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Toys for Tots drive

The Chelsea Firefighters  are holding their annual Toys for Tots drive again this year.  The last day to drop off toys is Wednesday December 15.  

The main collection site is Central Station between 8 AM- 8 PM. The toys can be placed in the Toys for Tots box in the watch room.  We will be storing any overflow at the Prattville Station.  Toys can also be dropped off at Mill HillFire Station. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Update at NEW Health

NEW Health is offering COVID-19 booster shots. Eligible individuals must have 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, with the second dose occurring at least 6 months prior. For the Johnson & Johnson booster, individuals must have received that vaccine at least two months prior.

Eligible individuals for the booster shot include people who are 65 and older or people from 18-64 with any of the following underlying medical conditions: cancer (current active cancer); cerebrovascular diseases like stroke, carotid artery disease; chronic kidney, liver, or heart disease; lung diseases like COPD, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis; diabetes; high blood pressure; overweight (BMI ≥25); pregnancy and recent pregnancy; smoking (current and former); down syndrome; neurologic conditions, including dementia, sickle cell disease; substance use disorders; cystic fibrosis; thalassemia; or serious mental health disorders.

People who are at increased risk of COVID due to their occupation are eligible for the booster as well. The occupations include first responders; healthcare workers; congregate care staff; education staff; and workers in the fields of food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, US Postal Service, public transit, and grocery stores.

The Pfizer vaccine is also being offered in a smaller dose to children ages 5-11. This is offered as a 2-shot series, 21 days apart, to existing NEW Health patients. The Health Center will expand options for pediatric vaccinations soon.

Booster shot appointments are available at the health center. First and second doses of the vaccine are also available for anyone 12 and older. Appointments must be scheduled over the phone by calling (857)238-1100. Anyone who is receiving a booster vaccination must bring their CDC vaccine card. Information regarding vaccinations is ongoing, please go to NEWHealth.org for the most up to date news.

Community Fridge Opens in Charlestown

NEWHealth’s Food Insecurity Program has opened a Community Fridge at their site in Charlestown on 15 Tufts St.  The fridge is open 24/7 to the public and anyone can take what they need.

The Food Insecurity Program is looking for food donations to stock the fridge. Donations of fresh fruits and vegetables and commercially packaged food (refrigerated or frozen) are needed. Prepared meals, foods in poor condition, or expired foods are not accepted. 

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the fridge on weekends and holidays when the Health Center is closed. Please visit https://newhealthcenter.org/community-fridge/ for more information.

For any questions regarding the Community Fridge or NEW Health’s Food Insecurity Program, please reach out to Danny Coakley (Email: [email protected] Phone: 617-643-8105).

LUIS Mena Participates in Emerson Stage Production

Students participated in Emerson Stage’s production of This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing in conjunction with their 2021-2022 season. The show is written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Pascale Florestal.

Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made-one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home.

The production took place October 7-9 and 16 at the Robert J. Orchard Stage in the Paramount Center in Boston, MA.

Luis Mena of Chelsea, Massachusetts, 02150 is majoring in Stage and Production Mngmnt and is a member of the Class of 2024.

Emerson Stage is the producing organization within the Emerson College Department of Performing Arts. The next generation of actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, administrators, and educators work alongside distinguished faculty, professional staff, and guest artists to bring skills learned in the classroom to vibrant life on stage.

About Emerson College

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic as well as its new Global Portals. The College has an active network of 51,000+ alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit emerson.edu.

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