NoteWorthy – 4/8/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on April 8th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 4/8/18

Photo credit: Carol Kaelson for Wheel of Fortune

UMass Lowell student wins $52K on “Wheel of Fortune”

UMass Lowell political science major Mansour Chaya has a seed fund for law school and a trip to Hawaii thanks to his comeback win on last night’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” Chaya, a Methuen resident, was selected earlier this year for the annual “Wheel of Fortune” College Week and came away with $52,179 in cash and prizes against students from Georgia State and UCLA. Taped earlier this year, his episode aired on Thursday, April 5.

Chaya won $44,400 in cash and a trip for two to Oahu, Hawaii, worth another $7,779. Chaya plans to save the cash for law school, which hopes to attend after graduating from UMass Lowell after next semester. Chaya’s father, George, who appeared on the show in November 2009, watched proudly from the audience as his son staged a comeback. He won the game’s second round, called a “toss-up,” for $2,000. But his competitor from Georgia State won a few puzzles in a row to pull ahead by more than $10,000. Then Chaya correctly guessed a phrase ending in the word “luau” to win the trip to Hawaii.


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Greg Vasey, Franchisee of 5 Guys cuts the ribbon alongside Mayor Fiorentini, City Councilor Bill Macek, City Councilor Melinda Barrett and Greater Haverhill Chamber representatives

Five Guys Opens Newest Massachusetts Location in Haverhill

Five Guys Burgers & Fries has announced the opening of its newest Massachusetts restaurant in Haverhill, located at 83 Plaistow Road, opposite Uno Pizzeria and Grill and adjacent to the Haffner’s gas and car wash. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will employ approximately 35 crew members. It will feature comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, and provide a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy the chain’s burgers, fries, hotdogs, milkshakes and more.

“Five Guys is thrilled to officially join the Haverhill community and provide our guests with fast, quality and efficient customer service and fresh beef patties, hand cut fries, and hand spun shakes,” said Greg Vasey, the local Five Guys Franchisee.



Mary Williamson will assume the role of executive director of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation. In this role, Williamson brings more than 25 years of well-rounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital. Throughout her career, Williamson has had hands-on experience with development activities across membership, annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship, special programs and events, grant writing, and major donor cultivation and solicitation. She joins Anna Jaques from Essex County Greenbelt Association, a regional nonprofit land trust, where she has held the position of director of development and community engagement since 2011.

Bernice Burkarth has been named chief medical officer for Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. In this role, she will provide medical oversight and clinical direction to Merrimack Valley Hospice and the Palliative Care Program. In addition, she will participate in the strategic development, implementation and growth of innovative clinical programs that demonstrate the full value inherent in the Home Health Foundation Care Continuum through collaboration with both internal and external partners and referral sources. Burkarth brings more than 25 years of hospice, palliative care and geriatric experience to Home Health Foundation. She earned her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency in neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center in New York.

Katherine Vozeolas has been welcomed to Holy Family Hospital’s senior leadership team as director of mission and community partnerships. Vozeolas comes to the hospital with over 33 years of experience in nursing, including 17 years in school nursing, most recently as supervisor of health and nursing for Haverhill Public Schools. She  has been involved in a number of community-based health related coalitions and organizations including the steering committee for CHNA 12 Lower Merrimack Valley and Seacoast Health Partnership, Mt. Washington Alliance Health Task Force, H.O.P.E Task Force, and the Lawrence-Methuen Community Coalition. Vozeolas was hired following the retirement of Karen Kennedy, who served as director of mission and community partnerships at Holy Family Hospital for over 12 years.

Andrea Sullivan, of Londonderry, N.H., has been named chief executive officer of the Merrimack Valley Accountable Care Organization, a partnership between healthcare providers Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Lawrence General Hospital. The new Accountable Care Organization entered an exclusive agreement with managed care partner Neighborhood Health Plan to launch the Merrimack Valley Health Partnership, known as My Care Family to its MassHealth members in the region. Sullivan was formerly chief operating officer of the MVACO following a year of leading its development for Lawrence General Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and an MBA in healthcare management from Boston University.




April 12

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center will honor Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera at their 13th Annual Making a Difference Gala from 5 to 8 p.m. at Andover Country Club. Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker are serving as honorary co-chairs of the event. Andover, Mass. |

April 15

Home Health Foundation will hold their Spring has Sprung 5th Annual Fundraiser Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Atkinson Country Club. Alongside the brunch, attendees will enjoy a raffle and festive floral designs created by Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve. Atkinson, N.H. |

April 21

Every year, Groundwork Lawrence partners with Comcast to clean up the city on Earth Day. 2017 is no different: since this is the organization’s biggest community event of the year, everyone is welcome to come help clean over 30 sites around the city. Lawrence, Mass. |

April 22

The Run for the Troops 5K Run/Walk will begin at the Andover Town Offices at 9 a.m. This year, the dog walk is separate from the main 5K to ensure a safer event for all and to raise awareness of the value of military service dogs. Andover, Mass. |

April 24

Lowell Community Health Center invites the public to join them for the Grand Opening of their new dental and eye care services at 101 Jackson Street from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will be among the health center’s honored guests. Lowell, Mass. |

April 28

Team up with friends, family and loved ones for this year’s Walk MS: Newburyport. The walk, sponsored by the National MS Society, will raise funds for MS research and support programs and services. Check-in begins at Newburyport High School at 9 a.m. Newburyport, Mass. |

May 3

Merrimack Valley Food Bank will hold their 12th annual Grape Expectations Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at Lenzi’s from 5:30 to 10 p.m. In addition to a huge selection of wines and spirits to taste, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and a raffle. Dracut, Mass. |

May 5

LifeLinks, Inc. will host their 6th annual Champagne & Champions Kentucky Derby Party at the Sky Meadow Country Club from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Catch the excitement of the race, enjoy special Derby-themed cocktails and listen to live music provided by the Dick Carpentier Quartet. Nashua, N.H. |


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