Category Archives: Fashion

WAM – always in style! Great new WAM exhibit! Starting tomorrow!!

From WAM website! Please check out these photos! WAM is FREE Saturday mornings! – R.T.


Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard

William Bullard, James and Jeannie Johnson Family

October 14, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester.

Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history.

Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection especially rare among extant photographic collections of people of color taken before World War I and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullard’s portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for a “new Black identity” during the nascent years of the New Negro movement.

Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullard’s portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

A comprehensive website hosted by Clark University ( offers teaching resources for educators, all of the photographs and sitters featured in Rediscovering an American Community of Color, a map of the Beaver Brook neighborhood (circa 1911), and additional research written by the Clark students who participated in a seminar related to the exhibition.



Saturday, October 14, 12 pm:

Musical tribute to Bullard portrait sitter and musician David T. Oswell by his descendents, Raymond T Jackson, D.M.A. (piano), Emma Jean Boyd (violin) and Joshua Allen Boyd (cello). Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-8pm:

Reception with cash bar. 6pm: Master Series Third Thursday including performance by Native American flute player Strong Eagle Daly and art talk by Maurice Wallace, Ph.D., Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia.

Hosted by the Worcester Art Museum’s Members’ Council and free with Museum admission.

Presented with support from Mass Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Fund.

Master Series is sponsored by:

Rediscovering an American Community of Color was organized in partnership with, and with support from, Clark University. The Museum extends its gratitude to Mass Humanities, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, and Stephen J. Javaras and Robert A. Collins for their financial support. This project is also funded in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Photography Fund.

In addition, Frank J. Morill generously provided the Museum with the Bullard negatives and years of dedicated research. Finally, the Museum thanks the members of the community and descendants of Bullard’s sitters who offered advice, told stores and filled in crucial gaps that deepened the power of these portraits.


Clark University Bullard Experience
Ten students from Clark University spent the spring semester in 2017 connecting with Bullard portrait descendants and doing archival research for the exhibition Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard.

The final product of their work appears in extended web entries found at and in content found on the walls of the exhibition. Each student wrote a short reflection on their experience of working on this project.

City Councilor Michael Gaffney drops another bomb

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!

Clark U – always in style! Fall dialogue symposium!

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.


“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
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.


“Why Bother with Prison Education?”
Thursday, October 5
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.


“Why Get Involved with Prison Education?”
Tuesday, October 17
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.


“Terror Rising: The Village Mob”
Wednesday, October 25
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
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.


“Race/Memory/Public Space”
Friday, November 3
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.


“Health Care for Good: What We Need to Learn from Radical Clinics”
Tuesday, November 7
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.


“Art as Social Practice”
Wednesday, November 8
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.

Also at Higgins this semester:


“The Science of Undeath: Zombies and Animated Corpses in Historical Perspective”
Wednesday, October 18
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.

Worcester Mayor Joe Petty and Pride – always in style!

Ron O’Clair covered the Worcester Pride celebration on the Worcester Common, held Saturday, for CECELIA. Here are some photos and text by Ronny:





I attended the event, heard Worcester Mayor Joe Petty speak. He did a great job listing the accomplishments that have taken place in Worcester under his tenure as Mayor.

Joe speaks well and hit on all the important improvements in our city, with the Downtown development and other attributes that Worcester is in line for.

He was well received by the crowd. It was a great success!

Many of the Worcester elite were there, and I actually was received warmly to some recognition among the notables attending.





A little City Hall wedding crashing by Ronny!

Pup treats and human treats – always in style! … and more!

Chef Joey makes his pups special treats

Pup-Pup Treats!!

By Chef Joey

It is never too late to stop and smell the pumpkin bread – or to help a pup in need and make some healthy snacks for him. For your pups, too. I recently had to rescue a pup that was the victim of someone moving out and leaving him behind because he could not take him to his new residence …

Poor kid!

So literally I was “Off to the Rescue!” While driving home I realized I did not have any treats to acclimate the new dog to my surroundings, so I stopped at the market and picked up a few things to make “treats.”

These dog treats are easy, quick and inexpensive to make. I made peanut butter balls …

Back at Rose’s shack: PB. pic: R.T.

… and simple dog biscuits. They both took less than an hour to make.

Peanut Butter Balls are the easiest!

32 ounces vanilla yogurt

1 cup of peanut butter

Melt the peanut butter in your microwave oven or in a pan until soft.

Lilac woofs: yum yum!!

Add the yogurt and mix together.

Pour the mixture into small cupcake tins with paper liners and freeze!

Dog Biscuits!

Dorrie’s Peggy Sue was also a rescue!

2 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg

1 bouillon cube of beef or chicken (or sub ½ cup stock)

½ cup hot water

Dissolve the bouillon cube in the hot water.

Add the ingredients and mix/knead well for a few minutes.

Form a ball with the dough and roll out to ½-inch thick.

Cut the dough into bite-sized strips, according to your dog’s size.

Arrange them on a cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

You can fold in SAFE DOGGY ADD-INS to your biscuits, like bacon bits, more broth, wheat germ, cheese etc.


Cute humans

Bread pudding or warm breakfast French toast!


2 cups milk

1/4 cup butter

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 cups soft bread cubes – any kind of bread (about 8 slices )

1/2 cup raisins or Crasins or both, if desired

Whipping cream, for garnish as dessert or …

… 1 package 8 oz cream cheese 1 cup confectioners sugar and 2 cups milk

Heat oven to 350ºF. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted and milk is hot.

In large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Mix in bread cubes and raisins.

Stir in milk mixture.

Pour into ungreased deep round pan.

Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes.

For dessert: Serve warm with the whipped cream.

For breakfast: Heat milk and cream cheese in a pan. Stir until thick; add the sugar and drizzle on top of your portion.


Looking for cool fall tableware and more? Visit Webster Square’s Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage shop at 1329 Main St., Worcester! – Rose T.

Open Mon – Sat, 2 – 8 p.m.


pics: R.T.













Too cute!:

Chef Joey – always in style!

Chef Joey says: To life! To garlic!

GARLIC!❤❤ Love the sheer madness of the flavor!❤❤

Text, recipes and photos by Chef Joey

Garlic – an epicurean’s love or a dater’s nightmare… and on first dates it’s not even an option! Think about it: Garlic is involved with just about every meal that is not served at breakfast. The sheer madness of the flavor it personifies makes it a staple in everything! It can be candied, roasted, boiled, baked, sautéed – and its power in volume is better than a splat of hot sauce!!

Go for garlic!

Garlic is a wonder seasoning. It helps what ails you, has been linked to cancer survival, hair growth, lowering blood pressure and, for centuries, a cure for the common cold.

But you do not have to wait for the occasion to use it. Start now! Make garlic a part of your tasty meals, curries and sauces!

Garlic + olive oil = ❤

It’s good and delicious and, when cooked properly, it does not linger on the breath. (ok, maybe a little disguised as a bruschetta!)

Recently, I made a simple bruschetta, without the toast, in this case on a chicken cutlet.

The recipe:

Take your raw garlic and chop it fine …


Add fresh basil, fresh chopped tomatoes, …



… salt and some balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil.

Mix and it’s a topping!


For Bruschetta, take an Italian loaf of bread or a baguette for smaller servings, cut into slices …



… and toast. Rub the toast with a piece of garlic and add the tomato mixture. You have an instant app!

More yumminess:

I sauté garlic with some sunflower oil (stands up to heat) and a little water so the garlic does not burn.

Add 1 cup of chopped tomatoes per serving and sauté

After 20 minutes, add fresh basil that is sliced thin

Serve over fresh pasta

Easier than opening a jar! For real!

Feel free to use diced tomatoes from a can – they work great.


Garlic soup is a quick dinner and a tasty broth.

Chop 5 or 6 cloves of garlic …


… and sauté briefly in a little sunflower or vegetable oil

add 2 cups of water and let simmer

add ¼ cup of vermicelli (angel hair pasta)

and add any veggie you like: squash, peas, carrots etc – about a cup, diced up.


When the pasta is cooked, your meal is ready! (you can substitute rice for the pasta.)

Garlic as a spread?

Make your own garlic paste! I buy whole, peeled garlic all the time! It keeps for a month!

Take several cloves of garlic, chop fine and sprinkle generously with kosher salt.

Take a large knife and, as a spatula, spread the salt into the garlic and make a paste. Turning the knife side to side and blending them together.

If the garlic is not breaking, add more salt.

This spread can be made in batches and refrigerated to use for garlic bread, steak rubs, chicken seasoning, a base for salad dressings, sofrito with cilantro added – and anything you can think of! It’s like pesto – just that it is all garlic!

So go out and conquer!


Buy garlic and enjoy! And don’t forget to kiss the cook!❤🍸

Imalay! Always in style!

Imalay Guzman

Summer Times

By Imalay Guzman

After suffering mother nature’s cruel joke, I am excited to say summer is officially here! Coming from a Hispanic background and being born midsummer, I truly appreciate the warm weather. From lake trips to the cook-outs – who doesn’t love the summer time?

Imalay’s sweet husband and their adorable kids enjoy the refreshing pool! photos: Imalay Guzman

There is something about warm weather that brings out the happiness in people: everyone can relate to letting loose and having fun.

Any spontaneous decision can lead to an unforgettable memory. When I was 15 years old, a group of friends and I decided to skinny dip at Vernon Hill pool. It was something to do while there was nothing to do. I will never forget how I cut my leg trying to jump over the fence! Over all, it was a great night – something I will never forget!

This is the time of the year where there are different occasions and reasons for family and friends to reunite. My family does this thing where every Sunday of the summer we get together just so all the family members can actually spend time with one another. This way all the siblings can catch up, and we have a day of the week where we can be a family. To be honest, the main reason for the gathering is my mother’s cooking. She is an amazing cook!

A family birthday party!🎂🎂

If it’s not dipping your feet in a pool or splashing around in a beach, people always find a way to keep cool and have fun. The idea of fun is what you make it! Not everyone is so lucky to have a variety of different activities – people who are not mobile can only do so much. It reminds me of a time when it was 95 degrees our and my friends and I decided to start a water balloon game, something like manhunt, but if you got hit more than three time with a balloon you would be it. When you’re younger, any little thing can be entertaining! Add water to the activity and you will beat the heat! There are different ways to be able to enjoy the hot weather, without having to spend lots of money.

Here are some of the activities I enjoy,using stuff around the house or items that are inexpensive:

The world’s cheapest slip ‘n’ slide – using an old tarp, detergent and water – you can even set it up at a softball field and have some real fun.

Hanging water balloons and letting the kids have at it like a pinata can also be a good way to keep the younger kids entertained and refreshed.

What better way to stay cool than to make everyone’s favorite treat – ice cream! You can go online and find different ways to make your own ice cream in your choice of flavor. Even if you’re alone a bike ride or even a trip to a place you’ve never been can make anyone’s summer.

Keeping busy and having fun can keep a lot of people safe and out of trouble. I hope everyone enjoys their summer!

Worcester’s Roger Salloom – always in style!

IN THE PINK🌸: MY OL’ PROVIDENCE STREET JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom, wrote a new song. I like it!:🌸 – R.T.

The backstory from Roger:

” … after my loved one became a bit healthier, and after I became disgusted by what I felt were repugnant, political people in my country, I had to …write ‘Don’t Let My Country Wash Away.’

“Well, Friends, here it is. I sure hope you like it. My good friends in music have helped out with cameos……in the music scene, if other musicians like what you are doing- …. they want to endorse you, so they do stuff with you . …. Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Creedence Clearwater Revisited… , Charles Neville- (Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Reed, the Neville Bros., James Brown et al, Grammy winner), Jamie Kent on his own record label debuted at #16 on the Country Billboard Top 100 chart- he is about 25 years old, and Seth Glier about 25 years old, Grammy winner, extraordinary singer… and dear Nell Levin (who had a young Bob Dylan sleeping on her couch for 6 months when he was homeless in Manhattan …. even Dylan was broke and homeless…. I wonder if he slept on his side or on his back? What would you think today if Dylan was sleeping on your couch?…and in those days I wonder if he slept much, sounds as if he did not) with her husband, Michael August Shelby Bottom String Band, and from my own men, Tommy McCarthy, one of my very favorite dudes-’The Dude will abide’. Fine character and talent in one little body. Thanks.

“One thing that is a curious coincidence is that I had a connection to President John Adams. I read a lot of history. My wife is a descendant of John Adams. She is dismissive of this, however, I am pleased because I have read much about him. I found him admirable with a keen sense of ethical true north and even prescient.”

– Roger

Paula!🐱 Always in style!🐱

But first …
Buddies – L + C.❤ pic: R.T


Dear internet, sharks aren’t props for your macho-fueled selfies

By Paula Moore

By now, you’ve surely seen — or at least heard about — the video out of Florida that has outraged the internet. In the clip, a shark is dragged by a rope behind a speedboat, while the people on board laugh. The shark’s body slams against the surface of the choppy water, and in addition to suffering from this trauma, the shark is likely also suffocating from the lack of water passing through his or her gills.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “The brutality and disrespect shown to this animal is sickening,” and has called on state officials to review Florida fishing regulations “to ensure such inhumane acts are strictly prohibited.” Reportedly, the same people who shot this disturbing clip also posted a photo of the shark’s mangled body, torn to pieces by their abuse.

How many more examples of such total disregard for life must we witness before we humans finally understand that bullying and killing animals for alcohol-fueled antics and narcissistic selfies is wrong?

Sadly, there seems to be no limit to the number and species of animals manhandled by ignorant gawkers for photo and video ops — from a baby dolphin yanked out of the water and passed around by tourists to peacocks grabbed out of a zoo exhibit for selfies — but sharks seem to bear the brunt of the abuse.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a second video, possibly of the same boat crew responsible for the shark-dragging incident, showing a hammerhead shark being used as a “beer bong”: A man positioned beneath the shark drinks beer as it’s poured through the animal’s gills.

Last year, a video and photos circulated showing a group of men, purportedly lifeguards at a hotel in the Dominican Republic, dragging a shark out of the water and forcing the animal’s face into the sand. The shark died. A few months earlier, video footage had surfaced of a man in Florida pulling a struggling shark from the ocean and pinning down the resistant animal while mugging for the camera. It’s unclear whether that shark survived the encounter.

Commenting on the speedboat video, Neil Hammerschlag, a shark expert at the University of Miami, told the Miami Herald, “Maybe if you’re able to overcome a big shark, there’s a sense of accomplishment. But there’s other ways to express that, and certainly animal cruelty is not a good one. You know — arm wrestle.”

Like us, sharks have unique personalities, and they socialize and form friendships.

Porbeagle sharks have been observed playing with objects floating in the water, repeatedly rolling themselves in kelp fronds and chasing after other sharks who trailed pieces of kelp behind them.

Biologist Peter Best once witnessed several great whites working together to move the carcass of a partially beached whale to deeper waters so that they could eat it.

Sharks have long-term memories, they teach each other how to find food, they can perceive optical illusions and they feel pain.

And tellingly — unless some drunken idiots are dragging them from their ocean home — sharks naturally shun human contact.

Bullying an animal who just wants to be left alone is not brave. It’s not funny. It’s pathetic. If any good can come of the outcry over these sickening videos, perhaps it’s that more people will understand that animals aren’t playthings for us to use and abuse — and leave them in peace.

The pointless Coreen Gaffney! … Or: Where does District 4 City Councilor Candidate Coreen Gaffney stand on THE TOUGH ISSUES, THE REAL CHALLENGES of Worcester’s District 4? … She is NO WHERE!

Text + pics by Rosalie Tirella

MIA! Parading around our D 4 streets (where does Coreen stand on the proposed 25 MPH inner-city speed limit?!)…


… planting fuckin’ flowers. Oblivious. When we need solutions to OUR INTENSE HEART-BREAKING, DEADLY District 4 Challenges!!:

Like the homeless, opioid problems … . I took this photo on Millbury Street a few days ago. You see folks struggling like this every day on Millbury Street, the beginning of the gentrified Canal District.

So many homeless men and women in the Canal District …

… hanging out under the Green Street bridge …

Sleeping on Green Street …


District 4 cries out for help! Coreen Gaffney plants pansies!!

The Canal District – a district of the well off and very poor/homeless! No middle! Like a mini NYC or Boston!

… Then there are the homeless, the bereft, in Main South!

Where is Coreen’s caring-for-the-homeless/drug-addicted blue-print?

“Canning” at Endicott Street:



Where is her plan to employ the thousands in D 4 who would be employed in factories, if we had an abundance of factories, like the good old days?! There is no longer this economic engine for the uneducated/undereducated in D 4! No factories to lift people out of intense poverty!

Where does Coreen Gaffney stand on FIGHTING FOR $15 – the minimum/living wage issue? WORKERS IN D 4 need a living wage!

Where are Coreen’s blue prints for D 4’s forgotten workers? Do not ask her! She is too busy posting happy pappy photos of puppies and kittens and public relations photos from D 4 AGENCIES WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE IN WORCESTER!

Sucking ass is not the solution, Coreen!

We do not need a gardener or calendar event listings person!

Are you brain dead? Heartless? So stupid that you don’t SEE what we here in D 4 see every day? That’s right – you and Mike just moved here two years ago to jumpstart our political nightmare!!

If elected, will you follow the lead of your toxic husband CITY COUNCILOR MIKE GAFFNEY and vote the way he does on the tough issues that impact District 4? Your evil hubby has been ANTI: people of color, refugees, sanctuary cities, street level social service agencies, the homeless, the drug-addicted…HE HAS BEEN PUNITIVE, DESTRUCTIVE…NO ANSWERS. Truth be told, Michael Gaffney has used all of the above as wedge issues to garner votes from the angry, confused, bigoted…

Will you follow his lead? If elected to the city council, will you vote the way your evil husband does?

Your husband hates Woo being a sanctuary city…

You seem to echo his statements/beliefs when tough issues come to the forefront of city life!

Fuck your flowers!
They are pretty, but we have REC, urban gardeners, college interns, teens in church groups who do/can do what you’re doing. And they do not expect to be elected to public office!

Your urban flora escapade is a pretty smokescreen … just cheap, feel-good publicity for you and Michael in an election year. We need answers to OUR OPIOID problem, to our malnourishment/health problem, to our jobs problem, to our obesity problem …

So many folks in D 4 are overweight or underweight – either way: MALnourished. D 4’s poverty rate is the highest in the city! But on your FB page you post pics of you and hubby eating at Woo’s finest restaurants. Michael posts photos of his white Porche…

You two suck.

But you have highjacked my beloved city because a la Donald Trump you VALIDATE the socio-economic, racial prejudices and fears of so many in Worcester. People who are not adjusting to the new diverse, multicultural, urban, global world …

Kids in our city who need understanding…


… not hatred and ignorance. The kind that pours out of Turtle Boy-Aidan Kearney and your husband Michael Gaffney.

D 4 is MY District…



I love D 4 so much! And I can tell you, Coreen, you DO NOT GET HER, understand her complicated beauty! For one nanosecond!

You do not deserve to represent District 4 because you are clueless …

I hope to see you planting evergreens this Christmas season in D 4 – AFTER YOU’VE LOST THE ELECTION!

But I won’t be waiting for you outside the Main South CDC or Mahoney’s…cuz you’ll be gone.