Sunday, December 29, 2013

Another Successful Signing and Lecture at The Nonantum, Kennebunkport

Author Kate Genovese returned to 
THE NONANTUM in Kennbunkport, Maine in December to speak with other authors

Among them was author Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola, children's book author-illustrator, going strong at 79


A previous article in Seacost Times for a 2008 signing

KENNEBUNKPORT — Author Kate Genovese of Wells will sign copies of her latest book, "Two Weeks Since my Last Confession," from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport.

"Two Weeks Since My Last Confession" grabs the reader into the family saga of the O'Brien family-capturing the changes in the social and domestic landscape of the last 25 years. The reader will cheer each character on to resolve their multi-faceted issues, such as war, drugs, abuse and family dynamics.

A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to the York County shelter program.
She lives in Boston and has a home in Wells. For information, visit
Genovese is the author of two previous books, "Thirty Years in September, A Nurses Memoir" and "Loving Joe Gallucci."



neuro.RAPT continues its exclusive four part bi-weekly docu-byte series on Severe Traumatic Brain Injury for both our veteran and civilian population.
Episode 2: Common Brain Lesions Associated with Severe TBI

led by Dr. Theresa Pape, a clinical neuroscientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

This segment covers:
1) What are some common brain lesions and how are they formed?
2) Can a mild Traumatic Brain Injury ("TBI") lead to this type of secondary injury?
3) How does our military recognize the symptoms of mild TBI?
4) What are some visual examples of mild TBI and severe TBI?
5) What are some of the consequences of severe TBI?

For those who missed Episode One: A Journey into Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

For more information about neuro.RAPT's educational programming, please visit:
To hear our latest interview on this series, listen to the podcast on Veterans Radio. (this aired on 990 AM WDEO, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1440AM WMAX Saginaw, MI and 98.5FM in Naples, Florida)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Arlington Patch - Kate Genovese

Author Kate Genovese has three books in circulation, another that she has decided to keep unpublished for privacy reasons, and a fifth, April Showers, currently being edited for release in 2014.

     As hostess of Table Talk, an interview program produced at Woburn Public Media Center, Genovese gets to "turn the tables" and ask the questions after years of responding to radio and TV hosts regarding her writings - Thirty Years in September: A Nurse's Memoir, Loving Joe Gallucci and Two Weeks Since My Last Confession.

   Loving Joe Gallucci is now in script form as well as in softcover and available on download, as are the other two books.

   A long-time nurse, Genovese gives her commentary on pertinent health care headlines on her blog    It can be located on      She keeps in touch with her friends and readers on Facebook as well as her Twitter - 

     Watch those sites for her lectures, upcoming tv shows, book signings and other activities.

     Check out Kate's banner on

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BANNING ASBESTOS: E mail from Emily

Hi Kate, thanks for getting back to me! I work as the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Mesothelioma Awareness Day has passed and our campaign was a huge success! 

Being that it is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, I am contacting bloggers like you in the cancer community to ask for help in continuing the momentum to spread awareness. 

Fortunately, because mesothelioma is a completely preventable cancer affecting the lining of the lungs (caused only by asbestos exposure), knowing more about the disease and its risk factors truly does make a difference.

Attached is the mesothelioma facts sheet that I used for the campaign this year. I would love it if you'd be willing to share it on your blog for your community. Please let me know if you have any questions and I would be more than willing to answer them. With your support in raising more awareness, hopefully one day we can get asbestos banned once and for all!

Hoping to hear from you soon : )


Here is their blog

Asbestos and Labor Day: Recognizing 4 High Risk Occupations

Asbestos and labor dayWhile many citizens enjoyed an extra day off and huge retail sales on Labor Day, it’s important to remember the real reason we observe this day. Labor Day was created to celebrate the hard work put forth by American citizens and to recognize their economic and social contributions to our country. Labor Day is also an appropriate time to recognize the dangers that many American citizens face in their respective industries. While there are many ways that workers can be injured or killed on the job, the number 1 cause of occupational-related cancer continues to be exposure to asbestos, even 30 years after the peak of its use. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma cancer after a long latency period of 20-50 years and for some industries, asbestos exposure was a regular part of the job.
Here are some industries where exposure to this deadly mineral can be common:

Auto Mechanics

Prior to the 1970s, asbestos was commonly used as an insulator for many auto parts, like brakes, gaskets, and transmission parts. Asbestos is known for being heat resistant, so it became an ideal product to use in areas like braking where high friction and high heat were created. Changing brakes and clutch systems are a common job for auto mechanics and while respiratory gear was provided, some mechanics may have felt that the mask “gets in the way” of their work and they aren’t worn. Not only mechanics, but also weekend mechanics that restore vintage vehicles are in danger since asbestos is found in older vehicles.


Firefighters have an inherently dangerous job to begin with, but a high risk factor that often goes unnoticed in comparison to their other workplace hazards is exposure to asbestos. Since asbestos was used in older homes, schools and commercial buildings built prior to the 1970s, the dangerous fiber can be found in almost every corner of these buildings. After a fire, the disturbed asbestos fibers can become airborne, putting the firefighters, cleanup crews, and surrounding communities in danger of exposure.

Bulldozer Operators and Demolition Experts

When communities and cities undergo periods of growth and restoration, there will often times be old buildings and homes needing to be torn down for new structures to be built. While today’s regulations require asbestos to be removed prior to demolition of a building, there is always the risk of exposure to asbestos and other dangerous toxins that can happen to bulldozer operators during demolition. Older heavy machinery used in demolition and construction, like bulldozers, excavators, and cranes, also have many parts that contained asbestos for insulation, so proper protection must be used when operating and fixing the machines.

Armed Services

For veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, asbestos exposure can be an issue for their health. Especially for those who served in the Navy, asbestos was used most heavily on ships. For those currently serving, the risk is not any lesser despite heavy regulations on asbestos use in the U.S. because asbestos use is not regulated in many other countries, like Iraq, India and some Asian nations. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of “white” (chrysotile) asbestos has been imported into Iraq.
While many are enjoying the unofficial end of the summer with Labor Day barbeques and shopping sprees, lets not forget what Labor Day is truly about—recognizing the hard work and dedication of the American worker and raising awareness about the dangers of working conditions that can lead to serious health repercussions.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Silent Killer

 The Importance of getting Tested for Hepatitis C

The year was 1998. My husband had a neck ache  when he was jogging. We were visiting his sister in San diego, and each morning he jogged, the pain would worsen.

When we got home to the Boston area, I insisted  he see his primary care physician at Lahey Clinic Medical Center; there, they ran a multitude of tests and did an evaluation. One of the questions was, “had you used drugs or were using drugs.”

My husband answered honestly. He had experimented with Iv drugs in the early seventies and eventually quit. Could this be part of his pain?
The answer was no. The pain in his neck was never diagnosed but the blood tests showed hepatitis c.
He had been living with this disease since he was probably 20 years old when he used drugs. Even though he was drug free for 40 years, hepatitis c grew silently in his blood stream and liver.
No symptoms showed with my husband and he got treated with medications; Ribovirin and Interferon, which made him sicker than his disease, but it cured him.
Others are not so lucky. Liver damage can occur, maybe a liver transplant if you are lucky or medications. But for some people there is no hope.
That is why testing is necessary. A simple vial of blood can diagnose hepatitis c; especially baby boomers born between 1945-1965.

Blood was not tested until 1992 for hepatitis C and many people were infused with this virus when receiving blood transfusions.

Today there is hope. A simple test can lead you to a negative result or medication that can help cure.

In my book LOVING JOE GALLUCCI, I portray the character Jimmy Romano, a former drug addict who contracted hepatitis c. Because of his wife, a nurse and her persistence, he was diagnosed and received a liver transplant. Jimmy is a healthy 60 y/o today.

For more information, please contact the liver foundation or email me for questions or help at kgeno67176  {@}

Kate Genovese RN


The Google News search on
Hepatitis C has trending articles 

The huge story trending on this is the ex-Las Vegas doctor guilty of murder in the
Hepatitis c outbreak

/ July 2, 2013, 6:45 AM

Ex-Vegas MD guilty of murder in wide Hepatitis C outbreak

 Prominent former Las Vegas doctor and endoscopy clinic owner Dipak Desai was convicted Monday of all 27 criminal charges against him -- including second-degree murder -- in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak that officials called one of the largest ever in the U.S.

A former employee at Dipak Desai's Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada, nurse-anesthetist Ronald Lakeman, was found guilty of 16 of 27 charges against him but was spared a murder conviction stemming from the death of 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana in April 2012.
Defense attorneys for both men said they'll appeal.  Read more here:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Little Walter DeVenne Interview - The Road Back to Good Health

  Kate Genovese, RN, talks to DJ "Little" Walter

Essay by Joe Viglione; interview by Kate Genovese

Rock & Roll fans in Boston know the legendary radio show that is Little Walter's Time Machine, hosted by Deejay Hall of Fame member Walter DeVenne.  DeVenne is also a mastering engineer who preserves the sounds the way he - and you - heard them way back when

Along with the re-mastering work and his radio program still in syndication, Little Walter also appears live at nightclubs in the New England region, his memo of June 20, 2013 has this to say about upcoming events:

Hey Rock & Rollers:

     First we have Saturday, June 29th at SAYDE'S BAR AND GRILL in Salem NH at 136 Cluff Crossing Road (603 890 1032).  Getting there is easy. Take exit 1 off Route 93.  Take a right on South Broadway (route 28.  Take the first right (street not the Mall)  That is Cluff Crossing Road.  Sayde's is down the road on the right with plenty of parking in the back.  I'm not sure of the time but you can call Sayde's.

     Then on Sunday June 30th we're back home at the New England Seafood Rest-Lounge in Methuen from 7 to 10.  (978 965 2242)  We'll have a ball.  See you then, Keep Rockin',  Little Walter


    Walter gives a nod to Big John and Speedo at the end of the missive.

    Big John was one of the driving forces at Cheapo Records in Cambridge and Speedo, of course, was from The Cadillacs  ( Earl "Speedo" Carroll was the lead vocalist of the group which had the hit entitled "Speedo".) They were close, personal friends of Walters who both passed on recently

       Walter DeVenne oversaw the audio for a massive 15 CD boxed set for Bear Family Records in Europe.  Street Corner Symphonies:The Complete Story of Doo Wop volumes 1-15

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 10: 1958 by Various Artists (Oct 23, 2012) - Import

With 30-35 tracks per volume that’s well over 300 songs that Walter had to adjust the audio for including The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love,” the Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You,” the Coasters “Charlie Brown,” Dion and the Belmonts “Teenager in Love,” on CD  #11, the Platters with “Only You (And You Alone),” on CD 7, Johnny Otis Orchestra with vocal by The Robins, “Turkey Hop, Part 1” and The Shadows “I’ll Never, Never Let You Go” on CD 2,  The Ravens, the Swallos, the Orioles, the Larks, the Four Dots and the Four Knights on CD 3 (see a pattern?), Walter lovingly preserves the sounds that he heard while growing up in Medford, Massachusetts while working in record shops and, eventually, radio.

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Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 15: 1963 by Various Artists (Mar 29, 2013) - Import

    In my earlier articles on Little Walter's work for Radioworld and The Medford Transcript (Walter and his family lived in Medford, Mass. before moving to New Hampshire) it was noted that DeVenne was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 after cat scans and pet scans discovered lumps in his neck. Afterwards he underwent a successful surgery.  More recently Walter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and survived - given a clean bill of health by the doctors.  

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    Nurse Kate Genovese, host of Table Talk on Woburn Cable TV and author of three published books (with more to follow), asked Walter about his past and recent recovery, and his plans for the future:

Kate Genovese:   Walter, how did they discover the most recent health situation, the pancreatic cancer?

Little Walter: I fell down a flight of stairs and hurt my back bad. I spent about a week at the hospital where they took an MRI and Cat scan and discovered something on my pancreas.  After another test where the doctor put a tube down my throat, they found out it was cancer on my pancreas.

Kate Genovese:  Did the doctor suggest the Whipple Procedure?

Little Walter: No

Kate Genovese: You still have physical evidence of the previous treatment from the original surgery, but you are still as active as ever.  How do you maintain your positive outlook and continue to do your work?

Little Walter: After an operation to remove the "lumps" and about 6 months of Chemo and radiation I was given a clean bill of health in 2007.   I beat Cancer!  Then I started working again in clubs and put the cancer behind me (for the time being)

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 7: 1955 by Various Artists (Oct 23, 2012) - Import 


Kate Genovese:  What have the doctors suggested for maintaining your regained good health?

Little Walter: Nothing really.  I had the surgery on April 22nd, 2013 . The doctor that did the surgery was Dr. Roger Jenkins.  There was a lot of pain in my gut for about a couple of weeks after the operation.  The doctor told me to take it easy which wasn't that hard to do because of the pain.  I returned to the club scene on May 19th at the New England Seafood Restaurant and Lounge in Methuen. What an oldies party we had---the club was more than packed.

Kate Genovese: What are some of the boxed sets you are most proud of? 

Little Walter: The Fats Domino box for Bear Family records out of Germany and the DOO WOP box volume 1 and 2 for Rhino Records. Then there were box sets on Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, the Platters, Jackie Wilson, The Cadillacs (RIP Speedoo), Little Richard and countless others.

KG:  With all your work with classic “oldies recordings”, I was wondering if you knew or if you had ever met Dick Clark?

Little Walter:  I met him once when I worked at WBCN.  What impressed me about him was how tiny he was.  Very short.

KG:  You were instrumental in the Doo Wop Specials on PBS, could you tell us a bit about them?

Little Walter:   I just helped the producers (TJ Lubinski) find some of the members of a bunch of groups and I did some mastering for their CD releases.

KG: We look forward to seeing you in the clubs, Walter, hearing your show on the stations playing it, and listening to some of our favorite recordings as compiled by you with their original sound intact.

Little Walter: Thanks Kate.

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 12: 1960 by Various Artists (Mar 29, 2013)


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