New England Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter Topics

  • Welcome Message by Chapter President
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • MEEI Earfit Program
  • Upcoming Events
    • Board Meeting
    • MFA Tour
    • September HLAA/Plymouth Meeting
    • Walk4Hearing
  • Open Caption Performances
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre
    • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
    • American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University
    • New Repertory Theatre
    • Huntington Theatre Company

WELCOME MESSAGE by Sandy Spekman, HLAA Plymouth Chapter President

Welcome to the HLAA Plymouth Chapter’s September Newsletter.

We’re starting our fifth year of providing meetings to educate you on topics of interest.  We have asked at meetings for participants to fill out a survey what topics interest them.  What interests YOU? Petie Blanchard, our treasurer, has compiled the results from these surveys which can be shared with anyone interested. Please consider coming to an upcoming board meeting on September 20 if you’d like to become more involved.

The topic of our first meeting, on Wednesday, September 25 from 7-8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, will be Communications  Access in Emergency Situations. Jonathan O’Dell, Assistive Technology and Training Specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will be presenting.  Two years ago he presented to our chapter on assistive technology.  He’s very knowledgeable about emergency management and the information you’ll learn from him might one day save your life!

The following meeting (we meet bi-monthly) will be on November 20.  Kevin Franck, Ph.D, MBA, CCC-A, Director of Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, will present on the topic of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids. Kevin is also the treasurer on HLAA National Board of Trustees.

Our national membership is growing!  We have at least 20 paid national members now.  HLAA National cannot do what they do without your support, so please become a member if you can! See

I hope to see you at our first meeting on September 25.

In the meantime, enjoy the fall!



A new program is being sponsored by Mass Eye and Ear to provide opportunities to try out new hearing assistive technology at their Longwood Office and in a restaurant setting.
For more information follow this link to their website:


Our chapter raises funds, part of Amazon Smile:  Our link is: or the Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter.  When you buy something from Amazon, if you set it up through this link, a portion of your total goes back to our chapter from Amazon.



Board Meeting – There will be a board meeting on September 20th at 1:30 pm at Roger Berg’s house, 11 Hall Street, Plymouth.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

ALDA/HLAA Accessible tour at the MFAThe MFA and Boston Collectors: 19th Century to Mid 20th Century Paintings on Saturday, September 21

To register, email Ronit Michom at or call 617-369-3189.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (MFA and Boston Collectors),  the date (September 21), and the time of the tour  (10:30 a.m.).

Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set. If you need only an ALD receiver, please specify .  If you plan to use your own equipment and want the guide to wear an additional microphone, then please specify. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.

Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed. Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.  Email  if you register and are then unable to attend. Registration closes on Friday, September 13 unless the tour fills up before that time.

September HLAA/Plymouth Meeting – September 25 – See information in Welcome Message.

HLAA’s Annual Walk4Hearing – This event will be on Sunday, October 27 at Artesani Park 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA. Registration is at 10:30 am. The 5K (3.1 miles) walk starts at 11:30. For further information, contact Walk Manager Ann Rancourt,  Petie Blanchard will be forming a team for the walk, the Plymouth Pilgrims.


Priscilla Beach Theatre

The Priscilla Beach Theatre is providing open captioning on the first Sunday of all of their six productions for this season.  You must request open captioning and you will have something set up for you, similar to open captioning that all movie theatres have today but you have to ask for it.  You can also ask for a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that you put your hearing aids or cochlear implants on t-coil or telecoil.

  • [Title of Show] – September 8
  • Young Frankenstein – October 6

–   Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University

All performances at the Wheelock Family theatre are open captioned. For a complete schedule, see  The following are ASL & AD performances:

  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka – November 10 at 2 pm and November 6 at 7:30 pm
  • Little Women, the Musical  – February 9 and 12 at 2 pm
  • The Little Prince  – April 26 at 2 pm and May 23 at 2 pm
  • Bud, Not Buddy  – May 16 at 2 pm

–   American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University

The following performances at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University have Open Captioning:

  • Six – September 12 at 7:30 pm and September 14 at 2 pm
  • Moby Dick – January 9 at 7:30 pm and January 11 at 2 pm
  • Gloria: A Life – February 20 at 7:30 pm and February 22 at 2 pm
  • 1776 – June 25 at 7:30 pm and June 27 at2 pm

The theatre will maintain holds for anyone wishing to use the Open Captioning service and can best accommodate patrons over the phone at 617-547-8300 or email at

–   New Repertory Theatre

The New Repertory Theatre was selected for the Theatre Development Fund’s Open Captioning grant. There will be six performances with open captioning for the coming season (all performances are at 3pm):

  • Nixon’s Nixon – September 28th
  • Trayf – October 26th
  • Oliver! – December 14th
  • Hair – February 8th
  • Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill – April 11th
  • August Wilson’s Fences – May 9th

25 seats will be reserved in the front of the side section with the best view of the open caption system, for those who are part of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.  When making a reservation, just be sure to mention that you’d like to take advantage of that service, and the box office will make sure to give you priority for those seats.

–  Huntington Theatre Company

The 2019-2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: October 1 7:30pm and October 9 2pm
  • We All Fall Down: January 21 7:30pm and January 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sweat: February 12 2pm and February 18 7:30pm
  • Our Daughters, Like Pillars: March 31 7:30pm and April 8 2pm
  • The Bluest Eye: May 5 7:30pm and May 13 2pm

Tickets are $20 for each patron with slight to profound hearing loss. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at 617 273 1558 or email  For more information, see