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You may want to attend the inaugural … and get a cup of “Joe”!

Be there!

City of Worcester – Inaugural

Monday, January 4

5 p.m.

The Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge St.

Free and Open to the Public!

General Admission Seating!




All those who donate blood or platelets to the ARC in January will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card!
For the ninth year, the American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Blood Donor Month.

Through the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.

“Donating blood or platelets helps to save lives, and with Dunkin’ Donuts’ support, we can help ensure donations keep pace with hospital patient needs during a month that can be challenging for blood donations,” said Colin Riccobon, external communications manager, Connecticut Blood Services Region. “By giving blood or platelets, generous volunteer donors can make a difference and help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need.”
The DD Card can be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin’ Donuts – including coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods, among other items. In addition, the DD gift card features a Red Cross logo, is reloadable and can also be enrolled in the DD Perks® Rewards program.
“The Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign increasingly resonates with donors and benefits countless people and communities in need,” said Benny Omid, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and Northeast Co-Chair of The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with the Red Cross once again to thank blood donors this January. This campaign reflects Dunkin’ Donuts’ steadfast commitment to the communities in which we live and operate.”
“Dunkin’ Donuts’ support during National Blood Donor Month is integral to the Red Cross in meeting the blood needs of the communities we serve,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “The DD gift card provides a visual reminder that blood donation is a truly heroic act. It serves as a badge of honor for Red Cross blood and platelet donors both during the campaign and throughout the year.”
The Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts partnership has achieved great success during the past eight years by supporting the collection of approximately 660,000 blood and platelet donations during January, which is often a challenging month for donations due to winter weather forcing blood drives to cancel and seasonal illnesses temporarily keeping some donors at home. In 2015, nearly 100,000 blood and platelet donors rolled up their sleeves to become “DD Donors” during the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, which was extended through mid-February to support collections in the wake of severe storms throughout the Northeast United States. Throughout the campaign, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will also participate by hosting blood drives, providing refreshments and encouraging employees and customers to give blood.

National Blood Donor Month honors those who share their good health with patients in need, and the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are proud to honor blood and platelet donors with the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign. Since 1970, January has been named National Blood Donor Month to honor the selfless people who give of themselves as blood donors.
How to donate blood:

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.


McDonald’s on Woo’s Greenwood Street/Rt 20 is where I get a daily cup of coffee …

By Rosalie Tirella

… I support InCity Times’ small businesses, but I drink the McDonald’s java once a day cuz it’s Newman’s own! Which means it is Fair Trade, organic and possibly even shade-grown coffee. And the profits Newman’s make all go to the late Paul Newman’s charity, the Hole in the Wall Gang camps for kids with cancer. Plus the coffee is delicious and cheap. Up until a week ago, a LARGE cup cost just $1. It is now around $1.25. Still a great bargain for an excellent, socially responsible product.

My neighborhood McDonald’s is also where I see my favorite coffee guy in the drive-through window (see his photo below!). This kid is lovely! Beautiful smile – I mean a smile as dazzling as our President’s! He is also: Neat, hard working, polite … . AND He is always so accommodating – no matter how high maintenance I get (“Oops! too much cream! Almost black but not quite! Just a smidgen of cream! Let me taste it before I drive off.  Did you add sugar? I asked for no sugar, right? Do you think you could put the coffee in my travel mug? I am trying to shrink my carbon foot print to zero … . This is fair trade coffee, right? May I have extra napkins? May I have more extra napkins?”) This guy never gets annoyed with me – it is comforting to see his face in the midst of the usual crazy InCity Times rocket ride!

Doesn’t a great worker like this guy deserve to earn more than $8 or so bucks an hour? Doesn’t a young man who excels at his job deserve to be making $10 or $11 or #12 at it? So if he is living at home, he can move out and begin an independent life of his own and his parents can enjoy their middle age? Most of the jobs being created in this country are in the food service industry – fast food. This speaks volumes about America (depressing). And those jobs are held (contrary to myth) by adults who have apartments, families, etc. And young people who may have the job for several years and, like adults, have their own dreams. Like living in your own pad, with your own car and having a life of your own.

Why must we oppress so many good people with depressed wages? Part time work with no benefits? Work places that TELL THEIR workers to take advantage of govt benefits like food stamps, medicaid, etc? Why can’t we treat people fairly?

I sometimes go INSIDE the  McDonald’s for my coffee. Boy oh boy do the workers there hustle! The McD’s of yesteryear is gone. Now there are about 100 menu items! Desserts! Salads! Ice cream! Oatmeal. Pancakes. Even breakfast breads. Fancy coffee house drinks, too! Ones that require whipped cream and mint flavoring. The workers need to fill every fancy request as fast as they did when there were only burgers and drinks on the menu. A fast-paced, stressful work environment does not begin to describe the present-day McDonalds. Or any fast food joint.

Here are some great pieces on the national movement to raise the wages of the men and women who work in the fast food industry:

click here!

and here!

and here!

Here is my coffee guy:











Creeped out by Worcester County sheriff candidate Lew Evangelidis!

By Rosalie Tirella

This is why people hate politicians – this is why voters have a “Throw the bums out!” mentality.

Case in point: my meeting yesterday with Holden’s own “Lew” Evangelidis. (or maybe in Lew’s case, it should be: “Please God, don’t let this bum in!”

State Rep. “Lew” Evangelidis is running for Worcester County sheriff, and in my almost 10 years of publishing InCity Times and dealing with politicians of all political stripes and leanings, I have never ever met a pol who was more amped up, revved up, possibly coked up! I have never been more turned off by a politician. This guy is every pol stereotype come spookily to life: fast, fast, smooth talker; making no effort to be personable, get to know you (me). AND THEN THE KICKER: Practically right off the bat Lew says to me: If I – InCity Times – endorse him for sheriff, then he will take out an ad with me!

He said something like: And on my ad I can say endorsed by InCity Times!

I wanted to spit on him. No politican has ever treated me with such disrespect. InCity Times may be poor, we may be downtrodden but we are not stupid or bribe-able. Memo to Lew Evangelidis: INCITY TIMES CANNOT BE BOUGHT!

And all the good will I brought into the meeting evaporated on the spot. Continue reading Creeped out by Worcester County sheriff candidate Lew Evangelidis!