April 3 at Clark U: EPA exec to deliver Geller Lecture on the economics of water
Julie Hewitt, an Environmental Protection Agency executive, will present this year’s Albert, Norma and Howard ’77 Geller Lecture, “Waters… People…Value” at Clark University at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, in the Grace Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Hewitt is the associate director for economics in the EPA’s Office of Water, an office that ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.
Hewitt is an expert in the economics of water and water quality; she oversees a wide range of analyses that seek to understand how people are affected by changes to U.S. waters.
Hewitt previously served as a staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Hewitt holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
This event is co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Economics Department.
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Chef Joey says, Spring time is veggie time! Go, Joey, go!!
Text, photos and recipes by Chef Joey
These days we have the convenience of running to the market for pre-made items. Heck, you can even buy pre-made mashed potatoes! I was floored when I saw that, and for the price of two portions, you could buy 10 pounds of potatoes and feed 10 to 15 people!
I always have root vegetables stored on my stairs. I tend to buy 20 pound bags of onions and potatoes and 10 pound bags of carrots, just to have them on hand. They come in very handy, and you save money when you buy these staples in bulk.
Here is a simple recipe for vegetable stock, and it costs less than buying it.
You will need the following:
2 potatoes chopped evenly
2 onions coarsely chopped
2 carrots peeled and chopped (so you can eat them!)
1 stalk celery chopped
2 leeks split cleaned and chopped (they can hold dirt)
2 turnips peeled and chopped
5 or 6 cherry tomatoes split
Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Cover with 6 ½ cups water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
Then turn the heat down to simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Strain into a bowl using a colander, and press gently down on the veggies to extract the maximum flavor.
Chicken Pot Pie!
You can use the veggies with tofu or sautéed chicken to make a chicken pot pie!
Literally, take a cup of your broth and thicken with a teaspoon of cornstarch that you mixed with a little cold water.
Add the cooked chicken meat and veggies.
Pour onto a pie plate, cover with a crust and you are done!
One last recipe for you …
It is so easy – especially with summer veggies coming up. You can modify it each time by adding additional herbs!
1/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice (brown or wild rice works, too)
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds zucchini or summer squash or both, cubed
1 cup sliced scallions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
5 or 6 basil leaves sliced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon oregano – fresh is best
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes – plum are best or minis cut in half
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese – divided
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 1 ½ quart casserole dish and set aside.
Cook the rice in the water, bring to a boil and simmer covered. If using brown or whole grain, follow the package directions.
In the meantime, in a sautee pan, add everything from the oil to the paprika.
Sautee 5 minutes.
Add the rest and 1 cup of the cheese.
Place into the casserole dish and cover with remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes until hot.
***** Chefs, if you are looking to replace the animal ingredients in your recipes for health or ethical reasons …
It’s New England – don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes! Look at March already: motorcycles were out, convertible tops down, people gamboling in their backyards in shorts … . Then we got walloped with snow, just when the tips of the daffodils and tulips were cracking the thawed earth.
We get used to it, and while we are confined to our quarters, a nice soup, simple quiche or casserole is a great way to make your home smell wonderful and economically feed your family.
Quiches – an easy and economical dinner/lunch paired with a healthy salad that comes together in under an hour. It is asparagus season shortly, and a fresh asparagus quiche is a great way to welcome spring!
Joey’s quiche – yum yum!
I like to use a sheet of puff pastry for the crust – you can use a regular pie crust and skip the precook part. However, it helps keep the crust drier and less soggy.
Take the puff pastry (thaw it first, if frozen), dust your pie plate and roll out the dough. Place in the pie pan that has been dusted with flour and trim. Use a fork and prick several holes in the dough.
Cover the crust center with a piece of parchment paper and fill it with a bag of baking beans (dried beans that you use over and over – about 80 cents a bag) in a preheated 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Remove it from the oven. Take out the beans and seal them in an air-tight jar and remove the parchment. You now have a quiche ready crust.
Another way to make smaller quiches is the same step, except you use a cup cake container with 6 or 8 crusts, depending on the size. Perfect for a family or luncheon or a weeks’ worth of quiches and you can make each one different.
½ pound of asparagus trimmed (basically snap off the bottom white section)
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
½ cup cream
2/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper
All-purpose flour for dusting
Cook the asparagus in salted boiling water for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain the water, then cut into bite-sized pieces, leaving the tip whole.
Turn your oven up to 400 degrees, place the asparagus evenly inside the pie crust. Top with the cheese.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk and cream. Season with salt and pepper and pour carefully into the pie crust. Some people like to add a pinch of nutmeg for additional flavor.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.
You can make any kind of quiched by placing whatever you want onto the precooked crust: smoked salmon, mushrooms, broccoli – whatever!!
Rise in colorectal cancer in young people should be a wake-up call
By Heather Moore
The new American Cancer Society report showing that there’s been a sharp increase in colorectal cancer in people in their 20s and 30s might just be the kick in the pants that young people need to eat more vegan foods and less red and processed meats, which are linked to colon and rectal cancers.
According to the report, which compared different generations at similar ages, people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer of those born in 1950 when they were the same age. Experts aren’t sure why the rates have been rising, but they are confident that people can reduce their risk for colorectal cancer by eating lots of fiber-filled fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
In October 2015, the World Health Organization announced that bacon and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat, including beef, pork and lamb, is probably also carcinogenic.
Soon afterward, scientists from Oxford University reported that eating one steak a week increases one’s risk of colorectal cancer by more than two-fifths and that people who eat meat twice a week have an 18 percent higher risk than do vegetarians.
This wasn’t exactly new news — a number of previous studies had shown that eating meat could raise one’s risk of colorectal cancer — but it caused an uproar anyway. Some people defiantly insisted that they weren’t going to change their unhealthy eating habits no matter what — a peculiar reaction considering that colorectal cancer can cause abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and other unpleasant symptoms.
Changing your diet can be daunting — I know. But in the end, it comes down to this: Would you rather undergo surgery, chemotherapy and other costly medical treatments or eat tasty vegan foods? Many physicians believe that colorectal cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable if you follow healthy living recommendations. According to Kim Robien, an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at George Washington University, “It is absolutely recommended to decrease — if not completely eliminate — processed meat intake to prevent cancer.”
Study after study has shown that ditching meat is an effective way to ward off colorectal cancer. A 2015 Loma Linda University study involving more than 77,000 men and women, for example, suggests that a plant-based diet can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by at least 22 percent.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine asked 20 African-Americans in Pittsburgh and 20 rural South Africans to “switch diets” for two weeks. At the end of the swap, they performed colonoscopies on all of the study participants. Those who had eaten the traditional African-style diet, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables, beans and cornmeal — and very little meat — had less inflammation in the colon and more of a particular fatty acid that may protect against colon cancer, while those who had eaten the typical American diet, high in meat and cheese, showed changes in gut bacteria that are consistent with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
Just this month, a study in the journal Cancer Science revealed that Japanese men who eat lots of meat in general, and specifically red meat, are 36 percent and 44 percent more likely, respectively, to develop colorectal cancer than those who don’t eat much — or any — meat.
No matter what your age, race or nationality, you can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer—not to mention heart disease, stroke and other serious health problems—by eating plant-based foods rather than animal-based ones.
And since March is National Colorectal Cancer Month, it’s the perfect time to ditch unhealthy animal-based foods and start eating delicious vegan meals instead.
“If you’re going to live a good life, you’ve got to live within your income.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Treasury Secretary George Humphrey
“Through his time in office, he [Humphrey] insisted that the government do just that. He fought profligate spending, irritating liberals and imprudent tax cuts, to the annoyance of conservatives.” – From “Eisenhower: The White House Years,” by Jim Newton.
Recently, I was watching a talk show and heard one Republican pundit say that Trump “overpromised” on health insurance during his candidacy for the Presidency.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump repeatedly promised that his replacement for Obamacare (some call it “Trumpcare”) would allow everyone to choose their own doctor and medical plan; would cost less money; increase benefits and make available universal coverage to all Americans.
How was such a miracle to be accomplished?
Basically, through the miracle of the marketplace. Trump vowed he would make insurance rates go down and make health insurance benefits go up by increasing competition of insurance companies by allowing insurers to sell their policies across state lines.
“Believe me,” Trump would say after promising how much better a program than Obamacare, Trumpcare would be.
Trump later backed off from these pledges, saying health care was more “complicated” than he had anticipated.
Susceptible to this?
Why did so many of Trump’s supporters believe this?
I’m beginning to believe that Republican voters are particularly susceptible to demagogic appeals. We saw this with “Supply Side” economics. Under this highfalutin theory, Congress could cut taxes, increase military spending and balance the budget – all at the same time. Try doing this with your personal life. You will find yourself in bankruptcy court. Granted, you will live high off the hog, eating caviar, filet mignon and lobster to your heart’s content – right up to the point where you run out of credit cards and the bondholders decide to cut you off.
Unfortunately – or rather fortunately, given who is in the White House – there is no Chapter 11 under which nations can default on their debt.
Someday the United States will have to balance its budget. Better that we do it now ourselves, rather than wait until America’s creditors force us to do it.
Republicans used to be the party of fiscal rectitude, wearing the old green shade accounting hats as they counted beans. They threw away those sensibilities when they adopted the fraud known as “Supply Side” economics. Now they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater with Trumpcare.
The Republicans won’t be the party of common-sense economics, like Dwight Eisenhower, until they give up “supply side” economics and “Trumpcare.”
First, I would like to say that although I have never owned a pit bull – in a perfect world – someday I might. I am used to my small (under 10 pound
dogs), and I am not sure I could
handle the strength of a pit. Also, unfortunately, I don’t think I have
the lifestyle that it takes to maintain such a powerful dog. They like
to go for long walks, need plenty
of exercise and eat lots of food.
Some background: Pit Bulls, known as American Pit Bull Terriers, were originally called the “Nanny” dog because of their unparalleled love
and devotion for children. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century that was their primary use – a family dog for a family with kids. Some may remember Petey, the pit bull of the 1930s movie shorts and later for TV show, The Little Rascals. He was a loyal and well loved pit bull. And for the record, The United Kennel Club does
not recommend using pit bulls as guard dogs because they are too friendly with strangers.
I remember when my son came to visit me and told me he had a“terrier,” I had no idea he was talking about a pit bull terrier. I was nervous about my small dogs and cats. I had never really spent anytime around a pit. Needless to say, that within half an hour of meeting Lacey, she was up on my bed and loved the company of my small dogs and they really enjoyed her playfulness. The cats kept their distance, but only because of her size – they were not used to being around such a large dog. But Lacey the pit bull had no real interest and never went after either of my cats. Within time if Lacey had been at my house for for a longer period, I am sure the cats would have been fine.
On to the story of Davinci.
He was a pit bull scheduled for death row along with two other dogs. Dr. Marty Becker put a plea on his site for help with the placement of these three dogs. They had been at an animal shelter that was closing. The volunteer that sat at the shelter desk took personal ownership of the dogs so they could be placed. Sweet Pea Rescue stepped up and took the dogs in. They came to the rescue on October 31, they were schedule to be euthanized on November 1, 2014.
I met all three of the dogs while volunteering at Sweet Pea before their horrific 2015 fire. Stella and Davinci were the only two dogs that did not perish in the fire! It was touch
and go for awhile after the fire, as they both had major health issues they were now faced with. But their determination to live never allowed either of them to give up.
The the dedication of the volunteers from Sweet Pea who visited the dogs and the staff at West Side also played a
huge part in their recovery and rehabilitation. Both Stella and Davinci had “issues” and needed to be
placed as the only animal in a home.
After the fire, they both had health problems that further complicated their
ability to be adopted, as they both needed long term medication and regular veterinarian exams. After almost a year in boarding, Stella was able to find her forever home, but Davinci was not been so lucky. Since the fire, he was being boarded at West Side and had regular
visits from dedicated volunteers from Sweet Pea. He was taken on long walks and drives and had special treats of ice
cream cones. Unfortunately, he was attacked by an off leash dog and bit the volunteer that was handling him. He bit her as she was trying to get him under control. Because of his bite history, West Side was unable to keep him as a boarder at their facility.
And so the scramble started. What could be done with Davinci? He was such a survivor and everyone had worked so hard to keep him alive! He was now facing an
uncertain future. SP had days to find an alternative situation for Davinci. I was not a part of the brain storming that took place, but within the small amount of time that was allotted, a dog trainer stepped up who is backed by an established 501c3. They have taken custody of Davinci with the goal of helping him to get back on track and hopefully find that forever home that he so deserves!
Rumor has it … that Davinci is now living in a home environment and even has a couch to call his own – for the time being.
This spring, please send
Davinici loving thoughts as he is more than deserving of love and a home with a loving owner/s. We wish him luck on what we all hope to be his last leg of a very long journey … home!
Happy Trails, Davinci! All the best! There are so many who love you and are praying for you every step of the way!
From Mauro DePasquale, Mount Carmel Preservation Society:
Despite the fact that the Worcester Historic Commission voted not to do the study to explore a historic district at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on Mulberry Street (OLMC), we are, in no way, giving up on our mission to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel church.
Despite many people feeling discouraged, as long as the church stands, it is not over.
It is important that we recognize how far we have come, specifically how the church is still standing and, most likely, would not have been if it were not for the efforts of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS).
We are moving forward with our appeal to the Vatican to oppose the merger of OLMC and Our Lady of Loreto parishes.
We will also appeal to the Vatican the demolition of the church building as soon as the Diocese issues the required decree of suppression.
We are pursuing an alternate (as an option of consideration) plan to save the church by preserving it as a shrine to OLMC, fully supported and sustained by the MPS.
We have just made a formal proposal, regarding our plan to make the church a shrine, to Monsignor Pedone and the Diocese and await their response.
A shrine is a sacred place where, with the permission of the Bishop, people can gather for daily prayer, celebrate Masses, hold special religious events such as baptisms, weddings, etc.
This could benefit the Parish, Diocese and community as a historical sacred tourist attraction as well.
We are also waiting for approval of our application for non-profit status and expect to have that approved very soon. Non-profit status will allow us more flexibility with fundraising, as we definitely need to continue to raise funds for legal costs and for the support of our proposed shrine to OLMC.
Plans are already underway for another MPS fundraiser and we will update all of you when we have the details.
We need the active involvement of each MPS member at this critical time. We must stay united and positive as we persevere in saving the church from demolition.
Our Sunday Prayer Vigil is ongoing at Mt. Carmel Apartments at 10 a.m., Sunday.
To donate visit http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org
Tickets for tonight’s (3/11) fundraiser are available at the door – $20. This wonderful music event is hosted by First UNITARIAN Church at JOHN HENRY HAMMER Coffee shop at 7 pm Main and State St., Worcester. Near the old court house.
Next meeting will be announced soon.
Thank you for your support. Stand Tall and God Bless you.
Mauro DePasquale, MPS
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The Second Annual Veteran Homestead Star Spangled Go-Kart Challenge
… at F1 Boston in Braintree
Thursday, April 6
5 pm – 9 pm
Come compete for racing glory where your donation goes to support the veterans in our programs thanks to the support and generosity of F1Boston.
Gather your friends together for a FUN night of go-kart racing, food, drinks, prizes, pool, networking and, of course, mingling with our veterans.
Form your team now and don’t miss this opportunity to support our heroes, the military veterans who are responsible
for our freedom.
Don’t feel the need for speed?
You can attend, cheer on your favorite team, enjoy food and drink while supporting our veterans. The donation is $150 per person.
Call or email Cindy to participate and for costs and more information 978-632-1271.
REC WORCESTER 🌺EARTH DAY🌸🌻 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUPS AND BEAUTIFICATION!🌻🌸🌹🌺💐
Saturday, April 8
8 am – 12 pm
We are excited to invite you to join us for this year’s REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!
This is truly a community-wide event in which residents come together every year to give Worcester the Spring-cleaning it deserves.
Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together to pick up more than 50 tons of trash at over 60 sites in Worcester!!!🌸❤
Please feel free to contact Pat Barnosky with any questions or concerns
– firstname.lastname@example.org – 508-799-9139
Thank you for joining with your neighbors and friends to support the 28th Annual REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!
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