AROUND THE VALLEY
State Sen. Walks to Raise Money for MV Youth
State Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is planning a mid-October walk across the Commonwealth to raise money for the Youth Innovation Program, which is designed to prepare students for life beyond school.
DiZoglio aims to raise $1000 per mile, amounting to $166,000. Along the walk, she will be joined by community leaders, residents, students, volunteers and sponsors. She will be assisted in the planning by Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and William Shuttleworth, an Air Force veteran and Newburyport resident who completed a 109-day walk across the United States in 2019. You can learn more by clicking here or donate here.
Palace Theatres Celebrate Re-Opening with Complementary Tickets to The British Rock Experience
The Palace Theatre is welcoming the community into their venues once again with great caution and care. To celebrate re-opening, The theatre is offering complimentary tickets for the next show in their Citizens Bank 2020-2021 Performing Arts Series, The British Rock Experience.
“Come Together” to enjoy a night of dazzling musical entertainment. The British Rock Experience, a Carl Rajotte original production, promises a night of song and dance that will have you on the edge of your seat! This performance features the greatest hits by musicians from across the pond. Enjoy the music of The Beatles, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Police, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Adele and more!
The British Rock Experience is playing at the Palace Theatre from Oct. 23 through Nov. 14. To reserve your free tickets, simply visit the Palace Theatre website, or call the box office at (603) 668-5588.
GLFHC Awarded 10-year Cummings Grant
The $500,000 will support the expansion of services for GLFHC’s Mobile Health Unit (MHU), which provides health care to the homeless throughout the Merrimack Valley. The MHU serves more than 1,000 patients a year, and the Cummings Foundation grant will enable the MHU to make more frequent visits to places along its route and add new locations. Services provided include primary and other specialized care, substance addiction treatment, and behavioral health counseling.
This long-term funding is part of the Cummings $20 Million Grant Program, which supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.
The complete list of Cummings Foundation grant winners is publicly available here.
The Reinvent Cogswell Campaign Enters Final Phase
The Reinvent Cogswell campaign is entering the final phase of the capital drive to fund the opening of the Cogswell ArtSpace. To date, $2.035 million of the $2.8 million budget has been raised with the support of the community, various foundations and the Mass Cultural Council.
A fundraising committee of community volunteers has been assembled to ensure that the goal is met by the end of next year. Construction is expected to begin by early summer of 2021, and after numerous initiatives are launched throughout the next year, the Reinvent Cogswell campaign will be closed out by the end of 2021. The opening of the Cogswell ArtSpace is planned for the fall/winter of 2021.
The first fundraiser to launch this final phase is called Donate for Desks. The Cogswell building is full of antique children’s desks and chairs that used to fill the grade school. To learn more, or to secure your desk, visit here.
Women Working Wonders Fund (WWWF) Presents Power of the Purse Plus Online Auction
The Women Working Wonders (WWW) Fund, a permanently endowed fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, are hosting their annual Power of the Purse Plus fundraising event as an Online Auction and Raffle from Oct. 10 to 16, 2020.
This year’s Power of the Purse Plus features exclusive Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton Raffles. Tory Burch raffle tickets are $20 each, with 500 available total. Louis Vuitton raffle tickets are $50, there are 250 available. Additionally, there will be over 50 auction items available. Raffle tickets may be purchased here.
Proceeds from the Power of the Purse Plus event support local programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community. Women Working Wonders provides annual grants in three key areas: assisting women in transition, providing leadership development, and contributing to the beautification of the environment.
NECC’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program is One of the Top in the State
The rankings were based on graduate passing rates on the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses) exam, which is used by state boards of nursing nationwide for testing proficiency and granting licensure. Sixteen programs in Massachusetts were ranked, and Northern Essex received an overall score of 97.62 out of 100, missing first place to Mass Bay Community College by just .22 points.
LPN’s are in high demand in Massachusetts, due in part to the nationwide nursing shortage. According to the Practical Nursing website, LPN’s earn an average hourly wage of $28.36 or an annual salary of approximately $58,990.
UMass Lowell Enrolls Largest Student Body Ever
Despite the pandemic’s effect on higher education nationwide, UMass Lowell enrolled its largest student body ever this fall, nearly 18,400 students.
This semester, 11,389 undergraduates, 4,572 graduate students and 2,433 continuing education students are enrolled at UMass Lowell, for a total of 18,394, up from 18,338 last fall. Among them are nearly 3,000 new first-year and transfer students. Together, the student body represents all 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Because of the pandemic, the majority of students are attending courses virtually. A small percentage of students who are participating in labs and other specific in-person learning needed to advance toward their degrees are attending some courses on campus. Approximately 700 students are living in university housing.
Lori Trahan Applauds $400k in Grant Funding to Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
This week, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) applauded the awarding of $400,000 in federal grant funding from the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Community Services to The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
“Now more than ever, child care is essential as we work to get our economy back. This critical federal investment will help bring a new child care center to Lawrence, a community full of essential and frontline workers who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty during this public health crisis. This kind of investment is needed in communities across the Commonwealth and our nation, and it’s for that reason that I cast my vote for the Child Care is Essential Act months ago. The Senate should do the same,” said Congresswoman Trahan.
“We are overjoyed to have been awarded these funds which will go a long way to allow us to realize our dream of creating a new child care center on Andover Street in Lawrence for the children we serve. I can’t thank our Congresswoman Lori Trahan enough for supporting GLCAC in obtaining this grant,” said Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.
The mission of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council is to fight poverty in and around Lawrence. In addition to providing child care for low income families, their programs focus on education, social services, health, housing, and youth employment. Each year, the facility serves 29,000 individuals with the goal that people will take advantage of opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency and lift themselves out of poverty.
Volunteers From Across Lawrence Clean Neighborhoods to Take Part in Annual Event
Over the weekend, Groundwork Lawrence’s Spicket River Cleanup went virtual. Residents from across the city pitched in to clean the streets, sidewalk and greenspaces around their neighborhood. The cleanup, in its 19th year, would typically have taken place along the Spicket River Greenway. With an eye to maintaining social distance, Groundwork Lawrence advised groups to wear masks and socially distance while cleaning public areas nearest to their homes, with the City of Lawrence joining in to pick-up all the trash collected.
This year’s cleanup was made possible by GWL’s partners at 99 Degrees, Lawrence General Hospital, and the City of Lawrence. Celebrating the effort, participants in the cleanup took to social media to post pictures of their efforts, uniting the volunteers across this virtual space. Scanning through these posts online, it is clear the event had a large impact across the city and beyond. The array of pictures demonstrates the volunteers’ commitment to keeping their neighborhoods clean, a tradition that presses on despite a year that has been anything but traditional.
Fresh Beets Hosts Free Outdoor Concert and Picnic in Lowell
Fresh Beets will be hosting a free outdoor concert and picnic on Sunday. Located at Kerouac Park, this show features indie pop-rock group Slow Loris, acoustic duo Dyer Holiday and funk fusion band Off Broadway.
Claim your spot at 1:30 p.m. Click here for more info.
The Town and The City Festival Moves Online for 2020
The Town and The City Festival will be presenting a special online program for 2020, bringing more than a dozen acts together for the third year of the festival. The eclectic lineup will feature many past festival participants as well as new artists performing Americana, Folk, Rock, Blues, Poetry and Indie music. The program will be broadcast via ONCE Somerville’s “ONCE Virtual Venue” platform and will be streamed on both ONCE Virtual Venue’s and The Town and the City’s facebook pages as well as the ONCE Virtual Venue YouTube channel.
The Town and the City Festival will stream online Saturday, October 24 at 8pm EST on the festival’s Facebook page, the festival’s website and the ONCE Virtual Venue YouTube channel. A special Zoom link may also be used to view the program via OnceSomerville.com. There is no cost to view the stream, but donations are encouraged.