AROUND THE VALLEY
PCCD Continues to Help Children Using Telehealth and More
The Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD) has been offering telehealth, teleeducation and early intervention for children with developmental concerns and their families in response to the pandemic. Consistent services are critical to the health and development of children who otherwise may be at risk for delays.
Eighteen-month-old Lilah is among those receiving services. Early intervention has allowed her to continue with her speech and occupational therapy during social distancing.
“Being able to continue services at home during these unique and challenging times has been an invaluable resource,” said Briana Stetson, Lilah’s mother. “We wouldn’t even know where to begin or how to navigate, without the support and expertise from our service team. These services are invaluable not just for our children, but for us as parents.”
The cost of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as cleaning supplies, masks and related materials is significant. If you wish to help PCCD in their efforts to continue giving aid to children, you can click the link here.
The Switchboard Announces Second Artist in Residence
The Switchboard, an art space located in downtown Haverhill, announced their second Artist in Residence, Tina S. Gagnon, who begins her 4-week stay on July 1.
A self-described “hyper-realistic” artist, Tina will be offering a variety of free workshops and classes for both children and adults. She will also be hosting “Tina Talks.” These are unique, personalized artist talks via Zoom where attendees can ask questions about her work and process. The public is invited to a reception of the Artists’ work on Saturday, July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. All programming will follow state-mandated COVID19-prevention protocols.
Anonymous Donor Doubles Donations to Merrimack River Watershed Council
An anonymous donor will match every donation (up to $5,000) for the Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC ) until July 4 at midnight. If you have never been a part of MRWC before, this is the ideal time to join in protecting and improving an essential service — clean water!
The CDC is currently studying whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through sewage. MRWC is on the front lines and currently developing a notification alert system to notify the public when a sewage overflow occurs.
To find out how you can help, click here. Your gift is doubled for the next week, so make it count!
MOVERS & SHAKERS
YWCA Honors Founder of Progress Clothing in Tribute to Women
On June 23, Sabrina Boggio, founder of Progress Clothing, was one of the 22 women and being honored during this year’s YWCA Tribute to Women.
Progress Clothing’s mission is to provide professional clothing to men and women, as they prepare for their job interviews. Boggio believes that her organization can be an element of change in the Lawrence community by working to lessen the adversities that come with being unemployed or low income.
Salem Chamber of Commerce Announces Scholarship Recipients
Each year, the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Collaborative provides opportunities for area students through their scholarship program. By remaining flexible and committed, students did not miss out on theses programs due to the pandemic.
Ray Landry Award: Elaina Latino
Elaina Latino is a resident of Atkinson, N.H. She is currently a senior at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen. Elaina has committed to attend Norwich University this fall, majoring in cyber security, as a member of its Corps of Cadets.
Linda Michalczyk Award: Allison Hamel
Allison Hamel is currently studying at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill. She is studying graphic design and hopes to one day pursue a career within that field.