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'Gold star' given to social service organization

Jan Gottesman ,Managing Editor

STERLING - Sterling Selectmen Chairman Robert Cutler will be the first one to say not everyone gets a warm reception when they come before the board.

Wednesday night, Cutler gave Jodi Breidel, North County Regional Director of WHEAT Community Connections a"gold star."
Breidel was there to outline the services WHEAT, which is now a part of the United Way of Tri-County, provides to residents in several local communities, including Sterling.

Speaker unravels charity giving during United Way event

By Danielle Ameden, Daily News Staff

MARLBOROUGH – If you donate $100 to fight breast cancer or feed the hungry, you want the money to go directly to the cause, not to a charity’s overhead, right?

It’s the way people are taught to think about giving: If the $100 is a pie, you don’t want a big slice of it going to administrative costs or advertising. You want the money to pay for medical research, or for groceries and hot meals for those in need.

Framingham State honors women's history by highlighting those making it now

FRAMINGHAM – As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Framingham State University launched the first-annual Women Making History Now awards, honoring six women who have made an impact on their communities, the region and the state.

Tuesday’s award ceremony marked the first round of Women Making History Now award recipients, an honor created by the school’s Inclusive Excellence office. Rather than keeping Women’s History Month focused on achievements of the past, Framingham State’s Chief Diversity Officer Sean Huddleston said the awards are meant to shine light on what women are doing now that will no doubt have historical significance.

Configure Youth Employment: A Pathway to Economic Growth

One of the greatest obstacles in eating healthy food can be a lack of accessibility. Families may choose to buy less healthy food because it is more available or less expensive than junk foods. Communities that recognize this imbalance can initiate campaigns like food drives to donate healthy foods to low-income households. In this United Way Charting a Course for Change report, tax incentives have been identified as an option for helping lower-cost groceries to appear in communities. Naturally, this would make healthy produce more widely accessible for everyone.

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