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Main South! Always in style! … Oct. 13 – tomorrow! – opening of new Kilby-Gardner-Hammond Athletic Field and Track!

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This lovely duplex is just one example of the the glorious Gardner-Kilby-Hammond urban renewal project! pic: Ron O’Clair

Boys & Girls Club kids will inaugurate field with soccer ‘kickoff’!

The Main South Community Development Corporation, the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and Clark University will celebrate the completion of a new field and track with a dedication beginning at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at 65 Tainter St.

Opening the new field marks the culmination of the Kilby-Gardner-Hammond project, begun in the late 1990s. The project so far comprises more than 100 new housing units, the $9.2 million Boys & Girls Club, and the new, $3 million field and track. This facility will be used by Clark University for intercollegiate, club, intramural, and recreation sports. It will also be shared with the Boys and Girls Club, giving the young people there an essential outdoor play space.

Congressman Jim McGovern will join the ceremonies on Thursday, along with Stephen Teasdale, Executive Director of the Main South CDC; David Angel, President of Clark University; and Liz Hamilton, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester.

“This new field and track will expand access to green spaces for local families and give kids new opportunities for outdoor recreation and positive afterschool activities,” Congressman McGovern said. “The successful completion of this project is another strong step toward a rejuvenated Main South. I was proud to help bring federal dollars back to our district to invest in the bike path around the track and I am grateful to work with such great partners in the City, Clark University, the Boys and Girls Club and the Main South Community Development Corporation to help us revitalize this neighborhood. Together we are building a strong and vibrant community for all of our families.”

“This field represents just the latest in a long history of successful partnering between Clark and our neighbors in Main South,” President Angel said. “The investments of our community along with city, state and federal agencies, private investment and development firms have resulted in a successful revitalization project sure to benefit all.”

“We’re thrilled to cut the ribbon and officially help Clark University open their new collegiate field, located next to our Harrington Clubhouse,” writes Hamilton. “This field will create opportunities for our kids we’ve never been able to provide in the past. We’re extremely appreciative of Clark for allowing our Club to utilize the field to offer sports such as snow-shoeing, lacrosse, track, and flag football.”

After officials finish their remarks, they plan to toss and kick soccer balls onto the new field for the club kids to “kick off” the new playing field.

The field and track project is another in a series of collaborations between the Main South CDC, the city, federal and state government and Clark University to revitalize Main South.

At the YWCA … Abby’s House and Our Story Edutainment … Tom Petty … and more!

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Abby’s House and Our Story Edutainment present Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Spoken Word and Lyrics

In Honor and Remembrance of Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

When: Wednesday, October 19

Where: Worcester Public Library

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Please join us for an evening of caring and remembrance as Worcester’s finest
poets and singers Honor victims and Celebrate survivors of Domestic Violence.

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Oct. 20 at Clark University, 950 Main St. …

Tom Petty biographer talks about men’s emotion in rock music

Clark University presents “Men, Masculinities and Emotion in Rock and Roll,” a conversation with Warren Zanes, author of “Petty: the Biography,” and executive director of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 20, in the Daniels Theater at Atwood Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Zanes’ book about Petty, released in late 2015, has been hailed as a masterpiece in biography, revealing “an X-ray of the most fragile, most volatile, and most sublime social unit ever invented: the rock-and-roll band. The alliances, the distortions, the deep bruises and the absurd elations that can never be explained to an outsider” (Journalist/author Stephen Dubner).

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Warren Zanes

Zanes, who has taught at several U.S. universities, also was vice president at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His writing subjects range from Jimmy Rogers to Dusty Springfield, to the Willburn Brothers to the History of Warner Bros. Records. Additionally, Zanes made three records with the 1980s rock and roll band the Del Fuegos and three as a solo artist.

Michael Addis, professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University, organized the talk and will serve as moderator. Addis is director of the Research Group on Men’s Well-Being. He is an expert on men’s help seeking, masculinity, depression and men’s health issues, and is the author of “Invisible Men: Men’s Inner Lives and the Consequences of Silence.”

“Rock and blues music is one of the only places in popular culture where men reveal pure emotional vulnerability, although it’s often hidden in layers of anger and other more hypermasculine ways of expressing pain.” ~ Michael Addis

“Warren Zanes is a true polymath; accomplished musician, author, professor of visual and cultural arts … We are very fortunate, and very excited, to have him visit Clark,” noted Addis.

Addis, a musician himself, described his connection with Zanes: “Over the last ten years I have been using Tom Petty’s music and lyrics regularly in my psychology of men and masculinity and psychology of music classes. When I read Warren’s recent biography on Petty I was so impressed with it that I contacted him immediately and found out not only that he had a connection with Clark (the Del Fuegos were Boston-Based and played at Clark in the ‘80s), but also that he was interested in the psychology of music, and in the issues of silence and invisibility in musician’s lives – something I had written about extensively in my book, ‘Invisible Men.’ ”

The talk is sponsored by the Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University.

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Today! REC FARMERS MARKET AT BEAVER BROOK PARK – ACROSS FROM FOLEY STADIUM, Chandler Street!

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MAIN SOUTH! Tomorrow! SATURDAY!

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FREE FOR ALL SCHOOL TEACHERS! How to implement suicide prevention programs in their schools

We are hosting a few trainings across Massachusetts for middle and high school staff.

The training teaches schools basic suicide prevention knowledge and how to implement and evidence-based suicide prevention program in their school.

The training is free and gives attendees the opportunity to get the program for free.

This is a half-day training appropriate for any school staff or community members who will implement the SOS program or provide gatekeeper training.

Topics include:

· Warning signs, risk factors, and symptoms of depression and suicide in youth

· How to respond to youth at risk

· SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program implementation best practices

· How to talk safely to teens about suicide

· Training adults in your communities and schools to support at-risk youth in seeking help

· Tips on breaking down barriers to youth suicide prevention and action steps

As you may know, Massachusetts passed legislation that encourages school personnel to receive training on suicide prevention.

Staff who attend this training will be prepared to return to their schools and deliver suicide prevention gatekeeper training to all staff.

North Central Massachusetts – October 19 – Gardner

In partnership, the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Taskforce and SMH invite your staff to a training at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

This training is provided free of charge thanks to the support of Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Western Massachusetts – Date TBD – Location TBD
This training is provided free of charge thanks to the support of Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Southern Massachusetts – Date TBD – Raynham MA
In partnership, Bristol County Suicide Prevention Coalition and SMH invite your staff to a training at the First Congressional Church of Raynham. Date and time TBD.
This training is provided free of charge thanks to the support of the Makayla Fund

To learn more about the trainings, feel free to contact Chelsea Biggs at cbiggs@mentalhealthscreening.org.

Main South: cool stuff happening at the YMCA and Clark U!

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Clark University

950 Main St.

Lecture

Syrian refugee crisis and U.S. policy in the Middle East

Oct. 17

FREE TO ALL!

Clark University will host “Obama, Syria, and the Transformation of U.S. Policy in the Middle East,” a lecture by political scientist Steven Heydemann, on Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in Room 320 of Jefferson Academic Center.

This lecture is part of the Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series.

It is free and open to the public.

Heydemann is Professor and Janet W. Ketcham 1953 Chair of Middle East Studies at Smith College, and a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution. He will discuss the U.S. policy in the Middle East and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Between 2007 and 2015, Professor Heydemann held a number of leadership positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington, D.C. During his lecture, he will reflect on his experience as director of the USIP’s Syria program where he managed “The Day After” project, a Syrian-led effort to plan for a post-Assad transition.

Professor Heydemann also provided technical expertise in support of the creation of a Syrian-led NGO The Day After Association, which works to support the principles and aims of The Day After project in Syria. He remains an adviser to the Board of the NGO.

Professor Heydemann specializes in comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. His interests include authoritarian governance, economic development, social policy, political and economic reform, and civil society.

He consults widely with the US and European governments on issues relating to Syria policy and the status of the Syrian conflict. He writes regularly on Syria for major media outlets, and has appeared as a Syria expert on leading television networks including the BBC, al-arabiyya, al-jazeera and PBS.

This lecture is sponsored by the Clark University Political Science Department through the Francis A. Harrington Public Affairs Fund and the Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies.

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At the YMCA, Central Branch, Main South:

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From Worcester Common Ground … and Clark University

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Worcester Common Ground a Winner in KaBOOM! $1 Million Play Everywhere Challenge!

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America

This week, Worcester Common Ground (WCG) was selected as one of the winners in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award innovative ideas to make
play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S.

The Challenge is hosted by
KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

Worcester Common Ground created an arts-based placemaking intervention made up of three components:

The first is “Project
Tire Makeover,” a series of school workshops and community paint days to paint tires with playful
character designs
(magical creatures, superheroes, animals, etc).

The second component is a community
chalkboard at our Tot Lot playground. This will be a long-term installation with rotating prompts, including: “What is your superpower?”
and “Design your dream neighborhood.” The final component will be chalk spray painted pathways connecting the playful tires and the community chalkboard installations
with prompts such as jump like a frog, fly like a plan, spin three times, etc.

Our program Piedmont Plays:

A Campaign to Love Your Neighborhood was selected as one of 50 winners out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Other winning ideas include outside-the-box play opportunities like pop-up parks, laundry mat theaters, and running tracks with speed displays.

The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld,
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, attracted an outpouring of creative ideas to spark kids’ imaginations and get their bodies moving.

“Ultimately, we hope to see our program increase opportunities for playful imagination, and empower our
youngest residents to think in creative ways about improving their community,” said Charise Canales, Community Organizer at Worcester Common Ground.

Research shows play is vital to healthy brain development and is pivotal to how kids learn problem-solving, conflict resolution, and creativity – in other words, the skills they need to succeed as adults.

Yet today, too many kids, especially those growing up in poverty, are missing out on opportunities for play
because of families’ time pressures, the lure of screens, and a lack of safe places to go.

“It’s an exciting time for our agency to see such energy building for arts-based placemaking in our city! This summer, we finished our Project Comic Style mural at our 133 Chandler Street property with our youth artist group, Urban Revival BlaQ Ink’d; we saw POW! WOW! Worcester transform the downtown area with a series of stunning murals; and now we are fortunate to have been awarded a grant with KaBOOM! to involve our city’s youngest residents in the beautification of their public spaces.

For us, it’s so rewarding to let our kids take the lead in reimagining and transforming their communities into a
fun, funky place to make their own. We can’t wait to see what they do!” said Charise Canales.

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Dialogues with Mother Earth

Clark University to host artist talk, mural exhibit

Clark University

950 Main St.

FREE!

Clark University will host artist Erica Daborn for a presentation, “Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals,” at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Daborn has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston since 1995. Her work explores our interconnectedness and mutual fate as citizens of a shared planet — a finite, fragile, and ever-changing “home.”

Her series of mural-sized narrative drawings in charcoal record fictitious historical events related to climate change as seen from the year 2051.

“I consider the project to be a response to accelerating and irrefutable evidence of climate change. My goal is to provoke a reflection on the relationship between our 21st century societal values and the ways in which they have contributed to the degradation of our environment,” wrote Daborn.

The murals will be on display in Clark’s Schiltkamp Gallery (in the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street) and in the Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons from Monday, Sept. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 17.

An opening reception and gallery dialogue will be held at 4 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 28, in the Schiltkamp Gallery of the Traina Center for the Arts.

This exhibit is part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium, “Home (De) Constructed.” It is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Schiltkamp Gallery, and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Worcester missed an opportunity by dismissing Juan Gomez’s vision!

By Rosalie Tirella

Some Worcester projects just drag on and on and on.
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For example: The Wyman Gordon site, at Green Island’s Lamartine Street. Now a brown field, it was once a thriving factory and serious economic booster for Green Islanders. Today it lies empty, ugly and toxic.

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… or Piedmont’s Chandler Elementary School. The families there need a larger school building to accommodate the hundereds of kids that the city educates there. A good chunk of the student body is being bussed daily to other learning sites in the city. On a smaller scale, up until very recently, its trashed back doors and side windows needed replacing … (pics:R.T.)

These projects in our urban core just never seem to get off the ground. Like the perennial lead balloon, these inner-city sites – a reflection of Worcester political leaders’ lack of commitment to poorer/minority neighborhoods and poor/minority folks (usually people with little political clout ) –  just keep rolling along Lamartine Street, Murray Ave or Chandler Street. Every election cycle our politicians ever so elegantly dance over these lead balloons: Yes! they say, we feel your pain! (they absolutely do NOT!). Yes! we know half of Chandler Elementary school’s student body is being bussed out to other city buildings to learn because the building is so over populated! (How many West Side parents would put up with that kind of  school-day disruption for their precious kiddies?!) Yes! We know the school’s back doors are wooden and rotten and look like some one’s trying to kick them in and the wood windows are damaged badly, but, hey, we’re working on it! (finally – yes –  the school’s doors were recently replaced with heavy green metal ones and the damaged heavy wooden windows replaced with new ones – see photo, above)

Here is our latest urban core lead balloon over which the city is self-flagellating but not moving on – even though a BEAUTIFUL USE for it was recently presented to the City Manager and Co. by former Worcester City Councilor Juan Gomez :

It’s the old PIP building in Main South – and the LATINO ARTS/PERFORMANCE CENTER  it could have become!

Formerly one of the state’s  two or three only “wet” shelters (drunk,  high, stoned homeless welcome here!) residents and  small businesses in Main South and city leaders (most notably former District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller) clamored for years for the PIP to be shut down. The drug users were shooting up heroin a few streets outside the PIP’s doors and then staggering into the social service agency for supper, medical care and a cot to sleep in for the night . Morning came and they walked out into the Main South neighborhood, some on their way to getting clean and sober, but most looking to get high all over again and repeat the brutal cycle. Usually just yards away from the PIP’s back doors! Nearby Main South small biz folks were outraged, lower Main South residents fearful and without hope. 

Then a few years ago, the unimaginable happened: Thanks mostly to Haller and Main South community activist Billy Breault, the PIP was FINALLY shut down. Homeless addicts and hardcore alcoholics are now being helped in other places in the city – social service agencies that refuse them if they are high and transport them to hospitals for detoxification; places/half way homes with more security; social service agencies with impressive, structured programs.

So now the old PIP building has become another Woo lead balloon!

For their/your information: the  PIP building ITSELF is STILL attracting junkies, staggering alcoholics and high homeless folks!  Scrawny, weather beaten women are STILL TODAY walking the walk outside its doors, along Charlton Street, looking to sell their bodies to buy a bag of cheap smack from the heroin dearler who himself is usually just a few yards away. The tired and high but hopeless STILL sit on the curb stones by the PIP nodding off, heads in their hands, rocking to and fro, murmuring to themselves. So sad…They are still breaking into nearby vehicles to “sleep it off” or look for money in glove compartments to buy drugs. Guns are still being fired.

The PIP building is STILL an affront to the hardwordking small business folks who are trying to make a living and create jobs! It’s STILL a late night, cacophony-filled nightmare for Main South residents trying to hold down jobs and raise their families right!

Enter the adorable, strong-willled, smart-as-the-bow-ties-he-wears  Juan Gomez, executive director of Centro on nearby Sycamore Street – just two streets down. Gomez, a former Worcester City Councilor and a recent city councilor candidate, has been head of the city’s premier Latino social sevice agency for several years now. And he’s run with it! Programs for the Hispanic elderly, hungry and displaced have expanded! Their outreach to the Worcester Hispanic population grows stronger by the day. Education, art, small biz … Juan is trying to support it all! Do it all!  The  yearly summertime and terrific Latino Music Festival, put on in large part through support from Centro, is another jewel in Worcester’s cultural crown. In other words, Centro, which has been around for years, is UP AND COMING !, thanks in no small part to the little power house and biz-savvy, Republican, feet-on-the-ground-but-not-afraid-to-dream Juan Gomez, himself a second generation American and a profile in courage as a cancer survivor.

So I cheered when Centro purchased a few pieces of tired property, really a good bit of Sycamore Street, next to and across the street from Centro. For additional office space and parking, Juan says. Needed because their expanded services and mission needs more space in a very densely populated inner city neighborhood.

Here’s the most intriguing/best part…Centro, through Juan, planned on buying the PIP building to create a Latino Arts Center/Community Space open to ALL. It would have showcased the arts/culture and artists of Puerto Rico and Central America.  Worcester folks with roots from those countries and territory would be able to enjoy a beautiful slice of their or their parents/grandparents homelands. THEIR ROOTS. THEIR HERITAGE. A POSITIVE PICTURE. There were plans for  a performance space with a stage for dancers, musicians, singers, poets. There would have been classrooms for artist workshops and community art or music classes. All with an eye on nurturing and promoting Latino art and artists!

TERRIFIC! I thought to myself. What a wonderful addition to the Worcester Family! To a CITY that SAYS it embraces racial and economic DIVERSITY as manifested through its population!

Juan applied to the City of Worcester for a $100,000+  community block grant to help buy the PIP building. The City Manager’s office said NO, NOPE, no thanks. Not interested in supporting this arts center. The grant money went to other Worcester social service agencies – all doing fine work but nothing as WONDERFUL and INSPIRED/INSPIRING as what this Latino Arts building would have meant to our Latino/ minority community, ALL WORCESTERITES and DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION.

The PIP is a big, multi-storied building that is in EXCELLENT shape (I toured it a few years ago). It would have made a great arts center. It has a big commercial kitchen, many bathrooms, meeting rooms and a big open first floor space. Perfect!

Yet city leaders, who claim to be urban visionaries, couldn’t “see” the brilliance and beauty of Juan Gomez’s vision. For his people. For downtown. For all of Worcester County, really.

So often the Latinos that make the news – and shape our collective vision of their culture – are in the stories about Latinos in Worcester riding illegal dirt bikes, getting arrested for drug dealing, getting stabbed over that, shot over this. THE FEW BAD SEEDS. (I’ve always been amazed that grinding poverty and prejudice haven’t made more people angry killers!) Wouldn’t it be great to read, daily, about the good and amazing in Latino culture? The famous Latino guitarist visiting the CENTRO ARTS CENTRE or those wonderful Salsa dancers who performed over in Main South at the CENTRO ARTS CENTRE … or the city kids who are discovering a famous Hispanic painter in the summer art class they’re taking at the CENTRO ARTS CENTRE?

That is how you cure white people of racial prejudice!

Present a different – the TRUE –  PICTURE of a culture to them!

Keep doing this every day…and prejudices will begin to melt away. Work to have people, white, brown, black, poor, rich interact with each other every day – meet in celebratory, educational places to see WHO THEY REALLY ARE.

That is how we break down barriers and make society more equitable, freer…

The CENTRO ARTS center would have been a BOON for all of us! Instead the city manager and city staff and city political leaders shut their eyes and missed an opportunity with the PIP building! Which is really nutty and pathetic, besides being horribly short-sighted, because they often talk about  how there is little racism in Worcester or how seriously they take racial inequity. That’s a lie. They don’t know any better. Yet they need to!

If anything, out of self interest:

Main South is only a block or two away from our planned BRIGHT NEW SHINY DOWNTOWN! City Manager Ed Augustus wants a BEAUTIFUL and BUSTLING downtown Worcester to be his legacy. He’s got an urban renewal game plan and making it happen. It’s a shame he can’t walk just two blocks up from his beloved downtown and his office in City Hall to see all the horrible shit STILL GOING DOWN IN FRONT OF AND ON THE SIDE of the PIP building . The junkies STILL passed out in front of the PIP are just the beginning…

Now, I ask you,  how can we create a downtown Worcester that WILL DRAW MILLENIALS AND THE UPWARDLY MOBILE AND THE MIDDLE CLASS EMPTY NESTERS if, on their way to a show at the Hanover or a road race that starts at City Hall  or a visit to a cool, urbane downtown restaurant for martinis and sushi, they see some guy pretend butt fucking some gal outside the PIP building, like I have? Or several more lost souls sitting on the curb or overturned gray plastic milk crates picked out of Dumpsters waiting for their man so they can shoot up and get high?

What will this little gritty scene say about  the new and trendy Worcester to people who will, in some cases, be driving by the PIP?!

Can you dig it?!

We can!

The City  of Worcester movers and shakers can’t.

Why?

No need to plumb city leaders’ psyches for a deep answer…But let’s just say the city is run by a bunch of unforgiving vindictive shit heads who never forget a slight or a misstatement or a move that was not in sync with their political plans and have no trouble turning the lone riders  the lone visionaries into PERSON NON GRATA.   Crap. Juan Gomez, as a Worcester city councilor, was always his own man. But in a very nice, respectful way. Sometimes he’s been passionate about what he truly believes in. Nothing wrong, everything right, about that! But his passion for the Hispanic livery drivers and their customers during his last few months as a  Worcester City Councilor (that’s why they were his last few months!) turned lots of political movers and shakers off. They whispered amongst themselves: Juan’s gone rogue! When he lead a group of clapping chanting livery drivers out of City Hall as a show of solidarity during a city council meeting when he was city councilor, well, that didn’t do at all! His political demise was written on the City Council chambers wall…

We loved it! Juan was right! Juan was real and cool and INSPIRING! The city shitheads renounced him, in their heads, right then and there! Here was the Juan who used to eat lunch with former City Manager Tom Hoover over at the MID TOWN MALL, across from City Hall, over at the Latino lunch hot spot SABANA’s being  mentally blacklisted! He used to tell Tom Hoover: Come! Enjoy the spicey treats of my culture! Hoover did! Along with the scores of other cool folks! The line for lunch at Sabana’s used to go our the door! The old cool Worcester vibe! Back then it wasn’t all smug and phoney and boutiquey. Just urban. A white Polish guy from Toledo breaking bread with a little Puerto Rican guy from Worcester! Enormous!

Can you imagine Ed Augustus eating lunch in the MID TOWN MALL (a place on his urban renewal hit list) with Juan Gomez, a political outcast? Especially after Juan felt cheated after this election and held a press conference or two about it and almost pushed for a ballot recount?!

Of course the City of Worcester wasn’t going to give Juan his Latino arts center, give him the $$$hundred-plus grand he needed to begin his project.

It’s the Worcester way!

So the PIP continues to languish and be an unsightly magnet for drugs and crime EVERY DAY. And Worcester’s Hispanic community and Downtown Worcester don’t get a cool, racial barrier busting Latino Arts Center!

Another lead balloon rolls down Worcester!

Go, Domingo, go!!!!

At Clark University
950 Main St.

Tuesday, May 31
5:30 p.m.

FREE TO ALL!

HOPE Multimedia Company is proud to present the Official Screening of Footprints in the Concrete.  

Written, Produced and Directed by Domingo Guyton, “Footprints in the Concrete” is a musical depiction of how a family, church, college and community came together to save a lost youth, trapped in a cycle of hopelessness. Adam Starr of Zone 5 Pictures was the Director of Photography in 2007 when the first interviews were conducted. 

CNN Documentary writer Keith Lovely filmed the final interview with Domingo Guyton in Atlanta in 2015.  Keith Robeson, Adam Starr and James Jackson III edited the film, and Will Thomas of Space Cherry Films was the final editor, bringing it to completion in 2016. 
 
Official Screening: Clark University, 950 Main St., on May 31.

This screening is open to the public and sponsored by the Worcester Youth Workers Alliance with support from Clark University’s Youth Work Practice program, UMass Memorial Community Relations, YouthConnect, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the HOPE Coalition. 

The film will begin screening at 5:30 pm. 
 
Through the basis of the film, Domingo Guyton often reverts back to his childhood as a struggle.  While attempting to survive in the mixed pot of drugs, misogyny and violence that Boston delved out in the late 1980s and being born to a single mother on welfare, Guyton went through a series of events that spun his life out of control by the age of 15.  He adds that many of these issues were due to not having a father in his home.  The story shows the results of a broken home and the redemptive message of hope is included, which will serve as an inspiration to all attendees.
 
Persevering through the turbulent teenage years, with the help of Boston City Hospital, BAHEC, Teens Against Gang Violence, Violence Prevention Project, ABCD, City of Boston, New Hope Baptist Church, Roxbury Boys and Girls Club, Holy Tabernacle Church and many others, he graduates from Charlestown High School and he felt he had to get out of Boston to live and went to Worcester State University.  This is where he began writing poetry and filming video.  The documentary takes the viewers on the ride for the raw, unedited version of that time and how, through faith and education, he would eventually graduate college and go on to do awesome work for the Boston and Worcester communities, his family and his church.
 
Pieces of Guyton’s story have been written in two books; Teens With The Courage To Give (featured on the Oprah Show in 2000) by Jackie Waldman and Passionaries by Barbara Metzler.  His music has been placed on national TV shows and films, including CBS Televisions’ 90210, MTV and Paramount Pictures’ Spring Break Lawyer, NBC’s Just Deal and ABC’s Lincoln Heights.  Drumming for Grammy Award winners “Tavares” is when he developed a strong relationship with Feliciano “Butch” Tavares, who is featured in the documentary, along with Dr. Ulric Johnson, Director of Teens Against Gang Violence.  

A host of friends and family members who talk about the turbulent times and recall the influential part that music, hope and faith in God had on turning Guyton’s life around.
 
Domingo Guyton is Writer, Producer and Director of YTF, which won 5 Awards in Film Festivals across the US.  The Co-Producer of My Slave Sister Myself, winner of Best Documentary at both NYC’s 2011 Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Toronto’s 2009 Female Eye Film Festival. He is also the Co-Producer of Lest We Forget: The Black Holocaust, which won Best Documentary for HBO films at the 2007 Martha Vineyard African American Film Festival.
The Song Producer of over 200 songs, 16 music videos and 10 CD’s.  Please watch HLN’s interview with Domingo Guyton about HOPE Multimedia Company.

Chef Joey’s Meatless Cacciatore – always in style! … and Plant Sale/Garden Fest Saturday!

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Chef Joey speaks Italiano! Bravo, Joe-Joe!

Meatless Cacciatore

Recipe and photos by Chef Joey

Ingredients:

4 (or 5!) cloves of garlic
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2 large onions, chopped
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2 red peppers, chopped
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2 green peppers, chopped
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1 large can Pastine kitchen-ready tomatoes

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

Directions:

Saute garlic in 5 tablespoons of oil.

Add onions and coat well.

Then add 1/2 cup water.

Simmer until soft and water starts to evaporate. Add the peppers and tomato sauce.

Simmer 45 minutes on a lower heat, stirring often.

Add garbanzo beans, and serve over your favorite pasta!

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Buy some kid plants at REC’s YOUTHGROW Plant Sale and Garden Festival!!! This Saturday!

Tips on growing veggies … for your Chef Joey recipes!

This Saturday, May 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Regional Environmental Council (REC) will kick off the growing season by hosting their annual Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale. 

The event will be held at the REC YouthGROW farm on 63 Oread St.

This year, the REC Food Justice staff are partnering with Holy Cross College, WPI and You Inc. to grow a wide assortment of vegetable seedlings.

There will be more than 30 different types of vegetable, fruit and succulent seedlings for sale!

The festival portion will include:

live performances!

food!

a fun assortment of children’s activities!

Libby the Library Express Bookmobile will team up with the REC Mobile Market to provide lots of hands on learning opportunities for both children and adults!

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Volunteer to work the Spring Garden Festival!

We can’t do it without you!

Please join us the day of our annual Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale, Saturday, May 21, to assist with set up and breakdown, as well as specific tasks throughout the day.

The event will be held at 63 Oread St.

Set up: 7:00-11:00

During/Breakdown: 11:00-3:00

We are looking for up to 20 event volunteers.

Email Casey at foodjustice@recworcester.org

Check out our website at www.recworcester.org for more information

Ronny parked in A.I. … Main South: Centro buys property

By Ron O’Clair

I was fortunate enough to interview Mr. Juan Gomez, the executive director of Centro, located at 11 Sycamore St. He informed me of the plans that the organization has been working on to deal with a cramped facility at the Sycamore Street location.

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Centro. photos: Ron O’ Clair

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Junction Shop at Beacon Street, located behind Centro

The property located at 14 and 16 Sycamore Street directly across from their building had come up for sale and the Centro organization bought it. They plan to tear down the front building and renovate the rear bungalow into extra office space to relieve the overcrowded conditions in their existing building.

The area where the front building now sits will be turned into a parking area to relieve the pressing need for space to park for the clients and staff of Centro.

There are plans in the works also to raise the capital needed to purchase the old PIP building at 695 – 701 Main Street which was previously the site of the only “wet” homeless shelter in Worcester. The shelter operations moved out of that facility on the 22nd of May in 2014 to a new, more modern but smaller facility at 25 Queen St., across from the old City Hospital Campus that is now a part of U. Mass.

According to Mr. Gomez, if Centro manages to acquire the PIP property, they have plans to place an International Multi-Cultural Performing Arts Center at the site, open to all ethnic groups from around the world that now live in Worcester.

I have to say bravo to this plan, as it is sure to complement the area, and any use of the old shelter site would be a welcome addition to the 700 block of my Main Street neighborhood, as well as keeping an eye on the property that now sits vacant and unused.

Any development in this area would be a welcome addition.

The property that I manage for the last 13 years has also changed hands, and the new owners are looking to upgrade the property and the grounds with a heavy infusion of investment capital which is what it sorely needs at this juncture in its life. We have already taken steps to evict all of the people who resided in the building under the previous owner who have been part of the problem, allowing street people inside to use the facilities reserved for paying tenants only.

That is what the proximity to the old PIP shelter has meant for this property since the time previous owner Julio E. Romero plunked down his life savings to buy it in 2003 from Mr. Paul M, Berger who had his “Berger Army & Navy Store” in the 709-711 Main Street Commercial spaces for many years. After having a string of bad tenants and those who were harder to evict than you can imagine, Senor Romero lost his investment and his property to a bank foreclosure as happens to many property owners here in Massachusetts where the law works against the people who are responsible and do not use drugs and for the ones who go from landlord to landlord stiffing all of them in order to stay without having to pay rent. Many use all the rent money to further their drug addictions.

I should know. I’ve been the live-in property manager of the rooming house for more than a decade.

If you liked the story, or you didn’t like it, please send your feed back to the author at: ronaldoclair@hotmail.com