Poison Ivy

  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.

Take this little quiz to see if you can recognize it.
Here is information about poison ivy and what to do if you get a poison ivy rash.

Watch out for Ticks

  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.

Learning English is like Running a Marathon


  • 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.

Are You a U.S. Citizen? Prepare to Vote

  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
  • Here’s an example of the mail-in voter registration form in Massachusetts
  • You can also get assistance at the Clerk’s office in your City Hall or Town Hall

Are you almost a citizen?  MIRA and many organizations in Massachusetts provide services to help you become a citizen.  (Framingham Adult ESL offers citizenship classes)

Free Health Fair – Saturday March 10th

 On Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Free health fair at the Latino Health Insurance Program from 9am to 4pm at 88 Waverly Street in Framingham…  A great day for taking care of yourself, especially for caregivers and seniors.
More Info: (508) 875-1237  or their Facebook page.

  • Free tax preparation advice
  • Flu shots
  • Find out if you are at risk for
    • Blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Breast and cervical cancer
  • Learn about
    • Health insurance
    • Dental coverage
    • Food stamps
    • Preventing fall risks in older people
  • Information for women on how to get a mammography for cervical cancer screening
  • Caregiver support- help for people who are helping others

Maple Sugaring Season

  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.

Places to visit:

New Support Organization Opens in Framingham

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.

See the RLC Website for more information.