NoteWorthy – 3/10/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 10th, 2019


Merrimack Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Sean Daniels to Depart

Sean Daniels, who has led Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s efforts as the artistic director for the past four years, will depart in May. Over the course of his time with MRT, the theater has staged 14 world premieres in addition to directing a number of productions.

Daniels is originally from Mesa, Ariz., and his departure represents a bit of a homecoming for him: he’s leaving the theatre to serve as artistic director of the Arizona Theatre Company. You can see “The Haunted Life,” written and directed by Daniels, March 20 through April 14. ( Photo by Adrien Bisson )


Ray Wrobel, Align vice president, business development; Andrew Patton, Align vice president, commercial lending; Ken Del Rossi, Align president and CEO; Robert H. Nelson, U.S. Small Business Administration Massachusetts district director; Ili Spahiu, U.S. Small Business Administration assistant district director for lender relations.

Align Credit Union Recognized as the 2019 SBA Lender of the Quarter

Align Credit Union is pleased to announce they were recognized as the 2019 Lender of the Quarter by the Massachusetts District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award was given for outstanding commitment to the 7a Loan Program and for showing the highest quarterly increase in 7a loan approvals during the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

“Align Credit Union is delivering much needed small business capital to build the local community,” said SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert H. Nelson. “We are happy to recognize one of our community credit unions for a strong SBA quarter. Each and every loan made by one of our lending partners with the help of the SBA guarantee helps grow jobs. Congratulations to the Align team.”


UML Professor-Led Team of Researchers Gets $1M Grant to Improve Medical Data Security

In the age of “big data” in the health-care industry, massive amounts of digital information are produced, stored, shared, analyzed, processed and transferred around the world from clinics, hospitals, universities, government agencies, pharmaceutical laboratories and insurance companies every second.

To help protect this wealth of medical information from cyberattacks, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a three-year grant totaling nearly $1 million to a team of researchers led by Prof. Yan Luo of UMass Lowell’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to develop a secure cyberinfrastructure for translational research.

Translational research, also known as translational medicine or translational science, refers to the effort of translating or harnessing knowledge from basic biomedical research in the lab into potentially new drugs, therapies, medical devices, diagnostic screening or treatment for patients and bringing these innovations to market.


Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund Awards 18 Grants to Local Nonprofits to Improve Health

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts awarded $176,881 in grants to 18 local nonprofits, from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, to help improve the health of residents in area communities.

Priority was given to proposals pertaining to prevention of health problems, access to healthcare, elder health, youth and adolescent health, mental health and health care service provision. Recipients of the grants were selected by the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care and education.



Juana Matias, has been hired as the chief operating officer of MassINC. Previously a member of the MassINC Board of Directors, Matias has been a leader in the State Legislature representing the 16th Essex district. In her new role as MassINC’s COO, Matias will play a leadership role in strategy and planning, help to elevate our work with funders and be a thoughtful, nonpartisan spokesperson for MassINC’s research, particularly in the gateway cities. In 2008, Juana was selected as one out of 22 women to be part of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Latina’s Learning to Lead Fellowship Program. During her time as an elected representative, Juana sponsored key legislation to make college affordable, increase the minimum wage, and expand opportunities for middle-class Americans.



March 16

The 19th Annual Fitness for a Cure, presented by Flexecution, Inc., returns to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funds raised help ensure that families of patients at St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. Lowell, Mass. |

March 16 – 17

Nashoba Learning Group‘s 20th Annual Full Court Charity Challenge will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center. This full day of basketball supports the organization’s mission to provide help for those with autism. Boston, Mass. |

March 24

Join the Front Door Agency for their Gourmet Festival & Auction featuring food from over 20 area restaurants, exciting live and silent auctions, wine and spirits tastings and so much more. Nashua, N.H. |

March 27

At the 2019 Taste of the Town, sample the best cuisine from 15+ area restaurants, vote for your favorite dishes and participate in live auction and raffles for great prizes. All proceeds support the Tewksbury Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. Tewksbury, Mass. |

March 29

The 8th Annual Pettengill House Fundraiser is a fabulous evening of fun and entertainment for a good cause at Blue Ocean Music Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. The Pettengill House provides services to over 3,000 individuals, children and families, many of whom are currently deemed homeless. Salisbury, Mass. |

Career Resources Corporation will hold their annual Spring Fling at the Castleton Banquet Hall starting at 6 p.m. All proceeds support CRC and its efforts to provide energetic, optimistic and forward-thinking employment and community living resources to people with disabilities in the Greater Haverhill community. Windham, N.H. |

March 30

The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s 38th Annual April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race will kick off at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar and Restaurant at 10 a.m. Proceeds from this race will benefit Breast Cancer Research and the Red Cross. Salisbury, Mass.


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