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January 9, 2013

Baseball league registration to be held on Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

The contest is coordinated by NECC Professor of English Dr. Paul Saint-Amand, a Vietnam era veteran who is committed to peace. NECC students are collaborating on the project and will host the public reading. Submit entries to: peacepoetry@necc.mass.edu or NECC Peace Poetry Contest, 100 Elliott St., Spurk 317H, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399. For more information contact Saint-Amand at 978-556-3307, psaintamand@necc.mass.edu or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu and search for “peace poetry contest.” This contest is sponsored by the NECC Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department, and the Service Learning Committee.

Council on Aging plans new trip

The Council on Aging is planning a mid-winter trip to visit and tour the Boston Public Library.

This historic treasure houses 8.9 million books and a wealth of rare books and manuscripts, maps, musical scores, and prints. Of significant importance is the Sargent Gallery, which includes spectacular murals painted by John Singer Sargent. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11.

Weekly Tai Chi class offered

The Council on Aging is offering weekly Tai Chi classes.

The class offers a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching, which can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase flexibility and balance. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults. Class meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and the cost is $5 per one-hour session. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Council on Aging hosts Diabetes Support Group

A Diabetes Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 45 on the second floor of the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Karen DiPietro of Home Health VNA leads the group. The group provides important information to assist seniors living with diabetes. Reservations are not required to attend this group. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Sacred Hearts plans open house

Sacred Hearts School in Bradford will hold an open house Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sacred Hearts offers a pre-kindergarten to grade eight program characterized by faith and values, caring community, proven academic excellence, curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts frameworks and Archdiocesan guidelines, extensive extra-curricular programs, and before- and after-school programs. Visit online at sacredheartsbradford.org or to arrange for a tour call 978-372-5451 or 978-374-7161.

NECC names new Foundation member

Robert Iannaco of Hudson, N.H., administrator at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, was recently appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Foundation board.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization established to provide support and expanded opportunities for the college. Incorporated in 1972, the foundation assists the college by making connections with the business community, foundations, and other potential revenue sources and by hosting a variety of fundraising events. Funds raised are used for student scholarshipsequipment purchases; program revitalization; faculty and staff development and other needs as they arise and are approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors.