Monday, May 20, 2013
With the help of Braintree business Signs and Prints, local firefighters sold hundreds of stickers to raise money for the victims of the Newtown shooting.
A fundraising effort launched by Braintree firefighters last December following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was more successful than anyone imagined. The Braintree Firefighters Local 920 raised $16,000 selling green stickers to local residents and people from across the country. Two different stickers were emblazoned with the date of the tragedy, 12/14/12, and the with six stars for the teachers and 20 for the children who died. "We were shocked," Firefighter Brian Connors said. Firefighter Robbie Loud came up with the fundraising idea while watching the tragedy unfold and thinking about his own young children. "People were looking for a way to help and we offered them an avenue to do that," Connors said. When the …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
They held a lemonade stand Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a group of children who live on Trainor Drive in Braintree raised $140 through their lemonade stand for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The children, who came up with the idea, raised the money from residents voting at Liberty Elementary School, Paula Smith said in an email. "We are very proud of Tommy and Nellie Lynch, Molly,Corey,and Ryan Smith, Clare Sullivan, and Ryan Bagget," she said. Smith also said she would like to thank all of the people who stopped by the stand and bought lemonade and donated to the cause. To donate yourself, visit www.onefundboston.org.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Donna O'Brien started the Facebook page "Don't Tell Me How to Grieve."
A few weeks ago, Donna O'Brien launched the Facebook page "Don't Tell Me How to Grieve," inspired by the many losses she has experienced, including her father, boyfriends and friends. "With the loss of my friend Ron Dulong of Braintree (3 years ago), I was so upset for so long I could not control my sadness or any emotion," O'Brien said in an email. "The only way I can explain the feeling is it just 'sucked the life out of me.'" And so when she heard about the attack on the Boston Marathon and the many people who lost loved ones or who were grievously injured, O'Brien, a 1990 Braintree High School graduate, decided to get the word out about her page, and offer resources there for those affected. O'Brien and her friend Nicole, whose mother …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Mayor Sullivan will recognize the girls at his breakfast at Town Hall on Tuesday.
Two young girls will be recognized at the mayor's annual breakfast Tuesday morning for their efforts helping an 84-year-old woman who fell and broke her hip this winter. The girls were sledding behind the woman's house when they heard her cries for help on the afternoon of Feb. 10 and called 911, Police Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement. "According to the 84 year old woman, she went out to get snow off of her trash barrels on the side/back of her house," Jenkins said. "When she went to go back inside she slipped, fell and broke her hip. She tried crawling to the stairs to get into the house to call 911, but couldn’t do so." The girls got their father and found the woman, who was then transported to South Shore Hospital by Fallon …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The stand will be in front of Hollis School from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On Marathon Monday, the Foley family sat in the bleachers near the finish line, cheering on Uncle Patrick, who was running for CarePacks, an organization that sends basic necessities to our troops, when the bombs went off. Maureen Foley and her four children – Michael, 10, Ava and Julia, both 8, and Flynn, 5 – have decided to take that experience and turn it into a positive, helping raise money for the Richard family, who lost their 8-year-old son Martin in the attack. Martin's mother and sister were both injured. "Thank God they were unharmed physically, but to have witnessed such a horrific scene is devastating for anyone," Foley said of her kids in an email. "They were determined that something positive was going to come out of this …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A Braintree police officer is helping out a local family.
The last few months have been exceptionally difficult for Maryann Coleman and her two sons. In December, Maryann's husband Brian, a technical support director for Cummins Diesel Company and a former Braintree Public Schools student, passed away of cancer. Then last Thursday morning, two tires and rims were stolen from her 2012 Ford Explorer, Officer Brendan McLaughlin said. Insurance helped cover the cost, but McLaughlin decided to start fundraising to cover the deductible and help the family financially. "I know money is very, very tight," he said. McLaughlin had raised $300 in the first two days and encourages anyone who would like to contribute to stop by the police station or call him at 781-794-8762. “People have been very generous," …
The Braintree Haunted House is a charity that runs annually around Halloween.
Wamps Pizzeria recently donated $500 to the Braintree Haunted House, a charitable organization that raises money for the Highlands Elementary and Liberty Elementary schools’ PTOs. The PTOs fund text books, computers, class trips, teacher training, extra-curricular activities and other items. Last year's was a Kärnəvəl of Kärnij. During the house's run in October, two storage trailers were stolen from the organization, but donors quickly moved to replace them. For more information and how to contribute, visit http://braintreeshauntedhouse.com.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The next major fundraiser for the Super Saturdays Program is the Second Annual Sprint on April 28.
Super Saturdays, a 14-year-old program unique to Braintree, provides an opportunity for children with special needs to build friendships, gain independence and develop new skills in a safe and caring environment. Upcoming activities include swimming at the YMCA in West Roxbury, a morning of arcade games at Dave & Buster's and a talent show March 30 at Braintree High School. Representatives for the group spoke with members of the Town Council Tuesday night, urging the council to help spread the word about Super Saturdays, especially its Second Annual Sprint for Super Saturdays on April 28. Along with a golf tournament later this year, the 5K walk and run is a major source of funding for the program, which does not receive federal or state …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Braintree-based Beat NB Cancer Foundation funds research and clinical trials.
The all-volunteer, Braintree-based Beat NB Cancer Foundation is hosting its sixth annual Cure Me I'm Irish event at Lombardo's in Randolph on March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at several Braintree locations, including Hilaire's Salon, M&M Cafe and Nanci's Barbershop, and also at beatNB.org. Enter the promotional code PATCH on the website and receive the discounted price of $75. The event includes complimentary food, beer and wine, along with live entertainment including Irish seisiun players, step dancers, DJ and U2 cover band Joshua Tree. The foundation was started by family and friends of Will Lacey, a student at Flaherty Elementary School, who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma metastatic cancer when he was seven months …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Shaw will be honored at a ceremony at Town Hall on Jan. 17.
Monday, January 14
UPDATE: BCAM will be covering the event Thursday night live from Town Hall on the government channel at 7 p.m. ***** ***** ***** Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan invites all to the Town of Braintree’s 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Celebration not only to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s true icons, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also to recognize and honor this year’s award recipient, Ms. Sonya “Sunny” Shaw. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Braintree Town Hall’s Cahill Auditorium. There will be a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the evening’s program beginning at 7 p.m. Unlike previous years’ celebrations, we will honor just one person this year, Ms. Sunny Shaw. Sunny has …