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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.

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.

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

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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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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma remind us: Disaster plans must include animals

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

The scenes from the Texas Gulf Coast — where Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented flooding and devastation — are harrowing: homes and businesses destroyed, roads turned into rivers, entire neighborhoods submerged, senior citizens trapped in a flooded assisted-living facility and terrified residents fleeing for their lives through murky, chest-deep waters.

But there is at least one sign of hope in this disaster: More than ever before, rescue efforts are including animals. Many emergency shelters are allowing people to take refuge along with their animal companions; evacuees are carrying their dogs, cats, birds and other animals to safety; and teams are rushing to the area to save stranded animals.

PETA’s rescue crew is on the ground in Port Arthur with a boat, food and supplies and has already rescued several families, dogs who were stranded in water up to their necks and even an armadillo.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is a reminder that it’s vital to make an emergency plan now that includes all members of the family. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters often strike with little to no warning, so preparation can mean the difference between life and death both for us and for our animal companions.

Start by mapping out possible evacuation routes and compiling a list of places where you can stay with your animals if you must quickly leave your home. Ask family members and friends if they would be willing to accommodate you and your animals for a few days, and call around to campgrounds and hotel chains — many hotels will waive their no-animals policies during emergencies. Keep a list with the addresses and phone numbers of all your lodging options or save them to your phone.

Even if you have no other option than to sleep in your car temporarily, your animals will be safer with you than they would be if left behind in an empty house. But use caution — never leave them in a parked vehicle during warm weather, as the interior temperature can quickly reach deadly levels.

Next, ensure that you’re ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice by assembling an emergency kit for each animal. Include a carrier, a leash, bowls, towels, a favorite toy or blanket and enough food, bottled water and medication to last at least a week. Have your animals microchipped, and make sure they’re wearing collars with legible identification tags.

Once you’ve completed these steps, take a moment to think through a variety of emergency scenarios. Whatever the situation, the most important point to remember is to keep your animals with you at all times. If you can’t evacuate, or choose not to, keep them indoors. Never leave them chained or penned outside, where they can drown in rising floodwaters or be killed by falling debris.

If you do evacuate, transport small animals in secure carriers and keep larger dogs leashed or harnessed, as frightening sights and sounds and unfamiliar surroundings can cause them to bolt.

Never leave animals behind: As we’ve learned from other disasters, downed power lines or impassable roads may prevent you from returning home for weeks, leaving them stranded.

If authorities force you to evacuate without your animals, leave them indoors with access to upper floors. Do not crate them. Provide at least 10 days’ worth of dry food, and fill sinks, bathtubs and large containers with water. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and species of animals inside, as rescue workers may be able to save them.

And be sure to watch for other animals in trouble, including any who may have gotten loose or been left behind by your neighbors. If you see any animals in distress and can’t help them, note their location and call authorities immediately.

Animals can’t dial 911, row a boat to safety or open a can of food. They count on us to protect them. Taking time to plan now will help ensure that our animal family members stay safe when — not if — the next disaster strikes.

Chef Joey says…Homemade Muffins, Magical Mornings!

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Joe-Joe believes eating less meat and more veggies, fruits and grains is good for you – and our planet!

Muffins!

Text, recipes and photos by Chef Joey

So muffins are fun because they are small cakes, small cakes to fill the void of a whole slice of cake!

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Do you know the Muffin Man? Made by Chef Joey!

The joy of muffins is they can be plain, frosted or fruit-filled.

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Back at Rose’s shack: her wicked ripe bananas. pic: R.T.

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Gigi loves Papa Joey’s breakfast muffins! Go, little girl, go!!

My basic muffin recipe for fruit-filled muffins is:

2 cups flour

1 stick of soft butter

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

¼ cup to a ½ cup of milk

and, depending on your craving for sweetness … ½ cup of sugar or more for sweeter or less (1/4 cup) for not so sweet. Let the fruit take over!

Add 1 cup of diced fruit, raisins, craisins, blueberries etc. to your muffin mix.

Bake 375 for 15 minutes or less, depending on the size.

Test with a toothpick for doneness.

For Bran Muffins, use 1 cup of bran cereal and 1 cup less of flour

Soften with the milk and add the other ingredients.

For Corn Muffins, sub 1 cup corn meal for cup of flour and keep the ½ cup of sugar!

Enjoy!

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Strawberries in crust…

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It’s a lazy Saturday! One of Chef Joey’s babes.

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SMOOTHIES! You can get your a.m. protein and other nutrients in these power-“punches” from PETA.ORG!!

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When shelters are too full to take animals in, where do they go?

By Daphna Nachminovitch

A TV news report described it as a “horror scene”: dozens of dead and dying cats at the home of a self-described “rescue” in Lutz, Florida. A woman who went there to retrieve her cat tearfully described seeing other cats’ skeletal remains and bodies crawling with maggots.

This case is not unique — other recent incidents include a “rescue” in Kentucky at which more than 40 dogs were crammed into cramped feces-strewn cages along with trash and dead rats and a so-called “animal hospice” in Ohio whose operators were convicted of cruelty after more than 160 neglected cats were seized.

These incidents are symptoms of an anti-euthanasia epidemic, the inevitable result of the pressure that is being put on shelters to increase their “release rates” by implementing misguided, shortsighted and downright dangerous “turn-away” policies that foster abuse and neglect.

What happens when shelters turn animals away?

Often, they wind up in hellish places like those mentioned above, where they may suffer for weeks, months or even years in filthy conditions without adequate food, water or veterinary care — left to waste away in misery because of an objection to euthanasia that borders on the pathological.

More and more shelters are trying to avoid making hard decisions by forcing someone else to make them instead.

They put the onus for sheltering homeless or unwanted animals on the public by charging exorbitant “surrender fees,” requiring that appointments to surrender animals be made weeks or months in advance, or simply turning away animals when they run out of space or because the animals — including those who are sick, injured, elderly or unsocialized — aren’t very adoptable.

Some shelters are refusing to accept any cats at all and are instead recommending that they be turned loose to fend for themselves.

When animals are rejected by shelters, they don’t just disappear — people may abandon them, relegate them to life on a chain, give them away to an irresponsible person or even kill them. Earlier this month, a man in Tampa, Florida, was caught on video opening his car door, dumping a dog out onto a busy street and driving away as the bewildered dog frantically ran after the car. Both shelters in that area have turn-away policies, including surrender fees and waiting lists.

Many shelters also put animals at risk by doing whatever they can to get the ones they do admit back out the door — waiving adoption fees and background checks, as well as handing animals out to unregulated hobby adoption groups, unscreened foster homes and hoarders. In Kennesaw, Georgia, one facility regularly released animals to a “rescue” that was keeping them in a derelict house with urine-soaked floors littered with feces.

So-called “rescues” and “sanctuaries” have also been implicated in horrific cases of cruelty, including abandoning, shooting, drowning, beating and even sexually assaulting animals. And animals aren’t the only ones who get hurt.

In June, a pit bull from a Virginia “rehabilitation center” — which had purportedly “trained” the dog by shocking him with an electric-shock collar — attacked and killed his new guardian’s elderly mother within hours of adoption.

Among the most shameful tactics used to bolster shelters’ “release rates” is their refusal to offer euthanasia services to gravely sick and injured animals whose guardians can’t afford to go to a veterinary clinic.

Such policies don’t offer a humane or even nonlethal solution. The animals are still dying — they’re just dying elsewhere, slowly and painfully, instead of peacefully and with dignity.

With some shelters refusing to do their jobs, it’s up to their constituents — taxpaying citizens — to demand that they stop prioritizing statistics over animal well-being. We must demand that municipal shelters accept all animals — no waiting lists, no surrender fees and no excuses.

Instead of charging people to take their unwanted animals to a shelter, municipalities need to prevent homelessness in the first place by requiring that all animals be licensed, microchipped, and spayed or neutered — and by implementing low-cost sterilization programs to make it easier for animal guardians to comply.

Animals aren’t just numbers on a page — they’re vulnerable beings, and they need our protection.

SPEAK OUT! 💐🎶 … Congressman McGovern Joins 75+ House Democrats in Censure Resolution Against Trump for Charlottesville Comments … and … from America’s sharpest and funniest political provocateurs!❤❤❤

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Go, Jim, go!

McGovern, Democrats call Trump’s Charlottesville remarks a “moral outrage”

Demand Congress send a clear message by censuring the President for his comments

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(editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

Congressman Jim McGovern joined yesterday Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) in introducing a censure resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives against President Donald Trump for his comments blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and excusing the behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

The censure resolution condemns the President for failing to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazi groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville over the weekend, and for doubling-down on his comments by attempting to create a moral equivalency between white supremacists and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

The resolution, which was cosponsored by 79 Members of Congress, offers an official censure by Congress of President Trump for his remarks, and calls for the President to fire any and all advisors who have urged him to cater to white supremacist movements in the United States.

“President Trump’s remarks in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville are outrageous. His refusal to completely and totally denounce white supremacist groups and all who enable their bigotry is unacceptable. America’s leaders must send a clear message to President Trump that these comments are not just wrong, but they insult the moral convictions and ideals our country was built on,” Congressman Jim McGovern said. “This is a moment history will remember. Americans need to know their leaders have the courage to stand with them. We must not only condemn the President’s remarks, we must censure the President for the unacceptable way he has represented our country in this critical moment.”

In addition to Representatives McGovern, Nadler, Watson Coleman, and Jayapal, the following Members have signed on as cosponsors: Joe Crowley (D-NY), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Bill Foster (D-IL), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Scott Peters (D-CA), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Al Lawson (D-FL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Greg Meeks (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Tim Walz (D-MN), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), David Loebsack (D-IA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Al Green (D-TX), Mark Takano (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Don Beyer (D-VA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Norma Torres (D-CA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Donald McEachin (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), James Langevin (D-RI), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Alma Adams (D-NC), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA).

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The full text of the resolution:

H. RES. __

Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
August 18, 2017

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. NADLER, Ms. WATSON COLEMAN, and Ms. JAYAPAL submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on _______;

RESOLUTION

Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.

Whereas on August 11, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a gathering of white supremacists, including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members, and other white nationalist groups, marched through the streets with torches as part of a coordinated ‘Unite the Right’ rally spewing racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred;

Whereas on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 others;

Whereas President Donald Trump’s immediate public comments rebuked “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and failed to specifically condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally or cite the white supremacist, neo-Nazi gathering as responsible for actions of domestic terrorism;

Whereas on August 15, 2017 President Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower where he re-asserted that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attempted to create a moral equivalency between white supremacist, KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally;

Whereas President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country;

Whereas President Donald Trump has provided encouragement and little to no denunciation of white supremacist groups and individuals who promote their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies;

Whereas President Donald Trump has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) does hereby censure and condemn President Donald Trump for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that “both sides” were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, and for employing people with ties to white supremacist movements in the White House, such as Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka; and

(2) does hereby urge President Donald Trump to fire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the white supremacist movement in the United States.

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And FYI …

☎BANNON’S OUT! Next WH madman who must GET THE BOOT:☎☎☎

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Cuddly couple❤: Cece washing Lilac. pics: R.T.

Living beings should never be treated like luggage

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Air travel snafus are never fun, but for one 4-month-old infant, a delayed flight nearly turned fatal. When the plane that he had boarded with his mother was delayed on the tarmac at Denver International Airport on a 90-degree day in June, temperatures reportedly became unbearably hot inside the cabin.

The plane remained on the runway for nearly two hours, and despite his mother’s attempts to cool him down by placing bags of ice and wet wipes on his skin, the baby became overheated. “His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” his mother said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.” Thankfully, the baby survived — but his terrifying ordeal could easily have ended in disaster.

If the plane’s cabin got this hot, just imagine how high the temperature must have been inside the cargo hold — an area that typically isn’t ventilated or climate-controlled. Yet living beings are routinely transported in cargo as if they were luggage. Many dogs, cats and other animals have suffered terribly, and some have even died as a result.

A 5-year-old dog named Lulu was reportedly found dead on arrival in the cargo hold after her recent flight from Houston to San Francisco was delayed for two hours on the runway. Her distraught family posted on Facebook, “There were significant problems with the air conditioning in the main cabin where we are sitting, so we are deeply concerned about the conditions in cargo.”

Earlier this year, a rabbit named Simon reportedly died after a breeder shipped him in cargo on a flight from Heathrow to O’Hare, as did a dog named Jacob after he was reportedly flown in a cargo hold from Michigan to Oregon and the plane had an unexpected, extended layover.

Other animals have escaped after their carriers were damaged, and many have gotten lost inside airplanes and hangars. Some have bolted, never to be seen again, after airline employees let them out during layovers. Mix-ups and carelessness have caused some animals to be separated from their guardians and even put on the wrong flight.

Recently, the rap artist ScHoolboy Q was traveling with his dog, Yeeerndamean, from Missouri to California, but during a layover, there was a mix-up and Yeeerndamean ended up miles away, in Chicago.

Even without delays, escapes and mix-ups, animals are traumatized when they find themselves far from their guardians, tossed among the luggage in a loud, dark, strange place with fluctuating air pressure.

A recently published study by the University of Illinois found that for dogs used in search-and-rescue missions — who presumably fly more often than the average canine and could be assumed to be more accustomed to it —vair travel is so unsettling that “[t]hey showed behavioral stress, their gut was completely turned upside down, [and] their bloodwork showed significant effects.”

If you must fly with animal companions, always take them in the cabin with you. Use a sturdy, well-ventilated carrier, preferably one with wheels, that is designed for animals and will fit under the seat.

Plan ahead: Well before your departure date, set up the carrier and put a blanket and toys and treats inside so your animal will want to check it out, and make sure that it’s large enough to allow him or her to stand up and turn around in comfortably.

If you have animals who are too large to fit under the seat, don’t risk putting them in cargo. Instead, drive to your destination or leave them in the comfort and security of their own home with a trusted caretaker — it’s far less stressful and dangerous.

You’ll be glad you did. Lost or damaged luggage can be replaced, but living beings can’t.

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INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY

A CANDLE-LIGHT VIGIL OF MEMORY AND HOPE

… We all need to stand in solidarity.
Please let me know that we can count on you!

August 31

5:30 pm at Worcester City Hall Common, Main Street

Please join our families and friends who have lost a loved one to this opioid epidemic.

Losing a loved one is a lonely experience and we would love your support and prayers during this time to help our community heal.

Around the world on this day, events are held to support families and to bring awareness to this public health, public safety crisis.

See you there,
Mattie
Matilde Castiel MD
Commissioner of Health and Human Services

City of Worcester

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See-Saw: A Group for Children of
Substance Using Parents/Caregivers

A 10-week group for children (ages 7-11) of adult substance users, who are in, or currently working toward, recovery

Group will focus on:

· Education about substance use

· A safe space to process guardian substance use

· Prevention for at risk youth

· Supporting youth to develop and practice healthy

When: Tuesdays 4 -5 p.m. starting September 26

Where: 81 Plantation St.

To make a referral call: Central Referral at 1-855-4YOUINC

Rolling Admission: members are accepted throughout the group

For more information contact: Kristen Birch, MA director of Substance Abuse at 508-849-5600 x 408

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Buy these zippity-doo-dah specials at Webster Square’s Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop

Located at 1329 Main St., Worc

Open Mon – Sat, 2 – 8 p.m.

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Catch Imalay’s column and recipe in the next issue of CECELIA (on stands next Fri.)! Here’s Imalay with her babe and her cute mom❤ (center), the lady who taught Imalay how to cook!:

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Here’s Rose’s mom, CECELIA❤, at her First Holy Communion. The photo was taken at her family church, Woo’s little Polish church on Ward Street, St. Mary’s:

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St. Mary’s, from Rose’s kitchen window, today…

More Chef Joey Europe pics. Read him in CECELIA, too! Next Friday!

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Chef Joey and Provence!

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French cliche😉

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The Pope’s shack – Citta del Vaticano

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This weekend visit CECELIA pal Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester

Open 2 – 8 p

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Neon signs🌻

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Antiques❤

Industrial🇺🇸

CDs and DVDs🎹

Signs😌

Record players, speakers, stereos🎶🎶

Collectibles🎻

Toys – vintage and antique❤

Vintage toy trucks and cars🚙

Tableware🍸🍸

Furniture🌺

FUN🍇🍒 … and anything your little heart imagines!

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Pics/text: Rose T.

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