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I'm writing about today's radical Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case overturning the constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

This is a dark and heavy day in our nation's history, and a revolting decision from the court.

Six justices—five appointed by GOP presidents who lost the popular vote—voted to literally take away a fundamental constitutional right from the American people.

Two of them have faced credible sexual assault accusations.

One of them is married to someone who tried to overthrow the government.

Their decision makes a mockery of justice, and will further erode trust in the legitimacy of our institutions.

Where will the court go next? We don't have to look far. The GOP isn't even hiding their radical, far-right agenda anymore. They're coming for same-sex marriage. And LGBTQ rights. And birth control. And the right to privacy.

Don't take my word for it. In his concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should “correct the error” established in Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell because those decisions are “demonstrably erroneous."

The hypocrisy is outrageous.

The same GOP saying that states shouldn't be able to set their own gun laws, now says that states should be able to outlaw abortion.

The same GOP pushing false narratives about vaccines now wants to put politicians in Washington in charge of women's personal medical choices.

The same GOP arguing against mask mandates is now arguing that women aren't in charge of their own bodies.

Before I’m a member of Congress, I’m a dad. I know many parents are struggling with the impact of this news for the autonomy of our kids and for every American. I’m enraged this generation will have fewer rights than the last. They deserve better from their country's leadership. The court has failed them.

And make no mistake: this decision will not impact all of us equally. It will have a disproportionate impact on Black and brown women, poor women, and those without the ability or means to travel to get the medical care they deserve.

Here's the bottom line: The rights of all women—and all Americans—are on the ballot in November.

I am working with my colleagues in Congress and the Biden administration to meet the urgency of the crisis and use all tools at our disposal from across the federal government to mitigate the incredible harm of this decision.

We must continue fighting for an America where abortion is safe and legal for everyone.

Radical Republicans—from Congress to the court—are not done stripping away freedoms. The GOP is defined by this extremism. We saw it on January 6 and we're seeing it today at the court. This decision must catalyze us to action.

It’s up to all of us to keep fighting for what we believe in. We will not give up. We will not give in. We support women and we're not going back.

Sincerely,

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Washington, DC Office
408 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-6101
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12 East Worcester Street, #1
Worcester, MA 01604
phone: 508-831-7356
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Leominster, MA 01453
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Back 2 School
Backpack Giveaway

We are asking for donations to The Annual 508 Forever Young Inc. Back 2 School BackpackGiveaway. We hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with us. Every little bit will help us reach our goal. 
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Early literacy has proven to have a significant relationship with graduation rates across a variety of contributing factors.

According to research, third graders who are not at grade level are among the most vulnerable to drop out of school later. 

At the first Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway in 2017, we gave away 500 filled backpacks and have since grown year after year. This year we set the bar higher in hopes to give away 3,000 filled backpacks with supplies and with your assistance WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL!

We are committed to at least giving them the tools they need to succeed. 

If you or your business is interested in purchasing a table for $100 please let us know by July 15, 2022. LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE! 
Lastly, if you aren’t able to attend and would like to contribute click the link https://gofund.me/ee6ff838 
Drop off locations, volunteer sign ups and school supply list all can be found at Checks can be made out to 508 Forever Young INC and mailed to PO BOX 1138 Worcester MA 01604


Thank You!
 
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Discover Art, Music, Flavors & Traditions
What makes life more interesting than embracing the diverse cultures, voices, people and traditions that surround us? Explore these local spots and celebrate diversity among us.

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Hello My Friends, and community members ...

I hope all is well and you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I would like to invite you, your family and friends to our Annual Stop The Violence Event.
 
Gun violence is a public safety crisis and a public health crisis. We ask you to help assist our efforts to teach youth the value of life.

On Saturday June 25, 2022 @ The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester 11a-6p join our Annual Stop The Violence Event. FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES! Activities include middle school basketball games, guest speakers, pie and donut eating contests, outside sports, free soccer lessons, young entrepreneur tables, face painting, free manicures for young ladies, live music and more!


If you aren’t able to attend we ask that you please consider making a generous donation to assist our efforts 
Cash or checks could be mailed to PO BOX 1138 Worcester Ma 01604
 
Hope to see you all there!


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508 Forever Young INC
is asking you to assist our efforts to teach our youth the value of life. Gun violence is a public safety crisis and a public health crisis which we all know plagues our community

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Join us on Saturday June 25, 2022 at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester 12-5p at our Annual Stop The Violence Event presented by 508 Forever Young INC and Aaron Baxter.
FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES!
Activities include middle school basketball games, guest speakers, pie eating contests, outside sports, face painting, free manicures for young ladies, young entrepreneurs, live music and more.


Contact me by replying to this email if you would like to sponsor a middle school team for $200 or click the link to make a contribution https://gofund.me/e119dacb

If you'd like to see our past events or need more details check out our website https://sites.google.com/view/508-forever-young/stop-the-violence


Thank You for all your support!
Woodrow Adams Jr 
President

508 Forever Young Inc.
PO Box 1138
Worcester, MA 01604
Cell (774) 386-2292

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Due to the winter storm tomorrow St Peters Basketball will be canceled on Saturday January 29, 2022 and will resume Saturday February 5, 2022. Stay safe everyone.

 

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Basketball Season has resumed!

Hello,

This Saturday (January 22nd), we will resume the Basketball Program at St. Peter's Parish. We will follow the schedule for Saturday January 22nd. Instructional Division will be at regularly scheduled time 10-11a


The health and wellbeing of all remains a concern and we therefore request that if a child is not feeling well or has had direct contact at any time this week with someone in your household or at their respective school who has tested positive for Covid-19, that they refrain from participating in our basketball program this weekend.

In an effort to control the volume of people in our gym, we are asking that only one parent/adult accompany their son/daughter to the Instructional Program.

Barring any directives from public health officials that the program be halted, it is our intention to continue our program throughout February, though we will be prepared to postpone activities should it be advisable or necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Woodrow Adams Jr
508foreveryoung@gmail.com

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Press Release:

“ONCE WE AWAKEN OUR SOUL CRAVES THE LIGHT”

Worcester, MA: Today, Unity Radio 97.9FM would like to introduce our newest show:
The Susanity Life with host Susan T Ouellette.

Susan is a busy mom, an Author of a 5-book series on Amazon called “Messages from Your Inner Child, and a business owner. Susan comes to us with many years of life experiences that we believe can be used as tools in life. To possibly help others, “Get out of their head space”

Susan: “I believe that everyone should have a life that they deserve. Filled with hope, peace, joy, and love”

Look; we all have stuff that we can’t remove. That no matter how many times we try to Rise
Above the people, places and things that keep us searching for the answer we can’t. The times
where instead of giving to yourself you continually forget about the person that matters “YOU”…

The Susanity Life: is a show where you can believe in your life once again, if you chose too. The
Truth is This is your journey. You get to decide what kind of life that you want, that you deserve.
During the show Susan will give you ideas, thoughts, hopes for a better way to remove the obstacles
we as human beings very often get stuck in. There will be guests who have Risen Above their
Challenges. Susan’s hope is that using hers and others stories, You, can find a way to say:
THIS IS MINE TODAY!

Love & Light
Unity Radio 97.9 
Connecting Worcester Style
Reach me at: susanitylife@gmail.com
484 Main Street Suite 3, Sturbridge, MA 01518 •774-304-1006     

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Dear Worcester Interfaith Community,


Please join us for a “Celebratory Gathering in Honor of Isabel Gonzalez-Webster” on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with a brief presentation and program at 3:00pm.

This gathering will be our opportunity to both thank Isabel for her leadership of Worcester Interfaith and say farewell and Godspeed as she leaves the organization in mid-January to begin serving as Executive Director for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) in New York City.

In announcing her decision to leave Worcester Interfaith, Isabel wrote that she has “had the pleasure to work with an incredible board of directors, staff, members, coalitions, and community to bring about racial and economic justice and address systemic inequities in the city of Worcester.” Though we will miss her, let us celebrate all that has been accomplished under Isabel’s leadership in just three action-packed years.

Attendees will be required to wear masks and observe all other posted Covid-19 safety protocols in effect the day of the event. Isabel asks that in lieu of gifts members consider making a financial donation to support the ongoing work of Worcester Interfaith.

We hope to see you there!

Celebration Committee
Pastor Nathan Pipho, Father Richard Trainor, Isabella Corazzini, Jane Cutting, Chaplain Martin Kelly, Rabbi Aviva Fellman

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 It's that time of year again, the Second Annual Worcester Nature Challenge!

We have been working in connection with the City Nature Challenge and the WildWorcester Team to organize a 4-day long ecological exploration of the nature that surrounds us.

This event, the Worcester Nature Challenge, will run from April 30th - May 3rd in the City of Worcester.

Our goal is to encourage individuals and families to explore their local environment, take photographs of wildlife, and upload their findings to the free app, iNaturalist.

All the collected ecological information will be shared on our Facebook page in order to show everyone just how alive our city is!

WildWorcester’s Facebook PageInstagram, and the Facebook Event Page, along with a few flyers that give some more in-depth information about the event. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

Thanks for all the incredible work you do for our community, and wishing you all the best,
Jacob and The WildWorcester Team

WildWorcester’s Page: https://www.facebook.com/WildWorcesterMA
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/454494368973818
 
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Last year, WildWorcester held a similar event that was supported by a number of local organizations, including yourselves, Mass Audubon, the Ecotarium, the Greater Worcester Land Trust, Worcester Public Libraries, Mothers Out Front, and many more. This year, we are hoping to gain more local support from organizations. We would love for UNITY Radio to join in this event to help bring the Worcester community together! To get involved, your can:
  • Join us as a Co-Host on our Facebook Event Page - this is an important aspect as we will be able to reach a wider audience this way and get more people involved!
  • Share event information on your page, reach out to your email list, and help get the word out about this accessible event!
  • If any staff would be interested, they can help by filming a short video or creating a poster on a species, habitat, or another nature topic which can then be posted on the Facebook Event Page.
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Last year, WildWorcester held a similar event that was supported by a number of local organizations, including yourselves, Mass Audubon, the Ecotarium, the Greater Worcester Land Trust, Worcester Public Libraries, Mothers Out Front, and many more. This year, we are hoping to gain more local support from organizations. We would love for UNITY Radio to join in this event to help bring the Worcester community together! To get involved, your can:
  • Join us as a Co-Host on our Facebook Event Page - this is an important aspect as we will be able to reach a wider audience this way and get more people involved!
  • Share event information on your page, reach out to your email list, and help get the word out about this accessible event!
  • If any staff would be interested, they can help by filming a short video or creating a poster on a species, habitat, or another nature topic which can then be posted on the Facebook Event Page.
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Applying to College: A Virtual Panel
for Worcester Black and African
Families

Please Join Us on Wednesday March 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Hear college admissions counselors clarify the college application process
  • Learn about benefits of attending a university in Worcester
  • Hear a current student’s perspective on the process
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions answered in a live Q&A
    Registration for event highly encouraged:
    https://rb.gy/mmbnvb
    Zoom Information:
    https://worcester.zoom.us/j/94710524932
    Hosted by Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption University, and Clark University
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Meet the Maker:
Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace

Indulge yourself and your loved ones with gifts from Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace, a beloved specialty food store.
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Indulge yourself and your loved ones with gifts from Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace, a beloved specialty food store.
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Small Business Gift Card Giveaway!  

To celebrate Handmade Holidays this season we're giving away gift cards all month long! Like and share any of our Handmade Holidays posts on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win! Each Friday through Christmas we'll randomly select new winners who will receive a $25-$50 gift card to a Central MA business.
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Winter Features

Need a Christmas Tree?
Christmas tree cutting is a holiday favorite. Make yours memorable by making a trip to Central Mass with your family and friends. Enjoy some hayrides, drink apple cider, take some holiday photos and of course, find the perfect tree!

Discover Tree Farms
Photo: Tiffany Daly-LaRose, Pants Photography
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Guide to Winter Wear

Discover some excellent locally-owned shops in central Massachusetts that carry high-quality winter clothing for the whole family. Keep yourself and your loved ones warm and cozy throughout this Massachusetts winter!

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Discover our Central MA Visitor's Guide

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Your MA Staycation Guide

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Whether you shop in person, go to a restaurant, or order online, think local first. And when you travel, stay safe and close to home – right here in Massachusetts. Visit FindMyLocalMA.com to explore regional guides from across the state.
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Tips, Tricks & Reminders
Please Wear Your Mask Over Your Mouth & Nose

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and to ensure your safety and for ours, we please ask that all members and guests wear a face covering or mask at all times in the Whitin Community Center.

Your mask or face covering MUST cover your nose and mouth. If a mask is being worn improperly, staff will politely remind you to wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. Thank you for your understanding.

If you, a family member or guest do not have a mask or face covering, it’s not a problem, we have masks available at the Members Services Desk for you! Just ask.


TRICK! Wear glasses over your mask
or face covering to prevent fogging!

"My husband and I always tell our friends what a great job the [Whitin] Community Center has done with all the COVID-19 restrictions in place, and how hard you all worked to ensure that we are safe." - Nancy R., WCC Member

Supersaas & Arrival Time

We are so excited to be expanding our Supersaas online reservation system at WCC! You will use Supersaas to make your reservation(s) for your favorite daily exercise options including; Aqua & Floor Aerobics classes, the Fitness Room, Lap Swim & Adult Exercise Swim times, Open Recreational Swimming & Basketball, Racquetball & Pickleball, Spin & more! Reservations can be made 48 hours in advance of the class and are reserved for Members only.

If you have not already set up an account with Supersaas, please follow the instructions by clicking the red button labeled "Supersaas Information".

Please remember to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity. Due to Massachusetts State Regulations we are unable to have members and guests waiting inside or outside for a program to prevent congregating.
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TIP! We now have two tablets in the Lobby for reserving your space for classes and activities in Supersaas, and Daily Pre-Screening.

Waiting For Your Class Or Activity

Massachusetts State Regulations prohibits customers from waiting in groups inside or outside a business to prevent congregating.

We ask that members and guests arrive at the WCC NO MORE than 10 minutes before your scheduled class or activity to prevent congregating.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your class or activity, staff will politely ask you to please wait in your car. Thank you for your understanding.

Fast Lane!
  • Do you always register through Supersaas for your class online?
 
  • Have you completed your one time COVID-19 Waiver?
 
  • Do you complete your daily Pre-Screening online before you come in?
 
  • Do you have your WCC Membership Card to scan in?


If you answered YES to all 4 of these questions you qualify for our Fast Lane!

Simply walk into the WCC using the Main Entrance, follow the purple and white "FAST LANE" signs & floor arrows to the far side of the Member Services Desk. Then scan your WCC Member Card, receive your color coded wrist band from a Member Services Representative for your activity or class, and you're off!

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

REMINDER! Please be sure to scan your membership card in upon arrival, and out when leaving the WCC.

"I came to the [Whitin] Community Center for Lap Swim last week and I am so impressed with how well you are running the facility in the face of a pandemic. It felt very clean and safe!" - Nora S., WCC Member

Practice Social Distancing

For practicing social distancing throughout the WCC, please remember to keep a safe distance, at least 6ft between you and another member or guest.

In the Lobby when you arrive for your class or activity, please stand on the green check marks to ensure social distancing while checking in at the Member Services Desk. Each check mark is 6ft apart.

In the fitness room and in classes, please make sure there is 14ft between you and the next member or guest.

COVID-19 Waiver

All Members, guests and customers must complete this form prior to coming to the WCC. You will only be required to complete this from once.

NOTICE: THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. Read this document carefully and in entirety. By signing this agreement, you give up your right to bring a court action to recover compensation or obtain any other remedy for any personal injury or property damage however caused arising out of your participation in George Marston Whitin Memorial Community Association, Inc. (“WCC”) Activities and Programs, now or at any time in the future.

COVID-19 Waiver

"I am super impressed with how "normal" things are looking even with all the new regulations." - BVCP Parent

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Daily Prescreening Tool

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and based on Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Public Health, and CDC guidance, the Whitin Community Center is requiring everyone coming to WCC to complete a DAILY SCREENING BEFORE arrival.

To complete the DAILY SCREENING either use this link, https://qrco.de/WHITINCC or the QR Code using a Personal Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. (Access to the questionnaire does require an internet connection or wireless access).

Thank you for helping us control the spread of COVID-19, helping to keep you and everyone safer.
For more information, please visit our website 
under COVID-19 Guidance & Reopening. 
 
https://www.whitincommunitycenter.com/schedules/covid-19-guidance-reopening/

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60 Main St. Whitinsville, MA 01588
508.234.8184
www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com

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Every Sport Needs More High School Officials
Who says high school coaches don’t recruit?

Currently, there is a critical shortage of high school officials in almost every sport in your state. As a well-respected member of the community, you’re uniquely qualified to recruit a colleague, friend or family member to help meet this urgent need.

Here’s our pitch: Officiating is a great way to stay in shape, meet new people, earn a few extra bucks and make a positive difference in the community. More importantly, the participation by one of your friends or colleagues might actually help save a sport.

The journey to helping us recruit new high school officials begins by posting the message below to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. We’ll do the rest.
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Stay in shape. Meet new people. Earn extra money. Make a difference. These are just a few of the reasons you should become a high school official. Click below to help fill the critical shortage of officials in every sport in our state! #BecomeAnOfficial
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