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This school vacation week: Bring the kids to Unique Finds and check out the hundreds of VINTAGE TOYS!

Trucks! Race cars! Fire engines! Dolls! COOL Carnival games! Typewriters and vintage adding machines! Vinyl! Not to mention folk and electric guitars for beginners!

All waiting for your little boy or girl, tween or teen!

Open 7 days a week until 7 p.m.

UNIQUE FINDS ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE GIFT STORE

Located at 1329 Main St., Worcester
(text+pics: R.T.)

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Kids! Join the City of Worcester YOUTH COUNCIL!

The Worcester Youth Opportunities Office is accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Youth Council nomination process.

Please contact youth@worcesterma.gov for more information!

The City of Worcester Youth Council was created in January of 2012 to establish a representative body of young people living in the City of Worcester between the ages of 14 and 19.

The Worcester Youth Council gives young people a direct connection to local government. Youth Councilors take part in civic engagement, leadership development and planning and decision making opportunities.

The Worcester Youth Council will also execute the following assignments:

·         Encouraging youth civic participation

·         Enhancing young people’s roles in their community

·         Making recommendations, presentations and advocating on issues that affect  youth their age

·         Involving youth in community awareness and community service projects

·         Forming and strengthening relationships with community governance

·         Encouraging voter registration for eligible youth

·         Eligible youth representation on city Boards, Commissions, Committees and Councils

·         Worcester City Council shadowing opportunities

·         Public speaking

Not for sale

By Edith Morgan

It pays to speak to your neighbors, to find out what concerns them and what they do about it So it happened that I became acquainted with Robin Currie, who lives just three blocks from me. And besides her many activities as a mother, business woman, Crime Watch co-chair, and contributor to many local causes, she is passionate about a topic on which so many of us know so little.

Like many of us out there, I thought that slavery was totally wiped out here – at last- and that we could now focus on other problems. But it seems it has reared its ugly head, in other forms, notably human trafficking, and human smuggling.

I sat down recently with Robin in my dining room, and she poured out so much information about her passion on the issue of human trafficking that I did not know, and to my surprise, we may have a problem here in Worcester also. As regional director of the “Not For Sale” organization , she has been working hard for two years to raise awareness of the problem (as William Wilberforce said:”You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know”).

January 11 was “National Human Trafficking Day”. To raise awareness, Robin has amassed a library of materials on the subject, including books and movies, which are available at 292 Lincoln Street (the offices of Currie Management Consultants) She will lend these out to persons or groups wanting to get better informed, and to be able to spot the signs of such activity.

I was shocked to hear Robin say that in the U.S. 70% of trafficked children are In the foster care system.…. Nevertheless, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Annual report “Trafficking in Persons (TIP)” nations are rated from 1 to 3, 1 being the best and 3 the worst. At present the U.S. has a “1” rating, while Southeast Asia is at 3. Russia has just been downgraded… Most of the trafficked persons are “sex” workers and migrant laborers – under-age, underpaid, underreported, separated from family and support , and undocumented. Their stories are truly heartbreaking, but often out of our sights, as their captors and users keep them virtual prisoners, often right under the noses of those who should be protecting them.

For those of us who share Robin’s concerns, there is much material on-line. The U.S. government has a hotline to report suspicious activity 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) 0r www.dhs.gov/.humantrafficking. I would also imagine that calling our own police department to report suspicious activity would result in help for the victims.

Better yet, watch for flyers and announcements about the “ Not for sale” activities and keep your eyes open: if you suspect a young person is the victim of trafficking (forced into sexual or other activities , has restricted movement, harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care or other life necessities, and kept from socializing , working without pay, etc) report such abuse. WE all are the eyes and ears of our communities and have a duty to protect the children.

Smokeless tobacco can take you out of the game‏

By Bethann Dacey (MDS)

Another baseball season is under way and fans will be heading to the ballpark to watch their favorite players hit home runs, steal bases, and argue over what’s fair and foul. Unfortunately, they will also see something else that many consider to be “foul”—players chewing tobacco. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) are partnering to spread the word that chewing tobacco, otherwise known as spit, dip, chew, or smokeless tobacco, is not a safe alternative to smoking. In fact, it’s very addictive and a serious health risk.

According to a new Massachusetts survey released earlier this spring, teens may be turning away from cigarettes to other forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco. Continue reading Smokeless tobacco can take you out of the game‏

Adopting kids in foster care (more info)

(editor’s note: There are so many great kids in foster care! So many who would love a forever family of their own! InCity Times supports programs that help poor/special needs kids find moms and dads and siblings who will love them always. Here’s yet another story and more information for folks. – R.T.)

Adoption Rocks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Massachusetts

By Kristin Erekson

Hip Hop pioneer and legendary rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels brought the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrities to their feet when he told the crowd “You’re looking at what can happen when you give love to a kid.”

Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, McDaniels credits his personal success to having been adopted from foster care by a loving family.

“The best thing you can do is give love to a kid, ‘cause that kid may grow up to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” he added.

And right now, there are nearly 2,400 children in Massachusetts foster care waiting to be adopted by families just like McDaniel’s – families that will give them their opportunity to thrive.

Adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes. Families adopting children out of foster care may be movie stars, like My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos, or they could be the teacher and construction worker down the street. But one thing they all have in common is the desire to grow their families through adoption, and the knowledge that a child in foster care may be the child who belongs in their family.

What most people interested in building their family through adoption don’t know is that there are thousands of children and teens right here in Massachusetts looking to be part of a loving home to call their own. They also don’t realize that thousands of local families have already adopted children from state foster care.

While international adoption is well known because of celebrity adoptions, those adoptions can easily cost $30,000 or more. Adoption from foster care is virtually free, with free training and assistance from social workers. Continue reading Adopting kids in foster care (more info)