---- — ANDOVER — A full slate of topical animal issues presented by animal rights experts, combined with animal tricks and demonstrations, will highlight the Massachusetts School of Law’s Seventh Annual Animal Rights Day on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. The school is located at 500 Federal St.
Legal issues related to animal rights and animal cruelty will be addressed by legal experts in the field of animal rights law. A police dog demonstration will be presented by the Essex County Sheriff’s department. Kids’ activities will also be available, including an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, face painting, animal crafts, and Boo the Pony. The Andover Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck to demonstrate its equipment to attendees.
NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled American, an organization that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance, will also be at the event, as will BlueDog, a local company that provides a full range of canine-related services.
A complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off the event; a complimentary lunch will also be provided. For more information call (978) 681-0800.
Regional transportation forum open to public
HAVERHILL — MassINC and Transportation for Massachusetts will hold a public forum and panel discussion on regional transportation investments in Massachusetts Gateway Cities Tuesday, April 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center (Room 103AB) on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.
MassINC will present a new research report titled “Reinventing Transit: A Blueprint for Investing in Regional Transit Authorities for Strong Gateway City Economies,” which provides a roadmap for how new public resources in regional transit can be invested with a focus on improving the economic performance of Gateway Cities like Lawrence and Haverhill.
The program will include remarks by elected officials, a presentation on the report’s findings, a panel discussion and questions from the audience. This is the seventh of several forums that are being held in Gateway Cities throughout Massachusetts. More information is available from Rachel Marquez at 617-224-1709.
LGH President named to health policy council
LAWRENCE — Dianne J. Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, was named to the state Health Policy Commission (HPC) Advisory Council by Health Policy Commission Executive Director David Seltz.
The Council brings together a wide range of health care leaders from an array of fields to guide the HPC’s implementation of the state’s landmark health care cost containment law. The Council’s first public meeting was held Tuesday where members began their efforts to help the HPC achieve its top priority: developing policies that reduce overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care.
The Health Policy Commission Advisory Council will advise on the HPC’s overall operations and policies, and is charged with implementing a new health care cost control law, developing policies to reduce overall cost growth, and monitoring health care delivery.
Andover budget forum set for April 10
ANDOVER — The League of Women Voters budget forum has been changed to Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room, 36R Bartlet St., Second Floor of the School Administration Building.
The forum brings together leaders of town government to discuss issues and answer citizen questions about the FY 2014 budget. The forum will be televised live and taped for rebroadcast on Andover TV, Comcast Channel 99 and Verizon Channel 43.
Residents may make presenters aware of concerns they would like addressed at the forum by emailing questions in advance. Additional questions will be taken from those who attend in person and can be emailed in during the forum. Whether you plan to attend in person or watch from home, send your questions to: VoterServiceAndover@lwv-andovers.org.
Andover recognizing National Public Health Week next month
The Andover Health Department has announced activities for the month of April set to bring attention to National Public Health Week. Public Health Week celebrates the work local health departments do on a day-to-day basis to care for the citizens they serve. The theme for 2013 is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” ROI stands for “Return on Investment.”
The Public Health Museum in Tewksbury also is holding several events that are free and open to the public. Visit their website for the schedule: publichealthmuseum.org.
As part of the effort, upcoming Andover health events include the following:
The Andover Health Department will hold a cholesterol screening program on Thursday, April 11. Call for details and appointment.
Adults wishing to be vaccinated against pneumonia and TdaP (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) can call for details and appointments.
Blood pressure clinics will be conducted every Wednesday at the Andover Senior Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on a walk-in basis.
A Sharps Disposal Day, in conjunction with the Andover Police Department and a DEA Medication Disposal Day, will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the West Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A public health display and information table will be set up at the Memorial Hall Library.
Residents seeking further information may call the Andover Health Department at 978-623-8295.