NoteWorthy – 2/11/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on February 11th, 2018

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The candidates for recognition as Tuscan Brands Youth of the Year.

Tuscan Brands Youth of the Year Announced

On Thursday, Feb. 8, Niko Karantonis was announced as the Tuscan Brands Youth of the Year at the Youth of the Year Dinner at the Tuscan Kitchen. On the previous day at the Salem High School Auditorium, the  candidates for Youth of the Year recognition shared a speech explaining their own personal stories of growth and perseverance. This year’s finalists were Dimitri Campusano, Bryanna Bettinger, Niko Karantonis and Anthony Traficante. Judges Joe Faro, Madeline Berni, David Demers, Maz DeLuca and Damon Norcross, met privately with each candidate and decided Karantonis will represent Salem at the New Hampshire State Youth of the Year Competition.

Being named the Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member may receive. Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the premier recognition program for club members and recognizes service to the club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. This program is a scholarship program. Karantonis received a $2500 scholarship from Tuscan Brands, a $1000 scholarship from Steve and Diane Hatem and a $200 Visa card from Enterprise Bank. Each finalist received a $500 Tuscan Brands scholarship and a $100 Visa card from Enterprise Bank. Karantonis will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members across New Hampshire for the state title in May.


Senator Eileen Donoghue Secures $200,000 in State Funding to Enhance Opioid Addiction Services at Lowell Community Health Center

State Senator Eileen Donoghue recently announced $200,000 in critically needed funding to help Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) address the region’s opioid crisis.

“Massachusetts needs to aggressively attack opioid addiction,” said Sen. Donoghue. “I am pleased that I could help to secure this funding from the Commonwealth for a leading public-health organization like Lowell CHC to fight this scourge.”

The funding will address patient retention in recovery by expanding timely access to treatment services and strengthening community partnerships with organizations such as Lowell House through increased collaboration of case management and consultation services. Funding will also be used to increase the number of primary care providers eligible to administer Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid addiction, and expand psychiatric support for patients of Lowell CHC’s Office-Based Addiction Treatment program (OBAT).

“We could not be more grateful to Sen. Donoghue for her advocacy and for this support as we work to address the opioid epidemic,” said Health Center CEO Susan West Levine.


Girl Scouts to Host Summer Camp Open House at Camp Runels in Pelham, N.H.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will host a series of summer day and resident camp open house events at Camp Runels in Pelham, N.H., on Sunday, March 4 and Sunday, April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. All interested girls and their families are invited to tour the camp and learn more about its experienced staff and exciting day and resident camp program options.

Camp Runels, celebrating 88 years, welcomes girls entering grades K-12. Nestled on 300 wooded acres along the shores of Little Island Pond, Runels offers a new adventure at every turn: from swimming, boating, hiking, archery and a challenging high-ropes course, to pottery, cooking classes and day trips. Extended care is available.

Round-trip bus transportation is included in the cost of day camp, with stops in the following communities: Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Littleton, Lowell, North Chelmsford, Tyngsboro and Westford. Bus transportation for resident camp is available.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ summer camps provide safe, inclusive spaces for girls of all ages to have fun in nature: to take healthy risks, make noise, play games, develop leadership skills, gain new outdoor and adventure abilities, and build friendships. Prior Girl Scout membership not required!


Local Group Announces Formation of Lowell Management Group, Inc.

Pete Lally, John Chemaly, Chris Dick, Dan Berube, Jack Lally and Andrew Holden have announced the formation of Lowell Management Group, Inc. (LMG). LMG was established to provide venue facility management, event promotion/marketing and event booking expertise for public assembly facilities. In 2017, LMG opened its office headquarters at 100 Merrimack Street in downtown Lowell.

“My partners and I are very excited about this new venture,” said LMG President Pete Lally. “We will be looking for opportunities to provide full-service venue management, which includes concerts, event promotion and marketing as well as operations services.”

Prior to founding LMG, Lally founded Spectacle Management in 2013. Spectacle Management promotes concerts, theater, comedy and family entertainment in 13 venues across five New England states. He also produced concert engagements for Disney’s Disney In Concert at venues nationwide. Lally was director of marketing and booking at Lowell Memorial Auditorium from 1999 to 2008, and general manager of Lowell Auditorium from 2008 to 2013.


Governor Baker, First Lady to Co-Chair Health Center Gala Honoring Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera

Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker will serve as co-chairs of an event honoring Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera for his commitment to accessible, quality community health care for Massachusetts residents. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) will present Rivera with the Making a Difference Award at the organization’s 13th annual Making a Difference Gala on Thursday, April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Andover Country Club. The health center’s fundraising theme this year is “Creating Access to Quality Health Care,” which represents a crucial part of its ongoing mission. Creating and maintaining access to care is a particularly challenging task in a city like Lawrence, where citizens face significantly poorer results when it comes to major health status indicators than people in nearby communities, and where nearly 60 percent of the population is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
“Since his initial election in 2013, Mayor Rivera has become an invaluable asset to the health center’s efforts to solve health care problems in the city of Lawrence and its surrounding communities,” said John Silva, president and CEO of GLFHC. “He is a great advocate for the community health center model of care, and makes sure we face as clear a path as possible to meeting our goals as an organization. Given all he’s done for health care in the Greater Lawrence area, he was an easy choice for our Making a Difference Award.”
The mission of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is to improve and maintain the health of individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley by providing a network of high quality, comprehensive health care services and by training health care professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population. Nearly 60,000 patients depend on GLFHC for their primary health care needs at locations in Lawrence and Methuen. For more information, visit



Lorraine Lyons was proudly inducted into the ranks of Quota International of Lawrence at their January meeting. Lyons, a resident of the city, was welcomed by President Mary Lou Maurer and club members.  Quota International is a nonprofit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in local communities around the world. In 1919, five business women inspired to serve, founded Quota International as the first international women’s service organization, one year before women in the United States won the right to vote. Today, more than 5,000 Quota members, women, men, and youth, come together to help women and children overcome poverty, educational, and workforce challenges in 14 countries.




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.

February 16

The Windham Musical Arts Association will be holding its first-ever “For the Love of Music” Gala Fundraiser at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center at 6 p.m. Windham, N.H. |

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. |

February 22

Get There, Start Now will be holding a Dine and Donate Night at Casa Blanca’s Methuen location from 3 to 10 p.m. Proceeds raised will support the organization’s mission to provide scholarships to high school students in the Merrimack Valley area. Methuen, Mass.

February 25 – March 10

Lowell Women’s Week will include many events taking place at locations throughout the city recognizing women’s achievements, struggles and extraordinary contributions to our community. Lowell, Mass.

February 25 – March 11

The 2018 Wild Rover Series features three different Merrimack Valley races: the Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Road Race on Feb. 25; the Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race on Mar. 4; and the Dudley’s Wild Clover 5-Mile Road Race on Mar. 11. All races begin at 11 a.m. Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell, Mass. |

March 10

The 2018 Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives will take place at the InterContinental Boston. The event helps fund vital health and wellness programs at Lowell General Hospital, as well as Circle Health’s primary care sites, which benefit residents of the Merrimack Valley community. Boston, Mass. |


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