Out of work? Head to the library
Unemployment is on the increase, and to help those looking for work, the Lakeville Public Library is offering free job-counseling sessions.
"This is not a placement service, but an opportunity to expand your thinking in dealing with employment issues," library director Olivia Melo said.
The sessions, which start in April, will be run on Tuesday and Thursday nights by Don Fronzaglia, a management consultant and former executive at a number of high-tech firms, Melo said.
Fronzaglia has lectured at more than a dozen colleges and universities, contributed to many books and articles on workplace issues, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences including the New England Governor's Council.
The sessions will offer information on employment issues and strategies for dealing with this economic climate. Confidential, one-on-one counseling will be given, Melo said, in areas that include looking for a new job, making yourself employable, interview techniques, and increasing your chances to avoid layoffs in the future.
To sign up, or for more information, call the library at 508-947-9028 or e-mail Melo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPEAKING FOR THE CAREGIVERS: "Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers," written by Kirk Byron Jones of Randolph, was one of 40 books and films chosen by Sojourners Magazine as the "Best Resources for Social Change." The compilation contains the works of historic and contemporary luminaries, including Sojourner Truth, Henri Nouwen, Stephen Spielberg, and Martin Luther King Jr. Jones's book, published in 2001 by Judson Press, was one of the first books to address the issue of emotional burnout among caregivers. Since its publication, it has sold more than 15,000 copies and has become a standard text in many seminaries and universities around the country, Jones said. A former pastor in Boston and Randolph, Jones currently teaches social ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School.
NEVERLAND NEVER SOUNDED LIKE THIS: Pirates and Indians speaking in Hebrew? They did at South Area Solomon Schecter Day School's all-Hebrew production of "Peter Pan" last weekend, in which 100 students in grades 1-8 participated. Show producer Sandi Morgan, the Norwood school's special projects coordinator and admissions director, said being in a Hebrew production allows students the opportunity "to express themselves through drama and to practice Hebrew in a meaningful way." She says the play was chosen as much for its memorable music as for themes such as the triumph of good and the importance of family. The school orchestra, led by music director Ken Faria, provided accompaniment. In leading roles were Elana Hershman as Peter Pan, Rachel Butler as Wendy, Aliza Holstein as Tinkerbell, and Ari Salzberg as Captain Hook.
SYMPHONY HONORS FINNEGANS: The Atlantic Symphony, formerly the Hingham Symphony, has dedicated a new chair in the name of two trustees, the late J. Paul Finnegan and his wife, Evelyn M. Finnegan. The dedication came yesterday at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center at the symphony's "Masterworks" concert held in joint sponsorship with the North River Arts Society.
RELAY FLEA MARKET: The Relay for Life of Greater Plymouth has scheduled a fund-raising flea market April 4 at the American Legion Post 40, 199 Federal Furnace Road in Plymouth, to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Relay for Life, a major nationwide American Cancer Society fund-raiser, is scheduled for Plymouth June 26 and 27 at Plymouth South High School. Participants take turns walking around the clock in teams, raising money through sponsorships. Visit www.relayforlife.org/gtrplymouthma for more information.
Jack Conway and Co., a Norwell-based real estate company, has named its top producers for 2008 at the company's annual convention recently. Taking tops in sales was Elizabeth Van der Veer of the Mattapoisett office, and taking tops in listings was Michael Foley of the South Boston office. Karen Almeida, manager of the Mattapoisett office, earned manager-of-the-year honors and the office itself took the Chairman's Award for being the company's top-producing branch out of the 40 Conway offices from Boston to Cape Cod. Marie Battles in Conway administration earned staff person of the year. Winning tops in sales and listings in the commercial division was Anthony Vacca.
Preventive Medicine Associates, a group of family practices in Massachusetts, has opened a new location, the Quincy International Health Center, at 59 Coddington St., Quincy.
Louis Trubiano of Canton was elected chairman of the board of directors at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Trubiano is president of Louis and Co., a Braintree-based advertising company he founded in 1991.
Daniel Moore of Plymouth has been named service manager of Linden Ponds in Hingham, where he runs the retirement community's Harbor Café.
Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at Kandarian@globe.com.