A few posts down I wrote about a “bad boy” …

Written by admin on July 28th, 2014

The Old Injun Fighter. And I’ve known a few more … Why, ladies, are we drawn to the bad boys?!  – R. T.

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And Dwight Yoakam is so much more than a cute butt!

Was Jett pony dreamin’ this morning??

Written by admin on July 28th, 2014

 

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Cuz look what we found this afternoon!

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I couldn’t take it home – it was bolted into the ground!  – R. Tirella

Navy Ensign Daniel Foley, from Boylston, serves aboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47)‏

Written by admin on July 28th, 2014

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PACIFIC OCEAN – Ensign Daniel Foley, from Boylston, takes a bearing while standing watch as conning officer on the bridge of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

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“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!

Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending says foreclosures return to torrential levels!

Written by admin on July 28th, 2014

Activists Commend and Speak out for House Leaders’ Stand Against Slashing to 1 Year Homeowners’ Right to Regain Homes

At 1:00 pm Monday, July 28, leaders in the Massachusetts anti-foreclosure movement held a press conference at the State House steps.

“Foreclosures are returning to the previous torrential levels. We are here to say: now is NOT the time to vastly curtail homeowners’ rights to sue and get their homes back. We thank the House Leadership for agreeing with us and reaching a compromise that will not exclude any of the over 65,000 households already foreclosed from having their shot at justice!” the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending stated.

On top of recent increases in petitions – the first step in the foreclosure process – June saw scheduled foreclosure auctions spike into the 850s statewide.

The figure is comparable to numbers during the worst years of the foreclosure crisis. Maps of recent and more dispersed significant foreclosure activity in all Massachusetts counties will be presented.

“In the last week, Senate Bill 1987, darling of the Title Insurance Lobby, emerged from its slumber in the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill – though named an Act to Clear Title to Foreclosed Properties – does nothing to correct title for either the 65,000+ foreclosed homes or the literally hundreds of thousands of damaged titles to homeowners’ properties across the state,” Grace Ross from the Mass Alliance Against Predatory Lending explains. “Even though the SJC has agreed that foreclosures of thousands of homeowners contain violations, S1987 seeks to stop wronged homeowners from coming into court with viable legal challenges and getting their homes back.”

“I was foreclosed in 2009 at the height of the crisis, I have been fighting in the courts ever since. But if this bill passes with only one year to sue, the only reason I would be able to keep fighting for my home is because I am a member of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team and THEY will keep me informed. This bill includes no notification to homeowners. And I am a living example that those who sued early in the foreclosure crisis lost. Each step of the way, I have to keep reversing losses because each issue I raise (and lose), about three months later, a ruling comes down saying that argument was legitimate. Whether the right to sue is curtailed to one year or three years, this bill will unfairly shutdown legitimate legal claims,” explains John Schumacher a purportedly foreclosed homeowner from Clinton & Lancaster.

Additional homeowners will tell stories from personal experience of the damage foreclosure has done, especially to those illegally targeted for subprime mortgages – people of color and women. Legislative leaders and advocates spoke.

“Our communities of color lost about $8 to $12 billion in household wealth; the whole state economy lost conservatively $20 to $40 billion. Only homeowners who were wronged can bring that wealth back to Massachusetts – why would we shut the door on that important chance at justice for our whole state?” explains Zakiya Alake, from Union of Minority Neighborhoods, a homeowner herself foreclosed early in the 2000’s.

• Maps will be available at www.MAAPL.info later today.

• For information on additional testimony or background, please contact Grace Ross, 617-291-5591

MAAPL Members/Supporting Organizations: Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., Action for Regional Equity, Alliance of Providers of Legal Services to Individuals Facing Foreclosure, ARISE for Social Justice, Arlington Community Trabajando, Boston Tenants Coalition, Brazilian Women’s Group, Brockton Interfaith Community, Carpenters Local 40, Carpenters Local 107, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute For Race & Justice, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, City Life/Vida Urbana, Coalition for Social Justice, Community Economic Development Ctr of S.E. MA, Community Labor United, Democratic Socialists of America, Dorchester People for Peace, Era Key Realty Services, ESAC, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, Greater Boston Legal Services, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Green-Rainbow Party of MA, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Homeowner Options for MA Elders, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Lawrence Community Works, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Lynn United for Change, Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Mass, Mass Advocates for Children, Mass AFL-CIO, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Mass Community Action Network, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Mass Jobs With Justice, Mass Law Reform Institute, Mass Welfare Rights Union, Merrimack Valley Labor Council, NAACP­ N.E. Area Council, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Consumer Law Center, National Lawyers Guild, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Neighborhood Legal Services, New England United for Justice, North Shore Labor Council, ¿Oiste?, Organization for a New Equality, Painters District Council 35, Pleasant St. Neighborhood Network Center, Southbridge Community Connections, Springfield No One Leaves Coalition, Survivors Inc., Tri-City Community Action Program, UE Northeast Region, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, United Auto Workers Mass CAP, United Food & Commercial Workers 1445, United For a Fair Economy, United Steel Workers Local 5696, Volunteer Lawyers Project, WAFT.

 

An InCity Times reader writes, an ICT editor writes back!

Written by admin on July 28th, 2014

Dear Rosalie,

I’ve enjoyed reading InCity Times for a number of years. Great articles and pictures! I’m gonna take a wild guess and say the mystery picture [WOO'S THIS? PHOTO] is Ron O’Clair. [editor's reply: Nope! It was Gordon Hargrove, executive director of the Friendly House]

I hope you don’t mind the following ramblings and thoughts:

How did the Old Injun Fighter get to be called that? Many readers must be interested. [editor's response: I used to go out with the OIF. He had short hair when I met him. Dyed it platinum blond. Which I loved! One summer he just wasn't in the mood to get his hair done cuz his hairstylist was a nutty boozer who didn't know how to cut hair and poured hair dye all over his shirt. I told him: It looks great longer - you look like the Dutch Boy on the Dutch Boy paint can. You're soooooo purty!!!! Especially with the moustache! Well, that was the end of his barber, though they remained drinking buddies. Months and months later when his hair grew much longer, I told him: You look like General Custer! Look! Here's a picture of him in my wild west book!

I was right. The OIF DID look like a very old wild west character. Like so many old Bradley Civil War pics. His great great grandfather fought in the Civil War. The OIF had a photo of him in his Union uniform, but his nutty boozer mother took the picture from its frame to sell the frame. Now he can't find the historic photo!

Because the OIF could be so misanthropic, so cunning, so honery, so damn mean!, a real mercenary,too, and had almost spent 15 years in jail for being tough, I felt the nickname fit him like a gun in its holster ... I just knew he WOULD be some kind of fighter if he were alive in the 1850s. My hunch was confirmed when one day he said to me, after I said to him he'd have been happier in the 1850s. You know FREEDOM from lots of nettlesome civilization and society stuff of the 21st century.

He said: I'd get paid to kill the Indians.

That was the wild job he chose for himself in a wild, wild country.

And he WOULD have done his job with a devilish relish.]

Back to our ICT READER: 60 years ago, on July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded THAT’S ALL RIGHT MAMA. His first single on Sun Records. And, as they say, the rest is history. [editor replies: Elvis changed the world. America's sexual revolution, the civil rights movement, the youth movement...he made it all look inevitable.]

July 1, 1997 Wolfman Jack (real name Robert Smith) died of a heart attack, age 59. [Rosalie writes: loved him in AMERICAN GRAFFITI! Love that movie!]

July 6, 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Show. [Rose writes: Two musical geniuses, hooking up with a third, George Harrison. In Liverpool!!! There has to be a God!]

July 7, 1961, the Tokens recorded THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT. … [Rose says: My fave song in elementary school!]

… Looking forward ti future issues,

Michael Terzian
Worcester

ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER [editor's reply: I don't know about that, Mike! I've been listening to Dwight Yoakam EXCLUSIVELY for about a week - the way I like to lusten to music when I really like something. GLOM ONTO IT. ... or maybe it's just his great lil' ass!]

Farmers Market happening now at Beaver Brook lot …

Written by admin on July 25th, 2014

… across from Foley Stadium, Chandler Street. 306 Chandler St., to be exact! Cross Park Ave and you are there!

It’s the REC Farmers Market!

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – EVERY FRIDAY

Chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp! That’s you enjoying the great fruits and veggies and homemade treats you bought at the REC farmers market! Feel great you’re supporting the fantastic REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL, a Worcester institution for 20 years! Feel great you’re supporting local farmers!

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Tomorrow, Saturday, July 26

REC MAIN SOUTH FARMERS MARKET

If you go tomorrow to the FARMERS MARKET REC holds in Main South, behind the YMCA main branch on Main Street, you can LEARN HOW TO MAKE A KITE! At their free-kite making workshop! For kids of all ages! Then, after you’ve made your kite, fly it in the park where the market is held! Plenty of grassy, open space! Feel free!!!!!

Cool!

And don’t forget – the winner of Worcester’s Best Chef competition will be at the REC farmers market TOMORROW, leading a free cooking demonstration.

THAT’S on top of the usual fun stuff: live music! art! crafts!

All happening tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main South YMCA branch (in the park in back).

- R. T.

And a pony song!

Written by admin on July 24th, 2014

By the boss! He dreamed a pony dream, too! – R. T.

Pony dreamin’ …

Written by admin on July 24th, 2014

By Rosalie Tirella

Working on my beloved InCity Times - being sunny in my sun dress -  … then I saw a guy as I was driving down the Worcester street with … CAM00099

… my trusty Husky-mix Jett – an old man struggling: his cheapo Dollar Store plastic bag had torn open and all his cans of food had spilled onto the hot sidewalk.

There he was slowly placing the cans back into his ripped-open bag, as if maybe he could make it all work if the cans were some how wrapped in the plastic. This ripped open my heart. It was so steamy out, the guy so poor, so stoic about his situation – not getting all flustered, just trying to put his cans back into the bag and hoping for the best …

… I tooted my horn! I picked up my Shaw’s tote bag from the passenger side of my jalopy and waved it at him! A pretty tote, actually – colorful with big blue berries and oranges printed on it.  He stopped struggling and looked up … I just kept waving it at him. Of course this all had to  happen in the middle of Woo inner-city traffic, but I think the other drivers knew what I wanted to do and they waited behind my car without getting impatient and getting on their horns in that lovely Worcester way …

The old man, skinny enough, wearing a striped tee-shirt that little boys wear, walked into the middle of the street and reached into my car and took my shopping tote. He said, “Thank you,” quielty, politely … elegantly. And looking at me with his sad eyes, he smiled the smallest smile. He had been pleasantly surprised, but in his own quiet way. I smiled at him and drove off.

Then I had this epiphany: Society has it backwards. It’s not about acquiring stuff! It’s about giving it all away! This is what brings happiness!

My little gift meant a lot to him! The tote had only cost me $1  … but at that moment, it had meant so much more: one person REALLY seeing another person… I felt GREAT! I told myself: This is how Jesus must have felt EVERY SECOND of  his life!

Then I wished this wish: That I could do this for my entire life – travel the streets of Worcester with my trusty dog Jett and maybe a wolf-shepherd mix – a big white one. But I wouldn’t drive a car – I would ride a horse – a beautiful little appaloosa horse … almost

a pony, a scrubby, scrappy little appaloosa horse! And with my trusty dogs running along side me on my tough little pony (it’s a dream, so my dogs can run as fast as my pony) we would ride thorugh the streets of Worcester giving it all away: tote bags, doggie water bowls, bottles of water, sandwiches - anything a poor person might need to get through a city moment.

The pony and the dogs and the gallopping would be the best of nature and helping the people I care most about would be the best of Worcester … I would be free … like they must have felt in the Old West, in the 1850s, when danger was at bay for an hour or two and you could just ride your pony on and on and on with nothing but sky and grass for miles, a dream to wrap your thoughts in  … but I would be galloping on Woo cement and meeting everybody …

Years ago, when I was little girl growing up in Green Island, my family lived near the railroad tracks. One afternoon I looked out our third floor flat kitchen window and saw a litte white pony galloping down Lafayette Street!

It was a miracle! I had been praying to Jesus for a pony! I had lots of horse books from the Worcester Public Library. I had taught myself to draw horses. I tried to buy the little plastic horses and ponies you found Woolworth’s and the five and tens.

I shouted to my mother: A pony! A pony! I want it! Let’s capture her!

My mother looked out the window and saw what I saw – the pony galloping down Lafayette Street - but she was unimpressed, closed the curtain on my dream. She said: Ponies were expensive. Where would we keep it? It most likely belonged to someone!

“A pony!” I squealed, oblivious to her reality check.  A BEAUTIFUL PONY!!!!

But we let the little pony run away out of our lives. Most likely it had been with a travelling circus that was going town to town by the rails. Maybe it had jumped off the train car to escape the pent in feeling of a box car and the nightly shows, with maybe whips and harnesses and people who pull at your head and make your legs hurt from all the work … It had been dreaming its own pony dreams! … and there it was, my pony dream, real, running free right in front of me, Rosalie Tirella! The little girl on Lafayette Street, with the lovely mother and evil eyed father, the g irl who would lose herself in books and school and pony dreams, a little girls who tried to forget her cramped urban world and who prayed for a pony every night. To this little Jesus statue which I still have!!!!

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A little girl who loved all animals, but especially dogs and horses …

My mom was a single working mom raising her family on minum wage from  the dry cleaners down the street. We couldn’t afford a car! How could we swing a pony? But the pony, round and adorable, had seemed at home in my neighborhood, like it belonged in Green Island …

That is how my appaloosa feels in my pony dream of today!

REC Farmer’s Market – the place to be! Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fuller Family Park – in back of YMCA, Main South branch

Written by admin on July 24th, 2014

By Ron O’Clair (photos by Ron O’Clair)

(Don’t forget to check out REC’s great website, www.recworcester.org, for the latest REC news! – R. T.)

Acopia Harvest International Booth, Hydroponics - Monica from Central Falls, R.I, and Kavohn, (not pictured)

Brian, Sam & Madison, Left to right

On Saturday the 21st of June 2014, I attended the first of the weekly Farmer’s Markets sponsored by the Regional Environmental Council, and supported by a number of corporate sponsors. I got there right at 9:00 a.m. and they were still in the process of setting up the booths for the day ahead.

There were several area farms setting up under canvas to sell their locally grown produce, and one farmer came all the way from Rehoboth, Massachusetts to participate in the event. That was Mike and his daughter Mackenzie from Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.  They offered a variety of fruit and vegetables for sale under their tent, and Mike tells me that he grows them with organic farming methods.

There was another tent set up featuring produce grown in Worcester and Sutton from the New Lands Farm.  They had a variety of locally grown produce for sale, and all of it was fresh from the farm for sale to the public through the R.E.C. Farmer’s Market system.

National Grid had a booth set up to explain about the new meters that are coming into use, and the various ways that consumers of electricity can save money and energy at the same time. This was staffed by Carrie Lemelin from western Mass., and two intern college students, Rida Fayyaz from Pakistan, and Sopheakfva Chhim from Cambodia, and an intern from WPI. I forgot what school that Rida attends.

There was a Kids Fun Zone tent set up manned by a Clark University Intern, Alexis Charney from Stratford, Connecticut that was a place for the area kids to have fun with activities while the parents browsed the booths looking for good buys of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Acopia Harvest International had a booth of hydroponics set up for businesses and children’s education on hydroponic methods of growing plants.

There was a booth set up sponsored by the Ecotarium that had a U. Mass. Amherst full professor in attendance, Professor Robert Ryan and two college students, Benedita Silva Pinto from U.Mass. Amherst was one, and William Collier from Clark University was the other. They were doing a study on urban issues, and planned to interview Farmer’s Market attendee’s to ask questions for their research project.

There was a booth from Habitat for Humanity manned by Matthew Moore, who had served a year in the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

There was a booth set up that sold Honey products as well as farm produce from a farm in Rutland, Mass., the Schultz Farm running Flo’s Country Farm stand, where I purchased a large container of fresh strawberries for only $5.00. They were scrumptious.

There were many other booths, and many interns from the various colleges and universities that dot the Worcester Landscape, far too many to list in this article. I urge my reader’s to come to the Fuller Family Park next Saturday and check it out; the program will run throughout the summer.

Urban renewal! Main South’s Junction Shops Mill Project!

Written by admin on July 24th, 2014

By Ron O’Clair  (photo by Ron O’Clair)

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A couple of days before Christmas of 2011, Brady Sullivan Properties, a real estate development company out of Manchester, New Hampshire plunked down $1.1 Million dollars to purchase the long vacant and derelict factory complex that dominates the skyline on Beacon Street here in the City of Worcester.

The buildings had gone to seed, the roofs were leaking, the windows were broken, the pipes had frozen and burst, in short, the place was one step away from the wrecking ball when it was sold to a developer that wanted to reclaim this Worcester landmark and turn it into market rate apartments.
Other people over the years that it lay dormant had envisioned turning the place around, and giving it a renewed lease on usability to bring it into the future along with our fair city, which is the 2nd largest in the entire New England area.

Worcester was long noted as a manufacturing hub, and it was because of that capacity to produce goods that Worcester attracted the many different types of immigrants who came to our city looking for a better way of life than that they had known wherever it was they came from. People from all over the world have chosen to make Worcester, Massachusetts their home, primarily for the opportunities for advancement that this city offered for them.

That was especially true when I was growing up and Worcester still had many factories producing goods that were shipped out of Worcester to the various places around the globe where they were needed. You could find a job here in the city without even trying hard.

Brown Shoe on Hammond Street was a major source of Worcester pride in quality manufacturing, there was Chess King right on the same street, Hammond Street that made all sorts of apparel for sale in shops here in the city and elsewhere, there was Thom McCann out on Millbrook Street, another shoe manufacturer. There was Worcester Knitting Company on Brussels Street near where Rotman’s Furniture is today, they made knit goods like sweaters and polo shirts for sale all over the world. I worked there in the early 1980’s myself as an assistant building maintenance man, and night watchman.
The list of factories that used to dot the Worcester landscape is long and was impressive in the total output of goods that were manufactured here in Worcester for sale here at home and elsewhere. A legacy of this history of manufacturing is that there are lots of vacant factory buildings that are getting more run down as time goes on, and many have succumbed to the wrecking ball of time already, such as Standard Tool on Shrewsbury Street to name just one example of a major manufacturer that closed its doors and took its place in the history of Worcester books.

Thanks to Mr. Shane Brady, CEO of Brady & Sullivan Properties and his frequent visits to his daughter when she was enrolled in out prestigious Clark University in Main South, the Junction Mill Shops Project got underway, and is making good progress towards reuse of long abandoned and vacant manufacturing space. Turning an eyesore into something that Worcester will be proud to have fully functional and in use once again.

There are going to be over 100 apartments in the complex. That is 100 plus families that will come to Worcester to settle here in our great melting pot of a city, looking for a better life for them and their children. Worcester has one of the finest public education programs in the country as witnessed by the recent visit of our President Barack Obama to honor students from Worcester Technical High School. I have long said that Worcester has one of the finest public school systems to be found anywhere in the country, and that visit by the President bears out my assertion.
Now if we could only attract the manufacturers back to hire some of those people…..

The Junction Mill Shops Project is underway, there is a completion date sometime in the near future, I was unable to have the management contact me to get the specifics of the anticipated completion date, or the exact number of rental units there will be in the finished product, but anything that helps to transform that area from a vacant expanse of derelict buildings into modern homes for families has to be a positive for the City of Worcester.

The recent crackdown I initiated in the 700 Block of Main Street with increased enforcement against the drug dealers that frequent this neighborhood is also a step in the right direction and I thank the Worcester Police for taking my complaints seriously and acting to curb illegal activity that was a constant disturbance for my tenants here on Main Street during the nocturnal hours of each and every night.

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Shane Brady, the CEO of Brady & Sullivan Properties for saving those old mill buildings and making them thrive once again.