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November 1, 2012

Dempsey pre-election breakfast Sunday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — State Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill will hold his annual pre-election breakfast on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Amvets hall, 576 Primrose St.

Tickets are available at the door and are $2.50 for children and senior citizens and $5 for adults. Candidates for state and federal offices have been invited.

Performances of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' begin tomorrow

Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players will present the classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the college's Haverhill campus.

Additional performances are Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. This adaptation will be directed by NECC student Brianne Beatrice of Marblehead. This classic comedy follows the antics of the murderous Brewster family. Written by Joseph Kesselring, this play gained notoriety when it was adapted for a film featuring Cary Grant.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the play or online at MVArts.info. General admission is $10 and $8 for students and senior citizens. More information is available from Susan Sanders at 978-556-3374. The cast includes Haverhill residents Will MacDonald as Dr. Einstein, Danielle Ryan as Officer Klein and Katelyn Demers as Martha Brewster. Alex Spinelli of Plaistow plays Mortimer Brewster.

Free seminar on Dementia-related mood disorders

Treatment of Mood Disorders Associated with Dementia, a free medical Meet the Expert seminar with Neuropsychologist Buck Woo, Ph.D., is Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium.

Woo will help attendees understand the difference between mood disorders for normal aging versus dementia syndromes; the use of neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging and other clinical measures to identify different types of anxiety, depression, and agitation; treatment approaches based on stage and severity of dementia syndromes and strengths; and limitations of different behavioral and medical treatments for mood disorders associated with dementia.

The seminar provides one free contact hour for nursing. it is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required by calling 978-420-1168 or emailing jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.

BauerFinancial awards Haverhill Bank top rating

Haverhill Bank has received BauerFinancial's top five-star rating.

The rating is based on industry standard, annual financial data as of June 30. Five-star institutions appear on Bauer Financial’s “Recommended Report.” The ratings classify each institution based on a variety of factors, including capital level, profitability, historical trends, reserves, regulatory compliance and asset quality.

"The five-star rating is a testament to the standards we put into place and the core practices that have been at the foundation of the bank for 135 years," said Haverhill Bank President and CEO Thomas Mortimer.

Women of NECC plan Membership Tea

Internationally recognized fashion designer Denise Hajjar, who is also designer-in-residence at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, will be the special guest at the Women of Northern Essex Community College annual Membership Tea on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $45 per person. Seating is reserved. Fashion maven Yolanda, owner of Yolanda Online, will be the event’s presenter. Hajjar has designed costumes for television, theatrer, commercials and movies; new uniforms for the Boston Children's Chorus and most recently, five gowns for Vanna White from "The Wheel of Fortune" TV show.

The tea menu will feature assorted tea sandwiches, a fruit cascade, and a variety of desserts. Founded in 1997, The Women of NECC was organized to help Northern Essex in its efforts to raise money for scholarships for needy and deserving students. More information is available by calling Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789 or lsmerdon@necc.mass.edu.