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From Worcester city council candidate Bill Coleman!

Bill Coleman Announces Non-Stop 24 hour Voter Registration Effort

IN AN EFFORT TO ENERGIZE THE ELECTION TURNOUT FOR THE SEPTEMBER 8TH PRELIMINARY ELECTION …

… AT LARGE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE WILLIAM S. COLEMAN III (BILL COLEMAN)
HAS BEEN REGISTERING PEOPLE TO VOTE SINCE HE BEGAN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL.

MR. COLEMAN WILL CONTINUE HIS EFFORTS TO REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE ON A NONSTOP  24 HOUR BASIS UNTIL THIS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19, 8 PM

THIS IS WHEN VOTER REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 8TH  PRELIMINARY ELECTION IN THE CITY OF WORCESTER.

Mr. Coleman’s will travel around Worcester and help people fill out their voter registration forms and bring their completed forms to City Hall before the deadline.

Mr. Coleman is also providing a copy of a sample of the September Preliminary Election Ballot.

Mr. Coleman has voter registration forms in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Russian.

Call Mr. Coleman at 508 826 1307 and upon request he will deliver voter registration forms to businesses, Churches, neighborhood centers, apartment buildings and Crime Watch Groups.

The main focus is going to be coffee shops, diners, parks, shopping centers and the Worcester Bus Terminal.

With the upcoming Voter Registration Deadline fast approaching City Hall will be open until 8 PM this Wednesday for people to register to vote or to change their address.

You can also go to the Election Commission Office on the Second Floor of City Hall, to fill out an absentee ballot application and you can vote at City Hall that day for the September 8th  Preliminary Election.

If you are not sure of your voter status or to check to see if your voter location has moved, and to find out more about absentee ballot voting or voter registration, contact the Election Commission Office at Worcester City Hall, by calling 508-799-1134.

Contact:

William S. Coleman III (Bill Coleman)

508- 826-1307 (Talk or Text)

Billcoleman333@gmail.com

Happy 10’th birthday, Worcester Senior Center!

By William S Coleman III

The Worcester Senior Center, which sits atop Vernon Hill at Providence Street and was once the home of the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, is 10 years old. And as amazing as it may seem, this municipal gem of a building, an institution for our city, was the clumination of a hard-fought battle. Many of our outstanding seniors who led the battle for the establishment of a Senior Center in Worcester are no longer with us, and for them and their efforts and the personal contributions they made to this city, their families and the businesses, schools and workplaces, I ask each one reading this article to honor them with a moment of silence … .

I first got involved in the fight for a senior center for Worcester in 1976, while I was working as an aide to former US Senator Edward W. Brooke, R-Massachusetts. Someone had written a letter asking if the Senator could help Worcester join other communities around Massachusetts that had built senor centers for their elderly. At this time the Director of the Council on Aging was Milton Bornstein. The Senator gave a letter to me to research and act on; I immediately began contacting the legislative leaders, including former State Senator Dan Foley, Representative Robert McNeal, Representative Tom White, Congressman Joe Early, City Councilor Tom Early, Joe Tinsley and City Manager McGrath and other political leaders prominent at that time.

Back in 1976, Worcester was an industrial power house. Continue reading Happy 10’th birthday, Worcester Senior Center!

Mine is bigger than yours!

By William S. Coleman III

That got your attention!

Much can be said for the competitive nature in each one of us. It must be in the natural instinct of women and men, young and old, short and tall, fat and skinny, rich and poor,Dump and smart, educated and uneducated, able bodied and not, to be competitive. What is it that drives us to one up each other?

Notice how competitive we are as a society. We are competitive in our workplaces, our schools, the supermarkets, our churches, our mosques, our temples or our synagogues. We get competitive about everything we do. Just listen to people as they start comparing the stories of their lives with friends, or family or even perfect strangers. We get competitive when we go to the bank. OK, just once, my health care is better than your health care. People even get competitive about getting sick. Continue reading Mine is bigger than yours!

Worcester’s Infant Mortality Rate: taking it to the streets!

By William S. Coleman III

“A baby’s health is a city’s wealth.”

-Worcester Commissioner of Public Health, Leonard J. Morse, MD.

The city of Worcester is losing babies to premature death and we must find out what the causes are and do all we can to reverse this trend. There are a group of professionals who meet monthly and discuss the issues and review the data relating to infant mortality in the city of Worcester. The Worcester Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force is a gathering of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, community leaders, and social workers bound by the common goal of eradicating the cause of infant mortality in our city.

The issue of infant mortality is complicated.

We do know that Worcester has a higher rate of infant mortality than the state average and the nation’s average. We also know that this trend has been consistent for many years. Continue reading Worcester’s Infant Mortality Rate: taking it to the streets!

Gone too soon

By William S. Coleman III

If you see me and I don’t have the usual smile on my face and I seem not to put forth my optimistic personality, it is because I am grieving the recent loss of three people I cared about.

These last couple of months I’ve have witnessed heartache and pain from families that I know and love because of recent deaths in their families.

There comes a time in all of our lives when someone we know will die; and whether they have lived a day, a week, 19 years, 57 years or any age, the impact of the loss of their lives on us will make our hearts skip a beat. Often times we will find ourselves emotionally choked up, and the only outlet we have is to take a walk in the rain where we can let our tears fall from our face.

When you know somebody, a friend, a family member or someone in your community who has lost a family member, be compassionate, caring and understanding. Show them support and empathy.

I am dealing with a deep hurt and sadness for the loss of the daughter of one of my best friends in college, Len Gengel. Len Gengel is a friend who has a heart as big as you can imagine. He lost his beloved daughter, Britney, to the Haiti earthquake. Continue reading Gone too soon

What makes you happy, Worcester?

By William S. Coleman III

When I was given the assignment of writing this column, I thought I would ask people around the city: “What makes you happy?”

I met a woman who has lived in Worcester for seven years. She told me, with a coy look in her eye, that when she moved to Worcester she had no expectations, and Worcester hasn’t disappointed her yet!

While driving around the city, I stopped people randomly and had them tell me what makes them happy. Some of their responses: Continue reading What makes you happy, Worcester?

Black like me: Worcester’s Black leaders – a brief history (part 1)

By William S. Coleman III

I will always remember the night of November 4, 2008. On this night America elected a qualified man – a black man – to be the next President of the United States of American and leader of the free world.
That night I joined a packed house of people gathered at a Green Street pub to watch the election returns.

There were all races of people: male and female, 21 and older, digital and analog. We came together to witness history and hoped history would be on our side that night.

The room would erupt, as the election returns would come in first from the East Coast: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and then New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and the big shocker, Florida – all for Barack Obama. Continue reading Black like me: Worcester’s Black leaders – a brief history (part 1)