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“Ma” – always in style, always in my 💗

Photos by “Ma” and her sis

By Rosalie Tirella

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I’m having an early lunch, in my big kitchen, in my lower Vernon Hill flat. Looking straight at “Ma” (with me at the park) and thinking back to her big kitchen in her Green Island flat, where I grew up, where Ma used to throw some great birthday parties for us kids.

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Here I am, at the head of our paper-table-cloth-covered kitchen table (the “table cloth” bought special at White’s Five and Ten on Millbury Street for this special occasion!), basking in all the attention. I’m sitting in the “queen for the day” chair, our old needs-a-paint-job creaky, cracked wooden chair taken from our back porch. We had four green wooden chairs in our apartment – to be tucked under our green kitchen table. No dining room – or dining room “set,” a staple in all Mad-Men era homes but absent from poor ones like ours. So there was no dining room table from which to pinch dining room chairs for our guests. So Ma would run to our third floor back porch and grab the late Jaju’s (Grandpa’s) wooden chair, along with a couple of benches he built 10 years before.

It was all very rough hewn! See! I still have the tin cup Jaju made for himself, with the door hook handle. He used to drink his cheap vino from it. He loved to work with his hands. His carpentry projects included: wood swings for our bedroom doors, a long gliding patio swing for our front porch. Most of them made from scrap wood. He even made me pink Play Doh horses with my pink Play Doh!

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Jaju, a Polish immigrant who worked his whole life in the textile mills in Douglas and Dudley, felt besieged in his new country, America. He missed the “Old Country” and played sad Polkas on his harmonica in the evenings, from his bedroom filled with the thick furling grey cigarette smoke from the cigs my mother used to roll for him, in his little rolling machine. Unfiltered, of course. I used to have a small package of his cig papers somewhere in my desk drawer – they were so fine and delicate. Tracing paper that left no traces of Jaju … He died of cancer, just an illiterate “Polack” factory worker to most folks… (not to me, my sweet Jaju!)

Back to my birthday party… A fine time was had by all – me and my cousins and my aunts and uncles! Pin the tail on the donkey games! State Line potato chips for the kids! Pickled pigs knuckles in big clear jars – a Polish peasant delicacy! – for the adults! My birthday cake from Widoff’s! My purple, ribbon-trimmed dress from Jack and Jill’s kiddie clothing shop on Green Street!

Ma’s beaming down on me, straddling my kid sisters on her strong legs. The babies are twins! No one can tell them apart, except Ma! Ma LOVED all little kids.

She loved animals, too. Cats, kittens, puppies … dogs, especially. Here’s her fave dog (not any of mine!) – ROCKY, her brave, beautiful and loyal Doberman pinscher from her Springfield days. I wrote about Rocky last year – the beloved, vicious-to-everyone-but-Ma-and-my-aunties Dobie who died trying to get back home to my mother and my two aunts. Rocky had bitten several folks, so he had to be given away to a farmer, miles up north in the country. But he broke free and ran back home to Ma and her sisters. One night they found big old Rock at their door, bleeding from the mouth. He died at my aunt’s feet – he just had to get back to his favorite mistress!

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Here is Ma outside Worcester City Hall, wearing – like all women of the late 1950s/early 1960s – her pretty gloves…

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I still remember them! – will never forget them! – crumpled at the bottom of her closet on Lafayeytte Street, in a box, with her nice jewelry – of no use to her now, living on Lafayette Street, working 60 hours a week at the dry cleaners, a single working woman with three little girls and an ailing mother (Bapy) to care for. When I was a little girl, I used to take Ma’s gloves out of their box and flatten them out on my lap to admire them. They were the epitome of all things feminine! They were powder pink, soft, so pretty with delicate, pale blue stitching along their edges. I’d brush them up against my cheeks and smell them! They’d smell like musty moth balls! I loved that smell! It was of hidden secrets! A special past! Ma’s glamorous days!

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Did you know my new monthly, Cecelia, coming out next Friday, is named after my late mother?💗

Happy belated Mother’s Day, Ma!! I love you!!

G-patrol (or: filthy Worcester streets – never in style!)

Pics: Rosalie Tirella

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Millbury Street, last week:

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48 Ward St.

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Endicott Street – Our Lady of Czestochowa church (aka St. Mary’s) parking lot, rear:

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Endicott Street, across from the St. Mary’s church parking lot

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Helping abused animals – always in style!

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In the arena basement, to be chained up – again.

Ringling’s demise closes a chapter in the campaign to help animals

By CircusesHurtAnimals.com (formerly Daniel Carron)

After a grueling trip in cramped, fetid boxcars, the elephants had been unchained and unloaded near a noisy coal pier and were being marched almost 5 miles through the city to the arena in which Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would be performing.

Asha kept falling behind, but the trainer didn’t care. Throughout the entire march, he yanked on her ear with a bullhook — a heavy, steel-tipped weapon that circus trainers use to “break” elephants’ spirits — and kept saying, “Asha, keep up! Asha, keep up!” All I wanted to do was tell her that she could stop, that she didn’t have to suffer like that.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about Asha being led into the arena basement to be chained up again. That was her life: the train and the basement. I had to do something else besides protesting.

So I changed my name.

“CircusesHurtAnimals.com” is what tellers see on my checks and cashiers see on my credit card. It’s the name on my driver’s license, and besides spelling out my contempt for circuses that exploit animals, it almost always opens the door to conversations about the beatings and whippings that they inflict on animals to coerce them into performing.

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All of us at PETA will continue to speak out against Ringling until May 21, when it finally shuts down following its shows in Uniondale, New York. After that, we’ll keep pressing the case that circuses hurt animals.

Why? Because when Ringling took elephants off the road last year, it found another way to exploit them.

Instead of being transferred to reputable sanctuaries where they could roam and socialize, the elephants were hauled to Ringling’s Florida breeding and training compound, where they spend as long as 23 painful hours a day chained to concrete floors, are threatened with bullhooks, and continue to be used — only now it’s for medical tests.

We’ll keep speaking up, because Asha was sent to a zoo in Oklahoma and because Ringling is still abusing other animals.

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When tigers aren’t being paraded around a ring under threat of a whip, they’re kept in cages so small that they can barely take a single step in any direction, so they do everything — eat, drink, sleep, defecate — all in one place.

Inactivity is wrecking their health: Most are overweight and some are obese, which puts them at risk of arthritis, liver and kidney failure, and heart disease.

I’ll never forget the moment when I found out that Ringling was closing. I was cashing out and talking with a bartender about my name when I got a text from a friend that said, “You can change your name back now.” I literally shouted, “Ringling is closing!” It was all I could say. We went to another bar and celebrated with shots.

We’ll probably take champagne to Uniondale, and while I’m excited about it, I don’t have that “Our work here is done” feeling. Ringling has a history of exploiting animals, and there’s no reason to think that it will suddenly stop. We have to get the elephants and tigers and all the other animals into reputable sanctuaries.

But there’s little doubt that other animal-exploiting circuses will fall, because the biggest domino has come down— in fact, UniverSoul and Garden Bros. are already feeling the pressure.

PETA isn’t against all circuses — just the ones that use animals.

Last year, when we were protesting Ringling in Norfolk, Virginia, a family came up and looked at our posters, and the little daughter started crying. Someone gave her a stuffed elephant that we’d brought along, and that made her happy. Kids instinctively love animals, and when she found out what was happening to the animals and told her family that she didn’t want to go to the circus after all, it reminded us that people really are listening.

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The bears need our help, too!!😢😢😢😢

😘Brad Wyatt!

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Reading the sweetest letter:

Rosalie,

Just read your note, and the latest (last) [issue of] InCity Times. I wanted to thank you for delivering a community paper. Especially now that I’ve sold the Osgood Bradley Building, and my ties to the Canal District are less and less, I really enjoy all the references to my old stomping grounds.

I still enjoy bringing my kids to Golemo’s and buying the pickled beets that taste like my grandmother used to make, and letting them pick out a chocolate treat that you wouldn’t find in the large, corporate stores.

And, at Christmas, going to QuoVadis and visiting the PNI.

Your paper was always a terrific, welcome reminder in a busy world, of my Polish heritage combined with family memories of the canal district – trips with my grandmother to Maurice the Pants Man and the Broadway diner, among others.

I wish you the best in your future endeavors,

Brad Wyatt

Our editor replies:

Thank you, Brad!

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An amazing Festival Celebrating Black Culture!❤ … Plus, a block party in Piedmont!💗

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Our Parlee!🌺🌺🌺🌺

By Parlee Jones

There are plenty of ways to celebrate this summer here in Worcester at Institute Park, along with all the other festivities throughout our city. Hope to see you around the town!!! Peace and Blessings!

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Beats & BarBeCue: Hip Hop and Food Festival

Hosted by Boom Bap Heroes

Saturday, May 20

Institute Park

12 pm to 6 pm.

This is the first year for the Beats & BarBeCue Crew to do their things. Lead by a young brother named Cyrus whose inspiration came from the Brooklyn HipHop Festival founded by one of his idols, Wes Jackson. “I loved the aesthetic and the positive vibe of everything. I told myself that I’d love to bring something like that to my city.” And he has.

The Inaugural Beats & Barbecue: Hip-Hop Music and Food Festival is upon us! This event is sure to be the livest grass roots Hip-Hop Festival in the Northeast. Modeled after the “Park Jam,” Beats & Barbecue marks a return to the essence of Hip-Hop. Aside from the incredible live performances, a multitude of Food Vendors will be on deck. Between the #GoodMusic and the #GoodFood, this event will be EPIC.

Headlining Beats & Barbecue will be none other than Kanye West protege, and GOOD Music/Sony recording artist, Cyhi The Prynce. With the forthcoming release of his debut studio album, No Dope On Sundays (dropping Summer 2017), CyHi is ready to take the game by storm, and we are honored to be a part of his campaign to reinstate the realness back into the culture.

Co-headlining the event is the young prodigy, Ralph Weah performing songs off of his EP, Noise. Rounding out the Festival line up are other MC’s such as : Ghost of the Machine, Qwan?, Danny Fantom, C.Rose, and TyShawn Dion, as well Producers such as: Cyrus Tha Great, TROX, Asethic Beatz, G-Whiz, Motif Alumni & Kas & DJ Manipulator.

Tunes Spun by DJ Prince AKA Wifi OG. Hosted by SPNDA
Beats & Barbecue will be an event for the ages, so #PullUp!

If you are interested in vending or volunteering please reach out to cyglobaltv@gmail.com .

Cyrus says, “People can expect a great hip-hop show, with positive vibes. This will be the first of it’s kind in the city!” Our city!! I hope you will come out and support this brother and his vision!! Sounds like a good time. There is a fee to get into this festival. $10 in advance and $15 the day of. Rain or Shine Event.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/582744161928681/

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The Worcester 4th Memorial Day Block Party

Sunday, May 28

2 pm to 9 pm

Mason & Winfield Streets near Suney’s Pub (Chandler Street)

Free food and games for the kids

Refreshment and Grilled Food on Sale for the adults

Music by Storm International, Urban Fire, Black Knight, Satalite and Jack Frost.

Sponsored by WCACA, FLAVA Radio, BKE and Eddie’s Plaza. Hosted by BKE, Suney’s and Flava Radio.

Jim! Always in style!

But first …

Oh no!!!!!!!!!😱😱😱😱

THIS WEDNESDAY – President Donald Plump visits New London, Connecticut, to speak at the Coast Guard Academy commencement!!!!! 😱😰😱😱😱😱😱😰😰😰

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Cece!!!!💛💛💛🎵

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The Ultimate Library Magic Show
with Todd Migliacci😄😄😄

FREE TO ALL!

At the Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square – in the Saxe Room!

Saturday, May 20

2:30 p.m.

Todd is a nationally touring magician who has been performing for a variety of diverse and satisfied audiences for over a decade. He is also. a current Walt Disney World Cast Member.

One word makes Todd stand out – experience. He fuses his impressive array of magic tricks and illusions with juggling and comedy.

Audience participation, along with Todd’s own conversational and intimate style of magic, makes his show one-of-a-kind and unforgettable! … A magical experience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the
Worcester Public Library

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Public Hearing on Worcester School Budget – Fully Funded Schools for Gateway Cities!

Tuesday, May 23

7 PM

Durkin Administration Building

20 Irving St. Room 420, Worcester

Public Hearing on Worcester School Budget for FY 2017/2018.

This is the time to raise concerns about underfunding of schools and the School to Jail Pipeline!

Gateway School Districts and other communities [many poor] are not getting their needed share of the Foundation Budget. New students and special needs students are not fully reimbursed by the State.

-the Mass. Human Rights Committee

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Congressman Jim McGovern💚

McGovern, Larson Host Worcester Town Hall on Social Security at the Worcester Senior Center

Senior House Democrats Discuss Plan to Protect Social Security for Seniors

TOMORROW – Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m…

… Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and John Larson (D-CT) will host a joint town hall to discuss their agenda to protect Social Security for seniors today and well into the future.

· WHAT: Congressional Town Hall on Protecting Social Security

· WHERE: Senior Center 128 Providence St, Worcester

· WHEN: Monday, May 15 at 10 AM – 12 PM

· WHO: Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Larson (D-CT)

In the wake of House Republicans passing the American Health Care Act, which would let insurance companies charge seniors up to five times more than younger patients – forcing seniors ages 60 and older to pay up to $17,900 more for healthcare … .

Congressmen McGovern and Larson will discuss their work to stop these dangerous price hikes for seniors and ensure they can enjoy their retirement in dignity.

The McGovern-Larson Proposal:

· Tax cut for those who pay taxes on their Social Security benefits

· $300 more per year for the typical retiree

· Improved cost of living adjustment

Additionally, the McGovern Larson Proposal would:

· Provide Greater Retirement Security for Women: Benefit increases that are targeted to women who, on average, live longer than men and receive lower benefits.

· Help Low-Income Americans: A minimum benefit to protect workers from falling into poverty in retirement.

· Help Elderly Americans: For someone retiring today, their benefits will be 5% greater at age 85 than they would be under the current system.

· Workers and Future Retirees: The assurance of knowing the system remains on strong footing and the guarantee that the Trust Fund will be able to meet benefit obligations beyond 2088.

Late-afternoon Gaffney musings …

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Hanging with the mutts …

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… and Miss Cece …

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… drinking my java, thinking about local politics – thanking the dear sweet Jesus that former Worcester mayor, city councilor and school committee guy Joe O’Brien is coming out of his new-daddy-hood cocoon to run for public office again. Yeeeehaaaa!!! He’s running for Worcester city councilor at large, which means:  Mayor Joe Petty, who’s running for re-election, will, once again, win the mayoral seat and Joe O’Brien – because he’s well liked and a smart, compassionate and effective public servant – will be second highest vote getter and become the Worcester City Council vice chairperson, KNOCKING COUNCILOR MICHAEL GAFFNEY OFF THE COUNCIL VICE CHAIR PERCH, a perch he milks to no end! YAY! 🙌 🙌 HOORAY! Yipee! Reason enough to REJOICE that O’Brien is running  for public office! We are so sick of councilor at large Michael Gaffney – he’s brought Woo political discourse  to a new,  toxic low! Plus, by being vice chair, he trots out his mayor-in-waiting schtick at every turn. O’Brien’s strong win will make him #2, the new vice chair and …. keep Gaffney off that dias at City Hall! Rip the mayor’s gavel out of the Gaffer’s cold, clammy hands! Take the pinch-hitter title away!

Again, reason enough to be ELATED that Joe O’Brien is running for city council!!! (he’d never run for mayor this election cycle because he’s Petty’s friend and political ally.) But there are other reasons to be thankful for our soon to be new city council vice chair: First, O’Brien will be the antidote to the poison that is Michael Gaffney. Every time Gaffney uses race or class  to hurt one group of folks to win political points with the Turtle Boy brigade or twists the truth in the sickest ways a la sicko prez Donald Trump, O’Brien will call him out. Call out his twisted lies and counter them with TRUTH.  O’Brien is an articulate, progressive policy wonk who went to Harvard. He’s also a regular guy/dad/husband who loves/lives Worcester 24/7. He’ll brook no bull shit from Gaffney. For example, we could have used Joe a few days ago: The Gaffer was on his video channel crying over the fact that our City Council went on record supporting a statewide living wage of $15/hour. His cynical, slimey Gaffney intimation? That the living wage is a nefarious Socialist plot to subvert democracy! My late great mother who worked her whole working life for minimum wage and wanted a LIVING wage for the folks who came after her was NOT a Socialist! She LOVED AMERICA! SHE WAS A PATRIOT. She once told me SHE WOULD DIE FOR HER COUNTRY! Gaffney is no American patriot. He wraps himself in the American flag and sticks a WPD badge on his lapel to create the image of patriotism. It’s all marketing. For votes. Gaffney, like  Donald Trump, is a power-hungry con artist who lies to people to  win elections. Joe O’Brien will, on the council floor, rebut Gaffney’s slick lies.

Second, Mayor Petty, along with most of the other city councilors, is doing an admirable job at keeping Worcester, a Mass Gateway City, open to and PROUD of immigrants…making our public schools strong and the portal to a middle class life, a life of knowledge and a never-ending quest to LEARN MORE. Our parks are beautiful, our inner city ‘hoods need help, but we are all trying. Downtown may yet prove to be our own urban dance party – singing and swinging to a million different voices! I cannot wait! Michael Gaffney is the political thunderclap over our urban dance party. Immigration, refugees, a global multi-cultural Worcester, a Woo struggling with poverty and hunger in many of its quarters…Gaffney, like Trump, exploits all this and plays to people’s economic fears and racial prejudices. O’Brien is just the opposite – he will help lead the city council – and city! – to higher ground. He will help bring people together – not divide, to conquer.

Here are last night’s Bill Maher video clips. Maher, one of America’s most gifted satirists, has Trump pegged. But you can extrapolate and apply his satire to Gaffney, on a much teenier political scale, of course. Spiritually, Trump and Gaffney are identical twins:

Good discussion:

But enough Gaffer talk! On to:

Mike Gaffney’s wife, Coreen Gaffney. She is running for the Worcester District 4 City Councilor seat – a seat her fat patootie will NEVER warm! Not for one milli-second! Once again, the Gaffneys know/show no shame. Coreen, the wife of toxic Michael Gaffney – a politician who gets his political steam from castigating minorities, refugees and Sanctuary Cities – runs for office in Worcester’s majority-minority, mostly inner-city District 4. (And, no, Mike, it is NOT sexist to write in news stories and headlines that Coreen is married to you. IT IS NEWS-WORTHY.  You’re a CONTROVERSIAL COUNCILOR and you GET  YOURSELF INTO THE NEWS every other day. Think of it like this: If Hitler’s lover ran for Vice Fuhrer, wouldn’t you want to know that she was Adolph’s squeeze?) Yeah, D 4 could use better garbage pick up (more often – and street sweeping, too!), but that doesn’t mean we throw the district (my district!) out with the unrecycled water bottle!

Smile, people!

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This November the dynamics of the Worcester City Council are gonna change – for the better!!😄😄😄😄💗💗💙💛

The 1 good thing that’s come out of a Trump presidency …

And …

If the press, most likely via leaks from pissed off FBI-ers (without an independent prosecutor there is little chance the truth about Russia and Trump will be uncovered now during the DC investigations), learns Donald Trump, to improve his chances of winning the presidency, colluded with Russia during the presidential campaign, then Trump’s behavior was treasonous. He sold America down the river in hopes of winning the election. Russia = nation that works to destabilize democracies = an enemy nation. Trump’s betrayal of America – putting her in harm’s way for political gain = reason to impeach Trump. – R.T.

💗 Ezra Klein …

💗 VOX

Worcester news you can use …🌷🌷🌷🌷

De-escalating Interactions between the Police and People with Mental Illness who are in Crisis

May 16 – from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bridge of Central MA

4 Mann St., Worcester

Lead by Sergeant William Chanis, Officer James Hodgerney and Officer Angel Rivera – The Worcester Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Families, Friends and People Living with Mental Illness will learn:

Overview of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

How the CIT partners with the community

What families, friends and people living with mental illness can expect

The Worcester Police Department is a partner with NAMI Massachusetts Criminal Justice Diversion Project (CJDP) aims to prevent the unnecessary arrest and detention of individuals with mental illness.

The CJDP supports police departments and other first responders in engaging with individuals experiencing mental health crisis, and fosters connections between law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and other community stakeholders.

Parking in back entrance of The Bridge of Central MA

NAMI members will greet you at the door.

Questions: email hannigan01583@charter.net

AT THE FRIENDLY HOUSE!💚

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At the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Great Brook Valley:

19 Tacoma St., 3rd Floor Conference Room

Refugee Health Groups in ARABIC

Thursday, May 18

At 11 a.m

Important information to keep you and your family healthy!

This group will discuss healthy tips for the summer and summer programs for youth.

Arabic interpreter available

Bus passes provided

Please call Sousn Imam for more information:
508-852-1805 TTY 800-439-0183

This program is sponsored by Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. This program is funded by the Office of Refugees and Immigrants Massachusetts Refugee Health Promotion Program.

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Class of 2017.

This is a great opportunity for young people…

In its 18th year, YCI is a youth led program focused on creating change through Worcester County through grantmaking in their communities.

High school sophomores and juniors from across Worcester County sit on a youth committee of on average 18 youth, in which they solely decide upon how to distribute funds provided to them of about $20,000 in grants to support community initiatives.

Which programs and how much funding each program will receive is determined by the committee.

Throughout the program, teens enhance and develop skills in leadership, facilitation, negotiation, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.

Committee members are in charge of facilitating conversations, researching community assets and challenges, developing a request for proposals and evaluating applications, and together reaching decisions on how to best utilize their grant dollars.

From the beginning of the program to the end, participants gain a better understanding of grantmaking, redefine their own definition of community, and develop a new passion for work in nonprofits and philanthropy.

This is a great opportunity for any sophomore and junior interested in service, leadership, nonprofits and fundraising, and who is looking to expand their network beyond their school.

We encourage students of all skill and experience level to apply.

We do have limited spots available for this upcoming year and an application and interview are required.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 2.

YCI meets every Wednesday once a week from 4-7pm from September- December at the GWCF office in Worcester.

As the advisor to this program, I am happy to chat and answer any questions! Many thanks for your time and assistance in helping connect YCI with our talented and passionate future leaders!

-Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer
sshugrue@greaterworcester.org

From PETA.ORG:

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An Irresistible New Guide to Vegan Love and Dating!

Have you recently adopted a vegan lifestyle? A new book by Maya Gottfried explores the intricacies of the love-and-dating side of things. This guide explains everything about vegan dating, from whether you should crush on a nonvegan, to where to go on a first date. Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, With Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips is the tool you need to navigate the world of vegan relationships!

Vegan Love is a practical guide for single vegan women who are looking for love, but it’s also a means of support for those already in committed relationships. However, the deeper purpose of the book is key: It will help you develop the skills to give love, compassion, and respect on every level, and this will spill over into your romantic life. Plus, Vegan Love includes guides to shopping for vegan and cruelty-free makeup and clothing.

In the book, author Maya Gottfried discusses the personal health crisis that led her to realize that going vegan would save both the lives of animals and her own. Insights from animal rights filmmakers and authors are featured throughout the text. Some of the bright minds who weigh in include Marisa Miller Wolfson of the film Vegucated, as well as Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough, and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author and host of the Food for Thought podcast.