---- — LAWRENCE — Thirty-seven schools from across the country will start the school year with some extra cash as Big Lots announces the winners of the 2013 Lots2Give video contest. A total of 185 schools competed for a share of $120,000 in cash prizes in the sixth annual Lots2Give video contest, with the $20,000 grand prize going to Fairfax Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Big Lots asked participating schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. From June 10 through July 7, America voted for their favorite video at biglots.com/lots2give. More than 405,000 votes were cast to determine the 37 winners, which include one $20,000 grand prize, two $10,000 first place prizes, four $5,000 second place prizes, and 30 third place prizes of $2,000 each.
Along with the Lots2Give video contest, Big Lots collected in-store donations to help the 250 schools enrolled in the Lots2Give program. From April 30 through July 7, Big Lots customers were invited to make $1 or $5 donations at participating stores with 100 percent of the money collected split between the participating schools.
In the Boston area, the following seven schools were participants in the Lots2Give program: A.C. Whelan Elementary School, Revere ($2,000 winner); East Middle School, Brockton ($2,000 winner); Oliver Partnership School, Lawrence ($2,000 winner); Parlin School, Everett ($2,000 winner); Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere ($2,000 winner); Whittier School, Everett ($2,000 winner); and Guilmette Elementary School, Lawrence.
In conjunction with the Lots2Give program, Big Lots stores across the country acknowledged the tremendous efforts of educators by hosting its Teacher Appreciation Day event on Aug. 10. All 37 winning videos can be viewed at biglots.com/lots2give.
DERRY — The sixth annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive will supply local students with the tools they need to be successful in school. Beginning Aug. 11, teens can drop off supplies at their nearest Staples store through Aug. 18, and Staples will put the supplies in the hands of local Boys & Girls Clubs of America students. Staples customers can also continue to donate $1 or more at their local Staples store through Sept. 28. All of the donations will benefit local students at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Derry. The local Staples stores to make a donation are located at 176 South Broadway, Salem; 41 Nashua Road, Londonderry; 58 Plaistow Road, Plaistow; 252 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua; and 255 Amherst St., Nashua. The company kicked off the drive with a $125,000 donation in July and all of the overall proceeds will benefit members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the local Boys & Girls Clubs in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country.
NEWBURYPORT — James DiResta, DPM, MPH, of West Newbury has returned to DiResta and Associates Podiatry after an extended medical leave of absence. Also, associate podiatrist, Angela Barnes, DPM, of Andover, has recently joined the practice.
Dr. DiResta has been practicing in Newburyport for the majority of his career, and is currently vice president and member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and chairman of the Public Health Committee.
Barnes completed a three year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery and served veterans the last two years of her residency in Richmond, Va.
DiResta and Associates Podiatry practice encompasses a wide spectrum of procedures. To make an appointment or for more information, call 978-465-2122 or visit newburyportpodiatrist.com.
LOWELL — Nora Burchfield of Marblehead has been appointed the new Executive Director of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. Burchfield has seventeen years of experience in strategic events management, fundraising and donor relations. She served most recently as Director of Centennial Planning and Programming at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
BOSTON — Bumble Bee Foods announces the company’s entry into the premium frozen seafood category with the introduction of Bumble Bee SuperFresh Premium Fresh Frozen.
Bumble Bee SuperFresh is a new line of premium fresh frozen seafood that is cleaned, cut and fresh frozen within hours, then chef prepared with high-quality all natural ingredients. High in protein, rich in flavor and gluten free, the six premium seafood items include Spicy Shrimp Romesco, Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs, Salmon with Garden Pesto, Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs, Tilapia with Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Each premium fish fillet comes with its own baking parchment, an uncoated parchment paper to seal in flavor and juices. The shrimp sauté quickly on the stovetop with seasoning medallions. All Bumble Bee SuperFresh entrées go from freezer to table in 20 minutes or less.
Initially launching in the Northeast, Bumble Bee SuperFresh is available in Boston at Price Chopper/Golub, Stop & Shop, Roche Bros, and Wegmans. For more information, visit bumblebeesuperfresh.com.
METHUEN — On May 7, NESC FCU awarded four $500 scholarships to the winners of its annual scholarship contest. The winners were presented their awards at the NESC FCU corporate headquarters at 248 Pleasant St., in Methuen. The scholarship winners were selected based on their school achievement, community involvement, and personal essay. The winners were Delaney Bradley, Ashia Miller, Lianne Grace Thornhill, and William Wolfendale Jr.
LAWRENCE — Home Health VNA has awarded Nicole Reyes, a graduate from the Health Careers program at Greater Lawrence Technical School, their scholarship given annually in memory of a former employee.
The $500 scholarship was established in 1995 as a tribute to Lisa Santiago Ventura. In her memory, Home Health VNA gives the Lisa Santiago Ventura Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior of the Greater Lawrence Technical School where she was a student.
Nicole Reyes has been accepted to the nursing program at UMASS Lowell. She is a resident of Lawrence.
Home Health VNA is a not-for-profit home care agency affiliated with HomeCare, Inc. and Merrimack Valley Hospice. The three agencies serve over 90 communities in southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley. Home Health VNA is certified by the Joint Commission. To learn more, visit HomeHealthVNA.org.
METHUEN — Senior Living Residences is pleased to announce that Gregory Batchelder has joined the company as executive director of Methuen Village, a 91-unit Merrimack Valley area assisted living and memory care residence. Batchelder began his career in senior care and community management with Amesbury Village, a 130-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation residence in Amesbury. Prior to coming to Methuen Village, he had been the executive director of Greystone Farm at Salem, a Salem, N.H. based assisted living and memory care community.
Methuen Village opened in March 2009 and offers service-enriched assisted living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood featuring innovative, research-based programming for those with memory loss. Residents enjoy a secure, supportive, enriching lifestyle with gracious accommodations, personalized services, and many amenities at reasonable monthly rates. For more information, visit MethuenVillage.com.
LAWRENCE — Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) has awarded Brodie Toyota-Lift its highest dealership honor, the President’s Award, for 2012. Brodie Toyota-Lift is one of 15 elite recipients of this distinguished award and was selected from TMHU’s network of 70 dealers and 225 dealership locations in the United States and Canada.
Brodie Toyota-Lift was recognized at Toyota’s Annual Dealer Meeting for demonstrating excellence in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall dealership operations. This is the ninth time Brodie Toyota-Lift has been awarded the President’s Award and its predecessor the Quality Dealer Award.
LAWRENCE — More than 225 guests and residents of American Training’s workforce development, rehabilitative day programs and residential homes celebrated personal milestones this year at American Training’s “Celebrate Good Times Gala” on May 10, at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. The Mardi Gras themed celebration was in recognition of the dedication these individuals have shown throughout years of program attendance and their unique contributions to the local community.
Guests attend American Training in order to enrich their present lives as well as better their future through life skills education and guided employment. The gala event was American Training’s way of marking yet another year of fulfilling meaningful days for their guests.
Individuals that come to American Training, Inc. do so through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and local school districts to utilize unique support programs and specialized housing options. Some of those who were honored at this event have been part of the American Training family for over 30 years and attend programs in Lawrence, Lowell, or Wakefield locations. These people work in local businesses, volunteer their time at many community organizations and lend their talents to the manufacturing community through an on-site work center.
Day Services is the branch of American Training that addresses the therapeutic, medical, clinical, and social needs of their guests to create a meaningful day. Guests are presented with activities that are goal-specific and designed to be both meaningful and functional to the developmental needs of each individual guest while being engaging, challenging, and fun.
Residents of American Training’s residential programs call one of the 13 group residences in Andover, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, or Newburyport, home in every sense of the word. Each specialized residential support service is geared toward affirming the dignity of its residents and advocating for their right to participate in their communities.
American Training, Inc. programs support unemployed workers in need of technical training; young parents and youth in need of direction; and people with disabilities or mental illnesses who want to more fully participate in their community, or need a place to live. For more information, call 978-258-2815 or visit americantraininginc.com.