CFCS’ New “Memory Cafe”

 

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Cambridge Family and Children’s Services
Image: helpfamilies.org

Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont is the director of business development and vice president at Abiomed, Inc., based in Danvers, Massachusetts. Originally a native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Stephen C. McEvoy was also the director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, a community-based charitable organization, from 2002-2005.

Cambridge Family and Children’s Services (CFCS) focuses on stabilizing families in the local area, providing them with the necessary support and funding so that children can be raised in a loving and nurturing home environment within a supportive community. The organization is one of the oldest human services agencies, as it was founded in 1873, albeit originally as an orphanage. CFCS has continued expanding its mission and services throughout the years, offering a variety of programs in all areas of children and family development.

Many of CFCS’ initiatives are locally-led and very creative, such as its recently-established Neighborhood Memory Cafe. The cafe provides a comfortable, safe place for individuals with memory loss and their family or caretakers to meet and spend time in peace. Established in response to research that shows that social engagement has a positive effect on the care of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the Neighborhood Memory Cafe provides this space for anyone who requires it in the Cambridge area. To read more about the new cafe, visit helpfamilies.org.

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AMIGOS Gap Program Takes Volunteers to Ecuador for Internship

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AMIGOS Gap Program
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Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont, Massachusetts, serves as the vice president and director of business development for Abiomed, a leading provider of medical devices for circulatory support. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Stephen C. McEvoy has supported various nonprofit organizations, such as Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS). The organization manages programs for high school and college students, and offers the AMIGOS Gap Program for students in between schooling.

An immersive volunteer internship, the AMIGOS Gap Program enables participants to become facilitators for social change in communities across the globe. Those selected become full-time volunteers and live with a host family throughout the duration of their internship, during which time they work with a local community development organization. The experience provides participants with the opportunity to acquire firsthand experience with foreign agencies, develop leadership skills, and engage in monthly excursions to learn about the local culture and history.

Gap programs feature different countries each semester. Participants in the 2017-18 semester program may travel to Ecuador and live with families in the city of Cuenca or one of the smaller nearby communities. Organizations accepting Gap volunteer interns include Plan International and Grupo Social FEPP, and monthly excursions will consist of visits to the Incan Ruins, the Amazon jungle, Cajas National Park, and other culturally important sites. Participants may choose between three internship duration options: spring semester, fall semester, or a full-year experience.

For additional information about the AMIGOS Gap Program and the 2017-18 program, visit amigosinternational.org/programs/gap-semester-ecuador-fall-2017.

Trails Near Belmont, Massachusetts

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Air Line State Park Trail
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Stephen C. McEvoy is a business executive and attorney based in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he serves as vice president and general counsel for Abiomed, Inc. In his free time, Stephen C. McEvoy enjoys running and skiing.

Residents in Belmont, Massachusetts, have access to a variety of lovely trails, ideal for biking, running, or walking. Here are some of the top-rated trails, according to http://www.traillink.com.

1) Air Line State Park Trail: At 53 miles, this trail runs from the northeast corner of Connecticut to East Hampton, Massachusetts. It is a gravel pathway that brings explorers behind the Air Line Railroad and past the Rapello and Lyman viaducts as well as by several small waterfalls.

2) Mass Central Rail Trail: This train railway originally ran 104 miles until it was destroyed by a hurricane. Now the community is coming together to connect the various parts. Currently there are 32 miles complete and ready for runners, cyclists, and skiers. The trail is beautiful and peaceful, running alongside a river. There is free parking at Route 140 and Thomas Street in West Boylston.

3) Alewife Linear Park: A short path at only 2 miles, this paved pathway runs from the Alewife T-station in Cambridge to Cedar Street in Somerville and is popular with commuters. Future plans include expanding the trail further into Cambridge and Boston.

Top Ski Spots on the East Coast of the United States

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Shawnee Peak
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The director of business development and vice president and general counsel for Abiomed, Inc., in Massachusetts, Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont oversees the company’s business development and legal department activities. When he’s not busy with his professional responsibilities, Belmont resident Stephen C. McEvoy enjoys skiing.

The East Coast of the United States offers a wide range of ski resorts for skiers of all skills levels. Following are just a few of the top ski spots in the area.

Shawnee Peak
Located about one hour from Portland, Maine, Shawnee Peak features 40 trails and more than 230 skiable acres. The majority of the trails are designed for beginning and intermediate skiers, making it a popular spot for families, but Shawnee Peak also features a fair amount of advanced trails.

Okemo
Offering a mountain coaster for kids and a plethora of blue-square runs, Okemo in Vermont is frequented by skiers looking to relax while enjoying the basics of skiing. The area features a seat-heated lift to keep skiers warm on their ride up the mountain. All of Okemo’s restaurants, lodging, and other facilities are close to each other.

Whiteface Mountain
Home to the largest vertical drop on the East Coast, Whiteface Mountain in New York provides skiers with a unique blend of gentle terrain, historic spots from the 1980 Olympic Games, and amenities. Skiers often enjoy Whiteface for its scenery as much as they do for its runs.

Basic Sailing Etiquette

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Sailing Etiquette
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A key member of the Abiomed, Inc., executive management team, Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont, Massachusetts, is responsible for leading the company’s business development efforts, working with the board of directors, and preparing SEC forms. In his free time, Belmont resident Stephen McEvoy enjoys a variety of hobbies, including sailing.

As with many activities, there are several basic rules of etiquette that keep sailing enjoyable for everyone on the water. The following are just a few examples:

Right of way. Every sailor should clearly understand and follow the right-of-way rules for sailing. This includes steering out of the way of oncoming boats; taking a wide route around large freight boats, fishing boats, and racing boats; and being aware of how your boat’s wake affects others.

Anchoring and mooring. Moving at a slow speed when docking prevents your boat from disrupting the activities on already docked boats and from making it difficult for sailors to navigate through the crowded area. When it comes to anchoring out in sea, do so away from other boats and outside of a high traffic area.

Boarding. Always ask the skipper or boat owner before boarding any vessel other than your own. While on the boat, accept an equal share of the duties and always listen to the skipper. Additionally, only bring the items you need onto another vessel. This is especially important if you’re planning on being on board for a while because space is always limited.

Impella Heart Pumps from Abiomed

Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont, Massachusetts, serves as director of business development for Abiomed, Inc. Also vice president, general counsel, and assistant secretary of the company, Stephen McEvoy supports all commercial and product strategy efforts.

A manufacturer of innovative devices that support or replace the heart’s pumping function, Abiomed offers a variety of artificial pumps including the smallest heart pump in the world, the Impella. The Impella family of products currently includes four individual models, each created to meet the needs of different cardiac patients. The Impella 2.5, for example, features a 9 French diameter and 12 French pump motor, which together support flow of up to 2.5 liters per minute. This particular pump draws blood out of the left ventricle and returns it into the ascending aorta.

Similar in size, the 9 Fr Impella CP (with 14 Fr motor) supports greater flow rates but uses the same platform as the 2.5 model. Both can be introduced by catheterization via the femoral artery. The Impella 5.0 supports 5 liters per minute of flow and, at 9 Fr in diameter, stands out as the smallest pump available to support this level of blood flow from the left ventricle into the patient’s aorta. Finally, Abiomed’s Impella LD also supports 5.0 liters per minute of flow but is designed for insertion in the context of an open chest surgery. This device, which relieves load on the left ventricle, directs blood flow into the aorta via a 21 Fr micro-axial pump.