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Wednesday wrap-up!😊🎄🧦❄️ + 🎶

Worcester Historical Museum ANNUAL MEETING! TONIGHT!
Wednesday, December 4, 4:30PM

All are invited to join us at 30 Elm Street to review the busy past 12 months, participate in the election of officers, and learn about what is ahead for
Worcester’s past.

With a presentation of the George Bancroft Award to Deborah Ellstrom for “preserving a history that might have too easily slipped through the cracks.”

Thank you for another great year!

😊For 144 years, Worcester Historical Museum has been the only local organization solely dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Worcester’s history in all time periods and all subject areas. WHM offers exhibitions and programming for all residents to know, enjoy, and share their heritage. Regarded as a major local history museum in New England, WHM’s mission is to inform and inspire.

Our Story. Our History. Our Future.

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From City Hall, Main Street, Worcester

VETERANS’ AND MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

LEVI LINCOLN (NORTH) CHAMBER

6 P.M.

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Framingham Hosts 104th Annual Farm Bureau Meeting!🥦🍎❄️🌎

TODAY, Dec. 4, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members and guests will flock to Framingham to attend the organization’s 104th Annual Meeting. Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in workshops, learning sessions and establish policy for the upcoming year.

Topics of discussion at this year’s meeting will including grant opportunities for farmers; regulations on hemp and labor; and small-scale egg production. Additionally, a meet the candidates forum will be held, during which potential leadership candidates for the organization will discuss their platforms and answer attendees’ questions.

“Our two-day meeting is made possible through generous hosting of Cape and Islands and Hampden County Farm Bureaus,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “This is in addition to sponsorship from companies such as John Deere, Farm Credit East and American National Insurance Company. We can’t thank these group enough for their continued support of our organization.”

As part of the annual event, fundraisers for the Massachusetts FFA and MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee are scheduled to be held. FFA will hold a silent auction and the YF&R committee will host a BINGO night. All proceed will be donated back to these groups.

The meeting will conclude on Friday with the business meeting of MFBF delegates and Board of Directors. During this meeting delegates will set policy priorities for the organization in 2020 and vote on Board of Director positions.

“Our grassroots policy development process is a key component of our organization,” Amato said. “When we speak to legislators, they recognize that our policy is set by our members and these solutions are what a constituent wants to see happen. Personally, I’m looking forward to solid discussion during the policy development process and hope to see many of our members this week at the annual meeting.”

Following the statewide meeting, if a resolution has national applicability, MFBF’s leadership will bring the resolution to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting for consideration.

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RECIPE FROM PETA.ORG:

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 bay leaf

6 sprigs fresh parsley

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 Tbsp. whole peppercorns

1 cup white wine

5 cups water

2 large onions, diced, with 1/4 cup reserved

3 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pinch of nutmeg, to taste

2 Tbsp. oil, optional

1/4 cup Corn Nuts snack, plain flavor, coarsely crushed, for garnish

Instructions:

Place the carrot, celery, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, white wine, water, and all but 1/4 cup of the onions in a large pot, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Strain the soup, discard the pulp, and return the liquid to the pot.

Add the squash and remaining onion to the pot and cook over medium heat until the squash is tender.

Transfer the squash, onion, and one cup of the liquid (reserving the remaining liquid in a separate container) to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season it with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Add the oil, if desired. Blend again until oil is incorporated.
Pour the purée back into the pot and add some of the reserved liquid, stirring to achieve desired consistency. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle Corn Nuts over each.

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End America’s Tiger Craze! (editor’s note: Fake “Sanctuaries”: Ecotarium in Worcester and Southwick’s wild animal farm in Mendon! Boycott both!)

By Jennifer O’Connor

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TIGERS BELONG IN THE WILD – NOT IN CAGES! photos courtesy of PETA

They should not be held captive in people’s backyards!:
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Canada and America must change their laws – no exotic animal backyard collectors!!

Even if you don’t pay much attention to wildlife issues, most people are aware that tigers are critically endangered.

As detailed in a new National Geographic exposé, there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild — worldwide. Roadside zoos operating as breeding mills play a huge role in creating a very real overpopulation crisis for captive tigers in America.

Tiger cubs are irresistibly adorable, which also makes them moneymakers. Sleazy roadside zoos across the country churn out cubs to exploit in “encounter” sessions and photo opportunities in which people pay to hold and be photographed with them. They’re prematurely taken away from their mothers — some just hours after birth — so they can “get used to” public interaction. The window of profitably is short since cubs quickly grow too big and strong to be “managed.” After they age out, tigers typically spend the rest of their lives in cramped cages often in deplorable conditions. They can’t be released into the wild, and all the reputable sanctuaries in the world can’t provide enough refuge for all these big cats. The heartbreaking cycle continually repeats itself.

Some roadside zoos dupe customers into believing that they’re helping to “save” endangered tigers, while others don’t even bother. Some take to the road, hauling the helpless cubs around the country on the fair circuit, stopping in shopping malls and parking lots.

Even though they appear harmless, tiger cubs are strong and have sharp teeth and claws, leading some exhibitors to take drastic action to curtail their natural instincts. One Indiana roadside zoo forcibly smacked cubs with a riding crop and told “playtime” participants to hit cubs on the nose if they got too “rowdy.” The same outfit hired a veterinarian to declaw 12 big cats, which was illegal. After the surgery, they suffered without any pain medication.

It’s deeply disturbing to imagine what happened to 23 tiger cubs who died at an Oklahoma breeding mill in one seven-month period.

Such abuse is not limited to the United States. A Canadian tiger trainer was caught on video gleefully admitting, “I like hitting him in the face.” Another was charged with cruelty to animals after a tiger and a lion were found living in a dark cage amid mounds of feces, rotting chicken parts and mud.

Tigers are apex predators. They are the largest species of cat in the world. They are strong, agile, superb hunters. They love to swim. When denied all their fundamental biological needs, they can become listless and depressed. Many pace incessantly in an effort to cope with their frustration. Others act on their natural instincts and inflict serious — often fatal — injuries on their keepers. Such acts of defiance are usually their last.

The time is long overdue for the government to impose laws restricting individuals from breeding dangerous exotic species. Until then, you can help these displaced tigers by refusing to participate in exploitative displays and by supporting reputable sanctuaries that give them refuge.

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🍎Vegan Holiday Treats!🍎


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RIP, Bosch … and Saturday wrap-up☕❄️ + 🎶

😊From the Worcester Historical Museum😊
30 Elm St.🎄🎄🎄🎄

😊😊ANNUAL MEETING!😊😊😊

Wednesday, December 4, 4:30 PM

All are invited to join us at 30 Elm St. to review the busy past 12 months, participate in the election of officers, and learn about what is ahead for Worcester’s past.

❄️😊⛄🦌Spend some time at Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion this December….

❄️HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS🦌

Winter Whimsy❄️❄️

Extended days for Salisbury Mansion for the Holidays:
Wednesday-Sunday,
November 29 through January 5
1-4 PM

Join us at Salisbury Mansion for a new twist on the season as decorators let their imaginations run to whimsy and fun.

The mansion will be decked out for the holidays beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.

$5 per person, members free, 1-4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday

🍎Each room is expertly appointed with a Winter Whimsy theme:

Southeast Chamber/Dollhouse Room: TOYLAND, TOYLAND
Middle Chamber: CHRISTMAS ON POINTE
Southwest Chamber: ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD…IT’S MICA!
Northwest Chamber: FESTIVE WORCESTER
Parlor: O TANNEBAUM, O TANNEBAUM
Front Drawing Room: OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS…
Back Drawing Room: JOY AND WONDER ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
Library: HOMEMAID CHRISTMAS
Hallway: DECK THE HALLS!

🎄Evening Candlelight Tours will be illuminating the mansion on Fridays, November 29-January 3, 4:30-6:30PM. There is a separate entrance fee of $10 per person/NO PASSES. Salisbury Mansion is only open at night to the public on the above Friday evenings.💒💒

Please note: Salisbury Mansion will be open five days a week in December…for all to enjoy this historic home during the holidays.

Salisbury Mansion guests will also receive a coupon for a complimentary visit to Worcester Historical Museum.

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⛄Saturday, December 14, 10 AM-4 PM

The museum’s archives include photographs of holiday celebrations at home and at work, public displays, and visits to Santa Claus…all mid-twentieth century. Become part of the community photo album. Bring YOUR favorite Christmas photo to the library for scanning.

🐻TEDDY BEAR TEA!☕

Saturday, December 7, 10AM-1PM

🐻Go on a Bear Romp, enjoy a Puppet Show, write a letter to Santa, play bingo with Mrs. Claus, arts⛄ and crafts❄️, make a gingerbread house, and much more. Sandwiches, cocoa and cookies will be served!

Reservations are required.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Member adult $12; Member child $10; Non-member adult $15; Non-member child $12; Children under 3 free.

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From PETA.ORG:

This Thanksgiving Make Your Own Vegan Holiday Roast with Sage Stuffing!♥️

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Love that sage stuffin’!

♥️Ingredients:

♥️For the Sage Stuffing:

1/2 cup finely diced onions

1/2 cup finely diced celery

1/2 cup finely diced carrots

1 1/2 tsp. fresh, minced garlic

2 Tbsp. corn oil

1/2 tsp. sage

1/4 tsp. chopped basil

3/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

3 Tbsp. vegetable bouillon

1 cup water

2 cups whole-wheat or white bread crumbs

1/4 cup coarsely chopped dry sweetened cranberries

1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted pecans

♥️For the Vegan Holiday Roast:

1 1/2 lbs. extra-firm tofu, patted dry and cut into small pieces

2 Tbsp. arrowroot or cornstarch

3 Tbsp. vegan broth powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. white pepper

1 1/2 tsp. agar-agar flakes or 1 tsp. agar-agar powder

2 Tbsp. barley malt syrup

2 Tbsp. water

♥️Instructions:

Sauté the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.

Add the sage, basil, salt, pepper and broth powder and sauté for 5 more minutes.

Add the water and bring to a simmer.

Stir in the bread crumbs, cranberries and pecans just until incorporated. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture is firm, then remove from the heat.

Place the tofu, arrowroot, broth powder, salt, pepper and agar-agar flakes in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.

Dissolve the barley malt syrup in the water and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Oil and flour a loaf pan (or oil, then line with parchment paper).

Spread a layer of the tofu mixture inside the pan, lining the bottom and all four sides. (Spread only a thin layer on the ends.) Use all but about 1 cup of the mixture.

Firmly but gently press the stuffing into the pan, on top of the tofu mixture.

Cover the stuffing with the remaining tofu, carefully sealing the edges.

Cover the pan with foil, making certain the foil doesn’t come into contact with the tofu.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the foil, glaze the top of the loaf with the dissolved barley malt syrup, turn the oven up to 450°F, and continue baking for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes. Unmold, slice and serve hot with a sauce of your choice!

Makes 8 servings (1 medium roast)

This recipe was adapted with permission from The Classical Vegetarian Cookbook by Ron Pickarski.

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🍩🍩🍩Dessert!:

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Pledge to Go Vegan in 2020! (Or, at the very least: EAT WAY LESS MEAT AND POULTRY – SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS FROM AMERICAN FACTORY FARM HELL!!!) – Rose T.

Need a reason to go vegan? How about tens of billions? That’s how many animals are killed for food in the U.S. each year. The easiest way to help animals like the ones pictured below is to go vegan!

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Just imagine: As a vegan, you’ll being speaking up for these animals— and all other animals who face abuse on today’s farms. You’ll have a clear conscience and be able to look these animals in the eye without guilt, as you vow to make their lives better — while also improving your own.

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Chickens: the most abused of God’s creatures! Billions suffer on our factory farms!!! No room to turn in cages, beaks cut off, pumped up with antibiotics, injected with hormones to make their wings, white meat, big for the shopper and their legs small! Most can’t walk on their abnormally small “drum sticks”!!

You’ll save more than 100 animals each year, and you can also become healthier by consuming foods that don’t contribute to heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Plus, you’ll help to reduce climate change and world hunger.

Being vegan has never been easier, thanks to hundreds of delicious vegan products, restaurants, and accidentally vegan foods you probably already love!

It’s plain and simple: Going vegan is the best resolution you can make! We have plenty of resources about how to go vegan, so take the pledge today! And visit PETA.ORG

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Pigs are as intelligent as dogs are – why torture and slaughter them???

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RIP, Bosch

It’s the holidaze … ‘Tis the time the Old Beau and I reach out to each other – every year! – never planning to but, after all this time, a distant “family” – waving to each other across the oceans of time. “Apart” but not really. Not in love any more but always missing each other a little bit, just around the edges.

Last holiday season I was amazed when, as we chatted aimelessly on our cell phones, he remembered the Worcester restaurant where we drank coffee – just once! – that was poured from a French press. Or that I didn’t like the star act at a concert we went to years ago but that I thought the female guitarist in the was terrific! What I had felt and thought he had remembered! Important. To him.

I don’t remember any of that stuff – just how he was there for my big ol’ golden retriever Bailey when Bailey got nasal cancer – and how Bailey, up until a day or two before he died, would trot up to the Old Beau, wagging his big, feathery, gold tail. Or how the Old Beau would visit my mother, now repeating and repeating her words because her early dementia had become “moderate,” and sit with her in her studio apartment and watch a Red Sox game with her on her color TV, quiet, respectful – repeating the score to her, over and over. Ma loved the Red Sox and until she fell ill knew all the players, ball parks, scores … stuff I was oblivious to but that the Old Beau enjoyed, too. … I had walked out of her apartment, tears running down my cheeks, a few hours earlier, upset that she had hid the two big Irish porcelin dolls that I had given her for the top of her TV set. Ma had taken them off the TV and had hid them at the bottom of her clothes closet, telling me again and again about the need to safeguard them. Precious gifts from her beloved daughter, Rosalie! The Old Beau stayed through all that, a prince in his paint-flecked brown contractor pants and torn tee shirts – visiting her from his work sites, if there were emergencies … These are my memories!

Well, the Old Beau called me last week and left a voicemail … very formal sounding, grammatically perfect, as always. To me (what I especially loved about him) my man strided into my world from another American era: the 1940s or 1950s when we were all more civil and modest … parents revered public education, stood behind school teachers and kept their kids’ noses in their big, boring text books, like it or not. The kids obeyed their parents and teachers, no matter how misinformed they were, and thru it all became … smart, well spoken! College-ready! Just like my Old Beau,from Lynn where his childhood had been rough.

I heard a faint sadness in his voice this time. I called him back.

“Bosch died,” he said right off. His grand, 100-pound, long-haired German Shepherd dog who would protect him to the end but also loved to play with little plush toy bears or squeaky hearts or tennis balls was dead. At 15 years old. Ancient. Now weighing nothing – 65 pounds. He had had an appetite, a playful spirit for months – but the disease killed it, along with his hind legs. His disease, common to GSDs, had left them useless. Bosch got around the living room – his new world now – by pulling himself up on his two big front paws and dragging, hauling, his big body around. Until it withered away, too, like his hind leg muscles …

“Oh, my Bosch!” I cried out, remembering when I had first seen the dog – in a wooden stall, in a big shed, standing on his hind legs, his big head and ears filling the top of the stall. It was dark in there, even on the sunny fall day. Bosch was slamming his body against the gate, paws tearing at the old wood, howling into the solitary bleakness. I couln’t make him out! So I asked the woman, shaken: IS THAT A BEAR in there?

She said: No, just a big, older German Shepherd whose owner had died. Of cancer. He missed her, he was tough to adopt out. We left the little wooden shed. I said: “I know who will adopt him – it will be a perfect fit!”

And so I talked, pushed, cajoled, begged the Old Beau into adopting Bosch (the new name, after the tool maker, he gave the dog). Well, my old man saved his life – saw into the shell-shocked, deprived old dog’s soul … and nurtured him back to health. Veterinarian visits for vaccines and more … hundreds of dollars spent! Lots of good dog food – Bosch was malnourished, 20 pounds underweight, when the old man brought him home. Five years of leisurely walks in the Old Beau’s West Side neighborhood. The old man carefully, quietly, brushing out that beautiful coat – and calling Bosch “Fluffy” – smiling to himself – because Bosch looked so beautiful when he was all combed out, standing regally on the little back porch. Nights on the Old Beau’s bed where together they slept, primal, close – just a boy and his pup! Like being on the plains when Native Americans went on hunts with their big fierce hunting dogs … or the stars of some 1950s Disney movie! Old Yeller watch out! Except they were both mine …

Just thinking of♥️, and missing♥️, my Old Beau♥️ this Thanksgiving week …

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I bought this CD for him, for his birthday, years ago. We saw YES in concert – all the original band mates! – twice. Beautiful nights, both.

Animal rights legislation reflects our evolving, GOOD attitudes! + 🦃♥️🎶

By Jennifer O’Connor

One of the oldest complaints in the book is that “you can’t fight city hall.” And anyone who has ever tried to get a stop sign installed at their corner intersection or a speeding ticket dismissed can tell you that the mind-numbing bureaucracy still exists. But for animals exploited as “entertainment,” real change is taking place — at the local, state, national and even international level.

Just last month, California’s governor signed a bill that bars wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling shows. The British Parliament banned the use of wild animals in circuses last spring. In June, the Congress of Quintana Roo, a state in Mexico, passed a prohibition on bullfights and cockfights. Canada’s Parliament recently passed legislation banning whales, dolphins and porpoises from being bred or held in captivity. An Argentinean court unanimously ruled that an orangutan named Sandra should be transferred from the Buenos Aires Zoo to a sanctuary, saying that she is a “nonhuman person, with the right to liberty.” The zoo is being converted into an eco-park.

Partly because of bans against traveling animal acts imposed by cities and states around the country, a dozen U.S. circuses have either shut down or gone cruelty-free. Two of the biggest, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cole Bros. Circus, had operated for more than a century before throwing in the towel. Others, like Kelly Miller Circus and Circus Vargas, revamped themselves by eliminating animal acts. Shrine circuses in Canada have not used wild animals for years.

Seeing the writing on the wall, international travel giant Thomas Cook announced that it will stop selling tickets to SeaWorld, and more than 50 companies, including Costco Travel and Foders, now refuse to offer elephant rides. TripAdvisor — the world’s largest travel site — no longer sells tickets to events in which wild animals are forced to engage in public contact, including elephant rides, tiger encounters and “swim with dolphins” excursions.

Even countries not widely known for upholding animal rights have taken meaningful action. Iran stopped issuing permits for wild animal circuses in 2016, and Slovakia, Romania and Croatia also imposed bans. The mayor of the Russian town of Magas did the same, saying that “circuses are the cruellest form of animal exploitation, where they are kept in abnormal conditions. No spectacle that uses any type of animals will ever be allowed in Magas.”

But it’s not just legislative initiatives that are affecting the way animals are treated. Public sentiment, too, has been shifting inexorably away from the use of animals in entertainment.

Families are flocking to the ever-fabulous Cirque du Soleil and the aquatic acrobatics of Cirque Italia. Children and adults alike pack the seats at IMAX theaters to watch films like the Great Bear Rainforest, which showcases wild bears in the last intact temperate rainforest in the world. Conscientious travelers are visiting accredited sanctuaries and nature preserves or taking eco-friendly vacations to places like Florida’s John Pennekamp National Park — the first undersea park created in the U.S. Others are booking vegan cruises.

The trend is undeniable: The days of exploiting animals in the name of entertainment are quickly coming to an end.

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FYI:

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ICT helped shut it down!

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EAT LESS MEAT! SAVE 🌎!

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Try some TOFUrkey, sold at Trader Joe’s, this Thanksgiving!!

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Paul♥️, an iconic vegan!!:

Why is NO ONE IN THE CANAL DISTRICT? Why is Allen Fletcher’s big public market not open? Another delay …

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Again: Why is the area around Allen’s Green Street building …
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Fletcher’s Folly???

… so dead??? Why are his $1,400 – $3,000/month studio apts/apartments unfilled??? Where are all the walkers for whom Fletcher is pining????!
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Green Street: zero walkers

Allen Fletcher, an old money Worcester scion whose family once owned a chunk of the old T and G, worth millions$$$, is sort of slumming it at his Ash Street School home. Still, he dreams the right dreams – of filling his Green Street and Water and Harding street neighborhood with walkers! With real city folks!!!!

I don’t see them. Never see them. Often, it is just Allen and I actually WALKING down Green Street, going about our lives/businesses. Separately. We ignore each other – I used to work for him👿 … But deep down we both know – we, arch enemies two, that we two, on some afternoons, are the only two city peeps feeling comfortable walking – really walking – through the neighborhood. Experiencing the scene!! Which IS a cool scene!
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I feel bad for Allen: He is trying to recreate the Kelley Square area of MY childhood/youth!

It was GRAND AND … GRITTY!!! A kind of Eastern European enclave/slum: Green/Water Street area and Green Island (Millbury Street) over the Square filled with walkers – all characters! – visiting the scores and scores of our small local businesses that lined the streets, one after another: restaurants, diners, dry cleaners, drug store, bank, fabric store, children’s clothing store, fruit store, hair dressers, five and ten store, bakeries, grocery stores, tailor, Polish sausage market and grocery store, fish store, shoe store …THE LIST GOES ON!! AND ON! My childhood writ LARGE! A blast! A nightmare! An urban tale still unfolding in my mind! Real community – the locals (many of us poor) mixing with middle class visitors and diners from the city’s middle class West Side!!

A Worcester- an America! – that I (along with Allen) miss! Earthier, more real, more unafraid of the new kid on the block, unafraid to walk a half mile or mile to shop. Friendlier, less stratified …

I see what Allen Fletcher is trying to do – TO FORCE – TO RECREATE – BY SHEER STUBBORNESS AND MILLIONS OF $$$ HIS OWN DOUGH$$ AND TAX-FREE LOANS from city/state/fed sources (TIFS). But I wish the development of my old neighborhood had been more organic, driven by, stemming from the people in my ol’ neighborhood – bubbling up from us – not forced down upon us by rich Allen and his rich enablers.

When I was away in college my neighborhood was evolving into something new … a Vietnamese enclave – tbe newbies were opening stores and restaurants. They were buying 3 deckers on Lafayette Street. They were attending St. John’s Church on Temple Street, too. They were nice and hard working. I dreamed of our city’s vetsion of Boston’s Chinatown – Worcester’s VIETNAM TOWN!! Slurping their great big bowls of soup. Buying their pretty blouses …

Then came the millionaires: Allen Fletcher and his two main pals Bob Largesse and Johnny 3 G’s … to alter the fate of hundreds of Green Islanders and shoppers! Change the scene for ever. Gentrify and exclude. Sad …
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Politics Sunday: CONGRESS SHOULD NARROW FOCUS OF TRUMP IMPEACHMENT … and … Woo City Council endorsements

By Steven R. Maher

I think the Democratically controlled House made the right decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump over the Ukrainian arms sale.

Trump crossed the opaque line and acted illegally when he slowed down the arms sales to the Ukrainians making arms sales to the Ukraine contingent upon that country publicly investigating presidential candidate Joe Biden – the political opponent Trump fears most. But I think that Congress’s charges against Trump should begin and end with one single count: that Trump committed an impeachable offense when he delayed shipment of needed anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian army. This is especially true when we consider that the funding was approved by a veto-proof, bi-partisan majority.

Do I think that Trump committed other impeachable offenses that further investigation will reveal?

Yes. But do I think it’s necessary to prosecute Trump at this time for these other offenses? No. Trump can be impeached and removed from office only once. Why distract from what is the Democrat’s strongest hand?

Impeaching Trump on one offense will remove him from the Oval Office totally. There is one uncontested set of facts here, with the evidence to back it up provided by both the White House and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. If you listen carefully when Republican Congressmen come on television regarding the Ukrainian episode, they say Trump’s actions do not “rise to the level foe an impeachable offense.” This type of language is often used in courts to justify turning a case over to a judge. Questions of law in civilian courts are decided by judges, not a jury.

Narrowing the case against Trump down to one episode will prevent a Republican filibuster by allowing GOP Congressmen to drag in all sorts of outside characters and issues. (Under the law, only the Senate allows a filibuster by that body. But effectively, the Republicans would be filibustering by using a search for competing facts to form a factual basis to deny an impeachment charge.)

The Republicans would like nothing better than to spend the next year on 50 impeachment charges. That would delay it until after the 2020 election.

The Democrats made this mistake with the Mueller probe, which Trump effectively bogged down in a host of tweets and counterclaims, causing Mueller to waste time and money fishing Trump’ ocean of red herrings. Which, of course, Trump and the Republicans denounced Mueller for!

Right now, the Democrats should focus on one crime and one charge of impeachment. If the Republicans resort to chicanery to defeat this one count impeachment charge, the outrage of the American people will likely be reflected at the polls in November 2020.

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WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR ENDORSEMENTS😊

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Worcester, RE-ELECT JOSEPH PETTY: mayor and city councilor at large! CECELIA file photo:Ron O.

REMEMBER, Worcester – VOTE☑️🗳️ TUESDAY, NOV. 5😊🇺🇸🇺🇸!

By Rosalie Tirella

If you live in my neighborhood, that means you cast your ballot at THE NEW BLACKSTONE CANAL VISITOR’S CENTER – located at the bottom of McKeon Road! Plenty of free parking! Great lil’ museum that chronicles the history of Blackstone River Road (the old Millbury Street) and Greenwood Street (Quinsig Village) – a Swedish mill neighborhood that is now African, Latino and the white kids and grandkids of those factory workers! Very diverse – OLD AND NEW WOO!♥️

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One of the African small businesses in Rose’s neighborhood.

We are asking you to vote for the folks we endorsed in this issue of CECELIA: Candy Carlson, Sarai Rivera, Morris Bergman, Etel Haxjiaj – and especially Mayor Joseph Petty and Matt Wally.These two guys want to keep the apartments of the old 3-deckers in Worcester UP TO CODE and AFFORDABLE. That’s HALF the housing stock in Worcester! Where our working class and working poor live! MATT WALLY wants each apt inventoried by the City to see that the stoves work, heaters work, porches are legal, etc. Mayor Joe Petty wants to give landlords $$grant money so they can fix their apts – if they KEEP them affordable. Hooray for safe 3 deckers! habitable homes! ♥️♥️♥️

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Pics: Rose T.

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To us from Beto😢♥️😢

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Beto – all heart! RUN FOR SENATE IN TEXAS, Beto! The people ♥️ you! … I will now probably support Warren for prez – or whoever ends up fighting THE EVIL ONE👿👿!!!!

Rosalie,

Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively in the best interests of America.

Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.

I decided to run for President because I believed that I could help bring a divided country together in common cause to confront the greatest set of challenges we’ve ever faced. I also knew that the most fundamental of them is fear — the fear that Donald Trump wants us to feel about one another; the very real fear that too many in this country live under; and the fear we sometimes feel when it comes to doing the right thing, especially when it runs counter to what is politically convenient or popular.

I knew, and I still know, that we can reject and overcome these fears and choose to instead be defined by our ambitions and our ability to achieve them.

I knew that we would have to be unafraid in how we ran the campaign. We’d have to run with nothing to lose. And I knew that our success would depend not on PACs or corporations but upon the grassroots volunteers and supporters from everywhere, especially from those places that had been overlooked or taken for granted.

We should be proud of what we fought for and what we were able to achieve.

Together we were able to help change what is possible when it comes to the policies that we care about and the country we want to serve. We released the first comprehensive plan to confront climate change of any of the presidential candidates; we took the boldest approach to gun safety in American history; we confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he’s encouraged against communities that don’t look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country; and we were one of the first to reject all PAC money, corporate contributions, special interest donations and lobbyist help.

We proposed an economic program that focused on both equality and equity and would give every American the certainty that one job would be enough; and a healthcare plan that would guarantee that every one of us is well enough to live to our full potential.

We knew the only way our country would live up to its promise is if everyone could stand up to be counted. We released the most ambitious voter registration and voting rights plan, one that would bring 55 million new voters into our democracy, and remove barriers for those who’ve been silenced because of their race, ethnicity or the fact that they live with a disability.

We spoke with pride about El Paso and communities of immigrants. We elevated the plight and the promise of refugees and asylum seekers. And we proposed nothing short of rewriting this country’s immigration laws in our own image, to forever free from fear more than 11 million of our fellow Americans who should be able to contribute even more to our shared success.

And at this moment of truth for our country, we laid bare the cost and consequence of Donald Trump: the rise in hate crimes, the terror attack in El Paso, the perversion of the Constitution, the diminished standing of the United States around the world. But we also made clear the common responsibility to confront him, to hold him accountable and ensure that he does not serve another term in office. Committing ourselves to this task not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first before we are anything else.

I am grateful to each one of you, and to all the people who made up the heart and soul of this campaign. You were among the hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans who made a donation, signed up to volunteer or spread the word about this campaign and our opportunity to help decide the election of our lifetime.

You have been with me from the beginning, through it all. I know that you did it not for me personally, not for the Democratic Party, but for our country at this defining moment. Though today we are suspending this campaign, let us each continue our commitment to the country in whatever capacity we can.

Let us continue to fearlessly champion the issues and causes that brought us together. Whether it is ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change before it is too late, we will continue to organize and mobilize and act in the best interests of America.

We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is.

And proud to call them President in January 2021, because they will win.

We must support them in the race against Donald Trump and support them in their administration afterwards, do all that we can to help them heal a wounded country and bring us together in meeting the greatest set of challenges we have ever known.

I’m confident I will see you down the road, and I look forward to that day.

Thank you for making this campaign possible, and for continuing to believe that we can turn this moment of great peril into a moment of great promise for America and the world.

With you always, and forever grateful.

Beto

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United States will join 31 nations and 49 out of 50 states in recognizing the first genocide of the 20th Century

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Congressman Jim McGovern LEADS THE WAY!! Again!

Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern this week managed rule debate on the House Floor for H.Res. 296, a resolution recognizing and memorializing the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century. Lasting from 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed, as well as members of many other religious and ethnic minority groups. Though several proclamations have been issued by the Executive Branch and measures passed by Congress over the years, none in modern times have stated the facts while clearly calling this conflict what it was – a genocide. With passage of this resolution, the United States will finally join 31 other nations and 49 out of 50 states in fully acknowledging the facts about the Armenian Genocide.

Excerpts from McGovern’s speech:

“M. Speaker, this rule is about U.S. leadership. Standing for human rights. And whether we are going turn to a blind eye to atrocities – even if they took place 100 years ago. H.Res. 296 is a resolution formally recognizing and memorializing the Armenian Genocide. And let me say it is about time.

“1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the emerging nation of Turkey over a century ago. Tens of thousands of Armenians were violently expelled from their ancestral homelands!

“These truths are important. Acknowledging them is important. Yet, the United States has only tinkered around the edges of recognizing this reality. Some of our nation’s closest allies already have – 31 nations in fact. Countries like Canada, Italy, France, Poland, Sweden and Germany. Even Russia has recognized this genocide! …

“White House statements and Congressional resolutions over the years have referred to “mass atrocities” and other euphemisms. But nothing in recent times has fully recognized it by calling it what it actually was – a genocide.

“We need to speak the truth, M. Speaker. 49 of our own 50 states have formally recognized the Armenian Genocide. But the federal government has not. This is a dark stain on our human rights record. The United States should stand foursquare for human rights. Anything short of that sends exactly the wrong message to abusers around the globe.

“M. Speaker, I represent a congressional district in central Massachusetts. It is the home to the oldest Armenian community in America. The first Armenian Orthodox church in America was built in Worcester, Massachusetts, my home town. People still worship in it today.

“When I was first elected in 1996, we had rows and rows of pews filled with survivors of the Armenian Genocide sitting at the front of the church during our annual April remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Sadly, almost two years ago, the last of our survivors, Rose, passed away.

“I have learned so much from this community. And to those who insist that now is not the time for us to recognize the Armenian Genocide, I have to ask in return – when will it be the right time? When the very last survivor of the genocide has passed away?

“Those who want the world to forget; those who want to deny genocide – they believe that history will be erased with the last eye-witness to genocide.

“I must be honest, M. Speaker. As many political leaders have proclaimed “never again” over the years, the Armenian-American community has been left to wonder when “never again” would finally become “enough is enough.”

“With this resolution, the United States will join the ranks of the many nations, parliaments and institutions that have fully recognized and commemorated the Armenian Genocide. We will speak out clearly in favor of human rights. Finally, we will say loud and clear that “enough is enough….”

“Standing up for human rights is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American issue. Even in an age of heightened partisanship, this Congress must still be capable of speaking with one voice against genocide and crimes against humanity – no matter when they took place.”

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Fashion turns animal-friendly … + more🐇

By Paula Moore

Californians know that animals are not ours to wear. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood all banned the sale of new fur items, then California went on to make history by recently banning fur sales statewide, becoming the first U.S. state to do so.

This year, it also banned fur trapping as well as the importation and sale of skins and other body parts from certain lizards, caimans and hippopotamuses.

And while the state technically banned alligator- and crocodile-skin sales back in 1970, the exotic-skins industry has been fighting it ever since. But the animals won yet again, and the long-awaited ban goes into effect in January.

It’s not just the Golden State that is applying the Golden Rule to animals raised and killed for their skins. Everywhere you look, fashion is becoming more ethical, and it’s happening quickly. More and more consumers realize that whenever animals are seen as nothing more than commodities to be turned into wool coats or leather boots, cruelty will always be part of the production process. And companies now understand that once cruel practices have been exposed in their industry, they have to change course or lose customers.

Here’s an example: No one was even talking about angora until a PETA Asia investigation showed rabbits on farms in China tied down and screaming as their fur was ripped out by the fistful. They were the screams heard ’round the world.

As PETA Asia’s video went viral, sending shockwaves through the clothing industry, stunned retailers rapidly dropped angora wool from their clothing lines. Calvin Klein, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, Inditex (which owns Zara) and hundreds of other major retailers have banned it.

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A PETA Asia investigation into goat farms in South Africa, where most of the world’s mohair is produced, found that fast shearing leaves goats cut up and bleeding, and the worst wounds are crudely stitched up right on the filthy shearing floor without any pain relief whatsoever. Following PETA Asia’s exposé, more than 300 retailers worldwide dropped mohair.

PETA and its international affiliates have also exposed the global wool industry’s systemic cruelty to sheep at 100 different facilities on four continents. In shearing sheds, workers race against the clock and lose their temper over the smallest impediment—often taking out their frustrations on the terrified, struggling sheep. PETA’s exposés have shown that sheep are punched, kicked and slammed to the floor as well as sustaining gaping, bloody wounds from careless shearing.

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I could keep going — from feathers to leather to crocodile skin, animal abuse is rampant in the fashion trade, and retailers and consumers alike are saying, “Enough!”

Animal-derived materials also pollute the planet, squander precious resources and endanger workers’ health with poisonous chemicals, which is another reason why they are a fashion faux pas for millennials and other eco-conscious consumers. The groundbreaking Pulse of the Fashion Industry report released in 2017 found that three of the four most environmentally damaging materials were derived from animals. Leather tops the list, followed closely by silk and wool.

Now for the good news: As the momentum against animal skins grows, so do consumers’ choices. Innovative and sustainable vegan options — like leather made from pineapple leaves, apples and cork; wool made from seaweed and hemp; cashmere made from a waste byproduct of the soy foods industry; down made from eucalyptus; and fur made from frayed denim and recycled plastic bottles — are on the rise, and more are in the works. Even polyurethane, while not as sustainable as the aforementioned materials, doesn’t do half the damage caused by the leather industry.

As Californians and kind consumers the world over would attest, the future of fashion is here — and it doesn’t hurt animals.

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