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April 21, 2014

Tower Hill Neighborhood Association meeting Wednesday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will be hosting its monthly meeting on a special date, Wednesday April 23. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served starting at 6 p.m. In attendance will be representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, City Councilors and elected state officials. Also invited are representatives of GroundWork Lawrence to discuss their operation and a potential partnership for a community garden on Tower Hill.

If you have never attended a neighborhood association meeting, this will be a great first meeting to attend. The THNA is a non-profit organization made up of home owners, neighbors and businesses who work together with city officials to improve the quality of life in Lawrence.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Keith Wlodyka, 603-548-9929 (c) and we hope to see you at the meeting.

Lawrence High alumni banquet May 15

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence High School alumni night banquet will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the LHSA cafeteria. All alumni are invited to join us in welcoming our new members as we award this year’s scholarships.

Please RSVP by May 7th to Chris Eldredge at chris@lhsaa.com or leave a message at the alumni office 978-722-8481.

Firefighting Museum to unveil new Children’s Corner

HAVERHILL —The Haverhill Firefighting Museum will unveil its new Children’s Corner during an opening day celebration on May 3. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Children’s Corner is equipped with a fire engine children can play in, fire reels and hoses children can pull, and a dress-up area.

Children are invited to meet and have pictures taken with museum mascot Dottie the Dalmatian.

A working fire truck from the Haverhill Fire Department will be on site. The department’s fire safety smoke tunnel will be there to teach children how to crawl to safety beneath smoke should a fire occur. Children can participate in a bucket brigade and experience what it was like to put out fires during early times. The museum gift shop will be open and refreshment will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and $10 for families. Admission is free for service men and women. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a membership drive. Annual memberships offer unlimited admission plus 10 percent off in the museum gift shop.

The Haverhill Firefighting Museum, located in the historic Armory Building at 75 Kenoza Ave., is home to one of the largest collections of New England Firefighting History in New England. For more information, visit online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.com or call 978-372-4061.

Gray denied bid for new trial

BRENTWOOD — A judge has rejected former Salem Planning Board member Jeffrey Gray’s request for a new trial in his rape case.

Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling ruled there was no evidence Gray was wrongly convicted in the rape of a 36-year-old New York woman in March 2011.

He is serving a seven- to 14-year sentence in New Hampshire State Prison after a jury found him guilty of aggravated felonious sexual assault in July 2012.

Gray told Wageling during hearings in November and February that authorities botched their investigation and that key DNA evidence would lead to his acquittal.

Gray accused the prosecution and victim of lying and investigators from withholding the results of a rape kit test. It was later revealed that the lab report had been misfiled, but Wageling said that did not prevent Gray from receiving a fair trial.

Bestselling author, dog visit library

PLAISTOW — Former U.S. Army Cpt. Luis Montalván and his loyal service dog Tuesday will be at Plaistow Public Library Sunday at 2 p.m. to share their inspirational journey, answer questions and sign copies of their book, “Until Tuesday.”

Montalván is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and advocate. Tuesday is the recipient of the 2013 American Kennel Club Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence – Service Dog.