NEADS in the News
Handling with care: By training service dogs, ACI inmates help others
Feb. 14 Millbury fundraiser fulfills NEADS for veterans
The Mahlerts woke up one morning and decided they were going to do more than donate money to NEADS — National Education for Assistance Dog Services — they were going to make sure another veteran received an assistance dog, just like Holly Mahlert's dad did.
"Did Ollie make a difference in Dad's life? Yes! Big time! Ollie has helped him smile again, there, he's smiling right now," said Ms. Mahlert during an interview.
Princeton nonprofit sells stuffed marathon service dogs
In need of a ‘Rescue’?
Nonprofits are always on the hunt for new revenue, and some of them dabble in retail to bring in extra money.
Think museum gift shops or online stores selling coffee mugs and note cards. Now NEADS, a Princeton, Mass., nonprofit that trains service dogs, wants to bolster its fledgling retail operation — and, if history repeats itself, the item it’s selling won’t stay in stock for long.
Her decision, their life
They were full with newlywed love that brilliant Marathon Monday, fused in joy and then in disaster. Raked by the blast, Patrick and Jess would both lose their left legs. But Jess, harder hit, has held for two years now against the loss of her right. Everything seemed bound up in that choice.
Nate Corddry a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan
Living 2,600 miles away won’t stop this die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan
More proof that you can take the sports fan out of Boston, but you can’t take Boston out of the sports fan.
Actor and Weymouth native Nate Corddry, the younger brother of fellow “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry, left Massachusetts for college 20 years ago, later moved to New York City, and now lives in Los Angeles. But he’s still a Red Sox season ticket holder, despite his home address being 2,600 miles from Fenway Park.
(“I was on the waiting list for 10 years,” he explained, “so when they called me last December and said, ‘Hey, your name came up,’ I said, ‘Oh, Lord. I live in — I accept! I’ll take them!”)
When it comes to the New England Patriots, Corddry says he never misses a game and has three team shirts hanging in his closet (“two Bradys, the home jersey and the throwback jersey, and a Rob Ninkovich”).
So it’s no surprise that Corddry is backing the Pats in the friendly wager he’s made with actor and Baltimore fan Thomas Sadoski on this Saturday’s Patriots/Ravens game.
R.I. Guard veteran hopes writing book will ease his pain, perhaps that of other soldiers
The war that John DiRaimo, 53, physically left behind continues. A Rhode Island Army National Guard veteran who served a 13-month tour in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, when ground battles raged, DiRaimo cannot keep the conflict out of his head.
The news these days, as President Obama continues military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which seeks to control areas of those two nations, does not help.
Service dogs Jake, Rossi Boy named after fallen firefighters
Edward Walsh, Michael Kennedy died battling Boston fire
Two service dogs-in-training have been named after two Boston firefighters who lost their lives in a Back Bay fire earlier this year.
NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, Mass., will hold a special event Thursday at the Engine 33, Ladder 15 Firehouse in Boston to honor Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, who died in March.
Walsh's widow, Kristen Walsh, and Kennedy's mother, Kathy Crosby-Bell, will have the opportunity to meet the two dogs that they have each been named in honor of the fallen men.
Service dog carries on heroic legacy
WORCESTER — As Rescue, a perky black Labrador retriever, investigated the Franklin Street fire station Thursday, it was clear the dog had no sense of the gravity of his duties and the namesake he carries.
An assistance dog from the Princeton-based nonprofit NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, Rescue has been paired with Boston Marathon bombing victim Jessica Kensky and is named in honor of fallen Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.
RIC President Visits NEADS Service Dog Training
Your favorite canine does not have to be top dog to learn to sit, stand and roll over. But what if your dog can open a bathroom door? Pull a wheelchair? Answer the phone? The National Education for Assistance Dog Services program, known as NEADS, teaches man’s best friends to do a number of human-like tasks, all in the hopes of providing support and assistance to a variety of special populations, such as veterans of combat, persons suffering hearing or vision loss and other people with disabilities.
Service dogs provide love, assistance to those in need
Westborough resident Cathy Zemaitis grew up with dogs and horses. So it was no wonder when, in 2012, she took the position as director of development at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton. The nonprofit was established in 1976 and offers a wide spectrum of assistance dog services for those who are deaf or hearing impaired, combat veterans, the physically disabled, classrooms, therapy and ministry, and children with a disability or on the autism spectrum. They have placed over 1,500 service dogs, giving their handlers freedom, physical autonomy, and relief from social isolation.