NoteWorthy – 3/11/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 11th, 2018

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Pentucket Bank Awards $60,000 to United Way

Pentucket Bank has awarded funds totaling $60,000 to United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to ensure financial opportunity and educational success for children and families in the region. Funds raised by Pentucket Bank will help support the pressing needs that United Way identifies in the community in the coming year and will support organizations that have proven success in addressing those needs.

“Pentucket Bank stands out as one of United Way’s top charitable partners in the Merrimack Valley,” said Michael K. Durkin, president at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “Pentucket Bank is a shining example of a community leader and corporate citizen that has demonstrated a strong commitment to children and families in need for many years.”

“The United Way is an organization I have been passionate about supporting throughout my professional career and I am continually proud and humbled by the generosity of our employees at Pentucket Bank as they give back each year during our United Way campaigns,” said Scott Cote, CEO & chairman of the board at Pentucket Bank. “We are a team of compassionate and caring people who feel strongly about giving back to those less fortunate in our communities and we’ve found a great partner in doing so through the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.”


Revolving Test Kitchen Graduates First Restaurant, Brings in Another

After a successful inaugural year, the first tenant of the Revolving Test Kitchen, Chef Ray Gonzalez, will move his restaurant CocoRay’s into a permanent location at 197 Parker Street in Lawrence. He is also ready to pay it forward by passing the incredible experience on to father and son duo Hector and Danny Torres, who will be the next to take up residence in the space. Their restaurant, El Encanto, will feature a fresh fusion of Puerto Rican classics and BBQ creole cuisine, with plans to bottle and market a signature line of sauces. Together, the Torreses bring 35 years of culinary experience to this incubator program.

“This is an incredibly meaningful opportunity for my family as it represents a new start for my father, a chef who lost a family-owned restaurant in Puerto Rico when hurricane Maria devastated the area,” said Danny Torres. “My father and I cannot wait to begin this next chapter at The Revolving Test Kitchen where I will be able to grow as an entrepreneur and really be successful. I am grateful to all those involved who made this happen.”

“The Revolving Test Kitchen is the only program of its kind that provides entrepreneurs with a realistic trial run of their ventures by giving them key tools to launch their careers,” said Sal Lupoli, president and CEO of Lupoli Companies. “We are extremely proud of Ray’s success, and we cannot wait to see the positive impact RTK has on Hector and Danny Torres. Innovative programs like this not only benefit the participants, but are crucial to fueling Lawrence’s economic growth.”


L-r: Metta Health Center Program Director Sonith Peou; Dr. Zinabu Maxwell, lead clinician for primary care; Jennifer Shuart, LICSW, site manager for behavioral health services.

Lowell Community Health Center’s Metta Health Center is Expanding

Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC)’s Metta Health Center will soon relocate to Lowell CHC’s 161 Jackson Street location from its current, leased site at 135 Jackson Street, providing much-needed space to meet a growing demand for services. To support this process, Lowell CHC has convened an external steering committee co-chaired by Sophy Theam of Enterprise Bank and Gordon Halm of the African Community Center – to work with community members in developing a vision for the future growth of Metta Health Center.

Opened in November 2000, Metta Health Center was created to offer a welcoming place for members of Lowell’s Southeast Asian community to heal from the horrors so many experienced under the Khmer Rouge while providing quality health care in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. The word Metta, pronounced “may-tah,” means “loving kindness” in the Buddhist Pali language. That certainly fits the description of this special space, which offers both Eastern and Western healing practices.

Read more about Metta Health Center in the March/April edition of mvm.
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Maura Clark has been promoted to assistant vice president – regional branch manager at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Clark, a proud Lowell native, has 28 years’ experience working in the banking industry. She began her career at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in 2005 as a senior member service representative. She was quickly promoted in 2006 to assistant treasurer – branch manager. Since 2011, Clark has managed the Credit Union’s busiest location, the Lowell branch. In her new role, she will continue to directly manage the Lowell branch, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations and the staff of the Methuen and Tyngsboro branch locations. Maura is proud to serve the community where she was born and raised. She enjoys volunteering her time to The Wish Project, a Lowell nonprofit that provides furniture, household goods and baby items to families in need within the Merrimack Valley area.

Judy McCullough has been promoted to assistant treasurer – branch manager at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. McCullough joined Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in 2001 as a member service representative. She consistently worked her way up to hold positions including senior member service representative, member service supervisor, and assistant branch manager. After serving as assistant branch manager at various branches for nearly nine years, Judy stepped into the position of interim branch manager, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Credit Union’s Tyngsboro branch. She will now take on the duty of being the branch’s permanent manager. McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem State College. She is a devoted volunteer for Budget Buddies, an organization located in Chelmsford that teaches low-income women money management skills to help them become more economically self-sufficient.



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. |

March 23

Career Resources Corporation will hold their annual Spring Fling at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center starting at 6 p.m. This event unites more than 300 local business owners and community members to raise funds for CRC’s many programs and community opportunities for growth and development. Windham, N.H. |

March 24

Enjoy live and silent auctions, dancing, food, and live music provided by Thomas Machine Works Band and Low Ex at the 7th Annual Pettengill House, Inc. Fundraiser, which will take place at the Blue Ocean Music Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. Salisbury, Mass. |

March 30

WOW – Winning Opportunities for Women presents its 22nd Anniversary Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. The cost of attendance includes continental breakfast and seaside luncheon buffet. Salisbury, Mass. |

March 31

The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s 37th Annual April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race will kick off at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar and Restaurant at 10 a.m. Proftheir from the race will benefit breast cancer research and the Red Cross. Salisbury, Mass. |

April 7

Emmaus Inc. will hold its 4th annual Stepping Out with the Valley Stars starting at 6.p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Participate in an evening of dinner, dancing, auctions and fun to benefit the organization’s fight against homelessness. Salisbury, Mass. |

Enjoy a lovely evening at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center at Windham Community Bands20th Annual Dinner and Dance, which will take place from 5:15 to 11 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which serves musicians all over the Merrimack Valley. This year’s theme is  “A Night at the Movies.” Windham, N.H. |


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