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Talking on the phone with a gal pal and decided … This week to show you some fashion finds at Worcester thrift shops …

… stuff as wonderful as Carrie’s powder puff pink tutu???? … I adored SEX AND THE CITY and leading lady Carrie! Carrie was totally herself: un-phony, lean bod, big nose, good columnist, and a bit self-sabotaging with her BIG obsession!

Without Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, we wouldn’t have Lena D.’s Hannah, Shosh and the rest of the GIRLS. … GIRLS, tied with MAD MEN, for my fave TV show! – R.T.

Looking to buy something sparkly and pretty for New Year’s Eve? Then shop at Abby’s House Thrift Store for your sparkly, pretty things!


I got these sparkly necklaces my Santa is modeling at the Salvation Army (on Cambridge Street) years ago!


Got this great beaded clutch awhile back at another thrift shop run by a Worcester nonprofit human service agency.

I shop Goodwill (on Park Ave.) for my goodies: purses, dresses, baubles and trinkets! … . They have some real treasures. You just have to look for them, be willing to spend some time hunting for the pretty, funky stuff. Which is FUN!

Most “vintage” shops scour places like Goodwill, Abby’s House thrift shop, or the Salvation Army to find cool clothing, furniture, accessories and stuff. Then they MARK IT WAY UP $$$ for you – their customers.

Why not go straight to the source and find the great jewelry, skirts, funky stuff, etc for $1, $2, $3, $5  without a middle person who is gonna make you pay a lot more money for the goods?  Plus, if you shop at these thrift shops, places like ABBY’S HOUSE THRIFT STORE (see below), your money goes to great nonprofits that employ hundreds of local folks and work to make our community – especially vulnerable families and individuals – healthy and strong.

So … head out to where our Parlee Jones works – ABBY’S HOUSE! – and shop at their store!

52 High St., Worcester

By shopping at Abby’s House THRIFT SHOP (52 High St., across the street from St. Paul’s Cathedral) you support the shelter and the homeless women for whom it spells HOME.

Lots of greats buys! Lots of items Diamonds in the Rough!

The Abby’s House Thrift Shop

All of the profits from sales at the Thrift Shop fund their emergency women’s shelter.


Monday through Thursday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

For more information, call (508) 756-5486, extension 12.

A special holiday request from Abby’s: At times we are in need of furniture in good condition that may be used to set up an apartment, such as small kitchen sets or desk sets. If you would like to make a furniture donation, please call ahead.

CLICK HERE to visit the Abby’s House website to learn more!

Holiday sweeties!


“The Mayor of Green Island,” the lovely and talented Lorraine Laurie!



Mom and her little boy, at Webster Square.  They’d just finished doing some Christmas shopping at the Dollar Store and were hurrying to the bus stop. Little guy cranky cuz he was out all day … . Saw my sweet late mother and myself, many Christmases ago, in these two sweeties!


SWNC Executive Director Ron Charette (right) and his brother hugging away this past Tuesday at the South Worcester Neighborhood Center holiday extravaganza!


A sparkly Worcester City Hall and Common! Sweet!!!!

And, finally, from me to you: SWEET-HEART OF THE RODEO album in its entirety – the Gram Parsons version! I love Gram! Enjoy!

– Rosalie Tirella


InCity Yum Yums: Get creative with those leftovers!

CAM00454 Chef Joey can make mundane leftovers  … yummy!

By Chef Joey

Here’s that awkward period between holidays – kids home, shorter work week, lingering merriment, tighter waistbands … . But the show must go on! We are conditioned to have a good time regardless. Many people have “left overs” from holiday feasts … why not try something new with all that extra food?

I call this recipe: “Empty the Fridge Burritos”!

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 red or white onion

4 spring onions, chopped

1 pound mixed vegetables of your choice (we used carrots, red pepper and sweetcorn)

½ pound leftover chicken, ham, beef or pork, chopped into small chunks

1 pound cooked rice

1 can red kidney beans in chili sauce

1 avocado, chopped

6 large wraps

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten

Sour cream, to serve

Heat the oil in a large pan.

Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft, then add your chosen veggies and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until tender.

Add the leftover meat, the rice and beans, along with the sauce from the can.

Stir everything together and cook for 5 minutes until piping hot.

Heat another frying pan or a griddle pan, until hot, and heat oven to 350

2. Now assemble the burritos.

Warm a wrap for 10 seconds on the hot pan (keep the pan hot, you’ll need to use it again).

Pile roughly a sixth of the rice mixture onto the center of the wrap.

Top with a little avocado and some cheese, then brush beaten egg around the edge.

Fold the ends over the filling, then fold in the sides, like an envelope.

Flatten a little to a parcel, then place, seam-side down, in the hot pan.

Cook for 2 minutes until the underside has sealed shut and is toasted a golden brown. Flip over and cook for a few minutes more.

Keep the burrito warm in the oven while you continue assembling and cooking the remaining burritos.

Serve with sour cream.

Here is another quickie!  It takes 10 minutes to prep and an hour to cook – “Turkey Cacciatore!”

2 small or 1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning

3 x cans chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp sugar

little splash of vinegar

about 500 g leftover turkey, shredded into chunks

1 x 125 g balls mozzarella cheese

2 good handfuls of fresh breadcrumbs

Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until softened.

Add the tomatoes and sugar, a little splash of vinegar and oregano, then simmer for 20 minutes until really thick.

Stir in the turkey and transfer to a baking dish.

Heat oven to 375.

Tear over the mozzarella in chunks, then scatter over the breadcrumbs with a bit more ground pepper.

Bake for 20 minutes until turkey is piping hot through and the top is golden and bubbling.

Serve with pasta, mashed or baked potato, or even rice.

Moral of this holiday story: Anything can be turned into a delicious dinner with a little creativity!

And whatever you decide to do with your leftovers, be thankful that you have them! And, finally – every experiment this holiday season can turn into next year’s family tradition!

Head over to the Worcester Historical Museum to see these Worcester holiday postcards …

… and more! Exhibits, photos, books, memorabilia, craft classes for kids, a cool Worcester-themed gift shop. … It’s all about Worcester!

Worcester Historical Museum

Open Tuesday – Sunday

Elm Street, Worcester

For more info, call them at (508) 753-8278

Here are some of their Worcester Whitney Postcards … You can see them at the museum.

But first a brief history of this Worcester company …

The publishing company was founded by Civil War veteran George Whitney in his hometown of Worcester.

Beginning at the turn of the century and continuing up to about 1920, the Whitney Company manufactured greeting cards, children’s books, souvenir postcards, paper toys and novelties of every description .

Originally a stationary store founded by George C. Whitney, they became an important publisher and printer of holiday cards including postcards. Whitney installed embossing and paper lace making machinery in his factory so he could manufacture all of his card’s components in the United States. They also manufactured many mechanical cards.

During the heyday of the picture postcard fad in America, from about 1904 to 1917, the Whitney Company was a major presence, printing and selling several hundred designs for all holidays.

girls in bed for christmas-1

greetings 2-1

a little girl going down steps and seeing presents-1

kids in snowsuits throwing snow balls

children looking for santa-1

Whitney Postcard 2

Cool holiday happening! Get your FREE tickets for this marionette show (2!) at the Worcester Public Library!


At the Worcester Public Library

Salem Square

Tuesday, December 30


Two shows: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

and 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tanglewood Marionettes Present:

Hansel & Gretel

Set in the mid-nineteenth century, the story is based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and features melodies from the Humperdinck Opera.

As the tale unfolds, Hansel and Gretel must call upon their inner reserves and learn new methods to overcome the challenges they encounter while lost in the woods.

FREE tickets are required, limited and available at the Children’s Room Desk.

Recommended for ages 5 to 12 years.

Please contact the library’s Children’s Room at 508-799-1671.

Two little birdies, their cage and supplies – $35

Still need a holiday gift for a special senior, teen, or person who loves animals but lives in a condo/apartment complex that doesn’t allow dogs or cats?

Well, Belle and Sebastian, two pretty parakeets, may be the answer to your Christmas prayers! They need a forever home! (you can’t see one birdie – he’s behind the yellow card on cage)

I’ve owned parakeets; they are smart, fun, trainable and lovable!

Belle and Sebastian, their cage and all their necessities can be purchased at the Worcester Animal Rescue League on Holden Street, Worcester, for the rock bottom price of $35. … $35! What a great adoption fee!

Visit them this weekend – and all the other animals – at WARL.

– R. Tirella


It’s not too late to buy these holiday gifts at WARL! Your $$ helps homeless animals …

… Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, birds and small animals that need FOREVER HOMES!

Head down to the Worcester Animal Rescue League on Holden Street in Worcester this weekend and go shopping for your fave pup or kitty. They are open to the public SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, noon to 4 p.m. Support this nonprofit, one that has been finding great homes for Worcester’s homeless companion animals for more than a century!

P.S. They’ve got way more stuff than shown here! WARL tote bags, books, etc. I had my Jett in the car and had to stop taking photos to run out to him!

CLICK HERE to see all the beautiful dogs up for adoption at WARL. 

– Rosalie Tirella