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AROUND THE VALLEY
Anna Jaques Hospital Partners with Molin Elementary School to Celebrate Cancer Survivors
In honor of Cancer Survivors Day, Anna Jaques Hospital staff and their families painted rocks with words of encouragement and hope for patients. Rocks were decorated by and featured in the three cancer care offices in the Newburyport Medical Center during the month of June: Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques; Gerrish Breast Care Center; and Anna Jaques Cancer Center affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Emily Webber’s fourth grade class from the Molin Upper Elementary School also painted rocks to support the hospital’s efforts right before school ended for the summer. This 4th grade class was also recently named Peace Prize winners by Newburyport’s Human Rights Commission in April.
Merrimack Valley Hospice Awarded Grant from TD Charitable Foundation
Merrimack Valley Hospice was awarded a $15,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation to support a variety of hospice and palliative care services throughout the region.
“We are extremely grateful for the continuing support of the TD Charitable Foundation,” said Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation. “As a mission driven agency, Merrimack Valley Hospice is committed to providing care to all patients and families in our care. This grant will help ensure that the highest quality end-of-life care is available for patients in any number of settings including homes, hospitals, assisted living or long-term care facilities and at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice located in Haverhill.”
Greater Newburyport Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Face/Food Natural Skin Care Studio
The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Face/Food Natural Skin Care Studio. Owner Khaki Paquette and her family, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, and staff from the chamber were in attendance to celebrate the opening. Paquette says that products sold and used at Face/Food contain no fillers, parabens, artificial fragrances, phthalates or artificial preservatives. The studio offers in-shop facial services, waxing services and all-natural makeup in which clients have the option for a 45-minute beauty product application or a 60-minute beauty application lesson.
Edgewood Senior Living Community Unveils New Dementia-Centered Residences
In an effort to meet the ever-growing demand of support services and dignified housing for older adults with dementia, Edgewood senior living community in North Andover has completed The Woodlands Inn, a $17 million, 4-building, 40-residence expansion that caters primarily to seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Three of the four buildings will serve residents with dementia while the other will cater to enhanced living, or residents who need some general assistance throughout the day.
Each building accommodates 10 residents and is designed to encourage greater interaction and socialization. This “small house model” sees private rooms surround a central common area that includes an open-hearth kitchen, dining area, living room and den with a natural stone fireplace. Here residents can participate in activities, play games, read, watch TV or simply catch up with friends and neighbors.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Sponsors Kids’ Football Camps for Fifth Year in Row
Sponsorship from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union enabled more than 350 kids in the Lowell, Lawrence and Nashua to join players from the New England Patriots Alumni Club for fun and fitness at “Football For YOU,” a free one-day football clinic open to children ages 9-14 of all skill levels. The credit union began offering this camp in Lowell in 2014, extended it to Nashua in 2017 and this year brought it to Lawrence.
“The opportunity to offer Football For YOU in our communities continues to grow, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this camp to local youth,” said Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “This is a fun and exciting day for everyone involved.”
New Balance Foundation Donates $225,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
The New Balance Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, recently donated $225,000 to sponsor the club’s Healthy Living Club and help fund its Academic Basketball program and Explore, Learn and Thrive summer program to encourage club kids to practice healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, the company sponsors New Balance Day featuring various games and the New Balance Foundation Running Club, through which employees serve as running coaches to youth members during the summer. New Balance employees also tour the club as part of their company orientation and volunteer at numerous other events throughout the year.
Concord Museum Raises over $13 Million in Capital Campaign
The Concord Museum has achieved the largest fundraising goal in its history, raising more than $13 million through its capital campaign, “At the Center of Revolution,” publicly launched in February 2017 to support construction of its new education center, building renovations and endowment. Over 200 generous donors helped the museum reach its goal, and approximately 75 percent of funds raised came from Concord. The majority of campaign contributions came from individuals, including two individual gifts of $1 million or more – one of which was the largest single gift in the Concord Museum’s history. The rest of the contributions were from foundations and government agencies, including the Town of Concord Community Preservation Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Two Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union members were chosen as finalists in the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s 29th Annual Massachusetts Student Essay Contest. Kendra Patel, a seventh grader at Lowell Catholic Elementary School, and Justin Hardy, a seventh grader at Saint Michael School in North Andover, were among eight seventh and eighth grade students who were recognized for their essays. More than 700 students submitted an essay that explained why they think schools should add financial literacy as a core curriculum and how doing so would benefit society as a whole. The grand prize winner and seven finalists were honored at an awards ceremony on June 8th in Marlborough. Patel and Hardy had the opportunity to read their essays to the ceremony attendees. Both Patel and Hardy received a certificate of achievement and a $250 cash prize.
Kaarkuzhali Krishnamurthy has been welcomed to the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital. An epilepsy specialist, she will begin seeing patients on July 12 at Primary Care of Methuen. Krishnamurthy earned her engineering degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her medical degree at University of Maryland School of Medicine, also in Baltimore. She completed her internship in internal medicine at the Yale-New Haven Primary Care Program in Connecticut, and her residency in neurology at the Harvard-Longwood Area Neurology Program where she served as chief resident. Her fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology was completed at Beth Israel Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Krishnamurthy also earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Harvard Medical School in 2016.
Archana Kamal, of UMass Lowell, has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35. Kamal was chosen for the ranking’s “visionaries” category because her research is solving a critical issue in quantum computing: how such systems will communicate with traditional computers. Kamal leads the QUEST (QUantum Engineering Science and Technology) group at the university, which strives to answer theoretical questions ranging from the use of large-scale entanglement for quantum computing to meeting and beating quantum limits of measurement. “I feel very honored that my research is being recognized alongside the stellar achievements of this year’s and past innovators,” said Kamal, an assistant professor who teaches in the Department of Physics and Applied Physics of UMass Lowell’s Kennedy College of Sciences.
Thomas Howard has been hired as Fulcrum Associates’ first vice president of business development. In this role, Howard is responsible for leading the business development team in creating and executing sales and marketing plans that support Fulcrum’s long-terms goals for internal growth, building on its existing portfolio within key markets and identifying emerging market opportunities within New Hampshire and throughout New England. Howard joins Fulcrum with more than 21 years of experience in senior-level sales and business development management positions throughout New England and New Jersey. Most recently, Howard was the vice president of business development at John Turner Consulting. A resident of Newmarket, N.H., he is a graduate of New England College and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Plan NH, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association and the Society for Marketing Professional Services Northern New England.
Take your family out to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and help one of RUFF Tales Rescue’s dogs find its “forever family” while you’re there at a special Heritage Farm Adoption Event fom 6 to 9 p.m. Lowell, Mass. | HeritageFarmIceCream.com
Nashoba Learning Group will begin its 17th annual Bikeathon at 2 Crowell Farm Road. 25- and 50-mile options are available. Bikers are asked to raise a minimum of $500 in sponsorship. Concord, Mass. | NashobaLearningGroup.org
The Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics for amputees, will begin at 10 a.m. A-Brews Tap & Grill and end at Deerhead Sportsman Club in Hooksett, N.H. Dracut, Mass. | ABrews.com
Over 200 golfers will come together at Andover Country Club in support of Lazarus House at their Drive for Dignity. In addition to golf, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch, dinner and both live and silent auctions. Andover, Mass. | LazarusHouse.org
Changes In Latitudes: The Premier Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show will headline Tupelo Music Hall‘s 10th Annual Concert and Silent Auction to benefit the CLM Foundation. Derry, N.H. | TupeloHall.com
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm will hold its 6th annual “Tails & Ales” Craft Brew Tasting. In addition to the dozens of brews to sample, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy music, raffles, root beer floats and fresh fruit. Methuen, Mass. | MSPCA.org
Emmaus Inc. will hold its 30th annual Cycle for Shelter. The event raises critical funds to help the organization provide emergency shelter, affordable housing and support services to the homeless and formerly homeless. Haverhill, Mass. | EmmausInc.org
The Executive Health & Sports Center will host the Hula Hustle in memory of New Horizons for New Hampshire’s Bill Kelley. This is a Hawaiian themed 5K & 10K with all participants invited to join in a post-race luau. Manchester, N.H. | NewHorizonsNH.org
Haverhill Country Club is the place to be for a beautiful day of golf to support the Merrimack Valley YMCA‘s efforts to deliver programs to deserving youth and families in the area. Salem, N.H. | MVYMCA.org
The 8th Annual Voices of Hope Boston Barbara Byrd Memorial Golf Classic at Hillview Golf Course includes a 4-person scramble, barbecue lunch, an awards reception and raffle following the golf, plus several exciting challenge holes with super prizes for the winners. Proceeds from the tournament benefit cancer research at MGH Cancer Center. North Reading, Mass. | VOHGolf.com
Grab a friend and join the 18th Annual Newburyport Kitchen Tour, featuring sensational kitchens showcasing extraordinary talent, craftsmanship and design. This self-guided driving tour celebrates the rich history of Newburyport, offering tasteful complimentary treats from local eateries while visiting these beautiful homes. Newburyport, Mass. | NewburyportKitchenTour.com
The All In for a Cure Foundation‘s 4th annual Jason Farley “All In For a Cure” Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Bradford Country Club. All In For A Cure raises money to benefit melanoma research, education and awareness, as well as patient support. Haverhill, Mass. | AllInForACureGolf.com
British Cars of New Hampshire will return to the Alvirne Hill House Field for the 21st annual “Show of Dreams” to benefit the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Food Bank. Hudson, N.H. | BCNH.org
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