ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNITY MEDIA ISSUES HOMETOWN MEDIA AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES

Prestigious Awards Program Revamped to Reflect Emphasis on Media

(McLean, VA, January 19, 2012) – The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) has issued its call for entries for the Hometown Media Awards.  Previously named the Hometown Video Awards, the name change to Hometown Media Awards reflects the wider array of media being used by Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels.  Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

The Hometown Media Awards is local cable’s largest video awards competition.  Winners of the Hometown Media Awards will be recognized during the Alliance for Community Media 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. July 31-August 2, 2012.

For more information or to submit an entry using ACM’s new Hometown Media Awards digital submission system, please go to the ACM website.

Live Basketball Coverage Tonight

Varsity Girls Basketball Oliver Ames vs. Foxborough Warriors

FOXBORO – Tonight the Lady Warriors Basketball team will play against the Oliver Ames Tigers.  Fans can listen to the game on the Education Channel – Comcast 12/Verizon 37 or online at http://www.fcatv.org/live

Game coverage begins at 6:30pm

Game coverage is made possible through the efforts of Foxboro Cable Access volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please call 508-543-4757.

MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO 6.8%

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Boston, MA – January 19, 2012 –The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today that the total unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from the November rate of 7.0 percent, and well below the national rate of 8.5 percent.  It is the lowest monthly rate since December of 2008.  The preliminary December estimates show a decrease of 6,200 jobs in Massachusetts, for a total of 3,234,500 jobs.

Four of the ten private sectors added jobs in December with gains in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Manufacturing; Information; and Financial Activities.  The December job loss follows a revised 300 job gain in November originally reported as 5,000.
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Invitation to an Information Open House with No Foxboro Casino

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Members of No Foxboro Casino invite you to join us for an information open house on Saturday, January 21st, 2010 from 1 – 5pm at The Union Church Fellowship Hall, 384 South Street (corner of South and North Grove Streets) in Foxboro, MA.  Get accurate information and have an opportunity to ask questions, pick up a lawn sign, learn how you can help as a volunteer, and be part of our petition “Mr. Kraft: Please Do The Right Thing.”

If you are undecided on whether a casino is right for the town of Foxboro and the surrounding communities, we encourage you to visit us to learn more.  Complimentary coffee and other refreshments will be served.  Non Foxboro residents are welcome. For information on this and other information open houses which are planned please contact No Foxboro Casino volunteer coordinator Chris Lowey at chrislowey@verizon.net or call (508)698-3939.

No Foxboro Casino (www.nofoxborocasino.com) is a grassroots group of Foxboro residents interested in preserving the character of the town of Foxboro.

Norwood Hospital Offers Happiest Baby on the Block and Yoga Courses

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Norwood, MA – Norwood Hospital is pleased to offer special childbirth education classes to help parents calm and soothe their babies and themselves.

The “Happiest Baby on the Block” is a two-hour class based on the book by renowned pediatrician Harvey Karp, MD. Participants learn Dr. Karp’s proven technique – the five S’s.  Instructional DVD and soothing sounds CD included. The class will be offered at the hospital many Saturdays throughout the year from 9:30am – 12:00pm.

Prenatal and Mom & Baby Yoga.  Practicing yoga will help you to focus, relax and tone both your mind and body.  Classes are taught by an experienced, certified instructor.  Prenatal Yoga is held Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm and Mom and Baby Yoga on Thursdays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at the hospital.

For more information on these courses, or any of the many other childbirth and parenting education classes offered at NorwoodHospital, please contact the Childbirth and Parenting Education coordinator at NHChildbirthEd@Steward.org or call 781-278-6402.

About Norwood Hospital

The 264-bed Norwood Hospital, provides emergency, cardiology, advanced surgical, endoscopic, psychiatric, OB/GYN and Children’s Hospital Boston pediatric services and is a member of Steward Health Care. Information about Norwood Hospital’s programs and services is available at www.Norwood-Hospital.org.

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest community-based accountable care organization and community hospital network in New England.  Headquartered in Boston, Steward has more than 13,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities.  Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital in Taunton and Quincy Medical Center. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Physician Network, Steward Home Care, which also provides hospice services, Laboure College, and Por Cristo.   Further information is available at www.steward.org.

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