Do you know what poison ivy looks like? It’s a plant that is very common in MetroWest. You should know how to recognize poison ivy so that you can keep it away from your skin. It has oil on its leaves that can give you a very itchy rash.
Poison ivy always has groups of three leaves. The leaves start off more red and shiny in the spring, and when they are grown the leaves are green and have uneven edges.
This is a nice time of the year to take walks in the woods, or in more natural areas (around lakes, or maybe outside your own home). However, when you do, you should be aware of ticks – on yourself and on your children.
Ticks can be tiny, but dangerous. Some ticks can give you lyme disease. It’s important to be
aware of the information to avoid tick bites, and what to do if you get a tick bite.
It requires LOTS of practice, and sacrifice (you would often rather be doing something different)
There are difficult moments along the way, and probably times when you think about giving up
It feels easier if you can find ways to enjoy it, such as having other people to support you and do it with you
It takes a long time to reach your goal, but when you do, you get a great sense of pride and achievement
Even after you finish, you can always continue to improve
Congratulations to the runners of the 2018 Boston Marathon, including Framingham Adult ESL student Cristina, who finished her 16th Boston Marathon! And also special congratulations with much gratitude to Michelle Gibson, who dedicated this marathon to raising money for our school.
The next national elections will be on November 6, 2018. In Massachusetts, we will vote for one senator (currently Elizabeth Warren), and our representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. We will also vote for state governor (currently Charlie Baker), our state senator and representative, and other state officials.
If you are a U.S. citizen, and are at least 18 years old, you can vote in government elections – local, state, and national. BUT – you must be registered to vote. It’s quick and easy. You need to register before you can vote for the first time, and update your address every time you move.
In Massachusetts, and most other states, it’s easy to register online at VOTE.GOV
There’s more detailed information on how to vote at USA.gov
With cold nights and warmer days, late February is the beginning of maple sugaring season in Massachusetts. Maple syrup is made in many sugar houses in and near MetroWest. You can visit a sugar house and get a tour explaining how maple syrup is made – and usually taste/buy some fresh delicious maple syrup or other maple products.
Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln – Saturday/Sunday March 10th/11th
Pancake breakfast, tours and demonstrations. Drumlin Farm is a great place to take kids. They have a variety of animals to see, and good walking trails.
The Recovery Learning Center (RLC) has opened in Framingham at 855 Worcester Rd (Trolley Square on Route 9). They want to help support people who are under too much stress, or having other emotional/mental health issues.
There are regular support meetings and classes. In support meetings people share experiences and together provide hope and support for each other. Every Thursday in Framingham (4-5pm), there is a support meeting – in Portuguese.
(Uma opprtunidade para compartilhar e ouvrir experiências e juntos fornecer esperança e apoio mútuo)
There is also a morning support group every Thursday morning (10:30-11:30) in Marlborough – in English and Portuguese.