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🍎Donate/$ to the COATS FOR WORCESTER KIDS program!🍎🍎

HELP OUR WPS STUDENTS!

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

Many organizations, year after year, have helped provide new winter coats and outerwear for low-income Worcester kids: Hanover Insurance Group, DCU for Kids, Mechanics Hall, Teamsters Local 170, Spring Street School in Shrewsbury and numerous departments within the University of Massachusetts and UMass Memorial. Also: the Family Medicine and Community Health program at UMass Medical School supports COATS FOR KIDS.

As one of the employees from the Department of Family Medicine at UMass stated last year, “We love the project and hope that people continue to be as generous as they have in the past.”

You can see Elizabeth Vecchio, coordinator for the Worcester Public Schools, face light up with enthusiasm when she talks about this incredible program. She said, “This program provides new warm outerwear to Worcester children in need. It fosters comfort and confidence within the child.” She went on to say that the number one way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. These new coats help children attend school more often on cold and rainy days.

But for those children receiving a new coat or outerwear, it can be much more than just warmth. It can inspire happiness and improve peer acceptance, self-respect, school attendance and over-all wellness. “Keeping children healthy and warm throughout the cold winter months can changes lives,” Mrs. Vecchio said.

Hopefully, I have your attention on this most important project. So, what can Worcesterites or local businesses do to support this amazing cause? Here are a few suggestions:

🎅 Shop for new winter outerwear – coats, hats, mittens and drop it off at the Durkin Administration Building, Irving Street, Room 008 – to Mrs. Vecchio or at the security guard’s station as one enters.

❤ Volunteer to unpack and pack coats for distribution.

👬 Sponsor a Coat Drive at your business or organization.

🌲Lead a drive at your place of employment and get others involved in helping out!

🍎Make a monetary donation. Make your check payable to the WEDF and mail it to Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., 210 Park Ave., suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609.

The outerwear in the schools is given out by the principals after the school fills out a “Request Form” for their students in need.

According to Mrs. Vecchio, the district has a volunteer day where hundreds of pieces of winter clothing/coats etc are bagged for pick-up by the school. The program runs from November through February, so requests are filled on an on-going need throughout the winter months. In addition, many of the items are delivered before the holiday as a much-needed Christmas gift to the students and families.

As we look forward to the holiday season, let us assist with this program. Remember, this wonderful act of kindness is taking place within our community! Please reach out and help our students in need. I know I will!

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🍎Donate/$ to the COATS FOR WORCESTER KIDS program!🍎🍎

HELP OUR WPS STUDENTS!

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

Many organizations, year after year, have helped provide new winter coats and outerwear for low-income Worcester kids: Hanover Insurance Group, DCU for Kids, Mechanics Hall, Teamsters Local 170, Spring Street School in Shrewsbury and numerous departments within the University of Massachusetts and UMass Memorial. Also: the Family Medicine and Community Health program at UMass Medical School supports COATS FOR KIDS.

As one of the employees from the Department of Family Medicine at UMass stated last year, “We love the project and hope that people continue to be as generous as they have in the past.”

You can see Elizabeth Vecchio, coordinator for the Worcester Public Schools, face light up with enthusiasm when she talks about this incredible program. She said, “This program provides new warm outerwear to Worcester children in need. It fosters comfort and confidence within the child.” She went on to say that the number one way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. These new coats help children attend school more often on cold and rainy days.

But for those children receiving a new coat or outerwear, it can be much more than just warmth. It can inspire happiness and improve peer acceptance, self-respect, school attendance and over-all wellness. “Keeping children healthy and warm throughout the cold winter months can changes lives,” Mrs. Vecchio said.

Hopefully, I have your attention on this most important project. So, what can Worcesterites or local businesses do to support this amazing cause? Here are a few suggestions:

🎅 Shop for new winter outerwear – coats, hats, mittens and drop it off at the Durkin Administration Building, Irving Street, Room 008 – to Mrs. Vecchio or at the security guard’s station as one enters.

❤ Volunteer to unpack and pack coats for distribution.

👬 Sponsor a Coat Drive at your business or organization.

🌲Lead a drive at your place of employment and get others involved in helping out!

🍎Make a monetary donation. Make your check payable to the WEDF and mail it to Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., 210 Park Ave., suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609.

The outerwear in the schools is given out by the principals after the school fills out a “Request Form” for their students in need.

According to Mrs. Vecchio, the district has a volunteer day where hundreds of pieces of winter clothing/coats etc are bagged for pick-up by the school. The program runs from November through February, so requests are filled on an on-going need throughout the winter months. In addition, many of the items are delivered before the holiday as a much-needed Christmas gift to the students and families.

As we look forward to the holiday season, let us assist with this program. Remember, this wonderful act of kindness is taking place within our community! Please reach out and help our students in need. I know I will!

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💃new: EDITH ELECTION VICTORY COLUMN🇺🇸💐

Biden is really #46 now!

By Edith Morgan

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Finally, we can breathe again: with 279 electoral votes (and still counting) the Biden-Harris team is now poised to take over the White House on January 20, 2021.

All day long throngs gathered in our cities, orderly but joyous, waving flags and holding signs, wearing facial masks, but not always able to keep their distance. And in cities in Europe too these celebrations were taking place – joyous and orderly. Everywhere there was celebration of our newly chosen 46th President and his running mate.

While there were also some small groups of Trump supporter there, there seemed to be no confrontations or other trouble.

Finally, after days of waiting, the stage was ready in Wilmington, Delaware, for the acceptance speech; in a dazzling white pants suit VP-elect Kamala Harris came out and delivered an impassioned speech about the beliefs and goals of the in-coming administration. She expressed her gratitude to the poll workers, the voters, all Americans for the record turnout. She said, “Democracy is not a state, it is an act” – action that needs to be constantly supported and practiced. She stressed the generosity and courage of those who marched for justice and re-emphasized the choice of hope, unity, science and TRUTH – and told about the love which permeates the Biden family and her own.

That she is the first woman of color in this role should give every little girl hope and let all understand that we are a country of possibilities. She said that Biden represents the best in us and that he will be a President for ALL of us.

At 8:37 p.m. Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden came out to cheers. He said that this was the most votes ever cast in a presidential election (74 million), and mentioned the great outpouring of joy all over the world. He said he would unify us, as we are not red or blue but Americans. He promised to restore the soul of America. He heaped praise on his wife, Jill, emphasized her career as a teacher and said that “we have bent the arc of justice” and thanked the volunteers, poll workers and local officials and the Black Community: “I owe you!”

Quoting from the Bible, Biden alluded to the verse “to everything there is a season” and said now is the time to heal.

He said Republicans are Americans too and expects they too share the values of decency, fairness and science. He pledged to battle the virus, work on climate change, repair the economy – that means jobs with dignity and respect.

Biden said: America is the land of possibilities, we never give up and we never give in. He then quoted the words of a song and said his grandmother had told him not merely to keep the faith but to spread it. He ended his speech at 8:54 p.m. Both his families and Kamala’s came up on the stage with three generations filling the space. They hugged and swayed to the swelling music. Then began a spectacular displays of fireworks, all while the crowd was there, in cars and in person, cheering and waving flags.

The fireworks featured a display by drones which spelled out Biden, Harris, “46”, a map of America and our flag. With a final great burst of fireworks, the evening ended – on a very high note, leaving us all with a wonderfully warm and uplifted feeling.

It has been several years since we have felt this way! I greatly hope the momentum can be maintained and we can regain the America we have lost!

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Edith – always in style! THE FINAL DEBATE🇺🇸🍿🇺🇸🍿

October 22 – the Final Presidential Debate🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

By Edith Morgan

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So, who won this debate? That seems to be the question. But how do we decide? Was it a win that the microphones were muted when the other candidate was talking? Was it a win that Joe Biden could speak uninterrupted when it was his turn? Was it a win that Donald Trump stayed throughout the 90 minutes? Was it a win that moderator Kristen Welker maintained control most of the time, and was able to move the entire debate along so all subjects could at least be mentioned, even if they were often not answered.

It would have been a great win for the American people if there had been a lot of new and truthful information in the answers. And if we had the technology in place for immediate fact checks to be run alongside the screen, probably fewer viewers would be misled by the fantastic figures pulled out of thin air by Donald Trump. But that will take time to unravel and, unfortunately, our attention spans are too short to wait and check.

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The debate was held at Belmont University auditorium, in Nashville, Tennessee. The format was basically the same as for the first debate: 90 minutes, divided into six sections, with a two-minute answer by one o the two, and response, then some discussion back and forth. Subjects covered were the corona virus, with differing views on the cost, in lives, the economy, and whom to blame; national security, healthcare, race in America and climate change. I was surprised that Trump still claims that windmills kill birds and solar is very expensive. And while he seemed very concerned about the birds, he was not bothered by the disease and respiratory problems and the cancers afflicting people, mostly minorities and poor people, living in the shadow of fracking operations or air pollution from coal and oil production. They were getting bigger pay checks there, he said.

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Throughout the debate it was clear that the main concerns of the two presidential candidates were diametrically opposed: Trump’s main concern was opening up the economy, our schools, our businesses, while Biden wanted to lick the virus first, save lives and increase the minimum wage so that every working person could earn a living wage. For Trump, the stock market is vital, while not so much for Biden – as most middle- and lower-class Americans really have not much invested there.

On the question of the vaccine, Trump named the American companies working on the accelerated program, and claimed we would have 100 million vaccines available!!! But he was vague on the exact time, promising, as usual, that it would be soon. On further questioning, he still could not, or would not, give any details as to what his health plan would be.

I am surprised Trump is still getting away with this – after all, there have been 70 attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and, surely, it would not take 10 years to come up with a new and better plan!! Where’s the plan, Donald?

Kudos to moderator Kristen Welker for keeping things moving and civilized. My condolences once again to the American people, who were denied truth, facts and in-depth understanding of the problems we as a country are facing.

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New Rose Column: SPENCER VOTES?🍎🍎

Hard Times in My Old Spencer Town

By Rosalie Tirella

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SPENCER during this Election Season: I’m thinking of the sweet people I used to live next to in the poor part of this town: Elm, Mechanic, Main streets. Old row houses built for the factory workers – Spencer was once a French town known for its sheet metal workers, blue collar thru and thru. Then the SAAD factories, the mills down the road in Dudley and Douglas closed, like all our factories and mills here in Worcester, then 1, 2, 3! Spencer became poor. Spencer in many places looks like my part of Blackstone River Road …

But except for one creepy neighbor – like the creeps here who CREEP me out! – I liked the people of Spencer. The poorer folks in this big, sprawling Central Massachusetts town – my Elm and Maple street neighbors, tenants living in the long row houses, were unfailingly polite, modest … a quiet friendliness suffused their “hello”‘s, “have a nice day”‘s. And everyone was a builder/crafter: they fixed their porches, weaved beautiful fake flower wreaths for their front doors, added bits and pieces of wood to their little garden fences …

I saw their poverty and, unlike the hustlers here in my buildings, they did lots of improvisation when it came to surviving poverty: the old guys carved their own crooked walking canes, the ladies had shopping carts just like my late Mom did when we lived in Green Island, and they pulled their shopping wagons up the hill to the supermarket to grocery shop – and pulled it home. In all kinds of weather. Sometimes I’d offer an old woman a ride – proud and quietly determined, she always declined. I was nice but I wasn’t a Spencer girl. New in town.

Often I’d go to Spencer Town Hall, pictured here, to talk with Laura the Town Clerk and try to make an appointment with the Town Manager (ha!). Laura was polite but, my advocacy for the poor people fell on deaf ears. Laura, I’d say, WHY NOT HAVE A TOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN IN THAT BIG TOWN LOT NEAR MY HOUSE? The people need free fresh veggies and … What about a FOOD HUB like they have in Northern Worcester County?

My suggestions were met with a Laura smile, condescending, stubborn as a mule …

So WHEN I SAW ALL THESE POOR SPENCER FOLKS WALKING IN THE SLUSH, A WET SNOW FALLING ON A DARK NOVEMBER NIGHT TO TOWN HALL – ELECTION NIGHT IN SPENCER – I WAS APPALLED. Some folks were in their motorized wheelchairs driving along with traffic! Most were drenched, a few weren’t wearing boots …

The old Republican middle classers of Spencer had their big old Caddies and Buicks parked in the town hall parking lot and voted with ease. They came out in droves to re-validate old ways, the same old same old pols …

I voted – and asked a poll worker: IS THIS THE ONLY PLACE TO VOTE? TOWN HALL? WHY NOT A POLLING SITE AT THE PUBLIC HOUSING, IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM, OVER WHERE I LIVE? Why have the poor from my area walk in snowstorms and the cold?

The old woman poll worker replied: WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ONE IN OUR SENIOR HOUSING! WE NEED ONE THERE!

Laura and all the Spencer movers and shakers were practicing their own version of voter suppression. With their small town smiles… So many people/voters living on Elm, Mechanic, Maple, Main streets and more probably looked out their windows on that election night and …left their canes by their doors…and stayed home that Election Night.

Next day I drove down to Congressman McGovern’s office off of Shrewsbury Street – Spencer is part of his Congressional District. He is supposed to represent the people of Spencer. Upset I told Chief of Staff Gladys Rodriguez Parker and other McGovern staffers what I witnessed the night before. WE NEED MORE POLLING SITES! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!

Comfy cats. Entitled cats. They gave me the same look that the Spencer movers and shakers had given me!! …and did nothing.

❤Love to all my Spencer neighbors who vote despite the voter disenfranchisement in Spencer, courtesy of Congressman Jim McGovern, oblivious Town Clerk Laura, the Boneheaded Spencer selectmen and pointless Spencer town administrator.

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FYI:

President Donald J. Trump has COVID 19

By Edith Morgan

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The COVID 19 virus is truly an equal opportunity invader – and seems finally to have reached the supposedly safest house in America -the Trump White House.

After Trump called the virus a “Democrats’ hoax” and saying it would just disappear and telling reporter Bob Woodward that he knew how deadly it was but did not tell the public because he did not want to panic us … and leading millions of Americans to avoid wearing face masks … now has come home to Trumpland. Trump and wife Melania are at Walter Reed Hospital, under quarantine, and for all practical purposes out of mainstream life for a couple of weeks.

This is so close to the November election! Trump is – of course – in a Presidential Suite in the hospital, getting the best medical care in the world … and he claims he will carry on his presidential duties from Walter Reed. He does not look well …

Meanwhile, Trump has exposed so many people around him: not just family members, but staff, military personnel, Secret Service men and women and all those tasked with guarding and transporting him, not to mention the thousands packed together in his rallies.


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Most of us have continued to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci and our doctors and the research scientists who have continuously reminded us to wash our hands, wear facial masks and keep our distance.

Let us all hope that the very professional staff at Walter Reed, who have in the past performed so many near-miracles, will be on top of this problem and that Trump will quickly recover, without the really bad time that Boris Johnson of the UK experienced.

Do you all recall the story of “The boy who cried wolf”? After so many lies, misinformation, flip-flops, and incessant tweets, my first instinct was that this news was just another diversion caused by Trump because of his plummeting poll figures to provide an excuse to delay the election – or to say it was all rigged. When you have been lied to often enough, you begin to question everything.

I will assume for the time being, that this is the real thing: apparently the Trump tweets that used to come in the middle of the night, by the dozens, seem to have stopped – a sign that Trump is not up to doing that!

There are so many questions, but this White House is so secretive that we can only speculate.
So, stay tuned, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart and keep healthy – flu season is just around the corner.

EDITH🌺🌸 – ALWAYS IN STYLE! … WHAT PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE??

By Edith Morgan

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Edith – our political reporter! Our former scribe, Steve Maher, is struggling … his Parkinson’s disease has worsened. We pray for Steve.

What I watched on TV – Tuesday night’s presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump – could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a debate. The rules, clearly enunciated by moderator Chris Wallace and agreed to by both debaters, were totally violated and ignored by Donald Trump. That was surely no surprise from Trump, an acolyte of the infamous Roy Cohn, the evil brains behind the late divisive US Senator Joe McCarthy. We saw, in full application, that technique being used on us at that show. Call it that! As that it was!!


Trump incites American hate groups to disrupt the November 3 election, intimidating ALL voters.

I recall the McCarthy era well – and recognize the technique, a set of experiences perfected by Hitler’s propaganda minister, Goebbels. Name-calling, lying, blaming everyone else, deflecting and out shouting your adversary. And never taking responsibility. Changing the subject whenever incontrovertible facts get in the way.


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So how do I summarize this circus? Questioner Wallace did his best to ask the questions on six topics he had prepared, trying to give equal time to each speaker, and allowing for comments and /or rebuttals. Trump interrupted incessantly, so it was really difficult to hear what Joe Biden had to say on any subject, despite constant attempts by Wallace to re-enforce the rules.

The audience, sparse due to the threat of the novel coronavirus/COVID 19, obeyed the rule that they were to abstain from clapping, commenting, etc. They did observe absolute silence all through the show. Some were wearing masks (Notably, the First Lady was masked, though not most of the Trump side.)


Trump – indecent. He slammed Beau, the dead son of Joe Biden – and he called Hunter Biden a drug addict. Hunter is in recovery.

The event took place on the campus of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Had the rules been followed, the program was to be divided into six 15-minute segments with a topic for each segment. Neither candidate had seen the questions ahead of time. Among subjects of questions were the major issues facing our country: the Supreme Court, COVID 19, our economy, race in America, “law and order” and climate change.

There had been a lot of discussion on media as to how each candidate was preparing for the debate. Clearly, Trump had no need to prepare, as he failed to adhere to the format, did not answer with any but invented facts, and simply veered to personal attacks. Trump described a U.S. economy that is so great I hardly recognized that he might have been talking about America – unless you think that the greed-ridden Dow Jones is the real picture.

After decades of attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act, Trump still had no plan in place – after almost FOUR years in office! He continued to blame the huge California fires on “poor forest management,” ignoring the fact that the Federal Government owns most of the forests that are on fire! Hence, they were under Trump’s control!! Whose “poor forest management” was that?! That was only one example, but you get the drift. Fact checkers will have a field day with all the other Trump lies and distortions.


❤ historian Jon Meacham – who’s voted for Dems and Republicans.

I am concerned that this fiasco will have been widely viewed overseas, with obvious repercussions for America’s reputation, so badly damaged already by the Trump administration. But I believe that the good, common sense of much of the American public, will, after watching three of these “debate” spectacles, will finally reel and turn from Donald Trump in disgust and clean house. Those of us who are teachers know that you have to hear something three times before it takes.

In the famous words of U.S. Army lawyer Welch (our own Massachusetts-ian): Have you no shame, sir?”

Of course the answer was, and is, NO.

Chef Joey – always fashionable!!🍁🍁🍁

Bonjour from Beautiful France!

By Chef Joey

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Joey’ daughter Gigi accompanied Joey to France – Vinny stayed home.

Bonjour from beautiful France! On Monday Gigi and I had to return to France to bring my mother back to finish up a few things since my father’s passing last year. Air travel is no longer the same thing, airports are empty and so is the flight. We were on a brand new “Airbus” that holds 300 passengers, there were 42 of us and 21 crew members. There was a dinner service and a breakfast snack and a great crew on board. The flight was so smooth and extra fast – what normally is a 6 ½ hour flight was now 5 hours and maybe 40 minutes. The ground crew in Paris was not even there yet, we were so early.

The best part is one of the flight attendants who took a liking to Gigi was on the next flight to Nice and was super helpful getting us to the next terminal.

We had all sorts of new “Covid” travel upon arrival – after baggage we called an Uber – 3 minutes later we were on our 14 kilometer ride to our house. Everyone wearing masks and a bit exhausted from the travel but we were in good spirits. Gigi was especially pumped because she had a hot chocolate in Paris, and the sugar kicked in the whole 1 hour flight from Paris. The cat nap in the car was not sufficient to calm a five year old on chocolate.

At home we quickly unpacked and had the “mandatory” nap for Gigi. Five hours later we were off to the market – snacks and dinner were part of our mission! What I immediately noticed as I entered the grocery store was the difference of being bombarded with “junk food” at the entrance of American stores to entice you to load up before procuring real food. Most French markets start you off in the wine department. Not too shabby. The produce is usually near the cash registers, so freshness is the last thing you see is veggies. Of course, there’s the fresh bread and pastries.

The other great thing about French food is it is all GMO-free and pretty much all organic, too. Italy is even better with the veggies all grown locally in green houses on the terraced cliffs, a marvel just to see them function year round.

Mask wearing, like the states is mandatory. However, here you get a fine$, and the whole south of France is under video surveillance. So there really is no way to escape the law, and it is a good thing. It used to be no shoes, no shirt, no service or entry…now it is no mask no way!

We plan on going to an open market this weekend, so I have pictures and more story line to report. We just got here and Gigi started school today and had a nifty organic lunch for her first day. Four courses even at a cost of $1 a day – and as of December, most schools are leaning to all vegan meals for kids to curb eating disorders.

The French government monitors all foods and literally will pull products if they have too much fat, calories or even sugars. Nestle lost a whole summer of purchases a few years ago because there was too much sugar in their chocolate! Anyways, like all things, moderation is key – and smart eating decisions are the way to go!

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Chef Joey. Mask up in France – or “face” a fine!

The Worcester Public Schools – always in style! New column from John + more🍁🍁

AVOID, THE PANDEMIC SLIDE! KEEP YOUR CHILD READING!

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

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As a former Worcester elementary school principal (Belmont Community School) and, now as a Worcester School Committee member, I continue to talk to parents about the importance of reading. I have spent endless hours talking about the “summer slide” that takes place during school vacation time due to children not engaged in learning activities. Please remember that the summer slide is real, for our schools see the decline in reading and math achievement just from being away from school.

I have seen many articles on the “Pandemic Slide” or the “Covid Slide.” Many researchers using existing data on learning loss typically seen during school summer vacation predict that summer loss and the loss in the COVID 19 spring could potentially cause academic setbacks for many students. In the worst case, they may retain only 70% of the gains they had made in reading and only 50% of gains made in math.

Thus, parents, who are the child’s first and most important teachers, need to do all that they can to offset any educational loss. I would encourage parents to tell their child that reading activities will be an important part of their lives during this coming school year.

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Reading … recipes, directions, comic books, magazines, short stories, novels, biographies …

Let’s focus on reading. Reading aloud. For parents of toddlers let me emphasize that reading aloud to young children is the most important way to get them started on the road to being a successful reader. Read to and with your child as often as possible. This is a way to spend time with your child and, if it’s convenient, read at bedtime. Twenty minutes of reading aloud will accomplish more than you can ever measure.

“The more I read,

“The more I know

“20 minutes a day will help me grow.”

Consider reading books of interest to your child and for the real young ones consider: Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Curious George Books, Bob book set by Scholastic and cardboard books like The Little Blue Truck. Outstanding authors to be considered include Tomie DePaola, Jan Brett, Patricia Polacco, Eric Carle and Laura Nameroff just to name a few.

Books in the primary grades: Look for book series. I love the Magic Tree House books, for they are high interest and very entertaining. Your 6- to 10-year-old reader can join time-traveling duo Jack and Annie in their magic tree house, as they adventure through history. Young readers can travel through history without leaving the comfort of home with Mary Pope Osbourne’s award-winning series, The Magic Tree House!

Other series for this grade level: the Junie B. Jones series, which is a set of 27 books. The series’ is about a young girl, Junie, who has a friendly, bright, funny and spirited personality. Junie B. lives with her parents, Robert and Susan, and her baby brother, Ollie. She does get into many very funny situations.

In the grade 4-6 series for the sports-minded kid: the Matt Christopher series is outstanding. Matt Christopher wrote more than 100 novels featuring a variety of sports. Very entertaining, and the sports-minded student will love them. Another outstanding writer is Lois Lowery. She has written a variety of fictional books from Number the Stars to the fantastical The Giver.

Other books that I recommend are the Harry Potter series, the Mary Poppins series, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. There so many more! The important takeaway is get books into the hands of your child!!

Another great activity during the Pandemic: having a Family Night on the Weekend. Bring out the popcorn and read a book! Once in awhile get a movie based on a book that the family has read. Show the movie and compare/contrast. Many of these movies can be obtained at your local public library.

You can also gather activity books. Give children their own activity book with crossword puzzles or number games customized for their specific age group. Set a “due date” to keep them on track – but let them work at their own pace.

Going right along with reading please consider having your child at any age have a diary. Have your child write the highlights of his/her day each evening before going to bed. How about your child’s thoughts on this pandemic? Other writing activities can be writing a letter to a friend that due to the pandemic they may not have seen, or writing to a relative. They could write to their classroom teacher, for many students will not see their teachers for awhile if they are on a remote learning schedule. Be sure your child writes about their favorite book and parents send me their essay: John Monfredo, 8 Cherokee Road Worcester, Ma. 01606. I’ll be selecting the best report by grade level and will award the winner a new book!

I hope that I have raised interest in more reading during the COVID crisis and shown how parents can support their child. It’s so important to have “all hands-on deck” during this global health crisis. I am confident that you will make a difference in the life of your child. Need additional tips, parents? Write to me!

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Farewell to Trump’s Kellyanne!

Farewell, Kellyanne Conway!

By Edith Morgan

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I have always wanted to be a fly on the wall at the Conways’ home: George and Kelleyanne, both devout Catholics and conservative Republicans with what appear to be very similar religious and political beliefs – yet seemingly on such completely opposing paths to how they express them. Kellyanne has been a totally faithful defender and spokesperson for President Donald Trump and, I believe, the brains behind a witless, unprincipled and ever lying presidency – and the coiner of some really interesting new “concepts” in political doublespeak.

She has uniquely survived the many purges and sudden replacements in the Oval Office and has consistently flown above the name-calling, labeling and misogyny of President Trump. And then there is her husband, George Conway, still a true conservative Republican but one of Trump’s most vocal and vociferous and perhaps most effective critics. George is co-founder of the Lincoln Project and behind the group’s – made up of all anti-Trump Republicans – scathing anti-Trump political ads:

He has trumpeted psychologists’ assessment of Trump’s mental health: dangerous narcissist:

His wife, Kellyanne, originated, among others, the concept of “alternative facts” – as though we have two realities and it is just a matter of opinion as to what is “real.”

Interesting that husband and wife should both decide at this time that their family needs them at home now. Perhaps precipitated by the Conways’ teenaged daughter’s rebellion and open criticism? Or do they smell an oncoming defeat and are fleeing the sinking Trump ship?

That gives us time to ponder the interesting similarities that my father used to comment about in 1933 about the degradation of the German language under Hitler and the uses of distortion and propaganda to pull the wool over eyes of even educated German citizens.

I am sure there will be more on this topic – the news has been overshadowed by the RNC “convention” and the oncoming nasty weather about to hit the Gulf Coast. Stay tuned …