NoteWorthy – 6/17/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on June 17th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 6/17/18

Enterprise Bank Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Leominster Branch

On Tuesday, June 12, crowd of 150 customers, community leaders and employees of Enterprise Bank gathered to officially cut the ribbon on the new Leominster branch. The newly-constructed two-story facility is located at 65 Main Street and directly across from the U.S. Post Office. The new location aims to offer a significantly better experience to the bank’s customers with ample parking, drive up banking lanes, meeting space for community groups, a full suite of business and personal banking products, and the local decision-making and hometown service of a community bank. The new building is located on the site of the former Columbia Hotel which was destroyed by fire in 2012.


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $17,000 in College Scholarships

To help defray the costs of higher education for local college students, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union awarded $17,000 in college scholarships to its members through its MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program and Employee Scholarship Program. The recipients are comprised of both soon-to-be and current college students.

The winners of the 18th annual MoneyStrong College Scholarship Program were asked to write an essay in response to the following prompt: “Living a financially strong life may mean different things to different people. Explain what being financially well means to you, and how Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union helps you and other members achieve financial wellness.” The Credit Union granted funds to 19 students. Of the winners, thirteen are high school seniors gearing up for their freshman year of college and six are currently attending various colleges in the area.


Cathy Dwyer, chair, Tewksbury Democratic Committee; Rita O’Brien Dee, Community Teamwork board of directors, Town of Tewksbury/Council on Aging; Congresswoman Niki Tsongas; Marie P. Sweeney, Community Teamwork board of directors, Tewksbury Board of Selectmen.

Community Teamwork Holds Spring Gala, ‘The Tsonight Show Honoring Niki Tsongas’

On May 24, Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI) held its spring gala, this year titled “The Tsonight Show Honoring Niki Tsongas,” at the James Houlares Early Learning Center in Lowell. “The weather was outstanding, the food … was phenomenal and the video presentation was both heartwarming and funny,” said Karen Frederick, CEO of Community Teamwork. “It was a privilege for Community Teamwork to recognize Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for her many years of service to the cities and towns in the district and to CTI’s efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of the thousands of people we serve.”



Richard Aziz, BSA Officer at Pentucket Bank and Emmaus fundraising volunteer; Gregory Shaw, chief risk officer at Pentucket Bank; Michelle Queenan, HR Officer at Pentucket Bank and Emmaus fundraising volunteer; Jeannine Murphy, executive director of Emmaus, Inc.; David Bennett, CFO at Pentucket Bank; Leanne Petrou, vice president of marketing at Pentucket Bank; Gretchen Arntz, director of philanthropy for Emmaus Inc.

Pentucket Bank Supports Emmaus Inc. with $5,500 Donation

Pentucket Bank employees presented a check for $5,500 to members of the leadership team of Emmaus Inc. on June 1, 2018.  The contribution is in support of both Emmaus’ major spring fundraiser, “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars” and the organization’s programs at the D’Youville Center for Social Justice.

Pentucket Bank and Emmaus Inc. have had a long-standing partnership and mutual commitment to serving the needs of Greater Haverhill and Merrimack Valley communities.  In addition to being a partner through the monetary donation, Pentucket Bank employees also volunteered on the planning committee for the “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars”   gala event that was held in April.  The Bank also feels strongly about supporting programs that have direct, positive impact on the constituents of Emmaus, therefore proudly accepted the opportunity to support the D’Youville Center in its second year of operation.


Bank of America, Wells Fargo Award First-Time Grants to Lazarus House

Lazarus House Ministries is excited to announce grants received by two first-time funders, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. With each grant in the amount of $10,000, the ministry will be able to continue providing life-saving services to guests served by Lazarus House. Both funders chose to support Lazarus House to help the ministry respond to the unexpected growth in need.

Following the devastating Hurricane Maria, the city of Lawrence saw an influx of Puerto Ricans fleeing their disaster-torn country, traveling to friends or family in the Merrimack Valley region. Many had lost everything in the hurricane and the ministry was blessed to be able to open its doors even wider to welcome those in need. Eight months after the hurricane, people are still relocating to the area as recovery challenges continue.

“We were truly able to save people’s lives last winter,” Lazarus House Food Coordinator Ken Campbell said. “These grants allowed us to give warm clothes and soup to people who otherwise would have been freezing.”



Michele Sasmor of RiverSong Plastic Surgery and Anna Jaques Hospital was honored by her physician peers as the Essex North District Medical Society’s 2018 Community Clinician of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting. The award recognizes a physician from each of the organization’s 20 district societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community. Sasmor has been practicing medicine in the Newburyport community for more than 15 years. She received her medical degree at the University of Utah before heading to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire for her residency. It was there she discovered the world of plastic surgery, from reconstructive to cosmetic, treating children, adults and the elderly.

Maggie Allard has been named medical director of population health at Lowell Community Health Center. Population health refers to addressing the health status of a defined population with an eye toward addressing social determinants of health. Allard is returning to the health center, where she previously worked from 2008 to 2011. She is an internist who has worked to increase community access to health care services for nearly 20 years. She studied medicine at the University of Colorado, and then completed a residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She went on to a general internal medicine fellowship through Harvard Medical School and earned her master’s in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



June 18

Join the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for its 29th Annual Golf Tournament. Registration will begin at Ferncroft Country Club at 12:15 p.m. Middleton, Mass. |

Northern Essex Community College will hold its NECC Athletics Golf Tournament at Atkinson Resort & Country Club from noon to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the athletics program, which sponsors eight intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women. Atkinson, N.H. |

June 21

Mill City GrowsAnnual Farm to Cocktail Party will once again take place at UTEC, celebrating the spirit of community and the region’s thriving local food movement with live music, live and silent auctions, plus signature farm-inspired apps and cocktails. Lowell, Mass. |


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