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The Worcester Public Schools are out!

By Rosalie Tirella

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Our Worcester Public Library and the city’s branch libraries are closed, too! pic: R.T.

The coronavirus has shut down our Worcester Public Schools for weeks, and my heart breaks for all our neighborhood kids who LOVE THEIR schools: their TEACHERS, TEACHERS AIDES, LUNCH LADIES, JANITORS … the hot lunches, the fun at recess, the art classes, music, books, friends and so much more. … I see the neglect here every day, kids as an afterthought: I never (or seldom) smell hot meals cooked for kids … Little ones – so young! – walking to school alone, leaning against walls as they walk alone to school – half-asleep … Children not dressed appropriately for winter weather. Their parents. Parents whose parents were raised in dysfunctional situations so, of course, they have no parenting skills. Kids are neglected, maybe exploited or abused. They are never out playing catch or hitting a baseball with dad or going on walks with Ma. … The man of the house stays in the apartment while the little boy lugs big garbage bags downstairs and throws them into the Dumpster. The child does the dirty work. …

BELIEVE ME! OUR CLEAN, WARM, SAFE, FUN PUBLIC SCHOOLS are a godsend for so many Worcester kids!!!! Pre-K to high school seniors! All the ENRICHMENT: books, art, dance and recess … free hot lunches, often breakfast … and dinner, too, at some schools. One quarter of Worcester kids are food insecure. They need warm healthy meals to grow and thrive!!! … So many of our kids live with negligent or abusive parents …

Finally: LOVE. Love in the WPS. SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS LOVE THEIR TEACHERS. REALLY! Let us give WPS teachers their due. Let’s drop the color prism for a few weeks and see what I saw when I was a substitute teacher in the diverse Worcester Public Schools years ago: WPS teachers coming in to school early to build special houses or projects with kids. A few kids come in early too – to watch their teacher build that magical castle! … WPS teachers putting on music for their students to enjoy as they draw or work on a fun project … A WPS teacher letting a small, tired little boy nap in the classroom’s library/book corner on a mat, covered and cozy in a small blanket. He got no zzzzs last night – he snores he is sleeping so heavily! … A WPS teacher staying after school to help her student understand the day’s math lesson … A WPS teacher paying out of her own pocket for cute stickers or pencils to give out to her students. Because she cares about them and wants to see them happy – happier. … Or a little Vietnamese first-grader at Canterbury Street School coming up to the “sub” for the day (me – her teacher is out sick) and telling me what I need to do this morning cuz that is what her teacher always does. She is so small and cute – and serious, directed. Leaning over me as I sit at teacher’s desk, she tells me which book I need to use, where teacher’s special folder is. Then just like that she says she misses her teacher! … 25+ years ago I saw all this in the Worcester Public Schools – a witness to love!

City Manager Ed Augustus and CITY OF WORCESTER! PLEASE STEP UP! Our city kids need our city schools and all the amazing people and opportunities they provide! Can we, as a city, duplicate some of these experiences and services during these challenging weeks? The people are impossible to duplicate♥️

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“We want Bernie – Worcester” pushing ahead into Rhode Island and New York

By Jim Coughlin

The local group of supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has not been deterred by the huge win for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 14 primaries known as Super Tuesday on March 3.

Under the banner of “We want Bernie, Worcester” the campaign has continued to galvanize supporters by sending volunteers into both New York and Rhode Island for their upcoming primaies in April.

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In an interview Tuesday, Mary Depew, a Sanders organizer here, said she was pleased with the city’s primary results.

According to Depew, the local effort consisted of door-to-door campaigning, registering voters and having poll workers at each of the city’s five early voting locations before the primary.

“Bernie took Worcester, this time, last time Hilliary [Clinton] won [in 2016],” she said. “We feel our work really paid off.”

Sanders came in first place with 8,837 votes, Biden came in second place with 8,215 and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was third with 4,388.

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The Woo Bernie brigade!

Depew emphasized that the Worcester group is not officially part of the larger national campaign but is a tottally separate campaign effort.

Even before the took takes place in four more states on March 10th, the local group here had already begun to campaign for Sanders in both Rhode Island and New York for their April 28 primaries

“We have already sent volunteers to Providence to door knock. We are sending a group to New York, too, over the next few days, to Kingston (Rhode Island) again to door knock and register voters, too. We feel re-energized and are moving forward stronger than ever, “ she said.

Depew praised the work of the volunterrs who have rececently joined the Sanders effort in these two states, calling them, “ young, tireless and motivated.”

“It feels so good to be working across the generations for Bernie,” Depew said.

The volunteers recently campaigned in Rhode Island and Depew called that particular effort “ an example of valuing our diversity and using it to our advantage.”

After campaigning door to door, the group later stopped by at a local restaurant for some hot dogs and French fries.

“While canvassing in Rhode Island, one family of five invited me in, insisted I come in for a doughnut…All five people were for Bernie,” she said.

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Chef Joey makes CREPES! +… Is that hot dog really worth dying for? + 🎶

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Crepes!

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Crepes with jam!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp melted butter

Mix and make!

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Is that hot dog really worth dying for?

By Heather Moore

How much would you pay for a hot dog?

A few dollars, maybe?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it could cost you much more than that.

Nearly five years ago, the WHO released a report revealing that eating processed meats — namely, bacon, ham and hot dogs — causes colon cancer and that red meat — including beef, pork and lamb — is probably carcinogenic, too. The report made headlines around the globe, warning people that colon and rectal cancers can cause abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea and even death.

At the time, some meat-eaters shrugged off the news, refusing to change their eating habits and even insisting that they’d rather die than stop eating meat. Are you one of them? If not, March — National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — would be the perfect time to make a healthy change. Meat simply isn’t worth dying for — not for pigs, cows, chickens or humans.

While it’s no secret that PETA promotes vegan eating for ethical and environmental reasons, it also cares about human health and doesn’t want anyone to suffer and die from a largely preventable disease like colorectal cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men and women combined.

Fight Colorectal Cancer, a patient-empowerment and advocacy organization, predicts that there will be nearly 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2020, and the American Cancer Society estimates that 53,200 people will die from it this year alone. If we all opted for vegan foods rather than animal flesh, milk and eggs, we would see these figures drop dramatically.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) issued a 10-point plan to help people reduce their risk of cancer by as much as 40%, mainly by not eating bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats, because there’s “no level of intake” that doesn’t raise one’s cancer risk. Instead, the WCRF advises people to eat whole grains, vegetables, fruit, legumes and other wholesome vegan foods.

Other studies have corroborated this advice. A 2019 study of nearly 500,000 people found that those who ate meat four or more times per week had a 20% greater risk of colorectal cancer than those who ate meat less than twice a week—and that the risk rose 19% for every daily 25-gram serving of processed meat (about the size of a slice of ham) and 18% for each 50-gram serving of red meat (equivalent to a thick piece of roast beef), But it also found that high-fiber foods, such as whole-grain bread and breakfast cereals, are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer.

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Try a VEGAN BURGER, TOO!

A New York University study involving 3,000 volunteers found that eating beans, lentils and peas was associated with a 32% lower risk of obesity-related cancers, including colorectal cancer. And researchers from the University of Ghent have found that women who eat soy-based foods instead of dairy-based are 44% less likely to suffer from colon cancer, while men who eat soy foods are 40% less likely to develop it.

The list of studies goes on and on, but they all indicate the same thing: Animal-based foods contribute to cancer and other illnesses, while vegan foods can prevent—and sometimes even reverse—life-threatening diseases.

Why not take some steps to prevent the disease? A simple way to start is by saying no to hot dogs and other animal-derived foods and instead opting for wholesome vegan choices like Beyond or Gardein Italian sausages. That’s a much more effective way to commemorate colorectal cancer month than by running marathons or wearing ribbons.

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Vegan sausages and hot dogs are HEALTHY, TASTY AND CRUELTY-FREE. TRADER JOE’S HAS A GREAT SELECTION!

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Super Tuesday Debacle

By Rosalie Tirella

It’s over, America. For the average WHITE household. Households of color, too. College kids. Minimum wage workers. … Super Tuesday pretty much stopped what I thought was Bernie Sander’s inevitable, unstoppable, march to the White House. But it wasn’t meant to be: the sick Dem donors/big wigs/money guys and gals – people WHO KNOW NOTHING about how the average American family lives and struggles – got diabolical. They made, begged, bribed (with cabinet posts?) Mayor Pete and Amy K. to drop out of the prez race HOURS before Super Tuesday. So these two candidates’ moderate voters could cast their millions of votes for the doddering Uncle Joe. Give Joe Biden some more Joe-mentum! Knock the wind outa Bernie!

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😢What a shame. “What a sin,” as my late mom, Cecelia, would say.

😢The take down – not illegal, happens all the time in politics (a dirty business) – was deftly orchestrated by DNC, big Dem donors, the Clintons, Gore, all the corporate Democratic party leaders – the Dem Old Guard whom voters resoundingly rejected in 2016 – these idiots screamed: WE CAN’T RUN BERNIE AGAINST TRUMP IN NOV! WE CANNOT SAVE AMERICA IF BERNIE SANDERS IS AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET! Trump👿👿👿 will eat him up like a lil’ McNugget and spit him out! Trump will win the presidential race, and America CANNOT survive 4 more years of Trump! If you love your country, Amy K and Mayor Pete, DROP OUT. NOW!

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😢So Amy K. and Mayor Pete did. Pete B. is a proud veteran who loves his country, a proud American who feels: My country before me. To his core. So he was emotionally manipulated by the big wig Dems into stepping down – even though his poll numbers were not too bad. And he was smart, decent, progressive … Would African American voters have come around? Maybe. Especially if he did sonething exciting and groundbreaking like make Stacy A. his running mate. Will old Uncle Joe do this? Maybe.

😢Amy K. was/is a youngish, smart politician who was doing a fab job on the campaign trail! Good to see women candidates out there going toe to toe with the entitled boys. Like Hillary – stocky and tough – Amy might have broken through …

😢But No. The Dems, the pol party of the future, haa annointed a 78-year-old guy who is ready for level 1 of the Alzheimers Unit of your local nursing home. If Joe Biden wins the presidency, he will be the oldest person ever to be prez.

Way to go, my Democratic Party!

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SAAG!!! ♥️♥️♥️

By Chef Joey

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Joey can cook any meal you dream of!

When you think of Indian food, curry comes to mind, and many of my friends are quick to judge this genre of cuisine. Years ago I met someone who was visiting my house. I asked about different things and how they were made in her family – and like all cultures, there is an array of food, vegan and non-, and all use fresh herbs, especially cilantro.

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Saag! pic: R.T.

I’ve had many fabulous Indian dishes in my life, and “SAAG” is my favorite. It’s made with spinach. You can have it vegan with tofu or paneer, or meat with lamb, or seafood with shrimp. There are several spices involved, and all are inexpensive, if you take a ride to your local Indian grocery store. They cost less than $2 each and last a while. You can make a meal for 8 people for less than $10 over and over again!

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Curry stock. pic: Chef Joey

This is a bit lengthy for a regular meal but, besides the prep and the initial cooking time, it goes fast. The biggest item is the curry stock. You make this ahead of time and freeze it in 2-cup containers (Ziplock bags in bread pans that you freeze and make bricks with then stack them!). This broth is delicious on its own, but when you combine it with other things it is magical! You can add it to lentils, to fresh veggies for flavor or use as a veggie stock to cook other things, too.

♥️For the curry base you need the following:

8 large onions cut into quarters and pulled apart
8 cloves of peeled garlic
1 ½ tbsp fresh chopped ginger
1 ½ tbsp cumin powder
1 ½ tbsp coriander powder
1 ½ tsp turmeric
1 ½ tsp salt
15 cilantro stocks and leaved cleaned
12 cups of water
15 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 tbsp oil

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Bring the water to a boil, add the onions that you break apart like petals.

Add all the ingredients, except the tomatoes and boil for an hour.

Then add the tomatoes and cook for 20 mins more.

Let the mixture cook and then blend everything together with an emersion blender – or use your blender in small batches. Don’t burn yourself!

This is the base for every Indian dish basically.

So to make the spinach dish you need to also have a ginger and garlic paste. This is great stuff in itself, and I use it to top fish all the time. It is basically the same amount of fresh garlic and fresh peeled ginger combined in a food processer – say 8 or 10 cloves of garlic – 1 tbsp salt and the equivalent in fresh peeled (peel with a teaspoon – magic and fast less waste) garlic. Add a few tablespoons of oil (6 or 7) and blend – put in a small resealable container. This will last for a couple weeks.

♥️For the Saag you will need the following, now that you have the base:

3 tbsp oil
1 small onion finely diced
3 or 4 tbsp diced cilantro
1 pound thawed frozen chopped spinach (this works best and is cheaper)
1 tbsp garlic paste
2 cups if the curry base
1 lemon juiced
Spice mix (1 tsp dried fenugreek, 1½ tsp garam masala, ½ tsp salt, 4 tbsp coriander, 2 tbsp cumin, 4 tbsp turmeric, 3 tbsp paprika, 2 tbsp curry powder, 1 tsp ground pepper)
Optional 1 tsp chili powder if you want spicy
Tofu, chic peas, shrimp, cooked lamb (boiled at least 1 hour in chicken broth then shredded into the spinach)

So this part goes fast – add the oil and the onions and cook until translucent – about 2 mins.

Add all the spices at once and stir fast.

Add the garlic ginger spread and stir until it starts to thicken – then add ladles of the curry base and stir until it thickens up.

Keep going and add the spinach last – and any ingredients – proteins you may want to add.
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Serve over basmati rice and dinner is ready!!
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Chef Joey, right, Richard and daughter Gigi at a birthday party😊

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P.S. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday! PLEASE VOTE FOR BERNIE! – R.T.😊🇺🇸

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Letter to the Editor: the community meeting at Doherty High School

The Educational Association of Worcester (EAW) and Worcester Education Justice Alliance (WEJA) hosted a community meeting at Doherty High School about the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) receiving an $18 million budget increase. I joined 80 educators and community members with fellow members of Worcester Independent Socialist Group (ISG) to discuss how these funds should be allocated to benefit WPS students and teachers.

Years of underfunding and cuts to education spending has left many educators struggling to give their students their best as classroom sizes grow, funding for materials becomes scarcer, and pay for new educators stagnates.

The workshop group I spoke with agreed on common demands to use the money to hire more educators, decrease class sizes, give educators the living wages they deserve, provide more emotional and social training to educators, and fund more after-school programs for students to provide a better learning environment. The message was clear throughout the groups: our educators needed these reforms to better prepare the next generation for success.

As a WPS graduate, Teamster, and member of ISG, I put forward the need for this effort to take direct action when needed. Actions like the rallies the EAW is organizing for at the Boston State House on March 2 and further community meetings in Worcester are needed to strengthen the union and win real gains. We can look at the #RedForEd movement across the country and the West Virginia teachers strike to learn how to win reforms for our educators and students. We need to support the EAW and WEJA in their fight for a more just education system that can undo the damage of perpetual underfunding under neoliberalism!

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February is Black History Month: The Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll Monument🇺🇸

By William S. Colman lll

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Longtime Worcester political and community activist Bill Coleman, seated right, today! Photo: Bill Coleman

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Adding names to the Honor Roll … pic: B.C.

The Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll Monument that is at the intersection of Belmont Street and Lincoln Street, across from the Worcester Police Station, is there to honor the service of Worcester citizens of color, who in 1941, enlisted in the United States Military Services – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – to fight for our country at the beginning of World War II.

The establishment of this Honor Roll came after our citizen soldiers were not able to march both white and black to Union Station to go off to bootcamp to prepare for serving the United States of America back in the early 1940s. All armed services were segregated, and black soldiers were told they could not march with the white soldiers. That’s just the way it was, and they would have to wait another day or hours after the white soldiers hit march to go off to Union Station.

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Worcester built and erected a new monument a few years ago. The ceremony … pics: Ron O.

The colored citizens of Worcester Honor Roll Momument stood from 1942 until 1958, when it was removed along with other monuments that were in the path of the construction of the Route 290 highway in Worcester.

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In 1958 it was promised that when Route 290 was completed, all monuments were going to be re-established and put up. All the monuments were – except for the one that honored the Worcester citizens of color. It was told to our black community that it was placed in storage in 1961.

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Some in the Worcester community remember seeing it be put into a dumpster and being hauled away, never to be seen again.

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Bill Coleman’s cover story for us – many years ago!♥️♥️♥️

In 1976, I worked in Washington DC as a legislative aide to Mass United States Senator Edward W. Brooke, the first African American elected by popular vote to the United States Senate.

Being from Worcester and on an internship from my studies at Worcester State College, Senator Brooke gave me a letter of introduction and sent me to meet with Worcester city officials and clergy from Worcester’s Black churches to dicuss and report back on the status of the missing monument.

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Bill and US Senator Brooke

Back in 1976 more than 70 members whose names were on the Honor Roll shared their storis of pride they felt for our communities of color.

There was never much of a rallying cry from the Black church and the community to find the Honor Roll. This was the 1960s, and around the country we had the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Women’s Movement and a City that did not see the issues of our Black community as a priority, as shared with me by church and black community leaders.

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Reaching out to our vets. Pic: BC

I met with the then Worcester City Manager Francis R. McGrath and presented him with my letter of introduction from Senator Brooke requesting a formal investigation into the missing Colored Citizens Honor Roll. The city manager responded that he would look into it and get back to Senator Brooke … . My time as an aide to Senator Brooke ended in 1978, and I returned to Worcester to complete my studies at Worcester State College.

I would meet with World War II Black Veterans who would say to me: What ever happened to the Honor Roll? I would respond that the City of Worcester is still looking for it!

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The ceremony: the NEW monument was designed and built by Worcester Technical High School students

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Some of our military veterans lived to see the day when we rebuilt and rededicated the Honor Roll monument!

Through many City Councils and City Managers I would file petitions and speak in Black churches asking for help – over 40 years! – for the re-establishment of the Honor Roll.

It was not until I filed a petition in 2015 that the community and our present day city manager, Edward M. Agustus Jr., took note. Augustus said: I want to help. Along with City Councilor Morris “Moe” Bergman and the support of veterans from across Worcester County the monument was rebuilt – the story was told!

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Bill and US VETERAN JAMES BOND at a City meeting to rebuild the Honor Roll Monument

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The city celebrated!

Then the Central Mass AFL-CIO committed to funding the project for replacing what was once put up. The AFL-CIO conditioned that the students of Worcester Technical High School be a major part of this project. So, after nearly 60 years of the Colored Citizens of Worcester Honor Roll gone missing, the City of Worcester, on December 7, 2017, unvailed a new Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll. The ceremony is availible to see on the city’s video website.

Recently, a suggestion has been made to add the names of our Black Veterans who were not on the original Honor Roll – to give them the respect they deserve for their service to our Country.

I say YES to this idea!
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Thumbs down: City of Worc Voting Commissioner Duffy😢 … Thumbs up Millbury Public Library♥️

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

I voted earlier today … FOR BERNIE SANDERS!🇺🇸♥️PLEASE VOTE FOR BERNIE! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸♥️

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AND … I had trouble voting… again…MY POLLING SITE NEVER HAS MY INFO, EVEN THOUGH I DO CENSUS AND HAVE VOTED HERE AT THE BLACKSTONE VISITORS CENTER 4 TIMES! City of Worcester Voting Ckerk LISA THOMAS was nasty …
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She ASKED FOR MY BIRTHDAY and would not take my drivers license. City Voting Commissioner JACK DUFFY – a total jerk – POUNCED and threatened me – he would not allow me to vote. Thankfully, A POLITE WPD officer got me my ballot and I voted. Kudos to WPD!

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IS THIS THE DEEP SOUTH, City Manager ED Augustus and Nikko?!

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A few years ago (I witnessed it all) the Greendale Branch Library of the Worcester Public Library system would not let a perfectly dressed, polite charter school student – who was Black – take out a library book because she owed the library 10 CENTS.

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February is Black History Month: The Green Book movie

By Rosalie Tirella

I watched the movie GREEN BOOK yesterday. It’s a good, educational, engrossing family flick but I, as an Italian American, felt there were way too many goofy, lovable, stupid Italian American characters in the film, most notably one of the main characters: Tony-lip, Don Shirley’s driver for the life-changing concert tour thru the Deep South. Tony couldn’t have been too thick headed – more than a good lug with a quick temper – if he cared for, grew to love, accepted the gayness of Don – and KEPT HIM SAFE. He navigated places like the Alabama and Louisiana of 1962 with a gay, black man – a guinea greaseball, half-n***, to most Southerners. He couldn’t have been that dumb if he did such a great job!

Still, I liked the movie, the somewhat simplified, nostalgic version of reality. The film showed you: back then, in the South, segregation was the norm, lynchings happened, Black sharecropper were slightly free slaves … .Tony and the “Doc” managed to survive the dangerous tour – a tour of courage for pianist Shirley – and become great friends. Friends for life.♥️

The Green Book – a “guide” book for Blacks if traveling through the American South in the 1950s and early ’60s was a kind of underground railroad for African American tourists: places you could eat, rest, play in back then without getting killed. Places where you and yoyr dollars were welcome – often dumps but filled with fellow African Americans who were on vacation, wanted to meet you or hang out in the motel courtyard. A good time – and you got to see your country. The Green Book itself really isn’t shown too often or discussed at great length in the movie; it is treated as it was at the time: a resource. It’s the experiences of the two men that are the heart of the movie. A different hurt in different Southern places – often the capital cities of the South where, you’d think, all those educated, well-off white people would be more hip to the truth. But they weren’t. Don knew that. Tony learned that. Tony felt for Don, had empathy. Plus they just “clicked” as two people often do, becoming real friends. And together they broke through some societal barriers – for the night of the concert at least. Don was trying to doing his part to desegregate the South – like Harry Belefonte – through his music, intelligence and grace.

Every Worcester Public School junior and senior high school student should watch this film in her/his social studies class – with an insightful, sensitive, knowledgable Worcester Public School teacher.

How many of them are Black?

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New Chef Joey column and recipes♥️ + 🎶

THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED

BY CHEF JOEY

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Things we take for granted – sunrise and sunset, running water, gasoline stations just waiting for us to pull in … What we do  not realize is there are simple foods out there that we take for granted. Let’s take the humble potato – it can be mashed, baked, fried, stuffed, au gratin,neven made into pancakes. And it costs basically nothing compared to other foods. Carrots, onions all the basics are inexpensive and vital parts of any meal as the base ingredient. 

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The onion is one of the most cultivated food out there in this crazy world. Food origins trace it back to 500 BC, due to the ability to transport and store it. The Egyptians took onions as a sign of eternal life, and when the first settlers came to what we now know as the United States, the “bulb onion” was one of the first crops planted by our pilgrim fathers. 

Little did they know that there are red, yellow, brown and even sweet (Vidalia) onions out there! That we can make savory snacks and even sweets with this caramelized item.  It is also one of the only veggies that van be eaten at any stage of its growing stage.

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… are also another crazy plant that has a bunch of colors besides orange. There is yellow, purple, red, black and white ones out there – their tops can be eaten as well. This veggie can be mashed, or baked, shredded for salads, pureed on its own or made into soup – combined with ginger is a tasty delight.

Earlier this winter I wrote an article about lentils. There are so many food items out there that we are passing by that can feed our entire family for pennies, and yet the world goes bonkers for “Vegan hamburger”! I as a devoted eater think that foods should be used for their flavor – not be manipulated to taste like chicken or beef etc.  An onion soup or a caramelized onion quiche is delicious and costs less than $5 to prepare, and eight people can enjoy it and be full. That is the most important part.

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The basics are the best!

With this new world of Google and other searches, you can never run dry of new ideas for basic food recipes or changes of the old family traditions. We can step out of the box and embrace the fact that you do not have to spend $200 at the grocery store to feed your family – trim it down and you will save $ and have made healthier choices, especially with the rising costs of everything around us. This is the one thing you can control, and making your own food makes you better in control of yourself and your budget. 

In addition to the nutrition items, quite often foods have recipes written on their packages or suggested preparation techniques. Try them – that is exactly how new traditions get started because you learned something!

Carrot and ginger soup!

Peel and chop:

1 pound carrots
2 cloves garlic
2 large onions
Additionally you will need
A piece of fresh ginger (size of your thumb)
bay leaf
chicken of vegetable bouillon cubes (2)

Sauté the onions and garlic in butter or oil (about 3 tablespoons) until soft add the carrots and 8 cups of water and bring to a boil – add fresh ginger about 2 teaspoons to this mix as it is boiling and  bay leaf – your choice at this point is to add veggie or chicken bouillon to the soup.  2 cubes is plenty. When the carrots are soft, mash them in the broth for a healthy hearty winter soup!
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Say YES TO VEGGIES!!!

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