Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Typical Life Right Now

I am part of the Worcester County Bar Association and I chair the Woman Lawyers Committee, which deals with trying to advance women in law, address whatever practice issues that they have, and provide educational opportunities as well.  I also co-chair the Juvenile Court Committee for the Bar Association, which deals with, again, juvenile court issues, policies, changes in the law, educational opportunities.  I volunteer as a lawyer for a day at Worcester Probate and Family Court once a month, for five or six hours at a time, helping people who can’t afford a lawyer to walk them through the process, and fill out their forms, trying to help them navigate the process.  I am on the board of the Elder Services of Worcester Area, which helps elders stay at home longer and provide services in their homes.  So, I have a lot of volunteer activities, and I hope that I have helped families and individuals and organizations as well.  That’s very important to me, to give back to the community. 
Erin Bradbury
From In Her Shoes

Thursday, October 11, 2018

10th Annual Event - Worcester Women Activists

Join us for our 10th Annual Event promoting the stories of Worcester women. Worcester Women Activists. Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Worcester Public Library.
Worcester, MA, home of the first National Woman’s Rights Convention in 1850, was known as a center of radical abolitionist activity and social reform in the women’s rights movement. Today it is still the home of many activists who fight for social justice.  Dr. Selina Gallo-Cruz and her students have conducted and transcribed over 20 oral histories of local women for the Worcester Women’s Oral History Project.  She and Milagros Montenegro will share what was learned in this collaborative project, including insights into the lives of these Worcester women activists and their contributions to nonviolent social change and community building.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Double Duty

One of my daughters has cerebral palsy.  She requires a lot of attention and time because she can’t do things herself, that at four and half, almost five years old, [she] should be able to do.  She’s come a long way from where she was, but she still needs help most of the time.  She can get herself dressed but she still needs help sometimes, not so much with feeding but getting on the toilet, getting off the toilet, brushing her teeth, putting on her shoes, putting on her socks, and walking.  Which is a huge thing, plus not only that, being an occupational therapist, there is a ton more pressure on me to--I know, I’m almost too much.  So, I know that if she’s going to walk, then this is the time to do it.  I may come home [from work] and work with her for a couple hours, spend a little time with Emily, her sister.  Or have Emily do the exercises with us.  Most of my time is either working, doing Meghan’s therapy, taking care of the kids, cleaning the house -- which is low on the priority list, to be honest with you -- and researching online, all the time, to see what’s out there.  You know, like going into a chat room.  I belong to a chat room for people who have CP [cerebral palsy].  Could be adults, kids, parents.  I spend a lot of time on there just kind of figuring out what is out there for people.  I should probably mention my husband in there.  I spend a little time with him [laughter].  I do spend some time with him as well.  But you know I don’t really go out; I don’t have time for leisure.  I do go to the gym in the morning, so I do balance that.  I do belong to the Leicester Parent Advisory Council.  Which is a special education advisory council for the special education department of Leicester and I’m the vice chair.

Lori Connolly
from Voices of Worcester Women

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Worcester Remembrances - Neighborhood Changes

We grew up right on the Worcester line. But it mostly changed a lot by development—like almost every place I guess. The Auburn Mall, which is there now, was never there. We lived right behind—and my parents still live there—right behind what’s now an industrial park. It used to be a sandpit when we were growing up, and it ended up becoming an industrial park and the other thing that was huge, that I think changed was that 290, the interstate highway, went right through where the industrial park was right behind our house. Maybe about—our street that we grew up on was a dead end so maybe like six more houses and then at the end of the road is right where the highway went through. There was a pond and I think you can kind of gauge the progress and what happened with the neighborhood a lot by the pond because when my mom grew up here, there was a dance hall and it was an active pond. People would come from all over the town to dance at the dance hall and have parties there, and so it was kind of like a resortish kind of place. And then as the pond got stagnant, and a lot of it I think had to do with the highway going in—with a lot of the development that went around the pond, that the dance hall went. We used to fish in it when we were kids, and now there’s just nothing worth fishing for in it. So we kind of saw that go downhill. So it changed in that way I think a lot. It’s still a community though. I still go, and everybody—the neighbors, their houses are very close together; a lot of the grandkids have taken over the houses.

From Voices of Worcester Women

Friday, December 15, 2017

Coming to America

The Worcester project annual event was a success. There was a standing-room only audience to listen to the stories of eight women who settled in the greater Worcester area from other countries. Read all about it in this Worcester Telegram & Gazette article.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Worcester Women's Oral History Project Annual Event

Join us as we learn about Worcester women originally from Colombia, Burma, China, Brazil, and Algeria. In their own words we learn what it is like to arrive in a new land and what it takes to forge a new path for themselves and their families.  The Worcester Women's Oral History Project partnered with five Worcester organizations that provide education and training for immigrants and refugees:  The Educational Bridge Program at Notre Dame Health Care, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester, Refugee Artisans of Worcester, The Clemente Course in the Humanities, And Worcester Refugee Assistance Project. Meet at the Saxe Room in the Worcester Public Library on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Immigrant and Refugee Stories of Worcester Women

Join the Worcester Women's Oral History Project as we share stories of Worcester Women who emigrated from other countries. Hear the stories of how they came to the United States and their impressions upon their arrival in their own words. December 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Saxe Room of the Worcester Public Library.  Free and open to the public.