NoteWorthy – 9/6/20
AROUND THE VALLEY
Trahan, Pappas, Kuster, Moulton Request EPA Changes to Bolster Merrimack River Cleanup
Representatives Lori Trahan (MA-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Seth Moulton (MA-06) submitted public comments requesting changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed formula that will be used to disperse federal grant funding to states and municipalities for efforts to prevent combined sewer overflows (CSOs), sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), and for stormwater management.
“Communities along the Merrimack River have been doing everything they can to limit harmful sewage and stormwater overflows, but more help from the federal government is long overdue,” said Rep. Trahan. “Federal funding for CSO projects will go a long way toward helping communities in need, but the current formula proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will place our communities at a clear disadvantage.”
The Merrimack River Watershed Council estimates that nearly 800 million gallons of untreated sewage was dumped into the Merrimack River from six urban treatment plants in 2018 alone.
The lawmakers also secured the adoption of key provisions of their Stop Sewage Overflow Act. Under the legislation, the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants Program will be authorized to provide $400 million annually over the next five years, and the federal government will be directed to further invest in financially distressed communities in need of CSO funding.
A digital copy of the public comments filed by the lawmakers can be accessed here.
Celebrating a Gateway City Leader
In honor of the late Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, MassINC will present The Mayor Bill Carpenter Award for Excellence in Gateway City Leadership to an elected official who seeks out new ideas and works collaboratively to advance them, elevating the status of their city and furthering the collective interests of Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth. This year, MassINC will present the award to Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.
From diversifying the city’s police force and leading the charge on free bus service to responding to the Columbia Gas disaster, Rivera’s steady leadership has provided a model for other Gateway Cities.
He has also contributed to the greater Gateway City cause, most notably by co-chairing the effort to develop a comprehensive neighborhood stabilization program, a centerpiece of the economic development legislation signed by Gov. Baker in August, along with his advocacy in the fight for the Student Opportunity Act Education Funding and the current police accountability legislation.
You can join MassINC on October 8 at 10:30 a.m. for the presentation of this award. Learn more and register here.
Top Notch Scholars Announces 2020 Scholarship Class
Joanna DePena, executive director of Top Notch Scholars in Lawrence, an 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)
Project Home Again Wins Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Nonprofit Day Campaign
Project Home Again is the winner of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s National Nonprofit Day Campaign. The organization received a $2,020 donation as the winning prize. Project Home Again (PHA), located in Andover, is a locally operated nonprofit organization that provides new and gently used household goods, furniture and appliances to low-income families in need. Their mission is to provide comfort and restore dignity to others. They do this with help from donations and partnering social service agencies within Northeastern Massachusetts.
Founded by Nancy Kanell in 2003, PHA has been invested in the community for over 17 years by providing essential household items to those in need.
Firehouse Center for the Arts Plans for Technological Improvements to Provide Quality Virtual Offerings
During the coronavirus quarantine, Firehouse Center for the Arts found success with their first drive-in musical and have plans for additional offerings. While it was successful, the financial return was more than 2/3 less than a typical production. With the suspension of Reopening Massachusetts, the Firehouse’s doors remain closed. To adapt, the Firehouse is planning technological improvements to provide higher quality virtual offerings and looking towards expanding socially distant theatrical productions.
Currently, the Firehouse is looking for help from the community to support their mission.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Carl Howell, CTI Division Director Selected as a Fellow of the First LEADS Lowell Cohort
Community Teamwork announced that Carl Howell, division director of housing and homeless services, has been selected as a fellow of the first LEADS (Leaders Engaged and Activated to Drive System-wide Change) Lowell cohort. The roughly 70 diverse, cross-sector participants from Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill will engage in a seven-month fellowship program that is designed and delivered by Harvard Business School faculty and staff, and is meant to catalyze systems-level change at the community and regional level.
Tyler DeStefano Earns Talent Introduction Program Top Award, Donates $2500 to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
Tyler DeStefano, founder of Doctors Disability Specialists, a financial services firm based in Middleton, recently earned the Top Honor Award from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. This award recognizes five leading financial representatives who have referred candidates who subsequently became successful Financial Representatives. The Top Honor Award recipients are provided the honor of designating a charitable organization to receive a donation on their behalf from Guardian Life.
Tyler DeStefano will donate $2500 to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem nurtures, values and inspires young people to develop usable skills, enhance their self-esteem and assume a culture of high expectations.
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.
HDSA Tewksbury Team Hope Walk Goes Virtual
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America‘s (HDSA) Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter will be hosting the Tewksbury Virtual Team Hope Walk on Saturday on September 12. You get to choose your own course, you can walk in your driveway, neighborhood, in your house and even on treadmill.
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 following 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.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation Virtual 2020 Celebrate Giving Event
On Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) will host its annual Celebrate Giving event. This year’s virtual event will highlight the community connection of local donors and nonprofit organizations who are committed to making a positive impact in Greater Lowell.
Trot for Special Tots Virtual Race
For 27 years the Trot has taken place on the streets of Andover. In 2020, The Professional Center for Child Development is hosting theri first virtual race! Participants can choose day, distance and how they would like to take part. Join in by crawling, walking, running, riding, biking or swimming for the 1 mile, 5K and 10K from rom October 10 through 25. And don’t forget to sign up for team fundraising. Top fundraising teams will receive prizes! Click here to donate and learn more. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org