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In back of Worcester City Hall! This Thursday! CONCERT AND FARMERS MARKET!


It’s BACK!




First concert and farmers mARKET THIS THURSDAY!

Local farmers selling their veggies, bread, eggs and other goodies!

Local crafters selling their art!

Be there! And enjoy … Great live music to shop to or just enjoy while eating lunch at one of the picnic tables topped off with huge, colorful umbrellas!

The City of Worcester does summer right and gets pretty, healthy and musical!

June 18 – August 20 

… every Thursday!

11 am – 2 pm 

… on the Worcester Common!

Each week will provide a new band and different farmers, crafters and vendors!

The schedule:

June 25 –  The Curtis Mayflower

July 2 – The EJMAC Project

July 9 – The Sonic Explorers

July 16 – Boombox

July 23 – Dale LePage & The Manhattans

July 30 – Farmers Union Players

August 6 – Grupo Fantasia

August 13 – Matthew Sanchez y su Orquesta

August 20 – The Drunken Uncles

This Saturday Worcester Food Truck Festival! This Sunday! Downtown Worcester! Another fab road race! Our Main Street finally comes alive!!!

WOW! This weekend!

Another great weekend for Worcester coming up! So affordable! So kid friendly! So community building!


Elm Park

Worcester Food Truck festival!

$5 gets you in! Kids 12 and under – free admission!

Last year ELM PARK WAS SWAMPED with kids and their parents and couples!!! A true family celebration! Enjoy the park’s huge cool sculptures, too! Yes, a few have been damaged, BUT THE WORCESTER SPIRIT transcends the setbacks! There are 24 WONDERFUL SCULPTURES still whole and perfect! The others to be resurrected! 

Show your support for public art!

Head off on Saturday to the WORCESTER FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL!

THIS Sunday, June 21

Run Worcester!

The Worcester Common!

Run downtown Woo! Savor the center of our city!!!!

Be a part of this city-wide, very cool event that we love CUZ IT GETS A TON OF PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN WORCESTER , it is accessible to ALL runners/walkers – is a Worcester road race that celebrates our city core!

Head to the WORCESTER FOOD TRUCK on Saturday at Elm Park! Run/jog/walk off all those food truck sandwiches and goodies at the RUN WORCESTER! road race!

Enjoy the after race party, drinks, food!

Blue, very COOL LOOKING race MEDALS OF DOWNTOWN Worcester to be given out!

RACE information from the website below!

If you click on blue colored words and yellow blocks, you can get to the website and register for the downtown Worcester race and learn more!


Worcester Running Festival Overview
Sunday, June 21, 2015




Save $35 on TWO half marathon special offer.
You can add the Narragansett Bay half marathon in East Providence on july 19, 2015 for an additional $25!
both races will have chip timing and finisher’s medallions. Select the race option for both half marathons when registering at either website for this double option offer. for details on the narragansett bay half marathon. A hotel special is also available!



Register Now


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: National Grid


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Start Time: 7:15 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: Bay State Savings Bank 

Onsite Registration, Race Number & T-Shirt Pickup

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 (day before race)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:National Grid Sustainability Hub 912 Main Street Worcester MA, 01610
Entry fees for onsite registration on 6/14/2015: $70 for the Half Marathon, $33 for the 5K Run/Walk and $20 for the Youth 1K.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015 (day of race)
Time: 6:00 AM to 15 minutes before race start
Location: The Common in Downtown Worcester, MA. Next to City Hall.
Race Day fees are $75 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the 5K Run/Walk and $20 for the Youth 1K.

Sorry no refunds.
Please no running with baby strollers and no dogs are any other pets alllowed. Walking with baby strollers is allowed only in the 5k event.


Prize Structure: Half Marathon & 5K
Individual Awards:
Top 3 Open Men/Women (age 39 and under)
Winner Men/Women (age 40-49)
Winner Men/Women (age 50-59)
Winner Men/Women (age 60-69)
Winner Men/Women (age 70+)
Teams Awards will be awarded to the top teams.

Youth race.
Top 3 boys and girls. (Must be 14 or under to run the youth run.




Safety & Other Information

Aid stations, bathrooms, water, power drinks, and gels will be available along the race course. Participants with baby joggers may walk only in the 5k. No running with baby joggers allowed. Participants with baby joggers must also line up at the back for the start for safety reasons. 3.5 hour limit on the half marathon. No dogs or pets alowed in any of the races. Sorry no refunds.

Register Now


Al-fresco breakfast any time of the day/nite at the Bouly on Shrewsbury Street!

Jimmy and Lisa just this week set out these pretty, umbrella-topped tables outside their Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street! Italian comfort food al-fresco, meaning, in my late dad’s mother tongue: IN THE FRESH!!! Air, of course! Pancakes and scrambled eggs … al fresco! Blueberry muffins and orange juice – al fresco! Brilliant! … Why not enjoy a homemade, amazing Italian breakfast in the summer breeze? Why not dive into your veggie omelette outside the diner that never sleeps? (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!) And savor the Bouly’s Italian-American comfort food, like homemade Lasagna and homemade Eggplant Parmesan  … under the stars!


Visit the “Bouly” NOW and meet some of the freshest, nicest, down to earth people in Worcester!  Love THIS Italian famiglia!        – R. Tirella



REC Farmers Market OPENS tomorrow, Sat., June 13


Tomorrow! Saturday, June 13

REC Main South Farmer’s Market

Central Branch YMCA in Main South – Fuller Family Park

9:30 am – 1 pm

Arts and crafts

Live music

Free kids activities

Free yoga …

Fresh AFFORDABLE veggies

Fresh AFFORDABLE fruit

Fresh eggs

and more yumminess! ALL AFFORDABLE and locally sourced!

FOOD JUSTICE now! SNAP, WIC, Senior Citizen farmers market coupons accepted!


The schedules for REC’s other WORCESTER farmers markets …

At REC we offer farmers’ markets 6 days each week at locations throughout Worcester from mid-June through the end of October.

Come join our farmers on:

Saturdays at our Main South Market

Mondays & Fridays at our Beaver Brook Market

and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays join our Mobile Farmers Market at 15 different locations throughout Worcester!

What makes REC Community Farmers Markets different?

When you shop REC Community Farmers Markets, you are not only enjoying the freshest local food, you are supporting local farmers, supporting jobs for local youth, and helping your neighbors gain access to healthy, fresh & affordable food! Shop REC & Support Our Community!

All markets offer fresh, affordable, locally grown veggies, fruit, meats & eggs. Some markets offer baked goods, prepared foods & artisanal crafts.


EVERY SATURDAY – REC Main South Farmers Market

June 13th – October 31st 2015

YMCA Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave, Worcester
(behind Central Community Branch YMCA)
Free kids’ activities, live music and art, crafts and prepared foods for sale, in addition to veggies, fruit, meats & eggs.
Plenty of free off-street parking
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

EVERY MONDAY & FRIDAY – REC Beaver Brook Farmers Market

JUNE 15th – OCTOBER 30th 2015

9:30 AM-2 PM

Beaver Brook Park, 306 Chandler St, Worcester
(across from Foley Stadium)
Plenty of free off-street parking.
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.


REC Mobile Farmers Market (check out our BIG BLUE VEGGIE MOBILE – with solar powered fridge & freezer!)

June 16th – October 29th
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

I was going to rerun this column …

… about my late father for Father’s Day in this issue of InCity Times, which hits stands tomorrow. But I didn’t print it because I don’t love it as much as I used to…Anyways, here ’tis.

– R.T.

On seeing my father

By Rosalie Tirella

Ever since my father died (about two months ago), I’ve been seeing him every where. When he was alive, he made about 1,000 entrances in my family’s life. Married with kids but not wanting to be married with kids, my father lived with my mother, two sisters and me some months and was Missing in Action (MIA) during others. He was as tentative as the junk yard dogs he loved so much (and owned).

Some of his entrances were comical – like the time he waltzed into our Lafayette Street apartment with some Frank Sinatra LPs and sang “I Did it My Way” to me. My mother had sent him out for a loaf of bread!

But most of his entrances were cruel, small, mean. He made my sisters, my mother and me cry and succeeded at that so well that we eventually learned to … simply dismiss him — cut him out of our world the way you cut the bruise out of an apple. We went on with our lives, worked around our peripatetic “Daddy.” My mother held down a 60-hr-week job to pay the bills, we kids went to school, held after-school jobs, applied to colleges. My father popped in – for weeks or months.

Very confusing.

Then, after all these years, my father died in the nursing home two months ago. And Bingo! He’s now larger than life for me – omnipresent, so to speak.

As I drive around Worcester selling ads for my newspaper, InCity Times, with the radio blaring and paperwork to the side of me, I see him. I’m eight years old; my sisters are six. It’s Easter afternoon and my father strides into our Green Island flat, chomping on a big cigar. My mom has my two sisters and me sitting in our three little kiddie rocking chairs waiting for her to get dressed. We’re going to Easter Mass! We wear new pastel dresses with butterflies embroidered on them. My mother “set” our hair the night before, and now our straight brown hair bounces happily around our faces in “baloney curls.” In my father strides, enraged. We had not seen him for almost … forever. We did not know from which land he strode – not the sweet and holy world that my mother and grandmother had created in our apartment, a world filled with prayers to the saints, rosary beads, homework papers, rules and pet hamsters! Was my father going to hurt anybody this time, I asked myself?

No! He was going to have his picture taken with the Easter Bunny! God love my wonderful, hopeful, dreamy mother, she had my father sit in the grown up rocking chair in the kitchen. She would put the big, vinyl Easter Bunny she had bought at the five and ten and blown up (to our merriment) near the rocking chair where he sat. Then she told us little kids to “sit on Daddy’s lap.” We would all say “cheese” on the count of three! It would be a great Easter picture!

I was only eight but thought my mother mad. No, I would not get on Daddy’s lap! No, I would not be in the Easter Bunny picture. My sisters – twins and safe in their look-a-likeness – happily clambered atop my father. Then my mother lifted her little Brownie camera, peered through the little viewer and said, “One two! Say Cheese!” and snapped the picture.

Today I look at the square little photo from the ’60s and see two little gangly girls in pretty dresses in baloney curls looking exactly alike and smiling widely. Each one straddles one of my father’s legs. The bottoms of their dresses fan out over my father’s lap. And there’s my 30-something father; he’s wearing a striped muscle shirt. His hands are on my sisters’ knobby knees and he stares into the camera, looking … trapped. His rugged handsomeness blows me away! When I was a little girl he seemed the ugliest person in the world!

When I’m on the road, I look out of my car window and think I catch my father’s eyes. But it’s just some old man.
“He’s dead!” I tell myself angrily and shake my head as if to shake out the images of him. Then four or so hours later I see my father walking down Shrewsbury Street (his favorite street) and I have to remind myself all over again.

When my father was diagnosed with cancer, he was not living with my mother and us. Mom had stopped giving him second and third chances a decade ago. My sisters and I had moved out of the apartment in pursuit of higher education/careers. So it was a shock to see him walking past the fish and chips joint on Grafton Street, red-faced, his nylon jacket unzipped, billowing out behind him. He wore no shirt that raw, autumn day and he looked dazed. Then there was his neck: as big as a basketball. The lymphoma had set in.

And yet my father went walking around Worcester – his hometown that he seldom traveled outside of –as if nothing unusual had happened. It was one of my aunt’s – his sister – who had found him in his mother’s old house, lying in the darkness, and said: “Bill, you’ve got to go the hospital.” And then he did – quietly and with some grace – because he knew he was dying.

Sometimes I look out my car window and see my father after the cancer ravaged him. I see a helpless old man – my father after the chemo-therapy, the radiation, the blood transfusions. The chemo treatment took all his curly thick hair away and left him with silver, wispy locks my aunt would cut in a bowl shape. Gone was all his wild, curly red hair that rode high above his already high forehead in some grand pompadour, the wild “do” that lead my feisty old Grandma (she was my mother’s mom and lived with us and loathed my father) to nickname him: “The Red Devil.”

Run, devil, run! There you are standing outside the Commerce Building on Main Street, waiting for the bus. There you are walking out of the Millbury Street fruit store, eating a juicy plum and throwing the pit into the gutter. There you are eating the same juicy plum over our Lafayette Street kitchen sink, my sweet mother looking absolutely smitten by you. You have no time for dishes, meals served on plates. Family sit-down meals are not part of your universe. “Gotta get outta here!” you used to say. “Here” being: our Green Island flat, poverty, a wife, three kids, responsibility.

You want to leave – I can tell. But I just can’t let you go, Daddy.

Tasty summer desserts!


Looking for delicious vegan treats to take to your next picnic or barbecue? Both of the outstanding recipes below have been field-tested by PETA staff and are sure to be a hit during any season!

Coconut Heaven Cupcakes


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup coconut milk (we use light coconut milk)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup nonhydrogenated margarine at room temperature
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 cup unsweetened coconut

• Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
• Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
• In a separate bowl, combine the oil, coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla.
• Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
• Fold in the unsweetened coconut.
• Fill each muffin tin about two-thirds full.
• Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. The cupcakes should be slightly browned around the edges and spring back when touched. Remove them from the muffin tin and place on a cooling rack.
• Frost the cupcakes once they have completely cooled. You can sprinkle a little more unsweetened coconut on top, if you like, or put a berry on them for a little color.

• Cream the margarine until light and fluffy.
• Add the coconut milk and vanilla and combine.
• Add the sifted icing sugar and mix until smooth (use an electric mixer unless you’re a masochist).
• Add the unsweetened coconut and combine.
• Refrigerate until ready to use.

Summer Fruit Tart
2 cups crushed vegan cinnamon cookies (such as Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies) or graham crackers
1/2 (fairly large) banana
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. molasses
1 1/2 tsp. fresh shredded ginger or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger (optional)

1 banana
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar

Sliced fresh tropical fruit (such as 3 kiwi fruits and a handful of kumquat and mixed berries)

• Crush the vegan cinnamon cookies (use a food processor or seal the cookies inside two zip-close bags and crush with a rolling pin).
• Blend the banana, cinnamon, molasses, and ginger (if you want a little extra kick) until smooth.*
• Slowly add in the cookie crumbs until evenly mixed throughout (should be just enough to moisten the crumbs).
• Press the crust mixture into a 9-inch to 10-inch pie pan or plate.

*These directions are for a moister, chewier crust. If you prefer a crunchy, crumbly crust, use a whole banana and bake the finished crust for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350°F (be sure to do this before you add the filling).

• Blend the banana, cinnamon, and brown sugar (to taste). Tip: If you would like the filling to be a little thicker, add a pinch or two of cornstarch (but keep in mind that the filling will get a little thicker on its own just by chilling in the fridge).
• Spread the mixture evenly on top of the crust, leaving about a 1/2-inch margin of crust around the edge of the dish.

• Arrange the sliced kiwifruit and berries on top of the filling.
• Sprinkle the tart with kumquat juice (or try citrus or pineapple juice) and serve at room temperature or chilled.


Tweet! Tweet! A little birdie told us Allen Fletcher recently bought this chunk of land in Kelley Square …


.. for around a million bucks. You know the piece of land (pictured above) – it sorta juts out into Kelley Square. It’s the piece of no-man’s land on the corner of Water and Green streets. Mostly used for parking these days …

Should be interesting to see how Allen reinvents the property!

Allen works fast!

He’ll probably have workmen (and workwomen, we hope!) at the site by next year, digging and bulldozing away!


Here’s Allen’s chance to shine! Come through for people who aren’t the latte-drinking, beer-guzzling or narcissistic poseurs who seem to have taken over my old (and present) hood! So fake! So phony! Most have a talent for nothing  … except blatant self-promotion! It’s manipulative … not real. Just public relations. No one is anyone’s friend in the true, warts-and-all sense. Such garbage!


Get back to our roots!

Build up the neighborhood by creating a building/complex/NEW world to draw in:

Children/youth. They could use a branch library or an after-school center in your new space!

The families in the area, many without cars or a lot of dough. They could use a community health center in your new building. A YMCA branch, perhaps?

A CVS would be terrific! We need a pharmacy in the hood!

We need a bank branch, too!

A supermarket or TRADER JOE’S open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, with normal working person’s hours and AFFORDABLE stuff and amenable to WIC, SNAP cards and the folks who have them (cuz they are poor) IS DESPERATELY NEEDED here!  Has been for YEARS!

If you put in housing, besides the retail, PLEASE make 30% of it affordable! 

MAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD TRULY DIVERSE AND LIVELY, Allen! Make it more than a haven for preppy young or want-to-be-young bar flies.

Create a vibrant day scene, by putting in families and kids and the more mundane stuff that keeps them doing stuff … create a neighborhood that HUMS during the day!!

You’re a good guy who doesn’t want to exclude folks, a guy who doesn’t want to see the neighborhood become a one-trick pony (barsville). That’s BORING! And you pride yourself on reinvention and risk! PERSONAL GROWTH.

Good luck in your new endeavor! and … DO THE RIGHT THINGS!

– Rosalie!

A few celebratory pics! … and news from the Worcester Latino Education Institute …




Above: photos from Scholarship Night for Latino Scholars – awards ceremony held at Franklin Manor restaurant, Saturday night, May 30.


Exploring my Environment: A Collaboration between the LEI, Worcester State University and the Worcester Public Schools

With support from the [Worcester] Latino Education Institute staff, teachers from Burncoat Middle School, and Worcester State Univerity’s Dr. Sebastián Veléz of the Biology Department and Dr. Eihab Jaber of the Chemistry Department, Burncoat Middle School students have been participating in a program to increase awareness about their their environment using hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities.

The focus areas are:

self identity

career options in the sciences

… and environmental topics in transportation choices, waste management, recycling, and natural resources.

Students have been doing hands-on activities and experiments focusing on ecosystems, climate change, life cycles, ecological footprints, and living a sustainable life.

The students are learning about how these environmental concepts intersect with urban life and development.

The program supports learning with field trips and participation in a community service day.

A final project will demonstrate student learning and engages students in solving a community problem using scientific methods that they have learned over this 20-week program.


Explorando el medio ambiente
Una colaboración entre el LEI, Worcester State University y las escuelas públicas de Worcester

Con el apoyo de un equipo de colaboración entre LEI, maestras de Burncoat Middle School y el Dr. Sebastián Veléz del Departamento de Biología, así como del Dr. Eihab Jaber del Departamento de Química en Worcester State University, estudiantes de Burncoat Middle School han estado participando de un campamento de concientización sobre el impacto que tiene el medio ambiente en sus vidas, a través de su participación en actividades interactivas de STEM.  Las áreas de enfoque incluyen desde su autoidentidad, hasta orientación sobre profesiones dentro de las ciencias, y temas sobre el medio ambiente, entre los cuales se tratan, el tema de opciones para la transportación cotidiana, el reciclaje de basura, y la preservación de recursos naturales..  Como parte de este programa, en adición, los estudiantes toman cursos en biología y química. Este programa es en sí, una oportunidad para que el estudiante pueda explorar el campo de las ciencias con la asistencia de profesores de WSU.

Por su parte, los estudiantes llevan a cabo actividades interactivas, así como experimentos, los cuales se enfocan en tópicos tales como ecosistemas, cambios climáticos, ciclos biológicos de vida, y cómo lograr vivir en un entorno ecoviable.  Por ende, los estudiantes están aprendiendo cómo estos conceptos establecen una conexión entre su vida y el desarrollo urbano que los rodea a través de excursiones y la participación en un día de servicio comunitario (Earth Day) durante las vacaciones de abril.

Al final del programa, los estudiantes contarán con la oportunidad de tener una exposición oral sobre lo que han aprendido durante el transcurso de su experiencia en este campamento a través de metodología científica adquirida durante su transcurso por un período de veinte semanas.


A Word from our Students!
íUna palabra de nuestros estudiantes!

“I like [the program] because it has activities… We get to do stuff I don’t do in my house!” – Cecilia, 7th Grade

“Me gusta [el programa] porque hay actividades… Podemos hacer cosas que no hago en casa!” – Cecilia, 7 Grado

“People can learn about fossils and animals they’ve never seen.”  -Saif, 8th Grade

“Se puede aprender sobre fósiles y animales que nunca ha visto.” – Saif, 8 Grado

“I really like the staff members.  They’re always here and ready and make things fun.” – Irianis, 8th Grade

“Me gusta mucho el equipo de trabajo.  Siempre están aquí y listos para hacer que las cosas sean divertidas.”  Irianis, 8 Grado