NoteWorthy – 2/26/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on February 26th, 2017

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NoteWorthy - 2/26/17

From left, back row: Marta Magnus and Marie Maseng,Wang Middle School art teachers; Greg Passeri, Wang Middle School vice principal; Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Front row, from left: Wang Middle School students Christina Grillakis, Brendan Quealy, Damien Teap, Julie Thach, Anastacia Teap, Savannah Cameron, Katherine Brown and Isa Sao.

Jeanne D’Arc Holds Reception For Wang Middle School Student Artists

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union recently held a reception at their Lowell Branch on Merrimack Street to recognize the artistic abilities of several Wang Middle School students. The students’ artwork is now on display at the branch, taking their talents from the classroom into the public for all to see.

“We are happy to showcase the work of these talented students,” said Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “It’s always great to see what new pieces they create and we enjoy giving them the opportunity to share their work with the community,” he added.

From mid-February through late spring, the artwork of 17 students in grades 5-8 will be displayed on the shelves of Jeanne D’Arc’s Lowell Branch. The colorful artwork demonstrates various techniques of art, which includes illuminated letters made by embossing metal, dessert paintings made with acrylic paint, sculptures made out of repurposed books and more.

Middlesex CC Offers IT Cybersecurity Degree Program

Middlesex Community College’s new Information Technology – Cybersecurity Transfer degree program is one of the first community-college Information Technology programs to focus intensely on this high-demand career field.

“The world is now more connected than ever,” said Syeda Ferdous Begum, associate professor of STEM. “We use the Internet for banking, shopping and so much more. But those conveniences bring about security risks and concerns. Individuals with a cybersecurity background are now high in demand.”

The FBI predicts cybersecurity will eventually become the number one threat against the United States, said Brady. And the U.S. Department of Labor projects computer-security specialists’ employment to grow by 22 percent — up to approximately 65,700 new jobs — by 2020.

MCC’s Information Technology – Cybersecurity Transfer degree program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program or for employment in a variety of entry-level information-security analyst positions.

The college’s cybersecurity curriculum was created with guidance from the college’s Information Technology Advisory Board, which includes cybersecurity professionals from organizations such as Mitre Corp. and MIT Lincoln Labs, and includes topics such as riting secure scripting using Python, and implementing secure networking, virtualization and cloud computing.


Carl Howell has been named division director for housing and homeless services at Community Teamwork. Howell has been with the organization since April 2010 as the director of residential services. In that role, he has developed and managed family shelters, home base and domestic violence residential programs. Howell has a master’s degree in counseling education and is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management.



A. Richard “Dick” Hanlon, of Pelham, N.H., recently joined Haverhill Bank as vice president, commercial lending. Hanlon, based out of the bank’s Salem, N.H., branch, is responsible for the lending needs of business customers from expansion to repairs to equipment financing. Prior to joining Haverhill Bank, Hanlon worked as assistant vice president of business lending at Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union and brings 39 years of banking and business development experience to his new position. He is a graduate of the former Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell) with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.


Pentucket Bank Announces Officer Promotions

Pentucket Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of several officer-level positions within the bank.

Michelle Queenan has been promoted to assistant vice president – human resources officer. Queenan has been with Pentucket Bank for over five years, coming to Pentucket with more than 12 years in the industry and valuable experience with nonprofit agencies. She is a graduate of Westfield State University and in her free time volunteers at Jumpstart Youth Connection. She lives in Merrimac with her husband Jim, and 4 children: Sara, Emily, Jack, & Lily.


Pamela Wellington has been promoted to assistant vice president – senior branch manager. Wellington has been with Pentucket Bank for two years and came to Pentucket with an impressive background of over 10 years in the banking industry, including experience as an AVP senior branch manager for TD Bank. Wellington graduated cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, with her B.S. in Business Administration as well as a concentration in accounting and management. She currently resides in Hampstead, N.H. with her husband Chris and their two children, Matthew and Zachery.


Saima Alrai has been promoted to assistant vice president – senior branch manager. Alrai has worked at Pentucket Bank for just over two years and has an incredible 23 years of experience in retail banking. Alrai’s main focus during her time here at Pentucket has been understanding customers’ needs, developing long term successful relationships with customers, and building a strong team through working with each of her employees to ensure success. Alrai currently resides in Windham, N.H. with her family.


Eric Paradis has been promoted to assistant vice president – database manager. Paradis has been working at Pentucket Bank for the last eight years and has extensive experience as an information technology officer for the bank. He brings to Pentucket over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. Paradis is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and volunteers as a board member of Salem Family Resources in his free time. He currently resides in Salem, N.H. with his wife Allison and their two sons.



Now through March 20

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors throughout Massachusetts to give blood or platelets following recent winter storms, which have compounded a severe winter blood shortage. Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800) 733-2767.

March 4

Circle Health will hold their 2017 Ball for Community Health Initiatives at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event helps fund vital health and wellness programs which benefit residents of the Greater Lowell community. Boston,

Cary Hall will host “Spotlight: A Story of Asking the Right Questions and Holding Institutions Accountable” as part of its free Cary Lecture Series. Sacha Pfeiffer, a member of the Spotlight team that exposed the Catholic Church abuse cover-up, will be joined in conversation by Right Question Institute co-founder Dan Rothstein. Lexington, Mass. |

Northern Essex Community College will hold its annual spring open house and tour on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. at the El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center on the Lawrence campus. Individuals interested in attending the spring open house are encouraged to pre-register to attend. Lawrence, Mass. |

March 10

Join Family Services of the Merrimack Valley at Academy Lanes from 4 to 10 p.m. to Bowl a Strike for Kids, raising money for the organization’s support programs — including Stand and Deliver and Big Friends Little Friends. Bradford, Mass. |

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell‘s “Hammer It Home” 10th Annual Gala will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, with over 300 guests enjoying silent and live auctions, cocktails and a three-course dinner. Lowell, Mass. |

Enjoy live music provided by Thomas Machine Works Band and Higher Ground at the 6th Annual Pettengill House, Inc. Fundraiser, which will take place at the Blue Ocean Music Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. Salisbury, Mass. |

March 11

Nashoba Learning Group will hold their 18th Annual Full Court Charity Challenge from 9:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. This full day of basketball comes with lunch, dinner and a silent auction. Boston, Mass. |

March 18

Join other animal lovers at Flow Fitness for the 14th annual Spin for Animals and spin for one, two or three hours to raise funds for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. If you can’t make it to Lawrence, you can still join the event as a virtual spinner. Lawrence, Mass. |

The 18th Annual Fitness for a Cure, presented by Flexecution, Inc., returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event features a fun, high-energy show by the St. Jude performance team and an evening gala. Lowell, Mass. |

Relay for Life of North Andover High School will raise money for cancer research and patient care programs provided by the American Cancer Society starting at 6 p.m. North Andover, Mass. |

March 25

Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley will hold their 4th Annual Bocce Tournament at the Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge at 11 a.m. The event will kick off with lunch and all proceeds will benefit the organization’s work in supporting foster children in the Greater Haverhill and Lawrence areas. Methuen, Mass. |

March 27

Cobblestones of Lowell will be the Merrimack Valley host for this year’s Massachusetts Restaurant Day for No Kid Hungry. Chefs from other area restaurants, such as Evviva Cucina and NoLo Bistro & Bar, will help create an evening of dinner and drinks you won’t soon forget — all for a good cause! Lowell, Mass. |

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