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InCity Voices: Speaking out on my son’s addiction

By Robin Generelli

Thanks again for letting people speak on topics that need to be addressed.

Again, love your paper [InCity Times] … a paper about … telling the truth about things!! In my last email I said I could go on for days about all that I think is backwards….. So here it is:

Most important to me are my thoughts on addiction an enormous problem across this country and the world. I’m so tired of being told this makes money.

ok yeah to some extent it does to the doctors who do the prescribing, charging the health insurance companies for office visits that probably lasted just long enough to write the prescriptions the ones causing all the problems in the first place!?!?!?

In turn people becoming addicted… What happens next: these addicts lives are turned upside down. Life becomes unbearable, then they are referred to a psych doc who then gets his money for the visit, prescribes more drugs for anxiety… Xanax…Seroquil for sleep…the list goes on.

What a joke!!! The last thing an addict needs is more drugs.

So you’re thinking: How do you know this?

This is my life. I lived this mess. My son had surgery at age 18, was given oxycodone – the devil I call it. S

Soon addicted he went from a caring good kid with a huge heart to an addict that quick.

It’s like buying a loaf of bread at the corner store – that’s how easy it is to get this crap.

How does this happen? Went to rehab only to be prescribed more meds – huge friggin joke! Then oh it’s a psych issue, they say. Ha! My son is an addict whose life became out of control in the first place because of prescription drugs – not needing more drugs – and certainly not needing an excuse from some psych doc wanting to make excuses for his behavior.

My son was a happy, loving, caring kid who has a beautiful family, a mom and dad who give the world to all our children: hugs, kisses, care, support. Our children are the most important things to us. Other than probably being too spoiled (not a good thing) there is no excuse, except for the fact he has an addiction and needs to take reposibility for it.

I know we are not the only family dealing with this demon of addiction.

Many many families are in the same boat drifting down this river of complete insanity.

What next? you ask. No job … getting Mass Health ect… Are you kidding! Maybe they should focus more on recovery programs, a good DRUG-FREE rehab. Hey! That’s an idea!

One of the so called rehabs my son attended – a three day stay (a joke) leaving with more prescriptions(totally insane). He had all his belonging stolen – brand new clothes mind you! I have a friend who works there, and she laughed telling stories about staff stealing cigarettes, clothes, money ect from clients. TRAGIC.

Mass health pays for this?

Ask any E. R. [hospital emergency room] worker about the regulars. Yes, the regulars addicted, alcoholic, homeless (which is usually the case when addiction becomes bad enough) who are picked up by ambulance (how much is an ambulance ride?). A stay in the E. R. (thousand at least) only to do the same thing the next day. All on your pocketbook!! Mass Health – I mean ok – your pockets is really the truth.

So just a thought: have places that these people can go to for a year if needed if that’s what it takes to get well.

Teach life skills.

Help with jobs ect.

In the long run, it would be a cheaper way! Cheaper than an ambulance ride and er visit daily? Crime would go down, I’d bet my life on it.

So my son going from addict to convict – this is what usually occurs – doesn’t seem surprising. Receives tattoos and more prescriptions in jail. Are you kidding me?! Is this seem crazy to anyone but me?

Quick story. One November night I was going to visit, something I hardly do because its so hard to see my child in this situation. Just so depressing.

Again freezing cold night, of course. I had on a coat (with a hood), was told I had to put my coat in the car because of the hood. Are you kidding? I said. I probably would have been nicer but usually you get the you’re-a-scumbag attitude from the staff there. (Not all I have to add – some staff are very nice). Gee, I said that’s hilarious. My son gets better drugs in here and tattoos from neck to waist, but my hood is a threat.

The reply was that’s not supposed to happen?!?!?!? No kidding, Sherlock! But it does. How?

No response – that’s what I usually get when I confront people about this stuff. And by the way gabapentin ( not sure of the spelling). Is a jailhouse favorite jonnies the slang in jail widely prescribed in there. What a joke – ask any addict that’s been in jail. Mention jonnies and they laugh – you do get high on them. A suboxone goes for $100 a whack for one. Gee sounds like a good gig to me – crooked workers making an extra buck selling to inmates.

Just want to set things straight. Not all guards do this crap. I have friends – the most honest, upstanding guys who are guards never would dream to do such things. But dishonest crooked people exist in every part of society! My son has to pay the price for the things he’s done – ABSOLUTELY!

But make a difference – do not add to the problem.

Programs in jail should be required for every inmate – period!

editor’s note: Robin is a faithful ICT reader!

For summer’s last hurrah … try GRILLING without Killing!


I was cleaning/clearing up my desk/dining room table and found this ELVIS BBQ sauce recipe. How did it get there? Where did it come from? Well, anyways, looks pretty good … Brush your tofu, mushroom, summer squash, green pepper kabobs with it! Serve on brown rice! Yum yum yum.

Here are some great veggie grilling recipes from PETA cuz I am not a very good cook !     – R. Tirella


Grilling season is here! Grilling is one of our favorite cooking methods. In addition to providing the smoky flavor that emanates from the coals, grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in the vegetables and makes them taste extra sweet. Just about anything that sprouts from the ground or grows on a tree can be suspended over coals, including corn on the cob, zucchini, potatoes, onions, pineapples, mangoes, and mushrooms. Meat alternatives, such as veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy chicken, as well as seitan and tofu are other delicious grilling options.

We’ve assembled a collection of our favorite recipes that are bursting with flame-grilled goodness for you to try:




  • Try experimenting with tofu, seitan, and meat alternatives for your next cookout. Check out our list of favorite products!
  • Add some spice to your veggies with dry rubs and marinades. A dry rub is just a mixture of dry spices that you can rub onto tofu, portobellos, eggplant, or meat alternatives. Once you’ve rubbed in the spice mixture, cover the food tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to penetrate.
  • Marinades are usually made up of oil, some sort of acid (such as vinegar, wine, or juice from a citrus fruit), and fresh or dried herbs and spices. There is a wide variety of pre-made vegetarian marinades available in stores, but making your own is easy and fun. Try adding spicy dried chilies or chipotle peppers for a smoky flavor, or sweeten things up a bit with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar (available in most health-food stores).
  • Allow food to marinate for at least three hours but up to 24 hours for denser protein foods, such as mock meats. Using a sealable plastic container or bag will allow you to shake food as it marinates without making a mess. Marinades can also be basted on the food as it grills.
  • What would a barbecue be without the traditional side dishes? Baked beans (sans the pork), coleslaw, and potato salad can be healthy additions to your meatless feast. The latter two can be made vegan by using a creamy, eggless mayonnaise such as Vegenaise or Nayonaise

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We were gonna save these photos for the next issue of InCity Times, but they are …

… so vivid, they deserve to be presented in LIVING LOVING COLOR! A special “thank you” to Parlee Jones for taking them!

The Caribbean CARNIVAL parade made its joyous way down Park Ave last weekend –  HUGE TURNOUT! Photos by Parlee Jones. (We WILL run some pics in the paper, too!)           – R. T.CAM00811


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In Piedmont! At the Family Health Center on Queen Street …


ICT editor Rosalie has her primary care doc at Family Health Center – her clinic. Here she is waiting to see her doctor in the NEW ground floor clinic (last year), which looked beautiful then and still looks great! She will probably book an appointment at FHC’s new VISION CENTER this fall, as she needs new Mr. Magoo specs (she’s very near -sighted) ASAP!


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.

26 Queen Street
Ground Floor

This ceremony will celebrate the opening of our new
Ground Floor Primary Care Team and First Floor Vision Clinic

We hope you join for our Annual Meeting as well!

Cute note to ICT!

Buongiorno Ms. Tirella,

We are starting our umpteenth year (27th?) at the Beaman and are excited about possible new amici.

We had about three who found out about us through your newspaper. Would you be so kind as to insert the following in your events section?

“The Italian Conversation Circle meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 am to noon at the Beaman Memorial Library in West Boylston.

Come spruce up your heritage, travel, school, or self taught Italian!

There is no charge for our two hour session.

Our next meeting is the 13th of September and we are always eager to welcome new members.

For more information write or call Isabel at 508 835-3912.

Coffee and biscottini free!”



Loved the “goatlings”!

Visited Barton Brook Kennels in Leicester a few days ago! It was fun to hang out with the goatlings (kids, really, but I call them “goatlings”), horse, pony, my Jett and BBK owner Patty! For me, animals and the country are a TONIC! Patty gave me a ton of organic veggies she grew in her garden! Took them home and grilled some summer squash as soon as I changed into my shorts and tee. When I visited Pat, we talked dogs, baby goats (which she adopted cuz she thinks they are cute and as smart as dogs!), gardening, dog parks… Cool!

Visit Pat today and spend a relaxing afternoon in the country. Call her to book a tour of her farm and kennels! I board my Jett at BBK – Pat is a great person, someone who “gets” dogs and works to help ALL animals!  To see more about BBK visit

Click here to see the new website (a work in progress) and learn more! (only wish I had taken more photos of the horse!)      – R. Tirella






From the US Navy: Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

By Lt. Andrew Bradstreet, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Public Affairs

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (NNS) — Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 held a change of command ceremony at the squadron’s hangar aboard Andersen Air Force Base, Aug. 21.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Gabriel Soltero relieved Cmdr. Gregory Leland as commanding officer of HSC-25.

Since Leland, a native of Marlborough, Massachusetts, assumed command of HSC-25 in November 2013, he has overseen the deployment of three squadron armed helicopter detachments for year-round support to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and two other detachments aboard USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) and USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11). He also oversaw the 24 hour search and rescue (SAR) and medevac alert for the Northern Mariana Islands, resulting in five SARs, 16 medevacs and 34 lives saved.

Leland’s next assignment is at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Soltero, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, assumed command of HSC-25 after attending the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies. Before the War College, he served as the commanding officer of HSC-15 at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.

HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron. As part of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, it provides an armed helicopter capability for U.S. 7th Fleet in support of anti-surface warfare, personnel recovery, special operation forces missions and humanitarian assistance.


“Why Being There Matters”

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.  They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Thank you very much for your support of the men and women in U.S. Navy, deployed around the clock and ready to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans.