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Visit UNIQUE FINDS IN WEBSTER SQUARE TODAY!

They sell an abundance of πŸ’š: Vintage, industrial, bookcases, tableware, records (lps, 45s and 78s), CDs, guitars, antiques, neon signs, jewelry, collectibles, vintage toys, signs, prints, toy trucks and cars, comic books, lighting …

Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester

Open Mon. – Sat., 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(and some Sundays)

pics: Rose T.

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Sad 😒🎡: Animals pay dearly when euthanasia is “too expensive”

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pic: R.T.

By Teresa Chagrin

He was deaf, blind, elderly and emaciated. His fur was matted, his teeth were rotten and he was riddled with maggots inside and out,β€” even in both eye sockets. And yet, somehow, he was still alive β€” and in extreme distress. Last month, a good Samaritan found this dog, named Spunik, tethered to a utility trailer in the rain. His owners said that they left him outside “to die a natural death” because they didn’t have enough money to pay for euthanasia. His misery finally ended when police took him to a veterinarian.

Please don’t think that Spunik’s case is an isolated incident. Countless other animals have suffered and died slowly and in anguish when people who couldn’t β€” or wouldn’t β€” pay to have them euthanized took matters into their own hands. PETA’s own emergency response crew has helped provide innumerable animals with end-of-life dignity and relief when their guardians could not afford the cost of euthanasia.

This is one reason why open-admission shelters accept all animals β€” not just the ones who are adoptable and will help make their “saved” rates look good. After all, don’t all dogs and cats deserve to receive that final act of kindness?

Just before last Christmas, a South Carolina man reportedly held down and stabbed his sick cat because he couldn’t afford to pay for veterinary care. When the cat started kicking, he began slashing at the animal’s other side. In Wisconsin, a woman reportedly beat her dog over the head with a hammer multiple times in an attempt to kill her because she couldn’t afford the $50 fee to have her euthanized.

A Nebraska woman pleaded no contest to killing her 20-year-old dog by sealing the animal in a plastic storage bag. She had also attempted to remove a cyst by tying a guitar string around it and trying to cut it off β€” because she couldn’t afford to take the dog to a veterinarian.

Who is to blame in these cases? The owners, certainly β€” there is no excuse for letting sick or injured animals suffer or for cruelly killing them, and all animal guardians should be prepared to cover the cost of veterinary emergencies and euthanasia. Ensuring a good life and a painless death are obligations that come with caring for an animal.

But animal shelters are also to blame when they turn away animals in desperate need, refusing to provide those who are terminally ill, injured or geriatric with free euthanasia. Why do they do this? Because nowadays, they are under extreme pressure from people and groups clamoring for “life at any cost” policies. This pressure can also motivate them to charge fees to surrender unwanted animals, require people to get on a waiting list and make them feel guilty at the thought of dropping animals off at the shelter.

The demonization of open-admission shelters has become so intense that some people now won’t even consider taking an animal to one: Just last month, a Florida man allegedly used a kitchen knife to stab his 3-year-old pit bull to death because he “could not bring himself” to take the dog to the pound.

Every community needs to thank its lucky stars for the existence of any open-admission shelter that welcomes all animals regardless of health, age, temperament or any other factor, without restrictions. And people who care about animals shouldn’t be criticizing these caring, decent shelters but instead supporting them for helping animals who would otherwise face terrible suffering.

Caring veterinarians can help, too. Like the animal shelters, they didn’t cause this crisis, and some of the burden falls to them when shelters dodge their responsibilities. But just as human doctors roll up their sleeves to help during crises, veterinarians, too, should be ready to alleviate pain when there’s a need. Offering end-of-life relief at a nominal fee or pro bono and allowing guardians to set up payment plans could spare many animals untold misery.

No dog or cat should have to linger in agony like Spunik did. Guardians, shelters, veterinarians and anyone who cares about animals should work together to ensure that all animals have access to the care they need, including a painless end to their suffering when the time comes.

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And just because I’m remembering …

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pics: R.T.

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Visit Unique Finds in Webster Square this weekend for the best vintage/funky items (plus everything music!🎡❀) … Sold at the BEST PRICES in the city!

Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – drive past the Webster Sq. Shaws Plaza, the shopπŸ’™ is on the corner of Main and Henshaw streets …

Open Mon – Sat, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (some Sundays)

Pics: Rose T.

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Cece!❀❀ What are you doing in this post?!

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Unique Finds sells lamps, candelabra, candle holders, neon signs, chandeliers, cool lighting … Back at Rose’s shack: a cute pink Unique Finds lamp on her too busy bedstand by the bookcase…UF also sells bookcases, vintage wood crates, shelving…

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So glad Ron and Sue are BACK!πŸ’™

Pics+text: Rose T.

Yesterday they gave me this cool gift – my Christmas purse:

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Elvis, on the cusp of his drugs/donuts phase, but still sexy as hell! I can’t wait to sashay through lower Vernon Hill and Quinsig Village with this color pop during the holidays!

Thank you, my sweet friends!

Here are some other UNIQUE FINDS I photographed yesterday at …

Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester – Webster Square

Open Mon. – Sat., 2 – 8 p.m. (and some Sundays)

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Unique Finds Antique and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – Worcester

Open for business! ❀

Mon – Sat!πŸ€

BEST PRICES IN THE CITY!❀❀❀❀🎻

You name it, they got it! Yipee!🎡

text/pics: R.T.

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Lilac! What are you doing in this post?!

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And a happy belated birthday to Woody Gutherie!


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We can’t help ourselves …

Ron’s back! Yay!!!❀❀❀❀ Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop … plus guitars, lps, collectibles, vintage tableware, comic books, industrial and toys for sale … SHOP OPEN❀!!

1329 Main St.❀❀❀
Worcester, MA ❀❀❀
OPEN MON. – SAT.🎡🎡 Closed SundayπŸ˜₯

Visited my friends today (lookin’ good Ron!)! Took pics of some of the many “Unique Finds” in Ron and Sue’s shop!

Welome HOME, Ron!🎢🎢 – Rose T.

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GRATEFUL!

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Parlee!!🌺🌺🌺🌸🌸🌸

By Parlee Jones

Peace and Blessings Worcester People! Hoping you and yours are in the best of health – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Lots of stuff has been happening in our universe. Not all of it pleasant. Too much pain and suffering. One way to keep the negativity at bay is to count your Blessings or what you are Grateful for.

As Rosalie and InCity go through a transition and β€œCecilia” is born, I am honored to share what I am grateful for:
I am grateful that Rosalie has given me a vessel through which I can share the words that come into my head with you. I am grateful that she trusts me to speak my truth. Words hold power and being able to share my thoughts with my community is amazing. Thank you for your continued words of support and acknowledgement when we see each other in our travels!!!

I am grateful that I have both of my children home with me for the summer. You all know that they are my everything. I am so honored and humbled to watch Sha-Asia and Born as they venture on into their very own lives. Adding new people to our village for me to love and learn and grow with. Each on a very distinct journey that belongs to only them, but, yet, still connected.

I am grateful to have an income to pay for the necessities of life … shelter, food, clothing, electric, gas, phone, cable. All things we take for granted, but, trust me, there are people walking around without a dime to their name and no clue where the next dollar is coming from. You may not like what you are doing for work right now, but trust me when I say be grateful for that income.

I am grateful that I have people in my life that love me. I am always talking about my village. I am so thankful to have so many amazing folks that I have met and can call “friend.” Can call for advice, to vent, to go and whine/wine to. I can call them when I need a hug or to go for ice cream, or to meet at the park. And if I don’t see them for a few months, we can just pick up where we left off. No awkwardness, just understanding that we all have a life to live and happy to have some time together.

I am grateful for me. I am grateful for the life lessons that have brought me to this point in my life. I am happy to be alive. To have full capacity of my mind, body … To be in a place where I can know and understand why my ways and actions speak louder than words. To have the wisdom to know and understand my culture and power. To see my equality through the goddess in me.

Thank you for listening.

Peace!!!

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Mark your calendars!! Two terrific Worcester music festivals for you!🎡❀

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By Parlee Jones

The Summer Gospel Fest 2017

Free!

Hosted by Spiritually Fabulous Ministries

Saturday, August 5

Institute Park 1 pm to 8 pm

Spiritually Fabulous Ministries’ Summer Gospel Fest is orchestrated to bring diverse groups of artists, individuals, groups, cultures, race and communities together to enjoy the melodious sound of gospel music, good food, free activities and giveaways, provide free services and resources – and more.

Friends, in order to help make our 2017 festival a huge success…we need your help!

Michelle Memnon is the founder of Spiritually Fabulous Ministries and the Summer Gospel Fest.

Asked what inspired her to do the Gospel Fest and she says, β€œI received a vision from God to host a gospel festival to bring all walks of life together to fellowship via music.”

What can the community expect at Gospel Fest?

Michelle says, β€œPeople will enjoy a family friendly experience, as well as enjoying music from various faith based ministries. People can also enjoy good food, vendors, free giveaways and fellowshipping with diverse groups.”

To become a sponsor, volunteer or vendor for the Summer Gospel Fest please contact the Event Specialist listed below. The Event Specialist is none other than Ms. Michelle Memnon herself. She is the CEO/Founder/Visionary of Spiritually Fabulous Ministries. Email is info@spirituallyfabulous.com and the website is www.spirituallyfabulous.com

Spiritually Fabulous Ministries’ is a networking ministry designed to connect God’s people of all races, backgrounds and beliefs. The goal is to uplift individuals’ spirits and help folks establish a closer relationship with God.

“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
~ Psalm 133:1

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Worcester Caribbean American Carnival

Free!

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Hosted by the Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association

Sunday, August 27

Institute Park (Parade from Chandler & Park Avenue, down Park Avenue to Institute Park)

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I have had the pleasure of being a judge for this high-energy, amazing Carnival, having the best seat in the house to see the competing bands!! Bands with names like D’Midas, Camo Band, Soca and Associates and Boston Socaholics presenting themes like Elements of Life and Space Fantasy, Bijoux Glitz & Glamour and Welcome to the Jungle!

I look forward to what will come this year!🎡🎢

Since 2013 the WCACA has been bringing this wonderful energy to Worcester.

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The inspiration for creating the Caribbean American Carnival was the board’s motivation – we wanted to share our culture and create a legacy for the generations to come.

We feel that shared cultures create a community and civic engagement. We found that as Caribbean Americans in Central Massachusetts, we did not have an outlet or connection locally.

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester (County) has approximately 93,000 Caribbean immigrants, which makes up about 13% of our county’s population! We act as a gateway organization to the Caribbean immigrants and their families!

Our event welcomes in excess of 20,000 to the city – which is an unprecedented attendance at a one day culturally based event! Especially directly serving a primarily minority demographic, here in Worcester!

As we grow and evolve, we hope to welcome more participation by the Worcester Community.❀

We would love for Central Massachusetts to be better represented in all aspects of the event.😌

We have continued to expand our programming throughout the year, including our annual holiday party, kid’s jamboree, and our gala.

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We have been a registered nonprofit, 501(c)3, since 2013. People may not know but we are responsible for all expenses to the city in the execution of our event. Our police detail costs alone are in excess of $6,000 for the carnival. We are a grassroots organization and we have to fundraise in order to support our mission. By definition as a nonprofit, our organization utilizes all funds generated through our events to support our annual programming. We depend on the support of the community, generosity of corporate sponsors and our own board members.

From the GREEN HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION … and … Come to their FREE COMMUNITY PICNICπŸ” August 5!

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The GREEN HILL NEIGHBORHOOD … A Neighborhood of Culture, diversity and Charm!

Working Towards a Caring, Clean and Safe Community!

More People, More Voices, More Power within our Neighborhood!

Dear friends,

Winter is finally behind us, summer is here and we are ready to build upon the successes of 2017 in the Lincoln Street neighborhoods.

We can see the fruits of hard work realized!

🌼 The renovation and grand opening of Grant Square Park last year with a beautiful Basketball Court and playground for the kids in the neighborhood.

🌷 A new gymnasium at Saint Bernard’s Church

🌺 New sidewalks and trees on Lincoln Street

🌹 This year, for the first time, we had a leadership class for our neighborhood parents given by Worcester Community Connection/University of Connecticut which graduated 18 prospective community leaders!

πŸ’ Earth Day 2017 brought out many more volunteers than usual. Instead of two clean up sites- we had 5! Cleaning up our neighborhood!

πŸ€ Our community garden sponsored by UMass Memorial Hospital and the REC currently has a waiting list.

🌊 This summer one of our greatest accomplishments is Recreation Worcester at Grant Square Park funded by the City of Worcester! This FREE KIDS SUMMER PROGRAM provides all day food and refreshments for children ranging from 7 to 13 years old.🌞🌞🌞

The park will be staffed by trained/paid youth workers who will facilitate sports, literacy and arts to all the kids in attendance.

🐰 We have more police presence in the neighborhood.

We are requesting donations so we can continue our work in the community and to prepare for our successful annual community cook out which will he held on August 5th.

This year is our 5th annual picnic for the Greenhill Neighborhood Association – without your donation this could not be possible.

You see we are dedicated to preserving and improving our community so that it is safe and welcoming for all. We do this by coming together each year at our community neighborhood cookout and our monthly meetings.

The cook out brings out residents, neighbors, churches, businesses organizations, social service providers our Lt. Governor, City Manager, Mayor, City and State elected officials and the Lincoln Street Business Association, The Worcester Police and Fire Department participate with the hope of building an understanding to work together to strengthen the Lincoln Street neighborhood community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Winnie A. Octave at winifred.octave@yahoo.com or Deb Bolz

Sincerely,

Winifred A. Octave and Deb Bolz

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Come to the Grant Square Park Picnic!

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Edith and Guy are a huge (loving) force in the Green Hill neighborhood!🌺 pic: R.T.

Picnic – FREE TO ALLπŸ’œ!

Saturday, August 5

❀ 1p.m.to 4 p.m.

Grant Square Park (corner of Windsor and Northampton streets, off Lincoln Street)

(rain date August 6)

Free food!

Fun for kids! Worcester Fire Truck! The Horses of the Worcester Police Department Mounted Unit!

Music!

Raffle!

Agency tables with important info for you and your family!

Come, volunteer or donate!

Contact debrabolz@charter.net or winifred.octave@yahoo.com for info or to help.

Lucindaβ€πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›