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October 8, 2013

Author talk planned for Sunday at Temple Emanu-El

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Author talk planned for Sunday at Temple Emanu-El

Author Stuart Tower will discuss his latest book “Branko” at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m. Admission and breakfast are free. The program is open to all.

Tower’s first book, “The Wayfarers,” was highly acclaimed and a movie is in the process of being made.

In his latest book, “Branko,” Tower continues the story. Witnessing the brutal massacre that takes his family, six-year old Branko Horvitch survives and goes on to a childhood fraught with abusive relatives and unspeakable Tsarist orphanages. But the story of Branko Horvitch is a celebration of unyielding determination in the face of near-overwhelming challenges. From a tragic beginning to the heights of American political power, this is a taste of a bitter-sweet, but never bland life. His is a world beset by disastrous global wars, changing societies, economic depressions and iconic figures from the pages of history. Surrounded by pathos and chaos, his pursuits in life bring with them unexpected romance and humor.

Tower is also the author of “Withered Roots: The Remnants of Eastern European Jewry,” a collection of interviews with aging Holocaust survivors in Romania, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Tower currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is visiting the Boston area to discuss his latest book. More information is available from Nancy LaFleur at 978-373-3861 or nancy@templeemanu-el.org.

Sullivan campaign reception planned

The Committee to Re-Elect Tom Sullivan to the City Council will host a campaign reception on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wang’s Table, 46 Merrimack St. in downtown Haverhill. Sullivan said he chose this restaurant because of a positive and exciting development he has been involved in regarding the restaurant’s planned move to 46 Washington St. For more information visit online at www.tomsullivan.us.

Deadline looming to register for seminar on wound care

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Merrimack Valley Hospital and Steward Health Care’s second annual Symposium on Wound Care will be held on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St. Deadline for registration is Oct. 11. Speakers and topics are: Walter Kwass, MD: Introduction and Overview of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Vera Cooke, DDS, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis; Tammy Dingman, CHT: Managing Risks and Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Micah Hemani, MD: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Management and Treatment of Radiation Induced Cystitis. Cost of $25 includes breakfast beverages, lunch, and 3.5 continuing education credits for nurses and physicians. Open to the public. . Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Merrimack Valley Hospital, C/O Jean MacDougall-Tattan - Marketing Department, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register, contact Jean MacDougall-Tattan at 978-420-1168 or jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

NECC offers masters piano workshops

The Music Program at Northern Essex Community College will offer two free masters workshops in the art of piano playing on Sunday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Piano players will have an opportunity to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored with NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are invited. Dietrich has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras and has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. She earned a bachelor’s in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, her master’s in music from Boston University and pursued her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at BU. Dietrich is currently on the piano faculty of Indian Hill Music, NECC, and is founder and administrative director of the Chopin Conservatory of Music on the North Shore. For more information about these workshops contact Dietrich at cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.