Category Archives: Fashion

This school vacation week: Bring the kids to Unique Finds and check out the hundreds of VINTAGE TOYS!

Trucks! Race cars! Fire engines! Dolls! COOL Carnival games! Typewriters and vintage adding machines! Vinyl! Not to mention folk and electric guitars for beginners!

All waiting for your little boy or girl, tween or teen!

Open 7 days a week until 7 p.m.


Located at 1329 Main St., Worcester
(text+pics: R.T.)







Lorraine’s in fashion! … Exciting things are happening in Crompton Park

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The “Mayor of Green Island” – Lorraine Laurie!

By Lorraine Laurie (photos:R.T.)

Exciting things are happening to Crompton Park in the Green Island Neighborhood! Just drive down Harding Street, south of Kelley Square, pass Endicott Street and take a right swing on to Canton  Street. You can see the up-to-date playground equipment, the ultra modern pool complex and the Green Island Neighborhood Center.

According to Robert C. Antonelli, Jr. Assistant Commissioner of the City of Worcester- DPW & Parks – Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division, the latest phase of work now in progress includes:

the relocation and expansion of the existing parking lot


the relocation of the two existing tennis courts


and the addition of two new handball courts. 


This project will cost $1,020,000 and is made possible with City Tax Levy Capital, Community Development Block Grant money and State “PARC” – Parkland Acquisitions and Renovation for Communities Grant funding. 

State Representative Dan Donahue (D) 16th Worcester District said recently that he was “happy to work with the City to obtain a PARC Grant to help with the renovations on the Canton Street side of Crompton Park.”
The existing parking lot will be relocated to the west side of the Pool Complex. 

The present parking lot will be renovated to a lawn area and decrease the potential of  vehicular and pedestrian conflict as people access the playground.  Rochelle Appiah, Site Manager of the Green Island Neighborhood Center, is looking “forward to the new parking lot here at Crompton  Park.  It will be much safer for the children.”
Besides the parking lot improvements, the two existing tennis courts will be relocated to the west of the new parking lot and two new handball courts will be added to the west of the relocated tennis courts. 

IThe sports court will be constructed with the concrete bases installed for future sports lighting; new lighting fixtures are included for the relocated parking lot. Assistant Commissioner Antonelli  also  points out that “the area between Community building [Green Island Neighborhood Center] and the pool complex will be renovated as a pedestrian friendly paved plaza but will provide accommodations for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.  The parking lot and the plaza will be constructed of porous pavement and pavers.  The work is scheduled to be competed by June 1 so as not to interfere with the pool schedule, the Tenacity program and the operations of the Green Island Neighborhood Center. 
Ronald “Ron” Charette, Executive Director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, which runs the South Worcester Neighborhood Center on Camp Street and also the Green Island Neighborhood Center, sums it up beautifully.  He says, “It is a great joy for the residents of the Green Island Neighborhood to watch their community jewel, Crompton Park, being rebuilt. The new improvements at Crompton Park signify the health and vitality of the Green Island  Neighborhood.
A thriving park mirrors a happy place for families to live. The renovations to Green Island’s Crompton Park are one more step in re-building a fine neighborhood.”

Banish the winter blahs at Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage Gift Shop! Open 7 days a week until 7 p.m.

Located at 1329 Main St., Worcester. (Webster Square area – at the corner of Main and Henshaw streets) text + pics: R.T.








I bought this S&G album at Unique Finds. I only have their Greatest Hits and Concert in Central Park albums. I was at the NYC concert with my commune buddies. We drove down in a pickup truck. I sat in the bed of the pickup with all my vegan cohorts and the handsome young farmer, who held me all the way from VT to Central Park! Feelin’ groovy!

Not for sale – store mascot!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Shear Dimension Hair Salon!

The lovely and talented Jolleen sells the latest Paul Mitchell hair care products. Remember: ALL Paul Mitchell shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, etc are cruelty-free – they aren’t tested on rabbits and contain zero animal-derived ingredients!

By Jolleen Kay
Before you make reservations for your big date night out, reserve your appointment and show a little love to your hair. This love is everywhere, all over Worcester, and Shear Dimension is no different!  

We want to make sure our new clients hear about and respond to our “advances.”

They are encouraged to subscribe to our text and email notifications. We have the latest technology and clients are able to book online via our website, Facebook or email.

They also receive text messages 48 and 24 hours prior to our “date.”
Clients have a lot of options out there.  We appreciate you, and while we understand it is great to “casually date” new salons when they “flirt” with their discounts, but when you find a place that does good work, has good service, and you leave excited about the experience, it’s time to commit. We don’t want to pressure you on our first date, or anything, but …

I find honesty is always the best policy, so, I will let you know that Shear Dimension is serious about building a relationship with you.   While not all relationships are meant to be, if you continue to “casually date” you will continue to be unhappy because only the person you build a relationship with will know your habits, schedule, family/job obligations, and the time you are willing to put into maintaining your look.

Remember, if you want a look you can take home to your parents … and you are looking for a meaningful, lasting relationship this Valentine’s Day, not just a one night stand….come on in to Shear Dimension!  

P.S. Don’t worry, if you schedule by reading this article we can tell everyone we met from a friend of a friend, not on a “blind date.”

New product line at Shear Dimension! Feels sooo luxurious, smells so purty!

It’s the end of cold, dry winter – your tresses are crying out for moisture! Try a little tenderness aka MATRIX HydraSource!

Be your own hair salon! Jo sells the gear professionals use!

Shear Dimension
347 Greenwood St
Worcester, MA 01607

Politics – always in style! (It’s how we change the world!)


2016 Caucus Information 

Ward 1 
44 Park Ave, Braley &Wellington Insurance 9:00 AM

Ward 2 
116 Country Club Blvd Lincoln Village Center 10:00 AM

Ward 4 
Salem Square Worcester Public Library Banx Room 10:00 AM

Ward 5 
2 Addison Street Addison Apartments 1:30 PM

Ward 6 

Ward 7 
2 Circuit Ave Alhambra Nights of Columbus 12:00 PM

Ward 8 
138 Green Street NeighborWorks HomeOwenrship Center 10:00 AM

Ward 9 
335 Chandler Street NU Cafe 7:00 PM

Ward 10 
143 Highland Street Sahara Restaurant 4:00 PM

Worcester Democratic City Committee
Candy Carlson, Chair 

Helping the guys at Jeremiah’s – always in fashion!


We are calling for Fitted Sheets!

Jeremiah’s Inn is a 29 bed program, which means that we are constantly in need of supplies for the house.
Currently, we are looking for fitted bed sheets for twin beds.
We will be grateful for any contribution that you can make. 
Thank you again for your continuous support in helping our community. 
For more information call (508) 755 6403 or email

Gordon’s parked in Fashion! … Guns in Worcester apartments and evictions

By Gordon Davis

The City of Worcester has a long history of using police power to violate the constitutional rights of its residents and interfere in what are civil matters.

The City of Worcester ordinance regarding panhandling was recently ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.

The pursuit of criminal charges against BlackLives Matter protesters by Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus was declared not to be a criminal matter by the Worcester Court.

The City of Worcester has also asked the Massachusetts Attorney General to investigate fraud charges against a predominantly Black-run community center, the Mosaic group, when the City’s own audit found no fraud.

Once again the Worcester City Council will decide on whether it will seek police force in what is clearly a civil matter.

At last night’s city council meeting City Councilor Moe Bergman petitioned the Council for an exception to State statutes. He wants landlords to have the ability to evict tenants in Worcester apartments who are charged with illegal possession of weapons.

Of course, anyone who has an illegal weapon is a cause of concern, and the police should be involved.

However, the issue is that of eviction – a wholly civil matter.

There are civil remedies other than increasing the police power of the City of Worcester: The best remedy is to have a clause in the lease that the lease can be terminated when there is a conviction of illegal weapon possession.

Even this might not be needed if the conviction results in incarceration. In any event, the lease will at some time expire and it does not have to be renewed.

For tenants at will the landlord can evict a tenant with a 30 day notice.

The landlord or business manager should have the common sense to screen a potential lessee BEFORE the lease is signed. This is standard business practice.

Mr. Bergman’s ordinance will probably be ruled unconstitutional if it reaches the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. It punishes people who have not been found guilty of any crime and presumed innocent. The other items in the so called Public Nuisance Ordinances of the State of Massachusetts and City of Worcester could also then be reviewed as well.

It seems to me that the petition will fail at the state level. No other city in the Commonwealth has such an ordinance, and the usual way to establish such use of police force would be through the State Legislature.

Reportedly, some elements of Mr. Bergman’s petition, as drafted by “Use-the-Police-First” City Manager Augustus, are downright silly. It includes a clause giving the District Attorney of Worcester County permission to evict tenants. As we all know, eviction is a civil matter and outside of the germane of the District Attorney.

This petition is especially bad, as it shows the influence that bad or incompetent landlords have on the making of laws. It also shows the propensity of the City government to use police force unnecessarily. 

Watch it!


Michael Moore’s new movie: a must-see!

A letter from filmmaker Michael Moore:


Thank you to all who have written to me about my stay this past week in the intensive care unit. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, I came down with pneumonia. Truth be told, it was pretty serious, and other complications arose. But then, five days later, I was still alive — thanks to a combination of Directors Guild insurance, two I-V drips of alleged legal drugs, and a hospital TV that only got FOX News. I was released on my own recognizance, which I tried to explain may not be the best idea. I am now at home resting and binging on the Real Housewives of The Walking Dead. All my appearances this week and last week supporting the release of my brand new movie, “Where To Invade Next” (Conan, Bill Maher, Charlie Rose, NPR, etc.), plus a special primary eve screening tonight in New Hampshire, were and are cancelled.

Needless to say, I’m pretty devastated. This film means a lot to me. To be sidelined – I can’t fly, I can’t travel, I can’t leave the house – in this, the most important week before it comes out… well, you can imagine what I’m going through. Trying to get back to just breathing is enough of a burden. To think that my film may now not reach the audience I made it for, let’s just say that doesn’t help the healing process.

Many of you have asked if there’’s anything you can do to help me. I have thought about it – and, yes, actually, there is something you could do to help me.

I need you to be part of a quickly cobbled-together “army” of grassroots “ambassadors” who can do the work I was going to do this week to let people know abut the movie and convince as many as possible to go see it.. I realize you haven’t seen “Where To Invade Next”, so I’m asking you to do this based upon my past work and your hope that I’ve made a compelling film that might affect change in this country, that will inspire people to think about things in a different way. I believe that’s exactly what I’ve done, and many who’ve seen it agree. I also believe this movie can have a huge impact on the elections this year. It’s won a bunch of film festival prizes, it’s made the Oscars shortlist, and some have called it my best film ever. Possibly, just possibly.

But forget all that. Here’s what I will tell you: You are going to be seriously f***ed up by this film. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done. It will truly make your head spin for two hours while you “laugh AND cry — in the same exact moment,” as an audience member said to the cameras on the way out of the movie’s premiere.

Last week, laying in the hospital, I watched one Presidential candidate attack the candidate from Vermont for his ideas being “unrealistic,” “pie in the sky,” and “ideas that sound good on paper, but aren’t going to happen.” The truth is, all these great “ideas” – free universal health care, free university, free day care, taxing and policing hedge fund millionaires – have already happened in nearly every other industrialized country in the world! And I have the evidence – and the film — to prove it!

Throughout “Where To Invade Next”, I invade a whole bunch of nefarious countries, from Slovenia to Germany to France to Norway, and pry loose from them the tools they’ve been using to make their countries happy, shiny places.

My goal: to show millions of Americans what these countries have been hiding from us so we can catch up and be #1 again! Remember “WE’RE #1!!”? Don’t you miss being #1 and waving those big foam #1 fingers at patriotic rallies? In my invasions, I don’t use any weapons, and no one gets droned.

I show how to actually make all universities free (and great); how to give all workers five to eight weeks PAID vacation (which increases productivity and betters the economy); how simple and easy it is to give mothers (or fathers) up to a year of PAID maternity leave (which in turn benefits the company overall); how in the societies where woman have achieved true equality and power, everything just seems to get better for everyone; how to reduce the crime rate by ending the war on drugs and having a humane prison system (our recidivism rate is as high as 80%; theirs is 20%); how the economy bounces back faster and is safer when bankers are put in prison; how students in countries without standardized tests and needless homework perform better than our students (and that countries which have more arts and music in their schools do better in math and science)… and on and on and on.

By the end of the movie, you’ll want to go live in one of those countries. But instead, I’ll show you how we can make all of that happen right here in the USA, right now.

So, what do you think? Can you be a virtual ambassador for “Where To Invade Next”? I know you can’t go on “Good Morning America” for me, but there are a few easy things you could do:

First, go see it!

Text some friends right now and say, “hey, let’s go see this Friday night!”

Commit now to go to a theater that’s playing it this coming weekend. It’s opening in every major and mini-major city in the country. If you live in a place the size of Binghamton, NY, or Grand Rapids, MI, then they’re going to be playing “Where To Invade Next.” The final list of theaters will be out later.

Thank you!

In fashion: President Obama … and the ALA

Congressman Jim McGovern Applauds $1.1 Billion in President Obama’s Budget to Address the Opioid Epidemic

McGovern Welcomes Proposal to Ensure All Who Seek Treatment Can Get Help They Need
Congressman Jim McGovern applauded this week’s announcement that President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget includes $1.1 billion in funding to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting so many families in Massachusetts and across the country.
“Today’s announcement that President Obama’s budget will dedicate more than $1 billion to address the opioid epidemic is a critical step in this fight,” Congressman McGovern said. “In the past year, I have worked tirelessly to make sure the voices of Massachusetts families are heard in Washington, co-sponsoring three different bills and joining my House Colleagues to call on Administration officials to ensure all of our communities are receiving the federal funds needed to address this crisis.
“With the proposed funding announced today by President Obama, it is clear that our voices are being heard and Massachusetts can count on the White House to be a strong national partner in this fight,” McGovern added. “We must do all we can to ensure that treatment is available to those who seek it and by prioritizing treatment and prevention, this proposal takes the smart and comprehensive approach we need to help all of the families and communities touched by the opioid epidemic. This is a national priority and I look forward to working with both parties in Congress to securing the funding and resources we need to win this fight in Massachusetts.”
President Obama’s proposal includes $1 billion in new mandatory funding over two years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

This funding will boost efforts to help individuals with an opioid use disorder seek treatment, successfully complete treatment, and sustain recovery. 

This funding includes:
·         $920 million to support cooperative agreements with States to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. States will receive funds based on the severity of the epidemic and on the strength of their strategy to respond to it.  States can use these funds to expand treatment capacity and make services more affordable. 

·         $50 million in National Health Service Corps funding to expand access to substance use treatment providers.  This funding will help support approximately 700 providers able to provide substance use disorder treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment, in areas across the country most in need of behavioral health providers.

·         $30 million to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs employing medication-assisted treatment under real-world conditions and help identify opportunities to improve treatment for patients with opioid use disorders.

This investment, combined with other efforts underway to reduce barriers to treatment for substance use disorders, will help ensure that every American who wants treatment can access it and get the help they need.   
Second, the President’s Budget includes approximately $500 million — an increase of more than $90 million — to continue and build on current efforts across the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs, improve access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, and support targeted enforcement activities. A portion of this funding is directed specifically to rural areas, where rates of overdose and opioid use are particularly high. 

To help further expand access to treatment, the Budget includes an HHS pilot project for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment, where allowed by state law.

American Lung Association’s ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ Gives Massachusetts Mixed Grades for Efforts to Save Lives by Reducing Tobacco Use

The American Lung Association released this week its 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that finds that in 2015 Massachusetts made progress on tobacco control policies that will save lives.

The report also finds that most states and the federal government earned poor grades, and the high level of youth use of tobacco products other than cigarettes threatens to undermine the United States’ overall progress in the fight against tobacco-caused death and disease.
“While we celebrate successful tobacco control policies in Massachusetts like its efforts to regulate e-cigarette use by restricting sales to those 18 years and older, we still must face the reality that young people are using tobacco products like e-cigarettes and little cigars at an all-time high,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Nearly a quarter of high school students nationwide are using tobacco products, and it is essential that Massachusetts continue to  take aggressive action to reduce all tobacco use – the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in our nation.”
The “State of Tobacco Control” report documents the progress and failure of the states and the federal government to address tobacco use. The report assigns grades based on whether federal and state laws protect Americans from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.
“State of Tobacco Control 2016” finds Massachusetts mixed grades show that progress is possible, although even more needs to be done by our Governor and State Legislature to pass proven policies that will reduce tobacco use and save lives:

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Funding Grade – F

Tobacco Taxes – Grade A

Smokefree Air – Grade A

Access to Cessation Services – Grade D

The American Lung Association of the Northeast calls on Massachusetts to act on increasing funding for the state’s tobacco control program to $9 million per year, include e-cigarettes and all other tobacco derived products as part of the state’s definition of tobacco and increase access to tobacco cessation treatments and services.

As of January 31, 2016, the Obama Administration had not yet given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight authority over all tobacco products including cigars, e-cigarettes, little cigars and hookah (commonly referred to as the deeming rule). The grade of “I” for Incomplete for FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products is assigned because the final rule is expected at any time. Other federal grades include a “C” for Federal Cessation Coverage, an “F” for Tobacco Taxes and a “B” for its Mass Media Campaigns, a new grading area in this year’s “State of Tobacco Control” report.

“It’s not a secret how we can reduce tobacco use in this country. ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ looks at proven methods to save lives and prevent our children from becoming the next generation hooked on tobacco,” said Casey Harvell, Director of Public Policy for Massachusetts. “We must demand that our elected officials in Massachusetts urgently act to implement these proven policies to save lives.”

Worcester City Councilor King – a class act! Always in style!

While many members of the Worcester City Council – notably city councilors Gary I’ll-demagogue-an-issue-to-death-any-day Rosen and the weird, evil boll weevil Michael Gaffney – engaged in not so subtle race-baiting this Tuesday night as the city council dealt with the Mosaic group conundrum, brandy new Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King spoke truth to stupidity and (unfortunately) power.

Here he is at this week’s Worcester City Council meeting. Yes, Mr. King, these are the short-sighted, small-minded people with whom you’ll be working to run this city.

My condolences.

– Rosalie Tirella