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The hypocrisy of the WPL and St. Mary’s church and … Kudos, Mayor Joe Petty! (and CM Ed Augustus!)

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St. Mary’s church: their parking lot is their God! This summer they repaved it.

By Rosalie Tirella

You see how rough things are, here on Ward Street: the kids and guns, the used syringes in backyards, the despair. Hell! The trash on Endicott Street has doubled in massiveness since I last wrote about the heap!

It seems no one around here wants to step up and improve lives: The pastor of St. Mary’s church won’t allow the Worcester Public Library bookmobile to park in his church parking lot so our Ward Street kids and parents can feed their brains and hearts. But he’s got the Worcester Public Library bookmobile, Libby, in his precious parking lot for the students at his private St. Mary’s School!

To add to the WPL bookmobile carnival of hypocrisy: the Worcester Public Library doesn’t want to come here, to the hood, because they fear the folks in this neighborhood won’t respect/return library materials. I cringed when the library official laid this short-sighted BS on me!

Economic profiling?

Classism? Racism?

An UNWILLINGNESS TO EDUCATE FOLKS? Reach out to special populations?

The Worcester Public Library official also told me that when her people take the library bookmobile into Worcester inner-city neighborhoods on the fly they call it GUERILLA library services!

What a horrible way of looking at helping poor families!

One newer Worcester Public Library librarian, pleasant, young, and you would think more idealistic than her boss, told me, shaking her head, in mock? sadness: UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM.

As in SYSTEMIC CLASSICSM AND RACISM, sweetie?

You are not so sweet!

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Libby should not be sidelined by the prejudices or shortsightedness of the WPL librarians and staffers!

This is what poor people have been up against since Nero cheered the chariots on!!!

So, it’s with JOY AND GRATITUDE that I write: MAYOR JOE PETTY IS SUPER! HE HAS STEPPED UP! HE GETS IT.

A few days ago, Petty told me: YES,the kids in your neighborhood need something. We’re looking at putting in a football field for kids there, off Ward Street/Ward Street area. Ed Augustus is working on it… We want to put a neighborhood football field in …

PERFECT. We need a green place where our kids can run, play, enjoy themselves! So often I’ll see them skateboarding on our busy streets, walking the family pup on Ward Street, trying to carve out some place to MOVE in this intense, congested inner-city ‘hood.

There are so many kids here, looking, exploring, active, smart, filled with potential … If the city cuts them off, if all they see is concrete and violence, what are they gonna be up to in our city in a year or two? If there’s no safe, green place to run and play or read or garden, what then? In a few years, guns, mayhem and a feeling of dislocation will claim our kids’ hearts … and it will be that much more difficult to turn things around … the cycle of pain will continue …

Petty and Augustus get this and are working to rewrite the narrative! Go, WARD STREET AREA FOOTBALL FIELD,GO!!!!!

Fall feelings …

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Happy! Cuz it’s fall color time (note my auburn dye job!) and cozy sweater weather! I have three closets filled with fall sweaters (plus autumnal dresses and skirts)! I hear the siren song of my fave fall boots …

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Proud! Saw this an hour ago: St. Mary’s church guy cleaning their little church yard, mowing the grass, trimming the hedges and cutting back the weeds. Looks great! Pride in the neighborhood is a wonderful thing!

Go, St. Mary’s church, go!!!!

– pics + text: Rosalie Tirella

Worcester, can our urban core turn the corner?

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

Yesterday, while running errands, I saw this heap of garbage on the corner of Endicott and Millbury streets, behind a restaurant no less:

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Disgusting. Demoralizing.

Across the street in front of Our Lady of Czetchowa/St. Mary’s Church parking lot – not the Ward/Richland streets side but the Endicott Street side – I saw more shit: a mattress box spring leaning against a fence, a tall garbage can overflowing with garbage and much more trash strewn on the surrounding sidewalk. A mini landfill! I did not take a photo cuz there was a tough guy putting more crap there, and you know how that goes here in the hood …

The pastor of St. Mary’s, a Polish priest, who has ZERO interest in the neighborhood his church is smack dab in the middle of so he is ALSO PART OF THE PROBLEM, has refused to cooperate with the City of Worcester in any way – will not allow city workers to install a video camera on church property to catch the illegal dumpers, so they can be fined or at least shamed at their pig-pile ways.

This “pastor” will not even allow the Worcester Public Library book mobile LIBBY to park in his precious church parking lot. But he does allow LIBBY to idle there for his St. Mary’s School students – his church’s mediocre, dying parish school.

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Public library for private school kids. No public library for Worcester inner-city kids! One of the school’s marketing points, for parents: IT’S A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

Nope! With all the garbage, junkie used syringes and guns found on Ward Street NEXT DOOR TO ST. MARY’S, St. Mary’s School is located in one of Worcester’s least SAFE neighborhoods.

The Polish pastor does NOTHING to safeguard his students because he does NOTHING to improve the neighborhood.

Here’s his PRECIOUS parking lot in the middle of being repaved:

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Then a quick drive by the old PIP in Main South where, a few weeks ago, I saw this homeless recovering addict lying in a nearby doorway in hospital scrubs and yellow socks:

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This time, yesterday, at the corner of Main and Charlton streets, the hood HOT SPOT while the old PIP wet homeless shelter existed for so many years I saw: 15 or so people in a roiling urban dystopia – hookers, guys and gals watching drug deals going down, a guy pretending to butt fuck a lady against the wall, people sitting on the curb, people sitting on overturned milk crates, many on the phone, many dazed and confused, most all looking to score junk, crack, pussy … a carnival of urban despair/violence … a 10 minute walk from Worcester City Hall, the downtown city leaders are working so feverishly to resuscitate.

I drive by the area every day. THIS IS THE WAY IT ALWAYS LOOKS. … THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY THIS INFAMOUS CORNER LOOKED WHEN THE PIP WAS OPEN. THE PIP WAS BLAMED FOR THE URBAN DYSFUNCTION. But the PIP has been gone for a few years now AND YET THE SCENE LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME!

How can we save the inner-city when the inner-city refuses to save itself? On any level. Even if that means throwing your trash into a trash barrel or NOT kicking in your back or front door just cuz you want to?

Uncivilized behavior has created an uncivilized urban environment.

How are we going to take back our urban core, Worcester?