Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Social Media & You taught by Melanie Graham at NewTV

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If you are a fan of Melanie Graham, the first and wonderful Newton Patch editor, (her Five Things You Need to Know posts were the best and she is super nice IRL*), and you want to know how to use Social Media for good (not evil), you’ll sign up for her class at NewTV.  Melanie is currently the Digital Content and Social Media Producer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has been teaching this class at NewTV since 2011. So learn to better promote yourself and your projects and get a handle on Twitter (pun intended).

Social Media & You

The internet opens up a world of resources for you to better promote yourself and your projects. This course introduces to you some of the wide variety of options, from Facebook to Twitter, and how to best use them.

Instructor: Melanie Graham of Dana-Farber

Location: 23 Needham Street, Newton MA 02461 

Time: January 27 • 7pm

Fee: $25.00

To register for Social Media & You, please click here.social media nd you, NewTV, Melanie Graham,

*In Real Life (if you had to look at this then you need this class)

 What is NewTV?
NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

Where is NewTV?

The headquarters of NewTV and the TV production studio facilities are located at 19-23 Needham Street in Newton Highlands.

The facility is at the top of the hill of a private road called Easy Street, which runs off Needham Street between National Lumber and National Tire & Battery (NTB). From 128 North or South, take the Needham Street Exit 19A and follow Needham Street North past the Avalon Apartments. Make a left onto Easy Street. From Newton Centre and points North, take Centre Street past Route 9/Boylston Street, onto Winchester Street, then go right at the traffic signal onto Needham Street. Easy Street is the first right past National Lumber.

Who can use NewTV?
Residents of the City of Newton, members of Newton-based non-profit organizations, employees of Newton businesses and City of Newton employees are eligible to use NewTV.  This includes free use of TV production equipment and facilities, cable TV channel time and training in TV production, media literacy and Internet access.  Anyone wishing to use NewTV facilities must become a member of NewTV for a small annual fee (Really, it’s $25).

All You Can Eat Ice Cream and for a Good Cause…Definitely on the To-Do List!

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®

June 5-7, City Hall Plaza, Boston

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®This is a wonderful event for the whole family. Check out the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl site for more info!

The Jimmy Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Boston Bakes – Dessert With a Purpose

Capability Mom gets sugared up for a reasonSometimes you just have a great day. The sun is shining, you watch soccer and aren’t freezing, you have a lovely afternoon at home helping with homework while providing snacks and encouragement, and you realize that some other people are doing even more amazing things and with genuine goodness. Then you sit up and take notice.

Today I learned about Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer an incredible event started by Carol Brownman Sneider in memory of her mother who died of breast cancer. Ms. Brownman Sneider wanted to do something more to help fund cancer research and this idea was born. It is now in its 12th year and includes over 275 bakeries, restaurants, a chain of grocery stores and even a cupcake food truck.

The concept is a simple one, for every Boston Bakes dessert you purchase from participating establishments (each dedicates one dessert for the week from now until Mother’s Day), 100% of the profits go to breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  For us – pretty easy lifting. Really, just find a place (so easy to do – here are a few of my favorites) and get a sweet. You will be happy and cancer research gets much needed funding. You can also host a bakesale of your own, order online (if you are out of the area) or just stop in one of the 200 plus places that are happy to be involved. Have a place that you think should join? Give them up, I mean, send the information to Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer (dot) org.

Flour Bakery, Boston

Sofra and Oleana, Cambridge

Isabelle’s Curly Cakes, Boston

The Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms, all locations

The Cupcakery, yes, a cupcake truck, hopefully coming to your town soon!

In the spirit of disclosure, I attended the press conference for this event today and tasted a sweet from all of the participants listed above – no, not all 275, please. And, no, you can’t come with me next year, yes, they were all exceptionally delicious and I am still sugared up.

Your assignment –  Buy some treats for Mother’s Day, it’s the sweet thing to do.

About Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer:
Boston  Bakes for Breast Cancer takes place each year commencing on the Monday prior to Mother’s Day and runs through and including Mother’s Day and has done so for the past 12 years.  The first year Boston Bakes had 42 participants in the Boston area and has grown each and every year.  Boston Bakes now has over 275 participants in over 80 communities across the Bay State.  Boston Bakes was designed to be an event that fit into everyone’s lives and did not require purchasing a ticket to an event to attend.   By simply purchasing a dessert anyone and everyone can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer which affects so many we know and love.  We call this raising money for breast cancer one sweet at a time.  Boston Bakes is grateful for the support of our participants, volunteers, partners and sponsors that make Boston Bakes come to life each year and to the many that enjoy the wonderful desserts benefitting breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Please follow Boston Bakes on Facebook and on Twitter @boston_bakes.Mission:  

  • Bring about wellness through nourishing the spirit of the individual
  • Enrich the soul of the city in order to support the wellness of its people
  • Share wellness through gastronomic discourse and commerce
  • Apply funding to breast cancer research and care
  • End breast cancer in our lifetime


  • $1.4 million donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Increase public awareness about breast cancer
  • Encourage community to share stories of triumph and victory
  • Fortify everyday those who fight cancer on the frontlines

















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