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Monday wrap-up✝️🇺🇸🐈 …

pic: R.T.

We will see all of Worcester today! Dignitaries, city councilors, the city manager, neighborhood people, our poor, rich and homeless and our first responders … all converging on the stately St. John’s Church on Temple Street and surrounding neighborhoods . .. The funeral of WFD Fireman Lt. Jason Menard – 11 a.m. … The ceremony, the rituals, the beauty of a Roman Catholic mass. The hundreds and hundreds of firemen and women from all over the North East walking our streets, kneeling on the church pews, standing together in small groups in the church parking lot … wearing their pure white dress shirts, drycleaned and pressed … their navy blue uniforms adorned with medals – heartbreaking and unforgetable!

– Rose T.


From Steve:


By Steven R. Maher

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick is coming to the Democratic Presidential campaign trail fresh from Bain Capital, the investment company 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney presided over during his Presidential campaign. President Obama and most of the Republican candidates had portrayed Romney’s Bain as a corporate predator, taking over and selling off other companies’ assets, or leveraging them to the hilt for profit. In the process, Bain was alleged to have devastated entire communities with massive layoffs.

It’s a strange relationship for a liberal Democrat to have, but the friendship between Patrick and Bain dates back to the earliest days of Patrick’s first gubernatorial campaign. In a 2012 investigative report, the InCity Times took a closer at this alliance after an episode where Patrick, a long time political ally of President Obama, shocked many in the political world when he told CNN Bain was not a “bad company.” Patrick’s comments reportedly appeared in Romney campaign advertisements in battleground states.

State law requires campaign donations over a certain amount of money to include the name of the donor’s employer. So, in 2012 we went to the website of the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) which allows a search of campaign donations by a donor’s employer, and then sub-search by candidate. We searched Contributor Employers containing the name “Bain,” sorted by candidate.

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Deval Patrick received 31 donations from Bain employees totaling $11,500. The fascinating thing about this support is that 65% of it came at the time Patrick needed it most: prior to his first election as Governor in 2006. Patrick received 14 donations totaling $4,900 prior to the September 26, 2006 Democratic primary and another 7 donations totaling $2,500 before the November 2006 general election. It may not sound like much, but for a struggling gubernatorial candidate without spectacular personal wealth of his own, such amounts go a long way in the early stages of a campaign.

Romney received only two Bain donations worth $700 in 2007, the same amount in 2008, one Bain donation of $200 in 2009, $1,200.00 in five donations in 2010, and none at all in 2011 and 2012 at the time of our report.

Bain looked at Patrick the way an investment company looks at a start up company with an attractive new product: a good investment, providing seed money for a struggling political entrepreneur. For Mitt Romney, the payback he received from the Bain donations was enormous: staggering under the blows from Obama’s attacks on Bain, he got a rebuttal from an African American supporter of Obama. It was a return on investment, in political terms, that was priceless, a working man’s equivalent of having a winning Power Ball ticket.

Patrick was not the only high-level Massachusetts Democrat to benefit from Bain employees’ largesse:

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray received ten donations worth $4,350; State Treasurer Steven Grossman received $2,350 in six donations; Boston May Thomas Menino received $500 from a Bain donor; Massachusetts Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, (before DiMasi went to jail), received a $250 donation from a Bain employee. The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee received $35,000 in donations from Bain employees. Former Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly received $1,000 in contributions from Bain employees and former State Senate President Robert E. Travaglini received $700 from Bain employees.


From BETO – save Rodney Reed!! + FYI

It’s been over a week since I left the campaign trail and it’s been so good being home with family and hearing all of your support. I’m grateful to have so many of you at my back. So today, I’m asking you to join me in helping someone else.

I’m reaching out in the interests of justice for a man who is about to be wrongly executed. On November 20, the state of Texas plans to execute Rodney Reed despite overwhelming evidence that points to his innocence.

Governor Greg Abbott has the power to stop the execution. He’s done it before, he can absolutely do it again. So our job is to make sure that we cause an outcry so loud, so united that Abbott has no choice but to listen to our demands and cancel the execution.

Here are the two best ways you can help save this man’s life and put pressure on Governor Abbott:

Sign the petition. Add your name to the petition and join millions of other people in urgently demanding Governor Abbott to stop the execution.

Make phone calls. With only 8 days left, we need to ramp up the pressure and show the urgency of our demands.

Dial this Number: (512) 967-0567
With this number, you’ll be connected to Governor Abbott’s office and other influential people with the power to stop or delay Reed’s execution. Before you’re connected, you’ll be provided some pointers on what to say during the call. If you get sent to voicemail, please leave a message and try calling again whenever you can.
Rodney Reed has been on death row since 1998,
alleging him responsible for the murder and rape of Stacey Stites.

Since his arrest, Reed has faced mountains of unfair challenges –– not uncommon in our broken incarceration system –– in proving his innocence. He was repeatedly denied DNA testing that could support his case, critical pieces of evidence were withheld from his trial, and in the end an all-white jury convicted Reed. Despite his flawed trial and evidence from a new witness claiming that Stites’ ex-fiancé admitted in prison that he’s responsible for the murder of Stites, Reed remained on death row.

When you look at the facts, it becomes painfully clear that going forward with executing Rodney Reed would be absolutely wrong.

It’s our duty to stand up to this unfair, racist incarceration system and fight for every single human’s right to find justice.

Please take a couple of minutes out of your day to sign the petition or call Governor Abbott’s office before time runs out.

Thanks for your help,

Beto O’Rourke


Historic … bloodbath! Come together, America!!!!😢😢

Go, NYC!!🦆🦆🦆 … and … Try a Vegan♥️ Thanksgiving Feast this autumn! + 🎶

NYC foie gras ban makes way for ducklings!

By John Di Leonardo

The New York City Council has taken a bold step toward eliminating one of the worst factory-farming abuses by listening to its conscience instead of foie gras industry falsehoods and overwhelmingly passing a citywide ban on this deadly atrocity.

As a Long Island resident who rescues hundreds of abandoned ducks every year, I take this win personally. Unlike most people who consume foie gras (and even those who produce it), I have gotten to know many ducks firsthand, which is how I know that they are smart, playful and highly social. They have long memories and display abstract reasoning from a very young age, and many mate for life and grieve for a long time if their partners die. Insatiably curious, ducks are always looking for something to do, from splashing and blowing bubbles in mud puddles to staging epic mock straw-throwing battles and even playing fetch like dogs.

One duck I found abandoned in a canal last year was a moulard, the same breed that is commonly raised and killed for foie gras. Like other moulards I have met, this fellow was endearingly gentle and friendly, so much so that I named him Angel.

Foie gras producers take advantage of moulards’ sweet nature in the most despicable way imaginable—by ramming a pipe down their throats and pumping up to 4 pounds of grain into their stomachs every day. Because gentle moulards endure this abuse stoically, the foie gras industry adds insult to injury by making the absurd claim that they don’t mind being tortured.

As an anthrozoologist who is well acquainted with duck behavior, I can assure you that they mind very much being confined to cramped, filthy sheds and pens where they have no choice but to live amid their own excrement.

They mind very much never, ever getting a chance to bathe or swim, one of their intrinsic needs as waterbirds.

And yes, they mind very much when their diseased livers expand to up to 10 times their normal size, pressing on other internal organs and making it difficult for them to breathe and regulate their body temperature.

Their frantic panting, unkempt feathers and difficulty walking are all clear indications of their pain and discomfort.

New York City Council Member Justin Brannan was spot-on when he said, “Force-feeding a bird for the sole purpose of making it sick to create some bizarre delicacy is gruesome and inhumane.” Even famous chefs have disavowed foie gras.

The late Charlie Trotter visited several foie gras farms, after which he said, “What I have seen, it’s just inappropriate. … I don’t believe that any animal would have to go through that for our benefit.” Influential French-born chef Albert Roux says foie gras “should carry a health warning … so that people are aware of the inhumane methods of producing the delicacy.”

Angel — whose mangled, partially amputated beak was mute testimony to his factory-farm past — was lucky enough to escape the blade that claims millions of his brothers (most ducks killed for foie gras are male). He went to live at JuneBug Lodge, an idyllic vegan bed and breakfast in Watkins Glen, New York, where he became fast friends with a group of other rescued ducks and chickens.

Angel was special, but no more so than any of the birds who are imprisoned, force-fed and slaughtered for foie gras.

They are all sensitive individuals who want nothing more than to do what nature intended — swim in ponds and socialize with their family and friends. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask!



Veggies! Yes! pic: R.T.

Let’s torture ZERO – or try for fewer, you carnivores!! – animals this holiday season! Have a heart – cook/sample some veggie treats, sides – and even main dishes – this Thanksgiving/Christmas! TRADER JOE’S, ON ROUTE 9 in Shrewsbury, HAS THEIR INCREDIBLE Thanksgiving Tofurkey Roll ready for you! Yummy! A great center of the table gracing main meal.♥️ – Rose T.



Sweet Potato Biscuits

1 cup cooked sweet potatoes

1 cup flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

4 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Mash the sweet potatoes well in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and the oil. Mix well. Add the seeds.

Using your hands, form into 6 biscuits. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes at 375°F.

Makes 1 dozen! Enjoy!


Apple Bavarian Torte

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. vegan margarine, chilled

3 apples, peeled, cored, cut in half, and thinly sliced

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup white sugar, chilled

1/4 tsp. plus 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup flour, chilled

1 8-oz. package nondairy cream cheese (try Tofutti or Galaxy brand)

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Oil a 9-inch springform pan.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon margarine. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and cinnamon and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain off and reserve the liquid.

Cream together 1/2 cup margarine, 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and the flour. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Set aside.

In a food processor, blend together the nondairy cream cheese, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, cornstarch, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Pour this mixture over the crust and spread the apples on top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Drizzle with a couple of spoonfuls of the reserved apple liquid, avoiding the edges of the pan, and continue baking for 25 minutes.

Sprinkle almonds over the top of the torte. Continue baking until lightly browned. Cool before removing from the pan.

Makes 6 to 8 servings🐔🦃🦆🐖♥️🍂


This past weekend was a Paul Simon kind of weekend …
🎶🎶🎶pic: R.T.

I saw their big reunion concert in NYC’s Central Park years ago! Drove down in the back of a pick up truck from that Vermont hippie commune I was stuck on and told you about. Foolish, sweet youth and youngness! Baby-faced joy! It was a chilly ride down, even with the cute head farmer hugging me all the way …

Steve is on a roll! 😊


By Steven R. Maher

President Donald Trump didn’t have to open himself up to a charge of impeachment to discredit Joe Biden’s campaign. When he discovered that Hunter Biden received an alleged $50,000 in monthly payments from the Ukrainian holding company Barisma, Trump could have simply given the story to Fox News and let them run with it.

Hunter joined the Barisma Board of Directors in April 2014 and served until April 2019. Barisma’s history up to this point was summed up by Wikipedia: “In the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, Mykola Zlochevsky faced a money laundering investigation, and his company Burisma Holdings, the largest natural gas producer in Ukraine, assembled a “high-profile international board” in response. Chris Heinz, John Kerry’s stepson, opposed his partners Devon Archer and Hunter Biden joining the board in 2014 due to the reputational risk. Among those who joined the board of directors in April 2014 were Biden, Archer and former Polish president Aleksander Kwaśniewski.”

At this point, Hunter Biden was drawn into the matter. “[Hunter] Biden served on the board of Burisma until his term expired in April 2019, receiving compensation of up to $50,000 per month in some months. Because Vice President Biden played a major role in U.S. policy towards Ukraine, some Ukrainian anti-corruption advocates and Obama administration officials expressed concern that Hunter Biden’s having joined the board could create the appearance of a conflict of interest and undermine Vice President Biden’s anti-corruption work in Ukraine.

“While serving as vice president, Joe Biden joined other Western leaders in encouraging the government of Ukraine to fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin who was widely criticized for blocking corruption investigations. The Ukrainian parliament voted to remove Shokin in March 2016. In 2019, President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, claimed that Vice President Biden had actually sought the dismissal of Shokin in order to protect his son and Burisma Holdings.” Wikipedia went on to quote sources who maintain neither Biden did anything illegal.

It’s hard to see how Joe Biden gets out of this with his prestige sufficiently intact to win the presidency. This whole deal reeks of the insider trading for which the Washington “swamp” is infamous. Using one’s political position to financially aid one’s kinfolk is exactly what Trump’s supporters sent him to Washington to fight.

If Joe Biden wins the Democratic nomination, I will, of course, vote for him. Getting Donald Trump out of the Oval Office should be the goal of every voter.

One hopes the impeachment proceedings will wrap up soon, with something becoming public that will bring over enough Republican Senators to remove Trump from office.

And let’s hope the Democrats nominate someone with a clean enough background to defeat Trump!

Politics Friday: Steve M. and🍂🍂🍂🍂 more …



By Steven R. Maher

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s entry into the Presidential race is good news for fiscally conservative Democrats.

One thing you can say in candidate Bernie Sanders’ favor is that he’s straightforward about his socialist end goals. But Elizabeth Warren, with her $42 trillion health plan alone, is planning to take the country to an economically unknown place. She plans to radically restructure society with a soak-the-super-rich scheme to finance her plans should she be elected President. How the disparate segments of Warren’s various finance plans would work together is a mystery to me. Separately, I think something like Medicare For All could be risked. But if you throw it in with Warren’s other plans, the likelihood is all these drastic changes aren’t going to work – if we do all Warren’s proposals at once.

One Warren proposal I definitely endorse is her desire to break up large corporations – using anti-trust laws – to name a few: Google, Facebook and Amazon. These global corporations are the 21st century’s version of the military industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower railed about as he left office.

I believe in balanced budgets and a pro-growth government. Two of the best presidents in modern America history were Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton. Each balanced the American budget and gave America a period of peace and prosperity. Yes, we can have peace and prosperity at the same time! It’s been done. We need a common-sense President who watches what goes on overseas but does not rush to insert America into other nation’s wars the way George W. Bush did. It will require scaling back Trump’s tax cuts for the top 1% of the country.

There are two existential issues facing our country right now: One is global warming is reaching a boiling point – literally. The other is the national debt problem (trillions of dollars in the red), which could explode at any time.

America needs a President who can turn the bleeding red ink into a positive cash flow. Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire and has the experience of dealing with large governments such as New York City. Bloomberg will provide a choice for those who see fiscal calamity as something requiring immediate Presidential action. He is also on the forefront of slowing down global warming and common-sense gun control!


From Chantel Bethea, the lady💮☑️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️we hoped would be on the Worcester School✨✨ Committee😉 Jan 2020:


This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I apologize that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our Children of Worcester Public School.

But I feel proud and thankful for this wonderful campaign that we built together, this diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign.

I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too. And so do the parents and children who invested their hopes and aspirations in this effort.

This will be a trying two years. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one child or even one election. It was about the city of Worcester changing the narrative and opening the eyes of those in power, and about building an Community that’s hopeful, inclusive and energized. And we did that.

We have seen that our city is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in the People of Worcester. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future.

And let me add, our engagement within the school system needs to be seen more and with all of us at the table. Participation (Us coming together and Working together) is going to be key Not just every two years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear to our hearts. Making our school system work for everyone.

So now our responsibility as Worcester Advocates is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger Worcester, we want for our children. And I know we will. I am so grateful to stand with some amazing advocates that know and understand that The Works Doesn’t Stop Now.

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women that worked so hard with the campaign. You poured your hearts into this campaign. Some of us, it was our first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign team anyone could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and young people who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook, had a house party, THANK YOU! We could not have done what we did without you!

And to all who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your Champion. And the Work Continues Regardless!

Thank You again for Believing in Me !!!

– Chantel Bethea


No affordable housing here in the Canal District!

Amazing! Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus shuts down the affordable-housing-generating OAK HILL CDC 🏡🏠🏘️ (which was led by and empowered we low-income neighborhood folks!) without compunction … but his city DPW and subcontactors always suck up the extra city bucks$$ by dogging their city jobs, working at their sites in our city neighborhoods MAKING THOUSANDS OF EXTRA dollars. The crews have been on Whipple Street/in Quinsig Village for months and months – $$$$$taxpayer-funded! How many of you have seen the city DPW guys napping in their big City of Worcester trucks?!?! – killing that last hour of being on the taxpayers’ clock with their precious zzzzzzs, “hiding” behind Canterbury Street … skulking around the side of St. John’s Cemetery. Of course: they are relatives and friends of Woo city officials – got their city jobs the way Ed Augustus did: they knew somebody in City Hall. … When Oak Hill CDC moved from its Providence Street House, by Woo Academy, way way down the street to the seniors housing complex nook, I thought: sonething’s up …

So now, with the Green Island CDC gone years ago, THERE WILL BE NO ONE IN MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATING FOR affordable housing, for keeping regular folks in their apts outside the Allen Fletcher and Co. gentrified Canal District. Money-mismanagement was allegedly a problem at the Green Island CDC, too. … Allen Fletcher was supposed to be Mullen’s pal – where is he now???? He can donate that $75,000 to keep the CDC open!!!

– pic + text by Rosalie Tirella

🇺🇸New by Steve: False info spreading on rules for impeachment

By Steven R. Maher

Over the next year there will be a lot of untruthful information disbursed about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Readers should be aware that Russian robots, Iranians robots, and other bad actors will be trying to shape the election results to fit their desired outcome.

I had an example of this yesterday when a gentleman approached me with the accusation the Democrats had written the impeachment to prevent Trump or his counsel from participating in the Judicial Committee activities on the impeachment. I left this person feeling quite upset with the Democrats for doing this. But first I wanted to check the accuracy of these facts.

So, I went to Google and searched for the Judiciary Committee on impeachment. Up popped a story on entitled “DEBUNKING FALSE STORIES” and subtitled “Viral Posts Distort Impeachment Inquiry Rules” by Angelo Fichera: “Some viral posts, shared by thousands of Facebook users, purport to state ‘the rules’ of the impeachment inquiry proceedings — likening the U.S. to the ‘USSR.’ But two of the three ‘rules’ distort the facts. One of them — about what can and can’t be asked of witnesses — is false, and another (that no ‘involvement’ by Trump’s counsel is permitted) is misleading…I did some further research an found on a copy of the Congressional resolution specifying that the Judiciary Committee work to set up a system where the President and his counsel are both allowed to participate in Judiciary Committee proceedings.”

The judiciary committee, which is the one drawing up the articles of impeachment, is the one to keep your eyes on. Fichera’s story quoted the house impeachment rules: “The resolution says: ‘The House authorizes the Committee on the Judiciary to conduct proceedings relating to the impeachment inquiry referenced in the first section of this resolution pursuant to the procedures submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the chair of the Committee on Rules, including such procedures as to allow for the participation of the President and his counsel.’” (emphasis added.)

Both pro-Trumpers and anti-Trumpers need to be constantly vigilant about information they happen upon on the Internet.

This information on Trump’s counsel was given to me by an honest gentleman in good faith. I told this individual that I would appreciate a copy from his sources in the form of an Internet print out or web link to the article or website before he surprises me again with such an allegation. I recommend you do the same.

As Ronald Reagan once put it: “Trust but verify.”




It was GP’s birthday🎂🎈♥️♥️:

From Chef Joey: Healthy Snacks for All to Enjoy!😊

By Chef Joey

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Joe Joe: now a proud Papa!

It’s all back! The fall season, school and me! It has been a while, but I am back at CECELIA with my trusty pen and a few easy tips for healthy snacks.

My Miss Gigi is in now in her second year of school and growing at a rapid rate that is fueled by a never-ending supply of snacks!
Toss in a few neighborhood kids during play time in our backyard and the volume goes up!


Popcorn is a safe, fun snack and very cost friendly when there is a plethora of hungry kids. …
Yellow or white: both are healthy choices! pics:Rose T.

A pan, a drop of oil and 10 minutes gets you a snack. And if you shake some parmesan cheese on top, you add a splatter of protein and flavor, and your “Smart Food” just cost you a whole lot less.

Cookies, small cakes and muffins are always the safe way to go. Hermits, for example, are quick, easy to make, tasty as can be and full of healthy goodies like eggs and real molasses (recipe below).

My other favorite thing to make with molasses are cookies. You do not need to add extra sugar, and they’re loaded with eggs, cinnamon and ginger – kids love them! (recipe below)

Small cakes are fun, too, and easy to store and portion out. I bought mini-cupcake tins this year and make batches of 24 mini-cakes that I freeze. Pop them into the lunch bag and they are fresh and thawed by lunch! Google any cake mix and divide it in half – this gives you a smaller batch to make. I usually put in less sugar than the recipe calls for. A bag of flour is significantly less expensive than 1 box of premade mix and much healthier – and takes the same amount of time.

We all know about the healthy yogurt drinks/pouches and apple sauces that are available – finally unsweetened. These are a fantastic addition to a bag lunch and more appealing to a young kid than an apple!

Lunches can be boring, but not if you change the salad parameters! Subbing quinoa for salad greens is great, and you can add a protein (tofu cubes, tuna, diced chicken etc.), cook a double batch of the ancient grains and let them cool.

Garbanzo beans = yummy hummy!

You can literally add anything: chopped red onions, scallions, shredded carrots, diced cukes or even feta cheese. Season with a great salad dressing, and you have a healthy multi-grain lunch that is low in calories and high in fiber. I also sub quinoa or faro for couscous and make tabbouleh with it – simply add chopped scallions, parsley, mint, diced cukes, tomato too if you want – add fresh lemon juice and some olive oil to taste – salt and pepper and you have another option that does not go soggy!

For lunches, I try and mix up the sandwiches. I start with fresh bread – Gigi loves Syrian bread, sometimes I make 3 cheese sandwiches – and a smear of butter inside – it’s a lactose delight that fills the tummy. I cut these in small pieces so it is more of a snack than a sandwich. The important thing to remember is making something that your kids like to begin with and turn it into something else – baked salmon, cold mixed with a little dill, mayo and a touch of Dijon mustard makes a great salmon spread instead of tuna! Frozen 4 oz wild filets are cost effective for this tasty lunch.

Taking the time to shop and look at the prices per pound is the way to shop – don’t hesitate to buy sale items and freeze them.

You can freeze fruit!

Another favorite is pork cutlets. Cut them thin, pound them out a little, pat them with flour in a bowl, beat 2 eggs, and in another bowl add some seasoned breadcrumbs. Dip in the egg, then the crumbs, and fry lightly until golden brown. Dry on a paper towel and place in the fridge – always a tasty snack! You can do this with chicken, veal or turkey! No bread needed!!


🙂🙂Molasses cookies🙂🙂

1 ½ cups soft butter (room temp to blend)
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
2 eggs
4 ½ cups flour
4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cround cloves
½ tsp salt

Mix the dry ingredients together – whip the butter until fluffy, add molasses and one egg at a time until light and fluffy.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Chill mix for an hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees – roll out into small balls and place on cookie sheet – bake 8 to10 minutes, depending on your oven and cool on a rack.

These cookies can be stored for up to 3 months!


1/3 cup raisins (cover in boiling water while prepping)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup molasses
3 tbsp butter melted
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup walnuts (optional)

Mix the molasses, butter, egg and vanilla – and fold in the rest – drain the raisins first.

Spread the batter (on parchment paper is ideal) using wet hands and form into a rectangle (divide batter into 2 batches, if you have small pans). You want the rectangle to be about 2 inches wide and 1 inch high to cut it into 1 x 2 cookies.

Bake at 375 degrees until the edges are crisp – around 10 to 15 mins. Cut into strips and cool on a rack!

Enjoy! And get plenty of recess!😉

🍅More new, tasty, HEALTHY Chef Joey recipes!🍁


🌄Text and pics by Chef Joey🍁


This recipe is so easy, you won’t believe it! You add what you like and use Quinoa grains as your base. You can also sub couscous, orzo pasta or rice.

Brown rice is best!

Generally: 1 cup COOKED per serving, serve chilled.

If you want to make tabbouleh, add chopped parsley, mint, scallions or red onions.♥️♥️

I add diced cucumbers, lemon juice and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste


Feta tomato and tuna – add diced tomato, one can of tuna, and a handful of crumbled feta (more if you want!). Use the Dijon vinaigrette dressing below.


Tomato, cucumber and tofu – Mix with the Dijon dressing and no grains or rice makes a great salad, too!

1 clove garlic, diced fine, one tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp red vine or cider vinegar, ¼ cup oil. Mix the garlic mustard and vinegar in a bowl, slowly whisk in oil.

It should form a thicker dressing like mayonnaise, double as needed – salt and pepper to taste!



Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’ swan song??? … and Monday wrap-up !🐈📺🌻🇺🇸

Cece❤️❤️ this a.m! (and Lilac ❤️) pic: R.T.

In Disasters, Animals Need to Get Out – Not Tough it Out!

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

“Don’t tough it out. Get out.” That was a FEMA official’s no-nonsense warning to residents in the path of powerful Hurricane Dorian. To that, we would add, “And take your animals with you.”

Even after the painful lessons of past hurricanes, including Katrina, Harvey and Irma, vulnerable cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and other animals are still routinely left behind in evacuations. It’s a terrifying—and often deadly—situation for animals, who are even less equipped to survive a disaster than we are. That’s why it’s vital for every animal guardian to have a plan in place — long before an emergency strikes — to ensure that all members of the family make it out safely.

PETA’s Animal Rescue Team has seen firsthand the trauma that animals endure when left behind to “tough it out” amid hurricane floodwaters and flying debris. During Katrina and Harvey, they scooped stranded animals from rooftops, balconies, floating mattresses, shelves and vehicle roofs. They even found one kitten mewing desperately from a precarious perch on top of an umbrella in a flooded yard. Those were the “lucky” ones: Countless other animals drowned, trapped in crates or left chained up or penned in backyards with no escape from the rising waters.

Why were these animals — and so many others — left behind? For many, it was likely because of a lack of planning: According to a recent survey, 91% of animal guardians are not prepared for a natural disaster.

While Hurricane Dorian was relatively slow-moving, many other hurricanes and disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes and tornadoes don’t come with much, if any, warning. In the frantic scramble to gather supplies, load up the car and get on the road, animals whose guardians haven’t planned ahead are in danger of being overlooked.

Please, don’t let this happen. Start by mapping out possible evacuation routes so you have multiple options for leaving quickly with your animals. Since many emergency shelters do not allow animals, it’s vital to find out in advance where you and your animals can stay if you must leave your home. Hotel chains are a good option (many will waive their “no animals” policy during emergencies) as are campgrounds and the homes of friends and family members. Offer to return the favor if the need arises.

In an emergency, you may not have time to run around gathering up all of your animals’ necessities, so assemble an emergency kit ahead of time. Include a carrier (for small animals) and/or a leash and harness to keep animals secure and prevent them from bolting in a frightening, unfamiliar situation. Also pack bowls, towels, a favorite toy, a blanket and a week’s worth of food, bottled water and medications. Have your animals microchipped and ensure that they wear identification tags (whenever they leave home, not just in hurricanes).

If you truly have no choice but to evacuate without your animals, do not leave them tied up or confined to crates, pens or hutches. Any of these scenarios is a virtual deathtrap, as animals will have no way of escaping rising waters. Instead, give them a chance by leaving them indoors with access to upper floors. Provide at least a 10-day supply of dry food, and fill sinks, bathtubs and large containers with water for them to drink. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and species of animals inside, as rescue workers may be able to save them.

Our animal companions depend on us for everything — especially in the face of chaos and danger. Don’t wait for an emergency to strike. Make a plan now so if the worst does happen, you and your animal companions won’t have to tough it out. You can get out — together❤️.


From Team Beto:

🇺🇸Vote 🇺🇸Beto O’Rourke for President!🇺🇸

Beto shook up the debate by calling for the ban and buyback of assault weapons. Now the pundits and politicians say it can’t be done. They say we shouldn’t even try.

This is exactly what’s wrong in our democracy. Some politicians pay attention to polls instead of people. Candidates make political calculations based off of fear instead of facts.

Now we face a big test. The refrain we hear from the pundits is that, by taking a courageous stand, Beto may have shot his own campaign in the foot. They think that our big ideas will sink us. We can prove them wrong right now by showing a big surge in our fundraising before our official FEC deadline. Can you make a contribution to Beto right now to say you’re proud to support a candidate who says what he believes and fights for it?

We can always count on Beto embrace the courage of his convictions. He did it in the race for Texas, and he does it now running for president.

We are doing what is right, not limiting ourselves by what people tell us is possible.

We’re not going to run scared from the NRA or anyone else.

In a time of endless triangulation, 30-second TV ads and tired one-liners, the American people are ready for courageous leadership. If you agree, we need your help today before our big FEC deadline:

Thank you for helping us prove our case today.

To contribute via check, please address to Beto for America campaign, P.O. Box 3628 El Paso, TX 79923.




Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’s Swan Song?

Text and photos by Rose T.

Konnie Lukes posing for an early InCity Times summer swimsuit issue. A good sport! file pics.

Root out racism at City Hall 5-17-16
City Hall – council chambers … No Konnie in 2020 – she’s not running for re-election. file photo, courtesy of Gordon Davis.

From City Hall … the Worcester City Council agenda for tomorrow night:

❤️Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Lukes)

❤️Request City Manager provide City Council with an update of all PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) programs instituted in the last ten years and are currently still in effect.

❤️Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the status of the public shade tree trust and what type of alternative program can be initiated requiring payment for the loss and replacement of public shade trees which have been lost or are dying as a result of leaking gas pipes. (Lukes)

WOW. BEAUTIFUL REQUESTS (the ❤️s are ours) PUT ON THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA by departing City Councilor at Large Konnie Lukes!

Could Konstantina’s imminent departure from the Worcester City Council mean she is being PROACTIVE – dumped her naysayer doll pose for her final four months on the council?!


If only Konnie had displayed this kind of vision and Woo-love last year! Or the year before! This is the real Konnie Lukes Worcester voters fell in love with decades ago!

Instead, as the years rolled on Konnie got bitter … whined on the council floor about POW WOW WORCESTER murals being too depressing. She ran for mayor last election cycle just to give incumbent Joe Petty a pain in his butt. She allowed her hubby’s rental property in Green Island to make the papers – and created a new low for Worcester’s slumlords to “aspire” to! Horrific digs, Konnie!

So, of course, the city frowned …

But look! Tomorrow night! These wonderful requests by Konnie Lukes – as if she’s reading the minds of us Worcesterites and getting IN FRONT OF, AHEAD OF, these important urban issues, these BIG Worcester challenges! As if she cares passionately again!

Maybe Konnie’ll miss Woo’s voters and nonvoters. Maybe this is her swan song:

❤️Rent Control, affordable housing for the regular folks in Worcester

The colleges DON’T DO ENOUGH FOR THE CITY! Holy Cross, Assumption, WPI and Becker must ❤️step up – as Clark has – and DO MORE FOR THE PEEPS OF WORCESTER!

❤️Trees! We love them – and need them! Especially in our inner-city neighborhoods!

C’mon, Konnie! Hit a home run at City Hall – bases loaded! BRING US ALL HOME!

We remember the Konnie we all loved!

Bill Coleman runs, Bill Coleman sends wrong photos … and more🌻🇺🇸🎶!

Perennial Worcester City Council candidate Bill Coleman was supposed to send me some photos of the Democratic Convention in Springfield where he’s manning an information table this weekend (even though half of Worcester’s political class thinks he’s a Republican). I asked Billy to take and send me a few pics of the big political gathering yesterday. In classic Bill Coleman fashion, Billy did the opposite – sent me about a billion old and newer photos of HIMSELF. Zero of the convention. Grrrrrrrr ….

This is why Bill Coleman has trouble getting Worcester voters to take him seriously. We love him, but …

– Rose T.

Bill Coleman photos, from, by, about, re: Bill Coleman😡!!!:

Bill, left, and Congressman Jim McGovern

Billy has been running for various and sundry political slots with these signs for 20+ years!

Bill at the podium

Bill with a Bill banner🇺🇸

From Billy – a Woo history buff

Billy made this huge Woo mosaic – a very cool community art project!

Here is Bill, right, unveiling his Worcester mosaic project outside Worcester City Hall.

Billy, today, a senior hanging with the Woo seniors for whom he’s always advocated💚!:

Billy began his political adventure in Worcester eons ago!!:
Billy🙂, when we were all younger😉 …

He wrote for us, when InCity Times was a baby. One of my fave ICT cover stories, by Billy:
Cool cover, if I may say so myself!

– cutlines by Rose T.



Go, 🇺🇸🇺🇸unions🇺🇸🇺🇸!:

Did you know the City of Worcester STILL has not signed off on the Paw Sox stadium project CBA?!

Why is this? Because the developer across Kelley Square – Madison properties of Boston, the guy building the hotels, offices and more on my side of Kelley Square REFUSES TO SIGN off on the Neutrality Clause – which gives our local and state/national union reps the right to go onto his work site to talk with/connect with workers. Giving unions the right to organize.

Yep! Get the job done as cheaply as possible, Canal District gentrifiers! Exploit Green Island and other Worcester laborers! Pay them crap – not the baseline $15/hour unions are demanding!

Rose’s old ‘hood, off Kelley Square. It’s now a non-union mess, thanks to the developers of the massive Paw/Woo Sox stadium project who won’t sign the neutrality clause. pic/text: Rose T.

Work continues at Kelley Square cuz city leaders DID SIGN OFF on the main agreement.

The Canal District becomes more gentrified – on the backs of the working poor of my old stamping grounds and the city’s inner-city poor/working class!

– Rose T.



Don Draper. Rewatching Mad Men. Wow. All over again:

Such a brilliant song about the perils of advertising!

Rose first heard this Stones greatest hits lp at the Winthrop House Girls Club when she was 10 and playing Jacks with her cousin! She’s had the album since she was 15😉!