Network Connector, Volume 1, Issue 2; May 2014


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Healing, thriving, and restoring our community with beauty. It takes an enduring vision.
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition in partnership with the Boston Natural Areas Network has sucessfully transformed the landscape on Woolson Street, restoring a community to allow new oportunities for children and families to grow.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."


Thank you Dr. Maya Angelou


#UPK: Boston Universal Pre-K Launch
Mayor Walsh launched an ambitous initiative to support universal pre-kindergarten. What is your role?


BMC Pediatrician Dr. Alan Meyers helped launch "Prescribe-a-Bike," which encourages Bostonians to join the city's bike share, Hubway, at a steep discount: just $5 a year.
What We're Reading:
Mr. Rodgers and Pre-school Education.
NPR piece on lessons from Mr. Rodgers
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education
Powerful New Yorker essay on where we are 60 years later.
Does Exercise Aid Creativity?
Additional benefits to activity
Anger Motivates Volunteers as much as Sympathy
British Psychological Society Journal Study
Nearly one in eight American children are maltreated before age 18
Sobering rates of child maltreatment in the US
Music and the income gap in education
Can music help narrow the income gap in education?
Want to help someone? Learn to listen.
NPR interview and TED talk with Ernesto Sirolli
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News and Upcoming Events:
Become a Parent Amabassador at the Boston Children's Museum.
Contact: Kacy Hughes at


Boston Medical Center BabyCAFE at Codman Square Health Center!
The BabyCAFE is a free breastfeeding drop in group for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, room 265
When: Monday 10-12pm and Wednesday 2-4pm
For more information call : 617-414-4370

7th Annual Mattapan Moving for Life on Saturday, June 14th from 9am-1pm at The Boston Nature Center
Learn more:
Mattapan Food & Fitness


Uphams Corner Library:
Summer Reading Program Kick-off Program and Party: Magic Show with Matias,
Thursday, June 26, 6:00-7:30 – Celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer with a magic show followed by a pizza party. Check out upcoming events at the Uphams Corner Library at
Parenting Group at Orchards
Learn de-escalation and stress reduction techniques. June 14th - July 10th. Contact: Suzeth Dunn at 617-7088351.
Please send us your program announcements: