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Upton youth’s techy tribute

Rabbi Susan Abramson and her team of assistants - the fourth-grade class at Temple Shalom Emeth - celebrate of the release of her fourth “Rabbi Rocketpower’’ children’s book.

TECHY TRIBUTE: Upton resident Lisa Pazol best remembers Regina Frabotta of Milford for her unconditional love.

“She was a grandmother to anybody who came into her life, whether they were blood or not,’’ Pazol said of her mother, who succumbed to cancer last spring. “She was all about the holidays, tradition, Italian cooking, and keeping everybody together. To live so simply and be able to touch so many lives, she was definitely amazing.’’

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To raise money for charity in Frabotta’s honor, 12-year-old Logan Pazol - Lisa’s oldest son - recently created Donut Fighter, an app for mobile devices available on iTunes for 99 cents. For ages 9 and older, the game allows players to spar against Jimmy, a pink frosted donut with sprinkles, through 10 rounds of progressive difficulty.

The proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Every time the game is downloaded, Logan said, 70 cents goes to the hospital (with the remainder collected by Apple). Donations can also be made directly to St. Jude in the name of Donut Fighter.

Logan spent 100 hours over five months designing the game, which was inspired by his computer-savvy father, Brian, and his 10-year-old brother Brody’s interest in karate. His goal is to raise $10,000 by the one-year anniversary of his grandmother’s death, March 26. Since its launch on Dec. 10, Donut Fighter has been downloaded by more than 400 people in nine countries.

“I wanted to do something to fight cancer,’’ said Logan, a seventh-grader at Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon. “This makes me feel proud.’’

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/jimmythefightingdonut.

OLYMPIC BENEFIT: For the past three years, the chamber choir at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has competed at the highest level in music competitions in New York and Philadelphia, sweeping first place in each category despite being upgraded to a bigger division each year.

As a result of this success, the 26-member choir has been invited to perform at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.

According to the ensemble’s director, Timothy Savoy, of Londonderry, N.H., the chamber choir is the only one in the Northeast invited to participate. The students will perform at three events in Olympic Park, four side venues, and four additional locations around London from Aug. 1 to 9. During their free moments, they will tour Buckingham Palace, Parliament, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Stonehenge, and the Roman city of Bath.

Savoy said a fund-raising effort is underway to raise $132,510 for this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’’ for which the students are rehearsing 90 minutes each day, five days a week. The chamber choir travels regionally for competitions, but this will be its first trip overseas.

“The kids have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this position,’’ he said. “I’m so proud of them.’’

To learn more, visit www.gdchamber2012.com.

TU BISHVAT TALE: Bedford resident Susan Abramson, rabbi at Temple Shalom Emeth in Burlington, has published the fourth installment in her Rabbi Rocketpower children’s book series in time for the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat on Feb. 9.

In “Rabbi Rocketpower in a Tooty Fruity Tale for Tu Bishvat: A Juicy Mystery,’’ Abramson combines a time machine with a talking cat, a bowl of raisins, and a half-eaten piece of fruit that comes to life. The book, which also offers lessons in ecology, is written for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, and is illustrated by Laura Standley, a senior at Woburn Memorial High School.

Abramson’s previous books in the series also involve the superhero Rabbi Rocketpower in mysteries with Jewish themes, from a half-baked matzah at Passover to a hogged hallah at shabbat, and missing menorahs at Hanukkah. She was among the first 50 women ever to be ordained as a rabbi, and is the longest serving female rabbi in Massachusetts.

Abramson said, “The goal of all my books is to teach children about Jewish holidays, while hopefully getting them to think about what we’re doing to the earth, and all the ways in which we can help protect nature.’’

For more information, visit www.rabbirocketpower.com.

KATSOS HITS LA: The Steve Katsos Show, which is produced by the former Arlington resident and volunteers at Arlington Community Media Inc., recently added a public-access cable channel in Los Angeles to its worldwide audience.

The 30-minute weekly variety show is hosted by Katsos, a 1991 graduate of Arlington High School who now lives in Hudson, N.H. The program follows a traditional late-night talk show format, with Katsos performing an opening monologue, followed by a comedian, a musical act, and an interview segment.

The show celebrating the program’s arrival in the Los Angeles market featured former governor Michael Dukakis. Previous guests have included Boston Marathon hero Dick Hoyt, longtime sportscaster Bob Lobel, and veteran comedian Dick Doherty.

Launched on April 5, 2009, “The Steve Katsos Show’’ can be seen on two dozen cable channels in 10 countries. For more information, visit www.stevekatsos.com.

ARTFUL RECEPTION: Arlington artist Claire Burke has a painting in the Cambridge Art Association’s group exhibition “Scratching the Surface,’’ which is curated by Joseph Carroll of Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.

Measuring 24 by 22 inches, Burke’s “Crevice’’ is a mixed-media abstract painting consisting of graphite, acrylic painted papers, and oil stick.

The exhibition will have an opening reception Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the CAA’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St. in Cambridge, where it will continue through Feb. 24.

For more information, call the CAA at 617-876-0246 or visit www.cburkeart.com.

INDIAN HILL KUDOS: Indian Hill Music of Littleton was recently recognized for its community service efforts at two events.

The nonprofit music education and performance center earned a nomination for Nonprofit of the Year at Enterprise Bank’s Celebration of Excellence, and it received the Roy L. Jeannotte Service & Leadership Award from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Indian Hill’s outreach activities include the Ayer Shirley School Music Partnership; free “Bach’s Lunch’’ faculty concerts each month for seniors; bedside singing for the terminally ill and their caregivers by the Threshold Choir; scholarships to music students; and free performances at senior centers and community fund-raisers.

For more details, call 978-486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

People items can be submitted to Cindy Cantrell at cantrell@ globe.com.
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