NoteWorthy – 5/10/20
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Hosts Mobile Food Market
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) hosted its monthly mobile food market, distributing fresh fruit and produce to more than 750 people in need, on April 25. More than 30 GLFHC volunteers and their family members helped fill the bags for the grab-n-go style market.
The health center partners with the Greater Boston Food Bank — which provided fresh produce — to host the market every month at its 34 Haverhill St., Lawrence, location. Market Basket provided all the reusable bags. The Andover Islamic Center, as well as Tammy Cheek Kessel and Maddie Kessel donated handmade masks. The GLFHC distributed masks to participants picking up food who did not have them.
The women of the Andover Islamic Center sewed and donated the masks in memory of the late Asima Chowdhry, a former GLFHC clinician. The group is also donating masks to families throughout Greater Lawrence who do not have them to help prevent the spread of infection.
NECC Loans Ventilators to Local Hospitals
When Northern Essex Community College’s respiratory care program had to move to remote learning, it created an opportunity for its valuable equipment.
As of last week, eight pieces of mechanical ventilator equipment where loaned by Northern Essex Community College’ s Respiratory Care Program to three local hospitals for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawrence General Hospital, Lowell General Hospital and Holy Family Hospital are all recipients of the loaned equipment. NECC stepped into action when local respiratory care hospital department directors, who also serve on the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee, reached out to the Northern Essex requesting that the program loan the mechanical ventilators while the college was participating in a remote learning plan, which meant the equipment would be sitting idle.
Program Coordinator Jennifer Jackson-Stevens, NECC’s respiratory care program director, Don Bellerive, the program clinical coordinator and Erin Colstad, simulation center coordinator, prepared the ventilators for transport to the various hospitals which were responsible for transferring the equipment.
Lawrence Resident Recognized By Local Heroes Spotlight
Today, the first Local Heroes Spotlight recognized the hard work and dedication of Nora Lopez Rojas, a Lawrence resident and employee at Lawrence General Hospital. Nora worked tirelessly throughout the initial weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic before eventually coming down with the disease. She has since returned to work where she provides comfort to coronavirus-confirmed patients who are without their loved ones.
“Nora represents the very best that our community and our state have to offer. Her selflessness and sense of service are something that each of us are so grateful for. As we continue to navigate this crisis, we will do so together knowing that heroes like Nora are leading the way,” said Rep. Lori Trahan.
Care Dimensions Celebrates Merrimac Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses
Professional Center for Child Development Adds Virtual Programming for Children with Developmental Concerns
The Trustees Set To Re-Open Properties On May 19
The Trustees has reopened more than 70 locations to allow the public more access to nature; some properties have remained closed due to concerns about overcrowding and inability to physically distance at these sites.
The planned opening date is Tuesday, May 19, though that may change depending on evolving guidelines from the Gov, Baker’s office.
You will be able to visit deCordova, Naumkeag, and World’s End by selecting a parking pass, online only, for a specific time window. Fruitlands and Crane Beach will offer parking passes for the day, also available online only. Crane Beach will be open to parking permit holders and Trustees Members for two weeks, May 19 through June 2, while The Trustees test out operations to open the beach safely to the general public.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards $531,000 In Grants To Nine Local Nonprofits
In its latest round of funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) has awarded $531,000 to nine nonprofits.
The money, which came from the statewide Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, will support nonprofits in Greater Lowell that are working to provide food and housing, support for individuals with disabilities, frontline workers and immigrants, as well as other essential needs for vulnerable populations in need.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Announces Fundraiser to Support Local Organizations
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has announced a date for the We Share a Common Thread Foundation 10th annual fundraiser to be held virtually from May 13 to 20, 2020. The original event scheduled in March was postponed due to COVID-19.
The fundraiser will feature the signature items from past events including a silent auction, gift card pull and the signature basket raffle with dozens of themed baskets prepared by Jeanne D’Arc employees. You can preview the fundraiser here; the bidding and raffles will begin on Wednesday, May 13.
MVPC Announces Completion of 2020 Aerial Imagery Mission
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) announced that Eagleview, also known as Pictometry, has successfully completed the aerial photography mission for the region with overflights taking place from April 15 to April 19, 2020. The flights captured four-directional, 4 inch pixel resolution photos allowing for multiple angles that will be seamed together to create a dynamic, real-world representation of the Merrimack Valley.
Having updated imagery is timely for a host of planning needs, as the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges in operating a municipal government. As an example, communities plan to use these resources when conducting on-site work or inspections where new rules of social distancing present obstacles not encountered previously.
Tupelo Music Hall in Derry to Re-open As Drive-in Venue
Tupelo Music Hall has announced plans to reopen this summer as a drive-in venue, allowing live music to safely continue in the age of social distancing.
Guests who attend these drive-in performances will purchase one ticket per car, which they will show to an employee through their car window upon entrance. Cars will park in every-other parking spot to maintain a safe distance from each other. Once situated, patrons can choose to listen to the show via the Derry FM radio station or sit in a lawn chair outside in their parking space.
Artists will perform from the covered entrance to the music hall from a riser using what the venue calls a “modest sound system,” so folks who are outside can hear the performance. In the case of rain, shows will be rescheduled.
May 26 – June 3
Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership will be hosting their first Home Buyer Training Course via Zoom on May 26 and 27, and June 2 and 3.
Through June 5
Do you want to help feed a hero? Order gift cards online, and the Horseshoe Grille will deliver it for you. The Horseshoe Grille’s “Feed a Hero” program has already supplied $3,000 gift cards to Lahey Hospital staff in Wilmington and Burlington.
The freshest party of the summer season is going virtual. The annual Farm to Cocktail Party has been re-imagined as Farm to Community 2020, an online food access fundraiser and celebration of Mill City Grows’ core belief that food is life and that food justice is now more important than ever.
Prep your favorite homemade cocktail and join them for a live online event and support their Fund A Need to provide life-giving food to vulnerable families. To learn more, please visit their website here.