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February 8, 2013

Bradford Valentine Road Race postponed

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Due to the severe snow storm that is expected to hit the area this weekend, race organizers have made the decision with local and state authorities to postpone the 22nd Bradford Valentine Road Race to Feb. 16.

All other details remain the same and just the date is changed. Entry fees will not be refunded. Online registration will remain open until noon on Feb. 15.

Cheerleading clinic postponed

The Haverhill Cheerleading Youth Clinic scheduled for tomorrow at Haverhill High School has been postponed to Feb. 16, but with new times.

Children in kindergarten through grade two should arrive at 10 a.m., and children in grades three to five should arrive at noon. More information is available from Karen DelRosso at 617-538-6392.

Business Awards Breakfast today, despi

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Committee will hold it 23rd Annual Business Awards Breakfast today from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St.

Keynote speaker is Rick Middleton, former captain of the Boston Bruins and a recent inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. The chamber will post a message on its home page, www.haverhillchamber.com, by 6 a.m. to give a final confirmation on this event. Attendees are encouraged to check the website as the chamber will not have email or phone access to field individual inquiries.

NECC celebrates Black History Month

Northern Essex Community College will celebrate Black History Month with workshops on anti-racism, a read-in and presentations on African American Music at local libraries.

All Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. One-hour workshops include "White Privilege" on Feb. 12 and "Anti-Racism" on Feb. 19. All workshops are from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 208 of the Spurk Building on NECC's Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

NECC’s fifth annual Black History Month Read-in will be held Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building. Poet January Gill O’Neil of Beverly, who teaches at Salem State and is the executive director of Massachusetts’ Poetry Festival, will lead the read-in.

Kevin Comtois, who teaches in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex, will lead a presentation titled “From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music." Comtois' talk will be held at the Langley Adams Library in Groveland on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Memorial Library, 2 Main St., Andover, on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The library presentations are part of the college’s speakers bureau, which provides speakers free of charge to area nonprofits. For more information on the workshops or read-in, contact Chelsea Fullerton at cfullerton@necc.mass.edu. For more information on the presentations on African American Music, contact Ernie Greenslade, marketing communications, 978 556-3862 or egreenslade@necc.mass.edu.

Local author discusses book

GROVELAND — Local author K.D. Mason will discuss his new book "Killer Run,'' the latest in his Jack Beale mystery series on Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Village.

Those who attend may be familiar with the setting of "Killer Run'' as he mentions Maudslay State Park and Ipswich, then travels to Leavitt, N.H. Mason will be selling and signing copies of his book. This event is presented by the Langley-Adams Library and Nichols Village and is free. For more information or to register, call 978-372-1732 or register online at www.langleyadamslib.org.

Workshops offered for Alzheimer's patients caregivers

GEORGETOWN — The Alzheimer’s Association will present a series of workshops on Essential Skills for Family Caregivers.

The first workshop is Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Council on Aging, 1 Library St. Two additional workshops are March 5 and 12, at the same time and place. Family and caregiver programs for people with Alzheimer's disease are free to attend. This series provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia.

Improved day-to-day living and overall quality of life for the person with dementia and the caregiver are the goals of this series, which covers communication techniques, strategies to manage difficult behaviors and safety in the home. The Alzheimer Association, with headquarters in Watertown, provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers in the form of support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs. For more information visit www.alz.org/MANH or call 1-800-272-3900.