AROUND THE VALLEY
Baker Joins Lupoli At The Heights at Haverhill Opening
Gov. Charlie Baker, Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini, Northern Essex Community College (NECC) President Lane Glenn and former state Rep. Brian Dempsey joined Lupoli Companies President Sal Lupoli at the official opening of The Heights at Haverhill on Thursday, Nov. 5.
The Heights at Haverhill is a 10-story glass tower along the banks of the Merrimack River in downtown Haverhill that features 40 market rate one and two bedroom apartments, along with NECC’s new Lupoli Family Culinary Arts Institute and two restaurants that will open in 2021.
Baker and Lupoli both spoke about the benefits of private and public entities working cooperatively to achieve goals that benefit multiple constituencies, particularly during challenging economic times. Lupoli made note that the governor deemed construction an essential business during the lockdown this past spring, allowing construction of The Heights to remain on schedule and thanked everyone who made the project possible, from the commonwealth to city officials to his Lupoli Companies employees.
Baker’s remarks first addressed the status of the current presidential election, calling for unity and stating that “every vote matters — every vote should be counted.”
Baker went on, noting how The Heights project exemplifies how working together improves communities and lives. “On some level, what we’re talking about here today is a perfect example of that,” Baker said, “And this street has a whole series of perfect examples of that as the mayor and his team, and local business leaders and lenders and state government and others have come together, block by block, piece by piece, to help this city reimagine itself and become a much greater and better place for the people who live here and for the people who will choose to live here.”
TeamWalk on Your Terms Raises $363,000 for Cancer Patients
Every spring for 20 years, thousands of people from across the Merrimack Valley have taken to the streets of downtown Lowell for TeamWalk for CancerCare, raising millions of dollars over that span to support cancer patients in need.
The 2020 walk was planned for May 31 at LeLacheur Park, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced TeamWalk to do things a little differently. Renamed TeamWalk on Your Terms, supporters were asked to walk and fundraise their own way, and they responded in a big way. When the final numbers were tallied on Oct. 1, the total raised was more than $363,000.
Since 2000, TeamWalk has raised more than $13 million and touched the lives of more than 34,000 cancer patients and their families. Every dollar raised goes to help patients at the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital and throughout the Merrimack Valley with the things insurance doesn’t cover — an overdue bill, a prescription copay, a wig, transportation to and from treatment, or integrative therapies to aid recovery.
Two Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity Affiliates Merge
Recently, an announcement was made that Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity (MVHFH) and North Shore Habitat for Humanity (NSHFH) are merging to become Essex County Habitat for Humanity (ECHFH). By working together, the new entity aims to build even more safe, decent and affordable homes, alongside partner families across Essex County.
Both affiliates were founded in 1985. In the 35 years since, the two affiliates have built 114 homes and rehabbed 41, successfully supporting over 150 families with homeownership. Essex County Habitat for Humanity will continue the process of constructing another 13 houses — seven in Salisbury, four in Andover and a two-family duplex in Wenham. Additionally, the new ECHFH will also be breaking ground at a lot on Spruce Street in Lawrence this spring.
Triumphant Cross Online Holiday Silent Auction
Triumphant Cross Church in Salem announced its first annual online holiday silent auction in lieu of their annual International Food Festival. This annual event financially supports outreach programs, such as The Bread of Life Food Pantry, holiday gifts for foster children, backpacks for school children and a host of other community based programs.
There’s something for everyone with over 80 items to bid on from $5 to $450 value. Visit here to view and participate in this silent auction.
UMass Lowell is No. 12 among Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts
UMass Lowell, led by Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, is ranked among the top 12 organizations on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list and the highest-ranked college or university for the fourth consecutive year.
Compiled annually by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) in partnership with Boston Globe Magazine, the ranking announced this morning honors the top 100 among the thousands of businesses and organizations led by women executives in Massachusetts. Honorees are selected based on factors including the organization’s impact on the region, employee diversity, revenue and other metrics. This is the fourth year that UMass Lowell has ranked in the top 15 on the list.
During her leadership, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney has been selected as a 2019 finalist for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council CEO of the Year, named 2018 Chief Executive HR Champion Award recipient by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources and chosen for the “Women Who Mean Business” honor by the Boston Business Journal in 2017.
New Child Care Center Opens on NECC’s Haverhill Campus
The YMCA of the North Shore is currently enrolling students for the new child care center that will open on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus this January.
The center will provide early education programs for infants, toddlers and preschool/pre-kindergarteners, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Interested families are invited to a socially distanced tour of the facility with an opportunity to meet teachers and learn about the curriculum on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. The center is located in the sport and fitness center on the college’s Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St, Haverhill, Mass.
To learn more, contact Allison Anthony: (978) 536-1097, anthonya@
‘Mystery & History’ Book Club Launches in December, Based on Amesbury Author’s Series
The Amesbury Carriage Museum (ACM) will launch its first book club on December 9 with registration open now. Mystery & History will meet online via Zoom for one hour once a month. Participants will read and discuss the first five books in the Quaker Midwife Mystery series by Amesbury resident and award-winning author Edith Maxwell. The novels take place in Amesbury, around 1890. Aside from the “whodunit” aspect of the stories, Maxwell incorporates authentic events, as well as social and political issues of the time.
The book club is open to all Amesbury Carriage Museum members free of charge. Non-members can sign up to become 2021 members of the museum and will be eligible to participate. Memberships are offered here.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Kate Martin Appointed to North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors
Kate Martin, director of operations at the Greater Haverhill Chamber, was inducted into the North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors at their Virtual Annual Meeting on Nov. 5. The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. (NBCVB) is a private, nonprofit, membership-based organization responsible for promotion of Essex County as a travel destination.
Martin joined the Chamber in 2019 and began her role as director of operations in March. She holds a graduate degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University and was recently appointed to Mayor Fiorentini’s Medical Advisory Board.