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MVM_Cover_SeptOct14homeSeptember / October 2014:
In homes early September, on newsstands mid-September.
- Cover Feature: A Pizza Tour of the Merrimack Valley. >>
- An Interview with Pulitzer-Prize Winner Paul Harding. >>
Columns:
- Matters of Life & Beth: It’s a Dog’s Life. >>
- Style File: There’s a Monster in My Closet. >>
- Travel Advisory: Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt. >>
- Wine Notes: Pairing Wine with Cheese. >>
- From the Kitchen: Meh, September. >>
- A Guide to Area Schools and Colleges. >>
- Earthly Beauty: Discovering a Cleaner Cosmetic. >>
- Meet Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora, Northern Essex Community College’s new executive director of Lawrence campus and community relations. >>
- Plus our regular local features, Happenings. Dining Guide, Arts and Community Calendars.

School_Guide_Home_Sept14A Guide to Area Schools and Colleges: Back-to-school is a great time to think about your children’s future – what options are out there for private schooling and college? We surveyed some of the area’s leading institutions of learning in this month’s special education section. Check here for our Guide to Area Schools and Colleges. >>

Dr_Lora_HomeFor the Love of Science and Learning:  Who is Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora? In addition to being a well-regarded faculty member at Northern Essex Community College, and the recently appointed executive director of Lawrence campus and community relations, she is a mother, amateur chef, spice collector, gardener and former research scientist.

Ties_HomeStyle File: A Lesson Before Tying: Ties were once de rigueur for men, but the business-casual movement pushed them back into the closet except for weddings and funerals. The poles are shifting again, however, and ties are making a comeback. We have a few tips for you, summed up in four simple words: color, pattern, texture and balance. >>

Cleaner_Cosmetic_HomeEarthly Beauty: From what we eat to what we wear, going clean is mainstream. So if you’ve thought about making the switch from your standard cosmetics line to a more natural one, we have some insights on how cleaner products can benefit your skin and enhance your beauty. Read ‘Creating a Cleaner Cosmetic’ here. >>

MVMA_Backdrop_14aThe readers have spoken! We’re happy to present the recipients of our third annual Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. The top picks in each and every category were chosen by you, our readers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and congratulations to the winners: See the results here. >>

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Spring Home 2014:
On newsstands now:
- Cover story: How one bold couple made their “Old World-” inspired dream home into a modern day reality.
- Decorating Trends: The ‘Natural’ Home Decor Trends Sprouting Up this Spring. >>
New Hampshire Furniture Masters. >>
- Entertaining Essentials: Throwing the Perfect Party. >>
- Work Out at Home and LIKE it in Your Home Gym.
- Kitchen Essentials: Become a Grilling Superstar. >>
- Wood Refinishing That’s Quick, Easy and Affordable.
- Gardening Essentials: Container Gardening 101. >>
- Inside The Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell.
- Decorating with Vintage Weathervanes.
- Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard.
- Plus, Unique Items for Your Home, Real Estate Statistics, Town Profiles and more…

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ARCHIVES – Portrait of the Valley: Readers are invited to submit original artwork or photographs featuring a person, place or thing in the Merrimack Valley for publication in each issue. eMail submissions to portraits@mvmag.net. Please include name, location where photo was shot, eMail address and phone  View our Facebook album of past portraits. >

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