NoteWorthy – 9/29/19

Jaden Mendola on September 29th, 2019


A Celebration Of Lowell’s African Community At Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell Community Health Center’s African Community Celebration took place on Friday Sept. 20. More than 150 guests enjoyed music, food and fundraising in the spirit of Harambee, a Kenyan tradition of community self-help.

The event took in $35,000 for the health center’s WrapAround Fund, which pays for services that aren’t covered by health insurance. The health center does not turn patients away due to inability to pay.

Pentucket Medical Leadership Transition

L-r: Tom Fazio; Garrett Bomba; John Sarro; Jason Khalil

Pentucket Medical announced the retirement of Tom Fazio, chief medical officer of Pentucket Medical Associates and John Sarro, executive director. Fazio has been a member of the group for 41 years and Pentucket’s physician leader for the past 30 years. Sarro has been the group’s administrator for 15 years and was associated with the Partners HealthCare System for 20 years. 

Effective Oct. 1, Garrett Bomba will assume the role of chief physician officer and Jason Khalil will become executive director.

Bomba is board-certified in emergency medicine and has been the medical director of ExpressCare, the Pentucket Medical urgent care service, for the past 8 years. Khalil has served as the senior director of finance for Pentucket Medical for the past seven years.

PEM Offers Free Admission During New Wing Opening Celebration

Today, Sept. 29, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will offer free admission to celebrate the opening of its new wing. Visitors are invited to experience the new 40,000-square-foot wing and to enjoy live music, performances and art-making activities.

The $125 million expansion features three new major galleries, a sun-lit atrium and a 5,000-square foot garden. The new wing and adjacent renovated galleries feature fresh installations of the museum’s collections and newly commission works by contemporary artists.

Founded in 1799, PEM is the country’s oldest continually operating museum. For hours, directions, and general information about the museum and its mission, visit them online here.

Chair Affair Silent Auction

Local artists and patrons were asked to decorate children’s library chairs for the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library’s “Chair Affair” silent auction fundraiser.

The “Chair Affair” silent auction raised just over $1600 to be used to help pay for both children and adult programming. There were many local artists who contributed to the fundraiser, including Cindy L. Hutchinson, Maureen Wimmer, Ginette Lavoie, Vanessa Franco, Adam Gouveia, Robin Knipe-Vervette, Nicky Skinner and more.

Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence H. Summers Will Speak At Northern Essex Community College

Lawrence H. Summers, former Harvard University president and secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Clinton administration and director of the National Economic Council in the Obama administration, will speak the Northern Essex Community College (NECC) community on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Pentucket Bank Lecture Hall A on NECC’s Haverhill campus.

This event is free and open to the public. It is being organized and facilitated by NECC history professor Rich Padova.

Groundwork Lawrence’s 18th Annual Spicket River Cleanup

One year ago, Groundwork Lawrence cancelled its annual Spicket River Cleanup for the first time in its 18 year history due to the gas explosions. This year, the cleanup was back. Over 530 volunteers gathered early Saturday morning on Sept. 21 at Manchester Street Park, to kickoff the annual event, hosted by Groundwork Lawrence in partnership with the cities of Lawrence and Methuen.

During the cleanup, volunteers removed items that were contaminating the Spicket River. They also cleaned its riverbanks and adjoining greenway.

The cleanup included a team of volunteers wading in the river to clear large debris, including bikes, mattress pads and small appliances. By the end of the day, volunteers filled over 1,000 bags of trash.

Windrush Farm Announced Scholarship In Memory Of Special Olympics Rider

Windrush Farm and the family and friends of Kathy Blanton announced the creation of a perpetual scholarship fund in her memory.

“Kathy was an early beneficiary of therapeutic riding, and we want to give others facing similar obstacles the same opportunity at Windrush that Kathy was so fortunate to have,” said Cheryl and Russel Blanton, siblings of Kathy Blanton.

On Saturday Sept. 28, Cheryl Blanton payed a tribute to her sister and presented the new scholarship at the Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament at Windrush Farm.

Merrimack Valley Hospice Hosts Annual Event

Karen Gomes, President and CEO of Home Health Foundation (center) shares a laugh with some of the evening’s guests.


September 30

The 27th Annual Barry Faye Memorial Golf Tournament

The tournament will take place at Andover Country Club starting at 10 a.m.

Andover, Mass. |

October 5

The Great Marsh and Climate Change Research

Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, is partnering with Marine Biological Laboratory for a family-friendly event celebrating the Great Marsh as a local treasure, and MBL’s research findings about the Great Marsh and its important connections to its watersheds.

Newbury, Mass. |

October 6 

Greenbelt Art And Science Exhibition

Greenbelt is hosting an art and science exhibition created by Salem State University students/faculty and Greenbelt staff. The exhibit, “Climate Change: Taking Action with Modern Mapping Techniques,” will highlight climate change using mapping techniques.

Essex, Mass. |

October 6

Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

Proceeds from this event allow the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center to continue to provide an extensive array of programs and services to 15 local communities such as a 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling for adults and children, legal representation and more.

Newburyport, Mass. |

October 6

Trot For Special Tots

The proceeds of this race support all Professional Center for Child Development programs. New for this year are the pushed chair/stroller division and family walk and fun run. The 5K will be followed by a post-race celebration.

Andover, Mass. |

October 8

Project LEARN’s 24 Hours of Giving Fundraiser

Oct. 8 will kick off Project LEARN’s 24 Hours of Giving Fundraiser. Donate online to support Lowell Public Schools (LPS) and the amazing work of Project LEARN. Your online donation will bring books to young kids, help girls learn to code and connect a Lowell High student with a career internship this spring.

Lowell, Mass. |

October 17

5th Annual Raise the Woof Gala

Raise the Woof will be held at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts for an exciting, inspiring evening in support of the thousands of animals.

Boston, Mass. |

October 19

2019 Horses Helping Horses Fall Beach Ride

This event will benefit the Equine and Farm Animal Center at the MSPCA Nevins Farm.

Ipswich, Mass. |

October 20

Take Action Walkathon

Join in the effort to keep Lawrence healthy, one step at a time. The two mile walk along the Merrimack River will be followed by family activities including music, face painting, games and local vendors.

Lawrence, Mass. |

November 2

Pennies’ Seventh Annual Music for Change Fundraiser

Starting at 6 p.m., the Music for Change Fundraiser will offer a selection of small plates catered by sponsor For the Love of Food and Drink. They are known for their fresh local menus and unique style. You can expect an enticing array of small plates, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Plus, they will cater a green event — all place settings will be composted after use.

Newburyport, Mass. |

November 14

Glow Gala Annual Groundwork Lawrence Fundraiser

Funds raised from this event will be put back into the community to feed school children, support park cleanup and providing young adults with work.

Lawrence, Mass. |




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