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Mass. Commissioner of Agriculture Announces Urban Agriculture Grant Recipients at UMass Lowell
Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture John Lebeaux, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and State Rep. Tom Golden were all present to cut the ribbon on UMass Lowell’s new greenhouse, which is home to one of Mill City Grows’ urban farming sites on Thursday, Nov. 9.
At the event, Lebeaux announced new grants to several urban agriculture programs, including the partnership between UMass Lowell and Mill City Grows, co-founded by UMass Lowell graduate Lydia Sisson, far left, which grows and sells fresh, organic produce in the community. Other recipients included the Urban Farming Institute of Roxbury, ReVision Farm-Victory Program of Boston, Gardening the Community and Wellspring Greenhouse of Springfield, the Regional Environmental Council of Worcester and NUBIA of Boston.
New Health Partnership Aims for Better Care for Merrimack Valley Residents
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Lawrence General Hospital announced today that Dean Cleghorn of Haverhill has been named chief executive officer of the Merrimack Valley Accountable Care Organization. The new Accountable Care Organization entered into an exclusive agreement with managed care partner Neighborhood Health Plan to form the Merrimack Valley Health Partnership, which will be known as My Care Family to its nearly 36,000 MassHealth members in the region.
My Care Family will provide high-quality, efficient, coordinated health care to MassHealth patients in the Greater Lawrence area, where many residents face financial and social challenges to accessing care and to maintaining their health. My Care Family unites the resources and expertise of three health care leaders with decades of experience co-managing patients in the region and harnessing existing community resources to meet the distinctive medical and behavioral health needs of the community.
Coco and Early Associates Honored with Greater Haverhill Chamber’s Business of the Month Award
In an effort to recognize outstanding achievement in the Greater Haverhill community, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce formally identifies a “Business of the Month” approximately every four weeks. This award is given to a Chamber member that is a proven leader in their business or industry and excels in the areas of community involvement, economic growth, customer service and professional relationships. For the month of October, the Chamber selected Coco, Early & Associates.
Coco, Early & Associates was founded in 1997 by Blaise J. Coco & Linda P. Early, both nationally recognized real estate agents. In just 20 years, the Coco, Early & Associates Team closed over $4 billion dollars in real estate sales! In 2016, they averaged 5.9 homes bought or sold every single day! Together, Blaise & Linda have created a partnership that has been unmatched in the local real estate industry. A solid marketing strategy, attention to customer service, drive for continuous innovation and relentless work ethic has placed Coco, Early & Associates at the forefront of every market that they serve.
The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will hold its Annual Celebration & Meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the organization’s Fina House. During the meeting, attendees will watch presentations by a number the organization’s supporters, speak to the executive director, board members and staff, and enjoy some light breakfast fare. Lawrence, Mass. | YWCANEMA.org
Groundwork Lawrence will be holding the 2017 iteration of its annual Glow Gala and Annual Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event directly support the organization’s environmental and open space programs, youth education and employment initiatives, food access programs and community events. Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org
Angel Flight Northeast will be holding its 20th Annual Evening of Angels Gala at the Seaport Hotel Boston at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the organiation’s mission to provide free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis. Boston, Mass. | AngelFlightNE.org
Lazarus House Ministries will hold its annual Sharing Our Bounty event at Andover Country Club. In addition to raising funds for the organization’s mission to serve the poor, underserved and homeless, the evening also provides plenty of entertainment — from silent auction packages and a cocktail reception to dinner and a dynamic live action. Andover, Mass. | LazarusHouse.org
The Stand For Good Casino Night Fundraiser will take place at the Andover Town House from 6 to 10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit The Stand For Good Fund, Kids 4 Peace and BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Youth). Andover, Mass. | StandForGood.org
Merrimack Valley Time Exchange will hold its Fall Community Swap at the Pollard Library from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring stuff you don’t need anymore and take stuff you can use — this is a great excuse to clear out your closet, or take home something fun! Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com/MerrimackValleyTimeExchange
The 28th Annual Winner’s Circle Running Club Wild Turkey Trot will start at Pipestave Hill / Mill Pond Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. This Merrimack Valley Thanksgiving tradition is a 3.1 mile cross-country run/walk that benefits West Newbury youth sports programs, as well as the charitable activities and running programs of the Running Club. West Newbury, Mass. | RunTheCircle.org
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell will hold its Twentieth Anniversary Holiday Auction at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Over 400 guests enjoy a silent auction andl dinner catered by Lenzi’s, followed by an exciting live auction. Lowell, Mass. | LBGC.org
Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Holiday Open House from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy displays, raffles, light refreshments and — of course — seasonal music played on the Hall’s famous “Great Organ.” Admission is free, but a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund is suggested. Methuen, Mass. | MMMH.org
The Concord Museum will hold the 2017 Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will walk through a selection of private residences decked out in the holiday spirit by local interior designers. Proceeds will benefit the education initiatives of the Museum. Concord, Mass. | ConcordMuseum.org
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