EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 13, 2012

Possible Dreams event in January

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Team Haverhill civic organization invites all Haverhill residents to participate in “Possible Dreams 2013,” a community-wide conversation about Haverhill’s future.

Possible Dreams 2013 will be held Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College. This year’s theme is “Eyes on the Stars, Feet on the Ground” — symbolizing Haverhill’s growing aspirations for cultural and economic vitality, as well as a growing realism about what it takes to implement inspiring initiatives.

Since 2008, Team Haverhill’s Possible Dreams event has brought the community together to envision a brighter future for the city, with an annual attendance of more than 125 people, including local residents, public officials, organizational leaders, business owners and volunteers. Community-based initiatives that were born at past Possible Dreams events include the dramatic expansion of curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and establishment of the River Ruckus festival. The evening’s popular World Cafe format creates a welcoming environment and encourages lively discussion in smaller groups. There is no cost to participate in the event. Coffee and sign-in is at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested to insure adequate seating. Register online at possibledreams.eventbrite.com. For more information send email to TeamHaverhill.PossibleDreams@gmail.com.

Holiday ‘pop-up’ shop open until Dec. 23

The Shops@90Wash, Creative Haverhill’s holiday “pop-up” shop, will close for the season Dec. 23.

David Zoffoli, executive director of Creative Haverhill, said the shop offers a unique inventory that supports the local creative economy and features items made by a creative workforce.

“When it’s gone, it’s gone” Zoffoli said.

The temporary retail store opened Nov. 1, doubling the hours of operation from last year. Zoffoli has programmed family-friendly activities daily in the store to entice customers. Origamido Inc’s founders, Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse, are in the shop every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and teach the classic art of paper folding.

The Shops@90Wash are open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., until Dec. 23. Creative Haverhill’s projects are sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Haverhill Bank, the Hayes at Railroad Square, Lowell Five, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pentucket Bank, Pentucket Medical, and Trinity EMS.

Nonprofit names new board member

Margaret “Meg’’ Hogan, vice president of external relations for Home Health Foundation, was recently appointed to the board of L’Arche Irenicon Inc.

A Haverhill-based residential community for adults with developmental disabilities, L’Arche Irenicon is part of a worldwide network of more than 130 communities that provide a family-like atmosphere, allowing both those who have an intellectual disability and those who do not to create a home. Hogan oversees the development and implementation of strategic agency-wide marketing, advertising, and philanthropic initiatives to advance and promote patient care services to a variety of constituencies at Home Health Foundation, one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts.