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Charity Events In July!

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Want to give back while having fun this month?  You’re in luck because we’ve found a few different charity events going on across the state that support worthy causes and help our local residents!  You don’t have to give much more than your time to make a big difference this month, whether you’re passionate about helping the environment, Veterans that have served our country, or those that are simple less fortunate, there is an event for you!

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project – Head over to the Charles River at Christian A. Herter Park and help the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project keep our beaches, rivers, parks, and lakes “barefoot friendly”!  Barefoot Wine has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation, a non profit organization that is dedicated to protecting our beaches, waves, and oceans.  Together they are making 15 cleanup stops nationwide and one of them is in Boston this Saturday, July 13th! The cleanup will be from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM and will be followed by a celebration organized by the Surfrider Foundation, featuring Barefoot wine, surf-inspired fare and a performance by Eric Hutchinson.   The celebration is from 5 PM – 7 PM in Cambridge and tickets will be distributed at the cleanup.  Both events are for those 21+.

Taste of Boston Silent Auction – Plan on going out to dinner this month?  Why not go out and give back all at the same time?  Get your tickets for the Taste of Boston Silent Auction taking place on Thursday, July 18th from 6 PM – 9:30 PM at Technique Restaurant in Cambridge.  Presented by Chow Hall Cuisine, this event benefits the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and is sure to make your taste buds tingle.  Tickets are $35.00 and once you arrive be sure to check out the many items up for auction!

Worcester Kicks For Kids – Who doesn’t love playing kick ball?  Don’t miss out on the Worcester Kicks For Kids charity kickball tournament Saturday, July 27th at 9 AM at Burncoat Park in Worcester.  This tournament benefits Y.O.U. Inc which is a non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization that serves troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families in the Worcester county area.  There will be games going on throughout the day leading up to the finals at 4:30 PM.  After the games from 6:30 – 10:30 PM there will be a party at Blackstone with food provided by Wings Over Worcester!  Be sure to register for this fun event that supports a wonderful local cause before it’s too late!

Murder Mystery Dinner – Sounds fun already doesn’t it?  This Murder Mystery Dinner event takes place on Saturday, July 27th from 6:30 PM – 11 PM at the Franklin Lodge of Elks in Franklin, MA.  Proceeds benefit Homes for Our Troops, an organization that helps to rebuild the lives of severely injured Veterans through the gift of high quality, specially adapted homes that provide freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.  The event has a theme of “High School Reunion” and there will also be food, raffles, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple and if you can’t attend the event donations are always appreciated!

What events do you plan on attending this month?  Are there any that you know of that aren’t listed?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Alan Kotok

Give Back To Your Community At These Charity Events This Month!

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Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to take part in one of these worthy charity events!  If the warm weather we’ve been having isn’t enough to get you feeling warm and cozy on the inside, these events will do the trick.  Get your hands dirty this month and help clean up the Muddy River near Fenway, donate some old goods, enjoy a fine meal, or get out for a jog!  All of these events give you the opportunity to help others while enjoying yourself!  What could make you feel better than that?

5th Annual Susan G Komen Chefs for the Cure – Want to help fight breast cancer while enjoying a delicious meal?  Chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants are coming together to whip up their most unique and delicious gourmet dishes for this tasting-style event!  Head over to the Residences at W Boston on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this worthy event that will leave you feeling full, having fun, and helping a worthy cause that aims at wiping out a disease that effects millions of families every day.   Participating restaurants include Gaslight, Taranta, Myers + Chang, Citizens Public House, Tastings, and the Granary Tavern. Tickets are $125.00 each and there will also be a raffle and silent auction during the event. Each general admission ticket purchase comes with one complimentary raffle ticket as well!  Proceeds from this event benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation which is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

iChase The Cure 5K for Kids’ Brain Tumors – Cancer is tragic disease for anyone to face, but when children are diagnosed with it, it’s heartbreaking.   Founded by Boston University student Danielle Volman, the iChase the Cure 5k raises money to support various charities that research this disease and create awareness.  The race has been held across the United States and has raised over $55,000 dollars which has been donated to various foundations across the nation.  Make a difference in the lives of children with brain tumors by participating in the 4th annual iChase the Cure 5k race on Saturday, April 13th on the DCR Charles River Esplanade.  The race begins at noon and there will be T-shirts (sizes are only guaranteed if you pre-registered), games, prizes, and much more for the entire family!  Registration is $25.00 per individual ($20.00 for BU students), and on race day is + $5.00 and cash/check only!  Grab your friends, family, and create a team for this deserving cause and enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup – Love that dirty water?  Prove it!  Show your love for Boston by participating in the 15th Annual Muddy River Cleanup Saturday, April 20th from 9 AM – 12 noon.  This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and make an immediate difference in the Boston community.  Volunteers will be helping the Emerald Necklace Association clean the area of the Muddy River by the Fenway.  Participants will be picking up trash, down tree limbs, and performing general cleanup along the river.  All volunteers will even recieve a T shirt at the event, although sizes are first come first serve.  After the event, volunteers can celebrate their success at a local park from 12 noon – 1 PM with food and music, details will be announced at the event.  Make sure you wear clothes and sneakers that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a pair of work gloves and some water!

South Shore Humane Society Yard Sale – Who doesn’t love adorable rescue animals?  Now’s your chance to lend them a helping hand!  Stop by Braintree Town Hall on Washington St. in Braintree on Saturday, April 27th for a yard sale that benefits the South Shore Humane Society!  You never know what treasures you might uncover at a yard sale, and now you don’t have to feel guilty about going because it benefits a great cause!  If you can’t make it to the actual yard sale but would be willing to donate an item or two to be sold, contact 781-843-8824.

Which one of these events is right up your alley?  Lend a helping hand this month and you’ll feel the rewards instantly.  There’s no better feeling than knowing that you made a big difference in someone’s life by only taking a moment out of yours.  Whether you want to enjoy a gourmet meal, go for a run, help the environment, or go shopping, you can do it all, all while supporting worthy causes!

Photo By: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District





Rains Subside – Clean Up Begins Again

Mother Nature pulled a not so funny April Fools on Massachusetts residents. The rain finally subsided in New England yesterday bringing over 18 inches of recorded rainfall, a record breaking amount. Although dry weather and warmer temperatures are foretasted for Easter weekend the flooding rivers are not expected to fall as quickly as the clearing weather. Residents, engineers and public safety officials wait for the flood warnings to be removed and clean up to commence once more.

As some rivers have yet to crest other’s levels have just begun falling. The Assabet River crested at a nerve wrecking 7 feet Wednesday and remained at 6.8 feet this morning. The Concord River crested at an enormous 9.4 feet and the Charles River continues to rise expecting to crest at about 7.7 feet this afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service El Niño, a climate pattern surfacing in the tropical Pacific every three to five years and is to blame for the high levels of rainfall this past March. Rainfall in Boston lingering around 14 inches Tuesday makes it not only the rainiest March on record, but the second wettest month ever after a rainy August in 1995.

Rick Ferreira, the Tuanton Emergency Management Agency director, said this is the worst flooding he’s seen in the entirety of his career with the Emergency Management.

“This is much worse than a couple weeks ago. We’ve got houses with 3, 4, 5 or even 6 feet of water in their basements.” – Ferreira

Scott LacLeod, a spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency, said the largest concerns yesterday were in southeastern Massachusetts, where flooding mandated closure of a major highway and cut off about 1,000 residents of Freetown when a bridge was made impassable. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reported dozens of flooded roads and caution residents to drive safely while standing water remains on the roads.

Third Flooding Brings National Guard

Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency yesterday for the second time this month as heavy rain returns to the Bay State. The third heavy rainfall this month brought a total of 11 inches of rain to Boston, a record breaking downfall. The National Weather Service reported areas of Massachusetts experienced 12.8 inches of rain this March. The Weather Service expects this number to rise to more than 15 inches by the end of the day today. Only second to a tropical August in 1955 this is one of the wettest months areas of Massachusetts has ever experienced.

Rivers continue to rise form their already swollen state as the relentless rains continue to fall. National Guard services were activated yesterday for various precautionary tasks in an effort to curb additional flooding from residential areas and businesses. Seven hundred National Guard troops were deployed this morning to help with the storm efforts.

Monday afternoon President Obama replied to Governor Patrick’s request for federal aid declaring the state a federal disaster area bringing federal funding to Massachusetts. Patrick said the funding will be used to bring housing back to a livable state offering grants to homeowners for things such as new water heaters and furnaces for flooded basements. Business owners will also have the opportunity to apply for low interest loans.

During a press conference yesterday the Governor did not call for specific areas to be evacuated however cautioned residents to closely observe the storm and if needed be prepared to evauate. Last night the Charles and Sudbury River levels exceeded flooding stages. Patrick advocated for drivers to use public transportation warning drivers it only takes two feet of standing water to sweep a vehicle away, with the driver in it.

Storm Clean Up Begins

As the sun broke through for the first time in days yesterday a massive state wide clean up commenced. The three days of torrential rain brought havoc to many Massachusetts residents. Some remain homeless while countless others find themselves waist high in basement or first floor flooding water. The storm lasting this last Friday through Monday dropped more than 10 inches of rain in some parts of Eastern Massachusetts closing schools, roads, and businesses.

Major roads across the state remain closed and several rivers remain on the rise. Scott MacLeod, spokesman for Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency told reporters, “We’re still seeing a lot of communities with a lot of standing water… Most rivers are receding, but there are still a few that haven’t crested.” State officials are keeping an eye on the Ipswich, Charles, Taunton, and Mill rivers as they were expected to peak overnight and into this morning. They are keeping a particularly close watch on the Moody Street dam in Waltham where the Charles River remains high.

Governor Patrick Deval declared a state of emergency yesterday to aid in the state’s recovery. The support brought by this public announcement includes moving large pumps from out of state locations to hep in draining water from businesses and homes. It will also send the National Guard as reinforcements for the cleanup. Deval said the state must show $8.2 million in damages to receive federal aid. Home and business owners are urged to document all damages from the flood and report it to their insurance agencies. If federal aid is approved, denied claims may be partially or completely covered by the national aid.

Twenty-three schools reported delays or closings Tuesday morning as a result of flooding while 10 counties remained under a flood warning. Although the rain has come to an end, the clean up and recovery has only begun. Hopeful residents look to the shining sun as a good omen to recovery.

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