EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 3, 2013

Traffic shift on Rt. 28 tomorrow

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LONDONDERRY — A traffic shift is planned for Route 28 tomorrow.

State transportation officials said the move is associated with construction of new Interstate 93 bridges at Exit 5.

The work is slated for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Traffic delays are expected, with flaggers and officers occasionally stopping northbound and southbound traffic on Route 28.

Ongoing work will require a detour at Auburn Road for about two weeks, due to reconstruction of that intersection. Traffic will be detoured to Route 28 and Liberty Drive via Independence Drive.

This concert’s justfor the children

WINDHAM — Rick Goldin will puts on a concert for children Friday at 10 a.m. in Griffin Park.

The event is hosted by Windham Recreation and promises movement, participation and lots of fun.

In case of bad weather that day, call 603-965-1208.

Strawberry Festival coming soonto Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Congregational Church is hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Shop the craft fair for handmade special teacher gifts or Father’s Day gifts. There will be games with prizes for kids, along with delicious baked goods.

There will also be a fundraising raffle with many items, including baskets and garden items.

Hampstead Congregational Church is at 61 Main St.

Andover Chamber to honor service clubs

ANDOVER - The Andover Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Breakfast on Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.

The morning’s program will include recognition of the five service clubs that benefit Andover: The Exchange Club of Lawrence, The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence, Quota International of Andover, The Rotary Club of Andover and The Service Club of Andover.

Guest speaker will be Andover police Chief Brian Pattullo, who is stepping down from his position on July 31, after 15 years of leading the department.

According to event organizers, the five service clubs being recognized “contribute in many important ways to the civic well-being of Andover and the surrounding communities. These service clubs are indeed special organizations that make our community special.”

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce at 978-686-0900.

June events atCenter at Punchard

ANDOVER — Various events are planned for The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

Pre-registration is required for all events and space is limited. For information, call 978-623-8321 or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.

The events will include:

BoomerVenture Singers: Going to the Chapel, June 7 at 2 p.m., $10 by advance ticket purchase only, $2 for bus ride from The Center. In the historic setting of West Parish Cemetery Chapel, enjoy the harmonies of the Sunrise Singers as they bring music to delight our senses on a lovely spring afternoon. Under the direction of Linda Kirk. Bring the whole family to this concert which is sure to delight. Last year’s concert was a sell-out so get your tickets early.

Butterflies: June 10 at 1:30 p.m., cost of $3. Enjoy pictures of butterflies from Andover and the rest of Massachusetts. Presented by Howard Hoople, a long-time Andover resident, president of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club.

Senior Bullying: What it is and strategies to defeat it, June 13 at 11 a.m. Discuss characteristics of social bullying among older adults.

Heart Health: June 14 at 10 a.m. Topics include the broken heart syndrome, the differences between men’s and women’s heart attack symptoms, as well as changing trends.

Lobster Roll Lunch: June 17 at 1 p.m., $10 cost includes drink, cole slaw, watermelon and chips.

High Tea and History: Andover Agriculture, June 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Barbara Bunn, a farmer’s granddaughter, talks about growing up on a local farm.

Local companies eligible for state training funds

Local businesses interested in state grants to train their current employees are invited to attend a Workforce Training Fund Information Session at Zampell Companies, 3 Stanley Tucker Drive, Newburyport, on June 20.

The session will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and coffee and pastries. Sponsored by Northern Essex Community College and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the session will provide an overview of the funding, including who is eligible, what kinds of programs can be funded, and how to apply.

Grants of up to $250,000 are available to fund programs including English for Speakers of Other Languages, ISO 9001-2008 Certification Preparation, Lean Manufacturing Leadership and Team Building, Cross-Training of the Workforce, Six Sigma Green Belt Training, Supervisory and Leadership Skills Training, and Enhanced Customer Relationship Training. Since the Workforce Training Fund was created more than 20 years ago, Northern Essex has worked with more than 50 local businesses, helping them to apply for money and deliver the training. To register for this information session, contact Michael Corcoran at mcorcoran@detma.org, 617-626-6426 or 857-753-3494.