NoteWorthy – 9/3/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on September 3rd, 2017

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

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110 Grill Opens in Haverhill

110 Grill celebrated the opening of its 9th restaurant this past Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 1175 Main St location. Representatives from City Hall, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and local business people attended the celebration that featured selections from 110 Grill’s menu of global and seasonally-inspired dishes.

The 5,800 square-foot, 180 seat restaurant offers an upscale-casual atmosphere that will anchor what Mayor Jim Fiorentini called “Haverhill’s second restaurant district.” The bar features a variety of craft beer offerings both on draft and by the bottle, an approachable wine list and handcrafted seasonal cocktails, and the menu includes gluten-free and dietary restricted options.


Lowell Five Bank Presents House of Hope with Award

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, representatives of the Lowell Five Bank Employee Charitable Giving Committee (ECGC) and Lowell Five Bank staff were pleased to present the Lowell Five Bank’s Q2 2017 Employee Charitable Giving Award to representatives of House of Hope: Marianne Staid, shelter coordinator and Jennifer Sharkey, associate director, business development. The award, a check for $7,671, represents the total Employee Elected Charitable Payroll Contribution for 2nd Quarter 2017, equally matched by Lowell Five Bank.

Since 1985, House of Hope Shelter has served tens of thousands of homeless mothers and children by providing emergency shelter services in the greater Lowell community. House of Hope, Inc., and House of Hope Housing, Inc. are sister organizations that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that respect and nurture families so that they can heal from the trauma of homelessness; and support heads-of-households by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life.


Lawrence General Hospital to Offer Aquatic Therapy at Andover/North Andover YMCA

Starting this September, Lawrence General Hospital will offer a new aquatic therapy program at the Andover/North Andover YMCA. This service is one of only two aquatic therapy programs in the region. Consisting of treatments and exercises performed in a pool, aquatic therapy is beneficial for patients with a variety of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, as well as patients recovering from hip, knee, and other orthopedic surgeries.

The natural buoyancy of water reduces stress on the body and helps patients exercise more easily with less pain. The natural pressure of water also reduces joint and soft-tissue swelling and provides enough resistance to strengthen muscle. The ultimate goal of aquatic therapy is to transition patients back to traditional physical therapy and return them to their normal level of function as soon as possible.


YWCA of Greater Lawrence Assumes New Moniker

The former YWCA of Greater Lawrence has officially assumed its new name: YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts. According to the Y, the change better represents the organization’s expanded service area. Operating out of seven sites in Lawrence, Haverhill, Lynn and Salem, N.H., the YWCA’s mission remains to “assure that women have the tools, skills and opportunities needed to become and remain personally and economically self-sufficient.”



Kevin Zipps, of Dracut, has been promoted to assistant treasurer – branch manager at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. With 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Zipps will oversee the management and daily operation of the Westford branch. He is looking forward to getting involved with his new community and meeting the residents of Westford. Zipps began his career at Jeanne D’Arc in 2000 as a teller working in the Dracut Lakeview Avenue branch. He continued to move up in various branch locations, working as a member service representative, Senior Member service representative, head teller, assistant branch manager and assistant vice president of consumer lending. In 2015, he moved to Florida and worked as the assistant vice president of consumer lending for Martin Federal Credit Union. In March of 2017, Jeanne D’Arc welcomed him back as assistant branch manager of the Methuen branch, where he worked until he was promoted to his newest role.

John Whittemore has been named Day Services director for CLASS in Lawrence to manage the Day Habilitation and Community Based Day Services programs. He is responsible for the two programs supporting individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in employment, community inclusion and life skills development and supports, funded by Medicaid and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Before joining CLASS, Whittemore spent eight years at the Institute of Professional Practice Inc. in Fitchburg in progressively responsible positions, most recently as the assistant director of Adult Services managing 11 programs and 50 direct-care employees. For six years prior, he worked at Eliot Community Human Services in Dorchester and Worcester, facilitating day-to-day operations of a detention unit for high-risk adolescent males being held for criminal behavior. Whittemore received his BS in Criminal Justice from Fitchburg State College.



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 19 – 23

The Mall at Rockingham Park will welcome the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit to the center for its first-ever stop in the state of New Hampshire. The high-tech 53-foot tractor-trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, will be located in the mall’s parking lot between the Dining Pavilion and Lord & Taylor. Salem, N.H.|

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

CLASS, Inc‘s 25th Annual Barry Faye Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a gift, carts, lunch and dinner, awards and live auction. Funds raised support day programs, vocational training and employment, and community inclusion for adults with disabilities. Lawrence, Mass.  |

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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