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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:


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)

















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

Open for business! ❀

Mon – Sat!πŸ€


You name it, they got it! Yipee!🎡

text/pics: R.T.











Lilac! What are you doing in this post?!



And a happy belated birthday to Woody Gutherie!


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.















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.



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


By Parlee Jones

The Summer Gospel Fest 2017


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 and the website is

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


Worcester Caribbean American Carnival



Hosted by the Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association

Sunday, August 27

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


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.


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.


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.



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 or Deb Bolz


Winifred A. Octave and Deb Bolz

Come to the Grant Square Park Picnic!

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

Picnic – FREE TO ALLπŸ’œ!

Saturday, August 5

❀ 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!



Agency tables with important info for you and your family!

Come, volunteer or donate!

Contact or for info or to help.


On the grandest of AmericanπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ daze, we ask ourselves …

… do we want this man – Worcester City Councilor Michael Gaffney – to be mayor of Worcester???!😱😱😱😱😱😱

How long before his actions ape this ape’s?:

Donald Trump, President of the United States (really!), enemy of a free press and Michael Gaffney’s role model.

We need to stop – seriously! – Gaffney and his wife, D 4 city councilor candidate Coreen Gaffney (just as politically lethal as her husband, once you pay attention oh so closely!), from having a greater say in Worcester govt than tney already do!

Do not give them your votes this fall! Please!

Watching the drippy-duo plant flowers today in Worcester …

pics: R.T.

– a cheap political stunt – after watching them for FOUR YEARS sow hatred, racial prejudice, lies and twisted half truths in our community – for mere political gain – was sickening. Not uplifting.

Showering Worcester with flowers after showering her with toxic words, FB posts, speeches, votes and videos for four years ain’t gonna cut it, Michael. People remember your lies, your cynicism, your putrid world view…


Every Mike Gaffney political move mirrors some Donald Trump political move. On a hyper-local level, of course, but you still get the same Trump talking points, the same Trump egomania, the same Trump disregard for … people. Depressing.

– Text+pics by Rosalie Tirella


We hear the nail guns as we drive by … we look to the side and see …

… all the new downtown Worcester apartments going up.

CM Ed Augustus is gambling big time that his urban vision and actions will fly. …
yesterday, downtown Worcester

It all makes me a little nervous – so different from the downtown Worcester dynamics I knew as a little kid – bustling and diverse but in a very organic, local, store-by-store fashion. But, hey, we’re a little deprived here, in this Gateway City! We needed to do something to revive our moribund downtown!



If building a ton of market-rate apartments and filling them with well heeled folks is the answer to our problems – even though it feels a little artificial – I HOPE IT WORKS OUT! I hope all THE STORES AND RESTAURANTS AND BOUTIQUES AND HOO HA FOLLOW!! And survive in a tough, cheapskate Woo economy!



Yes, we seem to have a fed/state government-subsidized downtown, the latest urban renewal fad, and for me that is scary! I don’t trust the govt!πŸ˜‰But IF IT WORKS OUT GREAT, I will drink the downtown Koolaid! I WILL BE SOOOO HAPPY!❀❀

CM and chamber leaders: please! Don’t forget the stores and places for us natives! The hoi polloi of Green Island, Vernon Hill, Main South! I would love to be able to grocery shop/shop at a Trader Joe’s or a Target. Good stuff cheap. People – even richer ones – need to shop beyond boutiques! They want places to get day to day goods and food – at affordable prices. IKEA calling?!?! And a restaurant that doesn’t sell their bowls of mac ‘n’ cheese for 10 bucks!! would be nice…homemade but affordable for this working class gal!


I would also like to see FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES FOR ALL IN OUR DOWNTOWN! This would help the people in my ‘hood immensely!

Still, it’s great to drive by all the building and brrr brrr brrr!! noise and see a downtown I can no longer recognize…a revitalized downtown Worcester?????


Text+pics: Rose T.

P.S. I could listen to Rod sing to me all day!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

This just in from the Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society


The Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society strongly condemns Monsignor F. Stephen Pedone’s solicitation of buyers for the historic building.

The announcement that Msgr. Pedone is actively marketing the property follows the abrupt shuttering of the parish last year, absent the required formal decree from Bishop Robert Joseph McManus.

The Vatican is currently hearing an active appeal on behalf of parishioners protesting Bishop McManus’ decision to close Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish, which remains consecrated.

Attorney Brody Hale states that β€œas the Diocese of Worcester’s chief canon lawyer, Msgr. Pedone has consistently misinterpreted canon law throughout the course of events relating to the closure of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”

Under canon law, Msgr. Pedone may consider no offer on the property until that appeal is concluded.

Msgr. Pedone has refused to consider any plan of action other than the demolition of the church, despite the community’s commitment to meet the financial and material requirements to preserve the building.

The Society is receptive to the sale of most of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish property, so long as the church itself remains preserved and consecrated Roman Catholic sacred space.

Mrsgr. Pedone has failed to respond to any proposal made by the Society.

Counselor Hale notes that in doing so, Pedone ignores the success of numerous similar arrangements that have allowed the preservation of dozens of Catholic sacred spaces throughout the United States and Canada.

The Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society denounces Msgr. Pedone’s unnecessary and inflexible commitment to the sale and destruction of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The members of the parish maintain their willingness to work with Pedone, the Diocese of Worcester, and the Magisterium to preserve the building and the community.

On behalf of the Society, local businessman Mauro DePasquale commented: β€œClosing the Church is unjust. The unilateral treatment employed by the Monsignor and the Diocesan leadership is discouraging the faithful. Our beloved Church is a central part of Worcester’s Immigrant history, especially of its Italian Americans. We need to stand tall together to save this iconic building, one of Massachusetts’ top seven most endangered historic resource and architectural treasure.”

Mauro DePasquale, President