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Food Project launches another year at Farmers Market

In a effort to get more people to eat fresh local produce and goodies The Food Project is set to launch another great season with Farmers Markets and CSA .

Located at Central Square in Lynn the Farmers Market will host an variety of produce and other yummy delicious treats for people to enjoy on site or at home.

National Reading is FUN Week

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, delivers free books and literacy resources to kids who need them most. For many of the kids RIF serves, their RIF books are their only books. They are the books that fill their hungry minds and nourish their future successes – in school and life. Since RIF’s establishment in 1966, providing 35 million kids with 400 million new, free books. Today, there are 16 million kids living in poverty in the U.S. To reach them, RIF needs you. Book People Unite. During National Reading is fun week, pledge, donate or simply read to a child.

To get more involved watch this video and share it with as many people as possible to make a FUNdamental difference in childrens' lives.

Lynn celebrates Childrens' Mental Health week

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The theme chosen for 2014 is Building a Circle of Wellness. Below are a few ways that you can get involved locally as well as globally.

What YOU Can Do To Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

  • Spread awareness by distributing green ribbons and lapel pins to advocates, supporters, potential partners & funders, child-serving agencies, children, youth and families in the Lynn community!
  • Visit websites and print tip sheets and other informative resources to distribute in the community.
  • Plan an awareness week event (a movie viewing, ice-cream social or entertainment event). These events are great opportunities to get the community involved and educated on children's mental health issues. For more publicity, invite local media to the event!
  • Partner with local youth groups like The Boys and Girls Club of Lynn and other organizations such as Girls Inc. of Lynn to support them with their planned awareness events!
  • Write an editorial and send it to local newspapers or reach out to local media outlets.
  • Plan a forum or panel presentation featuring family and youth stories, invite Lynn child serving agencies, other social service groups and government officials to participate and attend.
  • Build awareness through social media! Start a group on Facebook or Twitter and post and tweet awareness week messages to promote positive mental health. Provide ideas about how people can get involved during awareness week and beyond!
  • Encourage others to join the National Federation. More members allow the Federation to build a stronger voice so that we can advocate for greater change!
  • Spread the word and share information from the National Federation website, email blast and magazine. This is a great way to show that Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is both a Lynn and national initiative!

LynnArts in search of local artist for STRTZ show

LynnArts has extended a search for local artist of all median types for two different venues that will take place May, June and July at the 25 Exchange St. location. A few limitations and guidelines exist however artist can contact LynnArts for complete information and details.

3 Catholic Schools in Lynn receive money

St. Marys, Sacred Heart and St. Pius V

Students at Sacred Heart, St. Mary's and St. Pius V recently received an announcement that will make it that much easier to attend one of the three Catholic schools in Lynn.

Through the generosity of William and Jane Mosakowski a $500,000 donation was made to help create and found the Lynn Catholic Schools partnership, which will assist in creating scholarships, assist with other areas of financials that the schools may find themselves in such as technology updates, and teacher and paraprofessional trainings. The $500,000.00 donation was matched by the Catholic Schools Foundation whose mission is to change lives by providing families with demonstrated financial need an opportunity to give their sons and daughters a quality education, focused on Christian values and character formation at Catholic Schools located throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.

This 1 million dollar donation is a five-year commitment by both parties to provide the funding.

To read more please go to

Ferry for Lynn to Boston set to launch in May

In an effort to offer more options to commuters the City of Lynn announced that it has gone into the pilot phase of having a ferry run from Lynn to Boston beginning May 19, 2014 and running until September 12, 2014.

The boat will depart from the Blossom Street Extension ramp off the Lynnway and dock at Long Wharf in Boston, located off State Street. It will leave Lynn Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Return trips will leave 7:15 a.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The cost for the 30-minute trip is $7 each way for adults, $3.50 for children and seniors and MBTA Zone 2 passes will be honored as well. Payments will be made on board with cash or credit and parking is free. In an effort to get people excited and therefore ridership up the first week, May 19 through May 23, the ferry would be free, too.

For more information go to

"Love your selfie": A week with the Today Show

The Today Show hosted a week long tribute to self-esteem, self-worth and the power of YOU in a series called "Love your selfie". The idea behind this series was a chance for viewers to understand the issues facing people on all levels.

According to an independent (survey) research done by TODAY and AOL, Seventy-eight percent of teen girls, ages 16-17, have negative thoughts about their appearance. With that in mind, TODAY found three groups of teens working to change the way they see themselves: The Girl Scouts of the USA and Girls Inc., (both are partners with Dove in its self-esteem project, which has reached 13 million people) and REbeL, a grassroots organization started in Kansas in 2008.

Each group has found innovative ways to celebrate who they are and not what others tell them to see.

To see the segment as it aired on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 8:43 AM please go to

Cinco de Mayo a cultural event

Many people think that it's Mexico's Independence Day (like our 4th of July); but, it is not.
(Note: Mexico's Independence day is September 16).

What Cinco de Mayo really celebrates is the Mexican victory over the French armies in the area of Mexico called Puebla (in the southern section, just East of Mexico City) in 1862.

Cinco de Mayo was so important to the Mexicans, that even Mexicans living in the United States celebrated. As early as 1863 (one year later), Mexican residents in San Francisco began celebrating "la gloriosa fecha" (the glorious date) and have been ever since representing Mexican nationalism in a foreign land. The American flag is flown along side the Mexican flag too.

Many today think of Cinco de Mayo as just a big drinking party. But, it really represents standing against strong, invading forces, oppression of a culture and of personal freedom in the lives of a country's citizens.

And now you know!

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