---- — HAVERHILL — Rabbi Ira Korinow of Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill has been named recipient of the Unsung Hero Award from the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the NAACP. This special honor will be presented at the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner on Nov. 2 at the UMass Inn & Conference Center in Lowell.
Over 25 years ago, Korinow started the joint Martin Luther King Day service with Temple Emanu-El and Calvary Baptist Church. This service has become one of the foremost observances of MLK day in the area. Korinow is also a founding member of the Haverhill Civil Rights Commission, and serves as its president.
Korinow has served as spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El since 1981. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by his rabbinical school in New York. In 1994, Korinow participated in a peace mission with other rabbis meeting with political, academic and business leaders in Israel, Jordan and Egypt. He is a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Communities, working for the humanitarian needs of people around the world. Korinow was the prime organizer and serves as the current chairman of the Greater Haverhill Civil Rights Commission.
Two Central seniors named National Merit scholar semifinalists
LAWRENCE — Officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation have announced that Central Catholic High School seniors Daniel Golden and Leszek Krol, have been named 2014 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Daniel Golden is the son of Christopher and Concetta Golden of Bradford, and Leszek Krol is the son of Maureen Krol of Methuen.
Semifinalists are recognized for achieving a score on the National Merit Scholarship Exam that places them in the top one-half of 1 percent nationally out of over 3 million students tested. Golden and Krol now compete to earn National Merit Finalist status based on academic and extra-curricular achievements. Finalists are eligible for National Merit Scholarships for college or university studies which will be awarded in the Spring of 2014.
In addition seven CCHS seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Program. Commended Students attained scores on the National Merit Exam which placed them in the top 3 percent.
Commended Students from are seniors: Christy Abreu of Methuen, Morgan Bronson of Bradford, Matthew Famiglietti of Tewksbury, John Mitchell of North Andover, Kylie Regan of Atkinson, N.H., Stefan Specian of Windham, N.H. and Peter Tasch of Lawrence.
Last day to register to vote is Oct. 16
HAVERHILL — Oct. 16 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 Haverhill city election for Mayor, City Council and School Committee. The city clerk’s office in City Hall, 4 Summer St., Room 118, will have extended hours that day, opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. United States citizens and Massachusetts residents who will be 18 on or before election day are eligible to vote. Anyone interested in changing their address within the city from one address to another also must do so by Wednesday. Those registering by mail registration must have those forms postmarked no later than Oct. 18. An electronic version of the form that can be printed and mailed is available at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2013-Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf.
Bike forum gets rolling in Andover
ANDOVER — Bicycling enthusiasts take note: The town is hosting a public forum on bicycling on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the police/fire station at 32 North Main St.
The forum is for anyone who is “a concerned, engaged citizen who wants to create changes to better bicycling infrastructure and safety,” according to a flier on the event.
Paul Materazzo, the town’s director of planning, is hosting the event. It is being put on by the town in conjunction with MassBike, also known as the Massachusetts Bicycling Coalition.
Author talk planned for Oct. 17 in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — Author Dale Stanten will discuss her memoir “The Hooker’s Daughter” on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. as part of Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program. This presentation will take place in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $2.
In 1950s Jewish Boston, Stanton’s mother established a home-based business as a prostitute to remedy her husband’s inability to provide for his family. At age six, the author was answering the front door for johns. Kids were forbidden to play with her and even the Girl Scouts asked her to leave. And when her gay sister “came out” at age 16, it was the only thing her parents focused on as contemptible.
Stanten’s memoir is a story of survival, driven by a strong will and an ability to extract positive qualities from a dysfunctional life, punctuated by immoral and illegal behaviors. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups, and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public.
For more information contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or email@example.com.
Veterans and their families invitedto presentation
HAVERHILL — West Congregational Church invites veterans and their families to a free presentation on Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8.30 p.m. that will feature a talk by Chaplain Phil Meher, who deployed with Task Force 3-197th of the 197th Fires Brigade to Kuwait.
The event also includes food and friendship. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by emailing Pastor Dale Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 978-373-3034. The Church is located at 767 Broadway in Haverhill. Visit online at www.westchurch.org.
Musical harvest opens Memorial Hall Library series
ANDOVER —Harpist Aine Minogue will kick off the Friends of Memorial Hall Library’s 2013-2014 concert series on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the 2 North Main St. library.
Minogue will sing and perform selections on the Irish harp to highlight the beauty of the fall season and the rich Celtic heritage of the harp. Her songs will be in both Gaelic and English and she may even add a line or two of poetry.
The program explores the manner in which fall and the harvest season reflected the ancient cycle of the year for the early Irish and Celts.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.