EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 23, 2013

Grant to help low-income students from Lawrence area

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Let’s Get Ready program has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). Let’s Get Ready will use the money to support its Lawrence program and help low-income and first-generation, college-bound students from the Greater Lawrence area attend college.

The Bettu Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (BBGLSF) was started in 1990 by Betty Beland, Administrator of the Stevens Foundations in North Andover. In January of 2001, ECCF was asked and agreed to take over the fund. The goal for the fund is to raise as much money as possible to serve as many local kids during the school summer vacation months as possible.

To learn more about Let’s Get Ready visit www.LetsGetReady.org

Tower Hill Neighborhood Assoc. meeting May 29

LAWRENCE — The next general meeting for the Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will be held on Wednesday May 29. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at OLGC Parish Judson Hall, directly behind St. Augustine’s Chapel, 526 Lowell St.

Attendees will be able to speak to representatives from the police and fire departments and to city councilors.

Light refreshments will be available. For additional information call THNA President, Dan Clark, 978-902-0595 or email, thna@thnalawrence.com. All THNA meetings are open to the public.

PMA students score well on national Spanish exams

METHUEN — Students from Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) earned a total of five silver and 11 honorable mentions during the 2013 National Spanish Examinations.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 156,000 students participating in 2013.”

Students from PMA have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Zulema Llerena and Pauline Giannantonio.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Rose Maria Redman, Head of School states “we are extremely proud of our students and especially of the hard work and dedication of our language teachers. This is a great accomplishment and they deserve accolades from this success.”

Silver Medal Award winners: Grade 9: Lindsey Gill, Nicholas Vicenty; Grade 10: Anny Vargas; Grade 11: Carlos Almonte, Lordysmilet Batista.

Honorable Mentions: Grade 9: Nicole Chaisson, Robert Pauley, Gabriela Salerno; Grade 10: Emily Holleran, Molly Quinn; Grade 11: Victoria Calcagno, Samantha Fox, Patrick Gallagher, Roxely Morel; Grade 12: Marisa Santarelli, Ashley Garcia.

Home Health VNA awards scholarship to GLTS student

LAWRENCE — Home Health VNA has awarded Nicole Reyes, a graduate from the Health Careers program at Greater Lawrence Technical School, its scholarship given annually in memory of a former employee.

The $500 scholarship was established in 1995 as a tribute to Lisa Santiago Ventura, an employee of the home care agency, who, as an innocent bystander, was killed when her vehicle was struck during a high speed police chase. In her memory, Home Health VNA gives the Lisa Santiago Ventura Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior of the Greater Lawrence Technical School where she was a student.

“We have all been impressed with the dedication Ms. Reyes has shown to her studies and we wish her the best as she continues her work in the health care field,” said John G. Albert, president and CEO of Home Health VNA, and its affiliate agencies Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc.

Reyes, of Lawrence, has been accepted to the nursing program at UMass Lowell.

Linda Cote, lead teacher in Health Careers at the Greater Lawrence Technical School, commends the work of Ms. Reyes.

“We are very proud of Nicole. She is an exceptional student and will do well in her nursing career.”

Home Health VNA is a not-for-profit home care agency affiliated with HomeCare, Inc. and Merrimack Valley Hospice.

The three agencies serve over 90 communities in Southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley.