NoteWorthy – 3/12/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 12th, 2017

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AROUND THE VALLEY

L-r: Lauren Grace and Kinsey Rosene, owner of the Crose Nest in Lowell.

Lowell Transitional Living Center Celebrates International Women’s Day

Women of the Merrimack Valley area gathered at Lowell Transitional Living Center on March 8 for a day of empowerment to celebrate International Women’s Day. The day was officially named Women Working Wonders Day in honor of the organization’s recent grant to support outreach to women experiencing homelessness and featured an entire day’s worth of workshops designed to restore dignity, strength and hope.

The morning began with Financial Freedom hosted by Budget Buddies, followed by a tea party hosted by the Crose Nest where women made scented sachets to keep in their purses. Lowell Community Health Center made a visit to discuss reproductive health and give women a closed forum to talk frankly and openly. More tea was served at lunchtime, a delicious chai herbal infusion with rose petals. Four more workshops were held after lunch, attendance continued to be strong all throughout the even and guests were full of enthusiasm for their special day.

“It was amazing to have a day designed to have your needs put first,” said Jerricca J., a client living at the shelter. “I’m grateful to be a part of such an amazing experience.”

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L-r, back row: Dinesh Makhija, Tyler Gates, Suzanne Grapperhaus, Rachael Burke; L-r, front row: Faith Jordan, Morgan McMahan, Katherine Brown

Jericho Road Project’s “Bridges to Change” Raises Funds for Local Nonprofits

The Jericho Road Project—a non-profit organization dedicated to community strengthening and development through talent-matching partnerships with professional volunteers—celebrated their 11th annual spring fundraising gala “Bridges to Change.”

More than 190 local philanthropists, heads of business and finance, and other notable guests gathered in support of the event at the Nashawtuc Country Club. Gala co-chairs Bonny Rollender and Alicia Gomez were pleased with the enthusiastic turnout, a mingling of Concord and Lowell supporters, for a great cause.

Proceeds of the event will support Jericho Road Project’s work in Lowell and around the country. Since 2003, Jericho Road Project’s volunteer experts—strategic planners, marketers, IT experts, web designers and more—have helped nonprofits deliver stronger services to communities in Massachusetts and across the country. Currently, the Jericho Road Project serves almost 1,000,000 people annually through affiliates in Roxbury, Worcester, Lowell, Texas and California.

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L-r: Sec. Ronald Walker II, executive office of workforce development; James C. Mabry, president, Middlesex Community College; Michael Milisci, MCC Computer Science student; Gov. Charlie Baker; Susan Anderson, MCC dean of resource development; Phil Sission, MCC provost and vice president of academic and student affairs; and Sec. Jay Ash, housing and economic development.

MCC Receives Skills Capital Grant to Upgrade STEM Classrooms

Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $489,750 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning environments and academic pathways for its Computer Science, Engineering Technology/CAD programs.

MCC will use the grant to provide updated equipment — including new computers, work stations, projectors, wiring and router updates, new servers, and regular and 3-D printers — in five computer science and four engineering/CAD classrooms on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

The grant is part of $11.8 million awarded as part of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, an initiative of Gov. Charlie Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce, and economic development strategies across the state.

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NECC Receives Grant to Develop Culinary and Mechatronics Programs

On Friday, March 3, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $500,000 grant that will benefit Northern Essex Community College students in the new culinary arts certificate program and in a developing mechatronics program. The grant provides funding for new equipment for both programs.

The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally. Northern Essex has identified culinary arts and mechatronics as two skill sets in the Merrimack Valley that are in high demand among local employers.

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Lowell Five Bank Recognizes Ten Employees at All-Employee Meeting

Lowell Five Bank employees celebrated a successful year at the Annual Lowell Five Bank All-Employee Business Meeting at Lenzi’s in Dracut. At the event, ten Lowell Five team members were recognized as outstanding examples of Lowell Five Bank’s Five Pillars of Excellence: People, Service, Expertise, Growth and Finance.

Recognized in the People category were Alexia Daniel, Retail Banking Associate – Dracut and Patricia Platt, Retail Banking Associate – John Street; recognized in the Service category were Linda Firth, AVP/Branch Manager – North Andover and Susan Silva, AVP/Retail Operations, Branch Manager – Stadium Plaza; recognized in the Expertise category were Cecile Swiderski, Information Systems Officer/Operations and Christopher St. Croix, PC Tech
Support/Information Technology; in the Growth category, those recognized were A. Justin McCarthy, III, VP/Construction Lending, and Mark Katimy, VP/Commercial Lending; and in the Finance category, both Mary Lou Kypriotes, VP/Accounting, and Aimee Knight, Assistant Branch Manager – Nashua.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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. | MSPCA.org/Spin

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. | FitnessForACure.com

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. | ACSEvents.org

March 23

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell will hold its 2017 Thomas G Kelakos Community Spirit Award Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Lenzi’s. In addition to dinner and cocktails, attendees will see Tim Grover of Megan’s House given the eponymous award. Dracut, Mass. LowellKiwanis.org|

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. | FosterKidsMV.org

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. | CobblestonesOfLowell.com

April 1

Team up with friends, family and loved ones for this year’s Walk MS: Newburyport. The walk, sponsored by the National MS Society, will raise funds for MS research and support programs and services. Check-in begins at Newburyport High School at 9 a.m. Newburyport, Mass. | NationalMSSociety.org

The Winner’s Circle Running Club‘s 36th Annual April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race will kick off at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar and Restaurant at 10 a.m. Proftheir from the race will benefit breast cancer research and the Red Cross. Salisbury, Mass. | RunTheCircle.org

Enjoy a lovely evening at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center at Windham Community Bands’ 19th Annual Dinner and Dance, which will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which serves musicians all over the Merrimack Valley. Windham, N.H. | WindhamCommunityBands.org

April 2

Home Health Foundation will hold their Spring has Sprung: 4th Annual Fundraiser Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Atkinson Country Club. Alongside the brunch, attendees will enjoy a raffle and festive floral designs created by Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve. Atkinson, N.H. | HomeHealthFoundation.org

April 4

L’Arche Boston North will be hosting their ninth Taste of Spring Restaurant Tasting Fundraiser at the Renaissance Golf Club from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy offerings from some of the Merrimack Valley’s best restaurant establishments while participating in auctions and raffles. Haverhill, Mass. | LArcheBostonNorth.org

April 7

The Exchange Club of Lawrence is running its annual amateur boxing event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Andover. All proceeds go to a scholarship fund for children in Lawrence. Andover, Mass.

April 8

Emmaus Inc. will hold its 3rd annual Stepping Out with the Valley Stars starting at 6.p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Participate in an evening of dinner, dancing, auctions and fun to benefit the organization’s fight against homelessness. Salisbury, Mass. | EmmausInc.eJoinMe.org

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