Once the “Red Sox hospital,” now a nursing home, Sancta Maria in Cambridge to close.

The Cambridge Chronicle has a nice story on the hospital’s history, along with some photos of the nuns who worked there.

CaptureShortly after its founding in 1948, Sancta Maria Hospital earned the nickname “the Red Sox hospital” because of the number of players who received care there. Initially located on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a little more than a mile across the river from Fenway Park, the hospital provided a convenient place for treating players’ injuries and ailments.

The nuns on staff, members of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, would receive a call from a team doctor or trainer asking, “Is our room empty?”, according to a 1949 Boston Globe article. The nuns would start preparing “the Red Sox room,” described as a “pleasant, blue room with large open fireplace and cheery floral hangings.”


Celebrate healthy, local food with CitySprouts

Every single school in Cambridge has a garden, thanks to a program called CitySprouts. Come celebrate tomorrow and bring the kids.

October 2 2010 CitySprouts Annual School Garden Celebration

The Annual CitySprouts School Garden Celebration, Saturday October 2nd, 11am to 3pm, rain or shine, at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane. Come celebrate our school gardens and share in the fall’s harvest, enjoy crafts and games and cooking, and tour the fabulous Tobin School garden. Come help CitySprouts celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Here’s a bit more on the program and a link to their video.  

CitySprouts is a school and community program that integrates academic, health and environmental education in the public schools and in the neighborhood. Working closely with school administrators, teachers and families, CitySprouts creates school gardens and provides essential support to schools as they extend existing curricula to these outdoor classrooms. CitySprouts’ school and community partnerships ensure that CitySprouts gardens are accessible to children during school, after school and in the summer.

Since 2000 CitySprouts has partnered with the Cambridge Public Schools to create a thriving, district-wide school garden program serving over 4,000 urban children, half of whom are low-income. As of 2009-2010, CitySprouts program operates at all 12 (K-8th grade) schools in Cambridge, serving every child in the city.