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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 — a heavy, steel-tipped weapon that circus trainers use to “break” elephants’ spirits — 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 — 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 — eat, drink, sleep, defecate — 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 down— in fact, UniverSoul and Garden Bros. are already feeling the pressure.

PETA isn’t against all circuses — 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 Migliacci😄😄😄


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 McGovern💚

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.

· WHAT: Congressional Town Hall on Protecting Social Security

· WHERE: Senior Center 128 Providence St, Worcester

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

· 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:

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

· $300 more per year for the typical retiree

· Improved cost of living adjustment

Additionally, the McGovern Larson Proposal would:

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

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

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

· 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.

💗 Ezra Klein …


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!!💛💛💛


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[ _____ ]


· 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.

· 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.

· 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;

· 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 “Latin” 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 “the premier army in the world.”

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

TIME magazine reported that “Cinco 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 jalapeño, 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 “sopa 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 jalapeños, to taste (optional)
Cilantro, soy sour cream, and sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)

In a blender, purée 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 jalapeños.

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 375°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 “cheese,” half the can of green chilies, lots more enchilada sauce, 6 more tortillas, all the seasoned burger crumbles, another third of the “cheese,” the remaining green chilies, more enchilada sauce, then the final 6 tortillas, more enchilada sauce, and the rest of the “cheese.”

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.

Stephen Colbert – always in style!

But first …

I ❤ this pic!: After a day of boisterous play, Peggy Sue (left) naps with her little toys – all the queen’s cuties! Go, Peggy Sue, go!
pic: D.M.

As my day began … pics + text: Rose T.


I began thinking of all the years I picked up ICT, right here, at this loading dock:


So many great memories! So many great people!

I even love those potholes!💛💗


Please Join Us!


Friday, May 12 …🌻🌻🌻🌻

… for the 5th Annual Statewide Gathering on the Status Of Girls in Massachusetts🌸🌸🌸🌸

Passion and Persistence!💜

The First Five Years Working To Improve the Status of Girls

This year’s gathering will focus on our collective impact work in the following areas:

· Engaging women’s commissions

· Engaging men – panel of men involved in girl serving organizations: Fred H. Daniels II-President of the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation; Robert Jennings- Board Member with Girls Inc. of Worcester, Chris Mendoza- Board Member with Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA, Alex Morse-Mayor of Holyoke, MA

· Engaging the next generation of leaders

· New Study by the Girl Scouts Eastern Mass/Simmons College: Dreaming Big – What Confidence Has To Do With It

· How to accomplish this in today’s challenging environment

· Special Funder Peer to Peer Breakout session

Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge

Friday, May 12

Registration begins at 8:30 am

Program begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm

This event is FREE and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration is required – Please RSVP by 5/5 to:






Richy, tanfab’s owner!

Stop by today at Tanfabulous Tanning Salon for a variety of tan specials, along with an array of lotion.





We have a well maintained salon that offers levels 1 – 5, along with the Versa spa sunless spray tan.



Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you in picking the best level and package to achieve the ultimate tan for you!!



Located at:
347 Greenwood St.

Caring about homeless pets – always in style! Today! Sat., April 22! 🌼Now until 2 p.m.🌺💙 The WARL kitten🐯🐱 shower!💕

Rose’s Cece was so tiny not so long ago! She’s a big girl now! The vet said kittens gain one pound per month as they grow into adulthood! pics: R.T.

Cece was a rescue! Here’s Miss Cece💛, this morn, all feisty and cute!🌺:


Adorable, spoiled grrrl!💙💜💛💛💜💙


… You can cuddle some kittens who will need homes soon! Volunteer to foster-parent a litter – or 2!?!!

In a few weeks WARL will be inundated with kittens! The staff call the kitty tsunami KITTEN SEASON; there are lots of people who STILL DON’T GET IT and do not spay their female cats. The result?  Hundreds of kittens who need loving forever homes. Millions end up in animal shelters. Thousands are “put  down” annually.

At WARL, a no-kill animal shelter, the staff diligently works to meet the kittens’ – babies! – special needs. Dry kitten food, pate cat food,  liquid kitten formula, little toys … all unique to lil’ kitties.

Admission to the WARL kitten shower is a kitty donation!💙💙💜💛


🐯 Canned PATE cat food!

🐺 Non-clumping clay litter



Visit this a.m. or afternoon!

They are located at 139 Holden St, Worcester.

Their phone #: 508-853-0030

Their website:

Their hours:

Saturday 12–4PM
Sunday 12–4PM
Monday 12–4PM
Tuesday 12–4PM
Wednesday 12–4PM
Thursday 12–4PM
Friday 12–4PM

– R.T.

Worcester news you can use – always in style!

flier MPS(1)


Monday, April 24 – 6:30 p.m.

24 Mulberry St., Worcester



The church was neglected by the Diocese of Worcester, which had a fiduciary responsibility to assure its maintenance, knowing that viable solutions to repair and sustain it are available and at hand.

It is scheduled for demolition in May 2017.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a community anchor, an iconic, irreplaceable historically significant cultural center, as well as a centerpiece for Worcester’s large Italian American population.

It was also awarded the distinction as one of the top seven historic resources in Massachusetts.

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society is working diligently to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. It is unjust to see this historical treasure demolished unnecessarily.

Your support in any way, be it in-kind service or donation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

Mount Carmel Preservation Society




Fire Works Studio will be opening their doors to the public:

Friday, May 12 – 4 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, May 13 – 10 am – 6 pm

Come chat with artists…

see demonstrations…

purchase unique pieces!

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift among the mugs, bowls and potted plants. Various other artists will be set up in the lobby.



The Fire Works Studio
38 Harlow St., Worcester



Just a Reminder to All our Interested Agencies/Organizations — We Need Your Forms:

Our upcoming “Day of Hope” event on June 10th at University (Crystal Park), Main South

This event is the beginning of a long-lasting momentum that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service and bring people and organizations together like never before.

This community event, previously known as Worcester Convoy of Hope, is a collaborative effort to bring hope to Worcester County through FREE groceries, health screenings, job and career services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, “Kids Carnival”, community services and entertainment.

This all-volunteer event mobilizes residents to serve and make a difference in their community.

Strong participation by local businesses, churches,community agencies, and individuals is crucial to the success of this event.

Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one could do alone.

This year Hope for Worcester seeks to mobilize 1,000 volunteers and honor 5,000 guests.

We look forward to partnering with you to provide our guests with the quality services/information you graciously supply every day.

The Community Services tent will allow for Hope for Worcester to host 40 organizations and the Health Services tent will allow for Hope For Worcester to host 16 organizations. In an effort to bring the best service providers to our honored guests your organization/company is formally invited to fill one of these spots.

This event will be held on
Saturday, June 10th in Crystal Park (University Park) across from Clark University, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Hope for Worcester schedule for the day:

Agency/Company representative arrives for set up: 9:30am
Set up complete by 10am
Doors open at 10am
Event wrap up/agency clean-up of booth site: 4pm

There is no registration fee to participate, but all donations are welcome and tax deductible.

We hope your participation will have a positive impact on your current and future efforts to serve our community.

We look forward to having you, please contact me with any questions…

Brittany Brown, MS, RN
Community & Health Services Leader
Hope for Worcester


pic: R.T.

Attention Families!

You and your children are invited to Worcester Family Partnership’s 8th Annual…


BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

Wednesday, April 26 – 3:30 to 6:30 pm

AT THE YWCA – One Salem Square






(Both parent and child must be present for fitting)

A visit from UMass Memorial Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a WFD firetruck, police car and more!