… I snapped these photos of the Latin American Festival, City Hall.
– Rosalie Tirella
Festival, brought to you by …
… and Marlboro’s downtowns.
Flowers, flags, adorable small businesses, smooth street, crisply painted yellow crosswalks, cones in the crosswalks reminding drivers to SLOW DOWN (pedestrian-embracing), flower beds everywhere, public art, SUPER CLEAN (no dumped garbage!) … steal these ideas, Worcester Downtown boosters! Make our Main Street sparkle!
P.S. Years ago I worked in Marlboro part-time – and drove through Hudson often. Kinda dumpy. These burgs have really come along way, blossomed with biz. However, I’ve got to say: Marlboro looks over-developed. Too many chain everything! I miss all the open green space there … It’s like Marlboro planners are developer-whores: They say YES to every Applebees, Walgreens, tire joint and strip mall! Way too much!
text/pics: Rosalie Tirella
ALL FREE!! … GIFTS TO OUR COMMUNITY from Clark University, Main Street, Worcester!!
For Halloween! Fright Night in the Higgins Lounge!
Wednesday, October 29
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons
Clark University Professors Gino DiIorio, Jay Elliott, and Jennifer Plante will offer readings of their favorite scary stories and explore the power of narratives that play upon our most basic fears and vulnerabilities.
Poetry and History: An Evening with Natasha Trethewey
Tuesday, November 4
Atwood Hall, Downing Street
United States Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will read poems from Thrall, Native Guard, Bellocq’s Ophelia, and other works.
In May 2014, Trethewey concluded two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. She is currently the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi. She is the author of four collections of poetry and the recipient of numerous fellowships. Trethewey also contributed to “Where Poetry Lives,” a feature on the PBS NewsHour.
This event is part of the Higgins School’s African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost at Clark University.
Fragile Fatherhood: What Being a Daddy Means in the Lives of Low-Income Men
Wednesday, November 19
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons
Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the defining social problems of today. But does the narrative of the “deadbeat dad” tell the whole story? Kathryn Edin, one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, uses ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews and mixed method approaches to go beyond quantitative research and uncover deeper truths.
Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Margaret Mead Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
This event is co-sponsored with the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Urban Development and Social Change Program at Clark University.
In addition to the Symposium offerings listed above, the Higgins School of Humanities will continue its examination of storytelling during the following events in the fall …
“DEFAMATION” A Play by Clark Alumnus Todd Logan ‘75
Tuesday, November 11
Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Downing Street, Worcester
Race, class, religion, and law collide when an African American businesswoman from Chicago’s South Side sues a Jewish real estate developer from the North Shore for defamation in this thought-provoking courtroom drama by playwright and author Todd Logan.
Logan has written several plays that have been performed in Chicago in recent years. He also is a filmmaker and humorist whose works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Writer’s Digest.
This event is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University.
Slavery on their Minds: Representing the Peculiar Institution in Contemporary Children’s Picture Books
Thursday, November 13
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons
A growing number of children’s picture books recount the history of American slavery and are making their way into classrooms and libraries. Professor Raphael Rogers will explore the connection between these texts and the historical scholarship about the “peculiar institution.”
Rogers is visiting assistant professor of education at Clark University. In addition to teaching in Massachusetts public schools, he has served as a literacy coach, consultant, and university supervisor of student teachers in a number of urban schools.
This event is part of the Higgins Faculty Series.
… Main Street. Today! Thursday, August 7!
Plus you get to hear some great ’60s music, courtesy of the band THROW BACK TO THE 1960s.
The band starts playing at noon. They’re on until 2 p.m. (I love the incredible, often times groundbreaking music of the ’60s! Name me a Baby Boomer who doesn’t!)
Tables are set up, with pretty umbrellas to shade you. Plenty of room for dancing on the plaza!
Come buy fresh, local fruit, veggies and other goodies at the farmers market, then eat some of your treats/lunch, and then dance in the summer sun!
Support downtown Worcester!
– R. T.
We took this pic of the sad looking side of the DB several months ago – and said the building was crying out for a mural! InCity Times has been pushing for more murals in the city for years! Well, we and thousands of other Woo folks got our prayer answered! We only wish the city had hired our ol’ pal PITO, a young Latino man, Worcester born and bred, a guy who has created tons of street art in Woo, taken classes at the Worcester Art Museum and would have come up with something amazing!
Giving a LOCAL LATINO ARTIST – a TALENTED local artist – such fantastic exposure would have been so GREAT for Worcester.
Instead, a Cambridge-based artist landed the job. We wonder HOW he was chosen – how much outreach was done to minority, local artists. I’m sure the chosen muralist is nice and talented, BUT WORCESTER COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE GONE LOCAL!
Well, as long as things are happening … We can’t wait to see the painting begin!
EXCITEMENT for our downtown!!! Hooray!!!
– R. Tirella
The FCC needs comments (last call!) – you can still file late:
Ask the FCC to stand with in our fight to stop cable and phone companies (AT&T, Verizon, Charter, Etc.) from undermining and marginalizing PUBLIC ACCESS by excluding viewer guide program information . Let’s ensure public access institutions such as WCCA TV can continue and even improve capacity to carry relevant information and community programming and that it is truly accessible to all. Hear Amy Goodman and Mitsuko Herrera, policy adviser for Montgomery County, discusses the strategic value of PUBLIC ACCESS Television and the need and importance for people to access public access content information . PUBLIC ACCESS reflects the interest of the community and empowers all individuals and organizations who utilize it. It is a community institution that merits to be fully funded, and needs to be truly accessible to community, and ALL viewers.
Please take 12-15 minutes to watch this video: CLICK HERE!
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Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director
WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”
Main Street, Worcester
… and here we are in Worcester, stuck with the Boston Marathon mass murderer. Don’t believe Peter Stefan of Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Home – he IS doing this FOR PUBLICITY. FREE WORLD-WIDE publicity. 80% free publicity – 20% caring for the unwanted. Pathetic. Shame on him, putting Worcester and the Main South neighborhood through this hellish circus. – R. Tirella
A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar el-Shifa hospital in Aleppo in October 2012. The boy was killed by the Syrian government forces
By Rosalie Tirella
Free stuff. That’s the ticket to drawing folks back to our downtown. Free movies on the common, free art festivals, free concerts, free farmers markets. All of which the city does, and does well. But to keep the people coming, we need to have something special going on every day, something free and open to EVERYBODY. In Hartford, for example, city officials had Connect The Dot days, I think every Thursday. Hartford is in much worse shape than Worcester. Some years ago, after the insurance company workers went home, the place, downtown Hartford, became a dessert. It seemed to be taken over by guys drinking booze outa paper bags!
Hartford did not pass an anti-bum ordinance, the way Worcester would. Officials there decided to create a day, starting after 5 p.m., where folks could grab a map and walk to the red dot restaurants, pubs, theaters, etc, where people could enjoy free music, free food samples, etc. Several places were involved. You could make a fun evening out of it. Sure, many of the downtown worker bees still fled in droves, but somes of those bees decided to stick around and sample some cool, urban honey before driving home to their houses in West Hartford, Wethersfield, etc. Fantastic! And with the art museum in the middle of downtown, don’t you know the folks there got in on the act!
This is a ton of work. A ton of work to create what most second-tier cities naturally had in the nineteen fifties, sixties, forties, thirties, a dynamic downtown. But this is the new reality for most American cities, especially the older, industrial ones. Downtown, our downtown at least, must make itself a kind of playground for the middle class, which I am not too thrilled with. I like to see America reflected in my downtown, not Allen Fletcher and his ilk. But we must attract these peeps to get their money so downtown biz folks can pay their bills. This must be accomplished WITHOUT PUSHING ASIDE THE POOR OR WORKING CLASS. Let us keep things integrated and egalitarian, the way great downtowns used to be. That is what made them great. City Manager Mike O’Brien does not need to protect us from each other. He needs to embrace all the denizens of downtown. It is the American thing to do.
I make it a point to drive through downtown Worcester once every week day, at least. Yes, it’s for biz, but it is also to gage the mood, the spirit of our downtown. Seems our civic spirit is sagging, flagging. Seems the thrill of opening up Front Street has worn thin, one of the stop signs actually missing at the new intersection. Stolen? Misplaced? Removed by the city to be replaced by a traffic light? Your guess is as good as mine.
The real juice is still missing … the shops, the restaurants, the bars, the offices …maybe the willingness of white folks to mix with black folks or brown folks. … maybe the ability to see a kid from Green Island in the same light that you would see a kid from Salisbury Street. Maybe it is the spiritual malaise of the day, a lack of spiritual generosity, soul … Love. Doesn’t it always come down to that, When all the bs is parsed and recorded for posterity. LOVE.
I have a dream: To someday be able to go window shopping in downtown Worcester on a Saturday afternoon, just the way I used to in the nineteen sixties and early seventies. Denholms, Marcus, Sylvias, Woolworths, Kresges, The Mart, American Supply. Stores with display windows. Then lunch. Rovezzis was a treat. My mom ate at and worked at the old Eden on Franklin Street, the watering hole for T and G scribes. The old Eden would be great, or something like it. Right on Franklin Street, across the street from City Hall.
I recently lamented (see post below) the sorry state of pedestrian traffic on our Front, Main, Pleasant, Franklin streets. I mentioned some photos of the same streets taken right around and after World War II. Hundreds of folks bustling and hustling in our urban core! Middle class folks, working class folks, even kids. Maybe it was the after-effect of the war (when everyone had to pull/be together) or maybe it was the lack of suburbs and all the malls/mega stores that were built to service the folks in the ‘burbs, but back in the day people mixed a lot more. They had to. There was no on-line bill paying, no Amazon.com to shop on and have purchases delivered the next day. You went downtown to shop, but you also went downtown to people watch, eat, conduct business (few branch offices).
Downtown Worcester was a true melting pot! Let’s make it happen again!