AROUND THE VALLEY
Miss USA Pageant Winners Serve at Lazarus House
The Lazarus House Soup Kitchen in Lawrence was visited by four state winners in the Miss USA pageant who came as volunteers to serve lunch.
The young women — Miss Massachusetts (Sabrina Victor), Miss Teen Massachusetts (Annika Sharma), Miss Maine (Julia Van Steenberghe) and Miss Teen Maine USA (Grace Morey) — brought both joy and compassion, and during a lull in serving, they entertained the guests with an impromptu dance.
The four state winners will go on to compete in the national pageant later this year. Regardless the outcome, they promised to try to return again to Lazarus House.
Scientists Invent Germ-Fighting Fabric For Health Care
UMass Lowell researchers have created germ-killing fabric that could help stop the spread of communicable diseases.
The team is working to embed a germ-killing agent known as N-halamine into hospital scrubs and other garments worn by medical professionals and patients to reduce the risk of exposure to drug-resistant bacteria and other harmful pathogens in health care settings.
NECC Students Take Honors At Theater Festival
Northern Essex Community College theater students recently walked away with a record number of awards from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for Region I, held at Cape Cod Community College.
Two-hundred eighty-eight students from colleges and universities were competing, and only 16 students made it to the final round of the competition, including two Northern Essex students, Sarah Durning and Gwynnethe Glickman.
Glickman won the Kennedy Center Award for Best Comic Actor, and the entire cast of NECC’s fall production of “Good People” was awarded Best Ensemble.
NiSource Charitable Foundation Grant to Support Emergency Management Services Training at Lawrence General Hospital
The NiSource Charitable Foundation recently awarded Lawrence General Hospital with a $17,500 grant to help fund the hospital’s emergency management services training and education efforts. The grant will be used specifically for training related to preventing and deescalating workplace violence for all employees, as well as driving incidence training for Lawrence General EMT’s and paramedics.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Maxine Park Wins Lowell Philharmonic Orchestras’ 2020 Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition
Maxine Park, pianist, has been named the winner of the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 Jeanne Salendar Concerto Competition. Park will perform as the featured soloist with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra at the orchestra’s spring pops concert on May 3, 2 p.m., at the An Wang Middle School in Lowell.
Home Health Foundation Honors RISEHI Employees Of The Quarter
Home Health Foundation is honoring Meghan Culhane, physical therapist at Circle Home; Ginette Maitre, home health aide at Hallmark Health VNA; Kailey Blake, telehealth support at Circle Home; and Lisa Sternberg, clinical information systems manager at Home Health Foundation as the most recent RISEHI employees of the quarter.