He was a genius!

Surprise! Listening to WARREN ZEVON this morning!  (Jett with the CD) Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Warren … . Blasting him in my car as I make my way through Worcester, working on InCity Times!


My favorite song off the CD? “Genius”!!

Z. lyrics are a miracle! And can we talk about all his heart-breaking/beautiful/hot-shit melodies?!
– R. T.

“Albert Einstein was a ladies’ man/
While he was working on his universal plan/
He was making out like Charlie Sheen/
He was a genius …”/  
  – Warren Zevon

From our fave Farmer’s Market folks!!

REC News …

YouthGROWers Attend Dismantling Racism Training & Graduate from Worcester Youth Leadership Institute

Just as our summer season drew to a close, YouthGROWers Jaquale Welds, Ralph Weah, Mykel Deleo, and Carlos Morales attended a three day Dismantling Racism training sponsored by the Worcester Partnership for Racial and Ethnic Health Equity.

All four youth reported major shifts in perception after the training and are excited to think of creative ways to share what they learned with the larger group. Jaquale Welds reported that the training “really opened my eyes to things he had never seen before.”

The following week, Ralph Weah and Chad McClain graduated in the inaugural class of the Worcester Youth Leadership Institute. This new initiative works to connect youth and adult leaders in the areas of city government, education, and the non-profit sector with the goal of exposing youth to the multiple opportunities to future careers in Worcester as well as mentoring our city’s future leaders.

The YouthGROW staff is extremely proud of the great accomplishments our youth have made over this past summer, both during program time and through opportunities like Dismantling Racism training and the Worcester Youth Leadership Institute. With ten youth leaving to start college this fall and 14 new teens joining our family this year, we can’t wait to see what YouthGROWers will go on to accomplish!


Healthy Childcare Trainings

The REC’s Environmental Health & Justice Program is conducting training on toxic use reduction in Daycare centers in Worcester.

The goal is to train and educated staffs and janitorial staff to reduce the use of toxic cleaning suppliers.

The Healthy Childcare trainings promote and increase awareness and understanding on the part of Worcester’s childcare centers about the harmful impact of hazardous cleaning supplies on health, particularly on the health of children in childcare centers.

It will also create awareness about harmful impact of hazardous cleaning supplies on the environment, as these products usually go down the drain after cleaning and threaten water quality, fish and wildlife.


They’ve been here for Worcester for 20 years, REC has! … To learn more about REC farmers markets and their work to improve the lives of inner-city residents, teach us all about environmental justice, healthy eating, a healthy community … CLICK HERE   

- R. T.

BE A FAIR-HOUSING tester!!!!


Do you think its fair for someone to be denied the home of their
choice because of their race, disability, or because they have kids?
Then help us end housing discrimination!

Become a fair housing tester!
Housing discrimination occurs when someone is denied housing based on his or her:


national origin,


children or family status,



veteran status,

source of

and more.

Housing discrimination is ILLEGAL.
The Worcester Fair Housing Project works to end housing discrimination.

One of the ways we
do this is by sending fair housing testers into the community to investigate claims of housing
discrimination. We train our testers thoroughly, and offer small payments for any testing done
for us.
Benefits of becoming a Fair Housing Tester:
 We provide all training, and pay $75 for attending (upon completing a practice “test”)
 No experience necessary
 Limited time commitment
 Earn $25-60 for assignments
Requirements for Fair Housing Testers:
 Must have own transportation
 Must have a telephone
 Must not have felony conviction or convictions of crimes involving fraud or perjury
Call us to find out more about Fair Housing Testers or to sign up for our next training session!

Worcester Fair Housing Project
(508) 752-3718

From the Worcester NAACP branch

Let’s Get Out The Vote!

This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be canvassing neighborhoods in the 15th Worcester District, Ward 3, Precinct 4.

 5 pm – 7 pm registering new voters …

… and reminding existing voters to exercise their VOICE and POWER!

This week we’ll be meeting in the Ad Care Hospital parking lot at 104 Lincoln St., at 4:45pm.  

Contact Chuck Jackson, Political Action Co-Chair @ 508.450.5654 or lendingdollars@gmail.com to volunteer.
Let’s It Turn Up, Turn It Out and Get Out The Vote!

In Main South – at Clark University – VERY COOL! Be there! FREE!

Clark University – fall dialogue symposium!

Events free and open to the public:

Two Women Talking: RESTOR(Y)ING Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Tradition

7 pm

Thursday, October 2

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

In this LIVE unscripted performance, Benaifer Bhadha and Monsoon Bissell weave their life stories together — stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition.

Bhadha currently teaches with Narativ, Inc and has worked as a clinical social worker, human rights activist, and community organizer. Bissell has an active coaching practice and is the Co-Dean of Programs for the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Clark University.

Narrating Race: A Community Conversation

7 pm

Tuesday, October 7

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Enter into the space where words, images, and stories of race intersect to explore the role of narrative in the way we talk about race. Betsy Huang, associate professor of English and Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University, will facilitate the discussion.

What Do You See? An Artist Talk and Exhibition Opening

7 pm

Wednesday, October 15

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Photographer Wing Young Huie has captured images of the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society over his 35-year career. By exploring and juxtaposing “authentic selves” and “idealized realities,” each photograph tells multiple stories about the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

Huie’s best-known projects are large-scale public installations, and his work has generated five books. In 2012, he opened The Third Place, a gallery in South Minneapolis that invites artists and thinkers to engage in salon-style discussions with the public.

The exhibition will run from October 15 through December 17.

Caregiving as Moral Experience

7 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Dr. Arthur Kleinman will discuss the primacy of the patient’s lived experience of illness, the relationship between narrative and caregiving, and the ways in which the humanities and interpretive social sciences matter for doctors and other caregivers.

Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University.

Fright Night in the Higgins Lounge

7 pm

Wednesday, October 29

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Clark University Professors Gino DiIorio, Jay Elliott, and Jennifer Plante will offer readings of their favorite scary stories and explore the power of narratives that play upon our most basic fears and vulnerabilities.


By Edith Morgan

If you are as old as I am, you probably remember this sentence, from the old black and white TV program, called “Dragnet.” It comes to my mind so often nowadays, as I watch the news, listen to the radio, read the papers, and talk with people: “Just the facts, Ma’am.”

For fun, I watch “Judge Judy” so often try to get the witnesses before her to stick to facts, get to the point, stop venting and embroidering, and enable her to get to the bare bones of the truth so she can fairly and legally render a decision. So many people who appear before her have hidden agendas, seek revenge, or on occasion want to use the legal system to achieve non-legal aims. She usually displays an amazing ability, in her half-hour, to get at the “kernel” of truth hidden in all the attempted verbiage.

I often wish the media news could cut to the core and give “just the facts” and let us make up our own minds, once we are armed with the facts.
We have an opportunity to insist on getting “just the facts” before the upcoming election in November – an opportunity to make some real, intelligent choices.  The newspapers have been publishing profiles and positions, as well as backgrounds, of the various candidates. Those are facts: age, education, work history, experience, and the candidates’ own statements as to where they stand, when questioned. If we take some time to compare, analyze, and judge what they mean, we ought to be able to make intelligent choices when we get our ballots.
There will be the forums, debates, and maybe even the discussion with neighbors and friends which will flesh out the details about each candidate.
More and more I plan to ignore the expensive ads, the incessant calls, pleas for more and more money, always with dire predictions if I do not send $3, $5, or more, and mailings. I keep informed, help those I know to be worthy of my support and vote, and grow more and more resentful  at the constant intrusions into my home and above all my time.
I always vote – and have no patience with people who do not.

It seems as if the easier we make it – with long hours, convenient locations, absentee ballots, helpful poll workers, special machines for those who are handicapped, etc..  – the fewer vote.

All over the world people are making huge sacrifices for the privilege of having their individual voices heard, and we here can not be bothered.
I hear all kinds of lame excuses – “all politicians are crooks, “ they are just out to help themselves”, etc. This from people who take the easy way out by not bothering to get the facts, and who simply repeat gossip they may have heard.

I know how hard it is to serve the public – and I know that there are no more rotten apples in public service than there are in any human endeavor – it’s just that they are more visible, and more subject to our control, IF WE VOTE.

Just sayin’ … and some tunes …


ICT editor Rosalie T. with her can of Cannellini beans. Price Rite brand. Cheap-o.  Throw on top of salads … Good for you:

Protein 7 grams, iron 10%, fiber 15%, fat 0

ZERO animals killed/made to suffer … 


My new-found love: country music/blue grass … The genres’ greatest musicians’/singers’/song writers’ roots are so hardscrabble: parents or grand parents coal miners, share croppers. Many of the icons themselves, like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, even Dwight Yoakam, spent many a year working in fields, driving trucks, hauling and shoveling … This music is a true mirror of working-class American life/feelings. LOVE IT … – Rosalie Tirella

Tomorrow! In Main South: UGROW Gardening Workshop!

Intro to the Wild World of Medicinal Edible Plants

Celebrate the autumnal equinox with us tomorrow at REC’s UGROW Netowork’s (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) newest workshop: Intro to the Wild World of Medicinal Edible Plants.

Bettny Mazur and Susan Lozoraitis will lead the group in exploring the wonderful world of wild edible plants. You’ll have a chance to learn how to identify wild edibles that thrive in an urban environment.

They’ll provide tips for identifying and harvesting edible plants, and will describe various medicinal customs. You’ll take a tour of the YouthGROW Oread Street farm to identify the many medicinal plants growing, and review various preparation methods.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have your questions answered, and meet other urban gardeners!

What: Workshop – Intro to the Wild World of Medicinal Edible Plants

When: 4:30 pm -6 pm ,Tuesday September 23,

Where: YouthGROW Farm

63 Oread Street

Worcester, MA 01610

Contact: Stacie Brimmage, 508-799-9139, ugrow@recworcester.org

Worcester Sailor Helping Others Aboard USS Germantown


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA – Yeoman 3rd Class Kenny Osafo, a native of Worcester, currently serves aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

At age four, Osafo moved to the African country of Ghana, where both his parents originated. He moved there with his mother who wanted him to learn about his culture and heritage.

“Living in Ghana made me who I am today,” said Osafo. “Values such as respecting your elders, generosity and being there for others were all things I learned from growing up in Ghana. Being there with my family was one of the happiest times of my life.”
Osafo returned to the United States at age 12. He participated in the Junior Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for four years while attending North High School in Worcester. Following graduation in 2007 and taking what he learned from JROTC, Osafo decided to enlist in the Navy.

“My Dad served as a Captain in the Army and a big part of why I enlisted was that I admired his work ethic and discipline,” said Osafo. “It was something that I wanted for my own life. I also wanted to do something that would not only benefit myself but also help others.”

Osafo began his career as an undesignated Seaman, where he experienced the many facets of Germantown’s operations.

“Being an undesignated Seaman was difficult because I was brand new to the Navy and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Osafo. “During that time I got to take part in many different evolutions, including the landing and launching of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV), directing Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) and driving the ship, something I never thought I would do in my life.”

After his time as an undesignated seaman, Osafo became a Yeoman. A Navy Yeoman is responsible for the administrative work that supports both the ship operations and the lives of the Sailors serving aboard.

“I chose to become a Yeoman because the possibilities are endless,” said Osafo. “You are trusted to handle valuable information and can potentially work as high up in the chain of the command as the White House or the office of the Secretary of the Navy.”
Osafo said that growing up in Ghana and seeing people do a lot of good things for the less fortunate had a big impact on why he finds it so rewarding to help others as a Yeoman in the Navy.

“I want to stay in and make this a career,” said Osafo. “The Navy has given my life a purpose and my ultimate goal is to achieve the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).”
Germantown is currently underway and conducting joint forces exercises with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of responsibility.

Yesterday I posted a great vegan apple pie recipe …

By Rosalie Tirella

… and if you clicked on the link at the bottom of the recipe you could see scores of vegan/vegetarian dishes. I’ve lost weight and feel healthier now that I no longer eat meat – or a lot of animal products.

Plus, I feel GREAT about not killing farm animals!! In America most of the chickens you eat have had their beaks seared off, pigs and other animals are castrated LIVE … . It’s horrific, life for farm animals in factory farms. Doesn’t happen in most European countries; America is so far behind the times when it comes to the humane treatment of our farm animals. I want no part of it …

 If you go to REC’s FARMERS MARKET THIS MORNING, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and buy produce and other goods from local farmers you are on your way to treating animals with respect and kindness!

No need to eat a huge slab of steak ( beef cattle at factory farms have been photographed standing inches deep in their feces…), no need to eat a chicken, an animal with a cute, curious personality. Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, beans … all great, inexpensive, sources of protein. And you never get that heavy feeling after eating a meatless meal!

So visit the REC Farmers Market today!

Monday, September 22

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 On Chandler Street, at Beaver Brook Park, across the street from Foley Stadium

Buy some great veggies. Talk to the cool hip REC kids about getting your protein the non meat way. They can point you to the products the market has OR you can hit the supermarket and BUY BROWN RICE, WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI OR NOODLES.  Don’t forget nuts…a great source of protein.

 Again, the young people of REC are into ENVIRONMENTAL justice and that means JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS. When I worked with Josie S. at REC, I felt so empowered!  The young woman knew everything about urban gardens, urban agriculture. … She moved away … But there are other REC young people equally passionate and knowledgeable!

 The REC FARMERS MARKET also has the best farmers market prices in town! They are pricing good food that all people can buy. They accept SNAP AND WIC cards and senior citizen farmers market coupons. Ask about their double the produce for your $$ specials.

 The REC Farmer’s Market…not phony. Accessible to EVERYBODY in our city! Prices everybody in our city can afford!