NoteWorthy – 7/4/21
GLFHC Welcomes New President and CEO
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) announced the hiring of its new president and chief executive officer, Guy Fish. Fish comes to the organization with experience as a physician and a consultant in numerous executive leadership roles in both the for-profit and nonprofit health care sectors.
Fish graduated from Harvard University with an AB degree in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from Yale University. After completing his internal medicine residency at Case Western, Fish and his wife opened an internal medicine practice in rural Delaware. Frustrated by the role of health economics in patient care, he left the practice to pursue an MBA at Yale School of Management.
Most recently, Fish was acting CEO of Nextstage Therapeutics, a Spanish company. Prior to that, he was CEO of Cellanyx Diagnostics, a company that uses artificial intelligence in cancer treatment, and a leader at the health care strategy consulting firm Fletcher Spaght.
In the nonprofit sector, Fish is chairman of the board of trustees at the Altarum Institute, a health care think tank. Fish is also a lay trustee of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has chaired both the patient care committee and the medical education committee. He is a supporter of the Bowdoin Street Health Center, which serves marginalized communities in Dorchester, and twice ran the Boston Marathon to fundraise for them.
Fish served on the board of registration in medicine for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, chaired the licensing board and appeals board in Dubai Health Care City, and served on the Hydrocephalus Association Scientific Advisory Board.
The Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley & Methuen Arts Award Student Scholarships
At their June meeting at Methuen Community Studios, the Arts Institute Group of The Merrimack Valley (AIGMV) and the Methuen Arts Initiative (Methuen Arts) awarded scholarships to two local students who intend to pursue art at the college level this fall.
Methuen resident Liz Brea was the primary scholarship winner for AIGMV. She has multiple interests in the arts including painting, photography and fashion design. She will be attending MassArt in the fall.
A second scholarship was presented to Duong Huy of Lowell, who is planning to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in the fall. Duong’s main interest is photography.
Methuen Arts recently received a creative placemaking grant from the Essex County Community Foundation Creative County Initiative. The grant will be used to install an artistic lighting display at the Spicket River waterfall in downtown Methuen. Part of the grant funds are earmarked for artists who will create light designs that will be projected on the Falls.
Waterfront Movies Return to Newburyport
Join the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the 2021 Waterfront Movie Series Wednesdays in July at Waterfront Park. The movies start at dusk, a little after 8:00 p.m., and will be shown on a 25-foot inflatable screen with a HD Blu-ray Projector and professional sound system. The events are projected to end around 10:00PM.
The lineup for the movie series includes “Moana” on July 7, “The Muppet Movie” on July 14, “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” on July 21, and “Up” on July 28. Show up early to claim your spot on the lawn. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Seating on the lawn is first come, first serve.
For more information, visit NewburyportChamber.org.
New Rooftop Garden Grows UML’s Sustainability Initiatives
A new garden at UMass Lowell (UML) will help teach students about sustainability and provide food and seeds for the community when classes resume for the fall semester.
Located on a rooftop terrace outside the O’Leary Library on UML’s South Campus, the garden is the latest project undertaken by UMass Lowell’s Urban Agriculture Program, a collaboration between the university’s office of sustainability and the Lowell-based urban farming nonprofit Mill City Grows.
Mill City Grows, which manages the UMass Lowell Rist Urban Agriculture Greenhouse on East Campus and the Green Roof garden at University Crossing, will oversee the new garden at the library. Herbs and vegetables will be made available to the community through the Mill City Grows Mobile Market.
Newburyport Nonprofit Runway for Recovery distributes $250K
Newburyport nonprofit Runway for Recovery this week announced they funded fifteen New England area families during the 2020-21 year via their family grants program. Grant recipients received between $10,000 and $30,000 per family.
Runway for Recovery is a 501c3 nonprofit that funds families and provides a team of social workers to families who have lost a parent to breast cancer.
Trahan Announces $4.7M in COVID-19 Relief Funds For MA-03 Community Development Financial Institutions
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03) announced the awarding of $4,717,530 in federal COVID-19 relief funding from the interim relief package passed this past December to three community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in Massachusetts’ third district: Lowell Community Loan Fund (LCLF) in Lawrence, North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) in Fitchburg, and Workers Credit Union (WCU) in Fitchburg. LCLF will receive $1,826,265, NCMDC will receive $1,065,000, and WCU will receive $1,826,265, respectively.
The U.S. Department of Treasury awarded $1.25 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to 863 community development financial institutions (CDFIs) nationwide. The Treasury’s CDFI Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP) provides communities with funding to address the economic obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Pentucket Bank Names Dowst Chief Executive Officer
Pentucket Bank announced bank President Jonathan Dowst as chief executive officer and director, effective July 1, 2021. Dowst assumes this role following the retirement of former CEO, Scott Cote.
Dowst joined the Pentucket Bank team as executive vice president/chief credit officer in 2019 following nearly 35 years at both small and large banks. Prior to that, he had been employed at Bank of America, where he held a number of senior level leadership roles in commercial credit, sales, and overall business strategy. He is a member of the boards of directors of UTEC and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Haverhill Rotary Club, and a recent graduate of the Greater Haverhill Chamber LEADS program for economic and leadership development. Dowst and his wife Maureen split their time between Haverhill, Mass., and Weare, N.H.
The Wish Project: Backpack Attack
July 1 through mid-September. New, filled backpacks are distributed to children in need in the Merrimack Valley. For a $60 donation, The Wish Project can provide a complete backpack filled with all of the school supplies that a child needs to begin school. Learn more here.
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.
UML Symphonic Band Camp
Now in its 24th year, UMass Lowell’s Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp will offer students entering ninth grade through freshman year of college a weeklong concert band experience, including performance sessions in percussion, brass and woodwinds; mixed chamber ensembles and jazz bands; and other workshops, all designed to cultivate participants’ virtuosity. The day camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18 through Friday, July 23. Click here for more details.
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.
2021 Summer Theater Workshop
Registration is open for the Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity’s for the 2021 Summer Theater Workshop. Open to kids ages 6 t0 16, the program will be held August 9 through 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 5 p.m. show on Friday, August 13. Participants will learn, rehearse and perform Roald Dahl’s beloved musical “Willy Wonka” kids version. No child will be turned away for financial issues. For details and access to the registration form, contact Dr. Janet King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Golf Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Haverhill Golf & Country Club. The event features contents, raffle prizes, a luncheon, a $10,000 putting content, and more. 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.
Merrimack Valley Hospice’s Virtual Silent Auction
This year, Merrimack Valley Hospice’s annual food, wine, beer-sampling and silent auction is going virtual. Enjoy a snack and your favorite beverage browsing their auction items from the comfort of home. Proceeds will benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice’s comfort care and supportive services for patients nearing the end of life and bereavement services for their families and loved ones. The auction will run from Thursday, Sept. 23, to Saturday, Sept. 25. Click here for more information.
Smiles4Families Dental Fund
The Lowell Health Community Center (LCHC) is looking for support for the Smiles4Families Dental Fund. Dental care can be very expensive, and many procedures are not covered by insurance companies. By donating to the Smiles4Families Fund, you will help the LCHC assure that every patient has access to exactly the dental care they need — regardless of ability to pay. Visit here to donate.
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.