NoteWorthy – 6/30/19


Volvo Joins Jaffarian Family to Celebrate Grand Reopening of Volvo Showroom

Volvo Cars USA President & CEO Andors Gustafson, along with members of the local business community and customers, joined with the Jaffarian family to celebrate the grand reopening of its Volvo showroom. Jaffarian Volvo recently received the 2018 Volvo Excellence Award from Volvo Cars USA for a third consecutive year, an accomplishment no other dealer has achieved.

L-r: Gavin Jaffarian, Gary Jaffarian, Andors Gustafsson, President & CEO of Volvo Cars USA, Eric Miller of Volvo Cars USA, Mark Jaffarian.

Copper Door Restaurants Donate $25,000 to Children’s Scholarship Fund

Great NH Restaurants announced a donation to the Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire of $25,000 from their Copper Door locations in Bedford and Salem, N.H. The funding will support scholarships for local N.H. children grades K-12. Forty-nine schools are part of the Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire program, and the average school scholarship amount received is $2,402.

Lawrence General Hosts Event to Celebrate Launch of New Heart and Vascular Center

On Wednesday, June 19, Lawrence General Hospital held a special reception for area physicians and health care leaders to celebrate the launch of its new Heart and Vascular Center. Hosted by Lawrence General president and CEO Dianne Anderson, RN, the private event was held at the Lanam Club in Andover.

L-r: Ryan Messiner, DO, associate director/vascular surgery; Sunit Mukherjee, MD, medical director; James Meyer, MD, associate director/interventional radiology; and Ken Adams, MD, associate director/cardiology.


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Awards $1,000 to Local Hometown Heroes

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union recently awarded a total of $1,000 to four local “Hometown Heroes” through its Small Acts That Give Back initiative.

Throughout the month of May, the Credit Union gave community members the chance to nominate someone who they believe goes above and beyond in their community. Between April 29 and May 24, Jeanne D’Arc received a total of 35 submissions, all of which described someone who has made a positive impact on the lives of others.

The credit union announced Kwame Asamoah-Addo of Lowell, Susanne Beaton of Lowell, H. David Reed of Carlisle and Craig Schorer of Andover as winners of the 2019 Hometown Hero campaign.

City of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Park

On June 27, the city of Lowell celebrated the grand opening of Kerouac park with live music, games and family fun.

Thirty years ago the city formally dedicated the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in what was then called Eastern Canal Park. The commemorative honored Jack Kerouac, Lowell’s hometown literary hero and author. Last year, in an effort to restore and revitalize the park, the city successfully launched a funding drive in collaboration with MassDevelopment through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity. Now known as Kerouac Park, the almost one-acre space will provide local residents and visitors with a downtown destination to enjoy music, play games, take part in group exercise classes and celebrate Lowell.

To learn more about the park’s activities, click here.

L-r: Karen Cirillo, Rita Mercier, Jay McQuaide, Lowell Mayor William Samaris, Steve Edington, Judith Bessette.

SpaceX Launch Puts UMass Lowell Research Into Orbit

An Air Force satellite launched into orbit this week via SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carries an instrument built by UMass Lowell researchers to conduct experiments in space.

Space is a harsh and dangerous place. Aside from temperature extremes, high vacuum and bombardment of cosmic rays, there are also extremely high-energy particles dubbed “killer electrons” that can pose a hazard to the health of astronauts and shorten the lifespan of orbiting satellites. These electrons are the subject of the research being conducted by UMass Lowell via the satellite.

“These electrons, traveling at nearly the speed of light, are capable of damaging the satellites’ sensitive electronics and exposing astronauts to high doses of radiation,” said UMass Lowell Physics Prof. Paul Song of the university’s Space Science Lab.

To help understand how these harmful electrons are generated and can be mitigated, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) awarded a three-year contract to a team of UMass Lowell researchers led by Song to support the Air Force’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) mission to the Earth’s radiation belts. The DSX’s objective is to explore the role of “wave-particle interaction” in the dynamics of these killer electrons.

Left: Air Force Research Laboratory DSX spacecraft in the final preparation stages before shipment to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The satellite includes research instrumentation designed and built by UMass Lowell researchers. Photo credit: U. S. Air Force. Right: A research team led by Physics Prof. Paul Song, right, in UMass Lowell’s Space Science Lab designed and built instrumentation for the new DSX satellite launched by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The team – which includes Research Prof. Ivan Galkin, left, and physics major and Air Force ROTC cadet Brianna Croteau, center – will use the technology to study so-called “killer electrons” in space that can put astronauts and equipment at risk. Photo credit: Edwin Aguirre for UMass Lowell.

Mayor Presents Proclamation to Retiring Lazarus House Executive Director

Over 300 civic, community, business and religious leaders joined in honoring the retirement of longtime Lazarus House Executive Director Bridget Shaheen with a mass and reception at her alma mater, Merrimack College, on June 13.

For over 36 years, Shaheen led the charge in building Lazarus House from a five-bed emergency shelter to a multiservice agency serving those materially poor and homeless with a food pantry, soup kitchen, transitional housing and job training programs.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, who honored Shaheen with a proclamation, said when he needed help with the homeless or the hungry of the city, he would call her.  “Thank you for making Lawrence better,” he said.

Bridget Shaheen talks about her tenure with Doug Cook, board president, and Jeff Hassel, incoming executive director. Photo courtesy of Lazarus House Ministries.


Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health President & CEO Joseph A. White to Chair Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees

Joseph A. White, MBA, FACHE, president & CEO, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health, is the 79th Chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA). He succeeds Mark A. Keroack, MD, MPH, president & CEO, Baystate Health.

The MHA serves as the unified voice for Massachusetts hospitals on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. Its members include 71 licensed hospitals, many of which are organized within 29 member health systems.

In his inaugural address, White urged attendees to think beyond the walls of their own facilities to connect all the components of the commonwealth’s health system, and to work collaboratively to advance and improve health for everyone in the commonwealth. White will serve a one-year term.

Pamela Huntley Named Megan House Foundation Executive Director

The Megan House Foundation announced Pamela Huntley as the organization’s executive director. Huntley previously served on the foundation’s board of directors before assuming the executive director role on an interim basis early this year. She came to Megan’s House after spending a decade at Lowell General Hospital, most recently as the director of community relations and at the Center for Community Health & Wellness.






July 12

Heritage Farm Ice Cream Special Adoption Event

Take your family out to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and help one of RUFF Tales Rescue’s dogs find a home at their special Heritage Farm Adoption Event. Lowell, Mass. |

July 19

Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall

The Center for Life Management Foundation will host it’s 11th Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall to raise critical funding for children, adolescents, adults and seniors with direct access to comprehensive emergency, clinical and medical services, case management, substance use treatment, and community based counseling support. Derry, N.H. |

July 20

Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs

The Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics for amputees, will begin at A-Brews Tap & Grill and end at Deerhead Sportsmen’s Club in Hookset, NH. Dracut, Mass. |


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