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Great city story …

It’s happening in the Canal District. From a farmers market that refuses to accept SNAP, WIC cards, a farmers market that refuses to let low-income seniors buy bread with their senior citizen farmers markets coupons … to the people who work the market, attend the market. The same person of color in every publicity picture doesn’t hide the facts: gentrification purposely, purposefully  excludes poor people and people of color.  ….


Gentrification: white people following white people

When we think of gentrification, we imagine swarms of young upper middle class white people moving into previously minority neighborhoods, bringing pour-over coffee and higher property tax bills in their wakes. It’s a controversial migration, not least because of the existing residents who are displaced, but it’s also seen as a welcome step away from the segregation that set in after the “white flight” of the 60s and 70s.

Now an inventive new study using Google Street View and an archive of 1990s videotapes has found that gentrification may involve less racial mixing than we assume—and in fact, may reinforce residential segregation. …

CLICK HERE to read entire piece.

Fantastic for our Worcester kids!

From THE NEW YORK TIMES. Go, President Obama, go!!!!!!   – R.T.

Expanding Community College Access


In the abstract, President Obama’s proposal for making community college tuition-free seems a reasonable response to a troublesome fact: The American work force is less educated than it needs to be at a time when most jobs in the new economy will require some college education. But for such an idea to work, states and localities that have been starving community colleges for decades will need to begin holding them to higher standards and commit to sustained financing instead of using the new federal money to dodge their own financial obligations.

The president’s proposal deserves to be taken seriously by the public, state legislatures, municipal authorities and, of course, Congress, which will be asked to underwrite it. Although many details have yet to be worked out, the preliminary plans released last week call for an estimated $60 billion in new spending over 10 years to help cover tuition and fees for full-time and half-time students who maintain a 2.5 grade point average — about a C-plus — and who make consistent progress toward completion. …

To read entire NYT editorial CLICK HERE!

Another stabbing in the Canal District – 3 G’s Sports Bar

From the Worcester Police Department – public information

Worcester Police Investigate Stabbing Outside of Bar –  one arrest made

On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 11:43 PM officers were dispatched to 3 G’s Sports Bar located at 152 Millbury Street.

Upon arrival, police found a 32-year-old male victim in the back
parking lot suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

During the investigation, police learned that the incident occurred when the victim engaged in a verbal argument with three suspects inside the bar. When the men left the bar, a physical altercation broke out in the parking lot. As a result, the victim was punched, kicked and stabbed several times. Officers reviewed surveillance video the incident.

One of the suspects was identified as 26-year-old William Humphrey of Worcester. Police were able to locate William Humphrey and placed him under arrest.

The two other suspects are both described as Black males, possibly in their 20’s and wearing dark clothing.

William Humphrey, 26, of 13 Shepard Street, Worcester was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Police continue to investigate.

If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Looking for last-minute holiday gifts such as … vintage goodies, clothing and household items?

CAM00922 (1)A few months ago my neighbor gave me this blouse and other goodies. What I didn’t use I donated to non-profits, with one very nice pair of shoes (new) going to Abby’s. … All your donations are tax-deductible.   – R. Tirella

… then shop where our Parlee Jones works – ABBY’S HOUSE!

52 High St., Worcester

Parlee runs their homeless shelter; she places women, often fleeing domestic violence, in safe spaces.

By shopping at Abby’s House THRIFT SHOP (52 High St., across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral) you support the shelter and the homeless women for whom it spells HOME.

Lots of greats buys! Lots of items Diamonds in the Rough! Don’t forget! The money you spend at the shop goes towards supporting Worcester’s iconic women’s shelter.


Learn more (from their website):

Abby’s House Thrift Shop

The Abby’s House Thrift Shop continues to be our largest single source of revenue.

All of the profits from sales at the Thrift Shop fund our emergency shelter.

The Thrift Shop is full of quality clothing, accessories, home goods, and bargain-priced cosmetics.

We encourage you to visit the store today, not only to donate clothing and homegoods, but to add some great pieces to your wardrobe!


Monday through Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Thrift Shop is closed on holidays. When Worcester Public Schools declares a snow day, the Thrift Shop will be closed.

In case of bad weather, please call ahead to make sure we’re open: (508) 756-5486 extension 12.

Making Donations:

Donations are accepted during regular shop hours. We are happy to accept gently used, seasonal women’s clothing in good condition and household items of all kinds including kitchenware, lamps and decorative items. New, unopened health and beauty products are also welcome.

At times we are in need of furniture in good condition that may be used to set up an apartment, such as small kitchen sets or desk sets. If you would like to make a furniture donation, please call ahead.

We do NOT accept books, computers, TVs, furniture, records, record players, hangers, used pillows, men’s clothing or used children’s clothing and toys.

Please note that due to the new laws regarding child safety we can only accept children’s clothing or toys if they are NEW, in package or tagged.

CLICK HERE to visit the Abby’s House website to learn more!

From The Boston Globe: farmers markets and SNAP cards …

I’ve been meaning to post this BOSTON GLOBE editorial for weeks…   –    R.T.


Food stamps for fresh food: More produce, more benefits

THE SUPPLEMENTAL Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal food stamp program, has often struggled with the “nutrition” part of its mandate. The problem is that fresh fruits and vegetables are often too expensive for low-income families to afford, especially if they have to rely on benefits for most of their groceries.

The latest farm bill, signed into law earlier this year, offers a simple, innovative solution. The legislation doubles the value of SNAP benefits when they are used to purchase produce bought at local grocery stores or farmers markets who agree to participate.

The program, called the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, provides $100 million over the next five years in grants to organizations that help make fruit and vegetables more affordable to SNAP recipients. The grant program is focused on encouraging people to buy more produce. …

CLICK HERE to read entire editorial!

Worcester Public Schools – FREE FLU CLINICS for our kids!


This week – through Thursday!

Brothers and sisters of WPS students may also get their vaccines!

Flu shots are the #1 way to prevent your kids from getting sick from influenza this winter! I get my flu shot every year, and every year I NEVER GET THE FLU! All this anti-vaccine rhetoric is over-the-top. Vaccines save lives! Kids and the elderly, and folks with compromised immune systems, can die of the flu! Get them vaccinated! Get yourself vaccinated! It’s for your family and the community’s health!

These WPS CLINICS are a snap!

It’s EASY. It’s FREE. Great, super nice professionals – at least they were great and super nice when I was a kid in the Worcester public schools and went to all the health clinics! And … the docs/nurses have special stuff for your child if he or she is allergic to eggs/can’t get the regular flu shot. Just tell the doc or nurse. Kids can be as young as six months and receive the vaccine – doctors and nurse practitioners can tell you more. Talk with them. They’re the health experts.

For the WPS flu clinics, a parent/guardian MUST be present with the child.

On Tuesday, tomorrow, clinics start at 9 a.m. at:

Chandler Magnet School

Chandler Elementary Community School

Vernon Hill School

Grafton Street Elementary School

Lincoln Street Elementary School

Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

Woodland Academy


On Wednesday, clinics start at 10 a.m. at:

Canterbury Magnet Computer-Based School

Gates Lane School of International Studies

Clinics will start at 10:30 a.m. at Roosevelt School, and at noon at Tatnuck Magnet School.

Clinics will start at 9 a.m. at Heard Street Discovery Academy, Francis J. McGrath Elementary School, and Rice Square School.


On Thursday, clinics will start at 9 a.m. at:

Clark Street Developmental Learning School

Nelson Place School

Columbus Park Preparatory Academy

Lakeview School

City View Discovery School

Quinsigamond Elementary School.

The clinic at West Tatnuck School will start at 9:30 a.m.

– R. T.

More great news for Christmas!


History in the Making: NYC Mayor de Blasio Introduces Horse-Carriage Bill

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 9, 2014


It’s a historic moment for animal rights.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making good on his campaign promise to end the abusive horse-drawn carriage trade. Together with Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Member Daniel Dromm, Mayor de Blasio presented the City Council with his proposal to retire the horses and help carriage drivers make the transition into other jobs in the city’s transportation industry. Dromm and Rodriguez introduced the bill on the steps of City Hall amid chants of “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! We love Mayor de Blasio!” Dozens of PETA and NYCLASS supporters were there to cheer the introduction of the bill, which will now go through the legislative process on its way to being considered for a vote.

The following was originally published on December 1, 2014:

He promised, and he’s delivering. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that next week, he’ll introduce his bill to ban horse-drawn carriages by 2016 to the City Council.

A spokesperson for the mayor said of the bill, “We’ve been considering a range of options that move the horses off our streets, safeguard the animals, and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who provide carriage rides.” Many proponents of the bill would like to see the horse-drawn carriages be replaced with eco-friendly replicas of classic cars, which would offer rides to tourists, with former carriage drivers behind the wheel.

According to New York City Police Department reports, horse-drawn carriages have been involved in at least 25 accidents in just the last five years, resulting in numerous injuries to horses and humans and even horses’ deaths. …

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Awesome Christmas news!!! … Now if only Worcester would do the right thing!

Worcester can use these cities’ ordinances as blueprints for a Worcester Bullhook Ban! … Working to ban bullhooks in Worcester would make a great project for some classes in the Worcester Public Schools! 

What You Can Do

Contact us [PETA] for materials for launching a campaign to get bullhooks banned in your area.

From PETA.ORG …  – R.T.

It’s Indisputable: Bullhooks are on the way out

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

Update: Just days after Oakland passed a law to prohibit bullhooks, Austin’s City Council voted unanimously to have its legal counsel draft a bullhook ban. The ordinance is expected to be ready and voted on in the spring. Austin is poised to join other progressive cities, including Los Angeles and Miami Beach, Florida, in saying no to bullhooks. The day is quickly coming when circuses such as Ringling Bros. will no longer be able to hit and hurt elephants with these barbaric weapons.

Originally published on December 9, 2014:

The Oakland, California, City Council has voted to ban bullhooks! An emergency appeal from Emmy Award winner and elephant advocate Lily Tomlin, along with the support from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, former Oakland Raiders player David Carter, and AFI lead singer Davey Havok, helped to make it happen. It was a nail-biter that came down to the 11th hour, but PETA’s relentless push and Tomlin’s letter to City Council President Rebecca Kaplan urging her to condemn this cruel weapon resulted in a five to two winning vote.

“From one compassionate person to another, I urge you to see through the smoke screens and realize that at the heart of the issue is morality and compassion for another species,” wrote Tomlin.

Baby Elephant Training Photo With Circled Bullhook

Bullhooks—heavy batons with a sharp metal hook on one end—are used to beat and jab elephants. Make no mistake about it: Bullhooks are weapons.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has performed annually in Oakland, unashamedly defends the use of these devices. …

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Reinstatement of Friday Housing Counseling Hours

From the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance

Effective Immediately: Reinstatement of Friday Housing Counseling Hours

Effective immediately, CMHA is reinstating Housing Counseling Walk-ins on Friday between 1 to 3:30.

This is a return to our normal Housing Counseling Hours. Thank for your patience.
Housing Counseling Walk-in Hours:

Monday 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 9 to 11 a.m.

Thursday 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday 1 to 3:30

No Tuesday Walk-in Hours

6 Institute Road, P.O. Box 3

Emergency Line ext. 171
Tenant Line ext. 172
Landlord Line ext. 173