NoteWorthy – 10/14/18
AROUND THE VALLEY
In featured photo, above: John Connolly, chair of Lawrence Alliance for Education; Derek Mitchell, executive director, Lawrence Partnership; Cynthia Paris, superintendent of Lawrence Schools; Dan Rivera, Lawrence mayor; Marianne Paley Nadel, chair of the Lawrence Partnership board of directors; Kendrys Vasquez, Lawrence City Council president; and Lane Glenn, NECC president.
NECC and Lawrence Partnership Welcome New Lawrence Superintendent
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Northern Essex Community College and the Lawrence Partnership hosted a welcome reception for Cynthia Paris, the new superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools. The reception was held on the rooftop of the college’s El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center in downtown Lawrence.
Guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks followed by a brief program featuring remarks by Lane Glenn, NECC president; Marianne Paley Nadel, chair of the Lawrence Partnership board of directors; Derek Mitchell, executive director, Lawrence Partnership; Dan Rivera, mayor of Lawrence, Kendrys Vasquez, Lawrence City Council president; John Connolly, chair of Lawrence Alliance for Education; and Paris, who began her new job six weeks ago.
Prior to taking on this new position, Paris had been assistant superintendent of schools in Newton, Mass., since 2014. Before that, she spent 17 years working in the Boston schools system, the first 13 as a speech-language pathologist, two years as a turnaround principal at William Blackstone Elementary School, and two years at the Curtis Guild Elementary School.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation Holds Annual “Celebrate Giving” Event
Greater Lowell Community Foundation held its annual “Celebrate Giving” event on Oct. 10 at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Guest speaker Eileen Donoghue, Lowell city manager, discussed education and the economy. In addition, a number of local students spoke about the ways they have benefited from the foundation’s scholarships. ( Photo by Kevin Harkins. )
‘Our Legacy, Our Place’ Raises More Than $125 Million for UMass Lowell
With the support of thousands of donors, UMass Lowell’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Our Legacy, Our Place,” has surpassed its $125 million goal 18 months ahead of schedule, thanks to a new, $5 million commitment from alumnus Brian Rist, the largest single gift in university history.
Rist, a Stoughton native who received a degree in business administration and operations management from UMass Lowell, is the founder of Storm Smart, Florida’s largest hurricane protection company.
“I wanted to thank the university for putting me on the road to where I am today and make those same opportunities available to even more people,” said Rist, whose gift will support student scholarships and other initiatives.
“Brian’s generosity will have a tremendous impact on our students,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “That’s the power of ‘our place’ – this determination to help new generations succeed because we share the same story.”
RIZE Massachusetts Awards Grant to Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Life Connection Center
RIZE Massachusetts, a nonprofit created to end the opioid overdose epidemic in Massachusetts, has announced that it is awarding nearly $1 million in grants that will fund pilot programs or existing collaborations among local community organizations to enhance harm reduction services. Among the organizations receiving the funding are Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Life Connection Center, selected for providing grassroots harm reduction services and being deeply embedded in their communities. Both of these organizations are in under-resourced, high-need areas and serve the most marginalized populations that may not seek care in a clinical setting.
Over $2 Million Distributed Through Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund
Since opening the application process on Oct. 3, Essex County Community Foundation’s Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund has received nearly 8,000 applications from people seeking financial support in the wake of the Sept. 13 Columbia Gas fires. To date, nearly 4,000 gifts of $550 have been distributed from the fund.
The fund was initiated by Governor Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and Andover and North Andover Town Managers Andrew Flanagan and Andrew Maylor in response to the thousands of people who have lost their homes or continue without gas service since explosions and fires from over-pressurized gas lines ripped through neighborhoods in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
Applications to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted until gas is restored. There are three ways to apply:
1. Online at GLDRF.org (the fastest and easiest way to apply)
2. Over the phone by dialing 2-1-1 (for those who cannot apply online)
3. In person at one of three drop-in application centers (for anyone in need of assistance with the application process)
Visit ECCF.org/GLDisasterReliefFund or drop-in center locations, hours of operation and updates to frequently asked questions.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Essex National Heritage Commission Presents Partnership Awards
October 18 & 19
Last year, Northern Essex Community College photography student and stage IV breast cancer patient Priscilla Westaway of Salisbury held a fundraiser to raise money for cancer patients and their families. This year she celebrates the official creation of her 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, “Believe Anything and Everything is Possible” with a two-day art gala at the college’s Hartleb Technology Centeron Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Haverhill, Mass. | NECC.Mass.edu
In their ongoing efforts to promote suicide awareness and show support for those impacted by mental health challenges, the Samaritans of the Merrimack Valley (a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley) is hosting their second annual Walk for Hope at 8:30 a.m. North Andover, Mass. | RaceWire.com
The Whittier Home Association will host the 9th Annual Celebrating Whittier event on October 20th at the Union Congregational Church on Pointe Shore from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Amesbury, Mass. | WhittierHome.org
MSPCA-Angell‘s annual gala, Raise the Woof, will be held at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts. During the event, Jonathan and Wendy Derby will be honored with the Noble Award for Humane Philanthropy. Boston, Mass. | MSPCA.org
Anna Jaques Hospital and Institution for Savings invite the public to Couture for a Cure, a luncheon in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to celebrate survivorship in all shapes and forms and the power of looking good and feeling good. Salisbury, Mass. | AJH.org
Methuen Memorial Music Hall will present its Fall Scholarship Fund Organ Recital with Hector Olivera at 8 p.m. Methuen, Mass. | MMMH.org
The Methuen Sons of Italy will be hosting their 100th Anniversary Gala at Michael’s Function Hall. There will be a cocktail hour, dinner and music provided by Vinyl Groove. Methuen, Mass. | MethuenSonsOfItalyLodge902.com
Join Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association at their 34th Anniversary Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. at Sompao Meas Hall. The event will benefit the nonprofit’s new initiatives, as well as their continuing array of services such as citizenship assistance, onsite translation services and financial and educational workshops. Lowell, Mass. | MKTix.com
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