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To help birds weather climate change, stop eating them

By Paula Moore

A sobering report released earlier this month by the National Audubon Society warns that half of all bird species in the U.S. and Canada could be on the brink of extinction if we don’t take steps to mitigate climate change. As warming temperatures alter birds’ habitats and migratory routes, some 300 species of birds in North America—from bald eagles to Baltimore orioles—will be forced to find new places to live, feed and breed. Those who can’t could become extinct.

Here’s one thing that everyone can do today to help our free-roaming feathered friends: stop eating their cousins—farmed chickens—and other animals. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions is caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. The fastest, most effective way to combat climate change is with diet change—by going vegan.

We have no time to waste. In the same week that the Audubon Society released its report, the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body announced that the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached a new high in 2013—just under 400 parts per million. Continue reading

In Main South – at Clark University – VERY COOL! Be there! FREE!

Clark University – fall dialogue symposium!

Events free and open to the public:

Two Women Talking: RESTOR(Y)ING Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Tradition

7 pm

Thursday, October 2

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

In this LIVE unscripted performance, Benaifer Bhadha and Monsoon Bissell weave their life stories together — stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition.

Bhadha currently teaches with Narativ, Inc and has worked as a clinical social worker, human rights activist, and community organizer. Bissell has an active coaching practice and is the Co-Dean of Programs for the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Clark University.

Narrating Race: A Community Conversation

7 pm

Tuesday, October 7

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Enter into the space where words, images, and stories of race intersect to explore the role of narrative in the way we talk about race. Betsy Huang, associate professor of English and Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University, will facilitate the discussion.

What Do You See? An Artist Talk and Exhibition Opening

7 pm

Wednesday, October 15

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Photographer Wing Young Huie has captured images of the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society over his 35-year career. By exploring and juxtaposing “authentic selves” and “idealized realities,” each photograph tells multiple stories about the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

Huie’s best-known projects are large-scale public installations, and his work has generated five books. In 2012, he opened The Third Place, a gallery in South Minneapolis that invites artists and thinkers to engage in salon-style discussions with the public.

The exhibition will run from October 15 through December 17.

Caregiving as Moral Experience

7 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Dr. Arthur Kleinman will discuss the primacy of the patient’s lived experience of illness, the relationship between narrative and caregiving, and the ways in which the humanities and interpretive social sciences matter for doctors and other caregivers.

Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University.

Fright Night in the Higgins Lounge

7 pm

Wednesday, October 29

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Clark University Professors Gino DiIorio, Jay Elliott, and Jennifer Plante will offer readings of their favorite scary stories and explore the power of narratives that play upon our most basic fears and vulnerabilities.

Worcester Sailor Helping Others Aboard USS Germantown


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs

PHILIPPINE SEA – Yeoman 3rd Class Kenny Osafo, a native of Worcester, currently serves aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

At age four, Osafo moved to the African country of Ghana, where both his parents originated. He moved there with his mother who wanted him to learn about his culture and heritage.

“Living in Ghana made me who I am today,” said Osafo. “Values such as respecting your elders, generosity and being there for others were all things I learned from growing up in Ghana. Being there with my family was one of the happiest times of my life.”
Osafo returned to the United States at age 12. He participated in the Junior Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for four years while attending North High School in Worcester. Following graduation in 2007 and taking what he learned from JROTC, Osafo decided to enlist in the Navy.

“My Dad served as a Captain in the Army and a big part of why I enlisted was that I admired his work ethic and discipline,” said Osafo. “It was something that I wanted for my own life. I also wanted to do something that would not only benefit myself but also help others.”

Osafo began his career as an undesignated Seaman, where he experienced the many facets of Germantown’s operations.

“Being an undesignated Seaman was difficult because I was brand new to the Navy and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” said Osafo. “During that time I got to take part in many different evolutions, including the landing and launching of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV), directing Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) and driving the ship, something I never thought I would do in my life.”

After his time as an undesignated seaman, Osafo became a Yeoman. A Navy Yeoman is responsible for the administrative work that supports both the ship operations and the lives of the Sailors serving aboard.

“I chose to become a Yeoman because the possibilities are endless,” said Osafo. “You are trusted to handle valuable information and can potentially work as high up in the chain of the command as the White House or the office of the Secretary of the Navy.”
Osafo said that growing up in Ghana and seeing people do a lot of good things for the less fortunate had a big impact on why he finds it so rewarding to help others as a Yeoman in the Navy.

“I want to stay in and make this a career,” said Osafo. “The Navy has given my life a purpose and my ultimate goal is to achieve the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).”
Germantown is currently underway and conducting joint forces exercises with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of responsibility.

All-American (vegan!) apple pie …

… from PETA! Yum, yum, yum, yum …. – R.T.

For the Crust: 
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

For the Filling: 
1 3/4 lbs. Golden Delicious apples, thinly sliced
1 3/4 lbs. Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. unbleached flour

3 Tbsp. Earth Balance margarine, diced
1 Tbsp. soy milk
1 Tbsp. Florida Crystals sugar
Large pinch of ground cinnamon

For the Crust: 
• In a bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Mix the water with 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to make a paste. Set aside.
• With a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the vegetable shortening into the remaining flour mixture until the texture is “pebbly.” Add the paste and mix well. Shape into a ball and divide into 2 parts.
• Lightly flour a clean countertop and rolling pin. Roll 1 portion of the dough at a time. Roll from the center out, lifting the roller at the end of the dough (rather than rolling back and forth). Roll to a 1/8-inch thickness.
• Have an 8- or 9-inch pie pan ready. The rolled dough should be at least 2 inches larger than your pie pan. Loosen from the rolling surface, fold in half, and place in the center of the pie pan. Unfold and gently work into the pan, pressing lightly. Trim any excess dough with a knife.

For the Filling: 
• Preheat the oven to 400°F.
• In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Let stand for approximately 15 minutes, or until juices form. Add the flour and mix.

To Assemble:
• Spoon the filling into the bottom crust and dot with margarine.
• Roll out the second ball of dough to form a 13-inch round circle. Drape over the filling.
• Seal the top and bottom crust edges together and trim any excess dough, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold under and crimp decoratively with a greased fork.
• Brush the pie with the soy milk. Combine the sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over the pie.
• Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven.
• Immediately reduce the temperature to 375°F. Bake for approximately 2 hours, or until the crust is golden brown, the apples are tender, and the filling is thick and bubbling. If the edges are browning too quickly, cover with foil.
• Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings

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Make sure BACK-TO-SCHOOL isn’t BACK-TO-CRUEL for your dog

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

The end of summer’s carefree days and a return to classes, schedules and after-school activities is an adjustment for everyone in the family—including our dogs. Being left alone while their families go to school or work is especially difficult for dogs because they are highly social pack animals who need and thrive on companionship. But by doing our “homework” now, we can help our canine companions beat the back-to-school blues.

Dogs can become anxious, depressed or withdrawn if kept isolated from the people they love for very long. That’s why, no matter how crazy our schedules are, it’s important to prioritize quality time with our canine family members.

If back-to-school means that your dog will be left alone during the day, come home on your lunch break to give your friend some much-needed attention, exercise and a chance to relieve him- or herself. If that isn’t an option, consider hiring a dog walker or a trusted neighbor.

Daily walks are like recess for dogs. They’re essential to dogs’ health and happiness because they help them burn off pent-up energy, give them a chance to see new sights, sniff the “news” on the fire hydrants and socialize with other dogs and people. Games of fetch and opportunities to run, bark and dig in a safe, fenced-in area are also important to dogs’ well-being.

A sense of predictability and having things to look forward to help dogs feel secure and cope with changes, so maintain a consistent schedule for feedings, outdoor breaks (a minimum of four times a day), playtime and walks. Dogs’ active minds need something to do, so giving them “puzzle” toys – which require them to work to dislodge a treat — and a variety of chew toys will help fill the long hours until your return.

Whatever you do, please don’t ever lock your best friend in a crate. Forcing dogs to spend every day in a box is like detention that never ends, and it’s extremely harmful, both physically and psychologically. According to animal behaviorist Paul Loeb and Suzanne Hlavacek in their book Smarter Than You Think, “Your dog is a social creature and doesn’t want to be isolated in a box any more than you would want to be isolated in a box. You see, dogs want the same things that we want: love, attention, good company, and good food. Not solitary confinement.”

Many dogs who are “crate-trained” develop separation anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and other behavioral issues. As Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University, explains, “For [some dogs with separation anxiety] crates are an imposition, a misery, and an obstacle to be overcome at the expense of broken teeth and fractured claws. Owners return home to find these dogs bug-eyed, in a frenzy, and salivating profusely, and may even come home to find the crate splattered with urine, feces, and/or blood.”

Some people lock up their pup in hopes of speeding up housetraining, but that’s like expecting a kindergartener to ace an algebra test on her first day of school—and then punishing her when she fails. Puppies can’t “hold it” for long because their bladders don’t fully develop until they are 4 to 6 months old, so accidents are inevitable. Dogs who repeatedly soil their crates often lose the urge to keep them clean, which prolongs the housetraining process. It’s much kinder (and more effective) to set puppies up for success by keeping a regular schedule of feedings, playtime and potty breaks and making sure that someone is there to let them out every few hours during the day.

Even if you haven’t been a perfect dog guardian in years past, it’s never too late to learn ways to take better care of your canine companion. By following this advice, you’ll be sure to ace Compassionate Dog Guardianship 101 this school year.

Doherty High grad does America proud! Go, Kevin Hogan, go!

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BATH, Maine – Kevin M. Hogan, a 1988 Doherty Memorial High School graduate and Worcester native, is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ship, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

Master Chief Petty Officer Kevin M. Hogan is the engineering department leading chief petty officer aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. Once the Zumwalt is commissioned, it will receive the familiar United States Ship (USS) designation and become USS Zumwalt.

Hogan said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, helping to build a crew and a ship from scratch, something he never expected to be doing just a couple years ago. He also said he is proud of the work he is doing to help commission and man one of the Navy’s newest ships. As a seasoned sailor with numerous responsibilities, Hogan said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. “I’ve grown up in the Navy,” said Hogan. “This ship is the perfect place for me to finish my career.”


Time to retire cruel, archaic monkey experiments!

By Justin Goodman
Most people are probably familiar with the infamous experiments conducted by Harry Harlow starting in the 1950s.

Harlow — whom author Laurel Braitman calls “a dark lord of monkey torture” in her new book, Animal Madness — tore newborn monkeys away from their mothers, gave some infants “surrogate mothers” made of wire and wood, and kept other traumatized babies in isolation in tiny metal boxes to cause them irreparable psychological damage.

They rocked incessantly, bit and clutched at themselves and ripped out their own hair. Some even died.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that these archaic experiments had already gone the way of transistor radios, Polaroid cameras, the Edsel and other ’50s-era relics, but similar experiments have continued for 30 years—and you’re still paying for them.

That’s what PETA discovered after obtaining more than 500 hours of videos, hundreds of photographs and many internal documents from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through a Freedom of Information Act request for which the agency unsuccessfully tried to charge PETA $100,000.
Terrorizing baby monkeys is archaic, morally reprehensible and completely irrelevant to our understanding and treatment of human mental illness, and it needs to stop.
Every year, dozens of monkeys are intentionally bred to be genetically predisposed to mental illness in the NIH laboratory of psychologist Steven Suomi, a Harlow protégé. Currently, some 200 monkeys of various ages are being used in these cruel and archaic studies.
Half of the monkeys born each year are separated from their mothers within hours of birth and never returned.

As in Harlow’s experiments, some are given only a fabric-covered bottle to cling to in place of their mother. They undergo years of terrifying and often painful experiments that are designed to cause them to suffer from severe anxiety, fear, depression and other physical and mental illnesses. A

As they age, some monkeys are forcibly addicted to alcohol, making their symptoms even worse. 
NIH videos obtained by PETA reveal that in recent experiments, newborn infants were restrained inside tiny cages and placed in isolation in “startle chambers.”

The experimenters terrified the babies with loud noises, causing them to cry out and try frantically to hide or escape.

In some trials, the experimenters released a realistic-looking electronic snake into the cage with the baby monkeys, who innately fear the reptiles.
In other experiments, infants were caged with their mothers, but the mothers were chemically sedated. The terrified babies screamed and cried, climbing onto and frantically shaking their unresponsive mothers.

In one case, experimenters can be heard laughing while a mother struggles to remain awake to comfort her distraught infant.
In a pathetic attempt to defend the barbaric project, NIH made the ludicrous statement that the laboratory is “not that different from a human nursery”! 
In the past seven years alone, these experiments have received $30 million in taxpayer money, even though they have never led to the development or improvement of treatments for human mental illness.

As far back as 1977, Suomi acknowledged, “Most monkey data that readily generalize to humans have not uncovered new facts about human behavior …” After four more decades of these useless experiments, nothing has changed. In a recent paper, Suomi and his colleagues wrote, “[T]his animal model of maternal separation has never been validated as a measure of drug efficacy in humans. … The only way to know definitively whether [anti-depressant drugs work] in humans would be to study our species.” 
Meanwhile, researchers who actually do study our species—conducting sophisticated brain imaging and other human-based research that actually benefits human health—struggle to find funding.
Respected researchers, mental health professionals and primate experts including Dr. Jane Goodall have joined PETA to urge NIH to end its maternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys and modernize its research program.
Technology has changed since the 1950s, and so has science. Just as doctors would no longer dream of endorsing cigarettes and parents would no longer buy radioactive science kits for their kids, it’s time for NIH to stop conducting and funding equally indefensible and archaic experiments on monkeys.

Check out the REC Farmers Markets in Worcester! Until November 1. Here are some photos …

… of the one outside the Worcester Youth CenterChandler Street, across from Foley Stadium.

Lowest prices for locally grown fruits and veggies of all farmers markets! The coolest, hippest workers – REC young people! They are into environmental justice, good food for ALL PEOPLE!

PLUS: Arts and crafts!

REC markets are the only farmers market in Worcester that accepts SNAP, WIC cards and senior citizen farmers markets coupons accepted. Ask about their buy-double-the-produce for your $$ special!

REC Farmers Markets have been a part of the Worcester scene for 20 years! Learn more at their website:    Click here to see it live!

The REC farmers market across from Foley Stadium runs every Monday and Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 2  p.m.

– R. Tirella






Hearty Saturday (or Sunday!!) morning omelet! by Chef Joey

InCity Yum Yums

By Chef Joey

1/4 cup olive oil
2 potatoes, peeled
4 slices bacon
2 slices cooked ham, diced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon Spanish seasoning –   Adobo or Saizon work great!

Slice edges off of potatoes so that potatoes are roughly square; thinly slice.

Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and lightly fry. Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon grease and cook ham, onion and red pepper. Remove from heat.

Beat together eggs and Spanish seasoning. Pour eggs into skillet with vegetables. Add bacon and potatoes. Cook over medium heat, without stirring until bottom begins to brown.

Turn omelet over and allow both sides to brown. Serve warm. or let set to room temp for a great snack – this can be cut into little squares when cooled for a fun app!

Back-to-school lunches! HEALTHY LUNCHES for all kids!!


Joey’s friends: this year everyone needs to eat well to look , feel and do their best in school!!!

By Chef Joey

There is a Christmas Carol (It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas) with a catchy line – “Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again” – Apparently that is the situation at hand.  Summer winding down, the list of summer events and parties winding down, grandparents in hiding for fear of impromptu babysitting again.  But there is another challenge that parents are facing that is becoming more and more prevalent: Healthy Lunch.

Let’s face it, we live in a land of convenience.  You can run to the market and get a precooked chicken, microwave veggies, and even mashed potato already mashed! The art of peeling and boiling a potato is lost – dicing up fresh veggies and a quick sauté – GONE.  School lunch was two pieces of bread – a nuclear sugar bomb wrapped in cellophane and a piece of fruit to share or throw.

Nowadays with morbid obesity facing society, some parents are taking practical steps towards nutrition.  Yogurt on the go – great idea – Most historical accounts attribute yogurt to the Neolithic peoples of Central Asia around 6000 B.C. Thank goodness for marketing! When was this stuff going to take off? Actually, commercial yogurt started around 1919. Isaac Carasso takes credit for this discovery in Barcelona and named the company Danone, for his son Little Daniel. The son took it to the next level in the Bronx in the 1940s and added fruit on the bottom. And Dannon still exists today!

Back to Lunch – There are certainly many shortcuts available. However, you pay in the end. Making healthy lunches can be rewarding and instructive to your child. Bringing a boring lunch can be done every day. We live in a society that has every nationality pooling together in the classroom and spilling over lunch. To quote another song “Let’s give them something to talk about!” Twists on standard fare can be turned into nutritious fare. For example, Grilled Cheese, BORING! Now for a healthier version of a grilled cheese has no butter and adds in turkey for extra protein!

Grilled cheese and Turkey 345 calories - Calorie breakdown: 2 slices whole-wheat bread: 180 calories, 3 slices deli turkey: 90 calories, 1 slice provolone: 70 calories, 1 small spritz olive-oil spray – 5 calories. Add a snack: 1 small apple (60 calories) No butter and Turkey for extra protein!

Another is a Pizza Burger – Using Veggie Burgers can go a long way for lunch, Beans are high in fiber and pack a good amount of protein, and are good for you. Even Hummus adds a new dimension to a sandwich or salad. Many people bring salads to work for lunch – Start younger!

Pizza Burger: 360 Calories – Calorie breakdown: 1 whole-wheat bun: 90 calories, 1 veggie burger patty: 100 calories, 2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese: 140 calories, 2 tablespoons marinara sauce: 40 calories. For a snack: 1 orange (85 calories).

Speaking of chickpeas …Spiced Chickpea Pita, without the fried chickpeas: 350 Calories Calorie breakdown: 1 whole-wheat pita: 80 calories, ½ a chicken breast: 100 calories, ¼ cup chickpeas: 70 calories, ¼ cup Greek yogurt: 30 calories, 1 sprinkle parsley: 1 calorie, 1 sprinkle oregano: 1 calorie. Then for a snack 1 large peach (70 calories).

Search the web, we live in a time when the access is so simple, have your kids make a list of their favorite foods then google a recipe., food network, cooking light…all these pages are informative and helpful.


Chef Joey!

And don’t forget the exercise! Kids run during the school year and walk to classes, but a 20-minute walk every day does the body good and might be a good time to talk about the day and create a “bonding time” because we all know kids break away. So the earlier a pattern is formed the better is lasts and can continue,  like the Sunday dinner with all the family.

We are all moving faster and doing more than we can keep up with. It all goes back to “Stop and smell the roses.”  The “roses” in this case being healthier eating and living, because one day you’re going to wish you did “stop and try the tofu.”  Let’s eradicate the obesity that has doubled in America since the 1970s and make this a healthy school year!