NoteWorthy – 4/7/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on April 7th, 2019


JFK Library Foundation and UMass Lowell Hold Apollo 11 Anniversary Event

On Friday, April 5, UMass Lowell and the JFK Library Foundation hosted an event at UMass Lowell to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Photo 1, featured above: Shown at the event are, from left, Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology Director and UMass Lowell Physics Professor Supriya Chakrabarti; UMass Lowell Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation Julie Chen; UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; and John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Executive Director Steven Rothstein. (Photo credit: Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell)

Photo 2, below: In addition to a panel of experts, the event, which drew more than 250 people to the University Crossing student center, included demonstrations and exhibits of space-related research and technology. Sim Dy – who is triple-majoring in computer science, math and physics – was among the members of the UMass Lowell student Space HAUC team that demonstrated the satellite they are building for NASA. (Photo credit: Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell)


Greater Lawrence Family Health Center CEO Recognized by George Washington University

John M. Silva, president and chief executive officer of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), has been recognized by George Washington University (GW) as its “distinguished visitor” for the 2019 Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy.

The recognition honors Silva’s leadership and experience in the community health center movement over the past four decades.

“This is a prestigious honor for John, as well as for GLFHC as an organization,” said health center Board Chair Charlie Zanazzi. “We’re thrilled that he will have the opportunity to impart the significance of our place in the community health movement to students and faculty at George Washington University.”

Silva joined GLFHC as president and CEO in 2016 and has led the health center’s efforts in its new accountable care model, the Merrimack Valley ACO (Accountable Care Organization), a joint effort with Lawrence General Hospital to provide coordinated care for more than 32,000 patients. Serving as a distinguished visitor within the Geiger Gibson Program will allow him to share the knowledge he’s gained over the course of his 40-plus-year career with a new generation of people investing in community health.

“John’s experience and leadership in community health will be tremendous assets for the students of the Geiger Gibson Program to take advantage of,” said Rich Napolitano, senior vice president of external relations at GLFHC. “As distinguished visitor, he will help the next generation of health care leaders understand the importance of caring for underserved members of our community.”


Gov. Charlie Baker Reads to Students and Staff at Professional Center for Child Development

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker made a special appearance at the Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD) in Andover last week. Students, parents, and staff at PCCD, which offers a variety of programs for children 10 and younger who have complex health care needs or developmental delays, welcomed the Community Guest Readers into classrooms for a learning session and tour of the school.

“This is considered to be one of the best programs of its kind in the Commonwealth,” Governor Baker said of PCCD. “I think one of the things we certainly will be looking to do is get the increase in funding to these programs generally through the budget process. We put about a 5 percent increase for early intervention in our budget this year.”


Michael Staff, 23, of North Andover (second from left) in front of his painting, “Colors,” with FHCRC Board Member Lisa Staff, Judith Rau and Mike Staff.

Fidelity House CRC Gala Raises $50,000 to Benefit Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Fidelity House CRC’s charity auction, held on Friday, March 29, raised $50,000 to benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The “Evening at the Gallery: Discover Fidelity House CRC” event was held at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham with over 200 in attendance.

Fidelity House CRC is the product of the recent merger of Fidelity House Human Services of Lawrence and Career Resources Corporation of Haverhill. The evening celebrated the artistic talents of the adults and children served by the organization. Over 45 artworks – paintings, photographs and mixed-media – were submitted by people with disabilities for display and sale at the event. Other donations included a replica New England Patriots’ football helmet signed by Rob Gronkowski and a signed John Lennon lithograph.


UMass Lowell’s Writers on Campus Event features Marianne Leone, Andre Dubus III

Photo, above: Writer, actress and advocate for people with disabilities Marianne Leone spoke at UMass Lowell on Thursday, April 4, sharing her work through UMass Lowell’s Writers on Campus series, which presents free programs for the campus and community. Best-selling author and UMass Lowell English Prof. Andre Dubus III, right, introduced Leone, left. Leone and her husband, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, hold honorary doctoral degrees from UMass Lowell. (Photo credit: Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell)


GLCF, CTI and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Partner in Drug Court Transportation Project

Community Teamwork, Inc. (CTI), Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office have announced a partnership to provide transportation to individuals to and from Drug Court. Last year CTI received a $10,000 grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation to help start the pilot program, which kicked off in October, and is currently providing services to three women who are being picked up from a Lynn Sober House and transported to their court appearances. The goal is to accommodate up to 13 individuals each week.

“This partnership with the office of District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, Community Teamwork and the Drug Court is the capstone of a multi-year commitment to fund programs for opioid prevention and treatment in our area and help ensure success for participants. In response to the opioid epidemic, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $160,000 in discretionary funds to support local nonprofits,” said Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan.



Penacook Place, a member of Covenant Health, has announced that Judy Riopelle has joined the team as its very first Director of Mission Integration. “I look forward to bringing a spiritual component to Penacook Place. Creating it from the ground up offers a unique opportunity for me to bring the love of faith to this community,” said Riopelle. “I’m excited to be a part of this facility’s journey to becoming a Catholic healthcare provider staff, patients, residents and families alike will seek out and rely on.” Most recently, Riopelle served as Director of Faith Formation for St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Dracut, Mass. She earned her Master of Arts in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salem State College in Salem, Mass. In addition, Judy is a Certified Spiritual Director and Certified Pastoral Associate. She resides in Methuen.



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. |

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. |

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. |

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

April 22

Lawrence General Hospital will host a series of Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings from 8 to 10 a.m. Screenings will be conducted in the Ambulatory Care Center by otolaryngologist Yookyung Selig. Screenings are free, painless, and only take 10 minutes.
To schedule your appointment, call (978) 946-8114. Lawrence, Mass.

SApril 24

Join Project LEARN, UMass President Marty Meehan, Congresswoman Lori Trahan and other business and community leaders at “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” to discuss educational opportunities and the economic impact for our next generation of leaders. Enjoy networking, open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Lowell, Mass. |


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