---- — METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni on Wednesday met with teachers and students at the Islamic Academy for Peace at 125 Oakland Ave. on a tour that included a session with members of the school’s Student Council, where Zanni discussed community involvement and what it is like to run for office.
“It was a great experience to have an intimate discussion with the Student Council members,” explained Zanni. “They are an active organization of students at the Academy.”
Zanni described his responsibilities as mayor, while answering questions from the group of students. Questions asked included why Zanni first chose to run for Mayor; and what it is like to campaign for office.
After the students were finished asking questions, the Mayor asked the students what the goals of the Student Council is.
“We want to be a charitable organization that will help the community and make the school a better place,” said Leena Hamad, President of the Student Council.
Cheers for turkey at Methuen VFW
METHUEN — The Arnold Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8349 in Methuen will throw their annual Turkey Cheer fundraiser next week, said post Commander Steven Paine and Ladies Auxiliary President Judy Fay Donahue.
The event will be held at the post’s home at 26 River St., at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. Proceeds will go to local veterans charities and the post home. Post members and the post committee are also soliciting items for a raffle that evening.
If residents or members have any questions or want to donate items, call the post at 978-687-9465.
Churches to take donations for hurricane victims
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has authorized a collection be taken the weekend of Nov. 10-11 in all parishes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
O’Malley wants donations in support of the relief efforts to areas devastated by Sandy, particularly in Haiti, Cuba and areas in the Northeast United States. All monies collected will be distributed from the Archdiocese of Boston to the church agencies involved in these relief efforts.
Parishioners should address their checks to their parish, with “Hurricane Sandy Relief” in the memo. The parish will then send one check payable to the Archdiocese of Boston, with “Hurricane Sandy Relief” in the memo. Checks can be sent to: Attn: Cashier, in care of, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, Mass. 02184-3839.
Puerto Ricans celebrate their country’s discovery
LAWRENCE — Movimiento Puertoriqueno celebrates the 519th anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at General Donovan School, 50 Cross St.
Puerto Rico was discovered on Nov. 19, 1493 by Christopher Columbus.
Downloading music becomes easier at Lawrence library
LAWRENCE — The city’s public library has joined Library Ideas, a network of library websites that offers access to more than 3 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.
The Freega Music Service will allow the Lawrence Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Lawrence Public Library can log on to www.lawrencefreelibrary.org download a select number of Freegal Music tracks on the MP3 format monthly at no direct cost. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.
The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.