NEWBURYPORT — Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host a free family event called Let's Go Fishing on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. rain or shine. The purpose is to introduce kids and their families to the world of fish and recreational fishing.
Kids will have a chance to practice their new fishing skills on the refuge beach, where refuge volunteers experienced in surf fishing will provide additional guidance and support. The refuge will provide loaner rods and reels. Beginning at 11 a.m. a free shuttle bus will run between the visitor center and refuge beach at Lot 1.
Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration is not required.
This event is co-sponsored by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Parker River. For further information, please contact the refuge at 978-465-5753.
Jeff Fraza Memorial Benefit tomorrow
HAVERHILL — Thousands gathered to mourn the death of local boxer Jeff Fraza at his wake in February.
The community will celebrate his life tomorrow at the American Legion, 1314 Main St. with a Jeff Fraza Memorial Benefit featuring live music, vendors and a variety of family activities. The event begins at noon and continues throughout the day.
The Black Diamonds, a DeAngelis Studio of Music Rock School band, will headline the show and perform several original songs, including the band's debut of "Only Way to Fight." Also performing are the River City Rockers, Rhythm Junkies and Downtown Charlie. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available by calling Mike Morton at 978-423-0726.
Teacher honored by panel
LAWRENCE — Jineyda Tapia of Lawrence was among the Class of 2012 Unsung Heroines honored by members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women May 16 in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
Tapia was recommended by State Sen. Barry R. Finegold, R-Andover, for her achievements as an educator and community leader. Tapia is a literature teacher, a community leader and activist, youth representative, tutor, organizer and ambassador of the values held by the Lawrence community, Finegold said. As a tutor for the Salem State Upward Bound Program, she promotes learning outside of the classroom in a way that allows her students to grow both as educated individuals and productive members of society. She is a member of the Greater Lawrence Young Professional's Network, and youth organizer for the "We Are Lawrence "movement.