NoteWorthy – 5/5/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on May 5th, 2019

Featured photo: Boy Scout Christopher Tringale and Linda Miller, director of Merrimack Valley Hospice’s High Pointe House.


Scout Makes Rocking Chairs for Hospice Eagle Service Project

Among the elements inside High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, now includes six new rocking chairs handcrafted by Boy Scout Christopher Tringale of North Andover. Tringale made the wooden rocking chairs as his Eagle Scout service project in memory of his grandmother, who was cared for at High Pointe House.

“I wanted to honor my grandmother, the staff who took excellent care of her, and all other patients both present and future with a project that will benefit them,” Tringale said.

Thanks to Tringale’s hard work and dedication, he was also able to donate an additional $3,000 after the project was complete.


Home Health VNA Awards Annual Scholarship

Home Health VNA has awarded Anna Wolfendale, a Methuen resident and graduate of the Health Careers Program at Greater Lawrence Technical High School, a scholarship given annually in memory of a former employee. Wolfendale has been accepted to Rivier University in Nashua, N.H. and plans to pursue a career in nursing.

The $500 scholarship was established in 1995 as a tribute to Lisa Santiago Ventura, an employee of Home Health VNA. Ventura was driving to care for a patient when she was accidentally struck during a high-speed police chase and sustained fatal injuries. In her memory, the agency awards the Lisa Santiago Ventura Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior of her alma mater, Greater Lawrence Technical High School.


Methuen Sons of Italy Committee Holds “Night at the Races”

The Methuen Sons of Italy committee for the “Night at the Races” recently announced that its Race Night was a huge success. Over 130 tickets were sold and all participants enjoyed the hot appetizers, cheese & crackers and all types of “pickies” available at the event.

Lawrence Community Center Trust President Pio Frittitta thanked all the event volunteers for their hard work. Bob DeFrancesco, the master of ceremonies, made sure the community’s veterans were acknowledged — as a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Northeastern Veterans Outreach in Haverhill.


Haverhill Bank Offers Assistance to Homebuyers Through FHLBank Boston Program

Haverhill Bank has been selected to participate in Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s (FHLBank Boston) Housing Our Workforce (HOW) program.

Launched this year, HOW provides assistance to FHLBank Boston financial institution members to help local homebuyers earning more than 80 percent and up to 120 percent of the area median income with down payments on owner-occupied primary residences.

The $2 million program offers a two-to-one match of down payments made at the time of purchase by eligible homebuyers. Borrowers can receive up to $20,000 in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.



Lawrence General Hospital is pleased to welcome Mark B. Johnson, Esq., of Andover to its Board of Trustees. Johnson is founder of Johnson & Borenstein LLC, a mid-size real estate and civil litigation law firm located in Andover. He has been practicing in Andover since 1986. Johnson’s law firm focuses on all aspects of real estate, including real estate development, land use planning and permitting, resolution of title disputes and permitting appeals, and representing clients in residential, commercial and construction financing and transactions. In addition, the firm represents clients in a variety of corporate and civil litigation matters. The firm has attorneys admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and the District of Columbia.



May 10

The Professional Center for Child Development’s Passport to Possibilities Gala will be held at Andover Country Club. According to PCCD, this year’s event “transports guests around the world with delicious food and beverage pairings.” Andover, 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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