EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 27, 2013

'Tis the season to de-clutter your home

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — The Andover Recycling Committee is hosting a drive-through event to help people de-clutter their homes and recycle on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Brickstone Square on York Street.

Clothing, kitchenware, kitchen and bath linens, toys, car seats and more will be accepted for donation to Goodwill and the Community Giving Tree, a Boxford-based organization that assists young families in need.

Only specific items will be accepted at the event and donated items should be in such condition that one would feel OK passing them on to a friend.

Community Giving Tree is specifically seeking high chairs, car seats, baby swings, safety gates, cribs, toddler beds, various toys like Legos and K’NEX, Little Tykes ride-ons, toy kitchens and workshops, puzzles, books and Barbie dolls. All donations will be passed directly on to families in need and should include all pieces intact so they’re safe to share.

The event marks the first endeavor for Community Giving Tree’s new social enterprise, “Twice Loved Toy Sales.”

The venture aims to resell the items during “pop-up sales” around the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, with proceeds going to support the organization’s mission.

Items sought by Goodwill include clothing and shoes of all sizes, bed and bath linens, small kitchen appliances and other kitchen items like utensils, plates, cups and cookware; books, CDs, records and other media; and home decor and pictures.

Batteries and Styrofoam bearing a recycling triangle with the number 6 can also be dropped off at the event.

For a complete list of items being accepted, contact Bill Labelle at Goodwill at blabelle@goodwillmass.org, Leslie Levenson at Community Giving Tree at leslie@communitygivingtree.org or Eleanor Storch at Andover Recycling at eleanorstorch@verizon.net.

A handy place to be

METHUEN — The Ten Most Common Hand Problems, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Orthopedic Surgeon Richard Choi, MD will be held on Jan.7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital’s ground floor auditorium. Choi will discuss the reasons for hand pain and reduced functionality, non-surgical and surgical treatments, and how to reduce the risk of developing hand problems. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing. Holy Family Hospital is at 70 East St. in Methuen. For more information or to register, contact Jean at 978-687-0156, ext. 4697 or send email to jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Library closedNew Years

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and will be closed for the holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The library will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Deadline set for citizen petitions

SALEM — Residents have until Jan. 14, to submit warrant articles for consideration at the annual school deliberative session.

An article submitted through citizen petition must be signed by at least 25 registered voters. Articles can submitted to the superintendent of schools office at 38 Geremonty Drive between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school deliberative session begins at 7 p.m. at Salem High School.

Swap some booksin Derry on Saturday

DERRY — Birch Heights retirement facility, 7 Kendall Pond Road, hosts “Bring A Book, Swap A Book” on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Those attending are invited to select a book and swap a book in return. Large print books are desirable.

Everyone donating a book gets entered into a raffle to receive a dozen homemade cookies made by the Birch Heights chef. RSVP by calling 425-7755.

Free meals offeredin Derry on Sunday

DERRY — The free community meal network continues with meals served today and Sunday.

A spaghetti dinner will be served tonight from 5 to 6:30 at First Parish Church. Lunch will be served Sunday at 1 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church.