RI nonprofit helps 27K+ families put food on the table throughout pandemic

Good News Notes: “The founder of local nonprofit organization tells 12 News that they’ve helped a record number of families put food on the table since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last March. Project Hand Up, created several years ago by Coreen St. Jean, is a food supplement program that offers a variety of products in…

Sen. Warren to donate proceeds of book to Berkshires nonprofit

Good News Notes: “Senator Elizabeth Warren will donate a portion of the proceeds from her new children’s book debuting this fall to Girls Inc. of the Berkshires. The Massachusetts Democrat will debut her picture book, ‘Pinkie Promises,’ in honor of a favorite campaign ritual. The book will feature illustrations by Charlene Chua. Warren is donating…

Look: Hawk rescued from netting at Massachusetts golf course

Good News Notes: ” Animal control officers in Massachusetts came to the rescue of a red-tailed hawk that took a night flight to a golf course and ended up tangled in netting. Billerica Animal Control said officers responded to a golf course in the town Sunday night when the bird of prey was spotted trapped in…

James Taylor and his wife donate $1M to Boston hospital

Good News Notes: “Grammy-winning singer James Taylor and his wife, Kim, have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to help with its battle against the spread of the new coronavirus. The gift announced Tuesday will help the hospital direct resources where the need is greatest, whether purchasing supplies and equipment, repurposing space,…

How Yoga Exercises Its Positive Effect on Depression

Good News Notes: “Yoga appears to improve mood through increased activity of an amino acid neurotransmitter known to influence mood, anxiety, and sleep, a small randomized trial suggests. Investigators found yoga was associated with improved mood and increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).” “‘The study suggests that the…

Local Army nurse reunites with Navy SEAL whose life he saved.

Good News Notes: “An army nurse had the surprise of his life when he came face to face with a soldier he saved overseas more than a decade ago. U.S Army Major Joe Pagnoni of Feeding Hills was an Army nurse during the War in Iraq in 2007. Navy SEAL Jason Redman was near death…

Elderly Somerville Resident Saved By Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Good News Notes: “An elderly resident was saved by a carbon monoxide detector installed under a grant program, according to the Somerville Fire Department. Firefighters were called to a Central Street home to investigate a fire alarm and found a carbon monoxide detector going off in the basement. The detector was installed by the Somerville…

Boston Bartender Saves A Man’s Life

Good News Notes: “Co-workers are in awe of Oscar Simoza, who jumped over the Silvertone Bar & Grill counter and helped save a choking man’s life. ‘The legs just moved and reacted,’ Simoza said. ‘I’m hugging the dude and I had no idea how I got there.’ Simoza used the Heimlich maneuver on the choking…

Massachusetts Using Volkswagen Funds On Clean Air Projects

Good News Notes: “Massachusetts is awarding $7.5 million the state received from a nationwide Volkswagen settlement in grants for 98 projects meant to help electrify the transportation sector and reduce air pollution. The money comes from the settlement from Volkswagen’s illegal tampering of vehicle emission control equipment. The state is using the money to help…