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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Needles for 'Nawlins

WATERTOWN

Of all the commemorations of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Watertown may be hosting one of the most unique this evening.

The group Acupuncturists Without Borders has given free treatments to about 6,000 people in Louisiana suffering from acute stress and trauma. To keep the effort going, acupuncturists across the US are offering their skills in a fundraiser called "We Stick Bayou."

Locally, the Japanese Acupuncture Center at 124 Watertown St. is one of the participants, offering 30- to 45-minute treatments -- designed to "reduce stress and anxiety, help with trouble sleeping, and provide a general sense of well-being" -- from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The suggested minimum donation is $20. Appointments aren't necessary, but can be made by calling Bella Rosner (a former New Orleans volunteer) at (617) 332-0566.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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