Groundwork Lawerence Board Member, Rebecca Veilleux, announced as a winner of 2010 Conservation Teacher of the Year Award

rebecca.JPGThis award is given in conjunction with the New England Farm and Garden Association. Please check below for a summary of the accomplishments and contributions these teachers do in their schools to help advance the educational system of the Commonwealth.

Congratulations Rebecca, we are so proud to have you as part of the Groundwork Lawrence Team!

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Rebecca Veilleux
Lawrence High School, Lawrence, MA
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Governor Patrick announces Massachusetts Environmental Trust Grants across Commonwealth

GreenStreets program to receive $40,000 in MET funding for tree planting and support of the Lawrence Urban Forestry Coalition. See press release below:

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces 22 Environmental Grants for Water Protection, Habitat Restoration and Education

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Deval L. Patrick
Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray
Secretary Ian A. Bowles
Press Release Contacts: Catherine Williams — 617-626-1809 or catherine.williams@state.ma.us ;
Lisa Capone — 617-626-1119 or lisa.capone@state.ma.us

BOSTON – May 27, 2010 – Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to environmental stewardship, Energy and Environment Secretary (EEA) Ian Bowles today announced $627,951 in grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) for projects to protect and restore rivers, watersheds, and wildlife across the Commonwealth.

The grant, largely funded by proceeds from the purchase of specialty environmental license plates, will help support projects in 20 communities around the state including: Andover, Boston, Boxford, Concord, Lawrence, Lowell, Saugus, Gloucester, Lynn, Kingston, Taunton, Barnstable, Fitchburg, Leominster, Winchendon, Holyoke, Whately, Otis, Becket, and Sandisfield.

"Investments in clean water projects across the state have lasting benefit today and for years to come," said Governor Patrick.

“We’re pleased to award these grants in recognition of the work these groups and municipalities do as stewards of the Commonwealth’s environmental resources,” said Secretary Bowles.

Since it was founded 22 years ago as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup, MET has awarded more than $18 million in grants to organizations statewide that provide a wide array of environmental services, from supporting water projects in their communities to protecting coastal habitats. Grant funding comes from the sale of specialty environmentally-themed license plates, as well as fines for environmental violations.

“The thousands of Massachusetts citizens who have bought environmental license plates have also made possible these investments in clean water,” said Jim Gomes, director of Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute, who chairs the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

Established by the Legislature as a state trust in 1988, MET is governed by a nine-member board of trustees appointed by the EEA Secretary.

"Water has been front page news recently, reminding us how vitally important clean water is to our health, quality of life and economy,” said Rep. Carolyn Dykema. “I'm so pleased that the state is investing in these local programs that are helping protect our precious rivers, lakes and coastal areas."
“Organizations like these do the real on-the-ground work to clean up our rivers and streams and keep our drinking water safe. I’m pleased that the administration is supporting their work,” said Sen. Jamie Eldridge.

The grant awards range from $8,000 to $50,000 and are listed below.

Partner news-MassAudubon Discovery Days and Photo Contest!

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Everyone’s Invited to Mass Audubon’s FREE Discovery Days
Join Mass Audubon for free fun-filled Discovery Days at select wildlife sanctuaries across the state with special activities for all ages. All Discovery Days will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine.
Drop by and bring your family and friends – everyone gets in free! For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/sanctuaries or download the flyer (English).

Discovery Day Destinations and Schedule

May 22, 10am – 3pm
Joppa Flats, Newburyport
Birding and Seashore Adventures
Discover birding on the Parker River National Wildlife
Refuge, hunt for treasures on Plum Island’s seashores, and hold live sea creatures from our touch tank aquarium.

June 5, 10am – 3pm
Wellfleet Bay, South Wellfleet
Spring Wildlife by the Bay
Go on an adult and kid-friendly guided tidal flats walk to seek out and tag horseshoe crabs, and join a scavenger hunt along Bay View Trail in search of native plants and animals.

August 7, 10am – 3pm
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton
Historic Farming Exploration
Explore the history and construction techniques of our
200-year old house and barn, make (and eat) hand cranked ice cream, and hike along one of the area’s longest stone
walls that leads to an ancient hickory grove.

September 11, 10am – 3pm
Ipswich River, Topsfield
River and Wetlands Investigation
Take a guided canoe paddle up the Ipswich River to look for turtles, birds, and muskrats; walk to a beaver lodge; discover pond creatures; and explore the famous “Rockery.”

October 2, 10am – 3pm
Oak Knoll/Attleboro Springs, Attleboro
Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary’s
Grand Opening
See a live owl presentation, participate in hands-on ponding demonstrations, take a natural history tour, and make a fun, nature-inspired craft.

October 16, 10am – 3pm
Arcadia, Easthampton
Fields and Grassland Discovery
Explore an unvisited part of the sanctuary, catch
grasshoppers, build bluebird and American kestrel boxes,
and see live birds up close.

October 23, 10am – 3pm
Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton
Wildlife’s Winter Preparations
Learn what happens to our local wildlife during the winter months. Hourly programs and activities will feature live
native animals.

Aproveche la oportunidad de visitar a Mass Audubon en días gratuitos, estos están llenos de diversión.
Podrá descubrir la vida silvestre que existe en algunos de los santuarios a través del Estado. Habrán actividades especiales para todas las edades.

Los días indicados en este programa serán llevados a cabo los sábados de 10am a 3pm, con sol o lluvia. Por favor tenga presente que los programas y materiales en estos días estarán en inglés.

¡Aparézcase y, traiga a toda su familia y sus amigos – todos podrán participar sin costo alguno!
Para más información, visítenos en www.massaudubon.org/sanctuaries o llame al 781-259-2175.

5 de junio del 2010, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Bahía de Wellfleet, South Wellfleet
La Vida Silvestre de la Bahía en la Primavera
Adultos y niños podrán participar en una caminata guiada para buscar y marcar a los cangrejos herradura (Horseshoe crabs) y etiquetarlos. Luego, descubra a lo largo del sendero “Bay View” las plantas y los animales nativos.

7 de agosto del 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton
Exploración Histórica de la Agricultura en la Zona
Explore las técnicas agrícolas usadas históricamente y la construcción de nuestra Casona y el Granero, el cual tiene unos 200 años. Luego, prepare (y coma) el helado que ha hecho manualmente. Camine a lo largo de una de la pared de piedra más larga del área, la cual lo llevara a una vieja arboleda de nogales.

11 de septiembre del 2010 - 10:00 .m.- 3:00 p.m.
Ipswich River, Topsfield
Explorando el río y los humedales
Tome una canoa y reme río arriba en el Rio Ipswich. Luego, camine para observar la morada del castor, descubra a las criaturas de la charca, y explore el famoso “jardín de rocas.”

2 de octubre – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oak Knoll y Attleboro Springs, Attleboro
Celebre con nosotros la gran apertura de “Attleboro Springs” un santuario para la vida silvestre en la Sallette.
Vea una presentación en vivo de un búho, participe en demostraciones interactivas en la charca, tome un viaje de la historia natural, y diviértase, haciendo manualidades inspiradas en la naturaleza

16 de octubre del 2010 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arcadia, Easthampton
Descubriendo los Prados y Pastizales
Explore una parte nunca visitada de nuestro santuario, capture saltamontes, construya cajas para los azulejos y los cernícalos americanos, y vea otras aves vivos de cerca.

23 de octubre del 2010 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Blue HillsTrailside Museum, Milton
La Vida Silvestre se Prepara para el Invierno
Aprenda acerca de lo que le sucede a nuestra fauna local durante los meses de invierno.
Los programas y las actividades se ofrecerán cada hora e incluyen animales locales vivos.

EIAinsurance.com es el Patrocinador de estos eventos para Descubrir a Mass Audubon.

Descubra cuanto se ahorra en seguro para automóviles con la “Environmental Insurance Company”, una “compañía verde.” Obtenga una cotización gratuita en www.EIAinsurance.com llamando al 877-999-9342. ¡Para los miembros de Audubon ofrecemos 10% de descuento.

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Check out the Mass Audubon Photo Contest! Information on their website.

Cronin Park Update-Tree Planting

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Trees were planted at Cronin Park on Friday - this fall should see some lovely red and orange coloring along Alder Street from the new "October Glory" Maples planted along the "front" of the park.

We're in the home stretch for construction now. Completion of the community garden are will be next and then final landscaping and paving. We hope to see many community members at the Ribbon Cutting June 17!

Keep voting-just 8 more days till an orchard!!!

Keep voting for an Orchard in Lawrence!

vacant lotTurn this into an orchard

With your help, we've remained in 4th place so now please keep voting every day to bring a fruit orchard to Lawrence! Just 8 more days in May and Communities Takes Root will give an orchard to the top 5 entries-right now that means us. We need you to keep voting to keep us there and get that fruit to town!

Visit Communities Take Root today and vote (you'll have to use the map or index to find our entry-we're the only one in Massachusetts), and click it every day from now through the month of May! Please be patient with their security measures-we appreciate it!

Communities Take Root is giving away 5 orchards each month from May 1 to September 1, we didn't win the first round, but have a good chance of getting the orchard this round in May-we're in 4th!

Post to your Facebook and Twitter pages if you use them!

Congratulations Heather: honored today at the 2010 YWCA Tribute to Women!

YWCA Tribute to WomenThanks to Marc Lemay for the photo

The staff of Groundwork Lawrence would like to congratulate our Executive Director, Heather McMann who was one of almost 30 women honored today for making "exemplary contributions to business and community" in the greater Lawrence area. We know how great she is, so it was fun to see her among such fantastic and inspiring women of the greater Lawrence area. Former Executive Director Maggie Super-Church was also honored.

The awards luncheon also serves as an important fundraiser for the greater Lawrence
YWCA with proceeds going to support the over 21 programs offered in their Women’s and Youth Service divisions and this year highlighted the young girls in the Science Technology Engineering and Math program.

Thank you to the YWCA for all you do for the greater Lawrence area and congrats to Heather!

Thanks to all who came to see FRESH last night!

Groundwork Lawrence had the opportunity to host a community screening of FRESH last night, an inspiring documentary highlighting some of the individuals who are striving for positive and sustainable change in our nation's current food system. Following the film, we got to hear from a couple of our own local heroes, who are working to better the environment and the health of our community. Farmer Dave Dumaresq and Bethany Bellingham, both of Farmer Dave’s of Dracut, spoke about their enthusiasm for farming, the importance of the community-supported agriculture model (GWL partners with Farmer Dave’s to offer this in Lawrence!), and their commitment to getting much of their produce into the hands of the needy and hungry. Dr. Jeff Geller and Dr. Evan Teplow from the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center also spoke about their work with residents of Greater Lawrence who are struggling with diet-related diseases. Both run pediatric or family obesity support groups and strive to give their patients hands-on experiences with fresh, local food and encourage healthy food choices. Thanks to these presenters, our fabulous film, and all those who attended, we had a thought-provoking discussion which we hope will continue in future events.

We are also pleased to announce that attendees donated $375 to our Share-a-Share Program, which raises funds to subsidize the cost of CSA shares for those with financial hardship, brining us to a total of $3,030 raised to-date. Thank you to all who donated! Your support helps us keep this fabulous program running! Thank you also to Butcher Boy Marketplace and Whole Foods for donating some delicious food for last night’s event, and to the Sidell and Yepez families for donating the use of their great space!

If you were unable to attend the event and wanted to, you can still donate to Share-a-Share by visiting our donate page. If you would like to see the film, please visit the FRESH website, to find out where the next community screening close to you will be, and please let us know if this is the type of event that you would like to attend in the future!

Movie night-GWL hosting screening of "Fresh!"

Come join us for movie night! Screening of Fresh!

For anyone who is interested, Groundwork Lawrence will be hosting a community screening of Fresh, a film that celebrates folks all around the country who are working to better our nation's food system. This screening will be a fundraiser for our Share-a-Share program, with $10 suggested donation. Food and discussion and a great film...what could be better?

Wednesday, May 12th at Chester's (60 Island Street, Lawrence) from 6-8 pm. Thank you to Butcher Boy and the Sidell and Yepez Families for sponsoring this event.