EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 25, 2012

Rally for Allie set for Friday in Methuen


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN – Allison Hawkes, a 2012 Methuen High graduate who has fought with cancer most of her life, learned over the summer she must fight a fourth battle with cancer. After triumphing three times, Hawkes got involved with the Methuen Relay for Life and was a co-chair for the event her senior year. In between episodes, Hawkes played soccer and was a swimmer, among many other activities.

She has deferred her first year at Wheelock College to undergo treatment.

Hawkes and her mother travel several times a week to Boston’s Floating Hospital for chemo treatment, and the trips are taking a financial toll on the family with gas, food, missed work and overnight stays in the city.

To help, Methuen Public Schools is have a “Rally for Allie” Jeans Day on Friday, Sept. 28. Employees can wear jeans and contribute a $5 donation to the main office at each building.

In addition, a fund has been set up in her name for residents who would like to contribute more. Donations can be set to Allison Hawkes, c/o Methuen Cooperative Bank, 243 Broadway, PO Box 657, Methuen, MA 01844.

Anyone interested in receiving updates on Allie’s progress or would like to send her a message can visit her Care Page at www.carepages.com/carepages/AllieDoodles/surveys/visitor.

Library to host international labor poster exhibit

HAVERHILL - An International labor poster exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509 will be on display at the public library Sept. 29 to Oct. 27. Lewis is a long-time activist in the labor movement. Poster art is one of the most powerful means of communication and the examples in this second exhibit speak eloquently of the battle for economic, political, and social achievements of women. The artists who created these posters reflect their respective cultures as well as their own creative consciousness.

This exhibit, titled “International Women’s Day” will be on display on the second floor during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday form 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day.

Brides’ March raises awareness at domestic violence

LAWRENCE - The 10th annual Brides’ March to raise awareness and healing from domestic violence takes place tomorrow at 114 Plaza, Winthrop Avenue and South Union Street. Marchers meet at 4:15 p.m. and the walk ends with a vigil at Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.

During the walk, women wear wedding dresses or all white and men dress in black in solidarity for the memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant who was murdered on her wedding day by her estranged boyfriend 12 years ago in New Jersey. It also honors the fallen victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Brides’ March officially kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force, a coalition coordinated by the YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

Following the walk from South Lawrence to the north side of the city, names of all the victims killed by their abuser in Massachusetts this year will be part of an exhibit at the Senior Center.

The event is sponsored by Delamano, Inc., in collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force, and the City of Lawrence Senior Center.

Chamber luncheon

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HAVERHILL - The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host a special speaker series luncheon event featuring State. Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of Way and Means, and Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The luncheon is Oct. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Haverhill Country Club. Dempsey and Crosby will give an overview of gaming in Massachusetts, including the commission’s work on gaming to date, the future of gaming in Massachusetts, and its fiscal impact. A question and answer session will follow the lunch and presentation. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To purchase tickets or for more information contact Jen Cantwell at 978-373-5663 or jen@haverhillchamber.com.

Golf tournament to raise money for scholarship, Chris Boshar Fund

LAWRENCE - The Lawrence Rotary Club is having a Rotary Cup Golf Tournament Oct. 1 at Far Corner Golf Course in West Boxford.

The tournament will be a “scramble” format with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Registration is at 7 a.m. Refreshments and a barbecue, raffle and prizes will follow.

Proceeds will support the Lawrence Rotary’s Scholarship Fund, Community Outreach Programs with a portion will go to the Chris Boshar Foundation. Chris Boshar is the son of longtime Rotarian and past president Kathy Boshar, who suffered spinal injuries in a diving accident. To register and for further information go to http://lawrcup.golfreg.com