Irish Community Connectionsby Irish Community News
- Exploring addiction myths, another tool to prevent suicide
- Work Exhange program helps participants choose career paths
- Questions surrounding US citizenship and residency
- Dont' let the rain and snow slow you down, tips on eeping fit in winter
- What happens when you overstaying on a 90-day holiday visa waiver to the USA
6. Talk to your family members: Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue. (National Council on Aging, 2013).
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program to gain some experience in the field of architecture and experience life in the United States. Boston is the city of choice for Adrienne. She is delighted with her new internship and is very grateful to the staff at the IIIC for all of their assistance. Likewise, the IIIC staff are delighted that Adrienne has secured such an amazing internship. "Adrienne is a bright, young lady with lots of ambition and drive and we know that she will excel in her new role at DiMella Shaffer," reports Ann-Marie Byrne, Director of Learning Exchange Programs at the IIIC. "We wish her every success in her new position."
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Depression is a real issue, be it on its own, or connected with alcohol, drugs or prescription medication.
However there is help on hand and no should suffer alone. We at the Irish Pastoral Centre strongly urge anyone suffering from depression or any addiction to contact us. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the IPC to reach the many resources which are available. This is confidential and nonjudgmental service. For more information or just to chat contact Eileen on 617-265-5300 X 13
Massage and relaxation sessions are coming to the IPC this fall. Massage therapy is more than simply relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. Just some of the benefits of massage found by the American Massage Therapy Association include;
· Stronger immune system: massage has been shown to improve and strengthen the immune system. This is great news, as we need all the help we can get as we enter flu season.
The IIIC is holding a free health screening on Tuesday, October 8th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Flu shots, blood pressure tests and wellness screenings will be available at no cost to you.
Answers to all of your health insurance and healthcare access questions will also be answered. Appointments are recommended but drop-ins are also welcome.
For additional information and to register for the screening, contact Ciara Lavery at (617) 542-7654.
The cooler days are upon us, with these come lower humidity, hotter drinks and open fires. After a long hot summer which sometimes kept us locked indoors, it’s time to get out and enjoy the cooler evenings. It’s the perfect time to lace up the runners and take a stroll or even just enjoy an evening sitting outside in the cool air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is twice as polluted as outdoor air. Every system in our bodies is dependent on oxygen, and fresh air is the easiest way to get it. This boosts our immune system, improves our blood pressure, and reduces stress and anxiety and depression.
Get out and join us at Café Eireann or the Cara Club. We will meet Monday, September the 9th at 1pm, at the Veronica Smith Centre in Brighton and Wednesday the 11th, at 10am at 15 Rita Rd, Dorchester. Good coffee, chat and ‘craic’ are great for the health and heart!
Do you have some spare time? Want to get out and meet some new people? Do you have a special skill you’d like to share? Want to help out a great cause?
YES?! Well the IPC is the place for you.
By Ann Marie Byrne
Last Wednesday, the IIIC organized a visit to the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque in Roxbury. Upon arriving, we were greeted and welcomed by Barbara Sahli, a member of the Muslim American Society of Boston. The purpose of the visit was to improve group members’ understanding of Muslim culture, disprove stereotypes and examine prejudice. One of the group members admitted that he did not know what to expect when going to the Mosque.
· Joshua Tree: Friday, September 13th. 8:00pm. $15 pp. The nation’s premiere U2 tribute band is back at the ICC by popular demand. Typically this event sells out so please purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.IrishCulture.org and by calling ICC at 781-821-8291.
· ICC Author Series Welcomes Howie Carr: Saturday, September 14th. 7:00pm. $30 Members & $35 General Admission. ICC would like to welcome famed talk show host, award winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author and political reporter, Mr. Howie Carr. Carr has written three best-selling books on the topic of Boston crime and Whitey Bulger. The evening will include dinner, discussion and Q & A. Tickets are available on-line at www.irishculture.org or by calling ICC at 781-821-8291.
Historians say Halloween began with the Irish and we at the Irish Cultural Centre want to celebrate that great part of Irish history. Halloween from around the world describes how Halloween began with the Celts farmers thousands of years ago. “They knew that the sun helped make their crops grow, so when autumn came the sun began to fade and they believed that the sun would be winter’s prisoner for six months. They were worried that the sun would not return so to make sure it did they held a festival on October 31. During which, they asked the sun to return safely in the summer. All the cooking fires were put out and a huge bonfire was lit on the hillside. Here they prayed the sun would shine brightly after winter was over. The next morning they would return to the hillside take a piece of the burning wood from the remains of the bonfire and light new fires so as to bring good luck. Feasts were held over the new fires and people would dress up in costumes made out of animal skins. It was believed these costumes would protect people from bad luck. This is how Hallowe’en is said to have begun and is still celebrated today.
fully endorses the campaign. Johanne Méléance is the organization’s campaign volunteer, and will be working to collect hundreds of signatures. If you are interested in signing the petition or in helping Raise Up Massachusetts collect more signatures, please contact Johanne via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 617-542-7654 ext. 13.
Q: Some friends of mine recently moved to a new school district, and they have been having trouble enrolling their children in the local public elementary school. Both the parents and the children are legal permanent residents. Can the school stop the children from enrolling in school?
A: No. Under Federal law, all children in the United States are entitled to public elementary and secondary education regardless of their race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status or the status of their parents or guardians. So a school has no legal basis to prevent legal resident children from attending. This entitlement also extends to cases where children or their parents are undocumented.
There is some confusion about the kinds of information that schools can collect from pupils and their parents without violating federal law. The Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice has published a fact sheet with some clarification of this issue. These are the main points:
On August 20th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued the following warning about a new scam involving immigrants who have pending applications for benefits:
“In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU has opened a book of condolence for New Yorker to sign in tribute to the late beloved Irish poets Seamus Heaney.