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We subscribe to this world view …

“We choose the living wage, paid leave and affordable child care your family needs to survive.

“We choose pensions that are solvent, trade pacts that are fair, roads and bridges that won’t rust away, and good education you can afford.

“We choose a health care system that offers mercy, whether you suffer from cancer or depression or addiction.”

– Congressman Joe Kennedy

Jennifer parked in Rose’s space …

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You lucky dogs, you! Jett💙 and Lilac😘 chillaxing on Rose’s bed. Both dogs are rescues: Lilac abandoned, tethered to the outside fence of an animal shelter. Jett hit by men when he was just a wee lad in Kentucky! Rose’s best boy still has teeny scars on his nose from those Appalachian bully boys! When Rose first got Jett, he trembled and pissed all over himself at the approach of any guy. And curled his lupine lips and growled real low… Even the dog-whispering 💔Old Injun Fighter couldn’t reach him! Labeled a “biter” in Appalachia, even incorrigible!, Jett has proved himself to be a true gentleman! He’s NEVER BITTEN ANYONE! A magnanimous soul is Jett!! A coy-dog cutie who transcended his tawdry puppyhood to SOAR in Worcester!! Go, Jett, go!!😊 pic+text: Rose T.

(editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

Helping animals while on vacation

By Jennifer O’Connor

Vacations are one thing we all look forward to. Getting away from our daily routine is how we recharge and keep going. But kind people realize that cruelty to animals knows no borders, so vigilant travelers never leave their ethics behind.

No matter where you land, you’re likely to come across attractions that put animals in harm’s way:

From beaten-down elephants in Thailand to depressed dolphins in Caribbean “swim-with” tanks and exhausted horses forced to give rides, animals everywhere are suffering just to provide memories and selfies for tourists.

Every traveler who pays to “play” with a lion or tiger cub, ride or take photos of animals or gawk at them as they languish behind bars contributes to their misery.

A recent PETA Asia investigation into the tourism industry in Petra, Jordan, for example — where 1,300 donkeys, camels, mules and horses are forced to haul visitors on their backs in the blistering heat without access to shade or water and go on 10-mile treks while pulling overladen carriages — documented that the exhausted animals are routinely beaten and whipped.

Blood-stained metal chains and ropes dig into their necks as they’re hit repeatedly with plastic pipes, ropes, metal chains and whips to keep them moving.

In India, video footage was recently released of a tethered elephant calf who sustained a broken leg and collapsed after being beaten with canes by three men.

At the now-defunct Tiger Temple in Thailand, where visitors interacted with big cats, authorities found the bodies of 40 dead tiger cubs in freezers.

In addition to not participating in activities that exploit animals, travelers can make a difference by taking action when they see animals in trouble.

In the U.S., anyone can file a cruelty-to-animals complaint with local authorities and ask that a humane officer check on an animal’s welfare.
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At the DCU Center this weekend – alert the Worcester Animal Control Department

In rural areas without an SPCA or animal-control department, the county sheriff or police department enforces anti-cruelty statutes.

The laws protecting animals vary widely throughout the world and may be non-existent in less developed or isolated regions.

But there are still ways for you to help:

If you see someone abusing an animal, calmly but firmly ask the person to stop.

Be polite, and try to appear nonthreatening. Sometimes people simply need to be told that what they’re doing is wrong, even if it seems obvious. If you meet with resistance, discreetly use your cell phone to record video and/or take pictures. Note as many specific details as possible, such as the date, time and location of the incident. Try to find someone in a position of authority to help you, and then file a report describing what you saw.

Try to get other witnesses to back up your account.

Speaking up can make a difference. The zoo at the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam closed after tour groups complained about it. A roadside big-cat display in Cancun went out of business after unrelenting protests from international visitors.

As more and more people condemn excursions involving elephants, over 100 travel agencies have stopped offering them, and industry giants TripAdvisor and Expedia have both stopped booking many other cruel animal displays.

When you’re on vacation and you see animals in trouble, it may be tempting to carry on with your activities and hope that “someone else” will do something about it, but please try to stay until the situation is resolved. You may be the animals’ only hope!

PETA’S Super Bowl ad💙 and 2 more Chef Joey Super Bowl Snacks!🍆

Stop eating so much meat! While you’re masticating, think: Cruel Factory Farms. Millions of animals suffering and dying horrific deaths!

Look at the meat eaters: Saddled with high cholesterol/health problems…chunky/fat looking human beings. Bleh!

America, 2018! We are no longer cutting-edge Elvis cool! As Jon Oliver says: We’re in our Fat Elvis phase! … Goodbye to being on top of our global game! We’re about to fall off the toilet, dead as a door nail, still clutching our jelly doughnut!!

Remember when we were lean? Not super-sized? An attractive-looking country? A country filled with people – often our parents and loved ones! – who were willing to take us to task if we overindulged? Today it’s called “fat shaming,” and no one can say anything to make anybody feel bad about their rotund bod. A country in total denial! A people obsessed with food! Crap food! Unable to make rational decisions around eating! Living to eat, not eating to live!!

As our OBESE President Rumpo Trumpo would opine: SAD!

– Rose T.

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Text and recipes by Chef Joey

The Super Bowl is here, and the big game has traditionally been, and will continue to be, a good excuse to get together to “snack/eat” (and drink).

Did you know that during the winter of 1960 a contest was put out to locals to submit ideas for the Boston football team’s official name?

The most popular choice — and the one that Billy Sullivan – who was the franchise developer selected — was “Boston Patriots.” Immediately thereafter, The Boston Globe artist Phil Bissell developed the “Pat Patriot” logo.

Football munching has transformed over the years – from bags of chips and orange-coated curls to a whole new level of snacks. Albeit we still have the traditional nachos and salsa, but now we have the birth of gastro-apps. These fancier apps look festive, allow a new dimension to the food category and are not limited to sports. They can carry over to small gatherings or cocktail parties.🍸🍸

A sampling:

MASHED POTATO PUFFS;

This recipe makes 12 to 24 puffs, depending on the size of the pan used.

2 cups mashed potatoes

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup grated cheese such as Parmesan or Swiss or, for a strong flavor Gruyere, divided

1/4 cup minced chives

1/4 cup diced cooked mock-bacon or mock-ham (purchase at your local Trader Joe’s) – optional

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Sour cream, to serve – also optional

Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease the cups of a mini-muffin tin.

Whisk together the mashed potatoes, the eggs, 3/4 cup of cheese, the chives and mock-meat.

Season, if necessary, with salt and pepper. (The seasoning will depend on how seasoned your mashed potatoes were to begin with.)

Mound a spoonful of the mixture into each muffin cup.

Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the potato cups are set, browned on top and hot through.

Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then use a spoon or knife to gently release them from the pan.

Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream, if desired.

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Zucchini and Onion Pizza Puffs!!!

nonstick vegetable oil spray

1 10-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough

3/4 cup garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Boursin or Alouette), divided

3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided

1 small red onion

1 zucchini (7/8 inches long – yellow or green). Cut it crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds – divide it

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper…spray with nonstick spray.

Unroll dough onto parchment.

Spread half of herb cheese over 1 long half of dough, leaving 1/2-inch plain border.

Sprinkle with half of Parmesan and 2 tablespoons parsley.

Using parchment as aid, fold plain half of dough over filled half (do not seal edges!!).

Spread remaining herb cheese over top

Then sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

Remove enough outer layers of onion to yield 2-inch-diameter core… cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange one row of zucchini down one long side of dough.

Arrange onion rounds in row alongside zucchini. Arrange 1 more row of zucchini alongside onion.

Brush vegetables with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake bread until puffed and deep brown at edges – about 24 minutes.

Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parsley.

Chef Joey’s Super-easy Super Bowl snacks!🍅🎵🍡🍅🏈🍥🍢 … and a tune

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Chef Joey is greeted enthusiastically 💙 by ICT and CECELIA readers while he’s shopping at the supermarket! Too cute!👏🍸

Super Bowl is upon us!🏈🏈

Text, photos and recipes by Chef Joey

It’s Super Bowl mayhem this Sunday! What better thing to do than make snacks that we can watch throughout the game?

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Will Gigi🍎 watch the Super Bowl with Papa Joey and friends🏈💙?

Your snacks can range from anything that comes in a bag … to homemade. The best snacks, of course, are the ones you make at home. For example, skewers are a great way to get protein, and they look so pretty! And they last a little while…

You can take a cube of feta cheese, a black olive … dress it all up in tomato and dressing with a little olive oil…

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… or you can take a piece of salami and add a cherry tomato and a small mozzarella … Ovalini … sprinkle with some Italian salad dressing. Voila! Italian skewers!

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You can take pumpernickel bread, spread it with spreadable cream cheese … top off with sliced cucumbers…These munchies last all day. They are a great snack, and my Gigi gets her protein!

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Here’s a so-easy Mexican dip! My friend shared it with me:

Take one Greek yogurt container and one jar of pre-made salsa…

Combine the two!

Now you have a healthy protein snack that goes well with vegetables or tortilla chips! All of the above snacks are inexpensive and healthy – for your Super Bowl Sunday or anytime get-togethers!

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If you’re planning on making your very own Homemade Salsa…From 💙PETA.ORG:

Festive Salsa🍅🍸

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. roasted hot oriental peppers, chopped

1 cup fresh or frozen green or red mild to medium chili peppers

1 cup tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped

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Back at Rose’s shack. pics: R.T.

1 cup white onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2-3 tsp. vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Mix the ingredients together in a blender for a few seconds.

You should get a thick juice, with some chunkier pieces.

Makes approximately 6 servings.

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Salsa Fresca!🏈🐨

You may know salsa fresca by another name — pico de gallo. Both are a chunky salsa that is light on liquid but heavy on fresh ingredients.

Like many salsas, tomatoes are used as a base, but with salsa fresca, you leave your tomatoes diced but chunky.

Other common salsa ingredients are included — onion, garlic, salt, and cilantro — as well as small jalapeño pieces for a little kick.

Many salsa fresca recipes don’t require the use of a blender or food processor, but we like to use ours for a pulse or two so that the ingredients are combined – but just barely.

Enjoy!

Simple Salsa Fresca

Ingredients:

6 Roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 jalapeño, minced

1 clove garlic, minced
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1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cilantro

Pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients, except the pepper, in a blender or food processor.

Pulse once or twice only.

Season with pepper.

Makes about 1 1/2cups

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🎧🎧to our tummies! … Get Your Mittens on One of These Vegan Hot Cocoa Mixes! ❄❄

From PETA.ORG:

Whether it’s opening a vegan hot cocoa packet, mixing cacao with non-dairy milk and sugar, there are many means to getting your mittens wrapped around a mug of vegan hot cocoa.

Some hot cocoa brands are pre-mixed with cow’s milk, but who needs that? Stop supporting the inherent cruelty of the dairy industry and choose vegan.

For your sipping pleasure, we’ve made a list of some readily available nondairy vegan hot cocoa mixes. If you ask us, it’s best to try all the brands before settling on a favorite!

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Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa

The Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa mix comes in single packets and also in a tin. peppermint variety is also vegan, should you prefer a minty twist to your cocoa.

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Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate

A divine hot cocoa experience can be found as close as your nearest Trader Joe’s store.

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Hershey’s Cocoa

Both the original and the Special Dark varieties are vegan. In fact, any cacao powder will make great hot cocoa! Simply mix with nondairy milk and sweetener of choice.

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Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa

The caramel hot cocoa is also dairy-free and ever so delicious!

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At Target stores – Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix

This delicious dark hot chocolate is available at your local Target store.

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GODIVA Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

This lovely canister makes a great gift. Just be sure to be present when the recipient opens it!

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Equal Exchange Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

The Dark Hot Chocolate Mix is also nondairy. Yum.

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Worcester: the elephants in the shit shows …

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

Trump Must Go. In 2019, Dems, after taking over the House, after winning the 2018 midterms😊, MUST initiate IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS against Trump. End the Trump Shit Show!

We Worcesterites know this for a fact. Trump’s war on Blacks, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, programs for the poor, Community Block Grants, health care for our most vulnerable people and Planned Parenthood is fraying the souls of cities like Worcester. All cities! It’s the elephant in the room.

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I picked up this push-paper yesterday. Woo Tragedy!😥😥😞

A City on the Move doesn’t need to bring shit shows – traveling wild animal acts featuring elephants – to their civic center!!

What’s wrong with our City Manager and City Council?

Are they full of shit when they tell us they care about people and animals? When they tell us Worcester is a progressive city?

Why are they letting this traveling exotic animal show – the elephants are the real draw – enter our city?
Teach our kids cruelty? Confuse them? Why is Ed Augustus and Co. allowing the whipping, the leading with bull-hooks, the chaining of the sad, sick, tired elephants? So majestic in nature!

States, most recently New Jersey, have banned ALL wild animal “acts.” Some American cities have banned elephant acts.

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Baby elephants being “trained” in a barn. pic: PETA

The elephants that headline these traveling shit shows that criss-cross America are the Ringling rejects: the sickest, oldest, most arthritic of the enslaved elephants – too sick and unhealthy looking for Ringling. So they are sold down to a second-, third- and fourth-tier traveling show. When the poor elephants are too crippled and exhausted for this Worcester show, they will be sold to an even shittier shit show! To squeeze every penny out of the animal! This is the way the elephant biz works!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH CM ED AUGUSTUS AND CITY COUNCILORS? Why are they enabling the shit show?!

MORE SHIT IN THE Canal District! Yesterday:

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Outside Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes’s Canal District property. This Worcester city councilor/slumlord is shameless! So Scrooge-worthy is Lukes she has kept her little old lady tenants with broken toilets and one light bulb hanging from the kitchen ceiling! I was just made aware of another Lukes Landlord Horror Story! We shall report!!

Retire, Konnie! You’re out-of-touch and pointless! Negative and reactionary, too! You told me I gave your husband Jim his heart attack! No! ICT reported what city leaders had known for years: you two were city slumlords! More shit on Millbury Street/Canal District … on the city council floor!

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Canal District: Millbury Street

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The elephant flyer, which I came across yesterday, wrecked my weekend! Set me off!!! Big Time! The garbage in my inner-city neighborhood is a shitty given, thanks to stupid, incompetent city “leaders”! Unfortunately, I’ve become accustomed to the DAILY affront…

Worcester City Councilors Lukes, Gary Rosen …on the School Committee side, Brian O’Connell, John Monfredo, Jack Foley… Most well meaning city pols, but they KEEP OUR CITY MIRED IN THE SAME OLD SHIT.

THEY REFUSE TO LET YOUNG NEW VOICES GET ELECTED.

Be heard.

They’re POLITICIANS WHO WON’T – CAN’T!! – GET THE FUCK OFF THE CIVIC STAGE!

They’re POLITICIANS WHOSE EGOS are so IMMENSE they can’t walk out of the limelight. They need the back-slapping at the local pancake house! Pathetic!

Retire already, bots! Go GENTLY INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT! Woo’s career politicians, except for Foley, are in their mid- to late-70s!

Konnie Lukes is pushing 80!

Holding elected office for years and years and years – decades in the case of Rosen and Lukes – is SICK. A sick, shitty thing to do to a city. End the Worcester City Council Shit Show.

Acknowledge the elephant in the room!

Worcester’s District 4 – garbage galore! … and … Jimmy! Sam, too!

Worcester City Councilors, now is the time to ACT! Yesterday … pics: Rose T.

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Lafayette Street

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Canal District – Green Street

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Canal District – Millbury Street

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90 Endicott St. – City of Worcester has given this landlord 10 days to clean up the blight!

Would you care for a side of ghettodom with your gentrification?

IS D 4 DUMPSVILLE REFLECTIVE OF “A CITY ON THE MOVE”?

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Let’s end on a positive note! Quinsig Ave., where tons of toxic garbage used to exist!

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CONGRESSMAN JIM MCGOVERN – terrific on anti-hunger policies … and … FIGHTING FOR $15!

McGovern Calls on Trump to End Outsourcing

Urges Trade Rep to Fight for Strong Labor Standards During NAFTA Renegotiations

Congressman Jim McGovern joined this week 183 Members of Congress on a letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer expressing concern with the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Specifically, Congressman McGovern and the Members of Congress told Lighthizer to end the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs by negotiating for strong labor standards that end wage suppression and support increased labor rights for Mexican workers.

The letter was led by Representatives Sander Levin (MI-09), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03).

“The suppression of wages and lack of labor rights continue to result in the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs and low wage growth,” wrote Congressman McGovern and the Members of Congress. “Low wages, a lack of independent unions and an inability for workers to collectively bargain in Mexico have hurt American workers and led to the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico. Increasing labor rights in Mexico will help workers there climb out of poverty, and also protect American jobs and wages from a race to the bottom.”

“Any new NAFTA must have strong, clear and binding provisions that address Mexico’s labor conditions,” continued McGovern and the Members of Congress. “Given the ingrained resistance to labor rights in Mexico, we must demand real and identifiable progress on labor reforms take place before Congress votes on a renegotiated NAFTA.”

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It’s a Pogo Trump world! By Edith!😊🐱

Edith in Rose’s space …

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Outside Edith’s winter window! pic:
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Remember Pogo?

By Edith Morgan

Remember the Pogo comic strip?

I guess I am dating myself… All of you who are my age or thereabouts will recall the cartoon swamp creature in the Okefenokee swamp (I don’t think I spelled that right, but you get the idea!) who philosophized, among his other gifts.

And the saying that most resonated with me was: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

As I look around me now, and listen to what passes for public discourse, I am daily reminded of Pogo’s words. We are not being destroyed from outside our borders, although we, like all other rich and powerful nations, have plenty of enemies. We are well able to keep them at bay. No, today we are doing ourselves in!

While a lot of other peoples look to the United States for their model of democracy, ability to solve problems, absorb new ideas, and change peacefully, we seem to have increasingly abandoned these ideals (while we still give lip service to them). Instead, we have chosen a cruder, more selfish, more self-centered road. And to top it all off, we have elected to lead us someone – Donald Trump – who embodies all the things we purport to disavow.

All of us have a bigger or smaller “dark side,” which most of us struggle to keep in check. Even the very religious President Jimmy Carter admitted to “lusting in his heart.” Though he never gave in to those impulses, Carter admitted to experiencing them.

Now we have enshrined the notion that we all should be able to say what we want aloud, without considering how it all sounds to those who hear (and judge) what comes out of our mouths. Our young people are obsessed with self – selfies, constant texting, worried that they may miss some of the often awful conversations going on on social media 24 hours a day. They are unquestioningly filling their allotted time each day with matters that are mostly neither informative nor educational – nor designed to help them solve any of their life problems.

And so our public language has become laced with vulgar language, with words that used to be limited to barroom brawls. Small children are using these words, and I am not sure whether they understand their meaning, but they DO know that these terms are basically taboo in general conversation. And using even the well-known four-letter words! Some of which are still “bleeped out” on TV, radio and in some of the family friendly press.

More and more, we are becoming known as unreliable, given to speaking without thinking, and being unrepentant when we are caught in outright untruths.

How long did it take the media to call presidential falsehoods “lies”? It is high time that we at the bottom of the power pile begin a cleaner, gentler, more thoughtful discourse, listen to each other, and take a good, long look in the mirror and see if Pogo was right after all: Are we doing this to ourselves?

If we are, WE are the answer to our problem! It is almost too late to right the ship of state.

I am greatly encouraged by those young people whom I have heard and seen who take seriously their role as future leaders in America! And they are learning, participating, and still enthusiastic about REALLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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RIP Rosie the Riveter!🇺🇸🇺🇸

90 Endicott St., Worcester – the Canal District! … HELP!

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

90 Endicott St. THIS IS WHAT VISITORS AND RESIDENTS – little kids walking with their parents! – have been exposed to – FOR A WEEK:

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Gak!!

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No!!!!!!

We’ve called the City of Worcester four times! Everyone has been polite and well meaning at City Hall, BUT NOTHING IS GETTING DONE! The garbage still sits there! It runs the length of TWO THREE DECKERS. Strewn all over the sidewalk…in the gutter!

Solutions????

Fine$$$ the new slumlord/absentee landlord! Pronto!

Begin MORE FREQUENT CITY CLEAN UP OF DISTRICT 4 – OUR CORE NEIGHBORHOODS AND INNER-CITY! Now! No more blathering on and on about the problem during City Council meeting. If all our city councilors – OR THEIR MOTHERS or Nona’s and Bapy’s – lived in D 4 WE WOULDN’T BE TALKING TRASH. The streets here would be pristine!!

SO MANY POOR PEOPLE here! SO MANY PEOPLE CRAMMED INTO SO MANY SUBSTANDARD APARTMENTS! So many homeless folks, immigrants, refugees, hospitals, small businesses, social services … DISTRICT 4 IS DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE CITY!

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D 4, outside Rose’s window.

District 4 is terrific!

We love living in the middle of the mad mad rush!

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Main South💖, last week

The American Dream made visible here! Every day! Exciting!!

You need to think harder in D 4, or any urban core … be more tolerant – open! You’ll be surprised by all
the surprises 🎁🎁 – both pleasant and dangerous!

And …you need to DEAL WITH ALL THE GARBAGE, DUMPED SHIT! Daily!

MAYOR PETTY, screw the West Side whiners and their scraps of paper fluttering out of their rich people’s recycling bins! WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE TRASH PLAN FOR District 4!

We need D 4 to be KEPT CLEAN! AT ALL TIMES! At a cost! True! So true$$…

We need:

Garbage pickup – TWICE WEEKLY! Maybe 3 x.

A CITY DPW CREW PICKING UP CRAP AND STREET SWEEPING … DAILY!

Or at the very least: thrice weekly.

Resident education!

Mailings! In Spanish, Vietnamese and the scores of other languages spoken in D 4. People come here from countries that may not have recycling programs!!

The garbage problem in the Canal District, Green Island, Piedmont, South Worcester, Main South, Canterbury Street area – DISTRICT 4 – is UNTENABLE! A garbage game plan is needed! Right this very second!

– Rose T.

P.S. We also have a RAT PROBLEM. I saw one bigger than my cat. I will call the mayor’s office about that today and tell Dan and Mary all about it😉.