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The days are winding down … Visit the REC farmers markets before it’s too late!


… in Main South (Saturdays 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.) in the cute little park (Fuller Family Park) behind the YMCA Main South branch, on Main Street …

… and across the street from Foley Stadium, Chandler Street, Monday and Friday mornings …

also, there’s the REC mobile farmers market BLUE VAN!

and … the Oread Street community garden!

Here are some photos of the coolest young folks in town, working to make great, fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits available to ALL WORCESTER PEOPLE – especially those folks who may not have a lot of dough and/or live in the inner-city. SNAP, WIC, senior citizen farmers market coupons accepted at all REC sites!

Education a specialty! Ask farmers and REC staff for information about gardening in the inner-city, cooking, preserving your produce and more!!   To learn more, visit their great website:


– R. Tirella








DAYS AND TIMES of the REC mobile farmers market blue van!



128 Providence Street

9 am – 10:30 am

  • Elm Park Towers (WHA)

426 Pleasant Street

11 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Family Health Center of Worcester

26 Queen Street (Behind Building)

1 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Lincoln Village

Parking lot between 40 & 50 Pleasant Valley Drive

3 PM – 4:15 PM

  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

19 Tacoma Street

4:30 PM – 6 Pm



11 Lake Avenue

8 am – 9:30am

  • Webster Square Towers

1050 – 1060 Main Street (Behind Building)

10 AM – 11:30 am

  • Seven Hills Foundation*

81 Hope Avenue

  • S even Hills Foundation**

12 PM – 1:30 PM

799 West Boylston Street

12 PM – 1:30 PM

  • St. Vincent’s Hospital

Corner of Mercantile & Foster Street

Across from UNUM & DCU

2 PM – 3:30 PM

  • YWCA

1 Salem Square

3:45PM – 5:00Pm



240-244 Belmont Street

9 AM -10:30am

11 AM – 2 PM

  • Crompton Park

Corner of Canton & Harding Street

2:30 Pm – 3:30 PM

  • Belmont Towers & Plumley Village

16 Laurel Street

4 PM – 5:30 PM

I love the city in the fall! Worcester in autumn-time! Someone write the song, pleeze!!


Today in Greendale I saw this cute pit in a car – wearing an adorable hat, waiting patiently for his owner, while listening to Johnny Cash on the radio!! (I kid you not!) Beautiful!

Then off to Piedmont to the Chandler Street Elementary School. This inner-city school looks lovely and inviting! All the color and pretty-ness! Flowers galore, colored benches, a big beautiful blue welcome sign for parents and community! Lovely!  Wish I had taken more photos!

Go out and SEE  – really SEE! – your city!

– Rosalie Tirella





Walk-Bike-Woo-boo! this Halloween!


Have you ever wanted to ride your bike while decked out in your favorite Halloween costume?!

Take part in our 12-mile community ride the Sunday before Halloween and visit some of the city’s best-known cemeteries!!

Costumes welcome and encouraged but not required (please make a helmet part of your costume).

Meet at Elm Park at the stone gates at 1 pm.

Brooms acceptable but bikes preferred!

WBW t-shirts will be available for $10.

Need more information?

Contact us at

Speak out! They’re our kids’ play spaces!!

What do YOU want to see in our neighborhood playgrounds? More swings? More benches? Better lighting? … The City of Worcester Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled public hearings on the master plans for these playgrounds:

BELL HILL –  Betty Price Playground

 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20

Meeting Room A at 50 Skyline Drive

Other master plan meetings for this play space will be held on:

Nov. 17 and Dec. 11,  6:30 p.m., 50 Skyline Drive


South Worcester Playground

6:30 p.m., Nov. 3

At the South Worcester Neighborhood Center

47 Camp St.

Another hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, at the same time and location. Meeting #3 – Feb. 5 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission; 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A, 50 Skyline Drive

Main South: Medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman to give talk at Clark U

As the world continues to read about and debate the story about Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who is planning to take her own life in November, Clark is hosting Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a very relevant speaker on illness, the relationship between caregiving and narrative, and the ways in which the humanities and interpretive social sciences matter for doctors and other caregivers.

Please join us for this important talk!

Caregiving as Moral Experience

7 pm
Monday, Oct. 20
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus

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.

In this article in which Dr. Kleinman talks about his own experience caring for his wife, Joan, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
“I am not a naive moralist. I’ve had far too much experience of the demands, tensions, and downright failures of caregiving to fall into sentimentality and utopianism. Caregiving is not easy. It consumes time, energy, and financial resources. It sucks out strength and determination. It turns simple ideas of efficacy and hope into big question marks. It can amplify anguish and desperation. It can divide the self. It can bring out family conflicts. It can separate those who care from those who can’t or won’t handle it. It is very difficult. It is also far more complex, uncertain, and unbounded than professional medical and nursing models suggest. I know about the moral core of caregiving not nearly so much from my professional life as a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, nor principally from the research literature and my own studies, but primarily because of my new life of practice as a primary caregiver.”

PETA sues Massachusetts


PETA Argues That Massachusetts Is Unlawfully Concealing Which Companies Imported Monkeys Possibly to Be Poisoned, Infected, and Killed

 Boston — PETA filed a lawsuit today in the Suffolk County Superior Court to compel the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) to release information on the companies, universities, and individuals involved in the importation of 141 monkeys into the state in 2013, many of whom were likely headed to laboratories for invasive and painful experiments.

PETA sought this information in February through a Freedom of Information Act request. The DAR withheld the information on documents it released to PETA, and PETA’s lawsuit argues that it failed to provide an adequate justification for doing so. PETA contends that access to information about the origin and destination of these animals is critical because primates in laboratories are sometimes imported to the U.S. unlawfully, can carry infectious diseases such as herpes or Ebola, or are sometimes supplied by dealers who have violated animal welfare laws. 

“Thousands of monkeys are cut into, sickened, and killed in Massachusetts laboratories each year, and the public has a right to know where these animals came from, where they went, and how they got there,” says PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “PETA wants the state of Massachusetts to stop insulating universities, drug companies, animal dealers, and others from much-deserved public scrutiny about the use of monkeys in deadly experiments.”

Each year, thousands of monkeys are taken from the wild or bred on squalid breeding farms in Asia and Africa, crammed into tiny wooden crates, transported on long-haul flights to the U.S., and trucked across the country to laboratories in Massachusetts and elsewhere. In recent studies, monkeys confined to Massachusetts facilities had holes drilled into their skulls, were addicted to cocaine, and were restrained and forced to pull burning-hot metal levers heated to 140 degrees.

According to the most recent federal data available, thousands of primates were confined to Massachusetts laboratories in 2011, including at Boston University, Charles River Laboratories, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During recent inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Massachusetts laboratories for dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

A copy of PETA’s complaint is available upon request. For more information, please visit

Paulie Collyer of Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz and Blues Festival, please take note!

Paulie Collyer, nut-job extraordinaire, sent an intimate photo of me to all my InCity Times advertisers this past spring in a sick, brutal attempt to destroy my biz. Months later, I realize it was all the free sushi and food and booze with which Paulie was plying me the summer before that made me deem him attractive enough to allow into my bed.

What was I thinking? Obviously his $$$ got him into my apartment and my pants. It is too bad that I was so sweet and trusting and kind and naive and open and honest and giving!! Instead, I should have hammered Paulie’s fat, misshapen, idea-bereft, vacuous, porous skillet head with a fuckin’ crowbar and sent him on his way!

But I was too sweet and wonderful and trusting!

The junkies and gang bangers and garbage dumpers in the Canal District all have more of a moral code than Paulie Collyer!  Why couldn’t it have been his fat dopey face that was stabbed a few weeks ago outside the Hotel Vernon on Kelley Square? Why did it have to be some poor poor person’s face?!

There ought to be a law against Paulie Collyer!

Wait! There will be! In England! From The Guardian!!

– R. Tirella

Revenge porn to be criminal offence with threat of two years in jail

New legislation will punish practice of sharing sexually explicit media on internet without consent, says justice secretary

Pornography website on a computer

 The new offence will cover the release of explicit images online and in the form of printed pictures. 

Revenge pornography – sharing sexually explicit images of former partners without their consent – is to become a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

The legislation is to be introduced into the criminal justice and courts bill that is currently going through parliament, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced.

There has been mounting political pressure to outlaw the practice of humiliating former lovers …

The new offence will cover the release of explicit images both online and in the form of printed pictures. …

To read entire story, click here!

Boys and Girls Club of Worcester special event!


A blast from the past!  Boys playing checkers at the old club house on Ionic Ave. Today, thanks to the Main South CDC, Clark University and the City of Worcester,  city kids have a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art club house on Tainter Street in which to play, swim, box, learn, get homework help, make life-long friends, make life-long memories!!      – R.T.


Please support this inner-city gem!!


Saturday, October 18

at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

65 Tainter St.


Enjoy listening to the Linda Dagnello Jazz Quartet

Shopping at local boutiques

and viewing Club kids’ artwork


featuring Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera and many more!

Tix: $25 in advance

$50 at the door

To purchase tickets or for more info, please contact Liz at

She’ll bring out the poet in you!

This beautiful girl still needs a home!

dog boxer terrier

This is the dog I almost adopted this past summer. The photo doesn’t do her justice: SHE IS GORGEOUS!!  Shiny, silver-blue coat, tawny eyes. Lovely gait.

Her disposition?  Outstanding! With all adults and kids! Even with really little, in-your-face, hyperactive tykes!  Very easy and mellow. She and my pup Jett, however, didn’t seem like a great fit. And seeing my little husky mix is my little spoiled husky BABY, I had to pass. I regret it!

This girl’s about a year old.

Up to date on her shots.

Like I said: GREAT temperament. A loving, mellow dog.

She’s so  ready for a loving, forever home! Home for the holidays for this girl! That’s my wish!!

For more information, please call 774.200.5292

Thank YOU!!!

Rose T.