NoteWorthy – 2/3/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on February 3rd, 2019

Featured photo: Brendan Romero (left) and Steevie Litchfield-Groves (right) are congratulated on their nominations to Phi Theta Kappa All State Academic Team by Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn (center).


Two NECC Students Nominated for PTK All Academic Team

Two Northern Essex Community College students, Steevie Litchfield-Groves of Billerica and Brendan Romero of Newburyport, have been nominated for this year’s Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) All-Massachusetts Academic Team. The two are part of a group of community college students from across Massachusetts selected for the team based on their academic record and recommendations from their professors. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for community college students.

Litchfield-Groves, a graduate of Memorial High School in Billerica, is a psychology major at NECC. After enrolling at Northern Essex, she joined the Community Outreach Group (COG) and was elected president of the student club. Committed to serving her community, she also has excelled in her academics. She has a 3.9 GPA. Following her graduation from NECC she hopes to transfer to a nearby four-year college or university while continuing to work as a licensed alcohol drug abuse counselor (LADC).

Romero, a graduate of Newburyport High School, is a biology major. He grew-up in several parts of the Merrimack Valley, Boston, and New York, and is part of a diverse family that moved frequently. Romero is applying to four-year colleges and universities to study molecular biology and business administration, which will bring him closer to becoming a molecular biologist and research director. He holds a 3.73 GPA. At NECC, Romero is a peer tutor for organic chemistry.


Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers to Headline Health Center’s 2019 Gala

Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers will be the featured speaker and honorary chair at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s 14th annual Making a Difference Gala on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at Andover Country Club. Rivers is known for his commitment to social justice, regularly fighting for women, communities of color and LGBTQ people — marginalized demographics that make up a significant part of GLFHC’s patient population.

During the event, the health center will also honor Essex County Community Foundation for their tireless work collecting and distributing money in the wake of the Merrimack Valley gas disaster on Sept. 13, 2018. Over 100 employees and many more patients of GLFHC were affected by the fires and explosions, and ECCF’s Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund helped many of these Merrimack Valley residents take a step back toward their normal lives.



NoteWorthy - 2/3/19

Samantha Berard (back row, third from left) was recently presented with the 2019 Paul Cronin Award by the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Samantha Berard has been honored with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s 2019 Paul Cronin Award. Named for the late U.S. Congressman Paul Cronin, the honor is presented annually to a club volunteer who goes above and beyond in using education as a tool for kids to fulfill their potential. Berard, a junior designer at 3M in Methuen, was introduced to BGCL in 2014 when she joined her coworkers in volunteering at the annual 3M Summer Fun Fest, which kicks off the club’s summer programming with face-painting, games, lunch and financial support. The longtime event was founded by now retired 3M employee Bill Conboy whose daughter, MaryKate, volunteered at BGCL several years ago through the University of Notre Dame Summer Service Learning Program. In addition to giving her time every week, Berard’s involvement has resulted in additional funds for BGCL. 3M makes a donation for every 25 hours of an employee’s volunteer service, and the club received an additional financial gift when Berard recently received one of only 29 Volunteer of the Year awards among the company’s 90,000 employees worldwide.



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 23

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union‘s ninth annual We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser, which will be held at Lenzi’s from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night will be filled with music, games, basket raffles, a silent auction, door prizes and much more. Dracut, 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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