EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

Former NFL great to speak in Haverhill

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Former NFL great Joe Jackson, defensive end for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, will speak at New Life Christian Assembly of God, 966 Main St. on Saturday at a breakfast at 8 a.m. and on Sunday at both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services.

Jackson played during the Joe Namath era and was one of the Vikings’ “Purple People Eaters.”

Jackson is an evangelist to athletes and conference speaker to Christian men’s groups throughout the country.

Children, teens, adults and all sports enthusiasts are invited to attend. More information is available by calling 978-373-1379 or emailing nlc.news@yahoo.com.

Big Band concert Labor Day

Creative Haverhill at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will kick off its National Holiday Concert Series with a performance on Labor Day by The Cape Ann Big Band, a 20-piece swing orchestra with two vocalists.

The concert is at 6 p.m. in downtown Washington Square.

This new concert series will feature celebrations of Haverhill’s workers, veterans and MIAs. The series will continue with a Veterans Day performance on Nov. 10 and a Memorial Day concert on May 25.

“These concerts are a creative way of saying thank you to the men and women from Haverhill who keep us safe and our economy growing,” said Sven Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

The concert series is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Haverhill Bank, and Pentucket Medical Associates. GPS users can navigate to 1 Washington Square. More information is available online at CreativeHaverhill.org or by calling the Greater Haverhill Chamber at 978-373-5663.

Labor Day concert at Winnekenni Castle

Winnekenni Castle will hold a free blues concert on the lawn on Monday, Labor Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring the band “Rockspring.”

Admission is free. Lawn toys for children will be out on the grounds. Food and refreshments will be available.

Suicide Prevention walk Oct. 5

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its first Merrimack Valley/Haverhill Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at Winnekenni Park.

Check-in time is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. These 3- to 5-mile walks take place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information is available from Mary Beth Traynor at 978-764-8525.

NECC student receives scholarship

Northern Essex Community College student Marie Phillips of Haverhill is one of 100 students nationwide to receive the Pearson Prize Scholarship, an award that recognizes students who are giving back to their community.

A graduate of Haverhill High School, Phillips is an Early Childhood Education major at NECC and will graduate in May 2014. On campus, Phillips is a member of the PACE Program, a federally-funded student support services program, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also involved in the Student Leadership Development Program, serves as a presidential student ambassador and is secretary of the Early Childhood Education Club. This summer, Phillips is working on campus in the Student Engagement Center as a new student orientation leader welcoming new students to NECC.

Phillips is also active in her community. She volunteers at Emmaus House in Haverhill, providing tutoring and arts and craft activities for the children there. She also works with the JumpStart program as a JumpStart Corps member working with local schoolchildren to strengthen their language and reading skills. This fall she will be a team leader with the program.

“As a single parent, receiving the scholarship money is amazing,” Phillips said. “It gives me the privilege of being part of something so much bigger than just myself by being included in an amazing group of student leaders.”

After graduating, Phillips plans to transfer to a four-year college to complete her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, followed by her master’s degree in early childhood education. Phillips hopes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Scholarship winners receive $1,000, are named a Pearson Prize Fellow, and are given leadership guidance by the Pearson Foundation over the course of the year.