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Kelley Square, today…

Worcester, we need SOLUTIONS!

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Let’s hope tonight’s Worcester City Council meeting, during which time city councilors evaluate our city manager, does not devolve into a Gaffney-Hate-Fest with City Councilor Michael Gaffney lashing out at CM Ed Augustus and the CAC because the Gaffer and Turtle Boy’s buddy Margaret Melican got a big NO THANKS! from the CAC when she applied for the city ZBA gig. Gaffney and Melican and TB would have loved the opposite – for the city to have rejected progressive socialist Margolies for the library board. But it did not. Why? Cuz the guy embraces all members of the Worcester community and does not seem crazy hateful/reactionary – the way Melican does. The city chose the right fringe-y person! Gaffney and Melican and Turtle Boy need to SUCK IT UP and MOVE ON! Of course, they didn’t. They pooped all over the guy on social media – just the way they believe they were pooped on by the other side. No way was the pro-Margolies chatter as nasty and creepy as Melican and Gaffney’s! Which is why Melican, Gaffney and Turtle Boy are relegated to … somewhere else… Definitely not the City of Worcester!

Yay!

Text and photos: Rose T.

Showin’ 💖 for inner-city neighborhoods – always in style!

Sunday and today – Lukes’s old place in Green Island gets a new face! Shame on Worcester City Councilor Konstantina Lukes and hubby Jim for livin’ high but actin’ low-down when it came to their rental property on Harding/Millbury streets!

Kudos to the new landlord who recently bought their building and is making the oh-so necessary improvements!💐💐💐

Looking good! pics: R.T.

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Green Street, a 2-minute drive away:

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This just in from the Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society

PRESERVE OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL SOCIETY OPPOSES ILLICIT SALE OF CHURCH

The Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society strongly condemns Monsignor F. Stephen Pedone’s solicitation of buyers for the historic building.

The announcement that Msgr. Pedone is actively marketing the property follows the abrupt shuttering of the parish last year, absent the required formal decree from Bishop Robert Joseph McManus.

The Vatican is currently hearing an active appeal on behalf of parishioners protesting Bishop McManus’ decision to close Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish, which remains consecrated.

Attorney Brody Hale states that “as the Diocese of Worcester’s chief canon lawyer, Msgr. Pedone has consistently misinterpreted canon law throughout the course of events relating to the closure of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”

Under canon law, Msgr. Pedone may consider no offer on the property until that appeal is concluded.

Msgr. Pedone has refused to consider any plan of action other than the demolition of the church, despite the community’s commitment to meet the financial and material requirements to preserve the building.

The Society is receptive to the sale of most of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish property, so long as the church itself remains preserved and consecrated Roman Catholic sacred space.

Mrsgr. Pedone has failed to respond to any proposal made by the Society.

Counselor Hale notes that in doing so, Pedone ignores the success of numerous similar arrangements that have allowed the preservation of dozens of Catholic sacred spaces throughout the United States and Canada.

The Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society denounces Msgr. Pedone’s unnecessary and inflexible commitment to the sale and destruction of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The members of the parish maintain their willingness to work with Pedone, the Diocese of Worcester, and the Magisterium to preserve the building and the community.

On behalf of the Society, local businessman Mauro DePasquale commented: “Closing the Church is unjust. The unilateral treatment employed by the Monsignor and the Diocesan leadership is discouraging the faithful. Our beloved Church is a central part of Worcester’s Immigrant history, especially of its Italian Americans. We need to stand tall together to save this iconic building, one of Massachusetts’ top seven most endangered historic resource and architectural treasure.”

Mauro DePasquale, President

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For dogs’ sake, let’s switch to silent fireworks

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Rose took some Lilac❤💗💖💙💛💚 July 4th pics today…🐶

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

There will be plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” during the July Fourth fireworks celebration in Costa Mesa, California, this year. But there won’t be any bone-rattling booms and bangs. That’s because the city is putting on a silent fireworks display—and other cities should, too.

Noisy fireworks aren’t fun for everyone. For many dogs, cats, wildlife and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they are terrifying and can even be deadly.

Countless dogs and cats panic at the sound of explosions—their hearing is much more acute than humans’, after all—and bolt from their homes, sometimes tearing through screens, digging under fences or even crashing through windows. Animal shelters across the country brace for an influx of lost and injured animals following every July Fourth.

Some animals never make it to a shelter and are killed after running into traffic. Others go missing, never to be reunited with their guardians. Those who remain at home may spend the nights following Independence Day trembling in fear, panting, hiding under beds or couches or clinging tightly to their guardians, desperate for comfort.

When “bombs” start bursting in air, sensitive wildlife also flee for cover. Birds who are terrorized by fireworks have abandoned their nests—sometimes orphaning their fledglings—and crashed into buildings, power lines and even each other in frantic attempts to escape in the dark. Many have been severely injured or killed.

In the Netherlands, where fireworks are ignited on New Year’s Eve, a team of international researchers used weather radar to track birds and found that tens of thousands of them took flight just as a fireworks display began. They continued flying for 45 minutes—roughly the duration of the show.

The sound of explosions can also be extremely traumatic for veterans who have served our country and are suffering from PTSD. The gunshot-like noises can trigger combat flashbacks, hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts and even suicide.

In 2015, a Georgia veteran who was suffering from the disorder reportedly became so agitated and distressed by fireworks that he ran home and fatally shot himself. One veteran who served in Somalia and Afghanistan described the feeling this way: “Fireworks for us is like a bomb going off. I want to hit the ground. Take cover. … It sounds and feels like incoming [fire].”

The Fourth of July should be festive, not frightening, and that’s one reason why more cities are modernizing their celebrations by switching to silent fireworks or other dazzling displays such as laser-light shows. The town of Collecchio in Northern Italy made headlines recently when it passed a law requiring that fireworks be silent, and in Britain, many venues that are close to animal farms, wildlife habitats or residential areas permit only quiet displays.

Silent or quiet fireworks displays can be even more colorful and mesmerizing than noisy ones, because the large explosions needed to create the huge booms destroy some of the chemical compounds that create fireworks’ brilliant colors. Quiet displays often emphasize artistry and choreography and can be timed to accompany music.

If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a quiet-fireworks community, there are still ways to make the holiday less stressful for your animals. Staying with them during fireworks displays, closing blinds and curtains, keeping the lights on and playing classical music will help keep animals calm and safe. Special recordings for dogs, such as Through a Dog’s Ear, can help, as can a ThunderShirt—a snug, stretchy garment that can alleviate anxiety.

Always keep animals indoors unless they’re on a leash and harness or under constant supervision in a fenced yard, and ensure that they’re microchipped and wearing collars with current identification tags, just in case.

We can also ask our local legislators to ban booming pyrotechnics in favor of silent fireworks or other beautiful and peaceful displays that all Americans can enjoy.

Three-decker porches (or: The Green Island slumlord, Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes)

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Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

Below: Check out this ol’ photo from the Worcester Historical Museum! Embrace the glorious porches! When so many of our city neighborhoods had sturdy, even beautiful, decorative, back and front porches … You could park 4 or 5 of your old kitchen chairs on them, invite family and socialize … Or you could just amble over to a city park.

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photo: Worcester Historical Museum

Below: Worcester’s Green Island – my neighborhood – today! Very few front porches – most of them have been torn down.😥😥😥 The ‘hood loses some of its social spiciness! I remember as a kid standing on our back porch chatting with my next door neighbor who was standing on her back porch. You could also stand on your porch and yell up or down to your upstairs or downstairs neighbors who were hanging out on their porches!

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Ward Street

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Harding/Endicott streets …

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… Streets most likely named after, like all the streets in my ‘hood – some of the oldest streets in the city💙 – Revolutionary War poo-bahs or Worcester industrialist hoo-hahs. I was born on (French general) Lafayette Street, my kid sisters had friends on nearby (General) Lodi Street. Was Harding Street the namesake of some military dynamo-killer, too?

Ahhhh, but I digress! Check out the new beautiful porches in my neck of the ‘hood! Take note of what the NEW landlord has done to Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’s old (as in former) slum building on Harding Street: he’s torn down Lukes’s former, God-awful, rickety, dangerous, paint-peeling-and-faded, OUT OF CODE, eye-sore slum porches! He is putting new beautiful ones up! Ones that aren’t baby/toddler death traps! Yay!💗💗💗

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The new landlord has actually HIRED capable contractors – a move the cheapskate Lukes would abhor – who expertly REBUILT AND REPLACED Konnie’s old crap last week. Just a few months after buying Konnie’s urban mess…the one she and hubby Jim turned a blind eye toward FOR YEARS as she, on the City Council floor, preached urban core revitalization, tidiness and brightness yet owned the shittiest rental property. Of course, she and Jim lived on the swanky Woo West Side and vacationed at their Cape Cod home – far away from us hoi polloi!!!

Hah! Konnie, Ms. Crusading City Councilor … at Worcester City Hall railing against the disrespect shown inner-city Worcester at every turn, but shitting all over her in “real life”! The hypocrite!

When I saw the new porches being built the other day, I shouted: “GREAT JOB, GUYS!” to the crew working so hard in the summer heat wave. I gave them a thumbs up! They grinned and shouted back to me! The new porches: so safe and in compliance – a definite lift to the Harding Street/lower Endicott Street area, these pressure-treated, sturdy back porches!

Here’s what the porches used to look like (for years, up until a few months ago), when City Councilor Konstantina Lukes owned them/the building:

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Pathetic.

Jim and Konnie’s other rental property, a few streets away in Green Island, made the newspapers as photogs rushed in to take pictures of her apartments with their gurgling, non-functioning toilets and a single light bulb hanging from a cord in a kitchen – the only “light fixture.” Like in a 1940s prison movie.

Why did Konnie even pretend to care about Worcester’s urban core when she so blatantly hurts us?

Why is she still on the Worcester City Council?

Aside from Lukes’s voter-catnip always lowest residential tax rate stance, what does Konnie Lukes really stand for?

At this point in her overly long Woo political career,  nothing. Lukes is simply a REACTIONARY who adds zippo to the urban conversation. She was always the City Council naysayer: now she’s morphed into someone dangerous. Some one, like Turtle Boy-Aidan Kearney and his brigade, who shouts NO! to the new Worcester and the challenges she faces: refugees from the Mid East, Africa and other war-ripped regions; poorer people; hungry children – 1 in 4 Worcester kids goes to bed hungry; folks with no entry into the working class; heartless, absentee, do-nothing landlords in place of the old non-greedy, pretty nice, property-loving Worcester three decker landlords of just 10 years ago … a city core unable to right herself because the new global economy is just not there for the regular folks who live here.

For City Councilor Konnie Lukes – on the heels of the tragic deaths of the 2 Woo babies this past week, for her to intimate on the City Council floor that their deaths were a “refugee” problem is pure evil. A la the Turtle Boy brigade.

Konnie Lukes needs to go – not run for City Council and win office for the umpteenth time. Several years ago she told me she would not run for public office if there were new candidates she liked to replace her (read: reactionary, like Konnie…Calling Michael Gaffney and his tool, Coreen!!) I was pleased with Konnie’s decision. She was in her early 70s back then and had almost a half century of public “service” under her girdle belt. But Lukes can’t let go of the spot light – and all the free perks$$$ and the almost $30,000 per year Worcester City Councilor “stipend.”

This city has left Konnie Lukes and the Turtle Boy creepos way behind. And they cannot adjust to the new reality … . Konnie, like Aidan Kearney,  no longer “gets” her city, cannot embrace her new people/cultures/challenges. Her ignorance, her anger, her belief that to solve our social problems all we need to do is lock folks out of/turn folks away from Worcester, an IMMIGRANT CITY, is a REACTIONARY move. Dangerous.

This city’s evolution is about way more than Konnie’s old porches …

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… but Konnie’s old porches are a good place to start.

Thank you, Mayor Joe Petty and City of Worcester workers!

Grrrr…Recycling day and our recyclables were NOT picked up at 48 Ward St. because some fathead ILLEGALLY DUMPED THEIR GREEN CONTRACTOR BAG in the thick of it!

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Grrrr!!!😭😭😭 pics: R.T.

On the road, Rose called Mayor Joe and his office and City of Worc. Inspectional Services – their #:(508)799-8576 – and whined!!!

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Rose came home to a pristine door step! THANK YOU, ALL!💚💙💗

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Go, Sam, go!!!🚲🚲🚲

💗💙💚for body💗 and soul💙

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💗💗Worcester Earn-A-Bike💗💗

Annual Kids Bike Sale!!!😄😄😄

☀Saturday June 24 – from noon – 4 PM

4 King St. (Stone Soup)

🚲🚲All Kids Bikes $5😄
🚲🚲🚲All BMX bikes $10😄

Free Children’s Helmets💙💚

Come check out your part-time bicycle shop with full-time bicycle love and learn about other cycling events and opportunities happening throughout Worcester!

For more information, please contact info@worcesterearnabike.org

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IT’S HERE!

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority & the City of Worcester are excited to present: “THE W”! Worcester’s premier pilot public transportation youth pass.

Unlimited rides, Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm – wherever the WRTA goes!

Sign-up today! https://goo.gl/forms/ZlfJsX2471YHp5Pg1

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Greetings, friends and allies:

As you probably know, access to high-quality, consistent early education and care is critical for children in refugee families. Stable childcare arrangements are key to working parents’ employment success and family self-sufficiency, and quality center or family-based programs provide an important foundation of educational and life success for refugee children.

Join us THIS THURSDAY (6/22) in Boston or next Wednesday (6/28) in Lowell for a workshop that will provide refugee-serving groups, community-based organizations, early education providers, and others the tools you hey need to empower refugee families to improve their access to quality childcare services.

Training topics include:

Options for early education and care services

Challenges facing refugee families in accessing early education and care services

The benefits of quality early education and care

Navigating process of accessing subsidized child care

Resources for staff in refugee-serving groups, early educators, and families

A New Start BOSTON workshop:

Thu, June 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
JVS Boston
75 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-start-strengthening-refugee-access-to-quality-early-education-care-tickets-35406294179

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A New Start LOWELL workshop:

Wed, June 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pollard Memorial Library Community Room
401 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA 01854

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-start-strengthening-refugee-access-to-quality-early-education-care-tickets-35406600094

This training is sponsored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition and Edward Street Child Services, with support from the Clowes Fund.

For more information please feel free to contact me by email (leah@miracoalition.org) or phone (617-350-5480 x228).

I look forward to seeing you at our training!

Warmly,
Leah Muse-Orlinoff

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At the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square! FREE!:

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Families! PLEASE! THIS SUMMER VACATION DON’T VISIT ROAD-SIDE ZOOS OR SOUTHWICK’S WILD ANIMAL FARM! Wild animals don’t belong in pens, cages or pits! Thank you!!! – Rose T.

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Adult Summer Reading Kickoff(1)

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Cece!💙💚💗

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