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SEAC’s Marc is DACA!

By Boa Newgate

This is Marc. …

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Marc is serving his second year in the Army Reserves. Marc spends most of his time working and volunteering at the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEAC).

Anh Vu Sawyer, the executive director at SEAC, has often said: “It’s because of Marc and all the staff, SEAC has been able to serve the more than 9,000 clients who visit a year, in addition to reaching out to more than 5,000 individuals during outreach events to assist them with many of their needs.”

Marc’s contribution in the community and at SEAC leading the youth program has certainly helped SEAC to be recognized as a trusted non-profit organization serving immigrants and refugees. It was given numerous awards for the work it has been doing for the community – Community Hero, Humanities Award, Best Small Nonprofit Award to name a few.

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Through his work with mental wellness programs and the suicide prevention program, and as a mentor to other youth, Marc has saved lives. He is a positive role model for many youths in and outside of Worcester. As a US military reserve, Marc aims to protect this country. He is loved by all he serves and works with: students, colleagues, friends, family and many members of his community. Marc is an everyday hero in the eyes of all who know him.

But Marc has a secret: one that has kept him in the dark. This secret gave him anxiety and great agony for many years, but he finally got the courage to share his story to me. He doesn’t want to live in fear anymore. He wants to empower others like him. Marc is a Dreamer … protected by DACA.

President Obama created DACA in 2012 in an executive order to help the children of immigrants, covering more than 800,000 people.

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was drawn up after Congress failed to pass the DREAM (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors) Act.

There are certain qualifications for DACA: one must have arrived in the US before 2007 and be under the age of 16 with no criminal record. This ensures that those under DACA have a good purpose and that they are people who have earned and deserve their part in it. DACA recipients are given temporary legal status in America. They are given a Social Security card, given the ability to obtain a work permit – but they cannot apply for citizenship.

They pay their share in taxes and also pay $500 every two years to renew their status.

Tom K. Wong, an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, oversaw a national survey of 3,063 DACA holders last month and found that “on average [these people] were six and a half years old when they arrived in the U.S. Most of them — 54 percent– were under the age of 7″ (factcheck.org).

100% of DACA recipients have no criminal record and 91% have jobs, but they have limited term.

They get nothing for free in this country.

They have dreams and aspirations just like everyone here. This is their home, they have no fault of their own when they arrive here. They are children of immigrants that came from very dangerous places. Their families risk their life to be here, seeking protection, freedom and a better life for their families, just like the original settlers of America.

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On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration began its efforts to rescind DACA. The Trump administration gave Congress six months to come up with “a fix” before the federal government officially stopped renewing permits.

At this point, if I didn’t convince you that rescinding DACA is inhuman, here’s an economic perspective: “Ending DACA would hurt the U.S economy!” We could lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, more specifically we would lose “$460 billion in economic output over the next decade, as well as $24.6 billion in contribution to Medicare and Social Security” (Progressive Advocacy Group Center for American Progress and FWD.us).

Marc and the other Dreamers were brought to this country by their parents at a young age, meaning that they had no say in the decision of living here. But they have considered this country HOME –
the only country they have ever known. This is the only place they know of, have roots, with most of them residing here for the majority of their childhood.

If the Dreamers lose DACA, they’re potentially losing all they know and love. They have their culture in their hearts, but America is their home they love, and they will do their best to take care of and protect it. It’s cruel to kick people out of their homes.

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Thursday wrap-up, starring Dorrie!

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Dorrie’s kitty luxuriating…
pic: D.M.

Fall Musings

By Dorrie Maynard

Autumn will be officially here tomorrow, even though, as most of we New Englanders know, it could still be hot and steamy in October – or it might just be snowing! Either way, New England weather is always something that people like to talk about and have a common interest in, especially when it comes to excessive heat or lots of snow!

I always look forward to the fall: I love the cool breeze, my wind chimes chiming away on my back porch, and putting on sweats when coming in from being outdoors. I keep my windows open as long as possible and always keep the one behind my bed open year round, if only a crack. We can never get too much fresh air!

The smell of fires burning in fireplaces/fire pits and picking out a pumpkin are all things I look forward to in autumn. Oh, and I can’t forget the changing of the leaves, mother nature’s way of displaying beautiful colors on your basic green leaves.

On one of my journey’s to Vermont in the fall, I saw a bus load of Asian people stop at a bridge and take photos of the water and the leaves, and when I had some Asian college students stay with me, they were so excited to see the colors in the leaves. It never occurred to me that some people have never had the NE experience! I guess growing up in Rochester, New York, and living on Lake Ontario has made me a lover of the seasonal changes and all its glory – the good and the bad!

There are many folks I know who look forward to heading South before the cold and snow start flying around here. I just could never live some place where the seasons didn’t change and you have to live in air conditioning year round. People who know me well, know that I am so not a lover of the heat and humidity. Give me a cool, breezy day and I am happy as clam! Throw me a hot and humid day and I feel like the wicked witch of OZ, “melting away!”

I guess if you decide to stick out the seasonal changes of NE, whether you love it or hate it, you own it! NE has so much to offer when it comes to the weather! And like I always hear: if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute – it will change! Rain, hail, snow, sleet, hot, humid, thunder showers and lighting – it is all just nature’s way of keeping us all connected!

Stay happy, friends;

Comments or questions can be directed to djmbytheelm@aol.com

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Rose in Piedmont, yesterday: She had a doctor’s appointment at Family Health Center, on Queen Street…
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pics: Rose T.

… and saw this Father and Son walking home after their visit to Family Health. Their love for each other overwhelmed Rose! The little boy curious and cute! The man protective and proud of his son.

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And the day before she spotted one of the infamous yellow bikes in the ‘hood.

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Utilitarian and decorative! She wishes they came with bike helmets – Woo drivers are the worst!

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Rose lovin’ her music:
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The Greenhill Neighborhood Association Fifth Annual Picnic!

By Edith Morgan

For the first time in five years, the weather did not cooperate, and the picnic had to be shifted to its announced rain date, Sunday, August 6th, 2017. But then the skies smiled upon us, temperatures stayed reasonable, and the wind kept the air mild and clean. And so, at 1:00 p.m, in Grant Square Park, the picnic got under way. Neighbors and friends, families and children came, got their raffle ticket (free) and stopped to chat , greet others, and of course eventually lined up for the food and drinks.
The grillmaster, Alva Gilkes, fired up the gas grill, and stayed with it till the end, cooking a huge assortment of hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, and Kielbasa. He sautéed a big aluminum pan of chopped onions and green peppers – a proper accompaniment for the sausages… Plates were filled with salads of several kinds, chips, watermelon slices, and a selection of breads and rolls, both sweet and plain. And all this was FREE, donated by many more businesses than I have time or space to enumerate. This event has been very fortunate in experiencing the generosity of so many!

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Once the food and sodas and water were well distributed, we could see what else was available; Musical sounds reached the participant from a grassy area just above the food tables: the D.J Joe Cora ( Joe Corrazzini) set up under a canopy loaned by Park Spirit; across the basketball court, against the fence, , Ann klump, our clown and face-painter, set up her canopy and materials to entertain the younger visitors. Scattered around the outer fence, various agencies, and of course our police safety officer Annie Pickett, set up their displays.

Despite the changed date, some of Worcester’s elected representatives did come, as well as our police chief and several of his men. But of course in a park, it would not have been complete without the appearance of two of our new “mounted police” who spent a good bit of time wandering about on the grassy slopes of the park, to the great admiration and enjoyment of all.

All in all a good time was had by all – and with the help of many hands, the park was left clean and picked up.

It was not always this way: I remember that less than ten years ago, athis spot was a weed-infested, unloved and uncared for piece of city property, home to trash and drug transactions. How did athis miraculous transformation take place?

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Like so many changes, the story begins with Winifred Octave, whose home overlooks the park. As so often happens, she was appalled by the neglect of this park, and chatted about it – to one other person in particular: Debra Bolz, who lives nearby. To make a long story short, these two then formed the Greenhill Neighborhood Association, and began monthly meetings moving eventually to one of the classrooms at St. Bernard’s church , where the group had bas been meeting with the support of Father Jonathan. So we have gotten to know Michael Duggan from Code, Officer Higgins from the police department, and of course our District Councilor, Candy Carlson, who helped do the ppaperwork, getting permits, etc.

So far, this is a pretty standard story of the beginnings of a neighborhood group. But there is an unusual twist to this particular story: While many neighborhood practice NIMBY (not in my backyard), this group has from the beginning opened its arms to members of the social service agencies residents around the area. Having noted that our area is second only to Main South in the number of such facilities, This group has worked hard to integrate the residents of these houses – and they have responded by attending, helping, and sharing ideas. ( I have always believed that we should extend the hand of welcome, as “..there but the grace of God go I” should be foremost in our hearts) AS Deb said” We embraced them instead of fighting them”, and it has worked.

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And so, the group has continued to thrive, with representatives from the police, code, Parks, and other city departments in attendance, listening to residents’ problems, and offering solutions where possible, and informing us of what to do also.

The idea of the yearly picnic was really the “brainchild” of Representative Mary Keefe, who first suggested we should have a picnic. And from there it grew. This year, the group gave an award to the members of the Linda Fay Griffin House, in recognition of their help and faithful attendance.
WE also recognize the ;hard work of Danielle Brewster and Jonathan Horatio Rosa – there are probably many others who deserve mention, but since I am not a professional reporter, I am certain I massed some helpers and supporters.

The park is now well used year around: REC has helped to build and maintain community garden plots ( I was impressed by the size and vigor of the vegetables and flowers growing there –and by the great playground equipment available there). The basketball court is much used, but so far still in mint condition. And most of the area is fully handicapped accessible, even though it is on hilly terrain. And gradually a rather neglected section of our city is coming into its own, and receiving amenities for its children and residents. The picnic gives residents a chance to meet informally with not only the police, fire, and other departments, but also with elected officials, and this year, with some who are running. Mayor Petty always comes, and past and present city councilors as well as one or two school committee members and one candidate also greet the crowd.
This year there were 300 hundred expected – and despite the changed date, the crowd was large. Next year, who knows. It is a success story , which will continue to grow.

Rose delivering CECELIA and enjoying diverse Worcester!

…Coolio!!!

City leaders MUST WORK TO INCLUDE AND PROMOTE ALL FOLKS of ALL COLORS, ALL BACKGROUNDS in the new Worcester. In our city schools, libraries, housing, big and small biz …

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Rose, yesterday, before heading out to deliver CECELIA. pics: Rose T.

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Jett wanted to be our cover boy!

DIVERSITY!!!!

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Afro-sporting kids are the latest – they can be spotted all over Worcester! Here, in Vernon Hill, Viviane looks so beautiful!

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Here’s a kid riding by Worcester City Hall. Dig his Afro!
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Joey’s Gigi trying on a potential Halloween costume! Go, Princess Gigi! Go, Papa Joey!!
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Go, Boa and SEAC, go!
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Then there’s the old Polish guy who lives next door to Rose. No matter how crazy the ‘hood gets, he is always sweeping his little corner of lower Vernon Hill and planting pretty things. He doesn’t speak much English but knows beauty:
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Rose is heartbroken: downtown’s gorgeous Notre Dame church slated to be demolished …
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But she is still excited for her city, being reborn every day…
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CECELIA columnist, Imalay Guzman, left, and her Mom and babe…photo: I.G.

Bald eagles are dying, and hunters are to blame

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Cece, unfortunately, would be a tiny snack for a bald eagle. pic: R.T.

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By Craig Shapiro

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? If so, you’ll know that even the most exceptional photograph or exquisite painting pales in comparison with the sight of it firsthand.

That’s what it was like seeing a bald eagle in person.

We were heading to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on a perfect fall morning when one of the guys spotted him perched high in a grove of pines. He was absolutely still, and his regal snow-white head and chocolate-brown body seemed to stand out in relief against the trees’ spindly needles. Everyone in the car was quiet as we watched him surveying his domain.

He bore little resemblance to the eagle who died at a wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year.

Sitting on his haunches, talons clenched and head twisted so painfully that it was almost upside down, he was all but paralyzed. Paralysis isn’t unusual in bald eagles who are dying from lead poisoning. Blindness, brain damage, organ failure, difficulty standing and loss of appetite are also common.

He was the third bald eagle to die from lead poisoning this year in northeast Oregon alone. Wildlife officials in other states have also raised red flags: The number of fatal poisonings is increasing in Minnesota, New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, where at least five eagles died during a two-week span in August.

Most of them were killed by hunters.

The eagles weren’t blasted out of the sky. They died because hunters like to load up on cheap lead bullets and buckshot when they make believe that they’re sportspeople. The birds ingest the lead when they feed on animals who’ve been gunned down and abandoned or from the “gut piles” that hunters leave behind after shooting deer, bears or other animals who’ve wandered into their crosshairs and then hacking up the carcasses.

A sliver of lead the size of a grain of rice is enough to kill a bald eagle within 72 hours. Now, consider this: Every year, hunters fire off an estimated 3,000 tons of lead in pursuit of their senseless blood sport. Another 80,000 tons are used at shooting ranges.

Anglers are also complicit in the death toll: They pollute ponds and streams with some 4,000 tons of lead lures and sinkers every year.

The consequences are alarming. As many as 20 million birds and other animals are killed each year by lead poisoning.

Which raises the question: How can hunters have the gall to defend their sick notion of “tradition” when they’re killing one of the country’s most recognizable icons?

Some states and environmental organizations have called for the use of lead-free ammunition, but that won’t save eagles’ lives, because a federal ban on using lead ammunition and fishing tackle in national parks and wildlife refuges was repealed in March. On the same day that the ban was overturned, a bald eagle in Washington state died after battling severe lead poisoning for a week.

Whichever type of ammunition hunters use, suffering and death are the inevitable result of their bloody pastime. Hunting disrupts wildlife migration and hibernation patterns, destroys families—male and female bald eagles build their nests together and stay with each other until one mate dies—and leaves many animals to endure a slow, agonizing death after bullets or arrows tear through their flesh but don’t kill them outright.

Hunters often claim that the reason they hunt is to enjoy the outdoors. If that’s true, they should hang up their guns and instead go bird-watching, set out on a hike, climb into a kayak or visit a national park.

They might even get to see a bald eagle.

City Councilor Michael Gaffney drops another bomb


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A few days ago: Rose walking her mutts. With the leaves turning color, her thoughts turn to the fall city election … pic: R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

No, it is not the usual City Councilor Michael Gaffney political hate bomb, right before this Tuesday, September 19, the last date all Woo city councilor candidates at large must officially declare their intent to run for mayor. No, this time, it’s not Gaffney: demonizing minorities, refugees or immigrants; accusing the editor of a local paper of being a sexual predator after the paper runs A FEW PARAGRAPHS! on him that he doesn’t like – Gaffney does this to cost the editor his job and stop the stories – not to help women; lying about and twisting the intentions of present Worcester Mayor Joe Petty; cynically thinking he’s smarter than every one else in the room so he boldly obfuscates and manipulates his way into the voters’ psyches.

No. It’s not the usual Gaffney scheme, taken straight out of the Donald Trump Shit on the Other – Prey on the Weak Handbook. No. This is something new: Gaffney’s declared that this fall, this election season  – when he runs for mayor of Worcester for the second time – HE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA – pertaining to his mayoral run!

That’s right: He will be answering zero Q and A-where do you stand on the issues? candidate surveys. He will be participating in zippo candidate profile pieces, shunning any kind of forum hosted by any paper, radio or TV station  … saying NO to any media-sponsored forum that will help voters make informed decisions in the voter’s booth this November. 

A guy who runs for mayor of the second largest city in New England but refuses to tell the voters what he is gonna do, if elected mayor! That’s Gaffney!

Endorsements? Screw ’em! The Gaffer, who never shuts up when it comes to spreading falsehoods about his perceived political enemies, is clamming up when it comes to talking facts, ideas and goals for Worcester! Unless he is planning to spend $40,000 on advertising, like he did last election cycle, so he can control his message, totally. Because he’s got the dough. … Very presidential candidate Donald Trump! Money money money.

Boycotting voter education, while doling out a ton of voter miseducation on Turtle Boy!

Even though Gaffney thinks he’s merely poking a thumb into the local media’s eye ball, grabbing control of his message, he’s  hurting himself. You wonder: What is Mike Gaffney so afraid of? What is Mike Gaffney trying to hide, ashamed to admit, unwilling to own? Why can’t he be a part of this very American tradition? What doesn’t he want to discuss?

Obviously, quite a lot. Basically the way he does politics – his political m.o.

For starters:

Gaffney’s Sanctuary City lies/race-baiting debacle that messed up Worcester for weeks;

his vindictive political style and bashing of poor people a la his political supporter CHANGE WORCESTER FB PAGE ANONYMOUS AUTHOR PAUL COLLYER – a guy who is so NEGATIVE about Worcester it hurts!

… or may be it’s Gaffney equating – like his buddy Aidan Kearney, owner and writer of Turtle Boy – minorities and poor people with crime and stupidity, an America on the cusp of moral collapse

… or, like Aidan Kearney, like Donald Trump, it could be Gaffney’s stoking the prejudices of people who fear a changing Worcester/America – and refusing to admit to the fact in order to keep feeding the red meat to  his political “base”

… or, coordinating hateful stories with Turtle Boy … and Paul Collyer’s FB page, Change Worcester, becoming an echo chamber – though Collyer has often been the original source from which some of the puke was first puked up.

When you think about it, every puke-y, ugly Worcester political  hate-storm, every nasty Woo political scream fest, every depressing headline about one Woo group pitted against another can be traced to City Councilor Michael Gaffney. Or, if not the source, the Gaffer’s fanned the flames of misunderstanding and prejudice. For political gain. To win.

Now why would we want a guy like this to be Mayor of Worcester?

Worcester is the second largest city in New England. A complicated, diverse, growing metropolis! We deserve better! Incumbent Mayor Joe Petty is better – he is a BETTER man than Gaffney will ever be. He’s a bigger man, a man whose heart is not capable of hatching all the shifty, soul-shriveling political schemes of a Mike Gaffney. And, for this Woo voter, that’s what it comes down to: Petty is perfect for my city of 2018 and beyond not just because he’s a guy with the smarts and collaborative instincts to create a Woo on the move but because he’s got Modesty and Grace. Grace: a quality the spiritually vacuous Gaffney knows nothing about. Being a good person who never exploits the OTHER in our society, the weariest and weakest among us: refugees, the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the men, women and kids struggling with drug addiction. Mayor Joe Petty works hard to make our city a millennial playground, but he also keeps his eyes on our kids in our schools, our families in our inner-city neighborhoods, our workers who need good jobs and job training … even our pups in our dog parks! He is a GOOD PERSON WHO DOES RIGHT BY EVERYONE. In a multicultural city, with a minority-majority public school system, a lot of poor folks who the global economy has abandoned … during these awful Trump Times in which cities are gut-punched daily, courtesy of our insane President, we need Grace in City Hall. We need Joe Petty.

We don’t need schemer, never-dreamer Mike Gaffney!

Saturday wrap-up, starring Imalay!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Imalay Guzman

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Imalay, right, and her mom and children

Growing up in a big family and being the only girl was difficult. I am the fourth child out of six – and the only girl! Considering that my mother was accustomed to all her boys, raising a girl was confusing. I have always been emotional and awkward. When it came to talking to my mom I always wrote her letters of explanations of how I felt and slid them under her bedroom door!

My mother and I have a unique relationship. It hasn’t always been that way, but over the course of time it gradually changed. Hard to accept that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree! I’m glad that our relationship has matured to the point of having open conversations: we have our disagreements but respect our differences. Although my life choices haven’t always been the best, my mother always supported me and advised me of the consequences.

One thing that my mother and I always connected over was cooking. My best memories are in the kitchen with her and my brothers. It’s a tradition! All my brothers and I can cook a good-tasting meal. All in the grace of my momma and the talks that we had when we sat down to eat dinner. All I remember is the laughter and different stories of how everyone’s day had gone. On occasion we have potlucks challenging my mother’s original recipes, which is fun, but no one can do it like my Momma!

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Imalay, her mom and daughter

Now that I have children of my own, I can totally understand why she was the way she was during my childhood. I admire and respect her so much. So I do as much as I can to help. I am simply grateful for her. I know it wasn’t easy to raise six children on her own. It takes hard work to be a mother of that many children! She is prepared for anything, one of the many great qualities I inherited from her — besides the cooking skills.

Here’s a recipe for you:

A traditional dessert after a home cooked Puerto Rican meal is “flan.’’ It is a sweetened egg custard with a caramel topping, an open, tart-like pastry, which my mother makes.

She also makes it calibrated – mixing it with cake and calling it “Flancocho.” A recipe I will gladly share with you:

“Flancocho”

To make a small sized flancocho, gather:

Eggs (6)

Evaporated milk (1)

Condensed milk (1)

Vanilla cake (½ box)

Vanilla (3 tsp.)

Sugar (1 cup)

First step is preparing the cake mix. (Use only half a box.) For a larger Flancocho, double the ingredients listed.

Next, you’re going to mix the eggs with the evaporated and condensed milk and 3 tsp. of vanilla flavoring.

The next step is a little more complicated because we’re going to melt sugar to preciseness: heat and stir 1 cup of sugar on a stove top until it turns to what looks like dark, liquified caramel.

Using a baking pan of your choosing, you are going to put the ingredients into this exact layered order:

The caramel goes first, then the flan mix and lastly the cake mix.

Then, you’re going to put the baking pan inside of a bigger and deeper baking pan full of water while trying not to mix the three mixtures of layers – which are very sensitive.

The baking pan full of water allows the mixture to bake without sticking.

Lastly, bake at 350 for an hour.

This is an amazing dish! And it’s even more special when it’s passed down from generation to generation – for example, my mom to me. Sharing similar interests in cooking made it possible for our relationship to grow and progress, making it easy to keep an open line of communication.

This recipe can be used for any occasion. You can make it for yourself or for your family. …

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Imalay’s family = love!

Either way I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. This recipe can be difficult to perfect, but if you manage to successfully prepare it, be ready to add it to your favorites! Always remember that food is love – especially when you share it!

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Clark University to host award-winning author for lecture on tyranny, Sept. 25

Leading American historian and author Timothy Snyder will give a lecture on the topic of his latest book, “On Tyranny: Lessons from the Twentieth Century” at 5 p.m. Monday, September 25, in Room 320 of Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University, 950 Main St.

This lecture is part of the Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series.

It is free and open to the public.

Snyder is an expert on tyranny and has written at length about fascism, communism, and the Holocaust. His six award-winning books include “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” and “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.” The Guardian states that his latest book is “The perfect clear-eyed antidote to Trump’s deliberate philistinism” and that it provides “a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten.”

Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and holds a permanent fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

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Rose immersing herself in the boss…She forgot how great he is!

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pic: R.T.

Love Ezra, love Vox! Hate having no coffee!

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Fuck!!! Rose just woke up and there is no coffee in her shack! Any where, in any form. Not even the Walgreens instant flakes she’ll ingest in a pinch! Her shack is totally caffeine-free!! A first in a decade+. Ugh. pics: R.T.

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Her crew is unmoved…

This will wake her up! This kid is brilliant! Great American political writer, editor, thinker! But he goes better with her a.m. java!!!!

Check our his terrific Hillary interview:

So intellectual – and non-bull-shitty! Says it all – describes our national political debacle to a T!!

Check out his website, too: Vox.com: Click here;

Watch their videos – they’re fun and you learn new stuff!

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Rose is still in a mood…

Pray for Rose, Saint Theresa:

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One of Rose’s late mom’s old penny prayer cards

Clark U – always in style! Fall dialogue symposium!

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Cece, what are you doing in this listing?!! pic: R.T.

Clark University’s fall dialogue symposium to focus on the “public good”

Lectures, art exhibit to highlight how the arts, humanities unite us in common pursuits

This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium “Common Pursuits/Public Good” will consider how the arts and humanities contribute to the public good through acts of advocacy and teaching; creation and critique; contemplation and scholarship.

“A commitment to the public good premises a system of shared values, even as those values change and, sometimes, come into conflict with each other,” wrote Meredith Neuman, director of the Higgins School of Humanities. “Consensus can be elusive, and compromise difficult, but the pursuit continues.”

All events listed below are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they will be held on the Clark University campus in Dana Commons, 36 Maywood St., Worcester.

Exhibit

“ENGAGE: An exhibit by William Chambers”
On display from September 12 through November 21
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Socially engaged art exists at the intersection between powerful symbolic statements and quantifiable political change. Part installation, part performance, wholly participatory, this exhibit will feature two works by artist William Chambers – “Service Station” and “Repairs” – that explore the power of art objects to foster conversation on important issues and to allow for the unexpected. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. (Chambers will give a lecture on Wed., Nov. 8.)

Community Conversation

“What’s In It for Us? A Community Conversation on the Public Good”
Thursday, September 28
7pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
How do we support, utilize, and recognize contributions to the public good? Clark University professors Barbara Bigelow (Graduate School of Management) and Toby Sisson (Studio Art) will share their respective expertise in dialogic process and community-based art as facilitators of the discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and Difficult Dialogues.

Discussion

“Why Bother with Prison Education?”
Thursday, October 5
4:30pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Arguments for the value of prison education generally focus on larger social benefits, such as reduced recidivism, but arguments might also be made for the less quantifiable but no less transformative outcomes for individuals themselves. Poet Jill McDonough (UMass Boston) and Arthur Bembury (Executive Director of Partakers, a non-profit organization devoted to helping volunteers mentor incarcerated students), will lead this conversation on the fundamental role of education in the prison system. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Department of English, and the Hiatt Center for Urban Education.

Panel

“Why Get Involved with Prison Education?”
Tuesday, October 17
4:30pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
In this follow-up to “Why Bother with Prison Education?”, Clark University Professor Shelly Tenenbaum (Sociology), former Clark student Claude Kaitare, and Steffen Seitz of the Petey Greene prison tutoring program will discuss the various goals of prison education programs, offer reflections on their own experiences, and discuss volunteer opportunities. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of Sociology.

Readings

“Terror Rising: The Village Mob”
Wednesday, October 25
7pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Professors Gino DiIorio (Theater) and James Elliott (English), and Jennifer Plante (The Writing Center) will read scary stories that turn our attention from the fear of the monster to the fear of the mob. This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

Off-Campus Lecture

“Community and Memory: The Bullard Photographs”
Sunday, October 29
4pm
Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church
55 Illinois Street, Worcester
Cheryll Toney Holley (Sonksq and historian of the Nipmuc Nation and Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc Indians) and Professor Janette Thomas Greenwood (History) will lead this discussion of how the recently discovered William Bullard photographs of Beaver Brook residents (1897-1917) can help reconstruct this neighborhood, its families, and their stories, suggesting lessons we can learn about community and memory today. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of History. Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917 will be on display at the Worcester Art Museum from October 14, 2017 to February 25, 2018.

Lecture

“Race/Memory/Public Space”
Friday, November 3
12pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Cultural historian Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation), who has written about the National African American Museum of History and Culture and was a designer of the University of Virginia’s Memorial for Enslaved African American Laborers, will examine current and historical intersections of race, architecture, and the public realm. This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, Africana Studies, and the Department of Political Science through the Chester Bland Fund.

Lecture

“Health Care for Good: What We Need to Learn from Radical Clinics”
Tuesday, November 7
7pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Author, performer, and practitioner Terri Kapsalis will draw upon the history of radical clinics linked to political movements, such as the Black Panther Party and the Women’s Health Movement, to address the continued need to expand economic and geographic access to quality health care and to offer a vision of what radical health care has been and can be. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies; and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Lecture

“Art as Social Practice”
Wednesday, November 8
7pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
William Chambers, instructor at Massachusetts Bay Community College and Visual Arts Chair at the Bancroft School, will consider how socially engaged art has the power to interrogate privilege and inequity as well as identity-based pretexts for social and political discrimination. This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

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Lecture

“The Science of Undeath: Zombies and Animated Corpses in Historical Perspective”
Wednesday, October 18
4:30pm
Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Winston Black (History, Assumption College) will discuss how and why medieval scholars debated corpse animation and hence understood the porous boundaries between life and death. Clark University Professor Deborah Robertson (Biology) will offer commentary. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, Early Modernists Unite, and the Departments of Biology and History.

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Health Care Advocates Push to Close Gap in Oral Health Access in Massachusetts

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, House Chairman Smitty Pignatelli, and House Chairwoman Kate Hogan rallied a crowd of supporters behind joint legislation aimed at bridging the Commonwealth’s dental health gap.

Health Care For All, Dental Care for Massachusetts and a congregation of passionate advocates representing more than 55 community groups convened before a State House press conference in support of S.1169/H.2474, An Act authorizing dental therapists to expand access to oral health.

“Dental therapists are mid-level providers, similar to a nurse practitioner, that provide preventive and routine care under a dentist’s supervision. They fill a major gap in access, helping people in schools, health centers, nursing homes, and other community settings get high-quality care,” said Amy Rosenthal, Executive Director of Health Care For All. “Dental therapy combats the striking disparities in oral health. It also provides opportunities for well-paying, stable employment, generating economic growth in the community while serving the needs of residents.”

“Hopefully, in the year 2017, when we use the term health – it encompasses physical, behavioral and oral health,” said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. “The creation of a mid-level dental therapy program will improve oral health care access while generating savings for the Commonwealth.”

“It cannot be stated often enough: too many people are deprived of dental care,” said Senator Chandler. “This legislation gives midlevel practitioners the freedom to work flexibly and efficiently, to ensure that the best care is delivered to the greatest amount of people. Our bipartisan coalition agrees that with this legislation we have a solution – and after nearly four years of debate, it’s time for this solution to become law.”

Importantly, under this legislation, dental therapists are free to offer their services to the open market – they are not restricted to treating only those who are enrolled in MassHealth.

“Proper dental care is as much a human right as proper medical care and Massachusetts needs true midlevel providers who can deliver safe, cost-effective dental care to those who most need it,” said Representative Pignatelli. “The legislation Senator Chandler, Representative Hogan, and I introduced will expand access not just for people on MassHealth, but also for the uninsured, seniors, and others struggling to get to a dentist or afford costly dental services. The time has come to make quality, affordable dental care accessible to everyone who needs it.”

“A visit to the dentist is something many of us take for granted, but for thousands of Massachusetts residents who are either low-income, elderly, or live in rural parts of the state, routine dental care can be impossible to access,” said Representative Hogan. “The health impacts this lack of access creates are far-reaching, as untreated dental issues can contribute to additional, more serious medical conditions down the road. By authorizing dental therapists who can reach these vulnerable populations, this bill brings us closer to ensuring that all Massachusetts residents – from every income bracket and corner of the Commonwealth – have access to the care they need to lead full and healthy lives.”

Other states have already implemented similar legislation. In Minnesota, Advanced Dental Therapists are already connecting vulnerable populations with the oral health care they need.

“I see children, seniors, a large immigrant population, and people with disabilities all from an incredibly diverse population. Over 90% of my patients are on Medicaid/state based insurance or uninsured. I do exams, restorative work including fillings, stainless steel crowns, baby teeth extractions and emergency care. All while in constant contact with my supervising dentists. All diagnosing is made by one of my collaborating dentists,” said Katy Leiviska, a licensed Advanced Dental Therapists from Minnesota. “Dental therapy will not solve every problem facing our dental care delivery system but it has made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of people that come through our doors at HealthPartners by simply increasing access to care.”

In Massachusetts, many could benefit from this initiative, as 530,000 people in the state live in areas with a shortage of dentists and almost half of all children on MassHealth did not see a dentist in 2015.

“Scores of poor and working people throughout the Commonwealth, through no fault of their own, are held hostage by the dental profession simply because of their economic situation. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are denied access to care simply because doctors don’t like their insurance coverage, and as a consequence long term health care needs are ignored and exacerbated because of their condition,” said Horace Small, Executive Director at The Union of Minority Neighborhoods. “The enactment of dental therapist legislation will provide quality care to those in need and improve the long-term health care prospects for all citizens in Massachusetts. The legislature can’t enact this legislation fast enough.”

www.hcfama.org is a Massachusetts nonprofit advocacy organization working to create a health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, and culturally competent care to everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us.

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Fall Finds at Webster Square’s Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop at 1329 Main St., Worcester.

Located at the corner of Main and Henshaw streets.

Best prices in town!!

Open Mon – Sat, 2 – 8 p.m.

Buy: Vinyl (lps, 78s, 45s) – neon signs – vintage – antiques – industrial – tableware – vintage toys – electric and folk guitars – signs – vintage books and mags – jewelry – collectibles – CDs – record players

Prices: FREE and up!

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