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Jan’s Kitchen – pancake-arama!

By Matt Wexler

In the search for a good place to eat, it is rare to find a restaurant as warm and inviting as Jan’s Kitchen. Located on West Bolyston Street, this small diner serves breakfast and lunch throughout the week to hungry customers from all over the area.

A family business, Jan’s Kitchen is run by Amanda Pineiro, the restaurant’s manager. Previously, it was owned and operated by Jan Dubeau, Amanda’s mother, who founded the restaurant back in 1991. A professionally trained cook, Jan handled nearly everything in the kitchen herself, building its reputation for good food and service over the years.

Sadly, Jan passed away several years ago, leaving her husband as the restaurant’s owner. He and Amanda have handled the kitchen since then, and while Jan’s famous spritz cookies may not be on the menu anymore, they continue to do her memory justice.

The environment that Jan’s Kitchen has established is truly unique. The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the restaurant is that there are no tables. Instead, customers sit around several square counter tops built into the floor. It feels like a classic fifties malt shop, complete with an open grill behind the counter, where you can view Amanda and the rest of the staff bustling about, preparing orders. Continue reading Jan’s Kitchen – pancake-arama!

Youth lacrosse offers opportunities for city youth

By Jeffrey Turgeon

Summer is here, and many young boys in Worcester are lacing up their cleats and dusting off their baseball gloves and bat. That’s not the case for Rob Vigeant and his players from the Worcester Stars Lacrosse. They are headed onto another field to start their fifth lacrosse season.

Vigeant was raised in Worcester and still resides there with his wife Alison and three young boys, Tim age 9, Trevor 7and Tyler 6. He attended Worcester Public Schools for grammar and middle school and St. John’s for high school. He then went to Providence College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education. Upon graduation, he returned to Worcester. He was hired to teach social studies at Forest Grove and coach basketball at South High under the legendary Jack “the Shot” Foley. Continue reading Youth lacrosse offers opportunities for city youth

BP should face cruelty charges

By Ingrid E. Newkirk

BP has more than the loss of human life, livelihoods and tourism to answer for. And so do the government inspectors who allowed this corporation—as seemingly greedy as the bankers, mining companies and marine park owners whose careless conduct has resulted in similar destruction—to put profit over safety.

If the criminal investigation of BP and those who signed off on the drill-site inspection sheets and safety assurances shows willful fraud and deception, dereliction of duty, bribes or who knows what else, there is one additional set of criminal charges that should be added to the list: cruelty to animals. For this is the largest case of cruelty to animals in U.S. history.

We are being spared, for political reasons, some think, but mercifully perhaps, most of the photographs of the animals who have died and are still dying, slowly, painfully, not just coated but drenched in oil. Continue reading BP should face cruelty charges

Mine is bigger than yours!

By William S. Coleman III

That got your attention!

Much can be said for the competitive nature in each one of us. It must be in the natural instinct of women and men, young and old, short and tall, fat and skinny, rich and poor,Dump and smart, educated and uneducated, able bodied and not, to be competitive. What is it that drives us to one up each other?

Notice how competitive we are as a society. We are competitive in our workplaces, our schools, the supermarkets, our churches, our mosques, our temples or our synagogues. We get competitive about everything we do. Just listen to people as they start comparing the stories of their lives with friends, or family or even perfect strangers. We get competitive when we go to the bank. OK, just once, my health care is better than your health care. People even get competitive about getting sick. Continue reading Mine is bigger than yours!

I saw the Telegram and Gazette’s Dianne Williamson last night and …

By Rosalie Tirella

So, there we were, last night, my guy and I, at a book reading/signing in a bar. We had been eating crackers, listening to music and talking (believe it or not) about zombies, and then I turned to the booth to my left and saw the real thing: Dianne Williamson!

The Telgram and Gazette’s columnist, Dianne Williamson! Zombie alert!!!

If my readers – or hers – don’t already know: Dianne and I hate each other’s guts. It’s a very genuine feeling – one of the purest I have! Continue reading I saw the Telegram and Gazette’s Dianne Williamson last night and …

It’s up to us to stop puppy mills (Don’t buy puppies at pet stores or on-line!)

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Dogs are suffering and dying in puppy mills across the country, but the agency in charge of regulating animal breeding facilities is doing next to nothing to help these dogs, according to an eye-opening report just released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general. In one Oklahoma puppy mill, inspectors found five dead dogs lying among other dogs who were so starved that they were cannibalizing their cage mates. The USDA didn’t rescue the survivors, and 22 more dogs perished.

Dogs in other puppy mills were found living on piles of feces. Some dogs were crawling with ticks and suffering from open wounds, but puppy mill operators were rarely penalized for first offenses—even serious ones—and repeat offenders were frequently let off the hook. Continue reading It’s up to us to stop puppy mills (Don’t buy puppies at pet stores or on-line!)

The Community Ministries Fund: Making a difference in Worcester County

By Matt Wexler

Improving our community is a noble goal, one that every citizen should aspire to. In particular, the Worcester area’s churches and congregations believe helping the community is of the utmost importance. Nothing demonstrates this better than the Community Ministries Fund, which has been supporting local social improvement efforts for the past several years.

The Community Ministries Fund was established in 2006 by the Worcester Area Mission Society and the Worcester Area United Methodists. For years, these groups had funded seed grants to local neighborhood programs, hoping to improve the lives of those living there. Yet a more united effort was needed to effect the big lasting changes these churches hoped were hoping for. Continue reading The Community Ministries Fund: Making a difference in Worcester County

The coming fight: genetic bias and individual privacy in the 21’st century

By Steve May, executive director, Fund for Genetic Equity

Scholars call this the information age. Truth is we all seem a little numb to titles like that. However, there is no disputing that in our lifetimes we all are bearing witness to the greatest expansion of human knowledge since the Renaissance. The amount of information available to each of us is stunning. A growing percentage of the information in the digital universe is privileged communications. Things like medical records, personal health information, and lab results. We all expect that this information is handled with care. We expect that the most intimate details of our health records are safe and secure.

Beyond this expectation, we think little about them. After all, they are numbers and statistics, family histories, dates of immunizations and x-rays. Suppose however, that someone or maybe many someone was very interested in the details of your personal health. Imagine that they had an interest in gathering as much information about your health as possible. Would that change how you would see the contents of your medical records? Continue reading The coming fight: genetic bias and individual privacy in the 21’st century

Immigration in Worcester

By Laurie T. D’Amico

A visit to the genealogy department of the Worcester Public library, any day of the week, will reveal a multicultural interest in Worcester’s past. In 1908, Americans saw an enormous in pouring of immigrants- in fact one of the greatest human migrations in history was spread throughout the North east portion of our country. Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Irish, Poles, Italians, Swedes, Czechs, Slovaks, Iranians, Lebanese, Danes, Norwegians, Lithuanians, Syrians and other Asians came to reside in Worcester.

Today Worcester welcomes people from Vietnam, Venezuela, Somalia, Romania, Laos, Liberia, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Burundi, Nepal Brazil and Bhutan (as well as 28 other countries). The countries may be different from 1908 but the reasons for coming to America “the land of opportunity” have not changed. Continue reading Immigration in Worcester

Smokeless tobacco can take you out of the game‏

By Bethann Dacey (MDS)

Another baseball season is under way and fans will be heading to the ballpark to watch their favorite players hit home runs, steal bases, and argue over what’s fair and foul. Unfortunately, they will also see something else that many consider to be “foul”—players chewing tobacco. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) are partnering to spread the word that chewing tobacco, otherwise known as spit, dip, chew, or smokeless tobacco, is not a safe alternative to smoking. In fact, it’s very addictive and a serious health risk.

According to a new Massachusetts survey released earlier this spring, teens may be turning away from cigarettes to other forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco. Continue reading Smokeless tobacco can take you out of the game‏