This past weekend Worcester’s inner city was alive with fall fun!

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On Cambridge Street, in Maloney Field, we saw scores of kids and their parents playing soccer. All the families were, pretty much, folks of color. Poverty, struggles do NOT stop kids from playing – nor interested parents from joining in the fun.

So important for Worcester politicians to keep Worcester’s older neighborhoods in mind. The middle class can always buy themselves out of problems and dilemmas. The poor face them every day – and surmount more than you think!

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PLEASE VOTE TODAY FOR WORCESTER POLITICAL CANDIDATES WHO STAY TRUE TO THE PROMISE OF OUR INNER-CITY!

I’m a former (and present-day) Worcester inner-city kid: Worcester Public Schools student, kindergarten – grade 12; participant in Worcester’s Summer’s World; dreamer in the Worcester Public Library’s children’s room; belly flopper in Worcester’s Crompton Park swimming pool, mad dasher at the Girls Club on Vernon Hill, quiet girl at St. Mary’s church and catechism class in Green Island … eons later owner and editor of InCity Times.

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The City of Worcester services, parks and schools worked for my single mom and us kids. The WPS teachers supported the work ethic that my mom was all about, the Worcester parks and our public library and their city events – the Fourth of July fireworks at East Park, the free musical instrument instruction at Lamartine Street School – kept things interesting and fun for us. FOR FREE. For kids and grandkids of immigrants.

The American Dream in ACTION – WORCESTER!

Worcester politicians need to remember first and foremost we’re a Gateway city. They must INVEST in the kids and parents and adults of our urban core. We’ll most likely be here for the rest of our lives, giving the city its true feel … .

… Its every day music.

– pics and text: Rosalie Tirella