EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 27, 2013

City celebrates March on Washington tomorrow

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mayor James Fiorentini invites residents who took part in the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, to a celebration in his office tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Coffee and refreshments will be served. The mayor will be presenting citations to residents who took part in this historic event, including resident Irene Chretian. Fiorentini said the March on Washington was organized 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, by Civil Rights leaders.

The March protested what was called segregation, the legal system in the south at the time, where black Americans could not go to the same schools as whites, sleep in the same hotels, eat in the same restaurants and often were not allowed the right to vote. At the end of the March, a young minister from Alabama spoke eloquently of a dream.

That “I have a Dream Speech” became one of the greatest speeches in American history. The speaker was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who went on to inspire the nation.

Psychic readings Thursday at castle

Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Readers will be on hand inside the castle for appointments. The castle’s regular readers, Judith-Anne and Valeria joined this month by tarot specialist and intuitive reader “Kuri,” who is returning as a regular after a being away from the area for several years.

Cost is $20 per 15-minute reading. Multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Appointments are booked at the door only. Special guest is Cara Smoley, who does wisdom portraits, or intuitive drawings on-site. Smoley will meditate on people’s signatures and create a personal image in color received from the surrounding energy field then will explain the meaning of the portrait and answer questions. Doors open at 5:55 p.m. Guests are permitted to purchase later hour appointments, leave the castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle’s main hall is welcomed. Refreshments will be available. For more information visit www.winnekenni.com.

Trip to see Cavalia Odysseo planned

The Council on Aging is planning a trip to see the internationally acclaimed Cavalia performance in Somerville on Sept. 7.

Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience and an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. More than 50 horses and an international cast will perform. Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are $153 per person and seats are in the Gold Section Center, Rows G and H. For reservations or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Trip to see West Side Story planned

The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Ogunquit, Maine, on Sept. 15.

This trip includes a visit to Perkins Cove for shopping, lunch, and a walk on the beautiful Marginal Way, followed by a visit to the Ogunquit Playhouse for a 2 p.m. matinee performance of “West Side Story.” The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m and returns about 6 p.m. Tickets are $93 per person. For reservations or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

NECC honors program grows

At nearly 15 years old, the Honors Experience has hit its stride at Northern Essex Community College with more students enrolling in honors classes and graduating from the honors program than ever before.

A dozen NECC graduates completed the honors program this spring, which was about double the graduates from previous years, said English Professor Ginger Hurajt, coordinator of the honors program.

About 85 students actively participated in the program last academic year. NECC stepped up its outreach to students through social media, personal letters, and encouraging honors students to present their honors projects so that other students will be exposed to them.

Why should students consider taking honors courses or enrolling in the honors program?

“Without question, for scholarship,” Hurajt said. “Our honors students have historically received some terrific scholarships.”

Hurajt said some students do just one honors course or project without committing to the honors program. That course receives honors designation on the transcript.

Students in the Honors Program also participate in an Honors Community Service Learning Activity, and have volunteered for hospices, veterans centers and homeless shelters. The Honors Experience has full status as a Commonwealth Honors Program, which guarantees transfer to a Massachusetts four-year state college or university honors programs upon acceptance to that institution. Students who complete all of the Honors Experience requirements receive special recognition at graduation and a Commonwealth Honors Scholar seal on their diploma. For more information visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.