NoteWorthy – 3/1/20
AROUND THE VALLEY
Haverhill-Based Home Care Specialists Funds Lobby Renovation At Home Health Foundation In Lawrence
Home Health Foundation, a member of the Wellforce Health System which includes Home Health VNA and Merrimack Valley Hospice, recently redesigned its lobby with funds donated by Home Care Specialists, a family-owned and operated home medical equipment and supplies provider headquartered in Haverhill.
Located in Lawrence, Home Health Foundation’s renovated lobby features more natural light, private meeting spaces and new furnishings. The nonprofit organization provides essential home health and hospice care in all the places patients call home.
Columbia Gas To Be Held Accountable For 2018 Gas Disaster
In a press conference this week, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling revealed that Columbia Gas has agreed to pay a $53 million fine for the explosions and fires that killed a young man and damaged or destroyed several homes and businesses in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on September 13, 2018.
The fine is the largest ever issued for a violation of the National Gas Pipeline Safety Act and will provide a source for funding further safety protections and ensure Columbia Gas does not profit from the sale of its operations in the commonwealth.
Lelling said that the 2018 tragedy was a result of a “complete organizational failure” by Columbia Gas, noting that the company cut corners in their safety and hiring practices to save costs.
Despite the heavy fines, Columbia Gas will still continue as a company, although they will cease operations in Massachusetts and will serve a three-year probational period.
No individual was criminally prosecuted, and when asked if this should still be considered justice, Lelling stated “I think this is justice. We always prioritize prosecuting an individual, but we were unable to do that here. There was simply no one individual here who rose to the level of a federal crime.”
A federal monitor will soon be appointed to survey the conditions of Columbia Gas and provide reports on a monthly basis.
Community Giving Tree Celebrates At Salvatore’s In Lawrence
Community Giving Tree hosted their “Share the Love” fundraiser at Salvatore’s restaurant on Feb. 1. With a goal of 100 guests, 140 people came and enjoyed the event while helping local families.
Comedian Mark Scalia, the emcee of the night, and Kim Goulette, executive director for Community Giving Tree, hosted the event while addressing real needs for the youth in local communities.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Pentucket Bank Announces Gregory Shaw As Chief Operating Officer And Carol Wilson As Chief Experience Officer
Scott Cote, CEO and chairman of the board of Pentucket Bank, along with the senior management team, announced the recent promotion of two executive management team members, Gregory Shaw and Carol Wilson.
Gregory Shaw has worked for three decades in the banking industry, and has been with Pentucket Bank for 19 years. He now assumes the role of chief operating officer.
Carol Wilson has been named Pentucket Bank’s first senior vice president/chief experience officer. As CXO, Wilson is responsible for ensuring an exceptional and consistent experience is delivered to customers across the bank’s products, services and channels.
3rd Annual ‘Dream Builders’ Gala & Auction
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host the 13th Annual “Dream Builders” gala and auction
at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 6 to 10 p.m.
Lowell, Mass. | Build2020.GiveSmart.com
2020 We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has partnered with Lowell Memorial Auditorium to bring a new format to the We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
Lowell, Mass. | WeShareACommonThread.org
A Night on the Edge
Andover’s own Michelle Canning Band will host an Alzheimer’s benefit concert in honor of her grandfather. “A Night on the Edge!” will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to support programs and services for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
Chelmsford, Mass. | MichelleCanning.net
10th Annual Celebrating Whittier
This program will commemorate the 100th anniversary of American women achieving their right to vote and celebrate the spirit that has paved the way for future women’s rights progress.
Amesbury, Mass. | WhittierHome.org
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary
Billerica Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary presents Spring Fling with floral designer Christina of Platinum Posies.
Billerica, Mass. | GCFM.org
Annual Thomas G. Kelakos Community Spirit Award
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lowell honors Kathy and Scott Plath for their many contributions to the Lowell community.
Lowell, Mass. | LowellKiwanis.org
5 Seasons – The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
The “5 Seasons – The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” is an immersive documentary that reveals how revolutionary landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself. Piet Oudolf has redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, famous botanist, says, “your work teaches us to see what we have been unable to see.”
Andover, Mass. | AndoverSCF.org