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October 5, 2012

Health Beat: Asperger's support group meets Monday

There will be a meeting of the Asperger Syndrome Support Group on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport. A general discussion is planned.

The support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or related challenges. The meetings are free, open to the public, and serve families from all neighboring communities.

The group is sponsored by the Asperger’s Association of New England.

Chronic health management

workshop in Newburyport

The YWCA Greater Newburyport, in conjunction with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, will host a “My Life, My Health” workshop on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The program will run from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28.

The free workshop is for adults who are living with the challenges of one or more chronic health issues. Participants will learn several techniques on how to manage their health conditions, increase energy levels, eat well, control pain, handle stress and relax and regain control of their lives.

It will also allow the participants to meet others who are living with a chronic illness and have open discussions, and to lend and receive support.

Registration is required. Contact Connie Grasso at 978-465-9922, ext. 27 to reserve a space now.

Sylvan Street Grille employees hold fundraiser Thursday

The staff at Sylvan Street Grille will host a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Salisbury restaurant to raise money for the infant daughter of their colleagues who was born with a severe case of Treacher-Collins Syndrome.

Cassidy Nicholas, the daughter of longtime Sylvan Street Grille employees Eva and Jeremy Nicholas, was born on Aug. 5, seven weeks early. The child will need around-the-clock care and numerous surgeries to treat the effects of the genetic disorder.

The Sylvan Street Grille employees are hosting the fundraiser from 5 p.m. until the restaurant closes. Every employee working has volunteered to donate 100 percent of their tips to the family, and owner Ernie Tremblay has offered to donate a portion of the night’s sales.

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