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Looking for last-minute holiday gifts such as … vintage goodies, clothing and household items?

CAM00922 (1)A few months ago my neighbor gave me this blouse and other goodies. What I didn’t use I donated to non-profits, with one very nice pair of shoes (new) going to Abby’s. … All your donations are tax-deductible.   – R. Tirella

… then shop where our Parlee Jones works – ABBY’S HOUSE!

52 High St., Worcester

Parlee runs their homeless shelter; she places women, often fleeing domestic violence, in safe spaces.

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! Don’t forget! The money you spend at the shop goes towards supporting Worcester’s iconic women’s shelter.


Learn more (from their website):

Abby’s House Thrift Shop

The Abby’s House Thrift Shop continues to be our largest single source of revenue.

All of the profits from sales at the Thrift Shop fund our emergency shelter.

The Thrift Shop is full of quality clothing, accessories, home goods, and bargain-priced cosmetics.

We encourage you to visit the store today, not only to donate clothing and homegoods, but to add some great pieces to your wardrobe!


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

Fridays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Thrift Shop is closed on holidays. When Worcester Public Schools declares a snow day, the Thrift Shop will be closed.

In case of bad weather, please call ahead to make sure we’re open: (508) 756-5486 extension 12.

Making Donations:

Donations are accepted during regular shop hours. We are happy to accept gently used, seasonal women’s clothing in good condition and household items of all kinds including kitchenware, lamps and decorative items. New, unopened health and beauty products are also welcome.

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.

We do NOT accept books, computers, TVs, furniture, records, record players, hangers, used pillows, men’s clothing or used children’s clothing and toys.

Please note that due to the new laws regarding child safety we can only accept children’s clothing or toys if they are NEW, in package or tagged.

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

America Recycles Day

“I Want To Be Recycled” – Theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 17th ARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I Want To Be Recycled” is the theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 2014 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15 throughout the country.

America Recycles Day, in its 17th year, educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

America Recycles Day celebrates the benefits of recycling and provides an educational platform that motivates people to take action to recycle more and recycle smarter, influencing recycling behaviors at work, at home and on the go.

“When material is recycled, you’re ‘giving your garbage another life’ as it becomes something new and valuable,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “For example, a plastic bottle can be recycled into new containers, t-shirts and fleece jackets, park benches, plastic lumber, and more. America Recycles Day can inspire people to reduce, reuse and recycle – and realize that recyclable materials have the potential to become something bigger.”

“The United States has embraced recycling since the first America Recycles Day in 1997 and as a result, today, the vast majority of the population has curbside recycling programs. It is time to re-invigorate recycling by promoting more and better sustainable materials management to secure a healthier environment today and for future generations to come,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “There is much more to do and communities, businesses, and individuals each have a role to play in making recycling work for everyone. By increasing recycling, and reducing contamination in the recycling stream, we can provide the valuable resources essential to a growing manufacturing sector.”

Here are five actions people can take on and around America Recycles Day:

Take the “I Recycle” pledge and tell us what you pledge to recycle more. Five people who take the pledge will win a park bench made from recycled content.
Take a recycling “selfie” and post it to your social networks – you just might win a prize! All you have to do is take a photo of yourself recycling and post it with the words “#RecyclingSelfie” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr.

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8:00 p.m. (EST) for a live America Recycles Day Twitter Chat about what and how you can recycle in each room of the house, and to share and learn ways to do more! Search #AmericaRecyclesDay on Twitter to follow the conversation. 

Visit IWantToBeRecycled.org to find your nearest recycling center, and learn the facts about what materials can be recycled and what they can become in their new lives.
How can you get involved?

Find events near you or host an event of your own.

Keep America Beautiful is providing resources and supporting activities to thousands of grassroots events across the country.

Here is a sampling of creative events taking place on and around ARD:

Local libraries and elementary schools will join with the Georgia Recycling Coalition to encourage both reading and recycling through the first-ever Read for Recycling program during the week of Nov. 8-15. Students are encouraged to read books that celebrate, educate and encourage waste reduction activities.

Dell employees in Austin, Texas, are supporting ARD with a large volunteer recycling event in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas when Dell team members will help take apart computers for responsible recycling on Nov. 15. The event supports Dell Reconnect, a Dell and Goodwill partnership that enables customers to recycle any brand of unwanted computer, in any condition, at more than 2,000 participating Goodwill locations in the U.S. The plastics Dell collects are recycled back into new Dell products.

In Arlington, Va., nonprofit Bikes for the World will donate its 100,000th bike to be reused for social good. Bikes for the World staff, volunteers and representatives from the EPA and KAB will attend a ceremonial loading of the 100,000thbike into a shipping container.  The donated bikes will be shipped to Bikes of the World partner Fundación Integral Campesina (FINCA Costa Rica), a rural micro-business program that distributes bikes to community groups that recondition and sell the bikes locally.
Through Nov. 15, Malibu, Calif., and area residents can drop off polystyrene foam at Malibu’s City Hall where it will be collected and recycled by the environmental nonprofit Sustainable Surf and Marko Foam Inc. The material is used to make recycled surfboard blanks (and other products) to create more environmentally friendly surfboards as part of the Waste to Waves project.

The Philadelphia Streets Department is hosting an outdoor celebration and information fair on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dilworth Park (http://goo.gl/oR4rFj) in celebration of ARD. Representatives from partnering organizations Keep America Beautiful, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Recyclebank, PECO and U.S. EPA Region III will be on hand to outline the ambitious goals for the City’s future of recycling.

While the University of Tennessee (UT) and University of Kentucky face off on the football field, UT student volunteers will “Make Orange Green” by collecting recyclables and compostables at Neyland Stadium as part of its ARD GameDay Recycling Challenge.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org.

To learn more, visit americarecyclesday.org.

What a handsome guy!

Yesterday, while hanging out at one of my fave Worcester eateries, the Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street, whom do I bump into? The Italian Stallion (well, only half!) of Woo’s Department of Public Works and Parks –  Commissioner Bob Moylan.

Rose to Bob: You look so handsome! What a great suit! Let me take a picture!

Bob:  OK. In front of the Boulevard …

Nice smile. Cute endorsement.

– Rosalie Tirella