NoteWorthy – 3/17/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on March 17th, 2019

Featured photo: State Rep. Tom Golden; UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen; Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert; Jessi Duston, staff coordinator for the UMass Lowell/Greentown Labs partnership; and UMass Lowell Professor Chris Niezrecki.

AROUND THE VALLEY

UMass Lowell and Greentown Labs Announce Renewable Energy Partnership

UMass Lowell recently announced its sponsorship of Greentown Labs, the largest clean tech startup incubator in the United States. The three-year partnership will uncover and create opportunities for collaboration among the Greentown Labs startup community and UMass Lowell’s community of students, faculty and researchers.

The organizations will focus on academic and research projects, entrepreneurial ventures, and economic development activities. UMass Lowell joins Greentown Labs as a Gigawatt-level sponsor, which is the second-highest level of sponsor engagement with the incubator.

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L-r: James C. Mabry, Middlesex Community College president; Ray Wrobel, Align vice president, business development; Jim Sullivan, Align vice president, community development.

Align Credit Union Supports Middlesex Community College Academic Arts Center

Align Credit Union has announced a pledge of $25,000 to support the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center at Middlesex Community College. The donation will help provide classroom instruction and state-of-the-art performance facilities for students studying music, dance and theater.

“Middlesex Community College and Align Credit Union share a commitment to positively impacting the communities we serve,” said Middlesex Community College President James C. Mabry. “Align’s generous support for our MCC’s newly opened Donahue Academic Arts Center supports our ability to provide a first-class learning environment for our performing arts students as well as another creative hub for the Greater Lowell arts community.”

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Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Announces Class of 2023

The Lawrence Family Medicine Residency (LFMR), a proud part of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), is pleased to announce its Class of 2023. The incoming residents represent a wealth of backgrounds and experiences, and hail from locations around the world. Two of the new residents have Merrimack Valley ties: Patrick O’Neil, originally from Haverhill, and Wesley “Alex” Spacht, originally from Nashua, N.H.

“I couldn’t be more excited and proud to welcome this group of talented doctors to the health center,” said GLFHC President and CEO John M. Silva. “The incoming Class of 2023 is made up of the most outstanding individuals our hardworking residency recruiting team found around the country, and we look forward to furthering their education and commitment to the underserved.”

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YWCA Tribute to Women Honorees Announced

YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts today announced its honorees for the Annual Tribute to Women awards luncheon, set for Thursday, May 16, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andover Country Club. Tribute to Women honors the work and community service contributions and achievements of a select group of outstanding women from the Merrimack Valley and North Shore regions and serves as the YWCA ’s major fundraiser.

“Prepare to be uplifted and inspired,” said YWCA Executive Director Susan Staples. “Again this year, we have a marvelous group of 21 honorees, representing more than eleven industries. Clearly, there is no shortage of talented, committed women making an impact within our service area.”

Check out the full list of honorees at YWCANEMA.org.

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Students Help Name Greenbelt’s Newest Property – “Beaver Pond Reservation” in Merrimac

Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust has announced its newest conserved property, the “Beaver Pond Reservation” on Battis Road in Merrimac.

At the town meeting last spring, Merrimac voters unanimously approved $10,000 from their Open Space Fund toward Greenbelt’s purchase price of $150,000 for the property. Over the next several months, donations from residents, other individuals, and three grants – including the state’s Conservation Partnership Program – helped close the funding gap.

Fourth grade students at the Helen R. Donaghue School were invited by Greenbelt to help name the property, which is adjacent to Merrimac Town Forest. The property’s stunning beaver pond inspired the students’ suggestions and the final name, “Beaver Pond Reservation.”

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Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards Capital Grants to Organizations Battling Hunger and Homelessness

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) has awarded $90,000 to 11 area nonprofit organizations through a 2019 Help Alleviate Hunger and Homelessness in Massachusetts grant. This generous one-time capital grant was made possible from an anonymous donor that partnered with the GLCF to distribute the funding to area nonprofits that are battling hunger and homelessness in the community.

“It is encouraging to see the great work that so many nonprofit organizations in our community are doing to address homelessness,” said Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “GLCF, in partnership with a generous and visionary donor, is hopeful that these capital grants will provide some needed resources to battle the primary consequences of poverty – hunger and homelessness and ultimately positively impact the futures of so many.”

See the full list of grantees at GLCFoundation.org.

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MEMIC Scholarship for Families of Injured Workers Now Accepting Applications

The MEMIC Group is now accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job. MEMIC has awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 34 young scholars since 2001.

As one of the fastest growing workers’ compensation insurers with eight offices along the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate entirely the stress and strain that an injury can cause a family.

“Our mission at MEMIC is to help prevent workplace injuries, and to get injured workers back on the job. With this scholarship, we aim to help family members of those impacted by significant workplace injuries pursue their academic ambitions,” says MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque.

For more information, visit MEMIC.com/Horizon.

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 MOVERS & SHAKERS

Fania Davis, a civil rights attorney who pursued her path as a justice-seeker and healer after the murder of two of her childhood friends, is UMass Lowell’s 2019 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Davis, who is based in California, is the founder and director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth, an organization that works to transform public schools and juvenile court systems. The organization seeks to rehabilitate offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community as an alternative to punitive “zero-tolerance” policies, with an eye toward reducing racial disparities and the public costs of school suspensions and expulsions, along with prison incarcerations for youths of color. As the Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, Davis will lead a series of programs for UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and the community, beginning on Tuesday, April 2, when she will be the keynote speaker at the annual Day Without Violence.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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. | FrontDoorAgency.org

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. | TewksburyRotary.org

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. | PettengillHouse.org

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. | CRC-Mass.org

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. RunTheCircle.org

April 6

At Mill City Grows Annual Seed Swap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., over 1,000 seed packets will be available to peruse. Take home something special for your garden! Lowell, Mass. | MillCityGrows.org

Stepping Out with the Valley Stars is an evening of dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit Emmaus Inc. at 6 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Salisbury, Mass. | EmmausInc.org

Enjoy a lovely evening at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center at Windham Community Bands’ 21st Annual Evening of Music. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit, which serves musicians all over the Merrimack Valley. Windham, N.H. | WindhamCommunityBands.org

April 7

Home Health Foundation will hold their Spring has Sprung! Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Atkinson Country Club. Alongside the brunch, attendees will enjoy a raffle and festive floral designs created by Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve. Atkinson, N.H. | HomeHealthFoundation.org

April 11

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center will honor Essex County Community Foundation at their 14th Annual Making a Difference Gala at Andover Country Club. Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers is the featured speaker this year. Andover, Mass. | GLFHC.org

Take Back The Night represents the earliest world-wide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. This year marks Lowell’s 14th year hosting the event, which will begin at City Hall with a march and end with a closed-room speak-out and open mic at the Middlesex Community College Library. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com/TakeBackTheNightLowell/

April 12

The Relay for Life at Merrimack College will raise money for cancer research and patient care programs provided by the American Cancer Society starting at 6 p.m. North Andover, Mass. | ACSEvents.org

WOW – Winning Opportunities for Women will present its 23rd Anniversary Conference at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Salisbury, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com/WOW

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