EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 6, 2014

Refuge hosts talk on photographing wildlife in Mass.

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PLUM ISLAND — The Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will meet Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium.

The meeting will cover the wildlife images of photographer Shawn Carey (of Migration Productions). Carey’s program is titled, “Photographing Birds and other Wildlife in Massachusetts: Where, When and How.”

Photographing birds and other wildlife has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years with the vast improvements in digital technology.

For this program, Carey will talk about the equipment needed (camera, computer and software) and tricks of the trade.

The Photographic Society welcomes anyone who has an interest in nature, wildlife or photography. The club meets every month, generally on the second Saturday afternoon. Club activities include special presentations, slideshows, mentoring, training and involvement in the refuge’s various photography-related programs, events, and outreach activities. Preregistration is not required to attend this program.

Please call 978-465-5753 for more information about the Photographic Society.

Victorian novels discussed at NECC

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) will have a winter intersession event on Tuesday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 103B of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Free and open to the public, this event will feature NECC Professor Barbara Stachniewicz in a presentation called “Why I Love Victorian Novels.”

Stachniewicz is a professor of English at NECC and will be leading a CoOL seminar on George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” during CoOL’s Spring Seminar Series. For more information, visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/cool, send email to coolnecc@gmail.com or call 978-556-3110.

Student aid workshop set for Feb. 23

LAWRENCE — Does the thought of filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) overwhelm you? Take control of your or your child’s student federal aid potential by attending FAFSA Day Massachusetts on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College’s John R. Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

Counselors will guide participants through the process of completing and filing a FAFSA application form online. Spanish translators will be available.

NECC is just one of more than two dozen locations throughout the state that will host FAFSA filing events.

To register for this event, visit www.fafsaday.org.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday Program, is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven program in its 10th year providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is the federally required form for all students seeking federal financial aid for higher education. Students attending college during the 2014-2015 academic year, must complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.gov if they are interested in receiving federal and state financial aid.

More information is available form Despina Lambropoulos at 978-556-3607, dlambropoulos@necc.mass.edu or Erika Callahan at 978-738-7487, or ecallahan@necc.mass.edu.

Chocolate, the perfect drug?

HAVERHILL — There’s little doubt that chocolate is a delicious treat and typically seen as a guilty pleasure, but did you know that chocolate can also be healthy?

According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, chocolate might just be the “perfect drug.”

With high quality versions of chocolate carrying over 500 natural chemicals and more antioxidants then a bowl of blueberries, chocolate can increase feelings of well-being, reduce high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and more, says Cross.

In a presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season.

Presentations are open to the public and will be held on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Manchester by the Sea Public Library, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, and on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, N.H. The library presentations are free and the Tower Hill Botanic Garden presentation is free with the price of admission. Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. His presentations are part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau.