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Dsndp cleanliness drive july 14  2024 8

Global Nonprofit DSNDP Volunteers From Massachusetts participate in Cleanliness Drive!

On July 14th ,2024, Massachusetts State residents joined hands as dedicated volunteers of the global non-profit organization Dr. Shri. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (DSNDP), undertaking Adopt-A-Highway & Adopt-A-Visibility-Site clean-up drive in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) at (Adopt-A-Highway) 135 Eastbound side from Pond Rd. to Weston Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481 & (Adopt-A-Visibility-Site) at Gonzalez Lower Lot: Town of Dedham, 506 High St, Dedham, MA 02026.
In alignment with the motto “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (The world is one family), DSNDP aims to foster a brighter future by advocating for cleanliness drives in collaboration with the US government by undertaking nationwide cleanliness drives since July 2022. These activities are executed under the guidance of the founders of the organisation Dr. Shri Appasaheb Dharmadhikari and Dr. Shri Sachindada Dharmadhikari.
Earlier in Massachusetts, the organization also carried out other cleanliness activities such as Adopt-a-Visibility-Site, Adopt- a-Highway, across 3 cities involving a total of 67 volunteers who worked for around 85 volunteer hours and collected 28 bags of waste resulting in approx. 420 pounds of trash.
Within the North America continent, DSNDP continues to collaborate with 18 states and 73 cities across the United States for nationwide cleanliness drive including 23 different programs such as Adopt-Highway/Park/Beach/ Street/ River etc. During these cleanliness drives, DSNDP has successfully engaged 2109 volunteers, actively collecting more than 34000 pounds of trash, resulting in significant cost savings for the government. The organisation has received accolades from various state and county governments in the form of 53 certificates and 51 signboards within the nation.
The organisation is also involved in tree plantation across 15 states and 33 cities within the US. DSNDP is also involved in health initiatives such as the Women’s Cancer Awareness Conference successfully hosted in February 2023 and blood/ plasma donation drives in Canada and the United States in recent years. DSNDP also recently organised a Mega Cleanliness Drive and Tree Conservation Event across 21 locations simultaneously to celebrate Earth Day 2024.
For more information, please visit http://www.dsndp.com

The Council on Aging at the
Human Services & Senior Center is located
at 30 Sudbury Rd, Rear.

Telephone: 978-929-6652          
Email: seniorcenter@actonma.gov     
Website: www.actoncoa.com/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/actoncoa
Hours: Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00am-5:00pm, Tues 8:00am-7:30pm, and Fri 8:00am-12noon

Monday Movie Matinee

The Lavender Hill Mob

Monday, July 29th, 1:00-2:20 pm
(1951) A meek British bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion and his eccentric neighbor decide to steal the gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. Alec Guinness stars in an Oscar-nominated role. The film won an Oscar for Best Story and Screenplay. Marks Audrey Hepburn’s first appearance in a major movie. This film is shown in collaboration with the Acton Memorial Library.
Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Tuesday, July 30th, 1:00-2:00pm                                 
Open to out-of-town seniors for $5 starting July 11th
Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. No experience necessary. Ukuleles provided. Registering in advance with the COA is required.
Art Exhibit
From August 1st through September 12th, we welcome the work of Jen Mabardy and Lara Maira who will host a collaborative exhibit titled “Connections”.
Jen has been a longtime Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. She loves colors and cardstock, and working with a variety of stamps and inks to make handmade greeting cards. Lara combs beaches all over the world for sea glass to then create framed art pieces.
For this exhibit, look for unique pieces “connecting” their creations!
All are welcome to attend their Reception with refreshments on Tuesday, August 13th from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Nara Park Senior Stroll Part 2                                         
Friday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd,
10:00 -11:00 am.
Acton, Boxboro, Littleton Seniors
Come join other seniors from Acton, Boxboro, and Littleton Council’s on Aging for conversation, coffee, and a stroll around Acton’s Nara Park, 25 Ledgerock Way, Acton.  Please meet us at the Sports Pavilion off the upper parking lots located off Quarry Road.  For additional information please call Nursing at 978-929-6650. Registration is required.
Chess Lessons with Ken LeBow                                                              
Thursdays, ongoing, 1:00-3:30pm 
Open to all seniors/free                          
No class on 8/1, can still play games                                       
Acton resident Ken Lebow teaches this class that is best for people with some chess experience who know how the pieces move and the concepts of check and checkmate. You will play games and get feedback. Chess sets supplied by the COA. If you are a true beginner, Ken is happy to meet with you at the Senior Center to teach you the basics. Just let us know if that’s the case and Ken will get in touch with you to arrange some times to meet. Ken LeBow has been playing chess for over 50 years. He started a chess club and lessons for seniors in Pennsylvania and has been teaching and leading chess club in Acton, in person and virtually, since 2013.
Chess Club                                                                                                                  
Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm
No Chess Club July 4th 
Open to all seniors/free                                                                                                                                                                                          
Players with some chess experience get together for games at the Senior Center. You only need to know the basics to play.
Come and play pool! Table available during regular opening times. We have cues and chalk or bring your own. Available for all seniors.
Nyara

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Is Seeking The Public’s Assistance In Locating Missing 14-Year-Old, Nyara Mitchell.

Nyara has been missing since June 22, 2024, from her home in Canton, Massachusetts. Nyara is described as 5’5”, weighs 170 lbs., and has brown eyes with black hair. Authorities believe that Nyara may be in Boston, Massachusetts area.
In an effort to bring more attention to Nyara’s case, her poster is being featured on the Ring’s Neighbors app as a part of a partnership between NCMEC and Ring. This feature reaches millions of users, providing real-time assistance in locating missing children.
If you have any information about Nyara or her disappearance, please contact NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Canton Police Department (Massachusetts) at 1-781-821-5090

Multigenerational Game Night at FPC

Stow, Mass., July 19 – All are welcome to a multigenerational game night that takes place on the third Friday of the month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). Enjoy free parking, free snacks, and free fun!

There will be a focus on card games in July, including Mille Bornes, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, Munchkin, and a unique deck of cards called “One Deck: multi game cards” that can also be used to play dominoes, chess, checkers, and backgammon.

The next Game Night will take place on Friday, July 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. FPC is a nut-free location. It’s located at 353 Great Rd, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Bruce Springsteen’s Ministry of Community and Redemption - FPC Sunday Service

Stow, Mass., July 21 – From his early years to the present, Springsteen’s songs and concerts have been a collaboration with fans to form a community in search of everyday salvation. At First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), FPC member Dave Sansone will connect those ideas with what is done at FPC to engage folks who are in search of a home.

The service will take place both in person and virtually on July 21 at 10 a.m. Masking is optional. Child care is available for all in-person summer services. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc.
FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The church is located at 353 Great Rd., Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

FreeBee Market Updates: Abundant Produce and a Community Market on July 27

   FreeBee Market, Boxborough’s volunteer-driven free food network and market, organizes two types of events, “community market” days and “food rescue” days, on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall.
    “Food rescue” days, held every Saturday, are focused only on sharing extra food collected from local supermarkets and farms. The “community markets” have rescued food plus community booths and kids’ activities.
  FreeBee’s Saturday July 13 “food rescue” day was the largest one yet this year. The hard-working volunteer teams rescued a record 76 banana boxes of produce, frozen meat, eggs, breads, prepared foods, and so much more. Local farm fields are brimming with produce, and extras are coming to FreeBee.
  The next FreeBee “community market” will be held on July 27. In addition to the rescued food, there will be free cut flowers and free books, a free bouncy house, and local community organizations sharing information and free items at their own tables. The Boxborough Minutemen will be there with t-shirts to give away, and the UCCB church has Legos to build with and give away, too.
  Both types of FreeBee events (food rescue days and community market days) are held from 10:30 until noon on the side lawn of the UCC Boxborough church at 30 Middle Road. The remaining community markets are July 27, August 17, September 7, and October 19.
  FreeBee is looking for volunteers to help with Friday pickups and Saturday banana box returns to Acton. To sign up as a volunteer of any sort, contact freebeecommunity@gmail.com.
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.

“Repair & Renew” Workshop Collaborates with Adult Craft Time at Sargent Memorial Library

  In 2022, Sargent Memorial Library created a strategic plan and identified a set of goals for FY23 through FY27. One of the goals is to provide programs that foster human connection and enrich people’s lives. Another is to strengthen community partnerships.
  A direct outcome of these goals is the Repair & Renew Workshop, a collaboration between Sargent Memorial Library, Acton Memorial Library, and local seamstress and founder of PatternReview.com, Deepika Prakash.
  The workshop marks the first partnership between the Acton and Boxborough libraries, sharing promotional and planning responsibilities, and taking turns hosting Deepika as she teaches participants how to mend, renew, or repurpose textile materials every month.
  In June, the library’s Information Services Librarian, Meghan Bouffard, took the collaboration with Deepika one step further, combining the workshop with June’s Adult Craft. The next adult craft is another collaboration where Meghan and Deepika will lead participants to create block prints on flour sack dish cloths using beautifully engraved wooden blocks from India. The craft is on Tuesday, July 30 at 4 p.m. and registration is required through the library’s event calendar at boxlib.org.
  July’s Repair & Renew workshop is a T-shirt refashion class that will be held at Acton Memorial Library on Monday, July 22 at 4 p.m. Registration is required at https://www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/.
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.

Work Starts on Steele Farm Ice House Restoration; RFP for Phase III of Farmhouse Preservation Prepared

  At the July 11 meeting of the Steele Farm Committee, Chair Christopher Hydak reported that the restoration of the exterior of the Steele Farm Ice House has begun. The contractor discovered that some of the underlying sheathing had rotted, and the committee agreed to have the contractor replace the rotted sheathing while keeping as much of the original wood as possible.
  The committee discussed Phase III of the preservation of the 1784 Levi Wetherbee farmhouse, which includes new windows, new siding, and exterior painting. They reviewed the language in the request for proposals (RFP) for work on the farmhouse and will finalize and issue the RFP in August 2024.
The town purchased the Steele Farm property in the fall of 1994, making this year the 30th anniversary of town ownership and the preservation of the buildings and property. The committee is still planning to have an 30th anniversary celebration in mid October; details will be arranged over the next few months.
  The committee’s next meeting will be on Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m. at the Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road.

Planning Board Elects Two Working Group Members to Address MBTA Communities Zoning Compliance

  At its meeting on July 8, the Planning Board discussed the MBTA Communities zoning requirements and their plan to address compliance. Town Planner Alec Wade presented a background on the MBTA Communities Act and advocated for a “working group” approach to help Boxborough comply with the law.
  Wade stressed that public engagement is key to the success of the community and proposed the formation of a working group that would include two planning board members, a resident with traffic or engineering experience, and two additional members at large, preferably from different geographic areas of town. The group will gather input through public forums and meetings with other town boards and committees. They will analyze the data and make recommendations to the Planning Board, who will then hold public hearings and bring the proposed zoning district for a vote at a future Town Meeting. Planning Board Clerk Rebecca Verner and member Rich Guzzardi were elected as the Planning Board representatives to the working group. The board did not discuss the process or timeline for selecting the additional working group members. Wade indicated that the working group would likely begin meeting in early fall 2024.
  The MBTA Communities Act was passed by the State Legislature in 2020 as part of an Economic Development Bond Bill. It requires that the 177 communities served by the MBTA create a zoning district where multifamily housing is allowed as of right, which means there is a more streamlined permitting process compared to the special permit process. The deadline for adopting legislation is December 2025.
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.

Boxborough Zoning Board Denies New England Tree Masters’ Appeal of Building Commissioner’s Decision

   At its meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the Boxborough Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) conducted a public hearing to consider the application for an appeal of the building commissioner’s enforcement order issued to New England Tree Masters, a business operating at 984 Mass Ave and 38 Sara’s Way. As an abutter to the applicant, ZBA Chair Mark White recused himself, and Clerk Mark Barbadoro was appointed as acting chair for the hearing.
  On March 25, 2024, New England Tree Masters was issued an enforcement order by Boxborough Building Commissioner Ed Cataldo. The order specified that New England Tree Masters must file a special permit due to the “increased…size of the cleared area, truck traffic,” and the “storage of materials beyond the previous business” at the property. The order also required that the applicant file for a site plan review due to changes made to the topography, parking, traffic flow, and natural features when the property transferred ownership.
  The appeal, which requested that the ZBA withdraw the enforcement order requirements, was filed by Attorney Paul Robertson on behalf of New England Tree Masters on April 29, 2024.
  After the official notice of public hearing was read into the record, Acting Chair Barbadoro requested the input of Town Counsel Jonathan Eichman regarding a question of jurisdiction due to the timeliness of the appeal. Attorney Eichman indicated that Mass General Law Chapter 40A, Section 15 requires that appeals must be filed within 30 days from the date of the order, and the applicant’s appeal was filed after the 30-day deadline.
  The remainder of the hearing focused on whether or not the board would allow the appeal to be heard, given that it was filed later than the 30-day requirement. After almost two hours, in a split vote (3 – 2), the Board voted to deny the appeal on the grounds that it was not filed within the 30 day window. Attorney Robertson expressed disappointment at the result and indicated that the next step would be to resolve the case with legal action. Acting Chair Barbadoro reminded Mr. Robertson that his client still has the option to resolve the case by filing an application for a special permit rather than go to court.

Select Board Appoints Fire Station Building Committee

At its meeting on July 15, the Select Board appointed all seven members of the new Fire Station Building Committee (FSBC). The five at-large members are Joan Blaustein, Mary Brolin, Sara Lavado, Eric Michnovez, and Mac Reid. The Select Board representative will be Priya Sundaram, and the Finance Committee representative will be Maria Neyland. The Board also appointed Fire Chief John Kivlan and Town Administrator Michael Johns as ex officio members.
  The Board chose the five at-large members from a group of 18 applicants. TA Michael Johns explained that there were originally 24 interested residents, but that six withdrew their names from consideration. The remaining 18 applicants were evaluated using a matrix of six competencies: technical experience, community understanding, proven leadership, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and public engagement skills. Select Board Chair Kristin Hilberg said the Board was “honored” by the number of people who volunteered to be considered for the FSBC.
  According to the FSBC charter approved by the Select Board at their last meeting, the FSBC is expected to “report to the Select Board and shall oversee the performance of the OPM [Owner’s Project Manager]. Based on input from the OPM, the FSBC shall recommend to the Select Board and the Town, the best path for the delivery of a new Fire Station.”
  The Board also discussed potential next steps regarding recent vandalism at Liberty Field and other town-owned land. Recreation Commission Chair Matt Spurling reported to the Board that a motorized vehicle drove on the new grass at Liberty Field and that there have also been similar and more damaging incidents at Fifer’s Field, another town-owned property.
  Spurling suggested that the Board consider security cameras at these properties to “protect our investment.” After hearing from Police Chief John Szewczyk and Conservation Commission Chair Sam Anderson, the Board decided to start with signage and look into the costs involved in setting up security cameras.
  Chief Szewczyk also reported to the Board the results of Operation Safe Streets, a Boxborough Police Department initiative to increase traffic enforcement in May and June 2024. The top three offenses across the two-month period were speeding (146 vehicle stops), failure to stop at stop signs (51 vehicle stops), and texting while driving (43 vehicle stops).

BBB Scam Alert: Fake events & phone tickets

Many people are looking forward to fun festivals this summer. As usual, scammers are taking advantage of the building excitement. This time, they are cashing in with phony tickets—and even fake events.
How the scam works:
You see a fantastic deal on tickets to a summer festival in your area, usually through a link on social media. The event promises live music, all-you-can-eat meals, craft beer or wine, or other fun activities.
When you click the social media link, it takes you to a professional website with fantastic pictures. You enter your credit card information to buy tickets and think you are all set. But before you buy, do a little research. Whether the event is non-existent, merely disappointing, or you just bought phony tickets, the result is the same: someone pockets your hard-earned money!
BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports from people who purchased fake tickets to actual events or events that have yet to materialize.
A customer in Memphis reported buying tickets for $220 for a concert: "I saw an offer for presale tickets for the group Khruangbin for a concert in May. I clicked on the links and it lead me to what looked like a legit site until I realized that they are a resellers site and had marked up the ticket prices tremendously. The prices were also in USD and the service charge was astounding. I contacted the company right away but they just dismiss and ignore. They are SCAMMERS and need to be off the market. They have scammed lots of people and it is very humiliating and stressful."
One consumer who purchased tickets to a fake beer crawl reported: “Reviews across multiple platforms make it clear that these events are at best extremely misleading or at worst canceled. No refunds are given, even when their inconsistent and mostly-unreachable customer service email address responds to confirm a refund will be provided.”
How to spot a fake festival:
*Research before you buy. Search online for the festival's name and ensure the name advertised matches the website. Scammers often use names that sound similar to those of real festivals.
*Check for (working) contact information. The festival website should have a real phone number and email address.
*Watch out for prices that sound too good to be true. There is no way a festival can offer tickets at extremely low prices without losing money. If the prices are much lower than elsewhere, it's likely a scam.
What can you do?
*Pay with a credit card. You can dispute the charges if the business doesn't come through. Be wary of online sellers that don’t accept credit cards.
*Look for secure sites. The website should begin with HTTPS (the extra “s” is for security) and have a lock symbol on the address bar.
*Avoid tickets sold on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other free online listings.  Scammers are skilled at providing realistic tickets and fake receipts. Check out third-party ticket sites at BBB.org before making purchases.
For more information:
Read BBB's tips for buying tickets to an event. For general information on how to avoid scams, visit BBB.org/AvoidScams

Stow Garden Club Holds Annual Meeting

Fourteen members of the Stow Garden Club enjoyed lunch al fresco at the home of Ruth Delmonico recently. Gifts were given to Diane Pellietier ( Past President), Jennifer Mandlebaum (Treasurer), and Eva Barstow (Secretary) for serving as officers of the club. Newly elected officers for the ensuing year include: Mary Staley and Gladys Beaudette, Co-Presidents; Ruth Delmonico, Vice President; Nancy Buck, Secretary. Committee Chairs are Susan Choyce and Ruth Delmonico, Civic Projects & Fundraising, which includes the Daffodil Sale in October. Publicity is handled by Susan Pauley, the Yearbook is created by Kirsten Berg-Sonne, the Garden Tour is arranged by Jai Gluckman-Thomas, Hospitality & the Annual Luncheon, Marge Alessio. Louise Peacock is the Scholarship Chair, which is given to a graduating senior in Stow, who is interested in furthering their education in horticulture, agriculture, or related subjects. Members discussed program plans and will finalize the calendar during the summer months. Meetings can consist of garden educational speakers, floral arrangements to take home, or trips to nearby gardens and arboretums. A local garden tour may be planned. The club recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion and is open to anyone in Stow or nearby towns. For membership details see the website www.stowgardenclub.org or contact Louise Peacock, Membership Chair.

The Merry Wives of Windsor coming to Concord July 20-27

 
Once again, The World’s A Stage Players, Concord Players’ Shakespeare Troupe, will stage a free production on the lawn of the Concord Free Public Library. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be presented on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, July 20-27 at 5 PM.
One of Shakespeare’s funniest and most accessible comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor is, in many ways, a thoroughly modern production. “I think of Merry Wives as a contemporary soap opera,” says Director Jim Porter. “Everything is just pitched a little higher, everything is a bit more over the top, it’s all very dramatic … which, of course, makes for great comedy.”
The two Merry Wives, played by Hannah Clifford (Mistress Ford) and Jacey Lynn Rutledge (Mistress Page) are simultaneously wooed by the arrogant yet oblivious Falstaff (played by Mike Haddad). Once they discover his brazen pursuit, they decide to have a little fun at his expense and go to extensive lengths to make him look like a fool.
“Hannah and I have several scenes where we team up to undermine Falstaff’s egotism and self-importance,” says Jacey. “Our characters know what’s going on. The audience knows what’s going on. But Falstaff has no idea, which is a lot of fun.”
Mike Haddad, a frequent performer and director with The World’s A Stage Players, turns Falstaff’s foibles into comic gold. “His cluelessness is what makes him fun,” says Mike. “He thinks he’s God’s gift to humanity, and assumes everyone else thinks so too. It’s a great role to play and a funny one to watch.”
The show features some of Shakespeare’s best wordplay. Shakespeare creates several hilarious characters with non-traditional and/or non-English accents – the French Doctor Caius (played by Andrew Harrington) struggles mightily with his English, while the Welsh parson Sir Hugh Evans’ (played by John Small, making his World’s A Stage Players’ debut) malapropisms add to the humor. Andrew’s real-life wife, Jasmine Yong Hall, plays the inn-keeper Mistress Quickly with a full-on cockney accent.
Merry Wives also features strong women characters, which creates a sense of female empowerment that feels distinctly feminist.
“One of the best things about the show is that the women are firmly in charge,” notes Director Jim Porter. “The men range from jovial to profoundly jealous to utterly moronic, but the women are smart, clever and very funny.”
As always, The World’s A Stage Players draws on a cast of both regulars, occasional returnees and newcomers. Returnees from last summer include Ava Enoch, Michael Jay, Darin Kimball and AJ Gaudreau, along with newcomer Cherry Lynn Zinger and Rutledge. Other familiar faces include Katie Speed, Mike Lague, Julian Willard, Kathleen O’Connor (who is also producing the show) and Ed Bernard. Ed and Andrew Harrington are the only two performers who have
appeared in every World’s A Stage Players’ production. “This is the first time in several years where my character is both alive and married at the end of the show,” says Ed, a Concord resident. “Usually, I’m either dead or alone or both.”
Performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 5 PM on the lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, with a rain venue at 51 Walden Street. There is also an indoor air-conditioned performance on Friday, July 26 at 7 PM.
Patrons are invited to bring blankets or chairs and sit on the lawn; a limited number of chairs will be provided. For more information, visit www.concordplayers.org.
William ansley and thomas rivier

Youth Led ‘Sunrise Classic’ Running Race Kicks Off at Concord’s Emerson Field

All race proceeds to benefit Open Table in its mission to fight food insecurity in Metrowest area
Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, is thrilled to partner with local youth for the first Sunrise Classic, a dual 5K and one-mile track event to take place at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, at Emerson Field, 90 Stow Street in Concord. All proceeds from the race will support Open Table’s mission to address food insecurity in the Metrowest area.
The Sunrise Classic is co-organized by two recent Concord Carlisle High School graduates, Thomas Rivier of Carlisle and William Anstey of Concord. Both ran a full season of track, cross country and indoor track as students and wanted to create a fun summer event for local runners that would also give back to the community.
“We already knew about Open Table because of the food drives conducted by the CCHS cross country team. We needed an official 501(c)(3) organization to partner with in order to get sponsors and insurance for The Sunrise Classic. Open Table was the perfect fit,” said William Anstey.
“Both the 5K and mile races will be run on Emerson Field Track so that all runners record official times that will help them set their goals and training programs for the fall track season,” said Thomas Rivier. William and Thomas chose the early morning start time to steer clear of the summer heat and are unphased by questions about the “Sunrise” aspect of the event.  Thomas remarked, “The local running community is always up for something unique and crazy. You’d be surprised how many people will wake up in the dark to take part in a race that starts at dawn.”
Thanks to race sponsors Middlesex Bank, ASICS, Carlisle Cutters, and Run House, the Sunrise Classic will offer medals across multiple age groups for each event. In addition, all participants will receive a free Sunrise Classic T-shirt.
Registration is $35 for each event and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 2. To register, go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Concord/TheSunriseClassic2024

Divorce Support Group by Remote Meeting

Are you thinking of separating or going through the divorce process? The Metro-West Boston Divorce Support Group is a confidential peer-support group with no religious affiliation. Men and women from all towns are welcome. Our meetings had been every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the South Acton Congregational Church. Now we are continuing weekly on Thursday by remote videoconference. For more information, call Doreen 617-957-0838 or contact  paulbaker01@verizon.net

Summer Crafts Fair in Concord

The Summer Crafts Fair 2024 will take place on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA. In case of rain, the fair will be brought indoors on the same date. This juried fair will offer a wide variety of handmade works by fine artists, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists, woodworkers, florists, specialty food providers and other artisans. Great browsing and shopping for people of all ages. Food will be served all day on site. A few vendor spaces are available to rent. Call 978-369-9602 to rent a space.

Acton COA Upcoming Events

 
The Council on Aging at the Human Services & Senior Center is located at 30 Sudbury Rd, Rear. Telephone: 978-929-6652, Email: seniorcenter@actonma.gov     
Website: www.actoncoa.com/
Hours: Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00am-5:00pm, Tues 8:00am-7:30pm, and Fri 8:00am-12 noon

Monday Movie Matinee
Dial M for Murder
July 15th, 1:00-2:45 pm
(1954, PG) Alfred Hitchcock thriller tells the story of a former tennis star who arranges for the murder of his adulterous, and rich, wife. Stars Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. This film is shown in collaboration with the Acton Memorial Library.
Healthy Sleep Habits Presentation
Tuesday, July 16th, 11:00 am-12 noon                                
Open to all seniors/free                                                          
Reshma Nair will provide an overview of factors that disrupt sleep and habits that can be inculcated to get into a healthy sleep routine. She will also discuss the consequences of bad sleep habits on our health. Reshma Nair is an executive director with Bridges by EPOCH, a memory care assisted living provider and a volunteer with Volunteering for Seniors, an organization that curates a calendar of activities designed to suit the various interests and abilities of older adults. VFS is committed to fostering a sense of belonging and companionship and takes pride in bringing smiles, laughter, and a renewed sense of purpose to the lives of seniors.
The Bourbons: Kings of France Presentation with Paolo Di Gregorio
Tuesday, July 16th, 1:00-2:00 pm                                                                 
Open to out-of-town seniors for $5
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Bourbon Dynasty ruled over France and brought her to unprecedented heights of cultural and political greatness. Yet, as the power of France grew, the seeds for revolution were sown. This illustrated talk will examine the surprising rise and dramatic fall of one of Europe's great royal houses. Paolo Di Gregorio is a historian, archaeologist and educator. He is a Visiting Lecturer in the History Department at Bridgewater State University. His passion for telling stories of our past is always appreciated by Acton’s older adults!
Acton Songsters with Ed Knights
Wednesdays, July 17th, 1:00-1:45 pm                                                    
Open to all seniors/free
Join Ed Knights for this singing group where participants will sing along to familiar popular songs. Don’t worry about your level of singing; this class is open to anyone interested in singing. Lyrics provided. Ed also covers the mechanics of singing. Group typically meets twice each month--watch the newsletter for exact dates. Only people new to the group need to sign up. Some of you may remember Ed from his career as an internal medicine physician at Acton Medical Associates, but he also has a love of music and singing that he enjoys sharing with everyone. He has studied voice at the Boston Conservatory and performs in musicals and operas.
Poet of the Month: Elizabeth Bishop
Thursday, July 18th, 10:30-11:30 am via Zoom                                  
Open to all seniors/free
Join Val Walker via Zoom for this month’s poet, Massachusetts native Elizabeth Bishop who was born in Worcester in 1911 and lived to the age of 68. She was the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956 and a National Book Award winner in 1970. An only child, and suffering from chronic asthma, she was not formally educated until she attended high school in Saugus, but soon moved on to Vassar College where she co-founded a literary magazine called Con Spirito. She loved to travel, and lived in France, as well as in Key West, Boston, and Washington, DC. Contact the COA at seniorcenter@actonma.gov to register and receive the Zoom link.
Norman Rockwell: The Artist and the Man Behind the Brush with Dawn Gomez
Thursday, July 18th, 1:00-2:00 pm                                                          
Open to all seniors/free
Norman Rockwell, the American painter and illustrator, maintains broad appeal in the United States for his reflection of our culture through many decades. Who hasn’t chuckled over, nodded their head in agreement with or recognized themselves in one of his settings of everyday American life. From advertising posters and book illustrations to The Saturday Evening Post and Look magazine covers, we will explore the history and works of this prolific artist.  Come join the discussion where together we’ll share the nostalgia his works conjure up.  Dawn Gomez, Reminiscing Round Table founder, provides topic-based programs for seniors at several local assisted living and senior center communities.
Banking Do’s and Don’ts Lunch and Learn
Thursday, July 18th, 1:00-2:00 pm                           
Open to out-of-town seniors starting July 11th/free
Join Katrina Sweeney, financial services expert from Northern Bank, for a free informational session on “Do’s and Don’ts” related to banking. Some topics of discussion will be: proper account titling, benefits of electronic banking, avoiding account fraud and much more! Katrina will also gather feedback on what future banking topics are of interest. Pizza will be provided and space is limited, so registering through the Council on Aging is required.
Hot Topics Discussion Group
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 am  
Open to all seniors/free
This group meets weekly to discuss current event topics and issues of interest to members. Group is facilitated by Sal Lopes, but each participant will be encouraged to select an article from The Week magazine and lead the discussion for that meeting.
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Join the Acton-Boxborough Family Network!

Did you know that the Acton-Boxborough Family Network (ABFN) puts on nearly 100 events each year, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our parent volunteers? We bring families with young children together and connect them with local resources. As a non-profit organization, all membership and donation dollars go back to our community in the form of holiday events, parents nights out, outdoor activities and more! To learn more about becoming a member or parent volunteer, visit www.abfamily.org
Acton police re accreditation

Acton Police Earn Re-Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

Chief James Cogan is pleased to report that the Acton Police Department earned re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC)
The Acton Police Department earned re-accreditation on Wednesday, June 26. The department was first accredited in 2021. Re-accreditation lasts for three years, meaning the department will now remain accredited until 2027.
"Accreditation is the best standard by which we can judge our policies and practices," said Chief Cogan. "I am pleased that the Acton Police Department has once again earned accreditation, which ensures to our community that we are meeting and exceeding the highest standards of law enforcement."
Accreditation is a self-initiated, lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process. Participating departments complete an internal self-review and an external assessment by MPAC experts. The process is a voluntary evaluation by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the top standards of law enforcement. It is considered the best measure for a police department to compare itself against the established best practices around the country and region.
The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. To achieve accreditation status, the department was required to meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards.
These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, detainee transportation and holding facilities.
Chief Cogan wishes to recognize the Acton Police Accreditation Team, Deputy Chief Douglas Sturniolo, Lt. Scott Krug, Detective Douglas Mahoney and Officer Monica Ricci.

A Celebration of Plant-Based Food

Wed., July 17, 6-8pm, NARA Park Pavilion
We all share one thing that can have a significant impact on climate change: the food we eat. Making changes to your eating habits can be done at your own pace and with little financial investment — but it can have a big climate impact! This topic will be explored by EnergizeActon.org at its annual potluck picnic, A Celebration of Plant-Based Food, on Wednesday, July 17th, 6-8pm, at NARA Park Pavilion. The aim of the potluck is to share delicious options in plant-based meals and to highlight the carbon savings when we eat lower on the food chain.  Community members are invited to participate by bringing a plant-based dish, plus the recipe, to the event. Energize Acton will also display vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and food/climate titles at the potluck. Feel free to contribute your favorite "foodie book" for the evening. This will be a low-waste event. For more information, please visit energizeacton.org.

Electronics Recycling Event at Trinitarian Congregational Church

Trinitarian Congregational Church is hosting an Electronics Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday July 20. The collection event will be held in the church parking lot at 54 Walden Street, Concord.
All electronics, appliances, items with a plug and/or batteries, as well as bicycles in any condition will be accepted and recycled for a small cost as follows:
Cost to You:
• $5 each for Computers, Laptops, Video Game Consoles, DVD Players, VCR’s, Small Printers, Radios, Alarm Clocks, Speakers, Table Lamps, Fans, Hair Dryers, Curling Irons, Projectors, Power Tools, Drills, Cameras, Clocks, Trophies, Frying Pans and Cookware, Holiday Lights, Other Small Electronics.
• $10 each for Vacuum Cleaners/Roomba, Toaster Ovens, Ceiling Fans, Floor Lamps, Air Fryers, Electric Grills, Hot Plates, Small Radiators, Keyboard Pianos, Coffee Makers, Ice Makers, Small Household Appliances
• $20 each for Flat Screen Computer Monitors, Microwaves, Dorm Sized Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, Artificial Christmas Trees, Water Coolers, Large Printers/Copiers, Leaf Blowers, Chainsaws, Heat Lamps, Heaters, Fire Extinguishers, Propane Tanks (Empty)
• $25 each for TVs up to 26,” CRT Monitors, Outdoor Grills, Snow Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Rototillers, Power Washers, Large Yard Equipment, Large Generators, Motors, Water Tanks.
• $30 each for TVs between 26” and 35,” Washing Machines, Dryers, Stoves, Dishwashers, Other Large Appliances, Treadmills, Exercise Equipment
• $35 each for TVs over 36,” Large Refrigerators, Ride-On Lawn Mowers.
• $40 each for Projection TVs
• NO CHARGE (Cash Donation Appreciated): Cell Phones, Bicycles in any condition, Video Game Media and Accessories, Wires, Cables, Chargers, Car Batteries, Household Batteries, VHS/DVD’s, Keyboards, Tablets.
When you arrive, please follow the cones and directions from the workers. Bring your vehicle as close to the truck or dumpster as possible. Feel free to remain in your vehicle, our workers will unload your items for you.
Residents from all towns and communities are welcome to recycle. The event will be rain or shine. Computer hard drives will be destroyed during the recycling process, but can be removed on-site at the event for an additional charge. Cash payment is preferred, but checks will be an acceptable form for payments over $30.
For more information or if you have additional questions, email GreenDayRecyclingMA@Gmail.com

Come see Boxborough’s Treasures

The Boxborough Museum at 575 Middle Road will be open from  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday July 14.  Come see Boxborough’s historic treasures including the 1850’s scale which is sensitive enough to weigh a penny and strong enough to calibrate a 50 pound weight, the “new” hearse built in 1881, and the “old” hearse (come and see how old is old).  Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information or if anyone wishes to arrange a private tour for a small group at a different time please call John Fallon at 978-264-0069.

Free Playgroups for Babies

First Connections is offering free playgroups this summer for babies and their caregivers, beginning the week of July 15. The groups will be facilitated by an early childhood educator, include free play and circle time, and take place at the following times:
Fridays at 10:30 at Maynard Library for 12-23 months
Thursdays at 10:00 at First Connections in Acton for 6-11 months
To register for either group, email Linda at lmatthews@jri.org. First Connections is the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care CFCE grant program serving all families with children age 0-6 in 11 towns. www.firstconnections.org
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RiverFest Summer 2024 – Explore our Local Rivers
Now through July 28

Celebrate our federally protected Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic Rivers at RiverFest Summer 2024. Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy a day at the historic Old Manse (269 Monument Street, Concord, MA), Saturday, July 20 from 10am – 3pm.  Begin the day with outdoor yoga. Join local artists for plein air painting. Children will enjoy RiverFest Storytime. Have fun with arts and crafts by the river and play old fashioned yard games. Learn about who lives in our rivers through Mass Audubon’s hands-on explorations and how and why to protect our rivers. Also discover the history of our rivers. And become a Junior River Ranger. End the day with a guided walk through the pollinator gardens at the Buttrick House. There is something for everyone!
RiverFest is also offering walks, paddles, and talks in 9 communities from Lowell to Framingham this week through July 28!  Topics include history, nature, birds, wetlands wildlife and more.
For details and to see a full listing of Riverfest Summer 2024 events, visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org. These events are courtesy of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council and our partners working to protect our rivers. All events are free and open to the public.

Cornerstone Shop Closed for the Summer

The Cornerstone Thrift Shop is now closed for the summer. Please do NOT leave donations while we are closed as there are no volunteers there to accept them. The shop will reopen in mid-September. Please hold your donations until then. Once we have decided on a date to reopen, that information will be posted here in Action Unlimited, on our Facebook page, on Instagram, and also on the website for Acton Congregational Church. Go to www.acton.org and click on the Cornerstone Thrift Shop button. We are so grateful for our wonderful customers and donors, and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

3rd Annual Evviva Car Show

 
June 30th,  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Evviva Trattoria Maynard
5 Digital Way, Maynard
We have teamed up with Maynard Boys & Girls Club for the 3rd Annual Evviva Car Show!
Enjoy an acoustic guitar performance by Jae Mannion.
50/50 Raffle - proceeds benefit Maynard Boys & Girls Club.
There will be giveaways, cornhole, vendor samples and free slices of cheese pizza!
Rain Date: 7/7/2024

Letters to Publisher: Happy 4th Of July

 
It's independence day
And we'll all sing and dance
Today and we'll remember our
Loved ones who fought for

Our freedom and it
Came with
A heavy price
War is not pretty
nor is it nice

So let's take a minute
To remember our
Brave men and women
Who sadly passed away
Fighting for our freedom

And the fireworks
Has just begun and
The kids are having so
Much fun waving American flags
And while the adults have a few
Beers and
Hug and kiss each other
And everyone is full of love
So raise your glass or your can
Of beer and
Toast for the 4th of July
And it's a beautiful
And perfect day to
Celebrate our independence day
Fourth of July
Fourth of July

And this special day is
Forever inside our hearts
Our freedom
And liberty we won so let's
Get this party started
And we'll have so much fun and
We'll never forget our true hero's who
Died for this day so scream out loud
Happy 4th of July and
God bless you all and peace and love
To every American on our independence day.

David P Carroll

Myles Above in Heaven - An intimate support group in the loss of a child

 
Feeling strength and love for grieving mothers.
Saturday, July 20th from 10:30am-12:30pm
Avidia Financial Center
The Community Room
17 Pope St
Hudson, MA
www.mylesabove.org, mylesaboveheaven@gmail.com

THANK YOU from the Maynard Jazz Fest Committee

 
On Saturday, June 15th, under a clear blue sky, over 600 people gathered throughout the day for the third annual Maynard Jazz Fest.  For 6 hours, the audience was entertained  by non-stop performances of over 70 musicians of all ages at Veterans Memorial Park in Maynard's Cultural District.  Maynard's own Amory's Tomb Brewing Co. was on site, and friendly cornehole competitions sprung up while the sidewalks were being adorned with chalk art. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the music and activities!
Listeners were entertained by a wide variety of talent and styles on the main stage featuring four professional jazz bands: Portrait in Jazz, The Gravel Project, Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, and Latin Logic, and student musicians with the MHS Jazz Band, JazzHers, Interlude Music and the Marlborough High School Jazz Ensemble.
The MJF Committee would like to extend our gratitude to the Maynard Select Board, the staff at Town Hall, DPW and Joe Foster and Mark Currier, the Maynard Police Dept. and Officer Eric Davoll and Officer Leon Muraguri, the Maynard Fire Dept., and the Fowler School for their support in planning this event.  We are very grateful to our sponsors who made this FREE event possible: MA Cultural Council, Maynard Cultural District, Middlesex Savings Bank, Summer Street Properties, The Pesce Network Dunkin', Rise, Enterprise Bank, Smoothie King, Amory's Tomb, David French Music, Look Optical, Raspberry Beret, and Snazzy Signs.

Acton’s 2023 Water Quality Report Available

 
The Acton Water District’s latest Water Quality Report is available online at www.actonwater.com/ccr. This report details Acton’s drinking water supply and treatment methods and summarizes the results of water quality samples collected in our system in 2023. If you would like a hard copy of the report or have questions on the information contained within it, please contact Alexandra Wahlstrom, Environmental Manager at 978-263-9107.

Memory Lane Café at the Acton Senior Center

 
July 30, 2024, 12:00-1:30 pm at the Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road, Rear, Acton.
A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with memory impairment and their care partners /caregivers. Cafés are a place to talk with others, enjoy lunch and an activity or entertainment together. We do ask attendees to bring their care partners. Sponsored by the Acton Council on Aging, Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community and Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. An RSVP is not required but appreciated. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to RSVP, please call Sharon Mercurio, Acton Council on Aging director, at 978-929-6652. Groups will be held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.
Clothing donations

The West Acton Baptist Church Seeks Clothing Donations

Cleaning out your closets? You can now bring used clothing donations to 592 Massachusetts Ave., Acton MA where the West Acton Baptist Church has partnered with St. Pauly Textile Inc. to provide a wood-frame clothing drop-off shed for community use.
This shed is designed to give community members a uniquely clean, convenient, and well-cared-for option to donate their used clothing to. St. Pauly Textile Inc. partners with businesses and various organizations to distribute donated items both here in the U.S. and worldwide, where they’re ultimately re-worn by people who need them. The West Acton Baptist Church receives funding for donated clothing, and additionally has the option to use donations to serve community needs.
With over 1,400 clothing drop-off sheds in place, St. Pauly Textile Inc. collects over 150,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries (including the U.S.) yearly. In 2023, the company was able to help keep over 68 million articles of clothing out of landfills, which clothed an estimated 8.3 million people worldwide. The company was founded in 1996 and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau.
Accepted items: clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, curtains, pillowcases, and stuffed animals.

Hearts, Hugs & Hope: A Virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group Offered by Concord Park

 
July 11, 2024, 12:00 pm, hosted by Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, 68 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord.
Dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia isn't easy, so it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you're going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family members. Please contact Maryellen King at 978-369-4728 or mking@concordpark.org for the details and a Zoom invite.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

Mt. Calvary Community Supper-July Menu

 
“The only active Community Supper serving in Acton”
Join us at our All Sit-Down Supper! We are welcoming all our guests inside to join neighbors and friends at the tables in Fellowship Hall. Welcome Summer! We look forward to sharing a meal and friendship with you.
Where: Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Acton, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Acton, MA
Time: Dinner is served 4:30pm – 5:45pm. Doors will open at 4:15pm. Please, do not enter prior so our volunteers can prepare your Supper.
Parking: Park your car in the back parking lot and enter from the walkway to the church door.
July 2024 Menu
7/3 Hamburger and Hot Dogs
REMEMBER TO BRING A FRIEND!!! YOU BOTH WILL RECEIVE A GIFT.
Sponsored by Friends of Mt. Calvary Community Supper
7/10 Cajun Pork Chop
Sponsored by Thrivent Financial
7/17 Pepper Steak Subs
Sponsored by Friends of Mike Tobia
7/24 Southwest Salad with Chicken
Sponsored by West Acton Baptist Church
7/31 Lemon Pepper Pasta with Chicken
Sponsored by Congregation Beth Elohim
** Please note that the meals we serve may contain gluten, nuts, seeds, or dairy.
We are so grateful for the support and dedication of so many individuals, community organizations, church members and the team of our Supper volunteers. Together we hope that each meal we share will bring us closer together.

Summer Friday Nights Free program at Discovery Museum

 
Discovery Museum announced their popular Summer Friday Nights Free program has returned. Visitors can enjoy the Museum and Discovery Woods outdoor nature playscape with free admission from 4:30pm to 8:00pm every Friday night through August 30.
Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made 10 days in advance for a 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30 admission block. All visitors may stay until 8:00pm. Please visit  our website to make a reservation at www.discoveryacton.org.
Discovery Museum will gratefully accept non-perishable food items for Open Table and Acton Food Pantry in lieu of admission, though a food donation is not required for admission.
Thank you to the following local businesses that have made this summer’s free admission possible:
June 28 & July 5: Enterprise Bank
July 12: McGovern Subaru of Acton
July 19: McWalter Volunteer Insurance
July 26: TransAction Associates & Corporate Shuttles
August 2: Reliant Medical Group
August 9: Atrius Health        
August 30: Sutherland Realty Group/Keller Williams Realty Boston NW  
Free admission on Friday nights—every Friday during the summer, and the first Friday night of each month October through June—is part of the Discovery Museum’s Open Door Connections program to provide opportunities for those who face a variety of barriers to experience the Museum.

Multigenerational Game Night at FPC

 
All are welcome to a multigenerational game night that takes place on the third Friday of the month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy free parking, free snacks, and free fun!
The next Game Night will take place on Friday, July 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. FPC is a nut-free location. It’s located at 353 Great Rd, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Guest Table Community Dinner at FPC on July 12

 
Guest Table is a community dinner that takes place on the second Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). The next dinner will take place on July 12. It will begin at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. All are welcome! There’s no charge for dinner, but donations are gratefully accepted. FPC is a nut-free location.
FPC is located at 353 Great Road, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. When parking, please keep a clear path for emergency vehicles; do not block the driveway around the front of the sanctuary; park only on the 117 side of Commons Rd.; and do not block access to the back of the building. Thank you!
This program is supported in part by grants from the Stow Community Chest, Nashoba Valley Rotary, and the Acton-Boxborough United Way. Guest Table is also grateful for the consistent support it receives from the Stow Council on Aging and the Stow Food Pantry, as well as the support from so many individuals who donate and volunteer.

The Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement - FPC Summer Service

 
For almost 3 years First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) has been in partnership with the seven local area churches known as the Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement (IPRR). The IPRR helps resettle refugees. Members of FPC’s Asylum Seekers Task Force will describe their success with two Afghan families, allowing them to gain full independence. They are now assisting a large extended family from Rohingya (formerly Burma) who had been living in exile in Bangladesh for many years before their recent move to Lowell.
The service will take place both in person and virtually on June 30 at 10 a.m. Masking is optional. Child care is available for all in-person summer services. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc.
FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The church is located at 353 Great Rd., Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.
First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775, 978-897-8149
Janet Beatrice, Publicist pr@fpc-stow-acton.org or 978-727-2762
Linda vieira portuguese heritage award

Rep. Sena Congratulates Linda Vieira of Acton on earning Portuguese Heritage Award


BOSTON – Representative Dan Sena (37th Middlesex) presented Linda Vieira of Acton with a Portuguese Heritage Award at the Heritage Day of Portugal celebration, hosted on June 11 by the Massachusetts Portuguese American Legislative Caucus in the House of Representatives Chamber.
Vieira, a resident of Acton and dedicated advocate for her community, earned this award through her efforts to better her community. As a member of the Acton Democratic Town Committee and coordinator of voter activism, member of the Indivisible Acton Area Serving Committee, trustee for West Acton Citizens’ Library, and countless roles on campaigns, Linda Vieira’s work impacts many. Much of Linda Vieira’s activism focuses on the right to choose, and she plans events, manages campaigns, and advocates tirelessly to battle anti-abortion efforts across the country.
Rep. Dan Sena nominated Linda Vieira because of her strong legacy in the community and her Portuguese heritage. Linda Vieira’s paternal grandparents immigrated from the Azores, and she grew up in New Bedford attending the annual Portuguese Feast.
“I am proud of the work that Linda has done for our community, and I felt honored to present her with this award,” Rep. Dan Sena said. “Linda is a shining example of how individuals in our community can impact our policies.
"Growing up in a Portuguese community taught me the value of hard work and education.  Hearing about the contributions of the other nominees was inspiring and we were treated to Portuguese food and music after the ceremony,” said Linda Vieira. “I am grateful to Representative Sena for acknowledging my contributions to Acton and Massachusetts."  
Heritage Day of Portugal is a statewide event recognizes individuals in Portuguese-speaking communities who help to preserve their cultural traditions while giving back to their communities and encouraging future generations to appreciate and love their heritage. For the 40th annual celebration, the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus Guest of Honor and keynote speaker was Mayor Pedro Nascimento Cabral, Mayor of the City of Ponta Delgada, Azores.
"Heritage Day of Portugal is an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and the contributions of the Portuguese-speaking community in Massachusetts," said Representative Antonio Cabral, House Chair of the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus. “It’s incredible to think that we have been able to honor Portuguese-speaking leaders for 40 years. It is an honor to celebrate our heritage by recognizing the contributions of each awardee and to welcome Mayor Pedro Nascimento Cabral, Mayor of Ponta Delgada, Azores.”
“Heritage Day of Portugal is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the Portugese Diaspora and the special place that Portuguese-speaking communities have here in Massachusetts,” said Rep. Sena. “I look forward to this event every year as a way to share my Brazilian culture!”
For more information about Heritage Day of Portugal or Linda Vieira, contact Rep. Sena’s office at 774-277-5489.