NoteWorthy – 6/11/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on June 11th, 2017

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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $15,000 in Scholarship Money

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union was honored to have awarded $15,000 in college scholarship to members who are either incoming or current college students through its MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program and Employee Scholarship Program.

The winners of the 17th annual MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program were asked to write an essay in response to the following prompt: “Credit is borrowed money that you can use to purchase goods and services when you need them. In your essay, tell us why credit is important, and how a good credit score can help you achieve your goals.”

The Credit Union granted funds to 18 students were chosen as recipients of the scholarship award to help defray their education costs. Of the winners, fifteen are high school seniors gearing up for their freshman year and three are currently attending various colleges in the area.


L-r: Greater Lowell Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Linnehan, Lowell Community Health Center Chief of Community Health and Policy Sheila Och, Tina Loeur and Community Teamwork CEO Karen Frederick. Photo: Alyce O’Connell

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Meeting Highlights Impact of Philanthropy

Nearly 175 residents, business leaders, and nonprofit professionals attend the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s 2017 annual meeting, “Embracing our Neighbors,” at the Tewksbury Country Club.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation executive director Jay Linnehan spoke about the impact of charitable giving on the Greater Lowell Community siting the nearly $1.15 million awarded by the Community Foundation to students and nonprofits in the last year. He also highlighted the backing of the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, who offered the Greater Lowell Community Foundation a matching grant to help spearhead this growth.

“Now, through June 30th, every dollar donated to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, up to $75,000 will be matched by the Parker Foundation. This is a great opportunity that will allow your gift to have double the impact,” Linnehan said.

Karen Frederick, chief executive officer at Community Teamwork, presented the results of the community development organization’s recent community needs assessment. The assessment was collected through surveys with hundreds of residents, community focus groups, and collaboration with key organizations.

The top five priorities identified by community members included housing and homelessness, substance abuse, jobs, mental health, and food and nutrition. Community Teamwork will work with local partners, funders, and governments to address these issues through advocacy and policy change.


Borislow Insurance Celebrates 35 Years in Business with a “Day of Service”

On May 16, to celebrate the agency’s 35th anniversary, the Borislow Insurance team assembled at the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Camp Otter for a day of service, helping to get the camp ready for this year’s campers.

Established in 1957, and set on the shores of Captain’s Pond in Salem, N.H., YMCA Day Camp Otter is a summer retreat for boys and girls ages 6 – 13 to spend the day in a variety of activities that are both instructional and social.

Mary Immaculate Guild Holds Annual Meeting

The Mary Immaculate Guild recently held its second annual meeting and presented the MI Nursing/Restorative Center with a gift of $4,000 towards the first floor renovations. This capital renovation project, which began earlier this year, creates a modern, welcoming atmosphere throughout the first floor of the Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center.

Renovations will be completed before the end of the summer and include:

New family visiting area located off the main lobby. Residents and their guests will enjoy this comfortable area complete with a fireplace.
Completely renovated resident dining area featuring new tables and chairs, an enhanced sound system for entertainment, flooring and freshly painted walls.
A new reception area for the community.
 Cosmetic upgrades throughout the first floor include new carpet, hardwood flooring, wallpaper, and paint.
 Energy efficient lighting


Borislow Insurance Names Two Senior Vice Presidents

David A. Shore has been promoted to senior vice president at Borislow Insurance. Shore joined the firm in 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategic direction, client value proposition and business development initiatives at the agency. He works closely with his team to design employee benefit program strategy that meets each client’s unique financing, coverage, and communication needs; ensuring alignment with their workforce management goals for employee attraction and retention. He is a nationally‐recognized leader in employee benefits, health care reform, and health policy. In 2016, Shore was appointed by Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to serve as Member, Special Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention. Additionally, he holds various industry leadership positions, most recently concluding four years as President of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters.

Pamela Verrill, a ten‐year employee of Borislow Insurance, has been also promoted to the position of senior vice president of the agency. Verrill oversees the day‐to‐day activities of the company, including the Compliance, Health and Wellbeing, and HR Practices. She also manages overall operations, information technology, finance and HR functions of the firm. She is also deeply involved in the development and implementation of technology, tools, and processes that enhance the overall experience of the agency’s clients.


Karen Gomes has been appointed president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, Gomes was Vice President of Clinical Services for Home Health VNA and Chief Clinical Officer of Home Health Foundation. During her tenure, Gomes assumed progressive leadership roles across the agency, developed and implemented a wide variety of progressive, clinically advanced patient care initiatives and led transitions of care and quality improvement programs. She received a bachelor of science degree from Regents College and a master of science degree from the University of Massachusetts. She has more than 18 years of experience in home health and hospice care. Prior to joining Home Health VNA, Gomes was executive director of home health services at Northeast Senior Health.

Ellen Whitney Sharpe, of Burlington, has been named manager of the Maternal and Child Health Program for Home Health VNA. In this role, Sharpe will lead a staff of 17 registered nurses who provide prenatal and postpartum services to mothers and newborns and complex, technologically advanced medical care to infants and children. The program is also the largest provider of home care services for the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancers. Sharpe received her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Fitchburg State College and a master of science degree in perinatal clinical nursing at Boston College. Prior to joining Home Health VNA, Sharpe held maternal and child health clinical management positions at Neighborhood Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and at several local and regional hospitals in Massachusetts.


 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. |

June 15

Chic Consignment, in collaboration with Flowers by Steve, will hold An Evening of Fashion & Flowers to support Merrimack Valley Hospice from 6 to 8 p.m. at the former’s location in Andover. Enjoy wine and light bites while taking part in a chic shopping experience! Merrimack Valley Hospice will receive 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to support High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice. Andover, Mass. |

The Lowell Festival Foundation, which puts on the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Summer Music Series each year, is holding its Annual Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at Four Oaks Country Club. Attendees will get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction and raffles. Dracut, Mass. |

June 17

The 42nd annual Strawberry ‘n’ Arts Festival will be held at First Parish Church United from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and features food, crafts, and live entertainment. Westford, Mass. |

June 18

The Seacoast Running Festival will be held starting at 8 a.m. Three different races are available: the Anna Jaques Father’s Day 5K, the Wall’s Ford 10K and the North Shore Half Marathon. Stay for Fathers Day brunch on the SurfSide deck after the race! Salisbury,

June 23

CLASS, Inc. will host the 4th annual Community Partners with CLASS donor and awards celebration at The Stevens Estate from 6 to 11 p.m. Attendees will celebrate under the stars with a Hawaiian-style luau, island-inspired drinks and music from the B Street Bombers. North Andover, Mass. |

June 24 – October 28

The Haverhill Farmers Market kicks off its next season at 40 Bailey Boulevard. The market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and, in addition to fresh produce, includes food demonstrations, local music and children’s activities. Haverhill, Mass. |

July 17

Over 200 golfers will converge on Andover Country Club in support of Lazarus House at their Drive for Dignity. In addition to golf, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch, dinner and both live and silent auctions. Andover, Mass. |

July 22

The Concord Chamber of Commerce will hold a Sizzlin’ Summer Sidewalk Sales” event in Concord Center. Over 50 city businesses participate in this special event each year, offering special prices for one day only. Concord, Mass. |

Nashoba Learning Group will begin its 16th annual Bikeathon at 2 Crowell Farm Road. 25- and 50-mile options are available. Note that this year, the 2-mile Walkathon around Walden Pond will not be taking place. Concord, Mass. |

British Cars of New Hampshire will return to the Alvirne Hill House Field for the 21st annual “Show of Dreams” to benefit the Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Food Bank. Hudson, N.H. |

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm will hold its 5th annual “Tails & Ales” Craft Brew Tasting. Nearly three dozen beers will be available for tasting, and food trucks will provide some hearty grub. The real focus, of course, will be on the organization’s selection of adoptable animals. Methuen, Mass. |

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