We are New Beginnings Singles Support Group, a non-profit, non-sectarian support organization located in Abington, Massachusetts. The focus of our self-help group is to provide a safe, supportive place for recently single, widowed, divorced, or newly separated adults who are in need of support in dealing with the day to day issues associated with their situation.
Through small group interaction, led by a facilitator, the members learn to begin the process of building a single life and eventually re-enter the social world in a safe environment.
We are non-sectarian and self-supporting. The meetings are topic driven group discussions, usually offered by one of the members in the group, with the intent of helping the newly single person see that this is a temporary setback, not a permanent way of life. We also offer planned events that give members a safe place to go to socialize.
Our interaction as individuals during refreshment time or at planned functions helps to build new friendships and social circles. Many of us have lived through similar situations and are proof that a new, happy life is possible.
If you or someone you know would benefit from our meetings and hospitality please come to a meeting on Monday evening or give us a call at 781-499-2659 or Email us at email@example.com for further information.
MEMORIAL DAY - WHY DO WE CELEBRATE THE MAY HOLIDAY?
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of summer but it’s so much more than an excuse for a three day weekend. It’s a U.S. holiday with a lot of history and a lasting significance.
Held annually on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War. Who exactly created it and where are unclear, but legend has it that the tradition began in 1864. That’s when three women from Pennsylvania, put flowers on the graves of loved one who had died in the war, including a young man killed in the Battle of Gettysburg.
By 1865, according to the Library of Congress, people in states such as South Carolina and
Mississippi were participating in unofficial ceremonies that proceeded Memorial Day. But Waterloo, New York, claims to be the birthplace of the holiday, given that it held what Nelson Rockefeller would later call “the first, formal, complete, well-planned, village-wide observance of a day entirely dedicated to honoring the war dead,” in 1866.
The first national Memorial Day occurred in 1868, but it was called Decoration Day. During that year May 30 was set aside for “the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” according to the History Channel.
The name of the holiday was eventually changed, and it’s scope slowly widened to include all wars. In 1971, it was moved to the last Monday in May.
Americans are encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 3PM. This tradition was established in 2000 so people could “remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so may to provide freedom for all.”
“Memorial Day is our nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.”
Arlene Volpe and Joe McCann Co-Presidents
Please bring an item for the Abington Food Pantry on the first Monday of each month.