The TADS Beacon

Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1, 2012

JeffreyThings slowed down a bit for us in December as we prepared for the holidays.  Nonetheless, we prepared for Project INTERFACE coming to Groton and Dunstable in the new year.

The big event for us was an information session that we held on December 15th at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.  This event initially was intended to provide guidance counselors and school nurses with the knowledge they would need to take advantage of Project INTERFACE and we thought it would be nice to provide them lunch.  Right away we realized that this info is needed by all the schools who serve Groton and Dunstable and so we also invited Nashoba Regional Tech and the Parker Essential School and Lawrence Academy and Groton School.  Then we thought that police, fire, and EMTs could benefit from Project INTERFACE.  And then we included the clergy, and the boards of health and the libraries … and before we knew it, we had invited over 40 people.

Our hope was that by getting this large group together for lunch, they could get to meet each other and do some networking – and that’s exactly what happened, to our great satisfaction.

After lunch, we all gathered in the Black Box Theater (a great facility!) and I took the opportunity to show some videos of Jeffrey, which I think set the mood and focused the attendees on just how important this topic is.  Beth Rogan, the Community Outreach Manager for Project INTERFACE, briefed the group on Project INTERFACE and then a Q&A session followed.  Several good questions were asked (and answered) and the attendees seemed to be quite satisfied with the event.  Our thanks go out to Nancy Charbonneau, GDRHS Guidance Counselor and friend of TADS, for organizing this event.

As the Patriots prepare for the playoffs, I think often about watching football with my little buddy.

As 2011 comes to a close, I find myself feeling especially grateful to those people who have stuck by Deb & me through these difficult times, and am reminded of an old song by Elton John:

“Making friends for the world to see
Let the people know you got what you need
With a friend at hand you will see the light
If your friends are there then everything's all right”

Bernie Taupin


God bless,

P.S.  It was nice to get a couple of response to last month’s blog.  I’d love to get more..  Feel free to contact me at

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