EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 31, 2014

Annual Andover Youth Foundation Telethon this Thursday, Friday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Prepare to be entertained. The annual Andover Youth Foundation Telethon is coming this Thursday and Friday.

Local youths have been pulling out all the stops, polishing up their performances and producing videos to promote what they hope will be one of the last major fundraising drives for the center.

With any luck, the event will coincide with the long-awaited ground-breaking for the telethon’s main cause — the Cormier Youth Center. Weather-permitting, construction of the youth center behind Doherty Middle School on Bartlet Street could begin this week.

The theme of this year’s fundraiser is “Together We Rise” — a nod to the community effort that has been behind the hard-fought campaign to create a youth center in town. Proceeds will support the second and final phase of the project; as much as $800,000 is still needed to complete that work.

The telethon will be broadcast live from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 47. A phone bank run by volunteers will take pledges, which can be called into 978-623-8241 during the event.

Meditation group to start

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging will host a meditation group with the Rev. John LaLumiere beginning April 4 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Sessions are at 10:30 a.m. and include gentle Yoga and Quigong exercises, breathing exercise, Buddhist philosophy, and Pure Land style meditation. LaLumiere is a Pure Land Buddhist and is a lifelong resident of Haverhill. Attendance is free and open to all. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Heritage Commission members needed

KINGSTON — The Heritage Commission is seeking two alternates.

Anyone interested in serving as an alternate is asked to send a letter of interest to Kingston selectmen at P.O. Box 716, Kingston, 03848.

Penny Sale is fun for whole family

PLAISTOW — The annual Penny Sale to benefit the East Hampstead Union Church Operating Fund will be held on Saturday at the Vic Geary Center, 18 Greenough Road,near Timberlane Regional High School.

Buy 25 tickets for $1 as early as 10 a.m. Doors open at noon so participants can place tickets in the cups for the items they wish to win. Winning tickets for the Penny Sale are drawn and announced starting at 7 p.m. Winners must be present during the drawing. The drawing ends at approximately 10 p.m.

There are more than 300 prizes, including housewares, dolls, toys, and gift items for the whole family and pets, too. Numerous gifts and gift certificates from area businesses will be awarded throughout the evening. Additional items will be raffled off for $1 per ticket.

Hot dogs, soup, sandwiches, nachos, chips, light desserts and beverages will be available starting at noon. For more information, call 378-0683 or email ehuc@comcast.net.

Overnight trip planned

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging is offering an overnight trip to Wildwood Crest and Cape May, New Jersey, June 3 to 6. This trip includes ocean front accommodations at the Pan American or Port Royal Hotel in Wildwood Crest, seven meals, entertainment each evening, a visit to Atlantic City, a guided tour of Renault Winery, and a guided tour of historic Cape May. Cost is $459 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Woman’s Club scholarships available

WINDHAM — April 20 is the deadline for the Woman’s Club scholarship applications.

There are two $1,500 scholarships. They are available to high school seniors from town.

Applications are available in the high school guidance office and online at windhamwomansclub.com. Scholarships also are available to private school students.

Learn how to speak to your doctor

HAVERHILL — Dr. Tollman of Wingate Haverhill will lead a presentation at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome Street, titled “How to Speak with your Physician” on Wednesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. This presentation is free and open to the public. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Special ed. parent council electing new officers

ANDOVER — A special election to replace seven board members of the 10-member Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of the School Administration Building, 36 Bartlet St.

Six members resigned in protest earlier this month, citing the inability to work with a new group of parents that has become more involved with the group. Their resignations followed the departure of one of the board’s co-presidents about a month earlier.

Anyone interested in addressing the special educational needs of Andover children in Andover is invited to seek nomination to one of the openings, which will be taken from the floor. The positions will be filled on an interim basis until the next voting election, which will occur in May.

Duties of board officers include “advising the School Committee on matters that pertain to education and safety of students with disabilities and meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation” of special education programs.

Meanwhile, a survey of the town’s special education program is now under way. Visit the SEPAC website, www.andoversepac.org, for a link.