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Quinsig Village has its own CSX container disaster!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Where once were scores of huge trees and clean air and country prettiness along this stetch of Greenwood Street, heading to the Millbury line  … now this: hundreds of train containers, ZERO trees, dust, dirt, noise and air pollution! And this ugly huge wall (not sound proof) to hide the crap! (I took this pic yesterday!)

Guess what? Unlike the East Side and the Union Hill hoods,  this Woo neighborhood got ZERO mitigation funds from the expanding business!

SHOW US SOME MONEY! You’ve done irreparable damage – created a bland ugliness  in a great Worcester neighborhood!    – R. Tirella


FREE admission to the Worcester Historical Museum – tomorrow, Friday, July 11!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

At the Worcester Historical Museum! 

Friday, July 11

Worcester Historical Museum
10 am to 4 pm

and … Salisbury Mansion
1 to 4 pm

Free admission for all ages

Explore the many interesting aspects of Worcester Historical Museum.

Visit the Alden Family Gallery
Join in hands-on children’s activities
Place your face in Worcester history
Learn about Worcester Revolution 1774
Talk with Civil War re-enactors
Meet Jake of the Bravehearts
Tour Salisbury Mansion

Come join us for Free Fun Friday!

Your History, Your City, Your Future

The Denholm Building in downtown Worcester: its hangman’s noose

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


The noose, hanging above the chair …

From the NAACP, Worcester branch. – R. Tirella


On June 25, 2014, Mr. Watkins, a customer of the U.S. Post Office in the Denholm Building downtown Worcester emailed an image of a hangman’s noose suspended from patriotic ceiling decorations to the Worcester NAACP.

The hangman’s noose was on display in the employee area, but clearly visible from the customer service counter.

Mr. Watkins first noticed the hangman’s noose June 12 and asked the postal worker if he knew what a hangman’s noose represented. The postal worker did not respond and watched as Mr. Watkins took a picture of the hangman’s noose with his cell phone.

The day after the Worcester, NAACP,  received this image (June 26), Chuck Jackson our Political Action Co-Chair visited the Post Office to investigate. He was told by one of the two postal workers that a young lady that used to work in that office decorated the office and the rope had been hanging for about twenty years.

Mr. Jackson asked that the hangman’s noose be removed, when no one moved to remove the noose, Mr. Jackson insisted that the hangman’s noose be taken down before he left. These are the facts as they were reported to the Worcester NAACP and as witnessed by our Political Action Co-Chair.

The Worcester NAACP immediately contacted the Cvil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General Office on June 25th.

They determined that since this incident happened within a federal agency, the United States Attorney General Office had jurisdiction over this matter. An attorney from the US Attorney General Office responded within 24 hours and dispatched an investigator from the Inspector General Office. The investigation began immediately after the holiday weekend, July 1st.

Here is the image of the hangman’s noose that was emailed to the Worcester NAACP so it will be very clear, that this is not just a rope.

What was suspended from the ceiling decorations in the Post Office was a purposefully crafted hangman’s noose which was not hidden from the public’s view.

There is no reason for any symbol of hate, intimidation and violence to be displayed within a United States government agency.

The Worcester NAACP is requesting that the US Attorney General Office prosecute this matter to the fullest extent of the law and to hold all those responsible fully accountable. The US AGO has responded quickly and has assured the Worcester NAACP that they are taking this matter very seriously. I am anticipating that we will find out the results of their investigation soon.

Happening now! Farmers Market and live music!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Behind Worcester City Hall, Main Street!

Why not enjoy your lunch and do some grocery shopping for your weekend AND groove to a local band?

Support our downtown!  Head straight to City Hall, the common area, in back! Worcester’s OUT TO LUNCH Farmers Market and band provide the back drop to a fun lunch hour or afternoon jaunt! No finer way to support your urban core!

Come to our common and see all the pretty umbrellas gracing the picnic tables. See all local farmers and their lovely homegrown veggies, breads, etc. Some of it organic!

Woo’s saved a spot for YOU!

I repeat – No finer way to spend a summer afternoon AND SUPPORT local farms and local bands. Dancing always welcome!

The City of Worcester’s OUT TO LUNCH celebrations happen every Thursday afternoons, all summer long!

- R. T.

Thank you, Fred, …

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014



… for being a loyal ICT reader! Fred told me he’s been reading InCity Times for years! I snapped this photo of him earlier this summer! 

- R. Tirella

Hope you had a happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014


I took this photo in Woo’s Quinsig Village last year! So appropriate for this week! LOVED THE TRUCK! LOVED THE BLUE-COLLAR BOY! LOVED THE ICT SHOUT OUT! 

- Rosalie Tirella

Bike challenge on Main and George streets!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

10:00 a.m.
July 27, 2014
13th annual
George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor
Worcester, Mass.


2013 PHOTOS (Pete Banach/Spokenshutter.com)


See how fast you can pedal up George Street, a two-block quad-buster that was a training ground for 1899 world champion Major Taylor. It’s one rider at a time against the clock in this steep uphill time trial in downtown Worcester, presented by Barney’s Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen, on the fourth Sunday in July. The distance is 500 feet, and the average grade is 18 percent. The contest is open to riders age 12 and up. Helmets are required. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.


Register online

Mail-in registration form

Bike raffle! Win a Raleigh Revenio 1.0 road bike from Barney’s Bicycle, and other cool stuff, in the George Street raffle. Click here to see the prize list and get tickets. To donate raffle prizes or goods or services, e-mail Lynne or call Peter at Barney’s, 508-799-BIKE.

Click here for information on last year’s event.

Where is George Street? Click here for a map.
How steep is George Street? Click here for a profile.
Who’s the fastest rider? Click here for the course records.



Happening now! Farmers Market at Beaver Brook lot, 306 Chandler St. …

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Across from Foley Stadium!

Until 2 p.m.

Fresh local vegetables and fruits! And crafts!

What a nice way to start your week!

This REC Farmers Market is also “open” in the same spot Fridays! Same times, too! 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information call 508.799.9139 …

Or visit the fantastic, informative REC website: RECWORCESTER.ORG

Main South! This morning until 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

REC Farmers Market! TODAY! Now!

YMCA family park, 104 Murray Ave., behind YMCA Main South branch on Main Street!

Fresh, local fruits and vegetables for sale! And …live music, crafts for sale, art, free kids’ activities, FUN!!


Stay healthy! Support local farmers! Get your kids making art!

Celebrate summer!

War’s Lingering Requiem in Vietnam

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Terrified prisoners being paraded by Cambodian soldiers.  The prisoners were later stripped, violated and murdered. 

Incredible story and photos. From The New York Times. To view the photo slide show, click here.  - R. T.