EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 16, 2013

Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanup

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Volunteers are being sought to help out with annual Beautification Day at Bellevue and Saint Mary’s Cemeteries Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will help clean up the cemeteries in preperation for Memorial Day and local Veterans Services will conduct a proper flag disposal service at Bellevue Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Saint Mary’s Mausoleum. Afterwards volunteers are invited to attend a cookout.

Howard Dean at Phillips Academy tonight

ANDOVER — Former Vermont governor and one-time U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean visits Phillips Academy for a talk at 7 tonight in Kemper Auditorium inside the Elson Art Center at 5 Chapel Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

From 1982 to 1986, Dean served in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he was elected assistant minority leader in 1985. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1986, and then re-elected for two more terms. Following the sudden death of Gov. Richard Snelling on August 1991, Dean was sworn in to the governor’s seat. He was elected to a full term in 1992 and subsequently re-elected to five consecutive two-year terms.

In 2004, Dean, a native New Yorker, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination as an early frontrunner. After an unsuccessful bid, he went on to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee until 2010.

Dean’s visit is sponsored by Phillips Academy’s Department of History and Social Science and the PA Democrats Club.

Cancer survivor marks anniversary at TeamWalk

Johanna “Jojo” Rodriguez is a Methuen resident and 4th grade teacher at Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence. At age 39, Rodriguez was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in May of 2012 and was treated at Lowell General Hospital’s cancer center.

“I can’t say enough about the staff at the cancer center,” said Rodriguez who will tke part in the 14th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare event will take place this Sunday, May 19th at the Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell.

The walk will mark the one year anniversary of Rodriguez’s diagnosis and a chance to celebrate being disease free while helping other patients who are going through treatment. Rodriguez has assembled a team of friends and family who will walk to raise money for the cause. Her team name — the Colon Justice League — comes from Rodriquez’s love of Wonder Woman and the power she represents. The team has already doubled their fundraising goal by raising over $2,000 and counting.

This year’s walk will include a 6.2 and 3-mile route and will be hosted by celebrity chairpersons Lori Grande of Country 102.5 WKLB and Matt Noyes, NECN’s chief meteorologist. Renee Rancourt will sing the National Anthem in front of what is expected to be a crowd of thousands.

Last year, with the help of corporate partners and more than 5,000 walkers, TeamWalk raised $908,000 to support the Cancer Center’s services for patients and their families. This year they are hoping to break the $1 million mark.

If you plan to go, you can register or get more information at www.teamwalk.org

American Training holds Celebrate Good times Gala

More than 250 residents and guests of American Training, Inc. celebrated personal milestones at ATI’s Celebrate Good Times Gala on May 10 at Indian Ridge Country Club, Andover.

The Mardi Gras themed celebration was an opportunity for the guests and residents of workforce development, residential homes, and rehabilitative programs to be recognized for contributions to their communities and dedication through years of program attendance.

Guests attend American Training in order to enrich their lives as well as better their futures through life skills education and guided employment.

“Our guests and residents had an amazing time celebrating their accomplishments at our Celebrate Good Times Gala,” Gail Roberts, Vice President and Director of Day Services said.

Individuals come to American Training, Inc. to utilize unique support programs and specialized housing through the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and local school districts.

Individuals who are a part of American Training’s residential programs call one of 13 group residences home. Located in Andover, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, and Newburyport, each specialized residential support service affirms the dignity of its residents, and advocates for their right to participate in their communities.