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Make Valentine’s at the Worcester Public Library and GBV branch with the Worcester Historical Museum!


Tomorrow and Thursday!

Come to one of the Worcester Historical Museum’s Valentine-making workshops and learn about historic Worcester Valentine styles and techniques!

Get a chance to make your own Valentine to enter into the museum’s Valentine Contest or make cards for family and friends!

Parents, bring kids in grades 3 – 6

Wed., January 14

4 pm – Children’s Room, Main Library at Salem Square


Thursday, January 15

4 pm – Great Brook Valley Branch Library

For more information, please call 508.799.1671


The Worcester Public Library offers hundreds of FREE workshops for adults and kids! All year long! At all its branches! Craft classes, language classes, career workshops, computer workshops! Plus movies, reading groups, puppet shows, etc. FREE! Fun for the whole family!

For more information go to their EVENTS PAGE on their website worcpublib.org or … CLICK HERE 

“Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba running 2015 Boston Marathon® to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston-area native joins Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge to raise funds for cancer research

BOSTON — Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress Uzo Aduba will run the 119th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20, as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team to support cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A Medfield native, Aduba is best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-present), for which she won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Aduba will join more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and the world to run the historic route from Hopkinton to Boston, with a goal of raising $5.2 million for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber.

“Running the Boston Marathon has been a lifelong dream, and I am proud to be supporting Dana-Farber as I make this dream come true on April 20,” said Aduba. “As someone who grew up outside of Boston, I’ve always respected Dana-Farber’s groundbreaking work in cancer research. I’m honored to be a member of their team, helping to raise money to further this work so that one day we may all live in a world without cancer.”

This year marks the 26th annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team funds Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. The Barr Program supports cornerstone science research in its earliest stages, providing researchers with critical resources to test their leading-edge ideas. Findings from Barr Program research can provide the results necessary to seek additional federal funding as well as novel clinical insights. Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $69 million for the Barr Program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Uzo Aduba to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge this season,” said Jan Ross, senior director of Running Programs at Dana-Farber. “It’s an honor to count Uzo as one of our dedicated DFMC teammates who commit to making a difference by supporting cancer research at Dana-Farber.”

Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), which organizes the Boston Marathon. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive fundraising support, training guidance from 1976 Boston Marathon men’s champion Jack Fultz, and team training runs, plus volunteer opportunities for non-runners. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by cancer. Runners of all abilities participate with the goal to help put an end to cancer.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, go online to www.RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 617-632-1970 or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu. 

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge is one of multiple ways runners can support the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Participants can run on the official Dana-Farber team in the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. 5K, the Falmouth Road Race, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, or run in any race, of any distance, in any city, while raising funds for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.  For more information visit RunDanaFarber.org. 

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is world-renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of NCI and National Institutes of Health grant funding. www.dana-farber.org

Main South: MLK, Jr., event at Clark U

Clark University to host panel discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Clark University will host a panel discussion …

“Living the Revolution through Day to Day Struggle”

Monday, January 19

3 pm, in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor, Higgins University Center

950 Main St.

The Clark campus will come together to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and the thousands of others who agitated on behalf of equal rights and justice during the 1960s and beyond, and to consider the urgent need for the sorts of social, political, and economic changes that have galvanized the nation toward mass mobilization these past few months.

The following individuals will participate in the event:

•Lakiyra ‘Oompa’ Williams, manager of student services at Breakthrough Greater (Boston) in Roxbury, Massachusetts;

•Steve O’Neil, organizer with Worcester-based E.P.O.C.H., an organization that advocates for the rights of incarcerated persons;

•Shara Smith, coordinator and movement director for the national organization Move to Amend;

•David Minasian, organizer/business representative for the New England Carpenters’ Union based in Worcester at Carpenters Local 107.

The discussion will address questions such as:

•What role should white activists play in the movement for racial justice?

•Do youth voices matter?

•How should institutions such as Clark respond to these issues?

•Is there a place for violence in social and political movements?

•How does the individual activist effectively challenge structural inequality?

The event is free and open to the public.

Another stabbing in the Canal District – 3 G’s Sports Bar

From the Worcester Police Department – public information

Worcester Police Investigate Stabbing Outside of Bar –  one arrest made

On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 11:43 PM officers were dispatched to 3 G’s Sports Bar located at 152 Millbury Street.

Upon arrival, police found a 32-year-old male victim in the back
parking lot suffering from stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

During the investigation, police learned that the incident occurred when the victim engaged in a verbal argument with three suspects inside the bar. When the men left the bar, a physical altercation broke out in the parking lot. As a result, the victim was punched, kicked and stabbed several times. Officers reviewed surveillance video the incident.

One of the suspects was identified as 26-year-old William Humphrey of Worcester. Police were able to locate William Humphrey and placed him under arrest.

The two other suspects are both described as Black males, possibly in their 20’s and wearing dark clothing.

William Humphrey, 26, of 13 Shepard Street, Worcester was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Police continue to investigate.

If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

Mark your calendars!

Time is drawing closer for the Emory Miller Black History Luncheon.  It will be held at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St. on February 7, at 10 a.m.

I hope that you all plan to attend.  Our theme this year is “Zion’s Got Talent, Hope and A Future: Our History Through the Arts and the Spoken Word.”

We are concentrating on two eras – the 1920s and the 1960s.  Both decades stress Black pride movements and philosophical, artistic and educational advances.  You will see presentations that will use music, the spoken word, dramatic presentation, artwork or dance.

I am looking forward to a blessed program where we all will learn about our history!

God’s Peace and Blessings to all,

Sibyl M. Brownlee, PhD
Boston District Director of Christian Education

11 animal- and eco-friendly clothing and accessory companies to watch (and patronize) in 2015


Written by Christina Sewell (editor’s note: click on Christina’s name to read more about cruelty-free shopping!)

Well, it’s officially 2015. Another year older and wiser, right? When it comes to fashion, that wisdom includes becoming more aware of the numerous ethical and environmental issues raised by the way we dress. The tide of fashion is turning in favor of animals and the environment, and no one knows that better than the following companies. Keep your eye on them—they’re shaping the future.

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

Good Guys Dont Wear Leather

These shoes just might be the most comfortable chic little things ever to meet your feet. This all-vegan brand uses materials such as microfiber, canvas, and natural rubber to create shoes that are light, waterproof, nontoxic, and extremely durable. They’re designed in Paris, constructed in Portugal, and available for shipment to wherever your heart desires.



Conscious of the environmental and social impact of her designs, Lorna Burton’s CoraLlei collection places paramount importance on ethics and sustainability, drawing on the skills of Italian artisans in the company’s manufacturing home in Venice, Italy.

Dr. Martens’ Vegan Line

Dr Martens

Word on the street is that this heritage brand is back in a big way in 2015. Dr. Martens’ products are intended for all boot enthusiasts, and now that the brand touts an extensive vegan collection, this is truly the case. …

CLICK HERE to read more!

InCity Yum Yums: Recipes for school “snow days”!


By Chef Joey!

Here we are in the throes of January and school gets cancelled not for snow but for cold weather! Canadians must have better coats! My friend Giselle said when she was a little kid and lived in Canada, they went to school in Caplan, Quebec, up near the Gaspésie Peninsula, no matter what! Even if Bigfoot was outside!

But like the articles about keeping your pets warm during winter, so goes the same for children …

So what can you do when school’s been called off and the kids have a snow day? How about some good, old fashioned cooking lessons?

This does not have to involve heavy thinking. Looking ahead to summer, how about some homemade lemonade or orangeade? It’s so easy you will never buy a mix again!

Homemade Lemonade or Orangeade

This recipe makes about 10 cups.

Take 2 cups of water and 1 ½ cups sugar.

Bring the water to a boil.

Stir in the sugar to make a simple syrup.

Cook for about 3 minutes.

In the meantime, squeeze oranges (3 to 4) to get 1 ½ cups of juice and 2 or 3 lemons to get 1/3 cup of lemon juice.

Pour 6 more cups of water into a large pitcher.

Add the juice and then the simple syrup and mix.

Refrigerate until chilled and serve!

The good news is you can adjust the sugar and add less, if you like. You can also use bottled juice, but the squeezing part makes it fun! And, Mom, it takes up more time!

Being a chef, I never know when people are going to drop by my house. I will admit that I have high-quality lemon juice in my refrigerator so I can make lemonade in a snap.

I usually use 1 cup of lemon juice, ¼ cup simple syrup and 6 cups of water.

If I make the simple syrup on the spot, I will substitute 2 cups of water for 3 cups of ice to speed it up.

The joy of this simple beverage is you can add other juices or flavors. Ideal flavors to mix are strawberry and raspberry, for example.

Another way to spend time together is baking everyone’s favorite … COOKIES! They take 15-20 minutes to make and are instant gratification. They linger on through the afternoon, and you are not eating hydrogenated oils, and can control the sugar level as well.

This is one of my favorite recipes for soft oatmeal cookies.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

You will need 1 cup of butter, softened (cheat sheet – I melt it in the microwave 45 seconds … Shhhhhh)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder (if you don’t have baking powder use 1 tsp baking soda)

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

3 cups quick cooking oats

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture and add the oats. It will look dry but don’t worry.

Roll into balls the size of a walnut or use a small ice cream scoop and place the dough on a cookie sheet that has a piece of parchment paper on it, or just grease a cookie sheet . I’ll tell you more about parchment in a minute.

Don’t overload the sheet – place cookies so there is room for them to expand – usually 4 across and 6 down per pan.

Take a fork and gently press the cookies down in two directions for the “Martha” effect!

You can chill dough for at least one hour if you want to make “logs” of dough similar to tube cookies. Once the dough is chilled, shape the dough into a log and slice off cookies. The joy of this is you can make big batches of dough – create cookie dough logs – wrap them and freeze them. So if you need cookies in a snap – pull out a tube – heat the oven – slice and bake.

This is how you get “Parent of the Year” awards!

On parchment paper:

Parchment paper is a gift from heaven. It eliminates cleaning time and greasing pans – and it is not limited to cookies. Use it under roasts, chicken wings or whatever. Your pan is already half clean, and when making cookies you can use it over and over.

Keep warm, have fun and enjoy these recipes!