NoteWorthy – 7/30/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on July 30th, 2017

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NoteWorthy - 7/30/17

Littleton Residents Fund Literacy Programming at Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Bruce Hauben and Joyce Brinton grew up in homes full of books complemented by frequent trips to the library with their parents. Since learning three years ago that many youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence don’t have similar opportunities, they have pledged their annual commitment to funding literacy-based programming through the club’s education center.

The most recent grant through the Helen G. Hauben Foundation, named for Bruce’s late mother, funded the gifting of more than 500 free books to youth members. The club’s comprehensive academic program includes daily homework help during the academic year, college and career preparation, family literacy nights, book clubs for early readers and middle school students, author visits, field trips, literacy kits, a Read Aloud program pairing volunteers with youth members, and the prestigious Bread Loaf and A Slice of Bread Loaf writing workshops in partnership with the Phillips Academy Andover Teacher Network.

“We’re very appreciative to Bruce and Joyce for their continuing generosity,” said Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. “Their focus on literacy is introducing a new world of creative writing and arts to our youth members, and unlocking the potential within them.”

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NoteWorthy - 7/30/17

Lawrence Veterans’ Housing Rededicated to Memory of Jim Gaines

Karen Sawyer Conard, president of the board of Housing Support, Inc., recently led a rededication of a 10-apartment residential building in Lawrence – specially built in 2015 to house veterans – to the memory of Jim Gaines, a Navy veteran and longtime Merrimack Valley resident who helped start Housing Support with the assistance of former Newburyport Mayor Edward Molin.

Gaines’ son Michael wrote of his father in his obituary: “He lived a full, inspiring life; his generosity was limitless and kindness paramount. Jim Gaines truly left a mark on this world that will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who ever knew him.”

Housing Support, Inc. is a non-profit housing development corporation with a mission of providing shelter, housing and related support services to low income, homeless and handicapped individuals and families.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Joshua Porter has been promoted to assistant treasurer – regional financial education manager of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Porter will work in the Credit Union’s newest high school branch at Nashua High School South. He will be responsible for the management and operation of all high school branches, as well as educating students in multiple areas of personal finance through the Credit Union’s course offered at the High School. Porter began his career in the financial services industry at Jeanne D’Arc in 2010 as a student teller working in the Tyngsboro branch. He continued to move up within the retail branches, working as a full-time teller, member service representative and senior member service representative before he took on his previous role in 2016 as assistant branch manager of the Methuen branch. He is looking forward to working with students in the local community, and providing them with the vital knowledge and tools they need to achieve a financially successful future.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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. | LawrenceGeneral.org

August 7

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold its Annual Golf Tournament at the Haverhill Country Club. Proceeds will support the organization’s work in helping young people meet their full potential as productive citizens. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillBGC.org

August 9

Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen BLOCK is organizing the 22nd Annual Dance 4 Peace event at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. This is the largest youth event in the city and is focused on promoting peace and tolerance. This year’s theme will be Social Media and Cyberbullying with the slogan of “Like Love, Delete Hate, Share Peace.” Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com/TeenBLOCK

August 13

Groundwork Lawrence will hold their annual Greenway 5K to promote health, fitness and open spaces. The race takes place along the organization’s 3.5 mile Spicket River Greenway. Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org

August 21

Lowell General Hospital will host its annual Golf Challenge at the International Golf Course. Proceeds from the event will be invested in the expansion of the hospital’s intensive care unit on the main campus. Bolton, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

August 22

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will hold a Women & Philanthropy Multi-Generational Legacy Tea at Concord’s Colonial Inn from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  This event raises crucial funds to build or rehabilitate houses for lower income families living in substandard housing and critical home repairs targeted at safety, energy efficiency and disabled access for lower income senior citizens, disabled and veterans throughout the Greater Lowell community.   Tickets are $35 per person, or 2 for $60. Concord, Mass. | LowellHabitat.org

August 25 – 27

Middlesex County 4-H Fair will be held at the Westford Fairgrounds. All exhibitors are members of 4-H Clubs in Middlesex County. In addition to horse shows and horticultural displays, activities will include hayrides, face painting and plenty of delicious fair food. Westford, Mass. | 4HMiddlesexFair.org

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