NoteWorthy – 4/14/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on April 14th, 2019


Sean DaSilva, Anh Tranh, Barnard Krouch, Irene Sok and Monica Narm were among over 350 seniors from Lowell High School and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School who participated in Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s ninth annual MoneyStrong For Life Fair.

Lowell Students Get Reality Check at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s 2019 MoneyStrong For Life Fair

More than 350 students from Lowell High School and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School got quite the reality check at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s ninth annual MoneyStrong for Life Fair, held Wednesday, March 27 at the Tsongas Center. During the fair, students role-played themselves at age 25 and were tasked with making real-life financial decisions to successfully manage their income, savings, credit cards and the high cost of self-supporting.

“The MoneyStrong For Life Fair is a valuable event that teaches students about the financial decisions they will have to make and responsibilities they will have as adults,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “Knowledge and preparation is key to ensuring these students are well-equipped to handle all that’s to come in their futures.”


Christopher McCarroll of Raytheon, a UMass Lowell graduate who is co-director of the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute, accepts the Preferred Partner award from UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. (Photo credit: Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell)

Industry Leaders Honored for Commitment to UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell recently recognized Kronos and Raytheon for their commitment to the success of the university with its first Preferred Partners honors.

The companies were presented with awards for demonstrating their exceptional support of UMass Lowell’s students, research, academics and athletics at the university’s first Celebration of Industry Partners on April 5. The event was attended by members of the UMass Lowell community along with more than 90 industry partners from across New England, including 22 that were recognized as Strategic Partners.

Both top honorees Kronos and Raytheon collaborate with UMass Lowell in a variety of ways, from research and corporate education to internship and co-op opportunities for students. In addition, they work with the university to access important expertise and other resources, including the university’s Core Research Facilities, that help them meet their business goals.


The MDA Muscle Team with Energy North Group/Haffner’s at the recent MDA Muscle Team event.

Haffner’s Gives to the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Haffner’s was honored to partner and fundraise with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the 15th year. The money raised sends kids to MDA Summer Camp and funds groundbreaking research efforts and best-in-class care for kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. This year, Haffner’s proudly donated a total of $63,200 to the MDA.

“I am incredibly proud of our team,” said Pat O’Connell, executive vice president of Energy North Group, parent company of Haffner’s. “The MDA Shamrocks campaign is something we support each year because of the incredible difference it makes in the lives of kids and adults.”



Andover Arts and Cultural Alliance and Andover Village Improvement Society Announce Open Call for Proposals

The Andover Arts and Cultural Alliance and Andover Village Improvement Society have announced an open call for proposals for Art Along the Trails. This is a celebration of 125 years of AVIS preserving wildlife habitats and water resources while providing free access to hills, woods and waterways for Andover residents and visitors.

Individual artists, collaborative artists, students and community groups are invited to submit artwork for consideration. Artists are encouraged to consider how the natural world informs their art and how their art compliments the natural world with particular emphasis on AVIS.

The full list of AVIS Rules and Regulations can be found at, and the proposal application can be found here.



Bradford resident Brian Mohika, CEO of CathWear, has been named to the Northern Essex Community College Alumni Board. His appointment was voted upon unanimously at the Board’s March 20 meeting. Originally from Lawrence, Mohika graduated from NECC’s radiologic technology program in 2006 and from UMass Lowell’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program in 2015. Since that time, he has devoted a large part of his career to inventing and patenting devices for individuals recovering from mobility-limiting medical procedures. In 2017 he created the Lawrence-based CathWear, a unisex underwear brand with a built-in catheter channel tract, designed to improve quality of life for patients with certain conditions. His work and story was recently featured in the Lawrence Partnership’s “Why Lawrence?” video series, which highlighted his contributions to the regional economy and workforce. In joining the Alumni Board, Mohika states, he hopes to continue the spirit of community involvement by giving back to the college that gave him a start.



April 16 – 18

Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop is hosting its semi-annual “Power of Pashmina” program. Any sale registering $100 or above during the program period will trigger a pashmina scarf to be donated to patients undergoing treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital Out Patient Cancer Center in Danvers. North Andover, 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. Lawrence, Mass. | Schedule an appointment by calling (978) 946-8114

April 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. |

May 12

Join Lowell Transitional Living Center for the 7th Annual Steps to Home walk. Create a group and work together to raise money for a great cause: ending homelessness. The event has also partnered with local ice cream vendors to create an ice cream social for all participants of the walk after the event. The 5K walk will start at Mill No. 5 and start at 10:30 a.m. Lowell, Mass. |

May 16

The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will hold the 36th Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at Andover Country Club. The event honors women living in the Merrimack Valley who have made remarkable contributions to their professions and communities. Andover, Mass. |

May 18

Plumfest 2019 is a free celebration of music and community. Acts will perform on porches and in driveways all over the island, and money will be collected to benefit Music and Memory at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and a music program for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley. It runs from noon to 6 p.m. Plum Island, Mass. |

May 19

The Lawrence History Center is welcoming athletes of all abilities to its 6th Annual North Canal Classic 5K Run/Walk/Roll and Kids Canal Dash in the North Canal district to raise awareness of the organization in the community, and to promote fitness and economic and cultural development in the city of Lawrence. Lawrence, Mass. |

MSPCA-Angell’s fourth annual Fast and Furriest 5K is taking place at 10:00 a.m. at Assembly Row’s DCR Baxter Park. The event includes a timed 5K “run, walk, wag” for humans and their canine companions, and a shorter “Ducky Dash” for kids. (617) 522-5055 | Somerville, Mass.

May 20

The 3rd Annual Lawrence General Hospital Charity Golf Classic will be held at Andover Country Club starting at 11:30 a.m. In addition to golf, the event will feature lunch, dinner, a cocktail hour and an award show. Andover,


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