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By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

It’s hard to believe that we are in the throes of a global pandemic, with over 200,000 people in the United State dead – passed away due to the novel coronavirus. This certainly has frightened many people – and rightly so.

Guidelines from the CDC have been posted just about every day, and the importance of wearing a facial mask has been articulated by every health official across our nation.

Back to school … BUILDINGS?? pics: R.T.

When it comes to starting school, there appears not to be any right answer, other than to make decisions on the side of safety. In Massachusetts, using the data, each city has been placed in a catalog of green to go and red to stop when moving forward with decision making of returning to schools in person.

In Worcester, remote learning for the entire school population was the course of action agreed upon by the Superintendent and the Worcester School Committee. At this point in time WPS students will continue with remote learning until the end of the first semester, which ends around the first week in November. Based on data from the medical professionals and where we are as a community, a decision will be made on whether part of the student population will go back using a hybrid model of going to school one or two days a week or continue with the present remote learning model. Also, parents will have the option of staying with the remote model.

So many great DVDs to watch and discuss with your history teacher: HARRIET..

The other unknown factor is the air quality in each school building and whether the work being done now will allow some students to return to their buildings. The projected finished air quality project has been estimated to be completed sometime at the end of December.

The Vernon Hill School was once Providence Junior High School. It has scores of HUGE windows, but is it Covid-safe during winter?

Come November, depending on those factors, perhaps we will be able to bring back our most vulnerable students: our special education children and our English Language learners on a four-days-a-week schedule first.

Another group worth mentioning that I am extremely concerned about is our Pre-K to Grade One students. These students need a teacher in front of them!! There is no substitute for real interaction from a teacher in any grade, but especially one in early education.

How does one learn to read remotely? Distance learning within this subset is most difficult for children who need the classroom teacher in front of them. With online learning there is no engagement or sense of community that exists for these young ones.

It is most unfortunate that these children are starting their school career with a computer, and their first school experience in school is behind a screen and devoid of the environment that students absolutely need.

What is most important in learning are the people, the nurturing and the relationships between teachers and students.

My advice at this stage of the pandemic is to do all that we can to get our early learners, SPED students and ELL students back in school. However, with distance learning taking place now, we need to understand that RELATIONSHIPS are essential for the school district. We may not be together, but we can stay in touch and show that we care. We need to keep in mind that children require strong connections with adults to thrive. I would encourage teachers to check in one on one with each student via Zoom as frequently as possible and send a class-wide email every day to the parents.

Little learners need their teachers in-person!!

Also, teachers will need to reach out to the parents on how to support their child’s learning and actively solicit parent feedback weekly. We are in difficult times, but everyone needs to give their best effort. Let’s hope that in the near future we can find a way to return our neediest students back to school!



📷Bapy and Jaju: Mad about You!

By Rosalie Tirella

While changing up my kitchen table tablecloth this a.m. …

… I rearranged a few photos of my late grandparents, small, framed pictures that form a hippy kind of centerpiece on my table, and snapped a picture of their giant wedding-day portrait that hangs in my bedroom.

📷 I saw and liked the progression of the photos: my Polish immigrant grandmother and grandfather – “Bapy” and “Jaju” – at the beginning, middle and end of their 55-year marriage in America, Worcester’s Green Island: pics 1, 2, 3:


Their Wedding Day portrait by Vernon Studios on Vernon Street. … 100+ years ago few people owned a camera – so they went to the pros for photographs, usually only on special occasions: weddings, family reunions, formal family portraits. Staged before heavy, lugubrious floral arrangements and fake marble columns and urns. There were several of these professional photography studios on Vernon Hill, a Worcester neighborhood Bapy and Jaju, young and beautiful but very poor, could only aspire to.

They got married on Valentine’s♥️ Day. Very romantic for a couple of DPs, “Dumb Pokaks” as they and their kin were called by others in Worcester: Polish immigrants, poor, heavy jowled, Catholic, unable to read or write or speak English, doing the city’s, the county’s, dirtiest jobs … to survive in The Block of tenements in Green Island. Many of the men, like my Jaju, worked in the textile mills in Douglas. Jaju was a dyer for 35+years – pre-OSHA, pre-labor unions – and it shows. Just look at him in the last photo. Sure, he was a smoker, but still … My late mom, Cecelia, rolled his cigarettes (no filters) every morning in his little metal rolling machine, using almost transparent white tissue paper squares (in their own little box), then handing the cigs to Jaju before he left for work. His friend had a car, picked him up, and together they drove in to work.

📷A few years ago, I drove down to Douglas/Dudley/Webster to check out what was left of the textile mills, ancient and abandoned, trying to find Jaju’s mill. I may have found it – a huge brick complex with small windows. I imagined working summers in that place – on a humid July day!


📷Picture 2: World War II – their only son, my uncle Joe, back home on leave from the US Navy. Big meal, all homemade by Bapy: meat and cabbage and potato pierogi, gawompki, beet soup, pigs knuckles/feet (pigs knuckles – I ate them as a little kid growing up on Lafayette Street in Green Island – they came in a bottle! My mother bought them at the Polish market on Millbury Street.) Hugs all around and Polka music and photos taken on the Block’s roof, by my auntie with her Brownie camera. Years ago a young graphic designer scanned the originals photos for me and blew them up. I framed the scans, besutufully done – still have them on my walls, all over my apartment. But the one I am showing you here, above, is of Bapy and Jaju inside their tenement in the Block on Bigelow Street. I love how happy Bapy looks – she adored my grandfather, as wild about him! – and I love how contented Jaju seems, his arm casually draped over his little wife’s round shoulders.


📷The final picture – three or four years before Jaju – now retired and doing a ton of woodworking around the house (he made Bapy a big two-seater glider swing for their front porch) – died of lung cancer. In the photo, Bapy is holding me! Precious cargo! Her first born Lafayette Street grandchild!

I love how Jaju, now 50 years later, has changed places in the photographs: Bapy stood dutifully by his side in their Wedding Day Portrait: in the Lafayette Street photograph, taken by my mom, Jaju is the one standing dutfully by Bapy. His woman. For more than half a century. No words. Just the neat buttoned up white shirt showing respect and love for his wife, the mother of his children. Now proud grandmother.

Jaju was my favorite. He was sweet-natured, quiet and loved carpentry and crafts. We used to sit on our Lafayette Street back porch, my Jaju in an old weather beaten black wooden chair, me sitting on a little foot stool he made. Me holding my block of dark clay – Jaju reaching for it, then molding a clay pony out of my “putty” – and then his thick, gnarled fingers working like magic to make a clay cowboy and a big 10-gallon clay cowboy hat for him! And then Jaju would seat my clay cowboy on my clay pony – and we would recite a Polish prayer over it, together. … Bapy was the fiery mate!

Yep. My Jaju, after killing himself for decades in the Douglas textile mill to support his wife and four kids, going fishing with his African American pal from work on weekends. Bapy reluctantly fed the two a big lunch and glasses of beer after seeing her first Black man – no Black folks in Poland back then – and fearing him! – and JAJU SAYING CURTLY: He’s MY FRIEND! FEED US, WOMAN! Jaju, just a man, an American now but no civil rights crusader. Jaju, now an old man, sitting in his wooden chair by the kitchen window nursing his glass of beer (that Bapy had watered down and handed to him like a waitress♥️) and watching the world go by, his world: Lafayette Street, Bigelow Street, Lodi Street …
My Jaju and Bapy showed me – everybody in our family – what true love is.


Today is Earth Day! 🌎♥️, Rose, Michael + more🎶





Today – April 22 – is Earth Day!

It’s the perfect time to slow down, reflect on how our actions impact the planet, and consider the ways in which we can do more.

Maybe this year, you’ll plant a garden, volunteer to do a coastal cleanup, or attend a local festival.

Whatever you choose, here are five easy actions that you can incorporate into your day that will help animals and the planet:

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Save water!

Let your friends and family know that while dairy products may not be meat, their production is just as bad for the Earth (not to mention cows).

🌍2. Bring a vegan dish to the office to share with coworkers:

With hundreds of delicious vegan recipes on our site, PETA.ORG, we’re sure that there is something for even the most skeptical palate.

🌍3. Print/MAKE this sign and put it in your car window:

Why not use your time while you’re sitting in traffic to let others know just how detrimental eating meat is?

🌍4. Share the Cowspiracy trailer and host you own moo-vie party:

The more people who see this vitally important film, the faster we can save animals, people, AND the planet.

🌍5. Go vegan:

According to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

Whatcha waitin’ for?



Life was more “basic” in Worcester way back when my Bapy and Auntie, pictured here, …

… lived in Green Island, in The Block, on Bigelow Street. They cooked all the family’s meals from scratch – often using mushrooms, blueberries and fish that my Polish immigrant grandfather, “Jaju,” picked/caught in the wilds of Worcester! My high school friend’s mom, a Polish immigrant, still made everything from scratch for her family – noodles, rolls, pierogi, gawompki – many Polish meals. And pizza!!!! Very tasty! As a teen, I ate many a meal in that grand three decker on Vernon Hill!!

We kids – real young to teens – walked everywhere. To see friends. To play whiffle ball, tag, Red Rover, double dutch, Chinese jumprope, hopscotch, marbles … When we got older we took a bus downtown to meet our pals and hang out at “Worcester Center” – the big mall, The Galleria, next to Notre Dame church (always full to capacity on Sunday)! A Galaxy of fun in The Galleria: record stores, clothing shops, shoe stores, a five and ten and our fave – Orange Julius!!

We did SIMPLE, BASIC STUFF – like read books and magazines, listen to our albums on record players … We learned how to play a musical instrument … We joined the Providence Street Junior High School Chorus – led by our beloved – THE ICONIC ♥️ – Miss Avedikian! Everyone’s favorite teacher, she was adorable – only 4′ 10″ high but, boy, could she keep the big tough boys in line! And she got them singing! She hugged everybody! All the time! She knew many of us kids were deprived … city kids in need of music and love! And so much more! She was our ally and booster – this little lady who needed a booster seat for her desk chair. This little lady, dressed impeccably, her little legs dangling from a kid’s desk chair!

THIS EARTH DAY, LET US LEARN FROM THIS PANDEMIC and LOVE THE BASIC and simplify, simplify, simplify!

– Rose T.🌎🌍♥️🎶🎶

written by BLAZE FOLEY!:

How to celebrate Earth Day during a pandemic … and more🌷

By Heather Moore

Mother Earth, her animals and plants are getting a much needed break from us humans during COVID-19!

It’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day, when 20 million Americans “took to the streets” to demonstrate for a clean, livable environment. That won’t be happening this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left most of us confined to our homes. We can still make a difference, though. This year, as Earth Day, April 22, goes digital, we can all help halt climate change and other environmental problems in real life by eating vegan foods rather than animal-based ones and urging our friends and followers on social media to do the same.

Go, Uncle Joe!

The novel coronavirus likely originated in a “wet market” that sold fish, live poultry and exotic animals for human consumption. Wet markets, factory farms and slaughterhouses not only contribute to potentially deadly diseases, such as COVID-19, they also release significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A 2018 University of Oxford study involving 119 countries and 38,000 commercial farms found that beef and other animal-based foods have an “outsize effect” on emissions, noting that just 2 pounds of beef generates 132 pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions. Overall, the production of animal-derived foods is responsible for 10 to 50 times more emissions than the production of vegan foods.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy is fueling climate change and that cutting them from our diets could reduce our carbon footprint from food by two-thirds. It will also help conserve resources, reduce pollution and prevent the loss of forests—not to mention the slaughter of billions of sentient animals.

Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore says that going vegan is “the single biggest way” to reduce our impact on the planet. Animal agriculture plays a huge role in everything from water pollution and water shortages to deforestation and food scarcity. A 2018 NRDC report called the agricultural sector “a serious water polluter” and indicated that it was the “leading cause of water degradation” around the world. In the United States, it’s the main culprit when it comes to contaminated rivers and streams, the second when it comes to wetlands and the third for lakes.

A recent University of Delaware study found that 55% of the water taken from the Colorado River basin is used to grow food for cows. As a result, 53 species of fish are at risk of extinction, because freshwater stores are wasted on water-hungry crops to feed animals who are bred to be killed and eaten, even though ethical and environmentally friendly options exist.

And freshwater stores aren’t all that’s being exhausted by meat production. Cattle ranching accounts for 80% of current deforestation rates, making it the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, according to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

When researchers from the Institute of Social Ecology studied ways to meet the expected global food demand in the year 2050—without sacrificing any forests—they concluded that the only option is for everyone to go vegan. Jessica Fanzo, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, who conducted a similar study in 2019, says we’ll be in “dire straits” if we don’t. Thankfully, we’re all learning that we can change our behavior to beat a crisis — or at least to prevent one from worsening. So, this Earth Day, how about exploring veganism? Eating Earth-friendly vegan foods is easy and enjoyable, and it will help prevent future pandemics and further environmental destruction!






Quick lunch by Chef Joey🇫🇷 … and an essay by him!😊


Text and pics by Chef Joey

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So what’s for lunch? How about a quiche?

Joe Joe made this beautiful quiche🇫🇷 today!

What’s great is they are simple to make: You can add anything to them, like spinach or broccoli, or mushrooms. Or you can go all French and do ham and cheese.

The secret to a great veggie quiche is to partially cook the veggies – let them cool down and you place everything in the pie shell. Then you add your egg mixture.

The base layer is always cheese, then top it with your meat or veggies – or both – then pour on the egg mix and bake approximately 30 mins or less at 350F.

I use pre-made shells …

… as they tend to be less expensive to make and are quick. If you want to be traditional: take 2 sticks butter … Cut them up … also let them get soft. Take 2 cups flour and a pinch of salt. Add a TINY amount of cold water to get it to grab – mix well with your hands and roll out the crust.

Then fill with cheese and toppings.

For the egg filling, whip together 6 eggs and a small container of plain yogurt. I like the Greek kind:


Mix together well – pour into the shell …


… – and you are done! It’s great with a salad!


COVID-19 in France: My Thoughts

By Chef Joey

So here we are halfway through April and decisions are being made on what to do about the “Corona Virus’ “covid 19.” Being housebound by a mandatory curfew here in France I get to see lots of social media, some fun posts – and many disturbing ones, such as people wanting to go to the beach.

Sand harbors disease, people spread disease … And if the rest of the world is on “protection mode” so shouldn’t the USA! In 1918, in America, during the “Spanish Flu,” when Americans wanted to have parades, post World War I – cities that did not have parades survived, but cities that did, like Philadelphia, were “piling up corpses like firewood.”

Here in France, we must wear a facemask that is provided by the town. We must wash hands and wear gloves but, most importantly, Stay Home. To leave our homes we have to print out a form that explains the purpose of our travels and the time you left your house. The form has civil information, like address and birthdate, and being out for the following reasons: Essential employee, a pharmacy run, bringing food to the elderly, essential food shopping, and personal exercise and or dog walking. Quite simple. And the walking: Yes, it’s stay within 1 kilometer of your residence – and wear a mask.

These simple tasks are paramount to people regaining their lives again. Bars and restaurants are currently closed here🇫🇷 until mid-July. Hotels are closed as well – this too shall pass! The streets here are sprayed down every day to prevent the spread of the disease. Places that have foot traffic, like pharmacies, grocery store sidewalks and ATMs are done first – then the rest of the streets are done.

Children are restricted unless completely necessary to go to stores, as are the elderly, and social distancing is paramount – and enforced everywhere.

I do not look at this as my rights being taken away. I look at this as something serious because in the final stages of the disease, the patient is quarantined off and left to pass away on their own. No one to hold their hand, no one to kiss goodbye. Even in death there is no public celebration, no funerals allowed … of course, weddings are stopped as well.

So we will remember 2020 as an off year when the world was on hold, and I will be glad to have stayed home and stayed healthy to tell the story to (hopefully!) a grandkid or two!



Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

A few days ago I posted this beautiful picture of the beautiful yellow and orange facial mask my art director hand-sewed for me … To help me get through the pandemic:


But SHE MAILED IT TO ME FROM A WOO SUBURB, and you know the Worcester mail: She might as well have sent my face mask to me from California VIA PONY EXPRESS! So, as I wait and wait uneasily for my beautiful face mask, and need to grocery shop tomorrow, and HATE TO GROCERY SHOP without a facial mask – it is a scary, stressful, under-10-minute race thru the cheese, fruit and bakery aisles – I decided to STEP UP. PUSH UP, to be exact! – and make my own facial mask by converting my old push up bra into a facial mask – TWO facial masks, to be exact.



Remember the ol’ Wonder Bra, ladies? Well, mine is a “knock-“off (ha ha), but it is still pretty perfect for these COVID 19 days, seeing our President has FU*KED US ALL OVER AND WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH PPE plus America is selling our facial masks to other countries to MAKE $$$!!!, and, as I close in on 60, maybe my bra’s sexier days are receding into the COVID-19 sunset😢. I have worn it special for … but wait!! I must refrain from sharing! Face Book is a PG 13 platform!!!


♥️Each of my bra cups covers my mouth and nose perfectly. Inside, the push up foam acts as a filter. Totally breathable. And washable. I started my lil’ project last night – I have to put the ribbons through its corners so I can tie it on my face. I am hopeful. Doing my part. Following Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus, Dr. Hirsh and Worcester Mayor Petty’s directive. It is a new kind of law here in Worcester. We are all supposed to wear facial masks in supermarkets.


☕So, ladies, let’s wave our flags! Let’s save our city! And remember: When the going gets tough, the soft get going!

♥️Love you! Stay safe!



Thursday🍳☕ wrap-up: Gordon H., Chef Joey, Rose, Worcester caring for kids + more! ♥️

First …

Outside my window: SPRING HAPPENED! LOOK AT THESE TREES in our backyard, THEIR “DARLING BUDS” aching to open:
🌷🌷pics: Rose T.

And yet, the clouds float in: Our president – Trump – and the federal government have failed us Americans! President Trump has not led America, has not used his powers to GET MANY 🇺🇸 factories making PPE, ventilators … He has PUT HIS NAME ON RELIEF CHECKS! He has not HELPED AVERAGE AMERICANS in a timely fashion – all aid given piecemeal and grudgingly.

TRUMP LIES TO US! … We Worcesterites must follow the directives of Worcester Mayor Petty and CM Ed Augustus, NYC Mayor de Blasio, governors Cuomo and Baker – and our own Dr. Hirish!

Please! Shelter in place:
Try to eat well!

Stay active around the house – create a schedule, create chores:

Try to smile thru the tears!:

And when you go out for your necessities, wear a facial mask in crowded spaces like supermarkets, buses, the pharmacy …
Rose’s facial mask – handsewn for her by her art director♥️


Rose caught up with FRIENDLY HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Gordon Hargrove …

Gordon and Tim Garvin, President & CEO of United Way
Gordon, left, and Tim Garvin, director of the UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASS.

Gordon is on the frontlines of Worcester’s COVID 19 FIGHT, working to provide meals to our hungry kids and families and providing ANYBODY with emergency food during these challenging COVID 19 days.
Gordon P. Hargrove

He told us ALL WOO’S FOOD INSECURE KIDS ARE BEING FED at city feeding sites. Here are places and times:

Friendly House’s Feeding sites!:

Site, Name, Location, Starting time to End time, in the a.m. and lunch time:

10:30 a
11:00 a
Vernon Hill Park
87 Providence
11:15 a
11:45 a

Greenwood Park
14 Forsberg St
12:00 p
12:30 p

Logan Field
539 Mill St
12:45 p
1:15 p

Bannis Field
Dorcester St

10:30 a
11:00 a

Lake Park
281 Lake Ave
11:15 a
11:45 a

East Park
Shrewsbury St
12:00 p
12:30 p

University Park
965 Main St

12:45 p
1:15 p

Grant Square Park
Corner of Windsor & North Hampton
1:30 p
1:45 p

Castle Park
965 Main St

11:30 a
11:45 a

16 Laurel St
12:30 p
1:00 p

161 West Mountain
11:30 a
12:00 p

Kids Klub
180 Constitution Ave/GBV
11:30 a
12:00 p

45 Freedom Way
12:00 p
12:30 p

Friendly House
36 Wall St
12:00 p
12:30 p

Autumn Woods
16 Upland Gardens
12:00 p
12:30 p

South Worcester Neighborhood
47 Camp Street
1:45 p
2:00 p

Green Island
50 Canton Street

♥️♥️♥️And the Friendly House, Quinsigamond Village, South Worcester Neighborhood Center, Plumley Village and Grern Island FOOD PANTRIES ARE OPEN AND GIVING EMERGENCY FOOD PACKAGES to ANYONE IN NEED!!:

Friendly House, 36 Wall Street, 508-755-4362
Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Quinsigamond Village Community Center, 16 Greenwood St., 508-755-7481
Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 3pm Fridays emergencies – call first

Plumley Village, 16 Laurel St, 508-755-3989
Tuesdays 9am-4pm and Friday 12pm-4pm

South Worcester Neighborhood Center, 47 Camp St., 508-757-8344
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am-1:30pm, Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm

Green Island Neighborhood Center, 50 Canton St., 508-890-2737
Wednesday 11am-2pm, Thursday 1pm-4pm

👏👏👏Thank you to supporters: Worcester County Food Bank, Project Bread and Worcester Together!!!👏👏

🌷🌷🌷And … Great news! Gordon told us A NEW REFRIGERATED FOOD-DELIVERY VAN has just been donated to the City of Worcester FEEDING OUR KIDS food program!! A big thank you to City of Worcester Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mattie C. and the Health Foundation of Worcester for making this VAN-GIFT🚐🚐🚐 a REALITY!♥️


Easy Recipe …

☀️YOU CAN USE VEGAN CHICKEN CRUMBLES for this recipe – BUY A BAG AT TRADER JOES ON RT 9, SHREWSBURY. Trader Joes has a lot of MOCK MEATS that are very tasty – and CRUELTY-FRER!
– Rose

🇫🇷From Chef Joey …


Text + pics by Chef Joey

Gigi’s dad!😊

By my before and after pictures – during France’s COVID 19 quarantine – I’ve noticed a slight tightening of my waist. So, as a result, I’m doing Fairview Days, and one of them is my favorite: lettuce wraps:


They are incredibly easy to make, fast and low-calorie.

You need:

one onion

one clove of garlic

same size piece of ginger as the clove, peeled and added to the chicken

1/2 chicken breast

Boston lettuce

and a scallion

For condiments, you’ll need:

a little sunflower oil

soy sauce

some rice vinegar

What you do: chop the onions and garlic and place in a frying pan.

With a tablespoon of sunflower oil and add 3 tbsp rice vinegar.


Sauté over a low to medium heat.

In the meantime, place the ginger and chicken in your food processor and mix well. Add to the onion mix.

Add a touch more heat and stir until cooked.

Sprinkle with some soy sauce, and when the chicken is cooked you are done!

Place in a bowl and garnish with some chopped scallions.




Rake the whole leaves of the Boston lettuce off, rinse them off. Pat them dry, put them in a bowl and serve! Enjoy!




Tiger King is toast! … PPE masks in Woo … + more🎶

First …


A big Thank You♥️ to my art director for sewing me – by hand♥️ – this beautiful facial mask!:

Face Masks are PPE ALL WORCESTER SMALL AND BIG BIZ EMPLOYEES MUST NOW WEAR if they deal with the public – per City of Worcester/City Manager Ed AUGUSTUS. Ed is also recommending all Worcesterites wear facial masks in crowded places where we can’t always social distance – like supermarkets and drugstores.

… Wow. Gov. Charlie Baker refuses to give hazard pay to State of Mass hospital workers! (He’s ok’d the pay raise for nurses and medical paraprofessionals in public/state hospitals through out Massachusetts.) But the other folks – often minorities – are left out! Yet these workers are ESSENTIAL, too. Essential workers at UMass, Memorial, Family Health Center and Hahnemann hospital – they sweep the hospital floors, wash the floors, wash the windows, sanitize the inside of elevators, wash stairwells, empty the trash or sit behind the cash registers at the hospitals’ cafeteria (food handlers/cooks work for a subcontractor) or work at the hospital gift stores. These workers RISK THEIR HEALTH, THEIR LIVES, AS THEY WORK TO create a safe and sterile environment for all patients and medical staff – they INTERACT WITH THE DOCS AND NURSES IN THE CAFETERIA, throughout the hospital, during this global pandemic. Why can’t we pay them $5 more an hour? Or at the very least an additional $3? They are making little more than minimum wage now! And they are essential workers – in the thick of COVID 19!! WHY NOT RESPECT THEM FOR DOING VITAL WORK – KEEPING OUR HOSPITALS CLEAN AND SANITIZED. Keeping people safe. Helping to save lives … Gov. Baker: Pay these workers a hazard pay rate DURING this awful PANDEMIC – pay them this rate for four months … six months … a year. Or two.

– Rose T.


A recap, from PETA.ORG:

Tim Stark of ‘Tiger King’ Just Lost a USDA Appeal — We’re Not Surprised

Published February 7, 2020, by PETA. Last Updated April 13, 2020.

Two months after a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) order revoking notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license and requiring him and his shoddy facility, Wildlife in Need, to pay a combined $340,000 in civil penalties, Stark just lost his appeal in the USDA administrative lawsuit against him and his roadside zoo.

Abusers – and murderers

PETA applauds the judgment – Stark has encouraged patrons to hit tiger cubs, swing and toss monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and he bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE a federal Animal Welfare Act exhibitor’s license.

Stark has 60 days to appeal the USDA’s ruling to a federal court, and in the meantime, PETA is continuing to call for the animals in his custody to be transferred to reputable facilities — and urging everyone to stay away from roadside zoos.

Originally published February 7, 2020:

After years of PETA action, another animal abuser is in serious trouble. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just issued an order to revoke notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license permanently and ordered him and his sham “sanctuary,” Wildlife in Need, to pay a total of $340,000 in civil penalties — $40,000 of which was assessed against Stark individually. The issue will go into effect 35 days after the date of the order if Stark and Wildlife in Need don’t appeal.


Stark is well known to animal advocates and the USDA. The agency filed an administrative lawsuit against Wildlife in Need (based in Charlestown, Indiana), alleging more than 120 willful violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act between 2012 and 2016. These include when Stark instructed patrons to hit big-cat cubs during “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, swung and tossed monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat.

The court also found that he went months without an attending veterinarian and provided a USDA inspector with an official document bearing the forged signature of a veterinarianwho hadn’t been the facility’s attending vet in years. Numerous animals died at the facility of preventable causes, including a kangaroo and three otters who were denied veterinary care, big-cat cubs who were declawed and later died of their injuries, and 41 animals who died in a fire.

“The USDA has effectively cut Stark off at the knees, preventing him from continuing to torment and exploit vulnerable lemurs, sloths, dogs, and other animals for a quick buck,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA looks forward to seeing this terrible place shut down and the animals moved to reputable facilities where they’ll never again be used for photo ops.”

The ruling is a historic victory for animals. PETA is pressing forward with our pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against Stark and Wildlife in Need, aiming to get endangered and threatened animals out of his hands and into reputable facilities.

PETA won a preliminary injunction early in the case that prevents Stark from carrying out abusive activities — including declawing big cats, prematurely separating cubs from their mothers without medical necessity, and holding “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, in which cubs can be subjected to hours of direct contact with the public — while the case is being decided. A second PETA lawsuit against the sham sanctuary’s attending veterinarian resulted in a first-of-its-kind agreed-upon ruling holding that declawing ESA-protected big cats without medical necessity violates the ESA.

We’ll continue working until every animal at Wildlife in Need is in a reputable facility.





This past Saturday: CAMBRIDGE STREET, empty playground (brand new, too!) and park:
pic: Rose T.


Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn! I saw her with the old beau several years ago in Webster. She was in her 70s – and still sounded INCREDIBLE. She wore this hot red taffetta gown, and when she sat in her chair to sing, it puffed up all around her creating this tomato effect. Beautiful♥️
– Rose T.

Monday wrap-up: Chef Joey, Rose, Dorrie + more

First …

Text+pics by Rose T.

A little self-care this a.m:

Thinking about our homeless …
This past Saturday: Worcester’s Canal District.

… Thinking that despite Dr. Hirsh, Mayor Petty and City Manager Ed Augustus’s Herculean Efforts to safeguard them from COVID 19, treat/test them, and quarantine them in a beautiful new space, Worcester’s homeless folks and the people who feed them, care for them, ♥️love them are contracting COVID 19 at an alarming rate.

Woo’s PATRON SAINT OF THE HOMELESS – BILLY RILEY – the Worcester guy who FOR YEARS has fed our homeless, the alone, the suffering, and the working poor at the St. John’s Church soup kitchen on Temple Street, even giving folks groceries for their week (every Sat. morn) HAS CONTRACTED the Coronavirus. Billy is at home now, praying and self-quarantining. DEPRESSED AS HELL, no doubt! BILLY LOVES HIS FULL-TIME VOLUTEER GIG. It is city-wide, it is doing a million good things with a million good folks. Jesus’s work. For the good of Worcester. … Good Luck with contact-tracing for Billy, Dr. Hirsh!

I learned this weekend that Father Richie – the other hub of help for the city’s homeless – has contracted COVID 19. Father Richie – the street pastor who for years HAS OVERSEEN St. John’s HOTEL GRACE, THE CITY’S EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER – is out of commission, too. At home self-monitoring. Good luck, Dr. Hirsh, with contact-tracing in this case, too.

The homeless under the Green Street Bridge

Our pal Dorrie, another person who loves our homeless, says Abby’s Shelter for women has laid off most of its workers – except for our Dorrie! She is holding the fort there, and Abby’s is paying her for her community service at the “Seed.” DORRIE CONTINUES TO DO HOMELESS OUTREACH AT THE MUSTARD SEED soup kitchen in our Piedmont neighborhood. She is helping homeless people with bkankets, clothing, backpacks – and STILL GIVING THRM PET FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR THEIR DOGS AND CATS! All the while wearing PPE – a face mask and latex surgical gloves. And practicing social distancing as best she can.

Gordon and his other son

Saint Dorrie!!!! We pray for her and other social service workers’ safety!

Dorrie says she believes A THIRD OF WORCESTER’S HOMELESS POPULATION has contracted COVID 19.

She works in the middle of this plague and believes the global pandemic is a sign – a warning for us all to become more self-sufficient.

No one is to blame for COVID 19 attacking OUR HOMELESS COMMUNITY/WORKERS. Many homeless folks do not – cannot – have problems with sheltering in place, staying put – and safe. IT REQUIRES DISCIPLINE – IS A HARD THING TO DO if you are struggling with other issues.

SO … DO our homeless inadvertantly SPREAD COVID 19 …ol on downtown benches, door ways, stoops, stairs, WRTA hub shelters? THRU NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN!


HOW DO WE STOP – OR SLOW – THIS SPREAD, city leaders? To save lives and reopen Worcester …


From🇫🇷 Chef Joey:

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Joe Joe!🇫🇷🇫🇷😊

☀️Spanish Omelette!

Text+pics by Chef Joey

You don’t need a big meal to feed your family. How about a Spanish omelette for breakfast or lunch?

You need an onion …

2 cloves of garlic

1 large boiled potato, quartered and cut into slices.


Add a tablespoon of butter and some oil to a frying pan.

Add your onions, sauté until clear.

Add the potato, and as they brown with a cover, add the garlic.

Take 8 eggs and blend them and add to the mix.

Cover about 6 mins – until it sets and place a plate on top and flip over.

Cook another 6 mins or less on a low flame and slide on to a plate.


Make a salad and lunch is served!


Animal shelters must not wash their hands of responsibility during this pandemic

By Teresa Chagrin

Rose’s Jett and Lilac were shelter rescues♥️

While we race to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in danger of forgetting what started it: our own species’ blatant disrespect and disregard for the other species who try to share our world but often aren’t permitted to. The novel coronavirus originated in one of the world’s many live-animal markets — violent, filthy places where animals, terrified and trembling, are crammed into cages stacked on top of each other. Excrement, pus and blood from animals in the top tiers drip down onto the animals below, spreading disease, until it is time for them to be butchered in full view of the others.

Now, in the midst of this human-created crisis, other animals who depend on humans for almost everything, from drinking water to their very lives, are also being treated as expendable: Many animal shelters are closing their doors, refusing to accept dogs and cats from people who sometimes have no other recourse. As a result, animals are being abandoned on the streets and essential, lifesaving services like spaying and neutering, which prevent the births of more homeless animals, have ground to a halt. This is inhumane and irresponsible and will cause more animals to suffer and die. It needs to be rethought.

Animal sheltering services are more essential and critical now than ever before, and that’s saying a lot. Millions of people are out of work and scrambling to pay their bills, putting animals at risk of going without necessary food and veterinary care. Animals whose owners are hospitalized can be left with no one to care for them. What do those people do?

Shelters are the last resort for many, and when even taxpayer-funded facilities won’t help, some people take matters into their own hands. For example, a Pennsylvania man admitted to strangling his own ailing dog to death after being turned away from his local shelter. In Virginia, a Georgia woman, who testified that she had contacted two shelters and was refused help by both, admitted to shooting and killing a litter of puppies and dumping their bodies over an embankment.

Horrifying cases like these are reported nearly constantly in communities across the country where shelters have made it difficult or impossible for people to surrender animals. Others who are refused help by shelters simply dump animals in the woods or on the streets to die of starvation, be hit by a car or succumb to the elements.

So while debates continue over what constitutes “essential” work during the pandemic, there is no question that lifesaving animal sterilization surgeries should continue. Every sterilization saves countless lives, by preventing millions more unwanted dogs and cats from being born into a world with too few acceptable homes, a world in which many will suffer and die on the streets or at the hands of cruel or neglectful people or end up being euthanized in shelters that must make room for an endless flood of animals in need.

Suspending spay/neuter clinics’ vital services will exacerbate a crisis that was raging long before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and set back the progress that the humane community has painstakingly made to reduce animal overpopulation. Not only will it result in more homeless animals, it’s also likely to cause a spike in cruelty cases and in diseases contagious to humans, including rabies.

Humans have created the dog and cat homelessness crisis by domesticating animals and then failing to take responsibility for them. Animals depend on shelters to stand strong and do what is right. That means keeping their doors and clinics open when animals need them the most.


The 2020 Iditarod race is now officially over … BUT DOGS SUFFERED …+ more☮️

First …

Took my Huskie Jett and Lilac to the park today …

Look! I need a haircut, and I am getting fat with all the sheltering in place!!!:

Saw a tiny white chiuaua in the gutter! She was looking for food! I screeched to a halt to see what was up (she had a home). Of course, global pandemic be da*ned, everyone behind me STILL HONKED AND CUSSED AT ME!:
I saw a teeny tiny chiuaua here …


Worcester’s homeless folks still struggle – BUT THE CITY IS REALLY TRYING TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND HEALTHY. …

I miss being on the road, seeing a slice of 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸:


♥️♥️P.S. And this text just now from gal pal Dorrie:

“Do u still live at your place I was going to drop off some dog & cat food?”

I texted back to her: YES! BUT I DO NOT WANT YOU NEAR ANY OF THESE ABUSERS/HARASSERS and haters! I WILL PICK UP the goodies! ♥️ ♥️YOU!!!! – R.

– text+pics: Rose T.



The 2020 Iditarod race is now officially over. The last musher, Kaci Murringer, crossed the finish line with exhausted dogs in tow this afternoon.



Nicolas Petit forced his dogs to continue the race even after all of them reportedly vomited, one was injured in a fight with another dog, and three got frostbite. He finally stopped racing at mile 852, likely because the dogs simply couldn’t run any farther.
Jessie Royer accidentally set her own sled on fire.


A senior dog used by Matthew Failor named Cool Cat developed twisted intestines and almost died of painful bloat.

Mitch Seavey — already the subject of a recent PETA undercover investigation that found that dogs were chained up, denied veterinary care, and even killed during training — reportedly threw a dog down and pinned her muzzle to the ground while on the race’s livestream. He previously admitted to beating, depriving, and neglecting dogs.

Thomas Waerner — who chains his dogs to wooden boxes in the snow at his kennel (a common practice for mushers) — left behind four dogs he pushed beyond the breaking point during the race.

Richie Diehl admitted that he dropped out of the race because five dogs had coughs and were showing signs of the beginning stages of pneumonia.

As of March 20, a dog named Betty used by John Schandelmeier was in critical condition with pneumonia and dogs Thunder and Charlotte weren’t eating, had lost a lot of weight, and had fevers, diarrhea, and persistent coughs.

Three mushers had to call for rescue after running dogs through part of the trail blocked by seawater overflow. Rescuers reportedly found the mushers in sleeping bags, and they required oxygen. But there was no word as to the conditions of the wet dogs in the below-freezing temperatures.
More than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, and other causes, leaving the rest to have to work even harder.

These instances are in addition to ongoing complaints surrounding the Iditarod, including the deaths of more than 150 dogs since the race began.



I think I heard our Jim May😊: