Press Release: Rhode Island family farmers prepare for busy, bountiful harvests while never forgetting to give back

Young Family Farm has contributed 1.1 million meals to R.I. Food Bank in addition to donations to local pantry

BOSTON — Tyler and Karla Young of Young Family Farm in Little Compton, RI are being recognized by The Good News Experiment, a Massachusetts-based initiative that honors community innovators with stories that are publicly distributed through blog, social media and traditional media formats.

The Youngs, who started Young Family Farm in 1997 with a strawberry stand, are being recognized for their exceptional commitment to providing wholesome produce to their retail and wholesale customers and donating “seconds,” an industry term for excess or slightly flawed produce, to families in need. Young Family Farm donations are made through partnerships with a food pantry in Little Compton, RI and Rhode Island Community Food Bank, which recently informed the family that their farm’s dozen years of contributions to the organization has reached the equivalent of more than 1.1 million donated meals.

“Tyler and our friends at Young Family Farm have been steadfast supporters of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank,” said Andrew Schiff, Food Bank CEO. “They are committed to finding ways for local farmers to help our neighbors in need access healthy, fresh produce. We are truly grateful for their efforts.”

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Press Release: Morgan James author announces four book signing events in NY, MA and VT

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NEW YORK -- Author Andrea Cale of Morgan James Fiction's new release, The Corn Husk Experiment: A Novel, will be available for book signing events in New York and Massachusetts -- two states in which the novel takes place. In addition, Cale will be available for a book signing event in her home state of Vermont.

The novel "is a moving story of self-acceptance and human connection at the most basic level," according to a Morgan James press release. "A New York State Associated Press Award winning writer for spot news reporting, Cale delivers a deeply relatable story that echoes the call for empathy and compassion toward one another that has become so prevalent in today’s society. Five young strangers with seemingly nothing in common are brought together as they unknowingly become what a wise elder calls The Corn Husk Experiment. A shy boy, a troubled dancer, a lonely photographer, a gifted quarterback, and a self-declared misfit would likely never have crossed paths. However, the experiment joins them together for just a few hours, amid a stadium full of people. While each is dealing with their own unique struggles, they’re about to discover that they aren’t as different as they might think."

Dates and locations of Cale's book signing events are as follows:

  • 2 - 4 p.m on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Barnes and Noble, located at 1 Worcester Road in Framingham, MA;

  • 6 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Northshire Bookstore, located at 4869 Main Street in Manchester Center, VT;

  • 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Barnes and Noble, located at 3454 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt, NY; and

  • 7 - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Porter Square Books, located at 25 White Street in Cambridge, MA

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Press Release: Massachusetts Author Explores the Common Connections of Humanity in Debut Novel

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NEW YORK—May 2, 2018—Morgan James Fiction’s new release, The Corn Husk Experiment: A Novel by Andrea Cale, is a moving story of self-acceptance and human connection at the most basic level. A New York State Associated Press Award winning writer for spot news reporting, Cale delivers a deeply relatable story that echoes the call for empathy and compassion toward one another that has become so prevalent in today’s society.

Five young strangers with seemingly nothing in common are brought together as they unknowingly become what a wise elder calls The Corn Husk Experiment. A shy boy, a troubled dancer, a lonely photographer, a gifted quarterback, and a self-declared misfit would likely never have crossed paths. However, the experiment joins them together for just a few hours, amid a stadium full of people. While each is dealing with their own unique struggles, they’re about to discover that they aren’t as different as they might think.

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Press release: Chicago mother, nonprofit director named honoree of Boston’s Good News Experiment

Lisa D. Daniels recognized for exceptional commitment to delivering restorative healing to local communities impacted by gun violence

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BOSTON — Lisa D. Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of The Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices in Chicago, has been named an honoree of The Good News Experiment, a Boston-based initiative that recognizes neighborhood innovators with stories that are publicly distributed through blog, social media and traditional media formats.

Photo of Lisa D. Daniels, Courtesy of The Darren B. Easterling Center

Daniels, a Morgan Park native, is being recognized for her exceptional commitment to providing trauma-centered recovery services to women and children impacted by the loss of a loved one. Most recently, Daniels has begun plans to bring lessons from South Africa’s apartheid healing to Chicago communities. On July 20, 2018, The Darren B. Easterling Center will hold a Truth and Reconciliation Summit to provide people who have been affected by violence with the opportunity to listen to keynote speeches and participate in breakout sessions that highlight Desmond Tutu’s four pillars of forgiveness as outlined in Tutu’s “The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World.” In addition, Daniels is planning an ongoing forgiveness curriculum at The Center for mothers who have lost children to violence or incarceration.

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Press release: Cambridge siblings recognized for civic work that combines innovative technology with an older form of social networking

Eric and Anna Leslie’s story is being told as part of “The Good News Experiment" for their work with Union Capital Boston

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BOSTON — Eric and Anna Leslie, siblings from Cambridge, Mass, are being recognized for their exceptional commitment to civic engagement as part of The Good News Experiment, an initiative that highlights stories of “helpers,” local people who are doing outstanding volunteerism or innovative neighborhood work.

The siblings’ story is being featured because of their work with Union Capital Boston (UCB), a nonprofit organization based in Roxbury, Mass., which allows members of under-resourced communities to earn rewards in the form of Visa gift cards after participating in civic activities in four areas — education, health, finance and community. Members log activities by “checking in” on UCB’s mobile device app, taking selfies during the civic activity or filling out paper forms.

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Press release: Dorchester mother, grandmother named first Neighborhood Innovator as part of The Good News Experiment

Lola Alexander recognized for strength and helping others after overcoming unimaginable tragedy

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BOSTON — Lola Alexander, a Dorchester resident of more than 50 years, has been named the first honoree of The Good News Experiment, an initiative created by two former public affairs colleagues to recognize neighborhood innovators with feature stories that are publicly distributed through blog, social media and traditional media formats.

Alexander is being recognized for her work as a volunteer peer advocate for Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE) in Roxbury, where she serves as an intermediary between the organization and mothers who would benefit from services including MJE’s “You Matter” course. In addition, Alexander is part of a trauma response team for the Mattapan Community Health Center and a counselor of hope for the Boston Public Health Commission.

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Press release: Massachusetts author launches The Good News Experiment with Mothers for Justice and Equality

Initiative to spread news of compassionate acts of neighborhood innovators

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BOSTON — Two former public affairs colleagues have announced the upcoming launch of The Good News Experiment, an initiative to recognize neighborhood innovators with feature stories that will be publicly distributed through blog, social media and traditional media formats. The first honoree will be announced on Thursday, December 21 2017.

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