NoteWorthy – 1/21/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on January 21st, 2018

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Greater Haverhill Chamber Welcomes New Business with Ribbon Cutting

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce was pleased to conduct a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 18, in celebration of the opening of the third location of Safety Environmental Control of Massachusetts, Inc. Newly located in the Ward Hill Industrial Park, Safety Environmental Control of Massachusetts supplies contractors and supply houses with safety products and equipment.

“We welcome Safety Environmental Control of Massachusetts, Inc., to the Ward Hill Industrial Park. The industrial park is a key resource to the city of Haverhill, and today we welcome Safety Environmental Control of Massachusetts, Inc., as its newest member,” said Beverly Donovan, president and CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.


Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Partners with MHA of Greater Lowell

Thanks to a grant from the Greater Lowell Health Alliance, visitors to the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association will now have an opportunity to meet Tooch Van, one of the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell’s newest employees. Van is working as an outreach manager based at CMAA to provide education, support, counseling and referrals to other services, including those available at MHA. He will be available to individuals who are interested in learning more about how to deal with the emotions like anger or depression, work through personal issues related to family, marriage, stress or addiction, and cope with life changes such as divorce, death, or job loss.

In particular, for those whose lives have been impacted by trauma, Van will help them to identify how that history is playing out in their everyday lives. As a bicultural and bilingual member of the Cambodian community himself, it is hoped that he will be particularly effective in establishing a relationship with those that CMAA serves, and with that relationship, bridging the gap that often keeps individuals from approaching MHA for support.


Avangrid, UMass Lowell to Collaborate on Clean Energy

A new research partnership between Avangrid, its subsidiary Central Maine Power and UMass Lowell will expand the use of clean energy technology, benefiting consumers, students and the environment. The collaboration, announced today, will bring together researchers from the company and the university to advance the development and implementation of clean energy technologies over the next decade. This includes hydropower, wind energy, power grids, energy storage and data sciences, as well as other technology innovations. UMass Lowell students – from those seeking bachelor’s degrees all the way to doctoral candidates – will also benefit from the partnership, which calls for them to participate in on-campus research and for CMP to explore opportunities for co-ops, internships and fellowships. The partners will also present joint conferences and workshops for researchers from across the clean energy field.



Gus Cruz has been appointed by The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence as assistant director of its Beacon Unit in South Lawrence. Cruz earned dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Connecticut, which he attended on a full football scholarship. Prior to joining the club, the Lawrence resident was a youth counselor, child protective services worker, paraprofessional for elementary school children with learning disabilities and residential instructor for clients with emotional and psychological disabilities. In college, he worked with youth sports organizations and was a founding member of Collective Uplift, through which he mentored underclass ethnic minorities to facilitate positive and supportive relationships on campus. In his new role at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Cruz helps oversee a myriad of programs promoting youth members’ academic success, healthy lifestyles, leadership development and community involvement. While the fun aspect of the activities hooks the kids, expectations for their behavior and future success are high.

Linda Miller, of Dracut, has been named director of hospice services for Merrimack Valley Hospice. In this role, Miller will oversee clinical and administrative operations with a goal of exceeding industry standards in quality, growth and patient satisfaction. As director of hospice services, Miller is responsible for ensuring that the highest quality, compassionate care is delivered in a timely manner to patients at High Pointe House in Haverhill as well as those receiving hospice care through York Hospital Hospice and throughout MVH’s southern New Hampshire service area. Miller received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Connecticut and a nursing degree from St. Francis School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of experience in hospice and case management. Prior to joining Merrimack Valley Hospice, Miller worked at Newton Wellesley Hospital and has held many leadership roles in case management and hospice care.

Kristin M. Murphy, owner of Bradford Country Club, has joined the board of directors of Haverhill Bank. Murphy, a Haverhill native, was unanimously approved as a director at the bank’s annual meeting in November. “As a small business owner, Kristin is an ideal choice to join the bank’s board. Her knowledge of the market, deep roots in the community and longtime advocacy of area charities and causes greatly support the local mission of the bank,” said Haverhill Bank President and CEO Thomas L. Mortimer. Murphy graduated from Stonehill College in 1996 with a bachelor’s in business administration. In addition to owning Bradford Country Club, she donates her time and expertise to fundraise for various nonprofits in the community, including St. James Parish’s Open Hand Pantry, All Saints Parish, Haverhill Police Relief Fund, Opportunity Works and the VFW Santa Parade. She resides in Haverhill with her husband and children.

John Morrow has been promoted to assistant vice president – senior branch manager of Pentucket Bank. Morrow began working at the bank in October 2016 and has over 12 years of experience in the banking industry. In his new role, he will oversee and manage all sales, services, retention and growth for the Merrimack Street main office branch, including retail and commercial banking, lending, investments and deposits. He will also be responsible for new business development in the Haverhill and surrounding areas. Morrow is an active participant in several community organizations in the Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area. He volunteers for the Haverhill Better Block initiative, he is a United Way committee member, and he coaches two youth lacrosse teams in southern New Hampshire. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and vacationing with his family. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire with his wife and three children.

Joanne Sulis has been promoted to assistant vice president – administrative officer at Pentucket Bank. Joanne has been with Pentucket Bank for over 24 years and has more than 30 years of banking experience.  She supports the office of the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors while providing administrative assistance to the bank’s senior management team she is also the clerk of the board’s executive committee. Sulis is affiliated with the George C. Wadleigh Foundation and also attends various bank sponsored events throughout the year. She resides in North Andover with her husband and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.




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.

January 25

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. |

January 27

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. |

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. |

February 3

Symphony NH will hold their Fanfare Gala 2018. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the event includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, and a performance by the symphony. Nashua, N.H. |

February 4

The Penguin Plunge will benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire. Participants raise funds by running into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach. Hampton, N.H. |

February 9

Support the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, the official charity of the Boston Marathon, by attending a special DFMC Comedy Show at the Radisson Hotel Manchester from 8 to 11 p.m. The show will feature three comics, raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar. Manchester, N.H. |

February 10

An Evening of Sweet Indulgence will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Join special guest Billy Costa in sampling some of the best desserts and appetizers from the Merrimack Valley’s premiere restaurants and caterers. Proceeds benefit Congregation Beth Israel in Andover. Lowell, Mass. |

February 17

Mass Audubon and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will hold the 2018 Merrimack River Eagle Festival. This full day of indoor and outdoor activities includes eagle-spotting sites, guided bus tours, live bird demonstrations and much more. Newburyport, Mass. |


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