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Nonprofit awards doctors, students

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Alicia Luongo of Saugus receives the David Solimine Sr. Honorary Scholarship from Boston North Cancer Association. She is joined by board members Kevin McCarthy of Nahant (left), David Solimine Sr. of Lynn and President Susan McCarthy of Nahant.

By MATT DEMIRS

Boston North Cancer Association (BNCA) honored North Shore doctors and students last month at the 7th annual Hope Begins Here Awards.

The Peabody-based nonprofit whose mission is to support the prevention, research, education and care of cancer, recognized Dr. Noel P. DeFelippo for more than 30 years of excellence and dedication in the treatment of patients with bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancer.

The Swampscott resident practices at Urology Consultants of the North Shore with offices in Salem and Danvers.

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The BNCA Scholarship Program recognizes childhood cancer survivors, young people of parents with cancer, and medical school students who show a promising career in cancer treatment.

Arthur Kautz of Swampscott High School was awarded the $3,500 Hope Begins Here Scholarship, which is given to a senior whose parent either died from cancer, survived cancer during the applicant’s childhood years, or is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Alicia Luongo of Saugus High School and Cassidy Woods of Wakefield, a student at Bishop Fenwick High School, received the $3,500 David J. Solimine Sr. Honorary Scholarship.

Stewart Pine, a 2010 Newburyport High School graduate attending Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was awarded the $7,500 F. John Bargoot, MD Memorial Scholarship.


Matt Demirs can be reached at mdemirs@itemlive.com

Wayne Alarm: Security tips kids should know

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY

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There are times when we must leave our kids home alone. However, when they are home alone it’s important that they know how  to remain safe, who to call in case of emergency or what to do at any situation. Although 911 is the perfect number your children  should call in an emergency, it’s important to know more. Follow these helpful tips to teach your kids about home security.

  1. Security Alarm Basics – Begin by teaching them how your specific alarm systems works, and how to turn it off. Also teach your child what can trigger the alarms from going off. It’s also important to go over how they can use the alarms to warn neighbors or anyone else in the area if a problem occurs. A cool way to keep your kids safe is to create a family safe code, one that you can only know and they can use if they are ever a stranger comes to the door.
  2. Don’t Open the Door to Strangers – It’s important that young children know to never open the door to anyone else other than mom and dad, unless specified. If your home doorbell rings, and you’re not home, it’s better to let your kids know who they can let into your home when you’re not there. Also remind them to not leave any windows open, making sure all doors are safely locked.
  3. Security Passwords – Teaching your kids to be the only one, besides you, who can know the passwords to the security system or their email and social media accounts. Remind them that giving it out their passwords to others can have serious consequences.
  4. Security Cameras – Remind your children that security cameras are strictly for security purposes and not playtime. For example, they should know what unwanted events they should watch out for. If you have security cameras installed, teaching them the difference is vital to their safety.
  5. Fire Prevention – Teaching fire prevention to your kids can help them when it comes to their safety. They should know the dangers of using  lighters or matches. In addition children should be taught not to use the stove or oven unless you’re at home. It’s also important to go over a fire escape plan that includes dropping to the floor or having a cloth over the mouth to avoid inhalation of smoke. You can also teach them how to use an extinguisher if the child is old enough.

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Revere wants to close grocery gap

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“Too many Revere residents have limited opportunities to buy fresh, healthy and affordable foods,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo.

By THOR JOURGENSEN

REVERE — Mayor Brian Arrigo is worried about a new study that ranks the city fifth on a list of 10 Massachusetts communities suffering a “grocery gap.”

Newly released data by the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) reported that 2.8 million Massachusetts residents face transportation difficulties in getting to and from grocery stores in their communities or lack sufficient stores to provide competitive food pricing.

Chelsea ranks first on the grocery gap list and Lynn is ranked eighth.

Arrigo wants to work with the Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established by state law in 2014, to provide a flexible financing tool to help establish, renovate, or expand grocery stores and other fresh food retailers.

“Too many Revere residents have limited opportunities to buy fresh, healthy and affordable foods,” Arrigo said in a statement released by his office.

MHPA and other hunger prevention organizations worked with state legislators in 2015 and 2016 to secure $6 million in capital funds for use by the Trust as a financing source for efforts to increase available markets and grocers in communities.

Research cited by the mayor’s office shows that access to grocery stores is linked to lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases.  New food enterprises can address those challenges, while also creating good paying jobs for people with varying levels of skills, education and language proficiency.

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Arrigo pointed to the Revere Farmers’ Market as a success story “serving as a vital access point to fresh, healthy produce not only for low-income families, seniors, and veterans, but also for students who can get a free lunch through the Summer Meals Program.”

Funded by the MGH Revere and Chelsea Health Centers over the past two years, the market bolsters business development in the city and provides a valuable space for small business incubation.

“Through the support of the Massachusetts Food Trust Program, the Revere Farmers’ Market could become a year-round provider of fresh, local food for Revere residents, while creating job opportunities and spurring economic growth. The Massachusetts Food Trust would also encourage investment in other food businesses,” Arrigo said.

The market is preparing to launch a new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program to match Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients’ purchases of local fruits and vegetables.

To support the city’s request for Food Trust assistance, Arrigo has commissioned a “Community Food Assessment.”

Revere on the Move, a local community organization, is working with the city’s Healthy Community Initiatives, with the MGH Revere CARES Coalition, Tufts University students and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, to conduct the assessment.

Their research includes data collection through a city-wide business survey and public workshop.

For more information on the MHPA study, visit https://mapublichealth.org/priorities/access-to-healthy-affordable-food/ma-food-trust-program/.

 

Revere to expand battle against opioids

By THOR JOURGENSEN

REVERE The city is stepping up its fight to end drug addiction by taking a multi-prong approach to opioid abuse and outlawing synthetic marijuana.

This week’s public forum highlighted work by the city Substance Use Disorder Initiatives Office. During the past year, the office has sought to coordinate all of the city’s substance abuse-fighting efforts under one roof.

The office expanded “drop-in center” hours allowing residents struggling with addiction or their family members to confidentially talk with health professionals, recovery coaches and public safety officials.

It is continuing the work of the city outreach team, combining police and fire department efforts to connect residents who have recently experienced an overdose with resources that can help.

The office has convened monthly leadership team meetings bringing together government, education, healthcare, treatment and recovery office and agency representatives to help guide the office’s work.

“While much has been accomplished, there is still much work to do,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “I am committed to providing the resources and support necessary to make this work successful.”

Office outreach workers estimate 87 lives were saved locally using the overdose reversal drug Narcan, and many more lives were indirectly aided by outreach workers helping connect residents with treatment and recovery programs.

The Substance Use Disorder Initiatives Office is located at 437 Revere St., and can be reached at SUDI@revere.org or (781) 629-4158.

The office’s goals for the next year include strengthening addiction-fighting efforts by bringing multiple social service agencies and government office representative to the table once a week to make plans to intervene and provide assistance to residents with high risk of harm from addiction.

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Using Partnership for Success grant money, office representatives will identify opportunities to work with and educate Revere youth to prevent future drug use.

That effort will be matched by a push to increase social media presence on addiction prevention and creating an advertising campaign that gets into coffee shops, restaurants, health care providers and convenience stores to make sure residents who may be in need of services know what is available.

At Arrigo’s request the Board of Health voted Tuesday to ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids also known as “synthetic marijuana,” “K2,” “spice,” or bath salts  as dangerous substances.

Synthetic marijuana does not actually contain marijuana. Synthetic marijuana refers to a number of plants sprayed with chemicals. According to a mayor’s office statement, potential synthetic marijuana side effects include violent and aggressive behavior, rapid heartbeat, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, confusion, headaches and seizures.

State Rep. RoseLee Vincent told health board members that  “products containing synthetic marijuana cause dangerous and irrational behaviors by people who ingest them.”

The city of Boston banned the sale of synthetic cannabinoids last year, and numerous states and cities are considering bans as well.  

 

Wayne Alarm: Increasing Your Safety with Video Security

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4 REASONS HOW TOTAL CONNECT VIDEO CAN HELP INCREASE YOUR SECURITY

There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillances. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as Skybell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you High Definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or by visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Change the Locks

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE?  CHANGE THE LOCKS.

When moving to a new home, hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors. If possible, have the locksmith make the key to fit all of your new locks. Also, make sure to call Wayne Alarm Systems to transfer your home security system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000 or visit us online at: www.waynealarm.com.

 

Family Engagement Fair at Marshall Middle

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN — On Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lynn Public Schools will host a free Family Engagement Fair at Marshall Middle School on Brookline Street.

“The goal is to provide encouragement to our families and this important work that they do as parents,” said Tina Hoofnagle, family and community engagement program specialist. “In the past, we’ve had a lot of emphasis on family involvement having parents come in and learn  but family engagement is more trying to work so that families and the schools work together to support the children’s education.”

“This comes from a desire and a dream of (Superintendent) Dr. (Catherine) Latham to think in terms of the Lynn Public Schools hosting a parent university,” she said. “But we don’t have the capacity to do that at this point.”

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The event is designed to support and encourage parents of elementary-aged students in their parenting role. It will begin with a pancake breakfast and a greeting from Latham.

The program will include several workshops including yoga and relaxation classes, an informational class about keeping children smart on social media, athletic opportunities for Lynn children, how to raise a reader, information about pediatric asthma and prevention, a couponing course, how to shop healthy and save money, and how to protect your child from substance abuse.

Parents will hear from motivational speakers who focus on strengthening partnerships between schools and families.

The event is free to parents of elementary-aged students. Free childcare will be available with activities including yoga, the Northeastern Marine touch tank, and viewing a display from the Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Wayne Alarm: Mobile Security Apps

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  PROTECT YOUR MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY WITH APPS

With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with both Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted online threats, download the NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if you don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is a great tool that allows your friends and family, (even your local police) see where you are when you are heading to a destination, with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     Skycure:  As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information, one that experts say can easily be enacted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might encounter. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can prevent them from hurting apps on your mobile device or the devices of other people using the app.
  4.     Lookout:  This is an all-around security app, which allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.

5.   Webroot SecureWeb:  Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

Nahant library joins anti-tick clique

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

NAHANT The Nahant Public Library is among 132 Massachusetts libraries to join in the fight for Lyme disease prevention.

About a third of Massachusetts libraries have teamed up with health care entities in a project called Stop Lyme: Information for Tick-Borne Disease Identification, Prevention and Patient Care. The initiative provided the libraries with a textbook on the basics of Lyme disease. Information booklets are available near the reference desk.

Mass Department of Health estimates as many as 50,000 new cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts every year and new tick diseases are still being discovered,” said Library Director Sharon Hawkes. “The database will help people find information and articles that are timely, trustworthy and relevant. Armed with solid information, people are better able to decide what to do when it comes to identifying, treating and preventing disease.”

The project will conclude Sunday at 4 p.m. with a forum on tick-borne illnesses called Ick, a Tick at Nahant Town Hall.

But the resources will still be available to patrons. A collection of six books on various aspects of tick-borne disease, clinical textbooks, and a children’s book have been added to the statewide e-book platform, Axis360, and can now be accessed by anyone in Massachusetts.

A database of research articles called the Lymebrary is available to residents.

The program supports the idea that libraries can be used as information centers, rather than just a place to house books, a sentiment Hawkes has brought to fruition in the almost two years since her move to Nahant.

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Hawkes is working to catalog and preserve the art, furnishings and artifacts of the library, thanks to a $21,000 historic grant. She’s also preserving the 300 remaining books from the library’s original 1819, 1,000-piece collection.

A telescope was purchased last year from the Aldrich Astronomical Society, one of the oldest astronomy clubs in New England, and is available for lending. Last summer, a program for children encouraged them to take their books to the beach. Community events have been sponsored by the library including Nahant Reads Together, a townwide book group that features library-sponsored lectures and activities related to a common book that residents choose to read together.

The library has also partnered with community organizations to bring in speakers on hot topics and political problems. Last year there was a lecture on women’s issues and how Muslims are treated in the United States. More recently Hawkes held forums for self-publishing authors and informational meetings on how to spot so-called fake news. The Mass Memories Road Show passed through to collect a bit of the town’s culture through residents’ family photographs and stories.

The Lyme Disease prevention project was awarded federal funding from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health under a cooperative agreement with University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

“It is imperative that we put sound information in the hands of every family to help prevent tick-borne diseases such as Lyme and reduce their severity through early diagnosis and treatment,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist Catherine Brown, who will attend Sunday’s forum. “I am interested in this opportunity to see how we can work together with libraries to inform the public about health concerns such as tick-borne diseases.”

Dr. Sam Donta of the Infectious Disease Society of America, Margot Malachowski of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Lawrence Dapsis of Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will also attend.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Town of Nahant partnered in the project with additional assistance from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Revere taking aim at opioids

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

REVERE The Substance Use Disorder Initiatives (SUDI) Office will visit Revere High School to talk to residents about the opioid abuse problem in the city.

The city opened the office last year at 437 Revere St. and, using grant-funding, hired staff to help address the community’s drug problem. It was designed to oversee coherence of the city’s substance use disorder efforts and to support those most affected by the issue through policy and system changes. Since its inception, it has worked to streamline pre-existing programs and peruse new funding opportunities to expand its efforts.

According to a statement from Mayor Brian M. Arrigo’s office, early reports show that both fatal and non-fatal overdoses decreased in Revere in 2016.

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SUDI, Arrigo and the Revere Public Schools PTO will host a forum at the school’s Learning Commons May 3 at 5 p.m., to discuss future initiatives and solicit feedback about the next steps in addressing the problem. They’ll also give an update about ongoing work. Local direct service providers and medical professionals who participate as part of the city’s SUD Leadership team will also be in attendance.

Experts in prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery will be available to answer questions residents may have about services available to them and people they may know in need of help.

For more information, contact Julia Newhall at Revere’s SUDI office at 781-629-4158 or jnewhall@revere.org.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Lynn state legislators back police over Baker

LYNN — State Sen. Thomas M. McGee and state reps Dan Cahill and Brendan Crighton are fighting Baker administration cuts to funding for the Lynn Police Department’s Behavioral Health Unit.

This program, along with several other local programs, including youth dental services and algae removal, were part of Gov. Baker’s $98 million “9c” spending cuts in December, McGee’s office stated in a release.

“I believe restoration of this funding is critical to our city and that’s why I have supported it in the budget,” said McGee. “The Lynn Police Department has established strong and effective relationships with many community partners. We cannot afford, socially or economically, to have money taken away from effective support programs like this or to interrupt the vital work being done.”

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State health and human services spokesperson Michelle Hillman did not specifically address the police spending cut in a statement Thursday, but said the Baker administration has allocated millions of dollars during the last two years to pay for substance abuse prevention measures. That amount included $1.7 million to address drug trafficking in state-labeled Gateway Cities like Lynn.

“The Baker-Polito administration is fully committed to investing resources necessary to fight the opioid crisis. Spending for this fiscal year for substance use disorders will increase by $18 million to total $177 million. Since January 2016, the administration rolled out a new prescription-monitoring program, ended the practice of sending women to MCI-Framingham for treatment, expanded outpatient treatment, launched a prescription drop-off program, and doubled the number of Learn to Cope family support groups,” Hillman said.

The Behavioral Health Unit is located inside the Lynn Police station and provides overdose victims with access to licensed mental health and substance abuse clinicians. Additionally, the unit contacts overdose victims and known heroin addicts to provide assistance. In 2016, there were 443 overdoses in Lynn, which was an increase of 96 from 2015. The Behavioral Health Unit received 531 referrals in 2016 of which 85 percent were related to drug use.

“As we continue to fight the opioid epidemic, we can’t afford to lose valuable programs like Lynn’s Behavioral Health Unit,” said Crighton. “The unit both provides valuable services to those facing addiction and frees up our officers to focus on keeping our community safe.”

The Lynn delegation was able to secure $75,000 for the program and another $150,000 during the last two spending years prior to the budget cuts. The legislature is exploring options to restore the money, including a supplemental budget.

“Every family in Lynn has somehow been affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Cahill. “We must continue to fight to preserve every necessary resource to combat this crisis.”

Wayne Alarm: 4th of July Fireworks Safety

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Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

BE CAREFUL!

Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.

Do not use consumer fireworks.

Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

In 2011, almost 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks.

Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.

Sparklers burn 1200 degrees F.

The NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Information provided by NFPA through local safety and security experts at Wayne Alarm.

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For more information about being safe at home and away, call Wayne Alarm and learn how they can benefit you.   Please feel free to give them a call at: 781-595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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