NoteWorthy – 10/6/19

AROUND THE VALLEY

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito At UMass Lowell Innovation Hub

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan joined Lowell Mayor William Samaras, City Manager Eileen Donoghue, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, members of the Lowell legislative delegation and other local leaders at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in downtown Lowell on Oct. 3.

The meeting aimed to highlight An Act to Promote Housing Choices, legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker that calls for targeted zoning reform to advance new housing production in Massachusetts and support the administration’s goal to produce 135,000 new housing units by 2025. 

Merrimack Valley Hospice Raises Over $100,000 At Cruising the High Seas – Food, Wine, Beer Sampling And Silent Auction

Nearly 350 sponsors and guests joined in the fun and placed their bids at Cruising the High Seas, the annual Food, Wine, Beer Sampling and Silent Auction to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice. The event was held Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

The silent auction offered over 100 packages including great golfing, weekend getaways, nights on the town and beautiful jewelry donated by individuals and businesses from across the region.

West Newbury River Road Landscape Conserved 

Greenbelt has announced that 31 acres on River Road in West Newbury, with woodlands and river views, has been permanently protected.

The property will become a new reservation, owned and managed by Greenbelt. Greenbelt plans to create a new footpath leading south from River Road and acquire permitting for a modest parking area and potential car-top boat launch on the Merrimack River. 

Conserving this land protects wetlands that store floodwater during high rainfall events, keeps intact native forests that clean water flowing to the Merrimack and cool the air, and protects critical habitat, including rare plants in the Merrimack River tidal zone and a vernal pool.

The acquisition was made possible through a generous below-market value sale by the property’s former owners, and West Newbury residents who voted enthusiastically at Spring Town Meeting to approve $75,000 in Community Preservation Act to help fund the project.  

Lazarus House Teaches Notre Dame Students Life Lessons 

Notre Dame sophomores Abby Kiernan and Kate Thel visited Lazarus House through the university’s Summer Service Learning Program, funded locally by the alumni of the Notre Dame Club of Boston.

“We came in wanting to learn how to interact with people in poverty. We learned it is no different than interacting with anyone else,” Kiernan said. “It is no different talking to someone at a soup kitchen than talking to someone at a restaurant.” 

“It has tremendous impact on them,” said Ted Gorrie, a member of its board, who believes students coming face-to-face with marginalized populations gain a new perspective on their own lives. 

“I really have been very fortunate my whole life,” agreed Thel, who grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. “I have lived a privileged life going to private schools. But I have always been aware of the inequalities in American society, knowing there’s a wide population of people who do not have the same opportunities I do.” 

There are less demanding service programs than Lazarus House, which provides food, clothing, shelter and job training to tens of thousands in the Merrimack Valley. Both women said their faith drew them to the challenging work done there. 

“I came to see Lazarus House as a place where miracles happen,” Kiernan said. “I know I was supposed to be there.” 

The students received a small stipend and scholarship for their work. 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

October 1 Through 31

4th Annual Give Hope… Get Mac!

Mr. Mac’s in Manchester and Portsmouth, N.H. and Tyngsboro, Mass. continue with their 4th annual “Give Hope…Get Mac!” month-long event to support the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition’s mission to care for women in New Hampshire that are struggling with their fight against breast cancer.  Mr. Mac’s will donate $1 for every Take & Bake order of their macaroni and cheese specialties.

Portsmouth, N.H. and Tyngsboro, Mass. | Mr-Macs.com

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. | ProjectLearnInc.org

October 10

Emmaus Paving the Road Home Fundraising Breakfast

This free-to-attend event will feature a breakfast Buffett at 7:30 a.m. and an informational program from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Haverhill, Mass. | EmmausInc.org

October 11 Through 18

YMCA Annual Campaign Week

For a whole week, Exeter YMCA will be hosting a variety of fundraising events including the Fall Pickleball Tournament, Family Day, Goat Chip Bingo and more.

Exeter, N.H. | SDYMCA.org

October 15

GLCF Celebrate Giving

Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation as they celebrate the impact of philanthropy on our community at Celebrate Giving. Learn more about upcoming initiatives and hear poignant stories about the impact of charitable giving from donors, nonprofits, and scholarship recipients.

Lowell, Mass. | GLCFoundation.org

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. | MSPCA.org

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. | Support.mspca.org

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. | Lawrencebgc.com

October 23

Paint The Night Pink For Breast Cancer

Decorate your own vases, glass cups or coffee mugs pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or however you choose! Gain insight on breast cancer and how it’s detected and treated through the Breast Health Providers Panel Discussion.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

October 24

Power of the Purse Plus

The Women Working Wonders Fund, a permanently endowed fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, presents the 2019 Power of the Purse Plus at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

Lowell, Mass. | WomenWorkingWondersFund.com

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. | PenniesForPoverty.org

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. | GroundworkLawrence.org

 

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