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SEW COOL! Looking for Crafty Residents & Sewers, Adults and Children Alike



Join the Fun in this Town-Wide Project! Crafty Wellesley children and adults, sewers (novice to expert), or anyone looking for a fun and easy community project, Sustainable Wellesley is looking for your talent.

“We are creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. “Those who aren’t crafty can rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves,” Caiazzo said.

Here are the details:

1. Donate Fabric: Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style. Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best- e-mail to make a fabric donation.

2. Sew Furoshiki Cloths: Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than  your desired size. 20″ and 28″ are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well. Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying. For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here. Please e-mail when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.

3. Sew Bags: For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) the community will also be making Boomerang cloth bags. Check out the free pattern online here. Once you have created some for personal use, and some for the community, simply email Sustainable Wellesley to collect your the bags.

4. Email to organize or attend a sewing event. All are encouraged and welcome to join in this relaxing, community event where simple acts make a difference. Every year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide. Un-recycled bags plague the environment, greatly damaging the ocean as well as many other complex ecosystems. Since plastics take an average of 1,000 years to decompose, our waste isn’t going anywhere fast, so it’s up to us to help minimize our negative impact on the planet. Plus, the activity is relaxing, easy, and fun! Questions? E-mail.

Attorney General Maura Healey To Speak At C4RJ Event April 11

Maura Healey headshot_C4RJ.eventMassachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a strong supporter of criminal justice reform, will be the keynote speaker at Expanding the Circle: Restorative Justice at a Pivotal Time, a fundraiser and party for Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.

Attorney General Healey will be speaking about her office’s efforts to fund prevention initiatives for young people and her response to the opioid crisis.

The event will feature live music, a silent auction and a light supper provided by popular local restaurants and caterers. Funds raised will support C4RJ’s growing partnerships with police in 19 cities and towns and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as together they respond to crime in ways that help victims heal and give offenders an opportunity to avoid a criminal record by taking responsibility for their actions and making amends to victims and the community.

Since January 2015, Maura Healey has served as the Attorney General of Massachusetts, leading the People’s Law Firm in the fight for fairness and equality. Since assuming office, Healey has focused on expanding economic opportunity by addressing rising energy and health care costs, tackling student loan debt, and ensuring fair treatment for workers and a level playing field for businesses. Healey has also gained national prominence for her leadership in combatting the state’s opioid epidemic, including expanding addiction prevention training for young people. Healey is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

C4RJ, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 2000 as an alternative to the traditional court system and currently has more than 100 active volunteers. Cases are referred to C4RJ by its 19 partner police departments in Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Cambridge, Concord, Groton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Newton, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and the Middlesex District Attorney Office’s Juvenile Diversion Program. Last year, C4RJ served 68 victims and 66 offenders (ages 9 to 37) in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties.

According to Erin Freeborn, C4RJ Executive Director and another Northeastern University School of Law alumna, in Massachusetts, Restorative Justice legislation is included as part of the criminal justice reform package under consideration on Beacon Hill. Restorative justice has the support of our police partners, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Attorney General Maura Healey. We are optimistic that it will be included when the final bill is released and that it will add a meaningful complement to our courts. The Arlington event on April 11 will be a fun opportunity to come together to discuss exciting advances in Massachusetts and enjoy local fare from C4RJ communities.

Savory dishes and desserts will be provided by Bollywood (Lexington), Juniper (Wellesley), Not Your Average Joes, Restaurant Olivio (Arlington), Prince Street Cafe (Bedford), Via Lago (Lexington), and Bisousweet, among others. Silent auction items include estate jewelry, Boston Bruins tickets and a team autographed jersey, Red Sox tickets, golf at the Concord Country Club, astrology consultation, Roomba robot, garden design consultation, South Africa photo safari, and more. Major sponsors of the fundraising event include Cambridge Savings Bank and Lexington Alarm.

The public is invited. Tickets are $75 per person or $250 as a supporting patron. RSVP here.  For more information, visit our website, email us, or call 978-318-3447.

Walk to End Homelessness with Family Promise on April 7th, 2018

logoheaderFamily Promise Metrowest (FPM), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless families, is set to kick off its 9th annual Walk to End Homelessness event on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

Join 105.7 WROR FM and walkers of all ages for music, raffle prizes, food trucks, and a 5K walk around the community. Bring your kids, dogs, and friends to help raise awareness and end the cycle of homelessness in the greater Boston area.

Last year, 1,000 people from 98 zip codes in Massachusetts participated in the event and helped raise over $150,000. Funds raised are used to provide shelter, meals, and professional case management to homeless families. In December 2017, FPM also launched a LIFE program to support families on the brink of homelessness with case management and debt assistance.

FPM’s Walk to End Homelessness registration and check in begins at 8:00AM on Saturday, April 7th, rain or shine, at 117 East Central Street in Natick. The first 400 registered walkers will receive a t-shirt. Walkers raising over $100 will be entered in a raffle for prizes.

Registration is open now. To register and fundraise for the walk, go here.

This event is made possible by many generous local businesses and Platinum Sponsors Needham Bank, Whole Foods Market, and 105.7 WROR. Gold Sponsors Charles River Apparel, Rubicon Builders, Eastern Bank, Mutual One Bank and Rubicon Builders. For a full list of our sponsors please visit our walk website.

Family Promise Metrowest is one of over 200 networks nationwide that provide hope to families through safe transitional shelter, meals, and professional case management as they seek permanent housing. By providing resources and encouragement and addressing barriers, families bring themselves out of homelessness and into a life where they can sustain themselves and their children. With 50 local congregations, 3000 volunteers, and support from the community, Family Promise is making a difference in addressing the issue of family homelessness. For more information, visit here.