Hilltown Families

Mapping School Food: A Policy Guide A New Resource from the Public Health Advocacy Institute Improving the school food environment can be a difficult task, and understanding school food law and...

IN GOOD COMPANY ON KIDS CRAFT WEEKLY Over at Kids Craft Weekly Hilltown Families (that’s us!) is featured in their Holiday Favourites Issue. Editor Amber Caravan has selected our DIY: Christmas...

The good news is that safe toys are possible. 28% of the products tested did not contain any lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury or PVC, including many made in China. Examples of...

Here's a list of ideas on how to have an eco-friendly, sustainable holiday season with the family.

4th Annual Think Local First Contest The Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (PV BALLE) 4TH Annual Think Local First contest will be running through the end of this...

HILLTOWN BUSINESS DIRECTORY The 2008 Hilltown Business Directory is now available. Put out every year since 1984 by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC) in Chesterfield, MA, this free directory is...

The Struggle to Raise Jewish Children by Shoshana Zonderman, Hilltown Families Guest Writer When I became a Jewish mother in 1981, I had many questions about the “best” way to raise...

RAISING ACADEMICALLY SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN Think it is just a teacher’s job to educate students? Research has shown—again and again—that parents are the most important teachers in the lives of children. This...

Be a Local Hero The 3rd Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food will be happening on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square on Sunday, August 19th from 5-7pm. This open community...

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARDS This flyer was posted on the bulletin board at the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA. The backside of the flyer lists the directions. It reads: Hilltown Ridephone 413.268.5880...

Gateway School District Offers New Round of Laptops for Student Lease Gateway school district in Huntington, MA, is offering a new round of laptop leases to students for the 2007-08 school...

Guides, tips and information of summer reading. Reading Is Fundamental: RIF’s 2007 Summer Reading Guide This compilation of summer reading resources includes suggestions for family activities (such as a “book-nic”), summer...

Link Update: 2010 Guide for Families to Discover Locally Grown Farm Products in Western Massachusetts 2009 Guide for Families to Discover Locally Grown Farm Products in Western Massachusetts 2007 Farm Products...

Northampton Survival Center 3rd Annual Open House and Fundraiser Free Food Face Painting Magic Show &Balloons Games & Costumes Storytelling Live Music Rain or Shine On Sunday, June 10th from 1...

National Pet Week (May 6th – 12th) For over 25 year our family pets have been celebrated with a national week of observation, instituted with three goals in mind: Promote responsible...

Summer Camps Have a local Western Massachusetts summer camp you’d like to let Hilltown Families know about? Discover and share summer, week and day camps with us by clicking here: Summer...

Step it Up 2007 in Western Mass Step it Up is the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in our nation’s history. A truly infectious grassroots movement, organized...

Moviemaking Program Can Raise a Girls’ Self-Esteem New research by Mount Holyoke professors has found increased self-esteem in adolescent females who participated in improvisational moviemaking designed to build confidence and character...

SAFETY IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR MONTH OF APRIL The National Safety Council has compiled a list of safety observances. For the month of April,  their website highlights: National Youth Sports Safety Month...

April is National Zoo and Aquarium Month There are lots of opportunities to visit zoos, farms and aquariums in our area. We’ve put together a list of suggested locations below. Please...