NoteWorthy – 5/14/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on May 14th, 2017

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James Mabry, president of Middlesex Community College, Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and Nolan Atkins, interim president of Lyndon State College in Vermont, all ran in the NECC Campus Classic 5K on May 6.

Presidents Place in NECC Campus Classic

There was friendly college rivalry at the Fifth Annual Northern Essex Community College Campus Classic 5K and Fun Run, held on Saturday, May 6 on the college’s Haverhill Campus. Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex, won third place in his age group; Nolan Atkins, interim president of Lyndon State College in Vermont, took home second place in his age group; and James Mabry, president of Middlesex Community College was second in his age group.

All presidents brought teams from their colleges to the race and they were joined by Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, who drove a van of Berkshire falcons all the way from western Massachusetts.
The official teams weren’t the only ones sporting college apparel. Many of the individual runners showed their college pride by wearing running shirts and sweatshirts branded with the name of their alma mater.

Close to 300 runners, representing a wide variety of organizations and communities, registered for this year’s race.
Finishing first overall was Austin Thiele of Andover, with a time of 17:39, followed closely by Samuel Flint of Methuen, 17:44, and NECC student Ruben Santa-Waldron of Haverhill, 17:45.


Lawrence Student Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas congratulated Heidee Rios of Lawrence, winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District of Massachusetts. A student at Abbott Lawrence Academy, Rios will have her artwork, “Trapped Introvert,” displayed at the U.S. Capitol building for one year, receive two complimentary airplane tickets to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national ceremony, and will receive an artistic scholarship.


Stephen & Joan Clark with Karen Gomes and John Albert.

Home Health Foundation Recognizes Community Leaders at Benefit Event

On Thursday, May 11, more than 250 guests gathered in support of the agencies of Home Health Foundation, and to honor several leaders in the community at the 6th annual Legacy of Leading recognition dinner. Honored were Stephen and Joan Clark, community philanthropists, and Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.

The Clarks were recognized for their commitment to quality healthcare and their on-going support of Merrimack Valley Hospice, while Anderson was acknowledged for transforming Lawrence General Hospital from a local community hospital to a regional medical center.

During the event it was also announced that that Merrimack Valley Hospice received a gift from the Clarks to name Merrimack Valley Hospice House. Going forward, the new name will be High Pointe House, a hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice. High Pointe is the name of the foundation established by the Clarks in honor of their son Stephen, who passed away in 2009.


The Professional Center for Child Development Holds Annual Swing into Spring Fundraiser

The Professional Center for Child Development recently held their Annual Swing into Spring Fundraiser. Hundreds of community members came to the Andover Country Club for a spirited brunch, silent auction and a “Couture for a Cause” fashion show. Kendra Petrone, from MAGIC 106.7,  served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

During the fundraiser, two awards were given to locals dedicated to improving the lives of children in the community. George Navin, director and co-founder of Pass it On, Inc., received the 2o17 Children First Award, while Leonard and Delphine Zohn, co-founders of Autism Eats, received the 2017 Community Service Award.

For over 43 years, The Professional Center has improved the lives and educational gains of thousands of children in the greater Merrimack Valley with developmental delays, disabilities and/or complex medical conditions.


Merrimack Valley Magazine’s Managing Editor Doug Sparks reading to children at The Professional Center for Child Development in Andover, Mass. The event was part of their community guest reader series and, for the occasion, Sparks read from “My Busy Green Garden.” The book features work by Salisbury-based illustrator Carol Schwartz. Photo by Elizabeth MacLean.


Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Awards Grants

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts awarded 14 grants, from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, to help improve the health of residents in 13 area communities. Recipients of the grants were selected by the Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care and education.

The recipients were as follows: Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg; Community Healthlink; Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.; LUK, Inc.; Lunenburg Fire Department; MAB Community Services, Inc.; Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.; Our Father’s House; Pepperell Fire Department; Seven Hills Family Services; The SHINE Initiative; Townsend Congregational Church; Townsend Fire-EMS Department; Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Health; and the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund.


Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn has been appointed to the STEM Advisory Council by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. The council is a statewide group committed to expanding access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math for students across the Commonwealth. The 29-member council includes leaders from business and industry, education, and government, and is co-chaired by U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III and Lt. Governor Polito. Glenn is the only community college representative on the council.



May 15

Join the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for its 28th Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at Haverhill Country Club from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

Community Teamwork will hold its Key Player Awards night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the James Houlares Early Learning Center. Former Massachusetts State Senator Steve Panagiotakos will present the awards to individuals and organizations who have given their valuable time to the organization.  Lowell, Mass. |

May 18

The YWCA of Lawrence will hold its 34th anual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at Andover Country Club. The event honors women living in the Merrimack Valley who have made remarkable contributions to their professions and communities. Andover, Mass. |

May 19 – May 20

Latitude Sports Clubs and Mass General Hospital are joining forces for an 18-hour Spinathon to Fight Cancer from May 19 at 6 p.m. to the next day at noon. Attendees have the opportunity to form a spin team and raise funds for cancer research. Salisbury, Mass. |

May 21

Lowell General Hospital will hold its 18th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare. Funds raised enable the hospital to provide assistance, support, and services to help people feel better, build confidence and instill hope throughout their battle with cancer. Lowell, Mass. |

MSPCA-Angell will hold the Fast & Furriest 5K at 8 a.m. at DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row. event will include a timed 5K fun run and walk and a “Ducky Dash” kids’ fun run … each including canines, of course! The run and walk will be followed by food, canine contests, and entertainment for the whole family. Somerville, Mass. |

June 2

The 20th Annual JD Golf Classic will be held at Merrimack Golf Club at 7 a.m. This golf tournament supports the JD Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts. It was set up to honor the memory of JD, Joseph Anthony Daniels, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 1997. Methuen, Mass. |

June 4

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will host its 22nd annual Strut for Strays Walk & Festival to raise money for cats and kittens in need. The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Newbury, Mass. |

June 8

Essex Art Center will hold New Paint: REIMAGINED, a party to celebrate local artists and raise funds for Essex Art Center’s programming. The event includes music, delicious food, fine wines and an exclusive silent auction including art work from local and regional artists in a variety of media. Andover, Mass. |

The Palace Theatre will hold its 18th Annual Gala Event at the Manchester Country Club. The evening will include performances by the Palace’s cast of “Million Dollar Quartet” while attendees savor hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. Bedford, N.H. |

June 9

The 14th annual Northeast Independent Living Program Golf Tournament for Independence will be held at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club at 7 a.m. Funds raised will allow NILP continue to provide services and advocacy to people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. Methuen, Mass. |

June 10

First Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund will hold its 6th Annual Flag Day 5K at Cashman Park. Stick around after the race for a reception with live entertainment and food. Newburyport,

June 14

Mill City Grows will hold a Farm-to-Cocktail Party at UTEC from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to benefit the organization’s school-based food access and food education programs. Lowell, Mass. |

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