France is salad-smitten!

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Chef Joey is in France practically marinated in salad dressing. The French say: Salades? Oui, oui!!!!! When in Rome …

Text, photos and recipe by Chef Joey

Well, you’ve seen my photographs. Salads are the way to go for greens, protein and health, here in France.

The “Salade Payisanne” with the fried egg is a great example of marrying delicious items – all with the same dressing  – the one I gave you in last week’s issue of InCity Times.

Salade Payisanne

The “Salade Nicoise” recipe is the same – it incorporates  green beans, potato, eggs, olives, tuna and, of course, anchovies. I know many of you out there would just as soon skip the anchovies part, but they are VERY nutritious!


Salade Niçoise

To make Salad Nicoise (pictured here), you’ll need:

1 lb fresh tuna or 4-6 oz tuna steaks (for a fancy version)

or 2 cans Solid White Tuna drained

8 small new potatoes boiled and sliced or 4 larger potatoes boiled and sliced

4 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped

¼ pound extra fine green beans, topped, cooked and drained (canned works well)

1 head Boston lettuce cleaned and  broken apart (mescalun greens work, too)

1 red onion, finely sliced (optional if you don’t like raw onion)

4 eggs, cooked for 6 minutes in boiling water from room temperature, halved

6 anchovy fillets cut lengthwise into thin strips (Another option! I LOVE them!)

16 pitted black olives – calamata work great!

Fresh basil leaves – about a handful … ripped for the dressing

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T3 tbsp aged red wine vinegar

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp salt and ground black pepper each

To make the dressing whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, parsley , garlic, salt and pepper. 

Build the salad by laying the lettuce leaves onto a large plate and add the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, potato-top with tuna, green beans and anchovies.

Drizzle with dressing.

If you use fresh tuna, place the tuna in a shallow dish and pour part of the dressing. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours to allow the fish to marinate.

Toss in the marinade from time to time.

Heat a ridged griddle pan on the hob or a hot barbecue for 5 minutes.

Remove the tuna from the marinade. Cook the tuna steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on how rare you like your fish.

Main South: Clark University’s fall dialogue symposium to focus on ‘Being Human’


Clark University
950 Main St.

This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities will explore the timely and timeless question “What does it mean to be human?”

All events listed below are free, open to the public, and will be held on the Clark campus.

Being Human: A Community Conversation
Wednesday, September 9 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
A community conversation facilitated by Clark University professorsJennifer Plante (Academic Advising) and Amy Richter (History) will consider what it means to be human. In what contexts have we tried to define humanity? How do various answers align with or challenge our own experiences and assumptions? When are we aware of our human identity — in moments of danger, frailty, stillness, or triumph — and what does this awareness reveal about our personal definitions? This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and Difficult Dialogues.
Becoming Human: Our Evolutionary Story
Thursday, September 24 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings, and human consciousness came to be. In this talk, scholarMary Evelyn Tucker will illustrate how Journey of the Universe, a film, book, and interview series, responds to these questions and asks anew, “How do we, as humans, belong?”

Tucker is a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University. In 2011, she completed Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme, which includes a book from Yale University Press, an Emmy award-winning film on PBS and Netflix, and an educational series of 20 interviews.
Attendees are encouraged to screen Journey of the Universe before the discussion. For more information on the project or to watch a trailer of the film, visit
This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; theDepartment of International Development, Community, and Environment;Graduate School of Geography, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
“Across the Table” An Exhibition by Stephen DiRado
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 30 @ 4pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Stephen DiRado is a Massachusetts-based photographer, and professor of practice in photography in the Studio Arts Program at Clark University. His art is inspired by his captivation with and admiration for the people in his community. While joining family, friends, and acquaintances for dinner or drinks, DiRado takes hundreds of photos, prodigiously documenting every facet of each gathering. DiRado’s photographs portray the underlying intimacy of individual and group dynamics. The debut installation of Across the Table continues to explore this theme in more than one hundred works projected on a large scale. The exhibition will run from September 30 through December 16.
For more on DiRado’s work, visit
This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.
Empathy, Science, and the Pursuit of Peace
Tuesday, October 6 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
For over 50 years, the tireless efforts and boundless good will of thousands of people have poured into conflict-resolution programs aimed at decreasing intergroup hostilities. However, mounting evidence shows that these efforts are prone to fall flat or even backfire. Nearly 20 years ago, research scientist Emile Bruneau learned this lesson when he volunteered at a summer camp for Catholic and Protestant children in Ireland. He has since turned to psychology and neuroscience to better understand the often unconscious processes that drive conflict. Bruneau will discuss how the human brain is set up to make “common sense” conflict interventions fail, and how even the most intuitive goals of these programs — empathy, trust, and friendship — can be deeply problematic in the face of social, political, and ideological divisions.

Bruneau is a research scientist in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the recipient of the 2015 Ed Cairns Early Career Award in Peace Psychology.  This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of Political Science.
An Extension of Self: The Present and Future of Wearable Computing
Thursday, October 22 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Google’s Glass captured the world’s imagination, perhaps more than any other head-up display. Yet, why would people want a wearable computer in their everyday lives? For over twenty years, Professor Thad Starner and his teams of researchers have been creating living laboratories to discover the most compelling reasons to integrate humans and computers. They have created “wearables” that augment human memory and the senses, focus attention, and assist communication. Is it possible that computers and wearable devices are transforming humans for the better, enhancing key abilities, and leaving more time and space for deeper connections? In this talk, Starner will discuss why wearables, more than any other class of computing to date, have the potential to extend us beyond ourselves.
Starner is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google Glass. He is an inventor on over 70 United States patents awarded or in process. A wearable computing pioneer, Starner has been wearing a head-up display-based computer as part of his daily life since 1993 — perhaps the longest such experience known. This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

In Conversation with Janet Mock
Tuesday, October 27 @ 7pm
Jefferson Academic Center, Room 320
New York Times bestselling author and advocate for trans women’s rights Janet Mock will engage in a conversation about her memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books, 2014).
A book signing will follow the conversation. Copies of Redefining Realnesswill be available for purchase at the Clark University bookstore and at the event.
Mock is an author and cultural commentator who currently hosts the weekly show So POPular! on MSNBC’s all-digital network Shift and serves as a Contributing Editor for Marie Claire. Mock has been featured in the HBO documentary The Out List and in pieces for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rookie, Salon, Slate, Feministing, Colorlines, National Public Radio, and more.

This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Not Quite Human: Stories of Monsters, Demons, and the Supernatural
Wednesday, October 28 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Clark University professors Gino DiIorio (Theater), Jay Elliott (English), andJennifer Plante (Academic Advising) will kick off our celebration of Halloween by reading stories of monsters, demons, and the supernatural.   This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.
To Be Human is to Be in Dialogue: Celebrating a Decade of Difficult Dialogues at Clark
Thursday, November 5 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Started with a grant from the Ford Foundation in December 2005, the Difficult Dialogues (DD) initiative at Clark has re-envisioned the process of communication in our community, in higher education, and in society by creating more conscious spaces for speaking, listening, and creative insight.
Join us as the Higgins School of Humanities celebrates ten years of DD at Clark with a dialogue facilitated by Professors Barbara Bigelow (Graduate School of Management), Sarah Buie (Visual and Performing Arts), Eric DeMeulenaere (Education), Patricia Ewick (Sociology), and Walter Wright(Philosophy). Together we will ask: Is there something distinctively human about dialogue? If so, why do humans need dialogue and its practices today more than ever?

This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and Difficult Dialogues.
Death and the Spectacle of the Anatomized Woman
Tuesday, November 10 @ 7pm
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
Two centuries ago, the Anatomical Venus was considered a perfect tool to teach human anatomy to general audiences of museums and traveling shows.. This enigmatic artifact, a life-sized wax model of the female body and its internal organs, now seems nearly incomprehensible. The once familiar mingling of beauty and death, medical expertise and spectacle confounds our contemporary expectations. In this talk, artist and curator Joanna Ebenstein will introduce us to the Anatomical Venus — memorably described as an “Enlightenment-era St. Teresa ravished by communion with the invisible forces of science.” Ebenstein will place the anatomized woman and her kin within their historical and cultural context in order to reveal the shifting attitudes towards death and the body that have rendered such spectacles strange.

Ebenstein is a New York-based artist, event producer, curator, and independent scholar. She is the creative director of the new Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and creator of the Morbid Anatomy Blog and Library. For more, visit
This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

This school year let’s make sure our students eat less from a box and more from the earth!


From Massachusetts Farm to School!

With a new school year beginning we are here to provide you with information and assistance to develop strong farm to school programs that bridge the cafeteria, classroom, and community environments.

Fall is a great time to kick off the school year with delicious, healthy, local foods and there are great programs including Farm to School Month and Food Day to help you promote your work.

We have some fantastic resources and opportunities below. We hope you have a great beginning of the school year and that you enjoy the bounty of the harvest!

Sign up for Harvest of the Month 2015-2016

There is still time to register for Harvest of the Month!

Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month program promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in school, college, university, and hospital cafeterias and dining areas across the state.

Our goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.

Schools and institutions pledge to locally source and serve the featured Harvest of the Month food twice each month, to display our beautiful promotional materials, to connect to others in the school community who care about healthy, locally-grown foods, and to share their experience with Mass. Farm to School.

Mass. Farm to School will provide individualized procurement assistance, all the posters, trading cards, and “I tried it!” stickers that you need, as well as downloadable resources, including a family newsletter, for celebrating and educating about the featured foods in the cafeteria, classroom, school garden, and at home.


New School Food Guide Released

Food Corps member Alex Freedman has written the guide Serving Up Tradition in partnership with Mass. Farm to School.

This guide will help you serve up culturally appropriate school meals and includes step-by-step instructions, tried and true recipes, and case studies from districts across the country. You can read his blog entry about the guide on our website.


Celebrate Farm to School Month in October!

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! We will have more information about Farm to School Month soon, and you can learn more by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website,

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Harvest of the Month and to learn more!

Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE!

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You are invited to Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE!
A fundraising event to 
reclaim lives and revitalize futures for our veterans!
 Sunday, 4 October

Great Wolf Lodge

4 PM – 7 PM

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and silent auction 
Please attend this inspirational early evening of cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction.

All to help support Veteran Homestead’s effort to transition soldiers back to civilian life, so they can reclaim their lives and revitalize their futures.

$10 minimum donation at the door

Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts that has been providing housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans since 1993 who are disabled from wars past and present. 

Created by a veteran and staffed with experts who share the compassion and commitment to treat and accommodate wounded heroes in their transition to civilian life, Veteran Homestead, Inc., operates six unique programs located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, Massachusetts, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and Caguas, Puerto Rico.   
For more information about Veteran Homestead, Inc., please visit:

The immigrant experience …

My favorite song from one of my favorite musicals … The artists’ feelings were echoed by my grandparents from Italy and Poland. But a lot of times my relatives blamed themselves for their tough/rough situations. This was good (they got Ambitious as only Americans can get) and bad (they blamed themselves, felt they were innately lacking, when they faced prejudice in America). Holds true for today’s newcomers!
– R. Tirella

Youth and Gang Violence: Current efforts by the Worcester Police Department

Worcester Community Connections Coalition’s Family Needs Committee
and the Spanish Parent Education Workshop
of YOU Inc.
Invite you to attend a discussion on …
Youth and Gang Violence


Current efforts by the Worcester Police Department
What parents can do to help
Provided by
Sargent Miguel Lopez of
The Worcester Police Department

A Forum for Worcester Parents
Tuesday, September 8

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

At 484 Main St., Suite 450
Dinner and Supervision for Children will be provided.

Translation in Spanish available.

Please call 508-796-1411 to RSVP

Downtown: WCCA TV is Getting a Newly Painted Façade!

A Transformation is in the Future!

Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. (WCCA TV) is soon going to have a nicer looking facade.  On the week of September 14th, with generous funding support from The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, WCCA TV will have the current façade concrete “accents” painted a greyish color with the letters WCCA TV placed across them.

Time has worn the paint of the old concrete “accents” that many people driving in downtown Worcester, through many years, have used as a landmark for directions.  When this paint job is completed, the “accents” will still be there, but we hope they will be more pleasing to the eye of the beholder, and they will be a means to help identify WCCA TV when drivers and pedestrians are in the vicinity.

The building at 415 Main Street was originally built in 1890 as a bank, and it went through significant changes in 1974 and a serious renovation in 1998 in order to accommodate WCCA TV and its move downtown.  Since 1998, little of the building has changed at the WCCA TV facility.  One thing that has changed is the slow weathering and deterioration of the façade.  In 2014, it was necessary to make minor repairs and to have sidewalk scaffolding for the safety of pedestrians. These repairs were completed.

Currently, WCCA TV is performing a feasibility study on how to address needed upgrades and renovations to enhance the WCCA TV facility and downtown presence as well as improve conditions to better meet community media needs. The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

What is clear to the architects, engineers, and leadership at WCCA TV is that the transformation of the building must and will be more than simply the renovation of a building for appearances; it will be a development that may change the social, cultural, and commercial dynamics of this part of Worcester. 

The results of this study are almost completed, and the planning process for how to raise the funds and implement the renovations has already begun. 

It won’t be long before WCCA TV announces the new plans for what is being called, the WCCA TV iSMARTT Center (in-Studio Media Arts Resources Technology and Training Center), and the community members of Worcester will be able to see the vision behind this project.

In the meantime, people will be able to see a better looking building façade by the end of September (The feasibility study has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as generous matching funds by the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation).

West Side: Fitness Circuit Built at Newton Hill with Local Funding and Volunteer Labor!


Jett has yet to explore Newton Hill (with Lilac, of course)!

On Sunday, August 30, members of the Friends of Newton Hill at Elm Park and volunteer students from Worcester State University worked together to install the final two platform boxes to complete stage one of the implementation of Newton Hill’s new fitness circuit.

About a dozen students from the Community and Leadership Experience at Worcester State (CLEWS) program helped to install the wooden box frames and spread stone dust at two locations off Highland Street on either side of Doherty Memorial High School.

The work completed Sunday completed stage one of the fitness circuit install for the Friends of Newton Hill, as all twelve stations placed around the Newton Hill section of Elm Park now feature an elevated platform box. The ten other boxes were built and installed by the Park Stewards Summer Work Program with the help of the Friends of Newton Hill.

The Friends of Newton Hill conceived of the fitness circuit – a twelve station circuit featuring elevated boxes with apparatuses to facilitate different exercises – earlier this year and secured $15,000 in funding from the George F and Sybil H Fuller Foundation, Spencer Bank, and Serrato Signs. Plans for the fitness course were presented to and approved by the Parks Commission in June.

Newton Hill’s fitness circuit will be the first of its kind in Worcester County. Circuit training is a popular fitness trend and parcourse-style fitness stations are adaptable to different exercises and accessible by people of all skill level. The course will expand upon the recreational opportunities already provided at Newton Hill, like disc golf, hiking, cross-country, tennis, and basketball, with the hopes of attracting more visitors and improving the health of the community.

Stage two of the project, which involves the installation of informational signs featuring recommended exercises for each station and the exercise equipment, will be completed by early October by members of the Friends of Newton Hill and volunteers from a number of local colleges.

Local students have played a pivotal role in the Friends of Newton Hill’s maintenance and enhancement of the park. This past spring, students from Worcester State University, coordinated by the Honorable John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement, helped to plant a perennial flower bed around the Newton Square World War II Memorial. Worcester State University has supported the Friends of Newton Hill’s efforts by helping to coordinate volunteer work for its students since 2011.

Other local colleges have also taken advantage of Newton Hill’s abundance of volunteer opportunity. Students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity helped to shovel out the Newton Square Memorial and to paint the park benches in Newton Square this past spring. Students from Clark University and Assumption College helped to shovel out Newton Square’s basketball course in late March, making it spring’s first usable outdoor court. And, Students from Assumption College frequently intern with the Friends of Newton Hill, performing a number of parks maintenance activities.

Help make rosaries for our soldiers

Putting a rosary into the hands of every member of the U.S. Armed Forces around the globe who wants one.

 Operation Ranger Rosary will hold their next meeting on December 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Phelan Center, Blessed Sacrament Church, and 551 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA. 01602. 

Cecelia M Mason