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A Great Dentist Worth Checking Out
Longtime resident of New Britain — Dr. Bruce T Fletcher — has spent years bringing dental care to those who would otherwise never have it and works with Lexington Dental to “inspire our friends to restore their teeth, gums, mouth and smile to optimal and maintainable health, comfort, function and beauty”.
With missionary work in Honduras, Bolivia and Equador, Dr. Fletcher has shown time and time again his dedication to equal access dental care. He is currently a member of the New Britain Oral Health Collaborative, which works to provide dental services to underprivileged youth in New Britain, a member of the Pierrre Fauchard International Dental Honor Society as well as a participate in the Mentor Program at the UConn School of Dental Medicine.
At his practice, Lexington Dental Associates, Dr. Fletcher emphasizes thoroughness. Located at 49 Lexington Street, it is all-ages, and also all-encompassing.
“Our interest lies not in “patchwork” or “emergency only” dentistry, but in advanced comprehensive care. We strive for results that feel good, look good and work well. This office refers as needed to specialists for some root canal treatments, surgical periodontal care, orthodontics, certain extractions and implant placement.”
In-house oral conscious sedation is offered for the more apprehensive patients, and many smile-enhancing treatments (such as bonding, crowns, natural-looking fillings, Zoom! two-hour whitening, and Smile Vision) are available.
You can learn more at their website here: Lexington Dental Associates.
The Whoo Space on Market St, has been host to a variety of community events, from an art exhibit of handmade books to campaign headquarters for Arnold Levinson in this years past Ward 3 Special Election. This past Tuesday was no different when University of Massachusetts’s Permaculture Program, in conjunction with Creative Community Collective, and a number of local residents hosted a presentation on shared community space.
According to C3′s website, “three Northampton neighbors decided to take their fences down and combine their yards to create a larger space for shared recreation and food production.” The goal was to create a Permaculture site, which C3 defines as:
…a vision, design system, and global network that draws on patterns and principles found in nature to meet human needs, while regenerating the natural world and creating abundance we can share.
The students redesigned the shared backyards into a sustainable open space, taking down the barriers of the three neighboring backyards and integrating them into one cohesive shared area for recreation and sustainable gardens. The goal is to inspire others in the community to open to the idea of turning neighboring land into shared space for the community to gather around.
The presentation consisted of a number of design possibilities. The various options which the team of UMass students had assembled ranged from the more conservative rearrangement of bushes and minor terraforming to the highly progressive, with much of the shared backyards transformed into a super efficient organic farm powered by animals complete with rice paddies and greenhouses heated by chickens. Owen Freeman-Daniels, newly elected Ward 3 City Councilman, owns a condo on part of the property used for this project. He told our Director of Marketing that he hoped his neighbors were interested in pursuing the concept. The turnout was exceptional, with more people in attendance than the space could accommodate. Many passersby were poking in to see what the gathering was about. Each mini-presentation was followed by a short Q&A session where members of the community could gain further insight in each proposal. The group was then invited to stay and take a closer look at the various proposals drawn up by the students, as well as ask any further questions to the presenters. Check out our gallery of photos to see the audience and designs. It was a great success, with a lot of interesting new ideas about utilizing the ever-decreasing open spaces that we have here in Northampton’s Ward 3.
Are you planning on getting up early to go shopping on Black Friday? If you live in St. Petersburg, FL, this lady already has you beat.
Talk about dedication…
Here’s a fun bit of news:
The Philippine Star ran an article on November 15, 2010 about a 12 year old Indonesian boy, Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah, who programs in his spare time. His platform of choice? Adobe Flash for use on cell phones. The applications he has made thus far are impressive. Fahma’s games are intended to help Indonesian children learn English and mathematics. This year Fahma was recognized with an Indonesia ICT Award.
This week we are blogging about our personal heroes. Who’s yours?
Who: Douglas Rushkoff
Occupation: Media theorist
Most notable accomplishments: Coined the terms “viral media”, “digital native”, and “social currency”
Prizes & recognitions: Rushkoff Serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of The National Association for Media Literacy Education and MeetUp.com
He is the 2004 winner of the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.
Like the ocean and the weather, our society has been networked together through the media, economic, and telecommunications infrastructures. We experience ourselves in a kind of fractal, with our television screens displaying images of television screens with television screens. And our interconnectedness allows for remote high leverage points: a single, tiny media event in a remote location – like a camcorder capturing the beating of a black man by white Los Angeles cops – can lead to full-scale rioting in 12 American cities.