AROUND THE VALLEY
In Pink Brunch & Comedy Show
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s signature women’s health event, the Annual “In Pink Brunch & Comedy Show,” celebrated 10 years on Oct. 26 at the Andover Country Club. This year’s event honored Dianne Anderson, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, and featured Loretta LaRoche, comedian and motivational speaker.
All proceeds benefit women’s health, with a special focus on underserved populations.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate the Early Head Start Partnership Grant Awarded To Community Teamwork
On Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., Rep. Lori Trahan joined invited guests in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy. Community Teamwork celebrated the increase of the number of infant/toddler openings made possible by the $1,628,560 Head Start Child Care Partnership grant Community Teamwork received from the Department of Health and Human Services. The event featured a short speaking program and tour of the facility.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Expands Telemonitoring Program To Partner With Home Health Foundation
Home Health Foundation joined Blue Cross Blue Shield’s telemonitoring program for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Home Health Foundation will be providing Telehealth services through Home Health VNA of Lawrence, Hallmark Health VNA of Malden and Circle Home of Lowell.
American Training Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Life Matters Awards Gala
American Training, an organization devoted to aiding people with disabilities, youth-at-risk and adults looking to improve their skills through life-long learning programs, celebrated its 40th anniversary at the organization’s annual Life Matters Awards Gala on Oct. 25. The event honors a member of the community who gives back in a significant way, and who mirrors and represents the values and mission of American Training.
This year’s Gala featured a magic and carnival theme, turning the Andover Country Club into a wondrous venue to celebrate the important work of American Training, and provide a fun, entertaining evening to celebrate partners guests, students, and residents served through American Training programs.
UMass Lowell Opens New Freeze-Drying Facility
UMass Lowell unveiled its new UMass Lowell Lyophilization Bay on Oct. 28 at the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center. UMass Lowell opened the new facility – the first of its kind on the East Coast – at the university’s state-of-the-art research and development center on Nov. 1. Pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturers are among those who will use the new research capabilities as they test new products and processes. Known as lyophilization, the procedure increases shelf life and stability.
Speakers at the opening event are scheduled to include UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; Travis McCready, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; John Erickson, fellow at the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals; Nicholas Warne, Pfizer’s vice president of pharmaceutical research and development; and Indu Javeri, president and CEO of CuriRx. Industry partners include Genentech, Merck and Physical Sciences Inc.
Tom Leggat Opportunities Fellowship Award Connects Local Youth Back to Nepal
McLane Middleton Law Firm Appreciation Event
On October 23, McLane Middleton Law Firm held an appreciation event at their Woburn location, celebrating their clients and commitment to the community. McLane Middleton supports numerous nonprofits, including the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
Students To Meet Surgical Robot At Health Care Career Event In Andover
Lawrence General Hospital will bring the surgical suite experience to students in the Merrimack Valley, as part of Lawrence General’s Hip and Knee Pain Education day on Nov. 6 at Andover Country Club. Student groups will be given the opportunity to see real-world robotics in action as the hospital hosts live demonstrations of its new state-of-the-art surgical robot. Students will see how the technology helps surgeons achieve more precise results and deliver more successful patient outcomes after joint surgery.
Students will have the chance to ask questions and network with health care professionals, and explore health care careers and volunteer opportunities. The team at Lawrence General knows the importance of supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the region as a way of encouraging the next generation of health care providers and care givers. Area high schools and colleges will be represented at the event, bringing students in to learn about practical applications of what they are learning. So far, more than 130 students have signed up from schools across Merrimack Valley.
Annual Women Working Wonders Fund’s Power of the Purse Helps Better Lives for Women
The Women Working Wonders (WWW) Fund, a permanently endowed fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, hosted their annual Power of the Purse Plus fundraising event on Oct. 24. The sold out event raised almost $75,000 to support their grants program that supports local programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community.
More than 300 guests gathered at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center to attend the annual fundraiser. Attendees were invited to bid on more than 120 silent auction items that included unique purses, jewelry and designer accessories. The event highlight was the live auction, hosted by State Representative Tom Golden, that featured Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Karyn Polito as well as WWW founders and area nonprofits as this year’s models.
UMass Lowell Flag Ceremony Honors Veterans
The UMass Lowell Flag Ceremony at University Crossing on Friday, Nov. 1, honored veterans and recognized the university’s 2019 Military Alumni Veterans Hall of Fame inductees. Participants included Lowell native Robert Kilmartin, a former U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate and Massachusetts assistant attorney general; veterans’ supporters and local entrepreneurs Salvatore DeFranco, a former U.S. Navy SEAL; UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; Central Massachusetts native and U.S. Navy veteran William O’Donnell, a top official with the Architect of the Capitol, which preserves landmarks on Capitol Hill; U.S. Command Sgt. Major James Carabello (ret.), a North Andover native; and UMass Lowell Director of Veterans Services Janine Wert.
UMass Lowell Opens New Cyber Range
Tim Burke, vice president of infrastructure engineering at Red Hat Inc., spoke at the opening ceremony for UMass Lowell’s new Cyber Range, which will train the next generation of cybersecurity experts to meet the demand for workers in the field, expected to top 3 million by 2021.
USNH Trustees Freeze Tuition for In-State Students
The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted unanimously to freeze in-state tuition for academic year 2020-2021 for undergraduates at all four of its institutions – Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire.
“We are grateful to the Governor, legislative leadership and members of the House and Senate for the increased appropriation to the University System, enabling us to hold down the cost of higher education for New Hampshire students and their families at a time when USNH graduates are a critical part of New Hampshire’s workforce pipeline, and in turn, our state’s future economy,” said Todd Leach, Chancellor of USNH.
In addition to support for a tuition freeze, the recently passed state budget includes $9 million of strategic investment for UNH to address healthcare related workforce needs, including the doubling of nursing capacity and the creation of a state-of-the-art patient simulation center.
The USNH appropriations request received strong support from the business community, including the unanimous endorsement of the NH Business and Industry Association.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Jim Cook Named Lowell’s 2019 City of Lights Grand Marshal
Jim Cook, a key figure in Lowell’s revitalization, has been named grand marshal for this year’s City of Lights Parade.
Since 1990, Jim has served as executive director of the Lowell Development and Financial Corporation (LDFC), a nonprofit, development corporation. The LDFC offers low-interest loans as an incentive to invest in commercial and housing development in the city. Jim also serves as the executive director of the Lowell Plan, Inc., a private, nonprofit economic development agency.