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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 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).

I Got to Ask Peter Hotton a Question…

Photo Courtesy of Kerry Goodwin Photography

I Got to Ask The Boston Globe’s Peter Hotton a Question (well, actually, two) at the Harvey Building Products Showroom

If you own a house, there are always a few little things (or a ton of big things) that need to be fixed, updated or replaced and if you are handy, terrific but if you are not, well, that’s okay, too. There are tons of good people out there to help you out. While only slightly skilled, I can manage minimal repairs and just yesterday I fixed (inexpensive but still fine) cotton window shades with parts that I scored off another shade. Yes, thank you, I do feel resourceful! How did I get so resourceful? By finding people who know way more than I do (that’s easy enough). For years, one of my favorite weekly reads has been Peter Hotton’s Handyman On Call column in the Boston Globe (every Thursday).

Asking Peter Hotten a question at Harvey Building Products Boston Parent Blogger Network event
Asking Peter Hotton a question

So I was thrilled when I was invited to a Boston Parent Blogger event at Harvey Building Products in Burlington where Mr. Hotton would be speaking (yes, I am that handy-person geek – let’s talk about my air-to-air heat exchanger). Peter Hotten spoke charmingly and knowledgeably to the assembled bloggers and shared stories and advice. He had a great answer to that heat exchanger question, too.

I have to say that this was not my first visit to the lovely Harvey showroom. A few years ago we did some (much needed) work and had a wonderful contractor (John Natale in Woburn), who would patiently go over plans or even hold up pieces of wood to show how a corner would be finished. He also sent us here to choose a roof.

Capability mom at harvey building products
This is my roof!

Thank goodness he did! It’s a great way to look at roofs (or windows, doors or decking material) on mock houses making it much easier to visualize on your house and you won’t annoy other drivers by slowing down or cause an accident by rubbernecking while roof shopping. See, all about the safety!

Harvey has been around for exactly as many years as I have (look it up, it’s a long time) and this local company is a wonderful resource to find contractors, too. While they work primarily with contractors, the bright and beautiful showroom is open to the public. Don’t be shy, head on in and pick out a roof or front door or window. I sort of fell in love with a sun room…

Thank you Harvey Building Products, Peter Hotton, Boston Parent Bloggers and Julie Dennehy for the informative and fun event!

I happily attended this Boston Parent Bloggers Network event and was given a lovely lunch and a gift bag but no compensation was received. All opinions are, as always, my own.

Goings on around Town

I will be busy today with a dog walk, some volunteer stuff for the high school and a Blogger Lunch at Common Ground. It will be nice to meet people that I have connected with on twitter in real life.
Here is a link to the Boston Globe – great list of goings on including our own Newton Open Studios this weekend.

Spoiler Alert!
Here are some pics of the goodie bags for the lunch at Common Ground – little basil plants and Lindt chocolate truffles – yes, I wrapped them from something I saw on Pinterest. Not anywhere nearly as cute as theirs but I tried! I also posted this from my iPad – pics and all and learned that I need to NOT put in photo in the original size



Dennis Lehane, Mitchell Zuckoff and a room of 250 women…

Mostly women, anyway. It’s true…there were a few men but mostly women as usual. A room full of book loving, library supporting women. Everyone was in spring finery but with a touch of wool – it is New England, after all.

It was the 28th annual Book and Author luncheon – yesterday. It was, as always, one of my favorite events. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff were personable, engaging and funny. Mitchell Zuckoff gave a slide presentation (he even brought his own A/V equipment – got to love that) which had us on the edge of our seats which was a precarious place to be because we were also laughing so hard – Caution!  Falling library ladies!

Not to be outdone, Dennis Lehane took the stage and charmed the room as well. He is a consummate storyteller and shared how he became one (with a special shout out to libraries) as well as some great stories. What a treat! With books for sale from New England Mobile Book Fair, a nicely presented lunch, (the chicken was good, the salmon looked okay but I heard the veggie plate needs work) and the authors generously staying to sign every last copy, it was a lovely day. The staff of The Newton Marriott is always wonderful and it has been newly renovated and looks fresh and bright.

Put it on your calendar for next year – This is a not to be missed event!mitchell zuckoff, dennis leahane and a room full of 250 women

It’s the 28th Annual Friends of the Newton Free Library Book and Author Luncheon at the newly renovated Boston-Newton Marriott Hotel. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff will speak (a definite treat) and sign books after lunch (which is always delicious), really. So don’t say you weren’t invited. It evens ends at 2:45 so Moms can make pick up at school. Grab your book group and join us – it is a really nice event.

The Friends of the Newton Free Library invite you to attend

The 28th Annual

Book and Author Luncheon


Friday, May 11, 2012

Cash Bar 11:00 am

Luncheon 12:00 pm

Speakers and Book Signing will follow the luncheon

Newton Marriott Hotel Ballroom

2345 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA


The Friends of the Library are proud to present Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff at the 28th Book and Author Luncheon.

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and the play, “Coronado” which has received stage productions in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels – Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone and Shutter Island – have been adapted into award-winning films.

Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II. Published in April 2011, the book spent more than two months on The New York Times’ bestseller list and was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by,, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Entertainment Weekly, Apple’s iBookstore, Kirkus Reviews and others.

His previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders. His magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications.

Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award, among other national honors. He has won the 2012 Winship/PEN New England Award for Nonfiction

He received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where he was an O.O. McIntyre Fellow, and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. A native of New York, he lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.

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