SHIRLEY -- The first forum of the fall is Thursday, Sept. 19, on the topic of Restorative Justice.

We are delighted to have another opportunity to collaborate with state Sen. James Eldridge as well as having another speaker representing Communities for Restorative Justice of Concord.

Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders as well as the involved community. Victims take an active role in the process while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done by apologizing, returning stolen money or community service."

Two more sessions are planned this fall. On Oct. 24, a session on Child Care Issues and Resources will be led by Anita Moeller, New England regional director, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

On Nov. 14, the subject will be Poverty Issues and Community Resources for Positive Response. This session will be led by Jeanne DuBois, executive director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.

All sessions begin with gathering and refreshments from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by presentation and discussion from 7:30-9 p.m. No session is scheduled for December, but forums will resume in January.