Representatives from the Foundation for MetroWest announced last week that the foundation has awarded $228,000 in grants to organizations in various communities west of Boston.
The announcement was part of an event held last week at The Center for the Arts in Natick.
The 2013 distributions were focused on three key service areas: arts and culture, environment, and family support. This year's grant recipients will use the money to fund a variety of programs along the lines of these themes, including support for families at-risk of becoming homeless; workforce training and job placement programs; improving access to the arts for underserved populations; the removal of invasive species from local watersheds; and resources to the elderly and victims of domestic abuse.
“During this time of unprecedented financial need, Foundation for MetroWest is proud to support organizations throughout the region,” said Judith Salerno, the foundation's executive director. “By distributing these much needed funds, we are doing our part to ensure that the MetroWest region remains vital and strong.”
A complete list of grant recipients in each category is as follows:
- Advocates, Inc., Framingham
- Bethany Hill School, Framingham COMPASS for Kids, Lexington
- Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. Lexington
- Employment Options, Inc., Marlborough
- Framingham Adult ESL, Natick
- Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts, Acton
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Waltham
- Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Framingham
- LVM Literacy Unlimited, Framingham
- MetroWest Legal Services, Inc., Framingham
- MetroWest Mediation Services, Framingham
- Minuteman Senior Services, Bedford
- Natick Service Council, Inc., Natick
- New Hope, Inc., Attleboro
- Newton Community Service Center, West Newton
- REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Waltham
- SMOC - Voices Against Violence, Framingham
- Waltham Partnership for Youth, Waltham
- WATCH, Inc., Waltham
Arts and Culture
- Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Inc., Northborough
- The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), Natick
- Danforth Art, Museum\School, Framingham
- Framingham History Center, Framingham
- Gore Place, Waltham
- Medway Friends of Elders, Medway
- Music Access Group, Dedham
- New Repertory Theatre, Watertown
- North Hill, Needham
- Plugged In, Needham
- Charles River Watershed Association, Weston
- Lake Cochituate Watershed Council, Inc., Natick
- Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, Belmont
- Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln
- OARS, Concord
- Waltham Land Trust, Waltham
The foundation has distributed over $8 million in grants to the local community since its inception in 1995.
For more information, visit the foundation's official website.
WASHINGTON — Brian and Alma Hart of Bedford frequently visit marker 60-7892 at Arlington National Cemetery, the grave site of their son, who died when his unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2003.
But their visits to the capital area do not stop there. They also search for another, more prominent location to memorialize Private First Class John D. Hart — and the estimated 2.5 million of his comrades from America’s post-9/11 wars.
The Harts are part of a diverse movement of veterans and families seeking to establish a national memorial to honor those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their drive is fraught with complicated questions about the “global war on terrorism,’’ its open-ended nature, and the unpopular conflicts it spawned. In all, nearly 6,800 American soldiers have died since 2001 — more than 4,400 in Iraq and nearly 2,300 in Afghanistan.
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State Sen. Mike Barrett, a Lexington Democrat who also represents Waltham and other nearby communities, has been named to three committees specializing in health disparities, adoption costs, and early education access, according to a statement from his office.
“On the whole, people with disabilities smoke at a higher rate and have higher obesity numbers,” said Barrett, a healthcare IT specialist by profession, in his statement. “When you dig deeper, you’ll see this population also has a harder time seeing doctors due to high costs.”
Barrett has also been appointed to a newly-formed adoption task force which will recommend ways to reduce costs and delays in the adoption process. The task force, led by children and families department commissioner Olga Roche, will consult with chief justices of the probate and family and juvenile courts to come up with solutions.
Adoption expenses consist of home study and legal fees, among other costs, Barrett's office said.
Barrett will also serve on the recently-created Early Education and Care Commission, which will study early education's high costs and care services, and look at ways to expand access.
Citing the nonprofit Early Education for All, Barrett's office said 40 percent of pre-school aged children in Massachusetts are not enrolled in an early education program.
“Sixteen percent of kids who aren’t reading at a proficient level when they finish third grade end up not graduating from high school on time,” Barrett said. “We should be investing in their future from an early age.”
For more information, visit Barrett's legislative page.
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Clark Addinivola The special election to decide who will represent the state's Fifth District in the U.S. House is set for Tuesday, Dec. 10. Polls in Arlington will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vying for the seat held until last summer by Edward J.…
With less than a week to go before a special election, Congressional candidates Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and Republican Frank Addivinola are set for their first televised debate.
New England Cable News announced Thursday morning that Clark and Addivinola will debate at 3 p.m. Friday and the cable channel will air the debate at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Rebroadcasts are planned for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
The special election to fill the seat formerly held by Sen. Edward Markey is Tuesday.
Independent James Aulenti of Wellesley and Justice Peace Security candidate James Hall of Arlington are also on the ballot.
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Katherine Clark, the 50-year-old Democratic nominee for the Fifth Congressional District, is heavily favored in the Dec. 10 special election to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives.
Yet Clark, a state senator from Melrose, still faces one last test.
Her Republican opponent, Frank J. Addivinola Jr., a businessman and lawyer with six graduate degrees and conservative views on the Affordable Care Act, guns, gay marriage, and abortion, says he is going to win.
Katherine Marlea Clark
Born: 1963 New Haven, CT
Undergraduate education: St. Lawrence University
Profession: State senator
Self-described political views: Progressive Democrat
Personal life: Married with three school-age boys
Current residence: Melrose
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: Studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan, in 1983
Frank John Addivinola Jr.
Born: 1960 Malden, MA
Undergraduate education: Williams College
Profession: Doctoral student, teacher, lawyer, owner test prep business
Self-described political view: Smaller government, traditional Republican
Personal life: Married
Current residence: Boston
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: From 2002-2006, lived in Odessa, Ukraine, and ran a tourist-focused business there
Patrick administration selects 15 communities to participate in Massachusetts Solar Incentive Program's second round
Bedford, Lexington, Needham, and Watertown are among the communities chosen to participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program.
The grassroots solar energy program, run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, aims to increase the adoption of solar energy while reducing its overall cost. Residents are offered a tiered pricing structure where savings increase as more people sign on.
“The popularity of Solarize Mass highlights the growing interest in renewable energy across the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan in a press release that named the 15 communities chosen for the program. “Programs like Solarize Mass allow people across Massachusetts to join the clean energy revolution right at their own homes and businesses, while creating local jobs here in the Commonwealth.”
A designated solar installer will be chosen from each community through a competitive bidding process.
Ten communities participated in the first round of the program and a total of 551 contracts for solar installation were signed.
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The first book printed in what is today the United States of America sold for more than $14 million at auction in New York Tuesday, Sotheby's said, becoming the world's most expensive book. The translation of Biblical psalms "The Bay Psalm Book" was…
Local non-profit LexFarm signed a lease with the town Monday night for a piece of land on Lowell Street that will become the town’s first community farm.
The town purchased the eight-acre piece of land, currently Busa Farm , in 2009 for about $4.1 million The town spent several years debating whether to turn the land into recreational fields, while LexFarm and other activists advocated for preserving the property as a farm. The selectmen voted in 2012 to use most of the land for a community farm, with a small portion set aside for affordable housing.
“It has been a long haul,” said LexFarm president Janet Kern. “It’s been a lot of work for a lot of people. But it’s a testament to how a community can come together if they all care about something.”
LexFarm’s proposal for the property was selected in summer 2013, over a competing proposal from Fat Moon Farm of Westford . LexFarm will pay the town about $2,000 for the first year with a 2.5 percent increase each year for the property. The lease is for 10 years with the option to renew for five years twice.
Kern said the farm will sell produce through a farmstand and through a Community Supported Agriculture share program. She also said the farm will heavily emphasize educational programs and community outreach.
“Lexington is known for its wonderful school system, but I think there’s an education people are looking for that involves hands-on understanding of what our food system is all about, what our environment is all about, how everything is connected,” Kern said.
Kern said CSA shares will go on sale after the new year. In the lead-up to the 2014 growing season, LexFarm will solicit donations so it can fix up the roof and farmstand and buy tractors and farm equipment for organic farming.
Kern said LexFarm will oversee business operations and fundraising for the farm. Community Farms Outreach , a non-profit that runs Waltham Fields Community Farm , will handle the farming side of operations.
Claire Kozower , executive director of Community Farms Outreach, said her organization helped LexFarm with research while it was advocating to preserve Busa Farm as a community farm. When the town issued a Request for Proposal for the property, LexFarm asked Community Farms Outreach if it would team up with them and help them farm the property.
“We thought about it, and for us it represents a great opportunity to fulfill the farmer training goals we have for our organization,” said Kozower, who said her organization will send two farmers to oversee the Lexington farm.
The National Archives at Boston will hold a ceremony commemorating the presidency of John F. Kennedy at its Waltham headquarters on Thursday, the day before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
According to a press release, the event will feature the United States Navy Band Northeast Top Brass Quintet for an evening of music and reflection. In addition ,actor Michael Hammond will present selected poems and Jeanne M. Lenza, Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, will reflect on JFK’s life and legacy.
"Fifty years ago, our country was profoundly changed by the death of our president John F. Kennedy,'' the press release reads. "Part of the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy was a deep encouragement of the arts, particularly music and poetry"
The press release continues: "Kennedy was a navy veteran, and it is fitting that five of our nation’s finest musicians will perform in his honor."
In addition, on display are photographs of President Kennedy and his family, many of them iconic images from the National Archives.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m at the National Archives and Records Administration building, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham. There is ample free parking and handicap access.
This program is suitable for all audiences, including families. Registration is requested. To register email email@example.com, or call 781-663-0130.