Monday, December 10, 2012
From the ubiquitous red kettles to the option to round up to the nearest dollar at the register, there are many requests for consumers' charity this season.
It's rare to go through a checkout line without being asked for a donation. At PetSmart it's for animals; at Wendy's it's for adoption; at the Dollar Tree Store it's toys for military kids. And, let's not forget the jingle of the Salvation Army bell that sends many of us digging into our pockets. It's true, needs are increasing yearly. One viewpoint is that if you're out shopping anyway, parting with an extra dollar here and there likely has little affect on your wallet—and if others do the same, the sum of all the small donations can make a big difference. But how do you decide when your donations are enough? Do you have to give each time to feel like you've helped? How do you walk through the cold past that kettle and the ringer of the …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 22.
Get your game face on, as Hago Harrington's will be hosting their inaugural Hago Cup for Cancer miniature golf tournament to benefit The Jimmy Fund on Sept. 22. The tournament will raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund through Jimmy Fund Golf. On Sept. 11, Reading residents Guy and Lynn Strazzere, owners of Hago Harrington's, received approval for a special one-day liquor license from the Stoneham Liquor License Authority. Guy Strazzere told the board that they plan to have a bartender serving drinks during the fundraiser and that there will be a three drink maximum for attendees. The Liquor License Authority approved the temporary license with the stipulation that Hago Harrington's pay for a minium four-hour …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
When it comes to philanthropy, Stoneham residents give to charitable causes less than the state and country averages, according to a study conducted by "The Chronicle of Philanthropy."
When it comes to philanthropy, Stoneham residents give to charity less than the state and country averages, according to a study released this week. "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" published their "How America Gives" study which reported that Stoneham residents, with a median discretionary income of $55,570, gave a median contribution of $1,419 of their income to charity in 2008—the tax year when the data was gathered. Meanwhile, the state and country's median contribution was 2.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively, compared to Stoneham's 2.6 percent. Stonehamites contributed a total of $7.4 million, according to the study. Here's a complete breakdown of the data compiled during the study: Total Contributions Detailed data is …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Local businesses put out Gathering Change Inc.'s collection bowls to help raise money for two food pantries in town.
[Editor's note: The information below is from a press statement by Gathering Change, Inc.] A new charitiable movement is sweeping across the state and has landed in Stoneham. Gathering Change, Inc. fundraises for neighborhood social programs including food pantries and is a nonprofit organization. City Cycle on Main Street puts out a bowl and collects money for Stoneham food pantries. There are two food pantries in Stoneham: one on Gerry Street at the Seventh-Day Adventists Community Services Center and one run by the First Congregational Church on Church Street (First Congregational Church/Stoneham Board of Health Food Pantry). Gathering Change, Inc. would like to know: What inspires you to get involved in your community? For more …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Make donations to the program by dropping off items at the Robin Hood Elementary School in Stoneham through Nov. 11.
Senator Katherine Clark is partnering with Cradles to Crayons, a benefit program targeting homeless and low-income families, in order to benefit children in need in our communities. [Editor's note: The information below derives from a press statement issued by Sen. Katherine Clark's Office.] Cradles to Crayons collects new and gently used clothing, art supplies, baby supplies like blankets and car seats, and other necessities in drop boxes around town. A collection box has been placed in the Robin Hood Elementary School and will remain there until Nov. 11. On Nov. 12, the collected items will be sorted at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Not only is this a great cause, …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Stoneham High School 1982 Beautification Fund was accepting donations to replace the 27-year-old, weathered Stoneham High School sign along Franklin Street.
[Editor's note: The information below was provided by Todd Goldstein of Stoneham Savings Bank.] While nearing their fundraising goal of $3,800; the fund, as of mid-October, was still short hundreds of dollars. Stoneham Savings Bank, after seeing a plea in the local paper for donations, contacted the Stoneham High School 1982 Beautification Fund and committed a donation in the amount necessary for the fund to reach its goal. Chris Oneschuk, President, Stoneham High School 1982 Beautification Fund said, "Stoneham Savings Bank genuinely takes the time to get involved in the Stoneham community, and they don't hesitate to contribute to worthy causes whenever they can. They understand the pulse of the community and can see clearly where they …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Check out what yard sales are planned in your area.
Below you'll find yard sale information for your town. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below this article by telling us: We'll add more rows to the table as we get more information from you to help our readers plan their outings. (Nobody needs to be spending more money on gas these days!) Want to add a yard sale for inclusion on a future weekend? It's easy! Fill out the form here. Sat., 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. - noon Sat., 9 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Ashley Stockbridge will be trying to beat her time from her first Marathon she ran a few years ago.
Name: Ashley Stockbridge Age: 26 Marathon Experience: This will be the second Boston Marathon for Stockbridge. She ran in 2009 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Reason for running: Stockbridge is running the 2011 Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber in memory of her aunt and uncle, both of whom passed away from lung cancer and in honor of her cousin who is in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her goal is to reach $7,000 and to beat her time from 2009. “I'm quite excited to do this for a second time and I feel with hard work and dedication I can do it,” Stockbridge said. Stockbridge is recovering from an injury in which she pulled her Iliotibial (IT) Band. Training tip: Stockbridge knows the stamina it takes to run the Boston Marathon. She …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Nearly 90 children had their dreams come true this holiday season.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
To the Editor: A big thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and contributors who made 87 Stoneham children's wishes come true this Christmas season. Among our numerous sponsors are: B.J.'s Wholsesale Club Congress Street Neighborhood Cost Cutters Cub Scout Pack 551 First Congregational Church in Stoneham Linda O'Leary Lois Torri Purpose School Robin Hood Elementary School Secret Santa Brenda South Elementary School Stoneham Chamber of Commerce Stoneham High School Stoneham Kawanis Stoneham Rotary Club Townsend Welding Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. —Lorraine Savage, Stoneham Salvation Army Welfare Secretary
Monday, December 20, 2010
South and Robin Hood elementary schools are participating in the 16th annual Coats for Kids drive.
Learning how to acclimate to cold weather conditions ranging from ice storms to Nor'easters comes with the territory for those growing up in New England, and one of the first lessons learned is to always take along a coat when the mercury drops. But for less fortunate local children that can't afford proper winter apparel, Anton's Cleaners and some local volunteers have returned to make sure poverty doesn't give anyone the chills this winter season with the 16th annual Coats for Kids program. Coats For Kids Makes An Impact Since its inception, the program has collected more than 620,000 coats for the less fortunate in the greater Boston area, and it aims to reach 60,000 coats collected by the end of this year's drive on Jan. 8 thanks to …