NoteWorthy – 8/13/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on August 13th, 2017

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NoteWorthy - 8/13/17

L-r: Rep. David Nangle, Sen. Eileen Donoghue, Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy, Lowell Mayor Edward Kennedy, Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Sen. Edward Markey. (Photo credit: Tory Germann for UMass Lowell)

UMass Lowell and City of Lowell Sign First-Ever Master Agreement

UMass Lowell and the city of Lowell signed the first-ever master agreement formalizing their strategic partnership at a ceremony at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The agreement calls for joint efforts in economic and community development, as well as on important infrastructure projects including the repair of several bridges that cross Lowell’s canals.

The agreement was signed by Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who helped secure a $13.4 million federal grant for the bridge repairs, applauded the signing, along with Lowell Mayor Edward Kennedy, state Sen. Eileen Donoghue and state Rep. David Nangle.


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L-r: Blaise Coco of Coco, Early & Associates, John Burns of Black Brook Realty Corp, Joe Faro, Tuscan Brands, and Linda Early of Coco, Early & Associates.

Ribbon Cutting For The Villas at North Tuscan Village

Coco, Early & Associates hosted a private ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the forthcoming The Villas at North Tuscan Village. Invitees were given a chance to see renderings of the luxury townhomes, as well as a preview of the walking-distance dining, shopping and entertainment experience offered at Tuscan Village.

Built on the former site of the Rockingham Park racetrack, the 170-acre Tuscan Village will feature a bowling alley, movie theater, retail outlets and a supermarket. The site is designed to reflect Salem, N.H., with its blend of small town feel and big city convenience.


NoteWorthy - 8/13/17Emmaus’s 29th Annual Cycle for Shelter a Success

It was a perfect day for cycling on Sunday, July 23, as more than 160 cyclists took to the roads around the Merrimack Valley and the seacoast of New Hampshire in Emmaus’ 29th Annual Cycle for Shelter event.

Riders rode one of four routes: 100, 62, 40, or 20 miles, and each pledged to raise a minimum of $250 for Emmaus by September 1, 2017. Most riders raised an average of $400. Emmaus is quickly approaching its $140,000 fundraising goal and is expected to exceed this amount.

“We are so grateful for our dedicated cyclists and our event sponsors who really believe in what we are doing to transform people’s lives,” said Emmaus Director of Philanthropy Gretchen Arntz. “For many of them, cycling these distances is a challenge and we commend them for not only riding, but for raising significant funds so that we can provide critical services to those most in need.”


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L-r: Michael Kenney, Karen Gomes, and Gordon Stone.

Linwood Cemetery and Crematory Donates to Merrimack Valley Hospice

Representatives from the Board of Trustees of Linwood Cemetery and Crematory presented a generous gift to Merrimack Valley Hospice in recognition of the care they provide to the community. Funds will be designated to support patients as they confront the challenges of advanced illness and end-of-life at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill.

“We are pleased to make this substantial donation to High Pointe House to assist the valuable services Merrimack Valley Hospice provides to patients and families in our community. They are a tremendous resource to our city and region,” said Gordon Stone, trustee at Linwood.


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Mark Torrisi, president of Jackson Lumber & Millwork with John Denison, president of E.G. Barker Lumber.

Jackson Lumber & Millwork Acquires E. G. Barker Lumber

Effective Aug. 7, Jackson Lumber & Millwork acquired E.G. Barker Lumber of Woburn. Headquartered in Lawrence, with additional locations in Amesbury, North Andover and Raymond, N.H., Jackson Lumber & Millwork has been owned and operated by the Torrisi family since 1946. Over the years, the company has grown significantly and now serves Greater Boston, southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley.

The acquisition of E. G. Barker Lumber, with its close proximity to Route 93, will allow Jackson Lumber & Millwork to better serve their Greater Boston customer base. Continuously operating since 1887, E.G. Barker is well-known and respected in Woburn and surrounding communities.


OffBeet Composting Co. Teams Up With Moonstones

Moonstones in Chelmsford already pride themselves on delivering a quality and innovative dining experience to the local community, and now they are taking it a step farther by partnering with OffBeet Composting Company to divert their food scraps from the traditional waste stream. Rather than throw their food scraps in the dumpster, Moonstones scraps will be collected weekly by OffBeet Composting Company and brought to a local farm where they are turned into nutrient rich compost, great for revitalizing the soil and nourishing plants.

“We already do our best to support local whenever possible,” says Peggy McFarland, General Manager of Moonstones. “Now, we are going to try to do one better — support a local entrepreneur as we do something good for the environment and the community.”



Prashant Shankar, of Andover, has been named associate medical director for Merrimack Valley Hospice, one of the largest and most respected hospice agencies in Massachusetts. In this role, Shankar will join JoAnne Nowak in the comprehensive medical care and clinical oversight of patients receiving end-of-life care in homes, skilled nursing facilities, residential communities and at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice. Shankar brings more than 14 years of experience in hematology, oncology and palliative care to Merrimack Valley Hospice. He received his medical degree at Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai, India, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut.

Rachel Russo, Wakefield resident and palliative care manager for Merrimack Valley Hospice, has been named to the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting excellence in care for those facing life-limiting illnesses. In this role, Russo will work with fellow board members to educate health care professionals, caregivers and others about palliative care and advocate for legislative and regulatory changes that improve patient choice and access to quality care. Russo has more than 14 years of experience in hospice and palliative care at a variety of agencies in Massachusetts. At Merrimack Valley Hospice, Russo is responsible for the development, implementation and management of pediatric and adult palliative care services.



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. |

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. |

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. |

September 9

The public is invited to join Lowell Community Health Center for a Community Celebration filled with music, raffles and general merriment from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Sompao Meas. Proceeds will support vital patient services and the organization’s Building Bridges Campaign to renovate their Jackson Street location. Lowell, Mass. |

September 11

The 12th Annual Fore Melmark New England Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission of serving children, adults and their families affected by a broad range of intellectual disabilities. Andover, Mass. |

Merrimack Valley Food Bank will hold its 24th annual Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner at Indian Ridge Country Club. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, carts, lunch and dinner, snacks on the course and a gift. Andover, Mass. |

September 14

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley will hold their 4th Annual Youth Venture Launch Party, a night of drinks, door prizes, networking and high-impact volunteer opportunities that support the area’s youngest entrepreneurs tackling the toughest issues in their local communities. Boston, Mass. |

September 16

Groundwork Lawrence will hold their 15th annual Spicket River Cleanup. The organization welcomes volunteers of all ages, as well as any businesses, churches, schools and community organizations who would like to volunteer as groups. Lawrence, Mass. |

Mill City Grows will hold their 6th Annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Common Park & Community Garden. The event includes live music and entertainment, food trucks and local food vendors, homemade harvest soup, garden tours and much, much more. Lowell, Mass. |


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