NoteWorthy – 1/27/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on January 27th, 2019


NoteWorthy - 1/27/19

L-r: Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union; Sandy Pelletier, president and CEO of Gateways Community Services; and Deb Tighe, director of development & communications of Gateways Community Services.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $1,500 to Gateways Community Services

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union closed out its last Give-A-Click campaign of 2018 by making a $1,500 donation to Gateways Community Services from the credit union’s We Share A Common Thread Foundation.

Gateways Community Services is based in Nashua, N.H. The organization provides supportive services to children and adults with disabilities, as well as to seniors and veterans, offering educational opportunities, social activities, healthcare assistance and more.

“Gateways Community Services is a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps thousands of people and their families each year get the support they need,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We are proud to name them our Give-A-Click winner and provide them with a $1,500 donation prize to assist in their mission,” he added.


Brooks Properties Signs Long Term Lease With Dana-Farber in Methuen

Brooks Properties, of Salem, N.H., recently signed a long-term lease with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to occupy more than half of the 96,000 square foot Valley Office Park at 5 Branch Street in Methuen. As the office park’s anchor tenant, Dana-Farber will be making a substantial investment to convert the existing space into a state-of-the-art cancer care center in the Merrimack Valley.

The Valley Office Park is a medical and office campus made up of five buildings, located right off Interstate 93’s Exit 46. With a newly opened restaurant at the front of the campus, new fitness center, easy access and visibility to the highway, walking paths, and on-site daycare, Valley Office Park has attracted many new tenants in recent years.



Jennifer Aradhya, of Groton, has been appointed to the role of vice president for marketing and programs at Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Aradhya brings more than 20 years of professional nonprofit marketing experience to this position. In this role, she will help the foundation achieve its community building objectives in Greater Lowell by working to promote and expand the brand and promote the philanthropic and community investment goals. Aradhya was previously the dean of marketing communications at Middlesex Community College. She received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Bridgewater State University, and a master’s degree in applied communication from Fitchburg State University. She has received more than 200 design and marketing awards for her work, including the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations’ prestigious 2017 District 1 Communicator of the Year award. Aradhya has also been active as both a volunteer and board member of numerous civic and nonprofit organizations, including Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell.



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. |

February 24 – March 10

The 2018 Wild Rover Series features three different Merrimack Valley races: the Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Road Race on Feb. 24; the Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race on Mar. 3; and the Dudley’s Wild Clover 5-Mile Road Race on Mar. 10. Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell, Mass. |


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