NoteWorthy – 3/26/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 26th, 2017

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NoteWorthy - 3/26/17

L-r: Michael B. Feinman, Gail McNaughton and Tom Burkardt.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Welcomes New President and Board Members

Michael B. Feinman, of Andover, was elected as the new board president at the recent annual meeting of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. In addition, Gail McNaughton of Andover and Tom Burkardt of Rye, N.H. were appointed to the board.

According to BGCL Executive Director Markus Fischer, board members serve as the governing body of the club, providing guidance and oversight to ensure the ability to provide critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and community involvement for more than 4,400 youth members.

“We are grateful for the important contributions of time, broad experience, and perspective by these Merrimack Valley leaders for the benefit of our kids,” Fischer said.


NoteWorthy - 3/26/17Studio 8 Gallery Opens in Downtown Newburyport

Studio 8 Gallery is now open for business at 1 Merrimac Street, Unit #8, in downtown Newburyport across from Waterfront Park. Business hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during city events and special occasions.

Though the doors are already open, the gallery’s official Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with a special “Meet the Artists” reception between 4 and 6 p.m. as Studio 8 Gallery joins the first 2017 Newburyport Art Walk.

The gallery overlooks Waterfront Park and features a curated collection of original fine art; dramatic seascapes, representational oils, impressionistic interpretations of nature, abstracts, ceramic sculpture, fine art photography and more. The seven artists currently showing work in Studio 8 Gallery are Nancy Cahan, Rosalie Cuticchia, Brent Rotsko, Lully Schwartz, Robin Thornhill, Norma Torti and owner Karen Lynch.


NoteWorthy - 3/26/17

L-r: Marlene Herbert, former co-owner of Ted Herbert Music School; A. Robert Dionne, Majestic’s artistic director and Ted Herbert Music School administrator; Manchester, N.H. Mayor Ted Gatsas; and Matthew Morin, founder and board member of The Majestic Theatre).

The Majestic Theatre and Ted Herbert Music School Celebrate Grand Opening

Earlier this month, a grand opening celebration was held for the new location of The Majestic Theatre and Ted Herbert Music School, which are now located at 880 Page Street in Manchester, N.H. Live music by students, instructors and actors, light refreshments and tours were offered to upwards of 200 patrons throughout the afternoon, and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas dropped by for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The Majestic Theatre and Ted Herbert Music School’s relocation was made possible by the generous donations of individual community members and the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation.


L-r: Christine, Tim and Shannon Grover.

Grover Honored With Kiwanis Award

Tim Grover, founder and executive vice-president of Madison Security Group and the Megan House Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing long-term care facilities to women battling addictions, was awarded the Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell on Thursday evening at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Read more about Megan’s House here.


Jessica Wrigley is the newest sales associate at MTM Insurance. She is a graduate of the Girard School of Business at Merrimack College, where she obtained a degree in Business Administration and Management as a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon Honor Society. She began her insurance career seven years ago with Liberty Mutual Insurance, where she earned her Certified Insurance Service Representative designation. Wrigley has been a resident of North Andover for several years, and volunteers her time at several charitable organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley.

Runny Huoth has been promoted to the position of assistant treasurer – branch manager at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Huoth, a Lowell resident, has been an employee of the credit union since 2004. She began her career as a Teller at the Dracut Lakeview Avenue branch and worked her way to earn multiple titles, including Member Service Representative, Senior Member Service Representative and her previous title as Assistant Branch Manager. In her new role as Branch Manager, she will oversee the daily operations of the Credit Union’s Tyngsborough branch. Huoth holds diplomas from the Center for Financial Training for Advanced Financial Services and Consumer Lending.

Sheila Fortin has assumed the role of vice president – operational risk management at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Fortin joined the credit union in 2004 and served in her previous position as assistant vice president – corporate security since 2008. Her responsibilities in her new role include managing risk as it relates to cybersecurity and third-party vendors, information and physical security, as well as incident response. A Lawrence resident, Fortin holds a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and is currently pursuing the designation of a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Rachel Polizzotti is the newest member of the Commercial Lines department at Insurance Center of New England. She brings seven years of experience in the insurance industry to ICNE as the new business development specialist based in our Westford office. Rachel will be focusing on business insurance and health insurance within the agency. Polizzotti is very eager to get to know the members of the community and is already forming relationships through the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.


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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

April 14

WOW – Winning Opportunities for Women presents its 21st Anniversary Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Enjoy a day of inspiration, growth, networking and camaraderie amongst Greater Haverhill’s strongest women. Salisbury, Mass. |

April 15

Twelfth-grade student Josivett Lopez has organized a non-profit fundraiser event, Mujeres Bellas, to help raise funds and awareness for the country’s oldest women’s shelter, Rosie’s Place. The event will consist of a semi-formal dinner, a talent show performed by local artists, and a raffle for goods and services from local businesses. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Community Christian Fellowship. Lowell, Mass. |

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