AROUND THE VALLEY
GLCF Awards Additional COVID-19 Response Grants for Rent Relief
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) announced that it awarded $290,000 from its GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to nonprofit organizations. This includes targeted funding to provide rent relief to families and individuals that face a loss of housing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Nonprofits receiving grants in the latest round of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund include the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Clear Path for Veterans New England, Coalition for a Better Acre, International Institute of New England, and St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Kicks Off Capital Campaign
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) is embarking on a $3.5 million capital campaign to renovate its flagship 34 Haverhill Street location and provide better medical services to patients throughout Lawrence.
Renovations will include creation of a separate entrance and waiting area for the pharmacy and creating space on the second floor to support the full range of expanded behavioral and mental health programs. Plans for the third floor include creation of a customized learning environment for the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program that inspires hope and healing.
Drive-In Movies Coming To Multiple Tewksbury Venues
Drive-in movies are coming soon to Tewksbury, after both the Merrimack Valley Pavilion and Wamesit Lanes won approval from the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night to host movie nights beginning this month.
Merrimack Valley Pavilion plans to show movies Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while Wamesit plans to show them Sundays. Both received approval through Nov. 15 and need to get sign-off from the police department.
The first Wamesit Lanes drive-in movie night is scheduled for Aug. 30, when they will show “The Sandlot” as a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Memorial High School Parent Advisory Council. The movie night may be moved to Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 if there is rain.
New Grant Award Expands Services for Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caretakers
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore (ESMV-NS) was one of only a dozen organizations in the country and the only one in the Commonwealth to receive a new Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative grant from the federal Administration for Community Living. The award is for a total of $854,147 over a three-year project period.
ESMV-NS will start a training program at Bridgewell Inc. and Fidelity House Human Services & Career Resources Corp., for staff who work adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Additionally, ESMV-NS will train its information and referral employees and Meals on Wheels drivers on recognizing behaviors related to dementia to connect individuals with appropriate services.
The grant money will also help expand the Savvy Caregiver program, which is operated through ESMV-NS’s Healthy Living Center of Excellence, which provides evidence-based workshops and training services across the state.
Suffragists Speak: New Book Celebrating the 19th Amendment
Newburyport artist and author Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord announced a new book, Suffragists Speak: Hand-Lettered Quotes To Celebrate The 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Right To Vote, just in time for the Aug. 18 centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. She chose 14 powerful quotes from both well and lesser known activists and hand-lettered them in a bold and lively script. Accompanying each quotation is information about its author and its origin.
Using the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 as the starting point, the journey to suffrage for women in the United States took 72 years. As she researched and read, Gaylord felt that there were too many different voices to just choose one. Once she decided to make a book, things moved quickly. In less than a month, the project went from idea to finished book. The book may be purchased online at the bookstore of her website, SusanGaylord.com. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Two Chefs Catering Company Joins Tuscan Brands
As of July 2020, Two Chefs Food catering company has reached its 20th year in business. In 2019, the company joined the Tuscan Brands family. As they transition into this next phase, the company is unveiling a new look and name.
Now Artisan Chef Catering Company, there have been some major changes on the outside, but the company is still the same hardworking team. The biggest difference is that they have much more to offer, including Tuscan Brands’ house made Italian cuisine, incredible venues in the area and partnership opportunities.
Brain Wave Stimulation May Improve Alzheimer’s Symptoms
By exposing mice to a unique combination of light and sound, MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can improve cognitive and memory impairments similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s patients.
This noninvasive treatment, which works by inducing brain waves known as gamma oscillations, also greatly reduced the number of amyloid plaques found in the brains of these mice. Plaques were cleared in large swaths of the brain, including areas critical for cognitive functions such as learning and memory.
Further study will be needed to determine if this type of treatment will work in human patients.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Jessica Card Appointed as Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at Merrimack Valley Hospice
Jessica Card has expanded her role to director of hospice and palliative care at Merrimack Valley Hospice, a nonprofit organization providing comfort care and palliative services to patients facing life-limiting illnesses.
In her new role, Card has overall responsibility for the Community Palliative Care Program with a combination of advanced clinical technology, evidence-based best practices and a patient-centered team approach for highly skilled and compassionate care wherever patients call home.
Cathy Mercado Associate Director of the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership
Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership announced that Cathy Mercado is now the associate director of the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership.
Over the past few years, Mercado has encouraged and helped many people realize their dream of becoming home owners. Her passion and talent serve the community well.
HAPPENING IN HAVERHILL
Proposal at The Museum of Printing
John Adriance and his girlfriend Daniela love typography, so John chose the Haverhill Museum of Printing to propose. John asked to reserve the museum for two hours one evening in August. He typed an elaborate message on antique paper and placed the sheets in five of the museum’s historic typewriters. At his signal, music they both loved was broadcast through a room filled with Victorian presses and he popped the question. She said yes! After a celebratory selfie, they FaceTimed their families to share the good news. This was the first time that the Museum of Printing in has been used for such a romantic purpose. Print is alive, and so is love.
Haverhill Restaurant Week
This year’s event, which will take place from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, has taken on a greater meaning for the Haverhill Chamber. With the onset of COVID-19, restaurants have been hit hard. This year’s Restaurant Week offers the chamber and community another opportunity to support local restaurants by attracting new diners to the city as well as engaging with Haverhill residents.