Memorial Day celebrations in Paxton and Northboro


10 AM – 11:15 AM:

Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade starts at the Paxton Public Safety Complex and finishes at the Paxton Town Common

The parade will celebrate Paxton’s 250th birthday!

and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end


12 PM – 1:30 PM:

Memorial Day Parade in Northboro starts at Civil War Monument and will proceed to the World War II/Korean War/Vietnam War Memorial.

The parade will continue to the First World War Monument and conclude at Howard Street Cemetery Veterans Memorial.

Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Harriette Chandler and state representatives Danielle Gregoire and Harold Naughton, Jr. will speak.

Outstanding! Friendly House youth tour colleges

Here are some pictures from our overnight college tour April 21st & 22nd in New York.


This experience included 7 participants, 2 staff & 2 volunteers. Some of the things we did during these two days:


·         Tour:
o   University of Connecticut

o   Brooklyn College
o   Queens



o  Time Square
o   Ripley’s Believe it or Not
o   Brooklyn Bridge
o   Brooklyn Barclay Center

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·         Highlights:
o   Exploring NY using NY transportation (subway)

286– Danielle Delgado, Director of Child, Youth & Family Departments,Friendly House, Inc. 36 Wall St.

Fiesta! Downtown Worcester! Tomorrow night!


Celebration of Our Hispanic Mothers

Tomorrow! Saturday, May 23

6 pm – 11 pm

Centro Las Americas

11 Sycamore St.

D.J. Music



Artistic Show





$10 Adults,  $5 Children 5-12 years  Free, under 5 years old


Casa Cultural Dominicana de Worcester

​Celebremos a las Madres Hispanas ~ Fiesta ~ Almuerzo

Sábado, 23 de Mayo

6 pm – 11 pm

Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore St.

Música de D.J.  ~  Cancíones  ~ Bailes
Poemas  ~ Almuerzo  ~ Regalos
Show Artístíco  ~ Karaoke

$10 Adultos,  $5 Niños 5-12 años,  Gratis menores de 5 años

Casa Cultural Dominicana de Worcester

Go, Jim, go!!!

Romero PaintingArchbishop Oscar Romero

From Congressman Jim McGovern:

I will be in El Salvador this weekend as a witness to the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated on March 24, 1980, on the eve of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. This is the last step before what many of us hope will be sainthood.

As a Catholic, I am proud of my Church for finally recognizing this man of God who lived his faith. As a politician, I continue to be inspired by Romero’s example – his total commitment to the poor and his unwavering commitment to the dignity of every human being.

Romero’s calls to end the violence afflicting his nation and his solidarity with El Salvador’s poor appealed to me as a college student in the late 1970s. I still remember learning about his murder and believing that this terrible crime would result in the termination of U.S. aid to a government and military that persecuted social justice activists and had no respect for human rights. Sadly, it did not.

The U.S. continued to finance the Salvadoran armed forces for the next decade. While Congress expressed concern about human rights issues, it wasn’t until Congressman Joe Moakley courageously offered and Congress passed an amendment in 1990 to cut aid that the blank check stopped. And that was after the deaths of nearly 80,000 civilians, the murder of human rights defenders, labor leaders, nuns and then six Jesuit priests and two women in 1989. I traveled to El Salvador many times during the 1980s and saw firsthand the brutality of the Salvadoran government and military supported by my government. I felt ashamed.

Reagan and Bush Administration officials routinely turned a blind eye to torture, disappearances and murder. They characterized anyone who questioned the human rights record of the Salvadoran government as an ally of the Faribundo Marti National Liberation Army (FMLN) – the armed opposition. They belittled and tried to discredit those – like Romero and the Jesuits – who dared to speak the truth.

For Romero, the truth about El Salvador came later in his life, as he rose in the Church hierarchy. In the mid-1970s, he served as bishop of the rural diocese of Santiago de Maria, where the gap between coffee plantation and other landowners and campesinos was obvious. He saw for himself the suffering and cruel repression of the poor, which affected him deeply and triggered a process of reflection and change. This process culminated with the 1977 assassination of his close friend, Jesuit priest Rutilio Grande, who embraced liberation theology, which puts the poor and the oppressed first and prioritizes the concrete defense of their rights. After Grande’s murder, Romero said, “When I look at Rutilio lying dead I thought, `If they have killed him for doing what he did, then I, too, have to walk the same path.'” Indeed, Romero believed “those committed to the poor must share the same fate as the poor.”

Romero became a voice for those who had no voice; he preached that everyone was important. He embodied hope for the millions of people in El Salvador who were forgotten and the targets of repression.

The ceremony this weekend in El Salvador gives all of us an opportunity not only to reflect on Romero’s life, but also to commit ourselves to policies aimed at alleviating poverty and promoting non-violence in El Salvador and around the world.

The sad fact is that El Salvador and the international community have largely failed in transforming Romero’s words into action. We continue to witness thousands of young children and families fleeing Central American countries as a result of extreme poverty and violence. Even in the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow and justice on too many occasions fails to work for those stuck in poverty. Hundreds of millions around the world are hungry – even though hunger is a solvable problem; and war and violence seem to be the first choice to deal with conflicts.

I am hopeful that the power of Romero’s message can inspire new activism on behalf of the poor and a better understanding of their plight and struggles – in El Salvador, the United States and around the world. Romero reminded us, “There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.” With the beatification of Romero, we have an opportunity to renew our commitment and honor his legacy by giving a voice to the poor and neglected in every nation. Now is the time to stand on the right side of history and help those who need it most.

Go, Rich Palin, go!!!


Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Palin 

From the US Navy:

North Brookfield native serves aboard USS Mississippi

By Mass Communications Specialist James Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Richard Palin, a North Brookfield native, is part of a select crew, protecting and defending America aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Mississippi.

Petty Officer 1st Class Palin is an electricians mate aboard Mississippi, one of the Virginia-class submarines based at the Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

“I like that I have a great crew that get along and I enjoy mentoring,” said Palin.

Mississippi, commissioned in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2012, is longer than a football field at 377 feet and can sail under the waves at more than 30 mph.

Mississippi, like all attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet, can carry out an array of missions on the world’s oceans in defense of America.

“The Navy’s attack submarines are at the forefront of the nation’s warfighting capabilities,” said Cmdr. Tory Swanson, commanding officer, USS Mississippi. “Our primary missions include hunting enemy submarines and surface ships, launching cruise missiles at enemy targets far inland, and covertly delivering special operations forces to the fight.”

Because of the demanding nature of service aboard submarines, sailors like Palin are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation that can last several months. The crews have to be highly motivated, and adapt quickly to changing conditions.

“I am responsible for the control and generation of electricity for the ship. I repair the majority of electrical components on the ship,” said Palin.

In peacetime, our stealth allows us to observe the activities of potential adversaries,” said Swanson. “Nuclear power and the ability to make our own water and oxygen give our submarines unmatched endurance, allowing us to deploy anywhere in the world’s oceans, unseen, and remain there as long as necessary.

The training is demanding, as the crew needs to be ready to respond to any kind of situation that may arise while at sea and endure long periods of time submerged deep below the surface of the ocean.

“While Mississippi has some of the most advanced technology in the world, submarining remains a people business at the heart,” said Swanson. “Well-trained, well-disciplined professional Sailors are what bring the ship to life. When we go to sea, each of us entrusts our lives to the actions of every other crewmember. This requires an extraordinary amount of trust in each other. Those who wear the gold and silver dolphins signifying ‘qualified in submarines’ have demonstrated that they embody these high standards of personal integrity, accountability and responsibility. Working with people like this is why I became a submariner in the first place.”

The rigorous nature of submarine service is challenging, but Palin enjoys it and believes it makes the crew tighter.

“The Navy gives me the opportunity to provide for my self and my family as well as college for my kids,” said Palin. “I like that I get to see various parts of the world and train future sailors.”

Being an attack submarine sailor has meant spending a lot of time away from his friends and family, but Palin believes in the work he is doing.

“I enjoy the fact that we are able to go out and support the Navy’s missions for our country,” said Palin.


Why Being There Matters”

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times. 

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.

June 14! Remember Worcester’s fallen heroes! Support NEADS service dogs and 2 other great, local charities! Enjoy free BBQ and Woo’s biggest block party … Run the 15th Annual Worcester Firefighters 6K Race!

15th Annual Worcester Firefighters 6K Road Race!!!

June 14

Institute Park (Salisbury Street)

6K will start at 11:30 a.m.



The WFD6K Road Race was started after the devastating loss of our six brothers in the Worcester Cold Storage Fire back on December 3, 1999.

The nonprofit proceeds from this event have changed since its conception: At first we donated the proceeds to help raise money for the permanent Memorial being built in the memory of our fallen brothers. After the first year (in which all the proceeds were donated to the Memorial) we decided to give back to our community – our way of saying thank you for all the support that was given to us during the tragedy.

From humble beginnings, this race quickly evolved into Worcester’s biggest community and family oriented charitable event.

For the past 15 years, the Worcester Firefighters 6K Road Race has touched more lives than we ever thought possible. To date, we have donated over $500,000 to local charities.

Our 3 primary, well deserving charities, that we feel best represent the goals of the WFD6K are:

NEADS, dogs for deaf and disabled Americans

Genesis Club [support, education, social activities for folks with disabilities]

Community Harvest Project [growing farm-fresh food for the hungry, children, needy in our community]

We have also donated to the Remembrance Wall and the Jon Davies Memorial both located in front of the Franklin Street Fire Station which has become our personal Memorial to our Fallen Brothers.

Each year our event is grounded in commemorating our fallen brothers, a fitting tribute to keep their memory alive.

Our committee is overwhelmed by the continuing support we receive from the WFD6K runners, volunteers and sponsors, all of whom have become part of our family.

The race is unlike any other race around, our race day focus is not simply on the race itself, nor is it the focus on the charitable donations.

It is more about the community and bringing the city and surrounding towns together as we celebrate the spirit of the day – block party style!

Everyone is invited to join us at the finish line for a free BBQ, live music, beverages, clowns, moonwalk, massages, a silent auction and a post race party at Tweed’s and so much more.

We have been told by many that our race kick off is a sight to behold, which includes a performance by the Worcester Firefighter Pipes and Drums. The race itself starts and ends at Institute Park running under two aerial ladder trucks draping the American Flag. The course is a figure 8 that runs by the Grove Street Fire Station and downtown Worcester. Our participants span from the area’s best athletes and most competitive runners to those who casually can enjoy walking and reflecting on the moment.

The memory of our fallen brothers (Paul, Jay, Jerry, Joe, Tom, Tim, and Jon) will never die as long as we keep this event going. With the help of our runners / walkers and sponsors it will continue to live on.

So please help the WFD6K continue to give back to the Worcester community and local nonprofit charities by joining us again this year.

As always thank you for your consideration and support.

For more information and details about this race and other ways you can help our efforts, please feel free to contact:

Lt. John Franco at 774-696-1826 

Outside Worcester City Hall! In a few weeks! Farmers’ Market + FREE summer concerts!!!

Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and Farmers’ Market!

The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition hosts its 6th Annual Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and Farmers’ Market!

Cool, friendly vibe. Local farmers selling their great veggies and other goodies! Local crafters selling their art! Great live music to shop to or just enjoy while eating lunch at one of the picnic tables topped off with huge, colorful umbrellas! The Worcester Common does summer right and gets pretty, healthy and musical! Be there!

June 18 – August 20 

… every Thursday!

11 am – 2 pm 

… on the Worcester Common!

The 10-week concert series brings music, local food and produce and art to the downtown area!

Each week will provide a new band and different farmers, crafters and vendors!

June 18 – Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites

June 25 –  The Curtis Mayflower

July 2 – The EJMAC Project

July 9 – The Sonic Explorers

July 16 – Boombox

July 23 – Dale LePage & The Manhattans

July 30 – Farmers Union Players

August 6 – Grupo Fantasia

August 13 – Matthew Sanchez y su Orquesta

August 20 – The Drunken Uncles

Below: Rosalie usually buys her afternoon FAIR TRADE cup o joe at McDonald’s in Quinsig Village!  Not on Thursdays! … P.S. Did you know Los Angeles raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour? Yay, LA!!! When I told my McDonald’s friend, pictured here, he gave me the thumbs up. I told him in Massachusetts we are FIGHTING FOR FIFTEEN, too!







The American Chestnut tree returns to Worcester!

By Ruth Seward, Director of the Worcester Tree Initiative

The American Chestnut tree was a dominant tree species in the forests of eastern America.  People depended on this fast-growing tree for its wood which is light-weight, easy to work with, and rot resistant, making it ideal for any projects, including building homes and barns, fences, furniture and even musical instruments. The nut was also a central part of American life as a feed for livestock and a crucial food source for wildlife.  The chestnut was also a reliable source of nutrition for families throughout the United States, and it was common for people to forage the nuts and utilize them in daily recipes or sell them for extra income.

chestnutat ghpPlanting a baby chestnut tree in Green Hill Park! Yay!!!

However, in the early 1900’s a fungal blight accidentally introduced from Asia began to kill the American Chestnut.  The trees in our North American Forests had no resistance to this newly introduced organism.  Working its way through the forests this fungal disease killed every Chestnut tree in its way. By 1950 virtually all of the American Chestnut Trees had vanished from the American landscape with the exception of a few scattered trees located mostly in Virginia.

This tragic loss spurred some early, unsuccessful efforts to find resistant varieties of American Chestnuts and to breed them. However, no hope was found among the surviving trees. In 1985 The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was created as a way to organize the reintroduction of a blight resistant chestnut tree.  By cross-breeding the Chinese Chestnut Tree and the American Chestnut Tree TACF has successfully developed hybrid species which are resistant to the blight.

chestnuttreeThis little guy is safe and secure!

By continuing to breed these resistant varieties with true American Chestnuts TACF now has a hybrid which is genetically 93% American Chestnut. And the nut of these trees looks and tastes like the original! By planting these saplings in the native habitat of historic American Chestnut trees eventually a new forest will emerge and the important lumber and food crop will be restored.

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the Worcester Tree Initiative, in partnership with the City of Worcester, Green Hill Park Coalition, Worcester Technical High School, the Worcester Garden Club, and the American Chestnut Foundation celebrated Arbor Day by planting 15 American Chestnut Trees in Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive.

This is an incredible milestone in bringing back this iconic American tree! Worcester is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift. In particular this gift is significant in the face of the loss of city trees to the Asian Longhorned Beetle in the wooded areas adjacent to Green Hill park. These trees are symbols of the resilience of trees and forests. The trees, which grow very quickly, will soon be casting shade and producing their spiny, shelled fruits.

We look forward to watching them thrive in Green Hill park and eventually finding saplings sprouting in the forest!