NoteWorthy – 4/21/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on April 21st, 2019

Featured photo: A student photo from a Career Pathways class at Lowell High taken by Meg Moore. The Career Pathways program will be highlighted at Project LEARN’s “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” fundraiser.


Project LEARN to Hold “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” Event

Join Project LEARN, University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Lowell High students and other business and community leaders at “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” on Wednesday, April 24 as they discuss educational opportunities and the economic impact for our next generation of leaders. Enjoy networking, open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsorship opportunities are available, while individual tickets are $50. To sponsor or purchase tickets:


Element Care Holds Khmer New Year Celebration

Element Care held a Khmer New Year celebration on Wednesday, April 10. The highlight of the event was a performance by Angkor Dance Troupe, who performed the traditional Cambodian Blessing Dance. Check out a video of the event below!


Borislow Takes First Place at Emmaus’ 5th Annual “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars”

Photo by Allegra Boverman. The 5th Annual Stepping Out with the Valley Stars spring gala held by Emmaus, Inc. of Haverhill. The event is held at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, Mass.

Jennifer Borislow, founder and chief executive officer of Borislow Insurance took home the title of Dance Champion at Emmaus’ 5th Annual “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars” on Saturday, April 6. Borislow and her professional dance partner Victor Perez, both of Methuen, energized the more than 350 people in attendance with a rousing “New York Hustle” routine to the classic “Boogie Wonderland.”

Modeled after the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” this event featured a spirited dance competition among local “celebrities,” fabulous silent and live auctions, a plated dinner, and fun—all to benefit Emmaus, a non-profit community housing organization located in Haverhill dedicated to helping homeless and formerly homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives.

The seven local “stars” who competed in this event for the title of “Dance Champion” were:

Jennifer Borislow, founding principal of Borislow Insurance
Melissa Coe, a project manager for a Boston-area construction company, who won the opportunity to dance at last year’s gala!
Guy Cooper, Police Officer for the City of Haverhill
Digna Jhonson, Branch Manager for the Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s Lawrence location
Jose Oliver, General Manager of AutoFair Subaru
Vinny Ouellette, Human Services & Recreation Director for the City of Haverhill
Jason Petrou, Founder of CEO: Clean Energy Organics


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $1,500 to Adam Keenan Foundation, Inc.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is pleased to announce the winner of its latest Give-A-Click campaign, Adam Keenan Foundation, Inc. The organization received a $1,500 donation from the Credit Union’s We Share A Common Thread Foundation.

The first quarter winner, Adam Keenan Foundation, raises funds to ensure that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available at athletic facilities and public places throughout the Merrimack Valley area. The foundation was founded in memory and in honor of Adam Keenan, who passed away unexpectedly at age 20 after he suffered sudden cardiac arrest during a baseball practice. Keenan’s family says an AED could have saved his life. They instituted the foundation with the goal of having AEDs available at all public places.



Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) nurse practitioner Anh Lewin, of Westford, Mass., was recognized as Outstanding Preceptor of 2019 by UMass Lowell’s Solomont School of Nursing. Lewin was given the award at the college’s 3rd Annual Clinical Practice and Research Symposium Networking Dinner on Thursday, April 18. Lewin’s student, Claudia Guillen, nominated her for the award. In her nomination, she wrote, “When I first started at my clinical rotation this semester, I was very anxious, but my days didn’t go by without words of encouragement and support from my preceptor. When my anxiety was in the way, she was there to remind me that I was capable and that I have what is needed to become a good nurse practitioner.” At GLFHC, Lewin’s fellow clinicians acknowledged her as a great educator and team player with considerable energy and enthusiasm.

Alisha Johnson has joined Home Health Foundation as human resources manager. In this role she will provide day-to-day support to the Talent Acquisition team and other members of the Human Resources staff. She will also work on compensation initiatives, evaluation and merit review programs and develop and implement department goals and policies. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northeastern University. She has extensive experience in administration, employee relations, workforce assessment and management training. Prior to joining Home Health Foundation, Johnson held progressive leadership positions in human resources worked as a Human Resource generalist for a variety of local companies including Zwicker & Associates, Boston VA Research Institute and New Balance. Johnson lives in North Reading with her family.

Kathleen (Katy) Laprise recently completed the nurse practitioner program at Simmons University and has been promoted to join the nurse practitioner team at Merrimack Valley Hospice. Katy has been working for Merrimack Valley Hospice for more than four years while studying at Simmons. As a NP, she will provide advanced medical care and support to patients, expertise on pain and symptom management to clinical staff and support the Medical Directors and other staff with on call responsibilities and other support. Prior to joining Merrimack Valley Hospice, Laprise received clinical experience at a variety of organizations including St Joseph’s Hospital, Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center and Concord Obstetrics and Gynecology. Along with NP certification, Laprise holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Regis College. Laprise lives in Manchester, N.H. with her family.



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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