NoteWorthy – 1/14/18
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AROUND THE VALLEY
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $1,500 to Hidden Battles
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union closed out the last Give-A-Click campaign of 2017 with Hidden Battles as the winner. Hidden Battles received a $1,500 donation from the Credit Union’s We Share A Common Thread Foundation.
Hidden Battles works to preserve the healthy minds of veterans, fire fighters, police officers and first responders who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), job related stress, traumatic brain injuries and the struggles of entering back into civilian life after discharge. The organization offers treatment and counseling through confidential meetings among clients and interactive workshops.
The Give-A-Click program runs every quarter on the Credit Union’s We Share a Common Thread Foundation website. Community members visit the site, learn about three worthy nonprofit organizations, and cast their vote for the one they would like to support. The organization with the most votes at the end of the quarter is awarded a $1,500 donation from the foundation.
National Ranking: UMass Lowell a Leader in Online Education
UMass Lowell is a national and regional leader in online education, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. UMass Lowell’s online graduate programs in education, information technology and criminal justice are ranked in the top 15 in the nation and are No. 1 among all public institutions in New England. The university’s online bachelor’s degrees also got high marks, coming in at No. 3 in New England and No. 22 of more than 200 public and private programs ranked nationwide, up more than 30 spots over last year.
“These rankings are the latest validation of the superior educational opportunities UMass Lowell online students across the country experience every day,” said Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, an internationally recognized expert in online education who founded UMass Lowell’s successful online program more than 20 years ago.
Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital Celebrates Ribbon Cutting with the Community
More than 50 community leaders, local businesses, Haverhill residents, physicians and workers gathered on Jan. 11 for a ribbon cutting in celebration of Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital, a 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art medical office building at 600 Primrose Street. Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital was established out of a commitment by the hospital to create a medical destination for health care, right in the City of Haverhill, to improve access to key services. In early 2016, Anna Jaques broke ground on Primrose Street and today, the building offers vital services to the greater Haverhill community.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Michael Milano has been promoted to vice president/credit administration officer of Pentucket Bank. He began working at the Bank in 2013 as the assistant vice president/credit administration officer. Over that time, he has become a vital member of the Pentucket Bank team, bringing over 10 years of professional banking experience to the position. In his new role, Milano will assume the responsibility for the following programs: commercial loan policy, loan appraisal and loan reviews. He will also be responsible for reporting on loans to the bank management and board members, and continue to be the lead on the loan stress testing program. Milano holds a degree from Westfield State University and currently resides in southern New Hampshire with his wife and son. When not working at Pentucket Bank, he enjoys travel, skiing and biking.
Amesbury resident Stephen R. Wagner will become Amesbury’s second poet laureate. Wagner brings a lot of personal excitement and genuine enthusiasm to the position, feeling very strongly that “art may be firmly rooted in the everyday.” He plans to follow in the footsteps of the city’s original poet laureate, Lainie Senechal, when it comes to her philosophy of making poetry accessible to folks from all walks of life. His overall goal is “to draw attention to the city, and to the poetry within it,” through his role as poet laureate. He will be inaugurated in a ceremony to be held at Whittier Home on Jan. 21, and will also be the featured reader at the Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series on Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Christian Duhamel, who wrote the libretto for “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend,” which premiered at Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre in April 2017, has received The Kleban Foundation’s 28th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre for the most promising musical theater librettist. While the Kleban Prize typically goes to one lyricist and one librettist each year, this year there are three winners, each of whom will receive $100,000, payable over two years. Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz were given the lyricist prize, while Duhamel is the recipient of this year’s librettist award. “We couldn’t be prouder to have an artist, and the work they premiered at MRT, win one of theater’s most prestigious national awards,” said MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels. “I have no doubt this is only the beginning of Christian’s long and robust career.”
ArtUp Round II: Filling More Miles of Walls has kicked off at Lowell Community Health Center. Here’s how it works: patrons may visit the online catalog to view pieces, which range in price from $100 to $5,000. They may then opt to purchase artwork to donate to Lowell CHC’s permanent collection, for patients, staff, and visitors to enjoy for years to come. Half of the purchase price goes to pay the artist, and half supports the health center’s annual fundraising. Lowell, Mass. | ArtUpLowell.com
UMass Lowell will host Mass Innovation Nights 106 at their Haverhill campus at Harbor Place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Every month, a handful of companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. Haverhill, Mass. | Eventbrite.com
Help Girls Inc. blow out the candles on their centennial and make a wish for the next hundred years at their Strong, Smart, & Bold Birthday Bash at Lenzi’s. Starting at 6 p.m., The Ladies of Blues and Soul will entertain you with an eclectic mix of songs ranging from blues and soul to R&B and jazzm all while you celebrate with a festive cocktail, nibble on some scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and peruse a selection of unique auction items. Dracut, Mass. | GirlsIncLowell.org
Career Resources Corporation will raise money toward their mission of “empowering local residents with disabilities” during their annual Bocce Ball Bash at the Methuen Sons of Italy starting at 5 p.m. In addition to playing the traditional Italian sport, attendees can enjoy raffles and a buffet. Methuen, Mass. | CRC-Mass.org
Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” Training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 9-1-1 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, position the injured and more. Nashua, N.H. | NashuaNH.gov
The American Legion Riders, Chapter 273 will hold their 3rd Annual Veterans Chili Cook Off from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone who thinks they can cook up a “mean” chili is welcome to join the competition! All proceeds will benefit local veterans’ causes. Burlington, Mass. | Facebook.com
WE = NBPT has announced its first-ever Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the The Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will showcase all things that are created by people from Newburyport. Newburyport, Mass. | WENBPT.BrownPaperTickets.com
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