NoteWorthy – 12/29/19
AROUND THE VALLEY
Soroptimists Haverhill Merrimack Valley Donates Christmas Gifts To Haverhill YWCA
Soroptimist International of Haverhill/Merrimack Valley improves the lives of women and girls through the work of volunteers in 21 countries and territories. The Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women provide cash grants for head-of-household women seeking to improve their lives with the help of education or training. This year, Soroptimists Haverhill Merrimack Valley helped collect gifts to donate to local women in need at the Haverhill YWCA.
Shoe Icon Proposes Washington Square Museum, Cafe, Theater, Store, Restaurant
An eight-story shoe museum with a cafe, theater, museum store, restaurant and other elements is being proposed for land adjacent to the post office in Haverhill’s Washington Square.
The city’s recent invitation for proposals for “cultural or innovative use” for the property now appears to have been tailored to Stuart Weitzman, a world-renowned shoe-maker whose family owned a Haverhill shoe shop. Although bids were to have been opened publicly Tuesday, WHAV’s request for the bidders’ names was held until Friday for an announcement by Mayor James J. Fiorentini.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Announces New Artistic Director
Courtney Sale, the current artistic director at Seattle Children’s Theatre, will join Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) on March 23 as artistic director. This will make Sale the first woman to serve as artistic directory for MRT.
Commonwealth Honors Director of Workplace Learning
UMass Lowell’s director of workplace learning and development was honored recently with one of the state’s top awards for employees.
Lee Ann Alden of Westford was presented with the Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Public Service Award by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, Dec. 16.
Alden, who has worked at UMass Lowell for 17 years, was one of 14 public employees recognized with various awards at the event by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance’s Human Resources Division.
Governor Baker Appoints Lawrence Educator to NECC Board of Trustees
Born and raised in Lawrence and a 2008 graduate of Northern Essex, Quiles has been working for the Lawrence School System since 2012. Before coming to Lawrence Public Schools, she served as senior coordinator of Family and Community Relations for the UP Education Network, a school turnaround organization in Boston.
2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction
Visit Lenzi’s in Dracut to enjoy scrumptious food, a coffee and cocoa bar, music by Tee & the Gents, and unique auction items to benefit Girls Incorporated of Lowell. Proceeds from the 2020 Winter Cocktail Party & Auction will help mentor more girls to become healthy, educated and independent women.
Dracut, Mass. | GirlsIncLowell.org
Until Help Arrives
Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 911 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, provide emotional support and more.
Nashua, N.H. | NashuaNH.gov
For the second year in a row, The United Way of Greater Nashua will host the Blizzard Blast, a competitive, professionally timed 3.5 mile winter obstacle course starting at the Nashua Millyard.
Nashua, N.H. | BlizzardBlastRun.com
WE = NBPT’s third annual Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 7 p.m., showcasing the best the city has to offer — from food to live performances. A portion of the proceeds will go to purchasing winter clothing for the less fortunate of Newburyport.
Newburyport, Mass. | WENBPTWinter.BrownPaperTickets.com
An Evening of Sweet Indulgence
Vote for the best dessert in Merrimack Valley, enjoy live music and bid on great auction items like autographed Patriots and Red Sox Memorabilia in the silent auction. This event aims to support local restaurants that were impacted in last year’s gas explosion.
Andover, Mass. | SweetIndulgence.info