EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 25, 2012

Enjoy Independence Day early in Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD - Hampstead celebrates Independence Day on Saturday on the town green.

There will be games, carnival booths, fireworks and food.

The Civic Club scholarships will be awarded, and the Lions Club will crown the winner of the Miss Hampstead contest.

The frog-jumping contest is at 3 p.m.. Children's games start at 4 p.m.; the midway games open at 5 p.m.

Music starts at 5 p.m. and fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, July 1.

Town Day set for Saturday in Windham

WINDHAM — Windham Recreation's Town Day festivities will be Saturday.

There will be games, a stroller parade and cookout from noon to 3 p.m. at Griffin Park.

A concert by The Hot Tamales and fireworks will be held at Windham High, starting at 7 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:30 p.m.

NECC professors receive distance education awards

Two Northern Essex Community College professors, Paul Zipper of Haverhill and John Murray of Kittery, Maine, are the recipients of the Massachusetts College's Online Course of Distinction Award. The awards were presented during MCO's recent 8th annual conference on eLearning at Bridgewater State College.

Murray, program and clinical coordinator of sleep technology at NECC, was honored for an Electrocardiography II course he developed. The seven-week, hybrid course for students in the health care technician program combines online learning with traditional classroom learning.

"I believe my course has been successful due to its simple design," said Murray. The course includes voice over presentations, weekly discussions and quizzes that are scheduled for the same day each week.

Zipper, Ph.D., an adjunct faculty member at NECC and a lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police, developed Criminal Law, a fully online course. He credits NECC's Center for Instructional Technology with making his online course a success, saying the program introduced him to theories on student learning styles and the mechanics of online instruction. Zipper brings his 25-year experience as a state police officer into the online course and the students benefit from his expertise and wisdom. He, along with two other troopers, was instrumental in getting new legislation criminalizing the possession of materials used in the manufacturing of explosives. The effort also led to the overhaul of state law governing bombs and explosives. Zipper received the Medal of Merit for his efforts. Northern Essex offers dozens of online courses, web enhanced courses, and hybrid courses each semester. For more information about online course and program offerings visit necc.mass.edu.

Patriotic concert slated for July 3

HAMPSTEAD — The Meetinghouse Park Summer Music Series will usher in the Fourth of July holiday with a free concert featuring the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on July 3 beginning at 6 p.m.

This event is rain or shine. The band includes 40 musicians from 25 local communities playing wind instruments, drums, glockenspiel and string bass. They promote America's musical heritage at concerts and parades across the North Shore and along the New Hampshire seacoast, playing big band tunes and show tunes, as well as toe-tapping, flag-waving standards. Concert-goers are urged to come dressed in their best red, white, and blue garb to vie for the prize for the most patriotic look. Blankets or chairs are recommended. Picnic lunches are welcome. Meetinghouse Park is at the intersection of Route 121 (Main Street) and Emerson Avenue. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047 or 603-560-5069. Visit online at meetinghousepark.org.