EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 1, 2014

Esperanza Academy gets $12,500 for soccer program

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Esperanza Academy received a $12,500 grant from the he U.S. Soccer Foundation to support its soccer program.

Esperanza Academy launched its first competitive and intramural soccer program last year. The all-girls independent, tuition-free middle school was one of 37 non-profit organizations which received a total of more than $1.8 million to help youth in undeserved communities across the nation.

“We are thrilled to receive the support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation for a second year in a row,” said Christopher H. Wilson, head of school at Esperanza Academy. “Their endorsement means we can continue to develop and improve our soccer program and provide our students with a healthy outlet that will help them build confidence, sportsmanship, and other important life skills.”

School candidates can file soon in Salem

SALEM, N.H. — Salem Superintendent of Schools Michael W. Delahanty recently announced the dates for filing for the election of school officials for the Salem School District.

Candidates for the position of school board member may file beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 31. A candidate must be a registered voter in Salem and may obtain sign up papers at the Superintendent of Schools office, 38 Geremonty Drive, any workday, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or from Kelly Bryant, School District Clerk.

There is one three-year school board position to be filled at the town election of Tuesday, March 11. The incumbent school board member whose term expires is Bernard H. Campbell.

The election of the school board member is by a non-partisan ballot at the same voting time and places as town elections.

Applications for an absentee ballot may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office at the Town Office, 33 Geremonty Drive.

Chess club starts on Sunday

HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Civic Club Chess Club starts Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the club building next to Town Hall.

The club is open to all residents in third through 12th grades. There is no charge.

Snacks will be served.

Call Charlie Backmann at 329-5867 for details.

Story hour focuses on Jewish arbor day

ANDOVER — A book based on the theme of Tu B’Shevat will be read during a Jewish Holiday story hour Jan. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89 Main St.

Children 2 to 6, along with their parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to hear stories about the Jewish arbor day, which falls on Jan. 15. The holiday commemorates the season when the earliest trees bloom in Israel and is marked by eating such fruits as grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates, which are mentioned in the Torah.

The program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel in Andover through a grant from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation.

Reservations must be made by Jan. 12 to Esther Kaufman, EdDirector@BethIsraelMV.org or by calling Amy Sherr at the synagogue office at 978-474-0540.

Modernize your parenting ‘toolbox’

HAVERHILL — Award winning author and keynote speaker, Bill Corbett, will discuss ways of modernizing your parenting “toolbox” in order to raise bully-proof, drug-free and confident members of the family and classroom on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish, 56 Oak Terrace. This free Families First Lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256. Please RSVP by email to sjsprcom@gmail.com.

Atkinson has a winter parking ban

ATKINSON — The Atkinson Police Department reminds all residents that parking is strictly prohibited on all town roads from midnight to 7 a.m. until April 1.

The ban also applies during snow removal operations. Vehicles can be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Spinners and knitters meet Friday

HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead spinners and knitters will meet Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hampstead Public Library.

The group comprises mainly knitters and spinners, but all needleworkers are welcome to join.

The meeting is held upstairs in the large meeting room. For more information, call 329-6411.

St. Joseph holds open house

HAVERHILL — St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will hold open house events for the nursery through grade eight on the following days and times: Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school offers small class sizes, accelerated math program, arts programs, extended day, state-of-the-art technology and a broad range of after school activities.

For more information visit www.sjshav.com or call 978-521-4256. The school is at 56 Oak Terrace.