NoteWorthy – 12/16/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on December 16th, 2018

Featured photo: L-r: Dianne Anderson, Lawrence General president and CEO; David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst; Richard Santagati, chairman emeritus, Lawrence General Board of Trustees; and Debra Rahmin Silberstein, chair, Lawrence General Board of Trustees.


CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen Discusses Leadership at Lawrence General Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Lawrence General Hospital hosted its Annual Meeting and Donor Appreciation Dinner at the Andover Country Club to report on and celebrate the many achievements of the past year.

CNN senior political analyst David Gergen provided the keynote address for this event, sharing his insight on the many and diverse forms of leadership he has encountered over the course of his long and varied career as a White House advisor and journalist.

Commenting on the current state of politics, Gergen remarked that he is feeling both encouraged and hopeful about the high level of civic engagement we are now experiencing across the country, especially from women, people of color, and military veterans. Interest in public service is on the rise, he said, and a new generation of leaders is stepping up to address today’s challenges.

The event also included remarks by Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq., Ph.D., chair of the Lawrence General Board of Trustees, and Dianne J. Anderson, RN, Lawrence General president and CEO.


Photo: Haverhill Boys & Girls Club Visits the Grinch with the Jaffarians

Gary Jaffarian and Amy Casey, both of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, with Javier Bristol, executive director, Sabrina Garcelon, education director and 36 children of the Haverhill Boys and Girls Club.


Natasha Ballou and Kevin McGovern.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Welcomes New Board President and Member

Kevin McGovern of Boston was elected as president and Natasha Ballou of Andover as a member of the Board of Directors at the recent annual meeting of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (BGCL).

McGovern, a longtime member of the BGCL Board of Directors and executive committee, is a certified public accountant who holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter, Massachusetts Business Roundtable and New England Council, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Boston College Chief Executives Club and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Tocqueville Society.

Ballou, a BGCL alumna and former Girl of the Year who was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017, serves on the club’s development committee. As vice president of alternative investment services at JP Morgan, she manages daily operations of more than 30 hedge and private equity funds with $10 billion in assets while overseeing investor relations for all new business implementations. Ballou earned a bachelor of arts in economics with a concentration in finance from UMass Amherst and a master of finance and control from Harvard University. She is a past member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting) and NABA (National Association of Black Accountants).


L-r: Fran Walker, executive director, Ashland Farm; Susan Wornick; and Jennifer Anthony, director of community relations, Ashland Farm.

Former News Anchor Susan Wornick Pays a Visit to Ashland Farm

Boston news personality and former WCVB-TV news anchor Susan Wornick made an appearance on Dec. 5 at Ashland Farm at North Andover, a Benchmark assisted living and memory care community in North Andover, marking her first visit to the area in many years.

As part of the community’s Holiday Wreath Stroll event, over 50 people from the Merrimack Valley and many of the community’s residents and health care partners turned out for a fireside chat with Wornick. Guests also viewed nearly 20 holiday wreaths that were decorated and donated by local businesses.



Throughout 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.

January 12

The free Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire 2019 will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. The 1690 Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm house will be open for tours from 3 to 5 p.m., and there will be food, drinks and fun for the entire family. Newbury, Mass.

January 17

Enjoy an evening of country at Lenzi’s from 6 to 9 p.m. at Denim & Diamonds to benefit Girls Incorporated of Lowell. The Porch Party Mamas, Boston’s preeminent all-female country band, will entertain you with an eclectic mix of songs ranging from contemporary to classic country. Dracut, Mass. |

January 20

The Friends of the Nevins Library will hold their 3rd Indoor 18-Hole Miniature Golf Tournament fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. All proceeds from the event will support Phase II of “The Garden at Nevins Library” project. Methuen, Mass.

January 24

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Gala Dinner at Cary Hall. In addition to cocktails, dinner, an awards ceremony and a silent auction, the Chamber will celebrate its progress in 2018. Lexington, Mass. |

January 26

The United Way of Greater Nashua will host the city’s first ever Blizzard Blast, a competitive, professionally-timed 3-4 mile winter obstacle course starting at the Nashua Millyard. Nashua, N.H. |

WE = NBPT‘s second annual Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 8 p.m., showcasing the best that the city has to offer — from food to live performances. Newburyport, Mass.


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