What would you do?

What would you do if had enough money? Would you spend it all on your self or would you help make dorchester a better neighborhood?  It's all up to you!!!

Teen Empowerment: Open Mic

On wednesday night, Teen Empowerment held an open mic event for the neighborhood. In all, at first, many thought that the outreach was poor but despite that, people slowl trickled in and filled up the seats that were expected and then some. The group first opened up the cirle with an introduction on who they are and why they do these types of events; events that specifically target youth and adults.


How awesome is that to have both adults who are willing to hear what the youth of NOW have to say and in exchange, hear the concerns and responses of adults? The Teens had interactive activity's that included both the young children, teens and adults. In the midst of all the fun, there wre serious topics brought up such as politics, community awareness and the code of street silence better known as snitching.

They had to chose a side and explain why and how it affects them and the neighborhood they live in. For instance, a question was arisen if president Bush was a good president.

Majority of the teens were stuck between disagree and strongly disagree because Bush has supposedly great security tactics but has also put the US in a negative state with the war in Iraq.

  In all, a message had gotten across: Unity and positivity.

Elma Lewis PlayHouse in The Park

 For those who were at the event on Tuesday, can say what i am about to say: Amazing, thrilling and exciting. The energy that was being exhausted from the lips and fingers of the musicians into and through their instruments made even the wind dance onto the faces of the audience.

The audience was loving it, the animals were loving it and the children were loving it. There were many instruments that blended together such as the drums, the trumpet, the saxohone, the trombone, the alto trombone and the flute. What entrigued me the most was the drummer.

He was so intense with it closely monitering his self made beats by clenching his eyes firmly together and in the midst of it all, still being able to hit the center of the drums and cymbals precisely. Like i said last week, for those who missed it, truely did miss it.

Next week tuesday is going to have dancers, so come on out with a chair and vibe people. You never know what you might win. Maybe an ipod, a t-shirt or a friend (not the ones you can raffle off. I wish though).

Open Mic night Tomorrow night!!!

Tomorrow Friday August 10th, we will be having an open mic night at the Dorchester House. If you don’t have any plans for tomorrow night I really suggest that you come to the Dot house and enjoy a night of poetry, dance, small plays and some real good entertainment. The fun starts at 6o'clock on the DOT. So be there on time so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun. There will also be an IPOD raffle giveaway.

Open Mic

I need get ready to dance and maybe sing tomorrow. So much to do to make a good day for everyone! Not that long to make it perfect! But I'll try everyone!!!

teen poetry FRIDAY

I am looking forward to our DotWell teen programs special event: Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, August 10
Ages 13-18

Dorchester House Leedsville lot
(Rain location: Dorchester House Teen Center)
Rapping, Poetry, Music, Monologues, Singing

Refreshments will be served

Additional performers welcome

Check up

I just finished an intensive educational check up. If you are in school or thinking about going I have to recommend it. Basically you set your goal- better job, business etc. Then you map out how this education is going to contribute to your success. In detail you explain this to somebody else out loud. Make sure your friend or counselor will support whatever you do as long as it is in your best interest. If you can get them to see and understand why and what you’re trying to do you have made a public commitment to a goal and you increase your chances at success.

Fitness plays a key role in battling cancer

Fitness plays a key role in battling cancer

So. You get the worst news of your life: cancer.

You dutifully sign on for chemo, surgery, radiation. You also vow to eat better. More fruits and veggies, less saturated fat -- all that good stuff should tip the odds in your favor, right?

There's actually surprisingly little evidence that such dietary changes prolong survival -- except perhaps for colon cancer.

What is crystal clear, though, is the importance of exercise and weight control. Gone is the folklore that people with cancer should avoid getting too thin. The real threat, say cancer nutritionists, is becoming or remaining overweight. At a basic metabolic level, excess weight and lack of exercise may not only add diabetes and heart disease to your cancer troubles, but can impair immune function and even boost levels of hormones, including insulin and estrogen, that may drive some tumors.

For cancer patients who had been hoping that a good diet might improve their survival odds, some disappointing news came out this summer when scientists from the University of California at San Diego reported the long-awaited results from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living study. This randomized, controlled trial followed more than 3,000 women who had been treated for early stage breast cancer. After an average of 7.3 years of follow-up, the researchers found that women randomly assigned to the federally recommended "five-a-day" diet with five servings of fruits and vegetables, fared no worse than those who ate at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables, plus vegetable juice, a lot of fiber, and very low fat (15 to 20 percent of calories).

Somewhat better news was released in December in the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study, led by Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski, a medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. The team studied 2,400 women who had been treated for early-stage breast cancer and randomly assigned them to a dietary fat reduction group or regular diet group. After five years of follow-up, there were significantly fewer recurrences among members of the lower fat group, most of whom lost weight.

The trouble is, said Chlebowski, it's not clear whether it was the low fat diet per se or losing weight that conferred the benefit. And cues from other research suggest that losing weight, in part because it brings insulin levels into better control, may be the key.

"Obesity is linked to worse outcomes in a variety of cancers, especially cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate," said Dr. Matthew Smith, director of genitourinary medical oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. For instance, in men with prostate cancer, "obesity is associated with a greater risk of prostate cancer recurrence after surgery or radiation," said Smith. And unfortunately, the hormone treatment that is often used to fight prostate cancer can itself contribute to obesity.


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"Many cancer survivors and their families worry about weight loss as a manifestation of advanced cancer, when in fact, weight loss -- intentional weight loss -- and maintenance of ideal body weight may be one of the most effective strategies to improve overall health and the reduce the risk of recurrence," Smith said.

"Weight gain, especially fat gain, can also impair immune responsiveness and in women with breast cancer, weight gain may stimulate production of estrogen, which drives some breast tumors," said Dr. Richard Rivlin, a nutrition specialist at Weill Medical College at Cornell University.

Making matters worse, some drugs, such as tamoxifen, that women take to reduce breast cancer recurrence can lead to weight gain, said Dr. Lee Kaplan, director of the weight center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Regardless of what you weigh, exercising is key. A study published in 2005 by Harvard Medical School researchers on nearly 3,000 women with breast cancer showed that women who walked the equivalent of three to five hours a week at an average pace had a lower risk of dying from their cancer.

Two studies on people with colon cancer showed that walking six hours a week significantly reduces the risk of recurrence, perhaps because of metabolic changes brought about by the exercise.

So, what to do?

Two-thirds of the food on your plate should come from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans and no more than one-third from meat, fish or chicken, said Karen Collins, nutrition adviser to the American Institute for Cancer Research, a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. None of this will save your life, but it's good common sense.

Eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables may make a difference if you have colon cancer, said Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt, a gastrointestinal oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In one of his studies, Meyerhardt showed that people with colon cancer who eat more meals of a typical Western diet -- with lots of red meat, refined grains, and sugary foods -- have three times the risk of recurrence or death than those who eat less of these foods.

Dr. Lidia Schapira, a breast cancer specialist at Mass. General, put it this way: "Even though the data are imprecise and conflicting, we can't wait to eat until better data are in."

Judy Foreman can be reached at

What I do with SCI Dorchester

I'm the support team, I help the team if they need any help with anything and I support them. Sometimes I pass out flyers about, I schedule connections sessions for them, and I help with the website.

Miracle of birth, via video

Lance Corporal Tyrelle Greene (far left), who is currently stationed in Iraq, saw the birth of his first child via video.
Lance Corporal Tyrelle Greene (far left), who is currently stationed in Iraq, saw the birth of his first child via video.

Miracle of birth, via video

From an outpost, a Marine witnesses his child's birth

BROCKTON -- Deployed to Iraq in March, Lance Corporal Tyrelle Greene, 22, knew he would not be able to return for the birth of his first child. Still, he tried to stay a part of the experience, downloading photos of his wife's ballooning belly and studying the ultrasound pictures.

And on Monday night, as his child was about to be born at a Brockton hospital, Greene, in a way, was at his wife's side. Linked by two-way video, the couple could see each other for the last two hours of labor. He cued his wife, Melissa, 23, to push, and he counted her contractions, which turned out to be more emotional support than useful. The video delay made his counting a few seconds late.

Just a minute after midnight, he watched as his 7-pound, 12-ounce daughter Janelle was born. Yesterday, speaking via video from a military outpost in Al Asad, Iraq, the Marine recounted his joy about the birth and his admiration for his wife for reporters gathered at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center.

"It was great," he said. "It wasn't as good as being there.

"I can't believe she did something like that," Greene said of his wife, who delivered the baby after 12 hours of labor.


The couple met as teenagers in Brockton and married last October. Last year, they moved to San Diego, Calif., where Tyrelle Greene was stationed. He is a member of the Yuma, Ariz.-based Marine Wing Support Squadron 371.

In mid-February, about a month after learning that his wife was pregnant, Greene was told he would be deployed to Iraq within weeks. The couple knew there was a chance that Greene would be sent to Iraq, but they did not think it would happen so quickly.

After her husband was deployed, Melissa Greene said she often worried about his safety and her ability to go through pregnancy and birth alone.

"A lot of times I'd ask, 'Am I going to be OK doing this by myself? Is he going to be OK?' " Melissa Greene said. "It was very emotional."

Since her husband went to Iraq, she has moved in with family members in Brockton. She took time off from work as a dog groomer and other jobs to focus on being a mom, she said.

In the months that followed, she and her husband exchanged e-mails and short phone calls to check in on "our little hamster," their nickname for the baby.

When her birthing class instructor and other nurses at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center learned about the couple's situation, they worked with the hospital to find a way to bring Tyrelle Greene into the delivery room.

They discovered the Freedom Calls Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that links troops abroad to their families at home for free.

To make the connection, the hospital used a recently installed video teleconference system and the foundation's videoconferencing network in Iraq.

Two computer technicians stayed through the night in case the video link stopped working.

After doctors gave Melissa Greene anesthesia through an epidural 10 hours into labor, her husband tuned in.

"Seeing his face, being able to hear him, and knowing he could see his daughter being born was just amazing," she said. "I just couldn't believe that he was there."

"It was a hoot," said the couple's doctor, Sandra Chenkin. "I've never seen anything like it."

When Janelle was born, Melissa Greene rotated the baby's face toward the camera, waving one of the infant's arms at her new dad. He waved back. Within seconds, Janelle's eyes closed.

"Is she sleeping already?" Tyrelle Greene asked, according to the video of the birth.

Greene expects to return home from Iraq in October to see his new baby in person.

Despite the miracles of videoconferencing, he said, he still feels like he is missing out.

"I'm still nervous," Greene said. "I feel pretty helpless over here."

Javier Hernandez can be reached at

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