Category Archives: Fashion

Showin’ ๐Ÿ’– for inner-city neighborhoods – always in style!

Sunday and today – Lukes’s old place in Green Island gets a new face! Shame on Worcester City Councilor Konstantina Lukes and hubby Jim for livin’ high but actin’ low-down when it came to their rental property on Harding/Millbury streets!

Kudos to the new landlord who recently bought their building and is making the oh-so necessary improvements!๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

Looking good! pics: R.T.






Green Street, a 2-minute drive away:





Chef Joey – always in style!๐Ÿท

So debonair!

Joey’s little girl, Gigiโค, is tres stylish, like her Papa!

Chocolate Strawberries

Recipe and photos by Chef Joey

You will need:


Melting chocolate

Parchment paper


Buy melting chocolate …


… and melt over a double boiler, stirring until smooth …


.. . dip your strawberries …



… and place on parchment paper.

Let cool.

DO NOT REFRIGERATE, as the berries can no longer breathe the same!

Keep in room temperature (2 days MAX) – cover with parchment.

Such a pretty dress!๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ

Go, little girl๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ, go!

You can decorate with squeezable white chocolate sauce!

No chocolates for you, Mikey! (Never feed your dog chocolates!)

An unconventional convention!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

pic: R.T.

By Edith Morgan

The 2017 Democratic State Issues Convention

June 3, 2017, at the Worcester DCU Center

I have been to many Democratic Issues Conventions: in Lowell, Springfield, etc, but this one was by far the most energetic, well-attended and positive!!

We have had these conventions in Worcester before. I appreciate the convenience of having only a 15-minute drive to get there. And this weekend was no different – and by great good luck, looking for a parking place, we found one right across the street from the DCU’s rear entrance, on Commercial Street.

Though the convention was slated to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, there was partying the night before, giving the out-of-town delegates and guests a chance to experience a taste of the new Worcester.

Saturday began with several breakfasts on the 3rd floor of the Center. By the time we made it up there, the whole floor was already mobbed with hungry crowds, and long lines slowly snaked their way to the food.

We made our way to the convention floor, sat down in our assigned area, and watched the crowd.

The estimated attendance was around 5,000 – a much bigger group than I had ever seen at these issues conventions before! And the crowd seemed much younger โ€“ probably because there were 1,500 first-time delegates. The energy in the place was palpable!

We began with the usual ceremonies and a very moving rendition of the โ€œStar Spangled Banner.โ€ Then we got down to business. After a welcome from our Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, the speakers began โ€“ with a common theme, rendered with gusto: basically saying that the time to โ€œResist, Fight, and Winโ€ (in the words of Senator Elizabeth Warren!) had come!

Speaker after speaker – including Congressman Jim McGovern, Senator Ed Markey and a whole bevy of political figures in local and state politics – delivered impassioned speeches, repeatedly interrupted by applause and standing ovations. After the obligatory criticisms of President rump and several critiques of Governor Baker, they launched into a list of what the Democrats of the future want to accomplish.

Added to the pages and pages of issues that Democrats will fight for, goals that were spelled out in the party platform (which was unanimously adopted after the speeches), the convention delegates also adopted 15 amendments, which included making Election Day a holiday, putting an end to private prisons, ending gerrymandering and many more.

The speeches did go on a bit long and seemed to be somewhat repetitive after a while, causing some of the delegates to become impatient, with shouts of โ€œVOTE, VOTE, VOTE!โ€ But the scheduled speakers got their chance to speak, although in less time than they had hoped. And we finally got the voting done, although a couple of hours later than expected. But the time was well spent, and we left our convention full of vigor and energy.

Much of the Democratic leadership on the state and local level was in evidence throughout, but I saw many NEW faces in the crowd.

And I added many pins and stickers to my ever-growing collection, to help me remember all these occasions!

Worcester news you can use – always in style!๐Ÿ’—


Downtown – behind Worcester City Hall!

The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series!

And Farmers Market!

Farmersโ€™ Market begins at 11 a.m., and runs to 2 p.m.

Concerts: noon to ?๐Ÿ˜‰

During intermission local restaurants, farmers and crafters sell their goodies!

Farmers Market happening NOW! Concerts begin at the end of June!

June 22
Blue Light Bandits

June 29

July 6
Ball in the House

July 13
Worcester Jazz Collective

July 20

July 27
Whitney Doucet and the Moonshine Band

Aug. 3
The Alchemystics

Aug. 10
Women of Worcester

Aug. 17 – Eduardo Ortiz Latin Jazz

Aug. 24
Boombox โ€œThe ’70s and ’80s Experienceโ€




Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival

โ€œNone of us are free until we are all free.โ€
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

โ€œCelebrate Freedomโ€

June 17

noon โ€“ 8 PM

Institute Park, Salisbury Street

The โ€œCelebration of Freedomโ€ on June 17, 2017 commemorates two seminal events on the timeline of America becoming a more perfect nation; Quock Walkerโ€™s Massachusetts Supreme Court Decision in 1783 and General Gordon Granger reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas in 1865.

For residents of Massachusetts the Supreme Court decision essentially nailed the coffin of legalized enslavement shut and with Juneteenth, emancipation from enslavement for all enslaved Africans became a reality.

The Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of freedom with individual and family-fun activities, music, history, and food. Attendees are provided the opportunity to participate in games and sack races and to define what โ€œfreedom isโ€ to them which public artists will incorporate into a community painting.

There will be living history; authors including mystery writer Carrie H. Johnson; spirited music and dance from the various performance genres within the African diaspora including high life, drumming and dance from Akwaaba Traditional Drum and Dance Ensemble, soul music from the Chop Turner Band and many others. DJs Kimpa DJKb Barnes and Kool Chris will keep the sound flowing while our MCโ€™s will keep the audience engaged and the program going.



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Learn how to use the basic functions of a Windows computer, set up and utilize an email addres Five Sessions Starting

… 6/6, 6/13, 6/20
Tuesdays at 11:30 AM

Call Sarah at 508-796-1411 x 421 for more info.

At the Worcester Family Resource Center of YOU, Inc.

484 Main St., Suite 450





Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Annual Meeting


5:30 p.m.

Tewksbury Country Club

1880 Main St., Tewksbury


Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation at our Annual Meeting for a discussion on recent community needs data, a response to these indicators, and how each of us can support our neighbors and our community.


Karen Frederick
Community Teamwork

Sheila Och, MPH
Chief of Community Health & Policy
Lowell Community Health Center

Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852

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”!๐Ÿ˜‰)

Go, Melissa McCarthy, go!


Chef Joey has been cooking since he was 12!

Chef Joey’s kitchen is always hummin’!…

Chef Joeyโ€™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

ยผ 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 ยฝ with water. Swish around and add to sauce.

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

ยฝ cup parmesan cheese

2ยผ cups water

Mix ยผ 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 (itโ€™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 ยฝ 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 ๐Ÿ’—

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?๐Ÿ’—

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