NoteWorthy – 8/27/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on August 27th, 2017

NoteWorthy is your weekly news roundup of happenings, movers and shakers, and community events in the Merrimack Valley.

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Dani Kaye Opens In North Andover

Andover High grad Jaime Sloan and her husband Ryan McCarthy officially opened their new boutique at 85 Main Street in North Andover this past week. Dani Kaye specializes in fashion and fitness clothing, accessories and fine gifts for the home.

“We are thrilled to be welcomed so warmly by the community in North Andover and to bring a new kind of shopping experience to the area,” said Sloan during a grand opening celebration on Thursday.


Lowell General Golf Challenge Eclipses $450,000

Under a bright sky dimmed only by the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, at The International golf club in Bolton, 252 golfers enjoyed a day of fun, food and prizes, while raising $450,000 for Lowell General Hospital’s next major capital project. The donations from golfers and sponsors will support a first floor renovation at the hospital’s Saints Campus, which will include an updated and expanded Emergency Department. The new ED will include a 36-plus bed unit, including eight pods in a separate area for behavioral health patients.

“This year marks the fifth anniversary of our merger with Saints Medical Center, and this renovation reflects our long-term commitment to the Saints campus to meet the needs of our community,” said Jody White, President and CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital. “We operate the second busiest Emergency Department in the state, so we are excited about the impact this renovation will have for our patients and their families.”


150 Lawrence Youth Participate in Sports Leadership Camp

Everyone’s A Player, Beyond Soccer and the Lawrence High Athletic Department partnered to run the 2nd annual Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy (LSLA), a two week sports and leadership camp held in early August for Lawrence youth. This year, 150 youths participated in sports training including basketball, field hockey, tennis, track, soccer and volleyball, as well as classes on yoga, zumba, nutritional education, team building and leadership development.

Speakers and trainers volunteered their time to share their experiences to inspire and motivate the campers. The line-up included James Orrigo, Lad in A Battle; Ronnie Lippett, formerly of the New England Patriots; Mike Caron, Get Burley; Tony Hajjar and Jake Bosse, Drive Custom Fit; Steven Alaric, Granite State Fitness; Dushawne Simpson, assistant coach of Boston Breakers; academy coaches from the New England Revolution; Ushearnda Reynolds, founder of United Conquerers Basketball; Ira Martin, sport psychologist from Prepare2Perform; Tallie Abernathy and Dolis Negron-Rosario from Zumba; and yoga instructor Becky Gabryjelski.


Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Provides Children at Emmaus the Tools Needed to Succeed in School

For the second year in a row, the children living in Emmaus programs will be starting the school year next week with the tools they need to succeed thanks to the staff and customers of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. Located at 600 River Street in Haverhill, the Jaffarian location hosted a school supply drive to benefit Emmaus during the months of July and August and through the generosity of its employees and customers, collected dozens of backpacks as well as many pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, boxes of crayons and colored pencils, and other much-needed school supplies.

“We’re thrilled to donate this truck full of school supplies to kids in our community because helping them is what it’s all about,” said Gary Jaffarian, president and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. “Our hope is that these donated items – from backpacks to ballpoint pens — will help students start the school year off right with everything they need to fit in and thrive in the classroom. Thanks to Emmaus for partnering with us on this effort and doing so much for so many in our community.”



Beth Morrow has been hired as the business development and operations specialist for the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. This position has been created to support the continued growth of the Chamber and will focus on outreach to prospective non-member businesses and increasing member retention by helping members to take full advantage of their membership and leveraging the many resources available to them. Morrow previously served as the office and projects manager for the Chamber from 2012 to 2015. She returns with several years of territory sales experience in which she worked closely with business owners in developing strategies for their growth. Beth looks forward to growing the Chamber membership and assisting new and current members with identifying and utilizing the educational and business building opportunities provided by the organization.


Surgeon Brett Matthews has joined the medical staff at Steward Medical Group and is accepting new patients at Steward General Surgery which has offices in North Andover, Haverhill and Salem, N.H. Matthews earned his medical degree at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then completed his residency in general surgery at UMass Medical School/Berkshire Medical Center and University of Hawaii/ John A. Burns School of Medicine. His fellowship training in Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery was completed at UMass Memorial Medical Center/University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, his special interests are general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and laparoscopic foregut and hernia surgery.



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. |

September 18

The 6th Annual Everyone’s A Player Golf Tournament will be held on September 18th at the Andover Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will help hundreds of local athletes in the Merrimack Valley in need of equipment and financial assistance to participate in sporting programs. Andover, Mass. |

September 24

Methuen Police Department’s C.A.R.E.S. Initiative 2nd Annual Recovery Walk will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Loop. The event aims to reduce societal stigma of addiction and celebrate individuals, families and communities in recovery. Attendees will have access to interactive activities for kids, face painting, music and a raffle. Methuen, Mass. |

September 28

Merrimack Valley Hospice’s signature event, the annual Food, Wine and Beer Pairing, will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Swan Country Club. This year’s theme is “Flappers, Feathers & Fedoras.” Georgetown, Mass. |

September 29

The Renaissance Club will hold their 13th Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser at the American Legion in Chelmsford for a night of good laughs for a good cause — supporting adults with mental illnesses in the Greater Lowell area. Chelmsford, Mass. | (978) 454-7944

October 1

Help beat poverty “one step at a time” at Lazarus House‘s Hike for Hope 2017, which will begin at 1 p.m. at The Park on Bartlet Street. Participation and fundraising efforts will provide life-saving basic services to people in crisis through the Lawrence-based organization. Andover, Mass. |

October 2

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, in alliance with Blackdog Builders, will hold the 16th annual “Cause for the Paws” Golf Tournament at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands. Guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and raffles, enjoy a fantastic dinner and, of course, play golf — all while raising money for the MSPCA’s animals. Salem, N.H. |


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