NoteWorthy – 8/23/20
AROUND THE VALLEY
MCC Partners with VA to Shoot a Series of U.S. History Web Shorts
This spring semester, Middlesex Community College‘s (MCC) communications department collaborated with the VA New England Healthcare System to create a series of short features on New England Veterans and U.S. military history.
Starting in February 2020, Francois De Costerd, MCC’s Media production coordinator, managed the MCC interns as they produced the VA’s new weekly series of web shorts about U.S. military history narrated by Michael McNamara.
MCC interns researched and gathered content for the scripts that were provided by McNamara before putting together a rough edit using the visuals and narration over music. De Costerd then reviewed the work and completed the shorts with additional sources and motion graphics.
In total, the department produced almost 20 episodes of the series, creating the visual content and the graphics. The MCC interns researched historical content, looked for motion graphics, designed logos and developed animations. The group also completed all of the closed captioning, which is a valuable skill for the industry according to De Costerd.
Lupoli Companies Announces The Heights Pre-Leasing and Pricing
Lupoli Companies, a developer known for transforming gateway cities, announced the start of preleasing and pricing information for The Heights at Haverhill, a new luxury apartment community located on the Merrimack River at 160 Merrimack Street in Haverhill.
The ten-story glass and steel building features 42 luxury one and two bedroom apartment units. Amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-like bathrooms, solid stone countertops, an in- home washer and dryer, a fitness center, and a terrace option. All but seven units feature a terrace and a view of the Merrimack River.
The Heights will offer a cutting-edge fitness center and dog run area for all residents. There are plans to open upscale Italian restaurant Bosa on the first floor early next year, along with a rooftop bar called Bar Bosa. Residents can also expect room-service style delivery from the on-site restaurant after opening. Tenants are expected to begin move-in September of 2020.
Dependent upon the unit square footage and bed and bath count, pricing starts at $2,367 and up to live at The Heights at Haverhill. One free month is currently being offered with a signed lease.
Merrimack Valley Active Transportation Plan and Public Listening Sessions
The Merrimack Valley Active Transportation Plan will create a coordinated regional approach to bicycling, walking and other human-powered transportation as well as the connections to transit.
Five virtual public listening sessions will be held to give the public the opportunity to provide input into the plan. Meetings have been developed with a geographic focus to allow for more inter-community connections. However, the public is welcome to join the meeting that best works for their schedules.
- September 1, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. (Rural/Smaller Communities)
- September 2, 2020 from 6–7 p.m. (Greater Haverhill)
- September 3, 2020 from 7-8 p.m. (Coastal Communities)
- September 16, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. (Lawrence/Methuen) *English/Spanish
- September 24, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. (Andover/North Andover)
UMass Lowell Grads Thriving in Altered Job Market
UMass Lowell’s 2020 graduates are finding professional success, thanks to their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and the strength of the university’s academic and career-planning programs.
As recent graduates have had to adjust their job-seeking strategies, so too has UMass Lowell, adding new services for students and recent alumni amid the pandemic, according to Gregory Denon, associate dean of student affairs for career development. After the university moved to remote operations in March, the Career and Co-op Center produced its Spring Career Fair as a virtual event that drew more than 300 students and scores of employers. As a result, five more virtual career events and other networking opportunities for UMass Lowell students and alumni are planned for the fall.
Despite the economic slowdown, UMass Lowell continues to provide information about full-time job openings for recent graduates, according Denon, who noted companies with strong information-technology infrastructures that can support employees working from home are welcoming new hires at a steady clip.
Top Notch Scholars Announces 2020 Scholarship Class
Joanna DePena, executive director of Top Notch Scholars in Lawrence, a unique educational enhancement program for local high school students, announced the 2020 Senior Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, August 20, at Tenney Castle in Methuen.
DePena said 13 scholarships will be awarded, five of which are full 4-year scholarships. The scholarships are the result of a youth-led fundraising effort that brought in over $7,000 by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The students enlisted the support of three corporate sponsors who partnered by purchasing the donuts to support the scholarship fund.
The mission of Top Notch Scholars is to provide life skills and leadership opportunities to poor and low-income youth in Lawrence and surrounding communities.
The following students were celebrated:
- Litzie Alvarez (Notre Dame Christo Rey)
- Noelia Castillo (Lawrence High School)
- Erika Dejesus (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
- Dulce Galan (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
- Remy Garcia (Lawrence High School)
- Michael Jimenez (Lawrence High School)
- Paola Martinez (Lawrence High School)
- Saviel Ortiz (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
- Destiney Perez (Lawrence High School)
- Ileana Rodriguez (Notre Dame Christo Rey)
- Lia Sanchez (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
- Kassandra Valdez (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
- Selina Vasquez (Greater Lawrence Technical School)
Catie’s Closet in Urgent Need of Clothing Donations for Back to School
Catie’s Closet is turning to the community for back-to-school clothing donations during the months of August and September to benefit students of all ages who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. Since schools have been closed due to COVID-19, thousands of students have been torn from supportive services and forced into a deeper level of poverty, substantially increasing the need for basic items.
Catie’s Closet recently kicked off its fifth annual “Fill The Bus” event to support students going back to school. The organization’s goal is to collect 50,000 pieces of clothing to fill its 87 closets for the upcoming school year. To help Catie’s Closet provide for students in need, individuals and families can do the any of the following:
- Clean out closets and donate gently used items children in youth and adult sizes
- Purchase and donate new clothes and/or full-sized toiletries
- Host a virtual clothing drive
- Make a monetary donation to purchase a Confidence Pack
Donors and drive hosts can arrange a drop off at either of the Catie’s Closet distribution centers in Dracut or Boston. To learn more about donating to Catie’s Closet’s Fill The Bus, visit catiescloset.org.
Register for Fall Courses at Middlesex Community College
This fall, Middlesex Community College (MCC) will run 95% of their courses online, which includes two accelerated eight-week sessions.
MCC’s accelerated eight-week sessions cover the same content, maintain the same academic standards and contain the same number of instructional hours as courses scheduled in the traditional 15-week semester. Students can earn credits in a variety of subjects like English, science, history, social science, mathematics and more.
By finishing general requirements with MCC’s Mini-mesters, students will not have to put their education on hold. Students can then go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university as a second semester freshman or higher – depending on how many credits they earn at MCC – all while saving thousands in tuition costs.
To learn more about the classes and opportunities MCC offers – and to register for fall classes – visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call (800) 818-3434.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Attorney Jennifer Parent to Become Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Parent as chairman of the board of trustees. Parent has been a board member since 2012 and has served as vice chair for the past two years. Parent succeeds Mark LaPrade, who has served as chairman since 2018.
Attorney Jennifer Parent is a director and chair of the litigation department at McLane Middleton, Professional Association. She has over 24 years of experience litigating and resolving disputes for companies and business owners in a wide range of complex commercial cases and employment matters. She has litigated in state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Parent has also represented companies in employment and tax abatement matters at the agency level and conducted workplace trainings.
Join Merrimack Valley YMCA on Monday, August 24, at the Haverhill Country Club for a wonderful day of golf. As a nonprofit organization, Merrimack Valley YMCA never turns away someone who needs a membership or a Y program. This fundraiser will help the organization in their efforts to deliver programs to deserving youth and families in the Merrimack Valley. You can find tickets here.
The Greater Haverhill Chamber is kicking off the 3rd Annual Haverhill Restaurant Week. The seven-day event highlights the best of Haverhill eateries with a week’s worth of great deals from Friday, August 21 to Thursday, August 27. This year’s participants include some of the city’s newest restaurants like Barrio, Nelly’s Kitchen and Kobe Japanese Steak House as well as many favorites.
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Pentucket Players, in cooperation with The Winnekenni Foundation, presents The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy. This outdoor performance will follow all state and city guidelines regarding Covid-19 and social distancing. The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. It’s all happening Sept. 6 at Winnikenni Castle. Click here for more info.
Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) Accepting New Singers
The Newburyport Choral Society invites you to join a community of singers for an exciting fall season of
online rehearsals via Zoom each Tuesday evening beginning Sept. 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. It’s a new way to rehearse music and learn about singing techniques from the new music director Ryan Turner. Click here to learn more.
29th Annual Golf Tournament
This annual event is open to the public and will follow all the necessary guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable afternoon of golf, while providing participants an opportunity to establish or further relationships with fellow community businesses leaders. To ensure everyone’s safety attendance is limited to 100 guests. All attendees will be required to wear a mask while indoors. Tee times will be scheduled between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For dinner, guests will be seated six to a table and all the tables will be spaced within social distance guidelines. Take part on Sept. 14 and click here for more info.
Lowell Catholic’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament
Join the Lowell Catholic community for the 7th Annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 28. Expect a delightful day with legacy alumni, current families and loyal supporters at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen. All funds raised from this event directly benefit Lowell Catholic students. Click here to register.