AROUND THE VALLEY
NETSCOUT Awards Fifth Grant to Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Partnership with Greater Lowell Community Foundation
NETSCOUT, a leading provider of service assurance, security and business analytics, awarded its Heart of Giving $10,000 grant through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Center for Business Philanthropy. The annual grant program builds relationships with nonprofit organizations and engages employees in learning about service opportunities in the communities of Greater Lowell. This grant was awarded to Merrimack Valley Food Bank to support their mobile food pantry that serves elderly and disabled clients in the area.
Students Showcase Innovative Projects at Park for Every Classroom Celebration
For the seventh year, teachers and students participating in the Park for Every Classroom program, offered by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service, have completed projects that utilize the rich heritage resources of the region.
A team of sixth grade students at Andover West Middle School worked diligently to get their community engaged with their local river, the Shawsheen. Through interactions with multiple community partners including Andover’s Conservation Commission, Groundwork Lawrence and Shawsheen Greenway/Andover Trails, the students identified several issues that they wanted to address. They have been educating the community about ways to help minimize invasive species along the river, submitting proposals for a herring festival, creating awareness about recreational opportunities along the river and finding ways to limit plastic and other pollution in the river.
Cobblestones of Lowell Celebrates 25 Years
Cobblestones of Lowell owners Kathy and Scott Plath recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their restaurant. The two celebrated with a block party attended by family, friends and longtime fans of the Lowell institution.
Mill City Grows Awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation Grant
Mill City Grows is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The Lowell-based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.
“Mill City Grows is concerned not only with ensuring people have enough to eat, but knowing that people can access high quality, fresh produce that reflects their cultural backgrounds and preferences,” said Francey Slater, executive director of Mill City Grows. “This grant will help us make this goal a reality by empowering and supporting local growers and gardeners.”
A Cause for Giving: McLellan Family Shows Support for Lawrence YMCA Capital Expansion Project
On the evening of June 13, hosts Kristine and Kevin McLellan treated 80 guests, friends and Merrimack Valley YMCA stakeholders to a wonderful gathering to emphasize the importance of supporting the Lawrence YMCA Capital Expansion Project – Growing Together. The evening was named A Cause for Giving and was held at their historic home in North Andover. Both Mayor Daniel Rivera and the current reigning Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, were on hand to advocate on behalf of the YMCA and the essential access it provides to the Lawrence community.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Align Credit Union Announces New Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Lowell Location
Align Credit Union is pleased to announce that Megan Brady has been promoted to assistant vice president and branch manager at their Lowell location. She will oversee daily operations, business development and member service.
Megan joined Align in 2011 as a teller and advanced to the position of member service representative. She was promoted to the position of branch manager at Align’s Danvers branch in 2018.
Megan is a notary public, medallion stamp certified, registered by NMLS and a member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.
UMass Lowell High Tech Council Honors Chancellor Jacquie Moloney for Leadership
The Massachusetts High Technology Council honored University of Massachusetts Lowell chancellor Jacquie Moloney with its Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award at its 2019 annual meeting this week.
Moloney, a national leader in innovation in higher education, was appointed chancellor by the UMass Board of Trustees in 2015 and is the first woman to lead the university since its founding in 1894. An early proponent of integrating entrepreneurial lessons and opportunities throughout campus life, she was a pioneer in web-based learning and continuing education.
The Stata Award was created by the council in 2017 and is awarded to a technology leader who is active in Massachusetts and exhibits the key leadership qualities and commitment to philanthropy possessed by Massachusetts technology pioneer Ray Stata, the founder of Analog Devices and a co-founder of the High Tech Council.