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Doing the right thing, always in style …





Celebrate Loving Day with the Human Rights Commission!

Worcester City Hall – Levi Lincoln Chamber
Main Street, Worcester

Monday, June 12

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision (Loving v. Virginia) that made interracial marriage legal in the United States.

Join us for the film screening of Loving in City Hall, Levi Lincoln Chamber Monday June 12 at 6 pm.

This documentary tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws.


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Support Group

Center for Living & Working, Inc. (CLW) is hosting a 1-hour support group (with refreshments!) the last Tuesday of every
month for persons with a SCI.

CLW provides support and resources to persons with a SCI.

The support group is designed to share resources, network, and increase
independence and community inclusion.

Come get involved!

Last Tuesday of every month

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

… at the Center for Living & Working
484 Main St., Suite 345

This location is barrier free.

Chef Joey’s tomato sauce – always in style! (and not too “Spicey”!πŸ˜‰)

Go, Melissa McCarthy, go!


Chef Joey has been cooking since he was 12!

Chef Joey’s kitchen is always hummin’!…

Chef Joey’s Favorite Pasta Sauce, Meatballs and Pasta!

Recipes and photos by Chef Joey


2 large cans Pastine crushed tomatoes

5 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons fennel seed

salt and pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

ΒΌ cup water

Mix garlic, fennel and water in a food processor, set aside.

Add oil to your sauce pan and coat the bottom. Add the garlic water BEFORE the oil is hot and when you can smell the cooking garlic (2 minutes or so).

Add the crushed tomatoes and fill each can Β½ with water. Swish around and add to sauce.

Heat over medium heat until very warm, stirring constantly, then reduce and simmer for 1 Β½ hours.

Chef Joey at work

Now for the pasta …

Here is the basic recipe for pasta:

4 cups flour

4 eggs

1 tbsp oil

1 cup warm water

Pinch of salt

Add the flour to a bowl – make a well in the middle.

Mix the eggs together and pour into the well with the oil and salt.

Mix together until it is a consistent color.

Make small golf-ball-sized nuggets and using a rolling pin … on a lightly floured surface roll them out thin and cut into strips.

Toss pasta strips into boiling water for a few minutes, and there you have it! Home-made noodles!


And remember – you can SKIP the animal torture on factory farms and drive to Trader Joe’s for some yummy mock meat. Even 50/50 helps the animals – and your arteries! – R.T.:

2 pounds ground beef 90% lean

3 eggs

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon fennel

1 cup bread crumbs

Β½ cup parmesan cheese

2ΒΌ cups water

Mix ΒΌ cup water, garlic and fennel in a food processor.

Put bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl and add the 2 cups of water to make them moist (it’s ok to add more so it is paste-like).

Add meat, cheese and beaten eggs.

Form into little balls with an ice cream scoop or roll out to 1 Β½ inch size.

Heat oven to 375F.

When hot, bake for 20 minutes.


Add to cooked sauce and serve over your homemade-pasta! A wonderful dinner for your family!


Shhhhh….the homemade yogurt is sleeping…


“Ma” – always in style, always in my πŸ’—

Photos by “Ma” and her sis

By Rosalie Tirella

photo: R.T.

I’m having an early lunch, in my big kitchen, in my lower Vernon Hill flat. Looking straight at “Ma” (with me at the park) and thinking back to her big kitchen in her Green Island flat, where I grew up, where Ma used to throw some great birthday parties for us kids.


Here I am, at the head of our paper-table-cloth-covered kitchen table (the “table cloth” bought special at White’s Five and Ten on Millbury Street for this special occasion!), basking in all the attention. I’m sitting in the “queen for the day” chair, our old needs-a-paint-job creaky, cracked wooden chair taken from our back porch. We had four green wooden chairs in our apartment – to be tucked under our green kitchen table. No dining room – or dining room “set,” a staple in all Mad-Men era homes but absent from poor ones like ours. So there was no dining room table from which to pinch dining room chairs for our guests. So Ma would run to our third floor back porch and grab the late Jaju’s (Grandpa’s) wooden chair, along with a couple of benches he built 10 years before.

It was all very rough hewn! See! I still have the tin cup Jaju made for himself, with the door hook handle. He used to drink his cheap vino from it. He loved to work with his hands. His carpentry projects included: wood swings for our bedroom doors, a long gliding patio swing for our front porch. Most of them made from scrap wood. He even made me pink Play Doh horses with my pink Play Doh!

photo: R.T.

Jaju, a Polish immigrant who worked his whole life in the textile mills in Douglas and Dudley, felt besieged in his new country, America. He missed the “Old Country” and played sad Polkas on his harmonica in the evenings, from his bedroom filled with the thick furling grey cigarette smoke from the cigs my mother used to roll for him, in his little rolling machine. Unfiltered, of course. I used to have a small package of his cig papers somewhere in my desk drawer – they were so fine and delicate. Tracing paper that left no traces of Jaju … He died of cancer, just an illiterate “Polack” factory worker to most folks… (not to me, my sweet Jaju!)

Back to my birthday party… A fine time was had by all – me and my cousins and my aunts and uncles! Pin the tail on the donkey games! State Line potato chips for the kids! Pickled pigs knuckles in big clear jars – a Polish peasant delicacy! – for the adults! My birthday cake from Widoff’s! My purple, ribbon-trimmed dress from Jack and Jill’s kiddie clothing shop on Green Street!

Ma’s beaming down on me, straddling my kid sisters on her strong legs. The babies are twins! No one can tell them apart, except Ma! Ma LOVED all little kids.

She loved animals, too. Cats, kittens, puppies … dogs, especially. Here’s her fave dog (not any of mine!) – ROCKY, her brave, beautiful and loyal Doberman pinscher from her Springfield days. I wrote about Rocky last year – the beloved, vicious-to-everyone-but-Ma-and-my-aunties Dobie who died trying to get back home to my mother and my two aunts. Rocky had bitten several folks, so he had to be given away to a farmer, miles up north in the country. But he broke free and ran back home to Ma and her sisters. One night they found big old Rock at their door, bleeding from the mouth. He died at my aunt’s feet – he just had to get back to his favorite mistress!


Here is Ma outside Worcester City Hall, wearing – like all women of the late 1950s/early 1960s – her pretty gloves…


I still remember them! – will never forget them! – crumpled at the bottom of her closet on Lafayeytte Street, in a box, with her nice jewelry – of no use to her now, living on Lafayette Street, working 60 hours a week at the dry cleaners, a single working woman with three little girls and an ailing mother (Bapy) to care for. When I was a little girl, I used to take Ma’s gloves out of their box and flatten them out on my lap to admire them. They were the epitome of all things feminine! They were powder pink, soft, so pretty with delicate, pale blue stitching along their edges. I’d brush them up against my cheeks and smell them! They’d smell like musty moth balls! I loved that smell! It was of hidden secrets! A special past! Ma’s glamorous days!


Did you know my new monthly, Cecelia, coming out next Friday, is named after my late mother?πŸ’—

Happy belated Mother’s Day, Ma!! I love you!!

G-patrol (or: filthy Worcester streets – never in style!)

Pics: Rosalie Tirella


Millbury Street, last week:




48 Ward St.


Endicott Street – Our Lady of Czestochowa church (aka St. Mary’s) parking lot, rear:



Endicott Street, across from the St. Mary’s church parking lot


Helping abused animals – always in style!

In the arena basement, to be chained up – again.

Ringling’s demise closes a chapter in the campaign to help animals

By (formerly Daniel Carron)

After a grueling trip in cramped, fetid boxcars, the elephants had been unchained and unloaded near a noisy coal pier and were being marched almost 5 miles through the city to the arena in which Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would be performing.

Asha kept falling behind, but the trainer didn’t care. Throughout the entire march, he yanked on her ear with a bullhook β€” a heavy, steel-tipped weapon that circus trainers use to “break” elephants’ spirits β€” and kept saying, “Asha, keep up! Asha, keep up!” All I wanted to do was tell her that she could stop, that she didn’t have to suffer like that.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about Asha being led into the arena basement to be chained up again. That was her life: the train and the basement. I had to do something else besides protesting.

So I changed my name.

“” is what tellers see on my checks and cashiers see on my credit card. It’s the name on my driver’s license, and besides spelling out my contempt for circuses that exploit animals, it almost always opens the door to conversations about the beatings and whippings that they inflict on animals to coerce them into performing.


All of us at PETA will continue to speak out against Ringling until May 21, when it finally shuts down following its shows in Uniondale, New York. After that, we’ll keep pressing the case that circuses hurt animals.

Why? Because when Ringling took elephants off the road last year, it found another way to exploit them.

Instead of being transferred to reputable sanctuaries where they could roam and socialize, the elephants were hauled to Ringling’s Florida breeding and training compound, where they spend as long as 23 painful hours a day chained to concrete floors, are threatened with bullhooks, and continue to be used β€” only now it’s for medical tests.

We’ll keep speaking up, because Asha was sent to a zoo in Oklahoma and because Ringling is still abusing other animals.


When tigers aren’t being paraded around a ring under threat of a whip, they’re kept in cages so small that they can barely take a single step in any direction, so they do everything β€” eat, drink, sleep, defecate β€” all in one place.

Inactivity is wrecking their health: Most are overweight and some are obese, which puts them at risk of arthritis, liver and kidney failure, and heart disease.

I’ll never forget the moment when I found out that Ringling was closing. I was cashing out and talking with a bartender about my name when I got a text from a friend that said, “You can change your name back now.” I literally shouted, “Ringling is closing!” It was all I could say. We went to another bar and celebrated with shots.

We’ll probably take champagne to Uniondale, and while I’m excited about it, I don’t have that “Our work here is done” feeling. Ringling has a history of exploiting animals, and there’s no reason to think that it will suddenly stop. We have to get the elephants and tigers and all the other animals into reputable sanctuaries.

But there’s little doubt that other animal-exploiting circuses will fall, because the biggest domino has come downβ€” in fact, UniverSoul and Garden Bros. are already feeling the pressure.

PETA isn’t against all circuses β€” just the ones that use animals.

Last year, when we were protesting Ringling in Norfolk, Virginia, a family came up and looked at our posters, and the little daughter started crying. Someone gave her a stuffed elephant that we’d brought along, and that made her happy. Kids instinctively love animals, and when she found out what was happening to the animals and told her family that she didn’t want to go to the circus after all, it reminded us that people really are listening.



The bears need our help, too!!😒😒😒😒

Jim! Always in style!

But first …

Oh no!!!!!!!!!😱😱😱😱

THIS WEDNESDAY – President Donald Plump visits New London, Connecticut, to speak at the Coast Guard Academy commencement!!!!! 😱😰😱😱😱😱😱😰😰😰





The Ultimate Library Magic Show
with Todd MigliacciπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„


At the Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square – in the Saxe Room!

Saturday, May 20

2:30 p.m.

Todd is a nationally touring magician who has been performing for a variety of diverse and satisfied audiences for over a decade. He is also. a current Walt Disney World Cast Member.

One word makes Todd stand out – experience. He fuses his impressive array of magic tricks and illusions with juggling and comedy.

Audience participation, along with Todd’s own conversational and intimate style of magic, makes his show one-of-a-kind and unforgettable! … A magical experience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the
Worcester Public Library



Public Hearing on Worcester School Budget – Fully Funded Schools for Gateway Cities!

Tuesday, May 23

7 PM

Durkin Administration Building

20 Irving St. Room 420, Worcester

Public Hearing on Worcester School Budget for FY 2017/2018.

This is the time to raise concerns about underfunding of schools and the School to Jail Pipeline!

Gateway School Districts and other communities [many poor] are not getting their needed share of the Foundation Budget. New students and special needs students are not fully reimbursed by the State.

-the Mass. Human Rights Committee


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Congressman Jim McGovernπŸ’š

McGovern, Larson Host Worcester Town Hall on Social Security at the Worcester Senior Center

Senior House Democrats Discuss Plan to Protect Social Security for Seniors

TOMORROW – Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m…

… Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and John Larson (D-CT) will host a joint town hall to discuss their agenda to protect Social Security for seniors today and well into the future.

Β· WHAT: Congressional Town Hall on Protecting Social Security

Β· WHERE: Senior Center 128 Providence St, Worcester

Β· WHEN: Monday, May 15 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Β· WHO: Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Larson (D-CT)

In the wake of House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act, which would let insurance companies charge seniors up to five times more than younger patients – forcing seniors ages 60 and older to pay up to $17,900 more for healthcare … .

Congressmen McGovern and Larson will discuss their work to stop these dangerous price hikes for seniors and ensure they can enjoy their retirement in dignity.

The McGovern-Larson Proposal:

Β· Tax cut for those who pay taxes on their Social Security benefits

Β· $300 more per year for the typical retiree

Β· Improved cost of living adjustment

Additionally, the McGovern Larson Proposal would:

Β· Provide Greater Retirement Security for Women: Benefit increases that are targeted to women who, on average, live longer than men and receive lower benefits.

Β· Help Low-Income Americans: A minimum benefit to protect workers from falling into poverty in retirement.

Β· Help Elderly Americans: For someone retiring today, their benefits will be 5% greater at age 85 than they would be under the current system.

Β· Workers and Future Retirees: The assurance of knowing the system remains on strong footing and the guarantee that the Trust Fund will be able to meet benefit obligations beyond 2088.

The 1 good thing that’s come out of a Trump presidency …

And …

If the press, most likely via leaks from pissed off FBI-ers (without an independent prosecutor there is little chance the truth about Russia and Trump will be uncovered now during the DC investigations), learns Donald Trump, to improve his chances of winning the presidency, colluded with Russia during the presidential campaign, then Trump’s behavior was treasonous. He sold America down the river in hopes of winning the election. Russia = nation that works to destabilize democracies = an enemy nation. Trump’s betrayal of America – putting her in harm’s way for political gain = reason to impeach Trump. – R.T.

πŸ’— Ezra Klein …

πŸ’— VOX

A living wage for Worcester workers! City Council meeting Tues., May 9 – vote to be taken re: $15/hour pay rate for all Worcester workers! Go, Councilor Khrystian King, go!!πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›


Dear Friends,

The Fight for $15 is before the Worcester City Council and we need your help.

Please join the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition, SEIU Community Action, Worcester County Food Bank & Raise Up Massachusetts on Tuesday May 9 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 3rd floor, to fight for the 31,000 Worcester workers whom would be affected by this wage increase.

Councilor Khrystian King’s resolution calls for the City Council to support statewide legislation for a $15 minimum wage across Massachusetts. You can show support for this resolution with your presence. The public will also be given a chance to offer spoken testimony.

Here are the ways you can support $15:

1. Attend the City Council meeting Tuesday May 9 at City Hall, 6:30 pm

2. Offer testimony on how $15 would affect you and your family (2 minutes max per person)

3. Share the Facebook Event

4. Please contact the following Councilors who are not yet supporters. Below is a script for your calls/emails, along with talking points on $15. Please keep us posted with the results of these conversations.

Gary Rosen Dist 5 Councilor 508-775-3006

Tony Economou Dist 1 Councilor 508-963-3638

Moe Bergman At-Large 508-981-5934

Konnie Lukes At-Large 508-425-0042

Michael Gaffney At-Large 508-868-6878, 508-770-1007

City Council Meeting – $15 Minimum Wage Resolution

Tuesday May 9, 6:30 pm
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Thank you for your active support! See you Tuesday!

Martha, Calvin, Kevin and Pablo



Dear Councilor [ _____ ]

My name is [ _____ ] I am a resident in Worcester I am contacting you because I am a supporter for the fight for $15. I ask you to support Councilor Kings 10a resolution to support the statewide legislation on the $15 minimum wage. I support raising wages to $15 because (insert 1 reason from talking points or tell your own story).

Working families in Worcester would love to have your vote.

Thank you for your consideration.
Name[ _____ ]


Β· For employers, higher wages mean more efficient workers and less employee turnover, making it easier to recruit and retain workers and helping their bottom line.

Β· When workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at small businesses in their neighborhoods, helping those local businesses grow and create more jobs.

Β· Since June 2014, as the Massachusetts minimum wage bill rose from $8 to $11, our state’s economy added more than 150,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2000;

Β· 40% of Worcester Workers would see a raise if the statewide legislation passed.

Joey – always in style! Tomorrow! CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO!

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Love this taco recipe from Chef Joey. We’re reposting it in honor of the holiday! You can substitute tofu for the meat or get creative with a mock meat, pictured below. – R.T.



Recipe and text by Chef Joey

Cinco de Mayo. This is actually a celebration, as much as I hate to say it, of the victory of the Battle of Puebla against the French in 1862. It was led by General Ignacio Seguin. Not the Independence day that is on September 16th.

The French occupied Mexico after the Mexican / American War and that lasted for a couple of years in the 1840s. Then again in the late 1850s – that basically stemmed from a church and state separation issue. Napoleon III thought it was a great opportunity to establish a β€œLatin” interest in Mexico to favor French interests.

Bla bla bla .. skipping past all the names and details … basically the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans close to Puebla … The 6,000 French soldiers attacked the much smaller and unprepared Mexican army of fewer than 2,000. However, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, then considered β€œthe premier army in the world.”

A 2007 UCLA Newsroom article noted: β€œThe holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico.”

TIME magazine reported that β€œCinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano movement.” The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the late 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day.

Bottle of Corona, anyone?


1 pound ground turkey / pork / chicken / beef

1 red pepper, chopped fine

1 yellow pepper, chopped fine

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 or 4 garlic cloves, minced

1-1/2 cups salsa

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

8 cups torn romaine or shredded lettuce

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

Toppings can include:

Chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips

In a large skillet, cook meat, peppers, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Stir in salsa, beans, chili powder and cumin; heat through.

Divide the lettuce among your plates.

Top with the meat mixture.

Sprinkle with cilantro and your choice of toppings.



And for all you vegetarians out there!



Tomato and Hot Pepper Salsa!

2-3 medium-size fresh tomatoes, finely diced

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 jalapeΓ±o, seeded, de-ribbed, and finely diced

1 serrano pepper, or to taste, seeded, de-ribbed, and finely diced

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup Sriracha sauce

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tsp. dried oregano, or to taste

1 tsp. ground toasted cumin seeds, or to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.

Let sit for 1 hour before serving.

Makes 3 to 4 cups

Adapted from The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm. Suggested beer pairings: pale lager, American wheat ale, or an amber lager.



Mexican Noodle Soup

Written by Ashley Palmer

This noodle soup was inspired by our growing PETA Latino community! The popular Mexican dish, referred to as β€œsopa de fideo,” is versatile and can be altered to your liking. Want a thicker base, spicier flavor, or splash of lemon juice? No problem!

4–6 large tomatoes, cut into large cubes

1 medium white onion, cut into large cubes

1 clove garlic

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 16 oz.-pkg. cut fideo or 1 16 oz.-pkg. angel hair pasta, broken into 1-inch pieces

32 oz. vegetable broth

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 Tbsp. pepper

2 Tbsp. oregano

2 Tbsp. cumin

Chili flakes, chopped serrano chilies, or diced jalapeΓ±os, to taste (optional)
Cilantro, soy sour cream, and sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)

In a blender, purΓ©e the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and oil.

Transfer to a large pot and cook over medium heat.

Add the noodles, broth, salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin.

For a spicier soup, add the chili flakes, serrano chilies, or jalapeΓ±os.

Cook for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, then simmer until the noodles are tender.

Garnish with optional toppings, as desired.

Makes 10 to 12 servings


Cece and Lilac, what are you doing in this post?!😘


4 medium, very ripe Haas avocados, peeled and minced

1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup finely diced red onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. sea salt

In a large bowl, mash all the ingredients together with a potato masher until well combined.

Makes 3 1/2 cups



Enchilada Bake!

12 oz. vegan burger crumbles

1 packet taco seasoning

2 15.5-oz. cans enchilada sauce

18 corn tortillas

2 15.5-oz. cans pinto beans, drained

2 green onions, chopped

2 cups vegan cheddar cheese, shredded

1 4.5-oz. can diced green chilies

2 cups corn chips, finely crushed

Preheat the oven to 375Β°F.

In a small bowl, combine the burger crumbles and taco seasoning and set aside.

Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with oil.

In layers, spread a generous amount of enchilada sauce, 6 corn tortillas, 2 cans of pinto beans, a handful of green onion, a third of the shredded β€œcheese,” half the can of green chilies, lots more enchilada sauce, 6 more tortillas, all the seasoned burger crumbles, another third of the β€œcheese,” the remaining green chilies, more enchilada sauce, then the final 6 tortillas, more enchilada sauce, and the rest of the β€œcheese.”

Cover in foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the foil, top the entire casserole with the corn chips.

Bake for another 15 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Makes 6 servings.