EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 19, 2013

MCAS exam postponed to March 25


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — An approaching storm that could drop close to a foot of snow on some parts of Massachusetts prompted the state to postpone the MCAS English composition exam from today to March 25.

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test was scheduled to be administered to public school students in the fourth, seventh and 10th grades.

Yesterday, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent a memo to school officials around the state announcing the test would be postponed due to the likelihood of school closings today.

U.S. attorney to address NECC graduates

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker at Northern Essex Community College’s 51st graduation ceremony May 18 at 11 a.m.

The commencement will be held under a tent on the quadrangle on the college’s Haverhill campus.

About 1,100 graduates are expected to receive certificates and associate degrees.

“U.S. Attorney Ortiz has dedicated much of her professional career to public service, and she is a role model for our students,” said NECC President Lane Glenn. “She holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.”

Ortiz was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of U.S. attorney and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009.

As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts, she supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the federal government has an interest.

She oversees the work of more than 200 attorneys and support staff in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

Spring Fling Auction Friday

Career Resources will host its annual Spring Fling Auction on Friday at the Atkinson Country Club.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at the door or in advance by contacting Career Resources.

The organization has received four tickets to the sold-out Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert in August. People attending the auction can bid on those tickets and other items, including sports tickets and weekend getaways

Healing meditations offered

Meditation Events are held Sundays at 8 a.m. at 85 Essex St., second floor.

The nonsectarian meditations focus on healing, kindness, goodwill and spiritual development.

They are designed to cleanse, relieve stress, energize, heal, and activate inner potential.

More information is available by calling 978-457-6900.

Tonight’s Business After Hours event postponed

Due to unfavorable weather, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Barking Dog Ale House have postponed the Business After Hours event scheduled for tonight.

The event has been rescheduled to March 27th. All other details are the same.