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April 30, 2013

Irish Cottage donates 100 percent of food sales today to One Fund

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN – The Irish Cottage, 1111 Riverside Drive, Methuen will donate 100 percent of all food sales today to One Fund, the fund set up to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The offer includes all take-out orders today. There were be a few gift baskets raffled off as well.

For more information, contact the restaurant at 978-208-4347.

‘Top Chef’ headlines local fundraiser

HAVERHILL – The nation’s newest celebrity chef Kristen Kish of Boston is the featured guest at the inaugural Spring Celebrity Series event to benefit Emmaus.

In February, Kish won the culinary competition series “Top Chef Seattle: Season 10” on the Bravo network. Kish will prepare a dish, discuss her technique and take questions from the audience.

The event takes place May 8, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:15, at the Rogers Center for the Arts on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Kish plans and prepares the dining experience each day at Stir in Boston’s South End. The store is one in a series of kitchens and restaurants that are the brainchild of Chef Barbara Lynch, whom Kish credits with expanding her culinary horizons.

Proceeds from the Spring Celebrity Series event will benefit Emmaus’ operating budget and support programs such as emergency shelter, adult education and meals.

General admission tickets are $25, which includes the presentation, audience Q&A and post-presentation reception. VIP tickets are $75 each and include a private reception with the chef before the presentation. A silent auction offering entertaining and culinary gifts will continue throughout the evening.

For more information about Emmaus’ services and mission, visit emmausinc.org.

To order tickets, visit http://conta.cc/WHm2sK.

Chamber honors veterans and technical schools

HAVERHILL – The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor veterans by bestowing its Ralph B. Wilkinson Award during its annual dinner tomorrow at DiBurro’s Function Hall, Boston Road. Cocktails start at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m.

State Treasurer Steve Grossman is the keynote speaker.

The Community Spirit Award will be presented to both Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover and Whittier Regional Technical School in Haverhill. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 per table. To register, call 686-0900 or email jjb@merrimackvalleychamber.com.

Jews, Christians, Muslims meet for National Day of Prayer

NORTH ANDOVER - Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will gather for prayer at noon in Cascia Hall on the campus of Merrimack College.

The National Day of Prayer service is sponsored by The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College and Communities Together, Inc.

Lawrence Vietnam Memorial hosts scholarship cabaret

LAWRENCE - The Lawrence Vietnam Memorial hosts its 22nd annual scholarship cabaret Saturday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant, 399 Canal St.

Roll call of the 18 Lawrence men who died during the war will be at 7:45 p.m. The event features buffet, cake, coffee, raffles, door prizes, cash bar and disc jockey.

The cost is $20 per person. For tickets call memorial founder, Ed “Hoppy” Curran at 978-685-7407. Proceeds from last year’s cabaret allowed the Lawrence Vietnam Memorial committee to present $3,800 in scholarships and awards to students from the Merrimack Valley.

Independent Realtor agency enters franchise arena

METHUEN - Kenneth Daher and Mary Koontz-Daher, brokers and co-owners of Daher Companies in Methuen, have announced their long established independent agency’s move into the franchise arena as an independently owned and operated member of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates (WREA). The firm, located at 235 East St., is now Weichert Realtors-Daher Companies.

Known primarily as an REO and new construction brokerage, the agency’s affiliation with Weichert “opens many opportunities for the young people in our business to grow along with the company,” Koontz-Daher said. Family members George Koontz and Nicholas Daher, their sons, are among the agents. The company boasts multi-lingual agents serving the community in Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Italian.

Among the reasons for joining Weichert is the agent support-- the training, “superb” technology and the Weichert Lead Network, which is “unlike any other,” Koontz-Daher said.

The partners researched several other opportunities and found WREA to have “the best people” as well as the systems and tools that make it “a good fit.”