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21 Facts That Might Make You Pass on Turkey This Year

1. Three hundred million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year, many for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2. Baby turkeys are hatched in large incubators such as this one.


3. They will never see their mothers. Here, they huddle around a heat lamp for warmth.

4. After only a few weeks, turkeys are moved to large, windowless sheds …


5. … which they share with thousands of other turkeys.


6. They’ll all spend the rest of their lives there.

7. At many farms, workers can treat birds however they wish.

8. And they do.

9. To keep turkeys from killing each other, parts of their toes and beaks are cut off—without painkillers.

10. Turkeys are bred, drugged, and genetically manipulated to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible.


11. In 1970, the average turkey raised for meat weighed 17 pounds. Today, turkeys average 28 pounds.


12. Because of this artificial manipulation, turkeys’ legs often break beneath them.

13. At 5 to 6 months old, turkeys are sent to the slaughterhouse. In the wild, they can live to be 10 years old.



14. The trucks that take them to slaughter sometimes crash.

15. When that happens, the turkeys who aren’t already dead are loaded onto another truck.

16. When they get to the slaughterhouse, turkeys are hung upside down by their legs, which often break during the process.

17. Then their heads are dunked into electrified water …

18. … before their throats are slit.

19. Then they are dunked in scalding-hot water to defeather them.

20. Many turkeys aren’t stunned properly and are scalded to death.

21. Then they are turned into this…



Chef Joey parked in Rose’s space! Thanksgiving cookin’ heats up!

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Chef Joey = Too Cute!

Quinoa is the latest rage!

Text and recipes by Chef Joey

Daylight savings has officially “darkened the day,” but we have several holidays, and the festive time of year to help migrate us to the spring. Veterans Day is more of a sale kick off pre-Thanksgiving, with focus on furniture, cars and other items and the new “Black Friday” slogan being moved up by slick marketing maneuvers. The real holidays for me involve food, of course, and visits.

I just got a Facebook message post from my friend Terry now living in New Zealand. He was reminiscing about how on his first Thanksgiving in the states, we dressed up fancy, and I drove to 56 or 57 of my friends’ houses and we sampled their turkey and the fixings. As he blogged, he said it was great to see so many different households sharing the same holiday with different foods!

I personally try and mix things up each year. I remember when “Green Beans Linda” was all the rage or sweet potato and marshmallow bake came to destroy our waistlines. Now our focus is headed to more organic, hormone-free and GMO-less foods that remain affordable. These items have always existed. I have mentioned them before – they are beans and grains.

Quinoa is the latest rage; it is related to spinach and beetroot versus a grain like wheat. And, if you buy it plain, it is incredibly inexpensive and good for you! And loaded with important dietary fiber.

Quinoa is a complete source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids – and iron, zinc and magnesium that is key in digestion. The average portion of cooked quinoa is about 120 calories. You can make it like a risotto, as a side dish plain, with fresh parsley and cilantro. It is great cold mixed to mimic tabbouleh with chopped tomato, parsley, mint and onion with fresh lemon juice.

It is a great substitution for rice or potato because of the vitamins it packs. It also has several varieties, so it is not just a bland “white dish.” It can be lighter in color, or green, red and even purple-ish black!


A quick Black Bean and Quinoa Salad:

Cook the quinoa, drain and let cool.

Add 2 cups quinoa and a can of black beans …

… one chopped red pepper

… a small red onion and fresh parsley.

I sometimes add corn, as well.

Next make a homemade vinaigrette and mix together and serve! It is great as a cold side in the summer or a room-temp side dish. This dish can also be served hot by adding a few items you can make a “Quinoa Enchilada” or Burrito!

A basic recipe with a little help from some supermarket products:

Take one cup cooked quinoa, ½ cup each of corn and black beans …

Back at Rose’s shack: black beans

… a chopped chili pepper for spice (optional).

Mix in fresh cilantro (never too much in my opinion)

Add a little ½ teaspoon of chili powder, salt and pepper.

Here comes the fun part: ¾ cup each of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese – and a 10 oz portion of enchilada sauce, you can pick mild to hot.

Mix all the ingredients with 1 cup total combined cheese and place into a greased baking dish.

Top with the rest of the cheese and bake 375 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cheese melts and bubbles.

Garnish with chopped parsley and tomatoes! Easy fast and healthy and serves 4 – double the recipe as needed!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

From Preservation Worcester …

What are your fave Woo haunts? pic: R.T.

Favorite Places Photography Exhibit Opens on Main Street

Preservation Worcester presents Favorite Places, an exhibit of photographs on view from November 21, 2017, through mid-January 2018 in the display window of the United States Post Office, in the Denholms Building, 484 Main St. An opening reception will be held in the lobby of the Denholms Building on Tuesday, November 21, 5 pm – 6:30 pm.

Favorite Places images are the work of Worcester photographer, Randle Stock, who was chosen for this project by a Preservation Worcester juried competition.

The show features a set of photographs of twenty Worcester citizens, who are active in the community, each interacting with his or her favorite Worcester historical building.

Documenting buildings found in a variety of local neighborhoods, these images record the pleasing variety of architectural styles, building materials, and design that characterize Worcester’s built environment.

Accompanying written statements express the range of meaning that the selected buildings hold for the diverse array of citizens who chose them.

Participating in the project are individuals, who, through their personal dedication and activism,have made important contributions to the city and to their city neighborhoods – Green Island, Quinsigamond Village, Main South, Crown Hill and others. Both young and old, they are from a variety of backgrounds, just as their favorite buildings represent a wide range of types and styles. Their chosen buildings, whose ages span more than a century, from 1812 to the 1930s, include City Hall, a diner, a historic tavern, and private houses, a brick three-decker, churches, a former synagogue, Union Station, a factory, schools, a monument, a museum, and Bancroft Tower.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


A sampling. To see photos of the 20 folks and their favorite Worcester places, along with their statements, get thee to the Denholm Building!     – R.T.

Gloria D. Hall and Union Station

Washington Square, 1911

Gloria Hall is Project Manager, Art in the Park

Besides my really liking its architectural splendor, the station reminds me of a train trip that marked my coming of age. It’s the summer of 1969. I am traveling from Savannah to Philadelphia. Newspaper boys are harking news of the Kentucky Derby (Majestic Prince and his jockey, Johnny Lungden, win). Tables in the train’s dining car are set with white tablecloths, cloth napkins and individual five-piece plate settings with silver. African American waiters are bustling about serving the best tasting fried chicken and iced tea while the train is taking me to pepper steak hoagies, delis with pickles in barrels, my first visit to a movie theater, and row houses. In my mind, Union Station is that trip – expanding my cultural exposure and reinforcing who I am.

Lorraine M. Laurie, friend Patty Shugrue LaCross and St. John’s Roman Catholic Church

40 Temple Street, Greek Revival Style

1845, Richard Bond, architect, Boston; 1884 addition, P.W. Ford, Boston

Lorraine Laurie is a neighborhood activist, fondly known as “the Mayor of Green Island”

St. John’s has been my church since July of 2008 when Ascension Church closed. Worcester’s oldest surviving church building, it is the oldest Roman Catholic church west of Boston and the “Mother Church” of both the Springfield and Worcester dioceses. This parish reflects Worcester’s Irish heritage – a reminder of the construction of the Blackstone Canal, which brought here the Irish workmen who led to its founding. St. John’s is not only a building, but the center of the parish community.

Ike McBride and the Worcester Boys Club

Lincoln Square, 1929, Neo-Georgian Style

Frost, Chamberlain & Edwards, architects, Worcester

Ike McBride is Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

As a Club Kid, I grew up in this building. The Lincoln Square Boys Club meant a great deal to me. It was a place that allowed me to grow safely in a positive environment and has put me on the path to where I am today.

AiVi Nguyen and the Boulevard Diner

155 Shrewsbury Street, 1936, traditional barrel roofed diner

Worcester Lunch Car Company, manufacturer, Worcester, Diner # 730

AiVi Nguyen is a partner at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester, and serves on the City of Worcester’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Boulevard Diner is iconic Worcester. Everyone recognizes it because it is a great equalizer for the people of Worcester. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, whether you are rich or poor — odds are you have been to the Boulevard. I worked there for two summers when I was in high school and college — overnight shift. I saw all walks of life come into that place — wealthy business people grabbing a meatball sandwich after a night out, young couples on dates, widowers who ate dinner there every night, police officers on break. Everyone was treated the same and everyone had the same expectations. The Boulevard Diner is one of those places you hope will stay the same forever.


Michael parked in Rose’s space: IMPEACH TRUMP!!‬

Did you know the Trump administration scrubbed all cruelty-to-farm-and-circus-animal reports from govt websites? pic: R.T.

By filmmaker Michael Moore

It is time to remove this dangerous man from office.‬

I have just signed the “Need To Impeach” petition initiated by Tom Steyer of California. Over two million other Americans have also signed it. And that number keeps growing every hour. We — all of us — must not wait a minute longer to act.‬

Trump has sent a fleet of our ships into the waters off North Korea in order to provoke the unhinged leader of that country to make the mistake of attacking us. This, plus Trump’s reckless taunts at Kim Jong-un, is being done for one reason: to begin some sort of conflict so that America will rally behind him and forget about the impending criminal indictments he, his family and his cohorts now face. He has put us all in danger, and he may get a lot of people killed.‬

‪The Founders of this country were worried that, from time to time, we would have a President who would behave in such a manner that would put our nation in jeopardy, or a President who would try to profit off being in office, or a Commander-in-Chief who might not be right in the head (King George III gave them a good example of that). They feared we could end up with a President who might be a traitor to our country. They even knew that we might get stuck with someone who committed not just “high crimes” but also “misdemeanors.” They wanted to make it easy for us to fix a mistake we’ve made.

‪My friends, we have the most colossal mistake in our history sitting right now in the Oval Office. And there is only one way to rectify it: TRUMP MUST BE IMPEACHED. We can NOT wait until November of 2020 for that to happen. We won’t make it til then. The country we know as the United States of America will not be the same after three more years of Trump. You know it and I know it. Turning the TV off and trying to avoid the daily insanity won’t make him go away.‬

‪Donald J. Trump has proven himself to be completely unfit for office, a threat to our country and an imminent danger to this world.‬

‪He is also not well. He is a malignant narcissist and an active sociopath. Because he holds the codes to, on his own, launch nuclear weapons, he is a singular threat to humanity.‬

‪He has no fidelity to this country, to the constitution or to his oath of office.‬

‪He tried to coerce the director of the FBI into ending the investigation of him — and when the director wouldn’t, Trump fired him. It’s only a matter of time before he fires the Special Prosecutor.‬

‪He has lied about his finances, his campaign’s dealings with Russia and just about everything else that has come out of his mouth. It is stunning to see how many untruths he speaks in a single day (this site keeps track of all of them on a daily basis).‬

‪But here’s something even more stunning than Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors:‬

‪NOT ONE Democrat in the U.S. Senate has stood on that floor and called for his impeachment! Not one! Rep. Maxine Waters and other members in the House have not been afraid to do so. This morning, Rep. Steve Cohen was joined by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. John Yarmuth, and Rep. Adriano Espaillat in introducing five Articles of Impeachment against Trump. But no Democrat in the Senate has yet to say this man must be impeached!‬

‪This petition I’m asking you to sign isn’t just a challenge to the Republicans to clean house, it is a demand to the Democratic elected officials you and I voted for to DO THEIR JOB. Many of these Democrats have even said they are opposed to impeachment. They need to hear from us! Now! If recent history has proven anything, it’s that Democrats only act when we tell them to.‬

‪When you were opposed to George W. Bush getting ready to begin a massive war in Iraq (when Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11), the majority of Democratic Senators voted to send us to war.‬ Most didn’t change their votes until the citizenry went to the polls in the Democratic primaries in 2008 and rejected the Democratic candidate for President who had voted FOR the war. These Democratic candidates became anti-war because of YOU.

‪For decades, when you believed our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be able to get married, the establishment Democrats (including the Clintons and Obamas) said NO and used their religion as an excuse to say that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Only when the polls showed that a majority of Americans backed this basic civil right did Democratic leaders begin to “evolve.”‬

‪Although the majority of Americans have favored a single-payer universal medical system for some time ,  it took until last month for 16 Democratic Senators to finally back such a bill.‬

‪The cautious and often-frightened Democratic leaders will usually, eventually, finally come around and do the right thing. And they do so because they are good at (sooner or later) listening to the will of the people.‬

‪That’s why they need to hear from you and me right now. Give them the backbone and support they’re looking for. Sign the Need to Impeach petition and let them see that the majority of us can’t wait any longer to remove this dangerous man from office.‬

‪Let’s not wait until he turns another million acres of federal land over to the oil companies. Let’s not wait until he and Betsy DeVos dismantle what’s left of our once-admired-around-the-world public schools. Every day at his EPA, at his ICE headquarters, at his FDA and elsewhere, his cronies are literally taking apart our American way of life, piece by piece — and it will take years to rebuild after all the damage they are doing.‬

‪Can you really take one more day of this?‬

‪Please, I appeal to you, join with me and millions of your fellow Americans and sign this impeachment petition now:‬

‪I did. You must.‬

‪Thank you for helping to save this country and this planet.‬

‪Michael Moore‬

more music to our ears: 200,000 Veterans Denied Medal Honoring Service in Nuclear Weapons Tests – McGovern Calls on Trump to Honor These Vets!

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Congressman Jim McGovern

Congressman Jim McGovern (expressed his outrage that Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Fiscal Year 18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would create the Atomic Veterans Service Medal honoring more than 200,000 American veterans. Congressman McGovern is a co-author of the bipartisan provision to recognize the service of these veterans who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while conducting nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1962. Congressman McGovern has called on President Trump to right this wrong by issuing an executive order to create the medal honoring these veterans.

In July 2017, the House unanimously approved Congressman McGovern’s amendment to create the service medal by a vote of 424-0. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) is the author of an amendment to include the service medal in the Senate version of the NDAA. With the provision being dropped from the Conference Report, this is the third consecutive year that Senate Republican leaders have prevented these veterans from being honored.

“I am outraged that for the third consecutive year, an amendment to create a service medal for our Atomic Veterans has been dropped from the NDAA Conference Report. I find this particularly shocking as this amendment, which I offered with my Republican colleague, Congressman Tom Emmer (R-MN), was approved by the House unanimously by a vote of 424-0,” Congressman McGovern said. “The Pentagon remains silent on honoring the service of our Atomic Veterans, arguing that to do so would diminish the service of other military personnel who are tasked with dangerous missions. This is a pitiful excuse. I hope we can convince the Senate or the Pentagon to finally do the right thing, before it’s too late. More than 75 percent of Atomic Veterans have already passed away, never having received this recognition. We owe it to our veterans to honor them for their selfless service to our nation.”

“While we will never be able to fully repay their sacrifices for our nation, the simple act of recognizing the hundreds of thousands of our Atomic Vets is well past due,” Senator Markey said. “I am incredibly disappointed that the NDAA Conference Committee chose to disregard the overwhelming, bipartisan support in Congress to finally do what is right and recognize the dedication of these brave servicemembers. We will continue fighting to ensure that the brave men and women who were exposed to radiation in the line of duty are properly honored.”

Full Text of Congressman McGovern’s Statement is Below:

“I thank the Ranking Member for yielding. I am outraged that for the third consecutive year, an amendment to create a service medal for our Atomic Veterans has been dropped from the NDAA Conference Report. I find this particularly shocking as this amendment, which I offered with my Republican colleague, Congressman Tom Emmer, was approved by the House unanimously by a vote of 424-0.

“It is unclear to me why our colleagues in the Senate are determined to deprive our Atomic Veterans this most basic recognition of their honorable service.

“Between 1945 and 1962, about 225,000 members of our military participated in hundreds of nuclear weapons tests. These GIs were placed in extremely dangerous areas and were constantly exposed to potentially dangerous levels of radiation in performance of their duties. They were sworn to secrecy, unable to even talk to their doctors about their past exposure to radiation.

“Thankfully, Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush recognized the Atomic Veterans’ valiant service, and acted to provide specialized care and compensation for their harrowing duty.

“In 2007, our allies Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia enacted their versions of this amendment by authorizing a medal to honor their Atomic Veterans who served with the United States.

“Regrettably, the Pentagon remains silent on honoring the service of our Atomic Veterans, arguing that to do so would diminish the service of other military personnel who are tasked with dangerous missions. M. Speaker, this is a pitiful excuse.

“Tragically, more than 75 percent of Atomic Veterans have already passed away, never having received this recognition. They served honorably and kept a code of silence that most certainly led to many of these veterans passing away prematurely.

“Past administrations and Congresses have dealt with the thornier issues of legality and compensation. What remains is recognizing these veterans’ duty, honor and faithful service to our nation. And time is running out.

“I thank my colleagues here in the House for supporting this amendment. With your continued support, I hope we can convince the Senate or the Pentagon to finally do the right thing, before it’s too late. We owe it to our veterans to honor them for their selfless service to our nation.”

Edith parked in Rose’s space!

But first …

Moore – just as sick and predatory as Trump. Learn the facts:


My, how things have changed!    pic: Rose T.

Go, Worcester Public Schools, go!

By Edith Morgan

Now that parents are breathing a sigh of relief, and children are firmly ensconced in their respective schools, getting ready for Thanksgiving vacation, we can all breathe out and get onto other things. How about a little reminiscing? We all know the jokes about grandparents telling their grandchildren that they walked miles uphill through wind and snow, and if you’re old enough, maybe there are tales about having to sweep out the one-room schoolhouse, bringing in the wood for the pot-bellied stove, and sharing slates, books and notebooks with younger children.

The whole idea is to share how MUCH schooling has changed in the last few decades, and still is changing constantly.

Not all the changes are for the best – the incessant drilling to learn useless stuff to answer inane questions on standardized tests so that schools, children and teachers can be rated and berated, for rather murky reasons, for the benefit of people who have ulterior motives – all that time and expense could be better spent on meaningful testing to improve or correct learnings. But that is a topic for another time … .

At this point, we need to look at how far we have come from the one-size fits all model of yore and how much closer we are to tailoring the school so that EVERY student can learn and achieve his/her highest potential.

We breathed a sigh of relief this year, as the teachers’ contract was ratified, and our busses also started out on time. Now we are concentrating on our students and meeting their needs.

It is no longer true (generally, anyway) that the child has to be ready for school – we have gradually little by little moved over to a philosophy that the school needs to be ready for the student, at whatever level he/she comes to us.

Worcester has made giant steps in that direction. This fall we opened a new, state-of-the-art elementary school at Nelson Place; we have gradually replaced or refurbished many older buildings, and we are planning constantly for newer, better buildings.

And while great new buildings with many facilities are a big help, there are many things that our schools are now offering to students that were strictly the responsibility of parents or neighborhoods.

Research has shown us that children need certain minimal support s to be able to take advantage of all that is offered to them so they can succeed.
We can no longer assume that there is a level playing field out there and that every child has access to a good breakfast, clean clothes and a quiet, stress-free place to study. Children who have all these things can profit from all that the curriculum the teachers offer. But over the years, teachers and principals have noticed children who come to school tired, bedraggled, worried and hungry. Of course there have been the critics who say that it is not the job of the school to remedy these deficiencies. But the cost of ignoring these problems is too great, and the waste of potential too costly, for us to wait for others to take up the slack.

So, in a number of instances, schools have stepped in to properly equip our children to be really ready to learn.
We have, in addition to free lunch for all our WPS students, we have some breakfast programs where needed; several of our Worcester high schools have food pantries where students can take home extra (donated) food – and some take bags to get through the weekend for their families. “Andy’s Attic” at South High School is one example of how schools see that students have appropriate clothing (we all can probably remember how painful it was to be improperly dressed and suffering the taunts of fellow students)

Not all our students come from homes that have washers and dryers, and sometimes they have to wear the same soiled outfits for days. So our schools are trying to help by installing washers and dryers in selected schools – like those at Worcester East Middle School.
I applaud these additions, as they enable students to be comfortable, clean and accepted by their peers.
Of course, a sick child also is really handicapped as far as learning: if you hurt, feel awful, or are otherwise not running on all cylinders, much of your time I class is wasted. So the Worcester Public Schhols have student health clinics where most needed in the city.

Recently, we have also begun to notice that we have students who fall asleep in class, or are unable to keep their eyes open. This seems to be true especially among pre-adolescents and adolescents.

And finally, now that we are doing many things to be sure that all our children are in school ready to learn what we believe they should know, we can fully concentrate on the main purpose of education! And there is much to be done yet in the area of curriculum, if we really mean to turn out mature, thinking individuals who can succeed in a rapidly changing society.

There has been much lamenting about the fact that we do not read books like we once did. And while our many gadgets require some ability to read and spell, they do not require the ability to really delve deeply or sustain attention page after page. But even there, with the competition from the electronic media, great efforts are being made to put books into the hands of our children. We are, after all, “The City that Reads” – and Worcester School Committee member and retired WPS principal John Monfredo and his wife Anne Marie, retired Nelson Place Elementary School teacher, have for years collected children’s books and put them into the hands of our students. They collect tens of thousands of children’s books and distribute them.

And finally, we are very fortunate that we have a superintendent who has been involved in these ventures, supports teachers and folks in the community who create new opportunities for our children, and always looks for ways to be sure that every child has the opportunity to realize his/her full potential.

Think about sheep before wearing wool this fall

Wool??? OH NO!!!! Rose gets educated.

By Paula Moore

With much of the country experiencing above-average temperatures, many people are leaving their wool sweaters in storage this fall. But, in addition to the balmy weather, there’s another reason to shun wool garments, and it might surprise you: Buying wool means supporting an industry that leaves gentle sheep battered and bloody.

PETA and its international affiliates have investigated dozens of sheep farms and shearing sheds on three continents, revealing horrendous abuse at every turn. In Australia — the world’s largest exporter of wool — violent attacks left petrified sheep bleeding from their eyes, noses and mouths. Workers were documented beating a lamb on the head with a hammer, punching and kicking sheep, standing on their necks and slamming their bodies to the floor.

Following PETA’s exposé, officials in Victoria, Australia, charged six shearers with at least 70 counts of cruelty to animals, the first-ever charges anywhere in the world against wool-industry workers for abusing sheep.

In December 2016, the first defendant pleaded guilty and was banned from shearing or being in charge of farmed animals for two years. In February and March of this year, four others pleaded guilty to more than 60 counts of cruelty. The sixth shearer was convicted in May.

The abuses that PETA documented were not the acts of a few “bad apples,” and they are not unique to Australia.

In the U.S., a shearer repeatedly twisted and bent a sheep’s neck until it broke.

In Chile, eyewitnesses found workers slaughtering sheep by driving knives into the fully conscious animals’ necks, hacking off lambs’ tails, leaving sheep bleeding after fast and rough shearing, kicking them and even skinning one animal alive.

In Argentina, PETA Asia obtained highly disturbing video evidence showing that lambs cried out, gasped and kicked even after workers sawed open their throats and snapped their heads backward in a crude attempt to break their necks. Some lambs were still alive and kicking when workers started to skin them.

The wool industry tries to assure consumers that shearing is no worse than a haircut, but that’s true only if your barber is Sweeney Todd.

Another fiction is that sheep “need” to be sheared. They don’t. Without human interference, they would produce just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. Instead, modern breeding and farming have created a gruesome and deadly profit-driven industry.

In Australia, where 25 percent of the world’s wool originates, merino sheep are bred to have extra folds of skin so that they produce more wool—so much that sheep collapse and die from heat exhaustion during hot months. The extra skin folds also hold moisture, and flies lay eggs in them. In a crude attempt to prevent this, sheep farmers use instruments resembling gardening shears to cut huge chunks of flesh from lambs’ backsides, a barbaric procedure known as “mulesing” that leaves lambs in excruciating pain.

In 2017, when vegan wool — made from bamboo, hemp, modal, rayon, cotton or other materials — is readily available, there’s no excuse for subjecting animals to such suffering in the name of fashion. Unlike wool from sheep, vegan wool is machine-washable, dries quickly, doesn’t shrink or mat and is hypoallergenic, so it’s a practical and compassionate choice. For sheep’s sake, shun wool this fall and stay stylish with animal-friendly options, whatever the weather.

Eating turkey Thanksgiving Day – NEVER in style!



Thanksgiving: Disgrace to Turkeys!

Thanksgiving can be the scariest time of year if you’re a turkey.

More than 45 million of these fascinating birds are killed to disgrace Thanksgiving tables each year.

In hopes of empowering kids everywhere to speak out as their families adorn their Thanksgiving tables with dead birds, PETA offers its Thanskgiving ad: In the ad, you hear from one straightforward little girl as she tells it exactly like it is for turkeys who are killed for holiday meals when asked to say grace around her family’s dinner table.

When not forced to live on filthy factory farms, turkeys spend their days caring for their young, building nests, foraging for food, taking dust baths, preening themselves, and roosting high in trees.

Regarded by many as little more than a holiday centerpiece, turkeys are as varied in personality as dogs and cats.

They relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes. This year, give turkeys something to be thankful for—pledge to go vegan and leave them off your plate.

For a festive centerpiece that is more appealing than a stuffed avian body cavity, go faux!

Turkey alternatives are available at many national grocery store chains or you can make your own faux-turkey at home. You can also tempt your taste buds with vegan versions of all of your favorites, like green bean casserole and sweet potato biscuits.

Try Tofurkey; At Trader Joe’s!


The real turkey – I mean child molester – this holiday season:

Thursday wrap-up …

Rose today …

Like her sign says!


From the Boys and Girls Club:

Watch the Worcester Police and Fire Departments Battle it Out for Worcester’s Youth!

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Charles, a Boys and Girls Club member!

Join the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, United Way of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Police Department, and the Worcester Fire Department on Friday, November 17, for the ultimate dodgeball tournament!

Members of the Police and Fire Departments will go head to head in a friendly game of dodgeball to help kick off the United Way campaign, which helps support the 6,000 youth we serve each year at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, as well as many other community non-profit organizations.

Our Club kids will get in on the fun too! Our youth will host their own dodgeball battles, where kids of all ages will play against their friends and fellow Club members!

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Go, Charles, go!!

To show your support for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, please make sure to purchase a ticket for $5/piece (pay at the door) to watch some of our favorite community members put their own spin on a classic game.

The action will start at 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, located at 65 Tainter St.

Questions? Please contact Louise O’Neill at the United Way of Central Massachusetts at (508) 757-5631 ext. 284 or We hope to see you there!


Highlighting Our Nation’s Veterans

The Wealth of Veterans Report

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new report “The Wealth of Veterans” that uses data from the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation to look at how military service may influence the lifelong financial well-being of veterans.

The report describes differences in the components of wealth between male veteran householders and nonveteran householders 25 years and older.

Additional Products on the Nation’s Veterans

Learn how to access to the most up-to-date demographic, socio-economic, housing and business statistics about veterans from the American Community Survey and the Survey of Business Owners using a variety of data tools available online.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. EST

Register now for Veterans by the Numbers.

5-Minute Challenge: Honoring Those Who Served

This new Statistics in Schools warm-up activity guides students through an exercise of identifying states and territories with the largest and smallest percentages of veteran populations. Students are asked to analyze data on a map to find possible trends and to answer other relative questions.



New recipes from Chef Joey coming your way in the next issue of CECELIA. Hitting the stands tomorrow!