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July 22, 2013

Scott Brown to speak at Salem dinner Aug. 9

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM — Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., will speak at the Restoring Trust in Government dinner Aug. 9.

The dinner will be at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge, according to organizer and state Rep. Joseph Sweeney, R-Salem. Tickets are $50. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Brown served in the U..S. Senate for three years after winning a special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. He was defeated in his re-election bid last fall.

Brown was a ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He was also a member of the Veteran Affairs Committee and the Committee on Small Business.

Brown also served as a state representative for three terms and as state senator for five years. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and available through Sweeney’s re-election campaign at ElectJFS.us or at the door.

Sign up for Tuscan cooking class

SALEM — Scuola Culinaria, the cooking school at Tuscan Village, will offer its first hands-on cooking class Tuesday, July 30.

The class, taught by owner Joseph Faro, is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tuscan Market, 67 Main St. The cost is $125.

Faro will teach the students how to create one of Tuscan’s most popular pastas, roasted butternut squash cappellacci. The students will complete their dishes with a sage brown butter sauce topped with parmigiano.

The students will be served a multi-course meal, featuring cappellacci, antipasti and roasted pork tenderloin. They will also receive a Tuscan T-shirt.

Tickets are available beginning today at tuscanbrands.com/kitchen/cooking-school.

ValleyWorks Career Center movesto NECC campus

HAVERHILL — ValleyWorks Career Center recently closed its Haverhill office on Merrimack Street and has moved to NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The office is located temporarily in Room 109 of the Hartleb Technology Center. Initially, services will be limited to individuals who want to apply for unemployment insurance benefits through the state’s new online application system. During this transition time, other one-stop career center services will be available at the center located in Lawrence at 439 South Union St.

This temporary move is a cost savings measure necessitated by the federal budget cuts. However, it also provides ValleyWorks and NECC the opportunity to better serve the unemployed and underemployed in the area, connecting them with valuable education and training opportunities. In the fall, pending approval from the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (WIB) which charters ValleyWorks, the career center will move to a larger space on campus, where a broader menu of career development services will be offered.

More information is available from George Moriarty, executive director of workforce development and corporate relations at gmoriarty@necc.mass.edu.

Topsfield Fair hiring for the 2013 season

TOPSFIELD — The Topsfield Fairgrounds will hold a two-day job fair for the 2013 season on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held in Coolidge Hall on the Fairgrounds.

If you are looking for a temporary job this fall, and you enjoy people and a fun atmosphere, the Topsfield Fair is looking for you. Temporary positions include parking, ticketing, security, greeters, education, information booths and more. If available, applicants should bring a resume, letters of recommendation, and any other helpful documents.

This year’s Topsfield Fair will run from Oct. 4 to Oct. 14. More information is available from Kate at 978-887-5000 or kate@topsfieldfair.org.

College to Career Program open house planned on July 30

LAWRENCE — Northern Essex Community College is currently recruiting students for a grant-funded program designed especially for unemployed and under-employed adults who want to prepare for careers in high demand technology and health care fields.

An open house for the program will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Entry K, Lawrence, on Tuesday, July 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. College to Career staff will assist students with the college process, facilitate access to support services, and help them find a job when they have completed their certificate program. Certificates can be completed in as little as eight months, and the curriculum is strongly focused on the workplace, including an internship. Programs include health care, computer information sciences, and advanced manufacturing.

Mary Campbell of Methuen, who was a hairdresser for 30 years and most recently an administrative assistant, learned about the program at the ValleyWorks Career Center last fall and quickly enrolled. She will complete a Certificate in Help Desk Technology this fall, and plans to continue on for an associate degree while working full-time. Campbell is confident that her internship in the IT Department at Northern Essex will lead to a job troubleshooting computers and she is also interested in data management. “I never thought I would be at this point,” Campbell said. “It’s truly an amazing feeling.”

The $20 million grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Massachusetts Community College System. As part of the Transformation Agenda, community colleges across the state are developing programs in targeted areas including life sciences and biotechnology.

information technology, health care, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and financial services and entrepreneurship. Visit the college online at www.necc.mass.edu.