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A coalition of local agencies helped Frank Gioia get a wheelchair ramp at the front of his home at 181 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. They include, from left, Methuen East District City Councilor Ronald Marsan; Don Silva, treasurer of Queen City Chapter No. 2 of the Disabled American Veterans; former Mayor William Manzi; Harold Magoon, director of the Lawrence/Methuen Community Coalition; Methuen Veteran Services Officer Thomas H. Hargreaves; and Daniel Donegan, commander of Queen City Chapter No. 2 of the Disabled American Veterans. Materials for the ramp were funded by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation. Councilor Marsan spent two days building the ramp for free. Magoon brought by the holiday wreath to put the finishing touches on a gift that Gioia has been wanting for seven years.

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