NoteWorthy – 5/30/21
AROUND THE VALLEY
The Palace Theatres to Reopen This Summer
The Palace Theatres have announced that they will be retaking the stage Friday, June 4. Venues including the historic Palace Theatre, the Rex Theatre, the Spotlight Room and Forever Emma Studios will be open to the public for the first time since December.
As the school year comes to a close, the Palace will present the Bank of New Hampshire’s Children’s Summer Series beginning June 30. This year’s series will feature magician BJ Hickman, “Snow White,” “Peter Pan,” “Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid,” and more.
From Palace Artistic Director Carl Rajotte comes “Queen of the Night,” a new show celebrating the music of Whitney Houston. “Queen of the Night” will be The St. Mary’s Bank 2021-2022 Performing Arts Series opening show on September 10.
Also showcased in the professional series will be longtime favorites including “Mama Mia!” which returns in October. Holiday tradition will continue in November and December with “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol.” The new year will bring back theater classics including “The Full Monty,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “The Producers” and “Legally Blonde.”
Friday Night Comedy is back at The Rex Theatre in Manchester, and will kick off with Juston McKinney on June 4 and 5. Other comedians include Tony V, Kelly MacFarland, Joe Yannetty, Corey Rodrigues and Christine Hurley. In addition to comedy, live music is much anticipated at the Rex this summer. Purchase tickets for No Shoes Nation Band, The Youngsters, American Elton, Panorama, The Spain Brothers online or by calling the box office.
Patron safety continues to be a top priority for the organization. The Palace and Rex will operate at a reduced capacity. Face masks are recommended, and health and safety guidance regarding occupancy and masks is subject to change as summer goes on. He encourages people to visit the Palace website in advance.
Baker-Polito Administration Re-Files Bill to Honor Veterans Lost to Service-Related Illness
The Baker-Polito administration this week re-filed legislation to establish the Massachusetts Medal of Fidelity, which will be presented by the Massachusetts National Guard to the families of veterans who lost their lives to service-related illnesses and injuries.
The bill, entitled “An Act Relative to Establishing the Massachusetts Medal of Fidelity,” will authorize the Commonwealth to award the Medal of Fidelity to the next-of-kin of Massachusetts service members who “died as the result of service-connected diseases, conditions or injuries that are related to either exposure to harmful toxins, herbicides, agents, and materials or service-related post-traumatic stress disorder.”
MCC’s Class of 2021 Graduates Amid Pandemic
Amid the pandemic and unprecedented challenges, Middlesex Community College (MCC) celebrated the successes of the graduating Class of 2021. MCC conferred 1,065 degrees and certificates to 983 graduates.
MCC held a virtual ceremony to celebrate commencement on Thursday, May 27. The video includes speeches from President James Mabry, President-elect Phil Sisson, and two student speakers, Nicole Smay and Mannuery Arias.
After the conferring of degrees, the virtual ceremony showed a photo montage and messages from the MCC community from faculty, staff and local politicians. In individual division breakout videos, student names were displayed in a slideshow presentation, including honors and distinctions. Graduates and their families could select which division they wanted to watch.
Serving a diverse population of learners, the age range of MCC’s Class of 2021 is 16 to 69, with the graduates representing 10 states and 56 countries. There are 39 veterans, 10 dual-enrollment high school graduates, 74 MCC employees and 410 first generation students.
There were 194 associate in arts, 687 associate in science and 184 certificates, as well as 82 students who earned more than one award. MCC’s health programs pinned 198 graduates and 57 students received department awards for their achievements. MCC’s Commonwealth Honors Program graduated 27 scholars, and 113 graduates are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.
Hannah Ditmars, Gianna Tringali and Riana Willsie were named to the 2020-2021 All-Massachusetts Academic Team, and MCC nursing student Micaela Rainha was named MCC’s “29 Who Shine” by the Mass. Department of Higher Education.
NDA Establishes First All-Girls Golf Team in the MV
The Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) in Tyngsboro, Mass., has put together the first female golf team in the Merrimack Valley.
According to head coach Patrick Moriarty, the team’s record is 2-2-1. “[They are an] impressive group of girls who work hard and enjoy the game,” Moriarty says. The team is made up by co-captains sophomore Mya Shanahan and junior Kate McNamee; sophomore Caroline Hanson; freshmen Molly Shanahan, Lily Golden and Halianna Gacek; and seventh graders Ella Hanson and Elizabeth Beauregard.
Trahan Announces Nearly $82 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Local Colleges and Students
U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan announced $81,819,954 in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The relief funding will help local colleges address severe financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely.
At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardships. The American Rescue Plan allocated $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.
The colleges and universities in Massachusetts’ Third District receiving funding under the American Rescue Plan are:
- UMass Lowell: $27,551,474
- Fitchburg State University: $11,428,049
- Merrimack College: $7,228,654
- Middlesex Community College: $13,649,527
- Northern Essex Community College: $12,426,922
- Mount Wachusett Community College: $9,535,328
UML Engineering Researcher Receives $450K Grant
UMass Lowell (UML) researcher Marianna Maiaru, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was recently recognized by the U.S. Air Force with funding for her work on process modeling of composite materials.
Maiaru’s three-year, $450,000 Young Investigator Program (YIP) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research will support her work to advance the development and processing of high-strength, high-temperature structural materials for the next generation of aerospace vehicles.
The Air Force awards the YIP grant to faculty researchers who “show exceptional ability and promise” in conducting creative, fundamental research in science and engineering. Maiaru is among the 36 scientists and engineers from 27 research institutions across the country selected by the Air Force for the recognition.
Maiaru is working on process modeling of advanced composites for structural applications and integrated computational materials engineering under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce $1M in Funding for Coworking Spaces
The Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment announced up to $1 million in funding for the sixth round of the Collaborative Workspace Program, a MassDevelopment program that accelerates business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. The funding will help coworking spaces plan, expand, buy equipment and make COVID-19 safety improvements.
Since its pilot launch, and through the first five rounds of grants, the Collaborative Workspace Program has made 164 awards totaling $9,842,041 for the planning, development, and build-out of collaborative workspaces.
M2D2 Programs Explore the Clinical Trial Process
Biotech and medical device entrepreneurs preparing to test their innovations in clinical trials will gain insights into that process during free programs presented by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2).
The Clinical Trial Program Series, which begins next month via Zoom, will unite entrepreneurs with industry and government leaders to share best practices, challenges, funding issues and a road map for successful clinical trials. M2D2 is a joint venture of UMass Lowell (UML) and UMass Medical School in Worcester. The center assists entrepreneurs with all aspects of moving new products and technologies from the drawing board to the marketplace. Each program in the three-part series will focus on a different topic and feature a variety of leaders in this sector.
M2D2 operates lab-based business incubators in Lowell and Worcester and provides networking opportunities, pitch competitions and other programs for startups. The clinical trials series is the latest contribution to these efforts. Visit here for more on M2D2.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Home Health Foundation Promotes Kelli True to Director of Referral Management and Transitions of Care at Home Health Foundation
True joined Home Health Foundation as a nurse case manager in 1999. In her new position, True will play a strategic role in executing the organization’s marketing and referral growth plans. True earned her BSN from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing an MBA in healthcare administration/management from Fitchburg State University. Even with nearly 25 years of experience as a registered nurse, True said she feels the same sense of commitment each day while working with her team to make a difference for patients and families throughout the region. True lives in Hampstead, N.H.
Merrimack Valley Hospice Free Virtual Support Group for Children
Merrimack Valley Hospice has expanded its offerings of free grief support groups to include a session for children. Groups are offered biweekly via Zoom video conference, with sessions led by a facilitator from the Merrimack Valley Hospice licensed, credentialed bereavement staff. The new children’s grief support group meets every other Monday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., through June 7. All groups are free of charge and open to the public. To register, call (978) 552-4510 or visit here to learn more.
GLCF Annual Meeting 2021
Open to all community members, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation is set to host its annual meeting virtually on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. The event will highlight the inspirational work and great strength exhibited by Greater Lowell nonprofit partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to register for the event.
Greater Haverhill Chamber 105th Annual Dinner
The Greater Haverhill Chamber’s annual dinner is their flagship event celebrating four outstanding individuals with the Chamber Service Award, Community Leadership Award, Jerry Loy Award, and the Charles E. Billups Award. The event takes place Thursday, June 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here for details.
ECCF Rising Together Virtual Event
Join the Essex County Community Foundation virtually to celebrate the hope, resilience and collaboration that emerged in our communities through the COVID-19 crisis. You will hear from community leaders, nonprofits and donors across Essex County about how working together is helping us recover and rebuild from the pandemic. The main event takes place Thursday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Stay until 10:45 a.m. for a live Zoom session about ECCF’s latest systems philanthropy initiative to advance digital equity in Essex County. Click here to register.
Lowell Together: Virtual Gala
The Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) and Free Soil Arts Collective (FSAC) are coming together for a vibrant virtual gala to celebrate the two Lowell arts organizations in a night that you can enjoy from home. The event features performances of new works featuring MRT and FSAC artists, a live auction and a sneak peek of future programming, your support will ensure a strong return in the fall of 2021 for both companies. Cocktail hour begins on Friday, June 11, and the Gala officially starts at 7 p.m. Click here to reserve your tickets.
Haverhill’s Art Walk Celebrates Pride Month
The Haverhill Art Walk will bring an eclectic mix of offerings to downtown on Saturday, June 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. in celebration of Pride month. Check out the works of artists including Angie Cheung, Mike Mai, Alexandra Yattaw, Atlas Moon Rodriguez-Decker, photographer Nick Rao and Amy Roberts. Many local businesses in downtown Haverhill will be participating in the Art Walk, and featured events include drag shows, en plein air paintings, live music, a community hula hoop jam and much more. Visit here for more information.
Megan House Foundation 7th Annual Golf Tournament
The Megan House Foundation Inc. will host their 7th annual “Fore” Hope and Recovery golf tournament on Monday, June 14. The tournament will be held at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, and tee time starts at 7:30 a.m. Click here for details.
GLFHC 16th Annual Making a Difference Gala
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) will host its 16th Annual Making a Difference Gala virtually on Thursday, June 17, at 6:30 pm. The event will honor Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, for her work to protect the residents of the commonwealth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S Rep. Lori Trahan is also scheduled to give a keynote address at the event. For more information, click here.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence 42nd Annual Golf Tournament
Help the Boys & Girls club continue to provide a safe, after-school home to more than 4,000 of the city’s most disadvantaged youth during their 42nd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 21. For more information, visit the website here, or view the tournament flyer here. If you can’t make the tournament on June 21, save the date for their next event, the 36th Annual Horseshoe Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 20. Email email@example.com for more information.
Parker River NWR Film Screening
The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is offering a free online screening of the conservation film “Guardian” on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. “Guardian” chronicles the work of wildlife stewards who are part hermit, part biologists who live on boats in one of the last pristine frontiers of the world. They monitor salmon, the backbone of the ecosystem, economy, and culture along British Columbia’s coast. Preregistration for this program is required. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Guardian” on the subject line and include your full name to register. The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 23 at noon.
10th Annual LGBT Elders 2021 Conference
This year’s annual LGBT Elders Conference will be a virtual, one-day event focusing on interdisciplinary practice and community engagement for people working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and caregivers. Consumers who are looking for alternative resources, services or community programs to help support their individual aging or caregiving needs are also invited to attend. The virtual event takes place on Friday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit here for more information
WSCW Spring Craft Fair 2021
The Woman’s Service Club of Windham will hold its 9th Annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside at Windham High School. The fair features more than 85 artisans from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont who exhibit a wide variety of handmade crafts. The fair benefits the club’s scholarship fund and its many contributions that benefit area residents. Click here for more information.
NMYO Symphonic Summer Music Camp
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold its first-ever summer music camp the week of June 28 – July 2 at the Gould Barn in Topsfield, Mass. Youth musicians, with at least two years of instrument study with a private teacher, can register with no auditions are required. Musicians will play music in small, socially distanced groups both in the open-air barn and under canopies on the grounds. Strict COVID protocols will be followed. Click here for details.
MVCC Annual Golf Spectacular
Join the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of New England for the annual Golf Spectacular at Indian Ridge Country Club on Monday, July 19. Breakfast, lunch and raffles are also included in the event. Click here to register.
MCC’s College for Kids Online Summer Classes
This year, Middlesex Community College (MCC) has transitioned College for Kids to online formats for this summer’s programming. These summer programs aim to provide children and teens with unique opportunities to explore careers, learn new skills, meet new friends and boost self-confidence while keeping them safe and having fun. The program will feature seven weeks of half day programs taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for children and teens ages 8 to 17. The program will run from July 6 through August 19. Click here to register.
LGH TeamWalk for CancerCare
Last year, Lowell General Hospital transitioned their annual TeamWalk for CancerCare to TeamWalk on your terms, and the will be continuing this tradition this year. TeamWalk on Your Terms allows you to hold TeamWalk on your turf and on your time. When it is safe and you feel comfortable, simply choose when and where you want to walk. Get your team together for a three or six mile walk on the date and time of your choosing. You can walk anywhere between May 23 and September 1. For details, click here.
25th Annual Elder Services Golf Classic
Bring out your inner Phil Mickelson and support a good cause during the 25th Annual Elder Services Gold Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Haverhill Golf & Country Club. This event sells out on a regular basis so visit here to save your spot today.
Emmaus Annual Cycle for Shelter
Registration is now open for the 2021 Cycle for Shelter. Join the ride to help raise money to defeat homelessness. This year riders have the option of riding virtually or joining in-person on Sunday, September 19, if COVID restrictions allow. If the in-person ride is limited in numbers due to state restrictions, the event will operate under a “first-come, first-served” model and those who registered first will have the opportunity to participate. Click here to register.
Greater Lawrence Summer Fund
Consider providing opportunities for thousands of children this summer by donating to the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund. The fund gives children from low-income families a chance to experience life-changing summer activities that not only keep them safe but provides them with opportunities that open doors for a promising future. Click here to consider helping this community organization.