From the second I walked into Melinda Mahar’s classroom at Weymouth High School, its walls and podium plastered with colorful quotes about dignity and equality, I knew that far more than World History was being taught in this space. Melinda herself radiated warmth and good will, her smile easy and generous.
Many of us on the South Shore have heard of Holly Hill Farm, the only certified organic farm in these parts, and hopefully visited the farm stand or purchased the farm’s delicious produce at the Cohasset and Scituate Farmers Markets. But perhaps fewer people know that the farm is providing opportunities for kids and youth every day via a massive educational programming effort that extends far beyond the South Shore.
There is no planning when a child needs to be removed from a potentially dangerous living situation. Frequently, children arrive in foster placements with nothing but the clothes on their back. If they are “lucky,” they may have a black garbage bag with whatever the case worker who picked them up was able to grab on the way out the door. Here is how two West Newbury women are helping to change that.
Located in Marshfield, Carolina Hill is a transitional homeless shelter for children and their caregivers whose goal is to support families and guide them into independent living. This local beacon of hope relies heavily on community donations and support - here's why I like this and how we can help.
The sun is shining and getting your daily dose of vitamin D (with your sunscreen on, of course!) and fresh air does come with a cautionary tale: tick and mosquito awareness. Keeping your body (and those you love) safe and protected is a big part of daily wellness. Here are a few tips to help keep you, your family, and your furry friends protected this spring and summer as you get outside and enjoy the warmer weather.
CK Helps The Company Theatre Celebrate 40 Years of High Quality Theater and Education on the South Shore
In the 1970s, as Broadway directors like Tom Moore were thrilling audiences by putting a convertible on stage in Grease, Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, two young midwestern women, headed East to realize their own dreams of bringing imaginative live theater to the public. On a $50 budget, they produced their first show, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in a church basement in Weymouth.
It's hard not to get excited (and hungry) when you listen to Irene Li talk about Mei Mei, the restaurant she co-owns with her brother Andrew and her sister, Margaret. I got a real “joy hit” as she explained the siblings’ commitment to using sustainable, locally-sourced food and treating employees fairly. Irene was generous to talk with me some more about how she and her sibs are changing the way Bostonians think about the food we eat and who is making it.
Five years ago, a self-employed contractor and avid surfer in Scituate named Rich Bonanno found a broken bike on the side of the road next to a “FREE” sign. He took it home, fixed it up, and gave it to a neighborhood boy - and, suddenly his happenstance became his mission. Since then, Rich has taken in over 4,000 bikes, some from the dump or free on the side of the road, some donated used or new by people who’ve learned of his generosity and have stepped in to help.
Join us as we support the South Shore Stars 6th Annual Love of Literacy Luncheon on April 2nd at Alma Nove. South Shore Stars is a not-for-profit organization providing the highest quality early education and youth development programs for the communities south of Boston.
JOIN US as we continue to embrace total body wellness with our CK March Wellness Workshop: The Power of Positive Friendship on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 in an intimate celebration at Ralphs Hingham Wine Merchant.