, Salem, MA


December 17, 2012

North Shore news in brief


Salem Public School System’s preschool program has openings for 3- and 4-year-old students in the Salem Early Childhood Center. Children must have turned 3 by Aug. 31, 2012, and must be a Salem resident to be eligible for placement. For more information or to request an application, call 978-740-1181.

The Veterans Acupuncture Care Boston/North Shore Clinic, a new, free, walk-in clinic for veterans and their families living in cities and towns north of Boston provides free acupuncture treatments to help treat the symptoms and emotional effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. The VAC Clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at the Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Clients are treated while sitting in chairs in a group, fully clothed, and needles are inserted in the ears based on a protocol developed by the National Acupuncture Detox Association. The clinic is managed by acupuncturists Paul Madden and Desneige Datillo. For more information or to make a donation, contact Desneige Datillo at 781-246-8588.

Al-Anon, a nonprofit, public service organization that helps people who are affected by someone else’s drinking or drug abuse, will hold meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., second floor, Peabody. For more information or other locations in Massachusetts, call 508-366-0556 or visit

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley will run Safe Place, a confidential, free support group led by a suicide survivor. The group will meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly, every first and third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Safe Place is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. It is a safe place to talk, listen, be silent, grieve, be accepted, be understood, and offer acceptance and understanding to someone else in need. The group is appropriate for adults and children ages 16 and older. For more information, contact Debbie at 978-327-6671 or

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