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Why make killing a part of your holiday meals?


From PETA.ORG. Long-time vegetarian …

Paul McCartney is cooking these delicious recipes this Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and, of course, food! This Thanksgiving, Paul McCartney is urging you to say “no, thanks” to turkey and “yes” to a delicious, cruelty-free holiday meal.

Paul is no stranger to the world of meat-free meals—his powerful narration of PETA’s “Glass Walls” video illustrates his notion that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas. Paul teamed up with PETA once again to help keep cruelty off the holiday menu:

Don’t know where to start planning a vegan Thanksgiving menu for this year’s holiday festivities? Check out these delicious, cruelty-free recipes that Paul will be cooking and wow your family and friends with these meat-free dishes.

Want to speak out for turkeys, like Paul? Wear this “Eat No Turkey” T-shirt while you go vegan this holiday season.

A 10-year anniversary party! … and Main South: at Clark University …

Celebrate 10 years of working to end Mass Incarceration

while building leaders in our communities … a 10 year anniversary party for EPOCA!

Saturday, October 25

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

at: First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington

630 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Center

Hosted by our friends and allies in the campaign for Jobs NOT Jails

Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Arlington

Hearty refreshments will be served

Music by Leah Cirker-Stark!

Let us know if you are coming from Worcester and would like us to save you a seat on our bus! Email:

On the #67, 77, and 79 bus lines.  Buses #80 and 87 have their last stops two blocks away.

Parking is free after 6 p.m. in municipal lots on the other side of Mass Ave and diagonally across the intersection.

Look for the main door to the church near the clock tower!

For more info, email:


Clark University panel discussion to focus on ‘the new Middle East,’ Oct 29

Several faculty at Clark University will participate in “The New Middle East: Quo Vadis Rise of the Militant Non-State Actors and Reterritorialization,” a panel discussion on the events unfolding in the Middle East

Wednesday, Oct. 29

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Jefferson Academic Center, Room 320, Downing St.

Panelists include Taner Akçam, professor of history; Anita Häusermann Fábos, associate professor of international development and social change; Douglas Little, professor of history, Srini Sitaraman, associate professor of political science; Ora Szkely, assistant professor of political science; and Kristen Williams, professor and department chair, political science.

This event is free and open to the public.

A film to see and … Worcester pay equity public hearing

The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (SEACMA) would like to invite you to the screening of Can, a documentary about the struggle of mental illness and its stigma.

Friday, October 24, 3:30-5 pm, at SEACMA office, 484 Main Street, Worcester, Suite 400.

The film director and Mr. Can Truong himself will be at the screening for questions.

This documentary is important and resourceful, especially for those who are providers to the Asian population.

Please RSVP at


The City Manager’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is hosting a public hearing on “Equal Pay for Women”

This Wednesday, October 22 @ 5:30pm

at the YWCA, Salem Sq.

The committee is interested in hearing testimony regarding pay inequity as it relates to women and solutions for closing the pay gap.

Be there!!!

What is really going on with the Worcester Housing Authority?

By Gordon T. Davis

The Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) policy makers are misguided. This might be caused by the driven personality of Mr. Mariano who cannot seem to see any side of an argument except his own. He and some in the media cover up this personality flaw with the façade that he is “motivating” the lazy. The reality is that to a significant extent the WHA policy of limiting tenancy is a libel and slander against the poor, women with children, and people with dark skin.

I don’t dislike Mr. Mariano. He is quite personable and considerate. In 1997 when my Dad passed, he was the only public official to call me and offer his condolences. I do not doubt his sincerity. However, I have doubts about his policies.

His policy to limit the tenancy of some people living in WHA apartments is unprecedented and therefore unsupported by any evidence, no statistics, and not even anecdotal hearsay. The limitation of tenancy policy is based entirely on the false assumption that people receiving benefits are somehow not “motivated.”

There should have been additional discussion on the issue other than the uncommented upon “annual review” at Housing and Urban development (HUD). HUD correctly stated that it had no authority to limit tenancy without cause.

Bashing HUD and libeling the tenants are attempts to cover up the lack of objectivity of Mr. Mariano’s policy.  Nothing less could be expected from some in the media; the apologies made for Mr. Mariano by others came as a surprise. I suppose they see him to be sincere, albeit a view that makes objectivity more difficult.

The appropriate way to change HUD policy is through the due process seen in laws made in Congress and interpreted by HUD..  The Congress could limit tenancy after a review of the facts. However to bureaucratically enact limits on tenancy without due process and public discussion is not how democratically thing should be done.

I suggest that Mr. Mariano take a look at his own agency before trying to make national laws.  There is so much to fix there and it might require more of Mr. Mariano’s attention than he has given it.

Recently, I defended a client at a Grievance Hearing at the WHA.  The WHA did not follow or even know some of the rules of HUD.  It confused a Grievance Hearing with an Eviction Hearing.  The Chair of the Grievance Panel would not identify himself nor would the WHA reveal his relationship to the WHA. The WHA refused to provide documents about the case even though HUD rules compelled it to do so. The people at WHA were rude and hostile.

I guess that they were more interested in bullying the poor and people ignorant of their rights than in due process. I offer my best wishes to Mr. Mariano and hope he gets it right.

Breast cancer walk in Worcester raises $160,000

More than 2,000 Central Mass. residents, including 100 breast cancer survivors, rallied together Sunday at Elm Park for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising $160,000.

While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done!

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8.

In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer.

In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.

With one in every two newly diagnosed women turning to the American Cancer Society for help and support, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:

* Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;

* Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease;

* Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance, and more;

* Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them!

For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can get involved visit

For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at or call 800.227.2345 any time day or night.​

Go, Worcester kindergartners, go!

From the fabulous folks at the Massachusetts Farm to School Project!!   Hooray for Woo’s wee ones!    – R. T.

Where does our food come from? What kinds of foods can we find in Massachusetts during the fall? Why can we grow tomatoes, but not bananas, in our Central Massachusetts backyards?

These are just a few of the questions the students in the Worcester Kindergarten Initiative(KI) ponder over the course of the school year. The Kindergarten Initiative, a collaboration between  Massachusetts Farm to School and the Worcester Public Schools, is a food education program that teaches young students about healthy eating, local agriculture, and how things grow. Each fall, Kindergarten Initiative students are visited by the Regional Environmental Council’s (REC) Mobile Farmers Market to kick off their explorations of these themes.

The Mobile Farmers Market, a refurbished Worcester Regional Transport Authority (WRTA) van, was developed by the REC in 2012 as another means to combat food insecurity in Worcester. While there were already two farmers markets running in the city, studies showed that many residents could not purchase from these facilities as they lacked the transportation to reach the markets. A mobile market, however, would be able to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods across the city.

mobileDuring its first year, the Mobile Farmers Market ran two days a week, carrying fresh produce to ten stops around the city. During its second year, the REC was able to partner with students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who outfitted the van with a self-designed solar-powered refrigeration system, allowing the REC to sell eggs, dairy, and meat, as well as produce. Today, the Mobile Farmers Market is in its third season, running three days per week and making fifteen stops around Worcester.

This year, Kindergarten Initiative Mobile Market visits begin in the classroom. Nutrition educators from UMass Extension lead an introductory activity that prepares students for a scavenger hunt. Students talk about their favorite fruits and vegetables …

To read entire story, click here!

Today!! At Elm Park! Registration has begun …


THOUSANDS WILL GATHER TO FINISH THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER at today’s American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Thousands of local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, businesses and community members unite to fight breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2.5 mile-walk.

This noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and provides hope to all people facing the disease.

WHEN: Today! Sunday, October 19 

Registration happening NOW!

Walk begins at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine!

WHERE: Elm Park (corner of Highland and Park)

State Senator Harriet Chandler will be in attendance!!

Lead poisoning prevention week: Oct. 19 to 25. … Worcester making great strides!


The REC’s  Mobile Farmers Market van will be all over Worcester this week helping to educate folks about lead poisoning prevention!!!

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated.

In Massachusetts, Health and Human Services and the MA Public Health Department consider lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter or more to be unsafe. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. Every child in Massachusetts must be tested for lead. The first test must be done between the ages of 9 and 12 months and again at ages 2 and 3.

Since 2005, the Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition has committed to eliminating lead poisoning and elevated blood lead levels in Worcester. Our work has contributed to significant drop in elevated blood lead levels and lead poisoning rate in Worcester. The city of Worcester through the Worcester Lead Abatement Program (WLAP) also provides free lead-based paint removal for eligible homeowners and renters. There are still many families that may qualify for this great community resource.

Partners of Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition will be celebrating lead week, and creating awareness during lead poisoning prevention week set by the U.S Congress in the week of October 19th to 25th.

The theme for this year’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is ”Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future”. Partners of Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition have planned different events in recognition of the importance of eliminating lead poisoning during lead poisoning prevention week.

We will be focusing on the importance of many ways parents can reduce children’s exposure to lead, and also connect families to available resources. Mentioned below are events scheduled by partners of the Worcester Green and Healthy Homes Coalition during lead week.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Activities.

October 18th Lead Paint Awareness Proclamation- Councilor Economou (scheduled)

Halloween Outlet Lead is Scary theme at Halloween Outlet. We will have table at Halloween Outlet 12pm-8pm-

October 22nd Lead Week outreach with REC’s Farmers Market Van: Stops at Crompton

Park, Belmont Towers, Plumely Village and Elm Park. From 2:00pm – 5pm

October 23rd Lead Week outreach with REC’s Farmers Market Van: Stops at St Vincent

Hospital and YWCA at 1 Salem Street.  From 2:00pm – 5pm

October 24th Lead Week outreach with REC’s Farmers at City Hall. From 2:00pm – 4pm

October 26th Worcester Sharks Game “Lead is Scary” Promotion 3PM game start

We will need to have volunteers arrive by 2pm to setup

Have any questions? Please feel free to contact Koby from REC at 508-753-2303 or at


Elder Services of Worcester Area’s 40th annual meeting

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. will hold its 40th Annual Meeting at College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center

… on Tuesday, October 21

… 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The breakfast will feature keynote speaker District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

In addition to working with Elder Services of Worcester’s Protective Services Unit, District Attorney Early works with the law enforcement agencies in 60 communities that make up the Middle District. He oversees a law office of more than 80 prosecutors, the operation of 11 District Courts, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, three six-member jury sessions, the grand jury and an appeals division.

This year’s agenda also includes presentations to ten Outstanding Homemakers who exemplify exceptional service and care provided to Elder Services of Worcester’s consumers.

Some award criteria includes: flexibility; willingness to work with challenging individuals, willingness to travel; ability to complete tasks; neat and clean appearance; is patient, professional, reliable and trustworthy; has attended a minimum of 4 in-service training sessions; received Homemaker Certification; and gives a little extra.

2014 Award winners include: Sheryl Lamonda, Ace Medical Services, LLC; Kathleen O’Neill, Advanced Home Care Services; Ariana Rodriguez, Associated Home Care; Halina Kisel, EPIC Health Services; Irina Spivak, Family Services of Central MA; Rosa Clas, Home Staff; Elizabeth Beaudry, Independence Healthcare Corp.; Dolores Torres, Medical Resources Home Health Corp.; Claire Provost, Premier Home Health Care of MA; Maria Cortez, Specialty Home Care Services.

Incoming and outgoing Board and Committee Members, as well as Staff anniversaries will also be recognized during the event.

“Even after four decades Elder Services of Worcester continues to implement innovative programs that allow our community’s most vulnerable adults age to in place, safely with dignity and respect,” noted Lou Swan, Executive Director of Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. “It is not without hard work and collaboration though. We recognize and appreciate our dedicated Staff; Board and Committee Members; Contracted Service Providers; and are truly grateful for all the support given from our Volunteers, Community Partners and Funders.”

Building on forty years of experience, Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. is an expert in community based, long term care. Helping elders, younger disabled individuals, their families and caregivers obtain essential services in order that t they can remain at home with dignity and independence for as long as safely possible. Elder Services of Worcester Area, a private, not-for-profit agency serves individuals from fifteen communities in the Greater Worcester area and is one of twenty-seven Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) in Massachusetts.

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. is located at 67 Millbrook Street, Suite 100 of the Worcester Business Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. The non-profit agency serves elders and families in the towns Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Worcester. In addition to those listed below, the Protective Services Department covers: Northboro, Marlboro, Southboro, Westboro and Hudson.