Category Archives: InCity Letters

Help make rosaries for our soldiers

Putting a rosary into the hands of every member of the U.S. Armed Forces around the globe who wants one.

 Operation Ranger Rosary will hold their next meeting on December 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Phelan Center, Blessed Sacrament Church, and 551 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA. 01602. 

Cecelia M Mason

Economic Justice NOW! The Fair Share campaign to put in place a graduated income tax in Massachusetts!  

Training session –  Saturday, August 29.

Worcester Interfaith is an affiliate of MCAN and will be hosting.

At First Baptist Church, Worcester

10 a.m. to noon.

Please contact Worcester Interfaith if you can attend:  508-754-5001

The Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition of community, labor, and faith based groups recently filed the “Fair Share” constitutional amendment, to raise $1.3 billion in new tax revenue to fund public schools, state college affordability, and transportation.

This will increase the income tax rate for people earning over a million dollars by 4% on their income over one million dollars.

With that filing, we’ve officially launched our Fair Share Amendment Campaign!!!!

We need this money to invest in our youth and families!

We’re proud of the key role we’re playing in this campaign. We’re proud that MCAN is a co-chair of Raise Up Massachusetts, and that our leaders will be named on every petition we carry with us this fall.

Debbie Frontierro, a leader in our ECCO affiliate, and Rev. Jose Encarnacion, a leader in our Worcester Interfaith affiliate, will be listed on the petitions as two of the 10 original signers.

We are also proud that Rev. Jane Gould of ECCO, Paul Lumpkin of PVP, Angel Cosme and Rev. Michael Walker of BIC, and Jack Livramento of UIA were the alternates in case any of the first ten signers didn’t qualify.

We will begin collecting signatures for this constitutional amendment around Labor Day – stay tuned.

We’ll have until November 15 to collect the signatures to qualify this for the ballot in 2018.

This is a big deal – the chance of a generation to make significant progress in making a more equitable Massachusetts!!!

We are hoping for another huge win for economic justice!

Please join us!

If you can volunteer to collect signatures, even 10-20 from friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors, please email Lew Finfer and you will receive the petitions just after Labor Day.

Lew Finfer, MCAN Director

From an InCity Times reader: My little Sweetpea!

Rescued: Sweet Sweetpea!!!

Last May while looking at the plights of homeless and abused animals on facebook, we saw a pair of little white adorable pitbull mix puppies that had been rescued by Second Chance Rescue in New York City.

We contacted them with questions about the dogs, who looked very thin and lost – and were sad to hear they had been rescued from irresponsible kids who were selling them on craigslist at only 2 weeks of age, and they were both very ill with pneumonia and other serious health issues.

After 6 weeks in the Animal Clinic of Harris Court in Flushing, NY, only one puppy was healthy enough to be adopted.

Their wonderful Kelcy agreed to meet us halfway in Wallingford in mid-June to pick up the sweet little “Sugar,” about 10 weeks old, who we then named “Sweetpea.” She is now a year and a half years old and is incredibly sweet, super friendly and extremely affectionate.

She comes to work with us every day, meets lots of people (and dogs) and absolutely LOVES everyone!  She has incredible energy and is very playful and healthy .

From now on, she will only know love, comfort and kindness.

Kathy Lewis

Be there! Vernon Hill: mega crime watch meeting for our urban neighborhoods!

Neighborhood Public Safety Meeting!

Thursday, August 13

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

At the Worcester Senior Center

128 Providence Street


We need to save our inner-city neighborhoods! EVERYONE has to speak up, work together, be brave – and hopeful! The mayor is right – we can’t arrest our way out of the problem – but we can tamp things down, cool things off with an intensified police presence.  I am OK with city councilor Konnie Lukes’ suggestion – bring in the Massachusetts State Police.  It’s political grandstanding but who gives a shit at this point. The staties are here anyways.  Let their people supplement IN A VERY VISUAL WAY what the city has going already – bring in their cars, uniformed guys and gals. I WOULD LOVE A STATE POLICE CRUISER SITTING IN THE SAINT MARY’S CHURCH PARKING LOT NEAR MY HOUSE. So would all the other good people on my street! People are afraid! Single moms with cute little kids, single family home owners, young guys who have nothing to do with the chaos and are just typical teens hanging out together or walking to a friend’s house. There are so many good people living in our urban core, day in and day out. They deserve to go to work, let their kids ride their bikes on the sidewalk, walk down to the mini-mart IN RELATIVE PEACE. The bad apples will move on/be dealt with if we get the police presence we need! (photo by R.T: the corner of Lodi and Lafayette streets, where ICT editor Rosalie grew up and played as a little kid . Lafayette, Bigelow, Endicott – all inner-city Woo residential streets, part of our urban core, THAT WE CANNOT LET DIE, streets that can benefit from a stepped-up WPD police presence, coupled with Mass. State Police.)     – R. Tirella 

Please join Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus, District Attorney Joe Early, Jr, and …

… representatives from the Worcester Police Department

Emergency Communications

and the Worcester City Council in a conversation about our city and our neighborhoods and the ways that we can all help!



Please, Please, PLEASE be there!

From the City of Worcester:

The Worcester City Manager’s Dialogue Series on Race has opened many hearts and minds to the idea that racism hurts us all, but leaves people wondering how to move forward– what are the next steps?

0ne option for those new to the topic is to join us for a facilitated monthly workshop series.

Worcester Witnessing Whiteness Series 2015-2016!

The Witnessing Whiteness series is a nationally-recognized series of 11 sessions designed to:

·        Build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism

·        Increase your group’s ability to support and implement diversity and racial justice initiatives

·        Develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity and race

Join us as we read and explore together the ideas and exercises included within Shelley Tochluk’s book Witnessing Whiteness.

The full workshop curriculum is free and available online, so people who can’t attend one session can easily follow along at home.

Session 1: Why pay attention to race?

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6-8:30 pm @ YWCA of Central MA

To build from the energy of the community dialogues and the growing national Moral Monday movement, these sessions will be held on Mondays – specifically the third Monday of each month…

from 6 pm – 8:30 pm

with a light supper offered from 5 pm – 6 pm, as the city has done this summer.

To get involved in the planning or to sign up as a participant for the series, please contact or at 774-441-6366.

This workshop series is co-sponsored by: Worcester Partnership for Racial and Ethnic Health Equity
YWCA of Central MA

Congressman McGovern, Mayor Petty Statements on Worcester Shooting on Everett Gaylord Boulevard

WORCESTER – Congressman Jim McGovern and Worcester Mayor Joe Petty released the following statements in response to the shooting of a mother and her 2-year-old child Monday night in Plumley Village on Everett Gaylord Boulevard in Worcester:

“I am heartbroken by last night’s tragic shooting of a mother and young child in Worcester,” Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family. I am grateful to the medical professionals who have helped to stabilize the condition of the mother and child and to the law enforcement officials working tirelessly to bring the perpetrator to justice. I am shocked by this unthinkable violence. Now is a time for Worcester to come together as a community to understand how this happened and how we can prevent this violence from happening again.”

“This kind of violence cuts our City to the core, particularly when the victims are a toddler and mother—the very definition of innocent bystander. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family tonight,” Worcester Mayor Joe Petty said. “Every incidence of violence should shock us and outrage us. Every time we hear about another gun victim we should stop in our tracks and ask how we as a City can do better. We owe it to our neighbors to take this outrage and join together and say, enough. We will work together at all levels of government to ensure that our public safety officials have the support and resources they need. To be clear, the full weight of the Worcester Police Department will be put behind finding the shooter and taking them off the streets.”

Got this nice letter from Worcester’s former park commissioner …


The Crompton Park opportunity center (building on right, behind the tennis courts) is run out of the old field house at the park. Tom’s idea!

Great recent issue

Congratulations on your 14 yrs of publication. This issue [of InCity Times] hit home with me, as I was instrumental in getting both the South Worcester Neighborhood [Center] and the Crompton Park Opportunity Center in the park buildings when I was [City of Worcester Parks] Commissioner and my idea as I could get federal funds to fix them up through park grants.

I worked closely with Ron [Charette] and Lorraine Laurie to make this happen and give them a home. Still working out great and gives me great satisfaction.

Tom Taylor

Ron Charette, on left, director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center, outside the center. The center’s housed inside the huge park building at Maloney Field.DSCF0943-1

Stop the violence that is tearing up Worcester! SOS! Save Our Streets!!


Save Our Streets

City Hall Common

July 26

5 pm

Peace Rally and March

Please come join us in a peaceful gathering to build community and start a movement of non-violence in this city.

The violence touches everyone but ESPECIALLY the mothers, and fathers, and other family members who have to bury children.

Come out and support one another.

Come out and support a community that so desperately needs peace.

There will be marches beginning in various locations to converge on City Hall Common at 5 pm.

We will hear from family members and have a balloon letting to honor those killed on ALL sides of this tragedy.


Happy 14’th Birthday, InCity Times! … A paean to a free press

By Edith Morgan

InCity Times has survived and thrived for 14 years – as a free, independent publication, in times when the print press has suffered so many retrenchments, mergers, takeovers, and other indignities.


ICT’s Rosalie: “Rose” – the nickname she got as a student at Burncoat Senior High years ago, from her biology teacher! … and kept because she liked it so much!

So, a vote of thanks for hanging in there to ICT editor and owner Rosalie Tirella, for her tireless efforts to keep her paper going despite all the challenges entailed in this effort. In a time when corporations have it all, InCity Times is still a privately owned, individually run, truly free publication. More power to you, Rosalie! Here are my wishes for success and long life!

There is always much talk about freedom in America. We have just celebrated the Fourth of July and remembered how our freedom was fought for and refined over the years to include more and more categories of human beings.

We have learned about the four freedoms – those of us old enough to remember FDR’s presidency; and we have seen re-interpretations of these, in new laws and customs.

One freedom that is always included in these enumerations is the very precious freedom of the press. Because it is so crucial to the survival of democracy, we particularly pay attention to its preservation and protection.  We would never agree to give it up without a great battle – and yet, as I look around today’s America, it troubles me that we have given up so much of our previous freedom, not to some outside dictatorial force, but to the lure of the almighty dollar, and to the concentration of power in the hands of those who have the money to buy and  control our press.

When I came to America in 1941, there was still at least one independent newspaper in every small town, several in larger towns and cities, often publishing morning and evening editions, with “nosy” reporters deployed to gather information and disseminate it to readers.

Worcester had a morning and evening paper, and while they were both owned by the same family, at least they differed somewhat from each other, and had different columnists and somewhat different features. And they had something of interest for all of us.

The advent of TV “news” ( I put “news” in quotes, as it is not really news – mostly  it has justly earned the name of “infotainment,” as its main purpose is not really to inform, but to keep you glued to the set from commercial to commercial ). The same corporations that own our press, for the most part, now also  own the other media of communications. Why does it matter? Because the only legal duty a corporation has is to its investors – the bottom line, in other words.

Why did I go into all that ancient history?  Because InCity Times is truly and unarguably FREE, in all senses of the word: It is provided free every two weeks to anyone who wants to pick it up. I, as a contributing ICT columnist, have had total freedom of expression, and enjoy the kind of freedom of choice as to subject matter and length that would not be available to me in any other print communication. I appreciate that freedom greatly, and I appreciate the challenges that Rosalie’s paper surmounts to survive in the present climate. So, this is a hurrah for freedom of the press – may it survive and thrive!

Chandler Street: at Worcester State University


350 Massachusetts – Central MA Node is co-sponsoring …

an Environmental Film Night …

at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.

Sunday, July 26

5 pm – 8 pm

Ghosh Sci-Tech building, Room 102

The evening will begin with several selected short films, including Forest Man, an award winning short!

Our feature film is Chasing Ice.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Watch as a team of photographers deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic, capturing a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers — and undeniable evidence of our changing planet. This movie is not to be missed!

The night will include refreshments, door prizes and plenty of opportunity to hear more about the growing environmental movement in Massachusetts and beyond!