NoteWorthy – 8/26/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on August 26th, 2018

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NoteWorthy - 8/26/18

L-r: Billy Robertson, Samil Alba and Manny Ayala.

Lawrence Artist Samil Alba Donates Paintings to Boys & Girls Club

Lawrence artist Samil Alba recently brought his mission of inspiring, motivating and uplifting others through his art to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. In addition to conducting a free art workshop for youth members, the club alumnus donated his pop art paintings of Director of Operations Billy Robertson and Program Services Director Manny Ayala.


Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, visits the residents of Ashland Farm.

A Visit from Miss Mass & a 100th Birthday Celebration at Ashland Farm

Ashland Farm resident Frank Korycki celebrates his 100th birthday.

The new Miss Massachusetts, Lawrence native Gabriela Taveras, recently paid a visit to the Ashland Farm at North Andover assisted living community, where associates and residents presented her with a check for $1,000 for her Children’s Miracle Network charity. The donation was part of Ashland Farm’s annual Radiant Acts of Kindness campaign, which is devoted to showing good old-fashioned kindness and encouraging others in North Andover to do the same. Through the campaign, the community performed a total of over 40 Radiant Acts.

Also at Ashland Farm, resident Frank Korycki marked a century recently alongside Senator Bruce Tarr, North Andover Veteran Services Director Joe LeBlanc, good friends, family and Ashland Farm associates. A longtime resident of the North Andover area and one of the few remaining World War II veterans, Frank spent his 27th birthday enduring the Hiroshima bombing while stationed in Japan.


The Mortgage Center at Enterprise Bank in Lowell Celebrates Grand Opening

On August 22, more than 120 community leaders, customers and bankers gathered to officially cut the ribbon to dedicate The Mortgage Center at Enterprise Bank’s new office. The beautifully renovated street-level office is located at 170 Merrimack Street, at the corner of Merrimack and Palmer Streets. After several months of renovations, the space now serves as a focal point of Enterprise Bank’s downtown Lowell campus. The new location offers a convenient location for customers to meet with the bank’s mortgage team. In addition to the Lowell office, mortgage officers work out of all of Enterprise’s 24 branch locations.


Members of the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club with Mitch Moreland and Gary Jaffarian, president and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota.

Baseball All Star Mitch Moreland Visits Haverhill

For more than 20 years, Jaffarian Volvo Toyota has hosted customer appreciation days with baseball greats including Jason Varitek, Mo Vaughn, Carlos Peña, Tim Wakefield, Pedro Martínez, John Valentin, Butch Hobson, Eduardo Rodriguez and Jose Canseco. Recently, Boston Red Sox All-Star Mitch Moreland visited the Volvo Showroom to chat with fans, autograph memorabilia, and share insights about sports and success with the Haverhill and Lawrence Boys & Girls Clubs.


L-r: Gavin Jaffarian, Jaffarian Volvo Sales Manager, Jaime Romero, Director of the Emmaus Family Shelter, and Gary Jaffarian, President and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota.

Jaffarian Provides School Supplies to Children at Emmaus House

For the third year in a row, the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota staff and customers collected school supplies for the 45 children living at the Emmaus House. Giving back to the community has been a lifelong commitment for several generations of the Jaffarians — it started nearly 100 years ago and continues today. The Jaffarian family is proud to be in partnership with a number of local nonprofits to build stronger communities.

“Children deserve the opportunity to have the supplies they need to succeed in school,” said Gary Jaffarian, president and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. “Our hope is that these school supplies help students start the school year off right with everything they need to thrive in the classroom. Emmaus is an extraordinary partner and we are proud of their work in the community.”


L-r: Sara Clarke, payroll specialist; Miguel Duarte, technology operations support specialist; and Kim Fontaine, financial education officer.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Donates School Supplies to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lowell & Nashua

With the help of its generous members and employees, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union collected over 900 school supply items for the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

From July 16 – 27, the Credit Union made boxes available in each of its branch locations for members and employees to make donations. In mid-August, Jeanne D’Arc delivered hundreds of notebooks, markers, crayons, binders, rulers, backpacks and more to both locations.

“We understand that buying brand new school supplies isn’t always possible for many families,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of the credit union. “This school supply drive allowed children to start the new school year with everything they need without the added financial burden. Thank you to all members and employees who donated.”


L-r: Board of directors member Marko Duffy; board of directors chair Deborah Hope; Lawrence City Councilor Ana Levy; Scott Cote of Pentucket Bank; Therese Leone of Enterprise Bank; CEO of Princeton Properties, Andrew Chaban; CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Gary Morelli; Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera; board of trustees member Mike Mancuso; building committee member Beth Smithson, building committee member Alan Hope; Lawrence YMCA Executive Director Dan Halloran; building committee member Tom Childs; and building committee member Don Schaalman.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera to Serve as Honorary Chair of YMCA Capital Campaign

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has agreed to be the honorary chair for the Merrimack Valley YMCA’s HERE FOR GOOD capital campaign, which is raising funds for the renovation and expansion of the Lawrence YMCA. This expansion project will be transformational for the YMCA and for the greater Lawrence community by allowing the Y to expand services. Merrimack Valley YMCA CEO Gary Morelli says the Y is honored to have the mayor’s support.

“The Lawrence YMCA is committed to promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility within the city of Lawrence through our programs,” said Morelli. “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with the city of Lawrence to look for new ways to collaborate and better serve the community.”


AT&T Presents $11,000 Check to Megan’s House

L-r: Megan’s House Founder Tim Grover, Megan’s House Program Director Mary Beth Murphy, Megan’s House Board Member Steve Normandin, President of AT&T New England Patricia Jacobs, Rep. Tom Golden.


Lowell Community Health Center Awarded $10,000 Eastern Bank Grant

Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC), a nonprofit health center that serves more than 50,000 people in Greater Lowell, has received a $10,000 targeted grant from Eastern Bank. The grant will allow Lowell CHC bilingual and bicultural community health workers to provide on-the-spot domestic violence outreach and access to care to 500 Cambodian, Hispanic/Latina, and African women in Lowell. It will also support their work informing local businesses frequented by women about domestic violence and supports available.



Rebecca Williams has joined Lowell Community Health Center as director of integrated care and case management to advance the health center’s work with the Wellforce Care Plan ACO. In her role, Williams will further develop the health center’s case management and care coordination and support the clinical teams in providing services which improve both care and health outcomes for our highest-risk, highest-utilizer patients. She will also oversee the day-to-day management of the new ACO at the health center, which includes a staff of social workers, nurses and community health workers. Williams previously worked as care coordination manager at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H., where she designed, implemented and managed the hospital’s ambulatory care program. Prior to working at St. Joseph, she served as urgent care staff nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Nashua.



August 26 & 27

Jaffarian Volvo Toyota is collecting school supplies for the children served by Emmaus, Inc. Those interested in donating can visit the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Showroom at 600 River Street, Haverhill, or donate via Amazon using the following link:

August 31 – September 2

This Labor Day weekend, join St. Anthony Maronite Church for their 44th Annual Mahrajan – Lebanese Festival. In addition to live entertainment, including folkloric dance and belly dancing, there will be homemade Lebanese cuisine, raffles, hookah, and games for children. Lawrence, Mass. |

September 9

Join the Haverhill Fire Department‘s 3rd Annual 5K Road Race, which will begin at Smith’s Tavern at 11:30 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

The 8th annual Ride for Angels will take place at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. This multilength bicycle ride will take riders of all levels through many scenic Merrimack Valley communities to benefit Angel Flight New England. North Andover, Mass. |

September 10

The 13th annual Fore Melmark New England Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission of serving children, adults and their families affected by a broad range of intellectual disabilities. Andover, Mass. |

Merrimack Valley Food Bank will hold its 25th annual Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner at Indian Ridge Country Club. Participation in the tournament directly supports the organization’s hunger relief efforts in nearly 50 communities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Andover, Mass. |

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 27th Annual Golf Tournament at Haverhill Country Club. In addition to a fun day of golf, attendees will enjoy lunch and dinner, a free swag bag and pair of golf gloves, raffles, auctions and more. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 13

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold “Nine & Wine,” a combination of nine holes of golf and a wine, beer and food tasting, at the Renaissance Golf Club at 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s work in the Greater Haverhill area. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 15

The 38th annual Special Field Games is a sporting event for people of all ages with special needs, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Service Club of Andover. Along with the event and awards, music and great food are all included in this free event. This year’s games will be held at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 16

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to announce that bestselling author Rachel Kadish will speak about her award-winning novel, “The Weight of Ink.” A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation will follow at 10:00 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |


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