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REC Worcester Earth Day clean-ups … Vegan St. Patty’s Day yum yums … and music 🎵🎶🌹🎵 to our ears!🌸

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From REC:

Saturday, April 8

8 am – 12 pm

We are excited to invite you to join us for this year’s REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

This is truly a community-wide event in which residents come together every year to give Worcester the Spring-cleaning it deserves.

Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together to pick up more than 50 tons of trash at over 60 sites in Worcester!!!🌸❤

Let’s do even more this year to make
Worcester cleaner and greener🌻🌺!

WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU❤💛💜❤!

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If you would like to help us coordinate the cleanup of a particular site, we encourage you to sign up as a Site Coordinator.

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Otherwise, please sign up as a Volunteer (or group of volunteers) and we will connect you with a site in your area!

This event is only possible because of your volunteerism and commitment to our city. The REC, along with many partners including city government, non-profits, and businesses provide the materials, pick-up services and logistics.

We look forward to working with you!

Please feel free to contact Pat Barnosky with any questions or concerns
– earthday@recworcester.org – 508-799-9139

Thank you for joining with your neighbors and friends to support the 28th Annual REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

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GO VEGAN THIS ST. PATTY’S DAY!🍻🍏

Irish Cabbage Salsa!

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1 cup shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1 carrot shredded

2–3 green onions chopped

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. whole grain mustard

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Refrigerate overnight.

Makes about 2 cups

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Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

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1 large onion chopped

3 ribs celery chopped

2-3 cloves garlic minced

1/2 head cabbage chopped

4 carrots sliced

1-1 1/2 pounds potatoes cut in large dice

1/3 cup pearled barley optional or substitute with gluten-free grain

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon rosemary crushed

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6-8 cups vegetable broth

3 cups cooked great northern beans (2 cans, drained)

1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

salt to taste

Place vegetables, seasonings, barley and broth into a large stockpot.

Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, check seasonings, and add more herbs if necessary.

Simmer uncovered for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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Protect our history with every bite

By Jennifer Bates

Boston, Massachusetts. St. Augustine, Florida. Jamestown, Virginia. The events that took place at these sites helped write our country’s history. But now our gluttony could erase them forever.

Our seemingly unquenchable appetite for meat, dairy foods and eggs condemns billions of sentient animals annually to miserable lives in squalid pens and jam-packed cages followed by deaths that are terrifying and painful. But it is also fundamentally altering our landscape. Widespread animal agriculture is responsible for up to 51 percent of the global greenhouse-gas emissions that are heating up the planet at an alarming rate. Warmer air means that glacial ice—and giant hunks of it—could disintegrate in just a few decades. If the West Antarctic ice sheet melts, it could raise sea levels by 12 feet or more, and if that happens, the physical record of our country’s early history along the East Coast will literally wash away.

But our relentless drive for foods made from animals will decimate more than cultural landmarks. The animal-agriculture industry fouls everything that it touches as it oozes across the planet. It churns heavy metals and other poisons into our water and spews toxins such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia into the air. It sickens and chokes human communities unfortunate enough to be in its suffocating shadow and eliminates entire species as it clear-cuts huge swaths of forest.

What will future generations think of us when they learn that they can’t explore Boston or see a glacier up close because our generation valued the pleasure of the palate over the environment and its diverse life forms? We will lose everything to our expanding waistlines—our clean water and fresh air, our healthy communities and national treasures—if we do not make a change, and soon.

Earth Day is a good time for us to make that change. Every year, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities like composting or choosing to buy locally grown produce. But what if those participants—one-seventh of all humanity—also went vegan? Billions fewer animals would be raised and slaughtered for fleeting meals, and the domino effect would be astounding. The dramatic reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions would slow the rising of oceans. Water previously channeled into factory farms would instead be used for human consumption. Oceanic dead zones—areas where little life can survive, thanks to pollutants from farm runoff—could begin to rebound, as could ecosystems damaged by rampant overfishing.

Fewer animals would also mean more crops for human consumption. As things stand now, we grow enough food for every human on the planet. But much of what we grow is diverted into feed for cows, chickens and other animals so that the populations of rich countries can eat animal flesh and eggs and drink animal milk—an inefficient system that is as unjust to the world’s poor as it is cruel to animals.

So on this Earth Day, don’t settle for small actions. Make the choice that will help preserve humanity’s past, protect its present and ensure its future: Go vegan.

Edith parked in fashion! … Worcester Earth Day clean ups? The city’s most equitable/best farmers markets? Community gardens and more? REC’s been a Woo shining star for decades!

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Garden with REC!

By Edith Morgan
 
It’s that time of year again: Worcester’s citywide Earth Day Clean-up happens April 9, and on that Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, we expect more than 1,000 volunteers to fan out throughout the city to pick up trash in public places. 

So, in preparation for the event, there was a gathering at the Worcester Senior Center last night, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to get ready – and to eat and see friends, and take care of “business.”  
 
Earth Day has been observed here in Worcester by the REC and all our neighborhoods since 1989, and yearly we have gotten together to celebrate the successes of the REC projects, plan for the future, and pass out the materials needed for the clean-up.
 
A lively and excited group filled the large meeting-eating area at the Senior Center. After a brief welcome from REC Board President Julie Orozco, we got down to the business of eating the great assortment of “pot-luck” foods that attendees had brought.
 
Then, down to business business: President Orozco  gave a brief summary of her involvement with the organization,  and  Treasurer Ted Hudson summarized the year’s finances, which were detailed for all attendees in the annual report booklet that we all were given.
 
To complete the formal part of this annual meeting,  elections were then held (the slate was at each of our seats,  and everyone was duly introduced, sworn in, and welcomed by the group.)

The Regional Environmental Council has greatly impacted the Worcester Community:

Thywill Opare summarized the accomplishments of the YouthGROW program and its impact on the young people involved with it.

Rafaela Morales-Rosa talked about the Community Gardens program.

Winifred Octave spoke about how she came to be involved, not only in the yearly clean-ups but also in advocating for the great improvements to Grant Park, directly across the street from where she lives. Together with Deb Bolz she founded the Green Hill Neighborhood Association, which carries on improvements year-round.
 
Finally, Steve Fischer, REC executive Director, spoke about some of the accomplishments of these programs:

Steve said there were 50 sites throughout the the city, that last year, 50 tons of trash were collected, involving more than 1,000 volunteers.

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Trash all over our streets! Here’s a bunch of refuse illegally dumped, on Ward Street heading into the Canal District! pic:R.T.

He thanked the many great corporate and community organization sponsors.

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Spring is here!!! flower pics: Chef Joey
 

Before giving the assembled Earth Day Coordinators some tips for the Earth Day Clean-up activities, Steve mentioned some figures that gave us a better idea of the impact these programs are having in Worcester:

There are now 64 [REC] community and school gardens in Worcester;  

34 youth are employed
on two “urban farms” 

and the ever increasing number of REC farmers markets served 8,000 separate (unique) customers. Lest you get the idea that using these locally grown and sold foods are being consumed only by those who can afford the sometimes higher prices that fresh, pure fruits and vegetables bring, I was amazed to find that half of all sales went to users of SNAP benefits and the WIC Program – so people who need it most are getting great, healthy food, fresh and home-grown. That’s a real win-win!

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All Worcester families can afford to buy the fresh produce and more available at REC FARMERS MARKETS because the REC markets do not discriminate – keep some city residents out of the healthy food loop – AND ACCEPT SNAP cards! Some even double the amount of veggies you can buy with SNAP. FOOD JUSTICE NOW!! – R. Tirella pic: Ron O’Clair
 
So, I urge everyone to participate, join REC, help us make our neighborhoods pristine …

… and on April 9 – our city’s Earth Day celebration – fill as many of REC’s yellow trash bags as you can!

REC provides Earth Day clean-up site coordinators with bags, gloves, instructions, and advice.

If you want to help, or have questions, or want to know more, call REC at 508-799-9139. Or go to their website: www.RECworcester.org.
 

Tomorrow! Worcester celebrates EARTH DAY! … and the OIF comes thru…

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Green for Earth Day! The OIF did a great job with Rosalie’s tool box! She loves it so much she keeps it in her car so she can store her CDs and everything else!

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The top tray of the tool box is now kitty April’s portable diabetes station. New syringes, used syringes, cat food – a movable vet emergency tray! Thanks, cutie!

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Tomorrow!

Saturday, April 18

WORCESTER!

EARTH DAY CLEAN-UPS!

PITCH IN! HAVE FUN!

Earth Day Clean Ups will be happening in every Worcester neighborhood tomorrow!

With your help we can do even more this year to make our city BEAUTIFUL!

Be a volunteer and lend a helping hand!

Last year MORE THAN 1,000 VOLUNTEERS cleaned up Worcester!

For more information, contact:

Hanh at 508-799-9139 or office@recworcester.org.

Don’t forget! This Saturday, April 18! Worcester celebrates Earth Day!

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WOO EARTH DAY CLEAN-UPS!

THIS SATURDAY!

PITCH IN! HAVE FUN!

Earth Day Clean Ups will be happening in every Worcester neighborhood this Saturday!

The Regional Environmental Council (REC) invites you to be a part of the 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups!

With your help we can do even more this year to make our city BEAUTIFUL!

Be a new volunteer and lend a helping hand!

If you know of a Worcester neighborhood (yours??) and would like to spearhead the clean-up, contact us!

This is a truly community-wide event!

Last year marked our 25th year of joining together with local businesses, neighbors and friends to clean a record number of Worcester streets, neighborhoods and parks.

MORE THAN 1,000 VOLUNTEERS cleaned up Worcester! 

For more information, contact:

Hanh at 508-799-9139 or office@recworcester.org.

To learn more about REC farmers markets, community gardens, youth internships and fun activities for EVERYONE in our city, CLICK HERE

From REC, re: WORCESTER Earth Day cleanups

REC invites you to join us in our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, Saturday, April 18, to commemorate Earth Day.

With your help we can do even more this year to make Worcester a better place to live and work!

We are always looking for new sites to clean up and more volunteers to lend a helping hand. If you know of a Worcester neighborhood/site and would like to spearhead the clean-ups, we encourage you to sign up as a site-coordinator. But if you are looking for ways to just get involved that day, please sign up as a volunteer.

SATURDAY 

APRIL 18

Become an Earth Day Site Coordinator!

Become an Earth Day Volunteer!

The cleanups are truly a community-wide event; last year marked out 25th year of joining together with local businesses, neighbors and friends to clean a record number of city streets, neighborhoods and parks.

We are only able to achieve the amazing results we do by the sponsorship of local businesses, in-kind donations. and the volunteerism of more than 1,000 volunteers. If you would like to give a financial contribution to our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, please sign up as a sponsor.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Hanh at 508-799-9139 or office@recworcester.org.

We look forward to working with everyone this year to make Worcester a cleaner, safer, and healthier city. We couldn’t do it without you!

Saturday, April 18! Worcester Earth Day clean-ups! City-wide! Pitch in! Have fun!

From the Worcester Regional Environmental Council (REC), based in Main South:

Get involved in this year’s 26th Annual Earth Day Clean Ups!

In Worcester! 

Saturday, April 18!

REC invites you to join us in our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, Saturday, April 18, to commemorate Earth Day.

With your help we can do even more this year to make our city a better place to live and work!

We are always looking for new sites to clean up and more volunteers to lend a helping hand.

If you know of a Worcester neighborhood/site and would like to spearhead the clean-ups, we encourage you to sign up as a site-coordinator.

But if you are looking for ways to just get involved that day, please sign up as a volunteer.

Become an Earth Day Site Coordinator!

Become an Earth Day Volunteer!

The cleanups are truly a community-wide event; last year marked our 25th year of joining together with local businesses, neighbors and friends to clean a record number of Worcester streets, neighborhoods and parks.

We are only able to achieve the amazing results we do by the sponsorship of local businesses, in-kind donations and the volunteerism of MORE THAN 1,000 VOLUNTEERS! 

If you would like to give a financial contribution to our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, please sign up as a sponsor.

For more information or, if you have any questions, please contact:

Hanh at 508-799-9139 or office@recworcester.org.

We look forward to working with everyone this year to make Worcester a cleaner, safer, and healthier city. We couldn’t do it without you!

To learn more about REC farmers markets, community gardens, youth internships and fun activities for EVERYONE in our city, CLICK HERE

REC 26th annual Worcester Earth Day clean ups!

Get involved in this year’s 26th Annual Earth Day Clean Ups!

Saturday, April 18

REC invites you to join us in our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, Saturday, April 18, to commemorate Earth Day.

With your help we can do even more this year to make our city a better place to live and work!

We are always looking for new sites to clean up and more volunteers to lend a helping hand. If you know of a neighborhood/site and would like to spearhead the clean-ups, we encourage you to sign up as a site-coordinator.

But if you are looking for ways to just get involved that day, please sign up as a volunteer.

Become an Earth Day Site Coordinator!

Become an Earth Day Volunteer!

The cleanups are truly a community-wide event; last year marked out 25th year of joining together with local businesses, neighbors and friends to clean a record number of Worcester streets, neighborhoods and parks.

We are only able to achieve the amazing results we do by the sponsorship of local businesses, in-kind donations and the volunteerism of more than 1,000 volunteers.

If you would like to give a financial contribution to our 26th REC Annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, please sign up as a sponsor.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Hanh at 508-799-9139 or office@recworcester.org.

We look forward to working with everyone this year to make Worcester a cleaner, safer, and healthier city. We couldn’t do it without you!

We love Worcester’s diversity! … and an ENTIRE album!

Yesterday we saw this lovely lady and her son on Elm Street. Her clothing sparkled in the sun! How beautiful!

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With Earth Day around the corner, we’ve been listening to Marvin Gaye’s WHAT’S GOING ON. I’ve had this album since college and it never sounds dated. It’s all here, folks: an amazing portrait of inner-city life – a  heroin addict’s pleas, love of family, concern for the earth. LOVE OF EARTH. This album says it ALL – and slays me …    WHY AREN’T WE LISTENING – really listening – TO MARVIN GAYE???

Here’s the entire lp for you – an aural, spiritual MIRACLE!      – R. Tirella