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Lexington Community Coalition - Virtual Welcome Coffee - Shared screen with speaker view
Jessie Steigerwald
06:57
Welcome to our Community Coalition Welcome Coffee!
Jessie Steigerwald
07:09
Please say hello here in this chat bar
alisakotler-berkowitz
07:32
Hello - so nice to “meet” everyone. I’m Alisa Kotler-Berkowitz, from Temple Emunah.
Jessie Steigerwald
07:35
I’m Jessie Steigerwald, I will be helping co-host this morning. I’m also a member of the Coalition Steering Committee.
Anne Mason
07:37
Hello everyone! I’m Anne Mason, Minister of First Parish, here to represent the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association.
Heidi O'Mara
07:55
Heidi O’Mara is here
Joe Pato
08:02
Hello, I'm Joe Pato - Select Board Member
Kalyani Seth
08:04
Hi ! I am Kalyani Seth. I’ve been part of the Mental Health Subcommittee and Steering Committee for a couple years. Welcome everyone!
MarthaLeticia Valencia-Torres
08:05
hello my name is Martha valencia and I’m a partner with the coalition with the Lextinas
Weidong Wang
08:34
Hi, this is Weidong Wang from Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL). Our web site is www.caal-ma.org
Heidi O'Mara
08:48
Heidi O’Mara from Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. www.snaparts.org,
sbarrett
09:09
Susan Barrett here from Transportation Services. I have a new laptop for this and don't seem to have video access at this time. Trying to work on audio.
Valerie Overton
09:41
Hi everyone, this is Valerie Overton (she/her) from LexPride. Our website is https://www.lexpridema.org.
Emily Hayes
10:22
Hi everyone! Emily Hayes here from LYFS (www.lyfsinc.org)
Tony&Ari
10:42
Good morning everyone, my name is Anthony Serio and I am the Assistant Director of Youth & Family Services for the Town of Lexington Human Services Department. I am a licensed clinical social worker that provides human services to any resident in the Town of Lexington under the age of 60. Our website is: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/youth-family-services
Jessie Steigerwald
16:51
We are starting today with introductions this morning. Our state Representative Michelle Ciccolo is beginning our meeting with an update on what is happening at the state level.
sbarrett
17:28
I am logging off to troubleshoot for a 10AM meeting. In brief, we continue to operate transportation services, but only for essential workers and people that truly have no other way to get their essentials. Otherwise, we are connecting people with the many wonderful great groups in town, such as Neighbor Brigade for delivery of items. Thank you!
Jessie Steigerwald
18:12
Thank you Susan!
Joe Pato
20:55
if possible, please mute your mic if you aren't speaking
Michelle Ciccolo
21:20
My website has a covid update page: http://www.michelleciccolo.com/coronavirus-resources.html
reiko
21:42
A friend of mine needs materials to make masks. Any way to get them: cotton cloth, elastics, etc.
Kalyani Seth
22:02
Hi Reiko!
Michelle Ciccolo
22:10
Sign up for newsletters: http://www.michelleciccolo.com/newsletter.html
Reem Y
22:20
Please mute everyone Jessie
Kalyani Seth
22:33
Jessie gave me some yesterday - we can check with her and I can connect you with another person I connected with yesterday.
Jessie Steigerwald
23:01
We are hearing from Joe Pato, member of the Lexington Selectboard. Joe is the liaison to the Lexington Community Coalition
Jaclyn Anderson
23:14
Hi everyone- my husband is a Emergency physician with the BIDMC group which is 12 hospitals. I also volunteer with Lexington Girl Scouts if anyone has any needs for their young daughters.
Michelle Ciccolo
26:45
Can we record this? Just didn't want to start a recording without everyone's permission.
Mona
27:02
I think Jessie is recording this already
Kalyani Seth
27:03
Michelle - Jessie is trying to record it.
Joe Pato
27:06
Preferred e-mail jpato@lexingtonma.gov
Michelle Ciccolo
27:25
Great for the recording. We should post later if folks don't mind.
Joe Pato
28:13
Town info: https://lexingtonma.gov/coid19
Joe Pato
29:04
Town info: https://lexingtonma.gov/covid19 (correcting typo above)
Jessie Steigerwald
29:17
Thank you Rep. Ciccolo - I’ll review that between speakers : )
Mona
30:49
I give my permission
Anthony Serio
30:57
I am totally in support of sharing this recording
Joe Pato
31:08
Note that people joining the call will only see the chat content *after* they join
Ragini Sinha Pathak
31:17
PSA: Text COVIDMA to 888777 to sign up for the latest updates from the State to be texted to your phone
susanschiffer
31:19
I give my permission.
Joe Pato
31:26
earlier content is not shared
Jessie Steigerwald
34:45
Lexington Community Coalition website: lexhere4you.org
Jessie Steigerwald
35:23
These are the shared goals that Coalition partners and members are addressing together: Community Coalition = Town + Schools + CommunityThe coalition seeks alignment between the town, school, and community to address goals that can’t be met by one “arm” acting alone:1. Promote physical health and reduce alcohol and substance use2. Promote mental health & reduce experience of loneliness,depression & suicidal thoughts3. Promote intentional community action to celebrate our diversity4. Promote a culture of collaboration and innovation to reduceunnecessary obstacles to success while promoting academic excellence.
Michelle Ciccolo
35:44
I have another call that starts at 10AM. I will have to jump off this call. Everyone please stay in touch. michelle.ciccolo@mahouse.gov and google voice: 781-330-0730
Jessie Steigerwald
35:48
These are our Coalition partners: Community Coalition Partners for 2019 - 2020ABCL Association of Black Citizens of Lexington CAAL Chinese American Association of Lexington CALex Chinese Americans of LexingtonIAL Indian Americans of LexingtonIFAA Indian Family Activities Association of Lex (LexDESI) JPLex Japanese Support Group of LexingtonKOLex Korean-American Organization of Lexington LexART – Lexington Arts & Crafts SocietyLexington Historical SocietyLexington Human Rights CommitteeLICA Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers Club (LNNC) Lexington Pride CoalitionLextinasMunroe Center for the ArtsSEPAC Special Education Parent Advisory Council SEPTA Special Education Parent Teacher Association SNAP Special Needs Arts ProgramLexington Public SchoolsLexington Human Services DepartmentLYFS, Inc. Lexington Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Jessie Steigerwald
35:52
Thank you Rep. Ciccolo!
Jessie Steigerwald
36:05
We are now hearing from Reem Yared, from Help Around Town.
Jessie Steigerwald
36:25
Help Around Town link: https://www.helparoundtown.com
Jessie Steigerwald
38:37
Thank you Reem!
Michelle Ciccolo
38:44
Might be helpful if everyone put in their full name and best contact into this chat.
Jessie Steigerwald
38:52
We are now hearing from Emily Hayes from Lexington Youth and Family Services
Jessie Steigerwald
39:15
Emily shared the following link: https://doxy.me/lyfs
Getnewperspective AnastasiaGalanopoulos
40:41
Good morning everyone! Sorry I’m late. This is Anastasia Galanopoulos from Getnewperspective
Jessie Steigerwald
40:46
Link to LYFS, Inc. https://www.lyfsinc.org
Jessie Steigerwald
40:54
Hello Anastasia : )
Joe Pato
41:41
I hold virtual office hours - Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays, 2-3pm via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/623099257
Joe Pato
41:58
more info at https://joepato.org
Emily Hayes
42:35
Emily Hayes: LYFS Inc. www.lyfsinc.org
Jessie Steigerwald
42:38
We are hearing from Anthony Serio from the Town of Lexington Human Services Department
Emily Hayes
42:44
Feel free to email me at emily@lyfsinc.org
Emily Hayes
42:56
Call or text at 781-862-0330
Emily Hayes
43:08
Families can reach out via any of those.
Jessie Steigerwald
43:21
Thank you Emily
Emily Hayes
43:37
Drop-In hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-12
Anthony Serio
43:47
https://www.advocates.org/news/covid-19-coronavirus-and-advocates#Updates%20for%20Families
Emily Hayes
43:48
Wednesday and Friday 2:30-4:#0
Anthony Serio
44:05
https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/hs_dept_covid-19_resource_list_3-19-20_3.pdf
Mona
46:46
@Tony — I will have this info sent out through the SEPAC networks.
Anthony Serio
47:32
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_390ypnmHgaM0kudG35fUEx3bIUEqobcidL8vMabaho/edit?usp=sharing
Michelle Ciccolo
50:48
I also find a daily walk to be an absolute necessity for mental health and stress relief. I go out for 1 hour a day and that is the only break I often allow myself. Don't think I could get through this without it! Find a friend, stay 6' apart and walk the paths or streets now light on traffic.
Getnewperspective AnastasiaGalanopoulos
51:30
I agree! I do this with or without my family almost daily.
Valerie Overton
52:11
Me, too! I encourage everyone to do this who can.
Michelle Ciccolo
53:14
I have teenage boys whose biological tendencies would be to sleep all day. We are working with them to do a "project" every morning at 8:30 or 9am to give them a reason to get out of bed. We meet together, even if only for 1/2 hour and get them started with their day. Helps them tackle their on-line college work with more intention.
Jessie Steigerwald
53:24
We are hearing from Heidi O’Mara from Special Needs Arts Program.
Anthony Serio
55:19
I complete agree with the "project" idea to help with the start of the day. I also think it's really important to consider frequent work breaks (5-10min) every few hours for all family members, especially if you and your family are all working from home.
Reem Y
56:41
Heidi, congratulations to SNAP on finding ways to keep your work going in such difficult circumstances
Michelle Ciccolo
56:53
Echoing the suggestion of frequent breaks that Anthony Serio just noted. I'm finding myself far more achy from sitting at computer/phone all day. Much less moving around so critical to stretch, stand, using standing desk if you have one, take calls standing up, etc.
Mona
57:24
Can we schedule an invite, where we all watch the concert together?
Joe Pato
57:50
I need to jump off, stay well everyone
Michelle Ciccolo
58:02
Thanks Joe for joining us!
Anne Mason
58:58
This is Rev. Anne - I need to hop off now. Thanks for being here, everyone.
Jessie Steigerwald
59:39
Thank you so much Rev. Anne
MarthaLeticia Valencia-Torres
59:42
Hola Cristina, Alejandra y Pili
Heidi O'Mara
01:00:03
I am going to try to paste in the stick figure project. This was done with branches found in the yard and glued onto paper to create movement.
Heidi O'Mara
01:01:36
Here is a link to our YouTube channel, which will soon be a link on our website:
Heidi O'Mara
01:01:38
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMPiadqRD4RO9CN5cQiH0ow
rosalynminassian
01:01:49
Thank you so much for organizing this Jessie!
Mona
01:01:50
Human Rights Committee — Reporting — https://www.lexingtonma.gov/human-rights-committee/news/have-you-observed-or-experienced-discriminatory-behavior
Heidi O'Mara
01:02:29
Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., website is www.snaparts.org
Mona
01:03:02
Our general website is: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/human-rights-committee
alisakotler-berkowitz
01:03:56
cards4localfriends@gmail.com
Mona
01:04:01
We will post this on FB
alisakotler-berkowitz
01:04:10
Great idea! Yes!
Reem Y
01:10:22
I just read that there is no more collection in the pink bags of clothing etc. Maybe we can set up a cotton fabric collection box at Hartwell?
Jessie Steigerwald
01:10:35
Mask info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gjt4MPGpCawO59z5VbGGprLJbzLx1P9g/view?ts=5e7a1e85
Debbie Armstrong
01:11:40
First Parish is also making masks. There is a person at FP with cotton sheets for linings and is willing to share. contact me if you want information: drarmstrong@verizon.net. Martha is talking about craft passion.com I think
Debbie Armstrong
01:12:07
The above message is from me: Debbie Armstrong
Debbie Armstrong
01:16:33
Thanks, Jessie and everyone! I have to leave the meeting. Will check the website for recordings.
vineeta.kumar
01:16:38
Hi all, I have to drop off now. Thank you For organizing. Jessie. Was my first coffee and very helpful. Thank you to all the groups for all theya re doign to help the community.
Michelle Ciccolo
01:16:45
I'd love for someone to help organize a technology-repair/repurpose drive. I think there may be "old" cell phones and unused laptops that folks might be willing to lend/loan and I think there are a lot of seniors and others who need help getting up to speed with video technology. If we can get tech resources into more people's hands, it might really help on the social isolation. Is anyone looking at this issue?
Mona
01:17:35
Speaking of racism — we will also post the Lex Media link to the Community Conversation on Race — this year’s topic was The Necessity of Talking About Race with Your Children
Valerie Overton
01:18:13
Valerie Overton from LexPride. Our website is https://www.lexpridema.org.
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
01:18:18
Hi Everyone -- This is Ting Fang from New Legacy Cultural Center. We are a relatively new Cultural and Educational organization, dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in the community. We are aiming for lauching a series of programs specifically in hope of helping the community members in this difficult time, including free meditation(with the Art of Living), yoga, and other oriental health modalities. Here is the link for registering for the free meditation sessions starting next Monday: https://forms.gle/GDUjd15Hs8teHDGA9 I am also coordinating a group of home-sewn mask volunteers, and would be happy to share what we found from different needs and styles from different hospitals.
MarthaLeticia Valencia-Torres
01:18:41
https://zoom.us/rec/share/5ZxSI-7I70pJRdLt7W7ZQqEEId74T6a81SYdqPAInkwMyk6MYbLN37BN2gsYZqJ0
Jessie Steigerwald
01:18:44
We are hearing from Sue Schiffer with updates about LexArt and the Lexington Community Farm!
MarthaLeticia Valencia-Torres
01:19:29
link for the video of the mask making from Another Yarn Burlington
MarthaLeticia Valencia-Torres
01:19:33
https://zoom.us/rec/share/5ZxSI-7I70pJRdLt7W7ZQqEEId74T6a81SYdqPAInkwMyk6MYbLN37BN2gsYZqJ0
Anthony Serio
01:20:09
Will he work with a MacBook :)
Anthony Serio
01:20:42
Apple products are notoriously difficult without the genius bar
Reem Y
01:21:03
We can post a job on HelpAroundTown and an ad regarding this
vineeta.kumar
01:21:07
Rsponding to Michelle on old cell phones and laptops- my son repairs laptops and gaming devices (www.giftagame.org). I'll ask him to focus on laptops if we can gather old/non-working laptops
Reem Y
01:21:12
If Vineeta’s son can sign up too
Mona
01:23:54
HI Ting!
cristi pachano
01:25:07
It was a super pleasure to connect briefly with this community and learn about all the resources available in Lex. I would love to collaborate to see how as Bridge School PTA member I could help my community to feel cohesive and together in this trying times. My email is cristancha44@yahoo.com
susanschiffer
01:25:18
LexFarm Prebuy seedling sale through April 15: http://lexington-community-farm.mybigcommerce.com/
Michelle Ciccolo
01:25:41
How fun would it be if we all made a video demonstrating how we cook our favorite specialty?! Love Ting's ideas.
Heidi O'Mara
01:26:07
I love that idea Michelle!
vineeta.kumar
01:26:13
Everybody- LEF is palnning a virtual UNPLUG! on March 28. Activities like music, yoga, art and many others. Look out for information
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
01:26:27
We had a joint program with LexMedia and here is one of the episodes teaching how to make home-made dumplings: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/c0gKv9ZUF0uiidDafFfESDZA5EkkJp7L/media/531671?autostart=true&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false&jwsource=cl
Reem Y
01:26:57
https://www.helparoundtown.com/jobs/e4ce67427552303993ad23c1
Ting Fang -- New Legacy Cultural Center
01:27:05
the link for registering for the free meditation sessions starting next Monday: https://forms.gle/GDUjd15Hs8teHDGA9
Reem Y
01:27:08
I just created a job on HelpAroundTown asking for tech donations
Reem Y
01:27:34
Tech donated will be sent to SNAP https://www.helparoundtown.com/jobs/e4ce67427552303993ad23c1
Heidi O'Mara
01:27:35
Anyone who wants to do an art project or do a sing-a-long, please check out our YouTube channel. More videos are on the way! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMPiadqRD4RO9CN5cQiH0ow
Anthony Serio
01:27:45
Thank you Reem
Heidi O'Mara
01:28:46
Thank you Jessie and everyone!