AROUND THE VALLEY
Robert Rivers Awarded 2019 Dave Tibbetts Award
Robert Rivers, the chair and CEO of Eastern Bank, was awarded the 2019 Dave Tibbetts Awards at the annual Lawrence Partnership meeting on Dec. 18. The award is named in honor of David Tibbetts, its first recipient, for his life of service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and his native city of Lawrence.
Rivers is involved extensively in the community, serving on multiple boards and providing support to numerous nonprofit organizations. He was named among the top 10 “Most Influential People in Boston” by Boston Magazine.
Haverhill Bank Partners With Ruth’s House For A Successful Giving Tuesday
Haverhill Bank took a leading role on Giving Tuesday, matching the first $1,000 of Giving Tuesday’s donations to Ruth’s House. “Haverhill Bank has long been a friend of Ruth’s House allowing our team to make a difference to those in need in the Merrimack Valley,” shared president of the Ruth’s House board Barbara Donegan. “This donation allows us to warmly clothe the children, seniors, families, and veterans in the community — we thank all those that donated and Haverhill Bank for the match!”
Students’ Invention Will Help Patients Walk Again
A team of UMass Lowell students has won a prestigious entrepreneurship contest with an invention to help physical therapy patients relearn how to walk.
The Community Ambulation Tool Mat is a slip-resistant floor surface made of interlocking tiles filled with compression beads that simulate the feel of walking on grass, sand and gravel. The portable plastic mat allows patients to practice walking on uneven terrain so they can regain their confidence when walking outdoors.
The invention won the top prize at the seventh annual Beantown Throwdown, Boston’s largest pitch contest for college students with ideas for new products, services, technologies and startups.