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Chef Joey – always in style!

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From Chef Joey: a culinary blast from the past (with new pics):

Holiday leftovers

Text, recipes and photos by Chef Joey

Thanksgiving! Ok, glad it is over – not going to lie. Same people, in two weeks for Christmas. However, there is a cathartic element about the whole turkey dinner. Growing up European, we made turkey and enjoyed the day off from school, but the whole ceremonious process was lost on us. When I married, to an American family, I was thrust into the warmth, love and “tradition” that did not exist in my upbringing.

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After dinner: Chef Joey’s Gigi hangs out in her princess bedroom/home office with two of her four pups and opens up her laptop to read new emails.😉🌸 We love the tea pots on the adorable table – short and stout and tres princess-y!

Every family has their traditions, albeit different from the Pilgrims with their venison and eel – not Butterball and squash. Sorry, people! I have been to numerous homes where we were served relish trays before dinner. I’ve visited my Lebanese friends – homes with more hor’s d’oeuvres than you can imagine! Then dinner! I’ve dined with Asian families serving traditional dishes, then the “American Dinner.” It is all wonderful!

But the best part about turkey dinners: Leftovers! We all strive for the 25-pound turkey that is affordable. This bird is good for dinner, turkey soup, turkey pie, and let’s squeeze in a tetrazzini – or even croquettes.

So you have a turkey carcass:

Clean off as much meat as possible. Boil the bones in a pan that just covers the carcass …

Add 2 whole, peeled, scored onions …

… and 3 cloves of garlic.

Cook for at least 30 minutes.

This is the base of your turkey soup/pie/tetrazzini.

For the soup:

Take at least 1 cup of turkey meat, chopped up

Add carrots, celery, cubed potatoes with 6 cups broth

Cook until veggies are tender and there you have it!

For the pie:

Add peas and arrow root or corn starch to thicken

Toss a pie crust on top of your pie plate filled with yummies – and there is dinner 2.

Tetrazzini is the same as the pie. However, it has parmesan cheese (1/4 cup) mixed in and is traditionally served in a puff pastry shell. Let’s make it real and serve it on a piece of toasted bread. Starch, protein all on one plate.

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Treat time: Gigi doesn’t get refined-sugar-y stuff but plenty of fruits, yogurt, cashews…

I mentioned croquettes …

Take your leftover meat and toss it into a food processor

Add 2 eggs per cup of ground meat

Add 1 cup cooked oatmeal or 1 cup WET breadcrumbs to the mix. Roll into balls and fry or bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Silly, easy, and cranberry sauce with a little mayo makes a tasty little dip!

Please! Don’t forget Puerto Rico!

By Boa Newgate

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Worcester has taken in and helped lots of folks from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. But we can do so much more! pic: R.T.

Puerto Rico – The island that is known for its natural beautiful atmosphere, rich culture and warm climates fell into what seems to be a nightmare that one can not be awoken from. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria came by surprise and left Puerto Rican natives without homes, vegetation and loved ones in a matter of hours.

This will be a devastation that will be carried through many years and never forgotten.

With a heavy heart, Juliana, a Puerto Rican native and I headed to Puerto Rico. We were both representing our community and the Southeast Asian Coalition. We wanted to expand the understanding of humanity. We carried hope through out the whole journey, believing that no assistance was too small.

Rather than leaving our Puerto Rican friends and families in the dark, we decided to bring necessities such as flashlights and candles to those with no power. Also with the help from the Southeast Asian Coalition community and friends, we were able to fundraise and send out a shipping container filled with survival necessities such as food, water, cloth, batteries and more. We were so graciously humbled from the support back home.

When we got to Puerto Rico we were in complete shock. As we traveled night and day from town to town passing out flashlights and candles, we saw people waiting in line for hours to maintain gas. We were stuck by what seemed to be endless traffic all day.

We saw people traveling miles just to get drinking water!

We ran into people who hadn’t had running water in their home since the storm hit, which resulted in them having to shower in sewer water.

Aside from the locals of Puerto Rico suffering the terrible loss of their homes, the land will leave you just as shocked as it left us.
From the palm trees being completely bent and destroyed, to the amount of broken roads we had to dodge, everything was completely heartbreaking.

Hurricane Maria made its first landfall and hit the hardest in Humacao, located southeast of Puerto Rico. This is also Juliana’s hometown. The destruction was indescribable. The things we saw were so unreal. It felt like an apocalypse as we heard chainsaws – people trying to rebuild their homes during the day – and loud generators at night providing power.

As we traveled throughout the town helping, we only saw water trucks as support but not much help cleaning and rebuilding of the streets and homes.

The Puerto Rican natives need as much help as possible. We were able to provide a few of them with flashlights and candles as well as help bring water to a few homes. It was amazing to see how appreciative they were for the small help. Our help was received with gratitude and appreciation. They were thankful to hear that we will be trying our best back home to continue the support.

We’d like to thank those folks who supported us in our travel to Puerto Rico, but there’s more work and help needed. It will take years for Puerto Rico to recover, and we’re afraid that Puerto Rico will not be covered by the news agencies anymore – that people will forget that they are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and US citizens.

Although the tragedy that remains in Juliana’s homeland broke the spirits of many, it did not shake the love out of our hearts, and that is why we are encouraging anyone and everyone to respectfully help. Whether it be with food, clothes, money or something as simple as spreading this message, we can help Puerto Rico.

Here are ways that you can contribute: If you can, please help Worcester grassroots inner-city programs that are trying their absolute best to provide a safe place for people and prepare food to give to people who lost their homes. You can volunteer, donate goods, or provide funds: go to www.unitedwaycm.org and click on Amor para Puerto Rico.

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And FYI:

Re-dedication ceremony of the “Citizens of Color” W W II monument🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🗽

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

I was pleased to have attended the re-dedication ceremony of the “Citizens of Color” monument held on Pearl Harbor Day, 07 December, 2017, at Lincoln Square.

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Today’s re-dedication ceremony

The original monument was erected in 1943, while the second World War was ongoing, to honor those people of color who made the sacrifice of participating in the war effort in various ways. Of the 145 people who were listed on the original monument, only two are still alive. One survivor, Mr. Waverly Taylor, who is 96, actually attended the ceremony in his wheelchair.

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The event drew an interesting crowd of spectators, many of whom were veterans of one of the branches of the military themselves. It was a long overdue ceremony …

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… the original monument had been removed from its previous location at Belmont and Clayton streets due to the construction of Interstate Highway 290 in 1959 and somehow was forgotten about, and not re-dedicated until now.

There were many people who were crusaders advocating for the replacement of the monument, myself included. We thought it was disgraceful that Worcester had seemed to forget about those citizens of color who had made the choice to serve their nation, or were drafted into service. The petition authored by community activist Mr. William S. Coleman III brought the matter before the full Worcester City Council, during which members of the public were allowed to speak on the item of having the City of Worcester replace the monument. The effort sailed through the City Council with a unanimous vote in favor of replacing the monument.

Worcester City Councilor at Large Morris (“Moe”) Bergman was very helpful throughout to ensure the speedy resolution of the matter. It was decided that a replacement monument would be fabricated, since the original had been lost sometime in the past and could not be located for restoration.

The decision was also made to have the Worcester Technical High School students perform the work required to fabricate a replacement monument as part of their school curriculum, earning them credit for their contributions in the welding, drafting and advanced manufacturing departments of the Worcester Technical High School. The students did a fantastic job and were on hand to see their effort pay dividends to the community today.

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A gentleman wearing an outfit that is reminiscent of the style worn back in the day when the monument was first erected in 1943; he is seen here standing before the unveiled Monument.

The original location of the monument was on the corner of Belmont and Clayton streets, where a wooden Belmont AME Zion Church once stood. The church is no longer there, due to the construction of the interstate highway beginning in 1959. The Belmont AME Zion church is now located at 55 Illinois St., and Reverend Clyde Talley of that church performed the Invocation, as well as the Benediction in the ceremony of re-dedication. He then invited all participants to the Belmont AME Zion church for light refreshments after the ceremony, as well as to see some photographs provided by the families on the Honor Roll which were displayed at the church event.

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It was a great way for Worcester to honor the brave servicemen who had long been forgotten by choosing the date of December 7th – which is the date that will live on in infamy.

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This photograph shows the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II Red Tails, which was an all-Black unit of pilots that escorted the bomber crews onto their targets during the war. The jacket was worn by Mrs. Hazzard who has family listed on the Honor Roll. The Tuskegee pilots were especially appreciated by bomber crews for their dedication and ability in the task.

Green Island’s mayor invites you to the Kelley Square Christmas Tree Lighting!

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Will Chef Joey’s Gigi be drivin’ down to KS💜…

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… after her visit with Santa?!🎄🎈❄. pics: J.C.

Happy 30th Anniversary Kelley Square Christmas Tree Lighting!

By Lorraine Michele Laurie

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Lorraine Laurie has written about the history of Green Island and been its most passionate advocate for more than 30 years! The Kelley Square 🌲 event was/is her baby! pics: R.T.

Drive through Kelley Square from January to November and on the right side, near Harding Street, you’ll see a 30-foot Spruce tree near the flagpole at the Kelley Square Gulf Station. Come December 9, you’ll see this same tree transformed into a glistening rainbow of color.

This transformation marks the official welcoming of the Christmas Season to the neighborhood around Kelley Square. The kick-off is a celebration in itself. It is called the “Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.” This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.

The idea to have a neighborhood celebration came from a longtime Island resident named Anne Bacinskas who was a Board member of the Green Island/Vernon Hill Community Development Corporation, newly formed in 1987. The first “ceremony” involved caroling and serving hot cocoa. In the next few years, the event really took off. Coordinated by the Green Island CDC and the Green Island merchants, the festivities took place at the Kelley Square Exxon with a donated gigantic real tree and ornaments made by area children.

The next few years followed in the same manner, with a glitch here and there, like the toppling of the huge tree!! The present tree took its roots in 1994 as part of a grant for trees on Green and Water Streets.

Every year the tree and ceremony grew and grew. Ornaments were made by area children, especially by the students at St. Mary’s Elementary School on nearby Richland Street. There even was a Kelley Square Ornament Contest with prizes donated by local businesses. Begun in 1997, this took place for more than 10 years.

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Vernon Hill resident Patty, left, is Lorraine’s holiday helper – has been for years! Here the two friends show off some tree toppers!

The beautiful handmade ornaments included a Santa and Sleigh made of dog biscuits, an ornament made out of a coconut, a bottle wreath, a Nativity scene, stars and a “gingerbread” house.

With the demise of the Canal District CDC (formerly the Green Island/Vernon Hill CDC) in 2006, the Green Island Residents Group, Inc. voted that the ceremony should continue because it was a neighborhood favorite. The Green Island Residents Group, Inc. has been sponsor ever since.

Come join the neighborhood, local pols and biz folks as we usher in the Christmas Season! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Today! Lincoln Square! Be there! 🇺🇸🗽🇺🇸🗽🇺🇸🇺🇸

From the Worcester NAACP:

Greetings,

The City of Worcester cordially invites the public to the dedication of the Citizens of Color World War II Honor Roll …

… 1 pm, Thursday, December 7

… at Lincoln Square

Please join the City of Worcester in commemorating this great moment of history!

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And … FROM RON!

Worcester’s long forgotten heroes honored at last!🗽🗽

By Ron O’Clair

Today marked the installation of the “people of color” monument at Lincoln Square at the footing of Belmont Street. The original monument was installed on Belmont Street near where the I-290 overpass is located today.

The fact was, the original monument had to be removed for the construction of I-290 and was subsequently forgotten about, since 1958.

It was an oversight no doubt and was not re-erected after the highway was completed.

When I first heard about it through William Coleman, being a veteran myself, I was one of the people who spoke to the Worcester City Council urging that this oversight be corrected and the monument restored to honor those people of color who served in the World War II from Worcester.

The City Council was unanimous in support of fast tracking the restoration of the monument with great support from City Councilor Morris Bergman throughout the proceedings resulting from that City Council meeting.

I heard many people say that this type of thing may have been racially motivated, knowing that times were different then, but I truly believe it was not intentional, and that it simply got lost in the shuffle of the upheaval that constructing the Interstate through our city entailed. Entire neighborhoods were demolished, including the Laurel/Clayton neighborhood where the monument had stood. We lost many important architectural buildings, schools and businesses during that period of change. Worcester has always been a staunch believer in the rights of all people to live free and was an important historical stop on the underground railroad that helped escaped slaves reach freedom.

Our history is replete with examples of our inherent sense of fair play as regards equality, so much so, that I find it difficult to give credence to rumors of indifference on behalf of the previous City Administrations.
Regardless, the monument is now erected and honors those who served from Worcester who happened to be of color.

It is good to see that these people are not lost to History any longer.
Ron O’Clair, former Staff Sergeant E/5 USAFR, salutes the memory of our service men and women of color who served their community with honor so long ago!

Cool vintage Woo holiday photos from the Worcester Historical Museum!🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

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The first Christmas tree on the Worcester Common, 1913

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An “Orphan Christmas party” with Santa, 1965

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Men shoveling snow near the Worcester Common, 1939

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Visit the dazzling SALISBURY MANSION this Christmas! All dressed up for the holidays!

And the fun museum, too!

Museum and Mansion info:

Museum:

Address
30 Elm St.
Worcester, MA 01609

MUSEUM HOURS

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
4th Thursday of the Month: 10:00AM – 8:30PM

Library Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
4th Thursday of the Month: 10:00AM – 8:30PM

Salisbury Mansion:
Thursday – Saturday: 1 PM – 4 PM

From the WHM website:

Salisbury Mansion, located at 40 Highland Street, is Worcester’s only historic house museum.

Built in 1772 as a combination house and store, it served as the home of “gentleman-merchant” Stephen Salisbury.

The store closed after the Embargo of 1812, and by 1820 all of the space once used for the store had become living quarters. Salisbury Mansion has gone through many changes over the years, from a rooming-house to a gentleman’s club.

Saisbury Mansion was originally located at Lincoln Square. Through tireless research and documentation, Salisbury Mansion has been restored to the 1830s to reflect the time when it was home to the widow Elizabeth Tuckerman Salisbury.

It is considered one of the best documented historic house museums in New England.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

– R.T.

Congressman Jim McGovern: GOP Conceal-Carry Bill Weakens Gun Safety Standards Nationwide

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Congressman McGovern

Shameless Gift to NRA

editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Jim McGovern sharply criticized H.R. 38 the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a House Republican bill that would weaken gun safety standards by forcing states with strong concealed carry laws to recede to permits from states with weak or non-existent concealed carry laws.

“I look at this and ask myself, how much in the bag with the National Rifle Association is this leadership in this House?

“This makes no sense, that you are going to impose the weakest standards that exist in some states on other states with higher standards when it comes to allowing individuals to conceal and carry weapons.

“Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s highest legislative priority in this Congress. So we all know why we’re here today.

Follow the money.

“This is about campaigning. This is about contributions to political parties and members of Congress who are worried about the next election.

“But this is not about what’s in the best interest of the American people.

“This bill we’re taking up today would force states to let violent offenders, people with no firearm safety training, carry loaded hidden guns – even if those people could not otherwise legally purchase a gun in the state. I mean, really? I don’t get that.

Each state determines if it will recognize conceal carry permits issued by other states. Most states only recognize concealed carry permits with equivalent standards.

This is a rush to the bottom. I’m trying to understand why anybody would think this is a good idea.

Massachusetts has the lowest firearms death rate in the entire country.

“I’m proud of that. Don’t screw around with what we have done in my state by trying to forcibly, through statute, lower the standards. This is just not right.”

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Full Text of Congressman McGovern’s Remarks:

“I can’t believe this legislation is even before us. We have pressing, urgent things that need to be done like keep the government open, for example, that now has been pushed off and we don’t know what’s going to happen. We need to reauthorize the CHIP program to make sure our kids get access to healthcare. We have hurricane relief issues that we need to deal with. We have a zillion things that are urgent, that need to be dealt with now, and here we are dealing with this.

“It is a little bit frustrating to sit here and be told there were no hearings on this legislation. I mean, it’s December. It’s not like we started a new session. It’s December. It would have been nice to bring the police chief that Miss Jackson Lee referred to up, let them express their concerns, or others. You could bring anyone you want who supports this legislation. There is value in listening to people outside of the bully pulpit here in Washington.

“I look at this and ask myself, how much in the bag with the National Rifle Association is this leadership in this House? This makes no sense, that you are going to impose the weakest standards that exist in some states on other states with higher standards when it comes to allowing individuals to conceal and carry weapons.

“I look at the National Rifle Association webpage and concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s highest legislative priority in this Congress. So we all know why we’re here today. Follow the money. This is about campaigning. This is about contributions to political parties and members of Congress who are worried about the next election. But this is not about what’s in the best interest of the American people.

“This bill we’re taking up today would force states to let violent offenders, people with no firearm safety training, carry loaded hidden guns even if those people could not otherwise legally purchase a gun in the state. I mean, really? I don’t get that.

“As Mr. Nadler pointed out, under current law, each state determines if it will recognize conceal carry permits issued by other states. Currently, 11 states do not recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states. Most states only recognize concealed carry permits with equivalent standards. This is a rush to the bottom. I’m trying to understand why anybody would think this is a good idea.

“The gentleman from Georgia tried to compare these to driver’s licenses. Driver’s licenses, as I understand them, are standard, verifiable documents with the same criteria nationwide. Concealed carry, there’s no uniform standard security feature, no national – and sometimes no statewide – database. Driver’s licenses require things like vision, and law, and in-person driving tests.

“Concealed carry licenses, as we have learned, the training varies widely. And it isn’t even always required by states. And yet, you’re going to impose those low standards on my state?

“Massachusetts has the lowest firearms death rate in the entire country. I’m proud of that. Don’t screw around with what we have done in my state by trying to forcibly, through statute, lower the standards. This is just not right.

“I could go on and on. You know what? This is a big waste of time. And I’m hoping the Senate won’t even take it up. This is a terrible idea. It’s about campaign contributions. This is not about good policy.”

Main South: Terrific💜 speaker at Clark U!

Arthur Ashe Courage Award recipient Dewey Bozella to speak at Clark, Dec. 6

❄Clark University will host “Unbreakable: The Dewey Bozella Story,” a lecture by Dewey Bozella, a professional boxer, author and the 2011 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award …

🎁… at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, in the Jefferson Academic Center, Room 320.

😘The event is FREE and open to the public.

Bozella was wrongfully convicted of murdering an elderly woman in 1983 and served 26 years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2009.

🇺🇸Behind bars, Bozello found strength and purpose in boxing and became the light-heavyweight champion at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

🙆Two years after his release from prison he defeated 30-year-old Larry Hopkins in his first and only boxing match and became an undefeated professional boxer at age 52.

🎵Bozella earned his GED, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in prison and worked as a counselor for other prisoners.

✍He published a memoir, “Stand Tall: Fighting For My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring,” in 2016.

😊😊Bozella devotes his life to helping others, working with a non-profit that helps recently released prisoners rehabilitate back into the world. He has also returned to boxing as a trainer for kids and aspiring fighters.

This talk is sponsored by the Clark University Speakers Forum.💜