NoteWorthy – 1/20/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on January 20th, 2019

Featured photo: Members of the Lowell nonprofit UTEC pose for a photo with the New England Patriots. Photo credit: UTEC.


UTEC is First Awardee of the Patriots Social Justice Fund

Last week, the captains of the New England Patriots invited UTEC to Gillette Stadium to present to the players about the nonprofit’s work in criminal justice reform. In the room where players have their press conferences, some of the organization’s young adults shared their stories about their experience in UTEC social enterprises.

After the young adults and CEO Gregg Croteau shared the presentation, Patriots captain Devin McCourty respectfully interrupted the Q&A to say that the Patriots’ research led them to the decision to choose UTEC as the first awardee of their new Patriots Social Justice Fund!

“A group of us have already researched what you do,” said McCourty. The players chose UTEC for the first grant from the Patriots Social Justice Fund because, he said, “it’s all the things we believe in as a team.”


Ryan Gleason, administrative services clerk at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, hands Amber Bertolami, the credit union’s receptionist and front desk ambassador, a stack of mail. Gleason and Bertolami are the Credit Union’s first employees as part of the “Adults with Abilities” Program.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Launches “Adults With Abilities” Program

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is pleased to partner with The PLUS Company to launch its “Adults With Abilities” Program. The PLUS Company provides supportive services to adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. The agency matches individuals with local jobs based on their career aspirations, personalities and skill set.

By working with job developers, the individuals’ families, and through independent research, The PLUS Company identifies businesses in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire areas to partner with. In addition to Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, The PLUS Company also works with UMass Lowell, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Sodexo, St. Joseph Hospital and Lowell General Hospital.


Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital Honored by Greater Haverhill Chamber

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has honored the Haverhill Medical Offices of Anna Jaques Hospital with the December Business of the Month Award. Anna Jaques Hospital proudly opened Haverhill Medical Offices in the fall of 2017 – a 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art medical office building at 600 Primrose Street.

In an effort to recognize outstanding achievement in the Greater Haverhill community, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce formally identifies a “Business of the Month” approximately every four weeks. This award is given to a Chamber member that is a proven leader in their business or industry and excels in the areas of community involvement, economic growth, customer service and professional relationships.


UMass Lowell to Hold Cyber Security Workshop at iHub in Downtown Haverhill

On Jan. 29, UMass Lowell will be hosting a workshop on cyber security awareness. Details and registration can be found on the official Eventbrite page. The normal admission price for this 1pm to 6pm workshop is $495, but members of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce can attend at a discounted rate of $245 thanks to financial support from the Greater Haverhill Foundation.


Ruth’s House Haverhill Receives $11,273 Grant for Haverhill’s Elders

Ruth’s House is pleased to announce it has received a $11,273 grant from the Griffin-White Foundation. The Griffin-White Foundation awards grants to organizations that help elderly and disabled adults live more independent, dignified lives. In Haverhill, 12 percent of the population are seniors and 25 percent of Haverhill senior households have an annual income of less than $20,000. About 1,800 elders are at extreme risk due to winter weather. The grant supports several elder based programs, including the Elder Coat Program that enables seniors to choose a new coat for the winter months.


National Ranking: UMass Lowell Is a Leader in Online Education

UMass Lowell’s online education programs rank among the top in the nation, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The college’s online graduate programs in criminal justice and information technology are ranked in the top 10 in the nation and are No. 1 among those offered by all public institutions in New England. The university’s online bachelor’s degrees also got high marks, coming in at No. 2 in New England and in the top 25 in the nation among the more than 200 public and private programs ranked.


Holy Family Hospital Joins Innovative Effort to Solve America’s Drug Shortage Crisis

Holy Family Hospital will be a part of Civica Rx, a new, innovative effort to ensure essential generic medications are available, affordable and accessible to all. Civica Rx is a highly-collaborative not-for-profit generic drug company whose mission is to drive down costs and increase supply of life-saving medicines. Holy Family Hospital’s participation in the initiative is made possible thanks to the hospital being part of Steward Health Care, the largest privately operated health care network in the United States, which is a founding member of Civica Rx.


Anna Jaques Hospital Partners with Local Podiatrists to Collect Socks for the Homeless

Newburyport podiatrists Dr. Angela Barnes and Dr. James J. DiResta once again partnered with Anna Jaques Hospital in the “Docs for Socks” program, collecting 578 pairs of new socks for people impacted by homelessness in our community. The socks were delivered to Ellie Davis at the YWCA Greater Newburyport on Jan. 11, who will distribute the socks to the greatest area of need throughout the community.



Amy Barcelos has been promoted to vice president/projects & training manager at Pentucket Bank. Barcelos has been with Pentucket Bank contributing to the company in various capacities for over eight years. With her recent promotion, Barcelos will continue as project manager to ensure all project outcomes align with overall bank goals and she will work closely with the human resources department to create and administer an ongoing training plan to provide skills building and professional development opportunities to staff throughout the Bank. She holds a certificate in project management from the UMass Lowell in addition to a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from Bentley College. She lives in Hampstead, N.H. with her husband Daniel and their three children.

Robert Gilbert, Esq., of Andover, picked up the gavel earlier this month on the Lawrence General Board of Trustees for a two-year term as chair. Gilbert has served on the board since 2013 and is the current chair of the Facilities and Grounds Committee. He has also served on Compliance and Audit Review, Finance, Governance, Trustee Quality Assurance, Executive and Executive Compensation committees during his tenure on the board. Gilbert is Senior Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP in Boston, where he represents clients in complex insurance, business, product liability, environmental, and real property disputes.

Dr. Gabrielle Ross, of Gloucester, is joining the Lawrence General Board for the first time. Ross is an international health policy expert, with 30 years of focus on effective strategies for addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health, innovative service delivery strategies, and women’s health and gender equity. She has worked in developing countries and with the World Health Organization, and is currently executive director of Health Quarters. Health Quarters is a primary provider of sexual and reproductive health care with locations in Beverly, Haverhill, and Lawrence.



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 23

The Whistler House Museum of Art and the Lowell Art Association will present “Soulmates: A Union of  Visual Arts and Poetry” at the former’s Parker Gallery. Lowell, 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.

February 3

The Penguin Plunge will benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire. Participants raise funds by running into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach. Hampton, N.H. |

February 7

Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” Training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 9-1-1 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, provide emotional support and more. Nashua, N.H. |

February 8

A Tropical Getaway Benefit for Lowell Transitional Living Center will be held at Zorba Music Hall from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. All proceeds help the organization provide warm meals, hot showers, beds, clean clothing and housing services to homeless adults in the Merrimack Valley. Lowell, Mass. |

February 9

Spend an evening being serenaded by musicians, bidding on great auction items, and enjoying a first-class dinner at Symphony NH‘s Fanfare Gala 2019 supporting the organization’s education and community programs. The event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Nashua at 5:30 p.m. Nashua, N.H. |

When winter returns to Merrimack Valley, so do the bald eagles — which means it’s time for another Merrimack River Eagle Festival with Mass Audubon and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Participants can visit eagle hotspots, pose for a photo with a raptor and go on guided tours. Newburyport, Mass. |


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