NoteWorthy – 7/5/20
HAPPENING IN HAVERHILL
Haverhill Exchange Club Donates Masks and Flowers Amid COVID-19
Exchange Club of Haverhill, Rotary Club of Haverhill, Kiwanis Club of Haverhill and Pentucket Kiwanis Club formed an alliance to make a positive impact on Haverhill, most importantly supporting front line workers like food pantries, nursing homes and nonprofits.
In this effort, the clubs partnered with Deanna Milone Bonanno, owner of Scrubs Etc. Uniform Company in Methuen, in an initiative to donate medical masks to those in need. Bonanno and her company assisted by procuring medical masks at a low cost. Each club committed financially to fund the cause. A total of $5,000 was donated to purchase the masks.
AROUND THE VALLEY
UMass Lowell Acts as Training Ground for Political Scientists
UMass Lowell students are gaining experience in political research, polling and data analysis, thanks to their involvement in the university’s Center for Public Opinion.
The nationally recognized center conducts surveys on political and social issues and presents programs that provide opportunities for civic engagement. Polls written and conducted this spring gauged the public’s views about COVID-19, Democratic primary races in key states, and beliefs on a range of other political and pop culture topics.
All of these projects involved UMass Lowell students working alongside Director Joshua Dyck and Associate Director John Cluverius, faculty members in the university’s political science department. Launched in 2011, the center is a member of American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Transparency Initiative.
MVPC Launches Active Transportation Plan Update
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) needs your input. Use their new interactive map to explain what bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure you think is needed in the Merrimack Valley. You can get to this map by visiting here.
Specifically, MVPC wants to know:
• Where bike racks are needed.
• What bicycle routes are your favorites.
• Where you would like to ride, but don’t feel safe.
• Preferred on-road connections to off-road trails.
• Pedestrian transit access points.
• Challenging intersections for cyclists and pedestrians.
• And more …
For more information about complete streets, multi-use trails and transit in the Merrimack Valley, visit here.
Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market Brings Welcoming Sign of Summer
As summer enters full swing, Groundwork Lawrence is ready to start its 15th summer season of managing farmers markets. Fresh, local produce — peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and much more — will be ready for purchase when the market kicks off on July 8. With new and returning vendors, the markets will be a welcoming recurrence of an annual tradition.
Starting July 8, the markets will take place weekly from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Campagnone Common in Lawrence, Fridays at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen and Saturdays at Lawrence Catholic Academy in Lawrence. For more information in English and Spanish, visit here.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Schwartz Hannum PC Welcomes Attorney Elizabeth L. Sherwood
Schwartz Hannum PC announced that Elizabeth L. Sherwood has joined the firm’s education practice group and labor and employment practice group. Sherwood advises independent schools, colleges and universities on all aspects of school operations and employee matters.
Sherwood regularly partners with school leadership to address student and parent issues, including accommodating applicants, employees, and students with disabilities, hiring and managing faculty and staff, and risky terminations. She also assists clients with myriad governance and compliance documents such as student and employee handbooks.
Local Health Center Executive is New Chair of National Advocacy Task Force
The National Association of Community Health Centers has appointed Rich Napolitano of Methuen as the new chair of its Advocacy Task Force.
Napolitano is the senior vice president of external relations and chief marketing and development officer at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC). He and his team are responsible for marketing and communications, public relations, development and fundraising, grants and contracts administration, legislative affairs, and community relations. He joined GLFHC in 2014 and is a staunch advocate of community health centers.
Lowell CHC Dental Director Named to Prestigious Harvard Post
Samantha Jordan, current dental director of Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) and lecturer in oral health policy and epidemiology since 2016, has been appointed interim director of the advanced graduate education in dental public health program of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HDSM) effective July 1.
Jordan is a board certified dental public health specialist and leads the oral health program at Lowell CHC. Her work focuses on leveraging the unique potential of community health centers to promote oral health equity and developing best practices for oral health integration.