NoteWorthy – 6/2/19


Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust Concord River Greenway Cleanup with FedEx Lowell, MA

Over 50 FedEx volunteers joined Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust to clean up the Concord River Greenway and help monitor the anadromous fish migration at the Centennial Island Fish Ladder. The group was joined by Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge because of their strong partnership as an urban wildlife refuge partnership city with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Volunteers removed invasive plant species, planted native shrubs, spread mulch, counted migrating fish, repainted signs and spread stone dust paving.


Greater Lowell Community Foundation Announces New Greater Lowell Bar Association Agency Fund

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation announced the creation of the Greater Lowell Bar Association Agency Fund. This new agency fund provides annual and capital support to the association to fulfill their mission.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Greater Lowell Bar Association and the creation of the Greater Lowell Bar Association Agency Fund,” said Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “Nonprofit Agency Funds at the foundation enjoy increased visibility provided by being a part of our larger giving community. We are happy to support the association’s good work.”


New Hampshire Company Buzzagogo Selected to Pitch to Buyer at Walmart’s 2019 Open Call Event

New Hampshire resident Joyce Dales — founder of Buzzagogo and inventor of 100% natural cold, flu and allergy nasal swab remedy Cold Bee Gone — was selected from thousands of applicants to pitch at Walmart’s 2019 Open Call Event on June 18 at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart Open Call is an annual event that allows small companies and entrepreneurs to have an opportunity to pitch to Walmart wholesale buyers.

Dales invented Cold Bee Gone remedy several years ago for her daughter and friends. Now, with the help of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Buzzagogo has grown into a company with a product now carried in over 3,000 stores nationwide.



Merrimack Valley Food Bank Awarded $100,000 for Hunger Relief Programs

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100” program. The Lowell-based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.

Upon learning of the grant, MVFB Executive Director Amy Pessia said, “We at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank are honored to partner with the Cummings Foundation, so that we may serve more hungry people in our region. Our appreciation for this generous gift cannot be overstated.”


Lawrence YMCA kicks off public phase of capital campaign with Hard Hat Tour

The renovation and expansion of the Lawrence YMCA has entered a new phase, and Y officials invited supporters to come see for themselves the exciting changes that are taking place. The Lawrence YMCA hosted a kickoff event to celebrate the start of the public phase of the capital campaign to raise funds for the renovation. The $6 million expansion project is being entirely paid for through fundraising efforts and will provide the community with a modern, innovative space that will increase the Lawrence YMCA’s capacity to offer essential programs and services needed in the community.


UMass Lowell looks to sheep for lawn maintenance

In a scene that may look more like the Welsh countryside than Lowell, more than 100 sheep have been deployed to a steep and grassy piece of UMass Lowell property along the VFW highway to participate in some sustainable and delicious mowing.

UMass Lowell officials said the gradient of North Campus property, as well as the groundhog holes and the bee stings, made it difficult to mow by hand. The herd, supplied by Goats to Go out of Georgetown, should be able to complete the same job in about three days and at roughly half the cost.



Align Credit Union Announces Promotion

Align Credit Union announced that Charlotte Arivella has been promoted to vice president of retail operations. She is responsible for evolving the look and feel of the branches and supporting the staff to ensure the best possible banking experience for credit union members. Arivella, who holds an associate degree in business administration  from North Shore Community College, joined Align nearly 10 years ago as a teller. In 2015, she was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager. Prior to becoming part of the Align family, Arivella held positions ranging from sales associate to store manager at both family-owned businesses and large corporations.

Josiah Peters Honored with EMS Stewards of the Community Award

In celebration of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week, Steward Health Care hosted the third annual “EMS Stewards of the Community” award ceremony on May 20 at the Tirrell Room in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dallas-based Steward, which operates nine hospitals across Massachusetts, recognized 19 EMS providers. Among these was Operations Manager Josiah Peters who was recognized for “going above and beyond” during the Columbia Gas Fires of September 2018. He also served the patients of Holy Family Hospital. “Josiah’s professionalism and leadership served the communities at their greatest time of need and uncertainty,” said Craig Jesiolowski, FACHE, president of Holy Family Hospital – Methuen and Haverhill.

2019 Linda R. Gallagher Scholarship Recipient

Linda Gallagher of Lowell presented the scholarship to the 2019 Linda R. Gallagher Scholarship recipient Dellina Nhep, a Lowell High School student, at the office of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has been accepted to Middlesex Community College to pursue a nursing degree.





June 8

Join Essex Art Center for their New Paint Fundraiser Gala at the Lawrence Masonic Lodge starting at 6 p.m. For this year, the Essex Art Center will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. Lawrence, Mass. |

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell will host its 26th annual Celebration of Today’s Woman Gala at 6 p.m. at UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. The event honors local women who make a difference in the community. Lowell, Mass. |

Attendees of the Palace Theatre’s 20th Annual Gala Event will enjoy performances by the cast of the theatre’s professional production of “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” while savoring delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts from some of the best local restaurants at Manchester Country Club. Bedford, N.H. |

June 10

Lowell General Hospital will hold its 20th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare. Funds raised enable the hospital to provide assistance, support, and services to help people feel better, build confidence and instill hope throughout their battle with cancer. Lowell, Mass. |

June 14

The Northeast Independent Living Program Golf Tournament for Independence will be held at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club at 7 a.m. Funds raised will allow NILP continue to provide services and advocacy to people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. Methuen, Mass. |

Mill City GrowsAnnual Farm to Cocktail Party will take place at the Lowell Masonic Center, celebrating the spirit of community and the region’s thriving local food movement with live music, live and silent auctions, plus signature farm-inspired apps and cocktails. Lowell, Mass. |

June 15

First Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund will once again be returning to Cashman Park for the 8th Annual Flag Day 5K. As before, the course will go through the beautiful city of Newburyport and will end along the water. Newburyport, Mass.

The Strawberry ‘n’ Arts Festival will be held at First Parish Church United from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and features food, crafts and live entertainment. Westford, Mass. |

June 17

Join the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for its 30th Annual Golf Tournament. Registration will begin at Ferncroft Country Club at 12:15 p.m. Middleton, Mass. |

June 22

Join Merrimack Repertory Theatre for its 40th Annual Gala at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center for cocktails, seated dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment, all in support of MRT’s educational programming. Lowell, Mass. |

June 22 – October 26

The Haverhill Farmers Market will begin its new season at the end of June and finish at the end of October. The market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 51 Merrimack Street and, in addition to fresh produce, includes food demonstrations, local music and children’s activities. Haverhill, Mass. |



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