UUMass Starts Prison Pen Pal Program

MARLBOROUGH: In 2021, UUMass Action, the social justice arm of the Unitarian Church, started the Prison PenPal Program (PPP) to connect prisoners with compassionate volunteers outside the walls. One of the most painful experiences inside prison is loneliness. This is particularly true of individuals who have been incarcerated for many years and rarely receive visitors. This likely includes many of the 1,000 Massachusetts prisoners who are sentenced to life without parole, depriving them of hope of ever reuniting with families and community.  
Many of these individuals need new friendships and healthy contacts with the outside world.  The program is expanding rapidly in response to interest from incarcerated men and women. PPP currently is seeking 50 new volunteer penpals for prisoners who have requested them. 
On November 11 at 6pm there will be a 60 minute training for people who might be interested in participating in the pen pal effort. At a minimum, letters or emails could be monthly, requiring only an hour or two a month.For further information contact Hale Powell at hpenergy@verizon.net or call at 978 337-4284. For general information about UUMass Action decarceration efforts see Decarceration & End Solitary — Unitarian Universalist Mass Action.

Town Office Closings for Thanksgiving 2021

SUDBURY: In observance of Thanksgiving, the schedule for the Town Offices in the Town Hall, Flynn Building, Senior Center, Transfer Station and Offices located in the DPW Building will be as follows:
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021: Noon close
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021: Closed
  • Friday, November 26, 2021: Closed

The Goodnow Library will close at 5pm (vs. 9pm) on Wednesday, November 24; and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.

Holiday hours for Park & Recreation Department in the Fairbank Community Center and the Atkinson Pool are TBD.

Please check https://sudburyrec.com for the latest hours of operation.
For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office at 978-639-3381.

Troop 101 Northborough Wreath Sale

NORTHBOROUGH: The annual wreath sale is the largest fundraiser for Troop 101. All monies support the local Northborough Troop’s trips, camperships, maintenance of equipment and supplies. These beautiful, freshly made balsam wreaths are on a 14" frame, decorated with a festive bow, hand made by BSA Troop 823. This cost is just $15 per wreath. Order online for home delivery in Northborough at https://ScoutSales.org?560.89.1402. Scouts will deliver your wreath and bow to your front door on Saturday, November 27. Online orders close on Wednesday, November 24 at 5 pm. Questions? email: nborotroop101wreathsale@gmail.com.

Town of Sudbury Announces Completion of Historic Resources Survey Project

SUDBURY: The Town of Sudbury and the Sudbury Historical Commission are pleased to announce the completion of a major project surveying over 100 of Sudbury’s historic resources. The project was funded in part by a $15,000 matching federal grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, awarded though the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. The Sudbury Historical Commission received Community Preservation Committee funds for the initial funding at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting.

Led by the Sudbury Historical Commission, the survey recorded historically and architecturally noteworthy resources that represent the cultural history of Sudbury, constructed before 1940. The project updated and expanded earlier volunteer and professional survey documentation, developing a fuller understanding of Sudbury’s growth over time. A main focus for the project was advancing knowledge of 20th century properties, pre-1940 municipal buildings, and under-documented building types, including barns and other outbuildings. The Town of Sudbury contracted with Wendy Frontiero and Kathleen Kelly Broomer, architectural historians and preservation consultants, to conduct the survey, which concluded in September 2021. The survey project involved field work, photographic documentation, and extensive records research.

“The Sudbury Historical Commission is thrilled to add these surveys to our inventory and have them accessible to Sudbury residents and owners of these historic properties,” said Chris Hagger, Chair of the Sudbury Historical Commission. “Sudbury is rich with history, and this grant funding is an important step in documenting and preserving the town’s history and historic structures for future generations.”

The Historic Property Survey update will support future preservation planning efforts in Sudbury, identifying areas for additional study, supporting local research, and serving as a resource for town boards and commissions. Completed surveys are on record at the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Goodnow Library, and, once processed, easily accessible on the Massachusetts Historical Commission's online database, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS).

The Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey and Planning Grant Program is a federally funded, reimbursable, 50/50 matching grant program to support historic preservation planning activities in communities throughout the state. In March of 2021, the Sudbury Historical Commission was awarded an additional matching grant to assist with the development of a town-wide preservation plan.

For more information, please contact Adam Duchesneau, Director of Planning & Community Development, (978) 639-3387 or duchesneaua@sudbury.ma.us.
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In-Person Sunday Services Resume at The Unitarian Church of Marlborough & Hudson (UCMH)

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) is delighted to announce that we are returning to in-person services beginning Sunday, November 7 at 10:30am, following the recent positive trends in public health. Though grateful for the technology that has allowed connections to continue remotely, nothing can replace the connectedness when people gather together in person!

Explore UCMH's November theme, “Holding History” with “In My Day: Multigenerational Reflections on The Way Things used To Be.” Volunteer participants of all ages have been invited to share their personal stories about impactful change they have witnessed over the course of their lifetime. “Sometimes, change is long-awaited; sometimes, we fight it tooth and nail; often, it brings unimaginable new realities,” said Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, resident minister of UCMH. “All varieties of the story are welcome – humorous, poignant, inspirational …”

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of faith, religion or spiritual affiliation, including atheists. All participants are asked to please observe Covid protocols, including masking while indoors, maintaining a social distance of 6' between people not from the same household, and refraining from singing. Online access will continue for those who are unable to join in-person worship. Additional information, including links to services, is available at www.ucmh.org.

Mr. Lincoln, Mrs. Hale & Thanksgiving

SUDBURYJoin The Wayside Inn Foundation and author Melanie Kirkpatrick for a virtual author's discussion and (optional) take-home dinner inspired by recipes from Godey's Lady's Book prepared by Longfellow's Wayside Inn on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm. Register at https://bit.ly/halethanksgiving .

The story of how Thanksgiving became a regular national holiday is a classic American tale of how an enterprising individual with a good idea can have an impact. In this case, a penniless young widow from New Hampshire, Sarah Josepha Hale, rose to become the editor of the most popular magazine of her era, Godey's Lady's Book. She used her powerful position to generate grassroots support for a national Thanksgiving, while also writing to presidents, governors and other influential leaders to line up their approval. After several presidents rejected her idea, Lincoln finally agreed. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, he called on the nation to come together in a shared Thanksgiving celebration. 158 years later, we have Mrs. Hale to thank for this still-unbroken series of Thanksgiving Days.

Kirkpatrick is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page. She is the author of Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman; Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, and Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad. She has lived in Tokyo, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Manhattan and now resides in rural Connecticut. Signed copies of Lady Editor and Thanksgiving will be available for purchase during registration.

Links to the virtual discussion are $7 for TWIF Members and $10 for nonmembers. Register at https://bit.ly/halethanksgiving .

For more information about the program or The Wayside Inn Foundation, email TWIF@wayside.org .
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Friends of the Goodnow Library Present “The Art of the Stir Fry”
Cook Along with Chef Leslie Cerier

SUDBURYJoin the Friends of the Goodnow Library for “The Art of the Stir Fry” on Sunday, November 14 at 4pm (please note change of time) and cook along virtually with “The Organic Gourmet” Chef Leslie Cerier. Learn how to prepare delicious, colorful, vegetarian stir fries with seasonal veggies, spices, soy foods, pastas, grains, and mushrooms. Add texture with nuts and seeds. Plus learn how to make quick and easy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free dishes with an international flair. Come learn which ingredients go first, second, etc., what makes stir fries taste deliciously Asian, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and French, what healthy fats to use, and much more.

Leslie Cerier is an internationally renowned farm to table chef, cookbook author, motivational speaker and cooking teacher. She specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals for optimal health and pleasure. She adapts meals according to what is freshly picked and plentiful at any given time. Leslie is a frequent guest on TV, radio, and podcasts, and she has her own blog. She also develops recipes and products for organic and natural food companies, and she has special expertise for people with dietary sensitivities.

This program is free but registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-the-stir-fry-cooking-tickets-193791354157. Please note the Zoom link will be near the bottom of the registration confirmation with a link to the recipe information which will be posted November 4. Cook along with Leslie and have a delicious meal to serve following the program.
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Anthony Serra Joins SVT

SUDBURYSudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has welcomed Anthony Serra as its new Land Protection Associate. In this recently created position, Mr. Serra will provide support to SVT staff on land protection projects while also playing an important role in community outreach and in collaborative initiatives with SVT’s conservation partners.

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that protects natural areas and farmland in the region around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. The organization, which has 2,900 members, has helped to protect more than 8,500 acres of land since its founding in 1953, and it has a goal of protecting 12,000 more by 2050. Serra will be based out of SVT’s headquarters in Sudbury.

"We are delighted to have Anthony join our land protection team," said Christa Collins, SVT's Director of Land Protection. "His particular experience in outreach and communications will really help us make the case about why we need to accelerate our efforts."

A native of Brockton, Serra holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from McGill University in Montreal and master’s degrees in public affairs and environmental science from Indiana University. He has previously worked as an Environmental Quality Analyst for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy in Lansing, Michigan, and he has also served with the national AmeriCorps program at the U.S. Forest Service in MacDoel, California, and at Wildlands Trust in Plymouth (MA).

“I am excited to be joining SVT and doing my part to protect the special places in my home state,” said Mr. Serra. “This endeavor is critical for biodiversity, public health, and climate mitigation, and I hope to promote that message through my work here.”
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Meeting House Fair at the First Church

MARLBOROUGH: “While the date may change, the day never will, it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the church on the hill,” when the traditional Meeting House Fair is held at the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational. This year the date is November 20, 9am to 2pm. The Meeting House Fair was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, and this November it will be returning after two years. It's an old-fashioned fair that features crafts, Christmas items, and jewelry. Homemade baked goods will include cookies, pies and much more. A Trash and Treasure room will offer a variety of items at great prices. There will be a lot of books ready for reading. The popular Basket Raffle featuring themes for all ages will be back located in the Parish Hall. At lunch time you can choose a tasty “to go” package of corn chowder and/or sandwiches (still no eating in the church). There is something for everyone and everyone is invited to attend. First Church is located on Bolton Street (Rte. 85) and High streets, just above Union Common in Marlborough.
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It’s Not “THE Talk,” It’s an Ongoing Conversation: Talking with Youth about Friendships and Relationships

SUDBURY: Please join the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable on Tuesday, November 9 at 3pm for a conversation with Molly Pistrang-Gomes from the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence’s Prevention Team. REACH will talk about how to engage youth in age-appropriate discussions about relationships. During the workshop, Molly will define relationships broadly. Young people interact with friends, family members, teachers, classmates, teammates, dating partners, coworkers, people online, etc. How can we support them as they navigate those relationships?

In this conversation, she will explore the importance of discussing and modeling boundaries, holding each other accountable with compassion, combating gender norms and stereotypes, and practicing healthy communication. As adults, we have the power to create spaces where young people are seen, heard, and respected.

Molly Pistrang-Gomes, M. Ed. (she/her) has been the Youth Education Specialist for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence since 2017. In her role at REACH, she works with middle and high school communities to build their capacity to foster healthy relationships and prevent intimate partner violence. This includes providing teacher trainings, individual consultation, curriculum support, parent and community events, class room workshops for youth, and student club advising. Her work uses a trauma informed lens to build social emotional skills, teach dynamics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, disrupt systems of power and oppression, and model support and accountability.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this important conversation. To receive a link to the program, visit www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org to register for the program.  Please email infodvrt@gmail.com with questions.
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Despres Property Hike and Kids’ Nature Discovery Event in Westborough 

WESTBOROUGH: The Westborough Community Land Trust invites you on a walk to explore the 66-acre Despres Property on Eli Whitney Street, November 14 from 1-3pm. This newly-preserved parcel of woodland was once pasture, and today the echoes of former farm fields can be found in miles of stone walls, an old lane, a hidden brook, and a curious stone landmark.  Katie O'Neill and Declan O'Neill will lead this walk exploring Westborough's newest public trails. Park across the street from the trail, at the Fales School, 50 Eli Whitney Street. Free; no registration required. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Before the hike, from Noon-12:45, WCLT invites your child to use their senses to discover the mysteries of nature. For Kindness Week, WCLT presents a way to "Be Kind to Nature" with a children’s Nature Discovery program. Leaf shapes, bark textures, bird song, and plant smells and tastes will open up a new world to explore and appreciate. The outdoor location is the Fales School parking lot. Geared to elementary school age children. Families are encouraged to stay for the trail walk at 1pm, which will be co-led by a fifth grader! Free; no registration required. Park at the Fales School, 50 Eli Whitney Street. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest's Annual Gala Raises $140,000 for Youth Programming

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MARLBOROUGH: On October 21, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest virtually hosted the 16th Annual Bids for  Kids Auction & Gala, presented by The TJX Companies. Guests gathered virtually to celebrate the superheroes of our  community, participated in an extensive silent auction and raised critical funds for youth development programming.  The event raised more than $140,000 for the Clubs, which serve the youth of Hudson, Marlborough, and Framingham.  

This event also honored the Foundation of MetroWest with the Community Partner for Youth Award in appreciation of  the $160,000 that the Foundation has invested in the Clubs since the start of the pandemic and Larissa Thurston, CEO of  St. Mary’s Credit Union, with the Michael C. Sullivan Memorial Award. New this year, the Clubs recognized Jordan Poirier  with the inaugural Alumni Impact Award.  
“The Bids for Kids Auction & Gala is an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the successes of  our community’s youth. Although we were unable to gather in person again this year, this year’s celebration highlighted  our community sponsors, our individual donors, and most importantly, the successes of our youth members that are  made possible because of this support.” said Chris Duane, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. “Our  kids and families need us now more than ever and we are grateful to everyone who supported and attended the event.  Next year, we will gather in person!” 

The Clubs would also like to give a special thank you to all of the 16th Annual Bids for Kids Auction & Gala sponsors – including the TJX Companies, Market Basket, Hologic, Ken’s Foods, Tito’s Vodka, Kane Industrial Park, Murphy Insurance  Agency, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Avidia Bank, Bernardi Auto Group, Middlesex Savings Bank, Reliant Medical Group, RW  Holmes, Wegmans, Suburban Appraisal Services, DaSilva Landscaping, Sereni Salon, and the Corkin, Kaplan & Rudolph  families.  

The 17th Annual Bids for Kids Auction & Gala will be hosted on October 20, 2022 at the Verve Hotel in Natick. If you are  interested in learning how you can support this event, or other programming at the Club, please contact the Resource  Development office at 508-485-4912. 

Native Plant Trust Seeks Storytellers

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the  only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces an open call for storytellers  for its annual signature event, The Botany Story Slam, which will take place on Saturday,  February 26, 2022, from 6-8pm. The event is currently planned as an in-person event at  Garden in the Woods; however, storytellers from around the world are  welcome to submit their tales for the chance to share their stories using video technology.  

A story slam is a competition in which each storyteller has minutes to share an experience on a  chosen theme, with the audience interacting and voting on their favorite tale. Winning stories  may be aired on the radio. NPT seeks exciting, well-presented stories 5-10 minutes in length about plant adventures. Storytellers may include botanists, horticulturists, farmers, land  managers, plant researchers, environmental educators, rangers, or similar plant-related professionals. For submission instructions, please email education@NativePlantTrust.org by  December 1, 2021, with the subject line “Story Slam Submission.” Storytellers will be  selected and notified on a rolling basis and must be available to present at the event on  February 26, 2022, either in person or virtually.

Northborough's 2nd Annual Jack-O-Lantern Contest & Stroll

NORTHBOROUGH: Back by popular demand, the Northborough Community Affairs Committee is excited to announce the Second Annual Jack-O-Lantern Contest and Stroll during Halloween weekend. Jack-o-lanterns provided by Northborough residents will be on display at the Town Common starting Friday, October 29 and will stay lit through Halloween weekend for all ages to enjoy. 

Residents can sign-up now to participate and members of the community will be able to vote over Halloween weekend for their favorite designs.  The Committee is accepting up to 100 entries and registrants are asked to make a suggested donation of $5 to the Northborough Food Pantry to participate.   Pictures of the jack-o-lanterns will be posted on the Committee's website and Northborough  residents will be able to vote for their 3 favorite entries. The three winners who will each receive a prize from local businesses. 
On Saturday, October 30 from 11:30am to 12:30pm, the Family Jack-O-Lantern Stroll will take place featuring live music from the local musician Anelise and her Family Band. This event at our Town Common will also have treats and will be a chance for families to choose their favorite Jack-O-Lanterns! 
The Committee would like to make sure this fun event is safe so please follow local and state guidelines when viewing the display. Visit this website for more information on this event: https://northboroughcac.weebly.com/jack-o-lantern-stroll.html.
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Marlborough Resident Ginny Carpenter Onstage in "Lovers & Other Strangers"

MARLBOROUGH: Marlborough resident Ginny Carpenter is appearing in Theatre III of West Acton's fall production, "Lovers and Other Strangers" by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor. Performances run November 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8pm; November 7 at 2pm at 250 Central Street. Tickets are $22; seniors/students/groups of seven or more $19. For more information, visit www.theatre3.org.

The 43rd Annual Pear Tree Boutique Back and In Person!

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MARLBOROUGH: The 43rd Annual Pear Tree Boutique will be held in person on Saturday December 4 from 8:30-10:30am at Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Street.  Join the Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough to shop for this year’s sale.  With new sale hours, they are planning for a lively event where you can obtain your fresh winter greens, holiday décor, wreaths, swags and faux creations.  All items are hand-crafted by the members the week before the event and will last through the holiday season.

The Garden Club is a  501(c)3 charitable organization, serving the Marlborough community by providing free horticultural and conservation education for residents as well as beautification for some of the city’s public gardens. The club is 100% dependent on its fundraising efforts to fund these community offerings.

In accordance with Marlborough Public School policy, all who enter the Whitcomb School must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The Pear Tree Boutique is a fantastic way to contribute to the Marlborough community and bring some beauty and joy into your home for the holidays. To learn more about membership or to receive the club’s customer newsletter about meetings, special events, the annual Plant Sale and Pear Tree Boutique, email the club at gardenclub01752@gmail.com, visit https://sites.google.com/view/colonialgardenclubmarlborough.
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Wayside Inn Foundation hosts "Pumpkins & Poetry" Family Program

SUDBURY:  Put on your Halloween costumes and head over to The Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road for an afternoon of family-friendly fun on Sunday, October 24, from 3:30-5pm.
A poetry walk featuring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses” and an outdoor installation of Halloween-themed decorations will be open for self-guided tours in the Longfellow Memorial Garden.
Pumpkin decorating and carving will take place in the nearby Event Tent. These sessions are a perfect opportunity for kids of all ages to create pumpkin masterpieces to take home as decorations or donations for upcoming community exhibits. Experienced carving session facilitators will help participants learn new techniques and will be on hand to troubleshoot carving challenges.
Cost: $5/person for the Longfellow Garden Exhibit; $10/child for pumpkin decorating; and $20/person for pumpkin carving. Pumpkins and supplies are included with registration fees, and space is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/pumpkinsandpoetry21.
This event is organized by The Wayside Inn Foundation with donations from Rota-Spring Farm and Shaws Supermarket. Questions? Please send an email to education@wayside.org.

Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball Spring Registration is Open

NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH: Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball is excited to announced to opening of registration for their Spring season for girls grades K-8. The season will begin at the end of March/beginning of April, depending on the field status, and will run through the middle of June. There will be one practice a week, determined by the coach, and one game during the week and one during the weekend. K&1st graders will have one game on the weekend only.
The Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball Program is dedicated to creating a positive sporting and social environment where the ideals of good sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty and fair play are core, with secondary importance placed on winning. Their goal is for each player to have fun while gaining a rewarding softball experience and developing skills in fast-pitch softball. Click here to register by November 30 to assist with the forming teams and season preparation based on registration numbers.
Coaches and assistants are needed. If interested, please email lisabhodge@yahoo.com if you are interested in coaching.
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Outsmarting Anti-Semitism Course in Sudbury Explores Underpinnings of Hate and How to Respond to Rising Antisemitism

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SUDBURY:This fall, the Chabad Center of Sudbury will be offering a new four-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Outsmarting Antisemitism. Using history, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary expert analysis, the course addresses some of the niggling questions we grapple with as individuals and as a community. Why does antisemitism persist? How can we make hate go away? How can we counter Israel-focused antisemitism and prevent our own youth from unwittingly lending their voices to antisemitic agendas?
Informative, interesting, and empowering, Outsmarting Antisemitism is well suited for community leaders and laypersons alike. “All those who care about religious freedom, both Jews and others, confront a disturbing increase in antisemitism worldwide,” said Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors. “It is no longer enough just to be opposed to antisemitism. We all have to be knowledgeable about its history and current manifestations if we are to be equipped to combat its spread. That is why this course matters.”

“What distinguishes the present moment is the rise of antisemitism simultaneously on all fronts,” said Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and chairman at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. “To succeed in the struggle against these dangerous phenomena, we have to confront antisemitism on all fronts simultaneously. Therefore, this course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is very important.”

The four-week course begins on November 2 and will be offered both in person and via Zoom. Like all JLI programs, it is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 978-443-0110 or visit www.chabadsudbury.com for registration and for other course-related information.
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SVT Welcomes Lily Zanta

SUDBURY: Lily Zanta, a member of the national AmeriCorps service program, recently started an 11-month term of service at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). SVT is a nonprofit organization that conserves land in the region around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.  Lily, who is a resident of Allston, will support SVT’s work in numerous ways. In addition to training volunteers to remove invasive plants from conserved lands, she will also assist in the research and planning of accessible hiking trails on SVT properties. 

Plus, Lily is expected to play a key role in SVT’s outreach and communications efforts. She has initiated an assessment of the organization’s social media postings, and she will be developing a pilot program to engage more of the area’s youths in SVT’s conservation work.

"I am honored to be serving at SVT, an organization with such a rich history of community-based conservation and engagement,” said Lily. “I look forward to further developing my service projects and connecting with the communities and ecosystems of the region."

A graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Lily has worked as an agricultural biologist with the Santa Clara County Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency and as an environmental scientist intern with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. While working as a field researcher in Chilean Patagonia, Lily also served as a translator between Spanish-speaking community members and her work colleagues.

Grace Fauver, SVT’s Director of Development and Community Engagement, commented, “I am delighted that Lily is joining SVT for her service year. Her projects will have a direct and lasting benefit to SVT and our partners.”
Lily joined SVT through TerraCorps, a Massachusetts-based program that places AmeriCorps members at organizations that protect land and support environmental sustainability. AmeriCorps is a national program that annually places more than 75,000 Americans in service at nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. 

“The AmeriCorps program is a real win-win,” added Ms. Fauver. “Service members gain hands-on experience with planning and executing conservation projects, and the host sites benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of young conservationists.”
SVT has hosted 20 AmeriCorps members over the past 12 years, many of whom now hold positions at conservation organizations across the country.
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Assabet Valley Mastersingers Concert October 30

SHREWSBURY: To celebrate singing, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers will begin its 2021-2022 concert series in the R.R. Jay Performing Arts Center at Saint John’s High School, 378 Main Street on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8pm. AVM founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the chorus, orchestra and soloists in presenting Songs of Unity.

Commissioned by AVM in honor of its 40th anniversary, Unity in Diversity, by Northborough native Cynthia Lee Wong, is a song cycle with texts by Wordsworth, Teasdale, and Tagore, touching on themes which resonate today – nature and destruction, love, and unity. In LUX: The Dawn From On High, composer Dan Forrest explores ancient liturgical chant, scripture, and modern secular love poetry.  The lyrics of We Exist respond to the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with Oliver Caplan’s composition honoring all races, all faiths and all genders.

It is an AVM core value to be responsible and community-minded. As such AVM will follow all public health guidelines provided by Federal, state, and local health departments and those of concert venues. Saint John’s Performance Hall is accessible to the physically challenged. 

Concert tickets may be purchased through www.AVMsingers.org or at the venue the evening of the concert. The general price is $25; $20 for seniors and students. For further information, visit www.AVMsingers.org. Programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cultural Councils of Ashland, Boylston, Grafton, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, West Boylston, and Westborough.  AVM is also supported in part by grants from the Avidia Charitable Foundation and from Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.
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Fall Clean-up & Planting with the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury

SUDBURY: The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will be meeting to do  their fall cleanup and planting at Grinnell Park & The Goodnow Library.  Would you like to participate in beautifying Sudbury?  Join in the fun and maybe learn more about the Club.  Meet at Sudbury Town Hall at 9:30am. Please bring gloves, hand trimmers, small shovels, edgers & any other tools for weeding, edging, trimming and planting Mums and Kales.  Also bring a bagged lunch if you would like to stick around for a picnic lunch afterwards. Masks, social distancing & RSVP required. For more info email 1776@gmail.com or find the Club on Facebook @thethursdaygardenclubofsudbury
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Jerusha’s Halloween Ball Offers Up Some Spirited Fun

SUDBURY: Celebrate Halloween and The Wayside Inn's own Jerusha Howe who was a real-life figure in the history of the Inn. Jerusha’s Halloween Ball, scheduled for Friday, October 29 at 7pm offers up a spirited evening of good food and beverages, dancing to music spun by DJ T-Rex, prizes for the "most historic", "most creative," and "most legendary" costumes, and a festive wine & bourbon pull fundraising activity.

The event will be held outdoors under The Wayside Inn’s event tent. Plan your costume to accommodate October evening weather and face masks, should the mask mandate in Sudbury still be in effect.

Purchase tickets in advance at https://bitly.com/JerushasBall2021. Individual tickets are $85 with costume or $100 no costume. There is a 10 discount on tickets for members of The Wayside Inn.

‍For anyone interested in sponsoring the event or donating wine or bourbon for the wine and bourbon pull to help make the most of this fundraiser, please contact Sally Hild at shild@wayside.org.
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Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury is Offering Tulips & Daffodils

SUDBURY: Recently Members of the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury read a story, decorated a pumpkin, and planted  daffodil bulbs with children ages 5-12 at the Goodnow Library. The Club sponsors this program at the Library several times a year to bring art and nature together for children. Would you like bags of tulip or daffodil bulbs to plant in your yard? TGC might still have some bags for sale from their annual fundraiser. For more info email TGCSudbury1776@gmail.com or find them on Facebook!
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LSB Players Announces 2021-2022 Season

SUDBURY:  The 2021-2022 LSB Players announced their schedule of plays for this school year, and to offer you a chance to subscribe to our upcoming season.  All performances take place at LSRHS, 390 Lincoln Road.

The season begins with a fall musical, perfectly timed for “spooky” season, Andrew Lippa’s musical The Addams Family. This hilarious and irreverent musical, based on characters created by Charles Addams, tells the story of the Addams Family, a loving yet macabre family set in their ghoulish ways, as they face the prospect of their daughter/sister, Wednesday, marrying someone far too normal for their taste. The Addams Family was a fan favorite when it was on Broadway, nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Carly Evans, music directed by Michael Bunting, and conducted by Tom Grandprey, and performed in the Kirshner Auditorium on Wednesday, November 17 thru Saturday, November 20, all shows at 7:30pm.

The second mainstage offering will be The Eighth Annual Winter One-Acts which continues the tradition of being student-directed one-acts. Three LS seniors will direct “That’s Not How I Remember It,” “As It Was,” and “I, Chorus.” These one-acts will be performed in the Rogers Theatre on February 4 at 7:30pm, February 5 at 3pm and 7:30pm.

In the Spring, the LSB Players will take us to England in Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Hamill’s clever and fast-paced adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same title takes on the gossipy society of late 18th century England and examines the societal pressures that affect the lives of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Sense and Sensibility will be performed in the Rogers Theatre on April 8 & 9 at 7:30pm, April 9 & 10 at 2pm.

On May 6th and 7th, there will also be 9th and 10th grade play (title to be decided) at 7:30pm in the Rogers Black Box Theatre.

Finally, the year will end with COLLAGE XXVI, as always a collection of scenes, one-acts and original pieces selected and directed by students, performed in the Rogers Black Box Theatre on June 10 & 11 with shows at 7:30pm and free admission for all.

Tickets for all of our 2021-2022 shows are $8 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults.

Consider becoming a Season Ticket holder or Benefactor. Benefactors and Season Ticket holders receive advance notice before tickets are available to the general public so they can reserve their tickets for the evening of their choice. Season Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens. A Benefactor's ticket is $60 per person. All Season Ticket holders and Benefactors are named in each program of the year. (Season Ticket holders and Benefactors will have the choice to use their ticket(s) for ONE of the following productions - the Winter One-Acts in February OR the 9th/10th grade play in May.) To become a subscriber, go to www.lsrhs.net/students/activities_clubs/drama for the form and payment information.

Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins Marlborough Rotary Club Recycling Event

MARLBOROUGH: This year, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins with the Marlborough Rotary Club for their second recycling event of this fall during their 11th year of Recycling events on Saturday, October 23, 10am to 2pm at the Navin Rink Parking Lot, 451 Bolton Street. It is only $40 per car/truck load and one and all from anywhere in New England are encouraged to clean out their attics, basements, and businesses and get rid of their junk.

Since the fall of 2011, the Marlborough Rotary Club created a one-day project for folks to recycle all their unwanted computers, electronics, appliances, and more.  The event is open to ALL communities and is focused on recycling household items rather than adding these items in the landfills.

Many things that have been sitting around in your attic, basement, or garage could be recycled at this Recycling Day event for just $40 per carload or truck load.  Items include:
  • Electronics of all types – computers, CPUs, games, accessories, cell phones, VCRs laptops, cameras, cables, wires, keyboards, mice
  • All electrical equipment – small appliances, motors, shop equipment, heaters, fans, extension cords, lamps
  • Vehicle batteries, cars, boats, RV’s etc.
  • Large appliances – washers, dryers, microwaves, AC units, freezers, refrigerators without Freon
  • Yard and lawn equipment – mowers and snow blowers (no fluids), chain saws, weed whackers,  power yard equipment
  • Televisions – $40 any size
  • Computer Monitors – $25 each
  • Audio speakers – $20 per pair
  • Child car seats – $20 each with fabric removed
  • Household vacuums $20 each
  • Treadmills $25 each
  • Appliance with Freon -- large $25, small $15
  • Lithium Ion Batteries (i.e. power tools) $5.00
  • Lead acid batteries (i.e. yard equipment, cars, boats, RVs $10 each
  • Small batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, C, D) $5/quart

Unfortunately, the arrangements with the recycling company do not allow acceptance of wood, plastic, tires, mattresses, textiles, hoses, glass, pool liners or large children’s plastic toys.

“This project benefits everyone involved and promotes recycling for a low cost,” said Rob Schachter, President of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to join with the Rotary Club’s longtime successful event. It benefits our environment and the Marlborough Rotary Club Foundation will generate a percentage of the fees to continue the club’s service to children and families of our community, literacy projects, polio eradication, and more.”

Open to ALL communities in MA, CT, NH, RI, ME, & VT! Please call 978-875-0097 with any questions that you might have about the event.  Info: www.marlboroughrotary.org & www.marlboroughchamber.org.

As October 24 is International End Polio Day, members of the Marlborough Rotary Club and Interact Club will be passing out information about Rotary International’s 35-year quest to end polio on this earth. Although there are only two countries remaining that have live polio virus, it is only a plane-ride away.
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SVT Celebrates Conservation During 2021 Annual Meeting

SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) celebrated another successful year during its 2021 Annual Meeting on September 26. A highlight of the online meeting, was the presentation of SVT’s Annual Awards to recognize important contributions to land conservation in Massachusetts.

”The recipients serve as good role models for us all,” said Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director. “They demonstrate the dedication and commitment required to protect our region’s lands.”

SVT’s 2021 Distinguished Public Service Award went to the Program Manager and six Regional Coordinators of the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. 

SVT presented its Lewis Conservation Award to Tim Simmons of Merrimac for his broad commitment to conservation over many years. Simmons is a restoration ecologist who has worked with numerous organizations, including a land trust on Martha's Vineyard, The Nature Conservancy and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Rob St. Germain of Ashland was named Steward of the Land for his work at SVT’s Cowassock Woods Reservation in Framingham, where he fights invasive plants, maintains trails, and builds woodland bridges. He has also mentored several Eagle Scouts who have upgraded bridges at the property.  

Bob May of Sudbury received the Morgan Volunteer of the Year Award for giving unselfishly of his time in support of SVT. As a member of the Finance and the Wolbach Facilities Committees, May has conducted research to ensure SVT enacts sound policies, and he has helped to plan and execute several maintenance projects at the organization’s headquarters.

SVT also celebrated the contributions of younger conservationists by presenting Youth Steward Awards to two Boy Scouts who completed their Eagle projects on SVT properties:

Jed Howrey of Sudbury designed, built, and installed two educational signs about glacial features at SVT’s Gray Reservation in Sudbury. The signs, which describe eskers and erratics, complement a self-guided audio tour at the property and are especially geared toward Middle School students. 

Sudbury's Luke Orup created a new trail entrance and kiosk for Wayside Forest in Framingham. In addition to clearing the trail and building the kiosk, Orup also had to enact safety measures so he could manage a crew of volunteers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that protects land in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. To learn more about SVT’s work, visit www.svtweb.org.
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Native Plant Trust Announces Climate Resilience Symposium, Examining  Future of Plant Life

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces a virtual symposium on the  changing climate and its effects on the region’s flora. The program will address methods for  building climate resilience and how key players can support this process. The event will take  place online October 29 from 1-4 PM. 

The virtual symposium will feature distinguished experts in the fields of ecology, climate  adaptation, and conservation biology. The event will include a keynote address by Dr.  Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology at the University of  Maine. The symposium also includes a workshop on climate adaptation networks, and a panel  highlighting current climate change patterns, their implications for the future of New England’s  plant diversity, and the path toward climate resilience.  

“The climate resilience discussion builds on our recent report, Conserving Plant Diversity in New  England,” explains Courtney Allen, Native Plant Trust’s Director of Public Programs. “The  symposium will consider diverse perspectives that offer cutting-edge thinking on applicable  conservation strategies and tools. Working together to implement best practices now will greatly impact the future of native plants and the ecosystems they support.” 

Speakers include: 
  • Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology at the University of  Maine
  • Melissa Ocana, Climate Adaptation Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Christopher Neill, Senior Scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center
  • Dr. Angelica Patterson is the Master Science Educator at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York.
  • Aaron Marcus is the Assistant Botanist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife
For more information and to register for the symposium, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.

This program is eligible for professional continuing education credit through Massachusetts  Association of Landscape Professionals, Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association,  Northeast Organic Farming Association, Society of American Foresters, and Society for  Ecological Restoration. Please refer to the symposium registration page for further information  on credits. 
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The Friends of the Goodnow Library Present Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist with Author Judy Bloomberg

SUDBURY: Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for an intriguing virtual travel adventure with Sudbury author Judy Bloomberg on October 20 at 7:30pm. Bloomberg will be sharing her travel adventures and some of the fascinating photos from her book, Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road Less Traveled. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The program is free, but registration is required.

Judy Bloomberg has been an intrepid traveler for over 50 years. As the Sudbury resident explains. “I have always had a passion for adventure. Not the kind where you climb Mount Everest to prove to yourself and the world that you have amazing endurance and ability to withstand cold, but the “Around the World in 80 Days” kind of adventure, the kind where you set off for countries whose names you can’t even pronounce, to explore other cultures and other peoples, to learn how we are different and (perhaps even more importantly), how we are the same”.

Beginning in 1970, with a 10 week “no set itinerary” honeymoon based loosely on recommendations found in “Europe on $5 a Day” (the famous budget guidebook of that era), and continuing over the years through such experiences as international homestays, home exchanges, and volunteer activities in some of the world’s poorest countries, Bloomberg continually searched for ways to veer off the beaten path. In 2002, a casual comment to her husband while dining in the French restaurant at Epcot even led to the two of them leaving their jobs and moving to a small village in France for a year!

Judy also has a long-standing love of traditional cultures that has led her to explore tribal communities all over the world. In fact, she sometimes calls herself a “closet anthropologist” At last count, she had visited about 115 countries, on all seven continents.  Some of her most memorable experiences include attending a giant gathering of about 200 different tribes in Papua New Guinea, having a random encounter and delightful conversation with the Queen Mother in Bhutan, staying overnight as an honored guest in the yurt of a famous eagle hunter in Mongolia, scaling a mountain in Uganda to spend time with a family of elusive mountain gorillas, and visiting the remote “explorer huts” in Antarctica, which have been left virtually untouched since explorers like Scott and Shackleton abandoned them over 100 years ago.

So what is an intrepid traveler to do when sidelined by COVID?  Bloomberg returned from her last trip, to Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, and Qatar in March, 2020, less than a week before the U.S. completely shut down. Stuck at home, she began curating her collection of thousands of travel photos, selecting the ones she considered most interesting and most depictive of life in the less-traveled corners of the world. After a bit of prodding from friends, she finally agreed that the photos would make a compelling book. Her book, Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road Less Traveled, a collection of 294 of her best photos from those trips, focuses on the most exotic destinations on all seven continents (and the people who inhabit them), from colorful festivals like the Goroka Show in Papua New Guinea and Carnival in Rio to daily life in places like Lake Titicaca and rural Ethiopia, along with insights and anecdotes about traveling off the beaten path.

Escape the confines of Covid 19 and spend an enjoyable evening of travel adventures with the Friends of the Goodnow Library on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7:30 PM on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent prior to the program. Don’t forget to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/always-a-traveler-never-a-tourist-with-judy-bloomberg-tickets-177638360117.
If you’ve ever dealt with someone making threats against you, been the subject of physical or verbal attacks, had rumors floated about you, or been purposely excluded from a group, then you know what it’s like to be bullied. During October, we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and raise awareness and focus on bullying.

Bullying is any unwanted and aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance, whether real or perceived. It’s typically behavior that is repeated again and again over a period of time.

Technology, with all the benefits it provides, also has made bullying easier and more widespread. Cyberbullying includes the distribution of mean or inappropriate email or text messages, the use of social media to post rumors or embarrassing photos, videos, messages, and even fake profiles.

For more information on ways to prevent, respond, or act against bullying, visit stopbullying.org, which is a special initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services.

If your child has been the victim of bullying and you’ve noticed a change in his or her mental health as a result, or if your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. In Massachusetts, every 5.28 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. One element of these tools and resources is free online training that anyone may utilize. Among the training modules available is one dedicated to the study of bullying and suicide. Visit jasonfoundation.com and click Training for more information. 
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Live Animal Programs at The Spellman Museum

WESTON: As part of its celebration of National Stamp Collecting Month, the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College is having several live animal presentations featuring popular animals on stamps.  On October 16 at 10:30am, Nancy Lamb from Drumlin Farm of Massachusetts Audubon will bring several animals from the farm and talk about how animals prepare for the winter.  This program will be held outside weather permitting.

On October 17 at 1pm, Joy Marzolf of The Joys of Nature  will bring some of her “creepy animals” to get people in the mood for Halloween.  Her animals will include some snakes, tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, a lizard and several other creatures.

At both programs, children can make a free set of animals on stamps to take home, do stamp activities including a stamp hunt and join the Museum’s Youth Stamp Club. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children to age 16.

Later in the month on October 24,  programs will be held at 1pm and 3pm featuring several owls from ”Eyes on Owls” including a snowy owl.  On October 30 at 10:30am, Animal Adventures and Animal Rescue Center of Bolton will bring some exotic animals which could include an alligator, a large snake like a boa, a chinchilla, ferrets, bunnies, a hedgehog, some turtles, frogs and other reptiles.

Advanced registration is not required but can be made at info@spellman.org.
The Museum follows all Covid guidelines from the state. For more information contact info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

MCC Hosts Electronic Recycling and Document Shredding Event

SUDBURY: On October 9, from 9am–1pm, Memorial Congregational Church will hold a “contactless” electronic recycling and document shredding event and you don’t even have to get out of your car!  The event is open to all communities and will be held rain or shine.

At the electronics recycling truck, prices vary from $25-40 for a TV, $15 for a computer, $15 for a computer monitor, or $5 for a box of electric cords.  Workers will remove the items from your vehicle and place them in the recycling truck which is operated by a state-licensed electronic recycling company who will properly dispose of all items. They will accept ANYTHING WITH A CORD (including washing machines, air conditioners, etc.) as well as any type of battery, printer ink cartridges, and toner cartridges.

The fee for document shredding is just $8 per copy paper box or brown grocery bag, and a worker will remove your boxes or bags of documents from your car and shred the documents as you wait. The truck is equipped with closed-circuit TV so you can actually watch the shredding if you wish. Shredding personal or business documents containing sensitive information is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft!

You may pay in cash, check, or by VENMO.
MCC is located at 26 Concord Road, just across from Goodnow Library in Sudbury. For more information, please email recycle@MCCSudbury.org or shredding@MCCSudbury.org or call 978-443-3885.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Announces New Board Members

NORTHBOROUGH: As the Fall Concert season begins, the Executive Board of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers is proud to announce its new Chair Nancy LaPelle, new Secretary Sue Benua, and new Community Representative on the Board Lee Beavers. 
Since 2003, Nancy LaPelle has been an independent consultant providing qualitative-research based services in the health care sector. Her focus is to provide clients with data-based summary recommendations needed to inform decision-making related to medical and public health intervention design, process/program improvement and evaluation, individual behavior change (patient and/or physician), cognitive testing of assessment instruments, and health-related information needs.  She has also taught courses in qualitative research methodologies and survey design for graduate students, faculty, and medical professionals during this time. Prior to 2003, she was adjunct faculty in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During this time, she also worked at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for 10 years as a curriculum and organizational development consultant to public sector agencies.

Susan Benua of Berlin is a former Project Analyst and Engineer. Before moving to Berlin, she was chair of the Music Committee at her church, and formerly served as a Deacon and chair of the Open and Affirming committee. She holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Project Management from Northeastern University. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Eastern New England Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots association.

Lee Beavers of Northborough is a former healthcare professional. She has worked more than 30 years in public relations and publications and more than 10 years as a Patient Representative at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She holds an MS in Public Affairs and Publications from Boston University. She currently serves on the Northborough Council on Aging.

The Board sincerely thanks Matt Pietro for his service.
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News from Tower Hill Botanical Garden

BOYLSTON: The New England Dahlia Society Show and Sale will take place
Saturday, September 25, from 1-5pm. (Show and Sale: 1-5; Award Ceremony: 3-4pm) at Tower Hill Botanical Garden.

On Sunday, September 26 from 10am-3pm, the show and sale continues, including a lecture from 1pm-2pm entitled “How to Grow Beautiful Dahlias in Your Home Garden.” There are few flowers that have the unique genetics of dahlias, which accounts for their amazing variability of forms, colors, and sizes. From dime-sized minion singles to giant decorative blooms, open-faced forms, honeycomb balls, waterlilies, and cactus types, you will be amazed at the variety of this flower family. Come and see for yourself! The annual Dahlia Show will feature displays of diverse and beautiful specimens entered into the Dahlia competition. Only the best of the best blooms are entered by growers joining us from all over New England.

The New England Dahlia Society is a horticultural organization devoted to the study, growth, exhibition, and enjoyment of dahlias. We are a young society, founded in 2016, with over 100 members of both seasoned and beginning growers from all over New England (MA, RI, CT, ME, NH, VT) as well as New York and New Jersey.

For more information about this and other upcoming shows, call 508.869.6111 or visit www.towerhillbg.org/shows.

Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury Hosts Annual Daffodil Bulb Sale

SUDBURY: Enjoy Fall but think spring! The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will be having their annual daffodil bulb sale this year on Eventbrite between now and October 2, 2021. The Thursday  Garden Club will be selling King Alfred Daffodils (18" tall, large yellow blossoms) and Red Impression Tulips (24" tall, large red blossoms)  - 12 bulbs for $15. Go to Eventbrite and type in DAFFODIL on the main page.  Order now and  pick up on October 2 and 3 between 10am-2pm at LS High School 390 Lincoln Road.
Over the past 25 years, the Thursday Garden club has planted over 12,000 bulbs throughout Sudbury to welcome spring.  Each year we sell our premium bulbs to help fund our daffodil trail, and to create a showy trail of flowers that add splashes of yellow at  town center, police and fire stations, and other public spaces. The Thursday Garden Club sponsors monthly meetings in flower arranging, horticulture, and landscape design.  They also provide scholarship money for a graduating L-S senior focusing on environmental studies. The Thursday Garden Club participates in a number of beautification projects in Sudbury, including the Daffodil Trail, community traffic island gardens, Town center and Hosmer House Holiday decorations, Blue Star Memorial, Goodnow library programs and much more.
Founded in 1951, and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, The Thursday Garden Club meets the second Thursday of each month from September to May.  Visit the Club on Facebook at ThursdayGardenClubofSudbury or email TGCSudbury1776@gmail.com to learn more. To make a donation send checks made payable to Thursday Garden Club PO Box 52 Sudbury, MA 01776.
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A Cappella Singers Seeks New Members

NATICK: The A Cappella Singers, based in Natick, sings a mix of secular and sacred, classical, folk and Broadway music, both accompanied and a cappella. Prospective new members who have prior choral experience and/or can read music in all parts (Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I and Alto II) are welcome to join upcoming open rehearsals on Monday, September 27 from 7-9 pm at the Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut Street.  Please wear a mask (preferably a singer’s mask) and show proof of vaccination, or contact to join via Zoom.  For more information, call 774-231-1963, email info@theacappellasingers.org or visit http://theacappellasingers.org

Huge Fall Rummage Sale at First Church in Marlborough

MARLBOROUGHThe huge Fall Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Women's Fellowship of First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, will be held October 1 and 2 in the Parish Hall. The Sale will be open to everyone for sales on Friday, October 1 from 5pm to 8pm, and on Saturday, October 2, 9am to noon. All Saturday morning, brown paper bags, provided for shoppers, will be $5 each for everything you can put in the bag. Tables will be laden with clothes for all the family – children, men and women. There will also be white elephant goods galore, household items, books, toys, blankets, curtains and much more. Drop in and get some good buys.

The church is located at 37 High Street, at the corner of High and Bolton (Rte. 85) streets, above Union Common. Masks will be required.

Also, on Saturday, November 20, the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, will hold its Meetinghouse Fair, at the church, High and Bolton (Rte. 85) streets, just above Union Common. The event will feature home baked goodies, clothing, knitted items, books, trash and treasures, Christmas items, jewelry and more.

Shir Joy Chorus Resumes Rehearsals October 3;
Open Rehearsals for New & Prospective Members

WESTBOROUGH: Shir Joy Chorus of Massachusetts is excited to begin a new season on October 3. Weekly rehearsals are held Sunday evenings from 6pm-8pm at Congregation B’nai Shalom. The first two rehearsals on October 3 and 10 will be open for all new and prospective members. 

Rehearsals are currently planned to take place indoors with all singers masked. However, Covid safety may require singers to sing in an outdoor space, from their cars in the parking lot with wireless microphones or remotely on Zoom (as a last resort in inclement weather). Shir Joy successfully used all of these techniques throughout the pandemic last year, even maintaining its 2020-2021 concert schedule with virtual choir recordings and livestreaming. 

Performances are currently planned for February 6 and June 26, 2022. These will be held live or with virtual chorus recordings (on Zoom) if necessary for the safety of chorus members and the audience. 

Singers interested in joining the group are welcome to open rehearsals October 3 and 10. All current and prospective members will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to attending any rehearsals. Masks will be required for all indoor rehearsals.

For more information about joining the chorus, please contact Shir Joy President Karen Rothman at ShirJoyMA@gmail.com or Shir Joy PR Director Laura Logan at ShirazAtidah@gmail.com. For more information about the chorus please visit shirjoychorus.com

St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA) Announces Installation of The Rev. Eric G. Wolf

SUDBURY: St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA) is pleased to announce that they will be installing their new pastor, The Rev. Eric G. Wolf on September 26 at 2pm.  Following will be a celebration.  There will be no 9:30am worship service that Sunday morning. 
St. John is an open and affirming faith community worshiping in a universally accessible facility.  Their Mission Statement proclaims a three-fold goal of welcoming all, striving to meet the needs of our community, and serving each other in our mutual pursuit of loving God and the loving of neighbors. The church is located at 16 Great Road. For more information, call 978-443-8350, visit www.stjohnsudburyma.org, stop by YouTube at St John Lutheran Sudbury or on Facebook and Instagram @stjohnsudbury.

Domestic Violence Roundtable to Commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Purple Lights, Walk & Vigil

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SUDBURY/WAYLAND/FRAMINGHAM: At any given time in Sudbury, Wayland, Lincoln and other similar towns there are 20-40 restraining orders in effect, indicating a judge has found significant evidence of violence. On any given day in our country, 4-6 girls and women lose their lives due to intimate partner violence.  The proportional rate is even higher for other under-represented genders.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will once again partner with the First Parish in Wayland, and the Lauren Dunne Astley Foundation to Shine a Light on the issues related to domestic and break up violence. Purple signifies courage and compassion, and purple lights will illuminate religious and civic buildings in Sudbury, Wayland, and Framingham at various locations throughout the month. In addition, community members are invited to join us by placing purple light bulbs in their window fixtures, lamp posts or porch lights. Local hardware stores are a good source for purple bulbs which fit regular sockets.

In Wayland, on Tuesday, October 5, walks will commence from several points in the town arriving at First Parish in Wayland, Unitarian Universalist, 225 Boston Post Road, for the Shine a Light Vigil at 7pm.  For more information, please go to www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org. for an announcement of the walk locations.

The traumas of domestic violence are harmful and long lasting, and we continue to seek community support in building awareness of the signs and causes of relationship violence and sources of possible support and safety. The Roundtable continues to work towards the creation of a more caring and equitable society that does not tolerate violence or any person’s domination of another, be it in relation to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, geographic region, or economic status.

If you are concerned you or someone in your life might be experiencing relationship abuse, local support can be found www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org/counseling.

Rummage Sale at Memorial Church in Sudbury

SUDBURY: On September 17 and 18 from 9am-3pm, Memorial Congregational Church will be holding its semi-annual rummage sale of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and linens. There will be lots of clothing for children and youth as well as the full range of adult clothing, including suits. Shop for bargains and check out our high-end rack. Good quality clothing at rock bottom prices!

The sale will be held in a large hall, with windows open for air circulation and with industrial air purifiers running at all time. Memorial Church is located at 26 Concord Road (across from Goodnow library). For questions or additional information, please call 978-443-3885.

All volunteers and shoppers must wear masks.
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The Plymouth Church in Framingham Hosts Annual Fall Fair

FRAMINGHAM: Come one, come all! The Plymouth Church in Framingham welcomes everyone to its Annual Fall Fair on October 2, 2021, from 10am to 2pm. After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are very excited to resume this popular tradition. Adhering to COVID safety guidelines, please wear masks. Air purifiers will be in use indoors, and distancing and use of sanitizers will be encouraged. The sale includes:
  • Huge White Elephant Tag Sale for household goods, kitchen gadgets, home décor, linens,
  • Kids section for toys, puzzles, games and gently used sporting equipment
  • Homemade crafts, jam, fudge and specialty treats
  • Costumes for children and adults
  • Books for Children
  • Themed gift baskets
  • Christmas Shop
  • Jewelry
And what would a fall fair be without food? There's something for everyone: popcorn, lots of yummy baked goods, sandwiches, pie, homemade Clam Chowder and Chili, and the Troop 12 Hot Dog Stand!
Admission Is FREE, and Kids Games are offered outside. Indoor booths are accessible. Fair proceeds support the local ministries of The Plymouth Church as well as both local and global justice ministries, environmental and humanitarian concerns.
The Plymouth Church in Framingham is located at 87 Edgell Road with onsite parking available. For more information, please call the church office at 508.875.1364.

Native Plant Trust Offers 100 Programs for Fall 2021/Winter 2022

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the  only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces 100 programs for the Fall  2021/Winter 2022 season, including more than 30 never offered before. Most programs are  available in a virtual format; in addition, half will be offered in-person throughout New England,  with preparations in place to switch from in-person to online if needed. Program registration is  open effective immediately at www.NativePlantTrust.org

Native Plant Trust offers a depth and breadth of resources to support first-hand exploration of  plants, as well as access to innovation and research in botany and horticulture. Among the 30  new programs this season are: 

A virtual symposium on Climate Resilience on October 29, 2021. 
Programs exploring a diversity of plant perspectives, including People & Plants of the  World, Environmental Ethics, and Understanding Plants over Time.
Workshops on tracking your plantings and seed conservation.
Virtual versions of all basic core courses for the Native Plant Studies Certificate. 
In-person field and landscape studies, including Collective Gardening in Burlington,  Vermont; New Takes on Historic Landscapes at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New  Hampshire; and Native Plants for Native Birds in New Canaan, Connecticut.  

Native Plant Trust will also offer updated versions of its most popular programs, including: 

The University Herbaria Series in collaboration with Harvard University, Brown  University, University of Connecticut, and University of New Hampshire.  
The Library Conservation Talk Series, in collaboration with libraries across  Massachusetts. 
The annual Botany Story Slam.
Advanced practitioner favorites Building the Green Industry and Native Plants for  Professionals, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape  Association.  

Many programs are eligible for continuing education credits for professionals in conservation,  horticulture, landscape, and arboriculture.  For more information and to register for programs, visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.

Be a fraud fighter!
If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  AARP's watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.

SCAM ALERT #1: AARP Impostor Scams
One of the most effective things that criminals can do to gain your confidence is impersonate an organization that you do business with and trust. Sadly, no one is immune from this - not even AARP. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be with "AARP Security Systems" (or something similar sounding). The first question they ask is whether you own your home and then they hang up. Rule of thumb...Don’t engage with anyone claiming to be from AARP Security Systems, and if you get a call like this, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360, or reporting it on zour scam map (www.aarp.org/scammap). Anytime you are directed to pay a debt or other obligation with a gift card, it is a scam.

SCAM ALERT #2:  “Smishing”
As more of us catch on to scam calls to our smartphones and block them or don’t answer them, scammers have taken to texting. “Smishing” is the term of art: SMS + phishing. Just as scammers phish by casting a wide net with email, so they do with smishing. The same things that we suggest in order to avoid phishing attacks apply to smishing.  But texts live in this space of immediacy – scammers know we are likely to respond much faster to a text than an email. To thwart their efforts, take a pause and consider the message. Is this really my bank, or Amazon, or PayPal, or the IRS texting me? Don’t click links – access the company or agency in a way you know to be safe and see if there’s an issue. Otherwise, don’t engage.

SCAM ALERT #3: Grandparent Scams
Criminals know that fear is the best motivator, and nothing drives fear more than a loved one in trouble. This is why scams targeting grandparents seem never to go away. If someone calls claiming to be your grandchild, or some authority calling about your grandchild who is in trouble or danger, it’s most likely a scam. It’s certainly a scam if the caller directs you to send money fast to resolve the problem. Your best move is to hang up and call your grandchild or reach out to family who would know his or her whereabouts.

SCAM ALERT #4: Utility Scams
Utility scams heat up as the temperatures rise (and when they fall), so much so that the Federal Trade Commission ranks utility impostors among the top reported scams. In this one, you typically get a call, email or text saying your account is past due and you must pay immediately, or they will cut off your power.  Another tactic is the “utility” claiming you overpaid your bill, and they request your bank account information to issue a refund. Utility scammers can also show up at your door after a power outage or severe storm offering to get your power back on for a fee. Utility companies typically don’t do business this way. Any unusual communication from your utility should raise a flag. Disengage and contact your provider at a number you know to be legitimate (off of a recent statement, for example). Chances are you’ll learn that there is no problem to address.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.
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OARS Annual River Cleanup

It's OARS 35th Annual River Cleanup September 17-19. Join staff and volunteers as they spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers, streams, ponds and trails. This year, to accommodate the comfort and needs of volunteers, there are two options.

Team Up Clean Up: During the weekend, gather family and friends for a walk or a paddle near or along the river, stream or pond. Pick up what trash and recycling you can and send OARS photos of your group cleaning up! People love to see what trash is no longer in our rivers.

Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, from 9am–noon. A team of volunteers will tackle sites in needing a larger group effort in towns including Framingham, Westborough, Hudson, Maynard, Concord and Billerica. The morning of hard work will be followed by a celebration with pizza. Registration is required. Details and registration information is available at www.oars3rivers.org

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat. 

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Hosts Open Rehearsals

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UPDATE: "Out of care and concern for all, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers feel that the changing dynamics of COVID infections make it prudent to postpone in-person rehearsals.  Open rehearsals have been postponed until Monday, September 13, 2021. The rehearsal time is 7:30-9:45pm  We will welcome any interested vocalists at this time. The new rehearsal space will be the Robert E. Melican Middle School, 145 Lincoln Street.  The AVM COVID protocol has also been updated.  Masks are now required at all rehearsals and performances. AVM looks forward to performing for all in the near future."

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Area Community Chorus, in celebration of its 50th season of choral performances, is proud to announce a new 2021 virtual program entitled “Still Singing Together”. In the midst of a difficult time for all due to the pandemic, the NACC, under the leadership of director Elinor A. Armsby, has maintained a rehearsal schedule using Zoom and some outdoor practices. The NACC 2021 virtual program may be viewed on YouTube under “Northborough Area Community Chorus - Still Singing Together”. The performance will soon be on Northborough Cable as well as other local area Cable stations.
This program was generously supported in part by grants from the Northborough, Marlborough, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Southborough Cultural Councils, local agencies, which are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
In anticipation of in person rehearsals beginning this fall, new members are always welcome. Auditions are not required. For more information call 571-331-0214, find NACC on Facebook, online at www.nacc.net or by email at nacc.sings@gmail.com
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Help Create a Safe New Home

SUDBURY: The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable cordially invites you to participate in its Shower for Shelters. You can help families transitioning from a shelter or transitional housing to establish a new home by donating new household items. All gifts collected will be donated to clients of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence.

The Shower for Shelters will be held from Monday, September 20th through Thursday, September 30, 2021.  New unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at Sudbury Wine and Spirits, Rugged Bear Plaza, 410 Boston Post Road. Requested items include: department store and supermarket gift cards, diapers, twin size comforters, sheets and pillowcases, bed pillows, towels and face cloths, unscented cleaning products and laundry detergent, laundry baskets, kitchen utensils, flatware, dishes, drinking glasses, small kitchen appliances, and other household items.
For further information, please visit the Roundtable website at www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org.
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First Parish Invites Community to Homecoming Sunday

SUDBURY: First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to join the congregation on Sunday, September 12, at 10am at Homecoming Sunday, as they take part in a special water ritual, on the grounds of First Parish.
Like in past years, congregants collect water from special summer places—streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, garden hoses—or even from summer rainfall, to add together to a special bowl, in a water communion. "There is no time like the present to realize just how uncertain life can be and how much courage it takes to live boldly into the present. These are the times that we seek facts,  research, and seek consistency as is practiced in science. This is the time that we reach for time-honored tradition and community to help us to maintain a foothold," comments Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty.
In the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside, in an air-purified, air-conditioned room. Masks are required both outside and inside. Learn more about Homecoming Sunday at https://fpsudbury.org.