NoteWorthy – 9/23/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on September 23rd, 2018


Governor Charlie Baker, Local Officials Announce Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund

Governor Charlie Baker joined Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor, officials from Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), state agencies and nonprofit organizations to announce the establishment of a humanitarian relief fund to be named the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund at Essex County Community Foundation. The fund will help serve the short- and medium-term needs of impacted residents, including housing, sustenance and support services.

“It is our top priority to provide Merrimack Valley residents affected by this tragedy with the proper assistance during this difficult time,” said Baker. “This fund will help us bridge the gap for families and businesses facing immediate needs for support services, ranging from sustenance to housing, and will be a vital tool for recovery in the coming weeks.”

Tuesday, they joined Columbia Gas of Massachusetts President Steve Bryant to announce a $10 million contribution by Columbia Gas to the new Disaster Relief Fund being established to coordinate relief efforts and provide resources in the community.

“After the gas crisis, we are in the process of rebuilding the greater Lawrence area, both mentally and physically,” said Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera. “I want to thank Columbia Gas for living up to their corporate responsibility with this $10 million donation, and I will continue to advocate and fight alongside Town Managers Maylor and Flanagan, Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito to ensure that no resident affected by the gas crisis has to worry about cost as we work to repair our communities.”

Donations for the Sept. 13 fire victims are currently being made to the Lawrence Emergency Fund, a well-established ECCF fund opened in 2009 to respond to emergencies such as fires in the City of Lawrence, at


Align Web Content Manager Karen Manuelian; Align AVP, Retail Business Analyst Jessica Daigneault; Align Senior Mortgage Underwriter Wendy Gagnon; Align Danvers Branch Member Service Representative Maggie Tupman; Align Danvers Branch Teller Samuel Rios; Align Vice President, Marketing Lauren Robinson.

Align Credit Union Announces Support of “A Bed for Every Child” Initiative

Align Credit Union is pleased to announce their support of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ A Bed for Every Child initiative. The program provides beds to children of low-income families to help them arrive at school rested and ready to learn.

Align’s Community Crew has participated in several bed building events at the coalition’s office in Lynn and will be hosting their own events at Align’s headquarters in Lowell. At these events, volunteers assemble, sand and paint beds that will be donated to children in need. Align is also supporting the program by promoting it in their marketing and social media efforts and accepting donations from members and the community at every Align branch.


Photos by Jen Myers

First Responders Steal the Show at 6th Anniversary Passion for Fashion

Nevins’ 6th Anniversary Passion for Fashion Show was held Thursday evening at DiBurro’s Function Hall in Haverhill, Mass. The show featured police chiefs, police officers, firefighters and even a physician modeling the latest attire from local boutiques.

The predominantly female crowd was delighted to see first responders, who normally have a serious demeanor, hamming it up as they walked down the runway.

The annual Passion for Fashion raises money for Nevins Family of Services. Since 1904, The Henry C. Nevins Family of Services’ mission has been to provide residential and supportive care to the frail and underserved elderly population in a manner that sustains the individual’s dignity, autonomy and respect. One of the only nonprofit private providers of elder services in the area, the Nevins campus includes a 154 bed skilled nursing and rehab center, an adult day/Alzheimer’s day health center, and a 44 apartment supportive housing complex for low-income elderly people.


L-r: Nancy Donahue, philanthropist; James Mabry, Middlesex Community College president; and Dr. Carole Cowan, former MCC president.

MCC Opens New Academic Arts Center

On Sept. 20, Middlesex Community College heralded a new era as it opened the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center. The newly renovated center, located in Lowell’s historic Boston & Maine Building at 240 Central Street, houses the college’s performing arts programs, including theater, dance and music.

The centerpiece of the new facility is a proscenium theater that will showcase theatrical programs and performances, including an upcoming winter production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Following a ribbon-cutting celebration hosted by MCC President James Mabry, guests were treated to student and faculty performing art demonstrations, including guitar, dance, theatrical makeup and sword fighting.



Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) has announced the appointment of a new chief medical officer to lead the organization’s clinical operations. Dr. Randi Berkowitz will assume her role at Lowell CHC on November 5, 2018 after being selected as the result of a national search. Berkowitz currently works for MassHealth as medical director, accountable communities of health. She has played an integral role in designing and implementing the state’s Medicaid payment reform and the creation of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. This led to the formation of 17 ACOs across the commonwealth, including the Wellforce Care Plan organization, of which Lowell CHC is a part, and the Behavioral Health Community Partners program, in which Lowell CHC also participates.  She previously worked as medical director of the Commonwealth Care Alliance Senior Care Options, which provides services to dual eligible Medicaid and Medicare patients.


September 22

Join over 40 food, craft and nonprofit vendors at this year’s Fall Equinox Fest. There will be live music and a full day of yoga practice. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exeter, N.H. |

September 24

The St. Theresa Golf Tournament 2018 will be held at Hillview Country Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. North Reading, Mass. | (978) 207-0148

September 27

Merrimack Valley Hospice will hold a Viva Vintage Vegas fundraising event with food, wine, a beer pairing and silent auction at Black Swan Country Club from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Georgetown, Mass. |

September 28

The Megan House Foundation will hold its 3rd Anniversary Celebration, with the theme “Building Bridges to Recovery,” from 6 to 11 p.m. to support the safe journey of young women in recovery. Lowell, Mass. |

September 30

Lazarus House Ministries’ 19th annual Hike for Hope 5K Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at The Park on Bartlet Street. Participation and fundraising efforts help provide life-saving basic services to people in crisis. Andover, Mass. |

October 1

The 26th Annual Barry Faye Memorial ​Golf Tournament to benefit CLASS, Inc. will take place at Andover Country Club starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the tournament help the organization create more opportunities for job training, employment, fitness and more. (978) 975-8587 ext. 1209 Andover, Mass. |

October 4

The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will hold FALL FEST from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at YWCA Camp Y-Wood. FALL FEST is a fundraiser for the YWCA summer  day camp which was closed due to serious winter storm damage to the property. Salem, N.H. |

October 7

The 32nd Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will kick off at The Lasting Room. Walkers get a head start at 10:30 a.m., while runners begin at 11 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

October 13

Lowell-based nonprofit Mill City Grows will host their 7th Annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lowell’s North Common Park in the Acre neighborhood, the site of Mill City Grows’ North Common Community Garden. Up to 20 local organizations will participate as activity partners during Harvest Festival, providing families with fun, hands-on, educational activities including culturally relevant food and harvest traditions, fresh food preparation, cooking resources, nutrition education, and wellness education. Lowell, Mass. |

The 6th annual Merrimack Valley Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk will be held at the DCR Vandenberg Esplanade. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Lowell, Mass.

October 14

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is hosting its annual Walk Against Domestic Violence at Waterfront Park in Newburyport. Proceeds from this event allow the center to continue to provide an extensive array of programs and services to 15 local communities. Newburyport, Mass. |

Strongwater Farm will hold a Harvest Hoedown featuring a beer tent, food, hay ride and horse demonstration, as well as the Jimmy Connors Band. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s therapeutic programs providing education, social opportunities and emotional support to those in need in the Merrimack Valley. Tewksbury, Mass. |


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