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Tuesday, a day of mourning …

Las Vegas Massacre

By Ron O’Clair

Our country is being divided by hatred. Virulent anti-American hatred of all sorts, mainly directed at those who support President Donald J. Trump.

Stephan Paddock, a 64-year-old American citizen, decided for whatever reason, to barricade himself into two adjoining hotel rooms, bust out the windows and fire into a crowd of thousands of concert goers, killing 59 outright and injuring more than 500, many of whom are clinging to life as I write this column. The death toll may go higher if some of those injured succumb to their wounds.

Paddock’s family was shocked, they had no clue he was even capable of doing such a thing. All the facts are not in as of yet, and there is much speculation as to his motives, and what kind of help he had during this attack on innocent concert goers. The official narrative points to a “lone gunman” at this time, though there are many who seem to think that there was more than one shooter involved.

We do know that this man had acquired an arsenal of weapons and deliberately shot defenseless people from afar indiscriminately, not caring who was killed or injured.

This kind of killing is on the rise in our country. There are many who blame the weapons for the tragedy. …

Our Founding Fathers were not talking individuals, they were talking militias – and muskets. NOT AK-47s… pics: R.T.

Now, with this latest outrage there is a growing swell of support for enacting more laws prohibiting firearms. We have been unable to come up with a solution to this type of indiscriminate killing which has been happening off and on in America since the Texas Tower shooting back in the 1960s, when a lone gunman barricaded himself atop a Texas University Tower and began killing whomever crossed his sights.

This author has no solution to offer.

I do not believe there is one – other than to remain vigilant and aware of what is going on in our own neighborhoods around the country.

I believe we need to be more proactive with neighborhood watch groups willing to report suspicious activity to the police for investigation/action.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this latest American tragedy and their extended family members. I pray to the God of my understanding that America can learn from this tragedy and hopefully prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Ron O’Clair, comments? ronaldoclair@hotmail.com



By Rose T.


Tom Petty put the HEART in heartland rock! He’s on the soundtrack to so many of our lives! Name me a Baby Boomer who doesn’t have a TP album or hasn’t gone to a TP concert? Still searchin’ that cobweb-covered cranium of yours?? Ha! … I remember being 19 at my first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert: every bone in my young body, calcium-rich – and still growin’!! … My friend’s lighter, like the thousands in the arena raised by fans and groupies, flickering in the darkened, “weedy” mega youth”church”…The both of us glancing at each other. Smiling.

“Wherever you are tonight / I wish you the best of everything … It’s over before you know it.” – Tom Petty

From The AP – great article!

National Anthem has been a channel for protests since song’s origins


DETROIT (AP) — When football players kneel during the national anthem, Mark Clague sees the continuation of a tradition as old as the song itself.

The University of Michigan musicology professor and expert on “The Star-Spangled Banner” said the song has been a channel for protest since at least 1844, three decades after Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics during a pivotal battle against the British in the War of 1812.

Since that time, the lyrics have occasionally been rewritten or expanded to push for the end of slavery, for women’s rights and to call attention to other social issues that shaped a growing nation.

“The song becomes a vehicle for commenting on what it means be American,” he said.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the anthem in the 2016 preseason to make a statement about social inequality and police treatment of blacks in the United States. After President Donald Trump suggested that NFL owners should fire athletes who protest during the song, more than 200 players knelt or took other action during last weekend’s games. Some fans booed in response.

The players’ actions were “very much in keeping with past protests,” Clague said. In the days of slavery, the words were changed to begin with “Oh Say, Do You Hear” as an abolition song. During the civil rights movement, the anthem was sung by protesters alongside “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the black national anthem.

Other versions were tailored to advocate for women’s suffrage, Prohibition and labor rights.

The durable yet mutable nature of the song is among its more intriguing aspects. The slower, statelier version performed today started life as a more upbeat victory song, Clague notes, and the tune synonymous with American patriotism came a few decades earlier from a musician’s club in England. The tune had been married to many other lyrics even before Key’s.

Click here to read entire article!

Parlee writes: On Taking a Knee

Parlee for Rosalie
Parlee Jones

By Parlee Jones

(my Sun’s birthday. He is a Black Man)

Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem at a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in August, 2016. After the game, Kaepernick stated his decision to choose not to stand for the anthem saying, “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed.”

Colin’s silent protest hit a nerve within me. Since that time, I, myself, and my children have not stood for the national anthem or pledge. I will continue to sit in silent protest for Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and all the other victims of murder by police that look like my sun. I am also tired of police brutality, the school to prison pipeline and other abuses under white supremacy and the present systems that control America.

I am an American. My ancestors on my dad’s side kidnapped and brought to America under the guise of slavery long ago. My mom’s people migrated from Italy.

I understand that some people may have a hard time separating peaceful protest and “disrespect of a flag and song,” but that is not a concern of mine.

Those folks are telling me that they see the value of a piece of cloth and words to a song mean more than the life of a Black man, woman or child. Kind of like a vote for Trump really says to me you are a racist. White folks may see this differently, but trust me when I say a majority of People of Color see you as racist if you voted for Trump. Regardless of your reasoning.

I know many that feel they live in two worlds. Many people of color have two lives. Myself included. Their time in the “business / work / corporate / professional” world (with white folks) and time at home w/ family and loved ones where the “social norms” are not expected and they can be free to live their true culture and way of life. Many people do this unconsciously.

W.E.B. Du Bois wrote over a century ago:

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”

There are many videos online with Fannie Lou Hammer, Marcus Garvey, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and many others that speak on why Black Folks have been torn with their experience in America.

Some People of Color try to assimilate into “white society” and unfortunately, they are always reminded that they are not white. Some children / people who are “mixed” struggle with this dynamic. But that is another article for another time. One drop of Black blood made you Black back in the day … I’m just saying.

I will end saying this. If you are not a person of color, please do not try to tell People of Color what racism feels like or looks like, how they should react and how you think they should do something. You are not walking in our shoes and really have no idea of what you are talking about.

I say this with love and sincerity.

Peace & Blessings

The South Worcester Neighborhood Center

By Kate Grady

Executive Director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center (SWNC) Ron Charette recently finished wrapping up the Days of Summer kids camp, six weeks of reading, playing soccer, acting, and learning about nutrition. …

Ron Charette oversees an amazing year ’round food pantry, in the basement of his neighborhood center, located on Camp Street. It is open to anyone and everyone – folks who need a little help putting dinner on the table. pics: Rose T.

The College of the Holy Cross sends students through their federal work study program to the center on Camp Street to help facilitate the youth program, which is funded through the Worcester Community Action Council. The students work the duration of the camp’s six weeks.

A Holy Cross student helping at the neighborhood center. The college, located in South Worcester, has worked closely with Ron through the years. A real neighborhood partner!

The SWNC is checking off their 15th year running this program offering kids ages six to 12 the opportunity to score a goal in the field and read The Hardy Boys in a quiet room.

Hannah, age 11, left the SWNC on the last day of summer camp with armloads of books. Charette believes that her new-found passion for reading will open many doors for her in the future. This program remodels traditional summer school practices with a new blend of summer learning. Daily at 12:30 p.m. each student is required to read. A star chart, certificates, and written reports make up the remains of the program’s “read it, write it, or recite it” curriculum aimed to encourage recreational reading practices outside of the classroom.

One of SWNC’s super terrific volunteers!!

During their long summer’s most children forget the lessons they’ve learned in school. Warm months pose an extra academic obstacle for lower income families who do not have the time or money to participate in educational summer opportunities for youth.

This summer neighborhood kids read and kept up their math skills in the main room of SWNC – with the help of Holy Cross college student volunteers.

Against the back wall in the main room there’s a table with clothing for poor families …

Low-income students fall 2.5 to 3 years behind by the time they reach the 5th grade (NSLA). Summer camp offers a clean slate for most children, serving as more of an anecdote rather than a continuation of their days at school.

The mission at the South Worcester Neighborhood Center has always been the same, says Ron: “To help people in need.” In the summer this organization serves 70 children from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting the morning with their first important lesson in health and nutrition, eating breakfast. Charette believes this camp is important for the wellbeing of this neighborhood’s youth. He says, “I keep the program going so that the youth in the area have a place to go to in summer. Many would remain alone or watching siblings. Also, since the schools are closed, many would not have a breakfast or lunch without our program.”

The Ronald McDonald [Health] Care Mobile is at SWNC for anyone who doesn’t have a doc. Visit. The health professionals will treat you. They will also help with health insurance info and connect you to health centers in the area so you have a primary care physician!


The RM Care Mobile parked in front of the SWNC on Camp Street.

It is becoming more apparent that camp is no longer just about building bird houses and playing kickball but maintaining reading levels, ensuring they get their first meal, and providing free childcare for working families.

At the end of the program the “super readers” were given a $20 gift card to Wendy’s and a $10 starter savings account with TD bank. While rewarding students for successful reading practices can encourage those behaviors to become habitual, it becomes sticky with the types of rewards given. By only rewarding the students who are “super readers” with these tools, we are habituating a belief that only children who excel academically can secure stability in their lives, starting with core essentials like funds and meals…

The food pantry downstairs was just painted and its shelves prettied up with colorful shelf paper. Thank you, volunteers!

Canned goods in the food pantry. Ronny feeds hundreds of Woo folks each year!

Low-income students lose at least two months’ worth of reading achievement during the summer, while middle-class students tend to make gains in their reading proficiency. This type of reward system further exasperates the gap between these peer groups within the South Worcester community. However, organizations like the College of the Holy Cross, and Ronald Charette at the SWNC help their schools and students further, by addressing the summer learning loss through the support of strong programs that incorporate equal learning opportunities for all children!
One of Rose’s late mom’s fave books when she was young – and a HUGE Red Sox/baseball lover!

Taking a knee …

By Rosalie Tirella

When NFL players began “taking the knee” during the National Anthem before their football games – broadcast on TV and sundry media before millions of folks – to protest police killings of unarmed Black men – What gets me, said a pal, is when they just keep pumping bullets into the guy! – I immediately thought of my late Mom. …

photos: R.T.

Unlike her sports-oblivious (yawn) daughter, my pretty little Ma was a lifelong, rabid classic New England sports fan: the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics – she adored them all. In her “golden years,” she watched all the games on TV, her teams’ schedules (home and away) printed on the back of little Dunkin Donut wallet cards, parked right next to her rosary on her TV table.

Ma was obsessed with her sports teams! She prayed for them! She cheered them on, as she watched their games on her old Zenith, hollering in her teeny studio apartment in the seniors housing complex: GO!!!!! GO!!! And she would shout YESS!! in delight when her boys hit that ball over the Green Monster or made that Hail Mary Pass. She’d walk right up to her TV set, in one of her flower-covered Building 19 dusters I had bought for her, whistling her approval and  “blessing” herself in thanks to God – making the sign of the cross, just like she did in church or when, in my childhood, in our kitchen, kneeling on one of our old ugly green wooden kitchen chairs – the ones that gave me “slivers” –  before her big Infant of Prague statue in its big glass case (now in my kitchen!) …


… In thanks. To honor God for that home run or that amazing Tom Brady! Acknowledging God for the wind that caught that ball just right and set it sailing into the sun or the magical swivel of a sinewy or chunky! hitter’s hips.

Sometimes, when visiting Ma mid-game!, I’d see many of the Black football and baseball players, blessing themselves, too, just like Ma. Or even kneeling. Right after they did something grand on the field. Thanking God for their little miracle, just like Ma had thanked Him! Feeling the same happy feelings as Ma had felt! So  grateful – and humble. For the smooth glove or solid trusty bat God had given them or maybe just the day itself: warm, crisp, cool, sunny or drizzling… Nature was God, too.

Tiny old Ma, old school religious to her core (but cool and liberal like Jesus would be today) and the big mountain players were simpatico. She’d say to me, smiling: See, my Rosalie?! See him bless himself! If the hit or touch down won the game, Ma would walk up to her TV set in her big white walking shoes that all the old people wear and kiss her index and middle fingers and touch the player on the TV screen and make a blessing over him and then walk back to her easy chair.

Voodoo. Momma love!!

Lots of the NFL players came/come from backgrounds similar to Ma’s: Poor,  up against it all, strong church backgrounds, resilient church lady mothers or grandmas raising/teaching them, single parent homes, a belief in a real, human-like God who sits with the angels on puffy cumulous clouds in a real Heaven dispensing his favors, rewarding those who acknowledge His omnipotence: people like Ma and  the Black football players.

So when the NFL players took the knee during the National Anthem, I knew Ma would understand – and approve. Maybe even going up to her TV and taking the knee with them. The guys were not committing blasphemy, hating America, as stupid demagogue Donald Trump bellowed before a WHITE ALABAMA crowd, during a campaign rally where he threw good men, Ma, prayer, grace and America under the bus.  For votes. Nope, the NFL players were honoring God, their country and asking America and God, in the best way they knew how: WHY?????????

Iditarod Forced to Cut 2018 Prize Amounts After Outrage Over Deadly 2017 Race

Jett is a lot like his distant cousins! pic: R.T.



Iditarod Forced to Cut 2018 Prize Amounts After Outrage Over Deadly 2017 Race

By Katherine Sullivan

Five dogs died in less than a week during the 2017 Iditarod.

After PETA contacted State Farm, Guggenheim Partners, and Wells Fargo and our supporters wrote to the companies, they ended their sponsorship of the Iditarod shortly after the race concluded in March.

This summer also saw the release of Sled Dogs — a documentary by director Fern Levitt — which exposed the ugly behind-the-scenes cruelty in the dog-sledding industry.

So it comes as no surprise that only a few months later, organizers of the cruel race have announced numerous budget cuts — including cutting next year’s purse by $250,000.

According to Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley, the Iditarod has depleted its reserves and is attempting to rebuild its savings through the budget cuts. In addition to cutting the deadly race’s prize winnings by roughly 30 percent, he said that its communications budget will see a 17 percent reduction. Cuts will also be made to compensation as well as checkpoint supplies and operations.

Forget Budget Cuts — It’s Time to Cut the Whole Iditarod

Although this recent announcement is a welcome sign of changing public sentiment against the use (and abuse) of animals for cheap human entertainment, it’s not enough.

The Iditarod Trail Committee may be suffering from financial hardship, but it’s nothing compared to the pain, agony, and even death endured by the dogs forced to race.

photo: SLED DOGS

You can find out more about the ways in which dogs suffer for the Iditarod by checking out SLED DOGS.

What You Can Do

Dogs deserve far better than a lifetime of cruelty and suffering — and even death — just to train for and run in the Iditarod.

This is how sled dogs were warehoused for 40+ years in the mountains of Colorado.

PETA and compassionate people everywhere are calling for a permanent end to this dangerous, deadly race, and you can, too. You can help these dogs by asking corporate sponsors to drop the deadly Iditarod. Already, numerous companies have severed ties with the abusive race, but a handful — including Coca-Cola — continue to sponsor it.

Photo of a dog chained up at a facility run by Joe Redington Jr., the son of Iditarod’s founder Joe Redington.



Encourage the Iditarod Trail Committee and the mayors of Anchorage and Nome — the start and end of the race, respectively — to celebrate Alaskan huskies and protect them from suffering and death by replacing them with willing human cyclists, cross-country skiers, or snowmobilers.



Every pup deserves a loving home!

Main South: the block party at Stone Soup!

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

I was pleased to have been able to attend on September 16 the block party at Stone Soup at 4 King St., in the rear parking area of the renovated and fully functional building that had nearly burned to the ground some time ago. It was a long process of renewal that saved that building from the wrecking ball. It took a lot of time and a lot of effort to secure the funds needed to make this happen. It was a Herculean effort that has paid big dividends for the neighborhood …


… with its programs being housed there.

Stone Soup is the headquarters for Earn-A-Bike, which is a really cool program that teaches children how to repair/build bikes, and the kids who volunteer end up with a free bike. It teaches kids the importance of hard work and saving for what you want in the world. There are many life lessons taught here, as they instruct the lucky recipient children in the art of making something whole again from a bucket of parts scavenged from other bikes that have been donated in various states of disrepair. They learn how to fix their own bicycles, too, and that can have an advantageous effect on their future development because they get to see what makes things work and understand a bit about how to make them work with a little effort. Plus they learn skills that can be applied at work or future jobs. It really is a unique program, one that should be emulated across the country, if you ask this author. It is a great program that, unfortunately, is being underutilized.

Woo Rides at the block party!

There is also the EPOCA organization, which advocates for removing roadblocks put in place that prevent ex-felons from gaining employment and housing in their attempts to re-integrate back into the community after their release form prison. I support this organization fully due to my own oldest brother John Jr. having been killed in August of 1973 when I was 12 because he COULD NOT get a job in an economy where they were so plentiful you could quit a job in the morning and have another by that afternoon, starting the very next day.

That was 1973 Worcester, with factories running three shifts around the clock, such as Robinson Thread, Worcester Knitting and many more in the Industrial Parks that dotted the Worcester Landscape.

Folks learning at the Stone Soup gathering

My brother faced the challenges the EPOCA folks face today, where after release from prison, and having paid for their crime with their time, they find they face a monumental obstacle that prevents them from obtaining employment and housing based upon their criminal convictions with a bad CORI report.

EPOCA works to address these issues so that the recidivism rate will drop. It is a truly worthwhile effort, as I believe in rehabilitation for all!

In the accompanying photographs, you will see the crowd that showed up for the burgers, hot dogs, Table Talk pies, Polar Soda’s, and other goodies – all free to the neighborhood …


It was a good time to be had by all. You had a chance to mingle with your neighbors!

Parlee Jones, our own CECELIA/InCity Times writer had a spot at the table with her goods for sale which appealed to the women present (there was nothing there that interested me as a man). It was good to see my friend and colleague Parlee Jones …

Parlee for Rosalie
Parlee at the podium! ICT file photo

… whom I have a great respect for – and also a Bob Marley oversized cigarette lighter (she doesn’t smoke – it is for her candles). I wish I had known Parler was going to be at the event so I could have given it to her. When I got it, I said, Oh, Parlee would love this, she LOVES Bob Marley (and puts on the city-wide celebration every year at the WP library) … so I picked it up at the yard sale I was at for her. (This was like 2 years ago, I really need to get my gift to her pronto!)

There is a gentleman who is the owner of the “Woo Rides” who came by on his Pedi-cab to offer free rides as an inducement to generate some business for his fledgling enterprise of carting people around Worcester.

There was a sound truck in the next driveway over that was used to carry the message of various speakers to the crowd. It was provided by an on call 1 hour notice D. J. service that I failed to get the name of, but if you need that type of service I am sure the good people of Stone Soup can tell you how to get in touch with the D.J.

It was a great time at Stone Soup! More than 200 people celebrated! I support all they do in our community, and I know there are other groups that I have not listed here that work out of that building as well.

I hope you found this article interesting and that you support Earn-A-Bike with donations of bicycles in any state or condition. Don’t throw your used bike out! Please donate it for the children of Worcester at Earn-A-Bike.

I also hope you support the EPOCA 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that supports ex-offenders who are trying to reintegrate into society and face challenges that, if not removed, lead to higher rates of recidivism. It is in the best interest of all to get people the help they need to STAY out of prison and become productive tax payers once again!

Please email Ron O’Clair – Ronaldoclair@hotmail.com – with any comments.

On National Lobster Day, let lobsters live … and more!

But first …


On National Lobster Day, let lobsters live

By Paula Moore

One would think that federal lawmakers have enough on their plates tackling hot topics like DACA, health care and tax reform, but the U.S. Senate still found time to unanimously approve a resolution designating September 25 “National Lobster Day.”

The best way to celebrate this rare show of unity is to leave lobsters in peace. No matter which side of the aisle we’re on, surely we can all agree that boiling any animal alive is cruel in the extreme — including lobsters.

While lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans may seem very different from us, in the ways that truly matter, their similarities to us might surprise you.

Lobsters are “marvelously complex,” according to lobster biologist Anita Kim, and ”quite amazingly smart animals,” according to researcher Michael Kuba. They use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They carry their young for around nine months, have been known to travel great distances and can live as long as 100 years.

And can they feel pain? You bet your sweet pincers they can.

We’ve known for years that crustaceans feel pain. In 2005, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that they’re capable of experiencing both pain and distress and recommended that steps be taken to lessen their suffering whenever possible.

In 2009, Dr. Robert W. Elwood of Queen’s University Belfast, a leading authority on the subject of pain in crustaceans, published papers on this issue in the journals Animal Behaviour and Applied Animal Behaviour Science. “With vertebrates we are asked to err on the side of caution and I believe this is the approach to take with these crustaceans,” he wrote.

Anyone who has ever seen lobsters in the process of being boiled alive can attest to the fact that when they’re dropped into scalding-hot water, they struggle frantically and claw at the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape.

Scientists have confirmed that such reactions are panic and pain responses. And what’s worse, the lobsters likely suffer for every second of the three long minutes that it takes for them to die.

But you don’t need to be an animal expert to recognize that lobsters suffer when they’re boiled alive—you just have to be honest. In his classic essay “Consider the Lobster,” David Foster Wallace wrote, “[A]fter all the abstract intellection, there remain the facts of the frantically clanking lid, the pathetic clinging to the edge of the pot. Standing at the stove, it is hard to deny in any meaningful way that this is a living creature experiencing pain.”

Despite all this evidence, the U.S. and Canada kill an estimated 250 million lobsters every single year.

But we don’t have to. This National Lobster Day — and beyond — we, like Wallace, can pause and consider the lobster and all the other animals upon whom we casually inflict violence (or pay others to) for a fleeting taste of their flesh. And then we can stop eating them. It’s really that simple.

Cece’s back in the saddle! pics: R.T.


RIP, The Village Voice, the MOTHER of alternative rags!!!! The times, they are a changin’!!

So Sad!!!


Clark U
950 Main St.

Oct. 12 at Clark: Public lecture by noted political ‘spin’ scholar, author, journalist
David Greenberg

Greenberg to present ‘History of White House Spin: From the Bully Pulpit to the Age of Trump’

Political historian David Greenberg will explain the origins and development of presidential communications — from the Progressive Era to digital media, talk radio, Twitter, and more — in a free, public lecture titled, “History of White House Spin: From the Bully Pulpit to the Age of Trump,” beginning at 4:30 Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, Clark University.

Greenberg is professor of history, and of journalism and media studies, at Rutgers University. He is author the prize-winning “Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image” and the “Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency,” which won the George Orwell Award, the Goldsmith Book Prize, and the Ray and Pat Browne Book Prize.

Formerly an acting editor of the New Republic, Greenberg has been a regular contributor to such publications as Politico, The New York Times, and Washington Post.


The holidays will be here before you know it:




There is a different kind of birthday party being thrown on the steps of the Massachusetts State Capitol.

Food bankers, anti-hunger advocates, and legislators are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the modern food stamps program on the State House steps.

Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was signed into law on September 29, 1977.

The Food Stamp Act had significant bipartisan support and is a testament to successful public policy making.

The event will feature everything a classic birthday party should have; including cake, balloons, birthday songs, and a photo booth.

The public is welcome to stop by to celebrate the program’s success in lifting people out of poverty by snapping a selfie in the photo booth or by recording a testimonial of their connection to the program.

WHAT: 40th Birthday Party for SNAP

WHEN: Tomorrow! Tuesday, September 26, 12:30 pm – 1 pm

WHERE: State House Steps, Massachusetts State Capitol

WHO: The Food Bank Coalition of MA, Mass Law Reform Institute, Mass Public Health Association, Project Bread

About the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts:

The statewide Food Bank Coalition, made up of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and serving a network of 850 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, providing emergency food for the one in 10 food insecure people living in Massachusetts.

About the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI):

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a statewide nonprofit poverty law and policy center. Its mission is to advance economic, racial and social justice through legal action, policy advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach. MLRI specializes in large-scale legal initiatives and systemic reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, and create a path to economic stability and mobility for low-income individuals, families and communities.

For Donald Trump:

Chef Joey parked in Rose’s space …

Chef Joey to the culinary rescue!

Economical eating!

Text, recipes and photos by Chef Joey

Quiches are an easy and economical dinner or lunch, with a healthy salad. It all comes together in under an hour!

Chef Joey makes sure his Gigi, right, eats super healthy! Tasty, healthful meals and desserts can be a reality for all families, including the working poor.

I like to use a sheet of puff pastry for the crust. You can use a regular pie crust and skip the pre-cook part. However, it helps keep the crust drier and less soggy.

Basically, take the puff pastry (thaw it first, if frozen), dust your pie plate and roll out the dough.

Place in a pie pan that has been dusted with flour and trim.

Chef Joey’s latest little rescue!

Use a fork and prick several holes in the dough.

Cover the crust center with a piece of parchment paper and fill it with a bag of baking beans (dried beans that you use over and over – about 80 cents a bag). Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 15 minutes.

Remove it from the oven, remove the beans and seal them in an air-tight jar.

Remove the parchment.

You now have a quiche-ready crust!

Another way to make smaller quiches is the same step, except you take a cupcake container with 6 or 8 crusts depending on the size, perfect for a family or luncheon or a weeks’ worth of quiches. And you can make each one different!

Chef Joey’s Abby gets homemade dog treats!

Asparagus Quiche

½ pound of asparagus, trimmed (basically snap off the bottom white section)

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

3 eggs

½ cup cream

2/3 cup milk

Salt and pepper

All-purpose flour for dusting

Cook the asparagus in salted boiling water for about 20 minutes until tender.

Drain the water, then cut into bite sized pieces, leaving the tip whole.

Turn your oven up to 400 degrees, place the asparagus evenly inside the pie crust, top with the cheese.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk and cream.

Season with salt and pepper and pour carefully into the pie crust.

Some people like to add a pinch of nutmeg for additional flavor.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.

You can basically make any kind of quiche by placing whatever you want onto the precooked crust: smoked salmon, mushrooms, broccoli –

Yummy Veggie Casserole!!

One last recipe for you. It is so easy, especially with summer veggies, and you can modify it each time by adding additional herbs.


1/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice (or brown or wild rice works too)

2/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds zucchini or summer squash or both, cubed

1 cup sliced scallions

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt

5 or 6 basil leaves, sliced

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon oregano – fresh is best

1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes – plum are best or minis cut in half

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese – divided

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 1 ½ quart casserole dish and set aside. Cook the rice in the water, bring to a boil and simmer covered. If using brown or whole grain follow the package directions.

In the meantime, in a sautee pan, add everything from the oil to the paprika. Sautee 5 minutes.

Add the rest and 1 cup of the cheese.

Place into the casserole dish and cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until hot.

Autumn road trip?

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No thanks, we’re homebodies…