3,000 miles. $125.00 508-829-9882/603-494-9819

8 Light Chandelier Pewter finish. Like new. $125.00 978-8707133 Antique Glass Black iridescent lamp original white shade. 15" high. $100/BO 978-342-1474 Contemporary look solid oak hutch in perfect condition. Has glass shelves and light. A great deal for $85. 978-422-8906. Delta 6" motorized Jointer ToolKraft 10" Gap Bed Wood Lathe Delta Bench Mounted Drill Press all 3 $500 508-667-0155

CAREER TRAINING To land a Dream Job, you need an awesome interview. Interview Tutor Interview Prep Services 508-365-0077


where Quality still Matters. Valet Parking Attendants Needed. Work @ various locations in the Worcester Area. Full-time and Part-time positions available. Benefits included for Full-time including medical and dental. Fun outdoor work with potential for advancement! Customer Service experience is a plus. Between base+tips valets earn $11+ per hour. employment


Quality Assurance Analyst (Worcester, MA) sought by Umass Memorial Medical Center, Inc. to ensure accuracy of electronic data processing systems and applications at the Medical Center. Review requirements and design documents to develop test cases; Develop product and project based testing strategies, determine test environment and test data requirements. Req.’s BS in CS, Eng. or rel. field & 3 yrs rel. exp. Apply to: Leigh Corl, Supervisor, Admin. Staffing, 67 Millbrook Street, N. Building, FL 2, Worcester, MA 01606.

Entire downhill ski package. Incl’s skis, bindings, boots size 9 1/2, goggles gloves. Exc. cond. $45.00 cash 508-829-9240. Furnace. Forced hot air, down draft, small oil furnace. Great for garage, workshop or mobile home. Call Paul 978-355-3454 Glenwood Antique Stove. Burns wood & coal. Good cond. Asking $500.00 508-930-1896

Snowblower comp. No HS5067166O SER-9128 Needs pulley for drive mechanism. $200 or B/O 508-757-7978 Snowthrower Toro 2 stage Heavy Duty 24" wide 10 hp. electric start chains runs exc. Del avail. $550.00 508-829-6009 Treadmill Proform 630DS Runs great. $150.00 774-261-2450 Vintage Fireplace screen set Text- brass screen, andirons, tools, mesh screen, good shape $150.00 508-754-1827 FOR SALE Sears Craftman 12" - 2 speed Ban Saw 1 1/8 HP 6" depth cut Built in work light Work surface 23" x 27" Tilt blade of 45 degrees $100. or Best Offer 508-752-2768 FURNITURE NEW QUEEN $149 pillow top mattress set

New in plastic, Can deliver, Call Luke 774-823-6692 WANTED TO BUY Cash for Stamp Collections Will evaluate or buy. Stamp questions? Call Ron 413-8963324


Large mens raccoon jacket $150.00 or B.O. 774-287-4976


Makita Mitre Saw 10" blade. Very good cond. $65.00 or B/O. 508-414-2246

Volunteer for Research Study on Bone Health and Exercise

Memory Foam Mattress beautiful. Brand new. Queen size. $250.00 508-987-7089 Men’s leather medium jacket w/Am. Flag & navy emblem on back. Never worn $99.00. Diane (508) 981-1941 Microsuede fabric loveseat Red. Excellent condition. Asking $150 508-853-0175

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) O most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity, O Star of the Sea, help me and show me where you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity, (make request). There are none that can withstand your power, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and you must publish it and your request will be granted to you. FML

GRAFTON & MILLBURY 1 & 2BD Apts. starting at $795 & up. Some incl’d heat & hot water. New paint, off st. prkg., onsite laundry. 1st/sec. 508-8395775 One bedroom Apartment duplex, private quiet. Heat, hot water and electric included. No smoking. $700/m 508-886-2185 RUTLAND CENTER 2BD, 2nd fl, FREE HOT WATER. Tons of space. Modern with view of common. $850/m does not incl. heat. 4BD, 3rd fl. Tons of space. Fresh paint. New tile floor. FREE HOT WATER! Tenants supplies heat. $1050/m. Refs req’d. No pets. 978-257-0202 RUTLAND-3BD Townhouse 1.5 BA, Fully appl’d incl. w/d. Deck & yard. Prkg for 2. No pets/no smoking. Avail midJan. $1250/m. 508-250-1376 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY BARRE Start or expand your office. Business Zoned Property/Home. For Sale or Rent. See MLS #71446584 Call Paul at 978-355-3454

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REAL ESTATE Healthy women 25-35 wanted for 2 yr study in your home. Compensation provided! 508831-5338 email:

APARTMENT FOR RENT 2-BR in-law apt. -- $800/mo. H/HW/cable/wi-fi incld. 3rd flr, 1 prkng space Cats ok. 978-660-2394

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Space for Rent: HOLDEN 1105 Main St approx 1000 sq feet available 1-1-2014 call Sue at 508-829-4333 x301

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

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


1999 Acura TL well maintained, reliable car. good tires, exc sound system, drives well, ht’d seats and more. Lots of power! Luxurious and sporty! 1 owner. Garaged. Brian $2,900 508-865-4410


CONDOMINIUM FOR RENT HOLDEN - HUGE, bright, open concept, one level, 2BD/2BA condo w/walk-in closets, lge windows & high ceilings. W/D hkups. $1700/m incl’s heat. Also, 2BD townhouse. $1500/m incl’s heat. 508-667-7434 REAL ESTATE WANTED WE BUY HOUSES FAST CASH 508-499-8595

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

2006 Ford F250 2006, 4X4, clean, low mileage, plow and utility box included. $16,000 978-464-2630 AUTO/VAN 2002 Kia Sedona 160K miles. Moon roof, AC, power front seat. Runs well. $2,500.00. 978-400-6232

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6 cylinder gas. Very good cond. Runs exc. $3500.00 195k miles. Located in Sutton, MA 774-287-0777

2008 Suzuki GSX 650/K8. All black with silver and red trim. Less than 850 miles. Cover, new battery, and lock. $5500.00 508-792-6080

1995 Lincoln Town Car White w/black roof. Interior black leather. Exc. cond. Moon roof. 108K miles. Asking $2000.00 508-842-8691

AUTO/SUV 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer Great condition. New transmission. Low miles. 4WD. $4,799.00 Dan 508-641-6839 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe White, 93K miles. Cruise control, A/C, power, seat warmers, loaded. Recent new tires. All leather. Clean, well maintained. Asking $6700.00 508-8862370 2010 Subaru Forester 2010 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium loaded, 4WD, Automatic, navigation, $8800, call or text for more details 508-687-0596.



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

Select Fresh Cut Christmas Trees Balsam • Fraser Fir Good Selection of low budget trees also. New Open 7 Days A Week

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2006 Honda S2000 ext Black int Brand new top 93oct/synth oil only used Florida car adult owner 59k miles $16,500 508-816-0141 CAMPERS/TRAILERS 1998 Dutchman Pop-up Camper Refrigerator, stove, sink. Heater, port o potty, kitchen table. Sleeps 8. $1700.00. 978840-0782 Ask for Kenny.


345 Central St., Leominster

1 Miles South of Leominster Center on Rte. 12

BILL “THE TREE MAN” Handmade Fancy Wreaths, Garlands

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


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

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

Call for Details (Must mention this ad during inquiry)

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Opening Fri Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 Dec. 6, 7, 8 & Dec. 13, 14, 15 9:30 a.m.-Dusk • 978-464-2413

2001 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, Rare car, loaded, mint condition. $7,995 508-875-7400

1962 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe. Older restoration. Nice driver. $8,500 978-422-6646

2008 Honda Metropolitan Scooter Black and gray. Mint cond. 469 miles. Asking $1650.00. Includes helmet. 207289-9362 OR 207-450-1492.

Choose & cut your own hand-sheared, premium quality trees.

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


1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Sedan. 79k miles. Grey exterior and interior. $6500.00 or B/O 774-242-2370

Route 31 at Holden/Princeton Line.

Ready-to-Plant Potted Christmas Trees


N E W Pick-Up or Shipping Available

Wreaths - Poinsettias Roping - Gift Certificates

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Deposits conveniently taken over the phone.

PARTS & ACCESSORIES Used Auto Parts 91-day guarantee. Engines, transmissions, wheels, mirrors & tires. Excellent service, junk car removal. Amherst-Oakham Auto Recycling, 358 Coldbrook Rd, Oakham, MC Visa Disc & Amex. 508-882-5241

Trust us to do it once and do it right.

• Foreign & Domestic • Early & Late Model • Engines • Transmissions • New Radiators • Gas Tanks • Wheels • Tires • Balancers • Exhaust Manifolds • Window Motors



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

NEW CONSTRUCTION 260 Grove Street * Paxton, MA 01612 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Available for Fall OCCUPANCY The Hills at Paxton Village is a brand new apartment community in a wooded, peaceful setting offering maintenance-free living to seniors* 62-years of age and older. Our pet friendly and smoke-free community offers (45) one-bedroom and (5) two-bedroom units, a community room and fitness center, walking trails and an exterior terrace with landscaped garden area. The Hills at Paxton Village offers seniors an active lifestyle, including access to area concerts, art exhibits and educational venues, while conveniently located near high-quality medical services. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this vibrant new community! $896 One Bedroom

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

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

$1,071 Two Bedroom

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

STORAGE Auto or Boat Storage 14’x36’ $210/m Also, 1000 sq. ft. w/loading dock. $420/m Rutland. 207-280-0687

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

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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

industrial items • machine lights steel furniture • carts • brackets trucks • signs • shelf stock barn & garage items and more...


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Maximum income limits, per household size, not to exceed 60% of AMI (gross income) 1 Persons 2 Persons $35,160 $40,140 Minimum income limits apply (please inquire for details) ‘Head of household must be 62 years of age or older. Other household members must be at least 55 years of age.

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

BARRE Happy Holidays! Before you buy, be good to yourself and visit us on the weekend at Waterwheel Village, 2291 West St., (Rte. 122) a 55+ Community featuring 100ft x 100ft sites surrounding a wilderness pond. Real nice resales starting at $19,900. Buy or Possibly Rent to Own. Call Paul at 978-355-3454



Indoor Storage- Cars, Boats, Campers. Safe and Secure. Oct.-May $375.00 Sterling 978-618-0717

Unwanted Cars & Trucks Junk cars. We pick up. Pay top dollar cash, $250 & up. Titles necessary. Girard’s 978-2974883 or 978-790-7110 Open 6 days a week. We also sell used parts. 978-297-0605


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45 LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION Docket No. WO13P3713EA Estate of: Thomas T Stratford Date of Death: 09/26/2013 To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by: Debra A Santon of Sutton MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that: Debra A Santon of Sutton MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on 12/24/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 22, 2013 Stephen G. Abraham, Register of Probate 12/05/2013 MS

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WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING ENTRY ACCESS SYSTEM UPGRADES – VARIOUS (8) LOCATIONS Worcester, Massachusetts INVITATION FOR BIDS The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) will receive sealed General Bids for WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING ENTRY ACCESS SYSTEM UPGRADES – VARIOUS (8) LOCATIONS, Worcester, Massachusetts until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 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 Costs $159,000, (add Alternates No. 1 & 2) $83,000 General Bidders: General Bidders shall be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in the following category of work: General Construction. Filed Sub-Bids: Filed sub-bidders shall be DCAMM-certified Filed Subbidders certified for the trades listed below. 1. Electrical Work: Section 16000, ELECTRICAL WORK. All such filed sub-bids shall be in the possession of the Worcester Housing Authority not later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Bid Deposit: General and Sub-Bids must be accompanied by a bid deposit which shall not be less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount, (considering any alternates), and made payable to the WHA. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pickup at Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605 after 9:00 am on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. There is a plan deposit of $50.00 per set [maximum of two (2) sets] payable to the Awarding Authority. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $40.00 per set, payable to the Awarding Authority, to cover mail handling costs. A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013, on the ground floor Community Room of the Webster Square Towers, 1050 Main Street. The contact Person for the WHA is Stanley Miknaitis, Senior Project Manager, Modernization Director, Telephone: (508) 635-3311. Worcester Housing Authority Date: November 27, 2013 Arthur T. Sisko, Chairperson

WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS December 5, 2013 SEALED BIDS shall be received at the Purchasing Office, 69 Tacoma St., Worceseter, MA 01605 IFBs maybe picked up at the location above or may be downloaded from our webiste: purchasing, or call (508) 695-3203, TDD (508) 798-4530. Bidders are responsible for ensuring they have received any/all addenda prior to submitting a bid. Separate awards will be made for each IFB. WHA reserves the right to reject any all responses, in whole or in part, deemed to be in their best interest. Award of all contracts is subject to the approval of the WHA Executive Director or Board of Commissioners. The Operating Agency shall indemnify and hold harmless the WHA and its officers or agents from any and all third party claims arising from activities under these Agreements as set fort in MGL c.258, section 2 as amended. Bid No. Release Date Project Title Bid Surety Bid Opening 13-36 12/5/2013 Insurance - Combined January 23, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. (Fed Property and General Liability) Re Cappoli Chief Procurement Officer Visit our website at:



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TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from Roy Ahlen, 10 Harris Ave., Millbury, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: front yard setback for the construction of an addition to the existing home at 10 Harris Ave., Millbury, MA All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 11/27, 12/5/2013 MS

TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 At: 7:20 p.m. To act on a petition from: Jodi Healy, 4 Sutton Rd., Millbury, MA For a sp. permit in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: the installation of an illuminated message center for real estate office at 4 Sutton Rd., Millbury, Ma All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 11/27, 12/5/2013 MS

John Creedon Jr.


Two minutes with...

John Creedon Jr. likes baseball. There’s a sign in John’s house that reads “we interrupt this marriage for baseball season” not because he’s the owner of Worcester’s newest baseball team, the Worcester Bravehearts, but because his wife Shannon, a former New Yorker, is a Yankees fan. When their first of two sons was born, John and Shannon called a ceasefire with all their friends and relatives. No Yankees or Red Sox gear could be purchased for the new baby. Shannon’s mom hails from St. Louis, so the boy got a Cardinals hat, a neutral gift. John works with his father and sister at their family business Creedon and Co., an event catering and tent company. What started as a streetlevel diner on the first floor of a triple-decker grew into a catering company. The catering company grew and branched off to include tents. They now have a tent big enough to cover three football fields that they set up around the country. John resides in Worcester with his family.

Worcester’s newest baseball team has a name, the Bravehearts. Tell us about this name? Baseball is a community project,

we wanted to involve the community right out of the gate and the best way we could see to do that was to open the name up to the community. We had a tremendous response, we had over a thousand name ideas, and lots of repeats, lots of names that are quintessentially Worcester but were already taken by other teams. We didn’t want to use names that other teams already had. The significance that Kevin Hunt from Charlton attached to the name resonated with the community. The brave component is for the men and women in uniform serving locally and abroad. More particularly it’s a tribute to Worcester’s fallen firefighters. The hearts, a reference to Worcester being the heart of the commonwealth.

What were some of the other names being considered? The Rockets with the Dr.

Goddard connection, The Hilltoppers for the seven hills of Worcester, but of course The Rockets belong to Auburn and The Hilltoppers belong to Worcester Academy. Then there was The Highlanders … which belongs to Doherty. We reviewed all of the submissions with an eye towards uniqueness and significant ties to Worcester. So we ended it with five finalists, Bravehearts, Freight Trains, Canal Diggers, Mighty Casey’s and the True Blues. Overwhelmingly the public, by a two to one margin, were in favor of the Bravehearts.

How are things going with the team? Do you have any of your players signed? Things

are going well with the team. We’re part of the Futures League, which now has 10 teams with Worcester and it’s a great robust, exciting brand of baseball.

We’ve been working very close with the commissioner of the league and he’s helped us assemble a tremendous roster. One of the other unique aspects of the league is that each roster is comprised with half local kids who have either grown up or are studying in New England and the other half is made up from kids from around the country. It’s a great opportunity to showcase local talent.

Tell us about your host family program?

We’re looking to host our players with families in and around the community. Other franchises have had great success making that connection within the community. It tends to be a great experience if host families have young kids. They take to the players and enjoy hosting a high caliber baseball player for the summer. We’re currently in the process of recruiting qualifying host families to match them with our players.

want to come back for the next game. Our schedule just came out last week, which gives us a great jump. It’s not unusual for independent professional leagues or other minor league teams to not have a schedule until after the first of the year. So this gives us a great jump in time for the holidays, for stocking stuffers, for gifts. We’re going to have a first run of apparel that will be available to the public very soon as well.

Do you have a target audience? Our target

drawing locally as well from around the country. We’ve got four players from Holy Cross, athletes from Tufts, Northeastern UMaine, UConn.

audience is families. We’re not going after business executives who are going to drive to Boston and pay exorbitant prices for tickets and concessions and parking. Our fan base will be local families, that’s who we are trying to resonate with in the best way we know how.

How would you gauge public enthusiasm for next year’s season? How are season ticket sales going? Season tickets just went

Baseball has momentum in Massachusetts with the Red Sox winning the World Series. Will this trickle down to the Bravehearts?

Have you signed, or are you looking at anyone from Worcester colleges? We’re

on sale this week. We’re optimistic, we couldn’t have asked for this project to be better received by the community since we announced it at the end of September. We’re currently in the process of finalizing single-game tickets. The point is to keep single-game tickets very affordable so that a family of four can go to the game for between $20-$25. Once there, in the stands, we want to give them a secondto-none fan experience where kids will

I certainly hope so. People will usually check out with baseball in September and, of course, the Red Sox made their great run and kept it very much in the front of people’s minds. Our timeline, we announce that baseball is coming back to Worcester September 30; we were a fortunate recipient of that. What I’ve learned working in the baseball community for a short time is that when the Red Sox have success, it lifts the tide for all baseball

boats. All of baseball in and around New England benefits from the Red Sox.

Home games start at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on June 5. What can we expect? You can expect an exciting

brand of baseball. We’ve got a great field manager in place, Alex Tezza, who in the coaching world is going places. We’re very lucky to have him in place. We want to provide an elite experience for our athletes and a very enjoyable experience for our fans. The better experience we can provide for our athletes, the better experience it will be for our fan base. We also want our fans to be accessible to our players. The players will be available before and after the game to talk to kids, to sign autographs. This is an experience for these athletes who are on their way up, they are learning how to be public athletes. Worcester being a college community, it’s a good fit. It’s going to be an exciting, high caliber, hustle brand of baseball, it’s going to be fun to watch and, of course, it’s going to be affordable with family entertainment, games going on before, during and after the baseball game, a great fan experience including fireworks, sound effects and music. We’re going to try to touch all the bases with the experience. -Steven King, Photographer and writer



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Worcester Magazine December 5, 2013  
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Worcester Magazine December 5, 2013