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Northeast Arc Trains Workers on New Ice Cream Machine

Breaking Grounds, the Main Street coffee shop that’s already distinguished itself from its competitors, has added Treadwell’s soft serve ice cream to the menu.

On a recent weekday, Brett Gray served a dish of sweet, creamy vanilla in a cup to a customer who wanted it topped with M&Ms, sprinkles and pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

The 22-year-old Veterans Memorial High School graduate is one of the cafe workers learning new skills.

The frosty treat couldn’t come at a better time. July’s heat wave set a record in Boston and soared past its previous monthly high from July 1983, according to Boston racked up a dozen days of 90-degree-plus high temperatures last month, and the overnight lows were also oppressive.

The idea to serve ice cream came from Steven Rosenthal, a Marblehead resident and founder of West Shore LLC, a Boston real estate private equity company. Two years ago, he donated $1 million to Northeast Arc, the nonprofit owner of the cafe. The Danvers agency’s mission is to assist people with disabilities.

“I wanted to do something different, innovative, even disruptive, in a positive sense,” he said at the time. “The idea was to find a way to literally change lives one at a time.”

Gray, an Arc client, underwent more than three months of training in the coffee shop where he learned to make coffee, sandwiches and espresso drinks. Last month, he was taught to serve ice cream and clean the $8,000 machine.

“This job has meant I can learn all kinds of different things,” he said. “I’ve learned how to make yogurt, oatmeal, chicken salad, and last week I was trained to work the espresso machine. At first, it was kind of hard, then it got easier.”

City Councilor-at-Large Thomas Gould, owner of Treadwell’s ice cream and an Arc booster, conducted the training.

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ClearRock Senior VP Featured in Fast Company Article on 5 Phrases That Make People Discount What You’re Saying

If you’re looking to advance in your career, thinking about the way you communicate is a good place to start. After all, it’s a skill that’s always in demand and goes a long way toward shaping others’ perceptions of you.

But a handful of irritating—and common—words and phrases can undermine your hard work. “Words are powerful things, and some words and phrases can really have a negative kind of energy,” says communication coach Alan Samuel Cohen, author of The Connection Challenge: How Executives Create Power and Possibility in the Age of Distractions.  At best, such phrases are distracting. In the worst-case scenario, they can actually trigger a strong negative reaction in your counterpart, either to the conversation or to you.

While it’s impossible to police every word you say—and people are going to hear what they’re going to hear, Cohen says—there are better options to consider.


When you use self-deprecating language before you put forth your ideas, you’re immediately diluting others’ confidence in you and giving them permission to dismiss you, says Ellie Eckhoff, senior vice president at ClearRock, a leadership-development and executive-coaching firm.

“Some people might start with, ‘This might not be a good idea, maybe we’ve already done this, this might not work,’” she says. “So, starting the conversation with minimizing what they’re going to offer.”

Say it better: Simply state your idea without qualifying it. You’ll be more valued for your contributions.

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Townsend Woman Hikes for Elizabeth Stone House

Linda Vincent will be spending part of her summer getting some sun and some exercise by trekking through parts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

As a bonus, she’ll also be helping raise money to support victims of domestic violence.

The 57-year-old Townsend resident, originally from Chelmsford, will join other women participating in the annual Wilderness Heals fundraiser from July 19 to July 21. Vincent will hike parts of the White Mountains to raise awareness and money for the Elizabeth Stone House, an organization offering housing and support services to adult and child victims of domestic violence.

Vincent said on Monday that this will be her first time participating in the hike after hearing about it from a friend.

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Roslindale Woman Hikes for Elizabeth Stone House

Danielle Bushrow loves hiking and making a difference. When she participates in Wilderness Heals, a three-day hike through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, she’ll get to do both. The pledge hike raises money and awareness for the Boston-based Elizabeth Stone House, which provides services for victims of domestic violence, among other things. The all-female hike features several route options so that hikers of all different abilities can participate, as long as they raise at least $1500 and participate in a training hike. Bushrow, a Roslindale resident, recently answered some questions for the Transcript TAB about the upcoming hike…

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Northeast Arc’s Breaking Grounds Cafe Offering Ice Cream

With the addition of a new, soft-serve ice cream machine, Breaking Grounds Cafe is again breaking ground.

It’s now the first locally owned shop selling ice cream in downtown Peabody.

The cafe, which opened in 2016, is not an ordinary coffee shop. It is run by Northeast Arc, the Danvers-based human service agency, as a way to train people with disabilities to work in the food service industry. At Breaking Grounds, they work alongside people who do not have disabilities, typically for about three months before moving on to other jobs.

So far, Breaking Grounds has trained about 30 people who have gone on to jobs at Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread, Flatbread Pizza and Starbucks. A former Breaking Grounds employee works at the Yard House Restaurant in Lynnfield, another at the Daily Harvest Cafe in Danvers.

Recently, Breaking Grounds added a soft-serve ice cream machine, along with a variety of toppings, becoming one of the few places on Main Street where you can grab an ice cream.

“There is none,” said Councilor-at-large Tom Gould said of the other ice cream options downtown. “Breaking Grounds is what it’s all about. It really is helping the members of the community.”

Gould, who owns Treadwell’s ice cream, about a mile away, helped them find the soft-serve machine. The cafe is serving Treadwell’s ice cream, served in Treadwell’s cups.

Jo Ann Simons, CEO of Northeast Arc, said adding ice cream to the menu means giving their clients new, marketable skills.

“Cleaning a soft-serve machine is a skill that is transferable to other ice cream shops; being able to measure appropriately ice cream sizes, add toppings,” she said. “So our folks are going to be able to get jobs not only in coffee shops, but now in ice cream shops.”

The idea, she said, came from Steve Rosenthal of Marblehead, the founder of a real estate investment firm who donated $1 million to Northeast Arc in 2017…

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Melrose Woman Hikes for Elizabeth Stone House

Every year, dozens of women take to New Hampshire’s White Mountains for Wilderness Heals, a three-day weekend of hiking in support of victims of abusive relationships. This year Melrosian Jayne Lynch will be among the 60 hikers seeking to spur much-needed donations Friday through Sunday, July 19 through 21.

“We’re raising money for the Elizabeth Stone House, which helps to support mostly women and children who have been in abusive relationships,” said Lynch. “It’s my first time participating. I have sponsored friends who have done it in the past.”

Lynch will be hiking with her college roommate and fellow teacher Linda Vincent. Dealing with the repercussions of abuse is part of the job.

“I think everybody knows somebody who has been in a situation they didn’t know how to get out of, or maybe they wanted to ask for help but didn’t know how,” Lynch said. “We both see the effects of trauma on families. This is a great opportunity to raise the money to support them.”

Organizers hope to surpass last year’s total donations, an impressive $200,000. That money goes to support victims of abusive relationships through Stone House services, including its shelter, counseling, financial literacy classes, and all kinds of miscellaneous expenses.

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Northeast Arc’s Jo Ann Simons applauds bills to increase job training and health care opportunities for those with disabilities

For U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, there is a personal reason why he has championed two bipartisan bills to increase job training and health care opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Moulton is co-sponsoring legislation for those with disabilities in light of his late uncle, Andrew M. Meader, who lived much of his life in Longmeadow, to the south of Springfield, and who was born with Down syndrome on June 24, 1964.

Moulton’s grandparents already had six kids, including Moulton’s mother, Lynn, of Marblehead, when Meader was born, but they brought him home instead of having him institutionalized, which was the recommendation of doctors in those days, Moulton said.

“But my grandparents brought him home, introduced him to his six brothers and sisters, one of whom was my mom, and he became an integral part of our family,” said Moulton, who grew up in Marblehead.

While it was not always easy for his grandparents, Moulton said his uncle went on to live a productive life.

“Far from being a burden on our family’s lives, he brightened our lives every day,” Moulton said.

Moulton wound up talking about his uncle and one of the bills he is sponsoring, called the HEADs Up Act, at the start of his presidential bid during the Politics and Eggs Breakfast in Bedford, N.H., on April 24.

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