EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 24, 2013

Lawrence receives $2.3M to protect against lead paint

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15 million in grants to six local projects in Massachusetts, including Lawrence, to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards.

The city of Lawrence will be awarded $2.3 million in Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and an additional $200,000 in Healthy Homes Initiative funding. The city will address lead hazards in 160 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The city will also perform healthy homes assessments in 100 units.

The city will collaborate with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Institute for Environmental Education, Lawrence General Hospital, Massachusetts Department of Health/Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the Mayor’s Health Task Force, Youthbuild, and the Lawrence Housing Authority. Contact Person: Evelyn Urena, 978-620-3518, eurena@cityoflawrence.com.

The awards are a part of $98.3 million in funds awarded to 38 projects across the country to clean up lead paint hazards and other health hazards in 6,373 high-risk homes, train workers in lead-safe work practices, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood.

Haverhill High students get early introduction to career academies

HAVERHILL — Administrators have expanded opportunities for students to explore Haverhill High School’s academies as early as their freshman year, beginning with the Class of 2017. The high school’s academy system, entering its third year, was previously open only to students in their sophomore through senior years. However, curriculum changes that will begin in the 2013-2014 school year will allow qualifying freshmen to sign up for one elective in the STEM, eBiT, Fine Arts or Humanities academies.

Assistant Superintendent Mary Malone said the change gives the majority of freshmen the option to try a course in a career-focused academy of their choice. If it’s a good fit, the student can declare for that academy, much as a college student would declare a major, and follow the course selections for that academy through his or her years at Haverhill High.

Rivera to officially kick off mayoral campaign

LAWRENCE — Dan Rivera will officially kick off his campaign for mayor May 30 at 6 p.m. at El Cesar Restaurant and Bar, 99 Essex St.

The event includes live music, appetizers and a cash bar.

Rivera is a City Councilor at large and vice president of the City Council. Rivera, 42, is chairman of the City Council’s budget committee. He works as a database marketing manager at Birddog Solutions, a shipping and transportation consultant based in Andover.

Donations can be made at the door or by mailing a check to the Committee to elect Dan Rivera, 12 Jefferson St., Lawrence, Ma. 01843 or by logging on to www.makelawrencebetter.com/donate.

Student car wash postponed

Due to the weather, the Nettle Middle School Life Skills Program has postponed its fifth annual faculty car wash scheduled for today and will instead hold it on May 31. About 20 students in the Life Skills Program will be participating in the event to help raise money for the purchase of pre-vocational curriculum and materials for the program. More information is available by contacting Kevin Beaudoin at 978-374-5792.

LHSA Alumni night June 6

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School alumni night banquet will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. in the LHSA cafeteria. All alumni are invited to join us in welcoming our new members as we award this year’s scholarships.

Please RSVP by May 31st to Chris Eldredge at chris@lhsaa.com or leave a message at the alumni office 978-722-8481.

STEM Academy presentation at Haverhill High

HAVERHILL — Haverhill High School will host a STEM Academy presentation on Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Haverhill High, 137 Monument St. Jane Siebecker, dean of the high school’s STEM Academy, and Meg Keppler, supervisor of science curriculum, will lead the presentation. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation, which is designed to help parents make a decision about their children’s participation in the STEM Academy. For more information, call 978-374-5700.