Go Screen Free

May 1-7, 2017 is Screen-Free week, when children, families—whole schools and communities—will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends.  (http://www.screenfree.org/) The reality is that we all are spending way too much time… Read More

White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha)

White Bean Soup (Fassoulatha) This is a simple white bean stew recipe that keeps its renowned Mediterranean taste with less sodium! Ingredients * 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight * 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil * 2 large onions, finely chopped * 2 stalks celery, finely chopped * 2 large carrots, finely chopped *… Read More

Tex-Mex Chili Pie

Serves 4; 1 1/2 cups per serving Perfect for wintry nights or while watching sporting events, this hearty chili is accented with crisp corn tortillas, Cheddar cheese, and dollops of sour cream. This recipe is worth repeating, so save time now by making a double batch and storing the leftover chili in an airtight container… Read More

Complete Streets Resources

Complete Streets Brochure for Melrose Learn more: Boston Complete Streets: http://bostoncompletestreets.org/ Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/guidance/design.cfm Complete Streets Portal: https://www.masscompletestreets.com MAPC Local Access Portal: http://localaccess.mapc.org Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the U.S.: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/community_strategies_guide.pdf 

10th StoryWalk collaboration a success

“Why Do Leaves Change Color?” written by Betsy Maestro,  was the fall 2016 self-guided StoryWalk®  through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. This was the 10th collaborative StoryWalk®  of The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, Medford Family Network, the Malden CFCE… Read More