“Rock for RSD” Show Featuring Local Bands to be held at Plymouth Memorial Hall on May 29th

Help support a great cause and make a difference in the lives of people with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) by attending Sammie Barrett’s “Rock for RSD” show at Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court Street in Plymouth, on Saturday, May 29, 2010.

“Rock for RSD” is sponsored by King Collision Centers of Plymouth, Raynham and Pembroke.

The show was developed by Ms. Barrett to create awareness for RSD and to help raise money for a cure. Proceeds are donated to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA).

Ms. Barrett, who is a junior at Plymouth High School, was diagnosed with RSD in eighth grade after she sprained her ankle in ballet. RSD is a chronic, painful and progressive neurological condition that can develop after an injury or surgery. It can affect the bones, joints, skin or muscles. The pain can start in one area, then spread to other areas and may or may not include nerve injury. According to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America (RSDSA), the condition develops after one to two percent of bone fractures. The condition is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

This is the second annual Rock for RSD show to raise awareness of RSD, and it will feature nine great local bands: New Ditty, TooBoKou, Wicked Sea of Lions, Dilysi, Walk Harbor City, Life on Hold, The Hollow Sound, Groove Juice, and (The) Jefferson Concorde.

Advanced tickets are on sale for $10 at Plymouth Memorial Hall and online at http://www.memorialhall.com/rsd.html.

Tickets will be $15 at the door on the night of the show. To order tickets by phone, contact 508-747-1622 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and calling ahead is advised.

Anyone Can Remove Dents – King Collision Centers Removes Doubts

Founded in 1984 by Bruce King, King Collision Centers provides superior collision repair and extraordinary customer care to thousands of clients south of Boston. The company is dedicated to earning customers for life and their team of professionals’ help clients through the collision repair process every step of the way – from coordinating a rental vehicle; providing accurate damage appraisal; assisting with the insurance claim process and ensuring that the vehicle is returned to its pre-accident operation, safety and value. King Collision Centers have been selected to participate in the Repair Shop Referral Programs of 20 different insurance companies.

King Collision Centers continues to build strategic alliances with auto dealerships that want to offer collision repair services on-site, through strategic alliances such as the one with Mastria Auto Group in Raynham.

King Collision Centers are located in Pembroke, Plymouth and Raynham, MA.

For more information, visit KingCollision.com or contact 508-747-2005.

The other side of safe driving…Fatal crash driver shares his story with Plymouth North students.

PLYMOUTH, MA…

Ten years ago, Ethan Morgan was not much different than the classroom of students he addressed last week at Plymouth North High School. That is until he got behind the wheel of a car after a party. “Buzzed” but not drunk, he turned down offers from other partygoers to drive his car home. That decision would change his life and that of a Marshfield family forever. 

As part of the Plymouth Safe Driving program, Morgan shared his odyssey, which began with his involvement in a fatal crash that took the life of a Marshfield firefighter. His journey took him down the road of alcohol and substance abuse, incarceration and rehabilitation. Clean and sober,  Morgan’s efforts are now focused on motivating young people in school and in life.

 “When I was in school, I thought everybody had a few drinks and then drove home. The truth is there are far more people who don’t do that,” said Morgan. “An automobile is a very powerful machine that can become a weapon if you’re not responsible. I wasn’t and I can never make right what happened. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to live with that.”

It was a message not lost on the students in the room, most of whom are sophomores and just beginning to learn how to drive.

“Usually our advisory sessions are a little chatty, but you could have heard a pin drop while Ethan spoke,” said Andrea Norton, a guidance counselor at Plymouth North and the advisor to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). “The students were engrossed by Ethan’s story and hopefully it’s one they don’t forget as they become drivers and adults.”

Added Vice Principal Derek Thompson, “This is a message our students need to hear. We have a number of fun events in the spring, most notably prom. While these activities are supposed to be fun and memorable, that can change in a heartbeat if you’re not responsible. Ethan’s talk today really hammered that home.”

The Plymouth Safe Driving program is a multi-pronged approach to promoting safe driving habits for Plymouth North and Plymouth South high schools sponsored by Plymouth Public Schools, the Plymouth Police Department, Commerce Insurance and King Collision Centers. In addition to having speakers like Morgan speak to high school students, King developed a Web site, www.plymouthsafedriving.org, offering safe driving and a safe driving contract for young drivers and their parents. The contract acts as the young driver’s pledge to drive responsibly.

Plymouth high school students who turn in a signed contract to their principal at either Plymouth North or South high school will be entered into a drawing for In Control’s Crash Prevention Training course (a $350 value).  In addition to the winner, everyone who signs a contract and submits it to their respective principal is eligible to take the In Control Crash Prevention course at a 10 percent discount.

“Ethan’s story is one well worth hearing for any driver, young or old,” said Bruce King, owner of King Collision Centers. “With this campaign, if we can help just one kid become a better driver and avoid a serious accident, it’s well, well worth it.”

For updates on latest events and activities related to this program and additional safety information, please periodically visit www.plymouthsafedriving.org. To contact Ethan Morgan about speaking for your group, please e-mail him at ethan@thelaughingcamel.com or visit www.thelaughingcamel.com.

Anyone Can Remove Dents – King Collision Centers Removes Doubts

Founded in 1984 by Bruce King, King Collision Centers provides superior collision repair and extraordinary customer care to thousands of clients south of Boston. King Collision is dedicated to earning customers for life and their team of professionals help clients through the collision repair process every step of the way – from coordinating a rental vehicle; providing accurate damage appraisal; assisting with the insurance claim process and ensuring that the vehicle is returned to its pre-accident operation, safety and value.

King Collision Centers was voted “Best Collision Repair” by Market Surveys of America and they have been selected to participate in the Repair Shop Referral Programs of 20 different insurance companies.  That includes being part of Commerce Insurance’s CARES (Commerce Auto Express Repair Service) Shops, an elite program that includes approximately 120 collision shops across Massachusetts.

The company continues to build strategic alliances with auto dealerships, enabling dealerships to offer collision repair services on-site – similar to their alignment with Mastria Auto Group in Raynham.

King Collision Centers are located in Pembroke, Plymouth and most recently, Raynham, MA. For more information, visit KingCollision.com or contact 508-747-2005

Texting while driving. Nothing to LOL about. Plymouth Safe Driving Campaign joins crusade against texting.

PLYMOUTH, MA…

The average American sends 357 texts per month. The average American teen sends 1742 per month. While that behavior is harmless under most conditions, behind the wheel of an automobile it can be lethal. And that’s made it an issue that everybody from state legislatures to Oprah Winfrey are talking about—it’s also become the focal point of the Plymouth Safe Driving campaign.

Sponsored by King Collision Centers, Commerce Insurance, the Plymouth Public Schools department and Plymouth Police Department, the Plymouth Safe Driving campaign is a multi-pronged effort to promoting safe driving habits for Plymouth North and Plymouth South high schools. Part of that campaign includes a student-parent contract in which young drivers sign an actual contract with their parents agreeing to safe driving practices.

“Our student-parent contract includes a ‘Driving Privileges’ section where parents can prohibit certain things like texting and cell phone use, at least while driving,” said Bruce King, owner of King Collision Centers. “It may seem like a common sense thing—don’t text while you drive—but the numbers bear out that many drivers are texting and driving and the accident statistics related to that are just as staggering.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than half a million people were injured and 6,000 killed last year in motor-vehicle accidents involving a driver who was distracted while using a cell phone or texting device. More specific to young drivers, the legal site www.WhoCanISue.com reveals that:

·         46% of teens admitted to text messaging while driving in 2008; up from 13% in 2006

·         32% of young adults admit to sending text messages while driving

·         43 % of young adults read text messages while driving.

Equally disturbing, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates that 100 people die every day in traffic accidents and that 25 percent of those are caused by the use of cell phone and texting devices.

“While we created this campaign to promote safe driving among high school students, it’s quite clear that drivers young and old need to stop texting while driving,” said King. “Hopefully, with pending legislation in many states and grassroots awareness campaigns like Oprah’s, ours and others, we can get the word out that texting and driving—whether you’re sending or receiving—never mix.”

For updates on latest events and activities related to the Plymouth Safe Driving program and additional safety information, please visit www.plymouthsafedriving.org.

Anyone Can Remove Dents – King Collision Centers Removes Doubts

Founded in 1984 by Bruce King, King Collision Centers provides superior collision repair and extraordinary customer care to thousands of clients south of Boston. King Collision is dedicated to earning customers for life and their team of professionals help clients through the collision repair process every step of the way – from coordinating a rental vehicle; providing accurate damage appraisal; assisting with the insurance claim process and ensuring that the vehicle is returned to its pre-accident operation, safety and value.

King Collision Centers was voted “Best Collision Repair” by Market Surveys of America and they have been selected to participate in the Repair Shop Referral Programs of 20 different insurance companies.  That includes being part of Commerce Insurance’s CARES (Commerce Auto Express Repair Service) Shops, an elite program that includes approximately 120 collision shops across Massachusetts.

The company continues to build strategic alliances with auto dealerships, enabling dealerships to offer collision repair services on-site – similar to their alignment with Mastria Auto Group in Raynham.

King Collision Centers are located in Pembroke, Plymouth and most recently, Raynham, MA. For more information, visit KingCollision.com or contact 508-747-2005.