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Great gifts await you at FEAR NO ART art/vintage gift shop …

… on Greenwood Street, in Worcester’s Quinsig Village neighborhood.

For more info, call (508) 527-7306.

I took these pics today and a few days ago! Check out this colorful shop – lots of treasures! Art! Antiques! Nice prices!




I got this beautiful painting (below) this afternoon at FEAR NO ART! CAN’T WAIT TO HANG IT ON MY BEDROOM WALL! Right now it’s sitting on my big blue bed stand, leaning against a wall … not too precariously, I hope!



Visit FEAR NO ART, a tres groovy gift shop, today!!

– photos/text: Rosalie Tirella

Valentine’s special at Shear Dimension hair salon

Love is in the air! Get beautiful for your Valentine! Get ready for your special nite out! Hair washed and styled (romantic up-dos a specialty!) for only $20!

Stop by the shop today, located at 347 Greenwood St., in Quinsig Village!

Below: Lovely Shear Dimension receptionist Tamar – one of Rosalie’s favorite people to see during her work day!


Did you know gal pal Jolleen sells only CRUELTY-FREE …


… hair care products at her hair salon SHEAR DIMENSION in Quinsig Village? Jolleen – a lovely person inside and outside! – adopted one of my homeless kittens for her daughter’s second birthday! She cares about animals and Mother Earth. She believes getting beautiful tresses doesn’t have to entail cruel tests on rabbits jammed into cages. She sells only cruelty-free hair care products, including an array of Paul Mitchell goodies. The Paul Mitchell company is as progressive as companies get! Their shampoos, conditioners, etc are gentle but do the job! (and they all have such soothing fragrances!)

Stop by Shear Dimension today and talk with Jolleen. She’s got a new PM color-enhancing line she’d like to show you! 

Plus she’s got a great 50% off coupon for you (see details below).

Visit Jolleen today at 347 Greenwood St. to use your SHEAR DIMENSION GROUPON COUPON

…  or call 508.799.2051 for more info!

– R.T.

From hair-care pro, Jolleen:

“Products for winter dryness:

“Ultimate color Repair – made with Quinoa

“Instant Moisture – made with jojoba oil and wheat protein

“With my GROUPON coupon you get half off shampoo, condition and optional color, high lights or Keratin treatment.” 

CLICK HERE for 50% OFF coupon!

Worcester County student interns: they make your biz shine – and learn!


By “Jolleen,” owner of Shear Dimension, Greenwood St., Worcester

Shear Dimension strives to be not only a place that is warm and welcoming for new and existing clients, we want to be on the cutting edge of education and technology. I find it very important to invest in the future of cosmetology as the new owner of Shear Dimension, I want to grow students, new cosmetologists, and professionals to build not only my salon, but send successful, hard working, well-rounded professionals into the industry.  It is an investment that pays, not necessiarily financially, but is emotionally gratifying.

I have an extensive background in color education.  I am also a licensed cosmetology instructor and spent over 5 years teaching and traveling to schools and salons all over New England and have also worked closely with vocational schools in the past.  I was on the advisory board with Tri-County and was a judge for both Rhode Island and Massachusetts Skills USA.  Teaching is not only in my blood it is a passion that I hold close to my heart.

I spoke to the Worcester Vocational school about their vocational program over the summer.  This will be my first time working with this particular apprenticeship program and I am very excited.   With school starting this past week, I can’t wait to start the process working with department head Arlene Thompson and her students.  The process, while intense, is worth the pay off.  After speaking to the department, a representative will come to the salon, verify that we are up to standard, leave the necessary paperwork, and the school will determine the best student(s) to fit our salon.  This program is great for both the business and the student, the student has the opportunity to see the day-in day-out workings of salon life, a chance to see if the salon is a good fit, can ask questions, gain valuable knowledge from working professionals, and participate in education offered at the salon. 

I had similar mentors when I was a new stylist and attributes those managers and salon owners with the success and drive that has built our salon and staff.  The teachers and mentors I had in my formative years taught me the value of hard work, showed by example how to lead a successful team, and shared their passion for the beauty industry with me.  I could only hope that I can translate those lessons to others.

Shear Dimension employs student assistants, future professionals (as reception), and new licensees as junior stylists. We currently employ one future professional, one assistant, one junior stylist and 4 senior stylists.  Our future professionals work in reception, learning the ins and outs of inventory, scheduling, telecommunications, and customer service. These skills are invaluable as a stylist and student in cosmetology and are a great place to start for any future professional to get a feel for the salon business and how it runs.

Essential to all cosmetology students is the accumulation of 1,000  in field and education hours, learning the ropes in a salon and/or classroom setting.  Shear Dimension is one of few places that offers hours in a salon setting. Makayla, an assistant, who has less than 200 hours left until licensing, gets the benefit of classroom and practical experience while working at Shear Dimension.  She also furthers her knowledge with consultations, color formulation, classes geared toward her problem areas and one on one teaching with senior stylists to go over client retention, re-booking, and how to better serve each individual.

 Makayla says, “Jolleen was my educator at school and prior to her coming to Cosmix in Marlborough, MA it is safe to say that there was not much structure.  When Jolleen started, she was very hands on and always available.  She made me feel comfortable to ask questions, was very instructive.  When she made the move from Cosmix to owning Shear Dimension I was also looking for a job with a salon atmosphere while still in school. The staff is very helpful and Shear Dimension was a great career option for me. 

“The hands on learning has been great and I love the education.  The instructors are very personable and make sure everyone understands not only how to do the techniques but why to do them. 

“My advice to any up and coming students/stylists that are thinking about becoming assistants would be to keep busy and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

Our junior stylist who is a recent grad of a vocational school, not only assists our senior stylists and receptionists while building her own clientele, she receives free education from industry professionals and platform artists monthly (as do all of the Shear Dimension staff), she also has the added benefit of having her work assessed and critiqued for the trial period while she is still learning.

William, our newest senior stylist says, “Working at Shear Dimension has taught me the tools I need to grow my business.”  He adds, “My boss was so patient with me while I was learning certain techniques.”  William continues to add new trends and techniques to his arsenal and has become a well-rounded, well versed stylist that is capable and coveted by his clients. 

Leah, a senior stylist that started as an assistant at Shear Dimension over a decade ago, was brought up through the ranks and is now one of the top earning stylists in the salon.  She is a great mentor, talented stylist and her work is flawless.

Shear Dimension is a salon that . I find it very important to invest in the future of cosmetology as the new owner of Shear Dimension, I want to grow students, new cosmetologists, and professionals to build not only my salon, but send successful, hard working, well-rounded professionals into the industry.  It is an investment that pays, not necessiarily financially, but is emotionally gratifying.


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Fall Hair Color and Maintenance Trends

 By Jolleen

In the summer hair tends to get dry due to over processing, over exposure and water damage.  In the fall however, we often find that can get dry for a slew of other reasons.  Whether it is from lack of moisture, change in diet, or lack of maintenance, Shear Dimension is here to let you know just how to care for your hair this fall.

 In-Salon Treatment:

At Shear Dimension, we recommend that you get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks to maintain your style and avoid split ends.

For color reds, deep chocolate brown, and subtle ombre are right on trend for fall.   Pair it with a deep conditioning treatment and you will be ready right up until holiday season!

To beat the frizz we are booking a deep keratin treatment.  These treatments have 4 options depending on your level of commitment and hair care needs.  It will cut your styling time in half and leave your hair feeling silky smooth for up to 3 months!!

 What you should be using at home:

For a take home we suggest Awapuhi Intensive Treatment to beat that fall dull look.  It will infuse the hair with keratin, and moisture to beat the cool dry weather.

To keep those colors vibrant we suggest Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue.  This treatment will infuse the hair with Quinoa and keep those reds looking red for up to 6 weeks!!

To pair with your keratin treatment and color make sure you using a sulfate free shampoo.  The favorites of our stylists are GK Moisture Shampoo, Forever Blonde (not just for blondes ), and Double Hitter.

Hooray for Mr. Hebb!


Outside the Quinsigamond  Village Community Center we caught Mr. Hebb, QVCC volunteer extraordinaire, helping a lady with some groceries. Mr. Hebb helps out at the neighborhood center, located on Greenwood Street; he volunteers at the food pantry. With the economy still sluggish, lots of folks are visiting Worcester food pantries – often located in our neighborhood centers – looking for the basics like bread, pasta, eggs, tomato sauces, milk, etc to help them s-t-r-e-t-c-h their dollars!


Thanks, Mr. Hebb, for caring!!!!

I have always loved the center’s mural – on the side of the building, parking lot.


It’s been up for quite a while now  – the colors are still intense!

– R. Tirella

Quinsig Village’s Step in Time day care builds a fence

The workers were working hard on the fence this morning. I told them, after I took these photos: GOOD JOB!

Then a big broad snorted to them: Is that the lady? And rushed into the building, I presume, to whine to the owner …

Yup, lady. I am the lady who reported you and wrote about you. You have zero maternal instinct if you think YOUR RIGHTS were “stepped” on! … Children. The easiest people to exploit and hurt …    I wouldn’t send my dog to your Step in Time day care!

By the way, is it legal to run a day care center in this windowless store-front space on Greenwood Street???? This whole enterprise seems fishy …       – R. Tirella

A real find in Quinsig Village!

Got this today at gal pal Donna Vayo’s art shop/antique store/funky-stuff store, FEAR NO ART, on Greenwood Street, in Quinsig Village. It’ll look great in my pantry!

Donna is a muralist whose work can be seen all over the city. She created/painted the cool mural on the side of Piccolo’s restaurant on Shrewsbury Street, for instance! Her shop is fun to visit and filled with artsy stuff (including paintings and jewelry) made by Donna and crafty craft folks in the city. Prices: $4, $5 and $6 and up.

Here’s what you can find at Fear No Art. Check out Donna’s shop today! For more info., please call 508.527.7306

Quinsig Village’s Step in Time Day Care center up date

Here’s the EMAIL thread re the day care center on Greenwood Street, Step in Time, that I blogged about last week. Just took a photo of the play area (below). Looks like they are building a dog kennel! NO FENCE erected!  No windows that open in the building, either – just a front and back door. Store front windows meant for shops! … Is it legal to stick a day care center in the building???      – R. Tirella


[District 3 City Councilor] George [Russel],

A fence will be installed this weekend and we will go by the beginning
of next week to reinspect.

John R. Kelly
Commissioner of Inspectional Services
25 Meade Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: (508) 799-1198
Fax: (508)799-8541

—–Original Message—–
From: Russell, George
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:23 PM
To: Kelly, John
Subject: Re: Greenwood St day care

Thank you

George Russell
Worcester City Councilor
District 3
508 963 6320

On Apr 11, 2014, at 2:00 PM, “Kelly, John”

One of my inspectors is going out right now.

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 11, 2014, at 1:48 PM, “Russell, George”


A constituent of mine called me to complain about what she believes
to be a major safety issue with a daycare at the former location of
Squire Whites on Greenwood St next to the Post Office at the Rt 20 end
of Greenwood St. She says the children are in an open area that should
be fenced so they are not hurt by near by vehicle traffic.

George Russell
Worcester City Councilor
District 3
508 963 6320

My McDonald’s …












Rosalie and Jett, autumn 2012 … I am wearing the fall coat I wore last night while walking my little boy …


Greenwood Street McDonald’s worker, this afternoon

By Rosalie Tirella

Last night I walked my dog …and I wore my fall coat because it was so cold out. Heavy, dark, lined, my fave coat is perfect for the season, will cuddle me as I make my way through the Woo autumn landscape … .   Walking Jett, my little Mountain Feist/Husky, I thought  about the innocents of Syria – women, children  – dying from inhaling burning, toxic gases. Horrific ..  I want our president to intervene so badly …

I worried about the workers of America and wondered why we, the greatest country on earth, pay millions and millions of our people $7 or $8 an hour for all their hard work – and leave it to them to survive – meanly. Labor Day weekend and to have so many Americans struggling is disconcerting, depressing … These days in the USA, there is so little respect for labor! Our unions are at their weakest. Low wage workers (at least in Woo) too afraid to make some noise, agitate.

I visited my local  McDonalds today (on Greenwood Street) to take some more pics for my ICT stories on RAISING THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO AT LEAST $10/hour. The manager spoke to me. She said she had to give my paper – the one with the McDonald’s worker on the cover – to “headquarters” for them to peruse. And no, I could not talk with her or her workers or even take photos of the property for an InCity Times story. She told me she had liked the story. It was a good story. But everyone had to just work – they were alerted by “headquarters” that there would be walkouts and protests at McDonald’s all over the country. She acted as if this were a bad thing.

I said: PLEASE, WAKE UP!!! America supports you! You deserve to be making $10 or $11 an hour! You have the American right to organize. There is nothing wrong with demanding a living wage for a hard day’s night. Let’s get together, here! Please!!!

No go.

She was young – in her mid 20s – and she felt part of the McDonald’s team.  AND SHE DID NOT WANT TO LOSE HER JOB!

Her uniform was crisp and clean. Her hair pulled back, her name tag glinted in the summer sun (she was outside having a smoke).

I tried to educate, proselytize. I think if I had hung on a bit longer, she would have called 911.

I went inside “my” McDonald’s. I looked for my young friend, the young man I put on the cover of ICT a few issues ago. I did not see him. I got afraid for him. … I began chatting up another manager, a Latina who looked worried. I saw an older woman – late 50s maybe early 60s – at the fryolator removing baskets of french fries. She looked sweaty, tired. She turned to look at me as I spoke. My heart broke for this lady.

I got a coffee – fair trade, Newman’s own – all profits go to Paul Newman charities, specifically his Hole in the Wall camps for kids suffering from cancer.

The big cheeses of McDonald’s make billions of dollars. And they have tried to move in the right direction re: animal rights.

Why can’t they see people rights???


To learn more about the fight to raise the wages of fast-food workers in America, click here!