NoteWorthy – 10/8/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on October 8th, 2017

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Governor Baker (right) and Mayor Dan Rivera (left) take a selfie with Lawrence High School’s Early College students.

Early College Grant Celebrated at Lawrence High School

With all of the excitement of a pep rally and the fanfare of a Broadway play, students from Lawrence Public Schools welcomed Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and other top state education and local officials to the Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center to celebrate a $ 2 million Smith Family Foundation grant that is funding Early College partnerships with Northern Essex Community College and Merrimack College.

After remarks by state and school dignitaries and performances by Lawrence High School (LHS) students including music selections from “Aida”, Lawrence mayor Dan Rivera and Baker took to the stage.

Rivera asked the students, who represented grammar school through high school, if they had parents from a different country or spoke a language other than English. After a resounding yes, he said he did too. He listed the Lawrence schools he attended and noted he graduated from Lawrence High School.

“You know what else I did? I went to college,” he said. “You can go to college too. I wasn’t born the Mayor.”

Rivera and Baker were presented with sweatshirts from each of the colleges.

“How do you think these sweatshirts will look on these students?” Rivera asked Baker.

Baker agreed that each of the students in the audience would wear them well.

He suggested the students “take seriously” what the Mayor said. Early College programs, he said, “give every kid in high school the opportunity to do something great.”

NECC President Lane Glenn (rear) and Noemi Custodia-Lora (read, right) pose with Early College students.

Baker pointed out that the students could live at home while attending a school they are familiar with and earn college credit.

“Early College gives you all a chance to be whatever you want to be…a singer, a drummer, an actor, a mayor…I’m walking, talking proof anyone can grow up and be Governor,” Baker said.

And with that, to thunderous applause, the stage curtains were drawn open to reveal nearly 200 LHS students filling the stage, each wearing the sweatshirt of the college at which they are enrolled.

The grant allows up to 200 Lawrence High School students to enroll in Early College. This year, 120 enrolled at Northern Essex while another 64 take classes at Merrimack College. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 24 credits at NECC or 12 credits at Merrimack College as well as the opportunity to participate in internships and work-based learning activities.


Photo credit: Katharine Webster of UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell Donation Drive Yields 50 Boxes of Supplies for Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

In the photo above, UMass Lowell engineering major Peter Traub of Andover helps prepare 50 boxes of donations collected by UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff to go to four mountain communities in Puerto Rico that have seen supply routes blocked by damage from Hurricane Maria. The donated items – which include nonperishable food, toiletries, bottled water, baby food and more – were transported from UMass Lowell on Friday, Oct. 6 to Boston via truck to be shipped by a relief organization to Florida and then airlifted to Puerto Rico. The donation drive was coordinated by UMass Lowell’s Office of Hospitality and Special Events and Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Essex Heritage Announces New Leadership and Presents Partnership Awards

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), a non-profit that manages and provides numerous programs preserving and enhancing Essex County’s historic, natural and cultural places, welcomed business and community leaders from around Essex County to its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton. The business portion of the session focused on the importance of sustaining the region through youth engagement, partnership projects and regional awareness. The Commission also announced its newly elected trustees and commissioners, and presented its 2017 Essex Heritage Pioneer in Partnership Awards.



Andrew Banos has joined the medical staff at Anna Jaques Hospital, where he brings shoulder, hip and knee expertise to the wide range of orthopedics services available with 18 surgeons now on board. Banos is a Harvard fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as arthroscopy, joint preservation, cartilage repair, and ACL reconstruction. He also performs a full spectrum of arthroscopic and open procedures including shoulder replacements as well as partial and total knee replacements. Banos received a degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University before obtaining his doctorate from the New York University School of Medicine. He trained in orthopedic surgery at Loyola University in Chicago and went on to complete a fellowship in sports medicine at Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women’s Hospital.



October 13

The North Andover Women’s Club will present a Fashion Passion Show. A cocktail hour will precede the walking of the models, who will be wearing a number of popular brands including Chico’s, Izzy’s and Jos. A Bank. North Andover, Mass. |

October 14

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center‘s In Pink Brunch & Fashion Show will take place at Andover Country Club from 11 to 2 p.m. In addition to the show, guests will be able to enjoy live and silent auctions, a raffle and speeches from local women. Proceeds will go toward women’s health care initiatives at GLFHC. Andover, Mass. |

Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center will hold their Running Dead 5K from 2 to 4 p.m. This spooky race will see runners chased by the undead through the woods and fields of Strongwater Park! All proceeds will benefit Strongwater Farm’s therapy horses and programming. Tewksbury, Mass. |

October 16

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will hold their annual Take Action Walkathon. The two-mile walk along the Merrimack River begins and ends at BGCL, followed by family activities including music, face painting, and games. Lawrence, Mass. |

October 18

The Women Working Wonders Fund will hold an expanded version of its signature event, titled Power of the Purse Plus, at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise funds to support local organizations benefiting women. Attendees will experience the ultimate “girls’ night out” filled with purses, fashion, specialty cocktails and raffles. Lowell, Mass. |

October 26

The YWCA Haverhill’s major fundraising event, the 28th Annual Tribute to Women, will be held at DiBurro’s from noon to 2 p.m. and will honor 20 women who are role models and make exceptional contributions to the Greater Haverhill community. Haverhill, Mass. |

October 28

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will hold their 23rd Annual Fur Ball Silent and Live Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at Andover Country Club. As always, there will be plenty of interesting items to bid on to support the many needy cats that the organization cares for. Andover, Mass. | (978) 462-0760


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