NoteWorthy – 7/9/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on July 9th, 2017

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Indian Valley Goats Dairy Holds Grand Opening

Tewksbury prides itself on its agricultural history. Unfortunately, there are few active reminders of that heritage, as many local farms have ceased operations or been sold and the land used for other purposes. All of this makes the opening of a new agricultural enterprise in Tewksbury potentially remarkable and exciting.

On Friday, July 7, Indian Valley Goats Dairy at Krochmal Farms held a grand opening. Among the products available for purchase were farm fresh, organic goat’s milk (licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), goat’s milk soaps, lotions, bath bombs and lip balm and farm fresh free range eggs.

Indian Valley Goats Dairy is the creation of Jen Nagle, whose family owns Krochmal Farms in South Tewksbury. The farm stand where the products will be sold is located at 31 Jennies Way, at the corner of South Street. The grand opening on Friday marked the culmination of a 20-month journey to get the new business licensed and certified by both the state and the USDA.


UMass Medical Device Development Center Announces Winners of $100K Challenge

The University of Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) recently named the winners of its sixth annual M2D2 $100K Challenge. Nine companies received prizes in the nationwide competition, which showcases the innovative ideas of early-stage medical device, diagnostic and biotech companies while connecting them with resources needed to help them make it through the early stages of product development.

The sponsors of this year’s M2D2 $100K Challenge donated $100,000 in services for the winning companies. That includes use of facilities, including lab and meeting space, and engineering, product development, legal, regulatory, clinical and business services. The 2017 sponsors are Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, MPR Product Development, Mintz Levin, Omni Components and R&Q (Regulatory & Quality Solutions).

This year’s top winners are:

· First place – LivOnyx, $16,000 in services from M2D2 and R&Q;

· Second place – Advanced Silicon Group, $15,000 in services from Boston Scientific, Mintz Levin and M2D2;

· Third place – Articulate Biosciences, $15,000 in kind from Johnson & Johnson companies, Mintz Levin and M2D2;

· Fourth place – Covina Biomedical, $15,000 in kind from Johnson & Johnson, Mintz Levin and M2D2.

Other winners include:

· MKS Corp., $7,500 from Boston Scientific and M2D2;

· Multisensor Diagnostics, $7,500 from Boston Scientific and M2D2;

· MobioSense, $8,000 from M2D2 and R&Q;

· Alleviant, $10,000 in kind from Johnson & Johnson companies and Mintz Levin;

· MJN Neuroserveis, $10,000 from MPR.

The awards event was hosted by Mintz Levin in Boston.


Teaching Lineup Announced for Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Young Company

Merrimack Repertory Theatre has announced their lineup of teaching artists for their 2017-18 Young Company, a youth program that has kids tell their own stories through theatre while staying connected with MRT all year long. All of the participating teaching artists’ own work will be seen in the 2017-18 season, and the artists will continue working directly with students in workshops throughout the season.

The artists include Vichet Chum, the New York-based Cambodian-American writer/actor/director who will be performing his own stage memoir “KNYUM” in January 2018; actors Veronika Duerr and John Gregorio, who both performed in MRT’s 2016 hits “Home of the Brave” and “Going to See the Kid”; Cambridge-based and nationally produced playwright Lila Rose Kaplan, who penned shows for MRT’s 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons and received the theatre’s Artistic Achievement Award this past spring; Nathan Keepers, co-artistic director of Minneapolis’s The Moving Company, who has taught at prestigious institutions nationwide and will be directing 2018’s “Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle”; and KJ Sanchez, director of next season’s “KNYUM” as well as CEO of American Records.



Leslie Kirle, of Andover, has accepted the executive director’s position at The Power of Flowers Project. The 8-year-old nonprofit has delivered over 62,000 individual bouquets to seniors and others in need in 31 cities and towns in our area. Kirle, who holds a master’s degree in public health, has over 25 years of collaborative experience in developing and managing innovative health care quality, consumer engagement and public health initiatives. She was the senior director of clinical policy and patient advocacy for the Massachusetts Hospital Association for many years. Kirle is excited to lead the Power of Flowers Project as it continues its mission to rescue and restore donated flowers from one-time events and, with the help of over a hundred volunteers at its Tewksbury Hospital campus workshop, turn them into individual bouquets for delivery at no charge to sites throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley.



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. |

July 23

Emmaus Inc. will hold its 29th annual Cycle for Shelter at Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center. The event raises critical funds to help the organization provide emergency shelter, affordable housing and support services to the homeless and formerly homeless. Haverhill, Mass. |

July 31

Lawrence General Hospital will hold their 2017 Community Cares Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club. Proceeds will support Lawrence General Hospital Patient Services and the Interpreter Program. Andover, Mass. |


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