Help for homeless, a (one-man) ‘Christmas Carol,’ and planting healthy living

Janice McPhillips sifts compost with third graders on a field trip at Holly Hill Farm.
Janice McPhillips sifts compost with third graders on a field trip at Holly Hill Farm. (Janice McPhillips/Holly Hill Farm)

A nonprofit committed to preventing homelessness unveiled a new apartment building in Brockton, named “Montello Welcome Home Again.” The three-story building developed by Father Bill’s & MainSpring will house 23 formerly homeless residents, some of them veterans. Located at 682 North Main St., the building cost $5 million to develop; over half was awarded to the organization by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. This is the third apartment building Father Bill’s and MainSpring has opened to service people who are homeless in the past three years. Visit

A conservation nonprofit is hosting a Holiday Open House in Marshfield on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mass Audubon will host an event with handmade gifts, wildlife photography, and stocking stuffers available for purchase at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary, 2000 Main St. Activities such as linoleum block printing and demonstrations of wood-turning and bird carving also will be featured. Admission is free. Visit or e-mail

An arts center and lending library in Norwell will host a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 10, starting at 3 p.m. Award-winning actor, director, and writer J.T. Turner will portray every character in the holiday classic at the James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West St. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students. There are limited amounts of free tickets available to seniors, courtesy of a grant from the Cordelia Family Foundation. Visit


Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset recently received a nearly $10,000 grant to fund a new healthy living program for local students. The Healthy Living Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield will fund a Farm to School partnership between Holly Hill and eight Weymouth elementary schools. The program includes farm field trips for third graders, lessons for schools with on-site gardens, teacher trainings, and fresh produce tastings in cafeterias.


A Randolph library is seeking savvy and curious teens to work at its new digital media studio. The Turner Free Studio at the Turner Free Library will open to the public in January. Teens are being recruited to attend studio trainings ahead of the opening. Training will include music production, film editing, digital conversions, podcasting, green screens, cartoon animation, Adobe software, and Mac Pro Apps Education software. Selected teens are eligible for community service hours. Contact Elizabeth at by Friday, Nov. 30.

The Sacred Heart School in Kingston recently announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Fuyang School in Hangzhou, China. A delegation of administrators and teachers from the school recently visited Sacred Heart to tour the campus, experience a “western-style” classroom, and formally establish the partnership. A group of students at Fuyang High School will be able to enroll in a dual diploma program that allows them to complete Sacred Heart’s curriculum from China.

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