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Steve M: a new book-review📚 … Worcester Public Library📚 parking lot is finally accessible to all! … + more❇️

First … Yesterday: so nice to see our city’s main library – the Worcester Public Library at Salem Sq – really open its doors to people in wheelchairs! Great new ramps, from our downtown library’s parking lot to the sidewalk in front of the library’s main entrance, make it easier for folks in wheelchairs, parents with babies in strollers, kids on skateboards😉! to enter the city’s flagship book-heaven♥️✨. Yes, there have always been a few reserved spots directly in front of its entrance, on the little street (WPL Way?) before the main entryway, but this recent upgrade makes it GREAT FOR ALL! No more having to leave the parking lot through the side driveway! used by cars! to come back around!

Hey, it only took 60+ years!!!! Go, Worcester!

pics+text: Rose T:




CECELIA Book Review

“THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, Volume I,” by Rick Atkinson, Henry Holt & Co. New York (2019, 776 pages)

Reviewed by Steven R. Maher

This book was a pleasure to read! The author Rick Atkinson opens with a panoramic sweep of the British naval fleet at the height of Britain’s powers in 1773, three years before the Americans declared their independence. Described by Atkinson as “the greatest empire since Rome,” it was hard seeing how any challenger could overcome the Imperial Navy described by Atkinson.

“Britain was ascendant, with mighty revolutions – agrarian and industrial – well under way,” writes Atkinson. “A majority of all European growth in the first half of the century had occurred in England; that proportion was now expanding to nearly three-quarters, with the steam engine patented in 1769 and the spinning Jenny a year later. Canals were cut, roads built, highway hanged, coal mined, iron forged. Sheep would double in weight during the century; calf weights tripled.”

Familiar with Period

History buffs and amateur historians alike of the American Revolution are familiar with the historical period in question here. The Americans maneuvered the British into withdrawing from Boston; the British then routed the Americans from New York City, chased Washington and his dwindling army across the Delaware into Pennsylvania. Washington, his army on the verge of dissolution, crosses back across the Delaware and launches a Christmas Day surprise attack on a Hessian mercenary (German) garrison at Trenton. Washington then outmaneuvered the British and won a second victory at Princeton.

Atkinson packs a lot of detail into these events. He makes it a point to quote extensively from diaries and other written materials from both sides of the conflict. Much of this material will be fresh for the reader.

Slave Revolt

One of the underlying themes is the attempt by the British and their allies to spark off a slave revolt. They announced publicly that any slave who made it to British lines would be freed. Some of the sources cited by Atkinson claimed that any slave who killed their master would inherit the master’s estate. This had for the impact of turning most Southern whites against the British.

But perhaps the biggest surprise that comes from the British side is their genuine hatred for the American rebels. It is repeatedly asserted by British soldiers how badly they want the mass of Americans to be punished. Some clearly preferred a Carthaginian peace.

This is a book that deserves a five-star rating!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The writing is excellent and the research superb!



Go, Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson!💛🌻🌻:


From the Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester:


Tuesday, September 3

7 PM

Free with Museum admission

Welcome Reception at 6 PM at the Museum

Jim Voltz, executive director of AIDS Project Worcester from 1991-1996, will lead a discussion on the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Worcester, the establishment of APW, some of the early prominent leaders in the fight against AIDS in our community, the trauma still suffered by the generation that lost so many of its loved ones to the sickness, and the challenges that remain.

Clark University Professor and LGBTQ+WORCESTER FOR THE RECORD co-curator Robert Tobin will moderate.



Wednesday, September 4

7 – 8:30 PM

A Dessert Social, by WOO PRIDE, will begin the program at 6PM.
Drawing on his three-decade-old archive of rare interviews, Eric Marcus will present an audio tour through time to tell the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Listen to the voices of known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and allies, and hear firsthand what inspired them to blaze a trail for LGBTQ equality. Eric Marcus is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast. He has authored and co-authored a dozen books, including Making Gay History, an oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

College of the Holy Cross Professor and LGBTQ+WORCESTER FOR THE RECORD co-curator Stephanie Yuhl will moderate.


But of more importance: Bank of America is abandoning Green Island!

By Rosalie Tirella

I just got a call from a Green Island pal. The bad news: Bank of America is closing their Millbury Street (read: inner-city) branch soon.

This is killer (as in horrific) news! There are so few banks who want to make a commitment to the inner city, so few banks who want to come into poor neighborhoods and do business. They don’t see the profit in setting up shop in a place where, for the most part, they will be cashing social security checks/DET checks for poor people in the beginning of each month. Plus, it’s a bit more dangerous (robberies, etc).

STILL the residents of Green Island have always prided themselves on being able to retain a legit BANK – a real honest to goodness bank and not some check-cashing/loan sharking business, which is what you usually find in the inner-city/poorer neighborhoods. When I was a little girl growing up in Green Island my mom did her banking at the same spot – it was Mechanics Bank then. The people were always so nice and polite to her – and to us kids.

When there was a gap years later, my mom had to cash a check at Golemo’s just down the street (on Millbury St.) – a son of a bitch loan sharker/exploiter of poor people – who cheated hundreds of people of hundreds of thousands of dollars and who was at the end of a police search. He flew the coop, ended up on the lam and was finally – just recently after many years – arrested. I remember Golemo, the evil pig, cashed my mom’s check for her – and took a 1/4 of her money (from the check). I saw this and somehow you never ever forget something like this as a kid. The obvious evil – the out and out wrong doing. Taking my mom’s money – stealing it.

We don’t want this to happen again in Green Island! It happens in Main South, it happens in Piedmont and it happens in downtown – right across the street from the Hanover Theatre. The pawn shop across from the Hanover does the exact same thing – cashes the checks of poor people who have no bank accounts (day laborers, people on the brink of homelessness) – and charges them exhorbitant fees. Which ultimately pushes poor people into actual homelessness – or some other tragedy. Pigs. Every check cashing joint – pigs. Every one of them.

Please, Bank of America, STAY on Millbury Street! Please don’t abandon Green Island. All the folks of Green Island depend on you to do their banking business – in a fair, professional manner! Don’t feed us to to the sharks – the loan sharks …

This issue of Rolling Stone magazine is all about John Lennon …

Listened to the “final” John Lennon interview on WZLX a few nights ago (he was murdered by Chapman 30 years ago). The program was OK … . Better way to remember Lennon’s death/celebrate his life: listen to his music and pick up the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. I have a copy of The Play Boy interviews and I have Jann Wenner’s Lennon interviews (when he had just quit the Beatles), AND I have tons of books, including the “Beatles Anthology,” the giant coffee table book that was actually kinda cool to read through again a few nights ago. 

Anyways, I miss the old Rolling Stone – when it was physically bigger and about great musicians and liberal politics – not about electronic gadgets and stupid video games. Still, I am going out to buy this RS issue as soon as I post this … If you don’t want to buy RS, check out their on-line edition. Also, dedicated to Lennon. www.rollingstone.com

– R. Tirella

Vote “Yes”on Question 3! Protect Greyhounds!

By Steven Baer

The sight of dogs at play in a grassy field is a happy image. Humans watch their companions with delight and a desire to visually participate in the innocent play as the “pups” run freely and jump and bow and roll and collide in a carefree way.

And as we watch, we become intrigued when one dog tends to lead the pack, or another is involved in fending off or initiating rough-housing, or another has boundless energy to run, or another tends to jump higher than his or her doggy play pals.

Innocent dog play, however, is violated when self-centered, manipulative people turn a playful run into a wagered dog race, or rough-house play into a wagered dog fight.

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Web-zilla!!!!! (or:The Big “Mack” Attack!)

Mack Fairbanks
Mack Fairbanks

My dear readers, if there’s anything you’ve learned about InCity Times these past seven-plus years, is that we are ambitious – and a wee-bit technophobic, which makes for really interesting newspapering. Yes, yes, we have heard it all before: Rose, all the newspapers have websites!; Rose, ICT needs to be in cyberspace; Rose, think how great this will be for your writers and advertisers! So for four or so years, we’ve been on the fence about an ICT website – vascilating like crazy! To build an InCity Times website – or not to build an InCity Times website? That was the question!

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Life with Tyler, a retired racing greyhound

Tyler relaxing by the fireplace!
Tyler relaxing by the fireplace!

By Vanessa Costa

I have to give all the credit to my husband, Bill, for adopting Tyler, our retired racing greyhound, seven years ago. We wanted to get a dog, but with both of us working, I was concerned about how much time we could devote to a pet. Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton was having their semi-annual Open House and before hand my husband visited their website (www.greyhound.org) and immediately fell for one red brindle greyhound named Tyler.

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Brief History of Greyhound Friends Inc.

On May 8, 1983, Louise Coleman, a rehabilitation counselor for the United States Department of Labor, visited Wonderland Race Track in Revere, Massachusetts, at the urging of an acquaintance who knew that a discarded racer was due to be killed shortly. With no previous experience with greyhounds, Louise adopted Boston Boy, who received a new name Shadow and another chance. Shortly after the adoption of Shadow, Louise Coleman, with the help of several volunteers, started the work of Greyhound Friends, a small non-profit organization dedicated to saving racing greyhounds, The organization was incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts two years later, and since that time more than 7,000 retired racers have found good and caring homes. The dogs were originally housed in Louise’S home and at the Brookline Animal Hospital, but in 1987 the organization received funding from the Ahimsa Foundation to rent a kennel in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This remains the main adoption center of Greyhound Friends, and it is here that the dogs are prepared for their new lives.When they are received, they are groomed, treated medically, nourished with high quality food, waled and reassured, and outfitted with as new collar an leash. They respond almost immediately to kind treatment and most dogs are readied for adoption in just a few days.Greyhound Friends has many volunteers who help with all aspects of the work.

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