NoteWorthy – 7/15/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on July 15th, 2018

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More than 200 UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff, together with federal, state, city and business leaders, today opened the university’s new Fabric Discovery Center, a national model for the development of “smart” clothing and textiles, flexible electronics and robotics and automation. Cutting the ribbon to open the center, located in a renovated mill building at 110 Canal St., Lowell, were from left, state Rep. Rady Mom, Lowell Mayor William Samaras, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, UMass President Marty Meehan and Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue.

UMass Lowell Opens New Fabric Discovery Center

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker today helped UMass Lowell open its new Fabric Discovery Center, a collaborative hub in Lowell where the university’s researchers, students, private industry and other partners will pioneer advances in “smart” clothing and textiles, flexible electronics, robotics and automation. Welcoming the governor and more than 200 other people to the event was UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, who praised the state for its support of the center through $11 million in funding to date via the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2).


L-r: Chris Curley of Billerica, Eric Latsey of Tewksbury, Peter Latsey of Tewksbury and Tom Murray of North Andover comprised the winning foursome of the 39th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence golf tournament.

39th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $190,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

More than 250 golfers raised $190,000 at the 39th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence golf tournament held recently at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The event is one of the club’s largest fundraisers for critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members at two locations.

In addition to golf, the program included cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions. Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, said he was “humbled” by the generosity of community members whose sponsorships and donations of auction items “literally help keep our doors open.”


Lupoli Companies Unveils Luxury Apartments at Riverwalk Lawrence

Riverwalk Lawrence’s community room.

Sal Lupoli, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Dan Rivera and community leaders came together on July 9 for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Riverwalk’s newest luxury apartments, Riverwalk West.

Concentrating on change, Sal Lupoli discussed the importance of development in key Gateway Cities and the continued revitalization in Riverwalk’s Historic Mill District. “Since starting this project, we now have 200 companies here, created 5,000 jobs and formed clusters of services for the community,” he said. “And now these market-rate apartments are establishing a haven for economic growth in Lawrence.”

“As a kid, I played around here and never could have imagined that this would happen in the city of Lawrence,” said Rivera. “From abandoned buildings without windows to a beautiful development centered around the new train station which makes commuting to Boston on both trains and buses easier for Riverwalk residents as well as the community.”

“It’s transit-oriented projects like this, where business, residential and transportation come together to create possibility and opportunity for people in Gateway Cities,” Baker said. “The best part of this story is that it is still being written. This is a great company and community to invest in, there are great things happening here.”


Local Author’s Baseball Book to be Launched at National Convention

Authors Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala, card and collectibles expert Joe Orlando, and Red Sox Hall of Famer Rico Petrocelli have collaborated on a new book. The coffee table-format publication, entitled “An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories,” is the fifth volume in the series of award-winning publications authored by the Zappalas and Orlando including “The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories,” “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players,” “The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs,” and “Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.” The book will be unveiled at the 39th National Sports Collectors Convention from Aug. 1-5 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio.



The American Industrial Hygiene Association named UMass Lowell Public Health Professor Margaret Quinn as the recipient of the organization’s Alice Hamilton Award, which honors an outstanding woman who has made lasting contributions to the field. Quinn, a Gloucester resident, has devoted much of her career to developing best practices and interventions that help prevent injuries and accidents, including explosions of oxygen tanks, while nurses, health aides, family members and others care for patients at home. Quinn teaches in UMass Lowell’s Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and is the director of the Safe Home Care Program, which is part of the university’s Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. The center, which she co-founded, develops and advances practical solutions to environmental and health problems faced by health-care workers and the public.

Wayne Jenness of Lowell has been named the new Information Systems Manager at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC). In this new role, Jenness is working to help manage and optimize the use of clinical software applications including the health center’s electronic medical record (EMR) system. In particular, he will focus on increasing patient use of the patient portal, a secure online website that gives patients convenient, 24-hour access to personal health information including appointments and medications. Prior to joining Lowell CHC, Jenness worked for nine years as IT Manager at Woburn and North Andover Pediatrics, a large practice where he gained extensive experience working with EMRs.



July 16

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. |

July 20

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. |

July 21

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. |

July 22

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. |

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. |

July 23

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. |

July 27

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. |

July 28

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.

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. |

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,


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