EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 20, 2013

Haverhill boxing club holds fundraiser on Sunday


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Hospital to hold Harvest Spaghetti Supper on Oct. 4

Merrimack Valley Hospital will hold a Harvest Spaghetti Supper fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 4, with all proceeds going to the Boston One Fund.

The supper, sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee, will be held at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St., from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Seating is limited so please purchase tickets early as this event has sold out every year it has been held. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, cash bar and assorted desserts. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There will be a DJ and a 50/50 raffle. To obtain tickets, please contact Jude from 2:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 978 374-2000, or Ralph at 978 521-8184.

Library to host Trivia Night on Oct. 3

A Trivia Night hosted by Geeks who Drink will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the public library, 99 Main St. Geeks who Drink host trivia events across the country and will be bringing their unique brand of humor and knowledge of all things trivial. You can come as a team or on your own. There will be snacks, prizes and friendly competition. Alcohol will not be allowed. For more information or to register for this event, visit www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586 with questions.

Library formingnew book club

The public library will host the inaugural meeting of its new book club, “Get Lit,” on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Get Lit is a social book group aimed at 20 and 30 somethings, and those who can fake it. The group will meet monthly at the Barking Dog Ale House in downtown Haverhill. October’s book is “The Fallback Plan” by Leigh Stein. Visit www.getlit.blogspot.com or www.haverhillpl.org. Follow on twitter @getlithpl.

Talk on the safetyof elders planned

Michael Springman, protective services supervisor for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will lead an informational presentation on the role of protective services in your community and what steps to take if you have concerns about someone you know. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.