NoteWorthy – 3/4/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 4th, 2018

NoteWorthy is your weekly news roundup of happenings, movers and shakers, and community events in the Merrimack Valley.

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Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Launches “Small Acts That Give Back”

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is excited to launch its new community outreach initiative, called “Small Acts That Give Back,” where the credit union performs random acts of kindness throughout the local community and within its branches.

The credit union, which just celebrated its 106th anniversary, kicked off the initiative on Friday, Feb. 16, at Market Basket on Fletcher Street in Lowell. Jeanne D’Arc team members greeted nearly 100 shoppers at the entrance and throughout the store with a Market Basket gift card and a free reusable tote bag. Recipients were thrilled and surprised that their morning shopping trip included a small gift to help with their groceries.

“Giving back to the community is such an integral part of our organization, and our new Small Acts That Give Back initiative is a perfect way to spread joy to our community members,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We understand the power of care and compassion, and that that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors,” he added.


NorthEast Computer Services Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named NorthEast Computer Services to its 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Pioneer category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of information technology, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the small and midsized business market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based security services.



Durathun Farha has joined Steward Primary Care of Lawrence. Farha has been serving the health care needs of residents in the Merrimack Valley for years, most recently at Greater Lowell Medical Group. Her special interests include preventive care, cardiac conditions and vascular conditions. Fluent in English and Hindi, she earned her medical degree at Bangalore University in India, and then completed her residency in internal medicine with Boston University at Carney Hospital, and her fellowship in vascular medicine at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. In the spring, Sayeeda Rahman, formerly of Pentucket Medical Associates in Andover, will join practice with Farha at Steward Primary Care.



Now – 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.

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. |

Nashoba Learning Group will hold their 19th Annual Full Court Charity Challenge from 9:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. This full day of basketball supports the organization’s mission to provide help for those with autism. Boston, Mass.|

Join other animal lovers at Cycle Fierce beginning at 10 a.m. for the 15th annual Spin for Animals and spin for one, two or three hours to raise funds for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. If you can’t make it to Portsmouth, you can still join the event as a virtual spinner. Portsmouth, N.H. |

March 11

The last race of the 2018 Wild Rover Seriesthe Dudley’s Wild Clover 5-Mile Road Race on Mar. 11, begins at 11 a.m. at the eponymous restaurant. Lowell, Mass. |

March 12

Cobblestones of Lowell will once again be the Merrimack Valley host for the Massachusetts Restaurant Day for No Kid Hungry. Chefs from Cobblestones and moonstones, plus other area restaurants such as Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Bancroft, will help create an evening of dinner and drinks you won’t soon forget — all for a good cause! Lowell, Mass. |

March 17

The 18th Annual Fitness for a Cure, presented by Flexecution, Inc., returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event features a fun, high-energy show by the St. Jude performance team and an evening gala. Lowell, Mass. |

Relay for Life of North Andover High School will raise money for cancer research and patient care programs provided by the American Cancer Society starting at 6 p.m. North Andover, Mass. |


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