Hilltown Families

05/21/08 UPDATE BELOW Immediate Need for Advocacy with the Senate From Corky Klimczak Dear parents and supporters of the Hampshire County Family Network, I am sorry to have to tell you...

And after the orioles have gone to bed… you can start listening for Whip-poor-wills, once-common night birds that are in serious decline. As part of our Birds to Watch program, we...

CMYO: Come Make Your Own at the River Valley Market Bag “Sew-cial” Show the kids a way as a family we can be sensitive and proactive in the conservation of our...

This puts a lot of pressure of schools to serve the meat available through the School Lunch program, which is purchased from large-scale, low-cost agribusinesses. This makes school lunches especially vulnerable...

Hilltown Families Weekly eNewsletter (Nov 2nd-9th, 2012) – CORRECTED LINKS Chrysanthemums to Homemade Candles. Doghouses to Cider Donuts. Opera to Big Band Jazz…. These are just a few of the learning...

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...

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...

Dear Dr. Bryant, I am writing to urge the National School Boards Association to disavow its report, "Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social -- And Educational -- Networking," which...

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Asks National School Boards Association to Disavow Report on Social Networking With marketers seeking twenty-four/seven access to children, it is more important than ever that advocates...

THE SHOPOCALYPSE IS UPON US … WHO WILL BE $AVED? There’s a new documentary film out that I’d like to catch, What Would Jesus Buy, produced by Morgan Spurlock (the same...

Does your child’s school make the grade? Family Pride offers a Rainbow Report Card, an interactive tool that generates custom recommendations for a family’s situation in schools. Encouraging our schools to...

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...

Got (breast) Milk? In 1911 the very first milk bank in the country was established in Boston. Many more were established from then, later to be closed in the 80’s due...

Unite & Write for Better Funding of Small and Rural Schools in MA Parents and community members are urged to email the Friends of Gateway friendsofgateway@hughes.net to be registered in a...

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys Recalled Due to Lead Hazard I know Thomas the Train is a big favorite with many of the little ones, so it might be disappointing...

http://www.SchoolBusProject.com The Hilltown Cooperative Charter School in Haydenville, MA, has a plan … to purchase a school bus for their school and convert it to run on vegetable oil. This bus...

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARDS This flyer was posted on the activist bulletin board in the back of Cup & Top in Florence, MA. It reads:   Food Not Bombs Northampton Needs Volunteers...

ACT NOW! These are just some of the ways that companies market to children in schools, as they seek to promote their brands to a captive audience of students: Channel One...

05/18/07 UPDATE – CLICK HERE April 5th, 2007 Dear Parent Support Community, I am writing to you on behalf of the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital to inform you of...

Beanies for Balad project Beanie Babies are being collected for distribution to wounded children at the hospital at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Drop off locations in the hilltowns include: Chesterfield...

Eat Your Art Out in Northampton Thursday, April 26, 2007 Hey hilltown families – have plans to have dinner in the “city” Thursday evening? Take your family and have a great...

Help your library this April Catch the Beat for Your Library at Barnes and Noble, will be held on April 20-21, 2007 to raise much needed funding for Summer Reading Programs...

What will your daughter’s “cost of living” be? Women pay more just to live an ordinary life, according to two recent reports. Women pay much higher health insurance deductibles than men,...

2007 Earth Day Celebration in the Hilltowns On Sunday, April 22nd, hilltown families are invited to gather at the Community House in Cummington for a day full of fun activities to...

Ways to Celebrate the Week of the Young Child (2007) Hilltown families are invited to join hundreds of local organizations around the country that will celebrate the Week of the Young...

Marketing the Sexualization of Young Girls One of the most recent calls for action by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has encouraged concerned parents to tell Scholastic to stop distributing...

Tell Scholastic: Stop Selling Bratz in Schools The Bratz – a line of highly sexualized dolls for girls as young as four are – being marketed in schools by Scholastic, Inc....