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September 20, 2013

Haverhill boxing club holds fundraiser on Sunday

To help support the city’s young boxers, The Haverhill Inner City Boxing club will hold a fall fundraiser this Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at Archie’s Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square. Parking is free.

The club will raffle off wine baskets, gift certificates and a Nintendo Wii. An auction will feature signed photographs of sports personalities. There will be live music. The one-year-old boxing club is run by volunteers Joe Ferguson and Joe Calnan, who organized this fundraiser to help finance a permanent home for the club.

“We’re trying to raise a year’s rent to get a place our guys can call home,” Ferguson said.

The club’s agenda focuses on sportsmanship and education. The club offers after school tutoring, a gym for training and boxing and eventually adult education programs. With the remaining members of the old Haverhill Boxing Club, Ferguson and Calnan assembled a new group of fighters when the Haverhill Boxing Club broke up about a year ago.

“It’s been tough trying to get a new place,” Ferguson said. “There are not a lot of spaces available that meet the city’s building codes and safety regulations.”

Currently, the Haverhill boxers train at a gym in Lawrence.

First-time home buyer training offered

Community Action Inc. is offering a first time homebuyer education workshop for area residents beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors. A state approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three night course. Classes are Tuesday, Sept. 24, Thursday, 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 1. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take this training. For more information contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.

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