April says: Cherish the babies! Purrrrrr …
Worcester Animal Rescue League
139 Holden St., Worcester
Kitten Shower 2015!
This Sunday! APRIL 19
12 PM – 2 PM
Similar to a baby shower, WARL’s kitten shower is a great opportunity to help the shelter prepare for the upcoming kitten season.
During the event you can learn about:
becoming a foster parent
try your luck at the raffle
meet the purr-fect felines waiting to be adopted
… and maybe even meet some kittens currently in foster care!
Bring a gift to the shower and enter to win a door prize!
Admission: Please donate a kitten related item.
Currently we are in need of:
Kitchen Scales (that measure ounces)
Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR)
Cat toys, particularly the fake mice type
Meat-flavored baby food
“he” Laundry detergent
… that makes Christmas … Christmas! Check out the …
Heifer International Living Gift Market
This Saturday and Sunday -December 6 and 7
10 a.m. – 4 p.m
at Heifer International
216 Wachusett St., Rutland
Get out to the country this weekend! Experience the peace of nature that feels like TRUE Christmas!
Ditch the crowds, the gift-grabbing yahoos … the avarice and head to Heifer International for their holiday event!
What a great way to teach kids about other cultures, other kids around the world … yes, there’s the poverty, but there’s more … open their eyes!
You know how this vegetarian feels about killing animals, but you can make your donation go toward buying cows/animals that are milked. Usually, on these tiny family farms, the animals are cared for, considered so very important because the families’ survival depends on them!
And, at this special holiday market, you also get to:
See and buy FAIR TRADE gifts from around the world!
Drink hot cocoa and cider!
Munch gingerbread animal cookies!
Get toasty warm around a cool bonfire!
A donation of a couple of cans of soup, beans, vegetables, etc. for poor families.
To learn more, go to Heifer.org.
– R. Tirella
By Gordon T. Davis
Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, and the grand jury of St. Louis County, Missouri, presented to District Attorney McCullough a No True Bill, no indictment. Mr. Wilson showed no remorse or regret in his TV interview. The finding of the grand jury did not come as a surprise, as almost no police officer has been indicted for any action, no matter how bad, while he was on duty.
What came as a surprise is that Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department a few days after the No True Bill.
His resignation is somewhat puzzling. When the police officers in Worcester killed Cristino Hernandez in 1993 they did not resign, nor were they fired, despite the Inquest Judge ruling that the Worcester Police used “excessive force.”
Today Ferguson is seventy percent Black and the Ferguson Police Department is ninety four percent White. In 1993 Worcester was seventy percent White and the Worcester Police Department was at least seventy percent White, if not a higher percentage. In Worcester the opposition to the police homicide of Cristino Hernandez was divided, with many people saying that the Worcester police killing him was not a racist act. That division does not exist in Ferguson today among the protesters; there is some division regarding the destruction of property.
It is a common occurrence that when people make serious mistakes, they are fired or forced to resign. We have seen this in Massachusetts at the Department of Children and Families and in the Department of Public Safety. Even the supervisors are forced out. When the police make a mistake and accidentally (unjustifiably) kill children, the least that should happen is that the officer resigns.
Darren Wilson has resigned. Some people may feel sorry for him because he says he cannot continue his work in law enforcement . However, it is likely he could find a job anywhere in law enforcement in which the population is not majority-minority.
It is unlikely he will be charged with violating Michael Brown’s civil rights. There is going to be a civil trial for wrongful death, brought by Michael Brown’s parents. In order to be successful, the parents will have to name the City of Ferguson as a defendant. This means that the City will cover Mr. Wilson’s court costs.
Mr. Wilson will have an opportunity to write his book about how unjust the system treated him. The right wing might ask him to go on speaking tours about the need for law and order. Mr. Wilson will do alright for himself. He is no victim. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the late Michael Brown.
By Edith Morgan
The harvest is in, the days are cool, nights are longer, and Mother Nature has put on a final explosion of color and gone to seed for the winter. Now is the time to gather family together, enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor, enjoy a great meal together and spend a day eating and digesting.
Sadly, the afternoon features big screen football games, and in too many homes, the sports enthusiasts gather before the set, while those less enamored of football, go out in the kitchen and do the “clean up.”
Certain foods are traditional – and are featured in the Norman Rockwell depictions so well: the turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, and pies, all in their various interpretations. Those are the basics.
At our home, we add a lot of things: depending on who is there, it turns out to be a kind of smorgasbord, since all guests bring something to share. So we have egg rolls, fried rice, and usually four or five kinds of pie: apple, mince, pumpkin (or the more recent variation, sweet potato pie), maybe even a medley of berries (named “berry-berry” pie), and coconut-custard. For those who are perpetually on diets and are serious about it, there is always a great platter of freshly cut fruit. Years ago, I got a set of fancy cutters that will turn fruits into works of art (in the fashion of Japanese restaurants, and if I have time left over and feel ambitious, I may dress up some apples, strawberries, kiwis, and other fruits. And, of course, no festive meal is complete without REAL whipped cream, slightly sweetened with sugar and a drop of real vanilla.
For those who arrive early, there are bowls of nuts, platters of cheeses and crackers and other snacks.
But my favorite contribution (aside from being hostess) is a very simple but tasty vegetable preparation that I learned from my best friend, and which is a great side dish any time of the year:
Take any number of fresh firm vegetable slices – zucchini, onions, tomatoes, celery, yams, garlic, fennel, mushrooms – any combination you like or happen to have in your refrigerator’s crisper;
in a large “ziplock” bag, combine olive oil, a bit of soy sauce, various seasonings – depending on your preferences – chopped fresh herbs if you have them and mix well.
Put the sliced vegetables into the bag, shake well until all pieces are coated.
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, arrange the slices on the sheet, and set into the oven, near the top. I usually give them ten minutes in a 425-degree oven, as I like them crisp inside and slightly browned on the outside.
But you can experiment, and maybe you prefer them more thoroughly cooked, so the oven temperature and the time can be adjusted according to your preferred results.
You really can not go wrong with this recipe, and you can use whatever seasonal vegetables are around, playing with the colors and shapes and consistencies of each. I enjoy doing this, as it never turns out the same every time, and it is truly a “harvest dish” and healthy.
Whatever your Thanksgiving is like, let’s all remember we have much to be thankful for! So, happy Thanksgiving to all!!
Have you ever wanted to ride your bike while decked out in your favorite Halloween costume?!
Take part in our 12-mile community ride the Sunday before Halloween and visit some of the city’s best-known cemeteries!!
Costumes welcome and encouraged but not required (please make a helmet part of your costume).
Meet at Elm Park at the stone gates at 1 pm.
Brooms acceptable but bikes preferred!
WBW t-shirts will be available for $10.
Need more information?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org