NoteWorthy – 12/2/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on December 2nd, 2018

Featured photo, l-r: Dracut High School seniors Christopher Digaetano, Kuzi Mvududu, Meghan Gedrich, Mackendra Looney, Ayiman Ata and Matthew Rossetti were among 200 students who participated in Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s MoneyStrong for Life Fair.


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Hosts “MoneyStrong For Life” Fair at Dracut High School

More than 200 seniors from Dracut High School participated in Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s MoneyStrong For Life Fair on Nov. 8. The fair provides students with insight on the types of financial decisions they will be responsible for in adulthood.

Students chose their desired profession and were assigned a realistic income along with credit card debt, a savings account balance and student loan debt. Aspiring police officers, veterinarians, writers, choreographers, medical assistants and engineers moved from booth to booth making spending choices on life essentials while managing a budget based on their monthly income.

At each of the 13 booths, students made choices such as which insurance plan would be best, if they should purchase a car or opt for a bus pass, how much they would spend on clothes and furniture, what kind of apartment they would live in, and whether or not to have roommates, all while weighing the delicate balance of needs vs. wants to ensure their decisions fit into their budget. They were also assigned a credit score and learned what they could do to raise it if needed.

“We are pleased to provide local high school students with such a fun and effective learning opportunity each year,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “The fair shows students the realities of adulthood, and demonstrates the ways they can make financially responsible choices now and in the future,” he added.


Copper Door’s Wicked Scary Week Fundraiser Raises Over $23,500

L-r: Tanya Randolph of with Copper Door staff Sean MacAskill, Adam Frizzell Vargas, Jennifer Faison and Leeya Rollins.

The Copper Door Restaurants in Bedford and Salem, N.H., hosted their annual Wicked Scary Week from Oct. 24 – 31, a week-long fundraiser for

In just one week, $23,640 was raised.

Copper Door guests were treated to festive decor and special menus all week. as well as the chance to donate $20 for a chance to spin the wheel for prizes.

The Copper Door’s staff enthusiastically presented’s Tanya Randolph with a check to benefit the organization’s mission. works to strengthen New Hampshire communities through philanthropic collaboration, dedicated employee involvement and volunteerism benefiting local populations matching their acronym “Families, Elderly, Education, and Disadvantaged.”


High School Student from Lawrence Wins Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize at MIT Symposia

Right: Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School junior and Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize winner Melanie Guerra.

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School junior Melanie Guerra won the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize at the recent MIT Symposia in Cambridge with the question, “Where did the first DNA molecule come from and what was the first molecule containing DNA which reproduced to create life today?”

30 students from Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School were asked to attend this year’s Molecular Frontiers Symposia thanks to the generosity of NDCR board member Patricia Kane and MIT professor Shuguang Zhang, head of MIT’s Laboratory of Molecular Architecture.

Started in 2006, Molecular Frontiers has operated as a nonprofit organization hosted by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Its Scientific Advisory Board, a group of eminent scientists including many Nobel Prize laureates, represent expertise from a wide range of molecular science disciplines.


WCVB to Hold “Relief Fund 5: Explosion Recovery” Telethon

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, WCVB Channel 5 will host an all-day fundraising effort, “Relief Fund 5: Explosion Recovery,” to help raise money for those impacted by the Merrimack Valley gas line disaster during the holiday season. Families that have lived without gas for weeks and months are returning to their homes, but the financial toll this crisis has reaped will hit extra hard during the holiday season.

The effort is in partnership with the Essex County Community Foundation. Proceeds of the day-long telethon will support the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund, which helps those impacted by the gas explosion in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Hosted by WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchors, the telethon will take place at WCVB studios in Needham.

Viewers will be encouraged to call or go online to donate money throughout the day during cut-ins beginning with Good Morning America at 7 a.m., and throughout the remainder of the day’s NewsCenter 5 newscasts (noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.), as well as Chronicle at 7:30 p.m. Special guests will appear throughout the day.


Home Health VNA Named a Top Agency in the 2018 ABILITY HomeCare Elite

Home Health VNA has been named a Top Agency of the 2018 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 13 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The ranking is developed by ABILITY Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare.



Now – December

Nearly 80 housing insecure children throughout the Merrimack Valley region will have a reason to celebrate the holidays as Jaffarian Volvo Toyota of Haverhill holds their 2018 Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive. For the fourth year in a row, the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota staff, vendors and customers will “stuff a truck” with holiday gifts and clothes for children currently residing at the Emmaus Family Shelter.

December 2

Come spread holiday joy with the Special Olympics: Young Athletes Program at Merrimack College‘s Winter Wonderland Festival from 9 to 11 a.m. The group will be collecting and donating toys. North Andover, Mass. |

Pajama-clad children and adults take a land-based adventure through the endearing children’s book “The Polar Express” at Blue Ocean Music Hall‘s Polar Express Pajama Party Brunch. Morning pajama party includes a full brunch, scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees and more. Salisbury, Mass. |

December 4

WCVB Channel 5 viewers can donate to the “Relief Fund 5: Explosion Recovery” Telethon to help raise money for Essex County Community Foundation’s Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund benefiting those impacted by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. Cut-ins promoting the number and website to donate will begin with Good Morning America at 7 a.m., and throughout the remainder of the day’s NewsCenter 5 newscasts (noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.), as well as Chronicle at 7:30 p.m.

December 6

Join Lowell Community Health Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 6 for their fourth annual Winter Mixer. All proceeds benefit the Health Center’s Teen BLOCK after-school program. Kick off the holiday season with music by Harry and the Squires of Soul, catering by UTEC, and incredible raffle and silent auction items. Lowell, Mass. |

Merrimack Valley Hospice invites to the community to join together in tribute to loved ones lost at the annual Candles of Remembrance at 5:45 p.m. at Renaissance Golf Club. During the outdoor gathering, words of hope and healing are spoken, followed by the lighting of candles and passing of the flame from guest to guest as they remember their loved ones. Haverhill, Mass. |

December 7

The Whistler House Museum of Art‘s biggest fundraising event of the year, their Holiday Party and Art Auction, features a live art auction, silent auction, open bar, dinner and live entertainment. Lowell, Mass. |

December 13

Holy Family Hospital will hold a December Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the auditorium of their Methuen location. The hospital will be hiring in the areas of nursing, surgical services, sterile processing, behavioral health, radiological services, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Candidates should bring an up-to-date resume, current Massachusetts license (if applicable), relevant certifications, printed online job application and a “can-do” positive attitude. Methuen, Mass. |


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