NoteWorthy – 4/15/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on April 15th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 4/15/18

The physical therapy and rehabilitation services department at Anna Jaques Hospital. The hospital has been named among the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare.

Anna Jaques Hospital Named Among “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare”

Anna Jaques Hospital has once again been ranked nationally by Becker’s Healthcare as one of its “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” in 2018, which highlights hospitals, health systems and health care companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth. This is the third year in a row that Anna Jaques has been recognized. AJH is only one of three Massachusetts hospitals and the only Massachusetts community hospital named to the list in 2018.

“To be named as a Top 150 Hospital by Becker’s three years in a row is a true testament to the on-going efforts of the hardworking and compassionate individuals who make Anna Jaques such a special place to work and receive care. Our employees, physicians and volunteers deserve this recognition,” said Mark Goldstein, president and CEO.

Criteria for which Anna Jaques was selected included: employee recognition program; benefits offerings; volunteer and community support program; and wellness initiatives offered at the hospital.


Local Author’s Baseball Book “Legendary Lumber” Receives National Acclaim

A book for baseball memorabilia collectors curated by Massachusetts locals, “Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History,” has been recognized nationally for its value to baseball collectors and its excellence in publishing. Authored by hobby expert Joe Orlando and Merrimac authors Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala, with contributions by Methuen sportswriter John Molori, “Legendary Lumber” received top honors in the 22nd annual “IPPY” Independent Publisher Book Awards contest, winning the gold medal in the sports category. The book was also honored with a silver medal at the 30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony. Both the IPPY Awards and the Ben Franklin Awards recognize excellence in book editorial content and design and are regarded as the highest national honors for independent publishers.

The book has also been nominated for the 2018 Larry Ritter Award. Presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Larry Ritter Award recognizes the best baseball book about the Deadball Era published in the previous year. First given in 2002, the award is named in honor of Lawrence Ritter, author of “The Glory of Their Times.” The winner of the Ritter Award will be announced in June.


YWCA Announces 2018 Tribute to Women Honorees

YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts has announced 19 women to be honored at the 35th Annual YWCA Tribute to Women. The annual event honors women who work or live within the YWCA service area who demonstrate outstanding leadership and make a positive impact on their communities.

“I am amazed, year after year, not only at the accomplishments of the honorees, but at the exceptional generosity they all exhibit. These women give so much to others and make such a difference in so many lives,” said Susan Staples, Executive Director of YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts. “We look forward to honoring these remarkable women, and to welcoming their friends, families and co-workers to join us at this special event,” she added.

The 35th Annual Tribute to Women takes place Thursday, May 17 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Andover Country Club.  Tickets are $50, available until May 7. Sponsorships and ads will be gratefully accepted until April 25. To purchase tickets, ads or sponsorships, go to

The 2018 honorees are:

1. MA. State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, Methuen
2. Irelis Castro-Acosta, Methuen
3. Judith Chmielecki, North Andover
4. Cheryl Edwards, Sandown
5. Jill Ells-O’Brien, Lawrence
6. Melissa Frasca, Derry, N.H.
7. Jamie Gabriel, Salem, N.H.
8. Janna Hutz, Haverhill
9. Laura Kurzok, Marblehead
10. Cynthia Mazella, Methuen
11. Cathy McGrath, N. Andover
12. Isabel Melendez, Lawrence
13. Lesly Melendez, Lawrence
14. Reina Moran, Haverhill
15. Rosalynd Morse, Lowell
16. Mary Pritchard, Andover
17. Lorraine St. Cyr, N. Andover
18. Elena Sierra, Dedham
19. Anna Villavizar, Lawrence


Mill City Grows’ Urban Farm Program Gearing Up for Spring, Looking for Volunteers

Mill City Grows is recruiting volunteers to prepare soil, plant seeds and harvest at each of their farm sites. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Lowell-based food justice nonprofit coordinates the seeding, planting and harvesting of tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce through its Urban Farm Program, comprised of three urban sites in Lowell: the Urban Farm at Mill No. 5, a 4-acre “Big Farm” in Pawtucketville and the Urban Agriculture Greenhouse on UMass Lowell’s East Campus, built in partnership with the University’s Office of Sustainability.

“We’ll need volunteer support at our greenhouse and much more,” said Yenny Martin, Mill City Grows’ volunteer engagement and evaluation AmeriCorps VISTA. Martin said that National Volunteer Week, which takes place April 15 to 21, will include a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations to support the nonprofit.

TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator Joseph Kapusansky, a member of MCG’s food access team, believes people are attracted to being on an actual working farm located in an urban setting. “Many people don’t have the luxury of visiting a farm and picking their own veggies,” he said. “I think just knowing that these operations are happening in Lowell, just around the corner from a home or office, is a great realization.”

Prospective volunteers may contact Martin at or call (978) 455-2620 for complete details. Information can also be found on MCG’s website at



Karen Moore, senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Lawrence General Hospital, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between the College and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting American College of Healthcare Executives programs, services, and activities within their respective areas. Moore is a past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the college and will represent Massachusetts in the national body in her new role. Moore assumed her new position at the Council of Regents meeting on March 24, during the American College of Healthcare Executive’s 61st Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Moore has served in her current role as senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Lawrence General Hospital since 2015. Prior to this position, she served in chief nurse, chief of operations, and chief executive officer roles at a number of different hospitals in Massachusetts and Vermont, including Marlborough Hospital, Kindred Hospital Park View and Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Margaret Marotta has been chosen by the Haverhill School Committee to be the city’s new school superintendent. She will begin her new role the first week in July, replacing the city’s current superintendent James Scully, who is retiring after eight years leading the school district. One of Marotta’s first priorities upon starting will be to address Haverhill’s school department budget. Her credentials include 25 years of experience in education, particularly as it applies to successfully turning around schools in crisis and helping to develop and secure multiple large-scale grants. She holds a master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate study from Suffolk University, and is a doctoral candidate at Boston University.



April 20

Finding Hope is a Nose to Tail Tasting Event to raise money for Family Services of The Merrimack Valley/Samaritans of the Merrimack Valley to help prevent suicide while showcasing sustainable and ethically raised foods. The event will take place at DiBurro’s Function Facility from 7 to 11 p.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

April 21

Every year, Groundwork Lawrence partners with Comcast to clean up the city on Earth Day. 2018 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 27

Join the Professional Center for Child Development for an evening of global cuisine, live music, and fundraising for children’s programming at its annual Spring Gala Event at Andover Country Club. Andover, 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. |

May 11

Get There, Start Now at the 6th Annual Greens Fore Grads Golf Tournament at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club. Open to all levels of golfers, spectators and volunteers. Check-in will begin at 7:00 a.m. Methuen, Mass. |

May 12

Stand united against homelessness at this year’s Steps to Home walk and ice cream social, sponsored by Netscout and many other local organizations, to raise funds for Lowell Transitional Living Center, a shelter and community kitchen for homeless adults in the Merrimack Valley. Check-in begins at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, at 10 a.m. Lowell, Mass. |

May 16

Enjoy fabulous food, drinks, a silent auction, music and dancing, all to support Uncommon Threads at their Dress to Impress Gala from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Salvatore’s Event and Conference Center. Lawrence, Mass. |


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