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A heartfelt thank you and what’s next for Our Lady of Mount Carmel church😇😇😇

By Mauro DePasquale, president, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

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

Thank God! Never underestimate faith and power of prayer!

[Tuesday] night the [Worcester] City Council voted 9-2 to move our petition for a Mount Carmel Historic District forward.

This is a noteworthy event that requires us all to remain vigilant toward preserving and reopening our church on Mulberry Street.

We look forward ​to continuing discussions with the Diocese, as we hope to work together toward a solution to re-open and maintain the Church on Mulberry Street.

Thank you to the nine [City] Council members ​(Mayor Joseph Petty, Candy Carlson, George Russel, Kate Toomey, Morris Bergman, Gary Rosen, Konstantia Lukes, Sarai Rivera, Khrystian King) for voting in support of providing time for hope and serious discussion to transpire.​Their vote signifies the justice of our mission and the time and due diligence all stake holders and the historic resource deserves.​

Thank you to all ​the amazing speakers ​ who spoke, from the heart, passionately, in favor of moving our petition forward, and thank you to all who came to [Tuesday] night’s meeting in support of MPS [the Mount Carmel Preservation Society].

We need to think out of the box, but a solution to sustainability and continued repairs is possible. Now we will have a chance to properly present our ideas. The road ahead may not be easy, but neither was it for those who sacrificed to build it.

See you at the next Historic Commission Meeting. We will inform you of date, time and location details soon.

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Mount Carmel Preservation Society Statement – January 10, 2017

Immediate Release

In December 2016 the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) had delayed its petition for a historical district for Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

This was done in good faith, in exchange for the Bishop’s offer that, if we tabled our petition, he will not take action to demolish the Church until January 2018 and will also work with the MPS, the WBDC and the Chamber of Commerce, to explore and seek a solution to save the church.

MPS met with the Bishop on December 30, 2016 and took what had transpired under advisement with our Membership. We later responded, with membership consensus, with a letter sent on January 3, 2017, to the Diocesan leadership, asking the Diocese to consider addressing concerns that we felt needed to first be agreed to in order to set a proper foundation for future discussions.

Whereas the Diocese response did not address our specific concerns by January 9, as per our request, and whereas the permit for demolition formally continues to stand for May 2017, and the window to preserve the Church is closing in on the time required to properly process a Historic District application, we must move forward with our petition.

Our request asking the Council to move our petition forward to the historic commission, reflects our desire to give the Historic Commission, and all the stake holders, the fair amount of time and due diligence, Mount Carmel, as one of the top ten most endangered historical resources in Massachusetts, deserves.

It is our understanding, as recently reaffirmed in a recent response to an appeal from the Vatican, that the Church is safe from the wrecking ball until the Bishop first issues a decree to relegate it to profane but not sordid use, which may be appealed through a process set forth through Canon Law.

With consideration to the above, it is the consensus MPS membership to move forward with their petition for a Mount Carmel Historic District, before the City Council this Tuesday (1/10/17).

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society does not wish to risk the church to the wrecking ball as scheduled in May 2017. We are seeking the Diocese to be willing to accept the following in order for us to consider further delaying our petition for a historic district:

We have asked this of the Diocese in a letter sent on January 4, 2017 with a request to respond to us by January 9, 2017:

The Diocese to be willing to issue a written promise to revoke the permit to demolish scheduled for May 2017 or promise to delay any action to demolish the Church until January 2019. To allow time for discussions and implementation of a process to develop a master plan that includes a funding solution to repair and re-open the Church;

The Diocese to be willing to have Masses celebrated in the Recreation Center until the church is made safe to reopen;

The Diocese to be willing to re-open the church for masses as soon as the City [of Worcester] Inspector deems it safe to enter;

Church leadership to be willing to collaborate with the Mount Carmel Preservation Society, with the MPS having a voting role, in the care, manage and maintain the Church as sacred center for Worcester’s Italian American Community and for all Catholics to celebrate our faith;

The Diocese to consider having our Parish, in collaboration with the Mount Carmel Preservation Society, develop the property to best use land and structures to benefit Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish.

In the event that the Parish is not to facilitate development of the property on its own, Mount Carmel Preservation Society will have a voting seat at the table during the design process, and formulation of the Master plan to assure the building will continue to exist as a functioning sacred space, and as a religious and cultural center for the Italian American people of Worcester. and decisions concerning the eventual buyer.

The Historic District study can take more than 60 days (up to a year in some cases as we were informed) and whereas time is of the essence, the Diocese response to our request in the positive to the above must be sooner rather than later. Therefor without the response to what we are seeking prior to the Council meeting on January 10, we (MPS) feel it is in the best interest of our mission to move forward with the Historic District petition. We expect to continue discussions with Bishop and the Diocese in hopes to find an agreeable solution toward saving and reopening our Church as the petition moves forward through the process.

Regretfully, the Bishop has informed the MPS that our request of maintaining the Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Ann Parish, as a single parish, on Mulberry Street is denied and non-negotiable. If there is to be no parish, further delay of the petition will only be pursuant to MPS receiving a written assurance that the six items, as stated above, can be agreed to by the Diocese and that Mount Carmel is to continue to exist as a sacred space, with broad base access and support.

It has been a part of our goal all along to fix the Church and reopen it for masses and to save our parish on Mulberry Street. We look forward to healing our parish family and to save its local history as well as its sacred Italian American cultural center for all to celebrate.

We feel at this time it is in the best interest of our mission to move forward with our petition as we pursue open discussions to explore solutions to preserve and reopen our Church.

Thank you.

maurodep1@gmail.com

Cc
Historic Commission, Bishop McManus, Monsignor Pedone, MPS Board of Directors

YES!!!!! Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church …

… SAVED BY WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL!!!

Yes votes: Bergman, King, Lukes, Carlson, Rivera, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Petty

No votes (both money guys): Economou, Gaffney

Mayor Joseph Petty at tonight’s city council meeting: “[I] look at this as more than just a church. [It’s] important to Italians, [it] represents history.”

YES!!!!

So much of present-day Worcester is seduced by the doe-eyed gentrifiers, glib developers, charming money-talkers – people whose lives revolve around CASH and PROFIT, what’s on trend, relentless social media marketing, the latest chi chi restaurant (gluttony=fat-assed people), Snapchat and – Poof! You’re gone! Disappeared!

So unlike the REAL SOUL stuff – the bread of life that nurtures you – the REAL you … your church, life-long friends, family, your neighborhood, animals, the sky. The stuff that has nothing to do with money but everything to do with happiness!

Here’s to Our Lady of Mount Carmel – a grand church!

Hooray for her neighborhood rec center that gives back to the community – at low or no cost!

Three cheers for her great inner-city little league baseball field that lets city kids slide into HOME …

“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me!”
– Jesus Christ

Coincidental?

Today, looking at the Catholic church outside my kitchen window, just as I was about to cut my tomato vine down cuz it looked old and I thought I might put something new and hot there in its place …

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pics: R.T.

… I saw a beautiful tomato! Red and perfect. Pressed against the window sill in red-rosy loveliness …

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I had not noticed it!

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Then I saw another tomato … small – Jaw Breaker gumball-sized small and (truth be told) a bit crinkly. Still cute.

… In spite of the cold, my indifference, Cece’s morning walks though the flora, they grew…

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And this too! My African violet uncurling her purple, little petal hands …

Kudos to Mauro, Candy and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Preservation Society!

Worcester wins!

– Rosalie Tirella

Can the bishop and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Preservation Society MAKE PEACE? … “Historic” meeting tomorrow night! Jan. 2!

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Jesus hated money 💰and loved homeless 🔑people😇!      pic: R.T

By Rosalie Tirella

A few days ago I left Mauro DePasquale a voicemail re: his efforts to save his church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and to stave off gentrification of the Shrewsbury Street corner on which his beloved church sits.

CUT A DEAL WITH THE BISHOP! I cried into my cell phone. THESE GUYS ARE BRUTAL AND WANT THAT VALUABLE LAND. THEY WILL SELL IT – AND  MT. CARMEL – DOWN THE RIVER FOR THE MONEY. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CAN BE ARROGANT, RIGID … BRUTAL. CUT A DEAL. HAVE THEM TAKE SOME OF THE LAND TO SELL TO THE GENTRIFIERS,  AND WITH SOME OF THE MILLIONS THEY MAKE HAVE THEM BUILD YOU A NEW, SMALLER, ENERGY-EFFICIENT CHURCH. And you get to KEEP your rec center.

I sounded urgent because I’ve come to know, often from first-hand experience, how slippery, rigid and vain the Catholic church is and how slippery, rigid and vain Worcester politics is, a kind of Catholic church in its own dogmatic, cliquey right. I’ve watched how the game is played here in Worcester, and I believe Mt. Carmel is about to be flushed down the crapper by the Catholic Diocese of Worcester – basically a group of anal, proud, unyielding old Irish guys who happen to be “clergy” – for money. Why do I feel this way?  Because they recently met with fellow powerful Irish Catholic, St. John’s/Fordam University alum Chamber of Commerce head Tim Murray. Murray is a BIG TIME gentrifier and big time Catholic. The ducks were being lined up …  As Donald Trump would put it: SAD.

Mauro DePasquale and the Italian Americans who want to save and restore their beautiful old church are/were never in the Tim Murray-former-City Manager Mike O’Brien political circle of trust, that rigid roley-poley cabal that  still runs Worcester and pays you municipal jobs, political connections, back-room deals … in short, power … if you are Irish, went to Fordam or Holy Cross and give them your soul. Tangentially speaking,  now washed-up-pol Murray (precisely BECAUSE he tried to transfer the clubby political Worcester MO to a state-wide political campaign and was LAUGHED OFF THE STATE STAGE) is part of/connected to the Irish Catholic gang on Elm Street in the chi chi chancery.

So when the Bishop crowed at a recent public meeting that he rang up Murray and met with Murray I knew the fix was in for Mt. Carmel. These two Irish Catholic bros wanna move – for different reasons: the Bishop for $$$/Murray for development – that Mt. Carmel parcel of land just sitting fallow in the middle of a flourishing hipster business and restaurant district, a district ripe for another fucking artisan bakery that sells $7 loaves of bread, clothing boutique, bacon bar or something else that you eat, drink or wear to make yourself feel more cool, less fat, more sexy, more intelligent, etc., I knew it was over. I told Mauro he had to compromise, give these assholes some of what they wanted. AND MAURO AND THE MT. CARMEL PRESERVATION SOCIETY SHOULD, AT THE VERY LEAST, GET A NEW, SMALLER CHURCH AS REWARD FOR RELINQUISHING THEIR GRAND DREAM. Maybe with the mosaic and altar and other precious architectural details fom the old church incorporated into the new one.

Sad.

The Bishop probably called Tim Murray after Mauro and the church preservation society were on their way to having the church and its environs declared a Historic District – this move would make it much harder for the Catholic church to do anything to the property. That’s when the Bishop panicked. He’d lose money. More important, he’d lose CONTROL. Very crucial to the self worth of the old school, by the books, dogmatic, soul-crushing Catholic big wigs. More crucial than Jesus and what He stood for. The Bishop called Murray to squelch the church preservation society’s effort.

This makes even more sense – in a pathetic kind of way – if you know this back story: Mauro DePasquale and his wife Tracy head WCCA, the local cable access TV station. Former Worcester City Manager Mike O’Brien, another devout Irish Catholic, spent years trying to kill their TV station –  never liked them or the cable money they were getting to pay for their jobs, their staffers etc. O’Brien felt the dough was City of Worcester money and wanted WCCA shuttered.  He wanted the thousands of dollars WCCA gets to flow to the City of Worcester TV station where HE could CONTROL EVERYTHING: programming, staff, point of view … squeezing out Mauro, his wife, and Mauro’s staff…

And so began the death by a thousand cuts with WCCA losing funding every year. Mauro, a Worcester guy who grew up on Bell Hill, was shaken, upset. He called O’Brien, but Mauro’s phone calls weren’t returned, meetings with O’Brien were cancelled last minute. The city of Worcester government TV channel was beefed up by O’Brien – surreptitiously, of course. The dance goes on to this day with the new city manager following O’Brien’s lead, building and growing a state-of-the-art City of Worcester government TV channel, slowly cutting off WCCA. But Mauro has hung tough. He still has his beloved TV station and runs it his way – OPEN TO ALL VOICES IN THE COMMUNITY. It’s amazing that he’s got the energy for the Mount Carmel fight in light of the eternal battle to save WCCA TV.  Of course, on the Mt. Carmel front, he’s basically up against the same assholes.

Sad.

Where is the love hiding in all these freakin’ Catholics?!

To make things even sadder: We hear a real estate investor pal of former Worcester City Councilor Phil Palmieri is jonesin’ to buy the primo real estate parcel from the Diocese of Worcester. Palmieri, when in office, represented in part, the people of Shrewsbury Street, Mt. Carmel church. But he is also a local developer, owning that big building next to East Park and other East Side property. Phil’s a good guy but a money$$$$ guy. He knows the land on which Mt. Carmel and its rec center sit is worth millions! Millions! Because instead of simply being located in Worcester’s ol’ Italian neighborhood, it’s now located in the middle of Worcester’s booming, blooming urban coolio extravaganza – a $$$$-generating hipster business and restaurant mish mash that millenials love to patronize. It’s as if  Mt. Carmel, low on parishoners, high on a pastor who could often be seen down the street at the glitzy bar of Coral Seafood enjoying a drink, is a cultural anachronism. Even its pastor was imbibing at one of the hippest spots on Shrewsbury Street!

There seems to be no room for an Italian church whose flock has diminished, moved away … or died. Mauro believes the parish is still strong and is growing stronger by the day now that everything can be lost. Forever! He believes folks who care about Worcester history and architecture support his group’s efforts.

I said on his voicemail: CUT A DEAL, Mauro! THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN WIN THIS. THE IRISH BISHOP HAS CALLED THE IRISH HEAD OF THE WORCESTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. The politics are against you.

In Worcester, that’s everything.

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From the Mount Carmel Preservation Society:

IMPORTANT

Please make every effort to attend for what may be an historic MPS meeting

Monday night – January 2, 2017

6:30 PM

The meeting will be held at WCCA TV studios 415 Main St. (Parking on street or municipal lots on Pearl/Elm St. or Commercial Street.)

We will communicate to you what has transpired with our meeting with the Bishop and I will ask you to vote to decide what our next step will be for the future of our church and our mission to Fix (reopen) the Church and Save the Parish on Mulberry Street.

I wish you all a wonderful blessed, healthy, happy, and peaceful new year.

God Bless us all!

SEE YOU MONDAY NIGHT!

Mauro DePasquale, President, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

Worcester City Council: Please! Vote next Tuesday to approve the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block as a local Historic District!

By Mauro DePasquale, President, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Parishioners and Members of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) support a vote to approve the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block as a local Historic District.

This is supported by the fund raising efforts of MPS, as well as by more than 12,000 petitioners who are asking the Bishop and Pastor to fix the Church and Save the Parish on Mulberry Street.

Preservation is about celebrating something that is precious, meaningful and good for ALL people, as it raises the aesthetic of our surroundings.

The act of preservation benefits everyone and is a form of unification.

Mount Carmel Preservation Society is dedicated to fixing one of the top seven most endangered historical resources in all of Massachusetts (Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church).

The designation of a historical district will:

improve the status of the Mount Carmel neighborhood;

protect the area for community benefit;

improve the cultural vitality of our city;

and mark a significant and unique space for all to gather, to celebrate and share something special, of historical significance, with our Italian American community and all immigrant groups.

It will also provide opportunities for the Parishioners of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel to reinforce their sustainability efforts for the future.

This designation is about unification as it centers our collective heritage along with a unique historical building/resource and facing it into the future of Worcester’s identity.

This is the glue that cements true preservation, as we share and celebrate something meaningful with common purpose.

To counter this effort is an affront to the human spirit and those things we the collective community hold of value.

Approving the local historic district designation for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block sends a message that Worcester cares and values its immigrant communities, old and new.

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

Fix our Church and Save our Parish on Mulberry St.

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Worcester City Council contact info

Call our city councilors and ask them to VOTE YES! Thank you!

Mayor Joe Petty
508-799-1153 work
508-799-8789 home

Morris Bergman
508-799-1049 work
508-754-8141 home

Khrystian King
508-799-1049 work

Konstantina Lukes
508-799-1049 work
508-798-1815 home

Kate Toomey
508-799-1049 work
508-798-1815

Anthony Economou
508-854-3014 home

Candy Mero-Carlson
508-799-1049 work

Michael Gaffney
508-799-1049 work

George Russell
508-795-0333 home

Sarai Rivera
508-799-1049 work
508-755-3006 home

Gary Rosen
508-7991049 work
508-755-3006 home

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InCity Letter

I would like to thank the entire Worcester City Council and the Mayor for their recent support of the efforts of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society to fix their church and save their parish.
 
For many, Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Ann Church represents much more than a church. 

It is the heart and soul of the Italian American community here in the city.
 
The movement to fix the church and save the parish is not about angry parishioners viciously attacking a Monsignor or a Bishop, but rather, represents the passion of a large group of individuals and families who simply want to preserve a legacy that was left by their ancestors. 

Respectfully yours,

Barbara Lucci
Worcester

We visited GRIME Vintage clothing shop …


… and More on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester a month ago. Love Molly’s shop! Walked in and left smiling!

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Owner Molly is GREAT! Unlike some chubby fakers in the biz (a chubette we’re learning lots of folks in Woo do NOT like!) Molly PAYS her workers – doesn’t exploit them like the chubette who buys herself boats and homes and pays NO ONE.  And … Molly is 100% local! She is actually at her shop – not in Texas or NYC or Connecticut pretending to be in Woo!  Molly is a real shop owner, truly committed to Worcester.

CLICK HERE to check out her store website ! Visit her store today!

The GRIME shop: Great vintage clothing, boots, shoes and other items! And a terrific, down to earth, beautiful owner! Molly!

– R. Tirella

Tonight! City of Worcester Fourth of July Celebration! Best fireworks in Central Mass! Plus: patriotic tunes played by symphony orchestra!

Once again …

GET SET! tonight! Thursday, JULY 2! WORCESTER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION! BEST FIREWORKS! FREE! BA DA BOOM!!!!

Worcester’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION! 

TONIGHT! Thursday, July 2

3 p.m. – 9:30+ p.m!

East Park! (Shrewsbury Street)

FREE!

This is a huge, spectacular, classy, musical, fun, family-friendly, FREE Fourth of July city bash in one of Worcester’s most beautiful parks!

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform before and during the fireworks!

On the beautiful East Park stage … just perfect for a symphony orchestra or … summertime Shakespeare in the park (hint, hint, hint, City of Worcester!)!

3 p.m. – kids’ activities and games near the recently renovated, beautiful East Park kids playground (the park’s spray park will open a few days after the celebration!)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks!

7:40 p.m. – American flag-raising!

Then Music by the orchestra!  American classics! Patriotic tunes, some of which have been around since George Washington’s presidency!

Hear the songs American bands played during the American Revolution, Civil War… . When you’re a kid you love to march around to these tunes! When I was three years old, my mom got me a little drum and for my soldiers cap she opened up a paper bag and rolled up its edges so it fit snuggly around my head  … She did the same for my kid sisters who dutifully marched behind their  “general” in our big Green Island kitchen!

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 In your 20s the music feels a bit dusty, a bore, unless you’re in your school’s marching band … . Then … adulthood…you’re in your prime and the music just whops you over the head! Spirit raising!  Jubilant!  Proud and defiant! You think: HOW DID THESE WILD and CRAZY AND BRILLIANT DISSIDENTS DO WHAT THEY DID?! AMERICA! What a concept! I mean, The balls of it! And then you think, longingly: How primal – pristine –  the natural America was back then: Wolves, mountain lions, bob cats, buffalos, grizzly bears galore! You yearn for a deer to cross your path as you run InCity Times, for the deer to stand frozen, staring at you, its bobbed  white tail up like a little flag…

Then … the Fireworks – 9:30 p.m!!!! … hundreds of people staring up into the cobalt sky, the symphony orchestra playing Francis Scott Key while red, white and blue and green and fuchsia dandelions, stars, rockets burst open in the Worcester heavens above the hushed Worcester crowd. … People going home singing …

A magical Worcester summer night.

AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

Be there!

Get set! Thursday, July 2! Worcester 4th of July Celebration! BEST FIREWORKS! FREE! Ba da boom!!!!

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Worcester’s Fourth of July celebration!

Thursday, July 2

3 p.m. to 9:30+ p.m!

East Park! (Shrewsbury Street)

FREE!

This is a huge, spectacular, classy, musical, fun, family-friendly, FREE Fourth of July city bash in one of Worcester’s most beautiful parks!

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform before and during the fireworks!

On the beautiful East Park stage … just perfect for a symphony orchestra or … summertime Shakespeare in the park (hint, hint, hint, City of Worcester!)!

3 p.m. – kids’ activities and games near the recently renovated, beautiful East Park kids playground (the park’s spray park will open a few days after the celebration!)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks!

7:40 p.m. – American flag-raising!

Then Music by the orchestra!  American classics! Patriotic tunes, some of which have been around since George Washington’s presidency!

Hear the songs American bands played during the American Revolution, Civil War… . When you’re a kid you love to march around to these tunes! When I was three years old, my mom got me a little drum and for my soldiers cap she opened up a paper bag and rolled up its edges so it fit snuggly around my head  … She did the same for my kid sisters who dutifully marched behind their  “general” in our big Green Island kitchen!  In your 20s the music feels a bit dusty, a bore, unless you’re in your school’s marching band … . Then … adulthood…you’re in your prime and the music just whops you over the head! Spirit raising!  Jubilant!  Proud and defiant! You think: HOW DID THESE WILD and CRAZY AND BRILLIANT DISSIDENTS DO WHAT THEY DID?! AMERICA! What a concept! I mean, The balls of it! And then you think, longingly: How primal – pristine –  the natural America was back then: Wolves, mountain lions, bob cats, buffalos, grizzly bears galore! You yearn for a deer to cross your path as you run InCity Times, for the deer to stand frozen, staring at you, its bobbed  white tail up like a little flag…

Then … the Fireworks – 9:30 p.m!!!! … hundreds of people staring up into the cobalt sky, the symphony orchestra playing Francis Scott Key while red, white and blue and green and fuchsia dandelions, stars, rockets burst open in the Worcester heavens above the hushed Worcester crowd. … People going home singing …

A magical Worcester summer night.

AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

Be there!

Al-fresco breakfast any time of the day/nite at the Bouly on Shrewsbury Street!

Jimmy and Lisa just this week set out these pretty, umbrella-topped tables outside their Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street! Italian comfort food al-fresco, meaning, in my late dad’s mother tongue: IN THE FRESH!!! Air, of course! Pancakes and scrambled eggs … al fresco! Blueberry muffins and orange juice – al fresco! Brilliant! … Why not enjoy a homemade, amazing Italian breakfast in the summer breeze? Why not dive into your veggie omelette outside the diner that never sleeps? (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!) And savor the Bouly’s Italian-American comfort food, like homemade Lasagna and homemade Eggplant Parmesan  … under the stars!

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Visit the “Bouly” NOW and meet some of the freshest, nicest, down to earth people in Worcester!  Love THIS Italian famiglia!        – R. Tirella

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Shrewsbury Street’s Boulevard Diner …

… iconic, family-friendly, hip, American, huge breakfasts, French toast, pancakes, omelettes,

 

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… homemade lasagna, homemade spaghetti and meatballs, homemade soups, griddle-sizzzzle,

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… Italian-American deliciousness, OPEN 24/7 – just like a diner!, cozy, beautiful,

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… beautiful Italians, feisty Italians, hard-working Italians,

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…  great prices, sandwiches galore, turkey dinner as good as your nanna’s,

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… REAL – not artsy fartsy ...AUTHENTIC 

ONE OF THE BEST IN NEW ENGLAND, so says The Boston Globe!

Visit soon!

Boulevard Diner

155 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester 508-791-4535

– Photos and text by Rosalie Tirella.