EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 16, 2012

Merrimack Valley in a minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Duck Bridge crossing

LAWRENCE — Mayor William Lantigua and state and local officials will walk over the newly restored Duck Bridge today at noon.

The historic bridge has been closed for restoration since July 2010.

The official ribbon cutting and ceremonial crossing will start on Union Street (north side) at noon. The public is invited.

Donations needed for Samaritan’s

Purse Project

SALEM — A drop-off center has been established at Berge’s Real Estate for those who would like to contribute to the Samaritan’s Purse Project.

The Samaritan’s Purse Project delivers gifts to children around the world affected by war, terrorism, poverty and natural disasters.

Individuals, families, schools, Scouts, and religious and civic organizations are invited participate.

This will be the 10th year that Berge’s, 22 S. Broadway, has helped needy children during the holidays.

For more information, contact Vici Kramar at 893-8686, Ext. 208.

Meet newly elected officials this morning at NECC

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, will host a meet and greet this morning with those who were elected to the Legislature from the Merrimack Valley on Nov. 6 . This event is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103-B, on NECC’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St. and will include a brief speaking program and coffee and breakfast pastries, compliments of the college. Expected to attend are incumbent State Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of Ways and Means, incumbent State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, newly elected State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, and newly elected State Representatives Diana DiZoglio and Lenny Mirra. Also attending the event is Denise Johnson, aide to returning U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. This complimentary event is open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For more information contact the Chamber at 978-373-5663 or info@haverhillchamber.com.

Performances of

The Nutcracker Ballet on tap

NORTH ANDOVER — New England Civic Ballet’s annual performances of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet,” will be presented at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, North Andover. Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children age 12 and under, and for seniors age 55 and older. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more attending the same performance. More information is available from Phyllis George at 978-975-0289.

Pentucket Players stage ‘Sunset Boulevard’

This weekend the Pentucket Players will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Sunset Boulevard” at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.

The show, based on a 1950 movie of the same title, focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent movie star desperate to make a return to the screen. Fate brings an unknown screenwriter, Joe Gillis, into her life. They begin to rely on each other for much more than the rewriting of her screenplay.

Sunset Boulevard features North Andover’s April Foley in the role of Norma Desmond, and North Shore native Will Rousmaniere as Joe Gillis. Appearing in ensemble and supporting roles are Dale Cripe and Amy McCorkle of North Andover; Michael Levy and Jon Brody of Andover; Kerry Molloy, Meghan Lawton, and Marisa Potts of Methuen and Egan Davis, Tracey Dorr, Janet Hickey, Holly McGrath, Jessica Woodard, and Beth Tilden all of Haverhill.

The show is produced by locals Marie Bliven and directed by John R. Buzzell, with musical direction by Alan Freedman and choreography by Annemarie LaTulip.

The show runs Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17-18, and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $24. Call 978-521-9259 or visit pentucketplayers.org.