NoteWorthy – 9/27/20
AROUND THE VALLEY
MVH Provides 100-Year-Old Lawrence Patient With Tablet to Ease Isolation
While the physical effects of COVID-19 have been widely documented, 100-year-old Rita Ducheneau has struggled with isolation at Marguerite’s House Assisted Living on the Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services campus in Lawrence.
To ease her patient’s loneliness, Merrimack Valley Hospice Case Manager Meredith McNeilly recently presented a tablet to Ducheneau and taught her how to conduct video chats. In addition to communicating with her caregivers, social worker, chaplain and a music therapist, Ducheneau is thrilled to have more personal contact with her two daughters, Jeanne and Shirley, who have been restricted from visiting from their respective homes in New Hampshire.
Ducheneau, who moved to Methuen and ultimately retired from Raytheon, enjoyed swimming, boating, snowmobiling, ballroom dancing, playing cards, quilting and traveling. She remained active by participating in exercise classes and playing bingo and Pokeno after moving in September 2016 to Marguerite’s House, where she is known as a fashionista whose jewelry and shoes — some of which she made — match her carefully styled outfits.
Given her patient’s outgoing nature, McNeilly said she wasn’t surprised that Ducheneau was eager to tackle new technology.
“I don’t have the tablet by my side every minute like some people,” Ducheneau said, “but I’ll enjoy it until we can get back to hugs and kisses.”
Elena Finney, hospice and palliative care clinical manager at Merrimack Valley Hospice, said video visits have given the home health and hospice industry an additional way to provide face-to-face support to patients, caregivers and families.
WBCN and The American Revolution Goes Digital
Film festival sensation “WBCN and The American Revolution” is now available for home screening.
Boston’s WBCN radio went underground in 1968, giving people a voice during a time of profound social, political and cultural change. As a WBCN newscaster then, Bill Lichtenstein helped give power to the people. Now, as an award-winning filmmaker, he is offering home screenings of his documentary, “WBCN and The American Revolution,” to help pay for nonprofit local news reporting.
The documentary may be rented for $10 at WHAV.net. All film rentals include an invitation to join a free WHAV panel discussion, “Power to the People — Then and Now,” on Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., with Lichtenstein, radio historian Donna Halper and media writer Dan Kennedy.
A high-energy feature-length documentary, “WBCN and The American Revolution” follows a compelling cast of characters as their lives connect and intersect during the rise of the legendary radio station that became both a player in, and a platform for, the explosive rock ‘n’ roll counterculture, passionate anti-war movement and burgeoning civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights movements.
MCC to Host Career Development Webinar for Alumni
For 50 years, Middlesex Community College (MCC) has helped over 26,000 alumni on their academic and professional paths. In collaboration with MCC’s Career Development Office, the college’s free Alumni Association will host a webinar for alumni, current students and faculty at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Part of the MCC Career Development and Alumni Career Readiness Series, this webinar will focus on the hospitality industry and feature panelists who are active in the field from local businesses and organizations.
Visit here to register for the event.
Wayfinding Master Plan Survey
The City of Lowell is developing a pedestrian-focused Wayfinding Master Plan. The plan will include a small pilot program to replace the current pedestrian signs and a plan for future phases.
The City is asking residents to take a survey that will help determine what destinations to guide people to and what the feel of the signs should be.
Local Senior Transportation Program Wins National Aging Achievement Award
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore has received a 2020 Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for its CareRide program, an on-demand transportation initiative that provides subsidized rides to non-emergency medical appointments for adults age 60 and over in the Greater Lowell area. The awards program is supported by Centene. CareRide was among 44 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Virtual Conference & Tradeshow on Sept. 22.
With funding provided by Lowell General Hospital, the referral based CareRide program launched in June 2019. Since then, it has already provided more than 800 rides for consumers to doctors’ appointments, dialysis and chemotherapy treatments.
NECC Creates Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Its Parking Lots
Northern Essex Community College surveyed students last spring after the pandemic hit to find out what challenges they were having with remote learning. What they learned is that some students were struggling with spotty internet access from home and finding a quiet place to study. To address that, the college has created Wi-Fi hotspots in parking lots on the Haverhill and Lawrence Campuses.
Students, faculty and staff can log-in with their college credentials, and anyone not attending Northern Essex can choose the “visitor” wireless network. Wi-Fi coverage is provided at the Technology Center, Student Center, and Library parking lots in Haverhill and the Dimitry Building , El-Hefni Allied Health Technology Center and Haffner Education Center parking lots in Lawrence.
UMass Lowell and Analog Devices Collaborate on Fellowship Program
A new collaboration between UMass Lowell and Analog Devices Inc. enables employees of the global semiconductor manufacturer to advance their education through tuition assistance offered by the company.
The Analog Devices/UMass Lowell Master’s Fellowship Program provides a fully funded, accelerated path for employees in the company’s Aerospace and Defense Business Unit to pursue master’s degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science. The aerospace and defense industry continues to grow at a rapid rate and the scholarship program is designed to help Analog Devices meet its need for skilled engineers to design innovative technologies for this market.
Analog Devices employees in the new program enroll at UMass Lowell through its Division of Graduate, Online and Professional Studies and attend classes online as full-time students for four semesters. While pursuing their education, the students work part time for 20 hours a week at Analog Devices and continue to receive their full-time salary and benefits.
GLCF Awards 8th Round of COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants to 15 Community Organizations
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) announced it deployed a new round of COVID-19 related grants, providing an additional $67,000 to area nonprofits. The grants were part of the eighth round of distributions to assist area nonprofits serving vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 15 nonprofits receiving grants in the latest round of the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund include Lowell Community Health Center, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Massachusetts Military Support Foundation and more.
Since March, through grants from its GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and the Massachusetts COVID Relief Fund, the foundation has supported 105 local nonprofit organizations with 185 grants totaling over $2.7 million.
Donations to the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund can be made online at GLCFoundation.org or by mail to the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund c/o GLCF, 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852.
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.
Firehouse Center for the Arts Annual Fundraiser
On Oct. 3, Firehouse Center for the Arts will pivot their annual fundraiser to an online event. Along with an auction of over 200 vintage items, the Firehouse will be going live with a variety show unlike anything you’ve seen before. There will be musical theater numbers, comedy, music from generations past and so much more. Unlike their typical fundraiser, they are asking for donations as opposed to a fixed ticket cost with the hope of raising $20,000 between this event and our Firehouse Ignites: A Vintage Auction program. Click here to learn more and reserve a spot.
Spicket River Cleanup
The 2020 cleanup may not be happening with everyone in one place, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Residents of Lawrence join Groundwork Lawrence on Oct. 3 and 4 by cleaning in front of your home and along the street. Groundwork Lawrence will provide the gear and you post the selfies. The first 100 registrants from Lawrence will receive a free backpack with clean up materials inside. Contact info@GroundworkLawrence.org if you want to volunteer, lead a volunteer group or for sponsorship opportunities. Click here for more info.
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. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project LEARN Annual Fundraiser
Project LEARN’s Annual Fundraiser will take place on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. This virtual event will give students an opportunity to speak about how Project LEARN’s programs have impacted their development. Click here to RSVP.