EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 8, 2012

Project Bread awards over $225K to food programs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON — Project Bread, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, has awarded $226,650 in grants to emergency food programs in the northeastern part of the state, including the Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen in Lawrence, through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger.

The grants will support programs such as food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations providing hunger relief. Over 43,000 supporters walked to raise money to help the hungry.

Statewide, over 430 food programs received grants from Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger in 125 communities across the state. Below is a partial list of grant recipients in the northeastern area. For a complete listing, visit www.projectbread.org/fundedagencies.

Other recipients include Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury, Beverly Bootstraps Community Services and Open Pantry of Greater Lowell.

Two local authors visit Andover Bookstore

ANDOVER — Tiffany Schmidt, author of “Send Me a Sign” and AC Gaughen, author of “Scarlet”, will be reading from their young adult fiction novels and discussing what it’s like to be a first-time author on Nov. 19 at the Andover Bookstore.

Schmidt was raised in North Andover and went on to study English and elementary education at Lehigh University. Gaughen was born and raised in Hingham and attended Mount Holyoke College before going to Scotland to finish her education. She now lives in Somerville.

They will be at Andover Bookstore at 7 p.m. Their books will be on sale and the authors will be available for questions and signing after their presentation. Teens, parents, librarians and book lovers are particularly encouraged to attend.

Strikers monument reception is Nov. 16 in Lawrence

LAWRENCE — The Strikers’ Monument Committee is hosting an installation reception Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Strikers’ monument, across from City Hall, 200 Common St. A reception follows at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, 1 Jackson St. For information, contact cochairs Dave Meehan at 978-683-2182 and Jonas Stundza at 978-685-4478 or send an email to monument1912strike@hotmail.com.

Andover Senior Center Events

STUNNING AND SIMPLE SCARVES: Tuesday, Nov. 13; 1 p.m.; $10 includes materials. Go home with a cozy fleece scarf and the skills to make your own lovely items with crocheted and beaded edging.

HIGH TEA AND HISTORY: ANDOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Free with reservation. Join Civil War enthusiast Mike Morris Jr. as he discusses Joan Silva Patrakis’ book “Andover in the Civil War: The Spirit & Sacrifice of a New England Town” including the battlefield experiences and ravages of disease of Andover men and how the Civil War was remembered by its Andover participants.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: IMMIGRANTS AND THE BREAD & ROSES STRIKE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. $4. Prof. Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell and Chairman of the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee exhibit will discuss the history of the strike that changed the course of labor forever.

MI Health Care Services honors employees

LAWRENCE — Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services recently honored 59 employees for their commitment to the organization and their length of service at the Lawrence Elks Club.

Lawrence residents Tina Ducharme and Silvia Garcia were named Employees of the Year.

Ducharme has worked at Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services for 27 years. She is the lead certified nursing assistant for adult day health and is responsible for the daily scheduling of staff for all three programs, overseeing accurate and timely documentation of important statistics and monthly reporting.

Garcia has worked at Mary Immaculate for 10 years, beginning as a certified nursing assistant. She is now an accountant in the finance department for the residential community.

Employees were recognized for their length of service: 40 years: Wellena Byrnes and Susan Auclaire; 35 years: Marie McRobbie and Glenda Pelletier; 30 years, Maureen Moschetto and Eileen Grenier; 25 years: Isabel Rivera; 20 years: Kathy Callahan, Evarista Amaro, Laundry and Luz Ortega; 15 years: Nora Monroy, Julio Hilton, Nancy Sevigny, and Ramona Susana, Pedro Torres, Mary Crete, and Barbara Shaw; 10 years: Silvia Garcia, Rosemary Mbugua, Florence Marigi, Mayra Mendoza, and Melissa Martin, Nicole Martin, Barbara Tigere, Frances Gilfoyle, Kathleen Nickerson, John Raymond, Maria Figueroa, Miguel Feliz and Jose Guzman; 5 years: Mariana Acosta, Martin Njogu, Maria Diaz, Ivonne Perez, Danilda Diaz, Mirta Rivera, Alice Chege, Kristen Defrancesco, Cristina Solivan, Johanny Montas, Leane Hyppolite, Lynda Ouellette, Annie Brady, and Betty Nyaga, Jose Martinez, Vanessa Rosario, Gretchen Simpson, Karina Sosa, Rosalin Abreu, Lauren Valerio, Debra Barrier, and Frederick Raynes.