Jul 8, 2013

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Food Fight

Hunger and obesity are two national plagues that seemingly cannot be more different. Yet, in reality, hunger and obesity are working together to take down the human race. Last month the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. In Massachusetts, the state has set forth its Mass in Motion initiative to promote healthier lifestyles. Here in Central Mass., with platforms like the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) boasting the vision, "Worcester will be the healthiest city in New England in 2020," local organizations are joining forces to address and prevent both hunger and obesity in hopes for a healthier community.

The bloom is off the Rose

The 100 or so people who work in the local Department of Children and Families (DCF) offices at 121 Providence St. – inside what is called The Rose Building – have what they think is a rather simple request: They want to work in a safe environment where ceilings do not crash to the floor and water doesn't rain down the elevator shaft. The answer to their request is not so simple. They have been in the building, part of the former Saint Vincent Hospital on Vernon Hill, for about two years.

Celebrating 300 years in Oxford

On July 13 and 14 the town of Oxford will have something very special to celebrate: its 300th anniversary. This two-day festival will close down Main Street and kick off with a 5k road race, while also featuring live music on two stages, an antique and classic car show, a BMX bike show, parade, civil war encampment and craft fair, among other activities like a sea of foam, rock climbing wall, and fire hose spray.