NoteWorthy – 11/11/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on November 11th, 2018

Featured photo: Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera helps comedian Loretta LaRoche auction off her “party pants” at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s 9th Annual In Pink Brunch & Comedy Show, which raised over $90,000 for women’s health.


Congresswoman Niki Tsongas poses for a photo with June Black, her district director, who received the Rosalyn Kempton Wood Award during Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s 9th Annual In Pink Brunch & Comedy Show.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Raises Over $90,000 for Women’s Health

On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s 9th Annual In Pink Brunch & Comedy Show raised more than $90,000 to support the organization’s initiatives in women’s health. This year, stress consultant, motivational speaker and comedian Loretta LaRoche delivered a routine exploring ways people can all laugh a little more – especially at themselves – during these stressful times. Meanwhile, GLFHC raised funds through a text-to-give campaign, a silent and live auction, and the sale of raffle tickets and mystery boxes.

June Black, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ district director, was recognized with the health center’s Rosalyn Kempton Wood Award during the event. In giving her the award, the organization referred to her as “a champion of constituent concerns and a master problem solver who gets things done in Greater Lawrence, and a two-time breast cancer survivor who holds women’s health causes near and dear to her heart.” Afterward, she received heartfelt congratulations at the podium from Tsongas, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and State Representative Diana DiZoglio.


Lowell Native Serves at Sea Aboard One of Navy’s Most Advanced Submarines

A 2014 Groton Dunstable High School graduate and Lowell, Massachusetts, native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS John Warner, one of the U.S. Navy’s fast-attack submarines. Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Parson is a machinist’s mate (weapons) aboard the Norfolk-based submarine, one of only 16 Virginia-class fast-attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet.

A Navy machinist’s mate (weapons) is responsible for anything mechanical aboard the submarine as well as small arms and ordnance.

Parson credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons he learned in Lowell. “My dad always told me that anyone can be more talented but everyone can out work you, and this applies directly as I do my best every day in the Navy,” Parson said.


$7.9M Grant to Fuel New Center Assisting Medical-Device Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs working to improve the lives and promote the independence of patients may soon benefit from an initiative run by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2). A joint partnership between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School in Worcester, M2D2 is a business incubator that helps medical-device and biotech startups bridge the gap between idea and market.

Supported by a $7.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), M2D2 will establish a new center to assist inventors pioneering promising new point-of-care devices and technologies for patients with heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders. Innovations aim to help patients with these health concerns better manage their well-being wherever they are, seeking to reduce in-patient hospital stays and improve quality of life.



Three Honored for Work at Northern Essex Community College

Three Northern Essex Community College employees recently received the Employee Recognition Award for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Erin Colstad of Methuen, special programs coordinator in the patient simulation center, has worked at NECC for almost three years. Prior to working in this position, she was a laboratory technician in NECC’s Patient Simulation Center on the Lawrence campus. She holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting from Zane State College. She was nominated by Mary Farrell, dean of health professions. “Erin excels at scheduling and setting up health division labs, including the use of labs by Regis North programs, and the coordination effort with NECC programs,” wrote Farrell. “She conducts informative tours for internal and external groups, shining the spotlight on NECC’s state of the art patient simulation labs and resources. She goes over and above her work responsibilities to provide service to the NECC community graciously and competently.”

Domingo Torres of Lawrence has worked in the facilities department at NECC for more than 20 years, currently as supervisor on the Lawrence campus, where he oversees the daily activities of the department. A graduate of Martin Luther King High School in Patterson, NJ, he was nominated by Paul Miedzionoski, director of facilities. Torres’ nomination was supported by Mary Murphy, a manager in the administration & finance office. “Domingo is the backbone of the Lawrence Campus, and day to day operations would not be possible without him,” he wrote. “He is highly regarded among his coworkers in the facilities department, often dealing with situations on campus after hours and into the evening. He often acts as a translator for Spanish speaking students, helping them find their classes or answer questions. He regularly has ideas on facilities related matters that result in major cost savings for NECC, and has an innovative approach to tasks and strong problem solving skills.”

Margaret Lambert of Haverhill, a technical assistant in the Academic Placement & Testing Center, has worked at Northern Essex for six years. She is a 2010 graduate of NECC and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Human Services. She was nominated by Donna Felisberto, coordinator in the Academic Placement & Testing Center, who praised her work with students. “Peggy goes above and beyond to make sure the Center’s processes are efficient and effective. She does a great job of tracking students and working with other areas of the college to get students more information,” wrote Felisberto. “She works extremely well with students on the front line, who frequently send email notes thanking her for her assistance and her friendliness.”



November 11

The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra will be putting its Fall Concert at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts to celebrate the 100 year armistice of World War I. Both veterans and active duty members of the military will receive free admission for the performance. Chelmsford, Mass. |

Pose with Your Pets at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm will let you sit for a 15-minute professionally staged and lit photo session. One-hundred percent of the sitting fee will benefit the organization’s animals and programs. Methuen, Mass. |

November 13

The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will hold its Annual Celebration & Meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the organization’s Fina House in Lawrence. During the meeting, attendees will watch presentations by a number of the organization’s supporters, speak to the executive director, board members and staff, and enjoy some light breakfast fare. Lawrence, Mass. |

November 13 – December 31

The Sun Santa Fund helps hundreds of families in need who live in the 23 cities and towns served by The Lowell Sun. Based on a family’s need and size, the fund provides vouchers that can be redeemed for groceries for a holiday meal, toys and clothing so children have presents to open on Christmas Day and a new holiday outfit. Lowell, Mass. |

November 15

Groundwork Lawrence will celebrate its 19th anniversary at this year’s Glow Gala and Annual Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event directly sustain the “glow” of the organization’s impact in the community. Lawrence, Mass. |

Entrepreneurship for All‘s EforAll Summit at UTEC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is designed for individuals and organizations working to build entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities. Keynote speakers Black Thought, Bill Cummings and Brandale Randolph will share their insights. Lowell, Mass. |

November 16

Angel Flight Northeast will be holding its 21st Annual Evening of Angels Gala at the Seaport Hotel Boston at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the organiation’s mission to provide free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis. Boston, Mass. |

November 17

Lazarus House Ministries will hold its annual Sharing Our Bounty event at Andover Country Club. In addition to raising funds for the organization’s mission to serve the poor, underserved and homeless, the evening also provides plenty of entertainment — from silent auction packages and a cocktail reception to dinner and a dynamic live action. Andover, Mass. |

November 22

The 29th Annual Winner’s Circle Running Club Wild Turkey Trot will start at Pipestave Hill / Mill Pond Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. This Merrimack Valley Thanksgiving tradition is a 3.1 mile cross-country run/walk that benefits West Newbury youth sports programs, as well as the charitable activities and running programs of the Running Club. West Newbury, Mass.

November 27

The 2nd Annual Mayor’s Holiday Music Fest for Homeless Youth at Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall will benefit Community Teamwork and their efforts to prevent youth homelessness. Lowell, Mass. |

November 29

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell will hold its 21st Annual Holiday Auction at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Every year, 450 guests enjoy a silent auction and dinner catered by Lenzi’s, followed by an exciting live auction. Lowell, Mass. |

Help end family homelessness in Southern New Hampshire at Anne-Marie House‘s Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival at the Radisson Nashua, featuring delicious food and beverages, exciting auction items, games, music and more. Nashua, N.H. |

November 29 – December 30

Winterlights, an immersive, all-LED light installation and event series, will premiere this holiday season in the gardens of The Stevens-Coolidge Place. In addition to the light display, there will be performances by local choral groups, visits from Santa, a Frozen themed night, children’s activities and more. North Andover, Mass. |

November 30

Methuen Memorial Music Hall will be holding its annual Christmas Open House at 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy holiday tunes performed on the Hall’s famous “Great Organ.” Methuen, Mass. |


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