METHUEN (MCTV) – The Alliance for Community Media Nor’easters recognized two programs produced by community members with Third Place awards.

Hosted by Jim Beagan and Deb Blood, “Yes We Can” aims to encourage people with disabilities and those who may find themselves disabled to explore all the options to get the most out of life. Winning in Diversity & Empowerment category, “Yes We Can” has programs on travel, relationships, advocacy and caregivers, which are all stored in the MCTV On Demand archive. Jim and Deb are living with disabilities of their own, leading by example.

Produced by Tom Gradzewicz, “Larry: Foster Kid… Foster Kids Advocate” is a Documentary chronicling the life of Methuen resident Larry Giordano who grew up a foster kid and went on to a career in the military, law enforcement and state legislature. Larry started Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley to give those “little things” that foster kids need and can’t always get such as backpacks and special Christmas gifts.