---- — HAVERHILL — The Andover Striders in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, March 16 at 10 a.m. The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.
This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself.
Directed by Dave “Icky” LaBrode, what is essentially a Boston Marathon training run traces a portion of the old Lawrence-to-the-Sea Marathon, which was made famous by 1949 marathoners Johnny Kelly and Louis White.
The course follows Route 125 from North Andover into Haverhill, where the course bears right onto Route 110 into Merrimac and through Amesbury. It finishes at the Winner’s Circle for a straight point-to-point course.
There are no official race directors, awards, numbers or T-shirts, but there are water stops. For your money’s worth (none), it’s the best bargain around, and perhaps anywhere, LaBrode said.
Post-run libations are at the Winner’s Circle and are provided by the Andover Striders and the WCRC.
For more information contact LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.
Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ office hours
NORTH ANDOVER - State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours in North Andover on Friday, Dec. 20 from 1-2 p.m. at the North Andover Senior Center, Activity Room. Appointments are not required. For any questions, please contact her office at (617) 722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov.
NECC class donates to Emmaus
HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College students in Professor Isabelle Gagne’s Developmental Psychology 1: Childhood and Adolescence course took time to volunteer and donate goods to Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill this holiday season.
After seeing a video in class on homelessness, Gagne’s students decided to help by collecting and donating goods to Emmaus. Items collected included food, arts and craft supplies, as well as household goods and toiletries.
Students in the class have also been volunteering their time a couple days a week to tutor school-aged children at Emmaus.
Emmaus Inc. is a community-based-non-profit cooperation that provides housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill.
Andover Whole Foods joins up with Project Bread
Whole Foods Market is joining with Project Bread this December to provide for people in need. Through Whole Foods Market’s “Give Bread” program, shoppers can add $2 or $5 donation coupons to their grocery bill to help children and families struggling to put food on the table and eat healthy during the holidays.
“We are so grateful for the extra support from Whole Foods Market and their customers this holiday season,” says Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread.
“When we all work together, we can accomplish so much more toward our goal of ending hunger and ensuring everyone in Massachusetts has access to fresh, healthy foods all year ‘round.”
Each person who donates money through “Give Bread” at the Whole Foods Market in Andover will be supporting local programs. Project Bread funds 365 community food programs in 110 communities across Massachusetts.
Nine of those programs are in the Andover and Lawrence area, including Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc.’s Hunger Prevention Program, Neighbors in Need’s Farming for Our Neighbors, and Groundwork Lawrence Community Gardens Program, among many others.
“At Whole Foods Market, we believe being part of a community means being an active neighbor and that true community transcends the boundaries of our towns and cities,” said Laura Derba, regional president. “That is why we’re proud to contribute to those in need throughout the region through Project Bread this holiday season.”
In addition to the “Give Bread” program, Whole Foods Markets throughout Massachusetts are selling Project Bread holiday cards, the proceeds of which will also fund Project Bread’s initiatives.
You can learn more about Whole Foods Market and what they are doing to support those in need this holiday season at www.projectbread.org/donate_wholefoods.
Police Records Department hours expanded
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Police Department has expanded the hours of operation for its Records Department.
At the request of Police chief Alan DeNaro, the records office is now open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but is closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.
Previously, the office was open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeNaro expanded the hours of operation to make it more convenient for the public.
The records office is where you can obtain copies of various reports, such as accident reports, and pay parking tickets.
Angel Giving Tree program seeks donations
HAVERHILL — Salvation Army Lt. Jeff Hardy says there are still over 300 children who have not been adopted for this Christmas season through the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program.
If you would like to help make a child’s wishes come true, drop by The Salvation Army at 395 Main St. and pick up an angel.
You can shop for that child or pick up unwrapped gifts and bring them to The Salvation Army and the gifts will be matched with an appropriate child.
More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.