EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 7, 2014

Lend-a-Hand auction coming up on Feb. 22

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Opportunity Works will hold its 30th annual televised Lend-a-Hand auction on Feb. 22.

Opportunity Works is a nonprofit agency with sites in Haverhill and Newburyport that provides employment, specialized day habilitation, and community and recreation services for adults with developmental disabilities.

The auction will feature items such as an African photo safari; an iPad Mini; tickets to Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games; a signed baseball and basketball; dining at the Lighthouse, Andiamo, David’s Tavern and Loretta; and children’s books signed by the authors/illustrators Donna Seim and Susan Spellman.

This auction is held in partnership with Comcast and will be broadcast live from noon to 9 p.m. on local public access channels in the Greater Haverhill and Newburyport areas. It will be streamed online at www.portmedia.org. Some of the auction items can be seen and bids will be accepted at www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks, leading up to preview night and the televised auction. Some items will go on to the live auction.

You can view the items and offer pre-bids on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Preview Night at the Nock Middle School, 70 Low St., Newburyport. Admission is free. The local station, WNBP Radio 1450 AM, The Legends, will be broadcasting live on Preview Night. Bids will be posted during the auction on Saturday. Winning bidders will be called the day of the auction to confirm their winning bid(s). Items should be picked up and paid for on Feb. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Nock Middle School.

Premier sponsors are The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings. Corporate sponsors include Rochester Electronics, Mersen, Bradford Country Club, and Eastern Bank. Community sponsors are Matter Communications, Label Print America, the Newburyport Rotary Club, the Swasey Fund, and the law office of Donald M. Greenough.

Learn about osteoporosis and hypothyroidism

Controversies in Endocrinology: Should we treat patients over 60 with osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and low testosterone differently? is the topic of a senior lunch presentation with Endocrinologist Neil Ravin, MD.

It will be March 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a dinner of corned beef with boiled cabbage, potatoes, baby carrots, mixed green salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea and dessert. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 978-521-8140.

Haverhill Bank promotes local woman

Haverhill Bank announced that it promoted Lori Callahan to vice president, senior mortgage underwriter.

Callahan of North Andover has been working with the bank for two years as a consultant with its residential mortgage lending group.

As vice president, she is responsible for managing the processing, approval and closing process for all residential mortgage loan products, thereby ensuring performance standards are maintained in adherence with secondary market and regulatory requirements.

“Lori has been instrumental with strengthening our residential/consumer loan platform,” said Haverhill Bank President and CEO Thomas Mortimer. “Her more than 18 years of experience in the mortgage industry played a huge role in our recent, successful, mortgage operations conversion.”

Prior to joining Haverhill Bank two years ago, Callahan was assistant vice president and credit administration officer at Pentucket Bank.

Talk on American music planned

As part of Black History Month, Kevin Comtois, who teaches in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex Community College, will share his passion for American music in a presentation titled “From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music.”

Comtois’ presentations will be at the Beverly Public Library on Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. and at the Wilmington Memorial Library on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Both presentations are free. Using recorded music, film clips, and still images, Comtois will trace the evolution and social and political context of American popular music through four centuries ranging from slave spirituals, minstrelsy, blues, jazz, and rock and roll.

Comtois has been teaching history at NECC since 1999. In 2005 he was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Jazz with Dr. Gerald Early (an expert on the evolution of Jazz in America) at Washington University, St Louis. His presentation is part of NECC’s Speakers’ Bureau.