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REC Farmers Gala! In downtown Worcester!

Save the Date!
REC Farmers Gala
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 
6 pm- 9 pm
New name, new theme and new venue!
 The food justice movement is growing and going strong and so are we at the Regional Environmental Council!
We invite you to come celebrate our roots as well as our bright future at our 8th annual fall fundraising gala, this year with a new name, new theme, and new venue! 
We invite you to celebrate with us at the all new Farmers Gala onThursday, October 23rd 2014, 6pm-9pm, at the Citizen Wine Bar located at 1 Exchange Street in downtown Worcester.
We’ll still highlight the delicious flavors of New England’s fall bounty but with a more interactive feel including an opportunity to meet and talk with the farmers who grew the food for each dish.
Guests will also be treated to live music, a silent auction, awards for local food justice leaders, and a chance to learn more about Worcester’s leadership and innovation in the national food justice movement!
For more information please contact the REC at or

Primp your pit!

Do the healthy thing for your pet! Get your Pit Bull fixed for just $20 this August because unplanned litters create millions of pets with no place to call home. 

PLUS your pet will experience these benefits:
No more yowling for days on end SHE is in heat
No more of HIS inappropriate marking
No more desperate attempts to go outside to find a boyfriend or girlfriend!

This promotion is available to new clients during AUGUST, but our space is very limited.
Once our allotment of appointments has been met, we will not be able to accommodate any more. So call today!

You must mention PRIMP YOUR PIT when you call to book your
male or female pit bull for a spay/neuter surgery to receive the discount.
Your dog or cat must be at least 3 months old/3 lb. and under 100 lb.


Primp Your Pit spay/neuter appointments are not refundable.

Eligible for new appointments only and limited availability;
appointments for this special offer are NONREFUNDABLE.

Please call us at 203-690-1550 for more information

Will Mo. governor’s sending in the National Guard …

… to Ferguson quell the violence? Tamp down the pain? Change laws? Make things better?

We think not.

Just adds gasoline to the fire.

Where are today’s Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Public Enemy, Warren Zevon, Lucinda Williams, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon? Isn’t there anyone out there young and brilliant who can sing about the Olympian happenings still happening in America?

Must be.

- R. T.

Why isn’t President Obama heading out to Ferguson, Mo., to DEAL WITH …

… this CANCER on the AMERICAN soul? Racism.

We can only truly feel it if we are a person of color. If we are white, maybe feel how people feel if we are married to or in love with a person of color and live with their experiences every day.  Sometimes, if we are white, we can try to understand through the great American art of blues music. We can hear – be awed by – the pain/joy in that music. But there’s no substitute for being black or brown skinned…

President Obama knows exactly how it went down in Ferguson.

He KNOWS, but he’s gone all politician on us.

Equivocation ain’t gonna save this day! Our president DOES look gaunt and careworn. He’s got a tough job …Easy to slow down, ease up a bit at the end…Forget the poetry, the vision, the POWER OF A PRESIDENT’S WORDS. Especially this one’s.

DISENGAGEMENT IS NOT AN OPTION! Especially when so many people need you!

We wish MLK, Jr., were here! In his prime! He really was the King! He’d be down in Ferguson!

Screw Al Sharpton!

President Obama needs to go down to Ferguson! He needs to speechify. He needs to get eloquent. He needs to speak TRUTH to ugly reality.

He needs to tell HIS people – cuz they are HIS people – that what happened was evil. That he knows their pain and that the American machine is rigged to PRODUCE AND PERPETUATE THEIR PAIN. He needs to say: I hear you and you break my heart…

- R. Tirella


Tomorrow! Saturday, August 16! INCREDIBLE LIVE MUSIC at Worcester’s Latin American Festival!

Hooray, for Dolly V! She puts on the best fest every year!

In downtown Worcester! A whole new world of music for you to discover!

FREE!  Check out the performers! Click here! to see it all!

 A Worcester tradition!

Noon – 9 p.m.

City Hall area, Main Street

Live Latin music on stage!

Latin American cuisine!

Beer garden!

Children’s tent and crafts!

Information tables!

Don’t miss Woo’s best fest!

For more information, please call 508.798.1900

- R. T.

Crompton Park – Green Island’s “jewel”


By Lorraine Michele Laurie

The Green Island Neighborhood or “The Island” as longtime residents call it, has a jewel in its midst. It’s not a diamond or a sapphire or an emerald. It’s not something that you can wear or just admire. It’s something that everyone can visit and enjoy – a little piece of country in the city. It’s Crompton Park located in the southern part of the neighborhood and boarded by Endicott Street, Harding Street, Canton Street and Quinsigamond Ave.

Crompton Park is not a new park. Its history goes back to 1888 when the City of Worcester purchased 12.73 acres from Mrs. Mary C. Crompton for $44,350. The property was named Crompton Park in honor of its original owners. Mary Crompton was the widow of George Crompton, the world famous loom maker, who had his Crompton Loon Works on Green Street. The building is still there and is now known as “Crompton Place.” The family lived on Union Hill overlooking the “Island” in their estate named “Mariemont.” We know this land as the former location of St Vincent Hospital.

Crompton Park has undergone many improvements over the years. There was a wading pool affectionately known as the “mud hole,” a tennis court, a basket court with lights named in 1963 in honor of basketball great Bob Cousy, playground equipment and softball fields. For many young Island residents, it was a real treat to slide down the “hill” in the winter. How the hill got there is still a mystery. It may be from the dirt from the digging of the Blackstone Canal or the earth from the cellar holes of the nearby 3-deckers or the molasses from the nearby brewery. Whatever it was, the hill is as historic as the park itself. There was also the Crompton Park Sanitary and Bath House which was completed in 1925. You could go there for 5 cents and take a shower and when you returned the towel, you would get your 5 cents back. This building was renovated in the early 1980’s and became the home of the Green Island Neighborhood Center on September 27, 1984 and the Center continues to call it “home.”

Other improvements were made in the following years such as walkway lighting, parking areas, new playground equipment and a state of the art pool. The $2.7 million pool complex was dedicated and opened on Friday, July 1, 2011. New playground equipment followed shortly after on the corner of Harding and Canton Streets.

In November of 2010, a planning session was convened to discuss future renovations.   As with the planning sessions held in the early 1980’s, the meetings were well attended.   Suggestions were made regarding new playground equipment , improvement to the ball fields, parking areas, enlarging the community building and providing bathroom facilities. The plans were approved by the Parks Commission on March 31, 2011 and by the Worcester City Council on February 28, 2012. What makes this planning session so special is that the master plan is available for viewing on the City Parks Department web site.

During a recent conversation, Assistant Commissioner for Parks Robert C. Antonelli, Jr. spoke about the next steps. Initial electrical design work is now underway especially for lighting. A PARC grant has been resubmitted to the State Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for $400,000. The City of Worcester will match the grant with $600,000. If awarded the PARC grant, the scope of work will involve moving the tennis courts to near the corner of Canton Street and Quinsigamond Ave. The vacated space will become a new entrance and parking area. The present parking area and driveway will be shut off and turned into a grassy area that will be ideal for picnic tables and more play area. If the City is successful with this grant, work will begin in May 2015 and be completed in August of 2016.   Assistant Commissioner Antonelli pointed out that work would be done according to the park schedule so it would not interfere with the operation of the pool or the office hours of the Green Island Neighborhood Center.

State Representative for the 16th Worcester District Daniel Donahue offered his support to this worthwhile project. He summed it up this way, “I am happy to see the City re-applying for the PARC grant to fund renovations to Crompton Park. Crompton Park is a well used and well loved City park that is in need of infrastructure investment and improvements. We have seen recently the success of the new pool and playground and continuing with this work and investment, we will keep Crompton Park as the great resource it is to our neighborhoods and residents well into the future,’

ICT letter to the editor: No casinos for Mass!

Good afternoon,


The house of cards is collapsing. Atlantic City’s newest casino, Revel Atlantic City, announced this week it will be closing within the month-after only two years in operation. That’s the fourth Atlantic City casino shuddering operations this year alone.

“Casinos are a mistake we don’t have to make.”


Reflecting on the industry’s broken promises … former Mass. Attorney General and casino opponent Scott Harshbarger reminded us on Tuesday that Massachusetts can do better, we already are.


We’re being sold a four year old argument. The fact is, Massachusetts is doing better than casino states: more residents employed, businesses growing, and construction projects increasing.


The casino industry and its supporters are now online, in the news, and will soon be on the airwaves. While they will portray this vote as inevitable, we know better. But it’s going to be a David v. Goliath battle, and we need your help!


Please join us online, donate to our growing campaign, volunteer to help and join us on social media.


Together, we’ll defeat the casino industry.


John Ribeiro


Repeal the Casino Deal

Thank you! ASPCA commends Mass. lawmakers for passing “Puppy Doe” bill

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) applauds Massachusetts lawmakers for passing a measure to increase maximum jail time and monetary penalties for animal cruelty. The bill also requires veterinarians to report animal abuse and establishes a task force to comprehensively review all state laws relating to animal cruelty and protection.

Known as the “Puppy Doe” bill in recognition of the horrific incident in Quincy, Mass. in August 2013, where a young dog was found starved, stabbed, burned and brutally beaten in a local park, S.2345 now heads to Gov. Deval Patrick to be signed into law.

“The deliberate and egregious acts of cruelty inflicted upon Puppy Doe were the stuff of nightmares, and a gross violation of the humane values of Massachusetts’ citizens,” said Bill Ketzer, senior state director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Northeast region. “We applaud every state lawmaker who stepped forward in the grave shadow cast by Puppy Doe, acting quickly to demonstrate that animal cruelty must never be tolerated. We strongly urge Governor Patrick to sign this legislation into law to ensure the strongest possible protections for victims of cruelty, so no animal suffers the terrible fate of Puppy Doe.”

“We’re very pleased that this crucial legislation has passed, and we extend our thanks to Representatives Louis Kafka and Bruce Ayers, and Senator Bruce Tarr who championed these reforms in the legislature,” said Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for MSPCA-Angell. “We also thank every caring citizen who contacted state legislators to urge for stronger laws to punish animal abusers, and most importantly, to work to prevent cruelty from happening in the first place. Animal lovers around the state can today celebrate these efforts and hopefully find some peace knowing that from such tragic incidents, like Puppy Doe and others, awareness has been generated that will now prevent harm to other helpless animals.”

The Animal Rescue League of Boston responded to the case of “Puppy Doe,” a tiny dog who was systematically and brutally tortured over several months. Her injuries were so severe that sadly, euthanasia was the only humane option. The gut-wrenching details of this case prompted a review of the Commonwealth’s animal cruelty laws and a renewed interest to increase penalties for cases involving torture, mutilation and other vicious and calculated acts of cruelty.

Earlier this year, Gov. Patrick also signed animal protection bills into law to assist pets in disasters and ban the cruel practice of shark finning. The pets in disasters law requires local governments to include strategies in their emergency operations plans to support the needs of people with household pets or service animals in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

For more information on the ASPCA or to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Caleb says the BIG BLUE thing in the middle of his mural is a happy feeling or maybe a beloved pet …






By Rosalie Tirella

… if that’s what I see (my suggestions to him).

He says it’s up to us to get what’s up on the wall of the Denholm Building in downtown Worcester.

We don’t exactly get it. But it’s cute! Very smiley face! Very Harvey Ball-like!

I asked Caleb what he was thinking about when he painted his mural…. What was he trying to depict/feel…

Much hemming and hawing. He did say, very clearly:  “My wife works in Worcester.” He also said he’s been trying to paint murals in Worcester for years…

That told us:

1. He may be kinda “connected” – very important in  Worcester - meaning InCity Times’ former illustrator and TOTALLY TALENTED AND INTELLECTUALLY HONEST muralist, Pito, the Latino wonder, had no fucking chance of getting this gig…

2. and Caleb was/is gonna try to keep the powers that be in Worcester happy (slap happy?) so that they can keep giving him work – the chance to do more cute art in Woo …

Here’s the rub: Worceter’s the second largest city in New England!

We have a heroin problem! Nine maybe 10 bodies dead due to drug overdose in 8 days!

Our economy is a tad better than most Gateway cities, but we need more jobs. We’ve got tons of poor folks. PLUS: There was a NOOSE found in the US post office branch in the DENHOLM building where Caleb painted his mural!!

Art can be fun and cute and pretty .. . It can be soothing …. it can be political ….

This mural seems fun and cute…Still what do the down, battered buildings mean on the left? Why are they up straight to the right? What was Caleb’s point??? We suggested to Caleb, when we pounced on him this afternoon and took pics of him and his mural, that the blue fuzz ball he painted in the middle was happy postive feelings and maybe this was gonna make downtown Worcester strong and  happy again. He said his blue fuzz ball was a female, as it was sporting a ribbon.

Wish the ribbon-sporting blue fuzz ball  hadn’t been painted on such a big prominent spot in the city!

But it does pretty things up!

Now if it had been Pito: Pito would have shared more than Caleb: Pito told us and would tell you, anyone – that he was arrested years ago and thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit. It fucked him up. Left him angry and sad. His illustrations for InCity Times showed that. Some of his murals were a tad foreboding… but they could also be light and happy! Pito painted, among other walls,  the former COW JUMPING OVER THE MOON MURAL at the Corner Grille over on the West Side – up on Pleasant Street, by Richmond.


Pito could be moody,  sensitive, tough … real. He didn’t kiss up to anyone!

If the City of Worcester big wigs AND THE ARTS “COMMUNITY” wanted something cute and frivolous Pito would have obliged and come up with something great. AND they would have been supporting a WORCESTER ARTIST, a WOO PERSON OF COLOR whose friends and relatives would have flipped! Somone whose former teachers and co-workers, etc etc could have crowed about to EVERYBODY!! A guy who is challenging! TRUE…

Oh, well. More buildings in Woo that need more public art.