… in the Big Woo!
Open 7 days a week, until 7 p.m.
I visited this tres funky Webster Square antique, vintage, industrial, vintage toy/collectible shop yesterday and snapped away!
Unique Finds is OPEN TODAY! Even in the dead of spring!
OPEN EVERY DAY!
Until 7 p.m!!!!!!!
Located at 1329 Main St., Worcester! (corner of Henshaw and Main streets)
– Rose T.
… for the BEST PRICES IN TOWN and the COOLEST STUFF! Located at 1329 Main St., Worcester.
Open 7 days a week until 7 p.m.
New stock in EVERY DAY!
Antiques, industrial, vintage, collectibles, vintage toys, furniture, musical instruments, lps, CDs and 45s, too! Woo hoo!!!!
By Gordon Davis
Last night’s meet and greet event for the candidates for the Superintendancy of our Public School District was mistimed. The event should have taken place after the announcement of the newly appointed Superintendant on March 14, 2016.
I only saw two Worcester School Committee members at the event. John Monfredo, who said that he would vote for candidate Maureen Binienda, and Brian O’Connell, who was noncommittal, came.
It is not entirely clear how the opinion of the people who came to this event could affect the opinion of the Worcester School Committee. This has not been the first meaningless political show put on by the City of Worcester.
Three of the candidates are qualified for the job: Dr. Rodrigues, Dr. Binienda and Dr. Allen. Dr. Mulcahy is not quite ready to be school superintendant, but I think she will, in the future, be a stronger candidate for a superintendency.
Dr. Rodriques presented the strongest credentials for running the Worcester School District. He said his experience as the interim superintendant of the WPS, assistant superintendant of our school district, and the manager of special education has shown that he knows and can run the complex Worcester School District. For every question I asked him, he was able to give me a detailed answer.
Dr. Rodrigues spoke of his experience regarding his moving to Worcester. He said that many students in the Worcester Public Schools are new arrivals to America, and sometimes English is not their primary language. He felt that he might be able to connect to the students in Worcester Schools in ways more associated with their circumstances. It is well known that the Worcester School System is transiting to a majority minority student body.
Candidate Binienda touted her years as principal at South High School and another Worcester school. She was also a special needs teacher. Dr. Binienda has an interesting idea of collaboration between Worcester State University and the Worcester high schools, especially in the area of criminal justice education.
However, her answers to questions about the Worcester Schools were generalized without the details that, in my opinion, a person would need to hit the ground running as our school superintendant.
Candidate Allen talked about the need to make the Worcester Schools more efficient. She also touted her years as principal of Norback School. Like Dr. Binienda, Dr. Allen spoke in general terms. Nonetheless, I was impressed with her sense of organization and place.
I suppose there will be another meet and greet after the Worcester School Committee appoints Dr. Binienda as next Superintendant of the Worcester Public School District.
I think that Dr. Rodrigues will continue to work diligently and loyally as an Assistant Superintendant until the time some school system sees his abilities and experience and steals him away.
It is my opinion that Dr. Allen has the ability to turn around a school system in receivership.
I give Kudos to Dr. Mulcahy for throwing her hat into the ring.
Time will tell if Worcester will make a good decision on Monday.
The lives of our children depend upon it.
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Before we get to Jim’s speech, THIS JUST IN!
Congressman Jim McGovern, Mass. School Leaders, New England Patriots Call to Strengthen Student Access to School Meals
FOXBOROUGH – Today at 1:30PM, Congressman Jim McGovern, the New England Dairy & Food Council and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees are hosting a convening at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, titled Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: One Meal at a Time, in celebration of National School Breakfast Week to discuss actionable steps to help increase student access to school meals.
Congressman McGovern is a champion of childhood hunger issues and will highlight how the School Breakfast Program presents a huge opportunity to ensure that Massachusetts students, especially those who live with food insecurity, can get the nutrition they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Joining Congressman McGovern will be key leaders from school districts across the state to issue a powerful call-to-action to the audience.
This event, will be held at Gillette Stadium today at 1:30 PM.
The goal of the event is for school committee members, superintendents and other key administrators to return to their communities and start a conversation with school nutrition professionals to actively support breakfast efforts.
· Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02)
New England Dairy & Food Council
Massachusetts Association of School Committees
New England Patriots Players
· Massachusetts School Leaders
WHAT: National School Breakfast Week: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: One meal at a Time
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough (Northeast Putnam Club Lounge at E1 entrance)
WHEN: Today, March 8 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
By Congressman Jim McGovern
Last week during our district work period, I spent the night at the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a family homeless shelter in Worcester. This was my second time spending a night there in recent years. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand the stories of families who are facing tough times and to see the incredible support provided by groups like IHN.
In today’s media environment where every development in the presidential campaign gets a breaking news banner, it’s easy to lose sight of the real issues impacting real families and homelessness is one of them.
In 2015, more than 500,000 Americans were homeless on any given night. Of that number, more than 200,000 were people in families and nearly 50,000 were veterans.
Even in Massachusetts, one of the richest states in the nation, homelessness continues to be a challenge in many of our communities. In recent years, state budget cuts have led to a record number of homeless children in Massachusetts and the overall uptick in homelessness has led to overcrowding in shelters with thousands of families being turned away.
In the richest country on the planet, it is simply astonishing that anyone is homeless, but the fact is this continues to be a persistent problem. Fortunately, there are amazing organizations like the Interfaith Hospitality Network that are making a difference.
IHN works in partnership with the faith community to provide shelter and assistance to families with children who are homeless. Their primary goals are to assist families in increasing their income and to help them secure permanent housing, while providing the critical support services necessary for them to succeed.
It’s a ‘community bed shelter’ that provides private bedrooms and shared living areas for six families at a time who are homeless but don’t qualify for state-funded shelters.
One of the points that the people I met made very eloquently was that sometimes life is very complicated and sometimes things don’t work out as you expect them to.
Many of the families that I met during my stay included at least one working parent. But they had fallen into the gap where they earned too little to make ends meet but too much to qualify for other housing assistance programs.
Some of the residents included college-educated parents with families that fell on hard times – maybe a parent is sick or a child’s sick, or a parent got laid off from a job. Those families are not there because they made poor choices; there were a series of events that led to this. One thing parents at the shelter have in common is that they love their kids more than anything and are working tirelessly to get back on their feet.
The families at IHN are not charged rent and work with a caseworker to budget and save money for their own apartments. The caseworker also helps families access necessary health care or counseling, learn job skills, enroll in job training or educational classes, and assists them with other life issues.
IHN is a very special place. It’s a home. It’s comfortable. It’s safe. Families prepare and eat dinner together. Children do their homework together, color in coloring books, and play games. IHN provides a sense of normalcy during times of turmoil and uncertainty for families.
With each visit to the IHN shelter, I am inspired to see that within our community, there are so many wonderful people who care about their neighbors who are going through difficult times and who want to get back on their feet. The volunteers and staff are incredible people. Places like IHN represent the best of our community and there is a real need for places like this.
Too often in this chamber, I have heard colleagues demonize and disparage America’s poorest families. But those who are homeless don’t fit into a stereotype. Every family faces different challenges. It’s hard work to be poor in America and the families I met are working hard for a better life for their kids. We should be helping them get back on their feet, not kicking them while they’re down, and certainly, we should not be indifferent to their struggles.
To help more of these families get ahead, we must do more at the national level to strengthen the social safety net to better address homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty and many other issues which deserve to be front and center.
Looking at the big picture, we need to be talking about how we can make sure that work pays enough so that all working families can afford rent and place to live, and be able to put food on the table for their kids. We might start by increasing, at long last, the federal minimum wage so that it’s a livable wage. If you work in this country, you ought not to be poor and you ought certainly not to be homeless.
In the richest country on the planet, I know we can solve homelessness. Spending a night at a homeless shelter is an incredible experience and I encourage more of my colleagues to do the same in their districts.
Those of us who serve in Congress are blessed that we don’t have to worry if we’ll have a roof over our heads on any given night. But there are many families, too many families, in this country who do. We need to do a better job of listening to their stories and lending a helping hand so they can get out of their difficult situations and move on to a better life.
I urge my colleagues to listen what I said today and do what I did and spend a night at a homeless shelter in their district.
REC news for YOU!
You are cordially invited to attend the REC Annual Meeting and Earth Day Site Coordinator Dinner
Join us in a celebration of community
over a potluck dinner while you hear from REC community gardeners and growers!
Let us show our appreciation to our
Earth Day cleanup volunteers and all of
the REC supporting members!
Tuesday, March 29!
Worcester Senior Center!
Weekly on Thursdays, March 3 thru April 7
REC Winter Mobile Market
11am-1pm, Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St., Worcester
Wed, March 9:
Building a Sustainable Worcester: The Fresh Food Movement in Central Massachusetts
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge St, Worcester
Sat, March 12:
Urban Farming Conference
Convened by the Urban Farming Institute
8 am-5:30 pm, Northeastern University, Boston
Tues, March 29:
REC Annual Meeting and Earth Day Site-Coordinators Dinner
6-8 pm, Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St., Worcester
All REC members are encouraged to attend!
Sat, April 9:
Introductory Architectural Plan Reading Workshop
Tuesday, March 22
3 pm – 5 pm
Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Chamber (3rd flr)
This workshop is free and open to the public.
Learn how to read architectural plans and why it is important to plan for accessibility.
Who should take this workshop?
Individuals with disabilities and family members
Planners and business owners
Architectural Designer Megan Defresne, LEED, AP
from the New England ADA Center
Kindly RSVP by March 7th
Hosted by the City of Worcester Commission on Disability
Disability Rights are Civil Rights
Visit UNIQUE FINDS ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE GIFT SHOP at 1329 Main St., Worcester, TODAY!
Open 7 days a week until 7 p.m.
Thousands of vintage items for sale, starting at $2.
Here’s a sampling for you!
I’ve been an unabashed Jackson 5 fan for decades! – R.T.
photos/listings compiled by R.T.
… They also have acoustic and electric guitars and vintage sheet music.
I picked up this touchstone – RUBBER SOUL – a few days ago at Unique Finds, such a cool antiques and vintage gift shop! It’s located at 1329 Main St., Worcester, in the Webster Square area – at the corner of Main and Henshaw streets.
I would have loved to have bought this treasure:
Mark Perenteau, the great DJ of the late great WBCN radio station, has unloaded hundreds of lps from his extensive album collection onto Unique Finds! Lucky us! I – we all – listened to Mark, Charles and Carter on Boston’s iconic rock station back in the day! They turned us on to the greats! Opened our ears! Opened our hearts! Here’s your chance to play in Mark’s record collection, touch rock history and reconnect with your glory?! days!
Unique Finds is open 7 days a week until 7 p.m. Beatles for Sale!
From RUBBER SOUL:
Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella