AROUND THE VALLEY
Governor Baker Recognizes NECC Students During Address
Five Northern Essex Community College Promise Program students attended Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night at the Massachusetts State House.
The group broke into smiles when the Governor introduced them during his remarks. Talking about education reform, Baker highlighted successful initiatives such as “gifted and talented programs, acceleration academies, parental outreach, applied learning opportunities, longer school days, and early college programs” that have “helped students find their footing.”
The Lawrence High School alumni participated in NECC’s Early College Program while attending LHS. They are all now enrolled at NECC under the Promise Program, which supports Early College students who attend NECC after graduating from high school to pursue a degree or certificate.
The NECC students were: Kirmy Ramos, computer information sciences; Tayraingely Santiago, criminal justice; Alex Suarez, medical assisting; Estebanya Gonzalez, general studies art and design; and Tehanny Lemma, general studies individualized option.
‘Troubled Waters’ Premiere Screening
Merrimack Valley journalist Dianne Sharratt-Steimel premiered her documentary “Troubled Waters,” an examination of chemical and sewage pollution in the Merrimack River, on Friday, Jan. 24., at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.
The Merimack River Watershed Council’s Interim Director John Macone introduced the film, and the premiere was wrapped up with remarks from dignitaries such as U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.
Restoration And Revitalization Of The Historic St. Anne’s Churches
The Paramount Development Group, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, and the City of Lawrence, has been exploring the restoration and revitalization of Lawrence’s historic St. Anne’s churches for use as a community cultural center and gathering place. The partnership has recently engaged Don Hirsch Design Studio, LLC, a theatre consulting firm, to create a comprehensive plan for the restoration and sustainable operation of the center.
Contact Don Hirsch Design Studio, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (802) 233-9623 if you plans to attend one of the meetings.
Amesbury Carriage Museum Launches Public Phase Of The Campaign For The Industrial History Center
After a year of planning and behind-the-scenes effort, the Amesbury Carriage Museum (ACM) will launch the public phase of the campaign to build the Industrial History Center. The public is welcome to the launch party on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Flatbread Company in Amesbury. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the ACM. In addition, staff and volunteers will be available to provide tours of the building site and answer questions about the project.
Lawrence And Westford Receive Funds From Brownfields Redevelopment Fund Award
The City of Lawrence received $250,000 from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to support environmental assessment and cleanup in the city. The funds will be used to remediate the 11.3-acre former Tombarello junkyard, with the goal of creating a site that could support a variety of development options including retail, commercial and light industrial uses.
The Town of Westford received $64,500, and they will use funds to assess a 1.5-acre site, which contains an historic, 32,000-square-foot mill building formerly home to Westford Anodizing. The town seeks to preserve the mill building and incorporate its re-use into a future development plan.
YWCA Seeks Nominations For Their 37th Annual Tribute to Women
YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts is seeking women in the community who have made a difference in their work and community. Nominations will be accepted through March 1 and can be submitted by going on-line to YWCANEMA.org and following the “Tribute” tab. The Tribute to Women luncheon takes place at the Andover Country Club on May 14, 2020 from 12 to 2 p.m. and serves as the YWCA’s major fundraising event.