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January 9, 2013

Baseball league registration to be held on Saturday

The Riverside-Bradford Baseball League will hold walk-in registration for the 2013 season on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the public library, 99 Main St.

Children ages 5 to 14 as of April 30 are eligible to participate. For more information visit online at www.rbbaseball.org.

Free ESOL Program prepares students for college, careers

More than 15 non-native English speakers will have the opportunity to attend a free, 20-week program designed to teach them English as it is used in Northern Essex Community College’s health care certificate programs.

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Bridge to College and Health Careers Program will be offered at the NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence beginning this month. The program will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Jan. 21 through July 15, with spring and summer breaks.

The program is funded by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation in partnership with Verizon. Intermediate English speakers with a high school diploma or G.E.D. are encouraged to apply. The 180-hour program will include pre-college level classes teaching English language skills through Introduction to Healthcare Occupations, Oral Communications, Medical Terminology, Computer Skills, and College Success. Students who complete the two semesters will be better prepared to enroll and succeed in a college-level course work. This course is available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible participants. More information is available from Amanda Kelly at 978-556-3259 or akelly@necc.mass.edu.

NECC seeks submissions for Peace Poetry Contest

Students in kindergarten to grade 12, both from public and private schools, as well as adults affiliated with the schools, and Northern Essex Community College students are invited to participate in NECC’s fifth annual Peace Poetry Contest and Reading.

Participants create and submit original poems on the subject of peace.The deadline for submission is March 15. Approximately 80 poems and accompanying artwork will be selected for publication in a small book of poetry to be published later in the spring. In addition, selected entrants will be invited to take part in a poetry reading on May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on NECC’s Haverhill Campus.

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