LABBB/Best Buddies Craft Fair 2015

Once again the LABBB/Best Buddies craft fair was a fun time.

The planning that Linda Bartlett (former LABBB teacher at Chenery) put into it showed.  She had the table/space grid set up days in advane and the floor plan done the night before.  She was bringing in coffee, donuts, balloons and water at 7:00AM and pizza in the after noon. (all donated).

We also had an Acapella group come from our Bedford & Lexington High Schools to perform during the fair.  The Pitch Pipes from LHS and the

We had a great raffle table and a special raffle of a Gronk signed photo from the 2015 superbowl, won by LABBB’s own Peter Kimball.  (photo donated by a LABBB staff that would like to remain anonymous).

We are planning ahead we have the date for next year and location.

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LABBB Basketball Season Opening Game Today

This month we have the LABBB Basketball teams getting ready for their season.

We had 34 LABBB students in our High School programs try out.

2 decided not to play but 32 made either the A, B or C team. Yes, we had to add another team because we had so many students that wanted to play.

Dec. 3 will be our first game for the A team. (Today)

See below for the schedules, we are still working on getting more games for the C team.


A Team Schedule

12/3 @ Brandon School.  No spectator’s 11:00AM

12/10 @ Woburn Boys and Girls Club vs. Campus, 10:30AM

12/17 @ Lexington Fieldhouse vs. Seaport 11:45AM (need bag lunch)

1/21 @ Woburn Boys and Girls Club vs. Campus, 10:30AM

1/28 @ Woburn Boys and Girls Club vs. SEEM Prep, 10:30AM

2/4 @ Woburn Boys and Girls Club vs. SEEM, 10:30AM

2/11 @ Lighthouse School, No spectators, 11:30AM

2/25 @ Woburn Boys & Girls Club vs. SEEP Prep, 10:30AM

3/3 @ Lighthouse School, No Spectators, 11:30AM

3/10 @ Lexington Fieldhouse vs. SEEM


B Team Schedule

Sat. Dec. 19, @ Cotting School, 10:00AM

Sat. Jan. 16 @ Cotting School, 10:00AM

Thurs. Jan. 7 @ LHS fieldhouse vs. C team 11:30AM

Fri. Jan. 29, @ Cotting School, 7:00PM

Sat. Feb. 13, @ Cotting School, 10:00AM

Thurs. Feb. 25 @ Lexington Fieldhouse, 11:30AM


C Team Schedule

Thurs. Jan. 7 @ Lexington field house vs. the LABBB B team at 11:30.

Working on more games.


November is here and December is right behind

November is a busy month of holidays, trips and activities.

The LABBB Thanksgiving Dance is November 20 and a trip to the Best Buddies 5K Gobbler Road race is November 21.  Look for the flyers to come in the mail and on our LABBB website.

Our PLAYBILL Group will be going to see Don McLean, from the “American Pie” fame, on November 15.

LABBB Best Buddies Chapter’s at Arlington, Bedford and Lexington are up and running and have had activities on their own but for November our Arlington & Bedford Best Buddy chapters are joining together for a movie event  on November 24th at Bedford High.  They are very excited about doing this together.

On Dec. 3rd all three chapters are joining together to be with their buddy for a LABBB Holiday Shopping Trip.  Look for the flyer to come in the mail and on our LABBB web site.

SAVE the DATE December 5, is the LABBB/BEST BUDDIES Craft Fair at Lexington High School.  Unique gifts, savory food and music will be there as well. Bring a coat to donate to the Lexington Lions Club at the entrance of the fair.

Please follow LABBB Recreation news and events on twitter @LABBBREC


Please stop by the LABBB APE and Recreation table tonight as you wander through the LABBB Open House at Lexington High School.

We will have photos, brochures and items to by and raffle.

We have LABBB baseball hats for sale $25.00

We have a framed, signed photo of Rob (Gronk) Gronkowski that is being raffled for $5.00 per ticket.  The proceeds will go to the LABBB/Lexington Special Olympics that will take place in May 2106.  Winner will be picked at the LABBB/Best Buddies Craft Fair Dec. 5, 2015.

Speaking of the Craft Fair, we still have room for vendors please contact if you are interested.

See you soon.

What’s Happening at LABBB Recreation

Welcome back to our current LABBB students and parents.

Welcome to LABBB for our new students and parents

We have a lot going on in the LABBB Recreation Department.  Those enrolled at LABBB should have received the LABBB Recreation Booklet for 2015/2016 in their mail in August.

The Recreation booklet, all trips or new events will always be on our LABBB website if you ever misplace a sign up form.  New this year we also have a monthly calendar on the LABBB website with all the recreation activities listed.

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Along with recreation activities at LABBB, we often receive information regarding other recreational activities that are going on in other communities.

I have listed a few below, check them out.

Real School Of Music:

Offers group music and theater classes for those with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities ages elementary – adult.  Offering classes at Burlington location on Wednesdays4:30 – 5:30 for elementary – jr. high and 5:45-6:45 for high school through adults with a complimentary class at those times this Wednesday.

Please contact us at for more information.
Subject: Bear Cubs 2015-16 hockey season
First practice is thisSaturday, Sept. 12. The season will go through mid-April.
Every Saturday morning at Shea Rink in Quincy from 10:00 to 11:50.  Our beginner players will skate from10:00 – 11:10, and the more experienced players will start at 10:40 and skate to 11:50.  Please let me know if you have any questions about placement.
The Registration packet is available on the website,

TOPS program for LUSC.  The Outreach Program for Soccer.  Typically has 20-30 kids from Lexington and surrounding towns.  The kids have special needs running the full range of ages and functionality.  The program runs 7 weeks in the fall and spring.  We start Saturday 9/12.  It goes from 12:30-2:00 at Diamond Middle School in Lexington, MA.  We also have volunteers and strive for a 1 to 1 ratio.

Founded in 1982 and incorporated as a 501 c (3) non-profit organization in 1984, for over 30 years Special Needs Arts Programs has worked to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities through direct involvement in the arts. 

Check out their website for more information

Open House on Wednesday, September 9th, 7pm,
at The Lexington Community Center 

Upcoming new and old programs at LABBB Recreation Dept.

We have made it through a rough snow time at LABBB after school rec.

We did unfortunately have to cancel the trip to Motown. We had some really disappointed students and staff. This trip actually got cancelled on the first night we were supposed to go and then cancelled again on the rescheduled date LABBB was supposed to go. It just wasn’t meant to be that we see this show.

We also had to miss two meetings of the Trans. Rec. Program but we were able to make those two dates up at the end of February. This program is now over for this school year but like last year it was a huge success and we will have another session Jan.-Feb. 2016.

LABBB moves on to new programs starting and hopefully nice spring weather do move outside with our programs.

Bowling is starting up the first week of March. Wed. Rec. will start mid March with a couple of new activities; Fashion Time and art class.

LABBB Rec. knows that Saturday’s can be a long day at home with nothing to do for our students. LABBB is trying to recognize this need and is bringing back our Biking Club on Saturday’s and a new Golf Group on Saturday’s. Flyers and more information will be coming in the mail to students mid March. We can not enroll all students but if biking or golfing are a favorite activity to do, then we hope that LABBB high school students will come join their friends and do it together with LABBB.

LABBB has joined with the Lex. Rec. Dept. for a drop in recreation group on Saturday mornings in March. Please go to or call 781-698-4800 to see about registering for the Open Gym at Estabrook School in Lex.

LABBB will be joining the Cotting Challenger Baseball League. LABBB will have a team of 15 players that will go to Cotting School in Lex. to play on Saturday mornings. This is open to middle and high school LABBB students. The registration form will be sent out at the beginning of April. This activity will start the first Saturday of May.

Coming real soon! March 12th, is the LABBB staff vs students basketball game. We have our players for each team now we need the fans. Please join us at Lex. High Gym at 6:30-8:30PM to cheer on your peers or favorite teacher. $5.00 entrance fee at the door. Hope to see you there.

LABBB Craft Fair

Yesterday was one of LABBB’s biggest fundraisers to help their five Best Buddies Chapters at LABBB.

LABBB had a beautiful day weather wise. LABBB had a full turnout of vendors for our space, LABBB had Best Buddies helping from Chenery, Arlington, Bedford and Lexington.  We had a vendor that was a past grad and a vendor that is a current student at LABBB.  LABBB had staff as well as two of our faculty advisors from Bedford and Lexington Chapters.  LABBB had the Lexington Lions Club there with their coat drive.  LABBB had the Lexington High Pitch Pipes Acapella group.  LABBB is part of the community and some of the community and LABBB families came to join in the fundraiser as well as fun event.  We had over 30 raffle prizes and delicious food from Meat@Slims.  This was a fun community event that helped LABBB’s Best Buddies chapter’s give back to their LABBB Buddies by doing monthly activities and to be trained in how to work with our LABBB students.

This blogger has worked for LABBB for over 30 years and to see an event like this and to see the community coming out to support LABBB and know what LABBB is to their community is a wonderful thing beyond words.  It was not like this 30 years ago.  Not many people knew what LABB was at the time.  Not many knew what LABB stood for.  Now LABBB has grown (not by just adding a B), more people know of the program and what LABBB can do, will do and how LABBB can change to meet needs.

LABBB vows to make this fundraiser bigger next year by doing two things.

1.  Giving you the date for this event now, so you will have a year to plan for it.  Dec. 5, 2015.

2.  Giving each vendor that was with us this year a $10.00 discount ,if they join us again next year.

LABBB wants to thank all the people that helped put this event on and those that came to support it.

LABBB staff saw faces that we see every year and we saw new faces.  LABBB would like more of what we saw this year, to join us again next year.

Thanks to all and see you next year with bells on.