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Part 2 – Woo news you can use … and a song🎵💗

At Holy Cross college:


At Clark University:

Hewitt, Julie
Julie Hewitt

April 3 at Clark U: EPA exec to deliver Geller Lecture on the economics of water

Julie Hewitt, an Environmental Protection Agency executive, will present this year’s Albert, Norma and Howard ’77 Geller Lecture, “Waters… People…Value” at Clark University at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, in the Grace Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hewitt is the associate director for economics in the EPA’s Office of Water, an office that ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.

Hewitt is an expert in the economics of water and water quality; she oversees a wide range of analyses that seek to understand how people are affected by changes to U.S. waters.

Hewitt previously served as a staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Hewitt holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

This event is co-sponsored by the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Economics Department.



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The cat’s meow! For sale:

pics: R.T.






Jett! What are you doing in this post?!



Worcester news you can use!






At the Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square


The Worcester Public Library Presents Latin American Group, Los Alter Boys!

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
as part of Worcester’s Ethnic Mosaic!

The Worcester Public Library will welcome Los Alter Boys on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Worcester’s Ethnic Mosaic.

Los Alter Boys is a Latin American group that has been bringing some of the best sounds to the New England area. The band brings all types of flavor with their diverse cultural background.

Giancarlos Buscaglia is the founder of the group, and will be on guitar and lead vocals. Wilson Vera will play the Puerto Rican cuatro. David Rivera will be on percussion, and Manolo Mairena will join on percussion and lead vocal.

The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided by The Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council – an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information on the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit mywpl.org.


Looking good, Chandler Community School – in Piedmont! pic:R.T.


From REC:



$25 Each!

Buy a Pie, Support YouthGROW!


Every year, YouthGROWers and Food Justice staff lovingly craft handmade apple pies from scratch with organic butter and locally sourced apples.

We thoughtfully freeze them unbaked, which means that not only can you enjoy the freshest and warmest of pies on Thanksgiving Day or whenever you desire, you get the added benefit of being able to pretend you made them yourself.

Your purchase of a delicious apple pie will support youth employment, urban agriculture, and the local food system! By all accounts, our pies are delicious!

And since you’d probably be making or buying a pie for Thanksgiving anyways, you have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to gain!

ORDER YOUR PIE TODAY! VISIT www.recworcester.org/pie-sale

*optional Vegan crust
**Traditional while supplies last


Sell 10 pies and get YOURS for FREE!

VISIT www.recworcester.org/pie-sale to receive instructions, sign up sheets, and other promotional materials to make collecting orders as easy as…pie.

CALANDRA CHANEY, Volunteer Engagement VISTA

REC is excited to welcome Calandra from Richmond, VA, where she was most recently a family nutrition

Calandra is also a graduate student in Clark University’s International Development and Social Change program!

Calandra is most excited for the opportunity to work with REC’s farmers markets and gardens and to support the community through her work.

We are so happy to have her here!


Poet Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché to perform at the Eighth Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading

Celebrated “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché, will be the featured reader at the Worcester County Poetry Association’s Eighth Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading on Thursday, November 10.

The reading will be start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Smith Hall, Rehm Library at the College of the Holy Cross (1 College St).

Free to all!

About Carolyn Forché:

Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour.

She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness.

In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is currently at work on a memoir.

Yay! From Congressman Jim McGovern’s office …

McGovern Announces Holy Cross President will join him for
Pope’s Address to Congress

Congressman Jim McGovern announced yesterday that Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College of the Holy Cross, will attend Pope Francis’ unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress September 24, part of his first visit to the United States. It is the first time a pope will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate.
“Next week, I am excited to have Fr. Boroughs join me for Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress and Americans across the country,” Congressman McGovern said. “As president of the College of the Holy Cross, Fr. Boroughs has been a pillar of our community in Worcester and it is a privilege to have him come to Washington for the pope’s first visit to the U.S. Pope Francis is inspiring millions of people every day with his call for world leaders to do more to tackle climate change, poverty, and so many of the other great challenges of our time. I look forward to hearing his message and hope it will inspire our leaders to work together to build the stronger future we all know is possible.”
“As a member of the Society of Jesus, I am honored to be able to attend this historic occasion. Clearly, being present when Pope Francis addresses Congress is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Fr. Boroughs said. “I am most grateful to Congressman McGovern for inviting me and look forward to hearing the Holy Father share with the American people his vision for engaging significant opportunities and crises facing the global community today.”
Jamie Hoag ’98, director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, will also attend the address with Congressman McGovern and Fr. Boroughs.
While Fr. Boroughs is in Washington D.C., students, faculty, and staff at Holy Cross will have the opportunity to watch the pope’s address to Congress at a gathering on campus. Holy Cross is also participating in the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s “watch party,” which involves nearly two dozen Catholic institutions around the country watching the address to Congress.
Pope Francis will arrive in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22; on Sept. 24 he will head to New York City, and he will end his U.S. trip in Philadelphia September 26-27.

Jesuits to ordain 28 new priests in Canada and the United States


Largest Group Ordained to Catholic Priesthood by the Jesuits in More Than 15 Years

Washington, D.C. — The Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, will ordain 28 Jesuits in Canada and the United States to the priesthood this summer — the largest group of new priests ordained by the Jesuits in more than 15 years.

Each of the 28 being ordained has a distinct path to the priesthood. Brent Otto, SJ, 35, from Framingham, Massachusetts, and Erick Berrelleza, SJ, 32, from Los Angeles, were both deeply affected by the attacks against America on 9/11; the tragedy helped inspire them to discern God’s calling, and their commitment to service was a factor in their decision to become Jesuit priests.

Nineteen of the 28 men being ordained attended a Jesuit high school or university, and some entered the Society even before they graduated from college. Others had careers before discerning their vocation. Gregory Kennedy, SJ, 40, from Ontario was an organic farmer; Jacob Martin, SJ, also 40, was an improv comic in his hometown of Chicago; while Randall Gibbens, SJ, 37, from Metairie, Louisiana, built golf courses before joining the Catholic Worker House in Houston.

At upwards of ten years, the Jesuit formation process is rigorous. Each of the men being ordained has earned a graduate degree in theology; they’ve all served at Jesuit high schools and colleges, and many have traveled abroad to work with the poor. They’ve served in local Catholic parishes and homeless shelters and as chaplains in hospitals and prisons, just as St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, laid out in his precise guidelines for Jesuit formation.

Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, said, “We are thrilled to welcome these men to priesthood in the Society of Jesus. This time is a gift for the Jesuits, for the family and friends of those being ordained and, most of all, for the Catholic Church. In choosing to devote their lives to service, these men joyously live their answer to God’s call in a deeply profound and humbling way. We will keep them in our prayers as they begin their priestly duties.”

Ordination ceremonies will be held this Saturday at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago; Saint Joseph Church in New Orleans; Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, California; and Fordham University Church in the Bronx, New York, for the 27 U.S. Jesuits. Fr. Gregory Kennedy was ordained at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto on May 23.

As they begin their first assignments as Jesuit priests, the newly ordained will embark on a variety of ministries, including working in parishes in Honduras, Puerto Rico and the U.S.; serving at Jesuit high schools and universities; continuing their studies toward advanced degrees; and serving at Jesuit ministries.

In South Worcester: Bringing fresh produce, whole grain goodness to our public schools

January 13

The 3rd Massachusetts Farm to Cafeteria Conference

…at Holy Cross college

CLICK HERE to register!

This conferences will bring together more than 300 diverse stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster innovative food and agriculture learning opportunities in our state.

The conference is just over one month away.

Register and reserve your spot today!

Learn and Connect

We are finalizing the conference program and are very excited by the diverse group of leaders in the farm to cafeteria field who will be sharing their expertise with conference attendees.

Here’s a sampling from the more than 20 workshops:

Funding Farm to School

Farm to School with Locally Frozen Vegetables

Farm to Preschool Initiatives

Cooking Demonstrations for K-12 and College Food Services

Using Policy Advocacy to Increase Farm to School in Massachusetts

Getting Started in the School Garden

Farm Based Education – Urban and Rural Farm Field Trips

And so much more…

We are also very excited to announce the first ever Farm to Cafeteria Regional Networking Sessions to take place during the conference. Connect with others in your community who are involved in farm to cafeteria activities. Learn from their best practices, share your own tips, and move forward together!

We will be holding a concurrent Buyer Tradeshow and Networking Session for Farmers and Distributors.

This will be a great opportunity to make direct connections with farmers from your region and discuss local sourcing with distributors.


Registration is filling up quickly and we have a limit of 350 attendees. Register online today (ABOVE) to secure your spot. Discounts are available for students and conference presenters.

Please contact us for more information:

Massachusetts Farm to School

34 Main Street, Suite 10

Amherst, MA 01002

A change of tone! Father McFarland’s complete/unedited letter (of remorse) to Worcester City Council re: Holy Cross college partiers

November 16, 2010

Dear City Councilors,

On behalf of the entire Holy Cross Community of faculty, staff, and students, I thank you for recognizing the progress made over the past year in improving communication and addressing neighborhood concerns about the off-campus behavior of some Holy Cross students.

I want to assure you that concerns have been heard and the College takes them very seriously. There have been some setbacks, but we are addressing them with both immediate actions and sustainable change.

In cooperation with Worcester Police, the College has already taken steps to control student behavior in the neighborhood and we have begun work on a more comprehensive plan to advance relationships of consistent and mutual respect in the College Hill neighborhood. We remain committed to following up on every incident of off-campus misbehavior and applying appropriate sanctions.

Our goal is to implement additional practical and enforceable changes to how we respond to behavior that disrupts the College Hill neighborhood.

While these changes will take some time to develop and implement, we look forward to sharing the results of our collective efforts with you.

As President of the College of the Holy Cross, I take responsibility for and will lead these efforts; but the enforceablility and good working relationships required for real progress is dependent on the continued involvement of the reliable and accountable expertise of leaders throughout the College. To that end, I am joined by Timothy R. Austin, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean; Michael Lochhead, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Jacqueline D. Peterson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Paul Irish, Assistant to the Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Conduct; Robert Hart, Director of Public Safety; Ketherine Robertson, Special Assistant for Community Relations; and others throughout my administration.

The success of this effort relies on the College, City officials, Worcester Police, neighbors and students working together in mutually respectful and collaborative ways. We have indeed made progress in addresssing quality-of-life issues for our closest neighbors, and we look forward to building on what has been accomplished.

Very truly yours,

Michael C. McFarland, S.J.
President [College of the Holy Cross]

Holy Cross and South Worcester

By Rosalie Tirella

A month or so ago, before all the hoopla at Holy Cross, I met with a South Worcester community leader. He has worked in South Worcester for gosh, I would say, more than two decades – and he has known the good people of South Worcester and the players of Holy Cross for just as long. He told me he sees Holy Cross in a sunnier light than I do (note: this man does NOT live in Worcester – he WORKS in South Worcester)

This South Worcester community leader said up until eight or nine years ago, the College of the Holy Cross didn’t know Cambridge Street or Hacker Street existed – the college was a world unto itself, sealed off from the gritty environs at its gates. Then HC President Father Brooks – a nice  guy according to my mom who “waited on” him years ago as a counter girl at Osacar’s Cleaners  – did zippo for the South Worcester neighborhood. Years and years went by with nothing from “The Cross.” The blue collar folks of South Worcester worked their blue collar jobs, lived in their three deckers, lost jobs, retired, had kids and grand kids, and not one of them had ever had any kind of interaction with Holy Cross, the institution. Yet Holy Cross college dominated the politics of this city – whether  grooming future Wormtown political leaders or in the 1950s getting the state to build the new highway, Interstate 290, around its football stadium, rather than through it – as the state did when it came to nearby Green Island (basically bisecting the poor neighborhood with the new multi-lane highway).

Except for the HC students who boozed it up all the time and raised hell in South Worcester, no “ordinary” person had any dealilngs with the Cross. When I first began my paper, InCity Times, I got an earful of those dealings. One of the first “issues” people in the ‘hood carped about was the party-hearty Holy Cross students who had been, for generations, wreaking boozy havoc in their neighborhood. One man, who had lived near Holy Cross for years, told me he sold his house years ago in disgust and moved to Auburn. He said he was sick of eating breakfast with his wife and seeing Holy Cross kids use his front yard as a short cut to class. Every morning. Plus: the noise, the beer, the disrespect during party nights – it was just too much for him. He and his wife left the city they loved.

One woman wrote me and told me of a Holy Cross couple who were actually coupling in the hallway of the apartment building where she lived – and where she was trying to raise her daughter. Yes, hallway sex, that’s a way to ingratiate yourself with people who are annoyed by you.

InCity Times reported these headaches, began clamoring for a PILOT program and things changed … .

According to this South Worcester leader, Holy Cross began to step up and do the right thing – in teeny ways. He told me of the students’ South Worcester internships and marketing studies, etc. Still, all of this paled to what Clark University has done for Worcester over the years – or even the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences recently.

But this guy is an optomist. His latest idea, re: the neighborhoods and HC: Get Holy Cross to fund a branch library in South Worcester or Green Island. (All of Worcester’s were closed – except two – years ago) Take the big, freshly painted room in the South Worcester Neighborhood Center and fill it with books, chairs, tables and some older computers and/or laptops. 

I thought this was a great idea – and certainly affordable for HC. The same can be down in the Green Island Neighborhood Center at Crompton Park, I said. They have the space.

So why not, Father McFarland, take lemons and make some lemonade for HC and Worcester – specifiacally the poor neighborhood in which Holy Cross collge is located? My South Worcester friend said kids from Hacker Street or Cambridge Street don’t go to the main library on Salem Square – it’s just not part of their world. (Years ago their was a great city branch library on Southbridge Street – now the big building, across from Wendies, is a condo complex) So let’s have the Holy Cross/Caro Street Kids, put the beer bottles down, and start creating something special for South Worcester kids – a couple of branch libraries.

InCity Times/our volunteers will be glad to help. We can work on getting books, that’s for sure, thanks to Worcester School Committee member John Monfredo. Holy Cross will have to come up with the computers and laptops – and maybe some kids to man it during the hours its open. The branch libraries will be in rooms in the neighborhood centers, so the HC students will never be alone.

After we talked – this South Worcester booster and Holy Cross believer – well, his eyes widened, he seemed pumped. Even I grew hopeful.

For a few seconds.