NoteWorthy – 5/6/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on May 6th, 2018

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Leanne Petrou, vice president of marketing at Pentucket Bank; Donna Deveau, vice president of external relations and development at Home Health Foundation; Scott Cote, CEO and chairman of the board at Pentucket Bank; Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation; Darlene Rembis, administrative assistant at Pentucket Bank and volunteer with the Home Health Foundation; and Lauren Brousseau, development officer at Home Health Foundation.

Pentucket Bank Donates to Home Health Foundation

Pentucket Bank CEO/Chairman of the Board Scott Cote, and others from Pentucket Bank presented a check for $8,000 to members of the leadership team of Home Health Foundation on April 24. The organizations have had a long-standing partnership and mutual commitment to serving the needs of Greater Haverhill and Merrimack Valley communities. Pentucket Bank’s donation to Home Health is in support of several of the agency’s special events and programs throughout 2018. This includes their annual Food, Wine and Beer Pairing and Silent Auction event held in September.

Pentucket Bank annually supports over 250 local not for profit organizations in Greater Haverhill and Southern New Hampshire. In 2017, the bank donated over $400,000 and its employees volunteered for local organizations for a combined 5,000 hours.


Longstanding Members Purchase Racquet Club of Newburyport

After dedicating 45 years to promoting and growing the sport of tennis at every level, Racquet Club of Newburyport owners Byron Matthews and Jonathan Woodman are passing on the stewardship of the club to two couples who are longstanding members: Daryl Colden and Kristin Tallman, and Gary Gastman and Laura Goldberg.

The current and former owners are all longtime Greater Newburyport residents, and share close ties to the community. Matthews was mayor of Newburyport for an unprecedented five terms. His partner, Woodman, is a prominent local architect. Both were involved in the revitalization of downtown Newburyport in the ’70s and ’80s. New owner Colden is a local ear, nose, throat and allergy physician as well as chief of surgery at Anna Jaques Hospital. Tallman is an optometrist. Both Gastman and Goldberg are psychologists. Gastman also serves as executive director of local nonprofit Link House.


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Launches Hometown Hero Campaign

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is excited to launch its new Hometown Hero campaign, which gives community members the opportunity to nominate someone they know who goes above and beyond in their community. The Credit Union will choose four winners from all nominations to be named Hometown Heroes, and each will receive a $250 cash prize. The campaign kicked off on April 25 as part of the Credit Union’s Small Act That Gives Back initiative. All community members can visit any branch or the Credit Union’s website to fill out the nomination form. The nominator is required to provide the reasons why his or her nomination deserves to be a “Hometown Hero.” The Hometown Heroes will be chosen on May 4, May 11, May 18 and May 25.

“Our Hometown Hero campaign gives community members the chance to recognize an individual who has made a big impact in their lives or on the community at large,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We know there are so many people in our community that deserve to be rewarded for spreading kindness, love and acceptance throughout our community.”



Jinette Galarza, of Lawrence, has been selected as one of the “29 Who Shine,” an honor which is given to a top graduate from each of the state’s community colleges and public colleges and universities. On May 4, she was recognized by Governor Charlie Baker for her extraordinary accomplishments at a ceremony at the State House. Galarza’s mentor Sarah Courchesne, chemistry professor (and mvm contributor!) was also recognized at the ceremony. Galarza is a full-time Northern Essex Community College student who works 40 hours a week as a sterile processing technician at Holy Family Hospital. A liberal arts major, she will graduate with high honors and plans to enroll in the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Lowell in the fall, majoring in history with a minor in Arabic studies, and then earn her master’s. Originally from Puerto Rico, Galarza, now 32, moved to Lawrence when she was 10 years old. She attended middle school in the city and went on to graduate from Essex Agricultural School in Danvers.

Jacalyn Bennett, of West Newbury, was honored with a Strong by Nature award at Merrohawke Nature School’s Annual Fundraising Auction benefit. Bennett’s love for life, nature, and its beauty began at a very early age. “I can’t recall a time when I questioned my role in embracing and protecting the beauty of our Mother Earth,” Bennett says. “In all of the years since then, my love for our planet and its beings has compelled me to be a steward for Right Action, in particular the Protection of Women, and to give a voice and opportunities to those who otherwise wouldn’t be so fortunate.” In celebration of Merrohawke’s 10th anniversary in 2017, Merrohawke’s board of directors developed the Strong by Nature award to recognize a member of the community who acts with the earth-minded integrity that Merrohawke hopes all children will embody as adults. The awardee selected each year exemplifies Merrohawke’s core values and demonstrates a moral compass that actively advances environmental and social justice in his or her community.




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 14

The 7th Annual Opportunity Works Golf Classic will take place at Renaissance Golf Club starting at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds raised will support Opportunity Works’ mission of “enhancing the life for people with disabilities by promoting a culture of dignity and respect.” Haverhill, Mass. |

May 15

Lowell fire and law enforcement personnel are teaming with the American Red Cross in the city’s first Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most blood donors. The community is encouraged to take part by donating blood on May 15 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lowell Auditorium. 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. |

May 17

Northern Essex Community College will hold its 4th Annual Networking Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus. Employers are encouraged to use the opportunity to look for potential interns or part-time or full-time employees and/or to help educate and mentor students on what they will need to prepare for a career in their field. Haverhill, Mass. |

May 21

Nevins Family of Services will hold their 11th Annual Golf Tournament starting at 8 a.m. at Haverhill Country Club. Proceeds will support the organization’s mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families while serving as a resource for the community. Haverhill, Mass. |


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