The Decibels Foundation of Concord, which provides services to children with hearing loss and their families, raised nearly $25,000 through its annual 'Stink Week' fundraiser.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Decibels Foundation kicks off their Stink Week with dinner; plus Learn to Skate at North Bridge, and check out local ice rinks.
Hello, all, and welcome to Thursday, the third day of the brand-new year! It looks remarkably like the old year, but with any luck it’s actually new and improved. The blanket of snow certainly makes it look clean and bright, and conveniently covers up any blemishes or ugliness, giving everything the appearance of being new. And oftentimes it’s really about appearances, isn’t it? But things are about to get stinky. Tthat’s right, Stink Week is coming; the fundraiser run by Decibels Foundation where you’re encouraged to wear the same shirt, no matter how stinky or funky it becomes, for a solid week. It’s all for a good cause: To raise money for programs that support children with hearing loss and their families. Decibels is headquartered …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Congratulations to the CCHS Class of 2012; check out the Decibels Foundation’s Auction.
Hey, guess what’s happening this weekend?? It’s graduation over at Concord Carlisle High School! Yes, a freshly minted batch of graduates will take their first steps toward their new independent lives, lives where mom and dad aren’t making all the decisions. Decisions like what to make for dinner and what kind of career to have. Maybe when they figure out how to make those decisions for themselves, they’ll make them for me; I could use some help with those dinner decisions especially. Ah, they’re headed off to their next big adventure, which is a very big deal, and I wish them loads of luck! Meanwhile, last weekend, three local girls were up at Topsfield Fairgrounds, competing in the Central New England Region’s Pony Club Games Rally. …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
A blood drive update, a way to help Decibels, and low-cost ways to enjoy your weekend.
Hey, hey, hey, it’s Thursday, the back half of the week, the downward slide to the weekend. Another mild and dry week coming to a close, here in the second warmest winter on record. And much as I’m loving the lack of shoveling, I have to say I’m kind of missing the opportunity to cross country ski without having to leave the state. By this time last year, I’d been out a dozen times, easy; this year, my skis have cobwebs growing on the cobwebs. Ah, well, you can’t have everything. A few weeks ago, I told you about the blood drive for Tyler Berry, the personal trainer at the Beede Center who is fighting germ cell cancer. The drive was held last Tuesday, January 31, and I’m happy to report it was a huge success: 34 pints of the red liquid …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hanukkah kicks off, CYT holds auditions, and two local organizations get their presents early.
Happy Hanukkah! Yes, it’s the first night of the Festival of Lights, and the good news is, if you’re not quite ready for it, you’ve got seven more days to get it all done. Time to make the latkes and play with dreidels, and of course, light the menorah. Let the holiday begin! If you’re NOT celebrating today, and you have, or are, a child 10 or older, you might want to consider auditioning for the Concord Youth Theater’s next production, The Pied Piper. This is the story of the town of Hamlin, which is overrun with rats, and what happens when you don’t pay your bill. Auditions run today and tomorrow, from 3:45 to 6 p.m. I’m not sure if there are openings for today – you only need to attend one of the audition dates – but if you call 978-…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Decibels wins the prize at the CLASSY Awards in San Diego.
I’ve been keeping track of Decibels Foundation and their quest for a CLASSY, and am so happy to tell you they WON! Yes, all their hard work paid off and they brought home the award for Most Successful Fundraiser by a Group. On Sept. 17, Decibels was in San Diego for the third annual CLASSY Awards, the Oscars for philanthropy. The project they were entered for was the Blanchard School’s sixth grade roll-a-thon, which raised $20,000 for the Minute Man Arc Early Intervention program for babies with hearing loss. They had collected enough votes and jumped enough hurdles to be one of the top 10 contenders in their category for the top prize, and happily they beat the other nine competitors. What does this mean? Well, it means $10,000, which …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
An update on locals recognized for their efforts.
I’m so happy to report that our efforts paid off with regards to Decibels Foundation and the CLASSY Awards: they received enough votes to make the Top 10 Finalists for Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group. This means they’ll be heading to the third annual CLASSY Awards ceremony on Sept. 17 in San Diego, where a combination of public votes and a decision by a panel of industry professionals will determine whether they will win in their category. This means national recognition, and an opportunity for cash and prizes, for the Decibels Foundation, and the Early Intervention program they support at MinuteMan Arc here in Concord. I can’t wait to hear how they do! I’ll be rooting for them. EMACT Dash Awards I told you several …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Decibels is looking for votes for the CLASSY Awards.
I know it’s been a little muggy lately, and that makes some people a bit cranky. But I have to say, I like to take a little memory of these hot and sticky days and put it away in a corner of my brain to take out again in January, when it’s bone-chillingly cold and I’m wrapped in fleece with just my nose sticking out. Really, it’s just four months with heat of any sort before we’re right back in the lap of winter. Unless, of course, you “hop a plane and go to Florida," as Maureen suggests. A while back, I extolled the virtues of places in town where you could escape the heat with a little AC. But I think it’s also important to know of a few places where you can sit quietly outdoors, and enjoy all that nature has to offer, preferably without…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Dogs have laws too./Early Intervention program receives grant.
Last month, I told you about Decibels Foundation and the Early Intervention program for kids with hearing loss and their support of families here in Concord. Well, they just got a grant, and not only that, it’s the largest amount given among the three local agencies that received money. I think that says a lot for what they’re doing here. This is a case of kids helping kids, right in their own backyard. For starters, you have this great EI program over at Minute Man Arc that makes highly trained speech and language professionals accessible to families living in this area. Their program not only gives children with hearing loss access to speech and language during the critical years of birth through 3 years, but also provides an important …