NoteWorthy – 1/6/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on January 6th, 2019

Featured photo: Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett take a group photo with the 2018 Patriots Difference Makers of the Week. Photo courtesy of Dwight Darian/New England Patriots.


The New England Patriots Foundation Awards Grants to Nonprofits in the Merrimack Valley

The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation celebrated the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in a special halftime ceremony during the Patriots’ regular season finale versus the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Gillette Stadium. At Sunday’s game, Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett announced that each of the season’s “Patriots Difference Maker of the Week” award winners would be receiving a $5,000 grant to support the nonprofit organizations for which they volunteer.

“There are so many volunteers doing great things in our communities,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We receive hundreds of nominations for the Patriots Difference Maker each year. Reading their stories is heartwarming. We love highlighting the contributions of a deserving volunteer weekly throughout the season and rewarding them collectively with a special halftime ceremony in their honor in front of a capacity crowd at Gillette Stadium.”

The Merrimack Valley winners of the grants were Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity of Nashua, N.H., the Immigrant Learning Center of Boxford, Mass. and Connor’s Climb Foundation of Exeter, N.H.


Lowell General Hospital’s First Baby Arrives Minutes Into 2019

Lowell General Hospital didn’t have to wait long for the hospital’s first birth of the year. Sara Marielle Lyons was born at 12:04 a.m. to parents Scott and Mara Lyons of Lowell. Sara weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. She is now a little sister to the Lyons’ first child, Steven, age 4.

Despite arriving just minutes into 2019, Sara was not the first baby born in Massachusetts. A newborn at Boston Medical Center staked claim to that title, arriving just after the stroke of midnight, according to news reports.

Each year, about 2,300 babies are born at The Birthplace at Lowell General Hospital.



Dr. Sharda Kaul is the newest addition to Steward Medical Group and Holy Family Hospital. The addition of Kaul enhances access to care in the community for patients of Steward Health Care. Kaul is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a special clinical interest in preventative care–preventative screenings and services to assess and reduce a patient’s risk for diseases and conditions. She is accepting new patients at 421 Merrimack Street in Methuen. Kaul completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. Fluent in English and Hindi she earned her medical degree at the University of Kashmir in Kashmir, India. “We are delighted to have Dr. Kaul join our team of providers at Steward Medical Group,” said Sanjay Shetty, president of Steward Medical Group. “Dr. Kaul brings a strong commitment to providing care in the community and patients will benefit from her skills and expertise.”


Pentucket Bank Promotes Three to Senior Management Team

Eric Leuteritz has been promoted to the position of senior vice president/commercial lender at Pentucket Bank. Leuteritz has over fifteen years of banking experience, with eight of those at Pentucket Bank where he started as a commercial portfolio manager, transitioning to the commercial lending team in the Bank’s Salem, N.H. office in 2014. During this time, he has proven to be a talented asset to the bank’s business development efforts, seeking out and establishing new business customers for the bank while managing existing relationships in and around the bank’s Southern New Hampshire market. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Eric is a passionate community servant, serving on the board for the Greater Salem Boys & Girls Club, as treasurer of the board for the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Salem Exchange Club. Eric is a graduate of University of New Hampshire with a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University. Eric resides in Windham, N.H. with his wife and their two children.

Stephen Jaskelevicus has been promoted to the position of senior vice president/commercial lending department manager at Pentucket Bank. Jaskelevicus joined the commercial lending team at Pentucket Bank in 2010. His previous focus was set primarily on the commercial businesses in the bank’s Massachusetts market. However with his recent promotion, Jaskelevicus is now responsible for the continued growth of the Massachusetts Commercial Loan Portfolio as well as the overall management of the bank’s commercial lending team and business lending activities across all markets. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Steve is a director and treasurer for the Greater Haverhill Foundation, serves on the board of directors of the Griffin White Foundation and is a former member of the Haverhill Kiwanis Club. Steve is a proud alumnus of Merrimack College and lives in Haverhill with his wife and their two sons.

Karl Denu has been promoted to the position of senior vice president/controller at Pentucket Bank. Denu began working at Pentucket Bank in 2013 and boasts sixteen years of experience working in in the bank finance industry. His primary responsibilities include regulatory reporting, financial analysis, budgeting and overall management of the finance department at Pentucket Bank. In addition to his role at the bank, Denu has volunteered with the Granite United Way VITA Program for the past three years, using his expertise and knowledge to assist qualified individuals and families to properly file their taxes at no personal cost. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and spent time living and working in New Orleans before moving to Derry, N.H. where he currently resides with his wife and their two children.



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 16

UMass Lowell’s Entrepreneur Development Series launches with “Idea to Opportunity: Creating a Viable Business,” a presentation by life-long inventor and co-founder of Kettle Pizza George Peters. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub HaverhillHaverhill, 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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